Obituaries for October 26, 2017


Madge Owens Munger

Madge Owens Munger

Madge Owens Munger, 82, of Highlands, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Hayman Luther and Ethel Miller Owens. She was married for 61 years to Fred Munger who preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2016.

She worked at Highlands Pharmacy for 34 years. She loved flowers and she was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Barnes (Toby) of Clayton, Ga., and Gloria Munger of Highlands; one son, Rick Munger (Sheila) of Clayton, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Keener of Social Circle, Ga., and three brothers, Cleveland Owens and Jayco Owens both of Clayton, Ga., and Clinton Owens of Kentucky.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Highlands First Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice, Rev. Rusty Wolfrey and Rev. Clinton Owens officiating. Burial followed in Highlands Memorial Park.

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

Vernon B Chapman Jr.

Vernon B Chapman Jr.

Vernon B Chapman, Jr., 82, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.  He was born in Mobile, Ala., and was the son of the late Vernon B. and Hattie Mae Rowell Chapman Sr.

Dr. Chapman was a professor of education at Mars Hill College from 1969-1987 and Superintendent of Yancey County Schools from 1987-1998. He was known as Vernon, Dr. C., Doc, Coach, Daddy and best of all, G-daddy.

He married the love of his life and was married to his “little lady” for 62 years. He always encouraged his family and shared the best advice.  We have all received the “G-daddy talk” more than once. He was so much fun and we have all experienced his signature move “the trap” more than once, also.

Everyone knew him as a master storyteller.  He had a story for each and every occasion and he loved telling them as much as we loved hearing them.  We will have many treasured memories.  Roll Tide!

He is survived by his wife, Mamie Sue Nelson Chapman; children, Amy Flynn (Rick), Michael Chapman (Judy) and Susan Adams (Nick); grandchildren, Jason Flynn (Natalie), Logan Flynn (Victoria), Laramie Adams, Cassidy Adams and Kate Metrick (Brandon) great grandchildren, Rowyn Flynn, Rykker Flynn, Kaylan Metrick and Ayla Flynn.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Heritage Athletics, PO Box 70, Burnsville, NC  28714.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at:

Joseph Alexander White Jr.

Joseph Alexander White Jr.

Joseph Alexander White Jr., 77, a servant of the most high God, went home to be with Jesus on Oct. 19, 2017.  He was born April 19, 1940, to the late Joseph A. White Sr. and Sadie Chandler White of Troutman, N.C.   He was a loving and caring husband for 54 years to his surviving wife, Helen Holden White.  He was a cherished and loving father to six daughters, Vivian Shaye Wood and husband Jack, Cheryl Renee Southard and husband Steven, Rebecca Kay Green, Tammy Gail Drinnon and husband Tony, Teresa Ann Holland and husband Danny and Tamara Lynn Deal and husband Donald.  He has 13 precious grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one grandson, William Madison Drinnon.  He is also survived by one sibling, Martha White Eckerd and husband, Larry of Taylorsville, N.C., one niece and two nephews.

He was saved by the precious blood of Jesus and a minister of the gospel.  He was a founding member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Franklin, N.C., and he treasured his church family until his passing.  He served as pastor at area churches in Franklin, Bryson City and north Georgia throughout his ministry. He shared the love and grace of God during Saturday morning broadcasts, “The Children’s Bible Hour” and “The Shining Light” on 1050 WFSC for many years.  He was a constant and faithful provider for his family and worked for 18 years at Caterpillar of Franklin before retiring.

He enjoyed good Southern Gospel music by his favorite group, “The White Sisters” who just happens to be his daughters.  He was loved and well cared for by Dr. Patti Wheeler and Nurse Gina during a period of declining health.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church with Revs. Josh Helton, Howard Southard, and Ed Frampton officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Daniel Holland, Jeremiah Holland, Cody Southard, Carey Deal, Daniel Wilson, Matthew Elliott, and Ethan Elliott.

We miss you Dad, but we won’t say goodbye.  We just say, “So long and we’ll see you on the other side of life in that beautiful place called heaven one day soon.”  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”   Psalm 116:15

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victory Christian School 278 Victory Church Rd. Sylva, NC 28779.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Shirley W. Rowe

Shirley W. Rowe

Shirley W. Rowe, 89, of Hanahan, SC, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. She was born April 14, 1928, in Franklin, N.C., daughter of the late Ralph Wayne Welch and the late Ethel Jean Teague Welch. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rowe.

Throughout her life she was active in community churches, was a former president of Womens Aglow and a member of the Daughters of Zion. She was a member of Whole Life Ministries in Augusta, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Edward Rowe (Susan) of Columbia, S.C., Greg J. Rowe (Rhonda) of Maryville, Tenn.; daughter, Linda R. Nolin (Wayne) of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Collin W. Rowe, Tyler K. Rowe, Justin Cotton, Johnathan Cotton, Shelby Nolin Magers, A. J. Rowe and Kathryn Rowe; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Welch of Franklin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rowe.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 21, in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel in Charleston. Interment followed at Carolina Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 109 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting the website at