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18th annual Taste of Scotland and Celtic festival held in Franklin

The 18th annual Taste of Scotland festival kicked off last Thursday in Franklin with the traditional Clan Dinner at Tartan Hall.

Festivities continued Friday with a Ceilidh in front of Rathskeller featuring music from My Three Kilts.

The main event was welcomed to town on Saturday with opening ceremonies being held on the town square at 9 a.m.

People travelled from all over the United States to participate in this year’s festival which included traditional vendors, Highland Game demonstrations, children’s activities, a parade, Border Collie demonstrations, and traditional Scottish music throughout the day.

Parents warned about leaving kids in hot car

As of Tuesday, eight children across the country have died from heat strokes from being left unattended in a vehicle, three of which occurred on Monday and Tuesday alone.

Since 1998, 645 children who had been left in a vehicle across the country, died of heat stroke, 24 of which occurred in North Carolina. North Carolina has the 5th highest child heat stroke vehicle death rate, after Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. On average, 37 children die each year.

“Just don’t do it,” said Franklin Police Chief David Adams of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. “There should never be a circumstance when a child is left alone in a car. Never do it. It is never ok.”

MCSO teaches women about gun safety

MCSO hosts outreach programs to better serve the community

“As law enforcement, the sheriff’s department's job is to work on behalf of all the citizens and to continue improving programs and services to ensure that the community is best being served,” said guest speaker District Attorney Ashley Welch during the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy graduation ceremony last Thursday. “Citizens Academy is a great program that is reaching out to the community and offering residents an inside look at law enforcement and all it takes to keep our community safe. Not only do I commend the sheriff’s department for putting the program on, but I commend you as citizens for wanting to spend your time learning more about law enforcement.”

Braveheart 5K benefits Scottish Tartan Museum

The 2015 Braveheart 5K drew 102 runners from across Western North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Proceeds from the race were donated to the Scottish Tartan Museum in Franklin.

 

 

 

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Deaths & Funerals



Virginia Sorrells Frazier
Virginia Sorrells Frazier

Virginia Sorrells Frazier, 83, of Indian Trail, N.C., formerly of Franklin passed away Monday, June 22, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Lester and Annie Guffey Sorrells. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Siler Frazier Sr.

She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte; she owned a garden center and convenience store and loved working with herbs. She was a Union County Master Gardener; founding member of Charlotte Herb Guild; a member of Mint Hill Herb Guild and past member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Dills of Indian Trail and Reba Hall (Ivan) of Georgia; three sons, Fred Frazier Jr. of Marshville, N.C., Allan Frazier (Angelina) of Hong Kong, China, and Michael Frazier of Raleigh, N.C.; six sisters, Margaret Bennett (Bill), Doris Cheek and Kathryn Solesbee all of Franklin, Hazel Johnson of Georgia, Ethel Sheffield (Wayne) of Georgia and Lessie Miller of Georgia; one brother, Jack Sorrells (Cathy) of Westminster, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Herman, T. J., Ralph, Marshall and Floyd Sorrells.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Father Voitus officiating. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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



Alan WoodAlan Wood

Alan Wood, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Born in New Castle, England, he was the son of the late Ronald Wood and Joyce Powell Wood. He retired from the Royal Air Force. He was a recipient of the Silver Jubile medal from the Queen of England. He served in Singapore, Northern Ireland, Berlin, The Falkland Islands and Cypress.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Linda York-Wood of Franklin; step-children, Martha Fyfe and husband Scott of Clarksville, Md., Suzy Hutchinson of Otto, N.C., and Robert Stoup of St. Louis, Mo.; brother, David Wood of England; twin brother, Brian Wood and wife Margaret of New Castle, England; sister, Michelle Ashford and husband Mike of Northumberland and four step grandchildren, Daniel and Jackson, Grace and Garrett. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in England.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to John Hopkins Pancreatic Research in Baltimore, Md.

