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Franklin remembers fallen officers

Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

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

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

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

Town proposing one cent tax increase

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

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

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

Tastingers presented piece of steel from WTC

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

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

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

A look at schools budget for past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations.

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

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

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Deaths & Funerals



Judye BrysonJudye Bryson

Judye Bryson, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Donald Bryson and Mary Smith Bryson. She was a retired registered nurse, talented artist and singer, animal lover and will be remembered as loving and compassionate.

She is survived by seven children: Candace Wilkerson of Seattle, Wash.; Trent Wilkerson of Atlanta, Ga.; Kirstin Dodge (Paul) of Franklin; Rachel Fletcher (Tony) of Melbourne, Fla.; Erica Massey (Duke) of St. Cloud, Fla.; Brenda Thompson (Jimmy) of Macon, Ga. and John Kraus, II (Julie) of Macon, Ga.; brother, Richard Bryson (Charlene) of Jackson, Ga.; seven grandchildren; beloved pets, Quiera and Zoë, and many extended family and cherished friends.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 6, at Cowee Baptist Church. Rev. Ronnie Branson and Rev. Vic Greene officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 or Angel Home-Care and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William ‘Bill’ M. Brandon

William “Bill” M. Brandon, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late William M. Brandon and Mildred Nerhood Brandon. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. He loved the mountains and enjoyed camping and hiking and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Brandon; two daughters, Linda Dingee of Arlington, Texas and Karen Brown of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, Robert Brandon of California; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.

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



Lawrence Carl ‘L.C.’ Howard Jr.Lawrence Carl ‘L.C.’ Howard Jr.

Lawrence Carl “L.C.” Howard Jr., 81, of Franklin, N.C., died Feb. 10, 2014, at his residence.

A lifelong resident of Macon County, he was the son of the late Lawrence Carl Howard, Sr. and Beatrice Crunkleton Howard. He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha, wife of Jack Craig of Otto, N.C.

After attending Highlands School, he graduated from Franklin High School and Western Carolina Teachers College. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began a 39-year teaching career at Franklin High School. He received a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois in Champagne in Mathematics and from Western Carolina University in Education. In addition to teaching math, he served as the sponsor of many clubs, supported FHS athletics and served on the State Textbook Commission. He was the longest standing member of Mulberry United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of United Methodist Men South Macon Charge, taught Sunday School, served as the Lay Leader, chair of committees, and the charge treasurer. Beyond his local church he served as a lay speaker, and on District and Conference committees. He was past president of Franklin Lions Club. He enjoyed participating in many community activities.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Snyder Howard; two daughters, Laura Whitt and husband Daryl of Simpsonville, S.C., and Angela Martin and husband Paul of Franklin; three grandchildren, Sarah Whitt, Ben Whitt and, Helen Martin; three sisters, Betty Huffman of Otto, Mary Lee Howard of Hiawassee, Ga., and Nancy Owen and husband Gurlie of Brevard.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Burial will be in the Mulberry UMC Cemetery.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mulberry UMC, 155 Mulberry Rd. Otto, NC 28763.

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



Charles ‘Ted’ Theodore Love

Charles "Ted" Theodore Love, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Kathrine Love Nance.

He is survived by three cousins, Charles and Robert "Dink" Love both of Franklin, and Ruth Love of High Point, N.C.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Rev. Josephine Burgess officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Care Net, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Olga Willette ‘Willie’ Lenoir

Olga Willette “Willie” Lenoir, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

She was born in the Clay County community of Shooting Creek, to Vaughn and Mattie Moss Reynolds as an only child. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Wiley Lenoir and her daughter in-law, Kristine Lenoir.

She is survived by her three sons, John A. Lenoir and wife Lynn of Riverview, Mich., Michael W. Lenoir of Franklin, and Jerry W. Lenoir of Black Mountain; two grandsons, John Thomas Lenoir and Robert Wiley Lenoir both of Riverview, Mich.; many cousins from the Clay County Reynolds and Moss families; seven sistersin- law and many nieces and nephews from the Lenoir side of the family. Besides her family, she also loved homemaking, gardening and crafts.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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



James William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr.James William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr.

James William “Bill” Logan Jr., 80, of Warne, N.C., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in a Chattanooga, Tenn. hospital. He was a native of Evansville, Ind., but had lived most of his life in Key West, Fla., before moving to Clay County in 1996. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Navy as a corpsman. He was a retired optician. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Marjorie A. Logan; three daughters, Cindi Brown of Franklin, Ann Marie Logan of Tracy, Calif., and LeeAnn Logan of Franklin, Tenn.; two sons, Timothy Logan of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Patrick Logan of Johns Island, S.C.; two step-daughters, Sherri Zicker of Port Orange, Fla. and Maureen Wilson of Lake City, Fla.; a brother, Charles Logan of Warne; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of James William “Bill” Logan Jr. to a favorite charity.

