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Secretary of Commerce touts plan for economic growth

North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker spent last Friday afternoon touring a handful of the “homegrown” businesses in Macon County.

Starting at Drake Software, Decker met with business owners and employees to discuss what makes living in Macon County so great.

After Drake Software, Decker, who was accompanied by Macon County Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins, Decker stopped at Duotech to receive a tour of the manufacturing facilities from Engineer Rich Peoples.

Search efforts continue for missing Jackson teen

It has been more than a week since Alec Lansing walked away from a camping trip in Jackson County. That means it has been more than a week since his mother Pamela, or any friends and family have heard from the teen.

The camping trip Alec was on hosted by Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy Program in Lake Toxaway, was intended to be a wilderness therapy camp for the group of high-risk teens. Alec, a slim young man at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 140 pounds, the 17-year-old was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeve fleece and boots, before he walked away from the camp last Monday.

Saturday Cruise-In benefits Toys for Tots in WNC

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the community turned out to help the Toys for Tots program gather donations.

The event took place at Smoky Mountain Chevrolet where attendees were treated to an antique car show, fun and games, and fellowship.  Every year volunteers disperse toy donations to area children during the holidays.

 

 

Chamber reviving Miss Franklin pageant

Winner won’t be eligible for state pageant until 2016.

Most of the residents of Franklin don't realize that there was once a Miss Franklin pageant. Local women would vie for the chance at the title and then they were able to move on to the Miss North Carolina pageant. According to Cindy Cavender of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, those pageants ended in the early 1990s but now they're about make a comeback.

“We just thought that this would be a really good thing for the Franklin area and the people that live here. Something fun to bring back and take pride in,” she said.

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Deaths & Funerals

 



Annette Dalrymple MooreAnnette Dalrymple Moore

Annette Dalrymple Moore, 78, of McDonough, Ga., passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. She was born in Macon County, North Carolina, the daughter of the late William and Blanche Martin Dalrymple. She was married to L. A. Moore, who died in 1987. She was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother and a member of the First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Moore; three sisters, Mary Frances Parker, Doris Rickman, Sarah Conley, and a brother, Tommy Dalrymple.

She is survived by two sons, Logan A. Moore Jr. and his wife, Janet of McDonough, Ga., and Landon A. Moore and his wife Tammy of Alvin, Texas; and three grandchildren, Lauren A. Moore, Alexis Moore, and Dylan Moore.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Crawford Moore Jr., Dylan Moore, Jimmy Conley, Jim Parker, David Parker, and Frank Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC, 29605.

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



Rosalind H. McDonald

Rosalind H. McDonald, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Born in Sebastian County, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Russell Byron Hall and Adele Jeane Marney Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John McDonald. She retired from banking in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.

She is survived by close friends, Virginia Wright and Jo Ann Phillips of Franklin, Rev. Gary Brown and Barbara Williams of Arizona.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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



Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Anna SchurmanVeronica ‘Ronnie’ Anna Schurman

Veronica “Ronnie” Anna Schurman, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Born in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of Joseph Biro of Franklin and the late Veronica Biro. She was former owner of Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop. She loved Bible research and watching sports. She was a college professor at North Western Connecticut Community College where she taught mathematics. She attended Franklin Seventh- Day Adventist Church.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 45 years, “Rog” Schurman of Franklin; son, John Brennan of Vermont and brother, Paul Biro and wife Yvonne of Dallas, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Franklin Seventh-Day Adventist Church, PO Box 639, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Diane Wyles Miller

Diane Wyles Miller, 66, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., she was the daughter of the late John Robert Wyles and Mary Elizabeth Jordan Wyles. She retired from Allstate where she worked as a claims adjuster. She was a member of the Red Hats Society, enjoyed cross stitching and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, James Miller; sister, Daryl Wyles-Sager and husband Dwain of Franklin; two brothersin- law, Richard Miller and wife Sarah of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Frank Miller of Charlotte, N.C.; special friend, Carol Fritz of Franklin; nephew, Jason Miller and wife Samantha and niece, RuthAnn Miller.

Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 (aka Macon County Humane Society).

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



Onna Aurora DempseyOnna Aurora Dempsey

Onna Aurora Dempsey, infant daughter of Erica St Laurent and Andrew P. Dempsey passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

Surviving in addition to the parents are two brothers, Kameron and Ashton Dempsey, a half sister, Kiara Dempsey; a half brother, Jeremiah Dempsey; maternal grandmother, Christy Burns, and paternal grandparents, Patrick and Tammie Dempsey.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Darren Cochran officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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



David Lee Schinske

David Lee Schinske, 59, of Roswell, N.M., and formerly of Franklin and Otto, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

He was born Dec. 10, 1954, in Galien, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Lorna Hester Schinske of Roswell, and his two children, Anna Marie Schinske of Albuquerque, N.M. and Stacey Lynn Schinske also of Albuquerque.

He is also survived by four sisters, one brother and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

As per his longstanding request, there will be no service or visitation. After organ donation, he will be cremated. His ashes will be scattered on the on the beaches of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.



