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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 04/25/2013


Colleen ErxlebenColleen Elizabeth Cole Erxleben

On April 18, 2013, at the age of 57, Colleen Elizabeth Cole Erxleben, of Franklin, N.C., began her next journey of life, an everlasting one in the eternal presence of God. Her continuing role as a Guardian Angel will be to watch over her family, along with yours, as she has done so well since the beginning of her time. Her previous assignment began in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 26, 1955, being the third of seven children born to Donald and Lucia Cole. Her attendance at Bishop Hartley Catholic School, and time as a member of the swim team at Ohio State, groomed her well for her migration to Florida, where she met and married William Lee Erxleben of Tallahassee, Fla., on March 17, 1984.

Moving to Lakeland, Fla., starting a career as a legal secretary, she gave life in 1987 to William "Ryan" Erxleben, and in 1989 to Jason Cole Erxleben. They, along with Bill, were and still are her reason for living, selflessly giving her all, to ensure their happiness and needs, as the loving mother and wife she will always be. Another venture to Franklin, in 1998, continued her devoted sacrifices for family and friends, proudly watching her boys turn to men and become college graduates. She loved traveling to visit distant family and friends, who were never seen enough, in Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. Time on the water, anywhere, was her Heaven, and she constantly returned all the love shown by a continuous presence of canine companions. She will forever be in the memories of many people touched by this Angel, and her family will be forever grateful to all who touched her.

In addition to her husband of 29 years, she is survived by Jason, of Charlotte, N.C., Ryan, his wife, Cortney Loose Erxleben; future granddaughter, Raegan Harper Erxleben; two brothers, Don Cole, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jeff Cole and wife, Debbie, of Milan, Minn.; four sisters, Alisa Tieman, Laura Gerber, Teresa Mowery, and Diana Topping, all of Columbus, Ohio; nephews, Eric Gerber, Grant Tieman, Tucker Topping, all of Columbus, Ohio; Drew Tieman, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; the entire Loose Family; the entire Beyer Family; and Bailey.

A Mass and Celebration of Life will be enjoyed at 12 noon, on Thursday, May 2, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 299 Maple Street, with reception following. Her final resting place will be near Petosky, Mich., where she and her family enjoyed so many great times. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local "no kill" animal shelter, a life support system for all ages.


Guy Hawks

Guy Hawks, 65, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Born in Highland Park, Mich., he was the son of the late Robert Hawks Sr. and Mary Lou McCarty Hawks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sister, Jack Hawks, Jerry Hawks and Linda Hawks. He enjoyed coin collecting and playing golf on the Wii. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by nine brothers and sisters, Betty Lambert of Franklin, Bobby Hawks and wife Margaret of Franklin, Sue Farmer of Elm City, N.C., Frank Hawks and wife Theda Kay of Etowah, N.C., Carolyn Donaldson and husband Lloyd of Andrews, N.C., Marilyn McConnell, Elaine Sanders and Joann Tallent all of Franklin and Jan Lowe and husband Bill of Elm City, N.C.; special friends, Jim and Peggy Tallent of Greenville, S.C. and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 23, at Black Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Cale Stancil and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Black Mtn. Baptist Church Building Fund.

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


Phyllis Parker Doherty

Phyllis Parker Doherty, 71, passed away at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital on Thursday, April 18, 2013, after a year and a half battle with lung cancer. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill., on Feb. 25, 1942. She moved to Cashiers, N.C. with her family in 1972. She is the daughter of the late Dale Parker of Cashiers and Eleanor Parker, who resides in Cashiers. She is preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Doherty.

Surviving are her husband of 50 wonderful years, Frank Doherty of Cashiers; her daughter, Kim Doherty-Dillard of Franklin; grandchildren, Amanda Dillard of Franklin, Andrew and Albert Dillard of Cashiers, and four great-grandchildren, Parker and Brennan Cabe and Jackson Blanton of Franklin and Marley Dillard of Cashiers. She and her husband Frank owned The Valley Gift Shop in Cashiers from 1972 until 1995. Before they moved to the mountains, the Dohertys lived in Houston, Texas and Tulsa, Okla. She was always very active in various community organizations during her life.

She loved to do extensive work on family genealogy, cooking and having her family over for holidays and her little dog, Wags.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Cashiers/Sapphire on Hwy 64 East. A reception will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cashiers- Glenville Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 886, Cashiers, N.C. 28717.

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


Donna Crawford

Donna Crawford, wife of Carl Crawford, passed away in Salem, Ore., on April 18, 2013.

Fourteen years ago, she had received a heart transplant. Although her health was fragile during this time, she still spent her life in love, strength and generosity.

She is survived by a large blended family including five children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband, Carl Crawford, who survived, is a native of Franklin, N.C. Donna was also the sister-in-law of Norma and Perry Noth of Franklin.

A service to remember and celebrate her life was held in Salem, Ore., on April 23.



Rean J. Toney Jr.Rean J. Toney Jr.

Rean J. Toney Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2013.

He was born in Winifrede, W.Va., on Nov. 13, 1919, and resided in Chelyan, W.Va., most of his life. After retiring from Owens Illinois Glass Co. in Atlanta, Ga., he retired to Franklin, N.C., where he was a charter member of Newfound Baptist Church. He worked at Lowe’s in Franklin in the garden center and at Ingles up into his 90s. He was a Christian and an Air Force veteran of World War II.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Katherine Mae Toney; parents, Rean and Julia Toney; sisters, Annabelle Toney and Georgie Bumgardner.

