Obituaries for January 5

Obituaries for January 5

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Anna Virginia Wise Aliff

Anna Virginia Wise Aliff
Anna Virginia Wise Aliff

Anna Virginia Wise Aliff, 88, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

Born in Richwood, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Tony and Anna Wise.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Wise. She was a member of Shortoff Baptist Church and the Highlands Women’s Club and she volunteered at Fibbers for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James H. Aliff; three children, Trina Aliff of Mountain City, Ga., Cathy Hagan and husband David of Sanger, Texas, and Bert Aliff and wife Susan of Ocean Springs, Miss.; one sister, Betty Frazier of Indian Trail, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Bert, Alexis and Alaina.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Four Seasons Foundation Office, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 (www.fourseasonscfl.org/donate/foundation)

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Bruce Bobby Shuler

Bruce Bobby Shuler
Bruce Bobby Shuler

Bruce Bobby Shuler, 77, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Floyd and Edith Hall Shuler.  Bruce was a U.S. Army veteran; CPA, farmer and carpenter.  Brue was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Harrietta “Hank” Hartley Shuler; sister, Revena Shuler Breedlove and husband, Gilmer of Franklin; brother, Grover Shuler and wife Kitty of Knoxville, TN and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Judson Hall and Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Bill Shuler, Mike Shuler, Tommi Murphy, Felicity Wilhelmsen, Mike Breedlove and William Shuler will serve as Pallbearers.  Eddie Beaver and Jim Brown will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

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.

Nina Lee Smith

Nina Lee Smith, 77, of Dunwoody, Ga., died Dec. 27, 2016.

She was a member of Dunwoody Women’s Club. She was also very active with many charities including Interfaith Outreach and Tallulah Falls School.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gordon William Smith; son, Gordon Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Michael Rosing; grandchildren, Anna Rosing, Ben Rosing; and sister and brother-in-law, LaNora and Don King.

Graveside services will be Saturday, Dec. 31, at St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Franklin, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nina Smith’s memory to Tallulah Falls School, 201 Campus Dr., Tallulah Falls, GA 30573.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Cara Rose O’Shields

Cara Rose O’Shields
Cara Rose O’Shields

Cara Rose O’Shields, beloved infant daughter of Steven O’Shields and Cory Capman, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Philip and Jane Capman; paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Brenda O’Shields; maternal great grandmother, Jane Capman and paternal great grandparents, Juanita and Norman O’Shields and Lucille Merrell.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Clyde Gravely officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Charles ‘Bill’ Queen

Charles ‘Bill’ Queen
Charles ‘Bill’ Queen

Charles “Bill” Queen, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Edgar Queen and Maude Roper Queen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jack, Ted and three infant brothers and great granddaughter, Lyla Maxson. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of the National Guard 210th for 24 years, serving in Desert Storm. He was a faithful member of Iotla Baptist Church where he attended the John Campbell Sunday School Class.  He was a skilled carpenter working in construction most of his life.  He enjoyed ginseng hunting and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Tallent Queen; three children, Ricky Queen, Rhonda Queen and husband, Todd and Donna Mathis and husband Buddy all of Franklin; two sisters, Betty Jo Parrish of Franklin and Pauline Trivette and husband Harold of Lexington, N.C.; sister-in-law, Joyce Queen of Lexington, N.C.; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.  Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Cody Mathis, Jamey Mathis, Jon Pennington, William Kernicki, Shannon Gibson and Kenny Maxson.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

R. Lucille B. Sanders Gilstrap

R. Lucille B. Sanders Gilstrap, 88, of Clover, S.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, S.C.  She was born in Macon County, North Carolina, and was the daughter of the late Lee Bates and Cordelia Williamson Bates.  She was a member of the Clover Church of the Nazarene, and was a homemaker and avid quilt maker.

Left to cherish her memories are her sons, David Bingham, Robert Sanders, Charles Sanders, and Carol Sanders; daughter, Faye Smith and husband Dave; son in-law, Harry Maney; daughter in-law, Ann Sanders Fulbright; sisters-in-law, Joyce Bates and Maebelle Bates; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Logan Sanders; daughters, Hattie Maney and Delia Ann Sanders; daughters-in-law, Jane Bingham, Carolyn Sanders; son in-law, Herb Hall; brothers, Bruce Bates, Bo Bates, Fred Bates and wife Kay, Wylie Bates and wife Betty, Charles Bates and wife Margaret, Gene Bates; sister, Mary Teague and husband Frank.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium 1503 S. York Rd., Gastonia, and officiated by Pastor Brett Boykin. The interment followed at the Lakeview Memory Gardens, York S.C.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com.

