List of submitted obituaries for McDowell County, NC residents.

Craig, John Wilkie

I am trying to find obituaries and wills for John Wilkie Craig and Elizabeth Mary Gillespie who are probably my 2nd great grandparents.  They lived and died in McDowell County in Marion Township.  I believe they lived about 4 miles northwest of Marion near Tom’s Creek.  They are buried in the Craig Family Cemetery that is (at least in 1995) located near where their farm was located on Tom’s Creek. Following is info about them:

John Wilkie Craig (b. 8 May 1797 in Burke (now McDowell), Co. — d. 23 Nov 1884 in McDowell, Co)

Elizabeth Mary Gillespie (b. 6 May 1799 in Burke (now McDowell) Co. – d. 3 Sep 1877 in McDowell County, Co.)

I am also trying to prove that Martha Caroline Craig (b. 1820 in McDowell County – d. 27 Dec 1892 in Fremont County, CO) was their daughter.

I would appreciate any information about how to obtain obituaries and wills or other information about this family.  If I can arrange it, my wife and I may travel to McDowell County in the next year or so for research, but for now I was hoping I could obtain this information on the Internet or by mail.  Thanks for any help.

Thank you, Stan Walker                     Walnut Creek, CA

Charles Harvey Greenlee

McDOWELL COUNTY, NC - OBITUARIES - Charles Harvey Greenlee, 16 Jun 2005

Charles Harvey Greenlee a lifelong resident of the Woodlawn community of
McDowell County passed away Thursday morning in the Spruce Pine Hospital
following and extended illness.

Charles was married to the late Jane Katherine Gill Greenlee. 

A graduate of Lees McRae College, Mr. Greenlee was a farmer by occupation; he
was also a founding partner of Greenlee Lime and Stone, Inc. and an instructor
who taught farm production to returning servicemen following world War II
under the G.I. Bill. A former elder of Landis Presbyterian Church he was a
prominent community leader throughout his life serving as a member of the
McDowell County School Board and as a member of various organizations and
committees including the Farm and Home Administration, Extension Ag Council
and the ASC Committee. His deep love of the region's history made him a local
authority on McDowell County history and he was cited for his work on the
"Over the Mountain" historical trail. A long time member of the McDowell
Democratic Men's Club he was active in politics at both the local and state

He is survived by three daughters, Loto Greenlee Caviness of Marion; Grace
Gordon Greenlee of Marion; and Charlotte Greenlee Carter of Winston Salem; a
brother, William G. Greenlee of Marion; and a grandson and a niece.

Services were held June 21, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home &
Crematory. The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. prior to the
service at the funeral home.

At other times, the family was to be at the home of Bill Greenlee. In leiu of
flowers, memorials were to be made to American Institute for Cancer Research,
1759 R. Street N. W., Washington, DC 20009 or Hospice of McDowell County, 218
Logan Street, Marion, N.C., or a charity of choice. 

Mitchell News-Journal 6/29/05 


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Dallas Paul Biddix

McDOWELL COUNTY, NC - OBITUARIES - Dallas Paul Biddix, 12 Jul 2005

MARION - Dallas Paul Biddix, 95, of Marion, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at his
home. A native of Burke County, he was the son of the late Andy A. and Lena
Lowery Biddix. He was a member of Peppers Creek Missionary Baptist Church, and
was a retired machinist from Coats America with over 25 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Mae Lowery Biddix, of the home; one son, Robie
Biddix of Marion; two daughters, Roxie Ledford of Old Fort, and Wanda
Cerminaro of Marion; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great
great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Westmoreland
Funeral Home. Revs. Mike McGuire, Lee Cook and T.J. Addison officiated. Burial
was in Biddix Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at
the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the family at 1941 Peppers
Creek Road, Marion, NC 28752.

Mitchell News-Journal 7/20/05 


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Individual Obituary Listings

McDowell County

Wright, H. D. “Doug” (2008)

Obituary of H. D. “Doug” Wright ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mr. H. D. “Doug” Wright, age 61 of Marion passed away peacefully on Thursday December 11, 2008 surrounded by family at his residence. Doug was a native of Kilgore, TX and was born on May 11, 1947 to J. D. Wright of Houma, LA and the late Nell Conrad Wright. He was retired from Texaco Oil Company following over 38 years of service as an oil field supervisor/emergency care provider. He had many hobbies including woodworking, gem mining and lapidary, glass blowing and gardening. He was a member of the McDowell County Master’s Gardener, Blue Ridge Chevron retiree group and the Hickory Foothills Sam’s RV Club. Doug was also a veteran of the U. S. Navy and the U. S. Marine Corps having served as a medic “Doc” during the Vietnam War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife of 41 years, Hope Bayne Wright; two sons, John C. Wright and his wife Alexis of Marietta, GA and Brian D. Wright and his wife Tonya of Clermont, FL; a sister Brenda Wright Fields of Houma, LA; six grandchildren, Victoria, Blair, Luke, Jared, Landon and Carson; and his faithful and beloved dog Colonel.

