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Autumn sweeps into WNC

Colorful leaf changes seen across Macon County

Nature puts on its finest this time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Scenic leaf-looking drives begin in Macon County with spectacular scenery around every turn.

A trip up the Cullasaja Gorge on 64E will take you to breathtaking waterfalls and colorful autumn splendor.

 

view more breathtaking photos by Vickie Carpenter after the jump!

Landfill expansion: $1.5 million for 22.9 acres

With about 25 months left on the county’s current landfill lifespan, Macon County commissioners voted during the October meeting to move forward with allowing the solid waste department to purchase two parcels of land totaling $1.5 million.

As an enterprise agency, the funds to purchase the property will come from the solid waste department, and not from the county budget. Chris Stahl, the county’s solid waste director, informed commissioners that by purchasing the property now to complete the expansion, more than 40 years will be added to the life expectancy and save the county $36 million in operating costs over that time.

Early Voting under way now through Nov. 1

N.C. law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct on Election Day

Submitted by Debbie George Board of Elections director

Voters planning to cast a ballot during the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election must do so at their assigned polling location. On the actual day of an election, North Carolina law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct based on the address where they have resided for at least 30 days before the date of the election. If you moved within your county and did not update your address by the voter registration deadline (Oct. 10, 2014), you may update your address and vote using one of the following methods: One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting) or Election Day voting.

Leaf Lookers Gemboree brings visitors to county from far and wide

The peak season for leaf lookers, by most accounts, hasn't set in just yet. The mountains that surround Macon County are still mostly green with hints of yellow and red showing through. Nonetheless, if you take a ride around the area you are likely to notice an increase in traffic as is usually the case this time of year as visitors from all around crowd the highways and winding mountain two-lane roads to see the colors as they come on more and more with each passing day.

Last weekend, visitors were treated to special event here in Franklin; the 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building.

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

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Deaths & Funerals


Doris Margaret AlbertiDoris Margaret Alberti

Doris Margaret Alberti, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was the daughter of the late John Louis Lively and Lona Katherine Eustice. She loved bingo and crossword puzzles. She was Baptist by faith.

She is survived by four children, Diane Devlin and husband Thomas of Orlando, Fla., Carolyn Holland and husband Ronnie of Franklin, Jerry Catlett of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Allen Alberti of Miami, Fla.; three step-children Louis, Dewayne, and Debbie Alberti; two sisters, Lila Beard of Reseda, Calif., and Ruth Burch of Michigan; grandchildren, Cathy and Tommy Devlin of Orlando, Troy and Bryan Burt of Franklin, and Christina, Kari, and Natasha Catlett of Colorado; 12 surviving great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by ex-husband John Mitchell Catlett; her husband, Leon Alberti, who died in 2010; brothers, Harold Lively and Richard Louis Lively; daughter-in-law, Tracy Catlett; and greatgrandson, Ryan Thomas Gomer.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 16, at the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home, with Revs. Vic Green and Rev. Joanne Young officiating.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Peter McKenzie Roberts

Peter McKenzie Roberts, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 15, 2013. Born in Kings County, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lewis and Francis Smart Roberts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1952-1955, and was employed in the maintenance department of an assisted living complex. He was a friend of Bill W.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sue Ellerbee Roberts; one son, Kent Roberts of Massachusetts; two step-sons, Bret Altom and wife Angela of Houma, La., and John Altom of Florida; one granddaughter, Brittany Altom and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Lewis Roberts Jr.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to Sue Roberts, 104 Maple Park Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Faye SelbyFaye Selby

Faye Selby, 87, of Candler, N.C., formerly of Nantahala, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at her residence. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived in Candler since 2005. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Julius and Elva Dills Morgan and the wife of the late Claude Selby, who died Oct. 4, 1979. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Claude Earl Selby; two sisters, Carmel Cope and Christine Mason; and two brothers, Doyle and Don Morgan.

Surviving are three daughters, Ann Bartow and husband Robert of Candler, Rhonda Douthit and husband Oscar of Horseshoe, and Kelly Hollifield and husband Johnathan of Asheville; a son, Stanley Selby and wife Char of Leicester; three sisters, Reva May of Hendersonville, Juanita Holden of Andrews and Angela Bateman of Nantahala; two brothers, Ray Morgan of Topton and Andrew Morgan of Bryson City; and 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, with the Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 -1:45 Thursday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews prior to the services.

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



Helen Henderson SimmonsHelen Henderson Simmons

Helen Henderson Simmons, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Fritz John and Charlotte Ledbetter Henderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, T. L. Simmons who died in 1976.

She was an inspector for Burlington Industries for 25 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and loved flowers and gardening. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Jean Dreml of Franklin and Margaret Anderson of Dequincy, La.; one son, Fritz Simmons of Franklin; one sister, Jo Henderson of Wilkesboro, N.C.; two brothers, Vernon Henderson and Louie Henderson, both of Franklin; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Shope; a sister, Kathryn Henderson and a brother, F. J. Henderson.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Janet Greene officiating.

