25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Quick action saves local woman after her car rolled into a creek

On Tuesday afternoon during heavy rainfall, a 2008 Honda Civic driven by local woman Erin Moffitt was traveling on Rabbit Creek Road when it went off the road and into Rabbit Creek.

Gabriel Bolick and Darren Worley called 911, and along with the help of Jeff Paris, were able to get the door of the car open and get Moffitt to safety. Franklin Fire and Rescue arrived shortly thereafter and transported Moffitt up the steep embankment.

According to N.C. Highway Patrolman Clay Cogdill, Moffitt was immediately rushed to Mission Hospital in Asheville. She has since been released in what is considered a positive outcome for what could have been a grim situation.

Election profiles: District Attorney candidates

Editor’s Note: This is the last of the candidate profiles for the 2014 midterm election. Early voting begins Oct. 23.

Both candidates vying for the open 30th Judicial District Attorney seat have more than a decade of experience each as assistant district attorneys under the current DA Mike Bonfoey and are ready to face the challenges in representing Western North Carolina.

“Prosecutors in this district spend a lot of time in the car traveling from county to county because of the vastness of our district,” said Macon County resident and DA candidate Ashley Welch. “Some districts in the state only include one county. Several others are made up of two or three counties. With seven counties, this district is one of the largest in the state…

Officials say Parker Meadows right on track

Despite a few bumps in the road, Macon County’s Parker Meadows Recreation Complex is on track, and currently $21,000 under budget.

County Manager Derek Roland updated commissioners during the October board meeting Tuesday night, informing them that weather permitting, all grading on the project should be wrapped up in the next two weeks allowing for building construction to begin on Nov. 1.

“Everything is moving along great,” said Roland. “If things continue the way things are going and weather permitting, if the people who are working on this project have anything to do with it, we will be knocking the doors down come Spring.”

School kids learn about the art of puppeteering

Red Herring Puppeteer conducts workshop at East Franklin

Lisa Sturz with Red Herring Puppets held a workshop at East Franklin School on Tuesday.

Kayla Schulte’s kindergarten class learned how to make shadow puppets. They traced Halloween shapes, cut them out, added color and a stick. After they had made their puppets, the kids put on a puppet show.

The award-winning Red Herring Puppets will present “The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass & Clock,” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. The performance will include more than two dozen beautifully crafted marionettes and twice as many shadow images.

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Deaths & Funerals



Cynthia Beck GayCynthia Beck Gay

Cynthia Beck Gay, 84, of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 12, 2014, at The Hermitage in Dillsboro, following a period of declining health.

A resident of Macon County since 1983, she had been active in St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and the Macon County Historical Society for many years. She loved animals and supported humane treatment and adoption organizations both locally and nationally.

Born in Springfield, Mass., she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nasson College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She was an associate professor of home economics and in charge of food services at Nasson College until she retired in 1966. She loved to cook and collected cookbooks from all over the world. She was an avid knitter, quilter, gardener and bird watcher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Linnea Beck; her sister, Norma Shields; her husband of 33 years, Roger; and her two beloved dogs, Lucky and Misty.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Nancy Cottrell and her husband, Gene of Otto; a step-son, Peter Gay of Spring Hill, Fla., and his wife, Cathi; a sister, Charlotte Jones of Burlington, Mass.; four nieces, three nephews, three step-granddaughters and a step-great grandson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the St. Cyprian’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Isabella Roper DuvallIsabella Roper Duvall

Isabella Roper Duvall, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Roper and Rebecca Houston Roper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jud Duvall who died Feb. 19, 2007; infant daughter, Janice Dale Duvall; brother, Nyle Roper; sister-in-law, Addie Crews Roper; and a great grandson, Parker Mathis. She worked at Van Raalte and retired from C.R. Industries. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.

She is survived by a son, Guy Duvall and wife Sandra of Franklin; two grandchildren, Mickey Duvall and wife Katie and Robin Spivey and husband Kevin both of Franklin; six great grandchildren, Derek Roland, Michael Mathis, Tanner, Mikey, Wyatt and Abigail Duvall; sister, Mildred Wild and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 10, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Fouts Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Spivey, Derek Roland, Mickey Duvall, Tanner Duvall, Michael Mathis and Mike Mathis.

