Obits for August 17 and August 24, 2017

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Elizabeth ‘Boots’ Bates

Elizabeth ‘Boots’ Bates

Elizabeth “Boots” Bates, 80, formerly of Franklin, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at her residence with her son and her “angel” Tillena by her side.

She was born in Burningtown on Oct. 3, 1936, to Carl and Oleta Welch. She was known as “Boots” by everyone who loved her.

Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, her laughter and joking around, will never be forgotten.

Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. She was immersed in the Christian community that would be her lifelong support from an early age. From the very beginning, she dedicated herself to God and encouraged others to explore the beauty of the Gospel. She will be dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator and her loving husband, Leonard Bates, and her parents.

She is survived by her son, Terry Bates, and her “angel,” Tillena Richardson from Franklin; her three sisters, Joyce Elliott, Evanell Suttle and Jean Blaine; one grandchild; two-great-grandchildren, Kylie Bates and Cole Bates; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Leonard Bates, and her parents and brother.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 12, at Macon Funeral Home, followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Kathleen ‘Kate’ Henson Cabe

Kathleen ‘Kate’ Henson Cabe

Kathleen “Kate” Henson Cabe, 94, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Eli Brabson Henson and the late Mary Ada Gladwell Henson. She was married to the late Charles “Neville” Cabe for 61 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She was an active member at Asbury Methodist Church.  She loved to quilt and paint.  She also enjoyed reciting poetry.  She was known for reciting poems verbatim that she had learned throughout grade school.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Raby of Franklin, and Teresa Speed (Davis) of Otto; three sons, Kenneth Cabe (Larry Fox) of Sylva, Larry Neville Cabe (Susie) of Franklin, and Steven Cabe (Gail) of State Road; one son-in-law, William Zeller of Eustis, Fla.;  nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Lou Zeller; three sisters; seven brothers and one son-in-law, Tom Raby.

Memorials can be made in memory of Kate to the Asbury Methodist Cemetery Fund, c/o Allan Vinson, 1050 River Valley Road, Otto, NC 28763.

A funeral service was held Tuesday Aug. 15, in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Kelly Dotson and Rev. Pattie Curtis officiating. Burial followed in Asbury Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jacob Speed, Mark Berry, Todd Raby, Joby Cabe, and Bill C. Zeller.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cabe family.  Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Thomas “Bo” Hosea Alderman

 

Thomas “Bo” Hosea Alderman

Thomas “Bo” Hosea Alderman, 62, of Franklin,  N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of the late Lee Stephen Alderman and Juanita Barrow Alderman. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He loved music, playing the drums, the acoustic guitar and song-writing. He was a member of Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jill Snellenberger Alderman; three children, Thomas Conan Alderman of Forest City, N.C., Anita Alderman of Franklin and Mecca Hedman of Pine Hills, Fla.; five brothers and sisters, Linda Jowers of Barnwell, S.C,. Lee S. Alderman Jr. of Waxachie, Texas, Kent Alderman of Aiken, S.C., Gina Sasser of Orange City, Fla. and Jessica Gauthier of Newark, Ohio; six grandchildren, Naylenna Collins, Allison Collins, Derick Hedman, Maiya Morrow, Shaya Mechant and Sierra Mechant and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with expenses, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Paula Elizabeth France

Paula Elizabeth France, 93, of Sapphire, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Highlands.

She was born in Marks, Miss., and devoted her career to teaching. She leaves behind her students and several close friends.

No services are planned.

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

Betty Guffie Barnhardt

Betty Guffie Barnhardt, 79, passed away Monday, August. 14, 2017. Mrs. Barnhardt was born October 19, 1937 in Macon County to the late Turner R. Guffie and Helen Roane Guffie. She was married to the late Grady B. Barnhardt who preceded her. She worked many years as a textile worker and a caregiver. She went to Blanton Business College in Asheville and was a member of Maiden’s Chapel.

Survivors include her daughter, Jinger Hooper (Horace Seay) of Franklin; two grandchildren, Matthew Hooper (Jessica) and Christopher Hooper (Kari Saunders); two great-grandchildren, Jordan Hooper and Masen Hooper; and a sister, Barbara Hodgins of Franklin.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephanie Thompson and Rev. John Henry officiating. Burial will follow in the Maiden’s Chapel Cemetery.

Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Barnhardt family.

Cieara Sunshine Harmon

Cieara Sunshine Harmon

Cieara Sunshine Harmon, 17, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. She was born in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Joshua Harmon and Sandra Christine Wright.

She was a rising senior at Franklin High School. She was full of life and easily made many friends. She loved children and it was her wish to pursue a career as a neonatal nurse.

