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Franklin remembers fallen officers

Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

Town proposing one cent tax increase

During its annual budget retreat, the town of Franklin presented a budget reflecting a one cent tax increase for the coming year.

Due to the property tax revaluation in Macon County this year, the town's property value declined by $7,281,676 in assessed value, equating to a 1.014 percent reduction. Factoring in the new tax base, the town would need to increase the current tax rate of .27 to .2727 to maintain a revenue neutral budget.

Since 2007, the town of Franklin's tax base has grown on average by 2.07 percent. In applying a growth factor to the town's current tax rate of .2727, to produce a revenue neutral tax rate, the town would need to increase the rate to .2784 cents per $100 valuation.

Tastingers presented piece of steel from WTC

After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

A look at schools budget for past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations.

Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as the state's structure has changed in order to accommodate for student enrollment growth, the rise of charter and virtual schools, and other factors that have caused state dollars to be stretched a little further.

Looking at data over the last decade, school enrollment in Macon County has increased by about 250 students. Funding from the state has gone from $20.3 million in 2005 to $24.6 million in 2014 with a difference of more than $3 million between 2008 and 2009. On the local level, beginning in 2007, the county provided $6 million, and by 2014, was up to $7.3 million. After the jump is a look at public education funding in Macon County over the last 10 years.

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Deaths & Funerals



Michael George Grubermann, Sr.Michael George Grubermann, Sr.

Michael George Grubermann Sr., 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 11, 2015.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late George Gruberman and Angeline Serio Gruberman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Grubermann.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a fire service management degree. He was Fire Chief and Town Manager in University Park, Ill.; Town Manager in Monee, Ill. and Town Planner in Franklin. He was a member of the Rotary Club Franklin, served on the board at Habitat for Humanity, T.D.A. and T.D.C. and also served on the Fire Service curriculum board at S.I.U. and was a conductor for the Smoky Mountain Railway.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Barnhill Grubermann; three children, Michael Grubermann Jr. of Richton Park, Ill., Christopher Miller of Arlington Heights, Ill. and Claudia Speer of Billings, Mo.; one brother, George Gruberman of Willow Springs, Ill. and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Franklin Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Cancer Center (Angel Foundation-Attention: Don Capaforte, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Derald Edward Hendry

Derald Edward Hendry, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. A graveside service was held Monday, May 18, at Wike Cemetery in Tuckasegee.

Appalachian Funeral Services assisted the family with the arrangements.



Donna Crisp Smith

Donna Crisp Smith, 58, of Buchanan, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 11, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank L. Crisp and Leneta Stiles Crisp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Caleb Nathaniel Norton. She was a founding member of Shephard’s Church, Appling, Ga.

She is survived by a son, Abraham Norton of Franklin; three sisters, Gail Hughes of Augusta, Ga., Sandra Talley of Franklin and Ruth Thomas of Hiwassee, Ga.; two grandchildren, Savannah Marie Norton and Andrew Jackson Stiles Norton and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, May 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Billy Sellers officiated. Burial was in the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Noel Talley, Caleb Talley, Abraham Norton, Loy Thomas, Travis Thomas and Danny Gillespie.

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

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



Jacqueline Hoffman

Jacqueline Hoffman, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Services have not yet been planned and will be announced.

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



Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Felton McLainMitchell ‘Mitch’ Felton McLain

Mitchell “Mitch” Felton McLain, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at his home, Friday, May 15, 2015, with his family at his side.

Born in Griffin, Ga., he was the son of the late Andrew Felton McLain and Ruth Harrison McBride. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Nichols. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; he received his master’s degree in accounting from Rollins College; he was a CPA for Lockheed Martin; member of Conway United Methodist Church, Orlando; college professor, and substitute teacher with Macon County Schools. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Atlanta Braves; he was a coach for Conway Girls Softball, Orlando for many years; enjoyed bowling, hiking and being outdoors in the mountains of North Carolina. He had a wonderful sense of humor with a smile or joke for everyone. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Verlie Hill McLain; three children, Cheri Adkins (Chris) of Lexington, Va., Deborah Hernandez (Jose) of Orlando, Fla., and Becky Brooks (Shawn) of Eustis, Fla.; sister, Andrea Helms of Jonesboro, Ga.; two brothers, Mark McBride of Suwanee, Ga., and Stephen McBride of Atlanta, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Sean, Clara, Kayleigh, Colton, Matthew and Connor.

Services will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Fla. A Celebration of life will be planned in Franklin at a later date.

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



Riley Derick MaynardRiley Derick Maynard

Riley Derick Maynard, 17-month-old son of Derick Maynard and Lily Mickler, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Duke University Hospital.

In addition to his parents, Riley is survived by his maternal grandparents, Peter and Catherine Mickler of Franklin and paternal grandparents, Nancy Boyce Maynard of Franklin and William David Maynard of Franklin.

