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August 3, 2011
Anne Bashie Chastain Crutchfield

Annie Bashie Chastain Crutchfield, 94, of Morganton, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011,
following a period of declining health. Born in Thomas County, Ga. on Nov. 13, 1916,
she was the daughter of the late William Chastain and Nellie Benton Chastain. Bashie
was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she served as an interpreter for many
years, taught Sunday school, was a member of the altar guild, and was a member of the
vestry. Bashie was a Girl Scout leader for girls at Grace Church ranging from Brownies to
high school. She interpreted for her husband at Boy Scout functions, and helped him
with numerous Boy Scout activities. She graduated from Montreat College and was in
the teacher training program at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. She spent her
entire teaching career at NCSD. She was a member of the Morganton Lioness Club and
the Friday Book Club. Bashie is survived by her son, Paul B. Crutchfield, and his wife,
Sharon, of St. Augustine, Fla.; a daughter, Anne Crutchfield Chastain, of Morganton; her
grandchildren, Jeter Crutch-field, of Austin, Texas; Brad Call, of Asheville; Operations
Spec. 3rd Class Andrew Call of the U.S. Navy and his wife, Sarah, of Bremerton, Wash.,
and Josh Call and his wife, Brenna, of Morganton; her great-grandchildren, Gracie Call,
Henry Call, and Abigail Call; a former son-in-law, Dale Call of Morganton; a brother, Hugh
Chastain and his wife, Ursula, of Orlando, Fla.; and special nieces, Betty Lou DeLaughter
of Morganton, Pat Crutch-field, and Trisha Crutch-field, both of Drexel, and many other
nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Bashie was preceded in death by her
husband, Paul Bradshaw Crutchfield; five brothers, and two sisters. The celebration of
Bashie's life was held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Grace Episcopal Church with
the Revs. Bruce Walker, Scott Oxford, Kenneth Whittington, and Mr. Don Hemstreet
officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends in
the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be
made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690; or
to the Altar Guild at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South King Street, Morganton, NC
28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center assisted the family with the
Published in The News Herald from August 4 to August 7, 2011

August 3, 2011 - As most of us know (or as I like to say for those who came in late, or
those that don't know her), Bashie Crutchfield was Scoutmaster Paul Crutchfield's wife
who was also a teacher down "in the dungeons" (basement) at Upper School.

English, I believe, was the subject and sometimes she was our Homeroom teacher. She
was just as dedicated to Scouting as her husband was. In the spring of 1969, the day
after I left Boy Scouts, when we arrived in her Class (as juniors), she looked as if she's
been crying. She gave the Class a reading assignment and asked me to sit next to
her. She opened a book, handed it to me and asked me to read a page and a half of
underlined sentences aloud. Cocky as I was back then, I told her I'll read it in
silence. When I finished the reading, she asked if I would return to Scouting. Nah, I can't
I said. To this day, I don't remember the name of the book or what the message was

Yes, there's a lot of "What ifs" in life, and I don't dwell on them, but a good Scouting
friend of mine was told this story years ago and he asked me "What if Mrs.
Crutchfield had asked me "Why?"" I said "Well, I would probably mention the fact that
here I am 12 school months before graduating with no merit badge and to be an Eagle I
would need to acquire 21 merit badges". Then this pal'o mine had the gusto to say
"What if she said she will help you getting those 21 badges in those 12 months? You
went to football camp! That would have given you extra time for badges right then
and there!" (Now you see why I don't like to do "What ifs").

I have nothing but fond memories of Mrs. Crutchfield, she was one of many of my
favorite teachers here at NCSD. We parted ways in very good terms, always hugged
each other during Homecomings and other visits to the school.

Her health was on the decline over the years and was put in a very nice rest home.
Several years ago, several of us Classmates paid her a visit, an emotional one at that.
And yes, we could tell that her mind was deteriorating faster than her health.

She and Paul has two children that I know of, Paul, Jr. and Ann Chastain and
unfortunately, both are not in good health.

Mrs. Crutchfield's Spirit is in the Sky, probably with Eagles, but free with her beloved
Scoutmaster Paul.

Thank you, Mrs. Crutchfield and I'll never say good bye, we all see you later.

