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Mary Jane Anderson Sabbarth

Highlands, NC - Mary Jane Anderson Sabbarth, 64, affectionately known to all her friends and loved ones as “Midge” was carried by Angels to eternal peace early on the morning of August 27, 2011.

Wonderful daughter, beloved mother and granddaughter and cherished friend, “Midge” was preceded in death by her father, the late William Robert Anderson and survived by her mother, Mary Jane Anderson of the residence in Highlands, NC. She leaves behind her dearest friend Jan Smith of Highlands, NC and a brother Dr. William R. Anderson and wife Mary Anne and their three children all of Orlando, FL; also two daughters, Lisa Sabbarth Tucci-Caselli of the residence in Highlands, NC and Sandy Sabbarth Tennant and husband Brad of Thomasville, NC.

She is also survived by three grandchildren, W. Clay Tucci-Caselli of Highlands, NC and Sean and Ally Tennant of Thomasville, NC.

A compassionate, gentle soul “Midge” was born in Berea, OH and later moved to Sarasota, FL where she graduated from Sarasota High School and began a career in cosmetology. She later opened “The Very Thing” Beauty Salon in Highlands, NC and enjoyed being a freelance artist whose passion for beauty saturated her work with timeless expressions of life and love.

A memorial service will be held on her birthday, Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Dorothy Nell Sanders

Franklin - Dorothy Nell Pannell Sanders, 82, of Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Saturday June 12, 2010 in an Asheville Hospital. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Harrison and Mabel McGaha Pannell. She was married to Wiley J. Sanders who passed away in 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of East Franklin Baptist Church. She loved gardening and flowers.

She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Doris Solesbee and husband Bill, of Franklin, NC; two sons, Vance Todd Sanders of Estill Springs, TN and Victor Lee Sanders of Franklin, NC; one sister, Marilee Mashburn of Franklin, NC; three grandchildren, Janet Solesbee of Spartanburg, SC, Ronald Solesbee of Franklin, NC; and Joshua Sanders of Manitowoc, WI; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Elenor M. Duvall, Bonnie Hayes, Helen Greene and Edna Sanders and one brother, Ernest S. "Bill" Pannell.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 15 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 15, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Douglas Logan Sanders

Franklin, NC - Douglas Logan Sanders, age 66, of Middle Skeenah Rd., Franklin, NC passed away Monday, August 9, 2010 in a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Dillard and Ellis Clark Sanders. He was owner of Doug’s Camper Sales and Doug’s U Serve and Save in Franklin, NC. Doug enjoyed a full life, he loved travel, guns and car shows with his friends. His passion for antique cars was his love.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Glenda Lee Sanders; two sons, Marty Sanders and wife Barbara of Thomasville, GA and Todd Sanders of Franklin, NC; two sisters, Barbara Carpenter and husband Ken of Macon, GA and Kathryn Drinnon and husband Ray of Williston, SC; one brother, Dearl Sanders and wife Joyce of Franklin, NC; five grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Ken Jones, Rev. Wayne Sheffield, Rev. Pete Lee and Rev. Nick Smith officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Freddie McConnell, Todd McConnell, Jim Shook, Colbert Henson, Skip Sanders, J. W. Stevens, Mitch Thompson and Benny Hampton.

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

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Rev. James A. Sanders

Franklin, NC - Rev. James A. Sanders, age 96, of Franklin, NC went to be with the Lord Sunday, November 15, 2009 in a Franklin, NC hospital. He was a native of Macon, County the son of the late Arthur and Sally Coward Sanders. He was married first to Nina Moffitt Sanders for 66 years who died in 1996 and second to Fannie Rogers Sanders for 12 years, of Franklin, NC. He was a carpenter and pastor. He pastored several Church of God Churches in, GA, and NC, for forty years. He was a member of the Prentiss Church of God where he was a former pastor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Ernie Sanders and his wife Nellie, Ralph and his wife Thelma, Billy and his wife Joyce, and Joel and his wife Carolyn all of Franklin, NC; four step-daughters, Glenda Blackwell , Barbara Talley and Gail Bennett all of Otto, NC and Patricia Ramey of Rabun Gap, GA; three grandsons, Steve, Victor, and Vance Sanders. Sixteen great-grandchildren and one great- great grandchild also survive him. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mamie and Frenchie Ledford; three brothers, Marion, Richard, and Lloyd Sanders; two half brothers Claude Beeco, and Betix Beeco and one grandson Darren Sanders.

Special thanks to care givers Phyllis Dale, and Anna Belle Houston.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the Prentiss Church of God with the Revs. Don Moffitt, David Powell, and Tim Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vic Sanders, Vance Sanders, Steve Sanders, Steve Sanders Jr., Garry Green, Gary Owens, and Daniel Sanders.

The family will receive friends Wed. November 18, 2009 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, from 6:00 -8:00 PM, where the body will remain until placed in Church thirty minutes prior to service. Memorials may be made in memory of Rev. Sanders to the Prentiss Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 1713,Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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James Dee Sanders

Franklin, NC - James Dee Sanders, age 84, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. He was born in Macon County on January 9, 1924, the son of the late Claude and Leona Tippett Sanders. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and with his U.S. Army Engineer Brigade in Bombay, India; Tehran, Iran, and in Northern Russia. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #7339 and served for many years on the Military Funeral and Honor Guard Detail, and was retired from Franklin Grading Company.

He is survived by one sister, Thelma Hogsed and husband, Jim of Canton, OH; brothers, Bill and wife, Norma of Little Rock, AK; Leonard C. and wife Maxine; John J. and wife, Virginia of Franklin, NC and Charles and wife, Gwen of Sylva, NC. Special family, Mattie, Jimmie, Patty, Missie Johnson, Wanda Dillard, Jackie Ernst and Mike Johnson. He is preceded in death by a brother, Ronald R. Sanders.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 23 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial will be held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. The VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct full military graveside honors.

The family will receive friends Saturday, August 23 from 10:00-11:00 AM, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 205 Ridgecrest Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jeffrey (Jeff) Karl Sanders

Franklin, NC - Jeffrey (Jeff) Karl Sanders, age 43, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, August 6, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of John (Jay) and Betty Henson Sanders. He was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He liked camping and was a member of Clarks Chapel Fire Department. He had worked as a security guard at Highlands Country Club. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Carl and Gussie Henson and paternal grandparents, Jess and Ida Sanders.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Kayla Sanders of the home and Brianna Stewart of Franklin; one son, Devan Sanders of the home; one sister, Sharon Cates and husband Kevin of Weekie Wachee, FL; one brother, Mike Sanders and wife Carol of Apex, NC, and a special nephew, Joe Friedling.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. David Brown and Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

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Jesse L. "Sonny" Sanders

Asheville and Franklin - Jesse L. "Sonny" Sanders, age 85, of Asheville formerly of Macon County passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Asheville. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Jesse L. Sanders, Sr. and Ida Florence Shope Sanders. He had worked in a textile mill doing electrical maintenance. He was a loving husband and father, he liked working crossword puzzles, and NASCAR racing. He was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church and was active in his Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucille Jennings Sanders, one son, Stan Sanders and his wife, Ann of Leicester, NC; three sisters, Betty Owens of Charlotte, NC, Olivia Reece of Anderson, SC and Amelia Trull of Etowah, NC; three brothers, Harris Sanders of Greenville, SC, Jay Sanders and Jim Sanders both of Franklin, NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Willa Styles, Elura Belle Walters, Margaret Harrison and Edith Conley and two brothers, Charles Sanders and Timothy Sanders.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21st at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm, Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prentiss Baptist Church, c/o Beverly Ledford,1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734. or West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Michael L. Schlott

Franklin, NC - Michael Lewis Schlott, age 60, of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, February 25, 2012.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Mark Schlott and the late Julia Hogsed Schlott. He was a 1970 graduate of Franklin High School. Mike was a US Army Veteran. He loved fishing, boating, street rod’s and racing and was a maintenance supervisor at Rhodes Brothers Paving in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Fuller Schlott; two daughters, Amelia McLamb (Greg) and Tiffany Schlott of Franklin; one brother, Joe Schlott (Gail) of Summerville S.C.; two nieces, Monica Schrader (Matt) of Conway S.C. and Whitney Baker (Shannon) of Summervlle S.C..

A memorial service will be held Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

The family will recieve friends one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Janna Lynn Sanders

Franklin, NC - Janna Lynn Sanders, of Franklin, NC, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012. She was a native of Illinois, the daughter of Jean Brinton Blackburn of California, and the late Bob Polite. Janna was a property investor, she loved the outdoors, and enjoyed making crafts. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 18 years, Kelly Sanders; a daughter, Jenny Sanders and her husband Tony of Livingston, Texas; two grandchildren; Samantha and Mark Sanders. She was preceded in death by a brother, Barry Lane Polite.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 5th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Sanders, Hunter Sanders, Billy Herron, Charles Sanders and Bert Herron.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity of one’s choice.

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Martha Waldroop Sanders

Franklin - Martha Waldroop Sanders, 51, of Whispering Meadows Rd., Franklin, died Saturday, July 11, 2009 in MemorialMissionHospital, Asheville. Born in Franklin, N.C., February 28, 1958, she was the daughter of George Bob Waldroop and Cora Mae MacMurray. She loved gardening, canning, cooking and reading and was an avid race car fan. She was a homemaker and member of Prentiss Baptist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Bruce Sanders; her parents, George Bob Waldroop and Cora Mae MacMurray of Franklin; two brothers, Mike and Dan Waldroop of Franklin; one sister, Joyce Simonds of BrysonCity. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Waldroop and Jeffrey MacMurray and step-father, Bruce MacMurray

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2009 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home at 2:00 PM with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, July 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Waldroop, Allen Waldroop, Brent Holbrook, Scottie and Brian Henry, Brian Moffitt and Chuck Brooks.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Mattie Sanders

Franklin - Mattie Marie Penland Hall Sanders 83 of Franklin, NC died Saturday April 5, 2008 at her residence. She was a native of Macon County the daughter of the late Lewis E. Penland and Heland Bell Angel but was raised by her grand parents Ham and Mary Cochran Penland. She was married 1st to the late Alvernon Hall 2nd William A. Sanders of Franklin, NC. She was a house keeper for several area families. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church now known as New Bethel Baptist Church. She was active in church affairs.

She is survived in addition to her husband by two daughters Billie Ruth Sanders and Mary Boston both of Franklin, one son George Richard Hall and his wife Peggy of Franklin, NC, one brother Lewis Penland Jr. of Atlanta, GA, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister Mildred Adams.

Funeral services will be Thursday April 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Revs. Frank Blont and Eugene Waters officiating Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday April 9, 2008 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to New Bethel Baptist Church Lake Emory Road Franklin, NC.

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Pearl Beatrice Stockton Sanders

Franklin, NC - Pearl Beatrice Stockton Sanders, age 94, of Addington Bridge Road, Franklin, NC, went to be with her family and her Lord, Tuesday, August 10, 2010. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Samuel and Rosetta Hastings Stockton. She was married to the late Roy Lee Sanders. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She loved gardening, canning and caring for her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice Heflin of Maryville, TN and Jean Mills and husband James of Franklin, NC; two sons, Glenn Sanders and wife Faye of Seymour, TN and Gerald Sanders and wife Phyllis of Franklin, NC; eleven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hll Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lee Sanders, Travis Sanders, Terry Hardin, Randy Heflin, Michael Lindsey and Mickey Stockton. The family will receive friends Friday, August 13, 2010 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.,one hour prior to the service, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Ryan Owen Sanders

Waynesville, Ryan Owen Sanders, age 36, of Brandywine Road, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

A native and resident of Macon County most of his life, he had resided in Waynesville for the past eleven years. He was the son of Roger Owen and Carol Ann Speed Sanders of Franklin and a 1993 graduate of Franklin High School. Ryan was owner of Big Mountain Bar-B-Que and was also employed at Ingles in Canton. He was a devoted husband and dad, who really enjoyed spending time with his children. Ryan also enjoyed fishing and was a member of Faith Community Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 13 years, Laura Widner Sanders; his children, Emily Kathryn “Emmy Kate” Sanders and Luke Owen “Luke-E-Boy” Sanders, both of the home; maternal grandmother, Irene Speed, of Franklin; paternal grandmother, Edna Brendle Sanders, of Franklin; two brothers, Rodney Sanders and his wife, Reneé, of Franklin and Russell Sanders of Sylva; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Steve and Kris Widner of Marietta, Georgia; two brother-in-laws, Eric Widner and his wife, Ashley, of Dallas, Georgia and Travis Widner of Portland, Oregon; as well as nieces and nephews, Eli and Morgan Widner and Nathan, Kaitlin, and Nicholas Sanders.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Faith Community Church with Reverend Matt Pruett officiating. Burial will follow at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.

Memorials may be made to Faith Community Church, 289 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786.

An on-line memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at “www.wellsfuneralhome.com”

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Sally Vernon Sanders

Franklin, NC - Sally Vernon Sanders, age 92, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at her residence. Born in Macon County, she was the daugther of the late Mitchell and Rose Brendle Sanders. She was a homemaker and a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Annie Sanders of Franklin, NC. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four sisters, Elsie Sanders, Lucille McMahan, Maxine Sanders and Dixie Nell Sanders and three brothers, Leonard "Snipe" Sanders, Arthur Sanders and Asbury Sanders.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price, Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mitchell Bishop, Doug Johnson, Dennis Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Bobby Sanders, Tyler Hughes and Jason Cochran. Honorary pallbearers will be Hospice and Home Health Caregivers. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Home Health and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Virgie Mae Sanders

Franklin, NC - Virgie Mae Sanders, age 76, of Sab Road, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late George and Bell Patton Bingham. She was married to John H. Sanders who passed away in 1983. She retired from Belden Electrical Cord Company with 18 years of service. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed quilting and growing flowers.

She is survived by her two daughters, Susie "Pam" Baker and Linda Ammons and her husband, Ronnie of Franklin, NC; two sons, Roger Sanders and Jerry Sanders and his wife, Donna of Franklin, NC. Nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by two sons, James Sanders and Bob Sanders and one sister, Mary Lee Moses.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 13 at 3:30 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall, Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial will be held in the Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Tommy Sanders, Mitchell Sanders, Stephen Sanders, Rodney Stanley, Kyle Stanley and David Moses will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 12 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Angel Home Health & Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Oakdale Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Linda Higdon, 5650 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Victoria Holland Sanders

Franklin, NC - Victoria “Vicki” Holland Sanders of Franklin went home to be with the Lord November 2, 2009. She was a born in Haywood Co., the daughter of Boyd Holland of Maggie Valley, NC and Lois Messer Holland of Franklin, NC. She was a devout Christian, loving mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker and her passion was collecting dolls. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her parents she is survived by two sons, Philip Sanders and his wife, Jill of Chattanooga, TN and Josh Shelton of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Kelly Holland of Raleigh, NC and Darrell Holland of Waynesville, NC; one granddaughter, Hope Victoria Sanders.

