Obituaries for November 1, 2018

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Randall Keith Jones

Randall Keith Jones, 65, of Sylva, NC passed away Saturday October 27, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, November 4th, 2018  at East Fork Baptist Church WITH THE Rev. Dennis Burrell officiating. Appalachian Funeral Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Gavin McKinney

Gavin McKinney

Gavin McKinney, 29, of Winton Salem, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Oct. 12, 2018.  He was born in Florida on Sept. 5, 1989, to Garry and Kathy McKinney.  He worked in construction and also worked as a climber in the tree industry.  He particularly enjoyed some of the projects that he worked on with his father.  He graduated from Franklin High School on 2008.  He played football throughout school as a wide receiver. He was also a great baseball player as well. His love for football continued as he was a devout Patriots fan.  He especially enjoyed watching football with his Dad.  He was a loving person who loved his friends and family.  He will be thought of often and missed very much.  He loved Kyai and Garrett very much and they were his pride and joy.  In addition to being survived by his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Kyai, of Franklin; a son, Garrett of Michigan; a sister Nichole McKinney of Massachusetts; a brother, Eric McKinney (Liz) of Florida; a grandmother, Winnie Johnson of Franklin as well as numerous nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.  A celebration of life will be held Friday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.  Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McKinney family.

Raymond Charles Braziel

Raymond Charles Braziel

Raymond Charles Braziel, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Born in Atlanta, Ga., he was preceded in death by his mother, Myrtis Hutchinson Braziel Ashton; wife, Inez Gaskin Braziel; son, Raymond Wayne Braziel, US Air Force Vietnam veteran; and grandson, David Braziel, US Navy.  He was a graduate of Miami Senior High School and Miami-Dade College.  Raymond was a proud US Navy WWII veteran; member of the American Legion Post 108 and VFW Post 7339.  He was a master gardener. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Welling (Richard) and Denise Stobbie McMeekin (Frank); long-time companion, Beverly Allen; grandchildren, Gregory Welling (Karen), Christopher Welling (Melissa), Kelly Marroquin (Joseph Paul), Lauren Stobbie and John Stobbie; great-grandchildren, Nicole, Brooke, Tyler, Kylie, Collin, Madison, Finley and Grady. A service will be held Friday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Salvation Army, 1424 NE Expressway, Atlanta, GA  30329 or National Alliance on Mental Illness, 309 West Millbrook Road, Suite 121, Raleigh, NC  27609.  Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Dixie June Childers Moses

Dixie June Childers Moses

Dixie June Childers Moses, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Hayes Glen Childers and Louanna Stewart Childers.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Moses; and siblings, Jessie Morton, Mary Gee (Lloyd), Aldon Childers (Roma Whitmire), Lucille Evitt (Cleo), Douglas Childers (Jeanette Coggins), Lena Garren (Harold), and Neal Childers (Shelva Jean). Sh always used her God-given talents to make a difference wherever she served.  Endless hours were spent with some of her favorite people at Higdonville Baptist Church.  She was a devoted member serving in many capacities including Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and superintendent, and working to feed others in the Lord’s Acre project.  During her Home Extension years, she held various offices and was selected Woman of the Year while encouraging others to learn home economics skills.  She truly loved every aspect of Home Extension. After working as a supervisor for Van Raalte Co., she joined the Tanner of NC group as manager.  Throughout her career, she was honored and recognized as Manager of the Year several times.  The Tanner store in Franklin received many outstanding accolades while under her leadership. Most important to her were her many clients who drove hours to visit the store and work with her as their personal stylist.  She excelled in all she did – at home, at work, and at play.  Working tirelessly, she made a great life for her home, family and extended family. Always helping anyone who needed anything from a new dress to canned food.  However, the most important and joyous years of her life were spent with granddaughters, Erica and Cheryl. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Moses Sanders (Dennis), of Franklin; grandchildren, Erica Sanders Moore (Russ), and Cheryl Sanders Vernon (Trevor); brothers and sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families who were dearly and unconditionally loved; and special friends, Ginny Hanks and Jane Riddle. A Memorial Service was held Sunday, Oct. 28, at Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Janet Greene officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Doug Thompson, 287 Sugarfork Rd., Franklin, NC 28734, or Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), 1985 Tate Blvd SE, Suite 43, Hickory, NC  28602. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Dean Evans