Doerr Wendell Davis

Doerr Wendell Davis
Doerr Wendell Davis

Doerr Wendell Davis, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

He was born in Detroit, Mich., on June 18, 1933, to his parents, the late Christian Doerr Davis and Alberta Luella Scramlin Davis.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Elizabeth Campbell Davis in 2015 and his son Douglas Jerry Yount, 2014.

In 1962 Wendell and Jo moved to Eustis, Fla., to raise their family. Over the next 33 years they owned and operated Triangle Moving and Storage and Raintree Books. He was an avid book collector and antiquarian and spent most of his life involved with the research, collection, restoration, and sale of antique books. His library encompassed centuries. He served on the Florida Household Goods Carriers Bureau Rate Committee. He was an active member of the Eustis Chamber of Commerce, Eustis Code Enforcement, Eustis Memorial Library, Eustis Kiwanis and Eustis Jaycees.  In 1981 both Wendell and Jo became licensed auctioneers and owned and operated Jefferson Davis Auction Galleries.

He retired in 1993 and moved to Franklin. During his retirement, he continued his love of antique books, enjoyed spending time with his loving wife and spent many years actively involved with his children and grandchildren. He was an active member in the Asbury United Methodist Church.  He touched the lives of all who knew him and will forever be in the hearts of many.

He is survived by one son, James Wendell Davis of Georgia; his daughters, Debra Allee Jones of Indiana, Anita Jo Hardin (Mike), and Jo Elizabeth Henson of Eustis; brothers, Michael Grey (Joan), Christian Davis (Sue) and Edward Davis ( Sue); seven grandchildren,  Alicia Neusbaum, Spanaway, Wash., Aaron Davis, Salem, Ore., Jonathan Jones Jr., Washington, Christopher Hardin and Justin Branton (Kelli) of Eustis, Fla., Taylor Elizabeth Yucha (Jeff) of Henderson, Nev., and Montana Jo Henson of Eustis, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Jacob Yucha, Peyton Branton, Caleb, Rowen, and Madilyn Neusbaum.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Chapel.  Pastor Dale Fonville will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eustis Memorial Library, 120 North Center Street, Eustis, FL 32726.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Joan Alice Hofmann

Joan Alice Hofmann
Joan Alice Hofmann

Joan Alice Hofmann, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Born in Lafgren, Va., she was the daughter of the late Algie B. Murphy and Lillian Lawrence Murphy.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Hofmann; infant son, Robert Hilker and sisters and brothers, Rosalee Flowers, Algie Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Gerald Murphy and Joyce Brady. She was an executive secretary for the Geological Survey in Washington, DC. She attended St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater, Fla.  She was very charitable, supporting children’s funds, humane societies and many other organizations.  She loved animals, bingo and traveling.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Teresa D. Pratt of Franklin, Charles B. Jones of Pinnellas Park, Fla., Michael D. Brady of Deland, Fla., Debra Franker of Moncks Corner, S.C., and Johnny Murphy of Bonneau, S.C.; cousins, Suzanne Trammel of Battle Creek, Mich., Kirkland Grenlund of Rockville, Md., Patricia Laurmann of Huntingtown, Md. and Bruce Murphy of Carlisle, Pa.; special niece, Tracy Hoblit; multiple other nieces and nephews and her outstanding caregivers, Jane Smith, Becky Sanders and Kristin Flowers.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 23, at Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens Chapel, Palm Harbor, Fla.  Interment was in the Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Deacon Alice J. Mason

Rev. Deacon Alice J. Mason
Rev. Deacon Alice J. Mason

Rev. Deacon Alice J. Mason, 82, passed from this life on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, after a four year battle with Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She was the daughter of the late Albert Mason and Edna Carey Mason. She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Aug. 5, 1934, and moved to North Carolina in 1977. A grandson, Jacob Magnuson predeceased her as did her former husband, Arnold N. Magnuson Jr.

