Obits January 4, 2018

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Barry Erford Jordan

Barry Erford Jordan

Barry Erford Jordan, 67, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

Born in New Brunswick, N.H., he was the son of Jacquelyn Erford Jordan Fusco and the late Morris Harold Jordan. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his son, Barry Jordan. He was a police officer, firefighter and an EMS in Florida. He was a truck driver and enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR. He was a member of Burningtown-Iotla Volunteer Fire Department and served on the board of directors. He was a member of First Alliance Church and enjoyed singing.

In addition to his mother, Jackie Fusco of Boyton Beach, Fla., he is survived by his wife, Sandra Rippetoe-Jordan; brother, Brian Jordan of Deerfield, Fla.; step-sister, Dr. Xiao-Mei Zeng of Boca Raton, Fla.; granddaughter, Taylor Jordan; great granddaughter, Delaney Jordan; his beloved dog, Toby and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 5, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger will officiate. Members of Burningtown-Iotla VFD will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Charity Beasley

Charity Beasley, 61, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. She was born in Macon County to Joseph and Leona Webb Beasley.

She worked at Belden Electric Cord and retired from Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her sisters, Arizona B. McCrackin of Mountain City, Ga., Betty J. White of Toccoa, Ga., Jessie B. Vickry of Thomaston, Ga.; brothers, Steve Beasley of Clayton, Ga., Clyde Beasley of Georgia and Ben Beasley of Bryson City, N.C.; and her nephew, Jimmy Dean Beasley.

A celebration of life service will be held in April.

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

Carol D. Marsh

Carol D. Marsh

Carol D. Marsh, born July 2, 1921, made her transition peacefully on Dec. 20, 2017.  She was an inspirational writer and author of “God is My House Guest.” She has been a teacher and facilitator for spiritual and meditational groups, and has given prosperity and meditation workshops for over 50 years.  She has been associated with Unity Churches in Florida and Franklin.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lefty Marsh; sister, Elvira Massie; brother, Nelson Kantz; and granddaughter, Jennifer Landreth Bass.

She is survived by daughters, Cindy Landreth and husband, Ron of Franklin, Sandy Dickson and husband, Jim of Cumming, Ga.; three grandchildren, Jody Brock, Lindsay Holcomb and Andrew Dickson, five great grandchildren; three nephews and a niece.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Dr. Ed Morris officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Marsh family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Donald P. Rascher

Donald P. Rascher, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

Born in Onarga, Ill., he was the son of the late Fred Rascher and Elsie Hasselbring Rascher. He retired from Illini Swallow Lines where he worked as a bus driver, he also  was a bus driver for Harrah’s Casino and worked at Burger King.

He is survived by his wife, Wilmajean Bailey Rascher and four children.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Myrick

Dorothy Myrick, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Born in Unity, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Mark and Thersea Call Myrick.

In her younger years she was a volunteer at the local ambulance and fire department. She was a part time mail carrier in Maine and Colorado. She loved to snow ski, and she would go places such as Canada, and Colorado as well as Maine. She was also in the carpentry union as a safety instructor. She was always ready to have fun and give a smile to all that she met. She was a loving sister and friend and she will be greatly missed by us all.

Survivors include her sister, Alice Myrick Wren of Troy, Maine; brothers, Larry Gene Myrick (Donita) of Covington, Ga., Lawrence Eugene Myrick (Joan) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Edwin Myrick of Waterville, Maine, and Stephen Myrick (Cynthia) of Pittsfield, Maine, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Myrick.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 26, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Chapman officiating. Interment was in Rogers Cemetery, Troy, Maine.

Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Myrick family.

John Brownlow ‘JB’ Keener

John Brownlow “JB” Keener, 92, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. He was born on Feb. 27, 1925, at Eastlaport, Jackson County, N.C. His father, John Richmond Keener, his mother, Bertha Smith Keener, his sister, Della Keener McCall and his brother, Arnold R. Keener, and many other relatives preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruby Estell Webb Keener. They just celebrated their anniversary on Dec. 24, 2017. He leaves behind seven children; Weldon Keener, Gail (Willard) Garland, Janice (Ronald) Demore, Ervin (Debbie) Keener, Joan (Milton) Estes, Hilda (Randy) Brown and Bruce (Tina) Keener. He was a wonderful grandfather to 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

He was a Baptist by faith, joining Goldmine Baptist Church on Oct. 15, 1939. He was ordained as a deacon on Nov. 4, 1956, served faithfully for 61 years, and fulfilled many positions in the church.

He raised his family by working in logging, textiles, and carpentry trade throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking in the woods, farming, and studying the Word of God. His passion for understanding the Bible, was such that he completed numerous Bible study courses earning certificates of completion, and building a library of biblical resources to pass along to his children and grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Goldmine Baptist Church.  Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Howard Southard officiated. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Goldmine Community. Pallbearers were John McCall, Skip Keener, B. J. Keener, Caden Brown, Nathan Demore, Nick Demore and Ty Keener.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Keener family.

Marie ‘Cookie’ Paquette

Marie “Cookie” Paquette, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

Born in Manchester, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Edmond Paquette and Lilianne Venne Paquette. She graduated from Littleton High School in New Hampshire, attended the University of Miami and received her Master’s Degree from Barry University. She was a U.S. Army veteran, teacher, financial advisor, business owner and active volunteer all of her life.

