Parade marks 42 years since troops left Vietnam Disneys The Aristocats Kids

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Operation Pill Crusher event nets 18,286 pills

Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.

Officer injured apprehending a suspect

Macon County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim Holland is still at home recovering from surgery that was a result of injuries incurred in a police chase that ensued Thursday evening.

Detective Holland, along with Detective Will Rhoden were involved in a chase Thursday after a suspect failed to stop for a routine traffic stop. While briefly attempted to flee police in his vehicle, Jessie Mal Cowart, 25, wrecked on Arthur Drake Road before taking off on foot.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, Cowart fled into a wooded area and was immediately pursued by both Rhoden and Holland at which point Cowart refused to cooperate with law enforcement's commands to stop.

East Franklin’s fourth grade science fair asks ‘the big questions’

Fourth grade students at East Franklin Elementary put on their thinking caps last week for the 11th annual science fair. Project choices were selected by the students according to their interests and they were asked to follow the scientific method. The students came up with a "big question," created their hypothesis, conducted research and then completed their experiment in order to draw a conclusion.

"The kids were all very excited and a few were nervous but they all had a great time showing off their projects to other East Franklin students and their families," said East Franklin Fourth Grade Teacher Lora Neitz.

Warrior hikers begin 2,168-mile journey

Franklin one of 35 stops along the Appalachian Trail.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Now at 2,168.1 miles, the journey is an ambitious mission in itself, but completing the trek wasn't Shaffer's sole mission. His intention was to "walk off the war" to forget about the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II.

It took Shaffer a little over four months to hike the entire trail. Recognizing that having to become reaccustomed with day to day life, and to set aside the training and instinctual reactions taught by the military as being no easy feat, following in Shaffer's footsteps, Marine Corps Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin turned to nature to help become reassimilated into life after service.

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Deaths & Funerals



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.




Danny Boy McGahaDanny Boy McGaha

Danny Boy McGaha, 61, of Franklin, N.C, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015. He was born in Louisville, Ky., the son of the late J.D. and Bonnie Lucille Sanders McGaha. He owned and operated Family Auto Care; he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He had NASCAR license and had raced at Daytona and built race cars. He loved boating and fishing. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Donna Jane Guest McGaha; one daughter, Laura Antes and her husband Rob of Franklin; two sons, Tony McGaha and wife Marie, and John W. McGaha and wife Becky, all of Franklin; one sister, Bonnie Bates and husband Ronnie of Franklin; and one brother, David McGaha and wife Brenda of Peachland, N.C.; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Grubb, Rev. Forest Jones, and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating.

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



Dorothy H. Holland

Dorothy H. Holland, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Per her request, no services have been planned.

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



Jerry Dee CollierJerry Dee Collier

Jerry Dee Collier, 40, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of JD Collier and Edith Marie Hopkins Sullivan. He was preceded in death by son, Jerry Dee Collier Jr. He was a member of the Coon Hunters Association and lifetime member of the NRA. He enjoyed ginseng digging, hunting, fishing and riding four wheelers. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debbie Collier of Franklin; son, Tyler Lee Collier of Franklin; daughter, Felicia Earls of Hickory, N.C.; step-daughter, Priscilla Kirkland of Kingsland, Ga.; step-father, Gary Sullivan of Fletcher, N.C.; grandmother, Margie Hopkins of Franklin; brother, Jimmy Lee Collier of Franklin; sister, Brenda Jean Collier and fiancé Timothy of Candler, N.C.; three nephews; three nieces; several great nieces and nephews and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 14, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Joshua Helton officiated. Burial was in Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Timothy Bugg, Daniel Bugg, Ray Bugg, Jim Brown, Will Shuler and Keith Cowart.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744 to help with funeral expenses.

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



Arthur ‘Art’ Eugene Carter Jr.Arthur ‘Art’ Eugene Carter Jr.

