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Bobby Frank Ammons

Bobby Frank Ammons, 57, of Franklin, N.C., died unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Frank and Edith Brown Ammons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Janet Ammons. He was a supervisor for Norton Creek Farms and was a member of Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his work and also enjoyed fishing, but more than anything, he loved spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and poppy.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn Faust Ammons; daughter, Candy Lowe and husband Philip of Franklin; brother, James Ammons and wife Kathy of Franklin and three grandchildren, Madison, Hunter and Jennalee.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 5, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Lowe and Rev. Philip Lowe officiated. Burial was in the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Stanley, Ryan McHan, Ronnie Vanhook, Clyde McCall, Jeff Stamey, Cody Faust, John Faust and Mark Bell.

Memorial donations can be made to the Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Jerry Sutton, 1822 Clarks Chapel Road, Franklin, NC 28734 or St. Jude Children’ Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

Online condolences can be made at

Ossie Sluder CrenshawOssie Sluder Crenshaw

Ossie Sluder Crenshaw, 86, of Pendleton, S.C., passed to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Anderson, S.C.

Born on June 19, 1927, she was preceded in death by her parents, Granville and Pearlie Morton Sluder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde, J.B. “Jake” and Michael Sluder; three sisters, Alice Sluder James, Frances Sluder, and Ida LeRoy; sister and stepmother-in-law, Alice Sluder James; step mother-in-law, Marie Knecht James; first husband, Thomas Alfred James; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, C.L. and Katherine James Ramey of Otto. Mr. and Mrs. James were owners and operators of Ossie’s Beauty and Tanning Salon since the mid 1960s. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Seneca #5 and a member of Faith Fellowship Church of Pendleton.

She is survived by her spouse, Thomas Crenshaw; puppy friend, Teddy Bear; step-sons, Walter Lee Crenshaw, Stephen Wade Crenshaw, and Thomas Wayne Crenshaw; brother, E.C. “Pete” Sluder; one grandchild, two great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews in the Sluder family and one niece, Miss Sarah Ann Ramey of Otto.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29, at the Brown- Oglesby Chapel. Rev. Doug LeRoy, Rev. Brad Hanks, and Rev. Jimmy Cox officiated. Burial was in the Oconee Memorial Park.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Church of Pendleton, 2230 Old Greenville Hwy, Pendleton, SC 29670

Scott DillsScott Dills

Scott Dills, 44, of Nantahala Community, Topton, N.C., died Sunday, July 28, 2013, in the Brian Center in Brevard. He had lived in Macon County most of his life. He attended the Bethel Hill Baptist Church.

He was the son of Eric K. Dills of Andrews and Cathy Wishon Dills Passmore of Nantahala. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ciera Rose “Rosebud” Dills.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Danielle Harris Dills; a step-father, Kenneth Passmore of Nantahala; a sister, Sharman Pratt of Topton; a brother, Stacy Dills of Newport, N.C.; the maternal grandmother, Julia Dills of Andrews; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, in Bethel Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Dockery and Leroy Kelly officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Ethan Dills, Chuck Hedden, Larry and Mike Wishon, Darrell and Eric Dockery, Carl Lequire, Verlon Passmore, and J.D. Owenby. Honorary pallbearers were Skylar, Breanna, and Zoey Dills, and Hope and Kelly Dockery.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements. Online guest register at

Margaret West Bailey

Margaret West Bailey, 98, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Mitchell Wellington and Alretta Sneft West. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William J. Bailey, Jr.

She was a graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk, Va. and attended the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. She was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church and a member of Highlands Garden Club.

She is survived by a niece, Joice Ira of Jacksonville, Fla. and a nephew, C. Edgar Hill, Jr., of Jackson, Miss. and their families. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Virginia West Cornick who died in June of 2012.

A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at the family plot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers that have attended to her in recent years.

Memorial donations may be made to Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741 or Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

Danny JohnsonDanny Johnson

Danny Johnson, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in an Asheville hospital. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Walter and Laura Ellen Anderson Johnson. He was a roofing contractor. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and liked hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judy Phillips Johnson; four sons, Chance Johnson, Shaye Johnson, Nacomas Johnson and Brandon Reynolds all of Franklin; two sisters, Eva Nell Clouse and husband Milbern and Margaret Childers, all of Franklin; two brothers, Billie Johnson and wife June of Penrose, N.C., and Burt Johnson of Franklin; and one grandson, David Johnson. He was preceded in death by a son, David Henry.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 5, at Olive Hill Gospel Chapel with Rev. Barry Bowman officiating. Burial was held at Joe Ground Family Cemetery. Sons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Macon County Unit-Relay for Life, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28741.

