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Snow Days

As snow blanketed Macon County Monday night, residents woke up to find a winter wonderland.

Macon County News readers from across the county took to Facebook to share photos of their views throughout the morning.

While Monday night’s event brought 3-4 inches to the county, another storm expected overnight on Wednesday is predicted to see totals that could reach double digits.

 

 

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Franklin aldermen grant license agreement to The Bowery for sidewalk on town property

On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.

Lumpkin Base Camp undergoes transformation

Macon’s best kept secret will soon be serving region’s youth again

For nearly a decade, an adventure camp stowed away in Tessentee in the southern part of Macon County went untouched. Bunk houses were beginning to crumble, the camp's fire ring was swallowed by poison ivy, and a high ropes course built in the ’70s blended in with native pines. What was once a destination for Boy and Girl Scout troops from across the region, had quickly tumbled into an overgrown wasteland with just a few years of neglect.

But all that has changed, and Macon County is well on its way to once again being home to one of western North Carolina's best kept secrets, a prime adventure camp abundant in natural resources.

Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. one step closer to opening its doors

Last week Porter Street was temporarily blocked as 11 new tanks were delivered to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., bringing the new business one step closer to opening its doors.

After having the 11 tanks custom-made for the brewery, they were delivered and set up in the warehouse in the back of Franklin's old town hall last week. Noah McIntee, head brewer for Franklin's first brewery, said with the addition of the tanks, just one more piece of the puzzle is needed to begin brewing exceptional craft beer.

"These 11 tanks put us a little closer to where we need to be to get the doors open and the beer flowing," said McIntee.

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Deaths & Funerals



Margaret Bernice DriscollMargaret Bernice Driscoll

Margaret Bernice Driscoll, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 20, at her home.

She was born and raised in Chicago and Indianapolis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Patrick Driscoll; two brothers and one sister. She belonged to a Bunco Club and was a devout member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She loved ceramics, painting, playing cards and Bunco. She truly had a love for arts and crafts. Her love of family and friends was unsurpassed. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She left behind two children, Earl “Butch” Driscoll of Titusville, Fla., and Beverly Driscoll of Franklin; three grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandson (Henry) and three “adopted” grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



James Lee ‘Bo’ KinslandJames Lee ‘Bo’ Kinsland

James Lee "Bo" Kinsland, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Annis McDowell Kinsland. He was plant manager for Blue Bell Industries and operated the Franklin water treatment plant for 10 years.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a dedicated member of Franklin First Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for 30 years and a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nora Jean Baldwin Kinsland; three sons, James Michael Kinsland, Gregg Kinsland and his wife Christie, and David Kinsland and his wife Amy, all of Franklin; and six grandchildren, Kyle, Alex, Corrie, Bo Michael, Talley and Siler Kinsland. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Baldwin Kinsland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Franklin First Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek and Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dan Cansler, Mark West, Matthew West, Johnny Waldroop, Adam Waldroop, Kyle Kinsland, Alex Kinsland and Billy Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

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



Stanley Alton HollandStanley Alton Holland

Stanley Alton Holland, 76, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Edward Alton Holland and Lillian Brown Holland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edwina King. He was a member of the Army National Guard; member of the Old Tractor and Engine Club; was a NASCAR fan and was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He retired from Florida Power and Light.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Thelma Holland; three children, Celia Branch of Otto, Connie Knoblauch and husband Jonathan of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Stanley Allen Holland of Homestead, Fla.; sister, Myra Appleby and husband Gene of Ligonier, Pa.; brother, David Holland of Chiefland, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

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



Catherine A. Mikash

Catherine A. Mikash, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Eckerd Living Center, Highlands, N.C. She was born June 27, 1923 in Beaverdale, Pa.

She was a retired manager of the Betty Lee dress shop at the Eastgate shopping center.

Survivors are her children, Catherine (Russell) Squire of Stratham, N.H., Cheryl (Richard) Penix of Franklin, Nicholas (Colleen) Mikash Jr. of Mentor, and Mary Lee (Peter) Poirier of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Mikoch of Mayfield Village and Ruby Zaremba of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Mikash; siblings, Steve, George, Barbara and Frank.

Funeral mass was held Friday at St. Paschal Baylon Church, Highland Hts., Ohio.

Interment was in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio. Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home, Mentor, Ohio, was in charge of the arrangements.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.



Dorothy ‘Irene’ Hull KeswickDorothy ‘Irene’ Hull Keswick

Dorothy “Irene” Hull Keswick, 84, of Franklin, N.C., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A native of St Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Clyde and Mary Dorothy Rosenthal Hull. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John Paul Keswick; one brother, David Hull; and one sister, Rosalie Hull Fischbeck. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith.

She is survived by one son, Steven Keswick of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Jean White of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lauren Keswick of Durham, N.C. She is also survived by one brother, Benjamin C. Hull of Goleta Calif.; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Tim Pounds officiated. A memorial service is planned on Saturday, May 16, times and location to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, PO Box 909, Asheville, North Carolina 28802.

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



Terri Parker Slavens

Terri Parker Slavens, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she was the daughter of Myrtle Branham Parker and the late Martin Parker Jr. She owned and operated Children’s Discovery Center in Franklin and was known by many as Ms. Terri. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Parker Slavens and wife Ashton of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Cynthia Harrison of Franklin and Lynda Palmer of Live Oak, Fla.; five grandchildren, Evelyn, Landon, Gage, Blaine and Siler and several nieces and nephews.

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

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



John ‘Vance’ Stepp Jr.John ‘Vance’ Stepp Jr.

