The Rotary Club of Franklin presents RiverFest 2 :: Saturday, August 29 from 8:30am - 12:30pm along the Little Tennessee River :: click here for more information!

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Parker Meadows ready for first ball game

Hundreds of community members headed out to the Cartoogechaye Community on Tuesday for the Grand Opening of the Parker Meadows Recreation Complex and despite a great turnout and memorable ribbon cutting, the park's most memorable night isn't scheduled until Sept. 10 when the park's first ball game is scheduled to take place.

"Tonight has been a great night and as excited as we are to show off this great park to the community, we are even more excited to announce that the first games ever played on these fields will be on Sept. 10 and will be for the special needs children in our community," said Macon County Manager Derek Roland during his remarks at the park's grand opening.

Franklin Health & Fitness Center celebrates 27th anniversary

Twenty-seven years ago, a local doctor set out to create a facility to help families lead healthier lifestyles.

With a goal "of providing a place where the average Macon County citizen and their families could enjoy all the benefits of regular exercise at an affordable price," Dr. Ed Morris set out to bring that place to Franklin. After several years of leg work that included a feasability report, hiring a consulting company, raising money from local families and a local bank, The Franklin Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in August 1988 and had just 10 employees.

Macon schools participate in active shooter drill

Law enforcement prepares for “worst case scenario.”

Just days before school was set to open for the 2015-16 school year, deputies, police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Macon Middle School in response to a dispatch call that would be any parent's worst nightmare. Emergency Personnel and law enforcement got word that three masked gunmen had made entry into the school and the school was placed on lockdown. The realistic situation was an "Active Shooter Training Exercise" conductted by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Emergency Services, and Macon County Schools.

Local quilters chosen for museum exhibit

Quilts of Valor show runs through November.

Five local women have created quilts that have been chosen for the National Quilt Museum's exhibit, “To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor.” The show will run from Aug. 20 to Nov. 11. All are members of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild. Susan Roper and Cindy Williams created one of the quilts; Linda Harrison and Debbie Chastain created another the quilts; and Liz View created the third quilt.

The museum, which is located in Paducah, Ky., features some of the finest fiber arts and quilt collections in the world. Its displays feature inhouse and traveling collections in its three galleries. More than 110,000 people come from all over the world every year to visit the museum.

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Deaths & Funerals



Bill BatemanBill Bateman

Bill Bateman, 86, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at his residence, he was born Dec. 5, 1928, in Macon County to the late Carl Bateman and Eula Cope Bateman. He worked for Stanley Furniture Company and worked for Macon County Solid Waste. He was a member of Aquone Baptist Church where he served as a deacon; he loved carving, hunting, fishing, and sports especially the Atlanta Braves, and he loved his black lab, Dodger. Most of all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Velva Roper Bateman; two daughters, Rhonda Bateman Beaver (Herbert) of Charlotte, N.C., and Sally Bateman White (Phil) of Nantahala, N.C.; four grandchildren, Kimberly B. Watson (Jeff), Marcy B. Williams (Jeff), Amber White, and David White (Candice); eight great grandchildren; a sister, Frances Mintz of Laoma Iowa; and a brother, Kenneth Bateman of Andrews, N.C.

He was preceded in death by three sisters; and four brothers.

A funeral service was held Monday at Aquone Baptist Church with the Rev. David Postell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were David White, Trevor Miller, Rock Roberts, Carl Bateman, Gary Roper, and Justin Mintz. Honorary pallbearers were Elderidge Bateman and Jamey Bateman.

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



Billy Joe ‘Jobey’ Miller

Billy Joe "Jobey" Miller of Franklin, N.C., passed away Aug. 16, 2015.

He is survived by his two children, Steve and Cindy, and his seven grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Friday, Aug. 21, in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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



Muriel Grant Denny

Muriel Grant Denny, 91, of Nantahala, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Amos and Flossie Mason Grant. She was an inspector for Berkshire Mills and worked for 10 years with Dell Electronics in Robbinsville, N.C. She was a loving and affectionate wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a member of Briartown Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Orrin Luther Denny; one daughter, Rita Cable of Nantahala; two sons, Doug Denny and his wife Eula Mae of Whittier and Austin Denny of Kernersville, N.C.; sister, Della Campbell of Robbinsville; one brother, Jack Grant of Newton; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Tony Denny; sisters, Cora Morgan, Paralee Douthit, Hope Franklin, Margie Robbins, June Pauline Grant and Evelyn Morgan; and brothers, Buren Grant, Noel Grant, Gene Grant and Clint Grant.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at Briartown Baptist Church with Rev. S. J. Waters officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Andrews.

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



Margaret James Jones Owenby

Margaret James Jones Owenby, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

Born in Forsyth County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late John James Sr. and Lois James. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harley N. Jones Sr.; her second husband, Donald “Don” Owenby and a brother, Grady James. She loved crocheting, crafts, cats and gardening. She was a member of Hopewell Moravian Church in Winston Salem.

She is survived by two children, Harley N. Jones Jr. and wife Judy and Marcia J. Smothers all of Franklin; three sisters, Virginia Barber, Shirley James and Nancy Whitt all of Winston Salem, N.C.; two brothers, Bobby James of Winston Salem, N.C., and Johnny James of Mocksville, N.C.; grandson, Harley N. Jones III; two great grandchildren, Grayson Jones and Savannah Rose Jones and several nieces and nephews.

No services have been planned.

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

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



Lillian S. StottLillian S. Stott

Lillian S. Stott, 87, passed away Aug. 23, 2015. She was born on the Biltmore Estate where her father worked for Biltmore Dairy. She attended WCU. She was employed by Nantahala Power and Light for 38 years followed by three and a half years with Duke Power.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Stott, and her sister, Willie Shillinglaw.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Henderson and husband Jerry of Franklin; three granddaughters, April Innis (Joe) of Franklin, Kristi Henderson of Denver, Colo., and Angela Henderson of Franklin, and three great grandchildren.

A family graveside service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Franklin First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tempe Fussell officiating.

