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One dead in officer-involved shooting

Two Franklin Police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after a gun battle resulted in the death of Clay Alan Lickteig, 52, of Hayesville.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, two Franklin police officers, who are not being identified at this time, were attempting to serve Lickteig with a felony probation violation warrant for arrest, when Lickteig became confrontational and brandished a weapon.

The FPD officers met Lickteig in the driveway of a residence at which he had been staying, and when ordered by officers to show his hands, he refused. According to Police Chief David Adams, the officers first attempted to subdue the suspect with a taser gun, which was deployed twice. Lickteig then opened fire on the officers.

Macon County School Board leaves positions unfilled

Uncertainty on the state level has led Macon County School leaders to leave a slew of positions unfilled for the coming school year. Monday night, Terry Bell, a consultant working with Macon County Schools handling responsibilities such as school personnel, informed board members that the school system had a long list of vacancies, some of which will have to remain unfilled in the coming school year due to the lack of guidance from the state’s budget.

Out of the roughly 19 vacancies within the district, Bell informed board members that at least eight will go unfilled in the coming school year, many of which include teacher assistant positions.

Kimsey, Shields awarded highest honor in N.C.

Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipients honored

"Here’s to the land/ of the long leaf pine, The summer land/ where the sun doth shine, Where the weak grow strong/ and the strong grow great, Here’s to “down home”, the Old North State!”

When it comes to being a North Carolinian, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest honor the state can bestow on one of its citizens. The award, doled out by the governor of the state, is a prestigious recognition that has been earned by some of history’s greatest individuals. The honor, which was first established in 1965 has since been awarded to about 15,000 people in the state which include the likes of Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, and Andy Griffith.

Longer days added to school calendars

Highlands, Nantahala planning ahead for snow days.

Winter weather has always been difficult for all Macon County students, causing school to be cancelled or delayed several times a year, but for students attending school at Highlands and Nantahala, winter always seems to hit a little harder and disrupt the annual calendar a little more.

With a calendar waiver approved during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, students in those areas of the county will see some relief when it comes to the school calendar next year.

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Deaths & Funerals



James Herbert Queen

James Herbert Queen, 68, a resident of Chapel Dr., died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1945 in Franklin, N.C., to Fred Wilson Queen and Ruth Leoria Houston Queen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd, and Paul Queen; and sisters, Luanne Stockton and Judy Henry.

Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Pearline Way Queen of the home; also surviving are step-son, Jonathan DeHart of Greensboro; brothers, Danny Queen of Lexington, Wayne and Brent Queen, both of Franklin; sisters, Joyce Crowe of Franklin, Connie Bradley of Sylva, N.C., and Janet Roberson of Beaufort, N.C.; 19 nieces and nephews; and 43 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin, with Rev. Don Moffitt officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.



Michael Goff

Michael Goff, 73, of Beverly Hills, Fla., passed away March 12, 2014, at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. Born on Sept. 19, 1940, in Tice, Fla., to Luther and Gladys Goff. He was raised in Placida, Fla. and Englewood, Fla. He returned to Florida two years ago from Franklin, N.C. He was retired from the Communications Department of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department.

Survived by his wife, Linda Goff; three children, Brenda Hoglen and husband Rick, Michael A. Goff and wife Vicki, Rodger Goff and wife Rogelyn; one sister, Nellie Jimerson; two brothers, Luther Austin Goff and wife Rose, and William Goff; six grandchildren, Zandralee Hoglen, John Goff, Kate Goff, Shane Goff, Maria Goff, and Chris Stacy; several nephews and nieces.

The family received guests on Saturday, March 15, at Brown Funeral Home in Lecanto, Fla.

The burial was immediately following at the Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto.



Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford

Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford, 89, of Clear Creek Road, Highlands, N.C., passed away on March 18, 2014, surrounded by family at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, NC.

She was born to Jewel Johnson Dunkin and Mitchner Morris Dunkin on Feb. 18, 1925, in Greenville, Texas. She graduated from high school in Denver City, Texas, in 1942 and nursing training from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1947. She married Julius (Jake) Anderson Alford on May 18, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. Jake preceded her in death in 1998. During her husband’s Air Force career, they and their children moved to various military bases in Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, North Carolina and France before retiring permanently to Highlands in 1973. She worked as an RN at various hospitals throughout her nursing career including Highlands Hospital.

For many years, she and her husband enjoyed hiking and volunteering with the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conference as well as traveling in the United States and Europe. She was an avid reader, a passion that was embraced by all of her children. She loved her little cabin on Clear Creek and enjoyed the change of the seasons, especially spring and fall when she enjoyed the many plants and trees in her yard. She had a passion for cooking and collecting cookbooks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Morris Mitchner Dunkin, Harold Johnson Dunkin and Larry Wayne Dunkin and a special granddaughter, Cindy McCall.

She is survived by her six children Holly (Tom) Coffey of Winston-Salem, N.C., Steven (Gale Dendy) Alford of Highlands, Gregory Alford of Panama City, Fla., Julie Alford (John) McCall of Highlands, Christopher (Mary) Alford of Greensboro, N.C., Michelle (Shelli) Alford (Matthew) Williams of Sacramento, Calif. and former daughter-in-law, Becky Stanley Valle.

Surviving grandchildren include Stephanie McCall, Stephen McCall, Hannah Alford, Katherine Alford, Nicholas (Julie) Alford, Rachel Alford, Christen Williams, Elias Williams, Sam Williams and step grandson, Jamie Rhymes.

She is also survived by great grandchildren Maddie Alford, Sophia Alford-Corsetti, Trysten Stanley, Oryon (Big Jake) Stanley and Ayden Stanley.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, at Goldmine Baptist Church in Highlands, with the Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating.

