11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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REACH fundraising competition completed

REACH’s Capital Campaign recently finished its “friendly” fundraising competition between local teams for the months of May and June in order to build a new shelter.

The American Legion and the VFW gave donations of $500 each to the “Bargains and Treasurers” team and helped them achieve second place in the competition. The donations helped give the team naming rights to the new shelter children’s playground.

“As team members of REACH for Bargains and Treasurers Thrift Store, we see clients of domestic violence in the store and hear their stories every day,” said team captain June Hernandez. “This fundraiser campaign gave us the opportunity to help in another way.”

Lambert wins costly Jackson sheriff runoff

In the Republican runoff election for the Jackson County Sheriff primary election, candidate Curtis Lambert defeated Jimmy Hodgins. The North Carolina Board of Elections website reported that out of 15,243 eligible ballots in Jackson County, 239 or 1.57 percent were cast.

Lambert, who, at 424 votes received the most votes during the May primary election, once again beat out Hodgins in the runoff with 129 votes. Although Lambert received the majority of the votes in May, he did not procure the 40 percent of votes needed to secure his place on the November ballot. Hodgins, who garnered 376 votes in May, requested the run-off election that wrapped up Tuesday night.

Macon historical museum acquires artifact

Visitors to downtown Franklin can take in authentic artifacts of the area inside the Macon County Historical Museum for hours if they so choose, but now they can also see what is believed to be an artifact handmade by the Cherokee indians right outside on the sidewalk.

The 3,500 pound trough arrived outside the historical museum at 5:30 a.m. by way of crane just last week.

“It was loaded on a flat bed truck with a crane and then unloaded right here by crane again,” said Robert Shook, Curator and director of the museum. “That's quite a stone that it's made from. I don't know how the Cherokee moved it.”

 

17th Annual Sweet Corn Festival draws a crowd

The Sweet Corn Festival held at St. Cyprian’s Church on Saturday hosted a variety of food, crafts, vendors, musicians and much more.

The festival has been a Franklin tradition for 17 years.

 

 

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Deaths & Funerals


Rev. Ed TrullRev. Ed Trull

Rev. Ed Trull went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2013. He was a great man of God who was loved by all who knew him. He devoted his entire life to the Lord. He was well known for his unforgettable singing voice as well as his pastoral skills. He was a wonderful husband, father, pastor and friend. He will be missed immeasurably.

Surviving are his loving wife of 35 years, June Case Trull; daughter, Lisa Martin and husband Dave Martin; son, Brett Trull and grandchildren Harley, Railey and Hank.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Margaret Trull of Clyde; sister, Cathy Trull James of Canton; brother, Rusty Trull of Clyde; and his father-in-law, Claude Case.

He graduated from Pisgah High School and Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute for Pastoral Ministries. He enjoyed serving God through singing with The Laymen Quartet from 1972-1981. He served as pastor at Jonathon Creek Baptist Church as well as music director for East Waynesville Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin for 25 years. He was on the Board of Directors of the Baptist State Convention of N.C., Board of Directors of The Biblical Recorder, Board of Directors of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Moderator of the Macon Baptist Association, substitute teacher and volunteer for Macon County Schools, and volunteer at the Macon County Sheriff’s Department. He was also named Man of The Year by the WNC Community Development Organization. He was also a proud member of The Franklin Panthers Football team as their statistician.

Services for Rev. Ed Trull will be Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m., at Woodland Baptist Church in Clyde, N.C. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute 1455 Gilliam Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, in memory of Rev. Ed Trull.

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


Louis Eugene ‘Bud’ Potts

Louis Eugene “Bud” Potts, 88, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, April 1, 2013. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Samuel Eugene Potts and Alice Reese Potts. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Summer Potts. He was a Postmaster for Highlands Postal Service, and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of Shortoff Baptist Church, where he was a choir member; he was also a member of Glenville VFW, and the Highlands American Legion. He served as treasurer for the Fireman’s Relief Fund and was a member of the Highlands School Scholarship Committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Debbie Norman of Hope Mills, N.C.; four sisters, Doris Potts and Betty Little and her husband C.J., all of Lawrenceville, Ga., Emily Houston and her husband Gene of Rabun Gap, Ga., and Linda Calloway and her husband Joe of Ocala, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Sue Potts of Highlands; three grandchildren, Amber, Kevin and Ashley; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jayden.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clarence Potts, Harry Potts, Leon "Deadeye" Potts, and Richard Potts.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 4, at the First Baptist Church of Highlands with Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducted military graveside rites. Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the Highlands Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highlands Fire Department, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741 or to Shortoff Baptist Church, PO Box 1217, Highlands, NC 28741.

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


Fred L. Nichols Jr.Fred L. Nichols Jr.

