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Thomas A. Rowland In Loving Memory
Thomas Anthony Rowland, age 94, passed away Monday October 20, 2014.
Mr. Rowland was a native of Cherokee County and was the son of the late Anthony Thomas Rowland and the late Ollie Passmore Rowland. Thomas proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy for four years and was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lillian Mann Scott Rowland, who passed away January 27, 2014; his son, Tommy David Rowland and an infant son, Ronny Rowland; brothers, Wayne, Willard, Neal, Gay and Americus Rowland; sisters, Etta Forrister, Grovie Coffey, and Lois Pisczek.
He is survived by his step-daughter, Jamie Biddix of Canton; step-sons, Dwayne Scott of Raleigh, David Scott of Canton and Derek Scott of Canton; step-grandchildren, Luke Scott of Garner, Heather McHale of Rolesville, Lauren Biddix and Christina Scott, both of Canton, Bobby Scott of Canton and many loving nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde with military honors. Reverend Darrell Webb and Reverend Ted Reynolds will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carepartners Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Rowland family.
In Loving Memory of John Webb Deeply Missed
John Mitchell Webb, 70, of Hayes Cove Road in Leicester, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014. John was a lifelong resident of Leicester and was the son of the late Herman Wesley Webb and the late Evelyn Hutchinson Webb. John had been employed in the textile industry but his true passion was farming. He had attended Zion Hill Baptist Church. John loved to fox hunt in the mountains where he was born and raised and he loved his family deeply.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
He is survived by four daughters, his brothers, Jerry Webb and his wife, Kim Webb, Larry Webb and his wife, Nannie Webb and Chuck Mathis all of Leicester; a sister, Myrtle Webb Hare of Leicester; and also several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton with the Reverend Bobby Smith officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Larry S. Mintz Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
Larry Stuart Mintz, age 64, of Westwood Circle, entered into his Heavenly home Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
Mr. Mintz was a lifelong native of Haywood County and was the son of the late Rufus Mintz and the late Lucy Rhinehart Mintz. He was a talented carpenter and brick mason and was well known throughout Haywood County and Western North Carolina for his fine craftsmanship and work. Mr. Mintz had attended Pentecostal Church of God in Waynesville. Larry loved racing, enjoyed watching the Carolina Panthers and was a devoted fan of his hometown football team, the Tuscola Mountaineers. He was truly a practical joker and his family and friends will never forget his great sense of humor and his delight for having fun with a good joke. Larry loved the mountains where he was born and lived, and a wonderful memory we shall always cherish was his fascination for closely watching our mountain weather. He especially loved thunderstorms and enjoyed watching the beautiful lightning bolts play across his beloved mountain skies. When we remember Larry Stuart Mintz, we will always remember that he was a wonderful and loving, husband, father, and grandfather. Larry shall be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carroll Mintz.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Shelia Trantham Mintz; a daughter, Tammy Lynn Smathers and her husband, Tommy Smathers of Waynesville; a son, Larry Dean Mintz of Asheville; a brother, Billy Wayne Mintz of Waynesville; sisters, Elizabeth Rickman of Cumberland Gap, TN, Louise Jones of Canton, Lucy Messer of Myrtle Beach, SC and Barbara Messer of Waynesville; grandchildren, Mark Mintz and Autumn Mintz of Sylva, Cody Mintz of Waynesville and his fiancée, Kalan Gaddis and Hannah Smathers of Waynesville; also several special nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, October 20, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Dennis Queen and Reverend Johnny Swanger will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 5:30 pm until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
Willodean Ashe Nelson Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Willodean “Dean” Ashe Nelson, 75, of Dutch Cove Road, entered into her Heavenly home on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
Mrs. Nelson was born February 5, 1939 in Haywood County to the late John Ashe and the late Annie Leopard Ashe. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and had been employed at American Silk Label and retired in 2001from Paxar as a supervisor with 36 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Nelson was of the Baptist faith. She loved the mountains and spending time fishing and she also enjoyed girls softball and was a true Atlanta Braves fan. The Thanksgiving holiday was also a special time for the Nelson family and everyone always looked forward to Dean’s chicken casserole and her delicious turkey and dressing. She was a wonderful cook and these special holiday memories will be cherished forever. Dean deeply loved her family, and her grandchildren were the light of her life. In the words of her family, “ Dean loved everyone and she was good to everyone. Dean had a kind soul.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Robert Ashe.
Surviving are her loving husband of 47 years, Bobby Joe Nelson; her daughters, Pam Faulkner and her husband, Greg Faulkner of Canton, Jennifer Nelson of Canton and Sara Mills and her husband, Michael Mills of Canton; grandchildren, Brittany and Blake Faulkner of Canton and Tyler Nelson of Canton; her sisters, Melba Garland and her husband, Ray Garland of Canton, Blenda Cochran and her husband, Harold Cochran of Waynesville and Phyllis King of Canton; special nephews, Randy L. Cochran of Canton and Terry Wayne Ashe of Marion and many other nieces and nephews .
The Nelson family would like to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to the nurses and staff of Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice for their love and care given to Dean.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bon-A -Venture Cemetery, Newfound Road. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends from 7:00 until 9:00 pm Saturday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Nelson’s memory to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
In Loving Memory of Lisa Cogburn Rice
Lisa Cogburn Rice, age 48, of Fairview and a former resident of Canton entered into the arms of the angels Thursday, October 9, 2014 after an illness with cancer.
Lisa was the loving wife of Keith Rice and also a beloved mother to her two sons, Tristan Michael Potter and Nathan Daniel Potter. She was a proud and loving grandmother to her grandsons, Adien Michael Potter and Daniel Lee Potter. Lisa was the precious daughter of Hubert G. Cogburn and the late Gladys L. Cogburn and was deeply loved by her two sisters, Teresa C. Blythe and her husband, Carrol Blythe and her late sister, Pamela J. Cogburn and also a nephew, Jason Cogburn.
Lisa will truly be remembered as a unique person with a great love for animals and in the words of her family, “Lisa, we love you and will have you in our hearts forever.”
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Lisa’s life will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton. The celebration of Lisa’s life will continue with a 3:00 pm graveside service to be held at the Cogburn Family Cemetery which is located near Lisa’s beloved childhood home on Cogburn Road in Canton.
Mrs. Lottie Driver departed this life on October 1, 2014 after a long illness.
