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Robert Terry Shields

Franklin, NC - Robert Terry Shields, age 69, of Franklin, NC, passed away, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late James Garland Shields and Ila Mae Gray Shields. He had worked as a proof finisher for a Chemical Plant for twenty two years and at Tekton in Franklin for 14 years. He loved working, hunting, fishing and bowling. He was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of thirty five years, Bena Lee McClure Shields, one son, Ross Dale Shields and his wife Kathy of Franklin, NC; step daughter, Cindy Stewart and her husband Ray of Cramerton, NC; step son, Keith Hagan and his wife Tracy of Franklin, NC; and adopted son, Don Shields of High Point, NC; two sisters, Jean Sanders of Franklin, NC and Glenda Cowart of Maggie Valley, NC; three grandchildren, Ben Hagan, Morgan Lindberg and Rochelle Copeland and three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Hagan, Ben Hagan, Jerry McClure, Mark McClure, Damian Copeland and Andrew Copeland.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 514 Daniels St. #109, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Martha Ingaborg Nordin Barber Wiltcher

Highlands, NC - Martha Ingaborg Nordin Barber Wiltcher, age 100 years, of Highlands, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving children and their spouses on Saturday, April 11, 2015. A resident of the Eckerd Living Center, born December 28, 1914 in Bethlehem, PA to the late Ingaborg Nordin and Fritz Nordin of Sweden.

Martha grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey, married Gordon Norman Barber. They served together as Gordon was the Pastor of the Salvation Army Church. In 1945 they moved to Miami, FL for health reasons and raised their four children there. In 1957 they divorced. In 1965 Martha married Pleasy L. Wiltcher, who unfortunately passed away that same year. She remained a widow for the remainder of her life, living near her beloved children. Martha successfully managed her own rental properties until her retirement. Martha had a deep and abiding faith in her Saviour, her LORD JESUS CHRIST, now she is finally home in Heaven.

She is survived by her children, Elaine E. Watts of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, E.. June Thomas and husband Carl of Maysville, Georgia, Bill G. Barber and wife Melinda of Highlands, NC, as well as her cherished grandchildren, Timothy Thomas, Stephen Thomas and wife Denese, Michael Sahlgren and wife Lisa, Cindee Carmichael and husband Michael, Cheree Murray and husband Joe, Leif Sahlgren and wife Erica, Julie Nichols and husband Robert, Jenene Rouse and husband Jim, Larry Barber, Jeramie Barber and wife Kelly, Kimberly Kravits and husband Alex, Jonathan Barber, Joshua Barber and wife Rayne; also 19 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Community Bible Church, 3645 Cashiers Road, Highlands, NC 28741, Phone Number: 828 526 4685. There will be a short reception after the service.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Charlotte Hook Baker

Franklin, NC - Charlotte Hook Baker, age 71, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was born in Washington DC, the daughter of the late Charles Wallace Hook and Clarissa Waple Hook. She had worked in a clerical position for the US Government, and was of the Catholic Faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Baker, Jr., and two brothers, Frank and David Hook.

She was survived by two daughters, Dorothy Baker of Franklin, NC and Kristine Newman of Tampa, FL; one son, Frank Baker, III of Franklin, NC; one sister, Mary Helene Seal of Richmond, VA; two grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Newman.

Memorial services will be held at a later date

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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William Henry “Bill” Aaron, Jr.

Highlands, NC- William Henry "Bill" Aaron, Jr., 78, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. Mr. Aaron was born June 2, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to the late William Henry Aaron and Evelyn Arnold Aaron. Bill worked in radio for most of his career before coming to Highlands with his wife Nancy to open Southern Hands, an upscale craft store that was highly regarded for 20 years. He was a member of the Highlands Rotary Club, a Board member on the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Bascom Arts Center Board. Bill was also an active member of the Players Club of Detroit, and was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and would later become National President of that fraternity. Bill enjoyed animals, the mountains and a good story, was a skilled woodworker and cook, and he loved volunteering at HealthTracks and with the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Gould Aaron of the home; a daughter, Lyn Aaron Stille of Canton, Ga; two sons, Bill Aaron (Marti) and Ben Aaron (Rebecca) of Marietta, Ga; four grandchildren, Ruth Aaron, Will Aaron, Grayson Stille, and Emma Aaron; sister in law, Nola Miller (Richard) of Winston Salem, NC; and a nephew, Ben Miller of Dallas, TX.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation with the Rev. Bruce Walker and Rev. Howard L'Enfant officiating. The family will have a reception following the service at the church. A private Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Horse Cove Cemetery.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is serving the Aaron family.
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Vera Rogers

Franklin, NC - Vera Rogers, of Franklin passed away peacefully Friday, April 17th, with her son Jim and his wife Pam by her side. Mom, grandma, great grandma, and farmer to the end, Vera and her late husband Carlos continued the family's farming tradition that began in Macon County in 1849. Through the years as commercial farmers, they grew turnips, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, burley tobacco, tomatoes, hogs, and beef cattle.

Born August 2, 1917, Vera spent most of her 97 years at Olive Hill in the house she was born. In later years on the farm, her favorite pastime were feeding cattle, and gardening, spending time with her grandsons, and great- grandsons, and riding the fields on her Kawasaki Mule, always with her dog, Trouble, by her side.

A Franklin High School graduate of the class of 1933, she began her education in the one room Olive Hill School, walked to Iotla School in later years and attended a one year business course offered to high school graduates in Macon County that was a precursor to the community college system of today.

She worked for several years at the Moody Farm in the Iotla Valley, during the years when they took in summer guests, assisting with all aspects of their tourist business before farming full time. Her many stories about those years and the summer "boarders" prompted family interest in the hospitality industry that continues to this day.
Her keen memory, able to recite childhood poems until her final months, made her the keeper of family histories and genealogy of not just her own but of many families in the area. Her generous nature made sure that visitors left with some product of the farm, something from the kitchen, or a spray of flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Nobia Barnard, an infant son Charles; brother Ray Barnard, sister Jessie Webb, husband Carlos Rogers, and great grandson Jack Rogers. She is survived by a sister, Violet Smith of Asheville, NC, a son, Jim Rogers and wife Pam of Spartanburg, SC, grandsons Allen Rogers and wife Jessica of Jonesborough, TN and John Rogers of Brussels, Belgium; great- grandsons Adam and Braeden Rogers of TN. along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. She loved her special friends Carolyn and Juli and used her gift of memory to speak with them by phone many times a day.

A funeral service will be held 11: 00 A.M. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Bryant Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will follow at the Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Creek, Adam Burrell, Randy Woodall, Kenny Solomon, and Randy McCullohs. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Tippett.

Memorials can be made to the Iotla United Methodist Church, c/o Rebecca Chastain, 187 May Apple Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Virginia "Kimbo" Cleaveland Bryson

Highlands, NC - Virginia "Kimbo" Cleaveland Bryson, age 70, of Highlands, NC, passed away April 15, 2015 at Highlands Cashiers Hospital. She was a native Highlander, where she lived her entire life. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise Beale Cleaveland.

She was employed by the Town of Highlands for twenty four years and retired in 1995. Most recently she was a resident of the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Jerry Nix (Gwen) of Charlotte, NC; Lanette Walsh (David) of Advance, NC; Clay Bryson of Cashiers, NC; one sister, Georgia Sanders of Highlands; grandchildren, Adam, Daniel and Sarah Nix, Bailey and Conner Walsh, Derick and Devin Bryson; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 am at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Christy and Jennifer Forrester officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Beale, Herb James, James Oberry, Adam Nix, Daniel Nix and Bud Lamb. The family will receive friends from 10:00 till 11:00 am Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Randall "Randy" J. Solesbee

Franklin, NC - Randall "Randy" J. Solesbee, age 71, of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Ralph and Ruth Younce Solesbee.

He is survived by three sisters, Judy Cochran and her husband Russell of Waynesville, NC, JoAnn Styles and her husband Bobby of Asheville, NC and Jill Mills and her husband Scott of Asheville, NC; one brother, Ralph Solesbee, Jr. of Topton, NC.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 15th at 2:30 pm at White Oak Flats Baptist Church, with Rev. Dean Bateman officiating. Burial will be in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Groom

Franklin, NC - Mary Groom, age 84, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, April 13, 2014 . She was born in Hartford, AR, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Doris Groom. She owned a Cosmetology Business.

She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Watts of Nashville, NC and Perry Selph of Las Vegas, NV; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Hermie Moffitt Dills

Franklin, NC - Hermie Moffitt Dills, age 93, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was a native of Macon County, daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha Ledford Moffitt. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Evelyn Clark of Easley, SC, Gail Payne and husband Sam Payne, Pat Cook and one son, Danny M. Cook of Franklin, NC. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sisters, Anna Lee Shope and Ida Lee Thomas and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred R. Dills of 16 years. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband Willliam (Bill) Cook, granddaughter, Angela Joye Bates, grandson Jim Clark, sisters, Nina Sanders, Nellie Stamey, Ethel Thomas and brothers Roy, Ervin, Leonard and Ernest Moffitt.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 15th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Josh Brooks and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Moffitt, Joel Sanders, Ray Thomas, Russ Odell, Bobby Dills, Eddie Astling and Cody Rogers.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Bazan

Highlands, NC - Mary Bazan, age 94, of Highlands, NC passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was born in New York City, NY, the daughter of Roman and Anastasia Zaharchik. She was loving wife of 35 years to the late Nicolas Bazan. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was of the Greek Catholic Faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Buckle Clark of St. Helena, CA; a son, Nicholas Bazan of Highlands, NC; grandchildren, Garrett, Robie & Deanna Buckle, Samanta Nichole Bazan & Bret Bazan and Emily Vavrichek; one great granddaughter, Hailey Buckle.

A service was held April 7th at 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Cemetery in Centralia, PA

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary Bazan's honor to Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, 250 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Janet Maria Law Holt

Franklin, NC - Janet Maria Law Holt, age 79, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015. She was born in Hudson, NY, the daughter of the late Franklin James and Mary Ana Venditti Law. She was a homemaker and a member of Louisa Chapel of United Methodist Church . She volunteered for Angel Medical Center and the Department of Aging

She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Ernest William Holt, Jr. ; her son Robert Thomas Reynolds and wife Tammy Lin of Lawrenceville, GA; her daughter, Patricia Ann Nieves of Lawrenceville, GA; two granddaughters, Ashley Maria Morris & husband Tim and Victoria Marie Nieves; one grandson, Rob Nieves and wife Kimberly; three great grandchildren, Gavin Tyler Morris, Bryson Matthew Dupont and Allyson Michelle Nieves: one niece Donna Dallas. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin James Law and Lewis Edward Law and one sister, Theresa Law Mickle.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 PM at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. David Crunkleton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the charity of one's choice.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Phil (Phillip) Allen Fazioli

Franklin - Phil (Phillip) Allen Fazioli August 28, 1938 December 4, 2014 went to be with God. He was born in Westmoreland County, PA, the son of the late Phillip B. and Esther Ingram Fazioli. He moved to Sarasota, FL, in 1966 and went to work for General Telephone as an equipment tech for 33 yrs. After retiring, he moved to Franklin, NC in 1999.

He was a loving husband, he bowled in the Seniors League and was an avid Hosta gardener. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and sang in the Chancel Choir.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane Jarrett Fazioli, a daughter, Kimberly Dawes of Johnson City, TN, sisters Judy Thompson of Sarasota, FL and Linda Chess of Cookeville, TN.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Ester Mae Bates Williams

Franklin, NC - Ester Mae Bates Williams, age 76, of Franklin, NC, passed away April 4, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Mack and Dicey Stiwinter Bates. She was married to the late Woodrow Williams. She had worked as a machine operator in a cotton mill and was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She liked gardening and was a fantastic cook.

She is survived by five daughters, Betty Sue Fisher of Franklin, NC, Aretha Hill of Marion, NC, Linda Landers of Simpsonville, SC, Vicki Williams of Statesville, NC and Tamra Kaczka of Monroe, Ohio; three sons, Lonnie Melton, Jr. of Cornelius, NC, Steve Williams of Charlotte, NC and Chad Melton of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Betty Sue Maney of Franklin, NC, Frances McCall of Cleveland, GA and Louann Wilson of Robbinsville, NC; twenty one grandchildren and thirty one great grandchildren also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Melton; two sisters, Christine Webb and Louise Webb; and two brothers, Wilburn Bates and Jr. Bates.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 11th at 2:30 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev.John Raby officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday evening at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Judith Charlene Awtrey

Franklin, NC - Judith Charlene Awtrey, 58, of Franklin passed away Monday, April 6, 2015. Born in Columbus, OH, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna McCumber Marks. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to read and write poetry.

Mrs. Awtrey is survived by her husband of 32 years, John A. Awtrey; two daughters, Emily Reilly and husband Jason of Franklin and Stacie Lewis of Gainesville, GA; one son, David Roberts of Franklin; two sisters, JoAnn Harrison and Josephine Arledge both of Columbus, OH, and nine grandchildren, Jayson, Alexia, Keera, Samantha, Hunter, J. J., Abigail, Blake and Bethany.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Benny Bagwell officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 4:30 5:30pm, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Sylvia Freda Conn Leousis

Highlands, NC - Leousis, Sylvia Freda Conn, 89, died Monday, April 6, after a brief illness. Sylvia was born in Athens, Alabama, to Will and Dell Conn, but spent most of her adult life in St. Petersburg, Florida. After the Second World War, she married the love of her life, Peter Leousis, and they had two daughters and a son. Sylvia had a deep and abiding faith in God, and in June of 2011, she and Peter celebrated 63 years of marriage. A devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Sylvia is survived by their three children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A service commemorating Sylvia's life will be held at 11:30 AM in St. Petersburg, at Lewis Mohn Funeral Home on Saturday, April 11, 2015. A visitation for Sylvia's friends and friends of the family will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 on Saturday, April 11, in the chapel at Lewis Mohn Funeral Home in St. Petersburg.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Andrew Jackson Picklesimer

Highlands, NC - Andrew Jackson Picklesimer, 63, of Highlands passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015. Born in Macon Co., he was the son of the late Alfred and Katherine Talley Picklesimer. He was a supervisor at Macon County's recycling center. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of Shortoff Baptist Church.

Mr. Picklesimer is survived by his wife of 28 years, Romonia Talley Picklesimer; one daughter, Christy Rhoden and husband Thomas of Clearwater, SC; one step daughter, Samantha Phillips and husband Matthew of Highlands; one sister, Genevieve Rogers and husband Larry of Highlands; five grandchildren, Catilan, Paige, Rose, Memphis and Mitchell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Gearce Picklesimer and two grandchildren, Gwendolyn and Andrew.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Thomas Roland Brooks

Highlands, NC - Thomas Roland Brooks (Tommy) 44, of New York City, NY (formerly of Highlands, NC) passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, February 6th.

Thomas was the son of Larry Brooks of Franklin and the late Janice Bowman Brooks. Thomas studied at UNC-Wilmington and Johnson and Wales in Charleston, SC. He was however, most gifted at design, and partnered in several businesses in this field. He had a special place in his heart for animals as well as donating his time and talent to various other charitable organizations. Thomas was passionate, gifted, and kind. He will be greatly missed by his beloved family and friends fortunate enough to have been part of his life.

He leaves behind his father and stepmother Paula, brothers Mark and Ross, step-sister Melissa Chambers, step-brother Greg Worley, Aunts Debra Lamb, Stephanie Bowman and Ruth Sessions. We honor Thomas because of his spirit of encouraging the gifts that make each of us special, the eternal mystery and extraordinary beauty of the human heart.

A service will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, NC with Dr. Bruce Walker officiating.

Donations may be made in his honor to one of his favorite charities, God’s Love We Deliver, https://www.glwd.org/.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Otis Lafayette Dallas, Sr.

Hayesville, NC - Otis Lafayette Dallas, Sr., 72, of Hayesville passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. Born in DeKalb Co., GA, he was the son of Virginia Nicholson Dallas of Decatur, GA and the late Emory L. Dallas. He was a commercial painter.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sheila Barfield Dallas; two sons, Dude Dallas, Jr. and Bill Dallas both of Hayesville; six sisters, Sherry Wheeler of Jackson, GA, Mel Dallas, Anna Dallas and Linda Dallas all of Decatur, GA, Karen Gerow of Nashville, TN and Lisa Dallas of Decatur, GA; two brothers, Bill Dallas and John Dallas both of Decatur, GA and three grandchildren, Taylor Hanahan of Covington, GA, Baylie Dallas of Decatur, GA and Kacey Dallas of Conyers, GA.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Lakeview Community Dock with Rev. David Wheeler officiating.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Rebekah R. May

Franklin - Rebekah Ray May, age 103, of Nantahala formerly of Franklin, passed away in the exact place she was born. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Virginia Adaline Wild Ray. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clint May who died in 1952.

Mrs. May graduated from high school, Sylva College Institute and Western Carolina University. She was a retired school teacher for Macon County School System for 33 years; taught school for Ritter Lumber Company and adult education in Nantahala Community; she volunteered for Nantahala Rescue Squad; was a former EMT and was a pink lady for District Memorial Hospital in Andrews. She was a member of United Daughters of the Confederacy Thomas’ Legion Chapter #2698; a member of First Family of Old Buncombe and accepted the Governor’s Award for community service. She was an active member of Briartown Baptist Church where she was director of Baptist Training Union and a former Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher.

Mrs. May is survived by two daughters, Margaret Sue Anderson and husband Joe of Franklin and Jennilou Mason and husband Ronnie of Topton; one son, James Clinton May of Nantahala; eight grandchildren, Paula A. Cabe, Darlene A. Epley and husband Carl, Marlene A. Roden and husband Keith, Penny M. Stewart and husband Josh, Cicely M. Cable and husband Matt, James D. May, Alicia M. Thurmond and husband Dave and Clinton D. May and wife Laura; step-granddaughter, Maggie Owens and husband Brent, step-grandson, Brock Roden and wife Lauren; great-grandchildren, Chad Cabe, Kailey and Samuel Stewart, Triston Taylor and Kyly Thurmond; great-great step-grandson, Brady Owens and several nieces and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Hyacinth Roper and two brothers, John Ray and Lester Ray.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Briartown Baptist Church with Rev. S. J. Waters, Rev. Larry Icenhower and Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donald Cross, Mitchell Owenby, Clinton May, James D. May, Josh Stewart, Matt Cable, Keith Roden and Carl Epley. Honorary pallbearers will be Hoyt Owenby, Pearley Owenby, Sidney May, Rodney Chastain and Joe Williams. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 - 8:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Saturday from 1 - 2:00 pm at Briartown Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sidney May, 195 Swain Lane, Topton, NC 28781.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Janette Grant Passmore

Trinity NC - Janette Grant Passmore, 79, of Trinity, North Carolina, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital. Janette was a native of the Nantahala Community. She later moved to Waynesville, North Carolina where she spent the next 50 years before moving to Trinity. Janette was a homemaker and she enjoyed yard sales. She was of the Baptist faith. Janette was a loving mother and she loved her grandchildren very much.

She was the daughter of the late Henry Lawton and Ardella Mashburn Grant. She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Samuel Passmore; two sisters, Midge Cunningham and Irene Grant; and two brothers, Mark and John Grant.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, James W. "Jack" Passmore; a son, Scotty Passmore of Asheboro, North Carolina; a sister, Mary Jo Passmore of Nantahala; two brothers, Bob Grant and wife, Carolyn of Tiger, Georgia, and Buster Grant of Clayton, Georgia; two grandchildren, Josh Passmore and Brandie Passmore; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 1 in Bethel Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. David Postell and Marlin McMahan officiating. The interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt and Mikel Morgan, George Postell, and Josh Passmore.

The family will receive friends from 12-1:45 Wednesday afternoon at the Bethel Hill Baptist Church prior to the services.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Janette Grant Passmore to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.

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Giovanna Laura Rizzo

Franklin - Giovanna Laura Rizzo, 86, of Franklin, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fairview, at her daughter's home. Mrs. Rizzo was born on July 21, 1928, in New York City (Manhattan) to the late Vincent Ventura and Giovanna (Jennie) Saya Ventura. Giovanna Rizzo was married to the late Salvatore Rizzo, who preceded her in 1983. She worked for fifteen years at Walmart and spent most of her working life as a bookkeeper. She was very family oriented and loved reading, writing, drawing, painting, and cooking. Mrs. Rizzo was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include her three daughters and three sons: Maryellen Lo Bosco, of Long Island, New York; Salva Maria Atkin (Richard) of Asheville, North Carolina; Rosemarie Rizzo of Pembroke Pines, Florida; Rocco Lo Bosco of Long Island, New York; Peter Rizzo (Dawn) of Franklin, North Carolina; and Joseph Rizzo (Annette) of Bayside, New York. Her grandchildren are Diana, Anthony, Gina, Juliane, Joseph, Matthew, Natalie, Salvatore, Marisa, and Antony; her five great grandchildren are Ricky, Gabriel, Savannah, Harper, and Julien.

She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Gabriella Ledford.

A Roman Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, with Father Tien Duong officiating. The family will receive friends 6 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, March 31, 2015, at the Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Franklin.

Memorials can be made to the Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Dr. #600, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Meritha Dowdle Purifoy

New Bern, NC - Meritha Dowdle Purifoy, 72, of New Bern, NC formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Joel Dowdle and David Dowdle.

She is survived by her husband, David Lee Purifoy Jr.; sons, Charles Anthony "Tony" Dowdle of Franklin, NC and John Daniel Purifoy of New Bern; three daughters, Mary Purifoy Bryant of Ocracoke, Susan M. Purifoy and Kristin Lee Purifoy, both of New Bern; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1st at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggested memorial contributions be made to V.F.W. National Home, 3573 S Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Marion Hammond Rauers

Franklin, NC - Marion Hammond Rauers, 69, of Highlands, North Carolina passed away peacefully on the evening of Tuesday, March 24, 2015 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mr. Rauers was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of the late Hammond and Madge Parker Rauers. He attended Savannah Country Day High School and was a star in both prep football and track. He was selected Savannah Football Player of the Year in 1960 and in 1962 was the Georgia State Champion in the 220 yard dash. Mr. Rauers attended UNC Chapel Hill and graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

In 1971 he moved his family to Charleston, South Carolina where he began a career in the medical supply business and eventually acquired an interest in the company. Upon the sale of the medical supply business, Mr. Rauers began a very successful and lengthy career in real estate and earned accolades as a Million Dollar Producer for many consecutive years. It was during his real estate career that he founded and served as president of the East Cooper Top Producers Club and was recipient of the Realtors Roundtable of Excellence award. Later, employing his extensive experience in residential real estate in the Charleston area, Mr. Rauers ventured further into the area of real estate investments and partnerships. In recent years, Mr. Rauers, ending his career in real estate, joined his two sons in their automobile business in Franklin, NC, where he served in numerous capacities until his recent retirement. It was during this time that he became known affectionately as "The Ambassador of Highlands". Mr. Rauers served on the vestry at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, was a member of the Kiwanis Club and, always striving to be intimately involved with his sons’ activities, was a coach in Little League for many seasons. He was an avid sportsman drawn to the salt water and the tidal creeks of the low country and spent much of his time boating and fishing there with his sons and numerous friends. He had a passion for living, lived life to the fullest and helped his many friends and family do the same.

Mr. Rauers is survived by two sons, C. Hammond Rauers and his wife Mitzi Rauers of Highlands, Bryan Rauers and his wife Kerry Rauers of Franklin, North Carolina, grandchildren William Rauers and Catherine Rauers and niece Kim Cleghorn of Lakeland, Florida.

A memorial service, presided by Rev. Paul Christy, will be held Saturday, March 28th at 4:00 pm at Highlands United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to the Gilliam’s Promise youth coalition at Highlands United Methodist Church.

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Clifton Randall McCall

Cullowhee, NC - Clifton Randall McCall, age 69 of Cullowhee NC went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 20, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late W. Jerry and Mattie Beck McCall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Austin McCall Conner; two sisters, Flora Mae and Cornelia McCall. He was of the Baptist faith, the retired owner of McCall’s Odds-N-Ends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ginnivee Underwood McCall; one daughter, Teresa McCall of Franklin, NC; one son, Clifton McCall of Salem, SC; three grandchildren, Nick McCall & wife Whitney of Franklin, NC, Justin McCall of Savannah, GA and DeAnna McCall of Cashiers, NC; one great-granddaughter Lainey McCall of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Marie Alexander & husband McCager of Starr, SC, Rebecca Binder & husband Bill of Hendersonville, NC, Christine Lusk & husband Shelley of Brevard, NC; one brother Ernest McCall & wife Madge of Pendleton, SC. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends March 28, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC.

