Remembering 9/11 :: September 11, 2001

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Town learns of Cherokee resolution requesting return of Indian Mound

Last week, the Franklin Town Board met with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to discuss the Nikwasi Indian Mound located in the center of town. Based on the belief that the mound was part of Cherokee heritage, the EBCI has expressed a desire to possibly own the mound once again. The belief was that a resolution could be reached between the town and the Cherokee, possibly pursuant to some sort of partnership concerning the mound. That feeling of goodwill changed the day after the meeting when a resolution on behalf of Chief Michell Hicks and the Tribal Council went public demanding for the return of the mound.

“We met with the tribal council on Wednesday and had no idea that this was coming,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

Election profiles: School board candidates

Macon County residents will take to the polls this November to cast their ballot to fill multiple offices up for reelection. Candidates for commission seats, school board, and other local, state and national seats will be appearing on the ballot this year. With early voting starting Oct. 23, The Macon County News is running weekly profiles of each open seat.

The Macon County Board of Education has two open seats that will be decided in November. District II, currently held by incumbent Tommy Cabe, and District IV, which was left open when Gary Shields decided not to seek re-election.

Cabe will face off against Bill Taylor for the District II seat and Fred Goldsmith and Carroll Poindexter will both be seeking votes for the District IV seat.

Venture Local Franklin shows up in Sylva

Cash mobsters descend on downtown Sylva

The fountain at the bottom of the old Jackson County courthouse was a sight to see last Friday, as more than 150 people gathered all waving $20 bills. Shoppers from Franklin and Sylva all joined together to support Main Street Sylva businesses affected by an August 16 fire that still has a portion of the street blocked off.

Organized by Macon County grass-roots group Venture Local Franklin, the event was deemed a cash mob with the intention of pushing a ton of business into the downtown economy all over the span of a couple of hours, for a short, quick, financial boost for businesses.

‘The Bedroom Project’ targets drug abuse

Traveling exhibit educates parents on what to look for.

Last Thursday, the P.E.A.C.E Foundation brought its "Bedroom Project" to Franklin. The presentation took place at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. The organization's mission is to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drugs and empower them with the knowledge to recognize and stop abuse before it starts.

P.E.A.C.E, or Prescription Education Abuse Counseling Empowerment, was founded by Shannon Rouse Ruiz whose own personal tragedy helped fuel the call for action. On June 21, 2011, her 16-year-old daughter Kaitlyn suffered a fatal overdose.

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Deaths & Funerals



Charles ‘Casey’ Philip MyersCharles ‘Casey’ Philip Myers

Charles “Casey” Philip Myers, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lawrence Myers and Bertha Cope Myers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Hook Myers and a grandson, Matthew “Jet” McClellion. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; member of the Merchant Marines and a member of the Berea Friendship United Methodist Church, Greenville, S.C. He loved his crossword puzzles in the morning with his coffee and watching the news, business weekly and jeopardy during the evening. He enjoyed working around the home, vacationing to Hawaii, loved animals and was a big fan of trains, planes and air shows.

He is survived by a son, Tracy Philip Myers of Sakhalin Island, Russia; three daughters, Julia M. Spalding of Tarpoon Springs, Fla., Shelia Hook Houston of Franklin and Donna M. McClellion of Anderson, S.C.; three brothers, John Howard “Ick” Myers of Michigan, George Myers of Texas and Bob Myers of Franklin; three sisters, Sue Stewman of Brevard, Betty Crawford and Dixie Holland, both of Franklin; grandchildren, Whitney Sloan Ramsey of Pendleton, S.C., Sara McClellion of Rabun Gap, Ga., Breanna Houston and Ian Houston both of Gastonia, N.C., Grant Spalding of Travis AFB, Calif., Graham Spalding of Minot AFB, ND and Mia Myers of Xiamen, Fujian China; one great grandchild, Caison Sloan Ramsey of Pendleton, S.C.; special cousin, George Phillips and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Scott Holland and Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

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

Pallbearers will be George Phillips, Grant Spalding, Graham Spalding, Scott Holland, Jim Williams and Willard Barrett.

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



Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Cole OliveRet. Lt. Col. Donald Cole Olive

Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Cole Olive, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Born in Earl, N.C., he was the son of the late Edward Briggs Olive and Edith Fulton Olive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hilda Beatty Olive; son, Donald Jerry Olive and brothers, Daniel Monroe Olive He graduated from Kings Mountain High School and Wake Forest University. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps League as a Lt. Col; where he served on a rifle and pistol team and received numerous top honors. He was a past member of VFW, American Legion and an NRA Lifetime Master. He was a Christian and loved The Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Cabe Olive; two grandchildren, Donald Lee Olive and Stephanie Lynne Olive; three great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three stepsons, Sterling, Michael and David Pangle; a special stepdaughter, Sharon Urquhart; eight stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat grandchildren.

No services have been planned at this time.

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



Reba Sue Hastings WorleyReba Sue Hastings Worley

Reba Sue Hastings Worley, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Mason Hastings. She is survived by her husband of six years, Mark Anthony "Tony" Worley. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to fish, cook, and help others in need. She was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church and she enjoyed listening to gospel music.

In addition to her husband Tony, she is survived by two sons, Tommy Fountain of Clayton, and Steve Fountain and wife Amanda of Sylva; four sisters, Dale McConnell and husband Lee of Franklin, Cathy Tippett and husband Bryan of Otto, Alice Bradley and husband Mike of Otto, and Marilyn Hastings of Franklin; two brothers, Harvey Hastings of Franklin and Sam Hastings and wife Debra of Franklin; five grandchildren, Keela, Ashley, McKenzie, Aleigh and Kayleigh Fountain and one great granddaughter on the way, Waylyn Sue Fountain.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 4, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Danny Cannon and Rev. David Hastings officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Bradley, Daniel Dills, Kevin McConnell, Chris Burns, Samuel Crane, Jeff Crane, Wayne Wilburn and Johnny Wilburn.

