Obituaries for December 2, 2021

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Janet ‘Jan’ Louise Yeomans

Janet ‘Jan’ Louise Yeomans

Janet “Jan” Louise Yeomans, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Nov. 21, 2021.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Albert Edmund and Dorothy Madeline Biedinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel “Danny” Morgan Yeomans; her son, Greg Yeomans; her brother, Raymond Biedinger; and granddaughter, Alexandria “Ally” Marler. 

She relied heavily on the Lord for guidance through her losses and is quoted saying, “Without my strong faith and reliance on the Lord, the love of my church family, friends and family, I would not have been able to carry on.”

She was blessed with hardworking, encouraging, Christian parents who moved their family to Bradenton, Fla., at the age of seven. There, she enjoyed her school years and graduated from State College of Florida. She was always an exceptional student academically and behaviorally, except when she got in trouble for talking a lot. Throughout school her main interest revolved around music – singing, playing the piano and organ, and being in musical plays, but she decided to attend college to become a Legal Assistant. A path she believed was divinely laid out, as she would later lose her singing voice after being struck by lightning, while attending her children’s BMX racing events.

She met her beloved husband Danny in a bowling alley during her college years. After their marriage she became a member of his church, Grace Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk, organist, and choir director. She and her husband served as leaders of the Pioneer Girls also at Grace Baptist Church. After retiring from a Christian Law firm in 1995, She and Danny moved to Franklin, and promptly became members of Victory Baptist Church, where she served on the Hospitality committee, in the nursery and headed the lady’s group for 15 years. She enjoyed watercolor painting, knitting, and creating greeting cards in her spare time. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a very special relationship with all her grandchildren and all of them had a different and unique bond.

She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Marler; son in-law, Warren Marler; daughter-in-law, Roxanne Yeomans; granddaughters, Danielle Marler, and Sierra Yeomans, great granddaughter, Leigha Ballard, and several nieces and a nephew. 

A service was held Saturday, Nov. 27, at Victory Baptist Church in Sylva with Pastor Rusty Wolfrey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Victory Baptist Church, 278 Victory Baptist Church Road, Sylva, NC 28779

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Rev. Ernie Blanchard Sanders

Rev. Ernie Blanchard Sanders

Rev. Ernie Blanchard Sanders, 83, of Franklin, N.C., slipped his earthly bonds to enter his heavenly home on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

He was born in Franklin on Feb. 23, 1938, to Nina Margaret Moffitt Sanders and Rev. James Andrew Benjamin Sanders. 

He was an ordained Baptist minister. He began his ministry in 1961. During his long career, he pastored the following Baptist churches in Franklin: East Franklin, West Franklin, Oak Grove, Ellijay, Pleasant Hill, and Mashburn Branch. He also twice pastored Marble Springs Baptist Church in Marble, N.C. He loved the Lord and spreading the gospel. He could light up a church with his fiery oratory, Biblical knowledge, and passion for spreading God’s word. Through his testimony, and by his example, he led the way for hundreds to accept Christ as savior. No doubt, he will hold a special place in heaven, where he will join his father and mother, many relatives, son, Darren, and his first wife (and the mother of his three sons), Virginia McCall, who passed away in 2003.

His family will always remember his loving spirit, humor, quick wit, devotion to his family, and competitiveness in everything from playing golf to playing cards. With his passing, he joins in heaven his golfing buddies, Norman Seay, Grady Corbin, and Roscoe Lewis. Let the golfing begin.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Nellie Ruth Sanders; three Sanders brothers, Ralph (Thelma), Billy (Joyce) and Joel (Dianne), all of Franklin; two sons, Victor (Gina) of Murphy, N.C., and Vance (Rachel) of Franklin; step-son, Gary Owens (Evelyn); as well as 10 grandchildren, April Sanders Tippett (Shayne), Daniel Sanders (Jessica Wilson), Savannah Sanders, and Molly Sanders, all of Franklin, Logan Sanders (Liesel Sunderman) and Jacob Sanders, of Eugene, Ore., Breanna Sanders of Whiteville, N.C., Chase and Colton Sanders and Hailey Townson, of Murphy, and Matthew Owens (April) of Franklin; seven great grandchildren, Brooklyn Hoagland, Saulyer and Zayden Sanders, and Shelby Ruth Owens of Franklin and Braxton, Jack, and Sailor Turner of Whiteville, N.C. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Darren Lane Sanders.

A celebration of life, led by Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Jason Smith, was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 27.  The service was live streamed on Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Facebook page.