Lester and the Classmates of 1970 and NCSD

May 23, 2010
Harold F. Brown

Harold F. Brown, Jr., 80, of Harris Dr. in Morganton died Sunday, May 23, 2010 at
Burke Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. He was born
February 6, 1930 in Richmond Co., NC, and was the son of the late Harold Fowlkes
Brown, Sr. and Marie Honeycutt Brown. Harold was a US Navy veteran of the
Korean War, and served as a radar man for 4 years on the USS Radford in the
Pacific theatre. He graduated from Chowan College with a degree in graphic arts,
and then taught at the college for 5 years. Harold relocated to Morganton in 1961
where he taught graphic arts, printing, and photography at the North Carolina
School for the Deaf until his retirement in 1991. While at NCSD, his school
newspapers and yearbooks won numerous awards for their excellent
craftsmanship. Harold was a stickler for details and never settled for anything less
than perfect. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morganton where he
served as a Deacon and secretary/treasurer of the Hord-Hogshead-Brown Sunday
school class. Harold enjoyed woodworking, and crafted several heirloom “rocking
horses” and cradles. He was an avid lifelong golfer, and a charter member of
Quaker Meadows Golf Club. He especially enjoyed the senior golf league.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ella Smith Brown of the home; a son, David W.
Brown and wife, Pam of Morganton; a daughter, Nannette Isaacs and husband, Jim
of Marion; a granddaughter, Meagan Isaacs of Marion; his sister, Betsy Easter of
Hamlet, NC; nephews, Joseph Easter of Charlotte, NC, Mark Easter of
Tapahannock, VA, and Timothy Easter of Burlington, NC; and an uncle, Stanford
Honeycutt of Anderson, SC.

Funeral services was held, 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the First Baptist
Church with Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Burke
Memorial Park. The family received friends later in the church parlor. Other
times, the family was at the residence. Memorial contributions may be made to
Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.
Sossoman Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Obituary courtesy of Morganton News Herald.

May 25, 2009
Eileen "Mikki" Simpson

Eileen "Mikki" Simpson, 79, a lifelong educator of the deaf, died Monday, May 25,
at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Born in the Bronx, New York City, she
was the daughter of the late George McVey and Dorothy Smith. Mrs. Simpson is
survived by her husband of 51 years, William "Bill" Simpson, and sons Kevin M.
Simpson of Washington, DC, and Scott Simpson of Morganton. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Jay McVey. Ms. Simpson, who
was deaf, received her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Illinois,
took teacher training at Gallaudet University in 1954 and 1955 and received a
Masters from the California State University at Northridge ("CSUN") in 1974.

After beginning her teaching career at the Louisiana School for the Deaf, she
moved to Morganton in 1957 to teach at the North Carolina School for the Deaf.
Mrs. Simpson also worked at CSUN for a year as a guidance counselor before
returning to NCSD to work in a variety of teaching and administrative positions
until her retirement in 1994. In 1984, she was honored as Educator of the Year by
the Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness.

Mrs. Simpson was active in a variety of community activities and nonprofit
organizations at the local, state and national level, including the National
Association of the Deaf (where she served on the board), the NC Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf and the Gallaudet University Alumni Association. She was
named the first female president of the NC Association of the Deaf in 1981. She
was also a licensed lay reader in the Episcopal Church.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Grace Episcopal
Church with the Rev. Bruce Walker officiating. Inurnment followed in the
Columbarium behind the church. After the services, a reception was held in the
parish hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Gallaudet University,
Development Office, 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 or to the NCSD
Museum Fund, PO Box 2681, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home
assisted the family with the arrangements.
Obituary courtesy of Morganton News Herald.

December 15, 2008
Estelle Lillie Owens Gibbs
Estelle Lillie Owens Gibbs, 96, of Potomac, Md., passed away peacefully on
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at her daughter, Mary's residence. She was born Jan. 8,
1912 in Columbus and was a daughter of the late John Owens and Mary Ann Hall
Owens. Estelle is survived by her children, John Preston Gibbs and his wife, Pam,
of San Diego, Calif., Betty Gibbs Sparks and her husband, Bill, of Winston-Salem,
NC, Mary Gibbs Yeh and her husband, John, of Potomac, Md. and Jimmy Nelson
Gibbs and his wife, Winona, of New Orleans, La.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-
grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Estelle was preceded in death by her
husband, Joseph Nelson Gibbs who passed away in 1958. A graveside service was
held on December 20, 2008 at the Forest Hill Cemetery. In honor of Estelle,
contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Deaf Mission, PO Box 459,
Morganton, NC 28680.


Our family wants to thank you all for those who sent flowers, cards, prayers and
expressions of sympathy following the loss of our dear mother, Estelle O. Gibbs.
Even though, she had lived in Maryland for 31 years, she still loved people in NC
and read The Bugler faithfully. A special thanks to Anne Crutchfield Chastin for
interpreting and to Rev. Tom Lineberger of Morganton First Baptist Church.

Preston Gibbs, Betty Gibbs Sparks, Mary Gibbs Yeh and Jimmy Gibbs


The News-Herald
Sunday, November 19, 2006

Charles Josheau Autrey, Sr., 59, of Crawley Dale Street, died Friday, Nov. 17,
2006, at Duke University Medical Center. He graduated from NCSD in 1968 and is a
cousin of Jimmy Autrey. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced
later by Sossoman Funeral Home.