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



Mary Ruth Boyer Caird

Mary Ruth Boyer Caird, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Born in Hazleton, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Eugene Ward Boyer and Ruth Spain Boyer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Ward Boyer and a sister, Martha Lee Boyer. She was a RN, loved to read and do crossword puzzles and was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Lynn Caird Radecki of Franklin; two grandsons, Joseph John Radecki, III and Nicholas David Radecki; and three great granddaughters, Molly Elizabeth Radecki, Kendall Gorecki and Ellie Lynn Radecki.

No services are planned.

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



Richard Daniel Salmonson Sr.Richard Daniel Salmonson Sr.

Richard Daniel Salmonson, Sr., 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Born in Gansevoort, N.Y., he was the son of the late Nels Jalmar Salmonson and Laura Morrisey Salmonson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Drum Salmonson, and two brothers, Clifford and Eddie. He was a member of Tessentee Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, camping, working in his shop on vintage motors, small engines and tractors, building black powder muskets and tinkering.

He is survived by three children, Rebekah L. Simonds and husband Bruce of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Richard D. Salmonson Jr. and wife Lonna of Franklin and Sarah S. Reed and husband Rod of Cannon, Ga.; two brothers, Gerald Salmonson and Alfred Salmonson both of Gansevoort, N.Y.; two sisters, Elma Woodcock and Hilda Ryles both of Gansevoort, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Mannon Salmonson, Isaac Salmonson, James Reed and William Reed and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 4, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Carpenter, Rev. Rondal Owen and Rev. Bobby Cloer officiated. Burial was in the Wright Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mannon Salmonson, Chad Buchanan, Randy Drinnon, Brad Bishop, Ronnie Jones, Robbie Hartsell, James Reed and William Reed.

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



Blanche A. TallentBlanche A. Tallent

Blanche A. Tallent, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Grayson Tallent and Freda Moore Tallent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Tallent. She worked at Macon Citizens for the Handicapped; attended First Baptist Church; enjoyed gospel music and bowling and was a Special Olympics athlete.

She is survived by a sister, Grace Houston of Franklin; two brothers, Buster Tallent and Junior Tallent, both of Franklin and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Don Moffitt, Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Tim Hayes and Tracy Tallent officiated. Burial was in the Addington Community Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were residents of MCH group home.

Memorial donations can be 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.



Keith Neville CurtisKeith Neville Curtis

Keith Neville Curtis, 53, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born in Lincoln Park, Mich., he was the son of Ruby Belcher Curtis and the late Claude Neville Curtis. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Martin and a brother, Lawrence Lowry. He played in the Whoever Band; loved his motorcycles; was a member of the Boundary Hunting Club and a member of Coweeta Baptist Church. He was a truck driver, and a former dispatcher and 911 coordinator for Macon County.

In addition to his mother, Ruby Curtis, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Shearl Curtis; two children, Brian Keith Curtis and Sabrina Jenell Curtis both of Franklin; three sisters, Denise Southard and husband Steve and Sheila McClure and husband Richard, all of Franklin, and Glenda Loose and husband Cliff of Otto; one grandchild, Lelynd Patrique Chasse; special friend, Dee Di Elmo of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were John Shearl, John Pagan, Billy Tilley, Eddie Ledford, Mark Lathrop and Dwayne Cabe.

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

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



Nathalie Georgia Sato

Nathalie Georgia Sato, 90, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Born on Dec. 12, 1923, in Ithaca, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Frederick Raymond and Lolita Healey Georgia. Her father was one of the founders of Black Mountain College, a progressive liberal arts school with an international reputation for avant garde art, architecture, literature, music, and dance that thrived from 1933 until 1957. At the time of her birth he was teaching chemistry at his alma mater, Cornell University, where his wife was an instructor in accounting. She lived in Highlands in 1931-32 when her father bought the Flat Mountain one-room schoolhouse and converted it to a summer home for 10 years before the U.S. entered the Second World War. The summer home was used again after the war until her father died in the early 1960s.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University with a major in constitutional law for regional and city planning. She graduated in 1952 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a doctorate in political science, specializing in intergovernmental relations in metropolitan planning. Beginning her career as chief urban planner for the Chicago area transportation studies, she was serving as planning analyst for Pennsylvania’s Office of State Planning and Development in Harrisburg when she retired in 1983. She returned to Highlands, having bought her father’s Flat Mountain School site, after his second wife died in the mid-1970s, where she built her home and spent the last 30 years of her life gardening, hiking, and weaving on the loom her father had built at Black Mountain College. In 1991, she was recognized for her voluntary contributions to the U.S. Forest Service. Ever since her cycling excursions in Europe, she had been an avid outdoorsman, living and walking in the forests and closely observing the wonders of nature. She expressed her lifelong love of Highlands’ history by serving as docent at the Highlands Historical Museum and helping to catalog the archives of the Highlands Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Georgia and son, Bruce Sato.

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



Richard James SakowskiRichard James Sakowski

Richard James Sakowski, 53, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. He was employed by Davis Elliott as a crane operator.

Born in McKeesport, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond J. Sakowski Sr. and Doris Jean Moore Sakowski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Sakowski.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Becky Sakowski; son, Richard James Sakowski Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Katlin Sakowski of Franklin; two brothers, Raymond J. Sakowski Jr. and Mark Sakowski of Florida; sister, Rhonda Sakowski of Florida; three grandchildren, Skylar Johnson, Jacob Johnson and Raylyn Adkins and several nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

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 (www.maconhumane.com).

