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11th Annual Franklin Folk Festival

Heritage arts, music, skills and history were showcased at Saturday’s event.

Doug Hubbs, right, of Cave Creek Pottery demonstrates the art of “throwing a pot” at the 11th annual Folk Festival in downtown Franklin.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

 

 

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Superintendent addresses concerns regarding move to digital textbooks

Superintendent addresses concerns regarding move to digital textbooks

After members of the community voiced concern regarding the Macon County School District’s decision to move to a 1:1 format for digital textbooks in high school across the district, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin reached out to members of the media to share information regarding the process.

In this coming school year, all high school students in Macon County will take part in the initiative to provide 1:1 digital learning devices (iPads) fully equipped with textbooks to students.

“State funding allocated toward purchasing new textbooks has been steadily reduced from $297,726 in 2008-2009 to $62,773 in 2013-2014,” explained Dr. Baldwin.

MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students

MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students

Talking to a former student about her experience learning electronics in college, Macon Early College teacher Dan Alich began wondering why basic electronics were not taught in high school and younger grades. Alich, who acquired a passion for finding out what made things tick while growing up working with electronic kits, wanted to find a way to bring electronics into his classroom at MEC.

“While struggling in my classroom/club to help students learn and understand electronics and programming, I started to look for a complete process and design for building and teaching,” said Alich.

World War II veteran honored on 70th anniversary of D-Day

Last month, World War II veteran and Macon County resident, Herb Simmons, 92, returned to the D-day battlefields of Normandy where he had been a part of the invasion that had driven back and ultimately stopped the German war machine. Within a year, Hitler had committed suicide and the German armies surrendered, ending the war in Europe.

The 70th Anniversary of the invasion was commemorated at Omaha Beach¸ on June 6, 2014. Both the U.S President Barack Obama and President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, spoke at the ceremony honoring the Allied soldiers who fought and died there to preserve the liberties Americans enjoy each day.

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Deaths & Funerals



Steven Jarrett Tillery

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

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

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

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

Many thanks to Four Seasons Hospice in Highlands.

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



Greyson Noah GilesGreyson Noah Giles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Hattie L. Shope

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

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

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

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

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

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



Donna Dirton Hanna

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

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

She leaves behind many close and special friends.

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

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



June Ellen Perkins McCallJune Ellen Perkins McCall

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

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

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

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

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



Edna Juanitta Bolick BowersEdna Juanitta Bolick Bowers

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

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

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

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

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

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




Brenda Scott MonteithBrenda Scott Monteith

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

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

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

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

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



Clay Scott Harden

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

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

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

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

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

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



Darothy Sue DavisDarothy Sue Davis

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

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

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

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

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



Clara Agnes Slagle HazardClara Agnes Slagle Hazard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



George William ‘Buster’ ShieldsGeorge William ‘Buster’ Shields

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

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

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

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

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

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



Robert Dale BrendleRobert Dale Brendle

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

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

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

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

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

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




Doris Mae Luke BrockDoris Mae Luke Brock

Doris Mae Luke Brock, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Born in Alapaha, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Moses Jacob Luke and Mandy Louvenia Barksdale Luke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred James Brock who died July 29, 1981; three sisters, Clarice Witt, Ann White and Virginia Hendley and a brother, Dorsey Luke. She was a teacher for handicapped children. She moved to Franklin from Helen, Ga., in 1992.

She is survived by two daughters, Winifred “Winnie” Lorraine McLeod of Franklin and Elizabeth Yvonne “Polly” Martin of Hendersonville; four grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Spring Hill Christian Church, Ochlocknee, Ga. Rev. Timothy Staton will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or flowers sent to Spring Hill Christian Church, Ochlocknee, GA 31773.

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



Jim HammelJim Hammel

Jim Hammel, 80 of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Raised in Pitman, N.J., he was the son of the late Ada and Norman Hammel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandson, Philip Grey Hammel. He was a member of Pitman Boy Scout Troop 18 and a member of the Pitman High School and Hobo bands. He graduated from Pitman High School in 1953 and joined the U.S. Army where he served in the 173rd U.S. Army Band attached to Fort Dix. After an honorable discharge, he was employed by N.J. Bell Telephone transferring to Southern Bell Telephone in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1968. He retired in 1990 and relocated to Sky Valley, Ga., then later to Franklin. He enjoyed woodworking and owned and operated Franklin Wood Warehouse in the mid 1990s.

