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Arnold Arkelius KirklandArnold Arkelius Kirkland

Arnold Arkelius Kirkland, 70, of Franklin, passed away on Dec. 25, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Swain County, he was the son of the late Harley Kirkland and Ida McClure Kirkland. He retired from construction and spent his retirement working on antique cars, gardening and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Marylee Kirkland Crisp, Fannie Kirkland Shuler and Lillian Kirkland and one brother, Charles Wade Kirkland.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Diana Burnette Kirkland; daughter, Jennifer Kelley and husband Troy, and one grandson, Jackson Arnold Kelley all of Franklin. He is also survived by a sister, Ivy Kirkland Ogle and brothers, Dewey Kirkland and Kenneth Kirkland.

No services are planned.

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


 

Karron Clarene Marcus Carpenter

Karron Clarene Marcus Carpenter, 72, of Clayton, Ga., died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Robert Lee Carpenter.

Born in Tiger, Ga., March 31, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Numerous and Grace Lovell Marcus. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Jimmy Carpenter of Clayton, Ga.; three daughters, Clarene Carpenter McCall of Franklin, N.C., Wanda and her husband Glenn Holt of Rabun Gap, Ga., and Judy Pollard of Clayton, Ga.; one brother, Hastel Marcus of Tiger, Ga.; six sisters, Lotha Gipson of Lakemont, Ga., Delilah Whitmire of Rabun Gap, Ga., Daphene Lockridge of Clarkesville, Ga., Carrina Carpenter of Rabun Gap, Ga., Jean Jordan of Clayton, Ga., and Geraldine Whitmire of Tiger, Ga.; eight grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 21, at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Layman Lloyd Hunter officiating. Burial followed in the Scaly Mountain Methodist Cemetery, Scaly Mountain, N.C.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


 

Clarence Lee Cody Jr.Clarence Lee Cody Jr.

Clarence Lee Cody, Jr., 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

Born in Thomasville, he was the son of the late Clarence Lee Cody, Sr. and Viola Turner Cody and had a number of brothers and sisters. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Amy Sue Ledford Cody; a son, Brian Keith Cody; daughter, Donna Sue Grant and husband Chris all of Franklin; sister, Betty Floyd of Thomasville; four grandchildren, Cameron Wayne Cody, Braden Lee Cody, Chastity Marie Davis, Summery Ann Davis and one step grandchild, Kaitlyn Shephard.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Black Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Eddie Stillwell, Rev. Ernie Jamison and Rev. Kael Stencil officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Herman Elkins, Joe Sisti, Jeff Clark, David Price, Michael Carpenter, Jamie Passmore, Todd McConnell and Elbert McConnell.

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


 

Jimmie Lee Simmons

Jimmie Lee Simmons, 75, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Born in Hollywood, Ga., he was the son of the late Grover Lee Simmons and Jane Ann Busha Simmons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Ann Bailey Simmons who died March 25, 2009; brother, Limmie Doyle Simmons; sister, Chalotta Simmons Sweet and great granddaughter, Sarai Ann Taylor.

He was a retired CWO III U.S. Army veteran; he worked as Chief of Maintenance for Mearl Corp; was a member of Faith Baptist Church serving as chairman of the deacons, and he loved to restore old cars and play music.

He is survived by two children, Randy Simmons and wife Rhonda of Greencastle, Pa., and Teressa Simmons of Franklin; three grandchildren, Ryan Thomas Lee Simmons and wife Carrie, Jimmie Randall Simmons and Anna Sasha Koreen Taylor and husband Jonathan; and three great-grandchildren, Austin Lee Simmons, Madison Grace Simmons and Allison Nicole Howe.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Frank Rodriguez will officiate. Burial was in the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Nephews served as pallbearers, Rich Gibson, Michael Gibson, Kevin Holland, Hugh Holland, Brian Holland, Barry Bryson and Chuck Bailey.

