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Sun shines on Mountain High BBQ festival in Franklin

The sun broke through the clouds around 5 p.m. on Friday for the Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show, much to the relief of organizers, participants and the community.

“The BBQ Festival was a great success,” said Cindy Cavendar, event coordinator with the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. “The weather was rainy on Friday but some braved it and came out. But the rain left and Saturday was a beautiful day. Folks filled the fairgrounds. We appreciate all who came out to make the Festival a success. I think everyone enjoyed the sold-out Tastin' Tent.”

 

TDA reviews marketing strategy for future

Pandora, Charlotte Chamber.com and Facebook among options

Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met on Monday evening to discuss the 2014-2015 budget, but before they hammered out a plan, acting chairman Summer Woodard provided the board with print outs of last year's budget and the room occupancy tax report that provided monthly collections figures.

With a budget of $100,000, tax collections were reported at $99,648.38. Out of the budgeted amount, $80,413 was spent leaving a balance of $19,586.93.The balance is a result of a decrease in festival funding requests and a smaller amount being spent on Facebook ads and Google Ad Words than had been budgeted.

Area youth learn about leading ‘Beyond You’

SiteDart sponsors area students at this year’s Leadercast

With the theme of the 2014 Leadercast being "Beyond You," SiteDart sponsored teens from across WNC and invited them to attend the event, free of charge, to offer them the opportunity to expand the Beyond You mindset into their schools and community.

Beyond You is a heartbeat, a mindset, a critical behavior, an important thread in the fabric of a leader. It’s central to becoming a leader worth following, and that was the message that this year’s Leadercast event conveyed to all who attended.

It’s all about the food at 18th annual Shrimp Boil

Habitat for Humanity held its 18th annual Smoky Mountain Shrimp Boil this past Saturday to what looked to be a record crowd.

Volunteers cooked, served and provided entertainment to the shrimp lovers.

Proceeds from the Shrimp Boil help fund Habitat’s building projects in Macon and Jackson counties.

Habitat was formed in 1993 and construction on the 19th home will begin this fall. Macon County/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

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Deaths & Funerals



Heather Elaine FossHeather Elaine Foss

Heather Elaine Foss, 31, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. Born in Duval County, Fla., she was the daughter of Gary and April Foss.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by five sisters, Kimberly, Dawn, Jennifer, Amy and Janine; three nieces, Hailey, Alyssa, and Payton, and one nephew, Jordan all of Franklin.

She was loved by all who were blessed by knowing her, and she will be deeply missed.

To honor and celebrate her life, the family invited all who loved her to their home on Scott Mickler Road in Franklin on Saturday, Aug. 2.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help pay for final expenses.

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



Pauline Simons FreemanPauline Simons Freeman

Pauline Simons Freeman, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Tommy Simons and Lottie Clark Simons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Freeman, who died Feb. 9, 2007; two brothers, Clint and wife Coye Sue, Dent and wife Bernice; sister, Maxine Arvey and sister-inlaw, Pat Simons.

She was a dedicated member of Liberty Baptist Church, serving as Sunday School teacher, choir member for many years and treasurer for 28 years. She loved flowers, gardening and quilting. She will be remembered as a kind and compassionate lady, who loved her extended family and friends and was always putting others before herself.

She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Freeman of Franklin; two brothers, Earl Simons and Bob Simons both of Franklin; two sisters, Jean Kusterer and husband Jack, and Ruth Burnette and husband Ted, both of Franklin; sister-in-law Grace Freeman of Franklin; brother-in-law, Dennis Arvey of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Rick Potts and Rev. Andy Cloer officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Deacons of Liberty Baptist Church served as pallbearers. Dorsey Elmore served as honorary pallbearer.

Memorial donations can be made to the Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James McPherson AndersonJames McPherson Anderson

James McPherson Anderson, 90, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, July 25, 2014. Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, he was the son of the late Robert and Minnie Osbourne Anderson.

He was married first to Gloria Anita Johnson Anderson who died in 1999 and later to Marie Fleta Goodson Anderson who died in 2014.

He was employed in the building supply industry, owning A & J Supply Company and Kendall Roofing Company and was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved boating and fishing on Biscayne Bay. He was a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church where he was active in Men on a Mission.

He is survived by daughter, Cathy Honerkamp of Otto; daughter- in-law, Elia Anderson; step daughter, Linda Sue Hopkins of Virgie, Ky.; step son, Jeffery Huggins of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sister, Dorothy Lamb of British Columbia; brother, Robert Anderson of British Columbia; two grandchildren, Kelly Maisa and Michael Honerkamp and four great grandchildren, Michelle Maisa, Ayden Maisa, Andrew Honerkamp and Neal Honerkamp. He was preceded in death by a son, Colin Anderson, who died in 2001.

A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 1, at Hickory Knoll United Methodist with Pastor Paul Sears officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon County Program for Progress, Back to School Angels, PO Box 700, Franklin, NC 28744 or CareNet Backpack Program, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elwood O’Shields

Elwood O’Shields, 39, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

Born in Clayton, Ga., he was the son of Rheba Owens Henslee and the late Harrison O’Shields. He was a member of Life Church; he enjoyed sports, especially softball and basketball. He was fun, loving and enjoyed life.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Theresa Holland O’Shields; two children, Anna and Tucker; two brothers, Sam O’Shields and Ray O’Shields; aunt, Margie Stern and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Chris Hughes officiated.

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



Helen Renee WebbHelen Renee Webb

Helen Renee Webb, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Born in Fulton County, Georgia, she was the daughter of James Edgar and Martha Stanish Brooks. She liked to paint and do crafts. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her companion, Norman Webb; three sons, Johnny Chambers and wife Mathia of Cornelia, Ga., Dewayne Chambers of Clarkesville, Ga., and Michael Chambers and wife Karry of Toccoa, Ga.; two brothers, Martin Stanish of Minnesota, and Curtis Brooks of Otto, N.C.; four grandchildren, Tabytha Shiley and husband Steven, Tasha Chambers, Timothy Carter and Amber Stocker.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial was held at Highlands Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Helen’s name to help with funeral expenses to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mary Elizabeth Franklin SimpsonMary Elizabeth Franklin Simpson

Mary Elizabeth Franklin Simpson, our beloved mother, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2014, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C. She was born in Murphy, N.C., on April 29, 1924, to James Walter Franklin and Jessie Howell Franklin.