Memorial services will be held Friday, November 6 at 11:00 AM at the First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Mike Barres and Rev. J.D. Grant officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pulmonary Hypertension Foundation, Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Paul Schlatter

Franklin, NC - Paul Schlatter, 71, of Pannell Lane, Franklin, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at a Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva. He was born in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Carl and Averil Kruse Schlatter.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, and mother-in-law, Ruth Struble, his "Village", Jean and Charlie Pinkston, Christi, Elijah and JD Huff, Myra Cook and Mark Whitman, and his "Best Cook", and wonderful friend, Betty Reynolds, all of Franklin; five daughters, Deb Klink and her husband, Ray of Machias, NY, Sue Gates of Crosby, PA, Lori Youngs of Williamsville, NY, Jill Neubauer of Phoenix, AZ, and Kerry Kuhn of Buffalo, NY; thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Paul was employed by Lowes of Franklin from 1998 till his retirement in 2007. He worked in the garden department, in appliance delivery and made many friends in the hardware department before his retirement.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of cremation. A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Hospice Foundation, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Patricia Lois Wilson Schott

Franklin, NC - Patricia Lois Wilson Schott, age 68, of Belle Dowdle Rd., Franklin, NC died Friday, April 15, 2011 at her residence. Born in Stearns, KY, she was the daughter of the late Doyle James and Grace Waters Wilson. She was married to Ronald Martin Schott for forty-seven years. Patricia was a perpetual volunteer, giving her time to Food for the Poor; participated in a Christian music ministry; was active in her home church, Advent Lutheran in Boca Raton, FL, and was a longtime Girl Scout troop leader and regional director. She was an associate member of 25th NC Infantry Regiment Civil War reenactors; an avid gardener; artist and writer.

In addition to her husband, Patricia is survived by two daughters, Laura Beth and Julie Anne Schott, both of Franklin, NC, one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ashley Schott and a grandson, due this spring. She is also survived by a special group of friends known as "Framily" along with several beloved pets.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Jeffry Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Rush Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. Following the interment, a reception will be held at the Schott residence 718 Belle Dowdle Rd. in Franklin.

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Mary Hayes Schultz

Bryson City, NC - Mary Hayes Schultz, age 86, of Brush Creek Road, Bryson City, NC, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009 in a local hospital. She was a native of Mitchell County, GA, the daughter of the late Benjamin Jefferson Kincaid and Mae Belle Quarterman Kincaid. She was a high school science teacher, and a Baptist by faith.

She is survived by three sons, Michael Schultz and wife Denise of Oviedo, FL, Roderick Schultz of Bryson City, NC and Erick Schultz and wife Ruth of Livermore, CA; one brother, Benjamin Kincaid of St. Petersburg, FL; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 20th at 1:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Roy Burnett officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.

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Martha Ann Roten Schultheis

Franklin - Martha Ann Roten Schultheis, age 75, a native of Macon County passed away on April 23, 2010 at her home in Toccoa, GA.

Martha was born on February 22, 1935 and was the daughter of the late Elmer and Edna Holbrook Roten. She was preceded in death by her sisters Maxine McClure and Jane Ledford.

She is survived by three sons, Gary Schultheis and wife Jeanne of Martin, GA; Steve Schultheis and wife Darlene of Franklin, NC and Chris Schultheis and wife Sheri of Athen, GA. She is also survived by two grandchildren Heidi Fraser and Jerry Schultheis.

Martha was from a family of nine siblings. There are four surviving sisters, Patsy Henderson and husband Sam of Franklin, Kathyrn Cruse of Franklin, Mary Sue Murray of Hendersonville, Linda Griffin of Athens, GA; two brothers Bill Roten and wife Diane of Franklin and Tommy Roten also of Franklin.

She was a former employee of Angel Community Hospital and the Stephens County, GA hospital where she served as the Medical Records director. She enjoyed family gatherings, genealogy, gardening and was an avid reader. She was a member of Franklin United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 26 AT 2:00PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Dr. John Fowler officiating. Burial will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 25 from 6:00-8:00PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Urban Ronald Joseph Schutz

Highlands, NC - Urban Ronald Joseph Schutz, age 92, of Big Pine Lane, Highlands, NC passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. He was born in Jasper, IN, the son of the late Frank X and Josephine Tretter Schutz. He was married to Joelene McRae Schutz who passed away in 1997. He was retired from Delta Airlines and was a member of Our Lady of The Mountains Catholic Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra Lee Harkins and her husband, John J. Harkins of Beaufort, SC; two grandchildren, Nicole and Shawn Harkins.

Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00AM at Our Lady of The Mountains Catholic Church with Father Dean officiating. Burial will be held at Oconnee Memorial Park in Seneca, SC. The family will receive friends after the service.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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James Nelson Scott

Highlands - James Nelson Scott passed away early Thursday morning, February 18, 2010 at his home on 608 Hickory Street, Highlands, NC after an extended illness.

Jim was born in New Castle Indiana on December 5th, 1926 and grew up there before moving to Indianapolis after serving in the army and marrying his first wife Mary Louise Knight. He continued to work for Herff-Jones, selling class rings and caps and gowns, moving to Gainesville, Florida in the late 1950’s where he continued a successful career in sales covering most all of the state of Florida schools. He decided to move his family to Highlands, NC in the early 1970’s and make a career change which included a real estate business with partner Earl Heard, the founding of Insurance Services, and an antique shop, Log Cabin Antiques, all of Highlands. After the death of his first wife Louise and retiring, he moved back to New Castle where he married Anna Margaret Antle. After fulfilling his life long dream of restoring and owning a large older home and farm, he moved to Naples, Florida, where he played bridge, golfed and socialized with friends at Forest Lakes community and Quail Run Golf Course and County Club.He continued to spend his summers in Highlands, golfing at Highlands Country Club, of which he was a founding member and playing bridge, as he was an accomplished player.

In addition to his parents, Lewis and Anna Belle and his wives, Louise and Margaret, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Myla Edwards and Joyce Leraas, and one brother Mervyn Scott. He is survived by one brother, Donald Scott of New Castle, Indiana and four children, sons Lance Kevin Scott and wife Pam Smith Scott of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Michael Kim Scott and wife Brenda of Gainesville, Florida and two daughters, Leesa Lynn Crisp and husband Chuck of Cumming, Georgia and Karin Ann Potts and husband Terry of Highlands, North Carolina, as well as twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands with Dr. Don Mullens, with family receiving friends one hour prior between 2:00 and 3:00 at Coleman Hall in the church, burial will be held at Highlands Memorial Park immediately following the service. Christopher Potts, Eric Fielding, Justin Chapman, Josh Martin, Brooks Scott and Leigh Scott will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands-Cashiers Hospice or the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, P.O. Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Alfred Freeman Scruggs

Franklin, NC - Alfred Freeman Scruggs, age 76, of Oakdale Drive, Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late Rev. Charlie and Geneva Hall Scruggs. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his former wife, Ora Sue Thomas Scruggs; two daughters, Janet Scruggs Gentry and her companion, Donald Leonard of Franklin, NC and Susie Scruggs Bryson of Franklin, NC; two sons, Darin T. Scruggs and his wife, Jessica and Alfred M. Scruggs all of Franklin, NC. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Ella Addington Scruggs, a sister, Margaret Bynum, five brothers, Charles Scruggs, Willie Scruggs, Lee Scruggs, Emory Scruggs, and Andrew Angel.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 29 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Levar Bryson, Larry Bryson, George Burgess, Michael Chavis, Willis Chavis and Greg Hall will serve as pallbearerss.

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

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  Joan S. Scudder

Crystal Rier FL -Highlands, NC Mrs. Joan S. Scudder, 79, of Crystal River, and a longtime resident of Ocala, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at West Marion Community Hospital. A native of Augusta, GA, she moved to Ocala in 1951. She attended Brenau College in Gainesville, GA, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, a group she continued to be active with for many years. She and her husband owned and operated Scudders Galleries, where they worked together for many years. Her favorite past time was traveling the world with her husband. While visiting their home in Highlands, NC, she attended the Methodist Church, but in Ocala, she belonged to First Baptist Church, where for many years she taught young married Sunday School class.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Al Scudder of Crystal River, her daughter Marlene Buckalew and husband Michael, Atlanta sons Frank Scudder, Jr. and his wife Linda, Ocala, and Todd Scudder and his wife Pamela, Ocala, sisters Betty Kizer and Joy Still, both of Highlands, NC, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services and interment for Mrs. Scudder will be held in Ocala, Fl.

A memorial service will be held in Highlands United Methodist Church, Highlands, NC at a future date. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Joyce Meyer Ministries/Hand of Hope Missions or your favorite charity.

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Nelle Hazel Massey Seabock

Franklin, NC -Nelle Hazel Massey Seabock, 89, of Franklin died November 29, 2008 in a local nursing home. She was a native of Madison County, NC the daughter of the late Lattie Branson and Eugenia Mabel Sawyer Massey. She was married to the late Carl Seabock who died in 1976. She was the previous owner of the Glass Barn Rock Shop and was a home maker. Many people enjoyed her beautiful flowers.

She is survived by one daughter, Gail Seabock Barrett and her husband George of Franklin, NC, one son, Wayne Seabock and his wife Millie of Westchester, PN; a granddaughter, Janelle Seabock; three step-grandchildren and four step- great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Carla Rene; one sister, Juanita Ogle, and two brothers Cloyce, and Jesse Lee Massey.

Funeral services will be 2:30 PM, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Abel officiating. Pallbearers will be John Barrett, Lynn and Adrian Seabock, Patrick McGinnis, Charles Shuler and Ray Sanders. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30PM, one hour prior to the services.

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Tommy Dennis Seagle

Signal Mtn., TN and Franklin, NC - Tommy Dennis Seagle, age 60, of Signal Mtn., TN formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, August 25 at Signal Mtn. He was a native of Macon County, NC the son of the late Samuel and Katherine Conley Seagle. He was a system analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee. Dennis was a 1967 graduate of Franklin High School and a 1971 graduate of Western Carolina University. He enjoyed gardening, boating and was an avid snow skier. He never met a stranger and loved everyone. He was a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Darren Shane Seagle and a sister, Shelby Jean Ridgeway.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Connie Berry Seagle; mother-in-law, Shirley Berry and the late Herman Berry, sister-in-law, Diane Berry Shavender and her husband, Bill,brother-in-law, Herman Berry Jr & Nancy all of Washington, NC; three sisters, Barbara Pederson and husband Len of Bowie MD, Alice Ditch and the late Jerry Ditch of Otto, NC, Dorothy Monteith and her husband Erskine of Otto, NC; two brothers, Sammy Seagle and his wife, Betty of Otto, NC and Dr. Eddie Dean Seagle of Tifton, GA. Six nieces and nephews, five great nieces and nephews and many friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 28 at 1:00 PM at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Danny Cannon and Pastor Phillip Jethro officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Scott Monteith, Brian Ditch, Brad Seagle, Dan Gray, Tommy Dorough and Jim Myer will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Newman Chapel Baptist Church, 60 Mulberry Road, Otto, NC 28763 or to the Alligood Church of God, 1891 Mill Hole Road, Washington, NC 27889.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Elmer James Searle, Jr

Franklin, NC - Elmer James "Jay" Searle, Jr., age 82, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 at his residence. He was a native of Wayne County, Michigan, the son of the late Elmer J. Searle, Sr. and Effie Fraser Searle. He was a US Navy Veteran and took part in Atomic Bomb testing. He was a retired mail carrier for the US Postal Service. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and loved being outside and raising chickens. He attended First Alliance Church,

He is survived by his wife, Joan Snider Searle; three daughters, Kay Campbell and husband Bill of Elk Road, CA, Cindy Roberts and husband Dewey of Carmichael, CA, and Jennifer Stanley and husband James of Franklin, NC; two step-sons, Karl Aughe of Florida and Keith Aughe of Virginia; one brother, Gerald Searle of Escanba, Michigan; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to First Alliance Church, 31 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Emma Mary Hoch Sears

Franklin - Emma Mary Hoch Sears, 89, of the Jones Creek Community, died peacefully in her sleep at home, February 7, 2012, surrounded by loved ones.

Mary was born in Atlanta, Ga., on October 9, 1922, the daughter of Emma Corley and Godfrey G. Hoch. She met her husband, Robert C. Sears, while she was attending Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, and he was a young Second Lieutenant at Fort Sam Houston. They married a week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and she began the life of a service wife, accompanying Bob to posts around the country and to Germany. They celebrated their 70th anniversary on December 14, 2011.

After Bob retired from the Air Force, they lived in Atlanta for some years before moving to Franklin, N.C., in 1979.

Mary painted large, colorful and whimsical paintings that decorate the walls of her home and those of family members. She loved books, poetry, music, musical instruments, flowers (especially zinnias), antiques and nature. After moving to the mountains, she taught yoga and tai chi, studied Jung with a circle of friends, gardened, visited her children and grandchildren and kept her beautiful home open for her many friends and relatives.

She was a loving and happy spirit, embracing life with grace, enthusiasm and great humor, and bringing joy to those around her, into her final years. She always found the best in others, rejoiced in their triumphs and overlooked their failings. A friend said the words that should be her epitaph: “She has an alibi for everyone.”

Mary was predeceased by two brothers, Godfrey G. Hoch Jr. and George Hoch. In addition to her husband Bob, she is survived by her children Barbara McRae of Franklin; Rob Sears of Crane, Texas; Elayne Sears of Crown Point, NY; and Jim (Debra) Sears of Missoula, Mt.; ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and a number of great- and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Walter K. Hoch of Atlanta, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the loving care Peggy Martin gave to Mary during her final illness.

A memorial service will be held at a later time. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Barbara Setser

Franklin, NC - Barbara Setser, age 93, of Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 at a local hospital. She was born in Wrentham, MA, the daughter of the late Walter and Gertrude Warner Hopcraft. She was married to Alexander L. Setser who passed away September 17, 1996. She was a homemaker and a member of Memorial United Methodist Church where she served on the administrative board. She was a Food supervisor for Boone High School in Orlando, FL; a past President of the Franklin Garden Club, a director of the Otto Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime member of the PTA of Orange County, FL. She was very active in the Republican Party and very active in the community. For many years she volunteered at the Angel Medication Assistance Program.

