Obituaries for June 16

Obituaries for June 16

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Phil Patton
Phil Patton

Phil Patton

Phil Patton, one of the leading design writers of the era, was remembered at a memorial service at Patton Methodist Church in Franklin on Saturday, June 11. He passed away in September in New Jersey at the age of 63 of pneumonia after a long hospitalization from emphysema.

Born Lewis Foster Patton in Durham, he was named for his father, an Army Air Corps bombardier badly wounded in a raid over Japan in World War II. But the young Lewis was always known as Phil, after the crew member who saved his father’s life and who died shortly after Phil’s birth. His mother, Mildred (Dwyer) Patton, gave the young Phil his love for books, a passion he pursued with boundless curiosity for the rest of his life.

From an early age, Phil and his younger brother, Dave, spent a great deal of time in Patton Valley and in the old family home on Harrison Avenue in Franklin. Phil’s grandmother, Mamie Slagle Patton, had infused her children with a love of art that was passed on to Phil and formed the foundation for his career.

After graduating from Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh in 1970, he left for Harvard, where he became the arts editor of The [Harvard] Crimson and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. He married Joelle Delbourgo and moved to New York, where he graduated in a single year from Columbia University with a master’s degree in comparative literature.

He became a prolific and sought-after writer on art, design and technology. With a keen eye for details and their hidden cultural significance, he was a frequent contributor to magazines such as Esquire, Art in America, Architectural Digest, Smithsonian, and WIRED. His article, “Top This,” exploring the design of coffee cup lids for I.D. [International Design] Magazine, became an icon of design journalism and the centerpiece for a book of his essays published posthumously by the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s design museum. He was a regular contributor to CBS News and appeared as a commentator on several television programs on PBS and the History Channel. He appeared on NBC Today, CBS Sunday Morning, The Charlie Rose Show and more.

For many years he wrote for The New York Times, where he started the “Public Eye” column, contributed to The New York Times Magazine, and was a regular contributor to the Automobiles section. He became best known for his writing on the design of cars, but authored more than a dozen books on widely ranging subjects, from sports to the secrecy that spawned legends of alien beings at Area 51.

As a curator or consultant, he collaborated on numerous exhibits, notably at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Phoenix Art Museum and The Museum of the City of New York. He also authored numerous exhibit essays and catalogues.

He was among the inaugural faculty of the School for Visual Arts’ Design Criticism program, where he taught a graduate course on typologies.

He lived in Woodland Park, N.J., and is survived by his second wife, Kathy Hamilton, and children of his first marriage, Andrew and Caroline. His brother predeceased him.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Patton family.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Charles William Bauknight Sr.

Dr. Charles William Bauknight Sr., of Highlands, born Dec. 25, 1934, to John Edward and Theodosia Brock Bauknight, was raised in Walhalla, S.C. He attended prep school at the McCallie School in Chattanooga and graduated from Emory University and Emory Medical School.  He trained at Johns Hopkins and Grady Memorial in Atlanta.  He served in the Air Force in Columbus, Miss., before practicing obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years in Anderson, S.C.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Johannah Armbrecht Bauknight; his son, Charles William Bauknight Jr.; and daughter, Johannah Bauknight Plyler (David); his grandson, Charles Conrad Plyler; and his brothers, Clarence Brock (Harriet) and John Edward III (Susan).

He was a basketball player, a runner, a tennis player, a golfer and an avid bridge player (ACBL Ruby Life Master 2016).  He loved birds, books and wildflowers.  Memorials may be made to Eckerd Living Center, Highlands.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Mary Lois Walker Gabris

Mary Lois Walker Gabris
Mary Lois Walker Gabris

Mary Lois Walker Gabris, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  She was born in Pinellas County, Florida, the daughter of the late Johnnie Alexander Walker and Mary Esther Barksdale Walker. She was a dental assistant and of the Baptist faith and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Leonard William Gabris; a daughter, Susan Riendeau and her husband Neal of Franklin; a son, Leonard Gabris Jr., and his wife Mary Elizabeth of Franklin; four grandchildren, James Michael Gabris, Laura Beth Brooks, Sarah Holly Gregory and Erica Owen; great grandchildren, Riley Owen, Kaylee Owen, Eva Brooks, Ian Gregory, Xavier Gabris and Jonathan Gabris.

