Obituaries for September 21, 2017


Cassa Marlin Miller Combs

Cassa  “Cass” Marlin Miller Combs, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 13. He was born in Covington, Ky., on July 15, 1929, to the late Stella Rodgers Combs and Lucian Combs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepparents, Rheanette Neyman and Doug Neyman; sisters, Mildred Combs and Patricia Fluharty; brothers, Donald Combs and Pete Neyman; brother-in-law, Frank Okura and son-in-law, David Smith.

He served in the United States Marine Corps at Marine Barracks 8th and I in Washington, DC, where he was among the first members of the Silent Drill Platoon. He was honorably discharged after four years of service and made NC his home. He enjoyed working for Nantahala Power Company for 34 years beginning with the Right‑of‑Way Crew and retiring as Safety Manager. Cass’s love of reading and literature was a gift passed down to each of his children and grandchildren. He also was an artist and enjoyed working in various mediums. He especially enjoyed painting one of his adopted NC mountains, “Fish Hawk”. His taste in music was eclectic and he had a life‑long love of learning.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Lou Liner Combs; sons, Lawrence (Randi) Combs and Lucian (Judy) Combs; daughters, Candace Smith and Melanie Combs; grandsons, Jeff (Rhonda) Combs, Jason (Shauna) Combs and Ryan (Dominique) Combs; granddaughters, Erin (Nathan) Jewell, Michelle Jennings and April (Scott) Ray; great grandchildren, Stella and Leo Combs, Kayla and Amara Combs, Marlin Combs, Anastasia (Tyler) Scheufele, Madison, Ben and Carter Scheufele, Keegan and Kinsey Leary, and Scotty Ray; sister, Joan Okura; brother, Doug (Donna) Neyman; sisters-in-law, Betty Combs and Paula Neyman, as well as a host of cherished nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 p.m., followed by a service at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Steve Reeves and Pastor Brandon Breedlove. Interment will follow at Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are children, Lucian Combs and Melanie Combs, and grandchildren, Jeff Combs, Jason Combs, Ryan Combs and Erin Jewell. Honorary pallbearers are former fellow power company employees.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

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

Gladys Lee Beck Dills

Gladys Lee Beck Dills

Gladys Lee Beck Dills, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, North Caroina, she was the daughter of the late Ovied and Alice Greene Beck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Owen Dills who died April 22, 2017, and her sister and brother-in law, Margie and Rex Frizzell. She was Baptist by faith. She enjoyed gardening, loved her home and her dog, B.G.

She is survived by a goddaughter, Dana “Dee Dee” Nalband and husband Bruce of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Bob Beck and wife Ruth of Sylva, N.C.; close-friend, Sandra Langley of Loganville, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Albert Grey will officiate. Burial will be in the Old Savannah Cemetery, Sylva, NC.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Marshall Dawson Hyatt

Marshall Dawson Hyatt passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on Sept. 13, 2017. He born Feb. 2, 1940, to Frank and Myrl Hyatt in Mims, Fla.

He graduated from Titusville High School in Florida in 1958. He was active in Lay Witness Missions and travelled to many churches across Florida leading weekend revivals. “There is Something about the Name of Jesus” was his theme song. He was employed by Chicago Title Insurance Company, working at locations in Vero and Orlando. He retired as a senior title examiner after 30 years and moved to the mountains of Franklin in 1995.

He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 42 years, his sister, Carolyn (Marty) Tabacchi, his daughters, Carmen Grady and Leslie Moes, and three grandchildren, Cole, Avery, and Rachel.

The family wishes to thank everyone who was there for Marshall during his final years of declining health, especially Four Seasons Hospice.

A Memorial Service to remember Marshall’s life and faith, and celebrate his entry into Heaven will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at First Alliance Church. Revs. Scott Eichelberger, John Makinson, and Evan Jensen will officiate.

Richard ‘Dickie’ Lee Worley, Jr.

Richard ‘Dickie’ Lee Worley, Jr.

Richard “Dickie” Lee Worley Jr., 63, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was born Sept. 16, 1953, in Ft. Benning, Ga., to Virginia Johnson Worley and the late Richard Lee Worley Sr. and has made Highlands his home since 1964.

