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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 10/11/2012


Joyce Elaine Tucker Cabe

Joyce Elaine Tucker Cabe, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Born in Bibb County, Ga., she was the daughter of Terry Matthew and Beryl Joyce Brantley Carswell of Lizella. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother and enjoyed crocheting, collecting Native American figurines and reading.

She is survived by her husband of five years, Dan Cabe; one daughter, Lori Joyce Parker of Franklin; three sons, Tripp Lester Parker of Franklin, William Curtis Parker and wife Sandy of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Richard Herman Parker and wife Brandi of Franklin; two brothers, Ronnie Joe Tucker of Dalton, Ga. and Michael Lee Tucker of Gray, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Branden, Curt, Jr., Justin, Cory, Destiny, Brandon and Brittany, and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Tucker, Dan Cabe, Tripp Parker, Donald Cabe, Mike Cabe and Ellis Raby. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 70 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734

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



Allie ‘Louise’ Sizemore McConnellAllie ‘Louise’ Sizemore McConnell

Allie “Louise” Sizemore McConnell, 79, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Chester Sizemore and Martha E. Anthony Sizemore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Roger Mc- Connell who died Dec. 15, 2004; son, Ricky McConnell; daughter, Gail Bramlett; grandson, Scotty McConnell and several brothers and sisters. She loved to sew and get out and walk. She was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Ronnie McConnell, Roger Mc- Connell and Rev. Michael McConnell and wife Diane all of Franklin; three daughters, Wilma Williams, Marie Wilson and Sandra Crisp and husband Terry all of Franklin;18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in the Black Mtn Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Black Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Madeline Corbin Gosnell

Madeline Corbin Gosnell, 78, of Taylors, S.C., died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

Born on May 31, 1934, in Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Corbin and Bida Elliot Corbin. She was a devout Christian and member of Faiths Temple Church and long-time contributor to WGGS TV 16.

She is survived by three children, Tony Gosnell and wife Susan of Taylors, S.C., Ricky Gosnell and wife Cindy of Greenville, S.C. and Vickie Gosnell of Spartanburg, S.C.; three grandchildren, Andrew, Steven and Jessica; one great-grandchild; brother, BL Corbin of Tigerville, S.C.; two sisters, Celestine Smith of Taylors, S.C. and Geraldine Holcombe of Candler, N.C.

A private funeral service was held in Franklin, N.C.

Memorial donations can be made to WGGS TV 16, PO Box 1616, c/o Upstate Update or Church Spotlight, Greenville, SC 29602.

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



Sherry Jean Bernhisel HornbuckleSherry Jean Bernhisel Hornbuckle

Sherry Jean Bernhisel Hornbuckle, 48, of Cherokee, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Edward and Jean Wahnetah Bernhisel. She was a homemaker, and a loving mother and grandmother. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three daughters, Arlenea Chapa, Ruth Taylor and husband Howard and Edna Hornbuckle and companion Richard Teesatsskie all of Cherokee, N.C.; step-daughter, Leighann Hornbuckle and companion Bobby Brady of Cherokee, N.C.; six sisters, Wahnetah Stamper and husband Ned, Carol Bernhisel, Violet Lee, Sybil Ledford, Arlena Lanning and husband Bob, all of Cherokee, N.C., and Lois Swanson of Virginia; four brothers, Tony Bernhisel and wife Sue, Joe Bernhisel and wife Lotta, Walter Bernhisel and wife Sarah all of Cherokee, N.C., and Edward Bernhisel of Florida; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bud Bernhisel and a grandson, Mario Bernhisel.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Yellow Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. James Bo Parrish officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Joseph Toinetta, Kyle Chapa, John Toinetta, Antonio Bernhisel, Chad Bernhisel and Howard Taylor.

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



Silas ‘Nat’ GoodwinSilas ‘Nat’ Goodwin

Silas “Nat” Goodwin, 80, of Franklin, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Born in Calhoun County, Fla., he was the son of the late Charles Goodwin and Bonnie Adkins Goodwin. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years as Master Sgt. and served during the Vietnam Era. After retiring from the military, he owned and operated Goodwin’s TV Service. He loved gardening and cooking and especially loved his grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and Chairman of Ushers.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ellen Higdon Goodwin of Franklin; two daughters, Sallie Conley and husband Dennis and Lynda Goodwin, both of Franklin; two grandchildren, Stefanie and Ryan Conley; one sister, one brother and one halfbrother.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Dusek officiated. Burial was in Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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



Curt Paul DavisCurt Paul Davis

Curt Paul Davis, 82, of Franklin, passed away at home on Oct. 8, 2012.

