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In Loving Memory of Helen Jo Trantham
Helen Jo Eller Trantham, age 76 of Lunar Trace, entered into the arms of the angels on Monday, August 18, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Good News Baptist Church in Candler. 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. Thursday night at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton.
A complete obituary will be in the Friday edition of the Mountaineer.
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.
Henry B. Cagle In Loving Memory
Henry Bert Cagle, age 87, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Mr. Cagle was a native of Haywood County and was the son of the late Bert Cagle and the late Mabel Trull Cagle Morgan. He was a graduate of Bethel High School and served his country proudly as a United States Marine Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. Henry began his career as a Cleveland City policeman in Cleveland, Ohio before transferring to the Cleveland City Fire Department as a fireman, where he gave his dedicated and selfless service and retired with 20 years of devoted service. Henry was known for his spur of the moment trips and had traveled to all 48 states in the Continental USA. In addition to traveling, he enjoyed growing all varieties of fruit trees and spending time on his back porch. He was a member of the VFW Post # 891 in Asheville. Henry will always be remembered for his service to others and his love for his family.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Bazemore.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alice Kohler Cagle, a daughter, Roberta Brant and her husband, Charles Brant of Akron, Ohio; a son, Robert Cagle and his wife, Laura Cagle of Middleburg Heights, Ohio; grandchildren, Amanda Mason and Matthew Mason, Daniel Wallon, Jr., Cassie Cagle and Bryan Cagle.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard, 216 Miller Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.
In Loving Memory of Martha L. Knox Loving Mother and Grandmother
Martha Louise McSwain Knox, age 79, passed away peacefully, Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Mrs. Knox was born in Gaffney, SC to the late DeWhitt McSwain and the late Christine Larry McSwain. She had resided most of her life in Pacolet, SC and retired from SCT Yarns in Gaffney, SC. Her loyal and dedicated career in the textile industry extended for more than 42 years. In 1978, Mrs. Knox relocated to Lincolnton, NC, where she lived until moving to Canton to be closer to her son, Rick. She had made her home here for the past 18 months. Martha was truly a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and crocheting and blessed others by the sharing of her many talents. Martha will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew her as loving all children unconditionally and as being loved, “well thought of “and respected.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Lewis Knox, who passed away in 1981 and also a son, James William Knox.
She is survived by her sons, Rick Knox of Canton and Henry Wesley Knox of Cherryville, NC; a daughter, Janice Knox Reynolds of NC; a special niece, Shirley Willingham of Gaffney, SC; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Jason Miller will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, NC.
The family would like to thank the staff and employees of Haywood House of Canton for the love and care they gave Martha.
James R. Jarrell, II In Loving Memory
James Ray “Jimmy” Jarrell, II, age 49 years old, born in Salisbury, NC, August 20, 1964, went home to be with the Lord as he slept, Monday, June 2, 2014.
He attended Salisbury City Schools and Hargrave Military Academy. Jimmy was a carpenter by trade and his hobby was building/refinishing wood furniture. He attended White Oak Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Shelia McCora Jarrell, whom he married April 1, 1988. He was the son of James R. and Nancy W. Jarrell of Salisbury; children, James R. “Tripp” Jarrell, III, (Michelle) of Salisbury and Staci Hoover Carter (Buddy) of Waynesville; six grandchildren, sisters, Judy Turbeville (Chuck) of Florence, SC, Karen Waters (Jeff) of Mt. Pleasant, NC, Jane Hunsucker (Britt) of Salisbury, NC and brother, Jonathan E. Jarrell (Lauren) of Atlanta, GA; numerous nieces and nephews; friends, Randy, Sharon and Joe Martin and his best friend, Jiggs.
Visitation and memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at White Oak Baptist Church, 4027 White Oak Road, Waynesville, NC 28785. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to White Oak Baptist Church, C/O Kelly Williams, 4027 White Oak Road, Waynesville, NC 28785 or to a charity of one’s choice.
In Loving Memory of Larry Stinnett Deeply loved and Missed
Larry Benjamin Stinnett, age 58, of Piney Grove Road, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Mr. Stinnett was born August 5, 1955 in Haywood County. He was the owner of Stinnett Sign Company in Waynesville and was a United States Army Veteran. Mr. Stinnett was a member of Canton First United Methodist Church. An avid outdoorsman, Larry enjoyed fly fishing on our mountain streams and hunting- especially in Georgia. He loved golfing and could often be found camping at Davidson River. Larry was a loving son, brother and uncle and was in the words of his family, “ A good man with a good heart.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Hardy R. Stinnett.
