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Angel Medical Center's Hospice Butterfly Release

Payton Nicholson offers a perch to a butterfly as it prepares to take flight at Angel Medical Center’s annual Butterfly Release held Thursday, Aug. 14.

The event is held each year in honor of hospice caregivers and in memory of hospice patients.

Community members who attended were given packets that held the butterflies and were invited to release them.

 

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Cause of death released in Burningtown fire

No charges have been filed; search warrant issued

Autopsy results released by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday showed that the cause of death for the body found in the Middle Burningtown home on Saturday, Aug. 2, was strangulation. The body of Day Williamson, 71, was found in the upstairs back bedroom following a fire that destroyed the home. Although the body was recovered after the fire was put out, the findings of strangulation as a cause of death means that Williamson was deceased before the fire.

Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said that Charles Andrew Cochran, the inmate that escaped earlier this month remains a prime suspect.

Commissioners from across of the state tour Macon County

Two charter buses rolled up town hill last Thursday, carrying county commissioners from across the state. As part of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference being held in Asheville, commissioners from all across the Old North State ventured to Macon County, many of which did so for the very first time.

The NCACC's newest president, Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale spearheaded the event.

“The visit to Macon County by dozens of county commissioners, along with their families, was important for several reasons,” said Beale.

Young kayakers hone their skills at Junior Olympics

Young kayakers from all over the country gathered at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) on Aug. 9-10 to compete at the Whitewater Junior Olympics. The event was billed as the biggest event of 2014 for the NOC.

The NOC is the largest whitewater rafting outfitter in the world and on average takes about 150,000 guests on guided outdoor excursions annually and according to National Geographic is “one of the best outfitters on earth.” There are five NOC locations, but the Wesser Campus where the junior event was held is the only one that is open year-round for kayaking, mountain biking and hiking excursions. An estimated 750,000 visitors come to the location each year.

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Deaths & Funerals


Ruby Inez McMahan BradleyRuby Inez McMahan Bradley

Ruby Inez McMahan Bradley, 83, was called home to heaven on May 9, 2013, from her home at 103 Bidwell Street, Franklin, N.C., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John R. McMahan and Hattie Jones McMahan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Bradley; brother, John McMahan Jr. and sister, Lucy McMahan. She was a graduate of Webster High in Jackson County and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Franklin. She retired from People’s Department Store after 47 years of service.

She is survived by three brothers, Corsey McMahan and wife Magdalene, Grover McMahan and wife Evelyn and Bobby McMahan and wife Ethel all of Jackson County; one sister, Mildred Ann Carver of Franklin who was also her caregiver for the past 12 years; sister-in-law, Betty McMahan of Franklin; several nieces and nephews and three very special cousins, Phyllis, June and Bill Fox all of Sylva.

Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Victory Baptist Church. Rev. Rusty Wolfrey, Rev. Benny Bagwell and Rev. Eddy Ledford will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Macon Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Sam McMahan, Steve McMahan, David McMahan, Bill Fox, Howard Patton and Jason Lavigne.

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


Marilyn Grace HogueMarilyn Grace Hogue

Marilyn Grace Hogue, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 09, 2013.

Born in Spotswood, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Orville Magee and Myrtle Stone Magee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Hogue who died June 28, 2006; brothers, Kenneth Magee and Melvin Orville Magee and sister, Elinor Boyce. She was a retired real estate agent and was a member of Community of Christ Church.

She is survived by three children, Linda Eriksen and husband John of San Antonio, Fla., Cynthia Hutchison and husband Sidney of Franklin and Christian Jensen and wife Sharon of Seminole, Fla.; brother, Herbert Magee of Franklin; two sisters, Edith Ferencze and Erma Butler both of N.J.; five grandchildren, Sherri Eriksen, Chris Eriksen, Michelle Hutchison, Valerie Castello and John J. Lee; one great-grandson, Justin Hutchison; two great-great grandchildren, Devin Hutchison and Dominic Hutchison and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. George Mechling and Rev. Albert Grey officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Macon County Humane Society, 851 Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Arbutus Elizabeth Shuler

Arbutus Elizabeth Shuler, 85, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Norman G. Clampitt and Pearl Cochran Clampitt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Clampitt, Eugene Clampitt and two sisters, Gertrude Ledford and Vergie Baldwin. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church; member of the Berean Bible Class and was a great cook and gardener.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Marselle Shuler; son, Jim Shuler and Ginny Hess of Franklin; granddaughter, Amanda Peterson and husband Gabe of Whittier; sister, Hazel Gwaltney of Johnson City, Tenn.; two step-grandchildren, James and Eric Shuler; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Simeon Martin officiated. Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Weaver Shuler, Donnie Holden, Charles Swafford, Jamie Shuler, Bucky Asby, Bob Hess, Jerry Sanders and Gabe Peterson.

