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Laura Vargas awarded 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award

Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

Caterpillar closing costs 150 local jobs

After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

Union Academy holds mid-year graduation

Way to go, graduates!

Friends and family of the fall 2014 graduating class of Union Academy gathered last Friday to watch their graduates walk across the stage.

“I am proud of these students for having completed their requirements for graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for students, their teachers and also their families. I am excited about what the future holds for these students.”

With a message from guest speaker Terry Bell, long time educator in Macon County, he admonished students to never stop learning.

Commissioners prioritize capital outlay items

Requests considered on basis of safety and dire need.

Each year the Macon County School System asks that principals at all county schools develop a capital outlay request for each school. The school board prioritizes projects based on funds available from county commissioners for capital outlay improvements to the school system. This year, the school board prioritized projects based on safety and dire need. Those requests are then present to Macon County Commissioners, who vote to allot funds for the completion of the identified projects.

Requests are listed by school for the 2015-16 school year. Projects identified by the school system as being a priority for this year are underlined. The priority projects total $413,100.

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Deaths & Funerals



Thomas Harley PottsThomas Harley Potts

Thomas Harley Potts, 82, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Floyd Potts and Annie Ella Queen Potts. He retired from Ford Motor Company in Michigan, and served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved woodworking and repairing cars. He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church which he had attended for many years.

He is survived by Glenda Clouse Potts, wife of 59 years; two sons, Keith Potts and wife Cindy of Hartland, Mich. and Kevin Potts and wife Mary of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Jason Potts, Angela Samko, Richard Cook; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 3, at Windy Gap Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed military graveside rites. Pallbearers were Clint Barnett, Ken Bishop, Jim Bryson, John Davis, Cecil Deis, Merritt Fouts, Paul Heist, Bill Hughes, Wayne Ledford, Otis Welch and the deacons of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Med- West Harris Hospice Services, 68 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC 28779.

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



Frank ‘The Duke’ MacalusoFrank ‘The Duke’ Macaluso

Frank “The Duke” Macaluso, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Born in Summit Hill, Pa., he was the son of the late Benjamin Macaluso and Anna Kenderish Macaluso. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Michael Macaluso. He was a retired 24- year U.S. Air Force veteran and a Bronze Star recipient while serving in Vietnam with the 7th Air Force Mac V Division. His military decorations include AF Commendation Medal with one Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the AF Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He was an antique collector and dealt at the Franklin Flea Market. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elaine Brunner Macaluso; five children, Margaret Scott and husband Robert of Clinton, Ohio, Duane Macaluso and wife Amy of Jeffersonville, Ind., Larry David Tate Jr. of Panama City, Fla., Mark Tate and wife Christine of Titusville, Fla. and Mi Young Kosloski and husband Raymond of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Benjamin Macaluso Jr. of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Marie Keeny and Shirley Tarbett both of Pennsylvania; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

No local services have been planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to D.A.V., — Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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



Wanda Ray ShepherdWanda Ray Shepherd

Wanda Ray Shepherd, 66, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Burl Ray and Lucille Pendergrass Ray of Franklin. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she loved spending time with her grandkids and family and being outdoors. She attended Mt. Sinai Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Larry Shepherd and wife Gayla of Hayesville and Rickie Shepherd of Franklin; six sisters, Elaine Holland, Ila Giles, Deborah Holland, Ann Holland, Tammy Collier and Rita McCoy, all of Franklin; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Mason, and Madison Shepherd and Adam Prather and one great-grandchild, Cayden Prather.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Ray.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 4, at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God Church with Rev. Bryon Lamb, Rev. Jared Benedict and Rev. Johnny Raby officiating. Burial was in Roper Cemetery; nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Joan Diane RobertsonJoan Diane Robertson

Joan Diane Robertson, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

She was born in Milden, Saskatchewan, Canada on Feb. 27, 1943, and grew up in Caney, Kansas. She became an American citizen in Topeka, Kansas on Oct. 12, 1961. After graduation from college she taught elementary school in the Midwest and then in Pinellas County, Florida for 30 years. After retirement she moved to Franklin. Her love of the mountains kept her here full time. She worked at Macon Furniture for many years. She was a faithful Christian who was excitedly involved with the startup of the Biltmore Baptist Church Franklin Campus. She was preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor Myrtle Robertson; her father, James Richard Robertson and her brother, Allan James Robertson. She is survived by her niece, Diane Robertson Stram of Winter Springs, Fla.; her nephew, Allan Robertson Jr. and her sister-in-law, Louise Robertson both of Casselberry, Fla.; many close friends and her beloved dog, Rachel.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Joan Diane Robertson to Compelled Ministries Projects, Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden, NC 28704.

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



Robert Jackson Love

Robert Jackson Love, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Angel Medical Center. He was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Macon County, the son of the late Tillery Theodore and Pauline Snyder Love. He graduated from Franklin High School. He served in the Navy four years and moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., where he worked for Jefferson Smurfitt for 47 years and moved back to Franklin.

