Obituaries for June 27, 2019

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Wade Buchanan

Wade Buchanan

Wade Buchanan, 95, of Blowing Rock, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James Ellis Buchanan and Maude Welch Buchanan.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth Buchanan and Max Buchanan; sisters, Pearl Campbell, Thelma Smith, and Annie Mae Brabson.  

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during WWII.  He later owned his own grocery store in Gastonia, N.C., and enjoyed photography and gardening.  He was a member of Unity Baptist Church, Gastonia.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Alice Hardin Buchanan of Blowing Rock; son, Stephen Gregory Buchanan of Blowing Rock; daughter, Darlene Buchanan Byam of Fort Mill, S.C.; two grandsons, Christopher Byam of Austin, Texas and Brandon Byam of Fort Mill, S.C.; two brothers, Branch Buchanan and Raleigh Buchanan, both of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, June 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves and Mr. Troy Brown officiated.  Burial was in Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Brabson, Jerry Brabson, Nathan Brabson, Roger Brabson, Matthew Bateman, Luke Bateman and Eddie Bateman.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Garland ‘Pop’ C. Bolding

Garland ‘Pop’ C. Bolding

Garland “Pop” C. Bolding, 96, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, S.C., he was the son of the late Walter S. Bolding and Jennie Gertrude Stephens Bolding. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Anne Bolding Mauldin; two grandchildren; sisters, Gladys, Sadie, Bethel and Melonie Pressler; and brothers, Oliver, Charles, Walter Jr., Arthur Gene, and Tommy. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII and was a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy Bolding; children, Bryson Glen Bolding, Chester Bolding, and Jerry Lee Bolding all of Pickens County; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service were held Monday, June 24, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Harvey Conner officiated. Military honors were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project,  PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Beverly Kaye Holden Duvall

Beverly Kaye Holden Duvall

Beverly Kaye Holden Duvall, 63, passed into the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  She was surrounded by her family when she was welcomed into Glory and given a new body, free from illness.  He was preceded in death by her father, Gardner V. Holden and her grandparents.

She was not just immensely loved by her mother, children and their families, but her sweet and gentle spirit made her loved by everyone she met. She made a career of loving on children, spending 17 years as an educator for exceptional children until her symptoms of MS made it impossible for her to continue. She was cared for at home by her dedicated mother and children until 2007 when her care required more than they were able to provide.

She spent the end of her life at Autumn Care nursing facility where she received the best possible care from what became her second family.  During her final days her family was blessed to witness the impact of her life on those who cared for her as each one took time to love on and share memories of her.

Her physical disability prevented her from doing many things, but she never allowed her circumstances to dampen her spirit.  She could light up a room with her smile and laughter and never failed to express love.

She is survived by her mother, Louise B. Holden and two daughters; Diedre K. Breeden (Barry) and Tara L. Riles (Justin); and four grandchildren, Emma, Madalynn, Samuel and Holden.

A funeral service was held Friday, June 21, at Cowee Baptist Church with Revs. Jason Smith and Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial followed in the Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Paul Dodge, Richard Lightner, David Morgan, Todd Raby, Terry Cabe and James Greenwood

In honoring her, her family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a fund created by the family dedicated to enriching Autumn Care of Waynesville, the home where she lived the last 12 years of her life.  The family requests that donations be made to The Beverly Duvall Memorial Fund, c/o Diedre Breeden, PO Box 2053, Franklin, NC 28744

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Zeb Guffie Jr.

Zeb Guffie Jr.

Zeb Guffie Jr., 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 17, 2019.

Born in Macon County he was the son of the late Zeb Guffie Sr. and Edna Angel Guffie.  He attended Windy Gap Baptist Church and was a loving husband, father, and papaw.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Laura Belle Long Guffie of Franklin; children, Rita Hall (Jimmy), Terry Brown (John), James Guffie, and Jerry Guffie, all of Franklin; brother, Jim Guffie of Missouri; sister, Jean Farmer of Franklin; grandchildren, Jody, Angela, Joi, Nathan, Michaela and Shane; great grandchildren, Reagan, Aspen, Anna Rose, Elijah, Ezra, Kandler, Alyssa, Neaveh, Camron, and Dyrah; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Thursday, June 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. Steve Reeves, and Dr. Jim Guffie officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Nathan Brown, Jimmy Hall, John Brown, Shane Hall, James Guffie, and Jerry Guffie.