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

Hassie HarrisHassie Harris

Hassie Harris, 91, of Hayesville, N.C., died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, N.C. She was a native of Clay County, but had lived in many parts of the United States before moving back to Clay County in 1987. She was a bookkeeper for Clement Brothers Construction Company and she was also a homemaker.

She was the daughter of the late Mark and Levie Hogsed Rogers and the wife of the late Hubert Carl Harris, who died March 31, 2013.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy H. Phillips and husband, Larry of Cashiers, N.C. and Janie H. Greene and husband, Larry of Oxford, Ga.; five grandchildren, Ken and Tom Greene, and Mica, Katelyn, and Ashley Phillips; and two great-grandchildren, Walker and Coy Greene.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with Rev. Jackie Sellers officiating. Interment will be in Eagle Fork Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby and Gary Rogers, Fletcher Bradley, Chester Hogsed, Rex Patterson and Harold Gilleland.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Hassie Harris to the Eagle Fork Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Debra Burch, 198 Burnt Schoolhouse Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville is in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at

William Ross Bonner

William Ross Bonner, 75, of Pressley Road, Franklin, N.C., died Aug. 3, 2013.

He was born in Greensboro N.C., to Merle Dumont “Rabbit” Bonner and Blanche Baker Hanff Bonner, who preceded him in death. He was educated in High Point City schools and Woodberry Forest School of Orange, Va. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962 and afterwards worked for Oakdale Cotton Mills of Jamestown, N.C., for a short time as a salesman. He attended North Carolina State University and received a degree in fishery biology in 1968. He worked with the N.C. Wildlife Commission as district biologist in Western North Carolina. He was promoted to Special Studies Biologist for all of the trout waters in that area. He did a hydrology survey of the streams in the mountains, and published his study. He is also the author of numerous articles on fish biology in various state and national publications.

He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He knew all the trails in the Nantahala Mountains and was an expert in using the compass. He always had a garden and orchard and enjoyed his produce.

He is survived by his sister, Blanche Bonner Stevens (Walker) and his brothers, John Hall Bonner (Debbie) and James Archibald Stuart Bonner (Louise), and by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

His family thanks Linda and Morgan McCane, of Franklin, for the love and care they have given him.

Memorials may be made to the NC Wildlife Endowment Fund, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, 1702 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699 or Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Wooly Bugger, WV 25438.

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

Joyce Golding WilliamsJoyce Golding Williams

Joyce Golding Williams, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Born in Bimington, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Stella Drum Golding. She worked as a school teacher for many years; teaching at Pompano Baptist Temple School, Victory Baptist and Trimont Academy. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Williams; six children, Mike Williams and wife Claire of Paris, Tenn., Peter Williams and wife Donna of Pompano, Fla., Tim Williams and wife Jeannette of Winter Haven, Fla., Joel Williams and wife Kim of Boynton Beach, Fla., Paul Williams and wife Joyce Ann of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Joy Graham and husband Scott of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother, Gerald Golding and wife Linda of Texas; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 3, at Victory Baptist Church. Pastors Tim Williams, Rusty Wolfrey and Benny Bagwell officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to Gideons International PO Box 372, Franklin, NC 28744 or Victory Baptist Church, 278 Victory Baptist Church Rd, Sylva, NC 28779.

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

Hoyt Wilson ‘Ajax’ AlexanderHoyt Wilson ‘Ajax’ Alexander

Hoyt Wilson “Ajax” Alexander, 80, lost his battle with cancer, Aug. 4, 2013.

He was born June 29, 1933, in College Park, Ga., to Leland and Bessie Alexander. He served in the Air Force for 13 years during the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father and friend. His passions in life were fishing, hunting, and being a devoted family man. He spent the majority of his life in Florida where he and his wife owned and operated several successful businesses and raised their family. He retired in North Carolina where he enjoyed doing the things he loved.

He is survived by his dedicated wife of 43 years, Nancy Jane Alexander, stepsons, Daniel, Terry and Perry Atkinson and Kurt Knechtel; stepdaughters, Debbie Valdes and Nancy Muehl; son, Lee Alexander; daughter, Deyonne Alexander; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Glen and Alan Alexander. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jaquelin; stepson, John; and grandson, Perry.

