Obituaries for July 11, 2019

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Andrew ‘Andy’ Jackson Holden

Andrew ‘Andy’ Jackson Holden

Andrew “Andy” Jackson Holden, 86, of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Holden and Bertha Wood Holden.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Carolyn McCoy Holden; brothers, Melvin and Ralph; and brother-in-law, Ralph Bell.  He retired from the U.S. Army in 1972 with the rank of SFC after 20 years of service.  After returning to Franklin, he worked as the purchasing agent for Angel Community Hospital for 24 years.  He served on the VFW Honor Guard and enjoyed bowling, golfing, square dancing, and playing cards.

He is survived by children, Randy Lamar Holden (Karen) of Glen Allen, Va., Vicki Holden Cole (Kerry) of Franklin, and Sheri Holden Powell (Benny) of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Joshua Freeman (Betina), Ashley Hoover (Chris), Matthew Holden, Chelsea Powell, Benjamin Holden (Emily), Addison Powell, and Stephanie Holden; great grandchildren, Haley Freeman and Estelle Hoover; sisters, Fannie Holden, Joanne Bell, Cora Shope, and Hattie Young; brothers, Thad Holden and Lonnie Holden; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Monday, July 8, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Dr. Robert Brown officiated.  Burial was in Rush Cemetery. Military honors were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Joshua Freeman, Addison Powell, Matthew Holden, Benjamin Holden, Clay Talley, and Brud Talley.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ann Williams

Mary Ann Williams

Mary Ann Williams, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Earle Williams and Elizabeth “Betty” Bradley Williams.  At age 16 she entered the religious life, serving as a Dominican Nun for over 16 years.  She was also a second-grade teacher and later worked as Admissions Director for the University of California at Irvine.

She is survived by her sister, Pat LaMonica (Jack) of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; brothers, David Williams (Joyce) of Whidbey Island, Wash. and Tom Williams (Lindy) of Orlando, Fla.; one nephew, Vince LaMonica; and one niece, Lindsey Williams.

No services are planned at this time.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff and owners of Grandview Manor for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Willard Southard

Willard Southard

Willard Southard, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late J.D. Southard and Alice Ledbetter Southard.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Southard.

He was in the auto parts business basically his entire life, first working for Roy Rickman at Auto Parts and Equipment and then as the owner of S&S Auto Parts for 25 years. His real passion was collecting, buying and selling old muscle cars and Corvettes. Known mostly for his Corvettes early on, he later grew an interest in Mopars, specifically his two beloved Plymouth Superbirds. In total, he owned over 200 cool cars throughout the years. He was an avid bass fisherman and enjoyed being on the lake, especially in a fast boat. His favorite passion came along late in life with the birth of his grandson JD. JD was the center of his “Papaw’s” world after his birth.  He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Virgie McConnell Southard; son, Jeff Southard (Danielle); sister, Pat Bell (Bobby); brother, Stan Southard (Evelyn); one grandson, JD Southard; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Guy Duvall, Rev. Robert Dryman, and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Those attending the funeral were encouraged to drive their classic cars and hot rods.

Pallbearers were Charles Southard, Marty Southard, Tommy Moore, Rob Bell, Keith Lewis, and Lyman Holland.

Honorary pallbearers were the ceacons of Ridgecrest Baptist Church;  Kurt and Nancy McCall, Adam Tallent, Dick Goodell, Wayne Sanders, Glen Barnett, and Scottie Stanley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in memory of Willard to Care Partners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert Randolph ‘Randy’ Kling

Robert Randolph ‘Randy’ Kling

Robert Randolph “Randy” Kling, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., he was the son of the late George F. Kling and Emma L. Hornberger Kling. He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Gail Sims Kling; children, Rebekah Wright (Stephen) of Wake Forest, N.C., Ronnie Kling (Annie) of Havre, Mont., and Toni Lesh (Brian) of Ickesburg, Pa.; sister, Colleen Burkholder (Larry) of Ocklawaha, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and dear friends that were considered family, Arnold and Linda Edwards, Jan Gallman, and Jim and Kathy Rolls.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m., at Windy Gap Baptist Church.  Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. Brian Browning, and Rev. Stephen Wright will officiate.  Burial will be in Hickory Knoll Methodist Church Cemetery.  Military Honors will be conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at Windy Gap Baptist Church.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Grayce Wills MacDonald

Grayce Wills MacDonald

Grayce Wills MacDonald, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully at home on July 6, 2019.  The daughter of William Wills and Lily Pope Wills, she was born on May 11, 1924, in Butte, Mont. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ivan Alexander MacDonald; her brother, William Wills and her sister, Pearl Wills Stuart. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as a host of good friends.

She was educated in Canada after her family moved to British Columbia and later to Ontario. She joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war years of 1943-44. After marrying her Canadian husband, she and Ivan moved to Florida where they became pioneers in the health food business, operating a store in Lake Worth for many years.

While traveling between Canada and Lake Worth, they stopped to play the Franklin Golf Course and soon decided to make Macon County their home, purchasing a small cottage with a beautiful view of the mountains. She became an active member of the community, both in the Franklin Ladies’ Golf Association and as a charter member of the Federated Women’s Club.