He is survived by five daughters, Donna Rendell of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Pauline McKendree and husband Gary of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Dorie McRae and husband Matt of Lancaster, S.C., Bobbie Jo Turner and husband Joe of Las Vegas, Nev. and Tracy Jackson and husband Rob of Lakenheath, England; three sons Richard Love and wife Kelli and Robert Love Jr. of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Scott Love and wife Melissa of Suffolk, Va.; 14 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, numerous cousins and one special friend.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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



Wylene Ramey Wall

Wylene Ramey Wall, 83, of Otto, N.C., formerly of Clayton, Ga., and widow of William David Wall, died peacefully at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, with her family and loved ones by her side.

She was a matriarch and dearly loved by all who knew her and especially her children and grandchildren. She was the glue that held her family together and her loss leaves a hole that can never be filled. She was the queen of our hearts. She was born May 31, 1930, to the late Henry W. Ramey and Mona Wooten Ramey. She was a homemaker and care giver and a member of Jehovah’s Witness.

She was preceded in death by a son, Melvin Wall; two grandsons, Little Mel and Little Bo Wall; two brothers, James Henry (Babe) Ramey and Dock Ramey; and two sisters, Magdalene Gibson and Irene Crone. She is survived by a son, Vance Wall and wife Patricia of Franklin; four daughters; Rita Mosley and husband Leigh of Clayton, Ga., Mona Cole and husband Frederick of Otto, Greta Bozeman and husband Allen of Rabun Gap, Ga., Tina Duncan of Clayton, Ga.; one sister, Annie Mae Rogers of Clayton, Ga.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

Graveside services were held Wednsday, Oct. 9, at Rabun Memory Park.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.



Pauline D. CrunkletonPauline D. Crunkleton

Pauline D. Crunkleton, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Allen Davis and Ella Louise Dills Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Crunkleton and brother, Allen J. Davis. She loved painting, basket weaving and ceramic doll making. She was the oldest member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Dennis Crunkleton and wife Linda, Mary Lou Nicholson, Debbie Angell and husband Ed and Phaedra Bishop and husband Larry all of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Melody Morgan, Harry Nicholson, Michelle Wilde, Samantha Raum, Ashley, Haylee and Wesley Bishop; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Davis Hooper will officiate. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Deacons of Pine Grove will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Harley Hilden Huffman

Harley Hilden Huffman, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

Born in Bryson City, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles Thomas Huffman and Cora Parker Huffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Danny Huffman, Randy Huffman and Linda Childers; two brothers, Henry and Jervie Huffman and a sister, Macie Huffman. He loved woodworking and was a Christian by faith.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Bishop of Franklin; a son, Steve Huffman of Gastonia, N.C.; niece, Sue Hollingsworth of York, S.C.; sister-in-law, Kitty Bishop; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.

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


Kenneth Dale VlietKenneth Dale Vliet

Kenneth Dale Vliet, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

Born in Benton Harbor, Mich., he was the son of the late Clarence Lee Vliet and Elaine Kaczmarek Vliet. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed classic cars, baseball, Nascar and car memorabilia.

He is survived by four sons, James Vliet and Michael Vliet both of Michigan, Robert Vliet of Florida and Timothy Vliet of North Carolina; brother, John Vliet of Naples, Fla.; nephew, Gary Andrews; niece, Donna Nix; aunt, Joan Fallot and nine grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Monday, Oct. 7, in the Georgia National Cemetery.

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



Carl Fred Friebus

Carl Fred Friebus, 88, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Born in Maywood, Ill., he was the son of the late Solomon and Maria Margaret Friebus. He was a veteran of the U.S .Navy, serving during WWII and the Normandy landings. He was an electrician for Daniels Construction and was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Charlene Ruth Bryant Friebus; one daughter, Linda Wall and husband Anthony; four sons, Dan Friebus and wife Lora, Stephen Friebus and wife Shawnee, Timothy Friebus and wife Ann, and Michael Friebus and wife Debbie; one brother, Richard Friebus; nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Tasha, Tanya, Jason, Shannon, Tiffany, Laura Lee, Sonya and Shaun; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Paul.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Jerome Schott officiating.

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



Marie Alice Sharpe

Marie Alice Sharpe, 80, of Highlands, N.C. passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Quatacker Churan. She was married to Norman Thomas Sharpe who preceded her in death in June 2011. She was a volunteer for Holy Trinity Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., and The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, where she was a member.

She is survived by one daughter, Virginia Clair Sharpe Martin and husband Michael of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons, Kenneth Norman Sharpe and wife Pam of Atlanta, Ga., and Tracy Roy Sharpe and wife Karen of West Palm Beach; one brother, William Tucker of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren, Christopher, Kelly, Lisa, Tara and Troy; two great grandchildren, Trace and Matthew and one nephew, Lawrence Drake.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, with Rev. Howard W. L’Enfant officiating. A reception will follow the service. A second memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, PO Box 729, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Dean J. Ezell

Memorial services for Dean J. Ezell, 84, of the Warwoman Community, Clayton, Ga., and husband of the late Dorothy Galloway Ezell, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the new Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, conducted by Jeff Brookshire.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.



