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Lawrence Parker Loved By All
Lawrence Parker, age 96, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was born December 22, 1918 to the late John Parker and the late Laura Green Parker. He was one of fourteen children, who all preceded him in death. Lawrence was a farmer, enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Reverend J. T. Lambert and Dallas James. Burial will follow at Center Pigeon Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of David Swann Deeply Missed
R. David “Goodwrench” Swann, age 64, of Ellen Avenue, entered into his Heavenly home on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
Mr. Swann was a native of Buncombe County and had made his home in Haywood County since 1992. He was the son of the late Fred Swann and the late Margaret Franks Swann Ballew. David had been employed as a master mechanic with Charlie Aiken Motors and Asheville Dodge and he and his wife, Barbara were previously paper carriers for the Asheville Citizen Times for nine years. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having received the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Man’s Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the prestigious Purple Heart. David loved to fish on Lake Fontana and was indeed a practical joker and prankster. He will always be fondly remembered as “Goodwrench” by all who knew and loved him and he shall be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy McCrary.
Surviving are his loving wife, Barbara Ballew Swann; daughters, Joleen Hill and Timothy Hancock of Canton and Tina Parr and Charlie Parr of Knoxville, Tennessee; sons, Christopher Banyai and Kathryn Banyai of Watkinsville, Georgia, Wayne Ballew and Lisa Rice of Canton, Terry Moore of Clyde and Patrick Moore and Meloney Moore of Clyde; a sister, Wilma Sumner and Larry Sumner of Asheville; 16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Matt Pruett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The burial will be at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Western North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valor Hospice Wing of the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
Pastor Eddie A. Watson, Jr. Loved By Many
Pastor Eddie Arnold Watson, Jr., age 53, of Rovingwood Drive, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Pastor Watson was a native of Tarpin Springs, Florida and had made in home in Haywood County since 2002. He was the son of Eddie Arnold Watson and Carolyn Lysek Watson. Four years ago, Pastor Watson founded Christ Worship Center in Maggie Valley. He was a devoted minister, great friend and never met a stranger. Pastor Eddie always enjoyed talking and being with people. His blindness and disability never ever put limits on his ministry or of his love of God.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Tatum Watson; three siblings, Christie, Jonathan and Tim and an extended loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon Friday, January 23, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Joe Vicars will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
In Loving Memory of Ray Williams
Robert Ray Williams, 91, of Canton underwent an address change Tuesday when he left his earthly home following a gallant 1 ½ year battle with prostate cancer. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years before returning to his hometown where he spent 45 years as a machinist at Champion Paper and Fiber Co., which became International Paper. A man whose family was always first in his life and his heart, he is survived by his wife of 72 years, Christine “Cricket” Scroggs Williams; two daughters, Gail Williams O’Brien and her husband Tony La Vopa of Raleigh, N.C., and Deb Williams of Concord, N.C.; a granddaughter, Kelly Christina O’Brien of Albany, Calif.; and several loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvers Joshua Williams and Bertha Winchester Williams, and a brother, Earl Williams Sr. A talented water skier and an avid bowler, Ray was captain of the machine shop bowling team when it won the paper mill’s league championship in the 1965-66 season and placed second in 1966-67. Also in 1965-66, he earned high individual game honors with a 237. In 1967, he was third runner-up in the 1967 North Carolina Rec. Society Tournament. Prior to WW II, Ray and Cricket attended numerous square dances and when they were dating claimed the Western North Carolina Square Dance Championship semi-finals. Ray also was extremely civic minded and active in Smoky Mountain Local 507, having helped organize the union in the mid-1960s. He worked in several elections as a Democratic judge at a Canton polling location, served for a year as a grand jury foreman in Haywood County, and taught speed reading at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute during the school’s early years. After his retirement from International Paper, he worked part-time as a machinist at a Canton-area machine shop, was an active member of the Snug Harbor Old Timers Club, and remained interested in all of Pisgah’s sports, listening to the football games on the radio every Friday night. He loved automobiles and NASCAR racing and when he couldn’t attend the events he watched them on TV. He remained interested in current events, government and space travel until his passing. Donations in Mr. William’s memory may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to Salvation Army, 290 Pigeon Street, Waynesville, NC 28786. A celebration of Ray’s life will be Friday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. and a reception at the funeral home will immediately follow the service.
Sharron Elaine Price Deeply Loved
In the peaceful morning hours of Wednesday, December 31, 2014, we said goodbye to our beloved daughter, mother, sister and grandmother, Sharron Elaine Price, age 54, of Canton.