He lived life to the fullest and he enjoyed attending Christ Church of the Valley in Cashiers.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his brother, George Worley (Cathy) of Virginia; and his sisters, Elizabeth Worley of Panama, Ruth Worley of North Carolina and Mary Lou Worley of Arizona.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Christ Church of the Valley with Rev. Steve Kerhoulas officiating.

The family will greet friends following the service at the church.

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

Richard Vincent Jordan

Richard Vincent Jordan, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Born in Dover, N.J., he was the son of the late Vincent and Elsa Kleibrink Jordan. He was raised in upstate New York and served in the U.S. Air Force. He received a degree in economics from Drew University and worked for House Hold Finance, where he met his first wife, Mary. In 1968, they moved to Franklin and in 1972 he received his Master’s degree from WCU in Special Education. He retired in 2002, after 34 years as a teacher at Franklin High School. He was a former member of Gem Capital Auto Club, FHS Boosters Club, Kiwanis Club and Gem Capital Knife Club. He was also a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Shirley Jordan; three sons, Jeff Jordan and Tami Koney of Franklin, Vince Jordan and Linda Cooper of Franklin and Sean Jordan and Katerina of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; one sister, Jaque Stiles of Stone Ridge, N.Y.; his first wife, Mary Sanderson of Seneca, S.C., and four grandchildren, Jeremy Scott Jordan and Joseph Nelson Jordan, both of Franklin and Vincent Aristides Serlemitsos Jordan and Isabella Theodora Serlemitsos Jordan both of Ontario, Canada.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Snow Hill United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC  28744.

The family would like to thank Debra Strum and the entire staff at Grandview Manor for their extra special care.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Cheryl Ann Wilkins

Cheryl Ann Wilkins

Cheryl Ann Wilkins, 57, of Otto, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Born in Lansing, Mich., she was the daughter of Dan and Greta Ann Ballreich Wilkins.

She is survived by her mother; two daughters, Greta “Liu Bo” Wilkins and Isabella Wilkins; and one brother, Randy Wilkins of Ft. Wayne, Ind. Cheryl, in her own words, “found obituaries to be mundane” and decided to share with you herself, her greatest adventure – her life.

“I was a morose and naughty little girl. But when it came time, I pulled it together and got through nursing school, which enabled me to be fully self-supporting. I hated debt so I moved to the country and bought a little porch on a pond, the house came with it. Life got good when I decided to return to Jesus and follow Him, and I gave it my best shot. I love God with all my heart. He has sustained me and loved me in spite of my shortcomings. His grace has always been sufficient.

“The day God told me, ‘Go to China and get a baby,’ for which I balked. ‘I’m 40, God, and what will I do with a baby? But I followed through because when God speaks clearly, you ‘just do it.’ Liu Bo was handed to me in a lobby of a busy hotel along with 20 or so other babies. She cried for four hours, then stared at me for two hours, then ate 10 bowls of noodles and hasn’t looked back. She has been such a fun baby, full of laughter and also with a servant’s heart.

“That began the greatest journey of my life. As I sat with my new daughter in southern China, I knew then I was coming back. I didn’t know how, what, why, or where, but I knew Who. Two years later we landed in southwest China and God opened doors only God could open. After two years Isabella came home with us. She was sick when they handed her to me. Pneumonia. She’s never been sick since. And she’s a funny sweet little thing, loves to laugh and play to this day.

“My two daughters have been the joy in my life. All the children we served in China and Nepal gave us a reality of what the rest of the world is like. It was a rich, yet heartbreaking and fulfilling experience for all three of us. One we wouldn’t take back for anything.

“I know God says, ‘By My stripes you are healed.’ I just didn’t know if it was this side or that. My hope after my ‘home coming’ to Jesus is that my girls will continue to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, and love their neighbor as them ‘You can never outgive God.’ I say, ‘Be generous and abundant to the person who is in need. That doesn’t always mean money, but often it does. When God calls you to give, then give. “Then the illness came. But by that time all I wanted to do was be home and rest. So I did. My life has been complete and rewarding. I thank a merciful God for leading and guiding me. I thank so many friends and family for loving me and showing me the way. It has been a truly blessed time to sit here and watch the girls do school, see their growth and progress, both bright and promising in their own ways. If I called it today I would say Liu Bo would turn out to be some sort of research scientist and Isa would be a working cowgirl with a paint brush and an apron in the kitchen. They both have a lovely flavor to them. I bless them and I bless my dear mother and all of you who have touched our lives through the years, I bless you and thank you. See you soon.”

