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Margaret West Bailey

Highlands, NC - Margaret West Bailey, 98, of Highlands, NC passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell Wellington and Alretta Sneft West. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William J. Bailey, Jr.

Mrs. Bailey was a graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk, VA and attended the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. She was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church and a member of Highlands Garden Club.

She is survived by a niece, Joice Ira of Jacksonville, FL and a nephew, C. Edgar Hill, Jr., of Jackson, MS and their families. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Virginia West Cornick who died in June of 2012.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at the family plot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers that have attended to her in recent years.

Memorial donations may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741 or Cashiers Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Catharine Baker

Franklin & Weaverville, NC - Catharine Baker, age 95, of Weaverville, NC formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Weaverville. She was born in Jackson Co., NC, the daughter of the late Henry Vinegum. She was married to the late Woodrow Baker. She worked at People’s Department Store, at Burlington, VanRaalt and several restaurants in Franklin. She was a member of Franklin First Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, June 09, 2013 at 3:00PM at Woodlawn Cemetery with Dr.Robert Brown officiating.

She is survived by her daughter, Launa Ball and her husband, Jerry of Weaverville, NC; her grandchildren, Darrin Ball and wife Dana of Mills River, NC and Shannon Hagan and husband Pat of Harrisburg, PA; her great-grandchildren, Sydney Ducker, Tate Ducker, Nathan Ball and Rachel Ball.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, PO Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Baby Blankenship-Cousins

Franklin, NC - Baby Blankenship-Cousins, infant child of Sarha Louise Blankenship and Trey Henry Cousins, died Friday, November 23, 2012.

In addition to the parents, the baby is survived by a brother, Lyric Blankenship of Franklin, maternal grandparents. Lane Blankenship of Nevada, Joy Blankenship, Fred Greeninger, and Howard Fry all of Oregon; a number of Aunts and Uncles also survive.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Clark Moss officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, 6 Roberts Road #102, Asheville, NC 28803.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Mildred LaFlam Badger

Franklin - Mildred LaFlam Badger, 96, passed away at the Macon Valley Nursing Home in Franklin, NC. She was a native of Vermont, born October 2, 1915 in St. Albans, VT. She was the daughter of the late James and Sophia Warhurst of East Calais. She was a graduate of Montpelier Seminary in 1932. She belonged to the Rebekha’s and was a past president. She retired from the National Life Insurance Co.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Earle K LaFlam; her second husband Harry D. Badger; her infant daughter, Jean LaFlam, and her youngest son, Lawrence E. LaFlam.

She is survived by her oldest son, Kenneth LaFlam and his wife, Joyce of Vancouver, WA; her daughter- in- law Nancy Martin LaFlam of Franklin, NC, along with nine grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

A small service will be preformed at the East Calais, VT Cemetery in September, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please send any memorials to hospice.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Frank Heyworth Baker, Jr

Franklin, NC - Frank Heyworth Baker, Jr, age 76, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at his residence. Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Frank and Viola Gaston Baker. Frank had lived in Macon County for eighteen years and was a painter in construction; a veteran of the United States Air Force; a loving father, husband and grandfather and was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife of forty seven years, Charlotte Hook Baker; five daughters, Dorothy Baker of Cashiers, NC, Sheila Hopkins of Easley, SC, Terri Tew of Poquoson, VA, Vicki Taliaferro of Cashiers, NC and Kristine Newman of Tampa, FL; one son, Frank Baker of Cashiers, NC; one sister, Marion Petters of Mooresville, NC and one brother, Dale Kelly of Baltimore, MD. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

No funeral services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local animal shelter.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Ralphe Boyd Baker

Highlands - Ralphe Boyd Baker, 78 of Horse Cove, Highlands passed away Saturday, July 24 in Atlanta. He was a native of Haleyville, Alabama, the son of Lucien and Velce Bonds Baker. Mr. Baker served in the Air Force in Germany during the Korean War and later had a flourishing career as a couturier and salesman in high-end retail womens’ fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Atlanta. He attended the Episcopal Church of The Incarnation in Highlands.

Surviving are two sons, Andrew Morgan Baker, 34 of Dublin, Ireland and Curtis Bonds Baker, 31 and wife Angela of Atlanta who have a daughter, Lillian Choe Baker; one sister, Betty Randolph of Atlanta and one brother, Robert Baker of Gadsden, AL.

Graveside services were held at 5:00 PM Sunday July 25 in the Horse Cove Cemetery with Rev. Brian Sullivan officiating.

Charitable donations may also be made to Hospice Atlanta or the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Timothy E. (Timmy) Baldwin

Otto, NC - Timothy E. (Timmy) Baldwin, age 53, of Otto, NC, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 in a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of Ralph E. Baldwin. He was a produce farmer.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a son, Daniel Baldwin and his wife Lisa; two grandchildren, Callie Mae Baldwin and Isaiah Eugene Baldwin.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 17th at 1:30pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James Thomas Ball

Franklin, NC - James Thomas Ball, age 68, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012. Born in Sharp Co., AR, he was the son of the late David and Edith Ball. He was married to Cheryl Haines Ball for 23 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Cuban Crisis. He was a maintenance supervisor for General Motors; a member of Gem Capital Auto Club; a lifetime member of NRA and volunteered at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Wendy Gallagher and husband Chris of Ionia, MI; two sons, James T. Ball, Jr. of Grand Rapids, MI and Gregory D. Ball and wife April of Riley Township, MI; one sister, Mattie Mitchell of Paragould, AR; a niece, Rhonda Mitchell; a great niece, Johanna Chamberlain; two great nephews, Tony and Scott Chamberlain and three grandchildren, C. J. Teuscher, Austin Butler and Lucas Ball. He was preceded in death by a brother, Troy Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tenett Norris officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 until 6:00 PM, five hours prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Edward Anthony Banks

Franklin, NC - Edward Anthony Banks age 81, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012. He was a native of South Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Herman and Mary Raciopii Banks. He was an innovator in aviation and worked as an executive in that industry for the military and private organizations. He also was a gifted artist, starting with cartoons and advancing to murals. Later, Ed was a teacher for an adult education center. He met his beloved wife when he was only 19, married her and their love story continued for the next 65 years. A fabulous father a, loyal and loving husband, and a man of great integrity; Ed was an exceptional man. Having only a high school education, his accomplishments were many due to his great intelligence and charming character. Once his company lawyer claimed he was "the most intelligent man he ever met" even telling him to go back to school and join him as a company lawyer due to of his exceptional mind.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Stephanie Patricia Curcio Banks; a daughter, Stephanie Walker of Chandler, AZ; two sons, Edward Banks of Milton, FL and Ronald "Casper" Banks of FL; a sister, Mary Banks of Tallahassee, FL; a special niece, Mia Banks, five grandchildren; Ben, Ron, Tricia, Tara & Zachary, great-grandchildren Tyler, Nicholas, Hailey, Michael Jr., Lucas & Thomas, and wonderful friends, Laurel & Bob Cerritelli of Franklin, NC. He was preceded in death by a brother, William "Bill" Banks and a nephew, Michael Banks. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Father Tein officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Arma Lee Barnes

Franklin, NC - Arma Lee Barnes, age 85, of Ulco Bluffs, Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, February 17, 2008 at a local nursing home. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Homer R. and Margie Vinson Norton. She was married to Merritt S. Barnes who passed away 1991. She worked in food services for the public schools in Macon County until 1958 and then resided in Savannah, GA. where she worked in food services for 40 years. After the death of her husband, she returned to Macon County. Mrs. Barnes was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church where she was an assistant sunday school teacher and was a choir member.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas N. " Tom" Hunt and his wife, Karen of Apex, NC and Robert "Bob" Homer Hunt and his wife, Sharon of Franklin, NC; one sister, Jewell "Judy" Jamison of Franklin, NC and one brother, Homer P. Norton of Monks Corner, SC; two grandchildren, Bryan and Noel Hunt. She was preceded in death by a infant daughter, Caroline and a infant son, Merritt Barnes.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, February 20 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sugarfork Baptist Church, 287 Sugarfork Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Betty Jayne Johnson Barnes

Scaly Mountain - Betty Jayne Johnson Barnes, age 64, of Dryman Ridge Road, Scaly Mtn., NC passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 at her residence. She was born in Knox County, TN, the daughter of the late George and Maude Gadd Johnson. She was a seamstress for Clayburn Manufacturing and was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the secretary for F & F Paving and was a member of the Highlands Chapter #284 Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband of 33-1/2 years, Fred H. Barnes; her daughter, Sandra Crunkleton of Scaly Mtn., NC and a step-daughter, Gail Butler of Swanee, GA; two sons, Matthew Barnes and his wife, Chris of Chapel Hill, NC and Richard Barnes and his wife, Mandy of Scaly Mtn., NC; one sister, Roseletta Parrott of Knoxville, TN. Nine grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jamie Crunkleton and two sons, Scott and Jimmy Crunkleton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 2 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Al Sizemore officiating. Burial will be held at the Scaly Mtn. Methodist Church Cemetery. The Highlands Chapter #284 Order of Eastern Star will conduct graveside rites. Dan Barnes, Mitchell Ensley, Christopher Barnes, Bryant Barnes and Ben Barnes will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 1 from 6:00-8:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Highlands, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Lois Barnes

Franklin, NC - Lois Barnes, age 79, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, March 10, 2008 in a Sylva nursing home. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late George W. and Minnie Florence Trantham Shidles. She was married to the late Thomas Jarvis Barnes who passed away July 03, 2003. She was a machine operator for Wear-A-Blanket Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by her three sons, Ronnie Barnes and his wife, Pattie of Townsend, TN, Danny Thomas Barnes and his wife, Kathy of Franklin, NC and Gary Jarvis Barnes of Tellico Pines, TN. Five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 13 at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. John Raby officiating. Burial will be held at Longview Baptist Church Cemetery. Chris Barnes, Ronnie Thomas, Lonnie Barnes, Keith Barnes and Doug Barnes will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 13 from 11:00-12:00 Noon, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westcare Home Health & Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779.

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Evelyn Eleanor Barrett

Franklin, NC- Evelyn Eleanor Barrett, age 81, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, December 7, 2012. Born in Brookings, South Dakota, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Helen "Mae" Sorsen. She is preceded in death by her husband James Edward Barrett. Evelyn was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick Barrett and wife Veronica of Wendell, NC, Michael Barrett and wife Karinda of Tallahassee, FL; one brother, Robert Sorsen and wife Bonnie of Baltic, SD. She is preceded in death by one daughter, Geri Patrice Barrett and two brothers, Edward and Charles Sorsen.

Memorial services will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:00PM at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father James Cahill and Father Tien Duong officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Homestead Hospice Hospital, 127 Sunset Ridge Rd. Clyde, NC 28721.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Danise Lee Barry

Highlands, NC - Danise Lee Barry, 49, of Highlands passed away Saturday, June 9, at her residence in Highlands, NC. She was born in Lexington, KY, the daughter of Dan and Joann Sturgeon Chapman. She was a devoted mother to two daughters and committed to a life time of service to many different community organizations. She was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Surviving in addition to her parents is her husband of 30 years, Michael J. Barry, two daughters Tiffany L. Ahlers and husband Travis of Sahuarita, AZ and Lauren H. Sapp and husband Owen of Ft. Lewis, WA. Sister Laura Ann Rosenthal and husband Mark with their daughter Eve of Highlands, NC., two grandmothers Thelma Sturgeon of Walton, KY and Marie Blizzard of Diamond Bar California, and several loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Danise was a student nurse at Clayton General in the Emergency Room and at West Paces Ferry Hospital in the nursery department. She was an active member of organizations helping the military, animals and the American Cancer Society. Danise enjoyed exercising outdoors and participated in a triathlon after age 40. She will be remembered for her love for her family, passion and enthusiasm for life, desire to help those around her and beautiful smile. She was a friend to those in need, always willing to listen and inspired those around with her positive attitude and faith in God. As a testament to her wonderful desire to help others, during her illness she continued to give her love and time to volunteering.

The family will receive guest from 6 to 8 PM Monday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands, NC.

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday June 12, 2012 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Dean Cesa officiating at 11 AM. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park.

Donations in honor of Danise’s lifetime of service can be made to Friends for Life/Forever Farm, a lifelong sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774 http://www.friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Hubert Edward Bateman, Sr.

