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Shrek the Musical opens to rave reviews

The Overlook Theatre Company’s production of “Shrek the Musical” opened to rave reviews last weekend at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Produced by Scotty Corbin, the show features performances by more than 100 cast members with a broadway-quality wardrobe of spectacular costumes.

Pictured are some of the principle characters, from left, Everett Wright as Donkey; Sam Crabtree as Shrek; Nikki Corbin as Princess Fiona; and Scotty Corbin as Prince Farquad.

“Shrek” stages for two more performances, Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, starting at 7 p.m. nightly.

Joint effort results in arrests for meth trafficking

On Friday, July 24, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County, Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation took action in an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Agents executed three search warrants in North Carolina which resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine (street value of $32,890).

These arrests were the result of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

 

 

Facebook plea for justice yields happy ending for local family

A few days after seeing a bicycle for sale on a Facebook yard sale page that looked remarkably like the one Ann Antes got her seven-year-old son Cameron for Christmas, Ann realized that it was in fact her son's bike. Someone had stolen Cameron's bicycle and sold it for a some quick cash, $20, to be exact.

“Cameron and his dad came inside from attempting to play and Cameron told me his bike was not outside or in the shed,” said Ann. “My husband confirmed it was nowhere to be found. So after thinking on it a few days, I decided to post a small video of him riding it, with this plea:

"So recently my son's bike was stolen. It was posted here and on a few other yard sale sights. If you purchased this bike for the $20 that it was listed for I would gladly give your money back to you for the return of my baby boy's bike. This is all he ever has to do and he is sad it was taken. There is one thing on the bike that will prove it to be ours. Theft is so bad anymore. If there is a decent person left please pm me. Thank you."

For the love of woodworking

For kids at Summer Edventure Camp, Fridays means learning and building in woodworking class. Otto resident Paul Chew is the instructor and has a lifelong affinity for working with wood.

For more than 30 years, Chew has been helping children enjoy woodworking. It began when his church started a program called Nifty Gifty for Christmas. Parents helped children make gifts to give away each Christmas.

“Nifty Gifty challenged me to come up with a new idea each year and to design the projects so even the littlest kids could be successful,” said Chew.

His background in teaching middle and high school industrial arts or “shop” came in handy.

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Deaths & Funerals



Dorothy Gless Smith

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

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

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

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



Marcella Hall Martin

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

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

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

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

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



Robert ‘Bob’ Keener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Annie Mae Henry HensleyAnnie Mae Henry Hensley

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

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

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

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

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

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



Louise J. LedbetterLouise J. Ledbetter

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

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

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

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



William J. Moran III

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

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

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

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

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



Anita Lynn PistolisAnita Lynn Pistolis

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

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

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

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



Stephen Michael BaderStephen Michael Bader

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

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

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

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

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



Jeffrey Alan LoughnerJeffrey Alan Loughner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Virginia Mardelle ‘Mardee’ DavisVirginia Mardelle ‘Mardee’ Davis

Virginia Mardelle “Mardee” Davis, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 10, 2015.

Born in McLean, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Clarence William Mallory and Ruth Florence Anderson Mallory. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Donald Mallory and a sister, Francine Gemlich.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Fred Davis; two brothers, Ted L. Gemlich of Bloomington, Minn. and Ronald G. Gemlich of W. Terrot, Ind.; sister- in-law, Jean Mallory of Gridley, Ill. and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (aka Macon County Humane Society), 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mattie Lavina Vaughn CabeMattie Lavina Vaughn Cabe

Mattie Lavina Vaughn Cabe, 97, of Hendersonville, N.C., went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 19, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Wesley and Lucy (Lou) Belle Moss Vaughn. She was married to the late Edgar Cabe.

She had retired from Wellington Puritan Mills; she was a member of Crab Creek Baptist Church. She loved quilting, gardening, canning, freezing, and making jams and jellies. She loved her family and her family loved her.

She is survived by three daughters, Margie Keener, Rosa Lee Hopkins, both of Franklin, N.C., and Gertrude Miller of Hendersonville; five grandchildren, Cecilia Hopkins Teem (Ricky), Janet Hopkins Toms (Rick), Wayne Miller (GiGi), Darrell Miller (Angie) and Chris Miller; nine great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, one step great granddaughter, and one step great grandson, one niece and four nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons-in-law, James Keener, Ralph Hopkins, and Wymer Miller; a brother, Clyde J. Vaughn and his wife Mildred, and one step-great granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 22, at Crab Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, with Rev. Brad Knox and Rev. Guy Smith officiating. Burial was at Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Theodore ‘Ted’ Perry SmyreTheodore ‘Ted’ Perry Smyre

Theodore “Ted” Perry Smyre, 73, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Friday, July 17, 2015.

Born in Newton, N.C., he was the son of the late Alvin Theodore Smyre and Mattie Hampton Smyre. He enjoyed restoring his 1931 Chevrolet, carpentry work and gardening and landscaping. He was the property manager of his and his wife’s housing development and member of the Cashiers Valley Rotary Club. He loved sailing when he was younger.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharon Lynnea Kloske Smyre of Cashiers; three children, Randall Perry Smyre and wife Amanda of Athens, Ga., Lynnea Ellen Copeland and husband Kevin of Kennesaw, Ga., and Elizabeth Ann Kelley and husband Jon of Acworth, Ga.; brother, Tim Smyre of Charlotte, N.C. and two grandchildren, Morgan Mattie Kelley and Claire Emma Kelley.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Pastor John Shubert officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cashiers Valley Rotary Club, PO Box 833, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Charlotte Cope

Charlotte Cope, 86, of Sylva, N.C., died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Morning Star Assisted Living Center. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was born April 12, 1929. She is the daughter of the late Mack and the late Dolly (Johnson) Franks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Cope; and two brothers, Manuel and J.D. Franks.

