Obituaries for October 24, 2019

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Nancy Calloway Callahan

Nancy Calloway Callahan

Nancy Calloway Callahan, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Henderson and Edythe Welch Calloway. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Troup “Hall” Callahan Jr. She was a retired school teacher and a member of First Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed traveling and playing bridge.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Hall (Danny) of Franklin; one sister, Ellen Robinson (Bob) of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Jeremy Pyatt, Christy Cabe (Jon) and Courtney Rogers (Roman); seven great grandchildren, Sydney Balmer (Ryan) of Jacksonville, Fla., Preston Pyatt, Hunter Jamison, Haley Pyatt, Dylan Pyatt, Cherish Rogers and Willow Rogers all of Franklin; one great-great granddaughter, Elizabeth Balmer; niece, Cindy Bailey of Cary, N.C.; nephew, Wesley Robinson of Charlotte, N.C.; and several other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gene Hawkins will officiate. Entombment will follow at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park, Waynesville, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Macon County School Lunch Program, C/O Angie Cook, 1202 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Rickie Clebert Brown

Rickie Clebert Brown, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, prior to the service at the church.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Scott Frederick Grawey

Scott Frederick Grawey, 51, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Born in Waterford, Mich., he was the son of the Ivan Wishman and the late Becky Denniston Wishman.  In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Gravitt.  He enjoyed restoring old cars and was a music and movie enthusiast. He loved his grandchildren and his dog, Squiggles. After work, he loved spending time with the guys.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Robin Waldroop-Grawey of Franklin; children, Michael Harris (Kristen) of Waterford, Mich., Josh Grawey of Jacksonville, Fla.,, and Charles Joseph “Joey” Blosser Jr. of Franklin; sisters, Pam Thompson and Candy Rosadeo; five grandchildren, Genevieve Angella-Hudson, Logan James Harris, Allison June Harris and MacKenzie Lynn Harris.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Robert Dryman officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Ledford, Matthew Gribble, Mike Geiger, Chris Coors, Michael Harris and Joey Blosser.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Fred Palmer Deal

Fred Palmer Deal

Fred Palmer Deal, 85, of Leasburg, N.C., died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.  Born in Macon County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Jake Palmer and Aver Watts Deal. He was a 1954 graduate from Franklin High School. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Deal and Floyd Deal and two sisters, Mildred Thompson and Joann Deal.

He was retired from dairy farming having received the Young Farmers Award in Macon County and was a member of the Caswell Cattleman Association. He served as president of the Holly Springs Development Association; was a charter  member of the Leasburg Fire Department and a member of the Ruitan Club.  He was also retired from the Public Gas Service. He attended Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Cox Deal; four children, Tony Deal and wife Laverne of Graham, Terry Deal and wife Mary Beth of Liberty, Brian Lunsford and wife Gina of Leasburg, Dana Lachapelle and husband Carl of Haw River; one sister, Susie Wiggins and husband James of Otto; five grandchildren, Lee Deal, Hannah Lunsford, Carson Lunsford Jeffreys, Clara Lachapelle and William Lachapelle; one niece, Laura Clark and husband Rob; two nephews: Jamie Wiggins and wife Tina, and Mark Deal and wife Jeannie.

A memorial celebration of life will be held 2 PM Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at 419 Deal Road, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leasburg Volunteer Fire Department,  P.O. Box 14, Leasburg, NC 27291.

Condolences may be made to www.brooksandwhite.com.

Leola F. LaRock

Leola F. LaRock

Leola F. LaRock, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Born in Antwerp, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Theodore Smith and Jennie McRobbie Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. LaRock I who died in 2016; son, Kenneth C. LaRock II and son-in law, Keith Koster. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura Lee Koster of Otto, N.C.; son, Anthony LaRock and wife Patricia of Parish, N.Y.; daughter-in law, Bonnie LaRock of Camden, N.Y.; grandchildren, Kylee Deese and husband Jake of Liverpool, N.Y., Katie LaRock of Canastota, N.Y., and Cami Wylie and husband Jonathan of Otto; great grandchildren, Sean Fried, Haily Hooper, Jonathan Hooper, Arianna White and Kenna and Layla Deese and many others who loved her.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Valley Nursing & Rehab Center, Activities Department, 3195 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Betty Jean Wood Houghton Moore

