Tommy Lee Elmore
Tommy Lee Elmore, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018. Born in Gaston County, North Carolina, he was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Edward Elmore and Hilda Horton Elmore and a brother, John Edward Elmore. He was a U.S. Marine Corp Vietnam Veteran; mechanic for Freightliner Trucking in Mt. Holly, N.C.; proud member of Local UAW 5285 and former owner of Elmore’s Fish Fry in Franklin. He is survived by his wife Sibyl G. Elmore; five children, Jerimiah James Elmore of Gastonia, N.C., Joshua Grey Edge of Franklin, Summer Elmore McKinney (Jeremy) of Gastonia, Jeremy Ray Edge (Brittney) of Gastonia, and Samantha Joan Nusz of Palm Coast, Fla.; brother, James Paul “Doc” Elmore (Candie) and their son, Ashton of Franklin; grandchildren, Alysha, Zack, Kali, Brook, Jericah, Madison, Nathaniel, Jaxson, Briella, Lillian and Madelyn and several other nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. John Benton will officiate. Burial will be in the Shepherd Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to CarePartners Hospice. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Melinda Jane Meroney
Melinda Jane Meroney, 77, of Highlands, N.C., died Thursday, July 5. She was born to the late Valera Schram and Audley H. “Timer” Meroney, Dec. 27, 1940, Rome, Ga. She graduated from Pepperell High School in 1958, worked for Bell South, the Atlanta Police Department and raised her family in Roswell and Rome, Ga. In high school, she was a majorette and drum major where began her lifelong love of music and was beloved by her late brothers, Audley H. Meroney Jr. of Rome, Ga., and Robert Meroney of Chickamauga, Ga. Though she fought a courageous, lifelong battle with both bipolar disorder and a debilitating skin condition, she never considered herself a victim and always found ways to love and support her family. She is survived by three children, James T. “Tommy” Fincher of Loudon, Tenn.; Bart Fincher of Summerville, Ga., and Angela-Faye Martin of Franklin, N.C.; and one grandchild, Seth Barton Fincher of Loudon, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation – pemphigus.org A private wake will be held at her daughter’s home. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Joziah Lamar Bennett
Joziah Lamar Bennett, infant son of Dakota Dillard and Tiesha Freeman, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018. In addition to his parents, Joziah is survived by his grandparents, Nichole Bennett and Daniel Garita, both of Franklin, N.C.; Angela McCollum of Turtletown, Tenn., and Edwin Dillard of Blue Ridge, Ga.; great grandparents, Wayne Bundy of Franklin and Joyce Herring of McCaysville, Ga.; aunts and uncles, Ziona Bennett of Wedgefield, S.C., Matthew Dillard and Brett Dillard both of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Savannah Dillard of Ducktown, Tenn.; several cousins, great aunts and uncles. No services are planned. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Hal Arthur Phillips
Hal Arthur Phillips, 79, of Glenville, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018. Born in Wichita, Kan., he was the son of the late Harold A. Phillips and Pearl E. Bradstreet Phillips. He was a U.S. Army veteran; member of the VFW Post 10685, Glenville; graduated from Western Michigan University and Erskine Theological Seminary. He taught music; was a classical piano player, he played at High Hampton for eight years; Skyline Lodge for 10 years and all along the coast of Florida. He presently played the piano at the Holy Family Lutheran Church, Highlands. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Higdon Phillips; three children, Steven Phillips of Michigan, Amy Rauser of Michigan, Joanna Zehnder of Pennsylvania; step children, Dwayne Lovelace of Lincolnton, N.C., and Tina Piephoff of Davidson, N.C.; seven granddaughters and three step grandaughters. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Robert Lee Gibson
Robert Lee Gibson, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018. Born in Pine Grove, Pa., he was the son of the late Paul and Hannah Wolfe Gibson. He is preceded in death by one brother, Charles and a sister, Helen. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as an usher. He was an avid golfer and he loved electronics and computers. He enjoyed volunteering at the Methodist Church and other organizations. He is survived by his daughter Nanette Gibson Holland and her husband Scott of Franklin; two sisters, Anna Mae Getz of Myerstown, Pa.; Sue Ann Kauffman of Pine Grove, Pa.; two brothers, George Gibson of Pine Grove, Pa.; Clarence Gibson of Tower City, Pa.; one granddaughter, Bethany Holland and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service was held Tuesday, July 10, at the First United Methodist Church. Rev. Scott Holland, Rev. David Beam and Rev. Margaret Freeman officiated. Burial was at the Suedberg Church of God Cemetery, Pine Grove, Pa. