Obituaries for May 7, 2020

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Grover Ray McCall Sr.

Grover Ray McCall Sr.

Grover Ray McCall Sr., 95, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020. He was born June 9, 1924, in Cherokee County, North Carolina, to the late Samuel Richmond McCall and Dovie Smith McCall. He was married to his first wife, Della Keener McCall who preceded him in 1992. He worked in logging, he also worked at Burlington Industries for 22 years, and for McCall Builders for 20 years. He loved to hunt and work in his garden. He was a member of Goldmine Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. 

Survivors include his wife, Linda Dendy McCall of the home; two sons, John Wayne McCall and his wife Julie of Highlands, N.C., and Grover Ray McCall Jr. “Bodie” and his wife, Lynn of Franklin, N.C.; a stepson, Timothy Shirley of Franklin; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Elberta Chastain of Walhalla, S.C., Edith McDowell of Franklin and Mavis Jones of Stone Mountain, Ga.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cynthia McCall; two brothers, Virgil McCall and Carey McCall; and a sister, Hazel Wright. 

A private graveside service was held Friday, May 1, at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery with Rev. Gary McDaniels and Rev. Gene Hawkins officiating. Pallbearers were Joe Brooks, Skip Keener, Jerry Arnold, Timothy Shirley, Weldon Keener, and Stephen McCall. Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Wayne McCall and Doyle Calloway. 

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

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Stephen Alan Vance

Robin Jane Vance & Stephen Alan Vance

Stephen Alan Vance, 66, of Franklin,  N.C., passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he was the son of the late Orville and Wilma Cherry Vance. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 2015, by his wife, Robin Jane Vance. He was a builder and owned and operated Vance Builders.

He is survived by his three children, Jenny Lee Vance, Robin Rene Vance and Scott Alan Vance; granddaughter, Charlotte Young; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC  28744

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert ‘Bob’ Akers

Robert ‘Bob’ Akers

Robert “Bob” Akers, 83, resident of Franklin, N.C., passed away May 4, 2020.

He was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his surviving wife, Joan; their six children, 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two beloved sisters. He was preceded in death by a daughter.

He loved restoring antique tractors and engines and was a member of the Early Farm Days Tractor and Engine Club.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Karen Wofford Alexander

Karen Wofford Alexander

Karen Wofford Alexander, 60, of Sylva, N.C., passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Born on Sept. 19, 1959, in Fulton County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Myrtle Wofford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, who raised her, Hazel and Henry Parker and Columbus Brendle; and a brother, Marvin Rucker. She loved working at the animal shelter in Cashiers and she loved animals and children.

She is survived by the father of her children, Buddy Bryson of Cashiers; children, Cole Bryson of Cashiers and Michelle Bryson of Cullowhee; grandchildren, Kaylee and Natalie Floyd; mother-in-law, Univee Bryson; and her Uncle Phil and Aunt Pauline Terrell who all took loving care of her; sister, Valerie Bassett (Jerry) of Wetumkka, Ala.; sister-in-law, Leigh Ann Rucker; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to your local Humane Society.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

James Homer Hodgins

James Homer Hodgins

James Homer Hodgins, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on April 17, 2020, at his residence 

He was born on April 4, 1936, in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Ed and Florie McClure Hodgins. He was a United States Navy veteran and was retired from the road maintenance department of the State of North Carolina. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Patricia Ann Hodgins, two brothers, Richard and Quincy Hodgins, and one sister, Frances Hodgins.

He is survived by his son, Kelly Hodgins of Lakemont, Ga..; and daughter, Carol Hughes of Franklin; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.

Gloria Elizabeth Jackson

Gloria Elizabeth Jackson, 99, of Franklin, N.C., passed away April 27, 2020.  She was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Vicksburg, Miss., to the late Andrew Jackson Green and Henrietta Myer Green.

She lived in Crystal River, Fla., and moved to Franklin in 2016.  She was an auditor in bookkeeping and ran a hotel in the Caicos Islands, she also worked for Sears in sales and the credit department. She loved to scuba dive and dance, she performed in plays and theater in Florida.  She was of the Roman Catholic faith and went to church in Crystal River.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orville C. Jackson and a daughter, Claudette Merkle.

Survivors include daughters, Gloria Davis of Franklin, and Naomi Giles of Pulaski, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and a  sister, Henrietta Brasfield of Vicksburg, Miss.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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

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