Obituaries for Jan. 5, 2014

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

James Hurst

James Randolph “Randy” Hurst, 66, of Kingsport, Tenn., died on Dec. 27, 2013, at the Wellmont Holston Valley Hospice, surrounded by his wife and sons. He was a native of Sullivan County, Tenn., and the son of the late Marvin and Evelyn Wooten Hurst. While in graduate school, he delivered his second son, Shawn, in a VW Beetle on the way to the hospital. He was “assisted” by his first-born son, Kenneth, who gave the baby one of his blankets. He began his teaching career at Granite Falls High School in 1971. During his tenure at that school, his students went to the N.C. State Junior Academy of Science competition, where their projects won first place in several different categories, not only their first year in competition but for several years thereafter until he left his position at GFHS to return to school. He later taught at Draughons Junior College in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tenn., and also Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tenn., before retiring in 1992.

Randy was known for his sense of humor and love of learning. In addition to teaching, his hobbies were making necklaces of natural stones, listening to music, playing volleyball, croquet, disc golf and nature photography. He won first place in the Amateur Photography Competition, sponsored by Eastman Kodak as part of their 100th year celebration in 1980. He loved nature, animals, and spending time with his family. He had many beloved pets in his life, and had many feline and canine friends.

He was a graduate of ETSU, where he earned his B.S. in Biology in 1969, and his M.S. in Biology in 1972.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Wanda (Rogers) Hurst; two sons, Shawn Hurst (and wife Juanita) of Kingsport and Kenneth Hurst of Kingsport (and special friend Sandy Moles of Tazewell, Tenn.); brother, Rickie Hurst, and sister, Susan Hurst, both of Kingsport. Also surviving are his canine family: Rags, his loving companion/pet, and his loving grand dogs, Pepper & Blondie.

Per Mr. Hurst’s wishes, he was cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Crossroads Medical Mission, P.O. Box 16852, Bristol, VA 24209-6852 (or online at; the Sullivan County Humane Society, or to the Wellmont Holston Valley Hospice, Kingsport, Tenn.

A Memorial Service/Celebration of his life will be held at a later date, time and place to be announced.

Please visit to leave a condolence for the family.  East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the Hurst family.

Betty Young

Betty Gravlee McAfee Young died Dec. 18 at the John F. Keever Solace Center. She was preceded in death by first husband Charles O. McAfee; second husband Clyde Young; her parents, William L. and Lula H. Gravlee; and son William G. McAfee. She is survived by children Charles (Chuck) McAfee and wife Joanie, David McAfee, Susan McAfee Laws, Mark McAfee and wife Kim, John McAfee, Sarah McAfee, stepdaughters Karen and Debbie and their husbands, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also sister Jane Smith and niece Ashly Maag of Asheville, along with many more cherished family members evolving from blended families.

Betty was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Birmingham, Ala. In the beginning of a scrap book for her 80th birthday was a quote, "Cherish forever what makes you unique." During this celebration, there was recognition of the new beginnings Betty created and nurtured throughout her lifetime. The cycle continues through her children, grandchildren, etc., as they take what they have learned from Betty and create their own beginnings.

Before her illness, Betty volunteered at Rathbun House. She also enjoyed a devoted circle of friends from Friendship Force, bridge club and neighbors at Park Avenue.

A memorial service will be planned in the mountains in the spring - her favorite place and favorite time of year.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: The John F. Keever Solace Center, 21 Belvedere Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Ave., is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website

Jerry Marshall

Jerry Marshall, 74, of Taylorsville went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Caldwell County Hospice, Hudson. He was born March 18, 1939, son of the late Roy and Elizabeth Barlow Marshall.

He is preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Albert Marshall and Allen Marshall; and one sister, Ina Kay Marshall Brittain.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Inez Gragg Marshall of the home; one daughter, Amanda and husband Richard Mullins of Taylorsville; two grandsons, Cody Shumate of Hendersonville, and Tyler Mullins of Conover; one granddaughter, Kristin Mullins of Taylorsville; one great-granddaughter, Makayla Mullins of Hickory; four sisters, Doris Pittman of Hickory, Jeanie Tucker of Hickory, Ann Gragg of Hudson, and Willa Mae Bailey of Granite Falls.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church, Whitnel, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow with the Rev. Don Ingle and the Rev. Stuart White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

You may view the obituary online at

Wayburn Ramsey

Wayburn Harrison Alley Ramsey, 87, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, in the old Williamson Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Mooresville. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Barry Harris

Barry Poovey Harris, 49, passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Catawba County on Aug. 23, 1964, to the late Garland “Babe” Harris Jr. and Melvina “Mel” Harris.

He is survived by his sons, Barry Baker and wife Misty, Gary Wayne Harris, and Dylan Harris; brother, Rusty Harris; sister, Vickie Keever and husband Bo; grandchild, Atlanta Jade Baker; and one grandchild due in March.

A celebration of Barry’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 12 noon with the Rev. Charles Keever officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Harris Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Harris Family.

Hazel London

Hazel Young London, 77, of Icard went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Graveside Services will be Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Henry River Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

William Hollar

William Sterlyn Hollar, 85, of Kings Creek Church Road in Lenoir died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Graveside services will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Kings Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dorris Woodie

Mrs. Doris Lee Spears Woodie, 70, of Lenoir passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Born Aug. 12, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Andrew Thomas and Addie Benge Spears and the wife of the late Willard Woodie. The family will gather with friends Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 191 Hayes Ave. in Hudson. Online condolences may be sent to the Woodie family at