Betty Jean Wood Houghton Moore

Betty Jean Wood Houghton Moore, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away in her home, surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Born in Champaign County, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Inez Miller Wood of Huntington, Ind. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands Howard Baker Houghton Jr. (m. 1947-1999) and Charles Lambuth Moore (m. 2001-2011); brother, Robert and sister, Mary Ellen. She attended William Woods College in Missouri and Huntington College in Indiana. She was an active equestrian in her youth and during WWII, a nurse-assistant to the returning wounded. She was an avid hiker and cross-country skier. As an adult with two young children, she made time to get her teaching credentials and taught students in Trimble County, Kentucky and Madison, Ind., finishing her career as a beloved educator in Portage, Wisc. She focused on high school U.S. history, economics, and her favorite subject, world history.  During her retirement with Howard Houghton in Wisconsin, they started a pottery and weaving studio business. She was also VP and president of Friends of the MacKenzie Environmental Center in nearby Poynette, Wisc.

Moving to Franklin, in 1996, she was active with the Scottish Tartan Museum, Weaving and Spinning Exhibitors, Women’s Weavers Guild and supporter of the Nature Conservancy. She read and traveled widely and her interest in genealogy led her to cross the country and Scotland researching records and documenting her ancestors’ origins. She published a book, “History of Isaac, John, and Noah Wood Family” and assisted with the writing of a second with husband Howard Houghton, “Our Houghton Heritage.” Both are now found in libraries throughout the country. She and Howard (and later Charles) were members of the First Presbyterian Church. She was a staunch supporter of the Democratic party. To the end, she remained a bird watcher, a pianist and lover of classical and jazz music, a gardener, a fabulous listener and everyone’s best friend.

She is survived by two children, Dr. Robert S. Houghton (Janaye) of Sylva, N.C., and Stephany Cavalier Houghton (Dr. Stevan Cavalier) of Walnut Creek, Calif.; five grandchildren, Jordan Cavalier (Michele) of Brooklyn, N.Y., Amelia Cavalier of Washington DC, Aaron Houghton (Sarah) of Boulder, Colo., Dr. Damon Houghton, MD (Jaclyn) of Rochester, Minn., and Bryon Houghton (Andrea) of Charlotte, N.C.; and five great grandchildren.

Betty’s calm wisdom and boundless love will be missed by all who felt blessed to have known her. 

A Celebration of Life service is being planned for Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, May 9, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin.

Preferred memorials are to the Nature Conservancy (nature.org).

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences and written memories of Betty can be sent to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Ingeborg ‘Inge’ Rompf

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

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

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Theresa Gordon Siler

Theresa Gordon Siler passed away on Oct. 28, 2017.

Not a day goes by without thinking of you. Words could not describe finding you. My birth Mother. I love you always. Simon xxx

Phillip Raymond Elder

Phillip Raymond Elder

Phillip Raymond Elder, 72, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. He was born May 16, 1947, in Bradford County, Florida, to the late Emmett O. Elder and Cbell Stroud Elder. He enjoyed gardening, home projects, working with Meals on Wheels and Bible Study (Eschatology). He served active duty Navy and retired from public education as a superintendent in Alabama. He was a member of The First Baptist Church in Highlands where he served as a Deacon and was a beloved Sunday School Teacher.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Mattocks Elder of Highlands; a son, Phillip R. Elder, Jr. (Therese) of Cumming, Ga.; a daughter, Jennifer Elder Ramos (Mike) of Phenix City, Ala;. grandchildren, Luke Ramos of Highlands, Nicea-Paule’ Elder of Cumming, Imme-Brok Elder of Cumming, Phillip R Vann Elder III of Cumming, and Cash Kelly of Phenix City; brothers, Ken Elder (Marilyn) of Jacksonville, Fla., Larry Elder (Susan) of Asheville, N.C., and Donny Elder (Carolyn) of Kingsley Lake, Fla.; brother-in-law, Louie Mattocks III; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Cbell Elder.

Services were held Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Highlands with Dr. Mark Ford officiating.

The family requests that any gifts, donations, or offerings of love be made to Phil’s home church in his honor to First Baptist Church-Highlands: FBC, 220 Main Street PO Box 625, Highlands, NC 28741

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

Evelyn Marie Booth

Evelyn Marie Booth, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1926, to the late Oscar and Marie Farwick Bier.  She was married to Auxier Booth who died Nov. 30, 1991. She worked many years as a secretary for Voice One America.  She loved bowling, tennis and playing golf.

She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Booth of Dunnellon, Fla., and Norman Booth of Orlando, Fla.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Booth family.  Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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