Obituaries for November 29, 2018

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Arlene Bishop

Arlene Bishop

Arlene Bishop, 80, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late David Brown Bishop and Julia Ann Freeman Bishop.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Huffman; three brothers, John W. Bishop, Edgar Bishop, and Eullis Bishop; and three sisters, Loraine Royal, Gladys Pendergrass, and Callie Cabe.  She was a devoted Christian and member of First Assembly of God Church.  She worked at Harris Regional Hospital for many years. She is survived by her five sisters, Christine Brooks of Waynesville, N.C., Mildred Robinson of Buford, Ga., Jo Auleta of Weaverville, N.C., Kitty Bishop of Sylva, N.C., and Pauline Mathison of Gastonia, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Wilson, Travis Mulcahy, Dwight Bishop, and Rodney Bishop. Memorial donations can be made to Teen Challenge of the Smokies, PO Box 2157, Franklin, NC  28744. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Robert Henry Kilian

Robert Henry Kilian, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Born in Ridgewood, N.Y., he was the son of the late Henry and Ann Kilian. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Henry Kilian II; a brother, Frank A. Kilian; and a sister, Rosemary Chiofalo.  He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving during the Vietnam Era.  He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Franklin; member of the American Legion Post 108, Franklin; president of Kiwanis Club and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Boca Raton, Fla.; and lector at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Boca Raton.  He was an avid golfer and pickleball champion and was soccer coach for his children’s teams. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen Kilian; two children, Colleen Kilian Bear (Bill) of Cumming, Ga., and Christopher Kilian (Suzie) of Greenville, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Mary Kilian of Jupiter, Fla.; brother, Anthony Kilian of Pine Bush, N.Y.; sister, Marjorie Silvernail of High Point, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Robert Henry Kilian III, John Patrick Kilian, William Elsworth Bear III, Michael Christopher Bear, Kathryn Elizabeth Kilian, Kelly Louise Kilian and Christopher Francis Kilian II. A memorial mass was held Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Deacon David Ramsey officiated.  Military Honors were conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Bob Kilian Memorial Fund, in memory of Bob and Kathy’s son, Att: Gene Lipscher, 1025 E. Indiantown Rd, Suite 106, Jupiter, FL  33458. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Louise Holden

Carolyn Louise Holden

Carolyn Louise Holden, of Franklin, N.C., 79, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, while in hospice care in The Solace House in Asheville, N.C. A native of Macon County, Carolyn was the daughter of the late Darel McCoy and Ruth McCoy Edwards of Macon County. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. After marrying Andy in 1956, the two of them spent the next 16 years raising their three children at Army bases in Kentucky, Arizona, Massachusetts, Colorado and Germany with other stops in Franklin (twice) and Pahokee, Fla., when Andy served in Vietnam.  After Andy retired from the Army in 1972, they returned to where they started, Macon County. She loved to travel (obviously!), square dance, bowl, play cards, go camping, and watch sports.  She would often be heard loudly urging on her beloved Atlanta Braves from the kitchen when cooking dinner for the family. She was a social, active lady and a member of the First Baptist Church of Franklin.  She was a longtime volunteer at Angel Community Hospital and Macon Valley Nursing Home; an avid bowler; and friend to many.  She had many friends and was deeply involved with her church, especially her beloved Sunday- School classmates who she missed dearly as her health failed.  Her strong will, beautiful spirit, kind heart and love for her family and friends will be greatly missed and never forgotten. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, SFC Andrew (Andy) J. Holden (Retired) also of Franklin; two daughters, Vicki Cole and husband Kerry of Franklin, and Sheri Powell and husband Benny of Franklin; son, Randy Holden and wife Karen of Glen Allen, Va.; a sister, Elizabeth Padgett Bradley and husband E.J. Bradley of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Joshua Freeman, Ashley Freeman Hoover, both of Franklin, Matthew Holden of Washington, D.C., Benjamin Holden of Atlanta, Ga., Stephanie Holden of Glen Allen, Va., Chelsea Powell  of Sea Island, Ga., and Addison Powell of Washington, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Haley Freeman and Estella Rose Hoover; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 24, at First Baptist Church of Franklin.  Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jack Jarrett officiated. Burial was at Rush Cemetery in Otto, N.C. Pallbearers were Joshua Freeman, Matthew Holden, Benjamin Holden, Addison Powell, Dax Padgett and Chris Hoover. In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be sent to Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina, P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

