Obituaries for November 3

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Dr. Edward Villiers Morse

Dr. Edward Villiers Morse
Dr. Edward Villiers Morse

Dr. Edward Villiers Morse passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. A resident of Cashiers, N.C., he was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1943 to William and Madeline Morse.

He graduated from Michigan State University and received his PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. For 35 years, he was a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans touching and influencing the lives of countless numbers of university students. He retired from Tulane in 2008 to Cashiers but returned to again serve as a professor at Western Carolina University in 2015. During his very productive professional career he conducted and published ground-breaking research on HIV/AIDS and other high risk health behaviors and served as a consultant to government and business. In New Orleans, he worked tirelessly to support first responders experiencing trauma after Hurricane Katrina and continued this work with emergency personnel in Jackson County, North Carolina. Since becoming a full-time resident of Cashiers, he has been involved in numerous community volunteer efforts including the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, and the Community Care Clinic of Highlands Cashiers. Most recently he served on the Boards of the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic, the Village Green, the Summit Charter School and the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. He loved his community and its people and could be seen in the Cashiers Christmas Parade riding the Fire Truck as Santa Claus, as the Lavender Tooth Fairy in support of the dental clinic and as the Easter Bunny on the Village Green.

He is survived by his wife and lifelong partner Patricia Murray Morse; his sons, Nelson Morse of Alexandria, Va., and Brent Morse of Seattle, Wash.; stepson, Taylor Simon and stepdaughter, Leigh Simon both of New Orleans, La.; daughters-in-law, Katherine Morse and Jody Simon; and two precious grandsons, Patrick and Alexander Morse.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5,  at 11 a.m. at Cashiers United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to one of the above organizations or to the charity of your choice.

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

Steven Wayne King

Steven Wayne King
Steven Wayne King

Steven Wayne King, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of Sonny and Yulondia “Lonne” Wade King.

He was employed by Drake Software for 13 years. He loved the Miami Dolphins and loved to create artwork. He was of the Christian faith and was involved in charity work and helping animals.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 26 years, Veronica Killian King; three brothers, Brad King, Ronne King (Sara) Mike King (Beverly) and three nieces, Bailey, Taylor and Ella King. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mildred and Harold Wade.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

The family would like to express their thanks to the Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriff’s Department and Macon County Volunteer Fire Departments for all their help.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the King family. Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneral home.com.

Rev. Louin Lester Henry

Rev. Louin Lester Henry, 82, of Hendersonville, N.C., went to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at Elizabeth House.  Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Canton and Lillian Elliot Henry. He was preceded in death by a brother, Naaman Henry; an infant sister, Mary Lee Henry; and his father and mother-in-law, Don and Beulah Henderson.

In addition to serving the Lord as a preacher, he was a charter member of the Dana Fire Department, a well-known electrician, and a Korean War Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years and the love of his life, Carolyn Henderson Henry; son, Wayne Henry of Asheville; daughter, MaryAnn Henry Gilliam Frye and her wonderful love, Joe Acosta of Hendersonville; son, Ken Henry and his precious wife Anita of Leicester; five wonderful grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Kevin Gilliam, Caleb and Ethan Henry, and Claire and Rachel Henry; one brother, Jacob Henry and wife Shirley of Sylva; four sisters, AdaMae Pickens and husband Gene, Nell Downs and husband Lowell both of Franklin, Nina Coggins of Cullowhee and Ruth Frady of Sylva; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Ronnie Henderson and wife Vicky of Pryor, MT; and sister-in-law, Melba Stepp and husband Bud of Hendersonville;  and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thanks to all the medical personnel that have cared for him in the last months at Pardee Hospital, Life Care Center, and at the Elizabeth House.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel.

