Obituaries for November 7, 2019

Obituaries for November 7, 2019

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Robert ‘Bob’ George Stager

Robert ‘Bob’ George Stager

Robert “Bob” George Stager, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.  He was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Miami, Fla., to the late Brooks Moss and Betty Jo Kruse Stager.  He was a U.S. Army veteran from 1958 to 1959. He worked and retired from advertising after many years of service.  He owned a car lot in Franklin, and was former owner of the Court House Plaza Restaurant in Franklin.  He loved golf and riding horses. Bob and his wife, Deanna attended Franklin Covenant Church.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Deanna Stager; daughters, Anna Dee Stager of Franklin, and Cara Sales of Columbus, Ohio; sons, Tyson Stager of Franklin, and Brett Stager of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Finley Merritt Stager, Chloe Ann Tallent, Jeffrey Blake Tallent, Brenna Faith Tallent, Brooklyn LeAnn Tallent, Gage Sarnes and McKenzie Davis; two great-grandchildren; Anna Belle Sarnes and Luca Sarnes;   a sister, Diane Williams (Robert) of Helen, Ga.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Stager.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Pastor John Makinson officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday evening at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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

Olive Jane Jenkins Corbin

Olive Jane Jenkins Corbin

Olive Jane Jenkins Corbin, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

Born in Nelsonville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Maude Dean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. She was an active member of Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher. She volunteered at Angel Medical Center for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, John Henry Corbin; son, Alton Jenkins of Virginia Beach, Va.; step-daughters, Vonnie Jane Daniels of Fairplay, Colo., Nancy Ann Corbin of Arcadia, Fla., Robin Lynn Hawkins of Nocatee, Fla. and Connie Herren of Arcadia, Fla.; two grandchildren, Stephanie Beland and Eric Jenkins both of Virginia Beach, Va.; seven step grandchildren and 11 step-great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Evan Hill officiated.

Memorial donations may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Rd, Franklin, NC 28734 or Patton UMC Cemetery Fund, 119 Patton Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Lucy Bateman VanHook

Lucy Bateman VanHook

Lucy Bateman VanHook, 95, of Franklin, N.C., entered into rest Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of Thomas Alexander (T.A.) Bateman and Mallie Waters Bateman.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Clarence Randolph VanHook, three daughters, Shirley VanHook, Kathy Rosemary VanHook Shirley Hayes and Mary Robin VanHook Fisher; three sisters, Nannie Bateman Morrow, Lali Bateman Raby and Milam Bateman Wilkie; and seven brothers, George Washington Bateman, Andrew Jackson (Jack) Bateman, Theodore (Thea) Roosevelt Bateman, Claude Bateman, Oscar Bateman, Gene Bateman and Garland Bateman.  She was a homemaker and a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Randy Bateman VanHook and wife, Julie, Thomas Jerry VanHook and Allen Dennis VanHook, all of Franklin; one daughter, Margaret “Susie” VanHook Billingsley and husband, Darrell of Scaly Mountain; grandchildren, Raelin V. Kalkauski, Kenneth VanHook, John A. VanHook, Preston G. Shirley, Levi H. Shirley, Thomas J. VanHook, Jr., Randy B. VanHook Jr., Randy I. VanHook, Holly M. Parlier, Patricia J. Keener; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Ryan, Kelsey, Kayla, Madison, Kyle, Grant, Luke, Mark, Alexis, Paige, Eliza, Ever, Riley and Harper; great-great grandchildren, Anna Bella, Elena, Katarina, Gabriel, Olivia and Rosalie.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Macon Funeral Home, followed by funeral services at 3 p.m., with Larry Raby officiating.  Burial will follow in the Clarks Chapel Church Cemetery.

Grandsons, John A. VanHook, Preston G. Shirley, Levi H. Shirley, Thomas J. VanHook, Jr., Randy B. VanHook Jr., and great-grandson Grant A. VanHook will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice Care (https://seasonsfoundation.org/donate/) or Clark’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery Fund (1999 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734).

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences available at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Elizabeth Snyder

Lucy Bateman VanHook

Carolyn Elizabeth Snyder, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Lawson Buchanan Snyder and Charlotte Mason Snyder. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking and crafts of all kinds.

She is survived by her son, Lawson Raby of Franklin; brother, David Snyder (Benita) of Franklin; three grandchildren, Andrew, Caitlin Raby and Tyler Raby; five great grandchildren, Braelynn, Corbin, Jayden, Paysleigh and Primrose and two nieces, Sarah Lovell (Steve) and Emily Snyder.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m., at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Rev. Guy Duvall, Rev. Lester Evans and Rev. Johnny Raby will officiate. Deacons of the church will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Cathy Jean Stouffer

Cathy Jean Stouffer

Cathy Jean Stouffer, 59, of Lincolnton, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late T.A. and Hallie Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, Glenn Johnson. She loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Joshua Wayne Stouffer of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Samantha and Ryan Stouffer, who meant everything to her. She is also survived by two sisters, Debra Scott (Tony) of Sylva and Carolyn Wiggins (Ted) of Bryson City, N.C.; one brother, Tommy Johnson (Cindy) of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 4, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Rev. David Lee Williams officiating.  Burial was in the Union United Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Daniel Scott, Donald Franklin, Tony Scott, Zachery Franklin, Steven Franklin Jr., Ryan Stouffer and Josh Stouffer.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Ingeborg ‘Inge’ Rompf

Ingeborg ‘Inge’ Rompf

Ingeborg “Inge” Rompf, 91, passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Born in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, she was the daughter of Wilhelm and Charlotte Edinger and had one sister, Irene. She came to America at the age of 21 and lived in Rochester, N.Y., where she met and married her husband of 39 years, Everett.