Burial was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Morris Nix, Joe Brooks, Tommy Carpenter, John Roper, Bill Reese and James McCall. Music was provided by The Dendy Family and bagpipes by Cameron Nixon.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Gladys Walker

Gladys Walker, 106, of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

She was born in Townsend, Tenn., on June 16, 1907, the daughter of the late Andy and Alice Walker Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Walker, who died In 1945. She was a homemaker and member of Wells Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Dr. Curley Walker of Concord, N.C.; two granddaughters, Patricia Knox and husband Jay of Concord, and Melissa Steiger and husband Bob of Phoenix, Ariz.; six greatgranddaughters, Hannah, Hailey, and Shae Knox and Emma, Norma, and Rebecca Steiger, and cousins Cullen and Carolyn Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn. and J.S. and Ann Walker of Townsend, Tenn. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 20, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Dixon officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Cook, Jackie Cook, Cullen Davis, Jackie Byrd, Jerry Holden and J.S. Walker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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



Terry Neil WaldroopTerry Neil Waldroop

Terry Neil Waldroop, 62, of Franklin, N.C., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

He was the son of Florence Ledbetter Waldroop Taylor and the late Neil Gilmer Waldroop. He was a barber and a member of Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making music. He once made music at The World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition to his mother, Florence Ledbetter Waldroop Taylor of Franklin, he is survived by his son, Travis Waldroop and wife Melissa of Franklin; two brothers, Steve Waldroop and Wade Waldroop both of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jordan, Erica and Ben Waldroop. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial service was held Monday, March 24, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Charles Reed officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl. 33607.

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



Shirley Pressley RabyShirley Pressley Raby

Shirley Pressley Raby, 73, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Born in Canton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late George Earl Pressley and Lola Bailey Pressley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Raby. She was the most precious, giving and caring mother that ever lived. She gave everything in her heart and soul to her husband and children.

She is survived by three children, Tamra Raby Blaylock and husband Donovan; two sons; granddaughter and great granddaughter; good friends, Deanne and Bert Raby and Susie Nicholson; three nieces, Debbie Glance, Ronna Crowder, Stacy and families.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Roper Cemetery with her loving husband, Buddy.

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

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



David Lee Williams Jr.David Lee Williams Jr.

David Lee Williams Jr., 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of David Lee Williams Sr. and Vera “Odie” Dills Williams of Franklin. David graduated from Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University with a B.S. degree and was a landscaper. He loved music and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his aunts, Juanita Tippett of Waynesville, N.C. and Clara Gibson of Franklin, and an uncle, Junior Dills of Monticello, Ga.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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



Gail NicholsGail Nichols

Gail Nichols, 57, of Young Harris, Ga., passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 21, 2014 in a Fulton County hospital. She was a native of Hiwassee Dam, but had lived in the Hayesville and Young Harris areas for the past 25 years. She was a graduate of Hiwassee Dam, graduating in 1974, and graduating Tri-County Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in 1976. She had been employed by Tri-County Community College, Nichols Appraisal, working beside her husband, and retired as a bookkeeper from Hayesville High School. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Hayesville. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her hobby was the loving support she gave to all her family.

She was the daughter of the late Don and Gertha Farmer Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her son, Justin Nichols.

Surviving are her husband, Tommy Nichols; three daughters, Kristyn Holland and husband, Reggie of Franklin, N.C., Lauren Dickey Payne and husband, Jeremy of Murphy, and Penny Nichols Perlock and husband, Ray of Alpharetta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Kendyl Reece Holland, Zeke Allen Payne, Cory Cox, and Nicholas and Tyler Perlock; two sisters, Grace Taylor Carringer and husband, Lyle, and Glenda Taylor Helton and husband, Don, all of Murphy; five nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. Chad Chandler and Keith Nuckolls officiating. Interment was in the Oak Forest United Methodist Church Cemetery with a private family graveside service. Pallbearers were members of the Hiawassee River Bass Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in loving memory of Gail Nichols to the Justin Nichols Memorial Scholarship Fund, 622 NC Hwy 69, Hayesville, NC 28904.

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



Frank H. MasonFrank H. Mason

Frank H. Mason, 90, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Dan and Ida Hastings Mason. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Chastain and Sarah Hastings of Rabun, Ga.; four brothers, Earl, Woodrow, J.R. (Bud) and Wymer Mason of Franklin and adopted grandson, Mike Ledford. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 60 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing the banjo at church.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Rebecca Ledford Mason; one daughter, Gwenda Sue Mason of Franklin; sister-in-law, Maggie Mason of Franklin; adopted grandchildren, Larry Ledford, Bobby Ledford and wife Christa, Ronnie Ledford and wife Brandy, Barbara Stiles and husband David; seven adopted great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 23, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Bobby Cloer, Rev. Bill Faulkner and Rev. David Hastings officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sammy Hastings, Doug Mason, Tommy Chastain, Jack Mason, Gary Mason, Danny Mason, Dwight Carpenter and Bobby Ledford.

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



Teddy Leon CollinsTeddy Leon Collins

Teddy Leon Collins, 69, passed away March 20, 2014. Born in Blairsville, Ga., he was the son of Thurston and Juanita Collins. He was a member of Higdonville Baptist Church; active in Macon County Senior Games, an avid gardener, and wood worker. He loved his walks in the woods.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Barbara Chapman Collins; his son, John Mark Collins and wife Kendra Collins and a grandchild, Madison Rose Collins; son, Brian Collins; daughter, Stephanie Collins; stepson, Allen Chapman and wife Debra Collins and grandchildren, Jamie Chapman and Ashley Chapman; stepson, Matthew Chapman and partner Cristina Martelli; brothers and sisters, Louin Collins and wife Rosie Collins, Kenneth Collins and wife Nancy Collins, Aldarea King and husband David King; Noel Collins and wife Margaret Collins, Annette Satterfield and husband Charles Satterfield, Melvin Collins and wife Candice Collins and Steve Collins and wife Chris Collins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 23, at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Blairsville, with Dr. Simeon Martin, Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. John Mark Collins officiating. Burial was in Old Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. North Georgia Honor Guard performed military graveside rites.

