Obituaries for May 18, 2017

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Arquillia Henderson Jamison

Arquillia Henderson Jamison

Arquillia Henderson Jamison, 60, of Cullowhee,  N.C., passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Born in Murphy, NC, she was the daughter of Alice Mashburn Underwood and the late William Gordon Underwood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Henderson. She worked at Cashiers Valley Pharmacy and enjoyed quilting, gardening and cooking.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Eldon Jamison; two daughters, Crystal Henderson and Carrie Bowen; step daughter, Amanda Blanton; stepsons, Richard Bumgarner and Scottie Jamison; grandchildren, Devin Bryson, Derick Bryson, Mason Bowen, Gage Bowen and Gatlin Bowen; step-grandchildren, Haylie Blanton, Charlie Blanton, Tristan Jamison, Taylor Milligan, Ash Lynne Bumgarner and Charles Davis.

A private burial will be held at Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, PO Box 919, Cashiers NC   28717.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth Wilhelm Letner

Elizabeth Wilhelm Letner

Elizabeth Wilhelm Letner, 90, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Valeria Pinkowski.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Anthony Letner who died Sept. 27, 2013; daughter, Valerie Dorval and 10 brothers and sisters.  She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Robert A. Wilhelm of Franklin; four grandchildren, Jesse Luke Dorval, Dawson Blaine Dorval, Nicole E. Wilhelm and Robert C. Wilhelm and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Macon Funeral Home. Father Tien Duong will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Erwin John Gribble Sr.

Erwin John Gribble Sr.

Erwin John Gribble, Sr., 74, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Audell and Altha Brackett Gribble. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mitchell Gribble and two granddaughters, Jadea and Jori Gregory.

He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Fruit of the Loom and was a founding member of Otto Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, he was a member of the Macon Aero Modelers Club and the Beekeeper’s Association.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Eloise Cabe Gribble of Otto; two children, Benita Gregory and husband Tony of Franklin, N.C., and Johnny Gribble and wife Gina of Otto; one brother, Lonnie Gribble and wife Darlene of Franklin; one sister, Shirlene Waldroop of Hayesville, N.C.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Bill Williamson officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were members of Otto Volunteer Fire Department. Retired members of Otto VFD and members of the Macon Aero Modelers Club served as honorary pallbearers.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Lou Ellen Smith Vinson

Lou Ellen Smith Vinson, 83, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017.  She was born in Oconee County, South Carolina, to the late John Wesley Smith and Rachel Jane Trecie Justice Smith.  She was a homemaker and a member of Highlands United Methodist Church.  She also served on the Highlands Emergency Council.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Olan Eugene Vinson; a daughter, Alice Faye Davis of Walhalla, S.C.; three grandchildren, Bambi King, Amber Parslow and Stanley (Bo) Davis; six great grandchildren, Breanna and Brady King, McKenzie, William, Lexie and Lucy Davis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers; Gentry Smith, Frank  Bayless Smith and Elbert Smith and sisters, Roxie Smith Stegall, Laura Estell Smith, Ida Nell Smith, Veta Mae Smith, Grace Cobb, Kate Smith Manley, Esabell Smith Bryant and Dorothy Smith Caston.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 17,  at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Lucas and Rev. Jennifer Forrester officiating.  Burial was at Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery.  Pallbearers were George Nelson, Roy Towe, Kenneth Nelson, Allen Bryson, Morris Reed, Michael Morrissey.

Online  condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Vinson family.

Norman Edward Roberts

Norman Edward Roberts

Norman Edward Roberts, 84, left his earthly bonds and flew into the arms of Jesus on the wings of faith Tuesday, May 9, 2017. He was born on March 25, 1933, to O.M. and Easter Roberts, the fifth of six children. He was predeceased by his parents and all his siblings, as well as his first wife, Shirley.

After two years of college, he joined the Naval Cadet program and became a Marine pilot. He was passionate about the Marines and qualified on two airplanes for night time carrier landings. After the military, he worked as an air traffic controller for the FAA.

His joy was in serving the Lord and he loved meeting new people and talking with them about Jesus and salvation. He and Joyce held an in-home Bible study with a group who called themselves “the forever family.” Being a strong “Grace guy,” he loved to teach on God’s Grace. One of his greatest accomplishments was his and Shirley’s mentoring of young people while living in Florida. Some of them still call him “Papa Norm.” He was an elder in both Grace and Cornerstone EPC churches in Franklin. He was a life-long Republican and served as Macon County GOP Chairman at one time.

He is survived by his second wife, Joyce Gribble Roberts and three beloved stepchildren, Angela Gardiner (Bill), Pamela Newell, and Andy Newell (Kim); as well as five adored step-grandchildren, Sarah and Liam Gardiner and Murray, Caleb and Anna Grace Newell.