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



Daniel David Houston

Daniel David Houston, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Mildred Buchanan Houston and the late Harley Houston. He was a builder.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Amanda Houston of Franklin, and a son, David Wayne Houston of Hiawassee, Ga.; five grandchildren, Ethan and Madison Riddle, Averie Moore, and Brayden and Corbin Houston; and one brother, Larry Houston and wife Julia of Pisgah Forest. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mitchell Houston.

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 20, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating.

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



Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Felton McLainMitchell ‘Mitch’ Felton McLain

Mitchell “Mitch” Felton McLain, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at his home, Friday, May 15, 2015, with his family at his side.

Born in Griffin, Ga., he was the son of the late Andrew Felton McLain and Ruth Harrison McBride. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Nichols. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; he received his master’s degree in accounting from Rollins College; he was a CPA for Lockheed Martin; member of Conway United Methodist Church, Orlando; college professor, and substitute teacher with Macon County Schools. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Atlanta Braves; he was a coach for Conway Girls Softball, Orlando for many years; enjoyed bowling, hiking and being outdoors in the mountains of North Carolina. He had a wonderful sense of humor with a smile or joke for everyone. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Verlie Hill McLain; three children, Cheri Adkins (Chris) of Lexington, Va., Deborah Hernandez (Jose) of Orlando, Fla., and Becky Brooks (Shawn) of Eustis, Fla.; sister, Andrea Helms of Jonesboro, Ga.; two brothers, Mark McBride of Suwanee, Ga., and Stephen McBride of Atlanta, Ga., and six grandchildren, Sean, Clara, Kayleigh, Colton, Matthew and Connor.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. A reception will be held following the service at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m., one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Carol Sue Coleman

Carol Sue Coleman, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015. Born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Grace Morrow Coleman. She was retired from Dade County Public Schools, where she taught high school English. She was a member of Civil War Preservation Trust, Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power, Partners in Possibility Thinking and Friends of Animals. She was a member of RBC Ministries.

She is survived by two brothers, Donald M. "Donnie" Coleman of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Charles "Bud" Coleman Jr. and wife Norma of Winter Haven, Fla.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28734

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



Derrick Brandon SigmonDerrick Brandon Sigmon

Derrick Brandon Sigmon, 23, of Sylva, N.C., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

He was born in Jackson County, North Carolina, the son of Bo Aikin and Angela Franks of Sylva. He loved to explore, liked to fish, read history and wanted to be a history teacher. He attended Southwestern Community College and worked in Construction. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Franklin, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Alex Sigmon; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Franks of Sylva; one brother, Dakota Ledbetter of Sylva; two sisters, Melissa Sigmon and Shanna Sigmon of Sylva. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Clinton Franks.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 22, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Rodriquez and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial was held in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Amber Louise Stiwinter

Amber Louise Stiwinter, 87, widow of Glen Stiwinter Sr., passed away on June 18, 2015, after a long illness and spending two weeks at Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. For years, she was loyally cared for by her son, Glen Jr., of the home.

She was born Dec. 10, 1927, to Johnnie Wooddall and his wife, Jessie Moss Wooddall. After Jessie’s death when Louise was 18 days old, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Sallie and Johnnie Barnes, who she called “Mama” and “Daddy.” She called her father “Papa.”

In addition to her son, Glen Jr., she is survived by two sisters, Sally Derrick of Clyde and Eunice Deitz and husband Joe of Sylva and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Bolick officiated. Burial was in the Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Sammie Laverne Gunter

Sammie Laverne Gunter, born Oct. 10, 1950; died on June 16, 2015, from depression and a broken heart. He was predeceased by his father, Elvin Gunter, and the loves of his life, Dave and Katie.

He left behind his family: mother, Ruth Gunter; Partner, Kevin Pickett; Brother Don Gunter (Mary Jim); sisters, Carol Hall (Frank), Joyce McLean (Cecil), Mary Ann Gunter (Mark), as well as many nieces and nephews who lovingly called him "Boompa."

