Obits for April 16, 2020

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Frederick James Sherer

Frederick James Sherer, 77, of Lehigh, Fla., and Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Born April 17, 1942, in Lycoming County, Penn., he was the son of the late Kenneth Sherer Sr. and Doris Sweet Sherer. He retired from Lee County, Fla., Department of Transportation as a paint operator. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gem mining, woodworking and making wooden toys. He was of the Assembly of God faith and attended Riverside Fellowship Church. 

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Eva Sherer; two sisters, Margaret Williams and Bonnie Sherer, both of Georgia. He is preceded in death by his parents. 

A private service will be held.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Sherer family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

James Nathan Norman

James Nathan Norman

James Nathan Norman, 39, of Bryson City, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Henford Lee Norman and the late Mildred Marie Franks Norman. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Henford Norman and a nephew, Jayden Lane Norman. He was a member of Galbreath Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Bryson City.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his brother, Mark Anthony Norman (Kimberly LaNae) of Sylva; two nephews, Michael Anthony Norman and Colton Isaiah Norman; and a niece, Remi Grace Norman.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meridian BHS, in memory of James Norman, 44 Bonnie Lane, Sylva, NC 28779, R.E.C. Program.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Cathy Jean McCall Leopard

Cathy Jean McCall Leopard

Cathy Jean McCall Leopard, 64, formerly of Franklin, N.C., and Brevard, N.C., died Tuesday, March 17,  2020, in Florida.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of James and Sue Ledford McCall. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Sleight. She loved to travel and was of Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughter,  Amanda Jones of Lake Toxaway; son, Charles Brown Jr. of Asheville; brother, Jimmy McCall of Franklin; and several grandchildren, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

No services are planned at this time.  

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Robinson Frazier

Betty Robinson Frazier, 94, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020.

She was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, and grew up there and in Asheville.  She was preceded in death by her parents, G.G. and Elsie Byers Robinson, and her sisters, Geraldine Peyton and Margaret Reno. She was the wife of the late Charles O. Frazier, principal of Franklin High School 1967-1981.

In addition to raising three children, she was a substitute teacher and librarian in the Andrews, N.C., school system. She spent 30 years working in the Macon County school system, retiring as purchasing agent. She loved reading, libraries, cats, picnics, and family trips to Florida, the Rockies, and Myrtle Beach. She was a devoted supporter and dedicated viewer of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg.

She is survived by sons, Charles Frazier and spouse Katherine, David Frazier and spouse Melissa; daughter, Elizabeth Cook and spouse Leonard; granddaughters, Cristine Frazier Pilgrim and spouse Carey of Rome, Ga., Annie Frazier Crandell and spouse Kyle of Asheville, and Heather Fitzgerald and spouse Shauna of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; great-grandsons Carey Oldridge Pilgrim and Anderson Owen Pilgrim were among the greatest delights of her later years.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Spartanburg, 250 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306 or at fbs.org.

Macon Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Condolences may be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Clyde Percyville Beasley

Clyde Percyville Beasley, 77, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was born in Macon County, North Carolina, on June 23, 1942, to the late Joseph Asbury Beasley and Britty Webb Beasley. He formerly worked for the Rabun County Maintenance Dept. and enjoyed being outdoors. He was of the Baptist faith. 

He is survived by three sisters, Arizona McCracken of Clayton, Ga., Betty Jane White and husband Joe of Clarksville, Ga., and Jessie Faye Vickery and husband Ken of Thomason, Ga.; and a brother, Steve Beasley and wife Connie of Clayton, Ga. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Rosie Jane Beasley; two sisters, Charity Beasley and Evelyn Carroll; and two brothers, Ben Beasley and Andrew Beasley. 

A private service will held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Beasley family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Yvonne Adeline Ledford Angel

Yvonne Adeline Ledford Angel, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Franchie Sanders Ledford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Angel and six brothers and sisters, Ellis, Calvin and Wilson Ledford, Marie Ramey, Thelma Waldroop and Barbara McConnell and a granddaughter, Christen Angel. She owned and operated a florist for many years.

