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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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)

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

 

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.

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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.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Steve Bennie Holland

Franklin, NC- Steve Bennie Holland, 63, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, May 30, 2014. Born in Macon County, he is the son of Ruby Ramey Holland and the late Furman D. Holland. Steve was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved hunting, fishing and racing. He was a member of the Cullasaja Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife Debbie Ray Holland of 42 years; one daughter Celena Lamb and husband Bryon of Franklin, NC; two sons Dwayne and Brandon Holland both of Franklin, NC; one sister Wilma Holland of Franklin, NC and one brother Raymond Holland of Franklin, NC. Five grand children Samantha, Ashleigh and Emily Lamb and Coleson and Skylar Holland.

Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Bryon Lamb officiating. Burial will be in the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dean Stiwinter, Bryant Holland, Lyman Holland, Alvin Holland, Terry Holland, Wiley Henry, Bill Bowman and Ronnie Beale.

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

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Bruce Taylor, Jr.

Franklin, NC - Bruce Taylor, Jr., 74, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Born in Hillsborough County, FL, he was the son of the late Walter Bruce and Jessie Wright Taylor. He was a veteran of the US Army, and real estate broker; he owned and operated Bruce Taylor, Inc.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved photography; was an avid reader and loved being with his grandchildren. He attended University of Florida and was an avid Gator fan; was founding president of Clearwater Breakfast Sertoma Club for 49 years; achieved Boy Scouts Order of Arrow and was a scout leader for many years; was a NASCAR fan, and attended First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lynda Starr Taylor; two daughters, Denise Hagen and GiGi Charles both of Clearwater, FL; and two sons, Mark Taylor and wife Rhonda of North Augusta, SC and David Taylor and wife Stacey of Clearwater, FL, and seven grandchildren, Erik, Ryan, Noah, Grant, Danny, Jake and Dawson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt and Walter Moody officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:30 till 3:30 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

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Earle Davis Seaverns, Jr.

Hayesville, NC - Earle Davis Seaverns, Jr. age 87, of Hayesville, NC passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at a Gainesville, GA Hospital. He was born in Laconia, NH, the son of Earle Davis and Bernice Moore Seaverns. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally, and his second wife Helen Jean Ray Seaverns who passed away in March 2014. He was a US WWII Army Veteran. He was an agent for Prudential Life Insurance Company for 30 years and was a member of The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville. Earle was a Mason for 63 years, a Rotary Club Member for 64 years, where he served as a past president of the Eau Gallie Florida Club and was a Rotary Club Charter Member of The Lake Chatuge/Hiawassee Club. He was a Church organist in Melbourne, FL and Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville, NC. He was involved in all offices of church, was involved with Cursillo in the Episcopal Church, lay reader and chalicist for many years. He was in the first class of Stephen Ministers at The Good Shepherd Church. Before retiring to Hayesville in 1986, he had lived for 27 years in Indian Harbour Beach, Fl.

He is survived by three children, a daughter, Sara McInnes (George), granddaughter, Sally, great granddaughters, Kaela and Abagael; a son, Earle Davis Seaverns III(Theresa), grandchildren, Sean, Victoria and Kimberly, great grandsons, Wyatt and Avery; a daughter, Anne Brown (Tim); grandchildren, Julie and Jay. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Grant Seaverns who is survived by his son, Christopher and his granddaughter, Jordyn.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 PM at The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd with Rev. Father Bill Breedlove officiating. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts/contributions be given to The Good Shepherd organ fund, PO Box 677, Hayesville, NC 28904 , American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Clay County Unit, c/o Teressa Simmons, PO Box 46, Warne, NC 28909.

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Sheila Elaine Morgan

Topton, NC - Sheila Elaine Morgan, age 65, of Topton, NC passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Swain County, NC the daughter of the late Arnold and Mildred Medford Passmore. She was married to Charles David Morgan who passed away in 2013. She had worked at Stanley Furniture and was a member of Bethel Hill Baptist Church. She was a 1968 graduate of Nantahala High School. She loved spending time with her family and going to Church. She liked doing crossword puzzles and find a word.

She is survived by two daughters, Christy Campbell and fiancée Jason Wood of Nantahala, NC, Tina Campbell of High Point, NC; one step daughter, Tina Cox and husband Ronnie of Thomasville, NC; one son, Jamie Campbell of Robbinsville, NC; two sisters, Cynthia Campbell of Robbinsville, NC and Vivian Jacobs of Nantahala, NC; one brother, Arnold Passmore, Jr of Milledgeville, GA. Six grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 25 at Bethel Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Taylor and Rev. Darrell Dockery officiating. Burial will be held in the Church Cemetery. Bobby Gates, Jackie Passmore, Kenneth Passmore, Earlie Passmore, Jason Wood and Randy Cable will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 25 from 1:00 2:00PM, one hour prior to the service at Bethel Hill Baptist Church.

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Harold Hooks Moore, Sr.

Asheville NC - Harold Hooks Moore, Sr., 79, of Asheville, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 22, 2014, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.

A native of Smithfield, NC, Mr. Moore was a son of the late Calvin and Addie Pollard Moore. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Powell, and brother, Horace Elvin Moore.

Mr. Moore was a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he played baseball. Mr. Moore was a member of the 1955 team that won the NCAA National Championship, the only team from the ACC thus far to do so. Following graduation from Wake Forest, he played baseball professionally in the minor leagues.

Mr. Moore retired from Wachovia Bank after 44 years, but remained very active with various social and civic groups. He was a past President of the Asheville Jaycees, and was a member of Biltmore Forest Country Club, where he was an avid golfer. Mr. Moore had been a member and served as deacon at First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Dunham "Pat" Moore; son, Harold H. "Hal" Moore, Jr., and wife Sandy and their daughters, Jacquelyn and Addie; daughter, Elizabeth Moore, and her children, Leah Moore and Wesley Waldroop; daughter, Terry Moore Farias and husband Miguel and her children, Brandi Patton, Courtney Moore, Miriam Farias, and Olivia Farias; son, Patrick Moore (Daphne Griffin) and his sons, Austin and Aaron; sister, Tillie Edwards; brother, Hugh Frank Moore; sister-in-law, Derle Moore; and great-grandchildren, Aiden, Walker, and Allison Vigus. Ruck Shaw Patton, Noah Farias, Zoe Moore, and one on the way.

A memorial service for Mr. Moore will be on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian chapel. His family will receive friends following the service. - See more at: http://www.grocefuneralhome.com/obituary/Harold-Hooks-Moore/Asheville-NC/1384629#sthash.Um1yEx9n.dpuf

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Mary Frances Palmer

Franklin, NC - Mary Frances Palmer, 91, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014. Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Hobert and Annie Ledford Patterson. She was married to Bruce Palmer who died in 1990.
She was employed by The Twins Shop for 50 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to garden and loved flowers; she also enjoyed cooking and traveling.

Mrs. Palmer is survived by one son, LTC(R) Gary S. Palmer and wife Kathleen of Carrboro, NC; a daughter in law, Sandra Palmer of Loganville, GA; one brother, Wade Patterson of Roswell, GA; four grandchildren, Allison, Eric, Rebecca Jane, and Brian and one great grandchild, Roxie Jane. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by a son, LTC James Edward Palmer and a grandson, Jason.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Margaret Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Patterson, Brian Palmer, Clarence Woody, Charles Roper, Allison Hernandez, and Johnny Palmer.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from 2:00 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734 or Wounded Warrior Project, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE #M20, Atlanta, GA 30326 or Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Bryant Martindale Gilbert

Otto, NC - Bryant Martindale Gilbert, born October 8, 1929 and known as Gil to friends, died November 15, 2013. He was born and grew up on the family dairy farm in Arcadia, Utah. He graduated from Utah State with a BS Degree in agriculture. He then served two years in the Army in Korea. Upon returning from Korea, he went to work for Safeway Stores, Inc. in their Salt Lake City milk plant. He spent his career managing and building milk plants for Safeway. He retired to Macon Co., NC in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; a son, Kelly (LeNell) of Edmond, OK; a daughter, Melanie of Otto, NC, and one grandson, Cameron Vulcano; a brother, LeGrand of Arcadia, UT; a brother, Howard of Roosevelt, UT; a sister, Ruth Murphy of Bountiful, UT; a sister, Ellen Goodrich of Othello, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm at The Barn, 271 Big Creek Road, Rabun Gap, GA. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform military rites.

Special thanks to Angel Medical Center and Angel Home Health and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Home Health and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734

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James Berrien Chidsey

Highlands, NC - James Berrien Chidsey, III, 57, of Highlands, NC, passed away May 14, 2014. He was born in Rome, GA, to the late James Berrien Chidsey, Jr. and Jeannette Brown Chidsey Trott. In addition to his mother and her husband, Allen Trott, he is survived by his sons, James Berrien Chidsey, IV; Devin Bishop Chidsey; and their mother, Meredith Chidsey Cole. He is also survived by his siblings, Charles Truman Chidsey, Mary Jeannette Chidsey and Sallie Chidsey Taylor.

Berrien was an Eagle Scout and held a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Georgia. He worked as a geologist for Precision Well Logging in Houston, TX, before succumbing to multiple sclerosis. He was well cared for by the staff and volunteers of the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center; his family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, and the Georgia Bulldogs.There will be a graveside service at Myrtle Cemetery, Rome, GA, Saturday, May 24, 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in honor of Berrien be made to the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, Highlands, NC.

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Jerry Ralph Waters, Sr.

Franklin - Jerry Ralph Waters, Sr., 66, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014. He was the son of the late Ralph and Hazel Hampton Waters.

He was retired from Verizon Telephone Company; was a US Navy Veteran serving during Vietnam and was a member of Franklin VFW Post #7339, American Legion Post #108 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 994.

Mr. Waters is survived by his wife of 49 years, Syble Cowart Waters; one daughter, Tammy Welch and husband Mike of Franklin; one son, Jerry "Jed" Ralph Waters, Jr. of Franklin; two sisters, Nancy Seagle and husband Donnie and Gail Elkins and husband Dan all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Josh Welch, Jake Waters and Jessa Waters and one great grandchild, Jaxon Waters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 31st at 11:00 am at the Veterans Memorial Park, located on Highway 441 South, Georgia Road, Franklin, NC, with the Vietnam Veterans of America, Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducting military rites.

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George Clisby Clarke

Atlanta GA - George Clisby Clarke was born on October 14, 1941, the son of Joseph Ransom Clarke and Katherine Dean Lowe Clarke in Marshallville, GA. He graduated from Fort Valley High School in 1959 and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Business, and went on to graduate studies at the University of Illinois and began his career in advertising at Proctor and Gamble. Clisby worked in advertising and marketing for 37 years. He joined McCann-Erickson in 1972 and served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the last 12 years before his retirement in 1999. He was an ardent supporter of the University of Georgia Bulldogs and penned, composed and performed two well-known Georgia fight songs "Bulldog Bite" (1980) and "Let the Big Dog Eat"(1981). Clisby was the Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Business Hospitality Network Foundation. The Foundation is raising funds to benefit the Shepherd Center of Atlanta to aid wounded veterans with brain and spinal injuries.

Clisby enjoyed almost 50 years of marriage to Bunny Heyward Clarke of Macon. He is survived by Bunny, his two daughters: Katherine Clarke Buckner, her husband James and Caroline Clarke Boggs and husband Chris. Clisby has five beloved grandchildren: Lucy and Clarke Buckner and Charlie, Sammy and Kendall Boggs.

Family visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at H. M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road, N. E. Memorial Service will be held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 3180 Peachtree Road, NE, with Dr. Don Harp officiating.

