Mary Groom, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was born in Hartford, Ariz, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doris Groom. She owned a cosmetology business.
She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Watts of Nashville, N.C., and Perry Selph of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Virginia ‘Kimbo’ Cleaveland Bryson
Virginia "Kimbo" Cleaveland Bryson, 70, of Highlands, N.C., passed away April 15, 2015 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was a native Highlander, where she lived her entire life. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise Beale Cleaveland.
She was employed by the Town of Highlands for 24 years and retired in 1995. Most recently she was a resident of the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Jerry Nix (Gwen) of Charlotte, N.C.; Lanette Walsh (David) of Advance, N.C.; Clay Bryson of Cashiers, N.C.; one sister, Georgia Sanders of Highlands; grandchildren, Adam, Daniel and Sarah Nix, Bailey and Conner Walsh, Derick and Devin Bryson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18, at Highlands United Methodist Church, Rev. Paul Christy and Jennifer Forrester officiated. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Beale, Herb James, James Oberry, Adam Nix, Daniel Nix and Bud Lamb.
Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, N.C. 28741.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Charlotte Hook Baker
Charlotte Hook Baker, age 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was born in Washington DC, the daughter of the late Charles Wallace Hook and Clarissa Waple Hook. She had worked in a clerical position for the US Government, and was of the Catholic Faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Baker, Jr., and two brothers, Frank and David Hook.
She was survived by two daughters, Dorothy Baker of Franklin, N.C. and Kristine Newman of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Frank Baker, III of Franklin, N.C.; one sister, Mary Helene Seal of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Newman.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Todd Eric Ensley
Todd Eric Ensley, 51, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Born in Macon Co, he was the son of the late Lloyd Edgar Ensley and Grace Brendle Ensley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Garth Ensley. He retired as Captain of Detectives at Highlands Police Department having served 25 years and was a Basic Law Enforcement Training instructor at Southwestern Community College. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan, loved to fish and enjoyed studying Civil War and WWII history. He was Baptist by faith.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Broom Ensley; two daughters, Cheyenne Robinson and husband Jeff and Sierra Womack and husband Charles all of Franklin; three stepchildren, Trista Williams of Franklin, Michael Henry of Stuart, Fla. and Justin Henry of Franklin; twin brother, Brett Ensley and wife Laura of Clyde, N.C.; brother, Trent Ensley and wife Suk of Burke Va.; sister, Gwen Ensley Koehler and husband Scott of Oak Ridge, N.C.; grandchildren, Holly Williams and Brinkley Robinson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were at First Christian Church. The Reverends Lynn Dulakis, George Davis and Danny Prince officiated.
Pallbearers were Jerry Brooks, Jerry Cook, Curtis Dowdle, David Williams, Justin Henry, Brandon Ensley, James “Shorty” Bateman and Michael Henry.
Adam and Zach Ensley served as Honorary Pallbearers.
Memorial donations can be made to, SCC Foundation; 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779 (put McFalls Scholarship in the memo line).
Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Wayford Arwood Lyon
Wayford Arwood Lyons, 65, of Circle Trace, a husband, father, veteran, and friend, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015, at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala. He was a fighter to the end; by his side were his wife and son. His 66th birthday would have been April 21.
Born in Franklin, he was the son of the late Ernest Arwood and Vesta Arbutus Lyons. Wayford made the decision to join the U.S. Army in 1968 during the Vietnam War and served for three years, including one year spent in Korea. He received an honorable discharge. After the service, he was a certified pipe-welder and construction foreman and worked in Mobile, Alabama and Pascagoula, Mississippi. He returned to Franklin with his family, and for 15 years he co-owned and operated DPS, Inc., a local business. In 2000, at age 50 and with only a General Education Degree (GED), he went back to school and became a licensed general contractor in the state of North Carolina.
He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 43 years; son Jesse, daughter- in-law, Tracy, and soon-to-be first grandchild, of Lexington, Va.
As a proud veteran, Wayford was a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and member of the American Legion. Most recently, he served for three years as the VFW’s Quartermaster. He loved his family, spending time with and helping his friends, supporting veterans, gardening, traveling, and fishing.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Franklin’s VFW Post 7339, 60 W. Palmer Street, on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. Military rites will be given by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. All are invited and welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the VFW Post 7339 “Veterans Relief Fund”, C/O Neil Riendeau, 1155 North Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734. His ashes shall be scattered according to his wishes.
Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Joan B. Smith
Joan B. Smith passed away at home on April 17, 2015, with her family at her side. She passed away in Franklin, NC and had moved to the Smokey Mountains 19 years ago. She was 83 years old.
She was born December 12, 1931, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to her late parents, Ruth Merte Decker and Stanly Decker. She is survived by her siblings, Gordon Decker of Texas and Carol Hope of North Carolina. While her brother Arthur Decker of Maine, passed away. She had five children; Frederick Brandt (deceased), Susan Tucker of Texas, Darren Brandt of Va., Cathi Smith of N.C. and Bonnie Leitheuser of N.Y. She has 15 grandchildren and numerous Great and Great/Great grandchildren.
