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Martha Yvette Drane ElmoreMartha Yvette Drane Elmore

Martha Yvette Drane Elmore, 69, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of Louise Ramsey Drane and the late John Drane. She was a member of Prentiss Church of God. She enjoyed crafts, decorating and being around people.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry Glen Elmore; son, Scott Bradley Elmore (Terri) of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Michelle Bidel-Niyat (Majeid) of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, John Drane of Texas; sister, Carole Jeanne Harrison of Fla.; and three grandchildren, Bradley, Mikala and Tyler.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 9, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Kevin Chapman and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Longview Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Majeid Bidel-Niyat, Bradley Elmore, Tyler Crews, Tracy Tallent, Randy Stoudemire, Richard Lyle and Tim Crabtree.

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



Hope Louise Kling TallentHope Louise Kling Tallent

Hope Louise Kling Tallent, 94, of Greensboro, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed to her eternal home on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Whitestone Wellness Center, Greensboro, N.C.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Lynn Horton and Myrtle Miller Horton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, L. Dowe Kling; second husband, Gene Frizzell and third husband, R.L. Tallent and a brother Charles Horton of Holly Hill, Fla.

She graduated from high school in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., having been a member of the National Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper. She attended Riverside Hospital Nursing School in Jacksonville, Fla., two years before marrying L. Dowe Kling in August 1941. She worked as a medical secretary for the American Lung Association (1969-1971); Clerk Typist II and assistant to the Director of the Lee County Health Department, Ft. Myers, Fla. (1966-1969); Clerk Typist II at Florida State Board of Health, Jacksonville, Fla. (1960-1966) and secretary of a State Farm Insurance Agency, Jacksonville, Fla. (1957-1960). She was also a devoted member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Franklin. She and her first husband loved to teach children of the church and devoted themselves to supporting mission work. At time of her passing she was a member of Stoney Mountain Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C. She lived out the true calling of a Christian woman, wife and mother in giving guidance, friendship and love to all who knew her.

She is survived by two sons, Rev. Larry and Ann Kling of Foley, Ala., and Rev. Dr. Gary L. Kling and Dr. Karen Kiser- Kling of Greensboro, N.C.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. R. Larry Appleby, pastor of Stoney Mountain Baptist Church, Hendersonville, will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Stoney Mountain Baptist Bible Fund in Hope's name, 3301 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, 28791 instead of flowers.

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



Clara Belle Gregory SetserClara Belle Gregory Setser

Clara Belle Gregory Setser, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Pink and Martha B. Holland Gregory. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Edwin Setser, who died in 1988.

She was a homemaker and it was well known in that you never went to her house without having a great meal. She loved to raise a garden and she enjoyed making beautiful quilts.

She is survived by special sister-in-law, Linda Corn Gregory; one daughter, Doris Chambers (Bruce) of Bethel, NC; two sons, Dennis Setser (Mary) of Canton; David Setser (in memory of wife Sheila Moffitt) of Scaly Mtn.; three granddaughters, Kathy Lawrence (Steven), Amanda Chambers and Angela Chambers; one grandson, Scotty Setser (Kari), two great granddaughters, Sara Lawrence and Izzy Setser and one great grandson, Hayden Setser.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, Ray, Roy, John, and Bob Gregory and three sisters, Estelle Kiser, Tressie Hoilman and Betty Keener.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 9, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial followed in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scotty Setser, Mike Gregory, Mike Erwin, Wayne Chambers, Dennis Setser and David Setser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice in the memory of Clara. Special thank you to Silver Bluff Nursing Home of Canton for taking wonderful care of her for so many years.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Setser family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Paul Francis ScottPaul Francis Scott

Paul Francis Scott, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Claude Owen and Ruth Downs Scott. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was a U. S. Navy veteran serving during WWII and Korea. He was a Gunner’s Mate during his military service and was a small engine mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cabe Scott; one daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Scott and her fiancée Louis DeCamp of Franklin; one son, Gary O. Scott and his wife Janet of Franklin; two sisters, Jennie Marsh and Evelyn Steed both of Greensboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Matthew and Jessica Scott and Sydney and Samantha Nolen. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Eugene Scott.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 7, at Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Chapman and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post # 108 conducted military graveside rites.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Scott family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Nancy Jane Steed NewmanNancy Jane Steed Newman

Nancy Jane Steed Newman, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Jan. 5, 2016, after a brief bout with pneumonia and complications from COPD.

She was born on June 4, 1940, in Jacksonville, Fla., to James and Mary Steed. She attended the University of Florida and married her college sweetheart, Murray, who preceded her in death in 2009. They settled in Bryson City in 1972 where they owned and operated Ander's Retreat Rest Home, until their retirement in 1988. They moved to Franklin at that time to be near their first grandchild.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her children, Ray Newman and his wife Teresa, Merritt Shaw and her husband, Tim and Taylor Newman, all of Franklin; her grandchildren, Sasia Maloney and her husband Jon, Amber Newman and her companion Jerry Jones, Jessica Oliver and her fiancé Matthew Fouts, Megan Oliver, Traveler and Landon Shaw; great grandchildren, Bexley and Bentley Maloney, Jayce Fouts, and Bryer Newman, all of Franklin.