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



Christopher Edward CreamerChristopher Edward Creamer

Christopher Edward Creamer, 43, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Born on June 12, 1972, in Westminster, Calif., he was a resident of Vacaville from 1976 to 1993. As a child, he attended Paden Elementary School, Will C. Wood Jr. High and Vacaville High. He then moved to Florida and North Carolina. He worked as a project manager in the architectural aluminum and glass installation industry. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, boating, and whitewater rafting. He had a deep love for his family, and for the majestic Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

He is survived by his son, Matthew, University of Tennessee freshman; daughter, Emma; parents Paul and Lolita Creamer of Gainesville, Fla.; sister, Paula M. Creamer of Sacramento; halfbrother, Carl Creamer of Miami, Fla.; half-sister, Mary Phillips of Fort Worth, Texas; fiancée, Kristina Brasi of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; friend and mother of Matthew, Sonija Phillips Quinn of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; mother of Emma and ex-wife, Jackie Hughes Miller, plus countless other extended family who loved him very much.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 12:30 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Forest Jones officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:30 to 12:30, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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



Lea Schafer Martin

Pamela Lea Schafer Martin, 47, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Asheville, N.C. Born June 24, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and adopted at three months old by Raymond J Schafer and Faye T Schafer, she had a zest for life in everything she did. Her professional career spanned the spectrum of health care, children and elderly care, but her heart’s desire was to work with animals and people at the same time. A gifted animal trainer, in 1997 Pamela, with her beloved Fenway, founded Therapy Dogs of Georgia. She also established her “Paws To Read” program in the public schools. She had a genuine gift of compassion coupled with straight talk and a generous nature in helping other adults, children and the animals she loved. She also cherished her extended church family of St. John’s Episcopal- Cartoogechaye, Franklin, NC.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years Kev Martin; daughter, McKinney Martin of Franklin, N.C.; son, Cole Martin, USCGWalnut, Honolulu; her beloved Aunt Beulah House; cousins, Faye Sexton, Sonya Begley and family, David and Linda Cupp, and Leslie Ryser and family, of London, Ky., as well as nieces and nephews, Christopher Asbury, Amanda Lindsey, and Scott and Nicholas Huddleson of the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater, Fla. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 542 St Johns Church Rd, Franklin.

A memorial message may be shared at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to http://pamelamartinmemorialfund.mydagsite.com/the_story



William Lee Keener

William Lee Keener, 93, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. He was born in Fannin County, Georgia, the son of the late William Leander and Nettie Jane Ray Keener. He was a general mechanic for DuPont for 25 years, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather. and great great grandfather. He liked gardening, making furniture, building houses, and fishing. He was a member of Selica United Methodist Church in Transylvania County and attended Goldmine Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Len Keener.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Allie Price Keener; his six children, Kathryn Lee Reece of Waterloo, S.C., Gary Price Keener of Pisgah Forest, N.C., Keith Allan Keener of Hendersonville, N.C., Michael Dennis Keener of Cedar Mountain, N.C., Susan Jane Holland of Brevard, N.C., and William Wade Keener of Highlands; three sisters, Ella Mae Zoellner and Roberta Dendy, both of Highlands, and Betty Dills of Colorado; 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating.

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



John Franklin Marr, Jr.

John Franklin Marr Jr., 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Mission Hospital, Asheville, surrounded by family.

Born in Milton, Pa., he was the son of the late John Franklin Marr Sr. and Burdell Stanfield Marr. He was a 1964 graduate of Milton Area High School and a graduate of Williamsport Tech. He worked at Ceramet Inc. in Bethlehem, Pa., until moving to North Carolina in 1999. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching his grandson’s play football, and watching NASCAR. He loved his family, friends and pets. He has touched many lives.

He is survived by his wife of whom he celebrated 49 years of marriage in June, Judy A. Marr; two sons, John K. Marr Sr. and wife Cynthia and Christopher D. Marr all of Franklin; grandchildren, Christopher J. Angelucci of Wisconsin; Erica Adams and husband Jason of Franklin; Airman John K. Marr Jr. of Franklin and Daniel C. Marr of Franklin; great grandchildren, Caroline Adams and Jaydon Adams; longtime friend, Joseph Richie of Franklin and lifetime friend James Patterson of Pennsylvania.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Memorial donations may be offered in his name at the The Rathbun House, Mission Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 5363, Asheville, NC 28813-5363 (mission-health.org)

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



James Harve DillsJames Harve Dills

James Harve Dills, 56, of Franklin passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Howard Jake and Gertrude Willis Dills. He owned and operated a landscaping business and liked hunting, fishing, and camping. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He loved and cherished his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughters, Sarah Dills and Ashley Dills both of Franklin; two sons, Jamie Dills of Peoria, Ill., and Josh Dills of Kitchener, Ontario Canada; a half-sister, Joan Shepherd of Sylva; three brothers, Edward Dills, Joe Dills and Benny Dills, all of Franklin, and a half-brother, Randy Brooks of Gastonia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Ronnie and Jerry Poindexter, Denny Dills and Thomas Lee Dills.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 23, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial was in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main St., Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Earl Tommy ‘Tom’ PendergrassEarl Tommy ‘Tom’ Pendergrass

Earl Tommy "Tom" Pendergrass, 84, of Nantahala, N.C., passed away on Aug. 25, 2015. He proudly served his country in the Army, was a veteran of the Korean War and was a past member of the Nantahala Volunteer Fire Department. He dearly loved his family. Until he fell ill, he was in his garden providing for his family and others. He loved digging ginseng and ramps and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Willafae; daughter Teresa "Cricket" Jones of Nashville, Tenn.; son, Doug Pendergrass (Lottie) of Murphy, N.C., son, Wayne Pendergrass (Jennifer) of Franklin, N.C.; daughter, Marie Pendergrass of the home; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth Bryant-Black (David), Megan Jones, Martin Jones, Travis Pendergrass, Kaitlyn Corn, Mia Pendergrass, Samantha Pendergrass, Matthew Pendergrass, Daniel Pendergrass and Maggie Pendergrass

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m., at Aquone Baptist Church with Rev. S. J. Waters and Rev. Marlin McMahan officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenny Cope, Joe Rowland, Adam Sutton, David Black, David Ellison and Bud Gibby.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aquone Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or The Wounded Warrior Project, 3343 Peachtree Road NE # M20, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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



Lettie Bell Stiwinter Cochran HoustonLettie Bell Stiwinter Cochran Houston

Lettie Bell Stiwinter Cochran Houston, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.

Born in Macon County, North Carolina she was the daughter of the late Lester Stiwinter and Mary Jenkins Stiwinter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert William Cochran and second husband, E.G. Houston; one brother, Troy Stiwinter; one sister, Pearl Holt and one grandson, Josh Collins. She loved people and enjoyed caring for the elderly. She enjoyed quilting and gardening. She was Baptist by faith. The family would like to extend a very special “thank you” to Jane Stamey for everything she has done.