Online guest register available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Pauline Ann Davis

Pauline Ann Davis, 73, of Whittier, N.C., went home to be with her Lord Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

A native of Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Charles William and Ethel Parker Foster. She loved working with children and was a teacher’s assistant until her retirement in Jacksonville, Fla., where she resided for 35 years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, traveling and hiking and was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin. She was a member of the local Bible study at Sylva Presbyterian Church. She touched the lives of so many people over the years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Parker Foster and by her granddaughter Alexia Davis.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Mann Greg Davis III; one daughter, Tammy Cooper and husband Robert of Columbia, S.C.; one son, Timothy Davis and wife Jacquelyn of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jared, Kara, Jack and Rose Cooper and Stuart Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin with Dr. Charles Harris and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva. Burial will be in the church cemetery.



Barbara McKee McGaha

Barbara McKee McGaha, 72, went home to be with her savior and Lord on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

She was born on May 22, 1941, in Erwin, N.C., the daughter of John Marvin and Treasure Willoford McKee. She was married July 2, 1960, in Bryson City to Carlos McGaha of Franklin, N.C. She was employed with Eckerd Drug / Rite Aid for over 20 years. She was a faithful member of Willomore Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and helping in the church nursery. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carlos; brothers, Billy, Kenneth “Graham” and Dwight McKee; sisters, Joyce Smith, Patsy Ryals and Brenda McKee.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Jimmy R. McGaha his wife, Lisa; daughters, Karen M. Fields and her husband Bobby, Kathy M. Fields; grandchildren, Gabriel, Graeson and Abigael Mc- Gaha, Tyler, Cody and Branson Fields; Emily and Garrett Fields; great grandson, Joshua McGaha; family members, Cora “McKee” and Ray O’Brien, John and Docia McGaha, Shirley Vanhook, Beatrice and Charles Jones, Bruce and Barbara McGaha, Larry and Diane McGaha, JoBeth McKee, and Mike Smith along with numerous nieces and nephews; along with her beloved friends and members of Willomore Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at George Brothers Funeral Chapel, led by Scott Hedge, Pastor of Willomore Baptist Church. Burial followed at Guilford Memorial Park.

Jimmy, Karen and Kathy wish to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice and Beacon Place for their sincerity, compassion and care of our mother.

Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



Albert ‘Red’ Henry JonesAlbert ‘Red’ Henry Jones

Albert “Red” Henry Jones, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at home on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Born in Newburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late James A. Jones and Harriett DeWolf Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Terence Jones and sister, Beverly Jones. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. He worked as a carpenter most of his life and was Methodist by faith. He loved to travel and had extensive files on where he had been and future plans.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Violet Thomas Jones; three children, Kathleen Jones of Delray Beach, Fla., Susan Mc- Dowell and husband Bobby of Franklin and Michael Jones and wife Loren of Boca Raton, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in the United States National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury (web/honorary giving) 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, USA.

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



Benny Spurlock

Benny Spurlock, 53, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his residence. Born in Macon County he was the son of the late Willie B. Spurlock and Eugenia Hall Spurlock. He was a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. He was a handyman and also a caregiver for his mother.

He is survived by three sisters Hazel Webb of Clarksville, Ga., Carolyn Reynolds of Weaverville, N.C., and Nancy Webb of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, David Spurlock/Trantham of Tuckaseegee, N.C., and Clifton Kenneth Spurlock of Highlands. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Luther Eugene Spurlock.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 10, at the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was in the Greens Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clarence Webb, William Webb, Albert Webb, Mike Franks, Nick Fox and Michael Webb.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin was in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



William J. Lorenz

William J. Lorenz, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Jan. 20, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to John R. and the late Ermine Lorenz. He moved to Florida in 1947 and lived there until 1993. He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor. He relocated to Franklin in 1995 where he worked as a construction supervisor for a number of years until he retired. He was an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 298 in Franklin, a member of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc., and a member and trustee of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Franklin. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and uncle. He will be greatly missed by many people.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; his father, John R. Lorenz Sr., of Franklin; a brother, John R. Lorenz Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Phyllis Lebeda, also of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Debbie Shanks of Kearney, Mo.; three granddaughters; six greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held with military honors on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Franklin, with the Rev. Chris Gibson officiating.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.



Ricky Judson GregoryRicky Judson Gregory

Ricky Judson Gregory, 51, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

Born in Fredericksburg, Va., he was the son of the late Nolan and Dorothy Morgan Gregory. He retired from Haywood County EMS where he worked as a paramedic; he was a dedicated member of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department; lifelong member of Liberty Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir; member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145; member of the Gideons International and was an avid Pittsburg Steelers Fan.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Kirkland Gregory; three children, Heather Gregory, Daniel Gregory and Jeremy Gregory, all of Franklin; brother, Rev. Randy Gregory; sister, Donna Seibert and husband Stacy Dills; one granddaughter, Tiana Gregory; several nieces and nephews and adopted parents, John and Betty Allen.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Potts, Rev. Ron Owensby, Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiated. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Members of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department conducted graveside honors.