Ronald ‘Vic’ TrineRonald ‘Vic’ Trine

Ronald “Vic” Trine, 82, of Franklin, N.C., was prayed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Born in Indio, Calif., he was the son of the late Victor Trine and Ruth Ellen Bowlin Trine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Ellen Blondun. He was a U.S. Army veteran, past president of the Gem Capital Auto Club and member of First Alliance Church. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carmen Joy Trine; six children, Ronald V. Trine Jr., Richard Randolph Trine, Tina Mae Romanowski, Robin Lea Haase, Catherine Jean Langereis and Victor Randal “Randy” Trine; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and godchildren, Bob and Deana Golding.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger and Rev. Carson Gibson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Alliance Church Missions, The Great Commission Fund, 31 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Shirley Ann Melling

Shirley Ann Melling, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. She was born in Tampa, Fla. She was married to the late Barry Melling. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Spath of Tallahassee, Fla., and her son, Robert Paul Connor III of Ypsilati, Mich.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Bessie R. MosesBessie R. Moses

Bessie R. Moses, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Russell and Pearl Rochester Russell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Clyde Edmond Moses, who died Sept. 17, 2006; sister, Bertha Chestnut; and three brothers, Leonard, Paul and Edgar. She was an active member of Higdonville Baptist Church, serving as Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was a very talented seamstress and an excellent cook. Most of all she was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved companion, Boyd Team; two children, Connie Corbin and husband David and Charlene Bryson both of Franklin; two step children, Carmella Pruett and husband Tom and Ed Moses and wife Mary Lou Moses both of Franklin; brother, Johnnie Ray Russell of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 10, at Higdonville Baptist Church. Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. Ronnie Owens officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Lawton Houston, Lloyd McCall, Earl Towery, Larry Raby, Randall Hegwood, Ricky Bryson and Heath Higdon.

Memorial donations can be made to West Care Home Health & Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779 or Higdonville Baptist Church, C/O Harold Rayborn, 1459 Cat Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mary Belle Ledford HodginMary Belle Ledford Hodgin

Mary Belle Ledford Hodgin, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Harley Ledford and Nellie Watts Ledford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Danny “Red” Hodgin; grandson, Matthew Hodgin; brothers, James, John and Glenn Ledford, and sisters, Bessie Ledford, Kate Speed, Irene Ledford and Betty Daniel. She was a member of Gillespie Chapel Methodist Church. She retired from Belden and enjoyed cooking and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Odell Hodgin; two sons, Wayne Hodgin and wife Ruby and Clifford Hodgin and wife Kathy, all of Franklin; three daughters, Diane Johnson and husband R.V. of Sylva, Lynne Gregory and husband Terry and Cathy Williams and husband Roger, both of Franklin; brother, Bob Ledford of Royston, Ga., and sister, Linda Ledford of Danielsville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Cloer, Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Cale Stancil officiated. Burial was in Hodgin Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Hodgin, Casey Hodgin, Justin Hodgin, Josh Gregory, Dylan Cabe, Eddie Daniel, Jon Moore and Timmy Ledford.

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



Mary Lee Alley Robinson

Mary Lee Alley Robinson of Franklin, N.C., died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Judge Felix E. Alley Jr. and Margaret Hall Alley, and granddaughter of the late Judge Felix E. Alley of Waynesville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, CMSGT Robert L. Robinson, retired USAF.

She is survived by three sons, Robert L. Robinson of Cody, Wyo., Roger K. Robinson of Titusville, Fla., and Richard M. Robinson, of Franklin; daughter, Rosslyn G. Madera and granddaughter of Honolulu, Hawaii, and a sister, Betty Gene Alley of Franklin.

No services are planned.

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



Frank Eugene HooperFrank Eugene Hooper

Frank Eugene Hooper, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Major Madison Hooper and Mattie McMahan Hooper. He was a talented hairstylist and an excellent cook. He was a faithful member of Windy Gap Baptist Church, enjoyed going on mission trips and was a beloved husband, wonderful father and papaw.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dianne Seay Hooper; two sons, Bryan Hooper and wife Star, and Tracy Hooper, both of Franklin; two brothers, Donald Hooper and wife Kathy of Clyde, and Glen Hooper and wife Rhonda, of Sylva; sister, Virginia Mathis and husband Everett of Franklin; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the Brasstown Cemetery in Jackson County.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Macon Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be George Scott, Trenton Franks, Lane Hooper, Trevor Burns, Cody Hooper and Terry Litrell.

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.



Ann Carolyn O’Cain BischoffAnn Carolyn O’Cain Bischoff

Ann Carolyn O’Cain Bischoff, 76, died peacefully in Lake County, Florida, on Nov. 3, 2014. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Margurite Eltonhead Lockton and William F. O’Cain II. She moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1948 and lived in the Conway area. She was a member of the first four-year term class at Edgewater High School 60 years ago and then attended Orlando Junior College and Rollins College, majoring in Business Administration. During her working years, she was a secretary in the construction industry (Addison Steel, Orlando, Fla.); a nursing secretary; and joined with her husband in citrusgrowing and packing and in commercial property development and management.

