11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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REACH fundraising competition completed

REACH’s Capital Campaign recently finished its “friendly” fundraising competition between local teams for the months of May and June in order to build a new shelter.

The American Legion and the VFW gave donations of $500 each to the “Bargains and Treasurers” team and helped them achieve second place in the competition. The donations helped give the team naming rights to the new shelter children’s playground.

“As team members of REACH for Bargains and Treasurers Thrift Store, we see clients of domestic violence in the store and hear their stories every day,” said team captain June Hernandez. “This fundraiser campaign gave us the opportunity to help in another way.”

Lambert wins costly Jackson sheriff runoff

In the Republican runoff election for the Jackson County Sheriff primary election, candidate Curtis Lambert defeated Jimmy Hodgins. The North Carolina Board of Elections website reported that out of 15,243 eligible ballots in Jackson County, 239 or 1.57 percent were cast.

Lambert, who, at 424 votes received the most votes during the May primary election, once again beat out Hodgins in the runoff with 129 votes. Although Lambert received the majority of the votes in May, he did not procure the 40 percent of votes needed to secure his place on the November ballot. Hodgins, who garnered 376 votes in May, requested the run-off election that wrapped up Tuesday night.

Macon historical museum acquires artifact

Visitors to downtown Franklin can take in authentic artifacts of the area inside the Macon County Historical Museum for hours if they so choose, but now they can also see what is believed to be an artifact handmade by the Cherokee indians right outside on the sidewalk.

The 3,500 pound trough arrived outside the historical museum at 5:30 a.m. by way of crane just last week.

“It was loaded on a flat bed truck with a crane and then unloaded right here by crane again,” said Robert Shook, Curator and director of the museum. “That's quite a stone that it's made from. I don't know how the Cherokee moved it.”

 

17th Annual Sweet Corn Festival draws a crowd

The Sweet Corn Festival held at St. Cyprian’s Church on Saturday hosted a variety of food, crafts, vendors, musicians and much more.

The festival has been a Franklin tradition for 17 years.

 

 

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Deaths & Funerals



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.




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.




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.




Reva June MayReva June May

Reva June May, 75, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, N.C. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived most of her life in Buncombe County before moving to Hendersonville 15 years ago. She was a retired Deputy Clerk of Court for Buncombe County. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Julius H. and Elva Dills Morgan. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Christine Mason, Carmel Cope, and Faye Selby; and two brothers, Doyle and Don Morgan.

Surviving are a daughter, Robin Bishop and husband, Randy of Flat Rock; two sisters, Juanita Holden of Andrews, and Angie Bateman and husband Morris of Nantahala; two brothers, Andy Morgan and wife Judy of Bryson City, and Ray Morgan and wife, Shelby of Topton; a sister-in-law, Bessie Morgan of High Point; two grandchildren, Miranda Bishop of Winston Salem, and Garrett Bishop of Flat Rock; and a devoted companion, Jerry Burrell Sr. of Asheville.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28, in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Hill Baptist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Reva June May to the Elizabeth House, 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews is in charge of all arrangements. A guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



David Richard BradleyDavid Richard Bradley

David Richard Bradley, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Howard Bradley and Opal Breedlove Bradley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Bradley. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and owner and operator of Overland Truck Tire Center. He was an active member of First Baptist Church serving as the sound technician for 25 years; was a member of the Gideon’s International and member of the Civil Air Patrol. He was a gentle, honest, kind-hearted and above all, God-fearing man. He loved life and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need and would do anything he could to help his family, friends and neighbors. He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elaine Baldwin Bradley; a daughter, Gwen Bradley of Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jack Jarrett, Rev. Robert Brown and Rev. Jim Dusek will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 will conduct military graveside rites.

