Obits for October 19, 2017

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Albert Lemuel Justice

Albert Lemuel Justice

Albert Lemuel Justice, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. He was born in Macon County, Dec. 5, 1943, to the late Ralph and Ruby Buchanan Justice. He worked in the shipping and receiving department of Burlington Industries and Fruit of the Loom.

He enjoyed gardening and coon hunting and he was a lifetime member of the Macon County Coon Hunters Association. He was a lifetime member of Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Penny Justice; his son, Harold Justice (Cindy) of Franklin; daughter of his heart, Leslie Jones Stainback (Mike) of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Trevor Justice and Laney Justice both of Franklin and James Stainback and Thomas Stainback both of Greensboro; and one brother, Wayne Justice of Franklin.

A funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 16, at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kelly Dotson officiating. Burial followed in Wright Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Bell, Jimmy Henry, Bill Harkins, Ray Rogers, Ronnie Keener and Russ Ashburn. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Cabe, Buck Chastain, Bob Henry, Morris Stiwinter, Calvin Rogers and the members of Macon County Coon Hunters Association.

Memorial donations may be made to Dryman’s Chapel Youth Program, c/o LeAnn Muse, 216 Tom McDowell Dr., Otto, NC 28763 or Franklin High School Class of 1962, c/o Carolyn Cabe, 550 Silver Spruce Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Justice family.

Charles Albert Nicholas

Charles Albert Nicholas

Charlie Albert Nicholas, 66, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 5. He was born on July 10, 1951, in Louisville, Ky., where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering after high school. He moved to Florida and was employed by Harris Corporation where he worked on components of one of the space shuttles and the Hubble Space telescope. After moving to Franklin he worked as an electrician. He loved God and loved people. He was a member of Discover Church. He always considered his family his greatest accomplishment and source of pride. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Mattingly of Louisville.

He is survived by his sister, Jan Zaepfel, of Louisville; his wife, traveling buddy, and project manager, Debbie Garvey; and his children, Jason and Brandi Nicholas of Richmond, Va., Jessica and Anthony Sequoia, of Cherokee, and Lewis and Nancy Nicholas, also of Cherokee, as well as stepchildren Trevor and Nicole Garvey, Tiffany and Chad Clower, both of Florida, and Tyler and Rachel Garvey, of Charlotte, N.C. His greatest blessing was being Pappy to his 15 grandchildren, Jonah and Jada Nicholas, Bella and Luca Crawford, Shawn Sequoia, Ashlyne and Owen Nicholas, Kira, Kate, and Timothy Garvey, Austin Cox, Grady, Grace, and Ellie Clower, and Naomi Garvey. He was an amazing father, grandfather, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

William Vance (Bill) Cansler

William Vance (Bill) Cansler, 92, passed away on Oct. 11, 2017.  Born in Macon County on May 10, 1925, he was the son of the late Zeb and Hallie Tippett Cansler.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ruby Baldwin Cansler; an infant son, Freddie Cansler; an infant sister, Elizabeth Cansler and brother, Lewis Cansler.

He was a 1942 graduate of Franklin High School and attended Blanton’s Business College in Asheville. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 – 1946 as an Aviation Radioman and Machine Gunner on a PB4Y2 patrol bomber.  He worked at Nantahala Power & Light Company for 40 years beginning as an accountant and retiring as purchasing manager.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church having served as a deacon and church clerk.  He was a member of Gideons International for many years. He was an assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster for Troop 221, Boy Scouts of America and was selected the Scoutmaster of the Year for the Daniel Boone Council in 1968. He was a volunteer for the Medication Assistance Program until age 91 and provided more than 2,000 hours of service.

He loved people and never met a stranger.  He loved to farm, tinker with machinery and electronics, and raise cattle.

He is survived by one daughter, Jane C Kimsey of Franklin, N.C.; two sons, William Dan Cansler of Sylva, N.C., and Robert E “Bob” Cansler and wife Loretta of Concord, N.C.; four grandchildren, Rebecca C Hunter (Robbie) of Concord, Sarah K Shearl (Allen) of Franklin, Reece W Kimsey of Charleston, S.C., and Danielle C Harris (Jeremy) of Sylva; four great-grandsons, Cameron and Weston Shearl, Mason and Noah Hunter; and one expected great granddaughter,  Olivia Harris, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at First Baptist Church of Franklin. A military graveside committal followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Mark West, Greg Kinsland, David Kinsland, John Cansler, Johnny Waldroop, Matt Ledbetter, Matthew West, and Adam Waldroop.  Honorary Pallbearers were former Boy Scouts.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Cansler family.

Roberta Keener Tate Dendy

Roberta Keener Tate Dendy

Roberta Keener Tate Dendy, 91, passed away Thursday, Oct.12, 2017.

She was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Will L. Keener and Nettie Ray Keener. She was married to her first husband, John Phil Tate, Sr., who preceded her in 1979 and her second husband, Clyde A. Dendy, who preceded her in 2000. Mrs. Dendy along with her first husband Phil owned and operated several restaurants in Highlands. Roberta loved to cook, travel, garden, and visit with family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Highlands and grew up in the Goldmine Baptist Church in her younger years.