Franklin, NC - Hubert Edward Bateman, Sr., age 86, of Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late George and Maude Baldwin Bateman. He was married to Ruth Edwards Bateman who died in 2005. He was a WWII veteran of the US Navy and worked in tunnel construction with his brothers for eighteen years following WWII; then was a Deputy Sheriff for seven years. He was elected Sheriff in 1974 and served until 1982. He owned a tire shop with Bud Green and retired from DOT in 1992. He attended Prentiss Church of God and was a member of Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145.

He is survived by one daughter, Terri Hunter and husband, Walter, of Franklin; one son, Eddie Bateman, and wife, JoAnn, of Franklin; two sisters, Launa Stegal and Wanda McDaniel both of Franklin; and two brothers, Howard Bateman and James E. "Shorty" Bateman both of Franklin. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jonathan Hunter, Luke Bateman and Matthew Bateman and three great-grandchildren, Kylie, Kandis and Jadian Hunter. He was preceded in death by five brothers, James Huell Bateman, Billy Bateman, George Bateman, Jr., Buddy Bateman and Tommy Bateman.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 1:00 pm at Prentiss Church of God with Rev. Tim Hayes, Rev. Stacy Woods and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145 will conduct graveside rites and Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct complete military graveside rites. Pallbearers will be nephews, David Cheek, Darryl Bateman, James Bateman, Jr., Lynn McDaniel, Tony Lewis, Eric Hall and Chuck Bateman. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Green, David Houston, George Barrett and Tracy Tallent.

The family will receive friends, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Prentiss Church of God.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Edith Tallent Bates

Franklin - Edith Tallent Bates, age 92, of Bates Branch Road, Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Harve and Callie Gregory Tallent. She was married 61 years to Barnett Bates who passed away February 11, 2000. She was a nurse's aid for a Asheville Hospital and she was a midwife for several years. She was a homemaker and was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Grace T. Allen and her husband, Sam of Columbia, SC; a daughter-in-law, Sally Anderson Bates of Stockbridge, GA; one sister, Reva Jones of Franklin, NC; one brother, Wayne Tallent of Franklin, NC. Four grandchildren, Pattie Trotter, Lynn Knott, Glenn Bates and Barney Bates. Nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Roger Bates, two sisters, Frances Sanders and Gladys Sanders; three brothers, Elmer, Glenn and Harold Tallent.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 19 at 1:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. James Wilson officiating. Burial will be held at Rush Cemetery. Bruce Tallent, Ricky Tallent, Danny Tallent, Mickey Tallent, Nelson Bates, and Roger Bates will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 19 from 12:00-1:00 PM, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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

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Edna Mae Bates

Franklin, NC - Edna Mae Bates 84, of Franklin, NC died Saturday July 26, 2008 in a Sylva, NC Care Center. She was a native of Macon County, NC, the daughter of the late Fred and Leona Stamey Sanders. She was married to the late James Bates who died in 1993. She was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by five daughters, Patsy Coburn and husband James of Otto, NC, Sally Ledford and husband Charles, of Otto, NC, Linda Llianas and husband Jerry of Franklin, NC, Brenda Melton of Franklin, NC, and Judy Dodgins and companion Mike Kimbrough of Franklin, NC; two sons Jerry (Bubbie) Bates and wife Rachel of Otto, and Ronnie (Hoss) Bates and wife Sarah of Franklin, NC; one sister Lucille McGaha of Franklin, NC, one brother Fred Sanders both of Franklin, NC, fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters Hattie Woodall, and Beatrice Bates, two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday July 29, 2008 at 2:30 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Revs. Don Moffitt and Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be in the Black Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Ledford, James Coburn, Michael Melton, Danny Tallent, Tommy Stockton and Timothy Sanders. The family will receive friends from 6:00 till 8:00pm, Monday July 28, 2008 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC.

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Kathryn Mavis Bates

Franklin, NC - Kathryn Mavis Bates, age 69, of Sloan Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, January 28, 2008, in a Franklin, NC hospital. She was a native of Macon County the daughter of Kate Green Gibson of Franklin, NC, and the late J. D. Gibson. She was retired from Burlington Industries as a Quality Control Inspector. She was a life time member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church, and a member of the Carson Community Club.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 47 years Dolen Bates of Franklin, NC, one sister Audrey Ledbetter and her husband Max of Franklin, one brother Dan Gibson and his wife Edna Earl of Franklin, NC. A number of beloved nieces and nephews also survives. She was preceded in death by three brothers Carol, L. T., and Robbie Gibson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Crunkleton officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Roper, Danny Allison, Mark Pruitt, Billy Waldroop, Dean Stiwinter, and Bruce Hedden. Nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive freinds from 6:00 until 8:00pm, Tuesday January 29, 2008 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Louisa Chapel United Church Building Fund, c/o Audrey Ledbetter, 605 Gibson Cove Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Mitchell Bates

Franklin, NC - Mitchell Bates, age 52, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Born in Macon County he was the son of Maybelle Guffey Bates of Franklin, NC and the late George "Bo" Bates. He was married to Debbie Bateman Bates for 28 years. He was a personal care assistant at Grandview Manor for 31 years and attended East Franklin Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother and wife, Mitchell is survived by one son, Lee Bates of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Ann Dills, Sherry Boeshears and Sarah Bryson all of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Shawn Bates and Richard Bates both Franklin, NC and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father he, was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Bates.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm at East Franklin Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Matthews and Rev. Bob Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kayleb Bates, Seth Williamson, Steven Williamson, Jimmy Rogers, David Bingham, Carroll Sanders and Josh Bates.

The family will receive friends Thursday, from 1:30 until 2:30 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church. The body will remain at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home until being placed in the church one hour prior to the service.

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

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Audrey Deal Baty

Highlands, NC - Audrey Deal Baty,age 74, of Albany, GA formerly of Macon County, NC passed away Thursday January 7, 2009 at Albany, GA. Mrs. Baty was married to Earl Baty who passed away in 2008. She was a native of Oconee County, SC and a daughter of the late Herschel and Grace Crowe Deal. She was a retired School secretary and a member of Mercedes Baptist Church.

Surviving is one daughter, Donna Cleveland and her husband James of Dawson, GA, two sons, David Baty and his wife Missy of Sylvester, GA and Richard Baty and his wife Sondra of Santa Rosa Beach, FL.. Also surviving are two sisters, Ollie Waller of Tampa, FL and Dorothy Daniel of Tallahassee, FL, one brother, Derrill Deal of Martinez, GA. Eight grandchildren, Melanie, Josh, Erin,Caleb, Haven, Brett, Chris and Matt Boe also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 11 at 1:00 PM Monday in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with the Rev. Walter Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1: PM Monday at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. Burial will be at Highlands Memorial Park.

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Earl Forrest Baty

Highlands, NC - Earl Forrest Baty, age 75, of Albany, GA, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Henry Jackson Baty and Mary Crane Baty. He was a US Navy Veteran, having served during the Korean War. He was retired from Coats and Clark Textile Company, where he was a Production Manager. He was past President of the International Little League, and was active in Boy Scouts and American Red Cross. He was past President of Carolina Hunting Club and a member of Mercedes Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Audrey Deal Baty; one daughter, Donna Cleveland and her husband James of Dawson, GA; two sons, David Baty and his wife Missy of Sylvester, GA and Richard Baty and his wife Sondra of Destin, FL; one sister, Lois Patterson of Seneca, SC; three brothers, John Baty of Highlands, NC, Clarence Baty of Norcross, GA and Herbert Baty of Alpharetta, GA; six grandchildren, Melanie, Josh, Erin, Caleb, Haven and Brett.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 9th at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands, with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 till 9:00pm Friday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Retreat, 125 Hyatt Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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John William (Pluck) Baty

Highlands - John William (Pluck) Baty, 92, of Sassafras Gap Road, Highlands, NC passed away Friday, May 8, 2009 at a Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Henry J. and Mary Silla Crane Baty. He was married to Eva Hedden Baty who died June 15, 1999. Mr. Baty was a Marine Veteran of WWII and was a retired carpenter and painter.

He is survived by one son, James Hedden Baty of Waverly, TN; two brothers, Clarence Baty of Norcross, GA and Herbert Baty of Alpharetta, GA. 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane B. Rogers.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, May 10 at 5:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with the Rev. Walter Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:00-5:00 PM, one hour prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Top Relay for Life.

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Roy Lee Baty

Highlands, NC - Roy Lee Baty, age 74, of Buttermilk Lane, Highlands, NC passed away Monday, April 4, 2011 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late Harry and Lillian Webb Baty. He was a carpenter and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Dase Baty; two daughters, Connie "Renee" Jennings of Glenville, NC and Melissa Ann Baty of Seneca, SC; three sons, Charles Floyd Baty, Roy Eugene Baty and Russell Scott Baty all of Highlands, NC; one sister, Judy Deal of Highlands, NC; three brothers, Robert Baty of Franklin, NC, Carl Baty of West Union, SC, and Roger Baty of Highlands, NC. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by one sister, Connie Jenkins and one brother, Clarence Baty.

Memorial services will be held Monday, April 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am-12:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Sarah Angeline Beale

Franklin, NC - Sarah Angeline Beale, age 85, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Mountain Trace Nursing Center in Sylva. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Alex Ammons and Margaret Ann Leatherman Ammons. She was married to Harry A. Beale who passed away in 1991. She was a homemaker and a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her two sons, Ronnie Beale and his wife Cissy of Franklin, NC and Richie Beale and his wife Dee of Black Mtn., NC; one sister, Nancy Locklear of Winston Salem, NC; five grandchildren, Kristi Culpepper and her husband, Joe of Franklin, NC, Christopher Beale of Pasedena, TX, Cara Beale of Equador, Evan Beale of Jefferson City, TN and Barrett Beale of Franklin, NC. Two great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Rogers, Emma Ray and Hazel Dills and one brother, Edison Ammons.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 5, at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Cloer and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial will be at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Gary Dills, Randall Dills, Harold Ammons, Evan Beale, Barrett Beale and Joe Culpepper will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Saturday, April 4 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideons International, c/o Tex Browning, 22 Chingquapin Heights, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Jay Michael Bean

Gastonia - Jay Michael Bean laid down his earthly burdens on Thursday, October 9th. Born February 17, 1976, he grew up and lived most of his life in Gastonia, and was a member of Flint Groves Baptist Church. He attended UNC-Charlotte and CPCC School of Culinary Technology.

Jay is survived by his parents, Michael and Patti Fraley Bean; grandparents, Bill and Vivian Fraley, Darlos Bean and Bryan Bean; a chosen sister, Alexys Myers; Kara Lynn and Katie Baker Bean; aunts Sharon Horne and Judy Bean Farnsworth; and cousins Brad Myers, Taylor Myers, and Eric Mixon. Jay also was part of a large extended family.

The room always lit up when Jay entered. Even as he dealt with multiple sclerosis and other illnesses, he always had a smile on his face and something cheerful to say. The world is a better place for his having been here. As a curly blonde headed kid, he was the well deserved center of attention. He was showered with love and prayers all of his life. Jay loved to cook and entertain his family and friends. His smile, his enormous personality, and his wit will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

McLean Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. The extended family has provided flowers, and the family requests that donations be made to the Jay Bean Memorial Fund to benefit the Lifesong Single Moms Ministry at Flint Groves Baptist Church, 2017 East Ozark Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28054.


The family sincerely thanks all of those who have offered comfort and support during their time of grief, and wants to let everyone know that the family's faith, along with your prayers, thoughts, and deeds, will carry them through this difficult time.

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Britty Leona Beasley

Franklin, NC - Britty Leona Beasley, age 95, of Otto, NC passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Clay County, NC the daughter of the late Andrew and Bashey McCall Webb. She was married to Joseph Asbury Beasley who passed away in 1968. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. She was a loving mother grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She loved gardening, cooking and her grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Arizona Beasley McCracken of Clayton, GA, Betty Jane Beasley White and husband Joseph of Clarksville, GA, Jessie Faye Vickery and husband, Ken of Thomason, GA and Charity Beasley of Otto, NC; four sons, Clyde P. Beasley and fiancée, Rita Rowland of Otto, NC, Benjamin Beasley of Bryson City, NC, Steve Beasley and wife Connie of Clayton, GA and Jimmy Beasley of Otto, NC; one sister Ada Marsangill of Clarksville, GA. Thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Annie Evelyn Carroll; a son, James Andrew Beasley and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24 at 11:00 AM at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Burrell and Rev. Kenneth Vickery officiating. Burial will be held at Mulberry United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Garrett Jones, Jonathan Gibson, Tommy Webb and Greg Talley. The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 23 from 6:00 8:00PM at Bryant Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Louise Beasley

Franklin, NC - Mary Louise Beasley, age 76, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011 at her residence. She was born in Chatham County, GA, the daughter of the late George Mark and Bertha Howell White. She was married to the late Patty Fahey Beasley. She was a homemaker and a member of Newfound Baptist Church. She was a floral designer, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved helping others.

