JUNE 2008


Written and Published Online by John Silver

w/contributing articles by various Silver cousins



Dear Friends and Family


This will be a short and to the point letter.

I find myself in a state of physical disability. I can no longer spend any amount of time on the computer and I find that sitting for any length of time very painful. I will no longer take any pain medication. It is too hard on my system.

All my problems started in January. I was being treated for a compression fracture on my spine with good results. In January I took a fall shattering another vertebrate and re-breaking two ribs. I have osteoporosis and that is the main problem I have to deal with. My hips are also slowly crumbling.

Ain't we got fun!!!

The June issue of Silver Threads will be last issue I can do.  Many thanks to Barney for the great job he has done. We could not have done any of this without him.

Hopefully, I can find a volunteer to keep "Threads" going.

In the meantime, thank all of you who took the time to read, Silver Notes, Silver Threads and the old "Round Robin" letters.

I must thank all the donors, who are many, and it would take another hour to name all of them.

Cousin John



Time for a Break


First, I want to apologize for the delay in getting out the May Silver Threads.  My wife underwent her second foot surgery of the year requiring me to handle all the chauffeur duties for her and our kids.  [She can keep that job!]   And since the beginning of the month, we’ve been cleaning up from a flood of the Bull Run that destroyed everything in the basement of our log cabin.  Fortunately, only “stuff” was lost, and stuff can be replaced.

I have since spoken to Cousin John and we have decided not to close down the Silver Threads, but we will be going on a sabbatical for a while.  John has a lot of healing to do, and I am not able to put in all the time and energy that he does in creating these every month.

So please keep sending in those stories, births and marriage notices, obituaries, and other nuggets of news to John and me.  Further editions may come out at irregular intervals … my only suggestion is to periodically check the Silver Website for new editions.


It’s been great serving y’all!
”Yankee Cousin” Barney



An Email from Ellen Louise Cox:


From: <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected] (Ellen Louise Cox)>
Date: 5/14/2008 3:07:44 AM
Subject: Hello -  I'm Home!!

Dear Friends,

 My apologies for not being in touch with you for the past month.

 For those of you who do not know - a year ago Juanita and I were both diagnosed with COPD and Emphysema.  Since that time both of us have been on oxygen 24/7 and our health has continued to deteriorate.

 On April 4th, 2008 I became quite ill and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.  An attack of bronchitis and exacerbation of the COPD and emphysema plus a urinary track infection kept me in the hospital until April 10th at which time I was transferred to a Skilled Nursing Facility for rehabilitation to regain my strength.  (I had lost down to 106 pounds and was to weak to even raise my arms to comb my hair!)   I stayed there until April 30th at which time I was allowed to come home if I agreed to have Home Health Care.  I have a nurse and three therapists (physical, occupational & speech) and an aide to help with my personal care. 

 After a day spent with these people I have been too exhausted to write to you before now.  Only two people came today and I didn't have quite as strenuous a day as usual so thought I would take this opportunity to attempt a short letter to bring everyone up-do-date on what is happening in my life.

 I have gained back up to 114 pounds (still WAY down but better than it was) and am still extremely weak but hopefully I will continue to gain strength and energy and be back on my feet again before too much longer.  It is rather difficult for me to carry on a conversation with anyone because of gasping for breath.  That is why I haven't tried to call anyone on the telephone.

 I have always been a very active and independent person all my life and it comes as rather a shock and distresses me no end to have to admit that I am no longer able to do anything and must depend on someone else to do everything for me. 

 Many thanks to all of you for all of your emails (even when you must have wondered why I didn't answer them).  Also thanks to all of you who have telephoned and sent get-well cards.

 I am becoming very tired so will close for now hoping to hear from all of you soon!

Love to all,



Sent in from Barbara Gregory:


Late breaking news From Constance "Connie" Crump. Hello from Big River (CA)


To all friends and family......


