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Deaths & Funerals

Avery VinsonAvery Vinson

Avery Vinson of Campbellsville, Ky., formerly of North Carolina, passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, after an illness. He was 61 years of age. He professed faith in Christ; he was baptized in, and was a member of, the Toccoa Church of God in Toccoa, Ga. After moving to Kentucky, he attended God's Grace Church in Campbellsville. He was a former truck driver by trade. He was a veteran of the armed forces and served his country honorably in the United States Army. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Karen Vinson of Campbellsville; two sons, Dusty Lee Vinson of London, Ky., and Steven Ansel Vinson and wife Jennifer of Apopka, Fla.; five brothers and sisters, Aleta Baker and husband Raymond of Otto, N.C., Allen Vinson and wife Sandy, Archie Vinson, Amory Martin and wife Bethany, and Angie Taylor and husband Clinton, all of Clayton, Ga.; and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven Willis Vinson and Blanche (Ramey) Vinson McCarthy, and a toddler brother, Alvin Vinson.

A funeral service to honor his life was conducted at the House of Hope (Tessentee) Church of God in Franklin, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 18. Bro. Robert Dryman and Bro. Greg Bartram officiated. Burial was in the Lower Tessentee Church of God Cemetery in Franklin.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the funeral expenses, and can be made at the funeral home.

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

Conard Odell Webb

Conard Odell Webb, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at a Sylva hospital. He was born in Macon County, North Carolina, the son of the late Leonard and Rittie Jenkins Webb.

He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Wilburn of Highlands, N.C., Xzanthus Wilson of Franklin, N.C., Catherine Carpenter of Eustis, Fla. and Donna Bradshaw of Mt. Airy, Ga.; brothers, Owen Webb of Clarksville, Ga., and Duane Webb of Hickory, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Neva Byrd, Mozelle Derreberry, Mavis Webb, Rinda Kay Henry and Evelyn Webb; a brother, Glen Webb.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Oct. 19, at Miller Cemetery with Rev. Gary McCall officiating.

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

Stephen R. Metzler

Stephen R. Metzler, 69, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph Metzler Sr. and Florence Chamberlain Metzler. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 108 and the Patriot Guard. He retired from Bell South, was secretary of the U.S.S. Kankakee A039 Reunion, was former leader of Boy Scout Troop #458, Hollywood, Fla., and was of the Lutheran faith.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Barnes Metzler; brother, Joseph Metzler and wife Debbie of Auburndale, Fla.; sister, Lorraine Steighner and husband Bill of Otto; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Otto Fire Department.

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

Eleanor McCarty CheneyEleanor McCarty Cheney

Eleanor McCarty Cheney died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at her home in Highlands, N.C.

She was born in New Orleans, La. on March 17, 1930, to John Brown McCarty and Margaret Lewis McCarty. She grew up in Dalton, Ga. She attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn. for one year and completed her education at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Ga., in 1951.

Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and kind demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile that remained her signature throughout life. Possessing a true servant’s heart, she faithfully cared for family and friends. The heart of the Cheney Family, she shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example. She loved to dance, listen to music, read, pray, chat with friends and family, and travel. She had a true appreciation for the outdoors and all of God’s beautiful creatures. She was woman of strong faith, believing in power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, William Henry Cheney; three children, Margaret Cheney Knox of Newnan, Ga., Eleanor Frances Cheney of Highlands, and William Henry Cheney Jr. of Delray Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and two great granddaughters. She is preceded in death by one grandson, James Gilliam Cheatham Jr.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., at Highlands Memorial Park with Father John Lathrop and Pastor Steve Kerhoulas officiating.

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

Theresa Hall EdwardsTheresa Hall Edwards

Theresa Hall Edwards died Oct. 3, 2014, in Okeechobee, Fla. She was born March 8, 1936, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Raymond and Marion Hall. She enjoyed her family, travel and crafts. She owned a home in Franklin and was a summer resident. She was of the Christian faith.

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Russell, Dale Russell, and Brian Edwards; three brothers, Henry Hall, Richard Hall and Robert Hall; two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Rhea Guzman; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Oct. 10 in Okeechobee, Fla.



Letha Ledford Stewart

Letha Ledford Stewart, 89, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late, Jim Ledford and Ada Raby Ledford.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Stewart, who died Aug. 23, 1997, and two infant sons, Tommy Stewart and Gerald Ronald Stewart. She retired from Angel Medical Center after 40 years. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church; enjoyed gardening and caring for others.

She is survived by four children, Brenda Burgess and husband Troy (Doc), Carol Collins and husband Monroe, Steve Stewart and wife Linda, and Bill Stewart and wife Rose, all of Franklin; brother, Sheridan Ledford of Oregon; sister, Elizabeth Jones of Monticello, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Iotla Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Cynthia Rowland, 886 Younce Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, or a charity of one’s choice.

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

Myron Elwood McCoy Jr.

Myron Elwood McCoy, Jr., passed away Thursday, Oct.16, 2014. Born in South Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Myron Elwood McCoy Sr. and Faye Johnson McCoy. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He attended WVU where he met his wife of 56 years, Carol Wingo McCoy, and graduated in 1958 with a BS degree in industrial engineering.

He was employed as an engineer with Martin Marietta in Orlando, Fla., for four years and left to start his own building supply business. His time after work was devoted to coaching little league and Pop Warner. He loved working with children and was especially proud of his two sons.

After retirement, the couple moved to Mill Creek in February 1995, where they spent many happy years enjoying friendships and golfing. His favorite afternoon was spent watching FSU and WVU football or the Atlanta Braves, and then barbecuing his famous ribs with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Dave McCoy and wife Madonna of Franklin, and Ron McCoy and wife Laura of Winter Garden, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Dakota, Logan, and Samantha.

No public service will be held. He will always live on in our hearts as a devoted husband, father, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

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