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Phillip Allen FazioliPhillip Allen Fazioli

Phil (Phillip) Allen Fazioli, 76, went to be with God on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. He was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., the son of the late Phillip B. and Esther Ingram Fazioli. He moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1966 and went to work for General Telephone as an equipment tech for 33 yrs. After retiring, he moved to Franklin, N.C., in 1999.

He was a loving husband, he bowled in the Seniors League and was an avid Hosta gardener. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and sang in the Chancel Choir.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane Jarrett Fazioli; a daughter, Kimberly Dawes of Johnson City, Tenn.; sisters, Judy Thompson of Sarasota, Fla., and Linda Chess of Cookeville, Tenn.

Memorial services will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Martha Ann Wallace

Martha Ann Wallace, 33, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

Born in Griffin, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Russell Lamar Wallace and Teresa Ann Hughes Wallace. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a niece, Haley Benedict.

She is survived by two sisters, Sandra Abee and Rusty Wallace both of Franklin; two nephews, Russell Abee and Andrew Abee and niece, Alexis Benedict.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Toys for Tots.

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



William J. Clancy Jr.William J. Clancy Jr.

William J. Clancy Jr., 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of the late William James Clancy Sr. and Bernadette Ann Powers Clancy. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, RoseMary Clancy; two daughters, Cindy Carol Clancy Attanasio and husband Leonard of Balston Lake, N.Y., and Robin Jean Clancy Powers of Mechanicville, N.Y.; son, Sgt. Major William James Clancy IV, Army Special Forces, of Stuttgart, Germany; two grandchildren, Michael Scott Folmsbee of Balston Lake, N.Y., and Jessica Rose Folmsbee of Malta, N.Y.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

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



Stephanie Ann ‘Sissy’ KruseStephanie Ann ‘Sissy’ Kruse

Stephanie Ann “Sissy” Kruse, 32, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Born in Waukesha, Wisc., she was the daughter of Albert and Lori Grey. She was an exceptional wife and mother. She graduated from Mississippi State University and was an avid Mississippi State fan. She attended Biltmore Baptist Church. She loved to travel, run half marathons, was a loyal friend and enjoyed living life to the fullest.

In addition to her parents, Albert and Lori Grey of Franklin, she is survived by her husband Cayenne Kruse; son, August Allen Kruse; brother, Jeremy Grey and wife Heather of Yazoo City, Mississippi; maternal grandparents, Don and Imogene Green and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Patrick Trawick officiated. Burial was in the Booth Family and Friends Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Erv Booth, Felix Villarreal, Fabian Villarreal, Johnathan Villarreal, John Strawn and John Lehotsky.

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



Naomi Elliott ChildersNaomi Elliott Childers

Naomi Elliott Childers, 78, of Duluth, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, after a long period of declining health.

She was a native of Macon County, a daughter of the late Fred and Oma Hall Elliott. She was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School, was a homemaker, and was a retired employee of Onieda Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., working both in bookkeeping and sales. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, and was loved by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Elliott Stewart and Louise Elliott Downs.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers of Duluth, Ga.; a son, Steven Childers and wife Cindy of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Cindy Brooks of Tennessee: a grandson, Dr. Matthew Brooks of Washington, DC: two brothers, Bruce Elliott and wife Maxine, and Harold Elliott and wife Brenda all of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Ruby Elliott Bradford, of Montgomery, Ala.: and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held in Franklin, N.C. at a later date.



Donald Ray Barnes

Donald Ray Barnes, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Dec. 1, 2014.

Born in Salem, Ore., he was the son of the late Lloyd Eugene Barnes and Grace Vivian Robertson Barnes. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; member of First United Methodist Church and retired from Montgomery Ward.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Blake Barnes; two sons, Michael Robertson Barnes and wife DeAnna of Aurora, Colo. and Gregory Ray Barnes and wife Andrea of Vail, Ariz.; two brothers, Clifton Barnes and Kenneth Barnes both of Oregon; three grandchildren, Joshua Barnes, Kelly Barnes and Stacy Gibbons; sister-in-law, Betty Dieckmann of Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or charity of one’s choice.

