Obituaries for March 4, 2021

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Curtis Alan Rich Sr.

Curtis Alan Rich Sr.

 Curtis Alan Rich Sr., was born in Pell City, Ala., to Oscar and Mary Neighbors Rich on Oct. 18, 1928.

He developed an interest in photography at a early age which lasted throughout his lifetime. As a member of the United States Navy, he attended the Navy School of Photography and was assigned to the Aerial Photography Unit. A highlight of his time in service was working in conjunction with 20th Century Fox filming the movie, “The Frogmen.” He also had the honor of being assigned to accompany President Harry Truman recording his activities when he visited the base at Key West.

Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned to Birmingham, Ala., and opened a full fledged photography studio. He missed the south Florida he had loved during his Navy days, so he returned to Miami where he worked for Eastman Kodak. During this time he became involved in the Florida mining and rock blasting industry where he saw the opportunity to market specialized tools, thus founding and operating Curtis Tool Company.

Later, he moved to Citrus County, near Crystal River. He became active in Rotary International and was instrumental in forming the Economic Development Committee of Citrus County. He served as mayor of Crystal River for five terms, from 1990 to 2000. He also organized a community bank, Nature Coast Bank,  now Drummond Bank. He served as chairman of the board initially and later as a member of the board of directors until about three years after moving to Highlands.

He and his wife, Vangie, were very active in local theater and starred in many productions. They retired to Highlands, N.C., where they continued to be interested in photography and involved in community events, including theater.

His family was always most dear to him. 

His survivors include his devoted wife of 36 years, Vangie Carruthers Rich of Highlands; his daughter, Alana Franceal Rich, of Cullman, Ala.; his son, Curtis A. Rich II and fiancé, Kimberly Porter of Crystal River, Fla.; two stepsons, William T. Swigert Jr., (Shane W. Wilson) of Oklahoma, Okla., and Brett L. Swigert (Nancy Massey Swigert) of Ocala, Fla.; a niece, Audryn Kay Swigert of Culver City, Califa; grandchildren, Rebecca Crowder Demarco (Justin) of Illinois, and Taylor G. Rich of Crystal River; and great-grandchildren, Addison, Cannon and Cora Demarco of Illinois.

A memorial service will be held after gathering restrictions are lifted. Memorials made to Four Seasons Hospice, Care Partners, or Highlands-Cashiers Hospital are greatly appreciated.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the Rich family.

Online condolences at www.moffittfamilyfuneralcare.com.

Joseph Harley Jenkins

Joseph Harley Jenkins

Joseph Harley Jenkins, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. He was born Nov. 2, 1958, in Macon County to the late Harley and Ruby Houston Jenkins.  He was married to the late Rebecca “Becky” Luker Jenkins. He was a maintenance worker on tractors, a member of the Macon County Horse Association and a longtime member of WNC Wagon Train. He also was a blacksmith for many years.

He is survived by three sons, Paul Jenkins (Crystal), Joey Jenkins and Nathan Jenkins; six brothers, Rick Jenkins, Ray Jenkins, Jerry Jenkins, Tom Jenkins, Carlos Jenkins and Troy Jenkins; a sister, Annie Mae Cisneros; grandchildren, Kendra Sheffey, Branson Jenkins, Aspen Applewhite and Hailey Jenkins.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Annie Mae Jenkins.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 25, in Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brent Houston officiating. A graveside service was held Friday at Lakey Creek Methodist Church Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Jenkins family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Scott Steven Macfarlane

Scott Steven Macfarlane

Scott Steven Macfarlane, 44, of Asheville, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Feb. 15, 2021.

He was born and raised in West Palm Beach before moving to Asheville. He was a carpenter by trade and loved that profession. He had a sweet and loving heart and loved to use his carpentry skills in freely helping others. He was greatly loved and a blessing to all. He will be missed immensely.

He leaves behind his wife, Sasha (nee Foltynewicz); his parents, John Steven and Barbara (Tyre) Macfarlane of Otto, N.C.; his brother, Eric (Abigail); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his infant brother, John Kirk Macfarlane; grandparents Robert (Bob) and Joyce Macfarlane of West Palm Beach; and George C. and Velma Tyre of Lantana, Fla. 

