David ‘Alan’ Shoffeitt
David “Alan” Shoffeitt, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of the late Harland “Al” Shoffeitt and Maymie Barnes Shoffeitt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lowell Shoffeitt and John “Jackie” Shoffeitt; and sister, Margaret “Peggy” McKinney. He enjoyed metal detecting, playing cards, woodworking, and his wife’s fried chicken and gravy. He was a generous, empathetic, hardworking, honest, and wise businessman. From Shoffeitt Termite Control in Inglewood, Calif., to a 100-acre farm in Brownington, Vt., to The City Motel in Franklin and some beautiful apartment complexes. His advice would often be “Always be honest” and “If you’re worried, pray.” He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alpha Kaufman Shoffeitt of Franklin; children, Angel Gorka (Joe) of Texas, Shannon Von Kaenel (Tom) of Mint Hill, N.C., Heather Krueger (Jody Jon) of Mint Hill, N.C., Sara Mascorro (John) of Wingate, N.C., and Amy Shoffeitt of Franklin; brothers, Donald “Donnie” Shoffeitt of Escondido, Calif., and Richard “Rex” Shoffeitt of Calimesa, Calif.; sister, Muriel Collup of Kountze, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Scott Eichelberger and Rev. Joe Gorka officiated. Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Von Kaenel, Thomas Von Kaenel II, Joey Gorka III, David Gorka, Jonathan Gorka, and Leo Garcia. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Sue Farmer, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Tazewell, Tenn. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Hawks. She is survived by her oldest son, John Campbell and girlfriend Robin Toppin, and his children, Cassi, Krista and Cayanne, and his five grandchildren; her youngest son, Scott Farmer and wife Amanda; brothers, Bobby Hawks (Margaret), Frank Hawks (Theda Kay); sisters, Carolyn Donaldson (Lloyd), Marilyn Moss (Robert), Elaine Sanders, Joann Tallent, Jan Lowe; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Black Mountain Baptist Church on Friday, Dec. 7
George Elliott Siek Sr.
George Elliott Siek Sr., 88, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. He was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late Hilmer and Dorothy Merkel Siek. He was raised in West Hartford and then attended Indiana University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to Largo, Fla., in 1956. He opened a recreational vehicle parts and supplies distribution business that covered the state of Florida. After 32 years in business he retired and moved to Highlands as a fulltime resident. He opened the Museum of American Cut and Engraved Glass on Chestnut Street in Highlands on May 5, 1996. He had a passion for this art and was an avid collector himself. He served as the museum curator for more than 21 years until it closed in October 2017. As a member of the Masonic Lodge for 57 years, he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. He was also an active member of Highlands United Methodist Church. He will be deeply missed. Survivors include a daughter, Beth Siek, Psy.D. of Tampa, Fla.; sons, George E.Siek, Jr. (Alicja) of Lake Wylie, S.C., Danny Siek (Trese) of Franklin, N.C., David Schaller (Leel) of Sorrento, Fla., and John Schaller of Harber Springs, Mich.; grandchildren, Jena Siek, Brittany Siek, Jordan Siek and Mackenzie Siek all of Charlotte, N.C.; Abbey Siek and Garrett Siek of Franklin; Dakkota Siek of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Mackenzie Sanders of Pineville, N.C.; Debbi Presley Siek, a special family member and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Bonnie Siek. He is also preceded in death by two brothers, H. Gerard Siek, M.D. and Richard A. Siek. A funeral service will be held at Friday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m., at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Lucas officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., prior to the service. A joint graveside service for Mr. Siek and his late wife Bonnie will be held Wednesday Jan. 24, 2019, at Highlands Memorial Park. Online condolences can be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home is serving the Siek family.
Donald Hugh McConnell
Donald Hugh McConnell, 71, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. He was born March 26, 1947, in Macon County to the late George McConnell and Gladys Thomas McConnell. He was a carpenter in the construction business, served in the U.S. Army and he loved to hunt and fish. He was also known as the “Mower Man.” Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Kathy McConnell; a daughter, Christy McConnell of Franklin; a son, Chad McConnell (Kelly) of Franklin; grandchildren, Johnathan Deats (Megan), Christopher Deats (Melissa), Kenzie Bouakhampheng, Christian McConnell, Chyenne McConnell, Hannah McConnell, and Nathan Walker; two great-grandchildren, Aden Deats and Syler Deats; a sister, Bea Carpenter of Franklin; and a brother, Rondal McConnell of Monroe, Ga. He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Elizabeth McConnell and a brother, Dennis McConnell. A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Rodriquez officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Post 108 and VFW 7339. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McConnell family.
Henry Sonagere, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Born in Amsterdam, Ohio, he was the son of the late Giovanni and Emilia Sonagere. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran. On May 5, 2018, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal by the Consul General of France Clement LeClerc. It was awarded to him on the USS Kearsarge docked in Fort Lauderdale. He adds this honor to his Silver Star from General William Donovan and the Air Medal with Oak Clusters for volunteering for hazardous air drops described a “dangerous and difficult tasks.” His experiences qualify him as one of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.” He was a member of the Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart, Fla., and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Michigan. He was a very active golfer with a handicap as low as 11. He was a retired general contractor. He is survived by his wife of 72½ years, Norma Dolores Sonagere; daughters, Carol Kitzner (Jim) of Franklin and Joan Rector (Michael) of Harsens Island, Mich.; granddaughters, Amy Rector of Plymouth, Mich., and Sara McGeorge of St. Clair Shores, Mich. No services are planned. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.