Obituaries for January 11, 2018

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Addie Albena McDuffie Williams

Addie Albena McDuffie Williams, age 103, of Otto, N.C., went home to be with God on Dec. 18, 2017. She was born in Holmes County, Florida on March 8, 1914. She was preceded in death by husbands Ray Williams and Harry Gilmore; mother and father, Alice and Samuel McDuffie and brothers, Duel Ray, Fred, Hugh, Wilford and sisters, Gladys, Louise and Mary.

After graduating from Leonia High School, she moved to Pascagoula, Miss., christening the U.S.S. Hampton (a Bayfield‑class attack transport) battleship that served with United States in World War II in 1944. She moved to Arizona in 1951, where she went to work for Hughes Aircraft Company in Tucson. She worked on three ‑ Gyro Package Actuators, TOW missile as an electrical engineer. Much of her work went to Washington, D.C. to be brought before the Congressional Committee.

She served as a pioneer for women during her employment with Hughes. A charter member, organizer of International Association of Machinists IAM, she was one of the first women to file a grievance, continuing to be a 50-year member.

She spent her last years in Otto. She visited Franklin in 1980, after seeing a television advertisement for North Carolina. She and her husband fell in love with the area, bought land and had a house built in 1983.

She was a member of Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America, Tucson, Ariz., The Supreme Shrine of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Tucson, Ariz., 50 years Order of Eastern Star, Desert Star Chapter #54, Tucson, Ariz., 70 years, Ladies Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benson, Ariz., 50 years, Olana Temple No. 131 Daughters of the Nile 50 years.

Surviving are cousin, Louise Gandy; special friends, Agnes Cabe and Janice Roof; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m., at Mulberry Methodist Church in Otto, with Rev. Sherron O. Geiger officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Williams family. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Chandra Eicher

Chandra Eicher, 78, of Franklin,  N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2017.

She was an artist, poet, author, seriographer, amateur play director and stage manager and a member of the Belfry Players and Nantahala Players. She studied journalism at Indiana University-Perdu University Indianapolis and was a longtime employee of The Franklin Press.  Born in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Kiefer Ober and Virginia Ober.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an ex-husband, Dan Eicher, and a son, Duane Eicher.

She is survived by a son, Christopher (Andy) Eicher of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughter, Catrina Brewer of Cocoa, Fla.; sister, Eleanor (Lani) Czyzewski of Tampa, Fla., two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, she would want one to make a donation of a goat to a third-world family or a coat to someone who was cold.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Betty Jean Lambert

Betty Jean Lambert, 77, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Robert Hawks Sr. and Mary Lou McCarty Hawks.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Lambert who died Nov. 2, 2001.  She was a good Christian woman, she loved people, loved her family and loved the Lord.  She had worked as a seamstress in the textile industry and was a member of New Found Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Robert “Bob” Lawrence Lambert (Rita) of Franklin, “Keith” Frank K. Lambert (Kimberly) of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Thomas Paul Lambert of Marietta, Ga.; brothers, Bobby Hawks (Margaret) of Franklin, Frank Hawks and Theda Kay of Etowah, N.C.; sisters, Sue Farmer of Franklin, Marilyn Moss (Robert) of Franklin, Carolyn Donaldson (Cap) of Andrews, N.C., Elaine Sanders of Franklin, JoAnn Tallent of Franklin, and Jan Lowe of Elm City, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at New Found Baptist Church, with Rev. John Hartley, Rev. Allen Waters and Rev. S. J. Waters officiating.  Burial was in Rush Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Todd McConnell, Adam Tallent, Cap Donaldson, Scott Farmer, Kevin Brown and Tayler Shirley.   Honorary pallbearer was McRay Tallent.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Lambert family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

William Donald Hartman

William Donald Hartman, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

Born in Sandusky, Ohio, he was the son of the late Donald and Thelma Archer Hartman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Harold Buist.  He enjoyed singing with trios and playing bass. He enjoyed shooting and collecting firearms, fishing and riding motorcycles. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and former member of Maranatha Bible Church in Van Buren, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol Hallowell Hartman; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hartman of Findlay, Ohio; brother, Larry Buist of Melbourne, Fla.; sister, Ruth Ann Saylor of Ravenna, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Samuel Hartman and Rebekah Mansfield.

Funeral services were held  Saturday, Jan. 6, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Donnie Seagle officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bill Aller, Charles Dannenbring, Ed Stone, Pete Rodewald, Alex Andreu and Jeff Wright.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Belle Buchanan

Mattie Belle Buchanan, 96, of Franklin, N.C,. passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Isabelle Thompson Buchanan. She was the last of eight children. She had worked for the federal government and was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 7,  in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Burial was in Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Buchanan family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Marie Nichols Duvall

Marie Nichols Duvall, 92, of Franklin, N.C., peacefully reached the end of this journey called life on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, N.C.

