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Deaths & Funerals Deaths & Funerals - 04/10/2014


Bryan Keith SmithBryan Keith Smith

Bryan Keith Smith of Franklin, N.C., went to sleep in death on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, with his wife by his side, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was a dearly loved husband, brother, friend, and mentor who will be deeply missed by those who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Sabrina; parents- in-law, Charles and Sue Barfield; one sister and brother-inlaw, Cindy and Tony Gaudetla; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Brenda Smith, Richard and Joyce Smith and Gary and Linda Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

He had a deep love of the Bible and his Creator, Jehovah God. He and Sabrina volunteered together in public ministry work that was a mutual source of joy to them. Although a person of deep respect and tremendous concern for others, he had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He had a huge smile and contagious laugh that could be heard from across a room. He was an extraordinarily talented professional oil and watercolor artist of more than 30 years and was able to work creating the art he so dearly loved. He won more than 60 awards in various art shows and his artwork resides in homes nationally and internationally. His talents were extensive and also included wood-working and playing guitar. He enjoyed traveling, loved bike riding in beautiful areas as often as he could and constantly found beauty in life around him. Generous with his time, energy and always eager to help others, he constantly enriched the lives of those around him. His very genuine and kind spirit was immediately obvious to those who met him. He truly loved life and lived it well.

His favorite verses of the Bible were in Psalm chapter 37 which speaks of the beautiful promises for faithful ones to live on the earth, made new by Jesus Christ. Now his friends and loved ones eagerly look forward to the day they will see him there and enjoy his beautiful smile once again.

A memorial service was held on March 8 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 564 Prentiss Bridge Rd, Franklin, N.C.



Betty Goude

Betty Goude went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully asleep on Saturday, April 5, 2014. She was born in Scranton, S.C. on Dec. 7, 1929, to Rev. and Mrs. Ernest B. Lee, Pentecostal Holiness ministers. On April 11, 1947, she married Rev. James M. Goude, a Church of God minister. She is predeceased by her mother and father, Ernest and Hatttie Lee, her husband, James Goude, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by her sister, Nolie Terry of The Villages in Florida, and three children – her oldest son, Rev. James Dexter Goude and his wife Tammy of Reagan, Tenn., the only daughter, Marla Johnson and her husband Rev. Harold Johnson of Franklin, N.C., and her youngest son, Rev. Dana Goude and his wife Marsha of Venice, Fla. During her 84 years, she acquired 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 10 great, great grandchildren.

She graduated from the last 11th grade graduation class of Scranton High School and was able to attend their 67th class reunion in 2013. She spent her life not only as a preacher’s kid but also as a minister’s wife, pastoring with her husband in South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Florida. She also worked outside the home in administrative management positions. She loved to sing for the Lord and taught her children to follow the musical talents and spiritual callings upon their lives. Her enthusiasm to attend and fellowship with her church family was very evident as she encouraged her children to encourage their children to be a part of a local church body. Known as “Beautiful Betty” at Macon County Senior Services, she enjoyed hanging out with her friends.

She will be remembered by her church family at First Assembly of God in Franklin on Sunday, April 13. Memorial services will be held in Camden, S.C., and Winter Beach, Fla.. Afterwards, she will be laid to rest beside her husband during a private service at Winter Beach Cemetery.

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



Helen Drown BilgerHelen Drown Bilger

Helen Drown Bilger, 83, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Born in Peabody, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Henry Eugene Drown and Blanche Bascom Drown. She retired from Florida Power where she worked as a data entry operator. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She enjoyed her doll collection (she had more than 55 dolls), was a NASCAR fan, enjoyed reading, loved her pets and took care of a lot of stray cats and dogs.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Clifford Bilger and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held Sunday, April 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Father Tien Duong officiated.

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



Thomas John Fries

Thomas John Fries, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Born in Burlington, Wisc., he was the son of the late Rodney Lewis Fries and Carol Ann Kortendick Fries. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Zitzmann. He was a member of Cowee Baptist Church. He worked in construction.

He is survived by two sisters, Nancy Reuwer and Margaret Ann Weddle both of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two nephews; two nieces and two great nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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



Ulmer Hamilton Parrish Jr.

Ulmer Hamilton Parrish Jr., 83, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014. Born in Dade County, Florida, he was the son of the late Ulmer Hamilton and Grace Nichols Parrish. He was a graduate of Stetson University; a veteran of the U.S. Army; a member of the American Legion and a realtor.

He is survived by June Lee Parrish; three sons, Ulmer Hamilton Parrish III, William Davidson Parrish, and Mark Grayson Parrish, all of Warner Robbins, Ga., and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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



Joan Lois Thomas LambJoan Lois Thomas Lamb

Joan Lois Thomas Lamb, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Thomas and Lois Ledford Thomas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Lamb, who died in 2005 and three sisters, Margie, Agnes and Geneva. She was a member of Cartoogechaye Church of God. She was a beloved mother and grandmother.

She is survived by four children, Jeff Lamb and wife Angie, Darlene Watson and husband Chris, Mickey Lamb and wife Meka and Tonya Morgan and husband Jamie, all of Franklin; two sisters, Janette Moody and Bea Door both of Greenville, S.C.; brother, Clyde Thomas and wife Delores of Greenville, S.C.; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 9, at Newman Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Phillip Cochran, Rev. Danny Prince and Rev. Bryon Lamb officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh Bailey, Jake Lamb, Tyler Watson, Bryon Lamb, Nicholia Lamb, Tristan Lamb, John Beaver and Gabrail Lamb.

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






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