Memorial donations can be made to the Relay for Life, Bailey Bunch Relay Team, P.O. Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.


 

David EbertDavid Ebert

On Nov. 23, 2011, Dave Ebert began a journey down a path to survive pancreatic cancer. The obstacles on his route became too great on Dec. 15, 2012. He was predeceased by his father, Robert J. Ebert; his sister, Pat; brother, Bill, and brother, Ted.

Giving him strength to carry on was Sam Gunter, his devoted partner of 33 years and spouse since March 23, 2012. Family members are his mother, Hazel of Visalia, Calif.; brother, Jack (Cheryl) of Johnson City, N.Y.; brother, Tom of Clovis, Calif.; sister-in-law, Geordie (Ted) of Visalia, Calif.; sister-in-law, Paula (Bill) of Rancho Mirage, Calif. and brother-in-law, Jay Dann (Pat). His loving in-laws include mother-in-law, Ruth Gunter; brother-in-law Don (Jim); sister-in-law, Carol (Frank) Hall; sister-in-law, Joyce (Cecil) McLean; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Gunter, all of S.C., along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom will feel his absence. He was a personality who gathered friends wherever he went, many of whom traveled far and often to support him through this difficult time, for which he always expressed gratitude and love.

He was born in Oswego, N.Y. on Oct. 3, 1954, educated at St. Paul’s Academy, Oswego Catholic High School, and graduated from Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pa. After pursuits in the furniture industry and antique business, he spent most of his career as senior director-marketing at AT&T in Atlanta, Ga. He would say that his hobby was carpentry, but he was an artist who knew how to draw out the beauty in whatever he saw, be it flowers, yards, furniture, or houses. Most notable is the 1797 house in Washington, Ga. on which he and Sam were completing authentic restoration. Without question, he recognized the beauty in people as well, never was heard uttering an unkind word, always a gentleman, known for his imagination, humor, commitment, intensity, and patience. Everyone who knew him appreciated these qualities, as noted by his former AT&T senior vice president Jerry Cheadle, "I know you will continue to make significant contributions to the good of our society because that is an important part of who you are."

Services and burial took place on Dec. 22, 2012, in Highlands, N.C. A later celebration of remembrance will be scheduled in the spring of 2013 for all who wish to express their thoughts and memories, but were unable to attend at this time.

In place of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, Kimmel Development Office, 1 Charles Center, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. Further, please pray that Dave’s experience can help to lead down the path to the end of this disease.


 

Artista BurdArtista Burd

Artista Burd, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Born in Franklin County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Bessy Feather of Poling. She was married to Edwin Burd who died in 1996. She loved flower arranging; was very active in Senior Citizen’s Program and was a member of Truth Tabernacle Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by a son, Paul David Burd and wife Donna of Franklin; two granddaughters, April Rios and Allison Burd and a great-granddaughter, Sophia Rios.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Watts officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice Services-MedWest Harris, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779.

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


 

Fred A. LedfordFred A. Ledford

Fred A. Ledford, of Whiteford, Md., passed away Dec. 29, 2012. He was a devoted father of James C. Ledford and his wife Erica and Arnold A. Ledford; dear brother of Sheridan Ledford, Letha Stewart and Elizabeth Jones; and loving grandfather of Andrew, Eric, Harley and Caroline.

Family and friends honored his life at Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Forest Hill on Wednesday. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

Published as a courtesy of Macon Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be made at www.evansfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

 


 

Paul Lamar DuvallPaul Lamar Duvall

Paul Lamar Duvall, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late H. Wayne and Novia Brendle Duvall. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He owned and operated several service stations in Franklin as well as his Radiator Repair Shop. He liked to hunt, fish, and ride motorcycles. He was one of the first members of the Franklin Rescue Squad, a life member of Franklin VFW Post #7339, and a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Julia Waldroop Duvall; three daughters, Diane Stanley and husband Donnie, Margaret Perry and husband Vic and Polly Farley and husband David, all of Franklin; two sisters, Betty Teem and Dorothy Berry both of Franklin; five granddaughters, Miranda Manley and husband Daniel, Jessica Stanley, Mia Stanley, Lindsay Shuler and Erin Kimsey; He was preceded in death by brothers, Garland, J. B. and Ralph Duvall, and nephews, Larry and Gary Duvall.

