Obituaries for July 20, 2017

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Annie Jo Parrish

Annie Jo Parrish, 85, wife of the late Joe H. Parrish, of 15855 Wells Hwy, Seneca, S.C., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at Morningside Assisted Living.

A native of Seneca, she was the daughter of the late Robert Wesley and Sally Wheeler Curtis. She retired from Winn-Dixie after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Senior Citizen Group, Willing Workers Sunday School Class and Utica Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Donald L. Parrish (Pamela) of Huntsville, Ala., and Rick C. Parrish (Cynthia) of Mebane, N.C.; brothers, L.D. Curtis of Ormond Beach, Fla.; sisters: Sue Stone of West Union, S.C., Guynelle Rogers of West Union, S.C., and Jean Foxx (James) of Seneca, SC; three grandchildren, Eva Courtney, Rachel Wrenn and Sara Neumeister; and eight great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Samuel and Rachel Courtney, Rebecca and Victoria Neumeister, and Ethan, Jacob and David Wrenn.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert and Johnny Curtis; sister, Minnie L. Cantrell; and great-grandson, Gavin Wrenn.

A cryptside service was conducted Wednesday, July 19, at Oconee Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International Bible, www.gideons.org/sendtheworld.com or to The American Cancer Society, 154 Miles Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family is at their respective homes.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.davenportfuneralhome.com.

Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lucille Pendergrass Ray

Lucille Pendergrass Ray

Lucille Pendergrass Ray, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Iler Roper Pendergrass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Burl Wayne Ray; son, Bill Ray; daughter, Wanda Shepherd and three brothers and one sister, Alexander, Grady, Pauline and Harrison Pendergrass. She loved word searches, gardening, cooking, reading her Bible and spending time with her family. She was the last surviving charter member of Mt. Sinai Assembly of God.

She is survived by five daughters, Deborah Holland, Elaine Holland (Phillip), Ila Giles, Ann Holland and Tammy Collier (Lloyd); one brother, Clifton Pendergrass; one cousin that was like a daughter, Rita McCoy; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 19, at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God. Rev. John Raby, Rev. Bryon Lamb and Rev. Jared Benedict officiated. Burial was in the Roper Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Ellen Mae Allison

Ellen Mae Allison, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Born in Decatur, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Truman Goldner and Naomi Bracht Goldner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard M. Allison. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling with her husband Howard. She enjoyed crafts, cooking and taking walks.

She is survived by two children, Carole Langford and husband Larry of Franklin and Steven Allison and wife Marilyn of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandchildren, Amy Moreau and husband David of Raleigh and Blaine Langford of Eustis, Fla.; three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

No services will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Martha Cofield Neville

Martha Cofield Neville, 82, of Rabun Gap, Ga., passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Born in Warthen, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Rubye Brantley Cofield. She received her Master’s Degree in elementary education and retired from the Clayton County School System after teaching for 37 years. She enjoyed reading, traveling, playing scrabble and watching Georgia football and basketball. She was a member of Dillard United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Sidney B. Neville; three sons, Warren Neville and wife Mary of Prospect, Ky., David Neville and wife Patty of Canton, Ga., and Michael Neville and wife Anita of Waxhaw, N.C.; one daughter, Amy Hood and husband John of Rabun Gap, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m., at their home in Rabun Gap. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home, 500 S. Columbia Dr. Decatur, GA 30030 or online at www.umchildrenshome.org

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Beulah Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Graham

Beulah Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Graham

Beulah Elizabeth “Liz” Graham, 73 of Brunswick, Ga., left this physical world on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  The fourth child of Mary Jo Elmore Graham and Olin “Pop” Graham, she was born at home on Depot Street in Franklin, N.C., on Dec. 22, 1943.  She inherited her father’s love of music and her mother’s “green thumb” for growing beautiful flowers.

Beulah, as she was known through school days, attended Cartoogechaye Elementary and graduated from Franklin High School in 1962. She attended Louisa Chapel Church, where her father “Pop” Graham played the piano and led the singing, and grew up in the old house just across the road from the church.

Despite her premature birth and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she was fearless and determined to keep up with her brothers and sisters, “tagging along” and climbing trees to the very top.

