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Deaths & Funerals


Dorothy Gless Smith

Dorothy Gless Smith, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, July 17, 2015.

Born in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Albert Gless and Catherine Johnson Gless.

She is survived by two sons, Kip Roggendorf and Erik Carlson. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.



Marcella Hall Martin

Marcella Hall Martin, 93, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Born and raised in Newark, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Ruth Wright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Stub Hall and a sister, Beverly Swan of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and started three businesses, Pompano Mimeographs in Pompano, Fla.; Halls of Gems and Rocks in Pompano, and Hall’s Real Estate with Stub Hall in Cashiers, N.C., for 20 years. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Carolina Mountain Lady Golfers Association, Friendship Club, Florida and North Carolina Bridge Groups and American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a brother, Donald Jones of Indian River, Mich.; and special niece, Cathy Brown of Michigan.

Memorial service was held Saturday, July 25, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Fisher and Rev. Rick Holmes officiated.

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



Robert ‘Bob’ Keener

Robert “Bob” Keener, 85, died in his home on July 20, 2015, of natural causes.

He was born on July 4, 1930, to Willard and Albia Keener. He lived his entire life in Franklin, N.C., marrying Mary Etta Keener in April 1953. At different times during his career he built houses, owned and operated the wonderfully remembered Sugar Town Donut Shop with Mary Etta, and raised chickens. He was also a member of the Kinfolk V, a local band that in June 1964 made it onto the Arthur Smith Show, the first nationally syndicated country music show on television.

He suffered a severe stroke in 2002. He spent his remaining years at home due to complications of the stroke. He leaves a magnificent legacy of family and friends who remember his deep love of music, quiet sense of humor and devotion to all of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Etta; his three children, Robbie Keener; Vickie Keener Luecht and her husband Ric; and Tim Keener and Tenia Judge; his five grandchildren, Caleb Gibson and fiancé, Gwen Woodcum; Blaine Keener and his wife Amber; Shane Keener; Kaleena Messer and her husband Tim and Jonathan Keener; three great grandchildren, Braylon and Mason Keener; Ellie Messer; and soon-to-be fourth great grandchild, Olivia Ramirez; and one brother, Charles Keener of Franklin. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl and Herschel, and sisters, Hazel and Evelyn.

An at-home visitation and memorial for the family and friends took place on Wednesday, July 22.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Angel Home Health and Hospice, 170 Church Street or Associated Services for the Blind, Inc. C/O Development Department, 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or online at-asb.org.

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



Annie Mae Henry HensleyAnnie Mae Henry Hensley

Annie Mae Henry Hensley, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie M. Henry and Brittie Webb Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nathanael Hensley. She enjoyed cooking and fishing and was a member of First Baptist Church of Highlands.

She is survived by her son, Charles Hensley of Franklin; sister, Bessie Isabelle Zachary of Franklin and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 24, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Gary McCall officiated. Interment was in the Highlands Memorial Park.

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.



Louise J. LedbetterLouise J. Ledbetter

Louise J. Ledbetter, 88, of Waterford, was called home to heaven on the evening of Wednesday, July 15, 2015. We believe she fell asleep dreaming of her husband and her sons, who are already in heaven. They must have lifted her soul and carried her away to join them in love, laughter and peace. She was born March 25, 1927, in Franklin, N.C., the daughter of the late James and Tolede Justice; wife of the late Bobbie T. Ledbetter; loving and proud mother of Bobbie Ledbetter, Jr. (DeeDee) and the late John and Bill Ledbetter; grandmother of Kim, Gina, Joey, Ali, Jimmy, Lia, Jeremy, Tami and Johnny; great grandmother of 15; great great grandmother of two; sister of Jean Moore Raby (Al) and the late Edith, James "Slick" and Tom; also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.

She owned and operated Eatmore Restaurant for many years. She was a caring and giving person who tried to take care of everyone. Her sharp tongue and witty remarks made anyone who knew her laugh. She loved to cook for her family and was a loving grandmother who lived for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was a pleasure to visit with her no matter how long you stayed she would say "stay awhile longer." We wish she could have stayed awhile longer. She will be missed so much by so many.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 24, at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Otto, N.C. Interment was held at Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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



William J. Moran III

William J Moran III, 71, passed away July 24, 2015.

Born in Winter Garden, Fla., on Feb. 19, 1944, he retired from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He loved growing vegetables, walking in the mountains, and trivia. He could fix almost anything and gladly did so for others.

He is preceded in death by his son, William James Moran IV, his parents, William J Moran II and Vida Bell (Denham) Moran. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claire McGee Moran; his granddaughter, Sydni Erin Moran; her mother, Kym Moran; an aunt, Carolyn Mott, and cousins that he loved dearly, Patrick Moran and wife Martha, Peggy Swanner, Janice Holms and husband John, Maureen Lane and husband Malcolm, Floyd Kron, Bobby and Frances Killgore, Kathy Parkhill, JO and Georgia Haynes, John and Georgia Mott, Henry "Buster" Moran, Jr. and Carrie Moran Powell and husband Buddy.

A private burial will be held in Winter Garden. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

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



Anita Lynn PistolisAnita Lynn Pistolis

Anita Lynn Pistolis, 49, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Kathryn Chastain Forrester of Highlands. She loved to hike, read, tend to her dogs and cut and style hair.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Kathryn “Kate” Anne Pistolis and Demitra “Demi” Frances Pistolis both of Charlotte; brother, Robbie Forrester and wife Jennifer of Highlands; two nephews, Austin and Carson Forrester; niece, Gracie Forrester and uncle, Neal Chastain of Highlands. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 31, at 1 p.m., at Highlands United Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Christy will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church Pastors Discretional Fund, PO Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Stephen Michael BaderStephen Michael Bader

Stephen Michael Bader, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 21, 2015. He was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the son of the late Herman and Matilda Bosse Bader. He loved his family and friends. He was crazy hardworking and a mechanical genius. He loved all types of racing and the beach.

He is survived by two sons, Kyle Bader and his fiancé Jan Craig of Denver, N.C., and Stephen Bader and his wife Krista of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Ryan and Addison Bader; three sisters, Tina Matheson, Sharon Bonner and Sandra Abels; one brother, Chris Bader. He is also survived by his significant other, Diane Shelton.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 25, at Cullasaja Assembly of God Church, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Junction, http://victoryjunction.org.

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



Jeffrey Alan LoughnerJeffrey Alan Loughner

Jeffrey Alan Loughner, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away July 19, 2015. Born in Pittsburg, Pa., he was the son of Robert S. and Grace C. Loughner.

He graduated from Greensburg Salem High School, Greensburg, Pa., in 1970. He worked as an EMT with the fire department in Greensburg until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force Air Police, where he served a four year tour of duty in England. The balance of his career was spent working for the United States Border Patrol, jobs he excelled at and was extremely proud to serve.

He enjoyed many hobbies to include fishing, boating, gun collecting, gardening and landscaping and reading.

He is survived by his sister, Barbara Ann Turman of Inverness, Fla.; two nephews, one niece, and seven of their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Grace Loughner.

He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his dry sense of humor, willingness to help others, and his extensive Hawaiian shirt collection. We will miss his Cheshire grin!

Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 29, at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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


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