Obituaries for April 13, 2017

Obituaries for April 13, 2017

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Madaline Johnson Huie

Madaline Johnson Huie

Madaline Johnson Huie died peacefully at her home in Highlands, N.C., on April 4, 2017, from complications associated with Multiple Sclerosis. A native of Atlanta, she was the daughter of Madaline and Tomlinson Fort Johnson Jr.  Educated at E. Rivers School, Washington Seminary and Queens College, she graduated from the University of Georgia. She was a member of ADPi and PEO.

In Atlanta she served as president of the Board of Hillside Cottages and as president of the Junior Committee of the Atlanta Symphony. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Nacoochee Guild.

In Highlands, her home for more than 20 years, she served as chair of the Board of the Literacy Council and a member of the Board of the Highlands Community Child Development Center. An avid reader, she enjoyed the fellowship of the Knockette Literary Society members. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, W. Stell Huie; daughters, Helen Huie Ashenfelter and husband John Ashenfelter, of Chatham, N.J.,  and Sarah Huie Coleman and husband Joe Coleman of Madison, Ga.; brother, Tomlinson Fort Johnson III and wife Sue Johnson of Atlanta; her grandsons, William Andrew Ashefelter and wife Margaret Ashenfelter, of Hartford, Conn., and David Huie Ashenfelter of Chatham, N.J.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Madaline’s name to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741, or to the Highlands Community Fund, PO Box 1150, Highlands, NC 28741, online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1443146 .

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

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Annamaria Angela Pizer

Annamaria Angela Pizer

Annamaria Angela Pizer, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Born in Compoformido, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe Armani and Teresa Molinis Armani. She enjoyed cooking, restoring antique cars and traveling. She was a member of the St. Anne Catholic Church of Columbus, Ga.

She is survived by her husband, Clark Leroy Pizer; two children, Kim Snyder and her husband Bryan of Scaly Mountain and Marco Pizer and his wife Tracey of Maryland; one brother, Paolo Armani of Pordenone, Italy; and one grandson, Mario Pizer.

Funeral service wasa held Monday, April 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Father Tien Duong officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Edward ‘Little EJ’ Whitmire

Annamaria Angela Pizer

Edward “Little EJ” Whitmire, passed peacefully into the arms of Heaven on April 1, 2017, surrounded by members of his Macon Citizens Habilities family and other family members.

Afflicted from birth with cerebral palsy, Little EJ never had the good fortune or opportunities the rest of us take for granted. He was forever a child in mind and action.

Nonetheless, he was a gleeful participant in many of life’s arenas.

He loved all music, watching baseball, basketball and particularly Western Carolina University football with much laughter involving cheer leading routines. Years past, his family took him to many high school baseball games where, with much gusto, he watched both his brothers play.

He loved viewing cattle at the family’s beef operation, Ridgefield Farm. His brother, Steve, organized hayrides and cookouts at “The Farm” in Brasstown, where Little EJ and his group home housemates were treated to daylong adventures.

He was thrilled to attend classes and services at Franklin First Baptist Church, whose members faithfully provided transport and instruction. He absolutely loved his MCH (Macon Citizens Habilities) family members, many of whom had known and cared for him since the inception of the residential program.

The family is so grateful for the care provided by MCH, including all the staff members who took him out to eat, to musical events and to many, many ball games. Many staff members included him on their own family outings. We should all recognize these people of grace and compassion, as they occupy a quiet but exalted corner of our civilized society, accepting of those fundamentally and irrevocably different.

Little EJ is survived by brothers, Steve Whitmire, Blairsville, Ga.,  David Whitmire, Hotchkiss, Colo. (Mary); and sister, Genevieve Burda (Larry) Mars Hill, N.C.; nieces Kathleen Wirth (Pete) Kennebunk, Me.,  Cindy Burda of Baltimore, Md.,  Carey Burda (Kristy Carter) of Asheville, N.C.;  nephews, John Whitmire (Abby) Atlanta, Ga., Whit Whitmire, Atlanta, Ga., and Ryder Whitmire (Michelle) Longmont, Colo.  He was predeceased by mother, Genevieve W. Whitmire and father, EJ Whitmire.

The family requests no flowers as a memorial will be at a later date. Memorials to “Little EJ” would be welcome by contributions to: Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc., PO Box 698, Franklin, NC 28744; or contributions may also be made to The Little EJ Teaching Scholarship at Western Carolina University, Office of Development, One University Drive, 201 H.F. Robinson Admin. Bldg., Cullowhee, NC 28723

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

Leanna Light Hollenbeck

Leanna Light Hollenbeck, 73, died April 5, 2017, at the Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C., after an extended illness.

She was born in 1943 in Chula Vista, Calif., to the late Jeanette Hagar Light and Leon Light.

