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Huel Warden SorrellsHuel Warden Sorrells

Huel Warden Sorrells, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Grover Sorrells and Hattie Wooten Sorrells Huel was a U.S. Navy veteran with fleet action during the Cuban Missile Crisis and support action in the Dominican Republic and Lebanon. He was a licensed building contractor, real estate broker, was a former building inspector in Mecklenburg County and electrical-building inspector in Macon County. He was building code instructor for several community colleges in the area. He was a charter member of Mashburn Branch Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Kell Sorrells; three children, Fred Sorrells, Phil Sorrells and Cindy Sorrells Cooper (Rodney), all of Franklin; one sister, Ann Brogden of Franklin; one brother, Jerry Sorrells of Candler, N.C.; step-mother, Frances Sorrells; half-brother, Robert Sorrells of Franklin; one half-sister, Robin Sorrells of Waynesville; two grandchildren, Isabella and Connor Cooper and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 5, at Mashburn Branch Baptist Church. Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Mike Chastain and Rev. Travis Buchanan officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Joe Brogden, Chris Brogden, Randy Sorrells, Dominic Sorrells, Isaac Gibson and Shane Moore.

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

Loretta Bommelyn

Loretta Bommelyn, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Born in Prosperity Park, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Albert Gloor and Cathryn Williamson Gloor. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in New Jersey.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert N. Bommelyn; daughter, Linda Vanzile of Scranton, Pa.; grandchildren, Ed, Ralph and Becky and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be held in Totowa, N.J.

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

Guy Eugene Holland

Guy Eugene Holland, 81, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Asheville. He was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Macon County to the late Harley and Selma Estes Holland. He was married to the late Louise "Toots" Holland who preceded him in 2007. He was a builder and owner and operator of Holland Construction. He loved to fish, hunt and work in the garden, but most of all he loved the outdoors. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Watts (Tommy) of Clayton, Ga., and Shelia Thompson of Cookeville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Chris Ammons (Mandy), Nathan Justus (Carrie), and Kevin Watts (Ellie); six great grandchildren, Dallas Ammons, Alyssa Ammons, Bella Ammons, Emmitt Ammons, Gaige Justus, and Samson Watts and two brothers, Joe Holland (Dixie) and John Holland (Ruth) both of Franklin.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with the Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial was in the Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Gary Ammons, Nathan Justus, Kevin Watts, Chris Ammons, Gabe Bolick, and Jimmy Lowe.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Holland family. Online condolences may be made at

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