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Deaths & Funerals


Virginia Sorrells Frazier
Virginia Sorrells Frazier

Virginia Sorrells Frazier, 83, of Indian Trail, N.C., formerly of Franklin passed away Monday, June 22, 2015. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Lester and Annie Guffey Sorrells. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Siler Frazier Sr.

She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte; she owned a garden center and convenience store and loved working with herbs. She was a Union County Master Gardener; founding member of Charlotte Herb Guild; a member of Mint Hill Herb Guild and past member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Dills of Indian Trail and Reba Hall (Ivan) of Georgia; three sons, Fred Frazier Jr. of Marshville, N.C., Allan Frazier (Angelina) of Hong Kong, China, and Michael Frazier of Raleigh, N.C.; six sisters, Margaret Bennett (Bill), Doris Cheek and Kathryn Solesbee all of Franklin, Hazel Johnson of Georgia, Ethel Sheffield (Wayne) of Georgia and Lessie Miller of Georgia; one brother, Jack Sorrells (Cathy) of Westminster, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Herman, T. J., Ralph, Marshall and Floyd Sorrells.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Father Voitus officiating. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

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



Alan WoodAlan Wood

Alan Wood, 68, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Born in New Castle, England, he was the son of the late Ronald Wood and Joyce Powell Wood. He retired from the Royal Air Force. He was a recipient of the Silver Jubile medal from the Queen of England. He served in Singapore, Northern Ireland, Berlin, The Falkland Islands and Cypress.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Linda York-Wood of Franklin; step-children, Martha Fyfe and husband Scott of Clarksville, Md., Suzy Hutchinson of Otto, N.C., and Robert Stoup of St. Louis, Mo.; brother, David Wood of England; twin brother, Brian Wood and wife Margaret of New Castle, England; sister, Michelle Ashford and husband Mike of Northumberland and four step grandchildren, Daniel and Jackson, Grace and Garrett. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in England.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to John Hopkins Pancreatic Research in Baltimore, Md.

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



Daniel David Houston

Daniel David Houston, 58, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Mildred Buchanan Houston and the late Harley Houston. He was a builder.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Amanda Houston of Franklin, and a son, David Wayne Houston of Hiawassee, Ga.; five grandchildren, Ethan and Madison Riddle, Averie Moore, and Brayden and Corbin Houston; and one brother, Larry Houston and wife Julia of Pisgah Forest. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mitchell Houston.

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 20, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating.

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

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. A reception will be held following the service at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m., one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

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



Carol Sue Coleman

Carol Sue Coleman, 72, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015. Born in Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Grace Morrow Coleman. She was retired from Dade County Public Schools, where she taught high school English. She was a member of Civil War Preservation Trust, Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power, Partners in Possibility Thinking and Friends of Animals. She was a member of RBC Ministries.

She is survived by two brothers, Donald M. "Donnie" Coleman of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Charles "Bud" Coleman Jr. and wife Norma of Winter Haven, Fla.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28734

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



Derrick Brandon SigmonDerrick Brandon Sigmon

Derrick Brandon Sigmon, 23, of Sylva, N.C., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

He was born in Jackson County, North Carolina, the son of Bo Aikin and Angela Franks of Sylva. He loved to explore, liked to fish, read history and wanted to be a history teacher. He attended Southwestern Community College and worked in Construction. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Franklin, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Alex Sigmon; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Franks of Sylva; one brother, Dakota Ledbetter of Sylva; two sisters, Melissa Sigmon and Shanna Sigmon of Sylva. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Clinton Franks.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 22, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Rodriquez and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial was held in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Amber Louise Stiwinter

Amber Louise Stiwinter, 87, widow of Glen Stiwinter Sr., passed away on June 18, 2015, after a long illness and spending two weeks at Eckerd Living Center in Highlands. For years, she was loyally cared for by her son, Glen Jr., of the home.

She was born Dec. 10, 1927, to Johnnie Wooddall and his wife, Jessie Moss Wooddall. After Jessie’s death when Louise was 18 days old, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Sallie and Johnnie Barnes, who she called “Mama” and “Daddy.” She called her father “Papa.”

In addition to her son, Glen Jr., she is survived by two sisters, Sally Derrick of Clyde and Eunice Deitz and husband Joe of Sylva and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 20, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Bolick officiated. Burial was in the Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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



Sammie Laverne Gunter

Sammie Laverne Gunter, born Oct. 10, 1950; died on June 16, 2015, from depression and a broken heart. He was predeceased by his father, Elvin Gunter, and the loves of his life, Dave and Katie.

He left behind his family: mother, Ruth Gunter; Partner, Kevin Pickett; Brother Don Gunter (Mary Jim); sisters, Carol Hall (Frank), Joyce McLean (Cecil), Mary Ann Gunter (Mark), as well as many nieces and nephews who lovingly called him "Boompa."

He will be greatly missed by all of his friends in Atlanta and Highlands.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 20, at Highlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy and Jennifer Forrester officiating. Burial followed in Highlands Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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


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