Obituaries for September 22

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Gladys Davis Hooper

Gladys Davis Hooper
Gladys Davis Hooper

Gladys Davis Hooper, 89, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

Born in Whittier, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Jarrett Davis and Ollie Wykle Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Hooper; one daughter, Janie Matthews, and nine brothers and sisters. She was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church where she was a member of WMU and Sunday school. She loved going to church and most importantly, supporting her husband Rev. Wesley Hooper in his ministries and marriage of 72 glorious years. She was a caregiver at heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Karen Burch and husband Donald of Franklin; one son, Rev. Davis Hooper and wife Sandra of Franklin; two brothers, Dallas Davis of Canton, N.C., and Handley Davis of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Ocie Stinnett of Mills River, N.C.; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 15, at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Bryan Davis, Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Rick Potts officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may 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 maconfuneralhome.com.

James Paul Maddox

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

A memorial service with be held at Stevenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Dewey Leon Thomas

Dewey Leon Thomas
Dewey Leon Thomas

Dewey Leon Thomas, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.  He was born Jan. 28, 1952, the son of the late Luther and Hazel Cowart Thomas. He did construction work, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He liked fishing and liked to shoot guns and attended Black Mountain Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Collins Thomas; son, Danny Thomas (Diana); daughter, Angela Gravitt (Lynn); nine grandchildren, Nathan Johnson, Chastity Seibert, Danny Thomas Jr., McKenzie Thomas, Brandon Thomas, Samantha Gravitt, Kayla Gravitt, Dalton Gravitt and Nikki Gravitt, 10 great grandchildren, Madison Johnson, Marley Johnson, Maeley Johnson, Laeton Thomas, Zyra Bates, Branley Bates, Kendyll Moss, Kennedy Moss, Bentlee Gibson and soon to be new born baby.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Gregory and Rev. Benny Hurst officiating.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dalton Gravitt, Chris Seibert, Danny Thomas Jr., Brandon Thomas, Jon Moore and Josh Gregory. Honorary pallbearers were Chastity Thomas, Samantha Gravitt, Kayla Gravitt and McKenzie Thomas.

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

Kenneth ‘Shane’ Queen

Kenneth ‘Shane’ Queen
Kenneth ‘Shane’ Queen

Kenneth “Shane” Queen, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Barbara Waldroop Queen and the late Kenneth Lewis Queen. He was a member of Burningtown Church of God.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children, Caleb Kennedy of Oglethorpe, Ga., and Jorden Queen of Oregon; one brother, Jeff Queen, and one sister, Sherri Queen both of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lewis Swafford and Rev. Don Bates officiated.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Theresa Hope Oschmann

Theresa Hope Oschmann
Theresa Hope Oschmann

Theresa Hope Oschmann, 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.

Born in Houma, La., she was the daughter of Girline Marie Galliano Oschmann and the late William Charles Oschmann Sr. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one sister, Veronica Murphy and husband Randy of Franklin; two brothers, William Charles Oschmann Jr. and wife Karen of Phoenix, Ariz., and William Kerry Oschmann of Zwolle, La.; five nieces; three nephews and six great nieces and great nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Veronica Murphy for Downs Syndrome support, 70 Harper Lane, #3102, Franklin, NC 28734.

 Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Dianne Louise Edris Schickedantz

Dianne Louise Edris Schickedantz
Dianne Louise Edris Schickedantz

Dianne Louise Edris Schickedantz, 55, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at her home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, due to cancer.

She was born in Endicott, N.Y., to Theodore Robert Edris and the late Clara Annie Long Edris.  She is also preceded in death by her uncle, Charles Adams; aunt, Ella Adams; and cousin, Gail Adams.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, she had many careers, including corporate positions and teaching preschool.  She was also a tireless volunteer, serving many community groups, including the Arts Council of Macon County and the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild.  She enjoyed quilting, reading, and raising her many pets.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Franklin.  Music was a big part of her life and she loved singing in both church and community choirs and was a dedicated member of the Brasstown Ringers handbell group.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband of 29 years, Mark; and her cousins, April Adams Padilla and husband Richard of San Diego, Calif., and Glen Adams and wife Tammy of El Paso, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with visitation to follow.  Rev. Fred Balke will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 235 Sloan Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, and Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild – Quilts of Valor, PO Box 1381, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Furman Walter Elliott

Furman Walter Elliott, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Wiley Eugene Elliott and Lillian Agnes Panells Elliott, one of 16 children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Lillian Jane Macabee. He loved to fish and bird hunt. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church. He would like those left behind to be happy; don’t be sad he is gone.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda Gail Anderson Elliott of Franklin; two daughters, Mary Sue Carver and husband Freddie and Lora Duvall and husband Michael all of Franklin; one step son, John Welch and wife Lisa; five grandchildren, Anthony Robert, Karissa and Kaitlyn Duvall, Tanner and Ashlee Welch, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 17, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744 to help with funeral expenses.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Lucille Jarrett McDaniel

Lucille Jarrett McDaniel
Lucille Jarrett McDaniel

Lucille Jarrett McDaniel, 86, of Franklin, N.C., formerly from Sanford, Fla., passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at home with family by her side.

