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Laura Vargas awarded 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award

Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

Caterpillar closing costs 150 local jobs

After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

Union Academy holds mid-year graduation

Way to go, graduates!

Friends and family of the fall 2014 graduating class of Union Academy gathered last Friday to watch their graduates walk across the stage.

“I am proud of these students for having completed their requirements for graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for students, their teachers and also their families. I am excited about what the future holds for these students.”

With a message from guest speaker Terry Bell, long time educator in Macon County, he admonished students to never stop learning.

Commissioners prioritize capital outlay items

Requests considered on basis of safety and dire need.

Each year the Macon County School System asks that principals at all county schools develop a capital outlay request for each school. The school board prioritizes projects based on funds available from county commissioners for capital outlay improvements to the school system. This year, the school board prioritized projects based on safety and dire need. Those requests are then present to Macon County Commissioners, who vote to allot funds for the completion of the identified projects.

Requests are listed by school for the 2015-16 school year. Projects identified by the school system as being a priority for this year are underlined. The priority projects total $413,100.

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

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Deaths & Funerals



William ‘Bill’ Orval WinkleWilliam ‘Bill’ Orval Winkle

William "Bill" Orval Winkle, 87, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Charles George VA Medical Center. Born in Wallace, Idaho, he was the son of the late Christian and Dolly Morr Winkle. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Winkle, who died in 1980.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda Kirkland Winkle. He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran and was employed in the advertising field. He was a member of Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel where he participated in the music ministry by singing a solo every Sunday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Christine Brown and husband David of Grangeville, Idaho; Brenda’s children who were very special to him, Kristi Matheson and husband Tim, and Keith Crosby and wife Shannon all of Clayton, Ga.; a stepsister, Gail Masters of Belmont, Calif.; a half-brother, Allen Winkle of Boise, Idaho; several nieces and nephews; two very special nephews, Mike Winkle of Portland, Ore. and Rob Winkle of Des Moines, Wash.; six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m., at Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel in Dillard, Ga., with Rev. Ron Lindahn officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Wade LindsayWade Lindsay

Wade Lindsay, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.

Born in Saint Pauls, N.C., he was the son of the late Arthur Lindsay and Bertie Rogers Lindsay. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Earline Faircloth Lindsay who died in 2011; son, Wade Lindsay Jr. who passed away in 2003 and five brothers and sisters, Thelma, Louise, Raymond, David and Horace Lindsay. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved bluegrass music; singing and playing the guitar, banjo and mandolin were a few of his talents. He was an excellent cook and especially enjoyed being outside barbecuing and working in his garden. He loved his poodle, Rodger, immensely and was a beloved member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by six children, Janie Cobb and husband Robert, Randall Lindsay of Fayetteville, N.C., and Tammy Levanger of Pooler, Ga., Daniel McDuffie and wife Gwyn of Ocala, Fla., Linda Stewart of Highland City, Fla., and Ricky McDuffie of Florida; sister, Evelyn Frease of Fayetteville, N.C.; brother, Lloyd Lindsay of Fayetteville, N.C.; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Dusek officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery

Pallbearers were Bernie Schwartz, Jim Brown, Charles Roper, Robert Cobb, LeRoy Grider and Adam Burrell.

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



Dorothy Dreher McQuittyDorothy Dreher McQuitty

Dorothy Dreher McQuitty, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Mountain Trace Nursing Center.

She was born in Greensboro, N.C., to the late Amzi Bond (A. B.) and Bonnie Bellwood Dreher, July 16, 1932. She was married to the late Rev. Eric McQuitty for 56 years. She was a first grade teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School in Shreveport, La., and was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in America.

She is survived by three sons and their spouses, Andy Mc- Quitty (Alice) of Irvin, Texas, Tim McQuitty (Dana) of Franklin, and Phil McQuitty (Mary Chris) of South Riding, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Julie McQuitty Rhodes, Elizabeth McQuitty, Bonnie Mc- Quitty, Eric McQuitty, Jonathan McQuitty, Anna McQuitty, Jeffery McQuitty, Susannah McQuitty, Phillip McQuitty, Samuel Mc- Quitty, Hattie McQuitty, Calvin McQuitty;, and two great grandchildren, Andrew Rhodes and Madeline Rhodes.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 19, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church with Rev. Philip Sealy officiating. Burial took place in Shreveport, La., where she was buried next to her late husband at the Centuries Memorial Cemetery.

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



Timothy Bernard ButterfieldTimothy Bernard Butterfield

Timothy “Tim” Bernard Butterfield, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Ross Butterfield and Jacoba Lamport Butterfield. He worked for Jorgensen Labs as a veterinarian equipment salesman.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Marie Boyd Butterfield; sister, Sharon Butterfield of Franklin; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Pat Boyd of Franklin, and extended family in Florida.

A gathering of friends was held Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Shirley Lenior WaldroopShirley Lenior Waldroop

Shirley Lenior Waldroop, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin B. Lenoir and Lucinda C. Huckaby Lenoir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, J.B., Leon, John, Benny and Bill, and two sisters, Nell Harrison and Ada Florence Leatherwood. She was a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church where she was the pianist for more than 50 years.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Steve Waldroop; two sons, Jeffrey Neil Waldroop of Honolulu, Hawaii and Gregory Stephen Waldroop of Franklin; four sisters, Virginia Ramey, Mary Wallace, Marie Holland and Jody Sellers, all of Franklin; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman officiated. Burial was in the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Cemetery.

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




Margie Lee Cabe HooperMargie Lee Cabe Hooper

Margie Lee Cabe Hooper, 87, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, born Dec. 25, 1927, the daughter of the late Harley and Ida Elliott Cabe. She was married to Fred Junior Hooper who passed away April 11, 2013. She was a homemaker and a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

She is survived by four sons, Danny Hooper and his wife Karen, Jay Hooper and his wife Georgia, Ronnie Hooper and his wife Diane, and Donnie Hooper and his wife Teresa; two daughters, Judy Tallent and Sue Bradley and Roger Sanders; one brother, Wiley Cabe all of Franklin; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons, Charles Hooper, Roy Hooper, an infant son and three great grandchildren, Cody, Zackery and Colt; one sister, Dora Lee Garrett; five brothers, Robert Cabe, Albert Cabe, Carl Cabe, Roy Cabe, Luther Cabe

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 9, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman, Rev. Mark Bishop, and Rev. Alton Dendy. Burial was held at Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith Cabe, Joey Hooper, Tommy Franzo, Melvin Spradlin, James Parrish and Ryan Gibson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Guy Thomas McKenzieGuy Thomas McKenzie

Guy Thomas McKenzie of Sky Valley, Ga., peacefully passed away Jan. 6, 2015, at his home after enduring a three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born Feb. 4, 1948, in Asheville, N.C., he was the only child of Guy Troxell and Dulcie Lee Hill McKenzie.