Mrs. Driver was born January 9, 1929 in Fairmont, NC. Mrs. Driver retired as an instructor with the Jobs Corps in Cherokee, NC after many years of service. She enjoyed teaching, bowling, playing cards, cooking and sports.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Willy Smith-Driver; two granddaughters, Andrea Galloway and Allyson Wilkins and two precious great-grandchildren, Tatiana and Elijah.
She was predeceased by her son, Douglas P. Driver.
Memorial services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church, 100 Counsel Place, (down from old hospital) at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Beatrice Johnson Griffin, of Elizabeth Street in Canton, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away into the arms of the angels on Friday October 3, 2014.
Mrs. Griffin was born in Madison County to the late Julius Crawford Johnson and the late Carrie Anderson Johnson. She had made her home in Haywood County most of her life and retired from Memorial Mission Hospital in 1975 where she was employed as a secretary in the newborn nursery unit. Mrs. Griffin was a member of High Street Baptist Church. She deeply loved her family and her kind and giving heart touched many throughout her life. For over 30 dedicated years Beatrice worked with the Champion Christmas Basket and Clothing Program to help children and families throughout Haywood County. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 5198 in Canton. When we remember Beatrice Johnson Griffin we remember a beautiful lady and a lady who dedicated her life to giving and caring for others. We shall always cherish her precious memory.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel H. Griffin who passed away in 1995; a grandson, Gary B. Griffin, Jr ; a sister, Beulah Johnson Cooke and a brother, Bernard C. Johnson.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Gary “Benny” Griffin, Sr. and his wife, Doris Griffin of Sylva and Keith Griffin and his wife, Libbye Griffin of Rutherfordton; grandsons, Michael S. Griffin and his wife, Sabrina Griffin of Garner and Daniel C. Griffin of Rutherfordton; great–grandchildren, Colin David Griffin and Holly Lynne Griffin ; great-great-grandchildren, Holton and Eli Griffin.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Chris Willett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
Donna Evans Richardson, age 47, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014.
Mrs. Richardson was a native of Buncombe County and had made her home in the mountains of Western North Carolina throughout her life. She was the daughter of John Carl Bell and Linda Austin Waldrop. Donna was a loving wife, sister and daughter and the world’s best mother. She loved the mountains she lived in and was also very proud of her Cherokee heritage, but above all else, her family was her life. Even after her death, Donna continued her giving to others through organ donation. She will forever be loved and missed by everyone who was a part of her life.
In addition to her father and mother, she is survived by her loving husband, John Gordon Richardson, II; sons, Anthony Shane Evans and John Richardson, III; brothers, David Waldrop and Jonathan Waldrop; her sister, Beverly Bartow Loving; nephews, Donavan Bartow and Devan Loving and many other nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the historic Sulfur Springs Cemetery in Asheville.
In Loving Memory of Vivian Collette
Vivian Warren Collette, 71 of Asheville, a loving daughter, wife , mother, grandmother and sister, passed away in the arms of the angels on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Vivian was preceded in death by her father, Gene Warren.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Bob Collette of Asheville; her mother, Margaret Warren of Canton; a daughter, Sherri Halford and her husband, Joe of Asheville; a son, Terry Parker of Canton ; grandchildren, Justin and Marissa James and Courtney and David Smith; stepdaughters, Tracy Smith and her husband, Jimmy of Asheville and Lydia Collette of Canton; brother, Jimmy Warren and his wife Jan of Loudon, TN; nephews, James Warren and Michael Brendle.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday September 27, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Christine “Tootsie” Deaton Loved and Never Forgotten
Our life on earth is truly a journey. A journey may be filled with happiness, sometimes challenges and even sorrows but most importantly the journey is full of blessings. On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 we said goodbye to our beloved Sandra Christine “Tootsie” Edwards Deaton of Johnson Drive in Canton. She completed her ultimate life journey of 67 years and entered into her Heavenly home. “Tootsie”, as she was lovingly known by her family and friends, was born November 17, 1946 in Haywood County where she had resided all of her life. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Christine’s life journey was truly filled with blessings and treasured memories. Christine was blessed with a close and loving marriage of 51 years to the love of her life, two wonderful sons and also grandchildren that she adored. Christine was a devoted homemaker and a wonderful cook. No one will ever know the secret to her delicious tomato sandwiches. The Deaton summer vacations to the beach and family camping excursions as well as tours to Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas were special times in her life. Christine loved the Christmas season and looked forward to visiting The Biltmore House during this magical holiday time. She always decorated her home beautifully and it was a true joy for her family and friends to gather at the Deaton home. Her special Christmas mission was to find just the “perfect Christmas gift” for everyone and she always did!
Christine’s life journey has taught us many life lessons: That family is the most important part of our lives and to always love and care about others. Christine taught us the true meaning of faith and courage and was indeed an angel on this earth. In the words of her husband, Butch, “She was the love of my life and I will never forget the way she took care of me and our wonderful two sons. She will be truly missed.”
Sandra Christine “Tootsie” Edwards Deaton has been blessed with a wonderful life journey.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Heatherly Edwards “Nannie Betty”; and her nephew, Colby Edwards that held a special place in her heart. Surviving are her husband, her best friend and the love of her life, James “Butch” M. Deaton, Jr.; her sons, James “Marty” M. Deaton III of Canton and Michael Steven Deaton and his wife, Shannon Deaton of Raleigh; grandchildren, Haley and Chloe Deaton and Austin and Samantha Deaton; a brother, Steve Edwards and his wife, Carole Edwards of Canton ; a sister Norma Bishop and her husband, Dale Bishop of Canton; a special niece, Gina Kilby of Canton; other nieces and nephews that she loved dearly and a special aunt, Berdine Fullbright of Brevard. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, September 26, 2014 at The Grove, the historic church located at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The Reverend Steve Smith will be officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held following the funeral service. Entombment will be in The Horizon at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers , memorial may be made to The American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Parkway, Asheville, NC 28801.
In Loving Memory of John Gordon
John Wesley Lee Gordon, 54, passed away September 17, 2014.
A native of Tampa, Florida , he had made his home in Haywood County for the past 10 years. John was employed as a rock mason in the construction industry. He belonged to the Salvation Army in Waynesville and was also a talented wood craftsman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Gordon and Lesta Mae Simmons Gordon.