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



Jerry, Kathryn and Rose Marie Cannon

Jerry Russell Cannon, 48, Kathryn Marie (Brendle) Cannon, 32, and Rose Marie Cannon, 5, of Canon, died Friday, November 28, 2014.

Jerry was born Oct. 30, 1966, in Royston, the son of Louise (McGill) Cannon and the late James Cannon. Kathryn was born April 14, 1982, in Franklin, N.C., the daughter of the late Dale and Marianne (Blackert) Brendle. Rose was born Sept. 29, 2009, to Jerry and Kathryn.

They are survived by Jerry’s mother, Louise (McGill) Cannon; their children, Celina Cano and her husband Edger Cano, Joshua Cannon and his fiancé October King, and Zachary Brendle; a granddaughter, November Lily Cannon; Kathy's aunts and uncles, Maxine Hester, and Delores Thomas and her husband Clyde all of Greenville, S.C., Marvel Curtis and her husband Verlin of Franklin, Linda Emory, and Sonja Brannon and her husband Bill all of Greenville, S.C.; Kathy's uncle, Doug Brendle and his wife Joyce of Greenville, S.C.; and many friends and family members. They were preceded in death by Jerry’s father; Kathryn’s parents; Jerry’s grandparents: Norman and Vinie McGill; and Jerry’s sister: Julie Cannon.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Lavonia City Cemetery with Rev. Johnny Stowe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the family to defray expenses.

Published as a courtesy of Bryant Grant Funeral Home.



Elsie Caroline Sondheimer DealElsie Caroline Sondheimer Deal

Elsie Caroline Sondheimer Deal, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at her residence. She was born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charlie Sondheimer and Ethel Keener Sondheimer. She was married to Robert Lewis Deal, who passed away Oct. 27, 2001. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was the former coowner of Deal Farms and had a produce stand on the Highlands Road for 55 years. She was the longest continuous member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Raby of Franklin; a son, Charles Logan "Butch" Deal and his wife Pat of Franklin; a sister, Evelyn Bryson of Franklin; a foster brother, George Robert Henning of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandsons, Casey Jennings (Stephanie), Joe Deal(Devon), Bill Deal (Jenny), Kyle Jennings (Maggie), and Jimmy Deal (Katie); eight great grandchildren, Braxton, Caroline, Addie, Kenleigh, William, Logan, Jeremiah, and Glenn.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers, Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Mike Chastain and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Huscusson, Scottie Thomas, Keith McCall, Wayne Price, Landy Holland and Lyman Holland. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Thun, Tony Munger, Brenda Munger, Richmond Crisp, and Vickie Thomas; caregivers, Sharon Gleman, Dot Holland, Nancy Dills and Phyllis Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinegrove Baptist Church, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC for Appalachian Coal Field Ministry.

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



Robert John Crowers Jr.

Robert John Crowers Jr., 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Robert Crowers Sr. and Florence Marian Salerno Crowers. He graduated culinary school in Philadelphia where he met his wife, Joan. He was a retired engineer and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a Native American who loved hunting, fishing, car racing, the beach and cooking. He was a Christian and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was former owner with his wife, Joan, of Town Hill Bake Shoppe in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Joan Marie Ghisu Crowers; daughter, Kelly Crowers Giudry and husband Nate of Ft. Worth, Texas; stepdaughter, Cheryl Ann Thacker of Wilmington, Delaware; stepson, George Luciotti of Boothwyn, Pa.; sister, Cyndi Boyer and husband Joel of Aston, Pa.; brother, James K. Crowers and wife Joyce of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Caden and Lane; six step grandchildren, Joel, Philip, and Justin Mastroeni, Michael, Maria and Noella Luciotti. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Judith Crowers, and by a brother, Leonard E. Crowers.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Park officiating. The Franklin VFW #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducted military rites.

Graveside services and burial will be held later at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

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



Kara Colleen TallentKara Colleen Tallent

Kara Colleen Tallent, 35, of Franklin, N.C., born at Angel Hospital on May 8, 1979, to Colleen Keneipp and Alvin Tallent, and her forever brother, Adam.