She is survived by five children, Patsy Brown and husband John, Peggy Armstrong and husband Alfred, Bobbie Collins and husband Bill, Jeanie Beaver and husband Eddie, and Raymond “Buddy” Cochran and wife Glenda all of Franklin; one brother, LeRoy Stiwinter of Franklin; one sister, Ella Mae Armstrong of Franklin and special caregiver, Renie Mathis. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, step-children and step-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. John Hartley, Rev. Wayne Sheffield, Rev. Phillip Cochran officiated. Burial was in the Riverview Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Armstrong, Tim Cochran, A.J. Beaver, Bob Collins, Tony Collins and Billy Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cartoogechaye Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 438, Franklin, NC 28744.

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




Elwood ‘Woody’ LeRoy KappenElwood ‘Woody’ LeRoy Kappen

Elwood "Woody" LeRoy Kappen, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Otto and Eleanor Hacker Kappen. He is survived by his wife, Geneva Faye Hall Kappen.

He was owner of Abdon Trucking in Lakeland, Fla.; he participated in Macon County Senior Games; was a member of Men Macon Music and loved to bowl. He was active in his church choir and "The Potter" Sunday School Class.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Kellie Boatright of Hendersonville, Tenn.; a step-daughter, Cheryl Lyle of Florida; one son, Kenneth Kappen of Louisville, Ky.; two stepsons, Allen Lyle and Herchel Lyle both of Florida; three grandchildren, Kelsey and Kasey Boatright of Tennessee and Jimmy Kappen of Florida and one great granddaughter, Addison of Tennessee.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 15, at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Seagle and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Mr. Kappen’s memory to Holly Springs Baptist Church, 366 Holly Springs Church Rd., Franklin, NC 28734. Please designate either Building Fund or Playground Fund on the check memo line.

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



Mark Edward Russell

Mark Edward Russell, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 27, 2015.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, at Franklin Covenant Church.

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



Lester Ray Young

Lester Ray Young, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

He was the oldest child of the late Louin and Lillie Adams Young. He graduated from Franklin High School and Western Carolina College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving one year in South Korea. After graduating from Western Carolina with a master’s degree, he taught public school for four years in Alaska, one year in Colorado and taught more than 30 years in North Carolina. He was a charter and devoted member of Higdonville Baptist Church in Franklin. He held many positions in the church, including teaching the adult married Sunday School Class for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Clifton Young.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Joyce Greer Young; one son, Anthony Young of Columbia, S.C.; one daughter, Lisa Young of Franklin; three brothers, Wardie Young (Judy) of Franklin, Dale Young of Franklin and Doyle Young (Shirley) of Five Points, Ala.; two sisters, Laverne Tippett (Jim) of Franklin and Bonnie Angel (Earl) of Gastonia. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces. His survivors also include a very special uncle, Parker Adams of Franklin, who was a tremendous help to him throughout his long illness.

Private graveside services were held for the family at the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

Memorial donations may be made to the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Harold Rayborn, 1459 Cat Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or the Franklin High School Track Fund, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frances ‘Louise’ McCabeFrances ‘Louise’ McCabe

Frances “Louise” McCabe, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John E. Hughes and Cuba Betty Houston Hughes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Lewis Hughes and sister, Annie Gertrude Clark.

She enjoyed reading, gardening and tending to her animals. She had a great love for horses. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ronald Kevin McCabe; two nieces, Barbara Drass and Loretta Swan both of Waterford, Mich., and two nephews, LeRoy Grider and John A. Clark both of Franklin.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jim Dusek officiated.

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



Glenn ‘Rusty’ Hunter WaldroopGlenn ‘Rusty’ Hunter Waldroop

Glenn “Rusty” Hunter Waldroop, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on July 8, 2015.

Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Grady H. Waldroop and Nannie Battles Waldroop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Sayler, three brothers (Siler, Quintin and Bob) and three sisters (Belva, Ethel and Katherine). He was a U.S. Navy veteran, served during WWII on a destroyer escort and a past member of the VFW. He retired from the Ford Motor Company after 40 years of service and greatly enjoyed Detroit politics, reading and making music. He performed for more than 50 years with various bands and was a past member of the UAW and the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by children, William (Sue) Waldroop of Detroit, Helene “Sam” Shenkus of Hawaii and Glenda (Bruce) Constante of Detroit; three brothers, Wendell (Shirley) Waldroop of Franklin, Howard (Betty) Waldroop and Mickey (Charlene) Waldroop, both of Georgia; one grandchild, Quinn (Kim) Constante of Roseville, Mich., two great grandchildren (Zoe and Liam) and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for both Glenn and his wife, Edna, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in Maidens Chapel UMC Cemetery.

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



Calvin CarpenterCalvin Carpenter

Calvin Carpenter, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. He was the son of the late W.J. and Carmellie Gladwell Carpenter. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church. He enjoyed farming, raising cattle and playing checkers. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by one daughter, Jan Campbell and husband Ronald of Otto; two sons, Jerry Carpenter and fiancé Geraldine Ledford, and James Carpenter and wife Margaret, all of Otto; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial was in the Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery with Cris Carpenter, Andy Emory, Isaac Campbell, Asa Emory, Levourn Wiggins and Elbert McConnell serving as pall bearers.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Carpenter family. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Fannie Mae Wykle McGahaFannie Mae Wykle McGaha

Fannie Mae Wykle McGaha, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Wykle and Vissie Gibson Wykle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Furman McGaha; second husband, John Hyatt; step son, Johnny Hyatt; three brothers and four sisters. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. She made friends with everyone she came into contact with and was like a mother and sister to many. She always helped others in need in any way that she could, and she continually worried about not being able to do for others during her final battle with illness. She loved the simple things in life and enjoyed bird watching and listening to her wind chimes on her front porch. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Robb of Franklin; her son, Harold McGaha Jr. of Lenoir City, Tenn.; two step children, Barbara Webb and Linda Vanhook both of Paris, Tenn., brother, Noah Wykle of Felton, Pa.; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a niece, Johnna Taylor of Franklin who was like a daughter to her; several nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated.

Burial was in the Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Andrew Raby, Cheyenne Carson, Herman Elkins, Jeff Clark, Marvin Mashburn and Joe Walkingstick.

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



Jerry Carroll GibsonJerry Carroll Gibson

Jerry Carroll Gibson, 74, born Nov. 30, 1940, passed away Aug. 15, 2015. He was the son of the late Carroll Alan and Ruby Cloer Gibson; grandson of Rev. George and Flora Dills Cloer and Joseph Carroll and Alva Allen Gibson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Andrew Gibson Sr.

He graduated Franklin High School in 1959. He was a military policeman in the U.S. Army. He then served as a prison guard in the State Prison in Winston Salem, N.C. He was co-owner of Gibson’s Ruby Mine in Cowee Valley.

He was a member of "The Ruby Valley Boys" Band. He was a great guitarist and enjoyed music. His passion was billiards; he was known for being one of the greatest from WNC. He was called Gibo.