Arthur “Art” Eugene Carter Jr., 86, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Born in York, Pa., he was the son of the late Arthur “Pete” Eugene Carter Sr. and Esther Britcher Carter Swartz. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sons, William Martin Carter, Arthur E. Carter III and Baby Boy Carter; two brothers, Donald and Jack Carter and step brother, David Swartz. He was a U.S. Army veteran; serving during the Korean Era. He was retired from Mayfield Trucking. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club; he delivered Meals on Wheels, volunteered at the Humane Society Thrift Store and worked part-time at the Job Corps.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia “Pat” Humer Carter; daughter, Vickie Carter Tallent of Otto; sister, Marlene Carter Eppley and husband Robert of Reisterstown, Md.; two grandchildren, Donald Kostelec and wife Carrie of Asheville, N.C., and BR Tallent and wife Michelle of Otto; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many cousins including a special cousin, Kay Grim Gable of York, Pa.

Interment at Mt Harmony Gardens, Mableton, Ga., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Senior Services, 5 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or charity of your choice.

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



John David HoltJohn David Holt

John David Holt, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Glenn Holt and Meredith Garrison Holt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant son, David Coleman Holt and longtime companion and love of his life, Jane Dills who died in October 2014.

He is survived by two daughters, Gina Holt Sorrells and husband Mark of Summerfield, N.C., and Dionne Holt Sanders of Franklin; sister, Glenda Rice and husband Bill of Asheville and three grandchildren, Tanner and Austin Sorrells, and Faith Sanders.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to one’s favorite charity.

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



Wilma Jean Ledford Griggs

Wilma Jean Ledford Griggs, 64, of Weaverville, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at her home.

A native of Franklin, she had resided in Buncombe County for the past 44 years. She was the former owner and operator of Little Lamb Daycare.

She was the daughter of the late Skyler and Shirley Roane Ledford. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Rev. Lewis Timothy “Tim” Griggs, who passed away Sept. 3, 2014.

Surviving are her daughters, Sherri Michelle Cassada and husband Jerry, and Rhonda Ann Griggs; grandchildren: Jessica, Alyssa, Lacie, Daniel, Michael, Desaree, Dawson, Tristan, Tanner and Bridget; great-grandchildren, Angel, Malakai, Bobby, Leo, and Blayze; brother, Furman Ledford and wife Emmalou; nephews, Kent and Kevin Ledford; and her beloved dog, Yogi.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 18, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with the Rev. Phillip Emory officiating.

Anders-Rice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Leona Hughes Debty FergusonLeona Hughes Debty Ferguson

Leona Hughes Debty Ferguson, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Born in Murphy, she was the daughter of the late Elijah Jackson Hughes and Tisha Iowa Beavers Hughes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sister, Arnold, Rufus, Bert and Tommy Hughes and Nadean Davenport. She enjoyed fishing, quilting, photography, traveling and spending time with family. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church in Franklin.

She is survived by three daughters, Darlene Kimsey of Franklin, Lydia “Louise” Brown and husband Bob of Gainesville, Ga., and Carol Dorris of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Rose King of Blairsville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Charlece Golden, Annette Hood, Todd Stalcup, Emily Kimsey and Emilie Brown Richardson ; three great grandchildren, Carlin Golden, Chandler Hood and Corbin Luke Hood and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Burial was in Longview Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial donations can be made to Longview Baptist Church Cemetery, Lewy Bodies Dementia Association or Gideons International.

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



Shelia Rae MoffittShelia Rae Moffitt

Shelia Rae Moffitt, 64, of Scaly Mountain, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ray Moffitt and Beatrice Mashburn Moffitt. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church and was a talented artist.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, David Setser; brother, Terry Moffitt and wife Suzie of Chantilly, Va.; nephew, Matt Moffitt and wife Katie and other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Funeral service was held Friday, March 13, at Union United Methodist Church. Rev. Janet Greene officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Union United Methodist Church, C/O Lana Hires, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Angel Cancer Care (Angel Foundation, Attention: Don Capaforte), 121 Riverview Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Norman Irving CopeNorman Irving Cope

Norman Irving Cope, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Born in Largo, Fla., he was the son of the late Irvin Cope and Mary Myrtle Lane Cope. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothea Senne, Ruby Stoner and Mary Shoas. He was a U.S. Army veteran; serving during WWII with Occupation Forces and during the Korean conflict as well. He loved home remodeling, traveling in his Airstream, working around his yard and playing the guitar; he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a lifelong member of Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Cope; nine children, Norman “Wendell” Cope and wife Belinda of Hampshire, Tenn., Janice Maestri and husband Tim of Port St. Joe, Fla., Thomas Dale Cope of Invernes, Fla., James Cope and wife Christi of Hampshire, Tenn., Judith Diane Squires and husband Don of Live Oak, Fla., John Cope and wife Lori of Porter, Texas, Andrew Joseph Cope and wife Cindi of Franklin, Suzanne Nicholson and husband Jeff of Greenville, Mich. and Dawna Stallings and husband Chuck of Cullowhee, N.C.; fifteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 14, in Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Radford Penland officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Church of Christ.

