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Farewell to a true American Hero

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

For six years Army Sgt. Nathan "Nat" Henry was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Despite the unfathomable circumstances in which Henry was held captive, each day he persevered and never gave up hope and faith that one day he would return to his home in Macon County, and be reunited with his family who never doubted his strength and courage during the war.

It wasn't the six years Henry spent as a prisoner of war that made him a hero. It wasn't the two Purple Hearts that he earned, or the two Silver Stars, or the two Bronze Stars, all diligently given to Henry for his service in the military. And if you ever had the pleasure of talking to Henry, he would consider himself a lot of things, but a hero wasn't one of them. What made Henry a hero was the relentless selfless sacrifice for his country and his community that he exhibited up until his final days.

2015 Year in Review: Part II

Macon County News has compiled some of the top stories of 2015. This year has been one of growth and change. From a new brewery and upscale restaurant uptown, to a brand new recreation park with the goal of increasing visitors to the area, Franklin is experiencing a “growth spurt.”

Following is Part II of the Year in Review.

Annual ‘Cold for a Cause’ focuses on awareness

Braving single digit temperatures, Macon County resident Patrick Jenkins spent last weekend in a bucket extended above the Highlands Road by a crane provided by Sanders Crane. In its seventh year, the annual Cold for a Cause event was intended to raise awareness about the needs of the community and to collect donations for Macon County Care Network.

"This year’s event was nothing short of another successful year," said Jenkins. "As I have said many times before, the people of Macon County are the ones to be commended for their efforts in bringing all the donated items to the event. If the public did not support this event, then … I would just be a guy sitting in a crane for 48 hours with nothing to donate. Therefore, I want to humbly thank everyone who donated items."

Georgia man’s body recovered from Dry Falls

Dozens work in rescue efforts over the weekend.

Rescue crews recovered the body of a 45-year-old Sean Kasey on Sunday after 24 hours of searching the freezing waters of the Cullasaja River this past weekend.

Officials said Kasey appeared to have fallen from a walkway near Dry Falls into the river. His body was found around 1:30 p.m Sunday.

"This was a very difficult rescue situation with extremely dangerous conditions in very unfavorable weather conditions," said Macon County Emergency Director Warren Cabe. "All the emergency workers there did an excellent job managing the situation."

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Deaths & Funerals



Martha Yvette Drane ElmoreMartha Yvette Drane Elmore

Martha Yvette Drane Elmore, 69, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of Louise Ramsey Drane and the late John Drane. She was a member of Prentiss Church of God. She enjoyed crafts, decorating and being around people.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry Glen Elmore; son, Scott Bradley Elmore (Terri) of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Michelle Bidel-Niyat (Majeid) of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, John Drane of Texas; sister, Carole Jeanne Harrison of Fla.; and three grandchildren, Bradley, Mikala and Tyler.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 9, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Kevin Chapman and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Longview Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Majeid Bidel-Niyat, Bradley Elmore, Tyler Crews, Tracy Tallent, Randy Stoudemire, Richard Lyle and Tim Crabtree.

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



Hope Louise Kling TallentHope Louise Kling Tallent

Hope Louise Kling Tallent, 94, of Greensboro, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed to her eternal home on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Whitestone Wellness Center, Greensboro, N.C.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Lynn Horton and Myrtle Miller Horton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, L. Dowe Kling; second husband, Gene Frizzell and third husband, R.L. Tallent and a brother Charles Horton of Holly Hill, Fla.

She graduated from high school in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., having been a member of the National Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper. She attended Riverside Hospital Nursing School in Jacksonville, Fla., two years before marrying L. Dowe Kling in August 1941. She worked as a medical secretary for the American Lung Association (1969-1971); Clerk Typist II and assistant to the Director of the Lee County Health Department, Ft. Myers, Fla. (1966-1969); Clerk Typist II at Florida State Board of Health, Jacksonville, Fla. (1960-1966) and secretary of a State Farm Insurance Agency, Jacksonville, Fla. (1957-1960). She was also a devoted member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Franklin. She and her first husband loved to teach children of the church and devoted themselves to supporting mission work. At time of her passing she was a member of Stoney Mountain Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C. She lived out the true calling of a Christian woman, wife and mother in giving guidance, friendship and love to all who knew her.

She is survived by two sons, Rev. Larry and Ann Kling of Foley, Ala., and Rev. Dr. Gary L. Kling and Dr. Karen Kiser- Kling of Greensboro, N.C.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. R. Larry Appleby, pastor of Stoney Mountain Baptist Church, Hendersonville, will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Stoney Mountain Baptist Bible Fund in Hope's name, 3301 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, 28791 instead of flowers.

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



Clara Belle Gregory SetserClara Belle Gregory Setser

Clara Belle Gregory Setser, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Pink and Martha B. Holland Gregory. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Edwin Setser, who died in 1988.

She was a homemaker and it was well known in that you never went to her house without having a great meal. She loved to raise a garden and she enjoyed making beautiful quilts.

She is survived by special sister-in-law, Linda Corn Gregory; one daughter, Doris Chambers (Bruce) of Bethel, NC; two sons, Dennis Setser (Mary) of Canton; David Setser (in memory of wife Sheila Moffitt) of Scaly Mtn.; three granddaughters, Kathy Lawrence (Steven), Amanda Chambers and Angela Chambers; one grandson, Scotty Setser (Kari), two great granddaughters, Sara Lawrence and Izzy Setser and one great grandson, Hayden Setser.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, Ray, Roy, John, and Bob Gregory and three sisters, Estelle Kiser, Tressie Hoilman and Betty Keener.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 9, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial followed in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scotty Setser, Mike Gregory, Mike Erwin, Wayne Chambers, Dennis Setser and David Setser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in the memory of Clara. Special thank you to Silver Bluff Nursing Home of Canton for taking wonderful care of her for so many years.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Setser family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Paul Francis ScottPaul Francis Scott

Paul Francis Scott, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Claude Owen and Ruth Downs Scott. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was a U. S. Navy veteran serving during WWII and Korea. He was a Gunner’s Mate during his military service and was a small engine mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cabe Scott; one daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Scott and her fiancée Louis DeCamp of Franklin; one son, Gary O. Scott and his wife Janet of Franklin; two sisters, Jennie Marsh and Evelyn Steed both of Greensboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Matthew and Jessica Scott and Sydney and Samantha Nolen. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Eugene Scott.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 7, at Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Chapman and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post # 108 conducted military graveside rites.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Scott family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Nancy Jane Steed NewmanNancy Jane Steed Newman

Nancy Jane Steed Newman, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Jan. 5, 2016, after a brief bout with pneumonia and complications from COPD.