Her life was spent in devotion to her husband, W.D. Simpson (Doug), for 65 years. Together they found personal joy in their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, while serving the community through their business for nearly 40 years. As parents, they strongly professed a life filled with blessings surrounded by the wonderful people of Macon County.

Her personal passions were her dogs and cats, lying on a warm beach, swinging in her yard swing and demonstrating her skills as a true southern cook. Additionally, she shared a love for music with her husband, particularly the music of Tony Bennett and they would often dance to their favorite tune, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” This brought smiles to their faces for years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Virginia Franklin Fulmer; husband, Doug Simpson; son, James Walter Simpson; and granddaughter, Marianna Elizabeth Lane Ray.

She is survived by three children, Robert Lee Simpson (Bob) and wife Margaret of Franklin, N.C., William David Simpson of Franklin, and Mary Elizabeth Simpson Ray and husband Ron of Snellville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Mike Simpson and wife Michelle of Fletcher, N.C., Marian Simpson and husband Johan De Jong of Suwanee, Ga., Stephanie Simpson, Lindsay Simpson, Drew Simpson, and Jason Simpson of Franklin, Caroline Simpson of Atlanta, Ga., Alexandra Simpson of Charlotte, N.C., Jeff Simpson of Athens, Ga., and Merideth Ray and husband Dr. Eric Schumacher of Decatur, Ga.; great grandchildren, Bryce Simpson and Micah Simpson of Fletcher, N.C., Amber Wright of Franklin, Marianna Rose Schumacher and Caitlin Masako Schumacher of Decatur, Ga.

Our Mother’s life cannot pass without the family giving sincere affirmation and gratitude to those of you that have graced her life by providing personal healthcare throughout her final years. To the staff of Mountain Trace Nursing Center, and most recently, the Fedelia Eckerd Living Center of Highlands and Four Seasons Hospice, thank you for giving her love and kindness while comforting her needs and allowing her to have as much dignity as possible.

The family offers deepest respect and appreciation to Dr. Margaret A. Noel, MD., founder and Director Emerita of Memory Care in Asheville, N.C. It was through Dr. Noel’s knowledge, compassion, devotion and medical intervention that mom’s personal journey with dementia/Alzheimer’s was carefully guided. Many acts of kindness and best practices in areas of need were invaluable to mother’s care.

We cannot mourn her passing without celebrating the colorful, spirited, unique and splendid life she lived. She was indeed, one of a kind.

Out of respect for her wishes, a private service of remembrance will be held for the family. Rev. Nancy Childress will officiate.

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



Frances WinsteadFrances Winstead

Frances Winstead, 98, a resident of Franklin, N.C., since 1953, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Grandview Manor Care Center, following a period of declining health. She was a native of Nash County, N.C., and the only daughter of the late George Ashby Winstead and the late Mabel Winstead Holmes.

She was employed by the Macon County School System for 28 years. She was a classroom teacher at Franklin High School in the field of Social Studies in the early years; followed by the position of countywide guidance counselor. She was the first person employed to work in what was at the time an initial and innovative area in the Macon County Schools. For many years she was the sole employee in the guidance program and on several occasions received statewide recognition for her outstanding work in the field of guidance in the Macon County Schools.

Prior to locating in Macon County, she served as Minister of Education in Baptist Churches in Elizabeth City and Concord N.C.; and as a secretary in the Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union in Little Rock, Ark.

Her educational background included an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C-; a two year program at Carver School of Missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. and a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Western Carolina University.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Franklin, she was actively involved in the church’s Homebound Ministry for many years. She was a member of the Nequassa Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. As a member of the Macon County Retired School Personnel, and as chairman of the scholarship committee, the program was expanded to include applicants from all three of the high schools in the county. She was also selected as an invited member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society comprised of women who have been recognized for outstanding accomplishments in the field of education.

She is survived by a great niece, Brandee Winstead of Portland, Ore., and a great nephew, Ashby Winstead of Franklin. Preceding her in death was her one brother, Dr. George Ashby Winstead and two nephews, Graham Winstead and George Winstead.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, Woodlawn Cemetery. Pastor Jim Dusek will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Baptist Children’s Home P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338. (www.bchfamily.org)

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



Charles Lee Nelson

Charles Lee Nelson, 58, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his residence. Born in Towns County, he was a lifelong resident of Clay County, and was the son of the late James Richard and Hubbie Jean Lee Nelson.

He is survived by two sons, who are residents of Georgia; his sister, Darlene Nelson Lowe; his brother, Jimmy Nelson and wife Connie; nieces and nephews, Jonathan Nelson and wife Misty, Chanda Wadsworth and husband Zach, Daphne Davis and husband Tim and Darren Lowe and wife Bethany.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ledfords Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Ashe, 285 W. J. Cabe Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.

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




Bonnie Beryl KirklandBonnie Beryl Kirkland

Bonnie Beryl Kirkland, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed from this earthly plane Friday, July 25, 2014, at a local nursing home. Heaven has gained an amazing angel. She was born in Swain County, the daughter of the late Edwin Lequire and Fannie Owenby Lequire. She was married to Thaniel "Dan" Norman Kirkland. She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grand mother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She loved gardening, flowers, birds and cooking for her family. She made beautiful quilts for her family.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Winkle and husband Bill of Otto; four sons, Don Kirkland and wife Elizabeth, Ted Kirkland and wife Vivian, Ray Kirkland and wife Ruby, and Ron Kirkland and wife Judy all of Franklin; 15 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 28, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in the Luada Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Kirkland, Bradley Kirkland, Mark Kirkland, Mitchell Kirkland, Chad Kirkland, David Kirkland and Keith Crosby.

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



Robert Earl WilsonRobert Earl Wilson

Robert Earl “Bob” Wilson, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on July 24, 2014.

