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William Arville ‘Buddy’ Hines

William Arville “Buddy” Hines, age 77, of West Columbia, S.C. and formerly of Alleghany County, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at his residence. He was born Dec. 25, 1934 in Alleghany County to the late William Forrester and Lela Mae Irwin Hines. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph John Hines and Wiley Rex Hines. He was retired from the U.S. Navy, in which he was attached to the U.S. Marines part of his military service. He also retried from the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Columbia.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Combs Hines of West Columbia; two sisters, Reba Lee Walker and Edna Rose Jones; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 10 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Sparta cemetery. Full military rites were conducted by Bruce Wayne Osborne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7034 and Marine Corps League, Walter Frank Osborne Jr. Detachment 1298.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps League, Walter Frank Osborne Jr. Detachment 1298, P.O. Box 1298, Sparta, NC 28675.

Iris Kathleen Brooks Gambill

Iris Kathleen Brooks Gambill, age 86, of Sparta, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta. She was born in Alleghany County July 2, 1925 to the late Richard Arthur Brooks and Mabel Thompson Brooks Blevins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy McGrady.

She is survived by her husband, Tam Gambill of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Gary Crouse of Wytheville, Va., Karen and Marion Leys of Sparta and Tammy and Steve Mason of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary Gambill of the home and David and LeAnn Gambill of Sparta; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruth Hutchins of Mount Airy and Ruby and Wallace Hill of Rock Hill, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 6 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Elk Creek Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Sparta.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alleghany Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 9, Sparta, NC 28675 or to the Piney Creek Dirty Fingers Garden Club Building Fund, c/o Glenna Gambill, 68 Farmers Fish Camp Road, Sparta, NC 28675.

Clay H. Bryan

Clay H. Bryan, age 72, of Winston-Salem and formerly of Alleghany County, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Health. He was born Jan. 2, 1935 in Sparta to the late Willie N. and Cola C. Bryan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged, he relocated to Winston-Salem, where he was employed at Lowe’s for 20 years. He then was employed by Hoots Concrete for 27 years until he retired. He was a member of Saint Matthew Apostolic Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, C.J. Bryan and Ferrell Bryan; and three sisters, Richilene Bryan Murrow, Lillian Bryan and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bryan; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Clay H. Bryan Jr. and Sandra Bryan and Ricky Carter; two stepsons and spouses, Herbert and Lisa Kelly and Hilbert and Quanda Kelly; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Delmer and Juanita Bryan of Sparta; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 23 at Saint Matthew Apostolic Church with burial in Gardens of Memory in Walkertown. Bishop Joseph P. Lowery officiated.

Elgin Johnny Bennett

Elgin Johnny Bennett, age 90, of Elkin and formerly of Alleghany County, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin. He was born Sept. 25, 1921 in Alleghany County to the late Faw Coy and Munice Hall Bennett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Geraldine Shaw Bennett; two sons, Johnny Elgin Bennett and Tony Franklin Bennett; one brother, Clayton Bennett; and three sisters, Amy Hodge, Mallie Edwards and Bert Andrews.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Brown Bennett of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gale and Claudie Roberts and Freida and Bud Cockerham, all of Glade Valley; one son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Margaret Bennett of Woodlawn, Va.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; three step-great-grandchildren; two stepsons and a spouse, David and Brenda Brown of Thurmond and Donald Brown of Virginia; two step-daughters and a spouse, Annie Layell of Salisbury and Rosezetta and Michael Spicer of State Road; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 11 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Cherry Lane Union Baptist Church cemetery in Cherry Lane.

