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Arnold Richmond Keener

Highlands, NC - Arnold Richmond Keener, age 85, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Highlands Cashiers Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late John Richmond and Bertha Zona Smith Keener. He was a WWII Veteran of the US Army in Germany and was a member of the Goldmine Baptist Church. He was a retired foreman for the Town of Highlands Electrical Crew.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eunice Martin Keener, two sons, Grant Keener and his wife, Martha of Franklin, NC and Alvin "Skip" Keener and his wife, Ladonna of Highlands, NC; one brother, J.B. Keener of Highlands, NC; five grandchildren, Wesley Keener, Brooklynn Keener, Perrin Keener, Sarah Rutter and Matthew Keener and two great grandchildren, Nathan Keener and Lilly Rutter . He was preceded in death by a sister Della McCall.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13 at 2:00PM at the Highlands First Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Charles Harris officiating. Burial will be held at Highlands Memorial Park. Thad Watson, Varney Watson, Farrell Justice, Grover McCall, John McCall, Weldon Keener, Ervin Keener and Wayne Justice will serve as pallbearers.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Hester Hedden Keener

Highlands, NC - Hester Hedden Keener, age 74, of Destin, FL formerly of Highlands, NC went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Born May 24, 1938 in Gneiss, NC, to the late Quince and Emma Stewart Hedden. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Dean a daughter, Renee’ Gwen, and a brother, Dwight Quincy Hedden. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She spent many years in both Highlands and Destin working in real estate sales and home construction industries. Her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her family and hand-crafting many beautiful quilts.

She is survived by a son, Don and wife Nancy of Destin, FL; three granddaughters, Brandy Keener Highsmith of Atlanta, Georgia, Kalee Renee’ Keener and Paige Marion Keener of Destin, FL; one great-grandson, Simeon Highsmith of Atlanta, Georgia. Her sisters, Barbara Ledford of Franklin, NC, June Hedden of Lilburn, GA, Mary Keener of Highlands, NC, Shelba McFarland of Virginia Beach, VA, Helen Justice of Hendersonville, NC, Alice Lee of Powell, TN and Hope Calloway of Cullowhee, NC.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church, with Rev. Andy Cloer and Rev. Keith Ashe officiating. Burial will be in Stewart Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stewart Cemetery Fund. c/o Carl Stewart, 3295 Yellow Mtn. Rd., Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Isaac Newton Keener

Highlands, NC - Isaac Newton Keener, age 88, of Perquin Road, Highlands, NC passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Isaac N. and Martha Calloway Keener. He was married to Emma Louise Henry Keener who passed away in 1993. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII. He was a carpenter and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Munger of Highlands, NC and Peggy Lee Reese of Herndon, VA; two sons, Tony Keener of Enterprise, AL and Michael N. Keener of Highlands, NC; two sisters, Myrtle Macky of Franklin, NC and Maggie Gaynor of New Port Richey, FL. Eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Walter Wilson and Rev. Everett Brewer officiating. Christoper Reese, Jason Reese, David Reese, Joseph Keener, Justin Odom, and Jeff Munger will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be at Highlands Memorial Park.

The American Legion Post #108 and Franklin VFW Post #7339 will conduct complete military graveside rites.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 16 from 1:00-2:00PM, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Melissa Ann Keener

Franklin, NC - Melissa Ann Keener, age 39, of Old Murphy Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in a local nursing center. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Tommy Watts of Clayton, GA and Sandra Cabe Shepherd and her husband, Dale of Franklin, NC. She was married to Rickie Keener. She was a CNA at Britthaven Nursing Home. Melissa was a loving wife and mother; she liked to do needlework; loved meeting people and everyone loved her. She attended Franklin Church of God.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by one son Brandon Keener of Franklin, NC; one sister, Melinda Watts of Franklin, NC and maternal grandfather, Buster Cabe of Franklin, NC. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Faye Cabe and paternal grandparents, Fred and Ruth Watts.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Franklin Church of God with Rev. Richard Davis, Rev. Eugene Moore, Rev. Danny Peterson and Terry Cabe officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Uncles will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Roy Bynum Keener

