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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 10/10/2013


Thomas Harley PottsThomas Harley Potts

Thomas Harley Potts, 82, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Floyd Potts and Annie Ella Queen Potts. He retired from Ford Motor Company in Michigan, and served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved woodworking and repairing cars. He was a member of Windy Gap Baptist Church which he had attended for many years.

He is survived by Glenda Clouse Potts, wife of 59 years; two sons, Keith Potts and wife Cindy of Hartland, Mich. and Kevin Potts and wife Mary of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Jason Potts, Angela Samko, Richard Cook; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 3, at Windy Gap Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed military graveside rites. Pallbearers were Clint Barnett, Ken Bishop, Jim Bryson, John Davis, Cecil Deis, Merritt Fouts, Paul Heist, Bill Hughes, Wayne Ledford, Otis Welch and the deacons of Windy Gap Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Med- West Harris Hospice Services, 68 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC 28779.

BryantGrant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



Frank ‘The Duke’ MacalusoFrank ‘The Duke’ Macaluso

Frank “The Duke” Macaluso, 79, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Born in Summit Hill, Pa., he was the son of the late Benjamin Macaluso and Anna Kenderish Macaluso. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Michael Macaluso. He was a retired 24- year U.S. Air Force veteran and a Bronze Star recipient while serving in Vietnam with the 7th Air Force Mac V Division. His military decorations include AF Commendation Medal with one Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the AF Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He was an antique collector and dealt at the Franklin Flea Market. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elaine Brunner Macaluso; five children, Margaret Scott and husband Robert of Clinton, Ohio, Duane Macaluso and wife Amy of Jeffersonville, Ind., Larry David Tate Jr. of Panama City, Fla., Mark Tate and wife Christine of Titusville, Fla. and Mi Young Kosloski and husband Raymond of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Benjamin Macaluso Jr. of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Marie Keeny and Shirley Tarbett both of Pennsylvania; 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

No local services have been planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to D.A.V., — Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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



Wanda Ray ShepherdWanda Ray Shepherd

Wanda Ray Shepherd, 66, of Franklin, N.C. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Burl Ray and Lucille Pendergrass Ray of Franklin. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she loved spending time with her grandkids and family and being outdoors. She attended Mt. Sinai Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Larry Shepherd and wife Gayla of Hayesville and Rickie Shepherd of Franklin; six sisters, Elaine Holland, Ila Giles, Deborah Holland, Ann Holland, Tammy Collier and Rita McCoy, all of Franklin; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Mason, and Madison Shepherd and Adam Prather and one great-grandchild, Cayden Prather.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Ray.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 4, at Mt. Sinai Assembly of God Church with Rev. Bryon Lamb, Rev. Jared Benedict and Rev. Johnny Raby officiating. Burial was in Roper Cemetery; nephews served as pallbearers.

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



Joan Diane RobertsonJoan Diane Robertson

Joan Diane Robertson, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

She was born in Milden, Saskatchewan, Canada on Feb. 27, 1943, and grew up in Caney, Kansas. She became an American citizen in Topeka, Kansas on Oct. 12, 1961. After graduation from college she taught elementary school in the Midwest and then in Pinellas County, Florida for 30 years. After retirement she moved to Franklin. Her love of the mountains kept her here full time. She worked at Macon Furniture for many years. She was a faithful Christian who was excitedly involved with the startup of the Biltmore Baptist Church Franklin Campus. She was preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor Myrtle Robertson; her father, James Richard Robertson and her brother, Allan James Robertson. She is survived by her niece, Diane Robertson Stram of Winter Springs, Fla.; her nephew, Allan Robertson Jr. and her sister-in-law, Louise Robertson both of Casselberry, Fla.; many close friends and her beloved dog, Rachel.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Joan Diane Robertson to Compelled Ministries Projects, Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden, NC 28704.

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



Robert Jackson Love

Robert Jackson Love, 76, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Angel Medical Center. He was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Macon County, the son of the late Tillery Theodore and Pauline Snyder Love. He graduated from Franklin High School. He served in the Navy four years and moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., where he worked for Jefferson Smurfitt for 47 years and moved back to Franklin.

He is survived by five daughters, Donna Rendell of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Pauline McKendree and husband Gary of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Dorie McRae and husband Matt of Lancaster, S.C., Bobbie Jo Turner and husband Joe of Las Vegas, Nev. and Tracy Jackson and husband Rob of Lakenheath, England; three sons Richard Love and wife Kelli and Robert Love Jr. of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Scott Love and wife Melissa of Suffolk, Va.; 14 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, numerous cousins and one special friend.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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



Wylene Ramey Wall

Wylene Ramey Wall, 83, of Otto, N.C., formerly of Clayton, Ga., and widow of William David Wall, died peacefully at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, with her family and loved ones by her side.

