Cemetery of Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain Road, Yancey Co., North Carolina
PHOTO: Macro view of the entrance with the sign fabricated by Julian Fender, great grandson of Zack
Fender and Mattie Massey, in Feb. 2014.
The Zack Fender Cemetery is named after James Zachariah Fender born
July 27, 1882 - died June 13, 1950. He was the son of farmer/horse
Fender Cemetery in Bee Log) and
1st wife, Matilda "Tilda" Candler. Zach was a farmer
who owned 400+ acres near Bald Mountain. A portion of his land was
sectioned off to start the family cemetery when he died in 1950
(photo of his funeral). Many locals refer
to this part of Yancey as "Fendertown." This is an active
cemetery accessible by vehicle with parking and well taken care of.
Directions: Proceed on 19W east towards Burnsville. At
the stop sign at Bee Log Junction, make a right and cross the
Guys General Store/Gas Station
is on the left. Make a left onto Bald
Mountain Road and proceed for 5.2 miles
after which time, make left onto Green Leaf Road. The Cemetery is on the left.
NOTE: This project was in
partnership with Julian Fender (pictured on right with the sign he
crafted on Feb. 2014), great grandson of Zack
Fender and Mattie Massey. All photos are courtesy of Julian Fender
(unless otherwise noted). Feel free to
email me your comments, photos
GREGORY, HANEY, HENSLEY, MASSEY, PHILLIPS, THOMAS, WILLIAMS
1. FENDER, Clayton
April 22, 1909 - d. January 3, 1959
Fender and Mattie C. Massey;
married 1st Sinda "Cindy" Atkins on August 4,
1927; d/o Thomas
E. Adkins and Rose; 3 children; married 2nd to Etta
NOTE: Clayton was a farmer and died
age 49 from a heart attack.
FENDER, Etta WILLIAMS
b. 1913 - d. unknown
[w/o Clayton #1]
NOTE: family records state she
is buried in Tenn. next to 2nd husband
3. FENDER, Rufus William
b. March 23, 1916 - d.
February 20, 1981
"In Loving Memory"
[s/o Zack Fender and
b. February 30, 1920
- d. April 10, 2014
[d/o James Ball and Ida
Pate; married Rufus William Fender]
OBITUARY: Dessie Fender, 94, passed away
Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Elizabeth House-Four Seasons in Flat Rock.
A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late James and
Ida Pate Ball. She was also preceded in death by two brothers:
James Ball, Jr., and Robert Ball; and three sisters: Georgia Oakes,
Jessie Elkins and Vessie Wright.
Funeral services held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Anglin officiated.
Burial at the Fender Cemetery.
5. FENDER, Doyle Paul
b. March 13, 1949 - d. February 18, 1953
[s/o Erskine Paul Fender and Leeila Thomas]
6. FENDER, Erskine Paul
30, 1920 - d. September 8, 1965
28th BN INF REPL TNG CEN - WWII"
Fender and Mattie Massey;
married 1st Gladys Hensley (d/o Back Hensley and Althea Cooper);
2nd wife Leeila Thomas]
NOTE: He was the proprietor of The
Blue Room Tavern in Weaverville. The rock building (now gone) was
located on Old Weaverville Hwy between Asheville and Weaverville. He
died age 44 from complications post surgery to repair stomach ulcers. "Peritonitis" was the cause of death.
7. FENDER, Leeila
b. June 19, 1931 - d. ?
[w/o Erskine Fender]
FENDER, J. B.
b. February 14, 1932
- d. February 4, 2015
"Precious Lord Take Thy
[s/o Clayton Fender and
Cinda Atkins; married Ann Davis]
J. B. "Pop” Fender
formerly of Burnsville, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Port
Charlotte, Florida. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the
late Clayton and Cindy Atkins Fender. He was the husband of Annie Davis
Fender who died in 2001. He was also preceded in death by a
sister, Hattie Fender Edwards.