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Joann Bryson Cabe

Franklin, NC - Joann Bryson Cabe, born April 15, 1926, passed away March 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. and Lena B Bryson; her husband, Jack Dempsey Cabe, who passed away July 5, 2012; two sisters and three brothers.

Survived by two daughters, Jan C. Moore and husband Chris; Laura C. McCurry and husband Vernon; grandsons, Corey C. and Shawn McCurry.

She was born in Stow, Ohio. She worked many years in different positions with the state government, N.C. University, Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Human Resources.

She was active for many years in the Holly Springs Community Club, and was elected Woman of the Year twice by this club. She worked in several different positions in the First Baptist Church; as a Volunteer at Angel Medical Center for over 20 years and worked with the Meals on Wheels for 15 years. She was also a Past Worthy Matron with the Eastern Star, Pisgah Chapter 198.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Brown & Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial will held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Baptist Children's Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 0338.

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Danny Boy McGaha

Franklin, NC - Danny Boy McGaha, age 61, of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the late J. D. and Bonnie Lucille Sanders McGaha. He owned and operated Family Auto Care, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He had NASCAR license and had raced at Daytona and built race cars, he loved boating and fishing. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Donna Jane Guest McGaha; one daughter, Laura Antes and her husband Rob of Franklin, NC; two sons, Tony McGaha and his wife Marie and John W. McGaha and his wife Becky all of Franklin, NC; one sister, Bonnie Bates and her husband Ronnie of Franklin, NC and one brother, David McGaha and his wife Brenda of Peachland, NC; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18th at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Grubb, Rev. Forest Jones and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday evening at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Thomas Austin Finch III

Sapphire NC - Thomas Austin Finch III of Sapphire Valley, NC, died Tuesday March 3, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday March 7 at the Thomasville City Cemetery with Reverend Peggy Finch officiating.

Visitation will follow at the Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Austin was born in High Point on May 24, 1950, and was raised in Thomasville. He attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and was in the class of 1968 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at Woodberry he was Governor of the Investment Club, signaling his lifelong penchant for business and investing.

He was in the class of 1972 from Princeton University, a member of the Cap and Gown Club, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. His senior thesis, on the regulation of public utilities, was published while he was at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MBA. He worked as an investment banker at Kidder Peabody and Co. in New York City, then became a partner and vice president of Salomon Brothers. Austin enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, foreign travel, and the statistics side of baseball. Though generally soft spoken, when it came to telling stories or one of his show stopping jokes, everyone listened, and asked for more.

Despite his years away at Woodberry, Princeton, Wharton, New York, Sea Island, and Sapphire Valley, he never forgot that he grew up in Thomasville and appreciated the straightforward, down home ways of a small Southern town.

Austin is survived by his wife, Jill Meredith Finch, his mother, Meredith Person Michener, brothers, John Lambeth Finch and wife Donna, David Slane Finch and wife Peggy, Sumner Slane Finch and wife Elizabeth, and his sister, Meredith Kempton Finch. His nieces and nephews include Lindsey Finch Williams and husband Ted, Emily Pendleton Finch, William Austin Finch, David Jefferson Finch, Sarah Finch Mitchell and husband Bryan, Justin Slane Finch, Matthew Thomas Finch, Jennifer Gail Finch, Carol Finch Mertz and husband Jonathan, and John Lambeth Finch Jr. Austin is also survived by his stepson Thomas Ryan Sadler and wife Dawn, and his step grandson Ryan Logan Sadler.

Flowers may be sent to JC Green & Sons Funeral Home in Thomasville, NC. Memorials may be made to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Caleb William Charles Watson

Franklin, NC - Caleb William Charles Watson, age 3, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born in Jackson County and has been under a doctor’s care half of his life. He was very loving, he enjoyed riding in Poppie’s truck, being outside and stomping in mud puddles, and he loved his dog, Silahs. He was recently granted a make a wish to Disney Land. Caleb got the chance to meet his favorite superhero, Spiderman. He loved to ride his fast bike and scooter. Caleb’s strength, dignity, and love for his family are unparalleled.

He is survived by his parents, Chuck and Colleen Moffitt Watson, Jacob Watson and Emily Claire; other family members include Emily, Robbie, Marty, and Billy Lenski.; maternal grandparents, Bud and Dee Moffitt and Bob and Heidi Lenski, Aunt Germaine Moffitt and cousin Eli Moffitt of Franklin, NC; Aunt Kim Rudy of Charlestown, West Virginia and Uncle James Watson of Culpepper, Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Prentiss Church of God, with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure Caleb at Macon Bank.

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Alvin Jesse Turpin

Clayton GA - Alvin Jesse Turpin, 70, of Warwoman Road died Tuesday March 3, 2015 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville, Georgia. Surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Clayton, Georgia., September 29, 1944 he was the son, of the late Martin Jesse Turpin and Nellie York Turpin. Alvin was U.S. Army Veteran serving in Viet Nam he also retired from the Textile Industry and was also an avid hunter, fisherman and loved camping with his bestest buddies. Alvin was very loved and will be deeply missed by every one that new him. His favorite slogan "Life is Good" He will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend of thirty two years.

He was preceded in death besides his parents, by one brother, James Turpin and is survived by his wife, Linda Cheek Turpin of the home., two brothers, Russell Turpin (Oma Jean) of Clayton, GA., Mike Edward Turpin (Tammy) of Clayton, GA., one sister, Lora T. Jarrard (Joe) of Clayton, GA. Several nephews, nieces and cousins also survive.

Funeral Services Will be Friday March 6, 2015 at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Krivsky and Rev. Steve York Officiating graveside services. Burial will follow at Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery.

The body is at Hunter Funeral Home where family will receive friends Friday March 6, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. (the funeral hour). The family is at the home of his wife, Linda Cheek Turpin Warwoman Road, Clayton, Georgia.

The Pall Bears are his bestest buddies and in-laws will David Cheek, Johnny Cheek, Bobby Watson, Rick Crane, Danny Bleckley, Ikey Rogers. Honary Pall Bears will be Charlie Ledbetter, Wade Waldrop, Bobby Parrish, Zach Crane, Xander Crane, Bryson, Burt, Dylan Burt and Matthew Scott.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucille Miller Punch

Denver NC - Lucille Miller Punch (September 20, 1938 - February 22, 2015) , age 76, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver, died on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Houser officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church cemetery (Maiden, NC).

Mrs. Punch was born September 20, 1938, in Macon County, to the late Dover Miller and Frankie V. Tallent. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Glenn B. Punch. She worked in furniture manufacturing.

She is survived by a son, Dover Lee Punch of Skipwith, VA; two daughters, Debbie P. Welch of Iron Station and Donna P. Easley and husband Max of Denver; one brother, Steve Miller of Franklin, NC; six sisters, Connie, Betty, Susie, Judy, Linda, and Gail; seven grandchildren, Brad Bean, Carrie Atkinson, Josh Clippard, Ashley Benfield, Tabiuta Welch, Kimmberly Welch, Katie Burke; and eleven great-grandchildren

Warlick Funeral Home, 125 Dave Warlick Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092. 704/735-2521
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Ruby Mae Neal

Franklin, NC - Ruby Mae Neal, 92, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in a local hospital. Born in Columbia, SC, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Lilly Hanes McLemore.

Mrs. Neal was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved flowers and gardening. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Thomas W. Neal; two daughters, Marcia Davis of Asheville and Krista Hanes of Athens, GA; two sons, Gary Neal of Clyde and Keith Neal and wife Janet of Franklin; one sister, Lois Clark of Hampton, VA; one brother, Eugene McLemore of Indiana; one grandchild, Ellen Marie Baker and one great grandchild, Aeri Baker.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James Lee "Bo" Kinsland

Franklin, NC - James Lee "Bo" Kinsland, 80, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Annis McDowell Kinsland. He was plant manager for Blue Bell Industries and operated the Franklin water treatment plant for 10 years.

Mr. Kinsland was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a dedicated member of Franklin First Baptist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher for 30 years and a Deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nora Jean Baldwin Kinsland; three sons, James Michael Kinsland, Gregg Kinsland and his wife Christie and David Kinsland and his wife Amy all of Franklin and six grandchildren, Kyle, Alex, Corrie, Bo Michael, Talley and Siler Kinsland. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Baldwin Kinsland.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm at Franklin First Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek and Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dan Cansler, Mark West, Matthew West, Johnny Waldroop, Adam Waldroop, Kyle Kinsland, Alex Kinsland and Billy Mashburn.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:30 2:30, one hour prior to the service, at the church. The body will remain at Bryant Grant Funeral Home until being placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

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Virginia Azilea Moffitt Fugate

Cashiers, NC - Virginia Azilea Moffitt Fugate, age 82, of Cashiers, NC went to be with her Lord Friday, February 13, 2015 at a Gainesville, GA Hospital. She was born in Macon Co., the daughter of the late Finley and Vylena McCall Moffitt. She was married to William "Ned" Fugate who passed away in 2000. She was a homemaker, loving mother and grandmother. She was known as Azzie and was loved by all. She was a Charter Member of Cashiers Church of God and was a volunteer for Highlands Cashiers Hospital in the beauty shop. Her grandson Kaleb was the light of her life.

She is survived by her three sons, Terry Fugate, Kelvin Fugate and Tracy Fugate all of Cashiers, NC; her sister, Willean Stiwinter of Cashiers, NC; her brothers, Marvin Moffitt and Cleamon Moffitt of Cashiers, NC. Five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by sisters, Irene Hughey and Mattie Moffitt and brothers, Junior Moffitt and Eugene Moffitt.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 15 at the Cashiers Church of God at 2:30 PM with Rev. Joey Miller and Rev. Delbert McCall officiating. Pallbearers will be Jamie Stiwinter, Leland Hughey, Cliff Moffitt, Wade Moffitt, Chris Moss and Michael Stiwinter. Burial will be held at Upper Zachary Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 2:30PM, Sunday, February 15 at Cashiers Church of God, 407 Hwy 107N, Cashiers, NC 28717.

Contributions in Azzie's memory may be made to Cashiers Church of God, PO Box 231, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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Mamie Emma Lou Mathis Biddix

Sylva, NC - Mamie Emma Lou Mathis Biddix, 66, of Sylva passed away Monday, February 9, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late William Anderson Mathis and Rebecca Magdalene Frizzell Mathis. She was married to David Lewis Biddix, who passed away in 1998. She was a member of Wayside Baptist Church, where she served as the activity and event coordinator, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She liked to sew and loved her God, she had worked as a seamstress for Buster Brown manufacturer of children's clothing.

She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca Morrison and husband Peter of Sylva, NC, Roberta Harcourt and husband Daniel of Boston, Massachusetts and Elizabeth Young and husband Michael of Waynesville, NC; two sisters, Hassie Nichols of Otto, NC, and Nolita Angel of Franklin, NC; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 15th at 11:00 am at Wayside Baptist Church in Sylva, with Pastor Lee Hill officiating.

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Stephen W. Ackerman, Jr.

Highlands - Stephen W. Ackerman, Jr., died at the age of 86 in Highlands, North Carolina on February 7, 2015. He was born in Hawaii on January 26, 1929, and lived most of his adult life in Atlanta, Georgia before retiring to Highlands.

Steve went to the US Military Academy at West Point like his father and grandfather before him. After completing his military duty he joined the Atlanta interior design firm of Tigner Interiors and over time became its owner and principal designer. He was noted for his love of and skillful use of color. He served as President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and was the first Georgian to be elected to the College of Fellows of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Society's highest honor bestowed on less than one percent of the ASID membership. He is survived by his life partner of 51years, Charles K. Hammock. Steve loved animals, especially dogs and most of all daschunds. Several beloved daschunds shared his life.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, North Carolina at 11:00 am on Friday, February 13, 2015.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, 200 Gable Street, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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Jack Kenneth Hall, Jr.

Franklin, NC - Jack Kenneth Hall, Jr., 62, of Franklin passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 in a local hospital. Born in Lakeland, FL, he was the son of the late Jack Kenneth and June Gress Hall. He owned a bait and tackle shop in Lakeland, FL, and loved astronomy, hunting and fishing.

Mr. Hall is survived by several cousins.

A memorial service will be held later in Lakeland, FL.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Elizabeth Cochran

Franklin,N.C. - Betty Elizabeth Cochran , 78 , of Franklin, NC passed away on February 7, 2015 at Mission Campus in Asheville.Mrs Cochran was born and raised in Madison County, but lived most of her life in Macon County. She was the daughter of William H. and Helen Wyatt Caldwell. She was married to William J. Cochran , who died in 2005. She worked at the Blue Bell Undergarment's , was a loving mother, grandmother , great grandmother, and she loved to flea market.

She is survived by two sisters, Eller Caldwell of Madison County, NC and Mickey Caldwell of Denton , NC; three grandchildren, William J. Cochran and wife Rebecca , Adam A. Cochran , Amy R. Byrd ; four great grandchildren, William T. Cochran , Taylin E. Cochran , Morgan F. Byrd , Madison H. Byrd; daughter in law, Rebekah Cochran.
She was preceded in death by a son, William McKinley Cochran.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday , Feburary 10, 2015 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. David Williams, Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Pallbearers will be Ray and Bobby Sanders , Donald Messer, William J. Cochran ,Charlie Byrd, Jamie Cochran and Steve Carpenter. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 10 from 1:00 2:00pm, one hour prior to the service.

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Mrs. Essie Virginia Lequire

Franklin, N.C. - Mrs. Essie Virginia Lequire, 84, of Franklin passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 in Angel Medical Center. Mrs. Essie was born in Swain County to the late R.C. and Alice Franklin Hughes. She was married to Vester Lequire for 63 years. She worked for Burlington Industries as a machine operator for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved being a flower gardener; was a great cook and was a member of the Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons and their spouses, Vester Lequire Jr. (Jerri), of Franklin and Mike Lequire (Renee) of Anderson, SC; three brothers and their spouses, Hubert Hughes (Ann) of Oxford, AL, Robert Lee Hughes (Mary) of San Antonio, TX and F.D. Hughes (Irene) of Atlanta, GA; eight grandchildren, Blake, Jonathan, Megan, Brittany, Brooke, Brittiny, Morgan, Karley and five great grandchildren, Kiley, Houston, Rowen, Holton, and Aislynn.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating.

Burial will be in Luada Cemetery in Swain County. Pallbearers will be B.J Keener, Clinton Mashburn, Jonathan Keener, Brad Campbell, Blake Sheffield and Chris Barnes. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Laura Amy Maxine Brendle Hester

Greenville, SC - Laura Amy Maxine Brendle Hester, 88, of Greenville, died Sunday, February 1, 2015 in Easley after a period of declining health. Born in Franklin, NC on November 22, 1926, to the late John Blanchard and Gladys Parker Brendle, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Paul Hester, Sr., who died in 1986.
Mrs. Hester is survived by three sons, James "Jimmy" Paul Hester, Jr. (Kim) of Nashville, TN, Brian Keith Hester (Pilar) of Easley, and Mark Randall Hester (Becky) of Gray Court; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Hester is preceded in death by two brothers, John Blanchard Brendle, Jr. and Dale Brendle, and three sisters, Lucille Wolfe, Evelyn Mashburn, and Joan Stewart. She is survived by a brother, Douglas Brendle of Taylors, and four sisters, Delores Thomas of Taylors, Marvel Curtis of Franklin, NC, Linda Emory of Greenville, and Sonja Brannon of Taylors.

Mrs. Hester's love for people was evident in many ways throughout her life, but none more so than in her professional career. She completed training at Greenville Hospital School of Nursing and retired June 30, 1989, after serving over 35 years in the Greenville Hospital System. As an active member of Eastlan Baptist Church for over 60 years, Mrs. Hester was involved in missions' education and support and various children's ministries. Her love for the Bible and her commitment to God's Word was demonstrated weekly as she taught a women's Bible study class for many years.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. A celebration of Mrs. Hester's life will be conducted Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.at Eastlan Baptist Church, Pleasantburg Drive. Burial will be held Friday, February 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 301 University Ridge Rd., Suite 580, Greenville, SC 29601.

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Mary Margaret McClintock

Franklin, NC - Mary Margaret McClintock, 70, of Franklin passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015. Born in Hamilton, OH, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Anne O'Hern Lindsay. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Gary McClintock. She was a teacher at Roseburg High School and was an active participant and member of many civic organizations.

Mrs. McClintock is survived by a sister, Barbara Lindsay of Miami, FL and a brother, Dennis Patrick Lindsay of Miami, FL.

No services are planned at this time.

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Ruth Ritz McDivitt

Highlands, NC - Ruth Ritz McDivitt, age 92, of Highlands, NC, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of the late Russell and Esletla E. Baldwin Levering. She was married first to Lloyd E. Ritz who died in 1977 and second to Andrew McDivitt, who died in 2000.

Mrs. McDivitt was a homemaker and loved to play golf and bridge, she was a pink lady volunteer for several years at Middletown Hospital in Middletown, Ohio. She was a member of Browns Run Country Club in Middletown, Ohio a member of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands, and a member of Highlands First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her son Richard B. Ritz and his wife Sherri of Hendersonville, NC. She was preceded in death by a son, David B. Ritz.

Graveside services will be held later in New York.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Velma Crisp Ervin

Franklin, NC - Velma Crisp Ervin, 85, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, January 30, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Esther Teem Crisp. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John William Ervin, who died in 2010. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Mrs. Ervin is survived by two daughters, Renee Bell and Leann Menteer both of Franklin; two sisters, Marie Pope and Lyn Wooten both of Gastonia; two grandchildren, LaShonda Bell and Megan Menteer Schick and three great grandchildren, Lakota K. Bell, Brett Bell and Erik William Schick.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Sugarfork Baptist Church with Rev. Vic Greene officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Schick, Eddie Fox, Jeff Pendergrass, Dewey Elliott, Jr., Matthew Elliott and Jimmy Teem. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 1st from 6 8 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

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Gladys Waldroup Wilson

Franklin, NC - Gladys Waldroup Wilson, 93, of Franklin passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015. Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Bernice Henson Waldroup. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pearson Andrew Wilson.

Mrs. Wilson was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She had worked with WPA at Patterson Field during WWII and had worked as a seamstress for Van Raalte. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Clay County.

She is survived by one daughter Fushia Wilson of Franklin; three sons, Andy Wilson and wife Angela of Cleveland, GA, Jerry Wilson and wife Jackye of Franklin and Dick Wilson and wife Dawn of Waynesboro, VA; two sisters, Virginia Cooper of Winder, GA and Alice Hilton of Sautee, GA; 12 grandchildren, Keshia, Jason, Darrin, Melissa, Daphne, Chasity, Douglas, Jill, Jamie, Joey, Danny and John, 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters Glenna Monkus and Merrill Monkus and five brothers, Harold, Brance, Roy, Coy and Horace Waldroup.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2:00 in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Ledford's Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randall Monroe, Joey Wilson, Killian Carpenter, Jason Carpenter, Darrin Carpenter and Tony Mingacci. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 31st from 6 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Virginia "Gin" Bryant McClure

Franklin, NC - Virginia "Gin" Bryant McClure, age 96, of Franklin passed away January 26, 2015. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nannie Wilkes Bryant. She was a nurse for Dr. Furman Angel and a homemaker.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Due to her declining health Virginia was unable to attend Olive Hill Gospel Chapel, but not a day went by that she didn't read her Bible.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde McClure and son Sidney Starnes, Sr. In addition to her parents, husband and son she was preceded in death by four sisters, Geneva Rowland, Ola Rowland, Lola Roper, Lois Roper and two brothers, Ezell and Lee Bryant.

She is survived by four grandchildren, Sheila Welch and husband Doug, Sidney Starnes, Jr., Ricky Starnes and Meghan, Jeffrey Starnes and wife Gina, six great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, a sister, Emma Jean Swafford, a number of nieces and nephews, and Joann Fouts, mother of her grandchildren and caregiver for nine years.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Swafford and Rev. Mike Raby officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charlie Williamson, Sandy Swafford, Randall Fouts, Brandon Welch, Devin Starnes and Sidney Andrew Starnes. The family will receive friends Friday from 12 1:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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Agnes Mary Lee Hampton Lamb

Rabun Gap, GA - Agnes Mary Lee Hampton Lamb, age 80, of Rabun Gap, GA, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015. She was born in Haywood County, NC, the daughter of the late Kimsey and Marie Campbell Hampton. She was married to Dean Lamb, who died in 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member and helped with Vacation Bible School.

She is survived by two sons, Dwayne Lamb of Rabun Gap, GA and Tommy Lamb and his wife Kathy of Albertville, AL; one sister, Patsy Nicholson of Morganton, GA; two brothers, Wilse Hampton and his wife Mary, of Clayton, GA and Wade Hampton and his wife Margie of Resaca, GA; two grandchildren, Amberly Lamb of Charleston, SC and Benjamin Lamb of Ellijay, GA; step granddaughter, Chelsey Ledford of Arab, AL. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Hampton.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Carl Carpenter, Rev. Harvey Conner and Rev. Tommy Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Newman Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, two hours prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. One, Asheville, NC 28801.

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Barbara Sue Passmore

Dillard, GA - Barbara Sue Passmore, 72, of Dillard, GA passed away Monday, January 26, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Andy and Hazel Justice Cope.

Barbara was an active member of Betty's Creek Baptist Church where over the years she taught Sunday School, played the piano, served as treasurer and supported the ladies Sunday School class and missions. Barbara graduated from Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and was an active alumni. She was inducted into the RGNS basketball hall of fame. Barbara had an avid interest in the history of this area and wrote a book detailing the history of the schools in Rabun Gap. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a Master's Degree in Library Science. Barbara was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an important part of her community

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Judson Billy Passmore; two daughters, Sonya Cousineau and husband Troy and Paula Ledford and husband Gene, all of Otto, NC; one brother, Jerry Cope and wife Becky of Dillard, GA; four grandchildren, Renee Whitmire, Maleah McConnell, Mariah Crow and Madison Cousineau and one great grandchild, Adrian Greer.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:00 am at Betty's Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Smith, Rev. Ronia Hunter and Rev. Everette Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Foster, Jeb Justice, Clarence Redden, Troy Cousineau, Marty Cope and Hugh Justice. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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Joseph "Joe" Thad Hodgin

Franklin, NC - Joseph "Joe" Thad Hodgin, 95, of Franklin passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles "Rush" and Alice Drake Hodgin. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army where he served 3 1/2 years in the South Pacific. He was a timberman, farmer and retired employee of Burlington Industries and was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and Gillespie Chapel United Methodist Church for 67 years.

Mr. Hodgin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Guffie Hodgin; two daughters, Sue Deal and husband Jim and Sharon Bryson and husband Tony all of Franklin; two sons, Jerry Hodgin and wife Darlene and Jack Hodgin and wife June all of Franklin; a sister, Genevie Cruse of Franklin; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Dehart; two brothers, William Hodgin and C. M. Hodgin; a great grandchild, Lyla Maxon and three nephews, Donald Hodgin, Ronnie Hodgin and Gene Hodgin.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Susan German and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial will be in Gillespie Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Belva Edwards, 1081 Jones Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or the church or charity of one's choice.

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John "Smiley" Marvin Evans

Otto, NC - John "Smiley" Marvin Evans, age 88, of Otto, NC passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Habersham Co., GA the son of the late John Woodfine Grady Evans and Sallie Mae Pruitt Evans. He was a carpenter and a member of the Coweeta Baptist Church. He was a US WWII Veteran of the US Navy. He was on the USS New Jersey during WWII and received 7 Bronze Stars.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lillian Marie Carpenter Evans; a daughter, Evelyn Evans Henson of Otto, NC; a son, Lester Neville Evans of Otto, NC; sisters, Hazel Mae Holbrook of Mt. Airy, GA, Carolyn Diane Hembree and Martha Ann Stewart of Greenwood, SC and Peggy Evans; brothers, Joseph Alfred Evans of Hartwell, GA, Jimmie Andrew Evans of Mt. Airy, GA and Theodore Herman Evans of Simpsonville, SC. Five grandchildren, Jessica Evans,and Myra Reynolds of Franklin, NC, Lesley Hardigree of Dallas, GA, Mark Reynolds of Franklin, NC and Tanya Evans of Winston-Salem, NC; five great-grandchildren, Alena reynolds and Zachary Soto of Franklin, NC, Kayli Elliott and Madison Stockton of Dallas, GA and Kenra Brown of Franklin, NC. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Marvin Evans; a sister, Allene Prater; brothers, Floyd Grady Evans, Hoyt Lewis Evans and Thomas Eugene Evans.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 31 at 12:00 Noon at Coweeta Baptist Church with Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Bryon Lamb officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 31 from 10:30-12:00 Noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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Lelia Viola Ammons Adams

Franklin, NC - Lelia Viola Ammons Adams, age 92, of Franklin, NC, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late James and Laura Gregory Ammons. She was married to the late John Parker Adams. She was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and had worked at Van Raalte and Franklin Undergarment. She then worked in the Christmas Tree Business until her retirement. She liked working outside, gardening, watching birds, and thoroughly enjoyed going to Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Wanda Adams Henry and her husband Riley of Franklin, NC; a son, John Parker Adams, Jr. of Franklin, NC; two sisters, Myrtle Frisbee of Sedro Wooley, WA and Cora Holland of Franklin, NC; a brother, Fred Ammons of Marietta, SC; two grandchildren, Rita Henry and Tina Adams,and one great-grandchild, Cassie Henry.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Minne Hollifield, Rhoda Price, Mamie Stiles, Bertha Robinson and Clydia Ammons; three brothers, Harrison Ammons, Parker Ammons and James Henry Ammons; granddaughter, Rachel Henry and daughter-in-law, Glenda Adams.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 25th at 3:00 pm at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Neal Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dale Young, Carl Mincey, Moreland Bowman, Jack Henry, Gerald Woods, Randy Rogers, and Wesley Peek.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 till 3:00pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church. Memorials may be made to Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wanda Bollick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Naomi Elliott Childers

Duluth, GA - Naomi Elliott Childers, age 78, of Duluth, GA, formerly of Franklin, NC, died peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2014 after a long period of declining health.

