Parade marks 42 years since troops left Vietnam Disneys The Aristocats Kids

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Operation Pill Crusher event nets 18,286 pills

Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.

Officer injured apprehending a suspect

Macon County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim Holland is still at home recovering from surgery that was a result of injuries incurred in a police chase that ensued Thursday evening.

Detective Holland, along with Detective Will Rhoden were involved in a chase Thursday after a suspect failed to stop for a routine traffic stop. While briefly attempted to flee police in his vehicle, Jessie Mal Cowart, 25, wrecked on Arthur Drake Road before taking off on foot.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, Cowart fled into a wooded area and was immediately pursued by both Rhoden and Holland at which point Cowart refused to cooperate with law enforcement's commands to stop.

East Franklin’s fourth grade science fair asks ‘the big questions’

Fourth grade students at East Franklin Elementary put on their thinking caps last week for the 11th annual science fair. Project choices were selected by the students according to their interests and they were asked to follow the scientific method. The students came up with a "big question," created their hypothesis, conducted research and then completed their experiment in order to draw a conclusion.

"The kids were all very excited and a few were nervous but they all had a great time showing off their projects to other East Franklin students and their families," said East Franklin Fourth Grade Teacher Lora Neitz.

Warrior hikers begin 2,168-mile journey

Franklin one of 35 stops along the Appalachian Trail.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Now at 2,168.1 miles, the journey is an ambitious mission in itself, but completing the trek wasn't Shaffer's sole mission. His intention was to "walk off the war" to forget about the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II.

It took Shaffer a little over four months to hike the entire trail. Recognizing that having to become reaccustomed with day to day life, and to set aside the training and instinctual reactions taught by the military as being no easy feat, following in Shaffer's footsteps, Marine Corps Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin turned to nature to help become reassimilated into life after service.

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Deaths & Funerals



Bill Mason

Bill Mason 79, of Franklin, N.C., entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Dec. 2, 2013. A native of Franklin, he was the son of the late William C. Mason and Perry Panell Mason. He was preceded in death by three brothers, WJ Mason of Oakridge Tenn, Robert (Bob) Mason of Franklin and Carl Mason of Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margie Kimsey Mason of Franklin. Also survived by two sons, Keith Mason (Pam) of Kernersville NC, and Ron Mason (Pat) of Sneads Ferry, N.C., three grandchildren Amy Weeger (Jeff) of Holly Springs, N.C., John W Mason (Tiffany) of Monroe, N.C. and Alex Mason of Kernersville, N.C.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years reaching the rank of lieutenant. He served in Vietnam aboard the USS Independence. After his retirement from the Navy, he returned to school and worked on his lifelong dream of receiving a college education. He graduated from Southwestern Technical College and was a 1984 Honors Graduate of Western Carolina University. His second career was in the real estate business where he enjoyed success as both an agent and appraiser.

A lifelong volunteer, he was very active in the Lions Club of Franklin serving as president. He proudly served the community as a Lion for 25 years. He was awarded the Lions highest honor, the Melvin Jones Award among many other Lion awards. He took great pride in working with the vision screening of Macon County school children. Additionally, he could be seen placing American flags all around Franklin on the 4th of July, Veterans Day and other special days during the year. He was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church in Franklin.

Funeral service was Thursday, Dec. 5. Burial was in the cemetery at Prentiss Baptist Church with Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. Billy Sellers officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Lions Club of Franklin and Angel Hospice of Franklin.

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



Fia B. ScheyerFia B. Scheyer

Fia B. Scheyer, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Sasha Bartnovski and Antonette Salisbury Bartnovski. She was a Julliard- trained professional singer and recording artist and was an author of numerous articles and curricula as well as an author with two books in print. She worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association as the director of volunteers and fundraising and was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rev. John David Scheyer of Franklin; three children, Suzie DellaPenta and husband George of Cheektowaga, N.Y., David Cefkin and wife Mia of Franklin and Beverly Calobrace of Tamarac, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Lamb of Pompano Beach, Fla., Beverly Smalheiser of Tamarac, Fla.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Dec. 7, at Macon Valley Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Care Net, 130 Bidwell St. Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James Edward KeenerJames Edward Keener

James Edward Keener, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Macon County, Jan. 22, 1930, the son of the late William A. and Nancy J. Fox Keener. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War. He was a loving husband; was a retired caretaker, and liked to hunt and fish. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Holbrooks, Virginia Waters and Marie Crawford and one brother, William H. Keener.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margie Cabe Keener and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Monday, Dec. 9, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. David Williams officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