She is survived by her son, Harold Chapman and wife Gail of Otto, NC; two sisters, Marion Krapp of Orlando, FL and Dorothy Tremain of Mt. Dora, FL; two brothers, Albert Hopcraft of Stone Mountain, GA and Calvin Hopcraft of Oklahoma. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Cheryl Pisano and husband Mike, Mark Chapman, Nina Ngo and husband Phong, and Shaina Quinn and husband Tyler and four great-grandchildren, Alexandria Boden, Daphne, Ellie Ngo and Mila Quinn.

A private graveside service was held Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Angel Medication Assistance, PO Box 1209, Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James Carlton “Pete” Setser

Murphy - James Carlton “Pete” Setser, 74, of Murphy died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at his residence. A native of Macon County, he had lived in Cherokee County for the past 54 years. He was the son of the late Andrew Bryan and Estelle Justice Setser. Pete had served in the United States Army. He had worked as a personnel manager for Peachtree Products and worked as the veteran’s representative for the NC Employment Security Commission, where he retired in 1996. He continued to pursue his true passion of raising cattle and horses. He was a member of the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Andy and John L. Setser; a sister, Lucille Setser Allen; and an infant granddaughter, Samantha Setser.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Geneva Barnett Setser; a daughter, Jeanie Setser Morgan and husband, Russell of Blounts Creek, NC; a son, Jimmy Setser and wife, Renee’ of Murphy; three sisters, Nancy Setser Bulgin and husband, Randolph and Carolyn Setser McCall and husband, Bob all of Franklin, and Pat Setser Wilson and husband, Josh of Belton, SC; a brother, Fred “Bo” Setser and wife, Jimmie of Franklin; and a granddaughter, Hannah Setser.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Chester Jones officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be in Dr. Greg Cranford, Buck Chambers, Glenn Carson, Keith Holcomb, Brian and Joe Kilpatrick, Max O’Dell, and Daryl Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold and Greg Moore, Jim Hendrix, Danny Rich, Jeff and Bill Yonce, Jack Wimpey, Danny Logan, J.C. and Joe Owenby, Doyle Clay, Nathan Allen, and Allen Chambers.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Wednesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy where the body will be until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of James Carlton “Pete” Setser to the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Hendrix, 3195 Old Peachtree Road, Murphy, NC 28906 or Gideons International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906.

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

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Jimmie Ruth Whitman Setser

Franklin, NC - Jimmie Ruth Whitman Setser, 76, of Franklin, NC passed away quietly in her sleep surrounded by her family Friday, February 22, 2013. Born in Macon County, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Wilson Whitman and Mary Ledbetter Whitman. She was married to Lt.Colonel Fredrick "Bo" Setser for 56 years. She was a Registered Nurse; an army wife, vice president of her high school Beta Club, a member of FTA, FFA, Officer's Wives Club, German American Club and Red Cross. She was a member of Liberty Methodist Church in Notasulga, AL. She was an excellent painter and liked gardening.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Setser is survived by three daughters, Dierdre Greer Setser of Newnan, GA, Fredrika J. Setser of Lawrenceville, GA and Kennetha A. McConnell and husband Robert of Woodstock, GA; one sister, Linda Carroll of Tuskegee, AL and one granddaughter, Brianna McConnell.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Whitman.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 25th at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Duncan and Rev. Vic Greene officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Cemetery Fund, 542 St. John's Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Mary Ellen Setser

Franklin, NC - Mary Ellen Setser, age 81, of Cartoogechaye Community passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Memorial Mission Hospital. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Gilmer J. and Nina Ray Setser. She was a registered nurse with 49 years of service, serving in several areas of Medical Facilities. She was a 1951 graduate of Memorial Mission School of Nursing. She attended Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

She is survived by five sisters, Agnes Hunton of Greenwood, SC, Grace Harrison and husband, Wayne of Franklin, NC, Jean Wilson and husband, Jim of Waycross, GA, Anna House and husband, Aubrey of Lake Ranch, FL and Helen Gent and husband, Jim of Old Bridge, NJ; two brothers, Edwin Setser and wife, Una of Franklin, NC and Richard F. Setser and wife, Faye of Valdosta, GA. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 12 at 2:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Jim Gent officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Nephews and great-nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 12 from 1:00-2:00 PM, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Marcia Crawford, 175 Wayah View Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Bartley Jackson Sellers

Clayton, GA - Bartley Jackson Sellers, age 64, of Clayton, GA died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at his residence. Born in Lake Worth, FL, he was the son of the late Oscar B. Sellers. He was a retired carpenter.

He is survived by one daughter, Cathy Thompson of Waynesville, NC; two sons, Tim and B. J. Sellers both of Waynesville, NC and one sister, Sherry Hoffman of Towneville, SC. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Sellers.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rabun Memorial Park, Clayton, GA.

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Joseph Reid Sellers

Joseph Reid Sellers 75, of Franklin, NC, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 30, 2008 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, NC, the son of the late Samuel V. and Gladys Waldroop Sellers. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was owner of Sellers Electric and in later years owned and operated Joe Sellers Realty. He loved doing special things for his family, gardening, and an overall handyman. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years Nancy Norris Sellers of Franklin, NC, one daughter Sheila Ledford and her husband Alan B. of Franklin, one Son Johnny Reid Sellers of Atlanta, GA, two sisters Edith Welch of Phil Campbell, AL, and Katherine Curtis of Valdosta, GA., one brother Bill Sellers and his wife Jodie, of Franklin, one grandson Zachery Elijah Ledford.

Funeral services will be Sunday June 1, 2008 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC with the Rev. Al Beck officiating. Pallbearers will be Bruce Elliott, Ed Fitzgerald, Larry Norris, Zachery Ledford, Brian and Steve Sellers, Chris Norris, and Jack Owens. The family will receive friends from two until three PM Sunday June 1, 2008 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or to the Family Life Center 81 Bethel Church Road Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jayne Margaret Schaffer

Cashiers, NC - Jayne Margaret Schaffer, age 88, of Cashiers, NC, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008 at her residence. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Roger Lee Seay, Sr.

Franklin, NC - Roger Lee Seay, Sr., age 75, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, September 19, 2011 in a Sylva hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Arvey B. and Mary Williams Seay. He was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School. Sucessful in business, he owned and operated Seay’s Farm and Garden for thirty-five years; loved the outdoors especially farming; his cattle, horses and beagles. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Well respected in the community, Roger was an active member of Wells Grove Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and former Sunday School Superintendent and member of Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145.

He is survived and loved very much by his wife of fifty-four years, Bobbie Burch Seay; two daughters, Cassandra "Susie" Woleslagle and husband Rick and Teresa Seay and husband Lloyd Cox all of Franklin, NC; one son, Roger L. Seay, Jr and wife Elizabeth of Franklin, NC; one sister, Frances Teague of Franklin, NC and three brothers, John Seay and Howard Seay both of Franklin, NC and James C. Seay of Hendersonville, NC. Four grandchildren, Rhys McVicker, Mary Margaret Seay, Adam Woleslagle and Aaron Woleslagle also survive. He was also loved by a number of nieces and nephews who survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Terry Dixon and Rev. Cecil Frady officiating. Burial will be at Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers, Ronnie Ledford, Clinton Ledford, David Lee Seay, Horace Seay, Tim Teague, and Lewis William Seay, Jr.

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

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Rosella Lucille McGraw Sergi

Highlands, NC - Rosella Lucille McGraw Sergi, age 80, of Highlands, NC passed away Saturday, September 29, 2007 at a Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Mrs. Sergi was born in Lewis County, Kentucky the daughter of the late Willard and Rosa Valley Reynolds McGraw. Married to James Patrick Sergi who passed away August 9, 1974. Mrs. Sergi was a retired sales clerk for K & B Drugstore in New Orleans. Lucille was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Cowee Valley, NC where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and was a member of the Women’s Group.

She is survived by two daughters, Gina Cantell (Bill) of Auburn AL and Mary Jo Kelley (Mike) of Cypress, TX; a son, James Michael Sergi (Julia) of Freeport, NY; eight grandchildren, Michael Sergi, Nicholas Sergi, Melinda Sergi, Lara Sergi, Carl Gatti, Melissa Gatti, Crane Cantrell and Rosa Cantrell.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00PM, one hour prior to service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church, c/o Pauline Freeman, 89 Matlock Road, Franklin, NC 28734

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Wallace Setser

Candler – Wallace Andrew Setser, 60, of Candler, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center.

A native of Macon County, Wallace had resided in Buncombe County since 1974. He worked for the NC DOT as an inspector. Wallace was a former member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church in Franklin, and was a member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees as well as the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee. He was also a member of Hominy Masonic Lodge #491 AF&AM, where he served as Past Master, as well as the Land of the Sky Shrine Club.

Wallace was the son of Joyce Wallace Setser of Franklin and the late Andy Setser. In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife of 37 years, Donna Raby Setser; daughter, Whitney Setser of Asheville; son, Jacob Setser of Candler; brother, Gary Setser and wife Pam of Franklin; sisters: Pam Hanak and husband Steph of Summerfield, FL and Kathy Morgan and husband David of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, with the Revs. Frank and Mary Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with Masonic graveside rites.

The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 PM Sunday at Anders-Rice Funeral Home in Asheville, as well as from 1-2 PM Tuesday at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Montmorenci UMC Building Fund, PO Box 610, Candler, NC 28715, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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James Edgar Sharp

Cullowhee, NC - James Edgar Sharp, age 85, of Cullowhee, NC, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013. He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Herbert and Martha Wiggins Sharp. He was a retired electrician for Duke Energy; he loved the Atlanta Braves, and was a caddy master at Sapphire Country Club for a number of years. He was a US Army Veteran and a member of Cashiers Church of God. He was married to Vylena McCall Moffitt Sharp, who passed away in 1995.

He is survived by his step children, Azilea Fugate of Cashiers, NC, Willean Stiwinter and her husband Jim of Cullowhee, NC, Marvin Moffitt and his wife Judy of Cullowhee, NC and Cleamon Moffitt of Cashiers, NC; his brother, Thomas Lee and his wife Hilda of Waynesville, NC fifteen grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren; thirty five great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two step daughters, Mattie Moffitt and Irene Hughey, two step sons, Junior Moffitt and Eugene Moffitt, a sister, Evelyn Carver, and three brothers, Ernest, Dewey and John Sharp.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27th at 12:00 noon at Cashiers Church of God, with Rev. Delbert McCall and Rev. Ned Pressley officiating. Burial will be in Lower Zachary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cliff Moffitt, Jamie Stiwinter, Randy Moffitt, Tony Moffitt, Blaine Teaster, and Todd Moss. The family will receive friends from 11:00 12:00, Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Norman Thomas Sharpe

Highlands, NC - Norman Thomas Sharpe, DDS, age 82, of Picklesimer Rd., Highlands, NC passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011 in a Highlands-Cashiers hospital. Born in Palm Beach Co., FL he was the son of the late Roscoe Lawrence and Irma Proctor Sharpe. He was a dentist in West Palm Beach, FL and a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, FL.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie Quatacker Sharpe; one daughter, Virginia Clair Martin and her husband Michael of West Palm Beach, FL; two sons, Kenneth Norman Sharpe and his wife Pam of Atlanta, GA, and Tracy Roy Sharpe and his wife Karen of West Palm Beach FL. Five grandchildren Christopher, Kelly, Lisa, Tara and Troy; one great-grandson, Matthew and one nephew, Lawrence Drake, also survive.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 10 at 10:30 am at The Church of the Incarnation in Highlands with Rev Denson Franklin officiating. A reception will be held Friday following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to a charity of one’s choice.

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Frances Marie Shepherd

Franklin, NC - Frances Marie Shepherd, age 78, of Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2009 in a local hospital. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late William Lawrence Shepherd and Hattie Rhinehart Shepherd. She retired from Burlington Industries. She was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church and a member of the Women’s Democratic Party.

She is survived by her sister, Ann Shepherd of Franklin, NC and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Gibson and Nola Blanton and a brother, Wallace Shepherd.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 18th at 2:00pm at Snow Hill United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charles Stephens, Rev. Donna Cobb and Rev. Marlin Keener officiating. Burial will be at Shepherd Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Tallent, Tony Collins, Jerry Shepherd, Ricky Stoudemire, Jake "Billy" Collins and Bob Collins. Other nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Tuesday, November 17th at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Faye Sheffield, 1845 Sanderstown Road, Franklin, NC 28734, or to Shepherd Cemetery, PO Box 781, Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jay Dee William Shepherd

Franklin, NC - Jay Dee William Shepherd, age 79, of Shepherd Drive, Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, November 11, 2010 at an Asheville Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Will and Icey Thomas Shepherd. He was married to Helen Jane Diehl Shepherd who passed away June 27, 1994. He was a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton. He was a loving father and grandfather. He was owner of Jays Consruction. He was Macon County Commissioner from 2002-2006. He was a member of Mountain Eagle Masonic Lodge #359 and Franklin Star Chapter 523B OES. He was a former Boy Scout Master, and was very involved in community affairs and MPP. He was the first Black Vice-Chairman of the Macon Democrat Party.

He is survived by his daughter, Rev. Cynseria Jenkins and husband Rev. Billy of Cornelia, GA, two sons, James Darnell Shepherd and wife Lisa of Franklin, NC and Charles Stewart and wife Barbara of Miami, FL; one sister Mattie Bourne and husband Theophelus of Rockford, IL, a brother, Joseph Shepherd and wife DeArmold of Rockford, IL; two grandchildren, Ashley Jenkins and Adrienne Jenkins, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 17th at 11:00am at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charles Lee officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and the American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites. Pallbearers will be Tony Cook, Edward Washington, and Boyd Hall. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, November 16th at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Mountain Eagle Masonic Lodge #359 will conduct Masonic rites Tuesday evening following visitation. Memorials may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

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Joseph Stephen Shepherd

Franklin, NC - Joseph Stephen Shepherd, age 71, of Fred Dalton Road, Franklin, NC passed away Monday, November 17, 2008 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Garland and Hazel Dalton Shepherd. He worked in construction and farming. He loved bluegrass music, dancing and going to Picking on the Square. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Annie Lois Kirkland Shepherd; two step-daughters, Carolyn Morgan of Tawas, Michigan and Donna Shears of Franklin, NC; one son William Stephen Shepherd of Franklin, NC; four step-sons, Roger McMahan and his wife Sandra, David McMahan, James McMahan and Jeff McMahan all of Franklin; one sister, Ruth Poe of Longwood, FL and one brother, George Shepherd of Cleveland, GA. Thirty-seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 20, at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Judson Hall and Rev. David Williamas officiating. Burial will be held at the Shepherd Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, November 20 from 1:00-2:00 PM, one hour prior to service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Christine Ruth Shinall

Franklin, NC - Christine Ruth Shinall, age 59, of Franklin, NC and West Palm Beach, FL passed away Friday, March 25, 2011 at a local hospital. She was born in Savannah, GA, the daughter of the late John and Katena Loizakes Shinall. She was a registered nurse for 33 years.