He was a wonderful patron of the Macon County Public Library. He was so proud that our county had this great addition. He was also an avid movie buff and loved to go to movies on weekends.

He was married to Mary Sue Sprinkle Gibson on July 9, 1966. They had two daughters, Connie Lynn Gibson Hodgins and husband Michael, and Cynthia Diane Gibson Jenkins and husband Jerry Dean Jenkins. He is survived by two grandchildren, Hayden Brock Price of the home and Ashlee Jenkins of Bryson City, N.C.; two nephews, Andy Gibson and Mark Gibson; sister-in-law, Nell Scruggs Gibson and two great nephews, Joey Gibson and Jon Gibson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial followed in Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rob Bell, Leon Anthony, Mike Sprinkle, Joey Gibson, Junior Fouts and Greg Allen. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Charles George VA Hospital, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805

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



Robert Joseph WoolbrightRobert Joseph Woolbright

Robert Joseph Woolbright, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.

Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Thomas Edward Woolbright Jr. and Louise Marie Bisceglia Woolbright. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He was active with the Boy Scouts and Lions Club International.

He is survived by three children, Jeanna Woolbright of Dillsboro, N.C., Thomas L. Woolbright and fiancé, Julia-Marie DiGiorgio of Franklin, and Kimberly Murphy and husband Matthew of Franklin; one brother, Ralph Thomas Woolbright of Reno, Nev.; two grandchildren, Abagail Murphy and Christopher Murphy; two step-nieces, Kelli and Sandy, and several great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special canine companion, Zeus and was preceded by another companion, Patches.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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



Robert Jay ‘Bob’ BeldingRobert Jay ‘Bob’ Belding

Robert Jay “Bob” Belding, 91, passed away on July 30, 2015 at Solace Hospice. He was the loving and devoted husband of Edith Belding who survives. They shared 67 wonderful years of marriage together.

Born in Highland Mills, N.Y., he was the son of Walter H. Belding and Ellinor Belding. He was Salutatorian of his class at Central Valley High and he attended Westminster College, as a music major. He was employed at Western Publishing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., before starting his own business, Belding Typesetting Company. He was a resident of Hyde Park, N.Y., for 32 years.

He retired to Franklin, N.C., in 1986. A lifelong avid lover of music, he joined the Franklin Early Music Group in 1986 and later became its director. He regularly enjoyed playing clarinet, recorders, accordion and harmonica. He loved hiking the North Carolina Mountains and was the president of the Nantahala Hiking Club from 1989-1991. He and his wife Edith enjoyed keeping an organic garden every year.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the destroyer USS Barton DD 720. He was assigned to the bombardment group for the landing on D Day, June 6, 1944, at Omaha Beach. He also went on to the Pacific and served in the Battle of Okinawa under a continual siege of kamikazes aimed at the U.S. fleet.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Ellinor Belding; his son, Jeffrey (Edwina) Belding; his daughter Dianna Gilbert; his granddaughters, Amy Gilbert, Molly Gilbert, Joanna Belding, and Valerie Belding; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Patience Owen and his brothers, Walter Belding and Jack Belding.

A graveside service will be held at a later date and interment will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Macon County Art Association, 30 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734, or St. John’s Cartoogechaye, Episcopal Church, 542 St. Johns Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.



Michael F. SpearmanMichael F. Spearman

Michael F. Spearman, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Francis and Mary Nowosielska Spearman. He was an alternative fuel consultant, traveling the world and the U.S. promoting the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, especially for diesels.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alberta Hipson Spearman; four children, Darlene Webb of Boston, Mass., Raymond “Bill” Pluschau of LaGrange, Ga., Douglas Pluschau of Hollywood, Fla. and Stephen Spearman of Kissimmee, Fla.; sister, Kathleen Blois; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Resurrection Lutheran Church. Pastor John Brunner will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Noah’s Ark Humane Society, 1239 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Robert ‘Red’ Wayne JenkinsRobert ‘Red’ Wayne Jenkins

Robert “Red” Wayne Jenkins, 68, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Hoyt C. Jenkins and Marie Messer Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Shane Jenkins and a great grandson, Brandon Painter. He was a painting contractor and a member of South Macon Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Doris Newton Jenkins; four children, David Allen of Franklin; Larry Dabbs of Gastonia; Tammy Jenkins of Eton, Ga., and Haley Akins of Dalton, Ga.; two brothers, Danny Jenkins of Franklin and Jimmy Jenkins of Otto; two sisters, Vivian Heady of Chatsworth, Ga., and Carolyn Reecer of Otto; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Ballew officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Doris Jenkins, 145 Meadowland Circle, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Patricia Alma Griffin SearsPatricia Alma Griffin Sears

It is with heavy hearts we tender to you our mother, Patricia Alma Griffin Sears, has passed away. She was born July 11, 1936, passed away on Saturday Aug. 8, 2015. She is survived by her son's Kelley Davis, Lonnie Davis, Tracey Davis and her daughter Laura Love. Seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was a strong woman and always a lady. Her life's desire was to help others. This continues after her passing as she has donated her body to a medical college to assist future physicians that will help others. In keeping with her request we will have a family party in lieu of a funeral.

Family and friends will meet at 1201 Glenn Spring Rd. Pacolet, S.C., for a remembrance of her as well as fellowship with food and telling stories on Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 4 p.m., with fellowship immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to: Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



William Lee Keener

William Lee Keener, 93, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. He was born in Fannin County, Ga., the son of the late William Leander and Nettie Jane Ray Keener. He was a general mechanic for DuPont for 25 years, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather. and great great grandfather. He liked gardening, making furniture, building houses, and fishing. He was a member of Selica United Methodist Church in Transylvania County and attended Goldmine Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Len Keener.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Allie Price Keener; his six children, Kathryn Lee Reece of Waterloo, S.C., Gary Price Keener of Pisgah Forest, N.C., Keith Allan Keener of Hendersonville, N.C., Michael Dennis Keener of Cedar Mountain, N.C., Susan Jane Holland of Brevard, N.C., and William Wade Keener of Highlands, N.C.; three sisters, Ella Mae Zoellner and Roberta Dendy both of Highlands, and Betty Dills of Colorado; 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, at 2 pm in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.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.



Zada C. Scheinost

Zada C. Scheinost, 91, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Fort Myers. She was born in Hartshorne, Okla., on Feb. 13, 1924, to Carl and Zada Hefley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don E. Scheinost in 1999 and two brothers.

She is survived by two sisters.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Orange Hill Cemetery in Williston, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Mayo Clinic 200 First St. SW Rochester, MN 55905. Attn: Development.