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



Una Margaret Crawford Setser

Una Margaret Crawford Setser, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Eugene Emerson Crawford and Mary Estella Snyder Crawford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Ray Setser, who died in 2011. She graduated from Franklin High School and Western Carolina University. She retired as a school teacher; was a member of The Macon County Unit of NCRSP; member of Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer, former Sunday school teacher and member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

She is survived by four daughters, Margaret Simpson and husband Bob of Franklin, Mary Miesiaszek and husband Steve of Norcross, Ga., Myra Loewenstein and husband David of Rye Brook, N.Y. and Lisa Setser of Franklin; three sisters, Myra Patton of Franklin, Mysa Mathews and husband A.L. of Worthington, Ohio and Jean Swainey and husband Walt of Hillsboro, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Caroline, Stephanie, Morgan, Rachael, Taylor, Jeffrey, Sissy, Olivia, Zachary and Sophie and three great-grandchildren, Miciah, Maleek and Eric.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Sam Crawford and Rev. David Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Mt. Zion Cemetery, C/O Kathy Tinsley 151 Valley Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Patricia Louise MarlinPatricia Louise Marlin

Patricia Louise Marlin, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Born in Klamath Falls, Ore., she was the daughter of the late Charles Byron Slay and Anna Mae Haynes Slay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger and Bill and three sisters, Judy, Charlce and Shirley.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Marlin; three children, Scott Rutter of Silverdale, Wash., Teresa Ledford of Franklin and Cindy Howry of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Rosalie Webb of Renton, Wash. and Delbert Hutchinson of Douglas, Wyo.; two brothers, Charles Byron Slay of Lakeview, Ore. and Michael David Slay of Klamath Falls, Ore.; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren and special friend, Heather Hickman of Franklin.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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



Carol A. EllenburgCarol A. Ellenburg

Carol A. Ellenburg, 73, of Cartersville, Ga., passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

She was born Nov. 17, 1940, in Reading, Pa., the daughter of the late, William A. and Jean Ethel Whittington and was retired from the University of Central Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marvin Ellenburg.

Surviving is her daughter and son-in-law, Ronda K. and Donald Hampton of Cartersville, Ga.; grandchildren, Sean M. Sullivan and his wife, Pamela of St. Mary’s, Ga., Erin E. Stevens and her husband, Christopher of Cartersville; five great grandchildren, Shelby, Addilyn, Leland, Gwendalyn and Amory, a brother and sister-in-law, William A. and Doris Whittington of Tennessee and a number of nieces and nephews.

Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Ga. is in charge of arrangements.



John Clinton Walker Jr.John Clinton Walker Jr.

John Clinton Walker Jr., 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at a local hospital. Born in York, S.C., he was the son of the late John Clinton and Dorothy Yandel Walker. He was a carpenter, loving husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diane Hildreth Walker; three daughters, Ruby DelAngel and her husband Robert of Sanger, Texas, Denise Walker of Birmingham, Ala. and Annette Totherow and her husband Johnny of Clarendon, N.C.; three sons, Michael Walker and his wife Michelle of Houston, Texas, Laney Walker of the home and John Walker and his wife Tammy of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Carolyn Gibson of Freeport, Texas, Nancy Sims of Freeport, Texas and Joyce Overcash of Eagle Pass, Texas; one brother, Timothy Scott Walker of Freeport, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Morris Tippett officiating. Burial will be held at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service.