She was born on June 4, 1940, in Jacksonville, Fla., to James and Mary Steed. She attended the University of Florida and married her college sweetheart, Murray, who preceded her in death in 2009. They settled in Bryson City in 1972 where they owned and operated Ander's Retreat Rest Home, until their retirement in 1988. They moved to Franklin at that time to be near their first grandchild.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her children, Ray Newman and his wife Teresa, Merritt Shaw and her husband, Tim and Taylor Newman, all of Franklin; her grandchildren, Sasia Maloney and her husband Jon, Amber Newman and her companion Jerry Jones, Jessica Oliver and her fiancé Matthew Fouts, Megan Oliver, Traveler and Landon Shaw; great grandchildren, Bexley and Bentley Maloney, Jayce Fouts, and Bryer Newman, all of Franklin.

She is also survived by her siblings, Tommy Steed and his wife Cookie, of Stockbridge, Ga., Donna Ballentine and her husband Todd, of Franklin, Raymond Steed and his wife Diane of Bremen, Ga., and Denise Voyles of Douglasville, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.

She was the consummate teacher, artist and free spirit as well as an award winning writer (Top 30 Script - Project Green Light - 1999). She was a mother to all and encouraged creativity, patience and forgiveness. She would take the shirt off her back for anyone, but was a fierce defender of the ones she loved.

Nancy chose to donate her body to The Anatomy Gifts Registry, a non-profit whole body donation organization that supports advancements in scientific research and medical education.

No funeral or memorial service will be scheduled.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Angel Medical Center for their caring and compassion.



Mary Patricia ‘Patty’ ConleyMary Patricia ‘Patty’ Conley

Mary Patricia "Patty" Conley, 82, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Jan. 8, 2016. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Leona Higdon Holland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Harry Ed Conley, who died in 2000. She was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church and she worked in food service with Macon County Schools.

She is survived by a sister, Francis Bryson (Charles) of Franklin; one daughter, Rebecca DeMore (Richard) of Demorest, Ga.; two sons, Bruce C. Conley (Sherry) of Franklin and Harry R. Conley of Raleigh, and one grandson, Justin K. Conley. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Boyd and Mack Holland.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating. Burial will follow in Carson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marty Conley, Dennis Conley, Calvin Conley, Terry Bradley, Raymond Holland, Matthew Breedlove and Nathaniel Breedlove. Wayne Roper will serve as honorary pallbearer. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home of Bruce Conley, 140 Jim Corbin Rd., Franklin, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teen Challenge of the Smokies, PO Box 2157, Franklin, NC 28744 (828)421-6863).

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



Nat B. HenryNat B. Henry

Nat B. Henry, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Thurman Henry and Arcilla Woody Henry. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran. While serving in Vietnam, Nat’s unit was attacked and all but five men were lost. Nat was one of them and was taken POW, July 12, 1967, where he was held until March 5, 1973. He has been recognized for his outstanding service and valor to the United States of America by being awarded two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Clusters, including the Presidential Citation, and numerous other medals. In Oct. 18, 2012, the state named the bridge on the 441 by-pass in Henry's honor. He also served as a charter member of the Macon County Vietnam Veterans Chapter 994 and has served two terms as president and chairman of the board of directors. He graduated from Haywood Community College with a degree in horticulture. He became an original member of the Burningtown Fire Department and helped secure land for the construction of the current department. He was owner and operator of Henry’s greenhouses for 20 years and was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Becky Wright Henry; son, John Henry of Murphy; two brothers, James “Prat” Patrick Henry and wife Cora and Harry M. Henry and wife Mary; one granddaughter, Breanna Nicole Crisp and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Guy Duvall will officiate. Burial will be in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Fort Bragg U.S. Army military detail.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Macon Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joe Breedlove, Mike Breedlove, Ryan Rowland, Derek Roland, Mitchell Owenby and Zack Fouts.

Members of the VVA and Patriot Guard will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

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



Lester Thomas ‘Tommy’ StinsonLester Thomas ‘Tommy’ Stinson

Lester Thomas "Tommy" Stinson, 67, of Lancaster passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at Springs Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 13, 1948, in Sylva, N.C., a son of the late Earl Garland Stinson and Elva Leah Carpenter.

He was a member of Maidens Chapel of Franklin, N.C. He was an avid racecar owner, driver, mechanic and builder and was great at every aspect of racing. He was a superintendent in road construction and had an influential impact on all he trained with his knowledge. He also was a truck driver and loved to take family with him on trips. He loved fishing, playing his guitar and singing. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Earlene Stinson Crowley of Fort Mill, S.C. and Tina Marie Sitterson and her husband, Rodney, of Franklin; his companion, Melinda McDonald of Lancaster; his brothers and sister, Junior Stinson, Jimmy Stinson and Susie McConnell, all of Franklin, and Timmy Stinson of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Nicholas Sitterson, Cody James Walden, Leah Sitterson, Kaden Robinson, Breana Helms, Tyler Baker, Brenton Baker, Alex Baker and Railey Baker; a great-granddaughter, Braelynn Baker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Mitchell Crowley.