John “Vance” Stepp Jr., 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Born in Andrews, N.C., he was the son of the late John Vance Stepp Sr. and Esta Mae Bingham Stepp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Stepp and brother, Teddie Craig Stepp. He was an 18- year U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a C-130 Flight Line Mechanic. He was Christian by faith.

He is survived by daughter, Regina Cordova of Madison, Tenn.; son, Robert Stepp of Weolm, Wash.; sister, Elsie Hoxit and husband James of Sylva; two brothers, Jim Stepp and wife Katrina of Leicester, N.C., and Tom Stepp and wife Cami of Sheridan, Ariz.; three grandchildren; companion, Patty Unger of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Maynard will officiate. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will conduct military rites.

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

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

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




Thomas Roland Brooks

Thomas Roland Brooks (Tommy) 44, of New York City, N.Y., formerly of Highlands, N.C., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, Feb. 6.

He was the son of Larry Brooks of Franklin and the late Janice Bowman Brooks. He studied at UNC-Wilmington and Johnson and Wales in Charleston, S.C. He was, however, most gifted at design, and partnered in several businesses in this field. He had a special place in his heart for animals as well as donating his time and talent to various other charitable organizations. He was passionate, gifted, and kind. He will be greatly missed by his beloved family and friends fortunate enough to have been part of his life.

He leaves behind his father and stepmother Paula; brothers, Mark and Ross; step-sister, Melissa Chambers; step-brother Greg Worley; aunts, Debra Lamb, Stephanie Bowman and Ruth Sessions. We honor Thomas because of his spirit of encouraging the gifts that make each of us special, the eternal mystery and extraordinary beauty of the human heart.

A service will be held in Highlands at a later date. Donations may be made in his honor to one’s favorite charities, God’s Love We Deliver, htts://www.glwd.org/.

Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



Cathy Jo Wood

Cathy Jo Wood, 43, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Melvin Phillip Wood Sr. and wife, Doris Haggard and Mary Kay Moore and husband Robert.

She enjoyed writing poetry and liked to quilt. She was Baptist by faith.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmother, Martha King; daughter, Kirsty Elizabeth Ross of Franklin; brothers, Ray Wood and wife Dee of Franklin and Melvin Wood and wife Michelle of Sylva; step-brothers, Chris Haggard of Otto, and Brian and Jason Haggard both of Franklin; step-sister, Jessica Haggard Scruggs of Franklin; grandson, Hunter Dills and several nieces and nephews.

Private services were held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, http://www.aidshealth.org/#/donatetoahf.

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



Mamie Emma Lou Mathis BiddixMamie Emma Lou Mathis Biddix

Mamie Emma Lou Mathis Biddix, 66, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late William Anderson Mathis and Rebecca Magdalene Frizzell Mathis. She was married to David Lewis Biddix, who passed away in 1998. She was a member of Wayside Baptist Church, where she served as the activity and event coordinator, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She liked to sew and loved her God, she had worked as a seamstress for Buster Brown manufacturer of children’s clothing.

She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca Morrison and husband Peter of Sylva, N.C., Roberta Harcourt and husband Daniel of Boston, Mass., and Elizabeth Young and husband Michael of Waynesville, N.C.; two sisters, Hassie Nichols of Otto, N.C., and Nolita Angel of Franklin, N.C.; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 15, at Wayside Baptist Church in Sylva, with Pastor Lee Hill officiating.

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



Virginia Azilea Moffitt FugateVirginia Azilea Moffitt Fugate

Virginia Azilea Moffitt Fugate, 82, of Cashiers, N.C.,went to be with her Lord Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at a Gainesville, Ga., hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Finley and Vylena McCall Moffitt. She was married to William "Ned" Fugate who passed away in 2000. She was a homemaker, loving mother and grandmother. She was known as Azzie and was loved by all. She was a Charter Member of Cashiers Church of God and was a volunteer for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in the beauty shop. Her grandson Kaleb was the light of her life.

She is survived by her three sons, Terry Fugate, Kelvin Fugate and Tracy Fugate all of Cashiers; her sister, Willean Stiwinter of Cashiers; her brothers, Marvin Moffitt and Cleamon Moffitt of Cashiers,; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Irene Hughey and Mattie Moffitt and brothers, Junior Moffitt and Eugene Moffitt.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Cashiers Church of God with Rev. Joey Miller and Rev. Delbert McCall officiating. Pallbearers were Jamie Stiwinter, Leland Hughey, Cliff Moffitt, Wade Moffitt, Chris Moss and Michael Stiwinter. Burial will be held at Upper Zachary Cemetery.

Contributions in Azzie’s memory may be made to Cashiers Church of God, PO Box 231, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Jon H. McGarityJon H. McGarity

Jon H. McGarity of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Harris McGarity and Martha Jane McKinney.

He was with 3M Company for 32 years living in Miami, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, DC. He retired to Franklin. He traveled widely and was the Director of Government Affairs in Washington, DC for 3M's Occupational Health and Safety Products Division. Family came first with him, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a very active member of the St. John's Episcopal Church. He was also very active in his neighborhood and in the Franklin community at large. Jon and Marcia volunteered at CareNet for nine years where they spearheaded the Backpack program for children in need in Macon County.

He is survived by his wife, sidekick, co-dreamer and faithful companion of 57 years, Marcia Elizabeth Hitt McGarity. Their three children, Wendy Johnson and husband Peter of San Diego, Calif., Scott McGarity and wife Denise of Dallas, Texas, and Ann Harper and husband John of Ijamsvile, Md. His seven beloved grandchildren, Taylor Ann Johnson, Alexandra Elizabeth Johnson, Ryley Harper, McGarity Harper, Arianna McGarity, Jon Keegan McGarity, Declan Hoyt McGarity and several nieces and nephews. Also many wonderful friends who became family from all the places Jon and Marcia lived.

