Obituaries for November 21, 2019

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Julius George Shreve

Julius George Shreve

Julius George Shreve, LCDR.RET.USN, of Franklin, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

He was born Jan. 3, 1933, in Erie, Pa., to the late Vivian and Irene (Doerrler) Shreve. He enlisted in the United States Navy where his career took him to duty stations in Norfolk, Va., Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Key West, Fla., West Milton, N.Y., and Washington, DC.

He retired from his naval career in 1979 and moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., where he was employed by Barnett Bank.  He and his wife Gerda made Franklin their home in 2006.

He was a long-time member of both the Franklin Amateur Radio Club and the Englewood, Fla., Amateur Radio Club and used the call sign, KA4JKY.  George and Gerda enjoyed many RV adventures across the United States, as well as locally with their RV friends.

As members of the First Alliance Church of Franklin, he and his wife Gerda served as a greeters.

He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Gerda L. Koffler Shreve of Franklin; his children, Deborah L. Indseth and husband Kris of Shinnston, W.Va.; George Steven Shreve of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Julie Stevens and husband, Glenn of Defiance, Ohio; and two grandsons, Justin Stryker of Manassas, Va., and Matthew Levell of Port Charlotte, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Arthur W. Pitman

Arthur W. Pitman

Arthur W. Pitman, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.

Born in Barnstead, N.H., he was the son of the late Fred T. Pitman and Harriet M. Lawrence Pitman. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War (1951-1955) attached to Strategic Air Command (SAC). After leaving the military, he attended and graduated from the University of Colorado. He retired from Pratt and Whitney manufacturer of jet aircraft engines. After retirement he enjoyed traveling to foreign countries. He was a member of the American Legion Post 108 for 59 years, receiving many commander awards. He attended and participated in over 800 military funerals with the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard and was instrumental in the construction of the Veterans Memorial of Macon County. He was very involved in the delivery of Christmas cheer to local needy veterans.  He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by a brother, Fred A. Pitman (Jean); two sisters, Doris Gordon and Bea Knight, all of New Hampshire and numerous nieces and nephews.

A military service was held Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Military Honors were conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108 Honor Guard.

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

F. B. Vinson Jr.

F. B. Vinson Jr.

F. B. Vinson Jr., 88, passed into Glory on Nov. 12, 2019, at his home after a prolonged illness with his children by his side. He was born on Jan. 15, 1931, in Macon County to the late Franklin Brownlow and Eva Inez Vinson. He was married to the late Helena Brown Vinson for 60 years before her death on March 30, 2011.

He was a member at the Cartoogechaye Church of God. He was the owner of Vinson Backhoe Service.  His greatest achievement was being Poppy Vinson to all his babies.  He lived his life for the Lord and for his family, he was truly loved by all his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed. He was a U. S. Airforce Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Hazel Carpenter, Veneta Wilburn, Mildred Cunningham, Eugene Vinson, and Gladys Brown.

He is survived by his two daughters, Karon Anderson (Jerry), and Teresa Holbrooks (Homer) of Franklin, N.C.; a son,  Ronnie Vinson (Sherry) of Englewood, Tenn.; four granddaughters,  April Anderson and Jennifer Anderson both of Franklin, Ashley Webb (Nathan) of Cleveland, Tenn., and Katelyn Vinson of Brandon, Fla.; two great-grandchildren,  Anna and Austin Webb; two step-grandchildren, April Chastain (Tracy) and Brent Holbrooks (Sarah); seven step-great-grandchildren, Trey and Tye Chastain, Hope, Jack, Knox, Saylor, and Tripp Holbrooks.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Cartoogechaye Church of God with Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Eddie Brewer officiating.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Vinson family.  Online condolences can be sent to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Miriam Joanna Witzl

Miriam Joanna Witzl

Miriam Joanna Witzl, 33, was received into the arms of our Lord and Savior Nov. 1, 2019.

She was born on Aug. 16, 1986, and grew up in Stockbridge, Ga.

During her adult life she lived in Jekyll Island, Saint Simons Island, Colorado and North Carolina.

She enjoyed everything about the outdoors, had a great respect for Mother Nature and could out walk any of us to the numerous waterfalls she had come to love and had a passion for photography, traveling and playing the piano.

She is survived by her father ,Tony Witzl; her mother, Joanne Witzl; her sisters, Rebecca Watkins, Sharon Witzl-Scarborough; and her grandmothers, Mickey Witzl and Nicole Kidd; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is loved and will remain in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, please donate on Miriam‘s behalf to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, N.C., and/or the MADD organization.

The family will have two Celebrations of Life services for Miriam. Once a date has been set it will be announced.

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

Margie Ann Curtis

Margie Curtis

Margie Ann Curtis, 82 of Otto, N.C., went to her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Prince and Cora McCall Curtis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernice Wood and Mary Phillips; and two brothers, Lennie Curtis and George Curtis. She devoted 30 years to Otto Elementary School, serving as secretary and driving a school bus. She loved all the children and was loved by all who knew her.  She enjoyed word searches, cooking and working in her flower gardens. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she served in various ways.

She is survived by one brother, Keith Curtis of Franklin; a niece, several nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews; and a very special great niece, Amanda Williams, who Margie considered her granddaughter.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Vic Greene, Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Eric Henson officiated. Burial was in the Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 113, Otto, NC 28763.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Charles Patrick Shelton

Charles Patrick Shelton

Charles Patrick Shelton, 42, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Walter Lee Shelton and Yvonne Buchanan Shelton. He was a heavy equipment operator and a logger.  He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two children, Kyle Shelton and Ansley Shelton; stepdaughter, Krystin Sherrill; sister, Sabrina Shelton; brother, Shawn Shelton and several nephews.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.  Rev. Guy Duvall, Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

William David Collier

William David Collier

William David Collier passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Born in Marietta, Ga., he was raised in Franklin by the late Roy and Mary Greenwood Colier. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid Clemson fan and golfer. He was also the “best Poppy in the world.”

Surviving are his wife, Tracy Fitzgerald Collier; children, Chris Collier (Melissa), Zack Caulder (Heather), Austin Caulder; grandson, Brayden; siblings, Marilyn Roper (CB), Linda Campbell (Fred), Mildred Broad, Doug Welch (Irene), Roy Duane Collier (Carolyn), Phoebe Hastings (Mark); furbabies, Dixie Rose and Jayce; granddogs, Arya, Oaklynn, Cowboy; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at East Franklin Baptist Church. Rev. Gary McDaniel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Boxer Rescue, PO Box 87, Hampstead, N.C. 28443.

John S. Grant

John S. Grant

John S. Grant, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Smith Grant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Grant. He loved fishing and being the jokester of the family.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda Knippen Grant; two daughters, Christine Stawnyczy and husband Steve of Illinois and Sandie Dendy and husband Stacey of Franklin; three sons, Robert Grant and wife Laura, Sean Grant and wife Shannon both of Illinois, and Timothy Ertl and wife Char of Tennessee; one sister, Betty Grelyak and husband Don of Illinois; 16 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

At John’s request no services will be held.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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