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Michael George Grubermann, Sr.Michael George Grubermann, Sr.

Michael George Grubermann Sr., 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 11, 2015.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late George Gruberman and Angeline Serio Gruberman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Grubermann.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a fire service management degree. He was Fire Chief and Town Manager in University Park, Ill.; Town Manager in Monee, Ill. and Town Planner in Franklin. He was a member of the Rotary Club Franklin, served on the board at Habitat for Humanity, T.D.A. and T.D.C. and also served on the Fire Service curriculum board at S.I.U. and was a conductor for the Smoky Mountain Railway.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Barnhill Grubermann; three children, Michael Grubermann Jr. of Richton Park, Ill., Christopher Miller of Arlington Heights, Ill. and Claudia Speer of Billings, Mo.; one brother, George Gruberman of Willow Springs, Ill. and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Franklin Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Cancer Center (Angel Foundation-Attention: Don Capaforte, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Derald Edward Hendry

Derald Edward Hendry, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. A graveside service was held Monday, May 18, at Wike Cemetery in Tuckasegee.

Appalachian Funeral Services assisted the family with the arrangements.



Donna Crisp Smith

Donna Crisp Smith, 58, of Buchanan, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, May 11, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Frank L. Crisp and Leneta Stiles Crisp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Caleb Nathaniel Norton. She was a founding member of Shephard’s Church, Appling, Ga.

She is survived by a son, Abraham Norton of Franklin; three sisters, Gail Hughes of Augusta, Ga., Sandra Talley of Franklin and Ruth Thomas of Hiwassee, Ga.; two grandchildren, Savannah Marie Norton and Andrew Jackson Stiles Norton and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, May 17, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Billy Sellers officiated. Burial was in the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Noel Talley, Caleb Talley, Abraham Norton, Loy Thomas, Travis Thomas and Danny Gillespie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Jacqueline Hoffman

Jacqueline Hoffman, 94, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Services have not yet been planned and will be announced.

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



Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Felton McLainMitchell ‘Mitch’ Felton McLain

Mitchell “Mitch” Felton McLain, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at his home, Friday, May 15, 2015, with his family at his side.

Born in Griffin, Ga., he was the son of the late Andrew Felton McLain and Ruth Harrison McBride. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Nichols. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; he received his master’s degree in accounting from Rollins College; he was a CPA for Lockheed Martin; member of Conway United Methodist Church, Orlando; college professor, and substitute teacher with Macon County Schools. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Atlanta Braves; he was a coach for Conway Girls Softball, Orlando for many years; enjoyed bowling, hiking and being outdoors in the mountains of North Carolina. He had a wonderful sense of humor with a smile or joke for everyone. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Verlie Hill McLain; three children, Cheri Adkins (Chris) of Lexington, Va., Deborah Hernandez (Jose) of Orlando, Fla., and Becky Brooks (Shawn) of Eustis, Fla.; sister, Andrea Helms of Jonesboro, Ga.; two brothers, Mark McBride of Suwanee, Ga., and Stephen McBride of Atlanta, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Sean, Clara, Kayleigh, Colton, Matthew and Connor.

Services will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Fla. A Celebration of life will be planned in Franklin at a later date.

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



Riley Derick MaynardRiley Derick Maynard

Riley Derick Maynard, 17-month-old son of Derick Maynard and Lily Mickler, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Duke University Hospital.

In addition to his parents, Riley is survived by his maternal grandparents, Peter and Catherine Mickler of Franklin and paternal grandparents, Nancy Boyce Maynard of Franklin and William David Maynard of Franklin.

A graveside service was held Sunday, May 17, at Tippett Cemetery with Rev. John Raby officiating. Nathaniel Boyce and George Maynard (Uncle G) served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to www.youcaring.com/in-loving-memory-of-riley/353087 to aid in expenses.