Memorial donations can be made to Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC  28744.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Allie Marie Hedden Gibson

Allie Marie Hedden Gibson, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away

Allie Marie Hedden Gibson

Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Hedden and Ruie Woods Hedden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James Wiley Gibson; 10 brothers; and three sisters. She and her husband Wiley were active in the ministry and missions for over 50 years. She was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Freda Raby of Franklin, Barbara June Raby (Tim) of Clarksville, Ga., James Connie Gibson (Janice), Larry Gibson, and Kathie Gibson Parris, all of Franklin; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, June 23, at Windy Gap Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Carson Gibson officiated. Burial was in Shepherd Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brian Raby, Chad Gibson, Stacy Guffey, Nathan Gibson, Justin Gibson, and Landon Gibson.

Honorary pallbearers were Alan Shepherd, Jerry Guffey, and Bruce Hedden.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Marcia Adella Hook Perkins

Marcia Adella Hook Perkins

Marcia Adella Hook Perkins, 91, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Highlands, N.C., where she had lived for almost 40 years.  She was able to continue to be in her home with failing health due to the devotion of her son, Dennis, and two daughters, Angie and Christine, as well as several loving caregivers.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1927, to Caroline (Richards) and Edgar Hook on the family farm in Chelsea, Vt.  She was one of nine children, six brothers and two sisters. She is survived by June Beck of Scaly Mountain, N.C., and Leslie Hook of Randolph, Vt.  She was preceded in death by five brothers, Warren, Stanley, Edgar, Clarence, James and one sister Ellen Harington.

She graduated from Chelsea High School, as class valedictorian, and she loved to tell stories about walking to school many miles in all kinds of weather.  She was married to Carl Perkins in 1946 and they later divorced.  

She leaves 10 children, Roger (wife Kippy) Perkins of Thetford, Vt., Gloria (husband Roland) Potwin of South Royalton, Vt., Beverly (husband Duane) Wheeler of Sharon, Vt., Marcia Rogers of South Royalton, Vt., Edgar Perkins of Chelsea, Judy Pederson of Claremont, N.H., Dennis Perkins of Highlands, Angie Manley and partner Jerry Frady of Franklin, N.C., Tim Perkins of East Topsham, Vt., Christine Perkins of Highlands; one son, Carl Perkins of Groton, Vt., who preceded her in death; two stepchildren, Anthony Perkins of Sharon and Marilyn McIntier Hosmer of Topsham, Vt.  

In her later years, she met the love of her life, James Wyatt of Franklin, and they spent six wonderful years together until his death in 2016.  He thought the world of Marica’s large family.  She had 32 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; several step grandchildren as well as many other family members. She always had a hug for family and friends alike and she never met a stranger.  She had a great love for the outdoors and all living things, and she enjoyed watching the birds.  She walked many miles in the hills of Vermont and the mountains near her home in North Carolina, accompanied by her faithful dogs.  She had a great love for the Lord and a strong faith in God.

A Celebration of Marcia’s life will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Joseph Bert Anderson

Joseph Bert Anderson

Joseph Bert Anderson, 83, passed away May 14, 2019.

He was born in Franklin, N.C., the son of Zeb  and Bessie Emory Anderson. He went out west with his best friend Clyde Sanders’ family in 1952. People called him “Bee” back then. He worked at the Longbell Lumber Company in 1953, which was sold to International Paper. He continued to work there as a forklift driver until it closed. He then found some work with J.H. Kelly, as a delivery driver and for Comstock in the tool room.

He lived in Longview, Wash., for 67 years and was married to Lassie (Kell) for 64 years. His children are Sheila (Vanderford) and Marvin Anderson; six grandchildren, Chantine, Joseph W., Travis, Troy, Jack and John; nine great grandchildren, Celena, Kyle, Wyatt, Makaia, Destiny, Tyson, Preston, Aiden and Tate; and one great-great grandson, Donitello; six nieces and three nephews who are in the North Carolina and Georgia areas. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Odell Anderson and a sister, Louise Cheek and a niece.

He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, hunting, horseback riding, and eating oysters up at his place at Hood Canal. He used to square dance. He loved traveling, especially to Bluegrass festivals. At home, he grew many roses and other flowers and enjoyed having company over to visit. He like to tease.

He regularly attended New Life Church of God, and was a member of the Washington Bluegrass Association, and the Oregon Tennessee Walking Horse Club.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 29, at the Longview Memorial Park Chapel, with graveside service following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to New Life Church of God, 2441 42nd Ave., Longview WA 98632, or at newlifelv.com/online-giving, or to a charity of your choice.

Garnet Jane Fox

Garnet Jane Fox

Garnet Jane Fox, 85, of Canton, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Born in Olive Hill, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Willie Snipes and Vina Webb Snipes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Fox; sisters, Thelma, Stella, Marjorie, Dorothy, Dora and Jean; and her brother, Albert Snipes.