She suffered an unexpected brain hemorrhage on Nov. 6, 2014, and was transported to Mission Hospital for emergency surgery. She passed on Nov. 13, 2014 in peace.

Her light and smile will continue to shine through her beautiful daughter Kaedyn, who is Kara’s everything.

She is also survived by her mom, Colleen Keneipp and dad Alvin Tallent; brother, Adam and Deanna Tallent; terrific nephew, Treven and very special niece, Emma and Kaedyn being part of their family unit now; Aunt Virgie and Uncle Willard Southard, all of Franklin; God mother/Aunt Diane and Uncle Fred Stringer of Fla., Uncle Terry Keneipp of Buford, Ga., Uncle Pat and Aunt Carol Keneipp of Wilmington; and many, many cousins.

Thank you Connie and Mike Grubermann of Oak Hill Country Inn Bed and Breakfast and thanks to all for so much support.

“In God’s light, shine baby shine, send her away.”

A service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Church of Christ on McCollum Drive.

In lieu of flowers, donations for Kaedyn may be sent to P.O. Box 656, Franklin, N.C. 28734.




Edward Lynn FarmerEdward Lynn Farmer

Edward Lynn Farmer, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of the late George Arthur Farmer and Myrtle Esther Wilson Farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Byron Ray Farmer and Ralph Farmer and two sisters, Edna Wilson and Peggy Drummond. He moved to Kissimmee, Fla., at an early age, where he attended Osceola High School and attended Valancia Community College and Orlando and Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. After high school, he worked for the State of Florida Road Department on a location survey crew. He began his career in firefighting in 1963 with the city of Kissimmee until April 1971. In May 1971 began his employment with Reedy Creek Improvement District (Walt Disney World) Fire Department where he remained until retirement in February 2003. He was a driver operator at the time of his retirement. He was a dedicated firefighter for 38 years. He served in the U.S. Army from December 1965 to December 1967. He also owned and operated a fire extinguisher sales and service business; servicing extinguishers and restaurant hood systems. He served as Chairman of Board for Burningtown-Iotla Volunteer Fire Department in Franklin from 2004 to 2012. He enjoyed bluegrass, country- western dancing and camping. He attended Cartoogechaye Baptist Church and will be remembered as a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Taylor Farmer; daughter, Ami Hammer of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother, Charles Wilson of Apopka, Fla.; two sisters, Delores Kerr of Kissimmee, Fla. and Mary Stubbs of St. Cloud, Fla., and three granddaughters, Meagan Hammer, Lauryl Hammer and Katie Hammer.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carson Gibson and Pastor Brian Southards officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ken Smith, Joseph Hemphill, Dennis Weathers, Ken Flood, Daniel Jenkins and Randall McCall.

Memorial donations can be made to Cartoogechaye Baptist Church, C/O Ruby Southard, 2304 Allison Watts Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Stella Marie Snyder

Stella Marie Snyder, 92, of Atlanta, Ga., Franklin, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., loving wife and mother passed away in Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

She was born in Akron, Ohio on Nov. 21, 1922. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Glenn Snyder, married for 59 years.

She is survived by her loving family, son Larry Glenn Snyder of Newberry, Fla.; daughter, Connie Lynn Lashbrook of Largo, Fla. and Franklin, daughter, Carla Jean Snyder of Peachtree Corners, Ga.; sister, Norma Hendricks of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; sister, June Bori of Northridge, Calif.; four grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

At various times she worked at Anderson Windows, Maas Brothers, and managed rental apartments in Tampa. She volunteered at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Tampa, Bethel United Methodist Church in Franklin, Angel Hospital gift shop in Franklin, and Franklin United Methodist Church, where she was a member. She loved all types of needlework, calligraphy, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, and reading books on her Kindle.

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

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



Bernice Elizabeth Ledford McDowellBernice Elizabeth Ledford McDowell

Bernice Elizabeth Ledford McDowell, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Spurgeon Theodore and Maybelle Burton Ledford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mc- Dowell Jr.

She was a member of Union United Methodist Church, and was an avid reader and gardener.