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



Allan Stivers Kahkonen

Allan Stivers Kahkonen, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, May 8, 2015.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late George Oscar Kahkonen and Marguerite Stivers Kahkonen. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in animal husbandry and worked as a master carpenter and building contractor in East Hampton, N.Y., for most of his life. He enjoyed woodworking, blacksmithing, bee keeping and gunsmithing. He was a member of First Alliance Church in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy Nelson Kahkonen; four children, Dawn Bailey (Jonathan) of Milford, Conn., Kristin Kahkonen DuPree (Keith) of Southampton, N.Y., Amanda Kelly (Tim) of Torrington, Conn., and David Nelson Kahkonen (Andrea) of Norfolk, Va.; brother, Roy Kahkonen of Ocala, Fla.; sister, June Jaycox of Ocala, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; one niece and one nephew.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 12, at First Alliance Church. Rev. Scott Eichelberger officiated.

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



Jeanette ‘Judy’ June Kiefer WeinerJeanette ‘Judy’ June Kiefer Weiner

Jeanette "Judy" June Kiefer Weiner, 90, died peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Avera Dougherty House in Sioux Falls, S.D., after a lengthy illness with dementia. She was born June 21, 1924, and was raised in Stockton, Ill. After her mother Doris died when she was a young girl, she and her brother, Ralph, were raised by their father, Orris. Upon graduation from Stockton High School, she attended Midland Radio School in Kansas City, Kan. She became a ground radio operator for Braniff Airlines in Dallas at Love Field where she met and fell in love with Anthony (Tony) J. Weiner, a flight radio crew member. She would relay local weather reports via Morse code to the radio men, Tony being among them. After WWII, Tony and Judy married in Brownsville, Texas, on Feb. 1, 1945. Throughout Tony's lifelong career in the aviation industry, Judy and Tony lived in a number of locales, including Long Island, N.Y. (in the then-new Levittown community), Chicago, Ill., and various towns in Iowa. Tony retired in 1980 and he and Judy moved to Franklin, N.C., where they lived for 30 years.

She enjoyed being a housewife and homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress and craftsperson, making beautiful clothes, woven baskets, and wall hangings. She was also an excellent cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. She moved to Sioux Falls in January 2010, and resided in The Inn on Westport for five years, living 2 1/2 years in the Memory Unit.

She is survived by two nephews, Stephen (Nancy) Kiefer of Manhattan, Kan. and Dan (Karen) Kiefer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; nieces, Kristine White of Boise, Idaho, and Sandi (John) Eagle of Monroe, Wash.; four grand-nephews and two grand-nieces, as well as three great-grand-nephews and four great-grand-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orris and Doris (Dick) Kiefer, her brother, Ralph, and her beloved husband Tony in 2003. Her cremains will be interred at a graveside memorial service Friday, June 12, at 3 p.m. at The Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton, Ill.

She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and friend and will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her.



Vanessa Sabrina Henson GarnerVanessa Sabrina Henson Garner

Vanessa Sabrina Henson Garner passed away peacefully Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, N.C. Sabrina, as her family called her, had struggled with her health for many years. Her life was filled with service to others, including caring for disabled children, social service work, and many years as a cosmetologist.

She is remembered by loving parents, Marshall and Joyce Henson of Franklin, and many extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday May 23, a 2 p.m., at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Lester Sutton and Rev. Felix Villareal will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Charles William Oleanus ScruggsCharles William Oleanus Scruggs

Charles William Oleanus Scruggs, 71, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Willie Andrew and Isabella Greenwood Scruggs.

He was retired from the construction business for 20 years and was a member of Burgess Chapel Church.

He is survived by four daughters, Lisa H. Pope, Darlene H. Scruggs and Tammy H. Scruggs all of Louisville, Ky., and Kelsey Scruggs of Franklin; two sons, Tyler Scruggs of Franklin and Montez Hall Scruggs of Louisville, Ky.; three sisters, Claudette Burston, Geneva Scruggs and Synethia Owens, all of Franklin; and one brother, Stanley Scruggs of Franklin, a host of grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda H. Stanley; two sisters, Betty S. Parrish and Josephine S. Bryson; and three brothers, Walter Scruggs, Carl Scruggs and Eddie Scruggs.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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


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