Macon County Humane Society presents SUPER ADOPTION DAY! :: Saturday, April 26 from 11am - 4pm at the Macon County Fairgrounds

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Board of Elections petitions to terminate Bishop

In a move to save Macon County taxpayers money, the local Board of Elections petitioned the state last week for the termination of Director Kim Bishop. While the investigation into the alleged embezzlement of more than $50,000 continues, members of the Board of Elections are turning to the state for help.

“The board took the action available to us by state statue and we expect a State Board of Elections decision within about three weeks, said board member Gary Dills. “I do not presume their decision nor the status of the on-going SBI investigation.”

Kevin Costner & Modern West coming to Franklin

Talks to MCN about music, movies, and balancing it all

In today's society, it is not unusual for someone to have two jobs. In fact, most people have more than one job. But very few people have two careers. Two careers that send them all over the world. Two careers that simultaneously allow every household in the country to know your name. Two careers that children grow up dreaming about.

Kevin Costner has not only built two careers that skyrocketed him to world fame, but he has done so the old fashioned way: with hard work, and a lot of balancing.

Community holds Easter egg hunt

Macon Program for Progress Head Start and Pre-K classes enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt on Wednesday.

Miss Amanda, Angie, Amy and Susie's classes hunted 800 eggs, saw horses then went to the Rec. Park for a picnic before the kids headed off on spring break.

 

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Franklin tourism board approves billboards and Folk Festival funding

Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met at Town Hall on Monday for its monthly meeting in order to consider various funding requests as well as listen to two presentations concerning local events that could be eligible for grants at next month's meeting.

At last month's meeting, Main Street Program Director Linda Schlott went before the board to request a total of $1,500 for the 11th annual Folk Festival that is set to take place on July 19. The money would be used to advertise on the radio and various regional publications.

Candidate profiles continue with Jackson Dems

Democratic candidates featured in second of two parts.

The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

The Jackson County Sheriff race is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May Democratic primary will face the winner of the May Republican primary in the November general election.

Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe, who has held the office for 12 years, is not seeking re-election.

 

- published 3/27 (Larry) - unpublished ?

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Deaths & Funerals



Mavis HarrisMavis Harris

Mavis Harris, 96, of Andrews, N.C., died Monday, April 7, 2014, in an Andrews care center. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived in Cherokee County since 1962. She had worked for the Forest Service in Franklin for several years, in the county agent’s office in Franklin, at Citizens Bank in Andrews for several years, and as a secretary for Andrews First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Konnaheeta Woman’s Club and the Andrews First Baptist Church, where she had served as WMU president and a Sunday school teacher.

She was the daughter of the late John and Beulah Cabe Dills and the wife of the late Amos W. Harris, who died March 26, 2002. She was also preceded in death by an infant son.

Surviving are a son, John W. “Bill” Harris and wife, Jodi of Andrews; a granddaughter, Rebecca Harris Roberts; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with the Rev. Calvin Bobo officiating. Interment was at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were J.R. Marr, Dean Dockery, Bruce Rickett, James Bristol, Johnny Brown, Doyle Ridley, and Lane Raxter.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Mavis Harris to the Patient Fund at Valley View Care Center, 551 Kent Street, Andrews, NC 28901 or the Middle Adult Women’s Sunday School Class, c/o Priscilla Cope, Andrews First Baptist Church, PO Box 427, Andrews, NC 28901.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Richard Winter

Richard Winter, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, April 9, at home in Franklin. He was born May 29, 1959, in Pittsburg, Pa. He was preceded in death by his father Robert A. Winter Sr.

He worked as a long haul trucker.

He is survived by his mother Doris M. (Fletcher) Winter of Franklin; two brothers, Jeffery F. Winter and wife Cindy of Boca Raton, Fla., and Robert A. Winter Jr. of Kentucky.

Three nephews and two nieces and three caregivers, Debra Allen, Jerry Jenkins and Scott Lairsey.

A funeral service was held Saturday April 12, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Ron Allen officiating. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.



Annie Leota Norris

Annie Leota Norris, age 86, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late L. D. Norris and Sally Stewart Norris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Launa Dowdle and Clara Lou Moody and three brothers, Mack Norris, Fred Norris and Lem Norris. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Matt Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raymond Holland, Kenny Chastain, Roy Chastain, Michael Wiggins, Alan Ledford and Tyler Warman. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Nancy Sellers, 2826 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Daniel Cornelius AtkinsonDaniel Cornelius Atkinson

Daniel Cornelius Atkinson, 60, of Satsuma, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Born in Bennettsville, S.C., he was the son of Nancy Cantrell Alexander of Franklin and the late Daniel C. Atkinson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step-dad, Hoyt W. Alexander and a brother, John Atkinson. He was a chef; he loved cooking and wood working and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his mother, Nancy Alexander, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Muehl and husband George; three brothers, Perry Atkinson of Ocala, Fla., Terry Atkinson of Franklin and Kurt Knechtel of Dillard, Ga.; sister, Debbie Valdes of Satsuma, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brittany, Daniel and Zachary and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Mary Ann McClure

Mary Ann McClure, 64, of Franklin, N.C. passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Leo Francis Kullman and Helen Scott Kullman. She enjoyed music, spending time with her grandchildren and taking photos.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Elgie McClure; two sons, Richie Sund and wife Tara of Maggie Valley, N.C., Eric Sund of Franklin; step-children, Steven McClure of Franklin and Kayla McClure of Burlington, Ky.; two sisters, Kay Battillo of Orlando, Fla. and Margaret Raymond of Santa Cruz, Calif.; three grandchildren, Avery and Reese Sund of Maggie Valley and Shane McClure of Burlington, Ky.; three nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Beulah BuchananBeulah AnnieMae Johnson Buchanan

Beulah AnnieMae Johnson Buchanan, age 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. She was born in Jackson County, N.C., the daughter of the late Luther Joel and Bertha Morgan Johnson. She was a homemaker; she loved to quilt, can, garden and flowers. She was a loving mother and grandmother; she loved everyone and never met a stranger. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Molton Buchanan, who died in 1998 and a daughter, Carol Buchanan.

