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Autumn sweeps into WNC

Colorful leaf changes seen across Macon County

Nature puts on its finest this time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Scenic leaf-looking drives begin in Macon County with spectacular scenery around every turn.

A trip up the Cullasaja Gorge on 64E will take you to breathtaking waterfalls and colorful autumn splendor.

 

view more breathtaking photos by Vickie Carpenter after the jump!

Landfill expansion: $1.5 million for 22.9 acres

With about 25 months left on the county’s current landfill lifespan, Macon County commissioners voted during the October meeting to move forward with allowing the solid waste department to purchase two parcels of land totaling $1.5 million.

As an enterprise agency, the funds to purchase the property will come from the solid waste department, and not from the county budget. Chris Stahl, the county’s solid waste director, informed commissioners that by purchasing the property now to complete the expansion, more than 40 years will be added to the life expectancy and save the county $36 million in operating costs over that time.

Early Voting under way now through Nov. 1

N.C. law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct on Election Day

Submitted by Debbie George Board of Elections director

Voters planning to cast a ballot during the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election must do so at their assigned polling location. On the actual day of an election, North Carolina law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct based on the address where they have resided for at least 30 days before the date of the election. If you moved within your county and did not update your address by the voter registration deadline (Oct. 10, 2014), you may update your address and vote using one of the following methods: One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting) or Election Day voting.

Leaf Lookers Gemboree brings visitors to county from far and wide

The peak season for leaf lookers, by most accounts, hasn't set in just yet. The mountains that surround Macon County are still mostly green with hints of yellow and red showing through. Nonetheless, if you take a ride around the area you are likely to notice an increase in traffic as is usually the case this time of year as visitors from all around crowd the highways and winding mountain two-lane roads to see the colors as they come on more and more with each passing day.

Last weekend, visitors were treated to special event here in Franklin; the 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building.

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Deaths & Funerals



Avery VinsonAvery Vinson

Avery Vinson of Campbellsville, Ky., formerly of North Carolina, passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, after an illness. He was 61 years of age. He professed faith in Christ; he was baptized in, and was a member of, the Toccoa Church of God in Toccoa, Ga. After moving to Kentucky, he attended God's Grace Church in Campbellsville. He was a former truck driver by trade. He was a veteran of the armed forces and served his country honorably in the United States Army. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Karen Vinson of Campbellsville; two sons, Dusty Lee Vinson of London, Ky., and Steven Ansel Vinson and wife Jennifer of Apopka, Fla.; five brothers and sisters, Aleta Baker and husband Raymond of Otto, N.C., Allen Vinson and wife Sandy, Archie Vinson, Amory Martin and wife Bethany, and Angie Taylor and husband Clinton, all of Clayton, Ga.; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven Willis Vinson and Blanche (Ramey) Vinson McCarthy, and a toddler brother, Alvin Vinson.

A funeral service to honor his life was conducted at the House of Hope (Tessentee) Church of God in Franklin, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 18. Bro. Robert Dryman and Bro. Greg Bartram officiated. Burial was in the Lower Tessentee Church of God Cemetery in Franklin.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the funeral expenses, and can be made at the funeral home.

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



Conard Odell Webb

Conard Odell Webb, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at a Sylva hospital. He was born in Macon County, North Carolina, the son of the late Leonard and Rittie Jenkins Webb.

He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Wilburn of Highlands, N.C., Xzanthus Wilson of Franklin, N.C., Catherine Carpenter of Eustis, Fla. and Donna Bradshaw of Mt. Airy, Ga.; brothers, Owen Webb of Clarksville, Ga., and Duane Webb of Hickory, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Neva Byrd, Mozelle Derreberry, Mavis Webb, Rinda Kay Henry and Evelyn Webb; a brother, Glen Webb.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Oct. 19, at Miller Cemetery with Rev. Gary McCall officiating.

