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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 09/12/2013


Doris Crowe PicklesimerDoris Crowe Picklesimer

Doris Crowe Picklesimer, 76, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Alvin C. and Pearl Reed Crowe. She was a retired teacher for Highlands Head Start. She was a loving wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother, she loved her music, reading and taking care of other people. She was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church, where she was on the worship committee, a former organist, and head of nurture and membership care committee. She was an active member of the Order of The Eastern Star, former worthy matron and organist. She gave generously of herself in tireless and endless service. She was loved greatly, and we are proud of the witness she showed to all by loving, caring, and sharing with humility to everyone.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clark N. Picklesimer; a daughter, Terri P. Crowe and her husband Ronnie of Franklin, N.C.; a son, Greg Picklesimer and his wife Jeanne of Newington, Conn.; four brothers, Joe Crowe of Manassas, Va.; Wayne Crowe and Merlin Crowe both of Highlands, and Junior Crowe of Franklin; four grandchildren, Natalie Dendy, Michelle Pendergrass, Nathaniel and Joshua Picklesimer; one great-grandchild, Taylor Pendergrass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Morris Crowe.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Paul Christy and Rev. Beth Bowser officiating. Burial was in Picklesimer Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.



Helen WallaceHelen Wallace

Helen Wallace, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Born in Columbia, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Belvin Norton and Willie Conley Henry. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. J. "Billy" Wallace.

She owned and operated Wallace Grocery. She was a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother who loved to bake pound cakes. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Armes and husband Paul of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Jerry Wallace and wife Brenda of Franklin; one sister, Dorothy Moore of Waynesville; three grandchildren, Stephen Armes and wife Karla, Nathan Armes and wife Beth, and Christie Higdon and husband Todd and four great grandchildren, Erik Armes, Tanner Higdon, Ryan Armes and Lindsey Higdon. The family would like to express their thanks to the caregivers, Clara Myers and Joyce Locust.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of BryantGrant Funeral Home with Rev. David Crunkleton and Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Greg Moore, Billy Waldroop, Ronnie Norton, Stephen Armes, Nathan Armes and Todd Higdon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 470 Louisa Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Rev. Richard T. McCueRev. Richard T. McCue

Rev. Richard T. McCue of Exeter, N.H., formerly of Somerville and Arlington, passed away suddenly on Aug. 28, 2013.

He was the beloved son of the late Mary (O’Malley) and Daniel McCue; loving brother of Jeanette Puorro of Calif., Joseph McCue of N.H., Eugene McCue of Chicopee and the late Daniel and Arthur McCue and Mary McQuilken. Also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

He attended Boston College and St. Johns Seminary and received his Masters Degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in Boston in 1958 and began his service with the Home Missions in Charlotte, N.C., until 1972. After his service in Charlotte and inspired by his military service as a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War, he became a Navy Chaplain for many years, including a tour of duty as a Marine Chaplain on the front lines of active combat in Vietnam. He later returned to the U.S. and spent six years at sea duty on three air craft carriers and as chaplain of the U.S. Naval Academy. During his distinguished military career, he received many awards and citations including Navy Commendation Medal "V", Gold Star in lieu of second award, Combat Action Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (three Battle Stars), United Nations Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (2 Battle Stars), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam and the Sea Service Medal. In 1987, he retired his 25-year Navy Career as a Captain and was assigned to Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton for a short time before returning to the Diocese of Charlotte, where he served as pastor of several churches, including St. Francis of Assisi in Franklin and Our Lady of the Mountains Mission in Highlands until his retirement from active ministry in 1998. During his retirement, he assisted many parishes in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. For the past few years he spent the winter months in Tempe, Ariz., where he assisted at The Church of the Holy Spirit.

A Funeral Mass was held Aug. 30 in St Clement Church, Somerville. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Donations may be made in memory of Fr. Dick McCue to St. Clement Parish 71 Warner St. Medford, MA 02155.

Obituary a courtesy of Macon Funeral Home.



Robert ‘Bob’ O’Neal

Robert "Bob" O’Neal, 70, of Otto, N.C., went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Born in Bristol, Tenn., he was the son of the late Roy and Mary Lee Millsap O’Neal. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was employed by Sprint Telephone in the cable department. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was an active member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Helen Farthing O’Neal; one daughter, Beverly Fratto of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Robert O’Neal Jr. and wife Yvette of Port Charlotte, Fla. and John Michael O’Neal and wife Amanda of Clermont, Fla.; sisters-in-law Sandra Hedden and Paula Brooks; brother-in-law, Larry Brooks; four sisters; two brothers, and five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica O’Neal.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 6 pm at Holly Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 366 Holly Springs Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ronald Edward McCarrick

Ronald Edward McCarrick, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 3013. He is survived by his life partner, Kathleen Kettyle; daughter, Morgan McCarrick of Orlando, Fla.; son, Cory McCarrick of Orlando, Fla. and sister, Patricia McCarrick of Pennsylvania.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Gerald ‘Jerry’ Louis WeedmanGerald ‘Jerry’ Louis Weedman

Gerald “Jerry” Louis Weedman, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Those who knew Jerry will miss him very much. He would light up a room when he walked in. He liked to travel, golf and hunt. He never said “no” to anything that sounded like fun. He had the time of his life doing all this with his wife of 39 years, Muriel C. Weedman who survives him.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during Vietnam from 1961- 1969. He was the owner of Jerry’s Carpet Service, a Coast to Coast, Good Sam and a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church. He graduated from Southwestern Community College with two degrees in computer engineering and then worked at National Textiles in Mountain City as a computer technician.