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



James ‘Jim’ Frank YoungJames ‘Jim’ Frank Young

James "Jim" Frank Young, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late Leslie J. and Ruby Henry Young. He was U.S. Navy Veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years. He was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and he loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda Evitt Young; a son, Randy Rogers and his wife Lori of Franklin; two daughters, Vicki Peek and her husband Wesley of Franklin, and Kaye Cabe of Otto, N.C.; a brother, Jerry Young and his wife Betty of Franklin; grandsons, Mark Peek, Michael Peek and Jeremy Cabe; great grandsons, Parker Cabe, Brennan Cabe and Elias Peek. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Darrell Young.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Neil Moore officiating. Mark Peek, Michael Peek, Jeremy Cabe, Carl Mincey, Morlan Bowman, Jack Henry and Gerald Woods served as pallbearers. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Wanda Bolick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Kenneth WhitehurstKenneth Whitehurst

Kenneth Whitehurst, 91, of Melbourne, Fla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Roland Whitehurst and Althea Whetlauffer Whitehurst. He was a retired U.S. Marine Major, serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a consultant for Consumer Reports; member of the American Legion in Melbourne, Fla.; life member of the Retired Officers Association; charter life member of the Marine Corp Association and attended Holly Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Amy Louisa Swartwout Whitehurst; daughter, Sherry Davis and husband James of Port Royal, S.C.; son, Roland D. Whitehurst of Annapolis, Md.; grandson, R. Scott Porst of Tennessee; five great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and a niece, Marscher Reynolds.

Memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m., at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Brandon Breedlove and the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 will officiate.

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

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



Ramsey service

A celebration of life honoring the life of Albert L. Ramsey, Jr. who died July 27, 2014, and his daughter, Diane Ramsey Forsyth, who died Aug. 8, 2014, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the First United Methodist Church, Franklin, N.C., with Rev. David Beam and Dr. Donald Haynes officiating.

Military rites recognizing Albert’s service in the U.S. Army will be conducted by the Macon County VFW.

Memorials may be made to the Little Tennessee Land Trust, P. O. Box 1148, 557 E. Mai Street, Franklin, NC 28744-1148.

Full obituaries for Albert and Diane may be read at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com and www.remickgendron. com respectively.



Charles Louis CampbellCharles Louis Campbell

Charles Louis Campbell, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late C.L. Campbell and Lavada Angel Campbell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clinton and Jim Campbell. He was a U.S. Army veteran, member of Iotla Baptist Church and retired from Kerns Bread Company.

He is survived by his wife, Ursula Hedwig Campbell; daughter, Marcie Roper of High Point, N.C., and husband Bobby; two sisters, Ella Vee Woodard of Seneca and Lucille Allen of Franklin; one grandchild, Casey Roper and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Iotla Baptist Church. Dr. Jeff Hensley, Rev. Steve Reeves and the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 officiated.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice – Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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



Lucille Brendle WolfeLucille Brendle Wolfe

Lucille Brendle Wolfe, 86, widow of Hosie C. Wolfe, died Aug. 18, 2014, at Magnolia Place. A native of Franklin, N.C., daughter of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Evelyn Parker Brendle, she was a devoted member of Liberty United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Ben Kluge of Landrum; a daughter-inlaw, Karen Flowers of Greer; a brother, Doug Brendle of Taylors; five sisters, Maxine Hester, Delores Thomas, Linda Emory and Sonja Brannon all of Greenville and Marvel Curtis of Franklin, N.C.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, James Thomas Flowers, her son, Ronald Flowers and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 15, at Liberty United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Dan Mason.

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com Published as a courtesy of Bryant Grant Funeral Home.




Addie H. BellAddie H. Bell

Addie H. Bell, 89, beloved mother of eight, grandmother of 19, and great-grandmother of 4, died in Franklin, N.C., on Aug. 12, 2014. Her great loves were people (especially feeding them), her pets, gardening, and art (quilting, painting, and woodwork). She graduated from high school in Gainesville, Fla., in 1941 and was the first woman to receive a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from the University of Florida in 1945. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in microbiology from UF in 1947 and moved to Pensacola, Fla., to supervise the local Department of Health. There, she met Dr. Alan Eddy Bell, raised her family, and was an active member of Christ Church Parish. In later years, she lived in Franklin, where she was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and a member of Helen Lambert’s art family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Glenn Hamilton and Mildred MacArthur Hamilton, and her brother Harry Glenn Hamilton. She is survived by her sister, Maguerite Hamilton Preston of Gainesville, Fla.; and her children, Laurie Bell of Asheville, N.C., Sandra Gladden of Franklin, Eddy Bell, Peter Bell of Charlotte, N.C., Barbie Andrews of Perrysburg, Ohio, Henry Bell of Marysville, Tenn., Milt Bell of Lanesville, Ind., and M. Elizabeth Bell of Ithaca, N.Y. She is remembered for her love of life, kindness, and integrity in the hearts of all who knew her.

A memorial service was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, on Friday, Aug. 15.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be directed to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com. Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



James Ralph BallentineJames Ralph Ballentine

James Ralph Ballentine, of Cashiers, N.C., formerly of Anderson, S.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Born in Shelby, N.C., he was the son of the late James R. and Mabel Wakefield Ballentine. He retired with 30 years of service with Ralston-Purina Company. He was a 1952 graduate of Clemson University, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an avid motorcycle rider, Ham radio operator, and loved to hunt. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands where he served as a former Elder. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra Dickson Ballentine; son, Stephen A. Ballentine and wife Evelyn of Wake Forest, N.C.; four grandchildren, Allie, Lauren, Joshua and J.J. Ballentine. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Stokley and Jackie Stribling.

Memorial services were held Monday, Aug. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands with Rev. Curtis Fussell and Rev. Emily Welmarth officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 or to the Charity of one’s choice.