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



Stephen R. Metzler

Stephen R. Metzler, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph Metzler Sr. and Florence Chamberlain Metzler. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 108 and the Patriot Guard. He retired from Bell South, was secretary of the U.S.S. Kankakee A039 Reunion, was former leader of Boy Scout Troop #458, Hollywood, Fla., and was of the Lutheran faith.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Barnes Metzler; brother, Joseph Metzler and wife Debbie of Auburndale, Fla.; sister, Lorraine Steighner and husband Bill of Otto; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Otto Fire Department.

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



Eleanor McCarty CheneyEleanor McCarty Cheney

Eleanor McCarty Cheney died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at her home in Highlands, N.C.

She was born in New Orleans, La. on March 17, 1930, to John Brown McCarty and Margaret Lewis McCarty. She grew up in Dalton, Ga. She attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn. for one year and completed her education at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Ga., in 1951.

Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and kind demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile that remained her signature throughout life. Possessing a true servant’s heart, she faithfully cared for family and friends. The heart of the Cheney Family, she shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. She loved to dance, listen to music, read, pray, chat with friends and family, and travel. She had a true appreciation for the outdoors and all of God’s beautiful creatures. She was woman of strong faith, believing in power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, William Henry Cheney; three children, Margaret Cheney Knox of Newnan, Ga., Eleanor Frances Cheney of Highlands, and William Henry Cheney Jr. of Delray Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two great granddaughters. She is preceded in death by one grandson, James Gilliam Cheatham Jr.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., at Highlands Memorial Park with Father John Lathrop and Pastor Steve Kerhoulas officiating.

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



Theresa Hall EdwardsTheresa Hall Edwards

Theresa Hall Edwards died Oct. 3, 2014, in Okeechobee, Fla. She was born March 8, 1936, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Raymond and Marion Hall. She enjoyed her family, travel and crafts. She owned a home in Franklin and was a summer resident. She was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Russell, Dale Russell, and Brian Edwards; three brothers, Henry Hall, Richard Hall and Robert Hall; two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Rhea Guzman; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Oct. 10 in Okeechobee, Fla.

 

 



Letha Ledford Stewart

Letha Ledford Stewart, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late, Jim Ledford and Ada Raby Ledford.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Stewart, who died Aug. 23, 1997, and two infant sons, Tommy Stewart and Gerald Ronald Stewart. She retired from Angel Medical Center after 40 years. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church; enjoyed gardening and caring for others.

She is survived by four children, Brenda Burgess and husband Troy (Doc), Carol Collins and husband Monroe, Steve Stewart and wife Linda, and Bill Stewart and wife Rose, all of Franklin; brother, Sheridan Ledford of Oregon; sister, Elizabeth Jones of Monticello, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Cynthia Rowland, 886 Younce Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Myron Elwood McCoy Jr.

Myron Elwood McCoy, Jr., passed away Thursday, Oct.16, 2014. Born in South Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Myron Elwood McCoy Sr. and Faye Johnson McCoy. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He attended WVU where he met his wife of 56 years, Carol Wingo McCoy, and graduated in 1958 with a BS degree in industrial engineering.

He was employed as an engineer with Martin Marietta in Orlando, Fla., for four years and left to start his own building supply business. His time after work was devoted to coaching little league and Pop Warner. He loved working with children and was especially proud of his two sons.

After retirement, the couple moved to Mill Creek in February 1995, where they spent many happy years enjoying friendships and golfing. His favorite afternoon was spent watching FSU and WVU football or the Atlanta Braves, and then barbecuing his famous ribs with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Dave McCoy and wife Madonna of Franklin, and Ron McCoy and wife Laura of Winter Garden, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Dakota, Logan, and Samantha.

No public service will be held. He will always live on in our hearts as a devoted husband, father, and friend.

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

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




Cynthia Beck GayCynthia Beck Gay

Cynthia Beck Gay, 84, of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 12, 2014, at The Hermitage in Dillsboro, following a period of declining health.

A resident of Macon County since 1983, she had been active in St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and the Macon County Historical Society for many years. She loved animals and supported humane treatment and adoption organizations both locally and nationally.