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m., at Franklin Covenant Church. Pastor John Makinson will officiate. A private graveside service was held at Asbury United Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mercy Ships, PO Box 1930, Lindale, TX 75771.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Donald Alexander Swanson

Donald Alexander Swanson, passed away Friday, Sept.8, 2017

Our “mighty warrior” has “won” his battle with cancer of 15 years and paralysis of 10 plus months. He is now “walking” with His Lord and Savior. He was born on May 7, 1935, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Ray and Elena Swanson.   He was predeceased by his parents and his very special sister, Judi Mahoney of Minneapolis.

He is survived by his wife, “Min,” of 57 years, and his sons, Randy (Naysha) and Judd (Estelle), four step grandchildren, as well as a niece and four nephews plus many other relatives and close friends.

He graduated from West HS in Minneapolis and attended the Univ. of Minnesota, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi.  He majored in business administration and then enlisted in the USAF reserve and served for six years.   He worked in various financial positions in Minneapolis and Miami, Fla., where they lived from 1969-1993. Then he and his wife moved to Franklin, where he served as the Macon County Finance Officer and then traveled for Drake Enterprises, representing their software program in Indiana and Ohio (a job he really loved).    His other special financial positions included treasurer of First Alliance Church of Franklin, where he also served as an elder and sang in the choir (which he also dearly loved). He was treasurer of Chestnut Ridge HOA, and he continued serving as Senator Jim Davis’ treasurer and as a financial guardian until the time of his death.

His love of God and country was proven in all he did.  His political positions were serving as the Macon County Republican Chairman in 1995 and also the Director of Macon County FreedomWorks for seven years (which his regional director said was considered #1 in the country).    His love of political issues allowed for him to write a weekly conservative article, called “The Right Stuff” for a Highlands newspaper for seven years.  In 2008, he received the John William Pope Sr. Award for the Advancement of Freedom in North Carolina.  He loved travelling, and he and his wife visited the Caribbean and the other parts of the USA, as well as to Europe several times, two being cruises — one to Scandinavia and Russia (where his ancestors were from) and one a 50th Anniversary Mediterranean cruise.   He also had an interesting hobby of making models of Western European architecture, houses, government buildings and castles of which he had a large collection.  He was an avid spectator sportsman and investment day trader.

The family wishes to thank Angel Hospice Carepartners for their wonderful care and concern over the past 10 months and Dr. Aruwani for his medical support. Thank you to family all our friends and the folks in our FAC family. It has been an awesome time of “God’s amazing grace.”

A celebration was held in his memory Monday, Sept. 18, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger, Rev. Kris Gerow, Rev. Evan Jensen, Rev. Dick Brown and Rev. David Phillip officiated.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Don to Angel Home Care and Hospice at 170 Church St., Franklin, NC or the Smoky Mt. Pregnancy Center at 226 East Palmer, Franklin, NC.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Domer Slater Anderson

Domer Slater Anderson

Domer Slater Anderson, 88, of Franklin, N.C., died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the Franklin House under the care of his family, Franklin House staff, and CarePartners Home Care and Hospice services.

He was born April 9, 1929, in Ligonier, Pa., the youngest child of Dwight and Mary (Weaver) Anderson. He honorably served his county as a corporal in the United Sates Army during the Korean Conflict.  He married Jane Louise Lyons on Aug. 23, 1956, and recently celebrated 61 years of marriage with his bride.

He resided in Tampa, Fla., and retired from Tampa Electric Company in 1986.  He relocated to Brooksville, Fla., and later to Franklin. He was active in the church and served for many years as a deacon at both Bethel Temple (Tampa) and Christian Life (Spring Hill) Assemblies of God.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jane, and three children Kandace (Alan) Murphy, Keith (Shari) Anderson, and Kimberly (Kenneth) Pearce; seven grandchildren Katie Murphy-James, Shelby Easton, Erin Barbee, Alex Murphy, Kelsey Pearce, Rebeccah Burch and Garrett Anderson; and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Sept. 22, at Sunset Memory Gardens in Thonotosassa, Fla.  Donations in his memory can be made to CarePartners Home Care and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC  28734.