He was a US Army Veteran and a member of Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57
DAV. He owned and operated J & B Auto Sales for many years.
Funeral services were held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe
Brothers Funeral Home and Rev. Junior Peterson officiated. Burial was
at the Zack Fender Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by Sgt.
E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.
9. FENDER, Ann
b. September 1, 1929
- d. February 7, 2001
[s/o Joseph Davis and Bess
10. FENDER, Leonard
b. November 4, 1939 - d.
April 26, 1991
[s/o Vernon B. Fender and
b. March 21, 1912 -
February 16, 1992
[w/o Vernon B. Fender]
FENDER, Vernon Baxter
b. August 6, 1907 -
d. September 16, 1959
"Thy Kingdom Come"
[s/o Zack Fender and
Mattie Massey; married Mary Williams]
NOTE: He was a farmer and died age 52
from heart disease: his WWII registration states his date of birth was
Aug. 7, 1906.
FENDER, James Zachariah "Zack"
b. July 27, 1879* (1882) - d. June
[s/o Isom Fender
(buried Fender Cem Bee Log) and
Matilda "Tilda" Candler.
Briggs (b. Nov. 8, 1877 - d. May 11, 1940; d/o
L. Briggs and Malinda Jane Shelton of Flag Pond, TN) married
May 30, 1898 in Unicoi Co.; no children.
2nd wife: Mattie C.
Massey of Madison Co., married August 10, 1899 in Buncombe Co., NC.
NOTE: *According to his
it was noted that he was born in "1879"
which is different than tombstone. The 1880 Yancey Co. Census shows his
parents, Isom (age 18) and Tilda (age 15), were just married with no
children and living with Wiley and Lydia Fender in Egypt Twp. It's
unknown how Zack became acquainted with Elminor Briggs of Flag Pond.
Ezekiel Briggs, was a farmer/horse breeder and was
on January 13, 1884 leaving Malinda Shelton (wife) and
two daughters, Elminor and Celia to care for themselves. Elminor was
4 years older than Zack (age 16 at the time) and was already divorced from
W. Rice (md. Oct 20, 1896).
Zack and Elminor
married May 30,
in Unicoi Co., but their marriage was brief.
At age 18, Zack met Mattie Massey who was living in the Flat Creek area
of Buncombe Co. with her parents and they married on August 10,
1899 in Buncombe Co. In 1900, they moved to Cocke Co., TN, per the census, and
both were noted age 18 with no children. In 1910, Zack and Mattie
were living in Egypt Twp in Yancey Co., NC, and the census showed he was
a farmer, rented property, married for 12 years with 5 children/4 alive
as follows: Gifford G., James R. Vernon B. and Clayton B.
Zack was a lifetime farmer and around 1920, he owned land as noted in
the census. Around age 20, he worked for David M. Buck
(1878-1939), co-owner of J. M. Lumber Co. (incorporated in Johnson
City, TN) and owner of the Bald Mountain Lumber Co. and sawmill, general
assemblyman and extensive landowner of 4500+ acres in the Bald Mountain
area near McKinney Gap / Wolf Laurel. Zack was farmhand for Buck
and was paid 50 cents a day. Over time, Zack learned savvy
business skills from Buck, saved his money and starting acquiring land
adjacent to the Buck property on Bald Mountain to the point 400+ acres.
He also owned rental properties to supplement his income. His
death record shows that he died from the onset of anemia and had
chronic nephritis for 15 years and hypertension for 20.
THE FUNERAL OF ZACK FENDER - circa 1950
FENDER, Mattie C.
b. May 1, 1882 - d. July
"They are Not Dead"
[d/o William Thomas Massey
(b. Oct. 15, 1851 - d. July 13, 1933 buried Cedar Hill Cem. Greene
Co., TN) and
Mary Katherine Hunter (buried
Caney Branch Cem, Greene Co. TN); married Zack Fender on
Aug 10, 1899; children:
1) Gifford G. (b. Oct. 1,
1901 - d. Feb. 19, 1977 Detroit area, Michigan)
2) Georgia Margaret - died
3) James Ragan
(buried Ragan Cem Riddle Branch)
4) Vernon Baxter
#12 (b. Aug
7, 1906) md. Mary Williams
Clayton B. #1,
6) Bruce Lee (b. May
30, 1912 - d. July 21, 1981)
7) Thomas Woodrow
(b. July 20, 1916 - died bef. 1920)
8) Juanita "Neta" Kate
(b. March 23, 1917 - d. Feb. 20, 1981) md.