He graduated from Lee Edwards High School and went on to the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a business marketing major in 1970. Following graduation, he worked at Wachovia Bank in Thomasville, N.C. He then managed Baskin Robbins in the Asheville Mall, and later spent 15 years in regional paint sales with Sherman Williams. He then began a two decade career in real estate ventures, beginning with Mountain Air Country Club.

He was married to Lauren Morley McKenzie who preceded him in death in 2006 after her three-year battle with breast cancer.

He is survived by his son, Scott McKenzie and his wife Christina, life-long friend Laura Dillard of Raleigh, and his beloved boxer, Sassy. Other family includes Bill McKenzie, his wife Tootie and daughter Heather, Delores Ann and Frank Gaylord, Ray and Jean Hill, and Miles Biggerstaff. He is also survived by many wonderful and supportive friends. His soul, spirit, and neighborly love will live on with all who knew and loved him.

Friends and family celebrated his life at a service held Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Chapel of Sky Valley where he attended and served on the chapel executive committee. The service was officiated by Bishop John and Rev. Susan Erbelding.

Memorials in honor of Guy Thomas McKenzie should be in the form of contributions to your local area Hospice or the Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund.

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



Daniel Charles ChovanicDaniel Charles Chovanic

Daniel Charles Chovanic, 35, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 7, 2015.

Born in Manhasset, N.Y., he was the son of Diane Cicchetti Chovanic of Franklin and the late Dave Howard Chovanic. He was owner of Legacy Tree Service, attended St. Francis Catholic Church and he enjoyed the beach, boating, dancing and being a daddy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, Daniel Charles Chovanic Jr. of Orlando, Angelina Kierra Chovanic and Karson Blake Chovanic, both of Franklin; three brothers, David Chovanic and Derrick Chovanic both of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dustin Chovanic of Franklin; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a very special aunt.

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



Jessie James CowartJessie James Cowart

Jessie James Cowart, 68, of Franklin, N.C., lost his battle with lung cancer Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Terrell County, N.C., the son of the late Frank and Maybelle Williamson Cowart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ledford Cowart, who passed away March 9, 2012.

He became a carpenter at an early age and was a truck driver for 35 years. He loved playing cards, yard sale-ing, auctions and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Teresa Ann Hall and husband Doug; two sons, Keith Cowart and wife Leslie, Robert Cowart and wife Marcella, all of Franklin; two step-daughters, Cheryl Hicks and husband Jack of Franklin, and Laura Fountain and husband Hank of Clayton, Ga.; two step-sons, Jack Terrell and wife Latasha and Brian Terrell and wife Kim all of Franklin; a sister, Dorothy Scott and husband Zeb, of Franklin; two brothers, Earl Cowart and Fred Cowart, both of Franklin; 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion, Georgianna Beach.

He was preceded in death by a son, Russell Todd Cowart; two sisters, Betty and Peggy, and four brothers, Junior Hill, Wiley, R.L., and Randolph.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 to 6 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life of Franklin, NC, American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. One, Asheville, NC 28801.

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



Susan Lee Bezemer

Susan Lee Bezemer, 77, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of the late Edward A. and Jean Short Murray. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Richard C. Bezemer; two sons, Richard C. Bezemer Jr and wife Laura and Thomas E. Bezemer and wife Susan of Park City, Utah; a brother, Edward A. Murray Jr. of Georgia; four grandchildren, Olivia, Ava, Haley and Brooks. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Murray Bezemer and a brother, Thomas Edward Murray.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

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



Robert Ernest Cornell

Robert Ernest “Bob” Cornell, 85, of Highlands, N.C., died peacefully Jan. 3. 2015.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio, May 13, 1929. He graduated from Westerville High School, Ohio, and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University. (Go Buckeyes!)

He founded a tire repair manufacturing business, 31 Incorporated. Its international headquarters is still in Newcomerstown, Ohio.

He recently said that he felt like he had had a long, happy and fulfilling life.

He is survived by his sweetheart, Cathie McKeon; his two daughters, Lonnie Carey (Paul) and Anne Cornell (David Kridler); seven granddaughters, Adda Kridler, Ellen McGinnis (Tom), Elizabeth Carey and Susan Kridler; two great grandchildren, Franklin Carey Green and Vivian Bell. He is preceded in death by his twin brother, Dick and sister Mary Charlotte Cornell.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Highlands Cashiers Animal Shelter and the Cornell School (5250 Johnstown Alexandria Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031).

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



Bernice Inez Gregory MannBernice Inez Gregory Mann

Bernice Inez Gregory Mann, 81, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with her Lord Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late George L. and Vallie Leona Holland Gregory. She was a homemaker, and a member of Sylva Assembly of God Church. She liked all sports, street rods and liked flying. She was married to Doug Mann who died in 1994. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Winfred Gregory.

She is survived by a sister, Laverne Gregory Bennett of Franklin.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Bennett and Winnie Coggins officiating.

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



Fanny H. KoonFanny H. Koon

Fanny H. Koon, 72, of Franklin, N.C., and Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., passed away on Jan. 10, 2015.

Born in Rathbone, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John E. Harrington and Celile Wade Harrington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Leon Harrington, James Harrington, Betty Housel and Mary Seymor and a half brother, Robert Whiting. She retired from Westinghouse/Philips Electric Company; attended Coweeta Baptist Church and loved collecting Fenton glass.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Elwyn Koon and a sister, Peggy Miller of Lawrenceville, Pa.

No services are planned.