Born in Springfield, Mass., she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nasson College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She was an associate professor of home economics and in charge of food services at Nasson College until she retired in 1966. She loved to cook and collected cookbooks from all over the world. She was an avid knitter, quilter, gardener and bird watcher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Linnea Beck; her sister, Norma Shields; her husband of 33 years, Roger; and her two beloved dogs, Lucky and Misty.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Nancy Cottrell and her husband, Gene of Otto; a step-son, Peter Gay of Spring Hill, Fla., and his wife, Cathi; a sister, Charlotte Jones of Burlington, Mass.; four nieces, three nephews, three step-granddaughters and a step-great grandson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the St. Cyprian’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, 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.



Isabella Roper DuvallIsabella Roper Duvall

Isabella Roper Duvall, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Roper and Rebecca Houston Roper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jud Duvall who died Feb. 19, 2007; infant daughter, Janice Dale Duvall; brother, Nyle Roper; sister-in-law, Addie Crews Roper; and a great grandson, Parker Mathis. She worked at Van Raalte and retired from C.R. Industries. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.

She is survived by a son, Guy Duvall and wife Sandra of Franklin; two grandchildren, Mickey Duvall and wife Katie and Robin Spivey and husband Kevin both of Franklin; six great grandchildren, Derek Roland, Michael Mathis, Tanner, Mikey, Wyatt and Abigail Duvall; sister, Mildred Wild and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 10, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Fouts Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Spivey, Derek Roland, Mickey Duvall, Tanner Duvall, Michael Mathis and Mike Mathis.

Memorial donations can be made to the Parker Mathis Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Robin Spivey, 215 Keener Mtn. Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William ‘Bill’ Hamilton WaldroopWilliam ‘Bill’ Hamilton Waldroop

William "Bill" Hamilton Waldroop, 80 of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Julian Waldroop and Elizabeth Anderson Waldroop Hauser. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired magistrate, and formerly owned and operated the North End Chevron. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin, a member of the Magistrates’ Association, on the board of directors for Carson Cemetery, and was active in the Democratic Party and Boy Scouts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step father, Jim Hauser, and a granddaughter, Sara McKenzie King.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Reagan Waldroop; three daughters, Mollie Cohen and husband David of Concord, N.C., Mary King and husband Jeffry of Sumerville, Ala., and Jane Beck and husband Monty of Franklin; a sister, Julia Duvall, of Franklin; a brother, Jim Waldroop of Franklin; grandchildren, Meggin Booe and husband Kenny, Lauren Harrell and husband Evan, Taylor King and wife Jennifer, Hunter King, Britany Beck and Lindy Beck; great grandchildren, Bryson Booe, Kenley Booe, Elin Harrell, Charlie Beck and Spencer King.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, at First United Methodist Church of Franklin, with Rev. David Beam officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Naval military rites were performed.

Donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



John Lloyd Deitz

John Lloyd Deitz, 84, of Franklin, N.C., gently went to sleep in death, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

He was a dearly loved brother, friend, and father who will be missed by those who knew him. Not only did he have many grandchildren but also adopted many who lovingly and proudly called him Grandad. He developed a deep love of the Bible and his creator, Jehovah God which moved him to volunteer a tremendous amount of time in the pubic ministry. This volunteer work lead him to meet a variety of people that he called friends. He was a very meek and mild tempered man which made him easy to talk to and a friend to most of those he met. Athough he owned a business for years in the food and dairy service, it certainly did not define who he was. His public ministry and volunteer work for the Jehovah’s Witness faith took him from Florida to New York and even as far as South America. He loved to get in his truck and travel. Once established in Franklin in 1992, there probably wasn’t a road in Macon County he didn’t travel or know the name of.

He had a firm belief in the Bible’s promise of a paradise earth governed by God and Jesus as well known in the model prayer that most know in Matthew chapter 6 verses 9, 10. This is where he eagerly expected to awaken from sleep and enjoy life as it was originally meant to be.

He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Hayes and her husband Charles; his children, Cynthia, Treva, Debra, and Renee and his adopted son, Clyde Deitz; 17 grandchildren; at least 25 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin. There will be no collections, only services for the deceased. If you knew him, his family would really appreciate your attendance.