Raymond ‘Lee’ Barker

Raymond “Lee” Barker, age 60, of West Jefferson, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at Carolina Medical Center. He was born in Ashe County Sept. 6, 1951 to the late Raymond Lee and Lillian Francis Barker. He served in the United States Coast Guard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Barker.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Eller Barker; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Melissa and Randy McCoy of North Wilkesboro, LeAnne and Jeremy Bowman of Lansing and Stephanie Barker of Jefferson; two sons, Joe Barker and Allen Barker, both of Jefferson; one brother, Steve Barker of West Jefferson; two sisters, Linda Bare of Ennice and Dee Barker of West Jefferson; five grandchildren, Brendon McCoy, Addison McCoy, Leah Severt, Reece Severt and Brooke Vannoy; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 8 at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Howell Hill cemetery with military rites. The Rev. Lonnie Jones and the Rec. Johnny Blevins officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ashe County Cancer Fund, c/o Renea Adams, 372 Oscar Day Road, Jefferson, NC 28640 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Melissa Ann Miller Utt

Melissa Ann Miller Utt of Raleigh passed away Jan. 1, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. 
Melissa was born Nov. 1, 1964 in Wilkesboro. She attended Wilkes Central High School and First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. While at Wilkes Central High School she was a cheerleader, member of the marching band, student government representative and member of the school’s National Honor Society. In addition, Melissa was active in Interact, a service club sponsored by Rotary International for high school students, where she served as the group’s president.
After graduating from high school in 1983, Melissa attended North Carolina State University for two years where she participated in the school’s pre-Veterinary Medicine program. During her sophomore year, she met her husband Paul via a blind date. After her sophomore year, Melissa transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study to become a pharmacist and was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. In 1990 Melissa graduated from Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy.
Melissa and Paul wed on Aug. 18, 1990. Immediately following their wedding, Melissa and Paul began their married life together in Winston-Salem where Paul attended graduate school and Melissa worked for Forsyth Hospital. From 1993 to 2000, Melissa and Paul lived in Greenville, S.C. where she worked at St. Francis Hospital. While living in Greenville, Melissa and Paul were blessed by the births of their daughters Mary Gordon on Aug. 14, 1994 and Caroline Lane on Oct. 23, 1996.  In 2000, Melissa and Paul moved back to Raleigh, where the family now resides. Shortly after this move, their son, Paul Winebrener Utt, Jr (Brener), was born on Oct. 31, 2000.  While living in Raleigh, Melissa worked for the North Carolina Department of Correction’s Central Pharmacy. 
Melissa was actively involved with garden clubs in Greenville, S.C. and in Raleigh, Most recently, Melissa was a member of the Coley Forest Garden Club of which she served as president. Her passion for arranging flowers brought great joy to her. She was also active with both daughters in the National Charity League, a devoted “tennis mom,” a staunch supporter of Saint Mary’s School and member of Christ Church. 
Melissa will be remembered for her devoted love for her family and her uniquely gracious, humble, kind and approachable spirit. Her personality allowed her to form deep and lasting friendships with everyone she met. She leaves a legacy of giving more of herself than she asked of others, of unconditional love for her family and friends and a life lived with the combination of charm, style and grace that only Melissa possessed. 

Melissa is survived by her husband Paul; children Mary Gordon, Caroline and Brener; her parents, Dr. Gordon Profit Miller and Myrtle Jean Hudler Miller of Wilkesboro; a brother, Gordon Profit Miller, Jr, and wife, Paula, of Springdale, Ark.; and in-laws Mr. and Mrs. William Ernest Utt of Frederick Md., Mr. and Mrs. William Phillips Utt of Houston, Texas, Mr. James Gambrill Utt of Bethesda, Md. and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Lane Utt of Ijamsville, Md.