She loved to travel in the U.S.A., with trips out of country to Ireland, England and Europe. She and her husband, Ron, had property in Macon County, N.C., (Otto) for 46 years and spent as much time as possible in the mountains of North Carolina and North Georgia. She was interested in genealogy and ancestry as an ancestor of early Carolinas and Tidewater, Va., families. Her father’s family, coming from the Orangeburg District (Jamison Saint Matthews) of South Carolina and her mother’s family coming from the Tidewater Rappahannock River – Rose Guild Plantation area. Her great grandfather, Aquilla Watson O’Cain, was a Confederate Major, lawyer and judge and her great grandmother, Julia Jenkins was with North Carolina ties. The O’Cains were settled in North Central Florida as early as the 1850s (Methodist Circuit Riders – Swanee, Columbia, Lake Sumter) and had ties to the Rast Family of South Carolina.

She made many lasting friends over her lifetime: twins, Rose Vieth and Dora Meeks of Maryland; Imogene Nichols from high school, who now lives in Tennessee; John and Jan Knudsen and family of Longwood, Fla.; The John Bronson family of Kissimmee, Fla.; The Ponce family of St. Cloud, Fla., and Pat Wolfe of Orlando, Fla.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ronald K. Bischoff (residing between Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla., and Otto, N.C.); brother, William (Louise) O’Cain of Franklin, N.C.: nephew, Daryll (Marcie) O’Cain with their son, Ryan, of Raleigh, N.C.: nephew, Steve (Carol) O’Cain with their sons, Sam and Daniel of Crawfordville, Fla.; mother-in-law, Julia Bischoff of LaPorte, Colo.; sister-in-law, Donna (George) Rehm of LaPorte, Colo.; sister-in-law, Joyce (Gregor) West of Cliffe, Colo.; step-daughter, Andrea Apodaca of Arora, Colo.; step-grandson, Jerome Apodaca of Arora, Colo.; her husband’s nephew, Scott (Emily) Gregor of Lake Park, Ga.; her husband’s niece, Annette (Mike) Singer of Pioneer, Ohio, and neighbors and friends in Otto, Gene and Ingrid O’Neil and Margaret Shoen.

She attended Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church when in the area and felt close ties to its wonderful congregation and Pastor Don Barber.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Pastor Don Barber officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Franklin. Pallbearers were Scott Gregor, Steve O’Cain, Daryl O’Cain, RandyBronson, John Kundsen and Ray Reese.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church, Post Office Box 333, Rabun Gap, GA 30568; The Salvation Army, Franklin, NC or The Salvation Army, Leesburg, FL.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC – 828-524- 2411.



Ruth Cheryl Champion

Ruth Cheryl Champion, 63, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

Born in Augusta, Ga., she was the daughter of Victoria Adkinson Bowman and the late Dewell Keen. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed Keen and Bruce Keen. She was an interior designer and enjoyed life and the outdoors.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by three brothers, Mark Keen, James Keen and Timothy Keen; close friends, Johnathan Chadd and Candace Olsen and beloved pets, Misty and Bingo. A private service will be held at a later date.

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



Eleanor Gross ReganEleanor Gross Regan

Eleanor Gross Regan, 85, peacefully passed into the presence of her Lord Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. She was born March 9, 1929, in Napoleon, N.D., to the late Margaret Burgad and Clemenz Gross. She was also preceded in death by her beloved stepfather, George P. Jochim.

She married the late Thomas Franklin Regan on June 30, 1949, and is survived by children: Richard Regan of Las Vegas, Nev., Lucinda R. Wolfe (James) of Virginia Beach, Va., Suzanne R. Hawkinson (Robin) of Stevensville, Mont., Gary Regan (Noelle) of Bullhead City, Ariz., Jane R. Long (Loren) of Franklin, N.C.; and grandchildren Heather J. Hawkinson of Charleston, S.C., Cody Hawkinson (Nicole) of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Levi Hawkinson (Charlene) of Los Angeles, Regan and Graham Long of Franklin,; three great grandchildren, Layney and McKinley Hawkinson, Milan Hawkinson, and two step great-grandchildren Jackson and Madison Spencer; four sisters, Margaret Jochim Juley of Boulder City, Nev.; Adeline Jochim Konnoff of Castro Valley, Calif.; Jeanette Jochim Stevens (Brad) of Rapid City, S.D.; and Jean Jochim Thomas (Richard) of Rapid City, S.D.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She lived in Montana, Arizona, Oregon, and Franklin, where she enjoyed gardening on Wilkie Street. She was known as “Grandma Oregon” by her older grandchildren. An avid reader, she always enjoyed learning new things and graduated from Shiloh Christian Institute in 1991, in Montana. She participated in various ministries and had a heart for helping others.

The family would like to thank the Macon Valley Nursing staff who gave her devoted, loving care in her later years.

No service or visitation is planned. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Franklin, handled by Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a ministry Eleanor thoroughly enjoyed: Dynamic Women of the Word, 257 Rose Creek Trail, Franklin, NC.

