Louise Whitamore Smith
Louise Whitamore Smith, 73, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Richmond, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, at her home. Born Sept. 10, 1944, at Red Lick, Ky., she was the daughter of Harmon and Tommie Agee Whitamore, both of whom preceded her in death. Being the wife of an Air Force veteran, she had the opportunity to live in several cities, such as Loring, Maine, Edwards, Calif., and St. Petersburg, Fla. She was of the Catholic faith and a retired assistant to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. She is survived by her loving husband, Donald A. Smith, of Franklin; three children, Donald Smith Jr., Michelle Smith Bardo, and Daniel Smith; six grandchildren, Anthony, Brittany, Patrick, Nicole, Breana, and Smith; four great grandchildren; one sister, Christine Breedlove; as well as, numerous nieces and nephews in the Madison County and Louisville area. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 28, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond, Ky., with Father Tom Farrell officiating. Burial will follow a committal service at 2:30 p.m., in the Mill Springs National Cemetery at Nancy, Ky.
Margaret ‘Marg’ Faye Sanders
Margaret “Marg” Faye Sanders, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late George McCall and Floy Southards McCall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Dallas McCall, Kenneth McCall, and Bill McCall; and sister, Cora Mae MacMurray. She attended Cartoogechaye Church of God and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jessie “Skip” Sanders, of Franklin; daughter, Lynn Hopkins (Jimmy), of Franklin; son, Skip Sanders, of Franklin; three sisters, Mildred Giles and Karen Carnes, of Franklin and Dorothy Siler, of Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren, McCall Sanders, McKayla Sanders, Jesse Hopkins, and William Hopkins; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime friend, Georgia Parker. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home on Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m. Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Bryon Lamb will officiate. Burial will be in the Welch-Moore Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Melton, Chuck Brooks, Mike Hopkins, Ty Carnes, Alex Hopkins, Wayne Sanders, Edwin Grant, and Terry Cabe. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Georgiana Penland Beach
Georgiana Penland Beach, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. Born in Macon, Ga., she was preceded in death by her parents, George Penland and Anita “Pat” Holland Penland; and husband, LeRoy Beach. She was also preceded in death by Tammy Swafford, who she loved and treated as her own. She was a member of Franklin Church of Christ. She enjoyed music, gardening, playing cards and taking care of children. She is survived by her daughter, Anita Cook and husband Chris of Franklin; brothers, Radford “Butch” Penland, Lonnie Penland and Terry Penland, all of Franklin; sister, Glenda Penland of Franklin; two grandchildren, Amber Cook and Cole Cook; and numerous nieces and nephews. Other survivors include Brooke Swafford and Isaiah. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m., at Franklin Church of Christ, Franklin. Minister Radford Penland will officiate. A family gathering will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Richard John Kehoe
Richard John Kehoe, 92, passed away at his Franklin, N.C., home on Sunday, June 24, 2018, surrounded by his family, his dogs, and music. He was born June 16, 1926, in Custer County, Nebraska, the son of Bernard James and Florence Knight Kehoe. In 1934, his family moved to northern New York state, where he grew up on the family dairy farm. He married his forever love, Joyce Blount, on Aug. 29, 1948. In 1957, they moved to Bartow, Fla., with their children. A carpenter by trade, he retired in 1988 as supervisor of construction for Polk County. After spending a few years traveling between homes, they moved to Franklin full-time. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bartow, where he served on a number of committees and as host of the annual church talent show. He was active in the Boy Scout program for several years. In Franklin, he was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church, where he had been a Sunday School teacher and choir member. He loved to play the harmonica and sing; he was a tenor with the award-winning chorus Men Macon Music. He also enjoyed woodworking, painting, golf, and reading; and especially loved spending time with his family, his friends, and his canine companions, Miley and Janie. His innate sense of humor, compassion, and good nature were evident until the end. He was a man who exemplified his Christian faith in the way he lived. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents; and three brothers, Pat, Francis, and Darrell. Survivors include his children, Peggy Anne Kehoe, Jeff Kehoe and his wife, Tina; his sister, Kathleen LaComb; two grandchildren, Regina Seagle and Matthew Pyle Nowalski; three great-grandchildren, Kendyll Taylor, Jesse Seagle and Charley Grace Seagle; and a large extended family. Visitation: Wednesday, June 27, at 1 p.m., Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 330 Snow Hill Rd., Franklin, N.C. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 27, at Snow Hill UMC, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial followed in the Snow Hill UMC Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. Macon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Fannie Rogers Sanders
Fannie Rogers Sanders, 89, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late King and Allie Sanders Phillips. She was married first to John Henry Rogers Jr. and later to Rev. James Sanders both of whom preceded her in death. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, caregiver and homemaker who never complained and was always ready to serve others. She was a prayer warrior and a faithful member of Prentiss Church of God where she was the oldest member. Survivors include her daughters, Glenda Blackwell (Curtis), Barbara Talley, Gail Bennett (Gary) all of Otto and Trisha Ramey (Lee) of Rabun Gap, Ga.; stepsons, Ernie Sanders, Ralph Sanders, Billy Sanders and Joel Sanders; sister, Ruby Hodgins (Roger) of Franklin and brother, Bud Phillips (Mary) of Bryson City; grandchildren, Terry, Vic, Shane and Tina Blackwell, Lynne Ramey, Amy Owens, Tatum Talley, Amber Ramey, Sheena Hughes, Anthony Lujan, and Michael and Michelle Ramey and Kelsey Woodard; 28 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, James Nelson Rogers; a son-in-law, Tommy Talley; sisters, Margie Curtis, Mattie Norris and Susie Bradley; and brother, Bernard Phillips. A funeral service was held Sunday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m., at Prentiss Church of God with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Kevin Chapman officiating. Burial followed in Wright Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Bradley, Roddy Hughes, Anthony Lujan, Gary Bennett, Lee Ramey, Tatum Talley, Tate Talley and Dylan Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Axel Hughes, Ryder Hughes, Trevor Lujan, Weston Ramey and Jasper Ramey. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home is serving the Sanders family.