Kate Anderson JacobsKate Anderson Jacobs

Kate Anderson Jacobs, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Anderson and Annie Mae Womack Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Rogers; three brothers, Jim, J.B. and Haven and two sisters, Leota and Polly. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church. She worked as a bookkeeper at Zickgraf, was the co-owner of Dutch Delight Café and was an Avon Sales Representative.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Radford Jacobs; two sons, Larry Jacobs and Scottie Jacobs both of Franklin; sister, Jo Hamel of Asheville; brother, Elbert “Jud”Anderson Jr. of Mountain City, Ga.; three grandchildren, Todd Bennett and wife Sharon; Andrew Jacobs and wife Whitney and Shanda Jacobs; great granddaughter, Macie and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, at the church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Iotla Baptist Church or Autumn Care Nursing Home.

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




Charles Holt DavisCharles Holt Davis

Charles Holt Davis, 102, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. He was born in Jackson County, N.C., the son of the late David Robert Davis and Mary Duke Patton Davis. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, Thelma Holt Davis and also by his second wife, Sarah Ethel Talley Davis. He was a machinist and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was also a Mason.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Margaret Owens, of Greenville, S.C., Nancy Charlene Strickland and her husband Robert of Pell City, Ala., and Jacqulene Reinheimer and her husband Richard of North Charleston, S.C.; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Shumpert and a sister, Lou Gunnin.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Burial was at Newman Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolencs may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Annie Louise Cline McFallsAnnie Louise Cline McFalls

Annie Louise Cline McFalls, 79, of Bryson City, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late George and Pearl Wiggins Cline. She had worked at Tuckasegee Mill as an inspector. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed keeping her grandchildren, painting and taking pictures. She was a hard worker. She was a member of Bethabara Church in Birdtown.

She is survived by her husband, George E. McFalls of Franklin; five sons, William Murphy, Larry Murphy, James Murphy (Fern), Mike Murphy and Joey Murphy (Connie); three sisters, Georgia Bell Hutchins, Jacky Joe Woodard and Nellie Thomas; 22 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joe Murphy.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City with Rev. Charles Ray Ball officiating. Burial followed in Birdtown Cemetery. Pallbearers were William Murphy, Larry Murphy, James Murphy, Michael Murphy, Don Woodard and Chris Johnson.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the McFalls family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Kathleen ‘Marie’ Roberson Jones

Kathleen “Marie” Roberson Jones, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., on April 12, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Clark and Venie Roberson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson and one nephew. She was a member of Franklin Church of Christ.

She is survived by her loving husband, Russell Jones; two sons, Jim Yaw and wife Sheila and Jerry Yaw; daughter, Judi Allen and husband Robert; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one nephew.

No services are planned.

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



Betty Jean Tallent CloningerBetty Jean Tallent Cloninger

Betty Jean Tallent Cloninger was given the most precious Christmas gift when she was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Dec. 24, 2015.

She was born Jan. 7, 1932, to the late Marion Edward Tallent and Tally Roper Tallent Stewart in Macon County, North Carolina.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Al Cloninger in 1992; son, Larry Barnes; brother, Clifford Tallent; and sisters, Nobia Tallent and Sophia Messemer.

Left here to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Rene Barnes Dzbay of Belmont, N.C., Karen Barnes Thomas of Gastonia, N.C., brother Tracy Tallent and wife Carolyn of Gastonia; sister, Thelma Cubler of Florida; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

A special thank you to the staff at Alexandria Place, Gastonia, Gaston Manor, Gastonia, and Dr. David Reinhardt, Belmont, for many years of excellent care.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 28, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial followed in the Iolta Baptist Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Bryant Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main Franklin, NC, 28734. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Bruce Franklin Thompson

Bruce Franklin Thompson, 86, passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. He was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the late John and Eva Cusick Thompson. He retired from Frances Brewster Clothing Company in Palm Beach, Fla., before moving to Highlands were he loved to paint and enjoy mountain life.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ardise Jane Thompson of the home; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Highlands Assembly of God with the Rev. Forest Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Highlands Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Thompson family.



Dorothy Mae McComas Hein

Dorothy Mae McComas Hein, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

Born in Huntington, West Va., she was the daughter of the late Ernest McComas and Edith Barber McComas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Hein. She was a loving mother, enjoyed sweets and was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by one son, Jerry Hein (Amie) of Franklin; daughter, Charlotte Grosnickle (Norman) of Sparta, Ky.; two granddaughters, Mandi Hein and Angela Grosnickle and four great grandchildren, Logan, Liberty, Dustin and Cam.

No services are planned.

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.



Jeanne Fisher

Jeanne Fisher, 88, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Ellwood Kalbach and Carol Rowley Kalbach. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Otto Garden Club.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jack Fisher; three children, Juliet Fisher of Cullowhee, N.C., Jack Fisher Jr. of Otto, and Julie Gros of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Bob Laws of Texas and one granddaughter, Olivia Gros.

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



Michael John BlauerMichael John Blauer

Michael John Blauer passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Dec. 16, 2015, at his home in Highlands, NC.

He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 8, 1952, to the late John and Laura Blauer. He graduated from Wolfson High School in 1970. He spent a quarter of a century as a bookstore owner in Jacksonville and became an expert in old, rare, and out of print books. About 15 years ago he moved to Highlands and lived there happily until his death. He had many friends in both Jacksonville and North Carolina. He worked as a caretaker for many people in the Highlands area. He was extremely honest, dependable, and trustworthy, and he was highly skilled - he could fix anything.

He is survived by three siblings and their spouses, Connie and Richard Holzinger, Kay and Sergio Lopez, Robert Blauer and Cindy Adkinson. He was the uncle or great-uncle of 10.

Arrangements were made by Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, N.C. The family will conduct a grave side service in early 2016, in Melrose, Fla. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Brian Arthur JenningsBrian Arthur Jennings

Brian Arthur Jennings, 39, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Josephine Shepherd Jennings and the late Paul Jennings. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Scott and Eric. He was a graduate of WCU and received his Master’s from The University of Southern Mississippi. He was a teacher for Macon County Schools for many years. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus, Saint Michael's Council 8363 for 16 years; Blue Ridge Public Safety; and Cowee Volunteer Department and EMT. He was a loving precious son, father and friend to all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Isaac Jennings and Aaron Jennings; sister, Darci Fee of Portland, Ore.; brother, Mark Jennings of Portland, Ore.; two nieces, Taylor Johnson and Kasey Johnson and his ex-wife, Edith Jennings.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Knights of Columbus, Great Smoky Mountain Assembly #3001, will serve as Honor Guards.

