Obituaries for May 10, 2018

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Michael Scott Knibbs

Michael Scott Knibbs

Michael Scott Knibbs, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Born in Tiffin, Ohio, he was the son of Michael Knibbs and Linda Maglott Knibbs of Old Town, Fla.  He worked in tree service and enjoyed bowling, playing softball and riding motorcycles.  He loved being outdoors. He was a member of the Cullasaja Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Missy Bolick Knibbs; three children, Ashley Coleman (Brandon), Megan Knibbs, and Scotty Knibbs, all of Franklin; one sister Cindy Carpenter (Scott) of Massillon, Ohio; two grandchildren, Levi Knibbs and Bryce Coleman; one nephew, Calvin Carpenter; one niece, Hannah Carpenter; mother- and father-in-law, Arbutus and Larry Bolick of Franklin; two brothers-in-law, Larry Bolick (Liana), and Eric Bolick (Courtney) all of Franklin.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 5, at Cullasaja Assembly of God. Rev. Forest Jones will officiated.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Paul Rogers Tippett

Paul Rogers Tippett, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Walter Robert and Rosa Wilson Tippett.

He worked for E.S. Purdon Furniture Company and Progressive Building Products in Franklin.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Emma Lucille Crisp Tippett; son, Charles Gary Tippett (Sharon) of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Kim Tippett and seven grandchildren, Kyle Tippett, Brandon Tippett, Emilie Tippett, Daniel Tippett all of Franklin, Elizabeth Fincanon (Steven) of Reidsville, N.C., Courtney Tippett and Megan Tippett both of Franklin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Roger Tippett, who passed away July 8, 2013.

A funeral service was held Friday, May 4, in the chapel of Bryant–Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Eddie Mason and Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial followed in Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kyle Tippett, Daniel Tippett, Steven Fincanon, John Melton, John Lenihan, Lee Hurst and Randy Owens.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Future Farmers of America at Franklin High School. Make checks payable to Franklin High School with Tippett Memorial in the memo line and mail to Franklin High School, Attn: Jenny Collins, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Tippett family.

Patricia Kay Ledford

Patricia Kay Ledford

Patricia Kay Ledford, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Dwight Holbrook and Gladys Tallent Bateman. She was also preceded in death by her step dad, Clyde Bateman. She retired from the Macon County School system.  She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was director of the ladies group.  She lived for her grandchildren and family gatherings.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dearl Ledford; four children, Stephanie O’Neil (Glen), Brandon Ledford (Donna), Derrah Kiser (Johnny) and Bethany Virga (Mike) all of Franklin; two brothers, Dennis Holbrook (Claudia) of Forest Hills, Texas and Gary Holbrook of Kennedale, Texas; sister, Jill Holbrook (Lura) of Tucson, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Kaylee Marsengill, Madison O’Neil, Braden Ledford, Jared Ledford, Charidy Ledford, Alauna Kiser, A.J. Virga, Maryle Sands and Michael Mannion;  two great grandchildren, Ellis Barrett and Abraham Marsengill; step mother, June Holbrook of Arlington, Texas and adopted family, Ralph Morgan of Lexington, Ky., Rod Smith, Greg Crisp, April Tallent, Jamie Fletcher and Dawn Spivey, all of Franklin.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 9, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church,  Franklin, with Revs. Josh Brooks, Justin Harrell and Johnny Lee officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steve Tallent, Nick Fouts, David McConnell, Lee Marsengill, Sandy Keener and Holly Bradley.

PHD Ladies group will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Cancer Care of WNC (Love Lights), 834 Depot Street, Suite 210, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Sylvia E. Freeman

Sylvia Freeman

Sylvia E. Freeman, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Born in Taplin, West Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert Crank and Margaret Crittendon Crank.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dorman Freeman and five sisters and six brothers.  She retired from Martin Marietta.  She was a member of Campers on Mission and was a mission worker in Blount Island and Jacksonville, Fla.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Mark Freeman (Bonnie) of Franklin; four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Jeremey and Jamie; six great grandchildren, Katie, Michael, Robert, Taylor, Sara and Tara; four great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 15, at South Macon Baptist Church.  Rev. Albert Grey officiated.  Burial was in the Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Jay P. Lattimer

Jay P. Lattimer

Jay P. Lattimer, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday March 29, 2018. Born in Wausau, Wisc., he was the son of the late Edwin H. Lattimer and Beata Sell Lattimer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Michael, Thomas and Judd Lattimer. 

