Obits April 19, 2018

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Vellamae Hicks Potts

Vellamae Hicks Potts, 95, of Highlands, N.C.,  passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2018. Born in Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Joe and Samantha Ridley Hicks. She was married to John S. Potts who preceded her in death in 1999.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and showed hospitality to friends and neighbors by warmly welcoming them into her home to share a home cooked meal. She was immediately loved by all who met and knew her. She enjoyed spending her free hours gardening and growing beautiful flowers.

She was actively involved in First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member, making calls to people who were sick and visiting those who were shut‑in.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Kremser (Buddy) of Satolah, Ga. sons, Terry Potts (Karin) and Robby Potts all of Highlands; grandchildren, Kirtis Kremser, Laura Zoellner, Timothy Ryan Potts (Meegan), Christopher Michael Potts (Kelly), Lauren Brittany Potts Casper (David), John Robert Potts and Arthur Potts; great‑grandchildren, Ezra Zoellner, Sage Potts, Brionna Potts, Alexis Potts, Jameson Potts, Greyson Potts, Declan Potts, Ivy Fielding, Jade Fielding, Abigail “Abbie” Casper and Landon Casper and a sister, Alvena “Dinky” Bowers of Clayton, Ga.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Frank Stephen Potts; four sisters, Levada Welborn, Elvira Owens, Volena Hughes and Velzie Rogers and two brothers, Leonard Hicks and Lemond Hicks.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, April 15,  at  First Presbyterian Church Highlands. Burial followed at Highlands Memorial Park.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Potts family.

David William McGuffin

David William McGuffin, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Born in Broward Co, Fla., he was the son of the late Charles Joseph McGuffin and Violet Margaret Williams McGuffin.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl Ann Gibbs McGuffin; daughter, Amara Lynn Janoe and husband Alex of Franklin and one granddaughter, Abby Janoe.

No Services will be held at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com

Earl Garland Stinson Jr.

Earl Garland Stinson Jr., 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 9, 2018.

Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., he was the son of the late Earl Garland Stinson, Sr and Elva Waldroop Carpenter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lester “Tommy” Stinson. He was a US Navy veteran; heavy equipment operator for CW Matthews Construction; avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed camping.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen McCall Stinson; daughter, Debbie Crawford of Franklin; two brothers, Jimmy Stinson of Franklin and Tim Stinson (Natalie) of Spartanburg, S.C.; sister, Susie McConnell (Dee) of Franklin; two granddaughters, Amberly and Kelsey Crawford; one great grandson, Gage Smith; special friend Carolyn Hixson and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, April 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Mark Bishop officiated.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com

Stephen Eugene Ross

Stephen Eugene Ross, 56, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018.  Born in Point Pleasant, N.J., he was the son of Eugene Thomas and Shirley Myers Ross.

He worked for many years at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. He was very gifted with animals and reptiles. After becoming a Christian he sought ways to serve the Lord.

Survivors include two sisters, Laura Wolverton (Kim) of Winston Salem and Kathleen Ross Bryden of Florida; two nieces; one nephew and two great‑nieces.

A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19,  at Highlands First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Kim Wolverton officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

Frances ‘Vickie’ Renegar

Frances ‘Vickie’ Renegar, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Born in Princeton, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Walter McVicker and Zoe Howard McVicker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Thomas Renegar; brother, Walter McVicker and two sisters, Colleen L’Heureux and Geri Springer. She was one of the first female motorcycle police officers in Coral Gables, Fla. She loved driving her stock car, riding her Harley and earned her 100K mile riding-pin. She was a councilwoman at Hialeah Gardens, Fla. She was a loving “Nana” to her grandchildren and relocated to be closer to her family. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, hummingbirds and loved to camp. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sevierville, Tenn., where she was very involved.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Lequire and husband Mike of Franklin; five grandchildren, Kelley Renegar-Lequire, Kyle Renegar Lequire, Kolton Renegar Lequire, Ashley Roper (Ben) and Anna Trietley (Keith) and five great grandchildren, Nicholas, Peyton, Garrett, Jonah and Sam.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Craig Mintz officiated. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 14, in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kyle Renegar Lequire, Kolton Renegar Lequire, Ben Roper, Shane Corbin, Jake Burt and Kyle Tippett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC  28215.

