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William S. ConwayWilliam S. Conway

William S. Conway was born and raised in Oswego, N.Y., where he attended Oswego High School and the Lawrenceville School. He received a BA in Economics from Hobart College, where he met his future wife, Diana Park Harder. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society and Kappa Beta Phi, National Honorary Fraternity. Following graduation and marriage in 1951, he entered the U.S. Army. Serving as a Company Commander with the 185th Combat Engineers during the Korean War, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

He spent most of his business career as a Certified Financial Planner in the Atlanta, Ga., area before moving to the North Carolina mountain town of Highlands.

An active Episcopalian, he served his parish as both Junior and Senior Warden. He also served the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina as member of its Executive Council and Chair of Fiscal Ministries. He received the Diocesan Distinguished Communicant award in 2004.

He was a former member of the local Zoning Board and a director of the Peggy Crosby Center of Highlands.

He was a golf enthusiast, a voracious reader, a fanatical historian and so enjoyed sharing his many wonderful memories with friends and family, all who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Diana Conway of Highlands; three children, William S. Conway Jr., Pamela McInerney and John Conway, all of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Feb. 11, at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands with Rev. Bruce Walker officiating.

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

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

Bobby Carroll ClarkBobby Carroll Clark

Bobby Carroll Clark, 75, of Andrews, N.C., passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital. He was a native and lifetime resident of Andrews. He served in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis. He had worked for Ready Mix and Builders Supply, working as a mechanic. He was a member of the Andrews First Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman.

He was the son of the late Jack and Flora Brown Clark. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Tine Chambers and Helen Smith; and two brothers, Gene and Jim Clark.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mildred Sharp Clark; a daughter, Tammy Register and husband Bobby of Murphy; three sons, Carroll Clark, and Marty Clark and wife Elizabeth, all of Andrews, and Jason Clark and wife Rachelle of Nantahala; a sister, Betty Jackson of Antioch, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Clark, and Jacob Register; and two great grandchildren, Landon Clark and Alexis Clark.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 16, at Valley River Baptist Church with the Rev. Roy Phillips officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Andrews VFW Post 7620. Pallbearers were Carroll Hyde, R.L. Jordan, Dwayne Young, Bobby Register, Farrell Holloway, and Edwin Flowers.

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews was in charge of arrangements.

Online guest register at

Conrad White

Conrad White of Glenville, N.C., died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Born on Sept. 10, 1926, in Waterville, Me., he attended local schools including Coburn Classical Institute and Colby College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1949.

After graduation, he entered the broadcast industry as Assistant Program Director and disc-jockey at WNBH-WFMR in New Bedford, Mass. During this time he helped produce television talent programs for WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I. In 1954, he worked for CBS and ABC in New York City, following that with 13 years in broadcast advertising with NW Ayer Agency and several other film and tape production companies.

Prior to retiring, he was business manager for a video news production company in Ridgewood, N.J. where he and his family had lived since 1960. Retiring in 1990, the Whites moved to North Carolina and settled in Glenville.

He was a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War, serving on the USS Chilton, APA 38.

He was active in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers as Junior Warden, Lector, Outreach Committee member, audiovideo operator and one of the “Over the Hill Gang.”

He was a tenor member of the Western Carolina Community Chorus for 24 years. The group performed in several cities in the East as well as four tours of Europe.

He is survived by Martha, his wife of 62 years; a son, Arthur (Ellen) HoHoKus, N.J.; a daughter, Deborah Bryant (David); a granddaughter, Jessica, and grandson Dawson all of Cashiers, N.C.; a brother, Richard and sisters, Roberta Ann Fogg (Richard) and Elizabeth Morse (Wayne)

A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd Cashiers on Friday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. Reception to follow.

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

Nicholas PaganelloNicholas Paganello

Nicholas Paganello, 60, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in an Asheville hospital. Born in Hoboken, N.J., he was the son of the late Mario and Margery McDonald Paganello. He was married to Holly Rugg.

He was a devoted husband. He taught airplane and helicopter mechanics and was a private pilot. He enjoyed model airplanes, motorcycle racing and collecting guns.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Patricia Murdock and Donald of Ocala, Fla. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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


Leo Alfred ‘Buddy’ Frey Jr.