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

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



Turner DeHartTurner DeHart

Turner DeHart, 93, passed peacefully into the next life on Jan. 5, 2015. He was born to Earnie DeHart and Mary Leona Hastings in 1921 in Franklin. He was raised with his two brothers, Doyle and Kermit and his sister Helen (all deceased.) His very first job was working in his grandfather Hasting’s General Store in Franklin and in 1939, he graduated from Franklin High School. He joined the U.S. Navy and received his wings in Pensacola in 1944 and went on to Naval Command Training in Deland, Fla. He attended both Stetson University in Deland and University of Maryland, College Park. During his 25 years in the Navy, he served far and wide, Honolulu, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Canada, (on loan to the Royal Canadian Navy) with his final posting at the Naval Security Station in Washington DC. After retiring with the rank of Commander in 1968, he was a property consultant for Quality Inns International for 10 years.

He married Agnes Margaret Roberts, “the catch of this fisherman’s life,” and they had four children. He also had two sons from a former marriage. The couple celebrated 62 joyful years last August. He greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, gardening, bird watching, flea marketing, and also collected stamps and coins. He gave back to his community through The Masonic Order, Macon County Board of Elections, served as county commissioner, and was an active member for decades at St John’s Episcopal Church in Maryland, as well as St Agnes in Franklin and Church of The Incarnation in Highlands, N.C.

During his life, he was recognized with a number of commendations, letters of appreciation and medals. He was considered by most locals as a generous historian for Macon County. His great sense of humor and affability was appreciated by all but particularly by those who loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes; his beloved daughters, Margaret Ruth Uhar, Mary Ellen Bennett and Dr. Martha Roberts DeHart; sons-in-law, Robert Uhar and Dr. Jeff Rapp; daughter-in-law, Claire DeHart; and five grandchildren, Ian Uhar, Milton Bennett, Aidan (Acarya)Uhar, Emily Uhar Erich, and Kellar Makoviak. He was preceded in death by his son, Turner David DeHart in 2008. His kind and energetic spirit and amusing “oneliners” kept him endeared to all he met throughout his memorable 93 years.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Incarnation, Highlands. Memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints’ Episcopal Community or The Church of the Incarnation, Highlands.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Alesha Joccqulene MimsAlesha Joccqulene Mims

Alesha Joccqulene Mims, 31, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Born in Gainesville, Fla., she was the daughter of Albert Mims of Cedar Key, Fla., and Myra Hale Huff of Williston, Fla.

She was employed at The Ivy House Restaurant in Williston, Fla. She was a loving mother who loved showing cattle, cooking and being on the beach. She was a member of Williston Church of God in Williston, Fla.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Tyson of Chiefland, Fla., and Haley Grace; one son, Jaxson Turner of Sebring, Fla.; her fiancée, Anthony Holland of Franklin and two sisters, Kaylie Durrence of Chiefland, Fla., and Julee Mims of Jacksonville, Fla.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 9, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Hawkins, Rev. Tony Drinnon and Rev Brian Lamb officiating. Burial was held in Williston.

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



Sandra Lucille GibsonSandra Lucille Gibson

Sandra Lucille Gibson, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Elbert and Helen Estes Holland. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grand and great grandmother. She liked dolls and doll houses, she was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, William Rocky Gibson; three sons, Danny Davis and his fiancee, Jeanette Dutton, Tony Davis and his wife Pam and Kevin Davis and his wife Darice all of Franklin; a step daughter, Krysta Gibson of Omaha, Neb.; eight grandchildren, Erica, Catlin, Megan, Kayley, Lindsey, Zander. Mattie and Damian; and four great grandchildren, Camdon, Robert Lee, Devon, and Austin.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, at Cullasaja Assembly of God Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pediatrics Brain Tumor Foundation, 302 Richfield Court, Asheville, NC 28806.

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




Carrie Bea SpradlinCarrie Bea Spradlin

Carrie Bea Spradlin, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at a local nursing home. She was born in Knox County, Tenn., the daughter of the late John Branson and Sara Jane Dover Davis. She was married to the late Thomas J. Spradlin who passed away Nov. 23, 2011. She was a homemaker, a loving mother, grandmother and liked to put puzzles together.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Webb, and Christine Morgan and husband Charles of Franklin; two sons, Melvin Eugene Spradlin and wife Shirlene, and Glenn Spradlin of Franklin; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Lynn Spradlin; one grandchild; sisters, Mary Davis, Nellie Anderson, Ruby Correll, Betty Crisp and Daisy Frill; brothers, Bill Davis and Tim Davis.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial was at Rush Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dany Cook, Robert McMahan, Brandon Higdon, Jody Spradlin, John Balcom and Alex Hurst.

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



Raymond Romano

Raymond Romano, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Born in Somerville, Mass., he was the son of the late Nicola S. Romano and Lorenzina Abbondante Romano. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Romano.

He is survived by his step-children, Frank Dubiel and wife Esther of Indianapolis, Ind., Walter Dubiel of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Linda Dubiel of Franklin; sister, Antionette Romano of Massachusetts and good friend, Conda Bradley of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Mary Esther ChavisMary Esther Chavis

Mary Esther Chavis, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Canary (Ned) and Amanda Bryson Chavis. She was a retired machine operator for CR Industries and loved to read and meet people; she was a member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church where she was a greeter and usher.

She is survived by a sister, Shirley Chavis Streater of Sylva; three brothers, James Chavis of High Point, N.C., Joseph Chavis of Franklin and Ross Chavis of Greensboro, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Freeman Chavis and Clarence (Buddy) Chavis; two nephews, Jimmie and Steve Streater and a niece, Angel Chavis Rocker.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Dorrie Pratt and Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial was in St. Cyprian’s Cemetery. Pallbearers were Pat Stevenson, Patrick Stevenson, Joe Stevenson, Jasper Moody, Joe Chavis and Bill Crawford.

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



Etta Bernell HuscussonEtta Bernell Huscusson

Etta Bernell Huscusson left this world to be with her Lord and Saviour on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. She was born in Walhalla, S.C., on Jan. 21, 1925, and was the daughter of Simeon Long and Ellen Long Ledford.

She was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Nesbitt Long, Herman Long, and Lee Doyle Long and two sisters, Blanche Cobb and, Brezell Lendt; five half brothers, four half sisters and a set of twins. Numerous nieces and nephews survive.