A reception celebrating Clisby's life will follow the service at Capital City Country Club, Brookhaven, GA. The family suggests any memorials be sent to the Shepherd Center and the American Heart Association.

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Ellen Marie Landing

Franklin, NC - Ellen Marie Landing, 60, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2104. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lon and Rachel Ammons Cook. She was a loving mother and grandmother; she loved her dogs, bird watching and gardening. She attended Newman Chapel Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Sanders and husband Dewey of Franklin and Tina Landing of Deland, FL; one son, Matthew Landing and wife Emily of Columbia, SC; four sisters, Violet Pannell of Franklin, Jessie Sprinkle and husband Ray of Cleveland, TN, Betty Dodgins and husband Raymond of Mt. Airy, GA and Sharon Cook of Franklin; five brothers, John Cook and wife Sue of Franklin, James Cook of Westminster, SC, Eugene Cook and wife Thelma of Mountain City, TN, Richard Cook of Franklin and Otis Cook of Franklin and two grandchildren, Matthew Landing and Rhiannon Sanders.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl Cook.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Cannon officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

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Mary Ann Ray Hedden

Franklin, NC - Mary Ann Ray Hedden, 78, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, May 12, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Onie Vanhook Ray. She worked at Angel Medical Center and later at Western Sizzling Steak House for several years. She was a loving wife; loved children and her family and liked doing word search puzzles and playing bingo. She was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hedden is survived by her husband of 47 years, Wiley Hedden and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Ashe who died in 1984 and three brothers, Rufus Ray, Wilbur Ray and Don Ray.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Strain Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Tabor, Travis Hedden, Marshall Hedden, James Hedden, David Hedden, Sammy Hedden and Bobby Hunt.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Strain Cemetery, c/o Sharon Hunt, 4386 Walnut Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Ellis Dewuel Bates

Franklin, NC - Ellis Dewuel Bates, 82, of Valdosta, Georgia passed away Friday, May 9, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Boyd and Lola Watts Bates. He was a kind man, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved dancing and gardening, fishing and his work building steel forms to mold concrete for his company, Western Carolina Steel. He was a charter member of the Georgia Septic Tank association and a member of the Episcopal Church in Valdosta, Georgia.

Mr. Bates is survived by two daughters, Sharie Elliott of Valdosta, Georgia and Deborah Linke, of Pontiac, Michigan; one step daughter, Kathryn Miley of Hahira, Georgia; one son, David Bates of Allen Park, Michigan; one sister, Winnie Bates Vinson of Franklin, North Carolina; two brothers, Chuck Bates of Franklin, North Carolina, and Nelse Bates of Franklin, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Doug Bates; one sister, Joyce Bates Lewis, and two brothers, Clyde Bates, and Dennis Bates.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial will be in the Rush Cemetery with full military rites conducted by Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108. Pallbearers will be Michael Lewis, Danny Bates, Greg Bates, Tom Law, Sigurd Stenersen and Matt Elliott. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, one hour prior to the service, at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to Lanier Animals Partnership and Support. PO Box 401 Lakeland, GA 31635.

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Ruth Ellen Darden

Cashiers, NC - Ruth Ellen Darden, 78, of Cashiers died peacefully at the Highlands Cashiers Hospital on Thursday, May 8 from pancreatic cancer. She was born in Connecticut to the late Oliver Champ and Helen Robertson. Ruth moved from Miami to Cashiers in the early 1960's. Here she married Edward Boyle Darden in 1976 and they lived full time in Cashiers.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, "Bud" Darden in 2010. Ruth is survived by three cousins; Karen Bjorn of Charlottesville, VA; Great Bjorn of Glastonbury, CT; and Leonard Bjorn of Manchester, CT. She is survived by three stepchildren; Carole McKay of Savannah, GA; Ann Darden of Tampa, FL; and Edward Darden of Oak Harbor, WA. Ruth is also survived by many loving friends in her church and community.

Ruth thought of herself as a true mountain woman and embraced her life in Cashiers. She was a champion tennis player, avid reader, and talented gardener. Ruth was an active member of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Cashiers. She was passionate about her dogs, Dixie and Mercury.

Services will be held graveside Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Norton Cemetery in Cashiers. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations in honor of Ruth be made to the American Bouvier Rescue League, PO Box 689, Cheshire, MA 01225.

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Janie Nicholson

Franklin, NC - Janie Nicholson, 85, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Isabelle Parker Coward. She was married to William J. "Bill" Nicholson who preceded her in death on March 14, 2011.

Mrs. Nicholson was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and took great pride in her family. She was a member of Johns Creek Baptist Church and attended Tessentee Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Tommy Nicholson and wife Lynn of Franklin; one sister, Lila Jo Queen of Sylva; one granddaughter, Kimberly Ledford and husband Ben; two great granddaughters, Hannah and Macie and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Ashe and two brothers, Duane Coward and Leroy Coward.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Breedlove, Joe Breedlove, Bill Queen, Ricky Queen, Warren Henry and Nelse Bates. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coward Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Dillard, PO Box 313, Webster, NC 28788.

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Ray Keith Postell

Andrews, NC - Ray Keith Postell, 74, of Andrews passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014. Born in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Marvin and Grace Dockery Postell. He was a retired inspector for Chrysler Corporation, loved building houses with Donald Cross and Alan Kirby and loved all sports. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and loved being with his family. He was a member of Red Marble Baptist Church in Andrews.

Mr. Postell is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Owenby Postell; two daughters, Donna Roper of Nantahala and Patty Postell and husband David of Andrews; two sisters, Mildred Trantham of Rising Sun, MD and Helen West of Andrews; three brothers, Jerry Postell, Lonnie Postell and Otis Postell all of Andrews; five grandchildren, Travis Roper, Kristen Daniels, Nathan Postell, Justin Postell and Kayla Postell and five great grandchildren, Chelsea, Liam, Thatcher and Mason Daniels and Gracelyn Postell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son in law, Thomas Roper; sister, Cathy Postell and his infant brother.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Red Marble Baptist Church with Rev. David Postell and Rev. Mickey Stewart officiating. Burial will be held Thursday, May 8 at 11:00 AM in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews, Boyd Trantham, David West, Jason Postell, Keith Owenby, Bobby Owenby and Timmy Owenby. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 4:00 7:00 pm, three hours prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Martha Postell, 1201 Red Marble Road, Andrews, NC 28901.

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William Lee Huff

Highlands, NC - William Lee Huff, 74, of Highlands, NC passed away Friday, May 2, 2014. Born in Dade County, FL he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary Depree Huff. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean conflict; a service technician for Sears for 29 years; former president of the Winnebago Club, and was active in the Drum and Bugle Corp in Miami. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved woodworking and helping others.

Mr. Huff is survived by his wife of 36 years Virginia Seamans Huff; one daughter, Reatha Scipioni of Port St. Lucie, FL; one son, William Lee Huff, Jr. and wife Tina of Pembroke Pines, FL; one sister, Carol Rochester of Stuart, FL; five grandchildren, Anthony, Corinnie, Jordan, Tommy and Tim and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Zachary Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Jeannette Ennis Beauregard

Franklin, NC - Jeannette Ennis Beauregard, 92, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Born in Fitzgerald, GA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Lillian McKay Ennis. She was employed in the banking business. She was a member of Cedar Hills Baptist Church.

Mrs. Beauregard is survived by three sons, David Herdon Bryan of Salts Spring, FL, Kenneth Lee O'Brien of Franklin and Joseph Paul O'Brien and wife Ella of Franklin; daughter in law, Mary Jane Bryan of Jacksonville, FL; eight grandchildren, Kelly and husband Alan, Kelli and husband Cliff, Khristy, David and wife Eilene, Stefanie and husband John, Deborah, Chris and Kim, and 15 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Larry Bryan and a brother, Robert Lee Ennis, Jr.

Funeral services will be held in Jacksonville, FL with Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

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Maxine Simons Arvey

Franklin, NC - Maxine Simons Arvey, 79, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Tommy and Lottie Clark Simons. She loved her family and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Arvey is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dennis Arvey; three sisters, Pauline Freeman, Jean Dills Kusterer and Ruth Burnette all of Franklin and two brothers, Bob Simons and Earl Simons both of Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dent Simons and Clint Simons.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Simons, Ronnie Dills, Michael Contino, Jim Brown, George Lynch, Leroy Grider and Darrell Simons. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Dennis Keith Ashe

Franklin, NC- Dennis Keith Ashe, 62, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Logan Ashe and the late Ruth Ray Ashe. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed stock car racing. He was a member at Wells Grove Baptist Church. He was married to the late Ruth Mashburn Ashe who passed away on December 18, 2013.

Dennis is survived by his father, Logan Ashe of Franklin, NC; one sister, Linda Ashe of Franklin, NC; one aunt, Mary Ray Hedden; two sisters in law, Sandy Mitchell and Cheryl Brendell; two brothers in law, William and Alan Mashburn; several nieces and nephews and lots of friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Terry Dixon and Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wiggins, Perry Taylor, Junior Hunnicut, Marvin Mashburn and Gene Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Ashe, Lewis Ashe, Wiley Hedden, Ted Kirkland, H. C. Bueck, Robert Schmidt and William Mashburn.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund at 1189 Wells Grove Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Diane McKinney

Franklin, NC - Diane McKinney, 53, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born in Orange, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George B. and Dorothy Hale Chadwick. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Edward McKinney.

Diane liked to do crossword puzzles, crocheting and liked playing games and watching TV with her grandkids.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Armbruster and husband Clarence of Franklin, two sisters, Joanie Chadwick Blazer of Michigan and Linda Lema of South America; two brothers, Allan and Frank Chadwick both of New Jersey and four grandchildren, Richard Kramer, Adam Armbruster, Dominic Armbruster and Allen Armbruster.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

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Dorothy Moore Martin

Hayesville - Dorothy Moore Martin, age 86, of Hayesville, NC passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at a Sylva Hospital. She was born in Harrison County, TN. the daughter of the late Ernest and Lula Crowder Moore. She was married to Thomas Albert Martin who passed away February 02, 2006. She was a secretary for Boice Supply Company for over 40 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She graduated with honors from Hayesville High School in 1945. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, watching her hummingbirds, loved Braves baseball. She was a member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and Secretary Treasurer. She loved reading and Billy Graham. She was fondly remembered by many as "Granny Dot".

She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Martin Cloer & husband, Steve of Bryson City, NC; two sons, Ronald L. Martin & wife, Kathy of Hayesville, NC and Donald L. Martin & wife, Jodie of Hayesville, NC; two brothers, Harrell Moore & wife Gerita of Hayesville, NC and Hartsell Moore of Hayesville, NC; grandchildren, Keisha McClure, Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Kaila Day, Amanda Cloer and Ryan Martin; great-grandchildren, Blake, Taylor, and Caden McClure and Kenadee Day.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6:00 PM at Meadow Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Rogers and Rev. Brandon Arrowood officiating. Burial will be held at Meadow Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Chad McClure, Jake Day, Elliott Arrowood and Tommy Hooper.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4:00-6:00 PM at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, two hours prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadow Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Dendy, 330 Slave Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904.

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Annie Leota Norris

Franklin, NC - Annie Leota Norris, age 86, of Franklin, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late L. D. Norris and Sally Stewart Norris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Launa Dowdle and Clara Lou Moody and three brothers, Mack Norris, Fred Norris and Lem Norris. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Matt Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raymond Holland, Kenny Chastain, Roy Chastain, Michael Wiggins, Alan Ledford and Tyler Warman. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Nancy Sellers, 2826 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Beulah AnnieMae Johnson Buchanan

Franklin, NC - Beulah AnnieMae Johnson Buchanan, age 88, of Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. She was born in Jackson County, NC, the daughter of the late Luther Joel and Bertha Morgan Johnson. She was a homemaker, she loved to quilt, can, gardening and flowers. She was a loving mother, grandmother, she loved everyone and never met a stranger. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Molton Buchanan, who died in 1998 and a daughter, Carol Buchanan.