Memorial contributions can be called or mailed to Macon Funeral Home, (828)524-5540, 261 Iotla Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Marian Gaines Westcott

Marian Gaines Westcott, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Born in Bradenton, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Leslie Gaines and Mae Parrish Gaines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Marvin. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Laurance Westcott; daughter, Janie Ensley of Franklin; sister, Lou Rahn of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, Leighann Smith and Holly Lane and four greatgrandchildren, Rachel Smith, Noah Smith, Gavin Lane and Sarah Lane.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam and Rev. Margaret Freeman will officiate.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flower, memorial donations can be made to Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc. P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744.

Online condolences can be made at

Lemuel Dawson BryantLemuel Dawson Bryant

Lemuel “Lem” Dawson Bryant, 82, of Franklin, N.C., went home to Heaven to be with his Lord. His travels and works are now completed here on earth. Those who knew him knew what a great man he was with his smile and witty humor.

He was born in Rentz, Ga., on Jan 2, 1931; he was the son of the late Frank and Nettie Bryant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mamie, two brothers, Cecil and Wyman Bryant, and his first wife Delcie Mae Bryant.

During his teens he settled in Florida from Georgia with his parents and siblings. He started ranching in 1960 in Astatula, Fla., where he raised cattle and farming. He ventured into rodeo and one year won a prize buckle for calf roping that he requested to be handed down to his great-grandson, Logan Dawson Bryant. Then in 1972 at the ranch he founded and started Lem Bryant Land Clearing, Inc. as president and owner. In 1982, he moved the construction business to Hwy 19, in Tavares, Fla., where he continued to run his construction business until Dec. 2009 when he retired to the mountains of Franklin.

He loved living in the mountains spending a lot of time sitting out on the deck watching the deer and turkeys come up and eat corn he put out for them. He loved bluegrass music attending many concerts and going to gospel singings in the area. He was a member of the Cartoogechaye Baptist Church in Franklin. He loved his church family and supported the youth of the church. He leaves behind a lot of friends in Florida and the mountains of North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Maryfrances (Young) Terrell Bryant, Franklin; sons, Robert (Donna) Bryant of Carmel, Ind., William Bryant of Fruitland Park, Fla.; step-sons Ray (Ellie) Hurley of Lutz, Fla., Keith (Shelly) Hurley of Safety Harbor, Fla., Edward Hurley of Perry, Fla.; sisters, Jane (Horace) Hayes of Pearson, Ga., Marie Cosby of Pearson, Ga.; brother, Quincy (Darlene) Bryant of Eustis, Fla.; grandsons, Lance (Julie) Bryant of Fla., Clinton (Katheryn) Bryant of Vt.; two great- grandchildren, Logan Dawson Bryant and Landyn Devyn Bryant of Eustis, Fla.; seven step-grandchildren, Matthew, Dustin, Megan, Jennifer, AJ, Katelyn and Jessica Hurley all of Florida and five step-great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Noah Foss of Florida, Jackson, Levi and Isla Hazer of California and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Macon Funeral Home, Franklin, with Pastors Josh Brooks and Carson Gibson officiating.

Final funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Home, Tavares, Fla., with Pastor Carson Gibson of Franklin, officiating. Visitation and viewing one hour prior to the funeral services. Final burial will be in the Astatula Cemetery, Astatula, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, his wish was that memorial donations be made to Cartoogechaye Baptist Church Youth Fund, C/O Cartoogechaye Baptist church, Att: Kevin McMahan, 465 West Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734. His love for the youth of his church will live on in his name.

Online condolences can be made at

Shirley Ann Henson Gregory

Shirley Ann Henson Gregory, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013.

Born in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Henson and Gladys Neal Henson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Will Cansler. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Carroll Jackson Gregory; three children, Joy Evers and husband Mike, Jackie Gregory and wife Cindy, and Jamie Gregory all of Franklin; brother, Fred L. Henson of Florida; three grandchildren, Jessica Bradley, Ryan Evers and Bradley Evers and a great-granddaughter, Natalie Bradley.

Funeral service were held Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Johnny Rogers officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Landon Holland, Adam Huscusson, Mark Holland, Dennis Holland, Landy Holland and Tony Munger.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

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

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