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FHS Prom 2015

Students at Franklin High School danced the night away Saturday at their 2015 Senior Prom.

This year’s prom theme was “Fishing in the Dark,” and it was held at Bloemsma Barn.

Before dining at local restaurants, the teens took photos along Franklin’s Main Street.

Students cast their votes for the 2015 Prom Queen and King, and just before midnight, Brittany Watson and Trey Maslin were crowed this year’s Prom Royalty.

 

County officially applies for $2.9 million loan for school renovations

A state loan weighing in just shy of $3 million is one step closer to being secured for Macon County Schools. Tuesday night, County Manager Derek Roland informed the board of commissioners that the $2.9 million QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) loan needed to repair Union Academy and Highlands School is moving forward.

After concerns surrounding collateral for the loan and the required in-kind match, Roland informed the board that those issues were resolved and the project is moving forward. Commissioners voted to send the QZAB application on to the Local Government Commission for consideration.

Local law enforcement to hold 2nd annual Buckle Up, Baby! event this weekend

Just days after bringing a child into the world, you strap them up and put them in a car seat for the journey home. Whether it is your first child or your fifth, making sure you are up-to-date and educated an proper car seat safety will be one of the first responsibilities you have to your newborn.

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured in 2011.

Finding your “zen” during Macon County’s public heath month

Last week, in honor of National Public Health Week, the Macon County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution proclaiming April as Public Health Month in Macon County.

The resolution, which was presented to the board by the health department, encourages families in the community to get active. "We call upon the people of Macon County, NC to observe this by helping our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand the value of public health and adopt preventive lifestyles habits in light of this year's theme, "Public Health: Start Here.""

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Deaths & Funerals



James (Hoss) Austin Garfield Jenkins

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

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

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

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

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

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



Marceita Sondra RedfernMarceita Sondra Redfern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Colonel Paul ChmarColonel Paul Chmar

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tamara Ann Meadows

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

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

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

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

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

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



Martha Munger OwensMartha Munger Owens

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

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

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

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

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



Gregory Keith Ryon

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

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

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

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

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



Sally Sue GatesSally Sue Gates

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

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

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

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

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

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



Michael James FlynnMichael James Flynn

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

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

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

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

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




Anthony Alan Sloope

Anthony Alan Sloope, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Dade County, Fla., the son of the late Charles and Naomi Marx Sloope. He was a contractor and was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and brother. He liked gardening, shooting guns with his son and working with his hands.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Joy Johnson Sloope; four daughters, Charlene Sloope, Cameron Sloope and Christian Sloope of the home and Ashley Sloope of Florida; four sons, Caleb Sloope and Colton Sloope of the home, Alan Sloope of Florida and Adam Sloope of Indiana; one sister, Dawn Sloope of Franklin, and one brother, Larry Sloope of Jacksonville, Fla.; one grandchild also survives.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southwestern Tech Early College, 44 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Drusilla P. KutcherDrusilla P. Kutcher

Drusilla P. Kutcher, 79, of Franklin, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and lived in Franklin for 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, James Kutcher; four children, David Kutcher, Dyann Wagner, Doug Kutcher and Dina Picou; nine grandchildren, Karyn, Jennifer, Natalie, Jaimie, Amanda, Sarah, Julia, Meagan and Brianna; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she was a member. Rev. Christopher Gibson officiated.

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



Johnnie Collins TallentJohnnie Collins Tallent

Johnnie Collins Tallent, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late John David and Helen Margaret Shepherd Collins. She was a nurse assistant for Smoky Mountain Health Care. She was a selfless, loving mother and grandmother. She liked gardening, flowers, animals and fishing.

She is survived by one daughter, Debbie Tallent Coffey of Franklin, and one son, Jeff Tallent and wife Anna of Franklin; two sisters, Jane Stamey of Franklin, and Cindy Jenkins and her husband J.J. of Greer, S.C.; one brother, Bill Collins and his wife Bobbie of Franklin; one aunt, Ann Shepherd of Franklin; five grandchildren, Leanna Shirley and husband Travis, Brenna Tallent, Chloe Tallent, Brooklyn Tallent and Jeffrey Tallent; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial was at Shepherd Cemetery. Billy Collins, Tony Collins, Bob Collins, Jeremy McConnell, Bill Smith and Tyson Stager served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Berton ‘Dwight’ BeamanBerton ‘Dwight’ Beaman

Berton “Dwight” Beaman, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Born in Gary, Ind., he was the son of the late Clay Berton Beaman and Audrey Eleanor Boyd Beaman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heather Sunshine Freeman. He was an Electricians Mate Second Class with the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. He was a sergeant for the Hammond Indiana Police Department, where he worked for 20 years. He was a past Master of McKinley Lodge #712 in Hammond, Ind., and earned the Diamond Jubilee awarding 60 years membership; he was a lifetime member of Oasis Temple, member of the Junaluska Lodge where he served as past treasurer, was a 33rd Degree Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, Royal Arch Masons, Orak Shrine Temple and 60 year member of the Eastern Star. He was past president of the Franklin Lions Club and received the Lion of the Year Award and the Melvin Jones Award. He was also past president of the Smoky Mountain Shrine Club. He was a very active member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church, where he served as superintendent of Sunday School and was awarded Lay Leader of the Year. He was counselor of Methodist Youth Fellowship for five years in Hammond First Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bette Ann Beaman; two sons, Darrell Dwight Beaman and wife Kathleen of Monroe, N.C., and Vice Admiral Gerald Roger Beaman, USN (ret) and wife Yvonne of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Doran Eugene Beaman and wife Donna of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Richard Dwight Beaman, Merritte Marie Miszuk, Kylene Rae Nicolopoulos and Ryan Darrell Beaman.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Military rites were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Rev. Steve Miller officiated. Interment was in the Snow Hill UMC Cemetery.

Members of Junaluska Masonic Lodge and Smoky Mountain Shrine Club served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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



Pauline Shields HoustonPauline Shields Houston

Pauline Shields Houston, 96, of the Iotla community passed away at Angel Medical Center on Dec. 30, 2013, following a period of declining health.

