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     Antoniette I Pace

Franklin -Antoniette I Pace age 93, of Franklin passed away Friday, May 23, 2008. She was born in Italy and was the daughter of the late Nicola and Angela Chariella Ianeilla.

Mrs Pace is survived by a sister, Parcellyzzi Maria of New York and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the Gillespie Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Frank Rodriguez will officiate.

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

Cherokee, NC - Mary Frances Parker, age 59, of Cherokee, NC passed away Friday, March 26, 2010 in a Swain County Hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of Charles Roy and Frances Cope Morgan. She was a homemaker and she loved gardening and working with plants.

She is survived by her best friend and companion of 17 years, Bud Culpepper; one daughter, Lorrie Owens of Mt. Vernon, Washington and one son, Dale Parker of Mt. Vernon, Washington; one sister, Wanda Lohr of Franklin, NC; four brothers, Bobby Morgan of Franklin, NC, Charles Morgan of Darrington, WA, Jamie Morgan of Franklin, NC and Jimmy Morgan ; one aunt, Bonnie Powell of Rockport, WA. Three grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiating. Burial will be at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Raymond "Toro" James Parks

Franklin, NC - Raymond "Toro" James Parks, age 72, of Gaston Street, Franklin, NC passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at a local nursing home. He was born in DeKalb County, GA the son of the late Roscoe and Mildred Border Parks. He was Veteran of the US Army during the Korean conflict. He was retired from the Dekalb County School System. He loved playing golf.

He is survived by three sons, Raymond A. Parks of Atlanta, GA, Ricky Parks of Franklin, NC and Gerald Parks and his wife, Shirley of Franklin, NC; five sisters, Robbie Harris, Alice Jean Strickland, Dorothy Parks, and Rosa Mae Parks all of Atlanta, GA and Verna Johnson of Houston, TX; three brothers, Harvey Joe Parks, Milton Parks and Timmy Parks all of Atlanta, GA. Six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.

No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veteran’s Administration, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Shirley Ann Calloway Parks

Franklin, NC - Shirley Ann Calloway Parks, 64 of Franklin, NC died Saturday November 14, 2009 in Hendersonville, NC. She was a native of Spartanburg, SC, the daughter of the late James Qulin, and Ophelia Waters Calloway. She was a waitress, she loved cooking, young children, gospel singing, and attending church. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons Daniel and Rickey Gibson both of Franklin, NC, one brother James L. Calloway of Swannanoa, NC, and one grandchild Sarah Danielle Gibson.

Funeral services will be 2:00pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Evangelist James Calloway and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial will be in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Shuler, Michael Calloway, Joshua Flynn, Randy Berry, Dennis Messer, and Jerry Griffin. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 17, 2009 At Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Franklin, NC.

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James Leroy Parrish

Franklin, NC - James Leroy Parrish, age 60, of Edgewood Avenue, Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of James Ardell and Velda Lee Brendle Parrish. He ran an antique business at the Flea Market.

He is survived by his three daughters, Pamela Sue Chyba and her fiance’ Rick Rooker of Davison, MI, Angela Lynn Parrish of Clare, MI, Laura Lee Penrod and her husband, Mike of Davison, MI.; four sisters, Kathy Brooks of Waterford, MI, Beverly Black of Hazel Park, MI, Marcia Bowman and Sonya Greer; two brothers, Eddie And Jimmy Franklin of Franklin, NC; grandchildren, Lea Marie Caswell, Antoinette Elizabeth Caswell, Brandi Sue Bowen, Briana Marie Bowen, Jarred Ray James Parrish, Jacob Michael Penrod, Brittany Susan Parrish and Danielle Lynn Riggs; one great-grandchild, Grant Leroy Caswell; one aunt, Barbara Parrish.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17 at 2:30PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:30PM, two hours prior to service.

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Betty Lou Passmore

Franklin, NC - Betty Lou Passmore, age 69, of Franklin, NC died Saturday, November 21, 2009 in an Asheville, NC hospital. She was a native of Macon County, NC the daughter of the late Frank and Maybelle Williamson Cowart. She was a homemaker and loved cooking, sewing, and taking care of her children. She was Baptist by faith.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, James Passmore; two sons, Tony Passmore and his wife Angie of Sylva, NC, Taburn Passmore of Franklin, NC; one sister, Dorothy Scott of Franklin; four brothers, Fred , Jesse, and Earl Cowart of Franklin, NC and Ralph Cowart of Otto, NC; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, J. B. Passmore and three brothers, R. L., Wiley and Junior Cowart.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, Franklin, NC with the Rev. Gary McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin, Sonny, William, Jason, Jerry Passmore Jeff Clark, and Sammy Lee.

The family will receive friends Monday, November 23, 2009 from 1:00-2:00 PM, one hour prior to the services at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Daniel (Boone) Passmore

Franklin, NC - Daniel (Boone) Passmore, age 76, of Frazier Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, January 11, 2010 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Johnny Coleman Passmore and Elsie Palmer Passmore. He had worked for Cook Brothers Sawmill for thirty years, and was a member of Rose Creek Baptist Church. He loved repairing lawnmowers and weed eaters and splitting firewood.

He is survived by a sister, Ruby Haskett and husband Mitchell, of Lenoir, NC; three brothers, Henry Passmore and wife Roberta of Franklin, NC, Junior Passmore and wife Mary Ann of York, SC, and Ernest Passmore of Dandridge, Tennessee; a special niece Alice McCall and husband Keith of Franklin, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Janie Roberta Passmore, a son, Millard Coleman Passmore; two sisters, Myrtle Mae Passmore and Lola Belle Passmore; three brothers, Herman Passmore, Leonard Passmore, and Vance Woodrow Passmore.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 14th at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rick Passmore, Aaron Beaver, James Conley, James Guyer, John Crisp, Doug Shaver, and Steven Stanford.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm, Thursday, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, at other times the family will be at the home of Henry Passmore, 33 Hayes Mill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Earnest Jackson Passmore

Franklin, NC - Earnest Jackson Passmore, of Dandridge, Tennessee, formerly of Franklin, NC, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, February 17, 2010 in a Knoxville, Tennessee hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Johnnie Coleman and Elsie Palmer Passmore. He was a small engine mechanic and was a member of Greens Chapel Baptist Church. He loved music and playing music. He loved fishing, swimming and most of all he loved his God.

He is surivived by two daughters, Sharon R. Betzhold and her husband, Michael of Lawrenceville, GA and Lisa M. Passmore and her friend, Michael Smith of Franklin, NC; two sons, Ronald E. Passmore and his wife Margaret of Birmingham, AL and Tim Passmore and his wife, Jenny of Gulf Breeze, FL; one sister, Ruby Haskett of Lenoir, NC; two brothers, Henry Passmore of Franklin, NC and Junior Passmore of York, SC; ten grandchildren, Malarie, Lindsay, Amberlee, Brittany, Emily, Holly, Alex, D. J., Ryan and Jeremy. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Belle Passmore and Myrtle Mae Passmore; four brothers, Leonard, Herman, Vance and Daniel Passmore.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 20 at 2:30 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Rodriquez and Rev. Jack Green officiating. Burial will be held at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Johnny Crisp, Jeff Carver, Doug Shaver, Denny Dills, Jimmy Guyer and AJ Beaver will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 20 from 11:00-2:30PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Judes Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,TN 38105.

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Gene Siler Passmore

Franklin, NC - Gene Siler Passmore, age 51, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Siler and Minta Bell Hicks Passmore. He was employed by Rhodes paving and loved to hunt; loved NASCAR racing and collecting NASCAR memorabilia and antiques. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a member of Cartoogechaye Church of God.

