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Deaths & Funerals


Charles ‘Casey’ Philip MyersCharles ‘Casey’ Philip Myers

Charles “Casey” Philip Myers, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lawrence Myers and Bertha Cope Myers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Hook Myers and a grandson, Matthew “Jet” McClellion. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; member of the Merchant Marines and a member of the Berea Friendship United Methodist Church, Greenville, S.C. He loved his crossword puzzles in the morning with his coffee and watching the news, business weekly and jeopardy during the evening. He enjoyed working around the home, vacationing to Hawaii, loved animals and was a big fan of trains, planes and air shows.

He is survived by a son, Tracy Philip Myers of Sakhalin Island, Russia; three daughters, Julia M. Spalding of Tarpoon Springs, Fla., Shelia Hook Houston of Franklin and Donna M. McClellion of Anderson, S.C.; three brothers, John Howard “Ick” Myers of Michigan, George Myers of Texas and Bob Myers of Franklin; three sisters, Sue Stewman of Brevard, Betty Crawford and Dixie Holland, both of Franklin; grandchildren, Whitney Sloan Ramsey of Pendleton, S.C., Sara McClellion of Rabun Gap, Ga., Breanna Houston and Ian Houston both of Gastonia, N.C., Grant Spalding of Travis AFB, Calif., Graham Spalding of Minot AFB, ND and Mia Myers of Xiamen, Fujian China; one great grandchild, Caison Sloan Ramsey of Pendleton, S.C.; special cousin, George Phillips and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Scott Holland and Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be George Phillips, Grant Spalding, Graham Spalding, Scott Holland, Jim Williams and Willard Barrett.

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



Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Cole OliveRet. Lt. Col. Donald Cole Olive

Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Cole Olive, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Born in Earl, N.C., he was the son of the late Edward Briggs Olive and Edith Fulton Olive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hilda Beatty Olive; son, Donald Jerry Olive and brothers, Daniel Monroe Olive He graduated from Kings Mountain High School and Wake Forest University. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps League as a Lt. Col; where he served on a rifle and pistol team and received numerous top honors. He was a past member of VFW, American Legion and an NRA Lifetime Master. He was a Christian and loved The Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Cabe Olive; two grandchildren, Donald Lee Olive and Stephanie Lynne Olive; three great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three stepsons, Sterling, Michael and David Pangle; a special stepdaughter, Sharon Urquhart; eight stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat grandchildren.

No services have been planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Reba Sue Hastings WorleyReba Sue Hastings Worley

Reba Sue Hastings Worley, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Sarah Mason Hastings. She is survived by her husband of six years, Mark Anthony "Tony" Worley. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to fish, cook, and help others in need. She was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church and she enjoyed listening to gospel music.

In addition to her husband Tony, she is survived by two sons, Tommy Fountain of Clayton, and Steve Fountain and wife Amanda of Sylva; four sisters, Dale McConnell and husband Lee of Franklin, Cathy Tippett and husband Bryan of Otto, Alice Bradley and husband Mike of Otto, and Marilyn Hastings of Franklin; two brothers, Harvey Hastings of Franklin and Sam Hastings and wife Debra of Franklin; five grandchildren, Keela, Ashley, McKenzie, Aleigh and Kayleigh Fountain and one great granddaughter on the way, Waylyn Sue Fountain.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 4, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Danny Cannon and Rev. David Hastings officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Bradley, Daniel Dills, Kevin McConnell, Chris Burns, Samuel Crane, Jeff Crane, Wayne Wilburn and Johnny Wilburn.

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



Mary Ruth Boyer Caird

Mary Ruth Boyer Caird, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Born in Hazleton, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Eugene Ward Boyer and Ruth Spain Boyer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Ward Boyer and a sister, Martha Lee Boyer. She was a RN, loved to read and do crossword puzzles and was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Lynn Caird Radecki of Franklin; two grandsons, Joseph John Radecki, III and Nicholas David Radecki; and three great granddaughters, Molly Elizabeth Radecki, Kendall Gorecki and Ellie Lynn Radecki.

No services are planned.

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



Richard Daniel Salmonson Sr.Richard Daniel Salmonson Sr.

Richard Daniel Salmonson, Sr., 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Born in Gansevoort, N.Y., he was the son of the late Nels Jalmar Salmonson and Laura Morrisey Salmonson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Drum Salmonson, and two brothers, Clifford and Eddie. He was a member of Tessentee Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, camping, working in his shop on vintage motors, small engines and tractors, building black powder muskets and tinkering.

He is survived by three children, Rebekah L. Simonds and husband Bruce of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Richard D. Salmonson Jr. and wife Lonna of Franklin and Sarah S. Reed and husband Rod of Cannon, Ga.; two brothers, Gerald Salmonson and Alfred Salmonson both of Gansevoort, N.Y.; two sisters, Elma Woodcock and Hilda Ryles both of Gansevoort, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Mannon Salmonson, Isaac Salmonson, James Reed and William Reed and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 4, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Carl Carpenter, Rev. Rondal Owen and Rev. Bobby Cloer officiated. Burial was in the Wright Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mannon Salmonson, Chad Buchanan, Randy Drinnon, Brad Bishop, Ronnie Jones, Robbie Hartsell, James Reed and William Reed.

