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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 03/27/2014

James Herbert Queen

James Herbert Queen, 68, a resident of Chapel Dr., died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1945 in Franklin, N.C., to Fred Wilson Queen and Ruth Leoria Houston Queen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth, Lloyd, and Paul Queen; and sisters, Luanne Stockton and Judy Henry.

Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Pearline Way Queen of the home; also surviving are step-son, Jonathan DeHart of Greensboro; brothers, Danny Queen of Lexington, Wayne and Brent Queen, both of Franklin; sisters, Joyce Crowe of Franklin, Connie Bradley of Sylva, N.C., and Janet Roberson of Beaufort, N.C.; 19 nieces and nephews; and 43 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin, with Rev. Don Moffitt officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to

Michael Goff

Michael Goff, 73, of Beverly Hills, Fla., passed away March 12, 2014, at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. Born on Sept. 19, 1940, in Tice, Fla., to Luther and Gladys Goff. He was raised in Placida, Fla. and Englewood, Fla. He returned to Florida two years ago from Franklin, N.C. He was retired from the Communications Department of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department.

Survived by his wife, Linda Goff; three children, Brenda Hoglen and husband Rick, Michael A. Goff and wife Vicki, Rodger Goff and wife Rogelyn; one sister, Nellie Jimerson; two brothers, Luther Austin Goff and wife Rose, and William Goff; six grandchildren, Zandralee Hoglen, John Goff, Kate Goff, Shane Goff, Maria Goff, and Chris Stacy; several nephews and nieces.

The family received guests on Saturday, March 15, at Brown Funeral Home in Lecanto, Fla.

The burial was immediately following at the Magnolia Cemetery in Lecanto.

Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford

Mary Virginia Dunkin Alford, 89, of Clear Creek Road, Highlands, N.C., passed away on March 18, 2014, surrounded by family at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands, NC.

She was born to Jewel Johnson Dunkin and Mitchner Morris Dunkin on Feb. 18, 1925, in Greenville, Texas. She graduated from high school in Denver City, Texas, in 1942 and nursing training from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1947. She married Julius (Jake) Anderson Alford on May 18, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. Jake preceded her in death in 1998. During her husband’s Air Force career, they and their children moved to various military bases in Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, North Carolina and France before retiring permanently to Highlands in 1973. She worked as an RN at various hospitals throughout her nursing career including Highlands Hospital.

For many years, she and her husband enjoyed hiking and volunteering with the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conference as well as traveling in the United States and Europe. She was an avid reader, a passion that was embraced by all of her children. She loved her little cabin on Clear Creek and enjoyed the change of the seasons, especially spring and fall when she enjoyed the many plants and trees in her yard. She had a passion for cooking and collecting cookbooks.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Morris Mitchner Dunkin, Harold Johnson Dunkin and Larry Wayne Dunkin and a special granddaughter, Cindy McCall.

She is survived by her six children Holly (Tom) Coffey of Winston-Salem, N.C., Steven (Gale Dendy) Alford of Highlands, Gregory Alford of Panama City, Fla., Julie Alford (John) McCall of Highlands, Christopher (Mary) Alford of Greensboro, N.C., Michelle (Shelli) Alford (Matthew) Williams of Sacramento, Calif. and former daughter-in-law, Becky Stanley Valle.

Surviving grandchildren include Stephanie McCall, Stephen McCall, Hannah Alford, Katherine Alford, Nicholas (Julie) Alford, Rachel Alford, Christen Williams, Elias Williams, Sam Williams and step grandson, Jamie Rhymes.

She is also survived by great grandchildren Maddie Alford, Sophia Alford-Corsetti, Trysten Stanley, Oryon (Big Jake) Stanley and Ayden Stanley.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, at Goldmine Baptist Church in Highlands, with the Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Carson Gibson officiating.

Burial was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Morris Nix, Joe Brooks, Tommy Carpenter, John Roper, Bill Reese and James McCall. Music was provided by The Dendy Family and bagpipes by Cameron Nixon.

Memorials may be made to the 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

Gladys Walker

Gladys Walker, 106, of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

She was born in Townsend, Tenn., on June 16, 1907, the daughter of the late Andy and Alice Walker Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Walker, who died In 1945. She was a homemaker and member of Wells Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Dr. Curley Walker of Concord, N.C.; two granddaughters, Patricia Knox and husband Jay of Concord, and Melissa Steiger and husband Bob of Phoenix, Ariz.; six greatgranddaughters, Hannah, Hailey, and Shae Knox and Emma, Norma, and Rebecca Steiger, and cousins Cullen and Carolyn Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn. and J.S. and Ann Walker of Townsend, Tenn. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 20, in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Dixon officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Cook, Jackie Cook, Cullen Davis, Jackie Byrd, Jerry Holden and J.S. Walker.

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

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

Terry Neil WaldroopTerry Neil Waldroop

Terry Neil Waldroop, 62, of Franklin, N.C., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

He was the son of Florence Ledbetter Waldroop Taylor and the late Neil Gilmer Waldroop. He was a barber and a member of Maidens Chapel United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making music. He once made music at The World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition to his mother, Florence Ledbetter Waldroop Taylor of Franklin, he is survived by his son, Travis Waldroop and wife Melissa of Franklin; two brothers, Steve Waldroop and Wade Waldroop both of Franklin; three grandchildren, Jordan, Erica and Ben Waldroop. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial service was held Monday, March 24, at Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Dryman and Rev. Charles Reed officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Fl. 33607.