Surviving are his mother, Floy Latimer Duckett of Canton his daughters , Holli Stinnett Rathbone of Waynesville, Racheal Stinnett of Maggie Valley and Lauren Stinnett of Maggie Valley; a sister, Kelley Mosser of Waynesville; a brother, Charles Duckett of Atlanta, Ga; several grandchildren and nephews and a niece.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home with the Reverend Clay Morgan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Stinnett’s memory to Haywood County EMS, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786.
In Loving Memory of Ella Boone Wonderful Wife, Mother and Homemaker
Ella Mae Allen Boone, age 84,of Lake Logan Road, passed away into the arms of the angels on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Mrs. Boone was born December 6, 1929 in Haywood County to the late Homer E. Allen and the late Hermie Birchfield Allen. She had resided in Corpus Christi, Texas for 30 years before returning back to Haywood County where she had resided for the past 19 years. Ella was a member of the 1951 graduating class of Bethel High School where she had made many lasting friendships and later traveled extensively as a Navy wife with her beloved husband John. Mrs. Boone was a talented seamstress and dedicated homemaker. She was indeed a wonderful cook and enjoyed gardening and fishing. Ella’s kindness and generosity to others will always remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker and Ella’s precious memory shall be cherished forever.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Surviving are her loving husband of 61 years, John Edward Boone, Sr.; her sons, John Edward Boone, Jr., and his wife, Nancy Boone of Oak Harbor, WA, Homer Franklin Boone and his wife, Sharon Anne Boone of Canton and Jesse Wilson of Suffolk, VA; four grandsons, four great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the memorial service. Interment will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
Dean Russell Manier In Loving Memory
A quiet, gentle, and caring man left this world for a much more peaceful resting place.
Dean Russell Manier, age 58, passed away unexpectedly at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Mr. Manier was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 11, 1956 to the late Marion Manier and the late Bonford Manier. He attended Southfield High School. He was married to Marsha Martin on September 4, 2005. He was a proud member of Life Church in Hazelwood, NC. Dean enjoyed his grandchildren with all his heart.
He is survived by three children, Thomas and Deana; their two grandchildren; Kayden and Haylei and Joshua from a previous marriage and two step-children, Ryan, his wife, Lisa and Chris. Also surviving are sisters, Lynda Avanpato of Florida, Bonnie Hoover and her husband, Gerald Hoover of Michigan, Mary Sparks and her husband, Donald of Texas; brothers, Eugene Manier and his wife, Marlene of Indiana, Allan Manier and Joyce Hilt of Michigan and Dennis Manier and his wife, Kathy of Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at LIFE Church in Hazelwood at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations for Dean may be made to Eugene Manier, 1320 Lima Road, Kendallville, IN, 46755.
Alice W. Shook In Loving Memory
Alice Woody Shook, age 83, passed thru heaven’s gate on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Mrs. Shook was born April 8, 1931 in the Cataloochee Community of Haywood County to the late James Sherman Woody and the late Julia Lindsay Woody. During her early years of her life, Alice resided in Dutch Cove and had made her home in Canton for the past 51 years. Mrs. Shook was employed with American Enka Corporation and retired with 18 years of dedicated service. Alice truly had a kind and caring heart and for many years served as a caregiver and was also employed with the American Red Cross. She loved children and touched many children’s lives by caring for them as being their special “baby sitter”. Years later, many children returned to visit her and share special memories that she had given them. Mrs. Shook was a member of West Canton Baptist Church. Alice’s garden was filled with beautiful flowers, especially her roses that everyone admired. She also enjoyed interior decorating and was an avid antique collector. Alice graciously welcomed everyone to her home for Christmas and birthday parties and she always made certain everyone was blessed with an abundance of presents and gifts. Alice Woody Shook was a loving mother and grandmother and also a lady who made a true difference in the lives of many. She shall never be forgotten.
She is survived by a daughter, Viki Williams of Leicester; sons, Mike Shook of Canton and Roger Shook and his wife, Sherry Shook of Anderson, SC; grandchildren, Tasha Ballard and Joshua Ballard of Asheville, Roger McFalls of Leicester; great-grandchildren, Noah Ballard, Stella Ballard, Michael McFalls and great-great-grandson, Bentley McFalls.
A celebration of Mrs. Shook’s life will be held at West Canton Baptist Church at a later date.
In Loving Memory of Roy W. Ingle, Jr.