Ralph was transferred on 13 March from Lake Havasu Emergency to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, NV by air.  I don't have time for details -- we stayed in Las Vegas for 49 days. Ralph is now in a nursing home in Blythe, CA about 70 miles from Big River.

 I have hundreds of email and no time as I have been with Ralph for the 49 days in NV and now in Blythe. Please stop all emails as I will not be on the computer.

 I will call you when things look better and I find the time.





Lets all keep Ralph in our prayers. (Ed.)






Joann silver


Asheville Citizen-Times
May 15, 2008


Bakersville – JoAnn Silver, 82, of Cleve Silver Road in Bakersville, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Blue Ridge Regional hospital in Spruce Pine.

A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Lora Howell Buchanan. She was a member of the Silver Chapel Baptist Church and was retired from the Bakersville Medical Clinic. She was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Greene and a half brother, Roy Buchanan.

The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Silver Chapel Baptist Church. The Rev. Jonathan Thacker will officiate the service. The family will receive friends from 6 until time of service Thursday at the church. The graveside service and interment will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Silver Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Silver is survived by her husband, Howard Silver, of the home; daughter, June Cornett and husband, Alfred, of Hendersonville; son, Tim Silver and wife, Dru, of Bristol, Tenn.; granddaughters, Renada Cincere and husband, Kyle, of Nashville, Tenn., Rene' Crowley and husband, Sean, of Denver, and Kelcie Cornett, of Hendersonville; step-grandson, Chris Cornett and wife, Jamie, of Fletcher; step-granddaughter, Amy C. Dean and husband, Luke, of Hendersonville; sister, Nina Jones, of Shelby; half sisters, Muriel Grindstaff and Beatrice Downer, both of Spruce Pine; half brother, Archie Buchanan, of Marion and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be emailed by going to our website,, selecting obituaries, and clicking on the name you wish to view and signing the guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, N.C. is assisting the Silver family.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Jacob Silver > William Jacob Silver > Samuel Jacob Silver > William Cleveland Silver > Howard Silver m. JoAnn Buchanan.)



KERMON silver, JR


Sun News
May 5, 2008

CONWAY | Kermon Silver Jr., 64, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 27, 1943, a son of Georgia Bernice Peek Silver of Swannanoa, N.C., and the late Kermon Silver Sr. He loved his wife and family, and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, and believed in hard
work. Mr. Silver owned Silver Trucking, and believed ''Anything worth doing is worth doing well''. He loved the Lord and took pride in serving him daily. He also served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Langston Baptist Church.

Mr. Silver is survived by his wife, Judith A. Silver of the home; his mother, Georgia B. Silver of Swannanoa, N.C.; one son, Jeffery Kermon Silver and his wife, Lynn, of Conway; two daughters, Jeanene L. Silver and Jeniffer A. Silver, both of Conway; two sisters, Shirley Miller (Bobby) of Salisbury, N.C., and Brenda Bartley (Bob) of Lynchburg, Va.; two brothers, Dean Silver (Helen) of Conway, and Eugene Silver (Diana) of Asheville, N.C.; and many other family and friends who will miss him.

Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Chapel of Watson Funeral Services, with the Rev. Barry Crocker and the Rev. Bruce Davenport officiating. Burial will follow in Westside Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008 at Watson Funeral Services and Crematory.

Please sign a guest book at or

Memorials may be sent to the .American Cancer Society. 950 48th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Watson Funeral Services & Crematory, 2300 Hwy 378, Conway, S.C., (843) 397-2500, is serving the family.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Thomas Silver > Jacob William Silver > William Anderson Silver > Julius Alexander Silver > Rev. Kermon Silver > Kermon Silver, Jr.)



MURPHY R. silver, JR


Asheville Citizen-Times
May 5, 2008

Murphy R. Silver Jr., 56, of Mosheim formerly of Asheville, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Greeneville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

He was preceded in death by his son George Delbert Silver; parents, Murphy Sr. and Sally Dyer Silver.