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



Daniel Bruce Perry

Daniel Bruce Perry, 93 of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of WWII; member of Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145 and was an Oasis Shriner. He was the owner and operator of Franklin Tool and Mfg. since 1972. He was preceded in death by his wife Anita L. Perry who died July 22, 2012.

Surviving are his two daughters, Marie Tsacrios of Franklin and Denise West and husband Bubba of Franklin; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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




Caney Martin Robinson Jr.

Caney Martin Robinson Jr., 70, of Clayton, Ga., passed away at his residence Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was born in Rabun County and was the son of the late Caney Martin Robinson, Sr. and Lola Baker Robinson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Stockton Robinson of the home; one son, Randy Robinson of Clayton; one daughter, Rhonda Robinson Carpenter and husband Darryl of Clayton; three sisters, Louellen Love of Mountain City, Ga., Ann Moss of Clayton, Ga., and Jean Lee of Alabama; two grandchildren, Caney Carpenter and Candace Mathis; and one great-grandchild, Emberlynn Mathis.

He was a self-employed rock mason and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was president of the North Georgia Coonhunters Association. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family and his friends meant a great deal to him.

Funeral services were held Sunday March 9, in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Mickey Wood officiating. Burial followed in Rocky Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 485, Rabun Gap, GA 30568.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.

An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.



John Roy ZinkandJohn Roy Zinkand

John Roy Zinkand, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March, 11, 2014. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Bauman Zinkand. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a carpenter and was a member of Franklin VFW. He will be missed by his son, Eric, and his entire family.

He is survived by two daughters; five sons, one sister, 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Burial was held at Watauga Baptist 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 Bryant- Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help with expenses.

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



James Richard Patton Sr.

James Richard Patton Sr., 75, of Marietta, Ga., passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Carey B. and Gertrude Cunningham Patton. He had worked as an Avionics Supervisor for Lockheed Aircraft, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #29 in Marietta, Ga.

He is survived by a son, James Richard Patton Jr and his mother, Carol Ficks Patton of Marietta, Ga.; three brothers, Howard Patton of Panama City, Fla., Joseph Patton of Wimberly, Texas, and Carey Patton Jr. of Franklin, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Novella Patton, and two brothers, Claybourne Patton and Jerry Patton.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 15, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

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



David Ray StanleyDavid Ray Stanley

David Ray Stanley, 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Stella Webb Stanley and the late Leroy Stanley. He worked for Aaron Pest Control and was a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, music and playing the guitar.

In addition to his mother, Stella Webb Stanley, he is survived by his wife, Leigh Anne Wilson; two children, Cody Stanley and Marissa Hickle and husband Devin both of Franklin; step daughter, Ahzah Kennemore of Highlands; four sisters, Linda Higdon and husband Paul, Evelyn Owens and husband Gary, Diane Pangle and husband David, Patsy Stanley; three brothers, Donnie Stanley and wife Diane, Scottie Stanley and wife Kim and Jeffrey Stanley and wife Jennifer all of Franklin; one grandson, Auberon Adams and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Karen B. Woody

Karen B. Woody, 56, passed away Monday March 10, 2014. A resident of Jackson County for the last 20 years, she was the daughter of Helen Woodard Bowers of Sylva and the late Clinton Bowers. She worked for more than 11 years at First Citizen Bank in Cherokee and most recently at Medwest Sylva Medical as a receptionist. She was a big fan of Mickey Mouse.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her twin sons Jeremy and Jason.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Eric Woody and wife Tanya of Brighton Township, Pa.; two daughters, Jennifer Woody and fiancé Justin Schmidt of Sylva, Jessica Jenkins and husband Brian of Bryson City; three grandchildren, Matte, Anthony and Madeline; a brother, Steve Bowers and wife Cherie of Sylva; a sister, Frances Bowers of Asheville.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.



Robert Edward LeeRobert Edward Lee

Robert Edward Lee, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014, in a local hospital. He was the son of the late Henry and Corrine White Lee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a mobile home salesman by trade. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a great great grandfather. He enjoyed painting, going to church and going to flea markets.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya Lee; daughter, Rose Denman and husband Duane of Pollock, La.; a step daughter Tasha Lynn and husband Gary of Palm Beach, Fla., two sons, Robert Lee Jr. and wife Marsha of Walhalla, S.C., and Terry Lee and wife Catherine of Seneca, S.C.; a sister, Christine Whittney and husband Bruce of Tallahassee, Fla.; a step sister Frank-Ann McLaughlin and husband Jim of Tallahassee, Fla.; one half brother, Raymond Lee; and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Lee; three sisters, Ruth Hudson, Mary Cavanaugh, Carolyn Lee; one half sister, Patsy Harrell and one brother, Henry Lee.

A service was held Monday March 17, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations to be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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



Susan Elaine Jacobs RogersSusan Elaine Jacobs Rogers

Susan Elaine Jacobs Rogers, age 57, of Clyde, N.C. passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at The Homestead.