She is surivived by two daughters, Debra Cail and her husband Malcolm of Franklin, NC and Carolyn Grissett and her husband Sewell of Register, GA; two sons, Patty Fahey Beasley, Jr of Savannah, GA and Mark Ashley Beasley and his wife, Susan of Ellabell, GA; one brother, Luther White of Savannah, GA. Ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by one sister and seven brothers.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, February 3 at 11:00PM at Newfound Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Waters officiating.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Freda Wooten Beaty

Clayton GA - Freda Wooten Beaty, 54, of Clayton, died Saturday, May 5, 2012 in Oconee Hospice of the Foothills Seneca, SC.

Mrs. Beaty was born August 17, 1957 in Macon County, NC she was a daughter of Fred and Ila Scott Wooten. She worked in the textile industry for many years and attended the Clayton Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Harold “Buck” Beaty.

Survivors include a son, Jack Beaty of Clayton; her parents, Fred R. and Ila Scott Wooten of Clark’s Chapel community, Franklin, NC; one sister, Shelia James and husband Clayton of Seneca, SC, and one granddaughter, Julie Beaty of Clayton, GA.

Funeral services will be at 2 PM Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Cannon officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery, Clayton, GA. The body is at Hunter Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 12 PM until 2 PM (the funeral hour) Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The family is at their respective residences.

Hunter Funeral Home of Clayton, GA is in charge of arrangements.

An online obituary and register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.

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James "Jimmy" William Beck Jr,

Highlands, NC - James "Jimmy" William Beck Jr, age 78, of Highlands passed away Friday, March 22, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James William Beck, Sr. and Beulah Henry Beck. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he had worked in maintenance. Jimmy liked fishing and being outdoors and was of the Baptist faith.

Jimmy is survived by five brothers, Sammy Beck of Marianna, FL, Henry "Jake" Beck of Highlands, John Beck of Scaly Mtn., Gilbert Beck of Highlands, and Butch Beck of Scaly Mtn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 25, at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Lamar Beck, Scott Beck, James Beck, Charles Hensley, Robbie Forrester, John Shaheen and Kenneth Forrester. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

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Sarah Leann Beck

Franklin - Sarah LeAnn Beck, age 13, of Wadesboro Circle, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, February 25, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of Regina Hudson Beck of Franklin, NC and William Lamar Beck of Franklin, NC. She was an eighth grade student at Macon Middle School, and was of the Baptist faith. She loved her dogs, Puppy and Tico. Sarah lived for the moment, she was positive, respectful, energetic and was not afraid to try anything. She was competitive, stubborn and never met a stranger. Sarah was loved by everyone who knew her. She will be missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandparents, William H. and Libby Beck, her Nana Frankie Beck,her step-grandmother, Nanny Bonny Harkins; a step-father Les Elliott; three sisters, Violet, Kelsie and Gracie Elliott; one brother, Scott Elliott; four uncles, six aunts, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, McKinley and Pauline Hudson, a sister, Nikita Lynn Beck and a step-grandfather, Dorran Elliott.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1st, at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank Rodriquez and Graham Norris officiating. Burial will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church (Jennings) Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Anna Lou Beckes

Highlands - Mrs. Anna Lou Beckes, of Highlands, NC, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Mrs. Beckes was originally from Lucas, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Elton and Lulu Kramer. Also, she was a secretery for the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands and a church volunteer for many years. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Deane; her daughter, Deborah Nysewander and her husband, Carlton of Woodstock, GA; three sons, Dale Beckes of Palm Springs, CA, Robert Beckes of Denver, CO, and Wayne Beckes of Albuquerque, NM; one brother, Richard Kramer, of St. Louis, MO and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 10:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands with Rev. Mark Keyser officiating.

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George Scheinder Bell

Franklin, NC - George Scheinder Bell, age 83, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, October 14, 2011 at a local hospital. He was born in Camden, New Jersey and was raised in Dover, Del. He moved to Macon Co. in 1965. He was the son of the late John Lewis and Elise Schneider Bell. He was married to the late Betty Keener Bell. He and his wife Betty owned and operated the Downtowner Restaurant, the City Restaurant, Bell’s Restaurant, and Bell’s Auction Barn. He was a licensed auctioneer, a volunteer for the county rescue squad. He flea marketed up to a month before his death, he was also known for his humor.

He is survived by four children, Melody Cooper and husband John; Georgeanna and husband Kenneth; Bill Bell and friend Linda Rowe; Cindy Hoffman; a companion Gale Harlan of 11 years; 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Franklin High School Booster Club, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Robert "Rob" Bell

Franklin, NC - Robert "Rob" Bell, age 96, of Coweeta Lab Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, January 14, 2008 in a local nursing home. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Joe Bell and Savannah Shope Bell. He had worked as a logger, and was a truck driver for Vinson Feed and Hardware. He was a loving grandfather and enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maggie Crane Bell.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Bobby Bell of Franklin, NC; one sister, Kitty Hodgins of Sedro Wooley, WA; one brother, Ralph Bell of Otto, NC; two grandchildren, Rob Bell and his fiance, Kim of Otto, NC, and Brooke Waldroop and her husband Chris of Franklin, NC; three great-grandchildren, Maddox, Maveric and Mace Waldroop. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Bell, four sisters, Bertha Carpenter, Lena Shope, Ruby Dills and Blanche Bradley; two brothers, Harvey Bell and J. R. Bell.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16th at 11:00am in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terry Bell, Frank Cathy, Richard Rogers, Gene Vinson, Mike Bell, Ralph Bell, Dick Dills, and Jerry Shope.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00am,Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.
Memorial donations, may be made to Angel Home Health & Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Philip W. Bennett

Franklin, NC - Rev. Philip Wesley Bennett, age 59, of Eutaw, Alabama, formerly of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010. He was born in Macon County, the son of Rev. William C. Bennett and Laverne Gregory Bennett of Franklin, NC. He was an Episcopal Priest. He loved the Lord and his work all his life. He loved cameras, photography, watches and he was computer savvy. He taught piano earlier and Brenda Angel was one of his students. He attended Lakeland Florida Bible School, Emory Theology, Erskine Theology and Penn College of Theology Church. He was Rector of Episcopal Church of St. Stephens in Eutaw, AL.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons, Gregory Michael Bennett of Memphis, TN and Andrew William Bennett of Sylva, NC; one brother, Martin Alan Bennett of Franklin, NC.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 18 at 10:30AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Brenda Angel officiating. Burial will be held at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Miles Gregory, Lloyd Coggins, Jr, John Cobb, Larry Angel and Michael Ramsey will serve as pallbearers.

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Jim Howell Bichard

Franklin, NC - Jim Howell Bichard, age 72, of Franklin, NC, formerly of Orlando, FL, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Born in Cross City, FL, he was the son of the late John Thomas and Carl Spivey Bichard. He was married to Nancy Tyson Bichard for 22 years. Howell was a supervisor in the steel manufacturing industry; he loved NASCAR, fishing, hunting and wood-turning.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a step-daughter, Shannon Niedenthal and husband John of St. Cloud, FL; three sons, Scott Howell Bichard of Crossville, TN, Michael Andrew Bichard and wife Becky of Orlando, FL, and John Thomas Bichard of St. Cloud, FL; a step-son, Scott Allen and wife Shannon of St. Cloud, FL and one brother, Carl Benny Bichard of Crossville, TN. Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Royce Bichard and Robert O’Neil Bichard.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Vic Greene officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 until 3:00 PM, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Carolina Sheriff’s Association. PO Box 20049, Raleigh, NC 27619-0049.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Lillie Hazel Brown Billingsley

Scaly Mtn., NC - Lillie Hazel Brown Billingsley, 96, of Scaly Mountain, NC died Monday, September 20, 2010 at her residence. Born in Macon County, NC she was the daughter of the late Andy and Delilah Owens Brown; she was the widow of Jim Billingsley, she was a homemaker and was a member of the Flats Middle Creek Baptist Church, Scaly Mtn., NC for 79 years. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Billingsley was preceded in death by four sons; Juan Billingsley, Joe Ed Billingsley, Jimmy Billingsley and Bobby Billingsley; by five brothers; Ransom Brown, Ed Brown, Lee Brown, Lloyd Brown and Harry Brown; and by three sisters; Belle Watkins, Edna Dryman and Dolly Billingsley; she is survived by two sons; Gene Billingsley and Homer Billingsley, both of Scaly Mountain, NC; three daughters, Ruth Vinson, Alice Holt and Gail Head all of Scaly Mtn., NC; twenty-three grandchildren, forty- three great grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Several nephews, nieces and cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be at 11:00AM Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Flats Middle Creek Baptist Church, Scaly Mountain, NC with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Dwight Loggins officiating. Burial will be in the Scaly Mountain Methodist Cemetery.

The body is at Hunter Funeral Home where family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00PM Wednesday, September 22. The body will be placed in the Church at 10:00AM Thursday, September 23 to lie in state.The family is at the home on Billingsley Road, Scaly Mtn., NC.

An online register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge.

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William Franklin “Dub” Billingsley

Clayton/Scaly - William Franklin “Dub” Billingsley went home to be with the Father on March 31, 2013. He left behind a lifetime of loving memories – Memories of his being there in times of difficulty as well as times of joy. He never traveled far or received much worldly recognition. He just didn’t need to – he found the fountain of living water right where he lived – inside his own heart. He drank from it deeply each day, lived close to the earth, and poured out Gods love into the lives of those around him. What a fine example of a life well lived.

Funeral services memorializing the life of “Dub” Billingsley, age 95, of Ritchie Road, Scaly Mountain, will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from the Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church in Scaly Mountain. The body will be placed in the church at 1:00 PM where it will lie in state until the service hour. Rev. Gary McCall, Rev. Cale Stancil, and Rev. Terry Whitesides will officiate with interment to follow the service at Scaly Mountain Methodist Cemetery.

Mr. Billingsley was born in Scaly Mountain on November 29, 1917. He was the son of the late J. Newton and Jane Burrell Billingsley. Mr. Billingsley was a self-employed farmer and he was an avid outdoorsman. He was the oldest living member at Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Billingsley is preceded in death by his wife Dollie Brown Billingsley, and siblings Lillie Nix, Mae Johnson, Grace Vinson, Beatrice “Chub” Brown, Dora James, Esther Ritchie, Rhoda Nix, Minnie B. Owens, Lela B. Crain, Jim Billingsley, and L. C. Billingsley.

Survivors include sons and daughters in law Vaughn and Lillie Billingsley of Rabun Gap, Jack and Shorty Billingsley and Darrell and Margaret “Susie” Billingsley all of Scaly Mountain, daughter and son in law Barbara and Jimmy McClure of Otto, grandchildren Robin Billingsley, Tammy Kilby, Sheila McClain, Holly Cabe, Donna Faulkner, Debbie Gibbs, Karen Hayhurst, David McClure, Ann James, Kay Billingsley, and Chuck Billingsley, as well as 15 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Hunter Funeral Home, 423 Warwoman Road, Clayton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The family is at the residence of Jack Billingsley in the Scaly Mountain Community.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Published as a courtesy of Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

   

 

Linda Jean Queen Blaine

Franklin, NC - Linda Jean Queen Blaine, age 48, of Rabbit Creek Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011 at her residence. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of Laura Jean Waldroop Queen of Franklin, and the late Paul Queen. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Kenneth P. Blaine. She worked at Mountain Press as a film developer. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by two daughters, April Blaine and Crystal Fields both of Franklin, NC; a son, Ronnie Queen of Franklin, NC; two sisters, Teresa Estes of Franklin, NC and Kim Griffin of Bryson City, NC; one brother, Larry Queen of Franklin, NC; five grandchildren, Sean Dunn Jr., Zachary Queen, Garrett Fields, Dillon Queen and Chloe Lambert also survives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 3rd at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Queen, Keith Queen, Thomas Clark, Jamie Estes, Jake Cloud and Ricky Blaine.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Frances Tanner Blaine

Franklin, NC - Mary Frances Tanner Blaine, age 78, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at a local nursing home. She was born in Clay County, NC the daughter of the late Creed and Faye Hogsed Tanner. She was married to Gene "Bud" Lewis Blaine who died April 11, 2003. She worked in factories and was a member of Double Churches "Cartoogechaye Church of God" where she was a former Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed cooking and helping others.

