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Judye BrysonJudye Bryson

Judye Bryson, 73, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Donald Bryson and Mary Smith Bryson. She was a retired registered nurse, talented artist and singer, animal lover and will be remembered as loving and compassionate.

She is survived by seven children: Candace Wilkerson of Seattle, Wash.; Trent Wilkerson of Atlanta, Ga.; Kirstin Dodge (Paul) of Franklin; Rachel Fletcher (Tony) of Melbourne, Fla.; Erica Massey (Duke) of St. Cloud, Fla.; Brenda Thompson (Jimmy) of Macon, Ga. and John Kraus, II (Julie) of Macon, Ga.; brother, Richard Bryson (Charlene) of Jackson, Ga.; seven grandchildren; beloved pets, Quiera and Zoë, and many extended family and cherished friends.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 6, at Cowee Baptist Church. Rev. Ronnie Branson and Rev. Vic Greene officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 or Angel Home-Care and Hospice, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



William ‘Bill’ M. Brandon

William “Bill” M. Brandon, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late William M. Brandon and Mildred Nerhood Brandon. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. He loved the mountains and enjoyed camping and hiking and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Brandon; two daughters, Linda Dingee of Arlington, Texas and Karen Brown of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, Robert Brandon of California; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.

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



Lawrence Carl ‘L.C.’ Howard Jr.Lawrence Carl ‘L.C.’ Howard Jr.

Lawrence Carl “L.C.” Howard Jr., 81, of Franklin, N.C., died Feb. 10, 2014, at his residence.

A lifelong resident of Macon County, he was the son of the late Lawrence Carl Howard, Sr. and Beatrice Crunkleton Howard. He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha, wife of Jack Craig of Otto, N.C.

After attending Highlands School, he graduated from Franklin High School and Western Carolina Teachers College. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began a 39-year teaching career at Franklin High School. He received a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois in Champagne in Mathematics and from Western Carolina University in Education. In addition to teaching math, he served as the sponsor of many clubs, supported FHS athletics and served on the State Textbook Commission. He was the longest standing member of Mulberry United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of United Methodist Men South Macon Charge, taught Sunday School, served as the Lay Leader, chair of committees, and the charge treasurer. Beyond his local church he served as a lay speaker, and on District and Conference committees. He was past president of Franklin Lions Club. He enjoyed participating in many community activities.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Snyder Howard; two daughters, Laura Whitt and husband Daryl of Simpsonville, S.C., and Angela Martin and husband Paul of Franklin; three grandchildren, Sarah Whitt, Ben Whitt and, Helen Martin; three sisters, Betty Huffman of Otto, Mary Lee Howard of Hiawassee, Ga., and Nancy Owen and husband Gurlie of Brevard.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Janet Greene and Rev. Vic Greene will officiate. Burial will be in the Mulberry UMC Cemetery.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mulberry UMC, 155 Mulberry Rd. Otto, NC 28763.

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



Charles ‘Ted’ Theodore Love

Charles "Ted" Theodore Love, 74, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of Kathrine Love Nance.

He is survived by three cousins, Charles and Robert "Dink" Love both of Franklin, and Ruth Love of High Point, N.C.

Memorial services were held Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home. Rev. Josephine Burgess officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Care Net, 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Olga Willette ‘Willie’ Lenoir

Olga Willette “Willie” Lenoir, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

She was born in the Clay County community of Shooting Creek, to Vaughn and Mattie Moss Reynolds as an only child. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Wiley Lenoir and her daughter in-law, Kristine Lenoir.

She is survived by her three sons, John A. Lenoir and wife Lynn of Riverview, Mich., Michael W. Lenoir of Franklin, and Jerry W. Lenoir of Black Mountain; two grandsons, John Thomas Lenoir and Robert Wiley Lenoir both of Riverview, Mich.; many cousins from the Clay County Reynolds and Moss families; seven sistersin- law and many nieces and nephews from the Lenoir side of the family. Besides her family, she also loved homemaking, gardening and crafts.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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



James William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr.James William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr.

