Charles Lewis Sherrill
Charles Lewis Sherrill was a blessing to this world for 40 wonderful years. He was the son of Charles D. Sherrill and Betty H. Sherrill, a man that walked with the character of God. He was a light of hope to many. He had a confident, humble spirit with a heart that loved with all of who he was created to be; an imagination that would go beyond playtime with his kids; a devoted father that loved all four of his children, Krystin, Zach, Madisyn and Tinley; his granddaughter, Fayedin, with all his heart. A friend that would stand beside you to help with anything thrown at him, my husband, my best friend, the love of my life. This world was a big maze but from the moment I met Charlie, he made everything seem possible. God chose Charlie to bring so much happiness, hope, encouragement to each person he met. As time has passed, Charlie had trials and he experienced heartbreak. He has loved, been brave and strong. He was a hard worker. He was tested but his faith stood, brought victory, moved mountains and brought glory to God. My husband was a warrior, a fighter, a man of God that no matter what would come at him, he kept his eyes fixed on the Lord. I am blessed he chose to love me. Charlie is/was my peace on earth, my strength, and my protector. I trusted him with all my heart because he is my gift from God. Charlie, your testimony will touch many people. I hope you know how much you mean to so many people and how proud God is of you. Charles Lewis Sherrill made a difference in this world. He was a mighty man of God. I will love you today, tomorrow, forever and always. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lisa Dills Sherrill; three daughters, Madisyn Sherrill and Tinley Sherrill both of Hayesville, Krystin Sherrill of Franklin; one son, Zach Sherrill of Hayesville; one granddaughter, Fayedin Higdon of Franklin; two sisters, DeDe Dills and Terrie Kendrick both of Franklin; three nephews; one niece and two great nieces. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Shep Calhoun and Rev. Lewis Crisp officiated. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
John Anthony Kooi
John Anthony Kooi, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, May 25, 2018, in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Muskegon, Mich., to the late James Norman and Teresa Marie Bottoms and grew up in Anna Maria Island, Fla. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Vietnam War. He worked at Walmart for 19 years. He loved the ocean, surfing and animals. He was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Jessie Kooi; a son, Shawn Kooi (Azania Opio) of Anna Maria Island, Fla.; a grandson, Makio Koi of Anna Maria Island; sisters, Jennifer Bottoms of Anna Maria Island, and Julie McGuire (John) of Ackworth, Ga.; brother, Jimmy Kooi who was a POW in Vietnam and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 30, in the chapel of Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. J. D. Watson officiating. Burial was in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Kooi family.
David Clark Duvall
David Clark Duvall, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018, after a period of declining health. He was a native of Franklin and a 1968 graduate of Franklin High School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Carolina University and worked as Head of Circulation at Hunter Library (WCU) for 31 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Marie Duvall, two brothers, Jackie West and Mark Duvall, and two infant brothers, Jeffery and Boone Duvall. He is survived by his ex-wife and dear friend Rachel Duvall of Franklin, one daughter, Wendy Duvall (Stephen) of Franklin, and one son, Travis Duvall (Jamie) of Chesapeake, Va.; four sisters, Nancy Wilson of Franklin, Kathy Hart (Tom) of Highlands, Jennifer Nation of Franklin, and Rexanna Duvall (Don) of Franklin; special cousin, Mike Chapman of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jared Duvall of Franklin, and Eli and Adalyn Duvall of Chesapeake, Va.; and three nephews, Scotty Sizemore of San Francisco, Calif., Eric Sizemore of Bull Head City, Ariz., and Dylan Duvall of Atlanta, Ga. He was an avid Civil War buff, gun collector, historian, and baseball fan. He played guitar, sang, and loved Johnny Cash. He was also a volunteer at CareNet. A gathering of friends was held at Macon Funeral Home from on Friday, June 1, followed by a time of sharing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CareNet of Franklin or to a charity of your choice. David wanted to be remembered as a man who loved his family dearly. He will be greatly missed. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
June McClure, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ben McClure and Dessie Waldroop McClure. She was a retired hairdresser and former owner of Yellow Daisy Gallery on Main Street in Franklin. She is survived by a daughter, April Jackson and fiancé Kevin Burgess of Franklin; son, Creg Collier and wife Rene of Waynesville; brother, Jerry McClure of Franklin; sister, Bena Lee Shields of Franklin; four grandchildren; one step grandson and several nieces and nephew. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCoy officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Jack W. Jones