Roy Walter Ingle, Jr., age 79, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Mr. Ingle was a lifelong native of Haywood County and was the son of the late Roy Walter Ingle, Sr. and the late Katherine Kuykendall Ingle. He was employed by Champion International in Waynesville and retired with 26 years of dedicated service. Roy was a devoted and loyal member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church. He was well known for being a wonderful cook-especially his homemade desserts. His cornbread and delicious coconut cake were loved by everyone. Mr. Ingle was a talented craft artisan who enjoyed creating beautiful wood carvings and he also loved spending time in his garden, growing and canning his vegetables. Roy was also an avid lake fisherman and his time fishing at Fontana Lake and Lake Hartwell were treasured memories. Roy will always be remembered as a “man of many talents”, and he will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jody Brown and his five brothers. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Ingle Harman and her husband, Perry Harman of Falling Waters, WV; a son, Bruce Ingle and his wife Whitney Ingle of Hadensville, VA; a grandson, Shane Brown; a granddaughter, Rian Kerfoot; his great-grandchildren, Shaina Brown, Lucas Brown and Tanner Brown and a sister, Edna Matthews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Allen Blanton will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Center Pigeon Cemetery.
Roy Cecil Mintz Gone But Never Forgotten
Roy Cecil Mintz, age 73, left us on Thursday, May 22, 2014 to join Heaven as its newest angel.
A lifelong native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late John Mintz and the late Violet Reece Mintz. Roy had been employed for many years as a tire-recapper for Browning Tire in Canton. He was a loving father and his grandchildren were his greatest joy. Roy was an avid supporter of the Canton youth football and cheerleading programs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Beverly Jean Swanger Mintz, daughters, Diane Gibson and her husband, Stanley Gibson of Canton and Sharon Mintz of Canton; his sons, Jeff Mintz and his wife, Dee Mintz of Bethel, Roy Gene Mintz and his wife, Tiffany Mintz of Clyde, Doug Mintz and his wife, Teresa Mintz of Canton; a sister, Mae Mathis; brothers, Dewey Mintz, Gene Mintz, Oscar Mintz and Boyd Mintz;, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Bethel Baptist Church. Pastor Roy Kilby will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Community Cemetery. Mr. Mintz will be returned to his beloved home, 6762 Old Clyde Road, Friday evening where he will remain until one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The family will also be receiving friends at the home beginning Friday evening. Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.
In Loving Memory of Edna M. Rathbone Loving Wife and Wonderful Mother
Edna Caroline Messer Rathbone, a beloved wife and mother, age 78, of North Main Street, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, Edna was the daughter of the late Vincent Messer and the late Cumi Long Messer. She was employed at American Enka Corp. for 13 years and later was also employed with Champion International, where she retired with 23 years of dedicated service. Edna enjoyed reading, especially her Bible and also loved to sing. She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed growing beautiful flowers in her yard that were admired by everyone. Edna was a wonderful cook and her delicious chicken and dumplings and biscuit and gravy were two favorites of everyone. Her love and devotion to her husband and her children will be held in their hearts and cherished forever.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Bill Rathbone; her daughter, Vickie Davis and her husband, Reverend Donald Davis of Greenwood, SC; her sons, Len Rathbone of Canton, Michael Rathbone of Canton and Billy Rathbone of Arden; grandchildren, Jason Davis, Shannon Davis, Sabastian Rathbone; great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Cooper and nieces, Darlene Wilson of Brasstown and Shirley Black of Hickory.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. Edna’s son-in-law, Reverend Donald Davis will be officiating. Entombment will follow at The Horizon Mausoleum at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Her family will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
Betty Jean Putnam Best Mother in the World
Betty Jean Guffey Putnam, age 85, passed away into the arms of the angels, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Betty was a native of Macon County and had made her home in Haywood County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Guffey and the late Ellen White Guffey. She was a devoted homemaker and a wonderful cook. Betty made everyone feel welcome that visited her home and always shared her delicious homemade dishes with her family and friends. She could often be found spending time canning and working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church in the Big Sandy Mush Community. Betty’s family will always remember her as “The best mother in the whole world”. Her kind and gentle spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Putnam, who passed away in 2012; two sons, Jerry Thomas Putnam and Gent Putnam; grandson, Bruce Allen Williams and great-grandson, Jared Surrett.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nancy Putnam Surrett of Leicester, Louise Putnam Boyd and her husband, Harold Boyd of Leicester and Shirley Putnam Williams and her husband, Carroll Williams of Canton; a son, Charles Thomas Putnam and his wife, Rosa Lee Putnam of Canton; a brother, Johnny Guffey of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014 at Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Bill Brown and Reverend Gene Turner will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Randall E. O’Brien Dec. 4, 1967 – April 1, 2014
Randall Earnest O’Brien, age 46 passed away, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
He was the son of the late William Earl O’Brien and Betty O’Brien King of Thomas, LA.
