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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 11/07/2013

Cynthia Schmitz

Cynthia Schmitz, was born and died on Oct. 28, 1933-2013.

Originally from Emporia, Kansas, she met the love of her life at age 13 when she moved next door to Bob Schmitz in Wheaton, Ill.

Shortly after graduation from high school, she and Bob were married in 1953. During 60 beautiful years of marriage, Cindy and Bob set an example to their family of marital devotion, loving respect, and self-sacrifice.

Her presence will be missed every day by Bob, their four children, 16 grandchildren, seven great grandkids, and countless others who had the special privilege of her easy friendship and nurturing love.

Surrounded by family in her home in Franklin, N.C., she peacefully entered with our Lord Jesus Christ on her 80th birthday.

Visitation was at Macon Funeral Home, Saturday, Nov. 2, followed by a funeral mass at St. Francis Catholic Church, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, or National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

Lewis Carpenter DoggettLewis Carpenter Doggett

Lewis Carpenter Doggett, 85, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Born in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of the late Lewis Carpenter and Mary Adeline Elliott Doggett. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean conflict. He was an executive in the textile industry. He was Phi Beta Kappa at Duke University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He served on the Board of The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, The Bascomb Art Gallery, Center for Life Enrichment, Highlands Town Planning Board, The Highlands Historical Society, and The Jackson/Macon Conservation Alliance. He was a vestryman and senior warden of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation where he was a member.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anne Patrick Major Doggett; three daughters, Mary Elliott Doggett Williams and husband Robert "R.L."of Lookout Mtn., Tenn., Alynder Patrick Doggett of Greenville, S.C., Frances Major Doggett Mulkin and husband Joel White of Birmingham, Ala.; three sons, Dr. Lewis Carpenter Doggett III and wife Cathy Allen of Jacksonville, Ala., Benjamin Tanner Doggett and wife Lisa Bailey Doggett of Suwanee, Ga. and John Patrick Doggett and wife Elizabeth Hamilton of Charlotte, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Tyler Jane Mulkin, Joel White Mulkin,Jr, James Elliott Mulkin, Lindsay Anne Doggett, Lewis Carpenter Doggett, IV, Allender Sullivan Duhe Doggett, Ethan McGregor Doggett, Riley Sullivan Doggett, Cooper Reeves Doggett, John Cabell Doggett and Emma Sullivan Doggett.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lucia Sullivan Doggett.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Episcopal Church of Incarnation in Highlands, with Father Bruce Walker officiating. Burial was at Highlands Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of Incarnation in Highlands, The Bell Tower Fund or Highlands Historical Society.

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

Anita Louise Stewart BachAnita Louise Stewart Bach

Anita Louise Stewart Bach, 91, of Milton, Fla. passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

Born on Oct. 25, 1921 in Chicago, Ill., she attended Mac- Murray College for Women in Jacksonville, Ill., from 1940 to 1942, and trained in 1942 at Illinois Institute of Technology, Engineering, Drafting and Machine Design in Chicago, Ill. In 1945, she became a graduate of Parson’s School of Design in New York and Paris, a foundation from which she started her own business, Anita Stewart Interiors and subsequently was listed in the “Who’s Who in American Women.”

She was a member of the Pace Presbyterian Church in Pace, Fla.

She was married to Alfons Bach from May 23, 1953, until his death on Aug. 19, 1999. She is also preceded in death by her son, Alfons S. Bach.

She is survived by three children, Alexander S. Bach of Milton, Fla.; Florence Bach of Ottowa, Canada; Betsey Ann Bach Gooder of Franklin, N.C.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Monday, Nov. 4, at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze.

James M. Scholten

James M. Scholten, 62, of Franklin, N.C., formerly of Augusta, Me., died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. He was born in Waukegan, Ill., raised in Augusta, and graduated from Cony High School in 1969. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a Radioman 2nd class (RM2) aboard the U.S.S Forrest Sherman DD931.