She was a native of Macon County, a daughter of the late Fred and Oma Hall Elliott. She was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School; was a homemaker, and was a retired employee of Onieda Corporation in Atlanta, working both in bookkeeping and sales. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, and was loved by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Naomi was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Elliott Stewart and Louise Elliott Downs.

Naomi is survived by: Her husband of 59 years, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers of Duluth; a son, Steven Childers and wife Cindy of Atlanta; a daughter, Cindy Brooks of Townsend, TN; a grandson, Dr. Matthew Brooks and wife Dr. Elizabeth Brooks of Washington, DC; two brothers, Bruce Elliott and wife Maxine, and Harold Elliott and wife Brenda, all of Franklin; a sister, Ruby Elliott Bradford of Montgomery, AL; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating.

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Lois Roper

Franklin, NC - Lois Roper, 85, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nannie Wilkes Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Judson Roper who died in 1992. She was a loving mother and grandmother and was a member of Mt. Sinai Assembly of God.

Mrs. Roper is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann Arvey and husband Bill of Franklin; a son, Howard Boyd Roper and wife Mary of Franklin; two sisters, Virginia McClure and Emogene Swafford both of Franklin; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a sister, Lola Roper, Geneva Rowland, Ola Rowland and a brother, Ezell Bryant.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God with Rev. John Raby, Rev. Barry Bowman and Rev. Lewis Swafford officiating. Burial will be in Tippett Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

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Dorothy Dreher McQuitty

Franklin, N.C, - Dorothy Dreher McQuitty, 82, of Franklin, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015 at Mountain Trace Nursing Center.

She was born in Greensboro, NC to the late Amzi Bond (A. B.) and Bonnie Bellwood Dreher, July 16, 1932. She was married to the late Reverend Eric McQuitty for 56 years. She was a first grade teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School in Shreveport, LA and was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in America.

She is survived by three sons and their spouses, Andy McQuitty (Alice) of Irvin, TX, Tim McQuitty (Dana) of Franklin, NC and Phil McQuitty (Mary Chris) of South Riding, VA. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Julie McQuitty Rhodes, Elizabeth McQuitty, Bonnie McQuitty, Eric McQuitty, Jonathan McQuitty, Anna McQuitty, Jeffery McQuitty, Susannah McQuitty, Phillip McQuitty, Samuel McQuitty, Hattie McQuitty, Calvin McQuitty, and two great grandchildren, Andrew Rhodes and Madeline Rhodes.

Funeral services are to be held Monday, January 19, 2015 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in America at 3:00 pm with Rev. Philip Sealy officiating.

The body is at Bryant Grant Funeral Home and will be taken to the church on the day of the funeral where the family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.

Following the service, her body will be taken to Shreveport, LA, where she will be buried next to her late husband at the Centuries Memorial Cemetery.

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William "Bill" Orval Winkle

Otto, NC - William "Bill" Orval Winkle, 87, of Otto, NC passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 in Charles George VA Medical Center. Born in Wallace, ID, he was the son of the late Christopher and Dolly Moore Winkle. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Winkle, who died in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda Kirkland Winkle. He was a World War II Coast Guard Veteran and was employed in the advertising field. He was a member of Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel where he participated in the music ministry by singing a solo every Sunday.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter, Christine Brown and husband David of Grangeville, ID; Brenda's children who were very special to him, Kristi Matheson and husband Tim and Keith Crosby and wife Shannon all of Clayton, GA; a step sister, Gail Masters of Belmont, CA; a half brother, Allen Winkle of Boise, ID; several nieces and nephews; two very special nephews, Mike Winkle of Portland, Oregon and Rob Winkle of Des Moines, WA; six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 am at Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel in Dillard, GA with Rev. Ron Lindahn officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Joseph William Halliday

New York - Joseph William Halliday was born in New York City on August 9, 1938, and passed away on January 7, 2015. He was 76 years old.

Joe loved his family and is survived by his wife Vivian and daughters Kathy Langan and Mary Shaw. He graduated first in his class from Fordham University, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree and a full ride scholarship to Fordham University Law School, where he graduated cum laude and was editor-in-chief of the Fordham Law Review. Joe served his country in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Joe enjoyed an accomplished career as an attorney, focusing largely on banking at White and Case and later with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, both in New York City.

He was an avid and accomplished sailor who served as rear commodore, vice commodore and commodore of Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY. Joe loved music, dancing and entertaining family and friends, and he is deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.

No services are planned.

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Jessie James Cowart

Franklin, NC - Jessie James Cowart, age 68, of Franklin, NC lost his battle with lung cancer Saturday, January 10, 2015 in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Terrell Co., NC; the son of the late Frank and Maybelle Williamson Cowart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ledford Cowart, who passed away March 9, 2012. Jessie became a carpenter at an early age and was a truck driver for 35 years. He loved playing cards, yard sale-ing, auctions and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Teresa Ann Hall and husband Doug; two sons, Keith Cowart and wife Leslie, Robert Cowart and wife Marcella all of Franklin; two step-daughters, Cheryl Hicks and husband Jack of Franklin, and Laura Fountain and husband Hank of Clayton, GA; two step-sons, Jack Terrell and wife Latasha and Brian Terrell and wife Kim all of Franklin; a sister, Dorothy Scott and her husband, Zeb of Franklin; two brothers, Earl Cowart and Fred Cowart both of Franklin; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion, Georgianna Beach.He was preceded in death by a son, Russell Todd Cowart; two sisters, Betty and Peggy, and four brothers, Junior Hill, Wiley, R.L., and Randolph.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 - 6:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life of Franklin, NC, American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. One, Asheville, NC 28801.

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Susan Lee Bezemer

Highlands, NC - Susan Lee Bezemer, age 77, of Highlands, NC passed away Friday, January 09, 2015 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was born in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of the late Edward A. and Jean Short Murray. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Richard C. Bezemer; two sons, Richard C. Bezemer, Jr and his wife Laura and Thomas E. Bezemer and his wife Susan of Park City, Utah; a brother, Edward A. Murray, Jr of Georgia; four grandchildren, Olivia, Ava, Haley and Brooks. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Murray Bezemer and a brother, Thomas Edward Murray.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charity of one’s choice.

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Bernice Inez Gregory Mann

Franklin, NC - Bernice Inez Gregory Mann, age 81, of Franklin, NC, went to be with her Lord Thursday, January 8, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late George L. and Vallie Leona Holland Gregory. She was a homemaker, and a member of Sylva Assembly of God Church. She liked all sports, street rods and liked flying. She was married to Doug Mann who died in 1994. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Winfred Gregory.

She is survived by a sister, Laverne Gregory Bennett of Franklin, NC.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Bennett and Winnie Coggins officiating.

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Sandra Lucille Gibson

Franklin, NC - Sandra Lucille Gibson, age 74, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Elbert and Helen Estes Holland. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grand and great grandmother. She liked dolls and doll houses, she was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by her husband of twenty three years, William Rocky Gibson; three sons, Danny Davis and his fiancee, Jeanette Dutton, Tony Davis and his wife Pam and Kevin Davis and his wife Darice all of Franklin, NC; a step daughter, Krysta Gibson of Omaha, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, Erica, Catlin, Megan, Kayley, Lindsey, Zander. Mattie and Damian; four great grandchildren, Camdon, Robert Lee, Devon, and Austin.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 3:00 pm at Cullasaja Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Forrest Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 till 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pediatrics Brain Tumor Foundation, 302 Richfield Court, Asheville, NC 28806.

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Robert Ernest (Bob) Cornell

Highlands - Robert Ernest (Bob) Cornell, 85, of Highlands, died peacefully Jan. 3.

Bob is survived by his sweetheart Cathie McKeon, his two daughters Lonnie Carey (Paul) and Anne Cornell (David Kridler); his 7 granddaughters Adda Kridler, Ellen McGinnis (Tom), Elizabeth Carey and Susan Kridler. He had 2 great grandchildren: Franklin Carey Green and Vivian Bell. Bob is preceded in death by his twin brother Dick and sister Mary Charlotte Cornell.

Bob was born in Columbus, Ohio, May 13, 1929. He graduated from Westerville High School, Ohio, and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University. (Go Buckeyes!) Bob founded a tire repair manufacturing business, 31 Incorporated. Its international headquarters is still in Newcomerstown, Ohio. Bob recently said that he felt like he had had a long, happy and fulfilling life.

In honor of Bob, contributions may be made to the Highlands Cashiers Animal Shelter and the Cornell School (5250 Johnstown Alexandria Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031).

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Margie Lee Cabe Hooper

Franklin, NC - Margie Lee Cabe Hooper, age 87, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, born December 25, 1927; the daughter of the late Harley and Ida Elliott Cabe. She was married to Fred Junior Hooper who passed away April 11, 2013. She was a homemaker and a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

She is survived by four sons, Danny Hooper and his wife Karen, Jay Hooper and his wife Georgia, Ronnie Hooper and his wife Diane and Donnie Hooper and his wife Teresa; two daughters, Judy Tallent and Sue Bradley and Roger Sanders; one brother, Wiley Cabe all of Franklin; ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, Charles Hooper, Roy Hooper, an infant son and three great grandchildren, Cody, Zackery and Colt; one sister, Dora Lee Garrett; five brothers, Robert Cabe, Albert Cabe, Carl Cabe, Roy Cabe, Luther Cabe

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 9, at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman, Rev. Mark Bishop, and Rev. Alton Dendy. Burial will be held at Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Cabe, Joey Hooper, Tommy Franzo, Melvin Spradlin, James Parrish and Ryan Gibson.

The family will receive friends Friday, January 9 from 1:00 2:00 PM, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Alesha Joccqulene Mims

Franklin, NC - Alesha Joccqulene Mims, 31, of Franklin, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015. Born in Gainesville, FL, she was the daughter of Albert Mims of Cedar Key, FL and Myra Hale Huff of Williston, FL.

She was employed at The Ivy House Restaurant in Williston, FL. She was a loving mother who loved showing cattle, cooking and being on the beach. She was a member of Williston Church of God in Williston, FL.

In addition to her parents, Alesha is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Tyson of Chiefland, FL and Haley Grace; one son, Jaxson Turner of Sebring, FL; her fiancée, Anthony Holland of Franklin and two sisters, Kaylie Durrence of Chiefland, FL and Julee Mims of Jacksonville, FL. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Hawkins, Rev. Tony Drinnon and Rev Brian Lamb officiating.

Burial will be held in Williston, FL. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 6:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Robert Gray "Dink" Love

Franklin, NC - Robert Gray "Dink" Love, 61 of Franklin passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 in a local hospital. Born in Jackson County, he was a son of the late Rastus and Henrietta Worley Love.

He was a graduate of Franklin High School and had worked in road construction for Alexander's Construction for 10 years and was currently employed by J and B Disposal. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and attended Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva.

He is survived by a brother, Charles Love of Franklin; several nieces and nephews and two great nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Sue Love.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Brandon Breedlove, Rev. Charles Lee and Rev. Keyth Eddings officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Juanita W. McCall

Cashiers, NC - Mrs. Conrad (Juanita W.) McCall went to meet the Lord on January 2, 2015.

There will not be a funeral service.

Donations can be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 822, Cashiers, NC 28717.

The family sincerely appreciates your thoughts, prayers and telephone calls. A special thank you to the Cashiers Glenville Rescue Squad, fire department, first responders, Mama Helicopter Crew and Mission Hospital ER Staff.

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Frank Coleman Myatt, Sr.

Franklin, NC - Frank Coleman Myatt, Sr., April 17th, 1925—January 1st, 2015. Gentleman, fisherman, businessman, entrepreneur, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, companion and friend to many. From Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL and Franklin, NC, Mr. Myatt passed away on January 1st, 2015.

Born on Easter Sunday April 17th, 1925 in Sharon, CT, Mr. Myatt was the son of the late Alice Lord. Mr. Myatt spent his early years in Miami, FL and attended Miami High School. At an early age, Mr. Myatt showed signs of entrepreneurship when he went to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City after winning a contest delivering newspapers. As a young man, Mr. Myatt bought his first fishing boat and started a charter business out of Miami, operating charters to Cuba, the Florida Keys and The Bahamas. Some of his famous passengers included Ernest Hemingway, who was looking for the picture of the marlin for “The Old Man and the Sea”, Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher and many more.

Mr. Myatt eventually left Miami along with his mother, Alice Lord, and relocated to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL. There he would begin a lifetime of achievements in real estate, building, planning, designing and development for which the city has recognized him for his many contributions. From hotel buildings, apartment buildings, shopping centers, bowling and roller skating centers, rental car agencies, and fishing piers, Mr. Myatt endeavored for perfection in every project he undertook. It was through his vision that he was able to provide hundreds of people with employment, and he was a great mentor to many people who went on to lead very successful lives. He was a gentleman who did not require much, but offered much to others. Business and adventure ran deep in his veins and heart.

In 1953, he and his former wife, Ethel, had a son, Frank Coleman Myatt Jr., and this, according to Mr. Myatt, was his life’s greatest achievement. He and Frank Jr. continued to build and improve on his accomplishments over the years, as well as create new ones together. In his later years, Mr. Myatt relocated to Franklin, NC to be near his son and his companion of 26 years, Mary Givvines Ordway. Never relinquishing, he continued to participate in the daily operations of all of his businesses.

Mr. Myatt was extremely proud of his five grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. He always bragged about their accomplishments to anyone who would listen, and he loved them dearly. Another of Mr. Myatt’s great pleasures in life were his dogs- Hank an English sheepdog (deceased), Avery a Border collie (deceased), and Spike a Border collie.

Mr. Myatt was a true believer in God and was non-denominational by faith. He led a life of righteousness and fairness with love for all people and things. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to know Frank Myatt Sr., our last words to him will be “We are with you!” in answer to his constantly asked question “Are you with me?”

Mr. Myatt was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Lord, in 1985.Mr. Myatt is survived by his son, Frank Coleman Myatt Jr. and his wife, Gail, Franklin, NC; companion Mary Givvines Ordway, Franklin, NC; grandchildren Kimberly Myatt, Charlotte, NC, Brenell Myatt, Charlotte, NC, Christen Myatt and his wife, Linzi, Charlotte NC, Brittney Myatt, Wilmington, NC, Tomasas Myatt, Charlotte, NC; great granddaughters, Kysa and Ayla; and his loving dog, Spike.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M., Monday January 5th, 2015 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church St., Franklin, NC 28734, The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, 851 Lake Emory Rd., Franklin NC, 28734, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of one’s choice.

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Gladys Marie Tallent Deitz

Franklin, NC - Gladys Marie Tallent Deitz, age 84, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at a local hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Carl and Arizonia Hasting Tallent. She was a homemaker and a member of West Franklin Baptist Church. She worked at Van Raalte and Belden’s. She loved reading and taking care of her boy.

She is survived by three sons, Larry Deitz and his wife Brigitte of Gastonia, NC, Jerry Deitz of Lutz, FL and Dennis Deitz and his wife Cindy of Franklin, NC; one sister, Shirley Peek of Franklin, NC; three brothers, James Tallent, Bill Tallent and Gene Tallent all of Franklin, NC; three grandchildren, Matt, Kevin and Katina; step-granddaughter, Kara Setser; great-grandchildren, Austin, Cameron and Kaila; great-step-granddaughter, Andi Jean Setser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Deitz; and a brother, Carl Tallent.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, one hour prior to the service, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Charles Edward Nelson

Franklin, NC - Charles Edward Nelson, age 72, of Bryson City, NC formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Birl and Nellie Hartgrow Nelson. He was of the Baptist faith. Charles was a very special spirit who touched the lives of so many. He will forever be remembered fondly. He is survived by sisters, Martha Nelson and Euniv Jawgiel and a brother, Don Nelson; his Aunt Lola Mae Sutton and his beloved caregivers at his Arlington Home. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Garland Nelson.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 3 at 2:00 PM at Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ray Escott officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 1:30 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Jeanne Paul

Franklin, NC - Jeanne Paul, 88, of Franklin, formerly of California, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014. Born in Grelton, OH, she was the daughter of the late Glenn H. and Della L. Ballard Carey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rexford K. Paul.

Mrs. Paul was a receptionist for Wolverine Tube. She liked to read, paint, sing, dance and do crossword puzzles, and she loved her dog Sammi. She was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.

Mrs. Paul is survived by three daughters, Diane Marie Becker and husband James of Hernando, FL, Cheryl Ann Kerzic and husband Dick of Franklin, and Lynn Sharon Kanakry and husband Mark of Rocky Point, NC; two sons, Alan Joseph Kirchoff of Howell, MI and Michael Kirchoff of New Caney, TX; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Father Joshua Voitus officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741 5030 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 1942.

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Lois Elizabeth Reckenwald

Franklin, NC - Lois Elizabeth Reckenwald, 88, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, December 19, 2014. Born in Rockville, CT, she was the daughter of the late Howard B. and Alice Mead Carpenter. She was an executive secretary in the trucking industry and was affiliated with Congregational Church. She was an avid gardener; liked interior decorating, cooking and traveling. She was a great conversationalist.

Mrs. Reckenwald is survived by two daughters, Jeanette Crosby of N. Quincy, MA and Carol Kegler of Jackson Heights, NY; two sons, Robert Kegler of Saco, ME and Randall Kegler of Inverness, FL; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Matthew and Evan and one great grandchild, Kyle.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Gage Kamren Woodward

Franklin - Gage Kamren Woodward, 4 days old, of Franklin, NC passed away December 24, 2014.

Gage is survived by his parents, Misty Chastain and Jesse Woodward of Franklin, NC. In addition to his parents he is survived by his grandfather, John Chastain of Dallas, NC; grandmother, Tammy and husband Jeffery Vinson of Franklin, NC; grandparents, David and Shirley Bruce of Franklin, NC; grandparents, Michele and James Woodward of New Hartford, CT; great grandma, Marjorie Woodward of Augusta, ME; two uncles, James and Jacob Woodward of CT; four aunts, Toni Metcalf of TN, Nikkie Bruce of Hendersonville, NC, and Christina and Josy Vinson both of Franklin, NC. Many cousins also survive.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the family c/o Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, North Carolina 28734.

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Mary Esther Chavis

Franklin, NC - Mary Esther Chavis, 83, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Canary (Ned) and Amanda Bryson Chavis. She was a retired machine operator for CR Industries and loved to read and meet people; she was a member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church where she was a greeter and usher.

Ms. Chavis is survived by a sister, Shirley Chavis Streater of Sylva; three brothers, James Chavis of High Point, NC, Joseph Chavis of Franklin and Ross Chavis of Greensboro, NC and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Freeman Chavis and Clarence (Buddy) Chavis; two nephews, Jimmie and Steve Streater and a niece, Angel Chavis Rocker.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Dorrie Pratt and Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be in St. Cyprian’s Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Pat Stevenson, Patrick Stevenson, Joe Stevenson, Jasper Moody, Joe Chavis and Bill Crawford. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Etta Bernell Huscusson

Franklin, NC - Etta Bernell Huscusson left this world to be with her Lord and Saviour on Saturday, December 20, 2014. She was born in Walhalla, South Carolina on January 21, 1925 and was the daughter of Simeon Long and Ellen Long Ledford. Etta Bernell Huscusson was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Nesbitt Long, Herman Long, and Lee Doyle Long and two sisters, Blanche Cobb and, Brezell Lendt . She was also preceded in death by five half brothers, four half sisters and a set of twins. Numerous nieces and nephews survive.

Mrs. Huscusson's career spanned several decades.Initially she took care of many little babies and small children all of whom she especially loved. Later she worked in the cafeteria at Union Elementary School. In addition to being an excellent cook she enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening and growing flowers. She took great pleasure in reading her Bible until her eyesight failed and she became blind. Mrs. Huscusson will be fondly remembered for keen interest in the welfare of others and donations that she made to various community churches. She was a good neighbor to all and will be missed by her friends and relatives.

Funeral services will held at 2:00 PM Monday in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carson Gibson, and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband of 32 years, Mr. Arthur Huscusson.

The family will recieve friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Carrie Bea Spradlin

Franklin, NC - Carrie Bea Spradlin, age 80, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at a local nursing home. She was born in Knox Co., TN the daughter of the late John Branson and Sara Jane Dover Davis. She was married to the late Thomas J. Spradlin who passed away November 23, 2011. She was a homemaker , a loving mother, grandmother and liked to put puzzles together.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Webb and Christine Morgan and her husband, Charles of Franklin, NC; two sons, Melvin Eugene Spradlin and his wife Shirlene and Glenn Spradlin of Franklin, NC. Twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a son, Lynn Spradlin; one grandchild; sisters, Mary Davis, Nellie Anderson, Ruby Correll, Betty Crisp and Daisy Frill; brothers, Bill Davis and Tim Davis.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 23 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be held at Rush Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dany Cook, Robert McMahan, Brandon Higdon, Jody Spradlin, John Balcom and Alex Hurst.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 AM, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Danny Frank Rogers

Franklin, NC - Danny Frank Rogers, age 64, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Jackson County, NC, the son of the late James Lloyd and Lucy Ann Hyatt Rogers. He was a carpenter, a rock and block mason and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and a Senior Adult Sunday School Teacher for 37 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He liked to hunt, fish and liked going on mission trips.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Wanda Tallent Rogers; his daughter, Amanda Cloer and her husband Joe and his son Kevin Rogers and his wife Julie all of Franklin; two sisters, Carolyn Young and her husband William and Ginger McConnell and her husband Jim of Franklin; two brothers, Bobby Rogers and his wife Gloria of Sylva and Larry Rogers of Franklin; two granddaughters, Kellie Grace and Nichole.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 21 at Windy Gap Baptist Church at 2:00 PM with Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial will be held at Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery. The nephews and employees will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Saturday, December 20 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Windy Gap Baptist Church. Afterwards the body will remain at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1111 Windy Gap Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Pamela Lee Gibson

Franklin, NC - Pamela Lee Gibson, 43, of Franklin passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Claudette Scruggs Burston and the late Lee Edward Gibson. She was an RN with Westcare Health System in the office of Dr. Todd Davis. She was a graduate of Franklin High School, Southwestern Community College, Haywood Community College and Buncombe County Community College with a Registered Nurse Associates Degree; she was an avid reader. She attended Burgess Chapel Church and New Bethel Church.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her fiancee and lifelong companion, Greg Hall of Franklin; two sisters, Claudia "Tina" Morrow and husband William Morrow of Charlotte and Marlena Hope Moleiere and husband Rev. Mozart Moleiere of Franklin; three brothers, Tony R. Stewart and wife Cecilia of Knoxville, TN, Terry Lee Stewart of Franklin and Kurt M. Stewart and wife Donna of Franklin and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20, 2104 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Keyth Eddings, Superintendent C. W. Johnson, Elder John Gary and Rev. Mozart Moliere officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Burgess, Willis Chavis, Clarence Cullins, Charles Freeman, Tracy Wright and Edward Burgess. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

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Eileen Winifred Moriarty

Franklin, NC - Eileen Winifred Moriarty, 89, of Franklin went home to be with our Lord, Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Born in Devonshire, England, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mabel Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh M. Moriarty and three brothers, Herbert, William and Gordon, and three sisters, Amy, Phyllis and Muriel.