She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, she loved cooking, making a garden, and visiting with friends and family. She loved all holidays, and loved spending time at home with her friends and family.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Bryson of Sylva; a son, William Edward and wife Shirley Cope of Franklin; grandchildren, Michael and wife Melissa Cope and Lisa and husband Kenny Melton; great-grandchildren, Kristen Cope, Kaitlyn and Daniel Melton; two sisters, Nellie Dillard and Ellen Higdon, and various nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, July 17, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 3110 Pumpkintown Road, Sylva, with Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial followed in Zion Hill Cemetery.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.



John F. JohnsonJohn F. Johnson

John F. Johnson, 77, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Hutchinson, Minn., passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Born in Minnesota, he was the son of Oscar and Sophie Johnson. He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1956. He attended St. John’s University for one year and he served in the Army for three years. He worked at Sears in Hutchinson for 20 years. He also worked at Lowe’s in Franklin, for 10 years.

He loved fishing, hunting and watching Duke Basketball games. He also was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Braves.

John married Winnie (Mattsfield) Peterson on March 30, 1974. They lived in Hutchinson, Bokeelia, Florida and Franklin, North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Winnie Johnson; two sons, Brad (Joan) Peterson of Corpus Christi, Texas and Kevin (Lori) Peterson of Glencoe, Minnesota; one daughter, Kathy (Garry) McKinney of Franklin, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and sisters- in-law, Marion (Edwin) Doring and Phyllis Bacon.

He is preceded in death by his mother (Sophia) and father (Oscar) Johnson; his mother- and father-in-law, Linda and Norbert Mattsfield; one grandson, Quinton Hawes; two daughters, Renda Peterson Smith and Colleen Peterson Field, and one brother-in-law, Bill Bacon.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. He will be greatly missed.

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



Thomas ‘Tom’ Franklin Roberts Jr.

Thomas “Tom” Franklin Roberts Jr., passed away peacefully at home with his wife Barbara at his side on Thursday, July 16, 2015. This was the end to a five-year struggle to recover from a traumatic brain injury he received from a fall at home.

He lived a life filled with so many blessings. One of his greatest blessings was that he never knew he was sick during these past five years. He thought he was still playing golf and enjoying retirement! Growing up in Key West, Fla., with his five brothers and one sister, he always enjoyed referring to himself as a “true conch.” One of his greatest joys in life was returning to Key West with his high school friends for one of their many reunions. He stayed in touch with his childhood friends, Leo and Mitchell, and loved them like they were his brothers. He left Key West for the University of Florida, then continued on to join the Air Force and became an air traffic controller in Detroit. He was a controller at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, then spent his civilian career as a controller in Miami. He moved his family from Miami to Cashiers and worked at several tennis clubs prior to moving to Franklin. In retirement, he enjoyed tennis, golf and traveling with Barbara. He looked forward to his golfing days with the guys at Mill Creek Country Club. He spent many happy days on the course. He was a charter member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin and attended faithfully until his injury, serving as an elder and on the church council, and singing in the choir. He always put his church and his Christian values high on his list of priorities.

He is survived by his wife Barbara who has constantly been at his side caring for him at home during his long illness. He is also survived by his former wife, Mary; three children, Lynn, Jeff and Marcia; two step-daughters, Jennifer and Kim and their spouses; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; his brother, Ralph; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Rachel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Franklin Roberts Sr. and Emma Roberts of Key West; his daughter, Cheryl; brothers, Robert, Kermit, Charles and Bert and sister, Doris.

A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, July 19, at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Burial was in Robbinsville, N.C., at the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, which is Barbara’s childhood church, on Monday, July 20.

Anyone who wishes to give a memorial may send it to Resurrection Lutheran Church, PO Box 2215, Franklin, NC 28744 and mark it, “Tom Roberts Memorial Fund.”

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




Mabel Virginia LordMabel Virginia Lord

Mabel Virginia Lord, of Glenville, N.C., passed quietly from this earth on June 22, 2015, at 87 years.

"Virginia" was residing at Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center in Waynesville, N.C., at the time of her death. She struggled with Parkinson Disease and Lewy Body Dementia for many years, which sadly took her life.

She is survived by her children, Debbie Dicus, (Gary) and Dwight Lord, (Pamela); five loving grandchildren, Jonathan Lord, Abby Lord, Allison Dicus Thompson, Drew Dicus and Hillary Dicus; great grandchildren, Payton and Harper Lord, and Emerson and Addison Thompson.

Born in St. Augustine, Fla., Jan. 9, 1928, she moved to Miami with her parents and graduated from Miami Business School. She met her husband Leonard through a friend of her father’s and they married at the young age of 19 years old. After raising their children in Miami, she and Leonard moved to Tampa, Fla., to be closer to their children before permanently moving to Cashiers, N.C. Eventually they moved to Glenville, N.C.