Fred L. Nichols Jr., 74, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Fred Leslie Nichols Sr. and Effie Parilee Carpenter Nichols. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Allen R. Nichols and sisters, Birdie Mae Nichols and Rosa Lee Nichols. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons. He loved spending time with his grandkids. He was Methodist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Della Ann Huscusson Nichols; son, Chuck Nichols and wife Deanna of Franklin; daughter, Sherri Frias and husband Valentino of Senoia, Ga.; sisters, Belva Edwards of Franklin, Annie “Georgia” Zachary of Columbia, W.Va. and Eleanor Lewis of Franklin; four grandchildren, Billy Phillips, Selena Frias, Santiago Frias and Paige Nichols; step grandson, Justin Holland and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 10, at Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. Sherron Geiger officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Guffie, Bobby Lewis, Kenan Lewis, Valentino Frias, Justin Holland, Joel Holland and Daryl Holland. Santiago Frias, Billy Phillips and Selena Frias served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Maiden’s Chapel UMC Cemetery Fund, C/O Belva Edwards, 1081 Jones Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Kyle Haskell Payne

Kyle Haskell Payne, 81, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, April 1, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Clay and Belle Arvey Payne. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was employed by N.C. Department of Transportation for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved farming, raising cattle and mowing the lawn, spoiling his grandchildren, and tinkering in his garage. He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Henson Payne; one son, Kyle Kevin Payne of Otto; one sister, Hazel Stamey of Franklin; one granddaughter, Alyson Payne and one grandson, Kyle Ethan Payne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Melanie Elaine Payne.

Funeral services were held, Friday, April 5, at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet Greene, Rev. Vic Greene and Aaron Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Asbury Cemetery Fund, c/o Alan Vinson, PO Box 113, Otto, NC 28763.

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


Dorothy C. SchneiderDorothy C. Schneider

Dorothy C. Schneider, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 4, 2013.

Born in Brunswick, Ga., she was the cherished wife of Robert W. Schneider and mother of two daughters, Diann Finnegan (deceased) and Donna Smithey; one granddaughter, Robin Lugo and two great granddaughters, Samantha and Katrina. She leaves behind numerous family members and friends.

At her request, there will be no services.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Greenville Office 16- A Brozzini Court Greenville SC 29615.

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


Richard PretzRichard Pretz

Richard Pretz passed away peacefully April 3, 2013, after a long, well fought illness with Alzheimer’s. He was born in January 1931 in Oak Park, Ill., to the late Mr and Mrs. Richard Hersch Pretz of Atlanta, Ga. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanie Sutherland Pretz of Lake Toxaway, N.C.; his sister, Lavinia Pretz Phillips of Orange, Va.; and two devoted daughters, Diana Pretz of Columbia, S.C., and Linda Pretz Candle and son-inlaw Bill Candler of Atlanta; and a son, who pre-deceased him, Richard Bradley Pretz. He had four wonderful grandchildren of whom he was very proud, Rachael Strasburger Wall and Kyle Strasburger of Columbia, S.C., and William and Vallie Candler of Atlanta, Ga.; one niece and three nephews.

He graduated from The Darlington School in 1949 and later attended the Georgia Institute of Technology graduating with a degree in Industrial Management in 1952. While at Georgia Tech, he played football for revered coach Bobby Dodd. Two football memories that Dick and his teammates recalled happily were being a member of the 1952 National Championship Football Team and that Dick ran the only touchdown on the first ever televised college football game verses Alabama. His days with teammates and memories of Georgia Tech football meant a great deal to him. After college, he went to work with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. He then went on to serve in the Army in the Anti Aircraft Artillery Division in Niagara Falls at Fort Niagara from 1953 to 1956. After his service, Dick went to work for Matthews Construction Company in Atlanta. He began his own general contracting company, Pretz Construction Company, in 1969. He built commercial construction around Atlanta until he retired in 1991. After retirement, he and his wife moved up to the western North Carolina mountains to live year around where he could enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and walks with his dogs. He played tennis with friends for many years in Atlanta and North Carolina. Dick loved Jeanie, his family, the beautiful N.C. mountains and his companionable dogs. He was so proud of this great country and its vast patriotic history and had a passion for stories of our founding fathers, the civil war, and the early settlers.

Many very heartfelt thanks and love go to Dick’s doctors, wonderful nurses and caregivers who took such loving care of him and his family during these past challenging years.

A memorial service was held Friday April 5, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. The family received friends after the service at Linda and Bill Candler’s, 4722 Woodvale Drive NW, Atlanta for a reception in Dick’s memory.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia 30346.

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


Erin Blaine Crawford

Erin Blaine Crawford, 37, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 8, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Paul B. and Dorothy Bryant Crawford. He was a graduate of Franklin High School; was employed by Macon County and loved reading and video games. He attended Oakdale Baptist Church.

He is survived by a sister, Elva Marie Crawford of Franklin and a brother, Eric Paul Crawford of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. John Raby officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from noon to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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


 

Barbara Bryson MossBarbara Bryson Moss

Barbara Bryson Moss, 70, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in an Asheville hospital. She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Walter L. and Sally Dillard Bryson. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she liked flowers and cooking. She was a member of Cashiers Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert R. Moss; one daughter, Cheryl Moss of Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Scotty Petit and his wife Tina of Cashiers; two sisters, Ann Petit of Rosman, N.C. and Alene Morgan of Brevard, N.C.; one brother, McKee Bryson of Brevard; two grandchildren, Cheyenne Petit and Jayden Petit.

