Obituaries for July 19, 2018


Laura May Ogden

Laura May  Ogden, 86, of Franklin, N.C.,  passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018. Born in Detroit, Mich., she was preceded in death by her parents, James Aude and Laura Jarvis Tindle, and step father, Oscar Tindale.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Ogden; four sisters, Rita Jean McGhee, Donna Ogden, Nancy Varney and Linda Costello; and three brothers, Bob Tindle.  Bernard Aude and Jim Aude.  She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and active in the LWML and the prayer chain. She taught children’s Bible school, enjoyed gardening and various forms of art including painting, card making and sewing.  She is survived by three daughters, Laura Slagle (John), Cynthia Hacker, Carol Reynolds (Albert) of Franklin; two sons, Steven Seys and Alan Seys of Franklin; two sisters, Lorraine Stroh and Ida Barnes both of Michigan; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and 32 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m., at the Resurrection Lutheran Church. Pastor Patrick O’Neal will officate. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Four Seasons Hospice House Foundation, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC  28731. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Lon S. Smith

Lon Smith

Lon S. Smith, 90, lifelong resident of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday July 9, 2018. Born Sept. 21, 1927, he was predeceased by his mother and father, Myrtle Roper Smith and Dalton Smith; brothers, Odell and Clint Smith; and sister, Bessie Ray. He loved the outdoors and the mountains, and his life’s passion was reading. After losing his eyesight and residing at Grandview Manor Care Center in Franklin, he “read” over 19,356 hours of audiotape books, with his favorites being Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour westerns and Stephen King. He was well known for his work ethic and strength; his ability as a farm hand to pick up hay bales, one in each hand, made him a much sought after and productive member of the Burningtown community.  He leaves behind his only remaining sister, Nettie Smith of Asheville, N.C.; and countless nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to all staff at his home at Grandview Manor Care Center, as well as the staff at Angel Medical Center and Angel Hospice. A private graveside service was held Friday, July 13, at Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery, of which he was a member.  In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to: North Carolina Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 1841 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27635. Condolences may be made at

Jane Louise Lyons Anderson

Jane Louise Lyons Anderson, 91, of Franklin, N.C., died on July 12, 2018, at the Franklin House under the care of her family, Franklin House staff, and CarePartners Home Care and Hospice Services. She was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Greensburg, Pa., to Robert Earl Lyons Sr. and Nyda Grace (Kettering) Lyons. She married the love of her life and soulmate, Domer Slater Anderson on Aug. 23, 1956, and celebrated 61 years of marriage before Domer went to his eternal home in 2017. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she moved with her family to Tampa, Fla., in 1946. There she was married and raised three children with Domer. She was an active member of Tampa Tabernacle, Open Bible Church (Tampa); Bethel Temple Assembly of God (Tampa); and Christian Life Assembly of God (Spring Hill). She loved to sing in the church choir and was active as a leader and volunteer in the church seniors’ group. She was employed with GTE before becoming a full‑time wife and mother. She also worked in Bethel Temple’s administrative office and with Duvall‑Bibb in Tampa. She loved to care for her family, sew, read, and do crafts. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life. Jane and Domer retired in Brooksville, Fla.,(1997) and relocated first to Havana, Fla., (2014) and then to Franklin, (2016) to be closer to their children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Domer; her parents; and two siblings, Robert Lyons Jr. and Alta Coish. She is survived by her children, Kandace (Alan) Murphy, Keith (Shari) Anderson, and Kimberly (Kenneth) Pearce; seven grandchildren, Katie Murphy James, Shelby Easton, Erin Barbee, Alex Murphy, Kelsey Pitts, Rebeccah Anderson, and Garrett Anderson; and four great grandchildren. A graveside service was followed by interment at Sunset Memory Gardens in Thonotosassa, Fla., Monday, July 16. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane’s memory can be made to CarePartners Home Care and Hospice, 170 Church St., Franklin, NC 28734. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Anderson Family. Online condolences may be made at