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, former member of American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, American Radio Relay League, International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians, Society of Broadcast Engineers, National Association of Business and Educational Radio, past president of the Walt Disney World Amateur Radio Club and AD1V Extra Class Ham Radio Operator. First Class FCC Radiotelephone licensed RADAR endorsed and certified in seven fields of electronics, he had careers in Two-Way radio communications with the State of Maine, Central Maine Power and Walt Disney World Companies. He was also a member of St. Frances Catholic Church.

A graveside service was held at Black Mountain Veteran’s Cemetery, Friday, Nov. 1, with Father Boyd officiating.

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

Jeffrey James CannonJeffrey James Cannon

Jeffrey James Cannon, 44, of Hayesville, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Born in Wichita, Kan., he was the son of Rev. James E. Cannon and Louise Cannon. He loved playing guitar, hunting, fishing, wood carving and collecting stones and arrow heads. He was a member of the Assemblies of God.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two children, Tiffany Ensley and husband Timothy of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Christopher Slade Cannon of Franklin; three brothers, Johnny Ray Cannon and wife Renee of Murphy, N.C., Ronnie Dean Cannon and wife Kelly of Brooksville, Fla. and Darrell Wayne Cannon and wife Patty of Anthony, Fla. and one granddaughter, Charity Marie Ensley.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Dr. Charles Kelly will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Johnny Ray Cannon, Ronnie Dean Cannon, Darrell Wayne Cannon, David Holliway, Timothy Ensley and Scott Knibbs.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 (

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

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Jane FreemanCynthia ‘Cindy’ Jane Freeman

Cynthia "Cindy" Jane Freeman, 51, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Mission Hospital after a short illness. Born in Winter Haven, Fla., she was the youngest daughter of Gene and Peggy Dugger. She was a graduate of Winter Haven High School and went on to get an A.A. degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg Junior College. She was Master Gardener, Class of 1996, Master Gardener President from 1998 to 2004, and also the Master Gardener’s main grant writer 1998 thrugh 2004. She was 4-H Leader of the year in 2001.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 24 years, Hiram Jerry Freeman of Franklin; one son, Levi Freeman of Franklin; two sisters, Gail Anderson of Winter Haven, Fla. and Pam Durrance of Thomasville, Ga.; one brother, Richard Dugger of Winter Haven, Fla. and one grandchild, Ayden Lee Quinn. She was an animal lover, and is also survived by her cats, Smokey, Tweedle, Samson, Wildman, Reason, DC, Boots, He-man, Nine, and her dog, Sophie.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Macon County Chapter of the NC State Master Garden, c/o Alan Durden, 193 Thomas Heights Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

David Daniel ChastainDavid Daniel Chastain

David Daniel Chastain, 55, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at his residence. He was born Nov. 17, 1957, in Macon County, the son of Vivian McCall Chastain of Highlands and the late Hillard Chastain. He was a carpenter and was a member of Highlands First Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, granddaddy, son, brother, and friend. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a former fireman for the Highlands Fire Department.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Anita Owens Chastain; two daughters, Danae Westendorf and her husband, Scott of Highlands, and Shelbi Watkins and her husband Ethan of Salem, S.C.; his grandchildren, Adisyn, Charlotte and Camden Westendorf and Sawyer Watkins; his brother, Den Chastain and his wife Marcia of Highlands; one niece and three nephews.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Highlands First Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Kinard officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 2 p.m., two hours prior to the service at the Highlands First Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made by visiting Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lee ClementMary Lee Clement

Mary Lee Clement died on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Beverly Barnett, with whom she lived in Franklin, N.C. Her smile, her enthusiasm for life, her loyalty to and love for friends and family will be greatly missed by all. She lived her 100 years to the fullest.

She was born Sept. 2, 1913, in Winton, N.C. She spent her early childhood in Norfolk, Va. She became at student at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., at age 16. While there, she was on the debate team, in the glee club, editor of the school newspaper, active in the Baptist Student Union and taught a Sunday School class.

After graduation, she attended and graduated from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. She was chosen Senior Queen of the Ball at the Campbell University 2011 80th Anniversary Celebration, and Campbell declared Sept. 2, 2013, Mary Lee Clement Day in honor of her 100th birthday.

