Obituaries for August 31, 2017

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Dale Lawrence Shobe

Dale Lawrence Shobe

Dale Lawrence Shobe, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

Born in Wadsworth, Ohio, he was the son of the late Willard Dale Shobe and Hattie Hawthorne Shobe. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  He was a talented musician and enjoyed fishing. Family and friends were most important in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda Massung Shobe; six children, Sean Gibbs (Cindy) of Philadelphia, Pa., Joel Shobe of San Diego, Calif., Jessica Heikkila (Tom) of Rockford, Mich.,, Justin Shobe of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Marcella and Guy; sister, Carol Kurti (Ralph) of Franklin; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Pastor Glenn Marshall and Carl Ashlock will officiate. Another service will be announced at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Eloise ‘Otela’ Bryson

Eloise ‘Otela’ Bryson

Eloise “Otela” Bryson, 94, of Asheville, N.C., peacefully departed this life Aug. 25, 2017, at her home with her family by her side.

She was born on March 12, 1923, to Samuel and Olive Bryson.  She attended Franklin High School and later graduated from Cecil’s Business College in Asheville.  She was a sales secretary for 21 years at Olin Mathison Corporation and job trained in the ’70s in New York City where she realized that country girls can survive in the big city.  She was an active member of Central United Methodist Church in Asheville and a volunteer at Memorial Mission Hospital.  She enjoyed aerobics and walked regularly at the local mall.  Friends say she was an exceptional seamstress and taught them how to make their own clothes or sew a hem.  She traveled with friends over the years and found herself in Hawaii, Australia, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand.  She was a sharp dresser, always confident and poised.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Olive and her five brothers, Mack, Sammy, Wiley, Alton, and Vernon Bryson.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished and fondly remembered in the lives of her many nieces, nephews, family and friends.  A special thank you to Otela’s caregivers at Care Partners Adult Day Program in Asheville for giving her exceptional care, every day, and for treating her like she was one of the family.

Visitation and funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, N.C. Pastor Steve Reeves officiated. Burial followed at the Old Salem Church in the Cullasaja Community in Franklin where she was laid to rest with her parents.

Pallbearers were nephews Michael Bryson, Doug Thompson, Charlie Ward, Danny Jarvis, Jeff Bryson, Josh Ward, and Joey Corbin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Care Partners Adult Day Program, 68A Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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

Henry Coleman Passmore

Henry Coleman Passmore

Henry Coleman Passmore, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. He was born in Macon County, the son of Johnny Coleman Passmore and Elsie Palmer Passmore. He retired from North Carolina Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church where he was a church trustee. He was very actively involved with soul winning and prayer and was always in attendance at church activities.

He was married for 63 years to Roberta Mae Arnold Passmore who preceded him in death March 6, 2016.

Surviving are nine children, Ella O’ Brien (Joe) of Franklin, Henry A. Passmore (Katsuko) of Barstow, Calif., Paul Passmore (Ruby) of New London, N.C., Janie Drapeau (Kelvin) of Yuma, Ariz., Rick Passmore (Tammy) of Taylorsville, N.C., Lethia Shaver (Doug) of Dacula, Ga., Jenny Guyer (Jimmy) of Franklin, Alice McCall (Keith) of Franklin,  and Teresa Massie (Kevin) of Clyde, N.C.; 42 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, and a sister, Ruby Haskett of Franklin.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Gilmer Passmore and twin infant sons; sisters, Myrtle Passmore and Lola Belle Passmore; brothers, Junior Passmore, Daniel Passmore, Ernest Passmore, Herman Passmore, Vance Passmore, Leonard Passmore and a little brother.

A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 25, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating. Burial followed at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church. Pallbearers were Allen Drapeau, James Conley, Aaron Beaver, Nick McCall, Derek Scruggs and Mitchell Bowman.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 139 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Perry B. Shuler

Perry B. Shuler

Perry B. Shuler, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at his residence, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jesse Shuler and Addie Mae Guffey Shuler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Doug Keith Shuler who died Sept. 5, 2000; a son-in-law, Lloyd Barnwell and 11 brothers and sisters.  He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of the Korean Conflict and U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; retired from General Motors; an active member of Sugarfork Baptist Church where he served as greeter, and served on the building and grounds committee, cemetery committee, and Veterans committee.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorena Dalton Shuler; four children, Janet Bradley (Donald) of Madison, Ga., Yvonne Barnwell of Hendersonville, N.C., Sandy Guinn of Surfside, S.C., and Susan Shuler of Franklin; 10 grandchildren, Chad Shuler, Derik Shuler, Dalton Shuler, Heather Jackson, Hannah Bradley, Tiffany Barnwell, Brittany Barnwell, Shuler Guinn, Lera Guinn and Courtney Shuler; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Charles Stevens and Rev. Gene Hawkins officiated. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Derik Shuler, Dalton Shuler, Charles Shuler, Zachary Ledford, Shuler Guinn and Tony Shuler.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Ross Jackson and Paul Shuler.

