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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 01/17/2013


Billy Joe Stockton

Billy Joe Stockton, 76, of Cody, Wyo., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. He was born in Macon County, N.C. the son of the late Wade and Edna Belle Hall Stockton. He was married to Emilo Fujikawa Stockton who passed away Nov. 10, 2005. He was retired from the U.S. Navy where he was a member of the DAV-Fleet Reserve Association.

He is survived by his son, Bobby Joe Stockton of Cody; two grandchildren, Kori Christin and Wade Raymond Stockton; one brother, Morris Stockton and his wife Marilyn.

Graveside service and burial was held at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park, Fla.

Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.


 

Harley Richard TylerHarley Richard Tyler

Harley Richard Tyler, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Richard Tyler and Ethel Stewman Tyler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Tyler McDowell and a nephew, Dan McDowell. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He worked many years as a Wal-Mart greeter. He was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Tyler; step-son, Mike Holt and wife Sandy of Asheville; eight nieces and nephews, John Mc- Dowell, Wanda Waldroop, Bobby McDowell, Jeri Reece, June Wike and Cathy Kari; three step-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Owens officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bob McDowell, John McDowell, Patrick Mc- Dowell, Travis Waldroop, Bill Wike, Craig Wike and Zack Holt.

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


 

Vance Henry RobbinsVance Henry Robbins

Vance Henry Robbins, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Alex Robbins and Hattie Grant Robbins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Zeb Manuel Robbins, Arnold Robbins, Birdell DeHart, Della Plemmons and Mattie Nell Elliott and a granddaughter, Alyssa Winfield. He enjoyed coon-hunting and fishing. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two children, Maurice “Bunky” Robbins and Edna “Peanut” Robbins, both of Archdale, N.C.; six step-children, Kimberly Sparks of Irwin, Tenn., Tim Hill and companion Virginia Rogers of Franklin, Tammy Reynolds and companion Todd Griswold of Franklin, Dawn Loflin and husband Eddie of Thomasville, N.C., Hank Hill and wife Billie of Sophia, N.C. and Newly Hill and wife Marcella of Greensboro, N.C.; special family friend, Bill Winfield; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held Friday, Jan. 11, in Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Barry Bowman officiated.

Pallbearers were Tim Hill, Todd Griswold, Hank Hill, Newly Hill, Dale Houge and Brandon Reynolds.

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


 

Roy Lyle McMahanRoy Lyle McMahan

Roy Lyle McMahan, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late George McMahan and Zilla Buchanan McMahan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Georgia Austin. He was a member of Mashburn Branch Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Dowdle McCall McMahan; three step-children, Ellen Hodgin, Janet Crawford and husband Jim and Dickie McCall and wife Beki all of Franklin; two sisters, Virgie Guyer of Franklin and Jan Lyerly of Pickens, S.C.; two brothers, Ted McMahan of Clinton, Tenn. and Benny McMahan of Inman, S.C.; several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ernie Sanders and Rev. Wiley Gibson officiated. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery, Sylva.

Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers were family and friends.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


 

Leesa Lynn CrispLeesa Lynn Crisp

Leesa Lynn Crisp, 55, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Born in Marion County, Ind., she was the daughter of James N. Scott and Mary Louise Knight Scott of New Castle, Ind.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Charles "Chuck" Crisp of Highlands; two daughters, Michele Martin and husband Josh, of Woodstock, Ga., Krista Chapman and husband Justin of Ball Ground, Ga.; one son, David Crisp and wife Alyson of Asheville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Rachel and Zachary Chapman and Karson and Emory Martin; one sister, Karin Potts, of Highlands, and two brothers, Lance Scott, of Fort White, Fla., and Michael Scott of Mieanopy, Fla.

She was a homemaker who loved cooking and singing. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Matt Shuler officiating. Burial will be in the Highlands Memorial Park at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090.

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


 

Pauline M. O’Brien

Pauline M. O’Brien, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Born in Lansing, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Robert Searles Marshall and Maggie Blanche Terpening Marshall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert O’Brien, and two sisters, Betty Brenner and Helen Colgrove, and three brothers, William, Robert and Donald Marshall. She was a member of Merriman Baptist Church, Asheville.

She is survived by a son, Wayne J. O’Brien; three grandchildren, Christine Cook, Timothy O’Brien and Robin Ottmo; three great-grandchildren, Sarah Cook, Gabriel O’Brien and Harlie Ottmo and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Greg Rogers officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Pine Grove Baptist Cemetery Fund.