Sharron was a native of Haywood County and also resided in Kentucky where she graduated from Carlisle County High School in Bardwell, Kentucky in 1978. Sharron truly had a giving and caring heart and she enjoyed the time she spent volunteering for the Community Kitchen in Canton. She was also an avid reader and loved watching classic television shows, especially “The Waltons” and “The Andy Griffin Show”, which were her favorites. Sharron deeply loved her family and her kind and gentle spirit will always be remembered by those blessed to know her and her precious memory treasured forever.
She was preceded in death her father, John Douglas “Doug” Price.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Jean Stephenson McCracken and her step-father, Neal McCracken of Canton; a daughter, Angela Marie Courtney and her husband, Jeremy Courtney of Kentucky; a brother, Stephen Price of Pennsylvania and a grandson, Dakota Courtney.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, January 5, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Terry Penland and Reverend Jason Ledford will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Newfound Road, Canton. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 513, Canton, NC 28716.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Price family.
Jack O. Swanger Loving Husband and Brother
Jack O. Swanger, age 91, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
Mr. Swanger was born on July 18, 1923 in Haywood County where he remained a lifelong resident. He was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from BASF Corporation in Enka after many years of dedicated service. Jack enjoyed working crossword puzzles, gardening and being outside. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Ella Swanger and four brothers, Bill, Ed, Robert and Roy.
He is survived by his wife, Betty R. Swanger and several nieces and nephews.
The family will be at the residence, 204 Sunset Circle in Canton. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Reverend Tom Shook will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.
Marilyn Ruth Pressley In Loving Memory
Marilyn Ruth Stroup Pressley, age 84, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
Mrs. Pressley was a native of Transylvania County and had made her home in Haywood County for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late William Stroup and the late Gracie Mae Busby Stroup. Marilyn was a member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church in Canton. One of her favorite past times was playing bingo. She will always be fondly remembered by everyone who knew and loved her.
In addition to her father and mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Pressley and a son, Walter Pressley, Jr.
Surviving are her children, Nechia Duvall and her husband, Terry Duvall of Canton, Kevin Pressley and his wife, Darlene Pressley of Canton and Keith Pressley and his wife, Michelle Pressley of Canton; siblings, Bill Stroup and his wife Cleta Stroup of Clyde, Gene Stroup and his wife, Fran Stroup of GA, Deloris Rickman of Clyde, Audrey Howell and her husband, Wayne Howell of VA and Danny Stroup and his wife, Georgana Stroup of Bethel; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Ronnie Jenkins will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carepartners Hospice, John F. Keever Solace Center, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.
William “Bill” M. Wright A Beloved Treasure
William “Bill” Millis Wright, age 91, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014.
Mr. Wright was a native of Haywood County and had lived most of his life in Canton. He was the son of the late Millis Wright and the late Velma Mehaffey Wright. Mr. Wright was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. He had been employed at the Community Store in Canton, American Enka Corporation and also Champion International, where he retired in 1992. Bill enjoyed reading, especially non-fiction and history and he was an avid baseball fan. He will always be remembered as a treasure by his surviving family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mildred Wilson Wright and several sisters and brothers.
Surviving are his step-daughter, Marlene Sanders and her husband, Joe Sanders of High Point, NC; a sister, Dorothy Starnes of Charlotte, NC; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a niece, Nancy Wright of Canton and a great-niece, Daphne Gant of Candler.
To honor Mr. Wright’s request, private services will be held at a later date.
Thelma “Granny” Woody Loved By Many
Thelma “Granny” Silvers Woody, 80, of Woods Road in Waynesville, passed away into the arms of the angels on Saturday, December 27, 2014.
Mrs. Woody was born May 26, 1934 in Haywood County to the late Avery Silvers and the late Carrie Messer Silvers. She had resided in Haywood County most of her life and was a dedicated employee of Cataloochee Ranch and Ski Resort for more than 20 years. Mrs. Woody was a talented musician and precious memories of her playing the organ, guitar and the autoharp will be never be forgotten. She was also a wonderful cook and her cornbread was indeed a favorite. Thelma always loved to be “ out and about “– going to town and visiting the farmer’s market at least once or twice a week. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and was blessed to be surrounded by a loving and caring family that she loved with all her heart. “Granny” Woody was a blessing to so very many and her memory shall be treasured forever.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 65 years, Richard H. Woody; her daughter, Patsy Gaddis of Waynesville ; her sons, Richard Claude Woody and his wife, Elva Woody of Waynesville and Tommy Dale Woody of Waynesville; 7 grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren ; a brother, Carroll Silvers of Waynesville ; her sisters, Doris Messer of Waynesville and Bobbie Messer of Waynesville and a special friend, Darlene Franklin of Waynesville.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton. The Reverend Gary Putnam and the Reverend Jerry Nelson will be officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard, Scott and Tyler Gaddis, Zachary Woody, Levi Duffield, Jacob Rathbone, Bill Woody and Kenneth Hodo. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Woody’s memory to the Jonathan Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 87 Joe Carver Road, Waynesville, NC 28785
In Loving Memory of Emma Jo Henderson
Emma Jo Reece Henderson, 78, of Hendersonville, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014.