Memorial services were held Saturday, April 6, at Cashiers Baptist Church, with Rev. Todd Moss and Rev. Nathan Moss officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cashiers Baptist Church. PO Box 336, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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


Posey Hill Jacobs

Posey Hill Jacobs, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Born in Alabama, he was the son of the late Charles Shered Jacobs and Jesse Smith Jacobs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Jacobs; step-daughter, Carolyn Hussey and brothers and sisters, Jesse Jacobs, Charles Jacobs, Sarah Bailey and Lucille Virgola. Posey was a member of Wade Baptist Church in Rocky Ford, Ga.

He is survived by his daughter, Susanne Patterson and husband Douglas; step-daughter, Rosalie Torano of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; sister, Juanita Darden of Lagrange, Ga.; four grandchildren, Sara Patterson, Chuck Thomason, Deborah MacIntyre and Stephen Binder; six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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.


Lillian Ferguson EnloeLillian Ferguson Enloe

Lillian Ferguson Enloe, 91, of Whittier, passed away Monday April 8, 2013. A native and lifelong resident of the Qualla Community in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late H. Glenn and Charlotte Howell Ferguson. Her favorite pastimes were reading the Bible, attending church, sewing, working in the garden, praying with the ladies prayer group for more than 20 years, and caring and nurturing her family.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William Lenoir Enloe, two sons Dean and Gerald Enloe, brothers Wayne and Hugh Ferguson, sister Mary F. Trull and a granddaughter Bethany Caryl Enloe.

She is survived by two sons, Gene and his wife Ina of Webster, N.C., and Neil and his wife Elaine of Franklin, N.C.; daughter-inlaw, Brenda Jean Enloe of Whittier; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-grea-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Pastor Steve Harris officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Graveside burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bethany Enloe Mission Fund, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, 207 Mitchell Rd, Greenville, SC, 29615-2644

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



Earl ReevesEarl Reeves

Earl Reeves, 77, died Feb. 12, 2013. He was born in Franklin, N.C. to the late James "J.C." and Lorraine Patterson Reeves. He was a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy following 23 years of service and later worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years.

He was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church in Franklin, but had been attending Great Bridge Baptist Church. He was a member of the D.A.V., enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening and had a passion for woodworking. He was predeceased by nine siblings and a grandchild, Ryan.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy; children, Kenneth Earl Reeves (Christie) of Mt. Holly, N.C., Alan "Dale" Reeves (Tammy) of Chesapeake and Susan Diane "Suzie" Reeves of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; sister, Geneive Gibson of Gastonia, N.C.; grandchildren, Corey, Melissa, Courtney, Jessica, Megan, Emily, Jason, and Sydnie; great-grandchildren, Lanie, Camryn and Taolin; and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 2 pm at Burningtown Baptist Church. Rev. Randy Drinnon will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Contributions can be made to a charity of choice.

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


 

Tamara Stoops DugganTamara Stoops Duggan

On March 25, 2013, the world got a little darker with the passing of Tami Duggan formerly of Franklin. She died suddenly of a heart attack at age 31. She was born in Rochester, Mich., on Oct. 4, 1981, to Jack Stoops and Lori Stoops-Young. She touched everyone she met in a special way. Count yourself blessed if you knew her. She was truly a shining light.

She grew up in Vero Beach, Fla., but spent a lot of time in Franklin with her “Nanny” and also considered it home. She lived life to the fullest and encouraged everyone she met to do the same. She attended Mars Hill College, and then transferred to Florida State University and earned a degree in social work. She worked for the Dept. of Children and Families in Tallahassee, Fla. She then returned to the mountains she loved, and worked at Youth Villages in Knoxville, Tenn. In 2010 she received a job in London England at the London Borough of Haringey. While there, she met the love of her life, Ian Duggan. They were married in Jan 2012 and moved to Ian’s homeland of Ireland. They were back in the states on vacation when we lost our dear Tami, Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.

She is survived by her husband, Ian Duggan; father, Jack Stoops of Bismark N.D.; mother, Lori Young, Vero Beach, Fla.; brothers, Zachariah Stoops of Texas, Jarred and Noah Stoops of Michigan; sister, Elizabeth, Vero Beach; grandmother, Carlene Majszak, Franklin; grandfather, William Ballard of Vero Beach; step-father, Bruce Young, Vero Beach; and father- and mother-in-law, Pat and Ellen Duggan of Cork, Ireland, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are the countless friends in the U.S., England and Ireland.

Memorial service was at Rose Creek Baptist Church, of which she was a member, on Tuesday, April 2, with Rev. Roy Lindsay, Rev. Morris Tippett and Rev. Ben Cabe officiating. Internment was held at Moore-Welch Cemetery alongside her Grand pa-pa. In honor of her love and work with children, two foundations for the Make A Wish program have been se tup in her name, one in the U.S. and one in Ireland. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of these foundations at: Make a Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007; Tami Dugan Make A Wish.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


 

Margaret HollandMargaret Pauline Crisp Holland

Margaret Pauline Crisp Holland, 76, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Parker and Minnie Mae Henry Crisp.

She was a seamstress and sewing instructor for 10 years at SCC, and a dedicated member of Sugarfork Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for several years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Earl Leonard Holland; three daughters, Becky H. Hurst and husband Billy, Nancy H. Dills and husband Ronnie and Sherry H. Brewer and husband Rick all of Franklin; one brother, Earl Crisp of Franklin; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Maybelle C. Thomas and Louise C. Collier, and eight brothers, Wayne, Harvie, Lewie, Carl, Truman, Claude, Charles and Willie Crisp.