Surviving are his sons, John and Ian Gordon and Chad and Sean Bennett; brothers, Scott Gordon and Brian Gordon (Jeni); a granddaughter, Sophia Bennett
A celebration of life service and dinner will be held at 6:00 pm October 15, 2014 at the Salvation Army in Waynesville.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Gordon family.
Matthew Parris In Loving Memory
Matthew Thomas Parris, 34, of Ray Street, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
Matthew was born December 8, 1979 and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. He was employed with Blue Ridge Glass, Inc. of Waynesville. Matthew was a truly talented and gifted artisan and his paintings and drawings were admired by many. He also held a passion for Chevrolet Chevelles and for building “muscle cars”. Matthew had a kind, giving and caring heart and he was always willing to help anyone in need. He never ever met a stranger. When we remember Matthew – we will remember his beautiful smile and the love he held in his heart for his family.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hoke and Maude Freeman Parris; maternal grandparents, James Jackson Ferguson, Sr. and Wanda Coward Ferguson; and several aunts and uncles.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Thomas Lee Parris and Jacqueline Ferguson Parris of Waynesville; his wife, Rebecca Stone Parris of Waynesville; a daughter, Lacie-Lee Chevelle Parris of the home; a brother, Mark Parris of Waynesville and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held at 11:00 am Friday, September 12, 2014 at Sulfur Springs Baptist Church with the Reverend Phillip Wyatt officiating. The family received friends at the church following the memorial service.
In Loving Memory of Brownlowe Burrell
As the peaceful morning sunlight shown across the mountains on Friday, September 5, 2014 we said goodbye to Brownlowe Burrell, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a dear friend to many.
Mr. Burrell of Circle Drive in Canton had been blessed with 85 years of a full and vibrant life. He was born November 14, 1928 in Haywood County and was the son of the late Sidney Ellis Burrell and the late Leah Frady Burrell. Indeed, Brownlowe was a man of many talents. He was well known throughout Western North Carolina and Georgia as a gifted brick mason, home builder, and owner and operator of his own saw mill, B and B Pallet Company. Designing and building ponds was one of his true passions and this was evident with the many unique and picturesque designs that Mr. Burrell created. An avid hunter and fisherman, together he and his wife, Betty owned Burrell’s Hunting Lodge in Tignal, GA where they were blessed with many long lasting friendships. They also enjoyed traveling-driving across the continental United States and Alaska. The love of music was embedded in his soul and to hear him play almost any instrument confirmed that Brownlowe was a natural born musician. Mr. Burrell had attended the Canton Church of God. In remembering him, we think of his kind heart, his willingness to help anyone in need and his delightful personality of never meeting a stranger. Treasured memories of Brownlowe Burrell will be held forever in the hearts of his family that he loved so deeply and he will live on as a part of each of them forever.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lou White; granddaughter, Kelly Burrell, a great-grandson, Tyler Burrell; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Betty Towe Burrell, sons, Gary Burrell and his wife, Mary Burrell of Canton, Mike Burrell and his wife, Gail Burrell of Canton and Rickey Burrell of Canton; son-in-law, Gary White of Canton; grandchildren, Debra and Randy James, Jeffery and Christy Burrell, Jason Burrell, Jonathan and Suzann White, Jennifer White, Brandy and Edward Lipe, Misty Burrell and Jarrod and Megan Burrell; 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and two brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Chapman will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
In Loving Memory of Edward Greene
Edward Lee Greene, 69, of Canton, North Carolina died September 5, 2014.
He was born to the late Charles and Marie Greene on July 31, 1945 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Ed graduated from Oak Ridge High School and later attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1965 and owned and operated Ed Greene's Restaurant in Emory Village and then Plaza Pizza and Grill in Ponce-Highlands.
At the age of 50 Ed went back to school to pursue his dream of completing his own education so that he could teach others and graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelors of Science degrees in both History and English Literature.
In 1997 Ed was one of the few applicants to be selected to participate in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia graduating with honors in 1999 with Masters Degrees in Teaching and Literature.
On October 30, 1999, Ed married his longtime companion and love of his life Brenda Hester in a private ceremony on Mount Pisgah in North Carolina. Ed and Brenda moved up to the mountain in 2003 and built their dream home while Ed taught in Haywood County, North Carolina.
Ed is survived by his wife Brenda Greene of Atlanta, GA and Canton, NC; his children Charles (Stephanie) Greene of Johns Creek, GA and Jason (Carola) Greene of Buford, GA; Step-children Cheryl Fairbanks of Atlanta, GA, Anita Hester of Lilburn, GA, and Michael Hester of Gainesville, GA; his beloved grandchildren, Senator and Maxwell Greene, Gabriel and Daniel Greene, Ryan and Jacob Fairbanks, and Hunter Hester.
He is also survived by his siblings; sisters Charlene (Philip) Smith of Martinsville, IN, Harriet Wiseman of Asheville, NC, brother David (Barbara) Greene of Woodstock, GA, as well as the mother of his children Adria Greene of Lawrenceville, GA and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is also leaving behind his "mountain" brothers John Graham, Shawn Seaton, and Mike Arrington along with everyone else that had welcomed him in the Cruso/Canton/Waynesville communities for the last 15 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ed's memory to Autism Speaks at events.autismspeaks.org/tributes/edwardgreene.
A private memorial will be held.
Jesse Hymer Our Beloved Son
Jesse Aaron Hymer, God’s blessing to our family for the past 12 years, entered into the arms of the angels on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
Jesse was born June 13, 2002 in Haywood County and was the son of Joseph L. Hymer and Shelley Lynn Carver. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Clinton Carver.
Jesse brought into this world love, joy and happiness that could never be measured. Even at his young age, he taught us the importance of being unselfish and to always be a giving person. Jesse truly had a heart of gold. He loved all types of music and we will always remember the sweet sound of his voice singing his favorite songs. Jesse loved all animals and his wonderful sense of humor will never be forgotten. He had attended Bethel Elementary School where he was blessed with many friends and he was looking forward to attending Bethel Middle School in the fall. Jesse loved Jesus and he was proud to be a baptized Christian. He was a member of Old Pathway Baptist Church in Waynesville. Jesse deeply loved all of his family. We shall forever treasure the memory of Jesse’s sweet smile and the wonderful memories that our family has shared. We shall hold our precious beloved Jesse in our hearts and souls forever.
