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Carolyn West (Garland)

Class of 1968
- Deceased
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Carolyn Garland West age 76 of Beech Mountain, NC went home to be with the Lord September 8, 2022. She was a native of Kingstree, SC and the daughter of the late Fred and Iris Johnson Garland. Carolyn moved to Loafers Glory with her parents at a very young age and considered Mitchell County her true home. She graduated from Bowman High School and then went on to Appalachian State University where she received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees before receiving her Doctorate in education from Nova University. Carolyn was retired from both Western Piedmont Community College and Lees McRae College where she was a Dean. She was a member and elder at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church and was also a member of the hand bell choir. She was very involved in the Beech Mountain Community, and historical society. She was Director Emeritus of The New Opportunities School For Women Foundation.

Survivors include her son Jeremiah West ( Dr. Susan), of Arden, NC, two grandchildren Michael Anderson (Juliana), of Newport News, Virginia, and Matthew Anderson, of Kernersville, NC, sister in law Judy Gaines, of Beaufort, SC, 2 great grandsons Charlie and Theo Anderson, two nieces Debbie Reich and Dana Hronchek.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by her husband John Franklin West.

Funeral services will be held September 16, 2022 at 2:00PM in the chapel of Henline - Hughes Funeral Home with Reverend Kathy Campbell and Reverend Jim Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Green Young Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The New Opportunities School For Women Foundation at PO Box 273 Berea, KY 40403.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carolyn (Garland) West, please visit our floral store.

September 16, 2022
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Henline - Hughes Funeral Home
85 Crimson Laurel Way
PO Box 345
Bakersville, NC 28705

September 16, 2022
2:00 PM
Henline - Hughes Funeral Home
85 Crimson Laurel Way
PO Box 345
Bakersville, NC 28705


Billy Jordan

Class of 1973
- Deceased
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Billy Ray Jordan
January 6, 1939 - September 8, 2022

Billy Ray Jordan, age 83, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Lakebridge Nursing Facility in Johnson City, TN. Billy Ray was born on January 6, 1939 in Marshville, NC to the late Floyd Richard Jordan and Willene Rowell Jordan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Max Jordan, and Larry Jordan.

Billy Ray was a multi-talented man and jack of all trades. He enjoyed driving around and always loved some good food, especially banana pudding and homemade jam. He thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people and loved working with kids, especially teenagers. Little children were always drawn to his personality as well. He was a hard worker all his life and retired after many years as an educator.

Those left to cherish his memories include his daughters, Kim Franklin (Brian), Kathy Jordan (Aubrey Spurlock), Amy Lewis (Bob); mother of his children, Nancy Cuthbertson Jordan; brother, Charles Jordan; grandchildren, Adam Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, Moriah Franklin, Max Maling, Avery Larimer, Isaac Maling, Brennan Larimer, Calix Larimer, Lillianah Larimer, Elias Larimer, Doughton Lewis; also loved by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with family members speaking and Preacher Jim Kelly. The graveside service and burial will follow at Reece Memorial Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Adam Wilson, Max Maling, Avery Larimer, Isaac Maling, Brennan Larimer, Calix Larimer, Elias Larimer, and Doughton Lewis. Honorary pallbearers are Elizabeth Wilson, Moriah Franklin, and Lillianah Larimer.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Courtyards, Lakebridge, and Amedisys Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital ( or the Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601).

At other times, friends and family may visit the home of Nancy Jordan, 288 Sunrise Lane, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at

The family of Billy Ray Jordan has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Sunday, September 11, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

First Baptist Church
421 W Main Street
Mountain City, TN 37683

Funeral Service
Sunday, September 11, 2022
3:00 PM

First Baptist Church
421 W Main Street
Mountain City, TN 37683

Graveside Service
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Reece Memorial Cemetery
316 Liberty Church Rd
Mountain City, TN 37683


Maurice "Maurice" Ewing

Class of 1969
- Deceased
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Maurice Dyess Ewing
November 23, 1945 - September 11, 2022

After 8 years of living and treating prostate cancer, Maurice died the morning of September 11, 2022.

With sister Greer, and brothers Wayne and Jim, he grew up in Augusta Georgia to parents George and Sarah Ewing. He attended Richmond Academy where ROTC laid a foundation for his service in the NC Army National Guard.

It was in Augusta, at Jimmy and Alice Minnick’s Forest Acres Riding Academy that he developed his lifelong love of horses, the Aiken Hounds, and the thrill of competitive riding. That love prompted a lifetime association with the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, an organization which Maurice participated in as a rider from child to young adulthood. Maurice also served BRCHS as Ringmaster for 50 years and as a member of the Board of Directors from 1975 until the present. In addition, his passion for horses inspired his initiation of the Charlotte Grand Prix which began on Mothers Day in 1978 and ran annually until 1985.

Maurice met Bonnie in 1966. Then, in 1970, after she finished college at UNC Greensboro and he graduated from Appalachian State University, they were married in the Morrison Chapel at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on June 20, 2022.

After their marriage, Maurice and Bonnie lived in Charlotte where Maurice worked in banking and economic development and Bonnie established her own design firm, Ewing Designs. Maurice’s career led him to work with the industrial and economic development of Charlotte as well as both Cabarrus and Union Counties.

It was in Charlotte that Maurice and Bonnie were blessed with their two wonderful children, Jim and Elizabeth, who along with their terrific in-laws, Carrie Ewing and Tracy Snelbaker, have provided three delightful grandchildren: Alden Snelbaker of Rockwell and Emma and James Ewing of Charlotte.

