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Deaths & Funerals


Mavis HarrisMavis Harris

Mavis Harris, 96, of Andrews, N.C., died Monday, April 7, 2014, in an Andrews care center. She was a native of Macon County, but had lived in Cherokee County since 1962. She had worked for the Forest Service in Franklin for several years, in the county agent’s office in Franklin, at Citizens Bank in Andrews for several years, and as a secretary for Andrews First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Konnaheeta Woman’s Club and the Andrews First Baptist Church, where she had served as WMU president and a Sunday school teacher.

She was the daughter of the late John and Beulah Cabe Dills and the wife of the late Amos W. Harris, who died March 26, 2002. She was also preceded in death by an infant son.

Surviving are a son, John W. “Bill” Harris and wife, Jodi of Andrews; a granddaughter, Rebecca Harris Roberts; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with the Rev. Calvin Bobo officiating. Interment was at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were J.R. Marr, Dean Dockery, Bruce Rickett, James Bristol, Johnny Brown, Doyle Ridley, and Lane Raxter.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Mavis Harris to the Patient Fund at Valley View Care Center, 551 Kent Street, Andrews, NC 28901 or the Middle Adult Women’s Sunday School Class, c/o Priscilla Cope, Andrews First Baptist Church, PO Box 427, Andrews, NC 28901.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Richard Winter

Richard Winter, 54, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, April 9, at home in Franklin. He was born May 29, 1959, in Pittsburg, Pa. He was preceded in death by his father Robert A. Winter Sr.

He worked as a long haul trucker.

He is survived by his mother Doris M. (Fletcher) Winter of Franklin; two brothers, Jeffery F. Winter and wife Cindy of Boca Raton, Fla., and Robert A. Winter Jr. of Kentucky.

Three nephews and two nieces and three caregivers, Debra Allen, Jerry Jenkins and Scott Lairsey.

A funeral service was held Saturday April 12, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Ron Allen officiating. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.



Annie Leota Norris

Annie Leota Norris, age 86, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late L. D. Norris and Sally Stewart Norris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Launa Dowdle and Clara Lou Moody and three brothers, Mack Norris, Fred Norris and Lem Norris. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Matt Morris officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raymond Holland, Kenny Chastain, Roy Chastain, Michael Wiggins, Alan Ledford and Tyler Warman. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the Church.

Donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Nancy Sellers, 2826 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Daniel Cornelius AtkinsonDaniel Cornelius Atkinson

Daniel Cornelius Atkinson, 60, of Satsuma, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Born in Bennettsville, S.C., he was the son of Nancy Cantrell Alexander of Franklin and the late Daniel C. Atkinson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step-dad, Hoyt W. Alexander and a brother, John Atkinson. He was a chef; he loved cooking and wood working and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his mother, Nancy Alexander, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Muehl and husband George; three brothers, Perry Atkinson of Ocala, Fla., Terry Atkinson of Franklin and Kurt Knechtel of Dillard, Ga.; sister, Debbie Valdes of Satsuma, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brittany, Daniel and Zachary and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Mary Ann McClure

Mary Ann McClure, 64, of Franklin, N.C. passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Leo Francis Kullman and Helen Scott Kullman. She enjoyed music, spending time with her grandchildren and taking photos.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Elgie McClure; two sons, Richie Sund and wife Tara of Maggie Valley, N.C., Eric Sund of Franklin; step-children, Steven McClure of Franklin and Kayla McClure of Burlington, Ky.; two sisters, Kay Battillo of Orlando, Fla. and Margaret Raymond of Santa Cruz, Calif.; three grandchildren, Avery and Reese Sund of Maggie Valley and Shane McClure of Burlington, Ky.; three nephews and one niece.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Don Moffitt and Rev. Tim Hayes officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Beulah BuchananBeulah AnnieMae Johnson Buchanan

Beulah AnnieMae Johnson Buchanan, age 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. She was born in Jackson County, N.C., the daughter of the late Luther Joel and Bertha Morgan Johnson. She was a homemaker; she loved to quilt, can, garden and flowers. She was a loving mother and grandmother; she loved everyone and never met a stranger. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Molton Buchanan, who died in 1998 and a daughter, Carol Buchanan.

She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Shelton of Franklin, and Lynn Gerrish of Travelers Rest, S.C.; four sons, Leon Buchanan of Williamston, S.C., Bruce Buchanan and Mark Buchanan both of Franklin and Benny Buchanan of Oakdale, Tenn.; a sister, Birdell Clouse, and a brother, Howard Johnson of Franklin, eighteen grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 13, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Fouts, Rev. Steve Reeves, and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shawn Shelton, Patrick Shelton, Joseph Buchanan, Ethan Price, Tyler Shelton, Richard Grace, Jerry Stillwell, and Matt Koelper.