Pallbearers were Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Zimmerman, Eric Young, Gary Kirkland, Brandon Kirkland and Jonathan Taylor. Members of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Liberty Baptist Church Youth Fund, C/O Jane Stamey, 595 Shepherd Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frank Eugene ‘Gene’ DendyFrank Eugene ‘Gene’ Dendy

Frank Eugene "Gene" Dendy, 78, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Ellison and Delcie Gibson Dendy. He was self-employed in the landscaping business and liked to hunt and fish. He was of the Baptist faith

He is survived by one brother, Alton Dendy of Goldmine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel McClure and Josephine Houston and three brothers, Harold, Alex and Ernest Dendy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at Goldmine Baptist Church with Rev. Gregg Rogers, Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Dendy, Kelley Dendy, Richard McClure, Gary McClure, Shane Dendy, Stacey Dendy and Jay Dendy. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Evelyn Brendle MashburnEvelyn Brendle Mashburn

Evelyn Brendle Mashburn, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Parker Brendle. She was married to Charles "Charlie" Franklin Mashburn who died in 1969.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and loved gardening, cooking and canning. She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church and attended East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Brendell and husband Owen of Hendersonville, N.C., and Sandra Mitchell and husband Gene of Franklin; two sons, Allan Mashburn and William Mashburn and wife Shirley all of Franklin; a son-in-law, Dennis Ashe; six sisters, Maxine Hester of Greenville, S., Lucille Wolfe of Landrum, S.C., Deloris Thomas of Greenville, S.C., Marvel Curtis of Franklin, Linda Emory of Greenville, N.C. and Sonja Brannon of Taylors, S.C.; two brothers, Dale Brendle of Franklin, and Doug Brendle of Taylors, S.C.; two grandchildren, Stephanie McCraw and husband Michael and Angela Mashburn; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ashe; a son, Larry Mashburn; a sister, Jo Ann Stewart and a brother, J. B. Brendle Jr.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Matthews and Rev. Gary McDaniels officiating. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Mason, Fred Campbell, Christopher Brannon, Brian Hester, Tony Curtis, Darrell Bell and Doug Brendle.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to East Franklin Baptist Church, 74 Coon Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Hannah Josephine GillespieHannah Josephine Gillespie

Hannah Josephine Gillespie, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Howard Gillespie and Lois Henry Gillespie.

She is survived by her companion, Wayne Stewart; son, Karl Gillespie and wife Janet of Franklin; sister, Ruth Gold of Columbus, N.C.; grandson, Logan Gillespie; niece, Dianna “Tater” Ledbetter and greatniece, Sara Ledbetter.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 9, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam officiated. Private graveside services were at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Roper, John Roper, David Smith, Kevin Corpening, Dewayne Smith and Steve Ledbetter.

Memorial donations can be made to the Holly Springs Community Club, C/O Janie Sutton, 84 Low Brace Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Alvin Crowe Jr.Alvin Crowe Jr.

Alvin Crowe Jr., 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Alvin Calvin Crowe, Sr. and Pearl Reed Crowe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Morris Crowe and a sister, Doris Crowe Picklesimer. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; he was a retired painter and he loved Nascar, going to the beach and camping.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joyce Queen Crowe; six children, Robert Alvin Crowe of Arlington, Texas, Ronnie Alan Crowe of Franklin, Kenneth Marvin Crowe of Highlands, Cheryl Crowe Jenkins of Franklin, Brian David Crowe of Atlanta, Ga. and Kayla Crowe McClain of Otto; three brothers, Joe Crowe of Nassau, Va., Wayne Crowe and Merlin Crowe both of Highlands; two aunts, Pauline Partain and Ruby Prince both of Atkins, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Eddie Stillwell, Rev. Bill Faulkner and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Crowe, Kenneth Crowe, Brian Crowe, Eddie Miller, Tony Elkins, Jason Woodard, Michael Bradley, Josh McClain, and Kale Stincell.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, “Senior Fund,” 142 Pleasant Hill Church Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 


Dorothy Ann Schellens

Dorothy Ann Schellens, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

Born in Alexandria, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Guy L. Hammond and Rachel Minerva Wood Hammond. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, William Russell Hughes and John Schellens and two sisters, Elizabeth Clary and Virginia Andrew. She was a real estate broker and an artist and was a Protestant by faith.

She is survived by three children, Judith Ann Burgess and husband, Edward of Lexington, S.C., Barbara Christy and husband Joe of Franklin and William Steven Hughes and wife Gloria of Houston, Texas; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

No services have been planned at this time.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice of one’s choice.

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


 


Joe Albert Christy IIJoe Albert Christy II

Joe Albert Christy II, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Born in Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Joe Albert Christy Sr. and Justine Clevinger Christy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Julius Albert Christy. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was owner/operator of Franklin Town Cobbler for 12 years and was a member of Victory Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Christy; two children, Julia Ann Christy Pile and husband Jeff of Tampa, Fla., and Joe A. Christy III and wife, Deborah of Franklin; sister, Betty Annadeane Earnhardt of Tampa, Fla. and two grandsons, William Pile and Nicolas Scott Christy.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 2, at Victory Baptist Church. Rev. Rusty Wolfrey, Rev. Benny Bagwell and Mike Fitzgerald officiated with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were deacons of the church, Chad Parker, Ken Williams, Bruce Rish, Steven Southard, Jeff Pile, Frank Copeland, John Long, Jerry Cool, James Rish, Justin Castle and grandson, Nicolas Christy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a hospice of your choice.

