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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 08/22/2013


David Anthony ‘Skip’ Aadnesen

David Anthony “Skip” Aadnesen, 69, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 12, 2013.

Born in Chicago, Ill., to John “Andy” and Anne Horwath Aadnesen, he spent most of his life in California. He was a U.S. Marine and served in Vietnam. He was a security consultant with TRW for 23 years.

He leaves behind a wife of 25 years, Judy Painter Aadnesen; three children, Kim and husband Robert of Franklin, Jen and husband Ryan of New Hampshire and Eric and fiancée Crystal of Franklin. He has two brothers, Michael and Jeff of California. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Macon Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Riverside Memorial Park in Riverside, Calif., for interment.

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



Gladys Marie McConnell

Gladys Marie McConnell, 87, of Franklin passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Born in Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Marion S. and Leona N. McClure Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Lyman McConnell, who died July 21, 1989.

She was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who always had a beautiful smile. She was a member of Black Mountain Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Beatrice Marie Carpenter of Franklin; two sons, Donald Hugh Mc- Connell and wife Kathy of Franklin, and George Rondall Mc- Connell and wife Kenny of Marietta, Ga.; a brother, Marion Thomas Jr. of Hiawassee, Ga; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Gene McConnell; a son-in-law, James Carpenter; a sister, Edna Blanche Prince; two brothers, Porter Thomas and M. L. Thomas; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 16, at Black Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Cannon, Rev. Mike McConnell and Rev. Bryan Alexander officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to Black Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 662 S. Skeenah Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Thomas Z. Jones

Thomas Z. Jones, 78, of Lenoir City, Tenn., passed away in Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 15. He was a graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, N.C. and Western Carolina University. He served 21 years with the U.S. Navy "Seabees" retiring as a chief equipment operator. He was very proud of his service to his country and was based in many areas of the world including Alaska, the Philippines, Italy, the Antarctic and Vietnam. His many military awards included The Naval Achievement Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Expert Rifle and Pistol ribbons. Following his military retirement, he worked for the Caterpillar Company in Peoria, Ill. He was married for 43 years to Rosa del Ricco of Casserta, Italy, who predeceased him in 2003.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Angelo Jones of Princeton, Ill., and brothers, Larry of Lenoir City and Dr. R. M. Jones of Franklin.

Interment will be in Lacon, Ill., beside his beloved wife, Rosa.

Click Funeral Home Lenoir City, is serving the family. www.clickfuneralhome.com.



Herby Nicholson, Jr.

Herby Dillard "Shorty" Nicholson Jr., 85, of Byhalia, Miss., formerly of Macon County, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Aug.14, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Monetta, S.C., the son of the late Herby Dillard Nicholson, Sr. and Gazette Pauline Rogers Nicholson. He was a dairy famer and timberman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Kimsey Nicholson.

He is survived by his companion of 22 years, Mary Lou Allen; his daughter, Reva Hake of Columbia, Mo.; his son, Rex Nicholson of Pass Christian, Miss.; three sisters, Olga Huscusson, Eoline McCoy and her husband, Tommy, and Ruth Crawford and her husband, Burt, all of Franklin, N.C.; one brother, Grady Byron Nicholson and wife Margie Shook Nicholson of Otto, N.C.; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Burt Crawford officiating. Burial was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Della 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; 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" in 1939. She graduated from Girls’ High School, Atlanta, Georgia, 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 of 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.

She 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.; greatgrandchildren, Alexandra, Cameron, and Hannah Lucas.

A memorial service for Della will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, Saturday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Lee Bowman officiating. Interment will be at the Harris Family Cemetery, Davisboro, Ga., Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.

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.



William ‘Ray’ McMahan

William “Ray” McMahan, 63, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Tim McMahan and Pauline Waldroop McMahan. He was the owner of M&M Siding and was a member, deacon and former youth leader at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Baye Hopkins McMahan; three sons, Michael McMahan and wife Beckie, Kevin McMahan and wife Jennifer and Brandon McMahan and wife Kate all of Franklin; two brothers, Henry McMahan and wife Linda and Bob McMahan and wife Joyce both of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Alisha Randall, Marc McMahan, Noah McMahan, Elijah McMahan, Chloe McMahan, Kyndle McMahan, Kaci McMahan and Karli McMahan and one great-grandchildren, Nathan McMahan.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 19, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rev. Carson Gibson, Rev. Josh Brooks and Rev. David Hastings officiated. Burial was in the Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Marc McMahan, Noah McMahan, Elijah McMahan, Gary McMahan, Tim McMahan and Jason Hopkins. Honorary Pallbearers were deacons of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Cartoogechaye Baptist Church Youth.

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



Carrie Nell Gibson Cabe

Carrie Nell Gibson Cabe, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Minnie Angel Gibson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cabe who died Aug. 27, 2012.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved kitty cats and flowers and loved taking care of and cooking for family and friends. She was a member of Mashburn Branch Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirlene Spradlin and husband Melvin of Franklin; three grandchildren, Leeann Higdon and husband Brandon, Amanda McMahan and husband Robert and Jody Spradlin and wife Heather all of Franklin and six great-grandchildren, Zachary McMahan, Austin McMahan, Blake McMahan, Brandon McMahan, KayLyn McMahan and Mia Higdon.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle Gibson and a grandson, Kevin Spradlin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Gene Hawkins officiating. Burial was in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert McMahan, Brandon Higdon, Austin McMahan, Blake McMahan, Jack Gibson, Billy Hurst and Brandon McMahan. Honorary pallbearer will be Carl Angel.

