Obituaries for February 23, 2017

Obituaries for February 23, 2017

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Virginia Lenoir Reynolds Ramey

Virginia Lenoir Reynolds Ramey, 93, of Franklin, N.C., completed her earthly journey, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Ballard Lenoir and Lucinda Corine Huckaby Lenior.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glover Reynolds and her last husband, Russell Ramey; her son, Kenneth Leon Reynolds; five brothers, J.B., Leon, John, Benny and Bill and four sisters, Nell Harrison, Mary Wallace, Shirley Waldroop and Ada Florence Leatherwood.  She was a faithful member of Mount Hope Baptist Church. She had a quick wit and great sense of humor and enjoyed playing and winning rook and dominos with her family and friends.  She was loved by all who knew her and was affectionately known as Nanny.

She is survived by one daughter, Glenda Reynolds Hefner Armes (Ronnie) of Franklin; Donna Lloyd who she thought of as a daughter; two sisters, Marie Holland and Jody Sellers both of Franklin; four grandchildren, Rhonda Bateman (Luke), Jason Reynolds, Jennifer Roupp (Sheldon) and Kenneth Britt Reynolds; seven great grandchildren, Kayla, Carlee, Sean, Savahna, Austin, Ryan, Ava and Grayson; one great-great grandchild, Asher; daughter in law, Diane Reynolds and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 19, at Mount Hope Baptist Church.  Rev. Brian Pitts, Rev. Tracy Tallent and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated.  Burial was at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mount Hope Baptist Lottie Moon Missions, 199 Old Patton Road, Franklin, NC  28734 or Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Anthony Yuzzi Sr.

Anthony Yuzzi Sr.

Anthony Yuzzi Sr., 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

He was born and raised in Flushing, N.Y., to the late Nicholas and Marie Josephine Yuzzi. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict; after his service, he joined his parents in Huntington Station, N.Y. He met his wife Alice Ivers Yuzzi on Long Island and they celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2016.

He was well known for his achievements and love of electronics, including ham radio. He and his family moved to Franklin in 1972, making many friends especially with members at St. Francis Church. He loved traveling to Maine, visiting Alice’s family there. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Nicholas Jr.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Anthony Yuzzi Jr. of Franklin and Steven M. Yuzzi of Maggie Valley, N.C.; two grandsons, Austin Yuzzi of Westville, Fla., and Nicholas Yuzzi of Franklin; one granddaughter, Lauren Yuzzi of Waynesville, N.C.; two great grandchildren, Emma and Cole of Franklin; and one step grandson, Adam Viens of Knoxville;  and sister-in law, Jean Yuzzi of Florida.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong will officiate with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial will be in Rangeley Cemetery in Rangeley, Maine.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, Attn: Capital Improvements, 299 Maple St., Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Coburn Watson Jr.

Thomas Coburn Watson Jr.

Thomas Coburn Watson Jr., 85, of Florence, S.C., passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. He was a son of the late Myra Steadman Watson and Thomas Coburn Watson Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Hill Wolfe Watson; sons, Thomas C. (Michael Ann) Watson III of Ft. Mill, S.C., and Richard B. (Jamie) Watson of Franklin, N.C.; daughter, Suzanne H. Watson of Franklin; grandsons, Jonathan Mark (Sarah) Watson, Benjamin Thomas Watson; granddaughter, Mary Suzanne Watson, all of Franklin; grandson, Zachary Joseph Watson of Fr. Mill, S.C.; Great grandchildren, Riley and J.J.; step-daughter, Selena (Elod) Lakatos of Bedford, N.Y.; step-son Rudy (Donna) Wolfe of East Rutherford, N.J.; a number of step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Wallace S. (Shannon Wagner) Watson of Ithaca, N.Y.; and a sister, Mary Duffie of Oriental, N.C.

A graduate of McClenaghan High Scholl and Wofford College, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Security Service, serving during the Korean conflict and was a member of the occupation forces in Germany. He retired from the Social Security Administration in 1983 as manager in Franklin, and was later employed in a variety of occupations, primarily in the hospital and health care fields. In Franklin, he and his family especially enjoyed trout fishing, and hiking the mountain trails and playing golf. He was an active member of the Nantahala Hiking Club, which maintained a portion of the Appalachian Trail. He cherished his friendship and hikes with the colorful Episcopal minister, Dr. Rufus Morgan, widely regarded as the “Father of the Appalachian Trail.”