She is survived by many loving family and friends who cherished her and will truly miss her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Season’s Hospice, Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road Flat Rock, NC 28731, your favorite veteran’s charity or charity of your choice.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Edith Pauline Hanson Belding

Edith Pauline Hanson Belding

Edith Pauline Hanson Belding, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. She was the loving and devoted wife of Robert Belding who predeceased her.  They shared 67 wonderful years of marriage together.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Elof “Harry” Hanson and Ruth Fredman Hanson. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Dianna Gilbert.

She was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served during WWII. She resided in Hyde Park, N.Y., for 32 years and was employed at Western Publishing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., prior to retiring to Franklin. She loved caring for her family and was an excellent cook. She enjoyed watching old movies and  keeping an organic garden every year.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Belding and his wife Edwina; four granddaughters, Amy and Molly Gilbert and Valerie and Joanna Belding; dear friend, Gerri Lee Bunn; a sister-in-law, Ellinor Billick; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Franklin.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Kirkland Russell

Nancy Kirkland Russell

Nancy Kirkland Russell, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Born in Bryson City, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lucinda Jenkins Kirkland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilmer Russell; a son, Don Russell; brothers, Floyd and LeRoy Kirkland and sisters, Rosa Lee Russell and Cordelia Russell. She enjoyed gardening, canning and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was  a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by three children, Betty McMillan and husband Carl, Patricia Clem and husband Gary and Daniel Russell and girlfriend Rae Tyler, all of Franklin; eight brothers and sisters, Ethel Walker, Louise Hurst, Annie Lois Shepherd, Annie Belle Smith, Willie Hovis and Dorothy Reddish all of Franklin and Wiley Kirkland of Flint, Mich.; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lee Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Sandra Kaye Rogers Talley

Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Rogers Talley, 74, of Walhalla, S.C., died peacefully on Dec. 19, at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, after courageously fighting pancreatic cancer for more than three years. She was 74 years old. She was born in Cashiers, N.C., on Aug. 1, 1943, the daughter of the late John Lee Rogers and Madellone Holcomb Rogers of Cashiers. She was one of five sisters, Betty Galloway of Anderson, S.C., Mary James of Franklin, N.C., Johnnie Sue Frady of Cashiers, and the late Wanda Adrian. She raised three grateful children with the late Bobby Joe Talley of Highlands, N.C., Randy Talley of Washington DC, Roger Talley of Walhalla, and the late Kelly Munger. She is survived by five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.The family will hold a private service.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Talley family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Louise Weaver

Mildred Louise Weaver

Mildred Louise Weaver, 93, slipped peacefully into Jesus’ arms, Saturday Dec. 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Weaver and recently her brother, “Corky” Floyd Flick. She was a Godly woman of extreme strength, courage and love, and is now at peace in Paradise.

Surviving are son, Jack Weaver and wife Pam of Vero Beach, Fla.; three daughters Nancy Adams of Lenoir, N.C., Charlott Hall and husband Dewey of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Kathy Merchant of Oldsmar, Fla., and stepdaughter, Rosie Shaw and husband Bob of Chillicothe, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, stepchildren, and precious nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Minister Radford Penland officiated.  Burial was in Rush Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Home and Bible School, PO Box 1017, Mt. Dora, FL 32757.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Roger Lee Stewart

Roger Lee Stewart

Roger Lee Stewart, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

Born in Conneaut, Ohio, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Beulah Page Stewart. He was a military police and U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VVA Chapter 994 and loved wood working and wire art. He was a member of First Alliance Church.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joanne Stewart; three children, John Stewart and Beth of Jensen Beach, Fla., Traci Fort of Franklin and David Higgins and wife Diana of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Ross Shears of Alabama and Bill Shears of Ohio; one sister, Kathi Tanner of Alabama; four grandchildren; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated with the VVA Chapter 994 performing full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VVA Chapter 994, 249 Sloan Rd. Franklin, NC 28734 or Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Karen Stiwinter, 481 Franklin Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Ed Thomas Talley

Ed Thomas Talley

Ed Thomas Talley 90, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. He was a native and lifelong resident of Highlands and a member and former deacon of the Shortoff Baptist Church.

He had been employed by Highlands Cleaners and Laundry, and worked in construction the later years of his career. His life was devoted to his wife, children, grand and great grandchildren and his church.

He was the oldest son of Jabe and Mattie Henry Talley of Highlands. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Talley, brother, Fred Talley Sr. and sister Myrtle Owens.

He is survived by a brother, Leon Talley; sisters, Grace Lankford and Jessie Talley and daughter, Belinda (Bruce) Lindsay of Fletcher, Tommy (Beckie) of Lula, Ga., Kenny (Lisa) Talley of Highlands; granddaughters, Kim Suttles, Kathy Mlay, Juliette Talley; grandsons, Ben Talley and Scott Lindsay; great grandchildren, Zane and Zeke Suttles, Rowena Lindsay; and special grandchildren, Timmy and Cassie McDowell.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., at the Shortoff Baptist Church with the Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Interment will be at the Miller Cemetery in Highlands. Pallbearers will be P. J. View, Chris Talley, Brian Talley, Russell Langford, Keith Langford, Buddy Talley and Timothy McDowell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the BrightFocus Foundation, Inc. or the Shortoff Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 1217, Highlands, NC 28741.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Talley family.

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