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FHS Prom 2015

Students at Franklin High School danced the night away Saturday at their 2015 Senior Prom.

This year’s prom theme was “Fishing in the Dark,” and it was held at Bloemsma Barn.

Before dining at local restaurants, the teens took photos along Franklin’s Main Street.

Students cast their votes for the 2015 Prom Queen and King, and just before midnight, Brittany Watson and Trey Maslin were crowed this year’s Prom Royalty.

 

County officially applies for $2.9 million loan for school renovations

A state loan weighing in just shy of $3 million is one step closer to being secured for Macon County Schools. Tuesday night, County Manager Derek Roland informed the board of commissioners that the $2.9 million QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) loan needed to repair Union Academy and Highlands School is moving forward.

After concerns surrounding collateral for the loan and the required in-kind match, Roland informed the board that those issues were resolved and the project is moving forward. Commissioners voted to send the QZAB application on to the Local Government Commission for consideration.

Local law enforcement to hold 2nd annual Buckle Up, Baby! event this weekend

Just days after bringing a child into the world, you strap them up and put them in a car seat for the journey home. Whether it is your first child or your fifth, making sure you are up-to-date and educated an proper car seat safety will be one of the first responsibilities you have to your newborn.

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured in 2011.

Finding your “zen” during Macon County’s public heath month

Last week, in honor of National Public Health Week, the Macon County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution proclaiming April as Public Health Month in Macon County.

The resolution, which was presented to the board by the health department, encourages families in the community to get active. "We call upon the people of Macon County, NC to observe this by helping our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand the value of public health and adopt preventive lifestyles habits in light of this year's theme, "Public Health: Start Here.""

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Deaths & Funerals



Mary GroomMary Groom

Mary Groom, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was born in Hartford, Ariz, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doris Groom. She owned a cosmetology business.

She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Watts of Nashville, N.C., and Perry Selph of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

 



Virginia ‘Kimbo’ Cleaveland BrysonVirginia ‘Kimbo’ Cleaveland Bryson

Virginia "Kimbo" Cleaveland Bryson, 70, of Highlands, N.C., passed away April 15, 2015 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was a native Highlander, where she lived her entire life. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise Beale Cleaveland.

She was employed by the Town of Highlands for 24 years and retired in 1995. Most recently she was a resident of the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Jerry Nix (Gwen) of Charlotte, N.C.; Lanette Walsh (David) of Advance, N.C.; Clay Bryson of Cashiers, N.C.; one sister, Georgia Sanders of Highlands; grandchildren, Adam, Daniel and Sarah Nix, Bailey and Conner Walsh, Derick and Devin Bryson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18, at Highlands United Methodist Church, Rev. Paul Christy and Jennifer Forrester officiated. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Beale, Herb James, James Oberry, Adam Nix, Daniel Nix and Bud Lamb.

Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, N.C. 28741.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Charlotte Hook Baker

Charlotte Hook Baker, age 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was born in Washington DC, the daughter of the late Charles Wallace Hook and Clarissa Waple Hook. She had worked in a clerical position for the US Government, and was of the Catholic Faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Baker, Jr., and two brothers, Frank and David Hook.

She was survived by two daughters, Dorothy Baker of Franklin, N.C. and Kristine Newman of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Frank Baker, III of Franklin, N.C.; one sister, Mary Helene Seal of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Newman.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Todd Eric EnsleyTodd Eric Ensley

Todd Eric Ensley, 51, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Born in Macon Co, he was the son of the late Lloyd Edgar Ensley and Grace Brendle Ensley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Garth Ensley. He retired as Captain of Detectives at Highlands Police Department having served 25 years and was a Basic Law Enforcement Training instructor at Southwestern Community College. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan, loved to fish and enjoyed studying Civil War and WWII history. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Broom Ensley; two daughters, Cheyenne Robinson and husband Jeff and Sierra Womack and husband Charles all of Franklin; three stepchildren, Trista Williams of Franklin, Michael Henry of Stuart, Fla. and Justin Henry of Franklin; twin brother, Brett Ensley and wife Laura of Clyde, N.C.; brother, Trent Ensley and wife Suk of Burke Va.; sister, Gwen Ensley Koehler and husband Scott of Oak Ridge, N.C.; grandchildren, Holly Williams and Brinkley Robinson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were at First Christian Church. The Reverends Lynn Dulakis, George Davis and Danny Prince officiated.

Pallbearers were Jerry Brooks, Jerry Cook, Curtis Dowdle, David Williams, Justin Henry, Brandon Ensley, James “Shorty” Bateman and Michael Henry.

Adam and Zach Ensley served as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to, SCC Foundation; 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779 (put McFalls Scholarship in the memo line).

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Wayford Arwood LyonWayford Arwood Lyon

Wayford Arwood Lyons, 65, of Circle Trace, a husband, father, veteran, and friend, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015, at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala. He was a fighter to the end; by his side were his wife and son. His 66th birthday would have been April 21.

Born in Franklin, he was the son of the late Ernest Arwood and Vesta Arbutus Lyons. Wayford made the decision to join the U.S. Army in 1968 during the Vietnam War and served for three years, including one year spent in Korea. He received an honorable discharge. After the service, he was a certified pipe-welder and construction foreman and worked in Mobile, Alabama and Pascagoula, Mississippi. He returned to Franklin with his family, and for 15 years he co-owned and operated DPS, Inc., a local business. In 2000, at age 50 and with only a General Education Degree (GED), he went back to school and became a licensed general contractor in the state of North Carolina.

