Obituaries for December 3, 2020

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Jeffrey Todd Queen

Jeffrey Todd Queen

Jeffrey Todd Queen, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Born in Lexington, N.C., he was the son of Barbara Waldroop Queen and the late Kenneth Lewis Queen. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, David Randall Queen and two brothers, Kenneth “Shane” Queen and David Lewis Queen. He was a member of Burningtown Church of God. He was a carpenter and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed ginseng hunting and deer hunting. He also enjoyed Nascar, wrestling, history and coin collecting.

 He is survived by his mother, Barbara Queen;  a companion, Selena Lakey; children, Cody Queen (Kimberly Faith), Candice Dale Queen, adopted son, Cadon Justice, step-daughter, Sara Mathis; sister, Sherri Queen Cloud; six grandchildren, Zayiden, Adelyn, Peyton, Evelyn, Malaki and Konner.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 23, at Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Stephens officiating. A brief time of fellowship followed the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

 Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Margaret Dills Parrish

Margaret Dills Parrish

Margaret Dills Parrish, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Challie and Iva Jean Crisp Dills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Ronald “Ronnie” Parrish in 1995; brother, Tommy Dills; and stepbrother, Billy Dills. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.  She spent much of her time being involved with her church, watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending weekends at the lake.

She is survived by her sons, James Michael Parrish (Tara) of Leesville, La. and Ronald Gregory Parrish (Delle) of Franklin; sisters, Frances McCoy and Carol Ann Ervin both of Franklin; six grandchildren, James, Aaron, Veronica, Zane, Dawson, and Pacie Parrish; along with two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Kenzie all of Franklin.

Memorial service was Monday, Nov. 30, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Tom Nahlen will officiate.

Private burial will be in the Oak Grove Baptist church cemetery at a later date.

Memorials can be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Online condolences can be made at

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Walter E. Furr Jr. M.D.

Walter E. Furr Jr. M.D.

Walter E. Furr Jr. M.D., 98, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 20, 2020. He was born in Macon County, North Carolina on April 11, 1922, the son of the late Dr. Walter Eugene Furr and Burdell Williams Furr. He attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies and Northwestern University School of Medicine. He completed his medical residencies at Northwestern and the Cleveland Clinic and served in the United States Navy in Pensacola, Fla., for four years before moving to Miami-Dade County and beginning his successful medical practice in 1955.

Dr. Furr was a well-known general surgeon in South Florida with privileges at several hospitals, including Hialeah Hospital, Palmetto General Hospital, North Miami Hospital and North Shore Hospital. A true trailblazer in surgical medicine, Dr. Furr was an expert in gas infections and one of the first to work on the transplantation of the liver, developing several innovations that are still used in surgery today. He served on staff and in medical leadership positions at Hialeah Hospital for more than 25 years and helped design Miami Dade’s medical disaster/trauma response coordination in the 1960s. In 1972, he was one of the doctors who tended to multiple victims of Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, which crashed in the Everglades.

An avid reader, photographer, fisherman and botanist, he told stories of Miami from the 1950s and 1960s including fishing off Brickell Key when it was a sandbar and clam digging on Key Biscayne.  He was particularly fond of attractions in South Dade including Fruit and Spice Park, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and The Kampong.  A man of few words and deep thought, he was happiest when on the water, in his garden or workshop. When not in the operating room or seeing patients, he could be found on the bay boating and fishing, in the garden tending to his plants and orchids, tinkering in the garage, cooking, reading or fixing things around the house.

Walter, fondly known as “Gene” to his friends and family, retired in 1989 and moved back to his beloved mountains in Cashiers, N.C., where he maintained residence with his wife, Mary O’Keefe, and also spent time in Crystal River, Fla. Mary preceded him in death in February 2008 and Gene then moved to the Vi in Aventura, where he was a favorite of the nurses and staff.  

He is survived by his sister, Katherine Furr Reid of Wilmington, N.C,. and brother, James Franklin Furr (Annette) of Burlington, N.C. His sister, Frances Furr Putnam, predeceased him earlier this year.  

He is also survived by his first wife, Alice Ethelyn Alexander of Miami Shores, Fla.; and his loving children, Walter “Terry” Furr (Cynthia) of Tampa, Fla.,  Jane Furr Davis (Todd McLin) of Rincon, Puerto Rico and Doylestown, Pa., William Furr (Janice) of Bella Vista, Ark., James Furr of Miami Shores, Fla., Katherine Honey and Karyn Cunningham of Palmetto Bay, Fla., Kenneth W. O’Keefe (Jason Stephens) of Miami, Fla.; his loving grandchildren, Hamilton Davis (Colleen Smith) of Newtown, Pa., Elliot Davis (Jessie Holder) of Tampa, Fla., Frances Davis (fiancé Greg Hastain) of Portland, Ore., and Claire Davis Kaage (Irv) of Whitefish Bay, Wisc.,  Jennifer Steele (Carl) of Naperville, ll., Arthur Golk  (Jeanette) of Naperville, Ill., Alexander Furr (Sarah) of Aurora, Ill., Megan Cunningham (Russell Handler) of Boston, Cameron and Brennan Honey of Palmetto Bay, Fla.; and 15 great grandchildren.

Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m., at Van Orsdel Kendall Chapel. Dr. Furr will be laid to rest next to his wife, Mary, near his home in Franklin, N.C., on Friday, Dec. 4, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, N.C., followed by burial at 2 p.m.  at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Flowers can be sent to Van Orsdel Kendall Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in memory of Dr. Walter E. Furr, Jr. To become a member, visit the website at

Bruce Frederick Knecht

Bruce Frederick Knecht

Bruce Frederick Knecht, 90, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, into the loving arms of Jesus.

He leaves behind a devoted wife of 66 years, Yvonne Knecht; a daughter, Eva Marie Mills and her husband, Roger; and son, Bruce Allen Knecht and his wife, Robin Renee Knecht; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He proudly served his country in the Air Force. He was an iron worker for 50 years and then a Real Estate broker. He also built a gym and boys dormitory for Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Fla. He was also instrumental in starting Keystone Bible Church in Florida that met in their home with a handful of people. Today, Keystone has its own building with about 500 members. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and working.

In addition to loving his wife, children and family, he loved the Lord Jesus, his church, Victory Baptist, pastor Rusty Wolfrey, all of the wonderful church members and his many friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 28, at Victory Baptist Church, with Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiating. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 278 Victory Baptist Church Road, Sylva, NC 28779

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Jane Crawford Riddle

Jane Crawford Riddle

Jane Crawford Riddle, 87, of Franklin, N.C., died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Laddie H. Crawford and the late Dorothy Snyder Crawford Waldroop.  In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband, Max L. Riddle Sr.; a sister, Sarah Niven and a daughter in-law, Rhonda Riddle.  She was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, where she had been very active for many years.  She was the last surviving founding member of the church. In past years, she could often be found working in her gardens, growing roses, vegetables and numerous other flowers. She loved taking hikes, being outdoors, working crosswords and completing word searches.

She is survived by a son, Max L. Riddle Jr. of Franklin; a daughter, Sandy Walker (Kirk) of Kernersville, N.C.; a sister, Martha Rickman of Asheville; and brothers, Lonnie Crawford (Karen) and Mark Crawford (Marcia) both of Franklin and Sam Crawford (Laverne) of Somerset, Ky.; five grandchildren, Brian Riddle, Amber Rowland (Ryan), Matthew Walker (Heather), Ian Walker, and Scott Walker; six great grandchildren, Nicole Riddle, Hailey Riddle, Gavin Riddle, Olivia Rowland, Asher Rowland and Betty Walker; and one great great daughter, Allison.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Tommy Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences can be made at

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James Lewis Miller

James Lewis Miller

James Lewis Miller, 90, of Scaly Mountain, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020.

Born in Persimmon, Ga., he was the son of the late Frank and Cora Octa Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin sister, Daisy Miller Brown; siblings, Helen Miller Brown, Mae Miller, John Flavis Miller, Janie Louise Miller Dockery, Margaret Lorane Miller, Ruth Miller Corpening, Esther Miller Garrett Hill; half siblings, Ruby Jeanette Miller Mason, William David Arrie Miller and Anna Bell Miller Mason. He was a member of Scaly Mountain Church of God and enjoyed Blue Grass and Gospel Music. He was a farmer and enjoyed time spent outdoors with his livestock and working the land. He was a gentle giant and loved his family immensely.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hazel Wood Miller; sister, Naomi Miller Johnston and niece that was more like a sister, Loretta Norris; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Macon Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Bates officiating.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Michael Jackson Dailey

Michael Jackson Dailey, 73, passed away Saturday Nov. 28, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family who loved him deeply.

He was born Jan. 10, 1947, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to the late Marion “Jack” and Bertha Dailey.

He was a passionate man, all through his life he kept in contact with his many friends and cared for them as if they were his own family. He had a heart for community service, enjoyed watching his children play sports and their many other activities as they grew. He enjoyed playing golf, attending Iowa and Iowa State sporting events, and taking trips with his family brought him great joy. He owned and operated Humboldt Motor Sales for 28 years.

