Obituaries for June 1, 2017


Harry E. Grover II

Harry E. Grover II, 62, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Born in Germany, he was the son of the late Harry E. Grover Sr. who helped rebuild Germany after WWII, and Anna Hipp Grover.  He was a servant of the Lord, was a loving husband and caretaker and enjoyed helping people.  He had two businesses, was a heavy equipment operator, was a commercial electrician; did commercial and residential remodels for banks; constructed highway lighting; was an underground and overhead foreman; CATV trouble shooter; worked for the power company and worked with the Benny Hinn ministry.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Grover; sister, Marilyn; and a nephew, Jonathan.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at

Mary Beth Houston

“It’s all about Him.”

On May 26, 2017, surrounded by family, Mary Beth Houston, 63, after a long battle with cancer went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born on July 21, 1953. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Franklin. She touched many lives with her infectious smile through her many careers as a teacher, mother and secretary. She was always very active in serving the Lord through church ministries as well as in everything she did.

Welcomed into heaven by her parents Charles and Ruth Parrish who preceded her in 2006. She is survived by her devoted, loving husband of 39 years, Steve Houston; two daughters, Rebecca Tallent (Clarence) and Emily Chastain (Zeke); one son, John Houston; one sister, Margaret Calloway (Doyle); one brother, Stuart Parrish (Diane) and her beloved, precious grandchildren, Jordyn Sanford, Alex Sanford, Will Chastain, Alicia Chastain, and Morgan Chastain. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family that were dear to her heart.

Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Franklin on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services will follow with Dr. Robert Brown, Rev. Jack Jarrett and Rev. Blake Arnold officiating.

In lieu of flowers, make all donations to youth ministries of First Baptist Church, Franklin.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Glennie Louise Buntyn Massey

Glennie Louise Buntyn Massey

Glennie Louise Buntyn Massey, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017. Born in Tyler, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Morgan Buntyn and Charlotte Louise Harris Buntyn.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tyler Junior College; Palm Beach Junior College and Florida State University, graduating as a special education teacher for children with disabilities. She was a very active Episcopal minister’s wife for 52-plus years. During the time her husband was attending seminary, she taught school, raised three children and provided a loving home for her family. She was president of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Seabelles from 1958-1959. She was a member of All Saints Community Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Rev. Hoyt B. Massey; daughter, Suzanne L. Pontiere (Regis) of Peyton, Colo.; son, Scott L. Massey of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Floride (Reedi) Shaw Massey; two grandchildren, Brian Scott Brazzeal and Alexander Nicholas Pontiere and a step-granddaughter, Rachelle P. Henry.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Steven Massey.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 27, at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church with Revs. David Webb and Carl Southerland officiating.

Burial was in St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

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

Helen Jean Gatling

Helen Jean Gatling, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Born in Columbus, Ga., she was the daughter of the late John Clark and Elizabeth Simmons Clark. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Gatling.

She is survived by two sons, Steven Gatling of Franklin and William Gatling of Acworth, Ga., and two grandchildren.

No services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franklin House, 186 One Center Court, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at