Archibald ‘Archie’ Lyman Picklesimer
Archibald “Archie” Lyman Picklesimer, 95, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, in Keystone Heights, Fla. He was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Macon County to the late Lyman E. Picklesimer and Pearl Maybelle Talley Picklesimer. He was married 64 years to the late Lena Mae Davis Picklesimer who preceded him. He retired as a supervisor at a plastic manufacturing company; was a former member of the VFW; a WWII Navy veteran; and a member of the Blue Valley Baptist Church. He was born and raised in Highlands, N.C. After serving in the Navy he made his home in Sanford, Maine, for 44 years before retiring to the mountains of North Carolina which he loved. Survivors include his son, Glenn R. Picklesimer (Cindy) of Keystone Heights, Fla.; three grandchildren, Aaron Picklesimer (Sarah), Kelly Hubbard (Michael), and 2nd Lt. U.S. Army Adam Picklesimer; two brothers, Radford Picklesimer and Brandon Picklesimer both of Highlands. He was preceded in death by brothers Warren, Thornton, and Clark Picklesimer, and sisters Angile Picklesimer and Dorylas Early. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Blue Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made at the International Mission Board (IMB) online at give.imb.org Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com Bryant-Grant Funeral home and Crematory is serving the Picklesimer family.
Loretta Jean Miller
Loretta Jean Miller, 80, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019. She was born Sept. 4, 1938, in Elkhart, Ind., to the late Jerome Glant and Eleanor Eby Glant. She is preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Glant. She worked as an R.N. Nurse for 50 years, including 15 years at Angel Hospital in Franklin, N.C. She was a dedicated nurse and worked in various roles in the hospital environment. She is survived by her husband of almost 57 years, Larry C. Miller and their beloved dog Jack. She was a proud mother of two daughters, Lori Anne Miller of Fort Myers, Fla., and Lynn Janice Miller-Franklin of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; four grandsons who she loved dearly, Jordan Miller of Franklin, C.J. Varner of Fort Myers, Jacob Franklin of Fort Myers Beach, and Jesse Franklin of Fort Myers Beach. Per Loretta’s wishes, there will not be a service or memorial. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a School of Nursing of your choice. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Miller Family. Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Earle David Williams
Earle David Williams, 100, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019. He was born July 11, 1918, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late David Charles Williams and Bernadette Obringer Williams. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” Williams, who died in 2010. He worked at Mesta Machine Co. during World War II. In 1949, he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and opened a service station with his dad, Dave, that he ran for 35 years. Both his sons worked for him, making it a three-generation business. After retirement, he moved to Franklin. He was president of the Cullasaja Community Development Club for over 15 years. He volunteered at the Cullasaja Fire Department, he was a founding member of Save Our Rivers, a member of Western NC Alliance, an Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail volunteer, a Red Cross blood donor since World War II, a founding member of High Mountain Squares, and was an avid gardener. Survivors include two daughters, Pat LaMonica (Jack) of Pisgah Forest, N.C., and Mary Ann Williams of Franklin; two sons, David Williams (Joyce) of Whidbey Island, Wash., and Tom Williams (Lindy) of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, Vince LaMonica of Pisgah Forest and Lindsay Williams of Orlando, Fla. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Earle’s memory to the Western North Carolina Alliance (wnca.org). The family would like to thank the staff and management of Grandview Manor for their loving care of our father. Thank you is not enough. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Williams family. Online condolences can be left at www.bryangrantfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Pangle, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Manuel Norton and Ethel Henry Norton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Harry Pangle; brothers, Lewis Norton and Jack Norton; and a sister, Iva Dell Hall. She was a teacher and speech therapist; director of Exceptional Children’s Program; and retired from the Macon County Board of Education as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She was a member of the Retired School Personnel; served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity; and was past president and treasurer of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Evelyn was an active member of First United Methodist Church; was an avid gardener and lawn mower; and dedicated mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her sons, Frank Pangle (Sherry) and Tommy Pangle (Brenda) both of Franklin; sisters, Betty Thomas of Otto and Ruth Phillips of Asheville; four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 16, at the First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam and Rev. Margaret Freeman officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Burns, Daniel Niehoff, Tracy Holland, David Hodgins, Alan Pannell, David Cheek and Donald Hurst. