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Kerry Vernon BlueKerry Vernon Blue

Kerry Vernon Blue, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away June 22, 2015.

Born in Bradenton, Fla., he was the son of Clyde Blue and Helen Jamrog Blue. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Michael Blue. He worked as a meat cutter at BiLo; was an NRA supporter and enjoyed hunting with his father and his brother, Ray.

In addition to his parents, Clyde and Helen Blue of Franklin, he is survived by his wife, Lisa Hans Blue; daughter, Alexis Kucera of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, Ray Pratt of Taylorsville, N.C., Joe Blue of Bradenton, Fla., and Jim Blue of Ellington, Fla.; nephew, Jake Pratt and two nieces, Jackie Blue and Becky Angel.

No services are planned.

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



Mary Ann Shuler GreenMary Ann Shuler Green

Mary Ann Shuler Green, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Born in Topton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Clint Shuler and Leona Wright Shuler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Carl Edwin Swanson. She worked many years as a teacher’s assistant in Macon County. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Roy Green; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Morris of Woodstock, Ga.; one granddaughter, Kennedi Soleil; three sisters, Jerri Smith of Franklin, Doris Turner and husband Jim of Whittier, N.C., and Sue Ford and husband Larry of Augusta, Ga.; brother, Joe Benny Shuler and wife Susie of Bryson City, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 28, at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. Mike Bias and Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Larry Ford officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Shuler, Heath and Benjie Shuler, Roger Brown, Greg Shuler and Chris Green.

Memorial donations can be made to Louisa Chapel UMC Building Fund, C/O Judy Hurd, 446 Cullasaja Vista Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



June KnuthJune Knuth

June Knuth passed away peacefully June 17, 2015. She was 92 years young.

She was born and lived in New Jersey. She and her husband moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., along with both their daughters in 1969. After over 20 years in Fort Lauderdale, they moved further North to a retirement community in Stuart, Fla. They enjoyed their lives in the St. Lucie Falls community, surrounded by many friends and participating in all the activities.

When she was in Fort Lauderdale, she did free-lance modeling, was on a bowling league, and stayed busy being a loving Mom, a wonderful and active grandmother, and a good friend and neighbor. She and her husband, Ernie, traveled around the country in their motor home, enjoying the sights and visiting with good friends.

After Ernie passed away in 2007, she stayed in their home in St. Lucie Falls, staying active with all her good friends and neighbors in the community. Just a few months ago, she moved to Franklin, N.C., to be closer to her daughter, Donna. She moved into the Franklin House and quickly made dear friends there with both the residents and the caring staff.

She was always a happy, fun, very social lady. She made the most out of her life, living it to the fullest, and enjoying dancing, playing the organ, bowling, socializing, and all the family gatherings. She leaves us all with cherished and great memories. She will be missed by many, but will remain in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, and her brother, Robert Volk. She is survived by her two daughters, Donna Hughes and husband Ken, of Franklin, and Debra O’Brien and husband Joseph, of Lincoln, Calif.; her granddaughter, Dara Grosso and husband Nick, and a great granddaughter, Alexis Grosso, in Asheville, N.C., along with a grandson, Brian Hughes, and wife, Julie, of Coral Springs, Fla., as well as a sister, Betty Hayes, of Coral Springs.

Donations in June’s memory may be made to Angel Hospice at 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Charles C. LedbetterCharles ‘Charlie’ Carlton Ledbetter

Charles “Charlie” Carlton Ledbetter, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Born in Macon County, N.C., he was the son of the late Lyman Ledbetter and Lassie Anderson Ledbetter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harry and Joe Ledbetter and sister, Blanche Southard. He was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church. He had a big heart; he loved his family immensely and prayed constantly for them. In all things, he put the Lord first and was a faithful witness of the gospel. He enjoyed singing since he was a child and could be found hunting or fishing in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean Moore Ledbetter; daughter, Patty Rash and husband Scott of Asheville; sisters, Essie Dills of Franklin, Mary Bridges of Pensacola, Fla., Dorothy Crisp, Janie Bishop and Wilma Ledbetter all of Canton, Ga.; brother, David Ledbetter of Franklin; grandchildren, Trevor Hedden of San Antonio, Texas and Michaella Hedden of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church. Reverends Brian Southard, Robert Dryman, Truman Wilson and Justin Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the Moore Welch Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Gibson, Brandon Shepherd, Guy Gooder, Charles Southard, Ricky Ledbetter and Gary Lee Crisp. Dwight Bishop, Wade Waldroop, Wayne Sanders, Frank Ledbetter and Mike Collins served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Moore Welch Cemetery Fund, 351 Saunders Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Beverly Ann Burke

Beverly Ann Burke, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Born in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Clinton C. Hill and Grace Buckey Hill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Armand A. “Sandy” Burke and a son, Richard Burke. She was a founding member and the church administrator for Liberty Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla.