A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. Rev. Carl Southerland will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 542 St. John's Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Charles William DoeringCharles William Doering

Charles William Doering, 70, of Canton, NC, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Born in Union Beach, NJ, he was the son of the late Charles Doering and Teresa Harvey Doering. Charles was a tanker with the US Marine Corps, serving two tours in Vietnam and was the recipient of a Purple Heart and several other commendations. He was a member of the Marine Corps Tankers Association. After Charles and his wife Adele were married they moved from South Amboy, NJ to Macon County where they resided for over 17 years. He enjoyed traveling; especially to Revolutionary War and Civil War sites and volunteered with various organizations. He was a calm, quiet, honorable man and a true American hero.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Adele Spina Doering; son, Tony Sedlak of Franklin; sister, Carol Ann Dickens of St. Pete, FL; nephew, Charles Dickens of St. Pete, FL and several cousins in Wisconsin and New Jersey.

With respect to Charles’ wishes, no formal service will be held. An Open House will be held from 12-3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21st at Charles and Adele’s home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675, Macon Citizens Habilities, P.O. Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744 or the charity of your choice.

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




Ruby Lonis Shuler Nicholson

Ruby Lonis Shuler Nicholson, 79, of Sylva, N.C., passed to her heavenly home on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, after a long illness.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Shuler and Lucille Mathis Shuler. She was married to Charles Lyman Nicholson who passed away Sept. 5, 1996. She retired from Harris Regional Hospital, where she had worked in the dietary department. She had been among the first cooks at Mountain Trace Nursing Center when it first opened in Jackson County. She had also been a resident at Mountain Trace for the past few years. She enjoyed Bible reading and her doll collection. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church where she had held various other jobs in the church in previous years. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved all her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Nicholson and his wife Dottie, and David Nicholson and his wife Sheila; three grandchildren, Misty Colton, Crystal Smith and Brent Nicholson; and six great grandchildren; five sisters, Betty May, Martha Bishop, Virginia Ammons, Nellie Buchanan and Gladys Wood.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Baxter Nicholson, sister, Annie Pearl Shuler and a brother, Luther Shuler.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 30, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Ernie Jamison and Mike Moore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rod Colton, Katdim Smith, Brent Nicholson, Norman Nicholson, Bill Bishop and Brian Bishop.

Appalachian Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.



Gladys Waldroup Wilson

Gladys Waldroup Wilson, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Bernice Henson Waldroup. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pearson Andrew Wilson.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She had worked with WPA at Patterson Field during WWII and had worked as a seamstress for Van Raalte. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Clay County.

She is survived by one daughter Fushia Wilson of Franklin; three sons, Andy Wilson and wife Angela of Cleveland, Ga., Jerry Wilson and wife Jackye of Franklin, and Dick Wilson and wife Dawn of Waynesboro, Va.; two sisters, Virginia Cooper of Winder, Ga., and Alice Hilton of Sautee, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, Keshia, Jason, Darrin, Melissa, Daphne, Chasity, Douglas, Jill, Jamie, Joey, Danny and John; 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters Glenna Monkus and Merrill Monkus and five brothers, Harold, Brance, Roy, Coy and Horace Waldroup.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Crawford officiating. Burial was in Ledford’s Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randall Monroe, Joey Wilson, Killian Carpenter, Jason Carpenter, Darrin Carpenter and Tony Mingacci.

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



Velma Crisp Ervin

Velma Crisp Ervin, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Esther Teem Crisp. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John William Ervin, who died in 2010.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by two daughters, Renee Bell and Leann Menteer, both of Franklin; two sisters, Marie Pope and Lyn Wooten, both of Gastonia; two grandchildren, LaShonda Bell and Megan Menteer Schick; and three great grandchildren, Lakota K. Bell, Brett Bell and Erik William Schick.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 2, at Sugarfork Baptist Church with Rev. Vic Greene officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Schick, Eddie Fox, Jeff Pendergrass, Dewey Elliott Jr., Matthew Elliott and Jimmy Teem.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

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



Lolita Beulah Baldwin WestLolita Beulah Baldwin West

Lolita Beulah Baldwin West, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

A lifelong resident of Macon County, she was born in the Olive Hill Community on April 23, 1921, to the late W.E. “Gene” and Geneva Parrish Baldwin. She was a 1940 graduate of Franklin High School and a graduate of Western Carolina Teacher’s College. She taught in the Macon County School system for 26 years. She began her teaching career at Cowee School, then later at East Franklin, and finally at Cartoogechaye until her retirement in 1978. Following her retirement, she was an involved member in the N.C. Retired School Personnel.

She was an active member of Franklin First Baptist Church and the Naomi Sunday School class. She also served on the Flower Committee. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

She was a loving wife, mother, Memaw, sister and friend. She won the hearts of everyone who met her.

She was married for 56 years to the late James Norman West who preceded her in death on March 31, 2004. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruby B. Cansler; two brothers, Gus G. Baldwin and Ralph E. Baldwin; and an infant brother, Bruce Baldwin.