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Pannell and Ted Burnette. Memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Jane Hensz-Dick, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 15, 2019. Born in Wheatland, Ind., she was the daughter of the late James Farris Wise and Chrystal Ray Wise. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Ruston Hensz; second husband, William Dick; and sisters, Chrystal Marie Lockhart and Mary Faye Willis. She formerly owned Celebrations Party Supplies in Franklin and was an insurance agent. She enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Hensz Stilwell (Jerry Sr.) of Franklin; brother, James Wise of Edwardsport, Ind.; two grandchildren, Jerry Stilwell Jr. (Tiffany) of Franklin and Travis Dick (Kristina) of Englevale, N.D.; four great grandchildren, Victoria Stilwell, Abigayle Stilwell, Gabriel Stilwell and Amber Dick; and numerous family members from North Dakota and Indiana. A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m., at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Buchanan, 90, of Sharpsburg, Ga., passed away March 7, 2019. A native of Macon County, he was born on May 2, 1928, to the late Oscar and Edna Picklesimer Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Jean Stiles Buchanan of Sharpsburg; two sons, Tommy Buchanan and his wife Jan of Vestavia Hills, Ala., Neal Buchanan of Sharpsburg; daughter, Kenna Daws and husband Clarence of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Bea Bell of Otto, N.C., Tee Henry and husband Bob of Franklin; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 10, in the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home in Fairburn, Ga., with Dr. Tim Riordan officiating. Interment followed at Holly Hill Memorial Park.
Jackie Wies, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Born in New London County, Conn., she was the daughter of the late John Maclaren and Dorothy Simons Maclaren. She is survived by her husband, Bob Wies; son, Charles S. Rice of Franklin; daughter, Kimberly Tetrautt of Florida; two sisters, Sally of Connecticut and Leone of Florida; and three grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can me made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Mildred Mary Beck Dills
Mildred Mary Beck Dills, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019. Born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Smokemont, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Merritt William and Julia Watson Beck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her children, J.D. Dills; son, Jimmy Dills; brothers, Merritt, Glenn and Albert (Sonny) Beck; and sisters, Beatrice Hammack and Leota Wilkes. She worked many years for friends Paul (Nig) and Lillie Tallent at Tallent Steak House and worked at Sangamo and Belden. She was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her daughter, Wilma Anderson (JC); daughter-in-law, Suzanne Dills; grandchildren, Mia Overton (Tom), Tye Anderson (Sarah), Andrea Anderson, Colby Anderson and Jimmy Dills; great grandchildren, Makhaila and Zoie Anderson; sister, Ruth Corey; special nephew, Dennis Ray (Debbie) and several other nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Sunday, March 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Brian Holland officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Dills, Colby Anderson, Tye Anderson, Tom Overton, Dennis Ray, Stanley Southard, Keith Huscusson and Terry McCoy. Memorial donations can be made to REACH, PO Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744 or Otto Fire Department, 60 Firehouse Road, Otto, NC 28763. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Weaver Lee Shuler
Weaver Lee Shuler, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Don and Virgie Long Shuler. He was married to Virginia Cleo Gregory Shuler, who preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired farmer, he had worked for 14 years at Burlington Industries and 13 years at Biltmore Dairies and had also worked at Seays Farm and Garden. He attended Wells Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, Greg Lee Shuler; a sister, Mary Bell Shuler; and three brothers, J. M. Shuler, Harold Shuler and Paul Shuler. Survivors include three sisters, Shirley Peek and Donna Shuler Holden both of Franklin, and Virginia Peek of Johnson City, Tenn.; four brothers, Marselle Shuler, Jerry Shuler (Judy), Charles Shuler (Margaret) and Dwight Shuler (Trudy) all of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, March 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tony Peek, Gary Peek, Michael Shuler, Steven Shuler, Jeffrey Shuler, Jimmy Wiggins and Killian Carpenter. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shuler family. Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Denny Neal Elliott
Denny Neal Elliott, 42, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Denver Elliott and Vicki Clubb Elliott. He was an avid dirt track race fan. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Jean Boatman of Spartanburg, S.C.; two daughters, Taylor Elliott of Sylva, N.C., and Lexi Elliott of Franklin; one son, Jackson Elliott of Franklin; two sisters, Marsha Ledford of Lakemont, Ga., and Amanda Elliott of Franklin; two brothers, Bud Elliott of Franklin and Steve Elliott of Franklin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 13, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Bates officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Messer, DJ Elliott, Brandon Elliott, David McCoy, Chris Davis, and Bobby Collins. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Doris Louise Morris Tillery