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



Doyle Michael WoodDoyle Michael Wood

Doyle Michael Wood, 57, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

He was born in Macon County on Jan. 2, 1957, and was a lifelong resident of Highlands. He is survived by his parents, Vic and Betty Wood of Highlands; a brother, Scott of Highlands and a son, Quinton of Highlands. He graduated from Highlands High School in 1975 and Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Business in 1979. He pursued his passion for construction and was a master carpenter by trade. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking and fishing. When not outdoors, he enjoyed playing guitar and painting. He was widely known for his humor and wit and family and friends will fondly remember his ability to keep them laughing. He was a loving, compassionate man who loved his family and friends deeply without reservation and the love was returned by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Shortoff Baptist Church. Rev. Andy Cloer will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Shortoff Baptist Church, C/O Edna Crisp, 100 Crisp Road, Highlands, NC 28741, where Michael was a member.

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


Gabriel Lucas Bates/HigginsGabriel Lucas Bates/Higgins

Gabriel Lucas Bates/Higgins, infant son of Nick Higgins and Amber Lyn Bates passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in a Charlotte hospital.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, James and Cathy Bates, and a half-brother, Jude Higgins all of Franklin.

Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 10, at Union United Methodist Cemetery with Rev. Shannon Sayer officiating.

Contributions may be made to the family, Amber Lyn Bates, 10818 GA Rd., Otto, NC 28763.

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

 



Mildred Reese Kagan

Mildred Reese Kagan of Highlands, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga., died of cardiac arrest on Sept. 26, 2014. She is survived by her dear husband, Dr. Irving G. Kagan; her daughters, Mila and Jule Kagan, and her sonin- law Daniel Rosebaum.

She was born on Oct. 19, 1920. She was educated at Hunter College and received a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. She met her husband in the Fordham University library, a fitting space for a woman imbued with language and literature. They embarked upon a passionate, at times fiery, and loving, 74-year marriage.

She began her professional career working with foster care children in Michigan, where her husband was completing his doctorate. She later spent two decades working with families in Social Service agencies, first in Philadelphia and then in Atlanta. Subsequently she became one of the first social workers to establish a private psychotherapy practice. Although she worked as a psychotherapist primarily with adults and couples for more than three decades, she always identified as a social worker. As a testament to her intuition, expertise and embracing heart, she healed many couples in immense distress. In addition, she was a proponent of group psychotherapy and maintained an active group practice until her semi-retirement in her late 80s.

She was also a lover of modern dance. Martha Graham served as her icon, and she brought Graham techniques to children in WoChiCa camp in the Catskills. She was passionate about racial equality and social justice, particularly as it pertained to the rights of underprivileged children. She lived by her credo which she imparted to all who encountered her: Live Fully ... Care Deeply.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, will be hosting a Celebration of her life on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. The church is located at 85 Sierra Drive, Franklin.



Lillian Virginia Queen NortonLillian Virginia Queen Norton

Lillian Virginia Queen Norton, 75, of Franklin N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late John Claude Queen and Gladys Elizabeth Holcomb Queen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim” Marshall Norton and four brothers, Bob, TJ, Jim and Dean Queen. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of South Macon Baptist Church.

She is survived by three children, Renee Smith of Augusta, Ga., Chris Norton and wife Missy of Otto and Steve Norton and wife Valerie of Franklin; four brothers, George Queen of Charlotte, N.C., Allen Queen of Mtn. City, Ga., Calvin Queen of Franklin and Keith Queen of Lockhardt, S.C.; two sisters, Annette Dockins of Marietta, S.C., and Barbara Roberts of Marble, N.C.; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and very special friend, Alsa Simonds.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 8, at South Macon Baptist Church. Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Albert Grey and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Newman Chapel Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Rev. James Wiley GibsonRev. James Wiley Gibson

Rev. James Wiley Gibson, 84, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

He was born in Macon County on Nov. 26, 1929, the eldest son of the late Rev. James Carroll Gibson and Eva Jane Houston Gibson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Guffey Elliott. He grew up in the Liberty community on Cowee Creek. He was saved and joined the Liberty Baptist Church where he served the church as Sunday School director, teacher and deacon before going into ministry. In 1962, he was ordained into the ministry of our Lord. He pastored churches in Macon, Jackson and Haywood counties. While pastoring in Macon he attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville, N.C. In 1973, he moved to Dillon, Mont., to start the Beaverhead Baptist Mission which later became the Beaverhead Baptist Church. He moved back to Franklin to pastor Longview Baptist Church. In 1983, he moved back to Montana to pastor the Libby Baptist Church in Libby, Mont. He later returned to Macon County to continue his ministry and pastored numerous churches around the area. He was the oldest active member of the Macon Baptist Association and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church. In his 52 years of ministry, he pastored churches in North Carolina, Washington and Montana. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Allie Hedden Gibson; five children, Freda Raby of Mitchell, Ga., Barbara June Raby and husband Tim of Clarkesville, Ga., James Connie Gibson and wife Janice, Larry Gibson and Kathie Gibson Parris, all of Franklin; brother, Rev. Carson Gibson and wife Sonjia of Franklin; sister, Eloise Poindexter of Franklin; ten grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Windy Gap Baptist Church. Rev. Carson Gibson, Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Jim Dusek and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery.