Arrangements entrusted to Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park (239) 334-4880.



Arlene Rae Kushin

Arlene Rae Kushin, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

Born in Medina County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Ray Packard and Letha Woods Packard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard George Kushin who died Dec. 5, 1997.

She is survived by her son, Randy Kushin and wife Roseanne of Franklin; her sister, Dorla Towslee of Twinsburg, Ohio; two grandchildren, Renee Rae Benton and Robert Howard Kushin; four great grandchildren; one niece, Denine Rukavina and one nephew, Jon Towslee.

No services are planned.

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



Evangelist Carl Troy Woodbury Sr.

Evangelist Carl Troy Woodbury Sr., 93, a resident of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 13, 2015.

The son of the late Luke and Joy Elizabeth (Freeman) Woodbury, he was born Feb. 5, 1922, and reared in Morganton, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Nelle Elizabeth (Woodbury) Barron and Katherine Lillian Woodbury, and a brother, Luke Woodbury, Jr.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife and best friend of 73 years, Annie Ruth Lane Woodbury. Other surviving family members are his sister, Joyce Elizabeth (Woodbury) Edge, of Augusta, Ga.; his daughter, Lana Carol (Woodbury) Petersen, and husband James D. Petersen Sr., of Franklin; his son, Carl Troy Woodbury Jr., and wife Sandra Lynn (Nease), of Lawrenceville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Carla Christine (Petersen) and husband Fredrick Sankuer of Florence, S.C., James D. Petersen Jr. and wife Donna Renee (Anders), of Brevard, N.C., Blake Troy Woodbury and wife Jennifer Elaine (Ramsey), of Monroe, Ga., and Kimberly Lynn (Woodbury), and husband Taylor DeForrest Smith of Roswell, Ga.; nine great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He joined the Navy during World War II and served as a corpsman/medic attached to the U. S. Marines serving in the Pacific Theater. Marines loved their corpsmen. After attending Mars Hill College, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, N.C., and did his seminary work at Crozer Theological Seminary in Upton, Pa.

He trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior March 23, 1955, and became a born again Christian after pastoring a number of Southern Baptist churches in North Carolina. He wrote his personal testimony of salvation, “A Lost Preacher Saved,” describing his long journey through the modernism and mysticism being taught in the Southern and Northern Baptist schools he attended. Then he printed and gave out several hundred thousand copies of the booklet. A copy of “A Lost Preacher Saved” is available free from Missionary Tract Fund Limited, Inc.

Before entering his evangelistic work, he pastored several Independent Baptist churches in North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana. Evangelistic meetings took him to all 50 states and 44 foreign countries in 47 years. Evangelist Woodbury was a long-time member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Lebanon, Ohio.

Evangelist Woodbury’s life’s ministry was to preach the gospel of His Lord Jesus Christ, but he also had an insatiable desire to get His message out by way of Gospel tracts. He personally financed and helped in the printing and distribution of many millions of copies of those gospel tracts. He also took many mission trips specifically to preach and pass out those tracts.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church, 25 Victory Church Road, Sylva (midway between Franklin and Sylva on US 441). The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the church. Rev. R. C. Redmond, Rev. Rusty Wolfrey, and Rev. Benny Bagwell will officiate. Graveside service will be held at Sunday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m., at Forest Hill Cemetery in Morganton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Missionary Tract Fund Limited Inc., P. O. Box 28, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15.




Oleta Eva Jo CogginsOleta Eva Jo Coggins

Oleta Eva Jo Coggins, 74, of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Edgar and Cora Eva Woodard Miller. She was a homemaker and loved making crafts.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Norman Lee Coggins; daughter, Kristy Michelle McBride and her husband Thomas of Hope Mill, N.C.; two sons, Norman Lynn Coggins and his wife Son Cha of Stockbridge, Ga., and Kelly Lee Coggins and his wife Elizabeth of Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; sisters, Willadean Holland of Franklin, N.C., and Yvonne Burch of Brevard, N.C.; grandchildren, April Marie Coggins, Dayton Lee McBride, Danica Arlene McBride, Maxwell Coggins, Jake Coggins and Arielle Coggins.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 31, at Buck Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Passmore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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



Scott HartshornScott Hartshorn

Scott Hartshorn, 62, died July 8, 2015, in Bradenton, Fla. He was one of God’s special children. He was loving, happy, and enjoyed life. He worked parttime at Depend-O-Drain, Inc. He attended Children’s Haven (now Community Haven) from the time it was built in the 1970s until the 1990s. Scott was very active with bowling, fishing, and swimming and loved to knit. He loved his horse, Cherokee, and rode in Special Olympics.

Scott was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Claire Hartshorn, and his brother, Larry. He is survived by his stepmother, Eunice Hartshorn; step-sisters, Charlotte LaFlam and Laura Windle (Michael); niece, Kim (John) Hartshorn-Hertzog, and nephew, Wayne Hartshorn. He is also survived by several great nieces, nephew and cousins.

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, Aug. 3, at Patton United Methodist Church, Franklin.

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



Charles Curtis Jr.Charles Curtis Jr.

Charles Curtis Jr., 87, of Sylva, N.C., passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015. He grew up in Franklin, the son of the late Charlie Curtis and Minnie McCall Curtis in a family of 11 siblings. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Georgia Moffitt Curtis, a grandson, Chris Smith, two brothers and three sisters.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Later he continued his military career with the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1972 with over 20 years of combined service. He became a familiar face at Franklin’s American Legion hall where he enjoyed calling bingo for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Edna Rogers Curtis, who was his constant and loving companion; sons, Johnny Curtis (Kathy) of North Dakota, Floyd Curtis (Renee) of Texas, and Tommy Curtis (Jan) of Franklin; daughters Sandra Smith (Eddie) and Teressa Curtis, both of Franklin, and Barbara Parris of Sylva with whom he and Edna made their home; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.

A memorial celebration of life will be held at Watauga Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Wesley Price officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in honor of Charles’ military service or to a charity of one’s choice.

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



Mark Edward RussellMark Edward Russell

Mark Edward Russell, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 27, 2015.

Born in Greensboro, N.C., he was the son of the late Gilbert Clark Russell and Jean Elizabeth Whitley Kelsey. He was a member of Franklin Covenant Church; worked for MedWest as a phlebotomist; was an avid sports fan; enjoyed helping others and spending time with his Lord.

He is survived by his daughter, Jordan Jean Russell of Otto; two brothers, Michael Russell and wife Sonja, and Frank Kelsey; nephew, Bryan Russell and wife Leslie and their children, Pierce and Paisley; step sister, Kim Glover; step father, Don Kelsey and his beloved cat, Little Man.