She was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1984 and served the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina until her death. She has served at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, N.C., as a deacon since 1992. She was co-founder of Clean Slate, a program that provides support for women recently released from prison.  She also served as a chaplain for female inmates at the Jackson County Correctional Facility,  and was also a chaplain for Harris Regional Hospital, Cherokee Hospital, and Memorial Mission Hospital.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of Region A Partnership For Children and the Jackson County Transit Authority. She was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

She is survived by her children, Laura Lenihan (Thomas) of Taylor, Mich.; Elizabeth Mason of Lake Lure, N.C.; Arnold Magnuson III of Norfolk, Va., and Erik Magnuson (Sabrina) of Orlando, Fla. She is also survived by her life partner, Nancie Wilson of Sylva, N.C., and her two “fur babies,” Jessie and Graycee  of the home; her grandchildren: Matthew Lenihan of Lexington, Ky., Karrie Magnuson of Mobile, Ala.;  Colleen Kincaid (Josh) of Taylor, Mich., James Vance (Hannah) of Black Mountain, N.C., Caitlin Vance of Asheville, N.C., Nathaniel Magnuson of Orlando, Fla., and Joshua Magnuson of Orlando, Fla.;  great-grandchildren, Conner and Kadie Kincaid of Taylor, Mich., and Olivia Vance of Black Mountain; and her sister, Shirley Wells (Leonard), of Grand Haven, Mich.

A memorial service will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee,  on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. The Rt. Rev. Jose´ McGloughlin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina will officiate. Interment will be in the St. David’s Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Clean Slate Program, P.O. Box 455, Webster, NC 28788 in Alice’s memory.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Paul Douglas Sprague

Paul Douglas Sprague
Paul Douglas Sprague

Paul Douglas Sprague, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.  He was born in Westchester County, New York, the son of the late Joseph and Lorraine Kline Sprague.  He served as a police officer in New York for 22 years and a deputy sheriff in Manatee County, Florida. He was also in the  U.S. Navy Reserve and was a Catholic by faith.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Sprague; a daughter, Jennifer Johnson (Bryan) of Bradenton, Fla.; a granddaughter, Tara Dipippo and a grandson, Bryson Paul Johnson.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Sprague family.  Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Spear Baker

Nancy Spear Baker
Nancy Spear Baker

Nancy Spear Baker, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.  She was born in Sanford, Fla.  She was an executive assistant at GTE Telephone Company, she loved gardening, walking, cooking and her grandchildren.  She was a member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God Church in Tampa, Fla., and attended River Hills Church of God.   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gordon Hudson Pearce; a daughter, Pamela Pearce Reed and a son-in-law, Russell Reed.

She is survived by her husband, Lester Baker, a son Kenneth Wayne Pearce (Kimberly) of Franklin; five grandchildren, Erin Barbee, Kelsey Pearce, Dixie Reed, Bobbie Crouse, and Crystal Deyarmin; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa, Fla.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Baker family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Alison Ray Brendle

Evelyn Alison Ray Brendle
Evelyn Alison Ray Brendle

Evelyn Alison Ray Brendle, 82, born Nov. 11, 1934, passed away Dec. 31, 2016, at her residence. She was a native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Oliver W. and Alice Sutton Ray. She was married for 57 years to the late Lawrence G. Brendle who died on Oct. 2, 2010.

She is survived by three daughters, Teresa Hall (Ralph) of Greensboro, June Hodgin (Jack) of Franklin and Jean Poindexter (Carroll) of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Christopher Cheek, Matthew Green, Mark Green, Justin Poindexter, Andrew Hall, Darrell Hodgin and Kecia Hursey and 16 great grandchildren.

She is also survived by one sister, Eunice Doster of Franklin and one brother-in-law Bill Vanhook.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Jacob and Daniel Hall; two brothers, R. C. Ray and Otis Ray and three sisters, Monta Hurst, Wendall Angel and Isabele Vanhook

She had dedicated, compassionate caregivers who were Kim Ledford, Jason Jenkins, Connie Watson and Harris LifePath Palliative Care and Hospice.

She was a loving Christian mother who cherished her family and served the Lord every day of her life.  She was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand and listening ear to those in need.  Even physical limitations during her senior years could not hinder her sense of humor and caring giving spirit.  As a member of Prentiss Baptist Church she served as Sunday School teacher; a Bible School worker and the secretary/clerk.  Prior to her retirement in 1996, she was a lunchroom worker and manager at Union Elementary School.  While there she strived to make every child and staff member feel important and loved.  She was a precious mother, faithful friend and patient caregiver to her husband, mother and in-laws.  She will truly be missed but her legacy will live on through the lives of those she touched.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 2, at Bryant Grant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Sellers and Rev. Michael Stephens officiating. Burial followed at Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Christopher Cheek, Zachary Cheek, Matthew Green, Mark Green, Andrew Hall and Darrell Hodgin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harris Lifepath Hospice, 68 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC  28779; Prentiss Baptist Church, c/o Beverly Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC  28734 or the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 372, Franklin, NC  28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Brendle family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Hazel Talley Reaves

