Obituaries for April 20, 2017

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Gale Gibson Thomas

Gale Gibson Thomas

Gale Gibson Thomas, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 14, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Harley Gibson and Lesa Roper Gibson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, Wade Gibson. She was an appliance specialist at Lowe’s.  She was an avid softball fan and enjoyed watching her granddaughter play sports.

She is survived by her companion of 28 years, Wayne “Bud” Stamey; daughter, Shelly Thomas Finch and husband Neil of Franklin; her twin sister, Dale Sisti and husband Joe of Otto; sisters, Doris Dow and husband Joe of Palmetto, Fla., and Glenda Hughes and husband Chris of Rabun Gap, Ga.; brother, Judson “Jud” Gibson (Rhonda) of Franklin; granddaughter, Haylee Leatherwood and husband Caleb of Waynesville, and her soon to be great grandson, Rhett; grandchildren, Valerie Finch and Matthew Finch; great granddaughter, Emerson;  Bud’s children, Lisa Chastain, Tammy Shepherd and Keith Stamey; and special nieces and nephews, Christi, Ashley, Jason, Addie, Maddox, Emery, Alex, Kaden and Lexi.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Jamie Passmore and Rev. David Lee Williams officiated.  Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jim Richter, James Anderson, Russ Chastain, Keith Stamey, Jason Crump and Brandon Powell.

Memorial donations can be made to Wake Forest A.L.S. Research Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC  27157-1021 (https://campaign.wakehealth.edu/giving/)

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Rosa Lee Cabe Hopkins

Rosa Lee Cabe Hopkins, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 14, 2017.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Edgar and Mattie Vaughn Cabe.  She was married to Ralph Hopkins who passed away Jan. 17, 2011.  She had worked at CR Industries for 32 years, and was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.  She loved her church and her church family. For many years she was the  church social director and organized many events for everyone to enjoy. She loved yard work, gardening, and was a loving mother and grandmother fondly called “Nana Banana” and “Nana Clause.” She was happiest when she had a grandchild or great grandchild in her lap.

She is survived by two daughters, Cecilia Teem (Ricky) of Franklin, and Janet Toms (Rick) of Hendersonville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Richard Toms (Angela), Tiffany Toms Miller (Allen) and Jessica Teem Farrell (Shawn); six great grandchildren, Devin Toms, Harley Toms, Owen Toms, Kendall Farrell, Ethan Farrell and Mattie Farrell; two sisters, Margie Keener of Franklin, and Gertrude Miller of Hendersonville; and her special friend and caregiver, Wennona Curtis.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 19, at Windy Gap Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. David Williams and Rev. Bobby Cloer officiating.  Burial was in the Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Shawn Farrell, Ethan Farrell, Allen Miller, Richard Toms, Dellyn Vaughn, and Glandon Vaughn.

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

Gary E. Bernhardt

Gary E. Bernhardt

Gary E. Bernhardt, 70, of Murphy, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Jackson County, N.C.

He was born in Rowan County, N.C., to the late, William C. and Bertie Inez Drake Bernhardt. He had been an off-road trucker and retired in 2012 from Cooks Carpet where he had been an installer and salesman. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War and receiving the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential citation and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Bernhardt and sister, Diann Burkett.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn McDonald Bernhardt; two daughters, Angie Bernhardt Phillips of Hendersonville, N.C., and Debra Darlene Bernhardt of Murphy, N.C.; sister, Brenda Bernhardt Lowder and husband Johnny of Kannapolis, N.C.; two grandchildren, Corey Phillips and wife Lisa of Franklin, N.C., and Zach Phillips also of Franklin; three great grandchildren, Caden, Kyleigh and Kason Phillips all of Franklin.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 14, at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Revs. Ronnie Palmer, Leon McDonald and Chip Gribble officiated. Burial was in the Hampton Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post #10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post #96 and D.A.V. Chapter #73 and American Legion Post #532 of Hayesville and V.F.W. Post #6812. Pallbearers were Corey Phillips, Zach Phillips, Harold Woody, Tracy Smith, Charlie Bearden and Rex Woody.

Send tributes to the Bernhardt family at www.townson-rose.com.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Brad Eric Huggins

Brad Eric Huggins

Brad Eric Huggins, 41, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on April 10, 2017. He was born on May 31, 1975, to Connie Blanton and Brent Huggins in Sarasota, Fla. He loved to read, death metal music, the color black and was an avid Star Wars fan. His love and presence is now a hole in the hearts of his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, his sisters, Ashley (Chris) Schwartz of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Emily Huggins of Panama City, Fla.; nephews, Ethan Jesse of Panama City, Fla.; Jake and Ryan Schwartz of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; aunt, Martha (Chuck) Seider  of Franklin;  uncle, Jimmy (Cherie) Blanton of Franklin.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at the Macon Funeral Home, 261 Iotla Street in Franklin, NC at 2:00 pm.

The family would like to give a special thank you to John F. Keever Solace Center and Care Partners Rehabilitation.

