Obituaries for April 5, 2018

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Madge Stanfield McCall

Madge Stanfield McCall

Madge Stanfield McCall, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 30, 2018.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late George W. Stanfield and Esther J. Gregory.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Elmer McCall who died June 8, 2013, and two sisters, Mildred Turpin and Ruth Napier. She worked at Angel Medical Center for many years and was a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda McCall McCabe of Franklin and Elaine McCall Manos and husband, Micheal of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Lester “Bud” Stanfield and wife Judy of Franklin; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was n the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ryan McCabe, Justin Russell, Tim Gholston, Clyde McCall, Kevin McCall and Brian Taylor.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Deborah Teresa Mackie

Deborah Teresa Mackie

Deborah Teresa Mackie, 61, of Scaly Mtn., N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. She was born in Winston Salem, N.C., to the late Hugh Edward and Ollie Ada Styers Mackie. 

She was in the hospitality industry for 37 years and she was a very successful realtor in the Highlands and Scaly Mtn. area for 16 years. During her time at Keller Williams, she served as the president of the Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors. She was an excellent cook and loved to prepare delicious food for family and friends. She loved gardening, hiking, Lexington Style barbeque, sunsets and cats. 

In her earlier years, she attended Boonville Elementary School and was a member of the Starmount High School Class of 1974. She was a majorette in the Starmount band and member of the National Honor Society. After high school, she attended Western Carolina University and majored in accounting. She  was known throughout her life as a loving and kind-hearted person. She was brave and humble as she persevered through breast cancer 15 years ago.  In her last months she battled cancer again, but was not able to overcome it this time. During her last days, she knew she was in God’s will. 

Survivors include her devoted husband, Peter Joseph Roth of Scaly Mtn.; her beloved cat, Lexie; a very special sister-in-law, Jane Mackie; and her aunt, Annie Maude Stimson. She also leaves behind many dear friends and extended family members. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Edward Mackie.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. 

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Mackie family. A gofundme account has been established to help defray medical costs. https://www.gofundme.com/love-healing-for-debbie-mackie

James Harold Smarr

James Harold Smarr

James Harold Smarr, 73, of Boiling Springs,  S.C., passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Magnolia Manor of Spartanburg.

He was born on May 29, 1944, in Hickory Grove, S.C., to the late Wilborn and Christine Bratton Smarr.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wilborn E. Smarr and a sister, Mary S. McKown.

 He had served for many years as principal for several elementary, junior high, and high schools in Spartanburg County and was also a beef cattle farmer. He was the former president of the Lions Club, a member of the Boiling Springs Business Association, the Cattleman’s Association, and several teacher’s associations. He was a member of Salem Presbyterian Church of Hickory Grove.

Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Lucy Meadows Smarr; two brothers, Robert G. Smarr (Margie) and Walter Neil Smarr (Carolyn); and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 3 p.m., at Salem Presbyterian Church, 1907 Hickory Grove Road, Gaffney, S.C., with Rev. Toby Pope to officiate. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Graveside service and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery Association, 1907 Hickory Grove Rd, Gaffney, SC 29340; or to Meals on Wheels, 419 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Condolences may be sent online at www.eggersfuneralhome.com

Nona Paralee Poindexter Reese

Nona Paralee Poindexter Reese

Nona Paralee Poindexter Reese, 100, passed away March 31, 2018.

She was born in Macon County Oct. 3, 1917, to the late James Albert Poindexter and Lula Mae Ledford Poindexter. She was married to the late William Howard Reese who preceded her in May of 1990.

She was a member of the Satulah Club in Highlands and she was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

Survivors include her three sons, William R. Reese (Gail) of Highlands, Henry H. Reese (Sandra) of Clayton, Ga., and David L. Reese (Karen) of Front Royal, Va.; two sisters, Verlie Allen and Juanita Allen both of Franklin; four granddaughters, Selena Reese, Melissa Dryman, Tracy Roland, and Andrea Reese Nicol; 11 grandsons, William Kulhman, William B. Reese, Edwin B. Reese, Scott McKinney, Brian Reese, Aaron Reese, Matthew Reese, David Reese, Jason Reese, Chris Reese, and Tommy Reese; many great and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas H. Reese and James G. Reese; a grandson, James Reese; a sister, Lucy Anderson; four brothers, Bobby Jo Poindexter, Harvey Poindexter, Carl Poindexter, and Albert Poindexter.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Highlands First Baptist Church with the Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30‑2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials can be made to the Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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

Leslie Irene ‘Des’ Wyatt

Leslie Irene ‘Des’ Wyatt

Leslie Irene “Des” Wyatt, 40, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018.

She was born on June 11, 1977, in Bonita Springs, Fla., to Jerry and Nancy Wyatt. She attended and graduated from Madison High School in Madison, N.C. She loved going to the beach, listening to music, arts and crafts, swimming and hanging out with friends and family. One of her favorite places was Weeks Fish Camp near Estero Bay in Bonita Springs, Fla. One of her favorite songs was “Please Don’t Go Girl” by New Kids On The Block and “One Day At A Time” that her and her mother sang all the time.

She is survived by her brother, Jerry Raymond Wyatt Jr. and wife Angela; nieces and nephews, Samantha, Chyanne, Jacob, Camaron and Christian; childhood family friends Cami and Connie Schmidt, and best friends Tonya and Haleigh Teague and Morgan Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents Jerry Raymond Wyatt Sr. and Nancy Marie Johnson Wyatt as well as her brother bear, Triston John Wyatt.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Spencer Barger

Thomas Spencer Barger, 93 of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of the late Aaron Barger and Alice Barger.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Freda Brown Barger.  He was an educator for 44 years where he also coached football and basketball.  He loved sports and was an avid Florida Gators fan.  He was kind and compassionate to everyone who knew him.

He is survived by the light of his life, his daughter, Constance Alice Barger of Franklin and a brother, Robert Barger of Toledo, Ohio.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue (aka Macon County Humane Society), 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Dwain Downs Imahara

Dwain Downs Imahara

Dwain Downs Imahara, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 30, 2018.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Downs and Ruby Jones Downs.  She was a graduate of the University of Alabama; member of the Franklin Duplicate Bridge Club; was an avid reader; and enjoyed playing golf, cooking, walking and yoga.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John K. Imahara; two sons, David Imahara (Kari) of Buford, Ga., and Scott Imahara (Sarita) of Scotts Valley, Calif.; sister, Emma Jean Taylor (Joe) of Franklin; brother, Clyde Downs Jr. of Raleigh; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Guy Duvall and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Imahara, Scott Imahara, Jackie Downs, Howell Downs, Karl Gillespie, Logan Gillespie, Janet Gillespie, and Latresa Shuler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Cherie Lee Banta Blanton

Cherie Lee Banta Blanton, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she was the daughter of Robert and Welcome Banta. She graduated from Sarasota High School in 1958. 

One thing that was forever true about Cherie was the love and 59 years she shared with her husband, Jimmy. She was a loving wife and mother to her three children. She touched the hearts of many and provided know-how to many others that passed through her life. She loved her life in the mountains of North Carolina and her daily life was not complete without attention to her pets and wildlife. She will be greatly missed.

Survived by her husband, James (Jimmy) Blanton Jr.; three children, James (Jamie) Blanton III of Sarasota, Fla., Lynn Blanton of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Douglas (Doug) Blanton of Sarasota, Fla.; three sisters, Charla Dustin, Sally Serafino and Brenda Robinson; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and multiple nieces and one nephew. 

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at Liberty Baptist Church, 1421 Ned Hill Road, Franklin.

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

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