She is survived by her children Ricky Blaine and wife, Sue of Franklin, NC, Janet Beer and her husband, Jeff of Victor, Montana, Timothy Ray Norris and wife Pat of Winder,GA; Faye Vinson and her husband Ralph of Laurens, SC, John Blaine and his wife, Mary Lee of Franklin, NC; one sister, Louise Moss Teague of Cramerton, NC; two brothers, Noland Tanner of Rock Hill, SC ad Jack Hooper of Gastonia, NC. Ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay Blaine and a brother, Jimmy Hooper.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 31 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Phillip Cochran officiating. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Kenneth Blaine, David Blaine, John Blaine, Dean Buchanan, Duke Buchanan, Randy Tanner, Greg Tanner and Chris Wallace.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, December 31 from 10:00-11:00 AM, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cartoogechaye Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 438, Franklin, NC 28744

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Jane F. Blaine

Franklin, NC - Jane F. Blaine, age 91, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, November 21,2009 in Atlanta, GA. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Dillard and Lora Ellen Sitton Frazier. She was married to the late John Blaine. She was a homemaker and a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne Blaine and husband Charles Munro of Atlanta, GA; one granddaughter, Jane Craven of Atlanta, GA.She was preceded in death by a son, Carroll Blaine.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 28, at 3:00PM at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Al Beck officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jean Sutton, 1822 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Cathy Lee Whitted Blanchard

Franklin, NC - Cathy Lee Whitted Blanchard, age 55, of Wilson Ave., Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, at her residence. She was a native of Haywood County, the daughter of the late Bob and Martha Baker Whitted. She was a Chef at the Boiler Room.

She is survived by three daughters, Bobbie VanHook, Tanya Bryson and Lisa Blanchard all of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Rodney Whitted and Mark Whitted both of Asheville, NC; eight grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

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Nathan Clayton Blanchard

Franklin - Nathan Clayton Blanchard, age 25, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of Clayton Scott Blanchard of Franklin, NC and the late Mary Kay Blaine. He was a painter and a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. He loved helping others, loved his dogs and hunting and fishing.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Jessica Blanchard; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann of the home; paternal grandmother, Anna Belle Houston of Franklin, NC; two sisters, Lisa Blachard and Tonya Blachard of Franklin, NC.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 13 at 2:00PM at Wells Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Dixon and Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. John Blaine, Jerry Cook, Harry Cook, Bruce Higdon, Jackie Cook and Lawton Houston will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 12 from 6:00-8:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smoky Mountain Shriner Masonic Home for Children, c/o Wells Grove Baptist Church, 1189 Wells Grove Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Cora Dean Bowers

Franklin, NC - Cora Dean Bowers, age 89, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in a local nursing home. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Savalia Bowers and Ziddie Houston Bowers. She was retired from Rabun Mills, where she worked for twenty-six years. She enjoyed all kinds of crafts and loved children. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Ruth Brown of Franklin, NC. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by two brothers, and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7th at 3:00pm in the Chapel of Byrant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary McCoy officiating. Burial will be at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00pm Friday, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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Mary Louise Bloom

Franklin, NC - Mary Louise Bloom,age 83, of Kelly Cove Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010 in a local hospital. Born in Manor, PA she was the daughter of the late Phillip E and Bertha Thompson Good. She was married to Franklin M. Bloom who passed away in 1994. She was a cashier for GTE Telephone Company and a member of Iotla United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer with CareNet and was very involved with her church.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane H. Hallum and David of Mustang, OK and Cheryl J. Daken and William of Franklin, NC; five grandchildren Dina M. Lederer of Indian Trail, NC, Michael Jackman of Ukon, OK, Kelly D. Yates of Valdosta, GA Christopher Hallum of Asheville, NC and David M. Hallum of Mustang, OK. Ten great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Donna Cobb and Rev. Bud Haire officiating. Entombment will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Waynesville, NC.

The family will receive friends Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Theodore "Ted" Bowen

Hiwassee GA - Ret. Sgt. Theodore (Ted) Bowen, MSP passed away in Hiawassee, Georgia, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 after a short battle with brain cancer.

Mr. Bowen was born Thursday, June 15, 1939 in Gardiner, Maine. He acquired his love for the outdoors from fishing and hunting in the western Maine area. Ted was proud to have served the people of Maine as a State Police Trooper for 20 years. In 1983, he retired and moved to Georgia to live with his family for his remaining years, taking up the skill of taxidermy. He was a member of McConnell Memorial Baptist Church, and was active in missions work and the local community. Mr. Bowen had served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his father Asa Bowen, mother Ruth Nason Judd; step-father John Judd; step-mother Edith Bowen; sister-in-law, MaryLee Bishop; and mother and father-in-law, Ligah and Bertie Hall.

Ted is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Carla (Hall) Bowen of Young Harris; daughter, Deborah and Curtis Blackwell, of Cumming , Georgia; son, Douglas and Debi Bowen of Dimondale, Michigan; daughter, Allison and Larry Honea of Cumming; sister, Judy and Jimmy Shows, of Jonesboro, Louisiana; brother, Roland and Lynn Bowen, of San Ramon, California; brother, Calvin and Brenda Bowen, of Soldotna, Alaska; brother-in-law and his wife, Ralph and Linda Hall of Franklin, NC; brother-in-law, Ivan and Reba Hall; brother-in-law, Tommy and Jill Hall; sister-in-law, Margaret and Gary Sutton; brother-in-law, J.R. Bishop; He was especially proud of his grandchildren: Cpl. Jaryd (USMC) and Emily Blackwell, Jason Blackwell, Jackson Blackwell, Meagan Honea, and Chadwick Honea, all of Cumming, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 2:00 PM from the McConnell Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Rudy Patton and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church for one hour before the service, 1-2 p.m., on Thursday, May 15.

Ted will be missed by all those who loved him - his family, friends, and the communities he served well. If you wish, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, Child Evangelism Fellowship, or to The Gideons International, in memory of Mr. Bowen. Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home - Hiawassee Chapel. Friends may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

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Carl Edward Boyd, Sr

Otto, NC - Carl Edward Boyd, Sr., age 79, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2009 at his residence. He was born in Trenton, NJ, the son of the late Edward and Rosalie Boidakowski. He was a US Navy Veteran during the Korean conflict and was of the Catholic faith. He was a retired plumber for the Local #9 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He was a small aircraft pilot and he loved hunting, fishing and boating.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Hasle and her husband, Richard of Franklin, NC; two sons, Carl E. Boyd, Jr and his wife Rose Marie of Prescott, AZ and Jeffrey Boyd of Wellsboro, PA; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Boyd, Jessica Boyd, Justin Boyd and Jennifer Hasle.

Memorial services will be held Monday, December 28 at 1:00 PM at the First Alliance Church with Pastor Mitch Scultz officiating.

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Betty Surmiak Wise Bowling

Franklin, NC - Betty Surmiak Wise Bowling, age 77, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012. Born in Fayette County, WV, she was the daughter of George C. Bowling and Edith Bickford Nelson. She was married to Paul Lewis Surmiak for 40 years and she was a manager at Space Maker Storage. She was a member of the Jehovah Witness Church.

In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by two daughters, Sharon Coffman of Sanford, FL and Melissa Chance of Deltona, FL; four sons, Teddie Skaggs of Lake City, FL, Robert Skaggs of Brooksville, FL, James Skaggs of Deltona, FL and Dwain Surmiak of North Carolina; one sister, Brenda Bowling of Ohio, and one brother, Larry Bowling of Texas. She is preceded in death by one brother, Bob Bowling.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Franklin VFW Post 7331, c/o Neal Riendeau, 1155 N. Skeenah Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Greta Juanita Evans Bradley

Franklin - Greta Juanita Evans Bradley, age 76, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, February 3, 2012 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Norman Harrison and Nettie Deweese Evans. She was a homemaker and a member of Iotla Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her daughter Rhonda Bradley Dills and her husband, Ronnie of Franklin, NC; granddaughter, Christy Evans; grandsons, Kevin Swafford, David Green, Todd Ledford, Jeremy Evans and Christopher Evans; four great-grandchildren, Caden Swafford, Tyler Evans, Andrew Evans and Rachel Evans. She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Douglas Evans; brothers, Kenneth Evans, Garland Evans and Melburn Evans; sisters, Dorothy Burmeister and Helen Roper.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 8 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Raby officiating. Burial will be held at Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Eddie Evans, Kevin Swafford, D.J. Arvey, Todd Ledford, Jeremy Evans and Christopher Evans will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 7 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in the memory of Greta Bradley to the Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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George Lester Bradley

Franklin, NC - George Lester Bradley, age 72, of CR Cabe Road, Franklin, NC passed away Friday, December 3, 2010 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late John H. and Selma McClure Bradley. He was a US Navy Veteran during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was retired from Duke Energy as a meter reader and was a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Franklin VFW. George was a loving husband and father. He loved mechanic work, restoring cars and trucks and making knives. He loved his friends gathering at his Busted Knuckles Garage.

He is survived by his wife, Rosanne Cabe Bradley; one son, Jeff Bradley of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; one brother, Andy Bradley of Commerce, GA. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Otis Bradley, Hoyt Bradley and Michael Bradley.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 6 at 11:00AM at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Dan Lyons, Rev. Dick Richards and Rev. Al Beck officiating. Burial will be held at the Church Cemetery. Matt Bradley, David Bradley, Danny Bradley, Darrel Bradley, Ray Vinson and Gerald Parks will serve as pallbearers, The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites.

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 05, from 4:00-6:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Clarks Chapel Cemetery Fund, 1999 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Helene Therese Bradley

Franklin, NC - Helene Therese Bradley, age 91, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012 at a local hospital. She was born in Calais, France the daughter of the late Charles and Therese Cuignet Furneaux. She was married to Luther "Brad" Thayer Bradley who passed away July 27, 2008. She was a telephone operator, hospital volunteer and was a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Charles Luther Bradley of Live Oak, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81/851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Luther "Brad" Thayer Bradley

Luther "Brad" Thayer Bradley, age 84, of Carolina Village Circle, Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008 at a local hospital. He was born in Cheyenne, WY, the sonof the late Jay Luther and Evelyn Thayer Bradley. He was a Veteran of the US Army serving in WWII and the Korean War. He worked as a telephone contractor and was a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108. He was a member of the Funeral detail and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helene Therese Furneaux Bradley; one son, Charles Luther Bradley and his wife Bonnie of Live Oak, FL; one sister, Evelyn Hughey of Tampa, FL. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A complete military service will be held Thursday, July 31 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Chaplain Ken Carpenter officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post # 108.

The family will receive friends Thursday, July 31 from 10:00-11:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Angel Home Health & Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81/851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Mary Esta-Lee Henson Bradley

Franklin, NC - Mary Esta-Lee Henson Bradley, age 91, of Skeenah Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011 in a local nursing home. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Grady and Eulah Ledford Henson and was married to Samuel Hubert Bradley who died February 11, 1976. She was retired from Franklin High School Cafeteria with twenty-eight years service. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Freda Graves of Otto, NC; one brother, Colbert Henson of Franklin, NC and a daughter-in-law, Sue Hooper Bradley of Franklin, NC and a number of nieces and nephews along with friends that she loved very much.

She was preceded in death by one son, Hugh R. Bradley; two sisters, Winifred Littleton and Adelaide Chastain and four brothers, Sherrill Henson, Elmas Henson, John Henson, and Cleveland Henson.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Josh Brooks and Rev. Johnny Raby officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Henson, Randy Henson, Steve Henson, Charles Henson, Michael Bradley, Jamie Henson and Randall Cowart.

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 Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Barbara O’Dell, 1095 Belle Dowdle Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Phillip Ray Bradley

Hendersonville - Phillip Ray Bradley, 57, of Hendersonville, died Tuesday, May 7, at his home. A native of Transylvania County, he was a son of the late Horace and Susie Phillips Bradley. He had lived in Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA prior to moving to Hendersonville in April of last year.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a Civil Service professional who worked for many years on aircraft carriers and submarines. He was a very spiritual person and attended and supported the Calvary Chapel of Asheville. He also supported mission minded organizations in San Diego as well as those in Western North Carolina. He loved the ocean and was an avid angler.