He will be greatly missed by all of his friends in Atlanta and Highlands.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 20, at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy and Jennifer Forrester officiating. Burial followed in Highlands Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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




Sandra Rosemary GerberSandra Rosemary Gerber

Sandra Rosemary Gerber, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away May 15, 2015.

Born on Oct. 22, 1956, in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Katherine Tripp. She was an only child and quite the collector. Over the years, she gathered anything and everything from antiques to gemstones; you name it, she had it. She was a strong and intelligent woman. She loved mysteries and a great bargain.

She is survived by three daughters, Tracy L. Breeden of Franklin, Maxine K. Gerber of Highlands, N.C., and Dorothy L. Gerber of Franklin; and two granddaughters, Katerina E. Breeden and Maigyn R. Matteson.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Jason Morgan will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mission Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (The Rathbun House) P.O. Box 5363, Asheville, NC 28813-5363, Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (Macon County Humane Society), 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Reach of Macon County, PO Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Willie WykleWillie Wykle

Willie Wykle, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Samuel Wykle and Zadie Messer Wykle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Franks Wykle; four sons, R.L. Wykle, Tommy Wykle, Floyd Wykle and Lloyd Wykle; son-in law, Neville Clark; brothers Worley, Olene, Oscar and Weaver Wykle; sisters, Rosetta Wykle, Flora Green, Bonnie Hurst, Evelyn Wykle and his twin sister, Dillie Green.

He loved making music. He liked to fish, camp and enjoyed socializing with friends and family. He enjoyed watching westerns and attending Black Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Annie Clark of Franklin and grandson, Jeff Clark of Franklin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Sunday, June 14, at Black Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Cale Stancil and Rev. Jamie Passmore officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Price, Todd McConnell, Elbert McConnell, Joe Sisti, Randy McCoy and David Mauck. Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mary Lenoir WallaceMary Lenoir Wallace

Mary Lenoir Wallace, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 15, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin B. Lenoir and Lucinda C. Huckaby Lenoir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Hilton Wallace who died Feb. 7, 2002; brothers, J.B., Leon, John, Benny and Bill; sisters, Nell Harrison, Ada Florence Leatherwood and Shirley Waldroop. She was a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Larry Hilton Wallace and wife Debbie of Franklin; daughter, Sharon Wallace Simons of Franklin; three sisters, Virginia Ramey, Marie Holland and Jody Sellers all of Franklin; five grandchildren, Derek Wallace, Karri Wallace, Corey Simons, Chad Simons and Chase Simons; five great grandchildren, Landon Wallace, Cooper Wildcatt, Carter Simons, Bryce Wallace and Jude Simons and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Lowe and Don Moffitt will officiate. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Charlie William McDowellCharlie William McDowell

Charlie William McDowell passed away Monday, June 15, 2015. He was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Pineville, West Virginia, Wyoming County; the son of the late Jeter E. McDowell and Margaret Kirby McDowell, and grew up in Highlands, N.C. His father came here as foreman to build the gorge road between Highlands and Franklin.

After graduation from high school, he joined the Army and was one of the "Greatest Generation," having served his country well during WWII in the Pacific. After his discharge from the service, he went to University of N.C. at Raleigh and became a professional land surveyor. His career included several years with Alcoa then back to Highlands and opened McDowell-Potts Real Estate and Land Surveying.

He was chairman of the first Zoning Board of Highlands and also served on the Planning Board. He was president of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, and longtime board member of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. He was instrumental in reviving the interest and fund raising for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. This group also started the annual golf tournament for the Scholarship Fund. He was Presbyterian.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Shannon McDowell; sisters, Tessie Hanley and Margaret Earls; brothers, Elmer, Roy and George.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys; daughter, Susan and husband Mark G. Parrish; granddaughters, Coree McDowell, Brittany Dryman and Savanna Parrish; grandson, Mark Shannon Parrish; great granddaughter, Scarlett Porter, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741 or Highlands Historical Society, PO Box 670, Highlands, NC 28741.

