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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 11/29/2012

 



Roberta Mitchell Ollis

Roberta Mitchell Ollis, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Born in Orange County, Fla., she was the daughter of the late E. H. and Lila Esther Shreve Mitchell. She was married to Wilson Hood Ollis Sr. who preceded her in death. She was a secretary for a paint company; a member of American Legion Auxiliary and was a Sunday school teacher in the Pentecostal Church where she was a member.

She is survived by a son, Wilson Ollis Jr. of Franklin; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gressner Mitchell.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

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



Darwin Joseph BudnickDarwin Joseph Budnick

Darwin Joseph Budnick, 91, of Franklin, passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

Born in Alpena, Mich., he was the son of the late Frank Budnick and May Ayotte Budnick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Budnick; two brothers, Gary and Donald Budnick and a sister, Elaine Budnick. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran and served during WWII. He was a member of American Legion Post 108; owned and operated The Gondola restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla.; loved to square dance and raise orchids. He was Episcopal by faith.

He is survived by three sons, Darwin Budnick of Franklin, Nicholas Budnick of Inverness, Fla. and James Budnick of Baldwin, Mo.; two brothers, Lyman Budnick of Troy, Mich. and Clint Budnick of Oscoda, Mich.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Eddie Trull and Rev. Brandon Breedlove will officiate with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 366 Holly Springs Church Rd, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Calvin Floyd Webb

Calvin Floyd Webb, 71, of Walhalla, S.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Born in Oconee County, S.C., he was the son of the late James Floyd and Annie Lee Owens Webb. He was a machine operator in the textile industry and was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sisters, Sheila Webb of Ducktown, Tenn. and Betty Jean Ridley of Walhalla, and two brothers, John Webb of Clayton, Ga. and George Webb of Lenoir City, Tenn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Ed Webb.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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



James ‘Gene’ Eugene CutshawJames ‘Gene’ Eugene Cutshaw

James “Gene” Eugene Cutshaw, 68, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Highlands, N.C.

A longtime resident of Franklin, N.C., he was born in Toledo, Ohio, on March 11, 1945. He was the son of Calvin Eugene Cutshaw and Willie Mae Tucker Cutshaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Marie Cutshaw and his sister, Constance Halterman.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and served his country honorably for 15 years. He was an entrepreneur whose ventures ranged from founding Atlantic Equity Mortgage Corporation in Palm Beach, Fla. to owning and operating Cutshaw Trucking in Franklin. He was an amateur pilot who loved animals and working with cutting horses. He attended Cullasaja Assembly of God.

He is survived by his children, Kimberly Triebe of Sylva, Christopher Cutshaw and wife Gerri of Highlands, April Metz and husband Carey of Houston, Texas. Mourned by his wife of 13 years, Debra Beamer Cutshaw and her children, Kimberly Elliot of Franklin and Eddie Elliot of Otto. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, brother Wade Cutshaw of Toledo, Ohio, and sisters, Sandy McCoy and Carlene Looney of Toledo.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Lee will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

The family will receive friends from 4-5:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Paws With A Cause, 4646 South Division, Wayland MI 49348. Toll Free: 800-253-7297 or an online donation at www.pawswithacause.org/Donate with Kimberly Triebe in the Tag Line.

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



JJames Hardinames Hardin

James Hardin, 85, of Waterford, Mich., formerly of Andrews, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. He was a native of Cherokee County, but had moved to Michigan in 1952. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. He retired after 30 years with General Motors. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Mich.

He was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Sallie Solesbee Hardin.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Lavada Wyke Hardin; three sons, James Michael Hardin of Waterford, Dewayne Anthony Hardin of Louisville, Ky., and Roger Alan Hardin of Royal Oak, Mich.; two sisters, Mildred Simms of Gastonia, N.C. and Wanda Ellis of Columbia, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 26, in the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Marble with the Rev. Darrell Dockery officiating. Interment was in Aquone Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike, Dewayne, Roger, and Nicholas Hardin, Michael Nardella, and Jim Ankofski.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Hoke C. Meadows

Hoke C. Meadows, 95, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Emlis Meadows and Ethel Morgan Meadows. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Billings Meadows who died in 1999; sons, Jesse Hoke Meadows and Dr. Tommy Meadows; brothers, Don, Doyle, Rex, Lionel, Joseph, Gray, Wayne and Billy Meadows; sister, Rebecca M. Angel. Hoke and granddaughter, “Little Lucy” Meadows. Hoke was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Pearl Harbor during WWII. He was a farmer and worked in construction. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Lucy Smarr and husband Harold of Franklin and Boiling Springs, S.C.; grandchildren, Tamara Meadows of Brevard, N.C. and Danny Meadows of Clarkesville, Tenn. and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Judson Hall officiated. Burial was in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Meals on Wheels, C/O Teresa Curtis, 108 Wayah Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