Visit forestlawnhendersonville.com for online condolences.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Mary ‘Louise’ McConnell

Mary ‘Louise’ McConnell
Mary ‘Louise’ McConnell

Mary “Louise” McConnell, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

Born in Clayton, Ga., she was the daughter of Kay McDowell Ledford and the late Ellis James Ledford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard B. McConnell. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking and puzzles. She was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church and will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by four children, Joseph McConnell and wife Geneva, Patrick McConnell and wife Carol, Mark James McConnell and wife Margaret and Debra Maize all of Franklin; two brothers, Doug Ledford and wife Beverly and Dearl Ledford and wife Kay both of Franklin; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Randy Drinnon will officiate. Burial will be in Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Justin Petiton, Aaron, Christopher and Matthew McConnell, Jeb Maize and Cade Doolittle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Prentiss Baptist Church, C/O Beverly Ledford, 1220 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Edward Paul Dietrich

Edward Paul Dietrich, 100, of Highlands, N.C., and Deerfield Beach, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Highlands. He was born May 14, 1916 in Salamanca, N.Y., to Herbert H. and Maude Rich Dietrich.

He was a Commander in the United States Navy (Retired); was an Alumnus of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1940, and he saw action in three World War II ship commands, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Aleutians Campaign, the Central Pacific-Marianas Campaign and post surrender mine-sweeping in the Sea of Japan. He proudly served his country with 38 years of combined active duty and reserve service.

He served as Deerfield Beach City Commissioner; was a member of Deerfield Beach Civil Service Board and was board chairman of Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce as well as a board member of Deerfield Beach Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis International Foundation Hickson Fellow. He was co-founder and past president of Deerfield Beach Historical Society and was a deacon of Community Presbyterian Church for more than 30 years.

In 1947 he founded Deerfield Builders’ Supply (DBS); was board chairman of DBS Florida Atlantic Forest Products and DBS Design Centers, which at their peak had $30,000,000 in annual sales and 100 employees. He was board chairman of Deerfield Beach Bank and Trust; served on the Board of Advisors of Southeast Bank; was board chairman of Broward Builders’ Exchange (now Construction Association of South Florida) and was a founding member of Lumbermen’s Credit Association of Florida.

An extraordinary woodwind musician, he was a member of regionally-renowned Sunliners Jazz Ensemble, the Fort Lauderdale Symphony, the Boca Raton Pops, and the Deerfield-Pompano Pops. He took up the bagpipes at age 90, and was a member of the Highlands Pipe and Drum into his early 90s.

Thousands have benefited from his quiet generosity and altruistic spirit. Whether rebuilding the Charlie Tigner family home after a devastating fire, wielding a paintbrush on one of his beloved historical city homes, expediting the shipment of over two million board feet of lumber for the Baptist Haiti Mission, supporting participation in the construction of more than 100 Habitat for Humanity Homes, funding more than 80 Boy Scout Eagle Scout projects, or strapping on a tool belt to help build Fort Riverbend, he has always shared what he earned from his community.

He was married to the late Emily Olson Dietrich for 55 years and is survived by his wife of 19 years, Doris Legette Allen Dietrich; his two daughters, Joanna Leathers (Chester) of Gainesville, Fla., and Christina Flagg (David) of Gainesville, Fla.; his son, Edward H. Dietrich (Pat) of Boca Raton, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He was extraordinarily generous with his talents, time, and treasure. His many accomplishments and contributions were always downplayed by his well-developed and sincere sense of modesty.

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

Howard Holland McMeans

Howard Holland McMeans
Howard Holland McMeans

Howard Holland McMeans, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.  He was born in Macon County to the late Arnold and Wyona Hughes McMeans. He was an automotive mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran serving in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and attended Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church in Franklin.

He is survived by a son, Howard Stephen McMeans and a granddaughter, Jennifer Kidd both of Winston-Salem, N.C.

A burial will be held at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, N.C.

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

Brenda Collins Hill

Brenda Collins Hill, 50, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016.

