Obituaries for May 12

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James Steven Smith

James Smith
James Smith

James Steven Smith, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 29, 2016.  Born in Oakland County, Mich., he was the son of the late James Clinton and Audrey Bowman Smith.

He was a truck driver and local mechanic; he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during Vietnam as a Navy Seal and a member of Special Forces Team 4; he was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie H. Smith; one daughter, Amanda Smith Estes (Bryan) of Franklin; four sons, James Smith, John Smith (Karen), James L. Smith and Steve Smith all of Franklin; two sisters, Linda Smith and Brenda Thorn (Steve), all of Franklin; one brother, Roy Smith (Lori) of Franklin; three grandchildren, Danny Estes, Julia Estes and Davon Jeter; his mother-in-law, Correna Hooper, and sisters-in-law, Peggy Hannah, Janet Reed and Gail Dills; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 8, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Kinard, Rev. Frank Rodriguez and Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating.  Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Elvira Friederich Miller

Elvira Friederich Miller, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of Barbara Kayser and Frank Friederich of New York, and the wife of the late John Miller, who passed away in 2001. She was Catholic by faith.

She enjoyed crocheting, word search puzzles, watching game shows and spending time at Macon County’s Senior Services.

She is survived by her only child, John Miller, and his wife, Susan Miller, of Franklin; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Mae McGaha

Margaret Mae McGaha
Margaret Mae McGaha

Margaret Mae McGaha, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Porter and Ethel Moffitt Thomas.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Darlene Taylor and Tammy Stewart (Bob) of Franklin; one son, Mark McGaha (Cindy) of Franklin; four sisters, Shirley Myers, Katie Rowland, Thelma Carpenter and Betty Sue Talley; four brothers, Larry Thomas, Lonnie Thomas, Ray Thomas and Earl Thomas; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Michael McGaha; son-in-law, Frankie Taylor; two sisters, Rosa Lee Green and Carol Thomas, and a brother, Jerry Thomas.

A funeral service was held Friday, May 6, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Theresa Talley officiating. Burial followed in Black Mtn. Baptist Church Cemetery. Kevin Taylor, Daniel Dowdy, David McCoy, Devontay Taylor, Michael Turpin and Isaiah Grasty served as pallbearers.

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

Ann Shepherd

Ann Shepherd
Ann Shepherd

Ann Shepherd, 81, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016. She was born Feb. 16, 1935, in Macon County to the late William Lawrence Shepherd and Hattie Rhinehart Shepherd. She worked many years in the textile industry; was very active in the Democratic Party; active in her high school class reunions; an original member of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary; and a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Frances Shepherd, Helen Gibson, and Nola Blanton; and one brother, Wallace Shepherd.

A funeral service was held Monday, May 9, at the Snow Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Miller and Rev. Charles Stevens officiating. Burial followed in the Shepherd Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Tallent, Bob Collins, Tony Collins, Billy “Jake” Collins, Jerry Shepherd Jr. and Joe Shepherd. Honorary pallbearers were her other nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shepherd Memorial Cemetery c/o Jane Stamey 595 Shepherd Creek Rd. Franklin, NC 28734; or Snow Hill UMC 330 Snow Hill Rd. Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Shepherd family.

Nell Duvall Welch

Nell Duvall Welch
Nell Duvall Welch

Nell Duvall Welch, 101, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully Monday, May 9, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Roy Duvall and Hallie Parrish Duvall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her older brother, Dover J. Duvall and recently her younger sister, Gladys Fouts.  She was under the loving care of her only child, Thomas Ray Welch and his wife Shirley Welch for the last decade, and most recently was soothed by the caring staff of Grandview Manor Care Center. She was a lifetime member of Burningtown Baptist Church and a lifetime resident of Burningtown.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Thomas Greg Welch and Paula Welch Rodgers and Paula’s daughter, Zoie Cait Rodgers; Shirley’s children, Kenny Layman, Rita Pitner, Mickey Layman, Ricky Layman; 10 great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren.

She will be remembered by many in Macon County as “The Flower Lady” for her lifelong expertise raising flowers, gardening and for sharing her knowledge and the fruits of her labor from the fertile Burningtown soil with many beloved friends and family.