Survivors include her mother, Christy Wright (Sean Meagher) of Franklin; her father, Josh Harmon of Florida; siblings, Scotty McAlpine, Kiyla Harmon, Lexie Harmon and Abby Harmon; her nephew, Jeremy Bush and her best friend, Heather Fregeau; her maternal grandmother, Sandy Gauthier; maternal grandfather, Kenny White; paternal grandparents, Peggy and Charlie Patterson; and great grandmother Joy Tucker.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Harmon family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Robert Bruce Childers

Robert Bruce Childers

Robert Bruce Childers, 77, of Farmington, N.M., left this world to be with his Father in heaven Thursday, July 6, 2017. He was born Sept. 7, 1939, in Franklin, N.C., to parents Herman and Josephine Childers.

He was a prominent home builder in San Juan County since the early 1970s. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

He survived by his son, Robert Derrick (Jayme) Childers; daughter, Debby Childers (Tom) McCall; grandchildren, Rachael (Ben) Banks, Jacob Childers, David Childers, Danielle Hastings, and Megan (Kevin) Rants; eight great grandchildren; sisters, Barbara C. Simmons of Cypress, Texas, Patricia C. Safko of Franklin, N.C., and Kathryn C. Teem of Franklin; brothers, Carroll (Chuck) Childers of Atlanta, Ga., David Childers of Lake City, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mildred C. Cunningham of Asheville, N.C.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 15, at First Baptist Church in Farmington.

A celebration of life will be held in Franklin at a later date.

Barbara Hedden Ledford

Barbara Hedden Ledford

Barbara Hedden Ledford, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late J. Quince Hedden and Emma Stewart Hedden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth D. Ledford; one step-daughter, Vivian Watts; one sister, Hester Keener and one brother, Dwight Hedden. She enjoyed reading, genealogy, crossword puzzles and studying local history. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Faith Powell and husband Bruce of Marietta, Ga., and Frieda Teem and husband Johnny of Franklin; one step daughter, Deborah Foster of Madison, Ga.; six sisters, June Hedden of Lilburn, Ga., Mary Keener of Highlands, N.C., Shelba McFarland of Virginia Beach, Va., Helen Justice of Hendersonville, N.C., Alice Lee of Knoxville, Tenn., and Hope Calloway of Cullowhee, N.C.; two grandchildren, Davis Powell and Josh Teem and wife Crystal; two great granddaughters, Blair and Hadlee Teem and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Nahlen, Rev. Billy Sellers and Rev. Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in the Union United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brent Buchanan, Kellen Buchanan, Mark Justice, Buddy Miller, Clinton Ledford and Paul Dalton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Rhonda Tarvin Murrah

Rhonda Tarvin Murrah

Rhonda Tarvin Murrah, 60, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Aug. 8, 2017, in her newly finished home “Cloud Nine” in Highlands, N.C.  She was born in Atlanta, Ga. on Feb. 9, 1957, where she later attended Sprayberry High School and Georgia State University.  In her early years, she worked as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and later became a member of Clipped Wings.  She was fully engaged with life, her mantra being to “keep learning and help others.”  In that spirit, she became private pilot, a real estate agent, a world traveler, a scuba diver, skier, golfer, gardener, cook, painter and a lifelong piano player.  In 1983, she became a wife to her husband of 33 years, Eric. After the arrival of her dearly loved children Melanie and Charlie, she became a devoted mother and homemaker, home schooling for a number of years. She lent her time to the Sandy Springs community and to those in need. Her family and friends remember her as a person who loved abundantly, with an infectious warmth, a ready smile and a heart of true compassion.

She is preceded in death by her father Charles Tarvin.  She leaves her husband Eric, her children Melanie and Charlie, mother Audrey, a sister Beth and a brother Chuck as well as a host of cousins, aunts and uncles and lifelong friends.   She will be greatly missed.       A Celebration of Life will take place at Unity North Atlanta Church at 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, Ga., Saturday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, send donations to NAMI or Invisiblechildren.com

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Murrah family. Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Jackie Ray (Big Jack) Mason Sr.

Jackie Ray (Big Jack) Mason Sr.