He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 43 years; son Jesse, daughter- in-law, Tracy, and soon-to-be first grandchild, of Lexington, Va.

As a proud veteran, Wayford was a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and member of the American Legion. Most recently, he served for three years as the VFW’s Quartermaster. He loved his family, spending time with and helping his friends, supporting veterans, gardening, traveling, and fishing.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Franklin’s VFW Post 7339, 60 W. Palmer Street, on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. Military rites will be given by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. All are invited and welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the VFW Post 7339 “Veterans Relief Fund”, C/O Neil Riendeau, 1155 North Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734. His ashes shall be scattered according to his wishes.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Joan B. SmithJoan B. Smith

Joan B. Smith passed away at home on April 17, 2015, with her family at her side. She passed away in Franklin, NC and had moved to the Smokey Mountains 19 years ago. She was 83 years old.

She was born December 12, 1931, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to her late parents, Ruth Merte Decker and Stanly Decker. She is survived by her siblings, Gordon Decker of Texas and Carol Hope of North Carolina. While her brother Arthur Decker of Maine, passed away. She had five children; Frederick Brandt (deceased), Susan Tucker of Texas, Darren Brandt of Va., Cathi Smith of N.C. and Bonnie Leitheuser of N.Y. She has 15 grandchildren and numerous Great and Great/Great grandchildren.

She loved animals and saved every one she could. In fact, her father had to frisk her each night before bed or she would smuggle a baby animal in to cuddle all night. She made her living with them as well. She became a groomer, breeder and owned a kennel. She started her business back in the 1970’s when it was hard for a woman to do so and it thrived. She also trained horses and went on long trail rides as often as she could. She “saved” her favorite horse from the show ring and he remained with her until he died at age 29. She was spontaneous, when the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train came through town she had to be in it. She packed up the horses and several lucky cohorts to spend a couple weeks riding to Valley Forge, Pa. She was always willing to have fun but the one rule was she had to be home to feed the animals.

She became a Reverend of the Spiritual Science Mother Church in the early 1970’s. She was a Spiritual Teacher and taught many Light Workers on their path. Joan liked alternative medicine and spent time learning about it.

There will be no memorial service at this time. There will, however, be a reunion here in WNC planned for summer 2015. To send online condolences please visit maconfuneralhome.com. She wanted this to be conveyed to all of you:

“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. Whatever we were to each other, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it always was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well. Nothing is past. Nothing has been lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better. Infinitely happier. We will be one, together forever.”



Robert Wesley TippettRobert Wesley Tippett

Robert Wesley Tippett, 66, of Franklin, passed away April 17, 2015.

Born in Springfield, Ill., he was the son of the late Glenerd Eugene Tippett and Miuriam Gibson Dawson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a graphic designer. He loved working on computers and doing graphic designs. He did graphic designs for high end magazines such as National Geographic and NY Times. Robert was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his daughter, Erin Ashley Ray and husband David of Burlington, NC; sister, Judy English of Ft. Myers, Fla. and six grandchildren, Aliyia, Andrianna, Bethany, Austin, Alexis and Brook.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church Food Pantry.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Vera RogersVera Rogers

Vera Rogers, of Franklin passed away peacefully Friday, April 17, 2015 with her son Jim and his wife Pam by her side.

Mom, grandma, great grandma, and farmer to the end, Vera and her late husband Carlos continued the family’s farming tradition that began in Macon County in 1849. Through the years as commercial farmers, they grew turnips, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, burley tobacco, tomatoes, hogs, and beef cattle.

Born August 2, 1917, Vera spent most of her 97 years at Olive Hill in the house she was born. In later years on the farm, her favorite pastimes were feeding cattle and gardening, spending time with her grandsons, and great grandsons, and riding the fields on her Kawasaki Mule, always with her dog, Trouble, by her side.

A Franklin High School graduate of the class of 1933, she began her education in the one room Olive Hill School, walked to Iotla School in later years and attended a one-year business course offered to high school graduates in Macon County that was a precursor to the community college system of today.

She worked for several years at the Moody Farm in the Iotla Valley, during the years when they took in summer guests, assisting with all aspects of their tourist business before farming full time. Her many stories about those years and the summer "boarders" prompted family interest in the hospitality industry that continues to this day.

Her keen memory, able to recite childhood poems until her final months, made her the keeper of family histories and genealogy of not just her own but of many families in the area. Her generous nature made sure that visitors left with some product of the farm, something from the kitchen, or a spray of flowers..

She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Nobia Barnard, an infant son Charles; brother Ray Barnard, sister Jessie Webb, husband Carlos Rogers, son Charles, and great- grandson Jack Rogers. She is survived by a sister, Violet Smith of Asheville, N.C., a son, Jim Rogers and wife Pam of Spartanburg, S.C., grandsons Allen Rogers and wife Jessica of Jonesborough, Tenn. and John Rogers of Brussels, Belgium, great-grandsons Adam and Braeden Rogers of Tenn. along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. She loved her special friends Carolyn and Juli and used her gift of memory to speak with them by phone many times a day.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 21, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Miller offciating.

Pallbearars were Michael Crrek, Adam Burrell, Randy Woodall, Kenny Solomon, and Randy McCullohs; Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Tippett.

