Obituaries for August 22, 2019

Obituaries for August 22, 2019

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Babs Jeanette Lewis Neely

Babs Jeanette Lewis Neely

Babs Jeanette Lewis Neely, 88, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. She was a native of Macon County, she was born Nov. 30, 1930, to the late Oscar William Lewis and Vashti Kiser Lewis. She was a homemaker and a mother of four children. She was a 4-H leader, substitute teacher, Women’s Missionary Union Director and worked as a register for local voting precincts. She loved gardening, working in her flowers, and watching dogwood trees.  She loved to sing, play the guitar, and piano. She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church for many years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Pierson Neely, who died in October 2005.

She is survived by her children, Frank Timothy Neely and wife Lori, David Brooks Neely, Lynn Alice Neely all of Franklin, N.C., and Ava Ann Tidwell and husband of Naples, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Roylston, Robert Roylston, Steven Roylston, Vicki Roylston, Glori Tidwell, Nichole Gibson, Rebecca Brown and Angela Brown.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.  Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Neely family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Roger ‘Pedro’ Theodore Bates

Roger ‘Pedro’ Theodore Bates

Roger “Pedro” Theodore Bates, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.

A lifelong native of Macon County, he was born on April 8, 1951, to Grady Bates and Pearl Watts Bates.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Angela Joy; two sisters, Wanda Bleckley (Richard) and Gail Bates (Dean); brother-in-law, Dean; and half-brother, Bud Carver (Barbara). He was known as “Unk” or Uncle Rog by his many nieces and nephews.  He was a people person, having many friends.  Among them are two special friends that are considered family, Tim Sanders and Doyle “Curley” Carver.  You were never a stranger at Roger’s home, he enjoyed having visitors.  The neighborhood knew they could call Roger if they needed some help and he would be there.  He was always willing to help. He was an avid gun enthusiast.  His enjoyable pastimes were horse trading, tractors, gardening, canning, hunting, and fishing.  Most of all he enjoyed his animals.

He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Bates Mayhorn of Franklin; two granddaughters, Kaylee and Summer, both of Franklin; sisters, Carolyn Emory (William) and Connie Conley (Turner); brothers, Donald Bates (Barbara) and Ricky Bates (Vickie); sister-in-law, Barbara Carver; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Rush Cemetery.

A special thank you to Four Seasons Hospice and Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Peter Hill

Peter Hill

Peter Hill was born on Aug. 9, 1928, in Springfield, Massachusetts to Jean Westerfield Hill and Arthur Cheney Clifton Hill. He was an only child until decades later his father remarried and had one daughter, Ruth Maxwell Hill, who has predeceased him.

He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and later moved with his parents to Tokeneke, in Darien, Conn., where he enjoyed his dog and outdoor life around their pond and woods.   As a teenager, he moved with his parents to Georgetown in Washington, DC where his father joined the War Production Board and he attended Sidwell Friends School.  He excelled in the arts and had a keen eye for design and painting.  

From 1946-1950 he attended Dartmouth, majoring in English and pre-med.  From 1950 he went to Harvard Business School, graduating with his MBA in 1952.  After travelling around Europe that summer, he returned to the U.S. and was admitted to the Navy where he served in Kittery, N.H,. and was in charge of supplies.

A while after he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1956, he went to Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center outside of Philadelphia.  There he met and married Inge Bruun (Danish) in 1958.  He and Inge had four children, AnnMarie Hill Senol of Bethel, Conn., twins Thomas Peter Hill of Castleton, Vt., and Karen Jean Hill of Savannah, Ga., and Lisa Christina Hill (deceased). His grandchildren are: Nese Senol Devenot of University Heights, Ohio, and Baris Senol of Bethel, Conn.  Peter’s great grandson is Ellis Michael Devenot of University Heights, Ohio.

In the 1970s, he moved to East Lempster, N.H., where he built his home to include his studio and gallery. In the late 1990s he moved to Keene, N.H., and bought an 1868 house of Italian Renaissance design and began lovingly and accurately restoring the house and its carriage house to period magnificence.  He engaged in months of research about the house to register it on the National Register of Historic Places.  Today it stands as one of the area’s jewels.

