Michael Anthony Duncan, age 25, of Sparta, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lacy Duncan. Michael was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved the outdoors. He always had a smile on his face and never knew a stranger. He was a devoted father, who loved his daugh
ter very much. He leaves behind many devastated and heartbroken family members and friends who will forever miss his stories, adventures and smiling face.
He is survived by his precious daughter, Layla Duncan of Boonville; his wife, Stephanie Duncan of Boonville; his devoted parents, Dennis and Kim Duncan of Sparta; his paternal grandmother, Brenda Duncan of Sparta; his maternal grandparents, Harold and Barbara Holman of West Jefferson; two aunts and spouses, Angie and Jim Hewitt of Germany and Dina and Dwayne Burnett of Hillsville, Va.; seven uncles and spouses, Alton Duncan of Sparta, Darrell Duncan of Rock Hill, S.C., Michael and Donna Duncan of Granite Falls, Anthony and Angie Holman, Dean and Lisa Holman, Rick and Beth Holman and Terry Holman, all of West Jefferson; several very special cousins, Heather Burnette, Rebekah Hewitt, Rachel Hewitt, Caleb Duncan, Conner Duncan, Amber Holman, Allison Holman, Ryan Holman, Roger Holman, Kelly Holman, Rebekah Holmnan, Preston Holman and Evan Holman; and two very best friends, Adam Duncan and Aaron Duncan.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 9 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Duncan Family cemetery in Sparta.
Lillian Wagoner Smith, age 88, of Ennice, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Johnny and Mae Joines Wagoner. In addition, to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Don Smith; two brothers, George Wagoner and Ray Wagoner; and three sisters, Wilma Caudill, Emma Lee Andrews and Nellie Murphy.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John Paul and Wanda Smith of Ennice and Wayne and Carol Smith of Hixson, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crab Creek cemetery in Ennice.
Memorial contributions may be made to High Country Hospice of Alleghany, P.O. Box 1287, Sparta, NC 28675.
Bruce Harrell Evans was taken home to our Lord on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. Bruce's celebration of life will be held at Liberty Grove Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Bruce would have been 61 on Nov. 25. He was preceded in death by is p
arents, E.C. and Fern Ramey Evans formerly of Mount Airy; and an older brother, Gerald Evans formerly of Lenoir.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Johnson Evans; his daughters and families, Robin E. and Randy Barrington and son, Eli, of Wilmington; Holly E. and Matt Carver and children, Lily, Brant and Lake of Clemmons; and Brook E. Evans of Reno, Nev.; his sisters, Janet Evans of Fancy Gap, Va., Annette Evans of Sparta and Amanda Evans-Soukup of South Haven, Mich.
Bruce lived his life for his God, wife, children and grandchildren. He was blessed with a musical talent that gave great joy to family, friends and strangers alike. Bruce will always be remembered by many friends as a musician and singer with the Nomads and Shotgun Band. Bruce’s music along with his loving and kind nature gave his family and all he met much happiness and joy. His church family knew Bruce as the Sunday school teacher who always had a joke while he taught the message of hope and the love of Jesus Christ.
Throughout Bruce’s two and one-half-year battle with brain cancer, Bruce kept a positive attitude and lived everyday demonstrating his strong beliefs and unlimited love for his family.
Bruce and Debra were active members of Liberty Grove Baptist Church and the Gideons. Bruce was a graduate of North Surry High School in Mount Airy and Gardner-Webb.
George Dewey Cox, age 69, of Mouth of Wilson, Va., the Potato Creek Community, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at his residence. He was born Feb. 11, 1941 in Mouth of Wilson to George Dewey Cox Sr. and Bertha Morton Cox.
He is survived by his wife, Gena Delp Cox of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie C. and Randy Sturgill of Laurel Springs, Polly C. and Steve Owen of Kingsport, Tenn. and Amy C. and David Close of Owasso, Okla.; one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and John Church of Independence, Va.; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 4 at Potato Creek Church in Mouth of Wilson with burial in Potato Creek cemetery. The Rev. Eugene Murphy officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Potato Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Gena D. Cox, 488 Fox Knob Road, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363; Twin County Hospice, P.O. Box 106, Galax, VA 24333; or the Alzeheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 1, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Nancy ?Diane? Caudill, age 30, of North Wilkesboro and formerly of Alleghany County, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born Nov. 30, 1979 in Alleghany County to Ronnie and Kathy Laws Caudill. She was preceded in death by a brother, Nathan Caudill; her paternal grandfather; and her maternal grandparents.
