Obituaries for June 15, 2017


James ‘Jimbo’ Potts

James ‘Jimbo’ Potts

James “Jimbo” Potts passed away peacefully on June 6, 2017.

He was born in Highlands, N.C., on July 3, 1929.  He was the oldest of Pearl and Arthur “Shine” Potts’ five children.  He married Geneva Allie Bradly on Dec. 31, 1953.  They had five children, Clarence “Dabs,” Keith “Cowboy,” Timothy, Diana, and Lisa.

An avid baseball player and fan, he was also a lifetime member of the Baptist Church, a volunteer Highlands firefighter of 17 years, an Army veteran who served in the Korean War, and an active member of the American Legion.  He began work at his father’s gas station, The Sinclaire Station, which was located across from what is currently the Methodist Church, and then started Potts Block Company, which he continued until his retirement.

He is survived by his four siblings, Mattie Calloway, Kathleen Roper, Lois Keener, and Lina Birch; his three children, Dabs Potts, Diana Almond, and Lisa Talley; his seven grandchildren, Amy McDowell, Bonnie Potts, Chelsea Davis, Margie Potts, Pamela Potts, Sarah Sanford, and Julie Potts; and 16 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Allie Potts; son, Keith Allen Potts; son, Timothy Wayne Potts; and grandson, Timothy Allen Potts.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 8, at Highlands First Baptist Church. Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Jeremy M. Dooley officiated. Burial followed  the Highlands Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dennis Wilson, Donnie Calloway, John Shaheen, Lonnie Barnes, Alan Bryson and Neil Chastain.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Sandra Jean Travis Collier

Sandra Jean Travis Collier of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017. She was 83.

Born Feb. 20, 1934, in Lookout Mountain, Tenn., she is the daughter of the late Mary Bettys Travis and Guy Otis Travis and the sister of Mary Dale Travis Busche and Guy Otis Travis Jr., both deceased.

She was a member of the first graduating class of the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tenn., and was recently honored with her fellow students from the inaugural 1952 senior class.  She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing and was president of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She was married to the late Joe Carter Collier Jr.  He served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army and graduated with an engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University. He was senior vice president with Florida Power & Light Company and CEO of Central Maine Power.

She had a multi-faceted career as a registered nurse, teacher, real estate broker and homemaker. Adventurous, extroverted and curious, she was an avid nature lover and intrepid traveler. She visited more than 25 different countries and developed lasting friendships with persons from a variety of diverse cultures and backgrounds from around the world.  She had a passion for the people of Africa and worked with individuals and families as a public health nurse in rural villages. One of her beloved families in Kenya named their child “Sandy” in her honor.

Sandra is survived by daughters Mary Alice Collier Collins, Carolyn Dale Collier and son Joe Carter Collier, III. She has eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A family graveside service will be held Sunday, June 11, at Riverside Memorial Park in Jupiter, Fla., where she was laid to rest next to her husband. Arrangements are handled by Aycock Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center in Jupiter, Florida.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Elissa Beth Slanczka

Elissa Beth Slanczka

Elissa Beth Slanczka, 31, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Born in Orlando, Fla., she was the daughter of Robert Slanczka of Center Point, Iowa and Diane Thompson Cutter of Franklin.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Devon Cutter of Orlando, Fla., and a brother, Danny Dell of Orlando, Fla.

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Blanche Rosalee McCoy Owens

Blanche Rosalee McCoy Owens

Blanche Rosalee McCoy Owens, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 9, 2017. She was born in Jackson County to the late David Montgomery and Mabel Gregory McCoy. She was married for 67 years to Euell Cordell “Buck” Owens who preceded her in death Jan. 20, 2009.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a farmer and a lifelong member of Pine Grove Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Enloe (David) and Sandy Tippett all of Franklin; a son, Rev. Ronald Owens (Kathy) of Franklin; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia “Tootsie” Akin and Beverly Owens; a sister, Leola Holland and two brothers, Melvin Eugene McCoy and John Howard McCoy.

A graveside service was held Monday, June 12, at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Jeff Enloe, Mark Enloe, Zeb Enloe, Tim Houston, Josh Owens and Vince Boyce served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Owens family. Online condolences are available at

Marena Jeannette Mikol

Marena Jeannette Mikol

Marena Jeannette Mikol, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Born in Lansing, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Eberhardt Waidelich and Marie Kornes Waidelich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Frank Mikol. She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, where she served as former secretary and member of the “Martha Ministry.”

She is survived by two children, John Adam Mikol and wife Page of Rural Hall, N.C., and Michelle Mikol Boettjer and husband Scott of Beech Grove, Ind.; one brother, Carl Waidelich of Rochester Hills, Mich.; two sisters, Jackie Johnson of West Branch, Mich., and Barbara Soll of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren, Fredrick Samuel Boettjer and wife Jenifer, Jason Michael Forsythe, Brianna Marie Mikol and Adrian Leigh Mikol; two great grandchildren, Samuel and Isaac Boettjer and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Pastor John Brunner will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 16, at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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