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Grace Rogers FranklinGrace Rogers Franklin

Grace Rogers Franklin, 91, of the Clarks Chapel Community, Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a lifelong native of Macon County, the daughter of the late Charles A. and Clara Jane Vanhook Rogers. She was married to Cameron Woodrow Franklin who passed away in 1981. She worked at VanRaalte and CR Industries and was a member of the Clark’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a hard worker, caring for others and raising her family. She was a loyal sports fan of the Falcons, Duke and especially the Braves. She took great pride in being the leader of Caring and Sharing Widows Group.

She is survived by her daughter, Jean Johnson and her husband, Robert of Gloucester, Va.; two sons, Jim Franklin of Loganville, Ga. and Hugh Franklin and his wife, Gloria of Franklin; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Franklin, a daughter-in-law, Sarah Bryson Franklin and a brother, Albert Rogers.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 17, at Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was held at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons, Harrison Brinkley, Cameron Franklin, Jim Estes, Matt Brinkley, Eli Estes, Samuel Estes and Janson Brinkley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clarks Chapel Cemetery Fund, 1999 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Patricia Joann Fortin

Patricia Joann Fortin, 69, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Herbert Arthur Bancroft and Mary Lucille Butch Bancroft. She was an accountant for 40 years for Albemarle Corporation.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathi Jones and her husband, Rusty of Franklin; an aunt, Patricia Brainard of Franklin; two sisters, Kathleen Keener of Franklin, and Carol Bancroft of Clayton, Ga.; three brothers, Richard Bancroft and wife Barbara of East Granby, Conn., Carl Bancroft of Wethersfield, Conn., and Alfred Lemieux and wife Susan of Dubuque, Iowa.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 16-A Brozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615.

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


 

John Williamson

John Williamson, 98, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Carol Wiegand and husband Richard of Oxford, N.C.; two sons, Jervis Scott Williamson and wife Suzanne of Franklin, and John Kit Williamson and wife Darcy of Owasso, Okla.; one brother, Jervis Williamson and wife Marjorie of Connecticut; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Dodgion and Rev. Mitch Shultz officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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


 

Buddy RabyBuddy Raby

Buddy Raby, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Joe Vernon Raby and Gertrude Gladys Roper Raby. He served in the Army Reserves. He was a dedicated baseball coach and will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He was a member of Mt. Sinai Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Pressley Raby; three children, Tammy Blaylock and husband Donovan, Joey Raby and wife Sherry and Jamey Raby and Blythe, all of Franklin; four brothers, Bobby Joe Raby and wife Joyce, Johnny Raby and wife Audrey, Russell Raby and wife Cindy and Freddie Raby and wife Jackie; sister, Helen Edwards; granddaughter, Whitney Nicole Raby and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 20, at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God. Revs. Mike Raby, Johnny Raby and Robert Dryman officiated.

Pallbearers were Gary Shields, C.B. Roper, Bert Raby, Billy Drinnon and Alan Allman. Bobby Peek, Edwin “Beezer” Turner, Lonnie Crawford, Eddie Raby and Gary Raby served as Honorary Pallbearers.

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


 

Frank B. Fields

Frank B. Fields, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., he was the son of the late Harry Fields and Viola Blakely Fields. He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta Fields, who died June 17, 2005, and great grandson, Sean Holterbach. He was owner of Alpine Tobacco and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

He is survived by four daughters, Diane Galloway of Fletcher, Deborah Holterbach of Asheville, Mary Jo Clark of Franklin and Susan Robb of Clayton, Ga.; two granddaughters; three grandsons and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral mass was held Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Tien Duong officiated. Members of the Knights of Columbus served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus, Saint Michael's Council 8363, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


 

Fay Pheobe WhiteFay Pheobe White

Fay Pheobe White, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Born in Thorold, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Peter Barron and June Farnworth Raymond. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Barron. She was a volunteer at Angel Medical Center and enjoyed reading, traveling, crafting, crocheting and ceramics. She loved to play Mrs. Claus at Christmas, visiting local schools and hospitals. She will be remembered for her sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, William “Bill” White; two children, Lettie Fay Cooper and husband John of Sylva and James White of Mississauga, Ontario; half-brother, Clayton Raymond of Ottawa, Ontario and several cousins.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Potts officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


 

Reva Clark DuvallReva Clark Duvall

Reva “Sis” Clark Duvall, 85, of Franklin, went gently into the arms of the Lord at her home on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Born in Macon County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Dock Levi Clark Sr. and Eliza Hickey Clark. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ralph Horace Duvall who died in 2004 and her beloved son, Gary Ralph Duvall who passed away in 1991. The last of nine children, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Clyde Clark, Arnold Clark, Lem Clark, Gaston “Monk” Clark and D.L. Clark Jr. and three sisters, Hassie Clark Sheffield. Birdie Clark Peek, Coye Sue Clark Simons. She loved her Lord and was strong in her faith. She enjoyed growing daylilies and was known by many near and far as the “daylily queen.” She was a member of Riverside Fellowship Church. She was a loving and caring mother who will be greatly missed by her daughter.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Ann Duvall of the home and many nieces and nephews. She was greatly blessed to have had kind and compassionate caregivers in her home, Debra Shelton, Regina Lindley, Dorothy Reddish, Terri Head, and a very special niece, Susan Simons who spent many hours with her “Aunt Sis.”

