Obituaries for November 16, 2017

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Anita Louise Wiberg Norton

Anita Louise Wiberg Norton, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. She was born in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of the late Erik Wiberg of Sweden and Marjorie Watts Wiberg of Australia. She was a successful business woman. She was an agent in the real estate business, she was one of the original cashiers at the first Ingles Store in Franklin, and she owned a children’s clothing store and a restaurant. She was very artistic and talented and enjoyed painting, needlepoint, stained glass and photography. She fought a good fight against Multiple Sclerosis for 26 years.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Richard “Rick” Norton; one son, Darryn Norton (Kerryanne) of Greenville, S.C., and a sister, Linnea Wiberg MacKay of Sydney, Australia.

A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 10, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim Williams, Tom England, Tiger O’ Rourke, Andrew Norton, Ryan Norton, and Tim O’ Rourke. Honorary pallbearers were the VVA Chapter 994 members in attendance. Memorial donations may be made to MS Society North Carolina Chapter, 9801 Southern Pine Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Elizabeth S. Densmore

Elizabeth S. Densmore, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. She was born Nov. 2, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo., to the late Louis Edwin Straub and Nellie Hugon Straub. She was married to the late Neal H. Densmore. She worked many years in the retail business and was a volunteer for a shelter for battered women of domestic violence. She love to play cards, Mahongg, working out at the gym, working with plants, and loving on her cat. She was also of the Christian Science faith.

Survivors include her daughter, Micheale Bartlett of Elizabethton, Tenn., son, Neal H. Densmore, Jr. of Boca Raton, Fla., and a granddaughter, Barbe Barlett of Elizabethton, Tenn.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Densmore family.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Ruth Eileen McIntire

Ruth Eileen McIntire

Ruth Eileen McIntire, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Born in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Francis McIntire and Blanche Higgins McIntire. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister whom she loved dearly, Martha Hildebrand.

She was a devout member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, where she was a part of the Lydia Women and became a Lay Speaker of the church. She was very involved at church; especially with Bible studies and Sunday School. She loved to crochet and was an avid Ohio State Buckeye’s fan.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church. Rev. Stephanie Thompson and Rev. Paul Sears will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Logan Berry Ashe

Logan Berry Ashe

Logan Berry Ashe, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Nov. 6, 2017.

Born in the Holly Springs Community, he was the son of the late John and Bertha Carroll Ashe.

He was a World War II veteran, serving honorably in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he opened a garage, specializing in the repair of Jeeps and tractors. He enjoyed helping others, spending time with friends and family, hunting, and fishing. He was first a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and later, Wells Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Ruth Ray; son, Dennis Ashe; siblings, Jim Elzie, and Wiley Ashe and brother who died in infancy. He is survived by a daughter, Linda Ashe.

Per Logan’s wishes, a graveside service was conducted by members of the American Legion and the VFW with full military rites. Interment was in the Jennings Cemetery beside his beloved wife.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Logan’s name to the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery (Jennings Cemetery) Maintenance Fund, C/O  Karen Stiwinter, 481 Franklin Farm Road, Franklin, NC  28734 or to the Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Jackie Cook, PO Box 58, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Margaret Fischbeck

Mary Margaret Fischbeck

Mary Margaret Fischbeck, 98, of Mason City, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

She was born in Charleston, Illinois on June 15, 1919, to Frank and Gertrude (Fagan) Lee.  She was raised there until 1935 when the family moved to Iowa City, Iowa.  She graduated from City High and attended the University of Iowa.  There, she met Donald Weiss of Denison, Iowa, and they were married in California while he was in flight school in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in 1942.  Don was killed over Normandy in June 1944. She married Arthur Fischbeck of Mason City in 1947. They settled in Mason City where Art was an insurance agent and she was a homemaker raising their three children and volunteering in the community.

She was an active member of P.E.O., Mason City Women’s Club, MacNider Art Museum, YWCA, and the First Presbyterian Church. She  expanded her knowledge and experiences throughout her life by enjoying reading, gourmet cooking, golfing, playing bridge, and traveling.  She also loved collecting antiques.  A budding artist and a natural clown, she took her outgoing personality and sense of humor into her every endeavor.

She leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Sue Ann (Tom) Reisdorph, of Franklin, N.C.; two sons, William (Marilee) Fischbeck, of El Cajon, Calif., and John (Donna) Fischbeck of Mason City; seven grandchildren; 14  great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Beth Brown of Cedar Rapids; eight nephews and nieces and their families and some very special friends in this community and beyond.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Don Weiss and Art Fischbeck, and daughter-in-law, Rhonda Fischbeck.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will take place in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa, First Presbyterian Church or donor’s choice.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory in Mason City, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.

James Burgess

James Burgess, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.  He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Charlie and Carrie Penland Burgess.  He worked for the Town of Franklin, he liked hunting, fishing, and walking his dog.  He attended New Bethel Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elouise Louise Burgess.

He is survived by a daughter, Janet Louise Burgess of Franklin; grandchildren, Matthew Burgess (Kayla), Kevin Burgess and his fiancé April Jackson of Franklin, and Ryan Burgess; great grandchilddren, Kayleigh Gibbs, Kylee Burgess and Kailin Burgess; sister, Julia Freeman of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Mozart Moliere officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Michael Chavis, Willis Chavis, Greg Hall, Jeremiah Manning, Larry Manning and Tracy Wright.  The family will receive friends from 1 to  2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Robert Francis Goebel

Robert Francis Goebel, 92, sailed away for home on Nov. 6,  2017, after an extended illness. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He grew up in the Catholic Faith. He joined the United States Coast Guard after Pearl Harbor and served until 1946.

He was the son of the late Edward James Goebel and Ruth Friend Goebel.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Eric Goebel (Vietnam Veteran) 1978 and his first love, first wife of 44 years, Jeanne Seagren Goebel 1991.

He is survived by his sister, Nancy Conklin, Glenville, W.Va.; brother, William (Linda), St. Augustine, Fla.; children, Cyndy Seifert (Clay), Melborne, Fla., and son, Edward (Pam), St. Petersburg, Fla.;  four grandsons, Ron Seifert (Christy), Bryan Seifert (Katie), Eric Goebel (Becky) and Evan Goebel; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Also surviving, his second love, second wife of 25 years, Laura Nelle Goebel; four step-children, Garry Estes (Judy), Marcia Jones (Tim), Norma Jean Platt (Ron) and Dola McConnell Jr.; six step-grand children, Josh Estes (Candace), Brooke and Neil Cole, Beau and Brittney Bishop and Savannah Jones; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was a member of American Legion Post 104, Sylva. One highlight of his life was the Honor Air Flight to Washington DC to see the war memorials. He enjoyed making stained glass pieces and wood burning and other crafts and visiting with other veterans.

His son Ed says “Dad was easy going, a friend to everyone, and was cherished by those who knew him.”

A Memorial was held Saturday, Nov. 11, at Appalachian Funeral Home in Sylva. His final resting place will be Curlew Hills Gardens, Palm Harbor, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Savannah Fire Department and First Responders of Sylva, or Four Seasons Hospice (www.FourSeasonsCFL.org

An online registry is available at:  www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

William Frederick Ogden

William Frederick Ogden, 92 of Franklin, N.C., has died in the Lord.

Born in Mt. Clemens, Mich., he was the son of the late William S. Ogden and Clara Schock Ogden.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joy Claire Golden and a brother, David Ogden. He was a WWII U.S. Marine veteran; member of Resurrection Lutheran Church where he served as usher and Bible study teacher; former owner/operator of Sugartown Donut Shop, draftsman/owner of Bill’s Plan Service and construction foreman for William J. Scarr Company.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Laura May Aude Ogden; children, Cynthia Hacker, Carol Reynolds and husband Albert, Steven Seys, Laura Slagle and husband John and Alan Seys all of Franklin; sister, Judie Wolfe of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.  Pastor Patrick O’Neal will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Bonnie Dowdle Kelley

Bonnie Dowdle Kelley, 84, of Newport, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Harborview Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born on Oct. 1, 1933, in Franklin, N.C., to Plenny and Launa Dowdle.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Kelley; daughter, Dianne Styron of Newport; sons, Danny Kelley and wife, Kimi of Morehead City, Jim Kelley and wife, Terry of Newport; sisters, Louise Williamson, Pauline Stiwinter, Marie Brabson, Nell Goforth, Carolyn Chastain; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Katherine Lynn Kelley; sister, Betty Holland; brothers, Carl Dowdle, Clarence Dowdle, Jim Dowdle, Ray Dowdle, Ralph Dowdle, Shirley Dowdle, Earl Dowdle and Charles Dowdle.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Patrick Whaley.

Online condolences may be made at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory, Morehead City, N.C.

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