Arrangements entrusted to Asheville Mortuary Services. Online condolences may be left at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.

Myra Marie Baker

Myra Marie Baker, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Lang Dawson.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Baker Jr. who died in 1987 and a brother, William Dawson.

She is survived by three children, Jean Baker and Jackie Dromm both of Franklin and James W. Baker (Sandi) of Hickory; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Charles Drayton Plank Jr.

Charles Drayton Plank Jr.

Charles Drayton Plank Jr., 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 14, 2017.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles Drayton Plank Sr. and Jessica Day Phipps. He loved to travel and ride motorcycles. He enjoyed weekend brunches with his family and attended First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Karen Truckle Plank; six daughters, Lori Myers, Tracy Martin, Brenna Turner, Olivia Osborne, Rachel Penhollow and Ruth Smith; one sister, Linda Jonas; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jerry Johnson officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to be made to a charity of your choice.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Kathryn Sue Hopper Potts

Kathryn Sue Hopper Potts

Kathryn Sue Hopper Potts, 81, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2017, in the presence of her beloved family.

Daughter of Hattie Mae Baty Hopper and Charles Jasper Hopper, Kathryn Sue was born in the Buttermilk community of Highlands, N.C., on Jan. 9, 1936.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, George Pratt McClure and by brothers, Don D. Hopper, Bobbie Weaver Hopper and Roliver Gordon McClure. In 1956, she married Richard Delano Potts, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Katrina Dianne Potts Laverty (Tim); sons, Richard Anthony (Terri), Phillip Jeffery, and Samuel Alan (Lin); grandchildren Terra Denise Potts, Jessica DeAnn Potts, Seth Michael Schmitt (Jenna), Kelsey Anne Schmitt Dockins (Travis) Carter Reece Potts, Christopher Nye (Sarah), and Kathryn Elizabeth Potts; great grandchildren Dillon and Reese Schmitt, Colton Ledbetter, Slade and Westyn Peek, and Micah Nye; a brother, Colonel Mack Henry Hopper, and many nieces and nephews, as well as several beloved sisters-in-law.

Sue will be cherished for her service to others. A teacher at Highlands School for 30 years, Mrs. Potts was fourth grade teacher to hundreds of students and remembered by many as “favorite.” For 15 years, she was owner and designer of Kanonah Florist, and had the pride and honor of preparing lovely floral arrangements for many special occasions including countless weddings, funerals, and proms. She was a founding member of the Highlands Historical Society and passionate about protecting the history of the small mountain town.

She was a strong, independent, talented, intelligent and a fierce supporter of those she loved. She loved gardening, crocheting, reading, cooking, travel, puzzles and her famous “galax roses,” but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She loved and was greatly loved by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, extended family and church family and will be dearly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 315 Main St, Highlands. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 2 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 1959 Highlands, NC 28741); the Highlands Historical Society (P.O. Box 670, Highlands, NC 28741); or the Town of Highlands Scholarship fund (P.O. Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741).

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

Phyllis Provence McMullan

Phyllis Provence McMullan

Phyllis Provence McMullan, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 31, 2017.  She was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Sherman and Hattie VanHoose Lemaster.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George T. McMullan, II, and her former her husband, Joe K. Provence, four sisters, and five brothers.

She was the youngest of 10 children and was always proud of the fact that she was the baby of her family.  She had a 45-year career as a hairdresser and that was her passion.  She owned her own salon “Plaza Hairstyling” for many years and only because of health reasons did she lay down her shears at 75 years old.  She loved making women beautiful.

She truly loved life to the fullest, through sewing, bowling, golfing, dancing and traveling the world.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra Ann Miller and Jocelyn “Jody” Provence both of Franklin; step-granddaughter, Ashley Miller Burnett (Teddy); four step-great-granddaughters, Lexi, Layla, Mya and Sophie Burnett;  step-children, Debi McMullan Oliva (Winston) and George “Tripp” McMullen, III;  three step-grandchildren, Kristen, Ryan and Lauren of Florida.

The family invites family and friends to come and celebrate her life with them Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with visitation from 1 until 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Franklin VFW Auxiliary Post #7339, 60 West Palmer Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

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

Robert Wesley ‘Buck’ Buchanan

Robert Wesley “Buck” Buchanan, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Born in Spruce Pine, N.C., on Aug. 8, 1934; he was the son of the late Sherman J. Buchanan and Azolean Young Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Christopher Kyle Buchanan; two brothers, R.J. Buchanan and Hartsell Buchanan; and one sister, Iva Lee Hensley.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Dayco where he worked as a supervisor.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy Christiansen Buchanan; son, David Buchanan of Franklin; beloved granddaughter, Shyann Buchanan of Franklin; stepchildren, Mark Wilson and wife Kerry of Lexington, N.C., Susan Wilson of Galveston, Texas and Julie Wilson of Franklin; one brother, Charles Ray Buchanan and wife Nancy of Smyrna, Tenn.; one sister, Ezulia Buchanan McCall and husband Frank of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Roger Owen ‘Bootie’ Sanders