Funeral services were held  Tuesday, May 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Andy Newell, Terry Bloomsma and Tommy Jordan officiated. Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Bill Gardiner, Liam Gardiner, Murray Newell, Caleb Newell, Jimmy Norton and Jackson Norton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731, or your favorite charity.

The family is most grateful to Grandview Manor Care Center for the loving and compassionate care they gave Norman over the past few years.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Stephen Christopher Kresal

Stephen Christopher Kresal

Stephen Christopher Kresal, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was the son of the late George Kresal and Lois Orlene Woolford Kresal.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Eric Kresal.

He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and was a manager for Lab Corp. He was a jack of all trades, had a great love for arts and antiques and excelled at everything he did. In his later years, he devoted his life to his granddaughter, Katlin; his involvement at East Franklin Elementary School was extensive.

He is survived by his companion of 20 years, Marie Clegg; granddaughter, Katlin Marie Kresal of Franklin; one brother, Mark Kresal of Franklin; three sisters, Lynn Kresal-Jones (Bill) of San Francisco, Calif., Deborah Wadhams (Fred) of Weaverville, N.C., and Pam Penland of Asheville, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Shane Joseph Tastinger

Shane Joseph Tastinger

Shane Joseph Tastinger, 13, of Otto, N.C., passed away, May 11, 2017.

Born in Raleigh, N.C., he was the son of John and Julie Tastinger.  He was a student at Macon Middle School, member of the Franklin F.A.S.T. Swim Team; member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where he was active in the youth group and was an altar server. He played piano, enjoyed video games, loved science and inventing things, was a NY Giants fan and loved animals. He was quick witted, had a great sense of humor and got along with everyone.  Shane was a very giving young man; even in his death he saved lives through organ donation.

Shane was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Judy Haire. He is survived by his parents, John and Julie Tastinger; brother, John Tastinger II; two sisters, Anna Tastinger and Matilda Tastinger; paternal grandparents, Tom and Jeanne Tastinger and Vickie O’Day; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Carla Haire; aunts and uncles, Alisha Woodard (Michael), Marci Holland (Robby), Jackie Whiteside (Jay), Tommy Tastinger (Wynell), Christy Young, Brooke Smith (James), Jason Tastinger, Ryan O’Day and Adam O’Day; and numerous cousins and extended family also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 18, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin.  Father Tien Duong will officiate.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.  Following the committal service, everyone is invited to Bloemsma Farm, 1145 Patton Road, Franklin, for a bereavement luncheon and celebration of life.

Pallbearers will be Michael Woodard, Robby Holland, Jay Whiteside, Tommy Tastinger, Jason Tastinger, James Smith and Thomas Woolbright.

EMS, First Responders and local law enforcement will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Liam Jade Wilson

Liam Jade Wilson, infant son of Jesse Dean Wilson and Julia Angel Vance, passed away, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

He was born in Buncombe County, on February 14, 2017.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by grandparents, Donna Marie Vance of Franklin, George Everett Vance of Hayesville and Diana Lynn Asbury of Franklin; step grandfather, William Dale Asbury of Franklin; uncle, Kory Vance of Franklin and aunt, Melanie McHale of St. Petersburg, FL.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Matt Green will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Belinda Lee Peele Urrutia

Belinda Lee Peele Urrutia

Belinda Lee Peele Urrutia, 68, beloved sister of Beth Peele Harris and Teresa Peele Gooch and beloved companion of Leo Fortschneider passed away May 12, 2017.

She was born in Ridley Park, Pa., and was predeceased by parents, Clara Jones Peele and Carlus George Peele and her sister, Rebecca Jane Peele.

She is survived by sisters, Beth Peele Harris and Teresa Peele Gooch.

She graduated from Charles D. Owen High School, Class of 1966 and served honorably in the U. S. Air Force.

“The song has ended, but the melody lingers …”

A private family service will be held.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, NC.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Griffin Lane McCall

Griffin Lane McCall

On Monday, May 8, Griffin Lane McCall  passed peacefully from this life into the waiting and loving arms of both his Savior Jesus Christ and his wife, Colleen, who preceded him in death by 10 years. He was born to Alvis and Loretta McCall, the fourth of eight beautiful children.  Griffin was a blessing.  His generosity knew no bounds and he did not know the word no.  Whenever someone asked something of him he made sure to make it happen.  He lived by the accord he and God worked out.  In the end, though it was hard to teach an old dog new tricks, God won and Griffin became the man God had designed him to be.  His children, Brenna, Kyle and Katie, as well as his grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends remember a great man, an awesome man, a sweet and mountain-hard man, who loved, laughed, fought, cried and lived knowing that this life is a passing moment and eternity awaits.  He is in his hard-won mansion over the hilltop.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 13, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bull Pen Road, Cashiers, N.C., with Rev. Delbert McCall officiating.

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

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