She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Shelton of Franklin, and Lynn Gerrish of Travelers Rest, S.C.; four sons, Leon Buchanan of Williamston, S.C., Bruce Buchanan and Mark Buchanan both of Franklin and Benny Buchanan of Oakdale, Tenn.; a sister, Birdell Clouse, and a brother, Howard Johnson of Franklin, eighteen grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 13, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Fouts, Rev. Steve Reeves, and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shawn Shelton, Patrick Shelton, Joseph Buchanan, Ethan Price, Tyler Shelton, Richard Grace, Jerry Stillwell, and Matt Koelper.

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



Dorothy Moore MartinDorothy Moore Martin

Dorothy Moore Martin, age 86, of Hayesville, N.C. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at a Sylva Hospital. She was born in Harrison County, Tenn. the daughter of the late Ernest and Lula Crowder Moore. She was married to Thomas Albert Martin who passed away February 2, 2006. She was a secretary for Boice Supply Company for over 40 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She graduated with honors from Hayesville High School in 1945. She enjoyed gardening, watching her hummingbirds, and loved Braves baseball. She was a member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and Secretary Treasurer. She loved reading and Billy Graham. She was fondly remembered by many as "Granny Dot".

She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Martin Cloer & husband, Steve of Bryson City, N.C.; two sons, Ronald L. Martin & wife, Kathy of Hayesville, N.C. and Donald L. Martin & wife, Jodie of Hayesville, N.C.; two brothers, Harrell Moore & wife Gerita of Hayesville, N.C. and Hartsell Moore of Hayesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Keisha McClure, Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Kaila Day, Amanda Cloer and Ryan Martin; great-grandchildren, Blake, Taylor, and Caden McClure and Kenadee Day.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at Meadow Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Rogers and Rev. Brandon Arrowood officiating. Burial will be held at Meadow Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Chad McClure, Jake Day, Elliott Arrowood and Tommy Hooper.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadow Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Dendy, 330 Slave Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904.

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



Patrick “Pat” Abran Gregory

Patrick “Pat” Abran Gregory, 84, of Cornelia, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Lewis Gregory and Maude Holland Gregory. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and J.L. and sister, Dorthena Holland. Pat was a U.S. Army veteran, worked with Fieldale Farms, and attended The Torch in Cornelia. He could play most any stringed instrument and enjoyed singing.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Rogers Gregory; daughter, Phyllis Mason of Franklin; four sons, Patrick Gregory, Jr. and wife Rosa of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Darrell Gregory and wife Connie of Franklin, Marvin Gregory of Cornelia, Ga. and Shane Gregory and wife Stacey of Cleveland, Ga.; brother, Milles Gregory of Franklin; six grandchildren, Shelly Marion, Theresa Wolfe, Jessica Meeks, Ashley Gregory, Robert Dingus and Cieara Gregory and three great grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman, Rev. Mark Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the Wright Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Angel, Jim Bell, Gary Holland, Randy Holland, Larry Angel and Johnny Pendergrass.

Memorial donations can be made to the United Hospice of Gainesville, 700 S. Enota Dr. NE # 202, Gainesville, GA. 30501.

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



Larry Dale MorrisLarry Dale Morris

Larry Dale Morris, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

He was born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Eddie Morris and Ethel Early Morris. He was a landscaper; member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church; an avid sportsman, enjoying all sports and was an animal lover.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joan Pope Morris; five children, Katrice Morris of Greensboro, N.C., Kevin Morris and wife Kristy of Charlotte, N.C., Pennie Bowen and husband Woody of Lawrenceville, Ga., Wendie Bagby and husband Jonathan of Buford, Ga. and Debbie Rutledge of Buford, Ga.; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Fred, Otis and Molly.

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, April 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. James Greenwood officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Irma Brunner Pohlenz

Irma Brunner Pohlenz, 87, of Franklin, N.C. passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was born in Munich, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Simon Brunner and Terese Sedlmeier Brunner. She was an interior decorator and owned Sam’s Upholstery.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Roy Rodney Pohlenz; son, John Pohlenz of Whittier, N.C.; brother, Hans Brunner of Carrolton, Ga.; one grandchild and three nieces.

Private services 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.



John Maynard

A memorial service for Pastor John Maynard of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be held on Wednesday evening, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Pastor Maynard died January 25, 2014.

All who knew him are invited to attend the service.

Guests may visit with the family an hour prior to the service and following the service in the fellowship hall.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 235 Sloan Rd., Franklin.



Diane McKinneyDiane McKinney

Diane McKinney, 53, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born in Orange, N.J., she was the daughter of the late George B. and Dorothy Hale Chadwick. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Edward McKinney.

