Obituaries for June 29, 2017

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Verda Ammons Angel

Verda Ammons Angel

Verda Ammons Angel, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 23, 2017.

Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Hanson Ammons and Selma Forrester Ammons.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Lemuel Eugene Angel and brother, Odell Ammons. She retired as a child nutritionist from Macon County Schools.  She enjoyed reading, gospel music and working with children.  She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Rev. L.E. Angel; daughter, Teresa Angel of Franklin; one sister, Aileen Ammons Winchester of Bryson City; sister-in-law, Willa Bell Ammons of Bryson City and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, June 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Vic Greene officiated.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Deal, Don Deal, Mike Mincey, Isaac Gibson, R.L. Gibson and Lamon Brown.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful care given to Verda by the staff of CarePartners Hospice and request donations can be made in her memory to 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Shirley McGaha Vanhook

Shirley McGaha Vanhook

Shirley McGaha Vanhook, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Judd and Cleo Shuler McGaha.

She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and she was a life member and former president of VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and was a very sweet and kind person to everyone. She was a member of Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy L. Buckner of Franklin; a son, Thomas Dean Buckner of Franklin; one grandson, Seth Buckner of Franklin; and siblings, John McGaha, Cora McGaha McKee, Beatrice McGaha Jones, Bruce McGaha and Larry McGaha.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Vernice McGaha and a brother, Carlos McGaha.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 28, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Pastor Glenn Marshall officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Vanhook family. Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Gus ‘Buddy’ Bahruth

Gus ‘Buddy’ Bahruth

Gus “Buddy” Bahruth was born Aug. 14, 1936, in Babylon, N.Y., the son of Gustav H. and Anne Bahruth. He married his high school sweetheart Joan Conway in 1956 and moved to Ft. Myers, Fla., where he spent more than 40 years in the commercial shrimping industry. They moved to Franklin, N.C., which became their second home and then followed their life-long dream of living aboard and traveling on their favorite boat, The Nomad.

His passion was his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan in May 2012. He is survived by his brother, William H. Bahruth and by Gus and Joan’s six children: John and Cathy (Bahruth) Makinson of Franklin, Julie (Bahruth) Kennedy and Annamarie Bahruth of Punta Gorda, Fla., Gustav J. and Maria (Wagner) Bahruth, Michael Bahruth, and Matt and Terri (Bahruth) Boner of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Sunday, July 2, at 1 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, Fla. Gus requested that those who love him rejoice at his going home to be with Jesus and to be joined with his wife Joan. The family encourages service attendees to wear bright, colorful attire as that is what Dad wanted.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Gus’ name to Franklin Covenant Church, P.O. Box 1710, Franklin, NC 28744 or to Hope Hospice Development Office, Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Mildred Gregory Greig

Mildred Gregory Greig

Mildred Gregory Greig, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Born in Franklin, she was the daughter of Parker Gregory and Leila Woodard Greig. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Keith, Hayes, Bill and Charles Gregory and one sister, Ruby Ammons. She attended Auburn University and was a graduate of UNC Greensboro. She was a Home Economics teacher and worked with the Unemployment Security Commission; she served as a WIC director and worked with the mentally handicapped. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed tending her orchids. She also enjoyed cooking and knitting. A lover of culture and travel, she visited more than 15 countries across five continents. In recent years, she adored spending time with her two dogs and two granddaughters.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William Grant Greig; her son, Grant Stephen Greig and wife Anne of Seattle, Wash.; one brother, Wayne Gregory of Leicester, N.C., and two granddaughters, Evelyn and Lillian Greig.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam and Joanna Johnson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to R.E.A.C.H of Macon County, P.O. Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Janett Gribble Blanton

Janett Gribble Blanton

Janett Gribble Blanton, 77, went to be with her Lord on June 21, 2017. She was a great lover of her Lord. She was born in Macon County, Sept. 6, 1939, to Willie Mae Gribble and Ted Ayers Gribble.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, James Carl Blanton; son, James Richard Blanton (Rhonda); nephew, Mike Meadows; grandson, Russell Joel Blanton (Kristi); great granddaughter, Natalie Brooke Blanton; and sister-in-law, Alecia Passmore.