She was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Haywood County to Charles Anthony and Elsie Duvall Shields. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County. In 1830, the Shields family settled in Macon County and participated in its formation.

She is survived by her son, Jay Mitchell and his wife Robbin Shope Houston, and her grandson, Mitchell Shaun Houston; her faithful brother-in-law, Ernest Childers, and special lifetime friend and cousin, Hazel McWherter as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her one sister, Annie Lois Childers, and two brothers, William Troy Shields, and Charles Anthony Shields, Jr.

After a 35 year career, she retired in 1982, from the N.C. State Extension Service. She was the oldest member of the Cowee Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family, and she enjoyed many dear friends.

Her memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Cowee Baptist Church.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers and doctor for their kindness and understanding given to Pauline.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund at 630 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Laurel Ann DinanLaurel Ann Dinan

Laurel Ann Dinan, 47, of Highlands, N.C., passed away, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. She was born in Westchester County, New York. She was the director of Human Resources in The Aerospace Industry, and was a loving daughter, friend and supporter of the Humane Society. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading and was very family oriented.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Gail and David Harner; her father and stepmother Dennis and Debra Dinan; four brothers, Andrew Harner of Sparta, N.J., Eric Dinan of St. Petersburg, Fla., Adam Harner of Treasure Island, Fla. and Matthew Harner of Gulf Port, Fla. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jason Harner.

Memorials may be made to Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, 200 Gable Street, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Ellen Gail ForesterEllen Gail Forester

Ellen Gail Forester, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., she was the daughter of Ellen Tompkins Davis and the late Charles Wallace Davis. She was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Leonard Forester; two children, Lisa Boyd of Florida and Brandon Forester of Franklin; sister, Charlene Rameriz of Pennsylvania; two half-sisters, Barbara Hoffman and Elaine Dellaquilla both of Pennsylvania and four grandchildren, Colton Forester, Bobby Boyd, Liam Boyd and Katrina Boyd.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Cullasaja Assembly of God. Rev. Forest Jones officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to your church, Cullasaja Assembly of God or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Richard Samuel PassmoreRichard Samuel Passmore

Richard Samuel Passmore, 52, of Trinity, N.C., formerly of Waynesville, N.C., died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was a native of Haywood County, N.C. but had lived in Trinity for the past eight years. He had worked in the furniture industry and he was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of James W. and Janette Grant Passmore of Trinity.

Surviving in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Brandy Passmore of Trinity; a brother, Scotty Passmore of Asheboro, N.C.; and a grandson, Colton Pena.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Bethel Hill Baptist Church in the Nantahala Community with the Rev. David Postell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew, Wade, Brandon, and Mikie Morgan, Wesley Holden, and Robert Gee.

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



Mary Edna Morgan SeayMary Edna Morgan Seay

Mary Edna Morgan Seay, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Horace J. and Nellie Wilkes Morgan. She was married to Lewis Seay who passed away in 1989. She was a homemaker and had worked at Burlington Industries and Macon County Co-Op. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She enjoyed embroidery and bird watching.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Seay of Atlanta, Ga., Mary Nell Higdon and her husband Jimmie and Frances Leigh Seay, all of Franklin; three sons, Lewis W. "Jay" Seay, Jr., David L. "Burr" Seay and Horace B. Seay (Jinger) all of Franklin; two grandchildren, Lisa Dixon and Sharon Wilcox; two great grandchildren, Luke Dixon and Jordon Dixon; one great great grandson, Lucas Dixon.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial was at Wilkes Cemetery. Pallbearers were Luke Dixon, Jordan Dixon, Ellis Wilkes, Clinton Ledford, Tim Teague and Roger Seay Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Teague, Joe Tippett, Kenny Seay, Ronnie Childers, Charles Higdon, Lucas Dixon and Bob Kelley.

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



Ernest Sylvester HeddenErnest Sylvester Hedden

Ernest Sylvester Hedden, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Washington and Rosetta Leopard Hedden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elmira Berry Hedden, who died June 2, 2008. He was a logger and was a charter member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church where he was a deacon and building trustee. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Hunt and her husband Bob of Franklin; two sons, Steve Hedden and wife Viola of Athens, Ala. and Sammy Hedden of Franklin; best friend and hunting buddy, Glenn Holland; caregivers, Becky Hamilton and Tammy Swafford; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, William "Billy" Hedden; a sister, Irene Coleman; and eight brothers, Dilmer Lee Hedden, Elmer Hedden, Everette Hedden, Arley Willis Hedden, Warren Edison Hedden, Furman Tilliman Hedden, William Dewey Hedden and Benjamin Lewey Hedden.

Funeral services were held, Sunday Jan. 5, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Wesley Hooper officiating. Burial was in Strain Cemetery. Nephews and grandchildren served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Strain Cemetery Fund, 4078 Walnut Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James Dupont ‘Tippy’ Kirven III

James Dupont “Tippy” Kirven III, 70, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Goldsboro, N.C., the son of the late James Dupont Kirven Jr. and Shirley Armentrout Kirven. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to the family business to eventually serve as president of the J.A. Kirven Co. which operated Kirven’s Department Store in Columbus, Ga. He later worked as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty in Highlands, N.C. He was a civic leader actively involved in his communities, serving on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Better Business Bureau, the Downtown Business Association of Columbus, and the Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors. He was an avid golfer who learned the game at an early age from his father. He later instilled in his three sons that same passion for the game. He loved life and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 49 years, Frances James “Frankie” Kirven; three sons, James Dupont Kirven IV and his wife, Jan of Summerfield, N.C., Stephen Scherer Kirven and his wife, Rita of Taylors, S.C., and Foy Alexander Kirven of Columbus, Ga.; five grandchildren, Chase White and his wife, Stephanie of Raleigh, N.C., Ashton Kirven of Summerfield, N.C., Grace Kirven, James Kirven, and Will Kirven of Taylors, S.C.; three siblings, Frances Kirven Morse of Redwood City, Calif., Hal Kirven and Elliott Kirven of Columbus, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga., and Cashiers United Methodist Church in Cashiers, N.C.