Maurice faithfully served his community on various boards and organizations as well as serving as Elder at both Covenant Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock. He was also a third generation Rotary Club president.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on September 24, 2022 at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, NC with a reception at the church to follow. Memorials may be made to The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show or Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock, NC.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ewing family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Charles "Bruce" Gordon

Class of 1984
- Deceased
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Charles "Bruce" Gordon, age 61, of Fletcher, NC passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Bruce was born on December 20, 1960, in Buncombe County to the late Joseph Oren Gordon and Evelyn Marie Crook Gordon. He was the assistant manager of "Little Pigs" restaurant in Asheville and a member of Crossroads Church.

Bruce was a goofy and fun-loving person who never met a stranger. He was a hard worker, and a very giving and generous man. Bruce loved his family and friends, and his church family. He was also a big sports fan. He enjoyed going bowling, watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball, and UNC Basketball. He was great at fixing anything electronic and enjoyed fixing things for his friends. Most of all he loved his family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 27 years, Delores "Peppy" Gordon; four daughters, Kristy Gordon of Fletcher, Taylor Brodie of Rutherfordton, and Liz and Lauren Brewer of Cary, NC; brother and sister in law, Ray and Cathe Burleson of Fletcher; two sister in laws, Vicky and Penny Redmond, both of Leicester; mother in law, Betty Redmond of Leicester; his beloved dog, Koda and sweet cats, Cubbie and Whiskey; lifelong best friend, Dr. Larry Rosenberg; and a host of loving and supportive cousins.

A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Emma's Grove Baptist Church, 417 Emma's Grove Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732. with Pastors J. Michael Brown, Wade Zachary, and Glynn Bachelor officiating. Burial followed the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Asheville.

The family would like to say a special "Thank You" to the staff and nurses at Care Partners Hospice for the love and care that was shown to Bruce. Memorial Contributions in Bruce's honor would be appreciated and the family respectfully requests donations be made to: Vision Nicaraqua, PO Box 2172, Fairview, NC 28730. Online condolences may be made at: Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Gordon family with arrangements.


Nannie Greene

Class of 1951
- Deceased
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Miss Nannie Helen Greene, age 92, formerly of Vilas, passed away Monday, September 5, 2022 at The Foley Center of Blowing Rock. Born November 28, 1929 in Western Watauga County, she was a daughter of Dayton Lawson and Margaret Lula Campbell Greene. She attended Cove Creek Schools until graduating in l947 with the first class required to complete 12 grades. She attended Lees-McRae Jr. College and Appalachian State Teacher's College, earning her BS in Education in 1951.
She taught in schools 'off the mountain' for about 30 years, spanning over Caldwell County, Thomasville, Kannapolis and Charlotte-Mecklenburg systems, her last 19 years were at Paw Creek Elementary School in Charlotte. She felt the mountains calling her home when she was ready to retire. Her busy 'retirement' included teaching Sunday school and her devotion as a Bible Drill Leader. She served as Treasurer of Cove Creek Preservation and Development Co-Chair of the Doc and Merle Watson Museum Committee.
At the l996 Cove Creek High School alumni reunion, Nannie was instrumental in organizing the community effort to preserve the Historic Cove Creek High School building vacated in 1995.
She was a tireless, willing and cheerful worker for good causes and served the Lord with a cheerful heart.
In her spare time, she kept busy tracing her family history, organizing family reunions, and preparing her jams and jellies, pickles and relishes, and working crossword puzzles.
All who knew Nan realize how fortunate we are that she heard the mountains calling and she answered.
Miss Greene is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Greene Johnson of Boone; nephews, Boyd Johnson and wife, Emily of Granite Falls, Charlie Greene and wife, Tracy, of Vilas, Kenneth Baird of Tennessee, Ron Ehlers of Ohio, and Tommy Greene and wife, Terry and Dennis Greene and wife, Deanna, all of Florida; nieces, Barbara Balsamo and husband, Shep, of Virginia, Heather Shipman and husband, Josh, of Asheville and Theresa Thomas and husband, Kevin, of Zionville; and her sister-in-law, Cookie Greene of Vilas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul, Burl and Bud Greene; and sisters, Floy Ehlers and Louise Baird.
Graveside services for Nannie Greene will be conducted Saturday afternoon, September 10, 2022 at 12 o'clock at the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by Mr. Kevin Thomas.
The family suggests memorials to Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 68, Sugar Grove, NC 28679, or to Amorem Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. The Greene family wished to extend a special 'Thank You' to the staff of The Foley Center and Amorem Hospice for taking such special care of 'Aunt Nannie'.
Online condolences may be shared at the website
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Greene family.


Ruby Dietrich (Mast)

Class of 1955
- Deceased
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Ruby Mast Dietrich
( May 01, 1933 - August 31, 2022 )

Ruby Mast Dietrich, age 89, of Columbus, Ohio and Zionville, North Carolina passed away August 31, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

She was born May 1, 1933 at her home in Rominger, Watauga County. A daughter of the late James Marion “Bud” and Bonnie Yates Mast, Ruby was a graduate of Appalachian State University and was a retired schoolteacher.