Memorial donations can be made to the Parker Mathis Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Robin Spivey, 215 Keener Mtn. Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William ‘Bill’ Hamilton WaldroopWilliam ‘Bill’ Hamilton Waldroop

William "Bill" Hamilton Waldroop, 80 of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Julian Waldroop and Elizabeth Anderson Waldroop Hauser. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired magistrate, and formerly owned and operated the North End Chevron. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin, a member of the Magistrates’ Association, on the board of directors for Carson Cemetery, and was active in the Democratic Party and Boy Scouts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step father, Jim Hauser, and a granddaughter, Sara McKenzie King.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Reagan Waldroop; three daughters, Mollie Cohen and husband David of Concord, N.C., Mary King and husband Jeffry of Sumerville, Ala., and Jane Beck and husband Monty of Franklin; a sister, Julia Duvall, of Franklin; a brother, Jim Waldroop of Franklin; grandchildren, Meggin Booe and husband Kenny, Lauren Harrell and husband Evan, Taylor King and wife Jennifer, Hunter King, Britany Beck and Lindy Beck; great grandchildren, Bryson Booe, Kenley Booe, Elin Harrell, Charlie Beck and Spencer King.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, at First United Methodist Church of Franklin, with Rev. David Beam officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Naval military rites were performed.

Donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



John Lloyd Deitz

John Lloyd Deitz, 84, of Franklin, N.C., gently went to sleep in death, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

He was a dearly loved brother, friend, and father who will be missed by those who knew him. Not only did he have many grandchildren but also adopted many who lovingly and proudly called him Grandad. He developed a deep love of the Bible and his creator, Jehovah God which moved him to volunteer a tremendous amount of time in the pubic ministry. This volunteer work lead him to meet a variety of people that he called friends. He was a very meek and mild tempered man which made him easy to talk to and a friend to most of those he met. Athough he owned a business for years in the food and dairy service, it certainly did not define who he was. His public ministry and volunteer work for the Jehovah’s Witness faith took him from Florida to New York and even as far as South America. He loved to get in his truck and travel. Once established in Franklin in 1992, there probably wasn’t a road in Macon County he didn’t travel or know the name of.

He had a firm belief in the Bible’s promise of a paradise earth governed by God and Jesus as well known in the model prayer that most know in Matthew chapter 6 verses 9, 10. This is where he eagerly expected to awaken from sleep and enjoy life as it was originally meant to be.

He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Hayes and her husband Charles; his children, Cynthia, Treva, Debra, and Renee and his adopted son, Clyde Deitz; 17 grandchildren; at least 25 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin. There will be no collections, only services for the deceased. If you knew him, his family would really appreciate your attendance.

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



Dorothy Maxine Brawick Braasch

Dorothy Maxine Brawick Braasch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Born in Winfield, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Sherwin Barwick and Lessie Lance Barwick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Braasch. She enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting.

She is survived by two step sons, Ronnie Braasch and wife Harriet of St. Johns, Fla. and Harold Braasch of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Hamilton and Evelyn Westgate both of Franklin; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in the Mandarin Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla.

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



Robert Joseph Eichelsderfer

Robert Joseph Eichelsderfer, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Theodore and Edna Case Eichelsderfer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Ross. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a retired aircraft mechanic. He restored a 1993 Ford F150 flare side, enjoyed antique car shows, gardening, fishing, cooking, yard work and he loved dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Eichelsderfer; two sons, John Eichelsderfer of Bushnell, Fla., and Robert Eichelsderfer of Windsor, N.Y.; faithful canine companion, Taylor; brother, Jim Eichelsderfer of Melrose, Fla.; sister, JoAnn Welsh of Melrose, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cameron, Julie and Brianna; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Franklin Fire Department. Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the Franklin Fire Department.

Memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 or Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frances ‘Nell’ Lenoir HarrisonFrances ‘Nell’ Lenoir Harrison

Frances “Nell” (Lenoir) Harrison, 82, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

She was born in Franklin, N.C., on Jan. 12, 1932, the daughter of the late Benjamin B. Lenoir and Loucinda (Huckaby) Lenoir. She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church in Franklin. She was retired from Fieldale in Murrayville and worked at Pinetree Burlington in Dahlonega. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Steven Harrison; brothers, J.B., Leon, John Wiley, Bill and Benny Lenoir, and sister, Ada Florence Leatherwood.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nita and Phillip Minor of Lula; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Joan Harrison of Murrayville; grandchildren, Trevor Cain, Trisha Hulsey, Tressa Kadkhodaian and Ashley Daley; great-grandchildren, Mason and Tucker Cain; sisters, Virginia Ramey, Mary Louise Wallace, Marie Holland, Jody Sellers and Shirley Waldroop, all of Franklin.

