Obituaries for May 13, 2021

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Lionel A. Brooks

Lionel A. Brooks

Lionel A. Brooks, 79, of Franklin, died on Saturday, May 8, 2021, after a period of declining health.

Born in Jackson County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Isaac “Red” and Macie Best Brooks.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Cameron Brooks. He served in the United States Army and was a member of the Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church in Dillsboro.

He was a true athlete and lived his whole life loving sports.  As a young man he played for Sylva High School before going on to play basketball, football, and baseball at Gardner Webb. After graduating Gardner Webb, he went on to receive his master’s degree from Western Carolina. He started coaching as an assistant football coach for Sylva Webster in the fall of 1971 and continued until 1989.  In 1990, he became the head coach and continued until 1996.  During these times, he also helped to coach baseball and golf. Lionel officiated basketball for 30 years and returned to coaching in 2001, before retiring from Pisgah in 2005. He could remember plays, players, scores and even what yard and down certain games were determined by. He loved the game and mentored so many young people over the years.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Merritt Brooks; and three sons, Joe Brooks, Josh Brooks (Bekah) and Jay Brooks (Amber) all of Franklin. Also surviving are his five grandchildren, Bristol, Oakley, Baylor, Rigley, and Welker.

A Celebration of Life was held at Prentiss Church on Wednesday, May 12. Rev. Kevin Chapman officiated.

The family request outside plants that can be planted in Lionel’s memory.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James Alton ‘Al’ Mitchell

James Alton ‘Al’ Mitchell

James Alton “Al” Mitchell, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on May 9, 2021.

He was born in Troy, Me., to the late James and Ruth Barker Mitchell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Arland Mitchell; sister, Athene Towne; and great granddaughter, Autumn Mitchell.

He was a farmer by trade and loved working in the garden. He was very handy and could fix anything. In his free time, he enjoyed working on puzzles and reading. 

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Affie Mitchell; daughters, Deborah Duncan (Dana); Becky Sanders (Greg) both of Franklin; sons, David Mitchell (Penny) of Danville, Va., Robert Mitchell (Gloria) of Milton, Vt., Wayne Mitchell (Lisa) of Franklin, Steven Mitchell (Loretta) of Lakeland, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Care Net, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

John W. ‘Jack’ Lewis, Jr.

John W. ‘Jack’ Lewis, Jr.

John W. (Jack) Lewis Jr., was born in Nashua, N.H., Oct. 4, 1935, the son of John W. Lewis and Ruby Merle Stevens Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Judith Hassey Lewis, and an infant daughter.

His career was in the insurance industry having retired from Fred C. Church Insurance in Lowell, Mass., as a Senior Vice-President and an Honorary Director. He was also a trustee and a member of the Board of Investment of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, and was made an Honorary Trustee. He was a former administrator of the Lowell General Hospital and was actively involved in several charitable organizations in the Merrimack Valley. He enjoyed golf, traveling and entertaining.

He was a church organist having served churches in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, and most recently at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin, N.C.

He is survived by his spouse, George M. (Marty) McLaughlin; a daughter, Deborah L. Garbiso, of Mims, Fla.; a son, Mark Taylor Lewis, of Glenville, N.C.; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At his request, no services are planned.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the family.

Juanita Hylton Cutshaw

Juanita Hylton Cutshaw

Juanita Hylton Cutshaw, 66, of Andrews, N.C., went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, after a period of declining health.

She was born in Rabun County, Georgia, the daughter of the late Henry Hual and Hazel Estella Crisp Hylton.  She lived most of her life in WNC and was a member of the Pisgah Baptist Church in Andrews. Her favorite things to do was spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter, Delaney; her church family; and her many friends.  She was always known for her infectious smile and her big heart; she loved everyone, and everyone loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Joel Cutshaw; son, Joe Wilson (Jessica); and granddaughter, Delaney Wilson all of Andrews; brother, Troy Hylton  (Virginia) of Otto, N.C.; and sisters, Jeanie Postell (Donnie) and Ramona Hicks (Melvin) of Andrews; a special aunt, Gladys Gibson of Franklin, N.C.; a special cousin, Barbara Ammons of Franklin, who is more like a sister; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, May 8, at Red Marble Baptist Church.  Rev. Jerry Tatham and Rev. Jim Postell officiated, and Melvin Hicks was a special speaker.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Tammy Kimsey Walker

Tammy Kimsey Walker

Tammy Kimsey Walker, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Becky Reece Kimsey and the late Floyd “Flick” Kimsey.  In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Brad Kimsey.  

She was a longtime and very active member of Franklin First Assembly of God. She had been a Sunday School teacher and had served on the church’s board of directors. She was a member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.  Tammy touched so many lives in so many ways.

In addition to her mother, Becky Reese Kimsey of Franklin; she is survived by her husband of 40 years, Keith Walker; two sons, Ben Walker (Janet) and Josh Walker (Andrea) both of Franklin; three grandchildren, Zoi, Malik, and Lana; with whom she cherished every minute she spent; two sisters, April Nolen (Bill) of Franklin and Meg Mason (Mike) of San Marcos, Calif.; two brothers, Greg Kimsey, and Vic Kimsey (Christie) both of Franklin; and numerous beloved and loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Monday, May 10, at Franklin First Assembly of God with Rev. Mike George officiating.  Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, 226 E Palmer St, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James William ‘Billy/Caddy’ Peek

James William ‘Billy/Caddy’ Peek

James William “Billy/ Caddy” Peek, 68, of Houston, Del., formerly of Franklin, died on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Born in Transylvania County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Furman Lee and Jeanette Hulda Holland Peek. He was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church and was known for always being available to help others. He was affectionately known as “Billy” to some, and “Caddy” to others, but the names he most cherished was “dad, papaw and honey.” 

He has always had a love for fast cars; he loved the NHRA Drag Racing and playing cards. He could always read people’s expressions and figure out what kind of “hand” they were holding.  He loved spending time with his family and going to visit all his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Toya Trammel Peek; son, Josh Peek of Houston, Del.; daughter, Cassi Peek of Milford, Del.; and granddaughter, Dynasty Wright (and her Dad, Chris); one brother, Bobby Peek (Sharon) of Franklin; five sisters, Sharon Huscusson (Bill), Martha McConnell (Elbert), Pam Bell (Mark) all of Franklin, Linda Henderson of Brevard, and Vesta Hogsed (Roland) of Lake Toxaway; two brothers-in-laws, Skip Trammel (Theresa) and Mike Trammel (Dawn) both of Franklin; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Hodgins of Franklin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held at Windy Gap Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 11.  Rev. Mark Bishop, Rev. Jason Smith, and Rev. Carson Gibson officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Macon New Beginnings, 131 Franklin Plaza Dr., Box 228, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charles ‘Scoon’ Verlin Nichols

Charles “Scoon” Verlin Nichols, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021.  He was born Nov. 25, 1949, in Macon County to the late Charles Martin Nichols and Bitty Jo McCoy Nichols.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Moses Nichols.  He was a member of Victory Baptist Church.  He was a probation officer and had worked in real estate and as a trucking dispatcher. He was also a notary, a firefighter and instructor for fire service education.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207

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

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

Patricia Ann Waters Capaforte

Patricia Ann Waters Capaforte, 80 of Franklin, N.C., passed away May 5, 2021.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. 

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

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