She is survived by two sisters, Jackie Shinall Gillespie of Franklin, NC and Mary Shinall Robertson of Plant City, FL; three brothers, John Shinall, Jr of Washington State, Robert Shinall and Richard Shinall both of Jacksonville, FL.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in South Florida.

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Susie Mashburn Shires

Franklin, NC - Susie Mashburn Shires, age 73, of Annandale, Virginia, formally of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, April 2013. She was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Ruth Angel Mashburn. Susie was married to Alvin Shires who preceded her in death. she was employed for many years at the V.A. Hospital in Oteen, NC and also at the V.A. Hospital in Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Richard, and Johnny Mashburn and a sister, Frances Mashburn Morrison. Surviving are two sisters, Betty Moffitt and Edna Burnette of Asheville, NC; three brothers, Jack and Wayne Mashburn of Franklin, NC and Gene Mashburn of Dothan, AL.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Duncan and Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial will be in Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 11 from 1:00-2:00PM, one hour prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Gary Holland, 65 Scroggs Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Johnnie Bell Shook

Franklin, NC - Johnnie Bell Shook, age 76, of Guy Knob Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008 in a local hospital. She was a native of Puckett, Mississippi, the daughter of the late Dee and Lucille Walters McLaurin. She was married to the late John Melvin Shook. She was a US Air Force Veteran and had worked for the Mississippi State Retirement Division. She was a portrait artist, amilitary nurse and an engineer. She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Sue (Susie) Williams and her husband Charles of Franklin, NC; one son, John Michael (Mike) Shook of Petal, Mississippi; a companion, Dennis Batts; one sister, Betty Sue James, of Florence, Mississippi; two brothers, William McLaurin and Samuel Hugh McLaurin both of Raleigh, NC; five grandchildren, Albert Wayne Hester, II, Amantha (Amy) Putman, Kelly McLaurin Shook, Morgan Shook, and Nickie Shook. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Grace Wade.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Johns, Mississippi.

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Aaron Keith Shope

Franklin, NC - Aaron Keith Shope, age 61, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010 in a local hospital. He was born in Rabun County, GA, but had lived in Macon County all his life. He was the son of Dorothy Holden Shope of Franklin, NC and the late Edwin Woodrow Shope. He was a construction worker and part owner of the former S & S Auto Parts. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved motorcycle riding. He was a faithful member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church, and had done several missions. He was a Trustee, a Minister of Construction and a Committee Member. Laughter was part of his life. He was a US Army Veteran, having served in Vietnam in 1968-1969. He received the Bronze Star and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a charter member of VVA Chapter #994, a member of Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108. He was Vice President of the VVA. He had received the Linwood Lang Veterans Service Award.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gail Cabe Shope, two sisters, Ruth Dowdle and husband Ronnie, of Otto, NC and Lynn Nicholson and husband Tommy of Franklin, NC; a brother, Wade Shope and wife Carolyn of Franklin, NC. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by a half sister, Betty Jo Nichols.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 17th at 11:00 am at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Al Beck and Rev. Dick Richards officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Members of VVA Chapter #994 will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Daylon Plemens, Brenda Garner, and Ronnie Beale. The remainder of VVA members will also serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

Memorials may be made to Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jean Sutton, 1999 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or to Vietnam Veterans Chapter #994, PO Box 2327, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Mary Frances Shope

Otto, NC - Mary Frances Shope, age 90, of Georgia Rd., Otto, NC passed away Friday, June 3, 2011 in a Highlands care center. Born in Commerce, GA, she was the daughter of the late Walter C. "Dock" and Rena Adams Lord. She was married to the late Rev. George W. Shope who died in 1981. Mary was a customer greeter and sales clerk at Walmart in Franklin and Clayton. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved gospel music and flea marketing. She was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia S. Wycoff and her husband Edgar of Altamonte Springs, FL and Sandra F. Shope of Otto, NC; one son, George W. "Pete" Shope, Jr. of Franklin, NC and one brother, Leonard Lord of Charleston, SC. Four grandchildren, Zach Shope, Troy Russell, Byron Wycoff and Wynne Wycoff, also survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Head of Tennessee Baptist Church Cemetery, Dillard, GA. Pallbearers will be Mark Shope, Zach Shope, Troy Russell, Byron Wycoff and Bill Roland.

The family will receive friends 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 Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Wylie "Judd" Jess Shope

Franklin, NC - Wylie "Judd" Jess Shope, age 87, of Fox Hollow Circle, Otto, NC, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2010 in a local nursing home. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Alec and Julie Mashburn Shope. He was a construction worker. He was a US Army Veteran serving during World War II. He received six Bronze Stars and walked with General Patton. He was also a member of the VFW.

He is survived by a son, David Shope and wife Marty of Charlotte, NC; two sisters, Betty Brown of Franklin, NC and Ruth Holbrooks of Highpoint, NC. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Crawford and Madge Dowdle and three brothers, Nels Shope, J. D. Shope and Frank Shope.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 13th at 2:00pm at Rush Cemetery, with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12:30pm till 1:30pm, prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Wynoma Payne Shope

Otto, NC - Wynoma Payne Shope, age 81, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011. Born in Macon Co., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lillie Passmore Payne. She was married to the late Joseph P. Shope who died in 1995. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church; she was a loving mother and grandmother and loved to raise a garden.

She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Elizabeth Shope Johnson of Otto, NC; one brother, Thomas Edward Payne of Knoxville, NC and two grandchildren, Heather and Sarah Johnson. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Oma Mae Emory and two brothers, Granville Payne and Eugene Patton.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Rev. Duane Corle will officiate. Burial will be in Rush Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, November 18 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

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Ruth Ellen Shuebrook

Franklin - Ruth Ellen (Nowling) Shuebrook, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away into Peace on Friday, February 15, 2008, after a long illness. Born on Sept. 26, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the oldest daughter of Leora Livezey and William C. Nowling. After high school, she enjoyed a more than 40-year career as a secretary and administrative assistant for a number of companies, including A.I. DuPont and the State of Florida. After retirement, she also worked in real estate and retail positions. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Franklin. Her volunteer work included contributions to various Church-related activities and at the Angel Medical Center. She was pre-deceased by her dear husband, George Albert Shuebrook, and by her Mother and two Sisters, Leora Dorothy Vessey and Evelyn Elder, all of Pennsylvania.

She is survived by three sons: Ronald L. Shuebrook and wife, Fran, of Guelph, Ontario; Kent A. Shuebrook and wife, Janice, of Tom’s River, N.J., and Geoffery A. Shuebrook of San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren: Paul Shuebrook and wife Melanie of Toronto, Ont., Meghan Shuebrook of Guelph, Ont., Amanda Shuebrook of Tom’s River, N.J., and Sasha Shuebrook of San Diego, Calif.. She is also sadly missed by her great-granddaughter, Keida E. McMurtry –Shuebrook of Guelph, Ont. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Franklin at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, Rev. Harold Ball, Pastor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elevator Fund, c/o the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla St., Franklin, N.C. 28734. For further information or inquiries, please contact: Ron & Fran Shuebrook, 519-766-4744 or gallagher.shuebrook@rogers.com

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Nathan Bryan Simpson, Jr.

Highlands - Nathan Bryan Simpson, Jr. 46 of Highlands, NC and formerly of Tampa, FL, died May 17, 2013. He was a sixth generation Floridian decended from four pioneer Florida families: Lesley, Cleaveland, Wootton and Bryan.

He was predeceased by his brother John Gray Simpson of Highlands and formerly of Tampa, his grandparents Hazel W. and Thomas E. Gray and Geraldine L. and Arthur A. Simpson, his aunt Lesley Simpson Ault, all of Tampa, and is survived by his parents, Jane and Nathan Simpson, his aunts, Allen Simpson Murray and Hazel Gray Hanlon, and his uncle, Arthur A. Simpson, Jr. and many loving cousins and friends. He was a graduate of Berkeley Preparatory School of Tampa and The University of South Florida with a BS in Business Administration. He was employed by Peoples Gas System and TECO Energy. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the Merrymakers Clup and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Funeral Services will be conducted by the Rev. John Reese and the Rev. Canon Gerald Stadel at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Tampa Thursday May 23rd at 10:00 AM with interment at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nathan’s name to St. Andrews Episcopal Church Foundation, Tampa Bay History Center, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation or to charities of choice.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home of Franklin and Highlands, NC and Blount and Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Chapel of Tampa are in charge of arrangements.

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Martha Ellen Stanfield

Franklin, NC - Martha Ellen Stanfield, age 84, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, November 8, 2010. She was a native of Jackson County, the daughter of the late John and Dorothy Treadway Cabe. She was married to the late Elmer "Buddy" Stanfield. She retired from Rabun Mills and worked at Van Raalte for several years. She attended Cullasaja Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Katie Jane Watts of Mountain City, GA; two sons, Johnny Stanfield and Ronnie Stanfield both of Franklin, NC; a step-daughter, Marty Stanfield of Franklin, NC; a sister, Edith of Denver, Colorado; eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survives. She was preceded in death by a son Elmer Stanfield, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 10th at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John O. Stanfield, J.D. Stanfield, Michael Stanfield, James Gibson, Jack Mason and Joe Holt.

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

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Debra Jeanne Siegfried

Franklin, NC - Debra Jeanne Siegfried, age 58, of Louisa Chapel Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, April 19, 2010 in a local hospital. She was a native of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Lorraine Lerch Davies and the late Leo Davies. She was a cashier at Walmart for ten years, and was a member of Gem and Mineral Society. She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Bruce Siegfried; two daughters, Elizabeth Siegfried of the home, and Lisa Mendoza, and her husband Ryan of Seattle, Washington; six sisters, Doris Davies, Barbara Marlatt, Alice Morris, Jacquelyn Evans, Frances Hill, and Gertrude Hennion all of Pennsylvania. one granddaughter, Ryli Mendoza also survives.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24th at 2:00pm at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin, NC, with Jerome Schott, Jr. officiating.

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Bonnie Jean Siek

Highlands, NC - Bonnie Jean Siek, age 72, of Highlands, formerly of Belleair, Florida died Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Highlands -Cashiers Hospital. Born in Midland, MI she was married to George E. Siek, Sr. for thirty-four years. Bonnie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother; was an awesome cook; loved to knit, and was a great card player. She volunteered for Head Start and Highlands Community Day Care Center; served on the NC Community Foundation Board and was co-founder of the Museum of American Cut and Engraved Glass in Highlands.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Beth D. Siek of Tampa, FL; four sons, David Schaller and partner Leel Knowles of Sorrento, FL; John Schaller and wife Amanda of Harbor Springs, MI; George E. Siek, Jr. and wife Debbi of Charlotte, NC; Danny Siek and wife Trese of Franklin, NC; one brother, William Dennis Huber of Charlevoix, MI. Eight grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Huber.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Museum of American Cut and Engraved Glass, 218 Whiteside Mtn. Rd., Highlands, NC 28741.

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Dolores Dianna Simmonite

Franklin, NC - Dolores Dianna Simmonite, age 62, passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 in a local hospital. Born in Dade Co., FL she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Dianna Mills Gray. She worked at Ingles in the bakery; was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and loved to fish.

Dolores is survived by her husband of forty-four years, David B. Simmonite, and one brother, Clarence Gray of Miami, FL.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Shelia Ann Simonds

Gastonia - Shelia Ann Simonds, age 51, of Gastonia, NC passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009 at her residence. She was a native of Knox County, TN, the daughter of the late Clyde J. Simonds and Eunavia Daily Simonds formerly of Franklin, NC..

She is survived by her son, Tony Lynn Simonds and wife Tina of Gastonia; her daughter, Tonya G. Helms and husband, Grady of Lincolnton; her brother, Jerry “Berlin” Simonds and wife Sandra of Gastonia; sisters, Joyce White and Rev. Ronnie White of Strawberry Plains, TN and Juanita G. Costner of Gastonia; her special companion, Allen “Woody” Jones; five grandchildren, Justin, Michael, Casey, Ashley, and Harley; nieces and nephews, Tosha, Hillary, Aaron, Jason, Casey, Robert, Tiffany, Charlotte, and Butch. She was preceded in death by, Granny Ann, Candy, Russell, and Sheila’s husband, Spider.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 PM at Living Hope Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 2 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Living Hope Baptist Church. Burial will be at Armstrong Cemetery.

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John Gray Simpson

Highlands, NC - John Gray Simpson, 44 of Highlands, NC and formerly of Tampa, passed away April 24, 2013. He was a six generation Floridian descended from four pioneer Florida families: Lesley, Cleaveland, Wootton and Bryan.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Hazel W. and Thomas E. Gray and Geraldine L. and Arthur A. Simpson all of Tampa, and is survived by his parents, Jane and Nathan Simpson, his brother, Nathan Bryan Simpson, Jr., his aunts, Allen Simpson Murray and Hazel Gray Hanlon, and his uncle, Arthur A. Simpson, Jr. and many loving cousins and friends. He was a graduate of H. B. Plant High School where he became a state champion tennis player and of Emory University with a B. S. in finance. He was employed by Lykes Pasco Packing Co., Tampa Electric Company and Old Edwards Inn and Hospitality Group. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Tampa, the Merrymakers Club and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. John Reese at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Tampa on Tuesday, April 30 at 10:00 am with internment to follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Andrews Episcopal Church Foundation or to charities of choice.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home of Franklin and Highlands, NC and Blount and Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Chapel of Tampa are in charge of arrangements..
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Menford "Bo" Oleemon Simpson

Franklin, NC - Menford "Bo" Oleemon Simpson, age 73, of Franklin, NC passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Born in Richmond Co., GA, he was the son of the late Rufus and Edith Bonnett Simpson. He was a veteran of the United States Navy; a retired meat cutter from Kroger in North Augusta, SC; a member of Pine Grove School Association; he loved his mountains and his dog, Bubba, his loyal and faithful friend; made excellent catfish stew and loved the simple life and nature. He was a member of Crawford Avenue Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.

Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife of eight years, Sandra Fisher Simpson; two daughters, Carol Rollins of North Augusta, SC, and Terrie Pate and husband Mitch of Sylvester, GA, step daughter Sarah Berry of North Augusta, SC; special son, Chris Rollins of North Augusta, SC and step sons, Kevin Maxfield of Johnson, VT, Brett Maxfield of North Augusta, SC and Dylan Maxfield of Franklin, NC; one sister, Laverne Faulk and husband Donnie of Appling, GA and one brother, Kenneth Simpson and wife Lynne of Appling, GA. Ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Brotherhood Fund, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Charles Alfred Slagle (Al)

Franklin, NC - Al Slagle died at home June 28, 2012. He was born February 27, 1950, was a native of Macon County and lived in the Cartoogechaye Community. The cause of death was lung cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Siler Slagle and Nina Waldroop Slagle of Franklin, paternal grandparents Carl and Louise Slagle and maternal grandparents Charles and Kate Setser Waldroop.

Al was a 1968 graduate of Franklin High School. After two years at Western Carolina University he joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1974. He finished his B.S. in geology at WCU in 1976. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for graduate school furthering his studies of geology. Most of his professional career as a hydrogeologist was spent working in the public water supply section of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He was a long time member of the Association of Engineering Geologists and served as the president of the NC chapter of AEG. He was also a member of the National Groundwater Association. He served the people of Macon County as an active member of the Macon County Planning Board.

Al is survived by his wife of 28 years, Candace, son Chris Williams and wife Barb, daughters Erin Marsten and Megan Marsten and sons Carl Slagle and partner Erika of Charlotte and Jake Slagle and wife Vanessa of Franklin, one grandson Owen Siler Marsten and granddaughter Haley Williams.

He is also survived by sisters Chris Slagle and husband Robert Martin of Black Mountain and Kathy Tinsley and husband Dan of Franklin, aunts Nell Waldroop Ray of Fletcher, NC and Myra Slagle Waldroop of Franklin, cousins Betty Waldroop, Mary Pittman and Carl Southerland of Franklin and I. B. Southerland of Winston-Salem. Al is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Step-siblings Carlene White, Wayne Meacham, and Gary Meacham live in the Chapel Hill area. Step-mother Clydie O. Slagle of Franklin survives as well.

At his request no funeral services will be held. At a later time the family will gather and celebrate by the Nantahala River where Al enjoyed fishing and camping for many years. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Cartoogechaye Democratic Precinct c/o Betty Waldroop, 12660 Murphy Hwy., Franklin, NC 28734; Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or the UNICEF TAP project, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. This organization provides communities with safe drinking water world-wide.

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Myrtle Leah Slagle

Franklin, NC - Myrtle Leah Slagle, 84, went to be with her Lord, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. She was a native of Swain County, the daughter of the late Harvey M. Wiggins and Minnie S. Whiteside Wiggins. She was married to the late Forest P. Slagle. She was a homemaker, she loved gardening and beautiful flowers. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Frances Slagle DeWitt and her husband, Nolan of Franklin, NC; one son, Ronald Paul Slagle and his wife Amy of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Doris Carson of Bryson City, NC, Louise Maney of Brevard, NC and Janice Tucker of Hickory, NC; one grandson, Alex Slagle also survives. She was preceded in death by four sisters, and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 3:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev Harold Ball and Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. First Baptist Deacons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00pm Tuesday, one hour piror to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Care Net of Macon County, 130 Bidwell St., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Charles Siler Slagle

Franklin, NC - Charles Siler Slagle, age 88, died Monday, February 9, 2009 at his residence in the Cartoogechaye Community. He was a native of Macon County: the son of Carl and Louise Arthur Slagle. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Nina Rae Waldroop Slagle, and a sister Mary Slagle Southerland. He was a retired dairy and beef cattle farmer.

Mr. Slagle was a graduate of NC State University. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving in the Pacific in WWII. After the war he taught in the Veterans Farm Training Program and began his dairy business. In 1964 he became a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Community College on which he served until 1994. The board room of the Allied Health Sciences building was dedicated in his honor in 1988. Mr. Slagle served as a Macon County Commissioner briefly in 1974 and from 1978 until 1984. He also served on the Macon County Health Board and NC State Forestry Commission. He was an active member of Mount Zion Methodist Church which later became Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-one years Clydie Oldham Slagle; his son Al Slagle and wife Candace of Franklin NC; his daughter Kathy Tinsley and husband Dan of Franklin, and his daughter Chris Slagle and husband Robert Martin of Black Mountain, NC; two step-daughters; Carlene M. White and husband Luther of Pittsboro, NC; Candace M. Slagle and husband Al Slagle of Franklin, NC; two step-sons, Wayne Meacham and wife Amy of Pittsboro, NC; and, Gary Meacham and wife Cindy of Chapel Hill, NC. He is also survived by his sister, Myra Slagle Waldroop of Franklin, NC, sister-in-law Nell Waldroop Ray of Fletcher, NC, four nieces and nephews and their families, sixteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 11:00 am. A visitation with family will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial gifts be made to the Southwestern Community College Foundation, c/o Ms. Sonja Haynes, PO Box 447, Sylva, NC 28779

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Isabell Milligan Wilson Slama

Franklin, NC - Isabell Milligan Wilson Slama, age 90, of Pat Rogers Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2009 at her residence. She was a native of Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late John R. and Annie Kelso Milligan. She was a homemaker and a member of Franklin First Alliance Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Slama.

She is survived by two daughters, Nan Preston of Franklin, NC, and Mary Phillips of Franklin, NC; one sister, Margaret Baker of Garnarvillo, Iowa; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Memorial services will be held February 21, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Vic Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Angel Hospice General Fund , 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734. or to Samaritan's Purse International Headquarters, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

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Sara Ferguson Sloan

Cashiers, NC - Sara Ferguson Sloan, 88, of Cashiers, North Carolina went to be with Jesus, Friday, December 9, 2011. She was born in Mecklenburg County, NC to the late A. B. Ferguson and Ethel LaRue Grice Ferguson. She was married to the late William Sloan and was retired from Fulton Co. School System as Food Service Director.

Mrs. Sloan graduated from Furman University with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, and holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. She was a member of Highlands Community Bible Church and later Cashiers United Methodist Church. Mrs. Sloan was a member of the Cashiers Garden Club and supported numerous animal shelters and other organizations.

She was the Food Services Director for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia and authored many books including A Guide for Nutra Lunches and Natural Foods, Children Cook Naturally, Yuk to Yum Snacks, From Classroom to Cafeteria, and the Brown Bag Cookbook. Her monthly newsletter, Nutritional Parenting, featured granddaughters Joanna and Claire as logo babies. The granddaughters remained the highlight of her life until her death and she always strongly supported them. Her articles have been featured in Redbook Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Prevention Magazine. She originated and was National Director of the Nutra program, which espouses the use of natural whole foods that are low in fat and salt and contain no preservatives.

Her many professional awards and honors include: International Reading Association, International Academy of Preventive Medicine, Rachel Carson Memorial Award, National Nutritional Foods Association, and Tooth Fairy Society of America Award. At one point during her career, she had a weekly TV show that aired for over 5 years in Columbia, SC, focusing on nutrition. She was past President of South Carolina School Food Service Association and honorary life member of the Georgia PTA. Mrs. Sloan was recently mentioned in an article by the American Nutrition Association stating that she developed an excellent format for school food programs.

Mrs. Sloan is survived by a daughter, Judy Price and husband Jerry of Edisto Island, SC; one sister, Ethel Thornton of Columbia, SC; two granddaughters, Joanna Overstreet and Claire Price and one great-grandson, Porter Overstreet. She was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Gerta.

Memorial donations may be sent to the ASPCA or your favorite no kill animal shelter.

Services and burial to be held December 13th, in Columbia, SC.

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Buford Carl Smith

Franklin, NC - Buford Carl Smith, age 76, of Randy Drive Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in a local nursing home. He was a native of Orange County, FL, the son of the late Grady Buchanan Smith and Ella Jones Smith. He was a produce manager for Publix, and a cabinet maker. He enjoyed airboats, fishing, deer hunting, and camping.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha Marie Borst Smith; a son, Buford Carl Smith, Jr. of Otto, NC; a sister, Louise Richter of Summersville, SC; three grandchildren, Tommy Smith, Timmy Smith, and Kimberly Smith; five great-grandchildren, Dustin, Zachary, Silvahna, Nevada and Cooper. He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Coley Smith, who passed away in 1981, and three brothers, Winfred Smith, Morell Smith and John Smith.

Memorial services will be held Friday, January 23rd at 5:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Johnny Webb and Rev. John Raby officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 5:00pm, one hour prior to the service Friday, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058-5216.

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Ellis William Smith

Franklin, NC - Ellis William Smith, of Sylva, formerly of Cartoogechaye Community in Franklin, N.C., age 97, passed away October 1. 2010.

Ellis was born on January 21, 1913 to the late Allie Lewis Smith and John Franklin Smith, of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Louise Roane, and brothers, Wayne M. Smith and Jay F. Smith.

After serving in World War II, he returned to Franklin and married Ethelene Dayton on Nov 19, 1948 before moving to Atlanta, Ga. He retired from the Board of Education for the City of Atlanta. Upon retirement, he returned to Franklin. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ethelene Dayton Smith. One sister, Mary Ellen (Haywood) Frazier of Ellenwood, Ga. , Brother-in-law, Curt Roane of Summerville, S.C. and sister in law, Virginia B. Smith of Ellenwood, Ga., In addition, 11 nieces and nephews and a host of great and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at 1:00 pm, one hour prior to the service.

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Ethelene Dayton Smith

Franklin, NC - Ethelene Dayton Smith, age 85, of Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at a Jackson County Nursing Center. She was born in Hayesville, NC, the daughter of Grover Bryan and Maude Kirby Dayton. She was married to Ellis William Smith who passed away October 01, 2010. She was a homemaker and a member of Longview Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Katherine Davis of Franklin, NC and Mary Nancy McDowell of Newborn, GA Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by two brothers, J.D. Dayton and Clarence Dayton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 07, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 07 from 1:00 2:00 PM, one hour prior to the service at Bryant Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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Genevieve Goodwin Smith

Franklin, NC -Genevieve Goodwin Smith, age 88, of Wolf View Road, Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009 at a local hospital. She was born in Merrimack Co., N.H., the daughter of the late William E. and Susan Deborah Smith Goodwin. She graduated from Laconia Hospital Nursing School in New Hampshire. She was married to the late Donald George Chapman. She was a nurse for 50 years, did volunteer work for hospice, was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Retail Store and had a associate degree in Interior Design. She was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

She is survived by a son, Donald Curtis Chapman and his wife, Ida of Franklin, NC; one sister, Madeline Folsom of Concord, N.H. One grandchild also survives. She was preceded in death by a brother, William E. Goodwin.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 3:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with The Reverend Debra H. Rice officiating.

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Larry Thomas Smith

Shreveport, LA - Larry Thomas Smith, age 65, of Shreveport, LA, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011 at his residence. Larry was born January 16, 1946 in Macon County, NC and was a son of the late Glenn Thomas and Virginia Parrish Smith. He retired from General Motors Corporation in Shreveport and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, NC. Larry was a veteran with the US Navy having served during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his step son, Darrell Shanklin and his wife, Brandie and their two children of Shreveport, LA; one sister, Sandra Smith Brown and her husband, Eugene, Jr. of Marion, NC; one nephew, Anthony Thomas Brown and his wife, Stella of Indian Trail, NC and special friend, Margaret Kinard of Shreveport, LA.

A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church upper cemetery.

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Eva Christine Gregory Snipes

Franklin, NC - Eva Christine Gregory Snipes, age 70, of Lariate Loop, Waynesville, NC, passed away July 2, 2010 at John Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late George Washington Gregory and Stella Wood Gregory. She was a cook at Jim’s Drive In. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie King of Sylva, NC and Barbara Thomas of Gainesville, GA; two sons, Dean Snipes of Dahlonega, GA and Don Snipes of Waynesville, NC; two sisters, Gert Bagwell of Pickens, SC and Evelyn Bryant of Waynesville, NC; three brothers, Hayes Gregory of Kentucky, Lonnie "Sonny" Gregory of Tennessee and Ronnie Gregory of Rockhill, SC. Three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorine Mashburn and Betty Gregory and one brother, Gilmer Gregory.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on July 3, 2010 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Garland Driver officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on July 3, 2010 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to John Keever Solace Center, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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John Gordon Snow

Franklin, NC - John Gordon Snow, Jr. age 41, of Cardinal Drive, Franklin, died Thursday, February 26, 2009 at his residence. He was born in Beverly, MA, the son of John G. Snow, Sr and Carol A. Rossi Snow of Beverly, MA. John was a native of Massachusetts, but found the greatest happiness he had ever known here in Franklin. Those that were lucky enough to meet him know that no words can describe what a beautiful man he was. He was loved by his partner, Thomas Elliott, his family and his many friends.

In addition to his parents and his partner, he is survived by his sister, Denise Santana of Leominster, MA and his brother, Steven Snow of Peabody, MA

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Grant Edward Snyder

Franklin, NC - Grant Edward Snyder, age 67, of McCoy Road, Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011 at his residence. He was born in Clearfield County, PA, the son of the late John B. Snyder and Amanda E. Cairns Synder. He was retired as an assistant manager for a Building Supply Company. He was a member of the Franklin VFW post #7339 and the American Legion Post #108 and was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ethel M. Bernard Snyder; four daughters, Amanda Johns of Yulee, FL, Dana Mason and husband, Danny of Franklin, NC; Tanya Cabe and husband, Alan of Panama City Beach, FL and Tasha Howard of Franklin, NC. Sixteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry J. Snyder.

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

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Fred L. Snyder

Austin TX - Fred L. Snyder, age 82, of Austin passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2008. He was born April 27, 1926 to parents John and Evelyn Snyder in Franklin, NC.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Martin Snyder, his daughter Freda (the apple of his eye), and numerous nieces and nephews. He is survived by several family members from Franklin, NC. He was a long time member of the Austin Civitan Club, a graduate of Kilgore Jr. College and the University of Texas.

