Obituaries (Funeral Homes)

Fred McDonald Benfield, age 78, of Newland passed away on March 2, 2017 at his residence.

Joseph E. Gilbert, age 96, of Wildcat Ridge Road, Deep Gap, passed away Friday morning, March 3, 2017, at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone.

Reginald Ray "Sam" Wiseman, Jr., 83, passed away in the home with his family by his side on February 27, 2017. He was retired from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and United States Department of Agriculture. Sam proudly served his country during the Korean War in the United States Air Force. He was the son of Reginald Ray Wiseman, Sr. and Ruth Young Wiseman. Preceding him in death were, Helen Franklin Wiseman, his wife of 52 years, a son Sammy Joe Wiseman and a grandaughter, Kimberly Lauren Wiseman.

Surviving are four children who live in North Carolina - Ruthie W. Laney, husband Tyson - Durham, Ray Wiseman - wife Mary - Graham, Tammy W. Cole - husband Joe, Chapel Hill, and Ben R. Wiseman of Chapel Hill. Sam was blessed with 11 grand children and 17 great-grand children.

A graveside service will be held at the Pisgah Cemetery in Linville Falls, NC at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 with the Rev. Mark Alexander officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Pat Ray Post of the VFW.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rsfh.net

The care of Sam and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.



Jacob N. Pierce, age 98, of Venice, Florida, passed away Wednesday evening, March 1, 2017, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Nicklaus Johnson, 25, of Crossnore, NC, died February 25, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born on January 25, 1992 in Newnan, GA.