Mitchell Hampton Haskett

Mitchell Hampton Haskett, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at a local nursing center. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Johnny and Laura Buchanan Haskett. He worked in textile mills. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather. He loved to walk and he attended Grace Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruby Passmore Haskett; a daughter, Laura Ann Hall and husband Dewight of Bellmont, N.C. and a son, Charles Haskett of Lenoir, N.C.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Elsie Evelyn Haskett and Evelyn Haskett; three sons, Dewey Haskett, Ned Haskett, and Johnny Haskett; five sisters, Lorrine Passmore, Ollie Mae West, Telitha Wilks, Susie Thompson and Liz Adams; one brother, Ned Haskett.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiating. Burial was held at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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



William ‘Bill’ Charles Connell

William “Bill” Charles Connell, 77, of Franklin, N.C., and Titusville, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Titusville, Fla.

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



Robert Francis Porter

Robert Francis Porter, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

Born in Elwood City, Pa., he was the son of the late Hollis and Katherine Enslen Porter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Elaine Porter who died Aug. 31, 2010. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his son, Dennis Porter and wife Cindy of Franklin; six grandchildren; many great grandchildren and niece and nephew, Ralph and Leona Porter. He also leaves behind his beloved golden retriever, Jack.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Meals on Wheels.

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



David Brandon Weathers

David Brandon Weathers, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

Raised in Florida and Mobile, Ala., he was the son of the late James J. Weathers and Lois Mixon Weathers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James “Jim Jeff” Weathers and Beman Weathers. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He worked as a chemical engineer and was manager of laboratory safety at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Rubinstein Weathers; three children: Mike Weathers and wife Melissa of Monroe, Ga., Barbara Ortega and husband Larry of Rabun Gap, Ga., and James Rubinstein and wife Devin of Saratoga, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Baer, Andrew Weathers, Lindsey Weathers, Caitlin Ortega, Jack Ortega, Parker Rubinstein and Lillian Rubinstein.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Macon Funeral Home. Rabbi Stone Zvi Altman will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Art Association.

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



Roy Anthony Letner

Roy Anthony Letner, 84, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Roy and Catherine Letner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie Dorval and a sister, Catherine. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean Conflict; a building contractor; member of St. Francis Catholic Church and he loved woodworking and reading books.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Marie Wilhelm Letner; son, Robert A. Wilhelm of Otto; brother, Eugene Letner of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Adele and Virginia of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jesse Luke Dorval, Dawson Blaine Dorval, Nicole E. Wilhelm and Robert C. Wilhelm.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Father Tien Duong officiated. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will conduct military rites.

Memorial donations can be made to the DaVita Dialysis Center, 80 Westgate Plaza, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Curtis Denzel MillerCurtis Denzel Miller

Curtis Denzel Miller, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Edgar and Eva Woodard Miller. He was a lineman for GTE Telephone Company in Lakeland, Fla., and loved to go to flea markets, fish and watch golf. He was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by three sisters, Eva Jo Coggins and husband Norman of Fayetteville, N.C., Willadean Holland of Franklin, and Yvonne Burch and husband Robert of Penrose, N.C.; one brother, Wymer Miller and wife Gertrude of Hendersonville, N.C., and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Inez Teague and a brother, Willard Miller.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. at Buck Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Passmore officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the church.

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

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



Mary Sue PhillipsMary Sue Phillips

Mary Sue Phillips, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Jamie Patrick Norton and Mary Jane Brendle Norton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bobby Frank Phillips; three brothers, Pat, Kenneth and Clyde Norton; sister, Katherine N. Deal and nephew, Jimmy Deal. She loved her cat, flowers and loved meeting and visiting people. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three nieces, Judy N. Colby of Hampton, Va., Jane P. Woodlee of Mt. Home, N.C and Suzi P. Cabe of Franklin; five nephews, Pat “Buddy” Norton of Riceville, Tenn., Kenneth Norton of Athens, Tenn., David Norton of Decatur, Tenn., Stephen Norton of Decatur, Tenn. and Billy Norton of Franklin and many great and great great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Judson Hall officiated. Burial was in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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



Ronald Gary Cross

Ronald Gary Cross, 64, of Nantahala Community died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. He was the son of the late Carl and Anna Jean May Cross.

