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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 04/04/2013

Earl ReevesEarl Reeves

Earl Reeves, 77, died Feb. 12, 2013. He was born in Franklin, N.C. to the late James "J.C." and Lorraine Patterson Reeves. He was a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy following 23 years of service and later worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years.

He was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church in Franklin, but had been attending Great Bridge Baptist Church. He was a member of the D.A.V., enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening and had a passion for woodworking. He was predeceased by nine siblings and a grandchild, Ryan.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy; children, Kenneth Earl Reeves (Christie) of Mt. Holly, N.C., Alan "Dale" Reeves (Tammy) of Chesapeake and Susan Diane "Suzie" Reeves of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; sister, Geneive Gibson of Gastonia, N.C.; grandchildren, Corey, Melissa, Courtney, Jessica, Megan, Emily, Jason, and Sydnie; great-grandchildren, Lanie, Camryn and Taolin; and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 2 pm at Burningtown Baptist Church. Rev. Randy Drinnon will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Contributions can be made to a charity of choice.

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


Tamara Stoops DugganTamara Stoops Duggan

On March 25, 2013, the world got a little darker with the passing of Tami Duggan formerly of Franklin. She died suddenly of a heart attack at age 31. She was born in Rochester, Mich., on Oct. 4, 1981, to Jack Stoops and Lori Stoops-Young. She touched everyone she met in a special way. Count yourself blessed if you knew her. She was truly a shining light.

She grew up in Vero Beach, Fla., but spent a lot of time in Franklin with her “Nanny” and also considered it home. She lived life to the fullest and encouraged everyone she met to do the same. She attended Mars Hill College, and then transferred to Florida State University and earned a degree in social work. She worked for the Dept. of Children and Families in Tallahassee, Fla. She then returned to the mountains she loved, and worked at Youth Villages in Knoxville, Tenn. In 2010 she received a job in London England at the London Borough of Haringey. While there, she met the love of her life, Ian Duggan. They were married in Jan 2012 and moved to Ian’s homeland of Ireland. They were back in the states on vacation when we lost our dear Tami, Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.

She is survived by her husband, Ian Duggan; father, Jack Stoops of Bismark N.D.; mother, Lori Young, Vero Beach, Fla.; brothers, Zachariah Stoops of Texas, Jarred and Noah Stoops of Michigan; sister, Elizabeth, Vero Beach; grandmother, Carlene Majszak, Franklin; grandfather, William Ballard of Vero Beach; step-father, Bruce Young, Vero Beach; and father- and mother-in-law, Pat and Ellen Duggan of Cork, Ireland, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are the countless friends in the U.S., England and Ireland.

Memorial service was at Rose Creek Baptist Church, of which she was a member, on Tuesday, April 2, with Rev. Roy Lindsay, Rev. Morris Tippett and Rev. Ben Cabe officiating. Internment was held at Moore-Welch Cemetery alongside her Grand pa-pa. In honor of her love and work with children, two foundations for the Make A Wish program have been se tup in her name, one in the U.S. and one in Ireland. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of these foundations at: Make a Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007; Tami Dugan Make A Wish.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Margaret HollandMargaret Pauline Crisp Holland

Margaret Pauline Crisp Holland, 76, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Parker and Minnie Mae Henry Crisp.

She was a seamstress and sewing instructor for 10 years at SCC, and a dedicated member of Sugarfork Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for several years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Earl Leonard Holland; three daughters, Becky H. Hurst and husband Billy, Nancy H. Dills and husband Ronnie and Sherry H. Brewer and husband Rick all of Franklin; one brother, Earl Crisp of Franklin; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Maybelle C. Thomas and Louise C. Collier, and eight brothers, Wayne, Harvie, Lewie, Carl, Truman, Claude, Charles and Willie Crisp.

Funeral services was held Friday, March 29, at Sugarfork Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Hawkins, Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scottie Thomas, Richmond Crisp, Robert Crisp, Vicky Thomas, Doyle Fox, and Bill Allen.

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


Marcia Tallent ClantonMarcia Tallent Clanton

Marcia Tallent Clanton, 54, passed away March 27, 2013, in Savannah, Ga.

Memorial services were held in Franklin, N.C., on Saturday, March 30, at Macon Funeral Home, and will be held and at Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, Ga., on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.

She was born Oct. 9, 1958, in Franklin to Robert Logan Tallent and Grace Yonce Tallent. She spent her early years in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School in 1976. She received the Percy B. Ferebee academic scholarship and earned a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees from the University of Georgia. She was pursuing her Ed.D degree at Argosy University.

She worked in the Jackson County and Chatham County school systems in Georgia for 31 years. After initial teaching experiences, she held principalships at South Jackson, East Broad, Hubert and Savannah Arts Academy with additional service to the Chatham County Board of Education Office as Associate Superintendent. She was serving as the superintendent of the Putnam County Charter School System in Eatonton, Ga., at the time of her passing.

A lifelong educator, she served on several education advisory boards and committees and was active in the Georgia Association of Education Leaders as well as the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Her reputation as a hands-on leader served her well during a long work history of turning around underperforming schools. She was named a high performing principal by the state of Georgia and was credited with making Savannah Arts Academy a nationally recognized school for academics and the arts. She set high expectations, inspired students to achieve and motivated faculty to ensure student academic growth. Her life’s work was to “make a difference in the lives of students.”