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




Betty Jean Shope Brown ‘Muffy’Betty Jean Shope Brown ‘Muffy’

Betty Jean Shope Brown "Muffy", 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015, at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Julia Mashburn Shope. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt who loved gardening, reading and sewing. She was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James Louis Brown; one daughter, Kristie Marie Krejci and husband Jacob of Waynesville; two sons, Gary Brown and wife Anne of Husun, Mont., James D. Brown and wife Julie of Waterford, Mich.; one sister, Ruth Holbrooks of Highpoint, N.C.; a very special niece, Julia Ann Dowdle; very special nephew, Ronnie Dowdle and his wife Ruthie; and several other nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly; grandchildren, Tori Brown Audtrish, James Krejci, Annabelle Krejci, Avery Audtrish, Johnny Audtrish, James N. Brown and Jessica Brown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark A. Brown; two sisters, Marie Shope Crawford and Madge Shope Dowdle and four brothers, W. J. Shope, J. D. Shope, Nelse Shope and Frank Shope.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 31, at Coweeta Baptist Church with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial was in Rush Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jacob Krejci, James Krejci, Damon Crawford and Larry Shope.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Eula Cloer HolbrookEula Cloer Holbrook

Eula Cloer Holbrook, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, May 29, 2015. She was a native of Macon County and was the daughter of the late Rev. George and Flora Dills Cloer. She was married to James Weaver Holbrook who died in 1995.

She was a homemaker and worked in retail sales. She was an active member of Cowee Baptist Church and sang in the choir for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was well known for her homemade pies.

Surviving are three daughters, Jane Wright and husband Joe of Flat Rock, N.C., Margaret Duvall and husband David of Aynor, S.C., and Patty Sisson and husband Bob of Asheville, N.C.; one son, Jim Holbrook and wife Martha of Franklin, N.C.; four grandchildren, Chris Duvall and wife Natalie, Amanda Duvall Graves, Matt Holbrook and wife Aimee, and Kaleigh Sisson. Five great grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 2, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Jason Smith and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Bruce Harwood, David Morgan, Rick Brogden, Mike Arnold, Bruce Wooten and Harvey Fouts.

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

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



Jacqueline Haines Calhoun HoffmanJacqueline Haines Calhoun Hoffman

Jacqueline Haines Calhoun Hoffman, 94, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2015.

Born Dec. 26, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Roy Haines and Leone Harriet England Haines. Her family moved to Ontario, Canada when she was ten years old and after completing her education, moved back to Detroit.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Arnett Russell “Cal” Calhoun, 1962; son, William Franklin Calhoun, 1990; daughter, Patricia Calhoun Kunk, 2009; and second husband, of 38 years, Harold Emmerson Hoffman in 2002.

She is survived by grandson, Scott Michel Calhoun; great grandchildren, Avery and Fern Calhoun of Ohio; granddaughter, Julie Calhoun Merchant; step-daughter, Kathleen Leist and husband Randy of Westchester, Ohio; step-son, Richard Hoffman and wife Jan of Findlay, Ohio; son-in-law, Michael Kunk of West Carrolton, Ohio, and several great and step-grandchildren.

She was the former county auditor in Urbana, Ohio, Champaign County. She was an honorary Life Member of the County Auditor’s Association – State of Ohio. She subsequently moved to Florida, where she and her husband, Harold, purchased and operated a 60- unit Travelodge Motel, adjoining the campus of Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., for 10 years. They then moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she became involved with the St. Petersburg Women’s Club. Shortly thereafter they purchased a summer home on Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, N.C., visiting there every summer for five years until they found a home in Franklin, N.C., in 1985. She organized and founded the Federated Franklin Women’s Club, in 1988 with 45 charter members. She was nominated as “Clubwoman with Heart” in 2008 and was recognized at the State Convention. She was recently awarded a Gold Membership for having served 50-plus years in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Fisher will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Franklin Federated Women’s Club, 63 Wood Pond Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Peggy Talley ‘Momzie’ Zachary

Peggy Talley “Momzie” Zachary, 70, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with our Lord Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

She was the best mother and grandmother, and was a beloved member of East Franklin Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Roger Zachary; her parents, Carter and Christine Talley and a brother, Bobby Joe Talley.