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



Shirley Anne Fleming Moore

Shirley Anne Fleming Moore, 57, passed away on July 5, 2013 at her home in Franklin, N.C.

She was born on April 15, 1956, in Columbus, Ga. to F. Douglas and J. Shirley Bartlett Fleming. She grew up in Tampa, Fla. She graduated from Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, Ga., in 1974. She married Charles “Chuck” Moore in 1975 in Savannah. They were happily married for 37 years. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed all manner of sewing and crafts. She was best known for her heirloom smocking, her loyal service dogs that never left her side, and her gifts, homemade with love. She loved spending time with her family and ever-growing circle of friends. Her most beloved treasures were her grandchildren who lovingly named her Dobbie Doo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, F. Douglas and J. Shirley Fleming and her brother, F. Douglas Fleming, Jr. She is survived by her husband, Chuck, of Franklin; her daughter, Jennifer (Lance) Freeman stationed at Robbins AFB, Georgia; and daughters, Laura and Courtney Moore of Savannah, Ga.; her sister, Mary (Michael) Wynne of Tignall, Ga.; her sister, Norma (Patrick) Murray of Pensacola, Fla.; her grandchildren, Delaney, Charlie, and Evie Freeman and Annie Herring; and her constant companions, Little Man and Murphy.

A visitation was held at Fairhaven Funeral Home on Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, July 10.

Funeral services will be held at Fairhaven Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel, at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 11.

Fairhaven Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Obituary provided courtesy of Macon Funeral Home.


Edith ThompsonEdith Thompson

Edith Thompson, 84, of Marble, N.C., died Tuesday, June 25, 2013. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived in Marietta, Ga., before moving back to Cherokee County in 1972. She was a 1953 graduate of Memorial Mission School of Nursing after which she worked for the Rodda-Van Gorder Clinic in Andrews, N.C., which later became District Memorial Hospital, serving as its first Director of Nursing. She worked for Kennestone Hospital while living in Marietta and later returned to District Memorial Hospital to serve again as Director of Nursing until the late ’80s. She then taught at Tri-County Community College for 17 years as Nursing Assistant Instructor. She was a member of Vengeance Creek Baptist Church where she was active in the Sunshine Club. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, gardening, and playing bingo.

She was the daughter of the late Edd Denny and Maude Willis Lunsford and the wife of the late John C. Thompson, who died Nov. 19, 2006.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Burchardt and husband, Harry M. of Blairsville, Ga., and Lisa Long and husband, Jimmy of Young Harris, Ga.,; a son, Mark Thompson of Marble; two sisters, Darlene Kauffman of Andrews and Brenda Hill of Claremont, N.C.; three brothers, Furman Lunsford of Marble, David Lunsford of Thomasville, N.C., and Denver Denny of Andrews; and a granddaughter, Johanna Burchardt.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 28, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Revs. Fred Lunsford and Derrick Palmer officiating. Interment was Saturday, June 29, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jeff Ledford, Danny Moore, Mickey Maennle, Bruce Rose, Robert Debty, and Gary Rogers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Edith Thompson to the Andrews VFW Post 7620, PO Box 519, Andrews, NC 28901 or Vengeance Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 253, Marble, NC 28905.

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


Hoyt Allen Thomas Sr.

Hoyt Allen Thomas Sr., 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Harley and Fannie Bradley Thomas. He is survived by his wife Betty Norton Thomas of 60 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He loved to saw lumber and he owned several saw mills.

He is survived by a son, Hoyt Allen Thomas Jr.”Roonie” and wife Dawn of Dillard, Ga.; two daughters, Elaine Hodgin and husband David of Otto, and Melissa Dills of Otto; one sister, Nancy Wilson of Brevard, N.C.; five grandchildren, Shelly Finch, David Hodgin Jr., Neva A. Dills, Jonathan Reed and Keshia Reed; six great-grandchildren, Haylee Overholt, Alyssa Hodgin, Cody Hodgin, Braylee Reed, Bryson Reed and Braeden Reed. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Hester Cabe, Beatrice Henson, Ivy Lee Rogers and Carrie Bell Chastain; two brothers, Billy Thomas and J.D Thomas; and one son-in-law, Denny Dills.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 6, at Mulberry United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Aaron Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Mulberry Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jonathan Reed, Dave Hodgin, Cody Hodgin, Vic Chastain, Phil Chastain and Pat McCall.

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


Charles S. Green

Charles S. “Charlie” Green, 59, of Dotson Street, Mountain City, Ga., died Monday, June 24, 2013, in Mountain Lakes Medical Center.