She is survived by four daughters: Jeanne Dietrich and husband Jay Kelsey of Nashville, Tennessee; Marian Dietrich and husband Charles Schwartz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Carol Dietrich of Worthington, Ohio; and Joy Timmens and husband Eric of Vilas, North Carolina; and two sons: John Dietrich of Franklin, Tennessee, and Dr. David Dietrich and wife Colleen of Panama City, Florida; a loving sister-in-law, Dorothy Hoover of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and twelve (12) grandchildren and seven (7) great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Rev. Herman K. Dietrich, Jr.; one sister, Janieve Williams; and two brothers, Robert “Bob” Mast and William Howard “Bill” Mast.

Funeral service will occur on Monday, September 5, 2022, at 11:30 am at Faith Baptist Mission Church, 4250 Rominger Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604 with Ruby’s nephew Pastor Robert Williams officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Dietrich family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Matthew "Matt" Sullivan

Class of 1995
- Deceased
Matt Sullivan October 13, 1973 - August 12, 2022
Matt Sullivan October 13, 1973 - August 12, 2022
Matt Sullivan, age 48, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 12, 2022, leaving behind several novelty suits, 25 bins of Halloween decorations, plenty of sporting goods, his beloved 1951 Lincoln Lido, and a loyal family and community.
Matt is survived by his loving wife, Lecil Shamel Sullivan, and their two wonderful sons, Matthew William "Will" Sullivan and Jacob Todd "Jake" Sullivan. He is also survived by his mother, Karyl Lee Sullivan of Concord, NC; father and mother in law, Travis and Elaine Shamel of Raleigh NC; sister, Tenley Harkey and her husband, Jim of Monroe, NC; sister, Trena Sullivan and her husband Flann of Enterprise, FL; sister, Karen Melatti and her husband, Lee of Tampa, FL; brother, Brooks Sullivan and his wife Janet of Richmond, VA; Brother in law, Travis Shamel Jr. and his wife Tina of Highland, IN; Brother in law Todd Shamel and his wife Sheila of Raleigh, NC; Nieces Arielle Hendrick, Morgan Bianchett, Julianna Shamel, Victoria Shamel, and Catherine Shamel, and nephews Brent Keeter, Andrew Sullivan, Anthony Melatti, Travis Shamel III, Nathan Shamel, and Nicholas Shamel.
Matt is also survived by countless surrogate brothers and sisters who became family through the years. It was not hard to become part of Matt's circle, he was quick to turn a stranger into a friend, and friends into family, often before those strangers knew what luck had just befallen them. He made each person he interacted with feel seen and loved.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Luther Sullivan, and his brother, Marc Sullivan.
Matt was born in Binghamton, New York on October 13, 1973 and is the youngest of six siblings. His family moved to Concord, NC when Matt was five years old, but he maintained his love of Spiedies, cold weather, and the mountains. Matt was a Concord High School Spider and played saxophone in marching band and concert orchestra. He graduated from Appalachian State University (go Mountaineers!) with a BA in Communications and Marketing.
Matt and Lecil met when a close friend tried to set Lecil up with a great guy who brought along a wingman. Matt was the wingman, and he and Lecil had an instant connection. For 22 wonderful years, Matt and Lecil brought out the best in one another. They were an exquisitely seasoned order of fries or a perfectly balanced IPA, one of Matt's favorites. They enjoyed thousands of simple things and quite a few big things, taking every opportunity to strike a prom pose and go all out for special events.
Matt's greatest joy was being a father to Will and Jake. He could often be found teaching them how to throw lacrosse, racing RC cars, coaching sports teams, playing Xbox, fishing, making them pose for pictures next to fancy cars in parking lots, mountain biking, and even playing Pokemon Go (what adult has a level 45 account?). He fostered in them a love of hot wings, a good campfire, scented candles, and Calvin and Hobbes. He was always willing to jump in on any activity with Lecil and his boys, even riding roller coasters despite his debilitating motion sickness. Matt prioritized quality time with his family and loved them fiercely.
He began his career at First Union Bank and most recently worked for Principal Financial Group, where he continued his role from Wells Fargo as a Relationship Manager for Institutional Retirement Accounts.
Matt was a connoisseur of experiences and looked for opportunities to have (and inject) fun into every day. You might see Matt around Uptown wearing a Christmas-themed suit or anchoring a trivia team, most recently on Wednesday nights at Devil's Logic where he, unsurprisingly, befriended the host and several opposing teams.
He loved cars, especially classic cars, including his 1951 Lincoln Lido (when it ran). He took home 2nd place for Survivor Class vehicles in the Lowe's Auto Fair. He loved talking about everything automotive at his many car group meetups.
Matt was an enthusiastic sports fan who loved the NY Giants, NY Rangers, Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, and most recently found so much joy in following the Charlotte FC and attending their games with friends. He also wanted to hear about your team and somehow knew enough about them to both respect you and give you a slight ribbing about it.
Matt loved music and had a diverse soundtrack from hip-hop to folk, for every season and mood. He especially loved enjoying live music or listening to a great playlist on the back porch with good friends. He knew the perfect song for every one of life's moments and would have been great at scoring movies or TV shows.
Name an outdoor activity and Matt was likely to already love it or be interested in trying it out. From cornhole to skiing to throwing lacrosse, he was up for it.
Matt loved to know people everywhere. He had friends across Charlotte who gave a warm "Sully!" greeting when he walked through the door. He was everyone's brother and will be sorely missed.
There will be a celebration of Matt's life and how he lived on Friday. We welcome all who want to join us in remembering the joy and enthusiasm he brought to every occasion. A reception will follow with some of Matt's favorite music and photos. Please share pictures and memories with the family at
In memory and in lieu of flowers: Please consider supporting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, the Charlotte Fire Department, and the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, who worked tirelessly and with great urgency to support the Sullivan family. In addition, a memorial has been established at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
Celebration of Life
Friday, August 19, 2022
3 p.m.
Myers Park Presbyterian
2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte NC
Livestream available at


Louise "Louise" Nezelek (Shook)

Class of 1977
- Deceased
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Emma Louise Shook Nezelek passed from this life into heaven on July 29, 2022 after a 2 year battle with a rare brain disease. Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late Betty N. and Tom F. Shook. Louise spent the first 11 years of her life near Virginia Beach, Va., where her father, a Pearl Harbor survivor, was stationed after WWII.