In 2004, he opened the first Healing Rooms of New Hampshire, under the International Association of Healing Rooms, and trained up teams to minister healing in the anointing of Jesus Christ.  

In 2007, he married Sally Hill, then of Brattleboro, Vt., and with her two daughters, Eleanor and Ninoa Helai, lived in the historic house, finishing its restoration, planning and holding conferences in the carriage house, and overseeing Healing Rooms every week.

In 2015, Peter and Sally moved to Moravian Falls, N.C., and in February of this year moved to Highlands, N.C., where he enjoyed wonderful majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  On the morning of Aug. 12, 2019, he transitioned peacefully to life with Sally at his side.

A private burial will take place Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m., at Highlands Memorial Park, Highland. A memorial service will be held in Keene, N.H., on Saturday Sept. 14.

Colleen Scott

Colleen Scott, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.  She was born July 5, 1927, in Montgomery County, Pa., to the late Victor P. and Sarah Maynard Buzzard.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ivens Scott. She was a homemaker and of the Episcopal faith.

She is survived by two sisters and several nieces.

A private service will be held.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Scott family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth Ann Nichols

Elizabeth Ann Nichols, 49, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Bobby Nichols and Betty Tallent Nichols. She was a member of First Assembly of God Franklin.

She is survived by her sister, Roberta Nichols of Franklin; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 19, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Monte Ray Hamilton

Monte Ray Hamilton

Monte Ray Hamilton, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Born in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of the late Raymond Hamilton and Virginia Barwick Hamilton.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Himschoot Hamilton; and brother, Michael Hamilton.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church, owner of Cullasaja Exxon, and an avid collector of model cars and automobiles.

He is survived by his sister, Marsha Wolfe (Tim) of Long Lane, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK  73123.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Monty Claire Andrews

Monty Claire Andrews

Monty Claire Andrews, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Born in Kankakee, Ill., he was the son of the late Clarence Andrews and Cora Butler Andrews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marsha Bohn; and brother, Jack Andrews.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later worked for Lockheed Martin at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He was a member of Friends of the Library and Franklin Men’s Golf League. He loved making knives and playing golf.

He is survived by his children, Terry Walker (Bruce) of Wimauma, Fla., Paula Gilardi (Barry) of Alarka, N.C., and Michael Andrews (Becky) of Morristown, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Stacey, Jessica, and Joshua; two great grandchildren, Andrew and Benji.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at 4 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Friends of the Library Bookstore, 115 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC  28374.

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

Doris Letchworth Williams

Doris Letchworth Williams, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.

She was born May 8, 1930, to the late Walter Duffy Letchworth and Martha Jones Letchworth of Snow Hill, N.C.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Daniel Williams of Garner, N.C., where they had resided for numerous years.  She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ray Vernon of Franklin,; brothers, WD Letchworth Jr. and Edward Letchworth; sisters, Louise Tyson, Emma Mae Hardison, and Elsie Hardison.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Williams Vernon of Franklin,  and Dawn Williams Capps (Earl) of Durham, N.C.; granddaughter, Danielle Thompson of Franklin; son-in-law, Butch Thompson of Garner; special sister-in-law, Rachel Williams Hudson of Jacksonville, N.C.; brother-in-law, Don Hudson of Jacksonville; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m., at McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton, N.C.  A graveside service will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m., at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Clayton, N.C.

McLaurin Funeral Home is handling the arrangements in Clayton, NC.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Earl Dillard

Monty Claire Andrews

Earl Dillard, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Charlie Dillard and Nellie Franks Dillard.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Bobby Dillard, David Dillard, and Johnny Dillard.  He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed yard work, bluegrass festivals, ginseng hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Johnson Dillard; daughter, Kathy Holland (Darrin) of Franklin; sister, Annie Estes of Sylva; brother, Eugene Dillard (Mary) of Sylva; and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 20 in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. David Lee Williams officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Watson, Kevin Dillard, Marty Southard, Bobby Mashburn, Gary Scott, and Jeff Amos.

Honorary pallbearers were Ron Pressley, Bob Bowes and Richard Young.

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

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