Roger Owen ‘Bootie’ Sanders

Roger Owen “Bootie” Sanders, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

He was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Macon County to the late Mack Owen Sanders and Edna Mae Brendle Sanders who survives. He was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Owen Sanders.  He was a founding member of Franklin Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #994 and also a member of American Legion Post #108 and Riverbend Baptist Church.   He served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He had received numerous awards for his military service.  His military service was an important part of his life as well as his family’s life.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Ann Speed Sanders; two sons, Rodney Sanders and wife Renee of Franklin, N.C., and Russell Sanders and daughter-in-law Sara Beth Sanders of Sylva, N.C.; five grandchildren, Nathan, Katie, Nicholas, Luke and Emily Sanders; daughter-in-law, Laura Sanders; two sisters, Joyce Carpenter and Brenda Delgato (Sam); mother-in-law, Irene Speed of Franklin and niece, Christie Stanfield (Mike).

One of his legacies that will live on is the deep sense of patriotism and love of country that he instilled in his children.  To the Sanders, the National Guard was an extended family.  There are so many fond memories that the children have growing up and participating in all of the activities and picnics on weekends with the 210th.  The commitment to this way of life also saw the reality of deployment which happened twice after Vietnam.  As any military family knows, these deployments create a unique situation on the family left behind. Our family was blessed to have Roger return safely home on multiple occasions. This intense patriotism was also passed to his grandchildren who saw papaw as a hero. The kids loved hearing his stories and going to the military parades with papaw.

Papaw was a title that he was proud to hold.  The kids loved to hang out with him in “the building” next to the garden where he was always taking something apart, starting seeds, or redesigning his lawnmowers.  He was also a proud father, husband, son, father-in-law and brother. He was always there for his family and friends any time they needed him and always came through for them.

He loved to work in the yard, garden and he especially loved to mow to which his neighbors can surely attest.  He loved to go to the Normandie in the mornings and socialize with friends.  We never believed him when he told us that he just went to have coffee and didn’t eat anything.  Even a trip to the VA could be fun for Roger.  He always went with Jerry or another vet buddy and they enjoyed the trip often stopping for lunch.  He enjoyed researching genealogy and was in the process of restoring his father’s car.  He could fix or build anything and was always in high demand.  He will leave a void in so many lives.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 15th at 12:00 pm at Riverbend Baptist Church, with the Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Tommy Fouts, and Rev. Brian Holland officiating.  Burial will be at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites.   Franklin Vietnam Veterans of America will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franklin Vietnam Veterans of America, 203 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC  28734 or to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675‑8517.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday evening at Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory.  Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.  Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Sanders family.

Nora Lee Carpenter Cassada

Nora Lee Carpenter Cassada

Nora Lee Carpenter Cassada, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 10, 2017.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Baxter and Ruth Sanders Carpenter.  She was a homemaker, she loved to read, and was a great seamstress and was a former member of N.C. Cooperative Extension.   She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church and the church was her main focus in life.  She served as secretary of the church and was a member of the choir and taught Sunday School and Bible School.  She was also an Asssociation Messenger and was in charge of food and flowers for funerals,

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Buchanan (Mike) and a son, Rick Cassada (June) all of Franklin; grandchildren, Amanda Peek (Mark) of Franklin, Allison Hicks (Scott) of Thomasville, N.C., Zachary Dover of Franklin, Ashley Arnold (Chad) of Gastonia, N.C., Luke Cassada (Becky) of Franklin, Megan Cassada of Franklin, and Chad Buchanan (Jennifer) of Clayton, Ga.; great grandchildren, Lexie Arnold, Tori Arnold, Carley Arnold, Rylee Cassada, Lilly Cassada, Blake Cassada, Mason Hicks, Asher Hicks, McKayla Buchanan and Hollis Myers; sister, Betty Markarian, brother, Lewis Carpenter (Edna), nephew, Ronnie Carpenter (Angie).

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Cassada, brothers, Andrew Carpenter (Edna) and Doyle Carpenter (Ann), and infant sister, Juanita.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 14, at Watauga Baptist Church with Rev. Wesley Price officiating.  Deacons, trustees and friends of Watauga Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC  28744.

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

Mary Dase Jenkins Baty

Mary Dase Jenkins Baty

Mary Dase Jenkins Baty, 75, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017. She was born in Macon County Feb. 11, 1942, to the late James “Jim” Jenkins and Ethel Lee Wilburn Jenkins. She was married to the late Roy Lee Baty who preceded her. She was a cook in the restaurant business for many years and she was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Survivors include her two daughters, Connie Renee Jennings (Jeff) of Glennville, N.C., and Melissa Ann Kimbrell of Highlands, N.C.; three sons, Charles Floyd Baty (June Wallace Webb), Roy Eugene Baty, and Russell ‘Scott” Baty all of Highlands; a sister, Phyllis Pierson of Salem, S.C.; a brother, Donnie Jenkins of Highlands; 10 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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