Eileen was a GI war bride and sailed to the United States in 1945. She resided in Tampa, Florida and was a member of Seminole Heights UMC. She moved to Franklin, NC in 2000 and was a member of Snow Hill UMC. Eileen is survived by her three daughters, Faye Moore, Gayle Webb and Judy Chapman and husband Michael Chapman; five grandchildren, Kris Gaskins and wife Nicole, Troy Yoshihara and wife Joy, Antony Moore and wife Heather, Michael Chapman and wife Callie, Christina Griffith and husband Stephen; twelve great grandchildren, Chase, Krystian, Olivia and Evan Gaskins; Marin Yoshihara; Aaron, Ashlyn and Austin Moore; Michael, Maverick and Magnus Chapman and Caden Griffith. Also surviving are nephews and nieces, including Rik, Greg and Geoff Moore of Florida; Barbara Britton and husband Stewart of England and Roger Ede and wife Linda of Scotland, and cousins including Elsa Andrews and husband Bert of Wales, Heather While and husband Terrance and Rachael Richards and husband Basil and Alf Bolt of England,

Our Momma, our Me ma, you were our pillar of faith and oh how we will miss you. Dear Jesus, hold us close 'til we're together again.

A memorial will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Snow Hill UMC in Franklin with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macon County Care Net "Back Pack Program", 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to assist school children in need with additional food supplies or Snow Hill UMC Roof Fund, 330 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Ralph Willard Johnson

Highlands, NC - Ralph Willard Johnson, 71, of Highlands, NC passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014. Born in Macon Co., he was the son of the late James Charlie and Nellie Henry Johnson. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Vietnam War, and he retired from the Macon County Sheriff's Department as a deputy with 16 years' service. He was a member of Blue Ridge Lodge #432 A.F. and A.M. He liked heavy construction and working at sawmills and loved rebuilding old cars, hunting, fishing, flying airplanes and gem mining.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marie Clouse Johnson; two sisters, Shirley Wilson of Highlands and Carol Holcombe of Walhalla, SC; one brother, J. C. Johnson of Highlands, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. Rev. Andy Cloer, Rev. Edgar Owens and Harold Neely will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Highlands Cashiers Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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Dale Dowdle

Franklin, NC - Dale Dowdle, 60, of Punta Gorda, FL and Franklin, NC passed sway Sunday, December 7, 2014.

Born in Swain County, he was the son of the late Howard S. and Irene Hurst Dowdle. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a loving husband, father, and to the many that called him "Daddy Dale" and "Papa".

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Eileen Cabe Dowdle; a son, Trampis Dowdle of Punta Gorda, FL and Dee Tippett of Rushburg, VA; three brothers, Billy Norton of Franklin, Howard "Hoss" Dowdle of Clayton, GA; Curtis Dowdle of Franklin; one sister, Jennie Dowdle Leopold of Corona del Mar, CA, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Lewis Smith and Rev. David Williams will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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Alvin Ralph Allison

Charleston, SC & Hayesville, NC - Alvin Ralph Allison, age 60, of Charleston, SC formerly of Hayesville, NC passed away Thursday, November 27 at a Charleston hospital. He was born in Towns County, GA, the son of Betty Allison Wheeler and the late Ralph Allison. He was known for his loving, kind nature and mild spirit. Alvin was a humble man that everyone loved. He always let everyone know how much he loved them in return. He had a very deep love for God's Word, the Bible, and was fondly remembered for sitting in his chair with his study materials out.

He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and loved fishing in creeks and rivers. He was always drawn to the sound of rushing waters. He also loved music and played the drums in a band for many years. We always laughed when he made up silly songs that he would sing around the house. As a young boy, he traveled with his dad across the country and that started his love for traveling. He visited almost every state. He will always be a caring son and brother, devoted husband, loving father, and proud Papa.

In addition to his mother, he survived by his wife, Catherine Allison; daughters, Heather and husband Michael Pierce and Lauren and husband Denis Kerr; sister Judy and husband Bruce Rogers; brothers, Charles Allison and Steve and his wife Scarlett Allison; granddaughters, Sarah Anne Kerr, Isabel Catherine, Alaina Allison and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hiawassee, GA with Rev. Harold Ledford officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.

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Elsie Caroline Sondheimer Deal

Franklin, NC - Elsie Caroline Sondheimer Deal, age 81, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 at her residence. She was born in New York City, NY, the daughter of the late Charlie Sondheimer and Ethel Keener Sondheimer. She was married to Robert Lewis Deal, who passed away October 27, 2001. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was the former co owner of Deal Farms and had a produce stand on the Highlands Road for 55 years. She was the longest continuous member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Raby of Franklin, NC; a son, Charles Logan "Butch" Deal and his wife Pat of Franklin, NC; a sister, Evelyn Bryson of Franklin, NC; a foster brother, George Robert Henning of Las Vegas, NV; five grandsons, Casey Jennings (Stephanie), Joe Deal(Devon), Bill Deal (Jenny), Kyle Jennings (Maggie), and Jimmy Deal (Katie); eight great grandchildren, Braxton, Caroline, Addie, Kenleigh, William, Logan, Jeremiah, and Glenn.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 8, 2014 at Pine Grove Baptist Church at 3:00 pm, with Rev. Greg Rogers, Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Mike Chastain and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Harold Huscusson, Scottie Thomas, Keith McCall, Wayne Price, Landy Holland and Lyman Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Thun, Tony Munger, Brenda Munger, Richmond Crisp, and Vickie Thomas; caregivers, Sharon Gleman, Dot Holland, Nancy Dills and Phyllis Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinegrove Baptist Church, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC for Appalachian Coal Field Ministry.

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Jerry, Kathryn and Rose Marie Cannon

Hart County GA - Jerry Russell Cannon, 48, Kathryn Marie (Brendle) Cannon, 32, and Rose Marie Cannon, 5, of Canon, died Friday, November 28, 2014.

Jerry was born October 30, 1966, in Royston, the son of Louise (McGill) Cannon and the late James Cannon. Kathryn was born April 14, 1982, in Franklin, NC, the daughter of the late Dale and Marianne (Blackert) Brendle. Rose was born September 29, 2009 to Jerry and Kathryn.

They are survived by Jerry’s mother: Louise (McGill) Cannon; their children: Celina Cano and her husband Edger Cano, Joshua Cannon and his fiancé October King, and Zachary Brendle; a granddaughter: November Lily Cannon; Kathy's aunts and uncles Maxine Hester, and Delores Thomas and her husband Clyde all of Greenville, SC, Marvel Curtis and her husband Verlin of Franklin, Linda Emory, and Sonja Brannon and her husband Bill all of Greenville, SC; Kathy's uncle, Doug Brendle and his wife Joyce of Greenville, SC, and many friends and family members. They were preceded in death by Jerry’s father; Kathryn’s parents; Jerry’s grandparents: Norman and Vinie McGill; and Jerry’s sister: Julie Cannon.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Lavonia City Cemetery with Rev. Johnny Stowe officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. At other times the family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the family to defray expenses.

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Robert John Crowers, Jr.

Franklin, NC - Robert John Crowers, Jr., age 72, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Robert Crowers, Sr. and Florence Marian Salerno Crowers. He graduated culinary school in Philadelphia where he met his wife Joan He was a retired engineer and a US Army Veteran. Bob was a Native American who loved hunting, fishing, car racing, the beach and cooking. He was a Christian and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Bob was former owner with his wife, Joan of Town Hill Bake Shoppe in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Joan Marie Ghisu Crowers, daughter, Kelly Crowers Giudry and husband Nate of Ft. Worth, TX; step daughter, Cheryl Ann Thacker of Wilmington, Delaware; step son, George Luciotti of Boothwyn, PA; sister, Cyndi Boyer and husband Joel of Aston, PA; brother, James K. Crowers and wife Joyce of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren, Caden and Lane; six step grandchildren, Joel, Philip, and Justin Mastroeni, Michael, Maria and Noella Luciotti. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Judith Crowers and by a brother, Leonard E. Crowers.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant FuneralHome, with Rev. Jim Park officiating. The Franklin VFW #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military rites.

The family will receive friends from 10;00 11:00 AM, one hour prior to the service.

Graveside services and burial will be held later at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, PA.

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George Robert Gibson

Franklin, NC - George Robert Gibson, age 89, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Joseph and Mamie Jones Gibson. He was a loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather. He liked to dig ginseng, listen to bluegrass gospel music, build houses and chew tobacco. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margie Marie Hooper Gibson; two daughters, Shirley Gibson Jennings and husband Vance, and Mary Elizabeth Gibson Wiggins and husband Jim all of Franklin, NC; four sons, J. D. Gibson and wife Helen, R. L. Gibson, Isaac Gibson and wife Freda and Bobby Gibson all of Franklin, NC; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Byda Angel, three brothers, Lex, Harley and Ray Gibson; and two granddaughters, Heather and Ashley Jennings.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 4th at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. L. E. Angel , Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Gibson, Caleb Gibson, Tanner Gerber, Brannon Gerber, Chris Gerber and Andy Cope.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday evening at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Leonard Dwight Lord, Sr.

Glenville, NC - Our Dad, Leonard Dwight Lord, Sr., ( L.D.) passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 24, 2014, surrounded by his lovely mountains. His family is saddened with grief.

L.D. was born in St. Augustine, Florida March 26, 1928. He is survived by his wife Virginia, who he loved for 67 years, his son Leonard Dwight Lord Jr. (Pamela) and his daughter Debbie Dicus (Gary). Also to mourn his loss are his grandchildren Jonathan Lord, Abby Lord, Allison Dicus Thompson (Nathan), Drew Dicus and Hillary Dicus. L.D. leaves behind his legacy through his great grandchildren, Payton and Harper Lord, Emerson and baby to -be Addison Thompson. Dad had many special friends, most especially, Vic Robinson his mountain buddy and Eddie Tindell his nephew and hunting buddy, also all his friends at Grace Community Church, Cashiers N.C. who he loved like family.

He will meet in heaven those who predeceased him, his mother Eula Hunt Lord and his father John Jennings Lord. Also, his brothers Lamar and John; his sisters Jewel Taylor, Eula Mae Wilson, Alicia Pierce and Joann Lord. He leaves behind his sisters, Vera Bell, Mary Katherine Tindell and Ava Lou Barker, as well as, many nieces and nephews. L.D. was a 32nd Degree Masonic Lodge fifty five year member. Leonard retired from Detroit Diesel Engine Division in Miami, Florida, where he began as a diesel engine mechanic and moved up to field trainer and supervisor.

Leonard will be interred at Highlands Memorial Park, Highlands, North Carolina. Graveside services will be held at Highlands Memorial Park, Highlands, NC on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 PM. A celebration of our Dad's life will be held at a later date at Grace Community Church in Cashiers.

We would like to express our gratitude to Dad's community for wrapping him in so much love he never wanted to leave. This support allowed him to grow old independently in the mountains he loved. "Two tired eyes are sleeping, two willing hands are still. For now he is resting as is God's will. You never said goodbye to us, perhaps it's just as well, we never could have said good bye to the one we loved so well."

Contributions in his memory may be made to Grace Community Church, Cashiers, North Carolina.

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Arther Herbert Doughty

Franklin, NC - Arther Herbert Doughty, age 74, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at a Sylva Hospital. He was born in Linneus, Missouri, the son of the late George D. and Sadie M. Wallen Doughty. He was a contactor, he liked to golf and was a member of the Franklins Men's golf association. He liked the Redskins Football and had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his daughter, Lillian Doughty of Franklin, NC.

The family will receive friends Saturday, December 6th from 6:00 8:00 PM at the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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J. David Smith

McAllen, TX - J. David Smith, age 55, of McAllen, TX passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014.

He was raised in Greenville, SC, the son of the late James D. and Judy Raines Smith. He received a Bachelors of Music degree from Furman University and a Masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a band director in the McAllen ISD School District for 32 years, first at McAllen High School and then the last 12 years at Morris Middle School. His passion was teaching and he loved nothing more than being a guide for his students.

He will be sorely missed by his wife of 34 years, Candace Combs Smith. Also surviving are sisters Diane (Charlie) Delaine and Carol (Joel) Ambrose, special aunt Mamie Jo Porter, father-and mother in-law Cass and Mary Lou Combs, brothers-in-law Lawrence (Randi) Combs and Lucian (Judy) Combs, sister-in-law Melanie Combs, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Bryant Grant Funeral home on Saturday, December 6, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., followed by a service in the chapel. Burial will be in Iotla Baptist Cemetery. The Reverend Lawrence Combs will officiate. Pall Bearers will be Lucian Combs, Melanie Combs, Jeff Combs, Jason Combs, Ryan Combs and Erin Combs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center. PO Box 301439, Houston, TX 77230-1439.

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Daniel Walter- Chance Johnson

Franklin, NC - Daniel Walter- Chance Johnson, 34, of Franklin passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Judie Phillips Johnson of Franklin and the late Danny Johnson. He was self-employed as a roofer and carpenter. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and drawing. He loved his Lord and was a member of Olive Hill Gospel Chapel.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Heather Reynolds; a son, Brandon Reynolds; two brothers, Shaye Johnson and Nacomas Johnson both of Franklin and two grandchildren, David Johnson and Ryder Reynolds. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Henry.

Funeral services will be held, Monday, December 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Clouse officiating. Burial will be in Joe Grounds Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shaye Johnson, Nacomas Johnson, Brandon Reynolds, Ardell Collier, Tyler Watson and Dave Graves. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 - 8:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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Jack L. Mattox

Cullowhee, NC - Jack L. Mattox died at his home on Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 of a suspected heart attack. He was a decorated veteran of the Viet Nam war, a welder in the steel mills in St Louis, and recently retired from Cimmaron Homes of Highlands, North Carolina. He attended Pine Creek Baptist Church and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his daughters Lisa R. Mattox of St. Petersburg, Florida and April D. Mattox of Cashiers, North Carolina; beloved sisters Jan Tilker and Sue Phillips; brothers Leon Mattox, Reggie Nichols, Jerry Nichols, Pete Nichols and Jeff Nichols. He was preceded in death by his mother Alta Irene Holloway and father Jack Mattox.

The memorial service and burial will be at Pine Creek Baptist Church, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends from 1 2:00 pm prior to the service at the church.

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Arvina J. Hedden

Naples, FL & Franklin, NC - Arvina J. Hedden, age 92, of Naples, FL. formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Rosella Holland Moss. She was married to Cleatus Sylvester Hedden who passed away May 13, 2011. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Marvetta Shaw of Naples, FL; two sons, Willard Hedden of Naples, FL and Verlie Hedden of Inverness, FL; two sisters, Dove McCall and Alma Bolick. Four grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services will be held Friday, November 28 at 1:00 PM at Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Carson Gibson officiating.

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Bernice Elizabeth Ledford McDowell

Franklin - Bernice Elizabeth Ledford McDowell, 82, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Spurgeon Theodore and Maybelle Burton Ledford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank McDowell, Jr.

Mrs. McDowell was a member of Union United Methodist Church, and was an avid reader and gardener.
She is survived by three daughters, Rhonda McDowell Stever of Indiana, PA, Tanya McDowell Kinsland of Lexington, SC and Teresa McDowell and fiancée Dan Gregg of Franklin; one sister, Inez Dills and husband Jerry of Winder, GA, and three grandchildren, Ben Kinsland, Sam Stever and Jessie Stever. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Ledford Arrowood and two brothers, Earl B. Ledford and Robert Ledford.

Memorial services will be held, Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Janet Greene officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 1942.

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Jane P. Lewis

Highlands -Jane P. Lewis, 88 of Highlands passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 in a Highlands Hospital. She was born in Bibb County, GA October 19th, 1926. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Ann Parks. She was a member of Athens United Methodist Church in Athens, GA where she had served as secretery.

Mrs. Parks was a loving wife and mother.. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William G. Lewis, a daughter Wanda R. Moody of Watkinsville. GA one sister, Martha Walker of Franklin and one nephew, Terry Barnes and wife Rhonda of Franklin.

No services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church in Highlands.

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Carla Lynne Sample

Franklin - Carla Lynne Sample. Age 51, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. She was born on December 26, 1962 in Sarasota, FL, where she spent the majority of her
life. In 2006, she decided to settle in Franklin, NC. Carla enjoyed the sunshine, was very fond of the ocean, adored karaoke, and loved her grandbabies.

She is survived by her father Charles D. Foster of Franklin, NC; sister Stephanie E. Hatt of Lewistown, PA; daughter Erica L. Baldwin of Sarasota, FL; son-in-law Roy D. Baldwin of Sarasota, FL; niece Amanda L. Hatt of Ft. Myers, FL; nephew Michael S. Hatt of Ft. Myers, FL; three grandchildren of Sarasota, FL; and long-term companion David Partain of Franklin, NC. Her mother, Betty Jo Foster of Franklin, NC, preceded her in death.

A memorial will be held at Marina Jack's Island Park in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The memorial is open to friends and family. Please wear purple in honor of Carla's memory.

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Joseph Henry Cabe

Franklin, NC - Joseph Henry Cabe, 71, of Franklin passed away Monday, November 17, 2014. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Ralph and Rosalee Dills Cabe. He was a retired welder in Newport News Shipyard; he liked farming; was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved riding and racing Harleys and was a gun enthusiast. He was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

Mr. Cabe is survived by his wife Linda McMahan Cabe; three sisters, Margie Wilson and husband Calvin of Yorktown, VA, Brenda Barnette and husband Earl of Gloucester, VA and Joyce Moody and husband Charles of Franklin; one brother, Marvin Cabe and wife Patricia of Gloucester, VA and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Wilson and Geneva Stepp and one brother, Paul Cabe and several other siblings.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Tellico Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Stilwell and Rev. Morris Tippett officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kent Cochran, Chad Cabe, David Cabe, Roger Cabe, Chris Cabe, and James Cabe. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Shirley Ann Melling

Franklin, NC - Shirley Ann Melling, age 79, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014. She was born in Tampa, Fl. She was married to the late Barry Melling. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Spath of Tallahassee, FL and her son, Robert Paul Connor, III of Ypsilati, MI.

No services are planned at this time.

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Onna Aurora Dempsey

Franklin - Onna Aurora Dempsey, infant daughter of Erica St Laurent and Andrew P. Dempsey passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014. Surviving in addition to the parents are two brothers, Kameron and Ashton Dempsey, one half sister, Kiara Dempsey; one half brother, Jeremiah Dempsey; maternal grandmother, Christy Burns, and paternal grandparents, Patrick and Tammie Dempsey.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Darren Cochran officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Annette Dalrymple Moore

Franklin, NC - Annette Dalrymple Moore, age 78, of McDonough, GA, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014. She was born in Macon County, NC, the daughter of the late William and Blanche Martin Dalrymple. She was married to L. A. Moore, who died in 1987. She was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother and a member of the First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Moore; three sisters, Mary Frances Parker, Doris Rickman, Sarah Conley, and a brother, Tommy Dalrymple.

She is survived by two sons, Logan A. Moore, Jr. and his wife, Janet of McDonough, GA and Landon A. Moore and his wife Tammy of Alvin, Texas, and three grandchildren, Lauren A. Moore, Alexis Moore, and Dylan Moore.
Funeral services will be Thursday, November 13th at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Crawford Moore, Jr., Dylan Moore, Jimmy Conley, Jim Parker, David Parker, and Frank Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday evening at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road,Greenville, SC, 29605.

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Gabriel Lucas Bates/Higgins

Franklin - Gabriel Lucas Bates/Higgins, infant son of Nick Higgins and Amber Lyn Bates passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014 in a Charlotte hospital.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, James and Cathy Bates, and a half brother, Jude Higgins all of Franklin. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, November 10, 2014 at Union United Methodist Cemetery with Rev. Shannon Sayer officiating. Contributions may be made to the family, Amber Lyn Bates, 10818 GA Rd., Otto, NC 28763.

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Ann Carolyn O'Cain Bischoff

Franklin\Lake County FL - Ann Carolyn O'Cain Bischoff died peacefully in Lake County, Florida November 3, 2014 at the age of 76. Ann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Margurite Eltonhead Lockton and William F. O'Cain, II. She moved to Orlando, Florida in 1948 and lived in the Conway area. She was a member of the first four year term class at Edgewater High School 60 years ago and then attended Orlando Jr. College and Rollins College, majoring in Business Administration. During her working years Ann was a secretary in the construction industry (Addison Steel, Orlando, Florida), A Nursing Secretary and joined with her husband in Citrus Growing and Packing and in Commercial Property development and management.

Ann loved to travel in the USA, with trips out of country to Ireland, England and Europe. Ann and her husband, Ron, had property in Macon County, North Carolina (Otto) for 46 years and spent as much time as possible in the mountains of North Carolina and North Georgia. Ann was interested in Genealogy and Ancestry as an ancestor of early Carolinas and Tidewater, Virginia families. Her father's family, coming from the Orangeburg District (Jamison Saint Matthews) of South Carolina and her mother's family coming from the Tidewater Rappahannock River - Rose Guild Plantation area. Ann's Great Grandfather, Aquilla Watson O'Cain, was a Confederate Major, Lawyer and Judge and Ann's Great Grandmother, Julia Jenkins was with North Carolina ties. The O'Cains were settled in North Central Florida as early as the 1850's (Methodist Circuit Riders - Swanee, Columbia, Lake Sumter) and had ties to the Rast Family of South Carolina.

Ann made many lasting friends over her lifetime: Twins, Rose Vieth and Dora Meeks of Maryland; Imogene Nichols from high school, who now lives in Tennessee; John and Jan Knudsen and family of Longwood, FL; The John Bronson family of Kissimmee, FL; The Ponce family of St. Cloud, FL and Pat Wolfe of Orlando, FL.
Ann is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ronald K. Bischoff (residing between Howey In The Hills, FL and Otto, NC); Brother, William (Louise) O'Cain of Franklin, NC: Nephew, Daryll (Marcie) O'Cain with their son, Ryan of Raleigh, NC: Nephew, Steve (Carol) O'Cain with their sons, Sam and Daniel of Crawfordville, FL; Mother In Law, Julia Bischoff of LaPorte, CO; Sister In Law, Donna (George) Rehm of LaPorte, CO; Sister In Law, Joyce (Gregor) West of Cliffe, CO; Step Daughter, Andrea Apodaca of Arora, CO; Step Grandson, Jerome Apodaca of Arora, CO; her husband's Nephew, Scott (Emily) Gregor of Lake Park, GA; her husband's Niece, Annette (Mike) Singer of Pioneer, OH and neighbors and friends in Otto, Gene & Ingrid O'Neil and Margaret Shoen.

Ann attended Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church when in the area and felt close ties to its wonderful congregation and Pastor Don Barber.

A Funeral Service will be held Tueday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Pastor Don Barber officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Franklin, NC. Pallbearers will be Scott Gregor, Steve O'Cain, Daryl O'Cain, RandyBronson, John Kundsen and Ray Reese. The family will receive friends from 10:30 till 11:00 am, thirty minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church, Post Office Box 333, Rabun Gap, GA 30568; The Salvation Army, Franklin, NC or The Salvation Army, Leesburg, FL.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC - 828 524 2411.

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Eleanor McCarty Cheney

Highlands, NC - Eleanor McCarty Cheney died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at her home in Highlands, NC. Eleanor is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, William Henry Cheney and three children, Margaret Cheney Knox of Newnan, GA and Eleanor Frances Cheney of Highlands, NC and William Henry Cheney, Jr. of Delray Beach, FL. Seven grandchildren and two great granddaughters also survive. Mrs. Cheney is preceded in death by one grandson, James Gilliam Cheatham, Jr.

Eleanor was born in New Orleans, LA on March 17, 1930 to John Brown McCarty and Margaret Lewis McCarty. Eleanor grew up in Dalton, GA. She attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, TN for one year and completed her education at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA in 1951.

Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and kind demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile that remained her signature throughout life. Possessing a true servant's heart, Eleanor faithfully cared for family and friends. The heart of the Cheney Family, Eleanor shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. Mrs. Cheney loved to dance, listen to music, read, pray, chat with friends and family, and travel. She had a true appreciation for the outdoors and all of God's beautiful creatures. She was woman of strong faith, believing in power and strength of Jesus Christ's love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Highlands Memorial Park with Father John Lathrop and Pastor Steve Kerhoulas officiating.

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Bessie Mae Taylor Gregory

Franklin, NC -Bessie Mae Taylor Gregory, 82, of Franklin, passed away November 2nd, 2014.

Born March 18, 1932 in the Mountain Grove Community of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Edly and Annie Young Taylor, both of Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Troy L. Gregory, of Franklin, six brothers; Elmer, Lloyd, Robert, Harold, Leonard, and Ralph Taylor, her sister, Jean Norton, and one grandchild, Taylor Edwards. She enjoyed gardening, mowing the yard, taking walks, being in charge, and playing with pets.