Born in Vine Grove, Ky., he was the son of the late Benjamin Earl Wilson and Lera Varine Martin Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Stephen and a brother, Harold Wilson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII; former president of the merchants division of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce; former president of the Christian Businessman’s Committee and was an active member of First Alliance Church. He owned Wilson’s Music Manor in West Palm Beach, Fla., till 1976 at which time he went to work for Champman Industries as vice president of Low Cost Housing Building Systems through his retirement in 1990. After retirement, he moved to Franklin where he worked part time at Lowe’s as a cabinet designer.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hazel Young Wilson; two children, Tim Wilson of Branson, Mo., and Lera Hesselbirg and husband Mike of Franklin; sister, Doris Dozier of Radcliff, Ky.; brother, Leon Wilson of Radcliff, Ky.; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 29, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the First Alliance Church, 31 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Hope Grant Franklin

Hope Grant Franklin, 88, of Andrews, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Andrews.

She was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Macon County, the daughter of the late Amos and Flossie Mason Grant. She was first married to the late Edison Garey and second to the late James Franklin. She was a homemaker and a member of Valleytown Baptist Church. She was a former Sunday School teacher at Briartown Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by foster daughters, Lavancha Lambeth and Libby Bullock; four sisters, Cora Morgan, Evelyn Morgan, Paralee Douthit and Margie Robbins; four brothers, Buren Grant, Gene Grant, Clint Grant, and Noel Grant; and a foster grandson, Kevin Lee Cope.

She is survived by two foster daughters, Cassie Barfield of Thomasville, N.C., and Lawanda Black of Andrews; two sisters, Muriel Denny of Andrews and Della Campbell of Robbinsville, N.C.; one brother, Jack Grant of Newton, N.C.; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, at Briartown Baptist Church with Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Nephews served as pallbearers. Burial was held at Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Leah Christine Boring

Leah Christine Boring, 90, peacefully passed on July 24, 2014, at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, N.C. A native of Miami, Fla., she was born Jan. 31, 1924, to the late Theodore Clay Clemons and Mamie Leila Pinholster Clemons. While in Junior High School, she met Charles Harold Boring, whom she later married in 1945. They moved to Bryson City, N.C., in 1950, where they operated Boring Grocery for five years. They moved to Franklin in 1955 where she worked as a secretary for the Town of Franklin for 20 years, the last few of those years serving as the town clerk. Upon retirement with the town, she worked as an administrative assistant for Southwestern Community College until her retirement in 1985. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Franklin for more than 60 years and sang in the chancel choir for 50 years. She was also a member of the Naomi Sunday School class and was a former deacon. A volunteer for CareNet of Franklin and many other church related functions, her compassion for others will truly be missed. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Charles H. Boring.

She is survived by her children, Teddy Boring and wife Linda of Marietta, Ga.; Becky Harris and husband Bruce of Florence, S.C.; and Cindy Mashburn and husband Andy of Sylva, N.C.; five grandchildren, Chuck and Spencer Boring, Leah Mashburn, Cary Edgar and Kaplan Harris; sister, Kathleen Marcinowski of Ashburnham, Mass.; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, at First Baptist Church in Franklin, with Rev. Jim Dusek and Rev. Jack Jarrett officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of this humble and compassionate woman, donations can be made to First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Jacqueline DeBettaJacqueline DeBetta

Jacqueline DeBetta, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 21, 2014.

Born in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late George Strebel and Louise Brown Strebel. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and was retired from Pan Am Airlines.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jack DeBetta; three children, Dayna Panico of Masapiqua, N.Y., David DeBetta of Charlotte and Georgia DeBetta of Franklin; sister, Lillian Hug of Maryland; and two grandchildren.

Memorial mass was held Friday, July 25, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated.

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



Albert Lyle Ramsey Jr.Albert Lyle Ramsey Jr.

Albert Lyle Ramsey Jr., 91, of Iotla Church Road, Franklin, N.C., died Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Elizabeth House, Hendersonville, N.C.

Born June 5, 1923, in Franklin, he was the son of the late Albert Lyle Sr. and Margaret Higdon Ramsey. He graduated from Franklin High School, North Carolina State College (now NCSU) class of l943 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in l946. He served in the U.S. Army until his retirement in l950. He served as Assistant Agricultural Extension Agent in Yancey and Haywood counties and as Agricultural Extension Farm Agent in Graham County. In l957, he returned to the family farm in Iotla Valley, where he and his family operated a dairy farm and commercial tomato farm. He was one of the founders of the Commercial Vegetable Cooperative in Macon County. He also served on the Macon County Planning Board and on the District Soil and Water Conservation Committee and was an active member of the Iotla Community Development Organization. He will always be remembered for his great love for the land.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Franklin, where he served on the administrative board and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Margaret Setser Ramsey; four children, Rebecca Ramsey Estes (Tom) of Charlotte, N.C.; Diane Ramsey Forsyth (Mark) of Rye, N.H.; Joseph Ramsey (Theresa) of Franklin, and Ralph Ramsey of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a brother, Clayton Higdon Ramsey of Franklin; six grandchildren, Kaila Ramsey (Matthew) and Matthew Ramsey (Brittany); Emily Forsyth (Chris) and Wesley Forsyth and Anastasia and Andrei Ramsey and one great-granddaughter, Lilly Ramsey.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. David Ryan Pancreatic Cancer Research, Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, Development Office, C/O Andy Kitaff, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

An on-line guest register may be signed at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.



Clarence Leo Schroeder

Clarence Leo Schroeder, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Friday, July 4, 2014. He was born in Addison County, Ill., the son of the late Clarence and Alma H. Schroeder. He had worked as a water technician for Orange County Water, he liked flower gardening and attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 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.



Robert Eugene Dale

Robert Eugene Dale, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at a local hospital. Born in Paylo, Ind., he was the son of the late Canine Issac and Adaline Jetta Shawhan Dale. He was married to Shirley Irene Toler Dale who passed away in 2006. He was in the recycle business.