She is survived by three daughters, Rhonda McDowell Stever of Indiana, Pa., Tanya McDowell Kinsland of Lexington, S.C., and Teresa McDowell and fiancée Dan Gregg of Franklin; one sister, Inez Dills and husband Jerry of Winder, Ga.; and three grandchildren, Ben Kinsland, Sam Stever and Jessie Stever. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Ledford Arrowood and two brothers, Earl B. Ledford and Robert Ledford.

Memorial services were held, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Janet Greene officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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



Arvina J. Hedden

Arvina J. Hedden, 92, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Rosella Holland Moss. She was married to Cleatus Sylvester Hedden who passed away May 13, 2011. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Marvetta Shaw of Naples, Fla.; two sons, Willard Hedden of Naples, Fla., and Verlie Hedden of Inverness, Fla.; two sisters, Dove McCall and Alma Bolick; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 28, at Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Carson Gibson officiating.

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



Jack L. MattoxJack L. Mattox

Jack L. Mattox died at his home on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 of a suspected heart attack. He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam war, a welder in the steel mills in St. Louis, and recently retired from Cimmaron Homes of Highlands, N.C. He attended Pine Creek Baptist Church and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his daughters Lisa R. Mattox of St. Petersburg, Fla., and April D. Mattox of Cashiers, N.C.; beloved sisters, Jan Tilker and Sue Phillips; brothers Leon Mattox, Reggie Nichols, Jerry Nichols, Pete Nichols and Jeff Nichols. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alta Irene Holloway and father, Jack Mattox.

The memorial service and burial was at Pine Creek Baptist Church, Tuesday, Dec. 2.

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



Daniel Walter-Chance JohnsonDaniel Walter-Chance Johnson

Daniel Walter-Chance Johnson, 34, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Judie Phillips Johnson of Franklin and the late Danny Johnson. He was self-employed as a roofer and carpenter. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and drawing. He loved his Lord and was a member of Olive Hill Gospel Chapel.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Heather Reynolds; a son, Brandon Reynolds; two brothers, Shaye Johnson and Nacomas Johnson both of Franklin and two grandchildren, David Johnson and Ryder Reynolds. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Henry.

Funeral services were held, Monday, Dec. 1, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Clouse officiating. Burial was in Joe Grounds Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shaye Johnson, Nacomas Johnson, Brandon Reynolds, Ardell Collier, Tyler Watson and Dave Graves. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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



Edward ‘Pete’ Cleveland WoodardEdward ‘Pete’ Cleveland Woodard

Edward “Pete” Cleveland Woodard, 74, of Candler, N.C., went to be in God’s care on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Robert Woodard and Nina Brooks Woodard Peek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Tina Sue “Susie” Bolton; brothers, Joseph Garrell Woodard and Jackson Earl Woodard and sister, Shirley Guyer. He was a heavy equipment operator and loved building roads.

He is survived by three children, Stephen Woodard of Summersville, W.Va., Becky Woodard of Ravenswood, W.Va. and Debbie Hester of Richmond, Ky.; four granddaughters, Courtney Akers, C’ierra Buchanan, Sabrina Woodard and Madison Woodard; great granddaughter, Jaelynn Akers; brother, William Hoyt Woodard of Candler and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service were held Saturday, Nov. 29, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Riverview Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Barry Woodard, Hoyt Woodard, Ronnie Vanhook, Rodney Vanhook, Eddie Brooks and Winifred Brooks. Memorial donations can be made to Mountain View Manor Alzheimer’s Unit, C/O Helen Cookston , PO Box 2344 Bryson City, NC 28713.

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



Jane P. Lewis

Jane P. Lewis, 88, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in a Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was born in Bibb County, Georgia, Oct. 19, 1926. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Ann Parks. She was a member of Athens United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., where she had served as secretary. She was a loving wife and mother. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William G. Lewis; a daughter, Wanda R. Moody of Watkinsville, Ga.; one sister, Martha Walker of Franklin; and one nephew, Terry Barnes and wife Rhonda of Franklin.

