Dec 11, 1937 - Nov 28, 2023
Jessie Wilson Woody
Jan 18, 1932 - Feb 22, 2024
On February 22, 2024, Jessie Wilson Woody left her home here to spend eternity in Heaven with her Lord. Born in the Pensacola Community of Yancey County on January 18, 1932, she was a daughter of the late George and Rittie Wilson. Jessie's husband, Gene, passed away in 2005. Jessie was the baby of the family and the last of six children to pass. Sisters preceding her in death are Helen Lanning, Helena Higgins, Evelyn Bagwell, Thelma Honeycutt, and one brother, Fred Wilson.Jessie is survived by two daughters, Debbie Hensley (Ronnie) and Tammy Buchanan (Marc), and a son, Tim Woody (April). The joys of her life were in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Tiffany Stinnett (Zach), Brandi Revis (Dillon), Sabrena Scates (Michael), and Devan Woody (Ashlyn); great-granddaughter, Caroline (who continues Jessie's namesake), and twins Andrew and Jack Stinnett. She leaves behind a large number of nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.Jessie was an active and lifelong member of Green Mountain Freewill Baptist Church. She deeply loved her church family and prepared many meals she shared with them. Jessie's children describe her as loving, selfless, classy, and a great inspiration to them. Her grandchildren remember her best as their Mama Woody, the maker of cheesy Ramen noodles and butter-dripping Pop-Tarts. They thought she was such a cool grandma, zipping around town in her red sports car, blaring Elvis. And great-granddaughter Caroline thought she was the greatest Mama Woo-Poo ever.Residents of Yancey County enjoyed many years of Christmas decor beaming brightly from the hilltop of Rocky Spring Heights. Those gifted with entering Jessie's home were constantly astonished by the seasonal decor she had displayed. She loved making her house a home, and spent countless hours beautifying the outside as much as she did the inside. Her lawn was kept in pristine shape, as well as the lawn of nearby neighbors. After a day's work, she found nothing better than watching whatever sports were in season. Jessie especially favored Tarheels basketball and Braves baseball the most.Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 26th in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Jason Penland and David McCourry will officiate. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27th in the Styles Cemetery on Green Mountain Drive. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.The family wishes to thank the nurses at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Pruitt Home Health nurses, and Yancey County EMS workers. Their kindness to all of Jessie’s family during this time has meant so much to them. If anyone wishes to visit the family, they will be at Jessie’s home at 145 Mill Spring Road.
Glenda Jean Wilson
May 28, 1959 - Feb 15, 2024
Glenda Jean Wilson, age 64, of Burnsville, went Home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 15th, 2024. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of Glen Robert Braswell and the late Rachel Marie Buchanan. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Hunter Laws.Glenda cherished her time spent with her children and grandchildren who called her “Brown Granny”. She was very creative and loved making jewelry, as well as quilting, and was a wonderful homemaker. She loved her cat, Ossy. Glenda had a warm, generous heart and was a friend to all who knew her. She always tried to see the best in everyone.In addition to her father, Glen, she is also survived by her daughter, Ashley Laws of Burnsville; her son, Bradley Wilson of Burnsville; four grandchildren: Brianna Laws, Blake Laws, Dahlia Buchanan and Davien Buchanan; sister, Sherry Barrier and husband, Gene of Avery County; half-sister, Samantha Riddle of Mitchell County; and two very special people who were just like her children that referred to her as their mother: Kevin Bean, his wife, Merinda and their children of Burnsville. She is survived as well by several nieces, nephews and friends.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20th in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Preacher Scotty Cole will officiate. Burial will follow in Roan Mountain Cemetery #2. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.
Vonda Elkins Owensby
Nov 23, 1945 - Feb 14, 2024
Vonda Elkins Owensby, age 78, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 14th, 2024 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Talmadge and Cora Fox Elkins. She was also preceded in death by her son, Keith “Gummy Bear” Sparks; brother, Roger Elkins and sister, Mary Thomas. Vonda loved quilting, sewing, canning and her flower garden. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.Surviving are her children: David Sparks (Marchelle) of Marion, Naomi McDowell (Tony) of Burnsville and Tommy Sparks (Nicole) of Connelly Springs; grandchildren: Shelly Brown (Daniel), Dwayne Wilson (Tabitha), Jacob Sparks, Keisha Sparks, Coda Sparks, Jordan McDowell, Julie McDowell and Josh McDowell; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild; brothers: Ernest Elkins (Mildred) of Marion and Terry Elkins of Burnsville; sister, Gin Hensley (Norman) of Burnsville and daughter-in-law, Moran Sparks. Several nieces and nephews also survive.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Rev. Wesley Ward and Rev. Dwayne Wilson will officiate. Private family graveside will be held. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.The family would like to say a very special thank you to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, especially to Jennifer Hopson, Jessica Burleson, Codie Berry, Mike Johnson and Andy Willis for the wonderful care given to Vonda.
