Obituaries for February 22, 2018


James ‘Jim’ Norman Hammel

James “Jim” Norman Hammel, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

Born in Woodbury, N.J., he was the son of Lois Storch Hammel and the late Richard James Hammel. He was a well known and respected personal trainer and manager at Body Visions Gym.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, Christopher Hammel of Jupiter, Fla., Jesse Hammel of Cochecton, N.Y., and Lauren Hammel of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Hammel of Dallas, Texas and John Hammel of Shelby, N.C.; two nieces and five great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 24, at First Alliance Church of Franklin. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Alliance Church of Franklin.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Olivia Taylor Morrow

Olivia Taylor Morrow

Olivia Taylor Morrow – a strong, smart, principled woman. She believed a person’s worth was in their character. Her life was lived honorably; she took care of her children and her extended family, she was loyal, faithful and honest.  Her nursing background was a help to everyone.

She will be remembered for her 30 years with the Greenville Hospital System, her wonderful sense of humor, her sewing abilities, her love of reading, working puzzles, scrabble, her cooking, her problem solving and always wanting the best for her family.

She was born in Otto, N.C., was the daughter of the late Fred Taylor of Franklin, N.C., and Lydia Davidson Taylor of Greenville, S.C.

She is survived by four children,  Leon Morrow (Yvette) of High Point, N.C., Larry Morrow (Pat) of Greer, S.C., Mildred “Fred” Campbell (David) of Greer, and Margaret “Maggie” Schmidler (Martin) of Smyrna, Ga.; and a special part of the family, Jane Morrow of Weaverville, N.C.; seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; a sister, Edith Chou; and brothers, Charles Taylor (deceased) and Bruce Taylor.

Olivia passed away on Feb. 18, and was buried at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Franklin. A graveside service was held Wednesday, Feb. 21.  A reception will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to either Mountain Grove Church, Mountain Grove Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734; or First Baptist Church of Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC. 29601.

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

Francis L. Jackson

Francis L. Jackson

Francis L. Jackson of Winter Park, Fla., and more recently Franklin, N.C., died peacefully on Feb. 14, 2018, at the age of 93.  Born Oct. 20, 1924, in Lakeland, Fla., he was the son of George Prentice Jackson and Emma Rather Jackson. He graduated from Bushnell High School and then served in the Seabees – the naval construction force in World War II.  Following the war he became a part of the first class of men admitted to FSU and was one of three people who came up with the name “Seminoles” in a contest for the mascot of the football team.

In 1948, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Ward Jackson, a native of Winter Park and in 1950 started the first State Farm Insurance Agency in Winter Park achieving national recognition for his sales achievements. As a result he and Betty traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.  He understood the importance of giving back to the community and served in multiple positions of leadership such as president of the Jaycees, Lions Club, Winter Park Library Board, director of the Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations.  He also helped start the longstanding Winter Park Toastmaster’s club.  In 1962 feeling drawn to serve the community even more he was elected as a city commissioner.

As a military veteran he was a lifetime member of the American Legion and also supported the NRA at their highest level.

He was also active in the Winter Park Presbyterian Church serving as an dlder and Sunday School leader.  Upon his retirement from State Farm in 2008, he moved to Franklin.  In the Franklin House assisted living center where he resided for the last three years, he was active in their Bible study and participated in many of their activities.  He loved to read books, especially about history, play chess and checkers teaching both his children and grandchildren how to play and most recently, took up adult coloring and drawing.

He never met a stranger and whether he was at his condo in New Smyrna Beach inviting people to play volleyball or touch football on the beach or sitting next to you in a restaurant he made you feel like an old friend in minutes.  He believed that for anyone to ever achieve pure peace, power and purpose in their life they needed to believe in the Lord their Savior.

Preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jackson, he is survived by his sister, Marjorie Wells, Lake Panasoffkee; five children, Nicki D’Amato, Casselberry; Daryl Oberg (John) Grand Marais, Minn., Ron Jackson, Winter Park; Rick Jackson (Jill), Oakwood, Ga., and Wendy Dalton (Terry) Franklin.  He is also survived by Fred Baker (Marilyn), New Smyrna Beach and Dr. Hamilton Fish, Leesburg, sons that were “adopted” into the family when the family spent much time at New Smyrna Beach in the 1960’s.  The family is indebted to the loving and caring help from Tammy Baker along with his other personal caregivers. He will also be remembered by his 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb.17.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc., P O Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Margaret ‘Peggy’ Weirick

Margaret “Peggy” Weirick, loving mother, grandmother and friend, 74, passed away at Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Teddy “Sonny” Weirick; parents, William and Katherine Spiller and one brother, William Robert Weirick.

In her younger years, she worked as a paramedic in Dekalb, Ga., for about 10 years until she retired then she returned to school to receive her paralegal degree.  She enjoyed crafting.  Everything about it brought her to life; sewing and arts and crafts and especially the shows. She also loved to garden, always giving away her bounty to friends and family.

She is survived by her four children, Leah (J.J.) McCall and Joseph Weirick all of Franklin, Candy (Steven) Martin of Florida and Andrew (Rebecca) Weirick of Alabama; five grandchildren, William and Charles Weirick, Christopher and Gabriel Martin and Celeste McCall; one brother, Robert Earl Weirick; her crafting friends, Lucy and Emmie, along with multiple nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Correspond with Andrew at: for a service place and time.

In memory of Peggy, a memorial may be made to: The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251, (866) 382-4253.

 Anna Jean (Allen) Duvall

Anna Jean (Allen) Duvall, 85, formerly of Macon County, North Carolina, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 16, 2018. She was loved for her cheerful, generous, and loving spirit. She is survived by her husband, Harry Duvall; two sons, Raymond Duvall (Charlotte) and Roger Duvall (Malinda); five grandchildren, Nathan, Anna, Catherine, Rachel, and Jenny; two great-grandsons, Landon and Gavin, and one brother, Lloyd Allen (Carol).

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Tellico Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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

Larry Lon Ammons

Larry Lon Ammons, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.  He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Gordon and Sadie Cabe Ammons.  He loved to hunt, fish and watch TV.  He was a farmer alongside of his family and was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by two sisters, Jean Doster and Margaret Angel both of Franklin; three brothers, Thomas Ammons, Earl Ammons (Linda) both of Franklin, and Dale Ammons (Gwen) of Asheville, N.C.; and several nieces and one nephew.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Vic Greene officiating.   Burial was in Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent to the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund 1999 Clarks Chapel Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

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