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


 

Samuel Bernard WomackSamuel Bernard Womack

Samuel Bernard Womack, 85, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Burlington, N.C. He was born Oct. 10, 1927, the sixth child of James Otto and Sarah Harriett McIntyre Womack. He married Christina May Slade April 11, 1953, in St. Matthew, Church of England in Yiewsley, Middlesex County, England. They are the parents of two sons, Gary Bernard Womack and wife Cathie of Hopewell, N.J. and David Keith Womack of Monroe, N.C.; three daughters, Denise Womack Cox of High Point, N.C., Cindy Womack Tuck of Burlington, N.C., and Deborah Jean Womack of Burlington, N.C.; six grandchildren, Andrew, Johnathan, Christopher Womack and Brandon Tuck, Sarah Cox and Emma Cox; sisters, Margaret Clark of Franklin. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lori Womack; brothers, T. Dover Womack, Harold W. Womack, Raymond Womack; sisters, Mary Josephine Henry and Christine Lavada Causey.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was assigned to the USS Dyess out of Norfolk, Va., (DD880) performing patrol duty along the Atlantic coast and then in early 1945 he was assigned to the Asian and Pacific Theater of Operation and the Occupation of Japan. He was discharged in May 1946. After a brief return to Franklin, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in February 1947. He retired from the Air Force in April 1972 with the rank of Master Sergeant.

His Air Force assignments were McCellan AFB, California (retired), Welford/Greenham Common AF bases; Tinker AFB Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Lakenheath AFB; Duluth AFB, Duluth, Minnesota; Saudi Arabia, Dahahran Zutan Airport; Mountain Home AFB, Mountain Home, ID; Orlando (McCoy) AFB, Orlando, Fla.

His service medals include the National Defense Medal, Army of Occupation, World War II, Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

After his retirement from the Air Force, he enrolled in the Environmental Science Course at Southwestern Community College, Sylva, N.C. In June 1974, he took a job with the town of Franklin with the water and waste disposal plant and worked for two and one half years. After his resignation from the city, he went to work for the Franklin Mineral Products Company, as a laboratory technician, Quality Control and waste water disposal. He worked for this company for the next ten years prior to his retirement in 1988.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Whittaker officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Womack, Charles Womack, Jonathan Womack, Andrew Womack and Brandon Tuck. The VFW Post #7339 and American Legion #108 conducted full military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW Funeral Detail, Neil Riendeau, 1155 N. Skeenah Road, Franklin, NC 28734,

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


 

James ‘Jake’ Cleveland WilliamsonJames ‘Jake’ Cleveland Williamson

James “Jake” Cleveland Williamson, 70, of Franklin, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

Born in Philadelphia, Miss., he was the son of Katie Marie Savell Williamson and the late Theo Edward Williamson. He was a founding member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church where he served as Head of Trustees. He felt he was called to help others; widows and children in particular. He was an artist and sculptor and especially enjoyed working with copper. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed building and playing dulcimers.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Day Yarbrough Williamson; a daughter, Delice Renee Becton of Philadelphia, Miss.; two sons, Scott Edward Barham of Silver Hill, Ala. and Kyle Brooks Barham of Buford, Ga.; two brothers, Moz “Ed” Williamson of Philadelphia, Miss. and Clay Williamson of DeKalb, Miss.; five sisters, Beverly Scott of Philadelphia, Miss., Vickie Lide of DeKalb, Miss., Carolyn Boozer of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Barbara Hitt of Philladelphia, Miss. and Juanita Pope of Philadelphia, Miss.; four grandchildren, Nicholas Alexander, Leah Kathryn Becton both of Philadelphia, Miss, Christopher Scott Barham of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Hannah Abigail Barham of Silver Hill, Ala. and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 12, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. Rev. Darian Cochran officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Building Fund, Attn: Betty Holland, 93 Kiser Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Karen CarpenterKaren Carpenter

Karen Carpenter, 52, of Franklin, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Born in Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter of Martha Wright King and the late Charles King. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Charlotte Marie Carpenter; sister, Jackie Blanton and brother, Troy Lee King.

She was a member of Rose Creek Baptist Church, former member of Otto Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Macon County Horse Association. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 34 years, Ronald M. “Pete” Carpenter; daughter, Kayla Carpenter of Franklin; three sisters, Peggy Conard, Mary Moore and Linda Tallent all of Franklin; three brothers, Billy King of Asheville, Bobby King of Enoree, S.C. and Rusty Jarrett of Wilmington; two grandchildren, Saydie Gates and Kylee Burgess and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Barry Bowman, Rev. Morris Tippett and Rev. Rondal Owen officiated. Burial was in Wright Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Bradley, Melvin Wood, Steve Bowman, Toby Blanton, Chuck Tallent and Joe Jenkins. Nephews served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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


 

Ruth Jamison Shuler BuchananRuth Jamison Shuler Buchanan

Ruth Jamison Shuler Buchanan, 82, of Franklin, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

Born in Jackson County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Monte Jamison and Etta Warren Jamison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jesse Paul Shuler who died in 1970; her second husband, Ernest Guy Buchanan who died in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters; the last of 11 children. She owned and operated the Shuler Ruby Mine for over 43 years. She was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church, serving in various positions of the church. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who will be missed by many.