Surviving are his present wife, Virginia Sue Bishop Toney; daughters, Jane Weaver and husband Richard of Franklin, and Kathy Bailey and husband Phillip of St. Albans, W.Va.; step-children, Brian Bishop of Sylva, N.C. and Tobby Bishop and wife Kim of Spartanburg, S.C.; step-grandchildren, Jacob and Emily Bishop. Also surviving, are his beloved grandson, Tony Wilder and wife Meghan and great-grandsons, Jackson and Owen all of St. Albans, W.Va.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Revs. S.J. Waters, Benny Bagwell and Alan Waters officiated. Burial was in Rush Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Newfound Conservative Baptist Church.

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



Eddis PattersonEddis Margine Holden Patterson

Eddis Margine Holden Patterson, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in a Sylva nursing home. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Norman E. and Martha Jane Dehart Holden. She was married to Calvin S. Patterson, who preceded her in death.

She was a court reporter; a member of the National Association of Social Workers and was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Shope of Franklin. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Myrtle Shepherd and Pearl Potts, and three brothers, Coburn, Gardner and Paul Holden.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 19, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Howard Teem, Wade Shope, Lonnie Shepherd, Vaughn Shepherd and James E. Shepherd.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fontana Regional Library Children’s Book Collection, 33 Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 or Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734

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



Joan Stinson

Joan Stinson, 70, of Lake Placid, Fla., went to be with her Lord and Savior April 10, 2013. She was born in West Allis, Wis. She was a part-time resident of Lake Placid from 1976 to 1991 and became a permanent resident in 1991. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Broward County School System.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Art Stinson; two daughters, Laura Jo and Glenn Jones and Beth Ann and Greg Taylor; three grandchildren, Danielle, Lindsay and Zackery; and a sister, Janet Kellner. She was a member of Clark’s Chapel UMC in Franklin, N.C. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7339.

A memorial service will be held in Franklin at Clarks Chapel UMC on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. A committal service will immediately follow at Clarks Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family has requested that donations be made to The American Cancer Society.



Max WigginsMax Wiggins

Max Wiggins, 76, of Vero Beach, Fla. died April 22, 2013, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

He was born in High Shoals, N.C., and moved to Vero Beach in 1965 from Cleveland, Tenn. He worked as an agent for Liberty National Life Insurance Co. in Vero Beach for 35 years. He was a member of the Twentieth Avenue Church of God where he served the church in many capacities including building a mission church in Venezuela. He was preceded in death by his eight siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years Juanita Wiggins of Vero Beach, daughters Ronda (James) Thomas of Vero Beach and Robin (Douglas) Wieckhorst of Winter Springs, Fla., grandchildren Andria Thomas of Cleveland, Tenn. and Justin and Jenna Wieckhorst of Winter Springs, and a sister Martha (Ron) Knoblauch of Orange Park.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Franklin Church of God. Rev. Thurman Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Twentieth Avenue Christian Learning Center, 775 20th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32962.

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



Ashley Megan Lynn Taylor

Ashley Megan Lynn Taylor, 16, of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Born in Asheville, she was the daughter of Rick Taylor and the late Vera Lynn Winneberger. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Brandon Taylor and sister, Chelsey Rich. Ashley was a student at Pisgah High School. She was very intelligent, caring, kind, loving and energetic. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her sister, Lexus Taylor; brother, Devin Taylor and step-mother, Kim Lott all of Canton.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Ivan MacDonaldIvan MacDonald

Ivan MacDonald of Franklin, N.C., passed away at the Hermitage in Dillsboro, on April 18, in his 94th year. His parents were Ellen and Dan MacDonald. He was the youngest of eight children, all deceased.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grayce, and many nieces and nephews. He served four years in the Canadian army in World War II, came to Franklin from Lake Worth, Fla., after being in the health food business for 20 years. He was an old timey member of the Franklin Golf Course Men’s Association.

There will be no services at this time. A celebration of his life will be held in Little Rapids, Ontario, in July.

Memorials can be made to Western North Carolina Hospice House.



Fred Junior HooperFred Junior Hooper

Fred Junior Hooper, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, in a local nursing home. He was a native of Jackson County, born Jan. 8, 1927; a son of the late Fred and Hester Gibson Hooper. He was a wonderful husband, loving father and grandfather and a friend to whomever he met.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margie Cabe Hooper. He was a carpenter and a member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Danny Hooper and his wife, Karen, Jay Hooper and his wife, Georgia, Ronnie Hooper and his wife, Diane, and Donnie Hooper and his wife, Teresa; two daughters, Judy Tallent and Sue Bradley and Roger all of Franklin; five sisters, Margie Gibson, Ruth Hooper, Romanell Mashburn, Olan Sanders all of Franklin, Willa Fay Pendergrass of Nantahala; one brother, Laughty Hooper of Hayesville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Charles Hooper, Roy Hooper, and an infant son; one sister, Irene Carter; one brother, Lloyd Hooper, and three great-grandchildren, Cody, Zackery and Colt McCollum.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 14, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Franzo, Stacy Gibson, Joey Hooper, Gary Gibson, Isaac Gibson and Alvin Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28734.

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






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