She is survived by four children, Richard Angel (Cynthia) of Franklin, Deborah Angel (William Church) of Murphy, N.C., Michael Kinsland (Donna) of Franklin, and Kirk Angel (Donna) of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Josephine “Tootsie” Dehart of Franklin; brother, Al Ledford of Franklin; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

No services have been planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Paul Hines Trulock III

Paul Hines Trulock III

Paul Hines Trulock III, 76, of Climax, Ga., passed away Friday, April 10, 2020, at Archbold Memorial Hospital.

He was born on May 20, 1943, in Thomasville, Ga., to Margretta and Paul Trulock Jr.  He grew up in Climax, Ga., graduatingfrom Bainbridge High School in 1961.  He graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.  While there, he began a career of leadership by serving as EA of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

Following graduation, he moved to California to broaden his knowledge and experience by working in agriculture.  He returned to Climax in 1968 and helped run the family farms with his father.

He purchased Farmer’s Peanut Company in Whigham, Ga., and built it into a successful company until his retirement.  His experience in agriculture gave him the skill set to serve as one of the founders and president of SOWEGA Cotton Gin, and as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee.

Politics stirred in his heart and he took an active role to elect Jimmy Carter as president. He was a “liberal conservative”  – liberal in his desire to help underprivileged people, and conservative in not wanting to waste resources to accomplish worthwhile goals.

Seeing the need for housing in his native area, and following in the footsteps of Carter, he worked on the committee to found the Decatur County Habitat for Humanity in 1989.

In 1980, he ran for the Georgia State Senate and was elected and sworn into office Jan. 12, 1981.  He served the people of the 10th district for three terms until he retired in 1986. While serving in the legislature, his greatest accomplishment was meeting the love of his life, Diane Griffith Johnson. The two were married in 1985.

He loved bird hunting more than any other outdoor activity.  It is believed that he holds the Decatur County record for “relocating” the most predators to protect the precious quail population.  Bird hunting took him to exotic places like Iowa, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay, Columbia and Canada. But it is Paul’s turkey hunting adventures that are the stuff of which legends are made. Stories are recounted whenever hunters gather. Paul’s humor was always colorful. He never missed an opportunity to laugh at himself or with you at jokes and great stories.  

Paul and Diane expanded their horizons by traveling extensively throughout their 35 years of marriage.  China, Russia, and most recently France, were among the places that the two enjoyed together.  In 1997, they purchased a home in Highlands and began spending their summers there. He was a collector of people, their names, and soon, their friendship. He seldom forgot a name and he never forgot a friend.

During his summers in Highlands, he especially loved to spend time on the golf course.  He never gave up his attempts at greatness on the links.

Paul and Diane were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge, and also worshiped at First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.  He served as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian in Bainbridge.  He was a longtime member of Rotary and took a tenure as president.  He quietly went around helping others with no desire for fanfare.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margretta McGavock Trulock and Paul Hines Trulock, Jr.  He is survived by his wife Diane; son, Paul Hines Trulock IV (Caroline); daughters, Ann Trulock Bouy (Mike), Susan Lynn Trulock Manning (Michael), Sage Johnson Dwyer (Ryan), Cameron Johnson Collins (Tim); and numerous grandchildren; a sister, Helen Trulock Pettyjohn (Thad); and brother, Robert McGavock Trulock (Anne).

A private graveside service will be held at Highlands Memorial Park in Highlands.  A celebration of Paul’s life will be scheduled on a later date. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com and www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Shotwell St, Bainbridge, GA 39819; Habitat for Humanity, 300 E. Broughton St., Bainbridge, GA  39817; or Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory are helping to serve the Trulock family.

