Obituaries for March 14, 2019

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James Thomas Mills

James Mills

James Thomas Mills, 78, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Julius Harry Mills and Viola Virginia Lawing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Cameron Lee Mills; sister, Bernice Shepard; and two brothers, Joe Mills and Jerry Mills. He attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, going to races, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Jean Sanders Mills of 55 years; sons, Preston Mills of Ellenwood, Ga.,, and Wesley Mills of Franklin, N.C.; sisters, Reva Allen and Betty Williams; brother, Lee Robert Mills; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Violet ‘Sis’ Bowers

Violet ‘Sis’ Bowers

Violet “Sis” Bowers, 86, of Sylva, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  She was the wife of the late Rev. David Bowers Sr. and the daughter of the late Arthur and Beulah Bryson.  She was a member of East Sylva Baptist Church and dearly loved the Lord and her church family. She was known as a sweet, caring, precious and very giving mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to cook and loved her music. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Tony Ray Bowers; and four brothers. She is survived by one daughter, Rachel (Gary) Carpenter; one son, David (Sandra) Bowers Jr.; seven grandchildren, Sabrina Brewer, Darrell (Amanda) Bishop, Chris (Amanda) Bowers, Tiffany (Dewayne) James, Amber (Justin) Sharpe, Tyler (Brittney) Bowers and Zachary (Brittany) Bowers; 12 great grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Jean (Jack) Bryson along with several special nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12, at East Sylva Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Dean, Avery Brown and Roger Stewman officiating. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Dewayne James, Justin Sharpe, Tyler Bowers, Zack Bowers, Chris Bowers and Daryl Bishop. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Bryson, Robbie Bryson, Randy Bryson and Mike Hoyle.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to East Sylva Baptist Church, 61 Faith Ave., Sylva, NC 28779. An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com. Appalachian Funeral Services is serving the family.

Laura Mae Postell

Laura Mae Postell

Laura Mae Postell, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2019. She was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Topton, N.C., to the late Arthur Herman Moose and Delores Lee Postell Montgomery. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, who died in 1960, a half-sister and two brothers-in-law. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Horace “Arnie” and Abigail Braswell of Franklin; daughter and son-in-law, Velma Lee and Sheldon Jordan of Waltham, Maine; her six grandchildren who affectionally called her “Memaw”: Horace “A.J.” and Drew Braswell, Lauralee (Tim) Hanna, Shellee Rose Jordan, Sheldon Lee Jordan and Daisy (Jack) Wentworth; eight great-grandchildren, Jordan, Logan, and Leela Mae Rivera, Marcus Seidell, Alyssa Lee Smith, Bentlee, Bradlee, and Brailee Jordan; one sister; one half-brother and sister-in-law; two half-sisters and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in the Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery in Topton. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Carolina Parcells

Nancy Carolina Parcells, 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019. Born in Durango, Colo., she was the daughter of the late Frank Naff and Marjorie Everett Naff.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church; member of the Otto Garden Club and enjoyed nature. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gary Parcells; son, Christopher Martin Parcells of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Julie Louise LeDuc (James) of Dayton, Ohio; sister, Eloise Winona Thomas of Kansas, and two grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Mack Tippett

Jimmy Mack Tippett

Jimmy Mack Tippett, 84, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late J. Lee Tippett and Cleta Smith Tippett.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Leona Tippett and two sons, Tony Mack Tippett and Burt Warren Tippett.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by a daughter, Alecia Bradley of Otto; a son, Tommy Tippett of Marion, N.C.; two brothers, Joe Tippett and Eddie Tippett both of Franklin; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; two step daughters of Greenwood, S.C., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service were held Tuesday, March 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Brandon Breedlove and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.  Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.  Military honors were conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

George Rondal McConnell

George Rondal McConnell

George Rondal McConnell, 70, of Monroe, Ga., passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. He was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Macon County, the son of the late George Lyman and Gladys Thomas McConnell. He was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church and served his country in the Vietnam War. He liked hunting, especially coon hunting, he liked dogs and guns and loved to watch western movies. He worked as a supervisor in embroidery manufacturing. After he retired he worked on small engines and was known as the “lawn mower man.” Survivors include his wife, Kenny McConnell of Marietta, S.C.; daughters, Rhonda Scarborough (Robert) of Monroe, Ga., and Melinda McConnell of Clayton, Ga.; grandchildren, Kaylynn McConnell, Martin Pass, Kimberly Pass, Sabrina McConnell, Danielle Fountain and Starr Thurmond; great grandchild, Aerielle King; and a sister, Beatrice Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents. he is preceded in death by his two brothers, Dennis McConnell and Don McConnell. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 9, in the Chapel of BryantGrant Funeral Home with Ronnie Hensley officiating. Burial was in Black Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Martin Pass, Cody King, Chad Williams, Joshua Watts, Lee Fountain and Robert Scarborough. BryantGrant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McConnell family. Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