She loved her family, gardening and working in her flower beds.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oc. 5, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, Gainsville, with interment following at Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Bradley Elliott and Rev. Mike Garner officiated.

Online condolences may be made at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.



Leon Alexander Hendricks Sr.

Leon Alexander Hendricks Sr., 66, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. He was the son of the late Leon and Ellen Alexander Hendricks. He grew up in the Greenville and Mauldin areas in South Carolina and moved to Jackson County in 1994. He was a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and retired from the U.S. Navy, in which he proudly served from 1970 until 1990. He loved to golf and was a South Carolina Gamecock alumnus. At the time of his passing he was serving with the U.S. Postal Service for the last 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Susan Whitley Hendricks; sons, Leon “Chip” Alexander Hendricks Jr. and his wife Julie, of Waynesville; James Thomas Hendricks and his wife Wendy, of Davidson, N.C., Andrew Brittian Whitley Hendricks of Whittier; and five grandchildren, Tanner, Emma, Ty, Hailey and Ryan.

A military graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Pinelawn Memorial Memory Gardens in Clinton, S.C. with Dr. Robert Prince officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Waynesville Winter Heat Assistance Program, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville, NC 28786.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.




Marilyn Elenbaas StameyMarilyn Elenbaas Stamey

Marilyn Elenbaas Stamey, 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 4, 2014.

Born in Yakima County, Washington, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Elenbaas of Granger, Wash. She and Fred were married in Zillah, Wash., in 1959. She moved to Herndon, Va., shortly after their marriage. She was office manager for Ogden Aviation Services, Dulles International Airport for 30 years. After Fred’s retirement from the military in 1972, they moved to Hamilton, Va. She was also a certified color consultant, “Over the Rainbow,” which she operated from her home.

She moved to Macon County in 1992, Fred’s home. Marilyn was secretary of her church, Trinity Assembly of God from 1995 to 2010.

She loved her flower gardens, especially her roses. She also enjoyed making crafts, knitting, weaving, and designing cards. Her most enjoyment came from attending Bible studies and prayer meetings.

She is survived by her husband Fred of 57 years; one daughter, Camille Tuttrup of Franklin; and two grandsons, Ashton and Leland Shockley; one brother, James Elenbaas of Granger, Wash., and two sisters, Elaine Sawyer of New Gloucester, Maine and Judy Polinder of Lynden, Wash.; brother and sisters -in-law, Gene and Jean Stamey and Hazel Stamey of all of Franklin, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Assembly of God. Pastor J.D. Watson will officiate. Burial will be in the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Trinity Assembly of God (Missions), 6971 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Edwin T. Stiles

Edwin T. Stiles, 95, of Richland, Mich., passed to his Heavenly home Sept. 23, 2014. He was the son of Thomas and Dell (Rogers) Stiles, born on May 7, 1919, in Franklin, N.C. He moved to Michigan in 1950 where he owned two businesses, Stiles Construction and Central Michigan Heating. He served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army. He fought and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He spent many months as a POW in a German Stalag. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart among other medals. On July 26,1942, he married Willa Mae (Sanders) who preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2010.

He is survived by two sons, Hugh and Dennis; three daughters, Judy, Nancy and Diane. His youngest daughter, Patti, preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2007. His 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren were the light of his life.

Burial was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery with full, military honors.



Joyce Louise (Phillips) CassadaJoyce Louise (Phillips) Cassada

Joyce Louise (Phillips) Cassada, 87, passed away Oct. 2, 2014, at the Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo.

She was born in North Carolina, lived in Ohio after getting married and moved to Florida in 1960 with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, James Walter Cassada; her parents, Marshall James and Lillie Lee Phillips; and a brother, James Phillips. She was a wonderful seamstress, loved decorating her home and helping others. Her greatest love and devotion was to her family.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Cassada; and daughter, Elaine Jensen; son-in-law, Wayne Jensen; grandsons and their families, Jamie and Christina, Jason and Summer and three great grandchildren, Jameson, Justice and Ayven; brothers, Albert, wife Ann, and George, wife Edna as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 8, at R. Lee Williams Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Suncoast Hospice.

