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Anthony Alan Sloope

Anthony Alan Sloope, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Dade County, Fla., the son of the late Charles and Naomi Marx Sloope. He was a contractor and was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and brother. He liked gardening, shooting guns with his son and working with his hands.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Joy Johnson Sloope; four daughters, Charlene Sloope, Cameron Sloope and Christian Sloope of the home and Ashley Sloope of Florida; four sons, Caleb Sloope and Colton Sloope of the home, Alan Sloope of Florida and Adam Sloope of Indiana; one sister, Dawn Sloope of Franklin, and one brother, Larry Sloope of Jacksonville, Fla.; one grandchild also survives.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southwestern Tech Early College, 44 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Drusilla P. KutcherDrusilla P. Kutcher

Drusilla P. Kutcher, 79, of Franklin, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn., and lived in Franklin for 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, James Kutcher; four children, David Kutcher, Dyann Wagner, Doug Kutcher and Dina Picou; nine grandchildren, Karyn, Jennifer, Natalie, Jaimie, Amanda, Sarah, Julia, Meagan and Brianna; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she was a member. Rev. Christopher Gibson officiated.

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



Johnnie Collins TallentJohnnie Collins Tallent

Johnnie Collins Tallent, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late John David and Helen Margaret Shepherd Collins. She was a nurse assistant for Smoky Mountain Health Care. She was a selfless, loving mother and grandmother. She liked gardening, flowers, animals and fishing.

She is survived by one daughter, Debbie Tallent Coffey of Franklin, and one son, Jeff Tallent and wife Anna of Franklin; two sisters, Jane Stamey of Franklin, and Cindy Jenkins and her husband J.J. of Greer, S.C.; one brother, Bill Collins and his wife Bobbie of Franklin; one aunt, Ann Shepherd of Franklin; five grandchildren, Leanna Shirley and husband Travis, Brenna Tallent, Chloe Tallent, Brooklyn Tallent and Jeffrey Tallent; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial was at Shepherd Cemetery. Billy Collins, Tony Collins, Bob Collins, Jeremy McConnell, Bill Smith and Tyson Stager served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Berton ‘Dwight’ BeamanBerton ‘Dwight’ Beaman

Berton “Dwight” Beaman, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Born in Gary, Ind., he was the son of the late Clay Berton Beaman and Audrey Eleanor Boyd Beaman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heather Sunshine Freeman. He was an Electricians Mate Second Class with the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. He was a sergeant for the Hammond Indiana Police Department, where he worked for 20 years. He was a past Master of McKinley Lodge #712 in Hammond, Ind., and earned the Diamond Jubilee awarding 60 years membership; he was a lifetime member of Oasis Temple, member of the Junaluska Lodge where he served as past treasurer, was a 33rd Degree Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, Royal Arch Masons, Orak Shrine Temple and 60 year member of the Eastern Star. He was past president of the Franklin Lions Club and received the Lion of the Year Award and the Melvin Jones Award. He was also past president of the Smoky Mountain Shrine Club. He was a very active member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church, where he served as superintendent of Sunday School and was awarded Lay Leader of the Year. He was counselor of Methodist Youth Fellowship for five years in Hammond First Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bette Ann Beaman; two sons, Darrell Dwight Beaman and wife Kathleen of Monroe, N.C., and Vice Admiral Gerald Roger Beaman, USN (ret) and wife Yvonne of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Doran Eugene Beaman and wife Donna of Cheyenne, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Richard Dwight Beaman, Merritte Marie Miszuk, Kylene Rae Nicolopoulos and Ryan Darrell Beaman.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Military rites were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Rev. Steve Miller officiated. Interment was in the Snow Hill UMC Cemetery.

Members of Junaluska Masonic Lodge and Smoky Mountain Shrine Club served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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



Pauline Shields HoustonPauline Shields Houston

Pauline Shields Houston, 96, of the Iotla community passed away at Angel Medical Center on Dec. 30, 2013, following a period of declining health.

She was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Haywood County to Charles Anthony and Elsie Duvall Shields. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County. In 1830, the Shields family settled in Macon County and participated in its formation.

She is survived by her son, Jay Mitchell and his wife Robbin Shope Houston, and her grandson, Mitchell Shaun Houston; her faithful brother-in-law, Ernest Childers, and special lifetime friend and cousin, Hazel McWherter as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her one sister, Annie Lois Childers, and two brothers, William Troy Shields, and Charles Anthony Shields, Jr.

After a 35 year career, she retired in 1982, from the N.C. State Extension Service. She was the oldest member of the Cowee Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family, and she enjoyed many dear friends.

Her memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Cowee Baptist Church.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers and doctor for their kindness and understanding given to Pauline.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund at 630 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Laurel Ann DinanLaurel Ann Dinan

Laurel Ann Dinan, 47, of Highlands, N.C., passed away, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. She was born in Westchester County, New York. She was the director of Human Resources in The Aerospace Industry, and was a loving daughter, friend and supporter of the Humane Society. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading and was very family oriented.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Gail and David Harner; her father and stepmother Dennis and Debra Dinan; four brothers, Andrew Harner of Sparta, N.J., Eric Dinan of St. Petersburg, Fla., Adam Harner of Treasure Island, Fla. and Matthew Harner of Gulf Port, Fla. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jason Harner.

