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Parker Meadows ready for first ball game

Hundreds of community members headed out to the Cartoogechaye Community on Tuesday for the Grand Opening of the Parker Meadows Recreation Complex and despite a great turnout and memorable ribbon cutting, the park's most memorable night isn't scheduled until Sept. 10 when the park's first ball game is scheduled to take place.

"Tonight has been a great night and as excited as we are to show off this great park to the community, we are even more excited to announce that the first games ever played on these fields will be on Sept. 10 and will be for the special needs children in our community," said Macon County Manager Derek Roland during his remarks at the park's grand opening.

Franklin Health & Fitness Center celebrates 27th anniversary

Twenty-seven years ago, a local doctor set out to create a facility to help families lead healthier lifestyles.

With a goal "of providing a place where the average Macon County citizen and their families could enjoy all the benefits of regular exercise at an affordable price," Dr. Ed Morris set out to bring that place to Franklin. After several years of leg work that included a feasability report, hiring a consulting company, raising money from local families and a local bank, The Franklin Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in August 1988 and had just 10 employees.

Macon schools participate in active shooter drill

Law enforcement prepares for “worst case scenario.”

Just days before school was set to open for the 2015-16 school year, deputies, police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Macon Middle School in response to a dispatch call that would be any parent's worst nightmare. Emergency Personnel and law enforcement got word that three masked gunmen had made entry into the school and the school was placed on lockdown. The realistic situation was an "Active Shooter Training Exercise" conductted by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Emergency Services, and Macon County Schools.

Local quilters chosen for museum exhibit

Quilts of Valor show runs through November.

Five local women have created quilts that have been chosen for the National Quilt Museum's exhibit, “To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor.” The show will run from Aug. 20 to Nov. 11. All are members of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild. Susan Roper and Cindy Williams created one of the quilts; Linda Harrison and Debbie Chastain created another the quilts; and Liz View created the third quilt.

The museum, which is located in Paducah, Ky., features some of the finest fiber arts and quilt collections in the world. Its displays feature inhouse and traveling collections in its three galleries. More than 110,000 people come from all over the world every year to visit the museum.

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Deaths & Funerals



Alan Gerard Hill IIIAlan Gerard Hill III

Alan Gerard Hill III, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Born in Beverly, Mass., he was the son of Alan Gerard Hill, Jr. and the late Constance Reed Hill. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Hill.

After moving from New England, Alan and his family lived in Pinellas Park Florida for 32 years but found Franklin over 25 years ago and considered this place "home." He loved his family, the water, fishing, gardening, rock hounding and loved the process of planning and rebuilding his home in Franklin. He was Protestant by faith.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Lombard Hill; two children, Alan G. Hill IV “Jerry” of Greer, S.C., and Colleen Corpening and husband Kevin of Franklin; brother, Thomas Hill of Gloucester, Mass.; sisters, Suzanne Patterson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Laura Eide of Parrish, Fla.; grandson, William Robert Corpening and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 28, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Tim Hayes officiated.

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



Earle Davis Seaverns Jr.Earle Davis Seaverns Jr.

Earle Davis Seaverns Jr., 87, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at a Gainesville, Georgia hospital. He was born in Laconia, N.H., the son of Earle Davis and Bernice Moore Seaverns. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally, and his second wife, Helen Jean Ray Seaverns,who passed away in March 2014.

He was a U.S. WWII Army veteran. He was an agent for Prudential Life Insurance Company for 30 years and was a member of The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville. He was a Mason for 63 years, a Rotary Club Member for 64 years, where he served as a past president of the Eau Gallie Florida Club and was a Rotary Club Charter Member of The Lake Chatuge/Hiawassee Club. He was a church organist in Melbourne, Fla., and Church of The Good Shepherd in Hayesville. He was involved in all offices of church, was involved with Cursillo in the Episcopal Church, lay reader and chalicist for many years. He was in the first class of Stephen Ministers at The Good Shepherd Church. Before retiring to Hayesville in 1986, he had lived for 27 years in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.

He is survived by three children, a daughter, Sara McInnes (George), granddaughter, Sally, great-granddaughters, Kaela and Abagael; a son, Earle Davis Seaverns III (Theresa), grandchildren, Sean, Victoria and Kimberly, great-grandsons, Wyatt and Avery; a daughter, Anne Brown (Tim), grandchildren, Julie and Jay. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Grant Seaverns who is survived by his son, Christopher and his granddaughter, Jordyn.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd with Rev. Father Bill Breedlove officiating. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts/contributions be given to The Good Shepherd organ fund, PO Box 677, Hayesville, NC 28904, American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or American Cancer Society, Relay for Life-Clay County Unit, c/o Teressa Simmons, PO Box 46, Warne, NC 28909.

