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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 01/16/2014

James (Hoss) Austin Garfield Jenkins

James (Hoss) Austin Garfield Jenkins, 72, of Cashiers, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Highland-Cashiers Hospital. He was born May 18, 1941, in Highlands, N.C. He was the son of the late Austin and the late Flora Mae Webb Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Dewey Jenkins.

He was previously employed by CWS Systems in Sapphire, as a maintenance worker. He was the heavy equipment operator of the water and sewer plant at the Sapphire Resort. He was a member and the greeter at the Cashiers Church of God. He loved feeding and watching native birds. He enjoyed fixing things and loved fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Chrissy Jenkins; three daughters, Christina Marie Jenkins, Victoria Elyse and husband Chris McCall, and Kathleen Teresa and husband Josh White; four grandchildren, a special daughter, Megan Jade Marie Jenkins, Robert Ashtin Zachary, Christopher Lathan Zachary, and Noah Alexandar White; two brothers, Earl and wife Sharon Jenkins and Larry Jenkins; three sisters, Linda Rice and husband Billy Ray, Kay Harper, and Phyllis McCall; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Cashiers Church Of God with Revs. Joey Miller, Shane Silvers, and Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was in Norton Cemetery in Cashiers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Appalachian Funeral Services to help with final expenses.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

Marceita Sondra RedfernMarceita Sondra Redfern

Marceita Sondra Redfern, 80, of Highlands, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Chestnut Hill on hospice, with her daughter Susan by her side.

She was born to the late George E. and Marceita Skidmore, April 2, 1933, in Patchogue, N.Y. She graduated from Cathedral School of St. Mary High School in 1952 and received a BS in Education from Tufts University and graduated from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 1957. She married the late Rev. Thomas C. Redfern in 1957, and they lived together in Cincinnati, Ohio, multiple locations in Florida, and later retired to Franklin, N.C., and finally Highlands in 1995.

She was an active member of Christ Anglican Church in Cashiers, N.C.

She is survived by three children: Anne Purpura, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Susan White, of Franklin, Tenn.; and Kathy Lindsay, of St. Petersburg, Fla. She also is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Christ Anglican Church.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date and will be announced.

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

Colonel Paul ChmarColonel Paul Chmar

Colonel Paul Chmar, USA (ret), of Buck Creek Road, Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec 27, 2013, after 91 very rich and productive years. He was born and raised in Baltimore and Rockville, Md., a son of Samuel and Fannie Parkus Chmar. He was married to the late Jan Chambers Chmar, who passed away in 2000, and is survived by three sons, Col. Mark Chmar, USAF (ret), of Ashburn, Va., W. Tod Chmar, Esq., of Atlanta, Ga., and Col. Andrew Chmar, USA (ret), of Cold Spring, N.Y., their wives Janet Chmar, Linda Chmar, and Gayle Watkins, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He first visited Highlands with his future wife Jan in 1950, whom he met while stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., where she was visiting with the family of her aunt and uncle. After retiring from the Army in 1973, they moved to Highlands where they lived for the rest of their lives. For the next 35 years, he was involved in real estate in both Highlands and Cashiers. He was, along with Jan, heavily involved in community activities, and also spent countless hours fulfilling his passions for tennis and bridge.

He did not plan on a long army career. Rather, while growing up and attending the University of Maryland, he was focused on becoming a medical doctor. But he was in ROTC, and the country was engaged in World War II. After graduating a year early, in 1943, he immediately entered the Army as a 2nd Lt. In summer 1944, shortly after D-Day, he went into France as a platoon leader along with the rest of the 80th (Blue Ridge) Division. The next eight months were spent in almost constant battle as he led his platoon, and later company, across northern France and into Germany during which he was both wounded by enemy fire and decorated for valor. In March 1945, six weeks before the end of the war in Europe, he was severely wounded when, serving as acting battalion commander during an advance on the town of Weiskirchen, he turned a German attack into an American ambush and singlehandedly attacked a machine gun that opened fire on his men. Despite a bullet through his lung, he continued to lead the advance on the town and was wounded again in the knee. It was two days, during which he was kept alive by a medic while continuing to command his battalion, before reinforcements arrived and he was able to be evacuated. As a result of his heroism, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest medal. During his entire combat tour, he was 22 years old.

