Obituaries for July 30, 2020

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Dorothy Lorene Shope

Dorothy Lorene Shope

Dorothy Lorene Shope, 91, of Franklin N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. She was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Swain County to the late Norman and Martha DeHart Holden.

She was a home maker and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. You could count on her playing Canasta on Friday nights. She was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church and formerly played the piano. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by a son Edwin Wade Shope (Carolyn) of Franklin;  two daughters, Ruth Shope Dowdle (Ronnie) of Otto, N.C., and Lynn Shope Nicholson (Tommy) of Franklin; a daughter-in-law, Gail Shope of Franklin; four grandchildren, Wade Shope Jr. (Tracie), Delena Raby (Bobby), Crystal Dowdle and Kimberly Ledford (Ben); five great grandchildren, Chelsie Raby, Hannah Smith, Macie Ledford, Sydnie Shope and Lucas Shope.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Woodrow Shope; a son, Aaron Keith Shope; three sisters, Pearl Potts, Myrtle Shepherd and Eddis Patterson; three brothers, Coburn Holden, Gardner Holden and Paul Holden.

A private graveside service will be held. Pallbearers will be Ben Ledford, Bobby Raby and Wade Shope, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her memory be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC PO Box 815 Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shope family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Young Hyatt

Margaret Young Hyatt

Margaret Young Hyatt, 85, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Monday, July 20, 2020.

Born Aug. 31, 1934, a lifetime resident of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John and Lula Ridley Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Hyatt one daughter, Margaret “Alice” Hyatt Webb; one son, John Keith Hyatt; a brother, John Young Jr. and a sister, Arbutus Cochran. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and canning. She was happiest when she was cooking and caring for others.

She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Young Franks of Sylva; four grandchildren, Chad, Austin, Susan, Angela and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 23, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sylva, with Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating.  Burial was in the Zion Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ernest Franks, Ernie Lee Franks, Dakota Ledbetter, Justin Cosgrove, Zachary Cosgrove and Rocky Franks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the Zion Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Wilson, 3110 Pumpkintown Rd, Sylva, NC 28779

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Dean Hughes

Evelyn Dean Hughes

Evelyn Dean Hughes, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Willard L. Dean and Josephine R. Rogers Dean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim” Hughes. She was an active member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and served on the cemetery committee. She was also very active with the Class of 1953 reunion committee.

She is survived by her daughter, June Huggins Angel and husband Doug of Franklin; sister, Shirley Dean Ray and husband Bill of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jennifer Anderson (Ryan) and Rodney Chastain (Lance); step granddaughter, Shannon Shuler (Eugene); four great grandchildren, Seth Shuler, Brittany Shuler, Clara Anderson and Sophia Anderson and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will was held at Sunday, July 26, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Judson Hall and Rev. Charles Stevens officiated. Masks and social distancing will be required; everyone is welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church,  C/O Faye Bishop, 73 3rd Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Four Seasons Hospice House, Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

James Frank Willis

James Frank Willis, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 23, 2020.  He was born Nov. 2, 1967, in Orange County, Fla., to Walter Albert Willis and Shirley Jones Willis. He was a roofer.

He is survived by his sons, Devin Willis of Franklin, Daylin Pierce of Dixon, Tenn., and Bradley Willis of Alabama.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home is serving the Willis family.  

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

William Jerry Stamey

William Jerry Stamey

William Jerry Stamey, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Born and raised in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Phearson and Hazel Mary Payne Stamey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Stamey.  He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. After returning to Macon County, he started Imperial Floor Covering in 1973 which he ran successfully for 24 years. He enjoyed camping at Standing Indian and boating on Lake Chatuge.

He is survived by his sons, William David Stamey of Virginia and Brian Stamey and wife Heather of Franklin;  a sister, Brenda Dills and a brother, Mike Stamey, both of Franklin; five grandchildren, William Derek Stamey (Kim), Justin Aaron Stamey, Sarah Kathryn Stamey, Ethan Douglas Stamey and Nathan Brian Stamey; two great-grandchildren, William Kaysen and Easton Lee.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at: www.cancer.org

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Mae Cross Barber Notarbartolo

Dorothy Mae Cross Barber Notarbartolo, 88, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Born and raised in Garrard County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late John Henry Cross and Minerva Jane Oaks Cross. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death in 1978 by her first husband, Paul C. Barber and in 2004 by her second husband, Ray Notarbartolo; an infant son, Gary Ray Barber; and siblings, William Cross, Thelma Cross, Anna Louise Bridges, Lee H. Cross, Mary M. Hughes, Ada Susan Hammond, Martha J. Goodman and  John B. Cross. She was a seamstress at Thorntown Garment Factory and enjoyed hunting for antiques and collectibles. She was of the Methodist Faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Barber of Otto, and her son, Phillip C. Barber of Virginia; a granddaughter, Laura Pack and husband Chris and great grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Pack, all of Mississippi; step grandson, Derek Batke and wife Tanya; and step great grandchildren,  Dominick and Cristian Batke.

Funeral services will be held at the Morris Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill, Ky., and burial will be at the Bethelridge Cemetery in Bethelridge, Ky.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

James Preston Kinsey

James Preston Kinsey

James Preston Kinsey, 87,  of Otto, N.C., passed away at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., on July 18, 2020. He was born March 18, 1933 in Lakeland, Fla.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Kinsey; daughter, Karyl Scott (Joe); son, James Preston Kinsey II (Emily); grandchildren, Kyle Kinsey (Carolina), Destiny Lopez (Antony), Levi Kinsey (Evelyn), and Devon Kinsey and eight great grandchildren, Landin, Aubriegh and Diesel Kinsey; River, Rowan and Laken Lopez; and Brentley and Lexi Kinsey.

He was a member of  First Alliance Church of Franklin and was devoted to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

His retirement years were spent designing and creating special projects for his family.

A military service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., at a later date.

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