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



Joann Bryson CabeJoann Bryson Cabe

Joann Bryson Cabe, born April 15, 1926, passed away March 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. and Lena B Bryson; her husband, Jack Dempsey Cabe, who passed away July 5, 2012; two sisters and three brothers.

Survived by two daughters, Jan C. Moore and husband Chris; Laura C. McCurry and husband Vernon; grandsons, Corey C. and Shawn McCurry.

She was born in Stow, Ohio. She worked many years in different positions with the state government, N.C. University, Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Human Resources.

She was active for many years in the Holly Springs Community Club, and was elected Woman of the Year twice by this club. She worked in several different positions in the First Baptist Church; as a volunteer at Angel Medical Center for more than 20 years and worked with the Meals on Wheels for 15 years. She was also a Past Worthy Matron with the Eastern Star, Pisgah Chapter 198.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Brown and Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial was held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338.

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




Annie Huggins WelchAnnie Huggins Welch

Annie Huggins Welch, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, after a period of declining health.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Reba Parrish Huggins. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that loved gardening, sewing and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Glenn Welch; daughter, Gail Welch; two sisters, Christine Welch and Laura Jean Stidham; two brothers, Bill and Rass Huggins.

She is survived by sons, Gerald Welch and wife Faye of Tennessee, Douglas Welch and wife Sheila; daughters, Sharon Bowes and husband Robert and Janet Neal and husband Keith, all of Franklin; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four sisters, Nadine Denny of Cookville, Tenn., Carol Lee Mehta and husband Jimi, Wanda Fouts and husband Guy of Franklin, and Betty Sue Harper of Huntsville, Ala., and brother, Mitchell Huggins of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to her caregivers, Tava Welch, Debbie LeFevre and Shirley Bradley.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bill Meyers, Julian Crowe, Kameron Jones, Mitchell Owenby, Bryan Welch and Brandon Welch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Eddie Simonds, 279 Edwards Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elizabeth Wilson WestElizabeth Wilson West

Elizabeth Wilson West, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Born in Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Charlie B. Wilson and Myrtle Reed Wilson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robin “Bob” West who died August 18, 1996, and two sisters, Edna West and Joyce Pressley and two brothers, Ted Wilson and Ray Wilson. She was a retired bookkeeper and was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana Lynn West Rogers and Elizabeth Nadine West McFarland both of Franklin; two sisters, Aeline Penley of Fairview, N.C., and Margaret Tranthum of Rutherfordton, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jennifer George Viverette and R. Eric Rogers and six great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lewis Smith and Rev. Roy Lowe will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Macon Funeral Home.

Tripp Viverette, Michael Jenkins, Michael Bowman, Michael Mashburn, John Bush and Kyle Jennings will serve as pallbearers. Jonathan Hartley will serve as honorary pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Franklin House, 186 One Center Court, Franklin, NC 28734 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family requests that all visitation be at the funeral home. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Jacobus Johannes BurgerJacobus Johannes Burger

Jacobus Johannes Burger, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Born in Bethal, South Africa, he was the son of the late Jacobus Johannes Burger and Alida Elizabeth Naude Burger.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son-in law, Simon Paul Jelonek; brother, Japie Burger and grandson, Klein Kosie and brother-in law, Nels Labuschagne. He was a member of the Dutch Reform Church. He served as a member of the Parliament of Rhodesia from 1970- 1980; serving for the Ian Smith Administration. He was a very successful farmer and served as chairman of many agricultural associations. His greatest love in life was his family.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martie Burger; three children, Antoinette Baker and husband Harold of Franklin, Dione “Dee” Jelonek of Franklin, JJ Koos Burger and wife Wendy of Sebring, Fla.; brother, Pieter Burger (Ria) and family of Zimbabwe, Africa; two sisters, Ankie Olivier and husband Nico and family of South Africa, and Via Labuschagne and family of South Africa; sister-in law, Jeanette of Zimbabwe and family; six grandchildren, Andre (Merissa), Michelle (Saville), Marc, Hailey (Cory), Kara and Wade; three great grandchildren, Kaylynn, Landon and Olivia. He also leaves behind an aunt, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 2, at Burningtown Baptist Church. Rev. Randy Drinnon officiated.