Surviving , in addition to his mother, is his son, Brannon Inman of Waynesville; brothers, Richard O’Brien and wife, Princess of Sevierville, TN; Raymond O’Brien and wife, Donna of Clyde; sister, Marilynn Delancey of Bogalusa, LA; girlfriend, Kim Jones of Clyde and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at a later date.
In Loving Memory of Monroe Reynolds
Clyde-Elvin Monroe Reynolds, age 62, passed away, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
A native of Transylvania County, he had made his home in Haywood County for the past seven years. Monroe was the son of the late Bobby Jule Reynolds and the late Martha Kate Hollifield Reynolds. He was a nursing assistant at Transylvania County Hospital and Brian Center in Brevard. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his sisters, Sarah Millares of Clyde and Cindy Barton of Easley, SC; his aunt, Annie McJunkin and uncle, John McJunkin of Sumter, SC, and his uncle, John Hollifield of Cummings, GA.
Private services were held.
Arthur Henry “Pete” Welles Deeply Missed
Arthur Henry “Pete” Welles, beloved spouse of Barbara Davis Welles, passed away, Monday, May 5, 2014. Pete was born in Hartford, CT, 06/23/18 and was a resident of East Hartford, CT and Waynesville, NC. He was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Welles and Alice Wolfinger Welles.
In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Jean Powell Welles, siblings, Margery Blanche Welles Clyne, William Holcombe Welles, Ralph Franklin Welles and Herbert John Welles.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by two sons, William Richard Welles and wife Sandra, Scott Franklin Welles and wife Tina, daughter Susan Elizabeth Caron and husband Albe; grandchildren, Marc Hughes and wife Jennifer, Daniel Hughes and wife Angela, Christine Robertson and husband Scott, Christopher Welles and wife Bonnie, David Welles and wife Evelyn, Kasey Welles and wife Jessica; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Michael, Allison and Matthew Hughes, Samantha and Paige Robertson, Anderson and Alivia Welles; step-children Denise Sutton, Garry Howell and wife Debbie and Blake Howell and wife Selin.
Pete graduated from East Hartford High School in East Hartford, CT. Afterwards he worked at Finn’s Market, Keasby & Mattison Roofing and Sidewalling. He served in the Army 10th Coast Artillery and 573rd AAA Battalion serving in Europe during WWII until honorably discharged December 1945. He worked for Donadelli’s Garage for several years before opening Welles Texaco in East Harford from 1952 until retiring in 1981. He then worked for East Hartford Nursery for 13 years.
Pete loved staying active, enjoying bowling, camping, canoeing, gardening, stamp and coin collecting, woodworking, crafts, gem mining, ceramics and adored spending time with his wonderful family and many friends. He was a past member of the East Hartford Exchange Club and was a Director in the Central Connecticut Bowling Association.
Pete was first and foremost a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who took great delight in time spent with his family. For countless others he was a man of high integrity, honesty, honor and compassion. He will be deeply missed.
Services will be held in East Hartford, CT at a later date.
In Loving Memory of Joy Rose
Joy Francis Hall Rose, age 74, of the Dutch Cove community, a member of High Street Baptist Church, went to be with the Lord on April 28, 2014.
She was a native of Clay County and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. Mrs. Rose was the daughter of the late Charlie Bryon Hall and the late Mary O’Neita McClure Hall. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, two sisters, Wanda “Toots” Smith and Dorothy Vanhoy and a brother, Ray Hall.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph B. Rose; a brother, C J Hall; two sons, Kenneth Rose and Randall Rose; a daughter, Lisa R. Cloyd; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Burnette Cove Baptist Church, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Charles Henderson
Charles Montgomery Henderson, age 79, of Morganton and a former resident of Haywood County, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014.
In the winter season of November 24, 1934 on the majestic mountain land of Camp Hope, located in the Cruso Community of Haywood County, a baby boy, Charles Montgomery Henderson was born to the late Paul Montgomery Henderson and the late Florence Shelton Henderson, who made their home in the “caretakers cottage” on the beloved Camp Hope property. Charles was a 1953 graduate of Bethel High School and began his career at Fiber Board Paper Mill in Port Angeles, Washington for 4 ½ years, where he resided before returning to make his home in Clyde in 1957. Mr. Henderson was employed with Champion International for 38 dedicated years and was also a Champion Old timer. He was of the Baptist faith. Charles loved camping with his family and friends, enjoyed NASCAR racing, and was indeed a Carolina Panthers fan. He was a talented wood craftsman and his lovely handmade music boxes were admired by everyone. Charles loved his family and his wonderful grandchildren were indeed his pride and joy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Stamey; brothers, Thomas “Bud” Henderson and William Howard Henderson.
Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Joyce Fowler Henderson of Morganton; a daughter, Tammy Henderson Cobb of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a son, Terry Henderson and his wife, Glenda Henderson of Granite Falls, NC; grandchildren, Lindsay Davis and her husband, Phillip Davis of Waynesville, Adam Cobb and Staci Shepherd of Ravenel, SC, Dana Henderson Febles and her husband, Victor Febles of York, SC, Donny Messer of Canton and Jamie Messer and his wife, Melina Messer of Canton; great-grandchildren, Hudson Prevost Davis, Ryan and Arabella Febles, Quade and Kylie Messer.
Special treasured and thankful memories that we shall cherish are birthdays celebrated together with Papaw and his special granddaughter, Lindsay Davis; special grandson, Adam Cobb, who was always there for him and special memories with special grandson, Donny Messer.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Clyde. The Reverend Richard Warren will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. prior to the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.
In Loving Memory of Peggy D. Craig Faithful Servant
Peggy D. Craig went home to be with the Lord on the 28th day of April 2014.
She was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County and was preceded in death by her parents Kirkwood and Helen Drake.
She is survived by one sister, Reverend Betty Drake of Asheville; her husband of 57 years, Tommy Craig of the home and their children, Gary and wife Linda, David and wife Charlotte, LeAnne Craig Meadows, Wayne and wife Michelle, Gregory and wife, Christy; a special son-in-law, Steve Meadows, all of Candler; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many cousins.
She was a member of Luther Pentecostal Holiness Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at Luther Pentecostal Holiness Church in Candler. Reverend Betty Drake and Reverend Terry Green will be officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Candler. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Thursday night at the church and at other times, the family will be at the home of David and Charlotte Craig.
In Loving Memory of Stephen L. Trantham Faithful and Courageous
Stephen Lamar Trantham, age 55, of Pharr Street, a man who was a true example of faith, strength and courage, entered into his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Stephen was born February 9, 1959 in Buncombe County and had made his home in Haywood County most of his life. He was the son of Helen Jo Eller Trantham of Canton and the late Richard Michael Trantham and was also preceded in death by his son, Joshua “Stitch” Aaron Trantham.
Stephen received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Haywood Community College and was employed for 14 years with Evergreen Packaging. He retired from the North Canton Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. Stephen served in the United States Navy and also retired from the Army National Guard as Sergeant of the 211th MP Co. with 20 years of service. His dedicated commitment to his country also included serving in the support action of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. His strong faith was an important part of his life. He was a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class. Stephen enjoyed baseball and he was indeed a Boston Red Sox fan – “Go Sox”!
As we honor Stephen’s life, let us remember and hold in our hearts his own words, “ I love my Lord, my family, my friends and my church family. I have enjoyed my life and I am at peace”.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife, Richelle Vance Trantham of Canton; a daughter, Stephanie Lynn Rogers and her husband, Jason Rogers of Bethel; a granddaughter, Kira Ann Trantham; a sister, Karen Trull and her husband, Jerry Trull of Candler; brothers, Kevin Trantham of Bent Creek and Jeffery Trantham and his wife, Crystal Trantham of Spencer, NC; nieces, Heather Trull and Darby Trantham, a nephew, Gabriel Trantham and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Maple Grove Baptist Church. Reverend Tommy Carlisle and Reverend Karl Zielke will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde with military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Maple Grove Men’s Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday night at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to North Canton Baptist Church Mission Fund, 735 North Canton Road, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Nellie Mae Simpson
Nellie Mae Simpson of Canton passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the age of 95.
Nellie Simpson was born on February 9, 1919 in Greenville, South Carolina to the late Janie and Henry Simpson. While just a young teenager, Nellie decided to leave Greenville, SC and go and settle down in the big city of New York. She resided there for over 50 years. She retired from working at Belvue Hospital in New York after 30 years. Shortly after retirement, Nellie went to live in Houston Texas to take care of her older sister Goldie Simpson. After her sister’s recuperation, they both decided to move to Los Angeles, California to live. Nellie lived there for another 20 years until her sister passed in 2006. While living in Los Angeles, California Nellie joined the Dream Center Angelus Temple Church and was a faithful and devoted member. Although she didn’t have transportation to get to church, Nellie would have to catch the bus and make several bus transfers before getting to the church. But that did not deter her one bit, she never missed church rain or shine.
