Obituaries for November 20, 2018


Howard H. Howland

Howard Howland

After a brave, long-term battle with cerebral vascular disease, Howard left us on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, with his wife by his side. He lived life to the fullest, and will be dearly missed by all, including his family and friends. Born and raised in the mountains in upstate N.Y., he returned to New York after serving as a Navy fighter pilot in WWII where he flew for a special squadron that relied solely on radar countermeasures. His squadron was hand selected from hundreds of pilots in the Navy. Only six pilots were selected for this mission to fly off the carriers at night. From there, he went on to pursue his passion in the motion picture industry, producing and directing for film and television, including the well-known commercial “The Frito Bandito,” seen on television for many years. His gift of invention then led him to build Repco, an electronics company that was publicly traded on the stock exchange. During this time he invented the first handheld portable radio and the rubber antenna that is still being used on police radios and various electronic devices throughout the world today. After retiring from the electronics business, he built a successful commercial construction company with his wife, Joyce. They later retired to the North Carolina mountains where they built their dream home. He and his wife shared a love of music, travel, dancing and raising and rescuing exotic parrots, which eventually grew into an international business. All that knew him will feel a deep sense of loss of Howard’s bright, energetic and caring presence. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Joyce; his son, Corky (Howard H Howland, III); his daughters, Cookie (Donna Grant) and Kelly Bowers; two step-daughters, Sheila Folk and Julie Jones; six grandsons; one granddaughter; and two great granddaughters; sisters, Barbara McCaskill and Marion Snell. He was predeceased by his brother, Roger Howland. At his request, funeral services will not be held. Online condolences may be left at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Howland family.

Alean Cabe Buchanan

Alean Cabe Buchanan, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Emory and Blanche Rogers Cabe.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Neville Buchanan.  She was former co-owner and operator of Cato’s, she loved working puzzles, watching TV and working in her flowers and yard.  She was a former choir member and Sunday School teacher at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She is survived by her son, Gary Buchanan of Franklin; her twin sister, Jerlean Cabe Buchanan; her sister, Marie Olive of Franklin; and her brother, Hilton Cabe of Franklin. A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Vic Greene, Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Kelly Dotson officiating. A private burial was held. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Buchanan family.  Online condolences are available at

Wilma McBride

Wilma McBride, 87, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Ft. Pierce, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Services will be held at Haisley Funeral Home, Ft. Pierce, Fla. Macon Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at