James Dewitt Nichols

James Dewitt Nichols, 86, of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James and Martha Nichols.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Cabe, Nellie Jamison and Lorene “Tib” Franklin and a brother, Charles Jack Nichols. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.  He was a member of Union United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Pearl Nichols; son, Michael James Nichols (Vickie); step children, Donald Ray Plumb, Jerry Wayne Plumb, Bruce Edward Plumb and Susan Renee Grandfield; 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Janet Greene will officiate.  Memorial donations can be made to Union United Methodist Church, 101 Morrison Church Road, Franklin, NC  28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Carl Elton McMillan

Carl Elton McMillan

Carl Elton McMillan, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Born in Warren, Texas, he was the son of the late Lee McMillan and Rose Lee Whitmire. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Dub, Dan, Vernon, and Fred, and sister, Delores.  He attended Tellico Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Betty Russell McMillan of Franklin; children, Charlie McMillan (Kim) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Joe McMillan (Karen) of Sand Point, Alaska; grandchildren, Jared, Logan, Jordan, Jenna, and Chance; brother, Tom; and sister, Beverly. Graveside service was held Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Morris Tippett officiated.  Military honors were conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.  Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Radford E. Jacobs

Radford E. Jacobs

Radford E. Jacobs, 95, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Eugene Lawrence Jacobs and Bessie Baldwin Jacobs.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kate Anderson Jacobs; daughter, Susan Rogers; brother, Carroll and sister, Kate. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, a member of Iotla Baptist Church, and enjoyed deer hunting. He is survived by two sons, Larry Jacobs and Scotty Jacobs both of Franklin; brother, J.C. Jacobs; two sisters, Lois Meadows and Helen Byrd; three grandchildren, Todd Bennett (Sharon), Andrew Jacobs (Whitney) and Shanda Jacobs; great granddaughter, Macie and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Janet Greene officiated.  Burial was in the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.  Military Honors were conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion 108. Memorial donations can be made to the Veterans Memorial of Macon County, C/O American Legion, PO Box 474, Franklin, NC  28744. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Lucinda ‘Cindy’ Hovis Childers

Lucinda ‘Cindy’ Hovis Childers

Lucinda “Cindy” Hovis Childers, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.  Born in Gaston County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Willie Kirkland Hovis and the late Raymond Hovis. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend that treated everyone like family.  She was known to take care of all the neighborhood children, treating them as if they were her own.  Many of those children grew up with fond memories of Cindy’s homecooked meals.  In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 35 years, James Childers of Franklin; children, Amber Hughes, Dana Childers, and Eric Childers; brother, Leon Hovis of Franklin; four grandchildren, Lilly Hughes, Blaze Hughes, Evelyn Childers, and Nevaeh Childers; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.  Burial was in the Tellico Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Ethel Gerisch Boyd

Patricia Ethel Gerisch Boyd

Patricia Ethel Gerisch Boyd, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Oliver Frank Gunnell and Ethel Hazk Gunnell.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Gerisch (1995).  She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church; she was also a member of the Quilters Guild at the church. She enjoyed Karaoke. She once owned The Irish Import Shop and then worked 12 years at Lowe’s. She is survived by her husband, Bob Boyd; step children, Marie Butterfield of Franklin, Lynn Smith and Susan Berry both of Miami, Okla.; brothers, Bruce Gunnell, Raymond Gunnell and Don Gunnell, all of the Detroit area; three step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. No services are planned. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Lori Francisco Jordan

Lori Francisco Jordan, 50, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov.r 14, 2018. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Jeanene Stiles Francisco Wells and the late Donald Francisco.  She was a member of First Alliance Church and loved and cherished her grandchildren. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Reggie Perry of Franklin; three children, Trae Perry, Nicolas Jordan, and Emilee Jordan, all of Franklin; six brothers, Ricky Francisco, Micky Francisco, Danny Francisco, Tony Francisco, Teddy Francisco, and Matt Francisco; two sisters, Beth Francisco and Debbie Griffen; four grandchildren, Ayden, Annaleigh, Ryan, and Sylas; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service was held Sunday, Nov. 18, at First Alliance Church.  Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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