A graveside service was held Sunday, May 17, at Tippett Cemetery with Rev. John Raby officiating. Nathaniel Boyce and George Maynard (Uncle G) served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to www.youcaring.com/in-loving-memory-of-riley/353087 to aid in expenses.

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



Allan Stivers Kahkonen

Allan Stivers Kahkonen, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, May 8, 2015.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late George Oscar Kahkonen and Marguerite Stivers Kahkonen. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in animal husbandry and worked as a master carpenter and building contractor in East Hampton, N.Y., for most of his life. He enjoyed woodworking, blacksmithing, bee keeping and gunsmithing. He was a member of First Alliance Church in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy Nelson Kahkonen; four children, Dawn Bailey (Jonathan) of Milford, Conn., Kristin Kahkonen DuPree (Keith) of Southampton, N.Y., Amanda Kelly (Tim) of Torrington, Conn., and David Nelson Kahkonen (Andrea) of Norfolk, Va.; brother, Roy Kahkonen of Ocala, Fla.; sister, June Jaycox of Ocala, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; one niece and one nephew.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 12, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

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



Jeanette ‘Judy’ June Kiefer WeinerJeanette ‘Judy’ June Kiefer Weiner

Jeanette "Judy" June Kiefer Weiner, 90, died peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Avera Dougherty House in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a lengthy illness with dementia. She was born June 21, 1924, and was raised in Stockton, Ill. After her mother Doris died when she was a young girl, she and her brother, Ralph, were raised by their father, Orris. Upon graduation from Stockton High School, she attended Midland Radio School in Kansas City, Kan. She became a ground radio operator for Braniff Airlines in Dallas at Love Field where she met and fell in love with Anthony (Tony) J. Weiner, a flight radio crew member. She would relay local weather reports via Morse code to the radio men, Tony being among them. After WWII, Tony and Judy married in Brownsville, Texas, on Feb. 1, 1945. Throughout Tony's lifelong career in the aviation industry, Judy and Tony lived in a number of locales, including Long Island, N.Y. (in the then-new Levittown community), Chicago, Ill., and various towns in Iowa. Tony retired in 1980 and he and Judy moved to Franklin, N.C., where they lived for 30 years.

She enjoyed being a housewife and homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress and craftsperson, making beautiful clothes, woven baskets, and wall hangings. She was also an excellent cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. She moved to Sioux Falls in January 2010, and resided in The Inn on Westport for five years, living 2 1/2 years in the Memory Unit.

She is survived by two nephews, Stephen (Nancy) Kiefer of Manhattan, Kan. and Dan (Karen) Kiefer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; nieces, Kristine White of Boise, Idaho, and Sandi (John) Eagle of Monroe, Wash.; four grand-nephews and two grand-nieces, as well as three great-grand-nephews and four great-grand-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orris and Doris (Dick) Kiefer, her brother, Ralph, and her beloved husband Tony in 2003. Her cremains will be interred at a graveside memorial service Friday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at The Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton, Ill.

She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and friend and will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her.



Vanessa Sabrina Henson GarnerVanessa Sabrina Henson Garner

Vanessa Sabrina Henson Garner passed away peacefully Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, N.C. Sabrina, as her family called her, had struggled with her health for many years. Her life was filled with service to others, including caring for disabled children, social service work, and many years as a cosmetologist.

She is remembered by loving parents, Marshall and Joyce Henson of Franklin, and many extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday May 23, a 2 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lester Sutton and Rev. Felix Villareal will officiate.

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

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



Charles William Oleanus ScruggsCharles William Oleanus Scruggs

Charles William Oleanus Scruggs, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Willie Andrew and Isabella Greenwood Scruggs.

He was retired from the construction business for 20 years and was a member of Burgess Chapel Church.

He is survived by four daughters, Lisa H. Pope, Darlene H. Scruggs and Tammy H. Scruggs all of Louisville, Ky., and Kelsey Scruggs of Franklin; two sons, Tyler Scruggs of Franklin and Montez Hall Scruggs of Louisville, Ky.; three sisters, Claudette Burston, Geneva Scruggs and Synethia Owens, all of Franklin; and one brother, Stanley Scruggs of Franklin, a host of grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda H. Stanley; two sisters, Betty S. Parrish and Josephine S. Bryson; and three brothers, Walter Scruggs, Carl Scruggs and Eddie Scruggs.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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



Betty Lou Fouts CrawfordBetty Lou Fouts Crawford

Betty Lou Fouts Crawford, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Nondus and Vira Farley Fouts. She was married to George Edward Crawford who preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2007.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved the Lord and she loved her flowers. She was a member of Ridge Crest Baptist Church where she was church clerk for 40 years.

