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Phillip Allen FazioliPhillip Allen Fazioli

Phil (Phillip) Allen Fazioli, 76, went to be with God on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. He was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., the son of the late Phillip B. and Esther Ingram Fazioli. He moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1966 and went to work for General Telephone as an equipment tech for 33 yrs. After retiring, he moved to Franklin, N.C., in 1999.

He was a loving husband, he bowled in the Seniors League and was an avid Hosta gardener. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and sang in the Chancel Choir.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane Jarrett Fazioli; a daughter, Kimberly Dawes of Johnson City, Tenn.; sisters, Judy Thompson of Sarasota, Fla., and Linda Chess of Cookeville, Tenn.

Memorial services will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, 66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Martha Ann Wallace

Martha Ann Wallace, 33, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

Born in Griffin, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Russell Lamar Wallace and Teresa Ann Hughes Wallace. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a niece, Haley Benedict.

She is survived by two sisters, Sandra Abee and Rusty Wallace both of Franklin; two nephews, Russell Abee and Andrew Abee and niece, Alexis Benedict.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Toys for Tots.

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



William J. Clancy Jr.William J. Clancy Jr.

William J. Clancy Jr., 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of the late William James Clancy Sr. and Bernadette Ann Powers Clancy. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, RoseMary Clancy; two daughters, Cindy Carol Clancy Attanasio and husband Leonard of Balston Lake, N.Y., and Robin Jean Clancy Powers of Mechanicville, N.Y.; son, Sgt. Major William James Clancy IV, Army Special Forces, of Stuttgart, Germany; two grandchildren, Michael Scott Folmsbee of Balston Lake, N.Y., and Jessica Rose Folmsbee of Malta, N.Y.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

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



Stephanie Ann ‘Sissy’ KruseStephanie Ann ‘Sissy’ Kruse

Stephanie Ann “Sissy” Kruse, 32, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Born in Waukesha, Wisc., she was the daughter of Albert and Lori Grey. She was an exceptional wife and mother. She graduated from Mississippi State University and was an avid Mississippi State fan. She attended Biltmore Baptist Church. She loved to travel, run half marathons, was a loyal friend and enjoyed living life to the fullest.

In addition to her parents, Albert and Lori Grey of Franklin, she is survived by her husband Cayenne Kruse; son, August Allen Kruse; brother, Jeremy Grey and wife Heather of Yazoo City, Mississippi; maternal grandparents, Don and Imogene Green and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Patrick Trawick officiated. Burial was in the Booth Family and Friends Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Erv Booth, Felix Villarreal, Fabian Villarreal, Johnathan Villarreal, John Strawn and John Lehotsky.

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



Naomi Elliott ChildersNaomi Elliott Childers

Naomi Elliott Childers, 78, of Duluth, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, after a long period of declining health.

She was a native of Macon County, a daughter of the late Fred and Oma Hall Elliott. She was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School, was a homemaker, and was a retired employee of Onieda Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., working both in bookkeeping and sales. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, and was loved by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Elliott Stewart and Louise Elliott Downs.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carroll L. (Chuck) Childers of Duluth, Ga.; a son, Steven Childers and wife Cindy of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Cindy Brooks of Tennessee: a grandson, Dr. Matthew Brooks of Washington, DC: two brothers, Bruce Elliott and wife Maxine, and Harold Elliott and wife Brenda all of Franklin, N.C.; a sister, Ruby Elliott Bradford, of Montgomery, Ala.: and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held in Franklin, N.C. at a later date.



Donald Ray Barnes

Donald Ray Barnes, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Dec. 1, 2014.

Born in Salem, Ore., he was the son of the late Lloyd Eugene Barnes and Grace Vivian Robertson Barnes. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; member of First United Methodist Church and retired from Montgomery Ward.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Blake Barnes; two sons, Michael Robertson Barnes and wife DeAnna of Aurora, Colo. and Gregory Ray Barnes and wife Andrea of Vail, Ariz.; two brothers, Clifton Barnes and Kenneth Barnes both of Oregon; three grandchildren, Joshua Barnes, Kelly Barnes and Stacy Gibbons; sister-in-law, Betty Dieckmann of Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to CareNet, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or charity of one’s choice.

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



Jerry, Kathryn and Rose Marie Cannon

Jerry Russell Cannon, 48, Kathryn Marie (Brendle) Cannon, 32, and Rose Marie Cannon, 5, of Canon, died Friday, November 28, 2014.

Jerry was born Oct. 30, 1966, in Royston, the son of Louise (McGill) Cannon and the late James Cannon. Kathryn was born April 14, 1982, in Franklin, N.C., the daughter of the late Dale and Marianne (Blackert) Brendle. Rose was born Sept. 29, 2009, to Jerry and Kathryn.

