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New American Flag presented to the Macon County Courthouse

The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 108 presented a new American Flag at the Macon County Courthouse on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. Commissioners Ronnie Beale and Gary Shields were on hand to receive the flag. Members of the American Legion Post 108 raised the flag on the flag pole at the Macon County Courthouse.

Attending the ceremony were Ronnie Beale, Gary Shields, Larry & Marilyn White, Art Pittman, Scottie Thomas, Barb and Carl Moyer, Louise Womack, Ken and Audrey Carpenter, Susie Hallern, Mike Coates, Christine Jason - president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Derek Roland, Frank Hunter, Bob & Dutch Slicer and John and Dorothy Crawford.

Commissioners hear results of revaluation

Beginning next July, Macon County residents can expect to see on average a 14.8 percent decrease in their property value due to the 2015 tax revaluation. The change in value, which varies based on type of property as well as location within Macon County, will bring Macon County to a .33 millage rate per $100 in Macon County. As it stands right now, at .27 millage rate per $100, Macon County has the lowest property tax rate in the state. The increase will result in Macon County now being the 5th lowest in the state.

Property tax rates need to produce about $25 million annually in order for the county to maintain a revenue neutral budget and be able to provide the current level of services to citizens.

Franklin’s perfect season comes to an end

FHS falls in round 4, still makes school history

The Franklin High School varsity football team's season came to an end last Friday night in the fourth round of the 2AA state playoffs. The Panthers hit the road to take on the undefeated East Lincoln Mustangs on their home field. Largely considered the underdog in the contest, the Panthers refused to go down without a fight.

“The team we played had a Division 1 quarterback, a few other Division 1 players so we knew that they were a really tough team,” said head coach Josh Brooks.

Gingerbread house competition winners

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Gingerbread House competition during Winter Wonderland Dec. 6 and 13.

Entries on display at the lower level of town hall were judged and the following contestants placed in their respective categories:

Children
1st Place – Brooklyn Davis
2nd Place – Emily Pilkerton
3rd Place - Awtrey’s, Beller’s & Coker’s

Youth
1st Place Place Youth – Hannah Cabe

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Deaths & Funerals



Phillip ChapmanPhillip Chapman

Phillip Chapman, 63, passed away on Aug. 27, 2013, at his home. He was born in Nichols County, W.Va., the son of the late Henry Russell Chapman and Leah Opal Radar. He worked for Austin Powder for a number of years. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Glenda Mary Chapman; three daughters, Marsa Chapman, and husband Brandon, Heather Chapman, and Carrie Chapman Lewis, and husband Lou all of Craigsville, W.Va.; one son, Brian Chapman, of Rupert, W.Va.; two sisters, Rose Mary Chapman Long of Indiana and Norma Salmons of Elkin, W.Va.; two brothers, John Chapman and wife Helen of Summersville, W.Va. and Mike Chapman of Arizona; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Crow Chapman and brothers, Gerald Chapman and Roger Chapman.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VFW Post #7339, c/o Neil Riendeau, 1155 N. Skeenah Road, Franklin NC, 28734 or American Legion Post #108, PO Box 474, Franklin NC, 28744.

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



Alva WoodringAlva Jewell Bentley Woodring

Alva Jewell Bentley Woodring, 81, went to be with the Lord on Friday Aug. 30, 2013. A native and lifelong resident of Glenville, N.C. She loved living in the mountains and enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. She was a member of Hamburg Baptist Church and lived her mountain values. She had a deep love for family and was known by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren as "Nanny." She was the wife of the late Charles Thomas Woodring and daughter of the late Frank and Myrtle Bentley. She was preceded in death by two infant sons and a daughter, Vieta Jamison, brothers, Edwin, Marvin and Cecil Bentley.

She is survived by sisters, Ada Moss, Kathleen Franks and Sue Smith; children, Vera Smith and husband Ronnie of Candler N.C., Sharon Houston and husband Steve and Eldon Jamison, son-inlaw, all of Yellow Mountain, N.C.; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Hamburg Baptist church with Revs. Johnny Norris and Keith Ashe officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Brad Blanton, Gary Williams, Sherman Moss, Victor Moss and David Bentley. Burial followed in the Hamburg Baptist church cemetery.

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



Jane H. LeBus

Jane H. LeBus, 88, of Highlands, N.C. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Born in Maysville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Frank Leslie and Maude Berry Hendrickson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Reynolds LeBus who died in 2001.

She is survived by two sons, Lewis Baldwin Flynn III of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Kyle Hendrickson Flynn and his wife Ann of Boca Grande, Fla.; one step-son, John Reynolds LeBus of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a stepson, Lewis Martin LeBus III.

Memorial donations may be made to Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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



Steven Chad AsbySteven Chad Asby

Steven Chad Asby, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Born in Tokorozawa, Japan, he was the son of Bucky Asby and Mildred Lillard Asby. He was self-employed in small motor engine repairs. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Melba Richards Asby; two children, Steven Asby and wife Lauren of Greenville, N.C. and Jennifer Asby of Aden, N.C.; four step-children, Diana Peavy of Franklin, Debra Hubbard and husband Shad of Cleveland, Tenn., Steven Watts of Tallahassee, Fla. and Cindy Watts of Franklin; brother, Scott Lillard Asby of Franklin; four grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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



Grace Ledford Ensley

Grace Ledford Ensley, 82, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, unexpectedly. A native of Franklin, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Oscar Ledford and Lexie Farmer Ledford and lived most of her life in Sylva, N.C.

She was involved with the family snack business, Weston Ensley Snax's for many years. She was a member of Scotts Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and brothers and sisters, she is preceded in death by her husband, Weston Oliver Ensley.

She is survived by her children, Kirby Grant Ensley of Sylva; a daughter, Cher Ensley of Florida; a granddaughter, Virna Lisa Stambaugh and husband James of Raccoon, Ky.; a great grandson, Jessie James Coleman, his step-sister Shellie, also of Kentucky; special sisters-in-law and close friends and numerous very much loved nieces and nephews.

A graveside service at Old Field Cemetery celebrating her life will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Melton Funeral Home, Sylva.