She is survived by the love of her life, her son, Tubby Zachary and wife Jo; her grandchildren, Callie Bowman and husband Stephen, Tami McClure and husband Mark, and Bo Cunningham and wife Courtney; great grandchildren, Robbie and Cassie McMahan, Tucker, Elly Rae and “Pickle” Bowman and Tyler Cunningham; one brother, Jim Talley and wife Lorraine; and sisters-in law, Sandy Talley Collins, Jessie Manley, June Zachary, Frances Zachary and Elizabeth Swafford. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends that she loved dearly.

She loved life and her new found social media. She would not miss a day checking and responding to the needs and cares of her many friends on Facebook. Her smile never faded and she was always the encourager; never complaining. She gave her love and her life ‘til the very last breath. To know her was to love her.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Enloe, Rev. Scott Mathews and Rev. Andy Cloer officiated. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Spencer Munger, Joey Gibson, Terry Henry, James Manley, Bruce Wooten, Chris Houston and Michael Chastain.

Members of the Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to East Franklin Baptist Church, C/O Gene Mitchell, 74 Coon Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Maggie Ledford MasonMaggie Ledford Mason

Maggie Ledford Mason, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Paul Ledford and Ida Patton Ledford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wymer Mason and brothers and sister, Ray, Lawrence, John, James, Lester, Delano “Bud,” Paul Jr. and Amy Sue Cody, and a great grandson, Landon Mason. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and cooking supper on Sunday’s. Most of all she loved being with her family. She was a loving mother, mamaw and great grandmaw.

She is survived by two sons, Danny Mason and wife Dana and Bill Mason, all of Franklin; sister, Betty Ann Worley of Franklin; two brothers, Curly Ledford and Gene Ledford, both of Franklin; six grandchildren, Toby Mason, Jody Mason and wife Laura, Shawnna Key and husband Michael, Ryan Dunn and wife Amber, Zack Mason and Amanda Mason; nine great grandchildren and two on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Eddie Stillwell, Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Josh Brooks officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Toby Mason, Jody Mason, Zack Mason, Ryan Dunn, Max Mason, Michael Key and Bobby Ledford. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Sanders, Brian Cody, Darren Worley, Ronnie Ledford, Larry Ledford and Bruce Sanders.

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



Catherine ‘Cathy’ Pritchett Gihl

Catherine “Cathy” Pritchett Gihl, of Rabun Gap, Ga., lost her long fight with cancer and passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

She was born on Nov. 2, 1937, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy Pritchett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack T. Gihl, and her brother, Robert Pritchett, and her sister, Shirley Mifflin, of Duquoin, Ill.

She is survived by her three sons and their families, Nick Gihl and his wife Julie, and their daughters Calie, Emma and Lillie and son, Jackson, of Elmhurst, Ill., Phillip Gihl of Springfield, Ill., and Gene Gihl and his wife Tracy and their daughter, Jordan, of Tiger, Ga..

She worked for Ridgecrest Hospital as a nurse for 28 years. After her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund at P.O. Box 485 in Rabun Gap, GA 30568 in memory of Cathy Gihl.

A Memorial Service will be held at Beck Funeral Home, Tuesday June 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. with Rev. Chuck Stutsman officiating.

Beck Funeral Home in Clayton, Ga., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.beckfuneralhome.com.