She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Shelton of Franklin, NC and Lynn Gerrish of Travelers Rest, SC; four sons, Leon Buchanan of Williamston, SC, Bruce Buchanan and Mark Buchanan both of Franklin, NC and Benny Buchanan of Oakdale, TN; a sister, Birdell Clouse and a brother, Howard Johnson of Franklin, NC; eighteen grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Fouts, Rev. Steve Reeves, and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shawn Shelton, Patrick Shelton, Joseph Buchanan, Ethan Price, Tyler Shelton, Richard Grace, Jerry Stillwell, and Matt Koelper.

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

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Dawn M. Wendling Murray

Dayton, OH - Dawn M. Wendling Murray, age 48, of Dayton, Ohio passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014. She is preceded in death by her mother, Tana G. Maxwell; grandmother, Ruby Johnson, Marjorie Brown.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald "Jerry" Murray; father, Michael A. Wendling (Linda); sister, Rachel R. Wendling; son, Michael (Shelby); daughter, Michelle; step daughter, Sara; grandchildren, Marley, Evie, (Maxwell), Desi, Craig, Bria, Ryleigh, Bryson; nephew, Joshua (Tayler, Aubree); niece, Asia and special lifelong friends, Buddy Chaffins (Angie), Missy Rasnic (Greg, Rasnic girls), Craig Ballard (Turtle).

Memorial services will be announced at a later time.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Ulmer Hamilton Parrish, Jr.

Highlands, NC - Ulmer Hamilton Parrish, Jr., 83, of Highlands, NC passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014. Born in Dade Co., FL, he was the son of the late Ulmer Hamilton and Grace Nichols Parrish. He was a graduate of Stetson University; a veteran of the US Army; a member of the American Legion and a realtor.

Mr. Parrish is survived by June Lee Parrish; three sons, Ulmer Hamilton Parrish, III, William Davidson Parrish, and Mark Grayson Parrish all of Warner Robbins, GA and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Virginia Annette Hedden

Franklin - Virginia Annette Hedden, age 89, of Franklin, passed away Friday, March 28. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Lilly Stanfield Keener. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Hedden. She loved cooking for family and church friends; she was also a pink lady at Angel Medical Center. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Harley Hedden.

Virginia is survived by two daughters, Lillie Tallent and Martha Keener and husband Grant all of Franklin; six grandchildren, Missy Sanders, Angie Pickens, Joe Tallent, Wes Keener, Brooklynn Hopper, and Perrin Keener, and nine great-grandchildren, Dustin Sanders, Cory Sanders, Luke Sanders, Jordan Pickens, Daniel Pickens, Gabe Pickens, Abby Tallent, Maddy Tallent, and Kya Keener.

Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Michael Lee officiating. The burial will take place at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Tallent, Greg Rogers, Perrin Keener, Brooklynn Hopper, Daniel Pickens, Steve Maney, and Mack Stanfield. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Mario Alfredo Flores

Franklin, NC - Mario Alfredo Flores, 56, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014. Born in El Salvadore, he was the son of Mario Flores Menbreno and Emma Zuniga Doty. He was an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

Mr. Flores is survived by his wife of 12 years, Maria Leni Navera Bautista Flores; two stepdaughters, Dorothy and Judith Bautista of Franklin, one son, Byron A. Flores of Sun Valley, CA; one stepson, Juan Carlo Bautista of Franklin; a sister-in-law; Anna Flores of California; two brothers Miguel Armando Zuniga and Rene Flores of California; two grandchildren, Byron Flores and Audrina Ines Flores and one step grandchild, Nigella Maurice Mangila, a nephew Kevin Flores and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC or American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, New York 10006

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Jean Wilde Seaverns

Hayesville, NC - Jean Wilde Seaverns, age 87, of Hayesville NC passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at a Chattanooga hospital. Jean was born in Durand, Michigan, a railroad town outside Detroit, in 1927 to Al and Helen Ray. She had one brother, Don Ray. The family moved to Royal Oak, Michigan, then she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she earned a nursing degree. After graduation, Jean moved to Ft Lauderdale, FL where she married and had two children, Carol and David. She discovered Hayesville around 1970, and first summered there but eventually made it her permanent home. She married Earle Davis Seaverns in 2001. Jean was a very happy and outgoing person. She cared for her family and others in the community, offering love, comfort and support wherever it was needed. She was a wonderful cook and loved to party, whatever the occasion, or for no particular reason at all. Jean was a member of the Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville, and was a longtime volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program, delivering meals in the community.

Jean is survived by her husband, Earle Seaverns, her daughter Carol Pate and husband Ted of Fort Worth, TX, her son David Wagener and wife Donna of Miami FL, her grandchildren Michael, Dina, and Matthew Wagener, her niece Deana Bishop and husband Thomas and their children Weston, Rhiannon, and Reghan of Marietta, GA, her nephew Alan Ray and wife Josefina and their children Cathy and Julia of Ft Lauderdale, FL. She is also survived by granddaughter Robbin Sinay, who moved to Hayesville two years ago to be near her Grandma Jean and share her love of the area.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jean’s memory to Clay County Food Pantry, 2278 Hinton Center Rd, Hayesville NC 28904.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Perry Arvel Norton

Franklin, NC - Perry Arvel Norton, 86, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Fred and Hattie Howard Norton. He was a sharpshooter for the US Army during WWII; was a prison guard at Macon County Prison; shift supervisor at Belden Electric Cord for 20 years and retired from the maintenance department at the Macon County Courthouse.

Mr. Norton was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who loved sports and Duke Basketball. He was a faithful member of Union United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Crawford Norton; two daughters, Susan Jamison and husband David of Matthews, NC and Sandra Norton and her fiancée Jim Cooper of Clover, SC, and two grandchildren, Heather Cabe and Kevin Jamison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Bertha Hopper, Pauline Norton, Gertrude Norton and Annie Long and two brothers, Jack and Paul Norton.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Union United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene, Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Aaron Duncan officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Union United Methodist Church, c/o Lana Hires, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Nicole Anne Herman

Franklin, NC - Nicole Anne Herman, age 28, of Franklin, NC, formerly of Port Richey, FL, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was born in Pinellas County, FL, the daughter of Michael J. Herman of Franklin, NC and Anne Palumbo Gonzales of Port Richey, FL. She was management trainee for Enterprise Car Rental, she liked gemstones and butterflies and touched many people’s lives.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her fiancée, Darrell Williams of Franklin, NC, her maternal grandparents, Vito and Rose Palumbo of Port Richey, FL; a sister, Danielle Watson of Tampa, FL, one aunt, two cousins, and one uncle also survives.

A memorial service will be held later in Franklin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5 at 10:00AM in the Chapel of Faupel Funeral Home in Port Richey,FL. The family will receive friends Friday April 4th from 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at Faupel Funeral Home

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Barbara Barrett Gregory

Rock Hill SC - Barbara Barrett Gregory, 71, of Rock Hill, S.C., died Friday, March 21, 2014. Born in Georgia, Mrs. Gregory was a daughter of the late Grover and Bertha Sorrells Barrett.

She is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Ronnie Gregory; two children, Kevin Michael Gregory (Heather) and Kristie C. Hawkins (Neil); four brothers; one sister; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the chapel of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rock Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Children's Attention Home in Rock Hill, S.C. Condolences can be registered online at basscares. com. Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Keene McPherson Gerber

Highlands, NC - Keene McPherson Gerber, age 64, of Highlands, NC, passed away March 13, 2014. She was the born in San Antonio, Texas the daughter of Dorothy Keene McPherson and the late John Richard McPherson. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Rex McPherson of Florida.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date in Florida.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Teddy Leon Collins

Franklin, NC - Teddy Leon Collins, March 24, 1945 March 20, 2014, born in Blairsville, GA, was the son of Thurston and Juanita Collins. Ted was a member of Higdonville Baptist Church. Ted was active in Macon County Senior Games, an avid gardener, and wood worker. Ted loved his walks in the woods.

Ted is survived by his wife of 17 years, Barbara Chapman Collins; his son, John Mark Collins and his wife Kendra Collins and a grandchild, Madison Rose Collins; son, Brian Collins; daughter, Stephanie Collins; stepson, Allen Chapman and his wife Debra Collins and grandchildren, Jamie Chapman and Ashley Chapman; stepson, Matthew Chapman and partner Cristina Martelli. Ted is also survived by his loving brothers and sisters, Louin Collins and wife Rosie Collins, Kenneth Collins and wife Nancy Collins, Aldarea King and husband David King; Noel Collins and wife Margaret Collins, Annette Satterfield and husband Charles Satterfield, Melvin Collins and wife Candice Collins and Steve Collins and wife Chris Collins.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 pm at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Blairsville, GA with Dr. Simeon Martin, Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. John Mark Collins officiating. Burial will be in Old Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. North Georgia Honor Guard will perform military graveside rites. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 22, from 5:00 7:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford

Highlands, NC - Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford, 89, of Clear Creek Road, Highlands, NC, passed away on March 18, 2014, surrounded by family at the Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, NC.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Goldmine Baptist Church in Highlands, NC with the Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating.

Ms. Alford was born to Jewel Johnson Dunkin and Mitchner Morris Dunkin on February 18, 1925 in Greenville, Texas. She graduated from high school in Denver City, Texas, in 1942 and nursing training from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1947. She married Julius (Jake) Anderson Alford on May 18, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. Jake preceded her in death in 1998. During Jake's Air Force career, they and their children moved to various military bases in Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, North Carolina and France before retiring permanently to Highlands in 1973. Ms. Alford worked as an RN at various hospitals throughout her nursing career including Highlands Hospital. For many years, Ms. Alford and her husband enjoyed hiking and volunteering with the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conference as well as traveling in the United States and Europe. Ms. Alford was an avid reader, a passion that was embraced by all of her children. She loved her little cabin on Clear Creek and enjoyed the change of the seasons, especially spring and fall when she enjoyed the many plants and trees in her yard. She had a passion for cooking and collecting cookbooks.

Ms. Alford was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Morris Mitchner Dunkin, Harold Johnson Dunkin and Larry Wayne Dunkin and a special granddaughter, Cindy McCall. Ms. Alford is survived by her six children Holly (Tom) Coffey of Winston Salem, NC, Steven (Gale Dendy) Alford of Highlands, NC, Gregory Alford of Panama City, FL, Julie Alford (John) McCall of Highlands, NC, Christopher (Mary) Alford of Greensboro, NC, Michelle (Shelli) Alford (Matthew) Williams of Sacramento, CA and former daughter in law, Becky Stanley Valle.

Surviving grandchildren include Stephanie McCall, Stephen McCall, Hannah Alford, Katherine Alford, Nicholas (Julie) Alford, Rachel Alford, Christen Williams, Elias Williams, Sam Williams and step grandson, Jamie Rhymes. She is also survived by great grandchildren Maddie Alford, Sophia Alford Corsetti, Trysten Stanley, Oryon (Big Jake) Stanley and Ayden Stanley.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 1:30 pm, prior to the service, at Goldmine Baptist Church. Burial will be held following the service at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Morris Nix, Joe Brooks, Tommy Carpenter, John Roper, Bill Reese and James McCall. Music will be provided by The Dendy Family and bagpipes by Cameron Nixon.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Gladys Walker

Franklin, NC - Gladys Walker, 106, of Asheville, NC formerly of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. She was born in Townsend, TN, on June 16,1907, the daughter of the late Andy and Alice Walker Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Walker, who died In 1945. Gladys was a homemaker and member of Wells Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Dr. Curley Walker of Concord, NC; two granddaughters, Patricia Knox and husband Jay of Concord, NC and Melissa Steiger and husband Bob of Phoenix, AZ; six great granddaughters, Hannah, Hailey, and Shae Knox and Emma, Norma, and Rebecca Steiger, and cousins Cullen and Carolyn Davis of Chattanooga, TN and J. S. and Ann Walker of Townsend, TN. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Cook, Jackie Cook, Cullen Davis, Jackie Byrd, Jerry Holden and J.S. Walker.

