Obituaries for February 25

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Brenda DuBose Taylor

Brenda DuBose Taylor, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. Born in Arlington, Va., she was the daughter of the late James Archibald Sheppard and Florence Mae Grimes Sheppard. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. She loved cooking, baking, camping, church activities and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ernest Taylor, six children, 12 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one brother.

Memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Bethel United Methodist Church. Rev. Bradley Lisk and Rev. Dick Richards officiated. Burial was in the Joshua Creek Cemetery, Arcadia, Fla.

Memorial donations can be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Playground Fund, 81 Bethel Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC  28731.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Clayton Higdon Ramsey

Clayton Ramsey
Clayton Ramsey

Clayton Higdon Ramsey, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

A gentleman and son of Macon County, he was born on the family farm in the Iotla Valley on May 20, 1926, to Albert L. and Margaret Higdon Ramsey where he gathered herbs for medicines with his grandmother and rode the workhorses back to the barn.

He was an educator, farmer, and horse trader.  He taught at Franklin High School, was principal of Iotla Elementary School, and served as assistant superintendent of Macon County Schools.  He chose to return to the classroom as designer and founding principal of the Macon Middle School.  During the summers he developed plans for homes and factories and worked for Ellis Soper in cement plant layout and construction.

As owner and operator of Brawcroft Farm in Iotla, he kept and traded horses and mules, raised cattle, commercial tomatoes, and bell peppers, and an abundance of flowers that he shared freely.  He was a founding member of the Macon County Fruit and Vegetable Coop and its first treasurer.

He was dedicated to community service and was recognized with several awards including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service.  He was a member of the Franklin Rotary Club and served in all of the official positions of the club, a founding member of the Macon County Horse Association, a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge, and a lifelong member of the Democratic Party. In addition, he served in the Iotla Community Development Program, as a leader for the Boy Scouts, Methodist Youth Fellowship, and Interact Club, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Macon Program for Progress.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He loved interesting people and was a regular at Daddy’s Bridge Club, the Sunset for coffee and conversation, and Franklin Fitness for water aerobics.  He loved horses, camping, and trail riding, especially in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Teton Mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

He was educated at Iotla and Cowee Elementary Schools, Franklin High School, and Western Carolina Teachers College (now Western Carolina University).  He received a B.S. degree Geography in 1949, and an M.A. degree in Education Administration in 1953.

Hen was predeceased by his parents, wife Lillian Anne Cabe Ramsey; brother, Albert; and grandson, Lee R. Ramsey.

He is survived by son, Henry (Janelle); daughter, Sharon (Jeff Gillette); grandchildren, Clayton (Claire), Anna Bottcher, Anna Roberts (Cody), and Jeffrey Gillette; great grandchildren Joshua, Nicholas, and Maximus; sister-in-law, Margaret Setser Ramsey and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family gives special thanks to the dedicated emergency and medical personnel that gave Clayton his extra time with family and friends.

He will be remembered in a Celebration of Life to be held 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at the First United Methodist Church.  The family will greet friends after the celebration at the church.  A foundation has been created to continue his dedication to the youth of Macon County and the ideals of the Rotary Club.  Donations may be made to The Rotary Club of Franklin Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 375, Franklin, NC 28744.  Indicate that the contribution be made to honor Clayton Ramsey.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

David K. Duhl Sr.

David K. Duhl Sr., 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.  He was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, the son of Walter Lewis Duhl of Franklin, and the late Arlene Grice Duhl. He previously resided in New Carlisle, Ohio.  He was a 1976 graduate of Trotwood Madison, and a USAF Veteran.  He was preceded in death by his mother, and brother, Robert.

In addition to his father, he is survived by  three children, David Jr. (Belinda), Danielle and Dustin all of Dayton, Ohio; sisters, Marianne Olsen of Franklin, and Maria (Bill) Crawford, New Zealand; five grandchildren, Ashton, Cheyenne, Alexander and Everly Duhl, and Jonathan Van Pelt, his close friend and ex-wife, Robin Roddy.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 20, at the VFW Post 9684, 1587 Lake Road, Medway, Ohio, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Duhl family.

