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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 06/20/2013

Westley Anthony Jacomino Jr.

Westley Anthony Jacomino Jr., 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Born in New Orleans, La., he was the son of the late Westley Anthony Jacomino Sr. and Eleanor Jeanfreau Jacomino. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the American Legion and VFW. He was a member of the Macon County Humane Society, Noah’s Ark Humane Society, Saint Francis Catholic Church, Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, the Association of Marian Helpers, Fraternity of St. Peter and many other religious associations.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Valerie Charles Jacomino; two children, Michelle Jacomino Weaver of New Orleans, La., and Michael Charles Jacomino of Fresno, Calif. and three grandchildren, Nicholas Anthony Jacomino, Katherine Michelle Weaver and Alexander Wesley Jacomino. He was the proud fatherin- law of Christian Jacomino and Joseph Weaver.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Humane Society, Noah’s Ark Humane Society or Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center.

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

Frances O’DonnellFrances Siddaway O’Donnell

Frances Siddaway O’Donnell, born in Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1915, passed away on June 11, 2013. She was 98 years old. She married Edwin O’Donnell in 1935. Her husband preceded her in death in 1988.

She is survived by one son, Lee O’Donnell and wife Barbara; two granddaughters, Deb Gravatt and Terri Garcia, and two great-grandsons, Alex Garcia and Andy Garcia. She moved to Florida in 1947 and then to Franklin, N.C., in 1971. Her remaining 12 years, she was a resident of Brevard, N.C. In her lifetime, she helped many people. She was a Grey Lady at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., and served as a Pink Lady at Angel Community Hospital in Franklin. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Franklin. She took care of many family members in their time of need. Anyone who knew Fran described her as energetic, kind, and helpful.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Brevard, 1266 Asheville Hwy., Suite 5, Brevard, NC 28712.

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

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Ella Taliaferro

Margaret “Maggie” Ella Taliaferro, 82, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Born in Edison, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Judge Beach Thompson and Maggie Louise Whatley Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Neves. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Edison, Ga. She loved to crochet, sew and enjoyed working in the yard. She was a member of Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs, Fla.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ferrell Lee Taliaferro; two children, Madela K. Taliaferro of Clayton and Kerrell Wolfe of Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Penny Moffitt and three great-grandchildren, Avery, Finley and Emmy Moffitt.

Graveside service was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Rev. Don Moffitt officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

Earl Dowdle

Earl Dowdle, 76, of Sylva, N.C., passed away Tuesday evening June 11, 2013. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Plenny and Launa Norris Dowdle. He was a foreman for Bizzark Construction in Kentucky where he retired after over 20 years of service. He loved camping, boating and his tractors and worked as hard as he could for as long as he could. He loved and adored his family and friends especially his grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Settlemyre, two great-grandchildren, Caleb McFalls and Braxxton Moore and by six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce Dillard Dowdle; son, Johnny (Paula) Dowdle of Sylva; daughter, Tina Dowdle (Steve) Moore of Sylva; grandchildren, Joshua Earl Dowdle, Jeremiah Lee Dowdle, Samantha Ashe McFalls, Steven Cody Moore, Brandi Nicole Moore and Halie Michelle Settlemyre; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charlie and Ray Dowdle; six sisters, Bonnie Kelly, Nell Goforth, Marie Brabson, Louise Williamson, Pauline Stiwinter and Carolyn Chastain.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 14, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Charles Dean and Johnny Ray Davis officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10001.

Ian Richard Denham

Ian Richard Denham, son of the late Albert and Edith Denham, died unexpectedly on May 20, 2013. Born Dec. 12, 1947, in the village of Morton, Linconshire, England, he grew up in Morton, and then in the nearby town of Bourne.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Shelley; daughters, Gillian Denham Jones, Megan Denham Vered and Joy Denham; sons-inlaw, Andrew Jones and Moran Vered; two granddaughters, Ella and Kaylee Denham Vered; sister, Iris Whitham, her husband Colin, their three children and grandchildren; and extended family members, Tom and Jane Warth, Charlyn Jackson, and many dear friends.

He was a world traveler in his early 20s. On a trip to Canada and the U.S., he happened to meet Shelley Jackson, and within six hours, they had decided to marry. Five months later on Dec. 22, 1973, they did so, in Bourne. He then emigrated to the U.S., and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he immediately realized that joining the Jackson family meant singing. With no training or experience in music, he good-naturedly joined the church choir, and sang for a number of events with Shelley, her brother David and wife Char Jackson.

Their three daughters – all of whom were born in Cincinnati – were his greatest joys. A close-knit family, they all shared a love of travel, nature, music, and a sense of fun and adventure.

In 1989, Ian and his family moved to Highlands, N.C., to work at a local retreat center. His job as facilities director included the management of all aspects of the infrastructure of the 90+ acre facility and he supervised all new construction projects, and most of the renovation of older buildings himself, with staff and volunteers.

Music became an even more important part of his life when he and Shelley met Tom and Jane Warth, and formed a quartet. Their close harmonies and unique blend gave voice to their mutual passion for social justice, embrace of diversity, and spiritual expression. Together, they traveled through much of the eastern United States, providing worship services, concerts and workshops. They had started recording their second CD in January, and had planned to complete it by the end of 2013. More recently, he sang in the First Presbyterian Church choir whenever his schedule permitted, and the church became a warm and loving home for both Ian and Shelley.

His kind, gentle nature could only be rattled by mistreatment or mean-spirited behavior to his loved ones, lack of a strong and dependable work ethic, and waste of natural resources. Among the comments in the many loving cards and messages sent to his family upon news of his death, was this tribute: “The world lost a truly wonderful human being when he died. Ian brought goodness and gentleness to all who knew his cheerful spirit, and we are better for having known him!”