Deacons of Windy Gap Baptist Church served as pallbearers. Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

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



 




Helen A. ‘Beckie’ GarrettHelen A. ‘Beckie’ Garrett

Helen A. “Beckie” Garrett, 99, of Valparaiso, Ind., and formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. She was born on Oct. 2, 1915, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Arthur and Helen (Fey) Becker. She graduated from Valparaiso High School and had worked for Mox Ruge Law Office, Valparaiso First State Bank, and a term as Porter County Recorder. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, and had been a member and secretary at the First Baptist Church of Franklin.

On Jan. 23, 1948, in Owensboro, Ky., she married Nobel “Slim” Garrett who preceded her in death in 1978. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Art and George, and four sisters, Geneva, Dorothy, Catherine, and Pauline.

She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation Center 606 Wall St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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



Robert Edward WileyRobert Edward Wiley

Robert (Bob) Edward Wiley, 75, of Franklin, N.C., died suddenly on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. He was born in Ballston Spa, N.Y., July 23, 1939.

He married Nancy Bild in 1961, in Miami, Fla., and together they built a wonderful life full of family, friends, and adventure.

He obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at Georgia Tech and was commissioned in the Army after graduation. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Georgia State University.

He worked for the Coca-Cola Company as a professional engineer for 30 years. After retirement, he worked with the startup of the new city of Sandy Springs, Ga. Once moving to Franklin, he served as chairman of the beautification committee for the Franklin Garden Club and was in charge of the maintenance of the two town squares. He was a member and treasurer of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Franklin.

He served in the U.S. Army for five years and was stationed in Germany and Vietnam as an Army Captain. They lived in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. He led the building of bottling plants for Coca-Cola in Russia, South Africa, China, the Philippines, Venezuela,and Ireland.

Among his many hobbies were wood working and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Bild Wiley, who resides in Franklin; son, Edward Robert Wiley, married to Sarah Denham Wiley; two grandsons, Robert Edward Wiley and Samuel Charles Wiley, all of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Charles Hammond Wiley and wife Suzan, of Marietta, Ga.; three brothers, Walter Wiley of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., William Wiley of Santa Clara, Calif., and Ronald Wiley of The Villages, Fla.; and seven nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held Nov. 1, with reception following at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Longtime friend and Pastor Dr. Phillip Kuehnert of Williamsburg, Va., officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be sent to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 235 Sloan Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Dr. Frederick A. BergerDr. Frederick A. Berger

Dr. Frederick A. Berger of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Oct. 18, 2014, in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a brief but intense, courageous battle against cancer.

To summarize Dr. Berger’s life and character in a short composition is not possible, but the words of one of his lifelong friends may help to convey what we all will miss: “Fred was one of the most highly intelligent, talented people you might know, who was completely devoid of ego and 100 percent honest. He was an ultrasweet man…who was completely comfortable with who he was and wasn't, and lived a beautiful life…”

Dr. Berger was born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 11, 1946. He graduated from Clayton High School, Clayton, Mo., in 1964, where he was known to his friends as “Bert.” He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1968. A member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Duke, his mellow demeanor and gentle sense of humor earned him the nickname “Amiable Fred.”

After graduating from Duke, he received his M.D. degree from St. Louis University. After completing his residency in 1975 at the University of Florida, Dr. Berger dedicated his career as a pediatrician in Franklin to serving his patients and their parents. He was, in fact, the only pediatrician in Franklin from 1975-1996. A throwback to the country doctors of yesteryear, Dr. Berger routinely took calls at home from those in need. In addition to his pediatric practice, he was the Center Physician at the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center since 1980.

Active in the Franklin community, Dr. Berger was a Rotarian; a founding member of Mountain Synagogue, for which he obtained a Holocaust Torah; past Director of the Carolina Mountain Bank, Franklin Office; past President and Secretary of the Mountain Pediatric Society; member of the Macon County Board of Health; member of the N.C. Pediatric Society; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; member on the Health Advisory Board for Macon Program for Progress and Early Head Start; and past Chief of Staff and Secretary at Angel Medical Center (AMC). On July 1, 2005, the AMC Women's and Children's Nursery was named for Dr. Berger in honor of 30 years of service.

Dr. Berger also shared his thespian and musical talents with the community. An enthusiastic singer, dancer, and actor, he was well-known as a regular performer with the Overlook Players, for which he was a founding member in 1996. He starred in comedic and Broadway musical roles ranging from Pharaoh and Pseudolus” to Tevya and Snoopy. Athletic and fit, Dr. Berger was an accomplished triathlete. To relax, he enjoyed guitar and golf, and for excitement he was an avid, loyal fan of the Duke Blue Devils.

Most of all, Dr. Berger was a family man -- a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He also was a dear friend to many, staying in close touch with buddies dating back to his early childhood.