Vincent N. Barbro

Vincent N. Barbro, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., he was the son of the late Anthony Barbro and Loretta Cantor Barbro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony and Donald Barbro. He was a U.S. Air National Guard veteran. He enjoyed volunteering at CareNet. He sang with Men Macon Music and was a very active member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Barbro; son, Russell Barbro of Franklin; two daughters, Cynthia Lady of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Donna Barbro of Merritt Island, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jason and Kristin Lady; sister-in-law, Helen Barbro; nephew, Donald Barbro and niece, Daryl Bologna.

No services have been planned at this time.

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



Herbert John AsheHerbert John Ashe

Herbert John Ashe, 91, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. He was born on April 30, 1922 in Harlem, N.Y., to parents, Michael and Martha Carroll Ashe. He was the oldest of three siblings, the late Carroll Ashe McIver, and Donald Ashe.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of more than 50 years, Gloria, his son, Tim, and his second wife of 10 years, Enid Hess Ashe. He grew up in the Atacama Desert in Chile where he became fluent in Spanish, and attended high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he met Enid. He was a World War II Navy pilot and flew PBY’s off the coast of South America. While training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, he met and married Gloria Mc- Cluskey Ashe. They had four children together, Michael, Mary Ellen, Herbert Jr. and Timothy. He was a proud alumnus of Colorado School of Mines where he graduated with a degree in Mining Engineering. He worked for Bethlehem Steel for most of his career, which had him living in Venezuela, various parts of Mexico, Bethlehem, Pa., and Wheeling, W.Va. He moved to Florida after his retirement and split his time between Highlands and Florida for the last 17 years. He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Highlands. He enjoyed life to the fullest. Two of his greatest pleasures in life were a fine whiskey and a bowl of ice cream. He never met a stranger and was always ready with a smile and a joke.

He is survived by his wife, Dorice Pulte Ashe; his daughter, Mary Ellen Madison and her husband George of Zanesville, Ohio; two sons, Michael Ashe and wife Maria of Cincinnati, Ohio and Dr. Herbert Ashe Jr. and wife Robin of Houston, Texas; his brother, Donald Ashe and wife, Rita of Greenville, S.C.; step-children and their spouses of Florida and North Carolina, and nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741 or Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 35 N. 5th Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Jonathan Owen GregoryJonathan Owen Gregory

Jonathan Owen Gregory, 30, of South Knoxville, died suddenly on Aug. 22, 2013.

He was a loving husband, loving father and a loving son. He was a graduate of South Doyle High School and attended college at ESTU. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kacey Danielle Gregory, two sons, Grant James Gregory and Ryder Jay Gregory, father James Gwyn Gregory, mother Ramona Lynn Gregory, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Randy Reed will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Gregory Family, 1541 Ray Cove Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Thelma Katrina Dixon DeesThelma Katrina Dixon Dees

Thelma Katrina Dixon Dees, 90, of Franklin, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Born in Savannah, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Russell Dixon and Katherine Becker Roach. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Haywood Glynn Dees; two sisters, Dorothy Streb and Lois Bellmeyer and a brother, Russell Dixon. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Glenda Lois Hennessy of Franklin; granddaughter, Michelle Atkins and husband Chuck and great-grandson, Owen Charles Atkins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Victory Baptist Church. Rev. Benny Bagwell, Rev. Rusty Wolfrey and Rev. Vic Greene officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Morgan, James Bates, Ron Chambers, Fred Workinger, Tony Drinnon and Josh Gray.

Memorial donations can be made to Victory Baptist Church Building Fund, 278 Victory Baptist Church Road, Sylva, NC 28779 or Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Christy Taylor DownsChristy Taylor Downs

Christy Taylor Downs, 35, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Perry Taylor and Alice Holland Taylor. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1996. She loved sewing, crocheting, farming, gardening and poetry. She was a member of Franklin Church of God.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Jeff Downs; two daughters, Nicole Downs and LeAnne Downs both of the home; brother, Clinton Taylor of Franklin; grandmother, Frankie Henry Taylor of Franklin; mother-in-law, Vivian Lambert Downs; father-in-law, Lee Roy Downs; sister-in-law, Angie Vaughn and husband David all of Franklin; three nephews, Adam, Andrew and Austin Vaughn and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 23, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Thurman Jenkins, Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Eugene Moore officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Taylor, David Vaughn, Brian Crupi, Dexter Vinson, Kevin Watson and David Hastings. Dewayne Isaacs, Joel Holland and Mark Rogers served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Duke Transplant Center, 330 Trent Drive, Hanes House, RM 220, Durham, NC 27710.

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



Eugenia SpurlockEugenia Spurlock

Eugenia Spurlock, 79, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at a Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Born in Aiken, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Clinton and Rosa Green Hall. She was married to the late Willie Benjamin Spurlock, Sr. who passed away in 1998. She was a dietician at the Highland-Cashiers Hospital. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Heady Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Hazel Spurlock Webb of Clarksville, Ga., Nancy Spurlock Webb of Hendersonville, N.C. and Carolyn Spurlock Reynolds of Weaverville, N.C.; three sons, David Spurlock-Trantham of Tuckasegee, N.C., Willie Benjamin Spurlock Jr. and Clifton Kenneth Spurlock both of Highlands; two sisters, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Luke Spurlock.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with the Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was at Greens Creek Cemetery. Clarence Webb, Albert Webb, William Webb, Mike Franks, Jerry Trantham and Jamie Shuler served as pallbearers.