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



Dorothy Maxine Brawick Braasch

Dorothy Maxine Brawick Braasch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Born in Winfield, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Sherwin Barwick and Lessie Lance Barwick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Braasch. She enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting.

She is survived by two step sons, Ronnie Braasch and wife Harriet of St. Johns, Fla. and Harold Braasch of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Hamilton and Evelyn Westgate both of Franklin; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in the Mandarin Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla.

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



Robert Joseph Eichelsderfer

Robert Joseph Eichelsderfer, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Theodore and Edna Case Eichelsderfer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Ross. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a retired aircraft mechanic. He restored a 1993 Ford F150 flare side, enjoyed antique car shows, gardening, fishing, cooking, yard work and he loved dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Eichelsderfer; two sons, John Eichelsderfer of Bushnell, Fla., and Robert Eichelsderfer of Windsor, N.Y.; faithful canine companion, Taylor; brother, Jim Eichelsderfer of Melrose, Fla.; sister, JoAnn Welsh of Melrose, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cameron, Julie and Brianna; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Franklin Fire Department. Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the Franklin Fire Department.

Memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 or Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frances ‘Nell’ Lenoir HarrisonFrances ‘Nell’ Lenoir Harrison

Frances “Nell” (Lenoir) Harrison, 82, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

She was born in Franklin, N.C., on Jan. 12, 1932, the daughter of the late Benjamin B. Lenoir and Loucinda (Huckaby) Lenoir. She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church in Franklin. She was retired from Fieldale in Murrayville and worked at Pinetree Burlington in Dahlonega. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Steven Harrison; brothers, J.B., Leon, John Wiley, Bill and Benny Lenoir, and sister, Ada Florence Leatherwood.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nita and Phillip Minor of Lula; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Joan Harrison of Murrayville; grandchildren, Trevor Cain, Trisha Hulsey, Tressa Kadkhodaian and Ashley Daley; great-grandchildren, Mason and Tucker Cain; sisters, Virginia Ramey, Mary Louise Wallace, Marie Holland, Jody Sellers and Shirley Waldroop, all of Franklin.

She loved her family, gardening and working in her flower beds.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oc. 5, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, Gainsville, with interment following at Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Bradley Elliott and Rev. Mike Garner officiated.

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



Leon Alexander Hendricks Sr.

Leon Alexander Hendricks Sr., 66, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. He was the son of the late Leon and Ellen Alexander Hendricks. He grew up in the Greenville and Mauldin areas in South Carolina and moved to Jackson County in 1994. He was a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and retired from the U.S. Navy, in which he proudly served from 1970 until 1990. He loved to golf and was a South Carolina Gamecock alumnus. At the time of his passing he was serving with the U.S. Postal Service for the last 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Susan Whitley Hendricks; sons, Leon “Chip” Alexander Hendricks Jr. and his wife Julie, of Waynesville; James Thomas Hendricks and his wife Wendy, of Davidson, N.C., Andrew Brittian Whitley Hendricks of Whittier; and five grandchildren, Tanner, Emma, Ty, Hailey and Ryan.

A military graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Pinelawn Memorial Memory Gardens in Clinton, S.C. with Dr. Robert Prince officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Waynesville Winter Heat Assistance Program, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville, NC 28786.

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


 



Marilyn Elenbaas StameyMarilyn Elenbaas Stamey

Marilyn Elenbaas Stamey, 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 4, 2014.

Born in Yakima County, Washington, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Elenbaas of Granger, Wash. She and Fred were married in Zillah, Wash., in 1959. She moved to Herndon, Va., shortly after their marriage. She was office manager for Ogden Aviation Services, Dulles International Airport for 30 years. After Fred’s retirement from the military in 1972, they moved to Hamilton, Va. She was also a certified color consultant, “Over the Rainbow,” which she operated from her home.

She moved to Macon County in 1992, Fred’s home. Marilyn was secretary of her church, Trinity Assembly of God from 1995 to 2010.