He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. Fred was instrumental in organizing The Austin State School Parent Association where he also served as president. He was a member and past president of the Volunteer Services Council of the Austin State School. He was a member of the Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Austin State School Parent Association, The Volunteer Services Council, 2203 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703 or the Parent Association for the Retarded of Texas, PO Box 9733, Austin, Texas 7878-9733, tom-betty@sbcglobal.net.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 7, 2008 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd in Austin, Texas. Chaplain Talkington will conduct Funeral Services at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 8, 2008 in the Chapel of Austin State School, 2203 W 35th St. Austin, Texas 78703, (512) 454-4731.

Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.

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George J. Sorge

Highlands, NC - George J. Sorge, a long term resident of Cashiers and Highlands, died at the age of 96, in his residence at Chestnut Hill. A native of New York City, he was reared in the suburb of New Rochelle. Shortly after Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Army as a private and was assigned to the Field Artillery at Fort Bragg, NC. He qualified for OCS and at graduation was appointed an instructor at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he headed up the Department of Public Speaking/Methods of Instruction & Training. He was subsequently assigned to the 742nd Field Artillery Battalion as Battery Commander and served combat duty in the European Theater. At discharge he was Battalion Commander of the 190th F.A. Bn. and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

After the war he joined the management team of the Durkee Famous Foods Division of the SCM Corp. where he served as National Sales Manager and National Account Manager. Retired in June of 1974, he and his former wife of 25 years, Pearl, who predeceased him, took up residence at "Valley High" in Cashers, NC as a Real Estate Broker. Local civic activity began with his election as Chairman, Building & Grounds Committee of the Cashiers Community Center Board, then Chairman of the Board in which role he initiated the formation of the Cashiers Community Council. He chaired the fundraising activities of the American Cancer Society for a period of three years, served on the board of Trustees of the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital for eight years, was elected Vice-Chairman and subsequently Chairman of the Board. His love for the hospital was evidenced in his continuing role as a volunteer until his passing.

As a member of the Cashiers United Methodist Church he served as Lay Preacher, Lay Leader, Chairman of the Administrative Board, Chairman of the Worship Committee, Teacher/Discussion Leaders, member of the Choir, member of the Church Building Committee, and Chairman of the Parsonage Expansion and Fundraising Committee.

His loving wife, Simone who passed away October 18, 2007. He is survived by his son, G. Jeffery Sorge of Huntington, New York, his daughter, Allyson Sorge of Ghent, New York, five grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Cashiers United Methodist Church, 894 Hwy. 107 South, on Saturday, June 21, at 2 pm. Memorial gifts may be made to the Church or the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

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Randall Sorrells

Franklin, NC - Randall Sorrells, age 61, of Mashburn Branch Community, Franklin, NC went to be with his lord Friday, June 5, 2009 at an Asheville V.A. Hospital. He was born in Macon Co., N.C., the son of the late Grover W. and Hattie Wooten Sorrells. He was a carpenter and electrician. He was a life long member and Deacon of Mashburn Branch Baptist Church and volunteered his time doing building and maintenance on the church. He was a member of The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 994 and has served as Military Police in the Army and loved riding his motorcycle, working with his tractor, fishing and gardening. Randall was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Della Holland Sorrells; one daughter, Caroline Whitley and husband Mark of St. Pauls, NC; one son, Randy Sorrells and wife Patty of Kernersville, NC; one sister, Ann Brogden of Franklin, NC; two brothers, Jerry Sorrells of Candler, NC and Huel Sorrells of Franklin, NC; one half sister, Robbin Sorrells of Waynesville, NC; one half brother, Robbie Sorrells of Franklin, NC.; one grand-daughter, Holly Whitley.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Mashburn Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernie Sanders, Rev. Mike Chastain, Rev. Bill Wooten and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Gerald Woods, Bruce Mashburn, John Barrett, Isaac Gibson, J D Gibson, Frederick Sorrells, Phil Sorrells, Chris and Joe Brogden will serve as pallbearers.

The graveside service will be conducted by The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 994.

The family will receive friends Sunday, June 7 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

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Murl Francis Spalding

Sky Valley, GA - Murl Francis Spalding, age 81, of Sky Valley, GA, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2008 at his home. He was a native of Evansville, IN, the son of the late Leo and Mary O’Bryant Spalding. He worked in freight distribution for Home Interiors, and was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was a US Army Veteran of World War II, a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and attended St. Francis Catholic Church in Franklin, NC.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Kathleen Spalding; four sons, David Spalding and his wife Karen of Birmingham, AL, Timothy Spalding and his wife Janis of Eustis, FL, Cletus Spalding and his wife Betty of Manilla, Phillipines, and Gregory Spalding and his wife Darcel of Buford, GA; two daughters, Lisa Spalding of Raleigh, NC and Lori Amis and her husband John of Alpharetta, GA; two sisters, Monica Hulsey and her husband Joe, and Celia Winiger all of Evansville, Indiana; one brother, Claude Spalding and his wife Mary, of Evansville, Indiana; twenty-two grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 1st at 11:00am at St. Francis Catholic Church, with Father Tien Duong officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 till 10:45am prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Francis, 303 Maple St., Franklin, NC 28734, Regency Hospice, Clayton, GA., or Habitat for Humanity

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Calvin "Squeak" Speed

Highlands, NC - Calvin "Squeak" Speed, 53, of the Buck Creek community died Sat. Nov. 15, 2008 in a Franklin hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Chester and Kate Ledford Speed. He was a construction worker, and a member of Blue Valley Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter Jessica Stickle of Cocoa Beach, FL, a son, Chester Speed of Cocoa Beach, FL; eight sisters, Nancy Tilson, Kathy Branum, Frankie Beck, Susie Barnes and Rita Speed all of Highlands, NC, Pat Green and Brenda Guertin of Clayton, GA and Tinker Guillet of Charleston, SC; one brother David Speed of Highlands, NC; two grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands, with Rev. Bobby Cloer and Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Pallbearers will be Sam Johnson, William Passmore, Davis Green, Brantly Potts, Brian Reese, Keith Barnes, and Toby Barnes. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

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Emma "Glyn" Spencer

Highlands, NC -Emma "Glyn" Spencer, age 86, of Highlands, NC passed away Monday, October 27, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Fulton Co., GA, the daughter of the late Joseph T. and Nellie Owings Putnal. She was married to the late Harold L. Spencer. Glyn & Harold owned a home in Highlands at the Highlands Country Club for many years where they were avid golfers. They owned Spencer’s Ltd., on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA, a fine menswear shop which specialized in tailor made gentlemen’s clothing. Glyn loved nothing more than her Highlands.

She is survived by four nieces, Sharon Rogers and her husband Frank of Loganville, GA, Mary Glyn Weyant and her husband, Terry of Wynnewood, PA, Kathleen Webb and her husband, Sam of Duluth, GA and Jennifer Guzman and her husband, Bahr of Atlanta, Ga; four nephews, Michael Murphy and his wife, Shelley of Fairfax Station, VA, Patrick Murphy and his wife, Jackye of Hartwell, Ga., Joe Putnal and his wife, Dottie of Norcross, GA and Matt Putnal of Atlanta, GA.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Mary Jane Elizabeth Tainter Spieth

Franklin - Mary Jane Elizabeth Tainter Spieth, age 85, of Sylva, NC  passed away January 16, 2010.  She was born in Lakewood, Ohio, March 23, 1924, and was the beloved daughter of the late Leland Brown Tainter and Maude Kendall Tainter and later, her step mother, Muriel Russell Tainter.  She was married to the late Charles E. Spieth for 67 years.  She was a devoted wife and mother.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Ohio.

She had one brother, Leland B. Tainter, Jr. and wife Barbara, of Riverside, California; one daughter, Linda Trubicza and husband Frank, of Sylva, NC; one son, Larry Spieth and wife Joan, of Canton, Ohio.  She had 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mary Jane will be remembered most by her love for a good poker game and the joy of antiquing.

A celebration of both Mary Jane and Charles E. Spieth and their love for God and each other will be held June 26, 2010 at 11:00AM at Canal Fulton Baptist Church in Ohio. Interment will be held at the Canal Fulton Cemetery.

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Lynn Spradlin

Franklin, NC - Lynn Spradlin, 49, of Second Street, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at his residence. Born in Maryville, TN he was the son of Thomas Jess and Carrie Davis Spradlin of Franklin, NC. He was a floor technician with Britthaven of Franklin for 10 years..

In addition to his parents he is survived by four daughters, Katrina, Angel, Lacy and Hollie; one son Allen; two sisters Patricia and Christine; two brothers Glenn and Melvin. Four nieces and four nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 29 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be held at Rush Cemetery. Jody Spradlin, Brandon Higdon, Danny Cook, David Hauer, Ronnie Dills and Charles Sanders will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00AM, one hour prior to the service. Thursday, July 29 at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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

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Thomas Jess Spradlin

Franklin, NC - Thomas Jess Spradlin, age 79, of Franklin, NC passed away November 23, 2011 at a local Hospital. Born in Blount County, TN he is the son of the late Thomas J. Spradlin and the late Minnie Bowers Spradlin. He was married to Carrie Davis Spradlin for 58 years. He loved to feed and watch birds and also enjoyed helping out his neighbors. He attended Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters Patricia Ann Web and husband Kenneth of Franklin, NC and Christine Morgan of Franklin, NC; two sons Melvin Eugene Spradlin and wife Shirlene of Franklin,NC and Glenn Spradlin of Franklin, NC; three sisters Margie Hixson of Ringold, GA, Bobbie Lewis of Bluff City, TN, and Shirley Ann Correll of Cummings GA; one brother J.S. Spradlin of Atlanta, GA; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceeded in death by one son Lynn Spradlin.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 12:00pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Josh Brooks officiating. The family will recieve friends from 11:00 until 12:00pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Rush Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Cook, Jody Spradlin, Brandon Higdon, Robert McMahan, Robert Correl and Danny Lewis. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct full military graveside services.

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Alice Delonia Sprinkle

Simpsonville SC - Alice Delonia Sprinkle, 87, of Simpsonville, SC, formerly of Franklin passed away Friday at her home. She was born in Graham County, the daughter of the late Ambrose T. and Artie Mae Cable Crisp. She worked as a seamstress and was of the Baptist Faith. She was married to Henry Sprinkle who passed away in 1998. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.

Surviving are two daughters, Macey Lester of Simpsonville, SC, and Patty Hirsch of Charlotte, NC, and one son Allen Burr of Myrtle Beach, SC. Thirteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive. She was preceded in death by four daughters, Virginia Burr, Jean Sprinkle, Juanita Burr Jones and Janet Burr Hunnicutt; one son Ernest Burr Jr.; one grandchild, Rocky Lindsey; nine sisters, and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin with Tracy Merrill and Eddie Stanberry speaking. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service

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Donna Louise Carpenter Stacy

Franklin, NC - Donna Louise Carpenter Stacy, age 45, of Rose Creek Cove, Franklin, NC passed away Monday, August 4, 2008 at a local hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of Judy Curtis Carpenter of Franklin, NC and the late C.L. Carpenter. She was a RN at Angel Medical Center and was the charge nurse having worked for 22 years. Donna was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church. She loved knitting, puzzle books and playing the piano.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 25 years, James Stuart Stacy; one sister, Patsy Green of Franklin, NC and one nephew Sammy Carpenter and his wife Amanda of Franklin, NC.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 8 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. William P. Farmer and Rev. Burt Crawford officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 7 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.

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Ronnie Floyd Stanfield

Franklin, NC - Ronnie Floyd Stanfield, age 62, of Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Elmer and Martha Stanfield. He was a truck driver and loved riding motorcycles.

He is survived by one daughter, Amy Gibson and fiancee Michael Duncan of Franklin, NC; three sons, Brian Brooks of Franklin, NC, James Gibson and wife Shannon of Franklin, NC and Robbie Gibson of Athens, GA; one sister, Katie Watts of Franklin, NC and one brother, Johnny Stanfield of Franklin, NC. Eleven grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral home with Rev. David Hall officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00, two hours prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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

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Fred Ernest Stanley

Franklin, NC - Fred Ernest Stanley, age 67, of East Palmer St., Franklin, NC passed away Sunday, January 2, 2010 at his residence. A native of Macon County, NC he was the son of the late Monroe and Jessie Franks Stanley. He was a maintenance worker for the Town of Franklin and had worked for Conley Motor Company. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and trucks.

He is survived by two sisters, Bonnie Holbrooks and Sue Ledford both of Franklin, NC; four brothers, Chester Stanley, Frank Stanley, Robert Stanley and Harold Stanley all of Franklin, NC and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Ellen Stanley and six brothers, D.C. Stanley, James Stanley, Leroy Stanley, George Stanley, Cecil Stanley and Bill Stanley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Robert Douglas Stanley

Franklin & Daytona Beach - Robert Douglas Stanley, 71, entered eternal life to be with his Lord on August 6, 2011. He will forever be known as a compassionate, loving husband, father, grandfather, teacher and coach.

Doug graduated from Mainland Senior High School, served in the U.S. Air Force & earned degrees at the University of Florida and Stetson University.He chose a noble profession in education for 30 years with Volusia County Schools, and was instrumental in teaching thousands of student athletes during his tenure. He believed that there are some life lessons that should be learned through sport, and many things that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Lessons about team work, goal setting, pushing through physical pain and how to be sportsmanlike in victory and defeat. Doug taught through word and deed and served as a living example of character.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ardyth; daughters Mindi Craft (Joe), Maret Reynolds (Frank), Meridyth Shaw; grandchildren Stephanie Jamison (Brent), Wyatt Reynolds, Isabelle and Zoe Shaw, Great Grandchildren; Michael and Carleigh Jamison.

A celebration of his life will be held August 20, 2011, 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a scholarship in Doug Stanley’s name. Donations can be made payable to Doug Stanley Scholarship c/o Mainland High School and mailed to Mainland High School at 1255 W. International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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John Starinchuck

Franklin, NC - John Starinchuck, age 77, of Tiger, GA, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012. He was a native of Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late John and Alexandria Akadimiski Starinchuck. He had a Law Degree from American University in Washington DC, and a BA Degree from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA . He worked in electronics and was a member of Trout Unlimited, and former member of Ducks Unlimited. He loved fly fishing, camping and being outdoors.

He is survived by his companion of 17 years, Sarah Clary, four sons, Jon Scot of Stuart, FL, Justin Strynchuk of Melbourne, FL, Mike Starinchuck of Daytona Beach, FL and Tim Starinchuck of Stuart, FL; three grandchildren, Teagan Strynchuk, Ashley Starinchuck and Zachary Starinchuck.

No services are planned at this time.