Memorials can be made to the Iotla United Methodist Church care of Rebecca Chastain 187 May Apple Lane Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



William Henry Aaron

William Henry “Bill” Aaron, Jr., 78, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. Mr. Aaron was born June 2, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to the late William Henry Aaron and Evelyn Arnold Aaron. Bill worked in radio for most of his career before coming to Highlands with his wife Nancy to open Southern Hands, an upscale craft store that was highly regarded for 20 years. He was a member of the Highlands Rotary Club, a Board member on the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Bascom Arts Center Board. Bill was also an active member of the Players Club of Detroit, and was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and would later become National President of that fraternity. Bill enjoyed animals, the mountains and a good story, was a skilled woodworker and cook, and he loved volunteering at HealthTracks and with the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Gould-Aaron of the home; a daughter, Lyn Aaron Stille of Canton, Ga; two sons, Bill Aaron (Marti) and Ben Aaron (Rebecca) of Marietta, Ga; four grandchildren, Ruth Aaron, Will Aaron, Grayson Stille, and Emma Aaron; sister- in-law, Nola Miller (Richard) of Winston-Salem, NC; and a nephew, Ben Miller of Dallas, TX.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation with the Rev. Bruce Walker and Rev. Howard L’Enfant officiating. The family will have a reception following the service at the church. A private Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Horse Cove Cemetery.




Theodore ‘Theo’ Huff BresciaTheodore ‘Theo’ Huff Brescia

Theodore “Theo” Huff Brescia, Jr., 75, of Otto, N.C., and Stone Mountain, Ga., passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Born in Columbus, Ga., he was the son of the late Theodore Huff Brescia Sr. and Ona McDougal Brescia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna B. Gilmer. He graduated from Georgia State University; was a retired CPA; member of Tallulah Falls United Methodist church; member of Georgia Society of CPA’s, member of American Institute of CPA’s and was a very accomplished musician.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edna Pierce Brescia; three children, Melinda B. Landrum of Conyers, Ga., Marilee F. Wright and husband Kevin of Atlanta, Ga., Tim Fairchild and wife Janice of Cary, N.C., and; sister, Jean Edwards of Columbus, Ga.; brother, Wilbur Brescia of Columbus, Ga.; six grandchildren, Eric Smiley, Erin Wright, Holland Fairchild Cheney, Kaitlin Fairchild Wilson, Krista Landrum and David Landrum; four great grandchildren, Noah Cheney, Harper Larkin Cheney, Porter Cheney and Katelyn Grace Landrum; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 15, at Tiger United Methodist Church. Rev. James E. Turpen Sr. officiated. Burial was in the Tallulah Falls United Methodist Church Cemetery on Rock Mountain Road.

Pallbearers were Bill Plutt, Tom Beiswenger, Ray Morris, David Dyer, Mark Wilcox, Walter Lovisek and Lewis Schweizer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Tallulah Falls United Methodist Church, 204 Church Street, PO Box 100, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573 or Tiger United Methodist Church, PO Box 497, Tiger, GA 30576.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Ernest Hugh Holleman Jr.Ernest Hugh Holleman Jr.

Ernest Hugh Holleman, Jr., 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 10, 2015.

Born in Cordele, Ga., he was the son of the late Ernest Hugh Holleman Sr. and Frances Mildred Aultman Holleman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita “Nita” Holleman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; retired Postmaster in Leesburg, Fla.; minister of the gospel for over 40 years; member of Grace Baptist Church; was an avid golfer and enjoyed gospel music and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Talley Holleman; three sons, Steve Holleman and wife Linda of Chapin, S.C., Leslie Holleman and wife Linda of Orangeburg, S.C. and Bruce Holleman and wife Shirley of Columbia, S.C.; three step children, Margaret Bishop and husband, Brad, James “Tweetie” Elliott Sr. and wife Kelly and Kathy Holland, all of Franklin; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Grace Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Michael Hendricks will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, at Grace Baptist Church.

His golfing buddies will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 139 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Janet Maria Law HoltJanet Maria Law Holt

Janet Maria Law Holt, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015. She was born in Hudson, N.Y., the daughter of the late Franklin James and Mary Ana Venditti Law. She was a homemaker and a member of Louisa Chapel of United Methodist Church. She volunteered for Angel Medical Center and the Department of Aging.

She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Ernest William Holt, Jr.; her son, Robert Thomas Reynolds and wife Tammy Lin of Lawrenceville, Ga.; her daughter, Patricia Ann Nieves of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two granddaughters, Ashley Maria Morris and husband Tim and Victoria Marie Nieves; one grandson, Rob Nieves and wife Kimberly; three great grandchildren, Gavin Tyler Morris, Bryson Matthew Dupont and Allyson Michelle Nieves: one niece, Donna Dallas. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin James Law and Lewis Edward Law and one sister, Theresa Law Mickle.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. David Crunkleton officiating.

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

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Ester Mae Bates WilliamsEster Mae Bates Williams

Ester Mae Bates Williams, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 4, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Mack and Dicey Stiwinter Bates. She was married to the late Woodrow Williams. She had worked as a machine operator in a cotton mill and was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She liked gardening and was a fantastic cook.

She is survived by five daughters, Betty Sue Fisher of Franklin, Aretha Hill of Marion, N.C., Linda Landers of Simpsonville, S.C., Vicki Williams of Statesville, N.C., and Tamra Kaczka of Monroe, Ohio; three sons, Lonnie Melton Jr. of Cornelius, N.C., Steve Williams of Charlotte, N.C. and Chad Melton of Franklin; three sisters, Betty Sue Maney of Franklin, Frances McCall of Cleveland, Ga., and Louann Wilson of Robbinsville, N.C.; 21 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Melton; two sisters, Christine Webb and Louise Webb; and two brothers, Wilburn Bates and Jr. Bates.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, in the Chapel of

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. John Raby officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Mary Bazan

Mary Bazan, 94, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Fidelia-Eckerd Living Center. She was born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of Roman and Anastasia Zaharchik. She was a loving wife of 35 years to the late Nicolas Bazan. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was of the Greek Catholic Faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Buckle Clark of St. Helena, Calif.; a son, Nicholas Bazan of Highlands, N.C.; grandchildren, Garrett, Robie and Deanna Buckle, Samanta Nichole Bazan and Bret Bazan and Emily Vavrichek; one great granddaughter, Hailey Buckle.