Funeral services was held Friday, March 29, at Sugarfork Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Hawkins, Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scottie Thomas, Richmond Crisp, Robert Crisp, Vicky Thomas, Doyle Fox, and Bill Allen.

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


 

Marcia Tallent ClantonMarcia Tallent Clanton

Marcia Tallent Clanton, 54, passed away March 27, 2013, in Savannah, Ga.

Memorial services were held in Franklin, N.C., on Saturday, March 30, at Macon Funeral Home, and will be held and at Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, Ga., on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.

She was born Oct. 9, 1958, in Franklin to Robert Logan Tallent and Grace Yonce Tallent. She spent her early years in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School in 1976. She received the Percy B. Ferebee academic scholarship and earned a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees from the University of Georgia. She was pursuing her Ed.D degree at Argosy University.

She worked in the Jackson County and Chatham County school systems in Georgia for 31 years. After initial teaching experiences, she held principalships at South Jackson, East Broad, Hubert and Savannah Arts Academy with additional service to the Chatham County Board of Education Office as Associate Superintendent. She was serving as the superintendent of the Putnam County Charter School System in Eatonton, Ga., at the time of her passing.

A lifelong educator, she served on several education advisory boards and committees and was active in the Georgia Association of Education Leaders as well as the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Her reputation as a hands-on leader served her well during a long work history of turning around underperforming schools. She was named a high performing principal by the state of Georgia and was credited with making Savannah Arts Academy a nationally recognized school for academics and the arts. She set high expectations, inspired students to achieve and motivated faculty to ensure student academic growth. Her life’s work was to “make a difference in the lives of students.”

Her interests included music and the arts, family activities, running and reading. She also enjoyed collecting antiques and spending time at Tybee Island and Lake Oconee. She was an ardent fan of Georgia Bulldog football and UNC basketball.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Clanton; former husband, David Clanton; her mother, Grace Tallent, one brother, Tim Tallent; and seven half brothers and sisters.

Condolences may be expressed at www.foxweeks.com or at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Donations in lieu of flowers in her memory can be made to the Tybee Island Marine Science Foundation in Savannah at www.tybeemarinescience.org.


 

William James Burns IIIWilliam James Burns III

William James Burns III (Jim), 55, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Jim, known by his friends as Bernie, was born Nov. 8, 1957, in Jacksonville, Fla. He was the son of the late William James Burns II and the late Annette Whigham Burns and was preceded in death by his sister Ginger Burns. He was retired, but enjoyed seasonal work in Cherokee. He enjoyed bowling with his family and spending time outdoors fourwheeling and watching his first grandbaby grow up. He loved his wife no matter how many dogs she brought home. He was a member of Grace Community Church in Sylva.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Teresa Dingler Burns; three daughters, Ruby Burns Peoples and son-in-law Will Peoples of Sylva, Brittney Burns of Sylva and W. Jem Burns III of Knoxville, Tenn. and one son, Michael Taylor Burns and daughter- in-law Heather Burns of Wilmington, N.C.; one granddaughter, Madison Marie Riley and one grandson due in May, Turner William Raby; two sisters, Sherry Burns Wilson and husband Walter Wilson of Dillsboro, Jamie Hughie of Texas; three nephews, Travis Stephens of Denver, Colo., Thomas Stephens of Sylva, Jay Cox and two nieces, Gretchen Breese and husband Tomi of Johnson City, Tenn. and Gayla Cox.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, with a memorial service immediately following. Pastor Scott Woodard will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Jim Burns Ben Fund" at United Community Bank.


 

Clyda Mae Campbell Spicola Smith

Clyda Mae Campbell Spicola Smith, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 29, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Edna Angel Campbell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Smith who died Oct. 25, 2007. She was a member of Iotla United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Spicola of Franklin; a son, Lawrence Spicola of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers, Fred Campbell and Joe Campbell both of Franklin; two sisters, Shirley Shepherd of Franklin and Jean Thong of Columbia, S.C.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Campbell officiated. Burial was in the Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Adam Spicola, Mike Shepherd, Kenneth Shepherd, Jr., Brandon Shepherd, Tyler Shepherd, Tanner Shepherd, Rick Hetzel and Rick Campbell.

Memorial donations can be made to the Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 330 Snowhill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Blanche Elizabeth Cope

Blanche Elizabeth Cope, age 101, of Gastonia, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her son’s residence. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Harley and Minnie Tallent Crawford. She was married to Blaine Cope who passed away in 2000. She was a homemaker and was a long-time member of Oakdale Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by three daughters, Verlie Spargo of Gastonia, Pauline Postlewait and husband Joe of Florence, S.C. and JoAnne Harrison of Gastonia; two sons, Huel Cope and wife Helen of Gastonia and Vernon Cope and wife Edith of Mt. Holly; one brother, Clarence Crawford of Georgia; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Cliff and Harold Cope; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. Johnny Raby officiating. Burial was in Roper Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, 5650 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

William Franklin Billingsley

William Franklin “Dub” Billingsley went home to be with the Father on March 31, 2013. He left behind a lifetime of loving memories – memories of his being there in times of difficulty as well as times of joy. He never traveled far or received much worldly recognition. He just didn’t need to – he found the fountain of living water right where he lived – inside his own heart. He drank from it deeply each day, lived close to the earth, and poured out God’s love into the lives of those around him. What a fine example of a life well lived.

