Cox, William F. III (2008)

Obituary of Rev. William F. Cox III ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Rev. William F. Cox III passed away Thursday December 18, 2008 at Hospice of Rutherford County.  Mr. Cox was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 31, 1929 and was a son of the late William F. Cox II and Frances Duval Cox.  He was a member of Marion Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.  He retired as a Missionary and Southeast Regional Director from BCM International having served primarily in the Southeastern United States.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during the Korean War.  A son William Franklin Cox IV preceded Mr. Cox in death.

Left to cherish Rev. Cox’s memory is his wife of 54 years, Patricia Rainey Cox of the home; two children: Karen Rice and her husband Kent of East Petersburg, PA and Matthew Duval Cox and his wife Jenni of Spring Creek, PA; one sister, Barbara Remy and her husband Michel of Cape May, NJ; eight grandchildren: Rebecca, Hannah, Morgan, Megan, Kensey, Lydia, Emily and Jonathan.

A memorial service was held on Sunday December 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marion Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with Rev. Paul Adelgren officiating.  Military honors were provided by the U.S. Navy.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday December 24, 2008 Volume 14 # 51

Bridgman, Cyril Jones (2008)

Obituary of Cyril Jones Bridgman ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Cyril Jones Bridgman born January 14, 1919, died October 29, 2008 known affectionately to his family and friends as C.J. or Cy.  He was one of six beloved children born to Bridger Jones and Pauline Todd Bridgman of Glennville, Georgia.  They and all his siblings, Jane, Bobbie, Ann, Farley and Dewey had already gone home and will be there with our Lord to greet daddy.  There are those still here who loved him very much.  He has departed from his two sons, Howard and Carl and their wives Susan and Vennie and also from his two daughters (me), Pauline and my sister Melody, plus our husbands Kit and Jesse.  Daddy also leaves for now, Barbara and her husband Candino, who became as his children through histwenty-five years of marriage to Grace, Barbara’s mother and our good friend.  Grace preceded daddy to heaven’s gate on November 16, 2004.  She too is missed by all of us yet we rejoice in their peace.  Daddy left ten grandchildren, Johnny, Danny, Robby, Carla, Beverely, Shane, Miranda, Chris, Tony and Dena. He left a ton of great grandchildren, Clayton, Jessica, Sarah, Tobi, Carla, Brandon, Jacquelyn, Sarah, Megan, Chris Jr. and Dayani, plus great grandchildren, J.J., Joshua, Noah, Kristina, Kristopher and Kaylee.  Daddy and Grace will be placed beside his mom and dad in Glennville, Georgia on January 9, 2009.

Wherever daddy was there was music, most of it coming from his guitar and his ear pleasing voice.  My most cherished childhood memories are of being hustled off to bed at night, right in the middle of daddy’s time to play music.

I would go with a few moans, but I would lay on the cool floor in my room so I would be able to hear his food patting in time to the music he was playing.

Sometimes I would fall asleep right there on the floor.  I was blessed with many of those nights, because that was the way our dad ended his day.  I know in my heart there are angel bands and choirs and I’m sure daddy will be a welcome addition.  I would even be willing to bet that some of his old music making buddies have been holding a place for him.  I am sure we will often feel and emptiness, caused from his absence but even more often, we will remember with joy, the sparkle in his eyes and the warmth and fullness of his smile.  Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 7, 2008 Volume 15 # 1

Brendle, George Edward (2008)

Obituary of George Edward Brendle ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

George Edward Brendle, 68, of Marion passed away Thursday December 11, 2008 at his residence.  He was born May 17, 1940 in Buncombe County, NC to Viola Roberts Brendle of Marion and to the late Virgil Troy Brendle.  He was an avid woodworker and carpenter.   In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by his sister Linda “Susie” Brendle.

In addition to his mother he is also survived by his wife Jean McHome Brendle; two sons, Richard Brendle of Marion and David Brendle and wife Sonya of Old Fort; two daughters, Laura Shook and husband George and Bonnie Wright and husband Randy all of Nashville, NC; one step-son, Donald Lister and wife Cammy of Burnsville; one brother, Jerry Brendle and Teresa Ann of Marion; two sisters, Joyce Patton and Karen Sparks both of Dysartsville; fourteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM on Monday December 15, 2008 in McCall Memorial Chapel at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion with Rev. Bruce Ward officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hospice of McDowell County – 575 Airport Rd. Marion, NC 28752.  Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion will be assisting the family.  Words of comfort may be shared with the Brendle family at www.mem.com.

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

Branch, Doshia Mae (2008)

Obituary of Doshia Mae Branch ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Doshia Mae Branch, age 84, Pleasant Gardens, Marion passed away Friday October 31, 2008 at Grace Hospital.  Mrs. Branch was born in Spruce Pine, NC on July 12, 1924.

The daughter of Robert “Bob” Branch and Lydia Waycaster Branch.  She was a member North Cover Church of God.  She was retired from Ford Motor Company.Left to cherish her memory two sons Louie B. Willis and wife Karen, Eddy R. Willis and wife Linda, two daughters Betty G. Willis Schmidt and Judy E. Willis Pupava.

Grandchildren Darren Schmidt and wife Cindy, Johnny Pupava, Jerry Pupava and wife Melanie, Deanna Schmidt Pacitto and husband Shawn, and Carly Willis.  Great grandchildren Brandon Pupava, Tyler Hachey, Michaela Schmidt, Andre Pupava, and Mauro Pacitto.  A special son-in-law John Pupava and many, many nieces and nephews.

