Obituaries for September 15

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Maggie Crane Bell

Maggie Crane Bell
Maggie Crane Bell

Maggie Crane Bell, 93, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at sunrise on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016.

She was born in Highlands, N.C. She attended the Baptist church. She married Robert Bell, and together they built a home in Otto where they lived for many years raising two boys. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great Nana BB. She loved her family and went the extra mile to look after them. She worked for years at Dr. Joseph Khan’s office in Franklin and was often referred to as “Doc” by friends and family in the community because of her ability to mend and be a caregiver. She also worked at the Shirt Factory and Belden Factory for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Olive “Ollie” Crane and her husband of 66 years, Robert “Bob” Bell, who died in 2008. She also lost her son, Joseph “Joe” Bell in 2003. Also preceding her in death were five brothers, Raleigh, Fred, Floyd, James and Thad Crane, and three sisters, Edna Corn, Hazel Keener and Etta Ellis.

She is survived by a son, Bobby Bell and wife Pat of Franklin; a sister, Ethel Penland of Franklin; a grandson, Rob Bell and wife Kim of Otto; a granddaughter, Brooke Bell Waldroop and husband Christopher of Otto, and three great grandsons, Maddox, Maveric Doc, and Mace Waldroop. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 11, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Phillip Cochran officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery with Ronnie Gentry, Robert Shook, Charles Southard, Mike Bell, Brian Bell and Jerry Anderson serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cartoogechaye Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 438, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

Alan James Martin

Alan James Martin
Alan James Martin

Alan James Martin, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.  He was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of the late Melvin and Ethel Springer Martin.  He was a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service.  He formerly lived in Baltimore, Md., Orlando, Fla., and moved to Franklin in July 2012.  He loved all sports, he liked to play golf, read, play brain puzzles and play with his dog, Panzer.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Joanne; two daughters, Teresa Proctor (Dale) of Winter Haven, Fla., and Barbara King (Jeff) of Orlando, Fla.; son, Randy Martin of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Dennis Martin (Corrine) of Louisville, Ky.; sister, Marilyn Tolentino (Steve) of Parrish, Fla.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special friends, Fred and Pat Yanotti of Michigan.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Martin and two sons, Alan Martin and Tommy Martin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida.

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

Sibyl Harper Harouff

Sibyl Harper Harouff
Sibyl Harper Harouff

Sibyl Harper Harouff, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.

Born in Ryan, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry Wilbur Harper and Nannie Smith Harper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Zane Harouff and one sister, Charlotte Walters. She was a member of Iotla United Methodist Church and an adult Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed crafting, making angels, cooking and reading.

She is survived by one daughter, Suzanne Lynn Harouff of Franklin; three sisters, Mary Hoda and husband Nathan of Diamond Head, Miss., Joyce Collett and husband Berlin of Short Gap, W.Va., and Suzy Allen and husband Tom of Bristol, Tenn.; one brother, Sonny Harper and wife Karen of Ripley, W.Va.; one grandson, Staff Sgt. Christopher Holland and wife Brittany of Honolulu, Hawaii; one great grandson, Benjamin Zane Holland and special friend, Sergei “Pete” Gubarev of Franklin.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one’s favorite charity

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Gabriel Christian-Tate Crippen

Gabriel Christian-Tate Crippen, 39, of Abilene, Texas, passed away on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

Born in Arcata, Calif., he was the son of Nevillyn “Kay” Crippen of Abilene, Texas, and James Michael Crippen (Beth) of Otto, N.C. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé, Heather Lyn Crehore of Franklin; three children, Hunter and Eddy Crippen, both of Texas and Eliza Crippen of Franklin, N.C.; one brother, Daniel Crippen of Texas; step brother, Michael Crippen of Franklin; one sister, Tresa Sprayberry of Texas; and one half-sister, Jamie Colomy of Montana; and adopted brother, Nick Meers of Texas. He was preceded in death by one brother, Justin Crippen.

No services have been planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Joan M. Held

Joan M. Held
Joan M. Held

Joan M. Held, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Isadore Moberg and Bertha Davis Moberg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Held and eight brothers and sisters. She enjoyed dancing, taking Sunday drives and was an avid baseball fan; she loved the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs. She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Seminole, Fla.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Nepote and wife Holly of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Mark Held and wife Sherry of Franklin; one brother, Ralph Moberg of Nokomis, Fla.; one sister, Delores Nykaza of Fox Lake, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Florida.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Nan Elizabeth Perry

Nan Elizabeth Perry
Nan Elizabeth Perry

Nan Elizabeth Perry, 67, of Franklin, N.C., peacefully entered Heaven on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. At her side were her close friends, family and her cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William “Duffie” and Audrey Shuford and brother, “Brownie” Shuford. She was also preceded in death by her beloved cat, “Charlie,” She was a fun-loving person and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was an absolutely great mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Intelligent, thoughtful, loving and precise would best describe her. She was born in Asheville, N.C., and grew up in Franklin and St. Pete, Fla. She went to work for Home Depot at its inception as a computer whiz; working for Bernie Marcus at their home office in Atlanta and retiring in 1993. She loved gardening, yard work, and anything to do with the Heavens. She was also a Star Trek enthusiast extraordinaire. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her or came in contact with her; she was so precious.

