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Mary K. McVay Vanover Stissel

Mary K. McVay Vanover Stissel, age 91, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, NC, Mary is a daughter of the late Charlie and Lula (Bradford) Cannon.  She was a member of Erwin First Pentecostal Holiness Church.  She loved flowers and bird watching.  In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husbands: James McVay, Connelly Vanover and M. P. Stissel; son: Harold McVay; sister: Doris Edwards; and brothers: Ford Cannon, Stanley Cannon, Fred Cannon and Lester Cannon.

Mary K. McVay Vanover Stissel leaves behind to cherish her memory:

Sisters: Daisy Higgins, of Burnsville, NC,

Esther Williams and husband Kenneth, of Burnsville, NC;

Brother: Ted Cannon, of Jonesborough, TN;

Grandson: Heath McVay and wife, Tracy, of Erwin, TN;

Great-granddaughter: Kylie Street.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Hspice and to Eric Casey, Jamie Harris, Johanna Foster and Nancy Foster for the love and care given during this difficult time.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mary K. McVay Vanover Stissel in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020 in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home Pastor Charles David Byrd will officiate.  Musical selections will be provided by family members and Karl Gasser.  A visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will begin at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020 and will continue until service time in the chapel at Valley Funeral Home.  A graveside committal service will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm in Evergreen Cemetery.  Those attending will meet at Evergreen Cemetery by 2:50 pm.  Serving as pallbearers will be Eric Casey, Alden Cannon, Ryder Casey, Jamie Harris, Scott Higgins and Chuck Edney.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at <> or on our Facebook page at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Mary K. McVay Vanover Stissel through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.