Obituaries for January 19

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Sally Ann Giles

Sally Ann Giles
Sally Ann Giles

“I am going to prepare a place for you.  I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”

On Jan. 10, 2017, The Lord called Sally Ann Giles, 70, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, cousin and faithful friend to rest her soul in Heaven.  Born on May 7, 1946, in Elizabeth, N.J., and predeceased by her parents, she was the eldest of four children to Louis and Margaret DeCamp.

The greatest love of Sally’s life was her husband James of 48 years and her greatest joy in life came from the moments she shared with her grandchildren. She was full of spirit and spunk with a heart that glittered like gold; she lived her life always giving, never expecting a return and wanting peace and harmony for all.

She is survived by two children, James Jr. and fiancé  Nathosha Pitts of Franklin, N.C., and Tracy Sellino and husband Richard of Franklin; three amazing grandchildren, Natalie Giles, Amber and Anthony-Jon Sellino all of Franklin, and step-grandchildren Frankie and Karmyn Blount. She was sister to Donna Keyworth, husband Douglas Sr. of Franklin, N.C., sister to Bonnie Edwards, husband Larry of Canton, N.C., sister to Louis DeCamp and wife Ruthie of Franklin.  Sister-in-law to John Larsen Sr., deceased, Glenda Osmond and husband Jerry of New Jersey, Carolyn Ledford of Franklin, Doris Carpenter and husband William of Franklin, Brenda Ansley and husband Otis of Gaffney, S.C., Bruce Giles and wife Mickey of Franklin, Mike Giles and wife Virginia of Franklin, Ronnie Giles and wife Patti of Georgia, Edwin Giles, baby Ben Giles, both deceased, Ruby Grooms of Tennessee and several nieces and nephews.

She worked many jobs in her lifetime but the one which gave her great happiness was prior to her retirement working at Rahway Bus Company in Colonia, N.J. For 28 years, she was a school bus driver watching over the safety of the most precious cargo anyone could ever carry.  Her most beloved friends were Aunty Carol of Keansburg N.J., Joan Skinner of New Jersey and Helen, deceased, from New Jersey.

Funeral service was held Jan. 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eric Giles, Lonnie Giles, Tracy Carpenter, Douglas Keyworth Sr., Matthew Keyworth and John Larsen Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Heather Anne Bryant

Heather Anne Bryant
Heather Anne Bryant

Heather Anne Bryant, 32, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of Carl Lane Bryant and Elizabeth Ann Shuler Young. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Justin Roy Muse of Bryson City, N.C.; fiancé, Kenneth Rhinehardt of Sylva, N.C.; step-father, Michael Young of Waynesville, N.C.; paternal-great grandmother, Catherine Mason of Franklin; one brother, Carl Lane Bryant Jr. of Sylva; two step-brothers, Terry McMahan and David McMahan both of Sylva and many extended family members. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Mamie Biddix, Carl Mason and Robert Shuler.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Lee Hill and John Frady officiated. Burial was in the Parris Cemetery, Sylva.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Ann Corbin Seagle

Dorothy Ann Corbin Seagle
Dorothy Ann Corbin Seagle

Surely the sun shone a little brighter on Friday, Oct. 29, 1926, when Dewey and Minnie Williams Corbin welcomed the first of their five children.  Dorothy Ann was born in the house built by her great grandfather, John Corbin on land purchased in December 1836.  As low as the markets crashed, spirits in the Corbin house were soaring in the other direction.

In the coming years came brothers, C.D. and Grady and sisters, Lattie Mae and Mildred.

The family thrived through the years.  Even though “Poppy” was away working many jobs to support the family financially, “Mama” had lots of help with the garden, preserving whatever foods were available.  All of the children assisted and looked forward to their father’s return who always had treats for everyone.

On Aug. 4, 1945, Dorothy was married to the love of her life, Donald Seagle, whom she had met when he was visiting an aunt who lived nearby the Corbin home.  Most likely they met when she was walking to church or to sell blackberries.  A new home was built on Rabbit Creek in 1954 and there were three children born; Brenda was the first followed by Donnie, then Karen.

In 1972 the home was sold, the farm purchased and a new home built.  Dorothy quickly made the home a collection of picture, mementoes, and collections of whatever she fancied.  Two of her favorites were her collection of red birds and thimbles.

Grandchildren began arriving with Sherri, Todd, Rodney, Lori and Kara following.  As they grew so, too, did the collection of newspaper articles and memorabilia.  As the grandchildren married, there came great grandkids, Kendyll, Jaiden, Jesse, Ryan, Charley, Micah, Tatem, Elin and Jase.  The collection grew and the home became the “go to” place for family and friends.

Dorothy’s family has always been known for service to the community perhaps beginning with her mother’s parents donating land for the Holly Springs Baptist church around 1914. This service continued through involvement with her church and community.  She served as church clerk for 20 years with the church observing “Dorothy’s Day” in September 2004.

Her service continued with her involvement in the community club beginning with its inception in the early 1950s and being awarded the Woman of the Year.

While home life was busy, Dorothy worked as a seamstress for Angie Deal and kept Joy and Gene until school age for sister, Mildred.  She then began her career as a teacher’s assistant in the county school system.  This was the job she gloried in and loved all the children as her own.  Many of those are now adults and remember her like she was their mom.

In December 2016, having been married to her soul mate for over 71 years, a series of medical problems arose.  As hard as she fought and even with the love and caring from her husband and family, Dorothy succumbed to her tired and weary body on Jan. 14, 2017.

Awaiting her in heaven are her parents, brothers, C.D. Corbin (Lorraine), Grady Corbin (Wilma) and sister, Mildred and brother-in-law, Jim Williamson.