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


 


Shirley J. McCall

Shirley J. McCall, 78, of Slocomb, Ala., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Hartford Health Care.

He was born Aug. 22, 1935, in Franklin, to the late Samuel and Bessie Sorrells McCall. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed working outside. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran who served in France and Korea and was also a Mason. He was a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Kenneth McCall.

He is survived by three daughters, Terri Lynn Johnson (Scott) and Tammy Enfinger (Ricky), both of Slocomb, and Shirley Louise Chase (Andy), of Walterboro, S.C.; two sisters: Joyce Hedrick and Faye Marlin (Ted) both of Franklin; three brothers: Jerry McCall (June), of Franklin, Bill McCall (Louise), of Jonesborough, Ga. and Charles McCall, Lake Orion, Mich.; sister-inlaw, Nancy McCall, Trenton, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, on Monday, Feb. 3. Burial followed at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Judson Hall officiating and Bryant-Grant Funeral Home directing.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com To sign a guest register, visit www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com.


 


Cliff Michael OwenCliff Michael Owen

Cliff Michael Owen, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Charles George VA Medical Center. Born in Hendersonville, N.C., he was the son of Mildred Tabor Owen of Brevard, N.C., and the late Alfred Joseph Owen. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam. He was a member of Watauga Baptist Church. He was an avid knife collector and loved camping and hunting.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kathy Sever Owen; two step-sons, Andrew and Christopher Green, both of Franklin; four aunts, Verna Cofer and her husband Jackie and their daughter, Debbie Devore, Betty Massingale, Joan Ann Tabor and Clare Waller; one uncle, Don Tabor and his wife Millie. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by by a sister, Diane Arthur, and an uncle, Jack Tabor.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in Strain Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Watauga Baptist Church, PO Box 2022, Franklin, NC 28744.

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




William Eugene ‘Gene’ Chastain

William Eugene "Gene" Chastain, 69, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with The Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Born in Hayesville, N.C., he was the son of the late William H. and Viola S. Chastain also of Franklin, formerly of Hayesville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Chastain and sister, Linda Chastain both of Stanley, N.C. He spent 24 1/2 years serving his country and retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant. He served five tours in Vietnam, as well as Germany, Hawaii, Korea and duty stations in the USA. He loved his family; especially his grandkids and they thought the world of him. He enjoyed reading, traveling and taught Tai Kwon Do. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maily Chastain; three children, Rev. Mike Chastain and wife Robin of Franklin, Mark Chastain and Katie O'Quin of Raleigh, Tina Chastain Brinson and husband Jason of Franklin; seven grandkids, Chris, Josh and Kaitlyn Chastain of Franklin, Ella, Lily, Maya and Mack Brinson, also of Franklin; three brothers, Robert Chastain of Franklin, Charlie Chastain of Andrews, N.C. and Johnny Chastain of Gastonia, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev Mike Chastain and Rev. Greg Rogers will officiate with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339, American Legion Post 108 and VVA Chapter 994. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Medical Center to help buy equipment for cancer patients.

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



Sara A. TaylorSara A. Taylor

Sara A. Taylor, a resident of Franklin, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Van Wert, Ohio to Truman H. and Pauline C. Abbott, who predeceased her.

She graduated from Ohio State University with a major in Radio and Television and did some postgraduate work at the University of Cincinnati. She was a Continuity Writer for WBNS-TV in Columbus prior to working in Public Relations in Cincinnati and Florida. Prior to her move to North Carolina in 1985, she was with Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla., as director of personnel for almost 20 years. She became the first hospital director of personnel to be elected as president of Brevard Personnel Association, which organization consisted mostly of Aerospace and Cape Kennedy executives. She was also a past member of the State of Florida Heart Association where she served as a member of the Board of Trustees and held the office of secretary. In Franklin, she worked with her husband in his CPA firm for many years, prior to opening her shop, Sara’s Antiques in Dillard, Ga., in 1998.

She is survived by her husband, George C. Taylor of the home; sons, Mark Hagen of Hawaii, and Kirk Hagen of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Julia and her husband Doug Brantley of Tampa, Fla., and Melinda and husband Randy Fowler of Cleveland, Ga.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Four Seasons Hospice, – Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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