Per his request no services will be held.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Sue ‘Dutch’ Lee GillespieSue ‘Dutch’ Lee Gillespie

Sue “Dutch” Lee Gillespie, 80, of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.

Born in Jackson County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Vernon C. Lee and Janie Adams Lee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Gillespie. She enjoyed being outdoors and working in her yard. She was an avid pet lover and supporter of the Humane Society. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bryson City.

She is survived by two children, Barbara “Bo” Bryant and husband Edward of Franklin and Debby Gillespie of Franklin and one granddaughter, Bridget Bryant.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bob McCollum officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rob Lee, Dick Lee, Danny Gillespie, Rick Lee, Ned Weigle and Randolph Bulgin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


 

Ruby Belle Findlay Saunders

Ruby Belle Findlay Saunders, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Born in Holt, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Henry Lunsford and Bessie Powell Lunsford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Campbell Findlay, who died in 1973; her second husband, Gene Saunders who died in 2006 and eight brothers and sisters. She was Southern Baptist by faith and loved her family.

She is survived by her son, Jon Cary Findlay and wife Konstance of Arden, N.C.; seven step-children, Tina Pyle of Franklin, Karen Saunders of Mesa, Ariz., Kevin Saunders of Glen Alan, Va., Jerry Saunders of Ft. Worth, Texas, Michael Saunders of Tampa, Fla., David Saunders of Phoenix, Ariz. and Glenna Jackson of Reidsville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Thomas Andrew Findlay and Scott Campbell Findlay; step-grandchildren, Regina Seagle, Matthew Pyle and several other step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, Fla.

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


 

Russell Walter StroupRussell Walter Stroup

Russell Walter Stroup, 84, of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

Born in Shamokin, Pa., he was the son of the late Russell Walter Stroup Sr. and Euola Beatrice Snyder Stroup. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. He was a chaplain in the U.S. Army; after retiring, he worked as a jail chaplain. He attended Philadelphia Bible College and Providence Barrington, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He also received his Master’s degree of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He was a devout member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois Green Stroup; two children, Cherilyn Austin and husband, Tom of West Point, N.Y. and Kim Brown and husband, Dr. Robert Brown of Franklin; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Monday, Dec. 24, at First Baptist Church. Sons-in-law will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church St. Franklin, NC 28734 or to Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


 

Ethyl Viola LloydEthyl Viola Lloyd

Ethyl Viola Lloyd, 61, of Franklin, passed away on Dec. 25, 2012.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Raleigh Hopkins and Maude Bingham Hopkins. She enjoyed reading and gardening.

She is survived by her son, Danny Lloyd and wife Krystal of Ellijay, Ga.; step-son, Jim Lloyd of McKaysville, Ga.; step-daughter, Angie Arp of Blue Ridge, Ga.; brother, John Hopkins and wife Betty of Otto; three sisters, Emma Woods of Iva, S.C., Mary Tallent and husband Gene of Franklin, Barbara Ramey and husband Lex of Franklin; three half-sisters, Opal, Rose and Frances and a halfbrother, David Cabe.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Cloer officiated. Burial was in Hodgin Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Allan Hopkins, Devin Starnes, Jeff Starnes, Jim Lloyd, Jonathan Keener and Steve Martin.

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


 

Norman Hunter Jones Jr.