He was born in Scaly Mountain, N.C., on Nov. 29, 1917. He was the son of the late J. Newton and Jane Burrell Billingsley. He was a self-employed farmer and he was an avid outdoorsman. He was the oldest living member at Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dollie Brown Billingsley, and siblings Lillie Nix, Mae Johnson, Grace Vinson, Beatrice “Chub” Brown, Dora James, Esther Ritchie, Rhoda Nix, Minnie B. Owens, Lela B. Crain, Jim Billingsley, and L. C. Billingsley.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Vaughn and Lillie Billingsley of Rabun Gap, Jack and Shorty Billingsley and Darrell and Margaret “Susie” Billingsley all of Scaly Mountain; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jimmy McClure of Otto; grandchildren, Robin Billingsley, Tammy Kilby, Sheila McClain, Holly Cabe, Donna Faulkner, Debbie Gibbs, Karen Hayhurst, David Mc- Clure, Ann James, Kay Billingsley, and Chuck Billingsley, as well as 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services memorializing the life of “Dub” Billingsley, 95, of Ritchie Road, Scaly Mountain, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, from the Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church in Scaly Mountain. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. where it will lie in state until the service hour. Rev. Gary McCall, Rev. Cale Stancil, and Rev. Terry Whitesides will officiate with interment to follow the service at Scaly Mountain Methodist Cemetery.

The family is at the residence of Jack Billingsley in the Scaly Mountain Community.

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



William Charles TaborWilliam Charles Tabor

William Charles Tabor, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Cherokee County, N.C., the son of J.C. and Barbara Sutton Tabor of Bryson City, N.C. He was a 1984 graduate of Swain County High School. He was a concrete dispatcher for Southern Concrete Materials and was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a loving husband, father and son who loved the outdoors and camping.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jessica Leigh Wilson Tabor; his daughters, LesLeigh Nicole Tabor of the home and Amanda Tabor of Bryson City; one son, Matthew Tabor of Bryson City; two brothers, J.C. Tabor and his wife, Miriam of Robbinsville, N.C. and Michael Tabor and his wife, Misty of Bryson City; two nephews, Zach Tabor and Cody Wilson; and one niece, Megan Wilson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Brown officiating. Burial was held in the Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Kevin Sanders, Bobby Greene, Mark Chastain, Bobby Johns, J.C. Tabor, Jr, Michael Tabor, Doug Ledford and Eddie Evans served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, Duke University Medical Center, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710.

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


Jesse L. ‘Sonny’ SandersJesse L. ‘Sonny’ Sanders

Jesse L. “Sonny” Sanders, 85, of Asheville, formerly of Macon County, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Asheville, N.C. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Jesse L. Sanders Sr. and Ida Florence Shope Sanders. He had worked in a textile mill doing electrical maintenance. He was a loving husband and father, he liked working crossword puzzles, and NASCAR racing. He was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church and was active in his Sunday School class.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucille Jennings Sanders; one son, Stan Sanders and his wife, Ann of Leicester, N.C.; three sisters, Betty Owens of Charlotte, N.C., Olivia Reece of Anderson, S.C. and Amelia Trull of Etowah, N.C.; three brothers, Harris Sanders of Greenville, S.C., Jay Sanders and Jim Sanders both of Franklin, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Willa Styles, Elura Belle Walters, Margaret Harrison and Edith Conley and two brothers, Charles Sanders and Timothy Sanders.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prentiss Baptist Church, c/o Beverly Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734. or West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.

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


Frank Richard Nolle, Sr.Frank Richard Nolle, Sr.

Frank Richard Nolle Sr., 81, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

He was born in Apopka, Fla., in 1931, moved to these beautiful mountains he called home in 1989. He will be sorely missed by his wife of 63 years, his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren and his friends.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he loved his Sunday School class, and the Wednesday morning Bible study.

Nothing gave him more pleasure than to walk his little dog around the neighborhood, with the sun shining on his back. He would always say, “Thank you Lord for sunshine and neighbors.” God bless his sweet soul.

No service is planned at this time.

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


Rebecca Sue LackeyRebecca Sue Lackey

Rebecca Sue Lackey went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on March 16, 2013. She was a radiant Christian and a loving example to her family, church, and many friends.

Her passion was to serve others and she walked as a witness to Jesus Christ in her commitment to Him. She loved living and all of those that were in her life. Her artistic talents blessed many with her singing and painting.

During her four-year battle with cancer she kept her faith in Christ and a sense of humor that blessed all. It was her desire that thanks be given to God with each day.

A memorial service with the family was held Wednesday, March 20, at First Assembly of God, Franklin, N.C.

Contributions in her memory may be directed to First Assembly of God, Franklin.

