Obituaries for September 7, 2017


Helen Lucille Frey

Helen Lucille Frey

Helen Lucille Frey, 91, of Highlands, N.C., went home to be with the Lord, Sept. 1, 2017.

She was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Tampa Fla., to the late William S. Frink and Katherine Mae Lewis Frink. She was married to the late Leo Alfred “Buddy” Frey.

She married Buddy in 1945, after his return from the war, and for several years they lived on a lovely lake in Odessa, Fla. They developed a close friendship there with neighbors Eliseo and Irene Hernandez, a friendship that would last for decades. The two couples bowled together on various leagues and brought home several trophies. They also spent many happy evenings playing cards, one of Lucy’s favorite simple pleasures. Her days were also busy, though, with raising six children, long, summer days playing on the lakeshore with them, and—once all the young ones were in school—quiet afternoons sewing and painting in her studio.

In 1974, the Freys moved to the mountain town of Cashiers, N.C. Sold on the beauty of the area, friends Irene and Eliseo soon followed. Lucy, along with Irene, again took up bowling and joined several teams. Over the years, she and Irene were an award-winning duo. For nearly two decades the ladies bowled at Franklin Lanes, competing in tournaments and winning several more trophies. In her later years, Lucy retired from bowling and spent more time gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Cramer (Harley) of Swanton, Ohio and Heather Blanton (Carl) of Apex, N.C.; and two sons, Bill Brewer of Franklin, N.C., and Robin Frey of Live Oak, Fla.; a sister, June Lazzara of Fla. and a brother, Percy Frink of Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Moss, and two sons, Valiant Frey and Forest Frey.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Cashiers Church of God with the Rev. Nathan Moss, Ralph Campbell, and David Hall officiating. Burial followed in the Evitt Cemetery.

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

Joel Patrick Phillips

Joel Patrick Phillips, 33, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. He was born on March 25, 1984. He is survived by his loving parents Fred and Carla Bowers of Franklin, N.C.; his brother, Jacob Bowers of Gastonia, N.C.; and his beautiful girlfriend, Christina Vandenburg of Vero Beach, Fla.

Growing up in the mountains of Highlands, N.C., he traveled extensively as a foreign exchange student, and he was fluent in French and Japanese. After returning from Japan, he relocated to Vero Beach, Fla., where he enjoyed the culinary arts, golf, deep sea fishing, watching college basketball, and taking his dog River to the local park. He loved film and was also an avid reader, having read hundreds of books in his lifetime.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Franklin. Visitation from 2 to 3 p.m., with the service beginning at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund.

Helen Waneski

Helen Waneski

Helen Waneski left this earthly life for a far better one on Aug. 29, 2017.  She was the widow of Theodore W. Waneski who died Jan. 4, 2012.  She was the only daughter of Anastasia (Bessie) and Anthony Kozakewich  (Russian-Ukranian & Polish immigrants) of Brooklyn, N.Y., (Bay Ridge area).  She was born Nov. 16, 1921.

After completing business school, and having an artistic bent early on, she designed bedspreads.  Later, she began a career in the banking services industry.  After a long friendship and courtship of several years, she and Ted Waneski were married in 1968 on her birthday. They later moved to New Jersey commuting daily to New York City, where she worked at The Federal Reserve as an executive secretary while Teddy had a long association with CitiGroup after serving in the U.S. Armed Services.

They were always mindful and proud to be loyal and fiercely devoted Americans. They were staunch supporters of many Republican presidents as well as other related organizations that understood what hard work and extreme sacrifice meant for the good of all Americans.  Throughout their life together, they (quietly) were generous to important causes and organizations.

Enjoying family, neighbors and friends, and often hosting their famous “Deli Nights” and backyard barbecues, was a vital part of their daily living patterns.  They loved to travel and play golf. Helen and Ted took sheer delight watching and attending PGA Tournaments.

In 1983 the Waneskis retired and moved to Franklin, N.C., to be near Helen’s brother, John Paul (Kozakewich) Keswick and his wife Dorothy Irene (Hull) Keswick, moving to Mill Creek Country Club.  Once again, they made new friends and enjoyed countless golf outings. She adored her only brother. When he became seriously afflicted with a debilitating medical disorder, she was devoted to helping with his care until he expired.