They are survived by Jerry’s mother, Louise (McGill) Cannon; their children, Celina Cano and her husband Edger Cano, Joshua Cannon and his fiancé October King, and Zachary Brendle; a granddaughter, November Lily Cannon; Kathy's aunts and uncles, Maxine Hester, and Delores Thomas and her husband Clyde all of Greenville, S.C., Marvel Curtis and her husband Verlin of Franklin, Linda Emory, and Sonja Brannon and her husband Bill all of Greenville, S.C.; Kathy's uncle, Doug Brendle and his wife Joyce of Greenville, S.C.; and many friends and family members. They were preceded in death by Jerry’s father; Kathryn’s parents; Jerry’s grandparents: Norman and Vinie McGill; and Jerry’s sister: Julie Cannon.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Lavonia City Cemetery with Rev. Johnny Stowe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the family to defray expenses.

Published as a courtesy of Bryant Grant Funeral Home.



Elsie Caroline Sondheimer DealElsie Caroline Sondheimer Deal

Elsie Caroline Sondheimer Deal, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at her residence. She was born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charlie Sondheimer and Ethel Keener Sondheimer. She was married to Robert Lewis Deal, who passed away Oct. 27, 2001. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was the former coowner of Deal Farms and had a produce stand on the Highlands Road for 55 years. She was the longest continuous member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Raby of Franklin; a son, Charles Logan "Butch" Deal and his wife Pat of Franklin; a sister, Evelyn Bryson of Franklin; a foster brother, George Robert Henning of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandsons, Casey Jennings (Stephanie), Joe Deal(Devon), Bill Deal (Jenny), Kyle Jennings (Maggie), and Jimmy Deal (Katie); eight great grandchildren, Braxton, Caroline, Addie, Kenleigh, William, Logan, Jeremiah, and Glenn.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Rogers, Rev. Roy Lowe, Rev. Mike Chastain and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Huscusson, Scottie Thomas, Keith McCall, Wayne Price, Landy Holland and Lyman Holland. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Thun, Tony Munger, Brenda Munger, Richmond Crisp, and Vickie Thomas; caregivers, Sharon Gleman, Dot Holland, Nancy Dills and Phyllis Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinegrove Baptist Church, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC for Appalachian Coal Field Ministry.

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



Robert John Crowers Jr.

Robert John Crowers Jr., 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Robert Crowers Sr. and Florence Marian Salerno Crowers. He graduated culinary school in Philadelphia where he met his wife, Joan. He was a retired engineer and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a Native American who loved hunting, fishing, car racing, the beach and cooking. He was a Christian and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was former owner with his wife, Joan, of Town Hill Bake Shoppe in Franklin.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Joan Marie Ghisu Crowers; daughter, Kelly Crowers Giudry and husband Nate of Ft. Worth, Texas; stepdaughter, Cheryl Ann Thacker of Wilmington, Delaware; stepson, George Luciotti of Boothwyn, Pa.; sister, Cyndi Boyer and husband Joel of Aston, Pa.; brother, James K. Crowers and wife Joyce of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Caden and Lane; six step grandchildren, Joel, Philip, and Justin Mastroeni, Michael, Maria and Noella Luciotti. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 35 years, Judith Crowers, and by a brother, Leonard E. Crowers.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Park officiating. The Franklin VFW #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducted military rites.

Graveside services and burial will be held later at Edgewood Memorial Park in Glen Mills, Pa.

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



Kara Colleen TallentKara Colleen Tallent

Kara Colleen Tallent, 35, of Franklin, N.C., born at Angel Hospital on May 8, 1979, to Colleen Keneipp and Alvin Tallent, and her forever brother, Adam.

She suffered an unexpected brain hemorrhage on Nov. 6, 2014, and was transported to Mission Hospital for emergency surgery. She passed on Nov. 13, 2014 in peace.

Her light and smile will continue to shine through her beautiful daughter Kaedyn, who is Kara’s everything.

She is also survived by her mom, Colleen Keneipp and dad Alvin Tallent; brother, Adam and Deanna Tallent; terrific nephew, Treven and very special niece, Emma and Kaedyn being part of their family unit now; Aunt Virgie and Uncle Willard Southard, all of Franklin; God mother/Aunt Diane and Uncle Fred Stringer of Fla., Uncle Terry Keneipp of Buford, Ga., Uncle Pat and Aunt Carol Keneipp of Wilmington; and many, many cousins.

Thank you Connie and Mike Grubermann of Oak Hill Country Inn Bed and Breakfast and thanks to all for so much support.

“In God’s light, shine baby shine, send her away.”

A service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Church of Christ on McCollum Drive.

In lieu of flowers, donations for Kaedyn may be sent to P.O. Box 656, Franklin, N.C. 28734.


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