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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 01/10/2013



Amelia W. BrysonAmelia W. Bryson

Amelia W. Bryson, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Macon County, the daughter of the late Frank and Annie Reece Wright. She was married to Ray Bryson who passed away Dec. 6, 2007. She was a homemaker and a member of Cullasaja Assembly of God Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and friend. She loved farming, gardening and loved her Lord.

She is survived by her daughter, Alice Louise Davis and her husband Roger of Franklin; her sons, James Ray Bryson and his wife Pat of Inman, S.C., Charles Frank Bryson and his wife Frances and Ralph Leslie Bryson and his wife Linda all of Franklin; 13 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Lyla Maxon and a brother, Newell Wright.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 4, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, with Rev. Alton Dendy, Rev. Albert Gray and Rev. Greg Rogers officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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


 

Betty Burriss Norton

Betty Burriss Norton, 68, of Greenville, S.C., passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side early Tuesday morning after a long battle of cancer. Born in Anderson, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Malcolm and Lula Burriss.

She was a loving wife, mother and nana.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Norton of Greenville; three sons and one daughter, Robert Norton Jr. and wife Regina of Waldorf, Md., Randy Norton and wife Evelyn of Mauldin, S.C., Ryan Norton and wife Evelina of Coconut Creek, Fla., Laurie DeLuca and husband Lou of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and seven grandchildren, Austin, Hunter, Jessica, and Brian Norton and Louie, Landon, and Lawson DeLuca.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, Highlands, N.C., with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park.

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


 

Kimberly Dawn BrownKimberly Dawn Brown

Kimberly Dawn Brown, 47, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

Born in Mt. Sterling, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Robert Brown and Shirley Mae Patterson Brown. She loved art and was Christian by faith.

She is survived by her son, Reginald Spencer Brown of Franklin and two brothers, Henry Eugene Brown and Robert Brown.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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

 


 

Dorothy Gene BrokawDorothy Gene Brokaw

Dorothy Gene “Dottie” Brokaw, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Dec. 31, 2012.

She was born and raised in Pontiac, Mich. She moved to St. Petersburg in the 40s, and graduated from St. Petersburg High School class of ’52 where she met the love of her life William A. Brokaw Jr., who preceded her in death. They were married for 46 years. Together they raised four wonderful children – Gary Brokaw of Albuquerque, N.M., Ken Brokaw (Holly) of Otto, N.C. – Kathy Obenshain (Lee) of Seminole, Fla. – Lori Birchard (Dan) of Franklin; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Queen Grandma.” She retired from Raymond James and Associates and moved to the mountains of North Carolina where she was the owner of Olde Mill House Rentals and Bed and Breakfast Inn, and Mongy’s Gift Shop. She was a former member of The Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Gulfport, Fla., and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Franklin.

A funeral mass, followed by a celebration of her life was held on Monday, Jan. 7, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc. or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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


 

Guy Ronald WilburnGuy Ronald Wilburn

Guy Ronald Wilburn, 52, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. He was born in York County, S.C., the son of the late Guy and Ruby Tallent Wilburn. He was coowner of Wilburn and Sons Landscaping. He was a loving father and grandfather, brother and son. He loved football and was a jokester. He was a member of Leslie Church of God in Rock Hill, S.C.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Jernigan Wilburn; two daughters, Crystal Ezzell of Chester, S.C., and Reeva Wilburn of Goldsboro, N.C.; son, Dylan Shane Wilburn of Goldsboro, N.C.; three sisters, Gayle Thomas of Rock Hill, S.C., Kathy Miller and Pam Watts both of Franklin; brother, Ricky Wilburn of Rock Hill, S.C.; four grandchildren Nathaniel Kirby, Andrew Ezzell, Sugey Cepeda Jr. and Bentley Cepeda; several special nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Justin Ryan Wilburn.

Funeral services and burial will be held in Rock Hill, S.C.

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


 

Helene Therese Bradley

Helene Therese Bradley, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at a local hospital. She was born in Calais, France, the daughter of the late Charles and Therese Cuignet Furneaux. She was married to Luther "Brad" Thayer Bradley who passed away July 27, 2008. She was a telephone operator, hospital volunteer and was a member of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Charles Luther Bradley of Live Oak, Fla.; special caregiver, Elena Saunders of Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Macon County Humane Society, PO Box 81/851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Kenneth WebbKenneth Webb

Kenneth Webb, 66, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, he was the son of Omie Mae Webb of Franklin, and the late George L. Webb. He was married to the late Gloria Ann Stiwinter Webb who died in 2007. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during Vietnam where he was an expert rifleman; an MP and dog-handler. During his service, he received two Purple Hearts and a Medal of Valor. He was a truck driver for Bates Concrete and loved NASCAR racing. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by a daughter, Nyoka Yoyanda Webb of Franklin; two sons, Nicholas L. Webb and Kenneth Paul Webb and wife Wendy, all of Franklin; two sisters, Libby Beck and Lorene Younger, both of Franklin; 12 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Wayne Buhl and Rev. Danny Prince officiating. Burial was in Strain Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 conducted full military graveside rites.

