Obituaries for November 9, 2017


Daniel Hudson Cottrell

Daniel Hudson Cottrell

Daniel Hudson Cottrell, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.

Born in Romulus, Mich., he was the son of the late Sidney Cottrell and Augusta Cecil Hudson Cottrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. He was owner and operator of Dan’s Automotive. He was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church and a former elder of the church. He was very active in A.A. and worked with prisoners, sharing the ministries.

He is survived by his daughter, Sabrina Miglino and husband Chris of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Danny Cantera and Dennis Cantera both of Pinellas Park, Fla.; one brother, Dave Cottrell of Venice, Fla.; longtime friend, Pat Cottrell of Franklin and Renee Jones of Townsend, Ga., and Jessie Carris of Franklin, both of whom he loved and thought of as “daughters”; a very large family of cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends who all dearly loved him.

A celebration of life will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Vic Greene will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 11-12 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Mary J. Edwards

Mary J. Edwards

Mary J. Edwards (Lopez), 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away with peace on Oct. 30, 2017, in Margate, Fla., and is in heaven with Jesus and her beloved husband, Jack E. Edwards. She spent many years in Franklin, and was active in many organizations over the years that were near to her heart. She led an active life in the community until a year before her passing and left an indelible impact on everyone whose life she touched. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She was a much cherished mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister and aunt.

She was the firstborn of Jose and Mary Lopez, and had 10 siblings, with her brothers, Benjamin, Steve, Jack, Arthur and Joe predeceasing her. She is survived by four sisters, Marge, Billie, Debbie and Carol and one brother, Bob. She leaves behind three children, William A. Brown (Phyllis), Susan B. Hartman (David) and Robin R. Marcolino (Frank); six grandchildren, Jason Withrow (Lisa), Roxanne Grimm, Stephanie Wendel, Sara DeSouza, Ashley Marcolino and Tyler Marcolino; ten great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 139 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, with Rev. Tom Grubb and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family asks that friends and family attending her service wear white or bright colors to celebrate her life.

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

Online condolences are available at

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Edwards family.

Faye Sheffield

Faye Sheffield

Faye Sheffield, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

Born in Crossville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Ray Sherrill and Gladys Barnwell Sherrill.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Grover B. Sheffield Jr. and three sisters, Norma Jean Weaver, Jewell Acock and Mag Turner. She was an active member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and canning and was a volunteer at Angel Medical Center.

She is survived by two sons, Terry Sheffield and Eddie Sheffield and wife Carol of Franklin; three grandchildren, Blake Sheffield and wife Becca, Lauren Harrell and husband Evan and Kelsey Elders and husband Ryan; two great grandchildren, Elin Harrell and Aislynn Luck; sister, Tina Ferry of Crossville, Tenn.; brother, Estell Sherill of Crossville, Tenn. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Miller, Rev. Wayne Sheffield and Rev. Clark Sheffield officiated. Burial was in the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 330 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences can be made at

Billy Mashburn

Billy Mashburn

Billy Mashburn, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, surrounded by his family after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 5, 1951, and was the son of the late Roy Mashburn and Blanche Oliver Mashburn.

He was a graduate of Franklin High School and Southwestern Community College with degrees in Business Administration and Paralegal Technology. He attended Clemson University and remained a lifelong Clemson fan. He began his paralegal career in the 1970s with Jones, Jones and Key in Franklin. He later worked at law firms in Highlands and Sylva before retiring from the Law Firm of Russell Bowling in 2014 when his health declined due to his cancer. He was also a member of the Franklin Board of Aldermen (now Franklin Town Council) beginning Aug. 3, 1992, when he was sworn in to fill the unexpired term of Mac Whitaker. He later ran successfully in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and was currently on the ballot for the 2017 election. During his tenure on the town board, he served on several committees and previously held the position of vice-mayor for the Town of Franklin. He loved his time serving on the Franklin Town Board, and he had a passion for the water and sewer infrastructure. He was instrumental in the construction of the water and wastewater treatment plants. He loved his town, and the friends he made during his tenure. He attended South Macon Baptist Church in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Dinah Roper Mashburn; daughter, Jenna Mashburn of Asheville, N.C., stepson, Justin Setser and wife, Kara of Franklin; and one granddaughter, Andi Setser of Franklin. He also leaves behind his loving pets, Bella and Lily.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Lewis Smith and Rev. Albert Grey will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S) For Families Dealing with Substance Abuse, 299 Hurst Circle, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