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



Ahmad Saadat

Ahmad Saadat, 86, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Born in Tehran, Iran, he was the son of the late Asghar Saadat and Khadijen Yeganlou. He was married to Yeganeh Doknt Amiryeganeh for 55 years. He was a geological mining engineer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ali Saadat of Highlands and Mo Saadat of Houston, Texas; three brothers, Mahmoud Saadat, Masouel Saadat and Mohannad Saadat, and one grandchild, Auran.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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



John Paul Morgan

John Paul Morgan, infant son of Jeffrey and Brandy Morgan of Waynesville, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by sister, Jessica Morgan and brother, Elijah Morgan, both of the home; paternal grandparents, Bruce and Diane Morgan of Franklin; maternal grandfather, Terry Jones of Canton, N.C., and maternal grandmother, Beth Pope of Canton.

No services have been planned at this time.

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



Ada Florence Lenoir LeatherwoodAda Florence Lenoir Leatherwood

Ada Florence Lenoir Leatherwood, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Corine Huckaby Lenoir. She was married to Jess "Chunk" Leatherwood who preceded her in death in 1992.

She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church. She loved to garden and fish.

She is survived by three daughters, Margaret Burch of Seneca, S.C., Faye Leatherwood of Franklin and Hilda Cowart of Monroe, La.; one son, Eddie Leatherwood of Franklin; six sisters, Virginia Ramey, Nell Harrison, Mary Louse Wallace, Marie Holland, Jodie Sellers and Shirley Waldroop; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and four, great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Jessie and Gene Leatherwood; and five brothers, J. B., Leon, Bill, John Wiley and Bennie Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Pastor Brian Pitts officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Sellers, Steve Sellers, Mike Lenoir, Jerry Wayne Lenoir, Larry Wallace, Greg Waldrop, Keith Lewis, Larry Rasche and James Leatherwood Jr.

The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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



Dennis Downs

Dennis Downs, 66, a lifelong resident of Franklin, N.C., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, after a brief illness. He was a son of Ray Downs and Oma Wooten Downs.

He is survived by one son, Dennis Barry Downs of Franklin; his loving companion, Rita Crawford and her children, Misty, Brian and Scott and their spouses and nine grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Alexander of Houston, Texas; three brothers, Johnny, Lowell and Edward Downs, all of Franklin and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Downs.

He retired from Nantahala Power after 30 years, but was a farmer at heart. He was a quiet, gifted man who could do everything well and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

According to his wishes, a private 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.



Ellis Henry Wilkes

Ellis Henry Wilkes, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of Ruth Tallent Wilkes and the late Henry Herman Wilkes. He was married to Dorothy Green Wilkes, who died in 2011. He was owner of Wilkes Paint and Body Shop. He was a loving father, enjoyed working on old cars, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Olive Hill Gospel Chapel.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Wesley Ray Wilkes and wife Vickie and Mitchell Ellis Wilkes and wife Nina, all of Franklin; a sister, Tammy Robbins of Franklin; two brothers, Terry Wilkes of South Carolina and Allen Wilkes of Franklin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Barry Bowman and Rev. Terry Wilkes officiating. Burial was in Wilkes Cemetery. Pallbearers were Danny McLean, Tony Ellis, John Price, Donald Messer, Justin Messer, and Ben Messer.

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



Simon ‘Paul’ Jelonek

Simon “Paul” Jelonek, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

Born in the United Kingdom he was the son of the late Simon and Barbara Warner Jelonek. He was a member of the Rhodesian Army and owner and operator of the Cullasaja Exxon and the Cowee Convenience and Deli. He attended Burningtown Baptist Church. Formerly a farmer and professional big game hunter in Africa, he loved the outdoors especially off shore fishing with his son. He was a very dedicated family man always putting his family first.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dee Jelonek; two children, Andre Jelonek and wife Merissa of Clayton, N.C., and Michelle Midgley and husband Saville of the United Kingdom; sister, Suzanne Cook of the United Kingdom; and three grandchildren, Kaylynn Ann Jelonek, Landon Simon Jelonek, and Olivia Barbara Midgley.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m., at Burningtown Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Kinard will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Four Seasons Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



John Adam RobbinsJohn Adam Robbins

John Adam Robbins, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

Born in Effingham, Ill., he was the son of the late Lambert Robbins and Bertha Combs Robbins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Alice L. Robbins, Margaret St. Clair and Bertha Hornsby. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. He attended Estatoah Wayfarer Chapel in Dillard, Ga.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Doris Mae Dalrymple Robbins; their six children, Susan J. Yenner, James W. Robbins, Linda J. Robbins, Doris Louise Wuebber, Michele Louise Kreidler and Steve Garrett; three grandchildren, Elizabeth McManis, Jeremy Wuebber, Stephen Wuebber; three great-grandchildren, Conner Wuebber, Kyle Wuebber and Nathan McManis and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor Ron Lindahl and Mary Knepp officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Academy for Future Science in Haven, Missouri, The American Cancer Society or the Estatoah Wayfarer Chapel in Dillard, Ga.

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



Day Yarbrough WilliamsonDay Yarbrough Williamson

Day Yarbrough Williamson, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

Born in Houston, Texas, she was the daughter of Annette Smith Yarbrough and the late N.B. Yarbrough. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jake” Cleveland Williamson. Day was a founding member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. She was a member of W.M.U, Burningtown Babes and former co-owner of Flutter by Fountains and Sculptures with her husband, Jake Williamson.