Franklin, NC - Roy Bynum Keener, age 78, of Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Charles Randolph Keener and Pearl Miller Hedden. He was married to Shirley Allen Keener of Largo, FL. He had worked in tunnel construction, and was a U. S. Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW and a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by three daughters, Sherri Fields of Denver, CO, Sandra Keener of Kingston, NY, and Stacie Nakai and her husband Steve of Durango, CO; two sisters, Patricia Leinbach and husband Sam of Winchester, VA and Polly McCoy and husband Mack of Franklin, NC; one brother Charles Keener and wife Paulette of Augusta, GA and three grandchildren, Emily Fields, Miles Nakai and Aja Nakai.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, G. D. Hedden; brother, Duane Hedden and twin brother, Roland Keener.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Rick Potts officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Billy Bell, Chris Bell, David White, Bob McCoy, John Cooper, James Keener, Steve Sellers and Bobby Green. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 24 River Bottom Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Sarah Mason Hastings Keener

Franklin, NC - Sarah Mason Hastings Keener, age 83, of Clayton, Georgia, formerly of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in a Stephens County hospital. She was a native of Rabun County, the daughter of the late Dan and Ida Hastings Mason. She was married first to Frank Hastings, who died in 1977 and second to Jesse Roscoe Keener for 31 years. She had worked at Burlington Mills as an Inspector. She was a member of Black Rock Baptist Church, and liked to play guitar and sing. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five daughters, Sue Worley and Tony of Clayton, GA, Dale McConnell and Lee of Franklin, NC, Cathy Tippett and Bryan, Alice Bradley and Mike and Marilyn Hastings all of Otto, NC; two sons, Harvey Hastings of Franklin, NC and Sam Hastings and Debra of Clarksville, GA; a step-daughter, Wanda K. Bleckley and Nathan of Clayton, GA; one brother, Frank Mason of Franklin, NC; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survives.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Jim Green, and Rev. David Hastings officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Grover Franklin Kennedy

Highlands, NC - Grover Franklin Kennedy, 72, of Highlands, NC passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Born in Chatham County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Athelene Moody Kennedy. He was a shrimper in Florida, and a landscaper in Highlands. He was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife of nine years, Barbara Kennedy; one daughter, Cynthia Marie Flowers of Franklin; one son, Duane Kennedy of Highlands; one brother, Jerry Kennedy; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to hisparents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Kennedy.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:00 am at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy and Rev. Beth Bowser officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday 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 American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James Patrick Kennedy

Franklin, NC - James Patrick Kennedy, age 55, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012. He was born in Nassau County, New York, the son of the late James and Ann McGraith Kennedy. He was a stock clerk for Ingles, he loved football, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Lucitia Ramey Kennedy; one son, Matthew Kennedy of Andrews, NC; one sister, Joyce Kennedy of Port St. Lucie, FL; two grandchildren, Mary Jane Kennedy and Kaylee Kennedy.
A family and friends gathering will be held Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 pm at the residence.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Evelyn Carlson Kent

Highlands/Sarasota - Evelyn Carlson Kent, of Sarasota, Fla., went to be with her Lord on Sept. 12, 2010, in Highlands, N.C., at the age of 85. At her side was Wendel, her husband of 59 years.

Evelyn expressed her joy in God’s Creation through her gardens, which she lovingly designed, planted and tended at their home in Sarasota and at their summer home in Highlands.

She was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Gilmore, Fla., a small fishing community on the St. Johns River, to Edward and Tina Carlson, who had immigrated from Scandinavia. She grew up during the Great Depression in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she graduated from St. Petersburg High School. The first of her family to attend college, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cornell University. She was assistant dean of women at Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C., from 1949 to 1951.

Evelyn and Wendel, who met at Cornell in 1946, were married in 1951 in St. Petersburg. They spent their early married years in Champaign, Ill. In 1959 they moved to Sarasota, where they raised their three sons. After their children were grown, Evelyn, a lifelong gardener, entered the floral business, owning and operating Hillview Flowers and Greenery, Sarasota, for many years, during which she expanded the business with outlets on St. Armand’s Circle and in Boca Grande.

She was proud of her Norwegian heritage. She led her family to Norway in 1973 to restore her grandfather’s farmhouse, which had passed to her, in the hamlet Kvestad. After retirement she devoted her full attention to her gardens.

She was a founding member of Siesta Key Chapel, Sarasota.