Service to be held at a later date in West Palm Beach.

Jonathan Gonzalez Valdez

Jonathan Gonzalez Valdez, 24, from Marietta, Ga., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. He was a painter who worked alongside in his father’s company. He was son to Leonardo Gonzalez and Rita Valdez, a loving brother to his eldest brother Alexis, eldest sister Maria and to his youngest sister Jacqueline.

He was a ray of laughter and a light to his family throughout the years and to the people who he met along the way. He had a gentle heart and was passionate about his reading and artwork. He was committed in the work he did and took pride to always perfect his work. In the 24 years of life that he was given he showed so much love. He got the opportunity to be with his three nephews throughout the last four years, he would go from playing endlessly with them to just sitting patiently practicing their talking and teaching them new things. He had such a kind soul, he was the happiest when around his family and those he considered friends. He is loved by so many, his smile and the sound of his laughter will be missed.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Chapel at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Gonzalez Valdez family. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Luker Jenkins

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Luker Jenkins

Rebecca “Becky” Luker Jenkins, 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.  She was born Dec. 8, 1971, to R.A. and Joann Brissey Luker of Tuckasegee, N.C.  She was an office manager at Nantahala Physical Therapy; she attended Central Baptist Church, she loved horses and was a member of Macon County Horse Association. She loved people and especially loved her family.  She was married to the late Joe Jenkins.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by sons, Nathan Jenkins, Paul Jenkins (Crystal) and Joey Jenkins; sister, Melissa Hoyle (Gary) of Sylva; grandchildren, Kendra Sheffey, Branson Jenkins, Aspen Applewhite and Hailey Jenkins.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 25, in Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brent Houston and Rev. Leonard Luker officiating. A graveside service was held at Shook Cemetery in Tuckasegee, N.C., with Rev. Jason Bryson officiating.  Pallbearers were Matt Hoyle, Mark Hoyle, Darrell Luker, Roger Luker, Dennis Luker and Lyndon McFalls.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Jenkins family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Alvin Pressley II

Anthony “Tony” Alvin Pressley II, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Feb. 24, 2021.

He was born in Charleston, S.C., to the late Alvin and Margaret Cooper Pressley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Millie, and son, Anthony Alvin Pressley.

He attended Western Carolina University and was a music major and played the trumpet. He was a pressman by trade and most of his working life was in the printing business. He enjoyed hiking, camping and the beauty of God’s creation.

He loved Jesus and lived his life to honor him. A faithful man, beloved husband, wonderful father, dear brother. He will be greatly missed and ever in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa; daughter, Megan Pressley of Abingdon, Va.; sister, Sue Pressley Parker of Otto; nephew, Dean Smith of Greenville, S.C.; and niece, Samatha Bennett of Charlotte, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Christian Training Center International, 234 Watchman Lane Franklin, NC 28734, or at at www.ctci life.org/give.

Patricia Ann Giddes Vinson

Patricia Ann Giddes Vinson

Patricia Ann Giddes Vinson, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. She was born June 5, 1960, in Ft. Myers, Fla., to the late Irving and Willie Mae Giddes.  She was an office manager for Giddes Construction Company in Lee County, Fla. She loved to crochet, cook and loved hanging out with her daughter.  She was an avid reader and was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by her husband, Scott Vinson; and daughter, Olivia Vinson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Glenda Castleman Takach

Glenda Castleman Takach

Glenda Castleman Takach, 79, of Franklin, N.C., died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

Born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late George Denton and Sue Ann Langford Castleman.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Paul “Jay” Takach in April 2016 and a granddaughter, Anastasia Scheufele in December 2020. She was Catholic and worked for many years as an LPN at Britthaven in Franklin.  More recently she would be found working in her yard or her antiques.

She is survived by daughters, Grace Phillips (Maurice) of Franklin,  and Pam Goins (Glenn) of Davie, Fla.; sons, Jon Balcom (Teresa) of Franklin,  George Balcom (Luann) of Jacksonville, Fla., Joe Takach of Cooper City, Fla., and Paul John Takach (Ada) of Miami, Fla.; and a sister, Carolyn Miller of New Mexico; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her “bonus” daughter, Monica Byrd of Franklin.