Mr. Passmore is survived by his wife of 20 years, Bettie Sue Couch Passmore; a daughter, Amanda Witiak and husband Kyle of East Earl, PA; a step-daughter, Valerie Dills of Franklin, NC and a special step-daughter, Alyssa Birdsell; three sons, Stevie Mason, Gene Siler Passmore II and Gary Michael Passmore all of Franklin, NC and a step-son, Ray Dills and wife Amanda of Maiden, NC and two brothers, Willard and Dillard Passmore of Franklin, NC and 13 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Passmore.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathan Harris, Willard Passmore, Harold Mathis, Randy, Kevin Passmore, Bud Elliott and Fred Russell.

The family will receive friends, Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Velva Bateman, 108 Bateman Branch, Topton, NC 28781.

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James (J. B.) Bronlowe Passmore

Franklin, NC - James (J. B.) Bronlowe Passmore, age 51, of Pannell Lane, Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of James C. and Betty Cowart Passmore of Franklin, NC.

He had worked as a sales and service representative for Terminix. He was a Country Musician and formed the J. B. Passmore Band. He was a member of Cartoogechaye Church of God.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of ten years, Diane Spencer Passmore; one daughter, Tomeka Ammons and her husband, Greg of Franklin; two sons, Jamie Passmore and his wife Christy and Jason Passmore and his wife Eva all of Franklin, NC; two step-daughters, Summer Passmore and her husband Kevin of Franklin, NC and Kelly Scoggins of Orlando, FL; two brothers, Tony Passmore and his wife Angie of Sylva, NC and Taburn Passmore of Atlanta, GA; eighteen grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 23rd at 11:00am at Cartoogechaye Church of God, with Rev. Phillip Cochran officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Wooten, Jerry Lowery, David McFalls, Kyle Edwards, Tracy Kilpatrick and Bobby Sherman.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm Sunday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. After the service, the family will meet at the home of Tomeka Ammons on Sawdust Trail, Franklin, NC. Memorials may be made to Cartoogechaye Church of God, 73 Johnson Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Eddis Margine Holden Patterson

Franklin, NC - Eddis Margine Holden Patterson, 91, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in a Sylva nursing home. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Norman E. and Martha Jane Dehart Holden. She was married to Calvin S. Patterson, who preceded her in death.

She was a court reporter; a member of the National Association of Social Workers and was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

Mrs. Patterson is survived by a sister, Dorothy Shope of Franklin. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Myrtle Shepherd and Pearl Potts, and three brothers, Coburn, Gardner and Paul Holden.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Howard Teem, Wade Shope, Lonnie Shepherd, Vaughn Shepherd and James E. Shepherd.

The family will receive friends Friday, 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 Fontana Regional Library Children's Book Collection, 33 Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 or Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734

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Eugene Edward Patton

Franklin, NC - Eugene Edward Patton, age 77, of C B Patton Place, Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in a local care center. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jeff and Della Passmore Patton. He was married to Edith Henry Patton who died in 2006. He was retired from the US Navy with 20 years service, having served during Korea and Vietnam and had worked at Burlington Industries. He was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church where he was very active. He was a loving father and loved to spend time with his grandchildren and helping others as well as gardening. He wrote a a detailed biography of his life for his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Sonya Shook and husband John of Franklin, NC; adopted sister, Wynoma Shope of Otto, NC; her daughter Marjorie Johnson and husband Eddie; their two daughters, Heather and Sara and several nieces and nephews. Two grandchildren, Chandler and Roman Shook also survive.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Wesley Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct complete military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 3:00 pm, one and one half hour, prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Walnut Creek Baptist Church, c/o Billy Jo Hedden, 184 Ledford Branch Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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  Evelyn “Lyn” Patton

Franklin, NC - Evelyn “Lyn” Patton, of Marietta, GA formerly of Franklin, NC passed away, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Marietta, GA. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of J. L. and Evelyn Suttle West. She was a beloved wife, mother, “Meme” and devoted Atlanta Braves fan. She was a member of East Cobb United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of forty-three years, Jerry Patton; one daughter Alicia Reed and husband Chad of Marietta, GA, one son Jerry Lee Patton of Marietta, GA, one brother Lyle West and wife Charlene of Asheville, NC and two grandchildren Shelby and Wyatt Reed. She was preceded in death by a daughter Rebecca Lynn Patton and a sister Pat Cabe.

Services will be Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church in Franklin, NC with Dr. John Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 5, 2010 one hour prior to the service at First United Methodist Church.

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Jerry Lee Patton, Sr.

Franklin, NC - Jerry Lee Patton, Sr., age 69, of Marietta, GA formerly of Franklin, passed away November 14, 2011. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Carey B. Patton, Sr. and the late Gertrude Cunningham Patton. He was married to Lynn West Patton who died in 2010. He was retired from Immigration and Naturalization Service and served with the Federal Drug Task Force. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Cuban Crisis and he loved hiking the Appalachian Trail, genealogy, history, especially the Civil War, and Indian artifacts. Jerry was a Boy Scout leader for several years and coached little league baseball.

He is survived by a daughter, Alicia Reed and husband Chad of Marietta, GA; a son, Jerry Lee Patton of Marietta, GA; four brothers, Joe Patton and companion Margaret of Wimberley, TX, Richard Patton of Marietta, GA, Howard Patton of Panama City Beach, FL and Carey Patton, Jr. and wife Nancy of Franklin, NC and two grandchildren, Shelby and Wyatt Reed. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Patton, a sister, Novell Patton and a brother, Claybourne Patton.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Janet Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 am, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Kyle Haskell Payne

Otto, NC - Kyle Haskell Payne, 81, of Otto passed away Monday, April 1, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Clay and Belle Arvey Payne. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was employed by NC Department of Transportation for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Payne loved farming, raising cattle and mowing the lawn; spoiling his grandchildren, and tinkering in his garage. He was of the Methodist faith.

Mr. Payne is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Henson Payne; one son, Kyle Kevin Payne of Otto; one sister, Hazel Stamey of Franklin; one granddaughter, Alyson Payne and one grandson, Kyle Ethan Payne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Melanie Elaine Payne.

Funeral services will be held, Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene, Rev. Vic Greene and Aaron Duncan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites. The family will receive friends, Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Asbury Cemetery Fund, c/o Alan Vinson, PO Box 113, Otto, NC 28763.

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Melanie Elaine Payne

Greensboro & Franklin, NC - Melanie Elaine Payne, age 48, of Greensboro, NC formerly of Otto, NC passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of Kyle H. and Marilyn H. Payne. She was a nurse practioner at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro; was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and she loved her cats.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one brother, Kevin Payne; one niece, Alyson Payne, one nephew, Ethan Payne; one uncle, Dean Henson and one aunt, Hazel Stamey.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Duane Corle and Rev. Janet Greene officiating.. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Asbury Building or Cemetery Fund, PO Box 113, Otto, NC 28763 or NICU Women’s Hospital, c/o Helen Mabe, 801 Green Valley Rd., Greensboro, NC 27408.

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Annivee Edith Peek

Franklin, NC - Annivee Edith Peek, age 83, of Little Ellijay Road, Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Richard Ammons and Ruth Henry Ammons. She was married to William H. Peek who passed away in 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and was a choir member. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great -grandmother and loved to knit, crochet and sew.

