Obituaries for October 6

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R. D. Queen

R. D. Queen
R. D. Queen

R. D. Queen, 84, of Franklin, NC, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Derrell and Effie Queen.  He was married to Betty Compton Queen for 60 years, who died July 12, 2010. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Queen Brown,  who died March 13, 1997.

He was owner of Macon Oil Company and was a U.S. Army veteran.   He loved farming, mowing, NASCAR, and ballgames.

He is survived by a grandson, Jason Brown (Jody) of Franklin, NC; sisters, Ann Raby and Lou Guest both of Franklin, N.C.; special friends, Tommy and Eoline McCoy of Franklin, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 30, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Tommy McCoy, Terry McCoy, Jeff Wallace, Jimmy Hall, Bo Garrison and Will Maney.  Honorary pallbearers were Isaac Wallace and Jacob Wallace.

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

John ‘Michael’ Gruber

John “Michael” Gruber, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was the son of the late John Max Gruber and Rosemary Loveland Gruber. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Maureen Genshiemer.

He is survived by two brothers, Christopher Gruber of Ocean Grove, N.J., and Wayne Gruber of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret Gruber and Barbara Gruber both of Orlando, Fla., and aunt, Gertrude Newbold of Rutherford, N.J.

Remembrance of Michael will be held during Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Roy Kenneth ‘Ken’ Hedden

Roy Kenneth ‘Ken’ Hedden
Roy Kenneth ‘Ken’ Hedden

Roy Kenneth “Ken” Hedden, 74, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

Born in Jackson County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Roy O. Hedden and Ailene Peek Hedden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Pope. He owned and operated Hedden Tire and Auto shop. He enjoyed horseback riding, traveling, bear hunting, going to auctions and trading. He was a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Kristi Birchfield and husband Shannon of Cumming, Ga., and Beverly Aquilino and husband Christopher of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Jean Hedden of Cullowhee, Mary Ellen Pruitt of McDonough, Ga., and Carolyn Anderson of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Kenley and Avery Birchfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Carl Stepp and Rev. Keith Ashe officiated. Burial was in the Evitt Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Bruce Edward Franks

Bruce Edward Franks
Bruce Edward Franks

Bruce Edward Franks, 69, of Benson, N.C., passed away peacefully in his home with his family surrounding him on Saturday Oct. 1, 2016. He was born in Franklin, to David George Franks and Bernett Cassada Franks. He was a military veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era in Okinawa Japan.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 50 years, Margaret McCoy Franks; his only daughter, Monica Franks Strickland and husband Chris;two grandchildren Tori and Tyler Strickland and his sister, Deborah Franks Faircloth.

He was a loving and proud man who worked as a manager in the tire business for most of his career at Merchant’s Tire in Cary, N.C., and Tires Plus in Saint Cloud, Fla. He enjoyed watching the Tarheels. He liked playing golf, fishing, history and spending time with his family. He never met a stranger and always had a good joke to tell and kind words to offer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday Oct. 5, in the funeral home chapel. He was laid to rest in the veteran section of Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.montlawn.com.

Clark David Herrmann

Clark David Herrmann
Clark David Herrmann

Clark David Herrmann, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Fred Herrmann and Dorothy Clark Herrmann. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Herrmann. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during WWII. He was a member of the Boume Temple Masonic Lodge in Baltimore, Md., and was a Shriner.

He is survived by his companion, Jean Porter; one daughter, Sharon Bradshaw of Baltimore, Md.; one brother, George Herrmann of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, Dawn Wallace and Denise Mills; three great grandchildren, Bree Wallace, Savannah Mills and Lilli Mills and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate with VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108 performing military rites.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Sammy Edwin Henderson

Sammy Edwin Henderson
Sammy Edwin Henderson

Sammy Edwin Henderson, 81, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Glen Henderson and Mable Dills Henderson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Jake Henderson and two sisters, Helen Tallent and Glenda Cook. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and owned and operated several local gas stations. In high school, he played football for Franklin High School and took pride in cheering them on Friday nights at the Panther Pit. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and working on Volkswagens.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Roten Henderson; two daughters, Kathy Seay and husband Danny and Karen Sanders and husband Kevin all of Franklin; one brother, Arley Henderson and wife Geraldine of Franklin; three grandchildren, Ashley Sanders, Autumn Johnson and Stephanie Simons; one great grandson, Aidan Holland and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Prentiss Baptist Church, C/O Beverly Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.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 NYC, 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 in communities in both Georgia and North Carolina 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 friend, Jane Nelson of Clayton, Ga., 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.

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