Service was held at North Cove Church of God on Tuesday November 4, 2008 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Harold Riddle and Rev. Wayne Braswell officiating.  Visitation for friends and relatives was Monday November 3, 2008 from 6-10 PM at Kirksey Funeral Home.

Kirksey Funeral Home Marion will be assisting the family.  Words of comfort may be shared with the Branch family at www.mem.com.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday November 5, 2008 Volume 14 # 44

Bowlby, Dorothy Patton Silver (2008)

Obituary of Dorothy Patton Silver Bowlby ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Dorothy Patton Silver Bowlby, age 78 of Nebo died Friday October 17, 2008, at her residence.  She was born in Burke County, April 4, 1930, to the late Charles Logan and Della Minerva Epley Patton.  She was a former supervisor at Pinnacle Rest Home and was a loving mother and grandmother.  In addition to her mother and father she was preceded in death by her brother Lester Patton and sisters Beck Sisk and Ann Patton She leaves behind to cherish her memory six children: Tom Silver, Robert Silver and wife Genia, Debra Williams and husband Jack, Larry Silver and wife Becky, Donald Silver and wife Cynthia and Beverly Anderson and husband Mark all of Nebo; one sister: Mrs. Raye Childers; five brothers: Garmon, Jack, Gene, James and Burton Patton; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Sunday October 19, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Pete McCombs officiating.  Interment was in Pinnacle United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28013. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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

Boone, Phillip Rom (2008)

Obituary of Phillip Rom Boone ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mr. Phillip Rom Boone, age 73 of Nebo passed away on Thursday November 20, 2008 at his residence.  A native of McDowell County, he was born on June 10, 1935 to the late Bealer Boone and Arlie Sparks Boone. Phillip was retired from Cooper Electric Company.  He was also a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  His family will remember him as a loving and devoted father, grandfather and brother.  He will be greatly missed.

Surviving are four children, David Boone and his wife Jennifer of Marion, Danny Boone and his wife Chasity of Marion, Cindy Jones and her husband Charlie of Nebo and Tonya Purser and her husband Michael of Denver, NC; three brothers, Clifford and Harold Boone, both of Marion, and Jerry Boone of Swannanoa; one sister, Vaughtie B. Allison of Marion; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a special son-in-law Michael Harklerode.

A funeral service was held on Saturday November 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Scott Hollifield officiating.  The family received friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial was in Liberty Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County at 575 Airport Road Marion, NC 28752, or to the American Lung Association at 3801 Lake Boone Trail Suite 190 Raleigh, NC 27607.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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

Blalock, Helen Ratliff (2008)

Obituary of Helen Ratliff Blalock ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mrs. Helen Ratliff Blalock, age 83 of Marion passed away Wednesday August 20, 2008 at Sunrise Rehab. & Care Center.  A native of Snead, Ala., Mrs. Blalock was born March 10, 1925 and was a daughter of the late John and Pearl Battles Ratliff.  She was a longtime resident of Oneonta, Ala., a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and she ran her own “Miss Helen’s” Day Care.

Surviving Mrs. Blalock are two children: Trudy Gordon and husband Gene of Marion and Max Blalock of Birmingham, Ala.

Services will be held in Oneonta, Ala.  Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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

Biggerstaff, James Howard (2008)

Obituary of James Howard Biggerstaff ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

James Howard Biggerstaff, age 78 of Marion died Saturday August 23, 2008 at his residence.  A native of McDowell County, he was born on July 9, 1930 to the late George Worth Biggerstaff and Bertie Lawing Biggerstaff.  He worked as an Industrial Engineer for Clinchfield Manufacturing Co. and was also retired from the US Air Force having served during both the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.  All who knew Mr. Biggerstaff loved him.  His wife Dorothy Tingstrom Biggerstaff preceded him in death.

Mr. Biggerstaff leaves behind to cherish his memory three children: Jeffrey Biggerstaff and wife Meng Fong of Greenville, SC, Cynthia Biggerstaff and Michael Biggerstaff and wife Denice, both of Marion; six grandchildren: Jennifer Gresham, Stephanie, Hayley, Summer and Tori Biggerstaff.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday August 26, 2008 at 10:30 AM in Westmoreland Chapel with the US Air Force Chaplain and Rev. Terry Roach officiating.  The family received friends from 9:30-10:30 AM one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial was at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain at 12:00 noon.  The US Air Force from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina conducted full military honors.  Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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


Biddix, Jackie Sparks (2008)

Obituary of Jackie Sparks Biddix ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Jackie Sparks Biddix, age 54 of Altapass Church of God Road in Spruce Pine died Tuesday December 23, 2008 at her home.  A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Naomi Hollifield Sparks and Ted Sparks.

She was a member of the Altapass Baptist Church.  Jackie was a wonderful Mother and loved her children dearly.

The funeral services for Jackie Biddix were held on Friday December 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home.  The Rev. Steve Sisk officiated the services.  Interment was in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family received friends Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the service hour in the funeral home chapel.

She is survived by her husband Tim Biddix of the home; a daughter Heather Renee’ Burleson and husband Vic of Spruce Pine; two sons; Tyler Biddix of the home and Freddie Tipton, Jr. and wife Tonya of Marion; Father and Step Mother; Ted and Lillian Sparks of Spruce Pine; brother T.R. Sparks of Spruce Pine; step sister Deborah Buchanan of Spruce Pine; grandson Austin Tipton of Marion; and granddaughter Briana Tipton of Marion.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Gideons Bible Ministry.  Condolences may be e-mailed by going to our website; www.webbfh.com., selecting obituaries, and clicking on the name you wish to view and sign the guestbook.  Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is assisting the Biddix family.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 7, 2008 Volume 15 # 1