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Deaths & Funerals


Claudette Jones

Claudette Jones, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. She was born in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of the late Leo Joseph Chasse and Hildergard Gagne` Chasse. She was married to Mac Jones who passed away in 1991. She was a housewife and bondswoman; a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a sister, Pauline Reagan and her husband Ronald of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Connie Chasse and his wife Mary Ann of Orlando, Fla., and Roger Chasse of Fall River, Mass.; four grandchildren, Leslie Jones, Jerry Lee Jones Jr., Zachary Jones and Mackenzie Jones, and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Ronnie Jones and Jerry Jones.

Graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 15, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Father Tein Duong officiating.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



James Laurance Westcott, Sr.

James Laurance Westcott Sr., 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he was the son of the late Milton Clark Westcott and Ida Mildred Cornelius Westcott. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sue Payne Westcott; his second wife, Marian Gaines Westcott and brother, Nelson Cornelius Westcott. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with two purple hearts and served during WWII in Okinawa, Japan. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and was a piano tuner.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Stuart and husband Dabney of Lexington, Va.; two sons, Gary Westcott and wife Carol of Signal Mtn, Tenn. and James Laurance Westcott Jr. and wife Sadie of Lancaster, S.C.; step-daughter, Janie Ensley and husband Eric of Franklin; nine grandchildren, Thomas Vinson, Stanford Vinson, Gary Westcott, Kimberly Westcott, John Westcott, Brandi Westcott, Holly Elizabeth Lane, LeighAnn Smith and Barry Marvin; and 11 great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Miles Gilbert Thompson Jr.

Miles Gilbert Thompson Jr., 92, of Highlands, N.C., passed away, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Born in Washington County, Pa., he was the son of the late Miles Gilbert and Leah Schekler Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Rafter Thompson. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII. He owned Thompson Buick; was a Rotarian, Mason and Shriner; a former county commissioner and Boy Scout leader. In addition, he was former chairman of Sacred Heart Hospital Lay Advisory Board, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, Md., where he was a deacon.

He is survived by a daughter, Dinah Searles of Cumberland, Md.; two sons, Jeff Thompson and wife Janet of Highlands, and Douglas Thompson and wife Juliett of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Dick Thompson of Redman, Wash.; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Grover Charles ClemmonsGrover Charles Clemmons

Grover Charles Clemmons, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born in Springfield, Ohio, he was the son of the late Maurice Clemmons and Edith Vince Clemmons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Clemmons. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from GTE as a software engineer and worked as a 911 dispatcher in Marion County, Florida. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, an avid baseball fan and loved fishing and golfing. He was a very active member of his community; he coached little league baseball, delivered meals on wheels in Tampa, and was a volunteer at CareNet in Franklin. He was a member of First Christian Church where he served as an elder and teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Clemmons; three children, David Clemmons and wife Annette of St, Louis, Mo., Daniel Clemmons of Tampa, Fla. and Holly Clemmons and honorary daughter, Katharine Pastorius both of Lutz, Fla.; three grandchildren, Melanie, Erica and Cody; three great grandchildren, Juan, Jaime and Daniel and a niece, Jennifer Brown.

Funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Henry Puckett and Richard Marshall officiated.

Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

Pallbearers were David Clemmons, Daniel Clemmons, Wise Harden, Clayton Marshall, Charles Greenwood, Herm DeLawter, Bill Donaldson and Matt Kolodzik. David Marshall, Dean Andring, Ken Plank, Al Pribble, Mike Townsend and Ron Kolodzik served as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC or American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

The family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to their church family, Angel Hospice and the staff at Angel Medical Center for showing such great love, compassion and support during this difficult time.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Floyd Oscar KirklandFloyd Oscar Kirkland

