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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 11/08/2012


Bessie B. StocktonBessie B. Stockton

Bessie B. Stockton, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Minnie Bingham. She was married to G. R. Stockton who died Oct. 28, 1993. She was a homemaker and she worked for the Older American Program of the U. S. Forest Service. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and great-great grandmother and she loved gardening. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher.

She is survived by a son, Michael C. Stockton and wife Janice of Franklin; four grandchildren, Tammy Gibson, Lisa Munger and husband Robert, Robin Mason and husband Matthew and Michael G. Stockton and wife Lacey; six great-grandchildren, Travis Gibson and wife Cigi, Jamie Munger, Drew and Meliah Mason and Isaiah and Jacob Stockton, and two great-great grandchildren, Kendall and Keenen Henderson.

In addition to her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Stockton, a son and daughterin- law, Harold and Luanne Stockton, three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Stilwell officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Travis Gibson, Michael Stockton, Matthew Mason, Robert Munger, Sammy Hastings and Jack Mason. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #994, 203 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Fred Roger WootenFred Roger Wooten

Fred Roger Wooten, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Charlie and Ruth Brown Wooten. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War and worked for Burlington Industries for 40 years. He was a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church; was a loving husband and devoted father, grandfather and greatgrandfather and liked hunting, fishing and farming.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ila Scott Wooten; a daughter, Sheila Wooten James and husband Clayton of Seneca, S.C.; three sisters, Catherine Ray, Shirley Shuler and Agnes Tardy all of Franklin; two brothers, Paul Wooten of Clayton, Ga. and Bruce Wooten of Franklin; two grandsons, Shane Golden and Jack Beaty and two great-granddaughters, McKinnley Golden and Julie Beaty. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Freda Beaty, a sister, Sue Roper and a brother, Neville Wooten.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 2, at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Perdue officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Roper, Michael Vanhook, Keith Ray, Terry McCoy, Wayne Beaty and Jerry Sutton.

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


 

Don BowzerDon Bowzer

Don Bowzer passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at an Arlington, Texas, hospital surrounded by family.

He was born June 30, 1944, in Macon, Mo., the son of James Franklin Bowzer and Shirley Anne Dove Bowzer. He married Susi on Oct. 21, 1995, in Springfield, Mo. He was an active member of Community of Hope UMC in Mansfield. He had also been active in DeMolay, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star in Macon, Mo. He was also a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles in Springfield. He enjoyed bowling, playing golf, watching the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Dallas Mavericks basketball. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired for several years.

He is survived by Susi, his wife of 17 years; three children and their spouses, James Lance Bowzer and Shakira, Anne Rayna Lawson and Frank, Troy Bowzer and Olivia Barnes; and six grandchildren, Amber and Dustin Lawson, Ian and Elle Bowzer, Keith Hazlip and Lillee Bowzer.

A Celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10, at Community of Hope United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Texas.

Blessing Funeral Home of Mansfield, Texas assisted the family.


 

Loyd Avery AllenLoyd Avery Allen

Loyd Avery Allen, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Tom and Eva McMahan Allen. He was a carpenter and farmer and a member of Liberty Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and loved gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Verlie Poindexter Allen; two daughters, Kay Allen Kelly and husband Sam and Nancy Staffelbach and husband Keith all of Franklin; four sons, David Allen and wife Nancy of Andrews, N.C., Joe Allen and wife Jan, Randy Allen and wife Linda and Bill Allen and wife Vickie all of Franklin; three sisters, Ruby Poindexter, Sue McConnell and Linda Passmore all of Franklin; three brothers, Ralph, John and Grady Allen, all of Franklin; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ollie Mae Hurst and a brother, Furman Allen.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 4, at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Potts, Rev. Wesley Hooper and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jessica McConnell, 276 Cedar Ridge Rd., Franklin, NC 28734 or your favorite charity.

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


 

Sally Darlene JamesSally Darlene James

Sally Darlene James, 64, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

She is survived by her husband, George D. James, III; son, George D. James IV of North Dakota; daughter, Trina James of Tennessee; a brother, Donald; a sister, Sue and three grandchildren, Samantha, Dave and Holly.

A Gathering of Friends will be held from 12-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, at the Big Bear Shelter on the Greenway.

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

 

 

 


 

Howard Dewey SeayHoward Dewey Seay

Howard Dewey Seay, 81, of Franklin, N.C., laid down his earthly burdens and entered into eternal rest and peace on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Born in Macon County to the late Arvey Bedford Seay (1958) and Mary Leona Williams Seay (1985). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Doris Evitt, Ella Mae Ledford, Margie Stiwinter, infant sister, Mary Burdell Seay, Norman Seay, Roger Seay and William Seay.

