Obituaries for May 19


Dawn Angela Wilson

Dawn Wilson
Dawn Wilson

Dawn Angela Wilson, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Born in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lola Jeffries Tushbant. She loved horses. She was very artistic, enjoyed making unique artwork, crafts, an herbalist and avid reader.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, “Capt.” Bob Wilson of Franklin; daughter, Linda Barrett (John) of Ocala Fla.; two grandchildren, Jessica Shick and Michael Barrett (Lorena) both of Ocala; and two great grandchildren, Kadence Shick and Bianka Barrett.

A Celebration of Life was held Friday, May 13, at Macon Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Tracs, PO Box 101, Otto, NC 28763 or Appalachian Animal Rescue, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Denise Lynne Dickman 

Denise Lynne Dickman
Denise Lynne Dickman

Denise Lynne Dickman, 57, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  Born in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of William Joseph and Lynne O’Connor Dickman.

She was a paralegal and loved flowers, gardening and animals; she was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Madalynne Rose Hembree; a son, Ulysses Andrew Hembree; two sisters, Dianne Terese and Nancy Ann Dickman both of Florida, and a brother, Scottie O’Connor of Florida.

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

Elizabeth Steele Mountford 

Elizabeth Steele Mountford
Elizabeth Steele Mountford

Elizabeth Steele Mountford, 90, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away at the Clay County Care Center, Thursday, May 12, 2016.  She was born in Fulton County, N.Y., the daughter of the late William and Ruth Murphy Dressel.  She was married to the late John Mountford.  She had worked as a medical assistant in a doctor’s office.  She was a kind and loving mother and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan Brancato and her husband Sal of Vahalla, N.Y., a son, Joe Bowler and his wife Kerry of Hayesville; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Reppenhagen.

A special thank you to Unity Christian Sunday School for all the praise and worship she enjoyed through the years and the entire staff at the Clay County Care Center for all the love and care she received.

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

George B. Gover 

George B. Gover
George B. Gover

George B. Gover, 77, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Rockledge, Fla.

Born in Cambridge, Vt., on June 22, 1938, to Alanson and Muriel Gover, and had one brother, Elmer.

Before retiring to Otto, N.C. in 2003, he had a long career in the food industry. He worked for Howard Johnson’s for 23 years and spent the last 15 years of his career with Marriott/Sodexo. He managed the food service plazas on the Indiana toll road as well as on the Florida Turnpike and finished his career overseeing food service for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He enjoyed his time on campus and recalled students taking cafeteria trays for sledding and, instead of reprimanding them, asked that they simply return the trays when they were done.

His faith was strong, and he was a member and active volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin, N.C.  He was active in the men’s club prison outreach program and helped coordinate parish maintenance. He spent the early morning hours with his Bible in what everyone affectionately referred to as the “Prayer Chair.”

His great passion in life was hiking the Appalachian Trail, and he volunteered on a team to maintain a portion of it. Whether enjoying the peace of the woods alone or sharing its beauty with others, his love of the Trail was certainly a trademark.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jacqueline; his children, Dan Gover and wife Nancy, Dave Gover, Kathy Hutson and husband Ralph, and Mitch Gover and wife Kathy; grandchildren, Danny, Ryan, Tyler, Ashton, Courtney, Megan, Lauren and Michael; and great-grandson, Noah.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, May 17, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 (; St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Food Pantry, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC  28734 or Nantahala Hiking Club, C/O Dee Kennedy, 173 Carl Slagle Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Opal Lee Allsep Hedden 

Opal Hedden
Opal Hedden

Opal Lee Allsep Hedden, 98, of Highlands, N.C., went peacefully to be with her Lord and family on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. She was born in Pickens County, S.C., the daughter of the late Thomas Lee and Della York Allsep. She was married to Wilbur Ransom Hedden, Jr., who preceded her in death in 1984. She was a devout Christian; a member of Double Springs Baptist Church and she attended Highlands First Baptist Church.

She was an avid gardener and especially loved flower gardening; she was a good cook; a wonderful seamstress and she enjoyed making beautiful pieced quilts. She enjoyed travel, reading, listening to classical music and old time country bluegrass, writing poetry and was a self-taught artist.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Hedden of Leesburg, Fla., Lois Rains (John) of Bulloch, N.C., and Mary Dotson (John) of Highlands; four sons, James Hedden, Ralph Hedden (Jewell), Eugene Hedden (Barbara) and Wallace Hedden (Patricia) all of Highlands, 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas Hedden and Laurence Hedden; two sisters, Helen Hedden Mann and Grace Hedden and one brother, William Lasco Allsep.

A celebration of life service was held Friday, May 13, at Double Springs Methodist Church in Mountain Rest, S.C., with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hedden family.  Online condolences are available by visiting

Ellen C. Henry 

Ellen C. Henry was born in Highlands, N.C., on Aug. 3, 1952.  She achieved her career goals of being a personal banker, and loved being with her husband of 45 years, her children and grandchildren.  She had a love for home “Highlands” and on May 14, 2016, at the age of 63 she came home.