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



Betty Blain McClure Nicholson WaddellBetty Blain McClure Nicholson Waddell

Betty Blain McClure Nicholson Waddell, 88, Fort Myers, Fla. formerly of Franklin, N.C., and Toccoa, Ga., went to be with the Lord on Oct. 1, 2014. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late John William "Phil" Blaine and Bessie Corpening Blaine. She was married to Thomas James McClure, Herby Dillard Nicholson Jr., and Woodrow Waddell, all of which preceded her in death. Additionally, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Eldona McClure; a son Keith McClure, and four sisters; Mary Carpenter, Annie Willamson, Juanita Chappell, Sybil Green; and one brother, Paul Blain, all of Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter, Gennifer Woodworth, of Akron, Ohio; son, Kahn McClure, of Fort Myers, Fla.; Three grandchildren, Sonia, of Akron, Sherry, of Ft. Myers, Mark (Alma) Ft. Myers; Seven great grandchildren, Amber Rae, Elena Ruth, and Colton, all of Akron, and Amanda, Victoria, Darrian and Ivory, all of Ft. Myers; and one great-great-great grandchild, Indica, of Akron.

Caring to the center of her being, she demonstrated love for family and friends in ways that were creative, funny, and caring. As beautiful outside as she was within, her legacy is one filled with loving-kindness as she left traces of herself in the hearts of those she came in contact with. Everyone who encountered her was struck by her infectious laughter, wit, and clever observations. Never at a loss for words and never shy, she possessed a refreshing honesty which will be sorely missed. Her passing has left an empty space in our hearts. She'd encourage each of us to fill that place with love and laughter.

Graveside services will be held at Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Burt Crawford officiating.

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



Henry G. Sasse

Henry G. Sasse, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late William and Mina Sasse. He retired from the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. He was a member of the American Legion Post 108 and he enjoyed model trains.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, “Mickey” Hermina Mary Kipkowski Sasse; five children, Michael Sansone of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Cherisse Sansone of Franklin, Anthony Sansone of Jacksonville, Fla., William Sasse of Huntsville, Ala., and Fred Sasse of St. Paul, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (formerly known as Macon County Humane Society), 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elmer Curtis (Curt) BandyElmer Curtis (Curt) Bandy

Elmer Curtis (Curt) Bandy, 85, died Sept. 25, 2014, in the Macon Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Franklin, N.C.

He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews and by his sister-in-law, Frances Bandy.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nadine (Dee) Bandy; sisters, Anna Maude Bandy, Sara Virginia Bandy Olive, Shirley Fay Bandy Merrin; and brothers, William Clyde Harrison Bandy, George Faris Bandy, James Alva Bandy, John Kenneth Bandy and Charles Robert Bandy.

He was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Richlands, Va., to William Thomas Bandy and Ora Minnie Sparks Bandy. He enlisted in the Army in 1947 and served in the 4th Army, Fort Sam Houston, playing the trumpet in the 365th Army Band. After his Army service, he attended King College in Virginia.

He moved to Orlando, Fla., in the early 1950s where he learned to enjoy boating, skiing and camping. He traveled across the country several times, always returning to the Orlando area. He was an electrical engineer and worked in that field until retiring in the early 1990s. After he retired, he met Nadine Meyers. They married and moved to Franklin and joined the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. He served his church with his building skills and knowledge of wood working. In retirement, he became a master wood worker and he loved building furniture, especially his beloved Windsor chairs. He also developed a love of gardening and produced lots of vegetables, many of which he canned himself. He had a particular fondness for heirloom tomatoes. His infectious smile and kindness will be missed.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, 26 Church St., Franklin.

Memorial donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, at the same address, marked for Building Improvement.

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



Gladys Lee Dawkins

Gladys Lee Dawkins, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

Born in Andalusia, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Douglas Franklin and Irene Butler Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Dawkins and three brothers, Douglas, Donald and Horace.

She is survived by four children, Jim Dawkins of Franklin, Alice Dawkins Keister of Nashville, Tenn., Donna Dawkins Merlino of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Leba Dawkins of Cleveland, Tenn.; sister, Ruth Franklin Dewrell of Andalusia, Ala.; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Franklin of Dozier, Ala.

