Obituaries for May 2, 2019

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Charles Floyd Baty

Charles Floyd Baty, 56, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, April 29, 2019.  He was born Feb. 18, 1963, to the late Roy Lee Baty and Mary Jenkins Baty. He was a mechanic by trade; he loved music and loved being outside with his dogs “Bandit” and “Scooter.”

Survivors include his companion, June A. Webb of Highlands; three daughters, Brittney Leigh Baty of Troutman, N.C., Kelly Baty of Rockwell, N.C. and Jessica Keener; two grandchildren, Timothy Flock and Ali Kelly; two sisters, Renee Baty and Melissa Baty; two brothers, Scott Baty and Roy “Punk” Baty. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Baty.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m., at 81 Webb-Baty Drive, Highlands,  in the Horse Cove Community.

Byrant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Baty family.  Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

James ‘Jim’ Kelly McDowell

James “Jim” Kelly McDowell, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Sunday, April 28, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marian Moore McDowell; two children, Tyler McDowell of Franklin and Sloane McDowell of Coventry, R.I.; brother, Bill McDowell of Franklin and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of Wilma Hicks of Franklin and the late Marvin McDowell.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Brian McDowell.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE South Tower, Ste 400, Atlanta, GA  30328 or the Appalachian Animal Center, 850 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Love

Jerry Love, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Born in Forsyth County, he was the son of the late Robert Franklin Love and Bernice Orphell Morgan Love. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Michelle Crout Love in 2010. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Marie Parrish (Jeff) of Franklin; brothers, Robert Love of Lexington, N.C., Roy Love (Daisy) of Porterdale, Ga., and Craig Love (Patricia) of Blairsville, Ga.; sister-in-law, Dot Love of Lexington, N.C.; two grandchildren, Darryl Love (Chastity) and Lacey Rholetter (Terry); three great-grandchildren, Cora Rholetter, Hoyt Rholetter, and Brynleigh Love; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Brian Holland officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Burningtown Baptist Church Youth Fund, 204 Burningtown Baptist Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Alan Popper

Allen Popper, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 17, 2019, after a long fight with cancer, and he is in a better place now.

He was a veteran of Vietnam and was the owner of the Kitchen Gourmet Store in downtown Franklin for 30 years. He loved good food with friends and family and enjoyed playing golf three days a week at Mill Creek Country Club.

He loved the mountains and his home, Mill Creek Golf Course. He is survived by brothers, Raymond Popper and Neil Popper of Franklin; two nieces, Heidi and Dina and one nephew, Dennis. 

His family will celebrate his life in private.Alan Popper

Allen Popper, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 17, 2019, after a long fight with cancer, and he is in a better place now.

He was a veteran of Vietnam and was the owner of the Kitchen Gourmet Store in downtown Franklin for 30 years. He loved good food with friends and family and enjoyed playing golf three days a week at Mill Creek Country Club.

He loved the mountains and his home, Mill Creek Golf Course. He is survived by brothers, Raymond Popper and Neil Popper of Franklin; two nieces, Heidi and Dina and one nephew, Dennis. 

His family will celebrate his life in private.

Paul Wayne Johnson

Paul Wayne Johnson, 58, passed away April 20, 2019. He was born in Highlands, N.C., June 20, 1960, to the late Roy and Audrey Johnson. He was a carpenter and worked on many construction projects. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1978-1986. 

He loved building cars and building things out of wood. The love of his life was motorcycle riding and the joy it brought him. He was also of the Baptist faith. 

Survivors include his son, Jason Paul Johnson; two daughters, Amber Manley and April Bell; five grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Johnson; and three nieces. 

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St. Franklin, NC 28734 to help with the funeral expenses. 

Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Jack Lehtinen

Jack Lehtinen, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, April 29, 2019.

Born in Waukegan, Ill., he was the son of the late Heimo Lehtinen and Thelma Wisari Lehtinen.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sylva for 20 years.  He enjoyed woodworking, serving and teaching in the Catholic faith, and loving his family.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sherry Lehtinen; children, Bonny Dodge (Tony), Mike Lehtinen (Lynn), and Jeannie Lehtinen; grandchildren, Lacey Baplista, Christian Houston, Andrew Houston, Peter Dodge, Mary Dodge, Margaret Dodge, Elizabeth Dodge, and Kristine Dodge.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sylva.  Father Casey Coleman will officiate.

A rosary service will be held Friday, May 3, at 6 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home with a visitation to follow until 8 p.m.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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