She is survived by her children, Herman Fox Jr. of Kentucky, Susan Fox of Canton, and Janet Fox of Inverness, Fla.; brother, Ballard (Ann) Snipes of Franklin; grandson, Arnold Lane of Canton; and great-grandson, Zayne.

A graveside service was held Saturday, June 22 at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Maude Bivins

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

A Celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church.

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.

Margaret ‘Alice’ Hyatt Webb

Margaret ‘Alice’ Hyatt Webb

Margaret “Alice” Hyatt Webb, 61, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Monday, June 17, 2019.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Margaret Young Hyatt and the late Leon Hyatt.  In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Wayne Webb and her brother, John Keith Hyatt. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed flower gardening, wildflowers, and loved to go to thrift shops.  She loved cooking and doing for others in the community.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her children, Chad Ronald Leon Webb of Sylva, Austin Lee Young of Sylva, Angela Webb of Sumter, S.C., and Susan Kowalsky (Kevin) of Howell, N.J., and several cousins.

A funeral service was held Friday, June 21, at Zion Hill Baptist Church.  Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Steve Webb officiated.  Burial was in church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ernest Franks, Dakota Ledbetter, Greg Young, Eric Young, Radford Franks, Tyler Gilbreath, Ernie Lee Franks, and James Rish.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Ernestine Zachary (Teen) Reed

Ernestine Zachary (Teen) Reed

Ernestine Zachary (Teen) Reed, 89, of Highlands, N.C. passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Eckard Living Center.  

Born in Macon County, North Carolina on Sept. 3, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Lyman and Dora Zachary.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Reed; her brothers, Claude Zachary, Carl (Bub) Zachary, Lloyd Zachary, James Zachary; and her sisters, Rena James, Bernice Hedden, and Mattie Crawford.

She is survived by her daughter Jewell Crowley (Dewayne) of Patrick, S.C.; son, Morris Reed (Cindy) of Highlands; three grandchildren, Crystal Mangum (Clifton), Michael Crowley, Jackie Petrone (Vince); three great grandchildren, Caston, Nathan, and Zoey; and three sisters, Mildred Wilson, Lillian (Lil) Waller, and Lucille Potts.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.  She touched the hearts of many and was a true blessing to all who knew her.

A funeral service was held Sunday, June 23, in the sanctuary of the Shortoff Baptist Church with  Rev. Delbert McCall and Rev. Ralph Campbell officiating. Burial followed at the Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Dennis Wilson, Ronnie Waller, Jody Zachary, Don Fisher, Olan Vinson and Steve Pierson.

Donations in her memory may be made to Shortoff Baptist Church, PO Box 1217, Highlands, NC 28741; or the Eckerd Living Center, “The Bingo Gang”, 250 Hospital Dr., Highlands, N. C. 28741 

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Norma Ann Rodgers Widman

Norma Ann Rodgers Widman

Norma Ann Rodgers Widman, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019. She went to meet her Lord on the fifth anniversary date of the death of her husband.

Born in McKeesport, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John Francis Rodgers and Rhea Bell Taft Rodgers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Walter (Wally) F. Widman; children, Daryl Lee Pakkala and Joy Ann Widman; and brother, Wayne Taft Rodgers. She was the past president of Macon County Art Association and toured all over Europe with the Officers Wives Club. She contributed to several churches and visited churches all over the world. She wrote three cookbooks including, “Sharing our Best,” and “Patton’s Pots and Prayers.”

She is survived by her three grandchildren, Jason Pakkala of Manassas, Va., Kevin Pakkala of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jennifer Prince of Corona, Calif.; and five great-children, Brett Pakkala, Logan Pakkala, Isabelle Pakkala, Ethan Prince and Owen Pakkala.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in the Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery, 112 Patton Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Ann Rankin

Shirley Ann Rankin

Shirley Ann Rankin, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

She was the daughter of the late John Walters and Uva Leon Walters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Mark Rankin; daughter, Cheryl Dwinnells; twin daughters, who died shortly after premature birth; sister, Beverly Zawodny, and brother, Mervin Walters. 

She was a member of Hayesville Presbyterian Church and affiliated with First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, Franklin Woman’s Club, West Coast Porcelain Artists Club, Florida Porcelain Art Teachers, and a past officer and director at large of the World Organization of China Painters.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Russell Rankin; son, Steven Rankin of Sarasota, Fla.; brother, Bob Walters of Felch, Mich.; five grandchildren, Phillip, BreAnna, Marisa, Amber, and Kayla; and two great-grandchildren, Evan and Ariana.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Franklin. Rev. Tempe Fussell, Rev. Bob Abel, and Pastor Linda Abel will officiate.

The family will receive friends at a reception in Tartan Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Matthew 28 at Hayesville Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiawassee St, Hayesville, NC 28904, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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