Obituaries for June 11, 2020

Obituaries for June 11, 2020

photo by Vickie Carpenter
Erica Nicole McConnell Nicholson

Erica Nicole McConnell Nicholson

On Monday, May 4, 2020, Erica Nicole McConnell Nicholson, loving mother, sister, and friend, passed away at the age of 28.

She has always been a beautiful, fun, loving, kind-hearted individual. She enjoyed being with family and friends, but her biggest accomplishment was becoming a mother to her best friend, Garrett Nicholson, the love of her life.

She was born in Sylva, N.C., on May 25, 1991, to Ricky and Lillie (Smith) McConnell.

She leaves behind her son, Garrett Nicholson; two sisters, Cindy McCall and Sonya Collins; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

We will cherish the memories we have with Erica, and until the day we meet again, I will carry you in my heart.

Phoebe Ann Bateman

Phoebe Ann Bateman

Phoebe Ann Bateman, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Thurman Franklin and Ruby Rogers Franklin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruby Lee Bateman; son-in law, Mitchell Bates; brother, Boyd Franklin as well as infant twin brothers.

She worked in several local restaurants over the years and was a member of East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Howard Grady Bateman; five children, Chuck Bateman (Renee) of Hayesville, Debbie Bates, Rhonda Williamson and Rita Lambert (Bob) all of Franklin and Trudi Mathis (Danny) of Sylva; siblings, Reba Beck (Sam) of Hayesville, Ray Franklin (Ola) of Robbinsville, Mark Franklin (Pat) of Hayesville and sister-in law, Judy Franklin of Petros, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, Christina, Chris, Heather, Renee, Lee, Josh, Megan, Steven, Brandon and Seth; 14 great grandchildren, Chase, Mason, Jace, Makayla, Khylan, Ryan, Shiah, Tiffani, Mackenzie, Tanya, Aubree, Kaylie, Jacklyn and Ivy; two great-great grandchildren, Aleena and Kolton and many nieces and nephews.

A “Going Home Party” was held Sunday, June 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Jenkins, Rev. Gary McDaniels and Rev. David Lee Williams officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny, Josh, Kylan, Lee, Steven, Eric and Shane.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Milton Dwight Estes

Milton Estes

Milton Dwight Estes, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Born in Macon County, he was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Edward Estes and his mother, Donna Lee Estes. He worked at Belden’s, the mica plant, AmeriGas and Toccoa Natural Gas. He enjoyed fishing and cutting up with his friends. He also enjoyed spending time with Derick Pendergrass (Krystal) and Stephanie Teem (Jeremy) and Renee Metcalf (Lee). He was a member of Goldmine Baptist Church.

He is survived by a wife of 32 years, Joan Keener Estes; a son, Levi Jarod Estes of the home; a daughter, Lisa Field (Barry) of Laurens, S.C.; four grandchildren, Delaney Rae Estes and Archer Anderson Estes of Franklin, and Sydney Robison and Colin Field of Laurens; a sister, Sharon Morehead of Westminster, S.C.; and a brother, Steve Estes of Franklin.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McDaniel and Rev. Frank Rodriguez will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Tallent, Randy Brown, Matt Moyer, Bobby Ledford, Derick Pendergrass and Steve Estes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Four Seasons Hospice – Four Seasons Development Office 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Norman Q. Heckel

Norman Q. Heckel

Norman Q. Heckel, son of the late Q.R. and Mildred Heckel, went to his Heavenly home on June 3, 2020.

He was born in Findlay, Ohio, in 1938 and the family moved to Fort Myers, Fla., in 1951 where he spent most of his adult life. He married the late Patricia Louise Geller. 

He is survived by their four children, Susan A. Harrelle (Max), Norman “Butch” (Sylvia), Daniel Nathan and Amy P. Dale (Mike); 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Max, Wayne and Richard; three sisters, Pat Yenour, Judy Shroyer (Eric) and Nanci Erp (Rob); several nieces and nephews and many, many friends. In 2003, he married Peggy Beyrodt Foreman of Lexington, Ky., and Boca Raton, Fla., where they lived before moving to Franklin in 2008.

He was a member of both the local Christ-Community Church and the New Hope Christian Church in N. Fort Myers, Fla. He was employed by UPS where he was a loyal employee for 29 years. His greatest joys were his family and serving others.  He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand and was held in high regard by all his friends and family members and loved dearly by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, Four Seasons Development Office, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731

A memorial service will be held later in the year in North Fort Myers, Fla.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Ray Carver Sr.

Norman Q. Heckel

Bobby Ray Carver Sr., 73, a wonderful husband to his wife of 55 years, and a great father to his daughter and three sons, went on to Glory on June 6, 2020. He was known as being dependable and industrious — a man’s man who provided for his family by working on both the Sutton and Moore dairy farms in Macon County.

Born on Aug. 17, 1946, he is preceded in death by his parents, Hayes Junior Carver and Ruth Pauline Passmore Carver, along with an infant sister, Linda Ann.

With his quick smile and friendliness, he didn’t know a stranger. From the baseball fields, supporting his children’s efforts, or sitting around the fire barrel with his pal, Harley Gibson, he truly enjoyed life. Second to watching his children play ball, he absolutely loved hunting, fishing, and camping at Nantahala Lake or camping at Jack Rabbit.

Left to remember him is his wife, Eleanor Metcalf Carver; his daughter, Donna DeHart (Douglas); and his sons, Bobby Ray Carver Jr., (Anne), Timothy Carver (Dena), and Donovan Carver (Crystal). Known as Papaw by his grands, he leaves behind 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; four sisters, Rosie Green (Raymond), Maxine Wilson, Nellie Carver and Faye Carver along with a number of nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at Jennings Cemetery, Holly Springs Baptist Church

The family will be gathering at Donovan’s home, 5 Fox Layer Road, Franklin, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Moffitt Family Funeral Care to help defray funeral costs or the American Cancer Society.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is serving the family.

Online condolences may be made at