Mrs. Henderson was born April 19, 1936 in Haywood County to the late Raymond Oliver Reece and the late Fannie Jane Jones Reece. She made her home in Haywood County before moving to Buncombe County in 1965. She was a dedicated employee of Canton Laundry for 20 years and also was employed with Fletcher Rug Mill. Mrs. Henderson was a member of Mills River Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. Emma Jo will be deeply missed and she will always be remembered as a very loving and caring Mother.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Joe Henderson who passed away in 2002.
Surviving are her sons, Buddy Joe Henderson, Jr. and Judy of Virginia and Allen Henderson and Kim of Canton, Joseph Holcombe and Teresa of Brevard and Earl Robinson and Carmela of Hendersonville; a sister, Martha Gass of Fletcher; brothers, Raymond Reece, Jr. of Arden , Mac Reece of Candler, Henry Reece of Canton Johnny Reece of Canton and Earl Reece of Clyde; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Morning Star Cemetery in Canton.
In Loving Memory of Gracy Jones Loving Wife, Mother, Mammaw
Gracy Mae Parham Jones, 72, of Leicester, passed away December 19, 2014.
She was the daughter of the late Northern Jackson Parham and the late Nellie Jane West Parham. She was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County, a devoted homemaker, wonderful wife and mother. Gracy was indeed a wonderful cook and everyone loved her delicious homemade biscuits. She was a member of Pinnacle View Baptist Church. She deeply loved her family and her grandchildren were the love of her life. Everyone deeply loved their “Mammaw Gracy” and she shall never be forgotten.
In addition to her parents , she was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Jared Surrett and an an infant sister.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, A.B. Jones; a daughter, Glenda Pruitt and her husband, Mike Pruitt of Leicester; son, Ricky Jones and Diawanna of Leicester; brothers, Billy Parham, Tommy Parham, and Jimmy Parham; a sister, Kathleen Cole; grandchildren, Tonya Williams, Joseph Cartwright and Joey Jones; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, April and William Cartwright and Blake, Shanna and Pamela Williams.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Pinnacle View Baptist Church. Pastor Bryan Rhodarmer officiated. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial was in Highlands Baptist Church Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Joyce W. Tucker Faithful Servant, Loved By Many
On a peaceful night of this blessed Christmas season, we said goodbye to our beloved Joyce Dean Williams Tucker, age 80, of Holtzclaw Road in Canton. A devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, sister and a dear friend to many, left her earthly home and entered into her Heavenly home on Thursday, December 18, 2014.
Mrs. Tucker was born August 31, 1934 in Mount Gilead, NC and had resided in Canton most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Edingboro Augustus Williams and the late Berdie Thomas Williams Jeter. Mrs. Tucker retired from Square D Company in Asheville where she was a dedicated employee for many years. Her faith was an important part of her life and she will be remembered as a loyal and faithful member of the Church of God of Prophecy. Joyce lifted her beautiful voice in praise as she sang in the church choir and had also served as the pianist for the church junior choir. She was truly a talented and gifted lady. Joyce touched many lives as she served as a missionary leader and as the church Sunday school superintendent. Mrs. Tucker enjoyed trips to the beach, traveling and visiting many countries internationally and also touring extensively across the United States. Her caring spirit and her willingness to always help others will never be forgotten. Joyce Williams Tucker was loved by all that knew her. Let us always remember her kind smile and the love she held in her heart for her family and her dear and many friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Toy Tucker, Jr; a son, Nathan Tucker; a grandson, Jobie Tucker; a granddaughter, Talena Tucker; brothers, Dallas Williams and McArthur Williams.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, James Leroy Tucker of Clyde, Joseph Tucker of Canton and Rocky Tucker of Canton; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Sylvester C. Williams and his wife, Lunia Williams of Canton and Samuel Williams of Canton; a sister, Augusta Lee Davis of Kent, Washington and her sister-in-law, Rosa Williams of Canton ; her aunts, Mary Baxter of New Hampshire, Virginia and Dorothy Beasley of Ahoskie, NC an uncle, Charles Coleman of Canton; a very special cousin, Zora Thomas of Canton; her former daughters-in-law, Greta and Constance; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, December 22, 2014 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Pastor Pam Johnson and Pastor Robert Williams will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 12:30 until 1:30 pm at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Church of God of Prophecy, Building Fund, 75 Sanctuary Hill Drive, Canton, NC 28716.
