Obits for November 26, 2019

Obits for November 26, 2019

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Eva Luz Sundeck

Eva Luz Sundeck

Eva Luz Sundeck, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John Cardona and Alfonza Henriquez Cardona.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Zinkand and a brother, Robert Cardona. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with family.  She was kind and loving to everyone she met, could strike an in-depth conversation with anyone and everyone and had a funny and humorous wit.

She was the devoted mother of seven children, Linda Lavalley, Tommy Zinkand, Reva Sanders, Eric Zinkand, John Zinkand, Roy Zinkand and Guy Zinkand; and devoted grandmother to 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Wesley Price officiated.

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

Donna Nickel

Donna Nickel

Donna Nickel, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Ft. Myers, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Gene and Wanda Johnson. She was co-founder of “The Walk” skateboard ministry and was a strong witness of her faith in Jesus Christ. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, sewing, and making wreaths and flower arrangements. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and “Mom” in spirit to countless others. She worked for Macon County Schools at East Franklin Elementary as a library technology assistant.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Douglas Nickel; her daughter, Jennifer Nickel Phillips (Zach); her son, Johnathan Nickel (Catharina); her grandaughter and “sunshine” Willow Mae Phillips (“I got you SheiShei”); and her sisters, Suzanne Keen and Marla Rochelle.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Gene and Wanda Johnson, and her brothers, Eugene “Jim” Johnson and Terry Johnson.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Dec. 7,  at 2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, in Franklin.  A time of sharing and fellowship will follow.

In memory of Donna, and in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Donna Nickel Memorial Scholarship at Western Carolina University, One University Way, 201 H. F. Robinson Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (make checks payable to “WCU Foundation” and in the memo line write “Donna Nickel Memorial Scholarship”).

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Daniel Jay Yoder

Daniel Jay Yoder

Daniel Jay Yoder, 29, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.  He was born Nov. 30, 1989, in Sarasota, Fla., to Tammy Boettger and the late Bryan Yoder.  He worked at Thai Paradise, he loved fishing and watching movies and was always wanting to help people.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers, David S. Yoder and Derek Yoder of Florida.

His family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Shannon McConnell, Keo and Phet Khioukhom, Tyler and Angel Brooks, and the Thai Paradise employees.

Daniel was loved and will never be forgotten.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving Daniel’s loving family.  

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Burns Bradley

Barbara Burns Bradley, 80, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Born in Athens, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Arlie Taylor and Catherine Morrow Burns. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Burns and grandson, Michael Lee Geiger. She enjoyed crocheting and baking and attended Mulberry United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, George Andrew Bradley; son, Michael Taylor Geiger (Donna) of Otto; stepson, Shane Cunningham (Jamie) of Franklin; four grandchildren, Patricia, Kevin and Adam Geiger and Destiny Lee; and three great grandchildren, Milenna Frazier, Hailey Riddle and Gavin Riddle.

No services will be held.

Memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Daphine Shepherd Green

Daphine Shepherd Green

Daphine Shepherd Green, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Mamie Shepherd. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Crawford Jones; second husband, Lee Green; a daughter, Phyllis Grindstaff; brothers, Perry Shepherd and Walter Shepherd; and sisters, Eula Green, Joann McGaha, Ann Bogan, Imer Hedden and Beulah “Pennie” Hedden.  She retired from Belden and was a member of Franklin Church of God.  She enjoyed ceramics with good friend, Beatrice Deweese and listening to gospel bluegrass music.

She is survived by seven children, Paul Shuler (Ernestine) of Franklin, Hazel Scott of Franklin, Lonnie Jones (Wanda) of Otto, Jerry Jones of Franklin, Sue Darnell of Rabun Gap, Ga., L.R. Jones of Winter Haven, Fla., and Rachael Guthrie (Richard) of Franklin; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Branson, Rev. Gene Hawkins and Jerry Jones officiated.  Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Richard Guthrie, David Yonce, Bennie Reynolds, Joe McGaha, Roger Shepherd and Jim Green and Ronnie Beale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Sally Kesler

Sally Kesler

Sally Kesler died Nov. 16, 2019, at her home in the Cartoogechaye Community of Macon County.  She was born in Lowell, W.Va., May 28, 1925, to parents Blake and Dorothy Gwinn Kesler who predeceased her as did her only brother, George Kesler.   She described a childhood of a love of nature, living close to the earth in a rural and lovely setting along the Greenbrier River, and an appreciation of careful and exacting craftsmanship on the part of her father particularly.

She received her BA in Fine Art from Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1948.  She went on to the Penland School of Crafts led both by her interest in weaving and by Helen Freas, a professor on campus and the niece of Lucy Morgan, founder of Penland School of Craft.  Subsequently, she re-located to North Carolina to the Franklin area to teach crafts and support the work of  Rev. Rufus Morgan in his vision for a community health center and craft education center.  She and her friend Frances Barr Cargill initiated programs in the community for children and adults alike. Although she enjoyed this work, she soon realized she needed and wanted to develop her own voice in art and have a career that would support her financially.

At Penland School she had met screen printer and designer Emmy Zweybruck who told Sally that if she wanted to learn the craft of screen printing that she should apprentice with Pauline Granichstaden of Boston.  Sally applied, was accepted, and spent two years under the guidance of Ms. Granichstaden at the Wellesley Art Studio.

In 1950, Sally returned to Cartoogechaye, a beloved community that reminded her very much of her home in West Virginia.   She continued her work of teaching crafts, particularly weaving, and for well over 50 years welcomed weavers each week to learn the craft.   Now an accomplished screen printer she was accepted into the Southern Highland Guild and for many years exhibited her prints and woven work at Guild fairs in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C. Not only did she become well known for design and skill but also the addition of original poetry and prose to her pieces.  Her commitment to the Nonah Craft Center led to its acceptance into the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild as an Education Center in 1955.

Other interests and passions soon led Sally to help found the Nantahala Hiking Club, to become a 4-H leader in the community and to work in community development.  For many years she helped “publish” a community newsletter, “The Cartooge-Jay-Bird.” She joined St. John’s Episcopal Church, was church organist, and enjoyed gardening and landscaping the church grounds.  A knowledgeable botanist and naturalist she also helped establish the Franklin area Greenway.  Sally’s great love for “little green growing things” kept her outdoors as much as possible, gathering old friends and new to ramble with her through the woods in search of the most elusive seasonal blooms.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Janlynn Fussell (Wayne), Susan Brooks (EM), Bob Kesler (Tara), Jim Kesler (Suzi), Buck Kesler (Deanna), and her sister-in-law, Jeanne Kessler and many great nieces and nephews, all of Virginia. The whole family gathered with many local friends and neighbors to celebrate her 90th birthday in 2015 in Cartoogechaye.

She leaves behind many friends, a community, and a church family at St. John’s Episcopal Church who loved her very much and will miss her immensely.

A memorial service will be held locally at St. John’s Church on Friday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., with a reception following.  Interment of ashes will take place in Lowell, W.Va., in the spring. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 542 St. Johns Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Many thanks to her caregivers:  Michelle, Carolyn, Angie and Veronica and the staff of Four Seasons Hospice who made her last months peaceful and comfortable.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

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