Memorials may be made to Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, 200 Gable Street, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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



Ellen Gail ForesterEllen Gail Forester

Ellen Gail Forester, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., she was the daughter of Ellen Tompkins Davis and the late Charles Wallace Davis. She was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Leonard Forester; two children, Lisa Boyd of Florida and Brandon Forester of Franklin; sister, Charlene Rameriz of Pennsylvania; two half-sisters, Barbara Hoffman and Elaine Dellaquilla both of Pennsylvania and four grandchildren, Colton Forester, Bobby Boyd, Liam Boyd and Katrina Boyd.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Cullasaja Assembly of God. Rev. Forest Jones officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to your church, Cullasaja Assembly of God or a charity of one’s choice.

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



Richard Samuel PassmoreRichard Samuel Passmore

Richard Samuel Passmore, 52, of Trinity, N.C., formerly of Waynesville, N.C., died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was a native of Haywood County, N.C. but had lived in Trinity for the past eight years. He had worked in the furniture industry and he was of the Baptist faith.

He was the son of James W. and Janette Grant Passmore of Trinity.

Surviving in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Brandy Passmore of Trinity; a brother, Scotty Passmore of Asheboro, N.C.; and a grandson, Colton Pena.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Bethel Hill Baptist Church in the Nantahala Community with the Rev. David Postell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew, Wade, Brandon, and Mikie Morgan, Wesley Holden, and Robert Gee.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements. Online guest register at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Mary Edna Morgan SeayMary Edna Morgan Seay

Mary Edna Morgan Seay, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Horace J. and Nellie Wilkes Morgan. She was married to Lewis Seay who passed away in 1989. She was a homemaker and had worked at Burlington Industries and Macon County Co-Op. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She enjoyed embroidery and bird watching.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Seay of Atlanta, Ga., Mary Nell Higdon and her husband Jimmie and Frances Leigh Seay, all of Franklin; three sons, Lewis W. "Jay" Seay, Jr., David L. "Burr" Seay and Horace B. Seay (Jinger) all of Franklin; two grandchildren, Lisa Dixon and Sharon Wilcox; two great grandchildren, Luke Dixon and Jordon Dixon; one great great grandson, Lucas Dixon.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial was at Wilkes Cemetery. Pallbearers were Luke Dixon, Jordan Dixon, Ellis Wilkes, Clinton Ledford, Tim Teague and Roger Seay Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Teague, Joe Tippett, Kenny Seay, Ronnie Childers, Charles Higdon, Lucas Dixon and Bob Kelley.

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



Ernest Sylvester HeddenErnest Sylvester Hedden

Ernest Sylvester Hedden, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Washington and Rosetta Leopard Hedden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elmira Berry Hedden, who died June 2, 2008. He was a logger and was a charter member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church where he was a deacon and building trustee. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Hunt and her husband Bob of Franklin; two sons, Steve Hedden and wife Viola of Athens, Ala. and Sammy Hedden of Franklin; best friend and hunting buddy, Glenn Holland; caregivers, Becky Hamilton and Tammy Swafford; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, William "Billy" Hedden; a sister, Irene Coleman; and eight brothers, Dilmer Lee Hedden, Elmer Hedden, Everette Hedden, Arley Willis Hedden, Warren Edison Hedden, Furman Tilliman Hedden, William Dewey Hedden and Benjamin Lewey Hedden.

Funeral services were held, Sunday Jan. 5, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Wesley Hooper officiating. Burial was in Strain Cemetery. Nephews and grandchildren served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Strain Cemetery Fund, 4078 Walnut Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



James Dupont ‘Tippy’ Kirven III

James Dupont “Tippy” Kirven III, 70, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Goldsboro, N.C., the son of the late James Dupont Kirven Jr. and Shirley Armentrout Kirven. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to the family business to eventually serve as president of the J.A. Kirven Co. which operated Kirven’s Department Store in Columbus, Ga. He later worked as a realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty in Highlands, N.C. He was a civic leader actively involved in his communities, serving on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Better Business Bureau, the Downtown Business Association of Columbus, and the Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors. He was an avid golfer who learned the game at an early age from his father. He later instilled in his three sons that same passion for the game. He loved life and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 49 years, Frances James “Frankie” Kirven; three sons, James Dupont Kirven IV and his wife, Jan of Summerfield, N.C., Stephen Scherer Kirven and his wife, Rita of Taylors, S.C., and Foy Alexander Kirven of Columbus, Ga.; five grandchildren, Chase White and his wife, Stephanie of Raleigh, N.C., Ashton Kirven of Summerfield, N.C., Grace Kirven, James Kirven, and Will Kirven of Taylors, S.C.; three siblings, Frances Kirven Morse of Redwood City, Calif., Hal Kirven and Elliott Kirven of Columbus, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga., and Cashiers United Methodist Church in Cashiers, N.C.

A memorial service was held at Cashiers United Methodist Church on Jan. 7, with a reception following at the church. An additional service will be held in Columbus, Ga., at a later date.

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



Hazel Mae PannellHazel Mae Pannell

Hazel Mae Pannell, 59, of West Palmer Street, Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at a Clay County Care Center. She was born in Clearwater, Fla., the daughter of the late Manley Franklin and Dorothy Lee Borders Conhiser. She worked at Roses, drove a school bus for several years and was a flagger for road construction.

She is survived by a son, Clarence Tallent Jr. and his wife, Rebecca of Franklin; a sister, Linda Ammons of Snellville, Ga., and a brother, Frank Conhiser of Franklin; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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






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