CConnor Slade Calabuccionnor Slade Calabucci

Connor Slade Calabucci, 12, of Topton, N.C., passed away, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Born in Cherokee County, he was the son of Craig Callabucci of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Bobbie Prince of Andrews, N.C. He was a seventh grade student at Nantahala School; an honorary member of Nantahala Bear Hunters Club and attended Aquone Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Barbara Wilson Prince of Topton; stepfather, John Stewart of Andrews; three sisters, Alyssa, Dannah and Rebekah Stewart of Nantahala, N.C., and one cousin, Tyler Cable of Nantahala. He was preceded in death by a halfbrother, Hunter Cope.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov, 24, in the Chapel of Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Andrews with Rev. David Postell officiating. Burial was in Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. Nantahala Bear Hunters Club served as pallbearers.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Bryant- Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Elinor Ann Tyson

Elinor Ann Tyson, 77, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of St. Cloud, Fla., passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Born, Dec. 30, 1934, in St. Cloud, she was the daughter of the late Enoch and Avanelle Nourse Tyson and was a member of one of the pioneer families in the state of Florida. She graduated from St. Cloud High School in 1953; served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1961 in Okinawa and worked as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant in Veteran’s Administration Hospitals until her retirement in 1991. She moved to Franklin in 2006 to be with her niece, Nancy Tyson Bichard. She was a member of Tellico Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Wayne, Chester Jene, and Herbert Tyson and is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private family memorial service will be held in St. Cloud, at a later date.

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



Geneva Bryson Hooper

Geneva Bryson Hooper, 80, of Salt Rock Road, Cullowhee, N.C., died Nov. 17, 2012, at her residence. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Sallie Underwood Bryson. She is preceded in death by her husband David Lee Hooper. She is also preceded in death by one son, James Hooper, and two brothers, Herbert Bryson and Ralph Bryson, and two sisters, Juanita Brewer and Emma Villella.

She is survived by one son, David Hooper and his wife, Sandy and her daughter-in-law, Debbie; two sisters, Chloe Bevill of Asheville and Mamie Peeler of Franklin, one brother, Hayes Bryson of Cashiers, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Pine Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Taylor and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial followed in Stewart Cemetery. Pallbearers were Casey Hilton, Bill Adams, John Lee Tucker, Sam Robinson, Jim Mull and Leland Cooper.

Memorials can be made to: Pine Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 4484 Pine Creek Road,Cullowhee, NC 28721.

Online registry available at www.meltonfhsylva.com.



Josephine ‘Jodie’ Waldroop Sanders

Josephine “Jodie” Waldroop Sanders, 91, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Byron G. Waldroop and Laura Green Waldroop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Sanders who died Feb. 3, 2007, and four brothers and sisters, Ruth Waldroop, Hazel Penland, Hugh “Spud” Waldroop and Sammy Waldroop. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of First Baptist Church and an avid Nascar Racing fan.

She is survived by two children, Jennifer Jackson and husband Scott and Joe Sanders and wife Dana both of Franklin; brother, Ed Waldroop and wife Thelma of Franklin; three grandchildren, Brooke Waldroop and husband Chris, Lauren Ashford and husband Bruce and Preston Sanders; five great grandchildren, Maddox, Maveric and Mace Waldroop and Riley and Anna Kate Ashford and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Bruce Ashford and Rev. Tommy Fouts officiated.

Pallbearers were Dennis Sanders, Johnny Waldroop, Byron Mc- Clure, Greg Chase, Todd Doolittle and Denton Higdon.

Ray Penland, Judy Chase, Llyona Cross, Sharron Miller and Sue Roberts served as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Louisa Chapel UMC Building Fund, 470 Louisa Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



MMargaret Elaine Kimsey Hernandezargaret Elaine Kimsey Hernandez

Margaret Elaine Kimsey Hernandez, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Claude L. and Bertha Lee Kimsey. She had worked as a clerk in a pharmacy, and was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, especially to her granddaughter. She collected antiques and had worked at an Antique Mall in Florida, she loved growing flowers and gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Fidencio Hernandez; daughter, Lesley Wilson of Franklin, N.C., step-daughter, Anita Marie Hernandez of Tampa, Fla.; stepson, Jose C. Gonzalez; son-in-law, Chris Dillard of Franklin; three sisters, Margie Mason, Selma Craine, and Faye Wilson all of Franklin; one grandchild, EmaLeigh Raine Dillard.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Randall Skylar Dillard.

Memorial services were held Monday, Nov. 26, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating

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



Tim Lakey Rice

Tim Lakey Rice, 96, of Pickens, S.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Joseph Lakey and Maggie Green Lakey. She was a homemaker, and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She loved to cook pound cakes and read her Bible. She also liked gardening and growing flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Div Rice, daughter, Gladys Sewell, sisters, Julie Vanhook and Mary Houston, and three step-sons, LeRoy Rice, Cecil Glenn Rice and Ward Cleveland Rice.

She is survived by two daughters, Helen Long of Easley, S.C. and Mary Ann Rogers and husband Alex of Cashiers Valley, N.C.; two sons, Earl Rice and wife Shirley of Pickens, S.C. and John Rice and wife Patricia of Stanley, N.C.; step-son, James Loy Rice of Burlington, N.C.; 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 25, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Billy Rice and Rev. Van Long officiating. Burial was in Riverview Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers were David English, Bill Houston, Scott White, Jeff Rice, Eddie Rice, Chance Raxter, Joseph Long, and Gregg Hayes.

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






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