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

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Gracie Jean Allen

Franklin, NC - Gracie Jean (Pete) Allen, 83, of Franklin, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
She was born in Longview, TX, on March 12, 1931. She was preceded in death by her father Tommy Rain Allen; mother and step father, Annie Bell and Eugene Brown. After receiving her formal education and career training as a beautician, and tailor/seamstress, she moved to Franklin, North Carolina 11 years ago.

Gracie was a beloved member of the Franklin community and worked part time at the Macon County Senior Center for 8 years where she loved and adored the staff and clients. Through the years, she enjoyed fellowship with Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ, in Franklin.

Gracie is survived by one daughter, Patricia Macklin Washington, (Edward) of Franklin, North Carolina. She is also survived by four grandchildren, LaDonna West (Walter) Johnson City, Tennessee, Pamela Richmond (El Shon) Nashville, Tennessee, Ericka Washington, Franklin, North Carolina, Chrystal Johnson (Robert) Orlando, Florida, and eight great grandchildren, DyAngelo, Nathan, Benjamin, El Ana Grace, Olivia, Zion, Jaylin Irene, and Chamella Rose.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:30 am at Stanmore Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.

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Sarah Ethel Talley Davis

Otto, NC - Sarah Ethel Talley Davis, age 95 of Otto, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 in a local hospital. She was born in Transylvania County, August 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Marcus Leonard and Charlotte Lydia Keener Talley. Mrs. Davis was first married to Theodore Crunkleton who died in 1976 and second to Charles Holt Davis for 15 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and friend and enjoyed feeding and watching birds.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Eva Marshall of Mt. Kisco, NY, Berta Lee Durci of Mtn. Home, AK and Beatrice Ruhl of Newbern, NC; two brothers, Charles Talley of State Rd., NC and Clifford Talley of Highlands, NC; loving niece and caregiver, Sherry Reese of Franklin, NC and nineteen additional nieces and nephews; three step daughters, Mary Owens of Greenville, SC, Nan Strickland of Pell City, AL and Jackie Reinheimer of Charleston, SC.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Reese and two brothers, Gordon and Lewis Talley.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 18th at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lindsay and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

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Mr. Robert Edward Lee

Franklin - Mr. Robert Edward Lee, of Franklin, North Carolina, Age 80, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014, in a local hospital. He was the son of the late Henry Lester and Corrine White Lee Edwards. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a Mobile Home salesman by trade. Mr. Lee was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a great-great-grandfather. He enjoyed painting, going to church and going to flea markets.

Mr. Lee is survived by his wife Tonya Lee, daughter Rose Denman and husband Duane of Pollock, Louisiana, a step daughter Tasha Lynn and husband Gary of Palm Beach, Florida, two sons Robert Lee Jr. and wife Marsha of Walhalla, South Carolina, and Terry Lee and wife Catherine of Seneca, South Carolina. He is also survived by sister Christine Whittney and husband Bruce of Tallahassee, Florida, a sister Frankie-Ann McLaughlin and husband Jim of Tallahassee, Florida. . Mr. Lee is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Jerry Lee, three sisters Ruth Hudson, Mary Cavanaugh, brother Henry LesterLee.

A service will be held on Monday March 17, 2014 at Cowee Baptist Church at 12:00PM with Rev. David Powell and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Church cemetery.

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James Richard Patton, Sr.

Franklin, NC - James Richard Patton, Sr., age 75, of Marietta, GA, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Carey B. and Gertrude Cunningham Patton. He had worked as an Avionics Supervisor for Lockheed Aircraft, and was a US Navy Veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #29 in Marietta, GA.

He is survived by a son, James Richard Patton, Jr and his mother, Carol Ficks Patton of Marietta, GA; three brothers, Howard Patton of Panama City, FL, Joseph Patton of Wimberly, Texas, and Carey Patton, Jr. of Franklin, NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Novella Patton, and two brothers, Claybourne Patton and Jerry Patton.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

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John Roy Zinkand

Franklin, NC - John Roy Zinkand, 84, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, March, 11, 2014. Born in Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Bauman Zinkand. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. He was a carpenter and was a member of Franklin VFW. He will be missed by his son Eric and his entire family.

Mr. Zinkand is survived by two daughters; five sons, one sister, 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 16th at 3:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Burial will be held at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 16th from 2:00 3:00PM, one hour prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help with expenses.

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Harley Moore Stewart

Krum TX - Harley Moore Stewart, 85 of Krum, Texas passed away on March 10, 2014 in Denton, Texas.

Mr. Stewart was born on December 5, 1928 in Franklin, North Carolina to Harley and Pearl Stewart. Mr Stewart attended Franklin Public Schools and served in the US Army and married Freda Elliott Stewart who preceded him in death on March 12, 1976. Mr. Stewart married Pat Taylor in 1989 and was a member of Gateway United Baptist Church.

Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Pat Stewart of Krum; Brother, Wayne Stewart of Franklin N.C.; Sister Jessie "Tootsie" Williams of Arden, N.C. sons; Harley and wife Julie Stewart III of Barnardsville, N.C., Larry and wife Kim Stewart of Sanger, Texas and stepson, Montie Taylor and wife Valarie of Rosston, Texas. Two step daughters, Brenda and husband, Steve Buster of Krum, Texas, Pam and husband Bobby Smotherman of Prosper, Texas; six Grandchildren, Houston Stewart, Bryse Buster, Ty Ward, Morgan and Kendal Stewart, and Karre Taylor and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Gateway United Baptist Church in Denton, Texas on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm with the Reverend Buddy Owens officiating and burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery in Krum, Texas. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the church prior to the service.

The family request that memorials be sent to the charity of your choice in honor of Harley Stewart.

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Taylor Ross Green

Franklin, NC - Taylor Ross Green, 22, of Franklin passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Pitt County, NC he was the son of Richard Jan Green of Greenville, NC and Camille Barton Green of Franklin, NC. He was a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School and was employed by Drake Software as a customer support representative. He was a loving son, brother, friend and uncle. He loved music, history and meeting new people, making new friends and loved playing video games.

In addition to his parents he is survived by two sisters, Sara Green of Franklin and Lori Fadial of Tampa, FL; one brother, Marcus Mickles and wife, Melissa of Franklin; one aunt, Nancy Hinojosa of Greenville, NC and two cousins, Ashley and Rachel Hinojosa both of Greenville, NC; one nephew, Mason Mickles of Franklin; one niece, Samara Mickles of Franklin and many beloved friends.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday , March 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Chaplain Jeff Seeger officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Roy Wayne Ramsey

Franklin, NC - Roy Wayne Ramsey, who would have been 89 on April 2nd, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Clara Hyatt Ramsey. He was a US Marine veteran of World War II. He was retired from Burlington Industries, and became an avid rock hunter along with being a musician for many years. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church. He came from humble beginnings but gave to his country thru service, charitable contributions, time and love. He will be missed.

Mr. Ramsey is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irene Ramsey; one daughter, Brenda Perry Moore of Franklin; two sons, Michael Ramsey and wife Janice of Franklin and Ben Ramsey and wife Cheryl of Preston, ID; one brother, Paul Justice and wife Violet of Centralia, WA; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Larry Ramsey, a sister, Lucille Cope and two brothers, Woodrow and Mickey Justice.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites. Pallbearers will be Charles Cabe, Rick Tallent, David Morgan, Benny Reynolds, Richard Burnette and Ron Gentry. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Clark, Carol Tallent, Bill Fouts, Roy Jones, Robert Bennett, Paul Shuler, John Gallant, Jim Brown, Rob Bradley and Bruce Harwood. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 8:00 pm at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Wounded Warrior Project, 3343 Peachtree Road NE #M20, Atlanta, GA 30326 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 1942.

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Charles Fletcher Strickland

Franklin, NC - Charles Fletcher Strickland, age 76, of Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Durham County, North Carolina, the son of the late Paul and Daisy Herring Strickland. He was a real estate broker, loving father, grandfather, brother, son and uncle. He liked helping others, gardening, bird watching, and the outdoors.

He is survived by three daughters, Trisha Strickland Moslet and husband Sean of Leesville, LA, Diana Lynne Reese of Franklin, NC, and Julie Ann Callison and husband Aaron of Hamilton, MT; his twin sister, Ann Buffaloe and husband Atlas of Fuquay Varina, NC, and Alice Strickland and husband Don of Raleigh, NC; one brother, Paul Strickland of Wake Forest, NC; a niece, Melanie Rand of Apex, NC, and one granddaughter, Cheyenne Taylor Fleszar.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Macon County Animal Control Shelter, 1377 Lakeside Drive, Franklin, NC 28734; The Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or The National Audubon Society, Attn: Audubon Angel, 225 Varick St, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10014.

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Charles Edward Hallison, III

Franklin, NC - Charles Edward Hallison, III, age 62 of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014. He was born in Palm Beach County, Florida, the son of the late Charles Edward Hallison and Amelia Moore Hallison. He was a plumber, an Eagle Scout, an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking.

He is survived by a daughter, Tricia Mischler and her husband Timothy of Palm Beach Co., FL, a son, Christopher Edward Hallison of Palm Beach Co., FL; a brother, Kerry Hallison and his wife Debbie of Palm Beach Co., FL; four grandchildren, Wyatt Mischler, Madison Mischler, Destiny Hallison and Skylar Hallison; two nieces, Ragan Hallison and Erin Hallison.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.


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Ora Eugene "Gene" Matlock, Jr.

Ora Eugene "Gene" Matlock, Jr. died Friday, February 21, 2014 in Fayetteville, GA after a short illness. The son of the late O.E. Matlock, Sr. and Grace Martin Matlock, he was born in Marietta, GA and was a lifetime resident of Georgia.

A member of MENSA, he was a graduate of Sprayberry High School, Oglethorpe University, and received an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, then worked as a bond broker until his retirement.

He is survived by Leslie Gullatt, his wife of many years and her niece, Erin, and nephew Kyle and his wife Emily; brother John Jacob Matlock, II of Marietta and sister, Lily Grace M. Hudson (Thomas B.) of Gambrills, MD and Pawleys Island, SC.

Visitation will be Monday evening at Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Interment will be at Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery in Franklin, N.C. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Snow Hill Cemetery Trust, 330 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, N.C. 28734. www.mayeswarddobbins.com 770 428 1511.

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William R. "Widge" Fouts

Triangle VA - William Roland "Widge" Fouts, 93, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, and goes forth to join his beloved wife Muriel, daughter Aldora and grandson Ian.

He was born in Franklin, N.C., and resided most of his life in Triangle. A 32nd Degree Mason in the Quantico Masonic Lodge, he retired from civil service with the U.S. government. He was a kind man with strong family values and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

He leaves behind many that love him, including daughters Donna Lee Wheeler and her husband, Jim, and Barbara Ann Rountrey and her husband, Eddie; grandchildren Richard Murren and his wife, Kristy, Jason Wheeler and his wife, Sonya, and James Rountrey and the angel that took such good care of him in his last months, Sherry Poole; eight great-grandchildren, Dustin, Devin, Macy, Olivia, Mackenzie, Owen, Elsa and Louis; and two great-great-grandchildren, Davyn and Dylan.