A memorial service was held at Cashiers United Methodist Church on Jan. 7, with a reception following at the church. An additional service will be held in Columbus, Ga., at a later date.

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



Hazel Mae PannellHazel Mae Pannell

Hazel Mae Pannell, 59, of West Palmer Street, Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at a Clay County Care Center. She was born in Clearwater, Fla., the daughter of the late Manley Franklin and Dorothy Lee Borders Conhiser. She worked at Roses, drove a school bus for several years and was a flagger for road construction.

She is survived by a son, Clarence Tallent Jr. and his wife, Rebecca of Franklin; a sister, Linda Ammons of Snellville, Ga., and a brother, Frank Conhiser of Franklin; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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




Martha Gail AndersonMartha Gail Anderson

Martha Gail Anderson, 73, of Andrews, N.C., died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in the Foothills Hospice House in Landrum, S.C.

She was born Aug. 12, 1940, and grew up in Andrews where she was a basketball star with the Andrews Wildcats. She was a 1962 graduate of Western Carolina University where she majored in physical education. After completing her Masters in Education, her first teaching job was in Stanley County. She taught in Haywood County, Macon County, at Piedmont College in Georgia, and Brevard College for several years where she coached both basketball and tennis. She returned to Cherokee County to teach at Marble School and to care for her aging parents.

She was a long time member of Valley River Baptist Church and later attended Murphy First Baptist Church and then Andrews First Baptist Church. She was very much loved and appreciated by her friends at each location. She was an amateur artist and wood carver and enjoyed giving her work to family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Grady and Mollie Anderson.

She is survived by her brother, Willis Anderson of Asheville; her nephew, David Anderson of Raleigh (wife Kristin, and children, William, and Isabella); her nephew, Jim Anderson of Oklahoma City (wife Nora, and children, Andi and Daniel); her nephew, Dan Anderson of Asheville (wife Jennifer, and children, Meredith and Elizabeth); her aunt, Helen F. Anderson of Asheville, and her aunt, Lula Mae Heddon of Greensboro, Ga. She is also survived by several cousins and many dear friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 14, in Valley River Baptist Church with Revs. Woodrow Busch and Roy Phillips officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were David, Jim, and Dan Anderson, James Hall, David Queen, and Joe Thompson.

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



Ingrid Dillevig WiggsIngrid Dillevig Wiggs

Ingrid Dillevig Wiggs, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Olav Arthur Dillevig and Goldie “Evelyn” Waldroop Dillevig. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Doug Wiggs.

She spent time sewing, painting, cake making and wood working. She loved animals and her unconditional love was felt by all, especially by those she cared for at Grandview Manor for more than 30 years. She felt God carried her through her final trying stages of life. She was best known as “Memaw.”

She is survived by a daughter, Jodi Casada and husband Jason of Franklin; son, Kevin Wiggs and wife Julie of Cumming, Ga.; brother, Michael Dillevig and wife Patti of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; two sisters, Stephanie Kathy Dieter and husband Arnold of Camden, Ark. and Deby Hurst of Franklin; five grandchildren, Tiffani Vanhook and husband Rodney of Franklin, Rayven Casada and Dillon Casada all of Franklin, Ansley Wiggs and Aiden Wiggs both of Cumming, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Tatem Vanhook; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 14, at Macon Funeral Home.

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

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



Richard WertzlerRichard Wertzler

Richard Wertzler, 98, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. He was born in DuPage County, Illinois, the son of the late Lambert John and Mary Elizabeth Rahm Wertzler. He was married 66 years to Dorothy Eleanor Guynn Wertzler who passed away in 2003. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp. serving during WWII and was a chemist for Sinclair Oil Company. He graduated from the University of Chicago and was a member of the Rotary Club and the Mirror Lake Association.

He is survived by one son, Robert Wertzler of Highlands; and four nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


John Frederick Gray

John Frederick Gray, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at a Bryson City nursing home. He was born in Wilmington, Del., the son of the late Elam and Marguerite Rinker Gray. He was a surveyor.

He is survived by three sons, David Gray and John Gray of Franklin, and Daniel Gray of Washington State. He was preceded in death by son, J. F. Gray and a sister, Mary Etta Halle.

Burial will be in Rush Cemetery.

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



Yorke George Jander Jr.Yorke George Jander Jr.

Yorke George Jander Jr., 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Dec. 7, 2013. He was born in New York, N.Y., the son of the late Yorke George Jander Sr. and Eleanor Nestrock Jander. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was originally from Hastings on the Hudson, N.Y., and graduated from Pratt Institute of Technology. He was a H.V.A.C design engineer by trade, and designed the H.V.A.C system for Saint Patricks Cathedral in New York City, among many other projects in the New York area. He came to Franklin in 1974 and was employed at Western Carolina University in the physical plant. He retired from Western Carolina University in 1989 and was the owner of Smokey Mountain Mechanical. He and his wife Diana, were the owners of Pappagallo restaurant in Franklin. He was a simple, quiet man, who loved his wife and family. He loved his home, his books, and his vast collection of jazz and classical music. He loved to make wine and share it with family and friends. He was known for always lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He loved animals, and is missed by his two little dogs, Max and Yoda, and his "grand-dog," Louie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant children, Hope Daniel and Yorke T. Jander.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Diana Pappagallo Jander; daughter, Leslie Jackimowicz and husband Ed of Fort Myers, Fla.; three sons, Peter Jander and wife Maryann of Bloomingberg, N.Y., Kurt Jander of Franklin, and Yorke Thomas Jander and wife Megan, of Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Kyle, Corbin, Ryan and Eryn; one great-grandchild, Gunner; a sister, Coral Brown of Northern Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no services at this time, but the family is planning a memorial at a later date to celebrate his life.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to Trimont Christian Academy Scholarship Fund, 98 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC, where his adopted granddaughter, Kailey, attends school.

Arrangements were made at Macon Funeral Home and on-line condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Charles David MorganCharles David Morgan

Charles David Morgan, 63, of Nantahala passed away Dec. 14, 2013. Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Benjamin and Zelma May Morgan.