She was a matriarch and dearly loved by all who knew her and especially her children and grandchildren. She was the glue that held her family together and her loss leaves a hole that can never be filled. She was the queen of our hearts. She was born May 31, 1930, to the late Henry W. Ramey and Mona Wooten Ramey. She was a homemaker and care giver and a member of Jehovah’s Witness.

She was preceded in death by a son, Melvin Wall; two grandsons, Little Mel and Little Bo Wall; two brothers, James Henry (Babe) Ramey and Dock Ramey; and two sisters, Magdalene Gibson and Irene Crone. She is survived by a son, Vance Wall and wife Patricia of Franklin; four daughters; Rita Mosley and husband Leigh of Clayton, Ga., Mona Cole and husband Frederick of Otto, Greta Bozeman and husband Allen of Rabun Gap, Ga., Tina Duncan of Clayton, Ga.; one sister, Annie Mae Rogers of Clayton, Ga.; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

Graveside services were held Wednsday, Oct. 9, at Rabun Memory Park.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.



Pauline D. CrunkletonPauline D. Crunkleton

Pauline D. Crunkleton, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Allen Davis and Ella Louise Dills Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Crunkleton and brother, Allen J. Davis. She loved painting, basket weaving and ceramic doll making. She was the oldest member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Dennis Crunkleton and wife Linda, Mary Lou Nicholson, Debbie Angell and husband Ed and Phaedra Bishop and husband Larry all of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Melody Morgan, Harry Nicholson, Michelle Wilde, Samantha Raum, Ashley, Haylee and Wesley Bishop; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Davis Hooper will officiate. Burial will be in Sugarfork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Deacons of Pine Grove will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 7454 Highlands Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Harley Hilden Huffman

Harley Hilden Huffman, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

Born in Bryson City, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles Thomas Huffman and Cora Parker Huffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Danny Huffman, Randy Huffman and Linda Childers; two brothers, Henry and Jervie Huffman and a sister, Macie Huffman. He loved woodworking and was a Christian by faith.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Bishop of Franklin; a son, Steve Huffman of Gastonia, N.C.; niece, Sue Hollingsworth of York, S.C.; sister-in-law, Kitty Bishop; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date.

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


Kenneth Dale VlietKenneth Dale Vliet

Kenneth Dale Vliet, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

Born in Benton Harbor, Mich., he was the son of the late Clarence Lee Vliet and Elaine Kaczmarek Vliet. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed classic cars, baseball, Nascar and car memorabilia.

He is survived by four sons, James Vliet and Michael Vliet both of Michigan, Robert Vliet of Florida and Timothy Vliet of North Carolina; brother, John Vliet of Naples, Fla.; nephew, Gary Andrews; niece, Donna Nix; aunt, Joan Fallot and nine grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Monday, Oct. 7, in the Georgia National Cemetery.

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



Carl Fred Friebus

Carl Fred Friebus, 88, of Otto, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Born in Maywood, Ill., he was the son of the late Solomon and Maria Margaret Friebus. He was a veteran of the U.S .Navy, serving during WWII and the Normandy landings. He was an electrician for Daniels Construction and was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Charlene Ruth Bryant Friebus; one daughter, Linda Wall and husband Anthony; four sons, Dan Friebus and wife Lora, Stephen Friebus and wife Shawnee, Timothy Friebus and wife Ann, and Michael Friebus and wife Debbie; one brother, Richard Friebus; nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Tasha, Tanya, Jason, Shannon, Tiffany, Laura Lee, Sonya and Shaun; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Paul.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Jerome Schott officiating.

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



Marie Alice Sharpe

Marie Alice Sharpe, 80, of Highlands, N.C. passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Quatacker Churan. She was married to Norman Thomas Sharpe who preceded her in death in June 2011. She was a volunteer for Holy Trinity Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., and The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, where she was a member.

She is survived by one daughter, Virginia Clair Sharpe Martin and husband Michael of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons, Kenneth Norman Sharpe and wife Pam of Atlanta, Ga., and Tracy Roy Sharpe and wife Karen of West Palm Beach; one brother, William Tucker of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren, Christopher, Kelly, Lisa, Tara and Troy; two great grandchildren, Trace and Matthew and one nephew, Lawrence Drake.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, with Rev. Howard W. L’Enfant officiating. A reception will follow the service. A second memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, PO Box 729, Highlands, NC 28741.

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



Dean J. Ezell

Memorial services for Dean J. Ezell, 84, of the Warwoman Community, Clayton, Ga., and husband of the late Dorothy Galloway Ezell, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the new Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, conducted by Jeff Brookshire.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.





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