Memorial 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.




Alvin E. ThornAlvin E. Thorn

Alvin E. Thorn (retired USAF), 91, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. He was born June 28, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Walter and Minnie Thorn. He was predeceased by his loving wife and his daughter, Sylvia and Debbie Thorn and his brother, Oreman.

He is survived by his beloved son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Brenda Thorn of Franklin, and daughter, Teddi of Huntington Beach, Calif. He also leaves behind one sister, Leila of Minnesota and nieces and nephews.

After serving in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 18, 1946, serving as a clerk and ending his Air Force career as an Air Force recruiter in Springfield, Mass. During his military service he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal. He retired from the Air Force on Sept. 30, 1969, and was subsequently employed as an insurance inspector by ISO for 18years.

For the past year and a half, he lived his dream of traveling, covering approximately 15,000 miles to California, Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts and all the states in between, towing his beloved Outlander trailer.

The family would like to thank staff of Angel Medical Center, Dr. Todd Davis, Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation, Memorial Mission Heart Center, and the staff of The Coli Unit/Palliative Care Unit at Memorial Mission for treating our dad with respect and dignity.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home will provide a private service for family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory to Dakin Animal Hospital and Adoption Center of Springfield, Massachusetts.

"Now I knew my days were numbered, and when the good Lord called to me, I knew it was time to take one last trip, pulling my own R.V. As I drive through those pearly gates, dear ones, don’t cry for me. For I lived my dream, as only I could, pulling my own R.V."

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



Mary Evelyn AmigMary Evelyn Amig

Mary Evelyn Amig, 89, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.

Born in Baldwin, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Guy and Byrdie Wilbanks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Vansant and Frances Duncan and one brother, Lane Wilbanks. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Otto Garden Club.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Rodney Amig Jr.; four children, Bill K. Brown and Ronnie Hammond both of High Springs, Fla., Cherri Lyn Finefrock of Savannah, Ga., and Linda Sandrige of Ivor, Va.; two sisters, Guynelle Creighton of Atlanta, Ga., and Betty Pruett of Cornelia, Ga., and a brother, Donald Wilbanks of Alto, Ga. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jack Jarrett will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Betty Sue ‘Pat’ Dills

Betty Sue “Pat” Dills, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Benbow Dills and Lassie Hastings Dills. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean Coggins, Lula Pearl Dills and Ova Greene and two brothers, J.B. Dills and Gerald Dills. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed crafts and camping.

She is survived by her brother, Boyd Dills; one aunt, Faye Dills and several nieces, nephews and cousins all of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Friday, August 7, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Barry Bowman and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Dills, Richard Greene, Steve Bowman, Rick Jenkins, Jeff Dills and Edward Bowman.

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

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



Carol Maree DyeCarol Maree Dye

Carol Maree Dye, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Born in Wayne County, Mich., she was the daughter of Wilmore and Hildegarde Rumpf Johnson. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved doing crafts.

She is survived by a daughter, Jamie LaHia (Steve) of Michigan; two sons, Leon Dye (Michele) of Florida and Major Phillip Dye (Petra) of Kansas; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren and two sisters, Barbara Cooke (Raymond) of Franklin and Wilma Hill of Florida.

A funeral service was held Monday Aug. 10, at Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Burial was in Brace Cemetery.

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



Fred Sanders Jr.Fred Sanders Jr.

Fred Sanders Jr., of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at home surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Fred and Mattie Leona Stamey Sanders. He was married to Peggy Belcher Sanders. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church, he was a very loving father and loved his family dearly he also loved to fish and raise cattle. He is preceded in death by a son Steven Sanders; four sisters; and three brothers.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters Debbie Lynn Sanders Fouts and husband Nick, and Vickie Elaine Sanders and husband Jim all of Franklin; one son Dennis Sanders and wife Angela of Franklin; seven grandchildren Autumn Mason Pangle, Sean Mason, Zac Mason, Hope Benton, Katie Davis, Eli Burton Luke, Chandler Rubye Luke; and seven great grandchildren Gavin Cunningham, Rylee Cunningham, Blaine Pangle, Keegan Pangle, Cameron Mason, Caden Mason, and Cole Mason.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Black Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Don Moffitt, Rev. Kale Stancil, and Rev. Phillip Cochran officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Zac Mason, Shawn Mason, Caleb Benton, Jimmy Hall and Keith Talley serving as pallbearers. Gene Sanders served as an honorary pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to St. Jude Hospital Palisides Office Park 5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta, GA 30328, or Wounded Warrior Fund P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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



Pauline Wild SandersPauline Wild Sanders

Pauline Wild Sanders, 92, of Greenville, S.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of late Judson A. Wild and Lela Ray Wild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harris L. Sanders and her three brothers; Frank M. Wild, James B. Wild and Robert W. Wild. She was the first female employee of the Bank of Franklin (aka Macon Bank); teller for Wachovia Bank and bookkeeper for Old Town Baptist Church. She was also the historian for the City of Flat Rock, N.C.; and enjoyed crafts, painting, writing poems and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Waters and husband Dean of Greenville, S.C. and Susan Jefford and husband Clayton of Tell City, Ind.; grandchildren; Benjamin Waters, Patrick Waters and Bradley Waters all of Greenville, SC; Dustin Jefford and wife Molly of Indianapolis, Ind.; Ashley Biever and husband David of Tell City, Ind. and Logan Jefford and wife Sarah of Madison, Wisc.; great grandchildren; Liam and Wyatt Biever and Josie Jefford.

Funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Benjamin Waters, Patrick Waters, Bradley Waters, Logan Jefford, Clayton Jefford and Dean Waters.

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



William ‘Billy’ Joel Collins Jr.

William “Billy” Joel Collins, Jr., 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of Evelyn Graves Collins of Conyers, Ga., and the late William Joel Collins Sr. In addition to his father; he was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Collins. He was a retired school teacher/coach at Edwards Middle School in Rockdale County, Georgia; he coached basketball, football and track and enjoyed running, playing the guitar and keyboard.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his ex-wife, Barbara Collins Vlass; son, William Geoffrey Collins and wife Jennifer of Gainesville, Fla.; sister, Christi Collins Mitcham of Conyers, Ga.; brother, Danny Collins of Covington, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Aug. 6, at Scott Ward Funeral Home. Rev. Dave Benson officiated. Burial was in the East View Cemetery, Conyers, Ga.

Memorial donations can be made to Relay for Life, Franklin Chapter, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801 or Atlanta Track Club, 3097 E. Shadowlawn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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


Frederick Eugene ‘Gene’ CollinsFrederick Eugene ‘Gene’ Collins

Frederick Eugene “Gene” Collins, 70, of Otto, N.C., went to be with Jesus on Aug. 3, 2015.

