Reva Mae Conner Bradley
Reva Mae Conner Bradley, 92, passed away on Oct. 20, 2018, at Stanley Total Living Center in Stanley, N.C. She was born in Smokemont, N.C., on May 8, 1926, to the late Minyard and Lessie Ayers Conner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Cabe Bradley; two brothers, Jack and Roy Conner; and a sister, Eleanor Conner Henson. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful homemaker who stayed continually busy. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting. She was interested in learning new crafts and tried many. She enjoyed traveling. Last, but not least, she served her Lord and was a dedicated member of Asbury United Methodist Church, involved in almost all church activities and many in the community. Survivors include a son, Terry L. Bradley and wife Peggy of Mt. Holly N.C.; a daughter, Betty Rogers and husband Richard of Otto, N.C.; brothers, Bill Conner and wife Eloise of Clayton, Ga.; Cliff Conner and wife Margie of Clayton; Ray Conner and wife Jeanette of Dillard, Ga.; Steve Conner and wife Sue of Mountain City, Ga.; a sister, Martha Jean Speed of Toccoa, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jenny Bradley of Denver, Colo.; Amy Stephens and husband Stephen of Belmont, N.C.; John Bradley and wife Kristin of Belmont, N.C.; James Rogers and wife Lisa of Youngsville, N.C.; Joe Rogers and wife Jenny of Otto; 10 great grandchildren Adam, David, Jace, Addison, and Levi Rogers, Lucy Rogers, Emily and Lindsey Stephens, Aydan and Jackson Bradley, and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service was conducted Monday, Oct. 22, by Rev. Harvey Conner and Rev. Hank Conner at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, N.C. Interment followed in the Asbury Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Rogers, Joe Rogers, David Rogers, Adam Rogers, John Bradley, and Stephen Stephens. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Stanley Total Living Center of Stanley, for the loving and excellent care she received during the six years she resided there and Hospice of Lincoln County for the loving care during her final months. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Asbury Cemetery Fund, 1050 River Valley Road, Otto, NC 28763. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home is serving the Bradley Family.
Johnny Gregory, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Adolphus Gregory and Laura Collins Mashburn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three sisters, Della Gregory, Catherine Martin, and Evelyn Shepherd. He enjoyed talking about politics, going to the flea market, and watching NASCAR. He was an avid sports fan. He is survived by three nephews and four nieces. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
John C. Ellis
John C. Ellis, 85, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Born in Oakhurst, N.J., he was the son of the late George H. Ellis and Helen Regina Carr Ellis. He was a retired Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force; member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Austin, Texas, and former member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Franklin,. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Catherine Welch Ellis; sons, John W. Ellis (Katheryn) of Austin, Texas, and Mark S. Ellis (Sean Dobruck) of Franklin; granddaughter, Karen Garner (Robert); grandson, David Ellis; great granddaughter, Amanda Garner and several nieces and nephews. A mass was held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, 97 Haywood Street, Asheville, N.C. Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, N.C. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Glenda Rene Ball Waller
Glenda Rene Ball Waller, 29, of Sylva, N.C., was called home to be with our Lord and Savior, Oct. 13, 2018. Born in Palatka, Fla., she was the daughter of David and Robbin Ball, of Florida. She was a manager for Dollar General and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed life and being with friends and family. She was loved by many and will be forever missed. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jimmy Waller, of Sylva; brother, Adam Ball, of Sylva; seven nieces; and two nephews. Memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 19, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers officiated. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Gavin McKinney, 29, of Winton Salem, N.C., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Oct. 12, 2018. He was born in Florida on Sept. 5, 1989, to Garry and Kathy McKinney. He worked in construction and also worked as a climber in the tree industry. He particularly enjoyed some of the projects that he worked on with his father. He graduated from Franklin High School on 2008. He played football throughout as a wide receiver. His love for football continued as he was a devout Patriots fan. He especially enjoyed watching football with his Dad. He was a loving person who loved his friends and family. He will be thought of often and missed very much. He loved his children very much and his daughter was his pride and joy. In addition to being survived by his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Kyai, of Franklin; a son, Garrett of Michigan; a sister, Nichole McKinney of Massachusetts; a brother, Eric McKinney (Liz) of Florida; a grandmother, Winnie Johnson of Franklin; as well as numerous nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McKinney family.
Margaret Setser Ramsey
Margaret Setser Ramsey, 86, of Iotla Church Road, Franklin, N.C., died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Four Seasons’ Elizabeth House in Hendersonville, N.C. Born Dec. 1, 1931, in the Cartoogechaye community, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Franklin Setser and Harriet Slagle Setser. She graduated from Franklin High School, continued her education at the University of Georgia for three years and later graduated from Western Carolina University. She was married to the late Albert L. Ramsey for 62 years and together they raised four children – Becky, Diane, Joe and Ralph. Daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Ramsey Estes lives in Franklin, with husband Tom Estes. They have two children, Bill Estes of Fort Worth, Texas, (wife Lisa and children: Stuart, Morgan, Liam, Mhaurie Hannah, and Patrick) and Cullen Estes of Marion, Alaska, (wife Jennifer and children: Jordyn and baby Clementine, Jackson, Harrison, and Bryant). Daughter, Diane Ramsey Forsyth is survived by her husband, Mark Forsyth who lives in Rye, N.H. They have two children, Emily Forsyth of Towson, Md., (husband Chris Abruzzese) and Wesley Forsyth of Boston, Mass. Son, Joseph Albert Ramsey lives in Franklin with wife Theresa Ramsey. They have two children, Kaila Ramsey Garza of Washington, DC, (husband Matt and son Levi) and Matthew Ramsey of Auburn, Ga., (wife Brittany and daughters: Lilly and Emma). Son, Ralph Setser Ramsey lives in Riverton, Utah with wife Jennifer Ramsey. They have four children, Anastasia Ramsey of Salinas, Calif., (children Archie and Life), Andrei Ramsey of Riverton, Utah, and Jacob and Joshua Evans of Riverton, Utah. The last living sibling in her family, she had three brothers, Mack Setser (Beulah), Tom Setser (Genie), George Setser; two sisters, Mary Jo Setser Sloan (Bob) and Jane Setser Porter Wells (Pete); and a brother-in-law, Clayton Ramsey (Anne). She leaves behind several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Margaret loved the mountains and you would often find her fishing, hiking, or working with Al in the operation of their family farm. She was an avid seamstress and quilter, a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church, and an active volunteer in the community. For many years she supported local artisans as manager of Maco Crafts Co-op and previously worked as an Outreach Supervisor for Macon Program for Progress. Margaret cherished her hometown and its history, working to found the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC). Her incredibly rich life of service, heart for social justice, and love of her community will be celebrated along with her family and friends on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m., at First United Methodist Church. An informal gathering will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to KIDS Place, PO Box 693, Franklin, NC 28744/online at kidsplaceac.org or to Four Seasons Foundation, 221 N. Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792/online at FourSeasonsCFLFoundation.org.