He was a graduate of Brevard College and East Carolina University and received his master’s degree from Western Carolina University. He taught for 33 years at Nantahala School and Andrews Middle School and for many of those 33 years, coached basketball. He was a member of the Andrews Masonic Lodge No. 529. He was a former member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at Briartown Baptist Church. He loved his family and friends, but loved God first. He was a gifted storyteller and loved his community and was always ready to lend a helping hand.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Kammerer Cross; two daughters, Maggie Brostic and husband, Mark of Cullowhee, N.C. and Lindsay Bauder and husband, Charlie of Toccoa, Ga.; a sister, Nancy Solesbee of Andrews; a brother, Donald Cross and fiancé Denise of Nantahala Community; a nephew, Tim Solesbee and wife Jennifer; several other well loved nieces, nephews, and in-laws and several special friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with the Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Interment was in Briartown Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sidney May, Hoyt Owenby, Kenneth Solesbee, Rodney Chastain, Joe Barton, and Bill Shields. Honorary pallbearers were JC May, Ed Trask, Rick and Ron Trammell, and Jerry Day.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in honor of Ronald Gary Cross to the Nantahala Fire and Rescue, 19036 Wayah Rd., Topton, NC 28781.

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




Constance Elizabeth O’NeillConstance Elizabeth O’Neill

Constance “Connie” Elizabeth O’Neill, 92, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Nicholas J. Powers and Emma E. Montag Powers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. O’Neill and son, John Dennis O’Neill. She retired after 22 years from Bay Pines Virginia Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., as an administrative assistant. She was a member of the Heritage Bell Ringers and Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church and the Prime Time Singers. She was always involved in music and at age 16 she was in a musical with Cary Grant.

A Celebration of Life was held by her family of friends Tuesday, Sept. 17, at First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Kim Justice officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Music Department.

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



Robert Arthur Boeger

Robert Arthur Boeger, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

Born in Warrenton, Mo., he was the son of the late Arthur and Helen Boeger. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, former volunteer fire fighter in Warrenton, Mo., member of Union United Methodist Church and was a retired painter.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Bellinger Boeger; two children, Rob Boeger and Janet Thomas both of Florida; step daughter, Pamela Parks and husband Ricky of Florida; sister, Betty Stratman of Missouri; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Cora Winona ‘Winnie’ CrawfordCora Winona ‘Winnie’ Crawford

Cora Winona “Winnie” Crawford, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

Born in Sylva, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Rebecca Mills Buchanan. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Crawford, who died in 2004 and sister, Carolyn Bishop. She was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Lambert of Gainesville, Ga., and Benita Snyder and husband David of Franklin; four sisters, Polly Jo Begley and husband Johnny of Knoxville, Tenn., Meredith Wilburn and husband Kenneth of Alcoa, Tenn., Shirlene Dyer and husband Gary of Strawberry Plains, Tenn. and Judy Hopson and husband Barree of Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Sarah Lovell and husband Stephen, Emily Snyder and C.J. Lambert and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tommy Fouts officiated. Burial was in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Boyce Cunningham, Randy Cunningham, Ricky Cunningham, Chuck Avery, Lawson Raby and Kenneth Wilburn.

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



Ora Evelyn Cheek WykleOra Evelyn Cheek Wykle

Ora Evelyn Cheek Wykle, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Will and Jane Sorrells Cheek. She was married to Frank Wykle, who passed away in 1970. She had worked at Burlington Industry, and was a member of the Franklin Church of God, where she was a leader for YPE and a former Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by her children, Ray Cheek and his wife Martha of Charlotte, N.C., Ann Johnson Iverster and her husband Edward, of Clarkesville, Ga., Howard Johnson and his wife Judy of Turnersville, Ga., Janie Wykle Waldroop and her husband Claude of Franklin, Eddie Wykle and his wife Sue of Lakemont, Ga., step-daughter, Colleen Wykle Philbeck and her husband Ed of Kings Mountain, N.C. and step-son, Everett Wykle and his wife Rebecca of Lenoir City, Tenn.; two sisters, Anne Sanders of Cornelia, Ga., and Helen Jacobs of Clayton, Ga.; three brothers, Jim Cheek and Jack Cheek both of Franklin, and Don Cheek of Turnersville, Ga.; 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Tilley and Margie Baldwin and four brothers, Sherrill Cheek, Gene Cheek, William "Bill" Cheek and Clyde Cheek.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Franklin Church of God, with Rev.Thurman Jenkins, Rev. Hank Conner, Rev. David Hastings, and Rev. Jewell Gaines officiating. Burial was in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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



David Anthony ‘Skip’ Aadnesen

David Anthony “Skip” Aadnesen, 69, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 12, 2013.

Born in Chicago, Ill., to John “Andy” and Anne Horwath Aadnesen, he spent most of his life in California. He was a U.S. Marine and served in Vietnam. He was a security consultant with TRW for 23 years.

He leaves behind a wife of 25 years, Judy Painter Aadnesen; three children, Kim and husband Robert of Franklin, Jen and husband Ryan of New Hampshire and Eric and fiancée Crystal of Franklin. He has two brothers, Michael and Jeff of California. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Macon Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Riverside Memorial Park in Riverside, Calif., for interment.