Norman Hunter Jones Jr., 64, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Born in Appomattox, Va., he was the son of the late Norman Hunter Jones Sr. and Rachel Harvey Jones. During his career he worked for several global companies in the Marine Insurance and Reinsurance Industry and was owner/broker of Mountain Living Properties. He was a Sergeant at Arms for the Franklin Rotary Club, loved hunting and fishing, was a member of the board of the Academic Foundation and an active member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Belinda Jones; son, Douglas Orman Hunter Jones of Loveland, Colo.; one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Sears and Rev. Gene Price officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were Douglas Orman Hunter Jones, William LaDue, Steve LaDue, David Michael Horton, Sterling Passmore and Joseph Leadley. Memorial donations can be made to the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Building Fund, C/O Vivian Kuhn, 86 East Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Willie Mae ‘Granny Angel’ AngelWillie Mae ‘Granny Angel’ Angel

Willie Mae “Granny Angel” Angel, 101, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Jim Franks and Eller Scott Franks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Angel who died in 1980; two sons, John Wiley “Bud” Angel and Bob Angel and two daughters, Maude Angel and Patricia Ann Angel. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

She is survived by nine daughters, Lois Angel of High Point, Neal Ryals of Franklin, Frances Smith of Franklin, Linda Woods of Conover, Nannie Belle Ledford, Rachel Cabe and husband Bobby, Lela Guy and husband Ed, Edna Angel and Lucy Hardin all of Franklin; 21 grandchildren and 22 great- grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Judson Hall officiated. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Cabe, Jeff Cabe, Larry Bishop, Rick Ledford, Tim Ledford and Matt Buchanan.

Memorial donations can be made to the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Karen Stiwinter, 481 Franklin Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Richard ‘Dick’ Lee MashburnRichard ‘Dick’ Lee Mashburn

Richard “Dick” Lee Mashburn, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Henry J. and Ruth Angel Mashburn. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He worked at Burlington Industries for 11 years and retired from Belden Electrical Cord Industries, where he was a supervisor. He liked to hunt and fish and coached youth football.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jimmie Sherrill Mashburn; three daughters, Elaine Mashburn, Eva Jane Dills and husband Mike and Sherril Bishop and husband Bobby all of Franklin; one son, Rick Mashburn of Franklin; three sisters, Edna Burnette of Asheville, N.C., Susie Shires of West Virginia and Betty Moffitt of Asheville; four brothers, Jack Mashburn, Johnny Mashburn, and Wayne Mashburn all of Franklin and Gene Mashburn of Dothan, Ala.; six grandchildren, Justin Dills, Nicholas Mashburn, Clinton Mashburn, Cody Dills, Breanna Bishop and Kaitlin Bishop; two great-grandchildren, Adrian Mashburn and Kiley Mashburn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Morrison and a brother, Joe Mashburn.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was at Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Nicholas Mashburn, Mitchell Mashburn, Kenny Mashburn, Justin Dills, Cody Dills, Clinton Mashburn, and Keith Lewis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angel Medical Center Outpatient Medicine Building Fund, PO Box 1209, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Ruth P. CarverRuth P. Carver

Ruth P. Carver, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Jake Passmore and Layla Louella Wilson Passmore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hayes Junior Carver who died May 25, 2010; infant daughter Linda Ann Carver and two brothers, Bill and Don Passmore.

She is survived by five children, Bobby Ray Carver and wife Nora, Maxine Carver Greene, Ella Faye Carver, Nella Mae Carver and Rosey L. Green and husband Raymond all of Franklin; four sisters, Gertha Fowler of Asheville, Annie Mae Carver of Franklin, Dorothy Sharp and Ruby Higgins both of Leicester, N.C.; brother, Grady Passmore of Franklin; 17 grandchildren; 34 great- grandchildren; five greatgreat grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Howard Southard officiated. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Green, Melvin Houston, Michael Carver, William Scott, Bobby Ray, Timothy Carver and Donovan Carver.

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


 

Robert R. Bennington Jr.Robert R. Bennington Jr.

