Obituaries for August 15, 2019

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Jill Oden Overly Lee

Jill Oden Overly Lee, 87, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.

Born in Jackson, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Russell Samuel Overly and Oden Ora Wood Overly.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill A. Lee and a brother, Robert Jerry Overly.  She had many adventures in life, but the ones she loved the most was being a loving mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all she met.

She is survived by four children, Fred Kopp, Kenneth Kopp, Michael Kopp and Patrick Lee; two brothers, Jack Overly and Phillip Overly; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, and special friend, Rose.

No services are planned.  Just good thoughts and prayers.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Mildred ‘Nannie’ McConnell Hoglen

Mildred ‘Nannie’ McConnell Hoglen

Mildred “Nannie” McConnell Hoglen, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

Born in Franklin, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William Arthur McConnell and Minnie Elizabeth Sorrells McConnell.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rimer Louis Hoglen; siblings, Steve, Paul, Ural, B.L., John Furman, Grace, Jessie McConnell and Bessie Seay; and grandson, Johnny Holbrook.  She was a longtime member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, since 1950, serving as past superintendent, Sunday School teacher, chairman of the finance committee, PPRC, administrative board chairperson, chairman of cemetery board, and sang in the choir.  She loved spending time with the grandkids and great grandkids.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Key (Bobby) of Lakemont, Ga., and Sheila Conley (Larry) of Franklin; grandchildren, Melissa Setzer (Brian) of Franklin, Jaime Espinel (Eduardo) of Alpharetta, Ga., Kayla Allen (Matt) of Sylva, N.C., Angela Key (Kenny) of Burlington, N.C., Erica McFalls (Dustin) of Sylva; great grandchildren, MacKenzie Worley, Mikel Worley, Dylan Setzer, Kaylee Setzer, Brantley Setzer, Mattilyn Allen, Luke Espinel, Logan Espinel, Devon McFalls, Austin McFalls and Michaela Wilburn; two special nieces, Karen Crabtree and Margaret McConnell both of Franklin and several other nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Nancy Bateman, PO Box 92, Otto, NC  28763.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Patricia Cook

Patricia Cook

Patricia Cook, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Audrey Holland Cook and the late David Lee Cook.  In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Killer.  She loved crafting, flowers, and gardening.  She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 32 years, James Robert Smith of Spartanburg, S.C.; children, Jason Paul Kehle of Townsend, Ga., and Renee Jones of Townsend; sisters, Marlene Williams and Angela Burrell, both of Franklin; brother, Rick Cook of Franklin; two grandchildren, Charity Alexcis Jones and Eric James David Jones; stepchildren, Rachael Yelton of Spartanburg, S.C., and Missy Smith of Columbia, S.C.; step grandchildren, Jimmy Yelton, Mary Melissa Yelton, Anna Claire Yelton, Russell Gentry, Rachael Gentry, and Clinton Gentry; and several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Donor Relations, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Edna Marie ‘Granny’ Holland

Edna Marie ‘Granny’ Holland

Edna Marie “Granny” Holland, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in the comfort of her daughter’s home in Moreland, Ga., surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Macon County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Lenoir and Lucinda Corinne Huckaby Lenoir.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hayes Abraham Holland; granddaughter, Lindsey Marie Howett; and all of her 11 siblings.  Granny loved baking her favorite sweet treats, socializing with friends and family, fishing, and whooping up on her dearest in card games.  She had a wonderful smile that would light up a room.

She is survived by her children, Wanda Richey of Greenwood, S.C., Ramona Barreto (Ronald) of Moreland, Ga., Karen Howett (Doug) of Brooks, Ga., and Becky Hope (John) of Franklin; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Aug.11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, 3395 NE Expressway, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA  30341.

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

Margaret Louise Childers

Margaret Louise Childers

Margaret Louise Childers, 80, of Easley, S.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.  She was born March 10, 1939, in Macon County to the late Walter Hopper Johnson and Laura Ellen Ledbetter Johnson. She was a member of Franklin Church of God. She loved flowers, watercolor painting and bird watching.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Childers; daughter, Renea Childers and three brothers, Billy, Daniel and Burt Johnson.

Survivors include sons, Robert Childers of Canton, N.C., and Michael Childers (Corie) of Franklin; grandchildren, Alyssa And Chase Childers both of Franklin; sister, Eva Nell Clouse of Franklin.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery in Canton.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Childers family. Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bennie ‘Ben’ M. Spurlock Jr.

Bennie “Ben” M. Spurlock Jr., 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., he was the son of the late Bennie M. Spurlock Sr. and Imogene Norris Spurlock. She was a U.S. Navy veteran; retired electronic engineer; avid ham radio operator; and member of Masonic Lodge #76, Charleston, S.C.  He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and cooking.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Frances Walker Spurlock; four children, Clinton Spurlock (Stacey) of Middletown, R.I., Karen Smith of Bostwick, Fla., Wanda Smith of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jenifer Walter of Mooresville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Elysha Gee (Dave), Tayler Spurlock (Jackie), Alec Spurlock, Maryann Smith, Kellie Smith, A.J. Smith (Allison), Caleb Clifton, Andrew Smith, Sherri Smith, Jenna Walter and Katelyn Walter; 14 great grandchildren and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

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

Robert Wendell Jones

Robert Wendell Jones, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.  He was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Butler County, Alabama, to the late Spright Jones and Wynona Williams Jones.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, attended Prentiss Baptist Church and  loved farming and mowing.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Jones, and a brother, Lewis Jones.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Black (Brian) of Greenback, Tenn.;  grandchildren, Jordan and Jayme Follis both of Tennessee; sisters, Sue Phillips and Nancy McDonald both of Alabama; brothers, Randy, Jones of Florida, Rodney Jones of Alabama, Marty Jones and Tony Jones; a very special friend, Selma Craine.

A service and burial will be held in Florida.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Jones family.  Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Celeste ‘Les’ Gribble Atkinson

Celeste ‘Les’ Gribble Atkinson

Celeste “Les” Gribble Atkinson, 48, of Statesville,  N.C., died July 15, 2019 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

She was born in Toccoa, Ga., on April 12, 1971, to “Mike” Gribble Epperson and the late Robert Andrew Gribble.

She graduated from Franklin High School and Mitchell Community College. She was the administrative assistant to the Director of Emergency Services in Alexander County. She never met a stranger and was always smiling and happy. She loved being outdoors and enjoyed kayaking, hiking, four-wheeling, and traveling. She also had a love for art and animals. She loved antique trains and cars and often said chrome was her favorite color.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister, Frankie O’Harrow; fiancee, Rodney Pope; a stepson, Alex Atkinson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local Volunteer Fire Department as she wanted. She was very involved in fire department activities and fund raisers.

Johnny Virgil Rice

Johnny Virgil Rice

Johnny Virgil Rice, 66, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Aug. 7, 2019.  He was born in Macon County to the late Virgil and Katherine Rice. He enjoyed being with his family.  In addition, he loved fishing, his dogs, and feeding the deer around his home.

He is survived by his soulmate, Joyce Rice of 46 years; two sons, Tony Rice (Tammy) and Jacky Rice (Tonya); three grandchildren, Hunter Rice, Haidyn Rice, and Harley Rice; four sisters, Pat Rice Ensley, Carolyn Rice Nohria, Audrey Rice Clark, Christy Rice Armstrong (Johnny) and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by two special companions, his dogs, Bo and Bartow.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the home of Johnny Rice at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31.  Friends and family are invited to join the family at 3571 Rose Creek Road, Franklin.

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