She spent 50 years teaching Sunday school and 20 years as church clerk at Longview Baptist Church. She loved to cook and make jams, jellies and cakes.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 24, at Longview Baptist Church with Dr. Thad Robert Dowdle and Rev. Tom Nahlen officiating. A private committal followed. Deacons of Longview Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Blanton family. Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Gary Lee Fletcher

Gary Lee Fletcher, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Born in Wintersville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Earl D. Fletcher and Doris Gosney Fletcher.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Kirkpatrick Fletcher.

As a young man, he was a star athlete, specializing in baseball.  He loved fast cars, playing cards and spending time with childhood friends that have remained close throughout his life.  He was a skilled brick mason and carpenter, building his own home in Franklin in the mid-’80s alongside his wife, kids and friends for labor.  It was in that very home that he passed with loving family by his side.

He is survived by three daughters, Mandy Fraher and husband Pat of Madisonville, La.; Ashley Sorensen and husband Erik of Lynchburg, Va.; and, Jami Fletcher of Franklin; four grandchildren, Torr and Finn Sorensen, and Sydney and Fletcher Fraher; one aunt, Margaret Gosney of Wintersville, Ohio, and many cousins.

A breakfast reception honoring his life was held in his favorite place, Sunset Restaurant in Franklin, NC on Saturday, June 24.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

George ‘Eddie’ Edward Long

George ‘Eddie’ Edward Long

George “Eddie” Edward Long, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Lawrence H. Long Sr. and Annie Laura Sprinkle Long.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, George Edward Long Jr. and a brother, Lawrence Long Jr.  He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church and retired from Zickgraf Hardwood Flooring.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Devannah Woods Long; three sisters, Laura Belle Guffie and husband Zeb Jr., Louise Roper and Barbara Mashburn all of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, June 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Brian Browning officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jackie Downs, Nathan Brown, Jason Brown, Jimmy Hall, Loyd Mashburn, Jason Smith, Jerry Guffie, Terry Crisp and Lucas Holland.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Billy C. Norton

Billy C. Norton

Billy C. Norton, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side, on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Clyde Norton and Irene Hurst Norton Dowdle.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Dowdle.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Western Carolina University where he worked as director of auxiliary service. He had a great love for music and was a talented musician and song writer.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene Moses Norton; son, Jonathan Dowdle (raised by Billy and his second wife, Kate Roellqen) of Asheville; two brothers, Howard Dowdle and wife Heather and Curtis Dowdle and wife Kathi all of Franklin; sister, Jenny Leopold and husband Adam of Florida; several nieces and nephews and his cousin Mike Crisp who was his best friend and fellow musician.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Fouts Childers

Dorothy Fouts Childers

Dorothy Fouts Childers, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Alex Rozell Fouts and Hazel Dewees Fouts.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Childers and three brothers, Lewis, James Reid and Claude Fouts.  She was a retired school teacher. She was an active member of Iotla Baptist Church and enjoyed teaching, sewing, quilting and reading.

She is survived by nephews, Junior Fouts and wife Carolyn and Larry Fouts and wife Aylen of Franklin, who were her caregivers, and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves, Rev. Brandon Breedlove and Rev. Jim Cochran will officiate.  Burial was in the Fouts Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jim Fouts, Gerald Fouts, Bucky Asby, George Lynch, Wayne Lynch and John Lynch.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

James ‘Jim’ Waldroop

James “Jim” Waldroop, 87, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Julian and Elizabeth Anderson Waldroop.  He had worked as a State Highway Patrolman and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He liked farming and trout fishing as well.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Sue Waldroop, three daughters, Susan Proctor (Vance) of Vale, N.C., Beth Vinson of Norfolk, Va., and Melanie Waldroop of Franklin; two grandchildren, Vance Proctor III and Michelle Proctor; and a sister, Julia Duvall of Franklin.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 24, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory, with Rev. Neil Moore officiating.

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

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