Memorial donations can be made to the Angel Hospice, Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery or Gideons International.

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


Marsha Ann Holland MasonMarsha Ann Holland Mason

Marsha Ann Holland Mason, age 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Denver and Delton Jennings Holland. She was a loving wife and mother. She loved flowers and reading, and she was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Gene Mason; two sons, Jeffrey Eugene Mason and Travis Scott Mason both of Franklin; two sisters, Audrey Cook of Franklin and Bernice Penley of Gastonia and one brother, Bryant Holland of Franklin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Caldwell.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 11, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Rogers and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Women’s Cancer Center, 100 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806.

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


Marianne BaconMarianne Bacon

Marianne Bacon, 87, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Born in Harrisonburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles W. Breeden and Frances Macomb Breeden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin D. Bacon, Jr. She was a member of First Alliance Church, was an avid golfer, enjoyed reading and loved her family and dachshund dogs.

She is survived by her son, Barry Bacon and wife Karen of Franklin; sister, Evelyn Ferrin of Tampa, Fla.; brother, James “Jack” Gills of Columbus, Miss.; two grandchildren, Elise Bacon and fiancé Walter Dailey of Franklin and Jennifer Barbour and husband Scott of Fletcher, N.C.; one great-grandson, Elijah Barbour; step-grandson, Andy Alligood and wife Holly of Franklin and stepgranddaughter, Jessica Alligood of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

Memorial donations can be made to the Trimont Christian Academy (Be A Blessing Fund), 98 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Villa Mae Dills ManeyVilla Mae Dills Maney

Villa Mae Dills Maney, 83, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was born May 4, 1930 in Cartoogechaye to the late Judson and Jane Pendergrass Dills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. David Maney; a daughter, Carolyn Peek; three brothers, Beachard, Halen and Teddy; and four sisters, Parilee, Arzelie, Beatrice and Launa. She was a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She was a member of the Franklin Church of God.

She is survived by a daughter, JoAnn Case and her husband, Jim; a son, Steve Maney and his wife, Nancy; five grandchildren, Christopher Peek, Jeremy Maney, Amanda Maney Downs, Jamey Case and Janell Case; five great-grandchildrn; Sydney, Madison, Maggie, Callie and Nicholas; one brother, Marshall Dills and one sister, Betty Jean Miller.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 15, at the Franklin Church of God, with Rev. Thurman Jenkins, Rev. Tim Hayes, Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Phillip Cochran officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Christopher Peek, Jeremy Maney, Jamey Case, Howell Downs, Kevin Watson and Randy Gibbs.

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


William ‘Bill’ Thomas Mann

William “Bill” Thomas Mann died on May 13, 2013, in Highlands, N.C. He was the son of Cannie and William Henry Mann, born May 11, 1930, in Augusta, Ga.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Stringer Mann, married for 60 years. He is survived by his sister, Lucille Mann Byars, of Atlanta, and was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Jack Mann.

Surviving children include one son, Marty Mann (wife Julie) of Atlanta, and two daughters, Marsha Mann Perkins (husband Mike) of London, UK, and Julie Mann Riggs (husband Clarence) of Winter Park, Fla., and four grandchildren, Katie Mann Penland (husband Seth), Tyler Mann, Ryan Perkins and Sean Perkins.

He founded Mann Mechanical Company in 1968 in Avondale Estates, Ga. He was a Board Certified Mechanical Engineer and a Life Member at Georgia Tech. He also served as a board member of the Georgia Tech Foundation.

He was involved with many non-profit and professional societies, serving as board member of the Bascom Fine Art Center, The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Hudson Library, Highlands- Cashiers Hospital and Foundation, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

After cremation the family will have a private memorial service at the request of the deceased. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Bill Mann to The Bascom Legacy Fund at at Bascom Fine Arts Center, or The Bell Tower Fund at The Episcopal Church of Incarnation, Highlands.

