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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 08/15/2013

Warren William ChamblessWarren William Chambless

Warren William Chambless, 69, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Born in Bay County, Florida, he was the son of the late Horace Russell Chambless and Frances Beall Chambless. He was married to Penny Kente Chambless for 47 years. He was a graduate of Fitzgerald High School, and the University of Georgia. He retired from Allstate Insurance Company in 2000 and later returned to work with the National Catastrophe Team for Allstate. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David Russell Chambless and Monika of Cashiers, N.C.; one sister, Martha Chambless of Sevierville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Sofia and Lilliana Chambless of Cashiers.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.


Eunice Hunter StriblingEunice Hunter Stribling

Eunice Hunter Stribling, 94, of Highlands, N.C., passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2013.

The widow of Robert Sloan Stribling, Eunice had been a resident of the Chestnut Hill community since 1998. She and "Strib" were founding members (1964) of the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Her golfing talent and competitiveness propelled her to a record seven Ladies Club Championships there. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Highlands. An avid golfer and bridge player, she also loved walking the trails of Whiteside Mountain with its wildflowers, birds and galax plants.

She was born Eunice Stuart Hunter Jr. in 1919 in Spartanburg, S.C., to Edward Orlando and Eunice Stuart Highsmith Hunter. She was the fourth of seven siblings, all of whom pre-deceased her. After high school in Chester, she earned a degree from Limestone College in 1939 (Gaffney, S.C.) and later worked for Springs Textile Mills in Lancaster, S.C. There she met "Strib" and they were married in 1949. He worked as general manager of the Grace Bleachery-Springs Textiles. He retired as executive vice president, and they moved to Highlands for summers and to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the winters. "Strib" died in 1986. Eunice became a full-time resident of Highlands in 1998.

She leaves behind many dear friends and a sister-in-law, Mrs. James R. (Jo) Hunter of Atlanta, along with seven nieces and nephews, a grandnephew and two grandnieces from the Hunter line and numerous Stribling cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m., with Dr. Lee Bowman officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Lancaster (S.C.) Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highlands- Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741 or the Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.SupportVeterans.org).

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


Gary Alan StanfieldGary Alan Stanfield

Gary Alan Stanfield, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of Robert Preleau Stanfield and the late Bobbie Hopper Stanfield. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Stanfield who died in 2006. He was a U.S. Army veteran, retired U.S. Postal worker and was an avid fisherman and golfer.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jan Roberts Stanfield; brother, Larry Stanfield and wife Donna of Ontario, Ohio; two nieces, Cindy Stanfield and Brandi Grogg; nephew, Tim Stanfield and loyal and devoted dog, Mickey.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tommy James officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


Hallie Estena Cabe DotsonHallie Estena Cabe Dotson

Hallie Estena Cabe Dotson, 94, of Cleburne, Texas, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Cleburne. She was born Oct. 30, 1918, in Franklin, N.C., to Harve Grey and Addie Saunders Cabe. She married Lawrence Ervin Dotson on Sept. 25, 1948, in Toccoa, Ga., and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1980.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Dotson and wife Connie, Harold Dotson and wife Kathy, Edward Dotson and wife Kay and Tom Dotson and wife Cindy; seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Bethel United Methodist Church, Franklin. Pastor Matt Morris officiated. Burial was in Bethel Church Cemetery.

Online condolences at www.cpcleburne.com. Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home served the family.


Thelma ‘Wanda’ HollandThelma ‘Wanda’ Holland

Thelma “Wanda” Holland, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Thomas Bailey and Annie Mae Teems Bailey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Simmons. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Andy Berry; three sons, Brian Holland and wife Tammy, Kevin Holland and wife Susanne and Hugh Holland and Michelle Engert all of Franklin; two sisters, Sue Bryson and Marge Gibson, both of Franklin; brother, Jerry Bailey of Nebo, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Christopher and wife Rose, Matthew, Joshua and Nathaniel Holland, Kory DePaola and Anissa and Claire Holland; and one great-grandson, Aidan Holland.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Gibson, Rich Gibson, Barry Bryson, Tommy Peck, Randy Simmons, Mark Berry and Glen Hedden.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Wade Huffman HigdonWade Huffman Higdon

Wade Huffman Higdon, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late William R. and Georgia Corbin Higdon. He was a dairy farmer and a member of the Higdonville Baptist Church. He loved his church and the outdoors. He loved the Tarheels.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Aug. 11, at Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Mack Hutson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Higdonville Baptist Church, c/o Harold Rayborn, 1459 Cat Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Dr. Travis Bedsole Goodloe Sr.