Her career spanned several decades. Initially she took care of many babies and small children all of whom she especially loved. Later she worked in the cafeteria at Union Elementary School. In addition to being an excellent cook, she enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening and growing flowers. She took great pleasure in reading her Bible until her eyesight failed. She will be fondly remembered for keen interest in the welfare of others and donations that she made to various community churches. She was a good neighbor to all and will be missed by her friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 22, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carson Gibson, and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery where she was laid to rest by her husband of 32 years, Arthur Huscusson.

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



Ronald Emil Anderson

Ronald Emil Anderson, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., he was the son of the late Emil H. Anderson and Angeline Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Thomas Manogue. He was retired from the U.S. Navy; a member of Freedom Through the Word Church, Rockford, Ill.; and was a model trains enthusiast. He was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Mosher Anderson; two children, James Anderson of Loves Park, Ill. and Terry Elliott and husband, Frank of Dover, Fla.; five step children, Abram Manogue and wife Bonnie of Franklin, Robert Manogue and wife Sue of Denver, Colo., William Manogue of Philadelphia, Pa., Glenna Ninos of South Haven, Miss., Barbara Manogue of Philadelphia, Pa. and Laura Benson and husband, Bruce of Branson, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Rosetta Manogue of Philadelphia, Pa.; brother, Gary Anderson and wife Gretchen of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Fran Gleason and husband Thomas of Minneapolis, Minn.; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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



Bobby York Nichols

Bobby York Nichols, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Dec. 19, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Felix Nichols and Catherine Beasley Nichols. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Tallent Nichols; brother, Hoyt Nichols and a sister, Ann Lamb. He was a U.S. Army veteran, truck driver and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Nichols of Lake James, N.C., and Roberta Nichols of Otto; five sisters, Stella Cunningham and Faye Shirley both of Otto, Margie Blaine of Franklin, Betty Sue Carpenter of Easley, S.C., and Willette Richardson of Liberty, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 22, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Tom Larocca officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were David Blaine, Charles Blaine, Shawn Shirley, Larry Shirley, David Nichols and James Hopkins.

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



Danny Frank RogersDanny Frank Rogers

Danny Frank Rogers, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Jackson County, N.C., the son of the late James Lloyd and Lucy Ann Hyatt Rogers. He was a carpenter, a rock and block mason and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a Senior Adult Sunday School teacher for 37 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He liked to hunt, fish and liked going on mission trips.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Wanda Tallent Rogers; his daughter, Amanda Cloer and her husband Joe, and his son Kevin Rogers and his wife Julie, all of Franklin; two sisters, Carolyn Young and her husband William, and Ginger McConnell and her husband Jim, of Franklin; two brothers, Bobby Rogers and his wife Gloria of Sylva, and Larry Rogers of Franklin; two granddaughters, Kellie Grace and Nichole.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 21, at Windy Gap Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial was held at Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery. The nephews and employees served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1111 Windy Gap Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mary M. Harrison YoungbloodMary M. Harrison Youngblood

Mary M. Harrison Youngblood, 80, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Born in Coffee County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Leon Harrison and Addie Lolly Harrison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Morgan; two sisters, Dorothy Kelly and Evelyn Allgood; brother, Wendall Harrison and a granddaughter, Carrie Cisco Dudley. She attended Coweeta Baptist Church and loved shopping and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by four children, Barbara Becker and husband Dale of Otto, Johnny Grimes and wife Debby of Clermont, Fla., Edward Grimes and wife Barbara of Minneola, Fla., and Timothy Grimes and wife Lisa of Groveland, Fla.; two brothers, Lamar Harrison of Woodstock, Ga., and Roy Harrison of Elba, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Christy, Jennifer, Megan, James, Matt, Ashley, Chasity, Damon, Tyler and Cody; 16 great grandchildren; one greatgreat grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 20, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Chellis ‘Chet’ Smith

Chellis “Chet” Smith, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Born in Materville, Ill., he was the son of the late William Raymond Smith and Evila Bernece Frye Smith. He was a U.S. Army veteran; member of Morrison Presbyterian Church and was a retired building contractor.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara Ann “Bonnie” Jackson Smith; daughter, Karen Ulyicsni of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; stepdaughter, Vickie Lynn Green of Westminster, Md.; four grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Morrison Presbyterian Church.

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.



Eileen Winifred MoriartyEileen Winifred Moriarty

Eileen Winifred Moriarty, 89, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with our Lord, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Born in Devonshire, England, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mabel Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh M. Moriarty, and three brothers, Herbert, William and Gordon, and three sisters, Amy, Phyllis and Muriel.

She was a GI war bride and sailed to the United States in 1945. She resided in Tampa, Fla., and was a member of Seminole Heights UMC. She moved to Franklin in 2000 and was a member of Snow Hill UMC.

She is survived by her three daughters, Faye Moore, Gayle Webb and Judy Chapman and husband Michael Chapman; five grandchildren, Kris Gaskins and wife Nicole, Troy Yoshihara and wife Joy, Antony Moore and wife Heather, Michael Chapman and wife Callie, Christina Griffith and husband Stephen; 12 great grandchildren, Chase, Krystian, Olivia and Evan Gaskins; Marin Yoshihara; Aaron, Ashlyn and Austin Moore; Michael, Maverick and Magnus Chapman and Caden Griffith. Also surviving are nephews and nieces, including Rik, Greg and Geoff Moore of Florida; Barbara Britton and husband Stewart of England and Roger Ede and wife Linda of Scotland, and cousins including Elsa Andrews and husband Bert of Wales, Heather While and husband Terrance and Rachael Richards and husband Basil and Alf Bolt of England,

Our Momma, our Me-ma, you were our pillar of faith and oh how we will miss you. Dear Jesus, hold us close ’til we’re together again.

