Obituaries for March 16, 2017

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Mary Slagle Roylston

Mary Slagle Roylston

Mary Slagle Roylston, 84, of Franklin, N.C. and most recently, Simpsonville, S.C., passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Moore Slagle and Lida Alexander Slagle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Roylston, and sisters, Betty Kemper and Margaret Bulgin.

Her life was filled with meaningful friendships – through community, church, work, her sons and grandchildren and their friends, and in-laws (new and old). When you met Mary you made a friend – for life.

After high school (a long time ago) she moved to Minot, N.D., attending Minot Teachers College and helping her sister Betty with each of her children. Atlanta was her next home where she met Stephen T. Roylston. Married in Franklin in 1960, they lived in Jackson, Miss.; Seattle, Wash. (where her sons were born); Denver, Colo., Costa Mesa, Calif.; Franklin N.C.; San Diego, Calif.; Lancaster, Calif.; finally retiring back home to Franklin in 1994. After Steve’s passing in 1998, she moved to Simpsonville, S.C.

She loved zinnias, enjoyed reading, and especially entertaining in her home. She was always busy serving and helping others, meeting friends for lunch, delivering meals on wheels, baking, following friends on Facebook, sending cards, letters and gifts across the country to countless friends. We offer our condolences to all who missed out on her cooking. Her kitchen was her kingdom and she its Queen.

Her faith in Christ guided her, giving her peace through the ups and downs of life and leading her to her home in heaven.

She is survived by her brother, Fred, and wife Ruth Slagle of Franklin, N.C.; her sons, Charles and Giovanna Roylston of Raleigh, N.C., Tom and Olivia Roylston of Greenville, S.C. ; and her nine grandchildren who affectionately knew her as “GranMary” – Bradley, Jack, Mary, Jennie, Vicki, Robert, Stephen, Lauren and Dillon.

A service celebrating her life will be held at Simpsonville United Methodist Church, 215 SE Main St., Simpsonville, SC on March 20. Her family will be available to greet friends from 9:30-10:30 followed by a memorial service in the main church sanctuary from 10:30 – 11:30. Afterward they will gather in the fellowship hall for light refreshments and laughter in honor of Mary Roylston.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

William Claude Ashe

William Claude Ashe, 97, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Lonnie Ashe and Elmina Wilkes Ashe.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold, Terrell, Paul and an infant brother and sisters, Pallie Ghormley and Hallie Ashe.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, a retired electrician; a member of the VFW Post 7339 and attended East Franklin Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Audrey Hurst Ashe; one son, Charles Danny Ashe of Franklin; two granddaughters, Andrea Jones (Mike) and Rebecca Danielle Crowe (Julian); three great grandsons, Grayson Crowe, Kameron Jones and Austin Crowe (Kenzy); and two great granddaughters, Lauren Crowe and Kyleigh Jones and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service were held on Tuesday, March 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Howard Southard will officiated.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were Charles Dean, Jr., Julian Crowe, Austin Crowe, Kammeron Jones, Jason Ashe and Roy Ashe.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Sally Queen Cook

Sally Queen Cook

Sally Queen Cook, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Born in Bryson City, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Robert Lance Queen and Arbutus Anne Holden Queen. She was a well-known and respected hairdresser; some would even say she was the “best” during the 80’s. She was the first to restore the McCollum House in Franklin. She loved music and dancing and also enjoyed reading, gardening flowers and vegetables from seed and canning. She attended Tellico Baptist Church and Riverside Baptist Church. She loved everyone and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ted Cook; three children, Amanda Jayne Cook of Franklin, Jacob Teddy Cook (Brittany) of Sylva, N.C., and Rachael Cook Robinson (Jonathan) of Clyde, N.C.; two granddaughters, Ivry Jayne Tallent and Anistyn Gentry Cook; one brother, Dr. Michael Lance Queen of Lake Wylie, S.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service were held on Friday, March 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

Rev. Vic Greene and Rev. Bobby Cloer  officiated. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jacob Cook, Jonathan Robinson, Tracy Cook, Casey Pannel, Jamie Stiles and Justin Reed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Clifford Ralph Bilger

Clifford Ralph Bilger

Clifford Ralph Bilger, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away March 5, 2017.

Born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Ralph Lewis Bilger and Beatrice Emily Boulder Bilger.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Bilger who died, April 2, 2014 and two brothers, Richard Wayne Bilger and Robert John Bilger.  He was a U.S. Army-Airforce veteran.  He retired from Allen Drug Company and was a life member of the DAV.

He is survived by a brother, William Daniel Bilger of Raleigh, nephews, Ralph Bilger and Daniel Bilger and wife Janay and their children, Carson and Caleb and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Macon Funeral Home.

