Obituaries for December 5, 2019

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Carl Edward Neely

Carl Edward Neely, 78, of Warwoman Road, Clayton, Ga., died Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Habersham County Medical Center.

Born in Clayton Ga., Oct. 14, 1941, he was the son of the late Philo and Maybelle Chastain Neely. He was a rock mason and a member of the Blue Valley Baptist Church and a member of the North Georgia Coon Club and Macon County Coon Club. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Dale Neely and one brother, William Neely. 

He is survived by two sons, Vaughn Neely of Highlands, N.C., and Terry Neely of Clayton; one daughter, Denise Zachary (Ben) of Highlands; one brother, Crawford Neely of Clayton; one sister, Katheryn Vanughn of Winder, Ga.; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Macedonia Baptist Church at 2 p.m., with Rev. Zane Talley and Rev. Marty Kilby officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at the church.

The family asks in lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his memory to Hunter Funeral Home to aid funeral experience, at PO Box 653, Clayton, GA 30525

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and register is available at

Elden Eugene Adameit


Elden Eugene Adameit

Born in Raritan Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Aimee and William Adameit.

He attended Leonardo DaVinci High School, and shortly thereafter joined the Army Air Corps in January 1943, training as an Aerial Photographer. He took part in the June 6, 1944, D-Day assault at Normandy Beach, France during WWII. He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and WWII Victory Medal during his service. 

After his military service, he trained as a millwright and lived in Virginia, New Jersey, and eventually moved to Florida where he joined ECI/Raytheon Corp, having retired in 1985. He soon relocated to North Carolina where he spent the majority of his retirement years.

Notably, he was a 68 year member of the Masonic fraternity, including Scottish Rite, Shiners, York Rite, and Royal Arch Masons. He was most recently awarded the Knights of the York Cross of Honour (KYCH) in 2018 at age 95.

He loved music, travel and learning in general. The day before left this world, he was found perusing the Internet. People were drawn to his keen sense of humor, sharp memory and kindness. He was a master story-teller and oh, how we will miss those tales. 

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 25 years, Lucy Merle (nee Bradley) Adameit; son, James (Kathy) Adameit; daughters, Pamela (Harry) Mann and Mary (Donald) Crissey; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday evening, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be private. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Adameit family. Online condolences can be made at

Sheryl ‘Elaine’ Tillman

Sheryl “Elaine” Tillman, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully at her home, Nov. 23, 2019, due to ovarian cancer, with her family by her side.

A native of Tampa, Fla., she was the daughter of the late William “Bud” and Margaret McRae Martin. She graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1966 and retired from GTE/Verizon in 2002. She was a dedicated wife and mother first and foremost; she treasured her husband and children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Granny. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went. They lived together in Tampa, Fla., for 41 years before relocating to Franklin, NC in 2012.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Kenneth Tillman; her three daughters, Kelli Pepper (Stacy) of Tampa, Fla.; Kasey Green (James) of New Kent, Va., and Kourtney Geary (Michael) of New Kent, Va.; sister, Janice Fewell (Robert); brother, William “Russell” Martin (Patty); seven grandchildren, Dustin and Josie Pepper, Kagan Jones, Copelin and Madison Green, Lillian Rogers, Axel Geary and her many nephews and nieces. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.

Graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 1, at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, 11005 N US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society,

Online condolences can be made at

Macon Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.

Jeffery Alan Wood

Elden Eugene Adameit

Jeffery Alan Wood, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

Born in Thomasville, N.C., he was the son of Edgar Robert Wood (Karen) and the late Florene Annette Moore Wood. He had a love for music and cars and painted cars for a living; he had several cars that were featured in Show Car Magazine. In his free time, he loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.

In addition to his father and stepmother, he is survived by his wife, Tammy Sue Harris; three sons, Jeffery Alan Wood II (Danyle) of Franklin, Brent Alan Wood of Franklin and Mitch Alan Wood of Otto; three brothers, William O. Wood of Trinity, N.C., Walter “Toby” Wood of Otto and Bobby Wood of Vero Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Colten, Connor, Brent, Ebony and Casen Wood.

Graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 30, at Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734, to help with funeral expenses.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at

Mary ‘Betty’ Peek McCall

Mary ‘Betty’ Peek McCall

Mary “Betty” Peek McCall, 90, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.  She was born June 3, 1929, in Macon County to the late John Peek and Ella Keener Peek. She was married to the late Algie McCall who preceded her in 2016. She enjoyed working in her flower garden; She was of the Baptist faith; and she worked for Van Raalte Hosiery Plant for many years as an office clerk.  Later she worked for the Macon County School System as a lunch room supervisor from where she retired. 