She was a longtime member of The Federated Franklin Woman’s Club, having served on the calling committee.  She genuinely cared about people and while calling the membership each and every month, she listened to them and tried to bolster their spirits whenever possible.  She enjoyed playing Mahjong  and, she was a lifelong bowler, enjoying tournaments and related travel escapades.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Teddy in January 2012, brother, John and sister-in-law Irene.  This past year, two close cousins passed,  Helen Balaban of Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y., and Joseph (JoJo) Sammaciccia.  Those surviving include her remaining second cousins, Mary Ann (Kosbi) Kovalich, an especially dear goddaughter of Hudson, N.Y., Marylin Sammaciccia of Ghent, N.Y., Lois Dysard of Ghent, N.Y., John Rybka of Kinderhook, N.Y., and Michael Rybka of Stuyvesant, N.Y. In addition, her brother’s children are Lauren Keswick of Durham, N.C.; Steven Keswick, also a godson, and wife Sara of Dallas, Texas; Jeannie (Benson) White and husband Larry of Corpus Christi, Texas; great nieces and nephews, Gena (Robert) Kelly and children, Colin, Kaitlin, and Madeline of Mansfield, Texas; Aaron (Erika) Keswick of Mansfield,  Texas, and children, Aubrie, Lena and Andrew; Cannon (Nicole) Benson of Corpus Christi, Texas and son, Ronin, and Charity Benson of Corpus Christi, Texas and children, Charlotte and Curtis.

Throughout the years, Helen & Teddy had three different Golden Retrievers, all named “Sunshine.” Also to cherish her memory are Jean (Doug) Margo of Palm Coast Fla., Teddy’s only remaining cousin; their only daughter, Dr. Melissa (Robert) Capuano and their children Logan and Addison of Charlotte, N.C.  They often enjoyed many wonderful activities together including nice trips.

She often spoke with heartfelt gratitude for her Companion Health Care staff and kind, loving CNAs and for the entire Four Seasons doctors/critical care nurses, who patiently tended to her changing needs. And, finally, a dear neighbor and trusted friend, Felicia Cook-Lever of Franklin;  Toni and Nile Hartman of Franklin, and their son, Brent Andrew Hartman (Lisa), Jacob Deen and Sienna Michelle of Milton, Ga.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, at Macon Funeral Home, with Rosary at 4 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin.  Father Francis X Arockiasamy will officiate. Graveside service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, Sept. 14, at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Middle Village, N.Y. (Queens).

In lieu of floral offerings, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, Flat Rock/Hendersonville, N.C., specifying that funds be directed to the Franklin hospice project.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Nadyne Hofer

Nadyne Hofer

Nadyne Hofer (Nee Lefholz), 94, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Highlands, N.C.

She was the loving wife of the late Edward Hofer Sr.; beloved daughter of Lillian Kienker Lefholz and Clarence Lefholz; devoted mother of the late Christine Hofer McClellan (Bob), Candace Hofer, and Edward Hofer Jr. (Diana); cherished grandmother of Robert McClellan Jr., Kelly Hooper (Justin), Dana Hofer and Dani Hofer; and dear great grandmother to Jarrod Hooper and Caleb McClellan.

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

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Nancy Linehan Ryan

Nancy Linehan Ryan

Nancy Linehan Ryan, 84, of Sapphire, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.  She was born in Englewood, N.J., the daughter of the late John C. and Anne McFadden Linehan.  She attended Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va.  A retired teacher, she received her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Tennessee where she was also a cheerleader. She later earned her master’s degree from the University of South Florida.  She began her teaching career at the University of Alabama in 1956 and subsequently taught in the public school systems of Tennessee and Florida before spending 22 years teaching at the Blue Ridge and Cullowhee Schools in Jackson County, North Carolina.  She was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary at the VFW Jimmy Dillard Post 10685 in Glenville, N.C.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Anne Ryan Bixby.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James C. Ryan; daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Ryan of Sapphire; sons, James C. “Skip” Ryan Jr. of Cashiers, N.C., and Col. (Ret.) John T. “Tim” Ryan, his wife Kay, and their children Katy, Kelly, and Molly Ryan, all of Smithfield, Va.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Maureene Greene Dresser

Maureene Greene Dresser

Maureene Greene Dresser, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.

