James ‘Jim’ K. Wilson
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, the Florida Gators lost one of their biggest fans. At the age of 75, James “Jim” K. Wilson passed away surrounded by his family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 25 years, Sally, his children, Jimmy (Tammy) and Nicki (Breanna) and his step children, Cory (Nathalia) and Michele (EA). Jim will also be fondly remembered by his three sisters, his seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends whose lives he touched so deeply. Born in Eustis, Fla., he grew up in Clewiston and moved to Central Florida where he retired from the Polk County Health Department after 30 plus years. In 1999, Jim and Sally moved to Franklin, N.C., where he realized his lifelong dream of playing with trains by going to work for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. He also worked with the Franklin Family Practice and served countless hours with several community organizations and was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. A funeral service in his memory will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 542 St. John’s Church Rd., Franklin, NC 28734 with a reception immediately following. Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to St. John’s Episcopal Church at the above address. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Paul Arthur Sears
Paul Arthur Sears, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of the late Gordon A. Sears and Ena Mae Stauts Sears. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Sears. He was a member of First United Methodist Church; a member of the SDI; a member of the National Guard where he served as Chaplain; and a certified Jungian Spiritual Director. He enjoyed history and science and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Sears; three children, Meghan Ruth Sears, Ian Arthur Sears and Wesley Sears all of Franklin; one brother, Steve Sears (Mary) of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Vicki Sears and Cyndi Sears both of Lee Summit, Mo.; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744; Macon New Beginnings, 131 Franklin Plaza Dr., Box 228, Franklin, NC 28734 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach CA 90266. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Jeanne Henson Taylor
Jeanne Henson Taylor, 82, of Franklin N.C., and formerly of Raleigh, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Andrew Henson and Elizabeth Keyes Henson. Born in Virginia, she lived a majority of her life in Raleigh with her late husband, James Franklin Taylor (“Buddy”), Doctor of Physiology with the USDA Forest Service, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, and was the proud mother of their beloved son, James Henson Taylor. Buddy, the love of her life, soulmate, and Jamie’s father passed away in 1977. The remainder of her life after Jamie’s father’s death was solely devoted to her son. A straight A graduate of Franklin High School and Western Carolina University, she was a double major in English. While somewhat shy and reserved, she was liked by all of her classmates, and was voted “Most Beautiful Girl” in the senior class of 1954 at Franklin High School. She was a beautiful person, both inwardly, and outwardly, and loved all of nature, all music genres, and adored all animals. She began her career as an administrative assistant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of N.C., later serving as an administrative assistant to Dr. William Friday, president of the University of North Carolina, and founder of UNC-TV on PBS. She advanced to administrative assistant to N.C. Governor Dan Moore, followed by serving as administrative assistant for the Research Triangle Institute in Raleigh. She retired afterwards, and devoted the remainder of her life to their son. She was a proud, loving mother who led by example, and is the reason their son carries the same qualities today. She is also survived by her sisters, Ronda Bingham (Kenneth), and Sandra Henson Davis; niece, Janet Davis Sutton; and nephew, James Robert Graham, all of Franklin. A “Celebration of Life” Memorial will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph Campbell, Chaplin of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, and The Eckerd Living Center of Highlands, will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue or the Macon County Humane Society/Animal Control, of Franklin. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Alice Pauline Brewster
Alice Pauline Brewster, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Born in Harvey, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Frank Lanham and Willie Ruth Poland Lanham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Bob Sullivan; second husband, Robert Brewster; brother, Charles; and sister, Jan. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her life had many obstacles, yet through it all, her love and caring for her family remained her focus. She drew her strength from her family and friends and left her legacy with many. There was nothing she liked better than an interesting conversation with a good friend. She could have an engaging conversation with anyone and was a confidant to many. She had a passion for music and books and had the voice of an angel. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Ledford (Richard); son, Michael Sullivan (Kathy); grandchildren, Christopher Sullivan, Joshua Ledford, Jonathan Ledford, and Jessica Ledford Kelley; and great-grandchildren, Piper Dee Kelley, Alexandra Cailey Sullivan, Ryan Zachary Sullivan, and Nicholas Riley Sullivan. The family will hold a private Celebration of Life Service. Memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Robert ‘Bob’ James Baliles