No services are planned at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



J. David SmithJ. David Smith

J. David Smith, 55, of McAllen, Texas, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

He was raised in Greenville, S.C., the son of the late James D. and Judy Raines Smith. He received a Bachelors of Music degree from Furman University and a Masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a band director in the McAllen ISD School District for 32 years, first at McAllen High School and then the last 12 years at Morris Middle School. His passion was teaching and he loved nothing more than being a guide for his students.

He will be sorely missed by his wife of 34 years, Candace Combs Smith; sisters, Diane (Charlie) Delaine and Carol (Joel) Ambrose; special aunt, Mamie Jo Porter, father- and mother-inlaw Cass and Mary Lou Combs; brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Randi) Combs and Lucian (Judy) Combs; sister-in-law, Melanie Combs; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Bryant Grant Funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a service in the chapel. Burial will be in Iotla Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Lawrence Combs will officiate. Pallbearers will be Lucian Combs, Melanie Combs, Jeff Combs, Jason Combs, Ryan Combs and Erin Combs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center. PO Box 301439, Houston, TX 77230-1439.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Jerry David GreenJerry David Green

Jerry David Green, 24, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Susan Courson. He was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church and he owned and operated Quick Quality Sign Company. His passions in life were football, wrestling and hunting. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, smile and big heart. If you were around Davie, you were happy and laughing. He had a thirst for life and passion for his family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Curtis Green and wife Darlene of Franklin and his mother, Nicole Courson of Otto; grandparents, Jerry Green and wife Patricia and John Courson, all of Franklin, and Darlene Mills of Miami, Fla.; two sisters, Samantha Casey Green and Sarah Kovacs both of Franklin; two brothers, Robbie Kovacs II and Brandon Kovacs both of Franklin; and other family members, Lesher Green, David Courson, John Courson, Hope Courson, Tina Hughes, Aleah Nicole Hopkins, Ricky Hopkins and Preston Lopes.

Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Campbell and Rev. David Crunkleton will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Lois Clark AndersLois Clark Anders

Lois Clark Anders, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.

Born in Macon County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late, Joseph Logan Clarke and Hattie Taylor Clarke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven sisters, Ellas, Dorothy, Martha, Bertie, Viola, Inez and Betty; and one brother, Wiley. She was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God. She was a creative and talented artist and seamstress and gardener. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles Anders; daughter, Diane Godfrey of Winston Salem, N.C.; one grandson, Derek Godfrey and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dearrell Sanders, Doyle Clark, Gary Clark, Richard Byland, Michael Bryson and Michael Wiggins.

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



Darryl Reed BlosserDarryl Reed Blosser

Darryl Reed Blosser, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late, Laverne Blosser and Gladys Stradtman Blosser. He was a retired deputy from Sarasota County, Fla. He enjoyed woodworking and fixing antiques.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Susan Kay Grupe Blosser; son, Charles Blosser; step daughter, Jacquelyn Bisconti of Franklin; step son, Allen Bisconti of Elkin, N.C.; brother, Brent Blosser of Bradenton, Fla.; sister, Karen Forest of Prescott, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Chancey Bisconti and Cody Beatty; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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.



Alexander Vuillemin, Jr.

Alexander Vuillemin, Jr., 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

No services have been planned at this time.

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



Arther Herbert DoughtyArther Herbert Doughty

Arther Herbert Doughty, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at a Sylva Hospital. He was born in Linneus, Mo., the son of the late George D. and Sadie M. Wallen Doughty. He was a contractor, he liked to golf and was a member of the Franklin’s Men’s Golf Association. He liked Redskins Football and had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his daughter, Lillian Doughty of Franklin.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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