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



Janice Amelia Miller HendersonJanice Amelia Miller Henderson

Janice Amelia Miller Henderson, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully in her sleep, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2013, at a local nursing center. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Dover Howard and Frankie Virginia Tallent Miller. She was a supervisor for Burlington Industries. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and loved gardening, flowers and mowing the lawn.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Charles Lester Henderson; her daughter, Ellen Kaye McCall Plemmons of Franklin; step-daughters, Tammy Miller and husband Jonathon of Lakemont, Ga., and Rhonda McCarthy and husband James McCarthy II of Lawrenceville, Ga.; her son, Jerry Dan McCall and wife Janet of Franklin; three step-sons, Mike Henderson and wife April, Charlie Henderson and Leslie Henderson and wife Carol, all of Dillard, Ga.; seven sisters, Linda Garner and husband Lee, Judy Pickens, Connie Curtis and Gail Tallent and husband, Carroll all of Franklin, Lucille Punch of Denver, N.C., Betty Ramey and husband, Vaughn of Wiley, Ga., and Sue Owen and husband Tim of Hartwell, Ga.; one brother, Steve Howard Miller and wife Yvonne of Franklin; her special roommate at Macon Valley Care Center, Edna Boone; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Lenis McCall; her daughter, Teresa Ann McCall, and a sister, Dorothy Grant.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Powell and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Mike Henderson, Charlie Henderson, Paul Dobbins, Lee Garner, Tim Owen and Vaughn Ramey served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Retreat, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Betty Dann

Betty Dann, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Born in Waycross, Ga., she was the daughter of the late William Herrin and Rena Bennett Jones. She was married to Wayne O’Neal Dann who preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and member of Ocoee Christian Church in Ocoee, Fla.

She is survived by two daughters, Sherrall Dann Applegate of Ocoee, Fla. and Betsy Dann Fusco of Winter Garden, Fla. and one son, Patrick Dann of Ocoee, Fla.

Services will be held at a later date at Ocoee Christian Church in Ocoee, Florida.

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



George Jackson Hedden

George Jackson Hedden, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Howard and Ruby Stewart Hedden. He was service manager for Detroit Diesel; was a volunteer at CareNet, and worked the Franklin Flea Market for many years. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where he was a deacon and led the discipleship class.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandra Farthing Hedden; three daughters, Avis Hayes of Atlanta, Ga., Jacqueline Yost and husband Charlie of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Sarah Wilson of Franklin; one son, Fred Wilson of Franklin; one sister, Willene Mason and husband Max of Niota, Tenn.; two brothers, Jim Hedden and wife Sue of Franklin, and Wendell Hedden and wife Sarah of Andrews; two sisters-in-law, Helen O’Neal and husband Robert and Paula Brooks and husband Larry all of Otto; three grandchildren, Jonathan and Timothy Yost and Adam David Wilson and wife Jessica and one great-granddaughter, Avery Nova Wilson.

A service in celebration of his life was held Sunday, Aug. 25, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Marlin Keener officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care Net of Macon County, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Dorothy Ann Dodd

Dorothy Ann Dodd, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Born in DeKalb County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Ada McDougal Dean. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Dodd, Sr.

She was a bookkeeper for a gasoline company; she was an artist and painted beautiful pictures and sang with The Sweet Adelines for 50 years.

She is survived by a son, Robert C. Dodd Jr. of Franklin and a granddaughter, Sarah Dodd-Verizzo of Sarasota, Fla.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, N.C.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 32058-5216.

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



Warren William ChamblessWarren William Chambless

Warren William Chambless, 69, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Born in Bay County, Florida, he was the son of the late Horace Russell Chambless and Frances Beall Chambless. He was married to Penny Kente Chambless for 47 years. He was a graduate of Fitzgerald High School, and the University of Georgia. He retired from Allstate Insurance Company in 2000 and later returned to work with the National Catastrophe Team for Allstate. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David Russell Chambless and Monika of Cashiers, N.C.; one sister, Martha Chambless of Sevierville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Sofia and Lilliana Chambless of Cashiers.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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


Eunice Hunter StriblingEunice Hunter Stribling

Eunice Hunter Stribling, 94, of Highlands, N.C., passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2013.

The widow of Robert Sloan Stribling, Eunice had been a resident of the Chestnut Hill community since 1998. She and "Strib" were founding members (1964) of the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Her golfing talent and competitiveness propelled her to a record seven Ladies Club Championships there. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Highlands. An avid golfer and bridge player, she also loved walking the trails of Whiteside Mountain with its wildflowers, birds and galax plants.

She was born Eunice Stuart Hunter Jr. in 1919 in Spartanburg, S.C., to Edward Orlando and Eunice Stuart Highsmith Hunter. She was the fourth of seven siblings, all of whom pre-deceased her. After high school in Chester, she earned a degree from Limestone College in 1939 (Gaffney, S.C.) and later worked for Springs Textile Mills in Lancaster, S.C. There she met "Strib" and they were married in 1949. He worked as general manager of the Grace Bleachery-Springs Textiles. He retired as executive vice president, and they moved to Highlands for summers and to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the winters. "Strib" died in 1986. Eunice became a full-time resident of Highlands in 1998.

She leaves behind many dear friends and a sister-in-law, Mrs. James R. (Jo) Hunter of Atlanta, along with seven nieces and nephews, a grandnephew and two grandnieces from the Hunter line and numerous Stribling cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m., with Dr. Lee Bowman officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Lancaster (S.C.) Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highlands- Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741 or the Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.SupportVeterans.org).

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


Gary Alan StanfieldGary Alan Stanfield

Gary Alan Stanfield, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of Robert Preleau Stanfield and the late Bobbie Hopper Stanfield. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Stanfield who died in 2006. He was a U.S. Army veteran, retired U.S. Postal worker and was an avid fisherman and golfer.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jan Roberts Stanfield; brother, Larry Stanfield and wife Donna of Ontario, Ohio; two nieces, Cindy Stanfield and Brandi Grogg; nephew, Tim Stanfield and loyal and devoted dog, Mickey.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tommy James officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


Hallie Estena Cabe DotsonHallie Estena Cabe Dotson

Hallie Estena Cabe Dotson, 94, of Cleburne, Texas, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Cleburne. She was born Oct. 30, 1918, in Franklin, N.C., to Harve Grey and Addie Saunders Cabe. She married Lawrence Ervin Dotson on Sept. 25, 1948, in Toccoa, Ga., and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1980.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Dotson and wife Connie, Harold Dotson and wife Kathy, Edward Dotson and wife Kay and Tom Dotson and wife Cindy; seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Bethel United Methodist Church, Franklin. Pastor Matt Morris officiated. Burial was in Bethel Church Cemetery.

Online condolences at www.cpcleburne.com. Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home served the family.