She is survived by one son, David Bailey of North Wilkesboro; her father and stepmother, Ronnie and Clara Creviston Caudill of North Wilkesboro; her mother and stepfather, Kathy and David Hall of North Wilkesboro; one sister and brother-in-law, Jessica and Daniel Earp of North Wilkesboro; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bryan Caudill of North Wilkesboro, Neal and Michelle Caudill and Daniel and Melissa Caudill, all of Thomasville; her paternal grandmother, Linda Oxendine of Cooleemee; and her step-grandmother, Peggy Kell of North Wilkesboro.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 2 at Old Fashion Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Stephan Caudill and the Rev. Ronnie Helton officiated. Pallbearers were Neal Caudill, Daniel Caudill, Daniel Earp, Larry Caudill Jr., Johnathan Bryson, Duane Caudill and Kenneth Caudill.
Martha Parsons Brady, age 70, of Sparta, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of the late James and Virgie Wingate Parsons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Lee Brady.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Donald Ray Crouse of Glade Valley; one son, Mark Poole of Winchester, Va.; four grandchildren, Michael Crouse, Jessie Ray Crouse, Callie Poole and Darby Poole; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Gay Parsons of Salem, Va.; one sister, Betty Brooks; and several nieces and nephews.
There were no formal services held.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Wally Frank ?John? McClung Jr., age 86, of Danese, W.Va. and formerly of Sparta, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Danese. He was born Aug. 16, 1924 in Richwood, W.Va. to the late Wally Frank McClung Sr. and Armintie Chapman McClung. He was an Army Veteran of World War II serving in France after the Normandy Invasion. He was wounded in action and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He was a member of Millbrook Baptist Church in Danese. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene Trout McClung in 1951; his second wife, Norma Boothe McClung in 2005; an infant son, Lloyd Allen McClung in 1956; a great-granddaughter, Grace in 2008; two brothers, Andrew McClung and Samuel McClung; and two sisters, Eunice Teter and Mary Buster.
He is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Terry Lee and Rachel McClung, Larry Joe and Marlene McClung, John McClung, Wally F. McClung III and Kathy McClung; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Nancy and Carlton Brown, Katrina Gale and Chris Fleming Wendy and Joseph Talley and Donna Hall; a stepson and spouse, Ricky and Margaret Royal of Sparta; two stepdaughters, Donna Bouchelle and Vickie Owens; 23 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Iona McClung; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Florence Franzello, Leda O’Dell and Anne and Sam Wright; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 25 at Millbrook Baptist Church in Danese with interment in End of the Trail cemetery in Clintonville, W.Va. Terry McClung and Pastor Steve Martin officiated.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Millbrook Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 61, Danese, WV 25831.
Tommy Dillard Eldridge, age 67, of Sparta, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 at Alleghany Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sparta. He was the son of the late James and Ollie Marie Young Eldridge. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Lee Eldridge; a brother, J.C. Eldridge; and a sister, Brenda Kay Wiles.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Eldridge of Sparta; one son, J.C. Eldridge of Sparta; one grandson, Alex Gore; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, L.V. and Gail Eldridge, Henry and Ann Eldridge and Earl Eldridge, all of Sparta; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marie Hodge of Sparta, Freda and Clyde Petrey of Middlesborough, N.Y. and Reba and Sam Garrett of Pennington Gap, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Sparta Church of God.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Jane Schiller Dancy, age 80, of Laurel Springs, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. She was born Nov. 8, 1929 in West Virginia to the late Karl and Louise Cohr Schiller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Ray Dancy, five sisters; and one brother.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly ?Dale? and Ray McNeil; three grandchildren and spouses, Robert and Delta Geisinger, Marlana and James Bell and Keith Geisinger; three great-grandchildren, Emma Grace Bell, Cynthia Geisinger Humphries and Leah Bell; two sisters, Anna Turner and Violet Rafferty, both of Ohio; a special nephew, Gail Dancy; and several other nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 27 at Badger Funeral Home Chapel in West Jefferson with burial in New River cemetery. The Rev. Reeves Jones officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Badger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 139, West Jefferson, NC 28694 or to Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017.
Guy Neal Crowe, age 66, of Piney Creek, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born Dec. 24, 1943 in Cabarrus County to the late Guy C. and Willie Tyner Crowe.
A 1964 graduate of Montreat-Anderson College, Guy followed a career in hospitality in the airline and resort industries. He owned his own travel agency in Concord. A 15-year Alleghany County resident, Guy volunteered on the Vestry at Christ Church and at the Solid Rock Food Closet.
He is survived by his companion of 38 years, Jack Connor; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Vanessa Crowe of Kannapolis.
Memorial services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 25 at Christ Episcopal Church in Sparta with interment in the churchyard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.