Obituaries for August 2, 2018


Blanche Crisp Younce

Blanche Younce

Blanche Crisp Younce, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Hessie Grant Crisp.  She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Troy Crisp, Junior Crisp, and Doug Crisp, all of Franklin; sisters, Hazel Hylton, of Andrews, Marie Smith, and Joyce Stiwinter, both of Franklin. She was a charter member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.  She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, going to church, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Edgar Younce; two sons, Eddie (Gloria) and Randy (Lisa), both of Franklin; three grandchildren, Autumn (Allen) Corbin and Robbie Younce, both of Franklin, and Craig Younce of Charlotte; five great granddaughters, McKenzee McCoy of Boone, Rylee and Bentlee of Franklin, Paisley Younce of Gerogia, and Graycen Younce of Charlotte; siblings, Gladys Gibson, Shirley (Johnny) Hodgins, Gene (Hope) Crisp, all of Franklin. Funeral Service was held Saturday, July 28, at Windy Gap Baptist Church.  Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Brian Browning officiated. Burial was in the Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ben West, Matt Breedlove, Dean Cook, Jimmy Hall, Bobby Peak, Darrell Gregory, Steven Williams, and Mark Holland. Memorial donations can be made in memory of Blanche C. Younce to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at


Gary Jonathan Pruett

Gary Pruett

Gary Jonathan Pruett, 55, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Friday, July 20, 2018, at St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville, N.C. He has battled his illness for several months and endured six surgeries before losing the battle he bravely fought for his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Birdie Pruett as well as his twin brother, Larry Pruett. Survivors include his two sons, Tyler and Tanner Pruett of Franklin; two siblings, Rick Pruett (Debbie) of Denver, Colo., and Cathy Jones of Franklin; companion, Claudine McCracken; sister-in-law, Glenda Pruett; the mother of his children, Jan Pruett of Franklin; and his best friends, Scott Moore and Billy Peek. In addition, he leaves behind several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was very proud of his sons and he loved them very much. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 28, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences are available at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Pruett family.

Margie Marie Parker

Margie Marie Parker

Margie Marie Parker, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Arthur Garland Quilliams and Lillie Ann King Quilliams.  She was a homemaker and a member of Bethesda Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, James Andrew Parker and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Bertha Lee Dills, Hattie Mae Moss, Ellen McClure, and Bethel Mick and three brothers, J.C., Robert and Edgar Quilliams. A funeral service was held Saturday, July 28, in the Chapel of Bryant–Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert Dryman, Rev. Bert Crawford and Rev. David Brown officiating. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randall, Raymond, Gary, Roy and Jim Bob Quilliams and Richard Rogers. Online condolences are available at  Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Parker family.

James ‘Harvey’ Hastings

Harvey Hastings

James “Harvey” Hastings, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Frank G. Hastings and Sarah Marie Mason Hastings and a sister, Reba Sue Hastings Worley.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, life member of VVA Chapter 994 and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  He enjoyed walking in the mountains, fishing and golfing; was an avid John Wayne fan and enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour western books.  He is survived by three children, Luke Hastings (Nicole Taylor) of Tiger, Ga., Teresa Robinson (Bruce) of Mt. Holly, N.C., and Lisa Jennings (Chad) of Belmont, N.C.; brother, Sam Hastings (Debra) of Franklin; four sisters, Dale McConnell (LeeRoy) of Franklin, Marilyn Hastings, Cathy Tippett (Bryan) and Alice “Ab” Bradley (Mike) all of Otto; two grandchildren, Andrew and Beth; and two great grandchildren, Caiden and Lylli. Funeral Service will be held Friday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m., at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. David Hastings and Rev. Andy Cloer will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be conducted by the VVA Chapter 994. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Macon Funeral Home.  Pallbearers will be Chris Bradley, Daniel Dills, Wayne Wilburn, David Hastings, Chris Burns, Tommy Fountain, Steve Fountain and Kevin McConnell. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses or to the VVA Chapter 994. Condolences can be made to the family at