Thelma ‘Wanda’ HollandThelma ‘Wanda’ Holland

Thelma “Wanda” Holland, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Thomas Bailey and Annie Mae Teems Bailey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Simmons. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Andy Berry; three sons, Brian Holland and wife Tammy, Kevin Holland and wife Susanne and Hugh Holland and Michelle Engert all of Franklin; two sisters, Sue Bryson and Marge Gibson, both of Franklin; brother, Jerry Bailey of Nebo, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Christopher and wife Rose, Matthew, Joshua and Nathaniel Holland, Kory DePaola and Anissa and Claire Holland; and one great-grandson, Aidan Holland.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Gibson, Rich Gibson, Barry Bryson, Tommy Peck, Randy Simmons, Mark Berry and Glen Hedden.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Wade Huffman HigdonWade Huffman Higdon

Wade Huffman Higdon, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late William R. and Georgia Corbin Higdon. He was a dairy farmer and a member of the Higdonville Baptist Church. He loved his church and the outdoors. He loved the Tarheels.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Aug. 11, at Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Mack Hutson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Higdonville Baptist Church, c/o Harold Rayborn, 1459 Cat Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Dr. Travis Bedsole Goodloe Sr.

Dr. Travis Bedsole Goodloe Sr., 72, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Mobile, Ala., the son of the late John Russell and Nell Bedsole Goodloe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Vietnam war. He graduated from the University of Alabama and University of Alabama Medical School. He practiced pediatrics and emergency medicine in Mobile, Ala. He retired to Highlands in 1999. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, a member of the Mobile Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association, the sitting chairman of the Board of the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, a volunteer at the Highlands Visitor Center, a volunteer at the Hudson Library Book Worm, a volunteer at the International Friendship Center and a volunteer for Relay for Life.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Ploetner Goodloe; his daughter, Mary Ellis Goodloe Gazaway (Hoyt) of Braselton, Ga., and his son, Travis Bedsole Goodloe, Jr. (Lisa) of Mobile, Ala.; his grandchildren, Amelia Gazaway Granberg (Garrett), Jeffery Gazaway, Wright Gazaway, Cameron Gazaway, Grace Gazaway, Kathryn Gazaway, Travis Goodloe, III and Emma Goodloe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 or to the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, Inc., PO Box 43, Highlands, NC 28741

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


Virginia Ayers

Virginia Ayers, 99, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. She was born in Highland Park, Mich., the daughter of the late Harold and Eva Hornsby Fredericks. She was married for 62 years to Robert F. Ayers, who died in 2000. She had worked as a head teller in a bank.

She is survived by a daughter, Fay Switzer of Amboy, Ind., a son, Bob Ayers and his wife Shannon of Whittier; four grandchildren, Becky Baier, David Baier, Matthew Ayers and Bryan Ayers; three great-grandchildren, Brynn, Jenna and Emily.

Services and burial will be held later in Ellenton, Fla.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret Prenatt WoleslagleMargaret Prenatt Woleslagle

Margaret Prenatt Woleslagle, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

Born in Titusville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Leo Prenatt and Irvina Murphy Prenatt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Eugene Woleslagle and brothers, Dick and John Prenatt. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi where she volunteered and was a member of the Secular Franciscans T.O.R. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and also visited the sick.

She is survived by two children, Rick Woleslagle and wife Cassandra and Jacquelyn W. Brown all of Franklin; six grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Woleslagle both of Asheville, N.C., Joshua Sechrist and Sarah Brown both of Charlotte, N.C., Annie Sechrist of Charlottesville, Va., and Zachary Sechrist of Ridgecrest, Calif. and three great-grandchildren, John Addison Atkins, Gus Atkins and Henry Sechrist.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father James Cahill and Father Tien Duong officiated.

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


1st Lt. Edith Katherine Welling

1st Lt. Edith Katherine Welling, 92, of Sykesville, Md., died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Fairhaven in Sykesville. Born Jan. 17, 1921, in Rocky Mount, N.C., she was the daughter of the late E.M. Godwin and the late Kate Cunningham Godwin. She was the wife of the late Col. Mordecai Gist Welling Sr. who died April 27, 1994, and to whom she was married for 47 1/2 years.

She was a native of North Carolina and graduated from Mercy Hospital. She had been a registered nurse in North Carolina and Maryland. She had been a private duty nurse in Charlotte, N.C. before enlisting in the Army Nurse Corps at Camp Blanding in 1942. She served with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII. She was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #108, Veterans of Foreign War, Faculty Wives of University of Maryland, Extension Wives of University of Maryland, and the Intervention Women's Club of Banghor, India. She also was a charter member of the Military Memorial for All Women dedicated at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. She was a member of Fairhaven Episcopal Church in Sykesville.

Surviving are daughter Mary Kathryn Valvano and her husband Bruce D. of Naperville, Ill., grandchildren, Aveline Katherine Hauser and her husband, Andrew, and Dominic Welling Valvano and his wife, Adrienne, all of Naperville, Ill., and great-grandchildren, Rocco D. Valvano, Donovan C. Valvano, Evelyn R. Hauser and Conrad J. Hauser.

She was predeceased by her son, Mordecai Gist Welling Jr.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Online condolences may be offered at www.haightfuneralhome.com.


Sallie Ann Mason

Sallie Ann Mason, 57, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Edna Webb Mason.

She attended Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and operated her own mechanic business. She loved her Harley and lived to ride; she was cofounder of the Pickle Bash and influenced many to ride, no matter the weather. She never missed the rally at Daytona.

She is survived by four daughters, Michelle Drew Henry, Karen Lynn McDermott Ward, Stephanie Idon Mason and Samantha Gene Hensley; two sons, Steven Gregory Barnes II and Barry Wayne Mason; one sister, Roberta Mason Hensley and husband Steve; 20 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one niece.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Seth Mason; a brother, Robert Eugene Mason and two nephews, Robert Gordon Hensley and Mitchell Ray Hensley.

A graveside memorial service will be held Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Goldmine Cemetery. Bikes meet in the gravel lot past BILO on the left 64 East 1 p.m. Call (828)369-6821 for further information

BryantGrant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




David Anthony ‘Skip’ Aadnesen

David Anthony “Skip” Aadnesen, 69, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 12, 2013.

Born in Chicago, Ill., to John “Andy” and Anne Horwath Aadnesen, he spent most of his life in California. He was a U.S. Marine and served in Vietnam. He was a security consultant with TRW for 23 years.