He was a warrior for the Lord and a member of Bethel Hill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sheila Passmore Morgan. He was the beloved dad of Tina Morgan Cox and her husband Ron of Thomasville, N.C.; two step-daughters, Christy Campbell of Nantahala and Tina Campbell of High Point, N.C.; one step-son, Jamie Campbell of Robbinsville, N.C.; two sisters, Dora Lee Wishon of Jamestown, N.C. and Josephine Mason of High Point; one granddaughter, Subrena Sheppard and one grandson, Dustin Sheppard both of Thomasville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Jean Grant and three brothers, David, Daniel and Jimmy Morgan.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Bethel Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Dockery and Rev. Eugene Taylor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Junior Passmore, Bobby Gato, Jason Wood, Ron Cox, Kenneth Passmore and T. J. Carver. Honorary pallbearers were Dustin Sheppard, Matthew McMahan, R.J. McMahan and Jacob McMahan.

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



Ralph Benjamin RogersRalph Benjamin Rogers

Ralph Benjamin Rogers, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Kermit and Ruby Ammons Rogers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Moss Rogers who died in 2003.

He retired from the U.S. Forest Service, and worked for N.C. Department of Transportation for 12 years after his retirement from the Forest Service. He was a loving father and grandfather and was a skilled hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by two sons, Benjamin Rogers and his fiancée Donna Baker and Roman Rogers all of Franklin, and three grandchildren, Tyler, Cherish and Willow Rogers. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gwendolyn Keener.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Hayes officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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



Geraldine Madalyn HardegreeGeraldine Madalyn Hardegree

Geraldine Madalyn Hardegree, 71, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Born in Teaneck, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Jacob Bergrab and Annette Kastorea Bergrab. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Jackson. She graduated from Miami Dade University with a degree in culinary arts and was the co-owner of Riverbend Estate Water System. Her family was always most important to her.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ron Hardegree; six children, Rhonda Freeman and husband Steve of Miami, Fla., Mike Hardegree and wife Pam of Hialeah, Fla., Renee Maxwell and husband Frank of Franklin, Lee Hardegree of Otto, Gail Anderson and husband Greg of Lantana, Texas and Chris Hardegree and wife Dawn of Miami, Fla.; three brothers, Jim Bergrab of Miramar, Fla., Steve Bergrab of Ohio and Robert Bergrab of Dunella, Fla.; 21 grandchildren, Melanie Herring, Justin Herring, Amanda Freeman, Danielle Freeman, Dylan Ortiz, Jason Jackson, Mickey Hardegree, Sheldon Hardegree, Danny Hardegree, Andrew Hanak, Joshua Hanak and Randal Hanak, Hunter Maxwell, Waylon Hardegree, Samantha Hardegree, Ashlynn Anderson, Kelleigh Anderson, Logan Hardegree and Shannon Maxwell, Brandon Harris and Courtney Harris; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Kyleigh Elizabeth BentonKyleigh Elizabeth Benton

Kyleigh Elizabeth Benton, infant daughter of Andrew G. Benton and Gabrielle L. Benton passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandmother, Leslie Benton of Carlton, Ga.; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Patricia Lavender and Ronny Lavender both of Otto, N.C.; great grandmother, Judy Wiggins of Carlton, and great grandfathers, Earl Martin of Entington, Ga. and James Wiggins of Carlton; brother, Ronny Lane Benton of Otto; six aunts, Kayla, Amanda and Mariah Martin, all of Royston, Ga., Rachael Walls of Rapid City, S.D., and Hayley Lavender and Jenna Lavender both of Otto, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Tony Martin.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at New Town Baptist Church in Carlton, Ga. Rev. David Powell will officiate. Burial will be in the Glade Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

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




Troy Arvil Welch

Troy Arvil Welch, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Floyd Arvil and Emma Birdell McGaha Welch. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He liked antiques, and had worked all over the world in tunnels. He was a survivor.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Myra Childers Welch; one daughter, Debra Childers Dean and her husband, Jason, of Franklin; step-daughter, Pamela Ibaugh and her husband, Bill, of Franklin; two step-sons, Jimmy Barden and his wife, Darlene, of Milwaukee, Wisc. and Alan Sutton and his wife, Linda, of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Arbutus McCoy and Patricia Morgan and her husband, Jack, all of Franklin; one brother, Willard Douglas Welch and his wife, Beatrice, of Clayton, Ga.; six grandchildren, Samantha, Daylon, April, Cody, Jimmy and Paul and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Dale Welch, Charles Edward Welch and James Kenneth Welch and granddaughter, Chrissy.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Reid officiating. Burial was held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chad Welch, Randy McCoy, Joseph McCoy, Stephen Wyatt, Bill Ibaugh, and Josh Martin. Jason Morgan served as honorary pallbearer.

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



Myrtle M. Mackey

Myrtle Arleecie Keener McClure Mackey, 96, of Clyde, N.C., went home Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, to be with Jesus, the Light of the World, the Light that gave her sight and her sweet gentle spirit. She is now rejoicing in a most wonderful place and having a very Merry Christmas.

She was born to the late Isaac “Tyke” and Nell Calloway Keener, Aug 6, 1917, in the Goldmine Community, Macon County, N.C. She was preceded in death by two husbands, James McClure and Lemuel Mackey and one daughter, Gladys McClure. She is survived by one child, Jimmy McClure and three step children, Peggy Green, Jimmy Mackey, and Fred Mackey. She was blessed to have four generations of surviving grandchildren.

She helped run a taxi service with her late husband Lemuel Mackey for several years in the Waynesville area and was dedicated to helping the elderly and needy get around town. She was an active member of Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church in Clyde and our beloved Mother and Grandmother.

“Granny passed from this life to the next without fanfare. This was the same way she lived her life. She was small in every sense of the word — meek, mild, soft spoken. Her contribution to conversation was often little more than a sideways grin accented by large mirthful eyes. But as with all human beings, she experienced pain and loss in her life. At times her countenance changed, her brow furrowed, and those soft eyes took on the haze of experience.

