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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 02/27/2014


Betty Lou MottolaBetty Lou Mottola

Betty Lou Mottola, 78, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

She was an adult educator and taught crafts at Orange County Adult Education Center. She loved the Lord, enjoyed cooking, crafts, making dolls and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard Mottola; six children, Richard M. Mottola Jr. of Franklin, Gary P. Mottola of New Smyrna, Fla., Sandra M. Mottola of Franklin, Nicholas Joseph Mottola III of New Smyrna, Fla., William Sproul Mottola of Rosemont, Fla., and Betty Lou Joy Mottola of Franklin; four grandchildren, Sam R. Bridgers, Sandra McElhaney, Gary Mottola and Nicholas Mottola; two great grandchildren, Zoey Bridgers and Lilly Joe McElhaney and her beloved dog, Buttercup.

Funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 21, at Victory Baptist Church. Rev. Danny Prince, Rev. Benny Bagwell and Rev. Rusty Wolfrey officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael McElhaney, Rick Mottola, Bubba Aiken,Weldon Wahl, Bill Nail, Nicholas Joseph Mottola III, Nicholas Joseph Mottola IV and William Mottola.

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



Elaine C. Keir

Elaine C. Keir, 62, of Franklin, N.C., died Feb. 22, 2014. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Shirley McAfee.

She was a lifetime member of K.V.L.S and worked with the 4- H youth for more than 30 years impacting hundreds of youth in Osceola County. She always gave freely of her time providing encouragement, inspirational words and guidance along the way. She retired from the State of Florida after 35 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jack Keir; children, Paula Keir of Franklin, Heather Critchfield (Aaron) of Suwanee, Ga.; grandchildren, Kaycie and Cody Critchfield of Suwanee, Ga., Brianne and Parker Kimura of St. Cloud, Fla., Aleksa Critchfield of St. Cloud, Fla.; sisters, Beverly Negley (Eric) of Suwanee, Ga., Mary Reel (Jud) of Acworth, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the 4-H Association, 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744 or the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show, 1911 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.

McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.



Mirta Perez

Mirta Perez, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Antonio Aquique Sacre and Magdalena Cheme Malya.

She is survived by a daughter, Magdalena M. Perez; grandson, Alfred A. Vendrell and Christopher S. Vendrell.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Palma ‘Pam’ Elizabeth Fouts MaslinPalma ‘Pam’ Elizabeth Fouts Maslin

Palma “Pam” Elizabeth Fouts Maslin, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Fouts and Lola Holbrook Fouts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Dolpha Fouts. She was a member of Lockwood United Methodist Church in Lockwood, N.Y.

She is survived by three daughters, Rhonda Tighe and husband Thomas of Oak Island, N.C., Robin Jorgensen and husband Stephen of Candor, N.Y. and Rene Reese of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; son, Scott Maslin and wife Michelle of Franklin; two brothers, Nick Fouts and wife Debbie and Gay Fouts and wife Maude, all of Franklin; nine grandchildren, Joshua and Lelia Tighe, Marissa, Ryan and Michaela Jorgensen, Kelsey Reese, Ben, Trey and Morgan Maslin; six great grandchildren and three nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Sarah Fouts officiated.

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



Joseph Libasci

Joseph Libasci, 91, passed away on Feb. 20, 2014, in Sebring, Fla.

He was born on July 10, 1922, in Auburn, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Augusta (Humann) Libasci. He had been a resident of Sebring since 1977, coming from Miami, Fla.

He served the tri county area of Florida as a dog groomer. He took great pride and pleasure in taking care of pets for the residents of Sebring Fla., Lake Placid, Fla., and Miami, Fla. He was in this service for nearly 50 years. He was a great provider for his family and a dedicated husband to his wife for 58 years. He lived in the Franklin, N.C., area for five years while taking care of his wife during her battle with dementia.