He retired after 20 years with distinction as Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, before returning to Western North Carolina. He was married to the late Carol Lee Blaine Seay, daughter of Arthur Carr and Elizabeth Ann Hodgins Blaine of Otto, N.C. He and his wife joined the Franklin community making their home in the Wells Grove/Mashburn Branch Community. He enjoyed working outside, clearing his property and raising cattle.

He is survived by his daughter, Janet Seay Harwell of Franklin; son, Michael Howard Seay and wife Deborah Norton Seay of Greensboro, N.C.; four grandchildren, Ryan William Harwell and wife Kristy of Tucson, Ariz., Shannon Lee Harwell of Cullowhee, N.C., Branigan Nicole Seay of Charlotte, N.C. and Bradley Michael Seay of Greensboro; two great-grandsons, Parker Wesley and Preston Ryan Harwell of Tucson; brothers and sisters, Francis Teague, James Clarence Seay and John Seay, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Ryan Harwell, Bradley Seay; nephews, Tim Teague, Clinton Ledford and trusted friends, Willard and George Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Franklin Lion’s Club, Attn: White Cane.

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


 

Oma DownsOma Downs

Oma Downs, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie M. and Mary Magdelene Gibson Wooten. She was married to the late Ray Downs who died in 1997. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she loved quilting, gardening and cooking.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Alexander and husband Gerald of Waller, Texas; four sons, Edward Downs and wife Lois, Lowell Downs and wife Nellie, Dennis Downs and wife Rita and Johnny Downs all of Franklin; three sisters, Velma Estes and Irene Hampton both of Franklin, and Leona Gray of Leicester, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three greatgreat- grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Downs; a sister, Mary Belle Angel and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Gary McCoy officiating. Burial was in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Downs, Dalva Alexander, Darvin Alexander, Eddie Downs, Bryan Downs, Barry Downs, Lynn McDaniel and Mike Hampton.

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


 

John Emory SoucieJohn Emory Soucie

John Emory Soucie, 90, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

Born in Bamfield Dam, Mich., he was the son of the late John Soucie and Ada Alton Soucie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Soucie who died on May 30, 2005. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. He retired from Lee County in Ft. Myers, Fla., as director of maintenance. He was a master craftsman. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father.

He is survived by two children, Carol Colhard of Franklin and Terry Soucie of Castleberry, Fla.; brother, Clyde Soucie of Michigan and sister, Vera Olver of Niceville, Fla.

No services have been planned at this time.

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


 

Margaret NicholsMargaret Nichols

Margaret Nichols set a wonderful example for her children, Alan Nichols, Gail Craig and Jean Bailey, her grandchildren, Matthew, Hadley, Anne Beaumont and Andrew and her great grandchildren, Haley, Tyler, Luke, Cole and her most recent, identical twins, Liam and Beau.

She was, as long as anyone can remember, a woman of deep abiding faith. Her enthusiasm for anything involving her beloved family, the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, her many friends, and the beautiful North Carolina mountains, was contagious.

She lived with an attitude of gratitude for every blessing in her life.

She was born in Miami, Florida on March 12, 1915, to Charles A. Johnson and Frances I. Smith.

After graduating from Miami High School where she could still recite from memory every member of her graduating class and teacher, as well. She attended Florida State College for Women and later graduated from the Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She married her sweetheart of many years, Daniel Beaumont Nichols and enjoyed 33 years of marriage before Dan died in 1972. She retired from over 20 years of public health nursing in 1975 and then spent most of the rest of her life living in her much loved mountains in Highlands, N.C.

She will be ever so missed by her family. She set a splendid example of the love of God and the promise of life everlasting.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Highlands, North Carolina or the Nature Conservancy.

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


 

Marie Milsap AmmonsMarie Milsap Ammons

Marie Milsap Ammons, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. Born in Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Chinera Milsap Collins. She worked at Blue Bell Textile Manufacturing and was custodian at Trimont Christian Academy and love cleaning house and cleaning cars. She was a loving wife and a member of Community Baptist Church where she was assistant choir director and Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Bruce Ammons and two sisters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. David Williams and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial was in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Ammons, Greg Ammons, Bobby Ledford, Boyce Cunningham, Randy Cunningham, Scott Browning and Chris Browning.

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






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