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



Marlene Pearl Creger WallaceMarlene Pearl Creger Wallace

Marlene Pearl Creger Wallace, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., she was the daughter of the late J.V. Creger and Margaret Joan Lash Creger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ray Wallace who passed away in 2011 and granddaughter, Ashleigh Nicole Moore. She had a love for quilts, reading and being outdoors. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by two children, Wendy Wallace Moore and husband Sean and Bobby Wallace and wife Bobbie Sue of Whittier, N.C.; seven brothers and sisters, Mike Creger and wife Kathy of Utica, Mich., Dan Creger and wife Carolyn of Leonard, Mich., Bill Creger and wife Stephanie of Clarkston, Mich., Pat Pouttu and husband Ed of Pelkie, Mich., Marty Creger and wife Janet of Clarkston, Mich., Deb Moore and husband Dave of Waterford, Mich. and Dennis Creger of Clarkston, Mich.; two grandchildren, Chris Mills and Patrick Moore and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Mike Bias officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Louisa Chapel Building Fund C/O Virginia Cassada, 9 Country Ridge Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frances PalmerFrances Palmer

Mary Frances Palmer, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014. Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Hobert and Annie Ledford Patterson. She was married to Bruce Palmer who died in 1990.

She was employed by The Twins Shop for 50 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to garden and loved flowers. She also enjoyed cooking and traveling.

She is survived by one son, LTC(R) Gary S. Palmer and wife Kathleen of Carrboro, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Palmer of Loganville, Ga.; one brother, Wade Patterson of Roswell, Ga.; four grandchildren, Allison, Eric, Rebecca Jane, and Brian; and one great-grandchild, Roxie Jane.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, LTC James Edward Palmer and a grandson, Jason.

Funeral services were held, Saturday, May 24, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Margaret Freeman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Patterson, Brian Palmer, Clarence Woody, Charles Roper, Allison Hernandez, and Johnny Palmer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734 or Wounded Warrior Project, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE #M20, Atlanta, GA 30326 or Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, PO Box 190, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Bryant Martindale GilbertBryant Martindale Gilbert

Bryant Martindale Gilbert, born Oct. 8, 1929, and known as Gil to friends, died Nov. 15, 2013. He was born and grew up on the family dairy farm in Arcadia, Utah. He graduated from Utah State with a BS Degree in agriculture. He then served two years in the Army in Korea. Upon returning from Korea, he went to work for Safeway Stores, Inc. in their Salt Lake City milk plant. He spent his career managing and building milk plants for Safeway. He retired to Macon County, N.C., in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; a son, Kelly (LeNell) of Edmond, Okla.; a daughter, Melanie of Otto, N.C., and one grandson, Cameron Vulcano; a brother, LeGrand of Arcadia, Utah; a brother, Howard of Roosevelt, Utah; a sister, Ruth Murphy of Bountiful, Utah; a sister, Ellen Goodrich of Othello, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 31, at 3 p.m. at The Barn, 271 Big Creek Road, Rabun Gap, Ga. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform military rites.

Special thanks to Angel Medical Center and Angel Home Health and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Home Health and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734

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



Sheila Elaine MorganSheila Elaine Morgan

Sheila Elaine Morgan, 65, of Topton, N.C., passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at her residence. She was born in Swain County, N.C., the daughter of the late Arnold and Mildred Medford Passmore. She was married to Charles David Morgan who passed away in 2013. She had worked at Stanley Furniture and was a member of Bethel Hill Baptist Church. She was a 1968 graduate of Nantahala High School. She loved spending time with her family and going to church. She liked doing crossword puzzles and find-a-word.

She is survived by two daughters, Christy Campbell and fiancée Jason Wood of Nantahala, N.C., Tina Campbell of High Point, N.C.; one step-daughter, Tina Cox and husband Ronnie of Thomasville, N.C.; one son, Jamie Campbell of Robbinsville, N.C.; two sisters, Cynthia Campbell of Robbinsville, and Vivian Jacobs of Nantahala; one brother, Arnold Passmore Jr of Milledgeville, Ga.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 25, at Bethel Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Eugene Taylor and Rev. Darrell Dockery officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery. Bobby Gates, Jackie Passmore, Kenneth Passmore, Earlie Passmore, Jason Wood and Randy Cable served as pallbearers.

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




Kenneth HendersonKenneth Henderson

Kenneth Henderson, 62, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Born in Clayton, Ga., he was the son of Ella Mae Mathis Moss and the late Carmon Henderson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brother, Ralph Henderson. He owned and operated his own wrecker and gravel service. He was a member of Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, The Western Carolina Truck Club (WNC Chapter of ATHS) and Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his step-father, Leighton Moss; son, Larry Henderson, three step-children and two nieces.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 17, at Pine Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Everette Wilson and Rev. Carl Stepp officiated. Burial was in the Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Sutton, Jim Childers, Robbie Pressley, Jim Stewart, James Burgess, Jeff Stewart, Robbie Potts, Clay Bryson, Tom Crawford and Kenny Rice. Squirrel Bryson, Curtis Alice, John Brown, Bryan Greg, Leland Cooper, Bob Anders, George Hooper, Randy Mort and Kenny Broom served as honorary pallbearers.

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



Jerry Ralph Waters Sr.Jerry Ralph Waters Sr.