She was the prototypical parent of her generation. She always wanted her children to have more than she had as a child and adult. She put her children’s needs and wants ahead of her own, often delaying her personal gratification to ensure that her children and eventually her grandchildren were happy. She unselfishly worked to help pay for kids’ college expenses and to take annual trips to the mountains with the family. She and her husband and two children vacationed in the North Carolina mountains for many years, eventually making the Cashiers/Glenville area their permanent home. They considered themselves North Carolinians rather than “those Floridians" who congest the highways for six months of the year. She still enjoyed working and operated Ginny Len’s fashions for many years.

She possessed a very calming and quiet demeanor, but when she spoke it was with confidence and wisdom. She and her mother shared this trait.

She truly left this earth a better place through her example for interacting with people, her contributions to those less fortunate and the proper rearing of her children. Like their mom, her children hope they can pass these same qualities on to their children.

May God bless our mother and that she know her life was not in vain, but for all that is good. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Miss you mom, so very much.

Services were held at Highlands Memorial Park, in Highlands, NC at 11a.m., Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.

Contributions in her memory can be made to Grace Church in Cashiers, or to the Cashiers/Highlands Humane Society.

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



Dr. James Eugene Clark, Jr.Dr. James Eugene Clark, Jr.

Dr. James Eugene Clark, Jr., 76, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Clearwater, Fla., passed away Monday, July 6, 2015.

Born in Hopewell, Va., he was the son of the late James Eugene Clark, Sr. and Helen Leigh Clark. He attended Pharmacy School at the University of Florida and received his DDS degree from Emory University. He practiced dentistry in Clearwater, Fla. He attended Iotla Baptist Church.

He is survived by three sons, Scott Kickes of the Philippines, Robert Converse of Idaho and Chris Getchell of California; sister, Patricia Hogan of Ft. Myers, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Edgar, Allen, Billy Ray, Tyler G., T.C., Clay, Gabriel and Kaylyn; one niece and one nephew. He was called “Grandy” by all his grandchildren and was a father figure to many and was very influential in the lives he touched.

Funeral service will be held Monday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Kris Estep will officiate. Burial will be in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Fla. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hope Children’s Home, 11415 Hope International Drive, Tampa, FL 33625.

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



Furman Russell ‘Bud’ DaltonFurman Russell ‘Bud’ Dalton

Furman Russell "Bud" Dalton, 87, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, July 6, 2015. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Lawrence Grady and Jessie Conley Dalton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Houston Dalton. He was owner of Bud Dalton Plumbing in Highlands.

He is survived by two sons, James Thomas Dalton and Jerry Lee Dalton both of Highlands; two brothers, Maurice Monroe Dalton of Florida and Franklin D. "Frank" Dalton of New Hampshire; six grandchildren, Lauren Dalton, Gary Dalton, Paul Dalton, Tracy Head, Heather Escadon and Stephanie James and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Bertie Lou and Darlene Dalton; one son, Furman R. Dalton, Jr.; three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, at the church.

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



Margaret Louise SamsMargaret Louise Sams

Margaret Louise Sams, 72, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Venice, Fla., and National Park, N.J, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Born in Woodbury, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Thompson.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Robert Sams of Franklin; children: Dona and husband Brett Brooks of Venice, Rita Catlette of Sarasota, Fla., Joseph and wife Debbie Walsh of Sulphur, La., Shawn and wife Unja Walsh of Fullerton, Calif., Cathy and husband Jeff Bailey, Robert Sams Jr, Brenda and husband Rick Leachman. Grandchildren: Joshua, Andrew, Amie, Jason, Trae, Dustin, Lindsey, Shyla, Derrek, Eric, Ellen, Kelly and Leah; great grandchildren, Max, Jackson, Aubrie, Noah, Jackson, Carson, Derrek, Dylan, Zane, and Kennedy.

She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Virginia and husband Raymond Dobbins, Rita Albert, Charles and wife Patricia Thompson, Carol Hulmes and Lawrence Thompson as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service officiated by Pastor Bradley List and Pastor Brett Brooks was held on Friday, July 10, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Franklin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel Church Road, Franklin, NC. Another Celebration of Life Service will be held in Venice, Fla. at a later date.

The family would like to thank Bethel United Methodist Church and friends of family for their love and support during this difficult time.

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



Lois Sloan Reeves

Lois Sloan Reeves, 103, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 3, 2015.

Born in Basinger, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Bethel Sloan and Della Raulerson Sloan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cody Reeves who died in 1991, and a daughter, Merle Reeves. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. She loved her family and above all she loved the Lord.

She is survived by three children, Robert Reeves of Cumming, Ga., Bill Reeves, and Patricia Seay both of Franklin; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Tuesday, July 7, at Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jim Dusek and Dr. Robert Brown officiated.

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



Carolyn Rebecca Pitts SandersCarolyn Rebecca Pitts Sanders

Carolyn Rebecca Pitts Sanders, 65, went home to be with her heavenly family, after a long battle with cancer, Saturday, July 4, 2015.