She is survived by three daughters, Hazel Peek of Frankin, NC, Dollie Bumgarner and her husband, Harry of Sylva, NC and Edith Peek of Franklin, NC; two sons, Ernest Peek and Wesley Peek and his wife, Vicki of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Florence Bishop of Cullowhee, NC, Kate Bishop and Alice Aikens, both of Virginia; two brothers, Ernest Ammons of Cullowhee, NC and R. V. Ammons of Virginia; five grandchildren, Mark & Michael Peek, Crystal Peek, Matthew Cagle and Julie Naegler. Ten great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 28 at 3:00 PM at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Potts and Rev. Billy Sellers officiating. Burial will be held at the Church Cemetery. Matthew Cagle, Mark Peek, Michael Peek, Jeremy Cabe, Craig Naegler and Randy Rogers will serve as pallbearers.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wanda Bolick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Furman Lee Peek

Franklin, NC - Furman Lee Peek, age 84, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late John McKinley Peek and Ella Vesta Keener Peek. He was married to Jeanette Holland Peek, who passed away in 1995. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church and was a US Army Veteran serving during World War II and the Korean War. He worked at Poindexter Tire; was a former member of Cullasaja Fire Department and he loved to drive his truck.

He is survived by five daughters, Sharon Huscusson and Bill, Martha McConnell and Elbert and Pam Bell and Mark all of Franklin, NC; Linda Henderson and Bill of Brevard, NC and Vesta Hogsed and Roland of Lake Toxaway, NC; two sons, Bobby Peek and Sharon of Frankin, NC and Billy Peek and Toya of Houston, Delaware; one sister, Betty McCall of Franklin, NC; eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a niece, Beverly McCall.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19th at 11:00am at Windy Gap Baptist Church, with Rev. Ernie Jamison, Rev. Mark Bishop, and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct complete military graveside rites. Grandsons, Phil Henderson, John Hogsed, Michael Henderson, Joshua Peek, Travis Hedden, Brandon Peek and Charlie Bell will serve as pallbearers. Granddaughters, Angie Hogsed, Ashley Vinson, Cassie Peek and Hope McConnell will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Friday evening at Windy Gap Baptist Church.

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Doyle George Peek

Lula, GA - Doyle George Peek, 81, of Lula, GA passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at his home. He was born in Macon County and was the son of the late George and Honor Grace Cabe Peek. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended Free Chapel Church in Gainesville, GA.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Jewell Peek; sons, Dale Peek and wife Terri of Canton, OH and Steve Peek of Seneca, SC; sisters, Ruth McClure of Otto, NC and Mary Ann Greenway of Hartwell, GA; brothers, Leroy Peek of Lenoir, NC and Issac Peek of Canton, OH, and two grandchildren, Christina and Jesse Peek. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Peek Layell and Frances Mashburn.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Townson Rose Funeral Home in Hayesville with Fred Greenway and Rev. Alex Stevens officiating. Interment will be in the Union Hill Cemetery in Hayesville. The family will receive friends from 12:00 2:00 pm, two hours prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to Affinis Hospice at 2565 Thompson Bridge, Suite 110, Gainesville, GA 30501.

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Mary Lee Smith Peek

Greeneville, TN and Franklin, NC - Mary Lee Smith Peek, age 79 of Snapps Ferry Road, Greeneville, TN formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, February 10, 2008 at Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, TN. She was born, July 14, 1927 in Toccoa, GA, the daughter of Lewis William and Alice Wood Smith. She was married to Bassil Medford Peek who died February 9, 1963. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Her family stated that she was a loving mother and a great and caring grandmother. She will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her two special sons, Richard W. Peek and his wife, Shirley of Franklin, NC and Bobby Joe Peek and his wife, Sandra of Greeneville, TN; a special friend of the home, Cooper; a special sister, Ann Brown and her husband, Robert of Brevard, NC; her grandchildren, Tony Peek of New Market, TN, Doug and Michael Peek of Indiana, William and Raymond Tyree both of Greeneville, TN, Bonnie Blankenship of Kentucky, Darren Tyree of New Jersey, and Cindy Peek of Franklin, NC. Several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Smith.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 2:00 PM at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Danny Prince officiating.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 13 from 1:00-2:00 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Wayne Avery Pendergrass

Franklin, NC - Wayne Avery Pendergrass, age 85, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late James Napoleon and Cora Hopper Pendergrass. He was married to Katherine Conley Pendergrass who passed away March 16, 2007. He was retired from the post office after 25 years of service, and was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a US Navy Veteran. He loved watching baseball. St. Louis Cardinals was his favorite team.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Alan Pendergrass and his wife, Connie of Franklin, NC and Donald Wayne Pendergrass and his wife, Judy of Franklin, NC; four grandchildren, Dustin Pendergrass, Travis Pendergrass and wife Michelle, Brett Pendergrass, and Amanda Bateman. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 22nd at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Newell officiating. Burial will be in Carson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Houston, Ross Shields, Hank Southard, Bruce Conley, Mark Reynolds. and Caleb Tallent. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm, Friday, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Caregiver Retreat, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Billy Gerald Penland

Franklin, NC - Billy Gerald Penland, age 76, of E. Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Lawrence S. and Gorda Stiles Penland. He was a Veteran of the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired from General Motors in 1982 as a test driver. He was a member of the VFW Post #7339 and American Legion#108. He attended Hickory Knoll Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sandra Brown Penland; three daughters, Robin Penland Barrick and her husband Moody of Sky Valley, GA, Denise Schooley and her husband, Alan of Franklin, NC and Jennifer B. Geffen of San Antonio, TX: three grandchildren, Jesse Muns IV, Billy K. Penland and Jodi Fisher ; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Watts of Franklin, NC. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hoyt Penland and son, Jeffery M. Brown.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 PM at the Gorda Ruth Chapel, 1206 East Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

The VFW Post #7339 and the American Legion Post 108 will conduct Military rites.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gorda Ruth Chapel, 1206 East Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Reverend Wayne Clyde Penland

Franklin, NC - Reverend Wayne Clyde Penland, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2010. He was born June 10, 1915 in Towns County, GA, the son of John Burton Penland and Mary Jane Johnson Penland. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Gladys Taylor and two step-daughters, Lou Jean Trulove Phillips and Janice Trulove Henson and husband Doyle. Three grandchildren, Randy Taylor, Regina Taylor Creech and husband James, and Freda Taylor Brooks and husband Chuck. Six great-grandchldren; eight step-grandchildren; a number of step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Miller Trulove Penland, grandson, David Taylor, step-grandson, Robert Sorrells, step-daughter, Mary Ann Trulove Sorrells, son-in-laws, Ralph Sorrells, Don Phillips, Dewey Taylor and step-great-grandson, Chris Sorrells; brother, Von Penland, sisters, Ethel Sims, Irene Kimsey Phillips, Ruby Corpening and Euel Penland also two special nepehws, Harold and Floyd Kimsey.

Wayne was the last of Burt and Mary’s six children. He was the oldest member of Mount Hope Baptist Church. He had served as assistant Pastor at Battle Branch Baptist Church in Clayton, GA. He had also taught Bible classes in several nursing homes in Georgia and North Carolina. He built chairs and stools for family and friends. Wayne loved riding and working with horses and made several trips with earlier Wagon trains. He also used horses logging timber in his younger days. He also did horse shoeing for himself and others.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 3rd at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Waymon Lunsford, Rev. Alton Dendy, and Rev. Charlie Bass officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00pm, two hours prior to the service Wednesday, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338.

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  John Alexander Perdue

Cashiers - John Alexander Perdue, 85, of Cashiers, North Carolina, passed away August 29, 2008, after an extended illness.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, he was a son of the late William Monroe and Ruth Gardner Perdue, and is predeceased also by his sister, Mary Perdue French, and brothers, William Monroe Perdue, Jr. and Howard Gardner Perdue.