In addition to her mother, Annette, Day is survived by son, Scott Edward Barham and wife Karen; their son, Chris Barham and daughters, Hannah Barham and Julia Lucas; son, Kyle Barham and wife Marlene; their son, Joel Bragg and daughter, Rachel Bragg; Day’s step-daughter, Delice Renee Becton and her son, Nicholas Alexander Becton and her daughter, Leah Kathryn Becton of Philadelphia, Miss.; Day’s sister, Kathie Anderson and brothers, Hal Yarbrough and Neil Yarbrough.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or REACH of Franklin, PO Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Leo J. Corti Jr.

Leo J. Corti Jr., 80, of Fort Pierce, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; sons, Michael and Randy; and a sister, Helen Stutts of Port Orange, Fla.

Surviving are his sons, Alan and wife Debbie, Steve and wife Lori, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a sister, Marcella Massung of Franklin.

The ocean was his life, his ashes will be there.




Ila Elizabeth Scott WootenIla Elizabeth Scott Wooten

Ila Elizabeth Scott Wooten, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Nanny Brendle Scott. She was married to Fred Wooten who preceded her in death in 2012.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who liked flower gardening and knitting. She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Shelia James and husband Clayton of Seneca, S.C.; two grandchildren, Shane Golden and Jack Beaty and two great grandchildren, McKinnley Golden and Julie Beaty.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Freda Beaty; a sister, Magalene Kenney, and five brothers, Melvin, Frank, R. L., H. B., and Adam Scott.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jeremy Garrett officiating. Burial was in Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Scott, Ricky Scott, Ronnie Scott and Tony Scott.

Memorial donations may be made to Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1999 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Clara Ann Remaly

Clara Ann Remaly, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Aug. 18, 2014. She was born in Hampshire, Mass., the daughter of the late Arnold Batty and Minnie Dean Batty. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kervyn Adams, who passed away in 1968 and also by her second husband, William W. Remaly, who passed away in 2003. She loved crafting, her pets and she was a lifetime member of The Arts Gallery.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan Courtright of Hawley, Pa.; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Arts Council of Macon County, 33 E Main St, #1, Franklin, NC 28734

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



James C. Bost

James C. Bost, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

Born in Great Falls, Mont., he was the son of Ellen Bueller Bost and the late Ed Bost. He was a graduate of Wofford University and received his master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and played and sang bluegrass music his whole life. He retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health as a counselor.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Tonda Ellington Bost; two children, Jason Bost and wife Anna Marie of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Eric Bost and wife Elizabeth of Seneca, S.C.; brother, Ed Bost of Simpsonville, S.C.; sister, Grace Rouse of Statesville, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the The ALS Association Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or Hospice House Foundation, P.. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



James ‘Dorsey’ ElmoreJames ‘Dorsey’ Elmore

James “Dorsey” Elmore, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Omer Elmore and Ethel Rickman Elmore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Shepard Elmore; brothers, Theodore Elmore and Bill Elmore and sister, Nina Lou Gibson. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, where he was a deacon; he loved his church immensely.

He is survived by a daughter, Rita Enloe and husband Robert of Franklin; sister, Alice Peek and husband Harold of Middleburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Tricia Patterson and husband Mark of Birmingham, Ala., Michael Enloe and wife Heather of Purcellville, Va., and Stephen Enloe and wife Heather of Auburn, Ala.; and six great grandchildren, James and Elizabeth Patterson, Michael and Margaret Enloe and Samuel and Ava Enloe.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 23, at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Rick Potts and Rev. Wesley Hooper officiated. Burial was in Shepherd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Enloe, Stephen Enloe, Mark Patterson, James Patterson, Michael Contino, Scott Bailey, Michael Andrew Enloe and Samuel Enloe.

Memorial donations can be made to Liberty Baptist Church.

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



John Henry JohnsonJohn Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. He was born in Delta County, Michigan, the son of the late William and Pearl Johnson. He had worked at Caterpillar and attended Riverside Fellowship Church. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, he loved deer hunting and camping.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Anita Winkleman Johnson; a daughter, Jennifer Dawley and her husband Joe of Watertown, S.D.; five sisters, two brothers and two grandchildren, Raven and Phoenix.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Riverside Fellowship Church, c/o Judy Stanfield, 928 Nickijack Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Trula Rae CabeTrula Rae Cabe

Trula Rae Cabe, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Alma Moss Bolick of Franklin and the late John D. Bolick. She was retired from CR Industries and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She liked sewing, flowers and doing crafts.

She is survived by her daughters, Lana R. Fulcher and her husband Roy of Franklin, and Kimberly Hall and her husband Robert Hall Jr. of Franklin; grandchildren, Miranda Vaughn, Nathaniel Cabe, Tyler Bateman, Erica Bateman and Kalena Bateman.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

 



Marilyn Low

Marilyn Low, 84, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Born in Chicago Heights, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Leo Reynolds and Eva Nelson Reynolds. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Low Sr. She loved crafting and gifting them as well as sharing spiced nuts every Christmas. She attended Holly Springs Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Pam Volpert and husband Lee of Franklin; son, Robert W. Low Jr. and wife Cheryl of Chuluota, Fla.; sister, Dianne Barton of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jason Roberts and wife Kyeli of Cypress, Calif., Andrea Johnson and husband Brent of Kingston, Ark. and Branden Roberts and wife Amber of Ft. Myers, Fla.; five great grandchildren; niece, Debi Varner of Franklin; and two nephews, Larry Owens of Franklin and Leo Owens of Hollywood, Fla.

No services have been planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 366 Holly Springs Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734 or The Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Esther T. WhitesideEsther T. Whiteside

Esther T. Whiteside, 81, passed away on the afternoon of Aug. 6, surrounded by family, at Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Ga., after complications from a fall. She had also been bravely fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma for many years, always remaining optimistic, cheerful and comforted by her faith.

She was born in Bradenton, Fla., in 1932 on Christmas Day and lived in Cashiers, N.C., previous to Chambrel in Roswell, Ga.

