Obituaries for June 9

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Angeline Virginia Arcuri Mason
Angeline Virginia Arcuri Mason

Angeline Virginia Arcuri Mason

Angeline Virginia Arcuri Mason, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  Born in Venango County, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rachel Scalisc Arcuri.  She was married to George H. Mason who died Aug. 9, 1995.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Diana Mancinelli (Leonard) of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, Mark Mason (Sandra) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Louis Mason of Franklin; one sister, Loretta Dongelli of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one brother, Anthony Arcuri of Hilton Head, S.C.; and six grandchildren, Taylor Mason, Clayton Mason, Kristen Mason, Amanda Mason, Michael Mancinelli and Nicole Mancinelli.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Marone and two brothers, Louis Arcuri and Frank Arcuri.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 4, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Chastain and Rev. Tom Duke officiating.  Burial followed in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Hildegard Sandhusen

Hildegard Sandhusen
Hildegard Sandhusen

Hildegard Sandhusen, 87, died of natural causes June 3 at Grandview Manor Care Center in Franklin, N.C., where she had lived the past few years.

She capped her long career in professional photography in Macon County, N.C., contributing to publications, exhibiting at institutions, teaching at Southwestern Community College, and publishing two books.

Born on Christmas Day in 1928 in Bremen, Germany, her parents were Henrietta and Herman Sandhusen. She studied with the German photographer Adolf Lazi in Stuttgart. In 1953 she took pictures for Life magazine while on a work permit and soon settled in New York City and became a U.S. citizen. Her work appeared in numerous publications, and IBM sent her on assignment to various European cities. She also worked as a freelancer for a time in Miami, specializing in aerial photography.

After a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, she and her friend, artist Ann Prouty settled in Franklin, N.C., in 1980. They lived in the Swiss Colony community, where she set up a studio and continued her prolific photography, working with the Chamber of Commerce, the Macon County Historical Society, and Angel Medical Center, among others. Her book “Little Journeys: A Photo Tour Through Historic Macon County” was published by Teresita Press in 1996. “Look About: A Tour Guide Through Macon & Jackson Counties” was published in 2002.

She will be missed by her many friends, including Narelle Kirkland and Cynthia Strain, and associates in the Macon County region, and by her “second family” in Pennsylvania.

A private service will be arranged by the family at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Carmaine ‘Connie’ Hamberger

Carmaine “Connie” Hamberger, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Born in Scotland, S.D., she was the daughter of the late Edwin Kepplinger and Sylvia Maruska Kepplinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Hamberger and one son, Daniel Hamberger.

She is survived by one son, Troy Hamberger and wife Debbie of Chiefland, Fla.; one brother, Corven Kepplinger of Port Angeles, Wash.; sister-in law, Margie Rehurek of Tyndall, S.D.; two granddaughters, Ashley Alexander, Kacey Griffin; and great granddaughter, Kayla Griffin.

No services will be held.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Tony Wilburn Gibson

Tony Wilburn Gibson
Tony Wilburn Gibson

Tony Wilburn Gibson, 50, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Mertis Cagle Gibson of Brevard, N.C., and the late Jesse Eugene Gibson. He loved being outdoors; playing horseshoes, camping and digging ginseng were a few of his favorite past-times.  He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Eric Gibson; five brothers and sisters, Judy Beechley and husband Charles of Franklin, Wanda Todd and husband Mike of Franklin, Pam Mason and husband Joe of Charlotte, N.C., David Gibson of Seabrook, Texas, and Alfred Paul Gibson on Cummins, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one’s favorite charity.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

James Albert McNab

James Albert McNab
James Albert McNab

James Albert McNab, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Born April 18, 1924, in Honduras, he was the son of the late Sherlock and Myrtle McNab. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Sherlock Terence McNab, III; one sister, Madge Tarlton and two brothers, Earl S. McNab and Sherlock T. McNab, Jr. who was killed in action during WWII.

He received his bachelor’s degree in administration from the University of Tampa and completed the graduate program in hospital administration at Duke University. While pursuing an education, he served in World War II and the Korean Conflict and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 32 years of service. He participated in four major campaigns in the European Theatre of operations during WWII: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He participated in two major campaigns in Korea as well. He was a member of the 3rd Radio Squadron Mobile (G), a Top Secret Air Force unit that monitored and decoded Morse code of German enemies, from the day of its activation until its deactivation in WWII. He was a proud member of many veteran organizations; The American Legion NC Post 108, past member and Post Commander, District II of the SC Post 108 in Hampton, S.C., Air Force Association, VFW Post 7339, Reserve Officer Association, The Retired Officers Association, USAF Medical Service Corps Association, Ninth Air Force Association and Military Officers Association of America.