Mr. Perdue is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosalyn Sasser Perdue, of the home; sons John Alexander Perdue, Jr. (Diana) of Selma, Alabama, and Allyn Donald Perdue of Bluffton, South Carolina; daughter Angelyn Perdue Streyer (William-deceased) of Greenville, South Carolina; granddaughters Rosemary Perdue of Wetumpka, Alabama; Suzanne Perdue Widgeon (Wesley), of Eclectic, Alabama; Dr. Emily Streyer Carlisle (Eric) of Baltimore, Maryland; grandson, William Henderson Streyer of Madison, Wisconsin; step-granddaughter Rachael Annette Langley of Selma, Alabama; sisters-in-law Marilyn Sasser Allen of Eureka, California and Mary Faye Perdue of Montgomery, Alabama; great-granddaughter Alexandria Lee Williams, great-grandson Evan Jackson Williams, both of Eclectic, Alabama; step-great-grandsons Peyton and Adam Widgeon, also of Eclectic, Alabama, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, and was a 1948 graduate of Auburn University in Building Construction. Mr. Perdue became a registered Professional Engineer and retired as Chief of Engineering Design Branch with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile, Alabama District, primarily designing locks and dams. Following his retirement, he was a structural engineering consultant traveling to foreign countries in this capacity. A thirty-six-year resident of Mobile, he was a member of the Cottage Hill Civitan Club, Skyline Country Club, Bienville Club, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Methodist Church.
John Perdue served his country for four years during World War II in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Navy Achievement Medal and Air Medals with four gold stars in recognition for his service as a radar operator and turret gunner with Marine Air Corps Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron VMD-254. Their most hazardous mission was to photograph heavily-fortified Truk Lagoon without escort. The images yielded critical mapping data which assisted the U.S. Navy with Operation Hailstone, a massive assault on the Japanese Navy, which was a major turning point in the war.

Mr. Perdue was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Marine Corps League Smoky Mountain Detachment 973. During his seventeen-year residency in Jackson County, North Carolina, Mr. Perdue volunteered with Meals on Wheels, as well as being a long-time volunteer at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation.

A military memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Projects, Cashiers-Norton Homemakers Club, P.O. Box 2142, Cashiers, NC 28717 or to Marine Corps League Smoky Mountain Detachment 973, P.O. Box 1454, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Katherine Long Perry

Franklin, NC - Katherine Long Perry, age 84, of Porter Street, Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2009 in an Asheville hospital. She was a native of the Prentiss Community of Macon County, the daughter of the late Erwin Wesley Long and Zoah Dowdle Long. She was married for 49 years to Victor Horn Perry, who passed away in 1997. She retired from the Social Studies Department of Franklin High School after a long career of teaching. She spent the War years at Women’s College of Greensboro, NC, then returned to Franklin in 1946 to begin teaching. She then married Victor Horn Perry. After retirement she helped her husband manage Perry’s Drug Store. She was a member of the Retired Teachers of Macon County, a Charter and longest living member of Ladies Auxilliary of the Franklin VFW. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, and served as treasurer of the Wesleyan Sunday School Class. She was a Charter member of Macon County Historical Society and spent many hours preparing "Macon County Heritage’ for publishing. She served as a volunteer and Board Member of the Society as long as her health permitted.

She is survived by two daughters, Martha Tallent and her husband Douglas of Asheville, NC, Carolyn Perry Burst and her husband Joseph of Knoxville, TN; one son, Victor Horn Perry, Jr.,and his wife Margaret of Franklin, NC; one sister, Carolyn Long Stephens of Lumberton, NC; five grandchildren, Joshua and Joseph Tallent of Asheville, NC, Winton Burst of Knoxville, TN, Miranda Manley and Erin Kimsey both of Franklin, NC. Three nieces, Carolyn Watson of Red Springs, NC, Beth Nicholson and Susie Perry Ledford both of Franklin, NC, Special caregiver and friend, Violet Pannell. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Perry Rollow and a brother, Elmo Long.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 21st at 3:00pm at First United Methodist Church, with Dr. John Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Josh Tallent, Joseph Tallent, Winton Burst, Adam Nicholson, Andrew Nicholson, and Rocky Pattillo.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00, prior to the service Saturday at the Church.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734 or to the Macon County Historical Society, 36 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Kevin Michael Petrone

Franklin, NC and Highlands, NC - Kevin Michael Petrone, 59, of Buck Creek Rd., Highlands, NC passed away Thursday, July 29, 2010 in an Asheville hospital. Born in Suffolk Co., NY, he was the son of James G. and Thelma Allmon Petrone of Highlands, NC. He was a Vietnam Veteran in the U. S. Army. He owned and operated his own painting business. He was a member of AA for nine years and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons James Petrone and wife Jessica and Vincent Petrone both of Highlands, NC; four sisters Lee Ann Pierce of Chattanooga, TN, Susanna Murray and Anna Wilson both of Highlands, NC and Lisbeth Petrone of Coral Gables, FL. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Logan, Tristan and Brooklynn Petrone.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at 6435 Buck Creek Rd., Highlands, NC. Burial will be in the Petrone Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 6435 Buck Creek Rd., Highlands, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Petrone Family, c/o Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, NC 28734

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Christopher Donnell Pharr

Asheville & Franklin - Christopher Donnell Pharr, age 35, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013 at his residence in Asheville, NC. He was born in Coweeta, GA, the son of Joyce Cox of Franklin, NC and the late Kenneth Gary Pharr. He was computer sales and service for his own business Pharr Out PC. He was Veteran of the US Navy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his life partner, Daniel Tillman and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Michelle Darlene Mynatt.

No services are planned at this time.

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Delores Phillips

Franklin, NC - Delores Phillips, age 87, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Born in Wayne Co. MI, she was the daughter of the late John and Genevieve Wegener Manneback. She was married to the late James Clyde Phillips for 47 years. She was a pharmacy assistant and was of the Lutheran faith.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by three daughters, Jennifer David of Hialeah, FL, Janie Provenzano of Franklin, NC and Dianna Davis of Sylva, NC; three sons, Mike Phillips of Houston, TX, James Patrick Phillips of Ocala, FL and John Mark Phillips of Houston, TX; fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Toni Elizabeth Phillips and two sons, Joseph Phillips and Mark Phillips.

No services are planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Elaine Phillips

Franklin, NC - Elaine Phillips, age 22, of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at a local hospital. Born in Jackson County, NC she was the daughter of Larry F. Phillips and Evelyn Williamson both of Franklin, NC. She was a waitress and cashier at B & D Restaurant; liked to camp, fish and hike and was a member of West Franklin Baptist Church. Elaine was a loving mother and daughter.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Jonathan Garrett Kresal of the home; two sisters, Veronica Phillips and Crystal Tallent Johnson both of Marietta, GA and maternal grandmother Pauline Williamson. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Odell Williamson and paternal grandparents, Roberta and Ed Phillips.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carson Gibson and Rev. Bennie Hurst officiating. Burial will be in Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Mathis, Anthony Gravvit, Scott Moore, Steven Williamson, Seth Williamson, Jacob Bingham, Matthew Bingham and Gabriel Bingham. Honorary pallbearer will be Jessica Stiwinter. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Emma Jane Saunders Phillips

Franklin, NC - Emma Jane Saunders Phillips, age 96, devoted wife and mother, died peacefully Monday at a Franklin nursing home. She was a native of Macon County, a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, and a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Mamie Dowdle Saunders of the Bethel Community. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis Saunders, Robert Saunders and Fred Saunders and by a sister Edna Henry. Surviving are one brother, Frank Saunders, and a sister-in-law, Laura Saunders. She was married for forty-nine years to Nat Phillips, who died in 1982.

Surviving are one daughter Jean McCollum and husband Tom of Franklin and two sons, Max Phillips and wife Ruth and Richard Phillips and wife Nancy, all of Asheville.