She was born April 23, 1950, in Clayton, Ga., to the late Edward and Dovie Carpenter Pitts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Dwayne Pitts and an infant daughter. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1968 and later attended North Georgia Tech. She worked at Ingles Market for 15 years and later was a dorm parent at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Joel Sanders; son, Garry Green; two granddaughters, Rebecca Dovie of Franklin and Michelle Nicole of Easley, S.C.; sister, Patricia Bowling and husband Robert E. Lee of Wiley, Ga.; five brothers, Eugene Pitts and wife Letecia of Kennasaw, Ga., Marion Pitts and wife Dene of Advance, N.C., David Pitts and wife Kay of Clayton, Ga., Glenn Pitts and wife Linda of Franklin and Harold Pitts of Otto; two great grandchildren, Matthew and Aubree of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 7, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Tim Hayes and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Brothers served as pallbearers.

Donations in her memory can be made to Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc., in honor of Roger Dale Bowling, Jr., P.O. Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Rev. Ben Cabe

Rev. Ben Lee Cabe, 87, of Franklin, N.C., died Friday, July 3, 2015, at Harris Regional Hospital. A life-long resident of Jackson County, he was born May 30, 1928. He is the son of the late Grover and the late Odessa (Deitz) Cabe. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Nina Painter Cabe; his granddaughter, Nina Marie Henson; a sister, Lou Shirley; and brothers, Charlie, Jim and Eldon Cabe.

He served in the Navy. He pastored several churches in both Jackson and Macon County. He was the first captain of the Jackson County Rescue Squad, and was Chief Deputy for Jackson County Sheriff's Department for eight years.

He is survived by his wife: Carol (Newbern) Cabe; a daughter, Wanda Cabe (Alvin) Henson; grandsons, Stacy (Cindy) and Heath (Regina) Henson; a great-granddaughter, Sidney Marie Henson; a brother, Andrew; sisters, Ruth, Mildred, Irene, and Christine; a step-son, Michael (Nesi) Fields; and several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva on Monday, July 6, with Rev. Wayne Price, Rev. Andy Cloer, and Rev. Morris Tippitt officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Memorial Gardens.



Ronald O. BiggerstaffRonald O. Biggerstaff

Ronald O. Biggerstaff, 73, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away Friday, July 3, 2015. He was born July 28, 1941, in Dallas, Texas, and adopted by Louise and Ephraim Biggerstaff of Pampa, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired in 1986. He was also a member of Warrington UMC, VFW, American Legion #240, and Sojourners.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ephraim L. and Louise K. Biggerstaff.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dana L. Biggerstaff; son, Robert L. Biggerstaff; his daughter, Tara L. Biggerstaff; and grandson, Hunter M. Smith.

Funeral service was held at Warrington United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 8, with Rev. Bob Bailey officiating. Interment followed at Barrancas National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gene Becerra, Steve Lind, Dave Pierce, Greg Lawrence, Larry Fowler and Jerry Williams.

Faith Chapel funeral Home, South, 100 Beverly Pkwy, was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.fcfhs.com.



Doyle Earnest Rice

Doyle Earnest Rice, 89, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away July 2, 2015. He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Barney and Rosie Kelly Rice. He was a caretaker and landscaper, and was a very active member of Heady Mountain Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dora Marie Rice; two sons, Joel Rice and wife Melissa and Wayne Rice and wife Martha, all of Cashiers; one brother, Rev. Oliver Rice of Blue Valley, N.C.; four grandchildren, Matthew Dillard, Madison Rice, Brad Rice and Jennifer Langley; three great grandchildren, Austin Langley, Chandler Langley and Brooke Rice.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 4, at Heady Mountain Baptist Church, with Rev. Rick Harris and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Austin Langley, Roger Rice, Matthew Dillard, Mitchell Rice, Madison Rice, Chandler Langley and Audie Franks.

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




Betty Lucille Hopkins PottsBetty Lucille Hopkins Potts

Betty Lucille Hopkins Potts, 73, of Greenville, S.C., formerly of Franklin passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mattie Sorrells Hopkins and was married to Davis Potts for 54 years.

She was employed, for 28 years, by Lockheed Martin Aircraft in Greenville, S.C. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church. She loved working crossword puzzles, reading and flower gardening.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Edwina Potts of Greenville; one son, Michael Potts of Greenville; and one sister, Etta Tallent of Franklin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Alice Wilson and six brothers, Ed, Jay, Ernest, Howard, Ralph and Avery Hopkins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 12, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in John H. Potts Cemetery in Yellow Mountain. Pallbearers were Dawson Curley, Robbie Potts, Smokey Buchanan, Christopher Waldroop, Stevie Tallent and Dawson Tallent.

The family would like to express special thanks to McCall Hospice House for their compassionate care during Mrs. Potts illness. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

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


Florence May Turgeon Florence May Turgeon

Florence May Turgeon, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Hiram Chalk and Mary Purchase Chalk. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruth Turgeon and a brother, Tim Chalk. She worked for McKesson and Robbins and later worked for Walmart. She received her certification in Evangelism from Truett McConnell College and was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Toccoa, Ga. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and needle point, making many beautiful quilts and afghans for her family.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Alfred James Turgeon; four children, Diane Shaw of Statesville, N.C.; David Turgeon (Barbara) of Gulfport, Miss.; Deborah Hastings (Sam) of Franklin; and Cynthia Patrick (Alan) of Martin, Ga.; two sisters, Ruth Cotton of Caro, Mich., and Martha Buhrie of St. Clare Shores, Mich.; brother, Phillip Chalk of Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 14, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. David Hastings, Rev. Michael Stephens, Rev. Jerry Chitwood and Rev. Dennis Rafala officiated. Graveside service was at Toccoa Cemetery, 92 North Alexander Street, Toccoa, Ga.

