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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 12/13/2012


Eva Beatrice Blackmon Dees

Eva Beatrice Blackmon Dees, 93, of Mt. Airy, N.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Born in Sarasota, Fla., she was the daughter of the late William Blackmon and Ella Dove Walker Blackmon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Shelley B. Dees, who died Dec. 7, 1994, and brother, Harvey Blackmon. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Shelley B. Dees Jr. and wife Joan of Greenville, S.C.; two daughters, Donna Davis and husband Mike of Mt. Airy, and Robin B. Ledford and husband Gary of Rockledge, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 9, at Victory Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

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



Margaret M. Lovell

Margaret M. Lovell, 63, of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Born in Sanford, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John Adam Howard and Hester Lucille Fallen Howard. She enjoyed fishing and quilting.

She is survived by her companion of 30 years, Doug Peek of Franklin; her daughter, Lisa Arena of Indiana; brother, John Howard Jr. of Illinois; two sisters, Hazel Manley of Texas and Jean Mink of Indiana and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Wiley Gibson officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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



Stanley C. Blind

Stanley C. Blind, 81, of Franklin, passed away Dec. 6, 2012.

Born in Stockport, Ohio, he was the son of the late Clifton and Thrya Jones Blind. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lelia Mae Wise Blind; second wife, Lavonia Slagle Blind; son, Stanley James Blind; two brothers, Alva and Terry and great-granddaughter, Katie. He was a member of Tellico Baptist Church. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and ginseng hunting.

He is survived by four children, Stormie Thayer and Windy Veneziale both of Tampa, Fla., Tonya McCoy of Tiger, Ga. and Christian Blind of Franklin; two sisters, Gloria Halter and Sandra Niece both of Ohio; brother, Alan Blind of Colorado; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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



Margaret Janis Rawle

Margaret Janis Rawle, 75, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Born in Philadelphia County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Claire Bede. She was a homemaker and loved antiques and making pottery and ceramics.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Edmund D. Rawle; a daughter, Linda Berghof of Brooksville, Fla.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Evelyn Eleanor BarrettEvelyn Eleanor Barrett

Evelyn Eleanor Barrett, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Born in Brookings, S.D., she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Helen “Mae” Sorsen. She is preceded in death by her husband James Edward Barrett. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick Barrett and wife Veronica of Wendell, N.C., Michael Barrett and wife Karinda of Tallahassee, Fla.; one brother, Robert Sorsen and wife Bonnie of Baltic, S.D. She is preceded in death by one daughter, Geri Patrice Barrett and two brothers, Edward and Charles Sorsen.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at noon at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father James Cahill and Father Tien Duong officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Homestead Hospice Hospital, 127 Sunset Ridge Rd. Clyde, NC 28721.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Theodore Bruce Totten

Theodore Bruce Totten, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Born in Oakland County, Mich., he was the son of the late George and Elizabeth Armstrong Totten. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during WWII during which time he was a POW. He was a supervisor for General Motors Company; a member of VFW and was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce Sauve Totten; two daughters, Debra Marie Little and husband Jim of Indiana and Cynthia Kay Totten of Florida; three sons, David Richard Totten of Oklahoma, Timothy Totten and wife Kitty of Phoenix, Ariz., and Steven Brian Totten of Albemarle, N.C.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Bruce Totten and Theodore John Totten.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 780 Coweeta Church Rd., Otto, NC 28763.

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



Charles ‘Chuck’ E. Tomlinson Jr.

Charles “Chuck” E. Tomlinson Jr., 81, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

Born in Blue Field, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles E. Tomlinson Sr. and Sarah Dorothy Stephens Tomlinson. He attended Ohio State University and worked as an accountant. He was a member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge, Smoky Mountain Shrine Club and the American Legion Post 108. He was an avid pilot and loved to fly his own plane.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carolyn R. Tomlinson; daughter, Kristin Ivins and husband Ed of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Ronald Tomlinson of Phoenix, Ariz.; granddaughter, Jennifer Brigham and husband Christopher and two great-grandchildren, Cadyn Taylor and Zachary Brigham.