Other survivors are her grandchildren, Patti Perrou, Carol, David and Michael McCollum and Laura Manavella and one great-grandchild.

She was a past Worthy Matron and a life member of Nequassa Chapter No. 43, Order of the Eastern Star, which will assist with the services.

Services will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour before the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

At other times the family will be at the home of Jean McCollum, 328 Trimont Trail, Franklin, NC.

Donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of Franklin, Macon County Senior Services, Attn: Teresa Curtis, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Larry Franklin Phillips

Franklin, NC - Larry Franklin Phillips (Shag), age 64, of Franklin, NC, passed away February 8, 2012. He was the son of the late Roberta and Edward Phillips. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Phillips.

He is survived by two daughters, Veronica Young (Heath) of Acworth, GA and Crystal Johnson (David) of Woodstock, GA; three grandsons, Aiden, Case, and Jonathan; two brothers, Gary Phillips (Gail) of Conyers, GA and Roger Phillips (Louise); two sisters, Bernice Mathis (Grady) of Franklin and Judie Johnson (Danny) of Franklin and his lifetime friend, Linda Staffelback of Franklin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Clifford Patterson officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Vernon Hugh Phillips, Sr.

Highlands, NC - Vernon Hugh Phillips, Sr., age 95, of Highlands, NC passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. He was born in Russell County, AL, the son of the late Kimbro and Alma Farmer Phillips. He is preceded in death by his parents, an older brother, Cyril Phillips, a daughter, Gloria Elizabeth Phillips Patton, a son, Vernon Hugh Phillips, Jr., and a grandson, James Michael Patton. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII. He was married to Winnie Lou Casey Phillips who passed away February 12, 2002. He was a master welder for the Plumber & Pipe Fitters Union and was a member of the Methodist Church. He was a former Mason and his favorite thing in life was vegetable gardening, grandchildren and (chocolate).

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Zoellner of Highlands, NC; a daughter-in-law, Monthian Phillips of Thailand; his son, Richard Phillips and his wife Mary Ellen of Hampshire, IL; grandchildren, Susan Patton Morrison, Cindy Patton, Diane Patton Wolf, David Hugh Patton, Cindy Zoellner, Carl Zoellner, Victoria Phillips, Helena Phillips and Huck Phillips, great-grandchildren, Terry Wolf, Christopher Morrison, Julia Morrison, Sarah Patton and Justine Patton; one great-great-grandchild, Ciara Wolf.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. Burial will be held at Highlands Memorial Park next to his beloved wife, Winnie Lou.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: Fidelia-Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741 or First Baptist Church, PO Box 625, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Charles Pickens

Franklin, NC - Charles Pickens, age 76, of Mason Branch Rd, Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012 at an Asheville Hospital. He was a native of Macon Co., the son of the late Wade and Evelyn Pickens. He is survived by his wife, Lucy Henry Pickens of 53 years.

Charles was a faithful member of Cowee Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, a Sunday School Teacher and on a variety of committees. He enjoyed coaching the church league softball team for a number of years. He was a charter member of the Cowee Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept. where he served on the original board of directors. He enjoyed bowling in the Men’s Dogwood League for many years. He treasured attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family. One of his favorite hobbies was working the family farm with his son. He also enjoyed listening to gospel music. Charles was a salesman for Auto Parts & Equipment, Car Quest and Napa for over 50 years. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grand-dad, family man and friend.

In addition to his wife Lucy he is survived by one daughter Linda Pickens Allen and husband Randy; one son Larry Pickens and wife Angie; seven grandchildren Ben, Nick, Landon and Chaz Allen, Jordan, Daniel and Gabe Pickens; two sisters Ruth Pickens Holden and Judy Pickens Shuler and husband Jerry; one brother Robert Eugene Pickens and wife Ada; mother-in-law Bernice Henry; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant brother.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at Cowee Baptist Church, with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. Rick Potts officiating. Pallbearers will be Carroll Tallent, Furman Shook, Gary Thompson, Allen Berry, Ralph Sanders, Bennie Reynolds, Arnold Rickman and Harold Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be the Gardner Holden’s men’s class and the Cowee Baptist Church Deacons.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, February 6, 2012 at Cowee Baptist Church and also from 10:00 to 11:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Gardner Holden Men’s C class of Cowee Baptist Church. Mail to Arnold Rickman, 6301 Bryson City Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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Harold R. Pickens

Franklin - Harold R. Pickens, age 71, of Piney Grove Road , Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, June21, 2009, in an Asheville Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Marvin and Edith Hurst Pickens. Mr. Pickens was a retired businessman, He was co-owner of Franklin Discount Furniture, Franklin Discount Carpet and North End Chevron.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Miller Pickens, two sisters Lucille McCall and her husband Ken, and Kathy Rogers and her husband Michael of Franklin.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 23rd, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Revs. David Powell and Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial will be in Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery. Rick Tallent, Randy McCall, Rusty McCoy, Edwin Grant, Jerry McCall and Shane Ramey will be pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ken McCall, Michael Rogers, Mark Albrecht, Charles Henderson, Lee Garner, Carroll Tallent, Steve Miller, John Roberts, Vaughn Ramey and Tim Owen.

The Family will recieve friends from 12 to 2:00PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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George Stanley Picklesimer

Highlands -George Stanley Picklesimer 51, of Cumming, GA formerly of Highlands passed away Friday, February 5, 2010 in Cumming. He was a native of Macon County and a son of the late JohnL. and Bertha Owens Picklesimer.

Surviving is a sister Kathy Bale of Franklin, one brother John Picklesimer of Cumming GA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday Feb. 7, 2010 at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Rusty Wolfery officiating.

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Lena May Picklesimer

Highlands, NC - Lena May Picklesimer, age 86, of Cobblestone Drive, Highlands, NC passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at her residence. She was born in York County, Maine the daughter of the late Merton J. Davis and Celina Currier Davis. She was retired from a Mill Industry where she worked as a spinner. She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts and was very artistic. She always loved cooking and she loved pets,especially cats. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and caregiver. Lena loved their cottage on the lake.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Archibald " Archie" L. Picklesimer; her son, Glenn R. Picklesimer and his wife, Cindy of Keystone Heights, FL; two sisters, Dora DePasquale of St. Petersburg, FL and Jeannette Hartford of Sanford, ME; a half brother, Paul Clements of Barrington, NH; three grandchildren, Aaron, Kelly and Adam.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 4 at 2:00PM at Blue Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice, Rev. Ed Houston and Rev. Robert Ramey officiating. Burial will be held at Blue Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 8:00PM at Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the The Alzheimer's Association, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or to the Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81/851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Ralph L. Picklesimer

Franklin, NC - Ralph L. Picklesimer, 83, of Sebastain, FL formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at his home in Sebastain, FL. He was born January 10, 1927 in Franklin, NC and was a resident of Seastian for 20 years coming from his place of birth. Mr. Picklesimer was a Veteran who served in the US Army during the Korean War. He attended the Methodist Church and was a member of the Free Masons and the Shriners.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Yukie Picklesimer of Sebastian; sons, James Edward Picklesimer of Ft. Worth, TX and Charles H. Picklesimer of Raleigh, NC; and five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edward B. and Frances M. Picklesimer; and a brother, Samuel Newel.

A memorial graveside service wil be held Saturday, May 14 at 3:00pm at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Duane Corle officiating.

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Howard Pierce

Franklin - Howard Pierce, age 97, of Kingwood Circle, Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, January 15, 2010 at his residence.  He was a native of Portland, Oregon, the son of the late Charles Norton Pierce and Alberta Jameson Pierce.  He served in the Merchants Marine during World War II, and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.  He was a carpenter and had made mach-ups for North American Aircraft Manufacturing.  He was Catholic but attended the Methodist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by a daughter, June Hunter and husband, Joseph Ripley of Franklin, NC; a son, James Pierce of Duvall, Washington, step-son, Kirk Babcock of Missman, Idaho; Twelve grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren also survive.