A memorial was held on Monday, Dec. 22, at Snow Hill UMC in Franklin with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macon County Care Net "Back Pack Program," 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to assist school children in need with additional food supplies or Snow Hill UMC Roof Fund, 330 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Pamela Lee GibsonPamela Lee Gibson

Pamela Lee Gibson, 43, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Claudette Scruggs Burston and the late Lee Edward Gibson. She was an RN with Westcare Health System in the office of Dr. Todd Davis. She was a graduate of Franklin High School, Southwestern Community College, Haywood Community College and Buncombe County Community College with a Registered Nurse Associates Degree; she was an avid reader. She attended Burgess Chapel Church and New Bethel Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her fiancee and lifelong companion, Greg Hall of Franklin; two sisters, Claudia "Tina" Morrow and husband William Morrow of Charlotte and Marlena Hope Moleiere and husband Rev. Mozart Moleiere of Franklin; three brothers, Tony R. Stewart and wife Cecilia of Knoxville, Tenn., Terry Lee Stewart of Franklin and Kurt M. Stewart and wife Donna of Franklin; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Keyth Eddings, Superintendent C.W. Johnson, Elder John Gary and Rev. Mozart Moliere officiating.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Burgess, Willis Chavis, Clarence Cullins, Charles Freeman, Tracy Wright and Edward Burgess.

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



Kyle Demont Thomas

Kyle Demont Thomas, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Frank Russell Thomas and Ruth Russell Thomas. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Ballard and Donald Thomas, and his son, Stuart Russell Thomas. He was retired from GTE/Automatic Electric and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as a First Lieutenant. He was an Episcopalian, enjoyed woodworking, and had a great love for his family and his animals.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy White Thomas; daughter, Isabel Thomas Evans and husband Rev. Jeffrey K. Evans of Athens, Ala.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Dee Thomas of New Hope, Ala.; brother, William Thomas of Romanica, Calif., and three grandchildren, Dan Christopher Thomas, Ethan Thomas Evans, and Dylan Kyle Evans.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Ed Waldroop

Ed Waldroop, 82, of Franklin, N.C., went homEd Waldroope to be with Jesus, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Byron G. Waldroop and Laura Green Waldroop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sammy Waldroop and Hugh “Spud” Waldroop; three sisters, Hazel Penland, Ruth Waldroop and Jodi Sanders and a grandson, Patrick Penland. He was a U.S. Navy veteran; member of the American Legion Post 108; life member of VFW Post 7339; member of Macon County Bee Keepers Association and Savannah Bear Hunting Club where he was known as “Ro Ho.” His father helped form the First WNC Wagon Train. He and his family carried on this tradition for many years. He was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Thelma Ledford Waldroop; three daughters, Sherry Vanhook and husband Billy, Terry DeVane and husband Greg, Robin Mashburn and husband Jackie, and former son-in-law, Bill Penland, all of Franklin; five grandchildren, Amy Anders and husband Tim, Lindsay Wright and husband Travis, Katy Huscusson and husband Adam, Paige Penland and fiancé Chris Pendergrass, and Benjamin Vanhook; nine great grandchildren, Clarke and Davis Anders, Henry, Clara and Porter Wright, Charlie Ruth Huscusson, Trey Penland, Owen Downs and Jake Pendergrass; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiated. Burial was in the Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Johnny Waldroop, Steve Waldroop, Adam Waldroop, Preston Sanders, Todd Doolittle, Byron McClure, Chris Waldroop, Joe Sanders and Chris Pendergrass.

Memorial donations can be made to Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Donnie Wallace, 477 Louisa Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Lois Elizabeth Reckenwald

Lois Elizabeth Reckenwald, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Born in Rockville, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Howard B. and Alice Mead Carpenter. She was an executive secretary in the trucking industry and was affiliated with Congregational Church. She was an avid gardener; liked interior decorating, cooking and traveling. She was a great conversationalist.

She is survived by two daughters, Jeanette Crosby of N. Quincy, Mass., and Carol Kegler of Jackson Heights, N.Y.; two sons, Robert Kegler of Saco, Me. and Randall Kegler of Inverness, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Matthew and Evan and one great grandchild, Kyle.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




Charles Edward Nelson

Charles Edward Nelson, 72, of Bryson City, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Birl and Nellie Hartgrow Nelson. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a very special spirit who touched the lives of so many. He will forever be remembered fondly.

He is survived by sisters, Martha Nelson and Euniv Jawgiel and a brother, Don Nelson; his Aunt Lola Mae Sutton and his beloved caregivers at his Arlington Home. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Garland Nelson.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ray Escott officiating.

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



Gage Kamren Woodward

Gage Kamren Woodward, four days old, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Dec. 24, 2014.

Gage is survived by his parents, Misty Chastain and Jesse Woodward of Franklin; grandfather, John Chastain of Dallas, N.C.; grandmother, Tammy and husband Jeffery Vinson of Franklin; grandparents, David and Shirley Bruce of Franklin; grandparents, Michele and James Woodward of New Hartford, Conn.; great grandma, Marjorie Woodward of Augusta, Me.; two uncles, James and Jacob Woodward of Connecticut; four aunts, Toni Metcalf of Tennessee, Nikkie Bruce of Hendersonville, N.C., and Christina and Josy Vinson both of Franklin; and many cousins.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the family c/o Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, North Carolina 28734.

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



Wilma Ruth Pinner WelchWilma Ruth Pinner Welch

Wilma Ruth Pinner Welch, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away and left to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

Born in Missouri Feb. 25, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Lester Ward and Susie Joiner Pinner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Robert, Donald, Lester and Grady Pinner. She retired from the City of Pontiac, Mich. She was very active in her church and loved her family and friends deeply. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, she enjoyed playing the piano, singing in her church choir, crocheting and needle point. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ray L. Welch; her son, James DuBoice Welch of Franklin; daughter, Fonda S. Strange and husband Gary of Tenn.; one grandson, Matthew Bradley and wife Kristen; three great grandchildren, Hailey, Layla and Peter; sisters, Mary Wilholt, Ellen Foore and Pat Parkin; brothers, Herb, Paul and Dick Pinner and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Brian Holland officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Jeanne PaulJeanne Paul

Jeanne Paul, 88, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of California, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Born in Grelton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Glenn H. and Della L. Ballard Carey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rexford K. Paul.

