Obits February 15, 2018


Richard Meyer Hotchkiss

Richard Meyer Hotchkiss

Richard Meyer Hotchkiss, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Born in Oakland, Calif., he was the son of the late Jack Hotchkiss and Rose C. Meyer Hotchkiss. He was a retired U.S. Army Major; he was a West Point graduate and recipient of the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. He was a graduate of the Wharton School and at age 68 received his RN from Southwestern Community College School of Nursing.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Suzanne Cave Hotchkiss; daughter, Loraine Peters of Georgia; two sons, Rick Hotchkiss of Florida and Mark Hotchkiss of Texas; step-son, Bill Brennan of Florida; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

No services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Richard’s memory to Four Season’ Hospice, Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Joyce Juna Ramey Southard

Joyce Juna Ramey Southard

Joyce Juna Ramey Southard, 88, went home to see Jesus on Feb. 12, 2018. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late V. C. and Willie Grist Ramey. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Claude C. Ramey and wife Kathleen and Carlyle J. Ramey, Sr.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Howard W. Southard of Franklin who was a faithful and loving husband to her for 68 precious years; one daughter, Brenda Wooten and husband Bruce; one son, Steven H. Southard and wife Cheryl all of Franklin; four grandchildren, whom she loved and cherished, Adrienne Finn, Tiffany Hurst, and Cody Southard and wife Whitney, all of Franklin and Kayla Fenoglio and husband Taylor of Pensacola, Fla.; one great grand-son, Jaydison Hurst of Franklin; one beloved sister, Dorothy Bearden of Cumming, Ga.; and one beloved brother, Prince M. (Mack) Ramey and wife Mary of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Ramey of Franklin and several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews

She was a founding and current member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Franklin for 43 years.  She was a faithful pastor’s wife for many years of service.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed working at Victory Christian School of Sylva, N.C.   Her hobbies included reading, crafting for Bible School, teaching and camping at Standing Indian.   Her most time-consuming hobby was helping raise four grandchildren.  She spent many hours with her grandchildren making memories that will never be forgotten.

Funeral services will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church on her 89th birthday, Thursday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m with Rev. Nathan Johnson, Rev. Rusty Wolfrey and Rev. Albert Grey officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Benny Hampton, Dewey Elliott, Richard Salmonson, Cody Southard, Taylor Fenoglio and Adam Hurst.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church of Franklin.

“Mam-maw, we don’t say goodbye to you, but so long for now, we’ll see you on the other side of life in that beautiful place called Heaven.  Thank you for being a wonderful Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  You will be missed.”

Joseph W. Cukla

Joseph W. Cukla

Joseph W. Cukla, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 3, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Joseph and Anna (nee Kluk) Cukla. He lived in Chicago until 1977 when he moved with his family to Franklin. He was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, retired from CR Industries after 47 years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. JHe was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan and enjoyed all sports. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol (nee Musich); three children, Joseph (Tessie) of Chicago, Ill., Laura Bishop (Maurice) of Franklin and Suzanne Baldwin (Mike) of Asheville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Anna Bishop, Matthew Bishop and Jane Remigio; brother-in law, Jerome Graczyk and several beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Angeline, Adeline and Stephanie; brothers, Edward (Lottie), William (Cele), Fred (Virgie), Leonard (Reggie), Mitchell (Irene) and Bruno and a nephew, Edward.

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated with full military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Capital Improvement Fund at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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William D. Tippett 

William D. Tippett, aka “Dub” Tippett, 79, passed over on Thursday, Jan. 25, due to heart complications.  A special thank you to Linda Swann, Dub’s beloved fiancé, for her support, care and communication with our family through the long distance processes of hospitalization and hospice care.

Being of Baptist faith, he was kind hearted and never met a stranger.  In his youth, he served in the Air Force and was later professionally known as a telephone contractor and wallpaper hanger in his hometown of Franklin, N.C.  Before and during his retirement, he enjoyed spending time at the VFW, was an avid golfer, gardener and nature enthusiast.