Jerry Ralph Waters Sr., 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014. He was the son of the late Ralph and Hazel Hampton Waters. He was retired from Verizon Telephone Company; was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during Vietnam and was a member of Franklin VFW Post #7339, American Legion Post #108 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 994.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Syble Cowart Waters; one daughter, Tammy Welch and husband Mike of Franklin; one son, Jerry "Jed" Ralph Waters Jr. of Franklin; two sisters, Nancy Seagle and husband Donnie and Gail Elkins and husband Dan all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Josh Welch, Jake Waters and Jessa Waters and one great-grandchild, Jaxon Waters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 31st at 11:00 am at the Veterans Memorial Park, located on Highway 441 South, Georgia Road, Franklin, NC, with the Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducting military rites.

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



Flossie Ruth Fleming BurkhardtFlossie Ruth Fleming Burkhardt

Flossie Ruth Fleming Burkhardt, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Born in Jamestown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison Fleming and Ada Louella Brickel Fleming. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Burkhardt.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and many close friends.

Funeral service was held Friday, May 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ray Fox and Rev. Davis Hooper officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rick Norris, Gerald Fouts, Zachary Fouts, Jason Henry, Dusty Snides, Rad Guffey, Lim Ly, Bill Foxx and Brandon Wilson.

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



George Clisby ClarkeGeorge Clisby Clarke

George Clisby Clarke was born on Oct. 14, 1941, the son of Joseph Ransom Clarke and Katherine Dean Lowe Clarke in Marshallville, Ga.

He graduated from Fort Valley High School in 1959 and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and went on to graduate studies at the University of Illinois and began his career in advertising at Proctor and Gamble. Clisby worked in advertising and marketing for 37 years. He joined Mc- Cann-Erickson in 1972 and served as executive vice president and general manager for the last 12 years before his retirement in 1999. He was an ardent supporter of the University of Georgia Bulldogs and penned, composed and performed two well-known Georgia fight songs “Bulldog Bite” (1980) and “Let the Big Dog Eat”(1981). Clisby was the chairman of the board of the Atlanta Business Hospitality Network Foundation. The foundation is raising funds to benefit the Shepherd Center of Atlanta to aid wounded veterans with brain and spinal injuries.

Clisby enjoyed almost 50 years of marriage to Bunny Heyward Clarke of Macon. He is survived by Bunny, his two daughters, Katherine Clarke Buckner and husband James, and Caroline Clarke Boggs and husband Chris; five beloved grandchildren, Lucy and Clarke Buckner and Charlie, Sammy and Kendall Boggs.

A memorial service was held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 15, with Dr. Don Harp officiating. A reception celebrating Clisby’s life followed the service at Capital City Country Club, Brookhaven, Ga. The family suggests any memorials be sent to the Shepherd Center and the American Heart Association.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.



Elizabeth J. ‘Bette’ Sloan

Elizabeth J. “Bette” Sloan, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Born in Pittsburg, Kan., she was the daughter of the late S.D. DeLappe and Isadore Eels DeLappe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orin Robert Sloan who died May 12, 2001. She was a member of Iotla Methodist Church, member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary; member of the Home Extension Club and active with the Crop Walk for many years.

She is survived by three children, Karen Connelly of Winchester, Va., David Bryan Sloan of Asheville and Linda Sue Griffin of Franklin; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Miller officiated. Burial was in the Iotla Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were members of Iotla Methodist Church.

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



Kathy CowartKathy Cowart

Kathy Cowart, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Claude Cowart and Lillian Ledford Cowart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ned and Fred Farmer. She was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sisters, Diane McDowell, Bernice Woodard and Margaret Hawks; half-brothers and sisters, Ted Farmer, Roy Cowart, Ralph Cowart, Curtis Cowart, Junior Cowart, Ira Lee Nunnley, Dot Anthony and Sue Cowart and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Doug McDowell, Troy Woodard, Dennis Mc- Dowell, Michael Woodard, Bill Taylor and Jon Farmer.

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



Alecia Fisher GrayAlecia Fisher Gray

Heaven welcomed its newest angel Alecia Fisher Gray, 47, of Cumming, Ga., Friday, May 16, 2014. She was surrounded by her family as she peacefully ended her courageous battle with cancer.

She was an avid and effortless creator, who found beauty in the often overlooked details of life. Her most cherished and accomplished role and greatest artistry was as a wife and mother to her beloved family. She could find the uniqueness in the simple things and through her vision and artistic lens create something that would inspire so many.

She was born in Albany, Ga., on Feb. 24, 1967, and grew up in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. She is survived by her beloved husband, John, her 14-year-old son, Lawson, 10-year-old twin girls Jocelyn and Tatum, and sister, Ansley Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider donations to the Fisher Gray Collective, set up to honor Alecia's hard fought battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life ceremony was held Tuesday, May 20, at North Point Church, East Auditorium in Alpharetta, Ga. A reception followed in the theater.

Graveside service was held Wednesday, May 21, at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Ben Crawshaw and Rev. Michael Privett officiated.

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



James Berrien Chidsey III

James Berrien Chidsey III, 57, of Highlands, N.C., passed away May 14, 2014. He was born in Rome, Ga., to the late James Berrien Chidsey Jr. and Jeannette Brown Chidsey Trott. In addition to his mother and her husband, Allen Trott, he is survived by his sons, James Berrien Chidsey IV; Devin Bishop Chidsey; and their mother, Meredith Chidsey Cole. He is also survived by his siblings, Charles Truman Chidsey, Mary Jeannette Chidsey and Sallie Chidsey Taylor.