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



Wiley Rogers CabeWiley Rogers Cabe

Wiley Rogers Cabe, 84, resident of Acworth, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. She was born Feb. 4, 1929, and raised on a farm near Franklin, N.C. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948, served time in Germany during the Korean War and Berlin Airlift, and was discharged in 1952. He returned home to continue his education, marry, start a family, and enjoy a career at the Lockheed, Ga., (now Lockheed- Martin) plant for 32 years.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Mayes Davis Cabe; son Gary Davis (Jane) and grandson Jarrett of Marietta Ga.; son Robin Cabe (Peggy) of Canton, Ga., granddaughter Nicol Cabe of Seattle, Wash., grandson J. Collin Solonka of Woodstock, Ga.; daughter-in-law Annette Davis of Wheaton, Md., and grandson Joel Whitlow “Whit” Davis (Leah) of Columbia, Md.; grandson Nathaniel Cabe and great-granddaughter Kendall of Crawfordville, Fla.; daughter-in-law Analyn Cabe, and granddaughters Mary Josephina and Abigail Lesley of Blue Springs, Mo.; three brothers, Ernest W. “Buster” Cabe of Franklin, Clyde Cabe of Sylva, N.C. and Howard Cabe of Pensacola, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest W. and Margaret Mae Cabe; his first wife of 20 years, Eunice McCoy Cabe; and sons, Joel L. Davis Jr. and Leslie W. Cabe; three brothers, Henry Cabe, Ralph Cabe and Leon Cabe and four sisters, Annie D. Cabe, Edna Cabe, Lora Alice Thompson and Mabel Potts.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Acworth United Methodist Church. A second memorial service will be held in Franklin, N.C. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, Saturday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Acworth United Methodist Church or Gentiva Hospice Foundation of Atlanta.



Early Floyd Hester

Early Floyd Hester, 86, of Otto, N.C. passed away, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Born in Morgan County, Ga., he was the son of the late Early and Willie Armistead Hester. He was machinist for Arrow Shirt Company and was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by one son, Wesley Hester of Flowery Branch, Ga. and two sisters, Betty Sue Cobb of Lawrenceville, Ga. and Jeanette Brewer of Madison, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hester’s name to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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




Aletha Blow

Aletha Blow, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Duvall County, Florida, the daughter of the late Simuel Eston and Thannie Altman Wester. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Lorense Hamilton Blow Sr. who passed away in 2000. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church in Franklin.

She is survived by four daughters, Gwen Kelly, of Franklin; Linda Lee Watson, and husband Bill of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Susan Annette Saunders, of Buford, Ga., Rebecca Ann Barrow and husband Cliff of Canton, Ga. and one son, Lorense Hamilton Blow Jr. and wife Karen of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

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

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



Alfred James Williams

Alfred James Williams, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Dec. 1, 2013. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and later settled with his family in Jamestown, Tenn., where they established a funeral home business. He would later become a mortician and make a part of his early career working in the funeral home. He decided to venture out and he worked for several large insurance companies, retiring from United Family Life Insurance, Atlanta, Ga.

In 1976, he met the love of his life, Ruth, at a large metro church called Rehoboth Baptist in Tucker, Ga. The couple were instantly attracted to each other. They married at the church a year later and were happily married for 36 years. He was a true southern gentleman. His personality was like a magnet; people loved to be around him. He was a Christian who always tried to walk close with his Lord and share his faith with others.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ruth; one sister, Joretta Raines (Miles), Allardt, Tenn.; daughter, Cindy Young (Gary) Grapevine, Texas; two sons, Chandler and Craig; three grandchildren; nieces and cousins and many friends.

Per his wish, no services are planned. He expressed his desire to share his faith for all to know you can be assured of eternal life by accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. Galatians 2:20 and John 3:16.

Memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Wright BuckElizabeth ‘Beth’ Wright Buck

Elizabeth "Beth" Wright Buck, 58, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. She was born in Dade County, Florida, the daughter of the late George Walker Wright Jr. and Eugenia Elizabeth Gaillard Wright. She was married to David John Buck, who died in 2010. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Highlands.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Buck and Bailey Buck both of Highlands; a son, Marshall David Buck of Highlands; a sister, Mary Walker Greene of Westchester, N.Y.; two half-sisters, Laura Wright Mc- Donald and Amanda Wright; two grandchildren, Allison Walker Buck and Jonathan David Carpenter.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 1, at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands with Rev. Dr. Lee W. Bowman officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, 471 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Betty Gladwell Gunter CraigBetty Gladwell Gunter Craig

Betty Gladwell Gunter Craig, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Barnett and Carrie Lee Sprinkle Gladwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Ray Gunter; second husband, Jerry Craig; and an infant brother, Kenneth. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by a daughter, Carla Oden and husband Tim of Commerce, Ga.; brother, Max Gladwell and wife Glenda of Franklin; sister, Virginia Bryson and husband Bill of Franklin; two grandchildren, Eva Oden and fiancé Dusty Shirley and T.R. Oden and fiancée Chazz Streisguth; great granddaughter, Arianna Oden and special friend, Frances Lowe of Sylva.

A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Robert Brown officiated.