Surviving are: her husband, Wendel; her sons, Stephen (Sara), Peter (Francine), and Richard; her granddaughters, Melissa Morrill, Skye Kent, Emily Kent and Wendy Kent; her niece, Sally Lock; and her nephews, David Twardock, Robert Twardock and Paul Twardock. She was predeceased by her sister, Elena Carlson Benedict.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at Siesta Key Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Florida programs of the Nature Conservancy, 222 S. Westmonte Dr., Ste. 300, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
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Coy Killian Kerr

Topton, NC - Coy Killian Kerr, age 40, of Concord, NC, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2008. He was a native of Los Angeles, CA, but had lived most of his life in North Carolina. He was the son of Weldon and Betty Lee Duvall Kerr of Topton, NC. He was a pipefitter for A-1 Fire Control, and was a US Army Veteran, having served in the 82nd Airborne.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Albert Kerr and his wife Angela of Andrews, NC; a half brother, Robert H. Wood of Aquone, NC and five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a half brother, James Wood and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 31st at 1:00pm in the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews. Burial will be at Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:00pm, one hour prior to the service at Townson-Rose Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Norman Edward Kerzic

Naples, FL - Norman Edward Kerzic, age 94, of Naples, FL, passed away Friday, April 9, 2010, in Franklin, NC. He was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Frank and Frances Kerzic. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy F. Hennies Kerzic. He was a salesman for a copperwire company.

He is survived by his daughter, Shirley A. White of Boston, MA, a son, Dick Kerzic of Franklin, NC; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Mlakar and Dorothy Kerzic.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Karen Sue Keyser

Franklin, NC - Karen Sue Keyser, age 72, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in a Sylva hospital. Born in Wheeling, WV, she was the daughter of the late Thomas K. and Mary Elizabeth Sassig Keyser. She was a retail manager for The Avenue Ladies Store; was on the Board of Directors of The Macon County Humane Society; volunteered at The Macon County Humane Society Thrift Store and was a member of ASPCA. Karen was a true animal lover.

She is survived by her closest friend, Holly Rugg of Franklin, NC; one brother, Kurt Keyser and wife Kathy of Virginia Beach, VA; one niece and four nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 4, 2011 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at The Macon County Humane Society Thrift Shop.

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

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Valdarea Sharon Kinsey

Franklin, NC - Valdarea Sharon Kinsey, age 63, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of LaVerne Stiles Henry and the late Leon Sellers. She was a CNA; a member of Cashiers Baptist Church and was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister.

She is survived by one daughter, Krista Neely and husband Les of Clayton, GA; one son, Travis Kinsey and wife Patsy of Mtn. Rest, SC; three sisters, Karen Forrester of Virginia, Brenda Henry of Franklin, NC and Kathie Henry of Sevierville, TN and one brother, Ronnie Henry of Cashiers, NC. Six grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, April Kinsey.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Cashiers Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Norris, Rev. Lewis Smith and Rev. Scotty Patrick officiating. Burial will be in Upper Zachary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Merritt Rice, Deed Kinsey, Brandon Kinsey, Heath Henry, Ron Henry and Anthony Hooper.

The family will receive friends Thursday, from 12:30 until 2:00 pm, prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made directly to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Carol Suzanne Ritzman Kirk

Hayesville, NC - Carol Suzanne Ritzman Kirk, age 84, of Hayesville, NC passed away Saturday, July 27 at her residence. She was born in Toledo, OH, the daughter of the late Walter W. and Stella Coen Ritzman. She was married 61 years to James Ezra Kirk, Jr. who passed October 15, 2011. She was a dental hygienist for 30 years with Dr. Archie Kline in Toledo, OH. She was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority at Ohio State University and was a member of the Hayesville First United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia K. Beumel and her husband Nicholas of Toledo, OH and her son, James E. Kirk III and his wife Janice of Swanton, OH; a granddaughter, Amy Katherine Lombardi and her husband Jeff of Columbus, OH; a great grandson, Ezra David Lombardi; a brother, Walter Ritzman of Estes Park, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Wilma Jane Geddis and Florence Meredith.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:00AM at Hayesville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kirk Hatherly officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hayesville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85,
Hayesville, NC 28904

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James Ezra Kirk, Jr.