Born on July 22, 1925, in Plumerville, Ark., she was the daughter of the late James Clark Nichols and Alma Louise Cates Nichols.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Vinson Duvall; a son, Mark Nichols Duvall; infant sons, Boone and Jeffrey Duvall; a sister, Emma Jean Evans, and a brother, Harold J. Nichols.

A 1943 graduate of Plumerville High, she played point guard on her school’s basketball team.  She moved to Pontiac, Mich., where she helped in the war effort during WWII by working at General Motors making jeeps. She also played basketball for the GM women’s league.  After her marriage in 1948, she came to Franklin, had eight children, joined Tellico Baptist Church, and was a homemaker for many years.  Later in life, she worked as a factory worker, elder caregiver, and housekeeper.  During those years, she enjoyed playing on a community league bowling team.

Well into her 70s, she retired and became an active member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and contributor to several charities, including St. Jude, Boys Town, Shriners Children’s Hospital, and the Lakota Tribe Children’s Foundation.  She also volunteered three to four days per week at CareNet for 14 years; her last day was Dec. 22, 2017.  Her CareNet family, and the work she did there, was an essential part of her life.

She is survived by her loving family, four daughters, Kathy Hart (Tom) of Highlands, Nancy Wilson, Jennifer Nation, and Rexanna Duvall (Don), all of Franklin; son, David C. Duvall (Rachel) of Franklin; brother, Billy Carl Nichols of Ft. Smith, Ark.; “adopted” son, Marshall Ramey of Asheville; five grandchildren, Randy Scott Sizemore of San Francisco, Calif., Eric Sizemore of Bull Head City, Ariz., Wendy Duvall (Stephen) of Franklin, Travis Duvall (Jamie) of Portsmouth, Va., and Dylan Duvall of Atlanta, Ga.; three great grandchildren, Jared Duvall of Franklin, and Adalyn and Eli Duvall of Portsmouth, Va.

To those who knew and loved her, Mama, Mother, Granny, Moo, Little Marie, Miss Marie, Marie, Mrs. Duvall represented the very best of “The Greatest Generation.”  She exemplified a life well lived and will be profoundly missed.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Tellico Baptist Church.  Revs. Gary McCoy, Morris Tippett, and Guy Duvall officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tom Hart, Travis Duvall, Marshall Ramey, Drake Nichols, Dylan Duvall, and George Lynch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation (Four Seasons Hospice), PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744 or to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Donna Marie Bishop

Donna Marie Bishop, formerly of Waterville, Maine and Owings Mills, Md., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at her home in Otto, N.C. Born in San Antonio, Texas, she was the daughter of James Sr. and Rita Harris.

She graduated from Franklin Senior High School and attended Catonsville Community College. She was a life-long artist. She employed her talent of caring for others as a nursing assistant. Later in life, she followed her love of nature to become an interpretive ranger at Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia, near the home she made for herself in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Left to celebrate her memory is her mother, Rita Harris of Owings Mills, Md.; three children, Jeremiah Bishop and wife Erin of Harrisonburg, Va., Angela Bishop and Elija Bishop both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Corrielle Rosenthal and Conrad and Beatrix Bishop; two brothers, James Harris Jr. of Ellicott City, Md. and Thomas Harris of Deltona, Fla.; and niece, Tess Harris of Ellicott, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Macon County Animal Shelter, 1377 Lakeside Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Irvine Nature Center Fern Room in Owings Mills, Md., with Pastor Paul Papp officiating.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Charles Marcus ‘Mark’ Dowdle

Charles Marcus “Mark” Dowdle, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

A lifelong resident of Franklin, he was the son of the late Joe and Margaret Hall Dowdle. He attended NC State and served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division. He was a dairy farmer, worked in construction, school maintenance and was an HVAC owner. He loved country music and buck dancing. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Dowdle; four daughters, Jennifer Rogers and husband Rick, Cindy Stamey and Keith Brooks, Ginger “Muffin” Anderson, and Maggie Southard and husband Chuck, all of Franklin; grandchildren, David and Cody Rogers, Tyler Stamey and wife Alison and the late Coleman Stamey, Chelsea, Nick and Brett Anderson, Carrie and Allison Southard and Carly Gerber and husband Tanner; great granddaughter, Rylee Rogers; sister, Carolyn Pattillo and a niece and nephew.

A memorial service was held  Sunday, Jan. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Andy Cloer officiated.

Grandsons and Rocky Pattillo served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Rathbun Lewis Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Frances James Kirven

Frances James Kirven, 74, of Cashiers, N.C., passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was raised in Mt. Airy, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Walter Scherer James and Frances Foy James.  She attended Salem College for two years and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she met her late husband, James Dupont “Tippy” Kirven III on a blind date.  They shared 49 years of marriage before his passing on the same day (Jan. 1) in 2014. She is also predeceased by her sister, Scherer James Easa of Oahu, Hawaii.