Pallbearers were Bill McConnell, Daniel Sanders, Jim Sorgi, Shayne Tippett, Colton Sanders, and Matthew Owens. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Moffitt and Dearl Ledford. Ministers of any denomination are invited to the service as honorary pallbearers.

The family wishes to thank all those who kept Ernie and his family in prayer, Rev. Don Moffitt, Rev. Jason Smith, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Conrad Hefner, and Moffitt Family Funeral Care.

Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfamilyfuneralcare.com.

June Edna Wolf

June Edna Wolf

June Edna Wolf R.N., 89, went to be with God on Nov. 23, 2021, loving mother and registered nurse to her last breath. She was born June 19, 1932.

A strong-willed woman who got what she wanted out of life, she helped people and her children more than anyone could imagine. Always thoughtful and generous and a believer in God. Those of us who remain should follow her ethics, Lee Ann Pierce, Myra Pierce, Richard Wolf, Cathi Wolf and Caitlin Wolf and some extended family will all love her forever.

No services are planned.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Andrew ‘Tommy’ Browning

Thomas Andrew ‘Tommy’ Browning

Thomas Andrew “Tommy” Browning, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.

Born Nov. 10, 1959, in Macon County, he was the youngest son of the late Bennie and Peggy Browning. Infamously known as “Browning brother,” he had a love for music since birth, backing up his father and gospel singing sisters, the Browning sisters. From bluegrass to country, Southern Gospel to Southern Rock and Roll, he enjoyed picking and grinning with several bands playing bass guitar and singing. A 1978 graduate of Franklin High School, he became a successful entrepreneur, building one of the first shopping centers on the Highlands Road, The Village Plaza. He owned and operated a real estate company as well as starting Macon Printing Company. He also became a contractor and enjoyed building and remodeling, following in his father’s footsteps. A jack of all trades, he was a successful, self-made businessman. He very rarely sported a frown, loving to help any and everyone in need. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, childhood sweetheart, soulmate and best friend Pat Pickens Browning; three brothers, Jackie Lee Browning infant child, Troy Leon Browning infant child, and James Ernest Browning. 

Surviving are daughter, Erica Browning and partner Daniel Cantrell; son, Robert Browning and wife Kendra; two grandchildren, Annalee James Swanson and Kayce Jack Browning; four sisters, Shelba Jean (Earl) Buchanan of Waynesville, Cathy (Tom) Tippett, Brenda (Elgie) McClure of Franklin and Debra (Dale) Shreves of Brooksville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC Inc., PO Box 815, Franklin, North Carolina 28734

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com. 

Brenda Joyce Brabson Chastain

Brenda Joyce Brabson Chastain

Brenda Joyce Brabson Chastain, 81, of Franklin,  N.C., passed away on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

She was born in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Nelson Shope and Blanche Brabson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Pritchard Chastain; and siblings, Steve Shope and Betty McComb; and great grandchild, Wesley Gregory. She enjoyed housekeeping and Hallmark movies.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Hummel of Otto, N.C., Marvin Cunningham (Debbie) of Otto, Linda Pitts (Glenn) of Franklin; and stepchildren, Jerry Chastain (Debbie) of Otto, and Kathy Flowers (Bo) of Otto; brother, Larry Shope; 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. 

A service was held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Coweeta Baptist Church. 

Burial followed at Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jamie Thompson, Stephen Hummel, Ely Cunningham, Dalton Cunningham, Preston Gregory, and Elijah Gregory.

Honorary pallbearers were Shane Cunningham, Isaac Pitts, Michael Hess, Robbie Sanders, and Nathan Gregory. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Coweeta Baptist Church building fund at Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Rd. Otto, NC 28763, or the Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery fund. 

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Jane Knight Cabe

Jane Knight Cabe

Jane Knight Cabe, 75, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at her home.

Born in Macon County on Sept. 6, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Alonzo Franklin Knight Sr. and Myrtle Nora Whitmore Knight. 

She is survived by her husband, Zeb W. Cabe of Otto; one brother, Alonzo Franklin “Bo” Knight (Dorothy) of Otto; one son, Michael Shane Cabe of Fusquay-Varina, N.C.; four grandchildren, Zachary Cabe (Chelsey) of Lillington, N.C., Josh Cabe, Rachel Cabe, and Michaela Cabe, all Fusquay-Varina; great grandchildren, McCrae and Barret of Lillington; two stepsons, Brian Cabe (Holly) of Otto, and Arnold Cabe (Toni) of Lake City, Fla.; grandchildren include the late Jackson Cabe and Woody Cabe of Otto, Luke Cabe of Lake City, Fla., and Grace Krause (Nico) of New York; and one great grandson, Noah also of New York.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Mike Chastain officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Pine Grove Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home will announce full arrangements when completed.