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



Dorothy Moore MartinDorothy Moore Martin

Dorothy Moore Martin, age 86, of Hayesville, N.C. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at a Sylva Hospital. She was born in Harrison County, Tenn. the daughter of the late Ernest and Lula Crowder Moore. She was married to Thomas Albert Martin who passed away February 2, 2006. She was a secretary for Boice Supply Company for over 40 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She graduated with honors from Hayesville High School in 1945. She enjoyed gardening, watching her hummingbirds, and loved Braves baseball. She was a member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and Secretary Treasurer. She loved reading and Billy Graham. She was fondly remembered by many as "Granny Dot".

She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Martin Cloer & husband, Steve of Bryson City, N.C.; two sons, Ronald L. Martin & wife, Kathy of Hayesville, N.C. and Donald L. Martin & wife, Jodie of Hayesville, N.C.; two brothers, Harrell Moore & wife Gerita of Hayesville, N.C. and Hartsell Moore of Hayesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Keisha McClure, Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Kaila Day, Amanda Cloer and Ryan Martin; great-grandchildren, Blake, Taylor, and Caden McClure and Kenadee Day.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at Meadow Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Rogers and Rev. Brandon Arrowood officiating. Burial will be held at Meadow Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Chad McClure, Jake Day, Elliott Arrowood and Tommy Hooper.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadow Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Dendy, 330 Slave Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904.

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



Patrick “Pat” Abran Gregory

Patrick “Pat” Abran Gregory, 84, of Cornelia, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Lewis Gregory and Maude Holland Gregory. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and J.L. and sister, Dorthena Holland. Pat was a U.S. Army veteran, worked with Fieldale Farms, and attended The Torch in Cornelia. He could play most any stringed instrument and enjoyed singing.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Rogers Gregory; daughter, Phyllis Mason of Franklin; four sons, Patrick Gregory, Jr. and wife Rosa of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Darrell Gregory and wife Connie of Franklin, Marvin Gregory of Cornelia, Ga. and Shane Gregory and wife Stacey of Cleveland, Ga.; brother, Milles Gregory of Franklin; six grandchildren, Shelly Marion, Theresa Wolfe, Jessica Meeks, Ashley Gregory, Robert Dingus and Cieara Gregory and three great grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman, Rev. Mark Bishop will officiate. Burial will be in the Wright Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Angel, Jim Bell, Gary Holland, Randy Holland, Larry Angel and Johnny Pendergrass.

Memorial donations can be made to the United Hospice of Gainesville, 700 S. Enota Dr. NE # 202, Gainesville, GA. 30501.

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



Larry Dale MorrisLarry Dale Morris

Larry Dale Morris, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

He was born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Eddie Morris and Ethel Early Morris. He was a landscaper; member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church; an avid sportsman, enjoying all sports and was an animal lover.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joan Pope Morris; five children, Katrice Morris of Greensboro, N.C., Kevin Morris and wife Kristy of Charlotte, N.C., Pennie Bowen and husband Woody of Lawrenceville, Ga., Wendie Bagby and husband Jonathan of Buford, Ga. and Debbie Rutledge of Buford, Ga.; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Fred, Otis and Molly.

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, April 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. James Greenwood officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Irma Brunner Pohlenz

Irma Brunner Pohlenz, 87, of Franklin, N.C. passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014. She was born in Munich, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Simon Brunner and Terese Sedlmeier Brunner. She was an interior decorator and owned Sam’s Upholstery.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Roy Rodney Pohlenz; son, John Pohlenz of Whittier, N.C.; brother, Hans Brunner of Carrolton, Ga.; one grandchild and three nieces.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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



John Maynard

A memorial service for Pastor John Maynard of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be held on Wednesday evening, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Pastor Maynard died January 25, 2014.

All who knew him are invited to attend the service.

Guests may visit with the family an hour prior to the service and following the service in the fellowship hall.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 235 Sloan Rd., Franklin.



Diane McKinneyDiane McKinney

Diane McKinney, 53, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born in Orange, N.J., she was the daughter of the late George B. and Dorothy Hale Chadwick. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Edward McKinney.

She liked to do crossword puzzles, crocheting and liked playing games and watching TV with her grandkids.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Armbruster and husband Clarence of Franklin, two sisters, Joanie Chadwick Blazer of Michigan and Linda Lema of South America; two brothers, Allan and Frank Chadwick both of N.J. and four grandchildren, Richard Kramer, Adam Armbruster, Dominic Armbruster and Allen Armbruster.

Memorial services 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.


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