William R. Fouts was also survived by two siblings, Doris Lynch and Merritt Fouts, both of Franklin, N.C.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. A service will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home & Crematory, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, VA 22193.

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John Robert Schiffli

Highlands, NC - John Robert Schiffli, age 80, of Highlands, NC, passed away at his residence, Saturday, February 15, 2014. He was born in Palm Beach County, Florida, the son of the late Oswald Felix Schiffli and Regina Sur Schiffli. He was past Chairman of the Board at Highlands Cashiers Hospital, and was on the Foundation Board at the hospital for many years, a past member of Highlands Rotary Club, past President of Highlands Chamber of Commerce. John was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.

His father, who was a decorated Army Doctor in World War I, and practiced medicine in Highlands, commissioned Joe Webb to build a log cabin on Webbmont in the 1920s, where the family still resides. John was raised in Clewiston, FL, and Highlands, NC. His mother taught school in Highlands for many years.

He was Captain of his High School football team and went to Duke University on a football scholarship. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and finished his college education at Georgia Tech. There he met his wife, Marlene, who was the secretary for the Dean of Students. After graduation he worked for his father in law Olen Nabors and subsequently, Yancey Brothers in Atlanta, GA. He moved his family to Highlands in 1972, where he has lived since. His career included Frank Cook Real Estate, General Manager of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, owner of the Galax Theater and John Schiffli Real Estate.
John was very instrumental in the establishment of the Highlands Cashiers Hospital and was dedicated to its growth and development for the past twenty five years. John will be remembered for his passion for the people of Highlands and his family.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene Nabors Schiffli; daughter, Anna Marie Herz and husband Patrick of Highlands, NC, and their children, Lucy Herz and Ezra Herz; son, John Robert Schiffli, Jr and his children, Olen, Bevan and Adam Schiffli of Highlands, NC; son Samuel Matthew Schiffli of Nashville, TN and his children Eli and Chandler Schiffli; brother, Richard Schiffli of Gainesville, FL. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas Schiffli.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Highlands Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Nicholas Paganello

Franklin, NC - Nicholas Paganello, 60, of Franklin passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 in an Asheville hospital. Born in Hoboken, NJ, he was the son of the late Mario and Margery McDonald Paganello. He was married to Holly Rugg.

Mr. Paganello was a devoted husband. He taught airplane and helicopter mechanics and was a private pilot. He enjoyed model airplanes, motorcycle racing and collecting guns.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Patricia Murdock and Donald of Ocala, FL.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Jimmie Sherrill Mashburn

Franklin, NC- Jimmie Sherrill Mashburn, age 78, of Franklin, passed away February 15, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Jack and Mary Louise Porter Sherrill. She was married to Richard "Dick" Mashburn who died in 2012.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She worked at Whitley for over 10 years and was a babysitter in her home for more than 20 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She loved to watch golf, read, do word searches, listen to classic country music and cook for her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Elaine Mashburn, Eva Jane Dills and husband Mike, and Sherril Bishop and husband Bobby all of Franklin; one son, Rick Mashburn of Franklin; one sister Marianne Mashburn of Dothan, AL; six grandchildren, Justin Dills, Nicholas Mashburn, Clinton Mashburn, Cody Dills, Breanna Bishop and Kaitlin Bishop, and two great grandchildren, Adrienne Mashburn and Kiley Mashburn.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Dills, Cody Dills, Nicholas Mashburn, David Seay, Mitchell Mashburn, Kenny Mashburn and Clinton Mashburn. The family will receive friends Tuesday, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Gary Holland, 65 Scroggs Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Raby Norman

Franklin, NC - Jacqueline "Jackie" Raby Norman of Ypsilanti, MI formerly of Franklin passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Donald and Bedell Parrish Raby. She loved to read, play the piano, embroidery and loved to send and receive cards. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Ms. Norman is survived by five daughters, Gloria Owenby and husband Mitchell of Franklin, Kathy Parker and husband Neal of Franklin, Elaine Vaughn and husband Clayton of Heflin, AL, Jan Cabe and husband Terry of Franklin, and Lisa Steele and husband Darryl of Ypsilanti, MI; one son, Kevin Long and wife Sandra of Linwood, NC; four sisters, Barbara Williams of Franklin, Carol Estes and husband Larry of Franklin, Linda Lacy of Ellenton, FL and Donna Setser of Candler, NC; two brothers, Al Raby and wife Jean of Franklin and Clark Raby of Pompano Beach, FL; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Little Helen Raby.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stacey Owenby, Zachary Kirkland, Chris Estes, Jamie Estes, Nick Morgan, Randall Vaughn and Patrick Cabe. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:30 3:00 pm at Oak Grove Baptist Church. The body will remain at Bryant Grant Funeral Home until placed in the church 90 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Evelyn Hughes, 190 Dean Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Anna Valo

Franklin - Anna Valo, age 92, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at a Sylva Nursing Home. She was born in Tr.Tepla, Slovakia the daughter of the late Ondrej and Alzvbeta Pitlikova Pitlik. She was married to the late Josef Valo, who was a Lutheran Minister. She worked with the Allied Forces in WWIl as a nurse.

She is survived by a daughter, Viola M. Thorne and her husband, Bruce of Franklin, NC; two grandchildren, Henrich and Sylvia. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sylvia Kubickova and Susie Kosutova.

No services are planned at this time.

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Annie Mae McDowell McConnell

Franklin - Annie Mae McDowell McConnell, age 92, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014. She was born in Rabun Gap, GA, to the late Millard and Rose McDowell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Roger McConnell; son, Wendell McConnell; brothers Paul, Dan and Carter; sisters, Mag, Frances, and Blanche; and son in law, Tommy Bateman.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. You knew she was happy when she was whistling and singing.

She is survived by three children: Wade McConnell, Jr. and wife Dola, Dee McConnell and wife Susie, and Carolyn McConnell Bateman; one sister, Kay McDowell Ledford, seven grandchildren; Karen and husband Bear, Janie and husband Eric, David and wife Missy, Vicki and husband Aaron, Jeff and wife Leah, Jenny and husband Rick; and Ethan; 12 great grandchildren and another one on the way; and 1 great great granddaughter. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Bill Faulkner and Josh Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grandsons: Bear Carpenter, Eric Hall, David McConnell, Aaron Bowman, Jeff McConnell, and Rick Campbell will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Carpenter, AJ Carpenter, Joey Hall, Tyler Bowman, Brady McConnell, Beau Bishop, Ethan McConnell, Kip Cochran and Bennie McConnell.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 13th from 12:00 2:00 pm, two hours prior to the service at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Barbara Odell, 1095 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Barbara McKee McGaha

Barbara McKee McGaha, 72, went home to be with her savior and Lord on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Barbara was born on May 22, 1941 in Erwin, NC, the daughter of John Marvin and Treasure Willoford McKee. Barbara was married July 2, 1960 in Bryson City to Carlos McGaha of Franklin, NC. She was employed with Eckerd Drug / Rite Aid for over twenty years. She was a faithful member of Willomore Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and helping in the church nursery. Barbara was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carlos; brothers, Billy, Kenneth "Graham" and Dwight McKee; sisters Joyce Smith, Patsy Ryals and Brenda McKee.

Those left to cherish Barbara's memory are her son, Jimmy R. McGaha his wife Lisa, daughter Karen M. Fields her husband Bobby, daughter Kathy M. Fields; grandchildren; Gabriel, Graeson and Abigael McGaha; Tyler, Cody and Branson Fields; Emily and Garrett Fields; great grandson Joshua McGaha; family members; Cora "McKee" and Ray O'Brien, John and Docia McGaha, Shirley Vanhook, Beatrice and Charles Jones, Bruce and Barbara McGaha, Larry and Diane McGaha, JoBeth McKee, Mike Smith also numerous nieces and nephews; along with her beloved friends and members of Willomore Baptist Church.

Jimmy, Karen and Kathy wish to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice and Beacon Place for their sincerity, compassion and care of our mother.

The family received friends on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 31 at George Brothers Funeral Home, 803 Greenhaven Drive, Greensboro, NC 27406. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 01, 2014 at George Brothers Funeral Service

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Frank Eugene "Gene" Dendy

Highlands, NC - Frank Eugene "Gene" Dendy, 78, of Highlands, NC passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Ellison and Delcie Gibson Dendy. He was self employed in the landscaping business and liked to hunt and fish. He was of the Baptist faith

Mr. Dendy is survived by one brother, Alton Dendy of Goldmine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel McClure and Josephine Houston and three brothers, Harold, Alex and Ernest Dendy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Goldmine Baptist Church with Rev. Gregg Rogers, Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Dendy, Kelley Dendy, Richard McClure, Gary McClure, Shane Dendy, Stacey Dendy and Jay Dendy. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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William S. Conway

Highlands, NC - William S. Conway was born and raised in Oswego, NY where he attended Oswego High School and the Lawrenceville School. He received a BA in Economics from Hobart College, where he met his future wife, Diana Park Harder. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society and Kappa Beta Phi, National Honorary Fraternity. Following graduation and marriage in 1951 he entered the US Army. Serving as a Company Commander with the 185th Combat Engineers during the Korean War, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

He spent most of his business career as a Certified Financial Planner in the Atlanta, Georgia area before moving to the North Carolina mountain town of Highlands.

An active Episcopalian, he served his parish as both Junior and Senior Warden. He also served the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina as member of its Executive Council and Chair of Fiscal Ministries. He received the Diocesan Distinguished Communicant award in 2004. He was a former member of the local Zoning Board and a Director of the Peggy Crosby Center of Highlands.
Bill was a golf enthusiast, a voracious reader, a fanatical historian and so enjoyed sharing his many wonderful memories with friends and family, all who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Diana Conway of Highlands, three children, William S. Conway, Jr., Pamela McInerney and John Conway all of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands with Rev. Bruce Walker officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Bell Tower Fund, PO Box 729, Highlands, NC 28741

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Benny Spurlock

Highlands, NC- Benny Spurlock, 53, of Highlands passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at his residence. Born in Macon County he was the son of the late Willie B. Spurlock and Eugenia Hall Spurlock. He was a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. He was a handyman and also a caregiver for his mother.

He is survived by three sisters Hazel Webb of Clarksville, GA, Carolyn Reynolds of Weaverville, NC and Nancy Webb of Hendersonville, NC; two brothers David Spurlock/Trantham of Tuckaseegee, NC and Clifton Kenneth Spurlock of Highlands. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Luther Eugene Spurlock.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial will be in the Greens Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clarence Webb, William Webb, Albert Webb, Mike Franks, Nick Fox and Michael Webb.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

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Evelyn Brendle Mashburn

Franklin, NC - Evelyn Brendle Mashburn, 83, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Parker Brendle. She was married to Charles "Charlie" Franklin Mashburn who died in 1969.

Mrs. Mashburn was a loving mother and grandmother and loved gardening, cooking and canning. She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church and attended East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Brendell and husband Owen of Hendersonville, NC and Sandra Mitchell and husband Gene of Franklin, NC; two sons, Allan Mashburn and William Mashburn and wife Shirley all of Franklin, NC; a son-in-law, Dennis Ashe; six sisters, Maxine Hester of Greenville, SC, Lucille Wolfe of Landrum, SC, Deloris Thomas of Greenville, SC, Marvel Curtis of Franklin, NC, Linda Emory of Greenville, NC and Sonja Brannon of Taylors, SC; two brothers, Dale Brendle of Franklin, NC and Doug Brendle of Taylors, SC; two grandchildren, Stephanie McCraw and husband Michael and Angela Mashburn and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ashe; a son, Larry Mashburn; a sister, Jo Ann Stewart and a brother, J. B. Brendle, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Matthews and Rev. Gary McDaniels officiating. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tommy Mason, Fred Campbell, Christopher Brannon, Brian Hester, Tony Curtis, Darrell Bell and Doug Brendle. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to East Franklin Baptist Church, 74 Coon Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Charles "Ted" Theodore Love

Franklin, NC - Charles "Ted" Theodore Love, 74, of Franklin passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Kathrine Love Nance.