Donna Sweeny

Donna Jean Day Bradfisch Sweeney

Donna Jean Day Bradfisch Sweeney, 77, of Ringgold, Ga., passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018. She was born on April 23, 1941, in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of John Donald Day and Evelyn Lucille Moran Day. She moved from Wintersville, Ohio, to Westerville, Ohio, in 1943 then to Coral Gables, Fla., in 1948. After graduating from Coral Gables High School in 1959, she worked for Bell South for 14 years. In 1970, she married Robert K. Bradfisch of Miami, Fla., and they moved to Franklin, N.C., in 1973. She joined Maco Crafts, a local co-op, where she accompanied the “World’s Largest Quilt” to the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. After Bob died in 1988, she married Earl Sweeney of Franklin, in 1992. They moved to Steubenville, Ohio, in 2000 where Earl died in 2004. She continued to develop hand sewing skills taught by her mother, making table linens, pillows, quilts, and embellishing shirts, vests, and jackets. She became well-known for her vintage style and creative flair. She also loved to read, flower garden, and walked daily. She was a member of Coral Gables First Presbyterian Church (Fla.), Winterville Methodist Church (Ohio), Ringgold United Methodist (Georgia), Beta Sigma Phi service sorority and Wintersville Women’s Club (Ohio). She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Bob; second husband, Earl; and sister, Judith Marie Day Hopps in 2013 (San Diego, Calif.) She is survived by a sister, Joyce Evelyn Day Vanderslice; a cousin, Jeanne Marie Pickering Martino of Davie, Fla.; nephews, David Vanderslice of Ringgold, Ga., James Vanderslice of Greer, S.C., and Greg Hopps of San Diego, Calif.; niece, Susan Hopps-Tatum of San Diego, Calif.; grand nephews, Trent Tatum of San Diego, Calif., and Palmer Vanderslice of Greer, S.C.; grand nieces, Sarah Vanderslice of Alpharetta, Ga., Meagan Hopps Bateman of Phoenix, Ariz., Lauren Hopps of San Diego, Calif., and Emma Vanderslice of Greer, S.C.; great-grand niece, Anna Grace Templeton of Alpharetta, Ga. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m., at Ringgold United Methodist Church, 7484 Nashville, Street, Ringgold, Ga., with Senior Pastor Chris Bryant officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Ringgold United Methodist Church in Donna Jeans’ name.

Annie West Cookston

Annie Cookston

Annie West Cookston, 88, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018. She was born May 17, 1930, in Macon County to the late Edgar L. West and Mattie Rhinehart West. She was married to the late Chandler Robert Cookston who preceded her. She loved traveling, family history, and also a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Franklin branch. She leaves behind a great legacy of children and grandchildren; five daughters, Brenda Godlewski (Brent) of Wilton, N.H., Wanda Durden (Alan), Donna Scruggs (Tim), Felicia Mashburn (Bobby), all of Franklin, and Jeana Roten (Kevin) of Anderson, S.C.; one son, Kevin Cookston (Susan) of Sugar Hill, Ga.; 24 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Henderson. A private graveside service will be held with Elder Kenneth Anderson officiating. Online condolences at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Cookston family.

Rev. Morris Woodrow Wilson

Rev. Morris Wilson

Rev. Morris Woodrow Wilson, 84, of Clayton, Ga., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 23, 2018. He was born Sept. 11, 1933, in Highlands, N.C., to the late Herman and Dona Rogers Wilson. He was employed for many years in the construction business working for Potts Construction in addition to being a minister and leading churches in Macon County, Jackson County and Oklahoma City, Okla. He was a veteran and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed leather work and hunting, especially coon hunting. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elaine Wilson of the home; daughter, Gay Hunter (Dave) of Highlands; sons, Budd Wilson (Becky) of Tennessee, Mike Wilson (Linda) of Clayton and George Wilson (Julie) of Greenville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Drodsick of Highlands; and brothers, Joe Wilson and Steve Wilson both of Clayton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, John Allen Wilson and brothers, Neville Wilson and Duane Wilson. A funeral service was held Thursday, July 26, at Clear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Carpenter and Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in Clear Creek Community Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Clear Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Charlie Hicks, 288 Persimmon Lodge Rd., Highlands, NC 28741. Online condolences are available at Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wilson family.



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