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



Lucille Miller Punch

Lucille Miller Punch, 76, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver, died on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

She was born Sept. 20, 1938, in Macon County, to the late Dover Miller and Frankie V. Tallent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn B. Punch. She worked in furniture manufacturing.

She is survived by a son, Dover Lee Punch of Skipwith, Va.; two daughters, Debbie P. Welch of Iron Station and Donna P. Easley and husband Max of Denver; one brother, Steve Miller of Franklin, N.C.; six sisters, Connie, Betty, Susie, Judy, Linda, and Gail; seven grandchildren, Brad Bean, Carrie Atkinson, Josh Clippard, Ashley Benfield, Tabiuta Welch, Kimmberly Welch, Katie Burke; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Houser officiating. Inurnment followed in the Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church cemetery.



Ruby Mae NealRuby Mae Neal

Ruby Mae Neal, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in a local hospital. Born in Columbia, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Lilly Hanes McLemore.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved flowers and gardening. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Thomas W. Neal; two daughters, Marcia Davis of Asheville and Krista Hanes of Athens, Ga.; two sons, Gary Neal of Clyde and Keith Neal and wife Janet of Franklin; one sister, Lois Clark of Hampton, Va.; one brother, Eugene McLemore of Indiana; one grandchild, Ellen Marie Baker and one great-grandchild, Aeri Baker.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

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



Caleb William Charles WatsonCaleb William Charles Watson

Caleb William Charles Watson, age 3, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He was born in Jackson County and has been under a doctor’s care half of his life. He was very loving, he enjoyed riding in Poppie’s truck, being outside and stomping in mud puddles, and he loved his dog, Silahs. He was recently granted a Make-A-Wish to Disney Land. Caleb got the chance to meet his favorite superhero, Spiderman. He loved to ride his fast bike and scooter. Caleb’s strength, dignity, and love for his family are unparalleled.

He is survived by his parents, Chuck and Colleen Moffitt Watson, Jacob Watson and Emily Claire; other family members include Emily, Robbie, Marty, and Billy Lenski.; maternal grandparents, Bud and Dee Moffitt and Bob and Heidi Lenski, Aunt Germaine Moffitt and cousin Eli Moffitt of Franklin; Aunt Kim Rudy of Charlestown, W.Va., and Uncle James Watson of Culpepper, Va.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, at Prentiss Church of God, with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure Caleb at Macon Bank.

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



Edd Lake ShopeEdd Lake Shope

Edd Lake Shope, 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Born in Otto, he was the son of the late Fred Shope and Maude Conley Shope. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Smith Shope; grandson, Michael J. Shope; brothers and sisters, Frank McCall, John Shope, Joe Shope and Mary Shope.

He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Western Carolina University. He was a member of the Baptist Men’s Association, volunteering with disaster relief efforts and was always helping others. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Donna Ruth Shope of Winder, Ga.; son, Edd Wayne Shope and wife Tamma Pennington Shope of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Conley Shope of Otto, twin brother, Jess Shope of Athens, Ga., and two grandchildren, Madison E. Shope of Raleigh and Taylor M. Shope of Winder, Ga.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, March 15, at Coweeta Baptist Church, with Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial and military rites will be at Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Coweeta Baptist Church, Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Rd. Otto, NC 28763.

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


J.B. ‘Andy’ Anderson

J.B. “Andy” Anderson, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, Asheville, N.C. No services are planned.

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


Vernon Frank Smith

Vernon Frank Smith, 99, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Born in Hempstead, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frank Smith and Adia Valentine Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Dean Smith who died in 2003; daughter, Laura Melissa Wolkenbrod as well as an infant baby and one brother and two sisters. He loved boating, fishing, NASCAR and motorcycles. He was Methodist by faith. He was a volunteer fireman for many years in Bellmore, N.Y. and achieved the position of Captain.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Ferrara; grandson, Ralph Ferrara Jr.; granddaughter, Susan Ferrara; grandsons, Bruce and Kevin Wolkenbrod; granddaughter, Lisa Wolkenbrod; great granddaughter, Ultra Ferrara and a great great-granddaughter, Danika Gibson and great grandsons, Kenny Gibson and Kyle Naxareth.

