Obits for December 7, 2017

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Johannes ‘Hans’ van Meer

Johannes ‘Hans’ van Meer

Johannes “Hans” van Meer, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Born in Haarlemmerliede, Netherlands, he is survived by his longtime partner, Mary Stone of Franklin; his children, Fritz, Foppe, Nickola; grandchildren, Ike and Marcia of the Netherlands; grandson, Ramon and great grandson, Victor of California.

He enjoyed a long and successful career in food retailing. At the time of his retirement, in 1987, he was executive vice president of Ahold nv in the Netherlands and Chairman of the Board of BI-LO of Mauldin, S.C., Giant Food Stores of Carlyle, Pa., and Cada Dia of Spain. After retirement he continued to advise for VOMAR and Ranzjin in the Netherlands.

He loved the water, he was an expert sailor and enjoyed cargo ship travel around the world. He also loved the mountains, was a resident of Switzerland for decades and settled in the mountains in North Carolina.

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

Connie E. McLendon

Connie E. McLendon

Connie E. McLendon, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.

Born in Jacksonville, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Delbert Eugene Estler and Eva Mae White Estler. She was an x-ray technician in Florida and in Franklin. She later became a real estate agent and worked as an administrative assistant for Larry Hollifield from 1996-2006. She was also a member of the Rotary Club.

She is survived by her husband, Robin McLendon.

No services will be held.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com

Mary Sue Stanley Ledford

Mary Sue Stanley Ledford, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and Luna Franks Stanley. She was married to Don Ledford who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Bonnie Holbrooks Anderson and Jean Ellen Stanley; and brothers, D. C. Stanley, James Stanley, Leroy Stanley, Cecil Stanley, George Stanley, Frank Stanley, Bill Stanley and Fred Stanley.

She was, along with her husband Don, a local business owner and she loved gardening. She was Baptist by faith and was a member of Longview Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Castle of the home; sons, Donald Edward Ledford (Pam) of Franklin and Michael Dale Ledford (Jema) of Santa Fe, N.M.; grandchildren, Michael Cabe of Otto, Daniel Brandy Cabe of Forsyth, Ga., and Mandy Body of Melbourne, Fla.; 10 great grandchildren, and three brothers, Chester Stanley, Robert Stanley and Harold Stanley, all of Franklin.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

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

James ‘Jim’ Howard Fox

James ‘Jim’ Howard Fox

James “Jim” Howard Fox, 77, of Highlands, N.C., and Chiefland, Fla., passed away on Friday, Nov. 24, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1939, in Bremen, Ind., and was the son of the late Howard and Lillian Fox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Lebo.

He was a graduate of John Adams High School in South Bend, Ind. He earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters in architecture from the University of Oklahoma. He was licensed to practice architecture in several states and was a member of Friends of Kebyar. In addition to his family and friends, he loved organic architecture, Atlanta Braves baseball, Oklahoma Sooner football, Cincinnati Bearcats basketball and the Allman Brothers. He was an Eagle Scout and remained active in Boy Scouts throughout his life.

He leaves behind his wife of almost 57 years, Carol Fox; daughters, Kristin Karcher, Shawn (Scott) Stiles, and Kerri (James) Moschouris; 13 grandchildren, Kara, Stephen, Bridget, Brendan, Mary Katherine, Ryan, Connor and Gregory Karcher; Emma, Aiden and Joey Stiles; and Vasili and Manoli Moschouris; two sisters, Joy Dietrich and Janet McKinney of Indiana; and brother, Jerry Fox of Arizona.

As quoted by his daughters – “He was the dad that every child deserves, and the one we were lucky enough to have.”

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Boy Scout Troop #235 in Franklin. If you would like to leave an online condolence, send it to jfoxmemorial@gmail.com.

Lucille Cunningham Tallent

Lucille Cunningham Tallent

Lucille Cunningham Tallent, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Sadie Woods Cunningham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, R.L. Tallent; son, Dale Tallent; brothers, Hershel Cunningham, Lonnie Cunningham and J.C. McCoy; and one sister, Paulette McCall. She was the last living charter member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Kalen Tallent of Franklin; five daughters, Shirley Cope, Katrina “Tinker” Dehart, Helen Neal and Joyce Tallent all of Franklin and Loleta Hodnett of Willow Spring N.C.; two sisters, Maxine Hodgin and Christine Cunningham, both of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Tina Tallent of Franklin; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 3, at Windy Gap Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Brian Browning officiated. Burial was in Iotla Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Cope, Rick Dehart, Randy Dehart, Dalen Tallent, Phillip Tallent, Juston Shook and Robbie Tallent.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Windy Gap Baptist Church Building Fund.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Ashley Eileen Shutt DesRoches

