Obituaries for February 7, 2019


Bonita Marie Bachmann Bruce

Bonita Marie Bachmann Bruce

Bonita Marie Bachmann Bruce, 88, passed away peacefully in Highlands, N.C., on Jan. 27, 2019. Born in Miami, Fla., on Aug. 9, 1930, she was introduced to Highlands when she met and married the love of her life, William Michael (Bill) Bruce in 1949. 

They purchased a cabin in Horse Cove in 1954, and her lifelong love affair with the mountains began. After raising their seven children, Bill and Bonita retired to Horse Cove in 1993, and together enjoyed their dream until his passing in 2001. She was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Highlands, where she served as Eucharistic Minister, florist, and dedicated volunteer.

She is deeply mourned and will be forever missed by their four daughters and three sons, Bonnie Bruce of Highlands, Michael Bruce and wife Rebecca of Jacksonville, Fla., Patrick Bruce of Denver, Colo., Susan Gullion and husband Bo of Travelers Rest, S.C., Kelly Bruce of Highlands, Lori Fields and husband Adam of Greer, S.C., and Tracy Wilber and husband Jack of Simpsonville, S.C.; 14 grandchildren, who filled her days with love, joy, and pride, Nick, Rachael, Andy, William, Charlie, Amanda, Mason, Lily, Grace, Emily, Max, Walt, Erin, and Beckett; a beloved sister, Margie Shambaugh of Highlands, and sister-in-law, Mary Ada Bachmann of Palm City, Fla.; many nephews and nieces and cherished lifelong friends and neighbors.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains on Friday, Feb. 8,  at 1 p.m., followed by a reception in the social hall. A private interment will be held in Horse Cove Cemetery at a later date, when her large family will gather to share the inexpressible gift of love she was, and always will be, in each of their lives.

Online condolences may be left at

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


Thedford ‘Ted’ Lee Warden

Thedford “Ted” Lee Warden, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.

Born in Hilltop, W.Va., he was the son of the late Frank P. Warden and Gertrude Callaway Warden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Sharon Raikes; brother, Erskine Warden and sister, Mary Frances Fitzgerald. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII; a retired pharmacist and was a member of Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Ann Hudson Warden; two grandchildren, Jessie Raikes and Brian Raikes; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Ellijay Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Tony Drinnon officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Bobby Henry, Bobby Holt, Bobby Davidson, James Lynch, Earl Luzader, Robert Douglas and Gary Douglas.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Lawton Houston

Lawton Houston

Lawton Houston, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at home after a long battle with debilitating illness.  He was born and raised in Macon County. He is a World War II Army veteran and served in Italy. After the war, he worked in Baltimore, Md., in tunnel construction.  He married Ella Mae Russell of Glenville, N.C. They moved to Brevard, N.C., where he worked for 15 years as a telephone repair lineman, eight years in construction at Dupont, and 10 years at Olin.  They had one son, Allan.  Ella Mae died after 59 years of marriage.  He was an avid gardener, bee keeper and for many years had a bluegrass band called the Blue Ridge Ramblers.  He was an outdoorsman and loved trout fishing and hunting. He was a member and a deacon of Pine Grove Baptist Church for many years.  He loved a good story, told a good story and made our story so much better.   

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Coffey Houston; her children, Daniel Coffey and Don Hall; son, Dr. Allan Houston and wife Becky; grandchildren, Brian Houston and wife Nicole, and Laura Johnson and husband Todd; four great grandsons, Grady and Oliver Houston and Jack and Miles Johnson.

A funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 1,  in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial followed in the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Care Partners Hospice of Franklin 170 Church St. Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences can be left at

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

Ted Farmer

Ted Farmer

Ted Farmer, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Truitt Farmer and Lillian Ledford Farmer Cowart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ned Farmer and Fred Farmer; and sisters, Kathy Cowart and Judy Sprinkle.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean Conflict as a Seabee on the Kwajalein Islands. He was a sewing machine repairman with Bassett-Walker for 42 years. He was a devoted Christian of Baptist faith and enjoyed reading his Bible. He was a gardener, beekeeper, and avid bowler who also enjoyed playing cards, chess, and horseshoes. He never met a stranger and enjoyed joking with everyone.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Wanda Mae Frady Farmer; children, Pam Farmer and Jon “Robbie” Farmer; grandson, Ethan Holland (Tasha); great-grandchildren, Novalee and Brentlee; step grandson, Trae Perry (Bethany); step great-grandchildren, Ayden, Annaleigh, Ryan, and Sylas; sisters, Margaret Hawks, Diane McDowell, and Bernice Woodard; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Military Honors were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Jon Farmer, Ethan Holland, Trae Perry, Randy Farmer, Tarrie Moon, and David Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were Gene Pickens, Gene Stamey, Wade Waldroop, Bobby Hawks, and Frank Frady.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Condolence may be made to the family at


Doris A. (Phillips) Busard Douglas

Doris Douglas

Doris A. (Phillips) Busard Douglas, 90, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Highlands, N.C. She was born on Oct. 13, 1928, in Fort Madison, Iowa, to the late James H. and Alease (Lunn) Phillips. She was married in 1948 to Charles W. Busard, Jr. and in 1965 to James L. Douglas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Louise “Lou”, brothers Robert “Bob”, Howard “Bud” and David.

She moved to Miami, Fla., in 1960 then to Loxahatchee, Fla., and eventually to Fernandina Beach, Fla. Her career was that of an executive legal secretary. Upon retiring, she moved to North Carolina and wintered in Florida. She was an expert mucologist, and loved to hike in the woods, having climbed Pickens’ Nose at age 78. She was passionate about all forms of music, folk dancing, gardening, canning; was an avid reader; and traveled to the Mediterranean, Yugoslavia, Crete, Italy and Greece. She was renowned for her homemade apple pies and pear jam, sharing with family and friends. She was an original member of the National Organization For Women and was vocal about her political viewpoints. She was a member of the local VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Douglas; sister Janie; children, Nancy, Jenny, Sue, Donald and Robert; grandchildren, Robert, Randy and Alison; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  

Her daughters would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the nurses at Four Seasons Hospice and especially Trina and Lacey of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital for their compassionate care and kindness to mom. For her friends who loved her, when you see an apple or pear or walnut tree, or see a bluejay, let it bring a smile to your face, and think of her with love. She loved her children, her animals and will be sadly missed. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home of Franklin was in charge of arrangements.