Obits for February 28, 2019

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Robert J. Sanders

Robert J. Sanders, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Born in Columbus, Ga., he was the son of the late Maynard Sanders and Ida Barron Dozier Sanders.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Ewing Sanders; a daughter, Catherine Sanders; a brother, Maynard J. Sanders; and a sister, Ida Crozier.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; Vocational Rehab Counselor for the State of Florida and was of the Episcopal faith.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Catherine Sanders; son, James J. Sanders of Franklin; daughter, Adelaide Monterastelli of Spring City, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made  at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert T. ‘Terry’ Price

Robert T. ‘Terry’ Price

Robert T. “Terry” Price, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at Harris Regional Hospital on Feb. 25, 2019.

Born in Winter Haven, Fla., he was the son of the late George and Martha (Kerr) Price.  He was a U.S. Army vet.  He attended the University of Florida and was a long-time Gator fan. In his youth he was a skier/driver for the former Cypress Gardens.  He spent many years racing boats all over the U.S. and Canada.  He retired from Field’s Equipment Company, in Winter Haven in 2008.  He loved antique cars, John Deere tractors, football, and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara Price; step-daughter, Kelly Barrow of Bartow, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Rachel Barrow and Hannah Barrow.

A small family service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Tony Hurst

Tony Hurst

Tony Hurst, 56, of Franklin,  N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Born in Newport News, Va., he was the son of Christine Waldroop Hurst and the late CL Hurst. He was a U.S. Army veteran and enjoyed working on cars, especially Ford Mustangs.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by children, Alex Van Lee Hurst of Franklin, Kevin Hurst of Franklin, Vanessa Hurst of New Jersey, Lisa Hicks of Franklin, and Eric Green of Franklin; brother, Scott Hurst of Otto; sister, Cathy McCall of Commerce, Ga.; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Eddie Brewer officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Adam Kimsey, Steve Anderson, Conner McCall, Dustin Williamson, Michael Wiggins, Bruce McCall, Alex Hurst, and Kevin Hurst.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert J. Sanders

Robert J. Sanders, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Born in Columbus, Ga., he was the son of the late Maynard Sanders and Ida Barron Dozier Sanders.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Ewing Sanders; a daughter, Catherine Sanders; a brother, Maynard J. Sanders; and a sister, Ida Crozier. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII; Vocational Rehab Counselor for the State of Florida and was of the Episcopal faith.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Catherine Sanders; son, James J. Sanders of Franklin; daughter, Adelaide Monterastelli of Spring City, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Earl Edward Fickling

Earl Edward Fickling

Earl Edward Fickling, 83, of Franklin, N.C., left this life for his heavenly home on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was the son the late Grady Henry Fickling and Maude Horne Fickling. He was a member of the U.S. Air National Guard and was the co-owner of Fickling Brothers Inc. Building Contractors before his retirement. He attended First Baptist Church in Jacksonville and Iotla Baptist Church in Franklin. He enjoyed antique cars, tractors, pedal tractors, ranching and was an avid NASCAR fan. On March 19, 1957, he was one of the 19 men involved in the courthouse elevator accident in Jacksonville, and one of the last survivors. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Talmadge Fickling.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Fickling; two daughters, Cindy Cavender (Ken) of Franklin and Sheila Higgs (Jack) of Jacksonville; sister, Bernice Waas of Jacksonville; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m., at Cedar Bay Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Bill Tyler will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Thursday, Feb. 21, at Peeples Funeral Home on North Main Street in Jacksonville.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

David D. Patterson

David D. Patterson

David D. Patterson, 76, of Cranston, R.I., passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Franklin, N.C.

He was born in Providence, R.I., to George and Lois Patterson on Nov. 28, 1942.  He attended the University of Rhode Island before entering the U.S. Navy, serving 11 years as a Naval Aviator.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War who served in combat and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and Air Medal.  David and Vicki met in Pensacola, Fla., and married in Gulf Shores, Ala.  He retired as a Captain for FedEx after 25 years of service.  He was an active member of the Episcopal Church serving on several Vestries.  He moved to Franklin permanently in March 2016.  He was preceded in death by his late wife Linda DeCubellis Patterson.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Patterson; sons, David Patterson (Lorie) and Stephen Patterson; step-son, Jeffery Copeland (Haley); grandchildren, Savannah, Kaydance, Scarlett, Trent, Jonathon, and Alexis; two nephews; and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. Rev. Carl Southerland will officiate.  Brunch will follow at St. John’s.

Another memorial service will be held at a later date in West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 542 St. John’s Church Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

David’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to David’s caregiver Shonda Davis, Dr. Aruwani, Angel Medical Center, and the pulmonary team at the University of Michigan.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Cecil Claude McCoy

Cecil Claude McCoy, 81, born in Macon County, North Carolina, and long-time resident of Powder Springs, Ga., completed his life journey on Feb. 22, 2019. He was retired from the military as he served 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corp., and eight years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was a retiree of Lockheed Martin, and worked for Spector Freight Line in Spartanburg, S.C., for 10 years. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Powder Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Hester McCoy of Macon County; his first wife, Doris Ann McCoy; his daughter, Anita McCoy Davis; and his granddaughter, Sharon McCoy.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Anderson McCoy; sons, Anthony Dale McCoy (Julie), Brian Keith McCoy and Christopher McCoy (Jennifer); daughter, Lorrie McCoy Keefe (Chris); eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A funeral service remembering his life and legacy was held Tuesday at the chapel of West Cobb Funeral Home with pastors Brian Bird and Greg Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Douglasville, Ga. 

West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta, Ga., was in charge of arrangments. Online guestbook at www.westcobbfuneralhome.com.

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