She is survived by one son, Max Crawford and daughter-in-law Reana of Franklin; four brothers, Boyd, Dave and John Fouts, all of Franklin and Gene Fouts of Sylva; and two grandchildren, Stacy Palmer and Nathan Crawford. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ken, Max and Sherrill Fouts.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Ridge Crest Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Guy Duvall officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Crest Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to her service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

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


Brian Frank Wright

Brian Frank Wright, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Born in Bellingham, Mass., he was the son of Clayton Wright and the late Elizabeth Thomas Wright. He loved gardening, antique shows, working as an antique dealer and spending time with Ann, children and grandchildren; as well as many good friends. He loved Christmas celebrations.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his companion of 28 years, Ann Goss of Franklin; brothers and sister, Bruce, Becky and Brad, all of Massachusetts; three grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life 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.



Gladys Leona Busch Sustarsic

Gladys Leona Busch Sustarsic, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Born in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William H. Busch and Elsie Trapp Busch. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Sustarsic. She was a member of First Baptist Church as well as Sunday School and various church activities. She was a member of the Prime Time Singers and a few of her hobbies included crossword puzzles and word search puzzles.

She is survived by four sons, Joseph R. Sustarsic and wife Margaret of Franklin, Robert J. Sustarsic and wife Jennifer of Warwick, R.I., Terry L. Sustarsic of Franklin and Daniel F. Sustarsic and wife Joan of Philadelphia, Pa.; sister, Edna Klienpeter of Brunswick, Ohio and sister-in law, Betty Gamiere of Euclid, Ohio; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 12, at First Baptist Church. Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jack Garrett officiated.

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



Jeffery Scott Angel

Jeffery Scott Angel, 49, passed away at his home in Stone Mountain, Ga., on May 1, 2015.

He was born in Franklin, N.C., on Jan. 22, 1966, was raised in Toccoa and lived in the Roswell and Stone Mountain areas for almost 20 years.

He was survived by his father and mother, Dan and Sandra Angel; sister, Melanie and grandfather, Hiram “Mac” Babb all of Toccoa and an Uncle Richard Angel of Walland, Tenn. He graduated from Stephens County High School and received a 12-year perfect attendance award. He then attended North Georgia Technical School and Piedmont College and received an Associate Degree in Electronics. He belonged to Boy Scout Troop 77 where he received his God and Country and Eagle Scout awards. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Toccoa, a ham radio operator and instructor, member of Toccoa Masonic Lodge #309 F & AM and Yaarab Shrine.

He worked for the Department of Corrections and Department of Transportation but his primary and most recent job was Systems Administrator II for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and Appraisal Board in Atlanta.

A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church of Toccoa on Tuesday, May 12, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 333 E. Tugalo St. Toccoa, GA 30577.

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



Vera Dills ‘Odie’ WilliamsVera Dills ‘Odie’ Williams

Vera Dills “Odie” Williams, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Benard Dills and Myrtle Tallent Dills. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by her son, David Lee Williams Jr. who died March 19, 2014; brothers and sisters, Rev. Wallace Tallent, Lewis Dills, Gary Dills, Billy Dills, Boyd Dills and Geraldine Scott. She retired from Belden and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, David Lee Williams; two sisters, Clara Gibson of Franklin and Juanita Tippett of Virgina; brother, Junior Dills of Monticello, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams, Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Jamie Passmore and Rev. Wesley Price will officiate. Burial will be in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. one hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or American Cancer Society, (Franklin Drive) 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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



James Ellwood Shuman

James Ellwood Shuman, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 4, 2015.

Born in Dover, Ohio, he was the son of Seaward Shuman and the late Katie Denslow Shuman. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Arla Jean. He was a U.S. Army veteran; attended Missionary Alliance; enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, biking and being outdoors.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Patsy Charmaine Jones Shuman; five children, Angela Phelps and Kim Parrish both of New Philly, Ohio, Jason Shuman of Leitchfield, Ky., Jared Shuman of Windsor Mill, Md., and Justin Shuman of Lompoc, Ga.; brother, Steve Shuman of New Philly, Ohio; four sisters, Fern Kooi of Franklin, Rebecca Walton of New Philly, Ohio, Lois Lawter of Ocala, Fla. and Grace Brown of Franklin; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

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



James Richard Beasley

James Richard Beasley, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his residence. He was born in Bryson City, N.C., the son of the late Sherman L. and Cumi Jones Beasley. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a commercial fisherman. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved music and making hats. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Grace A. Vine Beasley; two sons, James R. Beasley Jr of Michigan and Karl S. Green of Anchorage, Ala.; and one grandson, Zackery Beasley.

Graveside services were held Monday, May 11, at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. David Powell officiating. The VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed complete military graveside rites.