She is also survived by her siblings, Tommy Steed and his wife Cookie, of Stockbridge, Ga., Donna Ballentine and her husband Todd, of Franklin, Raymond Steed and his wife Diane of Bremen, Ga., and Denise Voyles of Douglasville, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.

She was the consummate teacher, artist and free spirit as well as an award winning writer (Top 30 Script - Project Green Light - 1999). She was a mother to all and encouraged creativity, patience and forgiveness. She would take the shirt off her back for anyone, but was a fierce defender of the ones she loved.

Nancy chose to donate her body to The Anatomy Gifts Registry, a non-profit whole body donation organization that supports advancements in scientific research and medical education.

No funeral or memorial service will be scheduled.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Angel Medical Center for their caring and compassion.



Mary Patricia ‘Patty’ ConleyMary Patricia ‘Patty’ Conley

Mary Patricia "Patty" Conley, 82, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Jan. 8, 2016. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Leona Higdon Holland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Harry Ed Conley, who died in 2000. She was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church and she worked in food service with Macon County Schools.

She is survived by a sister, Francis Bryson (Charles) of Franklin; one daughter, Rebecca DeMore (Richard) of Demorest, Ga.; two sons, Bruce C. Conley (Sherry) of Franklin and Harry R. Conley of Raleigh, and one grandson, Justin K. Conley. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Boyd and Mack Holland.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating. Burial will follow in Carson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marty Conley, Dennis Conley, Calvin Conley, Terry Bradley, Raymond Holland, Matthew Breedlove and Nathaniel Breedlove. Wayne Roper will serve as honorary pallbearer. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home of Bruce Conley, 140 Jim Corbin Rd., Franklin, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teen Challenge of the Smokies, PO Box 2157, Franklin, NC 28744 (828)421-6863).

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



Nat B. HenryNat B. Henry

Nat B. Henry, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Thurman Henry and Arcilla Woody Henry. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran. While serving in Vietnam, Nat’s unit was attacked and all but five men were lost. Nat was one of them and was taken POW, July 12, 1967, where he was held until March 5, 1973. He has been recognized for his outstanding service and valor to the United States of America by being awarded two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Clusters, including the Presidential Citation, and numerous other medals. In Oct. 18, 2012, the state named the bridge on the 441 by-pass in Henry's honor. He also served as a charter member of the Macon County Vietnam Veterans Chapter 994 and has served two terms as president and chairman of the board of directors. He graduated from Haywood Community College with a degree in horticulture. He became an original member of the Burningtown Fire Department and helped secure land for the construction of the current department. He was owner and operator of Henry’s greenhouses for 20 years and was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Becky Wright Henry; son, John Henry of Murphy; two brothers, James “Prat” Patrick Henry and wife Cora and Harry M. Henry and wife Mary; one granddaughter, Breanna Nicole Crisp and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Guy Duvall will officiate. Burial will be in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Fort Bragg U.S. Army military detail.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Macon Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joe Breedlove, Mike Breedlove, Ryan Rowland, Derek Roland, Mitchell Owenby and Zack Fouts.

Members of the VVA and Patriot Guard will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

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



Lester Thomas ‘Tommy’ StinsonLester Thomas ‘Tommy’ Stinson

Lester Thomas "Tommy" Stinson, 67, of Lancaster passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at Springs Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 13, 1948, in Sylva, N.C., a son of the late Earl Garland Stinson and Elva Leah Carpenter.

He was a member of Maidens Chapel of Franklin, N.C. He was an avid racecar owner, driver, mechanic and builder and was great at every aspect of racing. He was a superintendent in road construction and had an influential impact on all he trained with his knowledge. He also was a truck driver and loved to take family with him on trips. He loved fishing, playing his guitar and singing. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Earlene Stinson Crowley of Fort Mill, S.C. and Tina Marie Sitterson and her husband, Rodney, of Franklin; his companion, Melinda McDonald of Lancaster; his brothers and sister, Junior Stinson, Jimmy Stinson and Susie McConnell, all of Franklin, and Timmy Stinson of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Nicholas Sitterson, Cody James Walden, Leah Sitterson, Kaden Robinson, Breana Helms, Tyler Baker, Brenton Baker, Alex Baker and Railey Baker; a great-granddaughter, Braelynn Baker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Mitchell Crowley.



Kate Anderson JacobsKate Anderson Jacobs

Kate Anderson Jacobs, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Anderson and Annie Mae Womack Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Rogers; three brothers, Jim, J.B. and Haven and two sisters, Leota and Polly. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church. She worked as a bookkeeper at Zickgraf, was the co-owner of Dutch Delight Café and was an Avon Sales Representative.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Radford Jacobs; two sons, Larry Jacobs and Scottie Jacobs both of Franklin; sister, Jo Hamel of Asheville; brother, Elbert “Jud”Anderson Jr. of Mountain City, Ga.; three grandchildren, Todd Bennett and wife Sharon; Andrew Jacobs and wife Whitney and Shanda Jacobs; great granddaughter, Macie and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, at the church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Iotla Baptist Church or Autumn Care Nursing Home.

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


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