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

Donald Wayne Spurlin

Donald Spurlin
Donald Spurlin

Donald Wayne Spurlin, 79, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.  Born July 2, 1936, in New Salem, Ind.  He served in the United States Navy from 1954-1962.  He was a 1st Class Chief Petty Officer/Radioman, Navy Seal, and served on the CVE USS Windham Bay. He retired as president of the Savings and Loan of Greensburg, Ind. He was active in the Franklin, N.C., Ham Radio Club. He attended Holly Springs Baptist, Franklin, N.C., and Berean Baptist of Leesburg, Fla.

He is survived by his best friend, Alicia Evans Spurlin; a son, daughter, sister, and brother.

Services were held at Berean Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, Fla.

Eloise Gibson Poindexter

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Eloise Poindexter

Eloise Gibson Poindexter, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. James Carroll Gibson and Eva Jane Houston Gibson.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Wiley Gibson and a sister, Geneva Elliott. She was a member of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, planting flowers, working on puzzles, crafts and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by three children, Carroll Poindexter and wife Jean; Judy Waldroop White and Patricia McCall and husband Randy, all of Franklin; brother, Rev. Carson Gibson of Franklin; five grandchildren, Matthew Waldroop, Ethan McCall, Erin McCall, Justin Poindexter, Chris Cheek; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service were held Friday at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Carson Gibson, Rev. Jason Smith, Rev. John Hartley and Rev. Michael Stevens officiated.  Burial was in the Shepherd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny Gibson, Larry Gibson, Joel Guffey, Erin McCall, Ethan McCall, Randy McCall, Tyler Poindexter and Matthew Waldroop.

Memorial donations can be made to the Shepherd Cemetery, C/O Josephine Jennings, PO Box 781, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

George H. Miner

George Miner
George Miner

George H. Miner, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  He was the son of Charles A. Miner and Marion French Miner born in Boston, Mass., on April 29, 1921.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Charlotte A. Miner, of Franklin; a son, Matthew C. Miner and wife, Katharine of Wrentham, Mass.; a son, Lane D. Miner and wife Jennifer of Franklin; one grandson, Cory D. Miner and partner Sarah Collier; and two great grandsons, Aidan D. Miner and Jack K. Miner of Franklin; six nieces and seven nephews.

He had a love of the outdoors and loved to grow trees and flowers and take care of his property here in Franklin.  His past employment was at Smith and Wesson in Massachusetts, television repair and sales also in Massachusetts, and retired from Bailey’s General Store maintenance department on Sanibel Island, Fla. After retirement, he worked at Macon County Supply in Franklin for several years.

No services are planned.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Miner family.

Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Gwen Earl (Pops) Howard 

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Gwen Howard

Gwen Earl (Pops) Howard, 77, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. He was born Oct., 5, 1938, to the late Luther Young and Georgia Howard Young. He was a native of Macon County and worked as a railroad conductor-brakeman for Southern Railroad.  He enjoyed high school sports and frequently volunteered his time.  He was an active member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1956-1959.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends having a servants heart helping those in need.

He is survived by two daughters, Robyn Keener (Danny) of Franklin, N.C., and Rhonda Phillips (Mike) of Westminster, Md.; eight grandchildren, John Howard, April Tippett, Jessica Houston, Daniel Sanders, Jake Phillips, Brady Phillips, Luke Phillips, and Aaron Keener; five great grandchildren, Brooklyn Hoagland, Lola Houston, Sloan Houston, Saulyer Sanders, and Zayden Sanders. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Howard and a sister, Betty Jean Young.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Gary McDaniel officiating.  Burial followed in the Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Howard, Danny Keener, Daniel Sanders, Jake Phillips, Brady Phillips, and Aaron Keener.

Online condolences can be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Howard Family.