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



Susie Mashburn ShiersSusie Mashburn Shiers

Susie Mashburn Shiers, 73, of Annandale, Va., formally of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Ruth Angel Mashburn. She was married to Alvin Shires who preceded her in death. She was employed for many years at the V.A. hospital in Oteen, and also at the V.A. hospital in Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Richard, and Johnny Mashburn and a sister, Frances Mashburn Morrison. Surviving are two sisters, Betty Moffitt and Edna Burnette of Asheville, N.C.; three brothers, Jack and Wayne Mashburn of Franklin, and Gene Mashburn of Dothan, Ala.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Duncan and Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial will be in Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Gary Holland, 65 Scroggs Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Lillian HurstLillian Hurst

Lillian Hurst, 75, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013. She was born in Bergen County, N.J., the daughter of the late John and Lillian Ventricelli Buglino. She was a kitchen supervisor in a deli, she loved making crafts and working crosswords puzzles. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and attended the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dennis Lee Hurst. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Kilgore, who died in 1976, and a brother, John Buglino.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 3, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Father Tien Duong officiating. Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


Janice Leavitt KingJanice Leavitt King

Janice Leavitt King, 54, of Franklin, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Grant Leavitt and Earnestine Leavitt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Marie Wilburn and sister, Margaret Morehead. She was a loving mother and always put others before herself. She enjoyed camping and going to yard sales.

She is survived by four sons, Sean S. King, Krispher Eric Prince, Anthony Dean Abrams and Nicholas Matthew Hennequin, all of Franklin; sister, Jean Bruce, brother-in-law, Carl Bruce and niece, Melissa Bruce, all of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Ruth Deese and sister-in-law, Anne Irvine both of Asheville; brother, Tom Deese and sister-in-law, Debbie Deese both of Gainesville, Fla.; nephew, Nick Deese of Miami, Fla.; niece, Leah Deese of Gainesville, Fla. and grand-niece, Ava Deese of Miami, Fla.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at Cliffside Lake on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Sean, (828)371-1981.

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


Russel Stephen SaporitoRussel Stephen Saporito

Russel Stephen Saporito, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, after a two year battle with cancer.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Louis and Teresa Arcario Saporito. He graduated from Oceanside High School, was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from AT&T and Smoky Mountain Systems. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a member of the Toastmasters. He enjoyed woodworking and flower gardening. He loved his family and life. He had a positive outlook on everything.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna Russo Saporito; four children, Russel Saporito Jr. of Kentucky, Daniel Saporito and wife Tammy of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Christine Reynolds and husband Charlie of Franklin and Alison Higdon and husband Travis of Franklin; one brother, Robert Saporito of Stuart, Fla.; six grandchildren, Christopher, Krichton, Sadie, Catherine, Carah and Brady and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Reynolds, Travis Higdon, Frank Russo, Daniel Saporito, Anthony Russo, Richard Russo and Robert Saporito, Jr.

Memorial donations can be made to 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.


Christopher Donnell Pharr

Christopher Donnell Pharr, 35, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at his residence in Asheville, N.C. He was born in Coweeta, Ga., the son of Joyce Cox of Franklin, N.C., and the late Kenneth Gary Pharr. He was computer sales and service for his own business Pharr Out PC. He was veteran of the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his life partner, Daniel Tillman and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Michelle Darlene Mynatt.

No services are planned at this time.

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


Dale Spencer Phillips

Dale Spencer Phillips, 76, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013.

Born in Avery County, N.C., he was the son of the late Spencer and Ella Fae Woodring Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, George Phillips and Paul Allen Phillips and a sister, Barbara Brown. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church, where he served as trustee and usher. He enjoyed golf and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne McGuire Phillips; daughter, Dena Davis and husband Chuck of Elk Park, N.C.; two sons, Maurice Phillips and wife Grace and Ricky Phillips and wife Angie all of Franklin; brother, Glenn Phillips of Butler, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Daniel Davis, Mandy Taylor and Spencer Phillips; three great-grandchildren, Terri Davis, Jacob Davis and Mason Taylor; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held Wednesday, May 8, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiated. Private burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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


Lu Ann WeigelLu Ann Weigel

Lu Ann Weigel, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. She was born in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Mary Neff Larson of Franklin, N.C., and the late Keith Edward Lite. She was a landscaper, and loved photography, gardening and flowers. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and grandmother, sister and a very caring person. She attended Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 26 years, George Weigel; daughter, Jennifer McFatridge and her husband Noah of St. Anne, Ill.; step-daughter, Jan Zaharias and her husband, John of Valpariso, Ind.; two step-sons, Jerry Weigel and his wife Susan and Joe Weigel and his wife Julie of Franklin; a sister, Linda Weigel and her husband Gary of Aurora, Ill.; three grandchildren; Chase Hakala, Keith Hakala, and Charlotte McFatridge; seven step-grandchildren, Nicholas Zaharias, Kennin Zolfer, Stephanie Calabro, Rebecca Weigel, Casey Weigel, Rebecca Joyce, and Heather Scott. She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, June Scott and a brother, Donald Lite.