No services have been planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Clarks Chapel Fire Department.

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



Evelyn S. BrysonEvelyn S. Bryson

Evelyn S. Bryson, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Born in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charles Sondheimer and Ethel Keener Sondheimer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Marion Bryson and sister, Elsie Deal. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in Macon County. She enjoyed crafts, quilting, flower gardening and was a charter member as well as the oldest member of Riverside Fellowship Church.

She is survived by two sons, Bill Bryson and wife Virginia of Franklin and Joe Bryson and wife Janet of Seneca, S.C.; fosterbrother, Bobby Henning of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 7, at the Chapel of Macon Funeral home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Bill Deal officiated. Burial was in Salem Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joey Bryson, Alex Eaton, Billy Bryson, Jeff Bryson, Butch Deal, and Scottie Thomas. Clyde McCall, Furman Ledford, Eddie Fox, Bud Stanfield, Mac Stanfield, Charles Moody, John Holland and Travis Ball served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Riverside Fellowship Church, C/O, Judy Stanfield, 928 Nickajack Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Alvin Jesse Turpin

Alvin Jesse Turpin, 70, of Warwoman Road, Ga., died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville, Ga., surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Clayton, Ga., Sept. 29, 1944, he was the son of the late Martin Jesse Turpin and Nellie York Turpin. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Viet Nam. He also retired from the textile industry and was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved camping with his bestest buddies. He was very loved and will be deeply missed by every one that new him. His favorite slogan “Life is Good.” He will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend of 32 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Turpin.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Cheek Turpin of the home; two brothers, Russell Turpin (Oma Jean) of Clayton, Ga., Mike Edward Turpin (Tammy) of Clayton, Ga.; one sister, Lora T. Jarrard (Joe) of Clayton, Ga.; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services were Friday, March 6, at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Krivsky and Rev. Steve York officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were his bestest buddies and in-laws, David Cheek, Johnny Cheek, Bobby Watson, Rick Crane, Danny Bleckley, Ikey Rogers. Honarary pallbearers were Charlie Ledbetter, Wade Waldrop, Bobby Parrish, Zach Crane, Xander Crane, Bryson, Burt, Dylan Burt and Matthew Scott.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



William Alan CrockerWilliam Alan Crocker

William Alan Crocker, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 6, 2015.

Born in Derby, Conn., he was the son of the late Harry Kibby Crocker and Gladys Irene Lowe Crocker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Shawn Widmer and sister, Betty Crocker Bryan.

He loved his family and his friends dearly. No matter if he was just visiting, conversing over coffee and doughnuts, fishing, helping with timber frames, restoring old machinery, welding, sandblasting or woodworking, he most always had a smile on his face and a friend by his side. Friends we all wish we had, of the truest nature, which stood by him and with him through it all.

He was a cabinetmaker by trade, loved sailing in his younger years, and was extremely proud of the wooden canoe he had built. His outlook on life was simple, positive, and thankful. He believed we were here to help others any way we could, and he was true to what he believed, always helping anyone he could.

He is survived by daughter, Lynn Rowland and husband Gary of Franklin; sons, Brett Crocker of Atlanta, Ga., and Kye Crocker of Sarasota, Fla.; brother, Bud Crocker and wife Lois of Lexington, Ky.; five grandchildren, Morgan, Micaiah, Kevin, Kelly and Crystal; and several great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