In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by his brother, C. J. Hymer of Maggie Valley; his maternal grandmother, Wanda Carver of Canton; his aunt, Janice Burgess and uncle Ted Burgess of Canton; cousins, Justin and Jamie Frese of Clyde; Gus Rich of Maggie Valley, who was like a father; Deanna Cooley of Waynesville, who was like a second mother and many other cousins, extended family and friends.
A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in the Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska. Pastor Doug Henson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Jesse Hymer Memorial Fund, C/O Jamie Frese at any branch of the Champion Credit Union.
Ruby Elizabeth Webb A Loving Mom and Granny
Ruby Elizabeth Webb, 82, of Waynesville, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Homestead Hospice Center. Ruby was born on October 21, 1931 to the late Mollie Medford and Dock Nations. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Waitsel Webb, who died in 1995; a brother, Tommy Nations; a daughter, Earline Lance; a granddaughter, Pam Lewis and a grandson, Stanley Bailey. She is survived by daughters, Barbara Bradley and her husband, Gene, of Waynesville, Maxine Southers of Waynesville and Jane Crocker of Chesapeake, Virginia; eleven grandchildren, Tammy Crowe and her husband, Mark, Jennifer Lance, Gene Allen Bradley and his wife, Terry, Ronald “Ralo” McFalls, Kristen “Cricket” Brooks and her husband, Red, Joni Moreno, Ronica Jackson and her husband, Kenneth, Devon Moody and her husband, Brian, Angie Hallman, Vivian Bailey and Wade Bailey and his wife, Melanie; and twenty-six great-grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Sulphur Springs Freewill Baptist Church, located at 1273 Sulphur Springs Road, Waynesville with Rev. Phillip Wyatt officiating. A reception and celebration of life will follow the service in the reception hall. A private family interment will be at Greenhill Cemetery in Waynesville at a later date. A viewing and receiving of friends was held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home, located at 1 N Main Street, Canton, NC 28716. The family would like to offer a word of thanks to the nurses and staff at the Homestead Hospice Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Homestead Hospice Center at 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721
In Loving Memory of Robert W. Burrell Loved His Family
Robert Wayne Burrell, age 71,of Pigeon Road, a beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Mr. Burrell was born April 19, 1943 and was a lifelong native of Haywood County. He retired from Blue Ridge Paper with 41 years of dedicated service and was a Champion Old Timer. He was a member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church. Robert was a devoted Pisgah High School football fan who rarely missed a game. He was an avid walker, a true NASCAR fan and he could often be found working crossword puzzles. Robert also enjoyed watching western movies and he loved doing carpentry work. He spent many hours watching the hummingbirds in his beautiful back yard that was a truly a place of peace and solace for Robert. He devoted his life to his family and loved each of them deeply. Robert’s memory will be held in their hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grady L. Burrell; an infant son, Kevin Keith Burrell; a brother, Ruben Burrell and an infant sister.
Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Theresa Rogers Burrell; his mother, Marie Parsons of Waynesville; a daughter, Kendra Burrell McKay of Canton; a son, Tim Burrell and his wife, Lynn Burrell of Canton; a sister, Meredith Tucker and her husband, Kenneth Tucker of Waynesville; grandchildren, Alina Pitts and her husband, Patrick Pitts of Waynesville and Savannah McKay of Canton; several nieces , nephews and many friends.
A celebration of life service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Welcome Hill Baptist Church. Robert’s nephew, Pastor Craig Tucker will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.
Gus Mills Deeply Missed
Gus Albert Mills, 78, of Asheville and a former resident of Canton entered his Heavenly home Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Mr. Mills was born November 23, 1935 to the late Gus V. Mills and Leila Roberts Mills. He was a native of Haywood County and had made his home in Buncombe County for the past 56 years. Gus was a graduate of Reynolds High School in Canton and was a member of the of the football and basketball teams where he made many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and retired from Champion International. Mr. Mills was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton. Gus was well known for his straight forward personality and his wit and he held a deep love for all children. He will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Conley and Barbara Mills.
Left to cherish his memory are his nieces, Julia Hicks of Denver, Colorado, Janice Martin of Raleigh, Vera Wilson of Canton, Camille McDowell of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Nancy Mills of Canton; nephews, Phillip Mills of Asheville, Randy McDowell of Canton and Billy McDowell of Las Vegas, Nevada; Amy Gilliam of Asheville who was loved as a daughter and a host of other great and great –great nieces and nephews and many friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton. The family will be receiving friends in the church fellowship hall following the service. The Reverend Robert Williams will be officiating. Private interment will be in Gibsontown Cemetery.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Mills family.
Zenia Sutton A Wonderful Mother
Zenia Pearl Shultz Sutton, 88, of Old Henson Cove Road, entered into the arms of the angels on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Mrs. Sutton was born October 21, 1925 in Cosby, Tennessee to the late Aurthur Shultz and the late Myrtle Ramsey Shultz. She had made her home in Haywood County for the past 62 years and was a devoted homemaker. Zenia had dedicated her life to being a loving caregiver – especially to her son, Ronnie and also caring for the entire family. Her faith was an important part of her life and she loved her Lord. Zenia enjoyed being outdoors and she was known for having a “ green thumb” because her bountiful vegetable garden and her lovely flower garden were admired by everyone. She also enjoyed canning and her delicious homemade jelly was a favorite of family and friends. Zenia was a wonderful loving mother and she has touched many lives. Her memory remains in our hearts forever.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Sutton who passed away in 2003; five sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are her daughter, Anita Parks and her husband, Gene Parks of Waynesville; her sons, Raymond Sutton and his wife, Lisa Sutton of Canton and Ronnie Sutton of Canton; grandchildren, Julie Smith, Shannon Sutton and his wife, Megan Sutton, Chad Evans and his wife, Megan Evans and Anna Mathis and her husband, Andrew Mathis ; great-grandchildren, Kelly Smith and Samuel Sutton.
The Sutton family wishes to extend a special thank you to Amanda Lunsford and Sherry Moore for their love and concern given to Zenia.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, August 29, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Zack Christy will be officiating. Burial will follow in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Newfound Road. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Matthew Thomas Myers In Loving Memory
On August 15, 2014, Matthew Thomas Myers, age 39, went home to be with his Heavenly Father. Matthew was born February 7, 1975, in Cherokee, IA to Terri Myers of Waynesville and Tom Myers of Columbia, SC. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Dan (Sharon) Myers of Waynesville; a niece, Becca; a nephew, Eli; his Grandma, Lois Myers of Sun City, AZ, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Pinnacle Church in Canton. Pastor, Heath Davis will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinnacle Church, 101 Fibreville Street, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Helen Jo Trantham
Helen Jo Eller Trantham, 76 of Lunar Trace entered into the arms of the angels on Monday, August 18, 2014.
