Obituaries for April 7

Obituaries for April 7

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Jewell Dills McKay

Jewell McKay
Jewell McKay

Jewell Dills McKay, 79, of Lakemont, Ga., died peacefully in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, March 27, following a family gathering to celebrate her upcoming 80th birthday.

Born in Rabun County on March 28, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Maude Justus Dills. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, a bookworm and an excellent cook, and a longtime member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J.L. McKay, and is survived by a son, Alan McKay and his wife Pat of Franklin, N.C., and two daughters, Pat Poss and husband Scott of Tiger and Leah Brooks of Lakemont; seven grandchildren, Ben and Gabe McKay of Franklin, Jordan Poss of Greenville, S.C., Meredith Thompson and Nicolaus Poss of Clayton, Laura Blackwell of Tiger, and John Brooks of Lakemont; and four great-grandchildren, Ky Thompson of Clayton, Ty and Tucker McKay of Franklin, and Sophie Poss of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews she loved as her own. All knew and loved her as “Nanny.”

Funeral service was at Beck Funeral Home Tuesday, March 29. Burial was in Rabun Memory Park.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tabernacle Baptist Church Building Fund, 6467 Highway 441 South, Lakemont, Georgia, 30552.

Beck Funeral Home in Clayton, Ga., was in charge of arrangments.

Betty Jean Fox Crisp

Betty Jean Fox Crisp
Betty Jean Fox Crisp

Betty Jean Fox Crisp, 61, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was born May 29, 1954, in Pickens County, S.C., to the late Lewis James Fox and Gracie Brock Fox. She was in the construction business; was a happy person who loved and cared for her family and friends always offering to help those in need and she was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Crisp of the home; three daughters, Sondra York (Luis Navarro) of Simpsonville, S.C,, Sonya Roper (Hugo Gomez) of Simpsonville, S.C., and Tanya Morrow (Adam) Anderson, S.C.; a son, Roy Crisp II (Melissa) of Franklin; two sisters, Barbara Harris of Liberty, S.C., and Mary Ann Fox of Pickens, S.C.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 2, at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chad Campbell officiating.

Online condolences can be made to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Crisp family.

Lola Helen Wilson

Lola Wilson
Lola Wilson

Lola Helen Wilson, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016.  She was born in Macon County the daughter of Ethel Lois Jones Waldroop of Franklin, and the late Oran Roosevelt Waldroop.  She was a homemaker, she loved to fish and was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two daughters, Edith Tallent (Kenny)  of Franklin, and Jennifer Loving (Phillip) of Blountville, Tenn.; sons, George Jenkins (Tonda) and Daniel Jenkins (Judy) all of Franklin; brother, James Lee Waldroop; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a half-brother, Charles Monroe Bateman.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 28, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Morris Tippett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sherry Ammons, 36 Icenhower Dr., Franklin, NC  28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Wilson family.

Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Catherine A. Moore

Catherine Moore
Catherine Moore

Catherine A. Moore, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Colonel and Bessie Thomas Anderson.  She was married to James Joe Moore who preceded her in death.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved flowers, gardening, fishing and she was an avid reader.  She attended Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Diane Moore Rogers (Jerry) of Franklin; two sons, David Moore (Debra) of Hendersonville and Daniel Moore (Christy) of Hickory; six grandchildren, Jason Rogers, Jennifer Rogers Penland (Stan), Benjamin Tyler Moore (April), Hannah Moore, Caleb Joseph Moore, Mattie Moore and Mollie Moore and four great grandchildren, William Rogers, Harry Rogers, Ava Penland and Jeremiah Moore.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Alice Hardison, Mary Chastain, Louise Haire and Eleanor Beaman and four brothers, Roy Dean Anderson, Joe Anderson, Robert Anderson and Jason Anderson.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 4, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Minister Radford Penland and Rev. Rick Potts officiating. Burial followed in Carson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Rogers, Bill Moore, Tyler Moore, Caleb Moore, Colby Anderson and Wayne Haire.

Memorial donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

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

Carla Bolick Reilly

Carla Bolick Reilly, 57, of Weaverville, N.C., died Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

She was born Sept. 25, 1958, in Franklin, N.C., and was a resident of Weaverville, for much of her life. She was a graduate of the Region A Nursing Consortium and worked as a Psychiatric RN. She was a devoted mother and loving wife, who was compassionate, caring and remarkably strong, willed. She was a daughter of the late Sylvia Shaffer Bolick.

Surviving are her husband of 30 years, John Reilly; son, Johnathan Reilly, both of Weaverville; father, Ellard Bolick of Franklin; sister, Kathy Mewborn of Monroe, Ga.; brother, Marty Bolick of Toccoa, Ga.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 2, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, Weaverville. Burial was in Green Hills Cemetery.

Condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. Reilly’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.

Mrannia Bishop Welch

Mrannia Bishop Welch, 75, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, April 2, 2016. She was born April 15, 1940, in Jackson County to the late Neil and Rosie R. Bishop. She was married to the late Everett Welch, was of the Baptist faith, and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Lucille Holbrooks (Bobby) of Franklin; a son, Raymond Welch of Sylva; two grandsons, Alan Puckett and Darrell Puckett; and three sisters, Bonnie Short of Brevard, Judy Bishop of Brevard, and Mylissie Roper (Howard) of Cullowhee, N.C.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Welch, and two sisters, Juanita Thackery and Lottie Carroll.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 5, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewis Swafford and Rev. Ricky Swafford officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Welch family.