Instead of resuming his original goal of medicine, Colonel Chmar spent the next 29 years serving as an army officer. After over a year of recovering from his wounds, his assignments included Poland, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam overseas; and in the US, Ft. Benning, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Bragg, Washington, DC, and Ft. Bliss, from where he retired after 30 years service. Besides the Distinguished Service Cross, Colonel Chmar’s decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and four Purple Hearts.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Jan 16, at Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a reception at Chestnut Hill. Memorials may be made toFour Seasons Hospice 171 Hospital Dr. JWB. Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741 (http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate/), or HighlandsCashiers Land Trust, Post Office Box 1703, Highlands, NC 28741 (http://www.hicashlt.org/donatenow/).

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

Tamara Ann Meadows

Tamara Ann Meadows, of Brevard, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

She was born Aug. 10, 1966, in Asheville, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Tommy C. Meadows of Clarksville, Tennessee and the late Violet Ann Welch Meadows of Asheville.

She graduated from the Candler Christian Day School in Candler, N.C. She then worked for more than 26 years for various industries that contracted with the C.P. Home in Brevard.

She is survived by her aunt, Dr. Lucy Meadows Smarr (Harold) of Franklin, N.C. and Boiling Springs, S.C. In addition, she is survived by two special first cousins, Theresa Haas and Lori Whitaker of Arden, N.C.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Martha Munger OwensMartha Munger Owens

Martha Munger Owens, 73, of the Satolah Community passed away at her residence Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. She was born March 22, 1940, in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Jesse and Lona Crane Munger.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved gardening, canning and spending time with her family and was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Jayco Owens; three daughters, Mary Owens Ridgeway and husband Steve of Anderson, S.C., Melissa Grace and husband Brian of Highlands, N.C., and Sherry Owens of Highlands; five sons, James Owens of Highlands, Bennie Owens and wife Frankie of Highlands, Gene Owens and wife Stacy of Satolah, Ga., Dennis Owens and wife Sandra of Highlands, and Johnny Owens and wife Marcy of Satolah, Ga.; four brothers, Fred Munger and wife Madge of Highlands, Jim Munger and wife Peggy of Franklin, N.C., Andy Munger and wife Gail of Seneca, S.C. and John Munger and wife Freida of Satolah; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Holly and a brother Gene Munger.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 13, in Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Clinton Owens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were be Frank Lowery, Ben Owens, D. J. Owens, Stephen Owens, Joey Owens and Brian Grace. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Owens, Jamie Grace, John Paul Grace, Talon Lowery, Randall McCall, Billy Ottaway and Steve Ridgeway.

Memorial donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main St. Franklin, NC 28734. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Gregory Keith Ryon

Gregory Keith Ryon, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11 2014.

He was born in Maryland; he was a construction worker and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his parents, Choice Ryon and wife Renee and Margie Kapher and husband Bob; three children, Tanya Crawford and husband Josh, Cynthia Ryon and Mallory Ryon all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Tinley Crawford, Silas Crawford and Hudson Gaynes; four brothers, Lloyd, Todd, Choice and Chuck; sister, Cherie Ryon and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

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

Sally Sue GatesSally Sue Gates

Sally Sue Gates, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Moffitt Wallace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Gates.

She was a telephone operator with Michigan Bell Telephone Company and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America; she liked to cook and liked canning, gardening and sewing. She also liked springtime when dogwoods are in bloom and watching birds.

She is survived by one son, John Gregory Jr. of Franklin; one sister, Alice Crisp of Arcata, Calif.; one brother, Charles Wallace of Franklin; special friend, Nicholas Bohm of Franklin, granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Nolen and three grandcats. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Buck Wallace, Howard Wallace and Clifford Wallace.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 9 in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mike McConnell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

Michael James FlynnMichael James Flynn

Michael James Flynn, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 9, 2014. Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., he was the son of the late Maurice J. and Helen Rice Flynn.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and Rutgers University. He retired from IBM as an executive trainer, and later worked at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga., as Director of Facilities. He loved the outdoors and nature and enjoyed camping, fishing, reading and photography and volunteered at Angel Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of Rabun Gap First Presbyterian Church where he was a member of the choir.

He is survived by three daughters, Leslie Flynn of Atlanta, Ga., Kathi Flynn of Alpharetta, Ga. and Jennifer Flynn of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, Mark Flynn of Dawsonville, Ga. and Mickey Flynn of Johns Creek, Ga. and three grandchildren, Jason, Shelby and Tony Flynn.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memories may be posted online at www.memories.com.

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


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