She attended Hampton Dubose Academy and graduated from Manatee High School in 1950. In Cashiers she had worked for High Hampton Inn and then Wachovia Bank, from which she retired in 1994. She was known for her warm smile and friendly spirit. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting especially for others. She was a member of the Cashiers Quilters and participated in making “Quilts of Valor” for wounded soldiers.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William A. Whiteside; son, Norman Franklin Whiteside of Charlotte; daughter, Susan Whiteside Williams of Roswell; and two grandchildren, William Greyson Whiteside (Roswell) and William Norman Whiteside (Charlotte); siblings, Zoa Green, (deceased) Rollin Thompson, (deceased) Howard Thompson, and Anita Thornton, (deceased).

Funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Christ Church in Cashiers. Burial was at Upper Zachary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations supporting Cashiers Quilters, “Quilts of Valor” c/o Lois Williams, PO Box 10, Glenville NC, 28736.

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



Robert ‘Bubba’ West

Robert "Bubba" West, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2014, at his home of lung cancer.

He is survived by his wife and friend, Denise West, and four children, Max West and his wife Amy and their daughter Penelope, and Suzanne West, Eric West and Katharine East.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Franklin VFW Post 7339, C/O Neil Riendeau, 1155 North Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ret. Lt. Col. Fredrick ‘Bo’ SetserRet. Lt. Col. Fredrick ‘Bo’ Setser

Ret. Lt. Col. Fredrick "Bo" Setser, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Andrew Bryan and Estelle Justice Setser. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jimmie Ruth Whitman Setser who passed away in 2012.

He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War and Vietnam. He was stationed in Korea, Japan, Germany, the Dominican Republic and twice in Vietnam. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1975 and then retired from home building. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post #108 and the VFW Post #7339, a member of the Military Officers, the Disabled Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska.

He is survived by his second wife, Debbie Carpenter; three daughters, Dierdre Greer Carroll and husband, Fred of Newnan, Ga., Fredricka J. Setser of Lawrenceville, Ga., Kennetha A. Mc- Connell and her husband, Bob of Woodstock, Ga.; one granddaughter, Brianna McConnell; three sisters, Pat Wilson and her husband, Josh of Belton, S.C., Nan Bulgin and husband, Randolph of Franklin, Carolyn McCall and husband, Bob of Franklin; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Setser of Franklin, and Geneva Setser of Murphy, N.C.. In addition to his parents and his first wife, he is preceded in death by one sister, Lucille Setser Allen; and three brothers, Andy Setser, John L. Setser and James Pete Setser.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Susan German officiating. Burial was in the St. Johns Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Tallent, Fred Carroll, Bob McConnell and James Mullins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Johns Cemetery, 524 St. Johns Church Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Iris Hazel Cabe AldermanIris Hazel Cabe Alderman

Iris Hazel Cabe Alderman, 83, of Albany, Ga., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Dawson Manor. Born in Franklin, N.C., Jan. 31, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Weaver and Eva Moses Cabe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Wesley Alderman; two sisters, Alma C. Taylor and Bertha Cabe and three brothers, Gene Cabe, Ernest Perry Cabe, and Herbert Earl Cabe. She was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church. For many years she taught a first grade Sunday School class and later was an active member of the Open Door Sunday School class. She was a member of the Byne Happy Hearts.

She retired with 20 years of service as a state employee with the Georgia Department of Child Support Recovery, and was recognized at the state level for her expertise and innovative accounting skills.

She is survived by two brothers, Arthur (Annie Ruth) Cabe and James Robert (Jane) Cabe of Franklin, N.C.; one sister, Shirley C. Hodnett (Leroy) of Winder, Ga.; and three children Anne A. Pack of Winder, Ga., Becky (Randy) Carlton of Sasser, Ga., and Keith (Vicki) Alderman of Blakely, Ga.; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Tiffany (Brian) MacNew, Liam and Tate MacNew of Winder, Ga., Cameron (Sarah) Carlton, Norah Carlton of Cataula, Ga., Sarah (Jason) Payton of Macon, Ga., Heather (Marvin) Tarver, Hayden and Charlie Tarver of Winder, Ga., Hayley (Bart) Mc- Daniel of Jacksonville, Fla., and Rachel Alderman of Savannah, Ga.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Byne Memorial Baptist Church. Her son, Rev. Keith Alderman, officiated. Interment followed in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Byne Memorial Baptist Church "Living the Legacy Fund," 2832 Ledo Rd., Albany, GA.

Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at http://www.kimbrellstern.com.




Diane R. ForsythDiane R. Forsyth

Diane Ramsey Forsyth, 58, of Rye, N.H., died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born Feb. 20, 1956, in Franklin, N.C., a daughter of Margaret (Setser) Ramsey of Franklin, and the late Albert L. Ramsey, Jr.

She graduated from Franklin High School with the Class of 1974 and Western Carolina University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1978.

She worked as a registered nurse at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for 25 years.

She made her home in Rye the past 26 years where as a master gardener she enjoyed designing and planting her flower gardens. She also enjoyed skiing, hiking and the outdoors. She was presently serving on the Southeast Land Trust Board of Directors.

She shared 27 years of marriage with her husband, Mark K. Forsyth.

In addition to her husband and mother, family members include her son, Wesley R. Forsyth of Boston, Mass.; her daughter, Emily L. Forsyth and husband Christopher of Towson, Md.; her sister, Rebecca Estes and husband Thomas; two brothers, Ralph Ramsey, Joseph Ramsey and wife Theresa; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation with family will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at the Forsyth home, 68 Washington Road, Rye, N.H. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m., at Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye, N.H., followed by a reception at the home of Robert and Eileen Eberhart, 70 Sea Road, Rye Beach, N.H.

