Larkin Fourkiller, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sept. 29, 2018, battling cancer. He was born in Tahlequah, Okla., the son of Judge Fourkiller and Daisy England Fourkiller. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Billy Fourkiller, Commodore (Red) Fourkiller; his sisters, Florence Soap, JoAnn Maclamore, Jon-Ann Wolf, and Marie Fourkiller Wilson; and a daughter, Tonya. Larkin, a full-blooded Western Cherokee, was taken from the home around age 8 and placed into Winedot boarding school and later returned to graduate from Stilwell High School, Stilwell, Okla. After school he pursued masonry and moved from Okla., to Kokomo, Ind. He continued to use his masonry skills throughout his lifetime. In 1974, he moved to Cherokee and contracted for, and bricked, the first 200 native American government homes built on the Qualla boundary. He was well known in the five Western North Carolina counties. He was a fluent speaker and taught the Cherokee language in local schools. Larkin enjoyed playing golf and watching Oklahoma University football, and also making fine jewelry He loved this area for its mountains and beauty and enjoyed sitting on the back porch of his cabin in the Cat Creek area overlooking his pond for the last 22 years. His charisma allowed him to communicate with people and also wildlife. His ability to make you feel special was a knack that served him well. He was also a spiritual man who believed in eternal life. He is survived by two sons, Larkin and Shawn, and daughter, Sherry of Kokomo, Ind., and Paislee Fourkiller-Raby of Cherokee, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Upon Larkin’s request, his remains are being donated to MedCure, a company who will study his body to help understand the native-American anatomy. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 5-6 p.m. on the Cherokee Island Park in downtown Cherokee. All friends and relatives are invited. Condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Larkin did not want a formal funeral. He looked at the word funeral and pronounced it “FUN-u-all.” (I had FUN you all.)
Harry Miller, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Levi Miller and Jane Booth Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Miller. He loved music and singing; he had two bands. He is survived by his longtime companion, Mary Sullivan, of Franklin; children, Kimberly Miller, of Nashville, Tenn., Anthony Miller, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Leigh Ann Miller, of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Lucy Lentz, of Brandon, Fla.; two grandchildren, Sierra Bodiford and Patch Miller; nephew, Kenneth Lentz; and two nieces, Mary Lentz and Gayle Murphy. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Dennis Dalgleish will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Brexley Mae Hoover
Brexley Mae Hoover, infant daughter of Casey Hoover and Chastity Thomas, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. In addition to her parents, she is survived by maternal grandfather, Danny Thomas Sr; paternal grandmother, Paula Hoover; maternal great grandmother, Barbara Thomas; maternal great-great grandmother, Ruby Collins; brother, Laeton Thomas; aunts and uncles, Nathaniel Johnson, Danny Thomas Jr, McKenzie Thomas, Brandon Thomas, and Jessica Owen; and several cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Andy Cloer will officiate. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Shaunteil Vannucci, 38, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Born in Griffin, Ga., she was the daughter of Shawn and Dale Peterson, of Franklin. She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Peterson. She attended Trinity Assembly of God, played guitar, loved to dance, and loved the outdoors. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Richard Vannucci, of Franklin; children, Alia Curley, of Franklin, Alexa Vannucci, of Franklin, and J.J. Cortez-Ayala, of Cashiers, N.C.; brothers, Darin Peterson (Patricia), of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Corey Peterson (Jill), of Los Angeles, Calif., and Daniel Peterson, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and uncles, Rick Sloan (Barb), of Piedmont, Mo., and Jonathan Sloan, of Franklin. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. J.D. Watson and Rev. Rick Ballew officiated. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Motz-Morrow, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Born in DuBois, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Glenn Smith and Ruby Duttry Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Beverly Kunselman. She was a member of Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Eastern Star, past Grand Officer (Grand Marshal) in Florida, and Grand Representative in Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband, Harry Morrow; daughter, Shirley Ann Motz, of Crestone, Colo.; four grandchildren, John Wood, Stephanie Miller, Jason Wood, and Zach Conley; and four great-grandchildren, Makayla Wood, Tanner Jewell, Milana Wood, and Harlyn Miller. A graveside service was held Sunday, Sept. 30, in Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Vic Greene officiated. Memorial donations can be made to Louisa Chapel Methodist Cemetery Fund, c/o Donnie Wallace, 477 Louisa Chapel Rd, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Claude Maxwell ‘Max’ Cabe
Claude Maxwell “Max” Cabe, 90, of Spruce Pine, N.C., went home to be with the Lord Sept. 16, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Born on Sept. 11, 1928, in Rabun County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Claude W. and Grace Ramey Cabe. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Sarah Hillard; brother, Charles Cabe and wife Josephine; one sister, Doris Cabe; one son-in-law, Reid Gouge; and a brother-in-law, Gline Holland. He grew up in the Otto Community and graduated from Franklin High School. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church for some 60 years and Deacon and Chairman for some 30 years. He retired from the State of North Carolina Department of Transportation as State Highway Inspector, working part time even at 82. He loved his family, his church, his church family and the many friends he had. He loved to talk to everyone and was always looking for a project. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 66 years, Lucille Earley Cabe; daughters, Paulette G. Gilley and husband Henry of Burnsville, N.C., and Sandra Cabe and significant other, Randy Greene, of Spruce Pine; son, Billy Maxwell Cabe and wife Olga Leticia, of Moore, S.C.; son-in-law, Mickey Hillard of Burnsville; five grandsons, Travis Garland and wife Heather, Josh Garland, Ryan and Jackson Cabe and Bill Gilley and wife Michelle; four granddaughters, Shanna Hillard, Janet and Jenny Rivera, Maggie Benge and husband Matthew and 10 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert M. Cabe Sr. and wife Elizabeth of Franklin; one sister, Jeanette Holland of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Max Cabe was conducted on Friday, Sept. 21, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church, followed by burial in the church cemetery with military graveside services.
