Obituaries for October 15, 2020

Obituaries for October 15, 2020

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Patricia Ann Davis

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Patricia Ann Davis, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on Oct. 9, 2020. She left us while peacefully sleeping at her home in Franklin, NC. She was in her 76th year.

She was born July 9, 1944, in Greenville, Ala., to Zentleman and Willa (Till) Hargrove. Born and raised in Greenville, she spent most of her life in Pensacola, Fla., where she worked many years in the Escambia County School System.  Her retirement years were spent living in the mountains of western North Carolina.

She treasured her family first and foremost including the many animals living on the farm.  She loved her role as Nana.  She made friends everywhere she went.  She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Davis; son and wife Bren and Shawna Davis; granddaughter, Ashley Davis; sisters, Rita Tisdale and Felecia Beasley; and brother, Cyril Hargrove.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, 851 Lake Emory Rd, Franklin, NC 28734 or at www.appalachiananimalrescuecenter.com

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Phyllis Jean King

Phyllis Jean King

Phyllis Jean King, born on March 19, 1956, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 16, 2020. How wonderful to be in Heaven with no more pain, sickness, or tears.

She worked in the restaurant business for many years. She had a heart of gold and as the oldest she took on many roles in the lives of the people she loved – mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, best friend and negotiator. She was known for her quick wit. Even though she spent her last days in the mountains of North Carolina, she was always proud to be from Miami. She enjoyed ocean fishing with her dad and grew to love seeing dolphins play in the water. Her collection of dolphin figurines were a reminder of days gone by. One of her favorite memories was when she actually was able to swim with Flipper, the dolphin start of a television show.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Joan K. Wright; her two sisters, Sherrie Campbell and Alvin Wells; her stepfather, Bobby Wright; and her stepmother, Toni King.

She is survived by her father, Charles King of South Carolina; three children, John Atkinson of South Carolina, Charles Atkinson of North Carolina, and Dusty Musser of Virginia; six grandchildren, Kimberly, Anthony, Corey, Kyle, and Trevor Atkinson, and Kayla March; 11 siblings, Debbie Ray (Kerry) and Keith Wright (Rhonda) both of Kentucky, Darcie Hearn, Trina Graham (Stephen), and Tammy Yarbrough (David) all of South Carolina, Patty McCoy (Doug), Teresa Carter (Steve), Bobbie Jean Pate (Mike), Melissa Vandyun (CJ), and Rebecca Sherman (Michael) all of Florida, and Debra Toole (Algernon) of Indiana; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A special thank you goes to Michelle. The family appreciates the loving care and attention she gave. Phyllis was well loved and will be missed. She is gone from this world but not from our hearts.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfamilyfuneralcare.com.

Charles Hillard McCall

Charles Hillard McCall

Charles Hillard McCall, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

A lifelong resident of Macon County, He was the son of the late James Albert McCall Sr. and Flora Fitzgerald McCall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, N.A. Persky, Elizabeth Huscusson and Jenny Sue Brendle; and a brother, Dan McCall. 

Prior to his retirement, He was a supervisor at Burlington and CR Industries. He was a faithful member of Iotla Baptist Church. Anyone that knew him knew he could fix absolutely anything. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, ginseng digging, hiking and just loved being outdoors.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Faye Ledford McCall; children, Vickie McCall Carpenter (Gary) of Pisgah Forest, Mike McCall (Renee) of Franklin and Steve McCall (Nina) of Pisgah Forest; brothers, James McCall and Johnny McCall, both of Franklin; sister, Karen Stinson; six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Brandon Breedlove will officiate. Burial will follow at the Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Iotla Baptist Church Serve Fund, 1537 Iotla Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

James Louis Brown

James Louis Brown

James Louis Brown, 95, of Waynesville, N.C., formerly of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late John Cling Brown and Sarah Houston Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Shope Brown; son, Mark Alan Brown; siblings, Zelma, Harrell, Paul, Elmer, Cecil, Burco and John. He was a retired Heavy Metal Press Operator with the Pontiac Motor Division, a member of Coweeta Baptist Church, and a past member of the American Legion. He enjoyed gardening and music, especially bluegrass and gospel.

He is survived by his children, Gary Brown (Anne) of Missoula, Mont., and James Dewayne Brown (Julianne) of Sun City, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Kristie Krejci, James Brown, Jessica Brown Marshall and Victoria Audritsh; four great grandchildren, Annabelle Krejci, James Krejci, Johnny Audritsh and Avery Audritsh; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m., at Coweeta Baptist Church with Rev. Davis Hooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Rush Cemetery. Mr. Brown will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Krejci, James Krejci, John Audritsh, Kevin Brown, Ronnie Dowdle and Alex Comprani.

The family requests that social distancing and mask wearing be observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Coweeta Baptist Church, 780 Coweeta Church Rd. Otto, NC 28763

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Gail Ruffner

Gail Ruffner

Gail Ruffner, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 4. She was born in Greensburg, Pa., to the late Glenn H. Wright and Florence Anderson Wright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Ruffner and a sister, Janet W. Paxton.

She loved her family. One of her greatest joys was to have the family around her dinner table. She was a member of Homestead First United Methodist Church in Homestead, Fla., for 50 years, where she had been an active member of the United Methodist Women. She was also an associate member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Franklin since 1996. 

She is survived by a son Bob (Holly) Ruffner of Wellington, Fla.; two daughters, Sharon Ruffner of Franklin and Sharlene (Craig) Kossuth of Cutler Bay, Fla.; five grandchildren Laura (Patrick) Hughes, Rebecca (Simon) Gonzalez, Jessica (Daniel) Ruffner, John (Nicole) Rose, Victoria Rose; and two great grandchildren, Lea and Thomas Gonzalez. 

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff of Angel and Mission hospitals for her care. A service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734. 

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

Rosemary Neill Seacott

Rosemary Neill Seacott

Rosemary Neill Seacott, 77, of Scaly Mountain, N.C., passed away on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

Born in Homestead, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Daniel Neill and Elizabeth Bryant Kinard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Rebecca Farmer. She worked at The Dry Sink in Highlands for 20 years and loved everything about Christmas.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Seacott; five children, Robert Blasky of Orange City, Fla., Lorie Ann Blasky of Deland, Fla., Theresa Blasky Wheat of Port Orange, Fla., Launda Soper of Orange City, Fla. and Gabby Seacott of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother, Danny Neill of Ormond, Fla.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org/donate, to help animals find their forever homes and fight animal cruelty.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

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