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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 05/23/2013

Bonnie Rae Gale Branson

Bonnie Rae Gale Branson, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Born in Ocala, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Raymond Earl Gale and Genevieve Patterson Pierson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Clement Branson; brother, Richard Gale, and a grandson, Justin Heath. She loved making ceramics and enjoyed cooking and cake decorating. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist and volunteered with the Seventh Day Adventist service group.

She is survived by two children, Rhonda Gale Jenkins of Franklin and Earl Wesley Branson and wife Betsy of Clarksville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Rhonda Spates, Robin Jenkins and Donald Heath and four great grandchildren, Joseph Spates, Jordan Spates, Bailey Heath and Michael Heath.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 21, at Franklin Seventh Day Adventist. Elder Carl Ashlock officiated.

Grandsons and great grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Franklin Seventh Day Adventist.

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

Fred Louis BaderFred Louis Bader

Fred Louis Bader, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Henry George Bader and Mary Ponstingle Bader. He was raised on a farm in Brookpark, Ohio, and started farming at the age of 12. He graduated from Berea High School and joined the military afterwards, where he served in Korea from 1953 to 1955 as a tank driver. On June 9, 1956, he married his beloved wife, Rita and spent 57 wonderful years with her. He worked as a finish carpenter all of his adult life and built his first home in Ohio. He and his family moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1973 and in 1995, he retired to his much loved home in the mountains of Franklin, N.C. The last years of his life were spent building small furniture and birdhouses and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, all whom he loved immensely. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, Rita, he is survived by two daughters, Maribeth Bader Tiller and husband Dan of Franklin and Annette Grundon and husband John of St. Petersburg, Fla.; son, Dan Bader of Franklin; brother, Charles H. Bader of Simi Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jeremiah, Anthony, Carson, Chase, Camryn and Madison and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Military Rites were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon County Senior Center for Congregate Meals.

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

Lynn Catherine Olson

Lynn Catherine Olson, 65, of Franklin, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013.

Born in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of Clifford Olson and the late Catherine Smith Olson. She was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.

In addition to her father, she is survived by a god-daughter, Regina Mascellino.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church. Rev. Dori Pratt will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Judy HowellJudy Howell

Judy Howell, 61, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, surrounded by her friends.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Horace Howell and Mary Ann Battle Howell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty H. Cole and brother, David Howell. She was a long time resident of MCH. She loved going to summer camps and shopping. She had a joyful soul and enjoyed spending time with others. She attended First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister, Jean Liberatore of Whittier, N.C., and nieces and nephews, Carla, Sandra, Kenny, Jimmy and Teresa.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to M.C.H., PO Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

Laura Etta Passmore AdamsLaura Etta Passmore Adams

Laura Etta Passmore Adams, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, in the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law Nell and Rick Jenkins. She was born in Jackson County, N.C., June 29, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Passmore and Lilly Lorena Haskett Passmore. She was married Aug. 27, 1939, to the late Roy Adams who died in 1998. She was preceded in death by five infant children, Lilliemae, Donald, Mary Etta, Martha and Adam Russell Adams; a son, Roger Dale Caldwell; grandson, Shane Caldwell, and a sister, Estie Passmore Harris.

She is survived by a brother, Jerdy Passmore and wife Violet of Lenoir, N.C.; a sister, Ethel Carver; one daughter, Evanell Adams Jenkins and husband Rick all of Franklin; one son, Roy Gene Caldwell of Lenoir, N.C.; four grandsons, Michael Dale Caldwell and wife Candy, Bruce Lee Caldwell, Richard Laws and wife, Anthony Schrader; two granddaughters, Shelia Etta Caldwell and friend Jack Phillips, Lisa Marie Metcalf; three greatgrandsons, Ricky Anthony Caldwell, Jaydon Roy Anthony Phillips and Caleb Metcalf; one great-grandaughter Tasha Johnson; four great-great grandchildren; one uncle, Mitchell Haskett and wife Ruby of Lenoir, and many nieces and nephews.

She was a Jehovah’s Witness by faith. Her hope was of living in a Paradise earth where there will be no sickness and death. She was a loving mother and a great friend, she loved everyone. She would feed all that came to her house. She loved to crochet and made many towels which she loved giving to all that came to see her. She had a love for goats and dogs. She loved to garden. She was employed for many years at the shirt factory in Clayton, Ga., and at the Ranger station until she retired. She was loved very much and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held Sunday, May 19, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road in Franklin. Officiating was Brother Michael Wall. Prayer was given by Jerry Schott Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Angel Home Health & Hospice 170 Church Street Franklin, NC 28734

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Watson Corbin

Patricia Watson Corbin, 69, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away May 13, 2013, at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. A native of Transylvania County, she lived most of her life in Jackson County, daughter of the late J. B. and Daisy Elizabeth Alexander Watson, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Wyatt, two brothers, Kenneth and Harold Watson.