Surviving are her children, Mark B. West and wife Dale, and Carol W. Waldroop and husband Johnny; her sister, Nora Jean B. Kinsland and husband Bo; and her brother-in-law William V. “Bill” Cansler all of Franklin; grandchildren, Amanda W. LaRue and husband John Michael of Louisville, Ky., Matthew B. West and wife Anna of Raleigh, N.C., Adam L. Waldroop and wife Hillary, and Emily B. West, all of Franklin; two great grandsons, James Baldwin West and John Matthew West, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 1, at Franklin First Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Matthew West, Adam Waldroop, John Michael LaRue, Bob Cansler, Dan Cansler, David Kinsland, and Gregg Kinsland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Franklin First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Agnes Mary Lee Hampton LambAgnes Mary Lee Hampton Lamb

Agnes Mary Lee Hampton Lamb, 80, of Rabun Gap, Ga., passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. She was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Kimsey and Marie Campbell Hampton. She was married to Dean Lamb, who died in 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School teacher, choir member and helped with Vacation Bible School.

She is survived by two sons, Dwayne Lamb of Rabun Gap, Ga., and Tommy Lamb and his wife Kathy of Albertville, Ala.; one sister, Patsy Nicholson of Morganton, Ga.; two brothers, Wilse Hampton and his wife Mary, of Clayton, Ga., and Wade Hampton and his wife Margie of Resaca, Ga.; two grandchildren, Amberly Lamb of Charleston, S.C., and Benjamin Lamb of Ellijay, Ga.; step granddaughter, Chelsey Ledford of Arab, Ala. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Reba Hampton.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Carl Carpenter, Rev. Harvey Conner and Rev. Tommy Lamb officiating. Burial was in Newman Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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



George Edward Curtis

On Jan. 30, 2015, a story that began on Dec. 11, 1932, in Otto, N.C., came to an end. George Edward Curtis was a wonderful man. His was the story of the best father; husband, brother, son, and friend that anyone could ever have. It's the story of someone who never acted in anger and was always ready to forgive. He was a kind and loving man, and would befriend anyone willing to speak to him. In his journal he shares, "I did not lay claim to any fame. Just be a friend, and make a friend." He loved his country and served in the Air Force Special Weapons Squadron with the Strategic Air Command for four years where he was assigned to Morocco and Iceland. When his time there was finished, he devoted the rest of his life to serving God and taking care of his family.

Being a certified lay-speaker for Asbury Methodist Church and assisting in the Mountain Top Walk to Emmaus were dear to him. He also took these responsibilities seriously in his everyday life, whether cheering on kids at t-ball, coaching little league, or quietly reading spiritual literature in thoughtful self-reflection. This faith governed his duties as a supervisor, and his dedication to the employees at Burlington Mills, as evidenced by another quote in his journal, "I consider myself a Christian and everyone who worked for me in the workplace were treated accordingly."

He loved cars and racing (particularly in his young days), was a devout Duke fan, and spent years pursuing the study of his genealogy. His love of nature is evidenced by the plants in his beautiful yard, the spontaneous picnics in the mountains, his toiling in many summer gardens, and lately the winters he spent hand-carving animals. He writes, “I have seen most of the world, and I have never been anywhere else that took away my desire to return to these mountains... Nothing could be more relaxing than to sit out on the front porch in the evening and listen to a whippoorwill call out, These-ole-hills, These-ole-hills."

"I think of walking arm-in-arm with the Holy Spirit. This means no turning back, no running ahead, or lagging behind. God allows us to stumble and make mistakes and then he allows the Holy Spirit to rescue us. This is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no arguments, just understanding. If you understand, and show that you understand, you can love and live in harmony with others." These were not simply his words in his journal; they were words he lived by.

All of his family would be a testament to the man he was. He profoundly touched all of our lives and we are all the better because of him. This includes those who have gone on before him: his wife, Wilba Jean Jamison "Toots" Curtis (and her entire family whom he loved as his own family); his father, Prince Quarry Curtis and his mother, Cora Lee McCall Curtis; his brother, William Lennie Curtis and sister, Bernice Curtis Wood. Those of us left to mourn his absence are his brother, Byrom Keith Curtis; his sisters, Margie Ann Curtis and Mary Hazel Curtis Phillips; close family Linda Wood Williams, Brandon Williams, and Amanda Williams; his daughter-in-law, Kelley Vaughn Curtis and most of all I, his son, Dale Edward Curtis. I can never repay God for the blessing you have been to me, and my heart aches as never before at our loss of you. I love you and will forever miss you, Dad.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Kelly Dotson officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

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



Virginia ‘Gin’ Bryant McClureVirginia ‘Gin’ Bryant McClure

Virginia "Gin" Bryant McClure, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 26, 2015. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nannie Wilkes Bryant. She was a nurse for Dr. Furman Angel and a homemaker.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Due to her declining health she was unable to attend Olive Hill Gospel Chapel, but not a day went by that she didn’t read her Bible.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde McClure and son, Sidney Starnes Sr.; four sisters, Geneva Rowland, Ola Rowland, Lola Roper, Lois Roper; and two brothers, Ezell and Lee Bryant.

She is survived by four grandchildren, Sheila Welch and husband Doug, Sidney Starnes Jr., Ricky Starnes and Meghan, Jeffrey Starnes and wife Gina; six great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a sister, Emma Jean Swafford; a number of nieces and nephews; and Joann Fouts, mother of her grandchildren and caregiver for nine years.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 30, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Swafford and Rev. Mike Raby officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charlie Williamson, Sandy Swafford, Randall Fouts, Brandon Welch, Devin Starnes and Sidney Andrew Starnes.

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

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



Barbara Sue PassmoreBarbara Sue Passmore

Barbara Sue Passmore, 72, of Dillard, Ga., passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Andy and Hazel Justice Cope.

