Obits for July 27, 2017

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Joseph Harwood

Joseph Harwood

Joseph Harwood, 87, of Franklin, N.C., and Deland, Fla., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017.

Born in Huntington, W.Va., he was the son of the late Stewart and Beatrice Moruney Harwood.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Edward Harwood and two sisters, AnneByrne Hodapp and MaryBly Jennngs.

He was in the fiberglass and boating industry for more than 40 years. His passion was boats and boat racing which led to him owning Harwood Marine in Winter Park, Fla. He later managed numerous boat manufacturing facilities and pioneered boat hull designs still in use today. While employed by a marine company, he designed and built one of the first fiberglass truck tops which later became known as Glasstite. At the time, it was considered one of the finest truck toppers available. He and his wife later opened Leclaire Marble together in Sanford, Fla. They provided custom cultured marble to some of the most exclusive homes and neighborhoods in Central Florida. After selling their business, he and his wife retired to the mountains of Franklin where he opened a gun shop which allowed him to follow his second passion which was firearms and hunting. The gun shop was later sold and is still in business. Selling the gun shop allowed him and his wife to travel and spend time with their kids and grandkids which was his greatest joy later in life.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Lenz Harwood; seven children, Henrick Harwood (Mary), John Harwood (Sharon), Teresa Harwood, James Harwood (Lisa), Karin Roberts (Buddy), Susan Gibbs (Todd) and Rachel Houghton (David); two brothers, B. Thomas Harwood and James Harwood; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Franklin, on Thursday, July 27, at 6 p.m.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Jayne Mason Hammer

Jayne Mason Hammer

Jayne Mason Hammer, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Born in Elkin, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Blume Lloyd Mason and Elva Matthews Mason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles K. Hammer. She was a proud registered nurse. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sisters, Anne Messer Rolfe of Franklin, Linda Kinley of Yadkinville and Catherine M. James and husband Bob of Franklin; nieces and nephews, Rodger Messer, Lynn Berdan, Joy C. Kinley, Gene Kinley, Robert James Jr. (Sarah Johnson), Abigail J. Friedling, Nathan R. James and Julie G. Jacobs; and great nephews, Eric James and James Friedling.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Beam will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:15-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

James Coleman ‘Cole’ Stamey

James Coleman ‘Cole’ Stamey

James Coleman “Cole” Stamey, 31, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Born in Gastonia, N.C., he was the son of James Scott Stamey and Cynthia Dowdle Stamey. In addition to his parents, he is survived by grandparents, Sherill and Mary Ellen Stamey and Mark and Judy Dowdle; his brother, Tyler Stamey (Alison) of Sylva and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There were many things that Coleman enjoyed in his life and many things he did well. Among the most important was reading; he was an avid reader, incredibly smart and during the many conversations he shared with friends and family some might even say philosophical. His love for movies, his extensive movie collection, and his ability to quote nearly every movie he had ever seen will be remembered. A taste for “real country music” and a respect for guns paid tribute to his southern roots. To those lucky enough to know him, he was often the funniest person they knew; there was never a dull moment with Cole. Always greeted with a warm embrace and a genuine smile, his heart was truly reflected by his physical appearance; he was a big man with an even bigger heart. As many people knew, Cole had his share of struggles. We are not naïve by remembering the good but his struggles did not define him nor his life. He will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his kindness, his humor and his heart. He was a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, but most of all, Coleman was a child of God. He is now free of all his struggles and through the pain we rejoice in knowing we will be together again one day.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 22, at Prentiss Church of God. Rev. Kevin Chapman, Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiated. Burial was in the Addington Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Rogers, Cody Rogers, Brett Anderson, Nick Anderson, Joey Raby, James Stamey, Jeremy McConnell, Chase Holland, Chris Gibbs and Rocky Patillo. Mark Dowdle served as Honorary Pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Library, Friends of the Library, c/o Loretta Holland, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Donald Frank Schulz

Donald Frank Schulz, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 24, 2017.  He was born in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Edward and Renial Troost Schulz.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had worked as a foreman for Bethlehem Steel.  He was Lutheran by faith.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Mary Schulz and three sons, Lawrence Schulz, Roger Schulz and Rodney Schulz.

He is survived by his daughters, Catherine Trepany, Deborah Pokorny, Christine Schulz, Sharon Schulz, Joanne Bielaczyc and Jennifer Holm; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

No services are planned at this time.

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

Norman W. Hickey

Norman W. Hickey

Norman W. Hickey, 89, of Franklin, N.C., and South Daytona, Fla., passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Born in Belleville, N.J., he was the son of the late John Hickey and Jeanette Gebhard Hickey.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Roy.

He had an incredible life. After having a rough time with school as a young boy, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17.  There he served as an aide for Adm. Walter Delany.  Adm. Delany insisted he continue his education after he completed his service.  Norman was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. After obtaining his high school degree, he attended Penn State University where he played football under Rip Engle and developed  lifelong friendships with the assistant coach, Joe Paterno and defensive lineman Rosie Grier. After graduating in two and one half years, he attended The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania on a fellowship and obtained an advanced degree in government administration. While in his first job out of college in Fort Lauderdale, he met Dolores Jacobs on a blind date.  Six months later they got married which has lasted more than 61 years.  During his career, he has served as city manager for Daytona Beach, Fla., Titusville, Fla., St. Petersburg, Fla., and County Administrator for Hillsborough County, Fla., and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for San Diego County, Calif.  His overseas service included work as an advisor under William E. Colby in Vietnam, an advisor with USAID in Bogota, Colombia, and as the director of the Peace Corp in The Republic of Georgia. He was highly regarded in the local government community; he received numerous awards for his work as well as serving as the president of the International City/County Administrators Association.  Norman and Dolores’s place of retreat was Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dolores Jacobs Hickey; son, Chris Hickey and wife Anita of Houston, Texas, and one grandson, Johnathan Daniel Hickey.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 25, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Guy Duvall officiated.  Burial was in the Ridgecrest Baptist Church with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