Nellie was also a faithful missionary. She would prepare meals in her home and invite all the senior residents who lived in her senior citizens complex to come down and eat. Nellie also loved to sing. She joined a traveling singing group and sang throughout out many churches in the Los Angeles area. She also performed on some Broadway shows.
It was not until she turned 88 years old that Nellie’s health began to decline. It was then that she decided it best to move to Canton, NC to live with her favorite niece for the next several years. She joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church shortly after coming to Canton where she continued to faithfully attend and worship. Nellie also was an active participant in the Canton Senior Citizen’s Program. As her health continued to declined, she took up residence at the Pigeon Valley Assistant Living Complex. From there she was moved to the Silver Buff Nursing Home where she peacefully transitioned on to be with the Lord. Her humor and strong courage will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Nellie was preceded in death by her 2 brothers: George and Jake Simpson, and 2 sisters: Nan and Goldie Simpson, 2 nephews: George and Charles Simpson. Left to cherish her memory are 3 nieces; Sandra Ray Issac (Mose) Long Island, NY, Sharon Coleman (Jerry) Arkansas City, AR, Jean Hall (Boyd) Canton, NC; and 4 nephews; Joe Simpson Canton, NC, Michael Simpson of Los Angeles, CA, Dean Simpson of Maggie Valley, NC and Danny Simpson of Averne,NY. A host of great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. Also a dear and loving friend, Lois Shivers from Los Angeles, California.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Gibsontown Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Denver Ray Holder
Denver Ray Holder, Sr. 85, of North Main Street, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Mr. Holder was born August 22, 1928 in Haywood County to the late Abb Roland Holder and the late Ethel Tiller Holder. He had made his home in Haywood County all of his life and honorably served as a United States Air Force Veteran. Mr. Holder retired from Champion International with 42 years of dedicated service and was a Champion Old Timer. Ray was indeed a talented carpenter and brick mason and his talents could be seen in the beautiful Holder home that he remodeled himself. Friends and family were always made to feel welcome at the Holder home. Whether it was a special holiday or just a friendly invitation to share time together, “Ray and Mary” have touched so many people with their kindness that will never be forgotten. Ray was also a true perfectionist on keeping his lawn perfectly manicured and mowed and his yard was always admired by neighbors and friends passing by. Blessed with many friendships that he treasured dearly, Ray was a member of the” Breakfast Club Gang” that meets each morning at Hardees, McDonalds and Burger King. Ray often laughingly said, “ I rotate each morning to where I might be needed the most.” Ray will always be remembered and cherished as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Eula Devlin and Mary Wilson and his brothers, Henry, L.B., Troy, Ralph, Bud and Gerald Holder.
Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Carver Holder; his son, Denver Holder of Canton; his grandson, Zachary Holder of Missoula, Montana; sisters, Thelma Sams of Alabama and Polly Reno and her husband, Dan Reno of Clyde and many nieces and nephews that Ray loved deeply.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 19, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Kenneth Rhinehart and Reverend Jimmy Smathers will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Entombment will be in The Horizon at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Holder’s memory to NC Search and Rescue Dog Association, Inc., PO Box 956, Clyde, NC 28721.
In Loving Memory of Christine Riddle
Margaret Christine Moore Riddle, passed away into the arms of the angels, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Mrs. Riddle was the daughter of the late Bass Moore and the late Willie Harkins Moore.
She is survived by her children, Woody, Brenda, Roger, June, Roy, Eddie and Renell and their families; and blessed to be the grandmother of 68 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
In Loving Memory of Roger Dale Earley
Roger Dale Earley, age 70, a beloved husband, daddy and brother, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014. Mr. Earley was born November 19, 1943 in Haywood County to the late Reverend Frank Earley and the late Lura Belle Wells Earley. He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a United States Air Force Veteran, having honorably served in Vietnam and was a member of VFW Canton Post 5198. To honor his fellow veterans Roger could often be found helping with the mowing maintenance of the military section at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery and placing US flags to honor the military service of deceased veterans. He also enjoyed military history and was a Civil War enthusiast.
Roger was a former employee of American Enka Corporation for 23 years and was also employed with Champion International and Blue Ridge Paper for 30 dedicated years. He was a devoted member of Beulah Baptist Church in Canton and had served as a member of Beulah Baptist Brotherhood and Firewood Ministry Crew. Roger truly had a kind and caring heart and he loved all animals, especially caring for birds and squirrels. He was also a racing fan and was a member of Earley Electric Racing Team. Roger loved his family deeply and his precious daughter was indeed his pride and joy. Everyone blessed to know Roger Dale loved him and he will be deeply missed by all of his family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Earley, Martha Earley, Zelda Adams, Frankie Gooch and a brother, Roy Earley.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 21 years, Barbara Benfield Earley of Canton; his daughter, Sasha Reece and her husband, Matthew Reece of Maggie Valley; brothers, David “Bud” Earley and his wife, Connie Earley of SC, Danny Earley and his wife, Judy Earley of Canton; brothers-in- law, Ruben Adams of Canton and Tommy Gooch of Clyde; a sister- in-law, Hazel Earley of SC.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Beulah Baptist Church with Pastor Barry Clark officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Earley’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28314.