A native of Macon County, she was a 1973 graduate of Franklin High School followed by two years of business school. In 1978, she received her insurance license. She and her husband, Floyd T. Rogers, co-founded and co-owned Haywood Insurance Services which she remained active in until the time of her death. Susan was a charter member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church. Her church was very important to her, and she loved participating in the music and praise team. She also was responsible for the interior design of her church and was always organizing and tending to details of the church. She was a former member and past president of the Waynesville Altrusa Club, Susan loved to travel and especially enjoyed Charleston as a destination. She also cherished spending time and activities with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 20 years, Susan is survived by her parents, Radford and Kate Anderson Jacobs, of Franklin. She is also survived by four children and their families, Todd Bennett and his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Macie, of Franklin; Rob Rogers and his wife, Samantha, and their children, Madison and Morgan, of Greer, S.C.; Kimber Rogers Nelson, and her husband, Bryce, and their children, Jacob and Brysen, of Williamston, S.C.; and Tommy Rogers and his wife, Kelley, and their children, Hunter, Maggie, and Sarah Kate, of Piedmont, S.C.; two brothers, Larry and Scotty Jacobs, both of Franklin; and one sister-in-law, Mary Singleton, and her husband, Dean, of Clyde.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church with Reverend Brian Lawrence and Reverend Bob Dyer officiating. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge, Clyde, NC 28721 or Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 224 Barber Hill Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An on-line memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.



Sarah Ethel Talley DavisSarah Ethel Talley Davis

Sarah Ethel Talley Davis, age 95 of Otto, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 in a local hospital. She was born in Transylvania County, August 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Marcus Leonard and Charlotte Lydia Keener Talley. Mrs. Davis was first married to Theodore Crunkleton who died in 1976 and second to Charles Holt Davis for 15 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and friend and enjoyed feeding and watching birds.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Eva Marshall of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Berta Lee Durci of Mtn. Home, Ark. and Beatrice Ruhl of Newbern, N.C.; two brothers, Charles Talley of State Rd., N.C. and Clifford Talley of Highlands, N.C.; loving niece and caregiver, Sherry Reese of Franklin and nineteen additional nieces and nephews; three step daughters, Mary Owens of Greenville, S.C., Nan Strickland of Pell City, Ala. and Jackie Reinheimer of Charleston, S.C.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Reese and two brothers, Gordon and Lewis Talley.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 18, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lindsay and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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



Claude WelchClaude Welch

Claude Welch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Austin Welch and Pearl Morgan Welch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Christine Huggins Welch, who died April 27, 2010; son, Gary Welch; granddaughter, Claudia Welch Griffith; grandson, Andy Welch; sisters, Nell Baxter and Joyce Carter; and brothers, Hal, Clyde, Paul, Dover, Thad and Glenn. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII receiving a purple heart. He was a well-respected building contractor and owner of Claude Welch Construction for more than 43 years and was the owner of Franklin Motel for 26 years. He was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where he formerly served as deacon and treasurer. He was a member of the board of directors for First Union Bank, and was an avid ginseng hunter.

He is survived by three children, Dale Welch and wife Tava, Ben Welch and wife Debbie and Claudine McCrackin all of Franklin; sister, Dorothy Cliff of Texas; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Zachary Welch, Christopher Turner, Christopher Welch, Bill Queen, Eddie Swafford and Doug Welch.

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



Gracie Jean AllenGracie Jean Allen

Gracie Jean Allen, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

She was born in Longview, Texas, on March 12, 1931. She was preceded in death by her father Tommy Rain Allen; mother and step father, Annie Bell and Eugene Brown. After receiving her formal education and career training as a beautician, and tailor/ seamstress, she moved to Franklin, 11 years ago.

She was a beloved member of the Franklin community and worked part-time at the Macon County Senior Center for 8 years where she loved and adored the staff and clients. Through the years, she enjoyed fellowship with Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ, in Franklin.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Macklin Washington, (Edward) of Franklin. She is also survived by four grandchildren, LaDonna West (Walter) Johnson City, Tenn., Pamela Richmond (El Shon) Nashville, Tenn., Ericka Washington, Franklin, Chrystal Johnson (Robert) Orlando, Fl., and eight great-grandchildren, DyAngelo, Nathan, Benjamin, El Ana Grace, Olivia, Zion, Jaylin-Irene, and Chamella-Rose.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 22, at 11:30 am at Stanmore Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.

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



Harley Moore StewartHarley Moore Stewart

Harley Moore Stewart, 85 of Krum, Texas, passed away on March 10, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1928, in Franklin, N.C., to Harley and Pearl Stewart. He attended Franklin public schools and served in the U.S. Army and married Freda Elliott Stewart who preceded him in death on March 12, 1976. He married Pat Taylor in 1989 and was a member of Gateway United Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Stewart of Krum; brother, Wayne Stewart of Franklin; sister, Jessie “Tootsie” Williams of Arden, N.C.; sons, Harley and wife Julie Stewart III of Barnardsville, N.C., Larry and wife Kim Stewart of Sanger, Texas, and; two step daughters, Brenda and husband Steve Buster of Krum, Texas, Pam and husband Bobby Smotherman of Prosper, Texas; six grandchildren, Houston Stewart, Bryse Buster, Ty Ward, Morgan and Kendal Stewart, and Karre Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Gateway United Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, on Friday, March 14, with the Rev. Buddy Owens officiating and burial at Jackson Cemetery in Krum, Texas.

The family request that memorials be sent to the charity of your choice in honor of Harley Stewart.

Courtesy announcement by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.




Ardelle BaerArdelle Baer

Ardelle Baer, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Harry Armstrong and Olga Andersen Armstrong. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Baer. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 2, at Longview Baptist Church.

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



Charles Fletcher StricklandCharles Fletcher Strickland

Charles Fletcher Strickland, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Durham County, North Carolina, the son of the late Paul and Daisy Herring Strickland. He was a real estate broker, loving father, grandfather, brother, son and uncle. He liked helping others, gardening, bird watching, and the outdoors.

