Obituaries (Funeral Homes)

Jesse Parks Royster, age 27, of Vilas, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at his residence.

Larry Eugene Townsend, 74, passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Novant Huntersville Medical Center.

He was born on March 6, 1947 to the late Herbert H. Townsend and Ruth Lail Townsend in Catawba County. Larry was a member of Denver Baptist Church.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents who he was raised by from six months old, Henry and Elizabeth Townsend; sisters, Vicki Townsend, Patsy Townsend; brothers, Bob Townsend, Marty Lail; mother-in-law, Edna B. Miller and son-in-law Jeff Saltzman.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Miller Townsend of the home; daughters, Alecia T. Saltzman of Denver, Lora T. Sigmon of Denver; sons, Allen Townsend of Caser, Billy Townsend and wife, Paula of Hickory; grandchildren, William Saltzman and wife, Brandy of Denver, Brandon Townsend of Catawba, Katy Nesbit and husband Josh of San Diego, CA, Bailey Sigmon of Denver; great granddaughter, Lilly Saltzman of Cornelius; sisters, Arlene Spann of Hickory, Anita Parker and husband Lanny of Hickory, Lisa Townsend of Rutherford College, Renae Helms of Taylorsville, Susan Roop of Lenoir; brothers, Gary Townsend of Hickory, Mike Townsend and wife Debbie of Icard, Jackie Townsend of Hickory; special father-in-law, Hansford Miller; brothers-in-law, Gary Miller, Randall Miller and wife Angela of Boone; sisters-in-law, Linda Miller of Asheville, and Gwen Townsend of Granite Falls.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Hickory Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Meat Camp Baptist Church in Boone. The body will lie in state 30 mins prior. The Rev. Garry Miller and Rev. Jerry Moretz will be officiating the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the Townsend family at

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Announcement Courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.

Ann Ruffin Hines died on June 1, 2021, at her home in Hound Ears, Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Judy Ann Jones, age 68, of Zionville, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.

Cathy Mains Pickett, age 63, went home to be with her Lord and Savior June 1, 2021.

David J. Graham, age 83, of Boone passed away Sunday, June 6, 2012 at his residence.

Gladys Louise Main Stevens age 90, went home to be with the Lord on June 9, 2021.

Cubie Gragg, age 87, of Elk Park, NC passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at his residence.

Winston Church, age 80, of Elk Park, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at The Waters of Roan Highlands.

Pat Estep, 80, of Beech Mountain, NC passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on June 1, 2021, after almost a three year battle with Alzheimer's.