He was a partner in Dixie Iron Works. Born in Chicago, Ill., to the late Wayne H. and Voncile Lassiter Collins, they then raised him in Florida. In the early 1980s he moved to North Carolina with his late wife, Joyce Freddell Collins.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Burrell Collins and stepson Ezra McCay, who were Gene’s caregivers for several years. He also is survived by his children, Dennis Finch, Kevin Finch, Angela Andres, Cassandra Mayer, Brian Collins; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Wynell Arnold, Lyndia Carr, Vaneese Collins; and brother, Stanley Collins.

A very informal celebration of Gene’s life will be held on Saturday Aug. 15, at 4 p.m. at a private park located at 100 Wayfarer Ln., in Dillard, Ga. There is limited seating, bring a chair, if you can, and come casually dressed. In case of rain there is a pavillion.



Patricia M. RussellPatricia M. Russell

Patricia M. Russell, 90, entered into the presence of God on Aug. 3, 2015, at the Franklin House with family and friends at her side. She was born in Waltham, Mass. Her vocation was as a private nurse after her training in Massachusetts. She was the wife of the late William Fowler and more recently the late Lawrence Russell. She was also preceded in death by six siblings, Yvonne, Emily, Daniel, Nancy, Sally and Joseph.

Those left to remember her are her devoted Boston Terrier, Scully. Her youngest brother, Timothy Gibbs and wife, Judy, and their children Lori and Andy and his children keep her in their hearts. Also to remember her are step children Lawrence Russell, III and his wife, Mary Gayle; Karen Cole and her husband, Wade; and her loving step-grandson, Christopher Russell, his wife and children. She also leaves many nieces and nephews including Carol Begin McGuire and husband, John; Jacqueline Hull and husband, Peter.

Many wonderful friends from St. John’s Episcopal Church who cared tenderly for her and the Nantahala Hiking Club will always remember Pat.

She loved the outdoors and has hiked most of the Appalachian Trail to Vermont after she was 65. She enjoyed birding and gardening and loved woodworking. She also loved children and volunteered at East Franklin Elementary and the Cartoogechaye Elementary School for many years.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Aug. 9, and will be officiated by Rev. Carl Southerland.

In lieu of flowers donations may be given to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 542 St. John’s Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or the Nantahala Hiking Club at 173 Carl Slagle Road, Franklin, NC 28734-7813.

The family would like to thank the staff at Franklin House, the Angel Hospice and St. John’s Episcopal parishioners for giving Pat tender loving care and guiding her to her beloved Jesus.

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



Oscar Neville CraneOscar Neville Crane

Oscar Neville Crane, born Dec. 13, 1931, to Effie Leona Miller and J. Frank Crane was a native Highlander. He was born and raised on Oak St., Highlands, where the Bascom is now. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, and one sister, Clarence Levi (Bertie), Carlton W., Robert Crane and Margaret Jane C. Montague.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Kathy Spitzer Crane; one sister, Lassie Crane Buchanan (Floyd); two brothers, Frank McCloy (Marie), Chester Lee (Fredda) Crane; two sistersin- law, Sue W. Crane (the mother of Lee and David), Eloise B. Crane, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He had spent his life guiding horses at Crane’s Riding Stables. After his Dad’s death, Oscar ran the stables. He also did yard work all over Highlands.

Services were held Monday, Aug. 10, at Highlands First Baptist Church with Chaplain Ralph Campbell and Dr. Mark Ford officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Micah Mullarkey, Sean Mullarkey, David Crane, Harold Crane, Charlie Hicks and Gene Ramey. Honorary pallbearers were "Smokey" Buchanan, Brooks Bennett, Baker Crane and Danny Crane.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Wilma Daisy Edwards RoperWilma Daisy Edwards Roper

Wilma Daisy Edwards Roper, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late A.J. Edwards and Daisy Baldwin Edwards. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers. She worked as the cafeteria manager for Iotla Elementary School for many years. Her motto in life was, “Never let a child go hungry.” She was an avid reader and loved gardening, canning and freezing, sewing and quilting. She was a devoted, lifelong member of Iotla Baptist Church where she was a member of the Homebuilders Sunday School Class, was on the fellowship hall building committee and served on other various committees at church. She was a member of the Sew-N-Sow quilting group, she enjoyed walking the greenway with friends and was a homemaker and an excellent cook.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, James Bernard Roper; two daughters, Martha Holbrook and husband Jim and Marilyn Tallent, both of Franklin; three grandchildren, Matthew Holbrook and wife Aimee, Michael Tallent and wife Cassie and Chad Shuler all of Franklin and five great grandchildren, Waylon and Weston Holbrook, Kayla Shuler, Nivia and Breanna Tallent.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 9, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Hensley and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Roper, Bill Queen, Mike Tallent, George Lynch, Wayne Lynch, Tony Ledford, Stan Penland and Mike Breedlove.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe Tippett, John Campbell Bible Class and the Home Builders Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Cynthia Rowland, 886 Younce Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Joy Lee Johnson SloopeJoy Lee Johnson Sloope, Caleb Alexander Marx Sloope

Joy Lee Johnson Sloope and Caleb Alexander Marx Sloope passed away together on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015.

Joy worked in a local convenience store for many years and loved spending time with family. She is survived by her father, Ronnie Johnson; three daughters, Charlene, Cameron and Christian Sloope; one son, Colton Sloope; three sisters, Bonnie Weeks, Connie Lantroop and Karen Bishop. Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Alan Sloope and her mother, Patricia “Pat” Joyce Johnson.

Caleb attended Macon Early College where he was a New Century Scholar and a member of Macon Early College Soccer Club. He loved soccer, football and playing video games with his brother. He is survived by three sisters, Charlene, Cameron and Christian; one brother, Colton and his grandfather, Ronnie Johnson. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Alan Sloope and his grandmother, Patricia Johnson.

Caleb Alexander Marx SloopeA Celebration of Life Service will be held for Joy and Caleb on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Charles Stephens and Rev. Greg Rogers will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2:00 pm, prior to the service at the church.

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

 

 

 

 

 




Dorothy Gless Smith

Dorothy Gless Smith, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 17, 2015.

Born in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Albert Gless and Catherine Johnson Gless.

She is survived by two sons, Kip Roggendorf and Erik Carlson. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

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



Marcella Hall Martin

Marcella Hall Martin, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Born and raised in Newark, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Ruth Wright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Stub Hall and a sister, Beverly Swan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and started three businesses, Pompano Mimeographs in Pompano, Fla.; Halls of Gems and Rocks in Pompano, and Hall’s Real Estate with Stub Hall in Cashiers, N.C., for 20 years. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Carolina Mountain Lady Golfers Association, Friendship Club, Florida and North Carolina Bridge Groups and American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a brother, Donald Jones of Indian River, Mich.; and special niece, Cathy Brown of Michigan.

