Obits for September 12, 2019

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Joan Dee Kerber Boucher

Joan Dee Kerber Boucher

Joan Dee Kerber Boucher, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Born in Evanston, Ill., she was the daughter of Harry W. Kerber of Jacksonville, Fla., and the late Nancy Dee Kerber.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jon Boucher and grandson, Gabriel. She attended Cartoogechaye Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two sons, Josh Boucher and Justin Boucher, both of Franklin; brothers, Harry W. Kerber IV of Franklin and David G. Kerber of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Patricia A. Smith of Jacksonville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m., at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.  Rev. Brian Southard will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Lucy Neal Campbell Evans

Lucy Neal Campbell Evans

Lucy Neal Campbell Evans, 100, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Edwin Campbell and Emma Magnolia Fouts.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Evans; daughter, Connie Mae Evans, son-in-law, Duel Carpenter; great granddaughter, Morgan Brooke Hedden; brothers, Leslie Campbell (Elizabeth), Leonard Campbell (Eunice), Lester Campbell (Lavada), Glenn Campbell (Pearl), John Campbell (Connie) and sister, Anna Lucille Campbell. Lucy was the oldest member of Iotla Baptist Church where she was active in all church activities.  She was a true prayer warrior and her faith in God was her greatest treasure.

She is survived by her daughter, Emma Lee Carpenter Lovett (Walt); her son, Charles Edward Evans (Teri); grandchildren, Kimberly Hedden (Barry), Valerie Norton (Steve), Christy Barnett (Jimmy), Dustin Evans (Christy); great grandchildren, Blake Hedden, Olivia Hedden, Lauren Norton, Callie Barnett, Ethan Graybeal and Cali Jordan; several nieces and nephews; and caregiver, Sandra Shepherd.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Iotla Baptist Church.  Rev. Brandon Breedlove, Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Judson Hall, Rev. Simeon Martin and Rev. Stacy Woods officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dustin Evans, Barry Hedden, Blake Hedden, Steve Norton, Jimmy Barnett, and Joey Gibson.

Deacons of Iotla Baptist Church, J.O.Y. Group, Sew-n-Sews and Senior Center Friends served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1537 Iotla Church Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Barbara Wenders Hazazer

Barbara Wenders Hazazer

Barbara Wenders Hazazer, 76, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., she previously lived in south Florida before settling in Franklin in 1978. She attended Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University. She taught elementary school in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Highlands and Franklin, N.C., then worked for many years at Progressive Building Products and later, as a Real Estate Broker/Owner of Hazy Acre Realty.

She was active in the Franklin community over the years with Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (president, secretary, treasurer), The Franklin Garden Club (president, secretary), the Historical Society (president, treasurer), Franklin Lions Club (third vice president), Gem Country Republican Club (treasurer).

She loved to travel and was able to visit many places around the world. She found joy in entertaining and hosted many parties at her home in Franklin and at her lake house in Hayesville. As a Master Gardener, her beautiful landscaping, flower gardens, and vegetable gardens were the envy of many people. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; playing games and exploring new places.

She is survived and will be missed by her husband, Dan Hazazer; her sister, Karen Miklos of Aiken, S.C., and brother, Buzz Miklos of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Christie Bunting McVay of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tracy Bunting-Early (Stephen) of Landenberg, Pa., and Beth Bunting of Cary, N.C.; three stepchildren, Martha Hazazer Fyfe (Scott) of Clarksville, Md., Suzy (Q) Hazazer Hutchinson of Franklin, and Robert Stoup of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Connor McVay, Daniel Fyfe, Cameron Kate McVay, Jackson Fyfe, Ada Lea Early, Grace Stoup and Garret Stoup; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

A Memorial will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

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

Audrey Hill Matthews

Audrey Hill Matthews

Audrey Hill Matthews, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William Halpin Hill and Rosalie Marie Wentzell Hill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph M. Matthews; and two brothers, William H. Hill and George P. Hill. She graduated from Miami Senior High School and retired from Miami-Dade Community College as the office manager of the audio-visual department. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

She is survived by six children, Audrey M. Li (Luis) of Maimi, Fla., Ralph William “Bill” Matthews (Suzin) of Franklin, Elizabeth A. Carrier (Michael) of Miami, James E. Matthews (Laura) of Titusville, Fla., Frederich M. Matthews (Lory) and Julie A. Chaplin both of Miami; one sister, Rosalie M. Elliott (E.B.) of Miami; one brother, Edwin J. Hill (Shirley) of Clarkesville, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

William ‘Bill’ Michael Houston

 

William ‘Bill’ Michael Houston

William “Bill” Michael Houston, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late R.L. Houston and Helen Mason Houston. He attended Western Carolina University and was an avid sports fan. He worked many years at Auto Parts and Equipment and retired from Andy Shaw Ford as Parts Manager. He was an active member of Iotla Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years, taught Sunday School and acted as director.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Tallent Houston; two sons, Ken Morgan (Jeanna) of Franklin and Mike Houston (Amanda) of Greenville, N.C.; one daughter, Melissa Wallace (Jeff) of Franklin; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one niece and one nephew.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 5, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Brandon Breedlove, Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Simeon Martin officiated. Burial was in Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Allen Demas, Mark Dove, David Pangle, Joey Gibson, Isaac Wallace, Tony Ledford, Steve Penland, Fred Goldsmith and Jacob Wallace.