Kerry Alice Brown
Mar 11, 1988 - Feb 06, 2024
Kerry Alice Brown, 35, passed away Tuesday, February 6, in an ATV accident.Kerry was born March 11, 1988, and was raised in Asheville, NC. She graduated from AC Reynolds High School, and the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, where she received a degree in Cosmetology. She spent many years working in the food and beverage community in Asheville, but "retired" from the industry when the Sky Bar closed in 2019, where she was a manager. An accomplished artist from an early age, she expressed it in many mediums, not only with her beautiful paintings and cherished handmade gifts, but also with her hair stylist's eye. Her most recent artistic medium was that of food stylist, working with her friend Lindsey at AVL Charcuterie.Kerry is survived by her parents, Mitchell and Amy Duckett, brothers: Samual and Clayton (Iris), and their son, Angel, who she embraced in the roll of "auntie" with joy and gusto. Additionally, surviving are her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Alicemay Glover, paternal grandparents, Bob and Phyllis Thomson, many aunts, uncles, and adored cousins.Kerry's orbit was strong and her galaxy of friends is staggering. She embodied a playful and loving spirit, and her love for her family and that galaxy was firm and fierce. There will forever be a hole in the hearts of all of us who loved her, but we know that we will see her beautiful face again when we are no longer in this life.Her family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Loretta Freeman for her unwavering support to us during the most difficult season in our lives. Also, Lauren Rice and Alan Whitt, both of whom have been our warriors in the face of all the details that are just so difficult. The kind and compassionate professionals we have interacted with in Yancey County, and of course, her legions of steadfast friends.A memorial celebration of Kerry's life will follow at a later date. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to our family. We are overwhelmed by all of the love we have been shown. For Kerry, go outside and enjoy the water, the wind and the joys of God's creations, just as she so loved to do. Look for the sparkles.
Constance Nathalie Bruce
Nov 10, 1941 - Feb 05, 2024
Constance “Connie” Nathalie Bruce, age 82, of Burnsville, went to sleep in Jesus, awaiting His glorious return, on Monday, February 5th, 2024 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A native of Melbourne, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Adger and Gretelle Merrow Smith.Connie was a member of the Burnsville Seventh-day Adventist Church. She loved her God and her family. She enjoyed decorating wedding cakes and did all the cakes for her children’s weddings. She loved her dogs as well.Surviving is her loving husband, George Bruce; her two daughters: Lisa Gary and husband, Brad, of Rockledge, FL and Gina Turner and husband, Brian, of Salem, OR; a son, David Bruce, Sr. of Burnsville; four grandchildren: Sarah Scull and husband, Reed, Jonathan Gary, David Alan Bruce, Jr., and Keith Turner and wife, Christine; and one great-grandchild, Daniel Keith Turner.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.The family would like to express their thanks to Missy Mays, her caretaker and friend, as well as to Compassionate Care WNC for the wonderful care given to Connie. Memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care WNC at 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Dec 24, 1940 - Feb 05, 2024
Steve Horton, age 83, of the Banks Creek Community, passed away on Monday, February 5th, 2024. A native of Yancey County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Opal Riddle Horton and Max William Horton; sister, Nancy Hensley; brother, David Horton; and son-in-law, John Finnegan.Steve was a member of the first graduating class of Cane River High School in 1959 and a graduate of Warren Wilson Junior College in 1962. He was a retired carpenter, brick mason and farmer. He enjoyed his herd of black angus cattle, the outdoors and bear hunting.Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Napier Horton; daughter, Stephanie Finnegan of Raleigh; son, John Horton of Raleigh; nephew, Victor Horton (Misty); two great-nieces, Brenley and Baedyn Horton; sister-in-law, Rosa Horton; and three special cousins, Joyce, Janice and Judy, all of Burnsville.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 12th in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Pastor Michael Banks will officiate. Burial will follow in the Banks Creek Cemetery where seven generations of his family are buried. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care WNC at 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Dec 31, 1959 - Feb 04, 2024
Robert "Rocky" Styles, age 64, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, finally encountering something even more stubborn than him.Surviving him, and a true jewel to this earth, is his only daughter, his "Sunshine", Tiffany Granillo (husband Rick) of Northport, WA. She humbly carries on his wit, humility, and love of peace and quiet.Being the first of four, it's a miracle his surviving parents, Sam and Dixie Styles, could be persuaded to have any more. That being said, he's survived by his younger siblings: Ricky Styles (wife Donna), Sherri Wright (husband Calvin), and Stacey Laughrun (husband Kevin).A variety of nieces and nephews of (according to him) questionable upbringing complete the list of those left to add to his memory. (This is maybe the ONE area his judgement may be flawed; they're generally pretty good eggs, but you didn't want to tell him that.) Their