Obituaries for June 13, 2019

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Audrey Stewman Dills

Audrey Stewman Dills, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Furman Walker Stewman and Mabel Teem Stewman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Royal Dills Jr.; daughter, Marsha Mascarenas; and grandson, Kent Doulas Rogers. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. She enjoyed reading books, knitting, sewing, painting, carpentry, and loved working outside in the garden.

She is survived by her two daughters, Myra D. Higdon (Denton) of Franklin, and Keila D. Rogers of Clyde, N.C.; son-in-law, Nano Mascarenas of Clyde, N.C.; five grandchildren, Carmen Leatherwood, Michael Mascarenas, Todd Higdon, Travis Higdon, and Lauren Parker; 11 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

A graveside dervice was held Thursday, June 6, at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sugarfork Baptist Cemetery Fund, C/O Doug Thompson, 287 Sugarfork Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

The family would like to thank Grandview Manor for all their kindness and loving care that was received.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

 Beatrice Rebecca ‘Bea’ Buchanan Bell

Beatrice Rebecca ‘Bea’ Buchanan Bell

Beatrice Rebecca “Bea” Buchanan Bell, 88, passed away Friday June 7, 2019. She was born in Macon County Oct. 27, 1930, to the late Oscar and Edna Picklesimer Buchanan. She was married to the late Harvey Bell for 56 years until he preceded her in 2007. She worked in the school system as a teacher’s assistant and for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk. She was a member of the Dryman’s Chapel UMC where she was on the membership committee and a Sunday School historian. Most of all she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.

Survivors include her daughter, Jane Bell Morgan of Otto, N.C.; two sons, Terry Bell and his wife Annette and Mike Bell and his wife Judy all of Otto; a sister, Verna “TEE” Henry of Otto; five grandchildren, Kevin Bell (Jody), Daniel Bell (Sarah), Bryan Bell (Courtney), Kelly Morgan-Brown (Sam), and Lori Morgan; and five great-grandchildren, Blake Bell, Cade Bell, Grayson Bell, Brandon Bell, and Logan Bell. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son-in-law, Mike Morgan, five sisters, Margie Cabe, Myrtle Campbell, Annie Dykes, Ruby Justice, and Hazel Rogers; and three brothers, Kenneth Buchanan, James Buchanan, and Nelville Buchanan.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 11, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Kelly Dotson and Rev. Vic Greene officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Gary Buchanan, Jerry Rogers, Harold Justice, Jimmy Henry, Ralph “Greg” Bell, Sam Brown, Bryan Bell, and Kevin Bell.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Dryman’s UMC Building Fund in care of Lee Ann Muse 216 Tom McDowell Dr. Otto, NC 28763.

Online condolences can be made to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bell family. 

Charles Eugene ‘Gene’ Mitchell

Charles Eugene ‘Gene’ Mitchell

Charles Eugene “Gene” Mitchell Jr. 67, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

He was born in Greene County, Tennessee Nov. 30, 1951, to the late Charles Eugene Mitchell Sr. and Anna Lee Baughard Mitchell who survives. 

He worked as an engineer in the manufacturing business for many years; He served his country in the U.S. Army; was a member of East Franklin Baptist Church where he was a deacon and church treasure. 

He loved and adored his two dogs, Bayle and Bridgett. 

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sandra Mashburn Mitchell; his mother, Anna Mitchell of Franklin; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Jackie B. Mitchell; and a special aunt, Cora Miller.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 26, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Jenkins, Rev. Scott Matthews, and Rev. Gary McDaniel officiating. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were Marvin Mashburn, Brad Bishop, Ray Bryson, Toddy Russell, Mark Doolittle, and Richard Salmonson; Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Bell, Joe Church, and Tom Frakes. 

Memorials can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Shelter, 851 Lake Emory Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences can be made to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Mitchell family.

Maude Bivins

Maude Bivins, 92, of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

She was a gracious, devoted and loving friend to everyone whom she met.  Thrifty and intelligent, she was an educator and mentor to her students at Franklin High School and to generations of young people who came to know her.  She was a skilled seamstress, excellent cook, lover of flowers and birds, and careful custodian of family history—her own, and that of her lifelong friend, Jinny Jones.

Born in Saxapahaw, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Braxton Bivins and Onie Thompson Bivins. Dear cousins John Thompson and Gene Thompson Felton, as well as first cousins, Henry Thompson, Sam Thompson, Mary Thompson Norwood and Alice Thompson Hadley and a multitude of other cousins in the piedmont area of North Carolina, survive.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Franklin and the “FHS Breakfast Bunch” a gathering of retired schoolteachers who met faithfully on Friday mornings at the Sunset Restaurant for years.  Wilma Corbin, Myra Waldroop, Jean Welch, Dickie Deaton, Betty Coin, and Connie Campbell are among those who shared special bonds and breakfast with Maude.