Mrs. Trantham was born January 19, 1938 in Haywood County to the late George Eller and the late Francis Coleman Eller. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was employed as a registered nurse many years ago. Her strong faith was an important part of her life and she was a dedicated member of Good News Baptist Church in Candler where she was also a member of the church choir. Helen was a wonderful homemaker and anyone who visited the Trantham home was welcomed with open arms and made to feel as if they were a part of the family. She was an exceptional cook and Helen’s delicious homemade chocolate fudge was known as the “5 lb candy” because in her own words, “When you eat my fudge, you’ll surely gain 5 lbs”. Her lawn was filled with beautiful flowers and she especially loved roses. She was an avid Washington Redskins and NASCAR fan and Elvis Pressley was one of her favorite performing musical artists.
Helen had a loving and caring heart, a delightful personality and a great sense of humor. Everyone blessed to know her – loved her. A beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will remain in our hearts forever.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Trantham who passed away in 2007; a son, Stephen Trantham; a grandson, Josh Trantham; sisters, Sue Sparks and Essie Mae Eller and a brother, George Eller, Jr.
Surviving are her daughter, Karen Trull and her husband, Jerry Trull of Candler; sons, Kevin Trantham of Bent Creek and Jeff Trantham and his wife, Crystal Trantham of Spencer, NC; grandchildren; Stephanie Rogers and her husband, Jason Rogers of Bethel, Gabriel Trantham of San Marcos, TX, Heather Trull of Candler and Darby Trantham of Lexington, NC; great-grandchild, Kira Rogers; a sister, Nelma Jean Sherrill of Orlando, FL and a brother, Carroll Eller of Candler.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Good News Baptist Church in Candler. Pastor Steve Smith and Pastor Jacob Smith will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good News Baptist Church in Candler, 1953 Smoky Park Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.
James "Corky" Ronald Reno Loving Husband, Daddy, Granddaddy and Friend
James "Corky" Reno, 69, of Clyde, NC, was received by Jesus Christ into his heavenly home on August 17, 2014 after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Corky was kind, soft-spoken and a man of few words. He was able to impart incredible wisdom and guidance without long-winded explanations or lectures. Rather, Corky chose to express his faith in Christ and deep love for his family by simply living his life as an example for those who were blessed to call him Husband, Daddy, Granddaddy and Friend. Always striving to put others first, Corky often made time to help others or solve a problem, whether great or small. Corky was a member of West Canton Baptist Church where he served as Assistant Sunday School Director and sang in the choir. Corky served our country with honors in the U.S. Navy and spent the majority of his civilian career working at the paper mill in Canton, NC – retiring as a Manager overseeing the paper mill’s storeroom and transportation department.
He will be dearly missed by his loved ones, who can celebrate in the fact that Corky is rejoicing with his creator. It was Corky’s deepest wish for those whom he loved to one day join him, both in the saving knowledge of his Savior, Jesus Christ and ultimately in Heaven.
Corky is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth Sanford Reno; his daughter, Shannon Reno Kemp; his son-in-law, Ryan Kemp; his grandchildren, Will Franklin and Gracie Franklin; and his sister, Lynn Reno Wilson. He is preceded in death by his father, Troy Reno; his mother, Louise Mease Reno; and his grandparents, Lloyd Reno and Bessie Carver Reno and his beloved Frank and Tulen "Big Granny" Henson Mease.
A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the celebration of life service (3:00pm). The family is grateful for prayers of support and comfort.
Janis Pressley Faithful, Compassionate and Giving
Janis Ann Jacobs Pressley, 62 of Sunset Drive went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Mrs. Pressley was born February 4, 1952 in Blackshear, Georgia to the late Homer Eldon Jacobs and the late Viola Drawdy Jacobs. She had made her home in Haywood County for the past 33 years. Janis was employed as a teaching assistant with the Haywood County School System where she gave her love, care and guidance to the special need students at Bethel Elementary School.
She was a faithful and active member of New Covenant Church where she was an integral part of the SisterShare Bible Study Group. Janis was a member of the church mission board and was the church wedding coordinator. She was also a Dave Ramsey certified financial advisor sharing her knowledge with those who were in need of solving their problems of financial debt. Janis held a deep concern for others and proudly served on the Board of Directors for the Community Kitchen in Canton.
Her beautiful flowers and her special outdoor garden areas were admired by everyone and were a haven of peace and solace for her family and also those who visited her home.
She had a true passion for nature and wildlife and dedicated many hours to feeding the beloved birds that visited her peaceful gardens. Janis will be lovingly remembered for her strong personal faith, her feistiness, her compassionate giving heart and her deep love and commitment to her family. Her faith in God was the foundation of her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Freddie Jacobs, Davie Jacobs and Johnny Jacobs; her former husband and father of her children, Robert “Bob” Hunnicutt.
Surviving are her loving husband, Reid Pressley of Canton; her daughter, Rachel Hunnicutt Jones and her husband, C. J. Jones of Asheville; her son, Justin Hunnicutt of Asheville; a sister, Karen Dixon and her husband, Steve Dixon of Blackshear, Georgia; brothers, Billy “Bimbo” Jacobs and his wife, Debra Jacobs of Blackshear, Georgia and Kenny Jacobs and his wife, Deb Jacobs of Conover, NC; an uncle, Frank Jacobs and his wife, Marie Jacobs of Georgia; several nieces and nephews and also her special little dog, “Maddie”.
A celebration of her life will be held at New Covenant Church in Clyde, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Nick Honerkamp will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service of celebration.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Elementary School, Library Books for Students, Janis Pressley Memorial, 4700 Old River Road, Canton, NC 28716.
Phyllis Wyatt Gibbs Loving Mother and Grandmother
Phyllis Wyatt Gibbs, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 at her residence.
Mrs. Gibbs was the daughter of the late William Wyatt and the late Letha Buchanan Wyatt. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Mae Wyatt and Irene Wyatt and a great-grandson, Zachary Alan Gibbs. Phyllis retired from Dayco Corporation and also from Haywood Regional Medical Center. She was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church in Clyde. In Phyllis’s own words, “First and foremost, my most important job was being a mother and a grandmother”.