Dr. Berger is survived by his wife, Lee; daughters Jennifer Brown (Robbie), Amy Richmond (Lea IV), and Stephanie Case (Brian); grandchildren Benjamin Brown, Nathaniel Brown, CeCe Richmond, Lea Richmond V, Zachry Richmond, and Della Case; his brother, Mike Berger (Janet); and nephews Matthew Berger and Marc Berger.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Frederick A. Berger, MD to Hematology and Oncology Gift Fund for Melanoma Research, WFBMC Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, PO Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157- 1021 or to the Foundation for Angel Medical Center, PO Box 1209, Franklin, NC 28744

Memorial services will held at 2:30 PM, November 23rd at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Dorrie Pratt and Rabi Janet Madden will officiate.

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



Margaret Bannister SmithMargaret Bannister Smith

Margaret Bannister Smith, 92, of Hartsville, S.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Born in Anderson, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Jesse Frank Bannister Sr. and Mattie Tribble Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Adam Leonard Smith who died Sept. 26, 2005; daughter, Emma “Ellie” Smith who died Feb. 6, 2005, and a son, Robert Donald Smith who died May 17, 2007. She was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Frank L. Smith of West Columbia, S.C.; daughter, Jane Privette and husband Jim of Hartsville, S.C.; brother, Jesse Frank Bannister Jr. of Columbia, S.C.; two sisters, Eleanor Cochran of Franklin and Becky Williams of Summerville, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 3, at Cowee Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Kinard, Rev. William Solomon and Rev. David Powell officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jacob Privette, Adam Privette, Matthew Privette, Andrew Privette, John Chastain and Mike Arnold.

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

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



Georgiana Emly Daffer CorrellGeorgiana Emly Daffer Correll

Georgiana Emly Daffer Correll, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Born in Somerset, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Floyd Daffer and Pauline Myers Daffer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Correll, and brother, Darold Daffer. She loved to paint and read. She was a member of First Christian Church.

She is survived by four children, Stanley Robert Correll and wife Cassandra of Chandler, Ariz., Nancy J. Rairdon and husband William of Reynolds, Ga., Marcia Anne Reid and husband Richard of Franklin and Laura Hobbs and husband Timothy of Yellville, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Brandon Reid, Rian Rairdon Troyer, Aliana Correll, Colon Correll, Tyler Hobbs, Christopher Hobbs and Mackenzie Hobbs; seven great grandchildren and one nephew.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lewis Smith officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice, Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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



Michael Hardin Shuler

Michael Hardin Shuler, 51 of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. He was born in Neurenburg, Germany, the son of Ray Shuler of Lawton, Okla., and Betty Gribble Acord of Franklin. He worked for Orkin Exterminator for 15 years. He was a graduate of Franklin High School, and a member of Union United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, son, father and grandfather, he liked to hunt, fish and hanging out at flea markets. on Saturday with his buddies.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terri Cox Shuler; a daughter, Sarah Shuler of Franklin; a stepson, Chris McGuire of Franklin; two brothers, Samuel Shuler of San Antonia, Texas and Mark Acord of Hartwell, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Christopher.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, with Rev. Janet Greene officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 4752 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Kenneth Dale WilsonKenneth Dale Wilson

Kenneth Dale Wilson, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

Born in Elmira, N.Y., he was the son of the late Kenneth Howe Wilson and Mable Cobb Wilson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and retired from the Army Reserves in 2004. He was a former restaurateur, managing and operating Curly’s Chicken House in Elmira and Ithaca, N.Y., and later opening his own restaurant, Wilson’s Country Diner in Cayuta, N.Y.; and was property manager at Sand Castles, Cocoa Beach, Fla. In 2004, he retired and moved to Franklin. He was a member of Longview Baptist Church and was an avid leisure and competitive bass fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, RoseMary Hole Wilson; two children, Franklyn Derryck Wilson and wife Marlynna of Franklin and Denise Leoma Baus and husband Robert of Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters, Dawn Paine of Apalachin, N.Y. and Brenda Hartwick of Sheshequin, Pa.; three grandchildren, Torynce Dale Wilson, Emilynna Rose Wilson and Bryant Dalton Baus and many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Memorial service was held Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Nahlen officiated. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 conducted military honors.

Memorial donations can be made to the Four Seasons Hospice.

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



Bessie Mae Taylor GregoryBessie Mae Taylor Gregory

Bessie Mae Taylor Gregory, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Nov. 2, 2014.

Born March 18, 1932, in the Mountain Grove Community of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Edly and Annie Young Taylor, both of Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Troy L. Gregory, of Franklin; six brothers, Elmer, Lloyd, Robert, Harold, Leonard, and Ralph Taylor; her sister, Jean Norton; and one grandchild, Taylor Edwards. She enjoyed gardening, mowing the yard, taking walks, being in charge, and playing with pets.

She is survived by one brother, Paul Taylor; three children, Terry Gregory and wife Lynne, Kathy Hodgin and husband Clifford, and Sandy Edwards and husband Bill; four grandchildren, Casey Hodgin, Josh Gregory, Ethan Edwards and Lexie Edwards; one great grandchild, Dakota Gregory; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, with the funeral service immediately to follow.