James William “Bill” Logan Jr., 80, of Warne, N.C., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in a Chattanooga, Tenn. hospital. He was a native of Evansville, Ind., but had lived most of his life in Key West, Fla., before moving to Clay County in 1996. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Navy as a corpsman. He was a retired optician. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Marjorie A. Logan; three daughters, Cindi Brown of Franklin, Ann Marie Logan of Tracy, Calif., and LeeAnn Logan of Franklin, Tenn.; two sons, Timothy Logan of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Patrick Logan of Johns Island, S.C.; two step-daughters, Sherri Zicker of Port Orange, Fla. and Maureen Wilson of Lake City, Fla.; a brother, Charles Logan of Warne; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of James William “Bill” Logan Jr. to a favorite charity.

Online guest register available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.



Pauline Ann Davis

Pauline Ann Davis, 73, of Whittier, N.C., went home to be with her Lord Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

A native of Miami, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Charles William and Ethel Parker Foster. She loved working with children and was a teacher’s assistant until her retirement in Jacksonville, Fla., where she resided for 35 years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, traveling and hiking and was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin. She was a member of the local Bible study at Sylva Presbyterian Church. She touched the lives of so many people over the years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Parker Foster and by her granddaughter Alexia Davis.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Mann Greg Davis III; one daughter, Tammy Cooper and husband Robert of Columbia, S.C.; one son, Timothy Davis and wife Jacquelyn of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jared, Kara, Jack and Rose Cooper and Stuart Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin with Dr. Charles Harris and Rev. Brandon Breedlove officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva. Burial will be in the church cemetery.



Barbara McKee McGaha

Barbara McKee McGaha, 72, went home to be with her savior and Lord on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

She was born on May 22, 1941, in Erwin, N.C., the daughter of John Marvin and Treasure Willoford McKee. She was married July 2, 1960, in Bryson City to Carlos McGaha of Franklin, N.C. She was employed with Eckerd Drug / Rite Aid for over 20 years. She was a faithful member of Willomore Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and helping in the church nursery. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carlos; brothers, Billy, Kenneth “Graham” and Dwight McKee; sisters, Joyce Smith, Patsy Ryals and Brenda McKee.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Jimmy R. McGaha his wife, Lisa; daughters, Karen M. Fields and her husband Bobby, Kathy M. Fields; grandchildren, Gabriel, Graeson and Abigael Mc- Gaha, Tyler, Cody and Branson Fields; Emily and Garrett Fields; great grandson, Joshua McGaha; family members, Cora “McKee” and Ray O’Brien, John and Docia McGaha, Shirley Vanhook, Beatrice and Charles Jones, Bruce and Barbara McGaha, Larry and Diane McGaha, JoBeth McKee, and Mike Smith along with numerous nieces and nephews; along with her beloved friends and members of Willomore Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at George Brothers Funeral Chapel, led by Scott Hedge, Pastor of Willomore Baptist Church. Burial followed at Guilford Memorial Park.

Jimmy, Karen and Kathy wish to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice and Beacon Place for their sincerity, compassion and care of our mother.

Announcement courtesy of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.



Albert ‘Red’ Henry JonesAlbert ‘Red’ Henry Jones

Albert “Red” Henry Jones, 88, of Franklin, N.C., passed away at home on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Born in Newburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late James A. Jones and Harriett DeWolf Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Terence Jones and sister, Beverly Jones. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. He worked as a carpenter most of his life and was Methodist by faith. He loved to travel and had extensive files on where he had been and future plans.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Violet Thomas Jones; three children, Kathleen Jones of Delray Beach, Fla., Susan Mc- Dowell and husband Bobby of Franklin and Michael Jones and wife Loren of Boca Raton, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in the United States National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury (web/honorary giving) 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, USA.

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



Benny Spurlock

Benny Spurlock, 53, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his residence. Born in Macon County he was the son of the late Willie B. Spurlock and Eugenia Hall Spurlock. He was a graduate of Blue Ridge High School. He was a handyman and also a caregiver for his mother.

He is survived by three sisters Hazel Webb of Clarksville, Ga., Carolyn Reynolds of Weaverville, N.C., and Nancy Webb of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, David Spurlock/Trantham of Tuckaseegee, N.C., and Clifton Kenneth Spurlock of Highlands. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Luther Eugene Spurlock.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 10, at the Chapel of Bryant Grant Funeral Home in Highlands with Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial was in the Greens Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clarence Webb, William Webb, Albert Webb, Mike Franks, Nick Fox and Michael Webb.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin was in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.