Survivors include her sons, John Phil Tate, Jr. (Anne) and James W. Tate (Susan) both of Highlands, NC; two grandchildren, Jim Tate (Allison)  and John P. Tate, III; two great‑grandchildren, Ethan Tate and Eliza Tate; and two sisters, Ella Mae Zoellner of Highlands and Betty Dills (Johnnie) of Payton, CO.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; and two brothers, Len Ray Keener and Lee Keener.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Goldmine Baptist Church with the Rev. Perry Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00‑3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorials can be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Dr., Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Dendy family.

Ronald Robert Roy

Ronald Robert Roy, 66, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.

Born in Manchester, N.H., he was the son of the late Adrien E. Roy and Theresa Dargie Roy. Ronald was a U.S. Navy and Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy L. Charest Roy; two sons, Ryan R. Roy and Raymond R. Roy; two brothers, Laurent Roy and Paul Roy Sr.; three sisters, Linda Savoie, Janet Gagnon and Tina Lindhe; five grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held in New Hampshire.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Ann Scholtens Cannon

Patricia Ann Scholtens Cannon

Patricia Ann Scholtens Cannon, went home to glory on Sunday, Oct. 8, surrounded by her beloved family and close friends, following a 10-year and one day battle with cancer.

She was born on Sunday, June 20, 1948 in Joliet, Ill., to Albert and Carolyn (Johnson) Scholtens. She attended Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College in Wheaton, Il.

She took up photography in her early 20s and was a talented photographer working for a local newspaper in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

She was also an accomplished seamstress and tailor. When she married Michael in 1973, combined with her eye for design and beauty, they partnered together in their clothing business, Jeans South Inc. making it a great success.

She and Michael opened their second store in Highlands, N.C., where they owned a summer home and Mike was involved in developing commercial and residential properties.

In 1982, she retired from full-time oversight of Jeans South, when her long-awaited daughter, Kelly Joy, was born. Kelly was followed by the birth of her precious brother, David James, in 1984.

While she had many talents and interests, her real passion was in teaching and reaching others with the gospel. Her heart for children was combined with her love for Jesus, and she wrote and developed programs and teaching materials that were used throughout the world. Her curriculum has reached well over 40 million children.

She is survived by her husband, Michael; daughters, Kelly and Lisa; sons, David, Scott, Jon, and Marc; her mother, Carolyn McVeigh; her brothers, David and William Scholtens; and sisters, Bonnie Wong, Joy Gregoo and Beth Ann Chard; grandchildren, Jaden, Jesse, Julius, Jennifer, Mike, Jordan, Sara, Alex Caleb; great grandchildren, Caleb, Isla, Liberty and Kylie; and several nephews, nieces, and beloved friends who will cherish her sweet memory.

Many thanks for the wonderful care she received from the Highlands Four Seasons Hospice Center and especially Nurse Patty, as well as Dr. Baumrucker, Dr. Patti Wheeler, and the wonderful and competent staff at the Highlands Cashiers hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice Care and Sonrise Mission.

A celebration of Patti’s life was held at Community Bible Church on Tuesday, Oct. 17,

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

Mack Ernest Holland

Mack Ernest Holland, 74, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. He was born Sept. 18, 1943, in Jackson County to Harry and Ruth Watson Holland.

He was a builder and he enjoyed hunting and fishing and he loved NASCAR.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jessie Holland; sons, Michael Ernest Holland, Ricky Edward Holland (B. J.) and Timothy Charles Holland; seven grandchildren and three great grandsons.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Ashe, Rev. Nathan Moss and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial followed in Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Carroll Kenneth Jacobs

Carroll Kenneth Jacobs, 91, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Eugene Lawrence and Bessie Baldwin Jacobs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Lee Whittington Jacobs and a sister, Kate. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in the 104th Timberwolf Division, 415th Regiment anti-tank company. He was an auto body technician and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Sarasota, Fla.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Jacobs and wife Barbara of Clinton Township, Mich., and Jerry Jacobs and wife Barbara of West Bloomfield, Mich.; two brothers, J.C. Jacobs and wife Frankie and Radford Jacobs of Franklin; two sisters, Lois Meadows of Franklin and Helen Byrd of Hendersonville; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Monday, Oct. 16 at Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Janet Greene officiated. VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 conducted military rites.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Jason Paul Friedling

Jason Paul Friedling

Jason Paul Friedling, 37, of Tampa, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Sharon Sanders Cates (Kevin) and the late Charles Friedling. He loved playing his guitar and singing; he loved all music. He was an avid Star Wars fan and Star Trek fan.

In addition to his mother and step-father, he is survived by one son, Jacob Friedling of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; grandparents, John and Betty Sanders of Franklin; step grandmother, Norma Stokes of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Joseph Friedling of Franklin; step-brother, Chris Cates of Brooksville, Fla.; step-sister, Candace Cregan of Tampa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Oct. 12, at Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Alan Waters will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Doug Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Wanda Jean Tallent

Wanda Jean Tallent, 75, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Claude Benjamin Melton and Beulah May Hoxit Melton.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Tallent who died in 2008 and brothers and sisters, Willard Melton, Louise Buchanan, Blanche Melton, Kelly Melton and Wayne Melton and an infant sister.  She enjoyed sewing, drawing, canning, gardening and music.