She was an active member of Betty’s Creek Baptist Church where over the years she taught Sunday School, played the piano, served as treasurer and supported the ladies Sunday School class and missions. She graduated from Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and was an active alumni. She was inducted into the RGNS basketball hall of fame. She had an avid interest in the history of this area and wrote a book detailing the history of the schools in Rabun Gap. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an important part of her community.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Judson Billy Passmore; two daughters, Sonya Cousineau and husband Troy, and Paula Ledford and husband Gene, all of Otto, N.C.; one brother, Jerry Cope and wife Becky of Dillard, Ga.; four grandchildren, Renee Whitmire, Maleah McConnell, Mariah Crow and Madison Cousineau; and one great grandchild, Adrian Greer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Betty’s Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Smith, Rev. Ronia Hunter and Rev. Everette Wilson. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff Foster, Jeb Justice, Clarence Redden, Troy Cousineau, Marty Cope and Hugh Justice.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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



Betty Lou SchwartzBetty Lou Schwartz

Betty Lou Schwartz, 89, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Jan. 14, 2015.

Born July 27, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Daniels of Miami, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; two sisters and one grandson. She resided in Franklin for many years before moving to Florida to live with her daughter, Carol. While living in Franklin, she was active at First United Methodist Church; Lions Club; Smoky Mountain Shrine Gems; Order of the Eastern Star, Nequassa Chapter 43 and Phi Omega Sorority and she was a member of the Angel Hospital volunteer auxiliary. She will be missed by a host of friends in Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Mumford of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren; seven great granddaughters; one greatgreat granddaughter; three nieces and one nephew.

Private services were held in Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Betty’s name to the following: Franklin Lions Club, First United Methodist Church, Smoky Mtn. Shriners, Order of the Eastern Star, Nequassa Chapter 43, hospital volunteer auxiliary or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Jimmy Allen EbarbJimmy Allen Ebarb

On Jan. 21, 2015, the world became a less colorful place with the passing of Jimmy Allen Ebarb, born Feb. 1, 1991. His accomplishments included walking from Oklahoma to Tennessee to attend his daughter’s first birthday party and overcoming a disability to work and do his best to become a productive member of society. He will be remembered for his outgoing nature. He never met a stranger. His creative speaking style, and his unique and often hilarious take on life and life’s happenings.

He is survived by his parents, Sammy and Cathy Ebarb; his siblings, Sammy Ebarb Jr, Jennifer Rogers, Staci Ebarb and twin Johnny Ebarb; his grandparents, Betty Flick and Jimmy Ebarb; the love of his life, Jennifer Bingham; but most importantly by his daughter, Ellica Opal Ebarb, whom he loved very much and who loved him very much in return. He was preceded in death by grandmother, Ann Davlin, and grandfather, Irvin Allen. He is also survived by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, and too many friends to count. He touched a lot of lives. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the New Hope Center, 123 W. Palmer St, Franklin, NC 28734 (828) 552-4976, or online; newhopecenternc.org.

Funeral services were held at The Father's House in Franklin on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Condolences to the family can be made at www.ashevillemortuaryservices.com.



Ruth Ritz McDivitt

Ruth Ritz McDivitt, 92, of Highlands, NC, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of the late Russell and Esletla E. Baldwin Levering. She was married first to Lloyd E. Ritz who died in 1977 and second to Andrew McDivitt, who died in 2000.

She was a homemaker and loved to play golf and bridge, she was a pink lady volunteer for several years at Middletown Hospital in Middletown, Ohio. She was a member of Browns Run Country Club in Middletown, Ohio, a member of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands, and a member of Highlands First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son Richard B. Ritz and his wife Sherri of Hendersonville, N.C. She was preceded in death by a son, David B. Ritz.

Graveside services will be held later in New York.

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



Fred B. AugustFred B. August

Fred B. August, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Feb. 1, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Samuel Joseph August and Hilma Hannah Rose August. He attended Emory University, was former owner of August Homes in Dillsboro and August Brothers Bakery in Miami, Fla. He also worked for two timeshare organizations; was a certified pistol instructor and gun enthusiast; motorcyclist and loved dogs and cats.

He is survived by his son, Sam of New Jersey; three daughters, Michele of New York, Allison of Massachusetts and Deborah of El Salvador; and his significant other for 10 years, Dr. Penny Brewster.

A memorial service was held at Macon Funeral Home. Rabbi Wolff Alterman officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Jackson County Humane Society, PO Box 298, Sylva, NC 28779 or Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Michael Wyatt Jolly

Michael Wyatt Jolly, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was the son of the late Milton M. Jolly and Gloria Greene Jolly. He has gone to join his beloved wife, Sarah Jean Bishop Jolly. He was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Jolly and husband, Brian Johnson of Orange Park, Fla., and two grandchildren, Sarah Grace Johnson and Marcus Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Mary Margaret McClintock

Mary Margaret McClintock, 70, of Franklin passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Anne O’Hern Lindsay. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Gary McClintock. She was a teacher at Roseburg High School and was an active participant and member of many civic organizations.

She is survived by a sister, Barbara Lindsay of Miami, Fla. and a brother, Dennis Patrick Lindsay of Miami, Fla.

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.




Laura Amy Maxine Brendle HesterLaura Amy Maxine Brendle Hester

Laura Amy Maxine Brendle Hester, 88, of Greenville, S.C., died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Easley after a period of declining health.

Born in Franklin, N.C., on Nov. 22, 1926, to the late John Blanchard and Gladys Parker Brendle, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Paul Hester Sr., who died in 1986.

Her love for people was evident in many ways throughout her life, but none more so than in her professional career. She completed training at Greenville Hospital School of Nursing and retired June 30, 1989, after serving more than 35 years in the Greenville Hospital System. As an active member of Eastlan Baptist Church for more than 60 years, she was involved in missions education and support and various children's ministries. Her love for the Bible and her commitment to God's Word was demonstrated weekly as she taught a women's Bible study class for many years.

