Obits for October 31, 2019

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William Glenn Huscusson

William Glenn Huscusson, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Lester Huscusson and Edna Ledbetter Huscusson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Glenda Ordway; granddaughter, Leesa Brandy Ordway; brother, Quince Huscusson and great granddaughter, Eva Jade Pannell.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his son, Paul Kinsland and wife Angie of Franklin; grandson, Justin Kinsland and wife Holly; brother, Billy Huscusson and wife Sharron of Franklin; beloved dog, Duke and primary caregiver, Pam Volpert.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Frank Rodriguez will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Bud Elliott, Harold Huscusson, Brandon Elliott, Travis Waldroop, Josh Blanton, Jordan Tallent, Corbin Tallent and Zach Conard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Hannah, Bill Bowman, Wayne Sanders and Wade Waldroop.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Lee Roy Davis

Lee Roy Davis, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Jossie Dowell Davis. He retired from Chicago Rawhide, where he worked as a trimmer. He was a member of the Franklin Church of God. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Richard Huskey and two brothers, Troy Davis and Deboyce Davis. He would often enjoy long scenic drives and loved to fish.

He is survived by a son, Roy Davis (Chary) of Mississippi; three daughters, Angela Ledford of Franklin, Karen Davis of Gastonia, N.C., and Tammy Davis of Dallas, N.C.; one sister, Clara Ball (Gene) of Franklin; 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Eugene Moore and Rev. Rick Swafford officiated. Burial was in the Dean Dowell Cemetery in Franklin.

Pallbearers were the grandsons.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Fred Palmer Deal

Fred Palmer Deal, 85, of Leasburg, N.C., died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Born in Macon County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Jake Palmer and Aver Watts Deal.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Deal and Floyd Deal and two sisters, Mildred Thompson and Joann Deal. 

He attended Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church. He was retired from dairy farming having received the Young Farmers Award in Macon County; he was a member of the Caswell Cattleman Association. He served as president of the Holly Springs Development Association; he was a charter member of the Leasburg Fire Department and a member of the Ruitan Club. He was also retired from the Public Gas Service. 

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Cox Deal; four children, Tony Deal and wife Laverne of Graham, Terry Deal and wife Mary Beth, of Liberty, Brian Lunsford and wife Gina, of Leasburg, Dana Lachapelle and husband Carl, of Haw River; one sister, Susie Wiggins and husband James, of Otto; five grandchildren, Lee Deal, Hannah Lunsford, Carson Lunsford Jeffreys, Clara Lachapelle and William Lachapelle. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Deal Farm, 419 Deal Road, Franklin. Rev. Gerald Thomas will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leasburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 14, Leasburg, NC 27291.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.

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

Matthew Thomas Williams

Matthew Williams

Matthew Thomas Williams, 63, passed away Oct. 1, 2019.

Retired to Franklin, N.C., from Chicago, Ill., in 2017, he quickly established himself as “Local Color.” The Lovable Curmudgeon was noted for his grumpy attitude and his quick-witted pessimism.

He was a longtime production coordinator in the commercial printing industry in Chicago and worked for a number of the top commercial printers in the Chicagoland area, only one of which is still in operation. He was a condominium board member and past president of the Bel-Harbour Condominium Association, which also no longer exists. He was officer for many years and past president of the Lakeview Men’s Club, which is still in existence.  He didn’t kill every organization he was associated with. 

Former member of the Chicago Yacht Club, he crewed on the sloop “Kutty’s Ark” in countless regattas on Lake Michigan.  He was abroad for over a decade including the year the Yacht won First in Class and First Overall in the legendary annual “Chicago to Mackinac” race in 2005. He was a 33-year resident of the Lakeview East Neighborhood, and announcer for many years at Monsignor Murphy’s Sport’s Bar for the neighborhood’s annual Pride Parade. He was respectful of all the parade entrants except for the politicians.  “He was brutal,” according to Alderman Tom Tunney. 

He is survived by his brother, JD, and sister-in-law, Ricki of Rock Hill, S.C., and two nephews, John of Winston Salem, N.C., and Mark of Centreville, Va.

In lieu of flowers, do a shot and have your car washed. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Williams family. 

Amelia Ann Key

Amelia Ann Key

Amelia Ann Key, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Oct. 21, 2019, in Asheville, N.C.

She was born July 19, 1956, in Eatonton, Ga. She worked for the Lieutenant Governor’s office in Georgia and the Georgia Workmen’s Compensation Department in Atlanta. She was known as Nana to everyone. She loved to cook and she loved the outdoors. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family on the porch. 

Survivors include her daughter, Asia Bowles and her husband, Branden; grandchildren, Jacob “Jake” Martin and his wife Morgan, Joshua “Josh” Martin and his wife, Kayla, Mary Bowles, and Braylon Bowles; a great-granddaughter, Henley Brooke Martin; a sister, Trudy Williams; and three brothers, Allen Key, Tommy Key, and John Key. 

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial was private. 

Online condolences can be sent to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Key family.

Ester Mae Burnette Harrell

Ester Mae Burnette Harrell, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

Born in Paint Rock, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Hester Burnette.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) E. Harrell.  She was a gifted entrepreneur, owning and operating several businesses and real estate investments in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.  She lived for her grandchildren and loved Franklin Panther sports.

She is survived by two sons, Rev. Rick Harrell (Frances) of Franklin and William Jack Harrell of Georgia; brother, Wayne Burnette of Tennessee; sisters, Donna Mullins (Wayne) and Linda Barnes (John) both of Tennessee; grandchildren, Bill Harrell (Patti), Cindy Christie (Tony), Blake Harrell (Jessie), Evan Harrell (Lauren) and Justin Harrell; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Chris Rumfelt, Rev. Davis Hooper and Rev. Wayne Mullins will officiate.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Bill Harrell, Blake Harrell, Evan Harrell, Justin Harrell, Mark Wattenbarger and Tony Christie.

Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert Gary Gilbert

Robert Gary Gilbert

Robert Gary Gilbert, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., he was the son of the late Orlin Hardin Gilbert and Patricia Ann McGee Gilbert.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by two daughters, Christina Marie Gilbert and Sarah Noel Gilbert; son-in-law, Lance Lee; granddaughters, Catalina Lee and Piper Lee; and his beloved dog of over 10 years, Duke.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm, Monday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Sharon Duvall Burrell

Sharon Duvall Burrell

Sharon Duvall Burrell, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Mary Lee Buchanan Duvall and the late Cecil Kenneth Duvall. He was selflessly devoted to her family and cherished being involved in all aspects of her granddaughters’ lives. She had a great appreciation of art in many forms and enjoyed spending her time tatting. She also loved traveling with Sonny’s softball teams.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 52 years, Walter “Sonny” Burrell; two children, Adam Burrell and wife Angela of Franklin and Eric Burrell and wife Kristin of Greenville, S.C.; sister, Shelia Young and husband Gene of Franklin; five grandchildren, Jordan, Payton, Corey, Kayla and Eden Burrell, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church, in Franklin, where she was a member. Rev. Robert Brown and Rev. Guy Duvall will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

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