She is survived by four children, Cathy S. Conner, Joyce S. Tallent, Judy Evans and husband Lester and Tony Shuler and wife Janet all of Franklin; five grandchildren, Misty Stiltner and husband Chris, Brian Tallent and wife Natasha, Jessica Evans, Tanya Evans and Austin Shuler; three great-grandchildren, Corey Stiltner, McKenzie Holland and Lexi Tallent and several nieces and nephews. During her final days, she was blessed to have had five special caregivers, Kaye Kelly, Natasha Tallent, Audrey Clark, Renie Mathis and Jan Allen.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Rick Potts, Rev. Andy Cloer and Rev. Lester Evans officiated. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brian Tallent, Austin Shuler, Chris Stiltner, Dale Raby, Joe Allen and Bob Collins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Liberty Baptist Church, C/O Carolyn Crisp 372 Rosecreek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Nancy Lavinia Andreasen

Nancy Lavinia Andreasen, 85, of Franklin, passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Born in Norwalk, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Charles Leslie Hohman and Nellie Evelina Nash Hohman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Andreasen who died on Jan. 11, 1997. She loved to knit and belonged to a knitting group at First Presbyterian Church, where she was also a member. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Connecticut.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Robert Andreasen, John Andreasen, Eleen DeGross and Linda Andreasen and several greatnieces and nephews.

Interment will be held at a later date in Georgetown, Conn. at Branchville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Thomas Andrew Parker

Thomas Andrew Parker, 55, of Red Fox Lane, Clayton, Ga., affectionately known as “Tommy” died suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2013.

Born in Rabun County, Dec. 30, 1957, he was the son of James Andrew Parker of Franklin, N.C., and the late Peggy Ann Martin Parker. He was employed for several years in the textile industry with Fruit of the Loom and most recently with Ingles Market in Clayton. He was a former member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Battle Branch Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters; Elizabeth Parker and Linda Parker Holcomb, and is survived by his wife, Claudia Watts Parker of the home; a son, Kendall Parker of Clayton; his father and stepmother, James Andrew and Margie Quilliams Parker of Franklin, and a stepbrother, Bobby Vinson of Clayton.

Funeral services were held at the Battle Branch Baptist Church Wednesday, Jan. 16, with Rev. Madison McCrackin officiating with Layman Lloyd Hunter at graveside service at Liberty Cemetery.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An on-line obituary and register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.


 

Osie Lee Jackson Jr.Osie Lee Jackson Jr.

Osie Lee Jackson, Jr., 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

Born in Gainesville, Fla., he was the son of the late Osie Lee Jackson Sr. and Mildred Louise Barker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Dean Jackson and a sister, Laura Mae Jackson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He worked as a part-time actor, promoter and manager in the entertainment industry; working with many well-known actors, including Elvis Pressley, Liberace, Olivia Newton-John, Charlie Rich, JD Sumner & The Stamps and the Blackwood Quartet. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He enjoyed country and gospel music and working on computers. He was Mormon by faith.

He is survived by five children, Mitchell Harvard Jackson of Franklin, Daniel Lee Jackson of Athens, Ga., Susan Marsha Whitfield of Franklin, Marshall Rex Jackson of Tifton, Ga. and Lonnie Gene Jackson of Daytona, Fla.; ten grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Matthew Scott will officiate. Full military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell St, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

William Thomas Boatwright

William “Bill” Thomas Boatwright, 91, of Franklin, passed away, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

Born in Vidalia, Ga., he was the son of the late Louie Boatwright and Willie Smith Boatwright. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during WWII. He was a member of Patton United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Carolyn Grier Boatwright; four sons, William L. Boatwright and wife Kay of Hayesville, N.C., Thomas E. Boatwright and wife Marie of Shooting Creek, N.C., Richard A. Boatwright of Westville, Fla. and Jeff L. Boatwright and wife Evelyn of Franklin; brother, Daniel Boatwright of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Duncan officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eric, Dwayne, Keith, Rich and Doug Boatwright and Tim Cochran.

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


 

John WilliamsonJohn Williamson

John Williamson, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Born in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Jervis Coats and Helen Nellie McCluskie Williamson. He was married to the late Pearl Rodwell Williamson who died in 2007.

He was credit manager for Exxon Mobile; was a volunteer fireman in Millwood, N.Y., and liked woodworking and boating. He was a member of First Baptist Church, McAllen, Texas, and attended First Alliance Church in Franklin.

He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Carol Wiegand and husband Richard of Oxford, N.C.; two sons, Jervis Scott Williamson and wife Suzanne of Franklin, and John Kit Williamson and wife Darcy of Owasso, Okla.; one brother, Jervis Williamson and wife Marjorie of Connecticut; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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






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