Franklin, NC - James Ezra Kirk, Jr., age 85, of Hayesville, NC passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011 at his residence. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late James E. Kirk, Sr and Josephine Kness Kirk. He was a WWII Veteran of the US Navy. He was a salesman for chemical industries. Mr. Kirk was a member of the Hayesville First United Methodist Church, a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of Toledo Ft. Industry Lodge # 144. He loved boating and fishing. He was very active in the Chatuge Village Association.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Ritzman Kirk; his daughter, Patricia Ann Beumel and her husband, Nicholas of Toledo, OH; his son, James E. Kirk III and his wife, Janice of Swanton, OH and his granddaughter, Amy Katherine Lombarbi and her husband, Jeff of Columbus, OH.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00AM at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kirk Hatherly officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 11:00AM, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Jim Kirk to Hayesville First United Methodist Church, 989 Hwy 64 Business, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Eleanor Frances Kirkland

Otto, NC - Eleanor Frances Kirkland, age 70, of Creek Road, Otto, NC passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at her residence. She was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio the daughter of the late Robert Norton and Mae Richardson Johnson. She was a CNA at Britthaven Nursing Home and she loved to play Bingo.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Floyd O. Kirkland; four daughters, Mary Gregory and her husband Ricky of Franklin, NC, Lisa Kirkland of Burton, MI, Trisha Kirkland of Andrews, NC and Chris Chase and her husband Tim of Franklin, NC; one son, Gary Kirkland and his wife Leila of Otto, NC; one sister, Evelyn Genovese of Novi, MI; six grandchildren, Daniel Gregory, Jeremy Gregory, Kelli Kirkland, Brandon Kirkland, Brittney Chase and Jaimee Chase; one great-granddaughter, Tiana Gregory. She was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Pierson and a brother, Leonard Tatman.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Rick Potts officiaiting. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Fannie Jane Watson Kirkland

Sylva, NC - Fannie Jane Watson Kirkland, age 77, went to be with the Lord and her family, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Mountain Trace Nursing Home in Sylva, NC. She was a native of Jackson County, NC the daughter of the late Grover and Leona Franklin Watson. She was married to the late Glenn Thomas Kirkland. She was a homemaker and a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church. She worked at High Hampton Inn and Cashiers sewing plant. She loved gardening and crafts.

She is survived by her two daughters, Diane Bryson Moss and her husband John of Yellow Mtn., NC and Laqueta Krikland Childers and her husband, Dennis of Salem, SC; two sons, Wayne Fred Bryson and Keater Kirkland both of Yellow Mtn., NC; one brother, Ira Grover Watson and his wife Aileen of Gastonia, NC. Six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Jaydon David Parris, that she didn’t get to know. She was preceded in death by two sons, David Lee Bryson and Theron Thomas Kirkland; and one sister, Ina Watson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 10 at 1:00 PM at Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Ashe and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial will be held at Pine Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to service.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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William Thomas (Tommy) Kirkland

Franklin, NC - William Thomas (Tommy) Kirkland, age 68, of South Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008 in a Franklin hospital. He as a native of Swain County, the son of the late Pearley and Hattie Woody Kirkland. He was a retired farmer, and a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Lorri Allen of Clayton, GA , one son, Mark Kirkland of Clayton,GA; two sisters, Alene Hodgins and her husband Clarence of Dewy Rose, Georgia, and Epsie Blaine of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Grady Kirkland and his wife Nell of Franklin, NC; and Jess Kirkland and his wife Bev of Mt. Home, Idaho; three grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Stamey, and a brother Frank Kirkland.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6th at 3:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be at Black Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Stamey, Jason Stamey, Jimmy Hodgins, Kenneth Blaine, Johnny Ammons and Clinard Kiser.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00pm, Thursday, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Gerald "Jerry" Lee Kolle

Franklin, NC - Gerald "Jerry" Lee Kolle, age 81, of Franklin, NC, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013. He was born in Vanderburg County, Indiana, the son of the late Raymond and Ruby Barnard Kolle.He was retired from the US Air Force, having served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was married first to Margaret Callis Kolle, who died in 1988, and is survived by his second wife, Marilyn Higgins Kolle.

