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Jimmy Hanes SandersJimmy Hanes Sanders

Jimmy Hanes Sanders, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jess Sanders and Ida Shope Sanders. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Elura Bell Walters, Edith Conley, Willa Stiles and Margaret Harrison; brothers, Charles Sanders and Sonny Sanders and half-brother, Timothy Sanders. He was a member of the National Guard for six years; retired construction worker; active member of Prentiss Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacon board for 48 years and Sunday School teacher and superintendent.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Yonce Sanders; two sons, J. Kevin Sanders and wife Karen, and Rusty Sanders, both of Franklin; two brothers, Harris Sanders of Greenville, S.C., and Jay Sanders of Franklin; two sisters, Betty Owens of Charlotte and Olivia “Tootsie” Reece of Anderson, S.C.; half-sister, Amelia Trull of Fletcher, N.C.; one granddaughter, Ashley Sanders; one great grandson, Aidan Holland; aunt, Mildred Swafford of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Billy Sellers and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Greg Day, Stan Sanders, Joe Friedling, Scottie Reece, Joey Reece and Doug Ledford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Prentiss Baptist Church, C/O Beverly Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Joseph ‘Joe’ Thad HodginJoseph ‘Joe’ Thad Hodgin

Joseph "Joe" Thad Hodgin, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles "Rush" and Alice Drake Hodgin. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army where he served three and a half years in the South Pacific. He was a timberman, farmer and retired employee of Burlington Industries and was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and Gillespie Chapel United Methodist Church for 67 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Guffie Hodgin; two daughters, Sue Deal and husband Jim, and Sharon Bryson and husband Tony, all of Franklin; two sons, Jerry Hodgin and wife Darlene and Jack Hodgin and wife June all of Franklin; a sister, Genevie Cruse of Franklin; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Dehart; two brothers, William Hodgin and C. M. Hodgin; a great grandchild, Lyla Maxon and three nephews, Donald Hodgin, Ronnie Hodgin and Gene Hodgin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Susan German and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial was in Gillespie Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Belva Edwards, 1081 Jones Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or the church or charity of one’s choice.

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



Nancy Naomi Elliott ChildersNancy Naomi Elliott Childers

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Nancy Naomi Elliott Childers will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held in the followship hall immediately following the service.

She died peacefully on Nov. 14, 2014, in Duluth, Ga., where she and her husband, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers have lived for the past 50 years.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Oma Hall Elliott, and a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Elliott Stewart and Louise Elliott Downs.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers; a son, Steven Childers and wife Cindy of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Cindy Brooks of Townsend, Tenn.; a grandson, Dr. Matthew Brooks and wife Dr. Elizabeth Brooks of Washington, DC; two brothers, Bruce Elliott and wife Maxine, and Harold Elliott and wife Brenda, all of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Ruby Elliott Bradford, of Montgomery, Ala.; and a number of nieces and nephews.



Lelia Viola Ammons AdamsLelia Viola Ammons Adams

Lelia Viola Ammons Adams, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 23, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late James and Laura Gregory Ammons. She was married to the late John Parker Adams. She was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and had worked at Van Raalte and Franklin Undergarment. She then worked in the Christmas tree business until her retirement. She liked working outside, gardening, watching birds, and thoroughly enjoyed going to church.

She is survived by a daughter, Wanda Adams Henry and her husband Riley of Franklin; a son, John Parker Adams Jr. of Franklin; two sisters, Myrtle Frisbee of Sedro Wooley, Wash., and Cora Holland of Franklin; a brother, Fred Ammons of Marietta, S.C.; two grandchildren, Rita Henry and Tina Adams; and one great grandchild, Cassie Henry.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Minne Hollifield, Rhoda Price, Mamie Stiles, Bertha Robinson and Clydia Ammons; three brothers, Harrison Ammons, Parker Ammons and James Henry Ammons; granddaughter, Rachel Henry and daughter-in-law, Glenda Adams.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 25, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Bud Haire and Rev. Neal Moore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Dale Young, Carl Mincey, Moreland Bowman, Jack Henry, Gerald Woods, Randy Rogers, and Wesley Peek.