Later, he went on to use his degree in hospital administration as administrator and CEO of Hampton General Hospital in Varnville, S.C. A fellow in both the American College of Hospital Administrators (now known as “The American College of Healthcare Executives”) and the American College of Health Care Administrators, he was also a licensed nursing home administrator. He was awarded the “Merit Award” by the South Carolina Hospital Association in 1985. He was CEO of Stiles M. Harper Convalescent Center in Estill, S.C., past chairman of South Carolina Hospital Association and past board member of the Southeastern Hospital Association. He will be remembered as a true public servant; serving as president of the Hampton Rotary Club in Hampton, S.C., and awarded the Outstanding Rotarian Award, member of the Lions Club, Tampa, Fla., and past chairman of the H. Carl Rowland Memorial Library. He was a member of Hampton United Methodist Church and Tampa Heights Methodist Church; he served as Sunday School teacher, superintendent of Sunday School Youth Division and secretary of the Board of Stewards.

He is survived by his wife Peggy Lorraine McNab; one son, James Albert McNab, Jr. of Franklin; two granddaughters, Carissa Renee Haithcock of Randleman, N.C., and Sarah Lorraine McNab of Columbia, S.C., and one great granddaughter, Raelyn Haithcock of Randleman, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Chaplain Bo Phillips will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 7338 and American Legion Post 108. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the WNC State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to hospice for providing comfort during Albert’s final days.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Betty S. Clay

Betty S. Clay
Betty S. Clay

Betty S. Clay, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, June 3, 2016.

Born in Gastonia, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Lawson Shook and Ollie Mincey Shook.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Clay who died in 1983; two brothers, Sam and Joe and two sisters, Lucille and Kathleen.  She was the oldest charter member of Higdonville Baptist Church; former president of Higdonville Home Extension Club; longtime volunteer at Cullasaja Elementary School and one of the founders of the Senior Games.  She was known by all the kids in the community as Mamaw Betty. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by a son, Donnie Clay of Franklin; daughter, Diana Bailey and husband Mel of Clemmons, N.C.; sister, Marietta Keener of Franklin; four grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, June 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Owens officiated.  Burial was in the Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jason Clay, Clay Reitmeier, Trevor Rhea, Trent Rhea, Chad Cleveland and Mike Steiert.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Shahriar Zolfaghari

Shahriar Zolfaghari was killed tragically in Atlanta, Ga., on June 1, at the age of 34.

He was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Atlanta after falling in love with Camila three years ago. He was a gentle, loving man who adored their one year old daughter. His tragic death occurred while he was trying to provide for her.

He is survived by his wife, Camila Wright Zolfaghari, Georgia Assistant General Attorney, and their daughter Zoya; his father and mother, Farhad and Vida Zolfaghari; and his brothers Farhad, Maziar and Shahram.

He was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Atlanta after falling in love with Camila three years ago. He was a gentle, loving man who adored their one year old daughter. His tragic death occurred while he was trying to provide for her.

A memorial service is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday, June 11, at Trinity Anglican Church, 2270 Defoor Hills Rd NW, Atlanta, Ga. All are welcome to attend to celebrate Shah’s life.

In lieu of flowers, consider contributing to a fund to help Camila provide for Zoya at www.gofundme.com/provideforzoya

Courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory.

Nancy Carapazza

Nancy Carapazza
Nancy Carapazza

Nancy Carapazza, 82, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., and grew up in Port Jefferson, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Victor and Anna D’Angelo Chiarini. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Carapazza; infant son, John Carapazza; brother, Anthony Chiarini; sisters, Victoria Evangelista, Irene Deptola and Regina Plans. She was of the Catholic faith. She loved books, painting and drawing.

She is survived by children, Wayne Carapazza  and wife Sharon, Gloria Carapazza and husband Brian both of Otto, Tara-Lynn Alemayehu and husband Solomon of Oldsmar, Fla., Joseph Carapazza and wife Dawn of Otto, Anna-Marie Kusch and husband Andy and Nancy Wodraska and husband Chad both of Franklin, N.C., sisters, Mafalda Smith of Selden, N.Y., Jean Avery of Augusta, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, Salvatore, Victor, Charlie, Nina, David, John, Arielle, Joseph, Vinny, Hannah, Frankie, Jayme, Anna-Rose; 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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