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Joan Gladys Sterrie

Franklin, NC - Joan Gladys Sterrie slipped out of her worn out body with her daughter Kris by her side, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at a local nursing home. She was a native of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Grant Leo and Mona Guge Fuller. She was married to the late Peter M. Sterrie, who passed away in 2006.

Known by her friends as Jo, she was entirely devoted to her family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and could always see the funny in everything, a trait that she passed on to her family. She was smart, business minded and missed helping with sales in her daughter’s frame shop and gallery.

Jo loved her grandchildren, the Atlanta Braves, her friends, cats and wild birds.

Like her husband, Jo agreed that her greatest accomplishment in life was that her children loved her and wanted her around. She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with her.

She is survived by two daughters, Kris Sterrie of Franklin, NC and Jane Sterrie Escalera, and her husband Emile, of College Park, Georgia; one son, Richard Sterrie and his wife Patricia of Maryville, TN; three grandchildren, Grant and Emily Sterrie and Yuri Escalera; one great-granddaughter, Lucy Sterrie.

Thank you to all the angels that helped Kris with caregiving the last three years, Nina, Bette, Janice and Chris to name a few.

No services are planned. Memorials can be made to Hospice House Foundation at PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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John Marion Stevens

Franklin, NC - John Marion Stevens, 89, of Franklin, North Carolina passed away December 24, 2010 at his residence. He was the son of the late J.M. and Cordie Belle Kinard Stevens, of Carroll county, Georgia. In addition to his parents, Mr. Stevens was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine Lucille Harvey Stevens and his son, John Kent Stevens. Mr. Stevens was a retired Division Manager of Peoples Gas System, Jacksonville, Florida. He was a Veteran of the US Naval Coast Guard and a member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by three grandchildren, Kyle and his wife, Stacey Stevens; Tyler and Hayley Stevens; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Stevens all of Jacksonville, FL; and a brother, Robert L. Stevens of Florence, SC.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday April 30 at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81/851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28744 or to Angel Home Health & Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Billy Jack Stewart

Cashiers, NC - Billy Jack Stewart, age 72, of Jodytown Road, Cashiers, NC, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010 at his residence. He was a native of Jackson County, the son of the late John Luther Stewart and Ollie Mae Moss Stewart. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donette Burnette Stewart. He had worked in construction as a painter. He was a US Veteran, having served in the National Guard. He loved to farm and was a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Karen Wooten and Donna Collins both of Greer, SC; a son, Brian Stewart of the home, two brothers, Odell Stewart of Jodytown, and John Edward Stewart of Pickens, SC; five grandchildren, Kimberly McConnell, Joshua Coggins, J. C. Gregg, Andrea Bryson and Richard McConnell; five great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 30th at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands, with Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial will be in Stewarts Burial Ground. Pallbearers will be Mitch Bryson, Brent Sprinkle, David Chastain, Harley Evitt, Richard McConnell, and Isaac Bumgarner.

The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands.

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Corinne Adele Cline Stewart

Cashiers - Corinne Adele Cline Stewart (Crindel) died peacefully at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center with her devoted son, C.W., at her side.

Crindel was born in DeRidder, LA to George W., II and Winnifred “Essie” Cline.Following crowning as Miss DeRidder and reigning queen of the Beauregard Parish fair, Crindel attended Dodd College in Shreveport from 1933 to 1935 where she was a member of the social sorority Eta Upsilon Gamma, and honorary scholastic fraternity, Phi Theta Kappa. While there she was a member of the Shreveport symphony orchestra and an honorary member of the dramatic fraternity, Delta Psi Omega. Crindel entered LSU in 1935 and was graduated in 1937. While at LSU, Crindel was active in campus activities including her sorority, Chi Omega, and membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Following graduation from LSU, Crindel worked in the family business, DeRidder Steam Laundry, and she became a volunteer nurse’s aide in World War II.

Crindel met and married John Roberts Stewart in 1948 and moved to Lake Charles, LA. Working as a paralegal for John and as a homemaker for their 3 children, Crindel led a full and active life. She was ann avid Bridge player. Throughout her life she was always active in her church. In later years Crindel followed her lifelong love of the Lord by becoming even more involved in her church, volunteering in many areas and continuing to sing in the choir at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, LA. Her easy smile and sunny personality stayed with her all the days of her life.

Crindel is predeceased by her parents, her husband, John, sister, Frances and brother George W. Cline, III. Surviving family members include Frances Marion Stewart (Aria) of Livingston,Montana, C.W. Stewart (Debi, Erin and Townsend) of Cashiers, John Roberts Stewart, Jr. (Inessa, Chris and Rebecca) of Baton Rouge, LA and best friend, Lola Mae Stewart of Cashiers.

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to Summit Charter School Foundation Annual Fund, Post Office Box 2493, Cashiers.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., March 2, 2011 in the dining room at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center.

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James Wilson Stiles

Highlands, NC - James Wilson Stiles, age 66, of Highlands passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012. He was born in York, Pennsylvania, the son of the late H. Austin and Esther Baublitz Stiles. He was a retired realtor with Country Club Properties. He was a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He had been a terminal manager for Roadway Package System in Providence, RI and worked in sales at various companies in Maryland and Delaware. He entered Real Estate in Delaware and continued in this field in Alabama and after moving to North Carolina in 2000. He enjoyed competitive swimming at the York, PA YMCA and rifle target sharp shooting with the York Rifle Club as a teenager, racing log canoes on the Chesapeake Bay, fly fishing in Alabama, watching all NASCAR and being with friends everywhere. People considered Jim a genuinely nice man. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bradley James Stiles.

He is survived by his wife Dr. Michele Mangum; a daughter, Piper Merchant of York, PA; a son, James Bergdoll Stiles and wife Amanda of York, PA; a brother, H. Emory Stiles of York, PA; nine grandchildren, Brannigan Stiles, Cooper Stiles, Lexa Stiles , Delaney Stiles, Heather Merchant, Corey Bright, Cody Bright, Nicole Bright and Shannan Bright.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Church in the Wildwood in Horse Cove, Highlands, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Highlands Emergency Council, PO Box 974, Highlands, NC 28741.

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Doris Ann Stiwinter

Cullowhee, NC - Doris Ann Stiwinter, age 68, of Cullowhee, NC passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Zennie Stephens Coward. She was a 1962 graduate of Cullowhee High School and a dietician at Highlands Cashiers Hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

Mrs. Stiwinter is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jack Stiwinter; two sons, J. C. Stiwinter and Christopher Stiwinter and wife Lisa of Waxhaw, NC; a sister, Bernice Rochester of Cullowhee, NC and five grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Everette Wilson and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial will be in Stewart Cemetery. Pallbearers will be T. W. Stiwinter, Allen Coggins, Jamie Stiwinter, Jim Stiwinter, J. R. Stiwinter and Roger Stiwinter. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

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Homer Edison Stiwinter

Franklin, NC - Homer Edison Stiwinter, age 91, of the Walnut Creek Community, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 in a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Charlie and Lena Hedden Stiwinter. He was a US Army Veteran of World War II, and a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church. He had worked in a shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. He loved cars.

He is survived by a daughter, Laverne Key and husband Lon of Norwich, Connecticut; two sons, Kenneth Stiwinter of Norwich, Connecticut and Curtis Stiwinter of Hebron, Connecticut; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 18th at 3:00pm at Walnut Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be at Strain Cemetery. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will conduct military graveside rites.

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

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Bessie B. Stockton

Franklin, NC - Bessie B. Stockton, age 91, of Franklin, NC passed away Monday, October 29, 2012. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Minnie Bingham. She was married to G. R. Stockton who died October 28, 1993. She was a homemaker and she worked for the Older American Program of the U. S. Forest Service. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother and she loved gardening. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher.

Mrs. Stockton is survived by a son, Michael C. Stockton and wife Janice of Franklin, NC; four grandchildren, Tammy Gibson, Lisa Munger and husband Robert, Robin Mason and husband Matthew and Michael G. Stockton and wife Lacey; six great grandchildren, Travis Gibson and wife Cigi, Jamie Munger, Drew and Meliah Mason and Isaiah and Jacob Stockton, and two great great grandchildren, Kendall and Keenen Henderson.

In addition to her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Stockton, a son and daughter in law, Harold and Luanne Stockton, three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Stilwell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Travis Gibson, Michael Stockton, Matthew Mason, Robert Munger, Sammy Hastings and Jack Mason. Honorary pallbearers will be great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter #994, 203 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Billy Joe Stockton

Franklin, NC - Billy Joe Stockton, age 76, of Cody, Wyoming, formerly of Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Cody, Wyoming. He was born in Macon County, NC the son of the late Wade and Edna Belle Hall Stockton. He was married to Emilo Fujikawa Stockton who passed away November 10, 2005. He was retired from the US Navy where he was a member of the DAV-Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his son, Bobby Joe Stockton of Cody, Wyoming; two grandchildren, Kori Christin and Wade Raymond Stockton; one brother, Morris Stockton and his wife Marilyn.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home-Conway Funeral Chapel. Burial will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park, FL.

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Calvin Leroy "Shot" Stockton

Franklin, NC - Calvin Leroy "Shot" Stockton, age 71, of Lively Lane, Franklin, NC passed away Monday, April 27, 2009 at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late David J. and Katherine Bates Stockton. He was a brick mason and he dirt track raced at the Rainbow Raceway.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Renee Mills of Franklin, NC; his five sons, Roy Lee Stockton of Ohio, Joey Allen Stockton of Rabun Gap, Ga, Richard Kelvin Stockton of Marion, NC, Jamie Chad Stockton of Franklin, NC and Brandon John Stockton of Missouri; two sisters, Williene Hodgin and Shirley Pearson of Georgia; four brothers, Thomas Stockton and Douglas Stockton of Franklin, NC, Jerry Stockton of Blue Ridge, GA and Keith Stockton of Alabama. Fifteen grandchildren also survive.

A gathering will be held Friday, May 1 at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Edna Belle Hall Stockton

Franklin, NC - Edna Belle Hall Stockton, age 96, of Countryside Drive, Franklin, NC passed away Friday, November 14, 2008 at a Sylva Hospital. She was born June 21, 1912 in Macon County. She was the daughter of the late Robert Lenny (R.L.) and Mary Rebecca Jacobs Hall. She was married to Wade H. Stockton who died July 19, 1977. She was a homemaker and was a member of Iotla Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Billy Joe Stockton of Franklin, NC and Maurice Stockton and his wife, Marilyn of Franklin, NC. Three grandchildren, Bobby J. of Cody, Wyoming, Renee Pruett and Mark Stockton of Franklin. Five great-grandchildren, Chelsea Pruett, Drew Pruett of Franklin; Kori and Wade R. Stockton of Cody, Wyoming, and Natasha Stockton of Franklin.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 16 at 2:30PM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial will be held at Iotla Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Stockton, Andy Pruett, Dave Pangle, Bruce Conley, Calvin Conley and Mark Reynolds. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Emiko Stockton and four sisters.

The family will receive friends Saturday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Angel Home Health, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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Mack Carl Stockton

Franklin, NC - Mack Carl Stockton, age 96, of Middle Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2009, at a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late Samuel and Rosetta Hastings Stockton. He was married 68 years to Mary Shope Stockton who passed away July 16, 2004. He was a carpenter, farmer and retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections as an officer. Mr. Stockton was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he played a major role in the building of the second Pleasant Hill Church and served as Deacon, Superintendent, Trustee and as Adult Sunday School Teacher until age 91.

He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy S. Fields and her husband, Tommy, of Sharpsburg, Georgia; a sister, Pearl Sanders of Franklin, NC; a son-in-law, Lamar Houston of Athens, GA; three grandchildren, Scott Fields, Nicole Houston Stanley and Chad Fields. Five great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol June Stockton Houston and his grandson, Todd Edward Houston; brothers: Grady, Jacob, Archie, Ervin and Thad Stockton; sisters: Ruby Belle, Donna and Nina Stockton.

Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, October 20, at 2:00 PM with Reverends Josh Brooks, Don Moffitt and Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetary. Pallbearers will be Scott Fields, Chad Fields, Gerald Sanders, Mickey Stockton, Randy Stockton and Roger Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be James Mills and Bruce Sanders.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, October 19, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, where the body will remain until placed in the Church thirty minutes prior to the service.

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Lila Belle Seay Stoudemire

Franklin, NC - Lila Belle Seay Stoudemire, age 95, of Gibson Cove Road, Franklin, NC passed away Monday, January 5, 2008 at Mt. View Manor Care Center in Bryson City, NC. She was born in Lexington Co., South Carolina, the daughter of the late Charlie and Barbara Corley Seay. She was married to Harry C. Stoudemire who passed away November 19, 1997. She was a former nurse at the State Hospital in South Carolina, a retired secretary for Slagle Dairies and she enjoyed quilting, gardening, coloring and canning. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church.,

She is survived by two daughters, Edna Earl Gibson and her husband, Dan of Franklin, NC and Mary Ellen Blaine of Suches, GA; one son, Harry Clayton "Junior" Stoudemire and his wife, Edith of Franklin, NC. Nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Gillion and Curlee Boozer and one brother, Johnny Seay.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 8 at 11:30 AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Newell and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Duke Buchanan, Tommy McCoy, Dick Wallace, Jim Phython, Dolan Bates and Jerry Brown will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Thursday, January 8 from 10:30-11:30 AM, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Annie Strickland

Cashiers, NC - Annie Maude Prewitt Strickland, age 99, of Cashiers, NC, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 at her residence. She was a native of Griffin, GA, the daughter of the late Robert Edward and Lois Hand Prewitt. She was married to the late James Everett Strickland. She had worked as a weaver at Cannon Mills. She loved being with and cooking for her family and she loved canning. She attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne Roberta Brown of Kannapolis, NC and Carol Ellen Foster and husband Stephen of Cashiers, NC; one son, James Oliver Strickland and wife Lois of Cashiers, NC; four sisters, Mary Ellen Brennan of Chatham, NJ, Lois Crawford of Concord, NC, Dee Ledbetter of Forest City, NC and Lee Cope of Chester, SC; one brother, Robert Prewitt, Jr. of Spartanburg, SC; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Prewitt, Ernest Prewitt and George Prewitt.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 23rd at 2:00pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Sherrill Hubbard and Rev. Don Waters officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stuart Foster, Clifford Ammons, Nathan Ammons, Gram Poole, Harold Neely, Jerry Prewitt, Jimmy Strickland and Gary Prewitt.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Monday at the Church.

Memorials may be made to Westcare Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779.