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



Agnes Ledford Byrd Newhouse

Agnes Ledford Byrd Newhouse, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Andy Ledford and Bertha Dills. She was preceded in death by her husbands, B.C. Byrd and Roland Newhouse. In addition, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Sherman Ledford, Hoyt Ledford, Vernon Ledford, Harold Ledford and Jerry Ledford.

She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Byrd Stewart and husband Larry of Waynesville and Annette Byrd Bell and husband Terry of Otto; four grandchildren, Allen Stewart and wife Donna, Amy Smith and husband Kevin, Kevin Bell and wife Jody, Daniel Bell and wife Sarah, and seven great grandchildren; Hailey Stewart, Madison Stewart, Ellie Smith, Brandon Bell, Blake Bell, Logan Bell and Cade Bell.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, with Rev. Janet Greene officiating. Burial will be in Swain Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryson City.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, National Headquarters, 6520 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130.

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




Paula Susan AlvordPaula Susan Alvord

Paula Susan Alvord, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

Born in Valparaiso, Ind,, she was the daughter of the late Gene Chamberlain and Faye Johnson Chamberlain. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Paul Gene Chamberlain. She enjoyed home decorating, gardening and fishing.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Robert Hoffman; a daughter, Danielle Renee Hunt and husband Bobby of Seattle, Wash.; son, Joshua of Union Mills, Ind.; sister, Donna Salas-Porras of Anthony, N.M. and two grandchildren, Carter Hunt and Cheyanne Hunt.

No services have been planned at this time.

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



Earl Herbert CabeEarl Herbert Cabe

Earl Herbert Cabe, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Clarence Weaver and Eva Moses Cabe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Alma C. Taylor and Bertha Cabe and two brothers, Gene Cabe and Ernest Perry Cabe.

He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He served his country proudly with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the 24th Infantry Division. He received the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Stars and Purple Heart.

He is survived by two brothers, Arthur (Annie Ruth) Cabe and James Robert (Jane) Cabe of Franklin, N.C.; two sisters, Iris C. Alderman of Albany, Ga. and Shirley C. Hodnett (Leroy) of Winder, Ga., along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 21, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Keith Alderman and Rev. Bud Haire officiated. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Holly Springs Cemetery Fund, C/O Karen Stiwinter, 481 Franklin Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William Clay Bohanan

William Clay Bohanan, 78, of North Charleston, S.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., he was the son of the late Isaiah C. Bohanan and Eva Mae Wiley Bohanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Lynn Bohanan and a son, Larry A. Bohanan. He was a U.S. National Guard veteran. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by children, Kathy M. Self of Clarksville, Tenn. and Rodney W. Bohanan of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Joyce Barrett of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; grandchildren, Gracie and Landon Self and Jansen and Caylen Bohanan.

A graveside service was held Monday, Sept. 23, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Vic Greene officiated.

In lieu of flowers, 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.



Edna Nix HuntEdna Nix Hunt

Edna Nix Hunt, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Born in Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Icie McCall Carver. She was employed by a textile factory; loved her flowers and garden and loved to clean house.

She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, which was a big part of her life, where she served as Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Thomas R. Hunt, one daughter, Geneva Vaughn and husband Glandon of Franklin; one son, Morris Nix and wife Shannon of Clayton, daughter-in-law, Clara Nix of Clayton; two stepsons, Bobby Hunt and wife Sharon of Franklin and Tommy Hunt and wife Karen of Raleigh; one brother, Herschel Carver of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Kevin Nix, Shannon Nix Carter, Denver Vaughn, Misty Vaughn Holland, Noel Valez, Brenden Conrad and Nolan Conrad and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Webb and a brother, Lester Carver.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 14, at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Denver and Parker Vaughn, Kevin Nix, Travis and Austin Carter and Daryl Holland.

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



Harry Cloyd BrownHarry Cloyd Brown

Harry Cloyd Brown, 90, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Atlanta, Ga., died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 21, 2013.

He was born in Asheville, N.C., on Dec. 2, 1922. A WWII veteran, he served with the 2nd Engineers as part of the D-Day invasion force and continued through the Battle of the Bulge before his honorable discharge. He later graduated from N.C. State with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He and his wife retired in 1995 to Franklin.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Byrnes-Brown and his four children: Catherine Brown of Newell, Ala., Michael Brown of Atlanta, Gary Brown of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Steven Brown of Canton, Ga. Additionally, he is survived by three grandsons: Cullen Brown, Dustin Brown and Daniel Brown.

He was interred at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., with military funeral honors on Wednesday, September 25, with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

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



Ollie Inez Duvall Revis

Ollie Inez Duvall Revis, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Francis L. Duvall and Ellen Parris Duvall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Paul Revis; son, Robert Paul Revis; brothers and sisters, Exie Britton, Mary Hildebran, Herma Morgan, Dora Anderson, Wiley, Sherman, Berlin, Arvin and Glenn Duvall and grandson, Andrew Parris. She was a graduate of Franklin High School. She loved to sew and knit. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church and loved reading her bible.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Parris and husband Ivor of Bryson City and Kathy Worthington and husband Dennis of LaQuinta, Calif.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gerald McGaha officiated. Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 (www.americanheart.org).