Linda Reeves Dowdle

Linda Reeves Dowdle
Linda Reeves Dowdle

Linda Reeves Dowdle, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 1, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter the late Leah Williamson Welch and Bill Reeves and wife Carol of Longview, Wash.  In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a son, Stevie. She worked for Roses Dept. Store, Dr. Farley and owned and operated a daycare in her home. She was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir and was active in Our Hands His Heart Ministry at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.  She loved music and had a special love for children.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 32 years, Charlie Dowdle; daughter, Michelle Dowdle of Franklin and two brothers, Rev. Steve Reeves and wife Debbie of Franklin and Rev. Don Reeves and wife Carol of Corvallis, Ore.; sister, Janie Ray and husband Harlan of East Wenatchee, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Carson Gibson and Rev. Jason Smith officiated.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steven Reeves, Cole Bates, Danny Gibson, Ben West, Roy Chastain and Brian Browning. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Windy Gap Baptist Church Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Memorial donations can be made to the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY  10605 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Tarbox

Nancy Tarbox (Lora Frances Hills Tarbox) passed peacefully at home in Highlands, N.C., on Monday, March 28, 2016.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Everett Jacob “E.J.” Tarbox; four children, Monte Tarbox, Jane Tarbox Auhl, Janis Tarbox Fisher and Jonathan Tarbox; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Visitation will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands on Friday, April 8, from 5: to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Incarnation on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bread for the World, 425 3rd Street SW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20024.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Tarbox family.

Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

John Littlefield Crawford

John Crawford
John Crawford

John Littlefield Crawford, 97 of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on March 30, 2016.  A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late John L. Crawford and Annie Crawford Higdon and stepfather Alfred R. Higdon.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Doris Hudson.

He attended UNC Chapel Hill where he met his future wife Dorothy Rose whom he married on March 12, 1942, in Victoria, Texas, where he was a pilot in the US Army Air Corps during WW II.

He was in flight training at Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, Texas, on Pearl Harbor Day.  Following basic flight training, he went on to advanced flight training in fighter planes.  After receiving his wings and commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corps, he became an instructor in advanced flight training school for fighter pilots, training not only American pilots, but many allied pilots from Turkey, Bolivia, Peru, France, and other countries. Although he requested overseas action as a fighter pilot, he was told he was more valuable as an instructor so he remained at Moore Field, Mission, Texas, moving up the chain of command from Assistant Squadron Commander all the way to Group Commander.  A member of the “Greatest Generation,”  he helped close Moore Field following the end of WW II and was discharged from active duty. He remained active in the Army Air Corp Reserves and later the U.S. Air Force Reserves until retiring from the reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1969.

Following the war, he returned to Franklin and worked for his step-father for many years at Franklin Hardware which he closed in 1962 following Mr. Higdon’s death.  He became a permanent letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in 1956 from which he retired in 1984.  He was active in the American Legion serving as various officers including Commander in 1954-55.  For several years he was a director of the Bank of Franklin which later became First Union.  He was a former member of the Lion’s Club, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and Chamber of Commerce, and Volunteer Fire Department serving as an officer of the last three organizations.  He was a charter member of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society and the Macon County Cultural Arts Council.  In recognition of extraordinary service to Macon County, along with his wife Dorothy, the Macon County Senior Services Center was renamed the Dorothy R. and John L. Crawford Senior Center.

He was a founding and active member of the Franklin Church of Christ serving as an elder.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 74 years Dorothy Rose Crawford; sons, John L Crawford, III and wife Donna of Flat Rock, N.C.; Thomas R. Crawford and wife Jae of Sylva, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Caroline Heubel and husband John of Ft. Mill, S.C.; Robert Crawford of Charlotte, N.C.; Molly Moore and husband Parker of Washington, DC; Kate Fuquay and husband Jason of New York City, N.Y.; Thomas R. Crawford Jr and wife Michelle of Chapel Hill; Kathryn McMillan and husband Tom of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Holly Conlin and husband Scott of Sylva; 15 great grandchildren; sisters Julia Green of Burlington, N.C., and Beverly Moore of Franklin; brothers, Alfred Higdon and wife Ann of Atlanta, and Thomas Higdon and wife Patricia of Las Cruces, N.M.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Franklin Church of Christ on Sunday, April 3, with Minister Radford Penland officiating.  Pallbearers were John Heubel, Robert Crawford, Thomas Crawford Jr., Benn Grant III, Ben Swafford, Carey Patton Jr., Jacob Stewart and Donald Fisher.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Church of Christ McCollum Drive  Scholarship Endowment, and mail to:  North Carolina Community Foundation, 4601 Six Forks Road-Suite 525, Raleigh, NC 26609, or donate on line:  www.nccommunityfoundation.org or contributions to  Angel Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 1209, Franklin, NC 28734, or to one’s favorite charity.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

James Richard Roeder

James Richard Roeder, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul John ‘Jay’ Takach

Paul Takach
Paul Takach

Paul John “Jay” Takach, 82, of Franklin, N.C., died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at his home.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Paul Takach and Marie Mihalovic Takach.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Wallworth. He lived in Miami, Fla., for many years and moved to Franklin 30 years ago. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War; was a distinguished past president of Ives Estates Optimist Club, North Miami Beach, Fla.; recognized by Optimist International from 1970-1984 for years of service to his community.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Glenda Takach; two sons, Joe Takach (Paul) of Cooper City, Fla., and Paul John Takach of Miami, Fla.; two daughters, Pam Goins (Glenn) of Davie, Fla., and Grace Phillips (Maurice) of Franklin; two step sons, Jon Balcom of Florida and George Balcom (Luann) of Florida; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Services will be private.

The family would also like to thank extended family, friends and Four Seasons Hospice for their love and care during this time.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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