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



Edith Elizabeth Bryson Jennings

Edith Elizabeth Bryson Jennings, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Van Bryson; her stepfather, Vernon Bumgarner who died in 1976 and Nellie Evitt Bumgarner. She was married to Bennett Jennings who preceded her in death in 2010.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and was a friend to all. She loved reading, especially her Bible, and she loved gardening and flowers. She was a member of Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Sheila Connor of Franklin; one son, Stephen Jennings and wife Emma of Franklin; one sister, Bertha Watson and husband J. L. of Franklin; nine grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Jennings; two sisters, Jessie Rogers and Vivian Bryson; and two brothers, Eloth and Carl Bumgarner.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Norris and Rev. Jamie Passmore officiating. Burial will be in Stewart Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Keith Connor, Bobby Connor, Steven Connor, Tim Jennings, Casey Jennings, Kyle Jennings and Dexter Jennings. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stewart Cemetery Fund, c/o Carl Stewart, 3295 Yellow Mtn. Rd., Cullowhee, NC 28723 or Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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




Austin Ferrara Jr.Austin Ferrara Jr.

Austin Ferrara Jr., 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 24, 2015.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of the late Austin Ferrara Sr. and Theresa Sancinella Ferrara. He enjoyed studying the Bible, singing, playing pool, making friends, cooking and sharing the gospel. He was a loving husband, loving father, loving grandfather and brother. He was always there to lend a helping hand. Loved all, loved by all, and will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He dedicated his life to his family and his Messiah.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Brenda J. Guy Ferrara; sons, Johnny Ferrara and Ross MacDonald and wife Bonnie all of Franklin; daughters, Kim Olsson and husband Brian, Sara Taylor and husband Shane and Jennifer Martin and husband Chris, all of Franklin; sister, Carmel DiGiorno and husband Louis of Bronx, N.Y.; ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Bethel United Methodist Church. Rev. Randy Campbell will officiate.

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



Martha WiltcherMartha Ingaborg Nordin Barber Wiltcher

Martha Ingaborg Nordin Barber Wiltcher, 100, of Highlands, N.C., passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving children and their spouses. A resident of the Eckerd Living Center, born Dec. 28, 1914, in Bethlehem, Pa., to the late Ingaborg Nordin and Fritz Nordin of Sweden.

She grew up in Asbury Park, N.J., married Gordon Norman Barber. They served together as Gordon was the pastor of the Salvation Army Church. In 1945 they moved to Miami, Fla., for health reasons and raised their four children there. They divorced in 1957. In 1965, she married Pleasy L. Wiltcher, who unfortunately passed away that same year. She remained a widow for the remainder of her life, living near her beloved children. She successfully managed her own rental properties until her retirement. She had a deep and abiding faith in her Saviour, her Lord Jesus Christ, and now she is finally home in heaven.

She is survived by her children, Elaine E. Watts of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., E. June Thomas and husband Carl of Maysville, Ga., Bill G. Barber and wife Melinda of Highlands; cherished grandchildren, Timothy Thomas, Stephen Thomas and wife Denese, Michael Sahlgren and wife Lisa, Cindee Carmichael and husband Michael, Cheree Murray and husband Joe, Leif Sahlgren and wife Erica, Julie Nichols and husband Robert, Jenene Rouse and husband Jim, Larry Barber, Jeramie Barber and wife Kelly, Kimberly Kravits and husband Alex, Jonathan Barber, Joshua Barber and wife Rayne; 19 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at Community Bible Church, 3645 Cashiers Road, Highlands. A short reception will be held after the service.

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



Frank Harris Holloway Jr.

Frank Harris Holloway Jr., 91, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015. Born in Ocala, Fla., he was the son of the late Frank Harris and Gladys Brooks Holloway. He was married for 59 years to Hattie Tyler Holloway, who preceded him in death.

He worked in the plumbing business with his father and brother; was a deputy sheriff in Marion County, Florida, and traveled the county for Bechtel Corporation in large construction. He was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He loved woodworking, baking cakes and music.

He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Maselli and husband John of Evans, Ga., and Carol Scott and husband Jay of Florida; four sons, Rick Holloway and wife Carolyn of Tomball, Texas, Frank H. Holloway III, and Mike Holloway and his wife Mary all of Florida, and Lamar Brown and wife Malinda of Hampton, S.C.; one sister, Mamie Davis of Ocala, Fla., and grandchildren, Tyler Holloway, Anthony Maselli, Angela Ballantyne, Leigh Anna Brown, Frank Holloway IV, Robert Holloway, Mike Holloway, Sara Holloway and Anna Scott; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at Highlands First Baptist Church with Dr. Mark Ford officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Rick Holloway, Tyler Holloway, Anthony Maselli, John Maselli, Mitchell Ballantyne and Lamar Brown. The family will receive friends Friday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Highlands First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Highlands First Baptist Church, PO Box 625, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Clarice Lorraine MartzClarice Lorraine Martz

Clarice Lorraine Martz, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 27, 2015.

