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Betty Joyce Blankenship RoyseBetty Joyce Blankenship Royse

Betty Joyce Blankenship Royse, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Born in Allen Junction, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Blankenship and Ora Richardson Blankenship. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Oval Royse; son, Bernard “Bernie” Royse and three sisters.

She is survived by three children, John Royse and wife Ramona of Franklin, Nancy Norman and husband Randall of Sylva, N.C., and Martha Brindle and husband Eugene “Gene” of Cherokee, N.C.; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 23, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Clifton Randall McCallClifton Randall McCall

Clifton Randall McCall, 69, of Cullowhee, N.C., went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 20, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late W. Jerry and Mattie Beck McCall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Austin McCall Conner; two sisters, Flora Mae and Cornelia McCall. He was of the Baptist faith, the retired owner of Mc- Call’s Odds-N-Ends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ginnivee Underwood McCall; one daughter, Teresa McCall of Franklin, N.C.; one son, Clifton McCall of Salem, S.C.; three grandchildren, Nick McCall and wife Whitney of Franklin, Justin McCall of Savannah, Ga., and DeAnna McCall of Cashiers, N.C.; one great granddaughter Lainey McCall of Franklin; three sisters, Marie Alexander and husband McCager of Starr, S.C., Rebecca Binder and husband Bill of Hendersonville, N.C., Christine Lusk and husband Shelley of Brevard, N.C.; one brother Ernest McCall and wife Madge of Pendleton, S.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262

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



Robert Stanley ‘Stan’ HummelRobert Stanley ‘Stan’ Hummel

Robert Stanley “Stan” Hummel, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 20, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Robert Lewis Hummel and Barbara Kell Hummel. He worked for Freeman Gas for over 15 years; was a member of Franklin Church of God, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He was known for being able to fix anything.

He is survived by two children, Brandie Thompson and husband Jamie of Elizabethtown, N.C., and Stephen Hummel and wife Tiffany of Franklin; granddaughter, Hannah Thompson; mother of his children, Patricia Hummel; companion, Teresa Hollingsworth and her son, Nathaniel and his daughter, Natalie; and many cousins and good friends and his beloved dog, Max.

Funeral service was held Monday, March 23, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Philip Cochran, Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Hank Conner and Rev. Michael Stephens officiated. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stephen Hummel, Mike Kell, Morris Cook, Zac Cook, Brian Southard, James Greenwood, Jared Greenwood and Brent Vinson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Simpson, David Autrey, Parker Southard, Dylan Southard and Nathaniel Hollingsworth.

Memorial donations can be made to Cartoogechaye Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 438, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Terry Lee ‘Baldy’ ‘Tootie’ QuesenberryTerry Lee ‘Baldy’ ‘Tootie’ Quesenberry

Terry Lee "Baldy" "Tootie" Quesenberry, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away March 20, at his home.

Born March 1, 1959, to Eleanor Nichols of Franklin and the late Johnny Quesenberry of Virginia, he was a life-long Macon County resident except for a wild hair trip out west to cut timber in his youth. A "Cartoogechaye Tech" graduate, he loved hunting, fishing, Busch beer, NASCAR, the Western channel, Andy Griffith, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and just sitting around shooting the breeze with any of his thousands of friends that would just drop by to talk. To know Baldy made you his friend and earned you some crazy nickname that only ever really made sense to him. To love him made you his family.

Baldy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sandra Quesenberry; his mother, Eleanor Lewis; his brother, Bobby "Brother" Lewis; his loving niece and nephew, Kaitlin "Boo" and Kenan "Bug" Lewis; his aunts, Belva Edwards, Georgia Zachary, Ann Nichols, and Betty Holland; brothers-from-other-mothers, Brian "Big Un" Waldroop and Gary "Jaybird" Roper; step-children, Blaine and Stephanie Chaplin; step-grandkids, Rachel and John Koop; and a bunch of loving cousins and other extended family members and friends.

A private family service is planned. A celebration of Baldy's life will occur at a date to be determined where a pig will be picked, Busch will be drank, and favorite Baldy stories and pictures will be shared.

In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to Macon Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.


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