Doris Louise Morris Tillery, 92, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. She was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Dade County, Florida, to the late Thomas Wayne Morris and Myrtice Williams Morris. She was a homemaker, loved to do crafts where she won lots of blue ribbons for her work. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Ann Ferrell of Pueblo, Colo.; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sons, Ronald Allen Tillery, Thomas Lee Tillery, William “Bill” Tillery, and Donald Russell Tillery. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Tillery family. Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Herve Foreman
Joseph Herve Foreman, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Saturday, March 9, 2019. Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of the late Herve Joseph Foreman and Ruth Margaret Brown Foreman. He was a Merchant Marine serving during WWII and Army veteran of the Korean War; retired 2nd Mate Merchant Marine; member of the American Legion Post 108 and member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots. He is survived by his brother, Edwin Foreman (Colleen) of Hollywood, Fla.; niece, Lisa Nickerson; nephew, Eric Foreman (Ginny); great nephews, Richard Nickerson and Matthew Foreman; and great niece, Megan Foreman. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 30, at 9 a.m., at the Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Park. VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 will officiate. A reception will follow at 12 noon at the VFW Post 7339, 60 West Palmer Street, Franklin. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Charles Edward “Rusty” Russell II
Charles Edward “Rusty” Russell II, 65, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019. He was born in Onita County, New York to the late Charles Edward Russell and Jane Anne Barton Russell Ernst who survives. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Michelle Ernst. He worked as a teacher in the New York State School system. He later worked in construction and communications in North Carolina. Survivors include his mother of Jane Barton Ernst of New York; a sister, Charlene E. Russell of New York; and a brother, James Michael Russell of New York; and several close friends in the Franklin and Highlands, N.C., area. A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 21, in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Russell family.
William ‘Bill’ Claude Houston
William “Bill” Claude Houston, 65, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Frank and Lois Houston of Highlands. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Houston and brother, Jim Houston. He was a rock mason and loved to fish, hunt, and travel. He is survived by two sons, Chris Houston (Mandy) of Highlands and Charlie Houston (Kristen) of Douglasville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Sarah, Grace, Charlotte, and Christian; two brothers, Tommy Houston and Larry Houston (Faith) both of Highlands; and sister, Sandy McCormick (David) of Georgia. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 23, at Buck Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Jamie Passmore officiated. Burial was in Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Geneva Vaughn, 133 Embers Drive, Highlands, NC 28741. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Karen Morgan Dalrymple
Karen Morgan Dalrymple, 58, of Franklin, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Harold Morgan and Juanita Sanders Morgan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Morgan. She loved her grandchildren, her horses, feeding wildlife, gardening and flowers. She was a CNA and was of the Methodist faith. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Russell Dalrymple; son, Adam Johnson (Briana) of Waynesville; daughter, Jennifer Harris (Scott) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Rita Byrd of Franklin; brother, Gary Morgan (Mary) of Clyde; three grandchildren, Brea Harris, Easton Harris and Benjamin Johnson; one niece and six nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m., at Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church. Rev. Robert Dryman will officiate. The family will have a time of gathering following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Tracs, PO Box 101, Otto, NC 28763. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Frances McIntyre Bishop
Dr. Frances McIntyre Bishop, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, March 18, 2019. In 1946, Dr. Frances McIntyre Bishop was born in Macon County to Ray McIntyre and Sadie Franks McIntyre. She is preceded in death by her brother, Leo McIntyre (2000); her nephew, Tommy McIntyre (2007); and her life-long friend, Annette Raby Stanfield (2008). She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church from the age of 15, holding numerous positions of leadership and service within the church. She was known to teach Sunday School, served as Training Union Director and wrote the annual Christmas play for more than 50 years. Her Christmas plays were a ministry in themselves, bringing together people from the church and the community to participate and to enjoy the finished product, for which she always gave Jesus the credit. In the later years of her service as Training Union Director she was responsible for discipling young men in the church, giving them the courage to take a leadership role from their early teen years. Aside from the church, another passion of her life was education. Attending Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and the University of South Carolina at Columbia, among others; she earned numerous degrees from