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Patricia Shook, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Born in McDowell County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Schovall Hall and Marie Mullins Hall. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Mark Hall and Butch Hall; and a sister, Corlee Hall. She was a bookkeeper for Freeman Gas and enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Albert Shook, of Franklin; son, Joseph Shook (Cindy), of Franklin; brother, Benny England, of Hensley, W.Va.; brother, Donald England, of Hensley, W.Va.; sister, Shirley Willard, of Big Sandy, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Madison and Blake; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tempe Fussell officiated. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Grady Allen, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Tom Allen and Eva McMahan Allen. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Furman Allen, Lloyd Allen, and Ralph Allen; and a sister, Ollie Mae Hurst. He was a lifelong member of Liberty Baptist Church and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a fan of the Atlanta Braves and the UNC Tarheels and enjoyed old time gospel music. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Juanita Poindexter Allen, of Franklin; daughter, Joan Shepherd, of Sylva; son, Steve Allen (Denise), of Franklin; daughter, Diane Keener (Mark Whitman), of Franklin; brother, John Allen (Betty), of Franklin; sister, Sue McConnell, of Franklin; sister, Ruby Poindexter, of Franklin; sister, Linda Passmore, of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Chris Allen (Nichole), Travis Shepherd (Sarah), Heather Shepherd, Blaine Keener (Amber), Shane Keener, Tiffany Padgett (Brandon), and Kaleena Messer (Tim); 10 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Axton, Titus, Jaden, Landon, Shaun, Braylon, Mason, Ellie, and Clayton; former son-in-law, Tim Keener; sisters-in-law, Verlie Allen and Patsy Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside dervice was held Wednesday, July 11, at the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Davis Hooper, Rev. Wesley Hooper, Rev. Charles Stevens, and Rev. Rick Potts officiated. Grandchildren served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Ann Crusselle Abercrombie
Ann Crusselle Abercrombie’s journey on earth ended July 6, 2018. Give the flowers now. She was a special bloom who prospered and flourished in the natural. Where more may be the desirable in this world, she was content with less! Affectionately, she was called Annie and was known for her quick smile and laughter. Though innocence like time once gone cannot be brought back, we can learn what they are worth. She did not fear the swiftness of time. May 9, 1968, was her birth date and the special in that was that she shared in her mother’s womb a brother Paul. It is a bond that though different lifestyles played forward, the boundaries for love in death are unconditional. The world was her stage and she lived each page adventurously. Her father and mother, Jefferson and Annis Abercrombie, soon realized the free spirit that she was. How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? Sleeping under the night stars was the desire of her heart. Those stars were the light shining through the holes of heaven’s floor. They gave her understanding of a creator God. Ann would tell you she was not a very religious person. The beauty and strength that she found at sea came with working most of her adult life on commercial fishing boats. The water was her “Tara” and it gave meaning to a higher power and not random order. She shared with her aunt Victoria before the angel of death came, “I thought the more I learned…I would have understanding.” A testimony of faith and grace was spoken to her and tears came for our Ann. There is a promise in the word that God Himself will wipe away our tears and that there will be no more pain and suffering. We can only imagine. Some may not enjoy the hunt for the different but Annie delighted in the unique. She found happiness in the bargains to be found at the thrift stores, drift wood on the beach and in creeks, someone’s junk to become her treasure and the expectation of who would partner in the next story? She found amusement in partying with friends and as for libations Ann abandoned correctness for the flame. She was loved by everyone that knew her. So alive and yet the wonder of Ann’s lifestyle