He was born in Weirton, W.Va., where he attended Catholic Central High School. He later graduated from Belmont Abbey College. He moved to Miramar, Fla., in 1959 where he worked in the building trades. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea for two years. He also worked for ten years at Little Flower Catholic Church, Hollywood, Fla. He moved to Franklin in 1995 and was an avid golfer, member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Franklin and a member of the American Legion Post 108.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Franklin; daughters, Colleen Dunn of Hollywood, Fla. and Erin Dunn, son-in-law, Keith Dunn and granddaughters, Taylor and Morgan all of Davie, Fla., Shirley Davis of Cooper City and stepson, Robert Torre and wife Marcia, and grandsons, Patrick, Christopher and Brian. He is also survived by one brother, William Davis of Clayton, Ga. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Virtue and brother, John Robert (Bob) Davis.

Services will be held at a later date in Florida.

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



Willard Dale WardWillard Dale Ward

Willard Dale “Pete” Ward, a friend to all of Hillsville, Va., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, one day past his 87th birthday. A lifelong resident of Carroll County, he was the beloved father of Pam Collins, father-in-law of Joe Collins and grandfather of Ward, Hobe and Sara Collins, all of Franklin, N.C., as well as faithful brother of Ann Largin of Hillsville, Georgia Webb of Woodlawn and Pat Rollison of Richmond.

He was born Oct. 2, 1925, to Emmette and Cecil Ward in Pipers Gap, graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1943 and joined the Army at age 18. He received a business degree postwar at Bluefield Business College. He was a World War II veteran, assigned to the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was a lifetime member of Grover King VFW Post 1115. He was a charter member of the Hillsville Lions Club, serving for 57 years. He was a long-time stalwart of Hillsville First United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer for 32 years. He retired in January 2012, after working 62 years and two months with the Guynn Company. For most of those years, he was manager of Guynn Hardware and Furniture on Main St. Hillsville. When not serving customers, he could be found tending his garden or drinking coffee and swapping stories with the early morning regulars at TNT Grocery.

He was preceded in death by wife Shirley Burnette Ward, his parents, brother Bill, and sister Rowena Manning.

Visitation was held Saturday at Vaughan Guynn and McGrady Funeral Home in Hillsville, with funeral services Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Hillsville. He was interred beside his wife Shirley at Wilkinson Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers and employees of Guynn Hardware and Furniture served as honorary pallbearers.

Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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



John Kenneth JacobsenJohn Kenneth Jacobsen

John Kenneth Jacobsen, 77, of Franklin, N.C., and Madeira Beach, Fla., passed away suddenly on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late John Rudolph Jacobsen and Alice Nelson Jacobsen. He was a U.S. Navy Officer for two years, an inventor, scientist, engineer and founder of K & L Research Company. He also served as mayor of Madeira Beach, Fla. for 12 years. He was a member of Franklin Amateur Radio Club, Camera Club and Radio Controlled Plane Club. He loved to travel, camp and hike with his wife Lois at his side.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois Holmberg Jacobsen; son, Gary Scott Jacobsen and wife Chris of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Lori Lux and husband Louis of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Tyler Jacobsen, Travis Lux, Rebecca Lux and Kyle Lux; one niece and one nephew.

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

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Library or the Gulf Beaches Public Library or the Macon County Arts Council.

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



Ernest Edward Pignona Jr.

Ernest Edward Pignona Jr., 91, of Otto and Venice, Fla., passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.

Born in Morristown, N.J., he was the son of the late Ernest Edward Pignona Sr. and Sarah Buckley Pignona. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Hickok Pignona; son, Craig Pignona; grandson, Randy; one brother and two sisters. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during WWII. He retired as an automotive service manager. He was an avid golfer, formerly a member of the Kiwanis Club in Morristown, N.J. and honorary member of the D.A.V. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He was a kind and special man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by two children, Salli Perone and husband Russell of Otto and Ernest E. Pignona, III and wife Beatrice of Franklin; grandchildren, Heather English and Scott Perone; special sister in-law, Mary A. Goldy of Altamonte Springs, Fla. and several other grandchildren, great grandchildren and two greatgreat grandchildren.

A private service was held at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing.

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



Matt David FritzMatt David Fritz

Matt David Fritz, 44, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

Born in Jacksonville, N.C., he was the son of David Paul Fritz and Sue Ann Smothers. He worked at Macon Middle School as ISS coordinator and was a member of the MMS football and baseball coaching staff. He was an avid sports fan; especially the Minnesota Vikings. He will be remembered as a loving son, husband and father. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Teresa Lynne Fritz; step-father, Tommy Smothers of Franklin; three children, Austin Haverkost and wife Chandra of Owatonna, Minn., Chanz Joshua Fritz and Zak David Fritz both of Franklin; brother, Jason Fritz of Winterpark, Fla.; grandson, Bryce Haverkost and one niece and one nephew.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Brotherhood.

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






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