In 1964 the family moved to Boone, NC. Louise had a lifelong passion for both learning and teaching. She graduated with a nursing degree from UNC Chapel Hill, followed by a second degree in Home Economics Education from Appalachian State University. While working as a Home Economics teacher in Shelby, NC, Louise obtained her Master’s Degree from Winthrop College in 1983. Louise also worked as a nurse developing educational materials for wellness programs.

In 1988 Louise moved to Charlotte, NC to work at Discovery Place. She then obtained her certifications to teach art, which she did for the last 13 years of her career until retirement in 2013.

Louise met her husband Ed Nezelek in the early 1990’s while attending Myers Park United Methodist Church. They were married on New Year's Day 1994. Louise was a Renaissance woman who enjoyed swim exercise at the Y, singing in church choirs, small group studies and book clubs. She was also an excellent cook, baker and hostess who made and presented food with an artistic flair.

She and her husband enjoyed travel and visited Alaska, England, Europe, and sites between New York and Florida while visiting family. She was a loyal and valued friend to many.

Louise and Ed, after many years of yearning, moved to her beloved NC Mountains in 2018 where they made a new home in Brevard. Beyond all of that, Louise was a woman who loved to laugh – and to make people laugh. Her friends and family often called her “Weezie” or “Wheezer” The words they used to describe her were generous, humble, adventurous, imaginative, creative, trustworthy and steadfast.

Louise’s faith in Jesus Christ was evident to all who crossed her path and she had a gift for helping those she met grow in their own faith journey and realize their potential. Her husband Ed told friends these powerful words about Louise after her passing. “I wish we could all see the world the way Louise saw it. She constantly chose joy over misery, and compassion over judgement.”

Louise is survived by her husband Edward L. Nezelek II, sisters Norma Carroll Phelps (Bill) of Denver, NC; Roxanne Boone (Sandy) of Waynesville, NC; Betty Telford (Kurt) of Clemmons, NC; brothers Tommy Shook (Sherry) of Greensboro, NC; Nash Shook (Cherie) of Belle Isle, FL; stepmother Carol Mabry Shook of Clemmons, NC; her daughter Evangeline Des Marais (Hubert) of Lake Worth, FL; and many nieces and nephews who loved to playtime with their Aunt Louise who they sometimes called “Tia.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the beautiful life of Louise will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Brevard. The family will receive friends following the service in Miller Hall, located on the church campus.

The family requests memorial donations be made to:

National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center; Case Western Reserve University, 2085 Adelbert Road, Room 419, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106-4907. Please make checks payable to NPDPSC and note the donation is in memory of Louise Nezelek.

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Daniel "Dan" Williams

Class of 1975
- Deceased
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Mr. Daniel “Dan” Hite Williams, age 71, of Boone, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He was born in Boone and was a lifelong resident.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy G. Williams, son, Ben Williams of Boone, son, Dr. J. Tyler Williams and wife Christy of Savannah, GA, daughter, Hannah W. Phillips, and husband of Matt of Boone, and four grandchildren, Isaac Franklin-Williams of Boone, Ada, Elliott and Cash Williams of Savannah, GA. Brothers and sisters, by marriage; Skip and Dee Greene, Ted and Connie Greene and beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Hite and Reba Williams and his In-laws Perry and Theresa Greene.

Dan was educated in Watauga County at Mabel Elementary, the first four-year class of Watauga High and earned a Business Management degree at ASU. Following his ASU graduation, he officially began his fifty-year career as a livestock and automobile Auctioneer. He met with great success in 1982 when was named World Livestock Auctioneer Champion. To date, he is the only person to hold that title from the great state of NC.

Growing up around the stockyard and his family involvement in the cattle business, he continued this love by raising cattle in NC and TN. He developed many lifelong friendships with farmers and producers throughout the Southeast and beyond. He was an instructor, a mentor, a trusted advisor to many through the years. He took great pride in doing the very best job he could do not only for the seller but also the buyer.

His greatest JOYS were found in sharing life with his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and extended families and friends. He was very much a "people person” but found peace in the simple pleasures like watching the cattle grazing in the cool of the afternoon or the hummingbirds whizzing around the feeder on the back porch.

He was a man of faith, who worshiped His Creator regularly and was a Quiet Giver to many unknown recipients. He was always willing to give of his time and talents to help in raising funds for needs in this community and beyond. Dan was a beloved man who will be greatly missed, but always greatly admired.

The Williams family will receive friends Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 1:00 until 3:00 at First Baptist Church of Boone, 375 West King Street Boone, NC, followed by the service at 3:00 PM. Interment will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens. Pastor Roy Dobyns will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, at Dan's request, any memorial gifts can be made to the Mount Lawn Cemetery Association, PO Box 1787, Boone, NC, 28607 to help in the restoration and future development of this special place in our beloved hometown.