Memorials may be made to Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wanda Bollick, 80 Woodrows Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



John ‘Smiley’ Marvin EvansJohn ‘Smiley’ Marvin Evans

John "Smiley" Marvin Evans, 88, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his residence. He was born in Habersham County, Georgia, the son of the late John Woodfine Grady Evans and Sallie Mae Pruitt Evans. He was a carpenter and a member of the Coweeta Baptist Church. He was a U.S. WWII Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was on the USS New Jersey during WWII and received seven Bronze Stars.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lillian Marie Carpenter Evans; a daughter, Evelyn Evans Henson of Otto; a son, Lester Neville Evans of Otto; sisters, Hazel Mae Holbrook of Mt. Airy, Ga., Carolyn Diane Hembree and Martha Ann Stewart of Greenwood, S.C., and Peggy Evans; brothers, Joseph Alfred Evans of Hartwell, Ga., Jimmie Andrew Evans of Mt. Airy, Ga., and Theodore Herman Evans of Simpsonville, S.C.; five grandchildren, Jessica Evans and Myra Reynolds of Franklin, N.C., Lesley Hardigree of Dallas, Ga., Mark Reynolds of Franklin, and Tanya Evans of Winston-Salem, N.C.; five great grandchildren, Alena Reynolds and Zachary Soto of Franklin, Kayli Elliott and Madison Stockton of Dallas, Ga., and Kenra Brown of Franklin. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Marvin Evans; a sister, Allene Prater; brothers, Floyd Grady Evans, Hoyt Lewis Evans and Thomas Eugene Evans.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 12 noon at Coweeta Baptist Church with Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Bryon Lamb officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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



Betty Jean ShopeBetty Jean Shope

Betty Jean Shope, 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Born in Grenada, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Richard C. Smith and Effie Louise Clark Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by grandson, Michael J. Shope; sister, Louise Shotts, and brothers, Curtis, Wilson, Albert and Fred Smith. She loved birds, flowers, reading and shopping. She was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Edd Lake Shope; two children, Edd W. Shope and wife Tamma of Raleigh, N.C., and Donna Ruth Shope of Winder, Ga.; two grandchildren, Madison E. Shope of Raleigh, N.C., and Taylor M. Shope of Winder, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Alton Dendy officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Rd. Otto, NC 28763.

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



William Russell LequireWilliam Russell Lequire

William Russell Lequire, 41, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

Born in Andrews, N.C., he was the son of Carl William Lequire Jr. of Topton, N.C., and Glenda Reece of Robbinsville, N.C. He was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church and attended Central Baptist Church. He fished Heartland Anglers, B.F.L. and loved to play softball, golf and hunt. He was a supervisor for Globe Communications.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Tammy Mashburn Lequire; two children, Megan Lequire and Daniel Lequire, both of Franklin; mother-in-law, Barbara Mashburn of Franklin; brother-in-law, Loyd Mashburn and wife Evelyn of Franklin; and grandfather, Richard Davis of Robbinsville; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Daryl Dockery officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Loyd Mashburn, Tony Holbrooks, Randy Boshears, Chad Gibson, Timmy Holbrooks, Mike Cope, Richard Reece and Jeff McConnell.

Honorary pallbearers were Chad Stone, Terry Scott and Stephen Bryson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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



William Frederick Cowart Sr.William Frederick Cowart Sr.

William Frederick Cowart Sr., 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Frank R. Cowart and Maybelle Williamson Cowart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Ross Cowart who died May 11, 2008; two children, Patricia Cowart Pellerin and Marlene Cowart Tichenor; brothers, Randolph, Wiley, R.L., Jesse and Junior Hill; and sisters, Betty Passmore and Peggy Cowart. He was a retired truck driver, and he loved fishing, playing cards and going to auctions.

He is survived by two children, Deborah Erdman and husband Steve of Franklin and William Cowart Jr. and wife Rael of Newport, N.C.; brother, Earl Cowart of Franklin; sister, Dorothy Scott of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Tracy, Jeremy, William, Michael, Madeline, Nicole and Catherine; four great grandchildren, Rachel, Colton, Skylynn and Annebelle; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

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

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



Bruce GlaspyBruce Glaspy

Bruce Glaspy, 59, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Angel Medical Center.

He was born in Panama Canal Zone to a military family and moved to Franklin from Florida six years ago. He is survived by his mother, Sadymae Quinlan; sister, Bonnie Pfeiffer of Alva, Fla., and brother, Michael Glaspy of Conroe, Texas.

A 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.

 



Lois RoperLois Roper

Lois Roper, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nannie Wilkes Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Judson Roper who died in 1992.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and was a member of Mt. Sinai Assembly of God.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann Arvey and husband Bill of Franklin; a son, Howard Boyd Roper and wife Mary of Franklin; two sisters, Virginia McClure and Emogene Swafford both of Franklin; four grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Lola Roper, Geneva Rowland, Ola Rowland and a brother, Ezell Bryant.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 26, at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God with Rev. John Raby, Rev. Barry Bowman and Rev. Lewis Swafford officiating. Burial was in Tippett Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.

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


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