 Jo Mason Fincher

 Jo Mason Fincher, 67, of Lakemont, Ga., passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020. She was born March 20, 1953, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Woodrow Mason and Edith Hastings Mason. She retired as an office assistant at the Rabun County Tax Office. She loved traveling, shopping, taking pictures of blooming trees and her IPad. She was a great cook and enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John H. Fincher Jr.; a daughter, Holly Fincher of Flowery Branch, Ga.; a son, John H. Fincher III of Clayton, Ga.; a grandchild, Taylor Fincher of Cleveland, Ga.; a sister, Dorothy Mason Knight of Franklin; and two brothers, Doug Mason and Junior Mason, both of Franklin. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Mason. 

A private graveside service will be held Thursday in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Franklin.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Fincher family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Lee McLane

Nancy Lee McLane

Nancy Lee McLane, 81, of Blairsville, Ga., passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., she was the daughter of the late James and Connie McKay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Samantha McLane and a grandson, Connor McLane.

She was a devout Christian and member of Living Waters Church in Blue Ridge, Ga. She was an extraordinary example of a devoted and loving wife and mother; she could take a house and make it a home. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, puzzles, baking, reading, gardening and mystery movies. She loved to entertain and be surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Michael James McLane; seven children, Jim McLane (Denise) of Bad Axe, Mich., Jody McLane of Blairsville, Ga., Charles McLane (Cindy) of Otto, N.C., Abby Lewis (Rob) of Celina, Texas, Joanna Freij (Nabil) of Palmetto, Fla., Gretchen Saba (Walid) of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Nan Beach (Will) of Stanhope, Iowa; two brothers, Dick McKay (Jan) and Ken McKay (Joan) both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at Rush Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Connor McLane Memorial Scholarship, C/O Entegra Bank, 50 W. Main Street or the Ninth District Opportunity Food Bank, 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville, Georgia 30512.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Muse Butler Jellison

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Mary Muse Butler Jellison

ary Muse Butler Jellison, 83, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on April 9, 2020.

She was born during the early morning hours of Sept. 30, 1936, along with her twin sister, Mildred Lee Butler at Jackson Hospital in Miami, Fla. Her parents were Thomas French Butler of Daisy, Ga., and Mildred Lee Skinner of Fitzgerald, Ga. She also had a brother, Thomas F. Butler Jr.

She attended Miami Shores Elementary School, Horace Mann Junior High and Miami Edison High School, graduating in 1954. She attended the University of Florida having to leave after one year due to the death of her father.

She began her professional career as a secretary/stenographer for eight years at the Miami FBI Office and thereafter, was employed as an executive secretary by the Miami Dolphins, the Whirlpool Corporation, the Storer Broadcasting Company and at various times several law firms in Miami.

In 1956, she married Leland E. Stansell and had two children, James Leland Stansell (Kristin) and Susan M. Stansell. She now has two grandchildren, James Leland Stansell, Jr. and Kimberly A. Weismantle; one great grandchild, Lincoln A. Weismantle; and two nieces and nephews.

In 1975, she married David N. Jellison, an FBI Agent in Miami. Since then, they have lived in Miami Shores, Fla., Hobe Sound, Fla., and Highlands, N.C.

Over the years, she has enjoyed playing the piano and bridge, the DAR, sewing, photography, cooking, travel and doing non-profit volunteer work. In this regard, she administered and managed Fibber Magee’s Closet, whose income is distributed to those in need, other nonprofits and scholarships.

She has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands where she served as an elder.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert E. Wilson

Robert E. Wilson

Robert E. Wilson, 91, of Highlands, N.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dawn Wilson; and by his two brothers.

He served in the 511th Army Paratrooper Division as well as a draftsman in that division during WWII. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupational Medal Japan.  He was a parachute rigger who was also rated for sailplanes and hot air balloons. He had an avid love for all things that fly. He knew all planes from the inside out. He had been a check pilot and an Antique Airplane judge for 25 years, receiving many aviation ratings throughout his life. He raced airplanes and did aerobatics at airshows always for fun. He built many airplanes and flew them each. In his spare time, he was also involved with RC planes. He ended his professional aviation career, retiring as an Airline Captain at one of the largest airlines at the time, with the highest seniority level of all other pilots. His flying career started with being a crop duster, ending as a Captain of the DC10. Flying was in his blood.