Truman Arnold RogersTruman Arnold Rogers

Truman Arnold Rogers, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Arnold Rickman Rogers and Callie Green Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elmo Rogers and sisters, Nell Varney and Juanita Deere. He was owner of Rogers Gas Island and former owner of Franklin’s Finest Sawmill. He loved logging, fishing and traveling. He was a charter member of South Macon Baptist Church, where he was very active. Second to God, his family was most important in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Swafford Rogers; four children, Vikki Turk and husband Milton of Flowery Branch, Ga., Debbie Reed and husband Rick of Buford, Ga., Rick Rogers and wife Jennifer of Franklin and Linda Craven and husband Glenn of Stockbridge, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Captain John Turk and fiancée, Danielle, First Lieutenant Nathan Turk and wife Victoria, David Rogers, Cody Rogers, Derrick Reed, Devin Reed, Nicole Reed, Brad Baker and Matt Baker; one great-granddaughter, Rylee Rogers; brother-in-law, Kenneth Deere and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at South Macon Baptist Church. Revs. Steve Reeves, Albert Grey and Lewis Smith officiated. Burial was in Louisa Chapel UMC Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Rogers, Cody Rogers, Derrick Reed, Devin Reed, Brad Baker, Matt Baker and nephews, Mark Hardin and Mike Hardin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to South Macon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 441, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Clara Jo Waters BishopClara Jo Waters Bishop

Clara Jo Waters Bishop, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Dock Haynes Waters and Nina Belle Teague Waters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert David (Bob) Bishop; brother, Buster Waters and three sisters, Marie Truett, Jane Pendergrass and Betty Hoffman. She graduated from Evans Business College and retired from Zickgraf Enterprises and later worked at Bishop’s Home Center. She loved being with her family and enjoyed quilting, flowers, was an avid Tarheel basketball fan. She was a lifelong member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Martha Maney, Steve Bishop, Donnie Bishop and wife Janet, all of Franklin and Susan Mc- Cracken and husband Ron of Easley, S.C.; sister, Edith Beaty of Gastonia, N.C.; brother, Hoover Waters and wife Betty of Poquoson, Va.; six grandchildren, Cody Keener, Jeremiah Keener, Jennifer Bourcq and husband Paul, Sabrina Bishop, Brad McCracken and Lane McCracken; three great granddaughters, Kayla Keener, Alexis Keener and Natalie Bourcq and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 19, at Burningtown Baptist Church. Revs. Randy Drinnon, Charles Stevens, Judson Hall and Vic Greene officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Eddie Simonds, 279 Edwards Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mary Lee Mashburn

Mary Lee Mashburn, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late B. Harrison and Mabel May McGaha Pannell. She was married to David Austin Mashburn, who died April 22, 2008.

She was an inspector for Belden Electric Cord. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved taking care of her family. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Mashburn Williams and husband Jimmy of Clayton, Ga., and Martha Bates and husband Chuck of Franklin; one son, Marvin Mashburn and wife Frankie of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Mary E. Mashburn of Franklin, NC; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, James David Mashburn; a grandson, James David Mashburn, Jr.; five sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial was in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marty Mashburn, Danny Bates, Charles Williams, Greg Moore, Vick Sanders, Melvin Mashburn and Ricky Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid Atlantic Affiliate, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen,VA 23058-5216.

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



Bonnie Marie ‘Weed’ AndersonBonnie Marie ‘Weed’ Anderson

Bonnie Marie “Weed” Anderson, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thurman Russell Anderson and Ollie Jenkins Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Anderson. She was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, David Shane Campbell and wife Sabrina of Franklin and Richard Russell Campbell and wife Angie of Lincolnton, N.C.; two sisters, Anne Tippett and husband Rev. Morris Tippett and Ollie Edwards both of Franklin; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated. Burial was in Riverview United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Triston Campbell, Shane Campbell, Blake Edwards, Chad Spates, Garrett Sanders and Griffin Sanders.

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



James Bernard MedlinJames Bernard Medlin

James Bernard Medlin, Sr., 85, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away on Jan. 14, 2014.

He is survived by is wife of 62 years, Mary Ruth Medlin, Otto, N.C.; children, Jewell “Judy” Mc- Manus and husband Gerry Mc- Manus, Lawrenceville, Ga., James B. Medlin Jr., Smyrna, Ga., Christopher Medlin, Smyrna, Ga. and brother Pete Medlin, Newport News, Va.

He was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Nashville, N.C. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army.

Online condolences may be made at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, Ga.



William ‘Bill’ Luther CribbsWilliam ‘Bill’ Luther Cribbs

William “Bill” Luther Cribbs, 75, of Perry, Fla., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at his home on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. He was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Miami, Fla., to the late George Abel Cribbs and the late Thelma Batten Cribbs. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Anthony Cribbs, and his parents, George Abel Cribbs and Thelma Batten Cribbs.

He was a building contractor in Florida and North Carolina for 40 years and was a member of the Shriners. He was also an accomplished pilot and built many boats. He still holds a patent on his invention (a piggy back boat motor bracket). He was also an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Diane Cribbs, of Perry; his children, William L. Cribbs Jr. (Judy), of Franklin, N.C., Cynthia Denise Prince Beardslee (Brian), of Chesapeake, Va., and Michael Kevin Cribbs, of Broughton, N.C.; two stepchildren, Autumn Marie Burden (John), and Dustin Michael Cernan (Tiffany), all of Lima, Ohio; two sisters, Sally Cribbs Bond, of Port Orange, Fla., and Mary Joyce Cribbs Guy, of New Port Richey, Fla.; one brother, George Allen Cribbs, of Key Largo, Fla.; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A celebration of life was held on Monday, Jan. 20, at Keaton Beach Pavilion in Perry, Fla.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Hospice Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla. Donations may be sent to: Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504

All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com.