She is survived by her husband, John Phillip Gibbs, three sons, Jamey (Ginny) Gibbs of Clyde, Joey Gibbs of Waynesville and Hoppy (Elen) Gibbs of Claremont; six grandchildren, Josh, Tara, Brittany, Hannah, Jonah, and Gracie Tyler-Gibbs; a brother, Gary (Jean) Wyatt of Monrovia, CA; two sisters, Kathleen Wyatt of Waynesville and Sharon (Ronnie) Devlin of Pleasant Shade, TN and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at New Beginning Baptist Church in Clyde.
Memorials may be made to New Beginning Baptist Church, Building Fund, 7979 Carolina Blvd, Clyde, NC 28721.
In Loving Memory of Grace Caires
Grace Mann Cairnes, age 91 of Cairnes Circle, our beloved Mother and Nanny, passed away into the arms of her Heavenly Father, Saturday, August 9, 2014.
Mrs. Cairnes was a lifelong native of Haywood County and was the daughter of the late Willie Z. Mann and the late Inis Worley Mann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Cairnes in 1984 and also her sister, Gladys Hipps. Grace and her husband were the co-owners of Cairnes Grocery in Canton for many years, where they made many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Mrs. Cairnes was a faithful member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, where she had served as chairman of the kitchen committee, was a devoted nursery and bible school worker, and was also a longtime member of the Nannie Muse Sunday School Class. Her life and ministry was always being there for others, cooking for her family and friends and being of service to her community. Everyone loved Grace’s delicious Applesauce Stack Cake and she enjoyed canning from her bountiful vegetable garden and working in her flower garden. She was also a talented artisan who designed and made gorgeous handmade quilts that were admired by everyone. Grace loved listening to music, and she beamed with pride listening to the music of Balsam Range, of which her beloved grandson is a member. Mrs. Cairnes was a gift to all who knew her. She was indeed a blessing to her family, her church and her community, and her spirit will live on through the lives she has touched.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Cairnes Surrett of Canton; her son, Michael Cairnes and his wife, Denise Cairnes of Canton; grandchildren, Tim Surrett and his wife, Hope Surrett, Christy Parker and her husband, Joey Parker, Jenny Stamey and her husband, Denny Stamey, Casey Chambers, Jeff Cairnes and his wife, Debbie Cairnes and Kim Ball and her husband, Lee Ball; great-grandchildren, Paige Bridges and her husband, Butch Bridges, Jared Parker, Jonathan Cairnes, Caleb Chambers, Carmen Stamey, Colby Chambers, Jessica Cairnes, Carter Ball, Carly Ball and Braden Surrett; great-great-grandchildren, Tytus and Peyton Bridges; a sister, Wanda Mann of Canton, brothers, Bud Mann and his wife, Betty Jean Mann of Pikeville, TN and Tom Mann and his wife, Wanda Mann of Canton; Grace’s loyal and best friend, her dog, “Rusty”.
A celebration of Grace’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at Ridgeway Baptist Church in Candler. Reverend Jackie Collins will be officiating. Burial will follow at Beaverdam Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. At other times, the family will be at the home of her daughter, Carolyn Surrett, 47 Rhoda Street, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Relay for Life of Canton, C/O American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801 or Ridgeway Baptist Church Shoebox Ministry, 525 Old NC 19/23 Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.
In Loving Memory of Wanda L. Worley
Wanda Lee Clark Worley, age 63, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Mrs. Worley was a native of Buncombe County and was raised in the Big Sandy Mush Community. She was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Clark and Edith Bryant Clark.
Also preceding her in death was her husband, John Richard Worley and a brother, Charles Murphy.
She is survived by her dearest daughter, Amanda Lea-Anna Worley; sons, Lewis Dewayne Worley (Mena) and Richard Daniel Baldasaro; sisters, June Clark, Viola McMahan and Annette Clark; a brother, Ray Clark (Sharon).
Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Payne Chapel in Leicester.
In Loving Memory of Brannon Worley
Matthew Brannon Worley, age 34, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014.
Brannon was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a 1997 graduate of Pisgah High School. He received his Associate Degree in Phlebotomy from Haywood Community College and had been employed by the American Red Cross and the Plasma Center in Asheville. He was an avid swimmer, a talented creative writer and rock collector. Brannon was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church and especially enjoyed reading his Bible and was known as a true Bible scholar. He will be dearly missed by all his family and everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his loving parents, Leroy Worley and Patricia Smathers Worley of Canton; brothers, Stephen Worley and his wife, Tammy Worley of Canton, Lawrence Dwayne Worley and his wife, Kelly Worley of Pendleton, IN and Gregory Fain Worley and Lisa James of Fines Creek; several nieces, nephews and cousins and his dog Brutus, Brannon’s protector and best friend.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Beaverdam Baptist Church. Reverend Gene Worley and Reverend Jimmy Trantham will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Brannon’s memory to Beaverdam Baptist Church, 2524 Beaverdam Road, Canton, NC 28716.
Charles R. Shuler In Loving Memory
Charles Robert “Cookie” Shuler, age 71 of Shelton Road, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Mr. Shuler was a native of Jackson County. He was the son of the late Henry Asbury Shuler and the late Ila Beasley Shuler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Minnie Shuler and Arvan and Cynthia Beasley. Charles retired as a warehouse supervisor from Dayco with 37 years of dedicated service. He was a founding member and Deacon of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was ordained as a Baptist church minister after receiving the call to preach on January 3, 1974. He pastored Big Ridge Baptist Church from May 1976 until June 1980 and Red Bank Baptist Church from June 1980 until September 1983. He was a loyal member of the Clyde Boy Scouts Troop #309 for 25 years, a Round Table Commissioner, Treasurer and Silver Beaver Award Recipient presented by President Bill Clinton. His dedicated service to the Clyde Lions Club was from 1986 until present. He held the Lions Club President position three times and was on the Board of Directors for the Marjorie McCune Memorial Center.
Charles was a loving Husband, Dad, Papaw, Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Friend.