In Loving Memory of Reeves Franklin Glance
Reeves Franklin Glance, age 80, a beloved husband, father and grandfather entered into his Heavenly home on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Mr. Glance was a native of Haywood County where he had made his home most of his life before recently moving to Greenville, SC. He was the son of the late James Herschel Glance and the late Rachel Reeves Glance. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doris Ann Summey Glance who recently passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 and together they had shared 60 years of a blessed marriage. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Russell Glance and sisters, Alma Shipman, Novella Robertson, Reva Swann and Ruth Yarborough.
Mr. Glance was a U. S. Army Veteran and had made his career as a construction auditor. He was a loyal and faithful member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Canton. Being outside hunting for treasures with his metal detector, going fishing and hunting were some of the things that he enjoyed. Reeves also loved watching sports- especially the Atlanta Braves, but his most precious enjoyment came from being with his loving family. Reeves will always be remembered as a true family man and a devoted Christian.
He is survived by his daughters, Pam Bishop and her husband, Joel Bishop of Greenville, SC, Gwen Khorrami and her husband, Mahmood Khorrami of Fairplay, SC; sons, Doug Glance of Greenville, SC, and Danny Glance of Canton; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home. Burial will be at Little Sandy Methodist Church Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Donald Breedlove
Donald Richard Breedlove, age 58 of Chaz Lane, passed away, Friday, March 28, 2014.
Don was a native of Haywood County, and had resided in South Carolina for 15 years before making his home in Buncombe County. He was the son of the late Richard Westley Breedlove and the late Virginia Wells Trussell, and was also preceded in death by a grandson, Tristen Breedlove. Mr. Breedlove was a U.S. Navy Veteran and was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church in Candler. Don loved Nascar, bass fishing, listening to blue grass music and riding about in his beautiful mountains referring to them as “God’s Country”. He will forever be in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his daughters, Virginia Shealey and Kenneth Hampton of Moncks Corner, SC, Tracey Russell and her husband, Roddy Russell of Goose Creek, SC; a son, Patrick Breedlove and his wife, Leigh-Ann Breedlove of Moncks Corner, SC; a sister, Joy Breedlove Jenkins and her husband, Tim Jenkins; grandchildren, Ashley Shealey, William Shealey, Peyton Breedlove, Dillon Russell, Jasmine Russell, Destinee Russell, Karrie Waltz and Kaylin Waltz and a great-grandson, Jacobee Neilko.
Memorial services will be at held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Lewis Gibson will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In Loving Memory of Irene King
Irene Smith King, “ our beloved mother and grandmother" age 77, of Opal Court, passed away into the arms of the angels on Friday, March 28, 2014.
Mrs. King was born January 26, 1937 in Haywood County to the late Vincent Winfield Smith and the late Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rathbone Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and a truly dedicated homemaker. Mrs. King was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church. Irene enjoyed spending time outdoors and could often be found working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She touched all of her family and neighbors with her genuine kindness and giving spirit - she was always caring for others. A wonderful mother and grandmother, she will be remembered as “the best babysitter in the whole world” and those precious memories shall be cherished forever. Irene Smith King was a lady who touched many lives.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jess King who passed away in 2002; a brother, Roy Smith and her sisters, Mae Inman, Myrtle King and Beulah Chambers.
Surviving are her children , Edward King of Maggie Valley/ Ft. Myers, FL; , Wilma Henson and her husband, Wentfard Henson of Waynesville, Burlin “Plug” King of Waynesville and Christy McCracken and her husband, Michael McCracken of Clyde; grandchildren, Alicia Creasman, Jacob and Lucas McCracken; great-grandchildren, Kloe and Makenna Creasman; a brother, Wayne Smith of Canton
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Bruce Cayton will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Newfound Road in Canton.
In Loving Memory of Terry Fowler
Terry Wayne Fowler, 57, of Raby Street, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at his home.
He was born October 31, 1956 in Haywood County to the late Luther E. Fowler and the late Mary Faye Phillips. He was a self-employed carpenter, painter, and electrician. Wayne was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and his memory shall forever be cherished by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sharon Rich Fowler; a daughter, Amy Webb and her husband, Gilford Webb; a son, Carlos Fowler; his grandchildren that he loved dearly, Kim and Tiffany Webb and Cody, Courtney and Cyrena Fowler.