John Solesbee

John Solesbee

John Solesbee, 81, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late, Charles Spurgeon Solesbee and Belle Kilpatrick Solesbee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert “Bobby” Solesbee; and two sisters, Sue Allen and Peggy Knoth. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He also enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Kandy P. Solesbee of 42 years; daughters, Twyla Sue Solesbee of Franklin, Joy Imebla Gunter (Donald) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sandra “Sandy” Jolly; brothers, Bill Solesbee (Juanita) of Franklin and Dave Solesbee (Helen) of Amissville, Va.; two grandchildren, Reagan Alexandria Gunter and Ashley Victoria Gunter; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Brandon Breedlove will officiate. Burial will be in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Autism Society, 306 Summit St, Asheville, NC 28803 or Veterans of Foreign Wars, 60 W Palmer St, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Helen Holden White

Helen Holden White

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Helen Holden White joined the alto section of Heaven’s choir and is now singing perfect praise in perfect harmony with the heavenly host. She held a deep love and devotion for her Savior, her family, her church and any song of praise to God sung in rich vocal harmony. She was born July 26, 1940, to the late Coburn and Beulah McCoy Holden in the Oak Grove community of Macon County. She was an excellent seamstress and would often gather her children around the radio for “Hymn Time” while she sewed clothing for her six daughters.  She was the wife of the late Joseph A. White Jr. who has been singing with the heavenly host since October 2017.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Holden Angel, grandson William Drinnon, and son-in-law Eldon Tallent. She leaves behind six daughters to continue their choir practice. In the soprano section, Tammy Drinnon (Tony), and Vivian Shaye Wood, tenor-Teresa Holland (Danny), altos – Cheryl Southard (Steven) and Tamara Deal (Don), all of Franklin, and in the string section – Rebecca Green of Sylva, N.C. “Mamaw White” also leaves behind a children’s choir of 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; four siblings, Katherine Teem, Kenneth Holden, Jerry Holden, Linda Peterson and her treasured church family at Emmanuel Baptist. A service of celebration and singing was held Sunday, March 10, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Lewis Smith, Rev. Josh Helton, Rev. Nathan Johnson, Rev. Tony Drinnon and Rev. Howard Southard officiating.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Holland, Jeremiah Holland, Cody Southard, Matthew Drinnon, Carey Deal, Taylor Fenoglia and Daniel Wilson. Memorial donations can be made to the Victory Christian School, 278 Victory Church Road, Sylva, NC 28779. To the sour notes of cancer and amputation, “nice try.” but you never took her song! Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Kathleen Evitt

Kathleen Evitt

Kathleen Evitt, 83, of Sylva, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 4, 2019.  She was born in New Mexico, the daughter of the late Mack Bascom Evitt and Delphia Denzel Quilliams Evitt.  She was a nurse (RN) and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sylva. She was a strong Republican; liked to eat out; enjoyed talking with friends; loved to sing and play guitar; and loved her dog, Bravo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Evitt and a brother, Leland C. Evitt. She is survived by two sisters, Shirley Houston (Clinton) and Colene Ledbetter all of Highlands, N.C.; and a number of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, March 8, in the Chapel of Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jeffrey Houston officiating. Burial was in Evitt Cemetery.   Pallbearers were Clinton Houston, Craig Montgomery, Ryan Turner, John Swann, Thad Evitt and Taylor Gregory.  Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Evitt family.  Online condolences are availabe at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Zona Janice Finuff

Zona Janice Finuff, 94, passed away Friday, March 8, 219. She was born Dec. 8, 1924 in Desoto County, Fla., to the late Aden P. Wynn and Emma G. Horn Wynn. She was a bank teller, book keeper, and loan officer in the banking industry for many years. She loved to crochet afghans as a hobby and she was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her son, Joel Finuff of Franklin, N.C.; and three nieces. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Finuff family. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Buchanan

Kenneth Buchanan, 90, of Sharpsburg, Ga., passed away March 7, 2019. A native of Macon County, he was born on May 2, 1928, to the late Oscar and Edna Picklesimer Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Jean Stiles Buchanan of Sharpsburg; two sons, Tommy Buchanan and his wife Jan of Vestavia Hills, Ala., Neal Buchanan of Sharpsburg; daughter, Kenna Daws and husband Clarence of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Bea Bell of Otto, N.C., Tee Henry and husband Bob of Franklin; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 10, in the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home in Fairburn, Ga., with Dr. Tim Riordan officiating. Interment followed at Holly Hill Memorial Park.

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