She liked to do crossword puzzles, crocheting and liked playing games and watching TV with her grandkids.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Armbruster and husband Clarence of Franklin, two sisters, Joanie Chadwick Blazer of Michigan and Linda Lema of South America; two brothers, Allan and Frank Chadwick both of N.J. and four grandchildren, Richard Kramer, Adam Armbruster, Dominic Armbruster and Allen Armbruster.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

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




Bryan Keith SmithBryan Keith Smith

Bryan Keith Smith of Franklin, N.C., went to sleep in death on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, with his wife by his side, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was a dearly loved husband, brother, friend, and mentor who will be deeply missed by those who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Sabrina; parents- in-law, Charles and Sue Barfield; one sister and brother-inlaw, Cindy and Tony Gaudetla; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Brenda Smith, Richard and Joyce Smith and Gary and Linda Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

He had a deep love of the Bible and his Creator, Jehovah God. He and Sabrina volunteered together in public ministry work that was a mutual source of joy to them. Although a person of deep respect and tremendous concern for others, he had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He had a huge smile and contagious laugh that could be heard from across a room. He was an extraordinarily talented professional oil and watercolor artist of more than 30 years and was able to work creating the art he so dearly loved. He won more than 60 awards in various art shows and his artwork resides in homes nationally and internationally. His talents were extensive and also included wood-working and playing guitar. He enjoyed traveling, loved bike riding in beautiful areas as often as he could and constantly found beauty in life around him. Generous with his time, energy and always eager to help others, he constantly enriched the lives of those around him. His very genuine and kind spirit was immediately obvious to those who met him. He truly loved life and lived it well.

His favorite verses of the Bible were in Psalm chapter 37 which speaks of the beautiful promises for faithful ones to live on the earth, made new by Jesus Christ. Now his friends and loved ones eagerly look forward to the day they will see him there and enjoy his beautiful smile once again.

A memorial service was held on March 8 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Rd, Franklin, N.C.



Betty Goude

Betty Goude went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully asleep on Saturday, April 5, 2014. She was born in Scranton, S.C. on Dec. 7, 1929, to Rev. and Mrs. Ernest B. Lee, Pentecostal Holiness ministers. On April 11, 1947, she married Rev. James M. Goude, a Church of God minister. She is predeceased by her mother and father, Ernest and Hatttie Lee, her husband, James Goude, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her sister, Nolie Terry of The Villages in Florida, and three children – her oldest son, Rev. James Dexter Goude and his wife Tammy of Reagan, Tenn., the only daughter, Marla Johnson and her husband Rev. Harold Johnson of Franklin, N.C., and her youngest son, Rev. Dana Goude and his wife Marsha of Venice, Fla. During her 84 years, she acquired 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 10 great, great grandchildren.

She graduated from the last 11th grade graduation class of Scranton High School and was able to attend their 67th class reunion in 2013. She spent her life not only as a preacher’s kid but also as a minister’s wife, pastoring with her husband in South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Florida. She also worked outside the home in administrative management positions. She loved to sing for the Lord and taught her children to follow the musical talents and spiritual callings upon their lives. Her enthusiasm to attend and fellowship with her church family was very evident as she encouraged her children to encourage their children to be a part of a local church body. Known as “Beautiful Betty” at Macon County Senior Services, she enjoyed hanging out with her friends.

She will be remembered by her church family at First Assembly of God in Franklin on Sunday, April 13. Memorial services will be held in Camden, S.C., and Winter Beach, Fla.. Afterwards, she will be laid to rest beside her husband during a private service at Winter Beach Cemetery.

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



Helen Drown BilgerHelen Drown Bilger

Helen Drown Bilger, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Born in Peabody, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Henry Eugene Drown and Blanche Bascom Drown. She retired from Florida Power where she worked as a data entry operator. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She enjoyed her doll collection (she had more than 55 dolls), was a NASCAR fan, enjoyed reading, loved her pets and took care of a lot of stray cats and dogs.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Clifford Bilger and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, April 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Father Tien Duong officiated.

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



Thomas John Fries

Thomas John Fries, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Born in Burlington, Wisc., he was the son of the late Rodney Lewis Fries and Carol Ann Kortendick Fries. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Zitzmann. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church. He worked in construction.

He is survived by two sisters, Nancy Reuwer and Margaret Ann Weddle both of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two nephews; two nieces and two great nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ulmer Hamilton Parrish Jr.

Ulmer Hamilton Parrish Jr., 83, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014. Born in Dade County, Florida, he was the son of the late Ulmer Hamilton and Grace Nichols Parrish. He was a graduate of Stetson University; a veteran of the U.S. Army; a member of the American Legion and a realtor.

He is survived by June Lee Parrish; three sons, Ulmer Hamilton Parrish III, William Davidson Parrish, and Mark Grayson Parrish, all of Warner Robbins, Ga., and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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



Joan Lois Thomas LambJoan Lois Thomas Lamb

Joan Lois Thomas Lamb, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Thomas and Lois Ledford Thomas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Lamb, who died in 2005 and three sisters, Margie, Agnes and Geneva. She was a member of Cartoogechaye Church of God. She was a beloved mother and grandmother.

She is survived by four children, Jeff Lamb and wife Angie, Darlene Watson and husband Chris, Mickey Lamb and wife Meka and Tonya Morgan and husband Jamie, all of Franklin; two sisters, Janette Moody and Bea Door both of Greenville, S.C.; brother, Clyde Thomas and wife Delores of Greenville, S.C.; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Danny Prince and Rev. Bryon Lamb officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh Bailey, Jake Lamb, Tyler Watson, Bryon Lamb, Nicholia Lamb, Tristan Lamb, John Beaver and Gabrail Lamb.

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




James Herbert Queen

James Herbert Queen, 68, a resident of Chapel Dr., died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1945 in Franklin, N.C., to Fred Wilson Queen and Ruth Leoria Houston Queen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd, and Paul Queen; and sisters, Luanne Stockton and Judy Henry.

Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Pearline Way Queen of the home; also surviving are step-son, Jonathan DeHart of Greensboro; brothers, Danny Queen of Lexington, Wayne and Brent Queen, both of Franklin; sisters, Joyce Crowe of Franklin, Connie Bradley of Sylva, N.C., and Janet Roberson of Beaufort, N.C.; 19 nieces and nephews; and 43 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin, with Rev. Don Moffitt officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.



Michael Goff

Michael Goff, 73, of Beverly Hills, Fla., passed away March 12, 2014, at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. Born on Sept. 19, 1940, in Tice, Fla., to Luther and Gladys Goff. He was raised in Placida, Fla. and Englewood, Fla. He returned to Florida two years ago from Franklin, N.C. He was retired from the Communications Department of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department.

Survived by his wife, Linda Goff; three children, Brenda Hoglen and husband Rick, Michael A. Goff and wife Vicki, Rodger Goff and wife Rogelyn; one sister, Nellie Jimerson; two brothers, Luther Austin Goff and wife Rose, and William Goff; six grandchildren, Zandralee Hoglen, John Goff, Kate Goff, Shane Goff, Maria Goff, and Chris Stacy; several nephews and nieces.

The family received guests on Saturday, March 15, at Brown Funeral Home in Lecanto, Fla.

The burial was immediately following at the Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto.



Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford

Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford, 89, of Clear Creek Road, Highlands, N.C., passed away on March 18, 2014, surrounded by family at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, NC.

She was born to Jewel Johnson Dunkin and Mitchner Morris Dunkin on Feb. 18, 1925, in Greenville, Texas. She graduated from high school in Denver City, Texas, in 1942 and nursing training from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1947. She married Julius (Jake) Anderson Alford on May 18, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. Jake preceded her in death in 1998. During her husband’s Air Force career, they and their children moved to various military bases in Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, North Carolina and France before retiring permanently to Highlands in 1973. She worked as an RN at various hospitals throughout her nursing career including Highlands Hospital.

For many years, she and her husband enjoyed hiking and volunteering with the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conference as well as traveling in the United States and Europe. She was an avid reader, a passion that was embraced by all of her children. She loved her little cabin on Clear Creek and enjoyed the change of the seasons, especially spring and fall when she enjoyed the many plants and trees in her yard. She had a passion for cooking and collecting cookbooks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Morris Mitchner Dunkin, Harold Johnson Dunkin and Larry Wayne Dunkin and a special granddaughter, Cindy McCall.

She is survived by her six children Holly (Tom) Coffey of Winston-Salem, N.C., Steven (Gale Dendy) Alford of Highlands, Gregory Alford of Panama City, Fla., Julie Alford (John) McCall of Highlands, Christopher (Mary) Alford of Greensboro, N.C., Michelle (Shelli) Alford (Matthew) Williams of Sacramento, Calif. and former daughter-in-law, Becky Stanley Valle.

Surviving grandchildren include Stephanie McCall, Stephen McCall, Hannah Alford, Katherine Alford, Nicholas (Julie) Alford, Rachel Alford, Christen Williams, Elias Williams, Sam Williams and step grandson, Jamie Rhymes.

She is also survived by great grandchildren Maddie Alford, Sophia Alford-Corsetti, Trysten Stanley, Oryon (Big Jake) Stanley and Ayden Stanley.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, at Goldmine Baptist Church in Highlands, with the Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating.

Burial was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Morris Nix, Joe Brooks, Tommy Carpenter, John Roper, Bill Reese and James McCall. Music was provided by The Dendy Family and bagpipes by Cameron Nixon.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Gladys Walker

Gladys Walker, 106, of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

She was born in Townsend, Tenn., on June 16, 1907, the daughter of the late Andy and Alice Walker Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Walker, who died In 1945. She was a homemaker and member of Wells Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Dr. Curley Walker of Concord, N.C.; two granddaughters, Patricia Knox and husband Jay of Concord, and Melissa Steiger and husband Bob of Phoenix, Ariz.; six greatgranddaughters, Hannah, Hailey, and Shae Knox and Emma, Norma, and Rebecca Steiger, and cousins Cullen and Carolyn Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn. and J.S. and Ann Walker of Townsend, Tenn. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 20, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Dixon officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Cook, Jackie Cook, Cullen Davis, Jackie Byrd, Jerry Holden and J.S. Walker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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



Terry Neil WaldroopTerry Neil Waldroop

Terry Neil Waldroop, 62, of Franklin, N.C., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

He was the son of Florence Ledbetter Waldroop Taylor and the late Neil Gilmer Waldroop. He was a barber and a member of Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making music. He once made music at The World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition to his mother, Florence Ledbetter Waldroop Taylor of Franklin, he is survived by his son, Travis Waldroop and wife Melissa of Franklin; two brothers, Steve Waldroop and Wade Waldroop both of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jordan, Erica and Ben Waldroop. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial service was held Monday, March 24, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Charles Reed officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl. 33607.

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



Shirley Pressley RabyShirley Pressley Raby

Shirley Pressley Raby, 73, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Born in Canton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late George Earl Pressley and Lola Bailey Pressley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Raby. She was the most precious, giving and caring mother that ever lived. She gave everything in her heart and soul to her husband and children.

She is survived by three children, Tamra Raby Blaylock and husband Donovan; two sons; granddaughter and great granddaughter; good friends, Deanne and Bert Raby and Susie Nicholson; three nieces, Debbie Glance, Ronna Crowder, Stacy and families.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Roper Cemetery with her loving husband, Buddy.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.

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



David Lee Williams Jr.David Lee Williams Jr.