She is survived by her companion, Melvin Grant and his family of Tiger, Ga.; four children, Vivian Hay (Dennis) of Athens, Ga., Chris Tallent (Debbie) of Otto, Danny Tallent of Otto and Kim Tallent of Franklin; brother and sisters, Howard Melton of Sylva, Burder Melton of Pikeville, Ky., Grady Melton of Eureka, Calif., Ruth Brooks of Sylva and Glenn Melton of Sylva; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Rush Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dennis Hay, Anthony McCormack, Morgan Tallent, Danny Tallent, Dylan Tallent and Joshua Morgan.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Roy Tippett

Thomas Roy Tippett

Thomas Roy Tippett, 85, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  He was the son of the late Walter and Dessie Tippett. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired textile worker and worked at both Burlington and Blue Bell.  His favorite job, however, was his second career with the Forest Service which he enjoyed greatly.  He liked to spend time reading and gardening as well.

He was an active member at Cowee Baptist Church.  He served in many capacities including the building and grounds and cemetery committees and participated in music.  In addition, he loved working with children and helping with the nursery at church.

He is survived by a daughter, Angela Tippett; two sons, Tommy Tippett (Cathy) and David Tippett (Tracy); two sisters, Thelma Sanders (Ralph), and Betty Duvall; a brother Truman Tippett (Petira); five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by two special caregivers, Lynda Laborde and Allie Bonard.  Mr. Tippett was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, and three brothers, James, George, and Aubrey Tippett.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Smith officiating.  The family will receive family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund (Attention Children’s Wing) at 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC.

Online condolences can be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Tippett family.

Ruth Arminda Turner Semaschko O’Bryan

Ruth Arminda Turner Semaschko O’Bryan, 93, passed away Sept. 24, 2017, at her home in Franklin, N.C. Born in Waynesville, N.C., on May 17, 1924, to Philip David Turner and

She graduated from Waynesville Township High School as valedictorian and from The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (UNC-G). She was married to Nicholas Semaschko Jr. for 43 years and they resided in Hendersonville, N.C. Following Nick’s death in 1985, she married Allen D. O’Bryan in 1992 and resided in Beaufort and Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., until Allen’s death in 1994.

Nick served in the U.S. State Department, following WWII, as military governor where Ruth joined him in Germany.   They resided first in the county of Esslingen, and second in the county of Heilbronn.  She was widely involved in religious, civic, and political organizations wherever she lived.   She was active in the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, DAR, PEO Sisterhood, and the Democratic Party.  She served on the five-member N.C. State Board of Elections for 13 years.  She taught business for eight years at Flat Rock High School.

To her grandchildren, she became Oma – a nod to those years in Germany. However, she quickly became Oma to all who knew and loved her.  She was quick witted, fiercely independent, an avid reader, loved to travel, and maintained a life-long thirst for knowledge. A true matriarch, she was a source of guidance, wisdom, and humor- and loved her family most of all.

She is survived by her daughter, Anne Semaschko Hyder of Otto, N.C.; two grandchildren, Stephanie Hyder Laseter (Ben), and Brad Hyder (Ashley) both of Franklin, NC;  four great-grandchildren, Laurel Ruth Laseter, Benjamin Reid Laseter, Grayson Turner Hyder, and Gunnar Ryan Hyder; a sister, Frances Turner Satterfield of Waynesville; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, William David Turner; and a sister, Mary Anne Turner Loflin.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m., at Franklin First United Methodist Church.

Memorials can be made to the Semashko/Rotary Memorial Scholarship Endowment by giving to the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation at 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or First United Methodist Church of Franklin.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Melissa Lynn Woody Hurst

Melissa Lynn Woody Hurst

Melissa Lynn Woody Hurst, 40, of Franklin, N.C., died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of Junior and Deborah Hurst Woody.  She was a Georgia Bulldogs fan; she loved people and was friendly and outgoing.  She worked at N&N Express.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, James Hurst; three sons, Anthony Abrams, Cody Hurst and Jamie Holbrooks, all of Franklin; sister, Christy Wilson of Franklin; two brothers, Kevin Woody and Nick Woody both of Franklin; two grandchildren, Tyler and Summer Penton and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Liberty Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Ronnie Branson officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Suzanne Angel Russell

Suzanne Angel Russell

Suzanne Angel Russell, 45, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Richard Angel and the late Wanda Angel. In addition to her father, she is survived by her daughter, Alyssa Russell of Franklin; one sister, Rochelle Copeland of Franklin; one brother, David Angel (Robin) of Franklin; two nieces, Brianna McKorkle and Kendall Angel; two nephews, Hunter and Logan Angel; one great nephew, Jonah McKorkle and several cousins and extended family.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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