Obituaries for September 5, 2019

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William “Bill” Henry Vanhook Sr.

William “Bill” Henry Vanhook Sr.

William “Bill” Henry Vanhook Sr., 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Harve Vanhook and Ruby Justice Vanhook.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Isabell Ray Vanhook; and siblings, Lamar Vanhook, Baby Vanhook and Gaynelle Snyder. He was a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church. He retired from LBJ where he positively impacted the lives of his students.  Many will remember him for his time spent with his cattle and the hay field.  He was instrumental in getting Little League programs started in Macon County, instilling in the children that the coach is always right.  He was a huge Franklin Panther fan, enjoyed playing baseball with The Franklin All Stars and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by two sons, William “Billy” Vanhook (Sherry) and Denny Vanhook (Sonja) all of Franklin; sisters, Garnetta Woodard (Hoyt) of Candler and Opal Embler of Asheville; brothers, Reggie Vanhook (Linda) and Ronnie Vanhook (Karen) all of Franklin; grandchildren, Kim Terrell (Brian), Amy Anders (Tim) and Benjamin Vanhook (Shana); great grandchildren, Andrew, Andrea, Anderson, Davis, Clarke, Rocco, Leo and Ivy Ray; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1:30 p.m., at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Don Moffitt, Rev. Kevin Chapman, Rev. Tim Hayes and Rev. Janet Greene will officiate.  A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. at Prentiss Church of God.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m., prior to the service at Prentiss Church of God.

Pallbearers will be Brian Terrell, Tim Anders, Benjamin Vanhook, Andrew Terrell, Anderson Terrell and Davis Anders, Andrea Terrell, Clarke Anders and Ivy Ray Vanhook.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Clarks Chapel UMC Cemetery Fund, C/O Jerry and Jean Sutton, 1822 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC  28734 or FHS Athletics, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Donald Ray Crowell Jr.

Donald Ray Crowell Jr., 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, he was the son of Laura Lee Robinson Beaver and the late Donald Ray Crowell Sr., and son-in-law of the late Chuck and Virginia Fenn.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Susan Fenn Crowell of Franklin.

Services will be held at a later date in Fort Worth, Texas.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Philip Powell

Philip Powell, 86, of Highlands, N.C. and Crawfordville, Fla., passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019.  He was born June 12, 1933, in Hendersonville, Tenn., to the late Charles Leslie Powell and Jean Rule Powell.

He was a carpenter and builder for many years.  He liked classic cars and street rods, and blue grass music. He had a love for hunting with and training coon dogs.   He was a member of the Gem City Car Club and a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Powell, who passed away 12 years ago.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Hendricks (Bryant) of Highlands; a son, Charles Leslie Powell (Angie) of Crawfordville, Fla.; grandchildren, Hannah Kritzinger (Jacques), Joshua Bryant Hendricks, Jennafer Henderson (Logan) and Krista Powell and a great-grandchild, Madeline.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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

Vera Brown Hopkins

Vera Brown Hopkins, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug.30, 2019.

Born in Pontiac, Mich., she was the daughter of the late, Richard Emory Brown and Hemeda Salem Brown.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Johnny Jerry Hopkins Jr., and her daughter, Grace Rene Hopkins.  She was a member of Burningtown Church of God.  She enjoyed knitting, word puzzles and putting puzzles together.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Hughes (Tommy) of Franklin and Larry Hopkins of Franklin; nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE South Tower, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA  30328.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

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