Obits for January 18, 2017

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Wade M. Keener

Wade M. Keener

Wade M. Keener, 81, passed away peacefully in Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 3, 2018.

He is survived by his four children, sons-in-law, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was born and raised in Franklin, N.C.  He was a master carpenter and retired from Fairfax County Public Schools after a long career as a senior building inspector. He was smart, hardworking, a great story teller, a faithful and opinionated man with a wonderful sense of humor and mischievous smile. He loved the mountains, fishing, watching westerns and baseball, eating cake and ice cream and loved the time he spent with family and friends.

A funeral service is scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church, Franklin. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A reception will follow at the church. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to Compassus Hospice Care 14900 Conference Center Dr. Suite 170 Chantilly, VA  20151.

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

Harry Philip Rowland

Harry Philip Rowland

Harry Philip Rowland, 83 of Franklin, N.C., went to be with his Heavenly Father surrounded by family at his home on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. He was a lifelong resident of Franklin, the son of the late Harry P. and Nannie S. Parrish Rowland. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John William and James Pinkerton Rowland, and sisters, Melba Kate Hardwick, Mary Almona Slaughter, Pauline Holland, and Jacklyn Sue Sergenti and grandson, Robert Philip Rowland.

He attended Macon County Schools and was a member of Franklin Church of Christ. He loved people and was a servant to many, as he delivered gas and repaired stoves across Western North Carolina from 1963 to 2010.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Vera Nadine Stevens Rowland. To their union were born four children who survive, sons, Stephen Philip Rowland (Sharon) of Raleigh, N.C., William Martin Rowland (Janet), of Franklin, and Robert Keith Rowland (Sonya) of Leicester, N.C., and daughter, Rhonda Lee Swearingen (Dean Grewe) of Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren who were the loves of his life including Erica Sanders, of Memphis, Tenn., Brooke Sanders of Okla., Seth Rowland (Lindsey), of Franklin, Andrew Rowland and fiancée Katlyn Selbee, of Greenville, N.C., LClp. Benjamin Rowland, of California, Sophia Rowland of Carrboro, and Riley Rowland, of Cullowhee; three great grandchildren, Cayden, Ava, and Blake Sanders; brother, Daniel Boone Rowland (Lorraine) of Macon, Ga., sisters, Shirley Palmer of Franklin and Nancy Jane Shropshire of Miss.

A celebration of Harry’s life was held Sunday, Jan. 14, at Franklin Church of Christ. He was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Franklin Church of Christ.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wilde and his staff, Mission Hospital surgical staff and Neurology Unit, Rathbun House, and Care Partners Hospice for their care during his illness.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

William ‘Bill’ Scott Smith

William ‘Bill’ Scott Smith

William “Bill” Scott Smith, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Born in Homestead, Fla., he was the son of the late Scott Ivan Smith and Fannie Morgan Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Eileen Smith. He retired after 35 years from Florida Power and Light. He was a former member of the Agricultural Council of Dade County, former member of Homestead Chamber of Commerce and member of the Florida City Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid orchid grower. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and the Methodist Men’s Prayer Breakfast.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Billie Jean Carpenter Smith; two children, William Steven Smith and wife Janet of Lewisville, N.C., and Candace Gale Hoppner of Winston Salem, N.C.; three grandchildren, Caroline Smith Holtmann and husband Andrew, Kathryn Smith Alexander and husband Hal and Melissa Hoppner Beasley and husband Ronald; two great grandchildren, Chase Holtmann and Mary Elizabeth “Liza” Holtmann.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at Bethel United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Bethel UMC Men’s Prayer Breakfast.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Johnny Michael Voyles

Johnny Michael Voyles, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Born in Springfield, Mo., he was the son of the late Tommy and Jessie Voyles.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Penny Voyles and a sister, Charlene Voyles.