Mary Lou Moses

Mary Lou Moses
Mary Lou Moses

Mary Lou Moses, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

Born in the Burningtown community in a small home place on Daves Creek, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Hettie Welch Holbrooks. She was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church. In her early years she was a cosmetologist, a CNA and worked in local factories. She was a talented singer, and could do anything with her hands, crocheting, sewing, canning, gardening and cooking. She loved her children and grandchildren more than anything, they were her life. She also opened her home to many children over the years.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ed Moses; son, Eddie Moses and wife, Michelle; three daughters, Gina Moses and friend, Sharon Lamb, Tonda Jenkins and husband George, Guindy Stewman and husband Rusty; brother, Homer Holbrooks and wife Teresa; April Chastain and Brent Holbrooks, who she considered as her own children; five grandchildren, Ashley Baker and husband, Mark, Eddie Moses Jr., and wife, Megan, Anna Thompson and husband Matt, Wayne Jenkins and Kennedy and Olivia Stewman; four great grandchildren, Logan, Elizabeth, Lillie, Jordan and baby Max who is on the way; other special children, Cheri Lees Holland, Marcy Gibson, Melissa Lee; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Roger Stewman and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were Tom Pruett Jr., Brent Holbrooks, Mike Caldwell, Tracy Chastain, Tom Pruett Sr., David Corbin and Sid Carter.

Memorial donations can be made to the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

R. L. Cope

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R.L. Cope

R. L. Cope, 82, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. He was born Aug. 25, 1933, in Macon County to the late John and Etta Hidgon Cope. He was married to the late Emma Lee Evans Cope who preceded him. He worked many years in the furniture business and was a member of Aquone Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and their friends.

Survivors include his son, Scotty Cope (Barbara) of Topton, N.C.; two grandchildren, Dalton Cope and Dylan Cope; and one brother, Delmar Cope of Dillard, Ga.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Lee Cope; a daughter, Melissa Dawn Cope; a grandson, Kevin Cope; a great-grandson, Hunter Cope; and three brothers, James Ben Cope, Harold Cope, and Andy Cope.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 22, at the White Oaks Flat Baptist Church with the Rev. S.J. Waters and Rev. Doyce Waters officiating. Burial followed in the Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Macon Bateman, Curtis Moore, Josh Fulford, Tristan Howard, Tanner Rowland, and Colen Solesbee.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Cope Family.

Online condolences can be made to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Earl Eugene Nix

Earl Eugene Nix, 77, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.  He was born March 6, 1938, in Rabun County, Georgia, to the late James Clyde Nix and Gertrude Owens Nix.  He worked many years in the manufacturing business and was a member of Carver’s Chapel.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Agnes Talley Nix; a son, Phillip Eugene Nix (Elizabeth) of Clayton, Ga.; a grandson, Aaron Max Eugene Nix of Clayton; three brothers, Jimmy Nix (Virginia) of Highlands, N.C.,  Steve Nix (Lucy) and Gary Nix (Marlene)  all of Clayton.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Lamar Nix.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Macedonia Baptist Church, with Rev. Troy Nicholson, Rev. Tim McCall and Rev. Lester Ball officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lamar Nix, Ronnie Leslie, Kevin Earp, Mike Wilson, Jeff Weller, Donnie Elliott, Brian Nix, Luke Nix and Jacob Nix.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Nix family.

Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Alvin Jud Tallent

Alvin Tallent
Alvin Tallent

Alvin Jud Tallent, 67, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. He was born in Macon County to the late Jud and Omah Tallent-McConnell. He worked in construction most of his life and was of the Christian faith. He loved his dogs, “Rocky” and “BOBO”; the UNC Tarheels basketball team; western movies; music; cheeseburgers and ice cream.  He served his country during the Vietnam War and was a proud veteran.

Survivors include his son, Adam Tallent (Deanna) of Franklin; three grandchildren, Kaedyn Tallent, Treven Tallent, and Emma Tallent; one sister, Virgie Southard (Willard) all of Franklin; and his former spouse, Colleen Keneipp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kara Tallent.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Fouts and Rev. Guy Duvall officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the reception hall.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Tallent family.

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