A memorial service will be held in Andalusia. Memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Cheryl Bruffey BakerCheryl Bruffey Baker

Cheryl Bruffey Baker, formerly of Kinston, N.C., passed away Monday morning, Sept. 15, 2014. She was predeceased by her parents Vernon J. and Martha M. Bruffey of Kinston and by a sister, Susan B. Vestal.

She is survived by her husband, Don A. Baker; daughter, Donna Baker McCarthy of Tampa, Fla.; son, Anthony (Tony) Baker of Franklin; four brothers; Leonard, Bill, Pete, and Thurmond Bruffey; and a sister, Millie B. Bryant.

Memorial services were held Monday, Sept. 22, at Edwards Funeral Home of Kinston.

Memorials may be made to Life Church, 1281 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734, or the charity of your choice.

Edwards Funeral in Kinston assisted with arrangements.



Claire Janice Eismont Miers

Claire Janice Eismont Miers, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio, the daughter of the late Nicholas M. and Addie Kunkel Eismont. She was married 60 years to Stanley Miers who died in 2006. She was a legal secretary for U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.

She is survived by a daughter, Rev. Patricia A. Young of Glendale, Ariz.; a son, Kenneth Miers of Kalispell, Mont.; five grandchildren, Anthony, Nancy, John, Wayne and Stephen. Seven great grandchildren also survive.

A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 19, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Patricia A. Young officiating. Burial was held at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 205 Ridgecrest Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Susan Kay DeWittSusan Kay DeWitt

Susan Kay DeWitt, 59, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she was the daughter of the late William E. “Bill” DeWitt and Frances Nolan DeWitt. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Dowdy and wife Dana of Franklin; granddaughter, Danica Dowdy; and a brother, Nolan De- Witt and wife Frances of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Carpenter and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be men from Tessentee Baptist Church and son, Daniel Dowdy.

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

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



Emma Lee CopeEmma Lee Cope

Emma Lee Cope, 77, of Topton, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of Louella Rowland Evans of Nantahala, N.C., and the late Albert Evans. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a member of Aquone Baptist Church. She had worked for Lee Company as a sewing machine operator.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 60 years, R. L. Cope; a son, David Scott Cope and wife Barbara of Nantahala; a sister, Carolyn Dunn of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two brothers, Clifford Evans of Nantahala, and Kim Evans of Marble, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Dawn Cope; a son, Ronnie Lee Cope; a sister, Linda Shields; and a brother, Henry Evans.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, at White Oak Flats Baptist Church, with Rev. S. J. Waters and Rev. Darren Self officiating. Burial was in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Members of Nantahala Fire Department served as pallbearers.

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



Dan Alfred Peterson

Dan Alfred Peterson, 84, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. He was born in Holton County, Kan., the son of the late Dan and Lois Johnson Peterson. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was an Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. He had worked as vice president for Lockheed Martin. He loved to fly fish and he served with many charity organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Wallace Peterson; a daughter, Jill Borrego and husband Joe of New Mexico; and two sons, Dan Randy Peterson and wife Christi of Colorado and Scott Peterson of Florida; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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.



Michael A. CabeMichael A. Cabe

Michael A. Cabe, 51, left this world on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 to play in the Big Band in the sky.

He was born in Macon County on Jan, 6, 1963, to the late Grady and Elmira Haskett Cabe. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis and Ish Cabe.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons who were his world, Dennis and Dustin Cabe both of Franklin; sisters, Reba Bryson and husband David, and Caryl Cooper; brothers, Randy Cabe and wife Christie, and Dwayne Cabe and wife Amy, all of Franklin; nephews, Mickey Cooper, Derrik Cooper and Dayne Cabe; nieces, Chi Shannon, April Cooper and Ashely Brock; great nieces and nephews, Michaela, Dalton, Rylee, Dax and Ellie; special cousins, Keith, Kyle, Ellis and David and many other cousins scattered across the country and special friend, Robin Parker.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1986-1990. He enjoyed and lived his life large. He could and did find humor in every situation and always had a big smile for everyone. He loved to play guitar and write music. He played in many bands in his lifetime; most recently, Control Burn. He loved his band members and called them his brothers.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may 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.



Tami Sue Wilkes Robbins

Tami Sue Wilkes Robbins, 53, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sept. 16, 2014. Born in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Herman Wilkes and Ruth Tallent Wilkes of Franklin.