She loved her flower gardens, especially her roses. She also enjoyed making crafts, knitting, weaving, and designing cards. Her most enjoyment came from attending Bible studies and prayer meetings.

She is survived by her husband Fred of 57 years; one daughter, Camille Tuttrup of Franklin; and two grandsons, Ashton and Leland Shockley; one brother, James Elenbaas of Granger, Wash., and two sisters, Elaine Sawyer of New Gloucester, Maine and Judy Polinder of Lynden, Wash.; brother and sisters -in-law, Gene and Jean Stamey and Hazel Stamey of all of Franklin, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Assembly of God. Pastor J.D. Watson will officiate. Burial will be in the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Trinity Assembly of God (Missions), 6971 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Edwin T. Stiles

Edwin T. Stiles, 95, of Richland, Mich., passed to his Heavenly home Sept. 23, 2014. He was the son of Thomas and Dell (Rogers) Stiles, born on May 7, 1919, in Franklin, N.C. He moved to Michigan in 1950 where he owned two businesses, Stiles Construction and Central Michigan Heating. He served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army. He fought and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He spent many months as a POW in a German Stalag. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart among other medals. On July 26,1942, he married Willa Mae (Sanders) who preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2010.

He is survived by two sons, Hugh and Dennis; three daughters, Judy, Nancy and Diane. His youngest daughter, Patti, preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2007. His 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren were the light of his life.

Burial was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery with full, military honors.



Joyce Louise (Phillips) CassadaJoyce Louise (Phillips) Cassada

Joyce Louise (Phillips) Cassada, 87, passed away Oct. 2, 2014, at the Tierra Pines Nursing Home in Largo.

She was born in North Carolina, lived in Ohio after getting married and moved to Florida in 1960 with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, James Walter Cassada; her parents, Marshall James and Lillie Lee Phillips; and a brother, James Phillips. She was a wonderful seamstress, loved decorating her home and helping others. Her greatest love and devotion was to her family.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Cassada; and daughter, Elaine Jensen; son-in-law, Wayne Jensen; grandsons and their families, Jamie and Christina, Jason and Summer and three great grandchildren, Jameson, Justice and Ayven; brothers, Albert, wife Ann, and George, wife Edna as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 8, at R. Lee Williams Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Suncoast Hospice.

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



Betty Blain McClure Nicholson WaddellBetty Blain McClure Nicholson Waddell

Betty Blain McClure Nicholson Waddell, 88, Fort Myers, Fla. formerly of Franklin, N.C., and Toccoa, Ga., went to be with the Lord on Oct. 1, 2014. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late John William "Phil" Blaine and Bessie Corpening Blaine. She was married to Thomas James McClure, Herby Dillard Nicholson Jr., and Woodrow Waddell, all of which preceded her in death. Additionally, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Eldona McClure; a son Keith McClure, and four sisters; Mary Carpenter, Annie Willamson, Juanita Chappell, Sybil Green; and one brother, Paul Blain, all of Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter, Gennifer Woodworth, of Akron, Ohio; son, Kahn McClure, of Fort Myers, Fla.; Three grandchildren, Sonia, of Akron, Sherry, of Ft. Myers, Mark (Alma) Ft. Myers; Seven great grandchildren, Amber Rae, Elena Ruth, and Colton, all of Akron, and Amanda, Victoria, Darrian and Ivory, all of Ft. Myers; and one great-great-great grandchild, Indica, of Akron.

Caring to the center of her being, she demonstrated love for family and friends in ways that were creative, funny, and caring. As beautiful outside as she was within, her legacy is one filled with loving-kindness as she left traces of herself in the hearts of those she came in contact with. Everyone who encountered her was struck by her infectious laughter, wit, and clever observations. Never at a loss for words and never shy, she possessed a refreshing honesty which will be sorely missed. Her passing has left an empty space in our hearts. She'd encourage each of us to fill that place with love and laughter.

Graveside services will be held at Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Burt Crawford officiating.

