Obituaries for September 10, 2020

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William Hoyt Woodard

William Hoyt Woodard

William Hoyt Woodard, 81, of Candler, N.C., died Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Macon County, he was a son of the late William and Nina Brooks Woodard. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Guyer; and three brothers, Cleve, Joe and Jack Woodard.

A United States Army veteran, he was the owner and operator of Asheville Powertrain for 36 years as well as owner and operator of Hayes & Hopson Auto Supply for 14 years. He served on several boards and committees to include the Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Mid-South and Power Heavy Duty of America.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Garnetta Vanhook Woodard; two sons, William Hoyt Woodard Jr. (Stephanie) of Asheville and Barry Earl Woodard (Susan) of Cary, N.C.; three grandchildren, Savannah, Meredith and Will Woodard as well as several nieces and nephews.

A public graveside service was held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Riverview Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory to Riverview Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Clara Wiggins, 408 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Genie Christine ‘Tinia’ Delpho

Genie Christine “Tinia” Delpho, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Bob Bryant and Hazel Christine Welder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert Spencer Delpho; daughter, Theresa Christine Delpho and sister, Gwendolyn Hughes.  She loved art and music and was a trained musician. She also loved bowling in both the women’s and mixed bowling leagues.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Delpho; son, Jonathan “Jon” Delpho and wife Julia of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Patricia Gale Moore of Florida and one grandson Robert Spencer Delpho III, of San Antonio.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the American Cancer Society, at www.cancer.org

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Kevin Leigh Barwell

Kevin Leigh Barwell

Kevin Leigh Barwell, 56, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Charles J. Barwell and Sharon Brennan  Hunt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Stanley S. Hunt and a half-sister, Deborah Barwell Martin (Dan Martin). He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors and could often be found camping, hiking, meditating and antiquing. He was of Pentecostal Faith.

He is survived by his adopted mother, Betty McMahan; two daughters, Jessica Barwell of Girard, Pa., and Sarah Barwell of Bear Lake, Pa.; one sister, Christine Holden and husband Robert of Powell, Tenn.; and half-sister, Gloria Neal and husband Larry of Benton, Ky.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 3, in the New Savannah Baptist Cemetery, Savannah, N.C. Rev. Harold Johnson and Rev. Mike Barres will officiate.

Pallbearers were members of Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Wanda Faye Brendle Berry

Wanda Faye Brendle Berry

Wanda Faye Brendle Berry, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Born and raised in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank M. Brendle and Nobia Sanders Brendle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William P. Berry; brother, JR Brendle; sister, Edna Mae Sanders and nephew, Roger “Bootie” Sanders. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and going to Amish country. She was a member and past Sunday school teacher at Watauga Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, June B. Nations (Keith) of Dillsboro, N.C., and Jeff Berry (Brad) of Franklin; brother, Ernest Brendle of Franklin; two sisters, Doris Greene of Easley, S.C., and Betty Guest of Franklin; four grandchildren, Cody (Ashley), Tanner (Trenna), Dustin and Hunter (Hannah) Nations; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held  Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. Wesley Price officiated. Burial was in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Norris Clouse, 2864 Watauga Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Pearle Rogers Lambert

Pearle Rogers Lambert

A pillar of our Highlands community was sadly lost on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, when Pearle Rogers Lambert passed away.  She had spent more than 100 years making this world a better place and will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.  

She was born in Scaly Mountain on Nov. 14, 1919, to the late Henry and Lonnie (Mason) Carpenter.  She was married to the late Arthur “Dusty” Rogers, who preceded her in February 1967. She worked at the Highlands Cashiers Hospital for 34 years in many different positions including nurse, X-ray technician and central supplies.  Upon retirement, it was often said that they had to hire three people to fill her position.  She was quite a jewel and always did her job with a caring heart. She loved people and people loved her.  Known to many as “Mamaw” or “Grandma Rogers,” she loved to babysit for family and friends.  She could often be seen walking around her block with her great granddaughter, Braylee, who was very special to her. She was also a member of First Baptist Church Highlands.

She is survived by her three daughters, Nora Potts (Roy, deceased), Margaret Heinlein (Blair), and Debbie “Trudy” Alexander (Tim, deceased) all of Highlands, N.C.; a son, James “Jimbud” Rogers (Anne) of Highlands;  10 grandchildren, Derrick Potts, Melissa Crowe, Monica Vinson, Jay Calloway, Mike Calloway, Justin Rogers, Cole Alexander, Carly Alexander, Nadya Rogers and David Rogers;  12  great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Arthur “Spec” Rogers Jr., a grandson, Johnny Michael Potts; five sisters, Ethel Miller, Grace Edwards, Bess Creswell, Elizabeth Littleton and  Louise Hudson; and two brothers, Dee Carpenter and Zeb Carpenter.

No formal services will be held. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Highlands First Baptist Church Building Fund, 220 Main Street Highlands, NC 28741. 

Online condolences can be made to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Rogers and Lambert family. 

Jeanetta Rose Tooley Finch

Jeanetta Rose Tooley Finch

Jeanetta Rose Tooley Finch, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

Born in Gibson County Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Blanche Wilson Tooley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Clare Finch and a brother, Jerry Tooley. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist and found joy in reading.

She is survived by her children, Neil Finch and Lisa Lane Hampton and husband Mike, all of Franklin; four grandchildren, Heather Wooten and husband Larry of Holly Springs, Ga., Laura Swafford of Franklin, Matthew Finch of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Valerie Finch of Bryson City; and seven great grandchildren, Benton Garrett, Adilyn Garrett, Blakeleigh Garrett, Caden Swafford, Emerson Finch, Brianna Stewart and Thomas Stewart.

A graveside service was held  Friday, Sept. 4, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

Pallbearers were Thomas Stewart, Alan Thomas, Larry Wooten, Danny Mason, Bill Mason and Randy Gates. Honorary pallbearers will be JR Mason, Steve Miller and Kip Cochran.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

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