Online condolences may be sent to the Williams family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Jack Fannon

Class of 1964
- Deceased
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Jack Marion Fannon, 80, died in his home on July 12, 2022. Jack was sixth generation born in Watauga County, a descendant of Benjamin Ward, Sr., as well as one of two beloved sons of Ewing deWitt Fannon and Ivalee Susan Ward Fannon.

As a graduate of Cranberry High School, Appalachian State Teachers College, and the University of Montana, he was a lifelong administrator and educator both in and out of the classrooms.

Jack started his career at Mount Airy High School immediately after graduating from Appalachian State Teachers College. He continued his education at the University of Montana where he earned a Master’s degree with a minor in Environmental Studies. After college, he returned to North Carolina and worked as a Dean at Surry Community College before becoming principal of Beech Mountain School. Throughout his life he continued to teach outside the classroom and even developed programs and manuals for companies such as Caterpillar’s new production facilities in North Carolina.

Jack’s desire to live in the West prompted him to move his wife and four children to Boise, Idaho where he enjoyed camping, fishing and photography in the beautiful Idaho mountains the mountains where his dad had herded sheep during the great depression. Jack took a position with Boise State University directing their Older Workers Program, which he enjoyed immensely. After that program concluded, he took a position with the teachers insurance company (Horace Mann) always honoring the people that educate. He still had his finger on the pulse of educators while helping them with their insurance needs.

An avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed family camping and that time outdoors provided the most special memories of our time with our father. We will miss all the laughter and life lessons he shared with us as well as the “fish tales,” jokes and campfire stories. But most of all, he loved his family more than anything else and spent his entire life providing us with everything we needed. His kind spirit lives on forever in us.

He was preceded by his parents, and by his brother, Ron Fannon. He is survived by his children, Richard Fannon, Nancy Henderson (Randy), Tammy German (Tim), and Jonathan Fannon; by his grandchildren Gavin and Zoie Henderson, Amelia and Colin German; by his nephews, Brian and Landon Fannon; and by his dear friend, Linda Cox.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at the Beech Mountain Community Center, 60 Flat Springs Road, Elk Park, NC 28622 at 3:30pm on Saturday, August 13, 2022. All those who loved him are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Beech Mountain Community Center will be accepted.


Amy Greer (Cooper)

Class of 1992
Amy Lynn Cooper Greer, age 55, of Seven Oaks Road, Boone, passed away Friday, July 29,2022 at Duke Medical Center in Durham. Born April 13,1967 in Ashe County, she was a daughter of Buddy and Mattie Jones Cooper. Amy attended Boone Baptist Church. She was employed for the past 29 years at the Appalachian State University English Department as Office Manager and Budget Coordinator. She enjoyed her annual vegetable gardens, but growing flowers was her favorite pastime. She also enjoyed crafting, and visiting auctions and yard sales, but most important to her was the love of her family. Amy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bobby Greer; son Trey Greer of Boone; brothers, Larry Cooper and wife, Pat, of Glendale Springs and Randy Cooper; sister-in-law, Vanessa Greer Moss and husband, Randy, of Tobaccoville; nieces, April Laney of West Jefferson and Lindsey Bentley of Pilot Mountain; and nephew, Dustin Bentley of Tobaccoville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Cooper. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 4,2022 at Boone Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with funeral services at 1:00 p.m.

Services will be officiated by Rev. Kenny Newberry. The family would appreciate visitors to wear masks if at all possible. Graveside services will follow at Mt. Lawn Memorial Park &Gardens. Online condolences may be shared at the
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Greer family.


Kim Miller

Class of 1958
- Deceased
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Kim Irving Miller, 86, of Boone, NC, passed away peacefully at home on August 4, 2022. Kim was born July 26, 1936, in Boone, NC to Lorenzo Austin Miller and Leta Essie Reed Miller. He grew up in Boone, graduating from Appalachian High School in 1954. Kim continued his education at Appalachian State Teachers' College graduating with a BS degree in Science in 1958. He then attended Purdue University where he received a MS in 1961 and a PhD in 1964. Kim taught botany and other biological sciences at several universities, ending his career at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. He taught for over 30 years at JU, serving as Department Head of Science and Mathematics for 12 of those years. In retirement, Kim found enjoyment and relaxation in wood working and other media and developed his passion for working with gourds, He exhibited his work at numerous craft fairs in several states and spent several years at the Watauga County Farmers Market where he met many people, some of whom became very close friends.
Kim is survived by his wife Judy of 49 years, daughter Laura Goodman, son in law Eric Goodman and grandsons Philip, Henry, and Andrew Regalado. There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Austin and Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Miller family.


Claudine Silver

Class of 1971
- Deceased
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Claudine Coffey Silver, age 90, of Crumpler, NC passed away on July 30, 2022, at Solace-Hospice Center in Asheville, NC. She was the widow of Leon S. Silver.

Claudine was born on October 15, 1931, to the Rev. Harley C. Coffey and Myrtle Andrews Coffey in the Grandfather Community of Watauga County. She spent her early years in Blowing Rock where she started school. Her family later moved to Lenoir where she attended Whitnel Elementary School and graduated from Lenoir High School in 1950.