Pallbearers were Scott Turgeon, Mike Turgeon, Tony Turgeon, Michael Turgeon, Daniel Scott and David Turgeon II.

Memorial donations can be made to the DAV PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301(dav.org) or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 (woundedwarriorproject. org).

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



Lillian Rebecca Culver Hunnicutt

Lillian Rebecca Culver Hunnicutt, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Johnny and Ruth Culver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Hunnicutt; a daughter Nancy Downs; and four brothers, Herman Culver, Kenneth Culver, J.B. Culver, and Russell Culver.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Downs; four brothers, Herman Culver, Kenneth Culver, J.B. Culver, and Russell Culver.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara and husband Roger Guest of Franklin; one son, Jerry Hunnicutt of Franklin; one brother, Raymond Culver of Roswell, Ga.; grandchildren, Teresa Lovell (Wendell), Ronnie (Jane) Downs, and Seth (Heather) Guest, all of Franklin; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 14, at Wells Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Dixon and Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial followed the service at Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Hunnicutt family.



Mark Nichols Duvall

Mark Nichols Duvall, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Care Partners Solace Hospice Center in Asheville, N.C.

Born Sept. 18, 1957, on his parents’ ninth wedding anniversary, he was the son of Marie Nichols Duvall of Franklin and the late Rex V. Duvall. A 1975 graduate of Franklin High School, he attended Southwestern Technical Institute, where he studied Hotel and Restaurant Management. He joined the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1981. He was an avid classic rock music fan, reader, cook, and collector. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two infant brothers, Boone and Jeffery Duvall, and one half-brother, Jackie West. In addition to his mother, he is survived by four sisters: Kathy Hart (Tom) of Highlands, N.C.; Nancy Wilson, Jennifer Nation, and Rexanna Duvall (Don), all of Franklin; one brother, David C. Duvall of Franklin, and “adopted” brother, Marshall Ramey, of Asheville, N.C.; four nephews, Randy Scott Sizemore of San Francisco, Calif., Eric Sizemore of Phoenix, Ariz., Travis Duvall (Jamie), of Thomasville, N.C., Dylan Duvall of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and niece, Wendy Duvall and son, Jared, of Franklin; great-niece and great-nephew, Adalyn and Eli Duvall of Thomasville.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 12, at Tellico Baptist Church. Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

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



Audrey C. Bokisa

Audrey C. Bokisa, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015 at her residence.

Born in La Jose, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harold and Daisy McFadden Thompson. She was married to the late Pete Bokisa for 64 years. She was a very loving and creative mother. She served her country during WWII in the Army WAC.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah L. Hart of the home.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Virginia Mardelle ‘Mardee’ Davis

Virginia Mardelle “Mardee” Davis, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 10, 2015.

Born in McLean, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Clarence William Mallory and Ruth Florence Anderson Mallory. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Donald Mallory and a sister, Francine Gemlich.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Fred Davis; two brothers, Ted L. Gemlich of Bloomington, Minn. and Ronald G. Gemlich of W. Terrot, Ind.; sister-in-law, Jean Mallory of Gridley, Ill. and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (aka Macon County Humane Society), 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Kenneth L. LimleKenneth L. Limle

Kenneth L. Limle, 78, of Otto, N.C., passed quietly from this earth on Wednesday, July 8, at Angel Medical Center, Franklin.

Born in Muncie, Ind., on May 27, 1937, he graduated from Royerton High School, Muncie, in1956. He served four years in the United States Navy as a radioman.

He retired from Westinghouse/ABB Transformer Plant in Muncie after 35 years of service. While working full time, he also earned a bachelor’s degree in heating and air conditioning from Ivy Tech, Muncie, Ind.

Upon his retirement from Westinghouse, he and wife Barbara relocated to North Carolina. He liked to stay active and help others. He worked part-time as a sexton at the First Presbyterian Church, Franklin where he served for eight-and-a-half years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #0108, Franklin, NC. He was a life member of the Weekend Gold Miners Prospecting Club, Inc., Dahlonega, Ga., since 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara E. Limle; daughter, Deby (Steve) Dahlquist, Seymour, Ind.; grandchildren, Brad Dahlquist, Jeff Dahlquist and Mandy Dahlquist; great grandchildren, Jacob and MaKinlee Dahlquist; sisters, Joyce Smith, Cleveland, Ga., and Caroline Yaudas, Muncie, Ind.; brother, Clyde (Genny) Limle, Muncie; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. Tom Fisher officiating, and in Muncie, Ind. at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society of Franklin, NC.