“It is often said that the eyes are the window to the soul. I can’t say that I have always had a good understanding of that idea. It is becoming clearer now — one day at a time. Beautiful pure blessings come into our lives and go as quickly as they came. Shiny, sparkly, tempting pleasures can cast a haze over the eyes of the best and worst of us. The vision becomes so murky that one cannot see. The only thing left to do is cry out — ‘I can’t see.’ When the light comes in we see again — sometimes perfectly. Regarding Granny, I see perfectly. She was small. She loved small people in a larger than life way. So glad my Granny could see, and I know that she will always see.”

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Willett officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Clyde.

An online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.



Gayle Elizabeth RamboGayle Elizabeth Rambo

Gayle Elizabeth Rambo, 79, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec.14, 2013, at Angel Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Edna Fox. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Miami, Fla., at the age of 20, where she later met and married her loving husband, Joe Rambo. During the marriage they purchased a cabin in 1975 on Buck Creek and in 1999 made it their permanent residence.

She was an avid china painter, stay at home mother and part-time bookkeeper for the family business. She was a loving mother of five children and a devoted wife. She loved her church family at Bethel United Methodist Church in Franklin and was best known for her baking. She enjoyed the outdoors, family camping trips and was an avid football fan.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Joe Rambo, one daughter, Cherole Lee Pennington of Waynesville, N.C.; four sons, Scott Volin and wife, Sherry of Homestead, Fla.; Ty Volin and wife, Karin and son Noah of Ft. Pierce, Fla., Joseph Brad Rambo and Debbie of The Colony, Texas; Dann Rambo and wife, Maria of Cutter Bay, Fla.; grandchildren, Joseph Rambo, Reed Rambo, Travis Rambo, Adam Rambo and Kylie Volin. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Katy Volin, three sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service in celebration of her life was held Sunday, Dec. 29, at Bethel United Methodist Church with Pastor Matt Morris officiating and Pastor Al Beck assisting. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Reach of Macon County, PO Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Laszlo ‘Laci’ KelemenLaszlo ‘Laci’ Kelemen

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

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

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

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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



Randall ‘Willie’ Winston BuchananRandall ‘Willie’ Winston Buchanan

Randall “Willie” Winston Buchanan, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Perry Buchanan and Myrtle Leopard Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Buchanan. He loved football and racing. He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

He is survived by three children, Amanda Peek and husband Mark of Franklin, Allison Hicks and husband Scott of Thomasville, N.C. and Blake Buchanan of Franklin; five brothers and sisters, Kenneth Buchanan and wife Shannon of Harrisburg, Pa., Linda Jane Woodard of Charleston, S.C., Arnold Buchanan and wife Brenda of Tuckasegee, N.C., Rachael Capps and husband Tommy of Henderson, N.C. and Joyce Todd of Franklin; two grandchildren, Mason Hicks and Isabella Buchanan.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 21, at Windy Gap Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scotty Bishop, Tubby Zachery, Caroll Jones, Bill Pruitt and Terry Moore.

Memorial donations can be made to Windy Gap Baptist Church, Bldg. Fund, C/O Edith Holland, PO Box 1938, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Joseph ‘Randy’ Randolph RabyJoseph ‘Randy’ Randolph Raby

Joseph “Randy” Randolph Raby, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Doris Lakey Raby and the late Billy Bryson Raby. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Terry Raby. He worked at the local radio station as a radio announcer for 30 years. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Karen Deal Raby and two sons, Casey Jennings and wife Stephanie Kyle Jennings and wife Maggie and a grandson, Jeremiah Randolph Jennings.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 29, at Cowee Baptist Church. Revs. David Powell, Ronnie Branson and Bill Deal officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joe Deal, Bill Deal, Jimmy Deal, Adam Drake, Charlie Leatherman and Ronald Allen. Caroll Tallent and Randy’s dialysis driving team served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or the National Kidney Foundation of NC, 4819 Park Rd, Suite C, Charlotte 28209.

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



Ruth M. AsheRuth M. Ashe

Ruth M. Ashe, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Evelyn Brendle Mashburn of Franklin and the late Charlie F. Mashburn.

She was a homemaker, loving wife and daughter and enjoyed growing flowers and shopping. She was a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church and an honorary member of East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Dennis K. Ashe; two sisters, Sandra Mitchell and husband Gene of Franklin, and Cheryl Brendell and husband Owen of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers William Mashburn and wife Shirley and Alan Mashburn all of Franklin; father-in-law, Logan Ashe and sister-in-law, Linda Ashe, both of Franklin, and two nieces, Stephanie McCray and Angela Mashburn. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Mashburn.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Ashe, Lewis Ashe, Jim Wiggins, Kenneth Mashburn, Gene Mitchell and Doug Brendle.

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



Irene Mitchell MorganIrene Mitchell Morgan

Irene Mitchell Morgan, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

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. and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cartoogechaye.

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, or online at www.cfwnc.org; or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731-9447 or online at www.FourSeasonsCFL.org.

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



Dr. E. Val HastingsDr. E. Val Hastings

Dr. E. Val Hastings was born April 1, 1921 in Manistique, Mich., son of Edward James Hastings and Clara Ranson Hastings. He passed away peacefully Dec. 16, 2013, in Cashiers, N.C. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary Pfaller Hastings in 1993 and his son, Paul Geoffrey Hastings in 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Doreen Davies Hastings; children, Peter J. Hastings and wife, Babs of St. Simons Island, Ga., Valerie Crockett and husband, David of Charlotte, N.C., Julie Westphal and husband, Eric of St. Simons Island, Ga., Kathy Cable and husband, Robert of St. Simons Island, Ga. and Ann Hastings, daughter- in-law of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Rosemary Haley, Kelley Galvin, Courtney Anglin, Mark Crockett, Julie Dalton, Haley Denley, Ned Hastings, Hastings Westphal, Amanda Cable and Rob Cable; great-grandchildren, Austin, Maddie, Paddy, James, Cameron, Grady and Libby. He was a caring physician, dedicated teacher, avid golfer, loving husband and wonderful father and grandfather.