lot includes Chad (wife Kateah, child of Ricky), Celeste (husband Tomas, child of Ricky), Corley (child of Sherri) and Ike (child of Stacey). Lucky them.Rocky left his world, somewhat prematurely if you go by age, but he was an old soul. He never failed to give a good lite-hearted haranguing to anyone he liked. And despite some challenges in his life, he was pretty sure that he was "even with half-a-brain smarter than everybody," so the intellectual impact to the family is noted.It is also with sincere thanks that we acknowledge the amazing group of Hospice folks (Medi Home Hospice) who managed to corral him so expertly. He was a character and it's wholeheartedly recognized the amount of compassion you showed in allowing him to be his ornery and lovable self until the end. Special thank you to Brinkley Ray for making sure he was always the good-looking man he thought he was.Hating the idea of folks gawking at him in death, he was cremated after he shed his mortal coil.Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Rocky’s journey during the Life Celebration on Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at 2 p.m. at Yancey Funeral Services. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 p.m. prior to the celebration at the funeral home. In honor of Super Bowl weekend, the family would love for everyone to wear their favorite sports attire. Keep in mind, he loved the Miami Dolphins and Duke. Wear Tarheels apparel at your own risk!He'd have everyone and their uncle show up or call, so if you knew him, make sure his family knows it.In lieu of flowers, it’s asked to send memorial donations to the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association at P.O. Box 24, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Feb 16, 1941 - Feb 01, 2024
Anna “Annie” McCourry, age 82, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at the Yancey House. A native of Yancey County she was the oldest of eleven children to the late Ben and Cordelia Riddle. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Edsel Lee McCourry who passed away in 2023; infant son, Edsel L McCourry, Jr.; granddaughter, Raeanna McCourry; brother, Roy Riddle; and two sisters, Kay Bradford and Rachel Fox.Annie was a member of Green Mountain Freewill Baptist Church where she taught the women’s class for many years. She loved flowers, but mostly loved spending time with her grandchildren, who lovingly called her “Nanny”.Left to cherish her memory are her three children, sons: Charles McCourry and James “Jim” McCourry (Jennifer); daughter, Lisa Miller (E.L.); grandchildren: Haley (Jess), Derrick (Courtney), David Ethan (Shayleigh), Mason, Hannah, and Abigail “Gabby”; great grandchildren: Ruby Ann, and one on the way; sisters: Minnie Riddle, Mollie Briggs, Margaret Walker, Polly Fox, Mildred Tomberlin, and Karen Johnson; brother David Riddle; brother-in-law, Charlie McCourry; sisters-in- law: Vada Woody, Senia Fox, Rita Dale, and Ginger Shepherd. Several other extended family members also survive.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 8th, 2024, in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Service. Rev. David Ethan McCourry and Rev. Jason Penland will officiate. A private burial will be held in the Peter Honeycutt Cemetery in Green Mtn. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.The family would like to say a special thank you to Compassionate Care WNC and the staff at the Yancey House for the wonderful care given to Annie. Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations may be made to hospice at 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Bobby Jack Grindstaff
Jan 15, 1950 - Jan 26, 2024
Bobby Jack Grindstaff, age 74, of the South Toe Community, passed away on Friday, January 26th, 2024 at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jay and Bonnie Gurley Grindstaff. He was also preceded in death by a son, Chad Grindstaff. He enjoyed fishing and watching TV (especially westerns). Bobby was the best dad, brother God could give, good, honest, caring and hard-working man who never got mad.Surviving is his daughter, Crystal Grindstaff; brother, Kenneth Grindstaff; aunt, Tootie and the mother of his children, Barbara Grindstaff all of Burnsville. Several cousins and friends also survive.Graveside services will be held in the Gus Young Cemetery and will be announced. Rev. Skip Weiford will officiate.
Vicky Sue Yelton Hughes
Dec 09, 1965 - Jan 24, 2024
Vicky Sue Yelton Hughes, age 58, left her earthly journey unexpectedly on January 24th, 2024. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the Maxidean Mosley Yelton and the late Bob Yelton. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Luther Yelton. Vicky enjoyed fast cars (especially corvettes), loud motorcycles and burnouts, just to name a few. She was an adventurous woman who always lived her life to the fullest, making suren no day ended without having a good time. She loved her “kids” at Love Chapel Elementary School where she served numerous years as the custodian.Left to cherish her memories in addition to her mother, Maxidean, is her daughter, Amanda Johnson and husband, Hunter, of Owens Cross Roads, AL; granddaughter, Brooklyn Paige Johnson also of Owens Cross Roads, AL; love of her life, Rick Peterson and her faithful companion, Oscar. Several uncles, cousins and friends also survive.A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service. Rev. GB Garland and Rev. Blaine Whitson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 6 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held in the summer for close friends and family to celebrate all the things Vicky enjoyed.