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



Robert Newton BiddleRobert Newton Biddle

Robert Newton Biddle, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of the late Roy and Lucy Williams Biddle. He was a graphic designer for Daniels Graphics in Asheville and liked to sketch art. He also did yard work and landscaping and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by two nephews, Andy Biddle of Ft. Myers, Fla., and McCallie Biddle (Kristin) of Dallas, Ga.; three great nieces, Samantha Biddle, Savannah Biddle and Morganne Biddle; two great nephews, Jakob Biddle and Hutson Biddle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Biddle Jr.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Biddle family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Sam Dwight Parrish

Sam Dwight Parrish, 61, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Max Parrish and Ruth Perteet Parrish. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked as a civil engineer. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his cattle and working on the farm.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lisa Parker Parrish; daughter, Emma Ruth Odell and husband, Jesse; grandson, Samuel Parrish Odell; a brother Charles Parrish of Otto and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 (samaritanspurse.org), or a cancer charity of one’s choice.

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



Wilda Virginia Albright Dick

Wilda Virginia Albright Dick, 95, of Highlands, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. She was born Aug. 27, 1920, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was the daughter of John and Mildred Albright and was raised in the Pittsburgh area, and attended school there. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Geyer (Skee) Dick; son, Howard J. Dick; and sister, Edith Albright Bottles.

She lived in New York and Florida, primarily Eustis, Mt. Dora, and Amelia Island. She enjoyed many years in Highlands with her Wildcat Cliff friends, playing golf and bridge over the years. She was a P.E.O.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (George) Elam, of Wilmington, N.C.; son, John (Janice) Dick of Rio Rancho, N.M.; four grandsons, Stuart Wells (Marisa) Chattanooga, Tenn., Matthew Elam (Maggie) Wilmington, N.C., Michael Dick, Rio Rancho, N.M., Geoffrey Dick Cambridge, England, and great granddaughter, Olivia Elam.

Memorials in her honor may be made to Chestnut Hill or the Highlands-Cashiers Humane Society.

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



Willard Norris BerditWillard Norris Berdit

Willard Norris Berdit, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.

Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Charles Berdit and Fay Hindin Berdit. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Berdit. He was member of the U.S. Army 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) during WWII. He worked as a real estate developer and businessman and enjoyed playing poker with his friends. He moved to Franklin in 1978 from South Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jacqueline Clayton; four children, Fay Gregory, Ruth Jones, Phil Berdit and Charles Berdet; two step children, Wendy L. Hildebran and Jason S. Mann; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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



Lester Thomas Stinson

Lester Thomas “Tommy” Stinson, 67, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, in Lancaster, S.C.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Maiden’s Chapel United Methodist Church.




David Walter Snell

David Walter Snell, 63, of Robbinsville, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

Born in Savannah, Ga., and raised in Panama City, Fla., he was the son of the late Frederick F. Snell and Muriel R. Brendemuhl Snell. He graduated from Berry Academy High School in Newberry, S.C., and went on to receive an Associate's degree from the College of Central Florida. He worked at Caterpillar for 16 years. He was an Eagle Scout and received the Boy Scout's Order of the Arrow and was protestant by faith.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Joan Sluder of Robbinsville; her daughters, Janet Crisp and Peggy (Alan) Carver; her brother, Johnny Sluder; her grandchildren, JT Grindstaff, Heather Farley and Kayla Farley Orr; and her great grandchild, "Pap's little buddy," Zoe Beasley. He is also survived by one brother, Fred C. Snell of Franklin; one sister, Linda Rahija and husband Rick of Collierville, Tenn., and one nephew, Bryan Rahija of Brooklyn, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor John Brunner of Resurrection Lutheran Church will officiate. Interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 38 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734, Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, 851 Lake Emory Rd., Franklin, NC, 28734, or Graham County Fire Department.

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



Louise Wooten LequireLouise Wooten Lequire

Louise Wooten Lequire, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Benjamin Wooten and Myrtle Sorrells Wooten. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Harley” Lequire and one sister, Mildred Rosanne Saunders. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a member of Central Baptist Church.

She is survived by three children, Donnie Lequire and wife Pam, Wanda Corbin and husband Pinkney, all of Franklin, and Mike Lequire and wife Debbie of Severville, Tenn.; one brother, Rev. William Wooten of Franklin; two sisters, Margie Lequire and Virginia Sanders, both of Franklin; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCoy officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

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



Warren Robert Potter

Warren Robert Potter, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

Born in New York City, N.Y., he was the son of the late Churchill Potter and Emma Spies DeWaard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Craig V. Potter; daughter, Marilyn Frances Potter and a brother, Charles W. Potter. He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran and retired from General Electric. He was a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No.145, Shriners, Marine Corp League; Amateur Radio Club, Civil Air Patrol and Elks Lodge BPOE 2040, Cobleskill, NY.

He is survived by his wife, Carron D. Potter; son, Kurt B. Potter of Middleburg, N.Y.; daughter, Dawn Potter Hastie of Burke, Va.; three grandchildren, Andrew Hastie and wife Shakira; Faith Hastie and Paige Hastie; two great grandchildren, Makenzie Reign and Brandon Henry.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145 and Smoky Mountain Marine Corp League.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172 or National Rifle Association (NRA), PO Box 420648, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0648.

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



Mary Henson CagleMary Henson Cagle

Mary Henson Cagle, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Virginia Fuller Henson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Garrison.