She is survived by her husband, Kent Henry; two daughters, Mary Jo Stevens and husband Danny of Virginia and Lina Allen and husband Carl of Virginia; five grandchildren, David Douglas and wife Kelli, Ryan Anderson, Sara Stevens, Brooke Matthews, Erica Conner and husband John; two great grandchildren, Reid Douglas and Ethan Conner; two siblings, Larry Chastain and PeeWee Billingsley and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Chastain; her mother, Maxine Chastain and her brother, Marvin Chastain.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 18, at Highlands First Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating.  Burial followed in Highlands Memorial Park.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, to help support the Halifax County Cancer Association, PO Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. at Second Baptist Church in South Boston, Va.

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

Charles Elam Gibson Sr. 

Charles Elam Gibson Sr.
Charles Elam Gibson Sr.

Jack of all trades, master of none – our dad, Charles Elam Gibson, Sr. defined this popular saying.  He was a jack and master of all trades he tackled.  He passed away on May 14, 2016, and throughout his 84+ years he was a jack of many trades: navy signalman; section leader; brick mason; construction foreman; hunter; car salesman; woodwork/furniture craftsman; fresh/saltwater fisherman; gardener; beloved son, brother, husband, father, granddad and great-grand…yes, he was master of them all.

Daddy was born to Newton and Janeatrie Gibson on Jan. 8, 1932, on Green Street in Franklin and was the ninth of 11 children.  His last surviving sibling, James Rudolph Gibson (82), currently lives in Los Angeles, Calif.  He joined the Navy and while enlisted married, in 1957, Dorothy Lenoir Gibson (still living on Green Street in Franklin).  After honorably serving 11 years, including combat in the Korean War, he left the Navy and began his lifelong pursuit of mastering many trades.

There are six of us: five boys (Jackson, Charles, Dwayne, Brian and Tracy) who he included in most of his pursuits.  All of them have spent time laying brick, working construction and woodworking as well as hunting, fishing and gardening.  They have a lifetime of stories to share with the generations that follow.  A lone daughter (Beverly) rounds out the six and yes she, too, shared in construction, woodworking, fishing and gardening.  She is comforted to know that she was his favorite daughter – never mind that she was an only. We’re all works in progress at mastering what he taught us.

The six of us produced 17 grands and they have gone on to have seven great-grands for Daddy to dote on – and he mastered doting.  The grands and greats are spread from Atlanta to Seattle; Pennsylvania to California.  They all have fond memories of their Granddaddy and understand that how they choose to utilize the wisdom he imparted will further define his legacy.  The expectations are high.

Daddy leaves a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends, all of whom could tell you something good about Uncle Charles/Buddy/Mr. Gibson.  Over the years he’s touched many and always tried to make a difference and as was his custom, he mastered making a difference.

Our strong, incredible mother soldiers on without her mate – knowing her life experience was made better as a result of the last 58-plus years with our dad.  Regardless of how much we write, we won’t fully capture the impact our father had on so many lives.  So we’ll end with this thought:  if our dad ever offered you vegetables out of his garden; sold you a car; let you buy a car “on time”; built you furniture; fished with you; sat down and shared his wisdom;  or gave you a hug, then you were special to him.  Carry that knowledge with you as we move forward without him.

Our dad wasn’t big on ritual, so instead of sending flowers a more fitting tribute would be a contribution to your favorite charity in his name.  And to further honor him, next time you have an opportunity to help someone in need, do it – knowing that our dad would.  With that, we’ve done our best to summarize the life of a master!

A private memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, June 5.

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

Dr. Robert E. Turoff 

Dr. Robert E. Turoff
Dr. Robert E. Turoff

Dr. Robert E. Turoff passed from this life on Wednesday, May 11, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C.

Dr. Turoff was born in Juneau, Alaska on Dec. 10, 1932, to Louis Webster Turoff and Marjorie McConaughey Turoff.  He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Cynthia Massie Turoff.

An esteemed orthodontist, Dr. Turoff graduated from Emory University Dental School and University of Montreal School of Orthodontics. He practiced for more than 30 years in the Atlanta area.  He was a member of the Capital City Club of Atlanta.  He later retired with his wife to Cashiers, N.C., and became a member of The Chattooga Club.

Avid skier, runner and athletic adventurer, he loved travel, experiencing the world’s cultures and reading.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Lewis Turoff; brothers-in-law, Robert W. Massie, Richard T. Massie and James E. McMullin; and sisters-in-law Lorraine Bagby Massie, Eleanor E. Turoff, Elizabeth Massie Cummings and husband Tom, Page Massie McMullin, and Marilyn Foulk Massie.

He was a pillar to his family, a cherished friend to many and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cashiers Community Fund ( or Cashiers Historical Society (

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Turoff family. Online condolences may be left at