Born in Franklin, she was the daughter of Ruby Guffie Collins and the late J.L. Collins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Timmie, Ronnie and Donnie Collins; and three sisters, Sara Hopkins, Nancy Wilson, and Glenda Collins. She worked as a CNA and was Baptist by faith.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by three children, Michael Anthony Ramey and wife Christy of Lavonia, Ga., Tracy Lynn Johnson and husband Adam, and Chad Martin Hensley, all of Franklin; one brother, Ikey Collins of Franklin; two sisters, Barbara Thomas and Kathy Kendall, both of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Tanner and Evan Hensley, Kaitlyn and Luke Ramey and Carter, Sydney and Piper Johnson and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Smith will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Dianne B. Turner

Dianne B. Turner
Dianne B. Turner

Dianne B. Turner, 81, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away on Oct. 5, 2016, in Franklin, N.C. She owned Mama’s Attic Antiques for many years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Pete Stewart, brother Wally Stewart, husband Leon Turner, son, Greg Turner and sister, Jody Burr Elliott.

She is survived by her mother Lois Stewart, Pensacola, Fla., children, Larry Burr of Winter Haven, Edwin “Beezer” Turner of Franklin, Rick Turner of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Jessica Burr of Winter Haven, Joshua Burr, Jerimy Burr, Brittiny Turner and Anna Weeks, all of Franklin, Nichole Hyland of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 great grandchildren; a sister, Jane Redmond, Pensacola, Fla.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Ed Murphy

Ed Murphy, 89, of Rome, Ga., and Franklin, N.C., died Oct. 28, 2016.

He was born in Haralson County, Georgia, to the late William Linton and Zera Bowman Murphy.

He graduated from Tallapoosa High School, entered the U.S. Army, and served in post-war Germany. Upon returning to civilian life, he attended West Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Education.  Early in his career, he taught vocational agriculture at high schools in Georgia and enjoyed serving as an advisor to local FFA chapters. He took a position with International Minerals and Chemicals Corp. in the late 1960s while living in Forsyth, Ga., and worked for IMC in Tifton, Ga., and Spartanburg, S.C. He retired from IMC in the mid-1980s and returned to his farmland in west Georgia.  He loved wood working and hunting and was known for the beautiful flowers that made his wooded yard resemble a park.  He and Nell later moved to a retirement community in Rome, Ga.  He was an active and faithful member of the United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife and lifetime sweetheart Nell Cowart Murphy, and brother, Olin Murphy. He is survived by a sister, Linda Murphy Jarrell of Buchanan, Ga.; son, Ken Murphy (Amy) of Franklin; and grandchildren, Chris Murphy (Kelli) of Decatur, Ga., and Kevin Murphy (Rachel) of Boca Raton, Fla.

Private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Heart Association, the First United Methodist Church in Cedartown, Ga., or the Second Avenue United Methodist Church in Rome, Ga.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Willie H. (Rusty) Barker

Willie H. (Rusty) Barker, 70, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clarks Chapel Community Center.

The family will provide sandwiches and beverages. Guests, if they like, may bring side dishes and desserts. All friends are invited to attend. For further information, contact Kristi at (82)421-3329.

William ‘Jesse’ Coggins

William ‘Jesse’ Coggins
William ‘Jesse’ Coggins

William “Jesse” Coggins, 79, died on Oct. 31, 2016, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, following a brief illness.

Born June 8, 1937, to Leonard and Mattie Buchanan Coggins of Cullowhee, he was an honors graduate of Gaston College and veteran of the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines. He retired from SKF Corporation (formerly CR Industries) after an almost 40-year career, walking out of the building for the final time at age 77.  Having lived in several states, cities, and countries, he passed on his love of travel, culture, and knowledge to his children, Kristie Lynn Coggins (married to Jeremy Gregg) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Jason Matthew Coggins (married to Dara Williams) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Never one to miss a deal, he loved bargain shopping and was well known by many local shop managers and cashiers.

His faith in God was strong – something he also passed along to his children – and he often attended local church services.

He’s also survived by brothers, Tim and Thomas, sister Edna Coggins Mahaffey (married to Dwight Mahaffey), sisters-in-law Jolene Coggins and Lynda Elders Coggins, dozens of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alvin and Marvin, and sister-in-law Doris Gibson Coggins. Jason and Kristie would like to thank the Hospice employees of Angel Medical and Harris Regional, his caregivers at the Hermitage of Sylva, Pastor Steve Reeves, and the employees of Macon Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Jesse requested contributions be made to the National Audubon Society. He loved all animals, but birds were his favorite.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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