She is survived by three sons, James "Jimmy" Paul Hester, Jr. (Kim) of Nashville, Tenn., Brian Keith Hester (Pilar) of Easley, and Mark Randall Hester (Becky) of Gray Court; a brother, Douglas Brendle of Taylors, and four sisters, Delores Thomas of Taylors, Marvel Curtis of Franklin, N.C., Linda Emory of Greenville, and Sonja Brannon of Taylors; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, John Blanchard Brendle Jr. and Dale Brendle; and three sisters, Lucille Wolfe, Evelyn Mashburn, and Joan Stewart.

Visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. A celebration of her life was conducted Thursday, Feb. 5, at Eastlan Baptist Church, Pleasantburg Drive. Burial was held Friday, Feb. 6, in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 301 University Ridge Rd., Suite 580, Greenville, SC 29601.

Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



Gloria June DurfeyGloria June Durfey

Gloria June Durfey, 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Feb 2, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., she was preceded in death by parents, Sarvino Silvio Bertoni and Hazel Grace Zimmerman Bertoni; husband, Benjamin Durfey, and sister, Betty Stewart. She attended Dryman Chapel United Methodist Church of Franklin, N.C., and St. Helena of Clayton, Ga. She was very active in her community and was nominated Woman of the Year in Otto for seven years. An avid reader, she wrote articles for Florida Sportsman magazine. She was a native Florida historian, shell collector, gem collector and rock enthusiast, always willing to share her knowledge with great enthusiasm. She was member of the Miami Edison High School Over-the-Hill-Gang class of 1950. She was a woman of many accomplishments. To name a few, she owned a popular real estate company in N.C., her shell collection was shown at the Miami Museum of Science and she could play cards and/or fish all night.

She is survived by son, Brian Ellsworth Durfey (Sherri) of Lakewood, Colo.; daughters, Deborah Lynn Craig (William, City of Miami Police Officer, deceased) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Loretta Durfey of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and special friend, Chester Willette.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Otto Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 305, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Essie Virginia LequireEssie Virginia Lequire

Essie Virginia Lequire, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 in Angel Medical Center.

She was born in Swain County to the late R.C. and Alice Franklin Hughes. She was married to Vester Lequire for 63 years. She worked for Burlington Industries as a machine operator for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved being a flower gardener; was a great cook and was a member of the Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons and their spouses, Vester Lequire Jr. (Terri), of Franklin and Mike Lequire (Renee) of Anderson, S.C.; three brothers and their spouses, Hubert Hughes (Ann) of Oxford, Ala., Robert Lee Hughes (Mary) of San Antonio, Texas, and F.D. Hughes (Irene) of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Blake, Jonathan, Megan, Brittany, Brooke, Brittiny, Morgan, Karley and five great grandchildren, Kiley, Houston, Rowen, Holton, and Aislynn.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial was in Luada Cemetery in Swain County. Pallbearers were B.J Keener, Clinton Mashburn, Jonathan Keener, Brad Campbell, Blake Sheffield and Chris Barnes.

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



Annabelle M. HastingsAnnabelle M. Hastings

Annabelle M. Hastings, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late George Alvarez and Suzanne Kahn Alvarez. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Peter Kapinos. She was a lifelong employee of the Southern Bell/AT&T phone company and in retirement was a realtor in Florida. She enjoyed golf, her pets and home projects. She was a Catholic by faith.

She is survived by her husband, Vaughn Robert Hastings; her daughter, Karen Swanson of San Jose California and step-sons, Tony Cutshaw, of Allentown, Pa., and Jeffrey Hastings and David Hastings both of Cleveland, Tenn.; brothers, Sam Alvarez of Florida and George Alvarez of Connecticut; sisters, Elaine Cocco and Debbie Boyne both of Connecticut; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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



Jack Kenneth Hall Jr.Jack Kenneth Hall Jr.

Jack Kenneth Hall, Jr., 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in a local hospital. Born in Lakeland, Fla., he was the son of the late Jack Kenneth and June Gress Hall. He owned a bait and tackle shop in Lakeland, and loved astronomy, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by several cousins.

A memorial service will be held later in Lakeland.

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

 

 



Betty Elizabeth Cochran

Betty Elizabeth Cochran, 78 , of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Feb. 7, 2015, at Mission campus in Asheville.

She was born and raised in Madison County, but lived most of her life in Macon County. She was the daughter of William H. and Helen Wyatt Caldwell. She was married to William J. Cochran, who died in 2005. She worked at the Blue Bell Undergarment, was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and she loved to flea market.

She is survived by two sisters, Eller Caldwell of Madison County, North Carolina, and Mickey Caldwell of Denton, N.C.; three grandchildren, William J. Cochran and wife Rebecca, Adam A. Cochran, Amy R. Byrd; four great grandchildren, William T. Cochran, Taylin E. Cochran, Morgan F. Byrd, Madison H. Byrd; daughter-in-law, Rebekah Cochran.

She was preceded in death by a son, William McKinley Cochran.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. David Williams, Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Pallbearers were Ray and Bobby Sanders, Donald Messer, William J. Cochran, Charlie Byrd, Jamie Cochran and Steve Carpenter. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



Stephen W. Ackerman Jr.Stephen W. Ackerman Jr.