September 14, 2006
David Reynolds
, 53
Died, of cancer, at 6 pm at Winston-Salem, NC Sunday Night. Gravesite service
was Wednesday. Condolences can be sent to:
Mrs. Pamela R. Kennedy
6346 Company Mill Rd.
Climax, NC 27233

September 3, 2006
Cynthia Louise ‘Cindy' Glover

MARGARETTSVILLE - Cynthia Louise “Cindy” Glover, 52, of Margarettsville, died
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at her home.

Cindy was born Jan. 31, 1954, in Halifax County. She was a graduate of Northeast
Academy and attended Hardbarger Business College and Halifax Technical College.
She was a member of Margarettsville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death
by her father, Richard O. “Dick” Glover Sr.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Jenkins Glover; her brother, Richard O.
“Dickie” Glover Jr. Of Wilson; her aunts, Hazel J. Harrell of Garysburg, Mary Bess
Beasley and her husband, Clay, of Suffolk, Va., and Eula H. Glover of Purlear; her
uncle, W.A. “Billy” Jenkins and his wife, Edith, of Littleton; and also many cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at Margarettsville
Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tommy Glover and the Rev. Jimmy Cox
officiating. Burial will follow in the Glover Family Cemetery.

Massey Funeral Home in Jackson is handling the arrangements, where the family
will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Memorial contributions may be made to Margarettsville Baptist Church.

Sympathy cards can be sent to:

Richard glover
9926 Sugar Hill Rd.
Wilson, NC 27896

Mrs. Mildred Glover
P.O. box 21
Margarettsville, NC 27853

Peggy at our 35th Reunion last year.                                                   1968

Peggy Russell Jennings, 56, died Saturday, August 19, 2006 3:20am in her sleep at
Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday,
August 21, 2006 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory, 944 Old Knight
Road, Knightdale, NC 27545.

Peggy was born on April 30, 1950 in Durham County to the late John Russell and
Mary Kates Russell.

Surviving: Husband: William E. "Bill" Jennings Son: William A. "Will" Jennings of
the home. Brother: Peter Brickey of Winston-Salem, NC.

2 other brothers and 1 sister. Father-In-Law: Frank B. "JoJo" Jennings of Raleigh,
and sister-In-law: Wanda K. Jennings of Raleigh, NC

Graveside Service: 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at Raleigh Memorial Park,
7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, Post Office Box 41912, Raleigh, NC 27629-1912.

Charles Roy Williams
June 30, 1943 — July 23, 2006

Charles Roy Williams, 63, of Wilson, died Sunday. A graveside service was held
11 a.m. Tuesday in Rocky Mount Memorial Park. The Rev. Neal Peyton and the
Rev. Daniel Johnson officiated.

Surviving are his wife, Sylvia Daughtridge Williams of the home; one sister,
Barbara O'Briant and husband, Deryl, of Elm City; one brother, George Vernon
Williams and wife, Joyce, of Winston-Salem; and a brother-in-law, Ronald
Daughtridge and wife, Nancy, of Farmville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Benjamin and Nettie Mae
Whitehead Williams.

The family received friends 7-8:30 July 24th at Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100
Raleigh Road Parkway, and at other times will be at 2314 Alyson Drive, Wilson.

Flowers are welcome or memorials in his memory may be directed to The Forest
Hills Baptist Church Deaf Ministry, 1407 Forest Hills Rd., Wilson, NC 27896

Thanks to David Latkowski for sending the above obituary even though the source is unknown.

With apologies to the Prez of the Class of 1970, I'm taking over his page for
the moment:

07/25/06 - Webmaster's Note:
I had the privilege of meeting Charles Williams several times beginning in the fall
of 1970 when I took my brothers, David and Kim, back to ENCSD after being home
on weekends. Randy was also a houseparent at the time so Charles, Randy and I
usually end up spending an hour or two chatting together before I had to return
back to Raleigh Sunday evenings.

During these long conversations, I discovered that ENCSD open captioned movie
nights were held on Friday evenings and that Wilson had a Deaf Club, which
Charles introduced to me, Wilson Association of the Deaf (WAD), which met once
a month and I later found out that WAD was larger and more enthusiastic than the
Raleigh's Deaf Club.

I went to Wilson at least 4 times a month, every two weeks to take my brothers
to ENCSD on Sundays and when my brothers were at ENCSD on "not home
weekends", I would show up on Friday evenings for dinner at ENCSD, the opened
captioned movie afterwards and then the WAD meetings once a month.

This went on for about two years, except for the summer months which I would
show up for the WAD meetings.

My visits with Charles started fading around 1973 when David went to NCSD,
Randy went to Tennessee, and I got married.

I started "revisiting" ENCSD in 1998-2003 after completing my service calls to the
eastern part of the state just to visit Charles and he would just about squeeze me
to death hugging me being elated to see me again. Although we could not "party"
like we did in the good ole days but we made up for it with the 3-4 hours of
"chewing the fat".