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


John Henry HopkinsJohn Henry Hopkins

John Henry Hopkins, 63, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Raleigh and Maude Bingham Hopkins. He was a carpenter and truck driver, and of the Baptist faith. He loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed his chickens, cattle, bees and goats.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Hopkins; two sons, Stacey Allen Hopkins, of Sylva, N.C. and David Ledford of Otto, N.C.; three sisters, Emma Woods of Iva, S.C., Mary Tallent and Barbara Ramey both of Franklin, N.C.; three half sisters, Rose, Frances and Opal and a half brother, David Cabe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Lloyd.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 17, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Bobby Cloer officiating. Burial was in Hodgins Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Ledford, Roger Bates, Jonathan Keener, Jeff Starnes, Jeremy Moore and Brian Cody.

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


Clyde Vester Hicks

Clyde Vester Hicks, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of the late Frank Carpenter Hicks Sr. and Minnie Glendora Williard Hicks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly Hicks who died in 2004. He was a pastor for many years in the Presbyterian Church. He was well loved by his family and friends.

He is survived by a brother, Bill Hicks and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Friday, March 15, at Clayton Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Wendell Craker and Rev. Kenneth Meeks officiated. Interment was in the Oakwood Memorial Park in High Point, N.C.

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


Stephen Ralph Turner

Stephen Ralph Turner, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013. Born in Lee County, Fla., he was the son of Ray Turner of Franklin and the late Mary Etta Hawkins Turner. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved to spend time with his friends. He was a jeweler and liked to hunt and fish; work in his garden, and grow grapes and goats.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Drucilla Ann Davis Turner; one daughter, Stephanie Letourneau and husband Mike of Ft. Myers, Fla.; one son, Steven Turner, Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; a stepson, Charles Beechley and wife Judy of Franklin,; two sisters, Sandy Turner and Lee Willis and husband Michael of Franklin; five grandchildren, Lindsay, Derrick, Tucker, Whitney and Garrett, a niece, Erin and a nephew, Ray also survives.

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.



Freeman Denver RiceFreeman Denver Rice

Freeman Denver Rice, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 18, 2013. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Barney and Rosa Kelly Rice. He was married to the late Doris McKinney Rice. He owned his own landscaping business; liked to play bluegrass music and was of the Baptist faith. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Rosa Robinson and husband Kenneth of Tuckasegee; two sons, Mitchell Rice and wife Susan and Tony Rice all of Cashiers; two brothers, Doyle Rice of Cashiers and Rev. Oliver Rice of Satolah, Ga., and 16 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Rice.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 22, at Heady Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Norris and Rev. Burliss Powell officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Rice, Daryl Rice, Kenneth Rice, Chris Rice, Maverick Riddle and Brad Rice.

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


 

Thomas SzydloThomas Szydlo

Thomas Szydlo, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, he is with his Higher Power. He was born in Miami Beach, Fla., the son of Stanislaus and Irene Chapes Szydlo.

He was a great athlete, father, husband, brother and friend. He was a college football player for Vanderbilt University. He had his own plumbing company, Award Plumbing. He built his own home in Franklin, which was a dream come true for him. He helped many people in the community from the goodness of his heart. He was a friend of Bill W. He will be missed by so many for his smile, sense of humor and loving help to others. We love you, Tom.

He is survived by his wife of six and a half years, Vickie Stucky Szydlo; one daughter, Lauren McCormick of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son, Kaz Szydlo of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Mike Szydlo of Franklin, and Stephen Szydlo and his wife Maria of Miami, Fla.; eight grandchildren; two step-children, Daniel and Holly Giffen; niece, Lisa Roque and nephew, Mark.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 29, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev Dorrie Pratt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Dr. Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741.

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


 

James William Beck Jr.

James "Jimmy" William Beck Jr., 78, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, March 22, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James William Beck Sr. and Beulah Henry Beck. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he had worked in maintenance. He liked fishing and being outdoors and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by five brothers, Sammy Beck of Marianna, Fla., Henry "Jake" Beck of Highlands, John Beck of Scaly Mtn., Gilbert Beck of Highlands, and Butch Beck of Scaly Mtn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 25, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Lamar Beck, Scott Beck, James Beck, Charles Hensley, Robbie Forrester, John Shaheen and Kenneth Forrester.

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


 

Stanley Ford RiceStanley Ford Rice

Stanley Ford Rice, 55, of Cashiers, N.C., went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his father, Ford Rice.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Rice; one brother and sister- in-law, Roger and Brenda Rice of Sylva; one sister and brotherin- law, Jeanette and Gil Rogers of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and two sisters, Karen Gregory and Rita Rice both of Glenville; and several nieces and nephews that he enjoyed spending time with. He enjoyed fishing, hunting for arrowheads and woodworking.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands, N.C. Burial was at Upper Zachary Cemetery in Cashiers. Pastors Scotty Patrick and Johnny Norris officiated. Pallbearers were Timothy Rice, Kevin Woodard, Darin Talley, Joel Rice, Wayne Rice and Rex Allen.