Her interests included music and the arts, family activities, running and reading. She also enjoyed collecting antiques and spending time at Tybee Island and Lake Oconee. She was an ardent fan of Georgia Bulldog football and UNC basketball.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Clanton; former husband, David Clanton; her mother, Grace Tallent, one brother, Tim Tallent; and seven half brothers and sisters.

Condolences may be expressed at www.foxweeks.com or at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Donations in lieu of flowers in her memory can be made to the Tybee Island Marine Science Foundation in Savannah at www.tybeemarinescience.org.


William James Burns IIIWilliam James Burns III

William James Burns III (Jim), 55, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Jim, known by his friends as Bernie, was born Nov. 8, 1957, in Jacksonville, Fla. He was the son of the late William James Burns II and the late Annette Whigham Burns and was preceded in death by his sister Ginger Burns. He was retired, but enjoyed seasonal work in Cherokee. He enjoyed bowling with his family and spending time outdoors fourwheeling and watching his first grandbaby grow up. He loved his wife no matter how many dogs she brought home. He was a member of Grace Community Church in Sylva.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Teresa Dingler Burns; three daughters, Ruby Burns Peoples and son-in-law Will Peoples of Sylva, Brittney Burns of Sylva and W. Jem Burns III of Knoxville, Tenn. and one son, Michael Taylor Burns and daughter- in-law Heather Burns of Wilmington, N.C.; one granddaughter, Madison Marie Riley and one grandson due in May, Turner William Raby; two sisters, Sherry Burns Wilson and husband Walter Wilson of Dillsboro, Jamie Hughie of Texas; three nephews, Travis Stephens of Denver, Colo., Thomas Stephens of Sylva, Jay Cox and two nieces, Gretchen Breese and husband Tomi of Johnson City, Tenn. and Gayla Cox.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, with a memorial service immediately following. Pastor Scott Woodard will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Jim Burns Ben Fund" at United Community Bank.


Clyda Mae Campbell Spicola Smith

Clyda Mae Campbell Spicola Smith, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 29, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Edna Angel Campbell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Smith who died Oct. 25, 2007. She was a member of Iotla United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Spicola of Franklin; a son, Lawrence Spicola of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers, Fred Campbell and Joe Campbell both of Franklin; two sisters, Shirley Shepherd of Franklin and Jean Thong of Columbia, S.C.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Campbell officiated. Burial was in the Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Adam Spicola, Mike Shepherd, Kenneth Shepherd, Jr., Brandon Shepherd, Tyler Shepherd, Tanner Shepherd, Rick Hetzel and Rick Campbell.

Memorial donations can be made to the Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 330 Snowhill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Blanche Elizabeth Cope

Blanche Elizabeth Cope, age 101, of Gastonia, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her son’s residence. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Harley and Minnie Tallent Crawford. She was married to Blaine Cope who passed away in 2000. She was a homemaker and was a long-time member of Oakdale Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by three daughters, Verlie Spargo of Gastonia, Pauline Postlewait and husband Joe of Florence, S.C. and JoAnne Harrison of Gastonia; two sons, Huel Cope and wife Helen of Gastonia and Vernon Cope and wife Edith of Mt. Holly; one brother, Clarence Crawford of Georgia; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Cliff and Harold Cope; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. Johnny Raby officiating. Burial was in Roper Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, 5650 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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


William Franklin Billingsley

William Franklin “Dub” Billingsley went home to be with the Father on March 31, 2013. He left behind a lifetime of loving memories – memories of his being there in times of difficulty as well as times of joy. He never traveled far or received much worldly recognition. He just didn’t need to – he found the fountain of living water right where he lived – inside his own heart. He drank from it deeply each day, lived close to the earth, and poured out God’s love into the lives of those around him. What a fine example of a life well lived.

He was born in Scaly Mountain, N.C., on Nov. 29, 1917. He was the son of the late J. Newton and Jane Burrell Billingsley. He was a self-employed farmer and he was an avid outdoorsman. He was the oldest living member at Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dollie Brown Billingsley, and siblings Lillie Nix, Mae Johnson, Grace Vinson, Beatrice “Chub” Brown, Dora James, Esther Ritchie, Rhoda Nix, Minnie B. Owens, Lela B. Crain, Jim Billingsley, and L. C. Billingsley.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Vaughn and Lillie Billingsley of Rabun Gap, Jack and Shorty Billingsley and Darrell and Margaret “Susie” Billingsley all of Scaly Mountain; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jimmy McClure of Otto; grandchildren, Robin Billingsley, Tammy Kilby, Sheila McClain, Holly Cabe, Donna Faulkner, Debbie Gibbs, Karen Hayhurst, David Mc- Clure, Ann James, Kay Billingsley, and Chuck Billingsley, as well as 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services memorializing the life of “Dub” Billingsley, 95, of Ritchie Road, Scaly Mountain, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, from the Flats of Middle Creek Baptist Church in Scaly Mountain. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. where it will lie in state until the service hour. Rev. Gary McCall, Rev. Cale Stancil, and Rev. Terry Whitesides will officiate with interment to follow the service at Scaly Mountain Methodist Cemetery.

The family is at the residence of Jack Billingsley in the Scaly Mountain Community.

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


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