A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Revs. Davis Hooper, Phillip Cochran, and Wayne Price officiated. Burial was in Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Simons, Donnie Stanley, Eddie Sheffield, Gene Austin, Terry Duvall and Furman Ledford. Allen Berry and Grover Sheffield Jr. served as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cowee Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Kay Rickman, 240 Golf View Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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


Lillian ‘Pete’ McCalLillian ‘Pete’ McCall

Lillian “Pete” McCall, 90, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. She was born in Oconee County, S.C., the daughter of the late Fred and Annie Sisk Chapman. She was married to Bill McCall, who passed away Oct. 16, 1986. She retired from People’s Department Store as a salesperson. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she loved to crochet and quilt and volunteered at Highlands High School lunch room. She was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery for several years.

She is survived by two daughters, Frieda Bennett and Mary Jane McCall both of Highlands; five grandchildren, Pam Bennett, Keri Downing, Nicolaus McCall, Amy McCall and Quinton Wood and one great-grandchild, Tyler Downing. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Mike McCall and a sister, Vallie Jester.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Highlands First Baptist Church with Dr. Mark Ford officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 171 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741 or Tamassee DAR, PO Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686.

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


 

Overton ‘Tony’ Chambers IIOverton ‘Tony’ Chambers II

Overton “Tony” Chambers II, 81, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at his home on Tartan Ridge after a long battle with cancer.

He was born July 14, 1931, in Chicago, Ill. to Overton and Dayis Deitrich Chambers. He was predeceased by his sister, Jan Chmar (Col. Paul Chmar) of Highlands. He first came to Highlands in 1936 where he spent his summers. During that time, he stayed at Tricemont Terrace until his family’s home was completed on Buck Creek Road. As a teenager, he met many people that became lifelong friends, One of whom also became his wife. He married Isabel Hall June 15, 1951, and they shared many loves together, travel, music, friends, family and each other.

He attended Evanston High School, and graduated from Lawrenceville Preparatory School. He then went to Dartmouth College and graduated with a BA in English. While in Dartmouth, he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity, sang in the Glee Club, and was a member of the Dartmouth Outing Club.

After graduation, he returned to Highlands. He was a self taught blacksmith and many homes in Highlands have railings, fireplace screens and tables of wrought iron made with his hands. He was a member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. Also during this time, he taught schools at Tamassee School in Salem, S.C.

He worked at Life of Georgia in Atlanta from 1957-1971 in the corporate office and became a Life Fellow. While in Atlanta he attended St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. He was a Boy Scout leader and was the father and grandfather of four Eagle Scouts. He was instrumental in bringing his Scout troop to Highlands to "Camp Buck Creek" so he could share his love of Highlands with others.

He moved back to Highlands in 1971 to work at Tudor N. Hall & Associates and Village Service. He worked as a Real Estate Agent and Insurance salesman. He later purchased the real estate division of the business and became owner and President of The Chambers Agency, REALTORS.

He was a member of The Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, where he served as a senior warden, and multiple times as vestry member, lay reader, chalice assistant and former choir member.

He was a former member of the Jaycees of Highlands. He was a member and past president of the Highlands-Cashiers Board of Realtors and served on multiple committees. He was a member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Highlands Rotary Club. The couple received the Robert DuPree Award from the Highlands Chamber of Commerce in honor of their continuing support of Highlands.

He was a member of the Highlands Writer’s Group and the Blue Ridge Writer’s Group. He had written and published two novels, “The Inheritance” and “Lost & Found.” He also penned “Remembering Highlands,” a book of short stories told by his wife about growing up in Highlands.

He traveled extensively, and enjoyed camping, hiking, beach trips, skiing, skeet shooting, dancing and having the occasional hootenanny with friends and family. He also enjoyed researching genealogy and reading. He loved all kinds of music, and played the accordion, mandolin, and bagpipes. He was a piper and member of the Highlands Pipes and Drums. He loved Highlands and its local people. He enjoyed sharing his love of the area, and wanted others to experience it the same way.

He is survived by his wife, Isabel Hall Chambers, three sons, Overton Tucker (Jeannie), Thomas Tudor (Vickie) and Timothy Gilbert (Karen) all of Highlands; nine grandchildren: Spencer Chambers (Mandy), Royce Chambers, Sam Chambers (Jessica), Adam Chambers, Kasey Chambers, Amanda Chambers, Bessie Chambers, Erin Britt (Travis), and Susan Floyd; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and a lifelong list of friends also survive.

In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that donations be sent to The Church of the Incarnation Bell Endowment Fund, The Highlands Historical Society or the charity of your choice.

Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Episcopal Church of The Incarnation in Highlands with Father Bruce Walker officiating.