Mr. Bradley is survived by two children, Nichole Alexia Heim and Noel A. Heim; his brother, James Bradley and his wife Dawn; two nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces and one great-nephew and many loving aunts and relatives in Franklin and Northern Georgia.

A funeral will be held 1:00 PM Monday, May 13, in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville. Rev. Eric Cornette will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Henderson County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends for one hour before the service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hendersonville Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1512, Hendersonville, NC 28793 (828-697-1354).

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Willard Luther "Geat" Bradley

Franklin, NC - Willard Luther "Geat" Bradley, age 89, of Bradley Creek Road, Franklin, NC passed away Friday, May 2, 2008 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Will and Timmy Shepard Bradley. He was a Sgt. for the US Army Air Force. He worked at the Nantahaha Creamery for 20 years and was employed at Biltmore Dairy's and Rabun Mills. Mr. Bradley was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he served as a former Sunday School Superintendent, Training Union Director and he was very active in Sunday School. Geat enjoyed cattle trading.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Lee McCall Bradley; one daughter, Brenda Bradley of Franklin, NC; one son, Terry W. Bradley and his wife, Mary P. of Franklin, NC; one sister, Bedell Crawford of Franklin, NC; granddaughter, Rebecca Pruitt and her husband Rev. C. Allen of Knoxville, TN. He was preceded in death by a infant daughter, Kate Bradley, a sister, Mary Lee Bradley and two brothers, Olan Bradley and Arlen Bradley.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Stevens , Rev. Judson Hall and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Charles "Dink" Marlin McCall, Bobby McArthur McCall, Bruce Schuler, Gilmer Breedlove, Max Breedlove and John Mitchell will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 4 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. c/o Evelyn Hughes, PO Box 291, Franklin, NC 28744 or Hospice House Foundation, 170 Church St., Franklin, NC 28734

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Harold Franklin Brammer

Highlands, NC - Harold Franklin Brammer, 84, of Highlands peacefully passed away Friday, December 16, 2011 at home with his family present. He was born in Mullens, West Virginia, the son of Trevor Franklin Brammer and Hallie Beckelheimer Brammer. He was a US Navy Veteran of World War II and a graduate of Concord University. He and his wife moved to the Highlands area in 1979 where they lived on King Mountain for 20 years and later in Highlands proper. He co-owned and developed Wright Square and other properties in the area. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Highlands where he served as an Elder; he was also in the Men’s Prayer Group and enjoyed participating in missions. He was always involved in charity work in every community in which he lived. Before moving to Highlands, the Brammers lived in Largo, Florida where they were active members of Christ Presbyterian Church, participating in youth activities and teaching. Mr. Brammer also served with the Sertoma Club, a charitable business organization. He was founder and president of Seminole Awning and Screening Company in Pinellas County, Florida and a member of the Florida Mobile Home Association as well as the Largo Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gwendolyn Austin Brammer; two daughters, Karen Brammer Austin of Los Angeles, CA and Leah Gwen Brammer Long and her husband Ron Long of Portola Valley, CA; a son, Harold Austin Brammer and his wife Christel Brammer of Largo, FL; three grandchildren, Brendan Brammer Long, Bria Lorelle Long, and Olivia Grace Austin.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, with the Rev. Dr. Lee Bowman officiating. Visitation will follow the service at the Church.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741, or Highlands Community Day Care, PO Box 648, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Elsie Rae Curtis Brendle

Franklin, NC - Elsie Rae Curtis Brendle, 89, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, April 29, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Minnie McCall Curtis. She was married to Howard Theodore Brendle who died September 21, 2010. She cooked for restaurants, did cleaning for Dr. Kahn, had worked for Van Raalte and had worked for Dr. McSween. She loved to cook and grow flowers, and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Betty Wiley of Oakboro, NC, Gladys Lockler of Charlotte, NC, Linda Delaney and her husband Gary of Cornelia, GA, and Cathy Pierce and her husband Chris of Locust, NC, a son, Jimmy Scroggs and his wife, Gayle of Waterford, Michigan; three sisters, Judy Carpenter and Barbara Bradley both of Franklin, NC and Pauline Lovell of Elizabeth City, NC; three brothers, Charles Curtis, Jr. of Sylva, NC, Jimmy Curtis of Simpsonville, SC and Verlin Curtis of Franklin, NC; fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren also survive. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Randall Garth Brendle; two sisters, Christine Brabson and Catherine Cunningham, two brothers, Claude Curtis and Willie Curtis, two grandchildren, Kelly Pierce and Richard Little.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Vic Greene, and Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony Curtis, Kevin Seay, Travis Seay, Bill Mashburn, Jerry Guffey, Avery Brendle, Chris Pierce, Trevor Denton and James Greenwood. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, Inc. in memory of Kelly Pierce, 20 Tracy Lynn Lane, West Seneca, New York 14224.

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George Stanley Brendle

Franklin, NC - George Stanley Brendle, age 71, of Red Bud Lane, Franklin, NC passed away Monday, May 23, 2011 in a local hospital. Born in Manville, VA, he was the son of the late George Thomas and Nancy Belzie Franklin Brendle. He was owner and operator of Pizza Peddler Restaurant for 31 years; a member of Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145 and enjoyed shade tree mechanics. Stan was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret Cochran Brendle; three sons, Dale Brendle of Memphis, TN, Butch Brendle and his wife Sandra and Stacy Lionel Brendle all of Franklin, NC; two sisters, Ethel Osborne of Bryson City, NC and Wanda Ball of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Edward Brendle of Almond, NC and Dockie Brendle of Bryson City, NC. Three grandchildren, Kayla Alyse Brendle, Talyah Belzie Brendle and Sarah Carpenter, also survive. He was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Cody and a brother, Fonzie Brendle.

Memorial service will be held Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Potts and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating. Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145 will conduct Masonic rites. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm, one hour prior to 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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Lawrence G. Brendle

Franklin - Lawrence G. Brendle, 81 of Franklin passed away Saturday, October 2 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County and the son of the late Lawrence G. Brendle Sr., Nell Rickman Brendle and Raymond Sanders, step-father. He was married for 57 years to Evelyn Ray Brendle. He was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church. After graduating from Franklin High School he served in the US Air Force for two years.. He was a salesman for Slacks Auto Parts, Auto Parts and Equipment Company and part owner and salesman for Motor Parts and Equipment Company. He worked ar Belden Electric Cord Products and was a salesman for McClure-Dills Tractor Co. of Clyde. NC. Lawrence was an avid gardener and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of American Legion Post 108.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Teresa Hall and her husband Ralph of Greensboro, June Hodgin and husband Jack and Jean Poindexter and husband Carroll both of Franklin. Seven grandchildren, Christopher Cheek, Matthew Green, Mark Green, Andrew Hall, Darrell Hodgin,Kecia Hursey and Justin Poindexter and fourteen great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Jacob and Daniel Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday October 4, 2010 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be held at Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery

The family will recieve friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Westcare Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779

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Margaret Cochran Brendle

Franklin, NC - Margaret Cochran Brendle, age 71, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Ledford Cochran. She was married to the late Stan Brendle who died May 23, 2011. Mrs. Brendle owned and operated the Pizza Peddler Restaurant, along with her husband Stan, for 31 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother and she loved cooking, playing softball, crossword puzzles, bingo and playing cards.

Mrs. Brendle is survived by three sons, Dale Brendle of Memphis, TN, Butch Brendle and wife Sandra and Stacy Lionel Brendle all of Franklin, NC; four sisters, Linda Owenby of Franklin, NC, Jane Cochran, Dalphene Wilson and Jean Remke all of Bryson City, NC; two brothers, Wayne Cochran of Bryson City, NC and Bud Cochran of Murphy, NC and three grandchildren, Kayla Alyse Brendle, Sarah Carpenter and Talyah Belzie Brendle. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby Russell, Faye Barker, Hazel Simons and Lexie Hampton and one brother, Johnny Cochran.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Potts, Rev. Tim Hayes and Rev. Ernie Sanders officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 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 Cancer Society, Macon County Unit, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Randall Garth Brendle

Franklin - Randall Garth Brendle, 52, of Crossroad Lane, Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, April 16, 2010 in a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of Howard T. and Elsie Curtis Brendle of Franklin, NC. He was a carpenter and a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judy Robbins Brendle; a daughter, Alyson (Allie) Brendle of Franklin, NC; a son, Avery Brendle of Franklin, NC; four sisters, Betty Wiley of Stanley Co., NC, Gladys Scroggs of Charlotte, NC, Linda Sealey of Cornelia, GA and Cathy Pierce of Stanley Co., NC; one brother, Jimmy Scroggs of Waterford, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. David Powell officiating. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Don Kovacs, Tom Hansell, Eddie Robbins, Melvin Mashburn, Todd Ensley and Brian Sellers will serve as pallbearers. Randy Robbins and Brett Ensley will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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William Martin Brennan

Highlands, NC - William Martin Brennan passed away at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital on December 18, 2011, born in Coral Gables, Florida, on June 24, 1933. He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. He served in the United States Coast Guard. After retiring from Gables Engineering in Coral Gables where he was an associate engineer and moving to Highlands in 1994, he could fix almost anything you put before him.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gail, daughter Kimberly, grandson Billy of Highlands, son Michael Brennan, wife Amy of Saxapahaw, NC, daughter Dawn Joyner, husband Rob, grandson Robby of Cumming, GA.

The family will receive friends at Bryant-Grant Chapel in Highlands on December 21 between 6:00-8:00PM. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church on Thursday, December 22 at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at the Highlands Cemetery.

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Juanita Gusta Bryson Brewer

Cashiers, NC - Juanita Gusta Bryson Brewer, age 75, of Edward Fowler Road, Cashiers, NC passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at a Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was born in Jackson County, NC and the daughter of the late Walter "Walt" A. and Sally Underwood Bryson. She was a retired Supervisor for the AT & T Telephone Company and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy at Penrose, NC. Juanita loved quilting, loved trees and planting flowers. She loved going to Church and meeting new people and loved to travel. She also enjoyed poems written by her husband, Gary.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Brewer; a step-son, Rich Brewer of Hendersonville, NC; three sisters, Chole Bevil of Asheville, NC, Mamie Peeler of Franklin, NC and Geneva Hooper of Cullowhee, NC; one brother, Hayes Bryson of Cashiers, NC. Six nieces and eight nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Villella and two brothers, Ralph and Herbert C. Bryson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 11 at 11:00 AM at Pine Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial will be held at Stewart Cemetery. Kenneth Villella, Rick Brewer, Rich Brewer , Kent Hinkley, Alejandro Ayala Medina and Carlos Mojica will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 10 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Pine Creek Baptist Church.

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Ed Brogden

Franklin, NC - Ed Brogden, age 83, of Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009 in a local nursing home. He was a native of Swain County, the son of the late J. A. Brogden and Faye Hupp Brogden. Mr. Brogden was a member of Cowee Baptist Church for 61 years, where he served as a Choir Member. He was a US Army Veteran of World War II, serving with the Military Police. He was a retired Barber, owning Macon Barber Shop for thirty years, he also owned and operated Caler Creek Ruby Mine for twenty years. He loved coon hunting and playing golf, he was a member of Macon Co. Coon Hunters Association and a member of Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Zena Pearl Rickman Brogden; two sons, Rick Brogden and his wife Anne and Mack Brogden and his wife Linda all of Franklin, NC; five grandchildren, Chris Brogden, Lorrie Contino, Ericka Brogden, Dustin Brogden, and Joe Brogden; four great-granchildren, Kendall, Caitlin, Abby, and Heidi Brogden and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five sisters, six brothers.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 19th at 3:30pm at Cowee Baptist Church, with Rev. David Powell and Rev. Lloyd Fish, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Fouts, James Garrett, Benny Reynolds, Harold Clark, Terry Cabe and James Greenwood. Honorary pallbearers will be Helen and Buster Burnette, Jan and Harvey Fouts, Jack Dillard, Sr., Roy Ramsey, Skip and Gail Waters and Ernestine Shuler. The family will receive friends from 1:30pm till 3:30pm prior to the service at the Church.

Memorials may be made to Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734, or to a Charity of One’s Choice.

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Robert William Brooks

Otto, NC - Robert William Brooks, age 68, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008. He was a native of NY. He was the son of the late William and Alice Meade Brooks and was married to Diann Elizabeth Doolittle Brooks. Mr. Brooks was a retired electronics technician and a member of Franklin American Legion Post 108.