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



Beulah Lequire CunninghamBeulah Lequire Cunningham

Beulah Lequire Cunningham, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Born in Swain, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late William Henderson Lequire and Martha Emaline Taylor Lequire. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold Cook, and husband, J.S. Cunningham, and brothers and sisters, Dellie Cook, Harley Lequire, Polly Mae Cook, Carl William Lequire and Hansel Lequire. She enjoyed quilting, ceramics, gardening and bird watching. She was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

She is survived by children, Helen Cunningham, Alice Morgan and husband Homer, and Frances Bradford and husband Shannon, all of Franklin; brother and sisters, Frank Lequire, Rozelle Angel, Ruth Wooten and Annie Rogers; grandchildren, Joey Morgan, Craig Stahl, Chris Stahl and Julie Rice; 10 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 13, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Owens, Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. David Williams officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joey Morgan, Chris Stahl, Craig Stahl, Ben Rice, Austin Rice, Jessie Stahl, Brandon Morgan and Kelton Stahl.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060(www.americanheart.org)

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



Rev. Dr. James Wendell Ligon

Rev. Dr. James Wendell Ligon, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Born in Dunn, N.C., he was the son of the late Elisha James Ligon and Virginia Coppridge Ligon and reared from three years old by his aunt and uncle, Dr. William Coppridge and his wife. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Miles Ligon; a son, James Miles Ligon; sister, Mary Virginia Saul; and brother, Dr. Alton J. Coppridge. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and received his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary. He was the pastor of Morrison Presbyterian Church for 24 years and served as a missionary in Indonesia for four years.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda Watkins Ligon; four children, Wendell C. Ligon of Columbia, S.C., Lucy L. Heffelfinger of Newton, N.C., George Wyatt Ligon of Boone, N.C. and Rachel L. Bradley of Asheville, N.C.; step-children, Wendy W. Deese of Greensboro, N.C., Susan W. Sisk of Ferrum, Va., and Eric H. Wilson of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Rachel Hargrove of Sumter, S.C.; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, July 11, at Morrison Presbyterian Church. Rev. Gene Price officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Morrison Presbyterian Church, C/O Bob Price, 16 Serenity Ridge Dr. Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Robert E. CalessRobert E. Caless

Robert E. Caless of Cashiers, N.C., died at home June 28, 2015. He was 81. He was a computer programmer/ analyst. He loved the mountains of North Carolina as well as the many dogs who shared his life. He was a weather enthusiast. He loved his family of dear friends in North Carolina and points beyond. His good friend David was a true blessing during the last months of his life.

He was predeceased by sister, Joan E. Caless Hanna, and parents, Elizabeth G. and Earle H. Caless.

He is survived by niece, Deborah Little (Robin) and nephews, Jeffrey Hanna (Elizabeth), Robert Hanna (Yolanda), Mark Hanna. Veteran of U.S. Army. Member of Glenville Masonic Lodge 551. Longtime member of Cashiers United Methodist Church.

Memorial service will be held at the church Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. Donations would be appreciated to Dachshund Rescue of North America (DRNA) c/o Eileen Pratt, 1197 Allaire Loop, The Villages, FL 32163 in Bob’s memory.

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



Robin Jane VanceRobin Jane Vance

Robin Jane Vance, 54, of Franklin, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015.

Born in Montclair, N.J., she was the daughter of the late James E. O’Connor and Joan C. Knight O’Connor. She was secretary/ treasurer of Vance Builders for 27 years; member and Sunday School Teacher at St. Benedicts Episcopal Church in Florida; member of Uncommon Threads Quilt Guild in Florida and member of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Franklin.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Stephen Alan Vance; three children, Jenny Lee Vance and Robin Rene Vance both of Boca Raton, Fla., and Scott Alan Vance of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughter, Charlotte Young of Boca Raton, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Agnes Chapel, 66 Church Street, Franklin. Rev. Dorrie Pratt will officiate. A reception will follow the service.

Memorial donations can be made to the Cancer Care of WNC, 843 Depot Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Glenn Hunter Waldroop

Glenn Hunter Waldroop, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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



Archie C. Burnham, Jr.Archie C. Burnham, Jr.

Archie C. Burnham Jr., 80, of McDonough, Ga., and Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

He was born in Lynchburg, Va., May 10, 1935. He attended the Virginia Military Institute where as a young cadet he was motivated by a quote from General Stonewall Jackson, “You can be whatever you resolve to be.” The result was a life of great integrity, dedication, and service in public and private arenas, all with a passion for following Christ Jesus and the guidance of the Bible. After graduating from VMI in 1957, he was awarded an Automotive Safety Foundation fellowship for postgraduate study at Yale University in highway engineering. He served in the USAR Transportation Corps 10 years and retired as Captain. He was employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation for 30 years, serving under Commissioners Jim Gillis, Burt Lance, and Tom Moreland. In 1964, he became the first city/county traffic engineer in Bibb County (Macon) Georgia. He returned to Georgia DOT upon the establishment of the office of Traffic Engineering and Safety. He is especially well-known in Atlanta as spokesperson for the DOT during his 16 years as the State Traffic and Safety Director (from 1972 to his retirement in 1988). After retirement from Georgia DOT, he established a professional consulting firm, Archie Burnham & Associates, which has provided traffic and safety consultation for over 25 years. He was qualified in state and federal courts throughout the USA as an expert witness in cases involving traffic engineering. Above his high professional accomplishments, he has been a faithful Christian. He has been a diligent student of the Bible and taught classes in several churches in Georgia and North Carolina over the past 50 years. He produced more than 100 radio lessons called “Studies from the Gap” which were broadcast in his home state of Virginia. He compiled a comprehensive study guide, “Expressway through the Scriptures,” which outlines key principles contained in every book of the Bible. He established Chisholm Ministries as author and publisher of many Bible study guides and lesson plans. At special times, he blessed many of us with his clever poems.

