Obits for March 15, 2018

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William Albert Jackle

William Albert Jackle

William Albert Jackle, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 5, 2018.

Born in Glen Ridge, N.J., he was the son of the late Albert Michael Jackle and Mary Messer Jackle.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Fey Jackle; son, Peter Albert Jackle and two sisters, Alberta Phillips and Marjorie “Midge” Ewer.  He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, N.J., in 1944; graduated U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1947 with a commission as Ensign in U.S. Naval Reserve and served years as third mate for U.S.S. Lines, serving the Far East and Australia. He returned to college and did undergraduate work in chemistry at Penn State University and Drexel University. He holds several patents in polyurethane chemistry in the U.S. and foreign countries. He retired from Thiokol Chemical Company as a research scientist also worked several years as a private consultant in chemistry.  After retirement he devoted his time to Habitat for Humanity, Hospice and Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by three children, Michael George Jackle of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jackie Potts (Richard) of Franklin and Ann Orlomoski (John) of Canterbury, Conn.; granddaughter, Brandi Fey Jones and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Vito’s Pizza, 607 Highlands Road, Franklin.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Tammy Green Hauer

Tammy Green Hauer

Tammy Green Hauer, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the Homer and Sharon Doyle Green.  She graduated from Franklin High School in 1988 and was an active member of FHS band boosters; was a member of First Christian Church and worked at Macon Valley Nursing Home.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 22 years, David Hauer; two children, Rebecca Hauer and James Lee Hauer both of Franklin; three sisters, Teresa Pecoraro, Tracy Mace and Catherine Clemons all of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at First Christian Church. Rev. Matt Kolodzik and Rev. Brian Holland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Aydelotte, William Kernecki, Terris Hauer, Nick Meher, Michael Meher Jr. and Michael Meher, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC  28734, to help with funeral expenses.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Master Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Eugene Walker

Master Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Eugene Walker

Master Sgt. William “Bill” Eugene Walker, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

One thing that was forever true about Bill is that he loved the Lord. As a preacher, he taught his church how to lead a life that was acceptable and honoring of the Lord. As a man away from the pulpit, he did the same by living the way he spoke and taught on Sundays.

His other love was his wife, Mary. It was a love that continued long after her passing in 2011. He became a step father to her children, Betty Jo, Richard and Ron and a step grandfather to their children. He took on this role without trepidation and became yet another example for others to follow. When his grandchildren were younger, he loved to sit along the Withlacoochee River in Florida where he and Mary lived at the time and cut up hot dogs and use them for bait and fish all day. The lesson of patience and life he taught them allowed them to become the wonderful men and women they are today.

After moving to the Franklin area in 2004, he soon continued those lessons in life with the new people he met and friendships forged. From the church goers and people in his neighborhood all the way to the staff at his favorite restaurant, Shoney’s.

He will be missed by many, but the stories he told and lessons he taught throughout his many years will love on through those he crossed paths with and touched along the way.

The Lord got back one of the good ones the other day!

He served as a pastor for 10 years at Clewiston Gospel Ministries in Clewiston, Fla. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as Master Sergeant and oversaw the motor pool.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hudson Walker and seven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by three children, Betty Jo Wood (Rupert) of Franklin, Richard Copher (Pamela Peterson) and Ronald Copher (Brenda Hatton) both of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Morris Tippett and Rev. Gary McCoy will officiate. Burial will be in Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Marshall and Doris Lovedahl, 405 Tellico Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

James ‘Sam’ Myers

James “Sam” Myers, 67, passed away March 10, 2018. He was born Nov. 26, 1950,  in Wilcox County, Georgia, to the late Jim and Eloween Stubbs Myers.

He was an auto mechanic and he loved to make people laugh and be happy.

Survivors include his companion of 18 years, Meredith Lakes; a daughter, Jamie Myers of Clyde; a son, Jeremy Myers (Heather) of Waynesville; grandchildren, Kendall Myers, Liliana Myers, Kayley Myers; sisters, Elaine Myers and Rhonda Myers and brothers, Johnny Myers, Max Myers, Melvin Myers and Ronnie Myers.

No services are planned at this time.

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

Frank D. R. Corpening

Frank D. R. Corpening

Frank D. R. Corpening, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018.  He was born in Macon County, the son of the late William Robert Corpening and Myrtle Lewis Corpening.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Corpening who died in 2008.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a cook at the hospital for many years, he loved his job and he loved to walk.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a faithful member of Prentiss Church of God.

Survivors include his three children, Kevin Corpening and his wife Colleen, Keith Corpening and Teresa Corpening all of Franklin; one grandchild, W. R. Corpening of Franklin; a sister, Jane Brannon (Curtis) of Charleston, W.Va.; niece and nephew, Pam and Mark Brannon both of Charleston, W.Va.; nieces and nephews, Gene Corpening (Ovie) of Toccoa, Ga., Betty Justice (Doug) of Kentucky, Connie Corpening, Kathy Corpening, and Marty Smith (Ed) all of Georgia, Jimmy Thurmond (Linda) of Franklin and Joe Thurmond (Terry) of Georgia.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde, Rob, Burt and George Corpening and two sisters, Kay Corpening and Kate Arnold.