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



Henry G. Sasse

Henry G. Sasse, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late William and Mina Sasse. He retired from the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. He was a member of the American Legion Post 108 and he enjoyed model trains.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, “Mickey” Hermina Mary Kipkowski Sasse; five children, Michael Sansone of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Cherisse Sansone of Franklin, Anthony Sansone of Jacksonville, Fla., William Sasse of Huntsville, Ala., and Fred Sasse of St. Paul, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (formerly known as 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.



Elmer Curtis (Curt) BandyElmer Curtis (Curt) Bandy

Elmer Curtis (Curt) Bandy, 85, died Sept. 25, 2014, in the Macon Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Franklin, N.C.

He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews and by his sister-in-law, Frances Bandy.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nadine (Dee) Bandy; sisters, Anna Maude Bandy, Sara Virginia Bandy Olive, Shirley Fay Bandy Merrin; and brothers, William Clyde Harrison Bandy, George Faris Bandy, James Alva Bandy, John Kenneth Bandy and Charles Robert Bandy.

He was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Richlands, Va., to William Thomas Bandy and Ora Minnie Sparks Bandy. He enlisted in the Army in 1947 and served in the 4th Army, Fort Sam Houston, playing the trumpet in the 365th Army Band. After his Army service, he attended King College in Virginia.

He moved to Orlando, Fla., in the early 1950s where he learned to enjoy boating, skiing and camping. He traveled across the country several times, always returning to the Orlando area. He was an electrical engineer and worked in that field until retiring in the early 1990s. After he retired, he met Nadine Meyers. They married and moved to Franklin and joined the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. He served his church with his building skills and knowledge of wood working. In retirement, he became a master wood worker and he loved building furniture, especially his beloved Windsor chairs. He also developed a love of gardening and produced lots of vegetables, many of which he canned himself. He had a particular fondness for heirloom tomatoes. His infectious smile and kindness will be missed.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, 26 Church St., Franklin.

Memorial donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, at the same address, marked for Building Improvement.

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



Gladys Lee Dawkins

Gladys Lee Dawkins, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

Born in Andalusia, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Douglas Franklin and Irene Butler Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Dawkins and three brothers, Douglas, Donald and Horace.

She is survived by four children, Jim Dawkins of Franklin, Alice Dawkins Keister of Nashville, Tenn., Donna Dawkins Merlino of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Leba Dawkins of Cleveland, Tenn.; sister, Ruth Franklin Dewrell of Andalusia, Ala.; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Franklin of Dozier, Ala.

A memorial service will be held in Andalusia. Memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Cheryl Bruffey BakerCheryl Bruffey Baker

Cheryl Bruffey Baker, formerly of Kinston, N.C., passed away Monday morning, Sept. 15, 2014. She was predeceased by her parents Vernon J. and Martha M. Bruffey of Kinston and by a sister, Susan B. Vestal.

She is survived by her husband, Don A. Baker; daughter, Donna Baker McCarthy of Tampa, Fla.; son, Anthony (Tony) Baker of Franklin; four brothers; Leonard, Bill, Pete, and Thurmond Bruffey; and a sister, Millie B. Bryant.

Memorial services were held Monday, Sept. 22, at Edwards Funeral Home of Kinston.

Memorials may be made to Life Church, 1281 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734, or the charity of your choice.

Edwards Funeral in Kinston assisted with arrangements.



Claire Janice Eismont Miers

Claire Janice Eismont Miers, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio, the daughter of the late Nicholas M. and Addie Kunkel Eismont. She was married 60 years to Stanley Miers who died in 2006. She was a legal secretary for U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.

She is survived by a daughter, Rev. Patricia A. Young of Glendale, Ariz.; a son, Kenneth Miers of Kalispell, Mont.; five grandchildren, Anthony, Nancy, John, Wayne and Stephen. Seven great grandchildren also survive.