He is survived by his three daughters, Jacqueline Sata of Apollo Beach, FL, Sherry Brooks Bisneue and Lisa Brooks Cassidy Montana, five sons, Harvey "Butch" Brooks and John Brooks both of Otto, James "Jim" Brooks of Athens, TN, Danny Brooks Cassidy and Steven Brooks; Eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters, Betsy Cirelli and Mary Brooks of NY also survive. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Brooks.

Military funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 29 in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites. Burial Will be in Rush Cemetery.

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James Harold Brown

Franklin - James Harold Brown, age 87, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Fernando Erastus and Ada Justice Brown. He was married to Anna Pearl Tarpley Brown who died October 20, 2006. He was retired from General Motors; a member of Junaluska Lodge #145; a Shriner, and a member of Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108. He loved to western square dance.

James is survived by his caregiver, Judy Dodgins of Franklin, NC; two sisters-in-law, Clara Knuckles and husband Virgil and Nora Thompson; two nephews, Edwin and Alvin Brown and four nieces, Iris Wamsley, Linda Turpin, Glenda Hunsucker and Vivian Tolbert along with several nieces and nephews from St. Louis.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct full military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, Thursday evening, at the funeral home.

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Joseph Stephen Brown

Franklin, NC - Joseph Stephen Brown, age 64, of Tampa, FL, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010 in a local hospital. He was a native of Mobile, Alabama, the son of the late John and Eytol Greer Brown. He was a construction manager in commercial building. He was a US Army Veteran, serving in special forces as a medic.

He is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Karen Sue Webster Brown; two sons, Jack Brown and wife Sandy of Tampa, FL, and Daniel Brown and wife Carly of Winston-Salem, NC; three brothers, Thomas Brown and Michael Brown both of Augusta, GA and Jim Brown of Franklin, NC; three grandchildren also survive.

Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to a Charity of one’s choice.

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James Douglas Bridges

Franklin, NC - James Douglas Bridges, 85, died at his residence on April 21, 2008. He was born in Terrell County, GA, the son of the late Clyde and Mary Lowery Bridges. He was a graduate of the University of GA, member of the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, NC, served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Phenix City, AL for over 20 years, a member fo the American Foreign Legion, and served in the Air Force during WWII as a crewmember on B-29 bombers. He retired from GMAC as a District Sales Manager after 30 years of employment.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Ann Brossett and her husband, Wayne of Lee County, GA, Marcella Latimer and her husband Joseph of Phenix City, AL, and Teresa Bridges of Franklin, NC. Grandson, Eric Brown, Pierce Brossett, Charlie Turner, William Brossett and granddaughters, Kimberly Latimer, Whitney Latimer, & Lauren Brossett; brothers, Luther Bridges and wife Carol of Camden, SC, Louis Bridges and wife Stella of Americus, GA; sister, Margie Fletcher of Americus, GA; sister-in-law, June Hall of Royal Oak, MI and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley C. Bridges; nephews, Edward & Grant Bridges; sisters, Dollie Jones and her husband, Howard & Nellie Wiggins; brothers, Steve Bridges, Clyde Bridges and his wife, Eva & brothers-in-law, Clay Fletcher & Rex Hall.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Chapel in Franklin, NC with Rev. Bob Abel officiating.

Memorials may be made to Albany Community Hospice, PO Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702.
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Gloria Jiene Brinkley

Franklin, NC - Gloria Jiene Brinkley, a Jacksonville native and only child of Winton and Margaret Brinkley, passed from this life into her new life in heaven with her Lord on January 1, 2011 following a brief illness in Franklin, NC. She was 83 years young.

As an only child, Gloria prayed for a little brother. Her prayers were answered when her parents took into their home a cousin, Speedy, who lived with the family during the Depression.

After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL she earned a B.S. Degree in Business and Secretarial Studies from Stetson University. She taught in a private girls’ college in Illinois for three years before returning to Jacksonville to be near her ailing parents. After earning her Master’s Degree from Presbyterian School of Christian Education which is now affiliated with Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia she taught at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, now Florida State College at Jacksonville, until her retirement in 1988. Following her retirement, Gloria Jiene bought a home in her beloved Otto, NC and became active in the Franklin community.

While living in Jacksonville, Gloria Jiene was an active member and ordained Elder at Lakeshore Presbyterian Church. While in NC she has been an active member of First Presbyterian Church. Her hobbies included counted cross stitich and reading.

Gloria Jiene Brinkley leaves to mourn her passing her five cousins and a large host of friends. A memorial service in witness to her resurrection will take place at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, NC on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2 PM. A reception will follow the service in Tartan Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or to the Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

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James Wendell Brookshire

Franklin, NC - James Wendell Brookshire of Annandale, Virginia, Nags Head, North Carolina and Maui, Hawaii, passed away at INOVA Alexandria Hospital on March 24, 2008, at the age of 82.

Visitation will be at Franklin United Methodist Church, Franklin, North Carolina on Saturday, April 5th at 10:00 AM, with funeral services following at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery with military honors.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Potts Brookshire, daughters Saundra Brookshire and husband Anthony Pagan of Nags Head, North Carolina and Alisa Brookshire and husband, Leo Snead of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren, Morgan Myshin of South Lake Tahoe, California, Logan Snead and Makenzie Snead of Richmond, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clinton, Hoyt, and Harold Brookshire, and by his sister Lucille Ramey. He is survived by his youngest brother, Dennis Brookshire and three sisters, Virginia Smith, Barbara Kelley and Ivy Underhill, in addition to 15 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Brookshire, like many patriotic young men during World War II, left Franklin High School to join the U.S. Navy. He was chosen to be part of a very elite group who plied the waters of the Pacific on the USS Spearfish (SS-190). Although he never talked about it, he even found time while in the U.S Navy to become a Golden Gloves boxer of the submarine fleet.

Upon his return from the military, he graduated from Western Carolina University. He taught school in Fairfax County Public schools for several years before becoming a builder of fine homes in Northern Virginia. He, his wife, children and grandchildren spent many hours together at the beaches in Nags Head, NC and Maui, Hawaii. They traveled extensively throughout the world.

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  Virginia Southard Brookshire

Spartanburg – Virginia Southard Brookshire, age 95, died peacefully Thursday, June 10, 2010 at White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.

Born in Franklin, NC on August 5, 1914, Mrs. Brookshire was a daughter of the late Jesse Robert and Hattie Angie Carpenter Southard. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Clinton Brookshire. Mrs. Brookshire was a member of St. James United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Brookshire is survived by a daughter, Brenda Lee and husband Joe of Moore, SC; two grandchildren, Randy Lee and wife, Melissa of Simpsonville and Amy Lee of Huntersville, NC; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Franklin, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in remembrance of Mrs. Brookshire to the Hospice Care of South Carolina, 16 Mills Avenue, Greenville, SC 29605.

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Clyde Taylor Brown

Westminster, SC and Highlands, NC - Clyde Taylor Brown, age 50, of Westminster, SC, passed away, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. He was a native of Macon County, the son of Arlene Crunkleton Brown of Highlands, NC and the late Tomlee Brown. He was a machine operator for Johnson Controls Manufacturing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved to hunt and fish. He also loved older Cameros and trucks and loved working on them.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Tammy Webb Brown, two daughters, Ashley Brown and Anna Brown both of Westminster, SC; two sisters, Maxine Ramey of Highlands, NC and Brenda Clark of Portland, Oregon; one brother, Howard Brown. One grandchild, Zayden Robinson also survives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands, NC, with Rev. Robert Ramey and Rev. Matt Shuler officiating. Burial will be at Miller Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be B. J. Ramey, Travis Ramey, Cory Ramey, Cory Holbrooks, Bradley Webb, and Josh Wolfrey.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

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Helen Arizona Miller Brown

Franklin, NC - Helen Arizona Miller Brown, age 86, of River Valley Road, Otto, NC passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at a local nursing home. She was born in Rabun County, the daughter of the late Frank D. and Cora Moore Miller. She was married to James Newton Brown who passed away December 8, 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of Prentiss Church of God. She was a member of the Safe Club, former President to the Ladies Ministry and was coordinator for showers and dinners at the Church. She loved quilting, crocheting and sewing.

She is survived by three daughters, Jeanette Conner and her husband, Ray of Dillard, GA, Jackie Lovell and her husband Kenneth of Tiger, GA, and Julia Wood and her husband, James of Otto, NC; three sisters, Esther Hill of Clayton, GA, Naomi Johnston of Candler, NC and Loretta Norris of Scaly Mtn., NC; one brother, James Miller of Scaly Mtn., NC. Four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, brother and sisters, Ruth Corpening, Anna Belle Mason, Ruby Mason, Louise Dockery, Daisy Brown, William Miller and Mae Miller.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 19 at 2:00 PM at Prentiss Church of God with Rev. Tim Hayes officiating. Burial will be held at Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 18 from 6:00-8:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prentiss Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 1713, Franklin, NC 28744 or The Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Ruth Clark Brown

Franklin, NC and Snellville, GA - Ruth Clark Brown, age 90, of Third Street, Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010 in a local hospital. Born in Fulton County, GA she was the daughter of the late John Henry Clark, Sr. and Florida Chambers Clark. She was married to the late Robert Brown. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by one sister Mallie Fincher of Ocala, FL and one brother Frank Clark of Bowman, GA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brown will then be taken to Snellville, where the funeral services will be held at Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Snellville, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 2299 Rosebud Road, Grayson, GA 30017, Phone (770)-963-7051.

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Carter Norman Brunk

Franklin, NC - Carter Norman Brunk, age 81, of Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008 in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Cook County, Illinois, the son of the late Carter and Thelma Dickinson Brunk. He was a US Air Force Major, and a World War II Veteran, serving in strategic Air Command until he retired. He was married to the late Valeria "Penny" Smithey Brunk.

He is surivived by one daughter, Kelli Brunk of Miami, FL; two sons, Charles "Butch" Parks of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Shawn H. Brunk of Miami, FL; one sister, Lorraine of California; eight grandchildren, Carter, Tommy, Sam, Audrey, Carlos Carter, Shawn Erik, Mollie Valeria, and Tien Eng Brunk; the Barth-Brunk family of Illinois and Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Lloyd and Earlene Smithey of Severna Park, Maryland and their two daughters. He was preceded in death by his loved wife, "Penny," and his brother, Richard.

A wake gathering service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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Lillie Roper Bryant

Franklin, NC - Lillie Roper Bryant, age 88, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, January 6, 2011. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence P. and Carrie Tallent Roper. She was married to Marvin Dewitt Bryant who passed away April 6, 2010. She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lillie is survived by two sons, Paul Higdon and wife Linda and Bill Higdon and wife Linda all of Franklin, NC and three sisters, Alene Higdon, Louise Williamson and Ethel Ammons all of Franklin, NC. Four grandchildren, Christa Ledford, Heather Gibson, Lauren Shuler and Justin Higdon, and five great-grandchildren, Blake, Clay and Lexy Gibson, Mallie and Sarah Ledford also survive. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Ann Raby; two sisters, Marie Dayton and Ruby Reeves and two brothers, Roby and Harvey Roper.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. John Raby officiating. Burial will be in Roper Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Higdon, Bobby Ledford, Mike Gibson, Ben West, Eddie Raby, David Bryant, Charles Higdon and Roger Guest.