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



Gwendolyn LittenGwendolyn Litten

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Litten, 85, of Franklin, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Born in Augusta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Pinkney Powell Sr. and Emmie Walton Powell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Litten; five brothers and one sister. She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 7339 and supported her husband Bob in all his endeavors; including serving during his Naval Service, Veteran’s Affairs, Scouting and West Macon Fire Department. She loved to read.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bob Litten; son, Joe Litten and wife Janice of Orenda, Calif.; two sisters, Peggy Silletto of Port St. Lucie and Joyce Parker of Tifton, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Jeff and Jamie Litten.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the American Legion Post 108.

Memorial donations can be made to the Veteran’s Memorial of Macon County, PO Box 474, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Lucky Joe Dills

Lucky Joe Dills, 67, of Lakemont, Ga., passed away at his residence Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

He was born in Macon County, North Carolina, and was the son of Hazel Dills, who preceded him in death.

He was employed for many years as a fixer at Burlington Industries and at Fruit of the Loom and was a member of Battle Branch Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who were the light of his life. He also enjoyed working at the Rabun County School System where he was able to interact with all of the children who so dearly loved him. He liked to travel and do yard work. He always made sure that his “Honey Do” list was completed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda McClain Dills of Lakemont; two sons, Mark Dills of Wiley, Ga., and John Dills and his wife Donna of Eastanollee, Ga.; one daughter, April Dills; three sisters, Nancy Wyke of Franklin, N.C., Ida Justice of San Angelo, Texas, and Nadine Martin of Bowman, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Robert Dills, and Christy Dills.

Services were held in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, Nov. 23, with Pastor Madison McCrackin officiating.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Battle Branch Baptist Church, P.O. Box 483, Clayton, GA 30525.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Ga., is in charge of the arrangements. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.



Rita Elizabeth BenneyRita Elizabeth Benney

Rita Elizabeth Benney, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 1, at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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



Samuel Edward WhitehurstSamuel Edward Whitehurst

Samuel Edward Whitehurst, 89, of Panama City, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., passed away on Nov. 29, 2013.

Born in the St. Andrews section of Panama City, Fla., he was the son of the late William Wesley Whitehurst and Ollie Mae Bazzell Whitehurst. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin daughters at birth and later two daughters, Dayna Boone and Kay Whitehurst and a brother, Billy Whitehurst.

He was a World War II Veteran, having fought in the Western Pacific Campaign, while serving in the Army Air Corp. He flew 27 combat missions as the ball turret gunner on a B-24 named “Tricky Mickey.”

He worked most of his 30-year career in the Civil Service, at the Navy Base in Panama City. He belonged to the Oakland Terrace Men’s Club and the Watauga Vista Homeowner’s Association, serving as president in both associations. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Williams Whitehurst; two daughters, Beth Whitehurst and Sue Ralph and husband Joe Ralph; son-in-law, Jim Boone; two step-sons, Bill Williams and wife Frances and David Williams and wife Karen; nine grandchildren and seven (soon to be nine!) great grandchildren; brothers, Coley and Lindy Whitehurst and a sister, Velma Pippin.

A visitation was held at Macon Funeral Home in Franklin on Monday, Dec. 2.

A funeral service will be held at Southerland Funeral Home in Panama City, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. A burial service will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

A reception will be held for family members after the burial service at Coastal Plumbing in the recreation room, 3411 Hwy 389.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Angel Hospice, 170 Church St. Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Norman KingNorman King

Norman King, 84, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

Born in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank and Hilda King. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marion King. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He was Catholic by faith.

He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Gladden of Pylesville, Md. and Victoria Krajewski of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Ryan, Steven, David and Patrick and two greatgrandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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



John Allen DavidsonJohn Allen Davidson

John Allen Davidson, 101, died in Murphy on Nov. 18. He was born May 16, 1912, in Murphy, N.C., the son of Neil Allen Davidson and Sarah Jane “Sally” Stansbury Davidson.

He was a member of early baseball, basketball and football teams at Murphy High School. Graduating in 1930, he went to New Orleans where he worked in a cafeteria by day and learned jazz piano at night on the riverboat SS Capitol. He worked his way through Cecil’s Business College in Asheville playing in speakeasies with an ensemble sometimes known as “John Davidson and his Orchestra” and sometimes “The Campus Casanovas.”

Back in Murphy, he played piano at the Regal Hotel and organized local musicians into bands for the annual March of Dimes Dances. He worked for TVA in the building of Hiwassee, Chatuge, and Fontana Dams.