He leaves behind a wife of 25 years, Judy Painter Aadnesen; three children, Kim and husband Robert of Franklin, Jen and husband Ryan of New Hampshire and Eric and fiancée Crystal of Franklin. He has two brothers, Michael and Jeff of California. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Macon Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Riverside Memorial Park in Riverside, Calif., for interment.

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



Gladys Marie McConnell

Gladys Marie McConnell, 87, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Born in Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Marion S. and Leona N. McClure Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Lyman McConnell, who died July 21, 1989.

She was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who always had a beautiful smile. She was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Beatrice Marie Carpenter of Franklin; two sons, Donald Hugh Mc- Connell and wife Kathy of Franklin, and George Rondall Mc- Connell and wife Kenny of Marietta, Ga.; a brother, Marion Thomas Jr. of Hiawassee, Ga; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Gene McConnell; a son-in-law, James Carpenter; a sister, Edna Blanche Prince; two brothers, Porter Thomas and M. L. Thomas; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 16, at Black Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Cannon, Rev. Mike McConnell and Rev. Bryan Alexander officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to Black Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 662 S. Skeenah Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Thomas Z. Jones

Thomas Z. Jones, 78, of Lenoir City, Tenn., passed away in Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 15. He was a graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, N.C. and Western Carolina University. He served 21 years with the U.S. Navy "Seabees" retiring as a chief equipment operator. He was very proud of his service to his country and was based in many areas of the world including Alaska, the Philippines, Italy, the Antarctic and Vietnam. His many military awards included The Naval Achievement Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Expert Rifle and Pistol ribbons. Following his military retirement, he worked for the Caterpillar Company in Peoria, Ill. He was married for 43 years to Rosa del Ricco of Casserta, Italy, who predeceased him in 2003.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Angelo Jones of Princeton, Ill., and brothers, Larry of Lenoir City and Dr. R. M. Jones of Franklin.

Interment will be in Lacon, Ill., beside his beloved wife, Rosa.

Click Funeral Home Lenoir City, is serving the family. www.clickfuneralhome.com.



Herby Nicholson, Jr.

Herby Dillard "Shorty" Nicholson Jr., 85, of Byhalia, Miss., formerly of Macon County, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug.14, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Monetta, S.C., the son of the late Herby Dillard Nicholson, Sr. and Gazette Pauline Rogers Nicholson. He was a dairy famer and timberman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Kimsey Nicholson.

He is survived by his companion of 22 years, Mary Lou Allen; his daughter, Reva Hake of Columbia, Mo.; his son, Rex Nicholson of Pass Christian, Miss.; three sisters, Olga Huscusson, Eoline McCoy and her husband, Tommy, and Ruth Crawford and her husband, Burt, all of Franklin, N.C.; one brother, Grady Byron Nicholson and wife Margie Shook Nicholson of Otto, N.C.; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Burt Crawford officiating. Burial was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Della MacDougall

Della Kingsley Malpasse Lucas MacDougall, 89, passed away Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was born at the Mattie Harris farm, Davisboro, Ga., Washington County, Feb. 5, 1924, to William Harris Malpasse and Pauline Winifred Jernigan Malpasse.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, John Joseph Franklin Lucas; second husband, Harry Kenneth Mac- Dougall Jr.; sister, Julia Franklin Malpasse Benitez; and grandson, Jared Kingsley Lucas.

She and her family moved from Davisboro to Atlanta. She attended the premier of "Gone With The Wind" in 1939. She graduated from Girls’ High School, Atlanta, Georgia, 1940.

She worked for the United States Forest Service, as switchboard operator and secretary, Scripto Pencil & Pen in Atlanta, Home Federal Savings & Loan, and Tom Wood Equipment in Florida.

She was of Disciples of Christ faith. While living in south Florida, she was one of the founding members, Sunday School teacher, and deaconess of Faith Christian Church, Hollywood, Fla. She was a member and served on the CWF at Parkway Christian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Later she was a member, Elder Emeritus at First Christian Church, Sebring, Fla., and member at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, N.C.

She loved life. She lit up a room with her smile and presence. She was gracious and kind. She accepted you as you were. She accepted what life offered and never complained. She was an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know and love her. She loved broadening her mind through books, many genres of music, and creating classical cuisine. An avid reader, She especially enjoyed the southern authors Margaret Mead and Flannery O’Conner.

She is survived by her children, Michael William Lucas and his wife Dawn, High Springs, Fla., and daughter, Heather MacDougall Mangum and her husband Joe, Highlands; sisters, Billie Campbell and her husband, Gene, Port Orange, Fla., and Annette Theoharides, Somers, N.Y.; grandchildren, Todd Lucas and his wife Eleni, Woodinville, Wash., Sean Lucas, Gainesville, Fla. and Miranda Lucas Chesser and her husband Bill, Archer, Fla.; greatgrandchildren, Alexandra, Cameron, and Hannah Lucas.

A memorial service for Della will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, Saturday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Lee Bowman officiating. Interment will be at the Harris Family Cemetery, Davisboro, Ga., Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Della M. Lucas Mac- Dougall may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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



William ‘Ray’ McMahan

William “Ray” McMahan, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Tim McMahan and Pauline Waldroop McMahan. He was the owner of M&M Siding and was a member, deacon and former youth leader at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Baye Hopkins McMahan; three sons, Michael McMahan and wife Beckie, Kevin McMahan and wife Jennifer and Brandon McMahan and wife Kate all of Franklin; two brothers, Henry McMahan and wife Linda and Bob McMahan and wife Joyce both of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Alisha Randall, Marc McMahan, Noah McMahan, Elijah McMahan, Chloe McMahan, Kyndle McMahan, Kaci McMahan and Karli McMahan and one great-grandchildren, Nathan McMahan.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rev. Carson Gibson, Rev. Josh Brooks and Rev. David Hastings officiated. Burial was in the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Marc McMahan, Noah McMahan, Elijah McMahan, Gary McMahan, Tim McMahan and Jason Hopkins. Honorary Pallbearers were deacons of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Cartoogechaye Baptist Church Youth.