She was a loving wife, and loved the Atlanta Braves. She was a member of East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Charles Edwards Robbins; two brothers, Terry Wilkes and wife Lynda of Columbia, S.C., and Allan Wilkes and wife Elaine of Franklin. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ellis and Randy Wilkes.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Wilkes and Rev. Dale Cannon officiating. Burial was in Wilkes Cemetery.

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



‘Rocky’ Ernest Harvey Allen Jr.‘Rocky’ Ernest Harvey Allen Jr.

“Rocky” Ernest Harvey Allen Jr., 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Born in Orlando, Fla., he was the son of the late Ernest Harvey Allen Sr. and Diane Lee Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jessica Stilwell Cheek and a brother, Kenneth Allen. He was a very well-known artist, with art being displayed across the country and at Disney World in Orlando. He was Christian by faith.

He is survived by a son, Eric Allen; nieces and nephews, Chris Allen, Jerry Stilwell, Kevin Allen, Diana Womacks and Kenneth Allen Jr. and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers will officiate.

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 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.



Judy Ann Bryant

Judy Ann Bryant of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the daughter of Betty Rowland of Franklin and the late George Rowland. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved the beach and camping.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one daughter, Sacha Branum and husband Brad of Highlands; three sons, Clay Bryant and wife Falon, Elmon "Trey" Bryant and wife Patti, and Bryan Bryant and wife Kimberly, all of Franklin; five sisters; two brothers; 17 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Jay Bryant, and one grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Joan Dickinson LevinsonJoan Dickinson Levinson

Joan Dickinson Levinson of Highlands, N.C., died Monday Sept. 14, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. She was born in Terre Haute, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank K. Levinson Jr. and by her daughter, Jeanne L. Sheaffer.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bruce Werder; three grandchildren, Randolph William Werder, Orlando, Fla., Stephanie Sheaffer, Las Vegas, Nev. and Steven Sheaffer, Denver, Colo.; and a great grandson, Chase R. Werder.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Principia College, Elsah, Ill., and went on to attend Mass. School of Design. She began her career as a furrier at Cherry’s department store in New England. After her marriage, she moved several times before they moved to Clearwater, Fla. Her husband was an avid sailboat racer and they bought a marina as well as started to design sails for the Snipe and Flying Dutchmen racing class. She went under the name of Levinson Sails and formed an all women sewing company and began making sails along with some sportswear that held up under heavy sea conditions. She became known as the only woman sail maker in the country and had many articles written about her skills. Levinson Sails won numerous national championships and shipped sails all over the world. After her husband’s death, she expanded her sportswear business under the name of Sail Loft Sport Fashions. Her patterns and designs translated into a showing in catalogs which included, Lands End, Eddie Bauer, Norm Thompson, Ships Wheel Fawcett Boat Works and The Sporting Life as well as exporting to Japan and Europe. She ran the marina with her two daughters. She was voted one of the Best Dressed Women in Clearwater and was a volunteer for six years with Clearwater Jazz Holiday. She was a member of the Belleair Rotary Club in Florida as well as Highlands Rotary for more than 26 years. After moving to Highlands, she opened an antique shop, Three Wishes in Cashiers, and she and her daughter owned and operated the 1891 Stewart House in Highlands. She was a member of the Christian Science Church; belonged to the Bascom, Art League; and was treasurer of the Mountain Garden Club of which she was a member for 17 years. In her life time she traveled to 24 different countries, but Highlands was her special place and she loved being in the mountains.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Jordan Joslin

Jordan Joslin, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Born in New Bedford, Conn., he was the son of the late Harry and Clara Ruth Selinger Joslin of Hollywood, Fla. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII, reverse mortgage lender at Wells Fargo Bank and a building contractor. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Florida for 70 years and a member of the American Legion Post 108.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Basore Joslin; daughter, Lou Freemire of Franklin; sister, Sesyle Hine of London, England; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

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



Mary Lou ‘Penny’ ZellerMary Lou ‘Penny’ Zeller

Mary Lou “Penny” Zeller, 71, of Eustis, Fla., passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

She was born in Otto, N.C., and moved to Eustis in 1977 from Dayton, Ohio. She was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Eustis and a former public school teacher. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1961, was a first team All-State basketball player her junior and senior years. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1965. She was an excellent teacher and had been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in DeKalb County, Georgia, and Alachua County, Florida.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. William V. Zeller; her children, Rachel (Jeff) Fuller and William C. (Tara) Zeller, both of Orlando; her mother, Kate Cabe of Otto; grandchildren, Elizabeth Zeller, Emilia Zeller, Jeff Fuller and Johnathan Fuller; brothers, Larry Cabe of Franklin, Kenneth Cabe of Sylva, N.C., and Steve Cabe of State Road, N.C.; and sisters, Joyce Raby of Franklin and Teresa Speed of Otto.

