Obituaries for July 5, 2018


John Baxter Vinson

Jr. John Baxter Vinson Jr.

Jr. John Baxter Vinson Jr., of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late John Baxter Vinson Sr., and Mae Belle Conley Vinson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wives, Doris L. Vinson and Dorothy M. Vinson; two brothers, Robert Vinson and Charles Vinson; four sisters, Emma Lou Erwin, Katherine Hamrick, Elizabeth Cearley and Mary Gregory; and one son, Richard L. Vinson. He was a WWII Army Veteran, serving in the Panama Canal.  He also was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8849 in Middle River, Md. He was a diesel mechanic and lived in Baltimore, Md., for many years. He attended The First Presbyterian Church of Franklin during his younger years and lastly Asbury United Methodist Church in Otto, N.C. He loved singing and playing music on his guitar while sitting on the front porch. He loved his family and friends.  He valued hard work and had a gracious heart in everything he did. He is survived by three sons, John D. Vinson of Shrewsbury, Pa.; James A. Vinson of Felton, Pa.; and Joseph O. Vinson of Albany, N.Y.; one daughter, Susan K. Stevens of Franklin; 12 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 28, in the Chapel of the Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Janet Greene officiated.  Condolences may be made at

Laura May Ogden

Laura 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 and Laura Jarvis Aude.  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; two brothers, 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; 32 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 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

Steven Marble

Steven Marble

Steven Marble, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Born in Blossburg, Pa., he was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Esther Marble.   He is survived by his wife, Linda Marble; step daughter, Shirley Bradley (Brent); brothers, Quincy, Roger and Oliver;  sisters, Mary and Katherine; grandchildren, Claude Bradley, Ricky Caldwell and Lisa Wood; aunt, Jenny and many nieces and nephews. No services are planned. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  Condolences can be sent to the family at

Charlie ‘Buddy’ Morgan Jr

Charlie ‘Buddy’ Morgan Jr

Charlie “Buddy” Morgan Jr., 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Charles Morgan Sr. and Juanita Sanders Morgan. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and an avid NASCAR fan. He is survived by his ex-wife, Christine Morgan, of Franklin; son, Charles Morgan (Nikki), of Franklin; son, Matthew Morgan, of Franklin; and daughter, Rita Morgan, of Franklin; brother, Gary Morgan (Mary Ann), of Clyde; two sisters, Rita Byrd and Karen Dalrymple, both of Franklin; four grandchildren, Melissa, Serinity, Alex, and Zack; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 3, in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Wesley Price officiated. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Alan Shurtleff

Remembering Alan Shurtleff 8/6/39-6/22/18 People come and go in our lives and we often give it little thought. Sometimes it’s a brief encounter, or even a familiar sight. They often go about their life making quiet differences in our community by volunteering or financially supporting many important causes that make a difference. You might remember seeing them sitting at Pickin’, in line someplace getting ice cream, at a celebration in town of some sort. Such a person was Alan Shurtleff. Alan and his wife Penny summered here in Franklin for the past 10 years, residing in Mill Creek. Alan was a Kiwanian and actively supported the Franklin Club. He was proud of his Scottish Heritage and was a Life Member of the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum and carried his tartan in the Taste of Scotland events. Sadly, Alan passed from his earthly home in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness. Alan never met a stranger, always engaging and involved with those he met. He will be missed by his many friends here in Franklin, N.C. We are blessed that he passed our way and Franklin is a better place because he did. Rest in peace, Alan. John and Diana Fraser, Doug and Chris Morton, Bill and Jackie Rennie