Carroll Jackson Gregory
Carroll Jackson Gregory, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Born in Macon County he was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Gregory and Martha Clark Gregory; his wife, Shirley Anne Henson Gregory and a sister, Peggy Aileen Munger. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and taking care of his yard. He is survived by three children, Joy Evers and husband Mike, Jackie Gregory and wife Cindy and Jamie Gregory, all of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jessica Bradley, Ryan Evers and Bradley Evers; great granddaughter, Natalie Bradley. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Mike Chastain officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Holland, Larry Raby, Tony Munger, Jack Hodgins, Steve Raby and Glenn Holland. Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Holland and Lloyd McCall. Memorial donations can be made to the Pine Grove Baptist Church, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Betty Van Oeveren
Betty Van Oeveren, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., she was the daughter of the late William and Irene Scherphorn Dronkers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Van Oeveren. During WWII she worked at Bissell as a punch press operator. She and Marvin built three homes together in Grand Rapids, Sarasota and finally Franklin, where she liked to see a mountain from her kitchen window. She enjoyed bowling, sewing and gardening. She is survived by her son, Ronald Van Oeveren and his wife Diana of Destin, Fla.; “adopted daughter,” Sue Roberts; long time friend, Ruth Farley; close neighbor, Ruth Tower; sister, Shirlie Pipe of Grand Rapids, Mich.; special niece, Sandi Armstrong; niece, Sharyl Ream; and two nephews, Steve and Scott Broekema. The family would like to thank Betty’s caregivers for their wonderful care in the past years, Janie Kennedy, April Franklin, Mary Olen, Sandy Brendle, Regina Markum, Tami Beane and Hilda Young. A gathering of friends will be held at her home on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 3: to 5 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to Macon County Senior Services (Home Delivered Meals), 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
William Adron ‘Bill’ Sanders
William Adron “Bill” Sanders, 99, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. He was born Nov. 24, 1918, in Sevierville, Tenn., to the late Mose and Cora Lee Rogers Sanders of Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Hall Sanders; daughter, Billie Ruth “Judy” Sanders; brothers and sisters, Judd Sanders, Jannie Mae Smith, Vernon Sanders, Theodore Sanders, Harold Sanders and Virginia Gash. He attended the Cherokee Indian Schools in Cherokee, N.C., and went to third grade. He worked as a laborer most of his life and was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Old Cherokee Baptist Church, Cherokee, and attended Bethlehem Baptist Church now known as New Bethel Baptist Church, Franklin. He enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, his cat, Bootsy, and dog, Lucky, studying maps, attending church services and studying different cultures and customs. Surviving are a son, George Hall (Peggy) of Franklin; daughter, Mary Boston of Franklin; grandchildren, Deborah Bryson (Dana) of Simpsonville, S.C., Greg Hall of Franklin, Donna Hall of Franklin, Montoya Boston of Greensboro, N.C., Shanna Sanders of Greensboro, N.C., Courtney Grooms (Carlos) of Greensboro, N.C., and Blaine Clark of Franklin; great grandchildren, Sean Hall of Franklin and Phillip Boston II of Greensboro, N.C.; sister-in-law, Hattie Sanders of Brevard, N.C.; brother-in-law, Louis Penland of Atlanta, Ga., and several nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. James Keyth Eddings will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to the New Bethel Baptist Church, 29 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Jeanette Hunt Hurst
Jeanette Hunt Hurst, 71, of Franklin, N.C, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Born in Dillon County, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Carvie Hunt and Nellie Powers Hunt. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Sonny Hunt, Carvie Hunt Jr., Johnny Hunt, Madge Hunt, Virgie Clark, and Mildred Turner; and grandson, Brandon Hurst. She loved working and playing with her grandchildren. She is survived by her children, James Hurst of Franklin, Bennie Hurst of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Susan Dryman of Canton, N.C.; sister, Clarissa Campbell, of Marion, S.C.; brothers, Howard Hunt, of Latta, S.C., and Vernon Hunt, of Thomasville, N.C.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Morris Tippett officiated. Burial was in the Hurst Family Cemetery. The grandchildren served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Morgan Guffey
Dorothy Morgan Guffey, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Born in Macon County, she was preceded in death by her parents, Wade Morgan and Clara Daves Morgan; husband, Edgar “Bud” Guffey; daughter, Wanda Hill; six brothers and sisters; and grandson, Todd Allen Cook. She was a charter member of Wells Grove Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Dorcus Sunday School class and other ladies’ church groups. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and working with flowers. She is survived by three children, Joyce Guffey Cook (Jackie) of Franklin, Eddie Guffey (Judy) of Bluff City, Tenn., and Diane Johnson (Keith) of Piedmont, Ala.; son-in-law, Joe Hill of Piedmont, Ala.; six grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Thursday, Aug. 23, at Wells Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Terry Dixon officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The grandchildren served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Jackie Cook, PO Box 58, Franklin, NC 28744. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Paul McMillian Davis III
