James ‘Hoot’ Edward Talley
James “Hoot” Edward Talley, 79, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Carter Edward Talley and Christine Hall Talley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lorraine Vinson Talley; two sons, James Randall Talley and Barry Eugene Talley; brother, Bobby Joe Talley; and sister, Peggy Talley Zachary. He served as the Chief of Highlands Fire Department in the ’70s and retired from GTE/Verizon Telephone Company. He loved to deer hunt and build clocks. He is survived by two daughters, Becki Bryson (Mike) of Highlands and Beverly Talley Keener (Stacey) of Franklin; two grandchildren, Jason Johnson and Ryan Bryson; and two great-grandchildren, Rylee Bryson and Laney Bryson. No services are planned at this time. Memorial donations can be made to Shop With A Cop c/o Macon Co. Sheriff’s Office, 18 Patton Ave, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Mary Anders Vinson
Mary Anders Vinson died Jan. 19, 2019, at her residence in Jasper, Ga. She was a Christian, hard worker, and well known throughout her community as the “fried apple pie and cake lady” from years peddling her wares at local businesses. She was also a vendor for nine years at the farmers’ market where she delighted in socializing with folks. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, one sister, two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Vinson Family.
Cora McGaha O’Brien
Cora McGaha O’Brien, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at her residence. She was born Feb. 12, 1945, in Franklin, N.C., to the late Jud Thomas and Cleo Mae Shuler McGaha. She was a member of McLeansville Baptist Church and retired from Lorillard Tobacco Company. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Liberty Chapter 66 and Past Matron of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dwight S. McKee; brothers, JD, Carlos and Bruce McGaha; and sisters, Vernice McGaha and Shirley Vanhook. Survivors include her husband, Gene Ray O’Brien Sr.; children, Randy McKee (Traci) of Summerfield, Theresa McKee Lewis (Jr.) of Stanfield, Gene Ray O’Brien, Jr (Kim) and Patrick O’Brien both of Greensboro; brothers, John C. McGaha (Docia) of Greensboro, Larry W. McGaha (Diane) of Easley, S.C.; a sister, Beatrice F. Jones (Charles) of Greensboro; 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 18, at George Brothers Funeral Service. Burial followed in Lakeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 2730 S. Tucker Street #600, Burlington, NC 27215. Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory.
Bettie Larue Parrish Turlington
Bettie Larue Parrish Turlington, 74, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at her residence. She was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Harnett County, North Carolina, to the late Aldridge Parrish and Maxine Coats Parrish. She was a secretary at Turlington Survey for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved archery, sweeping and keeping things clean. She was of the Baptist Faith and she loved the Lord. Survivors include her husband, Larry Turner Turlington Sr.; children, Yvonne Turlington and Larry Turner Turlington Jr., all of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Patricia Nordon of Oxford, Ala.; two grandchildren, Jessica Stiwinter and Lacy Hopkins; four great- grandchildren, Anala Gibson, Kyndalin Dills, Jayden Dills and Ethan Stiwinter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Joyce Turner and Frances Melvin. A graveside service was held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Coats City Cemetery in Coats, N.C., with the Rev. Michael Stephens officiating. The family received friends prior to the service at the Rose and Graham Funeral Home in Coats. Online condolences can be made to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Turlington Family.
John Will Ledford
John Will Ledford, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Charlie Ledford and Pearl Stamey Ledford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Sally Wooten, Bertie Mae Vinson, Ruby Lee Seaborn, and Rachel Virginia Gunter; and brothers, George Allen Ledford, Charlie Howard Ledford, and Jack Dean Ledford. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Stamey Ledford; two sons, Mike Ledford and wife Angela, and Tim Ledford and wife Pat; brother, Jimmy Ray Ledford; six grandchildren, Matthew Ledford and wife Chelsea, Levi Ledford, Luke Ledford and fiancé, Kaitlyn, Noah Ledford, Chad Ledford and wife Amanda, Nichole Allen and husband, Chris; and three great-grandchildren, Olivia Rowland, Axton Allen and Mia Ledford. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in Rush Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Pallbearers were Matthew Ledford, Levi Ledford, Luke Ledford, Noah Ledford, Chad Ledford and Chris Allen. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Conway W. Henderson
Conway W. Henderson, 76, of Boiling Springs, S.C., was born in Franklin, N.C., on Nov. 19, 1942, and passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at his home. From an early age, he had a passion for learning, a deep love for all things with four legs and fur, a commitment to hard work and a razor-sharp wit. After graduating from Franklin High School, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Wake Forest University. He then completed a PhD from the University of Iowa. He began a successful teaching career spanning 30 years at the University of South Carolina Upstate. During his career he published several scholarly articles in academic journals as well as two textbooks used in University classrooms here and abroad. He was also a faculty advisor for Amnesty International and a member of several academic associations. Left to cherish the memory of Conway are his daughter, Carol Elizabeth Henderson of Front Royal, Va.; his step-daughter, Edie Anne Brown (Rob) of Mechanicsville, Va.; his sisters, Jo Ann Henderson and Linda Morrow (Gene) of Franklin; his cherished grandchildren, Morgan, MacKenzie and Matthew Ellinger, Justin and Anna Brown; and special nephew, Phil Henderson and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Calhoun Henderson and Adeline Teague Henderson; and two brothers, Max T. Henderson and Charles L. Henderson. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, a steadfast brother, an animal lover and a man who would attempt to fix just about anything, especially if it meant a great reason to buy a new tool! A memorial service will be held at a later date in Franklin. Memorials may be made in his honor to: Spartanburg Humane Society, 150 Dexter Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303 or online at www.spartanburghumane.org/donation-submission/ An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.
