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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 12/20/2012


Edith Sanders ConleyEdith Sanders Conley

Edith Sanders Conley, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Jess L. and Ida Shope Sanders. She was married to Rondal Conley who passed away in 1964. She was a nurse for Dr. Choi for 12 years; was a Girl Scout leader; a Sunday School teacher, and worked for the United States Forest Service Older Americans Program. She was a member of Prentiss Baptist Church. She was a feisty, loving mother and mamaw.

She is survived by two daughters, Lynne C. Rogers and husband Ray of Franklin, Melinda C. Buchanan and husband Dennis of Hartford, Tenn.; three sisters, Olivia Reece of South Carolina, Betty Owens of Charlotte, N.C. and Amelia Trull of Hendersonville, N.C.; five brothers, Harris Sanders of Flat Rock, N.C., Jess "Sonny" Sanders of Asheville, N.C.; Jimmy Sanders and Jay Sanders both of Franklin; four grandchildren, Kenneth Rogers and wife Deborah, Jessica Black and husband Everett, Edward Laughter and wife Rebekiah and Maxwell Laughter and one great-granddaughter, Zoey Black.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son Steven Conley; three sisters, Willa Stiles, Margaret Harrison, and Belle S. Walters and two brothers, Charles Sanders and Tim Sanders.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Drinnon officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenneth Rogers, Edward Laughter, Maxwell Laughter, Everett Black, Tommy Nicholson and Kevin Sanders. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prentiss Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Faye Wilson, 605 Middle Skeenah Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Doris Ann StiwinterDoris Ann Stiwinter

Doris Ann Stiwinter, 68, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Zennie Stephens Coward. She was a 1962 graduate of Cullowhee High School and a dietician at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jack Stiwinter; two sons, J. C. Stiwinter and Christopher Stiwinter and wife Lisa of Waxhaw, N.C.; a sister, Bernice Rochester of Cullowhee, N.C., and five grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 15, at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Everette Wilson and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was in Stewart Cemetery. Pallbearers were T. W. Stiwinter, Allen Coggins, Jamie Stiwinter, Jim Stiwinter, J. R. Stiwinter and Roger Stiwinter.

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

 


 

Edward CarpenterEdward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter, 93, of Otto, N.C., passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. He was a native of Macon County; the son of the late William Harley and Jennie Louise Norton Carpenter. He was married to Catherine Pitts Carpenter who passed away in 2008. He was manager of Piggy Back Operations for Southern Railway in Macon, Ga. He was self employed for several years and retired from Kimsey Egg Company. He loved all kinds of sports, especially UNC basketball and gardening. He was a member of Franklin VFW Post #7339 and Newman Chapel Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Masters of Ackworth, Ga., Jessie Pitt and husband Wade of Tallahassee, Fla. and Annette Carpenter of Otto; two sons, Tommy Carpenter and wife Carolyn of Highlands, N.C. and Richard Carpenter and wife Debbie of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; one brother, Harley Carpenter, Jr. of Franklin, N.C.; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Danny Cannon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Masters, David Jones, Gunar Williams, Ritchie Jones, William Burns, Casey Carpenter, David Pitts, Eugene Pitts and Ralph Kimsey. Macon Valley Rehab and Therapy employees were honorary pallbearers. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducted military graveside rites. Memorial donations may be made to Newman Chapel Cemetery Fund, 60 Mulberry Road, Otto, NC 28763.

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


 

G. Bryant Cunningham

G. Bryant Cunningham, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Leah Cunningham Hastings. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was retired from the North Carolina National Guard MP Unit and from the Coweeta Hydrological Lab and had worked in mapping for Macon County for a number of years. He was a member of Iotla Baptist Church and a member of John Campbell Bible Class.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Gibson Cunningham; one son, Brad Cunningham and wife Christy of Franklin; one granddaughter, Annabelle Cunningham. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Lovett.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 16, at Iotla Baptist Church, with Rev. Steve Reeves and Rev. Simeon Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducted military graveside rites. Pallbearers were Bill Queen, Greg Gibson, Greg Talley, Pete Penland, Walter Lane and Bob Guy. His Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations, may be made to Iotla Baptist Church Building Fund, 1537 Iotla Church Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

James Patrick Kennedy

James Patrick Kennedy, 55, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. He was born in Nassau County, N.Y., the son of the late James and Ann McGraith Kennedy. He was a stock clerk for Ingles, he loved football, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Lucitia Ramey Kennedy; one son, Matthew Kennedy of Andrews, N.C.; one sister, Joyce Kennedy of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two grandchildren, Mary Jane Kennedy and Kaylee Kennedy.

A family and friends gathering was held Saturday, Dec. 15, at the residence.

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


 

Pauline ‘Polly’ Fann GilbertPauline ‘Polly’ Fann Gilbert

Pauline “Polly” Fann Gilbert, 93, of Fredericksburg, Va., passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

Born in Pickens County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Clemar Fann and Daisy Savannah Fann. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Norman L. Gilbert Jr.; sister, Rose Fann and brothers, Stanton and Floyd Fann. After graduating from high school in Marble Hill, Ga., her brother, Stanton, provided her college education at Southern Business School in Marietta, Ga. She later moved to Blue Ridge, Ga., and was employed with Fannin County Bank and lived at the Blue Ridge Hotel where she met her husband, Norman. They married in 1942 and she became a loving homemaker. After her children became teenagers, she was employed as secretary of her church, First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge. In 1965, Norman was transferred to Franklin and Polly became employed primarily in customer service at the Bank of Franklin and First Union for 18 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Franklin and long-time supporter and member of the Women’s Missionary Union. She will be missed by all who knew her because of her kind ways, warm heart and loving smile.

She is survived by two sons, Norman L. Gilbert, III of Buford, Ga., James S. Gilbert of Fredericksburg, Va.; brother, Olen Fann of Jasper, Ga.; sister, Lucille Duggin; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 15, at First Baptist Church. Dr. Robert Brown officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Boone Council, PO Box 8010, Asheville, NC 28814.

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


 

David Allan DowdleDavid Allan Dowdle

David Allan Dowdle, 51, of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

Born in Franklin, he was the son of the late Hugh Dowdle, and is survived by his mother, Meritha Purifoy and husband, David Purifoy and step-mother, Betty Dowdle. He was also preceded by his brother, Joe Dowdle. He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church. He loved to be at the Good Ole Boys on the weekend spending time with his friends. He also loved his dogs, Starfly and Tink.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Deborah E. Dowdle; daughter, Alesia A. Dowdle and fiancee, Michael Chitwood; son, Seth Burrell; step-daughter Tanya Bleckley and husband, Gary Bleckley; step-son, Eric W. Speed and wife, Kimberly Speed; two step-granddaughters, Brooke Henderson and husband Chris Henderson and Rayna Bleckley; brother, Tony Dowdle and wife, Virgie Dowdle; step-sisters, Kristin Purifoy, Susan Purifoy and Mary Bryant; step-brother, Daniel Purifoy; step-sister, Lynette Lee, and several nieces.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Windy Gap Baptist Church. Pastor Mark Bishop officiated. Burial was in Clarks Chapel Methodist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Rodney Chastain, Keith "Shag" Mason, Ricky Norris, Patrick Rathbone, Gary Vanhook and Ted Sprinkles. Honorary pallbearers are the Good Ole Boys.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28801 or Macon County Humane Society, 851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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






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