List of submitted obituaries for McDowell County, NC residents.

Wilson, James “Alvin” (2009)

Obituary of James “Alvin” Wilson ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mr. James “Alvin” Wilson, age 77 of Marion passed away on Thursday January 15, 2009 at The McDowell Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was born on June 3, 1931 to the late William Alexander Wilson and Bonnie Ballew Wilson. He enjoyed volunteering at the First United Methodist Church daycare. Alvin will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. A son Ricky Lane Wilson, preceded him in death in 1976.

Surviving are his wife Faye Murphy Wilson; five children, James Eugene Wilson of Marion, Naomi Wilson Stevens and her husband Ronnie of Marion, Susie Wilson Tipton and her husband Randy of Weaverville, Kevin D. Wilson and his wife Jeanette of Marion and Genia Wilson Johnson and her husband Matt of Marion; a sister Betty Wilson Brown of Asheville; a brother Thomas Edward Wilson of Morganton; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Sunday January 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Chuck Tripp officiating. The family received friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wilson family at PO Box 3072 Marion, NC 28752. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

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

Wilson, Alfred Eugene “Gene” (2009)

Obituary of Rev. Alfred Eugene “Gene” Wilson ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Rev. Alfred Eugene “Gene” Wilson, age 71 of Nebo went home to the Lord on Thursday March 12, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A native of Oliver Springs, TN, he was born on October 21, 1937 to the late Luther and Osie Queener Wilson. Gene was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church in Morganton and will be remembered as a loving husband and father. He retired from Levinton Southern Devices following 19 years of service. He loved the Carolina Panthers. Gene was called to preach many years ago and always preached straight from The Book. A sister Thelma Wilson preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Dorothy “Dottie” Click Wilson; eight children, Wanda Poteat of Nebo, Mark Wilson and his wife Renee’ of Morganton, Marty Kay Milton and her husband Terry of Morganton; Stacey Wilson of Conover, Kris Gravley of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Angie Neal of Charleston, WV, Scott Richardson and his wife Tracy of Nebo and Nikki Bedford and her husband Rodney of Logan, WV; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and faithful companion, Lexi Wilson.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Road Baptist Church in Morganton with Rev. Micah Piercy officiating. The family received friends on Monday March 16 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion where the body remained until placed in the church immediately prior to the service. Burial was in Burke Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Hospitality House of Charlotte at 1400 Scott Avenue Charlotte, NC 28203. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday March 18, 2008 Volume 15 # 11

Williams, John Edward (2009)

Obituary of John Edward Williams ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

John Edward Williams, 67, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord on Thursday February 26, 2009 at McDowell Hospital. He was born, December 10, 1941, in McDowell County, NC to Daniel Lee Williams of Marion and to the late Connie Wilkerson Williams.

In addition to his Father, left behind to cherish his memory are one brother, four sisters and several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and other friends.

Services were held at 3:00 PM on Sunday March 1, 2009 in McCall Memorial Chapel at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion. Burial followed at McDowell Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion is assisting the family. Words of comfort may be shared with the Williams family at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday March 4, 2008 Volume 15 # 9

Williams, Aiden Ryder (2009)

Obituary of Aiden Ryder Williams ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Aiden Ryder Williams, age 7 months, went to be with Jesus on Monday February 16, 2009 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Aiden was born on June 20, 2008 to Jonathan Williams and Danielle Stevenson.

In addition to his parents, Aiden is survived by his paternal grandmother Holly Trumble, paternal grandfather Bobby Gregory; maternal grandmother LaDonne Turner and husband Kevin; maternal grandfather Tommy Stevenson and wife Dana; a sister Ainsley Williams; family and friends too numerous to list.

A celebration of Aiden’s life was held at 2:00 PM on Saturday February 21, 2009 at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Dwayne Turner and Rev. Mike Church officiating. The family received friends from 12:00 pm to 2:00 at the funeral home. Burial was in Bethel Freewill Baptist church cemetery.

Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the Williams family.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday February 25, 2008 Volume 15 # 8

Wilkerson, Lula Mae (2008)

Obituary of Lula Mae Wilkerson ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Lula Mae Wilkerson, 73, of Nebo went to be the Lord Thursday October 23, 2008 at McDowell Hospital.

Services were held at 2:00 PM on Monday October 27, 2008 at Corpening Chapel in Burke County, NC with Rev. Camp, Mr. & Mrs. Cantrell and Pastor Cunningham officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family. Words of comfort may be shared with the Wilkerson family at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday October 29, 2008 Volume 14 # 43

Whiting, Glenda Bernice Skipper (2008)

Obituary of Glenda Bernice Skipper Whiting ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Glenda Bernice Skipper Whiting, age 61 of Marion passed away Monday November 24, 2008. Glenda was born in Rutherford County on May 18, 1947 and was the daughter of the late Garner Cleveland Skipper and Harriet Susan Hill Skipper. She was a caring LPN and a loving mother and grandmother who will be remembered with a warm smile.

Surviving Mrs. Whiting are two children: Michelle Eckenrod and her husband Mark and Anthony Whiting and his wife Jill, all of Marion and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday December 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Westmoreland Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Michelle Eckenrod 170 Holly St. Marion, NC 28752. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday November 26, 2008 Volume 14 # 47

Whiteley, John Michael (2009)

Obituary of John Michael Whiteley ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

John Michael Whiteley, age 59 of Marion passed away unexpectedly Tuesday March 3, 2009 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Oteen. A native of Baltimore, MD, he was born on August 1, 1949 to the late William Thomas Whiteley, Sr. and Margaret Sexton Whiteley Webb of Marion. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Vietnam War. Fishing was one of his favorite pastimes. A brother William Thomas “Bill” Whiteley preceded him in death.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Julie Whiteley Harrison and Jennifer Whiteley, both of Rutherford County; his step-father Claude Webb; three sisters, Lynne Steppe of Old Fort, Patti Briggs of Nebo and Claudia Rumfelt of Marion; one grandson Lucas Harrison; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service with military honors by the U. S. Army was held on Saturday March 7, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Philip Steppe officiating. The family received friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Whiteley Memorial Fund at PO Box 216 Nebo, NC 28761.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday March 11, 2008 Volume 15 # 10

White, Jewel Lee (1999)

Obituary of Jewel Lee White ~ 1999

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Jewel Lee White, 91 of Marion died April 21, 1999 at the McDowell Hospital. Born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph White, he was a retired self-employed brick mason.

Surviving is his wife Nellie White of Marion; a daughter Linda White Shelton of Acworth, GA; a brother Joe Junior White of South Carolina; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association NC Affiliate Region 1 50 S. French Broad St. Asheville, NC 28801. Westmoreland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday April 28, 1999 Volume 5 # 17

White, Bertie Suttlemyre (2008)

Obituary of Bertie Suttlemyre White ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Bertie Suttlemyre White, age 92 of Old Fort passed away Sunday August 24, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville. Mrs. White was born in McDowell County on June 9, 1916 and was the daughter of the late A.L. Suttlemyre and Katherine Stepp Suttlemyre. She was a member of Old Fort United Methodist Church and a homemaker. Her family will remember her as a loving mother and grandmother. Preceding Mrs. White in death was her husband Chaney M. White.

Surviving Mrs. White are one daughter Gay White of Old Fort; and one granddaughter Celeste White.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday August 27, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Old Fort Methodist Church with Rev. Ronald Allcorn officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in McDowell Memorial Park.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday August 27, 2008 Volume 14 # 34