Gracie Doralee Coggins

Gracie Doralee Coggins, 81, of FrGracie Doralee Cogginsanklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Dixie Pendergrass Ashe and M. A. "Doc" Taylor. She was married to L. E. Coggins who died in 2003. She was employed by Peakline Furniture and Burcliff Industries.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister who liked to sew and grow flowers and she liked kittens. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Wanda Stanley and husband Harold of Franklin; two sons, Samuel Dills and wife Valerie of Franklin and Robert Coggins of Saluda, S.C.; one step-son, Charles Sever of Florida; one sister, Dollie Pattillo of Smyrna, Ga., eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one step-son; two step-daughters; one sister and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Frantz, Jessie Frantz, Andrew Dills, Kyle Russell, Kenny Ledford and Jamie McCall. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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



Mark Richard CressMark Richard Cress

Mark Richard Cress, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Born in Quincy, Ill., he was the son of Richard Cress of Port Orange, Fla., and the late Barbara Muegge Cress. He was an engineer for Allscripts Computer Software. He was a loving husband and father who loved reading, writing, working with computers and working with the Boy Scouts. He was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Raleigh and attended St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynn Young Cress; step-daughter, Jacqueline Rhew and husband, Alan of Cullowhee; son, John Patrick Cress of Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, N.C.; two sisters, Diane Sauls and Melissa West both of Raleigh, N.C., and brother, Brian Cress of Port Orange, Fla.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church with Rev. Dorrie Pratt officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church Roof Fund, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Therese Madeline Rauner

Therese Madeline Rauner, 88, of Highlands, N.C., formerly of New York, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. She was born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna Kelly Rauner. She had a PhD in Psychology and was an educator at West Point Children’s School.

She is survived by her sister, Ann R. Wannamaker of Sapphire, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Susan R. Docherty.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in New York. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.




Brent Rogers

Brent Rogers, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of Kenneth F. Rogers of Franklin, and the late Cora Mae Cable Rogers. He had worked at NAPA Auto Parts for 25 years as a parts salesman, and he liked to hunt and fish. He was preceded in death by his companion, Tammy Hancock.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two sons, Jimmy Rogers and Joel Rogers and both of Franklin, N.C.; two brothers, Evron Rogers and his wife Cheryl and Rick Rogers and his wife Diana all of Franklin; one nephew, Eric Rogers and his wife Meagan and one great-nephew, Cooper Rogers.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at Pine Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating.

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



Anzil Sanford Bryson

Anzil Sanford Bryson, 84, of Highlands, N.C., formerly of Rock Hill, S.C. passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Arthur and Viola Vincent Bryson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Bryson. He was a retired machine operator for General Tire, he loved blue grass music and clogging, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by a daughter, Diane Moss and her husband John of Yellow Mountain; a son, Wayne Bryson and his wife Ann of Yellow Mountain; two sisters, Wilma Reed of Highlands, and Doris Tallent of Gastonia, N.C.; two brothers, Fred Bryson of Gastonia, N.C.,and Dennis Bryson of Rock Hill, S.C.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 27, at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Keith Ashe officiating.

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



Laszlo ‘Laci’ Kelemen

Laszlo “Laci” Kelemen, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

Born in Hungary, he was the son of the late Josof Kelemen and Gurelic Gergosils. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Laszlo “Laci” Kelemen. He served in the Hungarian Air Force, was a greeter at Wal-Mart and worked at the Otto Recycling Center. He was a member of Drymans Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Loretta Cranmer Kelemen; daughter, Ilona Kelemen of Los Angeles, Calif.; step daughter, Connie Montana of Langenburg, Pa.; brother, Yoska Kelemen of Belgium; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Drymans Chapel United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Drymans Chapel United Methodist Church Bldg. Fund, C/O LeAnn Muse, 600 Sam Corn Rd., Otto, NC 28763.

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



Ellis Irvin DeGroff

Ellis Irvin DeGroff, 93, of Rabun Gap, Ga., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Born in Nunda, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leslie DeGroff and Jennie DeMocker DeGroff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra DeGroff Morris; two grandchildren, Kyle Morris and Reagan Morris and three brothers, Leslie DeGroff Jr., Herbert De- Groff and Edward DeGroff. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he was a P47 (Thunderbolt) Pilot during WWII and flew 79 combat missions in the European Theater, six missions were on D-Day at Normandy. He was a graduate of Cornell University; retired from NCR and then operated DeGroff Business Machines until 2000.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Freda Harris DeGroff; three children, Susan DeGroff of West Palm Beach, Fla., Richard (Pamela) DeGroff of Rabun Gap, and Robin (Gary) Sallenbach of Lake Worth, Fla.; grandchildren, Ty Cone (Michael Hartwyk) of New York, N.Y., Brian Cone of West Palm Beach, Fla., Collette (Dan) Campbell of Tallahassee, Fla., Jason (Erin) DeGroff of Tallahassee, Fla., Shaun DeGroff of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Justin (Nicole) Sallenbach of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Aubrey Sallenbach of Lake Worth, Fla.; great grandchildren, Ashley Campbell, D.J. Campbell and Jessica Campbell, all of Tallahassee, Fla.; and a sister, Sarah Swyers of Perry, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 25, at Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Rev. G. Donald Barber officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The ARC of Palm Beach County, FL (Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged) 1665 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. (www.arcpbc.org); or United Hospice of Gainesville, 700 S. Enota Drive, NE, #202, Gainesville, GA 30501.