James Albert McCall Jr.

James Albert McCall Jr.

James Albert McCall Jr., 91, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James Albert McCall Sr., and Florence Fitzgerald McCall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Judy Sleight and Cathy Leopard; two brothers, Charles McCall, and Dan McCall; three sisters, N.A Persky, Jenny Brendle, and Elizabeth Huscusson. 

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was a retired United States Air Force veteran and a member of the Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145 in Franklin. After returning to Franklin, he worked in the cable business and at Macon Funeral Home for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Sue Ledford McCall; son, Jimmy McCall of Franklin; sister, Karen Stinson; and a brother, Johnny McCall both of Franklin; six grandchildren, Chuck Brown, Amanda Jones, Josh Sleight, Jason Sleight, James McCall, and Sarah McCall; five great grandchildren, Tara Owens, Kayla Daves, Brent Sleight, Oscar Brown, Annabelle Brown, and Denise Cauble; two great great grandchildren, Noah Owens and Ava Lee Cauble; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 22, at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trout Unlimited, Headwaters Youth Program, 394 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Anthony Yuzzi Jr.

Anthony Yuzzi Jr.

Anthony Yuzzi Jr., was born in Broward County, Florida, on Feb. 10, 1966, to Alice Ivers Yuzzi and Anthony Yuzzi. When he was six years old, he and his family relocated to Franklin, NC. He passed from this life on Nov. 24, 2021.

He leaves many memories. One of those is how he enjoyed going to Atlanta Storage auctions to bid and be surprised as to what was inside to resell. He had grand and wonderful ideas and enjoyed finding treasures and bidding on them in auctions. Although he was the owner of Asheville Honey Company, he found himself “owned” by a very spoiled chihuahua named Doggy.

As a teenager, he was drawn to fast cars and hot rods. His love for collectible cars ended when he became interested in flying, as he was thrilled when he received his pilot’s license. On the opposite side of his personality, however, was fishing. The challenge of mountain streams and hooking a big trout was also one of his interests.

He and his dad were both sports fans who watched games together on television. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan for many years, but got the happy occasion to meet in real life other football players. He and Steven were playing football outside the house in Riverbend when a car came down the road and turned around. It was Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick. They talked for a few minutes.

During the days of church softball leagues, he enjoyed being part of the team sponsored by his church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, playing alongside Father Mike and other church members. He also had knack for getting people off morbid thoughts and turning them around.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Yuzzi; his brother, Steven Yuzzi (Lori), of Cullowhee, N.C.; his niece, Lauren Yuzzi; his nephew, Nick Yuzzi; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Anthony Yuzzi Sr.

Funeral mass was held Wednesday, Dec. 1, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfamilyfuneralcare.com.

John Henry Fouts

John Henry Fouts, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

He was born in Macon County to the late Nondus and Vira Farley Fouts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pinky Fouts; stepdaughter, Dorothy Rump; siblings, Betty Crawford, Max Fouts, Gene Fouts, Sheryl Fouts, Kenneth Fouts, Jack Ray Fouts, and Boyd Fouts.

He enjoyed sitting on the front porch, reading Westerns and cooking.

He is survived by his brother, David Fouts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to a charity of one’s choice. 

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Jean Conklin Vichich

Patricia Jean
Conklin Vichich

Patricia Jean Conklin Vichich passed away November 25, 2021.

No public services are planned.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve Mrs. Vichich’s family.

Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfamilyfuneralcare.com.

Agnes Margaret DeHart

Agnes Margaret Roberts DeHart, 94, left this earth peacefully on Nov. 16, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Jeddo, Pa., in 1927 to Verna May Keller and Benjamin Albert Roberts. She attended Temple University earning a nursing degree in 1947, commissioned to the U.S. Navy for five years and was awarded U.N. and Korean ribbons. As an R.N., she worked in military hospitals and a variety of medical settings. In 1952, she married Turner DeHart of Franklin, N.C., whom she met in Okinawa, Japan. They shared a joyful marriage for 63 years in Bethesda, Md., and Franklin.