Katherine Sellers CurtisKatherine Sellers Curtis

Katherine Sellers Curtis- 87, of Valdosta, Ga., passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 2, 1928, in Franklin, N.C., to the late Sam and Gladys (Waldroop) Sellers. She retired as manager from Moody Air Force Base Supply Service Store after many years of service. She was a faithful member at Christ's Fellowship Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband William L. Curtis; sister, Edith Welch; brother, Joe Sellers; and son-in-law, Al Powers.

Survivors include sons, Tom (Debra) Dove, Tallahassee, Fla., Gary Dove (Victoria Ordway), Lake Park, Ga., and David (Shelley) Curtis, Augusta, Ga.; daughters, Dianne (Glenn) Parrish Lilburn, Ga., and Kathy Powers Valdosta, Ga.; brother, Bill (Jodie) Sellers, Franklin; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two nieces and five nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 18, at Christ's Fellowship Church in Valdosta, with burial following in Riverview Memorial Gardens.

Sympathy can be expressed online at www.musicfuneralservices.com. Music Funeral Services of Valdosta, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.



Orlee Dees WillisOrlee Dees Willis

Orlee Dees Willis passed away, May 29, 2015, at Dover Delaware hospital.

She was soon to be 90 years of age. Her husband, Hugh L.Willis, preceded her in death.

She is survived by one son, Mark Willis; one sister, Dorothy Price; and multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 3, at Victory Baptist Church, Sylva, N.C., where she was a member for many years. Pastor Rusty Wolfrey and Pastor Benny Bagwell officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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



Tammy Lynn Cabe SwaffordTammy Lynn Cabe Swafford

Tammy Lynn Cabe Swafford, 38, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Marianna Holland Solesbee and the late James Donald Cabe. She loved kids and doing CNA work. She was Baptist by faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Sandy Swafford; daughter, Brook Swafford; grandmother, Betty Holland; brothers, Barry Cabe and wife Becky, and Lane Cabe and wife Debbie; godson, Isaiah McClean; godmother, Georgiana Beach and god sister, Anita Beach Cook and husband Chris, all of Franklin, and several nieces, nephews, a great nephew and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service was held Sunday, May 31, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Brandon Breedlove and Rev. Greg Rogers officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Barry Cabe, Lane Cabe, Dustin Swafford, Quintin Crawford, Michael Holland and Cam Holland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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




Joyce B. KehoeJoyce B. Kehoe

Joyce B. Kehoe, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, after a long fight against myelodysplastic syndrome.

She was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Richland, N.Y., the daughter of Ralph Wilbur and Chloe Phillips Blount, and grew up in Lacona, N.Y. After graduating from Sandy Creek High School in 1948, she married the love of her life, Richard J. Kehoe, on Aug. 29, 1948.

They moved to Bartow, Fla., in 1957, where they raised two children, Peggy and Jeff, and were members of First United Methodist Church. After retirement, they moved to Franklin, N.C., and joined Snow Hill United Methodist Church. She was involved in church and community activities in both her hometowns.

Her joy was in the love she shared with her husband of nearly 67 years, her children, family and friends, the mountains, and her faith in God. Joyce also enjoyed reading, writing and painting.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her four siblings, Anne Vextor, Lynn Blount, Pauline Snyder and Richard Blount. Survivors include her husband, Richard J. “Dick” Kehoe; her children, Peggy Anne Kehoe, Jeffrey R. Kehoe and his wife, Tina; two grandchildren, Matt Pyle Nowalski and Regina Seagle; three greatgrandchildren, Kendyll Taylor, Jesse Seagle and Charley Grace Seagle; and a large extended family.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 7, 3 p.m., Snow Hill UMC, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church for the roof fund, 303 Snow Hill Rd., Franklin, NC 28734, or to a favorite charity.

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



Leila Gonzalez CabeLeila Gonzalez Cabe

Leila Gonzalez Cabe, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, 5, 2015.

