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Rev. Charles A. LedfordRev. Charles Alexander Ledford

Rev. Charles Alexander Ledford, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born July 21, 1927 in Dekalb County, Georgia, the son of the late Charles Tindell and Maybelle Alexander Ledford. He was an auto body repairman, a Baptist minister and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed ginseng hunting, gardening and fishing. He loved witnessing for the Lord.

He is survived by his spouse of 63 years, Lois Stockton Ledford; five children, Charles (Chuck) Ledford and wife Kathy of Clayton, Ga.; Sandra Miller and husband Jerry of Lancaster, S.C.; Karen Biddix and husband Don of Sylva, N.C.; Diane Shields and husband Allan, and Floyd Ledford and wife Kim, all of Franklin; one brother, Larry Ledford and wife Helen of Toccoa, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Chris Ledford, Jeff Keener, Robbie and Brandon Miller, Angie Shook, Donna Cogdill, Becky Bryson, Crystal Anders, Daniel Shields and Emily Parris; and 16 great-grandchildren: Danielle, Zane, Christopher, Jacob, Keith, Natasha, Toby, Andrew, Trevor, Paige, Trenton, Katelyn, Trinity, Elijah, Isaiah, and Olivia. He was preceded in death by an infant son, William Ernest Ledford; one brother, Doyle; two sisters, Barbara and Faye; two half brothers, Alvin and Charles W., and two half sisters, Mary Helen and Frances.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 26, in the chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Biddix and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Ledford, Daniel Shields, Keith Mathis, Jeff Keener, Chip Cogdill and Joey Bryson. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

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


Shelley JenkinsShelley Jenkins

After a long terminal illness, Shelley Jenkins, 39, of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Springfield, Tenn., she was the daughter of Sunshine Dowlen Cantley of Franklin formerly of Nashville, Tenn. and the late Stuart Allen Jenkins, formerly of Roanoke, Va. She is survived by her mother, Sunshine Cantley and step-dad, Charles (Chuck) Cantley of Franklin and an uncle, Steve Dowlen of Tennessee. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her uncle, Ernest F. Dowlen, III and her aunt, Jesse Jo Snider, both of Tennessee.

She was a student of the medical sciences, first studying nursing and interning at Sumner Regional Hospital in Gallatin, Tenn. She redirected her studies to pharmacy and radiology where she interned and worked at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She was last studying to become a Forensic Coroner.

She loved to read and had a great love of animals and nature. Being interested in marine biology, she read and became as knowledgeable as she could with regards to marine life.

She became a student at Macon Tracs Therapeutic Riding for Adults and Children’s Success, later becoming a volunteer. They honored her by naming their scholarship program “The Shelley Jenkins Scholarship Fund.” This fund helps ensure no student will be turned away from this life-changing service.

A Memorial Service will be held at Wayah Bald Mountain, Friday, May 31, at 1 p.m. Rev. Vic Greene will officiate.

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


Della MacDougallDella Kingsley Malpasse Lucas MacDougall

Della Kingsley Malpasse Lucas MacDougall, 89, passed away Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was born at the Mattie Harris farm, Davisboro, Ga., Washington County, Feb. 5, 1924, to William Harris Malpasse and Pauline Winifred Jernigan Malpasse.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Joseph Franklin Lucas; and second husband Harry Kenneth Mac- Dougall, Jr.; sister, Julia Franklin Malpasse Benitez; and grandson, Jared Kingsley Lucas.

She and her family moved from Davisboro to Atlanta. She attended the premier of "Gone With The Wind" 1939. She graduated from Girls’ High School, Atlanta, Ga., 1940.

She worked for the United States Forest Service, as switchboard operator and secretary, Scripto Pencil & Pen in Atlanta, Home Federal Savings & Loan, and Tom Wood Equipment in Florida.

She was Disciples of Christ faith. While living in south Florida, she was one of the founding members, Sunday School teacher, and deaconess of Faith Christian Church, Hollywood, Fla. She was a member and served on the CWF at Parkway Christian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Later she was a member, Elder Emeritus at First Christian Church, Sebring, Fla. and member at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, N.C.

Della loved life. She lit up a room with her smile and presence. She was gracious and kind. She accepted you as you were. She accepted what life offered and never complained. She was an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know and love her. She loved broadening her mind through books, many genres of music, and creating classical cuisine. An avid reader, she especially enjoyed the southern authors Margaret Mead and Flannery O’Conner.

She is survived by her children, Michael William Lucas and his wife Dawn, High Springs, Fla., and daughter, Heather MacDougall Mangum and her husband Joe, Highlands; sisters, Billie Campbell and her husband, Gene, Port Orange, Fla., and Annette Theoharides, Somers, N.Y.; grandchildren, Todd Lucas and his wife Eleni, Woodinville, Wash., Sean Lucas, Gainesville, Fla., and Miranda Lucas Chesser and her husband Bill, Archer, Fla.; and greatgrandchildren, Alexandra, Cameron, and Hannah Lucas.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Harris Family Cemetery, date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Della M. Lucas Mac- Dougall may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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


Jannella RosaJannella ‘Ann’ Thornton Rosa

Jannella “Ann” Thornton Rosa, 77, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Curtis Wesley Thornton and Burnice Vaughn Thornton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, William Scott Rosa, II and Cory Curtis Rosa and two grandchildren, Sasha Cantrell and Anthony Rosa. She enjoyed traveling and reading. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William Scott Rosa Sr.; five children, Saranne Cantrell of Missouri, Donna Vann of Florida, Keaitha Neal of Florida, Stephanie Rosa Carver and husband Ben of Asheville and Keith Sanders of Kentucky; brother, Vaughn Thornton of Jacksonville, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Saturday, May 25 in Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated.

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


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