Born in Boxholm, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late George Harrison and Irene Jondle Harrison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Martz and a sister, Alice Rosenau. She attended Cowee Baptist Church and she enjoyed quilting, needle point and playing bridge.

She is survived by two children, Sharon Dailey and husband Michael of Franklin and Greg Martz of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Margaret Waugh of Davenport, Iowa, and Fran Gunderson of Bull Shoals, Ariz.; one brother, John Harrison of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Emily Waldroup of Andrews, N.C., and Christopher Dailey of Des Moines, Iowa; three great grandchildren, Addison Waldroup, Jackson Waldroup and Brooks Dailey; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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



Marilyn Joan Zagorski

Marilyn Joan Zagorski, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Born in Dover, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Paul Riley and Mildred Hosie Reilly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anne Wack. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling, camping and the beach.

She is survived by her companion of 20 years, Kyle McCall; step daughter, Donna Maron of Boonton, N.J.; sister, Ellen Hubbard of Wharton, N.J.; two nephews, Brian Hubbard of Morristown, N.J., and Stephen Wack of Montague, N.J., and her beloved dog, Willie.

Funeral mass was held Wednesday, April 29, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Burial was in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brian Hubbard, Stephen Wack, Keith McCall, Charles Gregorio, Bill McConnell and Colton Woods.

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



Doris ArbaLou Fouts LynchDoris ArbaLou Fouts Lynch

Doris ArbaLou Fouts Lynch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 27, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late W.T. Fouts and Dora Rickman Fouts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, W.R. “Widge,” Milton, Marshall, Remon and Jacob Aster and sisters, Lois Franklin, Dessie Guyer and Frances Taylor. She retired from the Macon County Board of Education where she worked for over 40 years as office administrator.

She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church where she taught the Katherine Sunday School Class for many years, served as church clerk and was member of the choir. She was a member of the Retired School Personnel Association. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, above all her family was the most important part of her life.

She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Rowland and husband Steve; two sons, George Lynch and wife Nancy, and Wayne Lynch and wife Barbara all of Franklin; brother, Merritt Fouts and wife Lucille of Franklin; sister-in-law, Mary Evelyn Fouts; three grandchildren, Christy (Regan), Ryan (Amber) and Josh (Kristen); five great grandchildren, Kelsey, Kirsey, Olivia, Kaleb and Sam; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at Iotla Baptist Church. Dr. Jeff Hensley, Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Tommy Fouts, Rev. Caden Fouts and Dr. Avery Fouts will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Fouts, Guy Fouts, Jim Fouts, Lynn Garrison, Sharon Taylor, Eddie Guyer, Alex Taylor and Kaleb Apel.

Memorial donations can be made to the Iotla Baptist Church or Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1537 Iotla Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Patsy Hopkins HolbrooksPatsy Hopkins Holbrooks

Patsy Hopkins Holbrooks, 59, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 24, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Margie Collins Hopkins and the late Howard R. Hopkins Sr. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Holbrooks; brothers, Charles Hopkins, Ray Hopkins, Harold Hopkins and Richard Hopkins and sisters, Mary Alice Hopkins and Betty Sue Hopkins.

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Henry and Charo Watson both of Franklin; two sons, Charles Combs and Jimmy Combs and wife Tonya of Somerset, Ky.; three sisters, Edith Sullivan and Elaine Hopkins both of Asheville, and Barbara Weaver of Franklin; brothers, Gary Hopkins, Randy Hopkins and Billy Hopkins, all of Franklin; ten grandchildren, Logan Combs, Gavin Combs, Brandon Combs, Memphis Combs, Jenna Combs, Dana Henry, Marissa Shook, Kayleigh Henry, Emilee Roquemore and Nicholas Roquemore; one great grandchild, Zoeie Taylor and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 28, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in the Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Hopkins, Travis Gregg, Ray Bugg, Tim Bugg, James Hopkins and Walter Barson. Honorary Pallbearer was Barbara Weaver.

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



Shawn Hardin McLendonShawn Hardin McLendon

Shawn Hardin McLendon, 55, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 19, 2015.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 31, 1960, he was the son of the late James Foster McLendon Jr. and June Hardin McLendon. He attended Rickards Middle School and Northeast High School in Ft. Lauderdale. He lived for his children, James, Kathleen and Patrick. They were the most important part of his life. He absolutely loved his Jack Russell Terrier named “Jack.” He spent hours on the computer, always learning something about the issues of today. He was fascinated with ham radios and they became his connection to the outside world as his health declined. He was deeply sentimental about his days growing up in Florida and always wanted to go back home. He had pride in his Scotch-Irish heritage and southern way of life. He spent hours listening to old blues music even in the nursing home. One of his last requests was for his friend to bring him some homemade white chocolate chips cookies.

