Obituaries for September 15, 2022

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Spring flowers at Rankin Square photo by Vickie Carpenter

Geraldine Henderson Berry

Geraldine Henderson Berry

Geraldine “Nana” Henderson Berry, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Macon County, North Carolina on Aug. 10, 1938, to the late Burney and Violet Mae Stiwinter Henderson. She was a nurse for more than 30 years. She loved gospel singing, talking on the phone, and cooking for family and friends. She was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church for many years and was a Eastern Star of the Glenville Chapter.

She is survived by a daughter, Shelia Regina Berry Keever (Danny) of Sylva; a son, Ricky Dean Berry (Misty) of Cullowhee; three grandchildren, Brittney Keever Stevens (Jason), Emily Berry Milligan (Dustin), and Ricky Nathan Berry; three great-grandchildren, Ella, Will, and Ava Milligan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, William A.” Paw” Berry; two sisters, Frances Evitt Smith and Melba Bish; and a brother, Morton Henderson. 

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Jason Stevens officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Cullowhee, N.C. Pallbearers serving were Nathan Berry, Rev. Jason Stevens, Dustin Milligan, Jeffery Stewart, Larry Dills, and Bobby Hunt. 

The family wishes to thank Skyland Care Center and Four Seasons Hospice for the loving care provided for Geraldine. 

Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Elizabeth ‘Lib’ Lauffer

Elizabeth ‘Lib’ Lauffer

Elizabeth “Lib” Lauffer, 87, of Otto, N.C., passed away at her residence on Sept. 3, 2022.

She was born in Freeport, Pa., to the late Bruce and Pearl Josephine Reed Overholt.  She moved from Lost Creek, Ky., 22 years ago to call North Carolina her home.  While living in Lost Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Lauffer served as missionaries at Riverside Christian School. She loved music, sung with the Carolines, The Primetime Singers, and her church choir. “Lib” enjoyed sewing and cooking. She attended First Baptist Church of Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Edward Overholt and James Overholt.

 She is survived by her husband, Deane Lauffer; five children, Deane Edward Lauffer (Teresa) of Jonesboro, Tenn., Michael Lauffer (Peyton) of Felton, Pa., David Lauffer (Sharon) of Otto, Daniel Lauffer  (Donna) of Turnerville, Ga., and Lisa Elliott of Hebron, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Riverside Christian School, 114 Riverside Rd, Lost Creek, KY  41348.

Online condolences at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Jane Hardie

Barbara Jane Hardie

It is with great sadness the family of Barbara Jane Hardie announces her passing on the morning of Aug. 30, 2022. Born on April 9, 1956, she was a devoted mother and wife and an inspirational teacher. As the wife of Rev. Michael Hudson of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, N.C., she was known as a vibrant and well loved member of the church. She was a deep thinker and a passionate person.

She loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers. She was a gifted artist with wonderful fine motor skills and would make one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family. She wanted everything she gave to be from the heart. She also loved to write. She received her masters in Creative Writing and wrote many beautiful pieces including poems and short stories. She was a voracious reader who had over 500 books in her home library, and she shared her love of reading and critical thinking with her students at Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College.

She spent most of her time hiking with her family, especially with her husband Michael and their sweet dogs Nova and Simon. They traveled all of the mountains of Western North Carolina and have walked almost every path, especially ones that ended in waterfalls. It is no coincidence that her favorite author was Mary Oliver whose work was inspired by nature and who also had a lifelong passion for walks in the wild. Part of their morning breakfast ritual was reading one of Mary Oliver’s poems.

Left with many wonderful memories and marks on the heart are Barbara’s husband, Rev. Michael Vincent Hudson; her daughter, Ruth Hardie Hudson; her sisters, Becki Hardie, Leslie Hardie, Trisha Washer, and Sara Lawson; and her dear friend, Marilyn Jody. she was preceded in death by her parents Bradford Hardie and Rebecca Boone.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m., at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee with Rev. Gaelyn Lei Evangreene officiating Interment was in the church cemetery.

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfunerals.com.

Wanita Eldora Dingman Johnson

Wanita Eldora Dingman Johnson

Wanita Eldora Dingman Johnson, 70, passed from this life on Sept. 7, 2022.

 She was born on Dec. 3, 1951, to Ralph James and Darlene Mae Dozark Dingman. 

She was a loving and caring woman. Her family knew her as passionate, selfless, and a perfectionist in her work. She was always there for anyone who needed her, and she was the glue that held her family together through the brightest and darkest days. She lived each day to the fullest as it came, but always looking forward to the next adventure, visit, or project.

She loved to travel with her family, discovering unique sights and people along the way. She enjoyed many different crafts over the years; there was almost nothing she couldn’t create with her own hands.

Her family, her husband, Robert Lee Johnson; her sons, Bradley David Johnson and Jeffrey Adam Johnson; and her granddaughter, Jordan Riley Johnson, are left with many wonderful memories of her. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Marlene Townsend.

Her last thoughts for her boys: “I just ask don’t fight or be mad about any of this. I will truly miss all of you every day, but I will be your guardian angel forever and always. Love to my guys.”

Moffitt Family Funeral Care is honored to serve the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.moffittfunerals.com.

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