Surviving is his daughter, Kassie Silver Messer of Greeneville; granddaughter, Danielle Owens of Greeneville; three sisters, Margaret Holland of Mosheim, Wanda Ball of Mars Hill, Jackie and Arvelle Freeman of Weaverville; two brothers, Tom Silver of Asheville, Don Silver of San Bernardino, Ca.; several nieces and nephews; special friend to the family, Danny Owens of Greeneville; special brother-in-law, Robert Jaramillo of Asheville.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Jacob Silver > Alfred Leonard Silver > Tilmon Blalock Silver > Georgef Delbert Silver > Murphy Roland Silver > Murphy Rowland Silver, Jr.)





Born in Buncombe Co. on May 29, 1932
Died on May 9, 2008 and resided in Candler, NC.


Harry Martin Silvers, 75, of Candler, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at Mission Hospitals after a brief illness.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Luther H. and Iva Presnell Silvers. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Mattie Buckner Silvers, who died in 2000 and by five siblings. A US Army veteran, he retired from Milkco, Inc., following 37 years of service. He was a member of Oak Forest Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Silvers is survived by his daughters, Donna S. Frazee and husband Darrel, of Candler, and Linda S. Puckett and husband Bill, also of Candler; and granddaughter, Courtney E. Puckett, of Candler.

His family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 pm Sunday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

There will be a private burial on Monday at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Transverse Myelitis Association, Paula Lazzeri, Treasurer, 10105 167th PL NE, Redmond, WA 98052-3125, or at

(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Rev. Thomas Silver > Jacob William Silver > William Anderson Silver > Luther Hershel Silver > Harry Martin Silver.)






Lawrence Silvers, age 82, of Burnsville, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, he was born July 20, 1925, to the late Sam Theodore Silvers and Addie (King) Silvers. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline McCurry Silvers; three grandsons: Sean Silvers, David Silvers, and Cody Brackin all of Lakeland, Fl; three sisters: Lois Silvers, Mildred Tucker, and Florence Higgins; and one brother, Vance Silvers of Burnsville. Lawrence was a very active person who loved fishing and was an avid gardener.

Surviving is his wife of 40 years, Julie Silvers; two daughters: Sylvia Kibler and Gloria Jean Branch; two sons: Lester Silvers and Tommy Silvers; one sister, Becky Silvers; and two brothers: James Ray Silvers and Ward Silvers; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren all of Burnsville.

Memorial Services for Lawrence will be held at a later date. Yancey Funeral Services of Burnsville is serving the Silvers Family.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > John Jackson Silver > Green B. Silver > George Franklin Silver > Samuel Theodore “Tildee” Silvers > Lawrence Silvers)






Brian Russell “Rusty” Geouge, 31, passed away at home on Saturday, April 26, 2008.  He was born on September 13, 1976 in Asheville, NC and lived his life in Burnsville, N.C., Baltimore and Newport News.

He will be remembered with much love by his mother, Joy Nester and step-father, Chuck; his father, Gary Geouge and step-mother, Pam; his grandparents, Betty Black, Joyce Whitson, Brenda and Garry Street; his uncles, Chris Holden and wife, Debbie and Daryl Geouge; his aunts, Sherry Holden, Angie Wood and husband, Richard, and Nina Smith and husband, Gary and his cousins, Jacob and Jordan Lebowitz, Amanda McBeth-Rayburn, Michael Smith and wife, Jessica, Avery and Kayle Wood and Hannah and Katelyn Geouge.

He will be dearly missed by his family, his many friends and the love of his life, Ryanne Shields.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008 in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Blue Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. “In the mountains that he loved”. Yancey Funeral Services is serving the Geouge family.



Thomas Yates McMAHAN



Thomas Yates McMahan, Sr., age 66, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 2, 2008, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was born to the late Clarence Yates McMahan and Laura (Buchanan) McMahan. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Brandy Nicole Vincent and Meloney Lynn Graham; and by one great grandchild, Daevion Jones. Thomas had lived in Maryland for many years where he worked as a chef before returning to the mountains that he so dearly loved. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Halls Chapel Baptist Church.