She loved animals and saved every one she could. In fact, her father had to frisk her each night before bed or she would smuggle a baby animal in to cuddle all night. She made her living with them as well. She became a groomer, breeder and owned a kennel. She started her business back in the 1970’s when it was hard for a woman to do so and it thrived. She also trained horses and went on long trail rides as often as she could. She “saved” her favorite horse from the show ring and he remained with her until he died at age 29. She was spontaneous, when the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train came through town she had to be in it. She packed up the horses and several lucky cohorts to spend a couple weeks riding to Valley Forge, Pa. She was always willing to have fun but the one rule was she had to be home to feed the animals.
She became a Reverend of the Spiritual Science Mother Church in the early 1970’s. She was a Spiritual Teacher and taught many Light Workers on their path. Joan liked alternative medicine and spent time learning about it.
There will be no memorial service at this time. There will, however, be a reunion here in WNC planned for summer 2015. To send online condolences please visit maconfuneralhome.com. She wanted this to be conveyed to all of you:
“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. Whatever we were to each other, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it always was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is past. Nothing has been lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better. Infinitely happier. We will be one, together forever.”
Robert Wesley Tippett
Robert Wesley Tippett, 66, of Franklin, passed away April 17, 2015.
Born in Springfield, Ill., he was the son of the late Glenerd Eugene Tippett and Miuriam Gibson Dawson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a graphic designer. He loved working on computers and doing graphic designs. He did graphic designs for high end magazines such as National Geographic and NY Times. Robert was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his daughter, Erin Ashley Ray and husband David of Burlington, NC; sister, Judy English of Ft. Myers, Fla. and six grandchildren, Aliyia, Andrianna, Bethany, Austin, Alexis and Brook.
Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church Food Pantry.
Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Vera Rogers, of Franklin passed away peacefully Friday, April 17, 2015 with her son Jim and his wife Pam by her side.
Mom, grandma, great grandma, and farmer to the end, Vera and her late husband Carlos continued the family’s farming tradition that began in Macon County in 1849. Through the years as commercial farmers, they grew turnips, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, burley tobacco, tomatoes, hogs, and beef cattle.
Born August 2, 1917, Vera spent most of her 97 years at Olive Hill in the house she was born. In later years on the farm, her favorite pastimes were feeding cattle and gardening, spending time with her grandsons, and great grandsons, and riding the fields on her Kawasaki Mule, always with her dog, Trouble, by her side.
A Franklin High School graduate of the class of 1933, she began her education in the one room Olive Hill School, walked to Iotla School in later years and attended a one-year business course offered to high school graduates in Macon County that was a precursor to the community college system of today.
She worked for several years at the Moody Farm in the Iotla Valley, during the years when they took in summer guests, assisting with all aspects of their tourist business before farming full time. Her many stories about those years and the summer "boarders" prompted family interest in the hospitality industry that continues to this day.
Her keen memory, able to recite childhood poems until her final months, made her the keeper of family histories and genealogy of not just her own but of many families in the area. Her generous nature made sure that visitors left with some product of the farm, something from the kitchen, or a spray of flowers..
She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Nobia Barnard, an infant son Charles; brother Ray Barnard, sister Jessie Webb, husband Carlos Rogers, son Charles, and great- grandson Jack Rogers. She is survived by a sister, Violet Smith of Asheville, N.C., a son, Jim Rogers and wife Pam of Spartanburg, S.C., grandsons Allen Rogers and wife Jessica of Jonesborough, Tenn. and John Rogers of Brussels, Belgium, great-grandsons Adam and Braeden Rogers of Tenn. along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. She loved her special friends Carolyn and Juli and used her gift of memory to speak with them by phone many times a day.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 21, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Miller offciating.
Pallbearars were Michael Crrek, Adam Burrell, Randy Woodall, Kenny Solomon, and Randy McCullohs; Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Tippett.
Memorials can be made to the Iotla United Methodist Church care of Rebecca Chastain 187 May Apple Lane Franklin, NC 28734.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
William Henry Aaron
William Henry “Bill” Aaron, Jr., 78, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. Mr. Aaron was born June 2, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to the late William Henry Aaron and Evelyn Arnold Aaron. Bill worked in radio for most of his career before coming to Highlands with his wife Nancy to open Southern Hands, an upscale craft store that was highly regarded for 20 years. He was a member of the Highlands Rotary Club, a Board member on the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Bascom Arts Center Board. Bill was also an active member of the Players Club of Detroit, and was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and would later become National President of that fraternity. Bill enjoyed animals, the mountains and a good story, was a skilled woodworker and cook, and he loved volunteering at HealthTracks and with the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Gould-Aaron of the home; a daughter, Lyn Aaron Stille of Canton, Ga; two sons, Bill Aaron (Marti) and Ben Aaron (Rebecca) of Marietta, Ga; four grandchildren, Ruth Aaron, Will Aaron, Grayson Stille, and Emma Aaron; sister- in-law, Nola Miller (Richard) of Winston-Salem, NC; and a nephew, Ben Miller of Dallas, TX.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation with the Rev. Bruce Walker and Rev. Howard L’Enfant officiating. The family will have a reception following the service at the church. A private Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Horse Cove Cemetery.