She was employed as an inspector for Burlington Industries, Belden Electric Cord and owned and operated a home based beauty salon. She was a member of Newfound Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by two daughters, June G. Inman (James) of Ellijay, Ga., and Jewel G. Parker of Otto; one son, Henry Bruce Garrison (Margie) of Franklin; grandchildren, Shaun Parker (Crystal), Phylliss Smith, "Bo" Garrison Jr. (Ashley), John Herschel Garrison (Phylliss), Rebecca Bradley (Jeff) and Mark Wells (Donna) and great grandchildren, Jordan Wells, Savannah Parker, Kandice Parker, Cassidy Parker, Lance Parker, Johnnie Garrison, John Garrison Jr., Bug Smith, Jediah Stanfield, Estella Bradley, Andrew Garrison, and Ayden Garrison.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Garrison; a son, John David Garrison and a granddaughter, Jody Smith; five sisters, Bessie Swanson, Bernice Waldroup, Flora Henson, Ann Allen and Clara Gregory and three brothers, J.B. Henson, Charles Henson and Claude Henson.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 7, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Alan Waters officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shaun Parker, Bo Garrison, John Garrison, Mark Wells, Jeff Stanfield, Bug Smith, Steve Keener and Billy Sprinkle.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Cagle family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Cleamon Levon MoffittCleamon Levon Moffitt

Cleamon Levon Moffitt, 64, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Finley Josiah Moffitt and Vylena McCall Moffitt. He was a self-employed contractor and a member of Cashiers Church of God.

He is survived by one daughter, Laura Dodson and her husband, Jeremy of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sons, Tinker Moffitt of Walhalla, S.C., Shawn Moffitt and his wife, Vicki of Jacksonville, Fla., and Cliff Moffitt and his wife Tracey of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Willean Stiwinter and her husband Jim of Cullowhee, N.C.; a brother, Marvin Moffitt and his wife Judy of Cullowhee, N.C; four grandchildren, Cherub Dodson, Merada Carson Moffitt, Megan Moffitt and Zoe Dodson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepdad, James Sharpe; sisters, Irene Hughey, Mattie Moffitt and Azilea Fugate; and brothers, Junior Moffitt and Eugene Moffitt.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Cashiers Church of God with Rev. Benji Collins, Rev. Delbert McCall and Rev. Shane Silvers officiating. Burial will be in the Upper Zachary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tinker Moffitt, Shawn Moffitt, Cliff Moffitt, Jim Stiwinter, Jamie Stiwinter, Tracy Fugate and Jeremy Dodson.

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




Hattie Lorena Slagle ShopeHattie Lorena Slagle Shope

Hattie Lorena Slagle Shope, 102, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at her residence. She was born July 27, 1913, in Macon County to the late A.B. Slagle and Adelaide Slagle. She was the widow of the late Jess Edgar Shope who preceded her. She was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, and was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Edgar "Bud" Shope of Franklin, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Angela Dawn Shope; three sisters, Elizabeth Patton, Ruth Ross, and Virginia Butler; and a brother, Charles Slagle.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Susan German officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service.

Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Shope family.



Leo M. Owens

Leo M. Owens, 59, of Hollywood, Fla., was called home by Our Lord on Dec. 3, 2015, after a brief illness.

He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy R. Barton; wife, Eleanor Owens; daughter, Monica Owens; sisters, Laura Owens and Terri Fortier.

He is survived by his mother, Dianne Barton; sister, Debi Varner; brother, Larry Owens, all of Franklin, N.C.; his daughters, Janet Saunders, Eva Mondragon Wright, and Faye Mancini; and six grandchildren, Janelle Lewis, Jasmine Lewis, Austin Ortiz, Alex Mancini, Elizabeth Mondragon, and Santos Mondragon.

May he find peace in the loving arms of God.



Michael Ray HollandMichael Ray Holland

Michael Ray Holland, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

Born in Hendersonville, N.C., he was the son of Pearl Angel Holland and the late V.L. Holland. He was a U.S. Army veteran; member of Emmanuel Baptist Church; was self- employed as appliance repairman and was a minister of the gospel.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Casey Holland of Franklin; sister, Bonnie Manogue of Franklin; three half sisters, Helen Newton and Edna Staton both of Hendersonville and Jeannie Rhodes of Everglade City, Fla.; three half brothers, Bill Parris of Brevard, Tony Rhodes of Everglade City, Fla. and Tom West of Horse Shoe, N.C.; nephew, Gary Gibson; several nieces and nephews and he was expecting his first granddaughter, Callie.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 13, at Grace Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Mike Chastain officiated. Burial was in the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Gibson, R.L. Gibson, Rocky Gibson, Reggie Brown, Chandler Sanders and Cody McClure.

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



Nicole Rose Meher

Nicole Rose Meher, 48, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Nicholas DiElmo and Catherine Williston DiElmo. She was a member of First Christian Church and was a former member of the Burningtown Fire Department.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Michael Meher; two sons, Michael L. Meher Jr. and Nicholas Robert Meher both of Franklin; two sisters, Dee DiElmo and Tina Francescutti and husband David, all of Franklin; one granddaughter, Serenity Rose Meher and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Joseph William FennellJoseph William Fennell

Joseph William Fennell, 76, of Tequesta, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Joseph L. Fennell and Margaret B. Fennell. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, first with the Seabees and then on a submarine, the USS Sea Poacher. His love of the water and boats led him to establish Liberty Yachts in 1976 and to design and build ocean-going sailboats and sport fishermen for 25 years. He was a lover of nature and was happiest when he was in the woods or canoeing down a river.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Elizabeth F. Young and husband Bo Young, Katherine F. Cullen and husband Brian Cullen, and Christine F. Stange and husband D.J. Stange; brother, Lee C. Fennell and wife Elizabeth Fennell and their four children.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the University of Florida Opportunity Scholars at http://fos.ufsa.ufl.edu/.