She was a receptionist for Wolverine Tube. She liked to read, paint, sing, dance and do crossword puzzles, and she loved her dog Sammi. She was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Diane Marie Becker and husband James of Hernando, Fla., Cheryl Ann Kerzic and husband Dick of Franklin, and Lynn Sharon Kanakry and husband Mark of Rocky Point, N.C.; two sons, Alan Joseph Kirchoff of Howell, Mich., and Michael Kirchoff of New Caney, Texas; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Dec. 31, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Father Joshua Voitus officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 or 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.



Gladys Marie Tallent Deitz

Gladys Marie Tallent Deitz, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at a local hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Carl and Arizonia Hasting Tallent. She was a homemaker and a member of West Franklin Baptist Church. She worked at Van Raalte and Belden. She loved reading and taking care of her boy.

She is survived by three sons, Larry Deitz and his wife Brigitte of Gastonia, N.C., Jerry Deitz of Lutz, Fla., and Dennis Deitz and his wife Cindy of Franklin; one sister, Shirley Peek of Franklin; three brothers, James Tallent, Bill Tallent and Gene Tallent, all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Matt, Kevin and Katina; stepgranddaughter, Kara Setser; great grandchildren, Austin, Cameron and Kaila; great stepgranddaughter, Andi Jean Setser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Deitz, and a brother, Carl Tallent.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Jan. 4, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

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



Robert Broughton

Robert “Bob” Broughton, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

Born in Kenosha, Wisc., he was the son of Dorothy Broughton and the late George E. Broughton. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a niece, Amy Hoagland Cook. He was a talented artist; woodcrafter, jewelry crafter, wire crafter and was a talented tattoo artist for nine years. He enjoyed lapidary work, ruby mining and stamp collecting. He was a member of the Coin Collectors Guild and was an auto body technician.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Georgia Broughton, who he met in the Civil Air Patrol; daughter, Coleen Bumgarner and husband Mikey of Sylva; brother, George Broughton of California; three sisters, Merry Broughton of Franklin, Cheryl Broughton and husband Mickey Smith of Belton, Texas, and Nancy Hoagland and husband Michael of Franklin; four grandchildren, Tyresse Weeks, Paisley Weeks, Jack Bumgarner and Bailey Bumgarner; and niece and nephew, Holly and Mike and many other nieces and nephews.

A gathering of friends will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

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



Max Leon ‘Chopper’ HollandMax Leon ‘Chopper’ Holland

Max Leon “Chopper” Holland, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.

Born and raised in Macon County, he was the son of the late Orron Baldwin Holland and Faye Cabe Holland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marianne Johnston Holland.

Raised during the depression, he learned the value of hard work and the love of family and friends over possessions. He loved the Lord and his church family immensely; he was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country in Germany. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Engineering and worked at Nantahala Lumber Company following graduation. Later, he worked as supervisor over the vocational department for the Job Corps and retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 28 years. He was co-owner of Hollands Trout Farm for many years and delivered flowers for Eastside Florist.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jane Hughes Holland; daughter, Lisa Holland Hunt and husband Michael of Fort Mill, S.C.; daughter, Mandy Holland of Franklin; step son, Tracy Chastain and wife April of Franklin; sister, Barbara Caldwell and husband Dick of Clover, S.C.; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Revs. Greg Rogers, Steve Reeves, Wayne Price, Mike Chastain and Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lyman Holland, Bryant Holland, Glen Holland, Bobby Peek, Clyde McCall and Alan Berry. Honorary Pallbearers were Roger Hamilton, John Holland, Bill Bryson, Joe Holland, Mac Stanfield, Milles Gregory and Bill Fuchs.

Memorial donations can be made in his memory to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Alex S. Vuillemin

Alex S. Vuillemin, 66, of Franklin, N.C., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Evergreen, Colo., passed away on Nov. 24, 2014 at his home in Franklin.

Born in Scarsdale, N.Y. on Feb. 7, 1948, he was the son of Alex C. Vuillemin and Helene Sauner Vuillemin. He graduated with honors from Scarsdale High School in 1966. He attended the University of Miami, where he graduated in 1970. He taught geography in Dade County, Fla., after he graduated.

He was an Eagle Scout. He was a huge supporter of youth sports and activities. He sponsored high school students in Evergreen, Colo., enabling them to participate on their high school soccer teams. He was a huge supporter of the Franklin High School band and also the FHS tennis team.

He was known in Franklin as a volunteer for the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce where he gave 40 or more hours per week for the past 26 years. He had a remarkable memory and was very knowledgeable about the Franklin area. He will be missed by his many friends and acquaintances in Franklin where he spent most of his time, although he had homes in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Evergreen, Colo.

A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. in the Robert C. Carpenter Community Center (formerly Macon County Community Building). Since his greatest love was food and he always wanted to feed everyone, we will have food and drink for everyone to enjoy. Please come and help us remember and honor him with your favorite memories and stories that you can share with everyone. Nothing would please Alex more than to see his friends eating and sharing their stories.



Frank Coleman Myatt Sr.Frank Coleman Myatt Sr.

Frank Coleman Myatt Sr., gentleman, fisherman, businessman, entrepreneur, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, companion and friend to many. From Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., he passed away on Jan. 1, 2015.

Born on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1925, in Sharon, Conn., he was the son of the late Alice Lord. He spent his early years in Miami, Fla., and attended Miami High School. At an early age, he showed signs of entrepreneurship when he went to the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City after winning a contest delivering newspapers. As a young man, he bought his first fishing boat and started a charter business out of Miami, operating charters to Cuba, the Florida Keys and The Bahamas. Some of his famous passengers included Ernest Hemingway, who was looking for the picture of the marlin for “The Old Man and the Sea”; Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher and many more.

He eventually left Miami along with his mother, Alice Lord, and relocated to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. There he would begin a lifetime of achievements in real estate, building, planning, designing and development for which the city has recognized him for his many contributions. From hotel buildings, apartment buildings, shopping centers, bowling and roller skating centers, rental car agencies, and fishing piers, he endeavored for perfection in every project he undertook. It was through his vision that he was able to provide hundreds of people with employment, and he was a great mentor to many people who went on to lead very successful lives. He was a gentleman who did not require much, but offered much to others. Business and adventure ran deep in his veins and heart.

In 1953, he and his former wife, Ethel, had a son, Frank Coleman Myatt Jr., and this, he said, was his life’s greatest achievement. He and Frank Jr. continued to build and improve on his accomplishments over the years, as well as create new ones together.

