Obituaries for September 29

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Charles David Moody Sr.

Charles David Moody Sr.
Charles David Moody Sr.

Charles David Moody Sr., 77, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

Born in Haywood County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Ben Blaine Moody and Florence Fie Moody.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James “Robin” Moody and William “Fine Man” Moody and a sister, Betty Marie Lovedahl. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a telephone contractor and construction worker for many years.  He attended Riverside Fellowship Church and enjoyed restoring mustangs.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce Cabe Moody; three children, Teresa Moody and husband Bob Hussey, Michele Bryson and husband Billy, both of Franklin and Charles David Moody Jr. and wife Alisa of Kernersville, N.C.; brother, Robert “Head Man” Moody of Maggie Valley, N.C.; sister, Mattie Sue “Lady” Hughes of Maggie Valley; six grandchildren, Miranda Marshall, Sarah Hussey, Lydia Moody, Camile Moody, Eden Moody and Johnathan Bryson and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Wayne Price and Rev. Bobby Cloer officiated. Interment was at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Waynesville, N.C.

Pallbearers were Daniel Pettus, Brian Moody, Bob Hussey, Scott Hughes, Kyle Marshall and Billy Bryson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Bryson, Richard Young, Mack Stanfield, Furman Ledford and John Holland.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Roy Clifton Henson

Roy Clifton Henson
Roy Clifton Henson

Roy Clifton Henson, 72, of Otto, N.C., passed away, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late James Moore Henson and Robie Mae English Henson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Henson and three sisters, Bill Jenkins, Barbara Woody and Bertha Mae Henson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Tylers for 35 years. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church serving as trustee and usher. He was a charter member of Otto Volunteer Fire Department, where he was the first chief and served for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda Tyler Henson; daughter, Audrey Calais and husband John of Irmo, S.C.; son, Tony Henson and wife Robin of Wake Forest, N.C.; brother, Charlie “Sam” Henson of Jenkinsburg, Ga.; four grandchildren, Shelby, Sam, Gabriel and Micah; special niece, Brandi Patton; special great niece and nephew, Ruck Patton and Blake Patton and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper and Chaplain Bill Williamson officiated.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Members of the Otto Volunteer Fire Department will serve as pallbearers. Charter members of the Otto Volunteer Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Otto Volunteer Fire Department or Coweeta Baptist Church Building Fund.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Glenn Morris Franklin

Glenn Morris Franklin, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. He was born in Hillsborough County., Florida, the son of the late Ralph Waldo and Sadie Ellen Carlisle Franklin. He was employed by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation as a supervisor.

He is survived by a daughter, Theresa Seiver (Steve) of Asheville, N.C.; a son, Ralph Franklin of Franklin; a brother, James Franklin (Sarah) of Central Florida and two grandchildren, Miranda Seiver and Tristan Seiver.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Helen M. Reilly

Helen M. Reilly, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

James ‘Sid’ Davis

James ‘Sid’ Davis
James ‘Sid’ Davis

James “Sid” Davis, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Martha Ann Ford Davis and Sidney “Doc” Davis.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Reva McBroom, Cleo Douberley and brother, Emerson Louvoid “Bo” Davis.

When Sid was younger he rode bulls in rodeos and went into the Army 4th Armored Tank Division.  After the Army he joined the Dade County Sheriff’s office as a deputy sheriff.  He was with them for 27 years.  During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he was a motorcycle cop for more than eight years.  They had a drill team in the Orange Bowl Parade and many more specialized events.  In 1962, he was instrumental in transferring officers from the FOP to the PBA.  He was on the first board of directors. He loved to hunt the Everglades for deer with his pack of dogs.

He was instrumental in helping with barbecues on the square in Franklin.  One summer he brought in $10,000 for the Cowee Volunteer Fire/Rescue.  He also helped them get their first fire truck from Dade County.

He and his wife Loretta have been married 27 years.  He has four children, Jimmy Myles and wife Deborah, Mark Myles and wife Karen, Pam Runkle, and Jason Davis and wife Angie; nine grandchildren, Kevin, Charlotte, Hannah, Lauren, Cameron, Brandon, Zackery, Jazmyne and Donovan; and two sisters, Verna Joyner and Margie Blaskovich.  He also leaves behind his beloved dog Daisy.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.  Rev. Rick Potts will officiate.  Burial will be in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with graveside honors conducted by the Cowee Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cowee Volunteer Fire/Rescue, 1309 Ruby Mine Road, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Lowell Ledford

Ronald Lowell Ledford
Ronald Lowell Ledford

Ronald Lowell Ledford, 67, of Franklin, N.C., died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Macon County on May 31, 1949, he was the son of Gordon Ledford and the late Ella May Seay Ledford who passed away in 2002. He attended Franklin High School where he was a basketball star and legend, still holding the record for the most points scored in a single game. He continued his basketball career at Piedmont College and began his coaching career at Franklin High School in 1972. Known as “Coach Ledford,” he taught young people the skills and the importance of sportsmanship and character in the game of basketball.

He was a physical education teacher at Franklin High School and Macon Middle School where he was a fellow jokester among many loving co-workers.

After his retirement from teaching, he was employed by Metrolina Greenhouses and enjoyed many years serving the Lowe’s stores of Western North Carolina as a Plant Partner vendor.

He was a loving son, husband, father and “Pappy.” He was a steadfast and loyal caretaker, along with his brother, Clinton, for his 97-year-old father and a constant source of encouragement and support for his daughters.

Affectionately known as “Ledford,” he loved dancing, pontoon boating, camping with family and friends, canning tomato juice, and Tarheel basketball. He will be greatly missed and long remembered for his sense of humor and love of life.