She was a source of encouragement to, and was encouraged by, the Contino and Conner families, and the Jones/Caffrey families, among many others who shared letters and visits over the years. She had a fine sense of humor and was fiercely determined.

She was blessed in her final years by the patient, tender and loving care provided by many people, but most especially Bobbie Contino, Cheryl DeForest, Elaine Lyons and Lisa Lyons Bennett, Ericka Brogden, and Phil Contino.

A service to celebrate the life of Maude Bivins will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Laura M. Jones Scholarship Fund at Franklin First United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made to www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Dr. Thad R. Dowdle

Rev. Dr. Thad R. Dowdle

Rev. Dr. Thad Robert Dowdle went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 7, 2019.   He was a son of the late Thad Oswald Dowdle and Sarah Holbrooks Dowdle.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys.  

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Smith Dowdle; a daughter, Rebecca Hawkins; granddaughter, Kasi Morrow (Rob); two grandsons, Shayne Clemmons (Tiffany) and Patrick Clemmons, all of Hendersonville; two great-grandchildren Cooper Ray Morrow and Krislyn Rose Clemmons; nephew, Dale Coward; adopted granddaughter, Kerry Logsdon; two adopted great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Shaleigh Logsdon; cousin, Herman Holbrooks; and two special friends, Darrell and Bill Hawkins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 15, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hendersonville.  A private burial was held on Sunday in Upper Crabtree Community Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Memory Care of Asheville, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803.

View Obituaries at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

Annie (Anne) Will Huggins Tallent

Annie (Anne) Will Huggins Tallent

Annie (Anne) Will Huggins Tallent, 97, a native of Macon County, died June 7, 2019, at Vero Health and Rehab Center in Sylva, N.C. She was born Feb. 14, 1922, and was the daughter of William Arthur Huggins and Goldie Ethel Welch Huggins of the Burningtown Community in Macon County.

She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW and a member of Franklin First Baptist Church.

Growing up in her beloved Burningtown during the Depression, she developed a strength often referred to as “mountain grit” which sustained her throughout her life.  She was an avid gardener and quilter who took pride in the quilts she made for her family. In later years, she enjoyed watching wrestling on TV, the deer on the “weedy hillside” and the birds at the feeders.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Paul Tallent who died in 2012, infant brother Jeffney and sisters Nellie Holbrook, Evelyn Fouts and Bedell Huggins.

She is survived by her five children: Linda Ownbey of Candler, Sam Tallent (Janey) of Franklin, Doug Tallent (Martha) of Asheville, Jerry Tallent (Beth) of Franklin and Debbie Tallent of Franklin.  She was lovingly known as “Mamaw” by her six grandchildren, Lisa Whitaker (Tim) of Fairview, Matthew Tallent (Jean) of Franklin, Josh Tallent (Liz) of Asheville, Joseph Tallent (Katie) of Asheville, Laura Smith (Josh) of Franklin and Paul Tallent (Megan) of Asheville.  She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Amanda and Jacob Whitaker of Fairview, Ben, Louise and Helen Kate Tallent of Asheville and numerous nieces and nephews.  Additionally, she is survived by her good friends Violet Pannell of Franklin and Jackie Brown of Jackson County, her Vero roommate.

The funeral service was held Monday, June 10, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Robert Brown officiated.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Fouts officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Josh Tallent, Joseph Tallent, Paul Tallent, Matthew Tallent, great-grandson Jacob Whitaker and nephew Jim Fouts.

The family would like to thank the staff at Vero for their loving care of “Miss Annie” and their support of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Franklin or to Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Calvin Floyd Chastain

Calvin Floyd Chastain, 75, of the Hale Ridge Community Clayton, Ga., died Tuesday June 4, 2019 at his home.

Born in Clyde, N.C., on Sept. 7, 1943, he was the son of the late James Luther (Luke) Chastain and Lucy Thomas Chastain. He had lived all of his life in Rabun County, Georgia. He was a retired carpenter and was of the Baptist Faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Carver Chastain and by two brothers, Joe Chastian and Ned Chastain. 