The family will receive friends Sunday 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 Oak Dale Baptist Church, 5650 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Marvin Dewitt Bryant

Franklin, NC - Marvin Dewitt Bryant, age 85, of Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at a local nursing home. He was a lifelong native of Macon County, the son of the late Mark and Lucinda Poindexter Bryant. He was a Veteran of the US Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict where he was a Purple Heart recipient. He was retired from the Department of Transportation and was a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church. Dewitt loved coon hunting and walking in the woods.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lillie Roper Bryant of Franklin, NC; two step-sons, Bill Higdon and his wife, Linda and Paul Higdon and his wife Linda of Franklin, NC; son-in-law, Eddie Raby of Franklin, NC, sisters, Margaret Roper and Dorothy Crawford of Franklin, NC and Rosemary McPhatter of Charlotte, NC; one brother, D.L. Bryant of Spray, OR; four step-grandchildren, Christa Ledford and husband, Bobby, Heather Gibson and husband Michael. Justin and Lauren Higdon; five step-great-grandchildren, Mallie and Sarah Ledford, Clay, Blake, and Lexy Gibson. He was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Betty Ann Raby; sisters, Elva Bryant, Burdell Hembree, Verdna Mae Rowland, Elizabeth Bryant; a brother, Wayne Bryant.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 8, at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. John Raby officiating. Burial will be at the Roper Family Cemetery. David Bryant, C.B. Roper, Mike Roper, Charles Higdon, Justin Higdon, and Eddie Raby will serve as pallbearers. The VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct complete military graveside rites.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 8 from 1:00-2:00PM, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Dewitt’s memory to Oak Dale Baptist Church Building Fund, 5650 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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William Jason Bryant

Franklin, NC - William Jason Bryant, age 40, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011 in a local hospital. Born in Baldwin County, GA, he was the son of Elmon "Bubba" and Judy Ann Rowland Bryant. He was married to Stacy Bryant and was a welder.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jason was survived by three daughters, Brittany Bryant of Fayetteville, NC; Kelsey Renee Bryant and Kerigan Bryant both of Toccoa, GA; grandson, Brantley Bryant of Fayetteville, NC; one son, Cole Bryant of Toccoa, GA; two sisters, Sacha Bryant of Franklin, NC and Michelle Hodgins of Milledgeville, GA and six brothers, Elmon Bryant III, Hubert Bryant and Brian Bryant all of Franklin, NC; Stephen Duane Bryant of Millegeville, GA and Mike Riegal and Ricky Riegal both of Milledgeville, GA.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Rowland Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Brandon Crunkleton and Rev. David Sosbee officiating. Family members will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 17 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Amelia W. Bryson

Franklin, NC - Amelia W. Bryson, age 96, of Franklin, NC passed away, Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at a local hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Annie Reece Wright. She was married to Ray Bryson who passed away December 6, 2007. She was a homemaker and a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother and friend. She loved farming, gardening and loved her Lord.

She is survived by her daughter, Alice Louise Davis and her husband Roger of Franklin, NC; her sons, James Ray Bryson and his wife Pat of Inman, SC, Charles Frank Bryson and his wife Frances and Ralph Leslie Bryson and his wife Linda all of Franklin, NC. Thirteen grandchildren, thirty two great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Lyla Maxon and a brother, Newell Wright.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 4th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Albert Gray and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday evening at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Charles "Chick" Bryson

Franklin - Charles "Chick" Harris Bryson, 91 of 30 Pressley Road, died Saturday at the Charles George Veteran’s Community Living Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

A native of Macon County, he was the eleventh surviving child of Earvin Felix and Paralee Brooks Bryson. He was preceded in death by three sons, Samuel Ted Ledford, Harrison Eugene Bryson and Charles "Tommy" Bryson.

He leaves to survive, his wife Mildred Bryson, daughters Yvonne Bryson of Franklin, NC and Bobbie Bryson of Crofton, MD, one son Bert Bryson of Canton, NC, grandchildren Kimberly of Charlotte, NC, Jada and Norman Bryson of Franklin, three great-grandchildren, a half-sister Ann Burgess Hall of Franklin, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was a Private First Class in the United States Army’s 92nd Division. Private Bryson served his country in Italy. His tour of duty was from 1942-1945.

Many years were worked at Cunningham Feed Store, Burlington Industries Hosiery Mill, Burlington Industries Rabun Plant and the U. S. Forest Service Older American Program.

He was a long time member at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry Board as Senior and Junior Warden. He attended Burgess Chapel and was a faithful member of the church choir "The Joy Bells". Currently, he was attending church at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva, NC where he was a member of the Men’s Choir and Holy Tabernacle also in Sylva, NC.

He was known through out the county for his love of singing, dancing and walnuts.

In October 2009, Chick was priviledged to participate in the Honor Air trip to Washington, DC to visit the World War II memorial. In January 2010, The Macon County Human Relations Council awarded Chick the Outstanding Honoree Award for being the sole surviving African American World War II veteran in Macon County.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Cyprian’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to The Waynesville Corps of The Salvation Army, 290 Pigeon St., Waynesville, NC 28786.

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Lydia Perry Smith Bryson

Highlands, NC - Lydia Perry Smith Bryson, age 77, of Highlands, NC, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was a native of Jackson County, the daughter of the late Cecil and Edna Bumgarner Smith. She was married to the late Don D. Bryson. She was a homemaker and a member of Cashiers Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Gay Bryson Stewart and husband Wilford "Bucky" of Tuckasegee, NC; a son, Greg Bryson and wife Kelley of Highlands, NC; sisters, Melena Fowler of Glenville, NC and Mary Norris of Cashiers, NC; brother, Robert Smith of Franklin, NC; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Smith.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 1:00pm at Upper Zachary Cemetery, with Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be to Highlands-Cashiers Hospice, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Mildred Ledford Bryson

Franklin, NC - Mildred Ledford Bryson, age 92, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Guy Ledford. She was married to the late Charles "Chic" Bryson who died in 2010. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church. She had worked for Macon Program for Progress in the Early Head Start Program and worked for the US Forest Service Older American Program.

She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Bryson of Franklin, NC and Bobbie Bryson of Crofton, Maryland; one son, Berton Bryson of Maggie, NC; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Norman and Jada Bryson also survive. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, Samuel Ted Ledford, Harrison Eugene Bryson and Charles H. "Tommy" Bryson, Jr., and a brother, Samuel Bert Ledford.

Graveside services will be held Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church Cemetery, with Rev. Dorrie Pratt officiating. The family will be at the residence of Yvonne Bryson, 126 Pressley Road, Franklin, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Walter Neville Bryson

Highlands, NC - Walter Neville Bryson, age 85, of Highlands, NC, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Walter Allen Bryson and Ruth Young Bryson. He was a US Army Veteran of World War II. He began business in 1951. He was a farmer, owner of Bryson Grading and Trucking since 1985, owner of B & S Haulers since 1997, and operator of Hickory Flats Farm since 1961, which he dearly loved, and owner of Brysons Gulf Service for 34 years. He was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church, and a member of the Macon County Planning Board. He was the first President of the Highlands Lions Club, a former member of the Board of Commissioners in Highlands, former member of Macon County Board of Education and Macon County Board of Commissioners. He loved Highlands, his family and his Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Walter N. Bryson, Jr., and a brother, William Y. Bryson.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edna Phillips Bryson; two sons, James P. Bryson and wife Sheila and J. Michael Bryson and wife Becki T. all of Highlands, NC; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Bryson; a sister, Mozelle Postell of Robbinsville, NC, five grandchildren, Josh (Mandi), Jennifer (Brian), Ryan, Jaime, and Maegan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 11:00am at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Christy officiating. Burial will be at Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Robins, Willard Turpin, Clarence Carpenter, Fred Bowers, Joe Luke and Jim Luke. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Wilson, Gene Talley, Jack Horton, and Jerry Sutton. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Friday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Wiley Alexander Bryson

Franklin, NC - Wiley Alexander Bryson, age 93, of Maples Park Drive, Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009 at a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Sam and Olive Pierson Bryson. He was married to Helen Rowland Bryson who passed away December 6, 1996. He owned and operated restaurants where he served as a cook. He loved fishing, gardening and working in his flower garden.

He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Sykes and her husband, G.P. of Atlanta, GA and his son, Bruce Bryson and his wife Sue of Franklin, NC; one sister, Otela Bryson of Asheville, NC; four grandchildren, Sheri Dockery, Barry Bryson, Marna Peck, and Marcie Carpenter. Seventeen great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson and four brothers, Sammie, Vernon, Alton, and Mack Bryson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 14 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be held at Salem Cemetery. Tommy Peck, Kyle Peck, Benjamin Bryson, Barry Bryson, Gabe Bryson and Josh Dockery will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 14 from 1:30-3:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Ruth Bernice Buchanan

Cashiers, NC - Ruth Bernice Buchanan, age 76, formerly of Cashiers, NC passed away Saturday, February 27, 2010 at a Care Center. She was a native of Jackson County, the daughter of the late Joseph Zebulan and Bertie Ruth Hedden Buchanan. She was a homemaker and a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis Ross Buchanan and Zebulan Vance Buchanan.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 5, at 3:00PM at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Ashe officiating. Burial will be held at Stewart Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2:00-3:00PM, one hour prior to service at the Church.

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David John Buck

Highlands, NC - David John Buck, age 58, of Raoul Rd. Highlands, NC went home to be with his Lord after a courageous battle with cancer, Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at his residence. Born in Buffalo, NY he was the son of the late Warner and Mary Casper Buck. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wright Buck. He was assistant manager of the Highlands ABC store. David was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Highlands and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one son, Marshall David Buck of the home; three daughthers, Mary Beth Buck of Highlands, NC, Bailey McBride Buck of the home and Katina Kenton of Wyoming; and one sister, Diane Correll of Orlando, FL. Five grandchildren also survive including Allie and Jonathan David.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church, Highlands, NC with Rev. Lee Bowman and Dr. Don Mullen officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am, one hour prior to the service, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family in care of First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Mildred Mae Houston Buchanan

Sylva, NC - Mildred Mae Houston Buchanan, 95, of Sylva, NC passed away Monday, December 3, 2012. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Ingram Houston and Letha Arlesie Owens. She was married to Lyndon Gordon Buchanan, who passed away in 1970. She was a devoted member of New Savannah Baptist Church, where she served in several capacities. She was a cosmetologist and a homemaker, gifted in needlework and crafts. She made family outfits, crocheted delicate doilies, constructed wonderful grapevine wreaths and decorations. She painted her house and kept beautiful flower gardens and loved hosting family events. She taught herself to play piano, plumb, and do carpentry projects. She enjoyed serving the community in school, PTA, church and other community activities. She loved the beach, collecting shells and bottles, traveling, and photographing nature scenes.

She is survived by family, Lynda Gail Burroughs and Aubrey Burroughs of Jamestown, NC, Brenda Hopper of Asheville and Franklin, NC, and Connie Nadine Buchanan and Dr. Daniel Caplan of Atlanta, GA; brother, Lawton Houston of Franklin, NC; in laws, Howard Buchanan (Elizabeth), Mae Buchanan, and Blanche Owens; grandsons, William Lyndon Hopper of Raleigh, NC, H. Eric Burch of Lakeville (Jill), Chadwick Isaac Hopper of Greenville, NC, Cyrus Joshua Burroughs (Madeline) of Charlotte, NC and Aubrey Jonathan Burroughs of Jamestown, NC; great grandchildren, William, Patrick, and Andrew Hopper of Raleigh; Christian, Nicholas and Harrison Hopper of Wilmington, NC. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

During her extended illness she was cared for by a loving community, including "adopted daughters", Sally Hale and Vicky Dearing and caregivers who became family, Velma Franks, Janet Henson, Alice Morgan, Sun Sanders and Michelle Lee.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 7th at 12:00 in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Ray Knowles and Rev. John Reid officiating. Burial will be in New Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Savannah Baptist Church, PO Box 573, Webster, NC, 28788 or to Community Advance Practice Nurses Inc., Clinics for Homeless Women and Children, 175 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, www.CAPN.org.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 till 12:00 Friday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home

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Henry John Bucki

Franklin, NC - Henry John Bucki, age 88, of Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC passed away Friday June 26, 2009 at his residence. He was born in Lackawanna, NY the son of the late John and Bertha Sawicki Bucki. He was US Coast Guard Veteran during WWII and worked in a steel mill for 36 years. He was in the CCC-Camp and worked at the Rec Club. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where he was active in Bingo.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Natalie Hunneyman Bucki; one son, Michael Stephen Bucki of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Alberta Grupka of Hamburg, NY and one brother, Teddy Bucki of Hamburg, NY.

Memorial services will be held July 2 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. The VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Randall Steven Buhrmaster

Hendersonville – Randall Steven Buhrmaster, 53, of Jubilation Drive, died Sunday, May 17, 2009.

A native of Miami, Florida, he was the son of Patricia Liles Buhrmaster Howe of Melbourne, FL and of the late Glen Charles Buhrmaster.

Randy was a former resident of Key West, FL, Franklin and Canton, before moving to Hendersonville. He was a salesman and a member of the American Legion.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, AnnMarie Buhrmaster; his children, Randall Wade Buhrmaster, Ashley Roy and Sunny Griffin; his sister, Sandra Molina and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 pm Wednesday Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A service will be held at 11 am Thursday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Assn., PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Memorials may be posted to Groce Funeral Home.