He is survived by his siblings, Carl Tippett Jr. (Shirley), Shirley Waldroop (Wendell), Frank “Kenneth” Tippett (Lorna), Barbara Stanley (Robert) and Morris Tippett (Ann); his children, Teresa Tippett Moore, Rebecca Tippett Cintron, Joey Tippett (Peggy), David Tippett, Melita “Dena” Tippett (Donald Vincent), Timmy Tippett, William “Tip” Tippett, Jr., Dubbie “Dee” Tippett (Beth) and Cyndy “Lou” Tippett (Frankie Bolt); 23 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and several loving nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Virgil Tippett and Ethel McFalls Tippett, his sister, Joyce Elaine Tippett, nephews, Michael Tippett, Danny Dills, Keith Waldroop, David Williams, Jr. and grandson, Eddie Watson.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m., at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 206 Ridgecrest Baptist Church Rd, Franklin. Pastor David Lee Williams will be officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridgecrest Baptist Church’s cemetery/building fund.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference. “ – Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr

Alma Penland Tallent Young

Alma Penland Tallent Young

Alma Penland Tallent Young, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, after a short illness and stay at Macon Valley Rehab/Nursing Facility. Originally from Highlands, she was the daughter of the late Adin and Mattie Keener Penland.

She was preceded in death by siblings George Penland, James (Jimmie) Penland, Claude Penland, Clara Lloyd, Ona Wilson, and Hettie Penland.

A woman of unimpeachable faith, Alma was the longest standing and one of the oldest members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Franklin.  A lover of nature, she enjoyed nothing more than a morning cup of coffee while watching the cattle graze in the nearby pasture or listening to the morning chorus of birds.  Through the years, she had many pets that she simply considered family.  An avid quilter, she made quilts for all her children and friend’s children.  She was a gardener out of both love and necessity, having only stopped planting in recent years due to her advancing age.  Her proudest achievement, aside from her children and faith, was returning to school later in life to become a nurse.  She worked for many years at Angel Community Hospital as a nursing assistant before returning to Southwestern Community College and graduating in 1972 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.  She then finished her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Angel Hospital after 24 years.

Surviving is a sister, Carolyn Fisher, of Florida; three daughters, Judy Pinner of Buford, Ga., Nancy Smith and her husband Gene, of Raleigh, N.C., and Fleta Kirby of Chattanooga, Tenn., from her first marriage to Raymond Tallent; her son, Rick Young, of Sugar Hill, Ga., also survives her from her second marriage to Fred A. Young.  She had eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, as well as multiple cousins, nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her very special friend, and honorary family member, Mary Louise Dills of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., at the Franklin Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin.  The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels through the Macon County Senior Center.

Online condolences may be expressed at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Young family.

Charlotte Ransom Wood


Charlotte Ransom Wood

Charlotte Ransom Wood, 94.Charlotte’s work on this earth is done.  A good friend, neighbor and faithful servant now enjoying a reunion with family, friends and furry ones, especially Ben.  She had a full life, which included marrying the love of her life, Charles Richard Wood.  Together they raised four boys, traveled and tried to never miss a Clemson football game.  She was the queen of her kitchen and loved decorating to the max for every holiday.  Mimi was the best mom, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt and friend you could ever wish for.  Always thinking and doing for others.

Survived by Carol and Rusty Wood, Tom and Sandi Wood, Roxanne and Bob Wood, Mo and George Wood, and grandchildren Gretchen and Josh Foster, Allison and Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Wood, Kristin Kopic and Austin Wood and her three great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held in Highlands at a later date.

The family would also like to acknowledge and thank her kind and loving caregivers and friends, Jan, Hilda, Rhonda, Sharon, Gloria, Trina, Denise and Maria.

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

Cheryl Anita Hester McDaniel

Cheryl Anita Hester McDaniel, 59, of Franklin, N.C., passed peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

Born in Ft. Pierce, Fla., she was the daughter of Ralph and Leona Hester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim McDaniel and her father, Ralph Hester.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister-biological daughter, Catherine Hester of Franklin; her sister, Lorna Schinske; and her nieces, Anna Goralezyk (Matt) and Stacey Schinske of New Mexico.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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