Berrien was an Eagle Scout and held a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Georgia. He worked as a geologist for Precision Well Logging in Houston, Texas, before succumbing to multiple sclerosis. He was well cared for by the staff and volunteers of the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center; his family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, and the Georgia Bulldogs.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Myrtle Cemetery in Rome, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in his honor be made to the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center, Highlands, N.C.

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



Rev. Vernon Logus BrockmanRev. Vernon Logus Brockman

Rev. Vernon Logus Brockman, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Born in Ida, La., he was the son of the late Logus Brockman and Elizabeth Owens Brockman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rose DeMeritt Brockman; two daughters, Sharon Joy Brockman and Deborah Ann Gooden and brother, Marion Bob Brockman. He was a retired pastor from the Church of the Nazarene. He “believed in and lived holiness.” After retiring, he became the supply minister of various Nazarene churches all over Louisiana. As pastor, he loved visiting people. He enjoyed fishing, playing table games like scrabble and dominoes and loved camping and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Emagene Green Kelley. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Darlene and Michael Fiscus of Mill Valley, Calif.; two sons, Michael Wayne Brockman of Melrose, Fla., and John Mark Brockman of Garland, Texas; six stepchildren; nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 17, at Franklin New Life Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Rhonda Haney officiated. Interment was in the Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly, La.

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



Ruth Dills SouthardRuth Dills Southard

Ruth Dills Southard, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

She was a native of Macon County and a lifelong resident of the Cartoogechaye Community. She was the daughter of the late Hezekiah and Hassie Dills.

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband, Roy Southard; son Raymond Southard; three brothers, Elzia, Clifford, and Gordon Dills and sisters, Beulah Smith, Golda Burch and Sylvia Anderson.

She retired from Angel Hospital in 1985 where she worked as a certified nursing assistant. She was the oldest living member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church where she was active in the ladies Sunday School class and WMU. She had a love of poetry and wrote many poems over the years. She had a passion for gardening and took special pride in growing flowers.

She is survived by daughter, Linda Austin of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Dwight Southard and wife Edna, Tim Southard and wife Ruby all of Franklin; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; sister, Annie Stiener of Mount Vernon, Wash. and brother, Hez Dills of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.

The funeral service was held Friday, May 16, at Macon Funeral Home, with Revs. Steve Reeves, Jason Smith and Josh Brooks officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Chuck Southard, Brian Southard, Johnathan Southard, Dylan Southard, Parker Southard and Doyle Waldroop served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Hospice House Foundation 272 Maple Street Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Howard James GerberHoward James Gerber

Howard James Gerber, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Born in Ventura, Calif., he was the son of the late Howard M. Gerber and Maxine L. Henry. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam Era.

He is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Gerber of Franklin and Maxine Gerber of Highlands; brother, Larry Gerber of Los Angeles, Calif.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will conduct military rites.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1585, Franklin, NC 28744 or Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Dorothy Mae Croak PeaseDorothy Mae Croak Pease

Dorothy Mae Croak Pease, 87, of Franklin, passed away on, May 15, 2014.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence P. Croak and Dora Mae Hartman Croak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gene Pease who died June 5, 1996. She attended the Unity Light Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church. She played mah jongg and piano; was a mentor for teenage girls, enjoyed going to the Franklin town forums and had a love for cats.

She is survived by her daughter, Maura Pease and husband Danny of Evanston, Ill.; sister-in-law, Connie Eaton of Traverse City, Mich.; two grandchildren, Savannah Boanca and Dakota Boanca.

A memorial service will be held at the Unity Light Center at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the Noah’s Ark, 1239 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Ina Mae WinfreyIna Mae Winfrey

Ina Mae Winfrey, 78, of Andrews, N.C., passed away Friday evening, May 16, 2014, at her residence. She was a native of Nantahala and had lived most of her life in Andrews. She had worked as a beautician for more than 35 years. She was of the Christian faith. She loved the outdoors, the local mountains and streams. She had enjoyed rock hunting with her father. Her greatest joy came from her spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was the daughter of the late George Washington and Mary Ethel Haney Gregory. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, and three brothers.

Surviving are the love of her life of 55 years, Robert C. Winfrey Sr.; a daughter, Lisa Winfrey Bennett of Andrews; a son, Robert Winfrey Jr. and wife Sarah of Andrews; five granddaughters, Deidra Winfrey, Bambi Burris, Cherissa Hughes, Krista Hornbuckle, and Brittany Stokes; three great grandchildren, Jayden and Isabella Hughes, and Kiley Stokes.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 23, in Andrews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mary Brown officiating.