Her huge heart embraced the plight of lost and unwanted animals, leading her to become a volunteer and later, a director, of the Macon County Humane Society. She was soon operating the first thrift shop to benefit the Humane Society.

Committed to social justice, she stood with Franklin’s Voices For Peace Group on many a cold and windy street corner vigil in protest to U.S. involvement in war.

Those who knew her will remember her dedication to fitness throughout her life. Friends at the Franklin Health and Fitness Center could count on seeing her smooth strokes and diving turns as she swam a mile or more every morning. She competed in the Senior Games, winning nearly every event she entered, even at the state level. In her mid-80s, she added the demanding butterfly stroke to her repertoire, easily wiping out the competition.

Grayce’s friends will remember her as an extraordinary lady, so easy to love; wise, with a sharp mind and wit, vivacious and fun personality, caring heart and positive attitude. She was truly interested in the adventures and misadventures of each friend who shared time with her. She lived to laugh and have fun and had the gift of making each friend and family member feel loved and special. She showed great appreciation towards all who loved her and whose lives will continue to be touched by her beautiful spirit.

A memorial service will be held at Little Rapids, Ontario as well as in Franklin, N.C., at a future date. Donations in Grayce’s memory may be made to Hospice House, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Bernice Rogers Elliott

Bernice Rogers Elliott, 91, of Sylva, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday July 4, 2019. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tenn., and grew up in Graham County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Walter J. Evans and Grace Shaw Evans. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Harold Richard Rogers; her husbands, James Glenn Rogers and Archie V. Elliott; brothers, Lesley Evans, Bill Evans, J.D. Evans and Claude Evans; sisters, Jean McKeldrey Orren and Joann Evans Higdon.

She retired from Skyland Textile in Sylva and was a member of East Sylva Baptist Church. She loved sewing, quilting, working in her garden and flowers, canning, cooking, sitting on her porch and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Lois Rogers Cline and son-in-law John of Franklin; granddaughter, Sonia Irene Hooper of Sylva; and a sister, Ethel Evans Cunningham of Andrews, N.C.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m., at East Sylva Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Dean officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Online registry at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Elizabeth Powell

Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Elizabeth Powell

Cynthia “Cindi” Elizabeth Powell, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on June 17, 2019, after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Her loving husband, Larry was by her side when she left this world. She is predeceased by her parents Paul and Thelma Worthington, and a sister, Pauline Attebury.  

She is survived by her husband, Larry Powell, daughters, Jessika Mallardi and Shannon Dansby both of St. Petersburg, Fla., Vinnet Cline (Sean Murphy) of Odessa, Fla., and Stefanie Kelley (Tony) of Alpharetta, Ga.; grandchildren, Bailey Dansby, Morgan Dansby, Colin Dansby, Riley Dansby, and Michael Mallardi, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Phyllis Hollowell (Harold “Holly”) of Seminole, Fla., Maryellen Grable (Bill) of Chaparral, N.M., Linda Ledbetter of Round Rock, Texas, and Karen “Chici” Blanton (Larry) of Nokomis, Fla.    

Cindi was born Cynthia Elizabeth Worthington on April 2, 1949 in Carlisle, Pa. Her father was in the United States Army and they moved to Germany shortly after Cindi’s birth. As an “Army brat” Cindi moved around frequently until her father retired and the family settled in Texas.

She graduated from Andress High School in El Paso, Texas, and lived in Texas until she moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she lived for many years. She later retired to Franklin, with her husband Larry after falling in love with the area while on vacation. There she pursued her love of sewing and quilting and spent many years entering craft shows where she was known as “the Quillow Lady.” She also loved hiking, camping and exploring the area with Larry and she was an awesome tour guide to the many friends and family that visited.

When she wasn’t sewing or spending time outdoors, she was volunteering. She volunteered at multiple thrift stores in the area, most recently at Reach for Bargains. Her organizational skills were so appreciated that she ended up working there part-time until her declining health prevented her from working any longer.

Her love of gardening led her to pursue becoming a Master Gardener in 2012. She enjoyed spending time and organizing fundraiser events at the Master Gardener Association in Franklin and served as their president from June 2015 until her passing.

She was a huge animal lover and volunteered for many years with Macon County Friends of Animals. She had many rescued dogs over the years and loved their companionship. She and Larry acquired their most recent rescue “Chet” approximately six years ago. He was a loving companion with silly antics, and a constant comfort to her during her illness. She also enjoyed visiting and supporting her friends and local fawn rehabilitators Cindy and Mark Meier.

She loved spending time with her family, whether it was hosting dinners and game nights at her house, doing arts and crafts with her grandchildren, or watching Netflix with Larry. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of her family and she will be greatly missed.  