A service was held April 7, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Centralia, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary Bazan’s honor to Fidelia-Eckerd Living Center, 250 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Charles Randolph Keener

Charles Randolph Keener, 85, of Augusta, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles Randolph Keener and Pearl Miller Keener. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Keener; two brothers, Roy and Roland and step brother, Dwayne Hedden. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corp. and from the FAA. He was a member St. Pauls’s Episcopal Church, Augusta; member of the Shriners, life member of VFW and American Legion and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Audrey Paulette Keener; two step sisters, Polly McCoy of Franklin and Pat Leinbach of Virginia and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Judith Charlene Awtrey

Judith Charlene Awtrey, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 6, 2015. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna McCumber Marks. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to read and write poetry.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, John A. Awtrey; two daughters, Emily Reilly and husband Jason of Franklin and Stacie Lewis of Gainesville, Ga.; one son, David Roberts of Franklin; two sisters, JoAnn Harrison and Josephine Arledge both of Columbus, Ohio, and nine grandchildren, Jayson, Alexia, Keera, Samantha, Hunter, J.J., Abigail, Blake and Bethany.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 13, at 5:30 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Benny Bagwell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Randall ‘Randy’ J. SolesbeeRandall ‘Randy’ J. Solesbee

Randall "Randy" J. Solesbee, age 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Ralph and Ruth Younce Solesbee.

He is survived by three sisters, Judy Cochran and her husband Russell of Waynesville, N.C., JoAnn Styles and her husband Bobby of Asheville, N.C. and Jill Mills and her husband Scott of Asheville, N.C.; one brother, Ralph Solesbee, Jr. of Topton, N.C.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. at White Oak Flats Baptist Church, with Rev. Dean Bateman officiating. Burial was in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Hermie Moffitt DillsHermie Moffitt Dills

Hermie Moffitt Dills, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was a native of Macon County, daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha Ledford Moffitt. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Evelyn Clark of Easley, S.C., Gail Payne and husband Sam Payne, Pat Cook and one son, Danny M. Cook of Franklin; seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sisters, Anna Lee Shope and Ida Lee Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 16 years, Fred R. Dills. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Willliam (Bill) Cook, granddaughter, Angela Joye Bates, grandson Jim Clark, sisters, Nina Sanders, Nellie Stamey, Ethel Thomas and brothers Roy, Ervin, Leonard and Ernest Moffitt.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Josh Brooks and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Moffitt, Joel Sanders, Ray Thomas, Russ Odell, Bobby Dills, Eddie Astling and Cody Rogers.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Sylvia Freda Conn Leousis

Sylvia Freda Conn Leousis, 89, died Monday, April 6, after a brief illness. She was born in Athens, Ala., to Will and Dell Conn, but spent most of her adult life in St. Petersburg, Fla. After the Second World War, she married the love of her life, Peter Leousis, and they had two daughters and a son. She had a deep and abiding faith in God, and in June 2011, she and Peter celebrated 63 years of marriage. A devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by their three children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A service commemorating Sylvia’s life was held in St. Petersburg, at Lewis Mohn Funeral Home on Saturday, April 11.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Aaron Richard GoldsteinAaron Richard Goldstein

Aaron Richard Goldstein, 37, of Otto, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he was the son of Richard Seth Goldstein and Julia Ellen Mooring Goldstein of Otto. He was a US Navy veteran and part owner of Smoked on Rose Restaurant in Chicago, IL. Aaron enjoyed golf, cooking and all sports including baseball. He loved everyone he met and was loved by all who met him and he lived life to the fullest.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Laura Ellen Heberling and husband Ed of Bluffton, SC; his brother, Kyle Mark Goldstein and wife Melissa of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; niece, Allyson Goldstein; uncle, Dr. Efraim Goldstein and wife Jeannie; two aunts, Marsha Goldstein of Canada and Susan Mableson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; several cousins and many friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor John Makinson and Dr. Efraim Goldstein will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:30 a.m., prior to the service on Friday at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family, who will determine where Aaron would want donations to go (Richard and Ellen Goldstein, 222 Whispering Woods Road, Otto, NC 28763).

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.




Norel Douglas Stringer Jr.

Norel Douglas Stringer Jr. 75, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 31 surrounded by his family in Greenville, S.C.. He is remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who never met a stranger and was always helping others. His warm and cheerful disposition always lifted the spirits of those around him.

He was born Feb. 24, 1940 in Fernandina, Fla.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carol T. Stringer and children Norel (Chip) Douglas Stringer III, Stacey Stringer Jones, and Beth Mills; seven grandchildren, Leah Marie Stringer, Norel (Indy) Douglas Stringer IV, Austin Douglas Jones, Hailey Elaine Jones, Hannah Larochelle Jones, Madison Grace Mills, and Nathan Donald Jones; four sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Hickory Knoll Methodist Church, 86 East Hickory Knoll Rd., Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be given to his beloved church, Hickory Knoll Methodist Church.

A second memorial service will be held on April 11 at 3 p.m., at Salt Springs Christian Church, 2457 11 East Highway 316, Salt Springs, Fla.