After college, Frankie and Tippy settled in his hometown of Columbus, Ga., where she taught first grade at Clubview Elementary and Brookstone School.  During this time, she also obtained her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State University.  She was involved in her communities, serving as president of the Junior League of Columbus from 1983‑1984, being active in her churches, serving at the Cashiers Community Library, and being involved in the Cashiers Chapter of P.E.O.  She loved God, her family, and her friends, and she always put others ahead of herself.

She is survived by her three sons, James Dupont Kirven IV and wife Jan of Summerfield, N.C., Stephen Scherer Kirven and wife Rita of Taylors, S.C., Foy Alexander Kirven of Columbus, Ga.; and five grandchildren, Chase White and wife Stephanie, of Raleigh, N.C., Ashton Kirven of Summerfield, N.C., Grace Kirven, James Kirven, and Will Kirven of Taylors, S.C.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Willean Stiwinter, Genise Humphrey, and Carolyn Campbell, as well as all of the wonderful staff at Hospice Four Seasons for their compassionate care of Frankie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga., Cashiers United Methodist Church in Cashiers, N.C., or Hospice Four Seasons in Hendersonville, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga., at 2:30 p.m., on Jan. 12, with a reception to follow at the church.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  Online condolences may be made by visiting bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Doris Elizabeth Gibson Webb

Doris Elizabeth Gibson Webb, 87, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was born in Macon County to the late Elbert and Effie Henry Gibson. She was married to Richard Webb who preceded her in death in 2002.

She had worked for Highlands Cashiers Hospital. She was a member of Highlands First Assembly of God and she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, June Henry of Highlands; sons, Freddie Webb of Highlands, Randy Webb of Hollywood, Md. and Johnny Webb of Franklin; a sister, Marjorie Webb of Highlands; 27 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sons, William Webb, David Webb and James Webb; a sister, Myrtle McCall and a brother, James Edward Gibson.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 5, at Highlands First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Randy Reed officiating. Burial followed in Horse Cove Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Webb family.

Lisa Drum

Lisa Drum, 56, of Lagrange, Ga., loving wife and mother, lost her valiant battle with cancer on Dec. 22, 2017, while visiting her daughter in San Antonio. She is safe in the arms of Jesus with no more suffering and pain.

She leaves behind the love of her life, her husband, Joey Drum; her daughters and their husbands, Savannah (Andrew) Narayan of Charlotte and Summer (Justin) Johnson of San Antonio, Texas; her parents, Linda and James Buchanan of Franklin and Hollis Adams of Robbinsville; her grandmother, Neowne Adams of Robbinsville; her sisters, April (Jeff) Getz of Charlotte, Tracy (Shaun) Shockley of Palm Bay, Fla.; and her brother, Seth (Nikki) Adams of Franklin; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends, all of which she loved dearly.

A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held at Cedar Cliff Baptist Church on Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317 or victoryjunction.org, a camp for children with serious medical conditions where Lisa enjoyed volunteering as a respiratory therapist.

Richard Brooks Moulton

Richard Brooks Moulton, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Born in Beverly, Mass., he was the son of the late Harold E. Moulton and Anna F. Cooke Moulton. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during WWII. He retired from Interpile Construction Company as an engineer and attended First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Wagner Moulton; daughter, Linda Moulton Goddard and husband Ronald of Cotuit, Mass.; step-son, Kerry Russell Thomas of Franklin; step-daughter, Sheree Di Bernardo and husband Jeffrey of Homestead, Fla.; one sister, Nancy Allen of Connecticut and two granddaughters, Sarah and Lisa Goddard.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam will officiate with full military honors conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Edward Giegerich

Thomas Edward Giegerich, 53, of Franklin, N.C.,  passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

Born in Pleasant Hills, Pa., he was the son of Agatha Schilling Giegerich of Pleasant Hills, Pa., and the late Paul J. Giegerich.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ken Giegerich.  He played football at Duquesne University; was the manager of Sports Zone, loved all Pittsburgh sports, was of the Catholic faith and lived life to the fullest with friends and family and was a very proud father.

In addition to his mother, Agatha Schilling Giegerich, he is survived by his son, Luke Giegerich of Franklin; two brothers, Marty Giegerich (Susan) of Pleasant Hills, Pa., and Paul S. Giegerich of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters, Karen Rodgers (Jody) of Richardson, Texas, and Rea Zarlino (Mark) of Pleasant Hills, Pa.; 15 nieces and nephews including godson, Jacob Giegerich and goddaughter, Erin McCafferty; and sister-in-law, Patty Giegerich of Pleasant Hills, Pa.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Patrick Trawick officiated.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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