Gordon C. Hawkins Loving Husband, Father, Granddaddy, GG
Gordon Clayton Hawkins, age 91, of Pasadena Street, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 surrounded by three generations of his loving family.
Mr. Hawkins was born in Acmar, Alabama, the youngest child of the late John Hill Hawkins and Mary Irene Pyle Hawkins. He had resided in Birmingham, Alabama before making his home in Canton in 1969. Mr. Hawkins was a United States Army Veteran, having honorably served during World War II. He was assigned to the 817th US Medical Air Evacuation Squadron and was stationed in Marseilles, France. Gordon was a life member of the Metro East Masonic Lodge No. 928 of Birmingham, Alabama. He had been employed at North American Continental Van Lines until 1969. Once arriving in Haywood County, he became well known and well respected for his 30+ years in the automotive industry. He loved his family very deeply and always wanted to protect them from all harm. He truly adored his five granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren. Gordon was unique, fun loving and had the ability to make you smile. He loved family reunions and looked forward to them every year. He shall be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Gazelle Hawkins Wilder and his two brothers, Ulman and Lymon Hawkins as well as a grandson, Clayton Everett Hawkins.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 67 years, Joyce Ruth Wood Hawkins; a son, John Tyeler Hawkins of Key West, FL; a daughter, Joy Lynn Hawkins Smith and son-in-law, Franklin “David” Smith of Clyde, NC; grandchildren, Jennifer Jane Hawkins Davies of Asheville, NC, Janna Michelle Hawkins Lindsey and her husband, Tim Lindsey of Key West, FL, Summer Joy Rogers and her husband, Dean Rogers of Fort Mill, SC, Misty Morning Guinn and her husband, Gary Guinn of Fletcher, NC, Cody Nicole Leonard and her husband, Kyle Leonard of Clyde, NC; great-grandchildren, Chelsea Danielle McMahan of Waynesville, NC, Timothy “Avyrin” Lindsey of Key West, FL, Christian “Cade” Davies of Hayesville, NC, Bronson David Guinn and Keegan Joseph Guinn of Fletcher, NC, Kylee Nicole Leonard and Clayton James Leonard of Clyde, NC and Haley Lucille Rogers and Tanner Dean Rogers of Fort Mill, SC.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Woodland Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m until 3:00 p.m at the church prior to the memorial service. Reverend Alan Davis will be officiating.
Memorials may be made in Gordon’s memory to The Homestead Hospice, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721, where he received such loving care at the end of his long battle with Alzheimers Disease.
Carroll L. Stamey Loved By Many
Carroll Lee Stamey, age 76, of Mac’s Lane, entered into his Heavenly home on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Mr. Stamey was a native of Madison County and had made his home in Haywood County for more than 30 years. He was the son of the late Aaron Stamey and the late Beulah Waldroup Stamey. Carroll was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Spring Creek and had also attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clyde. He was a well known gospel musician and a member of the Liberty Baptist Quartet singing in churches and many other venues throughout Western North Carolina. Carroll was a dedicated farmer and an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, hunting and he especially enjoyed digging ginseng in the mountains that he loved. Carroll will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend by all that knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Allen and a grandson, Michael Lee Stamey, Jr.
Surviving are his loving wife, Tina Whitten Stamey of Waynesville; daughters, Carrie Purvis and her husband, Brian Purvis of Waynesville, Rebecca Reed of Marshall an d Marylene Harris of Clyde and Lisa Whitten of New York City; sons, Mike Stamey and his wife, Karen Stamey, Billy Stamey and Jeff Stamey, all of Clyde and Bobby Stamey of Asheville; sisters, Juanita Bradley and Betty Messer, both of Maggie Valley; 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and also many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Liberty Baptist Church in Spring Creek. Reverend Harry Worley, Reverend Jerry Nelson and Reverend Greg Warren will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Crawford / Ray Funeral Home, 1 North Main Street, Canton, NC 28716 to help assist the family with funeral expenses.
Larry D. Watson In Loving Memory
Larry Dean Watson, age 62 of Canton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 3, 2014.