Survivors include her son, Dale McCall and his wife, Donna of Franklin, N.C.; a granddaughter, Amber McCall of Franklin; a special cousin, Elaine Long of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Beverly McCall; and a brother, Furman Peek.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 27, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial followed in the Sugar Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Pallbearers were Bobby Peek, Elbert McConnell, Brandon Hatch, Keith Brown, Roland Hogsed, and Billy Blackwell. 

Online condolences can be sent to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McCall family. 

Gavin James Bryan Johnson

Gavin James Bryan Johnson

Gavin James Bryan Johnson, 21 of Franklin, N.C., passed away Nov. 20, 2019. He was born in Jackson County, North Carolina on July 24, 1998, to Samuel Johnson and Michelle Provencal. He had a love of fishing and playing video games. He had a big heart and would do anything for anyone. He loved hanging out and talking with people of the older generation. 

He is survived by his parents, Sam Johnson and Holly Henry of Franklin and parents, Michelle Provencal and Michelle Bailey of Donalds, S.C.; two sisters, Rylee Johnson and Bryce Henry; paternal grandparents, JC Johnson (Penny) and Frankie Beck (Butch); maternal grandparents, Joyce Hendrickson (Robert); his lifelong friend, Joshua Henry and his fishing buddies, Jared, Christopher and George; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Gavin is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roland Rogers. 

He leaves a void in our hearts that can never be filled but the memories we have will forever be cherished. Gavin has given life to six other people through organ donation. 

A celebration of life for Gavin will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., at Lake Glenville Public Beach. The family requests that everyone wear your favorite casual outfit in loving memory of Gavin. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Johnson family. Online condolences can be made at

Kenneth Vance Holden

Kenneth Vance Holden

Kenneth Vance Holden, 77, left his tired and worn out body to join his Savior and family on Nov. 15, 2019.

He was the son of Coburn George Holden and Beulah Bessie McCoy Holden.

He graduated at Franklin High and played football all four years. He had one of the most brilliant minds that God ever gave anyone. Later, he went to Kentucky, and passed the MENSA test. He retired at 62 to care for his sick wife, Donna. She passed 10 years ago and Kenneth lived alone in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a good, hard-working provider, loving husband and loving dad.

Still pressing on are his only son, Troy Holden; his oldest sister, Katherine Teem, his baby sister Linda Peterson, and his little brother, Jerry.

He has many surviving nieces and nephews, like Michael Teem of Robbinsville and the gospel spreading singing White Sisters of Franklin. He went home from the VA hospital in St. Petersburg.

His body was buried on Dec. 4, at in the Sarasota National Cemetery.

He loved God, his son Jesus and America as much as anyone ever has.

Sandra Logan Reid

Sandra Logan Reid, 81 of Marianna, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at her home. She had been a resident of Marianna for a year and half. She previously resided in North Carolina and Miami. She owned a ceramic business and enjoyed selling her art work at craft shows. She loved raising her family and cooking. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Reid. 

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Reid of Eureka Springs, Ark., Donna Guarnieri of Springhill, Tenn., Dawn Jackson of Naples, Fla., DeEllen Reid of Marianna, and Dana Weseman of Vestal, N.Y.; a son, Donald Reid of High Springs, Fla.; sister, Sharyn Hall of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Memorialization will be cremation.

Flowers may be sent to the home of Sandra Reid, 4940 Jasmine Drive, Marianna, FL 32446)

 Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at

Neal Russell Riendeau

Neal Russell Riendeau

Neal Russell Riendeau, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.

Born in Brockton, Mass., he was the son of the late Russell and Martha Riendeau. He was a retired USAF veteran; member of the American Legion Post 108 where he served as 2nd vice commander; member of the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard for many years; a member of the committee that was instrumental in the construction of the Veterans Memorial Park and was chairman of the VFW/American Legion Christmas cheer program for local and needy veterans.  He worked for Lowe’s for many years and was a woodworker, cabinet maker and enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan Gabris Riendeau; daughter, Erica Dawn Owen and husband Ryan of Riceville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Riley Owen and Kaylee Owen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at

Marjorie Tibitha Webb

Marjorie Tibitha Webb, 82, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.  She was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Sarge and Effie Henry Gibson.  She was married to Joe Ed Webb who died in 2008.  She was a homemaker and attended Highlands Assembly of God Church.  She loved people, loved her grandchildren, loved her snuff and loved going ginseng hunting with her husband Joe.

She is survived by four daughters, Mary Sue Gilpin (Jack) and Ann Gilpin both of Brooksville, Fla., May McNeal (Ronnie) of Webster, Fla. and Linda Webb of Hendersonville, N.C.; four sons, Albert Webb, Charles Webb (Pam) and Benny Webb (Cathy) all of Hendersonville, N.C., and Doug Webb of Brooksville, Fla.; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Webb and Myrtle McCall and three brothers, Jack, Gene and Edward Gibson.

A gravseside service was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Horsecove Cemetery, with Rev. Randy Reed officiating.

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Webb family.  Online condolences at