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



Johnny H. GreenwoodJohnny H. Greenwood

Johnny H. Greenwood, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 6, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Albert Greenwood and Hattie V. Jones Greenwood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Mason. He was a talented musician; he enjoyed playing his guitar at church. He was an active member of Franklin Church of God. He was the most kind, loving and gentle husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His love for God, his family and friends was unsurpassed and will be fondly remembered by those who knew him.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Belva Kell Greenwood; son, James Greenwood and wife Kathy of Franklin; two grandchildren, Jared Greenwood and wife Jennifer, Jami Sanders; three great grandchildren, McCall Sanders, McKayla Sanders and Brayden Greenwood; two brothers, Charles Greenwood and Frank Greenwood both of Washington and sister, Nancy Stiwinter of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 8, at Franklin Church of God. Revs. Clark Sheffield, Thurman Jenkins, Steve Reeves and Mike Stephens officiated. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jared Greenwood, Stephen Hummell, Stan Hummell, Brian Southard, Zack Cook, Tommy Greenwood, Ronnie Stiwinter and Mike Kell. Phillip Cochran, Adam Newson, Robert Dryman, Hank Conner, David Hastings, Lee Wright, Johnnie Nations, Gene Moore, James Rogers, Alan Taylor, Donald Bates, Jason Smith and David Powell will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Franklin Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 717, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Thomas Austin Finch IIIThomas Austin Finch III

Thomas Austin Finch III of Sapphire Valley, N.C., died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. A graveside service was held Saturday March 7 at the Thomasville City Cemetery with Rev. Peggy Finch officiating.

He was born in High Point on May 24, 1950, and was raised in Thomasville. He attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and was in the class of 1968 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at Woodberry he was Governor of the Investment Club, signaling his lifelong penchant for business and investing.

He was in the class of 1972 from Princeton University, a member of the Cap and Gown Club, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. His senior thesis on the regulation of public utilities, was published while he was at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MBA. He worked as an investment banker at Kidder Peabody and Co. in New York City, then became a partner and vice president of Salomon Brothers. He enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, foreign travel, and the statistics side of baseball. Though generally soft spoken, when it came to telling stories or one of his show stopping jokes, everyone listened, and asked for more.

Despite his years away at Woodberry, Princeton, Wharton, New York, Sea Island, and Sapphire Valley, he never forgot that he grew up in Thomasville and appreciated the straightforward, downhome ways of a small Southern town.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Meredith Finch; his mother, Meredith Person Michener; brothers, John Lambeth Finch and wife Donna, David Slane Finch and wife Peggy, Sumner Slane Finch and wife Elizabeth; and his sister, Meredith Kempton Finch; nieces and nephews, Lindsey Finch Williams and husband Ted, Emily Pendleton Finch, William Austin Finch, David Jefferson Finch, Sarah Finch Mitchell and husband Bryan, Justin Slane Finch, Matthew Thomas Finch, Jennifer Gail Finch, Carol Finch Mertz and husband Jonathan, and John Lambeth Finch Jr. He is also survived by his stepson Thomas Ryan Sadler and wife Dawn, and his step-grandson Ryan Logan Sadler.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 7, at the Thomasville City Cemetery with Rev. Peggy Finch officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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



Mary Elizabeth (Betty) BakerMary Elizabeth (Betty) Baker

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Baker, 68, of Lakemont, Ga., died March 4, 2015.

She was born in Opelika, Ala., on Feb. 12, 1947. She was a graduate of Dadeville High School and Samford University. She earned a Masters Degree at the University of Alabama.

In 1968 she was married to David Baker at Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church. They have one child. She was retired from Tallapoosa County Schools in Alabama and Macon County Schools in North Carolina.

She was a lifelong member of many churches, most notably First Presbyterian Church and First Methodist Church of Dadeville. She touched many young lives as a teacher of academicallygifted students and coordinated numerous educational trips abroad and in the U.S. She will be remembered for her kind and loving spirit and her beautiful smile that lit up the room.

She leaves her beloved husband of 46 years, David, and her son, Brett, of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Kathy Miller, of Auburn, Ala.;, and a brother, Bubba Gibson, and his wife LuCile of Dadeville, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Kathrine Gibson.

Funeral services were held at Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church with Brett Baker and Hunter Baker presiding.

Memorial gifts in her memory can be made to the Longstreet Cancer Center at 725 Jesse Jewell Parkway SE, Gainesville, GA 30501-3834.

Arrangements were handled by Alabama Funeral Home in Dadeville/Camp Hill, Ala.




Margaret Bernice DriscollMargaret Bernice Driscoll

Margaret Bernice Driscoll, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 20, at her home.