Memorial services were held Monday, May 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul Sears officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Macon County Habitat for Humanity, 167 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


Joseph ‘Joe’ Garrell WoodardJoseph ‘Joe’ Garrell Woodard

Joseph “Joe” Garrell Woodard, 70, of Lawndale, N.C., passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Robert Woodard and Nina B. Brooks Woodard Peek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Guyer and a brother, Jackson Earl Woodard. He was a retired superintendent in road construction; attended Carpenter Grove Baptist Church, Lawndale, was a member of the Moose Lodge and loved to fish.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Stewart Woodard; three children, Joseph Garrell Woodard Jr. of Montana, Steven G. Wilson of California and Richard G. Woodard of Charlotte, N.C.; stepdaughter, Tonka and Jody Posey of Candler, N.C.; two brothers, William Hoyt Woodard and wife Garnetta of Candler, and Edward Cleveland Woodard of Bryson City, N.C.; one grandson, Dylan Posey and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Welch and Rev. Chris Hall will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverview Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Levine Children's Hospital, 1000 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 (www.levinechildrenshospital.org)

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




Colleen ErxlebenColleen Elizabeth Cole Erxleben

On April 18, 2013, at the age of 57, Colleen Elizabeth Cole Erxleben, of Franklin, N.C., began her next journey of life, an everlasting one in the eternal presence of God. Her continuing role as a Guardian Angel will be to watch over her family, along with yours, as she has done so well since the beginning of her time. Her previous assignment began in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 26, 1955, being the third of seven children born to Donald and Lucia Cole. Her attendance at Bishop Hartley Catholic School, and time as a member of the swim team at Ohio State, groomed her well for her migration to Florida, where she met and married William Lee Erxleben of Tallahassee, Fla., on March 17, 1984.

Moving to Lakeland, Fla., starting a career as a legal secretary, she gave life in 1987 to William "Ryan" Erxleben, and in 1989 to Jason Cole Erxleben. They, along with Bill, were and still are her reason for living, selflessly giving her all, to ensure their happiness and needs, as the loving mother and wife she will always be. Another venture to Franklin, in 1998, continued her devoted sacrifices for family and friends, proudly watching her boys turn to men and become college graduates. She loved traveling to visit distant family and friends, who were never seen enough, in Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. Time on the water, anywhere, was her Heaven, and she constantly returned all the love shown by a continuous presence of canine companions. She will forever be in the memories of many people touched by this Angel, and her family will be forever grateful to all who touched her.

In addition to her husband of 29 years, she is survived by Jason, of Charlotte, N.C., Ryan, his wife, Cortney Loose Erxleben; future granddaughter, Raegan Harper Erxleben; two brothers, Don Cole, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jeff Cole and wife, Debbie, of Milan, Minn.; four sisters, Alisa Tieman, Laura Gerber, Teresa Mowery, and Diana Topping, all of Columbus, Ohio; nephews, Eric Gerber, Grant Tieman, Tucker Topping, all of Columbus, Ohio; Drew Tieman, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; the entire Loose Family; the entire Beyer Family; and Bailey.

A Mass and Celebration of Life will be enjoyed at 12 noon, on Thursday, May 2, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 299 Maple Street, with reception following. Her final resting place will be near Petosky, Mich., where she and her family enjoyed so many great times. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local "no kill" animal shelter, a life support system for all ages.


Guy Hawks

Guy Hawks, 65, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Born in Highland Park, Mich., he was the son of the late Robert Hawks Sr. and Mary Lou McCarty Hawks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sister, Jack Hawks, Jerry Hawks and Linda Hawks. He enjoyed coin collecting and playing golf on the Wii. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by nine brothers and sisters, Betty Lambert of Franklin, Bobby Hawks and wife Margaret of Franklin, Sue Farmer of Elm City, N.C., Frank Hawks and wife Theda Kay of Etowah, N.C., Carolyn Donaldson and husband Lloyd of Andrews, N.C., Marilyn McConnell, Elaine Sanders and Joann Tallent all of Franklin and Jan Lowe and husband Bill of Elm City, N.C.; special friends, Jim and Peggy Tallent of Greenville, S.C. and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 23, at Black Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Cale Stancil and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Black Mtn. Baptist Church Building Fund.

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


Phyllis Parker Doherty

Phyllis Parker Doherty, 71, passed away at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital on Thursday, April 18, 2013, after a year and a half battle with lung cancer. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill., on Feb. 25, 1942. She moved to Cashiers, N.C. with her family in 1972. She is the daughter of the late Dale Parker of Cashiers and Eleanor Parker, who resides in Cashiers. She is preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Doherty.