He is survived by two daughters, Freda Bruce of Franklin and Jennifer Martin of Missiouri; two sons, Michael Voyles of Missiouri and Luther Stinnett of Franklin; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Stephen Charles Higdon

Stephen Charles Higdon

Stephen Charles Higdon, 51, of Pontiac, Mich., son of Judith and Charles Higdon, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

He received his associates degree from Oakland Community College and was a Master Mechanic; he worked as supervisor at Wal-Mart Automotive Department for many years. He was an avid sports fan and will be remembered as a “gentle giant.” He was a member of Oakland Avenue Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Nancy Bohn and husband Charlie of Knob Noster, Missouri and Carrie Benway and husband Anthony of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; several beloved nieces and nephews and many extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. John Raby will officiate. Burial will be in Roper Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Justin Kolodziejczak, Bryan Higdon, Jordan Dixon, Charlie Bohn, Luke Dixon, Anthony Benway, David Higdon, Jim Higdon and George Higdon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Michael ‘Mikey’ Aaron Crisp

Michael ‘Mikey’ Aaron Crisp

Michael “Mikey” Aaron Crisp, 63, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Edna Norton Crisp of Highlands and the late Henderson Guy Crisp. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Leesa Scott Crisp. Well known for his musical abilities, he was an accomplished musician and could play almost any instrument well. He was quite well known for his musical abilities and played many different genres as well as jazz and blue grass and played with many bands in Highlands and other areas. He was an electrician and plumber as well as an all around handyman who could repair almost anything.  He was always there when anyone needed his help. He loved being outside, where he saw God in nature and music. He loved gardening and being on his tractor and was a member of First Baptist Church, Highlands.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judith Elizabeth “Beth” Crisp of Highlands; two brothers, Jack Henderson Crisp and Charles Stanley Crisp both of Highlands; mother-in-law, Mozelle Edwards of Highlands; brother-in-law, James Edwards of Snellville, Ga.; nephew, David Crisp and his wife, Alyson Baumrucker of Scaly Mtn. and niece, Clara Beth Crisp of Mt. Rest, S.C.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Highlands School, In Memory of Mike Crisp, to benefit the High School Music Program, C/O Annette Jenkins, Pierson Drive, Highlands High School, Highlands, NC  28741,

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Lois Lee Bowser

Lois Lee Bowser, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Born in Monroe, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Paul Cooke and Bertie McCraney Cooke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Klopfer; her second husband, James Arthur Bowser; son, Bruce Klopfer; step-daughter, Carol Ann Bowser; one brother, Jack; three step-brothers, Robert and Ronald Cooke and Richard Ward. Lois was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two children, Deborah “Debbie” Greb of Franklin and Charles “Chuck” Klopfer of Franklin; two step-sons, Eddie Bowser of Long Island, N.Y., and Jimmy Bowser of North Carolina; one step-daughter, Janet Sirel of North Carolina; eight grandchildren and one great grandson, Blaze McCarthy.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Bethel United Methodist Church,

81 Bethel Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Anthony Weeks

Ronald Anthony Weeks, 61, of Otto,  N.C., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Born in Mobile, Ala., he was the son of Faye Berry Weeks of Florida and the late Ronald King Weeks. He loved fishing, reading, Facebook and surfing the internet. He especially loved his grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children, Anna Weeks of Franklin and Brendan Shreve of Asheville; nine grandchildren and numerous cousins.

No services will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to organizations that help with substance abuse recovery and support.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Burrell Jackson Giddens

Burrell Jackson Giddens

Burrell Jackson Giddens, 100, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

Born in Plainfield, Ga., he was the son of the late Burrell Jackson Giddens and Nellie McConnell Giddens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilu Watkins Giddens and brother, Aubrey Giddens. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. Before joining the military, he worked as a butcher and later worked as an air traffic controller for the FAA. He enjoyed square dancing and was a “caller.” He was a member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by three children, Cheryl Kay Schrock and husband Larry of Franklin, Paulette Hunt of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. and Jack Giddens and wife Debbie of Richmond Hill, Ga.; sister, Hilda Pruitt of Decatur, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jack Jarrett officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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