Charles was a man of integrity, his body may have failed him but he looked at life
in the most positive manner that I have ever seen in a human being. He had
answers to any questions asked of him.

He was a very humble guy, yet full of surprises, proven even after his moving
over. During his wake, I was astounded that he was mentioned in the Life
magazine featuring Deaf football players in Gallaudet in the mid 1960's.

Charles, you will be missed, but the memories of life I had with you, I will
cherish......We had fun, my Friend!



Charles Williams died at Wilson Memorial Hospital at 10:05 this morning. He
graduated from NCSD in 1964 and is very well liked by everyone.

If you know Charles Williams, here is his home address:  
Sylvia Williams
2314 Alyson Drive
Wilson, NC 27893

Joyner Funeral Home in Wilson tomorrow night the 24th at 7-8:30 p.m, Highway 264.

Buried at Memorial Park, Red Oak, NC 43 at Rocky Mount at 11 am Tuesday,
the 25th. It is about 21 miles from Wilson and it is near Rocky Mount. You can get
on I-95 north to Rocky Mount--get on Red Oaks--route 43 exit turn right and the
cemetery is close by.


Linda Sanders Menkes of Class of '68 passed away due to massive heart attack last Monday. We
pray for her families! She was from NY. If you know her, here is her husband's address:

Mr. Stu Menkes
716 Granada Parkway
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Pres. Randy

11/29/04 - Marjorie Triebert passed away, click here to read more.

          Note from Anne
My sisters and I thank the Class of 1970 for their thoughtfulness and prayers as
well as the contribution to Austine School for the Deaf Library. Our mother
will be thrilled because she had always loved you all.. here is the website to find
her obit..

The obit was printed on Wednesday September 8th State Port Pilot paper. Again..
thank you!

Remember, you can replenish the Sunflower Fund by mailing a check to Louise
Luther or Mary Beth Etheridge.

09/06/04 - Anne Potter's mother has passed away over the Labor Day weekend
and the Prez has released $10 of the Sunflower Fund to go towards a memorial
to the library at the Deaf school in Vermont where Anne works.

The only other communiqué that I have is that Anne's mother is to be buried
today in Southport, NC.

Bobby Oakley, brother of Shirley Oakley Ballew ('72), passed away the evening of August 5. A
NCSD 1973 graduate, died of an heart attack at the age of 51. Thanks to Marion and Jeannie
Parris for this information. Click here for additional details.

Katherine Walton Thomason, 101, died at her residence on Lenoir Rd. on Friday, July 30, 2004.
Ms. Thomason worked at NCSD for 45 years and was principal at Jeter/Joiner Hall for 25 years.

A graveside service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 2nd at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Thanks to David Latkowski for this information.

Meta H. Bigham, Principal at NCSD

MORGANTON - Meta H. Bigham, 86, of Grace Ridge, died Nov. 18, 2000. Born March 17, 1914, she
was a daughter of the late Harvey B. and Meta Fletcher Hutchison. A graduate of Salem College,
she served on the Patterson School Board and Morganton Planning and Zoning boards. She served
as chairwoman of  Grace Episcopal Church Foundation for 16 years, was editor of the Grace Ridge
Newsletter and member of the Grace Ridge Student Memorial Fund.

She taught in Morganton Public Schools and the North Carolina School for the Deaf, where she was
principal for 10 years. She also worked at the Morganton News Herald for five years and the R.J.
Reynolds Research Lab for five years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Elliott
Bigham; a daughter, Carolyn Elliott Bigham; and two sisters, Mary McVeigh and Elanor Liles.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Hugh E. and Mary Branstrom Bigham Jr. of Charlotte; a
sister, Josephine H. Fitts of Winston-Salem; two grandsons, Hugh Elliott Bigham III and William
Fletcher Bigham of Charlotte; and a number of nephews and nieces.

A graveside service was held Monday in Burke Memorial Park. A memorial service followed the
graveside service at Grace Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 606 King St., Morganton, N.C. 28655; or
Student Loan Fund at Grace Ridge, 500 Lenoir Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. Kirksey Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.

Hickory Daily Record Online
November 21, 2000
Sent by Lee McDaniel 11/27/00 and originally printed in the Old Bears Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1,
April, 2001.

Mrs. DeLanie B. Winchester

I just want to let all of you know that Mrs. Winchester passed away on March 25th, 2001. That is
all I know. I met Mrs. Bernice Q. Tuttle yesterday and she was the one that told me about Mrs.
Winchester. She was 90 years old and was in a nursing home for a good while.

Take care, may God bless all of you.
Louise Isenhour Luther
Sunday April 22, 2001 11:57:56 and originally printed in the Old Bears Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1,
April, 2001.



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