Robert “Bob” James Baliles, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Born in Washington, D.C. he was the son of the late Lemuel Baliles and Lulu Sherman Baliles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Mildred Thomas Baliles and brother, Daniel Baliles. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. The Baliles family moved to Franklin, in 1970 to a 144-acre farm in Cowee. During his adventurous life, he was a farmer, a building contractor, and had numerous business ventures, including Alpha Clean Water, and buying and selling antiques, musical instruments, and health products. He was a devoted Christian; he loved the Lord with all of his heart and loved to witness to others. He is survived by his children, Thomas Baliles and family, Adam Baliles and family, and Marianne Baliles and family; six grandchildren, Joshua Baliles, Leah Flegel, Faith Baliles, Caleb Baliles, Aaron Baliles, and Casey Baliles; and two great-grandchildren, Issac Baliles and Gideon Flegel. Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Wilkes officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Military honors were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Pallbearers were Caleb Baliles, Josh Baliles, Alan Thomas, Aaron Baliles, Bruce Bennett, and Todd Manning. Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Lee Everett Holland
Lee Everett Holland, 74, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 13, 2019. He was born in Macon County to the late Everett and Juanita Holland on March 5, 1944. He had a long career with Duke Power, retiring as a First Class Lineman after 41years of service. He loved God and was faithful and served as a Deacon and was involved with the Royal Rangers as a leader for several years. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with them. He was also very community oriented. He served as the president of the Cullasaja Club and was also voted Man of the Year for community development. He also was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time in the woods when possible. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and went through extensive guerilla warfare training at Paris Island, S.C. He also received training in amphibious warfare landing in Spain and Portugal. He was transferred to the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii as a part of the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines. The whole 3rd Battalion 4th Marines were then deployed to Phu Bai, Vietnam where they made an amphibious landing. They were the first American troops to be deployed in Vietnam. He was later transferred to Danang. He completed his deployment and was transferred back to Camp Lejeune. During his deployment he received the National Defense Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal of Service. He also received the Vietnam Service Medal Marksmanship Award, and the Marksman Award M14. After the FBI came to Western North Carolina and completed a background investigation, he was awarded Top Secret Crypto Clearance. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Holland, of 54 years.; a daughter, Sonya Kitchens (Mike) of Cleveland, Ga.; a son, Danny Holland (Teresa) of Franklin; five grandchildren, Melinda Wilson, Daniel Holland, Jeremiah Holland, Victoria Kitchens, and Hannah Rose Kitchens; two great grandchildren Isaac Wilson and Isabella Wilson; two sisters, Sharon Holland of Franklin and Elaine Odom of Milledgeville, Ga., and one brother, Dennis Holland of Franklin. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Maxine Davison and Faustine Holland. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Kitchens officiating. Pallbearers were Jeremiah Holland, Daniel Holland, Daniel Wilson, Mark Holland, Scott Odom, and Tracey Holland. Duke Power retirees and employees served as honorary pallbearers. Burial followed at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Franklin VFW post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed Military Graveside Rites. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at www.alz.org. Online condolences can be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Holland Family.
James Nelson, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Born in Michigan City, Ind., he was the son of the late Ray Nelson and Anne Wilberg Hess. He enjoyed spending his days with his three fur-babies, Dixie, Roxie, and Izzy. They were a joy for him during his illness. He is survived by his wife, Tamera Williamson Nelson of Franklin; daughters, Teresa Dillaway of La Porte, Ind., Sandy Oviatt of La Porte, Ind., Corey Nelson Layton of Seymour, Ind., and Katie Nelson of Gainesville, Fla.; step-son, Joe Luttrell of Winder, Ga.; step-daughter, Coty Luttrell of Gainesville, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. No services are planned. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Judie Parrish Whitus
Judie Parrish Whitus, 76, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. She was born May 18, 1942, in Haywood County to the late, Loy Edwin Parrish and Laura Edna Jones Parrish. She was a bookkeeper and accountant; she loved to play the piano, drawing, animals, the farms, and being outdoors looking at the mountains. She was a member of the (DAR) Daughters of the American Revolution, and was Summa Cum Laude graduate from Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was a member of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church. But most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Whitus of Franklin; a son, David Whitus (Tracie) of McDonough, Ga; four grandchildren, Michael Smith, Misty Wright, Christopher Whitus, and Billy Burnley; five great-grandchildren, Kayla Hannah, Cameron Hannah, Mallory Whitus, Emily Burnley, and Ryan Burnley; a sister, Rachel Parrish Ohtani of Sylva, N.C.; and a brother, Thomas Jones Parrish of Franklin, N.C. She was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Whitus; and a sister, Linda Parrish Hunsaker. A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 11, at the Snow Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Whitt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Parrish, Michael Smith, Chris Whitus, Jimmy Wright, Tommy Parrish, Cameron Hannah, Billy Burnley and Taketo Ohtani. Online condolences can be made to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Whitus family.
David Linton Watters
David Linton Watters, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Born in Melborne, Fla., he was the son of the late Linton Garner Watters and Buena Vista McConnell Watters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Merl Watters. He is survived by three children, Alice Dewhurst (Donald) of Franklin, Paul David Watters (Jeanette) of Austin, Texas, and Martha Watters Yeats (Jim) of Tulsa, Okla.; brother, Daniel McConnell Watters of Dallas, Texas; sister, Sally Belle Watters of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A private service will be held at a later date. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.