Obituaries for April 18, 2019

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Sue Ann Wiggins

Sue Ann Wiggins

Sue Ann Wiggins, 76, of Franklin, N.C passed away Friday, April 12, 2019.

Born in Flint, Mich. she was the daughter of the late Henry Rusch and Virginia Grace Piper Rusch. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Mike Rusch. She enjoyed spending time with family and playing bingo.

She is survived by children, Ronnie Owens (Sherry) of Morristown, Tenn., Sharla Owens of Whitesburg, Tenn., Arlene Brancaccio (Frank) of Seminole, Fla., Denise Shields (Kevin) of Franklin, Joe Owens (Kim) of Morristown, Tenn., Melody Wiggins of Richmond, Ky., Christel Hall (Tony) of Portland, Tenn., and Raleigh Wiggins of Richmond, Ky.; sister, Rhonda Dean of Brooksville, Fla.; brother, Randy Rusch; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service was held Sunday, April 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiated. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Shields, Jeremy Alderman, Bryant Hodgins, Billy Balog, William Shields, and Anthony Hall.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late George Nichols and Mary Carpenter Nichols. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Cleveland Anderson; son, Cleveland Anderson; sister, Stella Nichols; and brother, Vernon Nichols. She attended Cartoogechaye Church of God and was a member of Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Grover Lee Anderson of Franklin, Georgia Mae Jones of Burlington, Wash., Shirley Baron of Lake Stevens, Wash., Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell of Lyman Hamilton, Wash., Clara Jean Myers of Franklin and Brenda Elaine Anderson of Burlington, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Clay Meyers officiated. Burial was in the Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cartoogechaye Church of God, 108 Charles Nolen Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Timothy Lane Blackburn

Timothy Lane Blackburn, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of the late Timothy Blackburn and Annie Merritt Blackburn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Anne Blackburn; and two half brothers, John Silva and Sheldon Silva. He attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed golfing, playing ping-pong and pool.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Connie Blackburn; children, William Blackburn (Cathy) of Tullahoma, Tenn., Leah Blackburn (Keith) of Franklin, and John Nicholas Coser of Azle, Texas; brother, Perry Wayne Blackburn of Homestead, Fla.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal canine companion, Chewy.

A memorial mass was held Monday, April 15, at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Military honors were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Reach of Macon County, P.O. Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Franklin Simpkins

Bobby Franklin Simpkins

Bobby Franklin Simpkins, 70, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019.

He was born Dec. 6, 1948, in Mingo, W. Va. He was an electrician, worked in a flooring plant, and was a West Virginia State Trooper in his early years. 

He loved to fish and hunt; he also served his country in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was also of the Baptist faith. 

Survivors include his wife, Penny Carpenter Simpkins of Franklin; and a step-daughter, Sandra Kendall and husband Tony of Franklin.

A private service will be held at a later date. 

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

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

Manuel ‘Manny’ Eduardo Chico

Manuel “Manny” Eduardo Chico, 45, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019. He was born March 6, 1974, in Bronx, N.Y., to Manuel Chico and Esperanza Gonzalez Chico.

He loved antiques and creating “new” out of the old. He loved spending time with his family and friends and those that became his new family and friends here in the North Carolina mountains. 

He was a beautiful soul that would do anything for anyone especially someone in need. He was loved by all his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents; four children; and one brother all of Kissimmee, Fla.

A memorial service will be held in Florida at a later date.

Online condolences can be made to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Colette Chandler

Colette Chandler, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Born in Allenton, Pa.,  she was the daughter of the late John Ehrlacher and Sophia Geraldine Kimak Ehrlacher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a niece, Bernadette Hollingsworth. She was a member of St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church. She was an avid collector, loved going to the movies, jewelry shopping and gardening. She was also a loving aunt and sister and loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her twin sister, Constance Obispo of Brandon, Fla.; six nieces and nephews, Anna Maria Popham (Dennis), Kathleen Scanlon (Everett), Constance Pittelli, John Coleman, Ronald Coleman (Andrea), and Colleen Jarman (Michael); and numerous great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 17, at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE, South Tower Street 400, Atlanta, GA 30328 and St. Francis Food Pantry, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Ellard Carl Bolick

Ellard Carl Bolick

Ellard Carl Bolick, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Carl Allen Bolick and Eva Cordelia Bolick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Alice “Took” Bolick; daughter, Carla Reilly; two brothers, Loyd Bolick and Willard Bolick; and three sisters, Edna Bowers, WillaMae and Burdell Bolick. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and he enjoyed helping others.

He is survived by his two children, Kathy Mewborn (William Carl) of Monroe, Ga., and Marty Bolick (Annette) of Toccoa, Ga.; son-in-law, John Reilly of Asheville; sister, AnnaLee Massagee of New Mexico; brothers, Odel Bolick (Helen), Bobby Bolick (Otela), and Marvin Bolick (Phyllis) all of Franklin; sister-in-law, Eloise Bolick of Wooster, Ohio; six grandchildren, Tosha Austin, Mandy Tobin, Will (Erica) Mewborn, Morgan Bolick, Madison Tremblay (Cris), and Johnathan Reilly; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, April 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Gregg Bolick officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

James Dee Wall

James Dee Wall, 39, of Waynesville, N.C., died April 5, 2019 in Otto, N.C. 

He is survived by his mother, Glenda Shields Wall Cowart of Waynesville; a sister, Lorie Waldroop of Waynesville; nephew, Torie Waldroop of Clyde, N.C.; son, Micah Watson of Greensboro, N.C.; a daughter, Khorie Miller of Bryson City, N.C.; an infant granddaughter, Sadie of Albemarle, N.C.; a brother, Wylie Wall of Seneca, S.C.; and a special brother, Mike Waldroop of San Jose, Calif.

He had a special dog, “Cowboy” that is in the care of his long time companion and girlfriend, Susan Nicolas of Waynesville.

He was preceded in death by father, Melvin David Wall, two infant brothers, Melvin David “Lil Mel” Wall, Melvin David “Lil Bo” Wall; maternal grandparents, James Boney and Ina Mae Shields; and paternal grandparents, W.D. Wylene Wall.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorials can be made to Hunter Funeral Home P.O. Box 653 Clayton Ga. 30525 to help with the cost of the services. 

Hunter Funeral Home of Clayton, Ga., is serving the Wall family.

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