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John David Stucky

Franklin, NC - John David Stucky, age 71, of Franklin, NC, passed away Monday, February 6, 2012. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Charles and Gertrude Stucky. He was a construction worker and loved the casinos and dog tracks. John Stucky was many things, wonderful, caring and charismatic, just to name a few. His gift to build anything was only overshadowed by his ability to do all things "as good as the best and better than the rest". In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Vicki and son, Larry.

He leaves behind a daughter, Ginger Payne of Franklin, NC; four sons, David Stucky, Steve Stucky, Johnny Stucky and Ricky Stucky all of Orlando, FLorida; seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He will be missed by so many close friends from Florida and North Carolina.

"Daddy we will see you on the other side.’

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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  James William "Bill" Sullivan

Prattville, AL - SULLIVAN, James William “Jim”, 90, a resident of Prattville, AL, died on Friday, July 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Jim was born in Tuscaloosa County on June 9, 1921 to William Cleveland and Jimmie Lee Tannehill Sullivan.Mr. Sullivan was known for his antique automobile collections and Antique and Auction businesses. During his career in the Air Force, Mr. Sullivan was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Murfee Sullivan; one daughter, Dr. Sandra (Milton) Houston; one son, Dennis Sullivan; four grandchildren, Dr. Amanda (Dr. Jonathon) Storey, Jason (Jennifer) Guest, Kit Sullivan, and Shae Sullivan; eight grandchildren; three step-children, Dr. Mark Murfee Lanier, Katherine “Tae” (Mark) Nichols, and Laura Ann Lanier; five step-grandchildren, Ann Elizabeth (Dr. Chris) Shantz, Lanier (Whitney) Nichols, Owen Nichols, Seth Lucas Lanier, and Jessica Lauren Lanier; and numerous other extended family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be the United States Air Force Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to any local Humane Society or Salvation Army. The family will receive friends at Prattville Memorial on Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at Oakhill Cemetery, with Dr. Travis Coleman officiating, Prattville Memorial Chapel directing.

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Lamira Henley Sullivan

Highlands, NC - Lamira Henley Sullivan, 102, died on November 18, 2011 at her home in Greenville, SC. She was born in Birmingham, AL on November 27, 1908 to John C. Henley, Jr. and Lamira Parker Henley. She attended schools in Birmingham and Washington, DC and was graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD in 1930.

Lamira first visited Highlands in 1924 with her parents who purchased property and a home that year on Kettle Rock Mountain. Until recently, she spent every summer in Highlands where she met her husband, Claude T. Sullivan of Anderson, SC. His family had a summer home on Fifth Street. In Highlands, she was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands where she played the piano for summer church services until the church acquired an organ. She was also an active member of the Laurel Garden Club, the Highlands Country Club and the Highlands Tennis Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude T. Sullivan, by two sisters, Edmonia Haslam and Annie Linn Armor and a brother, John C. Henley, III. Survivors include her daughter, Lamira S. Fondren of Greenville, SC and her son, Claude T. Sullivan, Jr. of Atlanta; her much loved and enjoyed grandchildren, Henley Coulter of Dallas, TX, Frances Fondren of Atlanta, Townsend Sullivan of Atlanta and Allen Sullivan of Atlanta; and great grandchildren, Lamira Coulter and Eve Coulter of Dallas, TX.

Graveside services were held on November 20, 2011 at Highlands Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville or the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands.

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Betty Sue Suttles

Franklin, NC. - Betty Sue Suttles, age 83, of Maple Breeze Lane, Franklin, NC passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2011 in a Hayesville care facility. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late William and Beta Dills Tilson. She was married to Mack Suttles, who passed away December 22, 2010, for 63 years. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Betty was a loan officer for thirty years, first at Bank of Franklin then First Union Bank and finally Wachovia Bank. She was a member of Nequassa Chapter Order of Eastern Star for fifty years.

She is survived by one son, Mike Suttles of Franklin, NC and two grandsons, Cary Suttles of Charlotte, NC and Chris Suttles of Fort Meade, MD. Three great-grandchildren also survive.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Johnny Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, one hour prior to the service, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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Rufus Mack Suttles

Franklin, NC - Rufus Mack Suttles, age 83, of Maple Breeze Lane, Franklin, NC passed away, Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in a local hospital. Born in Rutherfordton, NC he was the son of the late William and Leola Suttles. He was married to Betty Tilson Suttles for 63 years. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII, serving during the invasion of Normandy. He was a hard working, loving and caring father and husband.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one son, Mike Suttles of Franklin, NC; three sisters, Mary of Brevard, NC, Bethalee of Utah and Annie of Hendersonville, NC; three brothers, Kenneth and Albert both of Brevard, NC and Charles of Indiana. Two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by one brother, William Suttles.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Johnny Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Pine Grove Church Building Fund, 7454 Highlands Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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Ella Rae Swafford

Franklin, NC - Ella Rae Swafford, infant daughter of Brandie Black and Dustin Swafford passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at an Asheville hospital.

In addition to her parents, Ella is survived by a sister, Emma Black, of the home; maternal grandparents, Christie and Thomas Black; paternal grandparents, Louis and Angie Swafford; maternal great-grandparents, David and Sally Parkins and Acie and Gail Turner and paternal great-grandparents Betty and Denver Vinson and Emma Jean Swafford and an aunt, Amanda Russell.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, February 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm at The Gathering Place on Jones Ridge Rd. with Rev. Aaron Phillips, Rev. Louis Swafford and Rev. Michael Nations officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to March of Dimes, 6 Roberts Rd. #102, Asheville, NC 28803.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Lottie Swafford

Franklin - Lottie Carolyn Roper Swafford, 88, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God Church.

Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

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Mary LaVerne Swann

Franklin, NC - Mary LaVerne Swann, age 77, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012. She was a native of Scottsdale, GA, the daughter of the late Fred and Bonnie Lee Standridge Pearce. She was married to Edward E.Swann who died in 2001. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Pearce in 1950.

She spent her growing-up years in Baltimore, MD. When she moved back to Atlanta, GA, she was offered a job at the Pentagon in Washington DC; but, instead took a job as a secretary for the State of Georgia Revenue Department. She also worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She moved to Franklin in 1967, and was a 30-year employee of Belden’s. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Atlanta, GA but attended the East Franklin Baptist Church in Franklin.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Leigh Swann of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Adrienne Lynn King and her husband, Jim of Asheville, NC; three granddaughters, Allison, Katy and Laura King; her brother, Larry E. Pearce and his wife, Yvonne of Monroe, GA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00AM in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Cannon officiating. Burial will be held at Rush Cemetery, Otto, NC. Pallbearers will be Lewis Ashe, Tom Ashe, Kyle Cabe, Tommy Mason, Fred Campbell, George Jenkins and Jim Ashe.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 4, one hour prior to the service at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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James Oliver Sweeny

Highlands, NC - James Oliver Sweeny died December 3, 2012 at home in Highlands, NC. Born in White Plains, NY on March 15, 1917 the son of Raymond and Fannie Sweeny, he grew up in Anderson, SC where he attended Boys' High School before entering Clemson University in 1935. At Clemson he was President of Tau Beta Pi and the Senior Class and Chairman of the Senior Council, graduating in 1939 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.

After graduation Jim joined the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, MA where he spent most of his 40 year career. In 1941 he married Virginia "Ginny' Brown who remained his beloved wife and dearest friend until her death in 2009 . Called to active duty with the Army Signal Corps in December 1941, he served in the China Burma India Theater during WWII and was released from active duty as a Major in 1945. Back with GE he served in a succession of increasingly responsible positions culminating as the General Manager of two GE businesses.

After retiring in 1976 Jim and Ginny moved to Highlands, NC where he became an active numismatics enthusiast, authoring and co authoring numerous articles and several books including the prize winning two volume reference titled "Tempus in Numis". He also renewed his love affair with Clemson, becoming an active and energetic supporter of the University. In 2000 he was presented with the University's Distinguished Service Award and in 2010 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities for his lifetime of devoted service.

He is survived by his children, Jim Sweeny and his wife Barbara, Robert Sweeny and Kee Howles and her husband Jeff, and four grandchildren, Heather and Kate Sweeny, and Derek and Brian Howles.

A Memorial Service is planned for sometime in the spring.

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Virginia Brown Sweeny

Highlands, NC - Virginia Brown Sweeny of Highlands, passed away October 31 at her residence.

Virginia was born in Florence, SC on November 5, 1917, a daughter of Leroy K and Virginia K. Brown. She attended the public schools in Florence, and in 1935 entered Furman University. At Furman she participated in the Bach and Chapel Choirs, was a member of the Student Government Association, and was elected into Zetosophia, the honorary scholastic fraternity. She graduated in 1939 with a BA degree in Music.

Ginny and Jim Sweeny were married on April 19, 1941. Their first son was born while Jim was in India during the war. After his return to civilian life, they lived in Pittsfield and Lenox, MA and Baltimore, MC, where Ginny made a home for their growing family. In Pittsfield she was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, participated in United Way fund drives,m and was inducted into PEO. She was also a member of the Lenox, MA Congregational Church. Throughout Jim’s career in GE, she was a gracious hostess to his business associates and to their many friends, and in his retirement, she was his dearest friend and companion until in her nineties, when an advanced case of arthritis and heart complications finally took their toll.

Ginny Sweeny died at home in Highlands, NC on October 31, 2009. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Survivors include her husband; their three children, James O. Sweeny,Jr and wife Barbara of Oldsmar, FL, V. Kee Howles and husband Jeffrey of Schenectady,NY and Robert M. Sweeny of Charleston, SC; two grandsons and two granddaughters. Memorials may be made to the Highlands-Cashiers Hospice, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741

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Grover Paris Sykes, Jr

ATLANTA - Grover Paris Sykes, Jr. (“Geepy”), 72, of Atlanta, Georgia died October 14, 2010 at St. Joseph’s hospital following a brief illness.

Geepy, son of Grover and Georgia Sykes, was born September 9, 1938 in Franklin, North Carolina. He graduated from Rome High School in 1956. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry at the University of Georgia in 1960, and pursued graduate studies at Yale University, graduating in 1963.

He earned his Juris Doctor (JD) at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, graduating in 1970.

He practiced labor law for 40 years in Atlanta, starting his career with Fisher and Phillips, and then with Ford & Harrison. For the past 18 years, he has been a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP as a member of its Labor and Employment group. He represented a variety of clients, achieving extraordinary results in a wide range of labor matters, including employment litigation and class actions, labor relations and union avoidance, wage and hour issues and OSHA litigation. Among his many professional achievements, his work included arguing before the United States Supreme Court in 1986.

Geepy was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, devoted to his career, his wife and family. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Beverly Bryson Sykes; daughter Gina Elowe and her husband Wayne Elowe of Sandy Springs; daughter Beth Taylor and her husband James Taylor of Johns Creek; step-daughter Sheri Dockery and her husband Jeff Dockery of Wilkesboro, N.C.; five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Geepy enjoyed spending time in the North Georgia mountains, the Georgia Bulldogs, and boating in his 1964 Chris Craft. He liked reading, collecting old movies, and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Funeral services will be held Sunday October 17, at 3 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main Street, Franklin, North Carolina with Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visiting hours will begin at 2 p.m. There will be a memorial service in Atlanta at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to the charity of your choice.

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Dorothy Jean Symonds

Franklin, NC - Dorothy Jean Symonds, age 91, of Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 at a Highlands-Cashiers Nursing Center. She was born in Monroe Co., NY, the daughter of the late William Raymond and Bessie Scheib Hollis. She was married to Harold James Symonds who passed away December 15, 1998. She was a draftsman for the New York Air Brake Company and the NY state public works, retired as a Real Estate Broker,was a Floral Designer,and was a private pilot. She was a member of the Unity Church of Miami, FL and Franklin, NC.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Claire Symonds of Franklin, NC.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

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Stan Szydlo

Franklin - Stan Szydlo, 86 of Franklin, North Carolina was a decorated officer of World War Two and the Korean Conflict. Stan left the world in a better place than he found it. He helped many friends and family throughout his life...all you had to do was ask. Our dad passed away peacefully on October 9th, 2010 at his residence with his devoted family and friends by his side.

He was born August 20, 1924 in Collinsville, Connecticut, the youngest of eight children. His father and brothers worked over 50 years at the Collinsville Axe Company. Stan enjoyed playing both football and basketball in Canton High School. He recieved a scholarship from Northwestern University leaving early to begin service in the US Arny Air Corps at the young age of 17.

It was his passion to join the Polish Air Force to defend his father’s home country but fate intervened. Instead he flew missions in North Africa, on D-Day in France, and in Belgium as a 101st Airborne Carrier pilot. He later served in the Korean Conflict in the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Group. He helped supply the troops involved in the evacuation of Inchon flying C-119 Flying Boxcar. He was awarded the bronze star and purple heart for his service and bravery.

Stan retired from USAF and began a career as a professional surveyor and later became a professional engineer under H. P. Williams. He built and maintained roads and bridges for all of South Florida until the mid 70s. He was a maintenance supervisor in the Florida Department of Transportation.

Stan raised a family in Miami during the early 50s until the mid 70s with his first wife Irene and his three sons, Michael, Stephen and Thomas. He frequently visited Poland to assist his mother’s family in Lubatova. He was predeceased by his second wife Sally wi th whom he shared a love affair that shined more than 25 years. He is survived by his 3 sons, his 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We will all miss his kindness, smile and generosity. He was loved and respected by many.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Saturday, October 16, 2010 Naples at Naples Memorial Cemetery.

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Thomas Szydlo

Franklin, NC - Thomas Szydlo, 60, of Franklin, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, he is with his Higher Power. He was born in Miami Beach, FL, the son of Stanislaus and Irene Chapes Szydlo.
He was a great athlete, father, husband, brother and friend. He was a college football player for Vanderbilt University. Tom had his own plumbing company, Award Plumbing. He built his own home in Franklin, which was a dream come true for him. Tom helped many people in the community from the goodness of his heart. He was a friend of Bill W. He will be missed by so many for his smile, sense of humor and loving help to others. We love you Tom.

He is survived by his wife of 6 1/2 years, Vickie Stucky Szydlo; one daughter, Lauren McCormick of Virginia Beach, VA; one son, Kaz Szydlo of San Diego, CA; two brothers, Mike Szydlo of Franklin, NC and Stephen Szydlo and his wife Maria of Miami, FL; eight grandchildren; two step children, Daniel and Holly Giffen; niece, Lisa Roque and nephew, Mark.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev Dorrie Pratt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Dr. Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741.

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