He was born July 17, 1953, in Highlands, N.C., to the late Harvey and Angela M. Wilson Green. He was a house painter by profession and was a member of Peoples Baptist Church, and a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, and is survived by a special girlfriend and caregiver, Vicki Spencer of Mt. City, Ga.; one sister, Faye Bryant of Franklin, N.C.; two brothers, Gene Green of Franklin, and Dale Green of Sylva, N.C.; several nephews, nieces and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Sunday July 14, at 2 p.m. at Peoples Baptist Church, on Clayton Ave., Clayton, Ga.

An online obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dennis Roger TippettDennis Roger Tippett

Dennis Roger Tippett, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Paul and Lucille Crisp Tippett. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, taxidermy, gardening, canning, wine making, tying fishing flies and fly fishing. He worked for the N.C. Forest Service, the U.S. Forest Service and was a dispatcher for Macon County Emergency Services. He was Baptist by faith.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 15 years, Kim Tippett; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Michael and Peggy Ramey of Franklin; four children, Brandon, Emilie, Kyle and Daniel “Boone” Tippett, all of the home; brother, Chuck Tippett and wife Sharon of Franklin; uncles, Bill Crisp of Manassas, Va. and Bobby Crisp of Fredericksburg, Va.; sisters-in-law, Laura Ramey and Cheryl Ramey; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Jane Stamey, Rita Enloe, Nickie Tallent, Mike Lequire and all other Macon County co-workers.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. Alton Dendy will officiate. Burial will be in the Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Clay Cogdill, Bruce Bennett, Larry Moses, Brandon Crone, Mike Lequire, Greg Dills and David Ramey. Emergency workers will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with 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.


Doris Margaret Alberti

Doris Margaret Alberti, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was the daughter of the late John Louis Lively and Lona Katherine Eustice. She loved bingo and crossword puzzles. She was Baptist by faith.

She is survived by four children, Diane Devlin and husband Thomas of Orlando, Fla., Carolyn Holland and husband Ronnie of Franklin, Jerry Catlett of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Allen Alberti of Miami, Fla.; three step-children, Louis, Dewayne, and Debbie Alberti; two sisters, Lila Beard of Reseda, Calif., and Ruth Burch of Michigan; grandchildren, Cathy and Tommy Devlin of Orlando, Troy and Bryan Burt of Franklin, and Christina, Kari, and Natasha Catlett of Colorado; 12 surviving great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by ex-husband John Michell Catlett, her husband Leon Alberti who died in 2010; brothers, Harold Lively and Richard Louis Lively, daughter-in-law, Tracy Catlett, and great-grandson, Ryan Thomas Gromer.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 16, at the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a memorial service from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Rev. Vic Green and Rev. Joanne Young officiating.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Dale Davis ScottDale Davis Scott

Dale Davis Scott, 62, of Bryson City, N.C., and Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Swain County Hospital. He was born in Macon County, N.C., the son of the late Wiley and Louise Shuler Scott. He was a self-employed painter by trade. He was a loving and devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of four years, Barbara Ann Cook Scott; one daughter, Angela Scott McLean and husband Greg of Franklin; three sisters, Annie Rae Angel and husband Homer and Joyce Hoark and husband Larry of Franklin, and Ruby Earls and husband Al of Macon, Ga.; one brother, Zeb Scott and wife Dorothy of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Makayla of Franklin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 26, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Cogdill and Rev. Bennie Haire officiating. Burial was held at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Gary Scott, Dennis Scott, Ricky Scott, Timothy McClure, Mark McClure and Mike Johnson served as pallbearers. Mike Stamey, Gregg Earls, Ricky Earls and Jeremy Stepp served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Deep Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 597, Bryson City, NC 28713.

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


Jean Ward

Jean Ward was born Dec. 23, 1941, in Louisville, Ky. She grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and spent her teenage summers in Cashiers teaching horseback riding.

In 1975, she returned and enrolled in an EMT class at the Glenville Rescue Squad where she met Charles Ward. They were married in October 1976. She was the first woman to join a rescue squad in Western North Carolina as an EMT.

In 1978, she started Home and Land Maintenance, Cashiers Carpet Cleaners, Cashiers Garage Door and Western Carolina Restoration. In November 1988, she was listed in The Cleaning and Restoration, the official RIA Publication International as one of six ladies of the ’80s in the cleaning industry.

She loved her dogs. She operated Cashiers K9 Camp where she boarded dogs for a number of years. She worked 11 years as a tech for the Cashiers Village Vet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Leonard Long and Florence Major Long; two sons, Shawn Goodwin and Todd Goodwin, and a daughter, Jeanne Caruthers.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Charles Ward; Charlene Ward and Jay Webster of Cashiers, Jodi Bayes and Brad Bayes of Orange Park, Fla., and Dawn Woodring; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one brother, Major Long of Cashiers.

She was a member of Cashiers United Methodist Church; she helped organize the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce, and along with Jackie Wynn organized the Cashiers Christmas Parade for several years.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. at Cashiers United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Harry officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741

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


Sterling Odell Peek

Sterling Odell Peek, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013.

Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Bulen Neil Peek and Nellie Hedden Peek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Morley and Grendall Peek. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed gardening, golfing and attended Liberty Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Glenda Sheffield Peek; two daughters, Sherry Peek of Asheville, and Deborah Peek of Franklin; son, Randy Peek and wife Karen of Princeton, W.Va.; brothers, Harold Peek of Middleburg, Fla., LeRoy and Doug Peek both of Franklin; sisters, Maxine Shepherd of Candler, N.C., Christine Parrish of Franklin and Doris Crane of Fla.; three grandsons, Justin Reed and wife Emily, Austin Peek and Bryce Peek; greatgrandson, Colton Reed; many nieces and nephews and several special brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Clark Sheffield, Wayne Sheffield, Rick Potts and Judson Hall officiated. Burial was in Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Court Reece, Justin Reed, Austin Peek, Bryce Peek, Gary Peek and Terry Sheffield. Honorary Pallbearers were Ralph Hall, Hayes Snyder and Barry Hannah.

Memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice or Snow Hill UMC Cemetery Fund, C/O Faye Sheffield 1845 Sanderstown Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Hetty HolbrooksHetty Josephine Welch Holbrooks

Hetty Josephine Welch Holbrooks, 89, of the Burningtown Community, Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 24, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Oscar and Lillie Daves Welch. She was married to the late John Terrell (Jack) Holbrooks Jr.. She was a homemaker and worked as an LPN at Grandview Manor and Angel Hospital. She was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church and loved music and singing. She loved her family; they were her whole life.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Moses and her husband, Ed of Franklin, and a son, Homer V. Holbrooks and his wife Teresa of Franklin; a sister, Dixie Welch Bates; two brothers, Charles Welch and his wife, Jewel and Arlfe Welch all of Franklin; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a baby son, a sister, Betty Jane Welch Merrith and four brothers, Virgil, Bobby, J.D. and Johnny Welch.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at Burningtown Baptist Church with Rev, Randy Drinnon officiating. Burial will be in Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brent Holbrooks, Tracy Chastain, Ed Moses, Jr., George Jenkins, Rusty Stewman, Eddie Moses, III, Trey Chastain, and Wayne Jenkins.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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


Luther Gillis MacKinnon III

Luther Gillis MacKinnon III, 76, Glenville, N.C., died Sunday, June 16, 2013. Born Greenville, Ala., son of Luther Gillis and Eleanor Lee Norris MacKinnon, he was an architect AIA.

He is survived by his wife, Brooke Hamilton MacKinnon; children, Mary Katherine MacKinnon of Chico, Calif., Virginia Lee MacKinnon and Luther Gillis MacKinnon, IV, both of Ft. Collins, Colo., and William Hunter Cressall, of Birmingham, Ala.; brother, Norris MacKinnon, Richmond, Ky. and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, Cashiers, N.C. with Revs. Virginia Monroe and Toby Summerour officiating. Reception following service at Hines Hall.

Donations may be made to L. Gillis MacKinnon Memorial, Cashiers Historical Society, Cashiers 28717.

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


Faye AldermanFaye Alderman

Faye Alderman, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 21, 2013. Born in Cook Co., Ill., she was the daughter of the late Joe B. and Bessie Irene Duncan Roberts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonah Raymond Alderman. She was a homemaker and LPN. She attended Trinity Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorthea Irene Alderman; two sisters and one brother.

She is survived by four daughters, Linda Faye Anders and husband Richard of Otto, N.C., Betty Jo Griffin and husband Brian of Ocala, Fla., Norma Louise Alderman and fiancee’ William Frantz of Franklin, and Kathleen Hartley and husband Alton of Atlanta, Ga.; 15 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and five great-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Ocala, Fla. with the Rev. Dennis Hamill officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Ocala following the service.

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


Gerald ‘Jerry’ Lee Kolle

Gerald "Jerry" Lee Kolle, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013. He was born in Vanderburg County, Ind., the son of the late Raymond and Ruby Barnard Kolle.

He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was married first to Margaret Callis Kolle, who died in 1988, and is survived by his second wife, Marilyn Higgins Kolle.

He was a member of the Air Force Association; a member of Franklin Gem Society, and a survivor of Chosin Frozen in Korea. He loved gardening, woodworking and gem cutting.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Ruth Witsberger of Plato, Mo., Naomi Kolle of Franklin, and Cindy Hand of Princeton, Ill.; four step-sons, James Gray of Tampa, Fla., Robert Gray of Orlando, Fla., Charles Gray of Louisville, Ky. and William Gray of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Elaine McGraw of Dallas, Texas, and a brother, Logan Kolle of Fordsville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a son Gerald "Gary" Kolle Jr and a sister, Norma Jean Kost.

