Obituaries for March 24

Obituaries for March 24

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Carolyn June Kiser

Carolyn Kiser
Carolyn KiserCarolyn June Kiser

Carolyn June Kiser, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Born in Hayesville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Dean Stamey and Gladys Jane Kirkland Stamey.  She was a nurse and she enjoyed gardening, canning and spending time with her family.  She was known to many as Aunt Carol.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Clinard Kiser; son, Keith Kiser and wife Diana of Franklin; daughter, Cindy Church of Franklin; three brothers, Mike Stamey of Clarkston, Mich., John Stamey of Rochester, Mich., and Jeff Stamey of Franklin; three sisters, Judy Littrel of Tallassee, Ala., Kathy Churchill of Lapeer, Mich., and Debra Hamilton of Holly, Mich.; three grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Kiser, Gregory Church and Amber Church; and two great grandchildren, Wayne Church and Levi Church.

No services are planned. Friends and family are invited to stop by the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Cancer Center (Angel Foundation), 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Lucille Womack Clark

Margaret Clark
Margaret Clark

Margaret Lucille Womack Clark, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James and Sarah McIntyre Womack.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dock Levi (D.L.) Clark, who she loved and missed greatly; sisters, Josephine Henry, Christine Causey; brothers, Raymond,  Sam, Harold and Dover. She was a member of Cowee Baptist Church. Her family was always first and she was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by daughters, Melissa Dover (Jay) of Marion, N.C., Donna Leigh Rumsey (Sam) of Clayton, Ga.; grandchildren, Jennifer Taylor, Cody Nations, Chelsea Rumsey and Zachary Rumsey; great grandchildren, McKenzie Taylor, Aidan Taylor, Hadley Rae Rumsey and Alyssa Taylor.

Services were held Sunday, March 20, at Cowee Baptist Church with  Rev. David Powell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Zachary Rumsey, Cody Nations, Stuart Taylor, Harold Clark, Clark Sheffield and David Womack.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Clara A. (Long) Edris

Clara A. (Long) Edris, 89, died Tuesday, March 8, in Raleigh, N.C. She was born in Kempton, Pa., on April 14, 1926, to Herman J. Long and Mabel (Miller) Long. She was the eldest of two daughters; the youngest being Ella Mae (Long) Adams. She attended a one-room school house in Kempton, until 8th grade and graduated Kutztown High School in 1944. She worked at several government agencies; the last being the USMC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

She met her future husband, Theodore R. Edris, on a Trailways bus while returning from her parents’ home in Pennsylvania. They dated for several years and married in October 1949. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in October 2015.  As her husband moved to new locations with the US Air Force and IBM Corporation, she worked in various office positions in Kansas City, Mo., and around the Endicott, N.Y. area. While living in Endicott, Theodore and Clara were blessed by the birth of their daughter, Dianne Louise.

Ted’s next transfer was to Raleigh, where they lived for 49 years. She became a full-time housewife while taking care of her husband, daughter, and father-in-law. They joined St. Philip Lutheran Church after moving to the area, and she became very active in the church’s women’s groups. She served in various positions before being elected to become St. Philip Church’s treasurer. She later became the treasurer for St. Philip Lutheran Church’s Preschool. She held these jobs for 15 years until failing eyesight made it too difficult to continue the positions.  She still attended church and some of the other church functions until failing health problems curtailed her activities.

She was a wonderful wife, a great mother, and many people describe her as “a sweet, unselfish, and generous lady.” Her husband remembers, “I realized early on in the marriage that she was a ‘keeper’, so I made sure I kept her.” When their daughter married Mark Schickedantz in 1987, Theodore and Clara were delighted to add him as the new “keeper” to the family. Clara’s father, mother, sister, and a niece, Gale Adams, have preceded her to God’s Holy City.

She is survived by her husband, Theodore R. Edris; daughter, Dianne (Edris) Schickedantz and husband, Mark J. Schickedantz; nephew, Glenn Adams; and niece April (Adams) Padilla.

A memorial service will be held at St. Philip Lutheran Church Saturday, April 2, followed by interment of the ashes in the St. Philip Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Quilts of Valor (make out check to Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild); Macon TRACS, or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

James ‘Sam’ Pinkerton Rowland

James “Sam” Pinkerton Rowland, 86, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Raised in Macon County, he was the son of the late Harry Pinkerton Rowland and Nanny Susan Parrish Rowland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, John William Rowland and four sisters, Melba Hardwick, Pauline Holland, Mary Slaughter and Jackelyn Sargeante. He loved watching Braves baseball, writing, singing and dancing. He was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He is survived by two brothers, Harry Philip Rowland of Franklin and Daniel Boone Rowland of Macon, Ga.; two sisters, Nancy Shropshire of Brandon, Miss., and Shirley Palmer of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 19, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Albert Grey officiated with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

William Donald ‘Don’ Kovacs

William Kovacs
William Kovacs

William Donald “Don” Kovacs, 80, Franklin, N.C., went to be with his Lord Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Bill and Shirley Stone Kovacs. He was a life member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Association.  He was the state champion butterfly swimmer at South Broward High School in Hollywood Florida. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War where he was a photo journalist; founder and first president of Florida Alarm Association; developer of Tavernier Towne Shopping Center of the Florida Keys; vice mayor of Hollywood, Fla.; owned Kovacs Sign Company and Franklin Riding Stables. He was a pilot, raced boats, building and electrical contractors, scuba diver and an actor.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara; son, Robert Kovacs (Nicole); daughters, Deborah Young(Parrish), Kimberly Brabson, Pamela Goden; sister, Rhoda Stern of Miami Fla.; half-brother, Simon Kovacs; half-sister, Rose Hochman; sister-in law, Jean Lamer (Kenneth); 12 grandchildren, Joshua, Kayla, Jacob, Parrish and Jeremiah Young, Samantha Green and the late David Green, Sarah Biadasz Solesbee, Nicholas Biadasz and Robert, Sarah and Brandon Kovacs and several great grandchildren.

