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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 11/01/2012



Margaret Cochran BrendleMargaret Cochran Brendle

Margaret Cochran Brendle, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Ledford Cochran. She was married to the late Stan Brendle who died May 23, 2011. She owned and operated the Pizza Peddler Restaurant, along with her husband, Stan, for 31 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother and she loved cooking, playing softball, crossword puzzles, bingo and playing cards.

She is survived by three sons, Dale Brendle of Memphis, Tenn., Butch Brendle and wife Sandra and Stacy Lionel Brendle all of Franklin; four sisters, Linda Owenby of Franklin, Jane Cochran, Dalphene Wilson and Jean Remke all of Bryson City, N.C.; two brothers, Wayne Cochran of Bryson City, and Bud Cochran of Murphy, N.C. and three grandchildren, Kayla Alyse Brendle, Sarah Carpenter and Talyah Belzie Brendle. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby Russell, Faye Barker, Hazel Simons and Lexie Hampton, and one brother, Johnny Cochran.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Potts, Rev. Tim Hayes and Rev. Ernie Sanders officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Nora Belle McConnell CarpenterNora Belle McConnell Carpenter

Nora Belle McConnell Carpenter, 85, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Dewey and Nina Bingham McConnell. She was a homemaker and a member of Coweeta Baptist Church where she was a former choir member, clerk, Sunday School teacher and a member of the WMU. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother. She loved singing, flowers and cooking. She was also a officer of the TOPS program.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Calvin Carpenter; her daughter, Jan C. Campbell and husband, Ronald of Otto, N.C.; her two sons, James Calvin Carpenter and his wife Margaret and Jerry Lester Carpenter and his fiancé Geraldine Ledford all of Otto; one sister, Myrtle M. Sanders of Franklin, N.C.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial will be at Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery. Cris Carpenter, Isaac Campbell, Andy Emory, Wesley Peek, Elbert McConnell, Hugh Scruggs, Lavern Wiggins and Chris Norton will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 2 , from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery 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.



Fred Theodore Dunneman Jr.Fred Theodore Dunneman Jr.

Fred Theodore Dunneman Jr., 71, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

Born in Dade County, Fla., he was the son of the late Fred T. Dunneman Sr. and Alma King Dunneman. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam era and retired from the Miami-Dade Fire Department. He was a member of the VFW Post 7339 and enjoyed gardening in his free time.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Austin Dunneman of Franklin; three children, Fred T. Dunneman, III of Ocala, Fla., Lisa Huffman and husband JR of Miami, Fla., and John Christopher Dunneman of Ocala, Fla.; sister, Julia Ann Jackson and husband Willy of Spring Hill, Fla. and grandson, Trevor Huffman.

A gathering of friends and family was held Thursday, Oct. 25, at the VFW Post 7339. Interment was in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Chipley, Fla.

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



Emma Sue Howard EcholsEmma Sue Howard Echols

Emma Sue Howard Echols, 79, died Sept. 17, 2012, at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va., surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 8, 1933, in Macon County, N.C. to Marvin Howard and Emma Dills Howard. She was happily married to her husband Leonard for 61 years. Over the years, besides raising her three sons, she worked at Barclay and Sons Jewelers, Smithfield Packing Company, and was a former treasurer for Isle of Wight County. She loved to read, was an avid “card sender,” and once upon a time, played a mean round of golf.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard; her sons, Marvin (Rita), Alan (Shirley), Alden (Carlene); her grandchildren, Amanda (Aaron), Allison (Lee), Aaron; step-grandchildren, Luke, Caroline, Nathan and Nicole, and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was full of humor and grace, an amazing woman who will be forever missed.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Smithfield, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the American Lung Association or American Heart Association.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.wrightfuneralhome.org.



Arlice Gragg CabeArlice Gragg Cabe

Arlice Gragg Cabe, 90, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

Born in Lenoir, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Burt Gragg and Ellen Coffey Gragg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ira Norman Cabe who died Feb. 26, 1970; two sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by six children, James Robert Cabe of Royal Oak, Mich., Ira Norman Cabe Jr. of Maggie Valley, N.C., Timothy Clark Cabe of Otto, Delores Young of Franklin, Clara Jean Dills and Kathryn Elaine Cabe both of Otto; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in the Newman Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Relay For Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Lillie Virgina Chastain Crisp

Lillie Virgina Chastain Crisp was born in Highlands, N.C., on July 25, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Daniel Edward and Nettie Keener Chastain. At the age of 83, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, she went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She met and married Claude John Crisp on July 24, 1948. As a young married couple they lived on Peeks Creek. They moved to Manassas, Va., in 1954 for her husband to work in construction and then in 1981, they returned to the Peeks Creek Community of Franklin, N.C. to live out their retirement.

She was a woman who loved her family and was very proud of her three children, Robert Crisp of Franklin; LaVern Fritter of Martinsville, Va., and Linda Skinner of Webster, N.C. She also loved her home and took pride in providing for her family by gardening, freezing, canning and cooking three meals a day.

She was an excellent "country" cook and was always willing to provide a meal for a friend in need, bake a cobbler in return for a favor or offer food to anyone who happened to stop by.

While living in Virginia she was a member of Woodbine Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher; on the Communion Committee; as a Leader for ACTEENS and Girls in Action. As a current member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, she enjoyed her Ladies Sunday School class, serving on the Prayer Chain and working with the Hospitality Committee.