He is survived by three daughters, Trisha Strickland Moslet and husband Sean of Leesville, La., Diana Lynne Reese of Franklin, N.C., and Julie Ann Callison and husband Aaron of Hamilton, Mont.; his twin sister, Ann Buffaloe and husband Atlas of Fuquay Varina, N.C., and Alice Strickland and husband Don of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Paul Strickland of Wake Forest, N.C.; a niece, Melanie Rand of Apex, N.C., and one granddaughter, Cheyenne Taylor Fleszar.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Macon County Animal Control Shelter, 1377 Lakeside Drive, Franklin, NC 28734; The Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or The National Audubon Society, Attn: Audubon Angel, 225 Varick St, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10014.

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



Harold Douglas Gregory

Harold Douglas Gregory, 80, of Stanley, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Alfred Gregory and Mandie Houston Gregory. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Nellie Mason Gregory; brother, Troy Gregory and sisters, Ruth Hedden and Ruby Jenkins.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He attended Sandy Ford Freewill Baptist Church, loved ham and CB radios, where he was known as PeeWee and enjoyed going to flea markets.

He is survived by a cousin, Ann Clark, of Stanley, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Johnny Norris officiated. Burial was in Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia NC 28054 or Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Kay Rickman, 240 Golf View Dr., Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Betty Kelly May

Betty Kelly May, 75, of Nantahala, N.C., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Murphy, N.C. She was a native of Burke County, North Carolina. She had lived in Connecticut for 35 years before moving to Nantahala 18 years ago. She was retired from Sikorsky in Stratford, Conn. She was a member of the Briartown Baptist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Troy and Mary Kelly and the wife of the late Cecil May. She was also preceded in death by a twin brother, Basil Kelly; brothers, Hubert Kelly, Everett Kelly, Odel Kelly, Robert Kelly, and Billy Kelly; and sisters, Helen Kelly Lail, Martha Sue Rimmer, and Violet Evelyn Morgan.

Surviving are a daughter, Carol Hasselman and husband, Ray, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; a son, Kenneth May and wife, Katherine, of Middletown, Conn.; grandchildren, Kevin Hasselman and wife, Lillian, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Karen Hasselman of Atlanta, Ga., Captain Kelly Hasselman of El Paso, Texas, and Jennifer May of Whitman, Mass.; and two great grandchildren, Taryn Hasselman and Kylie Hasselman of Grosse Pointe, Mich. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 28, in the Briartown Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Icenhower officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Betty Kelly May to the Briartown Baptist Church, c/o Juanita Deweese, 19292 Wayah Road, Topton, NC 28781, or Nantahala Fire and Rescue, 19036 Wayah Road, Topton, NC 28781.

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



Charles Edward Hallison III

Charles Edward Hallison III, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. He was born in Palm Beach County, Florida, the son of the late Charles Edward Hallison and Amelia Moore Hallison. He was a plumber, an Eagle Scout, an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking.

He is survived by a daughter, Tricia Mischler and her husband Timothy of Palm Beach County, Fla.; a son, Christopher Edward Hallison of Palm Beach County, Fla.; a brother, Kerry Hallison and his wife Debbie of Palm Beach County, Fla.; four grandchildren, Wyatt Mischler, Madison Mischler, Destiny Hallison and Skylar Hallison; and two nieces, Ragan Hallison and Erin Hallison.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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



Clarice Lillian Luke WittClarice Lillian Luke Witt

Clarice Lillian Luke Witt, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Born in Thomasville, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Moses Jacob Luke and Mandy Luvenia Barksdale Luke.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Alderman; brother, Dorsey Luke and sisters, Virginia Hendley and Ann White.

She enjoyed going to flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops. She loved her family and friends immensely and loved living in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. She was a member of Springhill Christian Church in Ochlocknee, Ga.

She is survived by four children, Daneeta “Danni” Hooks of the home, Becky Still of Mableton, Ga., Pamala Fallin and husband Jimmy of Leary, Ga. and Yolanda Childers and husband Tony of Hiram, Ga.; sister, Doris Brock of Franklin; sister-in-law, Norma Luke of Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jamie Winkles, Blake Byrd, Ashley Still, Aaron Peek, Matthew Peek, Jimmy Fallin II and Stefanie Childers; 13 great-grandchildren; special friends, Pat Brendle and Shirley Francisco and her beloved cat, Boots.

Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Vic Greene officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jamie Winkles, Tony Childers, Jimmy Fallin I, Jimmy Fallin II, Aaron Peek and Blake Byrd.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 2844 to help with funeral expenses.

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



Frank Hauversburk Jr.Frank Hauversburk Jr.

Frank Hauversburk Jr., 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Born in Alton, Ill., he was the son of the late Frank Leonard Hauversburk and Wilma Schoen Hauversburk. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Linda Kungilies and Sharon Fowler. He was very active in the Macon County Senior Games, loved to fish and bowl and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edwina Faye Hauversburk; three sons, Daniel Frank Hauversburk of Crawfordville, Fla.; Jerry Allen Hauversburk and wife Laurie of Havana, Fla. and Michael Jay Hauversburk and wife Tracy of Panama City, Fla.; four sisters, Natalie Doyle of Alton, Ill., Mary Lou Layton of Princeton, Ill., Diana Porter of Alton, Ill. and Debra Sue Salingas of Crown Point, Ind.; six grandchildren, Brenna Marie Hauversburk, Daniel Frank Hauversburk Jr., Rhett Tucker Hauversburk, Nicholas Allen Hauversburk, Jacob Michael Hauversburk and Jared Owen Hauversburk; great-grandson, Blake West and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Asbury Methodist Church, PO Box 113, Otto, NC 28763 or Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 
Frances R. Wood

Frances R. Wood, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Born in Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Glen Robinson and Avis Burnette Robinson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Wood. She owned Wood’s Motel and volunteered at Angel Medical Center for many years.

She is survived by several cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 2, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial was in Bethel UMC Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Ramsey, Edward James, James Francis, Jay Francis, John Francis and Charles Burnette.