He is survived by his three children, James Foster McLendon III and wife Jaclyn McLendon of Queensland, Australia, Kathleen “Kat” Anna Mae McLendon of Franklin and Patrick Joseph McLendon of Florida; brother, Robin Foster McLendon and wife Connie of Franklin and sister, Carla June Strong of Calif., and three grandchildren, Alanna Arwen Putman, Vincent Eddard Putman and Maia June McLendon.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale.

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



Robert Terry ShieldsRobert Terry Shields

Robert Terry Shields, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late James Garland Shields and Ila Mae Gray Shields. He had worked as a proof-finisher for a chemical plant for 22 years and at Tektone in Franklin for 14 years. He loved working, hunting, fishing and bowling. He was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bena Lee McClure Shields, one son, Ross Dale Shields and his wife Kathy of Franklin; step-daughter, Cindy Stewart and her husband Ray of Cramerton, N.C.; step-son, Keith Hagan and his wife Tracy of Franklin; and adopted son, Don Shields of High Point, N.C.; two sisters, Jean Sanders of Franklin, and Glenda Cowart of Maggie Valley, N.C.; three grandchildren, Ben Hagan, Morgan Lindberg and Rochelle Copeland and three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 25, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith Hagan, Ben Hagan, Jerry McClure, Mark McClure, Damian Copeland and Andrew Copeland.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 514 Daniels St. #109, Raleigh, NC 27605.

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




Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Howard HuffmanElizabeth ‘Betty’ Howard Huffman

Elizabeth “Betty” Howard Huffman, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Carl Howard Sr. and Beatrice Crunkleton Howard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Huffman who died in 2012; sister, Martha Craig and brother, Lawrence Carl “LC” Howard. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1955 and attended Brenau College in 1955- 56. She received a B.S. in Home Economics from Western Carolina University in 1960 and a Marketing Certification from Appalachian State University in 1982. She also attended Ohio State from 1990-1994 for Curriculum Development. She began her teaching career at Clayton Elementary School in Clayton, Ga., and taught at Franklin High School from 1964- 1968 and from 1981-1996, and in Fayetteville, N.C. She served as organist and chairperson of worship, education, and fellowship committees at Mulberry United Methodist Church. She was a past president of Macon County Public Library’s Friends of the Library; served on Angel Community Hospital’s Community Relations Board and Foundation Board; active in the Democratic Party, having served as a Precinct Chairperson and Election Day Chief Judge. After her retirement, her passion for education continued. She was an active member of Macon County Retired School Personnel and served as president of this organization and in various other positions. She volunteered countless hours at Union Academy where she decorated bulletin boards, assisted students, and proctored testing. She was an advocate for retired educators giving back to public schools. She established a Gold Star program that recognizes retired school personnel groups who excel at volunteering.

She is survived by her daughter, Amy Westmoreland and husband “Westy” of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; two sisters, Mary Lee Howard of Hiawassee, Ga., and Nancy Owen and husband Gurlie of Brevard, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Anna, Jay and John Westmoreland; brother-in-law, Jack Craig of Otto; sister-in law, Margaret Howard; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 25, at First United Methodist Church. Revs. Janet Greene, Vic Green and Laura Whitt officiated. Private burial was held in Mulberry United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

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



Dewey ‘Bill’ William Haynes, Jr.Dewey ‘Bill’ William Haynes, Jr.

Dewey “Bill” William Haynes Jr., 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away May 3, 2015.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Dewey William Haynes and Ruth Annell Madison Haynes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Shawn Robins. He was a U.S. Army veteran, where he served in the Special Forces.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Teri McGill Haynes; two children, Brandy Roper and husband Sam of Lenoir, N.C., and Jessica Bonifacius and husband Chuck of Hickory, N.C. ; brother, David Haynes of Hudson, N.C.; two sisters, Lenny Brown of San Antonio, Texas, and Cheryl Hoover of Lenoir, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Samuel Fredell, Dalton Mosley and Zayden Bonifacius.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to the V.V.A., American Legion or VFW.

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




Mary GroomMary Groom

Mary Groom, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was born in Hartford, Ariz, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doris Groom. She owned a cosmetology business.

She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Watts of Nashville, N.C., and Perry Selph of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

 



Virginia ‘Kimbo’ Cleaveland BrysonVirginia ‘Kimbo’ Cleaveland Bryson

Virginia "Kimbo" Cleaveland Bryson, 70, of Highlands, N.C., passed away April 15, 2015 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was a native Highlander, where she lived her entire life. She was the daughter of the late George and Louise Beale Cleaveland.

She was employed by the Town of Highlands for 24 years and retired in 1995. Most recently she was a resident of the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Jerry Nix (Gwen) of Charlotte, N.C.; Lanette Walsh (David) of Advance, N.C.; Clay Bryson of Cashiers, N.C.; one sister, Georgia Sanders of Highlands; grandchildren, Adam, Daniel and Sarah Nix, Bailey and Conner Walsh, Derick and Devin Bryson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18, at Highlands United Methodist Church, Rev. Paul Christy and Jennifer Forrester officiated. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Beale, Herb James, James Oberry, Adam Nix, Daniel Nix and Bud Lamb.

Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, N.C. 28741.

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



Charlotte Hook Baker

Charlotte Hook Baker, age 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. She was born in Washington DC, the daughter of the late Charles Wallace Hook and Clarissa Waple Hook. She had worked in a clerical position for the US Government, and was of the Catholic Faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Baker, Jr., and two brothers, Frank and David Hook.

She was survived by two daughters, Dorothy Baker of Franklin, N.C. and Kristine Newman of Tampa, Fla.; one son, Frank Baker, III of Franklin, N.C.; one sister, Mary Helene Seal of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Newman.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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



Todd Eric EnsleyTodd Eric Ensley

Todd Eric Ensley, 51, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Born in Macon Co, he was the son of the late Lloyd Edgar Ensley and Grace Brendle Ensley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Garth Ensley. He retired as Captain of Detectives at Highlands Police Department having served 25 years and was a Basic Law Enforcement Training instructor at Southwestern Community College. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan, loved to fish and enjoyed studying Civil War and WWII history. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Broom Ensley; two daughters, Cheyenne Robinson and husband Jeff and Sierra Womack and husband Charles all of Franklin; three stepchildren, Trista Williams of Franklin, Michael Henry of Stuart, Fla. and Justin Henry of Franklin; twin brother, Brett Ensley and wife Laura of Clyde, N.C.; brother, Trent Ensley and wife Suk of Burke Va.; sister, Gwen Ensley Koehler and husband Scott of Oak Ridge, N.C.; grandchildren, Holly Williams and Brinkley Robinson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were at First Christian Church. The Reverends Lynn Dulakis, George Davis and Danny Prince officiated.

Pallbearers were Jerry Brooks, Jerry Cook, Curtis Dowdle, David Williams, Justin Henry, Brandon Ensley, James “Shorty” Bateman and Michael Henry.

Adam and Zach Ensley served as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to, SCC Foundation; 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779 (put McFalls Scholarship in the memo line).

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



Wayford Arwood LyonWayford Arwood Lyon

Wayford Arwood Lyons, 65, of Circle Trace, a husband, father, veteran, and friend, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015, at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala. He was a fighter to the end; by his side were his wife and son. His 66th birthday would have been April 21.

Born in Franklin, he was the son of the late Ernest Arwood and Vesta Arbutus Lyons. Wayford made the decision to join the U.S. Army in 1968 during the Vietnam War and served for three years, including one year spent in Korea. He received an honorable discharge. After the service, he was a certified pipe-welder and construction foreman and worked in Mobile, Alabama and Pascagoula, Mississippi. He returned to Franklin with his family, and for 15 years he co-owned and operated DPS, Inc., a local business. In 2000, at age 50 and with only a General Education Degree (GED), he went back to school and became a licensed general contractor in the state of North Carolina.

He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 43 years; son Jesse, daughter- in-law, Tracy, and soon-to-be first grandchild, of Lexington, Va.

As a proud veteran, Wayford was a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and member of the American Legion. Most recently, he served for three years as the VFW’s Quartermaster. He loved his family, spending time with and helping his friends, supporting veterans, gardening, traveling, and fishing.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Franklin’s VFW Post 7339, 60 W. Palmer Street, on Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. Military rites will be given by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. All are invited and welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the VFW Post 7339 “Veterans Relief Fund”, C/O Neil Riendeau, 1155 North Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734. His ashes shall be scattered according to his wishes.

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



Joan B. SmithJoan B. Smith

Joan B. Smith passed away at home on April 17, 2015, with her family at her side. She passed away in Franklin, NC and had moved to the Smokey Mountains 19 years ago. She was 83 years old.

She was born December 12, 1931, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to her late parents, Ruth Merte Decker and Stanly Decker. She is survived by her siblings, Gordon Decker of Texas and Carol Hope of North Carolina. While her brother Arthur Decker of Maine, passed away. She had five children; Frederick Brandt (deceased), Susan Tucker of Texas, Darren Brandt of Va., Cathi Smith of N.C. and Bonnie Leitheuser of N.Y. She has 15 grandchildren and numerous Great and Great/Great grandchildren.

She loved animals and saved every one she could. In fact, her father had to frisk her each night before bed or she would smuggle a baby animal in to cuddle all night. She made her living with them as well. She became a groomer, breeder and owned a kennel. She started her business back in the 1970’s when it was hard for a woman to do so and it thrived. She also trained horses and went on long trail rides as often as she could. She “saved” her favorite horse from the show ring and he remained with her until he died at age 29. She was spontaneous, when the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Train came through town she had to be in it. She packed up the horses and several lucky cohorts to spend a couple weeks riding to Valley Forge, Pa. She was always willing to have fun but the one rule was she had to be home to feed the animals.