He was the devoted husband of Lois Hammel for 58 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, James, Robert and John Hammel and wife Sharon; grandsons, Christopher Hammel and Jesse Hammel; granddaughters, Sara Hammel Karner and husband Kevin, Candace Hammel and Lauren Hammel; great grandsons, Pierce Bennett Karner and Connor Reece Hammel; sister, Lois Hammel Engle and husband Redmond; sister-in-law, Miriam Storch; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 30, at the First Alliance Church, where he was a member and served as a deacon for several years. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice or a love offering to First Alliance Church.

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



William ‘Scotty’ Hiles

William “Scotty” Hiles, 88, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Miami, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 85/89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. Rev. Jean Rowe will officiate.

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



Patricia ‘Pat’ BrowningPatricia ‘Pat’ Browning

Patricia “Pat” Browning, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

She was born in Macon County, as an identical twin on Jan. 21, 1960. She is the daughter of Gene and Ada Henry Pickens. She enjoyed a wonderful career as a nurse in several fields. Her love for people led her to work and volunteer for groups such as hospice. Her hobbies included flying airplanes, hiking, waterfalls, traveling, family and most definitely, football.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Tommy Browning of 35 years and were childhood sweethearts; two children, a daughter, Erica Browning and a son, Robert Browning, all of Franklin; sister, twin and best friend Terry Pickens of Greenville, S.C.; and brother, Jimmy Pickens of Hendersonville, N.C.; many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, Pat’s true love and dedication was for hospice. Donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc. PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Millie Welborn RabyMillie Welborn Raby

Millie Welborn Raby, 91, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Born in Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late John D. Welborn and Dona King Welborn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lyle Raby who died in 1993; sisters, Mae Kilby, Margie Coleman and Maude Mize and brothers, J.D. Welborn, Edley Welborn and Dock Welborn. She worked at the Wayah Ranger District Office, Canteen of Dixie Vending Company, The Macon County Register of Deeds, Belden and Bank of Clayton. She was an active member of Cowee Baptist Church where she was a choir member and children’s choir leader. She was a very special person who touched many lives; she will be missed by all.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Lou Bennett and husband David of Franklin; two grandchildren, Charles Bennett of Del Rio, Texas and Patrick Bennett and wife Stephani of Omaha, Neb.; sister- in-law, Katherine Welborn and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 28, at Cowee Baptist Church. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Rd Franklin, NC 28734 or M.C.H. P.O. Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744

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



Camilla ‘Milla’ Ryann Watts

Camilla “Milla” Ryann Watts, newborn daughter of Kenneth Watts and Cass McDonald Watts of Dillard, Ga., entered into heaven and into the arms of the Lord shortly after birth at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Ronnie Watts. In addition to her parents, she is survived by one brother, Miles Watts; one sister, Mili Watts; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Debbie McDonald; paternal grandmother and step grandfather, Nancy and Roy Welborn; maternal great-grandmother, Sigga Alexander; paternal great-grandmothers, Naomi Watts, and Winnie Scroggs.

Services were held in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, July 1, with Rev. Jim Carver officiating. Burial followed in Rabun Memory Park

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



Edith Henry LopesEdith Henry Lopes

Edith Henry Lopes, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. Henry and Pearl Dills Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. “Bill” Lopes Sr. and two brothers, James and Harley. She was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church and was a retired school teacher.

She is survived by two children, Dean Cook and wife Glenda and Brenda Cook both of Franklin; brother, Jack Henry of Franklin; sister, Joyce Tucker of Pine Creek, N.C.; three granddaughters, Anita Harper, Misty Crisp and Deanna Cook; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 1, at Ellijay Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Tucker, Bobby Henry, John Henry, Johnny Dills, Bill Bowman and Robbie Hartsell. Memorial donations can be made to the Macon Citizens for the Handicap, 909 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Noah ‘Lee’ RogersNoah ‘Lee’ Rogers