Jackie Ray (Big Jack) Mason Sr., 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. He was born in Macon County to the late Earl and Sadie Stockton Mason. He was retired from the Town of Franklin. He enjoyed camping and fishing. He always helped, supported and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Florence Holt and husband Jim, and infant brother, Carlas.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Wanda McKinney Mason; one son, Jacky (Cooch) Mason, Jr. (Jeani Arnett) of Franklin; one step-son, Jon Pitts (Lisa) and one grandson, Jared Pitts, all of Newport News, Va.; one brother-in-law, Carter McKinney of Spruce Pine, N.C.; one nephew, Joey Holt; two nieces, Marie Ledford (David) and Melissa Bryant (Rodney); two great-nephews; two great-nieces; and three great-great nephews; one aunt, Rebecca Mason; and a host of cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the memorial in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. David Hastings and Jon Pitts.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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

Joan Ann Palamara

Joan Ann Palamara

Joan Ann Palamara, 76, of Highlands, N.C., and Pembroke Pines, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Highlands. She was born in Trenton, N.J., to Edward Ciborski and Rose Moretto Ciborski.

She was an accomplished business woman, who, in addition to working in the medical field, designed children’s clothing. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she loved to shop, cook, ride bikes, and play golf.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Charles “Chuck” Palamara; daughters, Tina Snyder of Maryland, Joanne Palamara and Lisa Palamara, both of Florida; son, Charles Palamara of Florida; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and a brother, Gerald Gahan.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Palamara family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Dale Huskey Jr.

Ronald Dale Huskey Jr.

Ronald Dale Huskey Jr., 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Born in Greenville, S.C., he was the son of the late Ronald Dale Huskey Sr. and Margaret Cunningham Huskey.  He was a member of Augusta Heights Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C.  He enjoyed movies and history.

He is survived by three children, Nicki Tallent (Chuck) and Kari Conard both of Franklin and Amanda Hofrichter (Gabe) of South Carolina; two step daughters, Jenny Caldwell and Carrie Martin; two sisters, Julie Harbin of Greenville, S.C., and Laurie Brooks of Little River, S.C.; half-sister, Rhonda Reaper; three half-brothers, Alan Huskey, Sam Huskey and Brian Huskey; 16 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one niece.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 17, at Grace Baptist Church.  Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Jean Dreml

Mary Jean Dreml, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Eugene Baldwin and Helen Henderson Simmons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Timothy Eugene Baldwin and a sister, Dana Shope. She loved painting, reading, arts and crafts and floral arrangements. She had amazing patience while doing arts and crafts. She attended Union United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Hans Dreml; three children, Kristein, Patty and Heidi Dreml all of Franklin; one sister, Margaret Elizabeth Anderson of DeQuincy, La.; one brother, Fritz Simmons of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Jordan Jenkins, Noah Jenkins, Ethan Dreml, Kayla Dreml, Elliott Engelking, Erica Engelking and Cole Dreml; uncles, Louie Henderson, Vernon Henderson; aunt, Mary Jo Henderson and her daughters, Jill and Jamie and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Manuel Curado Mira

Manuel Curado Mira, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Franklin, N.C., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born on Sept. 16, 1933, in the humble village of Moinhos de Carvide, a small town in the Leiria District in Portugal, he soon moved to Lisbon where he would spend his first 18 years.  Armed with little more than a primary education and knowledge gleaned from an electronics correspondence course, Manuel relocated to Brazil, but not before he was able to to win the affections of a young seamstress by the name of Maria Lourdes.  On Jan. 10, 1954, Manuel and Maria were married by proxy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  His bride would arrive from Lisbon by ship six months later.

Several years later, his journey would take him to Toronto, Canada, with wife and his newborn son, Carlos Robert Mira, in tow.  While in Canada, Manuel and Maria also gave birth to their daughter, Teresa Reis Mira, in 1958.  After years of hard work in the realm of electrical engineering, he created MirTone, a leading manufacturer of Healthcare Communications Equipment.  This experience would ultimately culminate in the establishment of TekTone Sound and Signal in 1973.  Established with only four employees and headquartered in Lake Park, Fla., Tektone would later consolidate all of its operations in Franklin, N.C., and develop into a successful intercommunication company serving markets on five continents.

In addition to creating a successful business, he also authored two books, “The Forgotten Portuguese” and “The Portuguese Making of America,” which both explored issues of the Portuguese contributions to American identity.  As an outgrowth of his interest in his beloved home country of Portugal, he also established the Portuguese-American Historical and Research Foundation (PAHRF).  The foundation was established to increase the visibility of the achievements of Portuguese-Americans and provide scholarships to Portuguese-American students. He was also instrumental in the formation and support of several social clubs and Portuguese language schools dedicated to the preservation of the Portuguese culture.