He is survived by his children, Joann (Lou) Mingacci of Sebring, Fla., Gary (Pam) Libasci of Franklin, N.C., Donna (Bo) Bovard of Sebring, Fla; and grandchildren, Anthony and Christina Mingacci, Eric, Jeremy and Nathan Libasci, Kyle and Kacie Bovard; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Louis Libasci and wife of 58 years: Dominica (Terry) Libasci.

A memorial service for Joseph Libasci will be held at the Franklin Jaycee Park, on Tuesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. All family and friends are invited. Attendees are invited to bring a covered dish; meat and drinks will be provided.



Judith ‘Judy’ Lee ReberJudith ‘Judy’ Lee Reber

Judith “Judy” Lee Reber, 71, of Falmouth, Me., died at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Portland, Me., on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, following a long, well fought battle with cancer.

Born in Miami, Fla., on Dec. 11,1942, she moved to Franklin with her family in 1949. She was the daughter of the late Ted and Doris Reber. She was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin. She attended grade school in Franklin and high school at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. She then went on to nursing school at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., and graduated in 1963. After a few years of working at hospitals in Asheville and Mobile, Ala., she joined the United States Navy Nurse Corps and served 20 years, retiring as a Lt. Commander in 1988. She then returned to Franklin and lived in Watauga Vista until 1997 when she moved to Maine.

She is survived by her brother, Ted Reber Jr. of Mobile, Ala., and her twin brother, David Lee Reber of Milwaukee, Wisc.; her sister, Doris Ann Price, of Franklin; several nephews and one niece. She greatly enjoyed traveling, adored her kitty, Mimi, was a very fun and upbeat person to be with and will be missed so much by her family and many cherished and loving friends and caregivers.

Memorial services will be held in Maine at a later date.



Bruce Wayne AdamsBruce Wayne Adams

Bruce Wayne Adams, 62, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Thomas Edgar Adams and Hallie Southards Adams. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He loved sports, especially football, was a former coach and den leader for the Cub Scouts.

He is survived by three children, Jared Adams and Mitchell Lee Adams both of Franklin and Samantha Rose Adams of Logan, Utah; two brothers, Tommy Adams of Franklin and Eddie Adams of Carnesville, Ga.; mother of his children, Beth Adams of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Higdonville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Harold Rayborn, 1459 Cat Creek Rd, Franklin, NC 28734, VFW Post 7339 or the American Legion Post 108, C/O Ken Carpenter, 2116 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Patricia Ann (Hopewell) Lamb

Patricia Ann (Hopewell) Lamb, 88, formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away peacefully at the Hermitage in Dillsboro, North Carolina on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, where she had resided for the past three years.

She was born March 13, 1925, in Sullivan, Ind., to Roy and Edna Hopewell. Her creativity and talent led her to attend Indiana State Teacher’s College where she majored in art. Over her lifetime, she created many works of art taking inspiration from nature and utilizing many mediums, especially oil and water colors. She also enjoyed a variety of crafts and organic gardening. In 1989, she retired from Indiana State University after 33 years of service in the Cunningham Memorial Library. During her retirement, she occasionally worked at Wabash River Books where she enjoyed conversing with customers and creating fantastic window displays.

She was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Carl Paul Lamb, and by her second husband Robert Scott Lamb, to whom she was married for over 30 years. Also preceding her in death was a brother, Robert Hopewell, and two sisters, Helen Denney and Mary Francis Long.

She is survived by her three children, Carol Ann Tippett (David) of Franklin, N.C.; Dr. Courtney C. Lamb (Carol) of Libertyville, Ill., and Harriett B. Kelley (Tim) of Terre Haute, Ind. She is also survived by six special grandchildren who brought her much joy, Jeep Cassle (Elizabeth), Doug Cassle (Brooke), Robert Cassie (Amber), Bradley Lamb, Todd Lamb (Alissa) and Derrick Kelley; and ten great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 21, at Iotla Baptist Church. Dr. Jeff Hensley and Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. It was her wish to have her cremains interred at Arlington National Cemetery with her late husband, Robert Scott Lamb.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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






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