 Survivors include his wife, Loretta (Deckwa) McMahan; four daughters: Peggy Graham and husband Robert of Burnsville; Lorie Brennan and husband John of Arkansas; Sheila Russell of Arkansas; and Tona McMahan and husband Joe of Marion; four sons: Rickey Vincent, Stephen Paul Vincent, and Gregory George Vincent, all of Maryland; and Thomas McMahan, Jr. of Burnsville; two sisters: Sheila Haines of Woodbine, MD, and Judy L. McMahan of Burnsville; four brothers: Norris Lee McMahan of Boston, MA; Linzey Glen McMahan, Rev. Stanley McMahan, and Jimmy McMahan, all of Newdale; grandchildren: Tracey Hayden, Stephen Paul Vincent, Jr., A.J. Vincent, Dakota Vincent, Mandolin Vincent, Rickey Vincent Jr., Amber Vincent, Gregory George Vincent Jr., Jimmy Vincent, Brandon Russell, Angel Russell, Joshua Russell, Breanna Garner, James Garner, David Garner, Thomas McMahan III, and Juanita McMahan; and great grandchildren: Shane Vincent, Jayden Vincent, Devon McClain, Taylor Hayden, Aleah Hayden, Najae Jones, and Demarea Jones. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 Funeral Services for Thomas will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Halls Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Holt Whitson and Rev. Stanley McMahan will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:00 p.m. prior to funeral services at the church. Burial will be in the Halls Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Yancey Funeral Services is serving the McMahan family.


(George Silver Sr. > George Silver Jr. > Nancy Silver m. Thomas Robinson > Margaret Martha Ann Robinson m. David S. Hall > Mary Amelia “Am” Hall m. Thomas Woodfin McMahan > Welzie McMahan > Clarence Yates McMahan> Thomas Yates McMahan)






Michael Lee Robinson, age 61, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 18, 2008 at his home.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of Mack and Geraldine Robinson of the Cane River Community and the husband of Mary Pendley Robinson.  He was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church since 1959 and the President of Tuscaseegee Beagle Club. Mike loved to hunt, fish, and run dogs.

He is survived in addition to his parents by his loving wife of 33 years, Mary Pendley Robinson; two daughters: Lisa Robinson Cook and husband, Stan, of Spruce Pine and Tamra Robinson and husband, Joey, of Spruce Pine; two brothers: Darrell Robinson of Micaville and Dennis Robinson of Spruce Pine; three grandchildren: Trevor Robinson, Trey Robinson and Chloe Elizabeth Cook.

Funeral Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008 in Indian Creek Baptist Church.  Rev. Phillip Garland will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Cane River Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Services, and other times will be at the home. Pallbearers serving are: Ronnie Kates, Tommy Fox, Sam Styles, Ronnie Gowan, Dale Owen and Tommy Russ.  Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Whitson, Avin McDowell, Tommy England, Steve Proffitt, Jerry Cannon and Tony Rogers. 

The family request in lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, PO Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC  28777 or to Indian Creek Baptist Church, 1800 Indian Creek Road, Burnsville, NC  28714.  



JIMMy dale boonE



Jimmy Dale Boone, age 49, of the Plum Branch community, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2008, in the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was born to Evelyn (Carroll) Boone, and to the late Landon Boone.

Surviving, along with his mother, is one step-daughter, Alisha Grindstaff; one sister, Bonnie Silvers and husband Doug, of Burnsville; one brother, Roger Boone, of Burnsville; one niece, April Rowe and husband Rodney; one nephew, Landon Boone; and one great-nephew, Brandon Boone. A special friend, Randy Styles, and a host of other special friends also survive.

Funeral Services for Jimmy Boone will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2008, in the chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Rev. Ray Lane will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral service, and at other times will be at the home of his mother, Evelyn Boone. Burial will be in the Boone Family Cemetery in Plum Branch.



John Silver
Genealogist & Editor
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