Surviving is his wife, Sharon Dailey; daughter, Emily (Trevor) Waldroup; son, Chris (Manda) Dailey; grandchildren, Addison and Jackson Waldroup, Brooks and Collins Dailey; brother, Timothy (Dency) Dailey; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time

Condolences may be made to

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Francye Eich Farley

Francye Eich Farley

Francye Eich Farley, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, after a brief illness due to an autoimmune disease. She was born May 28, 1943, to the late Henry Eich and Lorah Smith Eich. She worked and retired as a special education teacher and later as a teacher of needle arts, traveling around the country and into Canada teaching classes. She enjoyed knitting with her friends at the Silver Threads and Golden Needles She could knit and watch TV at the same time. She loved cats, gardening, and basket weaving.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin where she was member of the choir and bell choir.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Paul Farley of Franklin; a son, Evan Farley of Lakeland, Fla.; and a daughter, Lorah Elizabeth Hauf married to Jason and their children, Corinne, and Ember.

No services are planned until conditions improve for a gathering of friends and family.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Farley family.

Online condolences can be made at

Harris Lee ‘Buddy’ Elmore

Harris Lee ‘Buddy’ Elmore

Harris Lee “Buddy” Elmore, 77, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. He was born June 23, 1943, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late John Theodore Elmore and Margie Lee Hurst Elmore. He worked in the early years for Rhodes Superette (Dusty’s), later for Alvin C. Crowe & Co. and worked as a tile and brick mason in construction. He was a member of Highlands Central Baptist Church. He was dedicated to family, work, church and his many dogs. 

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jo Ann Dendy Elmore; sister, Jean E. Farmer; niece, Lynn Farmer Talley and husband, Bud Talley; great niece, Rebekah Schofield and husband, Chris Schofield; great nephew, Jordan Talley and wife, Danielle Talley; and great-great niece, Annabelle Schofield.

A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 30, at Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Robinson officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Schofield, Jordan Talley, Bud Talley, and Bruce Mason.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Hospice House Foundation of WNC P.O. Box 815 Franklin, NC 28744.

Online condolences can be left

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Elmore family. 

Nancy L. Hicks

Nancy L. Hicks, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Nov. 21, 2020.

Born May 31, 1945,2020-19 in St. Louis Mo., she grew and completed her collegiate career with a Master of Education and then completed her Registered Nursing degree 10 years later.  She became an ordained minister in 1997.  She moved to Macon County in 1998.  She created a home here serving citizens in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, and Canada in spiritual counselling dealing with addictions and PTSD from child/adult abuse.  

She travelled the U.S., including Hawaii to discover her “Return of the Dove” for the New Religion.  She was one of the five ministers who founded “Sunday Celebration” in 1997.  

Later in life, she participated in Macon County Senior Games.  

She served the community and surrounding communities in a quiet, personal manner, by working with pets as a medical intuitive to balance health, speaking at the Mountain Light Network, Adult Sunday Class at First Presbyterian Church and the Spiritual Light Center.  

She was living in Franklin House when she completed her life journey upon this Earth.  

She is survived by a granddaughter, Marigan Moon DeClve; former husband, Ted Hicks; two brothers, Don and Tom Howell in St. Louis, Mo.; and by many personal friends in Franklin.                          

A memorial will be announced at a later date.  

Sweet journey, our friend.

Phyllis Ann Hudson Warden

Phyllis Ann Hudson Warden

Phyllis Ann Hudson Warden, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away the evening of Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in a local hospital.

She was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Alamo, Ind., to the late J. Roscoe and Iva Doris (McSpadden) Hudson. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Thedford Lee Warden; daughter, Sharon Staton Raikes; brothers, Jack, Mack, Gene and Paul Hudson; sisters, Madge and husband Earl Luzader, Rosemary and husband Robert Lynch and Ruhama and husband William Riggs.

She is survived by her two grandchildren, Jessica and Bryan Rikes; two great-granddaughters, Lexia and Avery Raikes; brother, Cyler and wife Mary Hudson; and many nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Alamo High School in 1951. She was employed by Indiana Bell Telephone, McClendon Drug Store in Immoklee, Fla., and Lemon Bay Drugs in Englewood, Fla. She was first married to Howard Staton and later married Thedford Lee Warden in 1966 who passed away in 2019. She was a longtime member of the Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority.  She had a great love for her family, friends, dogs and the great outdoors.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Drinnon officiating, and special music by Tammy Drinnon.

Serving as pallbearers were James Lynch, Jeff Hudson, Richard Luzader, Bobby Douglas, Gary Douglas, Bobby Holt and Morlan Bowman.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements

Condolences may be made at

Steve Alan Garchow

Steve Alan Garchow

Steve Alan Garchow, 66, of Franklin, N.C., formerly Prescott, Mich., passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, to join our Lord in Heaven.

He was born in Saginaw, Mich., to the late Edward L. Garchow and Gladys Agnes Delorme Richard.