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



Ellen Marie LandingEllen Marie Landing

Ellen Marie Landing, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2104. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lon and Rachel Ammons Cook. She was a loving mother and grandmother; she loved her dogs, bird watching and gardening. She attended Newman Chapel Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Sanders and husband Dewey of Franklin and Tina Landing of Deland, Fla.; one son, Matthew Landing and wife Emily of Columbia, S.C.; four sisters, Violet Pannell of Franklin, Jessie Sprinkle and husband Ray of Cleveland, Tenn., Betty Dodgins and husband Raymond of Mt. Airy, Ga., and Sharon Cook of Franklin; five brothers, John Cook and wife Sue of Franklin, James Cook of Westminster, S.C., Eugene Cook and wife Thelma of Mountain City, Tenn., Richard Cook of Franklin and Otis Cook of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Matthew Landing and Rhiannon Sanders.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl Cook.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 17, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Cannon officiating.

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



Ray Keith PostellRay Keith Postell

Ray Keith Postell, 74, of Andrews, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014. Born in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Marvin and Grace Dockery Postell. He was a retired inspector for Chrysler Corporation, loved building houses with Donald Cross and Alan Kirby and loved all sports. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and loved being with his family. He was a member of Red Marble Baptist Church in Andrews.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Owenby Postell; two daughters, Donna Roper of Nantahala and Patty Postell and husband David of Andrews; two sisters, Mildred Trantham of Rising Sun, Md. and Helen West of Andrews; three brothers, Jerry Postell, Lonnie Postell and Otis Postell all of Andrews; five grandchildren, Travis Roper, Kristen Daniels, Nathan Postell, Justin Postell and Kayla Postell and five great grandchildren, Chelsea, Liam, Thatcher and Mason Daniels and Gracelyn Postell.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sonin- law, Thomas Roper; sister, Cathy Postell and his infant brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 7, at Red Marble Baptist Church with Rev. David Postell and Rev. Mickey Stewart officiating. Burial was held Thursday, May 8, in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews, Boyd Trantham, David West, Jason Postell, Keith Owenby, Bobby Owenby and Timmy Owenby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Martha Postell, 1201 Red Marble Road, Andrews, NC 28901.

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


Verda Lee Adams Sutton

Verda Lee Adams Sutton, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away May 4, 2014.

Born in Marlin, Texas, she was the daughter of the late James M. Adams and Verda Lee McClain Adams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Berrien Daniel Sutton, who died Jan. 2, 2000. Verda Lee graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. degree, attended Southern Methodist University, and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, She loved to sing, play the piano, garden, and travel. She was a dedicated member of the Garden Club of America, and served as a national officer. She enjoyed numerous activities at the Highlands Country Club and the Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla. She exemplified her faith in Christ each day of her life. She worshipped at Peachtree United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Ga., and First United Methodist Church, Ormond Beach, Fla. She also attended Highlands United Methodist Church and was a resident at Chestnut Hill.

She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Johnson and husband Tim of Charlotte, N.C.; two granddaughters, Gail Johnson of Charlotte and Meredith Johnson of Atlanta, Ga. The last years of her life, she was lovingly cared for by a special group of ladies, who she loved very much.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Franklin. Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Janet Greene will officiate. Burial will be at Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service.

Memorial donations can be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741 or the Foundation Fighting Blindness, PO Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21298.

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


Maxine Holland DavidsonMaxine Holland Davidson

Maxine Holland Davidson, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Everett Holland and Juanita T. Holland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Charles Edward Davidson, who died in 2003 and sister, Faustine Holland. She was known for her baking and roses and was always thinking of others.

She was a member of Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She is survived by two brothers, Dennis Holland and Lee Holland both of Franklin; two sisters, Sharon Holland of Franklin and Elaine Odom of Milledgeville, Ga.; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Ashlock and Jim Davidson officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Holland, Danny Holland, Scott Odom, Stephen Baldwin, Dan Odom and Mike Kitchens.

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


William Lee HuffWilliam Lee Huff

William Lee Huff, 74, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, May 2, 2014. Born in Dade County, Florida, he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary Depree Huff. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean conflict; a service technician for Sears for 29 years; former president of the Winnebago Club, and was active in the Drum and Bugle Corp in Miami. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved woodworking and helping others.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Virginia Seamans Huff; one daughter, Reatha Scipioni of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one son, William Lee Huff Jr. and wife Tina of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; one sister, Carol Rochester of Stuart, Fla.; five grandchildren, Anthony, Corinnie, Jordan, Tommy and Tim and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Zachary Phillips officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park.

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




Deborah Charlene HoodDeborah Charlene Hood

Deborah “Deb” Charlene Hood, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Christine Southards Mincey and the late Charles Marshall Mincey. She was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church and was a medical transcriptionist. She was a compassionate and caring person thinking of others before herself.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Brandon Hood of Franklin; her daughter, Ashley Hood of Franklin; her sister, Paulette King of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Sunday, May 11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Neil Moore officiated. Burial was in the Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Janie Nicholson

Janie Nicholson, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Isabelle Parker Coward. She was married to William J. "Bill" Nicholson who preceded her in death on March 14, 2011.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and took great pride in her family. She was a member of Johns Creek Baptist Church and attended Tessentee Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Tommy Nicholson and wife Lynn of Franklin; one sister, Lila Jo Queen of Sylva; one granddaughter, Kimberly Ledford and husband Ben; two great granddaughters, Hannah and Macie; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Ashe and two brothers, Duane Coward and Leroy Coward.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 9, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Breedlove, Joe Breedlove, Bill Queen, Ricky Queen, Warren Henry and Nelse Bates.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coward Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Dillard, PO Box 313, Webster, NC 28788.

