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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 03/20/2014

Caney Martin Robinson Jr.

Caney Martin Robinson Jr., 70, of Clayton, Ga., passed away at his residence Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was born in Rabun County and was the son of the late Caney Martin Robinson, Sr. and Lola Baker Robinson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Stockton Robinson of the home; one son, Randy Robinson of Clayton; one daughter, Rhonda Robinson Carpenter and husband Darryl of Clayton; three sisters, Louellen Love of Mountain City, Ga., Ann Moss of Clayton, Ga., and Jean Lee of Alabama; two grandchildren, Caney Carpenter and Candace Mathis; and one great-grandchild, Emberlynn Mathis.

He was a self-employed rock mason and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was president of the North Georgia Coonhunters Association. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His family and his friends meant a great deal to him.

Funeral services were held Sunday March 9, in the Beck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Oliver Rice and Rev. Mickey Wood officiating. Burial followed in Rocky Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sid Weber Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 485, Rabun Gap, GA 30568.

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.

An online Memorial Register Book is available at

John Roy ZinkandJohn Roy Zinkand

John Roy Zinkand, 84, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March, 11, 2014. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Bauman Zinkand. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a carpenter and was a member of Franklin VFW. He will be missed by his son, Eric, and his entire family.

He is survived by two daughters; five sons, one sister, 14 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 16, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Price officiating. Burial was held at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

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

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

James Richard Patton Sr.

James Richard Patton Sr., 75, of Marietta, Ga., passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He was born in Macon County, the son of the late Carey B. and Gertrude Cunningham Patton. He had worked as an Avionics Supervisor for Lockheed Aircraft, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #29 in Marietta, Ga.

He is survived by a son, James Richard Patton Jr and his mother, Carol Ficks Patton of Marietta, Ga.; three brothers, Howard Patton of Panama City, Fla., Joseph Patton of Wimberly, Texas, and Carey Patton Jr. of Franklin, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Novella Patton, and two brothers, Claybourne Patton and Jerry Patton.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 15, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Vic Greene officiating.

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

David Ray StanleyDavid Ray Stanley

David Ray Stanley, 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Stella Webb Stanley and the late Leroy Stanley. He worked for Aaron Pest Control and was a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, music and playing the guitar.

In addition to his mother, Stella Webb Stanley, he is survived by his wife, Leigh Anne Wilson; two children, Cody Stanley and Marissa Hickle and husband Devin both of Franklin; step daughter, Ahzah Kennemore of Highlands; four sisters, Linda Higdon and husband Paul, Evelyn Owens and husband Gary, Diane Pangle and husband David, Patsy Stanley; three brothers, Donnie Stanley and wife Diane, Scottie Stanley and wife Kim and Jeffrey Stanley and wife Jennifer all of Franklin; one grandson, Auberon Adams and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam officiated.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC 28744.

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

Karen B. Woody

Karen B. Woody, 56, passed away Monday March 10, 2014. A resident of Jackson County for the last 20 years, she was the daughter of Helen Woodard Bowers of Sylva and the late Clinton Bowers. She worked for more than 11 years at First Citizen Bank in Cherokee and most recently at Medwest Sylva Medical as a receptionist. She was a big fan of Mickey Mouse.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her twin sons Jeremy and Jason.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Eric Woody and wife Tanya of Brighton Township, Pa.; two daughters, Jennifer Woody and fiancé Justin Schmidt of Sylva, Jessica Jenkins and husband Brian of Bryson City; three grandchildren, Matte, Anthony and Madeline; a brother, Steve Bowers and wife Cherie of Sylva; a sister, Frances Bowers of Asheville.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.

Robert Edward LeeRobert Edward Lee

Robert Edward Lee, 80, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014, in a local hospital. He was the son of the late Henry and Corrine White Lee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a mobile home salesman by trade. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a great great grandfather. He enjoyed painting, going to church and going to flea markets.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya Lee; daughter, Rose Denman and husband Duane of Pollock, La.; a step daughter Tasha Lynn and husband Gary of Palm Beach, Fla., two sons, Robert Lee Jr. and wife Marsha of Walhalla, S.C., and Terry Lee and wife Catherine of Seneca, S.C.; a sister, Christine Whittney and husband Bruce of Tallahassee, Fla.; a step sister Frank-Ann McLaughlin and husband Jim of Tallahassee, Fla.; one half brother, Raymond Lee; and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Lee; three sisters, Ruth Hudson, Mary Cavanaugh, Carolyn Lee; one half sister, Patsy Harrell and one brother, Henry Lee.

A service was held Monday March 17, at Cowee Baptist Church with Rev. David Powell and Rev. Ronnie Branson officiating. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations to be made to Bryant-Grant Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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

Susan Elaine Jacobs RogersSusan Elaine Jacobs Rogers

Susan Elaine Jacobs Rogers, age 57, of Clyde, N.C. passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at The Homestead.

