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Deaths & Funerals


Theodore ‘Theo’ Huff BresciaTheodore ‘Theo’ Huff Brescia

Theodore “Theo” Huff Brescia, Jr., 75, of Otto, N.C., and Stone Mountain, Ga., passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Born in Columbus, Ga., he was the son of the late Theodore Huff Brescia Sr. and Ona McDougal Brescia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna B. Gilmer. He graduated from Georgia State University; was a retired CPA; member of Tallulah Falls United Methodist church; member of Georgia Society of CPA’s, member of American Institute of CPA’s and was a very accomplished musician.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edna Pierce Brescia; three children, Melinda B. Landrum of Conyers, Ga., Marilee F. Wright and husband Kevin of Atlanta, Ga., Tim Fairchild and wife Janice of Cary, N.C., and; sister, Jean Edwards of Columbus, Ga.; brother, Wilbur Brescia of Columbus, Ga.; six grandchildren, Eric Smiley, Erin Wright, Holland Fairchild Cheney, Kaitlin Fairchild Wilson, Krista Landrum and David Landrum; four great grandchildren, Noah Cheney, Harper Larkin Cheney, Porter Cheney and Katelyn Grace Landrum; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 15, at Tiger United Methodist Church. Rev. James E. Turpen Sr. officiated. Burial was in the Tallulah Falls United Methodist Church Cemetery on Rock Mountain Road.

Pallbearers were Bill Plutt, Tom Beiswenger, Ray Morris, David Dyer, Mark Wilcox, Walter Lovisek and Lewis Schweizer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Tallulah Falls United Methodist Church, 204 Church Street, PO Box 100, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573 or Tiger United Methodist Church, PO Box 497, Tiger, GA 30576.

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



Ernest Hugh Holleman Jr.Ernest Hugh Holleman Jr.

Ernest Hugh Holleman, Jr., 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 10, 2015.

Born in Cordele, Ga., he was the son of the late Ernest Hugh Holleman Sr. and Frances Mildred Aultman Holleman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita “Nita” Holleman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; retired Postmaster in Leesburg, Fla.; minister of the gospel for over 40 years; member of Grace Baptist Church; was an avid golfer and enjoyed gospel music and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Talley Holleman; three sons, Steve Holleman and wife Linda of Chapin, S.C., Leslie Holleman and wife Linda of Orangeburg, S.C. and Bruce Holleman and wife Shirley of Columbia, S.C.; three step children, Margaret Bishop and husband, Brad, James “Tweetie” Elliott Sr. and wife Kelly and Kathy Holland, all of Franklin; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Grace Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Michael Hendricks will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, at Grace Baptist Church.

His golfing buddies will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 139 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Janet Maria Law HoltJanet Maria Law Holt

Janet Maria Law Holt, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015. She was born in Hudson, N.Y., the daughter of the late Franklin James and Mary Ana Venditti Law. She was a homemaker and a member of Louisa Chapel of United Methodist Church. She volunteered for Angel Medical Center and the Department of Aging.

She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Ernest William Holt, Jr.; her son, Robert Thomas Reynolds and wife Tammy Lin of Lawrenceville, Ga.; her daughter, Patricia Ann Nieves of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two granddaughters, Ashley Maria Morris and husband Tim and Victoria Marie Nieves; one grandson, Rob Nieves and wife Kimberly; three great grandchildren, Gavin Tyler Morris, Bryson Matthew Dupont and Allyson Michelle Nieves: one niece, Donna Dallas. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin James Law and Lewis Edward Law and one sister, Theresa Law Mickle.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. David Crunkleton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the charity of one’s choice.

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



Ester Mae Bates WilliamsEster Mae Bates Williams

Ester Mae Bates Williams, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 4, 2015. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Mack and Dicey Stiwinter Bates. She was married to the late Woodrow Williams. She had worked as a machine operator in a cotton mill and was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She liked gardening and was a fantastic cook.

She is survived by five daughters, Betty Sue Fisher of Franklin, Aretha Hill of Marion, N.C., Linda Landers of Simpsonville, S.C., Vicki Williams of Statesville, N.C., and Tamra Kaczka of Monroe, Ohio; three sons, Lonnie Melton Jr. of Cornelius, N.C., Steve Williams of Charlotte, N.C. and Chad Melton of Franklin; three sisters, Betty Sue Maney of Franklin, Frances McCall of Cleveland, Ga., and Louann Wilson of Robbinsville, N.C.; 21 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Melton; two sisters, Christine Webb and Louise Webb; and two brothers, Wilburn Bates and Jr. Bates.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, in the Chapel of

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. John Raby officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Mary Bazan

Mary Bazan, 94, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Fidelia-Eckerd Living Center. She was born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of Roman and Anastasia Zaharchik. She was a loving wife of 35 years to the late Nicolas Bazan. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was of the Greek Catholic Faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Buckle Clark of St. Helena, Calif.; a son, Nicholas Bazan of Highlands, N.C.; grandchildren, Garrett, Robie and Deanna Buckle, Samanta Nichole Bazan and Bret Bazan and Emily Vavrichek; one great granddaughter, Hailey Buckle.