He is survived by his children, Bobby Dale of California, Debbie Schaffier (Brent), Brent Allen Dale, Tina Dale Chandler (Dana Jr.,) Bradley Eugene Dale (Debbie), Trina Darlene Dale Emery (Kory Sr.), Traci Dale Powell (Grady Jr.); one sister Gloria Dale Mann (Steve); two brothers, Paul Dale (Linda) and Loy Dale (Karen); grandchildren, Kory Jr., Ashley, Kayla, Brittany, Robert, Grady III and Alexander.; one great grandchild, Kylee Rae Hinton.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Mary Elizabeth Franklin Simpson

Mary Elizabeth Franklin Simpson, our beloved mother, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2014, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C. She was born in Murphy, N.C., on April 29, 1924, to James Walter Franklin and Jessie Howell Franklin.

Her life was spent in devotion to her husband, W.D. Simpson (Doug), for 65 years. Together they found personal joy in their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, while serving the community through their business for nearly 40 years. As parents, they strongly professed a life filled with blessings surrounded by the wonderful people of Macon County.

Her personal passions were her dogs and cats, lying on a warm beach, swinging in her yard swing and demonstrating her skills as a true southern cook. Additionally, she shared a love for music with her husband, particularly the music of Tony Bennett and they would often dance to their favorite tune, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” This brought smiles to their faces for years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Virginia Franklin Fulmer; husband, Doug Simpson; son, James Walter Simpson; and granddaughter, Marianna Elizabeth Lane Ray.

She is survived by three children, Robert Lee Simpson (Bob) and wife Margaret of Franklin, N.C., William David Simpson of Franklin, and Mary Elizabeth Simpson Ray and husband Ron of Snellville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Mike Simpson and wife Michelle of Fletcher, N.C., Marian Simpson and husband Johan De Jong of Suwanee, Ga., Stephanie Simpson, Lindsay Simpson, Drew Simpson, and Jason Simpson of Franklin, Caroline Simpson of Atlanta, Ga., Alexandra Simpson of Charlotte, N.C., Jeff Simpson of Athens, Ga., and Merideth Ray and husband Dr. Eric Schumacher of Decatur, Ga.; great grandchildren, Bryce Simpson and Micah Simpson of Fletcher, N.C., Amber Wright of Franklin, Marianna Rose Schumacher and Caitlin Masako Schumacher of Decatur, Ga.

Our Mother’s life cannot pass without the family giving sincere affirmation and gratitude to those of you that have graced her life by providing personal healthcare throughout her final years. To the staff of Mountain Trace Nursing Center, and most recently, the Fedelia Eckerd Living Center of Highlands and Four Seasons Hospice, thank you for giving her love and kindness while comforting her needs and allowing her to have as much dignity as possible.

The family offers deepest respect and appreciation to Dr. Margaret A. Noel, MD., founder and Director Emerita of Memory Care in Asheville, N.C. It was through Dr. Noel’s knowledge, compassion, devotion and medical intervention that mom’s personal journey with dementia/Alzheimer’s was carefully guided. Many acts of kindness and best practices in areas of need were invaluable to mother’s care.

We cannot mourn her passing without celebrating the colorful, spirited, unique and splendid life she lived. She was indeed, one of a kind.

Out of respect for her wishes, a private service of remembrance will be held for the family. Rev. Nancy Childress will officiate.

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




Brenda Scott MonteithBrenda Scott Monteith

Brenda Scott Monteith, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late R. L. and Lois Hyatt Scott. She was married to James Horace Monteith, who preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 2004.

She was employed by CR Industries for 25 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who liked horses and liked to draw; she was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Brandy Cobb of Franklin; a sister, Rhonda Sue Monteith and husband Keith of Sylva, and one grandchild, Brannon Parrish. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jamie Bradford Monteith.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Austin McConnell, Jody Spradlin, Melvin Spradlin, David Parrish, Johnny Monteith and Jesse Stiwinter.

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



Clay Scott Harden

Clay Scott Harden, 38, of Otto, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014.

Born in Sylva, NC, he was the son of Joseph Edward Harden of Franklin and the late Lula Katie Harris Harden. Clay enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on cars.

In addition to his father, he is survived by five children, Cody Harden, T.J. Harden, Damian Harden and Margaret Harden all of Franklin and Hayley Harden of Washington; brother, Tony Harden of Franklin and companion, Mary Cals.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Kinard will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Darothy Sue DavisDarothy Sue Davis

Darothy Sue Davis, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 7, 2014.

Born in Glendale, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Michael Wilkerson and Cleo Brown Wilkerson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Wilkerson. She was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God; she was a former all-star softball and basketball player; loved to play golf and paint. She was a retired beauty consultant.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John W. Davis; nephew, Wayne Wilkerson and niece, Patricia Gregory.

Funeral service was held Saturday, July 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt, Rev. Forest Jones and Rev. Lou Rogers officiated.

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



Clara Agnes Slagle HazardClara Agnes Slagle Hazard

Clara Agnes Slagle Hazard passed away on July 8, 2014. She was born April 4, 1924, in Macon County, North Carolina to Rev. Theron Slagle and Jane Hampton Slagle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Forest Slagle and Earl Slagle and one sister, Ruth McGaha. She was married to Wiley Jackson, Bruce Kelley and Robert Hazard, all of whom preceded her in death.

She was a devout Christian, educator and community worker. She was an active member of Tellico Baptist Church. During her life she worked in many Christian endeavors. Among them were Sunday School youth director, WMU and GA’s director and church cemetery committee. For seven years, she served as the church secretary for Calvary Baptist Church, Winston Salem, N.C. Later, she served as a foreign missionary to Kenya where she worked as a child evangelist. She was also an author of two Christian books: “Behold the Lamb” and “Studies in the Messianic Psalms.”

She loved children and worked as an educator in North Carolina, Kentucky and South Carolina. She retired as a principal from the Greenville County Schools, Greenville, S.C.

In retirement, she was an active member of the Macon County Women’s Republican Club, where she helped in local, state and national elections.