A native of Macon County, she was a 1973 graduate of Franklin High School followed by two years of business school. In 1978, she received her insurance license. She and her husband, Floyd T. Rogers, co-founded and co-owned Haywood Insurance Services which she remained active in until the time of her death. Susan was a charter member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church. Her church was very important to her, and she loved participating in the music and praise team. She also was responsible for the interior design of her church and was always organizing and tending to details of the church. She was a former member and past president of the Waynesville Altrusa Club, Susan loved to travel and especially enjoyed Charleston as a destination. She also cherished spending time and activities with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 20 years, Susan is survived by her parents, Radford and Kate Anderson Jacobs, of Franklin. She is also survived by four children and their families, Todd Bennett and his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Macie, of Franklin; Rob Rogers and his wife, Samantha, and their children, Madison and Morgan, of Greer, S.C.; Kimber Rogers Nelson, and her husband, Bryce, and their children, Jacob and Brysen, of Williamston, S.C.; and Tommy Rogers and his wife, Kelley, and their children, Hunter, Maggie, and Sarah Kate, of Piedmont, S.C.; two brothers, Larry and Scotty Jacobs, both of Franklin; and one sister-in-law, Mary Singleton, and her husband, Dean, of Clyde.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church with Reverend Brian Lawrence and Reverend Bob Dyer officiating. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge, Clyde, NC 28721 or Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 224 Barber Hill Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An on-line memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

Sarah Ethel Talley DavisSarah Ethel Talley Davis

Sarah Ethel Talley Davis, age 95 of Otto, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 in a local hospital. She was born in Transylvania County, August 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Marcus Leonard and Charlotte Lydia Keener Talley. Mrs. Davis was first married to Theodore Crunkleton who died in 1976 and second to Charles Holt Davis for 15 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Newman Chapel Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and friend and enjoyed feeding and watching birds.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters, Eva Marshall of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Berta Lee Durci of Mtn. Home, Ark. and Beatrice Ruhl of Newbern, N.C.; two brothers, Charles Talley of State Rd., N.C. and Clifford Talley of Highlands, N.C.; loving niece and caregiver, Sherry Reese of Franklin and nineteen additional nieces and nephews; three step daughters, Mary Owens of Greenville, S.C., Nan Strickland of Pell City, Ala. and Jackie Reinheimer of Charleston, S.C.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Reese and two brothers, Gordon and Lewis Talley.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 18, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Lindsay and Rev. Alton Dendy officiating. Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Claude WelchClaude Welch

Claude Welch, 91, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Austin Welch and Pearl Morgan Welch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Christine Huggins Welch, who died April 27, 2010; son, Gary Welch; granddaughter, Claudia Welch Griffith; grandson, Andy Welch; sisters, Nell Baxter and Joyce Carter; and brothers, Hal, Clyde, Paul, Dover, Thad and Glenn. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII receiving a purple heart. He was a well-respected building contractor and owner of Claude Welch Construction for more than 43 years and was the owner of Franklin Motel for 26 years. He was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where he formerly served as deacon and treasurer. He was a member of the board of directors for First Union Bank, and was an avid ginseng hunter.

He is survived by three children, Dale Welch and wife Tava, Ben Welch and wife Debbie and Claudine McCrackin all of Franklin; sister, Dorothy Cliff of Texas; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves officiated. Burial was in the Burningtown Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Zachary Welch, Christopher Turner, Christopher Welch, Bill Queen, Eddie Swafford and Doug Welch.

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

Gracie Jean AllenGracie Jean Allen

Gracie Jean Allen, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

She was born in Longview, Texas, on March 12, 1931. She was preceded in death by her father Tommy Rain Allen; mother and step father, Annie Bell and Eugene Brown. After receiving her formal education and career training as a beautician, and tailor/ seamstress, she moved to Franklin, 11 years ago.

She was a beloved member of the Franklin community and worked part-time at the Macon County Senior Center for 8 years where she loved and adored the staff and clients. Through the years, she enjoyed fellowship with Burgess Chapel Church of God in Christ, in Franklin.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Macklin Washington, (Edward) of Franklin. She is also survived by four grandchildren, LaDonna West (Walter) Johnson City, Tenn., Pamela Richmond (El Shon) Nashville, Tenn., Ericka Washington, Franklin, Chrystal Johnson (Robert) Orlando, Fl., and eight great-grandchildren, DyAngelo, Nathan, Benjamin, El Ana Grace, Olivia, Zion, Jaylin-Irene, and Chamella-Rose.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 22, at 11:30 am at Stanmore Funeral Home in Longview, Texas.

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

Harley Moore StewartHarley Moore Stewart

Harley Moore Stewart, 85 of Krum, Texas, passed away on March 10, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1928, in Franklin, N.C., to Harley and Pearl Stewart. He attended Franklin public schools and served in the U.S. Army and married Freda Elliott Stewart who preceded him in death on March 12, 1976. He married Pat Taylor in 1989 and was a member of Gateway United Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Stewart of Krum; brother, Wayne Stewart of Franklin; sister, Jessie “Tootsie” Williams of Arden, N.C.; sons, Harley and wife Julie Stewart III of Barnardsville, N.C., Larry and wife Kim Stewart of Sanger, Texas, and; two step daughters, Brenda and husband Steve Buster of Krum, Texas, Pam and husband Bobby Smotherman of Prosper, Texas; six grandchildren, Houston Stewart, Bryse Buster, Ty Ward, Morgan and Kendal Stewart, and Karre Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Gateway United Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, on Friday, March 14, with the Rev. Buddy Owens officiating and burial at Jackson Cemetery in Krum, Texas.

The family request that memorials be sent to the charity of your choice in honor of Harley Stewart.

Courtesy announcement by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home.

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