She is survived by one brother, Paul Taylor; three children, Terry Gregory and wife Lynne, Kathy Hodgin and husband Clifford, and Sandy Edwards and husband Bill; four grandchildren, Casey Hodgin, Josh Gregory, Ethan Edwards and Lexie Edwards; one great grandchild, Dakota Gregory; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12 pm to 2 pm on Saturday, November 8th at Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, with the funeral service immediately to follow.

Pallbearers will be Casey Hodgin, Josh Gregory, Ethan Edwards, Clifford Hodgin, Bill Edwards, Kennie Ledford and Robbie Holland.

Memorial donations can be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ruby Henry, 179 Grandview Court, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Michael Hardin Shuler

Franklin, NC - Michael Hardin Shuler, age 51 of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014. He was born in Neurenburg, Germany, the son of Ray Shuler of Lawton, Oklahoma and Betty Gribble Acord of Franklin, NC. He worked for Orkin Exterminator for fifteen years. He was a graduate of Franklin High School, and a member of Union United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, son, father and grandfather, he liked to hunt, fish and hanging out at flea markets.on Saturday with his buddies.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of twenty five years, Terri Cox Shuler, a daughter, Sarah Shuler of Franklin, NC; a step son, Chris McGuire of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Samuel Shuler of San Antonia, TX and Mark Acord of Hartwell, GA; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Christopher.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 6th at 2:00 pm at Union United Methodist Church, with Rev. Janet Greene officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Fred William Kimble

Franklin, NC - Fred William Kimble, age 73, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Scioto County, OH the son of the late Fred William and Mary Golden Kimble. He was a 1963 graduate of Ohio State University and was a member of the Luthiers Guild of America. Fred was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved making and playing musical instruments and he loved antique cars, enjoyed all kinds of sports, and played basketball for Ohio State and loved life and being with his family and friends. He lived life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice Nixon Kimble; two sons, Will Kimble and his wife Amy of Cincinnati, OH and Jason Kimble and his wife Michelle of Raleigh, NC; one brother, Tom Kimble of Cincinnati, OH; five grandchildren, Mary, Cole, Cooper, Laney and Lily.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm at the residence.

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Nell M. Ledford

Franklin, NC - Nell M. Ledford, 88, of Franklin passed away Friday, October 31, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late M. T. and Lula Jean Sanders Brendle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl B. Ledford. Mrs. Ledford was a waitress, and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Tom Hackney and wife Angelica of Idaho Falls, ID and two grandchildren, Donna Lynn Hackney and Alexandra Marie Hackney. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Grady Thomas Brendle and Furman T. Brendle.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Robert Edward Wiley

Franklin - Robert Edward Wiley (Bob), age 75, of Franklin, North Carolina, died suddenly on Monday, October 27, 2014. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY, July 23, 1939. He married Nancy Bild in 1961, in Miami, FL, and together they built a wonderful life full of family, friends, and adventure.

Mr. Wiley obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at Georgia Tech and was commissioned in the Army after graduation. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Georgia State University.
He worked for the Coca-Cola Company as a professional engineer for 30 years. After retirement, he worked with the startup of the new city of Sandy Springs, GA. Once moving to Franklin, NC, he served as chairman of the beautification committee for the Franklin Garden Club and was in charge of the maintenance of the two town squares. He was a member and treasurer of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Franklin, NC.
He served in the U.S. Army for five years and was stationed in Germany and Vietnam as an Army Captain. They lived in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. He led the building of bottling plants for Coca-Cola in Russia, South Africa, China, the Philippines,Venezuela,and Ireland. Among his many hobbies were wood working and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Bild Wiley, who resides in Franklin, NC; son, Edward Robert Wiley, married to Sarah Denham Wiley, two grandsons, Robert Edward Wiley and Samuel Charles Wiley, all of Atlanta, GA; son, Charles Hammond Wiley, and wife, Suzan, of Marietta, GA; three brothers: Walter Wiley of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, William Wiley of Santa Clara, CA, and Ronald Wiley of The Villages, FL; and seven nieces and nephews.

Visitation is November 1, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1:00 p.m. The Celebration of Life service starts at 2:00 p.m. with reception to follow. Long-time friend and Pastor Dr. Phillip Kuehnert of Williamsburg, VA, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be sent to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 235 Sloan Rd, Franklin, NC 29734.

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Helen A. “Beckie” Garrett

Franklin, NC - Helen A. “Beckie” Garrett, age 99 of Valparaiso, IN and formerly of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014. She was born on October 2, 1915 in Cincinnati, OH, the daughter of the late Arthur and Helen (Fey) Becker. Beckie graduated from Valparaiso High School and had worked for Mox Ruge Law Office, Valparaiso First State Bank, and a term as Porter County Recorder. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valparaiso and had been a member and secretary at the First Baptist Church of Franklin.

On January 23, 1948 in Owensboro, KY, Beckie married Nobel “Slim” Garrett who preceded her in death in 1978. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Art and George and 4 sisters, Geneva, Dorothy, Catherine, and Pauline. Beckie is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Franklin, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation Center 606 Wall St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Velma Roseann Wooten Estes

Franklin, NC - Velma Roseann Wooten Estes, age 96, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Charlie Monroe Wooten and Mary Mageline Gibson Wooten. She was married to James Lee Estes, who died in 1986. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She like to quilt, embroider and most of all reading her Bible. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Wallace and her husband Jerry and Carolyn Clouse and her husband Jim all of Franklin, NC; a son, Eugene Estes of Franklin, NC; a sister, Irene Hampton of Franklin, NC; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Carrie Heaton, Mary Bell Angel, Oma Downs, and Leona McCarson, and three brothers, Lloyd, Roy and Tom Wooten.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 1st at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, Tanner Higdon, Justin Wright, Avery Breedlove, Joey Clouse, Trevor Rogers, and Owen Brooks. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Judy Farmer Sprinkle

Franklin, NC - Judy Farmer Sprinkle, 58, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, October 27, 2014. Born in Macon Co., she was the daughter of the late John and Isabelle Dills Farmer. She was employed at Ingles Grocery Store as bookkeeper. She was a 1974 graduate of Franklin High School then attended Southwestern Community College for two years and was a substitute teacher for the Macon County School System, and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and mother who loved and cared for people.

Judy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ted Sprinkle, Jr.; one son, Nicholas Jay Sprinkle of Franklin; a half-brother, Ted Farmer of Franklin and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by half-brothers, Fred and Ned Farmer and Furman, Eugene and Johnny Tallent.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Windy Gap Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Pruitt, Roy Green, Phil Jarrett, Dennis Stamey, Bobby Peek, Bruce Thompson and Jeff Darnell. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Scholarship Fund for Nick Sprinkle at PNC Bank, 100 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Arthur William Dills McKee

Cashiers - Arthur William Dills McKee, 62, of Cashiers, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 25, 2014. He was on his way to a bicycle ride with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Woodward McKee, and two children, Cristin Anne McKee of King City, California, and Woodward Hampton McKee of Asheville, and also by his sister Ann McKee Austin of Cashiers and brother and sister-in law Ernest Lyndon McKee III and Jennifer of the Pine Creek Community. Relatives also include his nephew Jeffrey Austin of Durham and wife Coby; cousin Will McKee of Cashiers and wife Becky, along with their daughters Rebecca and Elizabeth; Brien Peterkin of Cashiers and wife Sallie, along with their children Mary, Amanda, and Brien; and cousins William H. McKee, Robert Webster, and Lisa Thomen.

McKee was the son of Ernest Lyndon McKee Jr. and Ernestine Noe McKee Pope; the grandson of Ernest Lyndon McKee Sr. and Gertrude Dills McKee; and the grandson of Ernest and Ann Noe.

He was born in Asheville on November 20, 1951. He was a student at Gibbons Hall and graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before making Cashiers his permanent home in the early 1970s.

McKee was president and founder of McKee Properties, Inc., the area’s leading broker of premier properties. He has been a leader in real estate development since the 1970s. His projects have included Sheep Laurel at High Hampton, Chestnut Square, Cedar Creek Racquet Club, Headwaters Golf Club, Snowbird, Sassafras Ridge, Little Sheepcliff, and Arrowhead, all in the Cashiers area. He also developed Strauss Park in Brevard.

McKee developed Wade Hampton Golf Club on High Hampton family land in partnership with his sister Ann McKee Austin. Golf Digest selected the Tom Fazio-designed course the best new private golf course in the country in 1987 and has consistently ranked it among the top 20 best American courses. McKee was a leader of many civic projects over the years. He and his wife Anne were among the founding parents of the Hampton Learning Center, the first independent pre-kindergarten and early elementary school in the area. He also supported Anne in establishing the Cashiers Area Humane Society. McKee played an integral role in the founding of the Cashiers Medical Center.

He was a founder of the Cashiers Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, on whose board he served. His early vision to identify key mountain properties whose preservation would be essential to Cashiers’ identity resulted in the formation of the Village Conservancy, whose affiliates included the Village Green, the Cashiers Historical Society, and the McKinney Meadow. Most recently, he and tennis legend Andy Roddick founded the Mountain Challenge, a tennis exhibition to fund the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, which opened this September in Cashiers and already benefits more than 125 children in the Cashiers community.

Reflecting his love of the outdoors, he was a founding member of both the Friends of Panthertown and the Friends of Whiteside and a principal driver behind the creation of the Tour de Cashiers bicycle ride. He was a member of the Carolina Climbers Coalition and worked with it to purchase Laurel Knob and dedicate it to the climbing community.

He was often found on his bicycle in the mountains around Cashiers. He was an avid mountain climber, having completed ascents of the major rock faces of North Carolina, including Whiteside, Looking Glass, Cow Rock, and Laurel Knob. He also summited Grand Teton in Wyoming, the east face of Mt. Whitney in California, the Crestone Needle in Colorado, and El Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, the third highest peak in North America. He was member of the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad High Angle Team, with which he assisted in a midnight rescue on Whiteside Mountain only days before his death. McKee was an expert snow skier and longtime member of the Sapphire Valley Division of the National Ski Patrol. He was a mentor to many area young people on the slopes.

He was a member of the High Hampton Colony Club, Cedar Creek Racquet Club, Wade Hampton Golf Club, Headwaters Golf Club, Chattooga Club, Lonesome Valley, Kiawah Island Club, and Pine Valley Golf Club of New Jersey. He was a former longtime member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in his memory to the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, P.O. Box 1812, Cashiers, N.C. 28717.

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Robert E. Jamison

Franklin, NC - Robert E. Jamison of Otto, NC passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the age of 95. He is survived by his second wife Barbara, his son Robert E. Jamison, II, of Asheville, and two granddaughters Elizabeth and Margaret. Mr. Jamison was a native of Elida, Ohio. He served in the Signal Corps of the US Army during WWII. He met and married his first wife Lucie Mae Boyd in Florida during the war. After the war he earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and a master’s degree from University of Florida. He taught wood shop and mechanical drawing in Winter Haven, Florida for 30 years. Upon retirement he moved to Macon County in 1974 where he opened an upholstery business. He was an avid square dancer and was active in the Otto Community, the Masons, and St. Agnes Episcopal Church where he was an active member and a junior warden.

Memorial services will be held Friday, October 31 at 10:00 AM at St. Agnes Episcopal Church with Rev. Dorie Pratt officiating.

The VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Jimmy Ray Waller

Highlands, NC - Jimmy Ray Waller, age 74, of Highlands, NC passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Albert Alvin and Ruth Shipman Waller. He was a veteran of the US Navy and was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church. He was a painter, liked to golf and was a diehard Carolina Tar Heel fan.

He is survived by his sisters, Margie Walcavich of Maryland and Anne Calloway of Clayton, GA. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Moore and brothers, Kenny Waller, Joe Waller, Lendal Waller and Billy Waller.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Patricia Lee Caldwell

Franklin, NC - Patricia Lee Caldwell, age 71, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Paul Lee and Eugenia Mae Teem Ashe. She was a homemaker, and a seamstress, she loved gardening and was a selfless and dependable mother. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, William Harrison Caldwell, III of Franklin, NC, a sister, Pauline Mae Burch and her husband Junior of Franklin, NC; two brothers, William Roy Ashe and wife Carol of Franklin, NC and Boyd Lee Ashe of Lexington, NC; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial will be in Wilkes Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William Caldwell, III, Chris Lattin, Junior Burch, Dallas Ledford, Boyd Ashe, and Roy Ashe. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Ms. Lacy L. Chavis Scott

Franklin, NC, Milledgeville, GA - Ms. Lacy L. Chavis Scott was born on June 23, 1932, in Franklin, NC, to the parentage of the late Mr. Leander and Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart Chavis. "Big Mama", as Ms. Lacy L. Chavis Scott was often called.

She was a loving and caring person. She leaves a legacy of love and cherished memories to: three daughters, Ms. Anne E. Penland Dixon, Gordon, GA; Ms. Mary O. (Howard) Dixon, Ms. Susan D. Harper all from Milledgeville, GA; two sons, Mr. William Penland III, Cleveland, OH, and Mr. Ronald L. (Julia) Penland, Greenville, SC; one brother, Fleetwood (Beatrice) Chavis, Franklin, NC and a host of three generations of grandchildren, cousins, a very devoted son in law, Mr. Joseph Dixon; two devoted friends, Ms. Dorothy Cooper, Ms. Rosetta Stubbs, and a devoted caregiver, Ms. Lameka Pitts Gray. She was educated in the Macon County School System, Franklin, NC.

In her later years, she moved to Milledgeville, GA. She was employed at Central State Hospital for 33 ½ years as a Health Service Technician Lead. After retirement, she worked at Green Acres Nursing Facility.

A celebration of life for Ms. Scott will be held Friday, October, 24, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Reverend Robert I. Coleman officiating.

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Norman Lee Wilson

Candler - Norman Lee Wilson, 70, of Candler, died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. A native of Macon Co., Mr. Wilson was a son of the late Radford and Virta Anders Wilson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Furman Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, camping, and fishing. He always said "Now this is where it's at" in God's creation. He enjoyed woodworking, in particular making mandolins. He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church. He was an original member of the Primitive Quartet, singing tenor. Members of the Primitive Quartet will serve as pallbearers. He was also a Mason, a member of Hominy Lodge 491.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Wanda Kaye Whitehead Wilson; sisters, Jean Jones and husband Floyd, and Judy Bullman and husband Red; brother, Truman Wilson and wife Linda; and numerous other family members.

A funeral service for Mr. Wilson will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor Chad Edwards, the Revs. Coy Adams and Steve Fox, and the Rev. Dr. Ralph Sexton officiating. Interment will follow at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.

His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church, and also from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Monday.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family. Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Conard Odell Webb

Otto, NC - Conard Odell Webb, age 69, of Otto, NC passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 at a Sylva Hospital. He was born in Macon County, NC the son of the late Leonard and Rittie Jenkins Webb.

He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Wilburn of Highlands, NC, Xzanthus Wilson of Franklin, NC, Catherine Carpenter of Eustis, FL and Donna Bradshaw of Mt. Airy, GA; brothers, Owen Webb of Clarksville, GA and Duane Webb of Hickory, NC. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by sisters, Neva Byrd, Mozelle Derreberry, Mavis Webb, Rinda Kay Henry and Evelyn Webb; a brother, Glen Webb.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Miller Cemetery with Rev. Gary McCall officiating.

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Avery Vinson

Campbellsville KY / Franklin - Mr. Avery Vinson of Campbellsville, Kentucky, formerly of North Carolina, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 after an illness. He was 61 years of age. Mr. Vinson professed faith in Christ; he was baptized in, and was a member of, the Toccoa Church of God in Toccoa, Georgia. After moving to Kentucky, he attended God's Grace Church in Campbellsville. He was a former truck driver by trade. Mr. Vinson was a veteran of the armed forces and served his country honorably in the United States Army.

Mr. Vinson leaves to cherish his memory: His wife: Mary Karen Vinson of Campbellsville, Two sons: Dusty Lee Vinson of London, KY, and Steven Ansel Vinson and wife Jennifer of Apopka, FL, Five brothers and sisters: Aleta Baker and husband Raymond of Otto, NC, Allen Vinson and wife Sandy, Archie Vinson, Amory Martin and wife Bethany, and Angie Taylor and husband Clinton, all of Clayton, GA, And a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven Willis Vinson and Blanche (Ramey) Vinson McCarthy, and a toddler brother, Alvin Vinson.

There will be a funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Vinson conducted at the House of Hope (Tessentee) Church of God in Franklin, NC on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Bro. Robert Dryman and Bro. Greg Bartram will be officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 16, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the L.R. Petty Funeral Home in Campbellsville, and on Friday, October 17, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC.
Burial will be in the Lower Tessentee Church of God Cemetery in Franklin, NC.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the funeral expenses, and can be made at the funeral home.

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John Lloyd Deitz

Franklin, NC - John Lloyd Deitz, 84, of Franklin, NC, gently went to sleep in death Sunday, October 12, 2014. He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Hayes, and her husband Charles, and by his children, Cynthia, Treva, Debra, Renee and his adopted son, Clyde. He also had 17 grandchildren, at least 25 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. In addition to his many grandchildren, John adopted many who proudly and lovingly called him Granddad. He was a dearly loved brother, friend, and father who will be missed by all who knew him.

Although he owned a food and dairy service business for years, John's secular work certainly did not define who he was. He had developed a deep love of the Bible and his Creator, Jehovah God, which moved him to volunteer a tremendous amount of time to his public ministry. This ministry led him to meet a wide variety of people whom he called friends. His humility and mild temper made him easy to talk to and a friend to most he met.

John's public ministry and volunteer work for the Jehovah's Witness faith took him from Florida to New York and even as far as South America. He loved to get in his truck and travel. Once established in Franklin in 1992, there was not a road in Macon County he did not travel or know the name of.

John held a firm belief in the Bible's promise of a paradise earth governed by God and Jesus. He often used the well known "Lord's Prayer" at Matthew 6:9,10 to share his hope of living on an earth where God's will is done, as it is in heaven. That is where he eagerly expected to awaken from death and enjoy life as it is meant to be.

A memorial service for John will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin, NC. There will be no collections, only services for the deceased. If you knew John, his family would greatly appreciate your attendance.

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Tatham Eskrigge Hertzberg

Highlands, NC - Tatham Eskrigge Hertzberg, 62, died on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, North Carolina after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Winnie and Rudolf Hertzberg.

A native of New Orleans, he attended Isidore Newman School and graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia. He received a BS in Psychology from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He started his career with the Whitney National Bank, then became an independent computer consultant and was also active in vehicular restoration. He is survived by seven first cousins.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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William "Bill" Hamilton Waldroop

Franklin, NC - William "Bill" Hamilton Waldroop, age 80 of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Julian Waldroop and Elizabeth Anderson Waldroop Hauser. He was a US Navy Veteran, a retired magistrate, and formerly owned and operated the North End Chevron.

Mr. Waldroop was a member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin, a member of the Magistrates' Association, on the board of directors for Carson Cemetery, and was active in the Democrat Party and Boy Scouts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step father, Jim Hauser, and a granddaughter, Sara McKenzie King.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Reagan Waldroop, three daughters, Mollie Cohen and husband David of Concord, NC, Mary King and husband Jeffry of Sumerville, AL and Jane Beck and husband Monty of Franklin, NC; a sister, Julia Duvall of Franklin, NC a brother, Jim Waldroop of Franklin, NC; grandchildren, Meggin Booe and husband Kenny, Lauren Harrell and husband Evan, Taylor King and wife Jennifer, Hunter King, Britany Beck and Lindy Beck; great grandchildren, Bryson Booe, Kenley Booe, Elin Harrell, Charlie Beck and Spencer King.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm at First United Methodist Church of Franklin, with Rev. David Beam officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Naval military rites will be performed. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, two hours prior to the service, at the Church.

Donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Betty Blain McClure Nicholson Waddell

Franklin, NC - Betty Blain McClure Nicholson Waddell, age 88, Fort Myers, FL. formerly of Franklin, NC and Toccoa Ga. went to be with the Lord on October 1st., 2014. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late John William "Phil" Blaine and Bessie Corpening Blaine. She was married to Thomas James McClure, Herby Dillard Nicholson Jr., and Woodrow Waddell all of which preceded her in death. Additionally, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Eldona McClure; a son Keith McClure, and four sisters; Mary Carpenter, Annie Willamson, Juanita Chappell, Sybil Green; and one brother Paul Blain all of Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter, Gennifer Woodworth (None) of Akron, OH.; son Kahn McClure (None) of Fort Myers Fl.; Three grandchildren, Sonia (None) Akron Oh, Sherry (None) Ft. Myers Fl, Mark (Alma) Ft. Myers Fl; Seven great-grandchildren, Amber Rae, Elena Ruth, and Colton all of Akron Oh.; and; Amanda, Victoria, Darrian and Ivory, all of Ft. Myers Fl.; and one great-great-great grandchild Indica of Akron Oh.

Caring to the center of her being, Betty demonstrated love for family and friends in ways that were creative, funny, and caring. As beautiful outside as she was within, Betty's legacy is one filled with loving-kindness as she left traces of herself in the hearts of those she came in contact with. Everyone who encountered her was struck by her infectious laughter, wit, and clever observations. Never at a loss for words and never shy, she possessed a refreshing honesty which will be sorely missed. Betty's passing has left an empty space in our hearts. She'd encourage each of us to fill that place with love and laughter.

Graveside services will be held at Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Saturday, October 11th at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Burt Crawford officiating.

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Jody Lynn Smith

Franklin, NC - Jody Lynn Smith, 36, of Franklin passed away Monday, September 29, 2014. Born in Baldwin Co., GA, she was the daughter of Margie Wilson Garrison of Franklin and the late Bobby Smith. She was employed by Martin's Landscaping and was of the Methodist faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two daughters, Breanna Nicole Holland and Kylah Rayne Holland both of Franklin; one son, Devin Michael Ruger Smith of Franklin; step father, Bud Garrison of Franklin; sister, Phylliss Rena Garrison of Franklin; two step sisters, Becky Bradley of Franklin and Teresa Lynn Piva of St. Louis, MO; two step brothers, John Garrison and Henry "Bo" Garrison, Jr. both of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 2:00 3:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Cora Mae McCall MacMurray

Franklin, NC - Cora Mae McCall MacMurray, age 77, of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014. She was the daughter of the late George and Floy Southards McCall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce MacMurray, who died in 1995, a daughter, Martha Sanders, two sons, Jeffrey MacMurray and Thomas Waldroop, and three brothers, Kenneth, Bill, and Dallas McCall. She had worked at Belden Electric Cord as a machine operator for over 20 years, she liked to listen to music and read, and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She attended Franklin Church of God.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Simonds of Bryson City, NC, two sons, Danny Waldroop and his wife, Sandy of Franklin, NC, and Mike Waldroop of Franklin, NC; four sisters, Dorothy Siler and husband Fred, of Greenville, SC, Mildred Giles and husband Bruce, Margaret Sanders and husband Skip and Karen Carnes all of Franklin, NC, three grandchildren, Amy Simonds, Christopher Waldroop and Allen Waldroop, four great grandchildren, Maddox, Maverick, Mace and Alexis, and son in law, Bruce Sanders.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev David Williams officiating. Burial will be in Moore Welch Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chuck Brooks, Allen Waldroop, Mike Hopkins, Christopher Waldroop, Craig Autrey, and Jimmy Hopkins. Honorary pallbearers will be great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday evening at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Ronald Rodger Talley

Franklin, NC - Ronald Rodger Talley, 72, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Jacksonville, FL, he was a son of the late Lyman "Red" and Leora Carver Talley.

He was employed by Belden Electric Cord as an equipment operator for 28 years. He was a loving husband, caring father, grandfather and great grandfather; he liked to hunt, fish, listen to gospel music and garden. He was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

Mr. Talley is survived by his wife of 51 years, Hilda Mincey Talley; one daughter, Wanda Talley Bolick and her husband Tony of Franklin; one son, James Talley and his wife Becky of Franklin, five sisters, Reba Talley Webb and Rena Talley Carver both of Walhalla, SC; Rodean Talley Wilson of Norcross, GA and Roberta Talley Barnes and Romonia Talley Picklesimer both of Highlands; three brothers, Relton Talley of Highlands, Randolph Talley of Mountain City, GA and Rabun Talley of Gastonia, NC; three grandchildren, Courtney Scott and husband Travis, Amber Bolick and Josh Talley; one great grandson, Johnny Scott and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Revelyon Carver and a brother, Russell Talley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2.00 pm at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Sellers, Rev Bud Haire Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gerald Woods, Brian Jones, Randy Rogers, Morlan Bowman, Travis Scott, Brian Talley and Stacy Talley. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wanda Bolick, 80 Woodrow's Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Bobby Joe Poindexter

Franklin - Bobby Joe Poindexter passed away peacefully in his home, September 26, 2014. He was born the first month, seventh day of 1935 to the late James and Lula Mae Poindexter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Harvey, and Carl Poindexter, and one sister, Lucy Anderson all of Franklin.