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



Blanche A. TallentBlanche A. Tallent

Blanche A. Tallent, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Grayson Tallent and Freda Moore Tallent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Tallent. She worked at Macon Citizens for the Handicapped; attended First Baptist Church; enjoyed gospel music and bowling and was a Special Olympics athlete.

She is survived by a sister, Grace Houston of Franklin; two brothers, Buster Tallent and Junior Tallent, both of Franklin and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Don Moffitt, Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Tim Hayes and Tracy Tallent officiated. Burial was in the Addington Community Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were residents of MCH group home.

Memorial donations can be to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Keith Neville CurtisKeith Neville Curtis

Keith Neville Curtis, 53, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

Born in Lincoln Park, Mich., he was the son of Ruby Belcher Curtis and the late Claude Neville Curtis. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Martin and a brother, Lawrence Lowry. He played in the Whoever Band; loved his motorcycles; was a member of the Boundary Hunting Club and a member of Coweeta Baptist Church. He was a truck driver, and a former dispatcher and 911 coordinator for Macon County.

In addition to his mother, Ruby Curtis, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Shearl Curtis; two children, Brian Keith Curtis and Sabrina Jenell Curtis both of Franklin; three sisters, Denise Southard and husband Steve and Sheila McClure and husband Richard, all of Franklin, and Glenda Loose and husband Cliff of Otto; one grandchild, Lelynd Patrique Chasse; special friend, Dee Di Elmo of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were John Shearl, John Pagan, Billy Tilley, Eddie Ledford, Mark Lathrop and Dwayne Cabe.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Nathalie Georgia Sato

Nathalie Georgia Sato, 90, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Born on Dec. 12, 1923, in Ithaca, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Frederick Raymond and Lolita Healey Georgia. Her father was one of the founders of Black Mountain College, a progressive liberal arts school with an international reputation for avant garde art, architecture, literature, music, and dance that thrived from 1933 until 1957. At the time of her birth he was teaching chemistry at his alma mater, Cornell University, where his wife was an instructor in accounting. She lived in Highlands in 1931-32 when her father bought the Flat Mountain one-room schoolhouse and converted it to a summer home for 10 years before the U.S. entered the Second World War. The summer home was used again after the war until her father died in the early 1960s.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University with a major in constitutional law for regional and city planning. She graduated in 1952 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a doctorate in political science, specializing in intergovernmental relations in metropolitan planning. Beginning her career as chief urban planner for the Chicago area transportation studies, she was serving as planning analyst for Pennsylvania’s Office of State Planning and Development in Harrisburg when she retired in 1983. She returned to Highlands, having bought her father’s Flat Mountain School site, after his second wife died in the mid-1970s, where she built her home and spent the last 30 years of her life gardening, hiking, and weaving on the loom her father had built at Black Mountain College. In 1991, she was recognized for her voluntary contributions to the U.S. Forest Service. Ever since her cycling excursions in Europe, she had been an avid outdoorsman, living and walking in the forests and closely observing the wonders of nature. She expressed her lifelong love of Highlands’ history by serving as docent at the Highlands Historical Museum and helping to catalog the archives of the Highlands Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Georgia and son, Bruce Sato.

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



Richard James SakowskiRichard James Sakowski

Richard James Sakowski, 53, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. He was employed by Davis Elliott as a crane operator.

Born in McKeesport, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond J. Sakowski Sr. and Doris Jean Moore Sakowski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Sakowski.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Becky Sakowski; son, Richard James Sakowski Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Katlin Sakowski of Franklin; two brothers, Raymond J. Sakowski Jr. and Mark Sakowski of Florida; sister, Rhonda Sakowski of Florida; three grandchildren, Skylar Johnson, Jacob Johnson and Raylyn Adkins and several nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (formerly known as Macon County Humane Society), 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734 (www.maconhumane.com).

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



James ‘Jim’ Frank YoungJames ‘Jim’ Frank Young

James "Jim" Frank Young, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the son of the late Leslie J. and Ruby Henry Young. He was U.S. Navy Veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years. He was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and he loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda Evitt Young; a son, Randy Rogers and his wife Lori of Franklin; two daughters, Vicki Peek and her husband Wesley of Franklin, and Kaye Cabe of Otto, N.C.; a brother, Jerry Young and his wife Betty of Franklin; grandsons, Mark Peek, Michael Peek and Jeremy Cabe; great grandsons, Parker Cabe, Brennan Cabe and Elias Peek. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Darrell Young.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Neil Moore officiating. Mark Peek, Michael Peek, Jeremy Cabe, Carl Mincey, Morlan Bowman, Jack Henry and Gerald Woods served as pallbearers. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Wanda Bolick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


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