He also enjoyed motorcycle trips with friends and making beautiful artwork and carvings, one of which was displayed in the Cherokee Museum. He was kind and generous and will truly be missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Barrett; two grandchildren, Jessica and Michael and two great grandchildren, Kadence and Bianka.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

William ‘Bill’ Maston Letson

William ‘Bill’ Maston Letson

William “Bill” Maston Letson, 76, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday April 5, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and June Letson.

He was born in Daytona Beach and raised in West Palm Beach, Fla.  But he developed a love for Franklin after his father and mother brought him here on vacation.  In 1964, he married Charlotte Jones and they spent their honeymoon in Franklin; eventually, he and Charlotte made Franklin their home. It was here that he and Charlotte raised their four daughters, who Bill adored and spent his life caring and providing for them.

As a young man, he joined the U.S. Army where he became a member of 101st Airborne. He worked a number of jobs before becoming an estate manager for a property in Highlands, N.C.,where he spent the last 38 years.

He was a dedicated member of Cartoogechaye  Baptist Church where he took part in many of the church’s special events. He often worked behind the scenes, building props and scenes.  He had a love for the Lord and was unashamed to worship and praise him. He was a caring, compassionate and loving man who easily made new friends.  He passed away as a man who was deeply loved by his family and friends and will forever be missed.

He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, his wife of 55 years, Charlotte; his four daughters, “The Letson Sisters”, Cindy Letson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Debbi Waldroop (Brian), Josie Letson and Summer Southard (Brian), all of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Ethan Letson, Nicole Ledford (Jacob), Danielle Talley (Jordan), Taylor Wilson (Levi), Jordan Rogers, Dylan Southard, Parker Southard, and Judd Southard; five great grandchildren,  Emmett Ledford, Rowan Ledford, Wilder Ledford and twins Brodee and Hadlee Wilson; two sisters, Sally Cain of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Sue Black of Orlando, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, of Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Lucille Green

Lucille Green

Lucille Green, 98, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2020, of natural causes. She lived in Franklin, N.C., for 44 years.

She was born in Lemon City (Dade County), Fla., in 1922. She worked for the veteran’s administration for many years helping veterans get access to the care they needed. She was instrumental in donating her blood in the early 1940s, for medical research on the Rh factor in women’s blood.  Even in death, she wished to donate her body to science, but was denied because of the pandemic.

She spent her early days in Florida camping, fishing and traveling. While in North Carolina, she spent more than 20 years at the Senior Center, which has been a huge focus in her life. The hot meals were greatly appreciated along with the camaraderie that the other seniors and staff offered her. The Senior Center helped her achieve a sense of purpose in her life as she helped the center with daily attendance check- ins.  Thank you to the Senior Center for “check-up” phone calls when Lucy was ill.

She was also an ardent gardener, canning her veggies from her extensive garden and attending to her orchids and flowers through-out the summer months. She loved dogs and often donated to the animal shelter.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Terry Green of Laramie, Wyo., and her grandson, Rick Green, of Franklin.  

No services are scheduled at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Lofton Dingler Leland

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Lofton Dingler Leland

ofton Dingler Leland, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 13, 2020.

He was born in Newark, N.J., on May 31, 1932. He was the son of the late Richard Ernest and Helen Elise Dingler Leland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Ernest Leland II. He proudly served his country in the Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of Junaluskee Masonic Lodge 0145. He was the shop teacher at Franklin High School where he influenced many lives before his retirement.

He is survived by his children, Dorcas, Jonathan and Kim Leland; a brother, Charleton Leland; six grandchildren, Hallee and Trae Leland, Trent Jones, Mark and Thomas Stivers and Patrick Dolge and one great grandchild. Also surviving is his wife, Peggy Leland.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Macon Citizens for the Handicap (MCH Workshop), P.O. Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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