Pallbearers were Ronald Bradley Jr., Randy Stanfield, Alfonso Schiebel, Brad Shiebel, Russell Stanfield and Bobby Peek. “The Good Ole Boys” will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Jim and Evelyn Hughes, 190 Dean Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Harold Pinkney CorbinHarold Pinkney Corbin

Harold Pinkney Corbin, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Henry D. Corbin and Maggie Seay Corbin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joann Hopkins Corbin and brothers and sisters, Margaret Pendergrass, Linwood Osborne, H.D. Corbin, Clarence Corbin, Clyde Corbin and two infant siblings.

He served his country for four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was passionately involved in politics all of his adult life and was able to work with both political parties for the betterment of the fellowman, the county, the district and the state of N.C. He served his state as a member of the Council of Government, a member of the Parks & Parkway Commission and a member of the State Health Coordinating Council. The Governor of North Carolina awarded him The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a North Carolina citizen. In May 2014, he was honored by Congressman Mark Meadows when Meadows read a proclamation on the floor of the United States House of Representatives honoring Mr. Corbin for his lifetime of achievements. The proclamation is now part of the permanent Congressional Record stored in the Library of Congress. He served his district as chairman of the Southwestern Planning Commission, Dept. on Aging Board, and chaired a committee that raised $19.5 million to purchase and preserve 4,600 acres of the Needmore property. The property is now owned and managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. He served on the Smoky Mountain Host board of directors. He served his county with four years as chairman of the Macon County Board of Commissioners; served on the Macon County Health Board, Macon County Recreation Park Commission Economic Development Board, Tourist Development Board, Macon Program for Progress Board, Macon Board of Elections, Macon County Airport Authority, Little Tennessee Watershed Association, Macon County Folk Heritage Commission and Folk Festival Commission. He was president of Macon County’s Little League Baseball and Football. He was active in the first community theatre group, “The Nantahala Players.” He attended Holly Springs Baptist Church since birth and served as a faithful member since the age of 12. He was a member of the Historic Committee, served as church parliamentarian, served on the Transitional Team Committee and enjoyed being a greeter on Sunday morning.

He is survived by his wife, Dean Breedlove Corbin; children, Kevin Corbin and wife Beth, Kelly Corbin and wife Dayna both of Franklin, Rachel Lynn Sanders and husband Vance of Juneau, Alaska and Lisa Parker and husband Dale of Selma, N.C.; sister, Sarah Penland and husband Pete of Franklin; grandchildren, Joey Corbin and wife Candice, Kristi Corbin, Brooke Corbin, Second Lt. Matthew Corbin and wife Charissa, Maggie Corbin, Logan Sanders, Jacob Sanders, Molly Sanders, Christopher Wilmoth and PVT 1st Class Drew Wilmoth; great granddaughter, Paysleigh Reid Corbin and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 21, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Dr. Charles Harris, Rev. Brandon Breedlove and Rev. Mike Corbin officiated. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Barry Corbin, Ron Corbin, Mike Penland, Steve Penland, Tom Pendergrass and Phil Pendergrass.

Memorial donations can be made to the Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 366 Holly Springs Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



John L. RedrupJohn L. Redrup

Major John Lyle Redrup, USAF (Ret), 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 11.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 2, 1917, he was the son of the late John Redrup and Anna Redrup. In addition, he was preceded in death by his wife, Adele Jenkins Redrup who died in 2005 and his sister, Elva Redrup, who died in 2013.

He flew more than 8,000 hours in a multitude of airplanes between 1937 and 2007. His flying days spanned open cockpit biplanes to our highest performance jets. While mostly in fighters, he also flew the B-57 Canberra, a plane that carried a nuclear bomb. An enlisted pilot in training during WWII, he became an officer and made the transition from the Army Air Force to the U.S. Air Force. During the first days of the Korean War, he was among the F-82 Twin Mustang pilots checking weather over Korea. They were also out to intercept possible enemy planes heading toward U.S. bases in Japan and to attack enemy tanks.

For much of the 1950s, Maj. Redrup was an active participant in the Cold War, that fearful time of hostile relations between the USSR and USA without direct military engagement. He was an all-weather jet interceptor pilot flying missions out of Japan and McGuire AFB, N.J. to protect the nation and its allies from attack.

