Obits for February 8, 2018

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Becky Ford Brazier

Becky Ford Brazier

Becky Ford Brazier, 67, passed away Feb. 4, 2018,  in her home in Franklin, N.C., after a brief bout with cancer.  She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death.  Born in Springfield, Ill., on Aug. 14, 1950, she moved at a young age to Pickens, S.C., where she met her future husband, Bob Brazier. Both Becky and Bob graduated from Pickens High School in 1968 and then from Clemson University in 1972.  She later received a Masters of Science from Georgia Tech.  Becky and Bob were married in Grace Methodist Church in Pickens on Dec. 15, 1970. She went on to have a successful career in management in the communications industry, beginning with Western Electric in 1972.  She retired in 2000 from Lucent Technologies to spend time with her children and to devote time to charitable service, spending the last several years of her life cooking at CareNet in Franklin. Her family and friends remember her for her sense of humor, adventurous spirit, and fantastic cooking.  She is survived by her husband Bob, her daughter Tori, and her son Rob.

A visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 8, with services to follow at 2 p.m.  Burial will be at Tippet cemetery near the Brazier family home following the service. The family will receive guests at their home after the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Macon County Care Net, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Freda Norton Graves

Freda Norton Graves

Freda Norton Graves, 87, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Traces of Tiger in Tiger, Ga. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Grady and Eula Ledford Henson. She was married first to Maurice Edward Norton who died Oct. 9, 1983, and later to Robert Dean Graves who died Jan. 11, 2008.

She was a homemaker and she enjoyed crafts, quilting, reading, and writing poetry. She was a member of Asbury Methodist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Colbert Henson (Bonnie) of Franklin; a dear friend, Nancy Wilkes of Otto; nephew, Jim Norton of Franklin, and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by three sisters, Esta Lee Bradley, Winifred Littleton and Adelaide Chastain and four brothers, Sherrill Henson, Elmas Henson, John Henson and Cleveland Henson.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 3, with Rev. Harvey Conner officiating. Burial followed in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Henson, Charles Henson, Randy Henson, Dennis Henson, Jamie Henson and Jackson Norton.

The family would like to thank Traces of Tiger and Dr. Charles Pennington for the love and care given to Freda during her stay.

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

Betty Jean Norris McCall

Betty Jean Norris McCall

Betty Jean Norris McCall, 80, of Highlands, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Alex and Beulah Rogers Norris. She was married for 40 years to Cletis McCall who preceded her in death in September 1991.

She was a passionate loving mother who cared deeply for her family and friends. She was a member of Highlands Assembly of God Church where she was the bookkeeper for many years. She was also an honorary member of Highlands Ladies Garden Club. She loved gardening and growing beautiful dahlias and making flower arrangements. She was an excellent cook who always loved to prepare meals for those in need. She had a servant’s heart for the Lord.

Survivors include five of her six children, Daniel Lee McCall “Jabo” of Scaly Mtn., Leroy McCall “Spud” of Highlands, Linda McCall of the home, Turtle Pond, Doyle Wayne McCall (Teresa) of Goldmine; Mary Ellen Cooper (Gary) of Turtle Pond; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Norris of Scaly Mtn. and Bill Norris of Franklin and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Roberta McCall who died May 10, 2004.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Highlands Assembly of God Church with Rev. Randy Reed and Rev. Aaron Phillips officiating. Burial followed in Miller Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris McCall, Jamie Holt, Kenny Talley, Jack McCall, Matthew McCall, Tom Holt, Jerry McCall, Bryant Phillips and Kenneth Norris.

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

Earl Griffin

Earl Griffin

Earl Griffin, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.  Born in Wauchula, Fla., he was the son of the late Noah and Mellie Griffin.  He has been a permanent resident of Franklin since 2003.

He proudly served 11 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. Before and during his years in the reserve he was employed with Sears and then went on to work at Johnson Controls of Tampa, Fla., where he worked until retirement.

His favorite pastimes were being outdoors, fishing, working in his workshop where he created beautiful furnishings.  He loved spending time jawing with all the customers at the bookstore that he and his wife own in Franklin, as well as spending time with his dog.  After retirement, he had the privilege of travelling abroad and throughout the U.S. which he spoke of often.  He was an avid book lover and enjoyed the challenge of knowledge from his novels. He had faith in God and strongly held Christian beliefs.

He is survived by his wife, Millie Griffin and several grown children; daughter, Margaret and husband Dean Todd of Dothan, Aal., daughter, Misty and husband Lee Winter of Tampa, Fla., daughter, Jeannie and husband Ray West of Brandon, Fla., daughter, Teresa and husband Greg Morris of Ruskin, Fla.; and one son, Earl James Griffin of Tampa, Fla.  He was the proud grandfather of Elaine Sanders, Michael and Erin Todd of Dothan, Ala., Nathan, Brittany, Samantha and Catherine Morris of Forida, Allen West of Tampa, Fla., and had two granddaughters by his son, Earl. His grown grandchildren also gave him several great grandchildren. He also was very proud and loved dearly his four-legged daughter and best friend Katie.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home at 105 West Main Street, Franklin, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., and will be officiated by Rev. Clark Sheffield.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, in memory of Earl Griffin.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home of Franklin is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Raymond Bowen