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

Shirley Pressley RabyShirley Pressley Raby

Shirley Pressley Raby, 73, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Born in Canton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late George Earl Pressley and Lola Bailey Pressley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Raby. She was the most precious, giving and caring mother that ever lived. She gave everything in her heart and soul to her husband and children.

She is survived by three children, Tamra Raby Blaylock and husband Donovan; two sons; granddaughter and great granddaughter; good friends, Deanne and Bert Raby and Susie Nicholson; three nieces, Debbie Glance, Ronna Crowder, Stacy and families.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Roper Cemetery with her loving husband, Buddy.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.

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

David Lee Williams Jr.David Lee Williams Jr.

David Lee Williams Jr., 49, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Born in Macon County, he was the son of David Lee Williams Sr. and Vera “Odie” Dills Williams of Franklin. David graduated from Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University with a B.S. degree and was a landscaper. He loved music and was a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his aunts, Juanita Tippett of Waynesville, N.C. and Clara Gibson of Franklin, and an uncle, Junior Dills of Monticello, Ga.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 23, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. David Lee Williams and Rev. Frank Rodriguez officiated. Burial was in the Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Greenville Office, 16-A Brozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Gail NicholsGail Nichols

Gail Nichols, 57, of Young Harris, Ga., passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 21, 2014 in a Fulton County hospital. She was a native of Hiwassee Dam, but had lived in the Hayesville and Young Harris areas for the past 25 years. She was a graduate of Hiwassee Dam, graduating in 1974, and graduating Tri-County Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in 1976. She had been employed by Tri-County Community College, Nichols Appraisal, working beside her husband, and retired as a bookkeeper from Hayesville High School. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Hayesville. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her hobby was the loving support she gave to all her family.

She was the daughter of the late Don and Gertha Farmer Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her son, Justin Nichols.

Surviving are her husband, Tommy Nichols; three daughters, Kristyn Holland and husband, Reggie of Franklin, N.C., Lauren Dickey Payne and husband, Jeremy of Murphy, and Penny Nichols Perlock and husband, Ray of Alpharetta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Kendyl Reece Holland, Zeke Allen Payne, Cory Cox, and Nicholas and Tyler Perlock; two sisters, Grace Taylor Carringer and husband, Lyle, and Glenda Taylor Helton and husband, Don, all of Murphy; five nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. Chad Chandler and Keith Nuckolls officiating. Interment was in the Oak Forest United Methodist Church Cemetery with a private family graveside service. Pallbearers were members of the Hiawassee River Bass Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in loving memory of Gail Nichols to the Justin Nichols Memorial Scholarship Fund, 622 NC Hwy 69, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville is in charge of arrangements. An online guest register is available at

Frank H. MasonFrank H. Mason

Frank H. Mason, 90, of Franklin, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Dan and Ida Hastings Mason. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Chastain and Sarah Hastings of Rabun, Ga.; four brothers, Earl, Woodrow, J.R. (Bud) and Wymer Mason of Franklin and adopted grandson, Mike Ledford. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 60 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing the banjo at church.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Rebecca Ledford Mason; one daughter, Gwenda Sue Mason of Franklin; sister-in-law, Maggie Mason of Franklin; adopted grandchildren, Larry Ledford, Bobby Ledford and wife Christa, Ronnie Ledford and wife Brandy, Barbara Stiles and husband David; seven adopted great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 23, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Rodriguez, Rev. Bobby Cloer, Rev. Bill Faulkner and Rev. David Hastings officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sammy Hastings, Doug Mason, Tommy Chastain, Jack Mason, Gary Mason, Danny Mason, Dwight Carpenter and Bobby Ledford.

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

Teddy Leon CollinsTeddy Leon Collins

Teddy Leon Collins, 69, passed away March 20, 2014. Born in Blairsville, Ga., he was the son of Thurston and Juanita Collins. He was a member of Higdonville Baptist Church; active in Macon County Senior Games, an avid gardener, and wood worker. He loved his walks in the woods.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Barbara Chapman Collins; his son, John Mark Collins and wife Kendra Collins and a grandchild, Madison Rose Collins; son, Brian Collins; daughter, Stephanie Collins; stepson, Allen Chapman and wife Debra Collins and grandchildren, Jamie Chapman and Ashley Chapman; stepson, Matthew Chapman and partner Cristina Martelli; brothers and sisters, Louin Collins and wife Rosie Collins, Kenneth Collins and wife Nancy Collins, Aldarea King and husband David King; Noel Collins and wife Margaret Collins, Annette Satterfield and husband Charles Satterfield, Melvin Collins and wife Candice Collins and Steve Collins and wife Chris Collins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 23, at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Blairsville, with Dr. Simeon Martin, Rev. Mack Hutson and Rev. John Mark Collins officiating. Burial was in Old Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. North Georgia Honor Guard performed military graveside rites.

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

Daniel Bruce Perry

Daniel Bruce Perry, 93 of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of WWII; member of Junaluskee Masonic Lodge No. 145 and was an Oasis Shriner. He was the owner and operator of Franklin Tool and Mfg. since 1972. He was preceded in death by his wife Anita L. Perry who died July 22, 2012.

Surviving are his two daughters, Marie Tsacrios of Franklin and Denise West and husband Bubba of Franklin; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Memorial donations can be made to the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

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