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Arie McLean Bullock

Franklin, NC - Arie McLean Bullock, age 88, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 at a local hospital. She was born in Cheraw, SC the daughter of the late William and Mary Adams McLean. She was married to Douglas Reedy Bullock who passed away Feb. 17, 2009. She was a cosmetologist and a former member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Elizabeth Bullock Outlaw and her husband, Gary of Franklin, NC; one brother, Coit McLean of Bennetsville, SC. Two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survives.

Burial will be later in Middleburg. FL.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Douglas Reedy Bullock

Franklin - Douglas Reedy Bullock, 86 of the Cowee Community passed away Tuesday February 17th at his residence.

He was born in Rowland, NC and was a U S Army Veteran, serving during WW II. Surviving is his wife of 66 yrs., Arie McClean Bullock, two daughters, one son-in-law, two grand-children and two great-grand children. Burial will be in Green Cove Springs, FL.

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"Libby" Wilson Bullock

Andrews, NC - Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Wilson Bullock, age 47, of Clinton, SC, passed away Friday, January 9, 2009 at her residence. She was a native of Shelby, NC, the daughter of the late Brad and Evelyn Scoggins Wilson. She was married to the late Normie Black. She was a homemaker and enjoyed needle work and was a fan of the Atlanta Braves.

She is survived by a daughter, Salina Dawn Santana and her husband Phillip of Odessa, TX, a son, Dallas Taylor Black of Pittsburg, PA; her foster parent, Hope Gary of Andrews, NC, a sister, LaWanda Black and her husband Bobby of Andrews, NC; three grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a nephew, Kevin Cope and a foster parent Edison Gary.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 14th at 2:00pm at Briartown Baptist Church, with Rev. John Raby officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church.

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Linda Lou Payne Bumgarner

Canton - Linda Lou Payne Bumgarner, 59 of Canton passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Haywood County on October 4, 1948 to James Roy Payne and the late Marjorie Kostoff Payne. She worked at Britthaven Nursing Home for several years prior to her illness. She liked to sew and do embroidering. She also enjoyed camping and loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, John Bumgarner, three brothers, Larry Payne and his wife, Stella of Hazelwood, James Payne, Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Clyde and Samuel Payne and his wife, Gail of Franklin, two sisters, Brenda Ewart and her husband, Donald of Clyde and Opal Tallent of Franklin, great nephew, Michael Ewart and his wife, Ashley, a half sister, Sue Shaw and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 pm Sunday in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Reverend Philip Wyatt and Reverend Ronald Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Rocky Branch Cemetery. Randy Reece, Charlie Pitts, Johnny Bumgarner, Gary Rogers, Clay Payne, Levi Holcombe and Dane Smith will serve as pallbearers.

An online guest registry may be signed at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com sponsored by the staff of Garrett Funerals and Cremations.

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Charles Robert Burchett, Sr.

Franklin, NC - Charles Robert Burchett, Sr., age 66, of Franklin, NC passed away August 8, 2012. Born in Lake County, FL he was the son of the late Charles Emmett and Kathleen Galloway Burchett. He was a mechanic and auto parts salesman; was a veteran of the U. S. National Guard and a member of the Early Farm Equipment Association.

He is survived by his wife, Janel Andrus Burchett; two sons, Charles "Rob" Robert Burchett, Jr. and his wife Kasey of Rolesville, NC, Brant Michael Burchett and his fiancee Trista Chase of Wilmington, NC; one sister, Janet B. Marks and husband Mickey of Zellwood, FL; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Artista Burd

Franklin, NC - Artista Burd, age 93, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012. Born in Franklin County, OH, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Bessy Featherof Poling. She was married to Edwin Burd who died in 1996. She loved flower arranging; was very active in Senior Citizen's Program and was a member of Truth Tabernacle Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Mrs. Burd is survived by a son, Paul David Burd and wife Donna of Franklin, NC; two granddaughters, April Rios and Allison Burd and a great granddaughter, Sophia Rios.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Watts officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice Services MedWest Harris, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779.

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John Lewis Burgess

Franklin, NC - John Lewis Burgess, age 53, of Burgess Road, Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, June 22, 2008 at a Sylva Hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late Annie Mae Scruggs Burgess and Wade Burgess, Sr. He worked for the town of Franklin for 15 years. John was a faithful member of Burgess Chapel Church of God and was a friend to everyone he met along the way.

He is survived by his sister, Bea Chavis and her husband, Fleetwood of Franklin, NC. Several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carrie Mae Stevenson and two brothers, Wade " Rabbit" Burgess, Jr and Don Burgess.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 27 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Elder C.W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Timothy Chavis, Willis Chavis, Michael Chavis, Greg Hall, Alex Hall, and Danny Breedlove will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 26 from 6:00-8:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Pat Burgess

Franklin, NC - Pat Burgess, 49 of Roller Mill Rd., passed away Friday, July 23, 2010 in a local hospital. A native of Macon County he was the son of Charles and Ann Burgess Hall. He was a retired street foreman with the Town of Franklin. A member of Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ, he loved to hunt and fish, loved drag racing and going to car shows. A 1980 graduate of Franklin High School he was a member of FFA.

In addition to his parents he is survived by one son Patrick Isaiah Burgess of Franklin, NC; Mother of his son Beth Burgess of Franklin, NC, one step-daughter Thia Heater Foster of Clayton, GA, two step-sons Justin Heater of Asheville, NC and Jeremiah Gribble of Franklin, NC. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother Josephine Burgess of Franklin; three sisters Charlene Hall, Christine Hall and Leslie Hall all of Franklin, NC; two brothers Chris Hall of Franklin, NC and Alex Hall of Waynesville, NC and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. J. W. Gary and Supt. C. W. Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be Clarence Cullins, Greg Hall, John Pressley, Michael Chavis, Justin Heater, Jeremiah Gribble, Willis Chavis and Tim Chavis. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, July 25, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Burgess Chapel Church, 447 Roller Mill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Francis Juanita Burnette

Highlands - Francis Juanita Burnette, 76, of the Yellow Mountain Community passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Highlands. She was a native of Macon County; the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Houston Wood. She was married to C. T. Burnette for over 61 years. She was a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church and was a choir member. Mrs. Burnette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to bowl, crochet and read. She loved her church family, cooking for family, friends and her church family.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Tommy Burnette and wife Nancy of Glenville, NC; one sister, Jeannie Taylor of Otto, NC; two brothers, Vic Wood and wife Betty of Highlands, NC and Larry Wood and wife Leann of Manassas, VA. Two grandchildren, Jeffery and Kristy Burnette; three great-grandchildren, Jeffery, Bradley and Christopher Burnette, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Ashe, Rev. Johnny Norris and Rev. Ralph Campbell officiating. Burial will be in the Stewart Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Yellow Mountain Baptist Church, 34 Mill Creek Rd., Cullowhee, NC 28723.

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Mildred J. Burnette

Franklin- Mildred J. Burnette, 80, of Franklin passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013. Born in Macon Co., she was the daughter of the late Everett and Bertha Bryant Cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clyde Burnette who died in 1994. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She liked gardening, flowers and quilting.

She is survived by three daughters, Deborah Flores and husband Juan of Clarkston, MI, Connie Klapko and husband Gregg of Flint, MI and Michelle Lane and husband Dale of Franklin, NC; one son Douglas Burnette and wife Yvonne of Flint, MI; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a long time companion Billy Ray McAllister.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Law, Dale Lane, Josh Chastain, Gene Estes, Dickie Phillips and Kenneth McCaskill. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 23rd at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rose Creek Baptist Church, 80 Blue Ridge Dr., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Flora Elizabeth Carpenter Burrell

Franklin, NC - Flora Elizabeth Carpenter Burrell, age 83, of Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at her residence. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late William Harley Carpenter and Louisa Jane Norton Carpenter. She was a homemaker and had worked at Clayburn Manufacturing. She was a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church, and volunteered in the Church Fellowship Hall. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she enjoyed singing and visiting at Britthaven. She was an avid Atlanta Braves Fan.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, R. L. Burrell; a daughter, Linda Sue Brooks of Franklin, NC; two sons, James Burrell of Franklin, NC and Kevin Burrell and wife Patricia of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Edward Carpenter of Otto, NC and Harley Carpenter, Jr. of Franklin, NC; four grandchildren, Todd Burrell, Stephanie Robbins, Tricia Carver, and Daniel Brooks; two great-grandchildren, Daylon Ammons and Gavyn Carver. She was preceded in death by one sister, and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 11:00 am at Newman Chapel Baptist Church, with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Danny Cannon officiating. Pallbearers will be Tommy Carpenter, David Pitts, Glenn Pitts, Caleb Tallent, Michael McDowell and Jeff Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Welch, Jerry Rogers, Erskin Monteith, Tommy McMahan, Billy Carpenter and Eugene Pitts. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Friday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Eleanor Burstein

Franklin -E leanor Burstein, 86 was born on July 11, 1924. The wife of Oscar Burstein, daughter of Samuel & Yetta Sacks and the sister of Lillian and brother, Alex, all of blessed memory. On March 8, 2011, she passed away, survived by her adoring sons: Barry, Randy & Maury. Loving daughters-in-law. Patricia, Melissa & Ivy. Admiring grandchildren: Jennifer, Alan, Matthew, Lori, Jonathon, Connie, Michael, Jeffrey, Josh, Roseli & Brandon. Beautiful great-grandchildren: Shaun, Isabel, Zachery, Jocelyn & Addison. Nephews & Nieces: Ed & Shelley Little, Neil & Kathleen Little, David & Martin Sacks.

Eleanor was born in Brooklyn, New York where she spent the first years of her life. Her family moved to South Florida where she met and fell in love with Oscar, the man who stole her heart. She raised a beautiful family and stood hand in hand with Oscar for a fulfilling 52 years.

Eleanor will be interred at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Franklin, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mountain Synagogue, PO Box 504, Franklin, NC 28744, on behalf of the Burstein family.

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Louise Dorn Buzzell

Groton MA / Highlands - Louise Dorn Buzzell, 94, passed away Friday evening March 6 at the Groton, MA home of her eldest son, Robert Buzzell. She was born February 22, 1915 in Larkins (now known as South Miami) Florida, the eldest child of Robert William Dorn, Sr. and his wife Mary Irene ( Wheeler) Dorn who were early pioneers of South Florida.

Mrs. Buzzell graduated salutatorian in the Class of 1936, University of Miami where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She married her high school sweetheart, A.L.Buzzell at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Coconut grove, FL. He predeceased her in 2002, shortly after their 65th wedding anniversary celebration in Jacksonville, FL

She is survived by five sons; Robert L. Buzzell of Groton, MA, Edward P. Buzzell of Kenmore, WA, Stephen A. Buzzell of Tavernier, FL., Donald A, Buzzell of Annandale, VA, William A. Buzzell of Lake Mary, FL and a sister, Martha A. Timanus of Miami, FL.

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren: Ward Buzzell, Elizabeth Buzzell, Amy Cook, Diane Buzzell, Shawn Evans, Mary Lewis, Shannon Normington, Rob Buzzell, Brad Buzzell, Brian Buzzell, Mara Ehert, Steve Buzzell, Laura McElhinney, Meredith Stevens, Leah Buzzell, Anna Buzzell, and 17 great grandchildren.

Services were held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1:00 PM in the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel in Highlands, NC. She summered in Highlands with her family for many years and she will be buried in the Highlands Memorial Cemetery, next to her husband.

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Mary Byrd

Franklin, NC - Mary Strain Byrd, age 97, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2009, in a local nursing home. She was born in Baldwin, GA, the daughter of the late Floyd and Norma Stewart Strain. She was married to the late Clint Byrd. She was a graduate of Franklin High School and Western Carolina Teachers College. She taught school 36 years in Macon County, teaching at Kyle, Holly Springs, Clarks Chapel, Mulberry and Otto until her retirement in 1975. She was a member and past President of Macon County Retired School Personnel, and past President of Macon County NCAE. She was the oldest member of First Presbyterian Church, and a member of Ruth Circle.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ruth Byrd of Franklin, NC; a brother-in-law, Thad Byrd and his wife Laura of Franklin, NC, several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her son, Scott Byrd, her two sisters, Flora Richardson and Harriett Phillips and her two brothers, Irvin Strain and Robert Strain.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 3:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Bob Abel officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Phillips, Paul Phillips, Joe Phillips, Jerry Fulbright, David Woods, and Brian Stram. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Ruth Circle and members of Macon County Retired School Personnel.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm Saturday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, where the body will remain until placed in the Church, thiry minutes prior to the service. Memorials may be made the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744 or to the Music Department of the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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