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



Hazel Irene Henry BrewerHazel Irene Henry Brewer

Hazel Irene Henry Brewer, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

Born in Highlands, N.C,. she was the daughter of the late James Henry and Dena Ramey Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Eugene Brewer; one brother, June Henry and three sisters, Louise Keener, Patsy Hedden and Edith Patton. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, crafting and loved watching the Tarheels. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren and especially enjoyed hunting “rollie pollies” with her great grandson, Cooper. She was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

She is survived by five children, Freda Owens and husband Gene of Franklin, Shelby Rhodes and husband Richard of Mobile, Ala., Kenneth Brewer and wife Peggy of Franklin, Rick Brewer and wife Sherry of Franklin and Rochelle Reed and husband Donald of Monroe, Ga.; one brother, Frankie Henry of Sparta, Ga.; one sister, Nancy Harkins of Knoxville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Meagan, Melissa, Billy, Everett, Chris, Justin, Jake, Jeb and Chelsea and 11 great grandchildren, Cooper, Madelaine, Sophie, Blake, Gracie, Sydney, Kyleah, Aubrie, Reese, Falon and Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Sugarfork Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers, Ashely Owens and Jake Brewer officiating.

Pallbearers were Gene Owens, Donald Reed, Michael Keener, Jake Brewer, Jeb Brewer and Chris Brewer.

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



Richard Hayes SandersonRichard Hayes Sanderson

Richard Hayes Sanderson, 85, Franklin, N.C., formerly of Emporium, Pa., and North Stratford, N.H., passed away at home on Dec. 10, 2015.

Born in Lyndonville, Vt., on Dec. 3, 1930, he was the son of Daniel Pierce Sanderson and Queenie Libby Sanderson. He grew up working on his family’s farm and later served in the Vermont National Guard. He built his professional life in the fields of accounting and real estate.

He enjoyed singing and playing guitar. Family gatherings included his music and sing-a-longs. While in Emporium, he always looked forward to performing at Aroma Café’s open-mic night. He continued to enjoy singing and strumming throughout his life.

He loved flying. He earned his private and commercial pilot’s licenses, and enjoyed sharing his interest in flying with those he met. At Emporium’s Keystone Airport, he found lasting friendships with others. His work was vital to the life of Emporium’s Keystone Airport but despite years of effort by him and others to prevent its closing, Emporium’s airport was permanently closed. When he flew his plane from the closed airport to its new home in St. Mary’s, his was the last flight to take off from that field. He continued to enjoy sharing stories and talking about flying until his death.

He loved his family, especially his “wifey,” Lorraine. Together since their teens, she was the greatest blessing and love in his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years and his three daughters and their husbands, Carol and Chuck Shelton of Franklin, Patti and Loren Plisco of Woodstock, Ga., and Cheri and Doug Crotty of Cornelius, N.C.; three grandchildren and their spouses; Justin (Kristy), Drew (Mary), and Heather (Matt) and great-granddaughter, Laura. He was predeceased by all of his siblings, Dorreen Devenger, Correen Sanderson, Daniel Sanderson, Darlene Clark, and David Sanderson.

He was a member of Morrison Presbyterian Church in Franklin where his life will be celebrated during a memorial service on Jan. 16, 2016, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Angel Home Care and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC, 28734.

We are so grateful for the many years we had with the man we call husband, Dad, and PopPop. We are truly blessed that we were loved by him.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Sanderson family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.



Diane Helen ChapmanDiane Helen Chapman

Diane Helen Chapman, 59, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Asheville, N.C.

She was born March 4, 1956, in Birmingham, Vt. She worked as a CNA for many years.

Survivors include her mother, Kate (Kittie) Tayes of Summerfield, Fla.; a son, Ellis Chapman and his wife, Ellen Chapman of Bermerton, Wash.; a granddaughter, Ellie Chapman; a daughter, Angelina Chapman and her husband, Colby Potter of Franklin, N.C.; four siblings, Eileen Hoepfinger, Sterling Chapman, Richard Chapman, and Glenn Chapman and eight nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Chapman family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Bob CrumleyBob Crumley

Bob Crumley, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

Born in Lake County, Florida, he was the son of the late Beda Crumley and Agnes Ophelia Mulican Crumley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Gail Lynn Crumley Barley and a son, Russell Douglas Crumley. He was a naval carrier pilot and aviator for the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII and the Korean conflict; he had a great love for his country. He later owned and operated his own insurance agency, Crumley & Associates. He was a dedicated mission worker, traveling to China, Cuba and the Philippines; a member of First Alliance Church in Franklin and his main goal in life was to always give glory to God.

He is survived by his wife 32 years, Diane Burton Crumley; three children, Roxane Stiles and husband Dennis of Sylva, N.C., Beth Phillips and husband Tim of Florida and Rod Gochnauer and wife Stephanie of South Carolina; one sister, Dorothy Crumley Young of Florida; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren and a number of extended family.

A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 14, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

The family wishes to thank the local Franklin VA Community Clinic, the Asheville VA Hospital and the N.C. State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, for their outstanding service.

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



Catherine Yacuk

Catherine Yacuk, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Born in Weri, Lippe, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Peter Yacuk and Priska Esaenko Yacuk. She was a retired legal secretary.

She is survived by two daughters, April Duckworth and Tasha Burgess and brother, Tom Yacuk.

No services are planned.

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



Joshua Caleb NixonJoshua Caleb Nixon

Joshua Caleb Nixon, 18, of Otto, N.C., went to be with the Lord Jesus on Dec. 11, 2015. He is survived by his parents Michael and Robin Giaimo, and sisters, Melody Rochford and Jessica Haavisto. He was especially close to his cousins, Clay and Analeigh. He leaves behind many extended family members.

He attended Trinity Assembly of God in Franklin. He was active in youth group and had been a Royal Ranger. He was a volunteer for the Appalachian Animal Rescue and Macon TRACS. He loved his pet cat Onikisu. He was an avid reader and was often seen at the Macon County Library.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Assembly of God, in Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Macon TRACS: PO box 101, Otto NC 28763. www.macontracs.org.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Nixon Family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




Ina Pauline Hedden CarpenterIna Pauline Hedden Carpenter

Ina Pauline Hedden Carpenter, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Hedden and Ruie Woods Hedden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Carpenter, and 13 brothers and sisters. She was a member of Franklin Church of God.