In 1938 he married his childhood sweetheart, Kathleen Olive Axley, daughter of May Akin and John Axley of Murphy.

He served in General Patton’s Third Army in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. After VE day, he was reassigned to the Pacific Theater and was in Manila when the war ended August 1945.

He worked for the North Carolina Division of Veterans’ Affairs, serving as the District Service Officer for Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties until his retirement in 1977. The veterans he represented included those from Vietnam, Korea, World War II, World War I, and the Spanish American War. He was honored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for his service, and presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the state of North Carolina.

In recent years, he was a daily visitor to the John C. Campbell Folk School and a photographer of all events around Murphy. He was a member of the American Legion Post 96, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the First United Methodist Church of Murphy.

He goes to be reunited with Kathleen and his grandson, John Neil Davidson. Among those giving thanks for his long life of love are daughter Kay Davidson Nabers and husband, Jim of Saluda, N.C.; son, John Allen Davidson, Jr. “Jan” and wife Nanette of Brasstown; grandchildren John Davidson Mulkey and wife Kim of New York City, Neil Allen Mulkey and wife Cecilia of Asheville, Chloe Anne Davidson of Asheville, Samuel Ballard Davidson of Brasstown; great grandchildren Erin Mulkey and Roderick Mulkey of Asheville, nephew Gene Bates, and Axleys, Akins and Davidsons.

A celebration of his life was held at Davidson Hall, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, on Sunday Dec. 1.

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy was in charge of arrangements. An online guest register at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.

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Frank H. Buchanan

Frank H. Buchanan, 88, of Sylva, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. He was born Oct. 2, 1925. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, he is the son of the late Samuel Coleman and the late Lola (Cabe) Buchanan.

When he was in high school, the principal called him to the office and presented him with a high school diploma and induction orders for the army. A veteran of WWII, he served throughout Europe prior to the end of the war and the Battle of the Bulge and then with the occupation forces. He returned to school in Kentucky and then came back to Jackson County to work in the family brick laying business. He and his brothers did free brick laying for numerous churches and community buildings throughout Jackson and Macon counties.

He worked part-time at Southwestern Community College before going to the L.B. Johnson Job Corp for 10 years before his retirement. He enjoyed traveling and made numerous trips around the country, visiting almost all states. He loved woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Thompson Buchanan; a daughter, Gloria Jean Carr of Sylva; a son, Nicky Howard Buchanan and wife Melanie of Rock Hill, S.C.; a special son, Jerry McCall and wife Janet of Franklin; a grandson, Christopher Howard Pressley and wife Jen; granddaughters, Jennifer P. Kelly and husband Jason, Lindsay M. McConnell, Cristen Carr, Cathy C. Hubbard and husband, Jerry; great grandchildren, Graham, Katie, Melody, Savannah, Sarah, Grace, Emma, Sydney, and Alex; a sister-in-law, Mae W. Buchanan; and several nieces and nephews with a special thank you to Cecilia B. Morgan and Sam Buchanan.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Mary B. Angle, Eula B. Rathburn, Bee B. Brown, Dee B. Gardner, and Ilah B. Guffey; brothers, Lyndon, Cecil, Jess and Kenneth C. Buchanan; sons-in-law, Dickie Carr and Larry Pressley.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Wesleyanna United Methodist Church in the Savannah Community, with the Rev. Charles Jackson and Rev. Loy Kennedy officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wesleyanna United Methodist Church c/o Joe Deitz 938 Thatham Creek Road, Sylva, NC 28779 or the Wesleyanna Cemetery Fund c/o Shirley Gunter PO Box 424, Sylva, NC 28779.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.


 


Cecelia Helen Dills Pressley

Cecelia Helen Dills Pressley, 96, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at her residence.

A native of Macon County, she had resided in Haywood County most of her life and was the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Alice Davis Dills. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Pressley; four grandchildren, Eric and David Pressley and Debbie and Stephen Pressley; and seven brothers and sisters. She was a member of West Canton Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Myra Baker; two sons, Jerry Pressley of Canton and Robert Pressley and his wife, Doris, of Simpsonville, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Ricky and Mark Parham, Hunt and Brent Pressley, Brad and Michael Pressley, and Juliana and Julbiana Pressley; eight great-grandchildren; a special niece, Carol Ann Wilson; a special nephew, Buddy Shoaf and his wife, Gracie; and several other nieces and nephews.

An online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.


 


Bryant 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 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 at a later date.

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.


