Duke Fender Cemetery, Yancey Co., North Carolina

Duke Fender Cemetery

Sampson Mountain Rd., Egypt Twp., Yancey Co., North Carolina

Documented by Beth Bradford-Pytel

updated on 01/04/15


PHOTO:  Macro view of the front entrance taken Oct. 2014 Julian Fender

The cemetery is named after Duke Fender, the former land owner upon which the cemetery sits.  The Cemetery is adjacent to the Sampson- Wilson Cemetery.


DIRECTIONS:  Proceed on 19W east towards Burnsville to the stop sign at Bee Log Junction.  Make a right and cross the Cane River. Guys General Store/Gas Station is on the left.  Make your first left onto Bald Mountain Road. Continue for about 4 miles (passing through Bee Log village) up on the winding 2-lane road towards Bald Mountain.  Make a left onto Sampson Mountain Road and continue up the hill for about a half mile and you will see a livestock gate on the right.  This is the entrance to both Duke and Sampson Wilson Cemeteries which are next to each other.


NOTE:  This project was in partnership with Julian Fender who is related to the people interred here.  All photos are courtesy of Julian Fender (unless otherwise noted).  Feel free to email me your comments, photos and info.


1.  FENDER, Duke

b. March 20, 1928 - d. January 28, 1996

[s/o Ragan Fender and Zora Pate buried Ragan Cem.; 

married Atlas McCurry]

NOTE:  (Left) Duke age 40; (Right) younger Duke with mother courtesy of Linda Fender-Wallace.    Photo of Duke and Don   twin brothers.



b. September 28, 1933 - d.

PHOTO:  Zora Pate-Fender, Ragan Fender, Atlas McCurry, Duke Fender courtesy of Linda Fender-Wallace


3.  FENDER, Carl

b. June 22, 1954 - d. April 16, 1973

[s/o Duke Fender and Atlas McCurry]

NOTE:  He worked for Burlington Industries as a Fork Lift Operator; he was killed in a one car motor vehicle accident.  Photo of Carl courtesy Linda Fender-Wallace.


4.  EDWARDS, Ray

b. February 14, 1928 - d. October 25, 1977

[s/o William Edwards and Florence Hylemon]


5.  WALLACE, Kathy Marlene

b/d. January 1, 1980

[d/o Ted Wallace and Linda Fender]


6.  BUCKNER, Pearl Elizabeth [RICE]

b. August 21, 1935 - d. June 2, 2013

[d/o Kellie Rice and Elda Greene]

Obituary:  "Pearl Elizabeth Rice Buckner, age 77 of 67 Sam Fox Rd.. passed away Sunday June 2, 2013. She was a resident of Buncombe County and daughter of the late Kellie and Elda Greene Rice. She is also preceded in death by her brothers Carl and Richard Rice. Ms. Buckner was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Memorial service was held at 5:00 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Locust Grove Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. D. Harry Culbertson, Jr." 



PHOTOS: (Left) the front entrance to the trail which leads to both Duke Fender and Sampwon-Wilson Cemeteries.  Park the vehicle at the gate and walk down the trail. 

(Right) Sampson Mountain Road heading down toward Bald Mountain Road. --courtesy Julian Fender 2014


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