Donald Raymond Bowen

Donald Raymond Bowen, 60, of Franklin, N.C., went home to Glory on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

Born in Lampertheim, Germany, he was the son of Donald R. Bowen Sr.  and the late Anna Foltz Magee. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fran Magee.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during Vietnam. He was a member of the Patriot Guard and American Legion Post 108. He enjoyed drawing and riding his Harley. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pamela Bowen; three children, Becky Lovell of Seneca, S.C., Jaime Traver of Rabun Gap, Ga., and Karen Beck and husband Corey of Clayton, Ga.; three sisters; two brothers; four grandchildren, Derek Traver (Krystin), Chelsea Clifton, Lindsi Grace Moore and Madison Roseberry; three great grandchildren, Elijah, Aaron and Maxwell Traver and many extended family and friends.

A celebration of life was held Sunday, Feb. 4, at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Mike Chastain officiating with full military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Dretrice ‘D.L.’ Lagran Causey

Dretrice ‘D.L.’ Lagran Causey

Dretrice “D.L.” Lagran Causey, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

Born in Miami Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Palton L. Causey and Verona Smith Causey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Charles Causey. D.L. was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired Dade County, Florida, fire fighter where he served 30 years in the Metro Dade area. He attended Riverside Fellowship Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Olga Ethel Rasky Causey; three children, Michael L. Causey (Mary) of Stuart, Fla., Steven K. Causey of Franklin, formerly of Eagle River, Alaska, and Melanie C. Kerchenski (Mike) of Corona, Calif.; one brother, Lehman Causey of Greensboro, N.C.; three grandchildren, Lisa Santana, Jenelle Weston, Michelle Causey; seven great grandchildren, Conner Weston, Alex Santana Jr., Karoleena Santana, Janelly Perrera, Yan Perrera, Colton Weston and Matt Santana and Honey II, his beloved beagle.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Riverside Fellowship Church or one’s favorite charity.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Edgar Wayne Mashburn

Edgar Wayne Mashburn

Edgar Wayne Mashburn, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Born in Macon County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Henry and Ruth Angel Mashburn. He was married for 51 years to Armanda Woody Mashburn who preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 2017.

He worked many years in carpet and textile manufacturing at Rabun Mills. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he enjoyed gardening, and rabbit hunting.

Survivors include his sons, Mitchell Wayne Mashburn of Franklin, Kenneth Darrell Mashburn (Donna) of Charlotte and John Stanley Leland of Georgia; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one brother, Gene Mashburn of Alabama and his mother-in-law, Pauline Woody Carver of Walhalla, S.C.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at 12 noon in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 to 12 noon prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Grady Sherrill Mathis

Grady Sherrill Mathis

Grady Sherrill Mathis, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Born in Asheville, N.C., he was the son of the late Hiram and Lola Mae Mathis. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Grady Mathis; two sisters, Cora Mae Hughes and Ernestine James and three brothers, R.L., Vet and Fred. He loved racing and building hot rods.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bernice Phillips Mathis; three children, Buddy Mathis (Donna) of Franklin, Tammy Mathis of Canton, and Fred “P-Nut” Mathis of Franklin; brother, Jerry Mathis of Canton; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Michael Stephens officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Merrien Youpel

Merrien Youpel

Merrien Youpel, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2018.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Peter and Monia Novadnik. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Youpel. She worked as a reservation specialist for Eastern Airlines. She enjoyed gardening and was Catholic by faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice Sontag (Carl Bruce) of Franklin; two grandchildren, Kelley Bates (Ricky) and Kenneth Sontag, both of Franklin; four great grandchildren, Payton Sontag, Violet, Kelsie and Scott Elliott and seven great-great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

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.

Jean Bryson Moses

Jean Bryson Moses

Jean Bryson Moses, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. She was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of the late Joseph Taylor and Viola Margaret Tallent Bryson. She was married to Billy U. Moses who preceded her in death in 2003.

She graduated high school in Japan while her father served in the military. She worked at Blue Bell manufacturing and later worked as a cashier at WalMart. She had a heart of gold and her husband and family were the loves of her life. She loved the Lord. She enjoyed playing bingo, knitting, crocheting, bowling and selflessly caring for others.

Survivors include her son, Larry Moses of Franklin; her daughter, Donna Moses Walker of Franklin; grandchildren, Richard Moses of Cullowhee and Latisha Moses Parker (Andy) of Sylva; four great grandchildren, Trenton, Cameron, Aiden and Madilyn and a brother, Ronnie Coffey of Walhalla, S.C.

A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 29, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating. Burial followed in Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tony Ashe, Andy Parker, Clay Cogdill, Dewayne Cabe, Colin Bard and Buster Tallent.

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

Margaret Reardon Kolakowski

Margaret Reardon Kolakowski, 79, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. She was born in South Windsor, Conn., on Sept. 20, 1938. She is the daughter of the late James and Vera Reardon. She was a graduate of U-Conn University nursing school. She enjoyed Logic puzzles and reading her Kindle.

She leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Edwin M. Kolakowski; a son, Michael J. Kolakowski of West Union, S.C.; a brother, James F. Reardon; and nephews Kurt, Kevin and Jeffery Reardon.

Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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