Obituaries for August 9, 2018


Barbara Ann Tallent Ramey

Barbara Ramey

Barbara Ann Tallent Ramey, 55, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, July 30, 2018. Born in Macon County, North Carolina, she was preceded in death by her birth parents, Raleigh Hopkins and Maude Bingham Hopkins; son, Jason Nathaniel Blaine; daughter, Kristel Holloway; brother, John Hopkins and a sister, Ethel Lloyd. She attended Calvary Baptist Church. She was a CNA and enjoyed canning and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Lex Ramey Jr.; parents, Robert Eugene Tallent and Mary Bingham Tallent of Franklin; son, Jonathan Keener (Amanda Davis) of Franklin; two sisters, Regina Tallent Starnes (Jeff) of Franklin and Emma Woods of Iva, S.C.; seven grandchildren; several half-siblings and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral service was held Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Forman Bradley and Rev. Michael McConnell officiated.  Burial was in the Hodgins Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Ramey, Ronnie Carter Jr., Bruce Ramey, Devin Starnes, Zach Ramey and Sam Ramey.  Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Craine and Christopher Craine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cancer Care of WNC, 609 Asheville Hwy., Sylva, NC 28779. Condolences can be made to the family at

John Thomas Chocklette

John Thomas Chocklette, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.  He was born in Dauphin, Pa., the son of the late Harold and Anna Catherine Troutman Chocklette.  On July 15, 1969, he was a part of the Apollo 11 Lunar Spacecraft Recovery.  He was aboard the USS Hornet (CVS-12).  He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy and worked many years for the telephone industry. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Ann White and family and faithful dogs, Choxie, Angel, and Missy. No services are planned at this time.  Byrant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Chocklette family. Online condolences are available at

Brian Rees Andreu

Brian Rees Andreu, 59, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. He was born Sept. 21, 1958 in London, England, to the late Valintino Andreu and Holly Ann Carroll Andreu. He loved working on appliances, listening to ’80s music, talking politics, and playing guitar. He was of the Christian faith. Survivors include his three sons, Alexander Rees Andreu (Katie), Caleb Lee Andreu (Angelica) and Brandon Scott Andreu (Rose) all of Franklin, N.C.; five grandchildren, Liam Andreu, Hayes Andreu, Charlotte Andreu, Isaiah Andreu, and Keith Andreu; and one brother, Gregory Joseph Andreu. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., at the Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Donnie Seagle officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Online condolences may be left at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Andreu family.

Maria Carballeira (de Cubas) Benning

Maria Carballeira (de Cubas) Benning

Maria Carballeira (de Cubas) Benning, 95, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away July 30, 2018, at Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Highlands, N.C. She will be dearly missed by her surviving sons, Carlos de Cubas and Jorge de Cubas and daughter-in-law Patrice Reynolds. She was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 14, 1923, to Euliala Carballeira. She entered the Daughters of Charity Orphanage at the age of three after her mother died. She was an excellent athlete and Cuban National Champion in the 400-meter dash and the Broad Jump. An honor graduate from the Colegio La Inmaculade, she received a full scholarship to Marian College in Indianapolis, Ind. She graduated in 1944 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Business and spoke perfect English. Upon her return to Havana, she was employed by Sears Roebuck & Co. She worked for Sears in Havana, Miami, Birmingham and Atlanta for 43 years as an executive secretary until her retirement. She met her first husband, Carlos de Cubas, at her high school where he was a coach of various sports, especially swimming and diving.  Maria, Carlos and their two sons, Carlos Jr. and Jorge fled Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution to Miami in 1960. She was immediately employed by Sears in their Latin America division. After Carlos’ death in 1983, she married Ted Benning Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., in 1991. A devoted wife, she traveled extensively with Ted and both were fervent Auburn and Atlanta hockey fans. Upon Ted’s death in 2011, she moved to Chestnut Hill in Highlands where eldest son Carlos lived nearby and took great care of her. They often watched her favorite team the Atlanta Braves well into the evening. Maria loved playing tennis, having been well taught by her son Carlos who is a Tennis Pro. She played until she was 82. An admirer of Charles Lindbergh, she wanted to be a pilot in her early years; that dream was realized through son Jorge who became an airline pilot. She enjoyed her time at Chestnut Hill due to the great care and love of the staff and residents. On July 26, she entered Four Season’s Hospice care, and peacefully passed on July 30. No services or memorials are planned. The family asks that you do something you passionately love with the living memories of Maria by your side. The family invites donations in Maria’s name to Cashiers Highlands Humane Society. Macon Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at The family would like to thank the staff at Chestnut Hill for their loving kindness and care of Maria for the past seven years and for all their support during her final days.

Rev. Marvin Blaine Bachtel

Rev. Marvin Blaine Bachtel

Rev. Marvin Blaine Bachtel, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Born in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roland and Arlene Bachtel.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, David Nelson and daughter, Debbie Middleton.  He served in ROTC in high school and college and entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1954.  He proudly served with many advances including crew commander in the missile program.  After 14 years and traveling around the world, he retired from the Air Force after reaching the rank of Major and began working as a civil servant for the Navy.  Later he transferred to the Army Reserves to complete 27 and a half years of military and government service.  Upon finishing his military career, he entered church ministry after graduating from Duke University Seminary. He pastored several churches in Florida and Macon County, North Carolina.  His church ministry was the highlight and the most fulfilling of his many careers as it allowed him to best use the gifts God had given him to serve and help others. He volunteered in the community providing respite care for Hospice and served on the Hospice board. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, taught Sunday School, and played the violin and sang in the choir.  He enjoyed camping and restoring antique cars and vintage bicycles, but what he loved most was talking with people. He always had a smile on his face and was quick with a joke.  He never met a stranger. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Veronica Sebeck Bachtel of Franklin: four children, Bill Bachtel (Pam), of Fayetteville, N.C., Becky Bachtel, of Tallahassee, Fla., Denise Brown (Tim) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Daniel Nelson (Carolyn), of Monroe, N.C.; brother, Bob Bachtel (Beth), of Tallmadge, Ohio; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service was held Sunday Aug. 5, at Memorial United Methodist Church.  Rev. Evan Hill and Rev. Susan German officiated.  Military honors were conducted. Memorial donations can be made to the mission fund at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734 Online condolences at

Sibyl Hill Hehn

Sibyl Hill Hehn, 92, died on Aug. 4, 2018, at the Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C. She was born on Aug. 10, 1925, in Durham, N.C., the daughter of Edward Albert Hill and Katherine Campbell Hill. She was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She graduated from Queens College. In 1948, she married her college sweetheart, John Morland Hehn, and joined him in Raleigh while he was a student at N.C. State following WWII. They were married 51 years. She was an active member of North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian. She also served on the Board of Advisors for the Presbyterian Homes of South Carolina. She enthusiastically taught in the First Head Start Program in Anderson when it was difficult to find teachers for that program during the early days of school integration. Her family is delighted she is reunited with her husband, Jack. And the family is very pleased with the excellent care she received during her stay at the Presbyterian Village in Summerville, S.C., and the Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. Her children include Marc and Betsy Hehn of Highlands; John Hehn of Plant City, Fla.; Peter and Vickie Hehn of Anderson, S.C.; and Chris and Carlynn Hehn of Summerville, S.C. She is survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was blessed to have four pastors during her final month and the family would like to thank Revs. Curtis Fussell, Emily Wilmarth, Victor Green and Ralph Campbell for their very compassionate ministry to her. She was not afraid to pass. A Memorial Service will be held on Aug.11, at 11 a.m., at the North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian in Anderson, S.C. Online condolences at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Hill family.

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