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Originally published: 2012-12-04 14:22:40
Last modified: 2012-12-04 14:22:40

Vivian Johnson Stamey

Vivian Johnson Stamey, 83, of Newland, passed away on Nov. 28, 2012, at Roan Highlands Nursing Center.

A native of Avery County, she was born April 1, 1929, a daughter of the late Ettle and Rose Biggs Johnson.

She was a member of the Avery Revival Center, where she was a great help and helped to build the church. She was kind to everyone and was a part of the Friday Lunch Bunch of the Avery County Senior Center.

Along with her parents, Stamey was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Stamey; sisters, Lucille Oakes, Edith Smith, Anna Lee Dean and Florence Vance; brothers, Albert Johnson, Jim Johnson, and Jack Taylor; son-in-law, Tony Holden.

Stamey has left to cherish her memory her son, Benny L. Johnson and wife, Sherry, of Hampton, Tenn.; daughters, Rosetta Russell and husband, Steve, of Greenville, Tenn., Sherri Holden of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; sister, Toots Hall of Newland; brother, Joe Johnson of Newland; sisters-in-law, Nell Aldridge of Crossnore, Bonnie Johnson of Newland; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Stamey were conducted 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at the Grandfather Chapel with the Rev. Buzz Beers and the Rev. Benny Johnson officiating. The family received friends 6 p.m. until the service hour. Family, friends and pallbearers were asked to meet at the funeral home 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec.1, 2012, to go in procession to the Johnson Cemetery for graveside services. Pallbearers were Benjamin Johnson, Mark Burleson, Joey Burleson, Patterson Cox, Rhett Scott, Vincent Shook, Matthew Shook and Darius Shook.

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Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland served the Stamey family.

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