Pallbearers were Brandon Buhl, Scott Beck, Lamar Beck, James Beck, George Stiwinter and Jerry Stiwinter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made directly 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.


 

Michael Joseph Sergi

Michael Joseph Sergi, 54, of Franklin, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kathy Sergi; a son, Ian Riley of Roanoke, Va.; daughter, Cori Oregan of Grafton, Mass. and granddaughters, Bailey and Bella Oregan.

A private memorial service has been planned for family at a later date.

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


 

Ethelene Dayton SmithEthelene Dayton Smith

Ethelene Dayton Smith, age 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at a Jackson County Nursing Center. She was born in Hayesville, N.C., the daughter of Grover Bryan and Maude Kirby Dayton. She was married to Ellis William Smith who passed away Oct. 1, 2010. She was a homemaker and a member of Longview Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Katherine Davis of Franklin, and Mary Nancy McDowell of Newborn, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, J.D. Dayton and Clarence Dayton.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 7, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Reeves officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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


 

Ova Mae Greene

Ova Mae Greene, 71, of Franklin, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ben Bow Dills and Lassie Hastings Dills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. She loved to sing and attended Olive Hill Gospel Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Tina Wyatt of Alabama; a son, Richard Greene of Franklin; special “adopted” daughter, Sandra Bradley of Franklin; brother, Boyd Dills of Franklin; sister, Betty Sue Dills of Franklin; three grandchildren, Tiffaney, Caden and Fletcher and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Olive Hill Gospel Chapel. Rev. Barry Bowman will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


 

Theodore W. WaneskiTheodore W. Waneski

Theodore W. Waneski, 87, of Franklin, passed away, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Steve Waneske and Natalia (Madzelewska) Waneske. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Charles, Eddie, Felicia and Helen Waneske. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He enjoyed playing golf, watching football, golf and tennis matches, and was a longtime member and resident of Mill Creek Country Club. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Helen (Kozakewich) Keswick.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Jan. 8, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery in Queens, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Francis Catholic Church Food Pantry, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Grady JonesGrady Jones

Grady Jones, 90, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late George and Lola Hastings Jones. He was married to Effie Mae Martin Jones who died in 1992. He retired from the Town of Franklin where he was an equipment operator. He loved gardening, tinkering on small engines and raising livestock. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by two sisters, Ethel Waldroop and Rosa Lee Williams, both of Franklin; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three daughters, Mildred Sue Jones Crisp, Margaret Simonds Jones and Joann Simonds Maney; one son, Douglas Grady Jones, and eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 7, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Ballew and Rev. Melvin Reed officiating. Burial was in Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eli Green, Ned Holbrooks, Justin Farmer, Chris Rhinehart, James Jones and Zack Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Road, Highlands, NC 28741.

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


 

Carolyn Janie MungerCarolyn Janie Munger

Carolyn Janie Munger, 65, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Rabun County, Georgia, the daughter of the late Isaac N. and Emma Louise Henry Keener. She was a store manager at Bryson’s Food Store and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Highlands. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved animals, gardening, being outdoors and growing roses and orchids.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Munger, her daughter, Pamela Peck of Highlands, and her son, Jeff Munger and his fiance, Carla Norris of Goshen, Indiana; a sister, Peggy Reese of Highlands; two brothers, Mike Keener and wife Audrey of Highlands and Anthony Isaac Keener and wife Kitty of Enterprise, Ala.; two grandchildren, Whitney Talley and Bobbi Jo Talley and one great-granddaughter, Aubrie Lynn Potts. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Gary McCall officiating. Burial was at Highlands Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Chris Reese, David Reese, Jason Reese, Kenny Talley, Marshall Buck and Isaac Ramey.

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


 

Weyman Nelson WaldroopWeyman Nelson Waldroop

Weyman Nelson Waldroop, 79, of Otto, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in a local hospital. He was a native of Macon County, the son of the late Nelson and Maggie Evans Waldroop. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was retired from Lockheed-Martin where he was a supervisor over the machinist department. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was a cattle farmer.

He was blessed with many dear friends and was a professed Christian of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The daughters would like to thank their dad’s close friends for the love and support they showed him. He cherished each one.

Surviving are three daughters, Teresa Rogers of Homer, Ga., Karen Wilson and husband Gary of Dawsonville, Ga., and Lisa Glover and husband Keith of Dawsonville Ga.; three sisters, Sarah Bryson and husband Bob of Franklin, Carolyn Smith and husband Paul of Winston Salem, N.C., and Alda Ferris and husband Everette of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Levi, Chase, Clay, Josh and Stephanie; and one great-grandchild, Aydan.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with the Rev. Davis Hooper officiating.

Military rites were conducted by the Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108.

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






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