As a devoted, very loving mother and wife, she cared for and supported the family as they traveled and lived far and wide, including Turkey, Canada, Hawaii, and Washington, DC. She served her community and church wherever she was, including singing in the choir, Lay Reader, Chalicist, Vestrywoman, Sunday School teacher, and Daughters of the King. A woman of many talents, she was a painter, artist, seamstress and enthusiastic pinochle and bridge player. She enjoyed a multitude of volunteer activities all her life: PTA, Girl Scouts, Guardian Ad Litem, Hospice, community choirs Mountain Voices and Carolines. An amazing lady of 94, she even did tai chi in the park. She was a faithful and active member at St John’s Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, Md, Church of the Incarnation, Highlands, St John’s Cartoogechaye and All Saints Episcopal Community Church in Franklin. She will be terribly missed by many as a beautifully gracious woman of deep faith, compassion, warmth, friendliness and respect for all.

She is survived by daughters, Margaret Uhar (Robert), Mary Bennett, Martha DeHart; grandchildren, Milton Bennett, Kellar Mackoviak, Ian Uhar (Michelle), Aidan Acarya Uhar, and Emily Uhar (Scott); and three great grandchildren, Everett and Grace Uhar and David Erich; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters, Caroline King and Ruth James; brother, Benjamin Albert; son, David DeHart; and husband, Turner DeHart. Her spirit will live on and she will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Jan. 15, 2022, 11 a.m.,. at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Franklin. At this time, masks are required.

Online condolences may be made at moffitfamilyfuneralcare.com

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the family.

Myra Crawford Patton

Agnes Margaret DeHart

Myra Crawford Patton of Franklin, N.C., entered into eternal life on Nov. 22, 2021, two days before her 87th birthday. She was born to the late Eugene and Mary Crawford in Cartoogechaye community into a home filled with love. Her childhood included playing with her special cousins and sisters and enjoying a love of nature that she held into her adult life. She loved wildflowers and birds and spent many hours working in her flowers and walking in nature.

She graduated from Franklin High, Brevard College, and Western Carolina University. She  initially worked in the business world but soon decided to follow her love of children into teaching. She taught in Charlotte, and Marietta, Ga., before returning to her beloved mountains to teach first grade at Cartoogechaye. Her love of children translated into a classroom of encouragement and acceptance and interesting lessons. She even had part of a wall removed so her students could go outside into an enclosed area for exploring science and measurement.

She believed those gifted with teaching should use that gift for God’s glory and she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a humble person who gave selflessly of her time to the church. She worked with children’s programs, served as church treasurer and participated in activities at the Western North Carolina United Methodist Church Conference level alongside her husband, Erwin. She and Erwin purchased chimes for Patton Church which have brought joy to the community for many years.

She was an encourager who looked for the best in those around her. She encouraged pastors,  ministry students, fellow teachers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and anyone she recognized as needing kindness. Her wry and teasing humor will also be missed.

She was generous with her time as well as her possessions. Nothing made her happier than giving to others. When family visited she always gave something before they left. She literally gave the shirt off her back several times! She loved learning about family history and completed hours of research and interviews to compile stories about the history. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Erwin, her sister, Una and husband Ed Setser, and several cousins. 

She is survived by her sister, Mysa and husband Al Mathews; her sister, Jean and husband Walt Swainey; and dearly loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews and special cousins. She supported all her family members as hers and showed  them often that she loved them.

The family is thankful for the care Myra received while at The Franklin House. 

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Myra’s memory to KIDS Place, 330 W. Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 (Kidsplacecac.org); or Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, 151 Valley Lane, Franklin, NC 28734, c/o Kathy Tinsley.

James Stewart Browne

James Stewart Browne

James Stewart Browne, 77, died peacefully on Nov. 18, 2021, surrounded by his family in Highlands, N.C. Born in 1944 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he spent most of his childhood in Coral Gables, Fla., and graduated from Coral Gables High School. He had many fond memories of sailboat racing and biking while growing up, and he remained a lover of nature, hiking, and national parks and forests his entire life.

He met Lynne Underwood, his wife of 55 years, at Lake George in the Adirondacks in 1964.  They married in June 1966, shortly after he graduated from the Ohio State University, where he was a business major and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.  He served in the U.S. Army in Benjamin Franklin Village, Mannheim, Germany, from 1966 to 1968, specializing as a Chaplain’s Assistant. Upon his return to the U.S., he began working at Stewart R. Browne Manufacturing, a safety equipment manufacturing company founded by his grandfather. He remained at the family company from 1968 until his retirement in 2013, serving as president for 15 years.

Those who knew him described him as kind, gentle, generous, funny and humble.  He was a devoted husband to Lynne and a doting father to his children, Margaret, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ross, of Atlanta, Ga. He instilled in his family his love of travel, nature and the Ohio State Buckeyes.  He was a loving brother and health care guardian to his late sister, Carolyn Mason Browne.