He is survived by his wife and best friend for over 30 years, Darlene Kay Gardyszewski Garchow. They were married at their farm, Timber Ghost Gardens, in Prescott, Mich., on July 15, 2000, which turned into an old fashioned three-day event. Steve and Darlene moved to Franklin to enjoy the beautiful mountains, water and woods of Western North Carolina and surrounding states.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Edward W. Garchow and his wife, Patricia and sister Linda Garchow, Stepfather, William (Bill) Richard and Mother in Law Dolores Gardyszewski.

He is also survived by his brother, Martin D. Garchow and wife Patricia of Saginaw; nieces and nephews, Greg Garchow and wife Andrea and daughter Patricia of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jodi Brady and husband Michael of Carrollton, Mich., Tamara Keysor and husband Kevin and their children Tessa and Andrew of Zilwaukee, Mich., Brett Garchow and wife Tabitha and their children Hunter and Logan of Bridgeport, Mich.; sister-in-law Tina Gardyszewski of Hayesville, N.C., brother-in-law, David Gardyszewski of Saginaw; and father-in-law, William (Bill) Gardyszewski of Saginaw; step brothers and sisters, Kevin Richard, Bryan Richard, Cheryl Lamont and Cindy Greskowiak, their spouses and children; aunts, uncles and many cousins.

He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1972. He proudly served his country in the Army in the Vietnam Era. He was VP of Operations with Walbridge in Detroit, Mich., for 44 years. He traveled extensively for Walbridge all over the United States and the world including Dubai, China, Mexico, Brazil and Qatar. He has many friends in the construction business world. He loved working for Walbridge and loved all his co-workers. He mentored many individuals over his long and very rewarding career. Many thanks to Walbridge, the Haller family and all his Walbridge family for all their prayers and support for Steve and the Garchow family over the years.

He loved and enjoyed life with Darlene and family hunting, fishing, traveling, Nascar, golfing, pulling pranks and joking with everyone, reading, playing cards and board games and games on the internet. His new title in retirement was “event coordinator.”  He also enjoyed his newfound entertainment on Facebook. He enjoyed reuniting with old friends and new friends. Aka our “social butterfly.” Thanks for all the love and prayers from family and friends.  Special thanks to the best neighbors ever, Bob and Ilene Fabera in Prescott, Mich. Best friends, Rick and Sandy Meier, Gary and Vicki Hargis, Bobby and Margo Boldt, Keith and Deb Anderson, Dave and Luz Beaty. Special friends Debbie Watson, Mike and Karen Walsh, Chris and Bruce Stephenson and Bobby Ledford.

Many thanks to the all the caring staff in the ICU at Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva, N.C., Dr. Todd Davis and staff, Dr. Connaughton and staff and Dr. Conforti.

Cremation will take place according to Steve’s wishes. No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the local VVA Chapter 994, C/O Dick Sheenan, 249 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Randy Dean Giles

Randy Dean Giles

On Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, the Giles family lost their daddy, brother, and grandfather. Randy Dean Giles entered into the presence of the Lord unexpectedly that night.

He was born in Rabun County Hospital on Oct. 19, 1957. His parents were the late Little Willie and late Lulu Belle Giles, of Mountain City, Ga. He graduated in 1974 from Rabun County High School and attended North Georgia Tech. He married Susan Marie Mason on Oct. 19, 1979. He and his family later moved to Habersham County, and then to Franklin, N.C., where he lived the last 24 years. He worked as a technician at Parkdale for most of his life. He was also an ordained minister. He loved Christ the Lord and was a member of Tessentee Baptist Church in Otto, N.C.

He was a man who strongly loved his family, his job, and his church. He had so much family and friends who cared for him. He loved all his family and wanted to spend time with them as much as he could. He loved driving through the Great Smokies and going on hikes. One of his favorite things to do was go to Dollywood with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his six boys, Keith (Lyndie), Matt (Nicki), Adam (Ariel), Jason (Antonia), Justin (Lois), and Randy Jr.;  10 grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter, Cordelia, Nathaniel, Bryson, Madiysn, Suz, Sarah, Nia, and Neveah; sisters, Williene Edwards (Brian), Gussie Heniges (Mike), Lorrie (Lonnie), and brother Jeff (Michelle); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his precious wife Susan, and grandson Greyson.

Funeral services was held Saturday, Nov. 28, at Taylors Chapel. Rev. Robin Welborn and Rev. Thomas Burrell officiated. Burial was at Taylors Chapel Cemetery at 852 Taylors Chapel Road, Rabun Gap Ga. 

Pallbearers were Jeff Giles, Dalton Giles, J.T. Giles, Hunter Giles, Kenneth Coalley, and Buddy Botts. Honorary pallbearers were David and Ricky Coalley, Alex York, and Rev. Carl Carpenter.

His tireless love and devotion were evident in his last moments. May he rest in peace.

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