He attended Marquette University and received his B.S. Degree and was a 1944 graduate of Marquette Medical School. He then enlisted as a medical officer in the U.S. Army serving at numerous medical installations and hospitals including Oliver General Hospital in Augusta, Ga., as assistant chief of laboratory services. After leaving the Army, Dr. Hastings returned to Augusta in 1952 to become the pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital and to join the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia. After 35 years at St. Joseph, he retired in 1987. In 2001, he retired full time to Cashiers, where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

One of the greatest highlights of his life was an invitation to join the Augusta National Golf Club in 1963. While a member of the Augusta National Golf Club for 50 years, he served on numerous committees for both the Club and the Masters golf tournament. During this time he developed many lifelong friendships and numerous memories at the Club that he treasured. In addition, he was also a member of multiple prestigious golf clubs in the United States. One of his lasting legacies was as a founding member of Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers.

A private graveside service will be held in Augusta, Ga., on Jan. 18, 2014. The family will receive friends following the service at The Pinnacle Club from 2 to 4 p.m. This summer, close friends will host a celebration of his life in Cashiers.

Memorials may be made to The Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 32 Cashiers, NC 28717 or Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Dr. JWB, Suite 600 Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Shirley Jean Edwards GillShirley Jean Edwards Gill

Shirley Jean “Nana” Edwards Gill, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

From Springfield, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Opal Edwards. She lived in California, Arizona, and Florida prior to retiring to Franklin with her husband. She was an interior designer for major commercial businesses in the greater Miami area for many years. She enjoyed traveling, music, and fishing and loved all of her family and friends here in the mountains.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, George Henry Gill, and her sister, Peg Edwards Wallace of Rochester, Ill.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, Brenda and husband John Trifler of Greenwood, Ind., Glen and wife Darlene Wallace of Rochester, Ill., Barbara and husband Bob McGee of Fairbanks, Ark., Steve and wife Deb Wallace of Napa, Calif., and Beverly Franks of Deerfield, Ill.; five grandnieces; six grandnephews; stepson, Craig Gill and wife Kathy of Winder, Ga.; adopted daughter, Kelly A. Long; and adopted granddaughter, Blair Long.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate.

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



Candus E. AngelCandus E. Angel

Candus E. Angel, 108, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, Jan. 25, 1905, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Dolly Jennings Gibson. She was married to Lex B. Angel Sr. who died in 1965.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, greatgreat- grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother who liked to crochet and do word puzzles. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three daughters, Mildred Tyler and Grace Poindexter both of Franklin and Maude Breedlove of Bryson City; one son, Bob Angel of Franklin; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and three great-greatgreat- grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Lex Angel Jr. and J. D. Angel; two sisters; seven brothers and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 26, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Owens and Rev. Cale Stancil officiating. Burial was in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Angel, Zachary Holt, Eli Childers, Nathan Raby, Kyle Poindexter and Josh Owens.

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



Ned Hardy Sanders

Ned Hardy Sanders, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Dec. 16, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jess and Ollie Mae Hastings Sanders. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a foreman for Davey Tree Service. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; loved being with family, especially his grandchildren and liked to fish, go camping, and ride motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Laura Nulph Sanders; one daughter, Christine Mason of Olympia, Wash.; two sons, John Julian of Lapeer, Mich. and Jim Julian of Charlevoix, Mich.; one sister, Shirley Callahan of Darrington, Wash.; six grandchildren, Zach, Amanda, Johnny, Tony, Brandon and Creedence; three greatgrandchildren, Kenyen, Kyler and Logan and several special friends and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Darkis Cook and Katherine Cochran and seven brothers, Doyle, Red, Jack, Muriel, Clint, and Dub Sanders and an infant brother, Warren Sanders.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 19, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Stilwell, Rev. Danny Cannon and Rev. Brian Lamb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Skip Sanders, Kip Cochran, John Wayne Sanders, Junior Mason, Neal Finch and Elicio Aguilar. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Mason and Danny Mason.

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



Reginald Gilbert LaPiereReginald Gilbert LaPiere

Reginald Gilbert LaPiere, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, he was the son of the late Frederick LaPiere and Madaline Miller LaPiere. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael LaPiere and a grandson, Michael Velasco. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the American Legion Post 108. He was a retired bus driver with Coach USA Charter. He enjoyed bowling and Christmas was his favorite holiday.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Betty LaPiere; five children, Kathy Kelly and huband Chuck of Franklin, Rusty Tordoff and wife Michelle of Augusta, Ga., Junior Rodriquez and wife Neisa of Ft. Myers, Fla., Renee Roberts of Jacksonville, N.C. and Nancy Dicenso of Las Vegas; brother, Curtis LaPiere and wife Margie of Port Orange, Fla.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

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



W. L. ‘Billy’ BoatwrightW. L. ‘Billy’ Boatwright

W. L. “Billy” Boatwright, 72, of Warne, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his home.

He was a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., and the son of Carolyn Grier Boatwright of Franklin, N.C., and the late William Thomas Boatwright. He was owner and operator of a dairy farm and a hoof trimmer. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his family.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kay Boatwright; two sons, Dwayne Boatwright of Warne, and Keith Boatwright of Marble, N.C.; one daughter, Lesa Horton of Hurricane Mills, Tenn.; three brothers, Tommy Boatwright and Richard Boatwright both of Florida and Jeff Boatwright of Franklin; four grandchildren, Ashley Ray, Kaley Boatwright, Tyler Boatwright and Trevor Boatwright.

A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 23, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

Tributes to the Boatwright family may be made at www.townson-rose.com.

Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Annoucement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



David Keith RedouteyDavid Keith Redoutey

David Keith Redoutey, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of Mary Webb Ellis and the late George Franklin Redoutey. He enjoyed playing the piano and attended Trinity Assembly of God.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, George Ray Redoutey and wife Ann of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Ballew and Rev. Wayne Sheffield officiated. Burial was in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Johnny Mason, Ethan Teague, Charles Reed, Scott Redoutey, Ronnie Webb and Alex Redoutey.