He is survived by one son, Wayne Chastian (Amanda) of Clayton, Ga.; one step-son, Jeffrey Carver of Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, Leroy Chastain (Carolyn), Max Chastain and Gary “Chub” Chastain all of Dillard, Ga.; three sisters, Linda Stewart (J.B.) of Otto, N.C., Sue Owens of Dillard, Ga., and Mary “Shorty” Billingsley and husband Jack of Scaly Mtn. N.C.; two grandchildren, Michael and Alyshia; and one great grandchild, Delilah.

Funeral services were held Saturday June 8, at the Eastside Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Marty Kilby, Rev. Jamie Chastain Rev Harold Houck and Rev. Oliver Rice Officiating. Burial followed in the Hale Ridge Cemetery Clayton, Ga.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.

George Burton ‘Burt’ Johnson

George Burton ‘Burt’ Johnson

George Burton “Burt” Johnson, 76, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2019. He was born in Macon County, North Carolina June 12, 1942, to the late Walter and Laura Ellen Anderson Johnson. He worked and retired from the construction business and attended the Church of God. 

Survivors include his four children, Mary Ellen Wargo, Marcia Johnson, Jesse Johnson, and Clydia Johnson; two sisters, Eva Nell Clouse of Franklin, N.C., and Margaret Childers of Franklin; several grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Danny Johnson and Billy Eugene Johnson. 

A Celebration of Life Service was held Sunday, June 9, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. 

Online condolences can be sent to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Johnson family. 

Linda Rice

Linda Rice

Linda Rice, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Sanders and Faye Dowde Sanders. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. Rice and son, Steve Rice. She attended Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed going to Harrah’s Casino and playing bingo with her friends.

She is survived by her children, Phillip Rice (Sandy) of San Diego, Calif., and Joan Welch (Jeff) of Franklin; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, June 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Jamie Passmore officiated.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made to www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ Oliver Haff

Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ Oliver Haff

Yvonne Oliver Haff “Bonnie,” 90, died peacefully on May 31, 2019, at her summer location, Franklin, N.C., and joined her Lord and Savior in eternal life.

She was born in Springfield, Mass., on Oct 15, 1928, to Percy Ernest Oliver and Edith Johnson Oliver. She graduated from Springfield Technical High School in 1946 and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass., in 1950 with a BS degree in chemistry.  She began her professional career with the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC. On June 8, 1951, she married the love of her life Robert Morton Haff  “Bob” in Washington, DC.  

This union resulted in four sons, Rodger Johnson Haff of Phoenix, Ariz., Bruce Allen Haff also of Phoenix, Douglas Oliver Haff, deceased, and Peter Morton Haff of Whitney Point, N.Y. She had three grandchildren. She came from a large family with three brothers, all deceased, Robert Oliver, Ernest Oliver and John Oliver; and four sisters, Phyllis Grigus, deceased, Gloria Willette of Chicopee, Mass., Sandra Madamba also of Chicopee, Mass. and Karen Oliver of Westfield, Mass.  She had many nieces and nephews. 

Bonnie and Bob were residents of Endwell, N.Y., for 49 years and she was very active in community affairs.  Having four sons, she joined the Boy Scouts of America and served in several unit and district positions. She reached the highest level of scout training which is the Wood Badge. The local council recognized her commitment by giving her its highest award, the Silver Beaver in 1979.  She was also active as a first responder in the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad for 11 years and was recognized by the squad naming her a Life Member in 1987. 

She was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church of Endwell, N.Y., and was ordained an Elder there. She was one of the founders of the Northminster Nursery School. When she and Bob moved to Florida, she joined the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, Fla., She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of Union Veterans. 

A celebration of life service will be conducted, at the convenience of the family, near her winter home of Punta Gorda, Fla.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name, to a charity of one’s choice.     

Online condolences can be sent to bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Audrey Stewman Dills

Audrey Stewman Dills, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Furman Walker Stewman and Mabel Teem Stewman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Royal Dills Jr.; daughter, Marsha Mascarenas; and grandson, Kent Doulas Rogers. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. She enjoyed reading books, knitting, sewing, painting, carpentry, and loved working outside in the garden.

She is survived by her two daughters, Myra D. Higdon (Denton) of Franklin, and Keila D. Rogers of Clyde, N.C.; son-in-law, Nano Mascarenas of Clyde, N.C.; five grandchildren, Carmen Leatherwood, Michael Mascarenas, Todd Higdon, Travis Higdon, and Lauren Parker; 11 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

A graveside dervice was held Thursday, June 6, at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating.

Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sugarfork Baptist Cemetery Fund, C/O Doug Thompson, 287 Sugarfork Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

The family would like to thank Grandview Manor for all their kindness and loving care that was received.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

 

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