Claudine always wanted to be a Teacher, so when their youngest child was three years old, Claudine started college at Lenoir Rhyne. After graduation from Lenoir Rhyne College, she taught English and Latin at Lenoir High School from 1965-1970 and started work on a master’s degree. In 1970, Claudine and Leon moved their family to Blowing Rock. From 1970-1971, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Appalachian State University where she earned her Master’s in English. Claudine also taught English at Morganton High School in Morganton, and English and Latin at Johnson County High School in Mountain City, TN. In 1978, Claudine founded Anderly Academy, a private K-12 school in Boone, NC. She taught at and operated Anderly Academy for twenty-five years.

In 2000 Claudine and Leon moved to Crumpler. There they were able to have the large vegetable and flower gardens they enjoyed. They joined the Ashe County Farmers Market and made a new circle of gardening friends. Even though Claudine officially retired in 2003, she never quit teaching. She continued to tutor students and assisted the Ashe County Farmers Market with starting a gardening program in the Ashe County Elementary Schools.

Claudine is survived by her five children, daughter Mary Dean Silver and her husband Mike Wise of Boone; son Steve. Silver and wife Mary Stuart of Boone; son Randall Silver and wife Wanda of Blowing Rock; son Joe Silver of Crumpler and daughter Rebecca Silver of Crumpler. She is survived by ten grandchildren, James Taylor and wife Kathy of Watauga, TN; Nick Taylor and wife Stephanie of Vilas; Zack Taylor and wife Emily of Charlotte; Amanda Taylor of Banner Elk; Athen Silver and wife Hilary of Deep Gap; Steven Silver and wife Angela of Boone; Cameron Cooke of Boone; Anita Silver Barnwell and husband G.W. of Asheville; Aaron Silver and wife Lela of Blowing Rock; and Allison Silver Ward and husband Chris of Sugar Gove. She is also survived by 22 great- grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. Claudine is survived by a sister, Maxine Parsons of Granite Falls; a sister-in-law, Ruth Silver Haigler of Georgia, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 3:00 PM, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Reverend Max West will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to ones local library, or the charity of the donors choice.

Online condolence may be sent to the Silver family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Hal Furr

Class of 1966
- Deceased
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Hal Eugene Furr, 85, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Trinity Oaks.

Hal’s philosophy of life was filled with the energy and purpose that every day should be lived as if it were your last. Born June 4, 1937 in Concord, NC he was a son of the late K.C. Furr and Pearl Atwell Furr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Furr. He was a graduate of Concord High School and received his BS at Pfeiffer College, and worked as a public school teacher for several years. He obtained his Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University, where he was a professor of psychology and met his wife, Montye Harris Furr. He later went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa and then returned to Salisbury to own and operate his own chiropractic practice for 28 years. Hal further served as a consultant and motivational speaker for chiropractors nationally, even after retirement.

Hal had an entrepreneurial spirit and a great ability to connect with people, mentoring professionals and students alike. The legacy he leaves is his intellectual insight he shared on embracing life and living it to the fullest. A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hal’s spirituality was ignited by his ability to minister to family and friends through his love of books and knowledge.

Throughout Hal’s career he was honored with numerous outstanding service awards and professional distinctions. He was featured in the Digest of Chiropractic Economics, coauthored the book “Seven Steps to Chiropractic Success”, and at the height of his career he was appointed by the NC Governor to the Health Advisory Committee. In 2015, he was awarded the Chiropractic Lifetime Achievement Award by the NC Chiropractic Association.

Left to cherish his loving memory are his wife, Montye Harris Furr who he married July 15, 1967; son, Bradley Alexander Furr (Julie) of Charlotte; daughter, Stacey Furr Wilson (Jeff) of Concord; and his grandchildren Lucy, Chloe, and Ryder Wilson and Kevin, Maggie and Tyler Haas.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, July 30th at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144; and Appalachian State University, Alumni Memorial Scholarship, (use the link for donation)

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Furr family. Online condolences may be made at


Trevor Church

Class of 2015
- Deceased
Trevor Cole Church
Trevor Cole Church
Trevor Cole Church, a resident of Hot Sulphur Springs, died July 1st, 2022, found in a tent, unresponsive while camping. He was 29 years old. While it is a tragedy that he is gone, his life was a blessing. From his birth to his last days, he made all that he met smile and all that knew him were filled with friendship and love. He embodied that you can be loved……and that he would accept your love.
Raised in Asheville in Western North Carolina, he graduated from TC Roberson High School in 2011 and Appalachian State University in 2015. Preceding him in death is his mother Willa Jorgensen. His surviving family are sisters Brianna and Katie Church, his father, Robert Cole Church with Danielle and children, his grandmothers, Carole Jorgensen and Doris Turner, his many uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends.
He was one of those nuts that leaves a comfy home in 12 degree weather, to take a Splitboard and skin up mountains covered in snow, just to board down on a sunny deep powder day. He knew every cabin on every back trail in Grand County and could even tell you if it was, “like a nice cabin” or “like an old school hunter” cabin. He did Keiner’s Route on Longs Peak at 15 years old with his Dad, dropping off into Glacier Gorge to bivvy under a rock, and returned again at 16 years old to do it solo. Later, in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, he traveled in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, where he motorcycle toured on a Honda 100, crashing on the very best pea gravel in North Vietnam, narrowly escaping injury, excepting road rash. He also loved moments on the Mekong river in Laos having to delay travel due to flooding, staying in a remote village. Trevor loved to travel mostly to meet people. He later traveled to Mexico where he got kinda fat and happy on beaches making many European/Mexican connections.
His last words and intent were to go to Medellin, Colombia via Cancun to meet a buddy for more travel. Hours before his death he was excited and happy with the purpose to go travel. He died happy and with purpose.
In Grand County he worked for Fedex, Devils Thumb Resort, and Mountain States Snowcats.
A large family and friend event is scheduled in Asheville North Carolina on July 31st at 4 PM at Blue Ridge Assembly, a casual event. There will also be a smaller event in Colorado, even more casual, for local friends on July 24th at The Parshall Inn(PI) at 4pm, where Trevor was known to roam.