She spent most of her school years in Winder, Ga., where she still has lifelong friends. She attended the University of Missouri and later earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counselling. She had an outstanding career helping others achieve the best quality of life available.  She had a gorgeous smile, a terrific laugh, a kind heart, and a wicked sense of humor.  Her interests included macrobiotics, basket weaving, gardening, beading, pottery and travel. She ventured to the four corners of the world and finally settled in North Carolina. She loved her mountain home in Franklin, N.C., so much that she bought it twice! She devoted much of her time and energy to others as a Rehabilitation Counsellor and Life Planner.

She is survived by her only son, Eric Hollenbeck and his wife Kelcie; her second cousin, Maura Robinson Jones and her family.

Per her request, there will be no services. The family will have a private gathering at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, all memorial donations should be sent to: Doctors Without Borders, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), PO Box 5022, Hagerstown, MD 21741-9804 or the charity of your choice.

“If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” –Unknown

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Margaret Carter Crawford

Margaret Carter Crawford

Margaret Carter Crawford, 99, of Sylvania, Ga., passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Born in Colquitt, Ga., she was the daughter of the late George G. Carter and Margaret Sholar Carter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Harrison Crawford who died in 2009.

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Georgia Women’s College and retired from Houston Co. School System after 30 years. She loved to read and was a member of First Baptist Church of Sylvania.

She is survived by her son, H. Carter Crawford and wife Nancy of Sylvania; five grandchildren, John Crawford of Statesboro, Ga., Ley Crawford (Jennifer) of Sandford, N.C., Mary Wambold (Todd) of Buford, Ga., Clark Crawford (Tabatha) of Sylvania and Hays Jones (Andy) of Sylvania;  five grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held Friday, April 7, at Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Leonard Marr and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

Pallbearers were John Crawford, Ley Crawford, Clark Crawford, Andy Jones, Todd Wambold, Chris Crawford and Billy Ingram.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Iotla Baptist Church, c/o Cynthia Rowland, 886 Younce Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734 or Oak Dale Baptist Church, c/o Linda Higdon, 5650 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Jo Bennett Rickman

Mary Jo Bennett Rickman

Mary Jo Bennett Rickman, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Walter Bennett and Catherine Templin Bennett. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Erwin Charles Rickman who died June 25, 2013; a son, Glenn Alen Rickman and grandson, Nathan Dills.  She was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three children, Barbara Ann Kniffen and husband Charles of Oxford, Mich., Stephen Rickman and wife Marci of Sky Valley, Ga., and Caren Rickman of Florida; nine grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m., at Snow Hill United Methodist Church. Rev. Steve Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 330 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Lee Cooke

Barbara Lee Cooke, 67, of Waynesville, N.C., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Raymond Cooke; son, Everett Cooke; daughters, Frieda Van Brussel and Jean Lange; sister, Wilma Hill; grandchildren, Eli, Jessica, Michael, Everett, Jacob, Peyton and Christian along with her four-legged companion, Baby.

She was a caring soul who will be missed dearly.

A visitation was held on Monday, April 10, at the Smoky Mountain Chapel.

Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.

Charles Conley Vinson

Charles Conley Vinson

Charles Conley Vinson, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at his home.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Baxter Vinson Sr. and Mae Belle Conley Vinson of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Vinson and sisters, Emma Lou Erwin, Katherine Hamrick, Elizabeth Cearley and Mary Helen Gregory.

He was proud to serve in WWII with the Third Army in the 160th Engineer Combat Battalion. He attended N.C. State University for their agricultural program after discharge and was a life-long Wolfpack fan. He worked in Michigan in the ’50s building transmissions and in Macon and Rabun County in construction in the ’60s. He retired from Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in 1988 after 18 years of service in the maintenance department. He was active in Morrison Presbyterian Church since 1969, where he worked extensively to renovate the church building and served as both a deacon and elder on the session.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Winnie Bates Vinson, his daughter, Theresa and son-in-law Sigurd Stenersen; two granddaughters, Amalie Stenersen of Franklin and Theresa Stenersen of Norway and two great granddaughters, Eva and Sanna; a brother, John Vinson of Franklin; and a great many nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed working with his hands – building things for others to enjoy and working outdoors in the garden. He loved children, laughter and hugs.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 8, at Morrison Presbyterian Church, 511 Morrison Church Rd, Franklin with Rev. Noah McIntee and Rev. Don Moffitt presiding. Burial was in Rush Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 & the American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Zachary Decker, Dickie Otto, Alan Vinson, Danny Bates, Mike Lewis and Greg Bates.

Memorials can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Leonard A. Forester

Leonard A. Forester

Leonard A. Forester, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roy and Mabel Parkes Forester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Gail Davis Forester who died Dec. 27, 2013.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran and an active member of Cullasaja Assembly of God.