allowed her to be unattached to material things. It was not by chance rather it was by choice. She was not suspended by feelings and emotions. The popular song lyrics… “Regrets, I have a few but then again too few to mention, I did it my way,” could be Annie’s song. To many it may have appeared to be a lifestyle of instability and challenges. To Ann, it was one day at a time and it will all work out in the end. Her life partner of 25 years, Danny Laser, shared and experienced her celebration of life. They crafted together a relationship of making memories. From summit to valley and back to the next summit they found the frill in uncertainty. They leaned into each other and was the other’s wingman. Ann did not want to know how long until I go. She fell into reverent silence. The dreams and visions that she replayed in her mind were transcendent. It was now between her and God. We could no longer rescue her back. For those who loved Ann, we are learning how to miss her each day. She would want you to give the flowers now that they may bring a smile and laughter. She requested to be cremated and there will be a private memorial in her honor. A beautiful flower has been added to a bouquet at heaven’s gate. She is survived by her mother, Annis Crusselle of Franklin, N.C.; her twin brother, Paul Abercrombie (Gail); nephew, Ewan Abercrombie of Tampa, Fla.; her aunt Victoria Todd of Biloxi, Miss.; and her best friend, Danny Laser of Sylva, N.C. Ann’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Harris Hospice of Sylva. The love, compassion and gifted care giving from Brenda, Kristi, Martha, Candy, Kathy and Cindy did not go unnoticed. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Donald Seagle As America wound down its Independence Day Celebration, Donald Seagle gained his independence from his ravaged body and is now in the arms of his Savior. On March 14, 1923, Donald was born to Lon and Artie Jones Seagle in Jackson County, North Carolina. Soon to follow was sisters, Blanche and Jetty, twin brothers, Paul and Silas, then little sister Maggie. The Great Depression hit the family full force along with the rest of the country. He worked hoeing corn in fields along the Tuckaseegee River near their home on Barkers Creek. Sometime in the early ’40s, he met the love of his life while visiting his aunt on Corbin Road in Franklin, N.C. Upon hearing he was being shipped overseas, he mailed an engagement ring to his sweetheart. On Aug. 4, 1945, Dorothy Corbin was married to Donald which would become a 71-year marriage. This union ended on Jan. 14, 2017, with her death. He went to Western Carolina Teacher College, obtained his teaching degree and later, his Masters Degree in Education. He began his teaching career at Cartoogechaye Elementary School under Principal J. Norman West and then became principal at Cowee Elementary for most of his teaching career. After working in the Superintendent’s Office under H. Bueck, he finished his career at Cullasaja Elementary and then retired. With a wife and three kids to support, he worked several summer jobs to supplement his income. Some of these jobs were at Baldwin’s Supermarket for Mr. Gus Baldwin, Nantahala Creamery and filling smudge pots on road construction projects. He also immersed himself in the Holly Springs Community serving as a deacon in the Holly Springs Baptist Church as well as many other capacities. The Community Club benefited from his service as president for many years. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jetty Cope, and brother, Paul and Silas Seagle. He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Seagle and Karen Vanhook (Ronnie); and one son, Donnie Seagle (Nancy), all of Franklin; five grandchildren, Sherri Houston, Todd Seagle, Rodney Vanhook, Lori Seagle Green and Kara Vanhook Hollowell and nine great grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Buchanan (Raleigh) of Franklin, Blanche Brooks of State Road, N.C.: sisters-in-law, Lattie Mae Keeter (Jack) of Salisbury, N.C.; Lorraine Powell of Fayetteville, Ga.; Linda Seagle of Brevard, N.C., and Wilma Corbin of Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, at Holly Springs Baptist in Franklin. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Rev. Donnie Seagle, Brandon Breedlove, Judson Hall and Jack Hollowell officiated with American Legion Post 108 providing graveside rites. Pallbearers were Todd Seagle, Jesse Seagle, Ronnie Vanhook, Rodney Vanhook, David Green, David Hollowell, Gene Williamson, Larry Corbin, Keith Corbin and Randy Keeter. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Holly Springs Church Cemetery in memory of Don Seagle. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome. com