Funeral mass will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 (fill out form online) or make a donation online at, http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

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



Wilma Day

Wilma Day, 84, of Nantahala Community, Topton, N.C., died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in a Murphy care facility. She was a native and lifetime resident of Macon County. She had worked for Owenby Manufacturing and was a member of Briartown Baptist Church. Her hobbies included fishing, hiking, and ginseng hunting.

She was the daughter of the late Ed and Ethel Grant Cross, and wife of the late Orin Wayne Day, who died July 15, 1980. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Kay Holloway; a son, Eddie Wayne Day; two grandsons, Bobby Holloway and Jeremy Day; and a sister, Katherine Passmore.

Surviving are two sisters, Ruth Waters and husband Coolidge of Michigan, and Joann Moffitt and husband Crandall of Hayesville; four grandchildren, Sammy Holloway and wife Patti of Andrews, Marty Holloway of Nantahala, Kammy Neal and husband Bobby of Andrews, and Tamara Colvin and husband Brandon of Robbinsville; and seven great-grandchildren, Kyle Holloway, Ali Silvers, Ethan and Evan Neal, and Michelle, Eli, and Layla Colvin.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 in Briartown Baptist Church with Rev. S.J. Waters officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Cross, Mike Douthit, Hoyt Owenby, Roger Cochran, Brandon Colvin, and Justin Garrett. Honorary pallbearers were J.C. May and Gary Cross.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Wilma Day to the Briartown Baptist Church, c/o Juanita Deweese, 19292 Wayah Road, Aquone, NC 28781.

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



Ethel C. BekkeringEthel C. Bekkering

Ethel C. Bekkering, 88, of Savannah, Tenn., formerly of Hayesville, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Savannah. She was a native of Gaston Springs, Miss., but lived in Franklin before moving to Clay County for several years. She retired in 1978 after 30 years with General Motors Acceptance Corporation. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Savannah.

She was the daughter of the late Hubert F. and Ola Kirk Bowling Brown, and wife of the late Willard Hammersley, who died Feb. 20, 1983, and James H. Bekkering.

She is survived by a son, James R. Tribble of Nashville, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Jeanne Chipman of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two stepsons, James R. Bekkering of Holland, Mich., and William Bekkering of Westfield, Mass.; two sisters, Marie Hubbard and Kirk Darnell, both of Savannah, Tenn.; two brothers, Franklin Brown of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Jimmie Brown of Stockbridge, Ga.; and three grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three step greatgrandchildren.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 8, in Laurel Hills Memory Garden with the Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Wolaver, Matt Bronyan, Kerry Hendrick, and Jim Parks.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Ethel C. Bekkering to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.

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



Thomas Curry Merchant, Jr.Thomas Curry Merchant, Jr.

Thomas Curry Merchant, Jr., 96, a former newspaper owner and publisher, passed away peacefully in Highlands, N.C., on Dec. 5, 2012. He was a resident of Madison, Fla., for 82 years and of Highlands, for 14 years.

Survivors include his four children, Shirley Merchant Johnson (Jim) of Highlands, Mae Merchant Clark (Larry Lokken), of Gainesville, Fla., Thomas Curry Merchant III and Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D. (John Green), both of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, William Burton Clark V (Danielle) of Chapel Hill, N.C., Corrie Elizabeth Clark, Ph.D. (Andy Turner) of Washington, D.C., and Major Christopher D. Wills, USMC (Julie); and five great-grandchildren, Gavin Thomas Clark, Selwyn Taylor Clark, Sayge Clark Turner, Olivia Taylor Wills and Thomas Christopher Wills.

He was born April 2, 1916, in Madison, Fla., the only child of Mae Talmadge McKeithen Merchant and Thomas Curry Merchant Sr. In 1938, he received a B.A. in Journalism from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. At Florida, he was the manager of the band and a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1939 and was admitted to the Florida Bar. In 1943, he graduated from the Harvard Business School with a Masters in Business Administration.

