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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 09/13/2012


Larry Wayne ConleyLarry Wayne Conley

Larry Wayne Conley, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of Alice Dills Carter of Stuart, Fla., and the late JP Conley. He was a telephone contractor and was a member of the coon hunters club where he served as a board of director. He loved his dogs and horses and loved going on the Wagon Train.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Shelly Conner and her husband, Greg of Franklin; his son, Bryan Daves and his wife Valinda of Franklin; the mother of his children, Doris Stamey Conley; one sister, Carmie Pruett of Franklin; two brothers, Eddie Moses of Franklin, and Sid Carter of Stuart, Fla.; six grandchildren, Kortney and Karey Conner, Candice, Dustin, Chelsie and Dillon Daves; one great-granddaughter, Kendel Gibson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betsy Conley Angel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Rodriquez and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was held at Carson Cemetery. Dillon Daves, Keith Stamey, Willard Passmore, Tom Pruett, Greg Conner, Russell Robinson and Dustin Daves served as pallbearers. Bill Harkins, Ralph Sanders, Larry Ledford, Bernard Huggins, Alvin Johnson, Jack Hodgins, Allen Berry and Mitch Bowman served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Oda Delphine MorrisOda Delphine Morris

Oda Delphine Morris, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph D. and Allie Mae Byrd Hastings.

She was a retired Civil Service worker with the Department of the Air Force and was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Her family and friends thoroughly enjoyed her cooking.

She is survived by her daughter, Avis McLemore and husband George of Franklin; her brother, J. D. Hastings and wife JoAnn of Warner Robins, Ga.; three grandchildren, Sherry Dawson and husband David of Perry, Ga., David McLemore of Warner Robins, Ga. and Steven McLemore of Bonaire, Ga.; ten great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren; three nephews and one niece. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Hash and a daughter, Mavis Carlotta Morris.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Josh Brooks officiating. Burial was in Gillespie Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Seth Dawson, Daniel McClelland, Scott Hastings, Alan Hastings, Jonathan Byrd and Charlie Byrd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gillespie Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Edith Byrd, 1765 N. Jones Creek Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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


James Lee HarrisJames Lee Harris

James Lee Harris, 91, of Andrews, N.C., died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in an Andrews care facility. He was a native of Jackson County, but had been living in Cherokee County since 1948. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He had served as an honor guard at General George Patton’s funeral. He was a power house operator, shift foreman, and supervisor with Nantahala Power and Light Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He was past president of Nantahala Power and Light 25 Year Club. He was a charter member of the Andrews Lions Club and past chairman of the Red Cross. He had served on the Andrews Town Board for four years. He was a member of the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Andrews First Baptist Church, where he served as Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of the Building Committee from 1985-1995, and Secretary of the Men’s Sunday School Class. He and his late wife worked with the youth in the church.

He was the son of the late John Wesley and Florence Hunnicutt Harris, and the husband of the late Betty Lee Price Harris, who died Feb. 6, 2007.

Surviving is a daughter, Nancy Lynn Harris Jackson and husband, Harvey of Blythewood, S.C.; a sister, Jean Harris Middleton of Denver, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Andrews First Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Bobo and Rev. Fred Lunsford officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites conducted by the Andrews VFW Post 7620. Pallbearers were Frank Wilkie, J.R. Marr, Jim Bristol, Eddie and Keith Wood, and Virgil Gibson. Honorary pallbearers were Nantahala Power and Light / Duke Energy employees and Deacons of Andrews First Baptist Church.

In memory of his love for children, memorials may be made to the Backpack Ministry, c/o Andrews First Baptist Church, PO Box 427, Andrews, NC 28901 or the Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home, 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at


John Kenneth MarchmanJohn Kenneth Marchman

John Kenneth Marchman passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the age of 56 after a brief illness. He was born in Atlanta on Nov. 4, 1955, and grew up in the Buckhead area. He was a third generation home builder working with his family at Marchman and Sons before starting his own business. He attended Marist High School and Georgia Southern College. He was so full of life and his wit and humor will be remembered by all. He loved being with family and friends and was always the life of the party. He was an avid traveler and one of his favorite sayings was, "Travel is an education that you give yourself." He and his wife Kathy were rarely seen apart. Their love for each other was apparent to anyone they encountered. He lived his life by their song, "Moon River." He was also a writer and kept a daily journal. Even though his life was cut short he lived life to the fullest every day.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Katherine Marchman; and a brother, Mike Marchman. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy King Marchman; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Stiles Kellett, brother, Marty Marchman and several nieces and nephews. He was one of the best and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Highlands, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Highlands/Cashiers Humane Society, 200 Gable St Cashiers, NC 28717 or Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, 315 North 5th Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

A memorial service in Atlanta will be held at a later date.