Hazel Talley Reaves
Hazel Talley Reaves

Hazel Talley Reaves, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Monroe Talley and Mae Owens Talley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Talley. She worked 32 years in Orlando, Fla., as a certified dental assistant before retiring to Franklin. Her love was cooking, entertaining and growing flowers and vegetables. She loved her Lord and Higdonville Baptist Church, where she was a member.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Roy Reaves; two brothers, Harvey Talley of Franklin, and Port Orange, Fla., and Homer Talley of Franklin; three sisters, Helen Conway of Apopka, Fla., Dorothy Higdon of Franklin, and Mary Lou Anderson of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral service was held  Thursday, Dec. 22, at Higdonville Baptist Church. Rev. Scott Mathews and Dr. Simeon Martin officiatee. Burial was in Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Duane Talley, Darren Talley, Reed Nelson, Larry Dale, Mike Anderson and Larry Raby.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Evelyn Westgate

Mary Evelyn Westgate
Mary Evelyn Westgate

Mary Evelyn Westgate, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

Born in Wayland, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Lessie Lantz.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine Braasch. She enjoyed country music, crafts, gardening, her beloved cat Midnight, spending time with her family and her companion, Tom Colvin.

She is survived by two sons, Scott Westgate and wife Darlene of St. Augustine, Fla., and Bradley Westgate and wife Susan of Bel Air, Md.; three grandchildren, Lydia Westgate Paul of Alpena, Mich., John Westgate of Abingdon, Md., and Justin Westgate of Hampstead, Md.; two great grandsons, Hunter Paul and Jaidan Westgate; sister, Virginia Hamilton of Franklin and companion, Tom Colvin of Franklin.

Burial was held at Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Johnny William McCall

Johnny William McCall, 54, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2016.

He was born May 6, 1962, in Jackson County to Jimmy and Geraldine McCall. He was a rock mason and attended Cashiers Church of God. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson, fish, hunt, but most of all he loved to spend time with his nephew, Colton McCall.

Survivors include his parents, Jimmy and Geraldine McCall of Cashiers; a sister, Jessica McCall of Cashers; a nephew, Colton McCall; grandmother, Marguerite Hooper of Cashiers; a daughter, Sheena Shook; and a granddaughter, Emma Shook.

A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 26, at the Cashiers Church of God with Rev. Benji Collins officiating.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

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

Hilda Scott Burton

Hilda Scott Burton
Hilda Scott Burton

Hilda Scott Burton, 84, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Born in Beaufort County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Weldon and Zettie Lamm Scott.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister Lois Scott Vincent and a brother, Oscar Weldon Scott Jr.

She retired from the Department of the Treasury U.S. Customs Service where she received numerous awards. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Who’s Who. She worked for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Embassy in Nassau Bahamas where she was a charter member of Zonta International. She was a member of the Highlands First Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher and choir member.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bidd Ernest Burton; two daughters, Debra Burton Brown (Steven) of Massanutten, Va., and Diana Burton Roth (Brian) of Staunton, Va.; one son, Bidd Eugene Burton (Beth) of Highlands, N.C.; two sisters, Dorothy Scott Brownfield (Alvin), Brenda Scott Matkins (Phillip) and one brother, William Thomas Scott (Geraldine), all of Washington, N.C.; four grandchildren, Kristin Fierro and daughter Rebecca, Bidd Ethan Burton (Josephine), Aaron Burton, Craig Schultz (Elizabeth) and children.

A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 23, at Highlands First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Ford officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mission Rathbun House, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Burton family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Thomas R. Hunt

Thomas R. Hunt
Thomas R. Hunt

Thomas R. Hunt, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Born in Clemson, S.C., he was the son of the late Thomas Robert and Effie Nealy Hunt. He was married to Edna Nix Hunt who preceded him in death Sept.12, 2013.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in France and participating in D-Day operations. He was a Purple Heart recipient and proudly represented Macon County at the opening of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. He was a maintenance engineer in Palm Beach, Fla., from 1950 until 1970 and worked at Wilson Electric in Highlands from 1975 until 1992. He loved gardening and he was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children, Thomas N. Hunt (Karen B.) of Apex, N.C., Robert H. Hunt (Sharon) of Franklin, Geneva Vaughn (Glandon) of Highlands, N.C., and Morris Nix (Donna) of Clayton, Ga.; a grandchild, Noel Velez of Raleigh, N.C.; step-grandchildren, Denver Vaughn, Misty Holland, Kevin Nix and Shannon Carter; and five great step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carolyn Hunt; a grandson, Bryan Hunt; a sister, Mary Andrews; a brother, James Neely Hunt.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in Wright Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wright Cemetery Fund, c/o Jane Morgan, PO Box 146, Otto, NC 28763.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hunt family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

George Edwin McFalls

George Edwin McFalls
George Edwin McFalls

George Edwin McFalls, 76, of Bryson City, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late George and Marie Coggins McFalls. He was married to Annie Louise McFalls who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2015.