Born in Las Maria, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Enrique Gonzalez and Monserrate Torres. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers and a granddaughter. She attended Union United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, David C. Cabe; five children, Leila E. Arocho of Jacksonville, Fla., Elaine Ferrari of Melville, N.Y., Victor Arocho of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Jess Cabe of Bottineau, N.D., and Rosemary Wilkes of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and sister, Doris Quinones of La Grange, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 7, at Union United Methodist Church. Rev. Janet Greene officiated. Burial was in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jack Hodgin, James Woods, Victor Arocho, Larry Ledford, Marlin Keener and Jim McConnell. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Mann and members of the Macon County Coon Hunters Association.

In lieu of flowers, may we suggest donations to: Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734; Longview Baptist Church, 93 Jones Ridge Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Union United Methodist Church, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Byrda Nell (Bert) Southard Perry VandiverByrda Nell (Bert) Southard Perry Vandiver

Byrda Nell (Bert) Southard Perry Vandiver, 90, of Franklin, N.C., died Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Grandview Manor in Franklin.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank John Southard and Pearl Sanders Southard of the Cartoogechaye Community. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Perry Jr., who died in 1975; daughter, Deborah Ann Perry Thomas who died in 1980 and by her second husband, Comer Vandiver, of Helen, Ga. After her marriage to Comer Vandiver, she resided in Helen while maintaining her home in Franklin. After a recent period of declining health, she returned to Franklin. She attended Blanton's Business College in Asheville, and retired from the U.S. Forest Service in Macon County. While living in Franklin, she was an active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, was involved with the local Democratic Party and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, James E. Perry, III; granddaughter, Betina Perry Freeman and husband Josh, and great-granddaughter, Haley Freeman, all of Franklin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Janet Greene officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Vic Perry, Ronnie Ledford, Doug Tallent, Josh Freeman and Joe Burst.

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

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



Clara Ruth Brown Brooks

Clara Ruth Brown Brooks, 78, of the Lake Burton Community, passed away at her residence Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

She was born in Macon County, North Carolina, and was the daughter of John Thomas Brown and Roxie Lamb Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Brewer and a brother, Edward “Bill” Brown.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bobby Gene Brooks; two sons, Aubrey Brooks of Lake Burton and Gail Taylor of Demorest, Ga., Gil Brooks and wife Margaret of Lake Burton; one daughter, Vickie Brown of Clarkesville, Ga.; one sister, Jewell Cooper and husband, Calvin of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Sue Brown of Paw Creek, N.C.; three grandchildren, Kristi Sunshine Sneddon and husband Thomas, Kayla Brooks, and Kristi Arnot and husband Jeremy; and three great-grandchildren, Eleanor “Ellie” Sneddon, Kaylie Arnot and Christopher Arnot.

She was the owner and operator of Brooks’ Lil General Store, Campground, Brooks’ Farm, and Brooks’ Restaurant. She also bought and restored rental properties. She was a friend to all who knew her. She enjoyed friendships with all of the people that came by the store, and she readily helped anyone who needed it. She loved politics and was a staunch Republican as well as a strong leader who led by example and helped pave the way for family and friends. She attended Rocky Grove Baptist Church and was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 6, at Rocky Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Kyle Watts and Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiating. Burial followed in Providence Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Rocky Grove Baptist Church or to the Providence Cemetery Fund.

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



Verlon Buford BurchVerlon Buford Burch

Verlon Buford Burch, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Buford and Goldia Annie Rachel Dills Burch.

He owned and operated his own electrical business and was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

He is survived by his companion, Perlita Welsh; five sisters, Dorothy Waldroop of Franklin, Clata Parker of Walhalla, S.C., JoAnn Greenwood of Seneca, S.C., Patricia Ranki of Westminster, S.C .and Connie Chaves of Mountain City, Ga.; and four brothers, Clarence Burch of Westminster, S.C., James Burch of Franklin, Tommy Burch of Mt. Rest, S.C. and Jerry Burch of Conover, N.C. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Frank Anderson.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 5, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doyle Waldroop, James Burch, Christopher Burch, Rodney Burch, Justin Burch, Eric Burch, David Burch and Adam Ranki.

Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association in North Carolina, 401 Hawthorne Ln., Suite 110 - #298, Charlotte NC 28204.

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



Joan Kent CartwrightJoan Kent Cartwright

Joan Kent Cartwright, 78, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Frank Kent and Anna Mosch Kent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Alexander Cartwright. She was an avid gardener, and enjoyed sewing and crafts. Her yard became a wildlife habitat for many of the animals she cherished. She was a member of Asbury Methodist Church and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by daughters, Alisha Ann Richardson of Gainesville, Ga., Mary Margurite Loiselle of Milton, Vt., and son, William Henry Cartwright of Tucker, Ga.; sisters, June Munro of Jupiter, Fla., and Jeanette Smith of Marietta, Ga.; cousin, Frederick Kent of Coral Gables, Fla.; two nieces, one nephew and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Kelly Dotson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, may we suggest memorial donations be made to Asbury UMC, PO Box 113, Otto, NC 28763 or Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Wayne Howard StewartWayne Howard Stewart

Wayne Howard Stewart, 79, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, after a determined battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Franklin, N.C., he was the son of the late Harley and Pearl Stewart. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Jean Duvall Stewart, and by a brother, Harley Moore Stewart.

He is survived by three sons; Wayne Howard Stewart Jr., Robert M. Stewart and wife Denise, and Russell T. Stewart and wife Melonie; a sister, Jessie Ruth “Tootsie” Williams; six grandchildren, Alysia, Brianna, Brooke, Dakota, Steffanie and Thomas; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He spent many years dairy farming, and always enjoyed his livestock, which, in addition to cattle, included Boer goats and Tennessee Walking Horses, but at times also included wild hogs, deer and a screech owl. Later, he retired from the construction business after working on major infrastructure projects throughout the region. He was a devoted sports fan, particularly football and basketball, and enjoyed the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, often spending nights with his friends and dogs experiencing the chase. His many friends knew him for his humor, generosity and helpfulness.

Services were held Saturday, May 23, at Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Cloer and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Gideons International.

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



Jerry Charles CabeJerry Charles Cabe

Jerry Charles Cabe, 57, of Mills River, passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the John F. Keever Solace Center.

A native of Franklin, N.C., he was the son of Arthur Cabe and Annie Ruth Dean Cabe. He retired with 35 years of service as an industrial machinist at Norton Diamond & Tool/Saint Gobain. He enjoyed cooking, woodworking and spending time with his family and his little dog, Kemoe.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Beverly Russell Cabe; two daughters, Shelley Graham (Will) of Weaverville, Melissa Cabe (Andrew Harlfinger) of Hilton Head, S.C.; one step-daughter, Molly Reed (Jason) of Black Mountain; three sisters, Audrey Henderson (Tom) of Otto, N.C., Susan Bunn (David) of Middlesex, N.C., and Sara Wheeless (Mark) of Raleigh, N.C., as well as several nieces and nephews and one great niece.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Judson Hall will officiate.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Cancer Treatment Centers Of America (www.cancercenter.com) to help cure colon cancer, CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 (www.carepartnersfoundation.org) or to a charity of your choice.

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



Branson James TalleyBranson James Talley

Branson James Talley, infant son of Jonathan Talley and Amanda Shope, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at his home in the Holly Springs Community.

Although less than a month old, he brought much joy and happiness to his parents, grandparents and his extended family.

He will be greatly missed, forever remembered and perpetually loved by his parents, his maternal grandparents, Jim and Nancy Shope; his aunt, Timoxena Sloan, his fraternal grandparents, Theresa Ann Russell and John Edward Talley; great grandmother, Louise Phillips; great grandfather, James Earl Russell; aunt, Melissa Walker, and the many friends and relatives who knew and loved him.

A graveside service will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery on Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity or the American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110.

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


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