The family will be forever grateful for the care provided by her doctors and nurses at Duke University Medical Center, as well as the daily support from local friends during Melissa’s care. In particular, the family thanks Kristin Shook who worked daily during Melissa’s care to coordinate meal donations, schedule travel for family members and make arrangements for children. Kristin was supported by Stephanie Mosely, Sharon Gustafson, Sidney Lowe, Anne Mitchell, Pat Barnard, Jennifer and Steve Holloman and Cindy Jones.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 6 at Christ Church. A graveside service was conducted Jan. 6 at Laurel Springs Baptist Church cemetery in Laurel Springs.
Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church, 120 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Robin Moxley Wyatt

Robin Moxley Wyatt, age 52, of Sparta, died Dec. 27, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born Sept. 24, 1959 in Wilkes County to Russell William and Dorothy Sue Royal Moxley. She was preceded in death by her mother. She was employed by Daymark Recovery Services, formerly known as New River Behavioral Healthcare.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Wyatt of the home; her father, Russell William Moxley of Sparta; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa M. and Kenneth Miles of Glade Valley and Willi Sue and Rickie Black of Sparta; a sister-in-law and spouse, Anita and Bill Newman of State Road; and numerous friends.

Memorial services were conducted Dec. 30 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Janet McKnight, 2511 Mountain View Road, Glade Valley, NC 28627 or to the American Heart Association, c/o Debbie Williams, P.O. Box 72, Sparta, NC 28675.

James Preston ‘Pete’ Simmons

James Preston “Pete” Simmons, age 63, of Boonville, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born Dec. 11, 1948 in Surry County to the late Lee and Alva Holcomb Simmons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Simmons; and a brother-in-law, Dean Jennings.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He worked at the Elkin Police Department for 23 years and worked as a D.A.R.E. officer and resource officer for the Alleghany County School System.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Adams Simmons of the home; five children and spouses, Sheri and Jason Beck, Julie S. and Robert Barfield, Anna S. and Shane Crow, Chase and Amanda Simmons and Rhyne and Vanessa Simmons; three stepchildren and spouses, Sonya and Barry Allen, Brent and Sandra Byrd and Deana and Jamie Welborn; 11 grandchildren, Langley Rose Barfield, Gabriel Wayne Simmons, Aubrie Grace Simmons, Baby Preston Simmons, Justin Phillips, McKenzie Owens, Blake Haynes, Brittany Craft, Tanner Church, Ragan Welborn and Jessica Mason; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda Jennings and Debbie and Eddie Wilmoth; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Adams; two sisters-in-law and a spouse, Rose Dema Simmons and Carlene and Gordon Davis; and brother-in-law and spouse, Donnie and Vickie Adams; and two special friends, Denny and Debbie Cox.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 3 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in State Road with burial in Mountain Park cemetery. Full military rites were conducted by Yadkin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10346.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane Suite 200, Mt. Airy, NC 27030.

Kathleen Miller Osborne

Kathleen Miller Osborne, age 78, of West Jefferson, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson. She was born April 19, 1933 in Ashe County to the late Rudy and Dolly Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Walter Day. She attended Smethport Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Dean Carl Osborne of the home; a son, Johnny Day of Minnesota; four daughters, Judy Beasley of Sparta, Brenda Hubernable, Mary Perry, both of Baltimore, Md. and Cloia George of West Jefferson; a sister and a brother-in-law, Martha and Jim Vickers of Lansing; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 2 at Ashelawn Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Lloyd Day and the Rev. Larry Shepherd officiated.

John Donald Nichols

John Donald Nichols, age 72, of Grayson County, Va., died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. He was born June 21, 1939 in Grayson County to the late Kemper and Christine Dixon Nichols. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Kemper Nichols.
He was retired from Nautilus in Independence, Va. He was a 32-degree Mason, a lifetime member of Masonic Old Town Lodge No. 68 in Galax, Va. and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans No. 1691 of Hillsville, Va.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Snell Nichols of the home; two sons, Mark Nichols of the home and Gregory Nichols of Aberdeen, Md.; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Melissa N. and Chris Smith of Fort Chiswell, Va., Catherine N. and Michael Shaffer of Galax and Chris Nichols and Valarie Nichols, both of Aberdeen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Cecil and Betty Nichols of Ennice and David and Carol Nichols of Galax; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 29 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in Independence with burial in Pleasant Grove cemetery in Independence. The Rev. Darrin Brannock officiated. Masonic rites were conducted by Old Town Lodge No. 68 and by the Sons of Confederate Veterans No. 1691.


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