Memorial services will be held July 1, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Vic Greene officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Carl Kenneth Floyd Jr.Carl Kenneth Floyd Jr.

Carl Kenneth Floyd Jr., 2, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

He was the son of Carl K. Floyd Sr. and Jessica Rogers of Franklin. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, McKenzi Floyd of Sevierville, Tenn.; paternal grandparents, Lueann Jenkins and Fred Floyd; maternal grandparents, Dorothy Rogers and Jack and Jackie Hurst and paternal great-grandfather, Carlos “Shotgun” Jenkins.

The family received friends Wednesday, June 26, at Macon Funeral Home.

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


Willie Mae Tallent RoperWillie Mae Tallent Roper

Willie Mae Tallent Roper, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at her residence. She was born May 29, 1924, in Jackson County to the late John and Nancy Pickens Griffin. She was first married to Samuel Eugene Tallent who passed away in 1983, second to R. L. Roper who passed away in 2010. She was a homemaker and a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church. She liked gardening, canning and freezing.

She is survived by a stepson, Ronnie Roper and wife Loretta of Franklin; brother-in-law C. B. Roper and wife Marilyn of Franklin, four step-grandchildren, Krystal, Kasey, Troy and Kaitlynn Roper and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 2, at Windy Gap Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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


Carl G. HughesCarl G. Hughes

Carl G. Hughes, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Born in Aiken, S.C., he was the son of the late Perry Collis Hughes and Leila Corine DuBose. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Barbara, Jennie and Carolyn. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during the Vietnam War and was an active member of the American Society for Microbiology.

He is survived by his wife, Rosaland Hughes of Cumming, Ga.; daughter, Jennifer Hughes Crager and husband Andrew of Cumming; sister, Alma McNeal of Augusta, Ga., and two grandchildren, Nicholas Oliver Meyer and Ryan Paul Meyer.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 3, in the Georgia National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Greenville Office 16-A Brozzini Court Greenville SC 29615.

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


William ‘Rusty’ Russell WhiteWilliam ‘Rusty’ Russell White

William “Rusty” Russell White, 58, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of West Palm Beach, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Born in Goreville, Ill., he was the son of the late Charles Ray White and Juanita Murry White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Kelly Jean White, and a sister, Crystal Morrison. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar. He worked at Wal-Mart and formerly worked at Zigraf for 12 years.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Waldroop White; three sons, Tanner White and Dustin White both of Clayton, Ga., and Nathan White of Orlando, Fla.; step-son, Matthew Waldroop of Franklin; brothers, B.J. Simmons of Pennsylvania, Eddie Simmons, Danny Lee White and Rodney White of Illinois and Pat Church of Franklin; sister, Donna Rea Duvall of Illinois; three grandchildren, Nolan William White, Jake Ryan White and Shileigh Elizabeth Kelly White and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Revs. Sherron Geiger, Jerry Guffie and Carson Gibson will officiate with VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 conducting military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


Erwin Charles Rickman

Erwin Charles Rickman, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Born in Proctor, N.C., he was the son of the late Joseph Henry Rickman and Candice Olene Sawyer Rickman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Alen Rickman and grandson, Nathan Dills. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran and served during WWII. He was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jo Bennett Rickman; three children, Barbara Ann Kniffen and husband Charles of Oxford, Mich., Stephen Rickman of Franklin and Caren Rickman of Florida; nine grandchildren and 23 great- grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 29, at Snow Hill United Methodist Church. Rev. Donna Cobb officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 330 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Jessie Duckett Jr.Jessie Duckett Jr.

Jessie Duckett Jr., 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Born in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Jessie Duckett Sr. and Rachel Clark Duckett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Brenda Duckett. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, worked at the Macon County Recycling Center and enjoyed driving an 18- wheeler and his motorcycle. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Morgan Duckett; three children, Erin Duckett and fiancé Rickey Collins of Franklin, Joe Duckett of Augusta, Ga., and Angie Hadden and husband Keith of Augusta, Ga.; two stepchildren, Kimba Nichols of Pisgah Forest, N.C. and Michael McGinnis of Asheville; brother, Bobby Duckett and wife Gloria of Greenville, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Matt Morris will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Dolly Fay ThompsonDolly Fay Thompson

Dolly Fay Thompson, 79, of Sylva, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Jess R. Thompson and Ethel Buchanan Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jesse (Margaret), Bill (Alice) and George. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist her entire life and retired from CR Industries. She enjoyed reading and walking and was an avid UNC Tarheel Fan.

She is survived by a sister, Elisabeth Thompson Buchanan and husband Howard of Sylva; three brothers, Harry R. Thompson and wife Bea of Charcoal, Texas, Harold Thompson and wife Norma of Winston Salem and Doug Thompson and wife Pat of Franklin; nieces, Jean Carr and Jennifer Kelly, both of Sylva, Heather T. Wallace, Judy Bigonowski and Kim Burnette, all of Franklin; and several more nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two special roommates Linda Lawrence and Lena Garren.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 1, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Guy Duvall officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Greg Wallace, Logan Wallace, Samuel Wallace, Wyatt Burnette, Jason Kelly and Chris Pressley. Honorary Pallbearers were Nick Buchanan, Kenny Bigonowski and Larry Thompson.