Thomas Belton Bishop

James Carl Blanton

Thomas Belton Bishop, 72, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Rev. Joe Bishop and Pearl Smith Bishop.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carroll and Quinton. He was a U.S. Army veteran, deputy sheriff, truck driver and dispatcher for DeSoto Trail, and owner of East Main Street Tire Shop. He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and a lifetime member of VFW Post 7339. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ellen Randall Bishop; brothers, Mark Bishop and wife Linda, Roger Bishop and wife Joyce, Brad Bishop and wife Margaret, all of Franklin and Jewell Ray “JR” Bishop, of Marietta, Ga.; sisters, Marsellie Cobb, Peggy Arnold, both of Danville, Va., and Joey Cochran, of Franklin; his toy poodle, Zoe; his best buddy who he considered a son, Rick Dehart; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at Macon Funeral Home, Saturday, July 14, with Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. Eddie Stillwell, and Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Military honors were performed by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Condolences may be made at

Ruby Fox Henry

Ruby Fox Henry

Ruby Fox Henry, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018. Born in Macon County, she was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Anna Belle Bryson Fox. She was a retired school teacher; a member of the Mountain Grove Baptist Church; was an avid Tar Heel basketball fan, enjoyed taking walks on the greenway and having picnic lunches at the Greenhouse on Onion Mountain. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jim Henry; two daughters, Devonne Jimison (Danny) of Franklin; Denise Wright (Roland) of Hickory, N.C.; two sisters, Marlene Williams of Franklin; Jewel Young of Woodstock, Ga.; one brother, Ray Fox (Ella Mae) of Bryson City, N.C.; four grandchildren, Danielle, Drake, Ashlyn and  Weston: and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 15, at the Macon Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Billy Sellers officiated.  Burial was at the Mountain Grove Baptist Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Eddie Fox, Bruce Fox, Todd Sellers, Eddie Silvernell, David Ammons and Dale Young. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Cunningham and Wardie Young. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church, 179 Grandview Court, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Norma Gene Spencer

Norma Gene Spencer

Norma Gene Spencer, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Born in Toledo, Ohio, she was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Gustin and Hazel Will Gustin; her husband, Harold Spencer; children, Dennis Long, Sandy Long and Robin Ehrenkaufer; three sisters, Shirley, Margie and Lillian and two brothers, Bill and Bob.  She was a member of First Assembly of God and enjoyed going to the Senior Center. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Seagraves (Bill); sister, Velma Konz; grandchildren, Dawn (Frank), of Lakeland, Fla., Tawnya (Matthew), of Franklin, Misty (Anne)  of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jennifer (Shawn) of Boca Raton, Fla., Samantha (Barry) of Toledo, Ohio, Angela of Crossville, Tenn., Jessica of Crossville, Tenn., Tiffanie (Ryan) of South Carolina and Lynden (Thomas) of Oregon, Ohio and Alexander of Ohio; great grandchildren, Courtney, Ashley, Jason, Amanda, Lindsey, Ansley, Devin, Ritchie, Logan, Caleb, Gabe, Tanner, Adron, Blake, Joshua, Payton, Kacee, William Coy, Addison, Chase, Easton, Lilyana, Caroline, Josie and Georgia; great-great grandchildren, Brayden, Cameron, LayLynn, Kinslee, Lincoln, Silas and Gemma. Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., at Hoeflinger-Shank Funeral Home Navarre Avenue, Oregon, Ohio.  Burial will be in the Maplewood Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio. Macon Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements. Hoeflinger-Shank Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements in Ohio.

Robert Carey Moyer

Robert Carey Moyer

Robert Carey Moyer, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Middletown, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1940. He was the son of the late Park Bush Rice and Dorothea Miller Moyer Rice.  He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran; member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge #145; a 51 year member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge #67; as well as the Morocco Shrine of Jacksonville, Fla.. In the last year he accomplished his Scottish Rite. He was also an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Franklin. Before retiring in 2009, he had a long and accomplished career working in the printing industry as a sales executive, account manager, and branch manager for the Flint Ink, Corp.   During his many years in this business he made lifelong friends with both coworkers and his clients. He loved to camp and fish. He was a graceful water skier, cutting across the wake like a pro, kicking a spray up to the sky with his shoulder seemingly inches from the water surface. He loved the rumble of an inboard boat. Some of the family’s fondest memories are of days spent playing on the water.  He was an avid runner, completing 13 marathons, including the New York, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Washington DC and his favorite, the Marine Corp Marathon. He was a long time member of the Jacksonville Striders Running Club where he enjoyed the physical challenge and the social aspect of the running community, making friends that he cherished. In earlier years he was a member of the volunteer fire department in Oxford, Ohio, serving as captain and he enjoyed working with the Cincinnati Bengals in the ’70s as an EMT and ambulance driver for the team. He was an avid car enthusiast and collector. He appreciated and loved tinkering with his classic cars, Harleys, and antique trains. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, spark for life, and contagious laugh. His favorite cartoon was “Roadrunner.” He loved and admired Wile E. Coyote for never giving up. His loyalty and dedication to his family and friends was immeasurable. With the many lives he touched he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy Robinson Moyer; his daughters, Haley and husband Brendt of Palm Beach, Fla. Heather and husband Walter of Lake Mary, Fla.; three beloved granddaughters, Anna (20), Ella (15), and Ava (11). He will be missed by many including his chosen brothers, Howard Chenoweth and David Caldwell of Middleton, Ohio, Peter Wendt of Oxford, Ohio, and John Swift of Highlands, N.C. Funeral service was held Friday, July 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Burial was in the North Monroe Cemetery, Monroe, Ohio. Condolences may be made at