Dr. Paul McMillian Davis III, 63, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Davis was born in New Orleans, La. to the late Dr. Paul McMillian “Mac” Davis, Jr. and Frances “Fran” Bolton Davis. Dr. Davis was an orthopedic surgeon in the Atlanta area. He completed his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University; MBA degree from Emory University and his medical degree from Louisiana State University. He loved to ride his motorcycle, cook, swim and hunt. He also attended Community Bible Church in Highlands, N.C. Survivors include his five children, Paul McMillian Davis IV, Stephen Bolton Davis (Elizabeth), James “Jim” Stafford Davis, Catherine Calderwood “Cate” Davis, William “Will” Parker Davis; a grandson, Carter Davis; a sister, Frances S. Davis; a brother, James B. Davis (Linda); and his fiance’, Judy Stovall of Atlanta, Ga. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m., at the Community Bible Church with the Rev. Gary Hewins officiating. Burial will follow in the Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the donor’s choice in memory of Dr. Paul M. Davis III. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Davis Family.
Lina Doris Potts
Lina Doris Potts, 95, passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at the Franklin House. She was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Macon County to the late Samuel Eugene (Gene) Potts and Alice Octavia Reese Potts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Harry, Clarence, Louis, Leon, and Richard Potts; two nephews, Doug and David Potts; and a niece, Pam Little. Also preceding her in death was her lifelong friend and companion, Edward Jackson “Buzz” Baity. Survivors are three sisters, Betty Little (C.J.) of Lawrenceville, Ga., Emily Houston of Franklin, N.C., and Linda Calloway (Joe) of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter, Kim Potts of Toccoa, Ga.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Highlands First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial followed in the Highlands Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church in Highlands 220 Main St Highlands, NC 28741. or American Kidney Services 6360 Button Gwinnett Dr. Atlanta, GA. 30340. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Potts family.
Judy Mashburn, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Cleo and Birdell Holland. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Freda Estes. Judy was a lifelong Baptist. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Mashburn; children, John Shook (Sonya), and Jeff Shook, both of Franklin; brother, Dean Holland of Asheville; three grandchildren, Chandler Austin Shook, Roman Ezra Shook, and Justin Shook; great-grandson, Maverick Shook; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 12:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:00-12:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Carole Crone, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Maxwell V. Newton and Mary Rachael Moore Newton. She was the founder of the Better Hearing Group and loved to bowl. She is survived by her three children, Linda Elliott of Otto, N.C., Steve Anderson of Dryden, Mich., and Michael Anderson of Attica, Mich.; sister, Janice Brown of Madison Heights, Mich.; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 27, at Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Bud Haire officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Coweeta Baptist Church (Youth Program), 780 Coweeta Church Road, Otto, NC 28763 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
James Belch, 71, passed away Aug. 19, 2018. He was born Nov. 28, 1946 in Highland Park, Mich. His parents were Walter J. Belch and Stella M. Belch. He was preceded in death by his former wife Susan April Belch and a sister, Patricia. He was a loving husband, father and brother. He was a Vietnam veteran who served as a helicopter crew chief. He spent 18 years working as a journeyman mechanic and aquired 10 State of Michigan Certifications which some included master truck and diesel engine repair, sheet metal fabracation and welding. He also was a state of North Carolina vehicle inspector. He worked for WD Gale Enterprise, Barton & Malow rigging company, owned two businesses – M.J.’s Auto repair in Michigan and a pet shop in Wilmington, N.C. He finished his career in Wilmington working for the international airport as a shift leader, aircraft fire fighter, first responder and taught aircraft fire rescue classes. He will always be remembered by the lives he touched and his lessons will be passed on through those who valued all that he had to offer. Survivors include his sons, Matt Belch, John Belch and James Belch; brothers, Dave Belch and wife Sharron, John Belch and wife Marilyn. BryantGrant Funeral Home is serving the Belch family. Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.