Jack W. Jones, organist, conductor, accompanist and composer, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. He was born in Daytona Beach and graduated from Mainland High School, Stetson University, Union Theological Seminary, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the Juilliard School. Dr. Jones founded the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches in 1979 to bring performances of major choral works to Palm Beach County and conducted the chorus for 31 years. He served as organist-Director of Music at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach from 1989 to 2013. Additional positions were teaching at Florida Atlantic University, Mercer University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College. He also used his musical talents as Chorus Master for the Palm Beach Opera, Artistic Director of the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Society, and Music Director for the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training, Repertory Theatre, the Stage Company, and Sculpture Theatre. Dr. Jones published many organ, piano, instrumental and vocal compositions; accompanied a multitude of recitals; performed in diverse concerts and recordings; and gave numerous organ dedicatory recitals and organ concerts. In retirement, Dr. Jones served as organist-Choirmaster for the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers. He is survived by his spouse and partner of 22 years, Marty Marshall. Services will be held at a future date in Palm Beach, Fla. Macon Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Sarah Belle Dean
Sarah Belle Dean passed away on Dec. 9, 2017, at the age of 96 at Grandview Manor in Franklin. She was born in Canton, N.C., to the late Belle and Claude Warren on April 19, 1921. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Dean; brothers, Joe Warren, Bobby Warren, Jackie Warren, and William Warren and sister, Betty Swanger. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Franklin. She had a long and successful career working first in what was known at the time as Macon County Agriculture Extension Office, now Macon County Cooperative Extension Office, and she later served as the receptionist and switchboard operator at the county courthouse. She loved reading and walking but her great love was her flower gardens. People also enjoyed and admired them when walking or driving by her house. She is survived by her daughter, Anne Dean Popper and son-in-law Alex Popper of Asheville, N.C., grandson, Eric Popper, and wife Tracy Popper and great grandson Jack Popper of Chicago, Ill., and granddaughter, Catherine Popper of New York City. A graveside service will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, June 10, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731 or a charity of your choice. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Dean family.
Louise Osment Wilson
Louise Osment Wilson, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 28, 2018. Born in Clayton, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Calvin Osment and Katherine Rogers Osment. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Osment. She worked for Macon County Transit. She loved reading her Bible and was very strong in her Christian faith. She is survived by three sons, Jason D. Wilson (Joy) of Easley, S.C., Adam Wilson (Deborah) of Easley, S.C., and Kenneth “Lamar” Wilson of Spartanburg, S.C.; step son, Chris Riggins (Crystal) of Easley, S.C.; brother, Calvin “Buzz” Osment of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Carol Campbell of Matthews, N.C.; four grandchildren, Cooper Wilson, Cameron Wilson, Danielle Wilson and Cole Wilson and several nieces and nephews also survive. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Mary Delphia Ellis
Mary Delphia Ellis, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born in Jackson County, she is the daughter of the late Bert Web and Mamie Trantham Webb. She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Redoutey, and second husband, Donald B. Ellis, her son, Keith Redoutey, grandson Mike Redoutey, four brothers and six sisters. She loved the Lord and enjoyed flower gardening and gospel music. She was a member of the Victory Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, George Redoutey (Ann) of Franklin; three sisters, Ethel McMahan (Bobby) of Sylva, Betty Jean Browning, and Barbara Shephard (Ray) of Franklin; one grandson; four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tracy Tallent officiated. Burial was in the Victory Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Redoutey, Landon Redoutey, Alex Redoutey, Chandler Redoutey, Ethan Teague, and Dawson Browning. Honorary pallbearer was McKenzie Redoutey. Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
James ‘Jim’ Eric Bottomley
James “Jim” Eric Bottomley, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 1, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Eric Bottomley and Valborg “Billie” Kiehne Bottomley. He was a master carpet installer for most of his life, but his lifelong mission was helping others. He was a member of the Healthy Carolinians and their substance abuse task force; and was instrumental in bringing the Oxford House for Women to Franklin. He enjoyed fishing, wood bowl carving and living in the mountains. He is survived by his loving wife, Tina Halili Bottomley; two daughters, Jennifer Bottomley (Shawn Arnold) of Cinnaminson, N.J., and Ivy Riddles (Mike) of Williamstown, N.J.; two sisters, Jane O’Sullivan and Dale Squarcetta both of Philadelphia, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Jack Arnold, Alex Arnold, M.J. Riddles, and Mason Riddles. A private service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.