BryantGrant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Gabris family.

Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.Mary Lois Walker Gabris

Mary Lois Walker Gabris, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  She was born in Pinellas County, Florida, the daughter of the late Johnnie Alexander Walker and Mary Esther Barksdale Walker. She was a dental assistant and of the Baptist faith and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Leonard William Gabris; a daughter, Susan Riendeau and her husband Neal of Franklin; a son, Leonard Gabris Jr., and his wife Mary Elizabeth of Franklin; four grandchildren, James Michael Gabris, Laura Beth Brooks, Sarah Holly Gregory and Erica Owen; great grandchildren, Riley Owen, Kaylee Owen, Eva Brooks, Ian Gregory, Xavier Gabris and Jonathan Gabris.

BryantGrant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Gabris family.

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

Robert ‘Bruce’ Estes

Robert ‘Bruce’ Estes
Robert ‘Bruce’ Estes

Robert “Bruce” Estes, 77, of Asheville, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 13, 2016.

He was a native of Franklin, N.C., and moved to Asheville in his 20s where he lived for the remainder of his life.  He was retired from the Enka Plant/BASF in Asheville.

He attended Cullasaja Elementary School and Franklin High School.  He joined the Navy in high school and served his country on the USS Black until honorably discharged.

He was preceded in death by his elementary school sweetheart, the former Freda Ann Holland Estes, as well as his parents, Robert and Willa Mae Estes.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Estes Scholtz and husband Scott; grandchildren, Will and Owen of Louisville, Ky.; a brother, Larry Estes and wife Carol Ann of Franklin; two nephews, Chris Estes and Jamie Estes (Teresa) of Franklin; and a sister-in-law, Judy Mashburn (Kenneth) and brother-in-law, Dean (Susan) Holland.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 16, from 12:30 till 1:45 pm immediately followed by the funeral service at 2 pm at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Rev. John Raby will officiate. Burial will folow at Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Holland, Mark Holland, Jimmy Teem, Johnny Teem, Michael Bryson, and Scott Scholtz.

Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

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

Howard Lee Allen

Howard Lee Allen
Howard Lee Allen

Howard Lee Allen, 91, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Andrews, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Born in Bartlesville, Okla., he was the son of the late Howard and Goldie Ihrig Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Olietta Gulley; and two sons, Lee Allen and Robert Allen. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was former owner of Howard Allen’s Body Shop in Jupiter, Fla., and collected antique cars. He loved to travel and was Baptist by faith.

He is survived by one sister, Peggy Schwartz of Topeka, Kan.; and granddaughter, Amanda Kenna of Ohio. He is also survived by his friends and caregivers, Anne Marie Rampell and Ronald Rampell of Franklin.

No services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Marshall Hedden

Marshall Hedden, 65, formerly of Franklin, N.C, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

He was the husband of Juanita Hedden, and the son of the late Elmer and Opal Hedden. He is survived by two sons, David Hedden and Chris Hedden; one daughter, Tricia Robins; two grandchildren; his step-grandchildren; brothers, Wiley Hedden of Franklin and Larry Hedden (Bridget) of Dahlonega, Ga., and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis Hedden and Dennis Hedden.

A celebration of life was held on Friday, June 10, in Winston Salem, NC.

Courtesy announcement by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory.  Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Mary Crutchfield Fisher

Mary Crutchfield Fisher, 94, died on June 6, 2016, in Franklin, N.C.

A native of Person County, N.C., she resided in Macon County since 1946.  She was the widow of Dr. Ernest W. Fisher, who died Jan. 12, 1995, and the daughter of John Crutchfield and Maude Woody Crutchfield.