He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Irene Davis Gaddis Shuler, a son, Scotty(Gail) Shuler of Enka-Candler; daughters, Charlene Sheehan( Reverend Maurice Sheehan) of Waynesville and Amanda (Bradley) Jowers of Franklin; step-daughters, Sherry (Tom) Dewees of Sylva and Cindy (Jeff) Hunter of Waynesville; brothers, Marvin (Judy) Shuler of Sylva and Larry (Rita) Shuler of Fort Worth, TX; grandchildren, Paige (Mark) Worley and Cori (Justin)Jenkins, Emily (Ryan) Houston, Kelsey Shuler, Sarah (Dylan) Williams, Daniel Sheehan, Maceon and Maelyn Jowers and great-grandchildren, Grant , Andersen, Jaxon and Jordyn and many other family and friends who were very dear to him.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 at Ninevah Baptist Church in Waynesville. Reverend Mike Leslie, Reverend J. D. Grant and Reverend Maurice Sheehan will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Sylva. Members of the Boy Scout Troop #309 and the Clyde Lions Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.
He enjoyed serving God, loving his family, fishing, genealogy and his favorite 1968 Camaro.
Everyone will miss our special, “Happy Birthday to My Pal,” song each year. We will always love you and greatly miss you. Love, Your Family.
David “DJ” Jewell Burnette In Loving Memory
David “DJ” Jewell Burnette, age 79, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Mr. Burnette was the son of the late Canary Burnette and the late Stella Bates Burnette. He was a native of Macon County and was a retired US Air Force Veteran with 20 years of dedicated service to his country. He worked for Champion International for 20 years before retiring. After retiring, he decided travel all over the world, which was one of his passions in life. He was also a very avid fisherman and hiker and greatly enjoyed time with his two Chihuahuas, Arlis and Stymie. He will always be remembered for his active lifestyle and his love for his family.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Burnette , who passed away only three month prior to him in March and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Diane Scire and her husband, Joseph Scire of Estero, FL; a son, David A. Burnette and his wife, Sandra of Charlotte, NC; brothers, Gerald Burnette, Charles Ray Burnette , and Don Burnette; a sister, Frances Leer and grandchildren; Aiden and Addison Scire.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Jack Holland will be officiating. Entombment will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
GayNell Cole Loving Wife
GayNell Cole, age 65, went to her eternal home on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
She was the daughter of the late Arthur Wall and the late Betty Henderson Wall and was also preceded in death by a sister, Becky Brooks. She was employed at Champion International for 17 years before retiring. Mrs. Cole had a profound appreciation for the great outdoors, and thoroughly enjoyed camping at Deep Creek Campground, especially with her grandchildren which she adored. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Lynn Cole, her daughter, Kristy Walker and her partner, Brea Evans of Canton; step-daughters, Christy Green of Canton and Cary Ivester and her husband Clay Ivester of Canton; brother, Robert Wall of Bridgeton, NJ; a sister, Belinda Cable of Canton; eleven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Rocky Face Baptist Church of which she was a member. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Martin E. Ross, Sr. In Loving Memory
Martin Eugene Ross, Sr., age 54, of Webb Drive, passed away at The Homestead, Monday, July 14, 2014.
Mr. Ross was born May 31, 1960 in Haywood County and was a lifelong resident. He was the son of Cecil Ross of Bethel and the late Joan Burnette Ross. Martin was blessed to be able to build and design anything he desired. He was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. His passion in life was driving heavy equipment, especially dump trucks and he will always be remembered for his hard work ethic. Martin was of the Baptist faith. He was loved deeply by his family and shall be greatly missed.
Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Tracy Ross.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Joy Burke-Ross; their children, Harley, Dewey and Tommie Ross of the home; Crystal Plemmons and her husband, Brian Plemmons of Waynesville and M. J. Ross of Bethel and their mother, Tina Plemmons, of Waynesviile; two sisters, Pam Ross and Janet Ross of Bethel; one brother, Kelly Ross of Bethel; a grandson, Owen Plemmons; and several nieces and their children.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Reverend Jack Holland, Reverend Roy Kilby will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Mark A. Sluder Kind Hearted Person
Mark Anthony Sluder, age 22, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 in Grand Marias, MN.
Mark was born on November 28, 1991 at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the only son of Tony and Lynn Sluder of Blaine, Washington, and the older brother to Jennifer Jones of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He had resided in Enka before moving with his family to Texas and was a graduate of Del Rio High School and a member of the National Honor Society. Upon graduating from high school, he continued his education at Texas A & M University.
He later relocated to Blaine, Washington and pursued his degree at Washington State University, where he had also joined the United States Army Reserves. Mark was a May 13, 2014 graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick,GA. He loved mountain biking with his dad at Whistler Mountain in Vancouver, Canada and snowboarding whenever and where ever he had the chance. He was proud to own a new WRX Subaru and loved listening to music, especially Taylor Swift. He was a college student, a military member, a federal officer, a great brother, the perfect son, and just a good, kind hearted person who will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Wayne Sluder.
In addition to his parents and sister, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Katherine Sluder of Leicester; uncle, Jeff Sluder of Leicester and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverend Bill Brown will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Deanna J. Howell Loved By Everyone
Deanna Joyce Howell, age 57 of Reynolds School Road, entered her Heavenly home, July 5, 2014.
Deanna was born July 17, 1956 and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Leola Howell Gibbs. Deanna had been employed with Haywood Regional Medical Center and MedWest Haywood as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was a 1974 graduate of Tuscola High School and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Waynesville. She loved to travel and was always thought of as a “mother” by many children throughout her life. She will be remembered and cherished as a friend to all and loved by everyone who knew her.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, “Butch” Howell and a sister, Mary Howell.
She is survived by a daughter, Sherika Howell of Charlotte; a son, Earmon “Bud” Howell of Canton; brothers, Melvin Howell and his wife, Willie Howell of Fayetteville and Earnest Howell and his wife, Johnnie Howell of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Wilma Jean Forney and her husband, Marshall Forney of Fayetteville, Martha McQueen of Fayetteville, Thelma Howell of Dale City, VA and Lisa Tucker of Asheville; grandchildren, Jamil Howell and Nevaeh Allison.
A Homegoing Celebration for Deanna will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to service.
Beatrice “Honey Bee” Haney In Loving Memory
Beatrice “Honey Bee” Shetley Haney, age 88, of Hidden Valley Circle, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Mrs. Haney was a native of Cocke County, TN, and had made her home in Haywood County for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Americus Jones Shetley and the late Maude Rowland Shetley. She retired from Champion Finishing in Asheville and had attended All Christian Holiness Church, Laurel Drive, Canton. Beatrice enjoyed square dancing, clogging, going fishing and was also a wonderful story teller. She had a great love for the close knit family she was a part of and that love will always be cherished.
