Obituaries for October 13

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Sandra Baty Hamilt

Sandra Baty Hamilt
Sandra Baty Hamilt

Sandra Baty Hamilt, 77, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.  She was born in Macon County the daughter of Marie Carolyn Hopper Baty and the late Ronald Henry Baty. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Leon Hamilt, who died in 2009.

She was a registered nurse and a member of the American Diabetes Association and the Georgia Nursing Association. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Gregory William Hamilt (Ona) of Suwanee, Ga., and Douglas Mitchell Hamilt of Highlands; three grandchildren, Jonathan Hamilt, Elizabeth Hamilt and Melanie Hamilt and three brothers, Jerry Baty, Ronnie Kenneth Baty, and Barry Baty.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Keith Alan Hamilt.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 pm in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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

Susan Miriam Jones Ross

Susan Miriam Jones Ross, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

Born in Birmingham England, she was the daughter of the late Harry Jones and Miriam Lawton Jones. She emigrated first to Vancouver, B.C., then to the U.S. in the ’70s, spending time in New York City, Washington state, Oregon, and Georgia. She adopted her new home in the North Carolina mountains with enthusiasm.

She studied at The Arica Institute, later practiced organic gardening, was an accomplished legal secretary, and dedicated her free time to pet rescue and care. She will be remembered for her determined efforts to save many of our four legged friends.

She is survived by her ex-husband and longtime friend, Dana M. Ross of Atlanta, Ga., her animal companions, relatives in England, and many other friends from varied walks of life.

Contributions to pet rescue organizations are encouraged in her remembrance.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at maconfuneralhome.com.

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Manchester Burandt

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Manchester Burandt
Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Manchester Burandt

Gertrude “Trudy” Manchester Burandt, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Harold C. Manchester and Bessie May Gott Manchester.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Roger Wayne Burandt and seven brothers and sisters, Harold Manchester Jr.; Bessie Ward; Violet Schultz; Ray Manchester; Sherman Manchester; Frank Manchester; and Guy Manchester. She graduated from Charlotte High, Rochester, N.Y., in 1945.  She loved square dancing, genealogy, reading, knitting and crafts.

She is survived by a daughter, Gail Frances Bradley and husband Floyd Argle Bradley of Franklin; son, Gary Curtiss Burandt of Kent, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Debra Paris of Fort Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb

Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb, 80, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Born in Castlewood, Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry Roy Porter and Viola Marie Jessee Dearing Porter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Chase Babb; two sons, Aubrey Alan Babb and Robert Lynn Babb; and one brother, Roy Leon Porter. She was former owner of Cashiers Insurance Agency, Inc.; a member of the N.C. China Painting Club and loved gardening and flowers. She was a member of Pine Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Hicks and husband Ralph of Cullowhee and Carla B. Tucker and husband Chris of Cashiers; one son, Michael D. Babb of Cullowhee; one brother, Leston Porter of Hazelwood, Mo.; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., at Pine Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Aaron Langston and Rev. Everett Wilson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pine Creek Baptist Church or Four Seasons Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Valerie Irene Peel

Valerie Irene Peel
Valerie Irene Peel

Valerie Irene Peel, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. She grew up in Seal Beach, Calif., and as a young girl, was involved in Girl Scouts; liked to surf and went to Unity Church of Christianity in Long Beach, Calif. She took ballet classes; joined the Air Bells of Long Beach, and was able to welcome the “Queen Mary,” riding on it into port. She graduated from Marina Del Ray High School in Huntington Beach, California in 1966. She met her future husband, president of the Whittier Youth Group in 1964 at a Unity Church Christmas dance. She went to Long Beach City College, and was taking classes to become a nurse and she trained at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital of Long Beach to become a Certified Nurse’s Aide. When she graduated from her Unity Church youth group she became a Junior Sponsor.

In 1966, it was at a Unity summer dance when another Junior Sponsor asked her to dance. They started talking and remembered each other from the Whittier Unity Christmas Dance of 1964. During the next four months they were inseparable and unstoppable, first going steady and then getting engaged at another Unity Church Christmas dance. They were married on Jan. 12, 1968, in the Long Beach Unity Church. She gave birth to a son, Johnny Henry Peel III on November 26, 1968, and then to a daughter, Temre Renee Peel on March 19, 1973. She has lived in the following cities and states, Seal Beach, Calif., Whittier, Calif., Kingsburg, Calif., Vancouver, Wash., Hoodriver, Ore., Houston, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Havelock, N.C., and Franklin, N.C. She worked at multiple nursing centers across the United States, the last one being Mountain Trace where she worked for 11 years.

She is survived by her husband, John; her son, Johnny Peel; her daughter, Temre Gillig; her grandchildren, Ryan, Tristan, Cassandra, and Zachariah Gillig; two sisters, Carol Poff and Stacey Ray-Smith; and her husband’s brothers, James Peel and Joseph Ripley.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 8, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. David Beam and Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

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

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