She attended Meredith College in Raleigh and later earned an R.N. degree from Watts Hospital School of Nursing in Durham.

During the time she lived in Franklin, she was active in her church, community, and childrens’ school activities.  She was a member of First Baptist, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for 40 years.  In addition, she was elected a deacon of the church in 1987.

Prior to her husband’s retirement in 1981, she assisted him for many years in his medical practice.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. A. J. Crutchfield, and her sister, Evelyn Crutchfield Garrison.

Survivors include two children, Donald Woody Fisher and Mary Susan Fisher; two grandchildren, Christian Fisher and Mary Fisher Davila; five great grandchildren; one sister, Jennie Crutchfield Wagstaff; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service for family members and burial was held at Woodlawn Cemetery on June 8.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Franklin, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, N. C. 28734.

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

Gabriel Boucher

Gabriel Boucher
Gabriel Boucher

Gabriel Boucher, infant son of Joshua Boucher and Larrissa Truax, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by paternal grandmother, Joan Boucher; maternal grandparents, Mark Tymchuck and Sherry Truax; paternal great grandfather, Harry Kerber; maternal great grandparents, Frances Tymchuck, Aylene Rose and Larry Truax and two brothers, Zaine Boucher and Oliver Boucher.

A memorial service was held Friday, June 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

James Eugene Basey

James Eugene Basey
James Eugene Basey

James Eugene Basey, 72, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C.  He was born on Aug. 6, 1943, in Lebanon, Ind., the son of the late Harold Eugene Basey and Fairy Elizabeth (Shoemaker) Basey.

He moved to Boone County in 1961 was a 1962 graduate of Frankfort High School.  Following school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during the Vietnam War as a member of the H&MM 163 Helicopter Squadron which was the most decorated helicopter squadron in Vietnam.  He and his squadron flew 239 missions during the war.

On Aug. 21, 1964, he was married to Cheryl Susan (Knight) Basey in Lafayette, Ind., who survives.

Following his military service, he moved to Tampa, Fla., and began working at Reynolds Aluminum Can Plant.  He also began studying business at the University of South Florida, graduating in 1975.  He then started working at General Sheet Metal Company in Tampa in the engineering department and went on to own/operate several sheet metal and steel fabrication businesses.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He enjoyed racing corvettes in the past and was a member of the National Corvette Club of America. He was also a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, James Scott Basey and wife Christine of Franklin, N.C., Douglas Alan Basey and wife Denise of Brandon, Fla.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sisters, Jacquelyn Keck of Frankfort, Ind., Julia Hill and husband Gerry of Payson, Ariz., and Joyce Popke and husband Scott of Star Valley, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by father Harold Eugene Basey and mother Fairy Elizabeth (Shoemaker) Basey.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 15, at Myers Mortuary in Lebanon, Ind.

Interment followed at Mts. Runn Cemetery in Zionsville, Ind.

A memorial service will be held in Franklin to be set at later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center/Humane Society of Macon County, North Carolina and/or Marine Corps League 973 Franklin, North Carolina.

On-line condolences at www.myersmortuary.com.

Thomas Sherwin Whitworth

Thomas Sherwin Whitworth
Thomas Sherwin Whitworth

Thomas Sherwin Whitworth, 61, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Born in Frederick, Okla., he was the son of the Orville L. and Phyliss Rogers Whitworth. He was a U.S. Postal Mail Carrier. He loved working in his vegetable garden, the yard and was an avid Florida Gator fan.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patti Porter Whitworth; daughters, Wendy Lyon of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Meghan Bussa and husband, Homer of Weiden, Germany; son, Joshua Patrick and wife Cortney of Franklin, N.C.; grandchildren, Coleman and Griffin Patrick, Savannah and Kiana Bussa, Gary Thomas Lyon; sisters, Jeannie Eckbloom and husband Dave of Sanford, Fla., Pam Polgrean and husband Eddie of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; brother, Jim Whitworth and wife Edel of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial service was held Tuesday, June 14, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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