Obits for July 18, 2019

Obits for July 18, 2019

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Obituaries for July 18, 2019

Kathi Conway

Kathi Conway, 48, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 15, 2019.

Born in Orlando, Fla., she was the daughter of Mary Morris Grant and the late Don Grant. She was a member of the Neighborhood Alliance Church in Longwood, Fla., for many years. She and her family moved to Franklin six years ago.  She loved living in a small town, loved its hills and valleys, particularly her home in the Iotla Valley.  She enjoyed hiking and experiencing nature. She was a three-year cancer survivor who fought valiantly while maintaining a joyful spirit.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 25 years, Troy Conway of Franklin; son, Samuel Grant Conway of Franklin; brother, Mike Grant of Winter Park, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

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

Julie Ann (Mason) Browning

Julie Ann (Mason) Browning

Julie Ann (Mason) Browning, 45, of Decatur, Ga., passed away at her residence on June 15, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

Born and raised in Franklin, she was the daughter of Katherine Hicks and the late Clyde Ernest Mason.  

In addition to her mother, she is survived by son, Jason Pate (Yolanda); furbaby and faithful companion, LeeLee; brother, Timothy Hicks; granddaughter, Janna Pate and several cousins.

She touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity, and maintained her trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

At Julie’s request, no service will be held.

Arthur ‘Art’ Lundin

Arthur “Art” Lundin, 97, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

Born on Feb. 1, 1921, in Baraga, Mich., the son of Otto and Nettle Lundin.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Joyce (Keay) Lundin, as well as sisters, Dorothy Lundin Heinonen and Lorraine Lundin Gustafson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII and a member of Trinity Assembly of God.

He is survived by his son, James Lundin and wife Debra of Bell, Fla.; daughter, Deanne Lundin and partner Richard Brandt of Ann Arbor, Mich.; granddaughter, Schalene and husband Brandon Hendrix of Bell, Fla.; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He ran his race with integrity, love and joy.  He is honored as a great father and husband, and as cherished friend and mentor to many.  He touched many through the years and they in turn will share his kindness, joy, and wisdom with others.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m., at Trinity Assembly of God.  Pastor JD Watson will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Brenda ‘Joyce’ Cheek

Arthur ‘Art’ Lundin

Brenda “Joyce” Cheek, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 12, 2019.

Born in Macon County she was the daughter of the late John V. Cheek and Mary Louise Anderson Cheek.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Joann Crane. She worked on an assembly line at General Motors until she retired and moved back to Franklin in 2005. She was a member of Prentiss Church of God and loved collecting roosters, red birds and angels; keeping her yard maintained; working her flower gardens.

She is survived by her sisters and brothers, Bonnie Watson (Bobby), Willie Jean Crane (Fred), Wanda Parrish (Bobby), Linda Turpin, Johnny Cheek (Stephaine Armstrong), David Cheek (Cindy), Janet Scott (Gary) all of Franklin; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 17, at Prentiss Church of God, with Rev. Kevin Chapman, Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiating.  Burial was in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Zachary Crane, Xander Crane, Braden Ledford, Jared Ledford, Bradley Parrish, Dylan Burt, Bryson Burt, Bobby Parrish and Austin Parrish.

Honorary pallbearers were Rick Crane, Daniel Crane, Michael Watson, Matthew Scott, Chad Parrish and Everett Parrish.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Union United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Lana Hires, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Sharon Armstrong

Sharon Armstrong

Sharon Armstrong, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Randall White and Frances Christian White. She was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and later retired as an inspector for the federal government.

She is survived by her children, Jamii Armstrong and John Armstrong, both of Etowah, N.C.; brothers, Tony Nihra (Marianne) of Germany and Dean White (Lydia) of Fla.; grandchildren, Kailee Armstrong of North Carolina, Gabriel Armstrong of North Carolina, Tawnie Armstrong of Florida, and Precious Armstrong of Florida; one great granddaughter, Adaline Thompson; and one great granddaughter soon to be.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 20, at 4 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park.

Memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC  28744 or the Wounded Warrior Foundation, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS  66675.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Jonathon Thomas Boucher

Jonathon Thomas Boucher, 32, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 9, 2019.