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



Douglas Arthur Peek

Douglas Arthur Peek, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Bulen Neil Peek and Nellie Hedden Peek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Grendell, Morley and Sterling and his companion of 30 years, Margaret Lovell who died Dec. 4, 2012. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived his son, Kevin Peek and wife Leslie of Prince Frederick, Md.; his daughter, Kathleen Peek of Chicago; two brothers, Harold Peek of Middleburg, Fla. and Leroy Peek of Franklin; three sisters, Christine Parrish of Franklin, Maxine Shepherd of Candler and Doris Crane of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Potts will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday, prior to the service.

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



Nancy Ammons Watts LocklearNancy Ammons Watts Locklear

Nancy Ammons Watts Locklear went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.

She was born Jan. 5, 1928, in Macon County to the late Alex and Margaret Ann Leatherman Ammons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Freeman Watts; son, Sherrill Watts; daughter, Sharon Watts Jacobs Pugh; and infant daughters, Sheila and Rhonda; her brother, Edison Ammons; and her sisters, Ruby Rogers, Emma Ray, Hazel Dills and Sarah Beale.

Those that will forever cherish her memory are her surviving daughter, Dawn Watts Teem of Winston Salem, N.C.; grandchildren she loved dearly, Zach and Tiffany Teem; and great-granddaughter Hayven Teem.

A mountain girl when she married Freeman Watts on July 20, 1950, and moved from the Ellijay community to Bakersfield, Calif., and from there she continued to follow him during his Army career, moving many times to different states and overseas. She devoted her life to her family and helping others.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Macon Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial followed in the cemetery at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were her beloved nephews, Ronnie Beale, Ritchie Beale, Harold Ammons, Gary Dills, Randall Dills and great nephew, Joey Cole.

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



Eugene Edward NewberryEugene Edward Newberry

Eugene Edward “Daddy Gene” Newberry, 96, of Sheffield, Ala., passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Morningside of Sheffield.

He was educated in the funeral business in Franklin, N.C., and worked for many years at Bryant Funeral Home. In 1938, he went to Fitzgerald, Ga., and worked for Pualk Funeral Home. He was drafted in 1942 into the Army Air Corps and fought in World War II. He returned home in 1945 to the funeral business in Eatonton, Ga., then reenlisted in the Air Force in 1947 and moved to Warner Robins, Ga., to work with the Military Air Transport Unit which later moved to Mobile, Ala. He enjoyed his years of flying all over the world with the Military Air Transport Unit. He taught the Military Air Transport Procedures in West Palm Beach, Fla., then retired in 1963. After retirement, he returned to live in Warner Robins and was employed by Watson Hunt Funeral Home in nearby Perry, Ga. He then moved to Florence in 2004 to live with his daughter, Sara Biddle. He later enjoyed his retirement at Park Place and then at Morningside of Sheffield.

Daddy Gene is survived by his daughter, Sara Biddle. Sara’s memories are wonderful having kissed his photo every night he was in World War II and running into his arms on his return. Teaching her how to ride a bike, buying her paper dolls when she didn’t cry at the doctor’s office, teaching her that education and manners were important and happy memories of Christmas making the birthday of the Baby Jesus a lovely celebration. The music of Christmas was a special joy and how he loved to hear Sara sing and to see her acting on stage or in films.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Bernhardt Newberry; second wife, Dorothy Frey Newberry; parents, Edward and Jessie Camp Newberry; and sister, Beatrice Moffit.

A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 23, at St. Michaels Cemetery in Florence, Ala., with Rev. Jim Warren and Father Edward Markley, OSB officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Journeys of Faith Ministries; c/o Bob and Penny Lord; PO Box 845; Morrilton, AR 72110.

Special thanks are given to Dr. Lyman Mitchell, the staff of Morningside of Sheffield, and the nurses of Hospice Advantage.

Elkins Funeral Home of Florence invites you to sign the online registry at www.elkinsfuneralhome.com.




Bill Mason

Bill Mason 79, of Franklin, N.C., entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Dec. 2, 2013. A native of Franklin, he was the son of the late William C. Mason and Perry Panell Mason. He was preceded in death by three brothers, WJ Mason of Oakridge Tenn, Robert (Bob) Mason of Franklin and Carl Mason of Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margie Kimsey Mason of Franklin. Also survived by two sons, Keith Mason (Pam) of Kernersville NC, and Ron Mason (Pat) of Sneads Ferry, N.C., three grandchildren Amy Weeger (Jeff) of Holly Springs, N.C., John W Mason (Tiffany) of Monroe, N.C. and Alex Mason of Kernersville, N.C.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years reaching the rank of lieutenant. He served in Vietnam aboard the USS Independence. After his retirement from the Navy, he returned to school and worked on his lifelong dream of receiving a college education. He graduated from Southwestern Technical College and was a 1984 Honors Graduate of Western Carolina University. His second career was in the real estate business where he enjoyed success as both an agent and appraiser.

A lifelong volunteer, he was very active in the Lions Club of Franklin serving as president. He proudly served the community as a Lion for 25 years. He was awarded the Lions highest honor, the Melvin Jones Award among many other Lion awards. He took great pride in working with the vision screening of Macon County school children. Additionally, he could be seen placing American flags all around Franklin on the 4th of July, Veterans Day and other special days during the year. He was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church in Franklin.

Funeral service was Thursday, Dec. 5. Burial was in the cemetery at Prentiss Baptist Church with Rev. Lloyd Fish and Rev. Billy Sellers officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Lions Club of Franklin and Angel Hospice of Franklin.

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



Fia B. ScheyerFia B. Scheyer

Fia B. Scheyer, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Sasha Bartnovski and Antonette Salisbury Bartnovski. She was a Julliard- trained professional singer and recording artist and was an author of numerous articles and curricula as well as an author with two books in print. She worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association as the director of volunteers and fundraising and was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rev. John David Scheyer of Franklin; three children, Suzie DellaPenta and husband George of Cheektowaga, N.Y., David Cefkin and wife Mia of Franklin and Beverly Calobrace of Tamarac, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Lamb of Pompano Beach, Fla., Beverly Smalheiser of Tamarac, Fla.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Dec. 7, at Macon Valley Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Care Net, 130 Bidwell St. Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James Edward KeenerJames Edward Keener

James Edward Keener, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Macon County, Jan. 22, 1930, the son of the late William A. and Nancy J. Fox Keener. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War. He was a loving husband; was a retired caretaker, and liked to hunt and fish. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Holbrooks, Virginia Waters and Marie Crawford and one brother, William H. Keener.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margie Cabe Keener and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Monday, Dec. 9, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. David Williams officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28803.