She is survived by two stepchildren, Joyce Sanders and husband Derrell of Franklin and Gary Dean Carpenter and wife Laurie of Lula, Ga.; one sister, Allie Gibson; three grandchildren, Darren Sanders, Ashely Wiley and Andy Carpenter; two great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in Strain Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Hedden, Kim Hedden, Randy Hedden, Darren Sanders, Andy Carpenter and Marshall Woods. Honorary Pallbearers were James Hedden and Gary Carpenter.

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



Lucille Mary ErbLucille Mary Erb

Lucille Mary Erb, 85, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Born in Allentown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Bennett A. and Margaret Witman Melcher. She served as secretary for the city of Boca Raton; was a member of Smoky Mountain Quilters and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Casper Erb; two daughters, Cynthia Little of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Nadine Cushen (Robert) of Marietta, Ga.; one son, Timothy Erb of Catawba, N.C.; one brother, Leon C. Melcher and six grandchildren, Jason Abbott, Darren Little, Tyler S. Erb, Robert C. Cushen Jr., Shannon Little and Kathryn Cushen.

She was preceded in death by a brother, George W. Melcher.

A funeral mass was held Monday, Nov. 30, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Erb family. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Ralph William deVilleRalph William deVille

Ralph William deVille, 84, of Highlands, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.

Born in Miami and graduated from Miami High, he received his Master’s in Ceramic Engineering from Ohio State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He served in the United States Air Force, and while on leave, he traveled to Japan. It was on this visit that he fell in love with the culture and the art of Japan.

After his parents had established a summer home in Highlands, he decided the mountains would be perfect for his future business and family, and he moved to Highlands in early 1960. He opened the Stone Lantern, a store specializing in Asian art, on July 4, 1960, marrying Lynn that fall after establishing the business. The store became a fixture of Highlands Main Street, as he traveled the globe almost every winter, going to destinations such as India, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Holland, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and Korea.

For Ralph deVille, the Stone Lantern was more than a business. The store was an ongoing work of art where he found tremendous joy in the arrangement of displays to share beauty found in exquisite craftsmanship, as well as in nature. He loved his customers, writing more than 300 postcards each year during his annual pilgrimage to the Far East. His customers were all part of one tremendous, extended family, and for more than five decades, he cherished bringing joy to this family on an individual basis. He delighted in finding special treasures that would complement a specific customer’s collection of fine art and took great pride in designing custom jewelry for individual customers to be crafted in Hong Kong and Thailand.

The Stone Lantern hosted Asian Art and Ikebana Festivals for several summers bringing in internationally-renowned talent to share their knowledge of Far Eastern art and the joy of Japanese flower arranging. A devout lover of nature, he created several flower arrangements each day, and there were always more than 20 handcrafted arrangements on display throughout the store with flowers being imported from all over the world.

He served on the Highlands Chamber of Commerce Board, the Highlands Hospital Board, and was a charter member of the Town of Highlands Tree Board that sought to restore and protect downtown flora. He found great joy in making a life, home, and family with his wife Lynn. He lived a philosophy of “follow your heart” and instilled that passion with the greatest of love in his children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Add Ebrum Deville and Etta Josephine Deville, of Miami, and his brother, Richard Lee Deville, of Coral Gables.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Marilyn Swerking deVille, and his brother, Philip Ray Deville, of Miami; three children, John David deVille, Anne Elise deVille, and Susan Leigh deVille; a son-in-law who was like a son, James Kenneth Rogers; and by three grandchildren, Adam deVille Schiffli, Nadya Elise Rogers, and David William Rogers, all of Macon County.

All services will be private, and the family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made either to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund at PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741, or to the Literacy Council of Highlands at PO Box 2320.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the deVille family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Cleta Belle Tallent LedfordCleta Belle Tallent Ledford

Cleta Belle Tallent Ledford, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Pallie Tallent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Ledford, who died in 1982.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose interests included reading, cooking, flowers and gardening. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church where she was a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class and was active in the Joy Group.

She is survived by a daughter, Gail Blackburn of Franklin; a son, Charles Ledford of Franklin; grandchildren, Amber Breedlove (Kevin) and Courtney Blackburn all of Franklin; one great grandchild, Tucker Lee Breedlove of Franklin; a sister, Grace Greene of Franklin and a brother, Herschel Tallent of Garner, N.C. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew McKendree; a brother, Roger Tallent and a sister, Joyce Holland.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. at Longview Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Nahlen and Rev. Billy Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Breedlove, Darian Greene, Joe Ballew, Lenny Perinow, Jack Mann and Frank Cabe. Tucker Lee Breedlove will serve as honorary pallbearer.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m., prior to the service, at the church.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Ledford family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



James William Callahan

James William Callahan, 79, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Franklin. He was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Guilford County, N.C., to the late James Tyson and Alcie M. Britt Callahan. He graduated from Jamestown High School class of 1954 and he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Carolina University, graduating in 1958. He was a retired elementary school teacher having taught at Madie Ives Elementary School in N. Miami, Fla. He was an avid antique collector and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his daughters, Cindy Renee Callahan of Franklin; and Jamie Lin Callahan of Tacoma, Wash.; three grandchildren, Seth Callahan Penland (Katie) of Flowery Branch, Ga., Patrick Cole Penland of Gainesville, Ga., and August Parker Penland of Franklin; and two brothers, Robert T. Callahan (Angela) of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Donald W. Callahan (Sue) of High Point, N.C.

The family thanks Grandview Manor Care Center and Life Path Hospice for the loving care of Grandpa Jim.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Guilford Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Greensboro, N.C. Burial followed in the cemetery there at Guilford Memorial Park.

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

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Callahan family. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Roy R. Guest Sr.Roy R. Guest Sr.

