Obituaries for February 2, 2017

Ed Nolen

Charles Edwin ‘Ed’ Nolen Sr.

Charles Edwin “Ed” Nolen  Sr., born May 16, 1934, of Cartoogechaye Community, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles William Nolen and Glee Anne Garner Nolen of Franklin. He was preceded in death by a grandson, William Scott Nolen. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army in Germany.  He was self-employed in the electrical field, was a charter member of the West Macon Fire Department and volunteer for over 20 years and an active member of First United Methodist Church.  His many passions were square dancing, reading and working on the family farm.  He will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joanne Baudendistel Nolen; three children, Chuck Nolen and his wife, Pam, of Franklin, Bill Nolen and his friend April of Franklin and Jenny Porter and her husband, David of Sylva; twin granddaughters, Samantha and Sydney Nolen of Franklin; two sisters, Connaree Nolen and Carolyn Lee Spence and husband, Hardy both of Greensboro; two brothers, Frank Nolen and wife Nancy of New Hope, Va., and James Nolen and wife Freida of Marshville, N.C.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church.  Rev. David Beam and Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at First United Methodist Church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Anatomical Resource Clinical Training Center for Applied Learning, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Sale, NC  27157 or First United Methodist Church 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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John Bush Catlett

John Bush Catlett

John Bush Catlett, 78, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C., Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2017.

Born in Louisville, Ky., he relocated to Highlands in 1999, to live with his sister and brother-in-law Sara and Jack Mayer.

In Louisville, he attended First Alliance Church, enjoyed bowling, and retired from the Sheltered Workshop where he worked for many years.  In Highlands, he loved his church family at Highlands United Methodist Church where he was an active member, and he volunteered at The Food Pantry and The Bookworm.  He enjoyed his regular exercise at Health Tracks and his daily walks in Webbmont, but the highlight of each year was attending his beloved Camp Grace, a camp for special needs adults.

He is predeceased by his parents, Van and Pauline Catlett and his brother, Stephen Catlett.

His survivors include his nieces, Betsy Riser, Carrie Mayer, Jenny Catlett and his nephews, Ross Catlett, John Christopher Catlett, and Paul Catlett and several great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of God’s grace in John’s life will be held at Highlands United Methodist Church Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, specifically for Camp Grace.

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

Deborah Gaye Ledford Dicero

Deborah Gaye Ledford Dicero

Deborah Gaye Ledford Dicero, 83, of Tequesta, Fla., formerly of Franklin, passed away Jan. 11, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Claude Ledford and Effie Byrd Ledford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe who passed away Sept. 29, 1997, and two brothers, Talmadge and Gilmer.

She is survived by five sisters, Kaye Guy, Kathy Henson, Faye McCall and Glenda Evans all of Franklin, Carol Aiello of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, Wilbur Ledford of Danielsville, Ga., and Davis Ledford of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

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

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Henry Bruce ‘Bud’ Garrison

Henry Bruce ‘Bud’ Garrison

Henry Bruce “Bud” Garrison, 67, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Asheville, N.C. He was born in DeKalb County, Georgia, on Feb. 15, 1949, to the late Johnny Garrison and Mary Garrison Cagle. He was a telephone contractor; was of the Christian faith, and proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Wilson Garrison of the home; a daughter, Rebecca Garrison (Jeff) of Franklin; two sons, John Garrison (Phylliss) and Henry “Bo” Garrison (Ashley) both of Franklin; two stepchildren, Phylliss Garrison of Franklin and Teresa Piva of St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Johnnie Garrison, John Garrison Jr., Ayden Garrison, Andrew Garrison, Estella Bradley, Jediah Stanfield, Amanda Piva, April Piva, and Devan Smith; two great grandchildren, Serenity and Braige Courtois; two sisters, June Inman (James) and Jewel Parker both of Franklin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step daughter, Jody Smith, and a grandchild, Emileigh Garrison.

A military memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Bud Garrison to a school scholarship to help children go on school trips. ATTN: Margie Garrison, 390 Stamey Mountain Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Theodore W. Hawes, Jr.,

Theodore W. Hawes, Jr., 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Jan. 20, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Theodore and Helen Richardson Hawes. He was married to Grace Drake Hawes who preceded him in death.

He worked for the Grand Union Company. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving from June 1943 until August 1955. He received a Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and Victory Service Medal. He was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.

He is survived by a son, Theodore “Todd” Hawes III of Winston Salem; and grandchildren, Jessica Gerba, Wayne Gerba, Jennifer Gerba and Shelly Gerba, all of Franklin. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Hawes Gerba.

A private graveside service will be held.

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

Myrtle Mae Brendle Wofford

Myrtle Mae Brendle Wofford

Myrtle Mae Brendle Wofford, of Wetumpka, Ala., formerly of Webster, N.C., born Feb. 13, 1939, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the age of 77.

She is preceded in death by her son, Marvin Guy Rucker, father, CB Brendle Sr., mother, Hazel Brendle Parker, stepfather, Henry Parker, brothers, Roy Brendle, Jimmy Brendle, CB Brendle Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Valerie Lynn (Jerry) Bassett, and Karen Wofford Alexander; brother, Deryl (Pat) Brendle; sisters, Pauline Brendle (Phil) Terrell, Joyce Brendle (Mike) Meadows, and Sue B. “Suzzy” Sams; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., at Watauga Baptist Church. Rev. Wesley Price will officiate.

Courtesy anouncement provided by Macon Funeral Home.

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Susan Stockton Ehle

Susan Stockton Ehle

Susan Stockton Ehle, 75, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

She was a native of New Orleans, La., and a resident of Franklin, N.C. After a successful career in banking, she earned her nursing degree from Victoria College School of Nursing in Victoria, Texas, and enjoyed a long, dedicated career as an ICU Registered Nurse at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La. She was an avid golfer and dedicated fan of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

She was preceded in death by her father, Davidson Stockton Ehle Sr., her mother, Marietta Anne Adey Ehle, her brother, Davidson Stockton Ehle, Jr., and her niece, Karen Erica Ehle Catalanotto.

She was the loving sister of Marietta “Missy” Ehle Ernst, niece of Herbert Fitzhugh Adey II, and aunt of Kimberly Elizabeth Ehle, Davidson Stockton Ehle III (Geraldine), Linda Ann Doussan, Susan Elizabeth Haydel, and Shelley Erin Haydel (Trey). She is also lovingly remembered and survived by many lifelong friends, including her closest friend, Mary Cathey, and her beloved four-legged companions, Shuggah Magnolia Blossom Cathey, Sophie Marie Landry Ehle, and Cuddleigh Lynn Ehle.

Relatives and friends are invited to join us in celebrating and honoring the memory of Susan at a Celebration of Life event at 30 Carolyn Court, Arabi, La., on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.

An additional Celebration of Life event in Franklin, NC will be planned in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susan’s honor to the Best Friends Animal Society (, Humane Society (, ASPCA (, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (, or the American Cancer Society (

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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