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



Rev. John E. Maynard

Rev. John E. Maynard, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the age of 75.

A member of the Association of American Lutheran Church, he had previously served churches in Moab, Utah; Buena Vista, Colo.; and Maysville and Augusta, Ky., before coming to Franklin in the fall of 2010. He began his ministry in 1987. Before he served in the ministry, he was a newspaper editor in Bottineau, N.D., and in Madison, Minn. He was a graduate of Concordia University in Mequon, Wisc. In 2008, he was named a “Colonel” in the Order Of Kentucky Colonels by the Governor of Kentucky, for his public service and charitable work.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marion, and two children, Peter (and wife Kristen) of Minneapolis, Minn. and Karen (and husband Dave Beacham), of Olympia, Wash.; and a grandson, Louis of Minneapolis.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 23, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 235 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




James (Hoss) Austin Garfield Jenkins

James (Hoss) Austin Garfield Jenkins, 72, of Cashiers, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Highland-Cashiers Hospital. He was born May 18, 1941, in Highlands, N.C. He was the son of the late Austin and the late Flora Mae Webb Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Dewey Jenkins.

He was previously employed by CWS Systems in Sapphire, as a maintenance worker. He was the heavy equipment operator of the water and sewer plant at the Sapphire Resort. He was a member and the greeter at the Cashiers Church of God. He loved feeding and watching native birds. He enjoyed fixing things and loved fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Chrissy Jenkins; three daughters, Christina Marie Jenkins, Victoria Elyse and husband Chris McCall, and Kathleen Teresa and husband Josh White; four grandchildren, a special daughter, Megan Jade Marie Jenkins, Robert Ashtin Zachary, Christopher Lathan Zachary, and Noah Alexandar White; two brothers, Earl and wife Sharon Jenkins and Larry Jenkins; three sisters, Linda Rice and husband Billy Ray, Kay Harper, and Phyllis McCall; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Cashiers Church Of God with Revs. Joey Miller, Shane Silvers, and Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was in Norton Cemetery in Cashiers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Appalachian Funeral Services to help with final expenses.

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



Marceita Sondra RedfernMarceita Sondra Redfern

Marceita Sondra Redfern, 80, of Highlands, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Chestnut Hill on hospice, with her daughter Susan by her side.

She was born to the late George E. and Marceita Skidmore, April 2, 1933, in Patchogue, N.Y. She graduated from Cathedral School of St. Mary High School in 1952 and received a BS in Education from Tufts University and graduated from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 1957. She married the late Rev. Thomas C. Redfern in 1957, and they lived together in Cincinnati, Ohio, multiple locations in Florida, and later retired to Franklin, N.C., and finally Highlands in 1995.

She was an active member of Christ Anglican Church in Cashiers, N.C.

She is survived by three children: Anne Purpura, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Susan White, of Franklin, Tenn.; and Kathy Lindsay, of St. Petersburg, Fla. She also is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Christ Anglican Church.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date and will be announced.

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



Colonel Paul ChmarColonel Paul Chmar

Colonel Paul Chmar, USA (ret), of Buck Creek Road, Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec 27, 2013, after 91 very rich and productive years. He was born and raised in Baltimore and Rockville, Md., a son of Samuel and Fannie Parkus Chmar. He was married to the late Jan Chambers Chmar, who passed away in 2000, and is survived by three sons, Col. Mark Chmar, USAF (ret), of Ashburn, Va., W. Tod Chmar, Esq., of Atlanta, Ga., and Col. Andrew Chmar, USA (ret), of Cold Spring, N.Y., their wives Janet Chmar, Linda Chmar, and Gayle Watkins, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He first visited Highlands with his future wife Jan in 1950, whom he met while stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., where she was visiting with the family of her aunt and uncle. After retiring from the Army in 1973, they moved to Highlands where they lived for the rest of their lives. For the next 35 years, he was involved in real estate in both Highlands and Cashiers. He was, along with Jan, heavily involved in community activities, and also spent countless hours fulfilling his passions for tennis and bridge.