Joyce Keay LundinJoyce Keay Lundin

Joyce Keay Lundin, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, on her 92nd birthday.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Oliver S. Keay and Emma N. Wood Keay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Barbara. She met her husband Arthur on Feb. 14, 1946, in California, married on July 20, 1946, in Minneapolis, and then moved to the upper peninsula of Michigan. In 1955, they moved to Orlando, Fla., where they became members of Pine Castle United Methodist Church and she taught Sunday School and held weekly in-home Bible studies. After moving to Franklin she became a member of Trinity Assembly of God and continued in-home Bible studies; discipling and mentoring many individuals as was her passion and love of the Lord. She loved crocheting, quilting, knitting and studying genealogy in her free time and had a special love for African violets.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Arthur James Lundin; son, Jim Lundin and wife Debra of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughter, Deanne Lundin of Ann Arbor, Mich.; sister, Carole Large and husband Marlin of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughter, Schalene Hendrix of Bell, Fla.; four great grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Trinity Assembly of God. Rev. J.D. Watson will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to Trinity Assembly of God, Joyce Lundin Scholarship Fund, 6971 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Leonard Dwight Lord Sr.Leonard Dwight Lord Sr.

Our Dad, Leonard Dwight Lord, Sr., ( L.D.) passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, surrounded by his lovely mountains. His family is saddened with grief. He was born in St. Augustine, Fla., March 26, 1928.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, who he loved for 67 years; his son, Leonard Dwight Lord Jr. (Pamela); and his daughter, Debbie Dicus (Gary); his grandchildren, Jonathan Lord, Abby Lord, Allison Dicus Thompson (Nathan), Drew Dicus and Hillary Dicus; great grandchildren, Payton and Harper Lord, Emerson and baby-to-be Addison Thompson; his sisters, Vera Bell, Mary Katherine Tindell and Ava Lou Barker; and many nieces and nephews. He had many special friends, most especially, Vic Robinson his mountain buddy and Eddie Tindell his nephew and hunting buddy, also all his friends at Grace Community Church, Cashiers N.C. who he loved like family.

He will meet in heaven those who predeceased him, his mother, Eula Hunt Lord and his father, John Jennings Lord; his brothers, Lamar and John; his sisters, Jewel Taylor, Eula Mae Wilson, Alicia Pierce and Joann Lord.

He was a 32nd Degree Masonic Lodge 55-year member. He retired from Detroit Diesel Engine Division in Miami, Fla., where he began as a diesel engine mechanic and moved up to field trainer and supervisor.

Graveside services will be held at Highlands Memorial Park, Highlands, N.C., on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. A celebration of our Dad’s life will be held at a later date at Grace Community Church in Cashiers.

We would like to express our gratitude to Dad’s community for wrapping him in so much love he never wanted to leave. This support allowed him to grow old independently in the mountains he loved. "Two tired eyes are sleeping, two willing hands are still. For now he is resting as is God’s will. You never said goodbye to us, perhaps it’s just as well, we never could have said good bye to the one we loved so well."

Contributions in his memory may be made to Grace Community Church, Cashiers, N.C.

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



George Robert GibsonGeorge Robert Gibson

George Robert Gibson, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Joseph and Mamie Jones Gibson. He was a loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather. He liked to dig ginseng, listen to bluegrass gospel music, build houses and chew tobacco. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margie Marie Hooper Gibson; two daughters, Shirley Gibson Jennings and husband Vance, and Mary Elizabeth Gibson Wiggins and husband Jim all of Franklin; four sons, J.D. Gibson and wife Helen, R.L. Gibson, Isaac Gibson and wife Freda and Bobby Gibson, all of Franklin; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Byda Angel; three brothers, Lex, Harley and Ray Gibson; and two granddaughters, Heather and Ashley Jennings.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. L.E. Angel and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Gibson, Caleb Gibson, Tanner Gerber, Brannon Gerber, Chris Gerber and Andy Cope.

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


 



Annette Dalrymple MooreAnnette Dalrymple Moore

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

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

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

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

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



Rosalind H. McDonald

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

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

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

A private service will be held at a later date.