David Lee Williams Jr., 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of David Lee Williams Sr. and Vera “Odie” Dills Williams of Franklin. David graduated from Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University with a B.S. degree and was a landscaper. He loved music and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his aunts, Juanita Tippett of Waynesville, N.C. and Clara Gibson of Franklin, and an uncle, Junior Dills of Monticello, Ga.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Greenville Office, 16-A Brozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615.

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



Gail NicholsGail Nichols

Gail Nichols, 57, of Young Harris, Ga., passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 21, 2014 in a Fulton County hospital. She was a native of Hiwassee Dam, but had lived in the Hayesville and Young Harris areas for the past 25 years. She was a graduate of Hiwassee Dam, graduating in 1974, and graduating Tri-County Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in 1976. She had been employed by Tri-County Community College, Nichols Appraisal, working beside her husband, and retired as a bookkeeper from Hayesville High School. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Hayesville. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her hobby was the loving support she gave to all her family.

She was the daughter of the late Don and Gertha Farmer Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her son, Justin Nichols.

Surviving are her husband, Tommy Nichols; three daughters, Kristyn Holland and husband, Reggie of Franklin, N.C., Lauren Dickey Payne and husband, Jeremy of Murphy, and Penny Nichols Perlock and husband, Ray of Alpharetta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Kendyl Reece Holland, Zeke Allen Payne, Cory Cox, and Nicholas and Tyler Perlock; two sisters, Grace Taylor Carringer and husband, Lyle, and Glenda Taylor Helton and husband, Don, all of Murphy; five nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. Chad Chandler and Keith Nuckolls officiating. Interment was in the Oak Forest United Methodist Church Cemetery with a private family graveside service. Pallbearers were members of the Hiawassee River Bass Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in loving memory of Gail Nichols to the Justin Nichols Memorial Scholarship Fund, 622 NC Hwy 69, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville is in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Frank H. MasonFrank H. Mason

Frank H. Mason, 90, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Dan and Ida Hastings Mason. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Chastain and Sarah Hastings of Rabun, Ga.; four brothers, Earl, Woodrow, J.R. (Bud) and Wymer Mason of Franklin and adopted grandson, Mike Ledford. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 60 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing the banjo at church.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Rebecca Ledford Mason; one daughter, Gwenda Sue Mason of Franklin; sister-in-law, Maggie Mason of Franklin; adopted grandchildren, Larry Ledford, Bobby Ledford and wife Christa, Ronnie Ledford and wife Brandy, Barbara Stiles and husband David; seven adopted great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 23, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Bobby Cloer, Rev. Bill Faulkner and Rev. David Hastings officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sammy Hastings, Doug Mason, Tommy Chastain, Jack Mason, Gary Mason, Danny Mason, Dwight Carpenter and Bobby Ledford.

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



Teddy Leon CollinsTeddy Leon Collins

Teddy Leon Collins, 69, passed away March 20, 2014. Born in Blairsville, Ga., he was the son of Thurston and Juanita Collins. He was a member of Higdonville Baptist Church; active in Macon County Senior Games, an avid gardener, and wood worker. He loved his walks in the woods.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Barbara Chapman Collins; his son, John Mark Collins and wife Kendra Collins and a grandchild, Madison Rose Collins; son, Brian Collins; daughter, Stephanie Collins; stepson, Allen Chapman and wife Debra Collins and grandchildren, Jamie Chapman and Ashley Chapman; stepson, Matthew Chapman and partner Cristina Martelli; brothers and sisters, Louin Collins and wife Rosie Collins, Kenneth Collins and wife Nancy Collins, Aldarea King and husband David King; Noel Collins and wife Margaret Collins, Annette Satterfield and husband Charles Satterfield, Melvin Collins and wife Candice Collins and Steve Collins and wife Chris Collins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 23, at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Blairsville, with Dr. Simeon Martin, Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. John Mark Collins officiating. Burial was in Old Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. North Georgia Honor Guard performed military graveside rites.

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



Daniel Bruce Perry

Daniel Bruce Perry, 93 of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of WWII; member of Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145 and was an Oasis Shriner. He was the owner and operator of Franklin Tool and Mfg. since 1972. He was preceded in death by his wife Anita L. Perry who died July 22, 2012.

Surviving are his two daughters, Marie Tsacrios of Franklin and Denise West and husband Bubba of Franklin; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Perry Arvel NortonPerry Arvel Norton

Perry Arvel Norton, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Fred and Hattie Howard Norton. He was a sharpshooter for the U.S. Army during WWII; was a prison guard at Macon County Prison; shift supervisor at Belden Electric Cord for 20 years and retired from the maintenance department at the Macon County Courthouse.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who loved sports and Duke basketball. He was a faithful member of Union United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Crawford Norton; two daughters, Susan Jamison and husband David of Matthews, N.C., and Sandra Norton and her fiancée Jim Cooper of Clover, S.C.,; and two grandchildren, Heather Cabe and Kevin Jamison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Bertha Hopper, Pauline Norton, Gertrude Norton and Annie Long and two brothers, Jack and Paul Norton.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 30, at Union United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene, Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Aaron Duncan officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Union United Methodist Church, c/o Lana Hires, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Jean Wilde SeavernsJean Wilde Seaverns

Jean Wilde Seaverns, 87, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at a Chattanooga hospital. She was born in Durand, Mich., a railroad town outside Detroit, in 1927 to Al and Helen Ray. She had one brother, Don Ray. The family moved to Royal Oak, Mich., then she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she earned a nursing degree. After graduation, she moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where she married and had two children, Carol and David. She discovered Hayesville around 1970, and first summered there but eventually made it her permanent home. She married Earle Davis Seaverns in 2001. She was a very happy and outgoing person. She cared for her family and others in the community, offering love, comfort and support wherever it was needed. She was a wonderful cook and loved to party, whatever the occasion, or for no particular reason at all. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville, and was a longtime volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program, delivering meals in the community.