She married Shelden L. Clement in 1934, moving to Raleigh, N.C., where he was on the graduate faculty of N.C. State. They also lived in Cambridge, Mass., Washington, D.C. and Knoxville, Tenn. In Knoxville, she worked with UT students at First Baptist Church, was president of all Knox County PTA and led two Scout troops from Brownies through high school. She was a nationally accredited flower show judge and organized several garden clubs. She helped to start the Knoxville Dogwood Trail.

Her husband's division of TVA was transferred to the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama in 1961. She organized, and was twice president of, the Rivermont Garden Club, and she earned her Master's in flower show judging. She started work as a real estate agent in 1962, became a broker and opened her own firm, Clement Realty, in 1966. She started the Women's Council of Realtors of which she was twice president. She was the Muscle Shoals Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year twice, was president of the Muscle Shoals Board of Realtors and Alabama Realtor of the Year in 1982. She also served on several national committees, was Chairperson of Alive Past 65 for the National Board of Realtors, served as president of the Alabama Chapter of the National Board of Realtors in 1981, and was on the National Women's Council of Realtors.

She was invited to be the first female member of the Florence Civitan Club, serving at each office in Civitan over the years she was there. She was chosen Civitan of the Year in 1985, and was chairman of the Civitan Telethon for United Cerebral Palsy in 1998. She was also active in the Sportsman Club at University of North Alabama, and participated in many athletic events until her move to North Carolina.

A lifelong Baptist, she began teaching Sunday School as a teen and continued to her mid-’90s. She began the Pairs and Spares Class at Woodmont Baptist Church after moving to Florence and taught it for over 30 years, forming close and enduring friendships there. She dearly loved her church.

She began learning World Tang Soo Do karate at age 70, earning her black belt in 1987. She never missed an international competition from 1983 until 2004, winning 26 trophies, numerous medals in sparring, form, and breaking boards. She was World Tang Soo Do Student of the Year in 2002.

After moving to Franklin in 2008, she joined the local Kiwanis Club and the Franklin Garden Club. She attended and made many friends at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin.

She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Barnett of Franklin and Brenda Wilson of Wilmington, Del.; two grandchildren, Shannon Miller and husband Christopher of Wilmington, Del. and Bethany Howard and husband Col. Garrett Howard of Vicenza, Italy; two step-grandchildren, William Barnett and wife Betty of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Stephen Barnett and wife Diamantia of Roswell, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Aaron Miller, Elliot Miller, Caroline Howard and Zachary Howard; three step-greatgrandchildren, Alexis Hawkes, Will Barnett and Lee Barnett and two nephews, Jerry Clark and wife, Norma, and Ronald Clark and wife, Joan.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Chaplain of Four Seasons Hospice, Michael Lee will officiate.

A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 4, in the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Crystal Springs, Mississippi.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Shelden and Mary Lee Clement Scholarship Fund, Campbell University, P. O. Box 116, Buies Creek, NC 27506.

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

James Richard McCollum Jr.James Richard McCollum Jr.

James Richard McCollum Jr. (J.J.), age 7, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Memorial Mission. He was born in Jackson County, the son of James Richard and Lynn McCall McCollum.

He attended Monte Vista Baptist Church in Mtn. Rest, S.C.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother Phyllis McCall of Mtn. Rest, S.C.; one sister, Roslynn Mae McCollum of the home and one brother, Austin William Mc- Call of the home. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jerry McCall and his paternal grandmother, Sharon Califf.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Pat Ashworth and Todd Meiser officiating. As J.J. would say, "GO DAWGS.”

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 to help with expenses.

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

Curtis Wright McDowell

Curtis Wright McDowell, 81, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. He was born in Cook County, Ill., the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Strong McDowell. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a purple heart recipient. He was a night manager for Sentinenal Star in Orlando, Fla. He loved to read and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Verna Hartman McDowell; four daughters, Candace Parks of Round Lake Beach, Ill., Lynn Jester of Christopher, Ill., Tracy Cumlin of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Kathleen Barrios of Round Lake Beach, Ill.; a son, Michael Curtis McDowell, step-daughter, Kim Browning of Taylorsville, N.C. and step-son, Keith Browning of Longwood, Fla.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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