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

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



Betty Trotter

Betty Jane Trotter 71, of Leanto, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Hospice House of Citrus County.

She was born May 14, 1942, to Melvin LeRoy and Iona Stephens in Homossassa. She was a long time resident of Citrus County except for several years, she and her family lived in Franklin, N.C. She was a homemaker, a great cook and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, fishing and hunting. She attended the Church of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, LeRoy Stephens. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Billy Tortter of Lecanto; daughter, Lynne Trotter of Lecanto; sister, JoAnn Hurst of Franklin; sister-in-law, Janice Arthur of Homosassa; nieces, Melanie Raby, Sandy Keener of Franklin, Teresa Redick, Kelly Surrency and Wendy Arthur of Homosassa; four great nieces in Florida, Alisha, Casey, Zoe and Shelby; two great nieces, Kayla Shepherd and Olivia Keener and two great nephews, Kaleb Shepherd and Luke Keener, all of Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.

Strickland Funeral Home of Crystal River assisted the family.



Roy Wayne RamseyRoy Wayne Ramsey

Roy Wayne Ramsey, who would have been 89 on April 2, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in a local hospital.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Clara Hyatt Ramsey. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II. He was retired from Burlington Industries, and became an avid rock hunter along with being a musician for many years. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church. He came from humble beginnings but gave to his country through service, charitable contributions, time and love. He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irene Ramsey; one daughter, Brenda Perry Moore of Franklin; two sons, Michael Ramsey and wife Janice of Franklin and Ben Ramsey and wife Cheryl of Preston, Idaho; one brother, Paul Justice and wife Violet of Centralia, Wash.; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Larry Ramsey, a sister, Lucille Cope and two brothers, Woodrow and Mickey Justice.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform full military graveside rites.

Pallbearers will be Charles Cabe, Rick Tallent, David Morgan, Benny Reynolds, Richard Burnette and Ron Gentry. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Clark, Carol Tallent, Bill Fouts, Roy Jones, Robert Burnette, Paul Shuler, John Gallant, Jim Brown, Rob Bradley and Bruce Harwood.

The family will receive friends Friday March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Wounded Warrior Project, 3343 Peachtree Road NE #M20, Atlanta, GA 30326 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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



Freda Hall Bryant

Freda Hall Bryant passed away on Sunday, March 2, at The Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, N.C., where she had resided for the past 14 years. She was born to Dock Allison Hall and Pearl Bradley Hall on Aug. 15, 1925, in the Oak Grove, N.C. community. She attended Western Carolina College where she received her teacher’s certificate and subsequently taught school in the Macon County School district.

She married Bruce Dickerson Bryant on April 15, 1950. They had two children, Barnard Bruce Bryant of Asheville and Pamela Bryant Bailey of Charlotte. She leaves behind her son-in-law David, two grandchildren, Matthew Myron Bailey and Catherine Allison Bailey, all of Charlotte; two nieces, Clara Jean Brandy and Betty Jo Farlow; and a nephew, Ed P. Guy.

She was a loyal member of First Baptist Church in Franklin and considered the parishioners there to be part of her extended family. During her time at Deerfield she was always thrilled to receive visitors and correspondence from her church family and others in the community.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the kind and caring staff at Deerfield during her stay there.

A memorial service celebrating Freda’s life will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at Macon Funeral Home in Franklin followed by a visitation at the Bryant’s home at 38 Trimont Mountain Trail in Franklin from 2 until 4 p.m.

A memorial will also be held in Asheville at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Home in the St. Giles Chapel on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m.

The family asks for memorials to be made to First Baptist Church, 69 Iolta Street, Franklin, NC 28734; MANNA Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805 or Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Garland Bateman

Garland Bateman, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on March 1, 2014, at his home.

Born in Nantahala, N.C., on Dec. 25, 1918, he was the son of the late T.A. Bateman and Mallie Waters Bateman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, George, Thea, Andrew, Oscar, Claude, Gene, Nannie Morrow, Milam Wilkie and Lallie Raby. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving with the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division in the Philippines and with the occupying force in Japan. He was a dairy farmer and a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hortez Moffitt Bateman; three daughters, Deborah B. Smith (Bennie) of Otto, Margaret B. Massie (Tom) of Sylva and Nancy Bateman of Franklin; one granddaughter, Tracy S. Dendy (Jason) of Otto; one great granddaughter, Sarah Dendy; sister, Lucy VanHook of Franklin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 4, at Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church. Larry Raby officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Nephews served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, PO Box 26, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Arbutus Young CochranArbutus Young Cochran

Arbutus Young Cochran, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John Young and Lula Ridley Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Cochran who died in 1998; a son, Bruce Warren Cochran who died in 2000, great granddaughter, Kyrsten Cunningham and a brother, John Young, Jr. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed flowers and gardening but her family was most important.

She is survived by four children, Judy Cunningham, Eunice Browning and Sheila Jenkins, all of Franklin and Brent Cochran of Clyde, N.C.;11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Hyatt and Evelyn Franks, both of Sylva.

Funeral service was held Thursday, March 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams officiated. Burial was in the Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Grandsons served as pallbearers and great grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Ruby Henry, 179 Grandview Court, Franklin, NC 28734 or CarePartners Foundation, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803 (www.carpartnersfoundation.org) (828-277-4815)

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




Estella Yvette HallmarkEstella Yvette Hallmark

Estella Yvette Hallmark, 52, of Franklin, N.C., went to visit Heaven on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Her favorite thing is spending time with her precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her favorite place is her prayer closet, where He shows her great and mighty things which she knew not (Jeremiah 33:3). She loves spending time with her family and friends, sharing testimonies of all the great things God has done. She also enjoys hiking, horseback riding, going out to eat, and doing crafts with her daughters. No matter what’s going on in her life, good or bad, she trusts God to work it out for her good and to His glory, for He has promised that, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Haggai 2:9).

