Obituaries for April 4, 2109

Obituaries for April 4, 2109

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Willard Eugene ‘Gene’ Gregory

Willard Eugene ‘Gene’ Gregory

Willard Eugene “Gene” Gregory, 87, of Sylva, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at his home. He was the son of the late Ed and Ellie Gregory and the husband of the late Margaret Ann Gregory.

He was a member and deacon at East Sylva Baptist Church. He worked as a stocker at Sav-Mor Grocery Store. He loved woodworking, working in his garden and canning jellies. He dearly loved his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by one daughter, Jean Ann Gregory Cunningham; two granddaughters, Leigh Ann Cunningham and Jessica Cunningham McHan; and one great granddaughter, Kalyn McHan; two sisters, Inez Inman and Glee (Carl) Moore; one brother, Joe (Deanna) Gregory; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 3, at East Sylva Baptist Church with Rev. Reed Benson and Rev. Charles Dean officiating. Burial followed in the Keener Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Gene’s name to: East Sylva Baptist Church, 61 Faith Ave., Sylva, NC 28779.

An online registry is available at: www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

Appalachian Funeral Services is serving the family.

Norma Bennett-Lange

Norma Bennett-Lange

Norma Bennett-Lange, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 25, 2019.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Karl Otto Wilke and Elizabeth Wilke Konopka.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Karla Young. She attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville, N.C., and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary with the Knights of Columbus.  She loved pets, birds, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Dan Lange of Franklin; children, John Bennett Jr. of Magnolia, Ark., Diane Dodge of Daytona Beach, Fla., Susan Wall of Mt. Dora, Fla., Patriacia Cusimano of Gainesville, Fla., Stephen Bennett of Apopka, Fla., Kimberly Ratts of Hialeah Fla., Michelle Schwartz of Stokesdale, N.C,. Douglas Lange of Jacksonville, Fla., and Christopher Lange of Hayesville, N.C.; 24 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 am, Thursday, April 4 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin.  Father Tien Duong will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to SPCA International, PO Box 8682, New York, NY  10001.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Harry Jackson Duvall

Harry Jackson Duvall went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 30, 2019, at the age of 96. He was born in Macon County to William Caro and Rosa McHan Duvall on Sept. 18, 1922. He was preceded in death in 2018 by his devoted wife, Anna Jean Duvall. 

He is survived by his son, Raymond and wife Charlotte of Greenville, S.C., along with their daughter, Rachel, son Nathan and daughter-in-law Carrie, and two great-grandsons, Landon and Gavin; and by his son, Roger and daughter-in-law Malinda of Taylors, S.C., along with their three daughters, Anna Stouffer and son-in-law Nathan, Catherine, and Jenny. 

He was a decorated WWII Combat Veteran, who served as a Scout in the 29th Infantry Division and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and one bronze arrowhead. In 2012, he was awarded the Legion of Honor, French Order of Knight by the French Government for his role in the liberation of France during WWII. He was retired from the Norfolk Naval Air Station. He and Anna Jean were instrumental in the establishing of Diamond Springs Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va., and were most recently members of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., prior to moving to Taylors, to be nearer to their family. 

A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 4, at 1 p.m., at Tellico Baptist Church, with military graveside rites following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m., prior to the service at the church. 

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Marguerite Lea Pierce Hooper

Marguerite Lea Pierce Hooper

Marguerite Lea Pierce Hooper, 96, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019. She was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Kingsport, Tenn., to the late William Pierce and Ida Mae Peevler Pierce. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was very involved in the community of Cashiers and always loved to cook and feed anyone that came to her home. She attended Cashiers Church of God.

Survivors include her children, Geraldine McCall (Jimmy), John Henry Hooper (Ruth), Willa Mae Ammons, Louise Davis (Charlie), and Rachel Griffith (David) all of Cashiers, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, and 59 great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Mae Gaulden of Rock Hill, S.C. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Richard Hooper; two children, Geneva Talley, and Charlie Hooper; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Pressley, Martha Pierce, and Nina Pierce; and two brothers, John Pierce and Charlie Pierce. 

A Celebration of Life Service was held  Sunday, March 31, at Cashiers Church of God with the Rev. David Hall and Rev. Tim Pressley officiating. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Double Springs Cemetery Fund, 8335 Cullowhee Mountain Rd. Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

James Wible Eyre Drake

James Wible Eyre Drake

James Wible Eyre Drake, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

He was born on Dec. 23, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late James and Anna (Brown) Drake.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (Sullivan); a daughter, Diane Janine Bartholomew; brothers, George Drake, John Drake, and sister, Peggy. 

He was a U.S .Marine Corps veteran who served both during the WWII and Korean War eras. He was an active member of Reynolds VFW Post 7599. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Western Pennsylvania Teamsters Local 261.

He is survived by his son-in-law, Larry Bartholomew of Franklin, N.C.; brother, Kenny Drake of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandchildren, Amanda McNeill (Nick) of Kingston, Mass., Samantha Scott (Nick) of Nashville, Tenn.; great grandchildren, Isabella McNeill and Oliver McNeill; and several nieces and nephews.

A private burial will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pa.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ethel Bedrick

Mary Ethel Bedrick, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Born in Fairfield County, Conn.,  she was the daughter of the late Stephen Yerchak and Mary Schreiner Yerchak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Burns. She attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was a member of the gem society and a curator at the gem museum.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Bedrick of 54 years; daughter, Mary Ann Bedrick (Alph Potter) of Piqua, Ohio; and son, Edward Stephan Bedrick (Suzanne) of San Marcus, Calif.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father Tien Doung officiated. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit, P.O. Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ethel Bedrick

Mary Ethel Bedrick, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Born in Fairfield County, Conn.,  she was the daughter of the late Stephen Yerchak and Mary Schreiner Yerchak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Burns. She attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was a member of the gem society and a curator at the gem museum.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Bedrick of 54 years; daughter, Mary Ann Bedrick (Alph Potter) of Piqua, Ohio; and son, Edward Stephan Bedrick (Suzanne) of San Marcus, Calif.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father Tien Doung officiated. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit, P.O. Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Peggy Vinson

Peggy Vinson

Peggy Vinson, 85, of Griffin, Ga., passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Raleigh Hopper and Winnie Keener Hopper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Vinson; son, David Leon Vinson; and six sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Vernon Vinson (Willina) of Griffin, Ga., and Victor Vinson of Suwanee, Ga.; daughter, Wilma Vinson of Cumming, Ga.; two grandchildren, Carrie Ann David and Carra Lynn Hand; four great-grandchildren, Reese David, Josie David, Sophia David and Peyton Hand; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 31, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lou Rogers and Rev. Tyler Nations officiated. Burial followed in the Tessentee Church of God Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dwight Vinson, Mark Vinson, Dexter Vinson, Gary Rogers, Travis Jones, Sherrill Dutton, and Gerald Vinson.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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