He graduated from Northland College, Ashland, Wisc. He spent his career as a salesman in the sporting goods industry. His passion was hunting and fishing and he fulfilled his dream when he moved to Alaska. There he guided hunting and fishing expeditions and also sold commercial fishing vessels and permits. Later he moved to south Florida where he did commercial property management before retiring to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolin. 

He loved people, had a great sense of humor, and no one ever went away a stranger. 

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Debra Fechtner Lattimer, a sister Lynn Tappan of Navarre, Fla., several nieces and nephews, his special dog Marlee, and many friends.

A gathering of friends will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Patton United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 112 Patton Church Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Noah’s Ark Humane Society, 1239 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or to one’s favorite charity.

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

Louis John Capaforte

Louis John Capaforte, 74, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was son of the late, Rudolph Capaforte and Marian Dadado Capaforte. He was a U.S. Army veteran, retired private investigator; owner of the Franklin Flea Market and was a member of the Walnut Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia Ann Waters Capaforte; four children, Donald Capaforte (Jeana) of Franklin, Suzan Capaforte (Harry) of Charlotte, N.C., Tony Capaforte of Garner, N.C., and Julie Capaforte of Franklin; sister, Marian of Miami, Fla.; six grandchildren, John Samuel Testa (Jessica), Anna Marie Testa, Amelia Lauren Capaforte Jones (Tom), Anthony Louis Capaforte (Ruthie), Garrett Anthony Capaforte and Taytem Ann Capaforte; and two great grandchildren, Adelaide Kinsey Capaforte and Audrey Sophia Testa.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Grandview Manor Care Center, (Memory Care Unit) 150 Crisp Street, Franklin, NC  28734 or Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209. (https://www.alz.org/northcarolina/)

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Tommy Gregory

Tommy Gregory

Tommy Gregory, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Andrew Gregory and Lacy Stewman Gregory.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Elliott Gregory; son, Larry Gregory; great grandson, Wesley Gregory and sister, Christine Stanfield.  He enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by grandson, Nathan Gregory (Heather) of Franklin; two great grandsons, Preston and Elijah.

Funeral service was held Sunday, May 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.  Burial was in the Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Edith Sanders Elders

Edith Sanders Elders

Edith Sanders Elders, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Sanders; her husband, Houston Elders; and her daughter, Tonda Elders Woodard.  She was a dedicated member of Watauga Baptist Church as well as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Cooking, canning, and taking care of the family were among her most treasured hobbies.  In addition to this, she enjoyed traveling with her granddaughter, Summer, who has many fond memories of their time together.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Summer Woodard of Franklin; her sister, Marie Sanders of Sylva; and her aunt; Ann Sanders of Franklin.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m., at Watauga Baptist Church.  Revs. Wesley Price and David Lee Williams will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mitchell Bishop, Alvin Johnson, Ray Sanders, Mark Berry, Alan McWilliams and Norris Clouse.

Memorial donations can be made to the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Norris Clouse, 2864 Watauga Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Myrtle Victoria Nations Brooks

Mrs. Myrtle Victoria Nations Brooks

Mrs. Myrtle Victoria Nations Brooks, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018. Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Martha Phillips Nations. She was married for 61 years to the late Rev. James Paul Brooks “Pop” who preceded “Mom” in death on July 5, 2006. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Denver Edward Brooks; three sisters, Virgie Loftis, Frankie Speed and Lexie Edge and two brothers, Millard Nations and Arvil Nations.

She was a good pastor’s wife and homemaker who loved her family deeply. She was a very prayerful woman, “if she was praying for you, you felt safe.” She loved her flower garden, sewing, quilting and crochet work. Hospitality was one of her traits and you could always be sure of being offered a good home cooked meal. She was a member of Franklin Church of God where she was a former Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Earlene Nations (John) of Franklin; sons, Cecil Brooks (Wilda) of Franklin and Winfred Brooks (May) of Bryson City; a daughter‑in‑law, Edith Brooks; a sister, Barbara Ledford of Easley, S.C.; brothers, Earl Nations of Clyde and Lon Nations of Montana; nine grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 6, at Franklin Church of God with Rev. Michael Stephens, Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. John Nations officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tim Nichols, Bobby Brooks, Jeremy Brooks, Kevin Watson, Brian Crupi, Jamie Brooks, Tony Allen, Michael Hilliard and Michael Burnette. 

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Brooks family.

Samuel Green III

Samuel Green III

Samuel Green III, 70, of Highlands, N.C., and, formerly, Atlanta, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, due to post-surgical complications. 

He was born on Oct. 8, 1947, and grew up in Atlanta. When the time came, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He remained a very proud “yellow jacket” following graduation and, accordingly, followed all GT sports teams, traveled with the GT alumni association to Russia and generally loved all things involving his alma mater. He was so “up with the white and gold” that you could often spot him around town wearing a “very” gold jacket or driving a “very” gold Cadillac.