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



Carrie Nell Gibson Cabe

Carrie Nell Gibson Cabe, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Minnie Angel Gibson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cabe who died Aug. 27, 2012.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved kitty cats and flowers and loved taking care of and cooking for family and friends. She was a member of Mashburn Branch Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirlene Spradlin and husband Melvin of Franklin; three grandchildren, Leeann Higdon and husband Brandon, Amanda McMahan and husband Robert and Jody Spradlin and wife Heather all of Franklin and six great-grandchildren, Zachary McMahan, Austin McMahan, Blake McMahan, Brandon McMahan, KayLyn McMahan and Mia Higdon.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle Gibson and a grandson, Kevin Spradlin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Gene Hawkins officiating. Burial was in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert McMahan, Brandon Higdon, Austin McMahan, Blake McMahan, Jack Gibson, Billy Hurst and Brandon McMahan. Honorary pallbearer will be Carl Angel.

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



Joanna Pittman Fox

Joanna Pittman Fox died at home on Aug. 18, 2013, of a malignant brain tumor. She was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Atlanta, Ga. Her parents were Frank Smith Pittman Jr. and Virginia Boyd Pittman, both of Griffin, Ga. She moved to Prattville, Ala., in 1946. She graduated from Sullins College Academy in Bristol, Va., in 1955, and then she attended the University of Alabama from 1955-57. She was one of the first women engineering majors at the university. She ultimately graduated from Stratford College in Danville, Va., in 1970, where she majored in English. She completed a master’s degree in guidance at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and studied guidance at the University of Virginia.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Dr. Edward (Ned) Jordan Fox Jr.; her sons, Dr. John Paul Rutter III, of Mt. Olive, N.C., and Harrison Rogers Rutter (Catherine) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughter, Dr. Virginia Elisabeth Rutter (John Schmitt) of Framingham, Mass., and Washington DC, as well as Edward Jordan Fox III (Betsy) of Charlotte. She is predeceased by her son, Lt. Frank Pittman Rutter, USN (Shannon Rutter Valentine) and her brother, Dr. Frank Smith Pittman III. Other family includes Dr. Mike Valentine. She has eight grandchildren, Pitt and Jake Rutter, Ashley and Olivia Fox, Catherine, Jack and Brooke Valentine, and Wesley Bailey. She is survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Frank’s wife Elizabeth Brawner Pittman, and nieces and nephews, Dr. Tina Pittman Wagers, Frank Smith Pittman IV, Dr. Ginger Pittman Pistilli and seven great nieces and nephews. She died on the birthdate of her son, Pitt, who died 28 years ago.

She was an educator by profession, a community volunteer by avocation, and a mother to many by inspiration. As an educator, she was a leader at several institutions including Charlotte Latin School. She was a teacher, a guidance counselor and college guidance counselor, upper school head, a director of admissions and a director of financial aid. She was past-president of Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors. She was a dedicated, active servant to the Episcopal Church all of her life – from church organist starting at age 12 to president of the Episcopal Church Women as a young mother, to parish administrator after she moved to Cashiers in 1982, and to altar guild member until age 74.

She had an unparalleled gift for friendship, and was a famous friend to her nieces, nephews, neighbors, colleagues, and most of all to her husband Ned. She built community wherever she went, and has left behind an engaged, interconnected web of friends, family, and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 32, Cashiers, NC, 28717.

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



Sidney Broadbent

Sidney Broadbent, 81, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

Born in Lackawanna County, Pa., he was the son of the late Sidney Broadbent and Beatrice Bevan Broadbent. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He worked as stage manager for Paul Harvey; loved his horses and was a former member of the Macon Horse Association and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Marilyn McRoberts Broadbent; five daughters, Lynne Denouden of Holland, Lori Broadbent of Chicago, Ill., Beth Broadbent of Ft. Myers, Fla., Kari Hebrank of Tallahassee, Fla. and Kelly Spiro of Science Hills, Ky.; nine grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Ellen Jackson Alligood

Ellen Jackson Alligood, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Born in Washington, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Delmer Jackson and Nelia Holmes Waters Jackson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl Alligood who died Oct. 4, 2011. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Eastern Star and Home Extension. She enjoyed church work, especially singing in the choir.

She is survived by daughter, Debbie Land of Franklin; son, Blake Alligood and wife Wanda of Franklin; sister, Ann Jackson and husband J.T. Sheppard of Washington; two brothers, C.D. Jackson of Culpepper, Va., and Jessie and wife Elaine Jackson of Washington; eight grandchildren, Tanya Land Durant, Tammi Land and Andrew Porter, Marcus Land, Melissa Alligood Fifield and husband Kevin, Joseph D’Ascoli, Andy Alligood and wife Holly, Jessica Alligood, Rosemarie D’Ascoli, David D’Ascoli, Angie Mercier and Tiffany Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Ashley Durant, Brittney Durant, Jake Durant, Kendall Fifield and Baby Girl Land/Porter.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church. Rev. Robert Brown, Rev. Joe Sustarsic and Rev. Blake Arnold officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Marty Queen, Bruce Moore, Barry Breeden, David Sherwood, David D’Ascoli and Stephen Wright.

Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church Choir.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Willie Mae Poole

Willie Mae Poole, 88, of Oxford, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

Born in Guntersville, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Willie Melton and Alice Keylon Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde E. Poole who died in 2001 and a sister, Thelma Ryans. She lived at Merryvale Assisted Living Center in Oxford for 11 years, where she enjoyed many activities. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Franklin.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Patton and husband Pat of Franklin and Patricia Harris of Social Circle, Ga.; sister, Leota Patterson of Rockwood, Tenn.; two brothers, Troy Melton of Rockwood, Tenn. and Glenn Melton of Newberry, S.C.; two grandsons, Parks Harris and wife Kathy and Chad Harris and four great-grandchildren, Reid, Ryan, Morgan and Mason Harris.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Margaret Freeman officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Abbey Hospice. Pallbearers were Parks Harris, Chad Harris, Reid Harris, Ryan Harris, Mason Harris and Jim Shope.