Dorothy Mae Houston Cox
Dorothy Mae Houston Cox, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Norman Houston and Ella Arvey Houston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William A. Cox; grandson, Thomas Elder Bivens; son-in-law, Ken “Bo” Bivens; sister, Marie Darragh and brother, James Taylor Houston. During the war, she worked at Boeing and was a member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. She also worked at the FBI, Washington, DC and worked with her husband in his accounting business. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is survived by four daughters, Marie Cox Persinger (Howard H. “Butch” Persinger, Jr.) of Braselton, Ga., Adeline “Betty” Cox Bivens of Greensboro, N.C., Loraine “Lori” Cox Finley (Art) of Braselton, Ga., and Dorothy Lee Cox Thompson (Wayne) of Dacula, Ga.; brother, James N. Houston Jr. of Franklin; sister-in-law, Delia Houston of Franklin, N.C.; five grandchildren, Wendy Bivens Fowler (Alan), Howard H. “Holt” Persinger, III (Jennie), Sean M. Persinger (Jacey), Wayne E. “Rett” Thompson Jr. (Katina) and John Gavin Thompson; five great grandchildren, Adeline Fowler, Allison Fowler, Avery F. Persinger, Owen F. Persinger and Emerson J. Persinger; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at Macon Funeral Home, Friday Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. Eric Burch and Ken Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be appreciated. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Annie Ruth Jones Payne
Annie Ruth Jones Payne passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Murphy Nursing and Rehab. She was of the Baptist Faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.M. Payne on Jan. 30, 2004, of Andrews, N.C. She was also preceded by her parents, William Bill Alexander Jones and Winnie Faye Hall Jones of Andrews; sisters Doris Sue Brown of Knoxville, Tenn., Betty Dockery of Murphy, N.C,. Joyce Daryample of Murphy, N.C., Helen Teague of Columbia, S.C.; brothers, Bill Jones of Murphy, and Jack Jones of Acworth, Ga. She is survived by a daughter, Sherie Annette Jones Barnett and husband Jimmy of Murphy; one son, John Howard Payne and wife Debra of Franklin, N.C,; one grandson James Josha Barnett and wife Sara of Murphy; two great granddaughters, Emily Madison Barnett and Shelby Grace Barnett of Murphy; one sister, Melba Morrow of Andrews; one brother, Harry Jones of Peachtree, N.C., and many nieces and nephews whom she loved. She loved spending time with family and friends, reading, doing circle word puzzles, fishing, playing Bingo and spoiling her grandchildren. She was always the first one to bake a cake or give of herself for any benefit for anyone in need. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Andrews. She had retired from Coats America in Marble, N.C., after 34 years of service, She had also worked at Brumbies in Murphy, Berkshire Hosiery Mill, Andrews, and Maw Woods Restaurant in Andrews. She was a regular donor of blood and received many gallon pins from the American Red Cross and was called upon many times to give transfusions to accident victims at local hospitals. By her request, no services will be planned. She requested that you spend time with your family and friends, tell those in your family you love them, or give to someone in need in her memory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Murphy Rehab and Nursing Activity Department, C/O Amie Jones, 3990 E U.S. Highway 64, Alt, Murphy, NC 28906. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Marilyn Waters Rogers
Marilyn Waters Rogers, 73, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 4, 1945, in Rabun County, Georgia, to the late Carlton Clifton Waters Sr. and Rosa Mae Giles Waters. She was preceded in death by her sister, Bess “Bea” Lee Waters Eaton and a brother, Junior Waters. She loved to fish and plant flowers; she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She always had a radiant smile when ever people saw her. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Calvin Rogers; a son, Carl Blackburn (Fran) of Demorest, Ga; two daughters, Lynne Keener (Kevin) and Sheila Browning (Scott), all of Franklin; five grandchildren, Ryne Brown (Cailey), Kyle Brown, Adam Brown, Kate Blackburn, Chase Browning, and a step-grandson, Cody Keener. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ryne Brown, Kyle Brown, Adam Brown, Cliff Waters, Scott Ledford, and Jeff Foster. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Rogers Family.