Surviving are her husband of 50 wonderful years, Frank Doherty of Cashiers; her daughter, Kim Doherty-Dillard of Franklin; grandchildren, Amanda Dillard of Franklin, Andrew and Albert Dillard of Cashiers, and four great-grandchildren, Parker and Brennan Cabe and Jackson Blanton of Franklin and Marley Dillard of Cashiers. She and her husband Frank owned The Valley Gift Shop in Cashiers from 1972 until 1995. Before they moved to the mountains, the Dohertys lived in Houston, Texas and Tulsa, Okla. She was always very active in various community organizations during her life.

She loved to do extensive work on family genealogy, cooking and having her family over for holidays and her little dog, Wags.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Cashiers/Sapphire on Hwy 64 East. A reception will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cashiers- Glenville Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 886, Cashiers, N.C. 28717.

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


Donna Crawford

Donna Crawford, wife of Carl Crawford, passed away in Salem, Ore., on April 18, 2013.

Fourteen years ago, she had received a heart transplant. Although her health was fragile during this time, she still spent her life in love, strength and generosity.

She is survived by a large blended family including five children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband, Carl Crawford, who survived, is a native of Franklin, N.C. Donna was also the sister-in-law of Norma and Perry Noth of Franklin.

A service to remember and celebrate her life was held in Salem, Ore., on April 23.



Rean J. Toney Jr.Rean J. Toney Jr.

Rean J. Toney Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2013.

He was born in Winifrede, W.Va., on Nov. 13, 1919, and resided in Chelyan, W.Va., most of his life. After retiring from Owens Illinois Glass Co. in Atlanta, Ga., he retired to Franklin, N.C., where he was a charter member of Newfound Baptist Church. He worked at Lowe’s in Franklin in the garden center and at Ingles up into his 90s. He was a Christian and an Air Force veteran of World War II.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Katherine Mae Toney; parents, Rean and Julia Toney; sisters, Annabelle Toney and Georgie Bumgardner.

Surviving are his present wife, Virginia Sue Bishop Toney; daughters, Jane Weaver and husband Richard of Franklin, and Kathy Bailey and husband Phillip of St. Albans, W.Va.; step-children, Brian Bishop of Sylva, N.C. and Tobby Bishop and wife Kim of Spartanburg, S.C.; step-grandchildren, Jacob and Emily Bishop. Also surviving, are his beloved grandson, Tony Wilder and wife Meghan and great-grandsons, Jackson and Owen all of St. Albans, W.Va.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Revs. S.J. Waters, Benny Bagwell and Alan Waters officiated. Burial was in Rush Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Newfound Conservative Baptist Church.

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



Eddis PattersonEddis Margine Holden Patterson

Eddis Margine Holden Patterson, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in a Sylva nursing home. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Norman E. and Martha Jane Dehart Holden. She was married to Calvin S. Patterson, who preceded her in death.

She was a court reporter; a member of the National Association of Social Workers and was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Shope of Franklin. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Myrtle Shepherd and Pearl Potts, and three brothers, Coburn, Gardner and Paul Holden.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 19, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Howard Teem, Wade Shope, Lonnie Shepherd, Vaughn Shepherd and James E. Shepherd.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fontana Regional Library Children’s Book Collection, 33 Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 or Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734

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



Joan Stinson

Joan Stinson, 70, of Lake Placid, Fla., went to be with her Lord and Savior April 10, 2013. She was born in West Allis, Wis. She was a part-time resident of Lake Placid from 1976 to 1991 and became a permanent resident in 1991. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Broward County School System.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Art Stinson; two daughters, Laura Jo and Glenn Jones and Beth Ann and Greg Taylor; three grandchildren, Danielle, Lindsay and Zackery; and a sister, Janet Kellner. She was a member of Clark’s Chapel UMC in Franklin, N.C. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7339.

A memorial service will be held in Franklin at Clarks Chapel UMC on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. A committal service will immediately follow at Clarks Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family has requested that donations be made to The American Cancer Society.



Max WigginsMax Wiggins

Max Wiggins, 76, of Vero Beach, Fla. died April 22, 2013, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

He was born in High Shoals, N.C., and moved to Vero Beach in 1965 from Cleveland, Tenn. He worked as an agent for Liberty National Life Insurance Co. in Vero Beach for 35 years. He was a member of the Twentieth Avenue Church of God where he served the church in many capacities including building a mission church in Venezuela. He was preceded in death by his eight siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years Juanita Wiggins of Vero Beach, daughters Ronda (James) Thomas of Vero Beach and Robin (Douglas) Wieckhorst of Winter Springs, Fla., grandchildren Andria Thomas of Cleveland, Tenn. and Justin and Jenna Wieckhorst of Winter Springs, and a sister Martha (Ron) Knoblauch of Orange Park.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Thurman Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Twentieth Avenue Christian Learning Center, 775 20th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32962.