After retirement in 1965, he managed the Flight Safety pilot training operations in Vero Beach, Fla. He came to Franklin in 1974 as operator of the Macon County Airport.

Well into his 80s, he continued flying firefighting missions for the N.C. Forest Service. His personal bright yellow 1946 Cessna was a common sight over the county for many years.

Since 1985, he was president of the Macon County Aviation Historical Society. He also chaired several of the volunteer-arranged air shows at the county airport.

A lover of books, he was a dedicated volunteer for more than 20 years at the Friends of the Library bookstore until earlier this year. For close to 30 years, he was chairman of the informal Saturday Breakfast Bunch that meets at the Sunset Restaurant.

He is survived by two sons, John Redrup Jr. and wife Leslie of Melbourne, Fla., and Alan Redrup and wife Linda of Philadelphia; step-daughters, Betsy Jenkins Bird and husband Kinzie of Memphis, Tenn.; Amelia Adele Jenkins of Kailua, Hawaii; and step-son, Tommy Jenkins and wife Robin of Franklin. His former wife, Dorothy Redrup, passed away in 1995. He had numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren.

He is also survived by more friends than most people ever have and a loyal and well-loved Jack Russell terrier named Ben.

The family will hold a memorial service and reception at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, Saturday, June 28, at 4 p.m. Pastor Alan Redrup will preside.

Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society of the U.S., 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.



Dorothy Mae Canfield

Dorothy Mae Canfield, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on June 14, 2014.

Born in Pikeville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Bill Cowden and Bertha Looney Cowden. She was a member of Westside Church of Christ; worked at Whitley Plant and worked at the Welcome Center.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, John Canfield; two children, John Canfield of Chattanooga, Tenn. and William Canfield (Stacey) of Corpus Christi, Texas; two sisters, Mary Dooley of Dunganer, Va., and Phyliss Cowher of Ft. Myers, Fla.; four brothers, Dale Cowden of Frankfort, Germany, Danny Cowden of Kingsport, Tenn., Ricky Cowden and Glenn Cowden, both of Roanoke, Va., and one grandchild.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 17, at Westside Church of Christ. John Gurtler officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Gloria Jean Smith SouthardGloria Jean Smith Southard

Gloria Jean Smith Southard, 41, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Born in Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Paul Smith and Geraldine Forga Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Anthony. She was a teacher for Macon Program for Progress and had a special love for kids. She was a member of Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church; enjoyed camping, going to the lake and participating in water sports. Most of all, she enjoyed being with her friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Marty Southard; two children, Tyler Pullen and Morgan Southard both of Franklin; sister, Rita Laws (Ed) of Crabtree, N.C.; two brothers, Eddie Smith (Marie Mellott) of Waynesville, N.C., and Kenny Smith (Shelli) of Waynesville; three aunts; two uncles and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Wednesday, June 25, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tommy Fouts, Rev. Sharon Geiger, Rev. Lee Russell and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Fulbright Cemetery, Haywood County.

Memorial donations can be made to the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church, C/O Belva Edwards, 1081 Jones Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Lorene Wilson Talley

Lorene Wilson Talley, 86, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014. Born in Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe W. and Rebecca Smart Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Salinas Talley, who died January 26, 1993.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who liked reading, gardening and quilting and was the family historian.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen McCall and Pam Talley both of Highlands; a brother, David Wilson of Mills River, N.C.; one grandchild, Jenna Marie McCall; and two great grandchildren, Addisyn Rilee Jean Bryant and Jayden Thomas Bryant. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Smith, and four brothers, Glenn, Wilburn, John and Lester Wilson.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 22, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Andy Cloer and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Mountain Top Relay for Life, Attn. Christy Kelly, PO Box 1442, Highlands, NC 28741 or Highlands Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



T.L. Jamison

T.L. Jamison, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 16, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Grover Jamison Sr. and Mary Bradley Jamison. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, receiving the Purple Heart; retired from the U.S. Postal Service and worked many years at Jamison Jewelers. He was member of Cowee Baptist Church and a member of VFW Post 7339.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Norton Jamison; three children, Eva Emmrich of Fort Myers, Fla., Thomas Loring Jamison of Hayesville, N.C., and Millie Collins of Greenville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Tamara, Lyndsay and Callie; nephew, Bobby Hunt and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, June 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. David Powell officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bill Jamison, Farrell Jamison, Charles Jamison, David Jamison, Phil Jamison, Clark Shope and Hugh Constance.

