Obituaries for September 8

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Hazel ‘Bunny’ Strait

Hazel ‘Bunny’ Strait
Hazel ‘Bunny’ Strait

Hazel “Bunny” Strait, 93, under hospice care at the Eckerd Living Center, went to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.

Born Hazel Doloris Cable in Rogers, Ky., on Oct. 6, 1922, she resided in both Muskegon, Mich., and Sarasota, Fla., before moving to the Oak Grove Community of Franklin in 1982. She married George Edgar Strait on July 5, 1941, after nearly 58 glorious years he graduated to heaven in 1999.  She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and neighbor.  Though bird watching and gardening were her favorite activities, she was an awesome cook and considered cleanliness as next to godliness.  There are many fond memories for all who visited her front porch.

Surviving are her three daughters, Peggy Baker of Taylors, S.C., Carole (Arden) Mellott, of Franklin, and Laura (Michael) Patrick of Orofino, Idaho; a cousin, Ray (Debi) Strait of Franklin; four grandsons; two granddaughters, including Becky (Barry) Cabe of Franklin; one step granddaughter; 12 great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; one great great grandson, and two step great great granddaughters.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sept. 8, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Dusek and Rev. Judson Hall will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Mellott, Lloyd Baker, Aaron Cabe, Luke Cabe, Caleb Cabe and Barry Cabe.

Memorial donations can be sent to Oak Grove Church Cemetery Fund at 28 Lakey Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or to Four Seasons Hospice at 171 Hospice Drive, JWB Suite 600, Highlands, NC 28741.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Janice Lorene Marshall Gallant

Janice Lorene Marshall Gallant
Janice Lorene Marshall Gallant

Janice Lorene Marshall Gallant, 71, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. She was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Smithville, Mo., to the late Delbert and Kathryn Gillilland Marshall. She was married to John G. Gallant who survives. She worked many years in accounting at the Howard Johnson, Macon Bank, and Macon County Schools before retiring. She was also a member of the Cowee Baptist Church in Franklin, N.C.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two daughters, Cheryl Ann Fuller of Crestview, Fla., and Julie Jaylene McLaughin (Scott) of Zebulan, N.C.; a son, Johnny Mark Eubanks (Marcella) of Crestview, Fla.; a sister, Deanne Kay Flanagan (Dale) of Lee Summitt, Mo.; a brother, Delbert Earl Marshall (Connie) of Lee Summitt, Mo.; three grandchildren, Brittany Jones, Krista Landon, and Michelle Eubanks; and two great grandchildren, Mykayla Jones and Waylon Jones.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cowee Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Smith and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Cowee Baptist Church Building Fund, 6301 Bryson City Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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

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

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis
Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis, 85, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. He was born on Sept. 16, 1930, in Hickory, N.C., to the late Rev. M. A. Lewis and Lizette Bashford Lewis. Because he was the son of a Methodist minister, he attended schools in several locations in North Carolina and graduated from high school in Lincolnton, N.C.

He joined the National Guard in 1949; and served in the Korean War from June 24, 1950, to July 27, 1953.  In 1954, he married the former Jane Anderson, the prettiest girl in Highlands. They were married for 61 wonderful years. In 1953, he joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol, serving as an officer until 1957.  When he left the Patrol, he bought the Highlands Variety Store from Jane’s father. He later operated a Sears Catalog agency and a Radio Shack in addition to the variety store, which he owned and operated for 27 years.  After retirement, he had more time for his hobbies, driving his antique cars and watching races, especially NASCAR. From 1964 to 1967, he worked for the Daytona Speedway during speed weeks.

He joined the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands in 1955 and was elected Ruling Elder in 1958. He served as the treasurer for 20 years. He went on several mission trips, including Mexico; James Island, S.C., after Hurricane Hugo; and Homestead, Fla., after Hurricane Andrew.  He also served as Chairman of the Board of Elections in Highlands for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Anderson Lewis, of the home; four children, Martha Betz (Richard), Angie L. Jenkins, Bill Lewis, and Scott Lewis; four grandchildren, Sam Jenkins (Jessie), Jimmy Jenkins (Jessica), Amy J. Ramey (Brandon), and Katy Betz; seven great grandchildren, Analyse Crook, Ella Crook, Aiden Crook-Jenkins, Briana Jenkins, Karmen Jenkins, Kadence Ramey, and Cambran Ramey, all of Highlands; a sister, Lizette Pryor of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Angela Hardin of Asheville, Anne Sellers of Highlands, and Mary Shearouse of Asheville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant great grandson, James Taylor Ramey.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands with the Rev. Curtis Fussell and Rev. Emily Wilmarth officiating. Burial followed in the Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Sam Jenkins, Jimmy Jenkins, Brandon Ramey, Paul Kinsland, Terry Potts, and Steve Mehder. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Betz, Harris Elmore, Don Fisher, Jeff Cox, Richard Melvin, Jimmy Lowe, Dr. John Baumrucker, and Dr. Randolph Shaffner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Lewis family

Kibby Luther Henry

Kibby Luther Henry
Kibby Luther Henry

Kibby Luther Henry, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.  Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Spear and Dessie Ramey Henry. He was married to Sandra Marlene Henry who preceded him in death in 2009.

He was a carpenter for many years. He loved sports and seeing his grandchildren play.  He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by two daughters, Cindy McGaha (Mark) and Ronda Henry, all of Franklin; one son, Kibby Luther Henry, Jr. (Jody) of Franklin; nine grandchildren, Marlene Mize, Joey Gibson, Dana Dowdy, Jessica McGaha, J. D. Henry, Brandon Henry, Makayla Henry, Leah Henry and Daylon Henry; and seven great grandchildren, John Henry, Trey Mize, Ayden Mize, Calliope Mize, Camden Mize, Danica Dowdy and Justin Henry.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 3, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial followed in Blue Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Kathleen Francis Collins

Kathleen Francis Collins
Kathleen Francis Collins

Kathleen Francis Collins, age 76, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.  She was born in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Ted and Margaret Fran Kilcourse.  She had worked as a manager for a boat manufacturing company, and was a Catholic by faith.  She liked crafts, paint, and loved arts.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Edward Collins; daughter, Danielle Linderhom of Florida; sons, Dallas Collins of Florida and Darren Collins of Virginia; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Collins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

William Fred Munger

William Fred Munger
William Fred Munger

William Fred Munger, 80, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Jesse and Lona Crane Munger. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service. He worked for the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and worked as a police officer; was elected to serve on the Macon County Board of Commissioners, and retired as a volunteer fireman in Highlands. He was a member of  Highlands First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Madge Ruth Owens Munger; two daughters, Patricia Barnes (Toby) of Clayton, Ga., and Gloria Munger of Highlands; one son, Rick Munger (Sheila) of Clayton, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and three brothers, Andy Munger (Gail) of Seneca, S.C., John Munger (Freda) of Clayton, Ga., and Jim Munger (Peggy) of Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Henry; a grandson, Richard Jackson Henry; two sisters, Ann Holley and Martha Owens; and a brother, Gene Munger.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Highlands First Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiating. Burial followed in Highlands Memorial Park. Harrison Adams, Benji Barnes, Mitchell Gerrells, Casey Barnes, James Plemmons, Toby Barnes, Joe Munger and John Shearl served as pallbearers.

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

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