A funeral service was held on Monday December 15, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Paul Adelgren officiating. The family received friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team. Memorials may be made to the McDowell County Master Gardeners Club c/o Charlie Sander 702 Lakeview Hills Drive, Nebo, NC 28761.

An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday December 17, 2008 Volume 14 # 50

Worley, Alton (2008)

Obituary of Alton Worley ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Alton Worley went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday September 29, 2008. He was born on May 1, 1926 to Henry Worley and Sylvania Buckner Worley in Madison County. Alton was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church since moving to Marion in 1939. A dedicated member, he served as teacher, usher and deacon through the years. He loved his church, but was unable to attend regularly after illness struck. Alton retired from the State Highway Department in 1983. Prior to working for the state, he was employed at Drexel Furniture and still has friends from both places who remember his quick smile and happy, friendly personality. His entire family mourns his loss and will never stop missing him, but we know he is celebrating in Heaven today. His desire was to impress on his family to always be ready, life on this earth is short but heaven is eternal!

Alton is survived by his wife of more than 58 years, Pauline Myers Worley; his two children, Phyllis Wright of Lenoir and Ray Worley and his wife Carol of Marion; five grandchildren who will greatly miss him, Jamie and Jon Wright of Lenoir, Chad and Nathan Worley and Lisa Worley Seay, all of Marion; six great grandchildren, Heather, Cameron, and Landrie Wright of Lenoir and Andrew, Jada and Isaac Worley of Marion; two sisters, Nan Wright and Mae Wright and her husband Fred, all of Marion; one brother Vernon Worley and his wife Juanita of Marion. His sister Myrtle Baker, two brothers, Winston and Burder Worley and a son-in-law Steve Wright preceded him in death. He was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. Uncle Alton is remembered as the most loving, sweet and fun uncle.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday October 1, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Dr. Tom Walker and Revs. Leo Kuykendall and Bruce Ward officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday October 1, 2008 Volume 14 # 39

Wood, Evelyn Leona Floyd (2009)

Obituary of Evelyn Leona Floyd Wood ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Evelyn Leona Floyd Wood, age 78 of Marion passed away Thursday March 19, 2009 at The McDowell Hospital. Evelyn was born in Gaston County on August 28, 1930 and was a daughter of the late Rev. John and Rosa Floyd. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Preceding Evelyn in death was a brother Donald and two sisters, Audrey and Rebecca.

Surviving Mrs. Wood are three children: Rex Wood and his wife Debbie, Michael Wood and his companion Judy and Tammy Wood Webster; brothers, Rev. Johnny, Roger, Ray and Mike; sisters, Betty and Diane; special sister-in-law Evelyn; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday March 22, 2009 at 11:00 am at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Ray Stockton officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 am at the church. Interment was in Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association of NC 3801 Lake Boone Trail Suite 190 Raleigh, NC 27607. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday March 25, 2008 Volume 15 # 12


Wilson, Roy Edward “Coyroy” (2009)

Obituary of Roy Edward “Coyroy” Wilson ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mr. Roy Edward “Coyroy” Wilson, age 54 of Marion passed away on Thursday January 15, 2009 at The McDowell Hospital. A native of McDowell County, he was born on May 28, 1954 to the late R. D. Wilson and Treva McCracken Wilson of Montreat. He was employed at Superior Machine Co. in Marion as a welder. A man of the outdoors, he will be remembered for his humor, pride, honesty and respect for others. He could be taken at his word and his family is proud of him, loved him and will always remember him.

Saddened by this loss are, in addition to his mother, two sons, Roy S. Wilson and Jesse L. Wilson, both of Old Fort; two brothers, Randall Wilson of Old Fort and Roger Wilson of Leicester; two sisters, Darlene McPeters and Sherry Wilson, both of Leicester; his niece Gina Groseclose; three uncles, Vester, Therry and Coy Wilson; and three aunts, Marchie, Lillian and Helen.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday January 20, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Stewart Vess officiating. The family received friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 21, 2008 Volume 15 # 3

Wilson, Locky Hennessee (2008)

Obituary of Locky Hennessee Wilson ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mrs. Locky Hennessee Wilson, age 95 of Marion died Tuesday October 14, 2008 in Signal Mountain, TN. A native of McDowell County, Mrs. Wilson was born January 22, 1913 and was a daughter of the late Robert and Lula Lonon Hennessee. She was a retired school teacher who taught third and fourth grade students in McDowell County for more than 30 years. Her husband Raymond Wilson preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Bob Wilson and wife Cindy of Dunlap, TN and Joe Wilson and wife Candice of Raleigh; sister, Elizabeth Anderson of Sarasota, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday October 18, 2008 at 11:00 am in Westmoreland Chapel, Marion. The family received friends on Friday October 17, 2008 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, at the funeral home. Interment was in McDowell Memorial Park. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements. On line guest books at and under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday October 22, 2008 Volume 14 # 42