Memorial donations can be made to the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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


Jim GrossJim Gross

Jim Gross, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Bledsoe, Ky., the son of the late Walter and Pearlina Burkhart Gross. He was a machine operator for a Formica Corporation in Cinicinnati, Ohio and was a member of the Coweeta Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee. He had served as a former Sunday School Superintendent at Newman Chapel Baptist Church and served as a deacon while in Cincinnati. He was a member of the Hoffner Masonic Lodge and a member of the OES in Cincinnati. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Geneva Bowling Gross; three daughters, Darlene Poth of Cincinnati, Ohio, Regina Ceron of Franklin, and Terri Blair of Cincinnati; one son, Dennis Baldwin Gross of Bledsoe; one sister, Janie Maddox of Nebraska; two brothers, Paul Gross of Smith, Ky., and Jerry Gross of Tennessee; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Arden Gross, Walter Gross Jr and Frank Gross.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 2, at Coweeta Baptist Church with Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Vic Greene officiating. Burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery in Murphy, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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


Mary Nell LequireMary Nell Lequire

Mary Nell Lequire, 90, of Topton, N.C., died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at her home. She was a native of Cherokee County where she had lived most of her life. At age 17, she went to Maryland and worked for Lockheed Fairchild as tail assembly of WWII airplanes. For 22 years, she devoted her life to care of her disabled son, Danny Lequire. She later retired from Baker Furniture. She was a lifelong member of Red Marble Baptist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Noten and Della Wright George and the wife of the late Carl W. Lequire Sr. She was also preceded in death by her son, Danny George Lequire.

Surviving are two daughters, Becky Baker and husband Doug of Asheville and Linda Bryson and husband Leslie of Franklin; a son, Carl W. Lequire Jr. and wife Linda of Topton; a brother, Richard George of Fripp Island, S.C.; and seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29, in Red Marble Baptist Church with the Revs. Mickey Stewart, Darrell Dockery, and France Postell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Russell and Daniel Lequire, Steven Bryson, Luke Baker, Reed Robison, Terry and Hunter Scott, Chad Stone, and Josh Horton.

The family requests memorials be made to Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Martha Postell, 1201 Red Marble Road, Andrews, NC 28901.

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


David Frederick ChaddDavid Frederick Chadd

David Frederick Chadd, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013. Born in Hartford County, Conn., he was the son of Robert Allen and Thelma Eunice York Chadd. He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Joan Marie Chadd.

He was a retired Captain with Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and was a member of Macon/Jackson County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81.

He is survived by two daughters, Dawn Krupa and her husband John of Templeton, Calif., and Kimberly Chadd of Middletown, Conn.; one sister, Nancy Potvin of Enterprise, Fla. and two brothers, Robert Chadd and his wife Kathleen of Durham, Conn. and Jonathan Chadd of Franklin; three grandchildren, Vincent, Jacqueline and Audrey and a number of nieces and nephews who were very close to David. He was surrounded by good and loyal friends who kept him in good spirits for which we are eternally grateful.

Memorial services will be held Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon/Jackson County FOP Lodge #81, PO Box 12, Franklin, NC 28744.

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




Westley Anthony Jacomino Jr.

Westley Anthony Jacomino Jr., 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Born in New Orleans, La., he was the son of the late Westley Anthony Jacomino Sr. and Eleanor Jeanfreau Jacomino. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the American Legion and VFW. He was a member of the Macon County Humane Society, Noah’s Ark Humane Society, Saint Francis Catholic Church, Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, the Association of Marian Helpers, Fraternity of St. Peter and many other religious associations.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Valerie Charles Jacomino; two children, Michelle Jacomino Weaver of New Orleans, La., and Michael Charles Jacomino of Fresno, Calif. and three grandchildren, Nicholas Anthony Jacomino, Katherine Michelle Weaver and Alexander Wesley Jacomino. He was the proud fatherin- law of Christian Jacomino and Joseph Weaver.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Humane Society, Noah’s Ark Humane Society or Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center.

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



Frances O’DonnellFrances Siddaway O’Donnell

Frances Siddaway O’Donnell, born in Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1915, passed away on June 11, 2013. She was 98 years old. She married Edwin O’Donnell in 1935. Her husband preceded her in death in 1988.