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



Lilla ShufordLilla Carolyn Wall Shuford

Our “Momma” and “Gramma”, Lilla Carolyn Wall Shuford, 88, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., went to be with her Lord on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, after a long and trying illness.

Born July 13, 1925 in Marlow, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Charles Raymond Wall, Sr. and Martha Virginia Mingledorf Wall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, James P. “J.P.”; a daughter, Virginia “Jinger” Mullis; a brother, Charles R. Wall Jr. and two sisters, Alice Wilhelm and Runelle Barrett. She was a retired employee of Belden Corporation and was a very active, devoted member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. She loved her family, her church and singing in the choir, bowling and watching her beloved Atlanta Braves. She especially missed being able to be with her many Franklin friends during the past three years.

She is survived by sons Jim Shuford (Sally) of Bradenton, Fla., and Ray Shuford, (Kristine) of Sarasota, Fla.; two grandchildren, Julie Shuford of Austin, Texas, Mike Daughtry, (Catrine) and a great-granddaughter of Jacksonville, Fla.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with burial in the Ridgecrest Cemetery. Visitation will follow in the Ridgecrest Fellowship Hall.

Memorial donations may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 206 Ridgecrest Baptist Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Helen Sharp Romano

Helen Sharp Romano, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

Born in Manchester, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Walter “Jim” Sharp and Helen Sankbiel Sharp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Sharp. She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. McGuire’s office and manager of Curves for several years. She was a member of the Women’s Golf Club and Resurrection Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Romano; three children, Frank Dubiel and wife Esther of Indianapolis, Ind., Walter Dubiel of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Linda Dubiel of Franklin; two brothers, Ken Sharp of Connecticut and William Sharp of Glendale, Ariz.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26th at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Pastor John Brunner will officiate. Burial will be in the East Cemetery, Manchester, Conn.

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

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



Betty Jane Laurino

Betty Jane Laurino, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

Born in Flint, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Cecile Snell and Alfred Worden. She was a home health care nurse for many years. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She is survived by two children, Laura Hartkopf of Franklin and Pam Conley of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren, Aaron, Shannon, Heather and Bobby and several great and great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Ashlock will officiate.

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



Mack A. Roper

Mack A. Roper of Highlands, N.C., and Miami, Fla., passed away on Sept. 14, 2013, from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident in Highlands on Aug. 31.

He was born on Dec. 17, 1923, in Jacksonville, Fla., to John and Annie Mae Roper. After graduating from Miami High School in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a sergeant in the Office of Strategic Services in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. After the war, he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Miami. He was a lifelong Hurricanes fan and named two of his businesses – Hurricane Engineering Company and Hurricane Chemical Company – after his beloved team.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Miami, where he served as president of the Church Council. He was an avid golfer, a Mason, Shriner, and a lifetime member of the OSS Society.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Barnett Roper, who he met at Miami High in the late 1930s; children, Tim (and Ginger) Roper of Chester, Vt.; Kathleen Roper (and Herrick Johnson) of Greenville, S.C.; Dan Roper (and Lisa) of Rome, Ga.; and Chris Cox (and David) of Miami; grandchildren, Jimmy Roper, Maggie Roper, Melissa Apel, Scott Thomas, Bradley Roper Johnson, Laura Anne Roper, John Roper, Jackson Roper, David Cox and Daniel Cox; and his great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Miami. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in his memory to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Coral Gables, Fla., or Highlands United Methodist Church, Highlands, N.C.

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



Daniel Joseph BirchardDaniel Joseph Birchard

Daniel Joseph Birchard, 56, of Pyeongtaek, South Korea and Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

Born in Walled Lake, Mich., he was the son of Lillian Jarnot Birchard and the late Jesse Raymond Birchard. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Noviski. Dan worked for Caterpillar as a CPS Six Sigma Blackbelt, which took him to Korea. He was a North Carolina real estate broker; was a faith formation teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus and previously operated Olde Mill House Rentals. He had a BBA from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lori Brokaw Birchard; five sons, Nicholas Alan Birchard, Jesse Raymond Birchard, Joseph Adam Birchard, Noah Arthur Birchard and Leighton James Birchard all of Franklin; nine brothers and sisters, Dennis Birchard of Pasadena, Md., Denise Cox of Denver, Colo., Paula Nelson of Picford, Mich., Patrice Musto of Pontiac, Mich., Delene Taylor of Fowlerville, Mich., Diane Ennamorato of Santa Cruz, Calif., Dean Birchard of St. Petersburg, Fla., Darcene O’Donnell of Sioux Falls, Mo., and Donald Birchard of Tucson, Ariz. and two grandchildren, Olivia Kailey Birchard and Caden Nicholas Birchard.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong, Father Matthew Kauth, and Father Crispine Adongo will officiate. Burial will be in Rush Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Macon Funeral Home.