Noah “Lee” Rogers, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on June 30, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Henry Rogers and Addie Miller Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harley, Harrison, Carl, Henry, Willis and Willard; sisters, Blanche Cabe, Valerie Ledford, Ellen Miller and grandson, David. He was a U.S. Army veteran; member of Franklin Church of God; enjoyed gardening and working in his machine shop.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha Vinson Rogers; son, Gary Rogers and wife Lou of Franklin; two grandchildren, Joel Rogers and wife Cheryl and Christina Joiner and husband Brent; great granddaughter, Eden Rogers and two sisters, Dorothy Gregory of Cornelia, Ga., and Roberta Holt of Rabun Gap, Ga.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 4, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Eugene Moore, Rev. Aaron Phillips, Rev. Joel Rogers and Rev. Michael Stephens will officiate. Burial will be in the Wright Cemetery. VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 will conduct military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jerry Rogers, Calvin Rogers, Darrell Gregory, Vernon Vinson, Dexter Vinson, Ernest Nix and Bryant Phillips.

Memorial donations can be made to the Faceless Generation Youth Ministry, C/O Sharon Lauffer, 108 Hannah Mtn. Lane, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Helen Mildred LeHew King

Helen Mildred LeHew King, 108, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014. Born in Grundy County, Mo., she was the daughter of the late James Clark and Martha Ellen Crawford LeHew. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wallace King, who died July 23, 1993.

She was a bookkeeper for several years; was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church and was a Sunday School Bible teacher.

She is survived by one niece, Georgia Helen Smith; and one nephew, Jerry LewHew of Western Colorado. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kassie LewHew, and a brother, Clifton LewHew.

Graveside services were held Saturday, June 28, at Highlands Memorial Park. Dr. Mark Ford officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Highlands First Baptist Church, PO Box 625, Highlands, NC 28741 or Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Wymer Lee GuestWymer Lee Guest

Wymer Lee Guest, 75, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Wiley Guest and Esther Guest Perry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Don Guest. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was past Master of the Leroy Duncan Lodge No. 262, F & AM Masonic Lodge, Atlanta, Ga. He enjoyed ginseng hunting, fishing, ruby mining, guitar playing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geneva Phillips Guest; three children, Donna Ledford and husband Joseph, and Kim Ferrell, both of Franklin, and Teresa Francisco and husband Ted of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Amanda, Brandon, Samuel, Dustin, Ryan, Trey, Keesta, Benjamin and Isabella; five great grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams will officiate. Burial will be in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145.

Pallbearers were Dustin Waldroop, Trey Ferrell, Joseph Ledford, Brandon Angel, Ted Francisco and E.J. Ramsey.

Memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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



Ella DurandElla Durand

Ella Durand, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 in a local nursing home.

Born in Sombor, Yugoslavia, she was the daughter of the late Walter Wise and Adel Litwin Wise. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Durand, a WWII veteran who died in 1964. She was of the Catholic faith. She worked as a hairdresser in New York and became a homemaker after her marriage and spent several years working on a novel taking place in the post WWII era. She enjoyed learning about other cultures, having traveled in Europe and Canada as a child, and Iceland as an adult. She was well-loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by a daughter, Julie Millican and husband Jerry, of Franklin; a son, Ronnie Anthony Durand and wife Klara of Coral Springs, Fla.; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Millican and Martin Paal.

She will be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, with her husband Roland.

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




William ‘Bill’ Russell Wright

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

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

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

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

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



Betty Jean McClure

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mildred Stanfield TurpinMildred Stanfield Turpin

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

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

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

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

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



Eloise Tritt Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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



Johnathan Ray TurpinJohnathan Ray Turpin

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

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

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

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

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

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



Kathryn Elaine ‘Kathy’ CabeKathryn Elaine ‘Kathy’ Cabe

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

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

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

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

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



James Clinton SmithJames Clinton Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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



Margaret Louise Murphy HysellMargaret Louise Murphy Hysell

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

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

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

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



James Darnell ShepherdJames Darnell Shepherd

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

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

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

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

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



Carl William Obreiter

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

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

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

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

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



William K. ‘Bill’ Gallman

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

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

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

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

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

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



Richard HopkinsRichard Hopkins

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

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

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

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

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

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



Shirley Milford DoolinShirley Milford Doolin

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

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

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

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

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

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



James F. Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Doris Mae Luke BrockDoris Mae Luke Brock

Doris Mae Luke Brock, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Born in Alapaha, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Moses Jacob Luke and Mandy Louvenia Barksdale Luke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred James Brock who died July 29, 1981; three sisters, Clarice Witt, Ann White and Virginia Hendley and a brother, Dorsey Luke. She was a teacher for handicapped children. She moved to Franklin from Helen, Ga., in 1992.