Graveside services will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis, Fla., at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

A memorial service will be held at Asbury Methodist Cemetery, Otto, at a later date.

She will always be remembered for her sweet and gentle personality, and her infectious laugh, never seeking attention for herself. Forever in our hearts, your brothers and sisters, your three nieces, four nephews, your four great nephews and five great nieces will treasure memories of her.


 



Claudette Jones

Claudette Jones, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. She was born in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of the late Leo Joseph Chasse and Hildergard Gagne` Chasse. She was married to Mac Jones who passed away in 1991. She was a housewife and bondswoman; a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a sister, Pauline Reagan and her husband Ronald of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Connie Chasse and his wife Mary Ann of Orlando, Fla., and Roger Chasse of Fall River, Mass.; four grandchildren, Leslie Jones, Jerry Lee Jones Jr., Zachary Jones and Mackenzie Jones, and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Ronnie Jones and Jerry Jones.

Graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 15, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Father Tein Duong officiating.

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



James Laurance Westcott, Sr.

James Laurance Westcott Sr., 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he was the son of the late Milton Clark Westcott and Ida Mildred Cornelius Westcott. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sue Payne Westcott; his second wife, Marian Gaines Westcott and brother, Nelson Cornelius Westcott. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with two purple hearts and served during WWII in Okinawa, Japan. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was a piano tuner.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Stuart and husband Dabney of Lexington, Va.; two sons, Gary Westcott and wife Carol of Signal Mtn, Tenn. and James Laurance Westcott Jr. and wife Sadie of Lancaster, S.C.; step-daughter, Janie Ensley and husband Eric of Franklin; nine grandchildren, Thomas Vinson, Stanford Vinson, Gary Westcott, Kimberly Westcott, John Westcott, Brandi Westcott, Holly Elizabeth Lane, LeighAnn Smith and Barry Marvin; and 11 great grandchildren.

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

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

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



Miles Gilbert Thompson Jr.

Miles Gilbert Thompson Jr., 92, of Highlands, N.C., passed away, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Born in Washington County, Pa., he was the son of the late Miles Gilbert and Leah Schekler Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Rafter Thompson. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII. He owned Thompson Buick; was a Rotarian, Mason and Shriner; a former county commissioner and Boy Scout leader. In addition, he was former chairman of Sacred Heart Hospital Lay Advisory Board, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, Md., where he was a deacon.

He is survived by a daughter, Dinah Searles of Cumberland, Md.; two sons, Jeff Thompson and wife Janet of Highlands, and Douglas Thompson and wife Juliett of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Dick Thompson of Redman, Wash.; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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



Grover Charles ClemmonsGrover Charles Clemmons

Grover Charles Clemmons, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born in Springfield, Ohio, he was the son of the late Maurice Clemmons and Edith Vince Clemmons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Clemmons. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from GTE as a software engineer and worked as a 911 dispatcher in Marion County, Florida. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, an avid baseball fan and loved fishing and golfing. He was a very active member of his community; he coached little league baseball, delivered meals on wheels in Tampa, and was a volunteer at CareNet in Franklin. He was a member of First Christian Church where he served as an elder and teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Clemmons; three children, David Clemmons and wife Annette of St, Louis, Mo., Daniel Clemmons of Tampa, Fla. and Holly Clemmons and honorary daughter, Katharine Pastorius both of Lutz, Fla.; three grandchildren, Melanie, Erica and Cody; three great grandchildren, Juan, Jaime and Daniel and a niece, Jennifer Brown.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Henry Puckett and Richard Marshall officiated.

Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were David Clemmons, Daniel Clemmons, Wise Harden, Clayton Marshall, Charles Greenwood, Herm DeLawter, Bill Donaldson and Matt Kolodzik. David Marshall, Dean Andring, Ken Plank, Al Pribble, Mike Townsend and Ron Kolodzik served as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC or American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

The family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to their church family, Angel Hospice and the staff at Angel Medical Center for showing such great love, compassion and support during this difficult time.