She is survived by her companion and love, Michael Coates of the home; children, Todd Perry (Christie) and Matthew Perry (Jill); grandchildren, Brittany and Camerron and two great grandchildren, all of Douglasville, Ga.

No services have been planned at this time. A memorial service will be held in the near future in Franklin and Douglasville, Ga.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Ruby G. Woodring

Ruby G. Woodring, 104, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.  She was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Macon County, the daughter of the late Melvin Alvin Houston and Lillie Belle Ballew Houston. She was married to Carey Woodring, who died in 1982. She was a homemaker and a member of Tuckasegee Baptist Church.

She is survived by one niece, Barbara Smeltz of Australia; great-nephews, Ronald Smeltz and Ryan Smeltz both of Richmond, Va., Bryan Smeltz of New Market, N.H., and Robert Smeltz of Alliance, Ohio.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.  Burial was in Tuckasegee Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Charles Clifford Wilson

Charles Clifford Wilson
Charles Clifford Wilson

Charles Clifford Wilson, 64, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

He was born Jan. 13, 1952, in Burke County, N.C., to the late John Riley Wilson and Pauline Kimsey Wilson. He worked many years in the furniture factory business and was a member of the Cartoogechaye Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Golden Wilson; a daughter, Deborah Lanning (Ricky Sutton) of Franklin, N.C.; a son, Shannon Lanning of Cherokee, N.C.; three sisters, Vonnie Carpenter of Edenton, N.C., Bernice Bates and Mary Lou Farmer, both of Franklin; three brothers, Landie Wilson of Greensboro, Md., James Wilson and Edward Wilson both of Franklin; four grandchildren, Stephanie Sutton, Angela Sutton, Gracie Norris, and Joshua Lanning; and one great grandson, Austin Harvey.

He preceded in death by two brothers, John Wilson Jr. and Mack Wilson.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Robert Dryman, and Jeff Conner officiating. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cartoogechaye Church of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 438 Franklin, NC 28744.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wilson Family. Online condolences may be left at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Richard Louie Holloway

Richard Louie Holloway, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Born in Schley County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Edward Lee Holloway and Molly Childers Holloway. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Osborne Holloway and four brothers and sisters, Mildred Hite, Lillie Jones, Edward Holloway and Earl Holloway. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during WWII. He loved farming, gardening and being outdoors. He was Methodist by faith.

He is survived by one daughter, Harriet Holloway and Michael Swords of Franklin; two sons, William Stribling and wife Maxine of Americas, Ga., and James Henderson and wife Karen of Cookeville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Cindy Henderson, Brad Stribling, Erica Johnson, Laura Henderson and Michael Swords II along with great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC  28215.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Alicia Gail May Thurmond

Alicia Gail May Thurmond
Alicia Gail May Thurmond

Alicia Gail May Thurmond, 31, of Edmonton, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, as a result of a car accident.

Born April 15, 1985, in Sylva, N.C., she was a daughter of Deana Mae Freeman May of Edmonton and the late James Clinton May.

She worked at Shuffets Adult Day Care in Edmonton and was a Christian.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, William David Thurmond III; one daughter, Kyly Angela Thurmond; two sons, Taylor Scott and Tristan Layne Thurmond; two brothers, James Daniel May of Edmonton and Clinton David (Laura) May of Jacksonville, N.C.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers Rebekah May and Betty Freeman.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 11, at Briartown Baptist Church, in Nantahala, N.C., with burial following in the Briartown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the children’s education fund and mailed to Edmonton State Bank 118 South Main Street, Edmonton. Ky. 42129.

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

James Paul Maddox

James Paul Maddox, 33, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Born in Las Vegas, Nev., he was the son of Clinton E. Maddox and the late Judy Parrish Maddox. In addition to his father, he is survived by four children, Bridget Maddox of Avon Park, Fla., James Paul “JP” Maddox Jr. of Lakeland, Fla., Ayden Maddox and Zoie Maddox both of Otto; two sisters, Holly Queen of Crawfordville, Fla., and Tara Quinones of Lake Wales, Fla., and one brother, Michael Maddox of Sebring, Fla.

A memorial service will be held in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation at www.nationalbreastcancer.org .

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Jenny Fay Wilson

Jenny Fay Wilson, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. She was born May 21, 1969, in Cherokee, N.C., the daughter of Louise Morrell Maney, and the late Jesse Maney. She was a Baptist by faith and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, she was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.  She loved making crafts and loved music.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, John David Wilson; two sons, David Lee and James Anderson, both of Franklin; four sisters, Louise Mable Maney II of Dillsboro, N.C., Rosa Lean Maney of Cherokee, N.C., Ann Coggins of Virginia and Malissa Elaine Dover of Cherokee, N.C.; four brothers, Jerry Lee Maney of Cherokee, N.C., Gregory Neil Maney of Rome Mtn., Tenn., Samuel Gerald Maney of Elizabethton, Tenn., and Jesse Anderson Maney Jr. of Elizabethton, Tenn.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Greg Morgan officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, NC 28734 to help with funeral expenses,

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

Arnott W. Madison

Arnott W. Madison
Arnott W. Madison

Arnott W. “Bill” Madison, 78, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at the Blue Ridge on the Mountain Nursing Home in Sylva from complications of pneumonia.