Marion Hammond Rauers

Marion Hammond Rauers, 69, of Highlands, N.C., passed away peacefully on the evening of Tuesday, March 24, 2015, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born in Savannah, Ga., the son of the late Hammond and Madge Parker Rauers. He attended Savannah Country Day High School and was a star in both prep football and track. He was selected Savannah Football Player of the Year in 1960 and in 1962 was the Georgia State Champion in the 220-yard dash. He attended UNC Chapel Hill and graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1971, he moved his family to Charleston, S.C., where he began a career in the medical supply business and eventually acquired an interest in the company. Upon the sale of the medical supply business, he began a very successful and lengthy career in real estate and earned accolades as a Million Dollar Producer for many consecutive years. It was during his real estate career that he founded and served as president of the East Cooper Top Producers Club and was recipient of the Realtors Roundtable of Excellence award. Later, employing his extensive experience in residential real estate in the Charleston area, he ventured further into the area of real estate investments and partnerships. In recent years, ending his career in real estate, he joined his two sons in their automobile business in Franklin, N.C., where he served in numerous capacities until his recent retirement. It was during this time that he became known affectionately as "The Ambassador of Highlands." He served on the vestry at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., was a member of the Kiwanis Club and, always striving to be intimately involved with his sons’ activities, was a coach in Little League for many seasons. He was an avid sportsman drawn to the salt water and the tidal creeks of the low country and spent much of his time boating and fishing there with his sons and numerous friends. He had a passion for living, lived life to the fullest and helped his many friends and family do the same.

He is survived by two sons, C. Hammond Rauers and his wife Mitzi Rauers of Highlands, Bryan Rauers and his wife Kerry Rauers, of Franklin; grandchildren, William Rauers and Catherine Rauers and niece Kim Cleghorn of Lakeland, Fla.

A memorial service, presided by Rev. Paul Christy, was held Saturday, March 28, at Highlands United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to the Gilliam’s Promise youth coalition at Highlands United Methodist Church.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.


Guy Winston CookGuy Winston Cook

Guy Winston Cook, 63, went home to be with the Lord March 27, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born April 14 in Coral Gables, Fla., to Winston "Wink" and Sarah Cook. He and his brother Gary were the first set of twins to be born at Doctor's Hospital.

He graduated from Coral Gables High School and went on to work in the construction industry for 40-plus years. He was a master craftsman and a jack of all trades. He married his beautiful bride Ana "Connie" Cook on March 30, 1985, and they had three sons. They moved to Franklin, N.C., in 2006 and he began work with Highlands Biological Station. Wherever he worked, he made lifelong friends.

He loved spending time tinkering in his shop and working on his VW. Planting in his garden and tending to his farm animals with Joey his son was one of his favorite things. Anyone that knew Guy knew that he was a lifelong Republican and always had a joke to tell. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone out in need. If you needed it built or fixed, just call Guy.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years; four sons, Guy Jr., Jonathan, Joey, Jacob; daughter, Marcella Cowart; daughters-inlaw, Michelle, Jenny; son-in-law, Robert Cowart; grandchildren, Timothy Cook, Brandon Cowart, Amanda Cook, Christopher Cowart, Harley Cook, Ryan Cowart and Sienna Cook; two brothers and two sisters; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 4 at Macon Funeral Home. Reception will follow at Trimont Christian Academy. If you would like to donate food, please drop off at Trimont, between 12:00-12:45.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Giovanna Laura RizzoGiovanna Laura Rizzo

Giovanna Laura Rizzo, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Fairview, at her daughter’s home. She was born on July 21, 1928, in New York City (Manhattan) to the late Vincent Ventura and Giovanna (Jennie) Saya Ventura. She was married to the late Salvatore Rizzo, who preceded her in 1983. She worked for 15 years at Walmart and spent most of her working life as a bookkeeper. She was very family-oriented and loved reading, writing, drawing, painting, and cooking. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include her three daughters and three sons: Maryellen Lo Bosco, of Long Island, N.Y.; Salva Maria Atkin (Richard) of Asheville, N.C.; Rosemarie Rizzo of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Rocco Lo Bosco of Long Island, N.Y.; Peter Rizzo (Dawn) of Franklin; and Joseph Rizzo (Annette) of Bayside, N.Y.; grandchildren, Diana, Anthony, Gina, Juliane, Joseph, Matthew, Natalie, Salvatore, Marisa, and Antony; five great grandchildren are Ricky, Gabriel, Savannah, Harper, and Julien.

She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Gabriella Ledford.

A Roman Catholic Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, April 1, at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, with Father Tien Duong officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Dr. #600, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Patricia Anne Johnson

Patricia Anne Johnson, 84, of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away March 25, 2015, in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late John Patrick Horgan and Ann Wetzel Horgan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Anne Ordway; two brothers, John Patrick Horgan Jr. and William George Horgan. She was a retired Home Health Care nurse and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church of Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter, Selenie Anne Johnson and sonin- law, Dallas Beckwith of Pinellas Park; several nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Arvil Arwood CabeArvil Arwood Cabe

Arvil Arwood Cabe, 84, of Rabun Gap, Ga., passed away at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., on Monday, March 30, 2015.

He was born in Otto, N.C., and was the son of Lenzy Lester Cabe and Mary Ledford Cabe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Russell Cabe, Elvin Cabe, and Nelson Cabe, and one sister, Jane C. Speed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Norton Cabe; and one daughter, Dawn C. Ledford and her husband, Jim of Otto; two grandchildren, Ben Ledford and wife Kimberly and Jacob Ledford and wife Nicole; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Macie, and Emmett.