A “Celebration of Life” will be held Sunday, Aug 4, at 1 p.m., at the Environmental Resource Center in Franklin. The ERC is located adjacent to the Macon County Landfill at 1448 Lakeside Drive. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cindy Meier to support local fawn rehabilitation and/or the Franklin Master Gardeners Association. Donations boxes will be available at Cindi’s celebration of life. For those not attending, please send donations for fawn rehabilitation to Cindy Meier: 896 Bradley Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Donations to support Franklin MGA can be mailed and made payable to Master Gardener Association: 193 Thomas Heights Road, Franklin, NC 28734.  

Girline Marie Galliano Oschmann

Girline Marie Galliano Oschmann

Girline Marie Galliano Oschmann, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019.  She was born in LaFourche Parrish, La., on Feb. 23, 1938, to the late Paul Galliano and Gertrude Blanchard.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Franklin. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved bowling and loved to travel the world, she loved camping and RVing.  She also loved Doberman Pinscher dogs, her Cajun culture and French language.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Oschmann Sr.; a daughter, Theresa Hope Oschmann; and a step-daughter, Kitty Oschmann Reed. 

She is survived by a daughter, Veronica Murphy (Randy) of Franklin; a son, Bill  Oschmann Jr. (Karen) of Arizona; a step-son, Kerry Oschmann of Louisiana; a sister, Diana Willem; two brothers, Michael Willem and Karl Willem; 10 grandchildren, Chelsea Leblanc, Fonda Doucet, April Oschmann, Dr. Krystina Carboni, Matthew Oschmann (Brandi), Casey Murphy, Sarah Garvin, and Mariah Ashe; and five great grandchildren. 

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, July 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Oschmann family.  Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Joe Harris Jones

Joe Harris Jones, 69, of Clayton, Ga., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Kate Jones Collins and Bob Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an uncle, Joe Jones, who died in 1985, and  by a half brother, Danny Williams.

He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Clayton. He enjoyed music and playing guitar with his band. He worked at Coats and Clark in Toccoa, Ga., for a number of years.

He is survived by his companion, Judy Justus; step-daughters, Shannon McCrackin, and Kristy Ramey and husband Wayne; three grandchildren of Clayton, Ga.; half-sister, Kathy Williams Lee of Franklin, N.C.; and several cousins also of Franklin.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday July 13, at 3 p.m., at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Warwoman Road where he was a member.

Myra Josephine ‘Jodie’ Lenoir Sellers

Myra Josephine ‘Jodie’ Lenoir Sellers

Myra Josephine “Jodie” Lenoir Sellers, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Corinne Huckaby Lenoir.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, JB, Bill, Leon, Benny and John Wiley; and sisters, Ada Florence, Virginia, Nell, Shirley and Mary. She played basketball on the 1951-1955 FHS teams, was all conference all four years and was the leading all-time scorer for many years.  She was a member of Longview Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bill Sellers; two sons, Brian Sellers (Sharon) and Steve Sellers (Michelle) all of Franklin; sister, Marie Holland of Franklin; three grandchildren, Daniel Moore, Matthew Moore and Makenzie Williams; three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Don Moffitt officiated.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Joyce Munger Rogers

Joyce Munger Rogers

Joyce Munger Rogers, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Warren Munger and Evelyn Louise Crane Munger.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Lamar Rogers; two brothers, Bobby Munger and Sherman Munger; and a sister, Kathy Munger.  She worked at Angel Medical Center; loved spending time with her family and watching her nieces and nephews play sports.

She is survived by brothers and sisters, Lawrence Munger of Highlands, Tony Munger (Debbie) of Lexington, N.C., Susie McDaniel (Ivey) of Lexington, N.C., Tim Crane of Franklin, Dale Munger of Lexington, David Munger of Lexington, Margaret Rish of Franklin, Chris Munger of Lexington and Michelle Rogers of Franklin; two step-children, Stacy Rogers of Franklin and Denise Rogers (Joe) of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held Sunday, July 7, at Windy Gap Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Tony Drinnon officiated.

Pallbearers were Blair Potter, James Rish, Gary Coley, Bill Baird, Ronnie Hensley, and Ray Hyatt.

Honorary pallbearers were Michael McMahan, Austin Ramey, and Bruce Rish.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

William ‘Bill’ Trevor Parkyn Jr.

William ‘Bill’ Trevor Parkyn Jr.

William “Bill” Trevor Parkyn Jr., 85, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He was born in Lake County, Ill., on June 12, 1934, to the late William Trevor Parkyn, Sr. and Charlotte Lightfield Parkyn. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and he worked for the Florida State Prison System and state Mental Health System. He was a member of the Franklin 7th Day Adventist Church and the Franklin Garden Club. He loved watching and feeding birds of all types in his yard. He loved to bowl and he was a member of a local bowling league. He was also talented with the art of needle point pictures of scenes that brought him great joy.  

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jane Parkyn; step children, Charles Cerny, Matthew Cerny and Bobbi Jane Huerta; two sisters, Lynn Parkyn and Dianne Parkyn; two brothers, Jack Parkyn and Charles Parkyn; 10 grandchildren; many great- grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Cissy.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Parkyn and brothers, Ross Parkyn and Daniel Parkyn. 

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Revs. Glenn Marshall and David Beam officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. 

Memorials can be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, www.apdaparkinson.org. 

Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

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