Jody Brown (Brown)

Class of 1988
- Deceased
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Jody Roxanne Brown, a loving daughter, cousin, niece and friend, entered into God's loving arms on Saturday, July 16, 2022. A graduate of South Iredell High School, Jody dedicated her life to caring for others, starting with her parents. Her dad, James Frank (Buddy) was not only her father, he was her best friend. They truly shared life together, including their current project of rebuilding her motorcycle. Her mother Carolyn, died in 1997, and Jody loved her mother forever and always. They had a strong, loving bond. Buddy remarried, and then Jody loved Jan. When Jody was young, her "Granny Cash" moved in and they shared so much time together. Jody realized that caring for others would be her goal in life, especially those who could not always care for themselves. After earning her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology at her BELOVED Appalachian State University, she launched into geriatric healthcare, sometimes mentioning that it reminded her of her Granny. Jody's co-workers and friends were amazed at how much she did for those she personally cared for each day, and often into the night. Jody's family was always dear to her heart. She was not able to spend as much time with extended family as she would have liked, but when she could, it was always a good time. Her "dry wit" would have you laughing out loud. She also enjoyed verbal "sparring" and we all know who her sparring buddies were. Jody's love extended to friends who often journeyed with her to App State football games, the beach and the mountains. She loved those friends and those trips! She became the guardian of one of her patients, Leo Currence, to ensure that he would have a fulfilling life and they loved each other deeply. Her love for nature and animals was evident to all who knew her. She fed and looked after her own furry friends and any that ever crossed her path. Her dedication to preserving nature and animals prompts the family to request that memorial donations be made to a local animal rescue organization, or to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262.
The family wishes to offer their deep and heartfelt appreciation to her healthcare team; the countless friends who called, sent cards & gifts and made cherished visits; and family who travelled far and wide to be by her side showing her how much she was loved. Jody appreciated her amazing family! Jody was predeceased by her Brown and Overcash grandparents and her mother, Carolyn Overcash Brown. Left to cherish her life are her dad, Buddy Brown; her stepmom, Jan; Leo Currence; her aunts & uncles and many cousins. A graveside service honoring her life will be held at Triplett United Methodist Church, 838 Mazeppa Rd. Mooresville on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:30am. If able, please wear something gold and/or black (App State colors).

Jeanette Tarr

Class of 1973
- Deceased
"Jeannie" Winston-Salem, North Carolina June 28, 1951 – June 23, 2022
"Jeannie" Winston-Salem, North Carolina June 28, 1951 – June 23, 2022
To all who knew Jeannie, she was unforgettable! Funny, smart, silly, and stubborn she lived life on her terms. Sadly, after years of declining health, she passed away in her home from diabetic complications and cardiac arrest on June 23, 2022- five days short of her 71st birthday.

Jeanette was born on June 28, 1951, in Spokane, Washington to Joseph Tarr Jr. and Julia M. Lovasz Tarr. Courtesy of the steel industry the family relocated to New Matamoras, Ohio in 1957, transferred to Malvern, Pennsylvania in 1965 and settled in Durham, North Carolina in 1966 where she graduated from Northern High School in 1969.

Jeannie earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Appalachian State University (ASU) and was a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Jr College Education in 1973, Master of Arts in Biology in 1975 and Specialist in Science in 1981. A student in ASU's first-ever "Field Biology of the Continental U.S.A." course, Jeannie made several cross-country trips managing the logistics of camp set-up and cooking. Her love of education and biology found it's home in Boone, North Carolina after graduation where she remained at ASU overseeing the Freshman Biology labs. Jeannie furthered her career at Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina, but returned to North Carolina for a final career move where she taught Biology at Forsyth Tech Community College and retired in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

It is abundantly clear to Jeannie's many friends and family that she loved her time at ASU. Her involvement in the cross-country field courses and the Highland Biology Club were highlights. Jeannie was especially thrilled in planning and participating in the annual camping trips – Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in the fall and Okefenokee Swamp in the spring. A conversation with her old college buddies always included a "…hey do you remember 'where you were' or 'what you were doing' x-amount of years ago?" She, clearly, was referring to an especially memorable event that occurred on one of the camping or cross-country trips.

Friends are well aware of how she loved to reminisce, usually setting in motion a series of good belly laughs while recalling memories that most certainly involved some fun event that quite possibly involved a little bit of rowdiness. Other times, her recollections were simply heartfelt and sentimental, exposing her kind heart and love for the science of biology.

