Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Callie Mitchel Burleson

Black Mountain

Callie Mitchel Burleson, 92, of Black Mountain, passed away July 28, 2017 at Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Mrs. Burleson was born September 4, 1924 in Buncombe County to the late John and Elsie Sneed. Callie worked for three generations of the Clevenger family at the hosiery mill before retirement. She attended Piney Grove Baptist Church, Old Fort.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee Burleson; and 11 siblings.

Callie is survived by her daughter, Norma Jean Burleson of Black Mountain; brother, John C. Sneed of Black Mountain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 1-2 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals with a Celebration of Life Service following with Rev. Burl Jones officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center for their wonderful care of Callie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piney Grove Baptist Church, PO Box 234, Old Fort, NC 28762. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,

Jay L. Hollifield


Jay L. Hollifield, 81, of Swannanoa, passed away August 1, 2017.

Mr. Hollifield was born May 6, 1936 in McDowell County to the late Wilburn and Ada Hollifield. Jay was an active member of Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Air Force. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Jay was a great husband, dad, grandfather, and friend who will be missed by everyone who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorcas Bridges Hollifield; brothers, Ernest, Grayson, Roy and Bernie Hollifield; and sisters, Marie Hart, Margaret Gilbert, Ora Bailey, Beulah Sharp, and Lula Karnas.

Jay is survived by his son, Michael J. Hollifield (Deanna); grandchildren, Audrey and Nicholas Hollifield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Friday, August 4, 2017 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life Service followed with Rev. Jack Ward, Rev. Bobby Shehan, and Rev. Michael J. Hollifield officiating. Burial was at Sky View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church, 200 Park Street, Swannanoa, NC 28778. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

James Michael Brittain

Old Fort

James Michael Brittain, 64, of Old Fort, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 at his residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available at