She became a Reverend of the Spiritual Science Mother Church in the early 1970’s. She was a Spiritual Teacher and taught many Light Workers on their path. Joan liked alternative medicine and spent time learning about it.

There will be no memorial service at this time. There will, however, be a reunion here in WNC planned for summer 2015. To send online condolences please visit maconfuneralhome.com. She wanted this to be conveyed to all of you:

“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. Whatever we were to each other, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it always was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well. Nothing is past. Nothing has been lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better. Infinitely happier. We will be one, together forever.”



Robert Wesley TippettRobert Wesley Tippett

Robert Wesley Tippett, 66, of Franklin, passed away April 17, 2015.

Born in Springfield, Ill., he was the son of the late Glenerd Eugene Tippett and Miuriam Gibson Dawson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a graphic designer. He loved working on computers and doing graphic designs. He did graphic designs for high end magazines such as National Geographic and NY Times. Robert was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his daughter, Erin Ashley Ray and husband David of Burlington, NC; sister, Judy English of Ft. Myers, Fla. and six grandchildren, Aliyia, Andrianna, Bethany, Austin, Alexis and Brook.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church Food Pantry.

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



Vera RogersVera Rogers

Vera Rogers, of Franklin passed away peacefully Friday, April 17, 2015 with her son Jim and his wife Pam by her side.

Mom, grandma, great grandma, and farmer to the end, Vera and her late husband Carlos continued the family’s farming tradition that began in Macon County in 1849. Through the years as commercial farmers, they grew turnips, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, burley tobacco, tomatoes, hogs, and beef cattle.

Born August 2, 1917, Vera spent most of her 97 years at Olive Hill in the house she was born. In later years on the farm, her favorite pastimes were feeding cattle and gardening, spending time with her grandsons, and great grandsons, and riding the fields on her Kawasaki Mule, always with her dog, Trouble, by her side.

A Franklin High School graduate of the class of 1933, she began her education in the one room Olive Hill School, walked to Iotla School in later years and attended a one-year business course offered to high school graduates in Macon County that was a precursor to the community college system of today.

She worked for several years at the Moody Farm in the Iotla Valley, during the years when they took in summer guests, assisting with all aspects of their tourist business before farming full time. Her many stories about those years and the summer "boarders" prompted family interest in the hospitality industry that continues to this day.

Her keen memory, able to recite childhood poems until her final months, made her the keeper of family histories and genealogy of not just her own but of many families in the area. Her generous nature made sure that visitors left with some product of the farm, something from the kitchen, or a spray of flowers..

She was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Nobia Barnard, an infant son Charles; brother Ray Barnard, sister Jessie Webb, husband Carlos Rogers, son Charles, and great- grandson Jack Rogers. She is survived by a sister, Violet Smith of Asheville, N.C., a son, Jim Rogers and wife Pam of Spartanburg, S.C., grandsons Allen Rogers and wife Jessica of Jonesborough, Tenn. and John Rogers of Brussels, Belgium, great-grandsons Adam and Braeden Rogers of Tenn. along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. She loved her special friends Carolyn and Juli and used her gift of memory to speak with them by phone many times a day.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 21, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Miller offciating.

Pallbearars were Michael Crrek, Adam Burrell, Randy Woodall, Kenny Solomon, and Randy McCullohs; Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Tippett.

Memorials can be made to the Iotla United Methodist Church care of Rebecca Chastain 187 May Apple Lane Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William Henry Aaron

William Henry “Bill” Aaron, Jr., 78, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015. Mr. Aaron was born June 2, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to the late William Henry Aaron and Evelyn Arnold Aaron. Bill worked in radio for most of his career before coming to Highlands with his wife Nancy to open Southern Hands, an upscale craft store that was highly regarded for 20 years. He was a member of the Highlands Rotary Club, a Board member on the Chamber of Commerce and served on the Bascom Arts Center Board. Bill was also an active member of the Players Club of Detroit, and was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and would later become National President of that fraternity. Bill enjoyed animals, the mountains and a good story, was a skilled woodworker and cook, and he loved volunteering at HealthTracks and with the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Gould-Aaron of the home; a daughter, Lyn Aaron Stille of Canton, Ga; two sons, Bill Aaron (Marti) and Ben Aaron (Rebecca) of Marietta, Ga; four grandchildren, Ruth Aaron, Will Aaron, Grayson Stille, and Emma Aaron; sister- in-law, Nola Miller (Richard) of Winston-Salem, NC; and a nephew, Ben Miller of Dallas, TX.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation with the Rev. Bruce Walker and Rev. Howard L’Enfant officiating. The family will have a reception following the service at the church. A private Graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Horse Cove Cemetery.


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