 


Gail Marie WaltonGail Marie Walton

Gail Marie Walton, 69, died of lung and bone cancer on Nov. 10, 2013 at her home in Franklin, N.C. She was born in Caribou, Maine to Mabel and Merle Walton. She worked as a veterinary surgical technician in Brockton, Mass., before joining the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, serving as a military policeman (M.P.) at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. After discharge she moved to Florida and became a respiratory therapist working at Manatee Memorial Hospital for 10 years. In 1988, she moved to North Carolina where she worked at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital as director of cardio-pulmonary services. She was an avid outdoorswoman and enjoyed camping, hiking and kayaking. She became disabled in 1998 at which point she was able to pursue her interest in animal rescue services. She owned and operated The Animal Barn at the Franklin Flea Market for several years. She enjoyed travelling, cooking, photography, reading and a wide range of other interests.

She is survived by her partner of 34 years, Bonnie Powell, her cousin, Susan Seifert, and Lola Powell, all of whom live in Franklin; numerous cousins; her beloved dogs, Murphy, Tico, Buddy, and Sweet Pea; and her cat, Slick.

A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Macon County Humane Society Inc., 851 Lake Emory Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.


 


Lucinda J. Hughes Collins Eller

Lucinda J. Hughes Collins Eller, of Franklin, N.C., born May 10, 1956, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

She leaves behind a loving husband of 23 years, Rick Eller; three sons, Paul Jr., Dustin and Benji Collins; grandchildren, Sierra, Trey, Jacob, Christian, Mia, Bryson, Taylor, Isaih and Joshua; greatgranddaughter, Alexa; brothers, Timmy and Jimmy Hughes; sisters, Colleen and Susan; and many nieces and nephews. Also, her fourfooted companions, Chico, Gertie, Sissy and Baily. Services will be private.

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


 


Dorothy Nichols CloerDorothy Nichols Cloer

Dorothy Nichols Cloer, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in a local hospital. Born in Towns County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late David and Ethel Justice Nichols. She was a CNA for Angel Hospital for 30 years. She was of the Baptist faith. She was the best mother and grandmother; loved her birds and was an awesome cook.

She is survived by one daughter, Vicki Cloer Moses and husband Larry “Moose” of Franklin; one son, Larry Cloer and wife Loretta of Franklin; one sister, Imogene Whittington of Deale, Md.; four grandchildren, Jeffery Michael Jones, Cody Nicholas Jones, Leigh Koch and husband Fred and Joseph Cloer and wife Amanda; and two step-grandchildren, Latisha Johnson and Richard Moses.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Johnson and five brothers, Oren, Ralph, Quinton, Marvin and D. J. Nichols.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help with expenses.

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


 


Marjorie Anthony CaldwellMarjorie Anthony Caldwell

Marjorie Anthony Caldwell, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Hollis Anthony and Alean Queen Anthony. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Lee Caldwell and sister, Jeanette Anthony Thomas. She was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Todd McGaha and wife Pamela of Franklin; three sisters, Bobbie Clark and Amy Anthony both of Waynesville and Darlene Green of Franklin; brother, Leon Anthony of Franklin; two grandchildren, Carissa McGaha and Elizabeth McGaha and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. David Lee Williams will officiate. Burial will be in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund, C/O Carolyn Crisp, 372 Rosecreek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or to Macon Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses, PO Box 1175 Franklin, NC 28744.

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




Eddie Carlos ‘Guz’ Guzman

Eddie Carlos “Guz” Guzman, 50, of Topton, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in a Macon County care facility. He was a native and lifetime resident of Macon County.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents who raised him, Carl and Hattie Watts Nelson; and his mother, Shelby Jean Hogsed.

Surviving are a son, Carlos Guzman of Murphy, N.C.; and his longtime companion, Daratha Curtis of Nantahala.

A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 22, at Aquone Cemetery with the Rev. Gene Bryant officiating.

A guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Lainey MungerLainey Munger

Lainey Munger, 61, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with her Savior early Thursday morning, Nov. 21, 2013.

Her life of love serving others has left her a lasting legacy on this earth and in heaven. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Tom Munger; children, Amanda Jessup, Benjamin Munger and Katherine Lannon; grandsons, Michael, David and Alex Munger; mother, Foy Holt and sister Kathy Cabiness, both from Milton, Fla.; niece and nephew, Kira Cabiness and Todd Cabiness and great niece Lola.