Helen Seals Brushett Kaas
Helen Seals Brushett Kaas, 95, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. She was born June 2, 1923, in Clinton, N.J., to the late William and Ida Housel Seals. She was preceded in death in 1966 by husband Albert Brushett and 2005 by husband Charles Kaas; brothers, John and Austin Seals; and by sisters, Mary Seals Stock and Kathryn Seals Smith. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklin and a member of the Electa SS Class. She retired as a LPN in 1985 from Pompano Beach, Fla., and from Angel Medical Center, Franklin in 1997. She is survived by nieces, Aletta Hannah of Montgomery, Ala., and Dorothy Falcone of Pennsylvania; and several grand-nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Brown officiated. Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Dockery, Judd Downs, Mark Foster, and Kyle McCall. Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church Building and Repair Fund, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Geneva ‘Jennie’ Bateman Mosteller
Geneva “Jennie” Bateman Mosteller, 89, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Asheville, N.C. She was born in Macon County on Dec. 13, 1928, to the late Claude Bateman and Elda Neal Bateman. She worked and retired from the textile industry and she was a member of the White Oak Baptist Church. She loved flowers and cats. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Mosteller of Topton, N.C.; a special niece, Tina Bateman Hyleman; and great-niece, Brooke Hyleman; two brothers, Morris Bateman and Wendell Bateman, both of Topton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Williamson and six brothers, T. A., Jerry, Johnny, James, Todd and Charles Bateman. A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 3, at White Oak Baptist Church, with Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Burial was in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Waters, Paul Bryant, Doug Bryant, Brian Bateman, Zach Postell and Donald Cross. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Mosteller family. Online line condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Angus Tolbert Jr.
Angus Tolbert Jr. 78, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. He was born July 24, 1940, in Jackson County to the late Angus Tolbert Sr. and Faye Hooper Tolbert. He worked and retired from Hoest-Celanese Manufacturing; was of the Christian faith; and he loved to fish whenever he got the chance. Survivors include his son, William Scott Tolbert of Midland, N.C.; a grandson, Patrick Tolbert of Midland, N.C.; two sisters, Anna Rose Tolbert and Betty Jean Tolbert; and two brothers, Jerry Tolbert and Bruce Tolbert. A private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Tolbert family.
Mary ‘Sandra’ Dickson Ballentine
Mary “Sandra” Dickson Ballentine, 84, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. She was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Anderson, S.C., to the late Harvey and Ruth Dickson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Ballentine. She was a member of the PEO, president of the Wilson Woman’s Club, founding member of Saturday Club in Anderson, which is still active; and the PTA president in Wilson for many years. She loved playing the guitar and singing folk songs, seeing her grandkids, reading, cooking, operating a Ham amateur radio, cats, chocolate, and being in the mountains with friends “KF4SQN is out.” She loved Sunday School in Highlands. Not only did she sing and play guitar, she performed programs at different organizations and functions and she played with the Anderson Piano Ensemble. She was a member of the Highlands First Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the Women’s Circle. She was also was a former choir member and Elder in the 1st Christian Church in Belhaven, N.C. Survivors include her favorite son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Evelyn Ballentine of Wake Forest, N.C.; four grandchildren, Allie Ballentine Dew (Robert) of Wendell, N.C., Lauren Ballentine, Joshua Ballentine, and J.J. Ballentine all of Wake Forest; a sister, Pricilla Eichelberger of Atlanta, Ga; and good friends, Ken and Susan Hawkins. She was preceded in death by her aunts, Mary, Sarah, Sulah, and Bet. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Highlands First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Curtis Fussell and Rev. Emily Wilmarth officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the www.samaritianspurse.org U.S. Disaster Relief. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ballentine family.