Leo Alfred “Buddy” Frey Jr., 86, died Jan. 22 in Live Oak, Fla. He was born to the late Leo Frey, Sr. and late Naomi Watkins, on March 7, 1927, in Gary, Fla. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II as a demolition diver, enlisting at 17. After an honorable discharge, he promptly headed home to Tampa, Fla., to marry his long-time love, Helen Lucille Frink.

He was a gifted mechanic who joyfully repaired cars for over 60 years. During his lifetime, he owned two automotive repair shops, the first in Odessa, Fla., and the second in Cashiers, N.C., the mountain town where he relocated his family in 1974. He also enjoyed creating custom “flivver,” vehicles he built from the ground up that were reminiscent of Model A trucks. He was a VW Beetle enthusiast, firearm collector, crack shot, and gifted storyteller. He enjoyed shooting the breeze with his friends almost as much as he enjoyed spending time with his family. In 2007, he semi-retired and moved with his wife to Live Oak, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Forest and Valiant Frey, and daughter, Susan Moss. He is survived by his wife of 68 years and three children: Robin Frey of Live Oak, Fla.; Dawn Cramer of Swanton, Ohio; and Heather Blanton of Apex, N.C. He also leaves behind many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 7, at Cashiers Church of God.

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

James Vernon Shears IIJames Vernon Shears II

James Vernon Shears II, 81, of Otto, N.C., passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

Born in Flint, Mich., he was the son of the late Leslie George Shears and Vera Dale Shears. He enjoyed making quilts for expecting moms and dads and was active in Truth Worship.

He is survived by two children, Penny Shears and Stanley Shears, both of Sylva; two sisters, Clarabelle Spane and Anna Anderson both of Flint, Mich.; brother, Leslie Shears of Franklin; three grandchildren, April Shears, Michael Shears and Jessica Gilbreath; one great-granddaughter, Addyson Gilbreath; special niece and nephew, Sandra and Roger “Dale” McMahan of Franklin and several other nieces and nephews.

No services have been planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Truth Worship Center.

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

John Robert SchiffliJohn Robert Schiffli

John Robert Schiffli, 80, of Highlands, N.C., passed away at his residence, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. He was born in Palm Beach County, Fla., the son of the late Oswald Felix Schiffli and Regina Sur Schiffli. He was past Chairman of the Board at Highlands- Cashiers Hospital, and was on the Foundation Board at the hospital for many years, a past member of Highlands Rotary Club, and past President of Highlands Chamber of Commerce. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War.

His father, who was a decorated Army Doctor in World War I, and practiced medicine in Highlands, commissioned Joe Webb to build a log cabin on Webbmont in the 1920s, where the family still resides. He was raised in Clewiston, Fla., and Highlands. His mother taught school in Highlands for many years.

He was captain of his high school football team and went to Duke University on a football scholarship. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and finished his college education at Georgia Tech. There, he met his wife, Marlene, who was the secretary for the Dean of Students. After graduation he worked for his father-in-law, Olen Nabors, and subsequently, Yancey Brothers in Atlanta, Ga. He moved his family to Highlands in 1972, where he has lived since. His career included Frank Cook Real Estate, general manager of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, owner of the Galax Theater and John Schiffli Real Estate.

He was very instrumental in the establishment of the Highlands- Cashiers Hospital and was dedicated to its growth and development for the past 25 years. He will be remembered for his passion for the people of Highlands and his family.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene Nabors Schiffli; daughter, Anna Marie Herz and husband Patrick of Highlands, and their children, Lucy Herz and Ezra Herz; son, John Robert Schiffli Jr and his children, Olen, Bevan and Adam Schiffli of Highlands; son, Samuel Matthew Schiffli of Nashville, Tenn. and his children, Eli and Chandler Schiffli; and a brother, Richard Schiffli of Gainesville, Fla. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas Schiffli.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Tien Duong officiating. Burial will be in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Highlands- Cashiers Hospital, 190 Hospital Drive, Highlands, NC 28741.

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

Rev. John David ScheyerRev. John David Scheyer

Rev. John David Scheyer, 85, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Feb. 7, 2014.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Dr. Fredrick Scheyer and Synette Swensen Scheyer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Fia B. Scheyer. He received his Master of Divinity from Berkley; was a U.S. Marine serving during the Korean War; member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; volunteer at REACH and he loved to hike and sail.