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



Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Anna SchurmanVeronica ‘Ronnie’ Anna Schurman

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

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

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

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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



Diane Wyles Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Onna Aurora DempseyOnna Aurora Dempsey

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

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

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

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



David Lee Schinske

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

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

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

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



Ronald ‘Vic’ TrineRonald ‘Vic’ Trine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Shirley Ann Melling

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

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Joseph Henry CabeJoseph Henry Cabe

Joseph Henry Cabe, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Ralph and Rosalee Dills Cabe. He was a retired welder in Newport-News Shipyard; he liked farming; was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved riding and racing Harleys and was a gun enthusiast. He was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Linda McMahan Cabe; three sisters, Margie Wilson and husband Calvin of Yorktown, Va., Brenda Barnette and husband Earl of Gloucester, Va., and Joyce Moody and husband Charles of Franklin; one brother, Marvin Cabe and wife Patricia of Gloucester, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Wilson and Geneva Stepp, and one brother, Paul Cabe and several other siblings.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 21, at Tellico Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Stilwell and Rev. Morris Tippett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Kent Cochran, Chad Cabe, David Cabe, Roger Cabe, Chris Cabe, and James Cabe.

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



Gary Alen Foss

Gary Alen Foss, age 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at his residence. Hes was born July 21, 1947, in Miami, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, April Foss. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in Vietnam from 1967-1969. He loved spending time with his family and he also enjoyed watching sports.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Dawn Prevette of St. Paul, N.C., Kimberly Foss of Franklin, and Jennifer Foss of Franklin; one brother, Howard Osterman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren Hailey, Alyssa, Jordan and Payton. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Heather Foss.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Trinity Assembly of God in Franklin.



Carla Lynne Sample

Carla Lynne Sample, 51, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. She was born on Dec. 26, 1962, in Sarasota, Fla., where she spent the majority of her life. In 2006, she decided to settle in Franklin, N.C. She enjoyed the sunshine, was very fond of the ocean, adored karaoke, and loved her grandbabies.

She is survived by her father, Charles D. Foster of Franklin; sister, Stephanie E. Hatt of Lewiston, Pa.; daughter, Erica L. Baldwin of Sarasota, Fla.; son-in-law, Roy D. Baldwin of Sarasota; niece, Amanda L. Hatt of Ft. Myers, Fla.; nephew, Michael S. Hatt of Ft. Myers; three grandchildren, and long-term companion, David Partain of Franklin. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jo Foster of Franklin.

A memorial will be held at Marina Jack’s Island Park on Saturday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. The memorial is open to friends and family. Please wear purple in honor of Carla’s memory.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Violet Fern BryceViolet Fern Bryce

Violet Fern Bryce, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Born in Endicott, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Robert Winslow and Ida DeEtte Dunning Winslow Hughes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Winslow; sister, Anna Winslow and grandson, Jason Stillings. Violet was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Donald David Bryce; three children, Sandra Kryshka of Staten Island, N.Y., Debra Henry of Orlando, Fla., and Lawrence Bryce of Franklin; one brother, Gerald Winslow of Appalachian, N.Y.; one sister, Evelyn Rogers of Owego, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Melody, Lauren and Alexandra and five great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

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



Bertha Jane Higdon Bryson

Bertha Jane Higdon Bryson, 99, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.

Born in Higdonville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Leonard A. Higdon and Lula Corbin Higdon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Samuel Bryson; son, Samuel Morris Bryson; sister, Pauline H. Harbin and brother, Corbin Robie Higdon. Bertha worked as a teacher’s aide and secretary for the Macon County school system. She was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Farris of Albuquerque, N.M.; two grandchildren, Samuel Jeffery Bryson and Beckett Royce Farris; four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in Salem Cemetery.

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




Bessie R. MosesBessie R. Moses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary Belle Ledford HodginMary Belle Ledford Hodgin

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary Lee Alley Robinson

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

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

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

No services are planned.

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



Frank Eugene HooperFrank Eugene Hooper

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Ann Carolyn O’Cain BischoffAnn Carolyn O’Cain Bischoff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Ruth Cheryl Champion

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

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

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

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



Eleanor Gross ReganEleanor Gross Regan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Doyle Michael WoodDoyle Michael Wood

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

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

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

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

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


Gabriel Lucas Bates/HigginsGabriel Lucas Bates/Higgins

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

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

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

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

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

 



Mildred Reese Kagan

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

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

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

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

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



Lillian Virginia Queen NortonLillian Virginia Queen Norton

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

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

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

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

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Rev. James Wiley GibsonRev. James Wiley Gibson

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

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

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

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

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

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


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