Born in Holden County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Claude Allen and Edna Allen Shawger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice “Mac” McDaniel in 1995 and former husband, Charles L. Jarrett Sr. in 2001 and her three sisters, Marie Elliott, Helen Craddock, Bessie English and two brothers, Jessie Allen and Jim Allen.

She was a Head Start teacher in Seminole County, Florida, for 14 years and retired in 1995. She loved being with and nurturing children and took great pride as a teacher. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dunbar, W.Va.

She is survived by two children, Diana Lovell of Franklin, and Charles L. Jarrett Jr. of South Carolina, three grandchildren, Stephen Lovell of Franklin, Daniel Jarrett of Seattle, Wash. and Lisa Sell of Johnson City, Tenn., and two great grandchildren, Morgan Sell and Gavin Sell of Johnson City, Tenn.; and a brother, Leonard Allen of Holden, W.Va.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Allen ‘Buck’ Trott 

Allen ‘Buck’ Trott
Allen ‘Buck’ Trott

Former Mayor Allen “Buck” Trott, 88, peacefully passed away into his last flight into the wild blue yonder Thursday morning, Sept. 15, 2016, at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center. Highlands has lost a public servant and community leader, and the nation has lost an American patriot and United States Air Force warrior.

Trott, born in 1928,  had been a resident of Highlands for nearly 30 years. He served as mayor for eight years and retired as a colonel after 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. He was a veteran of the Second World War and did multiple tours in Vietnam.

As a community leader, Trott played key roles in numerous organizations including the Highlands Boy Scouts Troop 207. He served for many years as coordinator of Special Operations Warriors Adventure Race that is held in Highlands every summer. He was past president of the Hudson Library Board, the Mirror Lake Homeowners Association, and the Highlands Historical Society. As mayor, he worked with the Highlands Biological Station to gain state and university support and led the town in many infrastructure and road improvements. He was an active member of the Highlands American Legion Post, and the Highlands Rotary Club. He developed the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation’s breakfast ministry where he was an active member for all the years he resided in Highlands.

For many years, he was the Highlands’ Santa Claus and made double appearances in the annual Christmas parade. He would lead the parade as mayor and then rush back to the end of the parade, change into his Santa Claus suit, and ride in a sleigh down Main Street at the end of the parade. He devoted countless hours during the Christmas season visiting with children and community groups as Santa.

As an U.S. Air Force officer, he had a distinguished career that included nearly 1,200 combat missions during the Vietnam conflict. He was awarded numerous medals and citations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Readiness Award. He also received the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, he was assigned to duty in the North Atlantic and received the World War II Victory Medal. He retired from the Air Force in 1980.

After World War II, he completed high school and went on to graduate from the University of Maryland where he played football, 1950-1951. While in the Air Force he received a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean Trott of Highlands; his three children, Mark Trott (Caroline), Lorna Beavers, and Amy St. Amand and three step children, Sallie Taylor (Patrick), Jeannette Chidsey, and Truman Chidsey (Gretchen); 19 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands with Rev. Maurice Goldsmith officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Highlands Boy Scouts Troop 207, PO Box 1632, Highlands, North Carolina 28741, or the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, PO Box 89367, Tampa, FL 33689.

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

Diane Martha Heimbach

Diane Martha Heimbach
Diane Martha Heimbach

Diane Martha Heimbach, 71, of Franklin, N.C., and Leesburg, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Philip Robert Herman and Martha Veronica Knell Herman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one step-son, Steven Heimbach and one brother, Jack Herman.

She was an avid reader and sewer. Her specialty was making cooling collars to sell at flea markets. While traveling, she enjoyed visiting different thrift stores and casinos.  One of her favorite quotes was, “I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.”  Her prayer was, “Lord, keep one hand on my shoulder and the other over my mouth.” She kept this on the fridge at home.

She was loved and will be greatly missed by her husband of 24 years, Harvey Kenneth Heimbach of Franklin and Leesburg; one son, John M. Federshyn of Puerto Rico; two brothers, Philip Herman Sr. of Doylestown, Pa., and Glenn Herman and family of Philadelphia, Pa.; two nieces, Linda Herman Robinson and family, Tabitha Herman and family; two nephews, Philip Herman, III and family, Robert Herman and family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Scottish Highlands Residential Community in Leesburg, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Marie Beck Houseworth

Nancy Houseworth
Nancy Houseworth

Nancy Marie Beck Houseworth, 78, of Franklin,  N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.

Born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charles Cecil Beck and Hazel Mae Thatcher Beck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Homer Houseworth; one grandson, Andrew Myers and one brother, Donald Beck. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elks in Toccoa, Ga., and very involved with Ohio State Grange. She loved flower arranging, and was Methodist by faith. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Ann Houseworth Myers and husband Chris of Franklin; one brother, Ronald Beck and wife Gayle of Danville, Ohio; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Hospice House Foundation, PO Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.Nancy Marie Beck Houseworth

James Michael Crippen

James Michael Crippen, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

Born in Salinas, Calif., he was the son of the late Glenn Crippen and Gwenneth Scott Crippen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Justin and Gabriel Crippen and one sister, Kay Crippen. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Crippen; one daughter, Jamie; six sons, Jason, Daniel, Nolan, Nicholas, Tyler and Michael; one brother, Patrick Crippen; two sisters, Sandy Moser and Terry Rush and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bo Phillips will officiate.

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.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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