Born in Jefferson County, Ky., he was the son of the late Louis C. Weedman and Ruby Ester Brunson Weedman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son; a daughter; two brothers and two nephews. He is survived by two sisters and 26 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Steve W. HigdonSteve W. Higdon

Steve W. Higdon of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013; four days short of his 73rd birthday. He was born on Sept. 11, 1940, in Higdonville, N.C., to the late Theodore Higdon and Pearl Coggins Higdon. He grew up in the Higdonville community and at the age of 18 went out West to California, to work in the logging industry. He lived in the Petrolia, Calif., area for 12 years where he worked in the Redwoods along the coast as a professional timber faller. He loved to talk about his time there and go visit whenever possible. He returned to Franklin, and married the love of his life, Linda Holland Higdon on May 9, 1971. They had two children, Brock and Heath Higdon. He owned a telephone contracting and excavating business for many years. He also started logging again which is what he had a passion for. He also enjoyed his dogs and cattle. He loved watching the cattle graze out in the pasture. He enjoyed working. He would spend summers in Montana helping his son, Brock, put up hay and work on the irrigation ditch. He often helped his son, Heath, with grading and logging. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. He enjoyed aggravating and playing tricks on his two daughters-inlaw. He attended Franklin Covenant Church and loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was known for giving to and helping people in need.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Higdon of Franklin; two sons, Brock Higdon and wife Geraldine of Roberts Montana, Heath Higdon and wife Estella of Franklin; one brother, Teddy Marshall Higdon and wife Shay of Franklin, and one sister Lawana Patterson of Clarksville, Ga. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Franklin Covenant Church. Burial followed at Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to “Kenya Missions,” Franklin Covenant Church, P.O. Box 1710, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Virginia Louise MarksVirginia Louise Marks

Virginia Louise Marks, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

Born in South Bend, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Dwight Kingsbury and Wanda Eller Kingsbury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard John Marks; son, Richard John Marks Jr. and two sisters. She enjoyed painting at the Hall Farm with Helen Lambert. She was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two children, Jennifer Alger and husband David of Franklin and Ted Greenawalt and wife Donna of Harrisonburg, Va.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 12, at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations can be made to Christian Training Center International, 234 Watchman Lane, Franklin, NC 28734 or to the family.

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



Grover Franklin KennedyGrover Franklin Kennedy

Grover Franklin Kennedy, 72, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Born in Chatham County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Athelene Moody Kennedy. He was a shrimper in Florida, and a landscaper in Highlands. He was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Barbara Kennedy; one daughter, Cynthia Marie Flowers, of Franklin; one son, Duane Kennedy of Highlands; one brother, Jerry Kennedy; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Kennedy.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy and Rev. Beth Bowser officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

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



Frances Siddaway O’Donnell

Frances Siddaway O’Donnell, born in Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1915, passed away on June 11, 2013. She was 98 years old. She married Edwin O’Donnell in 1935. Her husband preceded her in death in 1988.

She is survived by one son, Lee O’Donnell and wife Barbara; two granddaughters, Deb Gravatt and Terri Garcia, and two greatgrandsons, Alex Garcia and Andy Garcia. She moved to Florida in 1947 and then to Franklin, N.C., in 1971. Her remaining 12 years, she was a resident of Brevard, N.C. In her lifetime, she helped many people. She was a Grey Lady at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., and served as a Pink Lady at Angel Community Hospital in Franklin, N.C. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Franklin. She took care of many family members in their time of need. Anyone who knew Fran described her as energetic, kind, and helpful.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. David Beam officiating. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Brevard, 1266 Asheville Hwy., Suite 5, Brevard, NC 28712.

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



Edward Charles StreeterEdward Charles Streeter

Edward Charles Streeter, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Mission Memorial Hospital under the care of his grandson and nurses.

Born on March 20, 1941, in Ogdensburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Streeter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Streeter. He was retired and was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends.

He is survived by his grandson, Andrew J. Cook of Franklin; granddaughter, Kasie L. Cook; two great-grandchildren, Conner and Carson Cook all of Franklin; a sister, Barbara Looby; two brothers, Richard Streeter and Charles Streeter and two daughters, Laurie Moyer and Linda Brandt both of Norwalk, Ohio.

There will be no calling hours or graveside service.

Contributions may be made to Andrew J. Cook, 42 Shallow Hollow Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Lowell Eugene Wolf

Lowell Eugene Wolf went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Formerly of Franklin, N.C., he was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. He and his wife Betty loved singing, especially barbershop and gospel music. He was the bass in the quartet, The Snow Hill Believers and was a founding member of Men Macon Music.

Besides his loving wife Betty of almost 67 years, he is survived by his son, Greg and wife Sue of Michigan and a daughter Debby and husband Russ of Lynchburg, Va.

Arrangements in Lynchburg are pending.






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