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

Claire Margaret Murphy Barnable

Claire Margaret Murphy Barnable

Claire Margaret Murphy Barnable, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Born in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William Henry Murphy and Clara Felix Murphy. In 1951, she married Robert Barnable who preceded her in death Sept. 8, 2005.

She was a kindergarten school teacher and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where she was a trustee of the church. In addition, she started the Women’s Guild, was a member of Faith Sharing and an active member and volunteer for the Food Pantry Program, and was a member of the Craft Guild.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice Rysinski (Robert) of Charleston, Va.; sons, Robert M. Barnable of Franklin, and James Barnable of Oceanside, Calif.; grandchildren, Brian and Scott Rysinski and many friends.

A wake service of scriptural rosary conducted by the Faith Sharing Group was held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Priest’s Retirement Fund or Food Pantry Program of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

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

Paul T. Annulis

Paul T. Annulis

Paul T. Annulis passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nora Hasset Annulis; and sons, John and Mark Annulis.

He was born on May 28, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late John Annulis and Nora Hasset Annulis. His patriotism at an early age inspired him to join the army where he proudly served and retired. His devotion and faithfulness to his country allowed him to further pursue a career in the U.S. Air Force where he earned the rank of Technical Sergeant. After serving valiantly in the Korean War while in the U.S. Army and the Vietnam War while in the Air Force, he  honorably retired after many, long years of selfless, prideful service in the Air Force. He would  go on to pursue a career at the Kennedy Space Center and retire after completing many years of service to the space program.

Paul and Betty’s love of nature and his tinkering would allow them to retire in the beautiful town of Franklin, N.C., where they would devote their time to the Lord’s work and cater to their beloved dog, Gem. After much heartfelt consideration and for the love of their grandchildren, they would move to New Iberia, La.

Outside of his service, his love for his country was nothing in comparison to his love for the Lord and for his family. He would say yes to the calling of our loving God and become a Grand Knight of his church parish. Although he lived the American Dream and accomplished so much, his greatest accomplishments were his unselfishness, humbleness, graciousness, his faith, and his ability to make everyone feel welcomed. He will be missed and leaves behind many cherished memories and a faith filled legacy behind. Everyone who knew him, loved him.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Betty Brocker Annulis; his children, Ron Annulis and wife Cathy of Orlando, Fla., Christopher Annulis of Cookeville,Tenn., Robin Lemay and husband Ricky Lemay of Columbia, Tenn.; Keith Annulis and wife Heather of Pass Christian, Miss., Patrick Annulis and wife Phebe Annulis of New Iberia, La.; daughters-in-law, Teresa Annulis of Titusville, Fla., Valerie Annulis of Titusville, Fla.; grandchildren, Markus and fiancee Meg Oliver and Paul Annulis, Caitlin, Clint, Cody Scroggins, John Z., Zoie, Patrick Z. Annulis, Cambre Catherine Annulis and step-grandchild, Ian Jones.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. Family and friends will gather in the church hall following the Christian Burial.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Heart of Hospice, the Eucharistic Ministers and Father Keith Landry.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

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Dana Fresa

Dana Fresa

Dana Fresa, 57, of Highlands,   N.C., passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., on Nov. 3, 1959, to the late Edward Karl Fresa  and Diana Colombo Fresa. He had a passion and flare for life that was contagious; he loved painting, cooking and nature. He was a chef and also raised English Setters; he and his wife enjoyed training and competing his dogs in field trials. October was his favorite month, grouse hunting with close friends up north. He also enjoyed studying the Bible with friends at the Cashiers Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was a loving stepfather to Gregory and Shawn. His smile and kindness will be remembered by all.

He is survived by his wife, Candice Fresa and her sons, Gregory and Shawn Ingwell of Highlands; his mother, Diana Fresa of Georgia; four brothers, Samuel Fresa of Georgia, Mark and Michelle of Georgia, Kevin and Heather of Florida, Karl and Dawn with their children, Kitt and Kendall, all of Illinois; nephew, Gabriel (son of late Michael Fresa) as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service and luncheon will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at Sapphire Valley Community, US 64, Sapphire, N.C.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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