Robert R. Bennington Jr., 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at his home.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1932, in Fayetteville, N.C., the son of the late Robert R. Bennington and Estelle Bennington Bartlett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Catherine; one brother, Ronald Randolph Bennington; and his stepfather, James E. Bartlett Jr. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving on board USS Saipan. He worked for Piedmont Airlines for 35 years and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his son, J. Robert Bennington, of Franklin; grandchildren, Victoria Little and husband Ray of Montgomery, Ala., and Andrew Whatley of Gulf Shores, Ala.; great granddaughters, Reese and Reagan Little; his brother, James E. Bartlett III and wife Carol of Pleasant Garden, N.C.; sister, Barbara Puglisi and husband Bill of Annandale, N.J.; and special friends, Ken Shaffer, Michelle and Brett of Bumpass, Va.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 30, at Grace Presbyterian Church. Dr. Kenneth R. Jones officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Grace Presbyterian Church Building/Mortgage Fund, PO Box 1033, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


 

Mary M. ConwayMary M. Conway

Mary M. Conway, 97, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

Born in Shelby County, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Land and Rozeta Howery Land. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Samuel Conway who died in 1967. She was the oldest member of Iotla Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Don Conway and wife Gerry of Franklin; two grandchildren, Melanie Tate and Troy Conway and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Tate and Samuel Conway.

Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 31, in the Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park, Fla.

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

 


 

Paul A. ThompsonPaul A. Thompson

Paul A. Thompson, 82, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brockton, Mass., passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2012.

Born in South Weymouth, Mass., he was the son of the late Thomas and Beryl Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Tommy, Richard and Robert Thompson. He lived a long and full life and enjoyed his home in Franklin, with his dog and best friend, Benji. Besides his love of cars and his daily driving trips to explore the area, he most enjoyed working on his land and tending his gardens. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He leaves behind a nephew, Jerry Thompson and family of Hanson, Mass., Geraldine Spring and family of High Point, N.C. and Donna Cannizzaro and family of Port Charlotte, Fla.

No services have been planned at this time.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Assoc, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060(www.americanheart.org)

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


Grace Edwards

Grace Edwards, 96, of Nantahala Community died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at her residence. She was a native and lifetime resident of Macon County. She retired after 17 years from Owenby Manufacturing and was a lifetime member of the Briartown Baptist Church. Her hobbies included gardening and needlework and being a homemaker.

She was the daughter of the late Dave and Nola Cochran Owenby and the wife of the late Darrell Edwards, who died May 6, 1985. She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Edgar, Eckle, Furman, Van Buren, D.L., and Warren Owenby.

Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia Griffin and husband, Jim of Nantahala; a son, J.D. Queen and wife, Alice of Andrews; a sister, Lucille Ayers of Swansboro, NC; two grandchildren, David Griffin of Lakeland, Fla. and David Queen and wife, Tammi of Andrews; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Briartown Baptist Church with Revs. S.J. Waters and Dean Bateman officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Cochran, Sidney May, Pearly and Hoyt Owenby, and Gary and Donald Cross. Honorary pallbearers were Bert Bateman, David Solesbee, Verdon Owenby and Randy Shook.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Grace Edwards to the Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Juanita Deweese, 19292 Wayah Road, Aquone, NC 28781.

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


 

Larry Wade Holbrooks

Larry Wade Holbrooks, 62, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Bonnie Stanley Holbrooks and the late Wade Holbrooks. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Weylin Holbrooks. He enjoyed hunting.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Patsy Hopkins Holbrooks; two daughters, Amanda Houston and husband Josh, and Alicia Holbrooks and fiancé Buddy Thomas, both of Franklin; brother, Billy Joe Holbrooks of Franklin; three sisters, Martha Vinson, Lula Bell Russell and Barbara Sue McCall, all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jamie, Cody and Payton, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Louisa Chapel UMC Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh Houston, Buddy Thomas, Jamie Holbrooks, Dennis Stamey, Gary Hopkins and Michael Hopkins.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.






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