Benge, Douglas Allen (2009)

Obituary of Douglas Allen Benge ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Douglas Allen Benge, 59, of Marion went to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 3, 2009 while at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, NC.  A native of McDowell County, he was born June 10, 1949 to Josephine Bertha Bledsoe Lewis and the late Clarence Salford Benge, Doug graduated from Glenwood High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Army that same year.  He served for 17 years, including one tour of duty in Vietnam and attained the rank of SSG.

Doug is survived by his daughter Keisha Benge and three grandsons, Kyle, Gavin, and Ian; four brothers: Mickey Benge and wife Jeanette of Hartwell, GA, Robin Benge and wife Cheryl of Nebo, Jerry Benge and wife Debbie of Marion, and Terry Benge of Nebo; two sisters: Penny Fox and husband Ronnie of Morganton, Ann Minnish of Marion; three nieces and three nephews, six great nieces and five great nephews.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the Westmoreland Chapel with Pastor Robbie Waddle officiating.  The family received friends from 5:00-6:00 PM one hour prior to the service in the Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Douglas Allen Benge’s memory to the American Cancer Association 120 Executive Park Asheville, NC 28801, or to Hospice of McDowell County 575 Airport Road Marion, NC 28752.   Military Honors were provided by the US Army from Ft. Bragg.  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 18, 2008 Volume 15 # 11

Bates, Tony Allen (2008)

Obituary of Tony Allen Bates ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Tony Allen Bates, 46, of Newland died Friday December 26, 2008 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  He was born in Mitchell County to Earl Boyd Bates and the late Norma Watson Bates. He was self-employed as an insulation installer.

Services were held Tuesday December 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Mark Hollifield officiating.  Visitation was one hour prior to the service.  Burial was in the Ashford Community Cemetery.  Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion will be assisting the family.

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

Arrowood, Walter Allen (2009)

Obituary of Walter Allen Arrowood ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Walter Allen Arrowood, 79, of Marion, passed away Tuesday January 20, 2009 at McDowell Hospital.

He was born March 22, 1929 in McDowell County, NC to the late John Levi Arrowood and Gettie Dixon Arrowood.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Hazel Ann Morgan Arrowood of the home; one son Allen Arrowood of Marion; two daughters, Kathy Coffey and husband Danny and Annettia Brooks and husband Berton all of Marion; two sisters, Sylvia Medford and Ella Mae Clark both of Marion; four granddaughters, Shirley, Andrea, Anet & Becky; three great granddaughters, Breann, Zoie & Maggie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 11:00 AM on Friday January 23, 2009 in McCall Memorial Chapel at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion with Rev. Jimmy Upton and Rev. Doug Carpenter officiating.  The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family.  Words of comfort may be shared with the Arrowood family at

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday January 28, 2008 Volume 15 # 4