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Deaths & Funerals


Cynthia Beck GayCynthia Beck Gay

Cynthia Beck Gay, 84, of Franklin, N.C., died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 12, 2014, at The Hermitage in Dillsboro, following a period of declining health.

A resident of Macon County since 1983, she had been active in St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and the Macon County Historical Society for many years. She loved animals and supported humane treatment and adoption organizations both locally and nationally.

Born in Springfield, Mass., she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nasson College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She was an associate professor of home economics and in charge of food services at Nasson College until she retired in 1966. She loved to cook and collected cookbooks from all over the world. She was an avid knitter, quilter, gardener and bird watcher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Linnea Beck; her sister, Norma Shields; her husband of 33 years, Roger; and her two beloved dogs, Lucky and Misty.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Nancy Cottrell and her husband, Gene of Otto; a step-son, Peter Gay of Spring Hill, Fla., and his wife, Cathi; a sister, Charlotte Jones of Burlington, Mass.; four nieces, three nephews, three step-granddaughters and a step-great grandson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the St. Cyprian’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 84 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Isabella Roper DuvallIsabella Roper Duvall

Isabella Roper Duvall, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Roper and Rebecca Houston Roper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jud Duvall who died Feb. 19, 2007; infant daughter, Janice Dale Duvall; brother, Nyle Roper; sister-in-law, Addie Crews Roper; and a great grandson, Parker Mathis. She worked at Van Raalte and retired from C.R. Industries. She was a member of Iotla Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.

She is survived by a son, Guy Duvall and wife Sandra of Franklin; two grandchildren, Mickey Duvall and wife Katie and Robin Spivey and husband Kevin both of Franklin; six great grandchildren, Derek Roland, Michael Mathis, Tanner, Mikey, Wyatt and Abigail Duvall; sister, Mildred Wild and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 10, at Iotla Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Reeves and Dr. Jeff Hensley officiated. Burial was in the Fouts Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Spivey, Derek Roland, Mickey Duvall, Tanner Duvall, Michael Mathis and Mike Mathis.

Memorial donations can be made to the Parker Mathis Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Robin Spivey, 215 Keener Mtn. Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William ‘Bill’ Hamilton WaldroopWilliam ‘Bill’ Hamilton Waldroop

William "Bill" Hamilton Waldroop, 80 of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Julian Waldroop and Elizabeth Anderson Waldroop Hauser. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired magistrate, and formerly owned and operated the North End Chevron. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin, a member of the Magistrates’ Association, on the board of directors for Carson Cemetery, and was active in the Democratic Party and Boy Scouts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step father, Jim Hauser, and a granddaughter, Sara McKenzie King.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Reagan Waldroop; three daughters, Mollie Cohen and husband David of Concord, N.C., Mary King and husband Jeffry of Sumerville, Ala., and Jane Beck and husband Monty of Franklin; a sister, Julia Duvall, of Franklin; a brother, Jim Waldroop of Franklin; grandchildren, Meggin Booe and husband Kenny, Lauren Harrell and husband Evan, Taylor King and wife Jennifer, Hunter King, Britany Beck and Lindy Beck; great grandchildren, Bryson Booe, Kenley Booe, Elin Harrell, Charlie Beck and Spencer King.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, at First United Methodist Church of Franklin, with Rev. David Beam officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Naval military rites were performed.

Donations may be made to Angel Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



John Lloyd Deitz

John Lloyd Deitz, 84, of Franklin, N.C., gently went to sleep in death, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.

He was a dearly loved brother, friend, and father who will be missed by those who knew him. Not only did he have many grandchildren but also adopted many who lovingly and proudly called him Grandad. He developed a deep love of the Bible and his creator, Jehovah God which moved him to volunteer a tremendous amount of time in the pubic ministry. This volunteer work lead him to meet a variety of people that he called friends. He was a very meek and mild tempered man which made him easy to talk to and a friend to most of those he met. Athough he owned a business for years in the food and dairy service, it certainly did not define who he was. His public ministry and volunteer work for the Jehovah’s Witness faith took him from Florida to New York and even as far as South America. He loved to get in his truck and travel. Once established in Franklin in 1992, there probably wasn’t a road in Macon County he didn’t travel or know the name of.