A gathering of friends will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Macon Funeral Home.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

James Willard Keener

James Willard Keener, 84, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James Robert Keener and Grace Talley Keener.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Marie Potts Keener; son, James Keener, Jr. (Leslie) of Brevard; daughter, Tammy Hall (Sandy) of Tuscon, Ariz.; two sisters, Ruby Watts of Satolah, Ga., and Eleanor Blankenship (Harold) of Franklin, N.C.; three grandchildren, Terri Keener, Chris Keener and Cory Hall; one great granddaughter, Faith Bryson; two step grandchildren, Jonathan Childers (Nikki) and Melissa McKinna (Shawn) and step great grandchildren, Mason Childersm Nathaniel Childers, Oakley Childers and Weston Childers.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at First Baptist Church of Highlands. Rev. Randy Reed and Rev. Scott Holland will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Mary Alice Planck

Mary Alice Planck

Mary Alice Planck,  86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  She was born in Anderson, Ind., the daughter of the late William Carl and Isabelle W. Hellert Oberlies.  She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She was an avid reader, loved solving puzzles and creating handmade Christmas cards. She was a member of First Christian Church of Franklin.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Kenneth H. Planck; one daughter, Paula Jean Ellis (Dan) of Maitland, Fla.; two sons, Gary Lynn Planck (Dixie) of Easley, S.C. and Kent Harris Planck of Hendersonville, N.C.; nine grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Lee Planck.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, March 11, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Matthew Kolodzik officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

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

Robert Joseph Witte

Robert Joseph Witte, 74, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017.  He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Joseph William Witte and Violet Pearl Roberts Witte. He was  preceded in death by his wife, Alice M. Witte, after 28 years of marriage.

He was a Head Plant Foreman for a school district in St. Petersburg, Fla., for 17 years and was a Catholic by faith.  He loved cars and working on motors, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, stepfather and stepgrandfather.

He is survived by his second wife, Barbara Woodring Witte; two daughters, Donna-Marie Vance and Judith Anne Southworth; four grandchildren, Melanie, Eddie, Kory and Angel, two great grandchildren, Fallon and Liam.

A graveside service was held Friday, March 17, at Woodlawn Cemetery.

BryantGrant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Witte family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Shuhua Hu

Shuhua Hu

Shuhua Hu, 85, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017.

She was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Luoyang China. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a hardworking, independent, and strong willed woman who organized all her family. She attended Cowee Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Guiging Wang of the home; two daughters, Chunxiang Wang and Fang Wang; two sons, Jeff Wang and Derik Wang; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 14,  at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Smith and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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

Patsy Jean Breedlove

Patsy Jean Breedlove

Patsy Jean Breedlove, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, March 10, 2017. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Lex and Helen Frye Arnold.

She worked at Belden Electric Cord for 29 years. She was a social butterfly who never met a stranger and loved to spend time visiting and talking with friends on the phone and as she “made the rounds” to her favorite spots. She was a member of Franklin First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and was a children’s Sunday school teacher. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all.

Survivors include her sons, Mike Breedlove (Sue) and Joe Breedlove (Teresa) all of Franklin; and two grandsons, Avery Michael Breedlove of Franklin and Nick Pagano of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

A funeral service was held Monday, March 13, at Franklin First Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Guy Grant, Ronnie Beale, Jimmy Ledford, Harold Huscusson, Brian Sellers, Jim Garner, Mark McConnell, Joe Collins, Tommy Nicholson and Richard Lightner. Staff members from Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation; Bryant-Grant Funeral Home; and Carolina Performance served as honorary pallbearers.

In addition to floral gifts, memorial donations may be made to the Franklin, N.C., Chapter March of Dimes.

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

Wanda Y. Gibson

Wanda Y. Gibson

Wanda Y. Gibson, 59, of Shelby, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Born in Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late James Howard Gibson and Delphia Ramey Gibson.

With the heart and soul of child, she possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.

Survivors include two sisters, Shelia Coggins (John) of Mills Springs, N.C.,  and Jackie Gibson of Oregon; and a brother, Dusty Gibson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Perez; and a brother Jim Kinsland.

A graveside service was held on Friday, March 10, at Jennings Cemetery.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually, but including: Alan Ancillotti, April and team at Forest City Family Care, family and friends either through prayer and/or visits, neighbors, and even random acts of kindness through total “strangers.”

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

Lena Childers Garren

Lena Childers Garren

Lena Childers Garren, 84, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Born in Glennville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Hayes and Lou Stewart Childers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Earl Garren; and five brothers and sisters, Aldon, Neal, Jessie, Mary “Hurble” and Lucille. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Gary Garren and wife Cathy of Highlands; sister, Dixie Moses of Franklin; brother, Douglas “Doug” Childers of Gastonia, N.C.; one granddaughter, Meredith Garren; and niece, Carolyn Sanders and her husband Dennis and their daughters, Erica Moore and Cheryl Vernon.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 12, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tommy Fouts officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Kimberly Dawne Carnes

Kimberly Dawne Carnes, 43, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on March 11, 2017. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Karen McCall Carnes of Franklin and Robert Carnes of Dillsboro.

She was a loving daughter, sister, cousin and friend. She worked as an administrative assistant at Cowee Baptist Church and was a member of Franklin Church of God. In addition, she enjoyed participating in activities and fellowship with friends at Cartoogechaye Church of God and Cowee Baptist Church.

She loved her dog, Penny “Pen-Pen” and loved photography, music and going on road trips. She loved to travel and enjoyed a great trip to Europe which she loved to share with those close to her. She loved the beach and equally loved the snow.

In addition to her parents, survivors include her brother, Ty Carnes and wife Lilly of Waynesville; a half-sister, Paula Robinson of Sylva and a half-brother, Jeff Carnes of Indian Trail, N.C.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, March 15, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Smith, Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. David Powell officiating. Burial followed at the Moore-Welch Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC  28734 or directly to the family.

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

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