A service was held April 7, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Centralia, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary Bazan’s honor to Fidelia-Eckerd Living Center, 250 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741

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



Charles Randolph Keener

Charles Randolph Keener, 85, of Augusta, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles Randolph Keener and Pearl Miller Keener. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Keener; two brothers, Roy and Roland and step brother, Dwayne Hedden. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corp. and from the FAA. He was a member St. Pauls’s Episcopal Church, Augusta; member of the Shriners, life member of VFW and American Legion and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Audrey Paulette Keener; two step sisters, Polly McCoy of Franklin and Pat Leinbach of Virginia and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

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



Judith Charlene Awtrey

Judith Charlene Awtrey, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 6, 2015. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna McCumber Marks. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to read and write poetry.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, John A. Awtrey; two daughters, Emily Reilly and husband Jason of Franklin and Stacie Lewis of Gainesville, Ga.; one son, David Roberts of Franklin; two sisters, JoAnn Harrison and Josephine Arledge both of Columbus, Ohio, and nine grandchildren, Jayson, Alexia, Keera, Samantha, Hunter, J.J., Abigail, Blake and Bethany.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 13, at 5:30 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Benny Bagwell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Randall ‘Randy’ J. SolesbeeRandall ‘Randy’ J. Solesbee

Randall "Randy" J. Solesbee, age 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Ralph and Ruth Younce Solesbee.

He is survived by three sisters, Judy Cochran and her husband Russell of Waynesville, N.C., JoAnn Styles and her husband Bobby of Asheville, N.C. and Jill Mills and her husband Scott of Asheville, N.C.; one brother, Ralph Solesbee, Jr. of Topton, N.C.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. at White Oak Flats Baptist Church, with Rev. Dean Bateman officiating. Burial was in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Hermie Moffitt DillsHermie Moffitt Dills

Hermie Moffitt Dills, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. She was a native of Macon County, daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha Ledford Moffitt. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Evelyn Clark of Easley, S.C., Gail Payne and husband Sam Payne, Pat Cook and one son, Danny M. Cook of Franklin; seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sisters, Anna Lee Shope and Ida Lee Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 16 years, Fred R. Dills. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Willliam (Bill) Cook, granddaughter, Angela Joye Bates, grandson Jim Clark, sisters, Nina Sanders, Nellie Stamey, Ethel Thomas and brothers Roy, Ervin, Leonard and Ernest Moffitt.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 15, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Josh Brooks and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Moffitt, Joel Sanders, Ray Thomas, Russ Odell, Bobby Dills, Eddie Astling and Cody Rogers.

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



Sylvia Freda Conn Leousis

Sylvia Freda Conn Leousis, 89, died Monday, April 6, after a brief illness. She was born in Athens, Ala., to Will and Dell Conn, but spent most of her adult life in St. Petersburg, Fla. After the Second World War, she married the love of her life, Peter Leousis, and they had two daughters and a son. She had a deep and abiding faith in God, and in June 2011, she and Peter celebrated 63 years of marriage. A devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by their three children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A service commemorating Sylvia’s life was held in St. Petersburg, at Lewis Mohn Funeral Home on Saturday, April 11.

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



Aaron Richard GoldsteinAaron Richard Goldstein

Aaron Richard Goldstein, 37, of Otto, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he was the son of Richard Seth Goldstein and Julia Ellen Mooring Goldstein of Otto. He was a US Navy veteran and part owner of Smoked on Rose Restaurant in Chicago, IL. Aaron enjoyed golf, cooking and all sports including baseball. He loved everyone he met and was loved by all who met him and he lived life to the fullest.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Laura Ellen Heberling and husband Ed of Bluffton, SC; his brother, Kyle Mark Goldstein and wife Melissa of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; niece, Allyson Goldstein; uncle, Dr. Efraim Goldstein and wife Jeannie; two aunts, Marsha Goldstein of Canada and Susan Mableson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; several cousins and many friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Pastor John Makinson and Dr. Efraim Goldstein will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:30 a.m., prior to the service on Friday at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the family, who will determine where Aaron would want donations to go (Richard and Ellen Goldstein, 222 Whispering Woods Road, Otto, NC 28763).

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


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