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


 

Ray Edward Williamson

Ray Edward Williamson, 67, of Ridgeway, S.C., formerly of Sylva, N.C., died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C. He was born Jan. 20, 1946, in Jackson County, N.C. He is the son of the late Bill and the late Margie (Hoyle) Williamson and was preceded by a son, Richard, and brothers Jack, Fred and Roy Williamson and two sisters, Faye Dills and Zelda Dills. He worked as a telephone contractor. He loved the outdoors and especially loved to fish.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Clara Williamson of the home; one daughter, Becky Williamson of Sylva; two step daughters, Janet Staffelback and husband Steve of Scaly Mountain, N.C., and Donna Browning and Chris of Ridgeway, S.C.; one stepson, Paul Funderburk and wife Heidi of New Castel, England; one brother, Bobby and wife Linda Williamson of Waynesville; a sister, Reba Cagle of Cary, N.C.; six frandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral was held Sunday, March 24, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Sylva, with Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Williamson, Dustin Williamson, Brandon Gibson, Steve Staffelback, Chris Sanders, Rob Gilmer, Nathan Stephens, Tanner Williamson, Dean Williamson and Junior Williamson.

Online registry at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.



Gennell McConnell FoutsGennell McConnell Fouts

Gennell “Nell” McConnell Fouts, 82, Franklin, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Harley Otis McConnell and Viola DeHart McConnell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Fouts and brothers, Wade and Wayne McConnell and a sister, Dovie McConnell. She was a good cook and enjoyed spending time with and talking to her family and friends. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Mike Fouts and wife Debbie of Franklin; brother, Harley McConnell of Franklin; sister, Betty McConnell of Franklin; half-sister, Virgie Southard; granddaughter, Danyel Crabtree and husband Samuel; several nieces and nephews and great-niece and nephew, Morgan and Josh Mason and many other great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Bill Faulkner officiated. Burial was in Fouts Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jessie Odell, Junior McConnell, Aaron Bowman, Eric Hall, Derek Conley and Scott Mason.

Memorial donations can be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

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


Janet Sue ErdmanJanet Sue Erdman

Janet Sue Erdman, 59, of Palmetto, Fla., passed away Oct. 26, 2012. She was the daughter of Harold Bert Hayes and Wilma Ruth Siegel.

She is survived by her children, Chris, Jeff, Kyleen, Lindsey Erdman; a sister, Carol Jordan; 13 grandchildren and a dear friend, Lorene Younger.

Alan Moore Funeral Home in Ellenton, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.

 

 


Noland Tildon Noland Tildon "Bud" Hudson, Jr.

Noland Tildon "Bud" Hudson, Jr. age 65, of Franklin, NC passed away Friday, March 8, 2013. Born in Danville, VA, he was the son of the late Noland Tildon and Lois Linda Graybill Hudson. He was owner of his own irrigation business; was a member of Prentiss Church of God and liked to hunt and fish.

Mr. Hudson is survived by a son, Lee Hudson and wife Jen of Brooksville, Fla.; his companion, Kim Bateman of Franklin, NC, and one grandchild.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


Jessica Stilwell-CheekJessica Stilwell-Cheek

Jessica Stilwell-Cheek, 59, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Born in Orlando, FL, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Harvey Allen and Dianne Lee Belcher Allen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Allen. Jessica was very artistic and loved painting, needle point and crocheting. She loved the outdoors, especially fishing and exploring with her grandkids. Jessica was a member of Jehova’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

She is survived by two children, Jerry “Zeus” Stilwell and wife Tiffany and Christopher Shane Allen all of Franklin; two brothers, Jerry Allen of Wilmington, Del. and Rocky Allen of Franklin; three grandchildren, Victoria, Abigayle and Gabriel Stilwell and an aunt, Peggy Sanders and husband Junior of Franklin.

A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Retreat, 108 Wayah St, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Betty Elaine Penland Coin

Betty Elaine Penland Coin, 91, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Born in Buncombe Co, she was the daughter of the late Oran Penland and Edna Randall Penland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Coin, Jr. Betty was a Western Carolina University graduate and worked at Macon Middle School and Franklin High School for many years. She was an avid reader, a Carolina Tarheels and Atlanta Braves fan and animal lover. Betty was a member of First Methodist Church and enjoyed attending the Friday morning breakfast group at the Sunset Restaurant.

She is survived by two children, Oren Coin of Franklin and Lisa Elaine Coin of Fletcher and a grandson, Aaron Penland Coin.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at First Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81 Franklin, NC 28744 or Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church St. Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Stephen Ralph Turner

Stephen Ralph Turner, age 67, of Franklin, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013. Born in Lee County, Fla. he was the son of Ray Turner of Franklin and the late Mary Etta Hawkins Turner. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved to spend time with his friends. He was a jeweler and liked to hunt and fish; work in his garden, and grow grapes and goats.

Mr. Turner is survived by his wife of 26 years, Drucilla Ann Davis Turner; one daughter, Stephanie Letourneau and husband Mike of Ft. Myers, Fla.; one son, Steven Turner, Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; a step son, Charles Beechley and wife Judy of Franklin, N.C.; two sisters, Sandy Turner and Lee Willis and husband Michael of Franklin, N.C.; five grandchildren, Lindsay, Derrick, Tucker, Whitney and Garrett, a niece, Erin and a nephew, Ray also survives.

No services are planned at this time.

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


Raymond Anthony Monzione

Raymond Anthony Monzione, 87, of Franklin, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Mass will be held at a later date at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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


Harold Lewis DornHarold Lewis Dorn

Harold Lewis Dorn, 96, died on March 5, 2013 in Hospice care at Highlands Hospital. He had been living at Chestnut Hill Retirement Center since May 2009 after a serious accident.