Memorials may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

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Joseph Richard Pierce

Otto, NC - Joseph Richard Pierce, age 67, of Coweeta River Lane, Otto, NC passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008 at a local hospital. He was born in Warren County, NJ, the son of the late Joseph A. and Appolenia Feltes Pierce. He was a security guard and culinary worker for Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. He enjoyed traveling, camping and photography.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Lynne Wallace Pierce; a sister, Joan Castner of Enola, PA; two brothers, John Pierce of California and William Pierce of Anchorange, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Care Net of Macon County, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or to Macon County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1585, Franklin, NC 28734

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Stephen Hart Pierce

Highlands, NC - Stephen Hart Pierce, 58, died April 1, 2008 at his home.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Sterling Blackwell Pierce and Josephine Hobart Pierce. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Sterling and Marjorie Pierce of Mount Olive, N.C. and Blowing Rock, N.C., one nephew, one niece and his partner of twenty-five years, Jeremy Wilcox Carroll.

Hart was a good friend, a free spirit and a kind soul. Those who knew him bid safe journey, beloved friend.

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Robert Thomas Pillifant

Franklin, NC - Robert Thomas Pillifant, Jr., 54, of East Sunset Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 at a local hospital. He was a native of Dade Co., FL, the son of the late Robert Thomas Pillifant, Sr. and Ruby M. Phillips Pillifant. He was a carpenter, and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jung Woo Chang Pillifant; one daughter, Laurel Pillifant of Franklin, NC; one son, Richard Thomas Pillifant of Franklin, NC; one sister, Regina Fowler of Gainesville, FL.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 11th at 4:00pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with Father Tien Duong officiating. Pallbearers will be Stacy Keener, Doug Keener, Ronnie Fowler, Danie Dills, Boomer Keener, and Morlan Bowman.

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

Memorials may be made to Relay for Life,PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Joseph Ralph Pippio

Franklin, NC - Joseph Ralph Pippio, age 74, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at his residence. He was born in Manhattan, NY, the son of the late John E. Pippio and Theodora Lombardi Pippio. He was US Marine Veteran. He owned and operated Arnolds Restaurant and was also an aircraft mechanic. He was a member of the Franklin VFW Post # 7339, the American Legion Post #108 and was the founding member of the Marine Corp League #973 and 1st commandant. Mr. Pippio collected Civil War Memorabilia.

He is survived by three sons, Tim Pippio and his wife, Noreen of Warner Robins, GA, Brian Pippio of Sylva, NC and John Pippio and his wife, Suzy of Franklin, NC; former wife, June; five grandchildren, Melissa, Jamey, Patrick, Emily and Ella Pippio; two brothers, Ed Pippio of Deland, FL and Mike Pippio of Palm Coast, FL. He was preceded in death by a brother, Phil Pippio.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, September 11 at 2:00PM at the American Legion Post #108 with the Chaplain Bob Slicer officiating. The American Legion Post #108 and the Franklin VFW Post #7339 and the Marine Corp League will perform full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Franklin VFW and American Legion Funeral Detail, c/o Neal Riendeau, 1155 N. Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Phillip Olan Pittman

Franklin, NC - Phillip Olan Pittman, age 58, of Rainbow Springs Road, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at an Asheville Hospital. He was born in Avery County, NC, the son of the late Oscar L. and Hattie Carlton Buchanan Pittman. He served 8 years in the US Airforce and served in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. He was a Church Sexton for the First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his work at the Church and the many friends he met. Phillip was a loving father and grandfather. He was a member of Mtn. View Baptist Church in Black Mountain, NC

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Waldroop Pittman; three sons, Nathan Lee Pittman and his wife, Jennifer Lee of Ft. Stewart, GA, Steven Phillip Pittman and his wife, Tewe of Albermarle, NC and Paul Eli Pittman of Franklin, NC; one sister, Clara Turner of Black Mountain, NC, one brother, Paul Pittman of Clyde, NC; four grandchildren, Damien Pittman, Felicia Pittman, Austin Emerson and Blake Pittman.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 13 at 3:00 PM at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne Allen, Rev. Marti Hatch, Dr. Jeff Patterson and Rev. Thomas Griffis officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Vietnam Veterans, PO Box 2327, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Leland Phythyon

Franklin - Leland Phythyon, age 92, of Carl Slagle Road, died Sunday, February 8, 2008 in a Franklin, NC, Nursing Home. He was a native of Westmorland County, PA, the son of the late James and Emily Maude Molton Phythyon. He was married to the late Ann Naylor Phythyon who died in 1992. He worked for U. S. Steel for 39 years. He loved woodworking, and building houses. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by two sons, Jay Phythyon of New Hope, PA , and Jim Phythyon and his wife Ginger of Franklin, NC. Grandchildren, Lynne Kiser, and Dan Phythyon, great-grandchildren Alex, Natalie and Emory Kiser, and J. D. Phythyon. He was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Memorial services will be at 2 PM Wed. Feb. 11, 2009 at Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Keith Newell officiating.

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Alberta Eleanor Plaag

Highlands, NC - Alberta Eleanor Plaag, age 96, of the Goldmine Community and Safety Harbor, FL passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at her residence. Born in Mercer County, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Josephine Helbing Schoeller. She was married to the late Albert F. Plaag and a member of Goldmine Baptist Church. She was a homemaker; a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved people and gardening.

She is survived by two sons, Henry Plaag and his wife Debbie of Indian Harbour Beach, FL and Walter Plaag of Safety Harbor, FL. Six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survive. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Carl Plaag.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Jerry Lee "Roscoe" Poindexter

Franklin, NC - Jerry Lee "Roscoe" Poindexter, age 63, of Guffie Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Monday, April 25, 2011 in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Albert Poindexter. He was married to Katherine (Kathy) Poindexter for 29 years. He was shipping manager for Zickgraf/Shaw Hardwood for 40 years. He loved hunting, fishing, working in the yard and his farm animals.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters, Sonja Roberts of Weaverville, NC and Angela Moore of Trinity, NC; one son, Chris Cox of Franklin, NC; one sister, Joan Shepherd of Sylva, NC and five brothers, Joe, Harve, Denny, Benny and Edward Dills, all of Franklin, NC. Five grandchildren, Shaelyn and Elijah Roberts and Kara Moore and Brian and Christy Cox also survive. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ronnie Poindexter.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Potts officiating. Burial will be in Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be F. P. Bodenheimer, Jr., Rick Cook, Chris Norton, Charlie Dowdle, Joe Dills and Harve Dills. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Katherine Marie "Sister" Poindexter

Franklin, NC - Katherine Marie "Sister" Poindexter, 69, of Franklin passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Ella Mae Johnson Prince. She was newspaper sales representative for CNI, Inc. and worked as a florist at Franklin Florist. She was of the Baptist faith. She was married to Jerry Lee "Roscoe" Poindexter who died April 25, 2011.

She is survived by two daughters, Sonja Roberts and husband Chris of Weaverville, NC and Angela Moore and husband David of Trinity, NC; one son, Chris Cox and wife Rachel of Franklin, NC and one sister, Louise Cadenas and husband Marco of Franklin; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Prince, Ray Prince and Samuel Cornelius.