Ted is survived by three cousins, Charles and Robert "Dink" Love both of Franklin, NC and Ruth Love of High Point, NC.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Josephine Burgess officiating.

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

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Conrad White

Glenville, NC - Conrad White of Glenville, NC died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Highlands Cashiers Hospital. Born on September 10, 1926 in Waterville, Maine, he attended local schools including Coburn Classical Institute and Colby College where he earned a Bachelor's degree in 1949.

After graduation Conrad entered the broadcast industry as Assistant Program Director and disc jockey at WNBH WFMR in New Bedford MA. During this time he helped produce television talent programs for WJAR TV in Providence, RI.
In 1954 he worked for CBS and ABC in New York City, following that with 13 years in broadcast advertising with NW Ayer Agency and several other film and tape production companies.

Prior to retiring, Conrad was Business Manager for a video news production company in Ridgewood, New Jersey where he and his family had lived since 1960. Retiring in 1990, the Whites moved to North Carolina and settled in Glenville.
He was a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War, serving on the USS Chilton, APA 38.

Conrad was active in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers as Junior Warden, Lector, Outreach Committee member, audio video operator and one of the "Over the Hill Gang".

He was a tenor member of the Western Carolina Community Chorus for 24 years. The group performed in several cities in the East as well as four tours of Europe.

He is survived by Martha, his wife of 62 years, a son Arthur (Ellen) HoHoKus, NJ , a daughter Deborah Bryant (David), a granddaughter, Jessica, and grandson Dawson all of Cashiers, NC. Also surviving are a brother Richard and sisters Roberta Ann Fogg (Richard) and Elizabeth Morse (Wayne)

A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd Cashiers on Friday, February 21 at 4 PM. Reception to follow.

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Cliff Michael Owen

Franklin, NC -Cliff Michael Owen, 62, of Franklin passed away Monday, February 3, 2014 in Charles George VA Medical Center. Born in Hendersonville, NC he was the son of Mildred Tabor Owen of Brevard, NC and the late Alfred Joseph Owen. He was a Sergeant in the US Army serving during Vietnam. He was a member of Watauga Baptist Church. He was an avid knife collector and loved camping and hunting.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kathy Sever Owen; two step sons, Andrew and Christopher Green both of Franklin; four aunts, Verna Cofer and her husband Jackie and their daughter Debbie Devore, Betty Massingale, Joan Ann Tabor and Clare Waller; one uncle, Don Tabor and his wife Millie. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Arthur and an uncle, Jack Tabor.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Strain Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Watauga Baptist Church, PO Box 2022, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Leo Alfred "Buddy" Frey, Jr.

Cashiers, NC - Leo Alfred "Buddy" Frey, Jr., died January 22 in Live Oak, Florida. He was 86. Buddy was born to the late Leo Frey, Sr. and late Naomi Watkins, March 7, 1927, in Gary, Florida. Buddy served in the Coast Guard during World War II as a demolition diver, enlisting at 17. After an honorable discharge, he promptly headed home to Tampa, FL to marry his long time love, Helen Lucille Frink.

Buddy was a gifted mechanic who joyfully repaired cars for over sixty years. During his lifetime, he owned two automotive repair shops, the first in Odessa, FL, and the second in Cashiers, NC, the mountain town where he relocated his family in 1974. Buddy also enjoyed creating custom "flivvers", vehicles he built from the ground up that were reminiscent of Model A trucks. He was a VW Beetle enthusiast, firearm collector, crack shot, and gifted storyteller. Buddy enjoyed shooting the breeze with his friends almost as much as he enjoyed spending time with his family. In 2007, he semi retired and moved with his wife to Live Oak, FL. Buddy is preceded in death by his sons Forest and Valiant Frey, and daughter Susan Moss. He is survived by his wife of 68 years and three children: Robin Frey of Live Oak, FL; Dawn Cramer of Swanton, OH; and Heather Blanton of Apex, NC. He also leaves behind many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 7 at noon at Cashiers Church of God.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Mr. Shirley J. McCall

Franklin, NC & Slocomb, AL - Mr. Shirley J. McCall of Slocomb, AL formerly of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Hartford Health Care. He was 78.

Mr. McCall was born August 22, 1935 in Franklin, NC to the late Samuel and Bessie Sorrells McCall. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed working outside. Shirley was a proud US Army Veteran who served in France and Korea and was also a Mason. He was a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Mr. McCall was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, two brothers: Eugene and Kenneth McCall preceded him in death. Survivors include three daughters: Terri Lynn Johnson (Scott) and Tammy Enfinger (Ricky), both of Slocomb AL, and Shirley Louise Chase (Andy), Walterboro, SC; two sisters: Joyce Hedrick and Faye Marlin (Ted) both of Franklin, NC; three brothers: Jerry McCall (June), Franklin, NC, Bill McCall (Louise), Jonesborough, GA and Charles McCall, Lake Orion, MI; sister in law, Nancy McCall, Trenton, FL; nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

A local visitation will be held at Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory in Slocomb, AL on Friday, January 31, from 6 until 8 p.m. (CST).

Funeral services will be held at Bryant Grant Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, NC on Monday, February 3, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Judson Hall officiating and Bryant Grant Funeral Home directing.The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, February 2, from 6 until 8 p.m

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Michael James Flynn

Franklin, NC - Michael James Flynn, 79, of Franklin, NC passed away January 9, 2014. Born in Milwaukee, WI, he was the son of the late Maurice J. and Helen Rice Flynn.

Mr. Flynn was a veteran of the US Marine Corp. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and Rutgers University. He retired from IBM as an executive trainer, and later worked at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA as Director of Facilities. He loved the outdoors and nature and enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and photography and volunteered at Angel Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of Rabun Gap First Presbyterian Church where he was a member of the choir.

Michael is survived by three daughters, Leslie Flynn of Atlanta, GA, Kathi Flynn of Alpharetta, GA and Jennifer Flynn of Cumming, GA; two sons, Mark Flynn of Dawsonville, GA and Mickey Flynn of Johns Creek, GA and three grandchildren, Jason, Shelby and Tony Flynn.

Two memorial services will be held, the first on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church, 8397 Wolffork Road, Rabun Gap, GA 30568 (706)746 2020, and the second on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Kellett Chapel, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 (404)812 6957.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Home Health and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Sierra Club, NC Chapter, 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Memories may be posted online at memories.com Michael J. Flynn.

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Anzil Sanford Bryson

Highlands, NC - Anzil Sanford Bryson, age 84, of Highlands, NC, formerly of Rock Hill, SC passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Arthur and Viola Vincent Bryson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Bryson. He was a retired machine operator for General Tire, he loved blue grass music and clogging, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by a daughter, Diane Moss and her husband John of Yellow Mountain, a son Wayne Bryson and his wife Ann of Yellow Mountain; two sisters, Wilma Reed of Highlands, NC and Doris Tallent of Gastonia, NC; two brothers, Fred Bryson of Gastonia, NC and Dennis Bryson of Rock Hill, SC; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.

A graveside service will be held Monday, January 27th at 2:00 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Keith Ashe officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Sunday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

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Brent Rogers

Franklin, NC - Brent Rogers, age 57, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of Kenneth F. Rogers of Franklin, NC and the late Cora Mae Cable Rogers. He had worked at NAPA Auto Parts for twenty five years as a parts salesman, and he liked to hunt and fish. He was preceded in death by his companion, Tammy Hancock.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two sons, Jimmy Rogers and Joel Rogers and both of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Evron Rogers and his wife Cheryl and Rick Rogers and his wife Diana all of Franklin, NC; one nephew, Eric Rogers and his wife Meagan and one great nephew, Cooper Rogers.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 pm at Pine Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating.

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Gracie Doralee Coggins

Franklin, NC - Gracie Doralee Coggins, 81, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Dixie Pendergrass Ashe and M. A. "Doc" Taylor. She was married to L. E. Coggins who died in 2003. She was employed by Peakline Furniture and Burcliff Industries.

Mrs. Coggins was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister who liked to sew and grow flowers and she liked kittens. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Wanda Stanley and husband Harold of Franklin; two sons, Samuel Dills and wife Valerie of Franklin and Robert Coggins of Saluda, SC; one step son, Charles Sever of Florida; one sister, Dollie Pattillo of Smyrna, GA, eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one step son; two step daughters; one sister and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Frantz, Jessie Frantz, Andrew Dills, Kyle Russell, Kenny Ledford and Jamie McCall. The family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 11:00 AM, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Therese Madeline Rauner

Highlands, NC - Therese Madeline Rauner, age 88, of Highlands, NC, formerly of New York, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014. She was born in New York City, NY, the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna Kelly Rauner. She had a PhD in Psychology and was an educator at West Point Children's School.

She is survived by her sister, Ann R. Wannamaker of Sapphire, NC. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Susan R. Docherty.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in New York.

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Mary Lee Mashburn

Franklin, NC - Mary Lee Mashburn, 91, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late B. Harrison and Mabel May McGaha Pannell. She was married to David Austin Mashburn, who died April 22, 2008.

Mrs. Mashburn was an inspector for Belden Electric Cord. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved taking care of her family. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Mashburn Williams and husband Jimmy of Clayton, GA and Martha Bates and husband Chuck of Franklin, NC; one son, Marvin Mashburn and wife Frankie of Franklin, NC; daughter-in-law, Mary E. Mashburn of Franklin, NC; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, James David Mashburn; a grandson, James David Mashburn, Jr.; five sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial will be in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marty Mashburn, Danny Bates, Charles Williams, Greg Moore, Vick Sanders, Melvin Mashburn and Ricky Mashburn. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid Atlantic Affiliate, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen,VA 23058 5216.

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Elizabeth Ann Adkins

Franklin, NC - Elizabeth Ann Adkins, 77, of Franklin passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 in a local hospital.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Jacksonville, FL.

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Mark Richard Cress

Franklin, NC - Mark Richard Cress, 58, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Born in Quincy, IL he was the son of Richard Cress of Port Orange, FL and the late Barbara Muegge Cress. He was an engineer for Allscripts Computer Software. He was a loving husband and father who loved reading, writing, working with computers and working with the Boy Scouts. He was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Raleigh and attended St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin.

In addition to his father, Mr. Cress is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynn Young Cress; step daughter, Jacqueline Rhew and husband, Alan of Cullowhee; son, John Patrick Cress of Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, NC; two sisters, Diane Sauls and Melissa West both of Raleigh, NC and brother, Brian Cress of Port Orange, FL.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Agnes Episcopal Church with Rev. Dorrie Pratt officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church Roof Fund, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Martha Munger Owens

Satolah - Martha Munger Owens, 73 of the Satolah Community passed away at her residence Friday, January 10, 2014. She was born March 22, 1940 in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Jesse and Lona Crane Munger.