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



Ashley Megan Lynn Taylor

Ashley Megan Lynn Taylor, 16, of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Born in Asheville, she was the daughter of Rick Taylor and the late Vera Lynn Winneberger. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Brandon Taylor and sister, Chelsey Rich. Ashley was a student at Pisgah High School. She was very intelligent, caring, kind, loving and energetic. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her sister, Lexus Taylor; brother, Devin Taylor and step-mother, Kim Lott all of Canton.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Ivan MacDonaldIvan MacDonald

Ivan MacDonald of Franklin, N.C., passed away at the Hermitage in Dillsboro, on April 18, in his 94th year. His parents were Ellen and Dan MacDonald. He was the youngest of eight children, all deceased.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grayce, and many nieces and nephews. He served four years in the Canadian army in World War II, came to Franklin from Lake Worth, Fla., after being in the health food business for 20 years. He was an old timey member of the Franklin Golf Course Men’s Association.

There will be no services at this time. A celebration of his life will be held in Little Rapids, Ontario, in July.

Memorials can be made to Western North Carolina Hospice House.



Fred Junior HooperFred Junior Hooper

Fred Junior Hooper, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, in a local nursing home. He was a native of Jackson County, born Jan. 8, 1927; a son of the late Fred and Hester Gibson Hooper. He was a wonderful husband, loving father and grandfather and a friend to whomever he met.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margie Cabe Hooper. He was a carpenter and a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Danny Hooper and his wife, Karen, Jay Hooper and his wife, Georgia, Ronnie Hooper and his wife, Diane, and Donnie Hooper and his wife, Teresa; two daughters, Judy Tallent and Sue Bradley and Roger all of Franklin; five sisters, Margie Gibson, Ruth Hooper, Romanell Mashburn, Olan Sanders all of Franklin, Willa Fay Pendergrass of Nantahala; one brother, Laughty Hooper of Hayesville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Charles Hooper, Roy Hooper, and an infant son; one sister, Irene Carter; one brother, Lloyd Hooper, and three great-grandchildren, Cody, Zackery and Colt McCollum.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 14, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Franzo, Stacy Gibson, Joey Hooper, Gary Gibson, Isaac Gibson and Alvin Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elsie Rae Curtis BrendleElsie Rae Curtis Brendle

Elsie Rae Curtis Brendle, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 29, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Minnie McCall Curtis. She was married to Howard Theodore Brendle who died Sept. 21, 2010. She cooked for restaurants, did cleaning for Dr. Kahn, had worked for Van Raalte and had worked for Dr. McSween. She loved to cook and grow flowers, and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by four daughters, Betty Wiley of Oakboro, N.C., Gladys Lockler of Charlotte, N.C., Linda Delaney and her husband Gary of Cornelia, Ga., and Cathy Pierce and her husband Chris of Locust, N.C.; a son, Jimmy Scroggs and his wife, Gayle of Waterford, Mich.; three sisters, Judy Carpenter and Barbara Bradley both of Franklin, and Pauline Lovell of Elizabeth City, N.C.; three brothers, Charles Curtis, Jr. of Sylva, N.C., Jimmy Curtis of Simpsonville, S.C. and Verlin Curtis of Franklin; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Randall Garth Brendle; two sisters, Christine Brabson and Catherine Cunningham, two brothers, Claude Curtis and Willie Curtis, two grandchildren, Kelly Pierce and Richard Little.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 1, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Vic Greene, and Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tony Curtis, Kevin Seay, Travis Seay, Bill Mashburn, Jerry Guffey, Avery Brendle, Chris Pierce, Trevor Denton and James Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, Inc. in memory of Kelly Pierce, 20 Tracy Lynn Lane, West Seneca, New York 14224.

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


Wanda Tabor Nelson

Wanda Tabor Nelson, 73, of Bryson City, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Verlin Clyde Tabor and Louise Welch Tabor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Nelson; infant son, Robert Zane Nelson and three brothers, Bernard, Clyde and Carroll Tabor. She was a member of Dan Springs Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Bennett and husband Ken of Bryson City and Shannon Bumgarner and husband Dane of Canton, N.C.; brother, Blake Tabor of High Point, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Zane Bennett and wife Caitlan and Ryan Bennett.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Cochran and Rev. Tim Barker officiated. Burial was in Tabor Cemetery.