Through it all, he felt that his greatest accomplishment was being able to pass on his dedication, passion, and undying love to the next generation and beyond.  He always believed that his family was his greatest source of pride.  Through them, his journey does not end, but continues for generations to come.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Mira; two children, Carlos Mira (Sheila) and Teresa Mira Knippel (John); six grandchildren, Wesley Mira (Tatiana), John Mira-Knippel (Karmen), Melissa Faetz (Tyler), Ryan Mira, Michelle Mira, and Kimberly Pinkston (Jesse); and 11 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Thursday, Aug, 24, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Franklin.  A celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m. at the Bloemsma Barn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Care Partners, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or MemoryCare of Asheville, 100 Far Horizons Ln. Asheville, NC 28803 in honor of Maria Mira.

The family would like to especially thank the nurses and caregivers that were there for him during the last several months.  We can never truly express the gratitude we have for the help you provided to our family.  Sempre à frente!

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Mira family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Charlie William Beechley

Charlie William Beechley

Charlie William Beechley, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Au. 15, 2017.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., he was the son of Hugh S. Beechley of Florida and the late Drucilla Davis Beechley.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Judy Gibson Beechley; and aunt and uncle, Janeane and Karl Schultz of Franklin.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Rev. William Cecil Bennett

Bill Bennette

Rev. William Cecil “Bill” Bennett, 89, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Rev. Bennett was born in Cleveland, Tenn., to the late William Medford Bennett and Sybil Jordan Bennett. He was married to Laverne Gregory Bennett for 68 years. Rev. Bennett served his country in the Navy during WWII; was a serviceman for Sears and Reese Hardware; but most of all he served the Lord as an Assembly of God Minister for 24 years at the Sylva Assembly of God.

Survivors include other than his wife, a son, Martin Alan Bennett of Franklin; two grandsons, Gregory Bennett and Andrew Bennett; two great grandchildren, Avery Bennett and Grayson Bennett; three sisters, Melba Saffles, Patsy Williams, Alice Lynn Dykes, all of Cleveland, Tenn.

Rev. Bennett was preceded in death by a son, Phil Bennett, and two brothers, Sam Bennett and Winston Bennett.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 19, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Chapman officiating. Burial followed in the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bennett family.

USAF Major Raymond Douglas Daniel

The world has suffered the loss of a great American hero, our hero, USAF Major Raymond Douglas Daniel, 95, passed away Wednesday, Aug., 16, 2017. He was a Christian, husband, father, dad, grandfather, great grandfather, peepaw, friend, teacher, mentor and partner.

He was born in West Columbia, Texas, Oct. 1, 1921. His love for airplanes was evident since early childhood. He would walk two miles to the airport just to be around airplanes. He was technically underage when he signed up to serve in the Air Force in January 1941, enrolled in flight school at Boca Raton, Fla., where he graduated with the 43D/43E Pilot class for P61 Black Widow Fighter Bombers. While in Boca Raton, he met and married his first wife, Gladis Susan Sellers. He was transferred to the Pacific Theater where he served as a combat pilot for the duration of the war. He returned to Florida thereafter and continued his aviation career as a commercial corporate pilot. He had two sons with Susan, Ronald in 1946, and Larry in 1952. His first wife, Susan, died an untimely death in 1970 while living in Winter Haven Fla. Military records show, he was the last surviving “Night Fighter Pilot” from WWII, flying many various aircraft but mostly the P61 Black Widow Fighter bombers. Over his long career, he logged more than 10,000 flight hours, retiring after 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, he attended and graduated Florida Southern College, graduating in 1967 with his degree in industrial arts. He then began his 15-year second career teaching industrial arts at Auburndale High School, returning to University of South Florida where he received his Masters degree and where he met and married Betty Lyon Daniel. In civilian life, he traveled, was a wood carver, a blacksmith, a building contractor, teacher, and volunteer librarian for Sun and Fun Aviation Museum. He obtained his building contractors license, became a respected contractor in Lakeland, building many homes over the years.

More than anything in his life and career, he was proud of his family. He was preceded by his first wife, Susan Daniel, and is survived by his second wife, Betty Daniel; sons, Ron Daniel (Beverly), Larry Daniel (Connie) and Mike Schmidt (Deborah); grandchildren, Jennifer Schmidt Price (Michael) and Cheri Schmidt Taylor (Brandon) and his only grandson, his namesake, William Raymond Price; great grandchildren, Lorelei Price, Annaleigh Taylor, and Ashlynn Taylor.

We celebrate his amazing life, but still feel a loss of intensity not before endured. Into the wild blue yonder, Ray Daniel went to be with the Lord. Bless you sir and rest your weary feet. We will take the watch from here, ’til we meet again in glory, fly high Pepaw, the sky is yours once more.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 19, at Highland Park Church, Lakeland, Fla.

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