She is survived by her husband, Earle Seaverns; her daughter, Carol Pate and husband Ted of Fort Worth, Texas; her son, David Wagener and wife Donna of Miami, Fla.; her grandchildren, Michael, Dina, and Matthew Wagener; her niece, Deana Bishop and husband Thomas and their children, Weston, Rhiannon, and Reghan of Marietta, Ga.; her nephew, Alan Ray and wife Josefina and their children Cathy and Julia of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a granddaughter, Robbin Sinay, who moved to Hayesville two years ago to be near her Grandma Jean and share her love of the area.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to Clay County Food Pantry, 2278 Hinton Center Rd, Hayesville NC 28904.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



James Conrad ClarkJames Conrad Clark

James Conrad Clark was born June 3, 1943, in Covington County, Miss.

He is predeceased by his mother and father, Virgil and Bertha Kate Roberts Clark and two brothers who were deceased before his birth.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Susan Wallace Clark and three children, Ronald Keith Clark Regelman (Dawn) of Smiths Station Ala., and Connie Rochelle Clark and James Conrad Clark, Jr. of Pensacola, Fla.; two stepchildren, Richard C. (Court) Mealins, (Julie) of Birmingham, Ala. and Caroline Mealins Van Lake, (Mark) of Jackson, Miss. He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by the members of his wife’s family, George Wallace (Karen) of Hendersonville, Mary Ann Hendricks (Paul) of Kings Mountain, Bryant McClure (Mac) Wallace (Debbie) of Columbus, N.C. and William Michael (Mike) Wallace, (Barbara) of Greenville, S.C., to whom he was brother and friend.

He retired from the engineering department of Chevron, USA in Pascagoula, Miss. where he was given the Chairman’s award for achievement in recognition of his development of engineering software. Upon retirement he established a consulting business and worked extensively both in the petroleum industry and outside it, in this country and in Europe and the Middle East.

He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Master Mason and a Knights Templar York Rite Mason. He was a master of the building trades, a pianist and had an open and intensely curious mind. He was friendly and loved people. His optimistic and happy attitude carried him through his devastating final illness and its associated treatment and his dependence on Christ was unwavering.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Wendell Ligon officiated. Burial was in the Carson Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Evan Mealins, Spencer Phillips, Adam Wallace, Chad Wallace, Matt Wallace, Will Hendricks and Paul Hendricks.

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



Mario Alfredo FloresMario Alfredo Flores

Mario Alfredo Flores, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014. Born in El Salvadore, he was the son of Mario Flores Menbreno and Emma Zuniga Doty. He was an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Maria Leni Navera Bautista Flores; two stepdaughters, Dorothy and Judith Bautista of Franklin, one son, Byron A. Flores of Sun Valley, Calif.; one stepson, Juan Carlo Bautista of Franklin; a sister-in-law; Anna Flores of California; two brothers Miguel Armando Zuniga and Rene Flores of California; two grandchildren, Byron Flores and Audrina Ines Flores and one step grandchild, Nigella Maurice Mangila, a nephew, Kevin Flores and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 1, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Bryant- Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC or American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, New York 10006

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



Nicole Anne HermanNicole Anne Herman

Nicole Anne Herman, age 28, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Port Richey, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014. She was born in Pinellas County, Florida, the daughter of Michael J. Herman of Franklin, and Anne Palumbo Gonzales of Port Richey. She was management trainee for Enterprise Car Rental, she liked gemstones and butterflies and touched many people’s lives.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her fiancée, Darrell Williams of Franklin; her maternal grandparents, Vito and Rose Palumbo of Port Richey; a sister, Danielle Watson of Tampa, Fla.; one aunt, two cousins, and one uncle.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Faupel Funeral Home in Port Richey. The family will receive friends Friday, April 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Faupel Funeral Home.

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

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



Virginia Annette HeddenVirginia Annette Hedden

Virginia Annette Hedden, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 28. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Lilly Stanfield Keener. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Hedden. She loved cooking for family and church friends; she was also a pink lady at Angel Medical Center. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Harley Hedden.

She is survived by two daughters, Lillie Tallent and Martha Keener and husband Grant all of Franklin; six grandchildren, Missy Sanders, Angie Pickens, Joe Tallent, Wes Keener, Brooklynn Hopper, and Perrin Keener, and nine great-grandchildren, Dustin Sanders, Cory Sanders, Luke Sanders, Jordan Pickens, Daniel Pickens, Gabe Pickens, Abby Tallent, Maddy Tallent, and Kya Keener.

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home on Monday, March 31, with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Michael Lee officiating. Burial was at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Tallent, Greg Rogers, Perrin Keener, Brooklynn Hopper, Daniel Pickens, Steve Maney, and Mack Stanfield.

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



Doris R. SingerDoris R. Singer

Doris R. Singer, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away in Hollywood, Fla., on Feb. 1, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Born in New York, she retired from Miami-Dade Junior College in 1981 and moved to Franklin with her husband, Robert, who preceded her in death in 2004. They called Franklin their “home” because of all of the wonderful friends and neighbors they had there.

She was very active through volunteer activities, particularly at Angel Hospital, and through golf with the Carolina Mountain Golfer’s Association. She loved being with her family and enjoyed flowers, animals, and golfing. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church.

She is survived by six children, several grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the ASPCA or any animal care center of your choice.