He was retired from Burlington Industries and was a member of Head of Tennessee Baptist Church. He enjoyed raising cattle, working in the hay field and picking peaches every year.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 2, in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Allan Pierce officiating. Burial will follow in the Head of Tennessee Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Arvil Cabe’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Ga., is in charge of the arrangements. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.



Richard John McNeilRichard John McNeil

Richard John McNeil, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 23, 2015.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of the late Donald McNeil and Dorothy Wiggins McNeil. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Donald McNeil and Kenneth “Skip” McNeil. He retired from General Motors and was owner and operator of Runway Market.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Katie McNeil; daughter, Kim Dalton of Franklin; three sisters, Charlotte Bishop and husband Jim of Marion, Mich., Sharon Sneller and husband Dale of Clio, Mich., and Karen Alexander and husband Larry of Farwell, Mich.; two brothers, Gary McNeil and wife Connie of Auburn Hills, Mich. and Larry McNeil and wife Donna of Sears, Mich.; three grandchildren, RJ Bell and wife Nicole, Joel Bell and wife Taishi and Katie Dalton and husband Daniel Hughes and two great grandchildren, Mya and Ava Hughes.

Funeral service was held Friday, March 27, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Darren Cochran officiated. Burial was in Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rick Fouts, Victor Watson, Mike Fouts, RJ Bell, Joel Bell, Dale Sneller, Gary McNeil and Edwin “Beezer” Turner.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Doreatha HodgesDoreatha Hodges

Doreatha Hodges, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away March 28, 2015.

Born in Manatee County, Fla., she was the daughter of the late James Kenneth Guess and Lillie Brown Guess. She was a member of Osprey Baptist Church in Sarasota, Fla.; retired from Walmart and was a talented seamstress.

She is survived by a daughter, Genita Joy of South Carolina; four grandchildren and close family member, Odell Lewis of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Meritha Dowdle Purifoy

Meritha Dowdle Purifoy, 72, of New Bern, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Grantsbrook Nursing & Rehab Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Joel Dowdle and David Dowdle.

She is survived by her husband, David Lee Purifoy Jr.; sons, Charles Anthony "Tony" Dowdle of Franklin, and John Daniel Purifoy of New Bern; three daughters, Mary Purifoy Bryant of Ocracoke, Susan M. Purifoy and Kristin Lee Purifoy, both of New Bern; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to V.F.W. National Home, 3573 S Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

Arrangements are by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, Franklin. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Lucille O. (Moon) WendtLucille O. (Moon) Wendt

Lucille O. (Moon) Wendt of Marshall, Mich., formerly of Bellevue and Olivet, 88, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness. She was born April 13, 1926, in Battle Creek, Mich., the daughter of Noble and Gertrude (Hagerty) Carpenter. She had also lived in Florida and Franklin, N.C., before returning to Michigan.

She is survived by her son, Thomas (Kathleen) Moon of Bellevue and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Kenneth Moon and Roland F. Wendt and her daughter, Sharon Lou Baldridge.

A casual celebration of Lucy’s life will be held on Saturday, April 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Olivet Congregational Church Downstairs Fellowship Hall.

Memorial contributions may go to the Oaklawn Hospice, 122 High St., Marshall, MI 49068. Inurnment will be next to her husband, Roland Wendt, in the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich.

Burkhead-Green Funeral Home of Charlotte was in charge of arrangements.



Harris Lafayette SandersHarris Lafayette Sanders

Harris Lafayette Sanders, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jess Sanders and Ida Shope Sanders. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Elura Bell Walters, Edith Conley, Willa Stiles and Margaret Harrison; brothers, Charles Sanders, Sonny Sanders and Jimmy Sanders and half-brother, Timothy Sanders. He was a U.S. Navy veteran; serving during WWII as an electrician. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club from 1961-1979 and president in 1966. He had his first class Ham Radio Amateur license and served as deacon since 1939 and Sunday School Superintendent with Prentiss Baptist Church in Franklin, Old Town Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Burningtown Baptist Church in Franklin. He was also an active member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C. He enjoyed raising honey bees and working in his garden.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Pauline Wild Sanders; two daughters, Susan S. Jefford and husband Clayton of Tell City, Ind. and Pamela S. Waters and husband Dean of Greenville, S.C.; grandsons, Benjamin R. Waters, Patrick D. Waters, Bradley H. Waters, Dustin S. Jefford and wife Molly, and Logan N. Jefford and wife Sarah; granddaughter, Ashley J. Biever and husband David; two great grandchildren, Liam and Wyatt Biever; brother, Jay Sanders of Franklin; sisters, Betty Owens of Charlotte, N.C. and Olivia “Tootsie” Reece of Anderson, S.C.; half-sister, Amelia Trull of Fletcher, N.C. and aunt, Mildred Swafford of Franklin. Funeral service was held Friday, April 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Barry Jimmerson officiated. Military funeral honors were presented by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial was in Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dustin Jefford, Logan Jefford, Benjamin Waters, Patrick Waters, Bradley Waters and David Biever.

Memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or Northgate Baptist Church, 633 Summit Drive, Greenville, SC 29609.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



George ‘G.B.’ McCall, Jr.George ‘G.B.’ McCall, Jr.