Memorial service was held Saturday, July 25, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Fisher and Rev. Rick Holmes officiated.

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



Robert ‘Bob’ Keener

Robert “Bob” Keener, 85, died in his home on July 20, 2015, of natural causes.

He was born on July 4, 1930, to Willard and Albia Keener. He lived his entire life in Franklin, N.C., marrying Mary Etta Keener in April 1953. At different times during his career he built houses, owned and operated the wonderfully remembered Sugar Town Donut Shop with Mary Etta, and raised chickens. He was also a member of the Kinfolk V, a local band that in June 1964 made it onto the Arthur Smith Show, the first nationally syndicated country music show on television.

He suffered a severe stroke in 2002. He spent his remaining years at home due to complications of the stroke. He leaves a magnificent legacy of family and friends who remember his deep love of music, quiet sense of humor and devotion to all of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Etta; his three children, Robbie Keener; Vickie Keener Luecht and her husband Ric; and Tim Keener and Tenia Judge; his five grandchildren, Caleb Gibson and fiancé, Gwen Woodcum; Blaine Keener and his wife Amber; Shane Keener; Kaleena Messer and her husband Tim and Jonathan Keener; three great grandchildren, Braylon and Mason Keener; Ellie Messer; and soon-to-be fourth great grandchild, Olivia Ramirez; and one brother, Charles Keener of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl and Herschel, and sisters, Hazel and Evelyn.

An at-home visitation and memorial for the family and friends took place on Wednesday, July 22.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Home Health and Hospice, 170 Church Street or Associated Services for the Blind, Inc. C/O Development Department, 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or online at-asb.org.

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



Annie Mae Henry HensleyAnnie Mae Henry Hensley

Annie Mae Henry Hensley, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie M. Henry and Brittie Webb Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nathanael Hensley. She enjoyed cooking and fishing and was a member of First Baptist Church of Highlands.

She is survived by her son, Charles Hensley of Franklin; sister, Bessie Isabelle Zachary of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCall officiated. Interment was in the Highlands Memorial Park.

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

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



Louise J. LedbetterLouise J. Ledbetter

Louise J. Ledbetter, 88, of Waterford, was called home to heaven on the evening of Wednesday, July 15, 2015. We believe she fell asleep dreaming of her husband and her sons, who are already in heaven. They must have lifted her soul and carried her away to join them in love, laughter and peace. She was born March 25, 1927, in Franklin, N.C., the daughter of the late James and Tolede Justice; wife of the late Bobbie T. Ledbetter; loving and proud mother of Bobbie Ledbetter, Jr. (DeeDee) and the late John and Bill Ledbetter; grandmother of Kim, Gina, Joey, Ali, Jimmy, Lia, Jeremy, Tami and Johnny; great grandmother of 15; great great grandmother of two; sister of Jean Moore Raby (Al) and the late Edith, James "Slick" and Tom; also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.

She owned and operated Eatmore Restaurant for many years. She was a caring and giving person who tried to take care of everyone. Her sharp tongue and witty remarks made anyone who knew her laugh. She loved to cook for her family and was a loving grandmother who lived for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was a pleasure to visit with her no matter how long you stayed she would say "stay awhile longer." We wish she could have stayed awhile longer. She will be missed so much by so many.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 24, at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Otto, N.C. Interment was held at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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



William J. Moran III

William J Moran III, 71, passed away July 24, 2015.

Born in Winter Garden, Fla., on Feb. 19, 1944, he retired from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He loved growing vegetables, walking in the mountains, and trivia. He could fix almost anything and gladly did so for others.

He is preceded in death by his son, William James Moran IV, his parents, William J Moran II and Vida Bell (Denham) Moran. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claire McGee Moran; his granddaughter, Sydni Erin Moran; her mother, Kym Moran; an aunt, Carolyn Mott, and cousins that he loved dearly, Patrick Moran and wife Martha, Peggy Swanner, Janice Holms and husband John, Maureen Lane and husband Malcolm, Floyd Kron, Bobby and Frances Killgore, Kathy Parkhill, JO and Georgia Haynes, John and Georgia Mott, Henry "Buster" Moran, Jr. and Carrie Moran Powell and husband Buddy.

A private burial will be held in Winter Garden. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

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



Anita Lynn PistolisAnita Lynn Pistolis

Anita Lynn Pistolis, 49, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Kathryn Chastain Forrester of Highlands. She loved to hike, read, tend to her dogs and cut and style hair.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Kathryn “Kate” Anne Pistolis and Demitra “Demi” Frances Pistolis both of Charlotte; brother, Robbie Forrester and wife Jennifer of Highlands; two nephews, Austin and Carson Forrester; niece, Gracie Forrester and uncle, Neal Chastain of Highlands. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 31, at 1 p.m., at Highlands United Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Christy will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church Pastors Discretional Fund, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Stephen Michael BaderStephen Michael Bader

Stephen Michael Bader, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 21, 2015. He was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the son of the late Herman and Matilda Bosse Bader. He loved his family and friends. He was crazy hardworking and a mechanical genius. He loved all types of racing and the beach.

He is survived by two sons, Kyle Bader and his fiancé Jan Craig of Denver, N.C., and Stephen Bader and his wife Krista of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Ryan and Addison Bader; three sisters, Tina Matheson, Sharon Bonner and Sandra Abels; one brother, Chris Bader. He is also survived by his significant other, Diane Shelton.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 25, at Cullasaja Assembly of God Church, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Junction, http://victoryjunction.org.

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



Jeffrey Alan LoughnerJeffrey Alan Loughner

Jeffrey Alan Loughner, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 19, 2015. Born in Pittsburg, Pa., he was the son of Robert S. and Grace C. Loughner.

He graduated from Greensburg Salem High School, Greensburg, Pa., in 1970. He worked as an EMT with the fire department in Greensburg until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force Air Police, where he served a four year tour of duty in England. The balance of his career was spent working for the United States Border Patrol, jobs he excelled at and was extremely proud to serve.

He enjoyed many hobbies to include fishing, boating, gun collecting, gardening and landscaping and reading.

He is survived by his sister, Barbara Ann Turman of Inverness, Fla.; two nephews, one niece, and seven of their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Grace Loughner.

He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his dry sense of humor, willingness to help others, and his extensive Hawaiian shirt collection. We will miss his Cheshire grin!

Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 29, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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


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