She is survived by one son, Lee O’Donnell and wife Barbara; two granddaughters, Deb Gravatt and Terri Garcia, and two great-grandsons, Alex Garcia and Andy Garcia. She moved to Florida in 1947 and then to Franklin, N.C., in 1971. Her remaining 12 years, she was a resident of Brevard, N.C. In her lifetime, she helped many people. She was a Grey Lady at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., and served as a Pink Lady at Angel Community Hospital in Franklin. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Franklin. She took care of many family members in their time of need. Anyone who knew Fran described her as energetic, kind, and helpful.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Brevard, 1266 Asheville Hwy., Suite 5, Brevard, NC 28712.

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



Margaret ‘Maggie’ Ella Taliaferro

Margaret “Maggie” Ella Taliaferro, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Born in Edison, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Judge Beach Thompson and Maggie Louise Whatley Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Neves. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Edison, Ga. She loved to crochet, sew and enjoyed working in the yard. She was a member of Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs, Fla.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ferrell Lee Taliaferro; two children, Madela K. Taliaferro of Clayton and Kerrell Wolfe of Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Penny Moffitt and three great-grandchildren, Avery, Finley and Emmy Moffitt.

Graveside service was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Don Moffitt officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Earl Dowdle

Earl Dowdle, 76, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Tuesday evening June 11, 2013. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Plenny and Launa Norris Dowdle. He was a foreman for Bizzark Construction in Kentucky where he retired after over 20 years of service. He loved camping, boating and his tractors and worked as hard as he could for as long as he could. He loved and adored his family and friends especially his grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Settlemyre, two great-grandchildren, Caleb McFalls and Braxxton Moore and by six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce Dillard Dowdle; son, Johnny (Paula) Dowdle of Sylva; daughter, Tina Dowdle (Steve) Moore of Sylva; grandchildren, Joshua Earl Dowdle, Jeremiah Lee Dowdle, Samantha Ashe McFalls, Steven Cody Moore, Brandi Nicole Moore and Halie Michelle Settlemyre; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charlie and Ray Dowdle; six sisters, Bonnie Kelly, Nell Goforth, Marie Brabson, Louise Williamson, Pauline Stiwinter and Carolyn Chastain.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 14, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Charles Dean and Johnny Ray Davis officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10001.



Ian Richard Denham

Ian Richard Denham, son of the late Albert and Edith Denham, died unexpectedly on May 20, 2013. Born Dec. 12, 1947, in the village of Morton, Linconshire, England, he grew up in Morton, and then in the nearby town of Bourne.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Shelley; daughters, Gillian Denham Jones, Megan Denham Vered and Joy Denham; sons-inlaw, Andrew Jones and Moran Vered; two granddaughters, Ella and Kaylee Denham Vered; sister, Iris Whitham, her husband Colin, their three children and grandchildren; and extended family members, Tom and Jane Warth, Charlyn Jackson, and many dear friends.

He was a world traveler in his early 20s. On a trip to Canada and the U.S., he happened to meet Shelley Jackson, and within six hours, they had decided to marry. Five months later on Dec. 22, 1973, they did so, in Bourne. He then emigrated to the U.S., and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he immediately realized that joining the Jackson family meant singing. With no training or experience in music, he good-naturedly joined the church choir, and sang for a number of events with Shelley, her brother David and wife Char Jackson.

Their three daughters – all of whom were born in Cincinnati – were his greatest joys. A close-knit family, they all shared a love of travel, nature, music, and a sense of fun and adventure.

In 1989, Ian and his family moved to Highlands, N.C., to work at a local retreat center. His job as facilities director included the management of all aspects of the infrastructure of the 90+ acre facility and he supervised all new construction projects, and most of the renovation of older buildings himself, with staff and volunteers.

Music became an even more important part of his life when he and Shelley met Tom and Jane Warth, and formed a quartet. Their close harmonies and unique blend gave voice to their mutual passion for social justice, embrace of diversity, and spiritual expression. Together, they traveled through much of the eastern United States, providing worship services, concerts and workshops. They had started recording their second CD in January, and had planned to complete it by the end of 2013. More recently, he sang in the First Presbyterian Church choir whenever his schedule permitted, and the church became a warm and loving home for both Ian and Shelley.

His kind, gentle nature could only be rattled by mistreatment or mean-spirited behavior to his loved ones, lack of a strong and dependable work ethic, and waste of natural resources. Among the comments in the many loving cards and messages sent to his family upon news of his death, was this tribute: “The world lost a truly wonderful human being when he died. Ian brought goodness and gentleness to all who knew his cheerful spirit, and we are better for having known him!”

A service of remembrance and celebration will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on July 6, the 40th anniversary of the day Ian and Shelley met and decided to marry. A reception will be held after the service in Coleman Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church Bolivian Mission Scholarship Fund, and/or to the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.