During World War II, he was stationed at various posts in the United States, including Greenville, S.C., where he met his future wife, Shirley Anthony Merchant. They were married from 1946 until her death in 2000.

After the war, he returned to Madison to work with his father at the weekly newspaper his father and uncle had purchased in 1910, The Madison Enterprise-Recorder. He was always interested in political matters and served two terms in the House of Representatives of Florida Legislature, from 1949-52. Afterward, he would say his best legislation while in office was bills requiring all livestock to be fenced and Klan members to be unmasked.

After his father’s death in 1968, he became the primary editorial writer for the paper, expressing his thoughts in a column entitled "The Passing Parade." He was actively involved in civic activities such as the Lions Club and the Rotary Club and always highlighted local educational accomplishments in the paper. In the early ’60s, he set up a bookstore in the newspaper office to help support the North Florida Community College.

He was a faithful, life-long member of the Madison Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and then as an elder for most of his adult life. He was a member of the Gideons for more than 65 years. In Highlands, he attended Holy Family Lutheran Church.

In North Carolina, he volunteered as a tutor at the Highlands Literacy Council, as a proofreader at The Highlander newspaper, then as the copy editor at Highlands’ Newspaper. He will be missed and remembered for his kind and generous spirit, loyalty to family and friends, and steadfast adherence to the principles in which he believed.

The family would like to especially thank his physician, J. Scott Baker, M.D., and his staff, and his caregivers and friends at Chestnut Hill of Highlands. Their wonderful care and friendship during his final years greatly enriched his life.

A graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison, Fla., on Dec. 14. Honorary pallbearers are James J. Sale III, Colin Kelly Howerton, Jack Wade, and Sandy, Jimmy and Zet Smith. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home in Madison.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, Gideons International, Att. Marvel Curtis, 46 Clover Lane, Franklin, NC 28734, or to a favorite charity.

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



Mildred Mae Houston BuchananMildred Mae Houston Buchanan

Mildred Mae Houston Buchanan, 95, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late William Ingram Houston and Letha Arlesie Owens. She was married to Lyndon Gordon Buchanan, who passed away in 1970. She was a devoted member of New Savannah Baptist Church, where she served in several capacities. She was a cosmetologist and a homemaker, gifted in needlework and crafts. She made family outfits, crocheted delicate doilies, constructed wonderful grapevine wreaths and decorations. She painted her house and kept beautiful flower gardens and loved hosting family events. She taught herself to play piano, plumb, and do carpentry projects. She enjoyed serving the community in school, PTA, church and other community activities. She loved the beach, collecting shells and bottles, traveling, and photographing nature scenes.

She is survived by family, Lynda Gail Burroughs and Aubrey Burroughs of Jamestown, N.C., Brenda Hopper of Asheville and Franklin, and Connie Nadine Buchanan and Dr. Daniel Caplan of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Lawton Houston of Franklin; in-laws, Howard Buchanan (Elizabeth), Mae Buchanan, and Blanche Owens; grandsons, William Lyndon Hopper of Raleigh, N.C., H. Eric Burch of Lakeville (Jill), Chadwick Isaac Hopper of Greenville, N.C., Cyrus Joshua Burroughs (Madeline) of Charlotte, N.C. and Aubrey Jonathan Burroughs of Jamestown, N.C.; great-grandchildren, William, Patrick, and Andrew Hopper of Raleigh; Christian, Nicholas and Harrison Hopper of Wilmington, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

During her extended illness she was cared for by a loving community, including "adopted daughters," Sally Hale and Vicky Dearing and caregivers who became family, Velma Franks, Janet Henson, Alice Morgan, Sun Sanders and Michelle Lee.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Ray Knowles and Rev. John Reid officiating. Burial was in New Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Savannah Baptist Church, PO Box 573, Webster, NC, 28788 or to Community Advance Practice Nurses Inc., Clinics for Homeless Women and Children, 175 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, www.CAPN.org.