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


James Edgar SharpJames Edgar Sharp

James Edgar Sharp, 85, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013. He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Herbert and Martha Wiggins Sharp. He was a retired electrician for Duke Energy; he loved the Atlanta Braves, and was a caddy master at Sapphire Country Club for a number of years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Cashiers Church of God. He was married to Vylena McCall Moffitt Sharp, who passed away in 1995.

He is survived by his step-children, Azilea Fugate of Cashiers, Willean Stiwinter and her husband Jim of Cullowhee, N.C., Marvin Moffitt and his wife Judy of Cullowhee, and Cleamon Moffitt of Cashiers; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two step-daughters, Mattie Moffitt and Irene Hughey; two step-sons, Junior Moffitt and Eugene Moffitt; a sister, Evelyn Carver; and three brothers, Ernest, Dewey and John Sharp.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, at Cashiers Church of God, with Rev. Delbert McCall and Rev. Ned Pressley officiating. Burial was in Lower Zachary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cliff Moffitt, Jamie Stiwinter, Randy Moffitt, Tony Moffitt, Blaine Teaster, and Todd Moss.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cashiers Church of God Kids Club, PO Box 231, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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


Billy Floyd HoustonBilly Floyd Houston

Billy Floyd Houston, 69, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Donald Gordon and Mary Elizabeth Rogers Houston. He was a caretaker; he liked gardening, cooking, hunting and fishing and liked to draw pictures of birds. He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by four sisters, Shirley Murphy and husband Tom of Westchester, Ohio, Betty Henry and husband Mickey of Highlands, Donna Houston of Highlands and Kathy McConnell and husband Don of Franklin, and four brothers, Wiley Houston and wife Diann of Franklin, Gary Houston and wife Patty of Highlands, Jimmy Houston of Highlands and Robert Houston and wife Sharon of Pickens, S.C.

Graveside services were held, Wednesday, May 1, at Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jamie Passmore officiating. Pallbearers were Algie Bolick, Shawn Keener, Scotty Keener, Harold Ammons, David Leffler, Hunter Leffler and Ralph Rogers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Geneva Vaughn, 133 Embers Drive, Highlands, NC 28741 or Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741.

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


Robert William Hughes

Robert William Hughes, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Hamilton County, Ohio, he was the son of the late William and Katherine Hughes. He was a truck driver for United Dairy Farmers.

He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Shook and husband Robert of Franklin; a son, Dale Wayne Hughes and wife Laura of Cincinnati, Ohio; a grandson, Travis William Shook and a great-grandson, Reed Sumner Shook.

No services are planned.

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


Hugh Dennis JustusHugh Dennis Justus

Hugh Dennis Justus, 66, loving father, grandfather and husband, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Born in Rabun County, Ga., he was the son of the late Webb D. and Mae Baker Justus. He was an accomplished carpenter and owned Justus Homebuilders. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Berg Justus; two daughters, Sarah Adams and husband Steven of Franksville, Wisc. and Emily Justus of Franklin; one son, Ian Justus of Camarillo, Calif.; one sister, Barbara Strickland of Oakwood, Calif.; one brother, Howard Justus of Clayton, Ga., and two grandchildren, Ruth and Kaylee Adams both of Franksville, Wisc. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Justus.

Memorial services were held Saturday, April 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Josh Brooks officiating. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed complete military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Carolina Library for the Blind, 1841 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27635.

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


Neville Clark

Neville Clark, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Joe and Annie Mae McCoy Clark. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thad Clark and sister, Wanda Jarrell. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist where he served as Adult Sunday School teacher and former building committee chairman. He was a farmer and cattle trader.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Annie Wykle Clark; son, Jeff Clark of Franklin; brother, Roy Clark of Franklin; father-inlaw, Willie Wykle of Franklin; niece, Tonja Clark and great niece, Casey Clark.

He was a loving husband and wonderful daddy. He was faithful to his family, his friends and his church. But most of all, he was faithful to the Lord. His wisdom, generosity, and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was truly a “good” man and heaven will be sweeter with him there.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 30, at Black Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Cale Stancil, Rev. Ernie Jamison, Rev. Danny Cannon and Rev. Jamie Passmore. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Elbert McConnell, Todd McConnell, David Price, David Mauck, Joe Sisti, Mark Bell, Curt Gentry, James Waldroop, Larry Tallent and Robert Moffitt.

Memorial donations can be made Black Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund, C/O Marilyn McConnell, 662 South Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Willard Clinton Buchanan

Willard Clinton Buchanan went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday morning, April 15, 2013.