William J. Lorenz

William J. Lorenz, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Jan. 20, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to John R. and the late Ermine Lorenz. He moved to Florida in 1947 and lived there until 1993. He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor. He relocated to Franklin in 1995 where he worked as a construction supervisor for a number of years until he retired. He was an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 298 in Franklin, a member of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc., and a member and trustee of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Franklin. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and uncle. He will be greatly missed by many people.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; his father, John R. Lorenz Sr., of Franklin; a brother, John R. Lorenz Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Phyllis Lebeda, also of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Debbie Shanks of Kearney, Mo.; three granddaughters; six greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held with military honors on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Franklin, with the Rev. Chris Gibson officiating.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com.



Ricky Judson GregoryRicky Judson Gregory

Ricky Judson Gregory, 51, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

Born in Fredericksburg, Va., he was the son of the late Nolan and Dorothy Morgan Gregory. He retired from Haywood County EMS where he worked as a paramedic; he was a dedicated member of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department; lifelong member of Liberty Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir; member of the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145; member of the Gideons International and was an avid Pittsburg Steelers Fan.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Kirkland Gregory; three children, Heather Gregory, Daniel Gregory and Jeremy Gregory, all of Franklin; brother, Rev. Randy Gregory; sister, Donna Seibert and husband Stacy Dills; one granddaughter, Tiana Gregory; several nieces and nephews and adopted parents, John and Betty Allen.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Potts, Rev. Ron Owensby, Rev. Gary McCoy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiated. Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Members of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department conducted graveside honors.

Pallbearers were Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Zimmerman, Eric Young, Gary Kirkland, Brandon Kirkland and Jonathan Taylor. Members of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations can be made to the Liberty Baptist Church Youth Fund, C/O Jane Stamey, 595 Shepherd Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Frank Eugene ‘Gene’ DendyFrank Eugene ‘Gene’ Dendy

Frank Eugene "Gene" Dendy, 78, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Ellison and Delcie Gibson Dendy. He was self-employed in the landscaping business and liked to hunt and fish. He was of the Baptist faith

He is survived by one brother, Alton Dendy of Goldmine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel McClure and Josephine Houston and three brothers, Harold, Alex and Ernest Dendy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at Goldmine Baptist Church with Rev. Gregg Rogers, Rev. Alton Dendy and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Dendy, Kelley Dendy, Richard McClure, Gary McClure, Shane Dendy, Stacey Dendy and Jay Dendy. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Owens, 21 Pinecone Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Evelyn Brendle MashburnEvelyn Brendle Mashburn

Evelyn Brendle Mashburn, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late John Blanchard and Gladys Parker Brendle. She was married to Charles "Charlie" Franklin Mashburn who died in 1969.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and loved gardening, cooking and canning. She was a member of Watauga Baptist Church and attended East Franklin Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Brendell and husband Owen of Hendersonville, N.C., and Sandra Mitchell and husband Gene of Franklin; two sons, Allan Mashburn and William Mashburn and wife Shirley all of Franklin; a son-in-law, Dennis Ashe; six sisters, Maxine Hester of Greenville, S., Lucille Wolfe of Landrum, S.C., Deloris Thomas of Greenville, S.C., Marvel Curtis of Franklin, Linda Emory of Greenville, N.C. and Sonja Brannon of Taylors, S.C.; two brothers, Dale Brendle of Franklin, and Doug Brendle of Taylors, S.C.; two grandchildren, Stephanie McCraw and husband Michael and Angela Mashburn; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ashe; a son, Larry Mashburn; a sister, Jo Ann Stewart and a brother, J. B. Brendle Jr.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Matthews and Rev. Gary McDaniels officiating. Burial was in Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Mason, Fred Campbell, Christopher Brannon, Brian Hester, Tony Curtis, Darrell Bell and Doug Brendle.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to East Franklin Baptist Church, 74 Coon Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Hannah Josephine GillespieHannah Josephine Gillespie

Hannah Josephine Gillespie, 75, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Howard Gillespie and Lois Henry Gillespie.

She is survived by her companion, Wayne Stewart; son, Karl Gillespie and wife Janet of Franklin; sister, Ruth Gold of Columbus, N.C.; grandson, Logan Gillespie; niece, Dianna “Tater” Ledbetter and greatniece, Sara Ledbetter.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 9, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam officiated. Private graveside services were at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Roper, John Roper, David Smith, Kevin Corpening, Dewayne Smith and Steve Ledbetter.

Memorial donations can be made to the Holly Springs Community Club, C/O Janie Sutton, 84 Low Brace Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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






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