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



Floyd Oscar KirklandFloyd Oscar Kirkland

Floyd Oscar Kirkland, 81, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Fred “Shorty” Kirkland and Lucinda Jenkins Kirkland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Frances Kirkland who died in 2009, brother, LeRoy Kirkland and sister, Rosa Lee Russell. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by five children, Mary Gregory of Franklin, Melissa Kirkland of Burton, Mich., Patricia Kirkland of Marble, N.C., Gary Kirkland and wife Leila of Franklin and Christine Kirkland of Franklin; eight sisters and a brother, Ethel Kirkland Walker, Cordelia Russell, Annie Bell Smith, Lois Shephard, Willy Hovis, Dorothy Reddish, Nancy Russell, Louise Hurst all of Franklin and Wiley Kirkland of Burton, Mich.; six grandchildren, Daniel Gregory, Jeremy Gregory, Kelli Kirkland, Brandon Kirkland, Brittney Chase and Jaimee Chase; one great grandchild, Tiana Gregory and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Potts, Rev. Randy Gregory and Rev. Lee Russell officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mickey Kirkland, Fred Russell, Dale McMahan, Jake Waters, James Reddish, David Russell, David Jenkins and Rodney Shears. David McMahan served as honorary pallbearer.

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



Zeb Vance Guffie Sr.Zeb Vance Guffie Sr.

Zeb Vance Guffie Sr., 103, went Home Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Born in Macon County, Dec. 13, 1910, he was the son of Ed Napoleon and Lily Buchanan Guffey.

He was pre-deceased by his parents; his wife, Edna Angel Guffie; five brothers, Fred, Norman, John, Edgar, and James; seven sisters, Hattie, Lola, Annie, Nannie, Fannie, Irene and Pauline; son-in-law, Glenn Farmer; grandson, David Bryan Farmer, and great granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hall.

He is survived by two sons, Zeb Guffie Jr. and wife Laura Belle of Franklin, Jim Guffie and wife Beverly of Montgomery City, Mo., and one daughter, Virginia (Jean) Farmer of Franklin. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Russo of Secaucus, N.J., and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Dot) Guffey of Franklin and Peggy Angel of Rock Hill, S.C. Many, many nieces and nephews also survive.

He was senior deacon at Longview Baptist Church; served as church treasurer for many years, and held other positions as well. He had a varied life, working in lumber; serving in the CCC camps, and was employed many years by Reeves Hardware, Franklin. Zeb and Edna owned and operated Franklin Seed Store from 1958 until 1971. In the ’60s he built greenhouses, growing and selling plants, all locally. They both officially retired in 1985, but continued selling daylilies from the fields; produce and berries from their garden, and woodwork from his small shop and silk flower arrangements.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Rick Farmer, Joel Farmer, Justin Farmer, James Guffie, Jerry Guffie, Jimmy Hall and Nathan Brown. Rev. Tom Nahlen and family members will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will be at Zeb’s home on Jim Mann Road.

Memorials may be made to Longview Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 93 Jones Ridge Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Wiley Lee Yeomans

Wiley Lee Yeomans, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Born in Ft. Myers, Fla., he was the son of the late Joseph Owen Yeomans and Bertha Agnes Pendarvis Yeomans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Harris and Wanda Wills and two brothers, Bobby Yeomans, Jr. and Roy Lee Yeomans. Wiley was a US Army veteran, building contractor, commercial fisherman and he loved clogging.

He is survived by a son, Brian Yeomans of North Fort Myers, Fla.; sister, Irma Jean Falciano of Fla.; granddaughter, Cami Leigh Yeomans and caregiver, Janet.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express special thanks to the Macon County Senior Services, Misty and Luetta, Macon County Transit and the International Project Lifesaver, sponsored by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Senior Services, Community Resource Center, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Macon County Transit, 36 Pannell Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



David Lee O’BrienDavid Lee O’Brien

David Lee O’Brien, 39, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., the son of Joseph Paul O’Brien Jr. and Linda Lou Cooper of Franklin. He was a carpenter, he loved music and electronics. He was good at drawing, and was a loving son and brother, and was always there when anyone needed him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Ella Mae O’Brien; two sisters, Stefanie Marie Brostrom and her husband John of Franklin, and Deborah Marie O’Brien of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Joseph Nelson Jordan of Franklin; nieces and nephews, Sebastian, John Joseph and Ivy Marie.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 143 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734, with Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiating.

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

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


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