Martha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grand mother. She loved gardening, canning and spending time with her family and was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Jayco Owens, three daughters, Mary Owens Ridgeway and husband Steve of Anderson, SC, Melissa Grace and husband Brian of Highlands, NC and Sherry Owens of Highlands, NC, five sons, James Owens of Highlands, NC, Bennie Owens and wife Frankie of Highlands, NC, Gene Owens and wife Stacy of Satolah, GA, Dennis Owens and wife Sandra of Highlands, NC and Johnny Owens and wife Marcy of Satolah, GA, four brothers, Fred Munger and wife Madge of Highlands, NC, Jim Munger and wife Peggy of Franklin, NC, Andy Munger and wife Gail of Seneca, SC and John Munger and wife Freida of Satolah, GA. 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Holly and a brother Gene Munger.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Clinton Owens officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Lowery, Ben Owens, D. J. Owens, Stephen Owens, Joey Owens and Brian Grace. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Owens, Jamie Grace, John Paul Grace, Talon Lowery, Randall McCall, Billy Ottaway and Steve Ridgeway. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 PM Monday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main St. Franklin, NC 28734 to help with expenses.

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Sally Sue Gates

Franklin, NC - Sally Sue Gates, 86, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Moffitt Wallace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Gates.

She was a telephone operator with Michigan Bell Telephone Company and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America; she liked to cook and liked canning, gardening and sewing. She also liked springtime when dogwoods are in bloom and watching birds.

Mrs. Gates is survived by one son, John Gregory, Jr. of Franklin; one sister, Alice Crisp of Arcata, CA; one brother, Charles Wallace of Franklin; special friend, Nicholas Bohm of Franklin, granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Nolen and three grandcats. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Buck Wallace, Howard Wallace and Clifford Wallace.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 9 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mike McConnell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Colonel Paul Chmar

Highlands, NC - Colonel Paul Chmar, USA (ret), of Buck Creek Road, Highlands, NC, passed away Friday, Dec 27th, 2013, after 91 very rich and productive years. He was born and raised in Baltimore and Rockville, Maryland, a son of Samuel and Fannie Parkus Chmar. He was married to the late Jan Chambers Chmar, who passed away in 2000, and is survived by three sons, Col. Mark Chmar, USAF (ret), of Ashburn, VA, W. Tod Chmar, Esq., of Atlanta, GA, and Col. Andrew Chmar, USA (ret), of Cold Spring, NY, their wives Janet Chmar, Linda Chmar, and Gayle Watkins, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Colonel Chmar first visited Highlands with his future wife Jan in 1950, whom he met while stationed at Ft. Benning, GA, where she was visiting with the family of her aunt and uncle. After retiring from the Army in 1973, they moved to Highlands where they lived for the rest of their lives. For the next 35 years, Colonel Chmar was involved in real estate in both Highlands and Cashiers. He was, along with Jan, heavily involved in community activities, and also spent countless hours fulfilling his passions for tennis and bridge.

Colonel Chmar did not plan on a long army career. Rather, while growing up and attending the University of Maryland, he was focused on becoming a medical doctor. But he was in ROTC, and the country was engaged in World War II. After graduating a year early, in 1943, he immediately entered the Army as a 2nd Lt. In summer 1944, shortly after D Day, he went into France as a platoon leader along with the rest of the 80th (Blue Ridge) Division. The next eight months were spent in almost constant battle as he led his platoon, and later company, across northern France and into Germany during which he was both wounded by enemy fire and decorated for valor. In March, 1945, six weeks before the end of the war in Europe, then Captain Chmar was severely wounded when, serving as acting battalion commander during an advance on the town of Weiskirchen, he turned a German attack into an American ambush and single handedly attacked a machine gun that opened fire on his men. Despite a bullet through his lung, he continued to lead the advance on the town and was wounded again in the knee. It was two days, during which he was kept alive by a medic while continuing to command his battalion, before reinforcements arrived and he was able to be evacuated. As a result of his heroism, Captain Chmar was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal. During his entire combat tour, he was 22 years old.

Instead of resuming his original goal of medicine, Colonel Chmar spent the next 29 years serving as an army officer. After over a year of recovering from his wounds, his assignments included Poland, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam overseas; and in the US, Ft. Benning, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Bragg, Washington, DC, and Ft. Bliss, from where he retired after 30 years service. Besides the Distinguished Service Cross, Colonel Chmar's decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and four Purple Hearts.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Jan 16th at 2:30pm at Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a 3pm reception at Chestnut Hill of Highlands, 64 Clubhouse Trail, off of Buck Creek Rd. Memorials may be made toFour Seasons Hospice 171 Hospital Dr. JWB. Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741 (http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate/), or Highlands Cashiers Land Trust, Post Office Box 1703, Highlands, NC 28741 (http://www.hicashlt.org/donate now/).

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Vincent George Vicari

Franklin, NC - Vincent George Vicari, age 76, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at a local nursing home. He was born in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Salvator Joseph Vicari, SR and Ida Maiorano Vicari. He was a US Army Veteran. He was a heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by two brothers, Victor Vicari of Goreville, IL and Salvatore (Sam) Vicari of Henderson, NV
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, PO Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28814.

No services are planned at this time.

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James Dupont “Tippy” Kirven, III

Cashiers, NC - James Dupont “Tippy” Kirven, III, age 70, of Cashiers, NC passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. Tippy was born in Goldsboro, NC, the son of the late James Dupont Kirven, Jr. and Shirley Armentrout Kirven. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to the family business to eventually serve as president of the J.A. Kirven Co. which operated Kirven’s Department Store in Columbus, GA. He later worked as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty in Highlands, NC. He was a civic leader actively involved in his communities, serving on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Better Business Bureau, the Downtown Business Association of Columbus, and the Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors. He was an avid golfer who learned the game at an early age from his father. Tippy later instilled in his three sons that same passion for the game. He loved life and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 49 years, Frances James “Frankie” Kirven; three sons, James Dupont Kirven, IV and his wife, Jan of Summerfield, NC, Stephen Scherer Kirven and his wife, Rita of Taylors, SC, and Foy Alexander Kirven of Columbus, GA; five grandchildren, Chase White and his wife, Stephanie of Raleigh, NC, Ashton Kirven of Summerfield, NC, Grace Kirven, James Kirven, and Will Kirven of Taylors, SC; three siblings, Frances Kirven Morse of Redwood City, CA, Hal Kirven and Elliott Kirven of Columbus, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, GA and Cashiers United Methodist Church in Cashiers, NC.

A memorial service will be held at Cashiers United Methodist Church at 2pm on January 7, 2014 with a reception to follow at the church. An additional service will be held in Columbus, GA at a later date.

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Ernest Sylvester Hedden

Franklin, NC - Ernest Sylvester Hedden, 89, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2014 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Washington and Rosetta Leopard Hedden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elmira Berry Hedden, who died June 2, 2008. He was a logger and was a charter member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church where he was a deacon and building trustee. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mr. Hedden is survived by his daughter, Sharon Hunt and her husband Bob of Franklin; two sons, Steve Hedden and wife Viola of Athens, AL and Sammy Hedden of Franklin; best friend and hunting buddy, Glenn Holland; caregivers, Becky Hamilton and Tammy Swafford; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, William "Billy" Hedden; a sister, Irene Coleman and eight brothers, Dilmer Lee Hedden, Elmer Hedden, Everette Hedden, Arley Willis Hedden, Warren Edison Hedden, Furman Tilliman Hedden, William Dewey Hedden and Benjamin Lewey Hedden,.

Funeral services will be held, Sunday January 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Wesley Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Strain Cemetery. Nephews and grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Strain Cemetery Fund, 4078 Walnut Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Laurel Ann Dinan

Highlands, NC - Laurel Ann Dinan, age 47, of Highlands, NC, passed away, Monday, December 30, 2013. She was born in Westchester County, New York. She was the director of Human Resources in The Aerospace Industry, and was a loving daughter, friend and supporter of the Humane Society. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading and was very family oriented.

She is survived by her mother and step father, Gail and David Harner; her father and step mother Dennis and Debra Dinan; four brothers, Andrew Harner of Sparta, NJ, Eric Dinan of St. Petersburg, FL, Adam Harner of Treasure Island, FL and Matthew Harner of Gulf Port, FL. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jason Harner.

Memorials may be made to Cashiers Highlands Humane Society, 200 Gable Street, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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Walter Ray Hensley

Franklin, NC - Walter Ray Hensley, age 59, of Rabun Gap, GA, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013. He was born in Jackson County, NC, the son of the late Gordon Clay Hensley and Evelyn Lucille Massie Hensley. He was a carpenter and a Baptist by faith, and was a US Army Veteran.

He is survived by a daughter, Tabitha Rene' Hensley Miller of Pueblo, Colorado; a son, Travis Ray Hensley of Franklin, NC; a sister, Brenda Speed of Clayton, GA; five brothers, C. L. Hensley, Steve Hensley, Ronnie Hensley and Roger Hensley all of Franklin, NC and March Hensley of Greenville, SC; four grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home. 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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Pauline Shields Houston

Franklin, NC - Pauline Shields Houston, age 96, of the Iotla community passed away at Angel Medical Center on December 30, 2013 following a period of declining health.

Pauline was born January 28, 1917 in Haywood County to Charles Anthony and Elsie Duvall Shields. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County. In 1830, the Shields family settled in Macon County and participated in its formation.
She is survived by her son, Jay Mitchell and his wife Robbin Shope Houston, and her grandson, Mitchell Shaun Houston.
Pauline is survived by her faithful brother-in-law, Ernest Childers, and special lifetime friend and cousin, Hazel McWherter as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her one sister, Annie Lois Childers, and two brothers, William Troy Shields, and Charles Anthony Shields, Jr.

After a 35 year career, Pauline retired, in 1982, from the NC State Extension Service. She was the oldest member of the Cowee Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family, and she enjoyed many dear friends.
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 4th, at the Cowee Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 2:00 pm, with the service to follow at 3:00 pm.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers and doctor for their kindness and understanding given to Pauline.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund at 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Johnnie Collins Tallent

Franklin, NC - Johnnie Collins Tallent, age 69, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late John David and Helen Margaret Shepherd Collins. She was a nurse assistant for Smoky Mountain Health Care. She was a selfless loving mother and grandmother. She liked gardening, flowers, animals and fishing

She is survived by one daughter and caregiver, Debbie Tallent Coffey of Franklin, NC and one son, Jeff Tallent and wife Anna of Franklin, NC; two sisters, Jane Stamey of Franklin, NC and Cindy Jenkins and her husband J.J. of Greer, SC; one brother, Bill Collins and his wife Bobbie of Franklin, NC; one aunt Ann Shepherd of Franklin; five grandchildren, Leanna Shirley and husband Travis, Brenna Tallent, Chloe Tallent, Brooklyn Tallent and Jeffrey Tallent. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31 at 3:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will be held at Shepherd Cemetery. Billy Collins, Tony Collins, Bob Collins, Jeremy McConnell, Bill Smith and Tyson Stager will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Monday, December 30 from 6:00 8:00PM at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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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Anthony Alan Sloope

Franklin, NC - Anthony Alan Sloope, age 54, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Dade County, FL the son of the late Charles and Naomi Marx Sloope. He was a contractor and was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and brother. He liked gardening, shooting guns with his son and working with his hands.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Joy Johnson Sloope; four daughters, Charlene Sloope, Cameron Sloope and Christian Sloope of the home and Ashley Sloope of Florida; four sons, Caleb Sloope and Colton Sloope of the home, Alan Sloope of Florida and Adam Sloope of Indiana; one sister, Dawn Sloope of Franklin, and one brother, Larry Sloope of Jacksonville, FL. One grandchild also survives.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Burningtown Baptist Church, with Rev. Randy Drinnon and Rev. Charles Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 5:00 pm, before the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southwestern Tech Early College, 44 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Mary Edna Morgan Seay

Franklin, NC - Mary Edna Morgan Seay, age 86, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Horace J. and Nellie Wilkes Morgan. She was married to Lewis Seay who passed away in 1989. She was a homemaker and had worked at Burlington Industries and Macon County Co-Op. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She enjoyed embroidery and bird watching.

