Obituaries for August 1, 2019

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Steven Edward Philo

Steven Edward Philo

Steven Edward Philo, 76, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. He was born Dec. 24, 1942, in Winston Salem, N.C., to the late Madeline Pressley Philo and Leonard Edward Philo. He was a 1965 graduate of West Point, was an Army Ranger and a Vietnam Veteran. He served five years in the U.S. Army, leaving the service at the mark of Captain.

Subsequently he graduated from Wake Forest Law School and worked in Winston Salem for Hudson Petrie Law Firm before moving to Franklin, N.C., in 1978 and working with multiple lawyers in town before partnering with David Spivey for the past 37 years.

His passions included teaching legal classes at Southwestern Community College. He managed the Cherokee Indian Reservation Drug Court. He proudly served as the inaugural Judgeship for the Cherokee Indian Reservation Drug Court. His other giving passion was serving as an assistant coach to Coach David Morgan for more than 10 years with the cross country and track teams which won multiple championships that included a N.C. State Championship. He was also a N.C. State Basketball official for over 10 years. He was an active member of Alcoholic Anonymous and had over 35 years of sobriety. He loved mentoring youth athletics, young adults and other recovering alcoholics. He was active in the N.C. State Alcohol and Drug Rehab program for other attorneys. 

His hobbies included telling jokes, working in his yard, Pink Floyd, antiquing, and traveling. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife of 51 years, Molly Thornton Philo. 

Survivors include his wife, Sonya Philo of Franklin; his sister, Diane Philo Joyce of Winston-Salem; his son, Dr. Leonard Edward Philo and wife Jennifer; grandson, Steven Edward Philo; and granddaughter, Kathleen Elizabeth Philo of San Diego, Calif.; nephew, Brian Louis Joyce and wife Irene; and niece, Jennifer Merrell Joyce also of Winston Salem. 

A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church, Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m.

Online condolences can be left at

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Philo family.

Sandra Elizabeth Rippetoe

Sandra Elizabeth Rippetoe, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Born in Honduras, she was the daughter of Marta Valenzuela of Miami, Fla., and the late Francisco Jose Centeno.  In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Barry Jordan.  She was a member of First Alliance Church where she oversaw the Hispanic ministry and was a member of the mission team that recently went to El Salvador.  She was a volunteer at the Burningtown/Iotla Fire Department and was a translator in the court system.  She enjoyed studying and reading Christian books.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her siblings, Blanca Centeno of Franklin, Francisco Jesus Centeno of Franklin, Marta Alfonso of Miami, Fla., and Joel Centeno of San Diego, Calif., and a nephew, Jose T. Reyes of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 5, at 5 p.m., at First Alliance Church.  Rev. Scott Eichelberger will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to First Alliance Church Missions, 31 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Bobby Joe Raby

Bobby Raby

Bobby Joe Raby, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Joe Raby and Gertrude Roper Raby.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randy Raby; sister, Helen Edwards; and brother, Buddy Raby. He was a member of Franklin First Assembly of God and loved to hunt, fish, and work in the yard.  He was a huge Atlanta Braves fan.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joyce Moody Raby; children, Mike Raby (Pam) of Franklin, Gary Raby (Lena) of Franklin, Sandra Raby Thorndyke (Dickie) of Lumberton, N.C. and Michele Raby of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Raby of Scaly Mountain, N.C.; brothers, Johnny Raby, Russell Raby, and Freddie Raby all of Franklin; 15 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and three step children, Patricia Taylor, Wes Queen (Sara), and Chris Queen (Gwen).

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 28, at Franklin First Assembly of God.  Pastor Mike George and Pastor Jason Nicholas officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies, PO Box 2157, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at

Peter Andrew Havas Sr.

Peter Andrew Havas Sr., 72, of Daphne, Ala., passed away July 19, 2019. 

He was born to John and Barbara Havas in Morristown, N.J., one of five siblings. Upon graduation he served as a Navy corpsman with the Marines in Guam. On Oct. 6, 1979, he married Kim Delayne Enfinger, and they raised two daughters and a son. After leaving active duty he remained in civil service until his retirement. 

He was an avid fan of Alabama football, betting on fast dogs and horses, and taking advantage of his God-given lucky streak at the card table. In retirement, he and Kim split their time between Alabama and their summer home in Franklin, N.C. They also travelled to more than a dozen countries where he was able to indulge his great passions of sitting in interesting places, eating good things, and never passing up an opportunity to tell anyone who would listen about them. His stories, humor and advice will be missed by his loved ones. 

He is survived by his wife Kim, daughters, Kate and Bethany; son, Peter Jr. and wife Linda; and two granddaughters. 

He will be remembered in a private family service at the Beau Rivage Casino and a memorial marker will be placed at Whitmire Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alabama Greyhound Rescue and Adoption Center at or New Vocations Racehorse Adoption at 

You had a good run doc, and it’s time to fold. 

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at

Lois Elvira Tebo

Lois Elvira Tebo

Lois Elvira Tebo, 99, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Born in Cowansville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Roland Collier and Anna Bowser Collier. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters and husbands, Earle Frazier and Joseph Tebo. She attended St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, N.C.

She loved life, family, friends, her church, and a good party. She was an avid reader who loved a good mystery, was a quilter, weaver, and gardener. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her sister, Gloria Shepard of Ford City, Pa.; children, Sandy Frazier (Elizabeth) of Franklin, Gary Frazier (Sheila) of Tallahassee, Fla., Beth Hern (Roy) of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Richard Frazier (Sue) of Tallahassee, Fla.; two nieces, Karen Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Ann Ray (John); 13 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday Aug. 3, at 1 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home with memorial service at 2 p.m. Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer and Rev. Dr. Vic Greene will officiate.  A reception will follow at the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church or Macon County Library.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Mary Jessica Berry

Mary Jessica Berry, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 26, 2019.

Born in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Henry Paul Nolen and Lilly Mae Carroll Nolen. In addition to her parents, sisters, Helen Ruth Nolen Davis, Lutie Paula Nolen Amoon and Penelope Scott.

She is survived by her sister, Carroll “Dolores” Nolen Porter of Franklin; one niece; and two nephews.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

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