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Deaths & Funerals


Margaret Bernice DriscollMargaret Bernice Driscoll

Margaret Bernice Driscoll, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 20, at her home.

She was born and raised in Chicago and Indianapolis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Patrick Driscoll; two brothers and one sister. She belonged to a Bunco Club and was a devout member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She loved ceramics, painting, playing cards and Bunco. She truly had a love for arts and crafts. Her love of family and friends was unsurpassed. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She left behind two children, Earl “Butch” Driscoll of Titusville, Fla., and Beverly Driscoll of Franklin; three grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandson (Henry) and three “adopted” grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



James Lee ‘Bo’ KinslandJames Lee ‘Bo’ Kinsland

James Lee "Bo" Kinsland, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in a local hospital. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Annis McDowell Kinsland. He was plant manager for Blue Bell Industries and operated the Franklin water treatment plant for 10 years.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a dedicated member of Franklin First Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for 30 years and a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nora Jean Baldwin Kinsland; three sons, James Michael Kinsland, Gregg Kinsland and his wife Christie, and David Kinsland and his wife Amy, all of Franklin; and six grandchildren, Kyle, Alex, Corrie, Bo Michael, Talley and Siler Kinsland. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Baldwin Kinsland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Franklin First Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek and Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dan Cansler, Mark West, Matthew West, Johnny Waldroop, Adam Waldroop, Kyle Kinsland, Alex Kinsland and Billy Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

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



Stanley Alton HollandStanley Alton Holland

Stanley Alton Holland, 76, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Edward Alton Holland and Lillian Brown Holland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edwina King. He was a member of the Army National Guard; member of the Old Tractor and Engine Club; was a NASCAR fan and was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He retired from Florida Power and Light.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Thelma Holland; three children, Celia Branch of Otto, Connie Knoblauch and husband Jonathan of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Stanley Allen Holland of Homestead, Fla.; sister, Myra Appleby and husband Gene of Ligonier, Pa.; brother, David Holland of Chiefland, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

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



Catherine A. Mikash

Catherine A. Mikash, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Eckerd Living Center, Highlands, N.C. She was born June 27, 1923 in Beaverdale, Pa.

She was a retired manager of the Betty Lee dress shop at the Eastgate shopping center.

Survivors are her children, Catherine (Russell) Squire of Stratham, N.H., Cheryl (Richard) Penix of Franklin, Nicholas (Colleen) Mikash Jr. of Mentor, and Mary Lee (Peter) Poirier of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Mikoch of Mayfield Village and Ruby Zaremba of Aurora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Mikash; siblings, Steve, George, Barbara and Frank.

Funeral mass was held Friday at St. Paschal Baylon Church, Highland Hts., Ohio.

Interment was in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio. Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home, Mentor, Ohio, was in charge of the arrangements.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.



Dorothy ‘Irene’ Hull KeswickDorothy ‘Irene’ Hull Keswick

Dorothy “Irene” Hull Keswick, 84, of Franklin, N.C., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A native of St Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Clyde and Mary Dorothy Rosenthal Hull. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John Paul Keswick; one brother, David Hull; and one sister, Rosalie Hull Fischbeck. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith.

She is survived by one son, Steven Keswick of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Jean White of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lauren Keswick of Durham, N.C. She is also survived by one brother, Benjamin C. Hull of Goleta Calif.; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Tim Pounds officiated. A memorial service is planned on Saturday, May 16, times and location to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, PO Box 909, Asheville, North Carolina 28802.

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



Terri Parker Slavens

Terri Parker Slavens, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she was the daughter of Myrtle Branham Parker and the late Martin Parker Jr. She owned and operated Children’s Discovery Center in Franklin and was known by many as Ms. Terri. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Parker Slavens and wife Ashton of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Cynthia Harrison of Franklin and Lynda Palmer of Live Oak, Fla.; five grandchildren, Evelyn, Landon, Gage, Blaine and Siler and several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service 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.



John ‘Vance’ Stepp Jr.John ‘Vance’ Stepp Jr.

John “Vance” Stepp Jr., 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Born in Andrews, N.C., he was the son of the late John Vance Stepp Sr. and Esta Mae Bingham Stepp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Stepp and brother, Teddie Craig Stepp. He was an 18- year U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a C-130 Flight Line Mechanic. He was Christian by faith.

He is survived by daughter, Regina Cordova of Madison, Tenn.; son, Robert Stepp of Weolm, Wash.; sister, Elsie Hoxit and husband James of Sylva; two brothers, Jim Stepp and wife Katrina of Leicester, N.C., and Tom Stepp and wife Cami of Sheridan, Ariz.; three grandchildren; companion, Patty Unger of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Maynard will officiate. VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 will conduct military rites.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675

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


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