She is survived by nieces, Helen S. Lane, Frances S. Dewitt, Barbara M. Posey and Betty M. Breedlove; and nephews, William (Bill) Slagle, John Slagle, Ronald Slagle and Harold McGaha; stepdaughters, Bobbie Hazard Miller, Cheryl Clarmont, Raymond Hazard; and stepson-in-law Sherman Butler and brother-in-law Ronald (Alice) Hazard and sister-in-law Dorothy Nelson, as well as, many great nieces, great nephews, step grandchildren and cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12, at Tellico Baptist Church. Dr. Richard Hughes, Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Morris Tippet officiated. Burial was in the Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny Breedlove, James Lane, Harold Mc- Gaha, Todd McGaha, John Slagle, Ron Slagle, Bill Slagle, Jerry Smith and Eric Young.

Memorial donation can be made to Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Sherry Ammons, 36 Icenhower Dr., Franklin, North Carolina 28734.

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



George William ‘Buster’ ShieldsGeorge William ‘Buster’ Shields

George William “Buster” Shields, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 7, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Donald Shields and Martha “Mattie” Cunningham Shields. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict; member of Grace Presbyterian Church; was an avid Nascar fan and enjoyed bird watching.

He is survived by his wife, Brandon Christy Shields; three sons, Henry Shields and wife Teresa of Talbott, Tenn., Andy Shields and wife Kathleen, and Allan Shields and wife Diane of Franklin; brother, Newton Shields and wife Sherry of Candler; two sisters, Julia Ann Bradley of Asheville and Susie Dickerson and husband Roy of Hendersonville; six grandchildren, Christopher, Amy, Stephen, Mark, Kathryn and Daniel; 13 great grandchildren, Byron, Caleb, Carolyne, Isabel, Adeline, Wyatt, Nicholas, Abram, Kelsey, Kirsey, Kaleb, Andrew and Anna Kate; special caregivers, Mary Margaret, Lupe and Phoebe and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, July 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Holmes and Rev. Albert Gray officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Daniel Shields, Stephen Apel, Mark Apel, Waylon Harris, Tyler Holmes, Byron Shields, Kaleb Apel, and Nicholas Apel.

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



Robert Dale BrendleRobert Dale Brendle

Robert Dale Brendle, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Evelyn Parker Brendle. He was retired from the Town of Franklin’s Sanitation Department. He was good hearted and loved helping others. He was a member of Watauga Baptist Church

He is survived by one daughter, Kathryn Marie Canon and husband Russell of Cannon, Ga.; six sisters, Maxine Hester, Lucille Wolfe, Delores Thomas and husband Clyde, all of Greenville, S.C., Marvel Curtis and husband Verlin, of Franklin, Linda Emory, and Sonja Brannon and husband Bill, all of Greenville, S.C.; one brother, Doug Brendle and wife Joyce of Greenville, S.C., and two grandchildren, Zachary and Rose.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, J. B. Brendle Jr. and two sisters, Evelyn Mashburn and Joan Stewart.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 11, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Brendle, Troy Ledford, Grover Dale Brendle, Gene Mitchell, Chris Brannon, Tony Curtis and William Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744.

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




Steven Jarrett Tillery

Steven Jarrett Tillery, 80, from Highlands, N.C., formerly of Marietta, Ga., died July 16, 2014, in Highlands. He was born on May 4, 1938, in Phenix City, Ala., to Agnes and Bernard Tillery. He was one of eight children. After losing his father at the age of eight, he was lucky enough to have a great stepfather, Maurice Conway, who brought the family to Marietta in 1951. A graduate of Marietta High School, he attended The Woodrow Wilson College of Law, and worked at Lockheed Martin for 42 years. He was a member of Marietta First Baptist Church since 1953. He married Eleanor Ann Fowler in 1957 and together they have three children, Todd, Kevin and Julie Tillery. His favorite pastimes included debating politics, traveling and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was always known as a kind-hearted man, a supportive husband, a generous father, and a great friend.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Tillery; his son and daughter-inlaw, Todd and Tiffany Tillery, his son, Kevin Tillery, his daughter Julie Tillery; his grandchildren and their spouses, Jonathan and April Tillery, Justin and Jen Tillery, Michelle Tillery, Melissa Tillery, Kara Tillery, Islay Sanderson, Liam Tillery; his greatgrandchildren, Logan, Aiden, Emma, Lucas, Devon, Landon, Steven, Colin and Sophie; his siblings, Billy Tillery, Don Tillery, Judy Bartel and Joanne Tillery, his brother and sister-in-law Lee and Suzanne Fowler and his sister-in-law Kay Elliott; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Bernard Tillery, Jackie Latimer and Mike Conway.

Memorial services were held Monday, July 21, in the chapel of Marietta First Baptist Church, with graveside services at Mountain View Park Cemetery, 410 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, Georgia. Chuck Smith officiated. Pallbearers were Todd Tillery, Kevin Tillery, Jonathan Tillery, Justin Tillery, Liam Tillery and Lee Fowler.

Flowers may be sent to Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Many thanks to Four Seasons Hospice in Highlands.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.



Greyson Noah GilesGreyson Noah Giles

Greyson Noah Giles, infant son of Keith and Lyndie Giles, died Saturday, July 19, 2014.

He was the grandson of Randy Giles of Franklin, Laura Wood of Franklin, Tom Cowan of Bryson City and the late Susan Giles. In addition to his parents, and grandparents, he is survived by great grandmother Lula Belle Giles of Mtn. City, Ga.; uncles, Matthew Giles of Mtn. City, Ga., Adam Giles of Franklin, Justin Giles of Pittsburgh, Pa., Jason Giles of Fresno, Calif., Randy Giles of Franklin, and Duran Wood of Otto; aunts Vanessa Wood of Greensboro, N.C., and Dana Wood of Otto, N.C. Greyson is survived by his “Papa C” Rob and “Mimi” Laura Clark of Otto; great uncle Matthew Clark of Georgia, and great uncle Jacob Clark and wife Sarah of Texas. Also surviving are cousins, Riley, Hunter, Taylor, Nia and Suze.

Funeral services were Monday, July 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Woodall, Derick Scruggs, Joel Schick and Shane Hall.

Memorials can be made to Keith and Lyndie Giles to help with the medical expenses.