A memorial/celebration service was held at Franklin Covenant Church on Belleview Park Rd in Franklin, on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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


Sylvia D. Edwards
Sylvia D. Edwards

Sylvia D. Edwards, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Foister Baird Davis and Eleanor Benning Davis, and was the widow of the late Jesse James Edwards II. She had worked as a customer service representative for Olin Mills Photography and was of the Methodist faith. She was involved with the foundation for The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan B. Barker and husband Eddie, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sons, Jason Justin Edwards and wife, Susan Marie Eipper of Franklin, and Jesse James Edwards III and wife Kristina of Pensacola, Fla.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 1 till 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at Ridgeview Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, PO Box 393, Hohenwald, TN 38462, or Help Hope Live, 2 Radnor Center, 100 Matson Ford Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087 (Please put Sylvia Edwards in memo line.)

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


Patricia V. Martin
Patricia V. Martin

Patricia V. "Pat" Martin, 94, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. She was born in Akron, Ohio and came to St. Petersburg in 1997 from Franklin. She was a member of an Eastern Star chapter in Miami and was a member of First Baptist Church in Franklin and Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and the Celebration Sunday School class in St. Petersburg. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela M. (Jim) Sapienza of Parrish, Fla. and Franklin; her son, Scott G. (Vickie) Martin of Martin, Ga.; and was the beloved Granny to Andrew (Heather), Greg (Kristin), Joshua (Stephanie), Melissa, Alisha, and six great grandchildren.

The family requests memorials to First Baptist Church of Franklin, NC, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734. Online memorial and guest book at www.gunterfuneralhome.com.


Dorothy Ray Salerno
Dorothy Ray Salerno

Dorothy Ray Salerno, 94, of Charlotte, N.C., died Nov. 20, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center. Born Aug. 27, 1919, in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late John Ben and Pattie Gilmore Ray. She graduated from the Duke University School of Nursing in 1940. She served as a nurse in the United States Army in the 65th General Hospital unit in England during World War II. After the war, she obtained a degree in public health nursing from Columbia University in New York City. While in New York, she met Paul G. Salerno, whom she married on July 14, 1948. During their 56 years of marriage, they lived in Glenview and Rockford, Illinois before his death on Jan. 3, 2005.

After her husband’s death, she relocated to Charlotte in August 2005, where she resided at Aldersgate, a United Methodist Retirement Community. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, and particularly, her family.

She is survived by three nephews, C. Edward Willis Jr. (Donna) of Birmingham, Ala., John G. Murray, Jr. (Julia) and David R. Murray (Jan), of Charlotte, and one niece, Pattie M. Ramsaur (David) of Lumberton, N.C., two great-nephews, Crossley E. Willis, III, of Birmingham, Johnson Ramsaur of Lumberton, and one great-niece, Elizabeth Ramsaur of Lumberton. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her sisters, Margaret R. Willis (Doc) of Birmingham, and Anne R. Murray (Speck) of Franklin, North Carolina. She is also survived by a beloved sister-in-law, Catherine Salerno Smith of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and several nieces and nephews of her late husband.

A private graveside service will be held in Franklin. A memorial service was held in The Ray Hall Chapel, Aldersgate, Charlotte, on Sunday, Nov. 24.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Aldersgate, a United Methodist Retirement Community, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215, or a charity of one’s choice.

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




Benny Joe CrispBenny Joe Crisp

Benny “Ben” Joe Crisp, 75, of Canton, Ga., passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Frank Washington Crisp and Edna Birdell Estes Crisp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse Edgar Crisp and Floyd Thomas Crisp. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and loved to work outdoors. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Inez Ledbetter Crisp; daughter, Deborah Davidson of Franklin; son, Gary Lee Crisp of Canton, Ga.; brother, Carlos Crisp of Franklin; sister, Judith Crisp Houston of Franklin and granddaughter, Brittiney Gossett of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman officiated. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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


 


Jackie Dillard

Jackie Dillard, 72, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Skyland Care Center in Sylva, N.C. She was born June 28, 1941, in Jackson County, N.C. She is the daughter of the late Frank and the late Rachael (Brown) Patterson and was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. She loved bowling, playing cards and being with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Dillard; son, Michael Dillard of Sylva; two daughters, Delores Scarborough and Teresa Rothenberg both of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Ronda Jo Mann of Franklin, N.C.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

No formal services are planned.

Appalachian Funeral Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.