Michael Charles Rivers
Michael Charles Rivers, 69, of Rabun Gap, Ga., passed away on Oct. 18, 2018, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. He was born on Dec. 8, 1948, to the late Robert Andrews Rivers and Elizabeth Jones Rivers in Miami, Florida. He was a member of the Head of Tennessee Baptist Church in Dillard, Ga. In his professional life, he worked as a graphic designer for Macon Printing. He was a lover of all dogs, especially his “Gracie.” He was always a loving father and husband. In addition to his parents, two brothers preceded him in death, Ken Rivers and Tim Rivers. He leaves behind his loving wife, Kathy Rivers; his son, Joe Rivers f Rabun Gap, Ga.; two daughters, Andrea Palumbo (Jim) of Annapolis, Md., Susie Tietz (David) of Clarksville, Ga.; two brothers, Bob Rivers (Monika) of Minnesota, Steve Rivers (Marlene) of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Rivers of Florida, and Jenny Rivers of Tennessee; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made in Michael’s memory to Head of Tennessee Food Pantry P.O. Box 184 Dillard, GA 30537. Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.
Don Capaforte, 58, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of Patricia Waters Capaforte and the late Louis John Capaforte. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church and was very active in missionary work throughout his life; including seven trips to Moldova. He worked at Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries for a total of 18 years, was Foundation Director at Angel Medical Center, former director of CareNet; and was presently Administrative Officer of Macon County Senior Services. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jeana VanHook Capaforte; daughter Amelia Jones (Tom); son, Anthony Capaforte (Ruthie); granddaughter Adelaide Capaforte; brother, Tony Capaforte; sisters, Suzan Capaforte (Harry) and Julie Capaforte; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Cowee Baptist Church. Rev. Jason Smith, Rev. Darryl Womack and Dr. David Hammonds will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cowee Baptist Church Missions Fund. 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Merritt C. Fouts
Merritt C. Fouts, 88, of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Born in Macon County on July 25, 1930, he was the son of the late William T. and Mary Aldora Rickman Fouts. His parents and nine siblings, Aster, Milton, Lois Franklin, W. R. “Widge,” Marshall, Doris Lynch, Remon, Dessie Mae Guyer, and Frances Taylor preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. Mr. Fouts, as he was known to so many, attended Western Carolina College and became a lifelong educator. He taught at Franklin High School and served as principal at Cowee and Cartoogechaye Elementary schools, always encouraging his students to excel and use their talents. He revived Appalachian-style clog dancing at Cartoogechaye and was inducted into America’s Clogging Hall of Fame. In 2015, the Macon County Commissioners adopted a “Resolution Designating Merritt Fouts as an Honorary Historian of Macon County.” Merritt Fouts was a devoted member of Burningtown Baptist Church, serving in many capacities throughout the years, including deacon, treasurer, and choir member. He loved life and loved people. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 17 years, served on the Community Advisory Committee for Long Term Care, as a director of the Friends of the Library, and with other organizations. For his community service, he was twice honored by the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce with its “Citizen of the Year” award. Publishing and interacting with people through The Burningtown News (BTN) was one of the great joys of his life. In 1999, following years of writing long, handwritten notes to his daughters, he began the online newspaper which built community around positivity. One of the interactions of the weekly paper was his readers’ contributions of found pennies and loose change which they sent to the “poor man on Burningtown.” The individual actions resulted in hundreds of dollars being contributed to charity each year. The BTN contained much fiction and the readers eagerly anticipated his stories of little people, the Luchorpans, who, he wrote, lived in caves above his house. By December 2016, when he sent the last edition of the BTN, it had more than 1,000 subscribers. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucille Edwards Fouts; his three daughters and sons-in-law, Lynne and John Garrison, Sharon and George Taylor, and Judith and Gregg Jones; four grandchildren, Caitlyn and William Garrison and Meredith and Kendall Jones; sister-in-law, Mary Evelyn Fouts; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., at Burningtown Baptist Church. Rev. Brian Holland, Rev. Tommy Fouts, Dr. Avery Fouts, and Rev. Cadon Fouts will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Donnie Bishop, Bill Hughes, Don Jones, Jeff Parrish, Ed Simonds, and Roger Simonds will serve as pallbearers. Memorial donations may be made to Mainspring Conservation Trust, PO Box 1148, Franklin, NC 28744, www.mainspringconserves.org; Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744; or to the Friends of the Macon County Public Library, 115 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734. Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.