Dr. Travis Bedsole Goodloe Sr., 72, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Mobile, Ala., the son of the late John Russell and Nell Bedsole Goodloe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Vietnam war. He graduated from the University of Alabama and University of Alabama Medical School. He practiced pediatrics and emergency medicine in Mobile, Ala. He retired to Highlands in 1999. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, a member of the Mobile Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association, the sitting chairman of the Board of the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, a volunteer at the Highlands Visitor Center, a volunteer at the Hudson Library Book Worm, a volunteer at the International Friendship Center and a volunteer for Relay for Life.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Ploetner Goodloe; his daughter, Mary Ellis Goodloe Gazaway (Hoyt) of Braselton, Ga., and his son, Travis Bedsole Goodloe, Jr. (Lisa) of Mobile, Ala.; his grandchildren, Amelia Gazaway Granberg (Garrett), Jeffery Gazaway, Wright Gazaway, Cameron Gazaway, Grace Gazaway, Kathryn Gazaway, Travis Goodloe, III and Emma Goodloe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 or to the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, Inc., PO Box 43, Highlands, NC 28741

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


Virginia Ayers

Virginia Ayers, 99, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. She was born in Highland Park, Mich., the daughter of the late Harold and Eva Hornsby Fredericks. She was married for 62 years to Robert F. Ayers, who died in 2000. She had worked as a head teller in a bank.

She is survived by a daughter, Fay Switzer of Amboy, Ind., a son, Bob Ayers and his wife Shannon of Whittier; four grandchildren, Becky Baier, David Baier, Matthew Ayers and Bryan Ayers; three great-grandchildren, Brynn, Jenna and Emily.

Services and burial will be held later in Ellenton, Fla.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret Prenatt WoleslagleMargaret Prenatt Woleslagle

Margaret Prenatt Woleslagle, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

Born in Titusville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Leo Prenatt and Irvina Murphy Prenatt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Eugene Woleslagle and brothers, Dick and John Prenatt. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi where she volunteered and was a member of the Secular Franciscans T.O.R. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and also visited the sick.

She is survived by two children, Rick Woleslagle and wife Cassandra and Jacquelyn W. Brown all of Franklin; six grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Woleslagle both of Asheville, N.C., Joshua Sechrist and Sarah Brown both of Charlotte, N.C., Annie Sechrist of Charlottesville, Va., and Zachary Sechrist of Ridgecrest, Calif. and three great-grandchildren, John Addison Atkins, Gus Atkins and Henry Sechrist.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, Aug. 10, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father James Cahill and Father Tien Duong officiated.

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


1st Lt. Edith Katherine Welling

1st Lt. Edith Katherine Welling, 92, of Sykesville, Md., died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Fairhaven in Sykesville. Born Jan. 17, 1921, in Rocky Mount, N.C., she was the daughter of the late E.M. Godwin and the late Kate Cunningham Godwin. She was the wife of the late Col. Mordecai Gist Welling Sr. who died April 27, 1994, and to whom she was married for 47 1/2 years.

She was a native of North Carolina and graduated from Mercy Hospital. She had been a registered nurse in North Carolina and Maryland. She had been a private duty nurse in Charlotte, N.C. before enlisting in the Army Nurse Corps at Camp Blanding in 1942. She served with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII. She was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #108, Veterans of Foreign War, Faculty Wives of University of Maryland, Extension Wives of University of Maryland, and the Intervention Women's Club of Banghor, India. She also was a charter member of the Military Memorial for All Women dedicated at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. She was a member of Fairhaven Episcopal Church in Sykesville.

Surviving are daughter Mary Kathryn Valvano and her husband Bruce D. of Naperville, Ill., grandchildren, Aveline Katherine Hauser and her husband, Andrew, and Dominic Welling Valvano and his wife, Adrienne, all of Naperville, Ill., and great-grandchildren, Rocco D. Valvano, Donovan C. Valvano, Evelyn R. Hauser and Conrad J. Hauser.

She was predeceased by her son, Mordecai Gist Welling Jr.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Online condolences may be offered at www.haightfuneralhome.com.


Sallie Ann Mason

Sallie Ann Mason, 57, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Edna Webb Mason.

She attended Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and operated her own mechanic business. She loved her Harley and lived to ride; she was cofounder of the Pickle Bash and influenced many to ride, no matter the weather. She never missed the rally at Daytona.

She is survived by four daughters, Michelle Drew Henry, Karen Lynn McDermott Ward, Stephanie Idon Mason and Samantha Gene Hensley; two sons, Steven Gregory Barnes II and Barry Wayne Mason; one sister, Roberta Mason Hensley and husband Steve; 20 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one niece.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Seth Mason; a brother, Robert Eugene Mason and two nephews, Robert Gordon Hensley and Mitchell Ray Hensley.

A graveside memorial service will be held Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Goldmine Cemetery. Bikes meet in the gravel lot past BILO on the left 64 East 1 p.m. Call (828)369-6821 for further information

BryantGrant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.






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