Dessie Ball Fender on Nov. 13, 1939
10) Tilden Zack
11) Erskin Paul
Naomi E. #20
NOTE: Mattie died in the home of
daughter Naomi on Bald Mountain.
Photo of Zack and Mattie with
their first born, Gifford circa abt. 1903 courtesy of Reba Hensley Pauley.
FENDER, Tilden Zack
b. June 26, 1919 - d.
December 8, 1987
"Eternal Rest Grant
Unto Them O Lord and Let Light Perpetual Shine Upon Them"
FENDER, Sarah Jane [BRADFORD]
b. June 9, 1920 - d.
January 25, 2015
[d/o Milburn Bradford and
Loretta McCurry buried Milburn Bradford Cem]
Jane Bradford Fender, 94, of the Bald Mountain Community of Yancey
County, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Brookside
Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter
of the late Milburn and Loretta McCurry Bradford. She was the wife of
Tilden Zack Fender who died in 1987. She was also preceded in death by
a son, Tilden Gerald Fender; a granddaughter, Loretta Jane Warrick;
son-in-law, Jim Warrick; brothers, Hubert Bradford and Theodore “Alex”
Bradford; a sister, Martha “Monee” Honeycutt. She was a member of Bald
Mountain Freewill Baptist Church. Sara Jane was a loving wife, mother
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Wednesday in the
Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Joe Bennett will
officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the
Zack Fender Cemetery at Bald Mountain."
photo of Sarah Jane taken Aug. 2007 courtesy of Dwight Edwards.
FENDER, Tilden Gerald
"Our Beloved Son - In God's Care"
b. March 1, 1948 - d. July
[s/o Tilden Zack
Fender and Sarah Jane Bradford]
NOTE: According to his obituary,
Tilden Gerald Fender died age 58 and was a member of the Bald Mountain
community. He was a U.S. Army veteran formerly a heavy equipment
operator and a former employee of OMC and Phania at Arden. Later
in life he was self employed landscaper with Bald Mountain
HANEY, Mary Jane
b. March 31, 1895 -
[d/o James Logan Gregory
and Geneva Robinson of Madison Co., NC]
HENSLEY, James Jr.
b/d June 30, 1952
[s/o Noah Arvle Hensley
and Naomi Fender]
b. April 22, 1922 -
d. September 1, 2002
[d/o Zack Fender and
Mattie Massey; married Noah A. Hensley on May 18, 1940 in Erwin, TN]
HENSLEY, Noah Arvle
b. February 1, 1914
- d. January 28, 1987
"In Thee, O Lord Have I
Put My Trust"
[s/o Murphy Hensley and
NOTE: Photo of young Noah Hensley and
Naomi. "Arvle" was a lifetime farmer.
HENSLEY, William Murphy
b/d July 14, 1954
[s/o Noah Arvle Hensley
and Naomi Fender]
b. September 20, 1932 - d.
July 12, 2003
"Brother - In Loving Memory"
Rex Hobart Phillips
and Juanita Kate "Neta" Fender]
NOTE: Photo (l-r) Jack Phillips with
Mattie Massey-Fender and his younger brother Jimmy.
[Juanita Kate] Neta FENDER
b. January 5, 1914 - d.
December 27, 1986
[d/o Zack Fender and
Rex Hobart Phillips on August 4, 1928
PHOTOS: left - Green Leaf Road
which leads towards the cemetery; right - macro view of the gated