Honorary pallbearers were Bucky Asby, Mike Ramsey, John Campbell Sunday School Class and the deacons of Iotla Baptist Church.

Memorial donations can be made to Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Cynthia Rowland, 886 Younce Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at maconfuneralhome.com.

Joel Keith Creasman

Joel Keith Creasman

Joel Keith Creasman, 78, of Andrews, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.  He was born Jan. 7, 1941, to the late Alvin Eugene Creasman and Mildred Russell Creasman.  He retired from Western Forge, a furniture manufacturing business.  He loved football, baseball and basketball games and he loved to garden and read.  He was a member of Aquone Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, also a Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Barbara Creasman; two sons, Brian Keith Creasman (Valerie) of Kentucky and Joel Creasman (Nichole) of Andrews; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Kenzie, Isabella, Micaiah, Hilkiah, Georgia, and Hannah Creasman; a sister, Erla Jean Jones of Andrews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Creasman.

A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 6,  at Aquone Baptist Church in Topton, N.C., with Rev. Joel Creasman and Rev. Michael Grant officiating. Burial was in the Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Rickie Clebert Brown

Rickie Clebert Brown

Rickie Clebert Brown, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Born in Ypsilanti, Mich., he was the son of the late Roy Clebert Brown and Arlene Nelson Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters, Naomi, Diana, R.C. and Hank Douglas Brown and one nephew, Dougie Tordy. He owned and operated his own wallpaper and painting business for 20 years. He attended Holly Springs Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and was active with CareNet and the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his son, Eric Brown of Thornton, Colo.; two sisters, Judith Jones and Tammie Farrell both of Franklin; one brother, George Brown of Florida; two nieces, Brianna and Alyssa Burk; granddaughter, Lucy; and special friends, Margaret Clark and Nancy Stanley.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at maconfuneralhome.com.

Hermie Brown Woodard

Hermie Brown Woodard, 92, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at her home. She was born May 16, 1927, to the late Bain Brown and Myrtle Woods Brown. She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Woodard. 

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Woodard of Sylva; and a brother, Clarence Brown of Rosman, N.C.; grandchildren; Justin Woodard and Autumn Woodard both of Sylva; three great-grandchildren, Jeffery Woodard, John Woodard and Micheal Woodard.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Woodring Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Alexander and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. 

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

Betty Lee Davis

Betty Lee Davis, 87, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, at her home in Franklin, N.C. She was born Jan. 16, 1932, in New Athens, Ohio, to the late John Noble Cannon and Olive Wilder Cannon. 

She was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family. She loved gardening, reading, watching westerns and old John Wayne movies. 

She is survived by four daughters, Jeannie Hoskins of Franklin, Susan Jordan of Salisbury, N.C., Brenda Lopez of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Linda Diaz of Riverview, Fla., three sons; Wallace Davis Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla., Jim Davis of Valdosta, Ga., and John Davis of Royal Palm, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Michniak of Stephen City, Va.; and two brothers, Alfred Cannon of Tuscarawas, Ohio, and Ed Cannon of Panama City, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Wallace Davis Sr., granddaughter, Destiny Lee Davis, and great-great grandson, Bryson Luther Carey. 

A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department or Hospice. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Davis family. Online condolences are available by visiting bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Clyde Reed Bowen

Clyde Reed Bowen

Clyde Reed Bowen, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Born in Tampa, Fla., he was the son of the late Clyde and Helen Gilbert Bowen. He loved his workshop and being outdoors. He enjoyed tinkering and working on projects; he was a metal artist and a vendor at craft shows for 10 years before retiring. He was an orthotist, where he met his wife, Maranee. He was a marine mechanic and landscaper. He enjoyed camping and john-boating with his family,  and riding Harley Davidsons with his wife.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, Maranee Johnson Bowen, he is survived by two daughters, Jessi Bowen of St. Pete Beach, Fla., and Jennifer Bowen of Palm Coast, Fla.; special canine companion, Tamale; and three grandsons, Trevor, Aiden and Ridg Bowen.

No services have been planned at this time.

Memorial donations can be made to Canine Companions for Independence at www.cci.org and Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Hermie Brown Woodard

Hermie Brown Woodard, 92, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at her home. She was born May 16, 1927, to the late Bain Brown and Myrtle Woods Brown. She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Woodard. 

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Woodard of Sylva; and a brother, Clarence Brown of Rosman, N.C.; grandchildren, Justin Woodard and Autumn Woodard, both of Sylva; three great-grandchildren, Jeffery Woodard, John Woodard and Micheal Woodard.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Woodring Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Alexander and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.

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

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