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




Doris Crowe PicklesimerDoris Crowe Picklesimer

Doris Crowe Picklesimer, 76, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Alvin C. and Pearl Reed Crowe. She was a retired teacher for Highlands Head Start. She was a loving wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother, she loved her music, reading and taking care of other people. She was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church, where she was on the worship committee, a former organist, and head of nurture and membership care committee. She was an active member of the Order of The Eastern Star, former worthy matron and organist. She gave generously of herself in tireless and endless service. She was loved greatly, and we are proud of the witness she showed to all by loving, caring, and sharing with humility to everyone.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clark N. Picklesimer; a daughter, Terri P. Crowe and her husband Ronnie of Franklin, N.C.; a son, Greg Picklesimer and his wife Jeanne of Newington, Conn.; four brothers, Joe Crowe of Manassas, Va.; Wayne Crowe and Merlin Crowe both of Highlands, and Junior Crowe of Franklin; four grandchildren, Natalie Dendy, Michelle Pendergrass, Nathaniel and Joshua Picklesimer; one great-grandchild, Taylor Pendergrass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Morris Crowe.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Christy and Rev. Beth Bowser officiating. Burial was in Picklesimer Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.



Helen WallaceHelen Wallace

Helen Wallace, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Born in Columbia, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Belvin Norton and Willie Conley Henry. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. J. "Billy" Wallace.

She owned and operated Wallace Grocery. She was a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother who loved to bake pound cakes. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Armes and husband Paul of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Jerry Wallace and wife Brenda of Franklin; one sister, Dorothy Moore of Waynesville; three grandchildren, Stephen Armes and wife Karla, Nathan Armes and wife Beth, and Christie Higdon and husband Todd and four great grandchildren, Erik Armes, Tanner Higdon, Ryan Armes and Lindsey Higdon. The family would like to express their thanks to the caregivers, Clara Myers and Joyce Locust.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of BryantGrant Funeral Home with Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Greg Moore, Billy Waldroop, Ronnie Norton, Stephen Armes, Nathan Armes and Todd Higdon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 470 Louisa Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Rev. Richard T. McCueRev. Richard T. McCue

Rev. Richard T. McCue of Exeter, N.H., formerly of Somerville and Arlington, passed away suddenly on Aug. 28, 2013.

He was the beloved son of the late Mary (O’Malley) and Daniel McCue; loving brother of Jeanette Puorro of Calif., Joseph McCue of N.H., Eugene McCue of Chicopee and the late Daniel and Arthur McCue and Mary McQuilken. Also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

He attended Boston College and St. Johns Seminary and received his Masters Degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in Boston in 1958 and began his service with the Home Missions in Charlotte, N.C., until 1972. After his service in Charlotte and inspired by his military service as a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War, he became a Navy Chaplain for many years, including a tour of duty as a Marine Chaplain on the front lines of active combat in Vietnam. He later returned to the U.S. and spent six years at sea duty on three air craft carriers and as chaplain of the U.S. Naval Academy. During his distinguished military career, he received many awards and citations including Navy Commendation Medal "V", Gold Star in lieu of second award, Combat Action Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (three Battle Stars), United Nations Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (2 Battle Stars), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam and the Sea Service Medal. In 1987, he retired his 25-year Navy Career as a Captain and was assigned to Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton for a short time before returning to the Diocese of Charlotte, where he served as pastor of several churches, including St. Francis of Assisi in Franklin and Our Lady of the Mountains Mission in Highlands until his retirement from active ministry in 1998. During his retirement, he assisted many parishes in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. For the past few years he spent the winter months in Tempe, Ariz., where he assisted at The Church of the Holy Spirit.

A Funeral Mass was held Aug. 30 in St Clement Church, Somerville. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Donations may be made in memory of Fr. Dick McCue to St. Clement Parish 71 Warner St. Medford, MA 02155.

Obituary a courtesy of Macon Funeral Home.