Stephen W. Ackerman Jr., 86, died in Highlands, N.C., on Feb. 7, 2015. He was born in Hawaii on Jan. 26, 1929, and lived most of his adult life in Atlanta, Ga., before retiring to Highlands. He went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point like his father and grandfather before him. After completing his military duty, he joined the Atlanta interior design firm of Tigner Interiors and over time became its owner and principal designer. He was noted for his love of and skillful use of color. He served as president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and was the first Georgian to be elected to the College of Fellows of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Society’s highest honor bestowed on less than one percent of the ASID membership.

He is survived by his life partner of 51 years, Charles K. Hammock. He loved animals, especially dogs and most of all daschunds. Several beloved daschunds shared his life.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands Friday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cashiers- Highlands Humane Society, 200 Gable Street, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Beverlee Ann MeredithBeverlee Ann Meredith

Beverlee Ann Meredith, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Feb. 2, 2015.

Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late John A. Meredith and Pauline Jones Meredith. She enjoyed dining out, socializing, meeting people, photography, ceramics and reading. She was a caregiver and of the Southern Baptist faith.

She is survived by her partner, Kathy Reed of Franklin; daughter, Lyn J. Scott of Franklin; brother, John Meredith and wife Janet of Dadeville, Ala.; sister, Barbara Meredith of Dadeville, Ala.; grandson, Kyle Scott of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made at, http://events.lungevity.org/goto/Beverlee_Meredith

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



Joseph Peter ‘Pete’ PonsJoseph Peter ‘Pete’ Pons

Joseph Peter “Pete” Pons, 99, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Born in Asheville, he was the son of the late John Peter Pons and Janie Hurley Pons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette Pons; brother, Frank William Pons and granddaughter, Bonnie Pons. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during WWII as a mechanic. He loved deep sea fishing and was an excellent swimmer. He equally loved working and golfing. He was an entrepreneur and inventor; holding several patents. He was the 2nd oldest Waldensian in the U.S. He attended the Christian Training Center, Inc.

He is survived by sons, Larry Pons and wife Susan of Franklin, Richard Pons and wife Patsy of Hickory, N.C., and Stanley Pons and wife Sheila of Valbonne, France; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Christian Training Center. Larry Pons officiated. Interment was in the Waldensian Presbyterian Cemetery in Valdese, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Christian Training Center International, 234 Watchman Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Jimmy Hanes SandersJimmy Hanes Sanders

Jimmy Hanes Sanders, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jess Sanders and Ida Shope Sanders. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Elura Bell Walters, Edith Conley, Willa Stiles and Margaret Harrison; brothers, Charles Sanders and Sonny Sanders and half-brother, Timothy Sanders. He was a member of the National Guard for six years; retired construction worker; active member of Prentiss Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacon board for 48 years and Sunday School teacher and superintendent.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Yonce Sanders; two sons, J. Kevin Sanders and wife Karen, and Rusty Sanders, both of Franklin; two brothers, Harris Sanders of Greenville, S.C., and Jay Sanders of Franklin; two sisters, Betty Owens of Charlotte and Olivia “Tootsie” Reece of Anderson, S.C.; half-sister, Amelia Trull of Fletcher, N.C.; one granddaughter, Ashley Sanders; one great grandson, Aidan Holland; aunt, Mildred Swafford of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Billy Sellers and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Greg Day, Stan Sanders, Joe Friedling, Scottie Reece, Joey Reece and Doug Ledford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Prentiss Baptist Church, C/O Beverly Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Joseph ‘Joe’ Thad HodginJoseph ‘Joe’ Thad Hodgin

Joseph "Joe" Thad Hodgin, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles "Rush" and Alice Drake Hodgin. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army where he served three and a half years in the South Pacific. He was a timberman, farmer and retired employee of Burlington Industries and was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and Gillespie Chapel United Methodist Church for 67 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Guffie Hodgin; two daughters, Sue Deal and husband Jim, and Sharon Bryson and husband Tony, all of Franklin; two sons, Jerry Hodgin and wife Darlene and Jack Hodgin and wife June all of Franklin; a sister, Genevie Cruse of Franklin; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Dehart; two brothers, William Hodgin and C. M. Hodgin; a great grandchild, Lyla Maxon and three nephews, Donald Hodgin, Ronnie Hodgin and Gene Hodgin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Susan German and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial was in Gillespie Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Belva Edwards, 1081 Jones Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or the church or charity of one’s choice.

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



Nancy Naomi Elliott ChildersNancy Naomi Elliott Childers

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Nancy Naomi Elliott Childers will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held in the followship hall immediately following the service.

She died peacefully on Nov. 14, 2014, in Duluth, Ga., where she and her husband, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers have lived for the past 50 years.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Oma Hall Elliott, and a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Elliott Stewart and Louise Elliott Downs.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers; a son, Steven Childers and wife Cindy of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Cindy Brooks of Townsend, Tenn.; a grandson, Dr. Matthew Brooks and wife Dr. Elizabeth Brooks of Washington, DC; two brothers, Bruce Elliott and wife Maxine, and Harold Elliott and wife Brenda, all of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Ruby Elliott Bradford, of Montgomery, Ala.; and a number of nieces and nephews.



Lelia Viola Ammons AdamsLelia Viola Ammons Adams

Lelia Viola Ammons Adams, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 23, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late James and Laura Gregory Ammons. She was married to the late John Parker Adams. She was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and had worked at Van Raalte and Franklin Undergarment. She then worked in the Christmas tree business until her retirement. She liked working outside, gardening, watching birds, and thoroughly enjoyed going to church.

