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William Eugene ‘Gene’ Chastain

William Eugene "Gene" Chastain, 69, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with The Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Born in Hayesville, N.C., he was the son of the late William H. and Viola S. Chastain also of Franklin, formerly of Hayesville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Chastain and sister, Linda Chastain both of Stanley, N.C. He spent 24 1/2 years serving his country and retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant. He served five tours in Vietnam, as well as Germany, Hawaii, Korea and duty stations in the USA. He loved his family; especially his grandkids and they thought the world of him. He enjoyed reading, traveling and taught Tai Kwon Do. He was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maily Chastain; three children, Rev. Mike Chastain and wife Robin of Franklin, Mark Chastain and Katie O'Quin of Raleigh, Tina Chastain Brinson and husband Jason of Franklin; seven grandkids, Chris, Josh and Kaitlyn Chastain of Franklin, Ella, Lily, Maya and Mack Brinson, also of Franklin; three brothers, Robert Chastain of Franklin, Charlie Chastain of Andrews, N.C. and Johnny Chastain of Gastonia, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev Mike Chastain and Rev. Greg Rogers will officiate with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339, American Legion Post 108 and VVA Chapter 994. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Medical Center to help buy equipment for cancer patients.

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



Sara A. TaylorSara A. Taylor

Sara A. Taylor, a resident of Franklin, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Van Wert, Ohio to Truman H. and Pauline C. Abbott, who predeceased her.

She graduated from Ohio State University with a major in Radio and Television and did some postgraduate work at the University of Cincinnati. She was a Continuity Writer for WBNS-TV in Columbus prior to working in Public Relations in Cincinnati and Florida. Prior to her move to North Carolina in 1985, she was with Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla., as director of personnel for almost 20 years. She became the first hospital director of personnel to be elected as president of Brevard Personnel Association, which organization consisted mostly of Aerospace and Cape Kennedy executives. She was also a past member of the State of Florida Heart Association where she served as a member of the Board of Trustees and held the office of secretary. In Franklin, she worked with her husband in his CPA firm for many years, prior to opening her shop, Sara’s Antiques in Dillard, Ga., in 1998.

She is survived by her husband, George C. Taylor of the home; sons, Mark Hagen of Hawaii, and Kirk Hagen of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Julia and her husband Doug Brantley of Tampa, Fla., and Melinda and husband Randy Fowler of Cleveland, Ga.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Four Seasons Hospice, – Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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



Truman Arnold RogersTruman Arnold Rogers

Truman Arnold Rogers, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Arnold Rickman Rogers and Callie Green Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elmo Rogers and sisters, Nell Varney and Juanita Deere. He was owner of Rogers Gas Island and former owner of Franklin’s Finest Sawmill. He loved logging, fishing and traveling. He was a charter member of South Macon Baptist Church, where he was very active. Second to God, his family was most important in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Swafford Rogers; four children, Vikki Turk and husband Milton of Flowery Branch, Ga., Debbie Reed and husband Rick of Buford, Ga., Rick Rogers and wife Jennifer of Franklin and Linda Craven and husband Glenn of Stockbridge, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Captain John Turk and fiancée, Danielle, First Lieutenant Nathan Turk and wife Victoria, David Rogers, Cody Rogers, Derrick Reed, Devin Reed, Nicole Reed, Brad Baker and Matt Baker; one great-granddaughter, Rylee Rogers; brother-in-law, Kenneth Deere and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at South Macon Baptist Church. Revs. Steve Reeves, Albert Grey and Lewis Smith officiated. Burial was in Louisa Chapel UMC Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Rogers, Cody Rogers, Derrick Reed, Devin Reed, Brad Baker, Matt Baker and nephews, Mark Hardin and Mike Hardin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to South Macon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 441, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Clara Jo Waters BishopClara Jo Waters Bishop

Clara Jo Waters Bishop, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Dock Haynes Waters and Nina Belle Teague Waters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert David (Bob) Bishop; brother, Buster Waters and three sisters, Marie Truett, Jane Pendergrass and Betty Hoffman. She graduated from Evans Business College and retired from Zickgraf Enterprises and later worked at Bishop’s Home Center. She loved being with her family and enjoyed quilting, flowers, was an avid Tarheel basketball fan. She was a lifelong member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Martha Maney, Steve Bishop, Donnie Bishop and wife Janet, all of Franklin and Susan Mc- Cracken and husband Ron of Easley, S.C.; sister, Edith Beaty of Gastonia, N.C.; brother, Hoover Waters and wife Betty of Poquoson, Va.; six grandchildren, Cody Keener, Jeremiah Keener, Jennifer Bourcq and husband Paul, Sabrina Bishop, Brad McCracken and Lane McCracken; three great granddaughters, Kayla Keener, Alexis Keener and Natalie Bourcq and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 19, at Burningtown Baptist Church. Revs. Randy Drinnon, Charles Stevens, Judson Hall and Vic Greene officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Eddie Simonds, 279 Edwards Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Mary Lee Mashburn

Mary Lee Mashburn, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in a local hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late B. Harrison and Mabel May McGaha Pannell. She was married to David Austin Mashburn, who died April 22, 2008.