He is survived by his former wife, Mamie Poindexter; three sisters, Nona Reece of Highlands, Verlie Allen, and Juanita (Grady) Allen, and sister in law, Ruby Poindexter of Franklin; two daughters, Shirley Ann Mashburn (Bill), and Patsy Marie Clinton (Barry); four grandchildren, Angela, Ben, Sarah, and Emily; three great grandsons, Luke, Sawyer, and Paul and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his two squirrel dogs, Trixie and Julie Ann. Bobby Joe was a long time member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

Bobbie Joe worked all his life but his two favorite jobs were his first, working in Tom Rickman's apple orchard (Mr. Rickman was the best employer he ever had) and his last as an "Older American" for the Nantahala Ranger District. He was rarely found inside and in his words saw "a lot of God's creation" by getting out into it and walking, hunting, or just sitting on the porch.

Funeral services will be held at 2: PM, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Bryant Grant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Jim Kinard officiating. Burial will be in Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Land, Eddie Simonds, Bill Hughes, Jimmy Clements, and Ronnie Clark.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Angel Medical Cancer and Infusion Center, P O Box 1209, Franklin NC 28744. Also, please become a blood donor through the American Red Cross.

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Mattie Pearl McCall Johnson

Franklin, NC - Mattie Pearl McCall Johnson, 89, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Andrew "Andy" and Cynthia Moses McCall. She was married to D. L. Johnson, who preceded in her in death. Mrs. Johnson loved to draw; she loved flowers; watching birds, and listening to the radio. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Ernst and husband Erwin of Macclenny, FL and Wanda Dillard of Franklin; two sons, Douglas Michael Johnson and wife Frances of Algood, TN and Jimmie Johnson and wife Patty of Franklin; five grandchildren, Deborah Childers Dean, Kevin Michael Dillard, Billy Johnson, James Randall Childers and Misty Dianne Johnson Day and three great grandchildren, Amber Rebecca Combs, Andrea Lynne Johnson and Christian Childers and three great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jewell Johnson; a granddaughter, Tava Ann Johnson; a sister, Polly Sutton and two brothers, Cornell McCall and Lenis McCall.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Benny Bagwell officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Dean, James Randall Childers, Casey Day, Erwin Ernst, Kevin Dillard and Chris Nemecek. The family will receive friends Sunday, from 2:00 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Sharon Lee Ming

Franklin, NC - Sharon Lee Ming, 64, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in West Palm, FL, she was a daughter of Dorothy Raulerson Ming of Franklin and the late Robert Ming.
She was a retired cosmetologist and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her mother, Sharon is survived by a daughter, Pepper Shellane Stewart of GA; a son, Dustin Clay Stewart of FL; a sister, Dee Vito of Shelby, NC; a brother, Larry S. Ming of Jamestown, TN; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Joan Dickinson Levinson

Highlands, NC - Joan Dickinson Levinson of Highlands, N.C. died Monday Sept. 14 at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. She was born in Terre Haute, IN. Preceded in death by her husband, Frank K. Levinson, Jr. and by her daughter, Jeanne L. Sheaffer.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Barbara and Bruce Werder, three grandchildren, Randolph William Werder, Orlando,FL, Stephanie Sheaffer, Las Vegas, NV and Steven Sheaffer, Denver, CO, and a great grandson, Chase R. Werder.

Joan received her Bachelor's degree from Principia College, Elsah, IL and went on to attend Mass. School of Design.She began her career as a furrier at Cherry's department store in New England. After her marriage, she moved several times before they moved to Clearwater, FL. Her husband was an avid Sailboat Racer and they bought a marina as well as started to design sails for the Snipe and Flying Dutchmen racing class. Joan went under the name of Levinson Sails and formed an all women sewing company and began making sails along with some sportswear that held up under heavy sea conditions. She became known as the only woman sail maker in the country and had many articles written about her skills.Levinson Sails won numerous national championships and soon they shipped sails all over the world.After her husband's death, she expanded her sportswear business under the name of Sail Loft Sport Fashions. Her patterns and designs translated into a showing in catalogs which included, Lands End, Eddie Bauer, Norm Thompson, Ships Wheel Fawcett Boat Works and The Sporting Life as well as exporting to Japan and Europe. She ran the marina with her two daughters as well.She was voted one of the Best Dressed Women in Clearwater and was a volunteer for 6 years with Clearwater Jazz Holiday.She was a member of the Belleair Rotary Club in FL as well as Highlands Rotary for over 26 years.After moving to Highlands, she opened an antique shop, Three Wishes in Cashiers, and she and her daughter owned and operated the 1891 Stewart House in Highlands. She was a member of the Christian Science Church. She belonged to the Bascom, Art League, and was Treasurer of the Mountain Garden Club of which she was a member for 17 years. In her life time she traveled to 24 differentcountries, but Highlands was her special place and she loved being in the mountains.Memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Grace Setser Harrison

Franklin, NC - Grace Setser Harrison, of the Franklin area, passed away Sunday the 21st of September at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Born April 16, 1932, Grace was a life long resident of Franklin, North Carolina. She met her husband, Wayne Harrison, at an early age and became childhood sweet hearts for years before they were married in October, 1950. Grace retired from the Macon County School System where she served as a school secretary for 27 years. During her time there, Grace touched the lives of countless children offering hugs when they felt alone, a smile when they were feeling sad, a hot lunch if they were hungry, or a prayer if they needed guidance. In so many ways, Grace served as mom when mom couldn't be there.

School children weren't the only ones who benefited from Grace's loving and nurturing personality. Grace was known to open her heart and home to friends and strangers from near and far on a regular basis. Whether it was to offer a delicious home cooked meal, a cozy warm bed, or a bit of laughter where there might have otherwise been none, Grace's home was a small piece of heaven in Wayah Valley. Her gifts of service and hospitality will be missed by many.

When she wasn't helping those at home, she could be found traveling throughout the country. When Grace was younger, she and her late husband Wayne Harrison, would spend weeks exploring the fifty states, as well as other countries. Right up until the end, Grace enjoyed traveling both alone and with friends.

Grace was a renaissance woman, of sorts. Her interests and areas of expertise were broad. She loved art, music, food, and travel. During her travels she loved to strike up conversations with locals, often resulting in friends from all over the world with whom she kept in contact.

Grace is survived by her children, Mac and Cindy Harrison, Betsi Harrison, and Janet Harrison and Steven Crispin; her grandchildren Michelle Tallent, Tara and Mike Parrish, Paige Harrison and Jason Harrison, Wayne Harrison and Sarah Huebler, Margo and Steve Pledge, Ben and Jordan Holt, Apryl and Chris Koch, Jared Ogle, and Savannah Ogle; great grandchildren Aaron, Dawson, Zane, Keriston, Kaylee, Will, McKenzie, Emma, Addison, Hannah Grace, Karra and Evey. Grace is also survived by three sisters, one brother and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday September 26, 2014. The family will begin receiving family and friends from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The Celebration Service will be at 3:00pm at Memorial United Methodist Church in Franklin, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to Cure Childhood Cancer at www.curechildhoodcancer.org.

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Judy Ann Bryant

Franklin - Judy Ann Bryant of Franklin, passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014. She was the daughter of Betty Rowland of Franklin and the late George Rowland. Judy was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother; she loved the beach and camping.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one daughter, Sacha Branum and husband Brad of Highlands; three sons, Clay Bryant and wife Falon, Elmon "Trey" Bryant and wife Patti, and Bryan Bryant and wife Kimberly all of Franklin; five sisters; two brothers; 17 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Jay Bryant, and one grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Cecelia "Ce Ce" Ann Harrison

Franklin, NC - Cecelia "Ce Ce" Ann Harrison, age 65, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at a local hospital. She was born in San Diego, CA, the daughter of the late Gerard "Jeep" and Kay Standridge Harrison. She was a house keeper and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two sons, Alex Boss and Jason Trowbridge, and one sister, Bobbie Weigmann of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Three granddaughters also survive.

Services will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Care Net of Macon Co., 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Dan Alfred Peterson

Cashiers, NC - Dan Alfred Peterson, age 84, of Cashiers, NC, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He was born in Holton County, Kansas, the son of the late Dan and Lois Johnson Peterson. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was an Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War. He had worked as Vice President for Lockheed Martin. He loved to fly fish and he served with many Charity Organizations.

He is survived b his wife, Virginia Wallace Peterson, a daughter, Jill Borrego and her husband Joe of New Mexico and two sons, Dan Randy Peterson and his wife Christi of Colorado and Scott Peterson of Florida; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Ruby Belvia Holland

Franklin, NC
Ruby Belvia Holland, 93, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014. A native of Macon County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Mary Hutchins Ramey. She was married to Furman Daniel Holland who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Holland was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved going to yard sales, making quilts, canning and making clown dolls and pouty face dolls. She was of the Assemblies of God faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Wilma Holland of Franklin; a son, Raymond Holland of Franklin; six grandchildren, Teresa Dills, Kurtis Holland, Stacey Holland, Dewayne Holland, Celina Lamb and Brandon Holland and five great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by a son, Steve Holland; three sisters, Evie Guffey, Kittie Guffey and Nannie Brown, and a brother, R. L. Ramey.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alvin Holland, Bryant Holland, Lyman Holland, Keith Dills, Kurtis Holland and Dewayne Holland. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:00 3:00 pm, two hours prior to the service, at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial donations to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help with expenses.

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Emma Lee Cope

Topton, NC - Emma Lee Cope, age 77, of Topton, NC, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of Louella Rowland Evans of Nantahala, NC and the late Albert Evans. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a member of Aquone Baptist Church. She had worked for Lee Company as a sewing machine operator.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of 60 years, R. L. Cope, a son, David Scott Cope and his wife Barbara of Nantahala, NC, a sister, Carolyn Dunn of Chattanooga, TN, two brothers, Clifford Evans of Nantahala, NC and Kim Evans of Marble, NC; three grandchildren also survive.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Dawn Cope, a son, Ronnie Lee Cope, a sister, Linda Shields and a brother, Henry Evans.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 19th at 5:00 pm at White Oak Flats Baptist Church, with Rev. S. J. Waters and Rev. Darren Self officiating. Burial will be in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Members of Nantahala Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 till 5:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

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Tami Sue Wilkes Robbins

Franklin, NC - Tami Sue Wilkes Robbins, 53, of Franklin, passed away September 16, 2014. Born in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Herman Wilkes and Ruth Tallent Wilkes of Franklin. She was a loving wife, and loved the Atlanta Braves. She was a member of East Franklin Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wilkes is survived by her husband of 26 years, Charles Edwards Robbins; two brothers, Terry Wilkes and his wife Lynda of Columbia, SC and Allan Wilkes and his wife Elaine of Franklin, NC. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ellis and Randy Wilkes.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Wilkes and Rev. Dale Cannon officiating. Burial will be in Wilkes Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Claire Janice Eismont Miers

Franklin, NC - Claire Janice Eismont Miers, age 89, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, September 15, 2014. She was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio, the daughter of the late Nicholas M. and Addie Kunkel Eismont. She was married 60 years to Stanley Miers who died in 2006. She was a legal secretary for US Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.

She is survived by a daughter, Rev. Patricia A. Young of Glendale, AZ; a son, Kenneth Miers of Kalispell, MT; five grandchildren, Anthony, Nancy, John, Wayne and Stephen. Seven great-grandchildren also survive.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Patricia A. Young officiating. Burial will be held at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

A reception and visiting of friends will be held after the service at the Church.
Memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 205 Ridgecrest Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Miles Gilbert Thompson, Jr.

Highlands, NC - Miles Gilbert Thompson, Jr., 92, of Highlands passed away, Monday, September 15, 2014. Born in Washington Co., PA, he was the son of the late Miles Gilbert and Leah Schekler Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Rafter Thompson. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII. Mr. Thompson owned Thompson Buick; was a Rotarian, Mason and Shriner; a former County Commissioner and Boy Scout Leader. In addition, he was former chairman of Sacred Heart Hospital Lay Advisory Board, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, MD where he was a deacon.

He is survived by a daughter, Dinah Searles of Cumberland, MD; two sons, Jeff Thompson and wife Janet of Highlands, NC and Douglas Thompson and wife Juliett of Denver, CO; a brother, Dick Thompson of Redman, WA; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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David Lee O’Brien

Franklin, NC - David Lee O'Brien, age 39, of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014. He was born in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Joseph Paul O'Brien, Jr. and Linda Lou Cooper of Franklin, NC. He was a carpenter, he loved music and electronics. He was good at drawing, and was a loving son and brother, he was always there when anyone needed him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step mother, Ella Mae O'Brien, two sisters, Stefanie Marie Brostrom and her husband John of Franklin, NC and Deborah Marie O'Brien of Jacksonville, FL, brothers, Joseph Nelson Jordan of Franklin, NC and Gary Gibson of Franklin, NC ; nieces and nephews, Sebastian, John Joseph and Ivy Marie.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, September 18th at 3:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church, 143 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734, with Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiating.

At the request of the family in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to help with funeral expenses.

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Zeb Vance Guffie, Sr.

Franklin, NC - Zeb Vance Guffie, Sr., 103, went Home Sunday, September 14 2014. Born in Macon County, December 13, 1910, he was the son of Ed Napoleon and Lily Buchanan Guffey.Zeb was pre deceased by his parents; his wife, Edna Angel Guffie; five brothers, Fred, Norman, John, Edgar, and James; seven sisters, Hattie, Lola, Annie, Nannie, Fannie, Irene and Pauline; son in law, Glenn Farmer; grandson, David Bryan Farmer, and great granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hall.

He is survived by two sons, Zeb Guffie, Jr. and wife Laura Belle of Franklin, Jim Guffie and wife Beverly of Montgomery City, MO, and one daughter, Virginia (Jean) Farmer of Franklin. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Russo of Secaucus, NJ, and two sisters in law, Dorothy (Dot) Guffey of Franklin and Peggy Angel of Rock Hill, SC. Many, many nieces and nephews also survive.
Zeb was Senior Deacon at Longview Baptist Church; served as church treasurer for many years, and held other positions as well. He had a varied life, working in lumber; serving in the CCC camps, and was employed many years by Reeves Hardware, Franklin. Zeb and Edna owned and operated Franklin Seed Store from 1958 until 1971. In the sixties he built greenhouses, growing and selling plants, all locally. They both officially retired in 1985, but continued selling daylilies from the fields; produce and berries from their garden, and woodwork from his small shop and silk flower arrangements.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Rick Farmer, Joel Farmer, Justin Farmer, James Guffie, Jerry Guffie, Jimmy Hall and Nathan Brown. Rev. Tom Nahlen and family members will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will be at Zeb's home on Jim Mann Road.

Memorials may be made to Longview Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 93 Jones Ridge Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Claudette Jones

Franklin, NC - Claudette Jones, age 74, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014. She was born in Fall River, MA, the daughter of the late Leo Joseph Chasse and Hildergard Gagne` Chasse. She was married to Mac Jones who passed away in 1991. She was a housewife and bondswoman; a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a sister, Pauline Reagan and her husband Ronald of Sacramento, CA; two brothers, Connie Chasse and his wife Mary Ann of Orlando, FL and Roger Chasse of Fall River, MA; four grandchildren, Leslie Jones, Jerry Lee Jones, Jr., Zachary Jones and Mackenzie Jones, and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Ronnie Jones and Jerry Jones.

Graveside services will be held Monday, September 15th at 2:00 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Father Tein Duong officiating.

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Rosemary Gertrude Morgan

Seneca, SC - Rosemary Gertrude Morgan, age 98 of Seneca, SC, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014. She was born in Wayne County, Michigan, the daughter of the late Reginald Gerber and Rhoda Holt Gerber. She was married to Eldon Leland Morgan who passed away in 2010. She had worked as a bank teller.

She is survived by a son, Dennis Mayberry and his wife Anne of Seneca, SC; two grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by three sisters.

No services are planned at this time.

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Diane Ramsey Forsyth

Rye NH - Diane Ramsey Forsyth, 58, of Rye, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born February 20, 1956 in Franklin, NC, a daughter of Margaret (Setser) Ramsey of Franklin, NC and the late Albert L. Ramsey, Jr. Diane graduated from Franklin, NC High School with the Class of 1974 and Western Carolina University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1978. She worked as a registered nurse at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for 25 years.

Diane made her home in Rye the past 26 years where as a master gardener she enjoyed designing and planting her flower gardens. She also enjoyed skiing hiking and the outdoors. She was presently serving on the Southeast Land Trust Board of Directors. She shared 27 years of marriage with her husband, Mark K. Forsyth.

In addition to her husband and mother, family members include her son, Wesley R. Forsyth of Boston, Mass., her daughter, Emily L. Forsyth and husband Christopher of Towson, MD, her sister, Rebecca Estes and husband Thomas, two brothers, Ralph Ramsey, Joseph Ramsey and wife Theresa, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation with family will be held from 4-7PM., Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Forsyth home, 68 Washington Road, Rye, NH. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye, NH followed by a reception at the home of Robert and Eileen Eberhart, 70 Sea Road, Rye Beach, NH. The family requests that flowers please be omitted. If desired, donations may be made to Dr. David Ryan Pancreatic Cancer Research, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Development Office, c/o Andy Kitaff, 165 Cambridge Street, STE 600, Boston, MA 02114. Assistance with the arrangements was by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton.

A second celebration of life service, for Diane and her father, Albert, will be held Saturday, September 13 at 2:00PM at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

A memorial slide show is located at: Diane Ramsey Forsyth Memorial (Click pn the movie link)

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Albert Lyle Ramsey, Jr.

Franklin, N.C. – Albert Lyle Ramsey, Jr., 91 of Iotla Church Road, Franklin, NC died Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Elizabeth House, Hendersonville, NC.

Born June 5, 1923 in Franklin, NC, he was the son of the late Albert Lyle, Sr. and Margaret Higdon Ramsey. He graduated from Franklin High School, North Carolina State College (now NCSU) class of l943 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in l946. Albert served in the U. S. Army until his retirement in l950. He served as Assistant Agricultural Extension Agent in Yancey and Haywood Counties and as Agricultural Extension Farm Agent in Graham County. In l957, Albert returned to the family farm in Iotla Valley, where he and his family operated a dairy farm and commercial tomato farm. He was one of the founders of the Commercial Vegetable Cooperative in Macon County. Albert also served on the Macon County Planning Board and on the District Soil and Water Conservation Committee and was an active member of the Iotla Community Development Organization. He will always be remembered for his great love for the land! Albert was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Franklin, where he served on the administrative Board and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years: Margaret Setser Ramsey; four children, Rebecca Ramsey Estes (Tom) of Charlotte, NC; Diane Ramsey Forsyth (Mark) of Rye, NH; Joseph Ramsey (Theresa) of Franklin, NC and Ralph Ramsey of Salt Lake City, UT and a brother, Clayton Higdon Ramsey of Franklin, NC Also surviving are six grandchildren; Kaila Ramsey (Matthew) & Matthew Ramsey (Brittany); Emily Forsyth (Chris) & Wesley Forsyth and Anastasia & Andrei Ramsey and one great-granddaughter, Lilly Ramsey.

A Celebration of life service, for Albert and his daughter Diane, will be held Saturday, September 13 at 2:00PM at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. David Ryan Pancreatic Cancer Research, Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, Development Office, C/O Andy Kitaff, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

A memorial slide show is located at: Albert Ramsey Memorial (Click pn the movie link)

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James "Jim" Frank Young

Franklin, NC - James "Jim" Frank Young, age 80, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. He was a life long resident of Macon County, the son of the late Leslie J. and Ruby Henry Young. He was US Navy Veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service for 25 years. Jim was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and he loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda Evitt Young; a son, Randy Rogers and his wife Lori of Franklin, NC; two daughters, Vicki Peek and her husband Wesley of Franklin, NC and Kaye Cabe of Otto, NC; a brother, Jerry Young and his wife Betty of Franklin, NC; grandsons, Mark Peek, Michael Peek and Jeremy Cabe; great grandsons, Parker Cabe, Brennan Cabe and Elias Peek. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Darrell Young.

Funeral services will held Tuesday, September 9 at 2:00 PM at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Neil Moore officiating. Mark Peek, Michael Peek, Jeremy Cabe, Carl Mincey, Morlan Bowman, Jack Henry and Gerald Woods will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 9 from 1:00 2:00 PM, one hour prior to service, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Wanda Bolick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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JoAnn Gibson Shope

Rabun Gap GA - JoAnn Gibson Shope, 73, of The Rabun GAP Community passed away Friday September 05, 2014 in Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She was the widow of Kent Shope. She was born November 28, 1940 in Franklin N.C., the daughter of the late Pink and Gladys Smith Gibson. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Kent Shope, and a brother John Gibson. She was a member of Blue Heights Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Ricky Shope, and Jerry Shope wife Rhonda of Rabun Gap Ga.; two sisters Linda Holland and husband Tony of Black Mountain N.C., and Ruth Fountain of Mountain City Ga.; four Granddaughters, two Grandsons, six Great Grandchildrn and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services will be held at Eleven o’clock Monday September 8, 2014 at Blue Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Gabe Southards officiating. Burial will follow in the Wrights Cemetery Otto N.C.

The family will receive friends Sunday September 7, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Beck Funeral Home.

Flowers accepted and appreciated or memorial donations to the Blue Heights Baptist Church at P.O. Box 575 Mountain City, GA 30562

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Nathalie Georgia Sato

Highlands, NC - Nathalie Georgia Sato, of Highlands, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at age 90. Born on December 12, 1923, in Ithaca, New York, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Raymond and Lolita Healey Georgia. Her father was one of the founders of Black Mountain College, a progressive liberal arts school with an international reputation for avant garde art, architecture, literature, music, and dance that thrived from 1933 until 1957. At the time of her birth he was teaching chemistry at his alma mater, Cornell University, where his wife was an instructor in accounting. Nathalie lived in Highlands in 1931 32 when her father bought the Flat Mountain one room schoolhouse and converted it to a summer home for ten years before the U.S. entered the Second World War. The summer home was used again after the war until her father died in the early 1960s.

Ms. Sato received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell University with a major in constitutional law for regional and city planning. She graduated in 1952 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a doctorate in political science, specializing in intergovernmental relations in metropolitan planning. Beginning her career as chief urban planner for the Chicago area transportation studies, she was serving as planning analyst for Pennsylvania's Office of State Planning and Development in Harrisburg when she retired in 1983. She returned to Highlands, having bought her father's Flat Mountain School site, after his second wife died in the mid 1970s, where she built her home and spent the last thirty years of her life gardening, hiking, and weaving on the loom her father had built at Black Mountain College. In 1991 she was recognized for her voluntary contributions to the U.S. Forest Service. Ever since her cycling excursions in Europe, she has been an avid outdoorsman, living and walking in the forests and closely observing the wonders of nature. She expressed her lifelong love of Highlands' history by serving as docent at the Highlands Historical Museum and helping to catalog the archives of the Highlands Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by a brother Dan Georgia and son Bruce Sato.

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Reba Sue Hastings Worley

Franklin, NC - Reba Sue Hastings Worley, age 64, of Franklin, NC, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Mason Hastings. She is survived by her husband of six years, Mark Anthony "Tony" Worley. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to fish, cook, and help others in need. She was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church and she enjoyed listening to gospel music.

In addition to her husband Tony, she is survived by two sons, Tommy Fountain of Clayton, and Steve Fountain and his wife Amanda of Sylva; four sisters, Dale McConnell and husband Lee of Franklin, Cathy Tippett and husband Bryan of Otto, Alice Bradley and husband Mike of Otto, and Marilyn Hastings of Franklin; two brothers, Harvey Hastings of Franklin and Sam Hastings and wife Debra of Franklin; five grandchildren, Keela, Ashley, McKenzie, Aleigh and Kayleigh Fountain and one great granddaughter on the way, Waylyn Sue Fountain.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Danny Cannon and Rev. David Hastings officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Bradley, Daniel Dills, Kevin McConnell, Chris Burns, Samuel Crane, Jeff Crane, Wayne Wilburn and Johnny Wilburn.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Ila Elizabeth Scott Wooten

Franklin, NC - Ila Elizabeth Scott Wooten, 77, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Nanny Brendle Scott. She was married to Fred Wooten who preceded her in death in 2012.