Theresa Gordon Siler

Theresa Gordon Siler

Theresa Gordon Siler, 77, died Oct. 28, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born to Theresa Gulliver Gordon and Edward Dudley Gordon on Oct. 12, 1940, at Farnborough Hospital, Kent, England, as it was bombed during the Blitz. The War, with the ensuing years of rationing and rebuilding, shaped her outlook: compassion for those facing greater challenges than she, intolerant of complaint, with gratitude for one’s blessings. She was a hard worker who knew how (and when) to have a good time.

As was the custom, she finished school at 15. Her mother accompanied her to her first job interview in London. Beginning as a file clerk, she advanced to become private secretary to the CEO of a large London insurance broker.

She met her future husband, Robert F. Siler (whom she would never call Bud), through a mutual friend when he was working in Naval Intelligence in London. They married May 13, 1967. During their courtship and early married life, they embraced the opportunities and vitality of 1960s London. They were transferred back to the States soon after the birth of their first child, and moved to Franklin in 1975 after Robert finished law school. After Theresa’s children were grown she started her own travel agency, Spirit Travels, in Franklin and Highlands.

She was a superb pianist, who entertained with the party pieces of her childhood, in the bands of her youth, and at her innumerable parties at West Main Street. She was talented at doing things with her hands, and dissatisfied with anything less than perfection: sewing, knitting, gardening, and, after retirement, basket weaving. Her compassion made her the nurse of choice for numerous family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as for her grandchildren, for whom she would drop everything to nurse through an illness.

She was fiercely loyal, intensely private, and direct. She loved dancing, the theatre, the green of England, the ever-changing beauty of Saldeer, wit, a good period drama with a handsome leading man, and a fire in the fireplace, regardless of outdoor temperature. She despised vulgarity, bad manners, insincerity, and iced tea.

Theresa is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert; her children, Lucy Siler and William Siler, and William’s wife, Melissa, all of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Jacob Siler, Alexander Siler, Bennett Snelsire, and Tess Snelsire; and siblings, Rob Gordon, of Norwood, Ontario, Canada, and Ann Darrington, of Eynsford, Kent, England.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 4,  at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 66 Church Street, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Fred Siler Scholarship Fund, 443 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734, which enables deserving Macon County students to attend college.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harvey Lincoln Edwards

Harvey Lincoln Edwards, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.  Born in Danvers, Mass., he was the son of the late Harvey Russell and Eva B. (Melanson) Edwards.

He graduated from Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass.,  in 1952, and served in the United States Army as a High Speed Operator after training at Fort Gordon, Ga., (1953-1956). After an Honorable Discharge from military service, he attended Bryant University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  At Bryant University, he also served as president of the Chi Gamma Iota fraternity, held class office of secretary-treasurer, and sang in the Glee Club.  Upon graduation, he travelled throughout most of the United States visiting more than 30 states before settling in Miami, Fla., where he began his career in the insurance industry, raised his family, and enjoyed the arts and outdoors, especially the ocean, beaches, and tennis.  In 1978, he moved his family to the mountains of Franklin, N.C., where he and his wife Sharon established The Franklin General Store and Cheese Shoppe, participated in plays and musicals as a member of the Nantahala Players, hiked with the Nantahala Hiking Club, and attended and sang in the choir at Saint Francis Catholic Church.  In 1979, he returned to State Farm Insurance Company where he worked as a claims adjuster until retiring.