Born on December 27, 1916 in South Miami, Fla., he was the eldest child of Harold Wesley & Mabel White Dorn, South Dade County pioneers who moved there from Chicago in 1913. From 1947 they were Highlands summer residents.

Graduating from the University of Miami in 1941, Lew went into the U.S. Navy at the beginning of World War II. He was a Naval Intelligence Officer on the flagship Enterprise in the Pacific Theater during most of the war and advanced to the rank of Commander. After the war, he continued in the Naval Reserve until retiring as a Captain in 1982. At that time he moved his residence from Miami to Highlands, next door to the family summer cottage.

During his earlier years, Lew worked at his father’s tropical fruit shipping company. Afterward, he had a varied career reflecting his many interests: In the 1960s he was involved with the Dade County Youth Fair; during the 1970s he was Director of the Museum of Science in Miami. He was also the founder & editor of The Village Post, a local South Miami editorial & cultural weekly newspaper. He later worked for Joe Hill Nursery in the plant nursery trade. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Kiwanis Club in South Miami, and was a Mahi Shriner. His life long hobbies included tropical plants, reading, politics, Oriental collectibles and classical music.

After moving to Highlands, he was employed by his friend Ralph deVille at The Stone Lantern for over 25 years, retiring after his accident at the age of 92. Always active, his extracurricular activities in Highlands included a position as Co-Chair of the Local Chapter of the Western North Carolina Alliance in the 1980s. And true to his appreciation of classical music, he was a founding member of the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. Lucas Drew, the founding director, was quoted as saying "Lew was a loyal supporter of the Chamber Music Festival from its earliest concerts. He helped in so many ways, from putting the program together to ticket sales. He was a true music lover."

Lew was also a member of the Highlands United Methodist Church where a celebration of his life took place on March 9, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Philip and Kenneth of South Miami, an aunt, Mary Wheeler Dorn of South Miami and Highlands, and a niece, Katherine Dorn Evans of Dahlonega, Ga. He is survived by a sister and long time summer resident, Alice Dorn of Central, SC; nieces, Pamela Dorn Brown of Highlands, Kristin Davenport Koepenick, Decatur, Ga & a summer resident; cousins Suzanna (Norman) Mosely of Highlands, and Robert (Evy) Buzzell of Groton, MA, also a summer resident. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and other cousins in Ga, Conn., Fla. & Wash.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, PO Box 1702, Highlands, NC 28741, Highlands United Methodist Church Bolivian Mission, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741, Cashiers- Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717 or to the charity of your choice.

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


Judy Galdon

Judy Galdon, 54 years old, died Friday, March 1, 2013. Judy took her own life after a life-long struggle with alcoholism. She was born April 26, 1958 in Galveston, Texas. She grew up in Gamboa, Canal Zone, Panama, Central America.

Judy was a graduate of Decatur High School in Georgia. A life-long chef with a fine understanding of food, Judy was also a skilled wood carver and an artist in several mediums. She loved camping and being with nature. She was a past resident of Highlands, and lived in Doraville, Georgia for the last five years. Judy is survived by her sister Nancy Arias of Doraville. Judy, with her amazing talents and great sense of humor, will be missed dearly.

No services are planned at this time.

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


Estella McCall JenkinsEstella McCall Jenkins

Estella McCall Jenkins, 86, of Franklin, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Charlie McCall and Effie Ellen McCall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Jenkins who died May 21, 2005; brother, James Arthur McCall and two sisters, Jessie Mae Browning and Leona Ray. Estella enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting and was a member of Mashburn Branch Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, Terry Ronald Jenkins and wife Elizabeth and Vickie Mashburn and husband Alvin all of Franklin; four sisters, Viola Jenkins Mary Owens and Martha Crescenzi all of Franklin and Frances Zachary of Highlands and; two brothers, Lloyd McCall and Leroy McCall both of Franklin; five grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Wiley Gibson officiated. Burial was in the Mount Moriah Cemetery, Highlands.

Pallbearers were Charles Mashburn, Bradley Collins, James Jenkins, Shannon Jenkins, Eric Jenkins and Sara Jenkins. Wesley Mashburn, Kyle Collins and Garrett Jenkins served as Honorary Pallbearers.

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


Pauline Bates Martin

Pauline Bates Martin, 87, of Long Beach, Calif., formerly of Franklin, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013.

Born in Macon County on August 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Napoleon and Mary Angie Shook Bates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson; a great granddaughter and her ten brothers and sisters, Ida Tallent, Boyd Bates, Barnette Bates, Dock Bates, Grady Bates and Grace Stamey (twins), Dollie Cowart, Gordia Smiley and Gordon Bates (twins), and Omie Bell. Pauline was the last surviving sibling.

She is survived by five children, Eugene Sanders of Gastonia, NC, Wayne Sanders of Westminster, Calif., Paulette Haynes of Heath Springs, SC, Ken Grant Sr. of Bellflower, Calif. and Sandy Grant Martinez of Long Beach, Calif.; twelve grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews and many extended family members and friends.

A Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Beech Avenue Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. Burial was in Hollywood Cemetery.

Obituary provided as a courtesy of Macon Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.


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