She is survived by five children, Debbie Bourke (Bob) of Franklin, Bonnie Wiggins (Mickey) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Patrick Burke Sr. (Phyllis) of Franklin, Sandra Hightower (David) of Bartow, Fla., and Patrick Burke Jr. (Heather) of Dunedin, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Talley (Bill) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Aletha Van Donkalaar of Oregon; 12 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church, C/O Kenneth McCaskill, 2031 Rose Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734

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



David Roy BrabsonDavid Roy Brabson

David Roy Brabson, 57, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, June 26, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Robert L. Brabson and Alice Christine Curtis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Brabson. He was a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge #145 and Coweeta Baptist Church. He loved working on small engines and helping his neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Doris Murray Brabson; three step-children, Samantha Carey of Lavonia, Ga., Ricky W. Crozier of Toccoa, Ga., and Thomas Crozier of East Denaly, Ga; brother, Gary Brabson and sister, Mary Ruth Ledford, both of Franklin; niece, Gina Gribble; nephews, Duane Brabson and Billy Ledford, three great nieces; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Sunday, June 28, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Masonic rites were conducted by Junaluskee Masonic Lodge #145.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society of the Masonic Home for Children.

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



Timothy James Ward

Timothy James Ward, 48, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. Born in Swain County, he was the son of Mary Jane Kilby Ward and the late Jack Perry Ward. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Ward. He owned and operated Tim Ward Landscaping in Highlands. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and NASCAR fan. He was a member of Carolina Hunting Club.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by sons, Jack Perry Ward of Bryson City, N.C., and Acey James Ward of Harogate, Tenn.; grandmother, Rosie Owl Marler of Whittier, N.C.; stepdaughter, Lindsay Schooler of Franklin; brothers, Rick Ward of Whittier, and Curtis Ward of Bryson City; sister, Angela Anderson of Robbinsville, N.C.; granddaughter, Lalay Rose Ward; one niece and one nephew.

Memorial service will be held Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor Greg Bartram will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the House of Hope Church of God, 1111 Tessentee Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ann Prouty

Ann Prouty, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed on with peace and curiosity Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Born in Daytona, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Norval Faul and Estella Hawkins Faul. She was a poet, artist, Ivy League Historian, flea market personality, advocate for those in need and so much more. Her spunky intelligence and thoughtfulness will be greatly missed.

She requested that those providing caring assistance as her mind stayed ever sharp but her body grew frail be graciously thanked. She asks that all who read this show gentle acts of kindness to those they might have failed to notice if only for a day. She is survived by loving family and friends of many years.

No services will be held.

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


Edith Cunningham ByrdEdith Cunningham Byrd

Edith Cunningham Byrd, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Grady and Nina Curtis Cunningham. She was married to the late William "Bill" Byrd. She was an assistant Clerk of Court for 35 years. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and was active in community development of Western Conference.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Rita Morgan Byrd of Franklin; a son, Thomas Byrd and his wife, Shanda of Moncks Corner, S.C.; a sister, Betty Foster of Cornelia, Ga.; grandchildren, Steven Byrd and wife Rhonda, Jonathan Byrd, Keith Byrd and wife Crystal, Kristi Gray and husband Jim, Charles Byrd and wife Amy, Meg Dougharty and husband Joe, Kelli Eadie and husband Mike; great grandchildren, Hunter, Page, Sarah, Morgan and Madison Byrd, Carter Buffkin, Dalton Gray, Ashley Byrd, Lucas Ackerman, Jacob Daugharty, Brandon Craven and Zac Craven.

She was preceded in death by a son, Doyle Eugene Byrd who passed away April 10, 1996, two sisters, Dorothy Ledford and Nell Cunningham; a brother, Robert Cunningham.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 29, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Mike Bias officiating. Burial was at Gillispie Chapel Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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



William Andrew Brooks Sr.William Andrew Brooks Sr.

William Andrew Brooks Sr., 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Born in Middlesboro, Ky., he was the son of the late Doyle Brooks and Bertha Goldie Brooks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served during the Vietnam era. He was a member of VFW Post 7338 and American Legion Post 108. He loved riding motorcycles and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dawn Lynn Chamberlin Brooks; six children, Tommy Lynn Brooks of Middlesboro, Ky., William A. Brooks Jr. of Michigan, Mike Welch of Franklin, Scott Welch of Sylva, N.C., Angela Maney of Sylva and Lisa Brooks of Franklin and four grandchildren, Josh Welch, Lexxie Smith, Kylee Maney and Chloe Maney. Serveral nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 1, at the Veterans Memorial Park.

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

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


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