Robert ‘Bob’ O’Neal

Robert "Bob" O’Neal, 70, of Otto, N.C., went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Born in Bristol, Tenn., he was the son of the late Roy and Mary Lee Millsap O’Neal. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was employed by Sprint Telephone in the cable department. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was an active member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Helen Farthing O’Neal; one daughter, Beverly Fratto of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Robert O’Neal Jr. and wife Yvette of Port Charlotte, Fla. and John Michael O’Neal and wife Amanda of Clermont, Fla.; sisters-in-law Sandra Hedden and Paula Brooks; brother-in-law, Larry Brooks; four sisters; two brothers, and five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica O’Neal.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6 pm at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 366 Holly Springs Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ronald Edward McCarrick

Ronald Edward McCarrick, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 3013. He is survived by his life partner, Kathleen Kettyle; daughter, Morgan McCarrick of Orlando, Fla.; son, Cory McCarrick of Orlando, Fla. and sister, Patricia McCarrick of Pennsylvania.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Gerald ‘Jerry’ Louis WeedmanGerald ‘Jerry’ Louis Weedman

Gerald “Jerry” Louis Weedman, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Those who knew Jerry will miss him very much. He would light up a room when he walked in. He liked to travel, golf and hunt. He never said “no” to anything that sounded like fun. He had the time of his life doing all this with his wife of 39 years, Muriel C. Weedman who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during Vietnam from 1961- 1969. He was the owner of Jerry’s Carpet Service, a Coast to Coast, Good Sam and a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church. He graduated from Southwestern Community College with two degrees in computer engineering and then worked at National Textiles in Mountain City as a computer technician.

Born in Jefferson County, Ky., he was the son of the late Louis C. Weedman and Ruby Ester Brunson Weedman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son; a daughter; two brothers and two nephews. He is survived by two sisters and 26 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Steve W. HigdonSteve W. Higdon

Steve W. Higdon of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013; four days short of his 73rd birthday. He was born on Sept. 11, 1940, in Higdonville, N.C., to the late Theodore Higdon and Pearl Coggins Higdon. He grew up in the Higdonville community and at the age of 18 went out West to California, to work in the logging industry. He lived in the Petrolia, Calif., area for 12 years where he worked in the Redwoods along the coast as a professional timber faller. He loved to talk about his time there and go visit whenever possible. He returned to Franklin, and married the love of his life, Linda Holland Higdon on May 9, 1971. They had two children, Brock and Heath Higdon. He owned a telephone contracting and excavating business for many years. He also started logging again which is what he had a passion for. He also enjoyed his dogs and cattle. He loved watching the cattle graze out in the pasture. He enjoyed working. He would spend summers in Montana helping his son, Brock, put up hay and work on the irrigation ditch. He often helped his son, Heath, with grading and logging. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. He enjoyed aggravating and playing tricks on his two daughters-inlaw. He attended Franklin Covenant Church and loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was known for giving to and helping people in need.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Higdon of Franklin; two sons, Brock Higdon and wife Geraldine of Roberts Montana, Heath Higdon and wife Estella of Franklin; one brother, Teddy Marshall Higdon and wife Shay of Franklin, and one sister Lawana Patterson of Clarksville, Ga. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Franklin Covenant Church. Burial followed at Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to “Kenya Missions,” Franklin Covenant Church, P.O. Box 1710, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Virginia Louise MarksVirginia Louise Marks

Virginia Louise Marks, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

Born in South Bend, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Dwight Kingsbury and Wanda Eller Kingsbury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard John Marks; son, Richard John Marks Jr. and two sisters. She enjoyed painting at the Hall Farm with Helen Lambert. She was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two children, Jennifer Alger and husband David of Franklin and Ted Greenawalt and wife Donna of Harrisonburg, Va.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 12, at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations can be made to Christian Training Center International, 234 Watchman Lane, Franklin, NC 28734 or to the family.

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



Grover Franklin KennedyGrover Franklin Kennedy

Grover Franklin Kennedy, 72, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Born in Chatham County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Athelene Moody Kennedy. He was a shrimper in Florida, and a landscaper in Highlands. He was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Barbara Kennedy; one daughter, Cynthia Marie Flowers, of Franklin; one son, Duane Kennedy of Highlands; one brother, Jerry Kennedy; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Kennedy.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy and Rev. Beth Bowser officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

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



Frances 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 greatgrandsons, 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, N.C. 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.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. David Beam officiating. 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.



Edward Charles StreeterEdward Charles Streeter

Edward Charles Streeter, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Mission Memorial Hospital under the care of his grandson and nurses.

Born on March 20, 1941, in Ogdensburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Streeter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Streeter. He was retired and was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends.

He is survived by his grandson, Andrew J. Cook of Franklin; granddaughter, Kasie L. Cook; two great-grandchildren, Conner and Carson Cook all of Franklin; a sister, Barbara Looby; two brothers, Richard Streeter and Charles Streeter and two daughters, Laurie Moyer and Linda Brandt both of Norwalk, Ohio.

There will be no calling hours or graveside service.

Contributions may be made to Andrew J. Cook, 42 Shallow Hollow Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Lowell Eugene Wolf

Lowell Eugene Wolf went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Formerly of Franklin, N.C., he was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. He and his wife Betty loved singing, especially barbershop and gospel music. He was the bass in the quartet, The Snow Hill Believers and was a founding member of Men Macon Music.

Besides his loving wife Betty of almost 67 years, he is survived by his son, Greg and wife Sue of Michigan and a daughter Debby and husband Russ of Lynchburg, Va.

Arrangements in Lynchburg are pending.


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