In addition to her three children, she is survived by one son-inlaw, Joseph Fritter; two sisters: Janice Chastain Watts (and husband John) and Louise Chastain Smith; six Grandchildren: Paul, Angie, Anna, Brian, Annette and Charidy; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of 52 years; her son-in-law, David Skinner; three Brothers: Tom, Carl and Fred Chastain; and one sister, Pearl Chastain Wild.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 29, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Crisp, Brian Crisp, Mark Washburn, Wade Smith, Woody McConnell and Justin Perkins.

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



Frank McClure Killian, Jr.

Frank McClure Killian, Jr., 75, a native of Macon County, passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Frank McClure Killian and his brother, Dr. John H. Killian.

He graduated from Franklin High School in 1955 and the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1960. He held several teaching positions in secondary education and was the operator of the Killian Hereford Farm in Cartoogechaye for more than 40 years. He was an active member of the Watauga Baptist Church and dedicated himself to carefully crafting his Sunday School lessons.

He was a proud member of the farming community in Cartoogechaye and was well-known for his love of cattle farming, gardening and discussing the weather. However, he will be remembered most for his generosity, thoughtfulness and gentle spirit.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Mignon and brother, Dr. Paul Killian; five nephews and one niece; and three close friends, Edward Nolen, Harold Huscusson and J.J. McCall.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Macon Funeral Home located at 261 Iotla Street, Franklin. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Roy Lowe will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Macon Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Ed Nolen, Harold Huscusson, J.J. McCall, Adam Huscusson, Frank Killian, Hume Killian and Paul Mignon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to, The Watauga Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2022, Franklin, NC 28744 or The Wayne Profitt Scholarship Fund; P.O Box 2182, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Bernard Charles DeweyBernard Charles Dewey

Bernard Charles Dewey, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at a local nursing home. He was born in Quebec, Canada, the son of the late James Gilbert and Gertrude Elizabeth Taylor Dewey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Alberta Dewey who passed away in 2010. He was a veteran of the Canadian Army. He was a very active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a produce supervisor and owned his own store in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his church, gardening, and feeding birds.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Abel and her husband, Don of Franklin, N.C., and his son, Patrick Dewey and his wife, Charlene of Okeechobee, Fla.; sister, Mary Chamberlain of Quebec, Canada; brother, Donald Dewey of Quebec, Canada; and seven grandhildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Belanger and four brothers, James, Lawrence, Sidney and Henry Dewey.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Beam officiating.

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



Leroy Frank Jackson Jr.

Leroy Frank Jackson Jr., 80, of Franklin, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

Born in Henderson County, he was the son of the late Leroy Frank Jackson Sr. and Reece Bowden Jackson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, Air Traffic Controller, worked many years at Lowe’s, was a member of Rockdale Baptist Church and loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by three children, Leroy Frank Jackson, III and wife Karen of Clovis, Calif., Vincent “Paul” Jackson of Atlanta and Elizabeth Jackson Bustamante and husband Louis of Montgomery, Ala., and two grandchildren, Louis Bustamante Jr. and Xena Jackson.

Funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ray Fox officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Louis Bustamante Jr., Charles Gibson, Radford Guffey, Brandon Wilson, Dusty Snider and Bill Fox. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Rockdale Baptist Church.

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



Effie S. McCrackineEffie S. McCrackine

Effie S. McCrackine, 97, of Franklin, N.C., and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at an Ohio hospital. She was born in Alvarado, Va., the daughter of the late Walker and Susan Wright Sweet. She was married to the late Clyde W. McCrackine for 58 years before he passed in 1999. She had worked at Glen L. Martin air craft in Baltimore, Md., and the Big Jack in Big Stone Gap, Va. She was also a seamtress and owned Cherokee Ruby Mines in Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter, Loretta Coulter and her husband Lary of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and her son, Clyde J. McCrackine and his wife, Pam, of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Three grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 26, at Iotla Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Reeves officaiting. Burial was held at Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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



Dewey Morgan Sr.Dewey Morgan Sr.

Dewey Morgan Sr., 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John M. and Mary Scott Morgan. He was a gas company truck driver; a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII, and he was a member of Franklin VFW Post #7339. He loved riding trails on four-wheelers. He was a loving father and grandfather and a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Charlene Staley of Lexington, N.C.; one son, George Dewey Morgan of Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Lorene Cope of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; one brother, Roger Morgan of Asheville, N.C. and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 26, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price and Rev. Gary McCoy officiating. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed military graveside rites.

Pallbearers were Keith Walters, George Dewey Morgan, Tim Morgan, Randy Gregory, Ricky Gregory and Kevin Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bryant- Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James Garland WillisJames Garland Willis

James Garland Willis, 80, of the Cowee Community, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his residence. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late William Luther Willis and Irene Tallent Willis. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion Post #108. He had worked as a funeral assistant at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home for 27 years, and was a previous office manager for Duncan Oil Company. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grand-father, and he loved to garden. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church, where he served as a former choir director, Training Union director, Sunday School superintendent and Deacon Emeritus.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue Bryson Willis; son, Michael B. Willis and wife Lee of Franklin, N.C.; sister, Willa Mae McKinnish of Stanley, N.C.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, and one brother.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 28, at Cowee Baptist Church, with Rev. David Powell, Rev. Lloyd Fish, Rev. Ronnie Branson and Rev. Charles Stevens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Phil Scruggs, Bob Corbin, Charles Womack, Furman Shook, Bobby Bolick, and Christopher Willis. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Ramsey and the staff of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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






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