A funeral service was held Sunday, March 11, in the chapel of Bryant­‑Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Chapman and Rev. Don Moffitt officiating. A military graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery by the American Legion Post 108 and VFW Post 7339.  Pallbearers were John Cook, Dewayne Smith, Karl Gillespie, Lyman Holland, Jimmy Thurmond and Christopher Wright.

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

Robin Marie Ehrenkaufer

Robin Marie Ehrenkaufer

Robin Marie Ehrenkaufer, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Norma Gene (Gustin) Spencer of Franklin, and the late Andrew Long. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved people and loved gardening and canning to give it away to those in need. She was a homemaker and a fantastic seamstress, making quilts and costumes. She attended Franklin Covenant Church.  In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Harold Spencer, and brothers, Sandy Long and Dennis Long.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Ken Ehrenkaufer; children, Tiffanie Smith (Ryan) of Fort Mill, S.C., Misty Wyen, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tawnya Hoppe (Matt) of Franklin, Kim Ehrenkaufer of Memphis, Tenn., Ryan Ehrenkaufer (Polly) of Franklin and Tina Swygart of Springfield, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sister Linda Seegraves (Bill) of Crossville, Tenn.

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 10, at Franklin Covenant Church, with Rev. John Makinson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked any donations to be sent to Franklin Covenant Church, Attn: Missionaries, in Robin Ehrenkaufer’s name. Alternatively, she would have loved for you to plant a seed with your loved ones in her memory given her love of gardening.

BryantGrant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ehrenkaufer family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfunerahome.com.

Joanna Mae Rogers

Joanna Mae Rogers

Joanna Mae Rogers, 93, of Franklin, N..C., passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Born in Cook County, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Katie Tanis VanWeelden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Rogers and a sister, Katie Borgman. She was a member of and served on the chair at Snowhill UMC for 30 years where she also taught Sunday School. She was a past president of the PTA, Lion’s Club officer, president of the Rose Creek Extension Homemakers Club and volunteered at Angel Medical Center. Most recently, she attended Franklin First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by four children, Robert C. Rogers of New York City, N.Y., Jeffrey D. Rogers and wife Kim of Tampa, Fla., Joyce Ann Rogers of Franklin and Judith K. Colvin and husband Jim of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in law, Bette Beaman of Pineville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Beam and Rev. Margaret Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in the Snowhill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Nick Colvin, Thomas Colvin, Benjamin Espiritu, Jack Davis, Roy Heinz, Steve Rickman and Geoffrey Gregory. Great grandsons will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Snowhill UMC Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Teressa Lynn Curtis

Teressa Lynn Curtis

Teressa Lynn Curtis, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 9, 2018.

Born in Kittery, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Charles Curtis Jr. and Georgia Ann Moffitt Curtis.  She previously worked for Macon County Senior Services as coordinator for Meals on Wheels.  She enjoyed playing softball and volleyball and loved animals.

She is survived by three brothers, Johnny Curtis (Kelly) of Minot, N.D., Floyd Curtis (Renee) of Poolville, Texas, and Tommy Curtis (Jan) of Franklin; sister, Sandy Smith (Eddie) of Franklin; stepmother, Edna Curtis of Sylva; stepsister, Barbara Sitton of Sylva; numerous nieces, nephews, and their children, all of whom she loved dearly, including a special nephew, James Smith (Brooke) and their children of Franklin.  She had many friends who she loved dearly, who also survive.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Clyde Johnson

Thomas Clyde Johnson, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Born in Florida, he was the son of Stanley Clyde Johnson and Johnnie Ruth Williams Johnson. He was a talented musician and enjoyed playing the guitar.

He is survived by five children, Katy Woodall of Franklin, Sarah Johnson of Leicester, N.C., Tommy Johnson of Franklin and Daniel Perry and Shai Perry both of Georgia; one sister, Patti Johnson of Atlanta, Ga.; three brothers, David, George and Jerry Johnson, all of Florida; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

No services have been planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Lisa T. Crowe

Lisa T. Crowe

Lisa T. Crowe, 59, of Highlands, N.C., died on Feb. 23, 2018, at her home. She was the daughter of the late John and Virginia and Mae Tucker.  Mimi had a heart of gold and a laughter that could make anyone smile.  She was a friend to anyone that met her.  She was a hard worker who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and especially had a fondness for the beach.   She also enjoyed living in the mountains surrounded by wildlife.

She is survived by her daughter, Heather Dalton (Paul) of Highlands; two very loved grandchildren Camren and Russell Dalton of Highlands; sister, Leslie Tucker of Glenville and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 17, at 11 at Grace Community Church with Rev. Steve Doerter and Jennifer Forrester officiating.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Dalton family.

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