In his later years, he relocated to Franklin, to be near his son and his companion of 26 years, Mary Givvines Ordway. Never relinquishing, he continued to participate in the daily operations of all of his businesses.

He was extremely proud of his five grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. He always bragged about their accomplishments to anyone who would listen, and he loved them dearly.

Another of his great pleasures in life were his dogs – Hank, an English sheepdog (deceased), Avery, a Border collie (deceased), and Spike, a Border collie.

Mr. Myatt was a true believer in God and was non-denominational by faith. He led a life of righteousness and fairness with love for all people and things.

For those of us who have been fortunate enough to know Frank Myatt Sr., our last words to him will be “We are with you!” in answer to his constantly asked question “Are you with me?”

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Lord, in 1985.

He is survived by his son, Frank Coleman Myatt Jr. and his wife, Gail, Franklin; companion, Mary Givvines Ordway, Franklin; grandchildren, Kimberly Myatt, Charlotte, N.C., Brenell Myatt, Charlotte, Christen Myatt and his wife, Linzi, Charlotte, Brittney Myatt, Wilmington, N.C., Tomasas Myatt, Charlotte; great granddaughters, Kysa and Ayla; and his loving dog, Spike.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 5, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church St., Franklin, NC 28734, The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, 851 Lake Emory Rd., Franklin NC, 28734, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Juanita W. McCall

Mrs. Conrad (Juanita W.) McCall went to meet the Lord on January 2, 2015.

No services are planned.

Donations can be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 822, Cashiers, NC 28717. The family sincerely appreciates thoughts, prayers and telephone calls.

A special thank you to the Cashiers Glenville Rescue Squad, fire department, first responders, MAMA helicopter crew and Mission Hospital ER staff.

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



Rebecca Dalton VickersRebecca Dalton Vickers

Rebecca Dalton Vickers, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Dalton and Lillie Shepherd Dalton. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Stevens, who died in 1976, and second husband, Lester Vickers, who died in 2008; three brothers, John, Pratt and Theodore Dalton; sister, Della Lou Shepherd and son-in-law, Arlon Cloer Jr. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She was an enthusiastic Atlanta Braves fan and was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Stevens and wife Sara of Franklin and Gary Stevens and wife Edelgard of N. Augusta, S.C.; two daughters, Carolyn Mahan and husband Mel of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Ann Cloer of Blythe, Ga.; step daughter, Ruth White of Sylacauga, Ala.; and nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Andy Cloer, Rev. John Hartley and Rev. Charles Stevens officiated. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Alan Shepherd, Alan Ledford, Olin Ledford, Mike Wooten, Chandler Foster and Chase Wiggins.

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

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



James Richard Morgan

James Richard “Jim” Morgan, 92, passed away Dec. 24, 2014, in Bushnell, Fla. He was born in Burlington, Iowa and worked construction projects in Washington state and Indiana before moving to Orlando in 1948. In Orlando, he owned and operated a paving company. Upon retiring in 1975 he moved to Bushnell, Fla. He served three years in the Air Corps during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda and a son, Mike. He is survived by a daughter, Judy Morgan of Washington, DC; a daughter, Diana Flynn and husband Jim of Tucson, Ariz.; a son, Dennis Morgan and wife Karen of Asheville, N.C.; a daughter-inlaw, Jane Morgan of Otto, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Jon Morgan and wife Randi; and Kelly and Lori Morgan.

A Celebration of Life was held on Dec. 27, 2014.

Memorials may be made to the Western Carolina University Foundation for the Michael Morgan Memorial Scholarship at WCU Office of Development 201 HF Robinson Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723.



Janice Brandon Christy ShieldsJanice Brandon Christy Shields

Janice Brandon Christy Shields, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at her residence.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Peggy Christy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, George William “Buster” Shields who died July 7, 2014, and a sister, Edith Christy. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. She unselfishly spent her life helping others. She spent every morning and every evening in prayer and God’s word and she loved sharing God’s word with others. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crafts, sewing and was an excellent seamstress.

She is survived by three sons, Henry (Teresa) of Talbott, Tenn., Andy (Kathleen) and Allan (Diane) of Franklin; one sister, Beverly McMurray (Joe); six grandchildren, Christopher (Rachel), Amy (Waylon), Stephen (Betsy), Mark (Laura), Kathryn (Tyler) and Daniel; 13 great grandchildren, Byron, Caleb, Carolyne, Isabel, Adeline, Wyatt, Andrew, Anna Kate, Nicholas, Abram, Kelsey, Kirsey and Kaleb; and caregivers, Mary Margaret, Lupe, Phoebe, Peggy, Karen and Christal.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Holmes and Rev. Albert Grey officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Daniel Shields, Byron Shields, Stephen Apel, Mark Apel, Waylon Harris and Tyler Holmes.

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



Luther Oliver Jones Jr.Luther Oliver Jones Jr.

Luther Oliver Jones, Jr., 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.

Born in Loachapoka, Ala., he was the son of the late Luther Oliver Jones Sr. and Addie Ruffin Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Winton Jones. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of WWII; graduate of Auburn University; retired mechanical engineer from General Electric after 34 years of service; member of First Presbyterian Church and member of the Helion Masonic Lodge #1, Huntsville, Ala.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Olean Love Walker Jones; two children, Edward Jackson Jones of Sanford, Fla., and Susan Elizabeth Jones of Tallahassee, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Fisher will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

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

VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Westcare Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779 or Wounded Warrior, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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



Maurice ‘Bernie’ GibsonMaurice ‘Bernie’ Gibson

Maurice “Bernie” Gibson, 59, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of the late Maurice “Mutt” Gibson and Bessie Lee Bishop Gibson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, party and his greatest passion was helping others.

He is survived by one sister, Rose Malott Walsh; one brother, Tommy Gibson; one niece, Tina Malott McConnell; one nephew, Joey McCoy; two great nephews, Austin McConnell and Robert McConnell; one great niece, Ryleigh McConnell; and several cousins. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Andy Cloer officiated. Burial was in the Snowhill United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108. Immediately following was a memorial service for Bob Malott.

Memorial donations can be made In Memory of Bernie Gibson, 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.