He loved to play banjo and guitar and he loved playing music at community events. He owned and operated McFalls Excavation and he was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by a daughter, Marie Dills (Keith); sons, Larry McFalls (Elaine), George Murphy, William Murphy, Larry Murphy, James Murphy (Fern), Mike Murphy and Joe Murphy (Connie); sisters, Ellen Matthews, Evelyn Mathis and Aileen Moss; a brother, Joe Alvin McFalls and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two sons, Edwin Lee McFalls and George E. McFalls and two brothers, Eldon McFalls and Ellith McFalls.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Ray Ball officiating. Burial followed at Fall Cliff Cemetery, Cullowhee Mtn. Road, Cullowhee, N.C.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McFalls family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Lelia ‘Linda’ Onita Ries

Lelia ‘Linda’ Onita Ries
Lelia ‘Linda’ Onita Ries

Lelia “Linda” Onita Ries, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. She was born in Glenville, N.C., the daughter of the late Ellis and Mollie Green Wiggins.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She attended Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Don M. Ries, with whom she celebrated 70 years of marriage on Nov. 11; one son, Donald Wayne Ries (Theresa) of Glen Burnie, Md.; two grandchildren, D’Artagnan Ries (Dawn) and Victoria “Vicki” Bnaity (Michael); three great grandchildren, Sarah and Justin Ries and George Ellis Bnaity; six sisters, Odessa Fields, Louise Chapman, Betty Bryson (Harold), Geraldine Vanriper, Vetrice Murphy (Billy) and Bertha Morgan Neal; one brother, Rev. Jimmy Wiggins (Lois) and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Wiggins and a brother, Lloyd Wiggins.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 29, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Jimmy Wiggins officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Ries family. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Pearl ‘Evelyn’ Shepherd

Pearl “Evelyn” Shepherd, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Adolphus Gregory and Laura Collins Gregory Mashburn.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace B. Shepherd; two sisters, Della Gregory and Catherine Martin and a nephew, Gary Gregory.  She was a beloved mother and grandmother.

She is survived by four children, Jerry Shepherd and wife Rhonda, Gail Anderson and husband David, Sue Shepherd and Joe Shepherd all of Franklin; brother, Johnnie Gregory of Franklin; three grandchildren, Heather Shepherd and husband Mark, Jerry Shepherd Jr. and Jonathan Anderson; one great granddaughter, Eden Conner and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Shepherd Cemetery with Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Robert Dryman officiating.

Memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Faye Norris

Mattie Faye Norris
Mattie Faye Norris

Mattie Faye Norris, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

Born in Macon County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late King M. Phillips and Allie Mae Sanders Phillips.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Barnard Phillips and two sisters, Margie Curtis and Susie Bradley.  Mattie was a member of Franklin Church of God serving in the women’s ministry and on the senior citizens prayer committee for the elders. She enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by three daughters, Gloria Scott, Stella Haire and Charlene Marcus and husband Hastel all of Franklin; sisters, Fannie Sanders and Ruby Hodgins both of Franklin; brother, Ellis “Bud” Harold Phillips of Bryson City; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 24, at Franklin Church of God.  Rev. Michael Stephens, Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Robert Dryman will officiate.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Henry, David Marcus, Curtis Blackwell, Tatum Talley, Eddie Downs and Raymond Holland.

Memorial donations can be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 372, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Mack Newton McCoy

Mack Newton McCoy
Mack Newton McCoy

Mack Newton McCoy, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Homer and Hallie Holland McCoy. He was former owner of McCoy Automotive and Alignment Service, an avid coon hunter and bear hunter and loved the outdoors.  He was a member of Prentiss Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Pauline H. McCoy; two sons, Robert William McCoy and William Newton McCoy both of Franklin; two grandchildren, Chantel McCoy Lakey and Deanna McCoy; one great grandchild, Ellie Lakey; two sisters, Helen Ramsey of Franklin, and Virginia Cunningham of Marietta, Ga.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Neville McCoy, Eunice Cabe, and Vesta McCoy Lyons.

Funeral services were held, Monday, Dec. 26, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory, with Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tracy Tallent officiating.  Burial was in Wells Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care Partners Hospice, 170 Church St., Franklin, NC  28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McCoy family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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