Mr. Kolle was a member of the Air Force Association; a member of Franklin Gem Society, and a survivor of Chosin Frozen in Korea. He loved gardening, woodworking and gem cutting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Ruth Witsberger of Plato, MO, Naomi Kolle of Franklin, NC and Cindy Hand of Princeton, IL; four step sons, James Gray of Tampa, FL, Robert Gray of Orlando, FL, Charles Gray of Louisville, KY and William Gray of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Elaine McGraw of Dallas, TX, and a brother, Logan Kolle of Fordsville, KY; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a son Gerald "Gary" Kolle, Jr and a sister, Norma Jean Kost.

Memorial services will be held July 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Vic Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Doris E. McClurg Kouns

Franklin, NC - Doris E. McClurg Kouns, age 79, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, January 8, 2011 at a local hospital. She was born in Moorehead, KY, the daughter of late Claude and Jessie Williams McClurg. She was a homemaker and member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John L. Kouns, III; two daughters, Diana K. Prine and her husband, Billy of Valdosta, GA and Rebecca Lyn McNeil of Franklin, NC; one son, Johnny C. Kouns of Live Oak, FL; two sisters, Ruth Ann Kouns of Asheville, NC and Linda Sue LaDuke of Winston Salem, NC; five grandchildren, Saun & Heather Prine, Rene McNeil, Brittany and Chris Kouns; four great-grandchildren, Katie, Allie, Dillan and Lexie.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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John L. Kouns III

Franklin, NC - John L. Kouns III, age 81, of Belleview Park Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 in a local hospital. Born in Ashland, KY, he was the son of the late John L. and Peggy Hacward Kouns. He was married for sixty-two years to Doris E. Kouns, who died January 8, 2011. He was a supervisor of store front glass installations and a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Diana K. Prine and husband Billy of Valdosta, GA and Rebecca Lyn McNeil of Franklin, NC; one son Johnny C. Kouns of Live Oaks, FL, two sisters, Peggy Lou Ratliff and Jane Roberts both of Ashland, KY and two brothers, Jimmy Kouns of Vero Beach, FL and David Kouns of Dayton, OH. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Sean and Heather Prine, Rene McNeil, Brittany and Chris Kouns and four great-grandchildren, Katie, Allie, Dillan and Lexie.

Memorial services will be held at at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Avis Maureen Kruse

Cashiers, NC - Avis Maureen Kruse, age 91, of Highlands, NC passed away Sunday, September 25 at a Highlands-Cashiers Nursing Home. She was born in Anniston, AL. the daughter of the late Gus Jacks and Liddy Turner Jacks. She was married to the late Lowell F. Kruse. She managed condo’s and apartment buildings.

She is survived by one daughter, Andrea K. Hannon of Cashiers, NC.

No services are planned at this time.

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William Edward Kuipers, Jr

Wellington FL / Sapphire - William Edward Kuipers, Jr., of Wellington, Florida, passed away at his summer home in Sapphire, North Carolina on Saturday, August 1, 2009. Bill was 78 years old.

A long time resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey, he graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1952. He entered the U. S. Army upon graduation and after serving for two years in the Signal Corps, he was recruited by the IBM Corporation. After a distinguished career with IBM, he joined the family business, Haband Company, in 1964 as a principal and director.

In 1976, he moved the family to the last working horse farm in residential Ridgewood, New Jersey, where they bred thoroughbred horses. The small but picturesque farm was a labor of love and source of great fulfillment.

He retired from Haband in 1986 and moved to Wellington, Florida.

Bill was a man known for his benevolence and many good deeds. He was on The Vestry of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood for many years and served as Warden and Lay reader. He also served as Scout Master for Troop 7 in Ridgewood, where he had the privilege of helping both of his sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He was on the board of the YWCA in Ridgewood. He supported numerous worthy charitable organizations in New Jersey and Florida including the Valley Hospital Foundation.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of Arcola Country Club in Paramus, NJ, and Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country in Wellington, FL. He and his wife, Amanda, recently joined the Wanderers Club in Wellington, FL and The Country Club of SapphireValley in Sapphire, North Carolina. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington, FL.

He is survived by his loving wife, Amanda Holloway Kuipers, and his children and their families: William & Dawn Kuipers III of Haskell, NJ; John & Cyd Kuipers of Jupiter, FL, and Marie & Ron Shepard of Beulah, MI. He was very proud of his granddaughters, Allison, Jennifer and Valerie Kuipers of Jupiter, FL.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or Fishes and Loaves,c/o Macon Bank, Hwy. 64 East, Cashiers, NC 28717.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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