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



Joanna Pittman Fox

Joanna Pittman Fox died at home on Aug. 18, 2013, of a malignant brain tumor. She was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Atlanta, Ga. Her parents were Frank Smith Pittman Jr. and Virginia Boyd Pittman, both of Griffin, Ga. She moved to Prattville, Ala., in 1946. She graduated from Sullins College Academy in Bristol, Va., in 1955, and then she attended the University of Alabama from 1955-57. She was one of the first women engineering majors at the university. She ultimately graduated from Stratford College in Danville, Va., in 1970, where she majored in English. She completed a master’s degree in guidance at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and studied guidance at the University of Virginia.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Dr. Edward (Ned) Jordan Fox Jr.; her sons, Dr. John Paul Rutter III, of Mt. Olive, N.C., and Harrison Rogers Rutter (Catherine) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughter, Dr. Virginia Elisabeth Rutter (John Schmitt) of Framingham, Mass., and Washington DC, as well as Edward Jordan Fox III (Betsy) of Charlotte. She is predeceased by her son, Lt. Frank Pittman Rutter, USN (Shannon Rutter Valentine) and her brother, Dr. Frank Smith Pittman III. Other family includes Dr. Mike Valentine. She has eight grandchildren, Pitt and Jake Rutter, Ashley and Olivia Fox, Catherine, Jack and Brooke Valentine, and Wesley Bailey. She is survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Frank’s wife Elizabeth Brawner Pittman, and nieces and nephews, Dr. Tina Pittman Wagers, Frank Smith Pittman IV, Dr. Ginger Pittman Pistilli and seven great nieces and nephews. She died on the birthdate of her son, Pitt, who died 28 years ago.

She was an educator by profession, a community volunteer by avocation, and a mother to many by inspiration. As an educator, she was a leader at several institutions including Charlotte Latin School. She was a teacher, a guidance counselor and college guidance counselor, upper school head, a director of admissions and a director of financial aid. She was past-president of Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors. She was a dedicated, active servant to the Episcopal Church all of her life – from church organist starting at age 12 to president of the Episcopal Church Women as a young mother, to parish administrator after she moved to Cashiers in 1982, and to altar guild member until age 74.

She had an unparalleled gift for friendship, and was a famous friend to her nieces, nephews, neighbors, colleagues, and most of all to her husband Ned. She built community wherever she went, and has left behind an engaged, interconnected web of friends, family, and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 32, Cashiers, NC, 28717.

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



Sidney Broadbent

Sidney Broadbent, 81, of Otto, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

Born in Lackawanna County, Pa., he was the son of the late Sidney Broadbent and Beatrice Bevan Broadbent. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He worked as stage manager for Paul Harvey; loved his horses and was a former member of the Macon Horse Association and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of Coweeta Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Marilyn McRoberts Broadbent; five daughters, Lynne Denouden of Holland, Lori Broadbent of Chicago, Ill., Beth Broadbent of Ft. Myers, Fla., Kari Hebrank of Tallahassee, Fla. and Kelly Spiro of Science Hills, Ky.; nine grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Coweeta Baptist Church. Rev. Davis Hooper officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1648, Franklin, NC 28744.

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



Ellen Jackson Alligood

Ellen Jackson Alligood, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Born in Washington, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Delmer Jackson and Nelia Holmes Waters Jackson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Earl Alligood who died Oct. 4, 2011. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Eastern Star and Home Extension. She enjoyed church work, especially singing in the choir.

She is survived by daughter, Debbie Land of Franklin; son, Blake Alligood and wife Wanda of Franklin; sister, Ann Jackson and husband J.T. Sheppard of Washington; two brothers, C.D. Jackson of Culpepper, Va., and Jessie and wife Elaine Jackson of Washington; eight grandchildren, Tanya Land Durant, Tammi Land and Andrew Porter, Marcus Land, Melissa Alligood Fifield and husband Kevin, Joseph D’Ascoli, Andy Alligood and wife Holly, Jessica Alligood, Rosemarie D’Ascoli, David D’Ascoli, Angie Mercier and Tiffany Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Ashley Durant, Brittney Durant, Jake Durant, Kendall Fifield and Baby Girl Land/Porter.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church. Rev. Robert Brown, Rev. Joe Sustarsic and Rev. Blake Arnold officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Marty Queen, Bruce Moore, Barry Breeden, David Sherwood, David D’Ascoli and Stephen Wright.

Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church Choir.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Willie Mae Poole

Willie Mae Poole, 88, of Oxford, Ga., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

Born in Guntersville, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Willie Melton and Alice Keylon Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde E. Poole who died in 2001 and a sister, Thelma Ryans. She lived at Merryvale Assisted Living Center in Oxford for 11 years, where she enjoyed many activities. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Franklin.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Patton and husband Pat of Franklin and Patricia Harris of Social Circle, Ga.; sister, Leota Patterson of Rockwood, Tenn.; two brothers, Troy Melton of Rockwood, Tenn. and Glenn Melton of Newberry, S.C.; two grandsons, Parks Harris and wife Kathy and Chad Harris and four great-grandchildren, Reid, Ryan, Morgan and Mason Harris.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Margaret Freeman officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Abbey Hospice. Pallbearers were Parks Harris, Chad Harris, Reid Harris, Ryan Harris, Mason Harris and Jim Shope.

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






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