He is survived by four children, Brandon Forester (Michaela) of Franklin; Lisa Boyd (Rob) of Boca Raton, Fla.; Joseph Forester (Lori) of Marco Island, Fla., and Rae Ann McCarthy (Art) of Williamsfield, Ohio; sister, Linda Bixler of San Diego, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Cullasaja Assembly of God.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cullasaja Assembly of God, 6201 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC  28734 or Salt Church, 501 NE 32nd Street, Boca Raton, FL  33431.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Frances (Fran) Barr Cargill 

Frances (Fran) Barr Cargill

Frances (Fran) Barr Cargill died at home on April 10, 2017.  She was born on Oct. 9, 1920, to John MacReadie and Anna Morgan Barr.

Though her residence for the last 20 years was a log cabin built by her great-grandfather, Albert Siler, in Cartoogechaye, she was born in Charlotte and lived most of her life in New England. Her childhood was spent each summer with Anna’s sister, Lucy C. Morgan, at Penland School of Crafts, which Lucy founded and directed until her retirement.  There, Fran learned to weave. She graduated from Berea College and attended George Washington University during World War II.  She was a parishioner of the Church of the Epiphany while living in Washington, where she recalled a conversation with Franklin Roosevelt.

When she returned to N.C. from DC, her uncle, Rev. A. Rufus Morgan, asked her to help him develop a project on church property in Cartoogechaye.  Based on his socio-political doctoral work at Columbia University, he was interested in replicating what he had done with Lucy in Penland. While teaching crafts to the community and Slagle School,  she worked with the cottage industry her cousin Louise Slagle had developed, and what is currently known as the Nonah Weavers was born. In addition, she was a founding member of the Nantahala Hiking Club along with her uncle and life-long friend, Sally Kesler.  She worked with her uncle in a number of capacities for the church as well, often playing the organ and helping with his efforts to establish mission churches such as St. Francis in Cherokee.  One summer she met David Cyrus Cargill, a Bexley Hall seminarian from Vermont serving in the Rural Church Workers Conference at Valle Crucis.  She married him in 1954 and spent the greater part of her middle adulthood as the wife of a priest, serving parishes throughout New York and New England. She also lived in Jackson County for four years in the late 1960s, working with her cousin, the physician, Ralph Siler Morgan.

Throughout her life, she performed with many community choral groups, was a Girl Scout leader and volunteered for a variety of charitable organizations. As a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the church her great-grandmother, Joanna Chipman Siler, founded and her Uncle Rufus rebuilt, she served in the choir, as layreader, as a member of the vestry and was active in other parish events as well as those of the All Saints’ Episcopal Community in Macon County.   She founded the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players and was a devoted attendee of Siler family meetings each August, where she was often the oldest woman in recent years.  She became an institution in the life and culture of Macon County, and as Matthew Baker once wrote in an articl, Frances Barr Cargill was “a treasure.”

She is predeceased by her brother, John MacReadie Barr II and her former husband.

She is survived by her daughter, Laurel Cargill Radley, her cousin Marie Morgan Runyon, and many other family members and friends, whom she loved dearly.

A burial service for Frances Barr Cargill will be held at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 216 Roller Mill Rd., Franklin, on Saturday April 22, at 1 p.m., followed by the committal at St. John’s Cartoogechaye, 542 Saint Johns Church Rd, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in her memory to: Berea College; Penland School of Crafts; or Four Seasons Hospice.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Frances Earlene Cruse

Frances Earlene Cruse

Frances Earlene Cruse, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Born in Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Frank Earl Plemmons and Frances Lucille Chandler Plemmons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Plemmons.

She is survived by four children, Toya Peek and husband Bill of Delaware, Skip Trammel and wife Theresa and Mike Trammel and wife Dawn, all of Franklin and Barbara Rogers and husband Hank of Clayton, Ga.; six brothers, Russel, Gerald, George, Frank, Larry and Terry Plemmons; one sister, Gwen Ammons and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, April 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Smith officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Herschel ‘Rex’ Larkin

Herschel “Rex” Larkin, 70, died April 7, 2017, after a short illness in Franklin, N.C.

Born in Augusta, Ga., to Mary Ann Toole Larkin and Herschel “Stretch” Larkin, he graduated with a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1970. He spent many years in Savannah, Ga., as a painting contractor and real estate investor.

Known as Rex to his friends, he was a volunteer for 23 years for the Coastal Heritage Society. More recently in Franklin, he volunteered for four years at the Senior Services Adult Day Care. He was also a dedicated member of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society where he loved interaction with the visitors.

He is survived by one son, Paul Eric Larkin of Augusta, Ga.; brothers, Chris Larkin and his wife Lou and Steve Larkin both of Augusta and Rick Larkin and his wife Esther of Arrington, Va.; two nephews, three nieces, one great-niece and his companion of many years, Carol Rollick of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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