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Paul Ladet Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle
Paul Julian Ladet, age 61, of Ladet Lane, passed Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
Mr. Ladet was born October 3, 1953 in Baton Rouge, LA, and had resided in Florida before making his home in Haywood County for the past 20 years. He was United States Army Veteran and had received an Associate Degree in Welding from Haywood Community College. In addition to his welding skills, Paul was very adept at repairing computers, medical equipment, and electrical components. We will always remember his unique talent of being an accomplished accordion player. Paul was truly a compassionate person and his great love for his family, especially his nieces and nephews will never be forgotten.
Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Shaun Ladet.
Surviving are his parents, Thomas Ladet and Julia Reardon Ladet of Canton; sisters, Mary Catlette and her husband, Bill Catlette of Collierville, TN, Julie Baiardi and her husband, Fred Baiardi of Oak Ridge, NC and Beth Irvine and her husband, Darryl Irvine of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, T. J. Ladet of Canton, David Ladet and his wife, Jean Ladet of Atlanta, GA, John Ladet of Las Vegas, NV and William Ladet of Las Vegas, NV; also many nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Canton.
In Loving Memory of Cricket West Loved By Many
Muriel “Cricket” Elizabeth McCreary West, age 62, of Pheasant Lane in Canton, entered into the arms of the angels on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Our beloved Cricket was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was the daughter of the late Joel McCreary and the late Thelma Louella “Polly” Rogers McCreary. She was a graduate of Pisgah High School and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. To know Cricket was to love her and everyone was touched deeply by her kind and loving heart. Wonderful memories of Cricket that make us smile were watching her square dance with the White Oak Cloggers, bowling with her family and friends and the way she loved and cared for her special dogs. We remember Cricket’s beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes and the happy sound of her laughter- she was always a joy to everyone! Cricket was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother, a beloved sister and also a faithful friend to so very many that loved her deeply.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her precious daughter, Cristy Rae West.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 45 years, Charles “Loma” West; her sons, Chad Christopher West of Canton and Charles Jeremiah West and his wife, Kimberlee West of Canton ; her grandchildren, Mary West Holbrook of Klamuth Falls, Oregon, Destinee West of Canton, Rannon West of Canton , Jarrett West of Clyde and Kristi West of Canton ; her brother, Gerald “Scooter” McCreary and his wife, Renell McCreary of Canton.
Private funeral services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Cricket’s memory to the Canton Animal Hospital, 74 Radio Hill Road, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Buddy H. Burrell Loved His Family
Buddy Howard Burrell, age 77, of Hidden Valley Circle in Canton, entered into his Heavenly home, Friday October 24, 2014.
Mr. Burrell was a native of Buncombe County and was the son of the late Fred Burrell and Robbie Warren Burrell. He had made his home in Haywood County for the past 45 years and had been self-employed as a sales representative for home improvement products. Mr. Burrell was of the Baptist faith. He was a United States Navy Veteran and was a member of the Waynesville VFW Post 5202. Buddy was proud of his mountain heritage and was a former member of the Appalachian Cloggers. He loved and cherished his family deeply and they were truly the most important part of his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bessie Trexler.
Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Tera Wheeler Burrell ; daughters, Candy Scott and her husband, David Scott of Canton , Tina Jones of Canton and Chrystal Burrell and Ray of Canton; a son, Dewayne Burrell and Sandi of Candler ; grandchildren, Ryan Jones, Christina Scott, Emily Bumgarner, Ethen Bumgarner and Tonya and Travis Burrell; great-grandchildren, Tyler Gaston, Kaligh Gaston and Hunter Jones.
The Burrell family would like to extend a special thank you to Care/Partners Hospice for the special love and care given to Buddy.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Burrell’s memory to Haywood County Meals on Wheels, 157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 300, Clyde, NC 28721.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 27, 2014 at Crestview Baptist Church. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the celebration service.
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.