Floyd Oscar Kirkland, 81, of Otto, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Fred “Shorty” Kirkland and Lucinda Jenkins Kirkland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Frances Kirkland who died in 2009, brother, LeRoy Kirkland and sister, Rosa Lee Russell. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by five children, Mary Gregory of Franklin, Melissa Kirkland of Burton, Mich., Patricia Kirkland of Marble, N.C., Gary Kirkland and wife Leila of Franklin and Christine Kirkland of Franklin; eight sisters and a brother, Ethel Kirkland Walker, Cordelia Russell, Annie Bell Smith, Lois Shephard, Willy Hovis, Dorothy Reddish, Nancy Russell, Louise Hurst all of Franklin and Wiley Kirkland of Burton, Mich.; six grandchildren, Daniel Gregory, Jeremy Gregory, Kelli Kirkland, Brandon Kirkland, Brittney Chase and Jaimee Chase; one great grandchild, Tiana Gregory and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 14, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Potts, Rev. Randy Gregory and Rev. Lee Russell officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mickey Kirkland, Fred Russell, Dale McMahan, Jake Waters, James Reddish, David Russell, David Jenkins and Rodney Shears. David McMahan served as honorary pallbearer.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Zeb Vance Guffie Sr.Zeb Vance Guffie Sr.

Zeb Vance Guffie Sr., 103, went Home Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Born in Macon County, Dec. 13, 1910, he was the son of Ed Napoleon and Lily Buchanan Guffey.

He was pre-deceased by his parents; his wife, Edna Angel Guffie; five brothers, Fred, Norman, John, Edgar, and James; seven sisters, Hattie, Lola, Annie, Nannie, Fannie, Irene and Pauline; son-in-law, Glenn Farmer; grandson, David Bryan Farmer, and great granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Hall.

He is survived by two sons, Zeb Guffie Jr. and wife Laura Belle of Franklin, Jim Guffie and wife Beverly of Montgomery City, Mo., and one daughter, Virginia (Jean) Farmer of Franklin. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Russo of Secaucus, N.J., and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Dot) Guffey of Franklin and Peggy Angel of Rock Hill, S.C. Many, many nieces and nephews also survive.

He was senior deacon at Longview Baptist Church; served as church treasurer for many years, and held other positions as well. He had a varied life, working in lumber; serving in the CCC camps, and was employed many years by Reeves Hardware, Franklin. Zeb and Edna owned and operated Franklin Seed Store from 1958 until 1971. In the ’60s he built greenhouses, growing and selling plants, all locally. They both officially retired in 1985, but continued selling daylilies from the fields; produce and berries from their garden, and woodwork from his small shop and silk flower arrangements.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Rick Farmer, Joel Farmer, Justin Farmer, James Guffie, Jerry Guffie, Jimmy Hall and Nathan Brown. Rev. Tom Nahlen and family members will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will be at Zeb’s home on Jim Mann Road.

Memorials may be made to Longview Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 93 Jones Ridge Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Wiley Lee Yeomans

Wiley Lee Yeomans, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Born in Ft. Myers, Fla., he was the son of the late Joseph Owen Yeomans and Bertha Agnes Pendarvis Yeomans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Harris and Wanda Wills and two brothers, Bobby Yeomans, Jr. and Roy Lee Yeomans. Wiley was a US Army veteran, building contractor, commercial fisherman and he loved clogging.

He is survived by a son, Brian Yeomans of North Fort Myers, Fla.; sister, Irma Jean Falciano of Fla.; granddaughter, Cami Leigh Yeomans and caregiver, Janet.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express special thanks to the Macon County Senior Services, Misty and Luetta, Macon County Transit and the International Project Lifesaver, sponsored by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Senior Services, Community Resource Center, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Macon County Transit, 36 Pannell Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



David Lee O’BrienDavid Lee O’Brien

David Lee O’Brien, 39, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., the son of Joseph Paul O’Brien Jr. and Linda Lou Cooper of Franklin. He was a carpenter, he loved music and electronics. He was good at drawing, and was a loving son and brother, and was always there when anyone needed him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Ella Mae O’Brien; two sisters, Stefanie Marie Brostrom and her husband John of Franklin, and Deborah Marie O’Brien of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Joseph Nelson Jordan of Franklin; nieces and nephews, Sebastian, John Joseph and Ivy Marie.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 143 Setser Branch Road, Franklin, NC 28734, with Rev. Frank Rodriquez officiating.

At the request of the family in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to help with funeral expenses.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.


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