He did not plan on a long army career. Rather, while growing up and attending the University of Maryland, he was focused on becoming a medical doctor. But he was in ROTC, and the country was engaged in World War II. After graduating a year early, in 1943, he immediately entered the Army as a 2nd Lt. In summer 1944, shortly after D-Day, he went into France as a platoon leader along with the rest of the 80th (Blue Ridge) Division. The next eight months were spent in almost constant battle as he led his platoon, and later company, across northern France and into Germany during which he was both wounded by enemy fire and decorated for valor. In March 1945, six weeks before the end of the war in Europe, he was severely wounded when, serving as acting battalion commander during an advance on the town of Weiskirchen, he turned a German attack into an American ambush and singlehandedly attacked a machine gun that opened fire on his men. Despite a bullet through his lung, he continued to lead the advance on the town and was wounded again in the knee. It was two days, during which he was kept alive by a medic while continuing to command his battalion, before reinforcements arrived and he was able to be evacuated. As a result of his heroism, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest medal. During his entire combat tour, he was 22 years old.

Instead of resuming his original goal of medicine, Colonel Chmar spent the next 29 years serving as an army officer. After over a year of recovering from his wounds, his assignments included Poland, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam overseas; and in the US, Ft. Benning, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Bragg, Washington, DC, and Ft. Bliss, from where he retired after 30 years service. Besides the Distinguished Service Cross, Colonel Chmar’s decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and four Purple Hearts.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Jan 16, at Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a reception at Chestnut Hill. Memorials may be made toFour Seasons Hospice 171 Hospital Dr. JWB. Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741 (http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate/), or HighlandsCashiers Land Trust, Post Office Box 1703, Highlands, NC 28741 (http://www.hicashlt.org/donatenow/).

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



Tamara Ann Meadows

Tamara Ann Meadows, of Brevard, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

She was born Aug. 10, 1966, in Asheville, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Tommy C. Meadows of Clarksville, Tennessee and the late Violet Ann Welch Meadows of Asheville.

She graduated from the Candler Christian Day School in Candler, N.C. She then worked for more than 26 years for various industries that contracted with the C.P. Home in Brevard.

She is survived by her aunt, Dr. Lucy Meadows Smarr (Harold) of Franklin, N.C. and Boiling Springs, S.C. In addition, she is survived by two special first cousins, Theresa Haas and Lori Whitaker of Arden, N.C.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Martha Munger OwensMartha Munger Owens

Martha Munger Owens, 73, of the Satolah Community passed away at her residence Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. She was born March 22, 1940, in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Jesse and Lona Crane Munger.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved gardening, canning and spending time with her family and was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Jayco Owens; three daughters, Mary Owens Ridgeway and husband Steve of Anderson, S.C., Melissa Grace and husband Brian of Highlands, N.C., and Sherry Owens of Highlands; five sons, James Owens of Highlands, Bennie Owens and wife Frankie of Highlands, Gene Owens and wife Stacy of Satolah, Ga., Dennis Owens and wife Sandra of Highlands, and Johnny Owens and wife Marcy of Satolah, Ga.; four brothers, Fred Munger and wife Madge of Highlands, Jim Munger and wife Peggy of Franklin, N.C., Andy Munger and wife Gail of Seneca, S.C. and John Munger and wife Freida of Satolah; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Holly and a brother Gene Munger.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 13, in Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Clinton Owens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were be Frank Lowery, Ben Owens, D. J. Owens, Stephen Owens, Joey Owens and Brian Grace. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Owens, Jamie Grace, John Paul Grace, Talon Lowery, Randall McCall, Billy Ottaway and Steve Ridgeway.

Memorial donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main St. Franklin, NC 28734. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Gregory Keith Ryon

Gregory Keith Ryon, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11 2014.

He was born in Maryland; he was a construction worker and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his parents, Choice Ryon and wife Renee and Margie Kapher and husband Bob; three children, Tanya Crawford and husband Josh, Cynthia Ryon and Mallory Ryon all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Tinley Crawford, Silas Crawford and Hudson Gaynes; four brothers, Lloyd, Todd, Choice and Chuck; sister, Cherie Ryon and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

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



Sally Sue GatesSally Sue Gates

Sally Sue Gates, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Moffitt Wallace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Gates.

She was a telephone operator with Michigan Bell Telephone Company and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America; she liked to cook and liked canning, gardening and sewing. She also liked springtime when dogwoods are in bloom and watching birds.

She is survived by one son, John Gregory Jr. of Franklin; one sister, Alice Crisp of Arcata, Calif.; one brother, Charles Wallace of Franklin; special friend, Nicholas Bohm of Franklin, granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Nolen and three grandcats. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Buck Wallace, Howard Wallace and Clifford Wallace.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mike McConnell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Michael James FlynnMichael James Flynn

Michael James Flynn, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 9, 2014. Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., he was the son of the late Maurice J. and Helen Rice Flynn.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and Rutgers University. He retired from IBM as an executive trainer, and later worked at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga., as Director of Facilities. He loved the outdoors and nature and enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and photography and volunteered at Angel Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of Rabun Gap First Presbyterian Church where he was a member of the choir.

He is survived by three daughters, Leslie Flynn of Atlanta, Ga., Kathi Flynn of Alpharetta, Ga. and Jennifer Flynn of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, Mark Flynn of Dawsonville, Ga. and Mickey Flynn of Johns Creek, Ga. and three grandchildren, Jason, Shelby and Tony Flynn.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memories may be posted online at www.memories.com.

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


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