She is survived by a daughter, Wanda Adams Henry and her husband Riley of Franklin; a son, John Parker Adams Jr. of Franklin; two sisters, Myrtle Frisbee of Sedro Wooley, Wash., and Cora Holland of Franklin; a brother, Fred Ammons of Marietta, S.C.; two grandchildren, Rita Henry and Tina Adams; and one great grandchild, Cassie Henry.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Minne Hollifield, Rhoda Price, Mamie Stiles, Bertha Robinson and Clydia Ammons; three brothers, Harrison Ammons, Parker Ammons and James Henry Ammons; granddaughter, Rachel Henry and daughter-in-law, Glenda Adams.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 25, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Neal Moore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Dale Young, Carl Mincey, Moreland Bowman, Jack Henry, Gerald Woods, Randy Rogers, and Wesley Peek.

Memorials may be made to Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wanda Bollick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



John ‘Smiley’ Marvin EvansJohn ‘Smiley’ Marvin Evans

John "Smiley" Marvin Evans, 88, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his residence. He was born in Habersham County, Georgia, the son of the late John Woodfine Grady Evans and Sallie Mae Pruitt Evans. He was a carpenter and a member of the Coweeta Baptist Church. He was a U.S. WWII Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was on the USS New Jersey during WWII and received seven Bronze Stars.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lillian Marie Carpenter Evans; a daughter, Evelyn Evans Henson of Otto; a son, Lester Neville Evans of Otto; sisters, Hazel Mae Holbrook of Mt. Airy, Ga., Carolyn Diane Hembree and Martha Ann Stewart of Greenwood, S.C., and Peggy Evans; brothers, Joseph Alfred Evans of Hartwell, Ga., Jimmie Andrew Evans of Mt. Airy, Ga., and Theodore Herman Evans of Simpsonville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Jessica Evans and Myra Reynolds of Franklin, N.C., Lesley Hardigree of Dallas, Ga., Mark Reynolds of Franklin, and Tanya Evans of Winston-Salem, N.C.; five great grandchildren, Alena Reynolds and Zachary Soto of Franklin, Kayli Elliott and Madison Stockton of Dallas, Ga., and Kenra Brown of Franklin. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Marvin Evans; a sister, Allene Prater; brothers, Floyd Grady Evans, Hoyt Lewis Evans and Thomas Eugene Evans.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 12 noon at Coweeta Baptist Church with Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Bryon Lamb officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Betty Jean ShopeBetty Jean Shope

Betty Jean Shope, 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Born in Grenada, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Richard C. Smith and Effie Louise Clark Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by grandson, Michael J. Shope; sister, Louise Shotts, and brothers, Curtis, Wilson, Albert and Fred Smith. She loved birds, flowers, reading and shopping. She was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Edd Lake Shope; two children, Edd W. Shope and wife Tamma of Raleigh, N.C., and Donna Ruth Shope of Winder, Ga.; two grandchildren, Madison E. Shope of Raleigh, N.C., and Taylor M. Shope of Winder, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Alton Dendy officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Rd. Otto, NC 28763.

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



William Russell LequireWilliam Russell Lequire

William Russell Lequire, 41, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

Born in Andrews, N.C., he was the son of Carl William Lequire Jr. of Topton, N.C., and Glenda Reece of Robbinsville, N.C. He was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church and attended Central Baptist Church. He fished Heartland Anglers, B.F.L. and loved to play softball, golf and hunt. He was a supervisor for Globe Communications.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Tammy Mashburn Lequire; two children, Megan Lequire and Daniel Lequire, both of Franklin; mother-in-law, Barbara Mashburn of Franklin; brother-in-law, Loyd Mashburn and wife Evelyn of Franklin; and grandfather, Richard Davis of Robbinsville; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Daryl Dockery officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Loyd Mashburn, Tony Holbrooks, Randy Boshears, Chad Gibson, Timmy Holbrooks, Mike Cope, Richard Reece and Jeff McConnell.

Honorary pallbearers were Chad Stone, Terry Scott and Stephen Bryson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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



William Frederick Cowart Sr.William Frederick Cowart Sr.

William Frederick Cowart Sr., 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Frank R. Cowart and Maybelle Williamson Cowart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Ross Cowart who died May 11, 2008; two children, Patricia Cowart Pellerin and Marlene Cowart Tichenor; brothers, Randolph, Wiley, R.L., Jesse and Junior Hill; and sisters, Betty Passmore and Peggy Cowart. He was a retired truck driver, and he loved fishing, playing cards and going to auctions.

He is survived by two children, Deborah Erdman and husband Steve of Franklin and William Cowart Jr. and wife Rael of Newport, N.C.; brother, Earl Cowart of Franklin; sister, Dorothy Scott of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Tracy, Jeremy, William, Michael, Madeline, Nicole and Catherine; four great grandchildren, Rachel, Colton, Skylynn and Annebelle; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

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

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



Bruce GlaspyBruce Glaspy

Bruce Glaspy, 59, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Angel Medical Center.

He was born in Panama Canal Zone to a military family and moved to Franklin from Florida six years ago. He is survived by his mother, Sadymae Quinlan; sister, Bonnie Pfeiffer of Alva, Fla., and brother, Michael Glaspy of Conroe, Texas.

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.

 



Lois RoperLois Roper

Lois Roper, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nannie Wilkes Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Judson Roper who died in 1992.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and was a member of Mt. Sinai Assembly of God.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann Arvey and husband Bill of Franklin; a son, Howard Boyd Roper and wife Mary of Franklin; two sisters, Virginia McClure and Emogene Swafford both of Franklin; four grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Lola Roper, Geneva Rowland, Ola Rowland and a brother, Ezell Bryant.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 26, at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God with Rev. John Raby, Rev. Barry Bowman and Rev. Lewis Swafford officiating. Burial was in Tippett Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.

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


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