Funeral Service was held Wednesday, May 11, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.  Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery next to her mother and father.

She loved flowers, but memorials may be made to Grandview Manor Care Center or to Burningtown Baptist Church.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Bonnie Stanley Holbrooks

Bonnie Stanley Holbrooks
Bonnie Stanley Holbrooks

Bonnie Stanley Holbrooks, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, May 6, 2016.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late James Monroe Stanley and Jessie Franks Stanley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Wade Holbrooks; one son, Larry Holbrooks; one grandson, Waylon Holbrooks; brothers, D.C., Bill, Cecil, Frank, George, Leroy, Fred and James Stanley; and sister, Jean Ellen Stanley. She volunteered at Angel Medical Center as a “Pink Lady” and was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Barbara McCall and husband Leroy, Lula Bell Russell and husband Earl, Billy Joe Holbrooks, and Martha Vinson and husband Dwight, all of Franklin; one sister, Mary Sue Ledford of Franklin; three brothers, Chester, Robert and Harold Stanley all of Franklin; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Bates officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Taylor Lee, Garrett Jones, Austin Ramey, Ronnie Harkins, Daryl Hodgins and Mike Adkins.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Marian Theodosia Backus Molthrop

Marian Theodosia Backus Molthrop was born Sept. 19, 1916, in Chicago, Ill. She died on May 9, 2016, four months before her 100th birthday. She was predeceased by her parents, Theodore B.R. and Bertha S. Backus and four older sisters, Ruth, Beatrice, Helen and Bertha (fondly named the “Beautiful Five Backus Sisters”).

She attended Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., and the University of Chicago. She was in Pi Beta Phi Sorority and a longtime member of AAUW. She was on the admissions staff of Georgetown University during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

She was married to her beloved husband, David M. Molthrop from 1937 until 1988, the year of his death. Theirs was a life filled with numerous moves to eight states. They were intrepid travelers throughout the U.S. and across the globe.

They are survived by two children, son David C. Molthrop and his wife, Judith McCall Molthrop of New Orleans, La., and daughter Susan M. Bridgers and her husband, J. Charles Bridgers Sr. of Naples, Fla.

Adored grandchildren are Dr. David C. Molthrop and his wife, Carolyn O’Hara Molthrop; Morgan M. Molthrop; Lelia M. Sadlier and her husband, David; Heather E. Bridgers and her husband, Aaron G. Spencer; J. Charles Bridgers, Jr. and his wife, Soofia S. Khan.

Her 10 great grandchildren who gave her so much joy include Elizabeth A. Molthrop, David Charles Molthrop III, Stuart Christopher Molthrop, Kelly A. Molthrop, Ada M.Sadlier, Bronwyn M. Sadlier, Aydin Khan Bridgers, Casper Khan Bridgers, Ava B. Spencer and Harper B. Spencer.

A lifelong reader, she kept a journal and wrote poetry. She was a wonderful correspondent and had friendships that lasted throughout her life. Although she stopped playing bridge after her husband died, she made sure the grandchildren and great grandchildren learned Florida Rummy. She was a woman with strong ideas and had an independent nature.

For 30 years she couldn’t wait to go to her summer home in Franklin, N.C.  Starting in 1970, winters were spent in Florida so it was a friendly debate as to which locale was “home.”

Interment will be 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Florida Southern College Scholarship Fund, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801-5698. Please specify: The David M. and Marian B. Molthrop Endowed Scholarship

Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Johanna Becker Runken

Johanna Becker Runken
Johanna Becker Runken

Johanna Becker Runken, 85, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, May 7, 2016. She was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Darmstadt, Germany, to the late Henrich and Johanna D. Becker. She was a bookkeeper for many years and loved entertaining friends and family in her home. She was a past member of the Scaly Mountain women’s club enjoying her time there.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Roy G. Runken.

Survivors include her three sons, Frederick B. Runken of Scaly Mountain, Michael Chris Runken and wife, Becki of Raleigh and Highlands, N.C., and Jeffrey R. Runken and wife, Michaelle of Franklin, N.C.; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, May 11, at the Morrison Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Noah McIntee and Rev. Gene Price officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Morrison Presbyterian Church 16 Serenity Ridge Dr. Franklin, NC 28734.

Online condolences can be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

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