In Florence, he enjoyed serving in a number of volunteer positions, including his church and Golden K. Kiwanis Club. He especially enjoyed Bible study and shared this with groups in his church, nursing homes, prison ministry and group residential homes. He was a life member of VFW Post 3181 and American Legion Post No. 1, serving in a number of positions with those organizations. He was one of the original members of the Veterans’ Honor Guard of the Pee Dee.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Florence. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 until 2 p.m., prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highland Park UMC, 1300 2nd Loop Road, Florence, SC 29505, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Frances Elizabeth Smith

Frances Elizabeth Smith

Frances Elizabeth Smith, 81, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

Born in Macon County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John T. Angel and Willie Mae Franks Angel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Allen Smith; one son, David Smith; two sisters, Maude Angel and Pat Ange;l and two brothers, John Wiley “Bud” Angel and Bob Angel. She attended Mount Harmony Baptist Church. She enjoyed being outdoors, taking walks and working in her flower garden and spending time with her great grandson, Brennen.

She is survived by one son, Roger Smith of Georgia; eight sisters, Lois Angel of High Point, Linda Woods of Conover, N.C., Mary Rachel Cabe, Nannie Belle Ledford, Lela Guy, Edna Angel, Lucy Hardin and Neal Ryals all of Franklin; two grandchildren, Jason Smith and Stephanie Smith McConnell; one great grandson, Brennen McConnell and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Darren Cochran, Rev. Jason Smith and Rev. Vic Greene officiated.  Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jeff Cabe, Rick Ledford, Tim Ledford, Chris Norton, Michael Norton and Dereck Jones.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Anthony Sean Stockton

Anthony Sean Stockton

Anthony Sean Stockton, 44, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Born in Fulton County, Georgia, he was the son of Thomas Ray Stockton Sr. and the late Linda Diane Fordham Adams.

He was a 1990 graduate of Franklin High School and held a management position in the food service industry.

Survivors include his father, Thomas Ray Stockton Sr. (Betty) of Franklin; his sister, Tabitha Sanchez of Franklin; one brother, Thomas Ray Stockton Jr. (Patricia) of Franklin; a stepbrother, Tony Bolick (Wanda) of Franklin; four nephews, three nieces and a great niece and great nephew.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 18, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Prince officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Rabun Animal Hospital, PO Box 563, Mtn. City, GA 30562.

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

Robert W. Schneider

Robert W. Schneider, of Franklin N.C., passed away Feb. 8, 2017.

Born in Minersville, Pa., he leaves behind a brother, Earl Schneider of Pa.; a daughter, Dottie Wagner of Tallahassee; and a stepdaughter, Donna Smithey of Tallahassee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy C. Schneider. He also leaves behind a special friend, Judy Abel of Franklin. The family thanks Judy for taking such good care of Bob.

His career highlights were in the Auto Parts business spanning from Miami to New York. He was a man of many talents who never met a stranger.  His Intarsia woodworking is enjoyed by many all over the country. He will be missed by many family members and numerous friends.

A private burial for family members took place in Tallahassee on Feb. 18.

Hilda Cowart-White

Hilda Cowart-White

Hilda Cowart-White, 67, of Monroe, La., formerly of Franklin passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband Thomas White Jr. (28 years) of Monroe, La.; her three children, Teresa Hall (Doug) of Asher, Ky., Robert Cowart (Marcella) and Keith Cowart all of Franklin; two sisters, Margaret Burch of Seneca, S.C., and Faye Leatherwood of Franklin; one brother, Eddie Leatherwood of Franklin and her best friend, JoAnn Journey of Monroe, La.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Grover Lee Wilson

Grover Lee Wilson

Grover Lee Wilson, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late John Dexter Wilson and Evelyn Woodard Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter and infant son and two brothers, Harley and David Wilson. He was a member of Olive Hill Gospel Chapel.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margie Eddel Martin Wilson; one sister, Ruth Rosenloff of Canyon Country, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Riverview Methodist Church. Rev. Pete “Buster” Carpenter and Rev. Barry Bowman officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Patsy Irene Holbrooks Hurst

Patsy Irene Holbrooks Hurst

Patsy Irene Holbrooks Hurst, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Bob Holbrooks and Mary Jane Whitehead Holbrooks. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a member of Sugarfork Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband John Joseph Hurst; one daughter, Stephanie Hurst of the home; five brothers and sisters, Bobby Holbrooks (Cindy), Tim Holbrooks (Linda), Rita Weyh (Michael), Tony Holbrooks (Kimberly Smith) and Lisa Francisco (Matthew) all of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sugarfork Baptist Church. Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Timothy Holbrooks, Jacob Doster, Andrew Ward, Randy Hines, Roy Hurst and Richard Stewman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Doug Thompson, 287 Sugarfork Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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