Mrs. Wooten was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who liked flower gardening and knitting. She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Shelia James and husband Clayton of Seneca, SC; two grandchildren, Shane Golden and Jack Beaty and two great grandchildren, McKinnley Golden and Julie Beaty. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Freda Beaty; a sister, Magalene Kenney, and five brothers, Melvin, Frank, R. L., H. B., and Adam Scott.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jeremy Garrett officiating. Burial will be in Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Scott, Ricky Scott, Ronnie Scott and Tony Scott. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:00 1:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1999 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Col. Fredrick "Bo" Setser

Franklin - Ret. Lt. Col. Fredrick "Bo" Setser, age 83 of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, August 22, 2014. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Andrew Bryan and Estelle Justice Setser. He was preceded in death by his first wife Jimmie Ruth Whitman Setser who passed away in 2012. He was a US Army Veteran having served in the Korean War and Vietnam. He was stationed in Korea, Japan, Germany, the Dominic Republic and Vietnam twice. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1975 and then retired from home building. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post #108 and the VFW Post #7339, a member of the Military Officers, the Disabled Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska.

He is survived by his second wife Debbie Carpenter; three daughters, Dierdre Greer Carroll and husband, Fred of Newnan, GA, Fredricka J. Setser of Lawrenceville, GA, Kennetha A. McConnell and her husband, Bob of Woodstock, GA.; one granddaughter, Brianna McConnell; three sisters, Pat Wilson and her husband, Josh of Belton, SC, Nan Bulgin and husband, Randolph of Franklin, Carolyn McCall and husband, Bob of Franklin, NC; two sisters in law, Joyce Setser of Franklin, NC and Geneva Setser of Murphy, NC. In addition to his parents and his first wife he is preceded in death by one sister Lucille Setser Allen, three brothers, Andy Setser, John L. Setser and James Pete Setser.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral home with Rev. Susan German officiating. Burial will in the St. Johns Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Tallent, Fred Carroll, Bob McConnell and James Mullins.

The family will receive friends Monday, August 25, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Johns Cemetery, 524 St. Johns Church Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Clara Ann Remaly

Franklin - Clara Ann Remaly, age 88 of Franklin, NC passed away August 18, 2014. She was born in Hampshire, MA. The daughter of the late Arnold Batty and Minnie Dean Batty. She was preceded in death by her first husband Kervyn Adams who passed away in 1968 and also by her second husband William W. Remaly who passed away in 2003. She loved crafting, her pets and she was a life time member of The Arts Gallery.

She is survived by one daughter Susan Courtright of Hawley, PA; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers memorials may the made to The Arts Council of Macon County, 33 E Main St, #1, Franklin, NC 28734

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John Henry Johnson

Franklin, NC - John Henry Johnson, age 63, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was born in Delta County, Michigan, the son of the late William and Pearl Johnson. He had worked at Caterpillar and attended Riverside Fellowship Church. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, he loved deer hunting and camping.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Anita Winkleman Johnson, a daughter, Jennifer Dawley and her husband Joe of Watertown, SD; five sisters, two brothers and two grandchildren, Raven and Phoenix.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Riverside Fellowship Church, c/o Judy Stanfield, 928 Nickijack Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Trula Rae Cabe

Franklin - Trula Rae Cabe, age 76, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Born in Macon Co., she was the daughter of Alma Moss Bolick of Franklin and the late John D. Bolick. She was retired from CR Industries and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She liked sewing, flowers and doing crafts.

She is survived by her daughters, Lana R. Fulcher and her husband Roy of Franklin, NC and Kimberly Hall and her husband Robert Hall, Jr. of Franklin, NC; grandchildren, Miranda Vaughn, Nathaniel Cabe, Tyler Bateman, Erica Bateman and Kalena Bateman.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Lucille Brendle Wolfe

Lucille Brendle Wolfe, 86, widow of Hosie C. Wolfe, died August 18, 2014 at Magnolia Place. A native of Franklin, North Carolina, daughter of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Evelyn Parker Brendle, she was a devoted member of Liberty United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Ben Kluge of Landrum; a daughter-in-law, Karen Flowers of Greer; a brother, Doug Brendle of Taylors; five sisters, Maxine Hester, Delores Thomas, Linda Emory and Sonja Brannon all of Greenville and Marvel Curtis of Franklin, North Carolina; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wolfe was predeceased by her first husband, James Thomas Flowers, her son, Ronald Flowers and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday at Liberty United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Dan Mason.
Visitation will be held 1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday at the church.

The family is at the home of her daughter, Tammy Kluge, 133 Stringer Road, Landrum, SC 29356.

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com

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Ada Florence Lenoir Leatherwood

Franklin, NC - Ada Florence Lenoir Leatherwood, 93, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Corine Huckaby Lenoir. She was married to Jess "Chunk" Leatherwood who preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Leatherwood was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church. She loved to garden and fish.

She is survived by three daughters, Margaret Burch of Seneca, SC, Faye Leatherwood of Franklin and Hilda Cowart of Monroe, LA; one son, Eddie Leatherwood of Franklin; six sisters, Virginia Ramey, Nell Harrison, Mary Louse Wallace, Marie Holland, Jodie Sellers and Shirley Waldroop; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and four, great great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband Mrs. Leatherwood was preceded in death by two sons, Jessie and Gene Leatherwood, and five brothers, J. B., Leon, Bill, John Wiley and Bennie Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Pastor Brian Pitts officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Sellers, Steve Sellers, Mike Lenoir, Jerry Wayne Lenoir, Larry Wallace, Greg Waldrop, Keith Lewis, Larry Rasche and James Leatherwood, Jr.

The family will receive friends Friday from 2:00 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Ellis Henry Wilkes

Franklin, NC - Ellis Henry Wilkes, age 67, of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of Ruth Tallent Wilkes and the late Henry Herman Wilkes. He was married to Dorothy Green Wilkes, who died in 2011. He was owner of Wilkes Paint and Body Shop. He was a loving father, enjoyed working on old cars, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Olive Hill Gospel Chapel.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Wesley Ray Wilkes and his wife Vickie and Mitchell Ellis Wilkes and his wife Nina all of Franklin, NC; a sister, Tammy Robbins of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Terry Wilkes of South Carolina and Allen Wilkes of Franklin, NC.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 20th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Barry Bowman and Rev. Terry Wilkes officiating. Burial will be in Wilkes Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny McLean, Tony Ellis, John Price, Donald Messer, Justin Messer, and Ben Messer. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm Wednesday, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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James Ralph Ballentine

Cashiers - James Ralph Ballentine, of Cashiers, NC formerly of Anderson, SC passed away Friday, August 15, 2014. Born in Shelby, NC, he was the son of the late James R. and Mabel Wakefield Ballentine. He retired with 30 years of service with Ralston-Purina Company. He was a 1952 graduate of Clemson University, and he was a Veteran of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an avid motorcycle rider, Ham radio operator, and loved to hunt. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands where he served as a former Elder. Mr. Ballentine was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra Dickson Ballentine; son, Stephen A. Ballentine and his wife, Evelyn of Wake Forest, NC; four grandchildren, Allie, Lauren, Joshua and J.J. Ballentine. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Stokley and Jackie Stribling.

Memorial services will be held Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands with Rev. Curtis Fussell and Rev. Emily Welmarth officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 or to the Charity of one’s choice.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Dennis Downs

Franklin, NC - Dennis Downs, 66, a lifelong resident of Franklin, died Wednesday, August 13, after a brief illness. He was a son of Ray Downs and Oma Wooten Downs.

He is survived by one son, Dennis Barry Downs of Franklin; his loving companion, Rita Crawford and her children, Misty, Brian and Scott and their spouses and nine grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Alexander of Houston, TX; three brothers, Johnny, Lowell and Edward Downs all of Franklin and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Downs.

Dennis retired from Nantahala Power after 30 years, but was a farmer at heart. He was a quiet, gifted man who could do everything well and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

According to his wishes, a private service will be held at a later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Ahmad Saadat

Highlands, NC - Ahmad Saadat, 86, of Highlands, NC passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Born in Tehran, Iran, he was the son of the late Asghar Saadat and Khadijen Yeganlou. He was married to Yeganeh Doknt Amiryeganeh for 55 years. He was a geological mining engineer.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Saadat is survived by two sons, Ali Saadat of Highlands and Mo Saadat of Houston, TX; three brothers, Mahmoud Saadat, Masouel Saadat and Mohannad Saadat, and one grandchild, Auran. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Esther T. Whiteside

Cashiers, NC - On the afternoon of August 6th, Esther T. Whiteside passed away, surrounded by family, at Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA., after complications from a fall. She had also been bravely fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma for many years, always remaining optimistic, cheerful and comforted by her faith.

She was born in Bradenton, FL, 1932 on Christmas Day and lived in Cashiers, NC previous to Chambrel in Roswell, GA.
Esther attended Hampton Dubose Academy and graduated from Manatee High School in 1950. In Cashiers she had worked for High Hampton Inn and then Wachovia Bank, from which she retired in 1994. She was known for her warm smile and friendly spirit. Esther enjoyed crocheting and quilting especially for others. She was a member of the Cashiers Quilters and participated in making "Quilts of Valor" for wounded soldiers.

She is survived by her husband of sixty years, William A. Whiteside, son Norman Franklin Whiteside of Charlotte, daughter Susan Whiteside Williams of Roswell and two grandchildren, William Greyson Whiteside (Roswell) and William Norman Whiteside (Charlotte). She was sister to Zoa Green, (deceased) Rollin Thompson, (deceased) Howard Thompson, and Anita Thornton, (deceased).

Viewing will be at Christ Church in Cashiers, Friday August 15th, 6 -8pm with funeral service on Saturday August 16th, 2pm. Burial will be at Upper Zachary Cemetery. The family will receive friends at High Hampton Inn after burial.
In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations supporting Cashiers Quilters, "Quilts of Valor" c/o Lois Williams, PO Box 10, Glenville NC, 28736.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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C. T. Burnette

Cullowhee, NC - C. T. Burnette, age 82, of Yellow Mountain and The Brian Center in Brevard, NC passed away Saturday, August 9th. He was born December 1, 1931 in Oak Grove, Macon County to Wade and Estelle Houston Burnette.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Juanita. He is survived by his son, Tom Burnette and wife Nancy of Glenville, NC; grandson, Jeff Burnette and wife Sarah of Grovetown, GA; granddaughter, Kristy Burnette of Wilmington, NC and five great grandchildren, Jeffery Thomas, Bradley, Christopher, William and Elizabeth; two brothers, James Burnette of Hendersonville, NC, Hal Burnette of Cashiers, NC; a sister, Judy Rogers of Franklin, NC and several nieces and nephews.

C. T. was a master builder. He started his building career in Washington, DC and then moved to St. Petersburg, FL where his family lived for 19 years. He then worked in the Highlands Cashiers area until he retired in 1994. He loved being outside, gardening, playing various musical instruments and tinkering around in his shop. He was a member of Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends, but will remain in our precious memories.

C. T.'s memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 13th at Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church at 2:00 pm. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Stewart Cemetery.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Ralph Eugene Baldwin

Franklin, NC - Ralph Eugene Baldwin, age 86, of Otto, NC, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014. Mr. Baldwin was born on June 2, 1928 to the late Wilbur Eugene and Geneva Parrish Baldwin. He was a farmer, butcher and sold produce in Macon County for many years. He was a Veteran of the US Army.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Eugene Baldwin, an infant brother Bruce, brother Gus Baldwin and a sister, Ruby Baldwin Cansler. He is survived by daughters, Mary Jean Dreml and husband Hans of Franklin, NC and Margaret Elizabeth Anderson of Lake Charles, LA; six grandchildren, Daniel Baldwin, Natacha, Heidi, Patty, Kristin and Gene; and ten great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Lolita Baldwin West and Nora Jean Baldwin Kinsland and her husband Bo and a brother in law, Bill Cansler, along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Baldwin was blessed to have had as his caretaker, Leo Gomez Garcia and family. Also special thanks to Gary Cook and Leah McCall.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 14th at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Kinsland, Mark West, Larry Shope, Greg Kinsland, Dan Cansler, and Leo Gomez Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be Pritchard "Fuzz" Chastain, David Cabe, and Bobby Conley. The family will receive friends from 10:00 till 11:00 am, Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to help with funeral expenses or to a Charity of One's Choice.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Jack "Jackpot" Penniston Philpot

Highlands, NC - Jack "Jackpot" Penniston Philpot, age 74, of Highlands, NC passed away Saturday, August 09, 2014 at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. Born in Carol Co., GA he was a CEO for a Medical Lab and drove a school bus in Highlands for several years. He was a 2009 Duke Energy Volunteer of The Year. He volunteered at school, Chamber of Commerce and at Health Tracks at Highlands Cashiers Hospital. He was a very active member of Highlands United Methodist Church where he served in several positions and was a Veteran of the US Navy.

He is survived by two brothers. He was preceded in death by a son, J. P. Philpot.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 14, at 4:00PM at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy, Rev. Carrilea Potter and Rev. Zack Christy officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands United Methodist Children/ Youth Fund, PO Box 1959, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Josephine Greenwood Burgess

Franklin, NC - Josephine Greenwood Burgess, age 94, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, August 09, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Nannie Bronson Greenwood. She was married to Charles Burgess, Jr. who passed away in 1953. She was the founder of Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ where she was a member, served as the Administrator, Church Mother and Licensed Missionary Minister. She wrote poems and gospel songs and loved baking. Mrs. Burgess worked at East Franklin School as custodian for several years and worked at the US Forest Service Senior Citizen program.

She is survived by her daughter Ann Hall and her husband, Charles of Franklin, NC. Three grandchildren, Charlene Hall, Chris Hall and Christine Hall; ten great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren also survive.Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Isabelle Scruggs, Odella McClean, and Letha Hayes; three brothers, Elwood Greenwood, Jesse Greenwood and Frank Greenwood; two grandchildren, Pat Burgess and Charles Hall, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 14 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Elder John Gary, Superintendent CW Johnson and Superintendent Samuel Payne. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Kevin Burgess, Greg Hall, Michael Chavis, Willis Chavis, Alex Hall and Matthew Waldroop will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 13 from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Madgie Illene Webb Donaldson

Franklin & Cleveland, GA - Mrs. Madgie Illene Webb Donaldson, age 70 of Cleveland, GA formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 . Madgie was born in Franklin, NC on July 2, 1944 to the late Cresley Webb and Ruby McCall . She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith . She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include her husband , Boyd Donaldson of Cleveland, GA; sons, Billy Joe Donaldson and Bobby Joe Donaldson both of Cleveland; daughters, Mary Jo Arrant of Franklin, NC., Brenda Newberry , Linda Bates and Bertha Pardue all of Cleveland; brothers, Bobby Webb of Westminister, SC and William Webb of Cleveland ; sisters, Magdalene Webb and Pearl Alexander both of Westminister, SC . Twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00pm, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Grizzard officiating. Burial will be held at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. Ben Newberry, Ben Newberry, Jr, Robert Arrant, Josh Fitch Carl Wilson and Tyler Pardue will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 13 from 2:00 3:00 PM at Bryant Grant Funeral Home .Condolences my be sent to the family of Mrs. Donaldson by visiting www.alexander funeral.com or www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home will be in charge of local arrangements.Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland in charge of arrangements (706)865 1500


 

Steven Willis Vinson

Otto, NC - Steven Willis Vinson, age 85, of Otto, NC passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 at a local nursing home. Born in Sheridan Co., WY, he was the son of the late James A. and Ethel Runyion Vinson. He was first married to the Blanche Ramey Vinson who passed away in 1996 and second to Maxine Teaque Vinson who passed away in 2006. He was a member of Tessentee Church of God. He liked racing and was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Aleta Baker and her husband Raymond of Otto, NC; sons, Allen Vinson and his wife Sandy and Archie Vinson all of Clayton, GA and Avery Vinson and his wife Karen of Liberty, KY; brothers, Atlas Vinson of Jasper, GA and Phillip Vinson of Canton, OH. Eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Alvin Vinson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 PM at House of Hope (Tessentee) Church of God with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev Greg Bartram officiating. Burial will be in the Lower Tessentee Church of God Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday evening August 11 from 6:00 8:00pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to service.

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George L Blaine

Otto, NC - George L Blaine, 86, of Otto, NC and Norcross, Ga. passed away Friday, August 8, 2014. He was born in Patton Valley, in Macon County, June 1, 1928. He was the 2nd son and the 2nd of five siblings born to Arthur and Elizabeth Ann Hodgins Blaine. After graduating from FHS, George went to Seattle, Washington and worked until he joined the US Air Force. He served during the Korean Conflict. After competing his time in the Air Force, George came home and entered WCU (formally Western Carolina Teacher’s College) and graduated with a business degree. He make his home in Norcross, Ga. where he worked for Lawrence Systems as an auditor for 30+ years. He enjoyed traveling over the country, being exposed to all kinds of businesses and swapping stories with people. After retirement, he continued to do some contracting work for Colateral Control Corporation ( formally Lawrence Systems) in the same capacity.

George is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Zeb Mehaffey, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his older brother, Arthur, Jr. and sisters, Carol Lee Seay and Sue Palmer.George was a generous and loyal individual. He was ready to help without fanfare and without expecting anything in return to anyone in need. He took good care of his aging parents and was always the “go-to guy “for his sisters when they needed help, encouragement, or wise counsel. Friends also appreciated his carpentry, electrical, motor, lawn and garden and entertainment skills and his willingness to go the extra mile.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm one hour prior to the service in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Rush Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post # 7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Ledford, Luke Ledford, Levi Ledford, Noah Ledford, Mike Seay and Jack Palmer.In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Sarah Jo Grice

Franklin, NC 0 Sarah Jo Grice, 89, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014. Born in Wood County, TX, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Beulah Hicks Thompson. She was married to Roy Macdoo Grice who preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Grice is survived by one daughter, Linda K. Parker and husband Scollay C. of Placerville, CA and one son, Roy Melvin Grice and wife Kathy of Maine; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Keith Douglas Lakey

Demorest GA - Funeral services for Keith Douglas Lakey, age 62, of Demorest will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the Hillside Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow the service in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery in Franklin, North Carolina. The family will receive friends at the the funeral home on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Mr. Lakey died Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Born in Clayton on May 11, 1952, Mr. Lackey was the son of the late C. D. and Norva Tabor Lakey. He was a truck driver with PFG - Milton Foods. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lakey is preceded in death by brother Donald Lakey. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son and daughter in law Neal and Gina Lakey of Mt. Airy, his ex-wife Gladys Norris Lakey of Demorest, brother and sister in law Gary and Jeannette Lakey of Franklin, NC, sister in law Dianne of Franklin, NC, and grandchildren Madison, Hunter, and Westin Lakey.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillsidememorialchapel.com

Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256.

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Verona Blanche Ackerman

Franklin & Goodletsville, TN - Verona Blanche Ackerman, 90, of Goodlettsville, TN formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at a Hospice Center in Madison, TN. Born in North Platte, NE, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Hildred McClelland Lawson. She was married to Edgar Ackerman who passed away in 2002. She was a bookkeeper for Exem House Moving.

She is survived by her son, Mike Denton of Goodletsville, TN; grandchildren, Sean and Eric Denton , Brittaney Jones and Todd Burgett; great grandchildren, Sammy, Josie, Daisy and Jack Denton, Haley Campbell, Brandon Burgett; great great grandchildren, Hayden and Kiana Burgett.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 09, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Rush Cemetery with Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Charles Lee Nelson

Hayesville, NC - Charles Lee Nelson, age 58, of Hayesville, NC passed away Friday, August 01, 2014 at his residence. Born in Towns County, he was a life long resident of Clay County, and was the son of the late James Richard and Hubbie Jean Lee Nelson.

He is survived by two sons who are residents of Georgia; his sister, Darlene Nelson Lowe; his brother, Jimmy Nelson and his wife Connie; nieces and nephews, Jonathan Nelson and his wife Misty, Chanda Wadsworth and her husband, Zach, Daphne Davis and her husband, Tim and Darren Lowe and his wife Bethany.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ledfords Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Ashe, 285 W. J. Cabe Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Helen Renee Webb

Franklin, NC - Helen Renee Webb, 56, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014. Born in Fulton County, GA, she was the daughter of James Edgar and Martha Stanish Brooks. She liked to paint and do crafts. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her companion, Norman Webb; three sons, Johnny Chambers and his wife Mathia of Cornelia, GA, Dewayne Chambers of Clarkesville, GA and Michael Chambers and wife Karry of Toccoa, GA; two brothers, Martin Stanish of MN, and Curtis Brooks of Otto, NC; four grandchildren, Tabytha Shiley and husband Steven, Tasha Chambers, Timothy Carter and Amber Stocker.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will be held at Highlands Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 2:00PM, one hour prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Helen's name to help with funeral expenses to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James McPherson Anderson

Franklin, NC - James McPherson Anderson, 90, of Otto, NC passed away Friday, July 25, 2014. Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, he was the son of the late Robert and Minnie Osbourne Anderson. He was married first to Gloria Anita Johnson Anderson who died in 1999 and later to Marie Fleta Goodson Anderson who died in 2014.

He was employed in the building supply industry, owning A & J Supply Company and Kendall Roofing Company and was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved boating and fishing on Biscayne Bay. He was a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church where he was active in Men on a Mission.
Mr. Anderson is survived by daughter, Cathy Honerkamp of Otto, NC; daughter-in-law, Elia Anderson; step-daughter, Linda Sue Hopkins of Virgie, KY; step-son, Jeffery Huggins of Ft. Myers, FL; sister, Dorothy Lamb of British Columbia; brother, Robert Anderson of British Columbia; two grandchildren, Kelly Maisa and Michael Honerkamp and four great-grandchildren, Michelle Maisa, Ayden Maisa, Andrew Honerkamp and Neal Honerkamp. He was preceded in death by a son, Colin Anderson, who died in 2001.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Hickory Knoll United Methodist with Pastor Paul Sears officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon County Program for Progress, Back to School Angels, PO Box 700, Franklin, NC 28744 or CareNet Backpack Program, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Heather Elaine Foss

Franklin, NC - Heather Elaine Foss, 31, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. Born in Duval County, FL, she was the daughter of Gary and April Foss.

In addition to her parents, Heather is survived by five sisters, Kimberly, Dawn, Jennifer, Amy and Janine; three nieces, Hailey, Alyssa, and Payton, and one nephew, Jordan all of Franklin, NC.

She was loved by all who were blessed by knowing her, and she will be deeply missed.

To honor and celebrate her life, the family will be receiving all who loved her at their home on Scott Mickler Road in Franklin on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help pay for final expenses.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Hope Grant Franklin

Andrews, NC - Hope Grant Franklin, 88, of Andrews passed away Saturday, July 26. 2014 in Andrews.

She was born October 4, 1925 in Macon County, the daughter of the late Amos and Flossie Mason Grant. She was first married to the late Edison Garey and second to the late James Franklin. She was a homemaker and a member of Valleytown Baptist Church. She was a former Sunday school teacher at Briartown Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by foster daughters, Lavancha Lambeth and Libby Bullock, four sisters, Cora Morgan, Evelyn Morgan, Paralee Douthit and Margie Robbins, four brothers, Buren Grant, Gene Grant, Clint Grant, and Noel Grant and a foster grandson, Kevin Lee Cope.

Hope is survived by two foster daughters, Cassie Barfield of Thomasville, NC and Lawanda Black of Andrews, NC; two sisters, Muriel Denny of Andrews and Della Campbell of Robbinsville; one brother, Jack Grant of Newton, NC. Eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. The family will recieve friends 1 hr prior to the service.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 29, at 2:00 PM at Briartown Baptist Church with Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be held at Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Bonnie Beryl Kirkland

Franklin, NC - Bonnie Beryl Kirkland, age 98, of Franklin, NC passed from this earthly plane Friday, July 25, 2014 at a local nursing home. Heaven has gained an amazing angel. She was born in Swain County, the daughter of the late Edwin Lequire and Fannie Owenby Lequire. She was married to Thaniel "Dan" Norman Kirkland. She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grand mother, great-grand mother and great-great-grand mother. She loved gardening, flowers, birds and cooking for her family. She made beautiful quilts for her family..

She is survived by one daughter Brenda Winkle and husband Bill of Otto, NC; four sons Don Kirkland and Wife Elizabeth of Franklin, NC, Ted Kirkland and wife Vivian of Franklin, NC, Ray Kirkland and wife Ruby of Franklin, NC and Ron Kirkland and wife Judy of Franklin, NC, 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Monday, July 28 in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Luada Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Kirkland, Bradley Kirkland, Mark Kirkland, Mitchell Kirkland, Chad Kirkland, David Kirkland and Keith Crosby.