George “G.B.” McCall, Jr., 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away March 29, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late George B. McCall, Sr. and Eva Jane Gregory McCall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Harris and three brothers, Arland, Marlin “Dink” and Bill. He was a U.S. Army veteran; retired from General Motors; worked for Township Police Department in Flint, Mich.; member of Memorial United Methodist Church; enjoyed fishing, gospel music and going to picking on the square. Above all his family was most important to him. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eva Carpenter McCall; four children, Gary McCall and wife Nikki of Franklin, Sherry Corning and husband Dan, Lori Montgomery and husband Ray all of Nashville, Tenn., and Bill Brewer and wife Sharon of Flint, Mich.; brother, Bob McCall of Franklin; two sisters, Rosalee Bradley of Franklin and Marcella Ayers of Dawson, Ga.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 18, at Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Susan German and Rev. Marvin Bachtel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Youth Mission trips at Memorial United Methodist Church and Patton United Methodist Church.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Rai Earl CammackRai Earl Cammack

Rai Earl Cammack, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 27, 2015.

Born in Walla Walla, Wash., he was the son of the late Marshall Rai Cammack and Edna Edwards Cammack. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister. He worked for Drake Software. He was an active member of Franklin Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served as the former Branch President and served a two year church mission to Guatemala. He was an avid craftsman, and was skilled in woodworking, painting, stained glass and quilting. He also enjoyed genealogy and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Terry Solomon Cammack; three step children, Nicole Nelson of Franklin, Christopher Nelson and wife Allison of Lynnwood, Wash., and Renae Nelson of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers, Jay Cammack and wife Laura of Portage, Mich. and Cary Cammack and wife Patty of Colfax, Wash.; four grandsons, Topher, Cooper, Chase and Logan Nelson; one granddaughter, Daisy Ken Nelson and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Franklin Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ken Anderson will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to The Franklin Branch Family History Center, C/O Carroll Widenhouse, PO Box 417, Otto, NC 28763.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Turner DeHart

Turner DeHart, 93, passed peacefully into the next life on January 5.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, N.C.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Rebekah Ray MayRebekah Ray May

Rebekah Ray May, age 103, of Nantahala formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away in the exact place she was born. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Virginia Adaline Wild Ray. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clint May who died in 1952.

She graduated from high school, Sylva College Institute and Western Carolina University. She was a retired school teacher for Macon County School System for 33 years; taught school for Ritter Lumber Company and adult education in Nantahala Community; she volunteered for Nantahala Rescue Squad; was a former EMT and was a pink lady for District Memorial Hospital in Andrews. She was a member of United Daughters of the Confederacy Thomas’ Legion Chapter #2698; a member of First Family of Old Buncombe and accepted the Governor’s Award for community service. She was an active member of Briartown Baptist Church where she was director of Baptist Training Union and a former Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Sue Anderson and husband Joe of Franklin, and Jennilou Mason and husband Ronnie of Topton; one son, James Clinton May of Nantahala; eight grandchildren, Paula A. Cabe, Darlene A. Epley and husband Carl, Marlene A. Roden and husband Keith, Penny M. Stewart and husband Josh, Cicely M. Cable and husband Matt, James D. May, Alicia M. Thurmond and husband Dave and Clinton D. May and wife Laura; step-granddaughter, Maggie Owens and husband Brent, step-grandson, Brock Roden and wife Lauren; great grandchildren, Chad Cabe, Kailey and Samuel Stewart, Triston Taylor and Kyly Thurmond; great great step-grandson, Brady Owens and several nieces and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Hyacinth Roper and two brothers, John Ray and Lester Ray.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 4, at Briartown Baptist Church with Rev. S. J. Waters, Rev. Larry Icenhower and Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Cross, Mitchell Owenby, Clinton May, James D. May, Josh Stewart, Matt Cable, Keith Roden and Carl Epley. Honorary pallbearers were Hoyt Owenby, Pearley Owenby, Sidney May, Rodney Chastain and Joe Williams.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sidney May, 195 Swain Lane, Topton, NC 28781.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Margaret Bryant Roper

Margaret Bryant Roper, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 3, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Mark Bryant and Lucinda Poindexter Bryant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Roper and eight brothers and sisters. She loved to garden and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church since she was six years old.

She is survived by son, Don Roper and wife Gail of Franklin; two daughters, Diana Roper and Dora June Moses, both of Franklin; sister, Rose Mary McPhatter of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Brianne Moses, Courtney Moses and Mark Roper; great grandson, Logan Roper and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 6, at Oakdale Baptist Church with Rev. Guy Duvall officiating. Burial was in Roper Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Roper, Johnny Roper, Lewis Swafford, Chad Agner, Paul Higdon and David Bryant.

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

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Andrew Jackson PicklesimerAndrew Jackson Picklesimer

Andrew Jackson Picklesimer, 63, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, April 5, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Alfred and Katherine Talley Picklesimer. He was a supervisor at Macon County’s recycling center. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of Shortoff Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Romonia Talley Picklesimer; one daughter, Christy Rhoden and husband Thomas of Clearwater, SC; one step-daughter, Samantha Phillips and husband Matthew of Highlands; one sister, Genevieve Rogers and husband Larry of Highlands; five grandchildren, Catilan, Paige, Rose, Memphis and Mitchell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Gearce Picklesimer and two grandchildren, Gwendolyn and Andrew.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Thomas Roland BrooksThomas Roland Brooks

Thomas Roland Brooks (Tommy) 44, of New York City, N.Y., (formerly of Highlands, N.C.) passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, Feb. 6.

He was the son of Larry Brooks of Franklin and the late Janice Bowman Brooks. He studied at UNC-Wilmington and Johnson and Wales in Charleston, S.C. He was however, most gifted at design, and partnered in several businesses in this field. He had a special place in his heart for animals as well as donating his time and talent to various other charitable organizations. He was passionate, gifted, and kind. He will be greatly missed by his beloved family and friends fortunate enough to have been part of his life.