R.W. ‘Cotton’ Beals

R.W. “Cotton” Beals, 78, Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

He attended St. Thomas Aquinas (Central Catholic) High School. He then enlisted in the Marines. He was a strong Christian and a member of the Knights of Columbus and attended St. Francis Catholic Church. He retired from the Postal Service in 1997 after 37 years. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Miami Dolphins, New York Yankees and Notre Dame. He never met a stranger and enjoyed playing golf.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon; daughters, Char (Rick) Anderson, Cheryl (Greg) Ford, grandchildren, Lindsey, Cortney, Garrett and Shelby; sister, Vicky Gibson; brother-in-laws, Jerry (Joan) Stuby and Ed (Precia) Stuby and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Catholic Church in Franklin, on Friday, June 21, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803, or to St. Francis Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ronald Gene Bishop

Ronald Gene Bishop, 75, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Born in Lexington, Ky., and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roger F. Bishop and Venetia Parker Bishop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Shields Bishop. He will be remembered for working as a plumber, working for West Lumber, Macon County Supply and most recently, Caterpillar. He enjoyed playing horse shoes, darts and was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. The loves of his life were his family, friends and fireflies.

He is survived by three children, Christy Kimsey and husband Vic of Franklin, Kenny Bishop and wife Kerry of Buford, Ga., and Shannon Lewis and husband Cary of Marietta, Ga.; special friend, Nancy Durm; twin-brother, Roger D. Bishop of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Adam Kimsey and wife Tasha, Ariana Kimsey, Elizabeth Bishop, William Bishop and Makayla Gibbs; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Drinnon officiated.

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



Clay Kevin HugheyClay Kevin Hughey

Clay Kevin Hughey, 57, of Cashiers, N.C., went to be with the Lord, Friday, June 14, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Rabun County, Ga., the son of the late Doyle Hughey and Irene Moffitt Hughey. He was a self- employed stone and block mason. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved to hunt and fish and was a good basketball player. He loved all sports.

He is survived by three daughters, Hilary Hurst and husband David of Greer, S.C., Heather Blythe and husband John of Little River, N.C., and Jessica Hughey of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; one son, Jonathan Hughey and wife Holly of Brevard, N.C.; two sisters, Brenda Moss of Cashiers, N.C. and Hilda Nevius of Glenville, N.C.; one brother, Leland Hughey of Cashiers, N.C. and two grandchildren, Braxton Ricker and Baylor Blythe.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 17, at Cashiers Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Patrick officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Cashiers. Pallbearers were Brian Stewart, Dean Watson, Tommy Bryson, Bill Hooper, Stacey Dillard, Cliff Moffitt and J.J. McCall.

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



Verlie Mae ChamblessVerlie Mae Cochran Chambless

Verlie Mae Cochran Chambless, 64, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, after she lost her battle to cancer.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Sylvester Cochran and Ollie Leigh Pendergrass Cochran. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Ray Chambless and two brothers, Harold Clifton Cochran and Charles Blanton Cochran. She worked many years as a cook at Longview Steak House and Dooley’s Restaurant. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Tammy Combs and husband Steve, Tonya Chambless and Tracy Hood all of Franklin; three step-children, Debra Ann Jones, Randy Chambless and Dale Chambless all of Tifton, Ga.; five brothers and sisters, Ronald Reid “Tommy” Cochran of Franklin, Elsie Sanford of Ellijay, Ga., Corrina Hooper and Pamela Fay Swanson both of Franklin and Emma Jean Lazenby of Covington, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Hayes and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Justin Stamey, Derek Stamey, Brandon Carpenter, Mike Ford, Chris Ford, Steve Hood and Josh Grandstaff.

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



John Raymond HigginsJohn Raymond Higgins

John Raymond Higgins passed away peacefully on June 15, 2013, at Angel Hospital in Franklin, N.C., just three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday.

He was born on July 6, 1921, to John H. and Gertie Higgins in Ladysmith, Wisc. They later moved to Superior, Wisc., where he attended school and graduated from Superior Central High School. He was a WWII Air Force veteran who served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. On May 3, 1947, he married Mary Jane Russom, the love of his life for over 66 years. In 1957, they purchased the Four Corners Store outside of Superior, and owned the store until 1973. Prior to selling the store, they built Pattison Park Golf Course. John and Mary Jane ran the golf course until 1982, when they retired to Florida. They moved to Franklin in 1990. They enjoyed many years of golf, traveling in their RV, and their family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, traveling, cribbage, and his family and friends.

He was a member of the Hew Hope Presbyterian Church, Men’s Golf League Pattison Park Golf Course, Elk Lodge and a member of the Hickory Knoll Methodist Church.

He was a gentle, kind soul who was greatly loved. He will be remembered and missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; two daughters, Rosemary Disbrow, Debbie (John) Demulling and son, J. Douglas (Geronica) Higgins; one sister, Jeanne Peterson; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger A. Higgins.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 17, at the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Paul Sears under the direction of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Superior, Wisc., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in John’s name to Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, 86 East Hickory Knoll Rd, Franklin NC 28734 or Country Passage Presbyterian Church, 4694 S. Country Rd. A, Superior, WI 54880

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


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