Keith and Lyndie would like to express their special thanks to Dr. Carole Peterson and nurse’s Ashley Pennington Tripp and Brittany Crisp for everything they did.

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



Hattie L. Shope

Hattie L. Shope, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Andy and Sarah McDowell Woods. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Shope who passed away in 1997; sisters, Bertha Holden, Pearl Moses, Annie Lee Sickler and Lou Ellen Darnell; brothers, Furman Woods and Charles Woods and son-in law, Sammy Bolick who passed away in 1982. She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Stockton and husband, Tom; four grandchildren, Tony Bolick and wife Wanda, Tabatha Sanchez, Boe Stockton and wife Patty and Sean Stockton; seven great grandchildren, Amber Bolick, Nicole Jenkins, Autumn Phillips, Hunter Sanchez, Chris Stockton, Dillon Stockton and Thomas Stockton; and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service were held Tuesday, July 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bud Haire, Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Tom Nahlen and Rev. Danny Prince officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Zimmerman, Eddie Downs, Hunter Sanchez, Chris Stockton, Thomas Stockton, and Dillon Stockton. Honorary Pallbearers were Ray Mabe, Mike Holden, Mike Holden, Daniel Bolick, Steve Keener, Andy Holden and Ray Houston.

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



Donna Dirton Hanna

Donna Dirton Hanna of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Huntington, W.Va., passed away, July 19, 2014.

She was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Huntington. She was wife of the late James V. Hanna and daughter of the late Freeman L. and Ruby R. Dirton. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklin. She did office work at Somerville and Company CPA’s and worked part time at several other offices in Huntington.

She leaves behind many close and special friends.

No visitation or services are planned. Burial will be in Barboursville, W.Va.

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



June Ellen Perkins McCallJune Ellen Perkins McCall

June Ellen Perkins McCall, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. She was born in Union Lake, Mich., the daughter of the late Leon Perkins and Victoria Markam Perkins. She was married to Gerald McCall for 46 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Winchester, Ohio, and was a manager at Dollar General Store. She liked to fish and she was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband, Gerald, she is survived by two daughters, Tabatha Goodman of Franklin, and Judy Sneed and husband Mike of Charleston, W.Va.; one step daughter, Tammy Hadley and husband Mark of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Scott Perkins of Punta Gorda, Fla.; one step son, Tommy Berghswinger of Sterling Heights, Mich.; two sisters, Sharon Elliott of West Branch, Mich. and Judy Debore of Flint Mich.; one brother, Edgar Perkins of Pontiac, Mich.; four grandchildren, Robert Goodman, Amanda Simmons, Heather Sneed and Jasmyn Westover; one great grandchild, Tyler Simmons; two step grandchildren, Paige and Taylor Hadley, and one step great grandchild, Adain Hadley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 22, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Radford Penland and Rev. Matt Morris officiating. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Raymond Holland, Ted Jackson, Bruce Holland, Lyman Holland, Randy Davis and Ken Rueckert will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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



Edna Juanitta Bolick BowersEdna Juanitta Bolick Bowers

Edna Juanitta Bolick Bowers, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Carl Allen Bolick and Eva Rogers Bolick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Warren Bowers; son, James Bowers; son-in-law, Jackie West; brother, Loyd Bolick; two sisters, Willa Mae Bolick and Birdell Bolick and great grandchildren, Micah and McKenna McHan. She was a loving mom. She enjoyed knitting, gardening and working in flowers. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by three children, Dennis Bowers and wife Frankie of Franklin, Carolyn West of Franklin and Wayne Bowers and wife Melissa of Fletcher, N.C.; sister, Annalee Messegge of Albuquerque, N.M.; five brothers, Odell Bolick, Ellard Bolick and Bob Bolick all of Franklin, Willard Bolick of Wooster, Ohio and Marvin Bolick of Sylva, N.C.; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, July 19, at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. David Powell officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Calab Bowers, Tony Ashe, Brian Holland, Jerry West, Duane McHan, Christopher, Matthew and Joshua Holland and James Bowers. Granddaughters, Emily Bowers, Amy Ashe, Tammy Holland, Margaret West, Jamie McHan and Emma Bowers served as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund.

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




William ‘Bill’ Russell Wright

William "Bill" Russell Wright, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 1, 2014, at Emory University Hospital. He was born in Mercer Co., N.J., the son of the late Russell and Katherine Hansen Wright. He was a security guard for the Cullasaja Club and was a member of the Union United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary June 6, 2014. He was a child of our Father in heaven.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Skinner Wright; his daughter, Samantha Wright Messer and husband Steven; his son, William Russell "Rusty" Wright II and wife Rosalind; grandsons, Byron, John Ashton and Dylan; granddaughter, Alleda Kay. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janis Ann Wright Weaver.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 5, at Union United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s honor to the Macon County Humane Society, Po Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Betty Jean McClure

Betty Jean McClure, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Sam Houston and Rachael Moss Houston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James J. McClure; son, Stanley McClure; brothers, Ray, Sammy and Vernon Houston and sister, Ella Mae McClure. She was a member of Goldmine Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Melissa Passmore and Teresa McClure both of Goldmine, N.C.; step-son, Jimmy McClure of Highlands, N.C.; brothers, Clinton Houston of Highlands, Steve Houston of Cullowhee, N.C.; sisters, Bernice Evitt of Asheville, N.C., Faye Sanders of Hobe Sound, Fla., Laverne Hooper of Pickens, S.C., and Wanda Houston of Hendersonville, N.C.; three grandchildren; four step grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, July 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Alton Dendy officiated. Burial was in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael McClure, Greg Ammons, Thad Evitt, Michael Dendy, Gary McClure and Jason Passmore. Frank Hooper, Jimmy McClure and Wayne McCall served as honorary pallbearers.

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



Mildred Stanfield TurpinMildred Stanfield Turpin

Mildred Stanfield Turpin, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late George and Esther Jane Gregory Stanfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, Logan Earl Turpin. She was an artist even though she had lost her dominant hand; she loved feeding and watching birds. She was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by a sister, Madge McCall of Franklin, and a brother, Lester (Bud) and wife Judy Stanfield of Franklin; two nieces; two nephews and several great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruthalene Napier.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 8, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery with Bill Stanfield, Justin Russell, Milles Gregory, Ronnie Evans, Wayne English, and Clyde McCall serving as pallbearers.