Funeral services will be held, Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Potts officiating. Burial will be in Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy Wiggins, Tony Lyvers, Manuel Cadenas Banda, Michael (Biggin) Morgan, William Toby Shelton and Ricky Cook.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:30 1:30 pm, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Steven Polan

Franklin, NC - Steven Polan, age 64, of Medlin Road, Franklin, NC, formerly of Venice, FL passed away Saturday, March 14, 2009 at his residence. He was born in Hungary, the son of Elizabeth Sonji Godri Polan of Cortland, NY and the late Kalman Polan. He was a US Army Veteran during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a welder for Ace Boat Lift Company.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Bettie Adema Polan; one step-daughter, Leilani Polan and her husband, Frank of Apex, NC; two sons, Jeffrey D. Polan of Coconut Creek, FL, and Michael Polan of Mt. Laurel, NJ; three brothers, Frank, Kalman and Les Polan all of Cortland, NY. Two grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society, PO Box 81/Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28744 or to the Angel Home Health & Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Joseph Ponds

Highlands, NC - Joseph Michael Ponds, of Highlands, NC, passed away on December 29, 2008, at the age of 87 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Joe was born and raised in Detroit, MI. When WWII started, he became a Navy pilot. While assigned to Corsair flight school at Virginia Beach, VA, in 1943, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Betty) Webb. They were married for 61 years when she passed away in October, 2007. After flight school,

Joe was assigned to the aircraft carrier Antietam as part of the original crew, eventually seeing action in the South Pacific. He was the last surviving pilot from the Antietam original “plank owner” crew. After the war, Joe continued with the Navy and Air Force as a flight instructor, becoming one of the first to be jet certified. Joe and Betty retired to Highlands in 1981, where he became known as the consommé candy maker at Kilwin’s candy shop on Main Street.

Joe is survived by two older sisters, a daughter, a grandson and a great-great grandson. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.

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Louis Eugene "Bud" Potts

Highlands, NC - Louis Eugene "Bud" Potts, age 88, of Highlands, NC, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Samuel Eugene Potts and Alice Reese Potts. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Summer Potts. He was a Postmaster for Highlands Postal Service, and a US Navy Veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of Shortoff Baptist Church, where he was a choir member; he was also a member of Glenville VFW, and the Highlands American Legion. He served as treasurer for the Fireman’s Relief Fund and was a member of the Highlands School Scholarship Committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Debbie Norman of Hope Mills, NC; four sisters, Doris Potts and Betty Little and her husband C. J. all of Lawrenceville, GA, Emily Houston and her husband Gene of Rabun Gap, GA and Linda Calloway and her husband Joe of Ocala, FL; a sister-in-law, Sue Potts of Highlands, NC; three grandchildren, Amber, Kevin and Ashley; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jayden.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clarence Potts, Harry Potts, Leon "Deadeye" Potts, and Richard Potts.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4th at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Highlands with Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Highlands Fire Department. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highlands Fire Department, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741 or to Shortoff Baptist Church, PO Box 1217, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Bruce Karol Powell

Murphy - Bruce Karol Powell, age 50, of Murphy, NC passed away Monday, July 20, 2009 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC.
Mr. Powell was a native of Dade County, Florida and had attended Franklin High School, in Franklin, NC; he was the son of Karol Edward Powell of Murphy, NC and the late Asela Mendoza Powell. He was an electrician and enjoyed motorcycles.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Canham Powell.

He is survived by two sons, Christopher Powell and Kyle Powell both of the home; one brother, Michael Powell of Florida and two sisters, Christy Fountain of Clayton, GA and Cindy Powell of Ocala, Florida.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 25, 2009 at Ranger Baptist Church in Murphy, NC. Rev. L.B. Adams will officiate.

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Eleanor Louise Powell

Franklin, NC - Eleanor Louise Powell, age 51, of Durham, NC formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Swain County, NC the daughter of the late Carrie Hall Powell and Richard Powell, Sr. She was a receptionist for the YMCA in Durham, NC. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughter, Ayofemi N. Powell of Durham, NC; two brothers, Richard Powell, Jr and LeRoy E. Powell; three grandchildren, Bobby C. Waller, Ethan S. Waller and Kamylle C. Waller.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Purcell and Rev. Angie Purcell officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 18 from 12:00-1:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Carolina S. Powers

Franklin, NC - Carolina S. Powers, age 65, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, October 3, 2011 in a local nursing center. Born in the Philippians, she was the daughter of the late John and Juliana Santos Moore. She worked as a room attendant for Loews Coranado Resort.

She is survived by one son, Sean Moore and wife Wendy, of Franklin, NC and two grandsons, Patrick Moore and Chris Mills. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ashleigh Moore. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Daphne Elizabeth Winstead Powers

Franklin - Daphne Elizabeth Winstead Powers, died on January 23, 2010, at her residence in Cowee Valley, at the age of 84, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She was a native of Elm City, NC. She was the daughter of the late John Clayton and Pallie Rickman Winstead. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.S. Powers, and her sister, Lou Ree Winstead Batts.

She grew up in Elm City and lived there until she went away to college. She was a graduate of Louisburg College and Woman’s College (now UNC-G). After college and marriage, she moved to Lumberton, NC. Her mother was a native of Macon County, and she spent many childhood memories here with family. She always wanted to live in the mountains and was able to do so since 1987, when she retired here to be near her extended family.

She was employed with the Farm Credit Association in Lumberton for 33 years. She held many positions with the association. She enjoyed her work and her co-workers were blessed to know her. She was a member of Barker’s United Methodist Church, Lumberton, NC, and was very active in her church until she moved full time to the mountains. She has attended and supported Cowee Baptist Church, the church of her forefathers, since being in Franklin.

Faith and Family were the most important things in her life. She had the most uplifting spirit in all circumstances. People came to cheer her up, but left cheered up themselves. Her positive attitude in all things will be remembered by all. One was blessed to know her.

She is survived by her daughter; Brenda Powers Walker, of the home, and her son; Wayne Powers and wife, Jane, of Durham, NC. Also surviving are granddaughters; Kimberly Walker of New York City, NY, and Johelen Walker Courliss, and husband, Ben, of Durham, NC. Her twin great-granddaughters, Natalie and Abigail Courliss, were the light of her life. Her sister, Joyce Phillips, of Franklin, NC, and her brother, Dr. John Winstead, and wife, Linda, of Mesa, AZ, also survive. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews will miss her also.

The family acknowledges the kindness of caregivers who have provided special care: Jessie Wilson, Helen Lynn, Kathy Medford, Gail Lemaster, and Hospice. We thank you.

A celebration of her life will be held at Cowee Baptist Church on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the home and from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Cowee Baptist Church before the service. The Reverend David Powell and Reverend Jerry Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ben Courliss, Tommy Fouts, Bill Fouts, Guy Fouts, Charles Womack, and Arnold Rickman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to either of the following: Cowee Baptist Church, Hospice, or Friends of Rickman Store (Little Tennessee Land Trust.)

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Bessie Lee Pressley

Franklin, NC - Bessie Lee Pressley, age 90, of Carl Henson Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in a Brevard nursing home. Born in Jackson County, NC she was the daughter of the late Hyatt and Bertie Childers Moody. She was married, for sixty six years, to James C. Pressley who died June 19, 2005. She was a homemaker and member of Cashiers Baptist Church. She attended Longview Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sharon Pressley, three sisters, Jacklyn Rathborne of Florida, Peggy Hopper of Glenville, NC and Karene Passmore of Hendersonville, NC. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Sally Rose and Terry James (T.J.) Pressley; two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Pressley and Terry Pressley and three sisters, Betty Jo Norman, Jean Stewart and Patsy Pressley.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Hamburg Baptist Church with graveside services following at Hamburg Baptist Church Cemetery. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Dollie Pressley

Franklin, NC - Dollie Pressley, 94, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, April 12, 2013. A lifelong resident of Macon County, she was preceded in death by her husband Walter Pressley in November 1977. Also her mother, Martha Shuler; three sisters, Ethel Scism, Bonnie Poteat, and Louise Scott; one brother, Frank D. Shuler.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine P. Sanders (Earl), Barbara P. Tallent (Bill) both of Franklin, NC; four grandchildren, Tony, Mark, David Sanders and Lisa Tallent; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Per her request, graveside services will be held Monday , April 15 at 1:00 PM at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, Macon Senior Services, 108 Wayah St. Franklin, NC 28734.