He is survived by his wife and faithful helpmate of 56 years, Patricia Pool Burnham; his son, Archie C. Burnham III (Butch), daughter-in-law Gwen, of Monroe, Ga.; his daughter, Trisha Burnham Harville, son-in-law Jeff, of McDonough, Ga.; four grandchildren, Brittany Burnham, Jacob Harville and wife Jennifer Bailey, Levi Harville and wife Shali McCampbell, and Caitlyn Harville; his sister, Laura Forrester, brother-in-law Ben; nephew, David Forrester and wife Kara; two nieces, Beth Anneshensley and husband Rodney and Debbie Williamson and husband Doug; and many friends and colleagues.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Nahlen, Rev. Billy Sellers, Justin Harrell and Rev. Pete Heath officiated. Burial was in the Longview Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Marvin Robert Bills

Marvin Robert Bills, 72, of Franklin, N.C., and Bradenton, Fla., went home to be with the Lord, Monday, July 13, 2015.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Roy A. Bills and Ellen McConnell Bills. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Bills. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran; owned a Travel Trailer Park in St. Petersburg, Fla.; was supervisor of School Food Service for Sarasota County and was a charter member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Fla.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Parrott Bills; daughter, Spring Bills of Greenville, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews and devoted friends.

Services will be held in Bradenton, Fla.

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




Kerry Vernon BlueKerry Vernon Blue

Kerry Vernon Blue, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away June 22, 2015.

Born in Bradenton, Fla., he was the son of Clyde Blue and Helen Jamrog Blue. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Michael Blue. He worked as a meat cutter at BiLo; was an NRA supporter and enjoyed hunting with his father and his brother, Ray.

In addition to his parents, Clyde and Helen Blue of Franklin, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Hans Blue; daughter, Alexis Kucera of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, Ray Pratt of Taylorsville, N.C., Joe Blue of Bradenton, Fla., and Jim Blue of Ellington, Fla.; nephew, Jake Pratt and two nieces, Jackie Blue and Becky Angel.

No services are planned.

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



Mary Ann Shuler GreenMary Ann Shuler Green

Mary Ann Shuler Green, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Born in Topton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Clint Shuler and Leona Wright Shuler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Carl Edwin Swanson. She worked many years as a teacher’s assistant in Macon County. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Roy Green; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Morris of Woodstock, Ga.; one granddaughter, Kennedi Soleil; three sisters, Jerri Smith of Franklin, Doris Turner and husband Jim of Whittier, N.C., and Sue Ford and husband Larry of Augusta, Ga.; brother, Joe Benny Shuler and wife Susie of Bryson City, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 28, at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. Mike Bias and Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Larry Ford officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Shuler, Heath and Benjie Shuler, Roger Brown, Greg Shuler and Chris Green.

Memorial donations can be made to Louisa Chapel UMC Building Fund, C/O Judy Hurd, 446 Cullasaja Vista Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



June KnuthJune Knuth

June Knuth passed away peacefully June 17, 2015. She was 92 years young.

She was born and lived in New Jersey. She and her husband moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., along with both their daughters in 1969. After over 20 years in Fort Lauderdale, they moved further North to a retirement community in Stuart, Fla. They enjoyed their lives in the St. Lucie Falls community, surrounded by many friends and participating in all the activities.

When she was in Fort Lauderdale, she did free-lance modeling, was on a bowling league, and stayed busy being a loving Mom, a wonderful and active grandmother, and a good friend and neighbor. She and her husband, Ernie, traveled around the country in their motor home, enjoying the sights and visiting with good friends.

After Ernie passed away in 2007, she stayed in their home in St. Lucie Falls, staying active with all her good friends and neighbors in the community. Just a few months ago, she moved to Franklin, N.C., to be closer to her daughter, Donna. She moved into the Franklin House and quickly made dear friends there with both the residents and the caring staff.

She was always a happy, fun, very social lady. She made the most out of her life, living it to the fullest, and enjoying dancing, playing the organ, bowling, socializing, and all the family gatherings. She leaves us all with cherished and great memories. She will be missed by many, but will remain in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, and her brother, Robert Volk. She is survived by her two daughters, Donna Hughes and husband Ken, of Franklin, and Debra O’Brien and husband Joseph, of Lincoln, Calif.; her granddaughter, Dara Grosso and husband Nick, and a great granddaughter, Alexis Grosso, in Asheville, N.C., along with a grandson, Brian Hughes, and wife, Julie, of Coral Springs, Fla., as well as a sister, Betty Hayes, of Coral Springs.