He leaves behind his father and stepmother Paula, brothers Mark and Ross, step-sister Melissa Chambers, step-brother Greg Worley, Aunts Debra Lamb, Stephanie Bowman and Ruth Sessions. We honor Thomas because of his spirit of encouraging the gifts that make each of us special, the eternal mystery and extraordinary beauty of the human heart.

A service will be held Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, with Dr. Bruce Walker officiating. Donations may be made in his honor to one of his favorite charities, God’s Love We Deliver, https://www.glwd.org/.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Otis Lafayette Dallas Sr.

Otis Lafayette Dallas Sr., 72, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. Born in DeKalb County, Georgia, he was the son of Virginia Nicholson Dallas of Decatur, Ga., and the late Emory L. Dallas. He was a commercial painter.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sheila Barfield Dallas; two sons, Dude Dallas Jr. and Bill Dallas both of Hayesville; six sisters, Sherry Wheeler of Jackson, Ga., Mel Dallas, Anna Dallas and Linda Dallas all of Decatur, Karen Gerow of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa Dallas of Decatur; two brothers, Bill Dallas and John Dallas both of Decatur, and three grandchildren, Taylor Hanahan of Covington, Ga., Baylie Dallas of Decatur, Ga., and Kacey Dallas of Conyers, Ga.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Lakeview Community Dock with Rev. David Wheeler officiating.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




Betty Joyce Blankenship RoyseBetty Joyce Blankenship Royse

Betty Joyce Blankenship Royse, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Born in Allen Junction, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Blankenship and Ora Richardson Blankenship. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Oval Royse; son, Bernard “Bernie” Royse and three sisters.

She is survived by three children, John Royse and wife Ramona of Franklin, Nancy Norman and husband Randall of Sylva, N.C., and Martha Brindle and husband Eugene “Gene” of Cherokee, N.C.; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 23, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Clifton Randall McCallClifton Randall McCall

Clifton Randall McCall, 69, of Cullowhee, N.C., went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 20, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late W. Jerry and Mattie Beck McCall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Austin McCall Conner; two sisters, Flora Mae and Cornelia McCall. He was of the Baptist faith, the retired owner of Mc- Call’s Odds-N-Ends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ginnivee Underwood McCall; one daughter, Teresa McCall of Franklin, N.C.; one son, Clifton McCall of Salem, S.C.; three grandchildren, Nick McCall and wife Whitney of Franklin, Justin McCall of Savannah, Ga., and DeAnna McCall of Cashiers, N.C.; one great granddaughter Lainey McCall of Franklin; three sisters, Marie Alexander and husband McCager of Starr, S.C., Rebecca Binder and husband Bill of Hendersonville, N.C., Christine Lusk and husband Shelley of Brevard, N.C.; one brother Ernest McCall and wife Madge of Pendleton, S.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Robert Stanley ‘Stan’ HummelRobert Stanley ‘Stan’ Hummel

Robert Stanley “Stan” Hummel, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 20, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Robert Lewis Hummel and Barbara Kell Hummel. He worked for Freeman Gas for over 15 years; was a member of Franklin Church of God, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He was known for being able to fix anything.

He is survived by two children, Brandie Thompson and husband Jamie of Elizabethtown, N.C., and Stephen Hummel and wife Tiffany of Franklin; granddaughter, Hannah Thompson; mother of his children, Patricia Hummel; companion, Teresa Hollingsworth and her son, Nathaniel and his daughter, Natalie; and many cousins and good friends and his beloved dog, Max.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 23, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Philip Cochran, Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Hank Conner and Rev. Michael Stephens officiated. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stephen Hummel, Mike Kell, Morris Cook, Zac Cook, Brian Southard, James Greenwood, Jared Greenwood and Brent Vinson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Simpson, David Autrey, Parker Southard, Dylan Southard and Nathaniel Hollingsworth.

Memorial donations can be made to Cartoogechaye Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 438, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Terry Lee ‘Baldy’ ‘Tootie’ QuesenberryTerry Lee ‘Baldy’ ‘Tootie’ Quesenberry

Terry Lee "Baldy" "Tootie" Quesenberry, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away March 20, at his home.

Born March 1, 1959, to Eleanor Nichols of Franklin and the late Johnny Quesenberry of Virginia, he was a life-long Macon County resident except for a wild hair trip out west to cut timber in his youth. A "Cartoogechaye Tech" graduate, he loved hunting, fishing, Busch beer, NASCAR, the Western channel, Andy Griffith, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and just sitting around shooting the breeze with any of his thousands of friends that would just drop by to talk. To know Baldy made you his friend and earned you some crazy nickname that only ever really made sense to him. To love him made you his family.

Baldy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sandra Quesenberry; his mother, Eleanor Lewis; his brother, Bobby "Brother" Lewis; his loving niece and nephew, Kaitlin "Boo" and Kenan "Bug" Lewis; his aunts, Belva Edwards, Georgia Zachary, Ann Nichols, and Betty Holland; brothers-from-other-mothers, Brian "Big Un" Waldroop and Gary "Jaybird" Roper; step-children, Blaine and Stephanie Chaplin; step-grandkids, Rachel and John Koop; and a bunch of loving cousins and other extended family members and friends.

A private family service is planned. A celebration of Baldy's life will occur at a date to be determined where a pig will be picked, Busch will be drank, and favorite Baldy stories and pictures will be shared.

In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to Macon Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.


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