Ashley Eileen Shutt DesRoches, 39, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.  She was born in Duluth, Ga., the daughter of Lane Smith Shutt and the late Rober Shutt Jr. She was a devoted wife and mother to her daughters, Anna and Emalyn, volunteering at their school and with their Girl Scout Troop.  She was a talented artist and interior designer, having won statewide awards for design.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Peter DesRoches; daughters, Anna DesRoches and Emalyn DesRoches; sister, Leah Smith (Greg) of Lexington, S.C., as well as a host of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Dr. Boyd Whaley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Donations may be made to a college savings account for her daughters at the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union.  Checks made out to either Anna DesRoches or Emalyn DesRoches can be mailed to SECU c/o Andrew Norton, PO Box 317, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

James Gregory Ches

James Gregory Ches

James Gregory Ches, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. He was born July 20, 1941 in Baltimore, Md., to the late Albert and Elsie Hartwick Ches.

She was in the home painting and repair business and was the former owner of The Sports Page, and Rescue Treasure Antique Shop. He loved watching baseball and football and supporting the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. He loved to visit his hometown of Baltimore and going to Florida to take family and friends on the history tour. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Shirley Fredrickson Ches; six children and step-children, each loved as his own, Kevin (Bucky) Tarr, Janie Spurrier (Michael), Coby Tarr, Susan Wright (George), Michael Sanderlin (Sarahi) and Jonas Ches; six grandchildren, Kelly Tarr Wright, Nicholas Stamathis, Cameron Burke, Chad Wright, Riley Stamathis and Michael Sanderlin Jr.; two great grandsons, Cooper and Cannon Wright; sister, Elizabeth Genco; niece, Valerie Burke (William) and nephews, Stephen Michael and David Genco.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to VFW and American Legion Funeral Detail, c/o Scottie Thomas, 346 Wilkes Knob Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Cordelia Kirkland Russell

Cordelia Kirkland Russell

Cordelia Kirkland Russell, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

Born in Swain County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Fred Kirkland and Lucinda Jenkins Kirkland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Jenkins in 1950 and her second husband, James Russell in 1992; grandson, Thomas Collins; granddaughter, Laura Ann Russell; brothers, Floyd and LeRoy Kirkland and sister, Rosa Lee Russell. She loved to garden and spend time with her family. She loved God first and family second and was a devoted member of West Franklin Church.

She is survived by nine children, George Jenkins and wife Sue of Franklin, Mary Sue Bettis of Otto, Hazel Allen and husband Steve of Franklin, Kathie Ann Mills and husband D.J. of Stockbridge, Ga., Janie Key of Otto, Lee Russell and wife Vernie of Franklin, Fred “Toot” Russell of Franklin, Earl Russell and wife Lula of Franklin and Gene Russell and wife Mary of Clayton, Ala.; nine brothers and sisters, Ethel Walker, Nancy Russell, Louise Hurst, Ann Lois Shepherd, Annie Belle Smith, Willie Hovis and Dorothy Reddish all of Franklin and Wiley Kirkland of Flint, Mich.; 23 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Bates, Rev. Jeremy Gibbs and Rev. Lee Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Oakdale Baptist Church Youth Department, c/o Linda Higdon, 5650 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Sherman

Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Sherman

Robert “Bob” Eugene Sherman, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Born in Albert Lea, Minn., he was the son of the late Eugene Sherman and Charlotte Dilling Medina and her husband, Clifford. He worked many years at Nantahala Lumber Company in the electrical department and more recently at CES Electric Supply. He was a talented drummer and known for his good sense of humor and quick wit. He attended Holly Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Glenda Martin Sherman; four children, Amy Mirabile and husband Jack of Denver, Colo., Melanie Thibault and husband Nelson of Franklin, Jennifer Haines and husband Matthew of Riverview, Fla., and Michael Webb of Franklin; two sisters, Mary Dainton and husband Dan of Bradenton, Fla., and Sandy Krueger and husband Jim of Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, Dec. 3, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Roy Lee Crow

Roy Lee Crow

Roy Lee Crow, 92 of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Dec. 2, 2017. He had resided in Macon Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center since his illness in January of 2009. He was loved by all who knew him. His wife of 38 years, Emma Lee Cody Crow preceded him in 1986.

He is survived by his daughters, Judy Crow Kirkman and her husband Harold of Thomasville, N.C., and Connie Crow Ramirez and husband Christian of Ft. Campbell, Ky. They both serve in the U.S. Army.

A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Rob Roseboom of Franklin for their care and concern throughout the years.

A private service will be held by his family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, 272 Maple St. Franklin, NC 28734 or online at hhfwnc.org.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Crow family.

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