Following graduation from Ga Tech, he utilized his engineering degree by specializing in heating and air conditioning controls while working for Johnson Controls and Precision Controls. He also was one of the earliest electrical contractors to be licensed by the State of Georgia, holding license number 0013. Later in his career, he switched gears a bit and went to work as a project manager/engineer for W.B. Wallis & Co, a mechanical contracting company in Scottdale, Ga. He managed numerous high profile projects during his long tenure with that company, including many projects at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the MARTA (metro) system in Atlanta.

Following his retirement, Sam permanently moved to Highlands where he loved the slower pace of the mountain life and he immersed himself in the residents and activities of the town. He was a member of the town’s zoning board and participated in many volunteer opportunities around town. If a neighbor or friend needed help, Sam was always there.

He was always fun to be around due to his wonderful zest for life, boundless energy, and upbeat and enthusiastic nature. He was a very loving, generous and thoughtful figure and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Giny, and his sister Lynda Sikes (Jimmy); his step-children, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved Aunt Virginia and Uncle Charlie Baird, who raised Sam following his father’s death.

The family invites all of Sam’s friends to attend a remembrance celebration on Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., to be held at Macon Funeral Home, 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Paul Stanley Anderson

Paul Stanley Anderson

Paul Stanley Anderson, 69, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ellis Anderson.

He was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Macon County to the late Turner and Annie Lou Waldroop Anderson. He was a timber dealer and he loved to fish, hunt, and worked in logging. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Franklin.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marie Anderson of the home; a daughter, Janice Mason (Samuel) of Franklin; a granddaughter, Christy Evans of Franklin; siblings, Jane E. Anderson, Jerry T. Anderson (Karon), David E. Anderson (Gail), Janet A. Anderson, and Pat Davis (Gary) all of Franklin; a sister‑in‑law, Sandra Anderson of Franklin; six nieces and nephews; two great nieces and nephews and his faithful dog, Rambler.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10, in the chapel of Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Anderson family.

Erma Sears

Erma Sears, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018.

No services are planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Monica Wall Beattie

Monica Wall Beattie

Monica Wall Beattie, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John Wall and Louisa Scheick Wall. She graduated with a BSED from Barry College and taught in the Dade County Public Schools.

She was a life member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and served on the Board of Directors for the state of Florida for 20 years.  She also served as chairman for the State Judges Council.

She was a leader in the Miami-Dade County Garden Clubs serving as president of the County Council of Garden Clubs as well as president of Ken Pines Garden Club. She was a Master flower show judge and taught floral arranging.  She had designs featured in the State of Florida Garden Club calendar.

After moving to Franklin, she was a past president of the Franklin Garden Club and a board member of the North Carolina Board of Garden Clubs.

She was a past president of the auxiliary at Franklin Mission Hospital where she volunteered for 15 years.  She also volunteered at Friends of the Library Bookstore.  She was a member of the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Macon County Master Gardener Volunteer Association.  She enjoyed floral design, gardening, embroidery and RV travel.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William Roger Beattie; daughter, Ann Beattie Dishman (Charles) of Daytona Beach, Fla.; son, William Andrew Beattie of Naples, Fla.; and a brother, Richard Dillon Wall (Jo) of Tallahassee, Fla..

An internment service will be held on May 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church’s Columbarium on White Oak Street.  Followed by a reception at the church’s Tartan Hall at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734 (C/O The Memorial Garden Committee) or Black Mountain Children’s Home, 80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC  28711.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Elaine Justice Scott

Elaine Justice Scott

Elaine Justice Scott, 69, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018. She was born Dec. 25, 1948, in Clayton, Ga., to the late W. Howell Justice and Imogene Ledbetter Justice who survives. She was married to her husband Weaver Scott for 41 years.  She was a caregiver in the nursing field. She loved to knit, read, and solve crossword puzzles, travel, and watch The Voice on TV. She was most of all a loving daughter, wife, mother, and Nana.

Survivors include her husband, Weaver Scott, of the home; a daughter, Hallie Scott Driver (Bill) of Waynesville; three grandchildren, Josh Ryan Scott, Emery Elaine Driver, and Owen Kerr Driver; her mother, Imogene L. Justice of Franklin; and her brother, Steven Justice of Franklin.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 9,  at Union United Methodist Church with the Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Justin Lowe officiating. Burial followed in the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Josh Scott, Bill Driver, Dave Driver, Doug Cabe, Vance Ledbetter, and Travis Higdon.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Scott family.

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