A native of Haywood County, he is survived by his parents, John Howard Watson and Della Pace Watson of Canton; his wife of 24 years, Kathi McCavitt Watson; three daughters, Sydni Watson Anger (Travis) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Leslie Watson Wood (Brian) and Amy Watson Bruner (Doug), both of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Dillon and Chloe Wood and Jacob and Levi Bruner and two nephews, Tyler and Gabe Kirkpatrick of Canton, NC.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Watson Kirkpatrick.
Larry was an Elder at Canton Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday School and loved playing guitar and banjo in the worship services. His love of music began early, and he appeared on Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour when he was 12. Over the years, he was a part of many local bands, played at the Knoxville World’s Fair, traveled with the Norfolk Southern Railway Band for 10 years, appeared on Hee Haw and the Nashville Network, and enjoyed teaching music lessons in his home for the last 25 years. Playing music with his three daughters was the highlight of his career. He had a special love of people with whom he shared an extraordinary sense of humor.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Canton Presbyterian Church. Reverend Esta Jarrett and Reverend Christopher Willett will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
The family would like to thank the staff at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation for their kindness and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Larry D. Watson Youth Music Fund, c/o Canton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 784, Canton, NC 28716.
Kenneth Ball Deeply Loved
Kenneth Lee Ball, age 83, of Garland Street, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Mr. Ball was born in Honaker, Virginia to the late George Ball and the late Nannie Herndon Ball and had made his home in Haywood County most of his life. Mr. Ball’s faith was an important part of his life and he was a member of Ninevah Baptist Church where he had taught the Youth Sunday School Class, was a devoted leader of the RA Boys and he also helped with Children’s Church at Ninevah. He was a United States Army Veteran having honorably served during the Korean War. Mr. Ball retired from Dayco Southern in 1989 with 29 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Waynesville where he was a Master Mason. In remembering Mr. Ball, we remember his love of life and that he truly enjoyed traveling and was also talented at restoring trucks. He loved his family deeply and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His precious memory will be cherished forever by all who loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Ball and his brothers, Donald, Ronald, Jackie and Harold Ball.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 50 years, Frankie Watkins Ball; a daughter, Lynn Ball Wheeler of Fletcher; his sons, Kenny Ball of Waynesville and Eddie Ball of Waynesville; grandchildren, Olivia Milhorne ( Adam), Aaron Wheeler ( Amber) , Beth Warren (Andrew) and Rebekah Smucker (Andrew); great-grandchildren, Lydia, Abby, Austin, Noah, Bonnie, Mila, Aiken and Addison; a brother, Lewis Ball of Black Mountain; sisters, Geneva Nave (Richard) of St. Mary’s, Florida, Ruth Harmon (Dave) of Princeton, West Virginia and Penny Randall of Asheville; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Mike Leslie will be officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be held in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Ball’s memory to Ninevah Baptist Church, Building Fund, 931 Country Club Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786.
In Loving Memory of Edward “Eddie” Tabor Loving Brother and Uncle
Carl Edward “Eddie” Tabor, age 65, of Lantern Drive in Canton, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Mr. Tabor was a native of Columbia, SC and had lived in Columbus, GA before making his home in Haywood County for the past 26 years. He was the son of the late Carl J. Tabor and the late Nettie Touchberry Tabor. Mr. Tabor was a United States Navy veteran and was a member of the elite group, The Navy Seals. He had been employed by Georgia Power as a utility lineman and had played football with the Atlanta Falcons for one season. He was a talented musician and enjoyed playing the guitar. Eddie was deeply loved by his family and many friends.
Surviving are his sisters, Shirley Hurlbut of Waynesville and Ruth Anderson of Hendersonville; a brother, Michael Alan Tabor of Canton and a nephew, Carl Alan Tabor of Canton.
To honor Mr. Tabor’s request, no formal services will be held.
In Loving Memory of Polly Ann Seitler
Polly Ann Clontz Seitler, age 74, of Canton, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Mrs. Seitler was a native of Haywood County and had resided here most of her life here. She was the daughter of the late Luther W. Clontz and the late Bessie Gibson Clontz. Mrs. Seitler had been employed as a certified nursing assistant. She was a devoted homemaker and also enjoyed ceramics. Polly loved her family deeply and in the words of her sons, “She was a great Mom.”
She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael “Peanut” Gibson; sisters, Clara Rogers and Sue Ward and 2 infant grandchildren.
Surviving are her sons, Bobby Ray Seitler and Luther Arthur Seitler; brothers, James “Johnny “Gibson and Charles “Bill” Gibson; a sister, Betty Williams and a grandson, Luther Allen Seitler, all of Canton.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2014 at Morning Star Cemetery. Family and friends will be received at the home of Luther Seitler, 3210 Asheville Highway, Canton, NC.