Donations in June’s memory may be made to Angel Hospice at 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Charles C. LedbetterCharles ‘Charlie’ Carlton Ledbetter

Charles “Charlie” Carlton Ledbetter, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Lyman Ledbetter and Lassie Anderson Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harry and Joe Ledbetter and sister, Blanche Southard. He was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church. He had a big heart; he loved his family immensely and prayed constantly for them. In all things, he put the Lord first and was a faithful witness of the gospel. He enjoyed singing since he was a child and could be found hunting or fishing in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean Moore Ledbetter; daughter, Patty Rash and husband Scott of Asheville; sisters, Essie Dills of Franklin, Mary Bridges of Pensacola, Fla., Dorothy Crisp, Janie Bishop and Wilma Ledbetter all of Canton, Ga.; brother, David Ledbetter of Franklin; grandchildren, Trevor Hedden of San Antonio, Texas and Michaella Hedden of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church. Reverends Brian Southard, Robert Dryman, Truman Wilson and Justin Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the Moore Welch Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Gibson, Brandon Shepherd, Guy Gooder, Charles Southard, Ricky Ledbetter and Gary Lee Crisp. Dwight Bishop, Wade Waldroop, Wayne Sanders, Frank Ledbetter and Mike Collins served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Moore Welch Cemetery Fund, 351 Saunders Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Beverly Ann Burke

Beverly Ann Burke, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Born in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Clinton C. Hill and Grace Buckey Hill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Armand A. “Sandy” Burke and a son, Richard Burke. She was a founding member and the church administrator for Liberty Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla.

She is survived by five children, Debbie Bourke (Bob) of Franklin, Bonnie Wiggins (Mickey) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Patrick Burke Sr. (Phyllis) of Franklin, Sandra Hightower (David) of Bartow, Fla., and Patrick Burke Jr. (Heather) of Dunedin, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Talley (Bill) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Aletha Van Donkalaar of Oregon; 12 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church, C/O Kenneth McCaskill, 2031 Rose Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734

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



David Roy BrabsonDavid Roy Brabson

David Roy Brabson, 57, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, June 26, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Robert L. Brabson and Alice Christine Curtis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Brabson. He was a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge #145 and Coweeta Baptist Church. He loved working on small engines and helping his neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Doris Murray Brabson; three step-children, Samantha Carey of Lavonia, Ga., Ricky W. Crozier of Toccoa, Ga., and Thomas Crozier of East Denaly, Ga; brother, Gary Brabson and sister, Mary Ruth Ledford, both of Franklin; niece, Gina Gribble; nephews, Duane Brabson and Billy Ledford, three great nieces; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Sunday, June 28, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Masonic rites were conducted by Junaluskee Masonic Lodge #145.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society of the Masonic Home for Children.

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



Timothy James Ward

Timothy James Ward, 48, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. Born in Swain County, he was the son of Mary Jane Kilby Ward and the late Jack Perry Ward. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Ward. He owned and operated Tim Ward Landscaping in Highlands. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and NASCAR fan. He was a member of Carolina Hunting Club.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by sons, Jack Perry Ward of Bryson City, N.C., and Acey James Ward of Harogate, Tenn.; grandmother, Rosie Owl Marler of Whittier, N.C.; stepdaughter, Lindsay Schooler of Franklin; brothers, Rick Ward of Whittier, and Curtis Ward of Bryson City; sister, Angela Anderson of Robbinsville, N.C.; granddaughter, Lalay Rose Ward; one niece and one nephew.

Memorial service will be held Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor Greg Bartram will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the House of Hope Church of God, 1111 Tessentee Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ann Prouty

Ann Prouty, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed on with peace and curiosity Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Born in Daytona, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Norval Faul and Estella Hawkins Faul. She was a poet, artist, Ivy League Historian, flea market personality, advocate for those in need and so much more. Her spunky intelligence and thoughtfulness will be greatly missed.

She requested that those providing caring assistance as her mind stayed ever sharp but her body grew frail be graciously thanked. She asks that all who read this show gentle acts of kindness to those they might have failed to notice if only for a day. She is survived by loving family and friends of many years.

No services will be held.

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


Edith Cunningham ByrdEdith Cunningham Byrd

Edith Cunningham Byrd, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Grady and Nina Curtis Cunningham. She was married to the late William "Bill" Byrd. She was an assistant Clerk of Court for 35 years. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and was active in community development of Western Conference.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Rita Morgan Byrd of Franklin; a son, Thomas Byrd and his wife, Shanda of Moncks Corner, S.C.; a sister, Betty Foster of Cornelia, Ga.; grandchildren, Steven Byrd and wife Rhonda, Jonathan Byrd, Keith Byrd and wife Crystal, Kristi Gray and husband Jim, Charles Byrd and wife Amy, Meg Dougharty and husband Joe, Kelli Eadie and husband Mike; great grandchildren, Hunter, Page, Sarah, Morgan and Madison Byrd, Carter Buffkin, Dalton Gray, Ashley Byrd, Lucas Ackerman, Jacob Daugharty, Brandon Craven and Zac Craven.

She was preceded in death by a son, Doyle Eugene Byrd who passed away April 10, 1996, two sisters, Dorothy Ledford and Nell Cunningham; a brother, Robert Cunningham.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 29, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Mike Bias officiating. Burial was at Gillispie Chapel Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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



William Andrew Brooks Sr.William Andrew Brooks Sr.

William Andrew Brooks Sr., 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Born in Middlesboro, Ky., he was the son of the late Doyle Brooks and Bertha Goldie Brooks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served during the Vietnam era. He was a member of VFW Post 7338 and American Legion Post 108. He loved riding motorcycles and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dawn Lynn Chamberlin Brooks; six children, Tommy Lynn Brooks of Middlesboro, Ky., William A. Brooks Jr. of Michigan, Mike Welch of Franklin, Scott Welch of Sylva, N.C., Angela Maney of Sylva and Lisa Brooks of Franklin and four grandchildren, Josh Welch, Lexxie Smith, Kylee Maney and Chloe Maney. Serveral nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 1, at the Veterans Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


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