In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Ralph P. Haney who passed away in 1999, two infant children, sisters, Beulah Paige, Aona Shetley and Lois Franklin and brothers, Carter Shetley, Leo Shetley and Ray Shetley.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Stroupe and her husband Robert Stroupe of Canton; a son, James R. Haney and his wife, Marie Haney of Kinards, SC; brothers, AJ Shetley, Jr., William Shetley and Gene Shetley, all of Union , SC; a sister, Bertie Chapel of Grand Rapids, MI; grandchildren, Lee Stroupe, Jerry Wilburn and his financée, Mica, Joy Stepp and and her husband, Terry Stepp, DeAnn Haney, Heath Haney, Louetta Constante and her husband, Shane Constante, David Rhodes and his wife, Melonie Rhodes and Jack Rhodes and his wife, Tamey Rhodes ; a sister-in-law and best friend, Hazel Christopher of Clyde and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Beatrice’s life will be held at All Christian Holiness Church, Laurel Drive on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Her daughter, Pastor Brenda Stroupe will officiate.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Haney family.
Albert W. Clontz In Loving Memory
Albert William Clontz, age 69, of Ray Street, passed away, Monday, June 30, 2014.
Mr. Clontz was a native of Haywood County and had made his home in Candler before returning to Haywood County for the past nine years. Albert was the son of the late Haskew Clontz and the late Ada Fish Clontz. He was employed as a carpenter for Buncombe County Enterprises and was a member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church. He enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love for his family will always be cherished by everyone, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were the love of his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, “Bud” Clontz and a niece that he loved dearly, Lou Ann Underwood.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Joan Stewart Clontz; a daughter, Mitzy Parris of Waynesville; a son, Stacy Parris and his wife, Kortney Parris of Enka; brothers, Roy Clontz, Ellis Clontz and Russell Clontz; sisters, Agnes Henson, Evelyn Underwood and Dorothy Worley; grandchildren, James Lee Parris, Bryn Nicole Parris, Dylan Parris-Vaz Quez, John Stanley McCrary, Jesse Lee Parris, James Tyson Parris; great-grandchildren, Morgan Lynn Parris, Kaylee Rene Parris and Tristan Slade Parris.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Center Pigeon Cemetery. Family will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Care Partners Hospice John F. Keever Solace Center, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.
In Loving Memory of Opal H. Adams A Blessed and Talented Lady
Opal Fugate Harrell Adams, age 98, formerly of Groundhog Road passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Mrs. Adams was born October 23, 1915 in Wheelwright, Kentucky. She had also resided in Fayetteville, NC before making her home in Haywood County for the past 20 years. Opal was truly a talented lady. She was formerly employed as a professional baker and was known for her delicious cakes. She designed and created handmade crafts and was an excellent seamstress. Mrs. Adams was also a gifted artist, a published poet and the author of many short stories. Opal loved the Lord and had been a member of The Church of God. She has touched many throughout her lifetime with her blessed talents and her memory will be held forever in the hearts of her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Collins Fugate Holbrook, her father, Reverend Ben C. Fugate and her step-mother, Emma Rhodes Fugate; her late husband, Jack Harrell; a son, Jackie Harrell; step-daughters, Myral Wooten and Ruby Harrell Lampley; a sister, Polly Perkins; brothers, Junior, Jack, Robert, James and Vardy Fugate and also a step-brother, Jim Holbrook.
Left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Pauline Harvey and her husband, Dayton Harvey of Clyde; her grandchildren, Tina Harrell (Len) of California, Debi Hall (Rick) of Clyde, Jimmy Harvey of Canton, Susie Sorrells (Larry) of Bethel, Fawn Treat (Russell) of Arkansas and Wade Harrell (Alicia) of Tennessee; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The Reverend Jerry Nelson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the graveside service.
John S. Dobranski In Loving Memory
John Steven Dobranski, age 70, of Rock Garden Drive, passed away, Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Mr. Dobranski was born December 20, 1943 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to the late Julius Dobranski and the late Pauline Fitzge Dobranski. John had lived most of his life in Perth Amboy, where he had served as the city historian. He later made his home in Haywood County and in the mountains that he loved. John was a self-employed automobile mechanic and an avid vintage car and motorcycle enthusiast. He faithfully attended Beaverdam United Methodist Church, was a member of the Beaverdam Community Development Association and he was also a former member of FOCUS of Canton. John will always be remembered for his courage and strength as he faced many medical adversities and his memory shall be cherished forever by his family and friends.
Surviving are his beloved friend and companion, Barbara Ferris of Canton; a daughter, April D. Cook of Dover, Tennessee; grandchildren, Thomas Cook of Okinawa, Japan and Tyler Cook of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania; a great- grandchild, Brielle Anna Marie Cook; a brother, Julius Dobranski of Julesberg, Colorado
A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Beaverdam Community Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Bobby Lee Stamey Faithful Husband and Father
Bobby Lee “Frog” Stamey, age 78, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Mr. Stamey was born November 28, 1935 in Haywod County and was a lifelong resident of Canton. He was the son of the late Albert Stamey and the late Vera Taylor Stamey. Mr. Stamey retired from Champion Paper with 40 years of dedicated service and was also a Champion Old Timer. He had honorably served his country as a United State Marine. Mr. Stamey was a member of Cruso United Methodist Church and also Jonathan Valley Wesleyan Church. In his younger years Bobby was well known as the “Marble Shooting Champion.” He was a devoted Pisgah High School football fan and he enjoyed camping and spending time at Deep Creek Camp Ground with his son and his two grandsons. He was a faithful husband and father and he truly adored his family. The treasured memories that Bobby and his family have shared together will be cherished forever.
Surviving are his loving wife of 38 years, Marie Chapman Stamey; daughters, Debbie Yantes and Rick Yantes of Waynesville, Nancy Cooper and her husband, David Cooper of Waynesville; Johnnie Lance and her husband, David Lance of Canton , Heather Burrell and her husband, Thomas Burrell of Weaverville and Jeri Wilson of Clyde; sons, Bobby Lee Stamey, Jr. of Canton, James Stamey and his wife, Lisa Stamey of Canton and Dale Stamey of Woodbridge, VA; 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a blessed great-grandchild to be born soon into the Stamey family. He is also survived by his best friend and loyal companion, “Lady,” his Chihuahua.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park 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. Stamey’s memory to Medwest Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.