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



Vera Emma Glover HarperVera Emma Glover Harper

Vera Emma Glover Harper, 94, of Franklin, N.C., and formerly of Greensboro, Ala., died Saturday, March 29, 2014.

She was a native of Eutaw, Ala., and the daughter of the late Joseph E. Glover and Vera Singley Glover. She was a homemaker; loved spending time with her family and sharing family values with them. She loved to fish, working in her flowers, and had a strong farming history. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Perry County, Ala. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Charles Walter Harper; son, Charles Edgar Harper; and six brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children, Jackie Harper Pilkerton of Franklin, Martha Harper Rogers of Asheville, N.C. and Walter Glover Harper of Mobile, Ala; 12 grandchildren, Karen Hamm, Kendall Adams, Dawn Stacy, Daphne Steider, Bert Hamm, Darryl Harper, Valerie McClendon, Rodney Harper, Kim Gottschall, Charles Pilkerton II, Tommy Pilkerton, and Chad Pilkerton. Several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 1, in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Greensboro, Ala. The Rev. Arthur Thomas officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Kirk Funeral Home, Demopolis, Ala. was in charge of the arrangements in Alabama.

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




Caney Martin Robinson Jr.

Caney Martin Robinson Jr., 70, of Clayton, Ga., passed away at his residence Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was born in Rabun County and was the son of the late Caney Martin Robinson, Sr. and Lola Baker Robinson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Stockton Robinson of the home; one son, Randy Robinson of Clayton; one daughter, Rhonda Robinson Carpenter and husband Darryl of Clayton; three sisters, Louellen Love of Mountain City, Ga., Ann Moss of Clayton, Ga., and Jean Lee of Alabama; two grandchildren, Caney Carpenter and Candace Mathis; and one great-grandchild, Emberlynn Mathis.

He was a self-employed rock mason and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was president of the North Georgia Coonhunters Association. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family and his friends meant a great deal to him.

Funeral services were held Sunday March 9, in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Mickey Wood officiating. Burial followed in Rocky Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 485, Rabun Gap, GA 30568.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.

An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.



John Roy ZinkandJohn Roy Zinkand

John Roy Zinkand, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March, 11, 2014. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Bauman Zinkand. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a carpenter and was a member of Franklin VFW. He will be missed by his son, Eric, and his entire family.

He is survived by two daughters; five sons, one sister, 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Burial was held at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Bryant- Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help with expenses.

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



James Richard Patton Sr.

James Richard Patton Sr., 75, of Marietta, Ga., passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Carey B. and Gertrude Cunningham Patton. He had worked as an Avionics Supervisor for Lockheed Aircraft, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #29 in Marietta, Ga.

He is survived by a son, James Richard Patton Jr and his mother, Carol Ficks Patton of Marietta, Ga.; three brothers, Howard Patton of Panama City, Fla., Joseph Patton of Wimberly, Texas, and Carey Patton Jr. of Franklin, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Novella Patton, and two brothers, Claybourne Patton and Jerry Patton.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 15, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

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



David Ray StanleyDavid Ray Stanley

David Ray Stanley, 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Stella Webb Stanley and the late Leroy Stanley. He worked for Aaron Pest Control and was a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, music and playing the guitar.

In addition to his mother, Stella Webb Stanley, he is survived by his wife, Leigh Anne Wilson; two children, Cody Stanley and Marissa Hickle and husband Devin both of Franklin; step daughter, Ahzah Kennemore of Highlands; four sisters, Linda Higdon and husband Paul, Evelyn Owens and husband Gary, Diane Pangle and husband David, Patsy Stanley; three brothers, Donnie Stanley and wife Diane, Scottie Stanley and wife Kim and Jeffrey Stanley and wife Jennifer all of Franklin; one grandson, Auberon Adams and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam officiated.

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.



Karen B. Woody

Karen B. Woody, 56, passed away Monday March 10, 2014. A resident of Jackson County for the last 20 years, she was the daughter of Helen Woodard Bowers of Sylva and the late Clinton Bowers. She worked for more than 11 years at First Citizen Bank in Cherokee and most recently at Medwest Sylva Medical as a receptionist. She was a big fan of Mickey Mouse.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her twin sons Jeremy and Jason.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Eric Woody and wife Tanya of Brighton Township, Pa.; two daughters, Jennifer Woody and fiancé Justin Schmidt of Sylva, Jessica Jenkins and husband Brian of Bryson City; three grandchildren, Matte, Anthony and Madeline; a brother, Steve Bowers and wife Cherie of Sylva; a sister, Frances Bowers of Asheville.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.



Robert Edward LeeRobert Edward Lee

Robert Edward Lee, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014, in a local hospital. He was the son of the late Henry and Corrine White Lee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a mobile home salesman by trade. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a great great grandfather. He enjoyed painting, going to church and going to flea markets.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya Lee; daughter, Rose Denman and husband Duane of Pollock, La.; a step daughter Tasha Lynn and husband Gary of Palm Beach, Fla., two sons, Robert Lee Jr. and wife Marsha of Walhalla, S.C., and Terry Lee and wife Catherine of Seneca, S.C.; a sister, Christine Whittney and husband Bruce of Tallahassee, Fla.; a step sister Frank-Ann McLaughlin and husband Jim of Tallahassee, Fla.; one half brother, Raymond Lee; and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Lee; three sisters, Ruth Hudson, Mary Cavanaugh, Carolyn Lee; one half sister, Patsy Harrell and one brother, Henry Lee.

A service was held Monday March 17, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations to be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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



Susan Elaine Jacobs RogersSusan Elaine Jacobs Rogers

Susan Elaine Jacobs Rogers, age 57, of Clyde, N.C. passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at The Homestead.