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



Joseph E. Johnson

Joseph E. Johnson, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, May 6, 2014.

Born in Louisville, Ky., June 30, 1932, he was the son of the late John Louis Johnson and Anna Johanna Hoffmann Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Martin Johnson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War and was retired from AT&T. He was an avid golfer and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Yates Johnson; four children, Angela Schmalz of Franklin, Robert L. Johnson of Wingdale, N.Y., Susan Barnes of Brewster, N.Y. and Bruce D. Johnson of Waynesville, N.C.; two brothers, John Johnson of Calif. and Thomas Johnson of Ohio; two sisters, Dorothy Zipperle of Louisville, Ky. and Ruthie Vincent of Ill.; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Memorial mass was held Saturday, May 10, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated.

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



Ruth Ellen Darden

Ruth Ellen Darden, 78, of Cashiers, N.C., died peacefully at the Highlands Cashiers Hospital on Thursday, May 8, from pancreatic cancer. She was born in Connecticut to the late Oliver Champ and Helen Robertson. She moved from Miami to Cashiers in the early 1960s. Here she married Edward Boyle Darden in 1976 and they lived full time in Cashiers.

She was predeceased by her husband, "Bud" Darden in 2010. She is survived by three cousins; Karen Bjorn of Charlottesville, Va.; Great Bjorn of Glastonbury, Conn.; and Leonard Bjorn of Manchester, Conn. She is survived by three stepchildren; Carole McKay of Savannah, Ga.; Ann Darden of Tampa, Fla.; and Edward Darden of Oak Harbor, Wash.

She is also survived by many loving friends in her church and community.

She thought of herself as a true mountain woman and embraced her life in Cashiers. She was a champion tennis player, avid reader, and talented gardener. She was an active member of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Cashiers. She was passionate about her dogs, Dixie and Mercury.

Services will be held graveside Thursday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the Norton Cemetery in Cashiers.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations in honor of Ruth be made to the American Bouvier Rescue League, PO Box 689, Cheshire, MA 01225.

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



Stephen Paul Johnson

Stephen Paul Johnson, 34, of Franklin, N.C., passed away May 3, 2014, after suffering several years of medical problems and illness.

He was an auto mechanic, and loved working on and customizing cars and trucks. He was also an excellent artist and composer of spoken word poetry.

Those of us who were blessed to know him and love him were touched by his generosity, unselfishness and compassionate spirit.

We will all miss him terribly, but take comfort in the assurance that he is in the presence of the Lord God, and has perfect peace.

The family is planning a private memorial service.

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



Edward Erling NelsonEdward Erling Nelson

Edward Erling Nelson, 74, of Franklin, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of the late Erling Nelson and Martha Vancliff Largo. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Edward William Nelson who died Dec. 16, 2006. He was a U.S. Army veteran; a retired N.Y. City fireman and fire marshal; member of the Enforcer’s Motorcycle Club, member of the Masonic Lodge, was a former Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, pilot, avid outdoorsman and enjoyed dirt track racing. He attended Holly Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Roberta Hamersly Nelson; son, Scott Nelson and wife Alice of Franklin; one brother, Dominic Largo of Staten Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Lena Post of Walden, N.Y. and Jeanette O’Shaea of Tobyhanna, Pa.; three grandchildren, Savanna Claire Nelson, Edward Sean Nelson and Garrett Scott Nelson and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 13, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Dr. Charles Harris and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiated. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with masonic rites conducted by the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145.

Pallbearers were Bobby Young-Enforcers MC, Steve Williams- Enforcers MC, Michael Duffy-Enforcers MC, Clay Bryson- MCSO, Dereck Jones-MCSO and Brent Holbrooks-MCSO. Garrett Nelson-grandson served as honorary pallbearer.

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.



Harrie ‘Tootie’ EdwardsHarrie ‘Tootie’ Edwards

Harrie “Tootie” Edwards, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Harry Deem and Naomi Hannah Ney Deem. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, William Agler, Leonard Banta and Roger Edwards and a grandson, Mark Banta. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church, serving as a faithful choir member and member of the sew-n-sews.

She is survived by a son, Leonard Theodore Banta, II and wife, Diane of Pooler, Ga. and one grandson, Gregory Banta of Pooler, Ga.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 13, at Iotla Baptist Church. Dr. Jeff Hensley and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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



Ellis Dewuel BatesEllis Dewuel Bates

Ellis Dewuel Bates, 82, of Valdosta, Ga., passed away Friday, May 9, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Boyd and Lola Watts Bates. He was a kind man, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved dancing and gardening, fishing and his work building steel forms to mold concrete for his company, Western Carolina Steel. He was a charter member of the Georgia Septic Tank association and a member of the Episcopal Church in Valdosta.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharie Elliott of Valdosta, and Deborah Linke, of Pontiac, Mich.; one step-daughter, Kathryn Miley of Hahira, Ga.; one son, David Bates of Allen Park, Mich.; one sister, Winnie Bates Vinson of Franklin, N.C.; two brothers, Chuck Bates of Franklin, and Nelse Bates of Franklin; eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Doug Bates; one sister, Joyce Bates Lewis, and two brothers, Clyde Bates, and Dennis Bates.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, at 2 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial will be in the Rush Cemetery with full military rites conducted by Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108. Pallbearers will be Michael Lewis, Danny Bates, Greg Bates, Tom Law, Sigurd Stenersen and Matt Elliott. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to Lanier Animals Partnership and Support. PO Box 401 Lakeland, GA 31635.