A memorial 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.

Richard Lawrence

Richard Lawrence
Richard Lawrence

Richard Lawrence, 82, of Scaly Mtn., N.C., passed away Monday, March 21, 2016.  He was a U.S. citizen born in Hamburg, Germany, he was the son of the late Newbold and Mary Evelyn Cromwell Lawrence.

He was president of BBW Concrete Materials; a Freemason, Rotarian, Knight Templar and Shriner.  He was a very active member and volunteer in The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, N.C.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara Dell Lawrence; much loved two stepdaughters; six children, and numerous grandchildren, and a great granddaughter, Baby Alice.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Newbold Lawrence Jr.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26, at 4 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands with Rev. Dr. Bruce Walker officiating and Masonic Rites performed.  Friends are invited to a reception following the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Highlands Cashiers Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717 or the Pastoral Care Committee of the Highlands Church of the Incarnation.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Lawrence family.

Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Nelson David Stiles

Nelson Stiles
Nelson Stiles

Nelson David Stiles, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late George T. Stiles and Agnes Angel Stiles.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patsy Drake and Pru Anderson and a brother, Steve Stiles.  He was a member of Longview Baptist Church, the Macon County Horse Association, and Mounted Search and Rescue.  He compassionately tutored adult basic education and volunteered with children. He was an integral member of 4-H, continuously displaying his vast bank of equestrian knowledge through an inspiring passion for helping others. He also helped raise extensive funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. He was an avid horseman; he loved a horse race, judged many horse shows, and often participated as ringmaster. He owned Nelson Stiles Construction Company.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Betty Ruth Barker Stiles; seven children, Judson Stiles of Franklin; David Stiles and wife Ann of Pikeville, Tenn.; Stephanie McCall of Highlands; Kim Guyer of Franklin; Gretta Hurst and husband Floyd of Otto; Adam Yonce and wife Jessica and Tommy Yonce and wife Joanne of Franklin; two brothers, Fred Stiles of Franklin and Dan Stiles of Waynesville; five sisters, Becky Holland, Alma Bryson, Joanne Hubbs and Jean Wells all of Franklin and Margaret Banks of Fletcher, N.C.; 21 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was a devoted husband to a wife that he loved dearly, an adoring father, and a proud grandfather. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family when he wasn’t riding horses or throwing shingles. His family, friends, and co-workers loved and respected him as he was a man of immeasurable integrity and value.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Dan Stiles and Rev. Carson Gibson officiated.  Burial was in the Longview Baptist Church Cemetery.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Jane Hurst

Carolyn Hurst
Carolyn Hurst

Carolyn Jane Hurst, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Alma Moses Teem.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Hurst; infant daughter, Melinda Gail Cagle; and a brother, Willis Teem. She was a member of Sugar Fork Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Sue Roach of Franklin; grandchildren, John Howard and Eli Roach of Franklin, Jessica Houston of Hendersonville, N.C.; great grandchildren, Lola and Sloan Houston

No services are planned.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC  28744 to help the family will expenses.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

George R. ‘Pat’ Pattillo

Pat Pattillo
Pat Pattillo

George R. “Pat” Pattillo, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away the first day of Spring, Sunday, March 20, 2016.  A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late George R. Pattillo Jr. and Frances McCullough Pattillo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Edith Elizabeth Pattillo, daughter; Scott Pattillo, son; and Melinda Pattillo, daughter.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1952, and received both his Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Education from Western Carolina University.  He served his country in the U. S. Army from 1957-1959.

He was employed by the North Carolina Public Education System for 34 years as a teacher, coach, and principal.  He began his coaching career in Newnan, Ga., then later became the head football coach in Robbinsville, N.C. (1964-1965). He became Franklin High School’s Varsity Head Football coach in 1966.  In 1971, his team became the first Panther Football Team in school history to win a Smoky Mountain Conference Championship title. In 2012 along with his team, he was inducted into the Franklin High Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Franklin First United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School and actively served on several committees.  He was a past member of the Franklin Rotary Club and the Franklin Jaycees. He was current chairman of the Franklin ABC Board.  He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed golfing, camping, and being outdoors.  But most of all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn “Sissy” Dowdle Pattillo; two children, George “Rocky” Pattillo and wife Pam of Franklin; Meg Pattillo Sutton and husband TJ of Easley, S.C.; four grandchildren, Quinton and Madison Pattillo, Elizabeth and Landon Sutton; one sister, Anna Pattillo Hammett and husband Ken of Inman, S.C.; along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial “Celebration of Life” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Franklin First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734 or Mission Rathbun House, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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