A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 19, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Patricia A. Young officiating. Burial was held at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 205 Ridgecrest Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Susan Kay DeWittSusan Kay DeWitt

Susan Kay DeWitt, 59, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she was the daughter of the late William E. “Bill” DeWitt and Frances Nolan DeWitt. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Dowdy and wife Dana of Franklin; granddaughter, Danica Dowdy; and a brother, Nolan De- Witt and wife Frances of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Carpenter and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be men from Tessentee Baptist Church and son, Daniel Dowdy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Tessentee Baptist Church.

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



Emma Lee CopeEmma Lee Cope

Emma Lee Cope, 77, of Topton, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of Louella Rowland Evans of Nantahala, N.C., and the late Albert Evans. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a member of Aquone Baptist Church. She had worked for Lee Company as a sewing machine operator.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 60 years, R. L. Cope; a son, David Scott Cope and wife Barbara of Nantahala; a sister, Carolyn Dunn of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two brothers, Clifford Evans of Nantahala, and Kim Evans of Marble, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Dawn Cope; a son, Ronnie Lee Cope; a sister, Linda Shields; and a brother, Henry Evans.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, at White Oak Flats Baptist Church, with Rev. S. J. Waters and Rev. Darren Self officiating. Burial was in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Members of Nantahala Fire Department served as pallbearers.

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



Dan Alfred Peterson

Dan Alfred Peterson, 84, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. He was born in Holton County, Kan., the son of the late Dan and Lois Johnson Peterson. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was an Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. He had worked as vice president for Lockheed Martin. He loved to fly fish and he served with many charity organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Wallace Peterson; a daughter, Jill Borrego and husband Joe of New Mexico; and two sons, Dan Randy Peterson and wife Christi of Colorado and Scott Peterson of Florida; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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.



Michael A. CabeMichael A. Cabe

Michael A. Cabe, 51, left this world on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 to play in the Big Band in the sky.

He was born in Macon County on Jan, 6, 1963, to the late Grady and Elmira Haskett Cabe. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis and Ish Cabe.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons who were his world, Dennis and Dustin Cabe both of Franklin; sisters, Reba Bryson and husband David, and Caryl Cooper; brothers, Randy Cabe and wife Christie, and Dwayne Cabe and wife Amy, all of Franklin; nephews, Mickey Cooper, Derrik Cooper and Dayne Cabe; nieces, Chi Shannon, April Cooper and Ashely Brock; great nieces and nephews, Michaela, Dalton, Rylee, Dax and Ellie; special cousins, Keith, Kyle, Ellis and David and many other cousins scattered across the country and special friend, Robin Parker.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1986-1990. He enjoyed and lived his life large. He could and did find humor in every situation and always had a big smile for everyone. He loved to play guitar and write music. He played in many bands in his lifetime; most recently, Control Burn. He loved his band members and called them his brothers.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

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

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



Tami Sue Wilkes Robbins

Tami Sue Wilkes Robbins, 53, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sept. 16, 2014. Born in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Herman Wilkes and Ruth Tallent Wilkes of Franklin.

She was a loving wife, and loved the Atlanta Braves. She was a member of East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Charles Edwards Robbins; two brothers, Terry Wilkes and wife Lynda of Columbia, S.C., and Allan Wilkes and wife Elaine of Franklin. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ellis and Randy Wilkes.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 19, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Wilkes and Rev. Dale Cannon officiating. Burial was in Wilkes Cemetery.

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



‘Rocky’ Ernest Harvey Allen Jr.‘Rocky’ Ernest Harvey Allen Jr.

“Rocky” Ernest Harvey Allen Jr., 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Born in Orlando, Fla., he was the son of the late Ernest Harvey Allen Sr. and Diane Lee Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jessica Stilwell Cheek and a brother, Kenneth Allen. He was a very well-known artist, with art being displayed across the country and at Disney World in Orlando. He was Christian by faith.

He is survived by a son, Eric Allen; nieces and nephews, Chris Allen, Jerry Stilwell, Kevin Allen, Diana Womacks and Kenneth Allen Jr. and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers will officiate.