The family will receive friends Sunday, July 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Leah Christine Boring

Franklin, NC - Leah Christine Boring, 90, peacefully passed on July 24, 2014 at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, NC. A native of Miami, Florida she was born January 31, 1924 to the late Theodore Clay Clemons and Mamie Leila Pinholster Clemons. While in Jr. High School, she met Charles Harold Boring, whom she later married in 1945. They moved to Bryson City, NC in 1950, where they operated Boring Grocery for five years. They moved to Franklin, NC in 1955 where Christine worked as a secretary for the Town of Franklin for twenty years, the last few of those years serving as the Town Clerk. Upon retirement with the Town, she worked as an administrative assistant for Southwestern Community College until her retirement in 1985.

Christine was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Franklin for over sixty years and sang in the chancel choir for fifty years. She was also a member of the Naomi Sunday school class and was a former deacon. A volunteer for CareNet of Franklin and many other church related functions, her compassion for others will truly be missed. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty nine years, Charles H. Boring.

Christine is survived by her children Teddy Boring and wife Linda of Marietta, GA; Becky Harris and husband Bruce of Florence, SC; and Cindy Mashburn and husband Andy of Sylva, NC. Also five grandchildren; Chuck and Spencer Boring, Leah Mashburn, Cary Edgar and Kaplan Harris; sister, Kathleen Marcinowski of Ashburnham, MA and five great grandchildren.

Visitation services will be held Saturday, July 26th at First Baptist Church in Franklin, NC from 1:00 2:00 PM with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jim Dusek and Rev. Jack Jarrett officiating; followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of this humble and compassionate woman, donations can be made to First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Robert Eugene Dale

Franklin, NC - Robert Eugene Dale, age 71, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at a local hospital. Born in Paylo, IN, he was the son of the late Canine Issac and Adaline Jetta Shawhan Dale. He was married to Shirley Irene Toler Dale who passed away in 2006. He was in the recycle business.

He is survived by his children, Bobby Dale of California, Debbie Schaffier (Brent), Brent Allen Dale, Tina Dale Chandler (Dana Jr,) Bradley Eugene Dale (Debbie), Trina Darlene Dale Emery (Kory Sr.), Traci Dale Powell (Grady Jr.); one sister Gloria Dale Mann (Steve).; two brothers Paul Dale (Linda) and Loy Dale (Karen); grandchildren, Kory Jr., Ashley, Kayla, Brittany, Robert, Grady III and Alexander.; one great grandchild, Kylee Rae Hinton.

No services are planned at this time.

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June Ellen Perkins McCall

Franklin, NC - June Ellen Perkins McCall, age 66, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born in Union Lake, MI, the daughter of the late Leon Perkins and Victoria Markam Perkins. She was married to Gerald McCall for 46 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Winchester, OH and was a manager at Dollar General Store. She liked to fish and she was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband, Gerald, she is survived by two daughters, Tabatha Goodman of Franklin, NC and Judy Sneed and husband Mike of Charleston, WV; one step daughter, Tammy Hadley and husband Mark of Tampa, FL; one son, Scott Perkins of Punta Gorda, FL; one step son, Tommy Berghswinger of Sterling Heights, MI; two sisters, Sharon Elliott of West Branch, MI and Judy Debore of Flint MI; one brother, Edgar Perkins of Pontiac, MI; four grandchildren, Robert Goodman, Amanda Simmons, Heather Sneed and Jasmyn Westover; one great grandchild, Tyler Simmons; two step grandchildren, Paige and Taylor Hadley, and one step great grandchild, Adain Hadley.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 22 in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Radford Penland and Rev. Matt Morris officiating. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Raymond Holland, Ted Jackson, Bruce Holland, Lyman Holland, Randy Davis and Ken Rueckert will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Monday, July 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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Steven Jarrett Tillery

Highlands / Marietta GA - Steven Jarrett Tillery, "Steve", aged 80, from Highlands, North Carolina, formerly of Marietta, Georgia, died July 16, 2014 in Highlands. Steve was born on May 4, 1938 in Phenix City, Alabama to Agnes and Bernard Tillery. He was one of eight children. After losing his father at the age of 8, Steve was lucky enough to have gotten a great stepfather, Maurice Conway, who brought the family to Marietta in 1951. A graduate of Marietta High School, Steve attended The Woodrow Wilson College of Law and he worked at Lockheed Martin for 42 years. He was a member of Marietta First Baptist Church since 1953. He married Eleanor Ann Fowler in 1957 and together they have three children, Todd, Kevin and Julie Tillery. His favorite pastimes included debating politics, traveling and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Steve was always known as a kind-hearted man, a supportive husband, a generous father, and a great friend.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Tillery; his son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Tiffany Tillery, his son Kevin Tillery, his daughter Julie Tillery; his grandchildren and their spouses, Jonathan and April Tillery, Justin and Jen Tillery, Michelle Tillery, Melissa Tillery, Kara Tillery, Islay Sanderson, Liam Tillery; his great-grandchildren Logan, Aiden, Emma, Lucas, Devon, Landon, Steven, Colin and Sophie; his siblings Billy Tillery, Don Tillery, Judy Bartel and Joanne Tillery, his brother and sister-in-law Lee and Suzanne Fowler and his sister-in-law Kay Elliott; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Bernard Tillery, Jackie Latimer and Mike Conway.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:30 am in the chapel of Marietta First Baptist Church, 148 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia. Memorial services will follow at 1:00 pm in the chapel, with graveside services at Mountain View Park Cemetery, 410 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, Georgia. Chuck Smith will be officiating. Pallbearers are Todd Tillery, Kevin Tillery, Jonathan Tillery, Justin Tillery, Liam Tillery and Lee Fowler. For information, please call Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home at 770-428-1511. Flowers may be sent to Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Many thanks to Four Seasons Hospice in Highlands, North Carolina.

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Brenda Scott Monteith

Franklin, NC - Brenda Scott Monteith, 66, of Franklin passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late R. L. and Lois Hyatt Scott. She was married to James Horace Monteith, who preceded her in death on September 20, 2004.

Mrs. Monteith was employed by CR Industries for 25 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who liked horses and liked to draw; she was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Brandy Cobb of Franklin; a sister, Rhonda Sue Monteith and husband Keith of Sylva, and one grandchild, Brannon Parrish. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Jamie Bradford Monteith.

Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Austin McConnell, Jody Spradlin, Melvin Spradlin, David Parrish, Johnny Monteith and Jesse Stiwinter.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Clara Agnes Slagle Hazard

Franklin, NC - Clara Agnes Slagle Hazard passed away on July 8, 2014. She was born April 4, 1924 in Macon County, North Carolina to Reverend Theron Slagle and Jane Hampton Slagle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Forest Slagle and Earl Slagle and one sister Ruth McGaha. Mrs. Hazard was married to Wiley Jackson, Bruce Kelley and Robert Hazard, all of whom preceded her in death.

Agnes was a devout Christian, educator and community worker. She was an active member of Tellico Baptist Church. During her life she worked in many Christian endeavors. Among them were: Sunday School Youth Director, WMU and GA’s Director and church cemetery committee. For seven years, she served as the church secretary for Calvary Baptist Church, Winston Salem, North Carolina. Later, she served as a foreign missionary to Kenya where she worked as a child evangelist. She was also an author of two Christian books: Behold the Lamb and Studies in the Messianic Psalms.Mrs. Hazard loved children and worked as an educator in North Carolina, Kentucky and South Carolina. She retired as a principal from the Greenville County Schools, Greenville, South Carolina. In retirement, Mrs. Hazard was an active member of the Macon County Women’s Republican Club, where she helped in local, state and national elections.

She is survived by nieces: Helen S. Lane, Frances S. Dewitt, Barbara M. Posey and Betty M. Breedlove and nephews William (Bill) Slagle, John Slagle, Ronald Slagle and Harold McGaha. She is also survived by step- daughters: Bobbie Hazard Miller, Cheryl Clarmont, Raymond Hazard and step-son-in law Sherman Butler and brother –in-law Ronald (Alice) Hazard and sister-in-law Dorothy Nelson, as well as, many great nieces, great nephews, step- grand children and cousins.

Funeral services will held at Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Tellico Baptist Church. Dr. Richard Hughes, Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Morris Tippet will officiate. Burial will in the Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:00 -2:00 pm, at Tellico Baptist Church.

Pall Bearers will be: Danny Breedlove, James Lane, Harold McGaha, Todd McGaha, John Slagle, Ron Slagle, Bill Slagle, Jerry Smith and Eric Young.
Memorial donation can be made to Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Sherry Ammons, 36 Icenhower Dr., Franklin, North Carolina 28734.

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Clarence Leo Schroeder

Franklin, NC - Clarence Leo Schroeder, age 81, of Franklin, NC, passed away, Friday, July 4, 2014. He was born in Addison County, Illinois, the son of the late Clarence and Alma H. Schroeder. He had worked as a water technician for Orange County Water, he liked flower gardening and attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Robert Dale Brendle

Franklin, NC - Robert Dale Brendle, 74, of Franklin passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Evelyn Parker Brendle. He was retired from the Town of Franklin Sanitation Department. Dale was good hearted and loved helping others. He was a member of Watauga Baptist Church

He is survived by one daughter, Kathryn Marie Cannon and husband Russell of Cannon, GA; six sisters, Maxine Hester, Lucille Wolfe and Delores Thomas and her husband Clyde all of Greenville, SC, Marvel Curtis and her husband Verlin of Franklin, Linda Emory, and Sonja Brannon and her husband Bill all of Greenville, SC; one brother, Doug Brendle and his wife Joyce of Greenville, SC and two grandchildren, Zachary and Rose. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother J. B. Brendle, Jr. and two sisters, Evelyn Mashburn and Joan Stewart.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug Brendle, Troy Ledford, Grover Dale Brendle, Gene Mitchell, Chris Brannon, Tony Curtis and William Mashburn. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Mildred Stanfield Turpin

Franklin, NC - Mildred Stanfield Turpin, age 84, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late George and Esther Jane Gregory Stanfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Logan Earl Turpin. She was an artist even though she had lost her dominant hand; she loved feeding and watching birds. She was of the Christian faith.

Mrs. Turpin is survived by a sister, Madge McCall of Franklin, NC, and a brother, Lester (Bud) and wife Judy Stanfield of Franklin, NC. She is also survived by two nieces; two nephews and several great nieces and great nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruthalene Napier.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery with Bill Stanfield, Justin Russell, Milles Gregory, Ronnie Evans, Wayne English, and Clyde McCall serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Margaret Louise Murphy Hysell

Franklin, NC - Margaret Louise Murphy Hysell, 93, of Franklin, North Carolina passed away Friday, July 4, 2014. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Patrick and Rose Murphy, February 15, 1921. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years, Homer Hysell, and her older brother, William Murphy. A very loving mother, grandmother and friend,

Mrs. Hysell is survived by her son, Walter Hysell and daughter in law, June Hysell of Denton, North Carolina, grandchildren, Carol Elam and husband Jeremiah, Thomas Hysell, Raymond Hysell and Amy Garcia and husband Greg..

In addition to homekeeping, she worked as a bookkeeper during WWII. Margaret and Homer were married in 1946, in Muskegon, Michigan then moved to Miami, Florida later that year. They lived there until they moved to Otto, North Carolina in 1986. She enjoyed traveling, tennis, camping, hiking, boating, skiing, and was an avid reader and music enthusiast.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7:00 9:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Shirley Milford Doolin

Franklin - Shirley Milford Doolin, age 84, of Franklin passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at his residence. He was the son of the late Jim and Cleadie Gibson Doolin. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette R. Doolin. After becoming disabled he loved helping others, he was a very good golfer and had many holes in one at different courses.

He is survived by one son James Doolin and wife Tina; three daughters Cleadie Doolin of Franklin, NC., Cynthia and husband Robert Webster of Haines City Fl., and Nanette Floyd of Melbourne Fl.; six sisters Roetta Brock, Debbie Soper, Aline Payne, Anna Burnett, June Pickard, Helen Abner; one brother Terry Wayne of Hercick, KY; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife he is preceded in death by his parents James and Cleadie Doolin; step mother Arizona Doolin; four brothers Hermon Doolin, Harold Doolin, Sterling Doolin, Larry Doolin; sister Florence Hembree; and a grandson James Carl Doolin Jr.

Funeral services will be held Monday July 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Rodriguez. Burial will be at Laurel Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ernie Voland, Rick Miller, Michael Bradley, Doug Mason, Mark Smith, and Clenard Kiser.

The family will receive friends Sunday July 6, 2014 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home from 2:00-4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 139 Setser Branch Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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William "Bill" Russell Wright

Franklin, NC - William "Bill" Russell Wright, age 70, of Franklin, NC passed away July 01. 2014 at Emory University Hospital. He was born in Mercer Co., NJ, the son of the late Russell and Katherine Hansen Wright. He was a security guard for the Cullasaja Club and was a member of the Union United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary June 6th, 2014. He was a child of Our Father in Heaven.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Skinner Wright; his daughter, Samantha Wright Messer and husband, Steven; his son, William Russell "Rusty" Wright II and his wife, Rosalind; grandsons, Byron, John Ashton & Dylan; granddaughter, Alleda Kay. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janis Ann Wright Weaver.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 5 at 11:00AM at Union United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill's honor to the Macon County Humane Society, Po Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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James Clinton Smith

Franklin, NC -James Clinton Smith, 90, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Dalton E. and Myrtle Roper Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Audrey Bowman Smith.

His labor of love were his Lord, his family and his church. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. He loved music, woodworking, and playing stringed instruments. Mr. Smith was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where he was Choir Director, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Mae Smith and Brenda Smith Thorn and her husband Steve all of Franklin; two sons, James Steven Smith and his wife Vicky and Roy Everett Smith and his wife Lori all of Franklin; two sisters, Bessie Ray of Oregon and Nettie Smith of Asheville and one brother, Lon Smith of Franklin; eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Odell Smith.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Burningtown Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Drinnon, Rev. Jim Kinard and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and his son in law. Deacons of Burningtown Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home, where the body will remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

The family would like to thank Angel Hospice, Angel Medical Center, and Lincare for their care and support.

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Catherine "Marnie" Norman

Cashiers - Catherine Marshall DeShazo Norman ("Marnie") died peacefully at home on June, 12, 2014, surrounded by her family and caregivers. Marnie was born on February 6, 1931, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Flora Depass DeShazo and Jefferson Scales DeShazo. When she was still an infant, during the height of the depression, her father accepted a position as an electrical engineer with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, and the family moved to Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Marnie greatly enjoyed her years in Pennsylvania, and felt a connection with the state for the rest of her life. When Marnie was twelve years old, her father accepted a position with the Georgia Power Company, and her parents relocated Marnie and her sister Anne to Atlanta, a move which allowed them to raise their daughters in the South.

Marnie graduated from Grady High School and then attended the Women's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; in 1951 she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University with a degree in Sociology. She then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Master's Degree in Sociology in 1955.

While at Chapel Hill. Marnie fell in love with a fellow graduate student, Al Norman, who proposed in the University arboretum. Marnie and Al married in 1955, and the couple returned to Atlanta, so that Al could attend Emory Law School. Marnie worked in the field of disaster relief with the Atlanta office of the American Red Cross until the birth of their daughter Catherine. Three years later the couple's son George was born, and Marnie became a devoted and loving mother to them both.

In later years Marnie served as President of the Board of Directors of Hillside Cottages, which was then a home for troubled children. Marnie loved to travel, and she and Al made trips to Alaska and the American West, and to Europe, Africa, Canada and Mexico, all of which she greatly enjoyed. Their last great trip was to the Galapagos Islands in 2009, inspired in part by their mutual fascination with Darwin's experiences on those islands. Marnie also adored the family's vacation cabin in Cashiers, North Carolina. Marnie loved her family and her joy was greatly enhanced by the birth of her granddaughter and namesake, Catherine Marshall Simons ("Cate") in 1998.

Marnie was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where she sang in the choir as a girl. A descendant of William Bradford, she also enjoyed her membership in the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century.

Marnie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Albert George Norman, Jr., her daughter, Catherine Marshall (Norman) Simons and her husband Alan, her granddaughter Cate, and her son, Albert George Norman III. She is also survived by her sister Anne Mitchell (DeShazo) Rodig and her husband Ralph Amado, her nephew, Scott Jefferson Rodig and his wife Nancy, her niece, Meredith Rodig Amado and her husband David, and six great-nephews and great-nieces.

The family wishes to thank Marnie's magnificent caregivers, Mary Moore, Bernadette Morgan and Michelle Reese, for their devotion and care during the last years of her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marnie's name to Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30315. After a private interment at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, North Carolina, a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall after the service. Online condolences may be made at hmpattersonspringhill.com

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of localarrangements.

 

Helen Mildred LeHew King

Highlands, NC -Helen Mildred LeHew King, 108, of Highlands passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014. Born in Grundy County, MO, she was the daughter of the late James Clark and Martha Ellen Crawford LeHew. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wallace King, who died July 23, 1993.

She was a bookkeeper for several years; was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church and was a Sunday school Bible teacher for several years.

Mrs. King is survived by one niece Georgia Helen Smith, one nephew, nephew Jerry LewHew of Western Colorado. She was preceded in death by a sister Kassie LewHew and a brother Clifton LewHew.

Graveside services will be held Saturday June 28, 2014 at Highlands Memorial Park. Dr. Mark Ford will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Highlands First Baptist Church, PO Box 625, Highlands, NC 28741 or Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Brenda Cabe Carson

Bryson City - Brenda Cabe Carson, 60, of Bryson City went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Palm Bay, Florida after a brief illness.

Born May 5, 1954, her parents were the late Annie and Roy Cabe of Franklin. She was an active member of Midway Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister Carol Hodgin and brother Roy Cabe, Jr.

She leaves behind her loving husband George Carson, her children Stacy (Matt) Pegg, Brad (Gianna) Carson, her grandchildren Drew, Hannah, Emma, Rose, and Tag. Also surviving are sisters Dorothy Guest, Barbara Meadows, Rita Breedlove, Mary Fadely, Martha Truscott, Phyllis Vanhook, Judy Queen and Linda Nelson; brothers Bobby and Harry Cabe, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at Midway Baptist Church, Bryson City, NC on Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Midway Baptist Church, PO Box 2545, Bryson City, NC 28713.

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Lorene Wilson Talley

Highlands, NC - Lorene Wilson Talley, 86, of Highlands passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014. Born in Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe W. and Rebecca Smart Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Salinas Talley, who died January 26, 1993.

Mrs. Talley was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who liked reading, gardening and quilting and was the family historian.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen McCall and Pam Talley both of Highlands; a brother, David Wilson of Mills River, NC; one grandchild, Jenna Marie McCall and two great grandchildren, Addisyn Rilee Jean Bryant and Jayden Thomas Bryant. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Smith, and four brothers, Glenn, Wilburn, John and Lester Wilson.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Andy Cloer and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 2:30 pm, prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Mountain Top Relay for Life, Attn. Christy Kelly, PO Box 1442, Highlands, NC 28741 or Highlands Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Rosetta Watts Reid

Highlands, N.C. - Rosetta Watts Reid, 93, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 13, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center following a brief illness.

She was born to William and Josephine Watts on March 10, 1921 in Transylvania County, NC. She was a resident of Franklin, NC for most of her life and spent her final years near her family in Archdale, NC. She was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God in Franklin, NC. She loved her church as well as gardening and cooking for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hebert Reid on March 7, 1995. She was a sole survivor of 3 sisters and 6 brothers.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margie & Carroll Hendrix of Archdale, NC; son and daughter-in-law Walter & Ellie Reid of Hermiston, Oregon; son and daughter-in-law Glenn & Tammy Reid of North Myrtle Beach, SC; 8 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild. Rosetta was proud of her five generations and they were proud of her. She raised a strong and loving family.

A service to celebrate the life of Rosetta Watts Reid will be held at 11 am Tuesday, June 17 at Cullasaja Assembly of God with Rev. Larry Bolick and Rev. Forrest Jones officiating the service. Interment will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 16 from 6-8 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC.

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Susie Mae Holland

Franklin, NC - Susie Mae Holland, age 93, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Sterling and Lula Buchanan Deitz. She was married to William P. "Bill" Holland, who passed away in 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of East Fork Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she loved reading, quilting, and gardening.

She is survived by three sons, William Gary Holland and his wife Brenda, Randall Terry Holland, and Tony Holland all of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Ora Stamey of Canton, NC, Lois Montieth and Katie Wood both of Sylva, NC; three grandchildren, Breanna Nicole Holland, Kylah Rayne Holland and Cameron Henry; one great grandchild, Laney Rae Holland,and a special loved one, Leabee Skinner. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her grandson, William Glenn Holland, three sisters, Jane Deitz, Lillian Green and Opal Hubbard, and a brother, Coy Deitz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Deitz and Rev. Bobby Cloer officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Carpenter, Morris Green, Bill Bryson, Chris Green, Johnny Cloer, and Eric Boatwright. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences are available by visiting bryantgrantfuneralhome.com or by email.

 

Mae Dryman Potts Tucker

Franklin, NC - Mae Dryman Potts Tucker, 83, of Franklin passed away Monday, June 9, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Olen and Edna Brown Dryman. She was married to Jack Tucker who preceded her in death. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved to travel and work in her flowers. She was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Tucker is survived by two step daughters, Lisa Crowe and Leslie Tucker both of Highlands; one son, Dennis Potts of Otto and two sisters, Mary Roper and Helen Dishner both of Franklin, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Doug Potts and David Potts and two brothers, Cecil Dryman and Wayne Dryman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 11:00 am, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences are available by visiting bryantgrantfuneralhome.com or by email.

 

Jennie Sue McCall Brendle

Franklin, NC - Jennie Sue McCall Brendle of Franklin, died Friday, June 6, 2014 in a local hospital. The daughter of the late James and Flora Fitzgerald McCall, she was preceded in death by her husband Billy Joe Brendle. She was a loving mother and devoted caregiver; she loved her church and was a friend to all. She was a long term member of Dorcas Sunday School Class.

Jennie is survived by two daughters, Shirley Dills and Joyce Brendle Fox and husband Bruce all of Franklin; one sister, Karen Stinson of Franklin; a sister in law, Mildred Wallace and husband Sonny of Franklin; four brothers, Dan McCall of Chipley, FL, James McCall Jr., Charles McCall and Johnny McCall all of Franklin. She is also survived by two great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda Parris and Betty Brendle; one son James Brendle; a son in law, George Dills; one grandson, Doug Parris and two sisters, Elizabeth Huscusson and N. A. McCall.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Ronnie Branson, and Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby Bolick, Mike Cochran, James Garrett, Bruce Harwood, David Morgan, Benny Reynolds, Furman Shook, and James Greenwood. Deacons will serve as honorary pallbearers. A reception will be held following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James Paul Wooten

Clayton, GA - James Paul Wooten, 85, of Clayton, Georgia passed away at his residence Thursday, June 5, 2014. He was born in Franklin, NC and was the son of the late Charlie Washington Wooten and Ruth Jane Brown Wooten.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen Jones Wooten in 1994 and two brothers, Fred Wooten and Neville Wooten; and one sister, Sue Wooten Roper; brother-in-law, Leonard Jones; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ethel Fox Jones and James Leonard Jones;

Mr. Wooten is survived by two sons, Dennis Paul Wooten and his wife, Carolyn of Creedmoor, NC and Douglas Edward "Eddie" Wooten and his wife, Anita of Knoxville, TN; Also surviving are four grandchildren, Kristin Peebles, Matthew Wooten, Hope Wooten, and Paul Wooten; and one great-grandchild. Madison Peebles; a loving friend, Betty McKay of Franklin, NC; one brother, Bruce Wooten of Franklin, NC; and three sisters, Catherine Ray, Shirley Shuler and Agnes Tardy all of Franklin, NC; six sister-in-laws, Ruby Cabe of Franklin, NC, Annie Nell Crowe of Elizabethton, TN, Mildred Conner of Brevard, NC, Christine Swanson of Locust, NC, Evelyn Sheffield and Bessie Cogdill, both of Sylva, NC.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by Western Carolina Telephone Company and worked for Contel for over 37 years. He also served on the Clayton Housing Authority Board and was a faithful member of Clayton Church of God.

The family will receive friends at Beck Funeral Home Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 1 PM to 3 PM Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3 PM in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bryan Alexander, Rev. James Pendrey and Rev. Clark Sheffield officiating. Burial will follow in Clarkes Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, 1999 Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Memorial donations may be made to Clayton Church of God, P.O. Box 1089, Clayton, GA 30525 or to Rabun County Gideons, P.O. Box 241, Clayton, GA 30525.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.

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