Born in Swain County, he was the son of the late George Clinton Buchanan and Hattie McLean Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 68 years, Lark Franklin Buchanan; son, Dickie McMicken Buchanan; sisters, Edna Willis and Beulah George and son-in-law, James “Jim” Bateman.

He is survived by his daughter, Denzel Buchanan Bateman and son, George “G.D.”Buchanan and wife Katie; four grandchildren, Ralna Bateman, David Bateman, Diane Foxworth and Cresada Buchanan-Beane; four great-grandchildren, Alex Foxworth, Garrett Foxworth, Keegan Beane and Peyton Beane; two sisters, Georgia Ireland and their children, Georgette and Dave and Ethel Cook and husband Ceaphas and their children, Larry, Linda, Harold and David; brother, Col. Crawford Buchanan and his children, Karen, Doug and Gary. A special thanks to Virginia Huggins, his special, loving niece who he said was “his chosen Angel on Earth.”

He was a member of Central Baptist Church where he was ordained as deacon on Sept. 23, 1956. He served as deacon until his death. He also served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and choir director for many years. He was once a bass singer in the Smoky Mtn. Boys Quartet in Swain County. He was once a member of the Woodmen of the World.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 21, at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Gary McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Beane, Jim Foxworth, Garrett Foxworth, David Bateman, Joe Hilliard and Lewis Ashe.

Memorial donations may be made to Central Baptist Church, C/O Lisa Hilliard.

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


William Mark ‘Billy’ SwaffordWilliam Mark ‘Billy’ Swafford

William Mark “Billy” Swafford, 51, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home, while being cared for by Hospice. A native of Macon County, he was the son of James Swafford and Mary Jo Green Swafford. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and worked with his father as a car salesman.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Gilda Hamrick of Rutherfordton, and was preceded in death by a brother, Raleigh Swafford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. William Swink and Rev. Wesley Hudgins officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00 at the church. Concluding services will be held in the church cemetery.

Online condolences at www.crowemortuary.com.


Lynn Jerry Hollifield

Lynn Jerry Hollifield, 59, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, April 12, 2013.

Born in Clayton, Ga., she was the daughter of Margaret English Hollifield and the late Odis Hollifield. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clay Hollifield. She was a member of Saint Helena Catholic Church in Clayton.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Frances Hollifield McDowell of New Orleans and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held Wednesday, April 17, at St. Helena Catholic Church.

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


Joy ShumateJoy Shumate

Joy Shumate, 72, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Middle Field, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Born in Scotland, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Ewell Norman Dusworth and Jonnie Wade Hiland Dunsworth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Ray Shumate. She was a gospel singer and she and her husband owned Oak Productions in Middle Field, Ohio. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church, where she was a soloist, member of the church choir, member of the Mary-Martha Sunday school class and directed the children’s choir.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Jane Lofton of Franklin; three nephews, George D. Lofton and James D. Lofton both of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Benn D. Lofton of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and five great-nieces and nephews, Audrianna Jo-An Lofton, William Dunsworth Lofton, James Wyatt Lofton, Emily Joanne Lofton and Lauren Katherine Lofton.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Brandon Breedlove will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be George Lofton, James Lofton, Benn Lofton, Hollis Walker, Richard Young and Scott Cummings. James Wyatt Lofton will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Memorial donations may be made to West Care Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779 or hospice of your choice or to Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 366 Holly Springs Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Lillian Freda TippettLillian Freda Tippett

Lillian Freda Tippett, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Hazel Elizabeth McClure Monteith. She was employed by Sky City and loved mowing and gardening. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother and was a member of Cowee Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday school and GAs.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas Roy Tippett; a daughter, Angela Tippett of Franklin; two sons, Thomas "Tommy" Tippett and wife Kathy and David Walter Tippett and wife Kimi all of Franklin; a sister, Mildred Moore of Franklin and a brother, Erskine Monteith of Franklin, eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Hyde.

A memorial service was held Thursday, April 11, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Jason Smith and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Mrs. Tippett’s Sunday School class served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Barbie-dae AzielBarbie-dae Aziel

Barbie-dae Aziel, 64, lost her battle to cancer on March 25, 2013, at her home in Franklin, N.C.

Born on April 4, 1948, in Dansville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Augustus Oren Lawrence and Jean E. Acker Lawrence. She was a very talented artist and poet and throughout her life, touched many people with her outgoing personality and creativity; she will be greatly missed by those that knew her.

She is survived by two children, Nina-dae Junker of Highlands, N.C. and Donald Solins II of Naples, Fla. 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.


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