Born in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary Healey Greene. She worked as a switchboard operator at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills, Fla., for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Dresser; three sons, David Dresser and wife Kunthea of Blair, Okla., Paul Dresser and wife GumI of Alexandria, Va., and Peter Dresser and wife Michelle of Franklin; sisters and brother, Joanne Durgin of Woodstock, Ga., Jeanette Coolidge, Mary Walls, Jeffre Greene and wife JoAnne and Jennifer Meserve and husband Don all of Norway, Maine; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 7, at Chapel Hill Gardens in Dade City, Fla.

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

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.

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Jaquelin ‘Jack’ Fisher Jr.

Jaquelin ‘Jack’ Fisher Jr.

Jaquelin “Jack” Fisher Jr., 92 of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Jaquelin Fisher Sr. and Katherine Nelson Fisher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Johanna Fisher Custar and by his wife of 70 years, Jeanne Fisher who died Jan. 3, 2016.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and served as a diesel engineer on the USS Shark submarine. He retired from the Thompson Door Company, Miami Fla., where he worked as a superintendent. He  volunteered for Meals on Wheels, serving the Macon County area for many years. He was a Shepherd at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. He had a great appreciation of the arts and big band music, he was an avid reader, a skilled woodworker, and had a limitless love of nature and animals.

He is survived by two daughters, Juliette Fisher of Cullowhee N.C., and Julianne Gros of Orlando, Fla.; one son, Jaquelin Fisher of Otto, N.C., and one granddaughter, Olivia Gros of Orlando, Fla.

A memorial service was held in the Presbyterian Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or to assist with Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Michael Paul Perkey

Michael Paul Perkey

Michael Paul Perkey, 48, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Born in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Katie Ruth Cabe of Otto and the late William Paul Perkey. He loved hiking, camping and fishing. He was Baptist by faith.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by David Cabe, whom he considered his second dad; one son, Cody Perkey of Franklin; one sister, Donna Kay Shearl of Anderson, Ind.; one brother, Charles Stephen Perkey of Anderson, Ind., and nieces and nephews, Ronald Edward Shearl II, Cynthia Darlene Van Buskirk, Stephen Alan Perkey and Shannon Annette Perkey.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman will officiate. Burial will be in Wells Grove Baptist Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Eddie Shearl, John Franks, Dennis Sterling, Vincent Digaetano, Logan Orr and Kevin Brown.

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.

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Hope Laverne Hedden Calloway

Hope Laverne Hedden Calloway

Hope Laverne Hedden Calloway, 68, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late J. Quince Hedden and Emma Stewart Hedden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by step-grandson, Jason Mathes; two sisters, Hester Keener and Barbara Ledford and one brother, Dwight Hedden. She worked as a real estate broker and loved to read. She was a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, William “Bill” Calloway; two sons, Brent Buchanan and wife Debi and Kellen Buchanan both of Cullowhee; step-son, Thomas Chad Calloway of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five sisters, June Hedden of Lilburn, Ga., Mary Keener of Highlands, Shelba McFarland of Virginia Beach, Va., Helen Justice of Hendersonville, N.C., and Alice Lee of Knoxville, Tenn; one grandson, Cayden Buchanan; step-grandson, Johnny Mathes Jr. and wife Kim; nine step-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 31, at Yellow Mtn. Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Rogers and Rev. Scotty Patrick officiated. Burial was in Stewart Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Stewart, Jeff Stewart, Mark Justice, Paul Dalton, Olin Vinson and Buddy Miller. Jeremy Stewart and Mike Thompson served as honorary pallbearers.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations can be made to Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad, PO Box 919, Cashiers, NC 28717.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Mary Jean Dreml

Mary Jean Dreml

Mary Jean Dreml, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Eugene Baldwin and Helen Henderson Simmons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Timothy Eugene Baldwin and a sister, Dana Shope. She loved painting, reading, arts and crafts and floral arrangements. She had amazing patience while doing arts and crafts. She attended Union United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Hans Dreml; three children, Kristein, Patty and Heidi Dreml all of Franklin; one sister, Margaret Elizabeth Anderson of DeQuincy, La.; one brother, Fritz Simmons of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Jordan Jenkins, Noah Jenkins, Ethan Dreml, Kayla Dreml, Elliott Engelking, Erica Engelking and Cole Dreml; uncles, Louie Henderson, Vernon Henderson; aunt, Mary Jo Henderson and her daughters, Jill and Jamie and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Union United Methodist Cemetery.  A gathering will follow at 2 p.m. at 81 Henderson Farm Road “Mama Helen’s.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CarePartners Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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