 


Grover B. Sheffield Jr.Grover B. Sheffield Jr.

Grover B. Sheffield Jr., 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Grover B. Sheffield Sr. and Hassie Mae Clark Sheffield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carol Sheffield. He retired from the NCDOT where he worked for over 37 years as a supervisor. He was an active member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and clogging.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Faye Sherrill Sheffield; two sons, Terry Sheffield and Eddie Sheffield and wife Carol all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Blake Sheffield, Lauren Harrell and husband Evan, and Kelsey Sheffield; great granddaughter, Elin Harrell; four brothers, James Clark Sheffield of Webster, Wayne Sheffield of Greensboro, Ga., Larry Sheffield and Kim Sheffield both of Franklin; two sisters, Glenda Peek and Peggy Reece both of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Miller, Rev. Clark Sheffield and Rev. Wayne Sheffield officiated. Burial was in the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Kenneth McCaskill, 2031 Rose Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 


George Hebert Reed

George Hebert Reed, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Lester Reed and Pearl Frady Reed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Eldon, Sheridan and Lester Reed Jr.

He enjoyed watching sports especially the Tarheels and Braves, he was a member of the Northside Assembly of God and was a self-employed painter.

He is survived by three sisters, Helen Henson and husband Ed of Franklin, Norma Hooper and husband Mack of Atlanta, Ga., and Gloria Yonce and husband Eddie of Franklin; brother, Charles Reed and wife Janice of Franklin; sister-in-law, Teen Reed of Highlands and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Reed officiated.

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


 


Roy David ‘R.D.’ KizerRoy David ‘R.D.’ Kizer

Roy David “R.D.” Kizer, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

Born in Austin, Texas, he was the son of the late Roy D. Kizer and Viola Brinkman Kizer. He was a 12 year U.S. Marine Corps veteran; served in Vietnam; was a member of the Smoky Mountain Detachment of the Marine Corps League and member of the VFW Post 7339. He loved to golf, fish and garden. He was Methodist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Judy Kizer; two children, David Kizer of Austin, Texas, Sheryl Mathews of Redlands, Calif.; two step-children, Gwen Fowler-Berkin of Franklin and Chris Carson of Beijing, China and several grandchildren.

No services have been planned at this time.

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

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


 


Gerald R. Owen

Gerald R. Owen, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

Born in Danville, Va., he was the son of the late Jessie Owen and Sarah Moxley Owen. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He worked 20 years as an electrician for the University of Central Florida and was a member of First Christian Church of Franklin.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Owen; two children, Deborah Owen of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeff David Owen of Oviedo, Fla., and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Minister Henry Puckett officiated. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park, Fla.

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

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


 


Jack Donald Fowler

Jack Donald Fowler, 85, of Franklin, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the residence of his son in Coleman, Ga.

He was born on May 15, 1928, in Gary, Ind., the son of the late Eugene and Edith Wright Fowler. He was a switchman for Florida Power Corp., a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla., a Mason for 50 years becoming a Master Mason and a member of the IBEW Electrical Union. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Taylor Fowler.

Survivors include two sons, Jack (Julie) Fowler of Coleman and Derrick (Kimberley) Fowler of Hoschton, Ga.; a daughter, Linda (Bill) Cronin of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a brother, Tom (Lari) Fowler of Calif.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services are to be conducted at a later date.

Lunsford Funeral Home in Cuthbert, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.


 


Ray Roger McConnell

Ray Roger McConnell, 70, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late B.T. Mc- Connell and Ollie Josephine Dills McConnell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thurman Bud Mc- Connell.

He is survived by his special friend, Pauline Maney of Franklin; sister, Mary Crowder of Asheville and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 11, in Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated.

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


 


Joyce Tallent HollandJoyce Tallent Holland

Joyce Tallent Holland, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Gordon and Pallie Tallent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Holland who died in 2002.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister; she loved to read, doing crossword puzzles and canning. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by one daughter, Karen Perino and husband Len of Franklin, N.C.; one son, David Holland of Walled Lake, Mich.; two sisters, Cleta Ledford and Grace Greene both of Franklin; one brother, Herschel Tallent and wife Polly of Garner, N.C.; one granddaughter, Lori Jackson and fiancée Mario Hicks and one great grandson, Matthew Mitchell Hicks.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Tallent.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Tom Nahlan officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tracy Holland, Ronald Holland, Darian Greene, Charles Ledford, Dennis Holland and Mark Holland.

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


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