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Originally published: 2013-12-26 10:44:31
Last modified: 2013-12-26 10:45:17

Carolyn Riddle Ollis

Carolyn Riddle Ollis, of Banner Elk, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at the Charles Cannon Memorial Hospital.
A daughter of the late Luther and Hazel Bailiff Riddle, she was born in Avery County on Sept. 20, 1942. Ollis was a loving and generous lady who never met a stranger, she was like a mother to an entire generation of Banner Elk children. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, crocheting and reading.
For 34 years, Ollis owned and operated the Village Grocery in downtown Banner Elk.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lois Shomaker; brother, Glenn Riddle; nephews, Michael and Jimmy Shomaker.
A loving mother and grandmother, she leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters, Cynthia Ollis of Hickory, Camille "Cammy" Pittman of Banner Elk; son, Jimmy "Buzz" Ollis and his wife, Shelia, of Banner Elk; grandchildren, Luke Ollis of Banner Elk, Britney Ray and her husband, Justin, of Newland, Daniel Dellinger and his wife, Alaina, of Cranberry, Cara Pittman, Michael Pittman, Bryce Pittman, all of Banner Elk; great-grandchildren, Ayden and Caleigh Ray, Tyler (her best buddy) and Jace Ollis, Wyatt Dellinger; special niece, Sharon Kaiser of Linville Falls.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the funeral home. A celebration of her life was held at 8 p.m. in the Grandfather Chapel with the Rev. Luther Carver and the Rev. Feild Russell officiating. Interment followed on Tuesday at the Elk Valley Cemetery.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Ollis family.

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