Jason Lance ShemwellJason Lance Shemwell

Jason Lance Shemwell, 36, of Bossier City, La., died Jan. 2, 2015.

Born in Shreveport, La., he was the son of Rozanne Freeman Shemwell of Bossier City, La., and the late John Howard Shemwell. He was a U.S. Air Force Calibration Technician; PADI Dive Master and loved wood working.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Shannon Michelle Shemwell (Jacobs); two children, Pheobe Joelle Shemwell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Dominick Oryon Shemwell of Tamaqua, Pa.; mother-in-law, Linda Jacobs of Franklin, N.C.; brother-in-law, Christopher Jacobs of Franklin; and nephews and niece, Seth, Levi, Mica and Marley Jacobs.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Powell will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, at Macon Funeral Home.

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

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



Frederick Martin ‘Marty’ Trost IVFrederick Martin ‘Marty’ Trost IV

Frederick Martin “Marty” Trost IV, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.

Born in Maryville, Tenn., he was the son of Frederick Martin Trost III and Peggy Ayers Trost. He was an RN and was a member of the Christian Training Center International. He loved to farm, camp and anything that involved being in the water.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Tori Dailey Trost; five children, Hannah, Carine, Caleb, Ethan and Graceson; sister, Tina Orr and husband Donnie of Maryville, Tenn.; brother-in-law, J.J. Dailey and wife Laura of Spokane, Wash.; and nieces and nephews, Jordan Orr of Maryville, Tenn., Johnathan Dailey, Ahava Dailey and Thane Dailey all of Spokane, Wash.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Larry Pons officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Orr, Mark Villanti, Tim Roots, Ronnie Ayers, Cameron Cochran, J.J. Dailey, Chris Houston and Caleb Trost.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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



Robert Gray ‘Dink’ LoveRobert Gray ‘Dink’ Love

Robert Gray "Dink" Love, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in a local hospital. Born in Jackson County, he was a son of the late Rastus and Henrietta Worley Love.

He was a graduate of Franklin High School and had worked in road construction for Alexander’s Construction for 10 years and was currently employed by J and B Disposal. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and attended Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva.

He is survived by a brother, Charles Love of Franklin; several nieces and nephews and two great nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Sue Love.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Brandon Breedlove, Rev. Charles Lee and Rev. Keyth Eddings officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




Dale DowdleDale Dowdle

Dale Dowdle, 60, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

Born in Swain County, he was the son of the late Howard S. and Irene Hurst Dowdle. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a loving husband, father, and to the many that called him “Daddy Dale” and “Papa.”

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Eileen Cabe Dowdle; a son, Trampis Dowdle of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Dee Tippett of Rushburg, Va.; three brothers, Billy Norton of Franklin, Howard “Hoss” Dowdle of Clayton, Ga.; Curtis Dowdle of Franklin; one sister, Jennie Dowdle Leopold of Corona del Mar, Calif., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Lewis Smith and Rev. David Williams will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Ralph Willard JohnsonRalph Willard Johnson

Ralph Willard Johnson, 71, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James Charlie and Nellie Henry Johnson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War, and he retired from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy with 16 years’ service. He was a member of Blue Ridge Lodge #432 A.F. and A.M. He liked heavy construction and working at sawmills and loved rebuilding old cars, hunting, fishing, flying airplanes and gem mining.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marie Clouse Johnson; two sisters, Shirley Wilson of Highlands and Carol Holcombe of Walhalla, S.C.; one brother, J. C. Johnson of Highlands, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands. Rev. Andy Cloer, Rev. Edgar Owens and Harold Neely officiated.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Highlands- Cashiers Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Dorothy Dix Daves AsheDorothy Dix Daves Ashe

Dorothy Dix Daves Ashe, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Daves and Maddie Angel Daves. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Ashe. She retired from LBJ where she worked in medical records. She was a charter member of Central Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, a member of the Extension Homemakers Club and the Community Development Club. She loved working in her garden.

She is survived by three sons, Lewis Ashe and wife Wanda, Tom Ashe and wife Emily and Jim Ashe and wife Alisa, all of Franklin; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and two greatgreat grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCoy officiated. Burial was in the Clarks Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tony Ashe, Alan Ashe, Brandon Ashe, Clark Shope, Bernard Huggins, Bud Talley, Jerry Sutton, Bobby Carver and Eddie Long.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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



Douglas Gerald Hoot

Douglas Gerald Hoot, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Margaret “Marge”; son, Timothy Hoot of Lansing, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Russell and Michelle VanNortwick and their two children, Shannon and Russell of Perry, Mich., and son, Terry Hoot of Lansing, Mich., and his two children, Sarah and Anna. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Sue Ann Price of Perry, Mich., and very special friends, Sonny and Mildred Wallace, Dave and Judy Hurd and Donnie Wallace, who meant the world to him. He was predeceased by parents, Harlen and Helene Hoot; sister, Patricia and brother, David and Terry.

He retired from General Motors in Lansing, Mich., in June of 1991 and had worked as a journeyman machine repairman and also served on UAW Local 1753 for many years. He is a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church and had served on the Administrative Board and Board of Trustees and also enjoyed cooking for the monthly church socials. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1975 and is currently a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge 145 and is also a member of the Oasis Shriners.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 13, at Louisa Chapel UMC Cemetery. Masonic rites were conducted by Junaluskee Lodge 145.

Memorial donations can be made to Louisa Chapel Methodist Church Bldg. Fund, C/O Virginia Cassada, 9 Country Ridge Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Oasis Shrine Temple (Shriners Hospital for Children), PO Box 560666, Charlotte, NC 28256.

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



Martha Gettys McClure

Martha Gettys McClure, 91, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Born in Lugoff, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Wiley Gettys and Katherine Bell Gettys. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George William McClure, and two brothers, Benjamin Gettys and Richard Gettys. She worked as an educator in the Fulton County School System in Atlanta. In retirement, she was a volunteer at Angel Medical Center and was a member of Morrison Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Gettys McClure of Evans, Ga., and George William McClure Jr. of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Morrison Presbyterian Church. Rev. Wendell Ligon will officiate. Burial will be in the Rush Cemetery.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Morrison Presbyterian Church.

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


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