Kenneth Dean Evans, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Born in Summerville, S.C., he was the son of the late Ira Fay Evans and Willmuth Thomas Evans.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.  Kenneth was of the Methodist faith.  He enjoyed working with leather and gem mining. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Hyde Evans, of Franklin, N.C.; children, Daniel Evans, of Jacksonville, Fla., George Harrington III, of Milton, Fla., Dean Evans, of Jacksonville, Ala., and Pat Evans, of Otto, N.C.; brother, Mack Evans, of Augusta, Ga.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A service will be held at a later date in Milton, Fla. Memorial donations can be made to the family to help with their expenses. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Nell Nixon

Nell Nixon

Nell Nixon was born July 9, 1916, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Nell Emiline Ramsey, daughter of George Thomas Ramsey Sr. and Pearl F. McCoy Ramsey, was one of eight children. She attended a two room school house in Tellico, moved on to Franklin High School and finished at Central High School in Charlotte, N.C. She spent five of her growing up years in Charleston, S.C. She has always had a flare for dancing and seemed to live life marching to a different drum beat. She traveled to New York City to try out with the “George White Scandals,” a long running string of Broadway revues modeled after the Ziegfeld Follies. She came back south, met her husband Ed Nixon, married in 1941, and settled in Charlotte. During World War II, they moved to Fort Belvoir near Washington DC. She was working for the War Department, taking documents to the Pentagon, when the bomb dropped on Japan. Years later, she was introduced to Brigadier General Paul Tibbetts, the pilot of the Enola Gay, which dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima. She and Ed spent some years raising their family in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago. Moving back to Philadelphia, in 1961, they attended the Billy Graham Crusade. It was there that they both came to know and follow Christ. This decision to surrender their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord changed their lives. They, together with other couples, started a coffeehouse ministry in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to reach out to hippies and college students of the ‘60s. Then in Atlanta, they were asked to help start a ministry called Christian Care with an outreach to the inner-city poor of Atlanta. Both outreaches were team efforts. At age 80, she began traveling on international mission projects with son Boyd. She made eight trips to Western Russia, Siberia, Belarus and Ukraine where American adults would minister to Russian young people in schools, orphanages, hospitals and prisons. She did this both winter and summer. Then in 2006 she traveled to Israel. Over the years, including very recently, they made numerous mission trips to Lancaster, Pa., assembling humanitarian aid to help open doors for the gospel overseas. She has had a heart for the Lord, a heart for people, a heart for ministry and a heart for missions. She is survived by her son, Boyd Nixon; her daughter, Sherry Wren and husband Billy; her grandsons, Christopher Wren and wife Laura Lee with great-granddaughter Libby and Matthew Wren and fiancé Melissa. She died Oct. 22, 2018 at age 102. She went home to be with the Lord. She is now with Jesus. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at North Avenue Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the missions department of North Avenue Presbyterian Church 607 Peachtree St NE Atlanta 30308. Online condolences available at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, Ga. Obituary Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory of Franklin, N.C.

Brandon Nelson Bishop Maddox

Brandon Nelson Bishop Maddox

Brandon Nelson Bishop Maddox, 24, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. He was born June 9, 1994, in Fort Payne, Ala., to Gerald B. Maddox and Carol Jean Schmitt Maddox. He loved sports, making and listening to rap music, and he loved history and all there was to learn from it. He was also a member of the Rose Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents, Gerald B. Maddox and Carol S. Maddox both of Franklin; a sister, Brooke Bishop of Gaston, Ala.; two close friends, Cody Viar (Alysia) and Scott Elliott both of Franklin; and two aunts. A funeral service will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Morris Tippett officiating. Burial will follow in the Iotla United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Cody Viar, Jimmy Williamson, Scotty Elliott, Jake Tallent, Aaron Coin, Jessie Stahl, Logon Dodge, Mark Corbin, and Dalton Rigdon. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Maddox family.

Gerard Voskerijian

Gerard Voskerijian

Gerard Voskerijian, 50, of Franklin, passed away Oct. 24, 2018. Born in Lebanon, he was the son of Magar Voskerijian and the late Annie Alanian Voskerijian.  He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Janelle Maas Voskerijian, of Franklin; children, Nicolette Voskerijian and Jonathon Voskerijian, both of Valley Stream, N.Y.; stepson, Robert Montilione, of Franklin; stepson, Nicholas Moschonas, of Franklin Square, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Jessica Moschonas, of Franklin Square, N.Y.; and sister, Nora Mengouchian, of Commack, N.Y. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date at Holly Springs Baptist Church.  Rev. Donnie Seagle will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

 

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