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



Annie Lou Allen McClureAnnie Lou Allen McClure

Annie Lou Allen McClure, 83, of Andrews, N.C., died Sunday, May 11, 2014, in an Andrews care center. She was a native of Nantahala and had worked as a cook throughout her life. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Carl and Arizona Pendergrass Neal, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Ira Allen, who died in 1971. She was also preceded in death by three stepdaughters; Birtie White, Emma Mintz, and Maude Davis; four step-sons; Sidney, Garland, Kenneth, and Claude Allen; a granddaughter, Beverly Chambers; and a great grandson, Michael Vetzel.

Surviving are her husband, Edward McClure; two daughters, Sheila Cook and husband, Randy of Brasstown, and Lorene Hacker and husband, Ron of Marble; three step-daughters, Martha Lambert and Marie West both of Andrews, and Nancy Tilley of High Point; a step-son, James McClure of Murphy; four grandchildren, Joshua and Cory Cook, Taronda Urbanec, and Tabitha Parker; and many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 14, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Jerry Lambert and Houston Tilley officiating. Interment was in Old Fashioned Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons, David Tilley, Austin and Eddie West, Brian and Darren McClure, Joshua and Cory Cook, and Dennis Mintz.

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



Mary Ann Ray HeddenMary Ann Ray Hedden

Mary Ann Ray Hedden, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 12, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Onie Vanhook Ray. She worked at Angel Medical Center and later at Western Sizzlin’ Steak House for several years. She was a loving wife; loved children and her family and liked doing word search puzzles and playing bingo. She was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Wiley Hedden and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Ashe, who died in 1984, and three brothers, Rufus Ray, Wilbur Ray and Don Ray.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 14, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial was in Strain Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Tabor, Travis Hedden, Marshall Hedden, James Hedden, David Hedden, Sammy Hedden and Bobby Hunt.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Strain Cemetery, c/o Sharon Hunt, 4386 Walnut Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elsie J. Luttrell

Elsie J. Luttrell, 95, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 23, 2014.

Born in Canton, Ohio, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jack Luttrell. She was the second of seven children. She was a substitute school teacher and worked with the special education children. She devoted her time to teaching young people in bible classes where ever she lived.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Luttrell of St. Charles, Mo. and C.W. Luttrell of Ocala, Fla.; daughter, Brenda Rutherford of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Frances of Canada; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Memorial service were held Saturday, May 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



Glenn Roy Lacey

Glenn Roy Lacey, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Born in Lansing, Mich., he was the son of the late Sam Obrecht and Letha Irene Mix Obrecht. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia M. Lacey who died June 1, 2003. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and was a retired Police Captain from West Palm Beach, Fla. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was an avid reader and motorcycle enthusiast.

He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Lehtinen and husband Jack of Franklin; three grandchildren, Michael Lehtinen, Bonnie Dodge and Jeannie Maples; eight great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

Funeral mass was held Monday, May 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sylva. Rev. J. A. Voitus officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Grandsons and great grandsons served as pallbearers.

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




Charles ‘William’ WoodringCharles ‘William’ Woodring

Charles “William” Woodring, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, N.C., he was the son of the late James Lewis Woodring and Eullia Reed Woodring. He loved to build birdhouses and jewelry boxes and loved being outdoors.

He is survived by his companion, Patricia Mathis; two children; brothers and sisters, May, Elaine, Mamie, Barbara, Dan, Robert and Thurman; grandson, Matthew Burrell and two great grandchildren, Miles and Trinity.

Graveside service was held Friday, April 25, at Boones Creek Baptist Church, Salem, S.C.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Robert Preleau StanfieldRobert Preleau Stanfield

Robert Preleau Stanfield, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Harley Stanfield and Esther Holland Stanfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Bobbie Hopper Stanfield who died in 1991; son, Gary Stanfield; grandson, Stephen Stanfield; three sisters and five brothers. Preleau was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; retired from GM after 31 years as an electrician; member of VFW Post 7339 and enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming.

He is survived by a son, Larry Stanfield and wife Donna of Ontario, Ohio; daughter-in-law Jan Stanfield of Franklin; two brothers, William Stanfield and Harley Stanfield, Jr. both of Franklin; two grandchildren, Cindy Stanfield and Tim Stanfield and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Alton Dendy will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Macon Funeral Home.

VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will serve as pallbearers.

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



Edgar FranksEdgar Franks

Edgar Franks, 70, of Sylva, N.C., died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Jackson County. He is the son of the late Robert Lee and Louetta Mashburn Franks. He was the owner and operator of Franks Garage and Wrecker Service for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by five siblings. He was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Barbara (Carver) Franks of the home and two brothers Lester Lee and Raymond Ernest Franks of Sylva.

A Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in the Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Eddie Stillwell, Keith Ashe and Steve Webb officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.



Richard James WardRichard James Ward

Richard James Ward, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Henry Ward and Catherine Moore Ward. He was an electrician and he attended Franklin Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Delma Martin Ward; daughter, Dina Roberts of South Gate, Mich.; three sons, Richard Ward II of Lincoln Park, Mich. and Michael Ward of River Rouge, Mich. and Justin Guy and wife Rosanne of Atlanta, Ga.; two step daughters, Diane Tackett of Linz, Ala. and Teresa Boane of Franklin; three step sons, Harold Workman and Terry Workman both of Charlottesville, Va., and Martin Workman of Jacksonville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Thurman Jenkins officiated.

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



John Roy Potts

John Roy Potts, 77, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Robert Leonard Potts and Flossie McCall Potts. He was preceded in death by a son, John Michael Potts and one brother, Jimmy Potts.

After graduating from Glenville High School, he joined the Air Force and served four years. He was self-employed as a plumber and electrician for 48 years. He served 12 years in the Naval Reserve. He served for 20 years with the Highlands Fire Department. He was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church and loved to go on mission trips to help in other states.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nora Rogers Potts; one son, Derrick Potts and four grandchildren, Brantley, Jeffrey, Matthew and Mykenzi Potts; two great granddaughters, Aubrie and Isabelle Potts; three sisters, Helen Holden, Willene Conner and Gail Rogers; three brothers, Curley Potts, Dennis Potts and Robbie Potts and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Highlands First Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Wiggins and Pastor Mark Ford will officiate.

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

Highlands Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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



Norma Large HollingsworthNorma Large Hollingsworth

Norma Large Hollingsworth, 93, of Tiger, Ga., (and Asheboro, N.C. and Durham, N.C.) passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Nellie B. and H. Lee Large, MD. of Rocky Mount, N.C. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry D. Hollingsworth; a sister, Janet L. Hawkins; and a brother, H. Lee Large, Jr., MD.

She is survived by two brothers, Nelson Large, DDS of Salisbury, N.C., and Harry and wife Sue Large, of Bethlehem, Pa.; her daughter, Lee Hollingsworth Berger and spouse Frederick A. Berger, MD. of Franklin; her sons, Harry D. Hollingsworth of Alpharetta, Ga. and D. Luther Hollingsworth and wife Linda of Asheboro, N.C.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was known for her gifts at the piano and organ keyboards and translated this gift into numerous organist positions in the Durham, N.C. area, as well as a preschool teacher at her home church, St. Luke’s Episcopal in Durham.

A memorial service will be held on May 17 at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal in Durham. Her cremains will be buried along with her late husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705.

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



John Thomas SeayJohn Thomas Seay

John Thomas “Big John” Seay, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Arvey Bedford Seay and Mary Leona Williams Seay. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Myrtle Sanders Seay who died Feb. 23, 2011; son, Larry “LeRoy” Seay who died March 1, 2002; an infant son; brothers, Norman, Roger, Lewis, Howard; sisters, Doris Evitt, Ella Mae Ledford, Margie Stiwinter and infant sister, Mary Burdell Seay. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where he was a deacon and member of the choir and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He was an avid Franklin Panther fan and was instrumental in starting Little League baseball in Franklin.

He is survived by three children, Kenny Seay and wife Annie, Diane Hooper and husband Frank, and Wanda Ledford and husband Tony, all of Franklin; sister, Frances Teague and husband Vic of Franklin; brother, James Clarence “Red” Seay of Hendersonville; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Tommy Fouts, Rev. Mark Bishop and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Tony Ledford, Bryan Hooper, Tracy Hooper, Lane Hooper, John Michael Seay and Jason Drake. Nephews served as honorary pallbearers.

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



Shirley Mae DrinnonShirley Mae Drinnon

Shirley Mae Drinnon, 65, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Glenn Reeves and Willa Mae Childers Reeves. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Craig Drinnon and a grandson, William Madison Drinnon. She was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir. She worked for the Macon County Board of Education as a child nutritionist. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and being outdoors. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Bill Drinnon; two sons, Rev. Randy Drinnon and wife Arlene and Tony Drinnon and wife Tammy of Franklin; sister, Joyce Queen of Lexington, N.C.; brother, Bennie Reeves of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Lynzy Drinnon, Matthew Drinnon, Dalton Drinnon, Kaitlyn Drinnon, Adam Armstrong, Andrew Armstrong, Amanda Davis, Anna Clark; two great grandchildren, Kyla Smith and Rylan Armstrong and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, at Burningtown Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Randy Drinnon and Tony Drinnon officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dalton Drinnon, Derek Conley, Steve Rowland, Andrew Armstrong, Adam Armstrong, Harold Baker and Matthew Drinnon. Honorary pallbearers were Lynzy, Kaitlyn, Amanda, Anna, Whitley, Kyla, Kaitlyn, Rylan and the entire church family.

Memorial donations can be made to the St. Judes Childrens Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


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