Memorial donations can be made to the Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Lt. Colonel Walter F. WidmanLt. Colonel Walter F. Widman

Lt. Colonel Walter F. Widman, 96, went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2014, at Angel Hospital in Franklin, N.C. Born Dec. 23, 1917, in Newark, N.J.. he was the son of Harry Widman and Hazel Newton Widman. He was preceded in death by brothers, Harold and Robert Widman; sister, Gladys Widman Place; daughters, Joy Ann Widman and Daryl Lee Widman Pakkala.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Norma; three grandchildren, Jason Pakkala, T/Sgt. Keven Pakkala and Jennifer Erin Prince; four great-grandchildren, Brett, Logan, Ethan and Isabel.

He graduated from Roseville High School in Newark, N.J. He was a member of Roseville Masonic Lodge. He joined the military and after training, became a navigator. His crew was formed and assigned to a B-24. After more training, he was sent to Africa and Foggia, Italy. He was with the 459th Bombardment group. He kept a journal that vividly recounts the details of his flight missions over the course of a period from late March to August 1944. His journal describes the harrowing experiences and narrow escapes of a man who had lost five sets of tent-mates during the war. He mainly flew missions into Germany, but also Romania, Austria, and Southern France. On April 28, he counts one unfortunate flight in which the crew and one of his best friends was lost. He was duty officer that day which meant he did not fly. The right wing hit the tower and blew up. All were destroyed. Wally went from one crew to another; always coming back. God was with him. He returned to the United States but not before he was asked if he would fly 50 more missions to which he replied, “No thanks.” He was sent to Boca Raton, Fla., where he met Norma who was at Lake Worth for a vacation with an aunt. He was then a First Lieutenant with a Packard convertible. They had a grand time seeing the Palm Beaches. Norma’s father sent her a message saying, “Come home.” Wally knew he had lost the girl with whom he had fallen in love but after 200 love letters, they became engaged and were married in September 1945 in Lakewood, Ohio. The Atomic Bomb was dropped just before that and Wally decided to leave the Air Force and go back to Newark. Norma was not thrilled but they went for three years at which time Wally decided to go back in to the Air Force. They went to Topeka, Kan., Travis AFB California, Rapid City, S.D., Houston, Texas, Sacramento, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and as life got better, to London, England for three years. Here, Wally helped monitor Gary Powers, the U2 pilot who was shot down. He also served at the Pentagon for five years in the Office of Assignments. In Omaha, (Strategic Air Command) he worked in Intelligence, flew with General Curtis E. LeMay and briefed him on Secret Projects.

Wally was assigned to Ramstein, Germany, where he was Chief of Contingency Plans for the 17th Air Force – Europe. He was a Lt. Colonel by then. Along the way, he received a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as his Master’s degree in Aerospace Management from the University of Southern California. In 1971, he retired from the USAF. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He then taught high school for 10 years in St. Petersburg, Fla., at Mirror Lake. He taught “employability skills” or “How to Get a Job.” In 1978, the Widmans found Franklin and have always loved it and the people. They had a summer home in Swiss Colony and then a permanent home in Patton Valley. They attended Patton Methodist Church and Wolffork Baptist Church in Rabun County, Ga. He lived a good life and was adored by all who knew him.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor Jim Greer officiated. Burial was in the Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund 119 Patton Church Road, NC 28734; Wolffork Baptist Church, 453 Wolffork Church Rd, Rabun Gap, GA 30568; or the Veteran’s Memorial C/O American Legion, PO Box 474, Franklin, NC 28744 (http://veteransmemorialmaconcounty.org/).

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


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