Born in Dallas, Texas, she is the daughter of Vernon and Billie Cowart. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her spouse of 36 years, Jeff Hallmark; two daughters, Christina Maria Hallmark and Jessica Nicole Hallmark, both of Franklin; brother, Nathan Cowart of Lake Tawakoni, Texas; sister, Charissa “Sam” Brents of Denver, Colo.; and nieces and nephews, Miranda Brents, Brennen Cowart, Holly Cowart, and Hunter Cowart.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 10, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Tom Munger officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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



Irene Mitchell MorganIrene Mitchell Morgan

Irene Mitchell Morgan, of Franklin passed away at home on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

She graduated from Vanderbilt University, and taught and practiced nursing in the WWII European and Pacific Theaters, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia for many years. She retired from the Georgia State Board of Workman’s Compensation in 1980.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Cartoogechaye. She was active in the Pilot’s Club in Atlanta, and the Daughters of the King, St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Franklin. She served on the boards of Deerfield Retirement Community and Thompson Orphanage.

She is survived by one son, Albert Rufus Morgan III of Franklin; one daughter, Anna Chipman Morgan Simmons of Seattle, Wash.; son-in-law, Dr. William Crispen Simmons; one granddaughter, J. Brie Simmons Nakamura of Seattle, Wash.; one grandson, W. Cris Simmons, Jr. of Seattle, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, W. Ayden and Riley M. Nakamura; and two nieces.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cartoogechaye at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The A. Rufus Morgan Fund for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cartoogechaye, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28803-1700, online: www.cfwnc.org; or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731-9447 or online: www.FourSeasonsCFL.org.

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



Donald Eddie Adams

Donald Eddie Adams, 69, of Carnesville, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Thomas Edgar Adams and Hallie Southards Adams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Wayne Adams who died Feb. 20, 2014. He was retired from Georgia Power Company where he worked as a right-of-way negotiator for 35 years; and was a member of Higdonville Baptist Church.

He is survived by a brother, Tommy Adams of Franklin; step son, Michael Lee Green of Van Wert, Ohio; two step grandchildren, Abbey and Alex; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Don Perkins, Steve Allen and Mike Dickson and Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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

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



Larry Nelson WiltLarry Nelson Wilt

Larry Nelson Wilt, 31, of Franklin, N.C., died Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., he was the son of Nancy Useted Wilt and the late Jerold Nelson Hope. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a halfbrother, Joe Hope. He worked in housing construction and he enjoyed gardening.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, Jaden Davis Wilt of Fayetteville, N.C., Elizabeth Sue Wilt and Natalie Ann Wilt, both of Franklin; sister, Michell Wilt and Douglas L. Foreman of Prattville, Ala.; brother, Edward Wilt and wife Holly of N. Charleston, S.C.; half brothers, John Hope of Franklin and Mike Hope of Saranac, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

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

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Taylor Ross GreenTaylor Ross Green

Taylor Ross Green, 22, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Pitt County, N.C., he was the son of Richard Jan Green of Greenville, N.C., and Camille Barton Green of Franklin. He was a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School and was employed by Drake Software as a customer support representative. He was a loving son, brother, friend and uncle. He loved music, history and meeting new people, making new friends and loved playing video games.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Sara Green of Franklin and Lori Fadial of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Marcus Mickles and wife, Melissa of Franklin; one aunt, Nancy Hinojosa of Greenville, N.C.; two cousins, Ashley and Rachel Hinojosa, both of Greenville, N.C.; one nephew, Mason Mickles of Franklin; one niece, Samara Mickles of Franklin and many beloved friends.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 11, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Chaplain Jeff Seeger officiating.

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

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




Betty Lou MottolaBetty Lou Mottola

Betty Lou Mottola, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

She was an adult educator and taught crafts at Orange County Adult Education Center. She loved the Lord, enjoyed cooking, crafts, making dolls and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard Mottola; six children, Richard M. Mottola Jr. of Franklin, Gary P. Mottola of New Smyrna, Fla., Sandra M. Mottola of Franklin, Nicholas Joseph Mottola III of New Smyrna, Fla., William Sproul Mottola of Rosemont, Fla., and Betty Lou Joy Mottola of Franklin; four grandchildren, Sam R. Bridgers, Sandra McElhaney, Gary Mottola and Nicholas Mottola; two great grandchildren, Zoey Bridgers and Lilly Joe McElhaney and her beloved dog, Buttercup.

Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 21, at Victory Baptist Church. Rev. Danny Prince, Rev. Benny Bagwell and Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael McElhaney, Rick Mottola, Bubba Aiken,Weldon Wahl, Bill Nail, Nicholas Joseph Mottola III, Nicholas Joseph Mottola IV and William Mottola.

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



Elaine C. Keir

Elaine C. Keir, 62, of Franklin, N.C., died Feb. 22, 2014. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Shirley McAfee.

She was a lifetime member of K.V.L.S and worked with the 4- H youth for more than 30 years impacting hundreds of youth in Osceola County. She always gave freely of her time providing encouragement, inspirational words and guidance along the way. She retired from the State of Florida after 35 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jack Keir; children, Paula Keir of Franklin, Heather Critchfield (Aaron) of Suwanee, Ga.; grandchildren, Kaycie and Cody Critchfield of Suwanee, Ga., Brianne and Parker Kimura of St. Cloud, Fla., Aleksa Critchfield of St. Cloud, Fla.; sisters, Beverly Negley (Eric) of Suwanee, Ga., Mary Reel (Jud) of Acworth, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the 4-H Association, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744 or the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show, 1911 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.

McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.