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



Una Margaret Crawford Setser

Una Margaret Crawford Setser, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Eugene Emerson Crawford and Mary Estella Snyder Crawford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Ray Setser, who died in 2011. She graduated from Franklin High School and Western Carolina University. She retired as a school teacher; was a member of The Macon County Unit of NCRSP; member of Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer, former Sunday school teacher and member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

She is survived by four daughters, Margaret Simpson and husband Bob of Franklin, Mary Miesiaszek and husband Steve of Norcross, Ga., Myra Loewenstein and husband David of Rye Brook, N.Y. and Lisa Setser of Franklin; three sisters, Myra Patton of Franklin, Mysa Mathews and husband A.L. of Worthington, Ohio and Jean Swainey and husband Walt of Hillsboro, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Caroline, Stephanie, Morgan, Rachael, Taylor, Jeffrey, Sissy, Olivia, Zachary and Sophie and three great-grandchildren, Miciah, Maleek and Eric.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 7 at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Sam Crawford and Rev. David Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Mt. Zion Cemetery, C/O Kathy Tinsley 151 Valley Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Patricia Louise MarlinPatricia Louise Marlin

Patricia Louise Marlin, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Born in Klamath Falls, Ore., she was the daughter of the late Charles Byron Slay and Anna Mae Haynes Slay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger and Bill and three sisters, Judy, Charlce and Shirley.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Marlin; three children, Scott Rutter of Silverdale, Wash., Teresa Ledford of Franklin and Cindy Howry of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Rosalie Webb of Renton, Wash. and Delbert Hutchinson of Douglas, Wyo.; two brothers, Charles Byron Slay of Lakeview, Ore. and Michael David Slay of Klamath Falls, Ore.; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren and special friend, Heather Hickman of Franklin.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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



Carol A. EllenburgCarol A. Ellenburg

Carol A. Ellenburg, 73, of Cartersville, Ga., passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

She was born Nov. 17, 1940, in Reading, Pa., the daughter of the late, William A. and Jean Ethel Whittington and was retired from the University of Central Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marvin Ellenburg.

Surviving is her daughter and son-in-law, Ronda K. and Donald Hampton of Cartersville, Ga.; grandchildren, Sean M. Sullivan and his wife, Pamela of St. Mary’s, Ga., Erin E. Stevens and her husband, Christopher of Cartersville; five great grandchildren, Shelby, Addilyn, Leland, Gwendalyn and Amory, a brother and sister-in-law, William A. and Doris Whittington of Tennessee and a number of nieces and nephews.

Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Ga. is in charge of arrangements.



John Clinton Walker Jr.John Clinton Walker Jr.

John Clinton Walker Jr., 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at a local hospital. Born in York, S.C., he was the son of the late John Clinton and Dorothy Yandel Walker. He was a carpenter, loving husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diane Hildreth Walker; three daughters, Ruby DelAngel and her husband Robert of Sanger, Texas, Denise Walker of Birmingham, Ala. and Annette Totherow and her husband Johnny of Clarendon, N.C.; three sons, Michael Walker and his wife Michelle of Houston, Texas, Laney Walker of the home and John Walker and his wife Tammy of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Carolyn Gibson of Freeport, Texas, Nancy Sims of Freeport, Texas and Joyce Overcash of Eagle Pass, Texas; one brother, Timothy Scott Walker of Freeport, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Morris Tippett officiating. Burial will be held at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service.

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



Wiley Rogers CabeWiley Rogers Cabe

Wiley Rogers Cabe, 84, resident of Acworth, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. She was born Feb. 4, 1929, and raised on a farm near Franklin, N.C. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948, served time in Germany during the Korean War and Berlin Airlift, and was discharged in 1952. He returned home to continue his education, marry, start a family, and enjoy a career at the Lockheed, Ga., (now Lockheed- Martin) plant for 32 years.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Mayes Davis Cabe; son Gary Davis (Jane) and grandson Jarrett of Marietta Ga.; son Robin Cabe (Peggy) of Canton, Ga., granddaughter Nicol Cabe of Seattle, Wash., grandson J. Collin Solonka of Woodstock, Ga.; daughter-in-law Annette Davis of Wheaton, Md., and grandson Joel Whitlow “Whit” Davis (Leah) of Columbia, Md.; grandson Nathaniel Cabe and great-granddaughter Kendall of Crawfordville, Fla.; daughter-in-law Analyn Cabe, and granddaughters Mary Josephina and Abigail Lesley of Blue Springs, Mo.; three brothers, Ernest W. “Buster” Cabe of Franklin, Clyde Cabe of Sylva, N.C. and Howard Cabe of Pensacola, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest W. and Margaret Mae Cabe; his first wife of 20 years, Eunice McCoy Cabe; and sons, Joel L. Davis Jr. and Leslie W. Cabe; three brothers, Henry Cabe, Ralph Cabe and Leon Cabe and four sisters, Annie D. Cabe, Edna Cabe, Lora Alice Thompson and Mabel Potts.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Acworth United Methodist Church. A second memorial service will be held in Franklin, N.C. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, Saturday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Acworth United Methodist Church or Gentiva Hospice Foundation of Atlanta.



Early Floyd Hester

Early Floyd Hester, 86, of Otto, N.C. passed away, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Born in Morgan County, Ga., he was the son of the late Early and Willie Armistead Hester. He was machinist for Arrow Shirt Company and was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by one son, Wesley Hester of Flowery Branch, Ga. and two sisters, Betty Sue Cobb of Lawrenceville, Ga. and Jeanette Brewer of Madison, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hester’s name to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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


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