He had a firm belief in the Bible’s promise of a paradise earth governed by God and Jesus as well known in the model prayer that most know in Matthew chapter 6 verses 9, 10. This is where he eagerly expected to awaken from sleep and enjoy life as it was originally meant to be.

He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Hayes and her husband Charles; his children, Cynthia, Treva, Debra, and Renee and his adopted son, Clyde Deitz; 17 grandchildren; at least 25 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Road, Franklin. There will be no collections, only services for the deceased. If you knew him, his family would really appreciate your attendance.

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



Dorothy Maxine Brawick Braasch

Dorothy Maxine Brawick Braasch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Born in Winfield, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Sherwin Barwick and Lessie Lance Barwick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Braasch. She enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting.

She is survived by two step sons, Ronnie Braasch and wife Harriet of St. Johns, Fla. and Harold Braasch of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Virginia Hamilton and Evelyn Westgate both of Franklin; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in the Mandarin Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla.

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



Robert Joseph Eichelsderfer

Robert Joseph Eichelsderfer, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Theodore and Edna Case Eichelsderfer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Ross. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a retired aircraft mechanic. He restored a 1993 Ford F150 flare side, enjoyed antique car shows, gardening, fishing, cooking, yard work and he loved dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Eichelsderfer; two sons, John Eichelsderfer of Bushnell, Fla., and Robert Eichelsderfer of Windsor, N.Y.; faithful canine companion, Taylor; brother, Jim Eichelsderfer of Melrose, Fla.; sister, JoAnn Welsh of Melrose, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cameron, Julie and Brianna; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Franklin Fire Department. Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and the American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the Franklin Fire Department.

Memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 or Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frances ‘Nell’ Lenoir HarrisonFrances ‘Nell’ Lenoir Harrison

Frances “Nell” (Lenoir) Harrison, 82, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

She was born in Franklin, N.C., on Jan. 12, 1932, the daughter of the late Benjamin B. Lenoir and Loucinda (Huckaby) Lenoir. She was a member of Mt. Hope Baptist Church in Franklin. She was retired from Fieldale in Murrayville and worked at Pinetree Burlington in Dahlonega. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Steven Harrison; brothers, J.B., Leon, John Wiley, Bill and Benny Lenoir, and sister, Ada Florence Leatherwood.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nita and Phillip Minor of Lula; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Joan Harrison of Murrayville; grandchildren, Trevor Cain, Trisha Hulsey, Tressa Kadkhodaian and Ashley Daley; great-grandchildren, Mason and Tucker Cain; sisters, Virginia Ramey, Mary Louise Wallace, Marie Holland, Jody Sellers and Shirley Waldroop, all of Franklin.

She loved her family, gardening and working in her flower beds.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oc. 5, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, Gainsville, with interment following at Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Bradley Elliott and Rev. Mike Garner officiated.

Online condolences may be made at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.



Leon Alexander Hendricks Sr.

Leon Alexander Hendricks Sr., 66, of Whittier, N.C., passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. He was the son of the late Leon and Ellen Alexander Hendricks. He grew up in the Greenville and Mauldin areas in South Carolina and moved to Jackson County in 1994. He was a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and retired from the U.S. Navy, in which he proudly served from 1970 until 1990. He loved to golf and was a South Carolina Gamecock alumnus. At the time of his passing he was serving with the U.S. Postal Service for the last 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Susan Whitley Hendricks; sons, Leon “Chip” Alexander Hendricks Jr. and his wife Julie, of Waynesville; James Thomas Hendricks and his wife Wendy, of Davidson, N.C., Andrew Brittian Whitley Hendricks of Whittier; and five grandchildren, Tanner, Emma, Ty, Hailey and Ryan.

A military graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Pinelawn Memorial Memory Gardens in Clinton, S.C. with Dr. Robert Prince officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Waynesville Winter Heat Assistance Program, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville, NC 28786.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.


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