Born in Lowell, Mass., he was the son of Jodee Kerber Boucher and the late Ronald Thomas Boucher. He enjoyed spending his time on the lake.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion, Elizabeth Hutchison; daughter, Caerym Boucher; stepchildren, Pherris Swafford, Tiersley Swafford, Brelle Swafford, and Lakelan Swafford; brothers, Josh Boucher and Justin Boucher; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m., at Tessentee Farm Event Center.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Kenneth Ray Reitmeier

Kenneth Ray Reitmeier

Kenneth Ray Reitmeier, 81, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Childress, Texas, after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 6, 1937, in Tyler, Texas, to Alcied William and Mattie Eudora “Ruth” (Greene) Reitmeier. He married Jane Peters on Sept. 12, 1998, in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Prior to that, he was married to Julie Reitmeier, the mother of his children, for 34 years. She resides in Greenville, S.C. 

He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for eight years. He has two sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, all who have served or are currently serving in the Air Force. He was multi-talented man who had several careers. Some of the main ones were real estate broker, restaurant manager, department store manager, shoe repair shop owner, and office supply storeowner. He was a spiritual, Christian man. He loved to help people, whether through service to his country, church, work, community or by teaching others about Christ. Most recently, he was chaplain for the Childress County jail, teaching the inmates how to live richer, fuller lives. He encouraged everyone he met to appreciate and live life to the fullest, which he did to the very end. He was a friendly and outgoing man, and he never met a stranger. He spent a number of years learning hands-on health from the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. From their teaching, he learned that Red Tail Hawks were very spiritual and he always saw many of them when he and his wife traveled. 

He loved to have fun and to garden, and also enjoyed being around children and babies and watching them learn and grow. He was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. He had a love for music and sang with numerous groups. Above all else, he loved all of his family very much. He was a dear father to his children and “Gramps” to all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and a granddaughter. 

He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Childress; one daughter, Beth Corbin and husband Kevin of Franklin; two sons, Chris Reitmeier and wife Karey of Travelers Rest, S.C.; Danny Reitmeier of Franklin; one sister, Nancy Lewis of Northern Calif.; two step-sons, Randy Rister and wife Viva of Childress, and Lonnie Rister and wife Christi of Lubbock, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.  A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Childress, and another on April 12 in Springfield, Mo.

A memorial service will be held at Saturday, July 27, at 3 p.m., at Holly Springs Baptist Church.  Rev. Donnie Seagle will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00 pm prior to the service.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

John Washington McDowell

John Washington McDowell

John Washington McDowell, 94, of Otto, N.C., passed away on July 15, 2019.  Born in Macon County on Jan. 14, 1925, he was the son of Tom and Bessie Cabe McDowell.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Kate Burrell McDowell; his three sisters, one brother, his son-in-law, Norman Peterman and one great grandchild, Daemian Thomas Mancini.

He served his country through service in the army in WWII and was awarded four bronze stars.  He retired from the North Carolina Department of Corrections.  He was a member of Mulberry United Methodist Church.  He was also a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.

He is survived by his five children, John Michael McDowell (Melanie) of Angier, N.C.; Gail Peterman of Otto, Deborah Vanhook (Tommy) of Mars Hill, Lee Ann Muse of Otto, and Donna McCall (Dale) of Franklin; 10 grandchildren, April McDowell, Chris McDowell, Tom McDowell, Scott McDowell, Norman Peterman, Chelsea Mancini, Courtney Banks, Brandon Vanhook, Amber McCall and Amanda Muse; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m., at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Kelly Dotson, Rev. Eric Henson, and Rev. David DeWitt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion post 108 and VFW post 7339. 

Pallbearers will be Tom McDowell, Scott McDowell, Norman Peterman, Brandon Vanhook, Tracy McDowell, Isaiah Banks, and Dale Dallmann.

Memorials can be made to Mulberry United Methodist Church 80 Mulberry Rd. Otto, NC 28763; Newman Chapel Cemetery Fund 60 Mulberry Rd. Otto, NC 28763; or Care Partners Hospice 170 Church St. Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the McDowell family. 

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