In addition to his father, Gordon Ledford, he is survived by his wife of 22 years, Susie Perry Ledford; daughters, Breanna Ledford Pratt and husband Greg, and Casey Ann Ledford both of Asheville, N.C.; two brothers, Clinton Ledford of Franklin and Phil Ledford of Sunset Beach, N.C.; two granddaughters, Farrah Mae and Starlynn Ruth Pratt; special sister-in-law, Beth Nicholson; two nieces, Alice Ledford and Tiffany Hummel and two nephews, Adam and Andrew Nicholson.

Memorial service was held Sunday, Sept. 25, at First United Methodist Church.  Rev. David Beam, Rev. Margaret Freeman and Rev. Janet Greene officiated.

Memorial donations may be made to Macon County Girls or Boys Basketball League, c/o Entegra Bank, 14 One Center Court, Franklin, NC  28734.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Donald Gary Houston

Donald Gary Houston
Donald Gary Houston

Donald Gary Houston, 65, of Highlands, N.C., passed away, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Donald Gordon Houston and Mary Elizabeth Rogers Houston.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Floyd Houston. He worked as a masonry contractor and was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and taxidermy.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patty Genco Houston; daughter, Robin Chavez of Franklin, N.C.; son, David Leffler of Highlands; three brothers, Robert Houston of South Carolina, Jimmy Houston of Highlands and Wiley Houston of Franklin; four sisters, Shirley Murphy of Ohio, Betty Henry of Highlands, Kathy McConnell of Franklin and Donna Houston of Highlands; two grandsons, Nicholas Parparian of Franklin and Hunter Leffler of Highlands; and one great grandson, Walker Leffler of Highlands.

Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Highlands United Methodist Church. Rev. Dan Lyons, Rev. Jennifer Forrester and Rev. Randy Lucas will officiate.  A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Blanche Opp Crane

Dorothy Blanche Opp Crane
Dorothy Blanche Opp Crane

Dorothy Blanche Opp Crane, 94, born in Tampa, Fla., daughter of the late Leonard and Letta Kirby Opp, passed away on Sept. 22, 2016, at Halifax Hospice Care Center, Port Orange, Fla.

She was born and raised in Tampa and married the tall, handsome Lt. Fred E. Crane.  Lt. Crane spotted Dorothy at the Gasparilla Parade and told his captain that was the gal he was going to marry.  After months of searching Tampa, he found her, they courted and were married in May 1942 and moved to Fort Sill, Okla.  Shortly thereafter, Fred was sent overseas to serve in World War II where he was promoted to Captain. While overseas, Fred signed his telegrams to Dorothy with “Gasparilla.”  They were married for 46 years and raised their family in Tampa.  Their summer retirement years were spent in the beautiful mountains of Western Carolina, Franklin, N.C.

She was active in her church community, Keystone Methodist Church, Odessa, Fla.  She was a member of the ladies church guild, assisted in organizing many church bazaars and designed and planted the church’s prayer garden. Fred and Dorothy also helped to establish and volunteer with the Gunn Highway Volunteer Fire Department with Dorothy often driving the Seagrave fire engine to emergencies in the Odessa community.  She was also the school crossing guard, PTA president, home room mother, school carnival chairman, active in scouting with her children and participated in their camping trips.

As a dedicated wife and mother, her home was always filled with home-cooked meals, homemade desserts and fresh flowers from her garden. No task was too big for her to tackle and always carried a can-do attitude which she passed on to her children.  Her loving, caring, sweet personality and concern for others was a blessing to all of her family and those around her.  Of great joy were her three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

After being widowed for five years, Dorothy met and shared 20 years with the late Joseph Riggs Creighton.  They danced, traveled, spent summers in North Carolina and shared time with Joe’s sons, their wives, granddaughters and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, sister, Gladys Laughton (Keith) and leaves behind to cherish her precious memory three children:  Fred E. Crane, Jr., (Cathy), Kathleen Tarnow (Jerry), Marisa Crane; grandchildren, Olivia Crane, Tobie Helms (Adam), Ty Tarnow; great grandchildren, Cannon and Paige Tarnow and Avery Helms.

Our family would like to thank our in-home caregivers that rendered compassionate care for the past three and a half years.  In addition, the staff and volunteers at Halifax Hospice Care Center of Port Orange who lovingly cared for Dorothy as well as our family.  We all take great comfort that she reaffirmed that Jesus had saved her and all was going to be just fine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halifax Hospice, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL  32129.  Cardwell, Baggett and Summers Funeral Home is in charge locally. A private family graveside service will be held on Oct. 2 and Dorothy will be laid to rest next to her late husband at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Franklin.

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

John Robert ‘Bobby’ Andrews

John Robert “Bobby” Andrews, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

A native of Miami, Fla., he was a son of the late John and Dora Andrews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Ray Andrews, and a brother, Thomas Michael Andrews.

Surviving are his children, Rodney Craig Andrews and Robert Gregory Andrews, both of Pembroke Pines, Fla., John Robert Andrews Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Kristen Gayle Andrews of Hobe Sound, Fla.; siblings, Patricia Alessi of Hollywood, Fla., Yvette Whitmire of Lake Toxaway, N.C., Nancy Ogden of Lantana, Texas, and Charles Andrews of Tamarac, Fla.; grandchildren, Christopher Sincavage, Chase Andrews, Robert Andrews Jr., Michael Netzer, and Austin Andrews, and a great granddaughter, Mia Sincavage.

Services will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com.

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