Left behind to rejoin with her are her husband, Donald; daughter, Brenda, son, Donnie (Nancy) and daughter, Karen (Ronnie Vanhook) and sister, Lattie Mae (Jack Keeter).  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Grand and great grandchildren will be able to revel in her lengthy legacy and her family’s history in the Corbin Cove.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Holly Springs Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Rev. Donnie Seagle, Rev. Brandon Breedlove, Rev.Jack Hollowell and Rev. Judson Hall will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Todd Seagle, Rodney Vanhook, Jesse Seagle, Ronnie Vanhook, David Green, David Hollowell, Gene Williamson, Randy Keeter, Larry Corbin and Keith Corbin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Holly Springs Church Cemetery, 366 Holly Springs Church Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Jack Edward Hurst

Jack Edward Hurst, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 16, at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Russell Stinnett

Thomas Russell Stinnett
Thomas Russell Stinnett

Thomas Russell Stinnett, 76, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was born August 21, 1940, in Richmond, Va., to the late Earl and Ella Fields Stinnett. He was married to the late Suzanne Eva Stinnett. He spent 21 years in the U.S. Army serving in Germany, Okinawa, Japan, and other places all over the United States. He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, bowling, and fishing.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie York of Appomattox, Va., and Kimberly Gregson (George) of Pittsfield, Ill.; four sons, Tom Earl Stinnett and his wife, Candice of Rowlett, Texas, Mark York of Spring, Texas, Timothy Tillery and his wife, Pam of Fort Hood, Texas, and Christopher Stinnett of Asheville, N.C.; 14 grandchildren, Joshua Gregson, Caleb Gregson, Bethany Gregson, Crystal Mac Arthur Steven Mac Arthur, Justin York, Kierstin York, Nadine York, Emma Stinnett, Eva Stinnett, Natasha Stinnett, Jennifer Gragg, Cyra Ashmore, and Seth Ashmore; five great-grandchildren, Robert Commino, Angela Commino, Brylon Greer, Michael Harlan, and Ever Lynn Harlan; one sister, Mary Stinnett Klugman; and two brothers, David Stinnett, and Butch Stinnett.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne Eva Stinnett, a daughter, Tammy Lynn Tillery; and a son, Robin Stinnett.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 15, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Forest Jones officiating.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Stinnett family.

Janice Nadine Robinson

Janice Nadine Robinson
Janice Nadine Robinson

Janice Nadine Robinson, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Albert Tolley and Dora Callahan Tolley.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Robert Robinson; infant daughter, Glenda Ann; two brothers and two sisters. She was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church.  She enjoyed cooking for family and friends.

She is survived by four children, Debra Kirkland of Sylva, Dale Robinson of Franklin, Terry Robinson and wife Jennifer of Sylva and Michael Robinson and wife Amy of Franklin; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Windy Gap Baptist Church.  Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiated. Burial was in the Stillwell Cemetery, Jackson County.

Pallbearers were Danny Tolley, Brandon Sutton, Jerry McFalls, Delane Elders, Fergie Elders and Jeter Baldwin.

Memorial donations can be made to CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin,  NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Edward Albert Taber

Edward Albert Taber
Edward Albert Taber

Edward Albert Taber, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Born in Rock Island, Ill., he was the son of the late Dr. Albert W. Taber and Rose Mansfield Taber. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked for PanAmerican Airlines in cargo management. He was a master gardener, member of the Knights of Columbus, and member of St. Francis of Catholic Church; where he was Eucharist Minister and known for his love of sports and dedication to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marlene Murphy Taber; four children, Albert Kevin Taber, Deidre Leigh Taber both of Franklin, Sharon Anne Wainwright and husband Timothy of Newberry, Fla., and William E. Taber of Franklin; one sister, Patricia Arnould of Colorado; three grandchildren, Aiden, Trenton and Maddox Taber; two step-grandchildren, Cara and Garrett Wainwright; two nieces, Sara and Mary Arnould and nephew, Michael Arnould.

Memorial mass was held Monday, Jan. 16, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Knights of Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, Gen. Fund, 299 Maple St., Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Faye Bolton Lail Carter

Faye Bolton Lail Carter, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Highlands, N.C.

She was born July 6, 1941, in Richmond, Va., to the late Aubrey and Grace Lail.

She was in the medical billing profession and was the first person to set up a medical provider fraud prevention unit.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Carter of the home; three children and two step-children.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Carter family.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Arley Eugene Henderson

Arley Eugene Henderson
Arley Eugene Henderson

Arley Eugene Henderson, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Glen Henderson and Mable Dills Henderson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jake and Sammy and two sisters, Helen Tallent and Glenda Cook. He was an auto body technician and a member of Iotla Baptist Church.  He loved to hunt and fish and make a garden.  He was well known for his tomatoes and sweet potatoes and sharing them with his friends.  He loved his family and his wife’s family dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Geraldine Lee Henderson; son, Vic Henderson and wife Diane of Raleigh, N.C.; daughter, Teresa Ammons and husband Kenny of Franklin; four grandchildren, Melissa Ammons, Addie Murphy, David Henderson and Zachary Ammons; one great grandson, Mason Murphy; several nieces and nephews and special nephew, Randy Lee.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 16, at Iotla Baptist Church.  Rev. David Burch and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tim Lee, Bobby Peek, David Henderson, Lee Sitton, Noah Sitton, Kenny Ammons, Jerry Tallent and Mike Tallent.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Genevie DeHart Saunders

Genevie DeHart Saunders
Genevie DeHart Saunders

Genevie DeHart Saunders, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Born in Swain County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Ferd DeHart and Birdell Robbins DeHart.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister.  She attended The Prayer House and loved old gospel singing.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, James Larry Saunders; uncle, Lawrence Robbins of Franklin and numerous cousins.

Memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC  28744 to help with funeral expenses.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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