She retired from IBM in 1990. During her career of more than 20 years, she was recognized for her personal contribution to the success of the Saturn/Apollo program and the role she played in that mission.

She enjoyed traveling and often spoke fondly of her time living in Peru while her husband served in the Foreign Service. Prior to coming to Franklin in 2013, she lived in Bethesda, Md., where she was an active member and choir member of St John’s Episcopal Church, a volunteer at the local senior center, and an avid supporter of the humane society. She loved to sing and played the organ.

She is survived by her niece, Esther Bansemer (Alexander) of Bonn, Germany; and nephew, Albert Rompf (Mary) of Franklin, N.C.; and two great-nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Inge’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Macon Funeral Home with interment with her husband in The Memorial Garden at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Donations may be made to Macon County Senior Services (Adult Day Care Program) or Best Friends Animal Society (https://support.bestfriends.org).

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

William ‘Bill’ E. Hattaway

William ‘Bill’ E. Hattaway

William ‘Bill’ E. Hattaway, 76, of Franklin, N.C., and Vero Beach, Fla., died Nov. 2, 2019, doing what he loved: helping others and working in the woods. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the love of his life, and best friend, Wanda L. Hattaway. His two daughters, Lori Hattaway Van Sciver (Gary) and Carrie Hattaway Cronkhite (Jonathan) will miss their father as he was their rock and mentor. “Pappy” had seven grandchildren in which he instilled his love of boating, fishing, wood-turning, hunting, and gardening: Kyle Van Sciver, Gabrielle Cronkhite, Carly Van Sciver, Sophia Cronkhite, Caleb Cronkhite, Joshua Cronkhite, and Bethany Cronkhite. He is pre-deceased by his parents, John Vernon Hattaway and Eddie Ruth Hattaway. He leaves behind his sister, Linda Hattaway Musgrave (Jerry) and brother, Carl David Hattaway (Gwen), and many nieces and nephews and their children. 

He lived in 17 states, growing up a military brat. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University, Class of 1965. After college, he married Wanda Walker on June 18, 1966, and left shortly after for Vietnam. He served his country as a helicopter pilot in the Army earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, among other awards and honors, yet, he was humble about his service. After his tour, he put his degree in Fishery Science to work when he and Wanda opened their own catfish farm and restaurant near Ft. Rucker, Ala. They later moved to Arkansas to help establish a tri-state catfish co-op. From there, he moved his growing family to Orlando, Fla., and began his 17-year career with Red Lobster and Darden Restaurants, starting as a purchaser and eventually becoming CEO of Red Lobster and vice-president of General Mills Restaurant Group. After adventures opening restaurants in Japan, Bill and Wanda returned to Florida and owned and operated their own successful seafood restaurant, Shells, in Melbourne. The couple recently retired and began splitting their time between homes in Vero Beach and Franklin. Bill believed he had the best of both worlds: a warm home on the water where he could be on his boat and a cool place in the mountains where he could breathe fresh air and work in the woods. Well done, good and faithful servant.

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

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hattaway family. 

John James Henshaw

John James Henshaw

John James Henshaw, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

Born in Newport News, Va., he was the son of the late John James Henshaw Sr. and Lora Mae Noble Henshaw. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and an active member of Sugarfork Baptist Church and Morning Star Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he served on the building and grounds committee. He had a very big heart and was always willing to help others.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 21 years, Gloria Jean Henshaw; two daughters, Lori McWilliam and Marilyn Lamble both of Missouri; three step-children, Keith Roszell of Fort Myers, Fla., Coreen Beck of Troy, Ohio, and Robert Milling of Liberty, N.Y.; sister, April Daniels of Exmore, Va.; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Gene Hawkins officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Lloyd Alan Storer

Lloyd Alan Storer, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Born in Dover Foxcroft, Me., he was the son of the late Henry Storer and Betty McCarthy Patterson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Storer and brother-in law, Dennis Daigle. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant. He attended Tessentee Baptist Church, he enjoyed singing, country music and traveling but above all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Daigle Storer; daughter, Jamie Storer Patnode (Fred) of New Port Richey, Fla.; four grandchildren, Christopher Storer, Brandon Storer Cotton, Matthew Storer and Tyler Storer; one great grandchild, Zayn Storer; and mother and father-in law, Amelia and Jerry Daigle.

No services have been planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Jessie L. Tallent Flowers

Jessie L. Tallent Flowers

Jessie L. Tallent Flowers, 99, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Aden and Flora Tallent.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Flowers and two brothers, Cecil and JD.

She is survived by two sons, Roy Flowers and Gene Flowers; daughter, Shirley Tenney; three grandsons, Bobby Roper, Daniel Tenney and Ryan Flowers and two great granddaughters, Casey Roper and Ava Flowers.

Internment will be held at Shepherd Cemetery.  Honoring Jessie’s wishes, no services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Marvin Wade Anderson

Marvin Wade Anderson was born May 23, 1959, in Longview, Wash., to Joseph B. Anderson and Lassie M. Anderson.  He passed away on Oct. 13, 2019, at the age of 60. He graduated from Mark Morris High School and married Connie Hurst. Their children are Chantine Anderson-Flock, Joseph W. Anderson and Travis Anderson of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Troy Anderson of Longview, Wash. His sister, Sheila Vanderford lives in Clatskanie, Ore. He had six grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph B. Anderson.

A sports-themed and potluck celebration of life will be held on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, 2441 42nd Ave., Longview, Wash. 

Rost Funeral Home in Mountain Home is in charge of arrangements.

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