Jeannie found her way into many hearts through many titles. To some she was a biology professor or teacher extraordinaire, to others a mentor, great friend, devoted daughter, or an independent take-charge sister. She was even known as the girl with great hair and for her long braids. And to a handful she was a Swisher's Sweets with Tips cigar smoking, super fun aunt. Some may say she was gruff, bossy and sassy, but to those who truly knew her and pushed past the veneer found a true gem. Jeannie loved fiercely and loyally. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Parents Joseph and Julia, and brother Joseph Tarr III predeceased Jeanette as well as close friends, Linda Carden and John Brown. She is survived by sisters Barbara Notari of Midlothian, Texas; Patty Poole and husband Danny Ogg of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law Fay Tarr of Winston Salem, North Carolina; Florida cousins; and a fan club and nieces (Malisa Baumgard and Michelle Chudy) and nephews (Joe and Bill Tarr, and Matthew and Eric Notari) who she loved and entertained down to the great level. Jeannie also leaves behind her extended family of the long-term friends Richard Henson, Jane Sutton, Jim Sprinkle, Noah Henley, Tom Long, Zenda Welch Rushing, and Chip and Betty Euliss.

To honor Jeannie's wishes a private ceremony will be held in Boone, North Carolina by her extended ASU family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Redemption Ranch to help free and restore boys and girls from human trafficking. Please send your contributions to OpenDoor Church-Redemption Ranch, PO Box 3775, Burleson, TX 76097 or text "LIBERATED" to 77977

Elizabeth "Lib" Davidson (Eargle)

Class of 1956
- Deceased
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Elizabeth Ann Eargle Davidson, 88, residing at Martin-Boyd Christian Home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, peacefully left her earthly home and met her Lord face to face on July 17, 2022.

Elizabeth, known as “Lib” to family and friends, was born October 28, 1933, in Salisbury, a city in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. She was a devoted loving mother to Carolyn and devout grandmother to Nick. She was the middle child of three siblings. Lib was a kind, loyal, and compassionate woman who always had a smile on her face and always brought laughter and joy into any situation. She was authentic, genuine, and honest. Lib was a graduate of Mt. Ulla High School in Mt Ulla, NC and later went on to graduate from Appalachian State Teacher’s College, which is now Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC. Lib graduated from Appalachian State with degrees in elementary education and physical education. She had a passion for the trumpet, and she would share hours upon hours of stories about playing the trumpet in the college band. Voted “Most Athletic Woman,” Lib played on Appalachian’s women’s basketball and softball teams. Lib loved sports and could talk for hours sharing play by plays for a number of college sports events. A retired school teacher, Lib taught middle school language arts at The Senter School in Chattanooga, TN.

Lib was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Farrell Davidson; her parents, Otto and Elsie Eargle; and her sister, Sarah Carolyn Eargle Perrin. Those left to cherish her memory are daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Davidson (Anthony Tuppatsch); grandson, Nicholas Davidson Fontaine; brother, Otto H. Eargle (Margaret); several nieces and nephews and some very special friends. Lib will be remembered in a private graveside service at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The Davidson family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Martin-Boyd Christian Home for the love, care, kindness, and support extended to Lib during her stay.

In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Lib, the Davidson family would appreciate contributions to the Martin-Boyd Christian Home, 6845 Standifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.

Jean Ledbetter

Class of 1966
- Deceased
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Jean Fay (Brelsford) Ledbetter, age 82, passed away peacefully June 23, 2022 at Broad Creek Manor Assisted Living in Whiteford, MD. Born on December 15, 1939 in Piqua, OH, Jean was a daughter of the late Paul C. and Elsie (Duer) Brelsford.

Jean was raised in Fletcher, Ohio and graduated from Brown Local High School in 1957. She received a Bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and later her Master's Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She moved to Maryland and took a teaching job. There she met her future husband of over 50 years, Raymond Ledbetter. Together they raised two sons in Baldwin, MD, Curtis (Beth) Ledbetter and Clark (Alyson) Ledbetter. Jean taught high school and college classes, retiring in 1998 to become a full time grandma to Mason, Alyssa, and Owen Ledbetter. She was active in her community church as a volunteer and a choir member for many years. She very much enjoyed genealogy, quilting, scrap booking, walking every single day, and mostly keeping up with her three grandchildren with visits and face times. Her favorite trip was to come back to Ohio to visit her best friends, her sister, Dolores (Bill) Shively of Fletcher and her twin sister Janice Birman of Piqua, OH. They took many trips together.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brother-in–law Bob Birman.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher, OH.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to help fight Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 117, Dayton, Ohio 45459. Condolences to the family may be sent to

Carolyn Cobb

Class of 1973
- Deceased
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Carolyn Gayle Cobb, 71, of Hartwell Georgia died Friday, July 1 at her home, surrounded by family and friends following a battle with cancer.

Gayle was born October 22, 1950, in Rocky Mount, N.C. to the late John M. Cobb and Doris Mae Williams Cobb.

She leaves behind her beloved sisters, Cindy Owens (Ken), Lynn Planer (Mike), and Gloria Fagin (Dave). Also, 5 nieces and nephews, 7 great nieces and nephews. As well as her long time, dear friend and neighbor, Debby Davenport. Her cherished pets, Katie, Cody, Levi, and Tee miss her but are being well cared for.

Gayle graduated from Appalachian State University in 1972 with a degree in Spanish and secondary education. She taught Spanish at Stone Mountain High School for 31 years. She travelled Spain and other countries, often taking several students with her.

When she moved to Hartwell in 2003, she became an active advocate for animals, rescuing and leading efforts to help Hart County Humane Society and Animal Rescue Inc. Her voice became well known with the county commissioners at their board meetings.

Gayle enjoyed the lake life on her pontoon with family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, country and beach music, dancing, trivia and any type of card or board game.

A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7th at Greenlawn Cemetery, Roswell, Ga. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hart County Human Society, Animal Rescue Inc. or other rescue or charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Ingram Funeral Home and Greenlawn Cemetery.
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