Hal Arthur Phillips

Hal Arthur Phillips, 79, of Glenville, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018. Born in Wichita, Kansas, he was the son of the late Harold A. Phillips and Pearl E. Bradstreet Phillips.  He was a U.S. Army veteran; member of the VFW Post 10685, Glenville; graduated from Western Michigan University and Erskine Theological Seminary.  He taught music and was a classical piano player. He played at High Hampton for eight years; Skyline Lodge for 10 years; all along the coast of Florida; and presently played the piano at the Holy Family Lutheran Church, Highlands, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Higdon Phillips; three children, Steven Phillips of Michigan, Amy Rauser of Michigan, Joanna Zehnder of Pennsylvania; step children, Dwayne Lovelace of Lincolnton, N.C. and Tina Piephoff of Davidson, N.C.;  seven granddaughters and three step grandaughters. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Glenville Wesleyan Church.  Pastor Ralph Campbell and Minister Margaret Howell will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 10685, Glenville. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Harriet Elizabeth Osborne

Harriet Elizabeth Osborne, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Born in Bloomington, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Harry Hastings and Ethel Burnette Hastings.  She is survived by her husband, Edward Osborne Sr.; daughter, Nancy McLeod; son, Edward Osborne Jr.  and two grandchildren. No services are planned. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences can be made at

Bruce Allan Christensen

Bruce Christensen

Bruce Allan Christensen, 76, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018. Born in Geneva, N.Y., he was one of five siblings.  His parents were both of Danish descent.  The family moved to Punta Gorda in 1957 and he graduated from Charlotte High School in 1959. He then attended the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed his travels throughout Europe and North Africa from 1962-1966.  In 1966, he married Sue Leath Nagel who was his wife for 30 years. He worked for General Electric Credit Corporation in both Fort Myers and Clearwater, Fla., and then continued to work for Chrysler First Corp and Barclays Bank. His love for music and memorabilia extended throughout his life.  Upon returning from the service he developed a deep interest in America’s rock and roll.  He collected records, books and other memorabilia over the years and developed friendships with rock and roll fans from U.S. to England and Australia. He enjoyed having a radio show on WMNF in Tampa, Fla., called “Let the Good Times Roll.”  He also started a DJ service called the Tune Rockers where he spent his leisure time playing his beloved records from his collection for parties and events all over Florida.  In addition, he was an active member of the Buddy Holly Memorial Society and traveled to conventions for more than 20 years. He and his wife also had the pleasure of operating the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, and became friends with many rock and roll era artists. His later years were spent in Nashville, Tenn., and Cocoa Beach, Fla., enjoying his friends and family, as well as in Franklin, N.C., with his daughter, Trina. He is preceded in death by his parents Eilart and Ellen Christensen and brother Roger Christensen. He is survived by his daughter, Trinica Christensen Rueckerl of Otto; three step children, Jerry Nagel of Franklin, Brenda Devalle of Fayetteville, Ga., and Barbara Kennedy of Merritt Island, Fla.; his ex-wife, Sue Hawkins of Fayetteville, Ga.; brothers, Mark Christensen and Bill Christensen; sister, Debbie Newsom all of Port Charlotte, Fla.; seven grandchildren; one great grandson and several nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 21, at 4 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin,NC 28744. His ashes will be returned to his beloved Bellona, N.Y., where he will rejoin his parents and his brother in their final resting place. Condolences can be made at