Obituaries for August 20, 2020

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Former 30th District DA Roy Patton dies at age 77 

Roy Patton

When Roy Patton became district attorney in 1987, he inherited with the job an administrative assistant, Marion Jones, who had worked for Patton’s predecessor and former boss, Marcellus “Buck” Buchanan.

In a nutshell, Jones said, Patton was a nice man, an humble person who sought to do right by his district and the people he served.

“He wasn’t mean enough to be a DA, but he did a good job,” the 82-year-old Jones said earlier today.

Patton died Wednesday. He was 77.

The Canton resident served as the 30th Judicial District’s top prosecutor for four years and as an assistant district attorney in the seven-county jurisdiction for about six years. The 30th is now designated the 43rd.

“Roy Patton was a caring person with dedication to his profession and loyalty to those he served,” Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Christine Matheson said.

Matheson, Buchanan’s daughter, worked as an assistant district attorney for Patton. She now works for District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch.

“The responsibilities of this office are truly awesome,” Patton once told a reporter. “The prosecutor is the right arm of the courts and is responsible for the fair and even-handed administration of justice.

“It is a job that requires maturity of judgment, dedication to truth and justice, great knowledge of law, supervision of a staff who also exercise many of these same duties, and the ability to be both tough and compassionate when the occasion demands.”

Patton ran unopposed for district attorney after Buchanan retired.

Four years later, however, he faced formidable opposition in the Democrat primary from two Waynesville lawyers, Mike Bonfoey and three-term state Sen. Charlie Hipps.

Ultimately, Hipps won both the May 1990 primary and the general election. Bonfoey became district attorney after Hipps’ death.

After losing to Hipps, Patton predicted he would never again seek political office, and he did not.

“I basically do not enjoy the political end of this office,” he told a reporter just days after the primary. “I don’t know that I ever want to go through another campaign. I don’t know that I want to put my family through that.”

In keeping with Patton’s wishes, no visitation or funeral services will be held. The family requests donations be made in Patton’s name to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation (, in honor of Patton’s favorite cat, Bo.

Bob Holbrooks

Bob Holbrooks

Bob Holbrooks, 89, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Mr. Holbrooks was born in Macon County, North Carolina, on Aug. 25, 1930, to the late Jessie Sloan Holbrooks and Beedie Icenhower Holbrooks.

He was a master of all trades and he worked very hard for his family. He loved to build things, mow grass, hunt, and fish.  He was also of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary Jane Holbrooks; five children, Rita Weyh (Michael), Bobby Michael Holbrooks (Cindy), Tim Holbrooks (Linda), Tony Holbrooks (Kim), and Lisa Holbrooks Francisco (Matthew) all of Franklin, N.C.; a son-in-law, John Hurst of Franklin; a brother, Bill Holbrooks of Franklin; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patsy Holbrooks Hurst; two sisters, Faye Dowdle and Marie Mason; and a brother, Dillard Holbrooks.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 15, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiating. Burial followed in the Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery.   Pallbearers were Timothy Holbrooks, Adam Holbrooks, Jacob Doster, Tony Holbrooks, Tim Holbrooks, and Mike Holbrooks.

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

Louise Guffey Vanhook

Louise Vanhook

Louise Guffey Vanhook, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. She was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Norman Guffey and Dlena Mashburn Guffey. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In her early years, she was very involved in the homemakers club, she always grew a garden, and she was a very good cook.  She was a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Vanhook who passed away in 2005; and two sisters, Frances Brown Phillips and Betty Ann Bowen.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Vanhook (Evelyn) of Franklin and Tommy Vanhook (Deborah) of Mars Hill, N.C.; three daughters, Nancy Vanhook of Franklin, Sharon Morrissey (Tim) of Richmond, Va. and Beverly Anderson (Ted) of Scaly Mountain, N.C.; Seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Guffey of Thomasville, N.C.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Aug. 16, in the Clarks Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Janet Green officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Clarks Chapel UMC Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund 1999 Clarks Chapel Road Franklin, NC 28734. Attn: Michael Vanhook.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Vanhook family.

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J. Jesus Plascencia

J. Jesus Plascencia

J. Jesus Plascencia, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, He was the son of the late Jose Plascencia Camarena and Teresa Plascencia Villa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings. He was of the Catholic Faith and he loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosa Bernal Jimenez and five children, Jose De Jesus Plascencia of Los Angeles, Calif. Rosa Maria Plascencia of Denver, Colo., Maria Del Carmen Ligetvari of N. Ridgeville, Ohio, Manuela Plascencia of Franklin and Luz Maria Lopez of Franklin; seven brothers and sisters; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Woodlawn Cemetery.

His family served as pallbearers.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Betty Lou Brocker Annulis 

Betty Lou Brocker Annulis

Betty Lou Brocker Annulis , 85, was called to her eternal home on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 from her loving community at the Consolata Nursing Home in New Iberia, La. She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was the daughter of the late George Brocker and Mildred Brocker (Haywood). She graduated from Lee High School in 1953.  On July 30, 1956, she married the love of her life, Paul T. Annulis and began her life as a proud military spouse.

As a military wife, she personified “service before self.”  Everywhere she went, she made a home for her children, and never met a stranger.  She was proud of her husband’s service and together they passed their love of service to their children and grandchildren. Not only was she a beloved mother and grandmother, she had a strong faith for the Lord.  There was not a bake sale or fundraiser she could not organize for the Women’s Guild. She enjoyed the simple pleasures, visiting with family, baking, sewing, crafting, attending daily mass, and playing bingo.

She is survived by her children Ron (Cathy) Annulis of Orlando, Fla., Christopher Annulis and Robin Lemay (Ricky) all of Columbia, Tenn., Keith (Heather) Annulis of Pass Christian, Miss., Patrick (Phebe) Annulis; daughter-in-law, Teresa Annulis of Titusville, Fla.; grandchildren, Markus Annulis, Caitlin Scroggins, Clint Scroggins, Paul A. Annulis, Cody Scroggins, John Z. Annulis, Zoie Annulis,  Cambre Catherine Annulis, and Patrick Z. Annulis; and great grandchild, Mark R. Annulis.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul T. Annulis; sons, John J. Annulis (Valerie), Mark D. Annulis (Teresa); grandchild, Ian C. Jones; parents, George Brocker and Mildred Brocker (Haywood);sister, Shirley Pinaud (Brocker); and three brother, Don, Dale, and Bud Brocker.

Paul and Betty enjoyed square dancing. Until we meet again, dance away in Heaven.  Always supportive and encouraging, she will be missed by her family and friends.

A mass of a Christian burial was celebrated Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Father Tien Duong, Pastor.  She was laid to rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin, N.C.

The family would like to extend a warm gratitude for the love and excellent care provided by the Consolata Nursing Home Staff over the years. You all are earth angels.

The Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Nancy Margaret Bryan

Nancy Margaret Bryan

Nancy Margaret Bryan, 68, passed away on August. 15, 2020. 

No services are planned.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the Bryan family. 

Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfamilyfuneralcare.

Vernece Anna Wilson

Vernece Anna Wilson, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.

Born in LaFollette, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Bessie Shoffner Sharp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by several brothers and sisters. She had many talents as a homemaker. She was an artist and enjoyed painting.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Lloyd “Landie” Wilson; five daughters, Laverne Meadows, Linda Azadi, Maxine Taylor, Carla Meadows and Nancy Meadows and many grandchildren.

No services will be held at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at