Obituaries

Daisy Lee Walker Yelton, age 81, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, September 14, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.
     Born December 9, 1936 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Walker and Colleen Terry. Daisy worked as a CNA for years before retirement.   She was an avid quilter and love to read and crochet.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Pinkney Reid Yelton; three sisters, Bertha McMahan, Winnie Blankenship, and Marcia Miller; three brothers, Johnie Harrison, Bill Coffey and Roy Henry Terry and two grandchildren, Carol Renee Yelton and Tammy Tessnair Lee.
     Survivors include her nine children, Wayne Yelton and wife, Denise, Carol Tessnair and husband, Thurmond, Ronald Yelton, Marie Henderson and husband, Harold, Denice Foote and husband, Russell, Pinkie Tessnair, Bill Yelton and wife, April and Charles Yelton all of Rutherfordton and Annie Head of Forest City; one sister Madge Hooks and husband, Steve of Connelly Springs; twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
     A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Westminster Baptist Church. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.

     Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Ida Virginia Watkins Cobb, of Cliffside, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Oakland Living Center in the arms of her daughter.  She was the daughter of Clarence and Bonnie Dotson Watkins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Cobb, her son, Gary Cobb, and daughter, Sheila Butt. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and David Chauncy of Caroleen, several grand and great-grandchildren, brother, Joe Watkins (Debbie), brother-in-law Dan Wortman and sister-in-law Frances Cobb.
 
Virginia was a life-long resident of Cliffside. Born on March 13, 1925, she married her high-school sweet heart, Ray in 1942, and together they raised their children surrounded by their extended family and community friends.
 
She spent her adult years serving the community both in the Cliffside Mill and JC Cowan, using her accounting gift in payroll to help the mill employees care for their families.  At her death, she was a part of the church family of Caroleen United Methodist Church.
 
Paramount for Virginia was a life lived reflective of the Lord she loved. Her service to her church, family, friends and strangers was unparalleled and impacted the lives of everyone she encountered. Whether sharing a word of encouragement, preparing a meal or providing services on the many Red Cross disasters she adventured on later in life, Virginia was known for her generous loving spirit.  She received many awards for her volunteer work at American Red Cross, Rutherford Hospital, Hospice, and Chase Corner Ministries.
 
She will be missed by many, but all who knew her are filled with joy knowing her earthly adventure may have ended, but her heavenly one is beginning.
 
A service to celebrate her life of service will be held at Caroleen United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 AM. There will be no formal visitation. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Caroleen United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 187, Caroleen, NC  28019 or Chase Corner Ministries, PO Box 327 Henrietta, NC  28076. 
      A special thank you to the staff of Oakland Living Center for the care, patience and love shown to Virginia during her stay and at her passing.
 
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Forest City- Margie Lee Packard born, January 17, 1928, was a teacher who helped generations of students. She departed this life on Thursday, September 13, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Buren Lee Packard and Florence Bostic Packard.

Margie was born in Cliffside, NC and was baptized at Cliffside Baptist Church where she was a member for many years, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. Later in life, she became a member of Sandy Run Baptist Church where she served as deacon for two terms. She was an active choir member and as a member of the Senior Citizens Organization.

Margie attended Cliffside Public School, Mars Hill Jr. College and Appalachian State University. She taught at Cliffside Elementary School and Dunbar Elementary School, serving in education for 42 years.

Besides her parents she is preceded in death by a sister Rachel Packard Condrey.

Left to cherish her memories are cousins Elizabeth Sparks Earls, Paul Ray Sparks, Wayne Packard, Dan Packard and a special cousin and caregiver Tommie Sparks Moton plus members of the Bostic, Packard and Towery families.

Services will be 2:00pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Sandy Run Baptist Church with Pastor Andy Oliver officiating the service. A visitation will be held from 1:30-2:00pm prior to the service.

She will be laid to rest at Cleveland Memorial Park following the service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Eggers Funeral Home of Cliffside.


SPINDALE – Samuel Lee Ferguson, 56, passed away on Tues., Sept. 11, 2018 at Hospice of Carolinas Foothills surrounded by his loving family.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service, LLC.


Mr. Vernon Kenneth “Ken” Eplee, 78, of Bostic, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Holly Springs Nursing Home.
Ken was the son of the late Alfred and Minnie Bell Whiteside Eplee, and was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Eplee; his brother, William “Bill” Eplee; and his sister Helen Gilbert. He was a US Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict, and was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church. He retired from UPS after 31 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Butler Eplee; a son, Gary Eplee and wife Kim, of Ellenboro; and his 2 grandchildren, Haley Eplee and Hunter Eplee.


MOORESBORO – John Alan Tuttle, 56, passed away at his residence on Monday, September  03, 2018.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service, LLC of Boiling Springs,  NC.