In the 70s her love of music drew her to work at Grant’s Lounge in Macon, Ga., known as the Original Home of Southern Rock. There she witnessed the rise of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie, and Tom Petty.  She was caught in a snapshot with the Marshall Tucker Band and was interviewed for a documentary on Macon’s 1970’s music scene.  Edward Grant Sr. was crazy about Liz and she will be greatly missed by the folks at Grant’s who knew her as family.

Her only child, Daniel “Bo” Olympiadis (previously known as “Bo” Wood) attended Macon County schools and retired as technical sergeant after serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  She deeply loved her family, nursing and caring for her mother, grandmother and aunt in their last days.

Fiercely proud of her independence, she lived for many years in Brunswick, Ga., where she enjoyed fishing with her young friend, Cody Baxley, and loved exploring the Georgia beaches with friends and family. She loved animals and frequently helped to nurture and to heal strays, sometimes taking them in as her own.

To her nieces and nephews, she was Aunt “Boo Boo,” and could be as much a friend as an aunt. They saw her as a very honest, straight-from-the-hip person, who never had a false relationship. She always talked to children as people first, loved to play games, and had a genuine smile and an authentic laugh.  The friends she made in Franklin, Macon, and Brunswick were like family to her.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by brothers James “Jimmy” Graham and Glenn Graham.  Surviving relatives include her son, Daniel “Bo” Olympiadis of Illinois, sister Lorraine Rowland (husband Dan) of Macon, Ga., and Claire Graham of Franklin, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.

She was laid to rest at Louisa Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with services on Sunday, July 16, with Rev. Andy Cloer officiating.

Tributes may be in memorial through a donation to any animal shelter or animal charity.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

Doreen Lynn Miller

Doreen Lynn Miller passed away at Solace Center in Asheville, N.C., on June 20, 2017, following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mildred Miller. She retired from the USDA Forest Service after having worked in the Nantahala National Forest.  Her focus was managing wetlands and wildlife. Previously, she worked for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in biology and received her Master’s Degree from Auburn University in wild life biology.

She loved the outdoors and traveled extensively to locations in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and Galapagos Islands to observe all types of wildlife and birds.  On some of her trips, she also did trail riding on horseback, scuba and snorkel diving to observe underwater life.

She is survived by her sister, Deborah Gentry; niece, Caitlyn Gentry Griffith; nephew, Matthew Gentry; aunts, JoAnn Curry (John), and Rebecca Jean Bombich (Tony); uncle, Robert Greenlee; numerous cousins, and also her fur babies, Tobie and Sasha.

A memorial service honoring her will be held on July 22, at 2 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home in Franklin.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Thomas Chancellor Lyons

Rev. Thomas Chancellor Lyons

Rev. Thomas Chancellor Lyons, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Born in McQuady, Ky., he was raised in Balltown and Cloverport, Ky., he was the son of the late William Stanley Lyons and Floy Chancellor Lyons  DeJarnette of Cloverport, Ky.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Stanley Lyons of Stow, Ohio.  He was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran and was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist working in many hospitals until 1993. His passion was ministry, becoming an ordained minister in 1983. He served as pastor of Adonai Temple, Asheville, N.C., for 15 years and helped lead 19 tours to the Holy Land. He was also involved in organizing churches in England and Guyana, South America.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Elaine Rogers Lyons; four children, Lisa Bennett (Tommy), Mark Lyons, Michael Lyons and Nathan Lyons all of Franklin; sister, Nancy Ladner of Kiln, Miss.; three grandchildren, Allen Bennett, Ailei Bennett and Kaiden Bennett; and many extended family, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church.  Mark Pearson, Rev. Gary Davis and Rev. Jay Davis will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Clinton Eugene ‘Gene’ Cook

Clinton Eugene ‘Gene’ Cook

Clinton Eugene‚“Gene‚“ Cook, 76, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Robbinsville, N.C, a son of the late Cliff and Doshia Shuler Cook.

He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, St. Clairsville, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Newman.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy M. Cooper Cook; his three children, Kimberly Cook, Tammy (Tony) Akers and Randy (Jenny Standiford) Cook, all of St. Clairsville; seven grandchildren; five great grandsons; four brothers, Jackie (Joyce) Cook of Franklin, N.C., Max (Lois) Cook of St. Clairsville, David (Ronda) Cook of St. Clairsville, and Jerry (Pat) Cook of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited a Memorial Service at 3pm on July 30, 2017 at Wells Grove Baptist Church, Franklin, NC with Lester Evans officiating.

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