He was born in Binghamton, N.Y., to the late Arnott Madison and Emma Frye. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Madison and a sister Sandra Madison.

Although spending his childhood in Upstate New York and graduating High School in Jacksonville, Fla., he always considered himself a Franklin native having lived here since 1959.

After high school, he spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corp before meeting his wife, Betty. They married after only three months and spent the majority of their lives together in the Cartoogechaye area of Franklin.

He was meat cutter by trade, working for almost every local grocery store and butcher shop in the area but the majority of his career he worked for Ingles and Nantahala Meats.  His reputation as a skilled meat cutter caused many customers and restaurant owners to follow him to the different locations he worked over his 41-year career.  In retirement, he enjoyed working for the Older American Program with the U.S. Forest Service where he helped maintain campgrounds and hiking trails.

Hel was an avid fisherman and spent many weekends exploring fishing holes, ponds and lakes all over Western North Carolina; some of which weren’t always “open to the public.”  He was always willing to tell stories of his fishing adventures including ones where he and friends had been chased away by private land owners, sometimes at gunpoint.

He was constantly referred to as a “really good man” by his family, friends, and customers, always smiling, laughing and joking.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty (Kell) Madison; son, Eric D. Madison of Reno, Nev., and a step-brother Chuck Mead of Binghamton, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Phillip Cochran and Eric Madison will officiate.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Jon Skelley

Jon Skelley
Jon Skelley

Jon Skelley, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., he was the son of the late Matthew H. Skelley and Zula Priest Skelley. He retired from Anheuser Busch in Tampa, Fla. He will be remembered as a “Renaissance Man” and be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Marwood Skelley and friends, Michelle Henry, Kenneth Jones along with many other friends in Franklin.

No services have been planned at this time.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Stuart Maxwell Gleman

Stuart Maxwell Gleman, 71, of Kissimmee, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Franklin, N.C.

Born in Charleston, S.C., he was the son of the late Paul L. Gleman and Lydia Jane Malcolm Gleman. He retired from the Kennedy Space Center where he was a physicist and engineer. He was an ultra-distance runner and founded an ultra-distance run in Titusville, Fla., that is held annually.

He is survived by three brothers, Jon Gleman of  Maitland, Fla., Michael Gleman of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Mark Gleman of Live Oak, Fla., and one sister, Mary Snyder of Reedy, W.Va.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may 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.

Marcia Mae Field

Marcia Mae Field, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept.  11, 2016.

Born in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of the late David Samuel Cohn and Irene Goldsmith Cohn. She was a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Mark Henry Field of Franklin; two sons, Jason and Jarod Field both of Franklin; one brother, Larry Cohn of California; one sister, Robin Cohn Krzywicki of South Carolina; and seven grandchildren, Howie, James, Charlotte, Jade, Jordan, Jaylyn and Jolean.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Darian Cochran will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801 (Attention: Relay for Life of Franklin, NC or CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

William ‘Bill’ Joseph England

William ‘Bill’ Joseph England
William ‘Bill’ Joseph England

William “Bill” Joseph England, Lt. Col U.S. Army retired, 85 of Scaly Mountain, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. He was preceded in death by a son, Alan B. England. He is survived by his wife, Josephine England of Scaly Mountain and a son John England of Seattle, Wash.

After retiring from the Military Police, he found a career as an instructor of carpentry and cabinet making in Tallahassee, Fla. He then moved to North Carolina 32 years ago and worked in construction.

He was a past president of the Scaly Mountain Community Association and a past Volunteer Fireman with the Sky Valley-Scaly Mountain Fire Department.

A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Scaly Mountain Church of God. The family will greet friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Bill’s favorite charity was the Sky Valley-Scaly Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue; P.O. Box 278 Scaly Mountain, NC 28775.

Online condolences may be left at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

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

Holly Jenkins Higgs

Holly Jenkins Higgs
Holly Jenkins Higgs

Holly Jenkins Higgs, 51, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.  She was born Aug. 21, 1965, in Jackson County, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Junior and Connie Baty Jenkins.

She  was a homemaker, and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved to sing and play games and enjoyed family and fellowship.  She attended Blue Valley Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Regan Higgs; daughters, Kimberly Reed (Robert) of Clayton, Ga., and Ashley Higgs of Franklin, N.C.; two grandchildren, Mason Reed and Grayson Sanders; two sisters, Angela Passmore of Franklin, and Ann Jenkins of Highlands; two brothers, Robert Jenkins of Franklin, and Bobby Jenkins of Highlands. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Webb and Cindy Carver.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Blue Valley Baptist Church, with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers were Robert Reed, Stephen Sanders, Freddie Webb, Carl Neely, Leroy “Punk” Baty, and David Carver.

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

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