Mrs. Seay is survived by three daughters, Linda Seay of Atlanta, GA, Mary Nell Higdon and her husband Jimmie and Frances Leigh Seay all of Franklin; three sons, Lewis W. "Jay" Seay, Jr., David L. "Burr" Seay and Horace B. Seay (Jinger) all of Franklin, NC; two grandchildren, Lisa Dixon and Sharon Wilcox; two great-grandchildren, Luke Dixon and Jordon Dixon; one great-great-grandson, Lucas Dixon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31 at 11:00AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial will be at Wilkes Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Luke Dixon, Jordan Dixon, Ellis Wilkes, Clinton Ledford, Tim Teague and Roger Seay, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Teague, Joe Tippett, Kenny Seay, Ronnie Childers, Charles Higdon, Lucas Dixon and Bob Kelley.

The family will receive friends Monday, December 30 from 6:00-8:00PM, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Troy Arvil Welch

Franklin, NC - Troy Arvil Welch, age 77, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at a local nursing home. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Floyd Arvil and Emma Birdell McGaha Welch. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Troy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He liked antiques, and had worked all over the world in tunnels. He was a survivor.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Myra Childers Welch; one daughter, Debra Childers Dean and her husband Jason of Franklin, NC; step daughter, Pamela Ibaugh and her husband, Bill of Franklin, NC; two step sons, Jimmy Barden and his wife Darlene of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Alan Sutton and his wife Linda of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Arbutus McCoy and Patricia Morgan and her husband, Jack all of Franklin, NC; one brother, Willard Douglas Welch and his wife Beatrice of Clayton, GA; six grandchildren, Samantha, Daylon, April, Cody, Jimmy and Paul. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Dale Welch, Charles Edward Welch and James Kenneth Welch and granddaughter, Chrissy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Reid officiating. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Welch, Randy McCoy, Joseph McCoy, Stephen Wyatt, Bill Ibaugh, and Josh Martin. Jason Morgan will serve as honorary pallbearer. The family will receive friends from 1:00 2:00 PM, one hour prior to service.

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Candus E. Angel

Franklin, NC - Candus E. Angel, 108, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, January 25, 1905, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Dolly Jennings Gibson. She was married to Lex B. Angel, Sr. who died in 1965.

Mrs. Angel was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother who liked to crochet and doing word puzzles; she was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by three daughters, Mildred Tyler and Grace Poindexter both of Franklin and Maude Breedlove of Bryson City; one son, Bob Angel of Franklin; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Lex Angel, Jr. and J. D. Angel; two sisters; seven brothers and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday December 26 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Owens and Rev. Cale Stancil officiating. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Angel, Zachary Holt, Eli Childers, Nathan Raby, Kyle Poindexter and Josh Owens. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Hazel Mae Pannell

Franklin, NC - Hazel Mae Pannell, age 59, of West Palmer Street, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at a Clay County Care Center. She was born in Clearwater, FL the daughter of the late Manley Franklin and Dorothy Lee Borders Conhiser. She worked at Roses, drove a school bus for several years and was a flagger for road construction.

She is survived by a son, Clarence Tallent, Jr and his wife, Rebecca of Franklin, NC; a sister, Linda Ammons of Snellville, GA and a brother Frank Conhiser of Franklin, NC. Six grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Gayle Elizabeth Rambo

Franklin, NC - Gayle Elizabeth Rambo, age 79, of Highlands, NC, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Angel Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Edna Fox. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 20, where she later met and married her loving husband, Joe Rambo. During the marriage they purchased a cabin in 1975 on Buck Creek and in 1999 made it their permanent residence.

Gayle was an avid china painter, stay at home mother and part-time bookkeeper for the family business. She was a loving mother of five children and a devoted wife. She loved her church family at Bethel United Methodist Church in Franklin and was best known at church for her baking. She enjoyed the outdoors, family camping trips and was an avid football fan.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Joe Rambo, one daughter, Cherole Lee Pennington of Waynesville, NC; four sons, Scott Volin and wife, Sherry of Homestead, FL; Ty Volin and wife, Karin and son Noah of Ft. Pierce, FL, Joseph Brad Rambo and Debbie of The Colony, TX; Dann Rambo and wife, Maria of Cutter Bay, FL; grandchildren, Joseph Rambo, Reed Rambo, Travis Rambo, Adam Rambo and Kylie Volin. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Katy Volin, three sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held Sunday, December 29th at Bethel United Methodist Church at 4:00 pm with Pastor Matt Morris officiating and with Pastor Al Beck assisting.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Reach of Macon County, PO Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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W. L. (Billy) Boatwright

Warne NC - W. L. (Billy) Boatwright, age 72, of Warne, NC passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at his home.
He was a native of West Palm Beach, FL and the son of Carolyn Grier Boatwright of Franklin, NC and the late William Thomas Boatwright. He was owner and operator of a dairy farm and a hoof trimmer. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his family.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Kay Boatwright, two sons, Dwayne Boatwright of Warne, NC and Keith Boatwright of Marble, NC, one daughter, Lesa Horton of Hurricane Mills, TN, three brothers, Tommy Boatwright and Richard Boatwright both of FL and Jeff Boatwright of Franklin, NC, four grandchildren, Ashley Ray, Kaley Boatwright, Tyler Boatwright and Trevor Boatwright.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC. The Rev. Barry Bowman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.
You may send tributes to the Boatwright family at www.townson-rose.com.

Townson Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Dr. E. Val Hastings

Cashiers - Dr. E. Val Hastings was born April 1, 1921 in Manistique, Michigan, son of Edward James Hastings and Clara Ranson Hastings. He passed away peacefully December 16, 2013 in Cashiers, NC. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary Pfaller Hastings in 1993 and his son, Paul Geoffrey Hastings in 2006.

Dr. Hastings is survived by his wife, Doreen Davies Hastings; children Peter J. Hastings and wife, Babs of St. Simons Island, GA, Valerie Crockett and husband, David of Charlotte, NC, Julie Westphal and husband, Eric of St. Simons, Island, GA, Kathy Cable and husband, Robert of St. Simons Island, GA and Ann Hastings, daughter-in-law of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Rosemary Haley, Kelley Galvin, Courtney Anglin, Mark Crockett, Julie Dalton, Haley Denley, Ned Hastings, Hastings Westphal, Amanda Cable and Rob Cable; great-grandchildren, Austin, Maddie, Paddy, James, Cameron, Grady and Libby. Dr. Hastings was a caring physician, dedicated teacher, avid golfer, loving husband and wonderful father and grandfather.

Dr. Hastings attended Marquette University and received his B.S. Degree and was a 1944 graduate of Marquette Medical School. He then enlisted as a medical officer in the U.S. Army serving at numerous medical installations and hospitals including Oliver General Hospital in Augusta, GA as assistant chief of laboratory services. After leaving the Army, Dr. Hastings returned to Augusta in 1952 to become the pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital and to join the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia. After 35 wonderful years at St. Joseph, he retired in 1987. In 2001, he retired full time to Cashiers, NC where he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

One of the greatest highlights of his life was an invitation to join the Augusta National Golf Club in 1963. While a member of the Augusta National Golf Club for 50 years, he served on numerous committees for both the Club and the Masters golf tournament. During this time he developed many lifelong friendships and numerous memories at the Club he treasured. In addition to the Augusta National Golf Club, he was also a member of multiple prestigious golf clubs in the United States. One of Dr. Hastings' lasting legacies was as a founding member of Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC.

A private graveside service will be held in Augusta, GA on January 18, 2014. The family will receive friends following the service at The Pinnacle Club from 2:00 - 4:00. This summer, close friends will host a celebration of his life in Cashiers.

Memorials may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 32 Cashiers, NC 28717 or Four Seasons Hospice,171 Hospital Dr. JWB, Suite 600 Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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Charles Allair Webb

Sapphire, NC - Charles Allair Webb, 71, of Sapphire, NC passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at his home. Chuck was born in Youngstown, Ohio, October 22, 1942, the son of the late Harry Charles and Wilda Adeline Allair Webb. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Northampton as an E-3 Fireman. Upon completing his military service he obtained his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University.

After moving to Atlanta, Chuck earned his law degree while pursuing a career in sales in the adhesive and window film industry. He spent most of his professional career developing accounts for Henkel Adhesives North America and Multi-Plastics, Inc., ultimately retiring as Regional Vice President. Chuck loved his cigars and for those that were lucky enough to have known him, rarely saw him without one. He was known to give sound advice whether asked for or not. His retirement years were spent between Cudjo Key, FL and Sapphire, NC.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Chuck was a practicing Christian and is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Diane Reid Edwards Webb, five sons; Jeffery Spencer Webb, and wife Rachel, of Auburn Ga.; Robert Jason Edwards, and wife Pam, of Newnan Ga.; Adam Kelly Edwards, and wife Amy of Flowery Branch, GA,; Michael Charles Allair Webb, of Fairplay, SC and Casey Lee Edwards, of Sapphire NC. He is also survived by his sister Harriet Webb Bailey, of Bowersville Ga. and six grandchildren. Chuck's best friend of 28 years Don Riga resides here due in part to his influence. His leadership and charisma will be sorely missed. Memorial donations may be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, P.O. Box 89367, Tampa, FL 33689 (http://www.specialops.org) or Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731.

A celebration of his life will take place at a future time (in The Conch Republic) determined by his family.

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Ruth M. Ashe

Franklin, NC - Ruth M. Ashe, 62, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Evelyn Brendle Mashburn of Franklin and the late Charlie F. Mashburn.

She was a homemaker, loving wife and daughter and enjoyed growing flowers and shopping. She was a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church and an honorary member of East Franklin Baptist Church.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 34 years, Dennis K. Ashe; two sisters, Sandra Mitchell and husband Gene of Franklin, NC and Cheryl Brendell and husband Owen of Hendersonville, NC; two brothers William Mashburn and wife Shirley and Alan Mashburn all of Franklin, NC; father in law, Logan Ashe and sister in law, Linda Ashe both of Franklin, NC and two nieces, Stephanie McCray and Angela Mashburn. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Mashburn.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tom Ashe, Lewis Ashe, Jim Wiggins, Kenneth Mashburn, Gene Mitchell and Doug Brendle.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 - 2:00 pm, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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Ned Hardy Sanders

Franklin, NC - Ned Hardy Sanders, 63, of Franklin, NC passed away December 16, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jess and Ollie Mae Hastings Sanders. He was a veteran of the US Army and was a foreman for Davey Tree Service. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; loved being with family, especially his grandchildren and liked to fish, go camping, and ride motorcycles.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife of 35 years, Laura Nulph Sanders; one daughter, Christine Mason of Olympia, WA; two sons, John Julian of Lapeer, MI and Jim Julian of Charlevoix, MI; one sister, Shirley Callahan of Darrington, WA; six grandchildren, Zach, Amanda, Johnny, Tony, Brandon and Creedence; three great-grandchildren, Kenyen, Kyler and Logan and several special friends and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Darkis Cook and Katherine Cochran and seven brothers, Doyle, Red, Jack, Muriel, Clint, and Dub Sanders and an infant brother, Warren Sanders.

Funeral services will be held, Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Stilwell, Rev. Danny Cannon and Rev. Brian Lamb officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Skip Sanders, Kip Cochran, John Wayne Sanders, Junior Mason, Neal Finch and Elicio Aguilar. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Mason and Danny Mason. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements.
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