Pallbearers will be Casey Hodgin, Josh Gregory, Ethan Edwards, Clifford Hodgin, Bill Edwards, Kennie Ledford and Robbie Holland.

Memorial donations can be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ruby Henry, 179 Grandview Court, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Judy Farmer SprinkleJudy Farmer Sprinkle

Judy Farmer Sprinkle, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John and Isabelle Dills Farmer. She was employed at Ingles Grocery Store as bookkeeper. She was a 1974 graduate of Franklin High School then attended Southwestern Community College for two years and was a substitute teacher for the Macon County School System, and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and mother who loved and cared for people.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ted Sprinkle Jr.; one son, Nicholas Jay Sprinkle of Franklin; a half-brother, Ted Farmer of Franklin and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by half-brothers, Fred and Ned Farmer and Furman, Eugene and Johnny Tallent.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 31, at Windy Gap Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Pruitt, Roy Green, Phil Jarrett, Dennis Stamey, Bobby Peek, Bruce Thompson and Jeff Darnell.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Scholarship Fund for Nick Sprinkle at PNC Bank, 100 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Velma Roseann Wooten EstesVelma Roseann Wooten Estes

Velma Roseann Wooten Estes, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Charlie Monroe Wooten and Mary Mageline Gibson Wooten. She was married to James Lee Estes, who died in 1986. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She like to quilt, embroider and most of all, reading her Bible. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Wallace and husband Jerry and Carolyn Clouse and husband Jim all of Franklin; a son, Eugene Estes of Franklin; a sister, Irene Hampton of Franklin; seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Carrie Heaton, Mary Bell Angel, Oma Downs, and Leona McCarson, and three brothers, Lloyd, Roy and Tom Wooten.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, Tanner Higdon, Justin Wright, Avery Breedlove, Joey Clouse, Trevor Rogers, and Owen Brooks.

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



Nell M. Ledford

Nell M. Ledford, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late M. T. and Lula Jean Sanders Brendle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl B. Ledford.

She was a waitress, and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Tom Hackney and wife Angelica of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and two grandchildren, Donna Lynn Hackney and Alexandra Marie Hackney. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Grady Thomas Brendle and Furman T. Brendle.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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



Bobby Gene JonesBobby Gene Jones

Bobby Gene Jones, 74, passed away peacefully late Friday night, Oct. 31, 2014 after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 14, 1939, in Goldsboro, N.C., to the late William and Virginia Sewell Jones. He was a graduate of Oscar Frommel Smith High School in South Norfolk, Va. He was married to Barbara “Niya” Jones from July 16, 1961, till her passing in 2001. He joined the USMC also in 1961 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant E- 5. He then joined the Virginia Army National Guard where he remained until moving to North Carolina, where he then spent the next six years with the N.C. Army National Guard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara “Niya” Jones; brother, William “Bill” Jones; and granddaughter Sarah Koehler.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Robin Jones; his daughter and son-in-law Kara and Bruce Koehler; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A private grave side service was held Wednesday Nov. 5, at Rush Cemetery, Otto, N.C.

Memorial contributions are welcome at Appalachian Animal Rescue Center Lake Emory Rd, Franklin, N.C.

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



Deborah Penland ThompsonDeborah Penland Thompson

Deborah Penland Thompson, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Howard Ray Penland and Betty Dickerson Penland.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Jana Thompson of Franklin and April Lamb and husband Nick of Rosman, N.C.; two sisters, Patricia Cook of Franklin and Brenda Buckner of Fairview, N.C.; grandson, Ryan Lamb of Rosman, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Dixon and Jerry Cook officiating. Burial will be in Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Fred William KimbleFred William Kimble

Fred William Kimble, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Scioto County, Ohio, the son of the late Fred William and Mary Golden Kimble. He was a 1963 graduate of Ohio State University and was a member of the Luthiers Guild of America. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved making and playing musical instruments and he loved antique cars, enjoyed all kinds of sports, played basketball for Ohio State and loved life and being with his family and friends. He lived life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice Nixon Kimble; two sons, Will Kimble and his wife Amy of Cincinnati, Ohio and Jason Kimble and his wife Michelle of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Tom Kimble of Cincinnati, Ohio; five grandchildren, Mary, Cole, Cooper, Laney and Lily.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 4:00 pm at the residence.Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




Avery VinsonAvery Vinson

Avery Vinson of Campbellsville, Ky., formerly of North Carolina, passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, after an illness. He was 61 years of age. He professed faith in Christ; he was baptized in, and was a member of, the Toccoa Church of God in Toccoa, Ga. After moving to Kentucky, he attended God's Grace Church in Campbellsville. He was a former truck driver by trade. He was a veteran of the armed forces and served his country honorably in the United States Army. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Karen Vinson of Campbellsville; two sons, Dusty Lee Vinson of London, Ky., and Steven Ansel Vinson and wife Jennifer of Apopka, Fla.; five brothers and sisters, Aleta Baker and husband Raymond of Otto, N.C., Allen Vinson and wife Sandy, Archie Vinson, Amory Martin and wife Bethany, and Angie Taylor and husband Clinton, all of Clayton, Ga.; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven Willis Vinson and Blanche (Ramey) Vinson McCarthy, and a toddler brother, Alvin Vinson.