A second celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dr. David Ryan Pancreatic Cancer Research, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Development Office, c/o Andy Kitaff, 165 Cambridge Street, STE 600, Boston, MA 02114.

Assistance with the arrangements was by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton.



Esta Mae Stepp

Esta Mae Stepp, 79, of Aquone, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in a Franklin, N.C., medical center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Macon County. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Andrews. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was the daughter of the late Richard and Elsie Dowdle Bingham. She was also preceded in death by her son, Teddie Craig Stepp; a brother, Dick Bingham; and three sisters, Sally Bingham Passmore, Elma Bingham Bates, and Mary Bingham Dryman.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, John V. Stepp Sr.; a daughter, Elsie Stepp Hoxit and husband James of Sylva; three sons, John Vance Stepp Jr. of Franklin, James Howard Stepp and wife Katrina of Asheville, and Thomas George Stepp and wife Cami of Sheridan, Ark.; four sisters, Nelle Green of Franklin, Birdie Suttle of Mount Holly, Annie Belle Scott of Franklin, and Mildred Louise Russell of Albemarle; one brother, Ted Bingham of Harlem, Georgia; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father George Byer officiating. Interment was in the Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Bateman, Terry Scott, Steve Passmore, James Hoxit, Jonathan Williamson, Jacob Stepp, Mike Bryant, and Rodney Chastain. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Green, Howard Hughes, and members of the Nantahala Fire Department.

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



Glenda Faulkner Johnson

Glenda Faulkner Johnson, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Born in Winter Park, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Glen Faulkner and Pauline Hayes Faulkner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Johnson; son, Stephen Johnson; and a sister, Rose Mary Gober. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, quilting, cross stitching, embroidery and was very devoted to her family.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Paul Johnson; a daughter, Abigail “Abby” Johnson of Franklin; brother, Michael Faulkner of Crossville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Isaac Dewey and Kiara Dewey of Franklin.

Memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Vic Greene officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Jack Penniston Philpot

Jack "Jackpot" Penniston Philpot, 74, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, at Fidelia-Eckerd Living Center. Born in Carol County, Ga., he was a CEO for a medical lab and drove a school bus in Highlands for several years. He was a 2009 Duke Energy Volunteer of The Year. He volunteered at school, Chamber of Commerce and at Health Tracks at Highlands- Cashiers Hospital. He was a very active member of Highlands United Methodist Church where he served in several positions and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by two brothers. He was preceded in death by a son, J. P. Philpot.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 14, at 4 p.m., at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy, Rev. Carrilea Potter and Rev. Zack Christy officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands United Methodist Children/ Youth Fund, PO Box 1959, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



C. T. Burnette

C. T. Burnette, 82, of Yellow Mountain and The Brian Center in Brevard, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9. He was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Oak Grove, Macon County to Wade and Estelle Houston Burnette.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Juanita. He is survived by his son, Tom Burnette and wife Nancy of Glenville, N.C.; grandson, Jeff Burnette and wife Sarah of Grovetown, Ga.; granddaughter, Kristy Burnette of Wilmington, N.C. and five great grandchildren, Jeffery Thomas, Bradley, Christopher, William and Elizabeth; two brothers, James Burnette of Hendersonville, N.C., Hal Burnette of Cashiers, N.C.; a sister, Judy Rogers of Franklin, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

He was a master builder. He started his building career in Washington, DC and then moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where his family lived for 19 years. He then worked in the Highlands-Cashiers area until he retired in 1994. He loved being outside, gardening, playing various musical instruments and tinkering around in his shop. He was a member of Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends, but will remain in our precious memories.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church. Burial was at Stewart Cemetery.

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



Josephine Greenwood BurgessJosephine Greenwood Burgess

Josephine Greenwood Burgess, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at her residence. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Nannie Bronson Greenwood. She was married to Charles Burgess Jr. who passed away in 1953. She was the founder of Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ where she was a member, served as the administrator, Church Mother and licensed Missionary Minister. She wrote poems and gospel songs and loved baking. She worked at East Franklin School as custodian for several years and worked at the U.S. Forest Service Senior Citizen program.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Hall and her husband, Charles of Franklin; three grandchildren, Charlene Hall, Chris Hall and Christine Hall; 10 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Isabelle Scruggs, Odella McClean and Letha Hayes; three brothers, Elwood Greenwood, Jesse Greenwood and Frank Greenwood; two grandchildren, Pat Burgess and Charles Hall Jr.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Elder John Gary, Superintendent C.W. Johnson and Superintendent Samuel Payne.

Burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Kevin Burgess, Greg Hall, Michael Chavis, Willis Chavis, Alex Hall and Matthew Waldroop will serve as pallbearers.

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



Madgie Illene Webb DonaldsonMadgie Illene Webb Donaldson

Madgie Illene Webb Donaldson, 70 of Cleveland, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. She was born in Franklin on July 2, 1944, to the late Cresley Webb and Ruby McCall. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Boyd Donaldson of Cleveland, Ga.; sons, Billy Joe Donaldson and Bobby Joe Donaldson, both of Cleveland; daughters, Mary Jo Arrant of Franklin, Brenda Newberry, Linda Bates and Bertha Pardue, all of Cleveland; brothers, Bobby Webb of Westminster, S.C. and William Webb of Cleveland; sisters, Magdalene Webb and Pearl Alexander both of Westminster, S.C.; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Grizzard officiating. Burial was at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. Ben Newberry, Ben Newberry, Jr, Robert Arrant, Josh Fitch Carl Wilson and Tyler Pardue served as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.alexander-funeral.com or www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.