In retirement, he spent part of each year in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he continued to enjoy Fine Arts events, tennis, singing, swing dancing, and walking on the beach and throughout the St. Pete Bay area.  He always looked forward to spending time with his children and grandchildren. In addition, he had a lifelong interest in sports and exercise, was an avid reader, and enjoyed cooking for people, especially, French and Italian cuisine. In 2013, he moved back closer to his children, residing in Clarkesville, Ga., and then Alpharetta, Ga., where he continued to enjoy the outdoors, walking, and singing.

In addition to his father, Harvey Russell and his mother, Eva, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Samuel B. and Olga (Young) Edwards; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Melanson; his brothers and sisters, Rene Boulay, Beatrice Rioux, Irene Blair, Arthur Boulay, and Robert Boulay; and his grandson, Taylor Gregory Edwards.

He is survived by his sons, William (Bill) Harvey Edwards (Sandy) of Franklin, NC and Robert Joseph Edwards (Stephanie) of Waverly, Ala.; his daughters, Nancy Elaine Edwards Wood (Robbie) of Franklin, and Paula Marie Edwards Wonders (David) of Clarkesville, Ga.; and their loving mother, Sharon Ann Stegeman Edwards; seven grandchildren.  Ethan Troy Edwards of Auburn, Ala.; Lexie Elizabeth Edwards of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Lindsay Ann Wood of Franklin; Emily Grace Wonders and Kevin Richard Wonders of Clarkesville, Ga.; and Audrey Ann Edwards and Samuel Glenn Edwards of Waverly, Alabama.

A funeral mass was held Friday, Nov. 3, at St. Mark Catholic Church, Hwy 197 S., in Clarkesville, Ga.  Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Gardens, Clarkesville.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (, American Diabetes Association (, or Agape Hospice Care Foundation, PO Box 801087, Acworth, GA 30101.

Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville, Ga.

Dovie Moss McCall

Dovie Moss McCall

Dovie Moss McCall, 104, of Highlands, N.C., went to her heavenly home, Wednesday evening, Nov. 1. She was born in the Buck Creek community of Macon County, Oct. 3, 1913, to the late Frank and Rosella Holland Moss.

She was married to Rev. James Madison McCall who passed away in 1980. She was a housewife and worked as a housekeeper. She enjoyed reading The Bible and ministering to her friends and neighbors in need. She spent her later years longing to be with her Lord.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Homer Moss, Gernell Moss, Alma Bolick, Sybil Bradley, and Arvina Hedden; one son, James Shirley McCall; and one granddaughter, Mary Ann Clayton.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Wilson of Highlands, Margie Houston of Mount Holly, N.C., and one son, Richard (Freda) McCall of Highlands; three grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Scotty Patrick officiating. Burial will follow the service in Sugarfork Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

James L. Moss

James L. Moss, 93, of Jodytown, N.C., passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lyman Moss and Ruie Evitt Moss. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Mae Coggins Moss; one sister, Ruby; two brothers, John and Gus; half-sister, Geneva Gladwell Wilson and two grandsons, Jason McCall and Austin Smith.

He was a WWII US Army veteran. He was a lifelong Jackson County resident and farmer and was awarded the Farm Family of the Year award in 1972. He was former director at Wachovia Bank of Cashiers and member of the Jackson County School Board. He attended Cashiers Church of God.

He is survived by four sons, Larry Moss and wife Brenda of Jodytown, Robert Moss and wife Marilyn of Franklin, Steve Moss and wife Karen of Jodytown and Wayne Moss and wife Brenda of Jodytown; three daughters, Opal White and husband Tommy of Knoxville, Tenn., Leota Smith of Seneca, S.C., and Stella McCall of Cashiers; 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at Cashiers Baptist Church. Rev. Nathan Moss, Rev. Todd Moss and Rev. Michael McCall will officiate with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial will be in Evitt Cemetery.

The family will receive friends following the service at Cashiers Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Tom Marsedan, Terry Bryson, R.L. Norton, Chris Moss, Grey Smith, Tony McCall and Scott Petit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 950 Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at

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