After 30 years of living in the Atlanta area, Jim and Lynne settled in Highlands, their favorite spot in the mountains. He took countless hikes in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests and in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  He could be found on trails around Highlands almost daily with his beloved mini schnauzers, Sophie and Woody. He was a supporter of conservation and environmental causes and a collector of folk art and crafts.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by two brothers, Alan and Christopher Browne, both of greater Atlanta.  

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Highlands-Missions (www.fpchighlands.org). 

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands on Friday, Dev. 3, at 2 p.m.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Martha Rainer

Martha Rainer

Martha Rainer, 93, of Franklin, N.C., died on Nov. 27, 2021. 

She was born in Elba, Ala., in 1928 to Franks Hendrick Rainer and Sara Farris Rainer. She attended Auburn University before transferring to Troy State University, where she received an undergraduate degree in physical education and a master’s in education.

A talented artist, she taught art and physical education for many years in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. After retiring, she opened a jewelry store in Albany, Ga., before retiring again and moving to Franklin, where she has resided for the last 21 years. She enjoyed reading, traveling, gem mining, collecting flamingo memorabilia, and cheering for her beloved Auburn Tigers. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, and was an Elder in the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Hendrick and Sara Farris Rainer; her brothers, Frank and Young Wood Rainer, and a nephew, Ronald Wood Rainer; four nieces, Charlotte West of Cary, N.C., Deborah Lewis of Milton, Fla., Marilyn Patterson of Birmingham, Ala., and Nancy Watson of Auburn, Ala.; and her primary caregiver and friend, Beverly Linton.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin with Rev. Tempe Fussell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. 

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Susan Tillot Willard

Susan Tillot Willard

Susan Tillot Willard, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed peacefully on Nov. 23, 2021, at home surrounded by those she loved. She was born in Stamford, Conn., to the late Eugene and Mary Vetter. She is proceeded in death by her son, Kevin Willard; and sister, Mary Koch of Connecticut. 

She moved to Florida with her family in 1973 where she was a homemaker. She later became the office manager at Baldauff Funeral Home, a job she loved dearly until her retirement and move to Franklin in 1997. She opened Just Kidding Consignments with her daughter, Cindy in 1998 where she was not only an entrepreneur but a friend and confidant to many.

Born and raised Catholic, she was strong in her faith and relationship with God. She had a strong work ethic, a giver’s heart and was always willing to lend a listening ear or offer sound advice. Her hobbies included strolling the neighborhood in her golf cart, having coffee with her friends and refinishing doll houses.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Willard; her lovable dog, Nikki; sister, Jeanne Roselle of Illinois; children, Kevin Tillot (Karen) of Franklin; Cindy Marr (John) of Franklin; Bobby Willard (Barbara) of Deland, Fla., Scott Willard (Sandy) of Deland, Mark Willard (Michelle) of Deland, and Carla Lynch (Michael) of Blairsville, Ga.; 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild. 

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 Patricia ‘Pat’ Matteson

 

Patricia ‘Pat’ Matteson

Patricia “Pat” Matteson, 90, moved to Heaven on Nov. 19, 2021. She was born in 1931 in Kansas City, Mo., raised in Monroe, Wisc., and majored in music at St Mary’s College of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin.  She then married and relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she raised her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Gladys, her sister, Gloria and her son, Jimmy.

She was a proud and loving mother to her children, Kathy, Debbie, Sherry, Mary and Mike and their spouses. She so loved her 10 grandchildren and was over the moon loving her 19 great grandchildren. She couldn’t have been any happier to recently meet and immediately love her sister, Maxine and her niece, Kristi.

After raising her family in Florida, she relocated to Franklin, N.C., where she lived, worked and enjoyed many lifelong friendships for 40 years. She was a concert pianist who even recorded a beautiful classical CD with a violin accompanist.  She also played for many years at her beloved church, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was a longtime volunteer at Angel Medical Center for more than 31 years accumulating many thousands of hours.  She started knitting when she was nine years old which included, among a million other things that she knitted for her family, baby blankets, sweaters and baby caps for the hospital gift shop.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed doing the daily New York Times crossword puzzle and loved to travel.  Her most favorite place in the whole world was her home in Franklin, built in the trees, with a stream flowing through her property.  This was the place that we called home as we all gathered there often.  It remains the heart of our family as all of our precious memories center around her home. She left behind a huge loving family and many, many friends.  She will be truly missed by everyone.

She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin, at a future date to be determined.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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