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




Bobby Frank Ammons

Bobby Frank Ammons, 57, of Franklin, N.C., died unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Frank and Edith Brown Ammons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Janet Ammons. He was a supervisor for Norton Creek Farms and was a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his work and also enjoyed fishing, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and poppy.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Faust Ammons; daughter, Candy Lowe and husband Philip of Franklin; brother, James Ammons and wife Kathy of Franklin and three grandchildren, Madison, Hunter and Jennalee.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. Philip Lowe officiated. Burial was in the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Stanley, Ryan McHan, Ronnie Vanhook, Clyde McCall, Jeff Stamey, Cody Faust, John Faust and Mark Bell.

Memorial donations can be made to the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Jerry Sutton, 1822 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or St. Jude Children’ Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org).

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



Ossie Sluder CrenshawOssie Sluder Crenshaw

Ossie Sluder Crenshaw, 86, of Pendleton, S.C., passed to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Anderson, S.C.

Born on June 19, 1927, she was preceded in death by her parents, Granville and Pearlie Morton Sluder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde, J.B. “Jake” and Michael Sluder; three sisters, Alice Sluder James, Frances Sluder, and Ida LeRoy; sister and stepmother-in-law, Alice Sluder James; step mother-in-law, Marie Knecht James; first husband, Thomas Alfred James; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, C.L. and Katherine James Ramey of Otto. Mr. and Mrs. James were owners and operators of Ossie’s Beauty and Tanning Salon since the mid 1960s. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Seneca #5 and a member of Faith Fellowship Church of Pendleton.

She is survived by her spouse, Thomas Crenshaw; puppy friend, Teddy Bear; step-sons, Walter Lee Crenshaw, Stephen Wade Crenshaw, and Thomas Wayne Crenshaw; brother, E.C. “Pete” Sluder; one grandchild, two great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews in the Sluder family and one niece, Miss Sarah Ann Ramey of Otto.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29, at the Brown- Oglesby Chapel. Rev. Doug LeRoy, Rev. Brad Hanks, and Rev. Jimmy Cox officiated. Burial was in the Oconee Memorial Park.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Church of Pendleton, 2230 Old Greenville Hwy, Pendleton, SC 29670 www.faithfellowshippendleton.org.



Scott DillsScott Dills

Scott Dills, 44, of Nantahala Community, Topton, N.C., died Sunday, July 28, 2013, in the Brian Center in Brevard. He had lived in Macon County most of his life. He attended the Bethel Hill Baptist Church.

He was the son of Eric K. Dills of Andrews and Cathy Wishon Dills Passmore of Nantahala. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ciera Rose “Rosebud” Dills.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Danielle Harris Dills; a step-father, Kenneth Passmore of Nantahala; a sister, Sharman Pratt of Topton; a brother, Stacy Dills of Newport, N.C.; the maternal grandmother, Julia Dills of Andrews; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, in Bethel Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Dockery and Leroy Kelly officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Ethan Dills, Chuck Hedden, Larry and Mike Wishon, Darrell and Eric Dockery, Carl Lequire, Verlon Passmore, and J.D. Owenby. Honorary pallbearers were Skylar, Breanna, and Zoey Dills, and Hope and Kelly Dockery.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements. Online guest register at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.


Margaret West Bailey

Margaret West Bailey, 98, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Mitchell Wellington and Alretta Sneft West. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William J. Bailey, Jr.

She was a graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk, Va. and attended the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. She was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church and a member of Highlands Garden Club.

She is survived by a niece, Joice Ira of Jacksonville, Fla. and a nephew, C. Edgar Hill, Jr., of Jackson, Miss. and their families. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Virginia West Cornick who died in June of 2012.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at the family plot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers that have attended to her in recent years.

Memorial donations may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741 or Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Danny JohnsonDanny Johnson

Danny Johnson, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Walter and Laura Ellen Anderson Johnson. He was a roofing contractor. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and liked hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judy Phillips Johnson; four sons, Chance Johnson, Shaye Johnson, Nacomas Johnson and Brandon Reynolds all of Franklin; two sisters, Eva Nell Clouse and husband Milbern and Margaret Childers, all of Franklin; two brothers, Billie Johnson and wife June of Penrose, N.C., and Burt Johnson of Franklin; and one grandson, David Johnson. He was preceded in death by a son, David Henry.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 5, at Olive Hill Gospel Chapel with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial was held at Joe Ground Family Cemetery. Sons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28741.

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



Hassie HarrisHassie Harris

Hassie Harris, 91, of Hayesville, N.C., died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C. She was a native of Clay County, but had lived in many parts of the United States before moving back to Clay County in 1987. She was a bookkeeper for Clement Brothers Construction Company and she was also a homemaker.

She was the daughter of the late Mark and Levie Hogsed Rogers and the wife of the late Hubert Carl Harris, who died March 31, 2013.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy H. Phillips and husband, Larry of Cashiers, N.C. and Janie H. Greene and husband, Larry of Oxford, Ga.; five grandchildren, Ken and Tom Greene, and Mica, Katelyn, and Ashley Phillips; and two great-grandchildren, Walker and Coy Greene.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with Rev. Jackie Sellers officiating. Interment will be in Eagle Fork Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby and Gary Rogers, Fletcher Bradley, Chester Hogsed, Rex Patterson and Harold Gilleland.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Hassie Harris to the Eagle Fork Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Debra Burch, 198 Burnt Schoolhouse Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.

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


William Ross Bonner

William Ross Bonner, 75, of Pressley Road, Franklin, N.C., died Aug. 3, 2013.

He was born in Greensboro N.C., to Merle Dumont “Rabbit” Bonner and Blanche Baker Hanff Bonner, who preceded him in death. He was educated in High Point City schools and Woodberry Forest School of Orange, Va. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962 and afterwards worked for Oakdale Cotton Mills of Jamestown, N.C., for a short time as a salesman. He attended North Carolina State University and received a degree in fishery biology in 1968. He worked with the N.C. Wildlife Commission as district biologist in Western North Carolina. He was promoted to Special Studies Biologist for all of the trout waters in that area. He did a hydrology survey of the streams in the mountains, and published his study. He is also the author of numerous articles on fish biology in various state and national publications.

He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He knew all the trails in the Nantahala Mountains and was an expert in using the compass. He always had a garden and orchard and enjoyed his produce.

