Obituaries for June 30

Obituaries for June 30

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Mildred Ledford Anderson
Mildred Ledford Anderson

Mildred Ledford Anderson

Mildred Ledford Anderson, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away June 21, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Zemery Ledford and Mamie Sanders Ledford.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Anderson; three sisters, Jeanette Williamson, Ruth Cowart and Ann Patterson; and a brother, Dennis Ledford.  She was a member of First Assembly of God.  She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Diann Cook of Virginia Beach, Va.; granddaughter, Teresa Reed Adkins; great granddaughter, Robin Woodard; two brothers, Gene Ledford and Bryant Ledford, both of Franklin; four sisters, Sue Ramsay and Audrey Brabson both of Franklin, Pat Lowe of Virginia Beach, Va., and Evelyn Tallent of Atlanta, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 25, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Kevin Chapman, Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated.  Burial was in the Union United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Russell Calvin Jones

Russell Calvin Jones, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 17, 2016.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Chester Jones and Maxine Morrison Jones.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen “Marie” Roberson Jones who died Dec. 26, 2015, and a sister, Shirley Baker.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran; retired from Pan Am Airways; was a member of Franklin Church of Christ; and loved fishing and traveling.

He is survived by three step children, Jim Yaw of Alabaster, Ala., Judi Hedge Allen of Coral Springs, Fla., and Jerry Yaw of Oakland Park, Fla.; two brothers, William Jones of Miami, Fla., and John Jones of Opelika, Ala., and a sister, Dee Hughes of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Charles Edward Estes

Charles Edward Estes, 78, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Sunday evening June 26, 2016. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Alonzo and Mollie (Buchanan) Estes. He retired from Western Carolina University and enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his four brothers, Bill, Eugene, Ronnie and Grover; a half-brother, James; two sisters, Christella and Imajean; half-sisters, Elizabeth, Maggie Sue, Helen, Virginia and Edna.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Annie Dillard Estes; daughters, Gloria (Tom) Butler of Raleigh, N.C., Debra Estes of the home; five sisters, Ollie Mae Cabe, Betty Lou Clark, Patsy Nations, Kay Estes and Opal Mills; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Zion Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Wilson, 3110 Pumpkintown Rd, Sylva, NC 28779.  An online registry is available at appalachianfuneralservices.com.

William Croft Denny

William Croft Denny
William Croft Denny

William Croft Denny, 78, of Nantahala, N.C., passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016.  He was born in Macon County, the son of the late William H. and Eller Dills Denny.

He was a math teacher, receiving two degrees from Western Carolina University, a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. He was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and wildlife. He also had a love of fine cars. He was a member of Briartown Baptist Church.

He is survived by one sister, Susie Beasley (Gene) of Nantahala; one brother, Gerald Bobby Denny (Shirley) of Gainesville, Ga.; two nieces, Jodie Michelle McCord (Carl) of Sylva and Diana Bowling (Chris) of Pittsboro, N.C.; two nephews, Blake Denny of Alto, Ga., and Scott Denny (Monica) of Mobile, Ala.; one great nephew, Bauer Bowling, and two great nieces, Abigail Bowling and Lauren Bowling.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m., at Briartown Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jim Cochran officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church pavilion.

Memorial donations may be made to: AA Central Office of Murphy, 444 Hill Street, Murphy, NC 28906.

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

Drucilla Ann Beechley

Drucilla Ann Beechley, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph B. Davis and Gladys Ford Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Steve Turner; two sons, Hughey and Ernest Beechley; one sister, Sara Jane Neill and one brother, Joe Davis.

She is survived by a son, Charles Beechley and wife Judy of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Earl Wendall Hanvey

Earl Wendall Hanvey
Earl Wendall Hanvey

Earl Wendall Hanvey, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016. He was born in Seneca, S.C., the son of the late David and Gaynelle Alexander Hanvey. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service and had worked as a police officer for nine years.  He was also a carpenter, and avid music lover, and a member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Monika Hanvey; sons, Earl Wendall Hanvey Jr. (Karen) of Anderson, S.C., Van Dean Hanvey (Kim) of Wahalla, S.C., Daniel Adam Hanvey (Betty) of Westminster, S.C., and Robert Lee Hanvey (Libby) of Westminster; a sister, Nelle McCallister of Seneca; brothers, David Hanvey of Greenville, S.C., Larry Hanvey of Seattle, Wash., and Winston Hanvey of Powdersville, S.C.; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren; special friends, Bob and Mary Williams and Ed and Carol Mallory.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 25, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Beam and Bob Williams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin, NC  28734.

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

Vester Junior Lequire

Vester Junior Lequire
Vester Junior Lequire

Vester Junior Lequire, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.  Born in Swain County, he was the son of the late Jacob Elbert and Bertha Buchanan Lequire.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Essie Virginia Lequire, who died in 2015.

He was owner and operator of Lequire 66 and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved Pickin’ on the Square.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by sons, Vester Lequire Jr. (Jerri) of Franklin and Mike Lequire (Renee) of Anderson, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Blake, Jonathan, Megan, Brittany, Brooke, Brittiny, Morgan and Karley and great grandchildren, Kiley, Houston, Rowen, Holton, Aislynn and Kole.

A funeral service was held Friday, June 24, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. David Lee Williams officiating.  Burial followed in Luada Cemetery in Bryson City. Pallbearers were Chris Barnes, Blake Sheffield, Jonathan Keener, B.J. Keener, Clinton Mashburn and Austin Chambers.

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

Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Ann Elman

Marilyn Ann Elman, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, June 27, 2016.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Vincent Elman and Lillian Dresser Elman. She worked as a hospital administrator and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

She is survived by a sister, Joyce Lanson and husband Don of Franklin; niece, Donna Lanson and nephew, Richard Paul Lanson and wife Cinde.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Raymond Hanshell

Raymond Hanshell
Raymond Hanshell

On the evening of June 21, 2016, Raymond Hanshell, 65, passed away peacefully in his home, while surrounded by family. He had been a Macon County resident for 11 years. He was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Williamsburg, Ohio.

An avid outdoorsman, he moved his family to Franklin, N.C., to pursue the dream of living in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Always accompanied by his family and closest of friends, he spent much of his free time hunting and fishing throughout the mountains.

He was a man who planned all of his events to include his wife and family. Whether it was sitting around hollering at the TV during a football game in the living room or taking a multi-state road trip, he was always accompanied by his wife.

A man with a genuine love to make those around him smile, he was always very lighthearted. It was a top priority for him to make those around him laugh and stay upbeat. For those around him no matter how hard a situation may have been, if there was light to be had, he would make you smile.

Another one of his biggest joys was his pack of chihuahuas that were always glued to his side. They would follow him from room to room and always be with him.  As puppies if they got sick, he would nurse them back to health and provide constant care. His animals were an extension of his family and held a special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Lula Hanshell, his son, Raymond William Hanshell and his sister Bessie Jackson.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Hanshell; daughters, Catherine Rhoden and her husband Gregory, Christina Dioses and her husband Fabio; grandchildren, Chala, Allen, Aaliyah, Fabio and Jaylinn. He is also survived by his two daughters in West Virgina and his great granddaughter Tuli Justice.

No services are planned. He will be cremated, and a private inurnment will be held for his family.

Send all memorials and flowers to the family at 520 Cedar Hills Dr., Franklin, NC, 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Hanshell family.

Online condolences at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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