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


John Laurens Lund

John Laurens Lund, 81, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. He was born in Westchester County, New York, the son of the late Christian Palmer Lund and Mary Connolly Lund. He was retired from Lipton Tea Company where he worked as sales manager.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gratia Lynch Lund; two daughters, Rebecca Taylor and husband Joe of Pensacola, Fla., and Patricia Mondl and husband Joel of Duluth, Ga.; a son John Kevin Lund of Roswell, Ga.; four grandchildren, Daniel Mondl and his wife Ashley, John Adam Mondl, Kelsey Lund and Tasha Lund.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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


Douglas Bryson Sherrill

Douglas Bryson Sherrill, 75, of Sylva died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at home in Sylva. He was born April 8, 1937, in Swain County. He is the son of the late Homer Lee and the late Arizona (Jacobs) Sherrill.

He was employed by as a bartender at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee. He was a member of Franklin Grove Baptist Church, and loved the outdoors and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Corina Ann (Overman) Sherrill; five sons, Mike Sherrill and Donna of Franklin, Bruce and Wade Sherrill of Virginia; Darrell Surrett of Virginia, and David Harkless of Orlando, Fla; a daughter, Angie Watkins of Bryson City; two brothers, Jack Sherrill of Raleigh, and Donald Sherrill of Brevard; 16 grandchildren and one great- grandchild.

The funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, with Rev. Greg Rogers officiating.

Burial was in Bumgarner Cemetery in Whittier on Sunday, Sept. 9. Pallbearers were Charles Anderson, Thad Mason, Leonard Cole, Charles Stevenson, Shorty Shook, and Wade Mason.

An online registry is available at


Timothy Marc AlexanderTimothy Marc Alexander

Timothy Marc “Timo” Alexander, 55, of Highlands, N.C., died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of 35 years to Debbie “Trudy” Rogers Alexander, and devoted father of Timothy Cole Alexander, and Carly Lynn Alexander. He was the first born of Nan Alexander (Howard) Liner and the Late Jack L. Alexander. He is survived by his wife and children and four siblings, Lisa (David) Wyatt of Highlands, Vicki A. Stokes of Destin, Fl, Wes (Norma) Alexander of Gainesville, Ga.,, and Rachel (Chris) Vanhorn of Otto, N.C.

He was a known master craftsman who worked for Schmitt Building Contractors for 19 years as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He owned and operated Alexander’s Woodworks for the next 12 years and at the time of his death was back with Schmitt’s in their cabinet shop. He retired as a volunteer fireman with the Highlands Fire Department after 27 years of service. He was also a leader with the Highlands Boy Scout Troop for many years, and a member of the Highlands Jaycees.

He was a kind, gentle man, known for his ever present warm smile and compassion for others. His passions were the hours spent in his wood shop and the time he spent with his family.

A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church of Highlands on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with Rev. Jim Kinard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Highlands Fire Dept. or to the Highlands Emergency Council or Four Seasons Hospice.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made by visiting

Harry Lee ColeHarry Lee Cole

Harry Lee Cole, 75, of Franklin, N.C., went home to his Heavenly Father, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. He was born April 22, 1937, to Clint Ancel Cole and Eunice Lucille Mason Cole of Macon County. He served four years in the U.S. Navy in the United States and Italy from 1957 to 1961. He finished at the top of his class in radioman school. He was a member of South Macon Baptist Church, and was employed as an engineer with Lee’s Carpets, Burlington Industries and Fruit of the Loom for a total of 41 years. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

He loved fishing, friends, gardening and home. To him, God was first, then family and country.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann Ray Cole; son, Joseph Allen Cole and wife Cordy of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Tom Cole and wife Betty of Franklin, N.C. and Wayne Cole and wife Shirley of Marietta, Ga.; one sister, Joyce Stanford and husband Tom of Travelers Rest, S.C.; four grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Ronnie Owens, Rev. Doyle Patterson and Rev. Carl Ashlock officiating. Burial were at Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Buck Chastain, Jimmy Nixon, Doug Adams, Erwin Gribble, Fritz Vinson and Arnold Dietz. The Franklin VFW Post #7337 and American Legion Post #108 conducted military graveside rites.