Mirta Perez

Mirta Perez, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Antonio Aquique Sacre and Magdalena Cheme Malya.

She is survived by a daughter, Magdalena M. Perez; grandson, Alfred A. Vendrell and Christopher S. Vendrell.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Palma ‘Pam’ Elizabeth Fouts MaslinPalma ‘Pam’ Elizabeth Fouts Maslin

Palma “Pam” Elizabeth Fouts Maslin, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Fouts and Lola Holbrook Fouts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Dolpha Fouts. She was a member of Lockwood United Methodist Church in Lockwood, N.Y.

She is survived by three daughters, Rhonda Tighe and husband Thomas of Oak Island, N.C., Robin Jorgensen and husband Stephen of Candor, N.Y. and Rene Reese of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; son, Scott Maslin and wife Michelle of Franklin; two brothers, Nick Fouts and wife Debbie and Gay Fouts and wife Maude, all of Franklin; nine grandchildren, Joshua and Lelia Tighe, Marissa, Ryan and Michaela Jorgensen, Kelsey Reese, Ben, Trey and Morgan Maslin; six great grandchildren and three nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Sarah Fouts officiated.

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



Joseph Libasci

Joseph Libasci, 91, passed away on Feb. 20, 2014, in Sebring, Fla.

He was born on July 10, 1922, in Auburn, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Augusta (Humann) Libasci. He had been a resident of Sebring since 1977, coming from Miami, Fla.

He served the tri county area of Florida as a dog groomer. He took great pride and pleasure in taking care of pets for the residents of Sebring Fla., Lake Placid, Fla., and Miami, Fla. He was in this service for nearly 50 years. He was a great provider for his family and a dedicated husband to his wife for 58 years. He lived in the Franklin, N.C., area for five years while taking care of his wife during her battle with dementia.

He is survived by his children, Joann (Lou) Mingacci of Sebring, Fla., Gary (Pam) Libasci of Franklin, N.C., Donna (Bo) Bovard of Sebring, Fla; and grandchildren, Anthony and Christina Mingacci, Eric, Jeremy and Nathan Libasci, Kyle and Kacie Bovard; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Louis Libasci and wife of 58 years: Dominica (Terry) Libasci.

A memorial service for Joseph Libasci will be held at the Franklin Jaycee Park, on Tuesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. All family and friends are invited. Attendees are invited to bring a covered dish; meat and drinks will be provided.



Judith ‘Judy’ Lee ReberJudith ‘Judy’ Lee Reber

Judith “Judy” Lee Reber, 71, of Falmouth, Me., died at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Portland, Me., on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, following a long, well fought battle with cancer.

Born in Miami, Fla., on Dec. 11,1942, she moved to Franklin with her family in 1949. She was the daughter of the late Ted and Doris Reber. She was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin. She attended grade school in Franklin and high school at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. She then went on to nursing school at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., and graduated in 1963. After a few years of working at hospitals in Asheville and Mobile, Ala., she joined the United States Navy Nurse Corps and served 20 years, retiring as a Lt. Commander in 1988. She then returned to Franklin and lived in Watauga Vista until 1997 when she moved to Maine.

She is survived by her brother, Ted Reber Jr. of Mobile, Ala., and her twin brother, David Lee Reber of Milwaukee, Wisc.; her sister, Doris Ann Price, of Franklin; several nephews and one niece. She greatly enjoyed traveling, adored her kitty, Mimi, was a very fun and upbeat person to be with and will be missed so much by her family and many cherished and loving friends and caregivers.

Memorial services will be held in Maine at a later date.



Bruce Wayne AdamsBruce Wayne Adams

Bruce Wayne Adams, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Thomas Edgar Adams and Hallie Southards Adams. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He loved sports, especially football, was a former coach and den leader for the Cub Scouts.

He is survived by three children, Jared Adams and Mitchell Lee Adams both of Franklin and Samantha Rose Adams of Logan, Utah; two brothers, Tommy Adams of Franklin and Eddie Adams of Carnesville, Ga.; mother of his children, Beth Adams of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Harold Rayborn, 1459 Cat Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, VFW Post 7339 or the American Legion Post 108, C/O Ken Carpenter, 2116 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Patricia Ann (Hopewell) Lamb

Patricia Ann (Hopewell) Lamb, 88, formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away peacefully at the Hermitage in Dillsboro, North Carolina on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, where she had resided for the past three years.

She was born March 13, 1925, in Sullivan, Ind., to Roy and Edna Hopewell. Her creativity and talent led her to attend Indiana State Teacher’s College where she majored in art. Over her lifetime, she created many works of art taking inspiration from nature and utilizing many mediums, especially oil and water colors. She also enjoyed a variety of crafts and organic gardening. In 1989, she retired from Indiana State University after 33 years of service in the Cunningham Memorial Library. During her retirement, she occasionally worked at Wabash River Books where she enjoyed conversing with customers and creating fantastic window displays.

She was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Carl Paul Lamb, and by her second husband Robert Scott Lamb, to whom she was married for over 30 years. Also preceding her in death was a brother, Robert Hopewell, and two sisters, Helen Denney and Mary Francis Long.

She is survived by her three children, Carol Ann Tippett (David) of Franklin, N.C.; Dr. Courtney C. Lamb (Carol) of Libertyville, Ill., and Harriett B. Kelley (Tim) of Terre Haute, Ind. She is also survived by six special grandchildren who brought her much joy, Jeep Cassle (Elizabeth), Doug Cassle (Brooke), Robert Cassie (Amber), Bradley Lamb, Todd Lamb (Alissa) and Derrick Kelley; and ten great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 21, at Iotla Baptist Church. Dr. Jeff Hensley and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. It was her wish to have her cremains interred at Arlington National Cemetery with her late husband, Robert Scott Lamb.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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


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