Private services will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC  28744.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Yvonne Rowland Shuler

Patricia ‘Pat’ Yvonne Rowland Shuler

Patricia “Pat” Yvonne Rowland Shuler, 85, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

She was born on April 12, 1935, in Franklin, to the late Royal Furman Rowland and Texie Lavora Welch Rowland.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Albert Shuler.

She was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church and she retired in 1997 from her job as a care giver with Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc.  She was an avid reader and loved visiting with her family and making others laugh. She was known and loved for her  great sense of humor and love for her family. She was an intercessor who found great joy in praying for the needs of others. “Nana Pat,” as her grandchildren called her, will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons, James J. Blevins III (Judy) of Bryson City, N.C., and William Eric Blevins (Cathy) of Greensboro, N.C.; a daughter, Reneé Yvonne Vinson (Gerald) of Young Harris, Ga.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 13, at 2 p.m., at Cullasaja Assembly of God, 6201 Highlands Rd., Franklin, with Rev. Forrest Jones officiating.

The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be given to: Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or www.bchfamily.org

Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Shuler family with arrangements.

Alberta Green Bowes

Alberta Green Bowes

Alberta Green Bowes, 76, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Tiny Gibson Green. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jo Swafford and Cathy Green, and a brother, Lenden Green. 

She was a lifelong member of Ridgcrest Baptist Church and was very active at the church. She served on the decorating committee and loved working on the food committee. 

She was known for always taking care of others first and definitely had the “Service Before Self” way of life. She helped with Relay for Life, The Banquet Table, and would help prepare the community Thanksgiving meal at First Presbyterian Church and the Masonic breakfast fundraiser whenever possible. She loved to make beautiful wedding cakes and pies for those she knew, and to help plan baby showers and bridal showers for anyone she could. She enjoyed bowling and loved spending time with family and friends. She was a faithful employee to Belden for 34 and a half  years and worked in the restaurant business for many years.  She was a real friend to many and would always make sure no one left hungry.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Bobby Bowes (Natalie Whittaker) of  Mount Vernon, Ga.; her sister, Shirley Charles (Jackie “Pete”) of Cumming, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Maggie and Carter Bowes of Dublin, Ga.; one nephew, Brian Charles of Cumming, Ga., and numerous cousins and close friends.

A graveside service will be held at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery on Saturday, March 6, at 2 p.m. Rev. Guy Duvall will officiate.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744 or the Gideons International.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jimmie B. White

Jimmie B. White

Jimmie B. White, 86, passed away Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, following a lengthy battle with a rare incurable cancer.  He was born in Bristow, Okla., and moved to Tahlequah, Okla., to pursue a career in the field of education.  He retired in Tahlequah as the principal at Greenwood Elementary School.  He spent a few years in Florida before moving permanently to Franklin, N.C., in 2006.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burl and Paulene White, and son Kelly at the age of 13.  

He is survived by his wife Jean of 30 years; sons, Jeffrey White and wife Laura and J.D. White, both of Tahlequah Okla.; a sister, Anita White Zwick of Cape Coral Fla.; a brother, Ron and his wife Madeleine who split their time between Franklin and N. Ft. Myers, Fla.; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren; stepchildren of over 30 years, Darin McDaniel and wife Kelly of Oklahoma City; Michael McDaniel and wife Debbra of Joplin, Mo., and Tracey Vaughn and daughter Madison Scrabeck of St. Petersburg, Fla.  

He was loved by all of them as a dear father figure and mentor.  He made many friends in Franklin participating in the Macon County Senior Games which he entered most every year in golf, tennis and bowling before becoming ill. He also produced beautiful carpentry pieces for many of his friends.  

A memorial service will be held in Tahlequah at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice of Macon County.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the White family. Online condolences at www.bryantfuneralhome.com.

Audrey (Kellie) Bridge

Audrey (Kellie) Bridge

Kellie lived a life dedicated to family, friends and animals. She loved camping, fishing and the beauty of nature. She was our angel on earth and we’re sure Kellie is flying high with God’s angels somewhere over the rainbow.

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