Macon Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Frances Alstat 

Evelyn Frances Alstat passed away April 3, 2018.  Born in Franklin, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Lyman and Myrtle (Vinson) Ballew.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William Alstat, granddaughter Amy, sister Anna Lou (Toots) Baty, two brothers- 2 year old Bryant and Wayne Ballew (Marilyn).

Evelyn moved to Michigan in the early 1940s where she worked as a telephone switchboard operator.  She married William Alstat in 1947. They made their home in the Pontiac, Michigan area where they reared their two children, Dale and Kathy. After retirement, they made their home near Evelyn’s childhood home in the Tessentee community in Otto.  After her husband bill passed away in 2005, she later moved to Traverse City, Mich. near her daughter until her passing.

She is survived by her son, Dale (Beverly) Alstat, Decorah, Iowa, her daughter, Kathy (Gary) Twardowski, Traverse City, Mich., 4 grandsons, Justin Wilcox, Tony, Bryon and Cody Alstat, 7 great grandchildren, her brother, Joe (Pat) Ballew, Sister Mary (Gerald) Keener, a nephew and several nieces.

She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many.  She had a wonderful personality and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held on April 21,  at 11 a.m. at Wright Cemetery (Dryman’s Chapel Methodist Church) with Vic Greene officiating.  Family will meet friends after the celebration.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com

Dean Aaron Buchanan

Dean Aaron Buchanan, 55, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Born in Burnsville, N.C., he was the son of Fannie Byrd Buchanan and the late Aaron R. Buchanan.  Dean was a contractor, sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and was a very hard worker and always willing to help anyone.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by brothers and sisters, Deborah Bryson (David Cukras) of Sylva, Fern Murphy (Jimmie), Duke Buchanan and Angel Buchanan all of Franklin; half-sister, Emily Campbell; half-brothers, Mike Buchanan, Alan Buchanan and Johnnie Buchanan and three nieces, Kristen Bryson, Ashlynn Buchanan and Vanessa Murphy.

Funeral Service were held on Tuesday, April 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Rick Potts officiated.  Burial was in the Byrd Cemetery, Poplar Creek.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com

Carolyn Nancy Schoebe

Carolyn Nancy Schoebel, 81, of Franklin passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Flora Brown.

She worked in the medical field as a technologist. She loved nature and animals.

She will be missed by her friends who survive her.

No services are planned at this time.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving Carolyn Nancy Schoebel.

Ricky Hannah

Ricky Hannah, 59 of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Franklin, went to his heavenly home on March 29, 2018.

He was born in Waynesville, N.C. to the late Frank and Wilma Hannah.  He lived most of his life in Franklin.  Growing up he was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church, Coweeta Baptist Church and most recently Grace Baptist Church, Belleview, Fla.  After graduating from Western Carolina University, he owned his own accounting practice before becoming a partner with Edgar Ray Mabe.  Due to declining health, he moved to Florida where he enjoyed the beach, exploring the state but especially the weather.  He loved his family and friends and always tried to help when he could.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda; daughters, Kelli Hughes (Marcus), Kristi Harper (Duane); granddaughter, Sadie Harper (the apple of his eye); sisters, Barbara Ireton, Nancy McCall (Curt); brother, Gerald Hannah; nieces, Pam Hicks (Wayne); Penny Wilson, Janet Hannah and Melissa Bennett (Billy); nephew, Tony McCall; several cousins; great nieces and nephews; special children in his life, Kaylie, Javon, Zoey an Zayden and his sisters in Christ, Carol Foust, Jo Ann Justice and Felicia Justice.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Davis Hooper will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Foundation, American Heart Association or charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com

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