A funeral service to honor his life was conducted at the House of Hope (Tessentee) Church of God in Franklin, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 18. Bro. Robert Dryman and Bro. Greg Bartram officiated. Burial was in the Lower Tessentee Church of God Cemetery in Franklin.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the funeral expenses, and can be made at the funeral home.

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



Conard Odell Webb

Conard Odell Webb, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at a Sylva hospital. He was born in Macon County, North Carolina, the son of the late Leonard and Rittie Jenkins Webb.

He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Wilburn of Highlands, N.C., Xzanthus Wilson of Franklin, N.C., Catherine Carpenter of Eustis, Fla. and Donna Bradshaw of Mt. Airy, Ga.; brothers, Owen Webb of Clarksville, Ga., and Duane Webb of Hickory, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Neva Byrd, Mozelle Derreberry, Mavis Webb, Rinda Kay Henry and Evelyn Webb; a brother, Glen Webb.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Oct. 19, at Miller Cemetery with Rev. Gary McCall officiating.

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



Stephen R. Metzler

Stephen R. Metzler, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph Metzler Sr. and Florence Chamberlain Metzler. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 108 and the Patriot Guard. He retired from Bell South, was secretary of the U.S.S. Kankakee A039 Reunion, was former leader of Boy Scout Troop #458, Hollywood, Fla., and was of the Lutheran faith.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Barnes Metzler; brother, Joseph Metzler and wife Debbie of Auburndale, Fla.; sister, Lorraine Steighner and husband Bill of Otto; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Otto Fire Department.

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



Eleanor McCarty CheneyEleanor McCarty Cheney

Eleanor McCarty Cheney died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at her home in Highlands, N.C.

She was born in New Orleans, La. on March 17, 1930, to John Brown McCarty and Margaret Lewis McCarty. She grew up in Dalton, Ga. She attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn. for one year and completed her education at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Ga., in 1951.

Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and kind demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile that remained her signature throughout life. Possessing a true servant’s heart, she faithfully cared for family and friends. The heart of the Cheney Family, she shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. She loved to dance, listen to music, read, pray, chat with friends and family, and travel. She had a true appreciation for the outdoors and all of God’s beautiful creatures. She was woman of strong faith, believing in power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, William Henry Cheney; three children, Margaret Cheney Knox of Newnan, Ga., Eleanor Frances Cheney of Highlands, and William Henry Cheney Jr. of Delray Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two great granddaughters. She is preceded in death by one grandson, James Gilliam Cheatham Jr.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., at Highlands Memorial Park with Father John Lathrop and Pastor Steve Kerhoulas officiating.

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



Theresa Hall EdwardsTheresa Hall Edwards

Theresa Hall Edwards died Oct. 3, 2014, in Okeechobee, Fla. She was born March 8, 1936, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Raymond and Marion Hall. She enjoyed her family, travel and crafts. She owned a home in Franklin and was a summer resident. She was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Russell, Dale Russell, and Brian Edwards; three brothers, Henry Hall, Richard Hall and Robert Hall; two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Rhea Guzman; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Oct. 10 in Okeechobee, Fla.

 

 



Letha Ledford Stewart

Letha Ledford Stewart, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late, Jim Ledford and Ada Raby Ledford.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Stewart, who died Aug. 23, 1997, and two infant sons, Tommy Stewart and Gerald Ronald Stewart. She retired from Angel Medical Center after 40 years. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church; enjoyed gardening and caring for others.

She is survived by four children, Brenda Burgess and husband Troy (Doc), Carol Collins and husband Monroe, Steve Stewart and wife Linda, and Bill Stewart and wife Rose, all of Franklin; brother, Sheridan Ledford of Oregon; sister, Elizabeth Jones of Monticello, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Cynthia Rowland, 886 Younce Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Myron Elwood McCoy Jr.

Myron Elwood McCoy, Jr., passed away Thursday, Oct.16, 2014. Born in South Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Myron Elwood McCoy Sr. and Faye Johnson McCoy. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He attended WVU where he met his wife of 56 years, Carol Wingo McCoy, and graduated in 1958 with a BS degree in industrial engineering.

He was employed as an engineer with Martin Marietta in Orlando, Fla., for four years and left to start his own building supply business. His time after work was devoted to coaching little league and Pop Warner. He loved working with children and was especially proud of his two sons.

After retirement, the couple moved to Mill Creek in February 1995, where they spent many happy years enjoying friendships and golfing. His favorite afternoon was spent watching FSU and WVU football or the Atlanta Braves, and then barbecuing his famous ribs with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Dave McCoy and wife Madonna of Franklin, and Ron McCoy and wife Laura of Winter Garden, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Dakota, Logan, and Samantha.

No public service will be held. He will always live on in our hearts as a devoted husband, father, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


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