Memorial donations can be made to Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Jessica McConnell, 1166 Iotla Church Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

John Lewis Thornton

John Lewis Thornton

John Lewis Thornton, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Born in Point Peter, Ga., he was the son of the late W.G. Thornton and Ruby Turner Thornton.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters. He retired from Delta Airlines where he worked as a mechanic.  He enjoyed fishing and visiting and talking with friends.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Finewood Thornton; daughter, Amy Piccirillo of Eutawville, S.C., and three grandchildren, Nathan, Connor and Jillian.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to the Clarks Chapel Fire-Rescue, 270 Fulcher Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Merle Jerome (Jerry) Kessler

Merle Jerome (Jerry) Kessler, 77, peacefully passed away on Aug. 23, 2017, at his home in Franklin, N.C., after an extended illness.

He was from Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, North Carolina.  He was born on May 19, 1940, in Atlanta. He graduated from Grady High School. After graduation he received his degree in economics from The Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and received his LLb in Law from Harvard University.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Macks Kessler, his father, Seymour Kessler, his brother, Walt Kessler and his beloved fur baby, Honey, all of Atlanta.

He is survived by his life friend and caregiver, Kenny Franks of Franklin; an aunt, Lenore Kessler, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and a host of cousins and friends.

He is mourned by many relatives and friends as he has mourned so many of his relatives and friends who have predeceased him.

He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Girls Club, and a prior attorney on the Fulton County Commitment Board. He was a managing partner of Kessler’s Department Stores of Atlanta until his retirement.

His interests including traveling the world while learning and studying about world cultures.  He had a passion for the Cultural Arts; especially in Atlanta.  But above all, the happiest times for him was when a lovable fur baby would come to him to be petted and loved.

He was a member of the AA Synagogue in Atlanta and Mountain Synagogue in Franklin.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Aug. 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin, with Rabbi Zvi Altman officiating.

Tributes can be made to the charity of your choice.

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

Homer ‘Leroy’ McCall

Homer ‘Leroy’ McCall

Homer “Leroy” McCall, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James Charlie McCall and Effie Ellen McCall.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Jessie Mae Browning, Leona Ray and Estelle Jenkins and a brother, James Arthur McCall. He worked in construction, was a member of Goldmine Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, camping and boating.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Holbrooks McCall; two children, Travis McCall (Terena) and Tabitha McCall both of Franklin; brother, Lloyd McCall of Franklin; four sisters, Martha Crescenzi, Mary Owens, Frances Zachary and Viola Jenkins all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Erica McCall, Angelina McCall and Taylor Lee; two great grandchildren, Oliver Millsaps and Charlie Millsaps and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiated.  Burial was in the Mount Moriah cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dickie McCall, Taylor Lee, Angelina McCall, Randy McCall, Tony Ray and Kyler Fitch.

Honorary pallbearers were Georgia Lynn Giles, Tony Ray, Daniel Dowdy and Ellard Bolick.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

David Brent Posey Sr.

David Brent Posey Sr.

David Brent Posey Sr., 45, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. He was born in California to Mike Chance and Pamela Sue Reilly.

He was an avid softball player and loved to play darts and pool. He enjoyed cooking and collecting nautical items, watches and baseball cards.

Survivors include his former wife and friend, Kathleen Louise Posey of Franklin; his girlfriend, Connie Watson of Franklin; daughter, Gabrielle Dairis Posey of Franklin and beloved stepdaughter,  Addisyn Posey of Franklin; son, David Brent Posey Jr. of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, Madeline Serenity San Phillipo of Franklin; Haley Morgan McCall, whom he considered a daughter; sister, Heather Chance of Stroudsburg, Pa.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Eipper; sister-in-law, Susan Courtney; aunt, Holly Crawford;  nieces, Alexandra Chance, Ashley Brownlow, Taylor Volpe and Christine Patricia Albritton; nephews, Austin Brownlow, Cody Volpe and Donald Thomas Courtney; and a great nephew, Lucas Albritton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Tammy Brownlow.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

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

Rev. Cyritha Ann “Rea” West

Rev. Cyritha Ann “Rea” West

Rev. Cyritha Ann “Rea” West of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. She was a native of Jackson County and raised in Cullowhee, N.C. She was the daughter of the late William and Ella Mae Rogers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister; Patricia Rogers. She was an associate minister at God’s Holy Tabernacle in Sylva, N.C.

Affectionally known as Rea to friends and Memaw to family and loved ones, she worked as a daycare provider, finally retiring after working as a CNA for several years.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Bishop Adam West Jr.; four children, Adam F. West of San Antonio, Texas, Denise Brown of Nashville, Tenn., Brandyon Rogers of Wilmington, N.C., and Marcus West of Franklin; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three brothers, Tommy Rogers of Waynesville, N.C., Stanley Rogers of Cullowhee, Dennis Rogers (Sherri) of Bryson City, N.C.; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, at Appalachian Funeral Services with Bishop Adam West and Rev Wanda Moore officiating. Burial will follow in AME Zion Church Cemetery In Cullowhee. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Appalachian Funeral Services.

Appalachian Funeral Services is serving the family.

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