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

MMichael Joseph Leoneichael Joseph Leone

Michael “Papa Mike” Joseph Leone, 90, of Franklin, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Born in Carona, N.Y., he was the son of the late Dominic Leone and Angelina Carbone Leone. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Xefos and Mary Forte; brother, Vincent Leone and step-son, Mark McQueen. He served in WWII as a Navy Sea Bee. He was a professional trumpet player, playing with many Big Bands including, Artie Shaw and Vincent Lopez. He was technical director for Selmer’s of Elkart from 1952-1973; owned and operated “Leone’s Del Rio” Restaurant, Motel and Trailer Park in Thonotosassa, Fla., with his wife, Phyllis. After moving to North Carolina, he played with the Haywood Community Concert Band and Frog Level Philharmonic Dixie Land Band. He was a member of American Legion Post 108 and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Phyllis Jean Callahan McQueen Leone; daughter, Lynn Leone and husband Michael Holton of South Bend, Ind.; three sons, Dr. Michael “Mick” Leone Jr. of San Diego, Calif., Deacon Lawrence “Larry” Leone and wife June of Stanton, Calif. and James “Jay” of South Bend, Ind.; two step-daughters, Christine Ryan and husband Kevin of Waynesville, N.C. and Kathleen Wright and husband Donald of Plantersville, Ala.; step daughter-in-law, Vicky McQueen; two brothers, Danny Leone and Richard Leone; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 (

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

Barbara Elizabeth Crusselle LambBarbara Elizabeth Crusselle Lamb

Barbara Elizabeth Crusselle Lamb passed away quietly at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, a beloved sister and great friend to those who knew her. She was born in Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 8, 1940, to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hugo Crusselle. Her parents have preceded her in death. She was the oldest of four children and was the wind under her parent’s wings when her brother passed away in August of 1970 from a scuba diving accident.

She is survived by a sister Annis Crusselle of Franklin, and a sister Victoria Todd of Biloxi, Miss.; a son, Victor Lamb and a grandson, Daniel Funke of Farley, Iowa. She will be sorely missed by her sisters and was their role model and mentor. Her parents were so instrumental in teaching her to respect others, to be kind hearted and your integrity and word is your character. She never asked anyone to do a task that she herself was not willing to start and finish and she believed in second chances.

She graduated from Edgewater High School, Orlando, Fla., in 1958. She continued her education in nursing at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. She became a realtor in Florida and enjoyed buying homes to renovate and sell. During the years of renovation, she learned the roofing business in Orlando. She was a stock owner and administrator for GRI Roofing and was appointed as the first woman to be on the state of Florida’s Executive Roofing Board.

She married her soul mate, Louis Colangione on May 5, 1990. She lovingly cared for him in a courageous fight with Alzheimer’s and her best friend passed on to be with his Jesus on May 6, 2006. He was her true north and their love was a testimony of what marriage should be. She was a blessing and believed in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her last act of volunteering was with the Cullasaja Gorge Fire Department. Their kindness and friendship played itself forward in her respect and love for those who put their lives on the line. She requested that her ashes be spread in a private ceremony in Brooksville, Fla. The world is a better place having had Barbara in it and He will raise her up on eagles’ wings.

A special thank you goes to Angel Medical Center and Angel Hospice, for the loving care shown to Barbara before she went home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cullasaja Gorge Fire Department, 104 River Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Howard Furman Tilson

Howard Furman Tilson, 67, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at a Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of Claude J. and Fannie Stiwinter Tilson. He was a construction worker and was of the Baptist faith. He liked to hunt and fish.

He is survived by two sisters, Lois Houston of Highlands, and Ola Holland of Carrollton, Ga.; three brothers, Thomas Tilson of Brevard, N.C., Ronnie Tilson of Highlands, and Randall Tilson of Franklin; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 9, at Buck Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Passmore officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery. Newton Tilson, Larry Houston, Tommy Houston, Andrew Picklesimer, Glandon Vaughn, Chris Houston, Benny Speed and Berkley Speed served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buck Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Algie Bolick, 3659 Buck Creek Road, Highlands, NC 28741.

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

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