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

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

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



Judy Ann Bryant

Judy Ann Bryant of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She was the daughter of Betty Rowland of Franklin and the late George Rowland. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved the beach and camping.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one daughter, Sacha Branum and husband Brad of Highlands; three sons, Clay Bryant and wife Falon, Elmon "Trey" Bryant and wife Patti, and Bryan Bryant and wife Kimberly, all of Franklin; five sisters; two brothers; 17 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Jay Bryant, and one grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Joan Dickinson LevinsonJoan Dickinson Levinson

Joan Dickinson Levinson of Highlands, N.C., died Monday Sept. 14, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. She was born in Terre Haute, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank K. Levinson Jr. and by her daughter, Jeanne L. Sheaffer.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bruce Werder; three grandchildren, Randolph William Werder, Orlando, Fla., Stephanie Sheaffer, Las Vegas, Nev. and Steven Sheaffer, Denver, Colo.; and a great grandson, Chase R. Werder.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Principia College, Elsah, Ill., and went on to attend Mass. School of Design. She began her career as a furrier at Cherry’s department store in New England. After her marriage, she moved several times before they moved to Clearwater, Fla. Her husband was an avid sailboat racer and they bought a marina as well as started to design sails for the Snipe and Flying Dutchmen racing class. She went under the name of Levinson Sails and formed an all women sewing company and began making sails along with some sportswear that held up under heavy sea conditions. She became known as the only woman sail maker in the country and had many articles written about her skills. Levinson Sails won numerous national championships and shipped sails all over the world. After her husband’s death, she expanded her sportswear business under the name of Sail Loft Sport Fashions. Her patterns and designs translated into a showing in catalogs which included, Lands End, Eddie Bauer, Norm Thompson, Ships Wheel Fawcett Boat Works and The Sporting Life as well as exporting to Japan and Europe. She ran the marina with her two daughters. She was voted one of the Best Dressed Women in Clearwater and was a volunteer for six years with Clearwater Jazz Holiday. She was a member of the Belleair Rotary Club in Florida as well as Highlands Rotary for more than 26 years. After moving to Highlands, she opened an antique shop, Three Wishes in Cashiers, and she and her daughter owned and operated the 1891 Stewart House in Highlands. She was a member of the Christian Science Church; belonged to the Bascom, Art League; and was treasurer of the Mountain Garden Club of which she was a member for 17 years. In her life time she traveled to 24 different countries, but Highlands was her special place and she loved being in the mountains.

A memorial service 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.



Jordan Joslin

Jordan Joslin, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Born in New Bedford, Conn., he was the son of the late Harry and Clara Ruth Selinger Joslin of Hollywood, Fla. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII, reverse mortgage lender at Wells Fargo Bank and a building contractor. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Florida for 70 years and a member of the American Legion Post 108.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Basore Joslin; daughter, Lou Freemire of Franklin; sister, Sesyle Hine of London, England; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

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



Mary Lou ‘Penny’ ZellerMary Lou ‘Penny’ Zeller

Mary Lou “Penny” Zeller, 71, of Eustis, Fla., passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

She was born in Otto, N.C., and moved to Eustis in 1977 from Dayton, Ohio. She was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Eustis and a former public school teacher. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1961, was a first team All-State basketball player her junior and senior years. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1965. She was an excellent teacher and had been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in DeKalb County, Georgia, and Alachua County, Florida.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. William V. Zeller; her children, Rachel (Jeff) Fuller and William C. (Tara) Zeller, both of Orlando; her mother, Kate Cabe of Otto; grandchildren, Elizabeth Zeller, Emilia Zeller, Jeff Fuller and Johnathan Fuller; brothers, Larry Cabe of Franklin, Kenneth Cabe of Sylva, N.C., and Steve Cabe of State Road, N.C.; and sisters, Joyce Raby of Franklin and Teresa Speed of Otto.

Graveside services will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis, Fla., at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

A memorial service will be held at Asbury Methodist Cemetery, Otto, at a later date.

She will always be remembered for her sweet and gentle personality, and her infectious laugh, never seeking attention for herself. Forever in our hearts, your brothers and sisters, your three nieces, four nephews, your four great nephews and five great nieces will treasure memories of her.


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