A reception and gathering will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ridgecrest Baptist Church, C/O Evelyn Southard, 35 Childers Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Sgt. 1st Class Franklin Maurice Thompson

Sgt. 1st Class Franklin Maurice Thompson

Sgt. First Class Franklin Maurice Thompson, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, at Mission St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville, N.C., surrounded by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Rowland Thompson, his children, family and friends.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of Marie Fonde of Cleveland, Tenn., and the late John Franklin Thompson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna R. Worthington; step-father, Doug Fonde; maternal grandparents, Foster and Dolly Rodden and paternal grandparents, Mark and Belle Thompson.

A long time Franklin resident and local business owner of John Boy Exterminating, he was a successful entrepreneur. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and honorably served during the Vietnam and Iraq wars as well as retired from the U.S. Army National Guard.  He was a loving husband, father and friend who will be greatly missed.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by his daughter, Leah Schrader and husband Ryan of Franklin; his son, Franklin Chase Thompson of the home; three granddaughters, Haylynn, Adyson and Skyler Schrader; mother-in law, Betty Panther Rowland of Franklin; brother, Gary Thompson and his wife Sarah of Murphy, N.C.; sister, Annette Curtis and husband Cale of Murphy; sisters and brothers-in law, Henry and Georgett Gordon of Seguin, Texas, Danny and Diane Rowland of Milledgeville, Ga., Teresa Aaron of Murphy, Allen and Ann Rowland of Tunnel Hill, Ga., Larry and DJ Williams of Cleveland, Tenn., Jon and Martha Bradford of Dalton, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special recognition to several groups and families who have been like family over the years; Paul Duvall, Mike Shaw, his military family of the Troop A 278th Armored Calvary Regiment, Cleveland, Tenn., the 210th Military Police Company, BJ Thompson, the Haven Family, the Freimuth Family, Josh Drake and family, Carnell Moore and family, all former business and banking associates and his bowling family of Franklin Lanes.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, at Mt. Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Don Bates officiated with full military rites conducted by the National Guard Honor Guard. Burial was held at Rowland Hills Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Peachtree Community, Marble.

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

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Nora Lynn Welch Voce

Nora Lynn Welch Voce, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 24, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Linda Sue Ammons (Earl) of Atlanta, Ga., and the late Gary Ervin Welch. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Andy Welch and one sister, Claudia Griffith. She was a U.S. Army veteran and a Christian by faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Trevelan Voce of Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, Christopher Welch (Erin) of Franklin; nieces and nephew, Angela, Brandon, Vanessa and Hera; and one great nephew.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Molly Philo

Molly Philo, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

She was born Dec. 5, 1945, in Winston Salem to Spruill Thornton and Ruth Hester Thornton. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her stepfather, Dr. Lundie Calvin Ogburn, her brother ,Tom and his wife Nicka Thornton; and her brother-in-law, Barry Joyce.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Steven Philo of Franklin; her son, Leonard Philo of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; a sister, Elizabeth Thornton of Winston-Salem; a brother, Calvin Ogburn and his wife Lou of Tallahassee, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Diane Joyce of Madison, N.C., and six nieces and nephews.

She grew up in Winston-Salem. She attended R. J. Reynolds High School where she was a class officer, cheerleader, and voted “Friendliest” her senior year.

She had been with her husband for 57 years since she started dating him her sophomore year in high school.  After her senior year, she followed him north and attended Drew University in Madison, N.J., until he graduated from the Military Academy at West Point. They were married in Winston-Salem on July 31, 1965, and soon after, began their military career together which took them to Fort Benning, Ga., twice; Baltimore, Md., twice, and Munich, Germany.  She returned to Winston-Salem for a year while Steve was in Vietnam, and attended Wake Forest University.  Over a 35-year span, in addition to attending Drew and Wake Forest, she attended Palm Beach Jr. College, the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany, Southwestern Community College to become a drug and alcohol counselor, and Western Carolina University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  She was often congratulated on squeezing a four-year degree into 35 years.

As her son Len attended school, she could not have been more active as a teacher’s aide, PTA officer, fund raiser, and student advocate.  She never missed one of Len’s soccer or basketball games, or his track or cross country meets, while he played four sports in high school.  She was one of four founders of the youth soccer program in Franklin and served on the board of directors for REACH in Franklin.  She often volunteered for charities preferring to work anonymously and filling jobs that needed done, which no one else would do.  She was an active 34-year member of Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous where she worked with, sponsored, and supported countless people in recovery – young and old.  Her impact in helping others find a better life is being felt and spread today.  In this way, she is not only remembered, but she also lives on.

Whether intentionally or just naturally she personified the philosophy of, “It’s more important for you to be happy than it is for me to be happy.”  She went out of her way to praise others or make them feel better, but she did this effortlessly, and she wrote countless letters to business managers telling them one of their employees had helped her or had given her friendly or courteous service.

The family wants to thank the Macon County Senior Center and Four Seasons Hospice for the loving care Molly received in her last years.  They provided her with the care and love she showed others.

This is a better world because Molly was here, and will continue to be a better world because of the way she lived and loved.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

John ‘Bob’ Andrews

John ‘Bob’ Andrews

A memorial service will be held for John (Bob) Andrews on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m.

The service will be held at Wayah Bald Tower.  Friends and family are welcome.

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