She was an inspector for Belden Electric Cord. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved taking care of her family. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Mashburn Williams and husband Jimmy of Clayton, Ga., and Martha Bates and husband Chuck of Franklin; one son, Marvin Mashburn and wife Frankie of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Mary E. Mashburn of Franklin, NC; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, James David Mashburn; a grandson, James David Mashburn, Jr.; five sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial was in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marty Mashburn, Danny Bates, Charles Williams, Greg Moore, Vick Sanders, Melvin Mashburn and Ricky Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid Atlantic Affiliate, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen,VA 23058-5216.

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



Bonnie Marie ‘Weed’ AndersonBonnie Marie ‘Weed’ Anderson

Bonnie Marie “Weed” Anderson, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thurman Russell Anderson and Ollie Jenkins Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Anderson. She was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, David Shane Campbell and wife Sabrina of Franklin and Richard Russell Campbell and wife Angie of Lincolnton, N.C.; two sisters, Anne Tippett and husband Rev. Morris Tippett and Ollie Edwards both of Franklin; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated. Burial was in Riverview United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Triston Campbell, Shane Campbell, Blake Edwards, Chad Spates, Garrett Sanders and Griffin Sanders.

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



James Bernard MedlinJames Bernard Medlin

James Bernard Medlin, Sr., 85, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away on Jan. 14, 2014.

He is survived by is wife of 62 years, Mary Ruth Medlin, Otto, N.C.; children, Jewell “Judy” Mc- Manus and husband Gerry Mc- Manus, Lawrenceville, Ga., James B. Medlin Jr., Smyrna, Ga., Christopher Medlin, Smyrna, Ga. and brother Pete Medlin, Newport News, Va.

He was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Nashville, N.C. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army.

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

Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, Ga.



William ‘Bill’ Luther CribbsWilliam ‘Bill’ Luther Cribbs

William “Bill” Luther Cribbs, 75, of Perry, Fla., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at his home on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. He was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Miami, Fla., to the late George Abel Cribbs and the late Thelma Batten Cribbs. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Anthony Cribbs, and his parents, George Abel Cribbs and Thelma Batten Cribbs.

He was a building contractor in Florida and North Carolina for 40 years and was a member of the Shriners. He was also an accomplished pilot and built many boats. He still holds a patent on his invention (a piggy back boat motor bracket). He was also an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Diane Cribbs, of Perry; his children, William L. Cribbs Jr. (Judy), of Franklin, N.C., Cynthia Denise Prince Beardslee (Brian), of Chesapeake, Va., and Michael Kevin Cribbs, of Broughton, N.C.; two stepchildren, Autumn Marie Burden (John), and Dustin Michael Cernan (Tiffany), all of Lima, Ohio; two sisters, Sally Cribbs Bond, of Port Orange, Fla., and Mary Joyce Cribbs Guy, of New Port Richey, Fla.; one brother, George Allen Cribbs, of Key Largo, Fla.; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A celebration of life was held on Monday, Jan. 20, at Keaton Beach Pavilion in Perry, Fla.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Hospice Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla. Donations may be sent to: Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504

All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com.



Gracie Doralee Coggins

Gracie Doralee Coggins, 81, of FrGracie Doralee Cogginsanklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Dixie Pendergrass Ashe and M. A. "Doc" Taylor. She was married to L. E. Coggins who died in 2003. She was employed by Peakline Furniture and Burcliff Industries.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and sister who liked to sew and grow flowers and she liked kittens. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Wanda Stanley and husband Harold of Franklin; two sons, Samuel Dills and wife Valerie of Franklin and Robert Coggins of Saluda, S.C.; one step-son, Charles Sever of Florida; one sister, Dollie Pattillo of Smyrna, Ga., eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one step-son; two step-daughters; one sister and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Frantz, Jessie Frantz, Andrew Dills, Kyle Russell, Kenny Ledford and Jamie McCall. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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



Mark Richard CressMark Richard Cress

Mark Richard Cress, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Born in Quincy, Ill., he was the son of Richard Cress of Port Orange, Fla., and the late Barbara Muegge Cress. He was an engineer for Allscripts Computer Software. He was a loving husband and father who loved reading, writing, working with computers and working with the Boy Scouts. He was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Raleigh and attended St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lynn Young Cress; step-daughter, Jacqueline Rhew and husband, Alan of Cullowhee; son, John Patrick Cress of Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, N.C.; two sisters, Diane Sauls and Melissa West both of Raleigh, N.C., and brother, Brian Cress of Port Orange, Fla.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church with Rev. Dorrie Pratt officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church Roof Fund, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Therese Madeline Rauner

Therese Madeline Rauner, 88, of Highlands, N.C., formerly of New York, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. She was born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna Kelly Rauner. She had a PhD in Psychology and was an educator at West Point Children’s School.

She is survived by her sister, Ann R. Wannamaker of Sapphire, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Susan R. Docherty.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in New York. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.






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