many schools and 12 certifications in the education field. Her teaching career began with five years of teaching business classes and gifted classes at Rabun County High School in Georgia. She then continued her career for 31 years with Macon County Schools. In that time, she taught remedial reading (10 years), fourth grade (10 years), Health and PE (6 years) and served in elementary administration (5 years). She took a personal interest in her students and stayed in touch with many of them. They were hers. Once she retired from Macon County Schools, she continued to work with Western Carolina University in supervision of teaching interns and new teachers. Dr. Bishop worked for 10 years with the United States Postal Services where she made close ties. She enjoyed work on her farm, from putting up hay to bottle feeding new calves. When a dog or cat without a home found her, she gave them a home on her farm as if she had chosen them. She accomplished much in a life well lived. She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Larry David Bishop; two sisters, Wanda Baker (Norman), and Katie Shope (Bobby); cousin, Sandra McCoy (Mike) and close friend, Betty Rowland (Henry) all of Franklin. Funeral services will be held Thursday March 21, at 11 a.m., at Watauga Baptist Church. Rev. Wesley Price, Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Mark Bishop, and Rev. Guy Duvall will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jackson Roper, Damon Johnson, George C. Roper, Jeremy Brendle, Stewart Beach, Tyler Hughes, Christopher Hedden and Drew Simpson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dickie and Joyce Gibson, Zeb and Ann Mehaffey, Alvin, Sue, Doug, Dennis and Kirk Johnson, Adam Tallent and Brian Crupe, Randy McCoy, Tim Cochran and Jackie Downs, Ray Sanders and Mitchell Bishop, Jim Tipton, Derick and Colby Hurst, Tommy and Jan Curtis, Max and Glenda Gladwell, Jim and Sue Hedden, George, Pam and Callie Roper, Clara Lowe, Walter and Terri Hunter, Ernie and Diane Brendle, Heather and Chet Stanley, Charlie Leatherman, Dr. Dan Grube and Dr. Catherine Carter, Dr. Brad Smith, Danny Lenau and Walt Lovett, Dr Lee Nichols and Dr. Stephen Arbitter. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the FHS Athletic Booster Club, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin, NC 28734. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Ray Reitmeier
Kenneth Ray Reitmeier, 81, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Childress, Texas, after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 6, 1937, in Tyler, Texas, to Alcied William and Mattie Eudora “Ruth” (Greene) Reitmeier. He married Jane Peters on Sept. 12, 1998, in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Prior to that, he was married to Julie Reitmeier, the mother of his children, for 34 years. She resides in Greenville, S.C. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for eight years. He has two sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, all who have served or are currently serving in the Air Force. He was multi-talented man who had several careers. Some of the main ones were real estate broker, restaurant manager, department store manager, shoe repair shop owner, and office supply storeowner. He was a spiritual, Christian man. He loved to help people, whether through service to his country, church, work, community or by teaching others about Christ. Most recently, he was chaplain for the Childress County jail, teaching the inmates how to live richer, fuller lives. He encouraged everyone he met to appreciate and live life to the fullest, which he did to the very end. He was a friendly and outgoing man, and he never met a stranger. He spent a number of years learning hands-on health from the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. From their teaching, he learned that Red Tail Hawks were very spiritual and he always saw many of them when he and his wife traveled. He loved to have fun and to garden, and also enjoyed being around children and babies and watching them learn and grow. He was a sports fan and enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. He had a love for music and sang with numerous groups. Above all else, he loved all of his family very much. He was a dear father to his children and “Gramps” to all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Jane, of Childress; one daughter, Beth Corbin and husband Kevin of Franklin; two sons, Chris Reitmeier and wife Karey of Travelers Rest, S.C.; Danny Reitmeier of Franklin; one sister, Nancy Lewis of Northern Calif.; two step-sons, Randy Rister and wife Viva of Childress, and Lonnie Rister and wife Christi of Lubbock, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Childress, and another to be held April 12 in Springfield, Mo. A memorial service will be held in Franklin on July 27; time and location to be announced at a later date.
Janelle Voskerijian, 51, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on March 9, 2019. Born in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Daniel Reid. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerard Voskerijian. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. She loved art and coloring. She is survived by her sons, Robert Michael Montelione of the home and Nicolas Moschonas of New York; daughter, Jessica Moschonas of New York, and her ex-husband, Gary Michael Montelione of Franklin. A memorial service will be held at Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m., at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev Donnie Seagle will officiate. 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.