A service of remembrance and celebration will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on July 6, the 40th anniversary of the day Ian and Shelley met and decided to marry. A reception will be held after the service in Coleman Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church Bolivian Mission Scholarship Fund, and/or to the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

R.W. ‘Cotton’ Beals

R.W. “Cotton” Beals, 78, Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

He attended St. Thomas Aquinas (Central Catholic) High School. He then enlisted in the Marines. He was a strong Christian and a member of the Knights of Columbus and attended St. Francis Catholic Church. He retired from the Postal Service in 1997 after 37 years. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Miami Dolphins, New York Yankees and Notre Dame. He never met a stranger and enjoyed playing golf.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon; daughters, Char (Rick) Anderson, Cheryl (Greg) Ford, grandchildren, Lindsey, Cortney, Garrett and Shelby; sister, Vicky Gibson; brother-in-laws, Jerry (Joan) Stuby and Ed (Precia) Stuby and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Catholic Church in Franklin, on Friday, June 21, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803, or to St. Francis Catholic Church, 299 Maple Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Ronald Gene Bishop

Ronald Gene Bishop, 75, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Born in Lexington, Ky., and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roger F. Bishop and Venetia Parker Bishop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Shields Bishop. He will be remembered for working as a plumber, working for West Lumber, Macon County Supply and most recently, Caterpillar. He enjoyed playing horse shoes, darts and was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. The loves of his life were his family, friends and fireflies.

He is survived by three children, Christy Kimsey and husband Vic of Franklin, Kenny Bishop and wife Kerry of Buford, Ga., and Shannon Lewis and husband Cary of Marietta, Ga.; special friend, Nancy Durm; twin-brother, Roger D. Bishop of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Adam Kimsey and wife Tasha, Ariana Kimsey, Elizabeth Bishop, William Bishop and Makayla Gibbs; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Drinnon officiated.

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

Clay Kevin HugheyClay Kevin Hughey

Clay Kevin Hughey, 57, of Cashiers, N.C., went to be with the Lord, Friday, June 14, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Rabun County, Ga., the son of the late Doyle Hughey and Irene Moffitt Hughey. He was a self- employed stone and block mason. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved to hunt and fish and was a good basketball player. He loved all sports.

He is survived by three daughters, Hilary Hurst and husband David of Greer, S.C., Heather Blythe and husband John of Little River, N.C., and Jessica Hughey of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; one son, Jonathan Hughey and wife Holly of Brevard, N.C.; two sisters, Brenda Moss of Cashiers, N.C. and Hilda Nevius of Glenville, N.C.; one brother, Leland Hughey of Cashiers, N.C. and two grandchildren, Braxton Ricker and Baylor Blythe.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 17, at Cashiers Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Patrick officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Cashiers. Pallbearers were Brian Stewart, Dean Watson, Tommy Bryson, Bill Hooper, Stacey Dillard, Cliff Moffitt and J.J. McCall.

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

Verlie Mae ChamblessVerlie Mae Cochran Chambless

Verlie Mae Cochran Chambless, 64, of Franklin, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, after she lost her battle to cancer.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Sylvester Cochran and Ollie Leigh Pendergrass Cochran. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Ray Chambless and two brothers, Harold Clifton Cochran and Charles Blanton Cochran. She worked many years as a cook at Longview Steak House and Dooley’s Restaurant. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Tammy Combs and husband Steve, Tonya Chambless and Tracy Hood all of Franklin; three step-children, Debra Ann Jones, Randy Chambless and Dale Chambless all of Tifton, Ga.; five brothers and sisters, Ronald Reid “Tommy” Cochran of Franklin, Elsie Sanford of Ellijay, Ga., Corrina Hooper and Pamela Fay Swanson both of Franklin and Emma Jean Lazenby of Covington, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Hayes and Rev. Don Moffitt officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Justin Stamey, Derek Stamey, Brandon Carpenter, Mike Ford, Chris Ford, Steve Hood and Josh Grandstaff.

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

John Raymond HigginsJohn Raymond Higgins

John Raymond Higgins passed away peacefully on June 15, 2013, at Angel Hospital in Franklin, N.C., just three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday.

He was born on July 6, 1921, to John H. and Gertie Higgins in Ladysmith, Wisc. They later moved to Superior, Wisc., where he attended school and graduated from Superior Central High School. He was a WWII Air Force veteran who served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. On May 3, 1947, he married Mary Jane Russom, the love of his life for over 66 years. In 1957, they purchased the Four Corners Store outside of Superior, and owned the store until 1973. Prior to selling the store, they built Pattison Park Golf Course. John and Mary Jane ran the golf course until 1982, when they retired to Florida. They moved to Franklin in 1990. They enjoyed many years of golf, traveling in their RV, and their family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, traveling, cribbage, and his family and friends.

He was a member of the Hew Hope Presbyterian Church, Men’s Golf League Pattison Park Golf Course, Elk Lodge and a member of the Hickory Knoll Methodist Church.

He was a gentle, kind soul who was greatly loved. He will be remembered and missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; two daughters, Rosemary Disbrow, Debbie (John) Demulling and son, J. Douglas (Geronica) Higgins; one sister, Jeanne Peterson; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger A. Higgins.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 17, at the Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Paul Sears under the direction of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Superior, Wisc., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in John’s name to Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church, 86 East Hickory Knoll Rd, Franklin NC 28734 or Country Passage Presbyterian Church, 4694 S. Country Rd. A, Superior, WI 54880

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


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