She is survived by two daughters, Winifred “Winnie” Lorraine McLeod of Franklin and Elizabeth Yvonne “Polly” Martin of Hendersonville; four grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Spring Hill Christian Church, Ochlocknee, Ga. Rev. Timothy Staton will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or flowers sent to Spring Hill Christian Church, Ochlocknee, GA 31773.

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



Jim HammelJim Hammel

Jim Hammel, 80 of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Raised in Pitman, N.J., he was the son of the late Ada and Norman Hammel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandson, Philip Grey Hammel. He was a member of Pitman Boy Scout Troop 18 and a member of the Pitman High School and Hobo bands. He graduated from Pitman High School in 1953 and joined the U.S. Army where he served in the 173rd U.S. Army Band attached to Fort Dix. After an honorable discharge, he was employed by N.J. Bell Telephone transferring to Southern Bell Telephone in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1968. He retired in 1990 and relocated to Sky Valley, Ga., then later to Franklin. He enjoyed woodworking and owned and operated Franklin Wood Warehouse in the mid 1990s.

He was the devoted husband of Lois Hammel for 58 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, James, Robert and John Hammel and wife Sharon; grandsons, Christopher Hammel and Jesse Hammel; granddaughters, Sara Hammel Karner and husband Kevin, Candace Hammel and Lauren Hammel; great grandsons, Pierce Bennett Karner and Connor Reece Hammel; sister, Lois Hammel Engle and husband Redmond; sister-in-law, Miriam Storch; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 30, at the First Alliance Church, where he was a member and served as a deacon for several years. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice or a love offering to First Alliance Church.

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



William ‘Scotty’ Hiles

William “Scotty” Hiles, 88, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Miami, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 85/89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. Rev. Jean Rowe will officiate.

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



Patricia ‘Pat’ BrowningPatricia ‘Pat’ Browning

Patricia “Pat” Browning, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

She was born in Macon County, as an identical twin on Jan. 21, 1960. She is the daughter of Gene and Ada Henry Pickens. She enjoyed a wonderful career as a nurse in several fields. Her love for people led her to work and volunteer for groups such as hospice. Her hobbies included flying airplanes, hiking, waterfalls, traveling, family and most definitely, football.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Tommy Browning of 35 years and were childhood sweethearts; two children, a daughter, Erica Browning and a son, Robert Browning, all of Franklin; sister, twin and best friend Terry Pickens of Greenville, S.C.; and brother, Jimmy Pickens of Hendersonville, N.C.; many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, Pat’s true love and dedication was for hospice. Donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc. PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Millie Welborn RabyMillie Welborn Raby

Millie Welborn Raby, 91, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Born in Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late John D. Welborn and Dona King Welborn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lyle Raby who died in 1993; sisters, Mae Kilby, Margie Coleman and Maude Mize and brothers, J.D. Welborn, Edley Welborn and Dock Welborn. She worked at the Wayah Ranger District Office, Canteen of Dixie Vending Company, The Macon County Register of Deeds, Belden and Bank of Clayton. She was an active member of Cowee Baptist Church where she was a choir member and children’s choir leader. She was a very special person who touched many lives; she will be missed by all.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Lou Bennett and husband David of Franklin; two grandchildren, Charles Bennett of Del Rio, Texas and Patrick Bennett and wife Stephani of Omaha, Neb.; sister- in-law, Katherine Welborn and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 28, at Cowee Baptist Church. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Rd Franklin, NC 28734 or M.C.H. P.O. Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744

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



Camilla ‘Milla’ Ryann Watts

Camilla “Milla” Ryann Watts, newborn daughter of Kenneth Watts and Cass McDonald Watts of Dillard, Ga., entered into heaven and into the arms of the Lord shortly after birth at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Ronnie Watts. In addition to her parents, she is survived by one brother, Miles Watts; one sister, Mili Watts; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Debbie McDonald; paternal grandmother and step grandfather, Nancy and Roy Welborn; maternal great-grandmother, Sigga Alexander; paternal great-grandmothers, Naomi Watts, and Winnie Scroggs.