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


 

Curtis BensonCurtis Benson

Curtis Benson, 65, of Sylva, went home to be with The Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Born in Kenly, N.C., he was the son of the late Ollie Benson and Marjorie Watson Benson. A veteran of the Navy, he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an extraordinary gardener. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soul-mate, Nancy Benson; four children, Wayne Benson of Clayton, N.C., Kathy Benson of Newport, N.C., David Nutter of Charleston, S.C. and Brian Nutter of Greenville, S.C.; three sisters, Dianne Radford, Linda Benson and Peggy Goff; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, Jan. 18, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Bruce Merriman and Rev. Jason Smith officiated.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


 

Harry Lyn NealHarry Lyn Neal

Harry Lyn Neal, 53, of Canton, N.C., formerly of Macon County passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at an Asheville Hospital. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Harry Elmer and Bobbie Bracken Neal. He was a funeral director for Bryant Funeral Home.

He is survived by his son, Ian Alexander Neal of Franklin, N.C.; a grandson, Xander Austin Neal; his sister, Lisa Neal Hall and her husband Brian of Clover, S.C.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Janet Greene officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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


 

Helen Bowditch RunionHelen Bowditch Runion

Helen Bowditch Runion, 87, of Bakersville, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus on Jan. 19, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.

A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late E.D. and Bernice Hamrick Bowditch. She graduated from Bowman High School and from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1945 with a major in home economics and chemistry. She was an educator, having taught in North Carolina, Tennessee and Pennsylvania schools. During the later part of her career, she was a teacher at Gouge Elementary School where she taught hundreds of students. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the retired teachers association. Helen and Bob returned from Pennsylvania to manage Bowditch Orchard which was founded by Helen’s grandfather Joseph Bowditch for her father Ed Bowditch. She was a life-long member of Vians Valley Presbyterian Church, which was founded by her grandparents where she served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher. She had a special gift of love and hospitality, lovingly welcoming all those she knew or met. The Runion home was always a gathering place for family and friends. Her children were the joy of her life and she looked forward to having them at home. Family reunions and Christmas gatherings have always been special events where family, friends and the community have always been included.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Frances Bowditch Garner and Miriam Bowditch, her brother, Edwin Bowditch, and her grandson, Robert Philip Rowland.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert M. Runion, and by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Steve Rowland, of Raleigh; Mary and Gary Pyatte, of Bakersville, Ruth and Bill Cline, of Denver, N.C., Rose and Tim McDaniel, of Thomasville, and Maxine Runion, of Matthews; grandchildren, Kristy Pyatte Blanton and her husband Jason, Jennifer Pyatte Cook and her husband Josh, Elizabeth Pyatte Payne and her husband Neil, all of Bakersville; Casey Cline and Brather Cline, Andrew Roland, Ben Rowland, and Timothy McDaniel; five great-grandchildren, Abby and Emma Cook, Jace and Keller Blanton, and Evan Payne; Betsy and Sanford Harris of Rocky Mount, Lora Runion of Asheboro, Charles Runion of Spruce Pine, Ruby Runion Kelley of Baltimore, and 16 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Vians Valley Presbyterian Church with the Pastor Bob Simes, Rev. Neil Payne and Rev. Jacob Willis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vians Valley Presbyterian Church, PO Box 2, Bakersville, NC 28705; Hospice of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Drive Spruce Pine, NC 28777; or Gideons International Mitchell County Camp, PO Box 611 Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Henline – Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Runion family.


 

Elmer KellElmer Kell

Elmer Kell, 71, of Robbinsville, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C.

He was born in Macon County, N.C., and was the son of the late Phillip Milford and Annie Ledbetter Kell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Hummell.

He was an avid Alabama fan. He loved to spend time outdoors and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Lona Rae Denton Kell of Robbinsville; his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Morris Cook of Springville, Ala.; his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Missy Kell of Springville, Ala..; his sisters, Belva Greenwood, Betty Madison, and Ruby Southard, all of Franklin, N.C.; four grandchildren, Andi Kell, Samantha Yarbrough, Haley Kell, and Zac Cook.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 20, at Cedar Cliff Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Rev. Daniel Stewart officiated. A meal and a time of visitation and fellowship was held immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial followed at Denton Cemetery.

Townson-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.


Gregory ‘Scottie’ Brown

Gregory “Scottie” Brown, 47, our beloved son, husband and loving father, left this world on the wings of an angel to be with his Lord and Savior and his loved ones that were gathered there waiting on his arrival Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

He had a gentle spirit and was a kind man always willing to help others. He loved his three sons, his wife and family dearly, but above all he believed in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a member of The Church of Christ in Franklin, N.C., and was employed by Quality Oil. He was one of the North Carolina Tar Heels biggest fans. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Griffin and Olia Brown and Arthur and Anna Murphy.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Caudell Brown; sons, Ryne, Kyle and Adam; mother and father, Warner and Ellen Brown; and a sister, Cindy Brown.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Sol’s Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeff Powell and Jason Buchanan officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery.

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






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