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Richard Pretz

Highlands, NC and Atlanta, GA - Richard Pretz passed away peacefully April 3rd, 2013 after a long, well fought illness with Alzheimer’s. He was born in January 1931 in Oak Park, Illinois to the late Mr and Mrs. Richard Hersch Pretz of Atlanta, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanie Sutherland Pretz of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. Also surviving are his sister Lavinia Pretz Phillips of Orange, Virginia and two devoted daughters Diana Pretz of Columbia, South Carolina and Linda Pretz Candler and son in law Bill Candler of Atlanta and a son who pre-deceased him, Richard Bradley Pretz.

Dick had four wonderful grand children of whom he was very proud; Rachael Strasburger Wall and Kyle Strasburger of Columbia, S.C and William and Vallie Candler of Atlanta, Georgia. He also had one niece and three nephews.

Dick graduated from The Darlington School in 1949 and later attended the Georgia Institute of Technology graduating with a degree in Industrial Management in 1952. While at Georgia Tech, Dick played football for revered coach Bobby Dodd and always spoke fondly and with much gratitude about Bobby’s leadership as a coach and a gentleman. Two football memories that Dick and his teammates recalled happily were being a member of the 1952 National Championship Football Team and that Dick ran the only touchdown on the first ever televised college football game versus Alabama! His days with team mates and memories of Georgia Tech football meant a great deal to him. After college, he went to work with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. He then went on to serve in the Army in the Anti Aircraft Artillery Division in Niagara Falls at Fort Niagara from 1953 to 1956. After his service, Dick went to work for Matthews Construction Company in Atlanta. After a few years, he began his own general contracting company, Pretz Construction Company, in 1969. He built commercial construction around Atlanta until he retired in 1991. After retirement, Dick and Jeanie moved up to the western North Carolina mountains to live year around where he could enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and walks with his dogs! He played tennis with friends for many years in Atlanta and North Carolina. Dick loved Jeanie, his family, the beautiful N.C. mountains and his companionable dogs! He was so proud of this great country and its vast patriotic history and had a passion for stories of our founding fathers, the civil war, and the early settlers.

Many very heartfelt thanks and love go to Dick’s doctors, wonderful nurses and caregivers who took such loving care of Dick and his family during these past challenging years. They each are a true blessing to all.

A memorial service is planned for 2:30 pm on Friday April 5th, 2013 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. The family will receive friends after the service at Linda and Bill Candler’s, 4722 Woodvale Drive NW, Atlanta for a reception in Dick’s memory. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346.

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Glenn "Peter" Pridgen

Cashiers, NC - Glenn "Peter" Pridgen, age 86, of Cashiers, NC passed away Saturday, August 13, 2011 at his residence. He was born in Avon Park, FL, the son of the late Leo and Ruby Gideons Pridgen. He was a US Navy WWII Veteran and he attended the University of Nevada after his naval service. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, NC. He was a member of the Chattooga Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, US Croquet Association and the US Tennis Association.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda Bender Pridgen; one daughter, Deborah Heartfield and her husband, Gary of Franklin, TN; two sons, Mark Pridgen of Castle Rock, CO. and Brody Pridgen and his wife Jennifer of St. Cloud, FL. He was preceded in death by a son Stephen Scott Pridgen who passed away in 2008.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 16 at 3:00PM at The Chattooga Club Tennis Facility with Rev. Steve Hines officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC; Glenville/ Cashiers Rescue Squad, PO Box 886, Cashiers, NC 28717; The Church of The Good Shepherd, PO Box 32, Cashiers, NC 28717 or to the 4 Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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Carter Nicholas Prince

Franklin - Carter Nicholas Prince, infant son of Nick and Lori McMahan Prince passed away Friday, February 4, 2011 in Harris Regional Hospital.

Surviving in addition to the parents is a sister, Lacey Prince of the home, the Maternal Grandparents, Randy McMahan and Lisa Godfrey, the maternal great-grandparents, Henry and Linda McMahan, the Paternal Great-grandfather, Thomas Brooks.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Benny Hurst officiating. Burial will be in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Annette Holland Pruett

Franklin - Annette Holland Pruett, age 66, of Mashburn Branch Cove Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 in a High Point hospital. Born in Macon Co., she was the daughter of the late Carl Jackson and Juanita Buckner Holland. She owned and operated Annette Enterprises Furniture Manufacturing. Annette attended Mashburn Branch Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Even-Kesef and her husband Eran of Gaithersburg, MD and Deborah Douglas and her husband Jeffrey of Boiling Springs Lakes, NC; three sisters, Carlene Wright and husband Samuel Wright of Thomasville, NC, Carolyn Harrington of Weaverville, NC and Della Sorrells of Franklin, NC and one brother, Carl "Jackie" Holland of Newton, NC. Three grandsons, Patric Shane Douglas, Ben Even-Kesef and Isaac Even-Kesef, also survive. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Aldie Earl, Lowell Kenneth, Robert Furman and Johnny Edwin Holland.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:00 am at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Eran Even-Kesef officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Doug Thompson, 287 Sugarfork Rd., Franklin, NC 28734 or March of Dimes, 6 Roberts Rd. #102, Asheville, NC 28803.

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Edlay Berry Pruitt

Franklin, NC - Edlay Berry Pruitt, age 88, of Sugarfork Road, Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, December 26, 2009 at a local nursing home. She was a native of Macon County, NC the daughter of the late William Jack and Annie Gertrude Coggins Berry.She was married to the late Fred Pruitt. She was a homemaker and a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and loved to sew and gardening.

She is survived by two daughters, Maxine Passmore of Sylva, NC and Margie Pruitt of Franklin, NC; one son, David Pruitt and his wife Sylvia of Henderson, Nevada; four sisters, Marie Hedden and Mattie Devlin of Candler, NC, Virginia Dills and Martha Dowdle of Franklin, NC; one brother, William A. Berry of Franklin, NC. Four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by a son Charles "Bobby" Jackson Pruitt; two sisters, Elmira Hedden and Lora Hedden; three brothers, William Edward Berry, William J. Berry and William Jack Berry, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 29 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be at Jennings Cemetery. Billy Reynolds, Bill Pruitt, Rick Berry, Sammy Hedden, Ernest Taylor and David Scott will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 29 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Helen V. Puchalski

Franklin, NC - Helen V. Puchalski, age 85, of Carolina Springs Lane, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at a local nursing home. She was born in South Deerfield, MA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Jenny Senicki Boro. She was married to the late Joseph Puchalski. She had worked as a waitress for nearly 40 years. She was a volunteer for Macon County Senior Citizens Adult Day Care Program, was a member of Culinary Workers Union in California and was a member of the Polish Alliance. Helen was an avid reader.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean Wright of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Marion Bregaines of Long Meadow, MA, Nancy Melnick of Connecticut and Charlotte Wright of Fallbrook, CA; one brother, Joseph Boro of Las Vegas, NV; one grandchild, Tracy Wright of Kendall, FL.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Helen’s memory to the Macon County Library, 819 Siler Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or to the Macon County Adult Program, 108 Wayah St., Franklin, NC 28734.

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