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



Eloise Tritt Johnson

Eloise Tritt Johnson, 66, of Franklin, N.C. went home Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late William Lawrence Tritt and “Nanny” Gladys Dalton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Johnson Sr. and brother, Gearl Tritt. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was a member of New Martins Creek Baptist Church in Murphy, N.C.

She is survived by daughter, Amanda Welch of Gainesville, Ga.; preceded grandson, Chris Johnson; granddaughter, Bridgette “Peanut” Hughes; two great grandchildren, Amanda and Miranda Keller; son, James Johnson and wife Amy of Winder, Ga.; grandchildren, Nicklous Johnson, Ansely Johnson and Aidan Johnson; sisters, Joan Keener Hicks and husband Bill of Franklin and Geraldine Tritt of Highlands; brothers, Terry Tritt and wife Penny of Anderson, S.C., and Charlie Tritt of Augusta, Ga.; Aunt, Sue Forrester and husband Jay of Highlands, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, July 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home, with Revs. Hoyte Brown and Mark Bishop officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803. (828) 251-0595.

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



Johnathan Ray TurpinJohnathan Ray Turpin

Johnathan Ray Turpin, 21, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 2, 2014.

Born in Sylva, N.C., he was the son of Tammy Turpin. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lola Bolin who died in 2011. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors, but most of all he loved spending time with Caden.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sierra Webb Turpin; son, James “Caden Ray” Turpin of the home; sister, Rayla Paige Turpin of Franklin; grandfather, Raymond Bolin of Franklin; niece, Sarah Nell Denise Turpin of Franklin; two aunts, Cindy Bolin and Terri Bolin both of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 8, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Raymond Whitfield and Rev. Randy Reed officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Kathryn Elaine ‘Kathy’ CabeKathryn Elaine ‘Kathy’ Cabe

Kathryn Elaine “Kathy” Cabe, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ira Norman Cabe and Arlice Gragg Cabe. She was a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. She brought a lot of joy and happiness to her family and friends.

She is survived by three brothers, James Robert Cabe of Royal Oak, Mich., Ira Norman Cabe Jr. of Maggie Valley, and Timothy Clark Cabe of Otto; two sisters, Delores Young of Franklin and Clara Jean Dills of Otto and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Danny Cannon officiated. Burial was in the Newman Chapel Cemetery.

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



James Clinton SmithJames Clinton Smith

James Clinton Smith, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Dalton E. and Myrtle Roper Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Audrey Bowman Smith.

His labors of love were his Lord, his family and his church. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. He loved music, woodworking, and playing stringed instruments. He was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where he was choir director, deacon and Sunday School superintendent.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Mae Smith and Brenda Smith Thorn and husband Steve all of Franklin; two sons, James Steven Smith and wife Vicky and Roy Everett Smith and wife Lori all of Franklin; two sisters, Bessie Ray of Oregon and Nettie Smith of Asheville, N.C., and one brother, Lon Smith of Franklin; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Odell Smith.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3, at Burningtown Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Drinnon, Rev. Jim Kinard and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons and his son-in-law. Deacons of Burningtown Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.

The family would like to thank Angel Hospice, Angel Medical Center, and Lincare for their care and support.

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



Margaret Louise Murphy HysellMargaret Louise Murphy Hysell

Margaret Louise Murphy Hysell, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 4, 2014. She was born in Chicago, Ill., to Patrick and Rose Murphy, Feb. 15, 1921. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years, Homer Hysell, and her older brother, William Murphy. A very loving mother, grandmother and friend, she is survived by her son, Walter Hysell and daughter-inlaw, June Hysell of Denton, N.C., grandchildren, Carol Elam and husband Jeremiah, Thomas Hysell, Raymond Hysell and Amy Garcia and husband Greg.

In addition to homekeeping, she worked as a bookkeeper during WWII. Margaret and Homer were married in 1946, in Muskegon, Mich., then moved to Miami, Fla., later that year. They lived there until they moved to Otto, N.C., in 1986. She enjoyed traveling, tennis, camping, hiking, boating, skiing, and was an avid reader and music enthusiast.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



James Darnell ShepherdJames Darnell Shepherd

James Darnell Shepherd, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Born in Macon County he was the son of the late Jay Dee Shepherd and Helen Jane Diehl Shepherd. He was a member of Franklin House of Prayer and was a member of the 1976 Franklin High School State Champion Football Team. He enjoyed playing the guitar.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Heffner Shepherd; daughter, Ashley Jane Shepherd of Cornelia, Ga.; sister, Rev. Cynseria “Cookie” Jenkins and husband Billy of Cornelia, Ga.; brother, Charles Stewart and wife Barbara of Miami, Fla.; niece, Adrienne Jenkins of Cornelia, Ga.; aunt, Alma Brown and husband, Montreal of Jonesboro, Tenn.; uncle, Joseph Shepherd and wife DeArmond of Rockford, Ill. and many cousins and extended family.

Memorial service was held Monday, July 7, at the Franklin House of Prayer. Rev. Jim Byrd and Rev. Danny Prince officiated.

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



Carl William Obreiter

Carl William Obreiter, 63, of Otto, N.C., passed away July 6, 2014.

Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., he was the son of Joyce Brown Obreiter and the late William Joseph Obreiter. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Emily Joyce Obreiter. He was a supervisor for the ACT team at Van Buren County Mental Health. He enjoyed playing the guitar; he played in several bands for 30 years. He loved to write and spread joy and enjoyed riding his prized motorcycle.