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



Harold Dean ‘Bud’ CarverHarold Dean ‘Bud’ Carver

Harold Dean "Bud" Carver, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Willard and Bertha Phillips Carver. He retired from B & B Concrete with 40 years service; loved trading guns and working on lawn mower engines.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Burch Carver; special children, Pherris, Lakelan, Tiersley and Brelle Swoffard; sister, Ann Perkins of Hickory, N.C.; three half-sisters, Carolyn Emory, Wonda Blakly of Clayton, Ga. and Gail Bates of Lowell, N.C.; brother, J. L. Carver of Franklin, and half brothers, Don, Roger and Ricky Bates all of Franklin.

Funeral services were held, Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Don Bates and Rev. Eugene Moore officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Swoffard, Darrin, Tim and Colton Burch, Chris Frady and Kevin Passmore.

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



James Oliver Sweeny

James Oliver Sweeny died Dec. 3, 2012, at home in Highlands, N.C. Born in White Plains, N.Y., on March 15, 1917, the son of Raymond and Fannie Sweeny, he grew up in Anderson, S.C., where he attended Boys’ High School before entering Clemson University in 1935. At Clemson he was President of Tau Beta Pi and the Senior Class and Chairman of the Senior Council, graduating in 1939 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.

After graduation, he joined the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, Mass., where he spent most of his 40-year career. In 1941, he married Virginia “Ginny’ Brown who remained his beloved wife and dearest friend until her death in 2009. Called to active duty with the Army Signal Corps in December 1941, he served in the China-Burma-India Theater during WWII and was released from active duty as a Major in 1945. Back with GE he served in a succession of increasingly responsible positions culminating as the General Manager of two GE businesses.

After retiring in 1976, Jim and Ginny moved to Highlands, where he became an active numismatics enthusiast, authoring and co-authoring numerous articles and several books including the prize winning two volume reference titled “Tempus in Numis.” He also renewed his love affair with Clemson, becoming an active and energetic supporter of the University. In 2000, he was presented with the University’s Distinguished Service Award and in 2010, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities for his lifetime of devoted service.

He is survived by his children, Jim Sweeny and his wife Barbara, Robert Sweeny and Kee Howles and her husband Jeff, and four grandchildren, Heather and Kate Sweeny, and Derek and Brian Howles.

A memorial service is planned for sometime in the spring.

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



John ‘Jr.’ WilsonJohn ‘Jr.’ Wilson

John “Jr.” Wilson, 67, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, as the result of a car accident. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late John Riley Wilson and Pauline Kimsey Wilson. He was married to the late Joanne Wiggins Wilson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Vietnam, and received two Purple Hearts. He had worked as a shipping clerk for Carsten Motor Freightline. He was a very active member of Cartoogechaye Church of God, where he served as an usher. He was a very loving brother and liked to fish.

He is survived by three sisters, Vonnie Carpenter of Edenton, N.C.; Bernice Bates and Mary Lou Farmer both of Franklin; four brothers, Edward Wilson, Charles Wilson, and James Wilson all of Franklin, and Landie Wilson of Cameron, S.C.; several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mack Wilson.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Phillip Cochran and Rev. Robert Dryman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Baty, Jerry Anderson, Chris McCall, John Paul McCall, Jonathan Wilson and Aaron Mellies. The American Legion Post #108 and Franklin VFW Post #7339 will conduct military graveside rites.

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



Alanthia Rayenette RhinehartAlanthia Rayenette Rhinehart

Alanthia Rayenette Rhinehart, 51, of Franklin, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Earl Bucker and Margaret Simonds Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Gabriel Rhinehart and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Arabella Houston. She loved dogs and researching genealogy. She was Pentecostal by faith.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Jerry Lee Rhinehart; a daughter, Amber Rayenette Rhinehart of Whittier, N.C.; son, Christopher Lee Rhinehart and wife Tabitha of Franklin; five grandchildren, Landon “Land ’O’ Lakes” and Braydon Rhinehart, Amy Hurst, Little Lily and Dominic Houston.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Powell officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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






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