Services were held in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, July 1, with Rev. Jim Carver officiating. Burial followed in Rabun Memory Park

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



Edith Henry LopesEdith Henry Lopes

Edith Henry Lopes, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. Henry and Pearl Dills Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. “Bill” Lopes Sr. and two brothers, James and Harley. She was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church and was a retired school teacher.

She is survived by two children, Dean Cook and wife Glenda and Brenda Cook both of Franklin; brother, Jack Henry of Franklin; sister, Joyce Tucker of Pine Creek, N.C.; three granddaughters, Anita Harper, Misty Crisp and Deanna Cook; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 1, at Ellijay Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Tucker, Bobby Henry, John Henry, Johnny Dills, Bill Bowman and Robbie Hartsell. Memorial donations can be made to the Macon Citizens for the Handicap, 909 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Noah ‘Lee’ RogersNoah ‘Lee’ Rogers

Noah “Lee” Rogers, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on June 30, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Henry Rogers and Addie Miller Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harley, Harrison, Carl, Henry, Willis and Willard; sisters, Blanche Cabe, Valerie Ledford, Ellen Miller and grandson, David. He was a U.S. Army veteran; member of Franklin Church of God; enjoyed gardening and working in his machine shop.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha Vinson Rogers; son, Gary Rogers and wife Lou of Franklin; two grandchildren, Joel Rogers and wife Cheryl and Christina Joiner and husband Brent; great granddaughter, Eden Rogers and two sisters, Dorothy Gregory of Cornelia, Ga., and Roberta Holt of Rabun Gap, Ga.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 4, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Eugene Moore, Rev. Aaron Phillips, Rev. Joel Rogers and Rev. Michael Stephens will officiate. Burial will be in the Wright Cemetery. VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 will conduct military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jerry Rogers, Calvin Rogers, Darrell Gregory, Vernon Vinson, Dexter Vinson, Ernest Nix and Bryant Phillips.

Memorial donations can be made to the Faceless Generation Youth Ministry, C/O Sharon Lauffer, 108 Hannah Mtn. Lane, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Helen Mildred LeHew King

Helen Mildred LeHew King, 108, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014. Born in Grundy County, Mo., she was the daughter of the late James Clark and Martha Ellen Crawford LeHew. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wallace King, who died July 23, 1993.

She was a bookkeeper for several years; was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church and was a Sunday School Bible teacher.

She is survived by one niece, Georgia Helen Smith; and one nephew, Jerry LewHew of Western Colorado. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kassie LewHew, and a brother, Clifton LewHew.

Graveside services were held Saturday, June 28, at Highlands Memorial Park. Dr. Mark Ford officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Highlands First Baptist Church, PO Box 625, Highlands, NC 28741 or Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Wymer Lee GuestWymer Lee Guest

Wymer Lee Guest, 75, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Wiley Guest and Esther Guest Perry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Don Guest. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was past Master of the Leroy Duncan Lodge No. 262, F & AM Masonic Lodge, Atlanta, Ga. He enjoyed ginseng hunting, fishing, ruby mining, guitar playing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geneva Phillips Guest; three children, Donna Ledford and husband Joseph, and Kim Ferrell, both of Franklin, and Teresa Francisco and husband Ted of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Amanda, Brandon, Samuel, Dustin, Ryan, Trey, Keesta, Benjamin and Isabella; five great grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams will officiate. Burial will be in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145.

Pallbearers were Dustin Waldroop, Trey Ferrell, Joseph Ledford, Brandon Angel, Ted Francisco and E.J. Ramsey.

Memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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



Ella DurandElla Durand

Ella Durand, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 in a local nursing home.

Born in Sombor, Yugoslavia, she was the daughter of the late Walter Wise and Adel Litwin Wise. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Durand, a WWII veteran who died in 1964. She was of the Catholic faith. She worked as a hairdresser in New York and became a homemaker after her marriage and spent several years working on a novel taking place in the post WWII era. She enjoyed learning about other cultures, having traveled in Europe and Canada as a child, and Iceland as an adult. She was well-loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by a daughter, Julie Millican and husband Jerry, of Franklin; a son, Ronnie Anthony Durand and wife Klara of Coral Springs, Fla.; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Millican and Martin Paal.

She will be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, with her husband Roland.

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


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