A native of Macon County, she was a 1973 graduate of Franklin High School followed by two years of business school. In 1978, she received her insurance license. She and her husband, Floyd T. Rogers, co-founded and co-owned Haywood Insurance Services which she remained active in until the time of her death. Susan was a charter member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church. Her church was very important to her, and she loved participating in the music and praise team. She also was responsible for the interior design of her church and was always organizing and tending to details of the church. She was a former member and past president of the Waynesville Altrusa Club, Susan loved to travel and especially enjoyed Charleston as a destination. She also cherished spending time and activities with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 20 years, Susan is survived by her parents, Radford and Kate Anderson Jacobs, of Franklin. She is also survived by four children and their families, Todd Bennett and his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Macie, of Franklin; Rob Rogers and his wife, Samantha, and their children, Madison and Morgan, of Greer, S.C.; Kimber Rogers Nelson, and her husband, Bryce, and their children, Jacob and Brysen, of Williamston, S.C.; and Tommy Rogers and his wife, Kelley, and their children, Hunter, Maggie, and Sarah Kate, of Piedmont, S.C.; two brothers, Larry and Scotty Jacobs, both of Franklin; and one sister-in-law, Mary Singleton, and her husband, Dean, of Clyde.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church with Reverend Brian Lawrence and Reverend Bob Dyer officiating. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge, Clyde, NC 28721 or Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 224 Barber Hill Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An on-line memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.



Sarah Ethel Talley DavisSarah Ethel Talley Davis

Sarah Ethel Talley Davis, age 95 of Otto, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 in a local hospital. She was born in Transylvania County, August 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Marcus Leonard and Charlotte Lydia Keener Talley. Mrs. Davis was first married to Theodore Crunkleton who died in 1976 and second to Charles Holt Davis for 15 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and friend and enjoyed feeding and watching birds.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Eva Marshall of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Berta Lee Durci of Mtn. Home, Ark. and Beatrice Ruhl of Newbern, N.C.; two brothers, Charles Talley of State Rd., N.C. and Clifford Talley of Highlands, N.C.; loving niece and caregiver, Sherry Reese of Franklin and nineteen additional nieces and nephews; three step daughters, Mary Owens of Greenville, S.C., Nan Strickland of Pell City, Ala. and Jackie Reinheimer of Charleston, S.C.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Reese and two brothers, Gordon and Lewis Talley.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 18, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lindsay and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

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



Claude WelchClaude Welch

Claude Welch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Austin Welch and Pearl Morgan Welch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Christine Huggins Welch, who died April 27, 2010; son, Gary Welch; granddaughter, Claudia Welch Griffith; grandson, Andy Welch; sisters, Nell Baxter and Joyce Carter; and brothers, Hal, Clyde, Paul, Dover, Thad and Glenn. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII receiving a purple heart. He was a well-respected building contractor and owner of Claude Welch Construction for more than 43 years and was the owner of Franklin Motel for 26 years. He was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where he formerly served as deacon and treasurer. He was a member of the board of directors for First Union Bank, and was an avid ginseng hunter.

He is survived by three children, Dale Welch and wife Tava, Ben Welch and wife Debbie and Claudine McCrackin all of Franklin; sister, Dorothy Cliff of Texas; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Zachary Welch, Christopher Turner, Christopher Welch, Bill Queen, Eddie Swafford and Doug Welch.

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



Gracie Jean AllenGracie Jean Allen

Gracie Jean Allen, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

She was born in Longview, Texas, on March 12, 1931. She was preceded in death by her father Tommy Rain Allen; mother and step father, Annie Bell and Eugene Brown. After receiving her formal education and career training as a beautician, and tailor/ seamstress, she moved to Franklin, 11 years ago.

She was a beloved member of the Franklin community and worked part-time at the Macon County Senior Center for 8 years where she loved and adored the staff and clients. Through the years, she enjoyed fellowship with Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ, in Franklin.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Macklin Washington, (Edward) of Franklin. She is also survived by four grandchildren, LaDonna West (Walter) Johnson City, Tenn., Pamela Richmond (El Shon) Nashville, Tenn., Ericka Washington, Franklin, Chrystal Johnson (Robert) Orlando, Fl., and eight great-grandchildren, DyAngelo, Nathan, Benjamin, El Ana Grace, Olivia, Zion, Jaylin-Irene, and Chamella-Rose.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 22, at 11:30 am at Stanmore Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.

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



Harley Moore StewartHarley Moore Stewart

Harley Moore Stewart, 85 of Krum, Texas, passed away on March 10, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1928, in Franklin, N.C., to Harley and Pearl Stewart. He attended Franklin public schools and served in the U.S. Army and married Freda Elliott Stewart who preceded him in death on March 12, 1976. He married Pat Taylor in 1989 and was a member of Gateway United Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Stewart of Krum; brother, Wayne Stewart of Franklin; sister, Jessie “Tootsie” Williams of Arden, N.C.; sons, Harley and wife Julie Stewart III of Barnardsville, N.C., Larry and wife Kim Stewart of Sanger, Texas, and; two step daughters, Brenda and husband Steve Buster of Krum, Texas, Pam and husband Bobby Smotherman of Prosper, Texas; six grandchildren, Houston Stewart, Bryse Buster, Ty Ward, Morgan and Kendal Stewart, and Karre Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Gateway United Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, on Friday, March 14, with the Rev. Buddy Owens officiating and burial at Jackson Cemetery in Krum, Texas.

The family request that memorials be sent to the charity of your choice in honor of Harley Stewart.

Courtesy announcement by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.


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