Willard H. Garland
Willard H. Garland, 78, of Highlands, N.C., passed away June 18, 2018. He was born Jan. 13, 1940, at Otto, N.C., the son of the late Alex and Ruth Garland. He attended Otto Elementary School before moving to Tamassee DAR School where he graduated in 1958. He joined the Army in 1959, after serving three years he worked at Rabun Mills before attending Western Carolina University, earning a BS in Education and later earning a MA in Education. He taught at Highlands School for 30 years before retiring in 1998. He is survived by wife, Gail; daughter, Gretchen Beck (Kevin), grandchildren, Cooper, Dylan and Abigail of Etowah, N.C.; sisters, Rebecca Cragg (Charles) of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Mary Newton of Pendleton, S.C., and a brother, Dean of Seneca, S.C. A funeral service was held Saturday, June 23, in the chapel of Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in the Goldmine Community. Franklin VFW post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed military graveside rites. Pallbearers were son‑in‑law, Kevin Beck, brothers‑in law, Weldon Keener, Ervin Keener, Bruce Keener, Randy Brown, Ronald DeMore and Milton Estes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Garland family.
Savita Anil Dholakia
Savita A. Dholakia, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on June 20, 2018 at Angel Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Gulab and Rukmani Dalaya. Born in Karachi, India, and her family moved to Mumbai, India, in 1947. While attending college in India on an athletic scholarship and majoring in business, she met and married her husband Anil B. Dholakia. They moved to New York City in the mid ’60s. Together they started a family business; where they sold gemstones and jewelry. She enjoyed travelling with her husband and children to gem tradeshows all over the United States and overseas. She worked with the family business in the Fifth Avenue office in New York City for 30 years. They later moved to Franklin in the early ’90s and started the Anil B. Dholakia, Inc. business, a wholesale jewelry and gemstone business located on Highlands road. She was very loving, family-oriented, and she loved her husband, her children, grandchildren, family and friends deeply. She had a bubbly personality and and a lightning smile that could light up a room. She will be terribly missed by all that knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Anil B. Dholakia; daughter, Varshana Dholakia-McGaughey (Earl McGaughey) of Franklin; sons, Ketan Dholakia of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Samrat Dholakia (Donna) of Melville, N.Y.; grandchildren, Shawn Dholakia of Atlanta, Ga., Raja Dholakia of West Palm Beach, Fla., Andrew, Isabel and Caroline Dholakia of Melville, N.Y.; Brother, Deepak Dalaya (Sushila) of Mumbai, India; sister-in-law, Pramila Sullivan of Guam; and nieces and nephews, Ujjwala, Raju, Saroj, Ashish Dalaya; and William Sullivan. A private service was held on June 21. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant funeral home and crematory is serving the Dholakia family.
Rev. Johnny Jerry Hopkins Sr.
Rev. Johnny Jerry Hopkins Sr., 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Franklin House. He was born on Feb. 15, 1939, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late R. L. Hopkins and Grace Jones Hopkins. He was a church minister who was of the Christian faith. He also worked as a stone and brick mason. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Renee Grace Hopkins. He is survived by his sons, Larry Hopkins and Johnny J. Hopkins Jr., both of Franklin; his daughter, Sandra Hughes (Tommy) of Franklin; his brother, Roy Lee Hopkins of Franklin; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild on the way. A private service will be held at a later date. Penland Family Funeral Home of Swannanoa, N.C., is caring for the Hopkins Family. The online memorial register is available at www.PenlandFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Talvern Denver Sanders
Talvern Denver Sanders, 78 of the Hollywood Community, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Born in Franklin, N.C., on Nov. 24, 1939 to the late Richard and Anna Hodgin Sanders, he was a retired supervisor with Schnadig Corporation with 30 years of service. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Bentley Sanders and Nelce Sanders. Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years who he married March 3, 1956, Virginia Ellenburg Sanders; daughters and sons-in-law, Debby and Mike Breland, Pam and David Ivester and Judy and Ricky Barrett all of the Hollywood Community; brother, Hoyt Sanders of the Hollywood Community; sisters, Dolores Sutton of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., Maggie Hancox of Centerville; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was laid to rest in the Hollywood Baptist Church Cemetery. A memorial graveside service was held Friday, June 22, at Hollywood Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bill Evans and Rev. Mike McConnell officiating. A celebration will continue in the fellowship hall of the church following the service. An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.
Dennis Gene Porter
Dennis Gene Porter, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 22, 2018. Born in Portersville, Pa., he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Jane Morrison Porter. He was a member of the R.O.M.E.O Club, where he enjoyed meeting his buddies for breakfast. He enjoyed good jokes, Nascar and Chevrolets. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Porter of Franklin; one son, Justin Porter (Eva) of Philadelphia, Pa.; four step-daughters, Barbara Cave (Jon) of Sevierville, Tenn.; Lisa Robles (Gil) of Franklin; Christina Brown of New Orleans, La.; Candace Kent of Sanford, N.C.; a cousin, Ralph Porter (Leona) of Porterville, Pa.; one sister, Peggy Barger of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.;16 grandchildren including Aidan Porter and Matthew Porter; and a daughter, Heather Porter of Texas. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317 or Wheels of Time, 62 Vintage Lane, Maggie Valley, NC 28751. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.