He is survived by three step children, David Cefkin (Mia) of Franklin, Suzie Della Penta (George) of Cheektowaga, N.Y. and Beverly Calobrace of Tamarac, Fla.; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and was the brother of Warren Scheyer of Seattle, Wash.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Walter Bennett will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to REACH of Macon County, PO Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

Jimmie Sherrill Mashburn

Jimmie Sherrill Mashburn, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Feb. 15, 2014. She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Jack and Mary Louise Porter Sherrill. She was married to Richard "Dick" Mashburn who died in 2012.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She worked at Whitley for over 10 years and was a babysitter in her home for more than 20 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She loved to watch golf, read, do word searches, listen to classic country music and cook for her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Elaine Mashburn, Eva Jane Dills and husband Mike, and Sherril Bishop and husband Bobby all of Franklin; one son, Rick Mashburn of Franklin; one sister Marianne Mashburn of Dothan, Ala.; six grandchildren, Justin Dills, Nicholas Mashburn, Clinton Mashburn, Cody Dills, Breanna Bishop and Kaitlin Bishop, and two great grandchildren, Adrienne Mashburn and Kiley Mashburn.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial was in Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin Dills, Cody Dills, Nicholas Mashburn, David Seay, Mitchell Mashburn, Kenny Mashburn and Clinton Mashburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patton United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Gary Holland, 65 Scroggs Rd., Franklin, NC 28734.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting

Anna Valo

Anna Valo, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at a Sylva Nursing Home. She was born in Tr.Tepla, Slovakia the daughter of the late Ondrej and Alzvbeta Pitlikova Pitlik. She was married to the late Josef Valo, who was a Lutheran minister. She worked with the Allied Forces in WWIl as a nurse.

She is survived by a daughter, Viola M. Thorne and her husband, Bruce, of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Henrich and Sylvia. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sylvia Kubickova and Susie Kosutova.

No services are planned at this time.

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

Annie Mae McDowell McConnell

Annie Mae McDowell McConnell, 92, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. She was born in Rabun Gap, Ga., to the late Millard and Rose McDowell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Roger Mc- Connell; son, Wendell McConnell; brothers Paul, Dan and Carter; sisters, Mag, Frances, and Blanche; and son-in-law, Tommy Bateman.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. You knew she was happy when she was whistling and singing.

She is survived by three children, Wade McConnell Jr. and wife Dola, Dee McConnell and wife Susie, and Carolyn McConnell Bateman; one sister, Kay McDowell Ledford; seven grandchildren, Karen and husband Bear, Janie and husband Eric, David and wife Missy, Vicki and husband Aaron, Jeff and wife Leah, Jenny and husband Rick; and Ethan; 12 great-grandchildren and another one on the way; and one great-great granddaughter. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 13, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Bill Faulkner and Josh Brooks officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Grandsons, Bear Carpenter, Eric Hall, David McConnell, Aaron Bowman, Jeff McConnell, and Rick Campbell served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Carpenter, AJ Carpenter, Joey Hall, Tyler Bowman, Brady McConnell, Beau Bishop, Ethan McConnell, Kip Cochran and Bennie McConnell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Barbara Odell, 1095 Belle Dowdle Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Raby NormanJacqueline ‘Jackie’ Raby Norman

Jacqueline "Jackie" Raby Norman of Ypsilanti, Mich., formerly of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Donald and Bedell Parrish Raby. She loved to read, play the piano, embroider and loved to send and receive cards. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She is survived by five daughters, Gloria Owenby and husband Mitchell of Franklin, Kathy Parker and husband Neal of Franklin, Elaine Vaughn and husband Clayton of Heflin, Ala., Jan Cabe and husband Terry of Franklin, and Lisa Steele and husband Darryl of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one son, Kevin Long and wife Sandra of Linwood, N.C.; four sisters, Barbara Williams of Franklin, Carol Estes and husband Larry of Franklin, Linda Lacy of Ellenton, Fla., and Donna Setser of Candler, N.C.; two brothers, Al Raby and wife Jean of Franklin and Clark Raby of Pompano Beach, Fla.; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Little Helen Raby.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 17, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Dusek officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Stacey Owenby, Zachary Kirkland, Chris Estes, Jamie Estes, Nick Morgan, Randall Vaughn and Patrick Cabe.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Evelyn Hughes, 190 Dean Drive, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

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