Obituaries for April 25, 2019


Russell Stuart Smith

Russell S. Smith, 66, of Dublin, Ga., passed away on Monday April 15, 2019.

He was born Oct. 1, 1952, in Macon, Ga. He spent his childhood hunting with his father and working on cars with his brothers and his father. There wasn’t anything that he couldn’t fix. This innate talent helped build and sustain his business, Superior Lift Trucks, which he owned and operated for nearly 40 years. He also loved cooking for his loved ones, or anyone that needed a meal. His spirit was a generous one and he was always there to help his fellow man. He was a friend to all and would drop whatever he was doing to help lend a hand. His unexpected passing has left a void in all of our hearts and lives.

One of his greatest passions was anything to do with motorcycles. He was well known on the racing circuit. He was the International Drag Racing champion in 1976, and at one point held three world records. Though his racing days were long gone, he still enjoyed his two Harleys and rode with his wife Beth at any time rain or shine, especially when riding to their new home in Highlands, N.C. He loved the serenity and the beautiful mountains surrounding Highlands and was looking forward to retirement with his wife and sharing their new home with old and new friends.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in June 1978. He enjoyed playing golf with his many friends. His father is very proud of Russell’s “hole in one.” He was also a former member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge in Dublin.

He is survived by his wife, Margret (Beth) Pattillo Slater; his parents, S.O. and Bobbie Bentley Smith; brothers, Douglas Smith and Walter Smith and wife Genie O’Neal; daughters, Laura Smith Crosby and husband Raymond Crosby, Valerie Smith Parente and husband Jonathan Parente; nephew, Neal Smith; and grandchildren, Asher Crosby and Julian Parente.

Services were held Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m., in the chapel of Townsend Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be held by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home at 4 p.m., in Highlands Memorial Park in Highlands.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dublin Laurens County Humane Society 618 Firetower Road, Dublin GA 31021.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home handled local arrangments.

Conway W. Henderson

To honor the memory of Conway W. Henderson (1942-2019), a Celebration of Life will be held May 4, at 2 p.m., at Union United Methodist Church, Franklin.

He was the son of the late Lester C. and Adeline Teague Henderson. He was a native of Macon County, where he enjoyed all the benefits of a country life. 

He graduated from Franklin High School; then earned degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of Iowa.  Following these milestones, he began a successful teaching career at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He retired after 30 years of dedication to the university and to the students.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Carol Elizabeth Henderson and his step-daughter, Edie Anne Brown; sisters, Jo Ann Henderson and Linda Morrow; grandchildren, Morgan, MacKenzie, Matthew, Justin and Anna; a special niece, Amy Wiggins; and a special nephew, Phil Henderson; and many more nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Max T. Henderson and Charles L. Henderson.

A visitation will be held at the church following the service.

Union United Methodist Church is located at 3768 Georgia Road, Franklin.

Lawrence Edward Robbins

Lawrence Edward Robbins, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 19, 2019.

Born in Swain County, he was the son of the late Alex L. Robbins and Hattie Grant Robbins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jane Dills; son, Randy Allen Robbins; granddaughter, Christy Waldroop; brothers, Zeb Manuel Robbins, Arnold Robbins, Vance Henry Robbins, Leonard Robbins and Gordon Robbins; and sisters, Birdell DeHart, Della Plemmons, Mattie Nell Elliott, Florence McMahan and Maude Hogue. He was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.  He enjoyed gardening, caring for his blueberry bushes, working hard and going to the flea market.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florence Guffey Robbins; four children, Patricia Lynn Waldroop (James), Geraldine Ronan, Judy Ann Brendle and Charles Eddie Robbins (Karen); daughter-in-law, Lynn Robbins all of Franklin; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 22, at Tellico Baptist Church.  Rev. Morris Tippett officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jake Dills, Travis Waldroop, Joshua Ronan, Avery Brendle, Mason Robbins and James Waldroop.  Honorary pallbearers were T.J. Guffey and Benny Hampton.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Janie ‘Patsy’ Carolyn Penland Fisher

Janie “Patsy” Carolyn Penland Fisher, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 

She was born in Highlands, N.C., May 11, 1933, to the late Isaac Adin Penland and Martha Jane “Mattie” Keener Penland. She worked for many years in bookkeeping and in financial operations for a law firm in Georgia; she also worked for the State of Georgia Welfare Office. 

She was a Godly lady who attended Baptist and Nazarene churches but most of all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her children, Wanda Gail Fisher Cooke and husband John of Lake Worth, Fla.; Haskell Hamilton Fisher Jr. and wife Carolyn of Gainesville, Ga; and Cathy Marie Fisher Jennings and husband James of Jackson, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Cloer officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Goldmine Community. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Memorial donations can be made to your favorite animal shelter in her memory or send flowers of your choice. 

Online condolences can be left at

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

Margaret Raphael Foss

Margaret Raphael Foss of Roanoke, Va., died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

She is survived by her son, John Raphael, and grandson, Brandon Raphael, of Rockledge, Fla. Also surviving Margaret are her step-daughter, Victoria Armentrout and her husband, Edmund Armentrout; grandson, Connellee Armentrout and his wife, Kelly; grandson, Cabot Armentrout and his wife, Laura; and a large circle of loving extended family and friends in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Margaret (known as Peggy to much of her family and to her friends from her earlier years) was a woman of great faith and served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. She was an active member of the congregations of her church in Highlands, N.C., and of Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke.

Margaret loved to travel, having visited every continent, some multiple times. She treasured her time with her family and friends and delighted in sharing her needlework skills with others. With help from friends at Second Presbyterian Church, Margaret started a program to knit hats for the students at Highland Park School.

Margaret’s family is grateful to all the staff at Our Lady of the Valley and Good Samaritan Hospice who cherished her and helped care for her.

A memorial graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Highlands Memorial Park. The family will greet friends following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Second Presbyterian Church. 

Online condolences can be left at

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Foss Family.

Ester Lee Broom

Ester Lee Broom, 82, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Ensley and Ida Parton Ensley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Broom; son, Kenneth Leland Broom; daughter, Debra Broom Jennings; sisters, Peggy Anders, Edna Ensley Mathis, Ella Mae Whiteside and June Ensley; and brothers, Howard Ensley, Denny Ensley and Harry Ensley. She was a member at Big Ridge Bible Baptist Church. She loved her church, and enjoyed doing activities at Eckerd Living Center, which included Bingo, Bowling, and Bible studies.

She is survived by her two daughters, Connie Baird (Jack) of Franklin and Cynthia Broom of Glenville, N.C.; twin sister, Genevieve Broom of Fredrick, Md.; son-in-law, Mike Machnik of Franklin; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 23, at Mountain Bible Church on Big Ridge Road, Glenville. Rev. Charlie Jones and Rev. Scottie Patrick officiated. Burial followed at Big Ridge Bible Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lee Butler, Jason Smith, Steve Bailey, Ben Bailey, Jerry Tanner, and Brian Broom.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mountain Bible Church on Big Ridge Road, P.O. Box 173, Glenville, NC 28736.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

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