In addition to his mother, Joyce Brown Obreiter, he is survived by his wife, Dawn Michelle Knittel Obreiter; two daughters, Carly Kissinger and husband Phillip of Hastings, Mich. and Amy Obreiter from Allegan, Mich.; step children, Miguel Martinez and wife Holli of Mesa, Ariz., Jeremy Martinez of Muskegon, Mich., and Nicolas Martinez and wife Amanda of Paw Paw, Mich.; brother, Roy Obreiter and wife Yvonne of Hastings, Mich.; eight grandchildren, Aryanna Martinez, Lillyanna Martinez, Lucas Pyard, Megan Martinez, Collin Martinez, Maya Martinez, Ethan Martinez and Camree Kissinger.

Memorial service will be held Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Miguel Martinez will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, at Macon Funeral Home.

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



William K. ‘Bill’ Gallman

William K. (Bill) Gallman, 87, of Morristown, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord on July 3, 2014. Born in Lake Wales, Fla., on Dec. 21, 1926, he was the son of the late Marion H. Gallman and Josie Young Gallman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy H. Gallman, George Gallman, Allen Gallman and granddaughter, Lorena Villatoro.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1944 and trained as an aircraft mechanic and was a flight engineer on PBY, long range patrol aircraft. He later served as an aircraft maintenance planning and scheduling specialist. On Oct. 6, 1952, he entered the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Officer Candidate School in December 1953 as a distinguished graduate. He continued to serve in various Air Force assignments until retirement with 20 years of service. His civilian career included 31 years as an automobile dealer in Florida. He then retired to Franklin, N.C., where he farmed and raised cattle. He continued to utilize his military experience by joining the Civil Air Patrol and served as squadron composite commander for 10 years. He also taught mountain flying to Civil Air Patrol pilots in North Carolina and West Virginia. He was a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader, taught Sunday School and served on a number of committees over the years. Upon moving to Morristown, he transferred his membership to Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Janet Legg Gallman; a son, William K. Gallman, Jr. of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Tonette M. Corn and husband Jason Corn, Newport, Tenn., Lorena (Joy) McMichael and husband Bob, Lakeland, Fla., Kay Bailey Garvey and husband Mike, Ft. Myers, Fla., Linda Villatoro and husband Tony of Lakeland, Fla.; grandchildren; Daniel Gallman, Christopher and Nicole Corn, Ryan McMichael, John Carl Bailey, Paige Stewart, Stacy Woody, Theressa Villatoro; and 10 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to ALPS (Adult Day Services, 600 North Daisy St., Morristown, TN 37814).

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 8, in the East Chapel of Allen Funeral Home with Revs. Mike Cutshaw and Paul Sears of Franklin, officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in Bethesda Cemetery.

Allen Funeral Home, Morristown, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.



Richard HopkinsRichard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Margie Collins Hopkins and the late Howard R. Hopkins Sr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Ray and Harold and sisters, Mary Alice and Betty Sue. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church; was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He worked in sales at Macon Furniture Mart.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Bessie Ramey Hopkins; two sons, James Richard Hopkins and wife Teresa and Raymond Keith Hopkins and wife Kim all of Franklin; three brothers, Gary, Randy and Billy, all of Franklin; four sisters, Edith Sullivan and Elaine Hopkins both of Asheville and Patsy Holbrooks and Barbara Weaver both of Franklin; two grandchildren, James Adam Hopkins and Gary Ray Gregory; three great grandchildren, Natalie Leah Hopkins, Coraline Helen Gregory and Logan Ray Gregory and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 8, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Howard Southard, Rev. Bobby Cloer and Rev. Vic Greene officiated. Burial was in the Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Paul Ramey, Patrick Ramey, David Ramey, Gary Gregory, Adam Hopkins and Jason Cloer. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brian Cals, David Nichols, Tony Nichols, Scarlett Ramey and Heather Cloer.

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



Shirley Milford DoolinShirley Milford Doolin

Shirley Milford Doolin, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 4, 2014, at his residence. He was the son of the late Jim and Cleadie Gibson Doolin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette R. Doolin. After becoming disabled, he loved helping others, he was a very good golfer and had many holes- in-one at different courses.

He is survived by one son, James Doolin and wife Tina; three daughters, Cleadie Doolin of Franklin, Cynthia and husband Robert Webster of Haines City, Fla., and Nanette Floyd of Melbourne, Fla.; six sisters, Roetta Brock, Debbie Soper, Aline Payne, Anna Burnett, June Pickard, Helen Abner; one brother Terry Wayne of Hercick, Ky.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, James and Cleadie Doolin; step mother, Arizona Doolin; four brothers, Hermon Doolin, Harold Doolin, Sterling Doolin, Larry Doolin; sister, Florence Hembree; and a grandson, James Carl Doolin Jr.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Rodriguez. Burial was at Laurel Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Ernie Voland, Rick Miller, Michael Bradley, Doug Mason, Mark Smith, and Clenard Kiser.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 139 Setser Branch Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James F. Young

James F. Young, husband to Sandra S. Young for 46 years, entered the eternal voyage on his ship July 1, 2014. He was surrounded by family.

Affectionately known as “Tiny” to his family, he was born in Clinton, S.C., and was the son of the late George I. Young and Lillie Whitmire Young of Lydia Mill.

Retired Chief Petty Officer Young proudly served our country in the United States Navy for more than 20 years where he fought in the Cuban Missile Crisis and in Vietnam. He served and sailed upon the USS Hunt, the USS Manley, the USS Lee and the USS Josephus Daniels where it was recognized that he contributed substantially to one of the finest, most combat ready ships in the fleet. It was written that his professionalism and knowledge kept the engineering plant mechanically perfect. He later taught at the Naval Instructor Training School in Great Lakes, Ill.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughterin- law, Kirk and Elizabeth Young, of Charleston, S.C.; son, S. Young of Simpsonville, S.C.; a granddaughter, Rebecca B. Young of Charleston, S.C.; and two brothers, Curtis H. Young of Gray Court, S.C., and David R. Young of Laurens, S.C.

Graveside services were held on Monday, July 7, at MJ “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, Anderson, S.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

He will be remembered as a military man, an active participant in all forms of government and an advocate for excellence in education. He was a believer and shining example of independence, freedom, liberty and justice for all, who embraced the importance of living life ‘in full force’ when needed.

Condolences may be sent to www.thomasmcafee.com. Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southeast, in Simpsonville, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.


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