She is survived by a daughter, Janice Corbin of Franklin, N.C.; two sons, Thomas Corbin of Cashiers, and Ricky Corbin (Wendy) of Franklin; sister, Barbara Bryson of Cashiers; grandchildren, Megan Corbin, Matthew Holt, Taylor Corbin, Sierra Martin, Brenan Martin; great-grandchildren, Ayden Corbin and Mason Ryder.

A graveside service was held Thursday, May 16, at Norton Community Cemetery in Cashiers, with Rev. Johnny Norris conducting the service. Pallbearers were Dean Watson, Roger Watson, Tim Norris, Thomas Corbin, Ricky Corbin, Josh Ryder, Lewis Moss, and Earnest Cowart.

Online registry available at www.meltonfhsylva.com.

Ralph HendersonRalph Henderson

Ralph Henderson, 59, of Yellow Mountain, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Born in Clayton, Ga., he was the son of Ella Mae Mathis Moss and the late Carmen Henderson. He was a dedicated and well respected member of the Glenville Cashiers Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Arquillia Underwood Henderson; two daughters, Crystal Rice and husband Kenny and Carrie Bowen and husband Chris; brother, Kenneth Henderson; four grandchildren, Devin Bryson, Derick Bryson, Mason Bowen and Gage Bowen and one nephew, Larry Henderson.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Johnny Norris and Rev. Keith Ashe will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Jennings, Robbie Potts, Jim Stewart, Jackie Medford, Carl Trantham and Brent Buchanan. Eldon Jamison, Curly Potts, Floyd “Smokey” Buchanan, Leland Cooper, Glenville Cashiers Fire Department and Glenville Cashiers Rescue will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

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

Marquard Earl (Mark) DebardelabenMarquard Earl (Mark) Debardelaben

Mark DeBardelaben of Franklin, N.C., died at home on May 18, 2013, after a long and productive Christian life. He was born in Symrna, Cobb County, Georgia on Oct. 7, 1923, the sixth of eight children born to Marion Milton DeBardelaben Sr. and Paulina Lee Herndon DeBardelaben, and in addition, had one adopted brother. In 1949, he married Carolyn Hutto of Hazelhurst, Jeff Davis County, Georgia. Mark and Carolyn raised two children in Decatur and later Stone Mountain, Ga.

He is predeceased by his wife Carolyn, their marriage lasting 60 years. He and Carolyn are survived by son Frank Parker and daughter-in-law Linda Moore DeBardelaben of Franklin, their son, Frank Parker II and his wife Katy Dennison DeBardelaben; daughter, Chris Ann Keith of Alpharetta, Ga. and her son, Kenneth Justin Keith. He was preceded in death by brothers Marion Milton Jr., Harry; sisters, Bessie Mae Starnes of Newnan, Ga., Sara Olivia Ward of Stone Mountain, Ga., and daughter Chris’s son, Kacy Jackson Keith. His extended family included 17 nieces and nephews and their families.

He grew up on Fifth Street in Atlanta, Ga., (now part of the Georgia Tech campus) and on the DeBardelaben farm, part of which is now Fairview Memorial Gardens on Fairview Road in Henry County. During WWII, he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Army’s 96th Infantry Division, fighting in the Pacific Theater of Operations primarily during the Philippine and Okinawa Campaigns, receiving a Purple Heart among other honors. While in the army, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, then after three years of army, duty matriculated at the University of Georgia, obtaining a degree in business in 1948. He was employed 27 years with the Traveler’s Insurance Company in Atlanta and Little Rock, Ark.

He always lived the Christian life and was an integral part of church and ministry wherever he went. He helped Columbia Drive Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga., form and grow; among many contributions being his part in the Jail Ministry for 25 years. Since moving to Franklin in 1986, he has been a faithful and loyal member and supporter of Pine Grove Baptist Church, its mission and programs. His faith in Jesus Christ was always foremost, apparent in all endeavors, and unshakable. This was evident in his Christian testimony and his love for the Word of God and piano playing and singing of hymns of faith.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 21, at the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mark’s wishes were for continued support of the Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.maconfuneralhome.com.


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