She was born and raised in Chicago and Indianapolis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Patrick Driscoll; two brothers and one sister. She belonged to a Bunco Club and was a devout member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She loved ceramics, painting, playing cards and Bunco. She truly had a love for arts and crafts. Her love of family and friends was unsurpassed. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She left behind two children, Earl “Butch” Driscoll of Titusville, Fla., and Beverly Driscoll of Franklin; three grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandson (Henry) and three “adopted” grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



James Lee ‘Bo’ KinslandJames Lee ‘Bo’ Kinsland

James Lee "Bo" Kinsland, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Annis McDowell Kinsland. He was plant manager for Blue Bell Industries and operated the Franklin water treatment plant for 10 years.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a dedicated member of Franklin First Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for 30 years and a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nora Jean Baldwin Kinsland; three sons, James Michael Kinsland, Gregg Kinsland and his wife Christie, and David Kinsland and his wife Amy, all of Franklin; and six grandchildren, Kyle, Alex, Corrie, Bo Michael, Talley and Siler Kinsland. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Baldwin Kinsland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Franklin First Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek and Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dan Cansler, Mark West, Matthew West, Johnny Waldroop, Adam Waldroop, Kyle Kinsland, Alex Kinsland and Billy Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

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



Stanley Alton HollandStanley Alton Holland

Stanley Alton Holland, 76, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Edward Alton Holland and Lillian Brown Holland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edwina King. He was a member of the Army National Guard; member of the Old Tractor and Engine Club; was a NASCAR fan and was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He retired from Florida Power and Light.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Thelma Holland; three children, Celia Branch of Otto, Connie Knoblauch and husband Jonathan of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Stanley Allen Holland of Homestead, Fla.; sister, Myra Appleby and husband Gene of Ligonier, Pa.; brother, David Holland of Chiefland, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

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



Catherine A. Mikash

Catherine A. Mikash, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Eckerd Living Center, Highlands, N.C. She was born June 27, 1923 in Beaverdale, Pa.

She was a retired manager of the Betty Lee dress shop at the Eastgate shopping center.

Survivors are her children, Catherine (Russell) Squire of Stratham, N.H., Cheryl (Richard) Penix of Franklin, Nicholas (Colleen) Mikash Jr. of Mentor, and Mary Lee (Peter) Poirier of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Mikoch of Mayfield Village and Ruby Zaremba of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Mikash; siblings, Steve, George, Barbara and Frank.

Funeral mass was held Friday at St. Paschal Baylon Church, Highland Hts., Ohio.

Interment was in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio. Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home, Mentor, Ohio, was in charge of the arrangements.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.



Dorothy ‘Irene’ Hull KeswickDorothy ‘Irene’ Hull Keswick

Dorothy “Irene” Hull Keswick, 84, of Franklin, N.C., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A native of St Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Clyde and Mary Dorothy Rosenthal Hull. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John Paul Keswick; one brother, David Hull; and one sister, Rosalie Hull Fischbeck. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith.

She is survived by one son, Steven Keswick of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Jean White of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lauren Keswick of Durham, N.C. She is also survived by one brother, Benjamin C. Hull of Goleta Calif.; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Tim Pounds officiated. A memorial service is planned on Saturday, May 16, times and location to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, PO Box 909, Asheville, North Carolina 28802.

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



Terri Parker Slavens

Terri Parker Slavens, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she was the daughter of Myrtle Branham Parker and the late Martin Parker Jr. She owned and operated Children’s Discovery Center in Franklin and was known by many as Ms. Terri. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Parker Slavens and wife Ashton of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Cynthia Harrison of Franklin and Lynda Palmer of Live Oak, Fla.; five grandchildren, Evelyn, Landon, Gage, Blaine and Siler and several nieces and nephews.

A private 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.



John ‘Vance’ Stepp Jr.John ‘Vance’ Stepp Jr.

John “Vance” Stepp Jr., 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Born in Andrews, N.C., he was the son of the late John Vance Stepp Sr. and Esta Mae Bingham Stepp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Stepp and brother, Teddie Craig Stepp. He was an 18- year U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a C-130 Flight Line Mechanic. He was Christian by faith.

He is survived by daughter, Regina Cordova of Madison, Tenn.; son, Robert Stepp of Weolm, Wash.; sister, Elsie Hoxit and husband James of Sylva; two brothers, Jim Stepp and wife Katrina of Leicester, N.C., and Tom Stepp and wife Cami of Sheridan, Ariz.; three grandchildren; companion, Patty Unger of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Maynard will officiate. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will conduct military rites.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675

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


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