George L. BlaineGeorge L. Blaine

George L Blaine, 86, of Otto, N.C., and Norcross, Ga., passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. He was born in Patton Valley, in Macon County, June 1, 1928. He was the second son and the second of five siblings born to Arthur and Elizabeth Ann Hodgins Blaine. After graduating from FHS, he went to Seattle, Wash., and worked until he joined the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Korean Conflict. After competing his time in the Air Force, he came home and entered WCU (formerly Western Carolina Teacher’s College) and graduated with a business degree. He made his home in Norcross, Ga. where he worked for Lawrence Systems as an auditor for 30-plus years. He enjoyed traveling over the country, being exposed to all kinds of businesses and swapping stories with people. After retirement, he continued to do some contracting work for Colateral Control Corporation ( formally Lawrence Systems) in the same capacity.

He is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Zeb Mehaffey, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his older brother, Arthur Jr. and sisters, Carol Lee Seay and Sue Palmer.

He was a generous and loyal individual. He was ready to help without fanfare and without expecting anything in return to anyone in need. He took good care of his aging parents and was always the “go-to guy” for his sisters when they needed help, encouragement, or wise counsel. Friends also appreciated his carpentry, electrical, motor, lawn and garden and entertainment skills and his willingness to go the extra mile.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 10, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Rush Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post # 7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites. Pallbearers were Matthew Ledford, Luke Ledford, Levi Ledford, Noah Ledford, Mike Seay and Jack Palmer.

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

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



Tex Raymond DavisTex Raymond Davis

Tex Raymond Davis, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Born in Mineral Wells, Texas, he was the son of the late John William and Eileen Starr Davis. His family settled in Newbury, Ohio, and he was a member of the ’58. He was a 50-year member of IBEW Local 38 Cleveland, Ohio.

He attended Cowee Baptist Church where he enjoyed working with the men in Brotherhood plus singing in the choir. He was a building contractor/ electrician and enjoyed bowling and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Johnson); daughter, Betsy Raines (Rick) of Mechanicsville, Va.; son, Dan Davis of Franklin; sister, Texanne Canfield of Franklin; and three grandchildren, Matthew Raines, Erin Raines and Chayse Davis.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cowee Baptist Church or KIDS Place.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Keith Douglas Lakey

Keith Douglas Lakey, 62, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Born in Clayton, Ga. on May 11, 1952, he was the son of the late C.D. and Norva Tabor Lakey. He was a truck driver with PFG - Milton Foods. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother, Donald Lakey. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Gina Lakey of Mt. Airy; his ex-wife, Gladys Norris Lakey of Demorest; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Jeannette Lakey of Franklin, N.C.; sister-in-law, Dianne of Franklin; and grandchildren, Madison, Hunter, and Westin Lakey.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Hillside Memorial Chapel. Interment followed the service in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery in Franklin.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillsidememorialchapel.com.

Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville. Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



Steven Willis VinsonSteven Willis Vinson

Steven Willis Vinson, 85, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at a local nursing home. Born in Sheridan County, Wyo., he was the son of the late James A. and Ethel Runyion Vinson. He was first married to Blanche Ramey Vinson who passed away in 1996 and second to Maxine Teaque Vinson who passed away in 2006. He was a member of Tessentee Church of God. He liked racing and was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Aleta Baker and husband Raymond of Otto; sons, Allen Vinson and wife Sandy and Archie Vinson all of Clayton, Ga., and Avery Vinson and wife Karen of Liberty, Ky.; brothers, Atlas Vinson of Jasper, Ga., and Phillip Vinson of Canton, Ohio; and 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Alvin Vinson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 12, at House of Hope (Tessentee) Church of God with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Greg Bartram officiating. Burial was in the Lower Tessentee Church of God Cemetery.

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



Sarah Jo Grice

Sarah Jo Grice, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Born in Wood County, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Beulah Hicks Thompson. She was married to Roy Macdoo Grice who preceded her in death in 1997.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda K. Parker and husband Scollay C. of Placerville, Calif., and one son, Roy Melvin Grice and wife Kathy of Maine; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Verona Blanche Ackerman

Verona Blanche Ackerman, 90, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at a Hospice Center in Madison, Tenn. Born in North Platte, Neb., she was the daughter of the late John L. and Hildred McClelland Lawson. She was married to Edgar Ackerman who passed away in 2002. She was a bookkeeper for Exem House Moving.

She is survived by her son, Mike Denton of Goodletsville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sean and Eric Denton, Brittaney Jones and Todd Burgett; great grandchildren, Sammy, Josie, Daisy and Jack Denton, Haley Campbell, Brandon Burgett; great great grandchildren, Hayden and Kiana Burgett.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, at Rush Cemetery with Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

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



Ralph Eugene BaldwinRalph Eugene Baldwin

Ralph Eugene Baldwin, 86, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. He was born on June 2, 1928, to the late Wilbur Eugene and Geneva Parrish Baldwin. He was a farmer, butcher and sold produce in Macon County for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Eugene Baldwin, an infant brother Bruce, brother, Gus Baldwin and a sister, Ruby Baldwin Cansler.

He is survived by daughters, Mary Jean Dreml and husband Hans of Franklin, N.C., and Margaret Elizabeth Anderson of Lake Charles, La.; six grandchildren, Daniel Baldwin, Natacha, Heidi, Patty, Kristin and Gene; and 10 great grandchildren; two sisters, Lolita Baldwin West and Nora Jean Baldwin Kinsland and husband Bo and a brother-in-law, Bill Cansler, along with several nieces and nephews. He was blessed to have had as his caretaker, Leo Gomez-Garcia and family. Also special thanks to Gary Cook and Leah McCall.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Kinsland, Mark West, Larry Shope, Greg Kinsland, Dan Cansler, and Leo Gomez-Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be Pritchard "Fuzz" Chastain, David Cabe, and Bobby Conley. The family will receive friends from 10 till 11 a.m., Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to help with funeral expenses or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


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