He is survived by his sister, Blanche Bonner Stevens (Walker) and his brothers, John Hall Bonner (Debbie) and James Archibald Stuart Bonner (Louise), and by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

His family thanks Linda and Morgan McCane, of Franklin, for the love and care they have given him.

Memorials may be made to the NC Wildlife Endowment Fund, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, 1702 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699 or Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Wooly Bugger, WV 25438.

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



Joyce Golding WilliamsJoyce Golding Williams

Joyce Golding Williams, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Born in Bimington, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Stella Drum Golding. She worked as a school teacher for many years; teaching at Pompano Baptist Temple School, Victory Baptist and Trimont Academy. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Williams; six children, Mike Williams and wife Claire of Paris, Tenn., Peter Williams and wife Donna of Pompano, Fla., Tim Williams and wife Jeannette of Winter Haven, Fla., Joel Williams and wife Kim of Boynton Beach, Fla., Paul Williams and wife Joyce Ann of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Joy Graham and husband Scott of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother, Gerald Golding and wife Linda of Texas; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 3, at Victory Baptist Church. Pastors Tim Williams, Rusty Wolfrey and Benny Bagwell officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to Gideons International PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744 or Victory Baptist Church, 278 Victory Baptist Church Rd, Sylva, NC 28779.

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



Hoyt Wilson ‘Ajax’ AlexanderHoyt Wilson ‘Ajax’ Alexander

Hoyt Wilson “Ajax” Alexander, 80, lost his battle with cancer, Aug. 4, 2013.

He was born June 29, 1933, in College Park, Ga., to Leland and Bessie Alexander. He served in the Air Force for 13 years during the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father and friend. His passions in life were fishing, hunting, and being a devoted family man. He spent the majority of his life in Florida where he and his wife owned and operated several successful businesses and raised their family. He retired in North Carolina where he enjoyed doing the things he loved.

He is survived by his dedicated wife of 43 years, Nancy Jane Alexander, stepsons, Daniel, Terry and Perry Atkinson and Kurt Knechtel; stepdaughters, Debbie Valdes and Nancy Muehl; son, Lee Alexander; daughter, Deyonne Alexander; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Glen and Alan Alexander. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jaquelin; stepson, John; and grandson, Perry.

Memorial contributions can be called or mailed to Macon Funeral Home, (828)524-5540, 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Marian Gaines Westcott

Marian Gaines Westcott, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Born in Bradenton, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Leslie Gaines and Mae Parrish Gaines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Marvin. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Laurance Westcott; daughter, Janie Ensley of Franklin; sister, Lou Rahn of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, Leighann Smith and Holly Lane and four greatgrandchildren, Rachel Smith, Noah Smith, Gavin Lane and Sarah Lane.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam and Rev. Margaret Freeman will officiate.

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

In lieu of flower, memorial donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc. P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Lemuel Dawson BryantLemuel Dawson Bryant

Lemuel “Lem” Dawson Bryant, 82, of Franklin, N.C., went home to Heaven to be with his Lord. His travels and works are now completed here on earth. Those who knew him knew what a great man he was with his smile and witty humor.

He was born in Rentz, Ga., on Jan 2, 1931; he was the son of the late Frank and Nettie Bryant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mamie, two brothers, Cecil and Wyman Bryant, and his first wife Delcie Mae Bryant.

During his teens he settled in Florida from Georgia with his parents and siblings. He started ranching in 1960 in Astatula, Fla., where he raised cattle and farming. He ventured into rodeo and one year won a prize buckle for calf roping that he requested to be handed down to his great-grandson, Logan Dawson Bryant. Then in 1972 at the ranch he founded and started Lem Bryant Land Clearing, Inc. as president and owner. In 1982, he moved the construction business to Hwy 19, in Tavares, Fla., where he continued to run his construction business until Dec. 2009 when he retired to the mountains of Franklin.

He loved living in the mountains spending a lot of time sitting out on the deck watching the deer and turkeys come up and eat corn he put out for them. He loved bluegrass music attending many concerts and going to gospel singings in the area. He was a member of the Cartoogechaye Baptist Church in Franklin. He loved his church family and supported the youth of the church. He leaves behind a lot of friends in Florida and the mountains of North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Maryfrances (Young) Terrell Bryant, Franklin; sons, Robert (Donna) Bryant of Carmel, Ind., William Bryant of Fruitland Park, Fla.; step-sons Ray (Ellie) Hurley of Lutz, Fla., Keith (Shelly) Hurley of Safety Harbor, Fla., Edward Hurley of Perry, Fla.; sisters, Jane (Horace) Hayes of Pearson, Ga., Marie Cosby of Pearson, Ga.; brother, Quincy (Darlene) Bryant of Eustis, Fla.; grandsons, Lance (Julie) Bryant of Fla., Clinton (Katheryn) Bryant of Vt.; two great- grandchildren, Logan Dawson Bryant and Landyn Devyn Bryant of Eustis, Fla.; seven step-grandchildren, Matthew, Dustin, Megan, Jennifer, AJ, Katelyn and Jessica Hurley all of Florida and five step-great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Noah Foss of Florida, Jackson, Levi and Isla Hazer of California and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Macon Funeral Home, Franklin, with Pastors Josh Brooks and Carson Gibson officiating.

Final funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Home, Tavares, Fla., with Pastor Carson Gibson of Franklin, officiating. Visitation and viewing one hour prior to the funeral services. Final burial will be in the Astatula Cemetery, Astatula, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, his wish was that memorial donations be made to Cartoogechaye Baptist Church Youth Fund, C/O Cartoogechaye Baptist church, Att: Kevin McMahan, 465 West Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734. His love for the youth of his church will live on in his name.

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


Shirley Ann Henson Gregory

Shirley Ann Henson Gregory, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013.

Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Henson and Gladys Neal Henson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Will Cansler. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll Jackson Gregory; three children, Joy Evers and husband Mike, Jackie Gregory and wife Cindy, and Jamie Gregory all of Franklin; brother, Fred L. Henson of Florida; three grandchildren, Jessica Bradley, Ryan Evers and Bradley Evers and a great-granddaughter, Natalie Bradley.

Funeral service were held Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Johnny Rogers officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Landon Holland, Adam Huscusson, Mark Holland, Dennis Holland, Landy Holland and Tony Munger.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

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


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