Roy R. Guest, Sr., 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James William Guest and Fannie Kinsland Guest. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Wilmer Guest, Wiley Guest, Warren Guest and Claude Guest. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII and the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge #145, former member of VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108, he loved to garden and enjoyed ginseng hunting. He was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Jean Brendle Guest; two children, Roger Guest and wife Barbara and Rhonda Guest Blanton and husband Rick both of Franklin; sister, Margaret Street of Collinsville, Ala.; two grandchildren, Russell Joel Blanton and wife Kristi and Seth Aaron Guest and wife Heather both of Franklin, and three great granddaughters, Addie and Averie Guest and Natalie Blanton. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 30, at Watauga Baptist Church. Rev. Wesley Price, Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Davis Hooper will officiate with Junaluskee Lodge #145, VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 performing military rites. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mick Mason, Jerry Elders, Ben West, Gerald Fouts, Roger Sanders and Ernie Brendle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744; Franklin High School Athletic Booster Club, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin, NC 28734; or the Veterans Memorial of Macon County, C/O American Legion, PO Box 474, Franklin, NC 28744 (www.veteransmemorialmaconcounty.org)

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



Joseph F. Petito

Joseph F. Petito, 83, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. He was a resident of Grandview Assisted Living in Franklin, N.C. He was born in Riverside, N.J., on May 23, 1932, to the late Michael John Petito and the late Marie Elizabeth DeAngelo Petito.

After serving three years with the National Guard of N.J., he was honorably discharged in July 1953. The Petito family moved to South Florida in 1953. He was an avid bowler at the Crossway Airport Lanes in Miami and at the Fair Lanes in Davie, Fla. He was co-founder of Boy Scout Troop #529, sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church, where he faithfully served as Assistant Scoutmaster for 10 years. His selfless dedication to Scouting ideals, earned him a very proud honor, The Silver Beaver Award. While a member of the Trinity Church Assembly of God in Northwest Miami, he participated in many activities, especially the collection of money, food and clothing for the needy. He was an active member of the Elks of South Miami and Pompano Beach, Fla., and also participated in the South Florida Senior Games in 1996 and 1997. He was employed by the City of Miami for 24 years and retired in February 1990. After living in Gainesville, Ga., for five years, he moved to Franklin, N.C., to be close to his brother, Mike.

He is survived by his brother, Mike Petito and sister-in-law, Pamela Petito of Franklin ; his nephews, Tate Petito of Acworth, Ga., and Doug Petito and Paul Petito, both of South Florida; four great nephews, a great niece, a great great niece; an aunt and uncle in New Jersey and an aunt in Florida. He will always be remembered as a very caring, loyal friend, being a devout Christian who always prayed for family and all who came in contact with him.

A private service will take place early next year when family members and friends will come together.

Crawford-Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton, N.C., is honored to be caring for the Petito family.



Minnie Elizabeth Ramey WilsonMinnie Elizabeth Ramey Wilson

Minnie Elizabeth Ramey Wilson, 84, of Tiger, Ga., passed away Nov. 29, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 4, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Adolphus M. Ramey and Minnie M. Watts Ramey. She was the loving wife of the late James A. Wilson.

She was preceded in death by one son, James A. “Jimmy” Wilson Jr.; three grandsons, Gerry Quinton Smith II, Daniel Brad Garland, Glen White; two sons-inlaw, Odis Martin, Dale Watkins; three brothers, Myles Watts, Jerry Ramey, Albert Ramey; four sisters, Deles Tyler, Ruby Callenback, Ada Crone, and Ella Mae Carpenter.

She is survived by two sons, Allen and wife Wanda Wilson, Terrell Wilson both of Tiger, Ga.,; four daughters, Linda Martin, of Eastanollee, Ga., Brenda Garland of of Clayton, Ga., Wanda and Gary Smith of Clayton, Ga., Sherry Watkins of Tiger, Ga.; her special little companion, Bobby Booter Ramey; two grandsons, Dwight Wilson, Douglas Wilson; seven granddaughters, Rachel Wilson, Rebecca Scott, Denise Martin, Angela White, Jamie Brock, Mianda Simmons, Jessica Smith; Great-grandchildren Angel McCurry, Kayla Erbach, Amber Jewel, Jason Jewell, Tiffany White, Madison Brock, Jacob Brock, Sydney Garland, Ashton Simmons, Andon Simmons, Cadence Simmons; one brother, A.M. Ramey Jr. of Baldwin, Ga.; two brothers-in-law, Robert Wilson (Alice) of Tiger, Ga., Harris Free of Tiger, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Mae Moon of Greensboro, Ga., Glenda (Ed) Hefner of Mt. Airy, Ga.

First of all, she loved her God and Jesus Christ. She read her favorite book, the Bible, faithfully. She always loved being surrounded by her family and friends. She retired from Clayburne Manufacturing. She later worked at Stonebrook Inn for the late Warren Beck. She spoke with so much fondness of Sam working with her and having so much fun as a young boy. He deeply touched her heart by being so kind to her. “Mama” never asked for anything but gave everything. She will be greatly missed.

A funeral service was held Wednesday Dec. 2, in the Chapel of Beck Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Cochran and Terrell Wilson Officiating. Burial followed in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Beck Funeral Home in Clayton, Ga., was in charge of arrangments. An online memorial register book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.



Alfred James TurgeonAlfred James Turgeon

Alfred James Turgeon, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

Born in Providence, R.I., he was the last surviving child of 16 to the late Samuel H. and Marie R. Turgeon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Florence May Turgeon who died July 11, 2015, and daughter, Ruth Turgeon. He worked for more than 40 years in commercial printing. He enjoyed playing the guitar, keyboard and piano; music was his love. He was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Toccoa, Ga., and attended Franklin Church of God in Franklin.

He is survived by four children, Diane Shaw of Statesville, N.C., David Turgeon and wife Barbara of Gulfport, Miss., Deborah Hastings and husband Sam of Franklin and Cynthia Patrick and husband Alan of Toccoa, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 28, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. David Hastings and Rev. Michael Stephens officiated. Burial was in the Toccoa City Cemetery in Toccoa, Ga.

Pallbearers were Scott Turgeon, Mike Turgeon, Tony Turgeon, Michael Turgeon, Daniel Scott, Dave Turgeon and Brian Shaw.

Memorial donations can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131(Parkinson.org) or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

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


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