A celebration of life service was held at New Hope Baptist Church in Candler to honor the memory of Wayne’s life.
In Loving Memory of Peggy Ann Hill
Peggy Ann Montgomery Hill, age 74, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 25 2014.
She was born May 24, 1939 to the late Lloyd and Martha Clark Montgomery who were former residents of Knoxville, TN. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jerline Spangler; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Berry; brothers-in-law, Billy, Jitter, Hoss, and Dale Hill and James Carrell, all of Knoxville, TN.
Peggy loved gardening, shopping at thrift stores, reading, spending time with her family, her dogs, “Lil dog and Worm” and “Jake”, the cat. She loved the Lord and enjoyed listening to classic Gospel music.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Tommy Hill, of the home, sister: Hazel Carrell of Maryville, Tn; children: Debbie Rauhuff (Danny Plemmons) of Knoxville, TN, Becky Livingston of Asheville, Kim Turner (Jeff) of Waynesville, Ginger Hill of Clyde, Tommy Hill Jr (Allison) of Canton, and Stephanie Ward (Jason) of Starkville, MS; grandchildren: Steven Rauhuff, Tonya Raby (Tracy), Beth Hicks (Charlie) of Knoxville, TN, Sam Jackson (Keisha), Adam Jackson, of Canton, Justin Livingston of Asheville, Brandon Livingston of Hickory, and Cory Hill of Canton, NC. Great grandchildren: Nellie Jackson of Canton, NC and Landon Raby, Lindsay Raby, and Hunter Simpson of Knoxville, TN. Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Carolyn Simmerly (Don) of Canton, Cindy Latham (Gary) of Clyde, Tammy Coates (Terry) of Madison County, Dave (Lisa), Biggen (Sharon), Lea Lea Allen (Ray), Jeff (Becky), Ernie, Gale, and Wayne Hill of Knoxville TN. She also had many nieces and nephews and cherished friends.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Fred Eugene “Gene” Reece, age 84, passed away, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as soft spring snow fell upon the mountains that he loved.
A lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Harl Reece and the late Bessie Gentry Reece. Mr. Reece retired from Champion International with 46 years of dedicated service, was a farmer and truly loved the outdoors. He was well known for his delicious homemade sausage and was well known throughout Western North Carolina as “Hog Man”. Gene was blessed with a giving and caring heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was of the Baptist faith and had attended Burnette Siding Baptist Church as a young child. Gene will always be known as a true mountain man and will remain in the hearts of so many who loved him deeply.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Hilda Owen Reece, a son, Terry Reece, six brothers and a sister. Surviving are his daughter, Vicky Hunter of Canton; sons, David Reece and his wife, Pat Reece of Waynesville and Tommy Reece of Maggie Valley; his brother, Virgil Reece of Washington State; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Burnette Siding Baptist Church in Canton. Reverend Jason Queen and Reverend Dr. Roy Kilby will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Sunburst Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Mary Frances Frizzell Burnette
Mary Frances “Fran” Frizzell Burnette, 74, of Canton, entered into the arms of the angels on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Mrs. Burnette was born November 22, 1939 in Jackson County to the late Arthur Frizzell and the late Thelma Johnson Frizzell. Everyone blessed to know Fran loved her dearly. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Mary Frances was a talented expert Swedish quilt maker, an avid gardener and a gifted craft artisan. Her energy was boundless and her fiery spirit that everyone admired will never be forgotten.
Surviving are her husband of 56 years, David Jewel Burnette; a daughter, Diane B. Scire and her husband, Joseph Scire; a son, David Allen Burnette and his wife, Sandra Burnette; her grandchildren , Aiden and Addison ; a sister, Nell Burnette and her husband, Don Burnette; her brothers, Harold Frizzell and his wife, Sharon , Ray Frizzell and his wife Theresa and Roy Frizzelland his wife, Mary Anne and many friends that loved Fran dearly.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, March 24, 2014 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Reverend Perry Brindley will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Entombment services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Garrett Hillcrest Mausoleum in Waynesville.
Elsie Virene (Virgelene/Virge) Thompson Stepp was born April 13, 1924 in Canton, N.C. She was the eighth child and the fourth daughter of the late Rev. Charles Marion and Anna Belle Hall Thompson. God called her home to Heaven on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Virge was 12 years old when she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was a choir member, missionary and usher.
She attended Reynolds School (Canton, N.C.), Pigeon Street High School/Class Valedictorian (Waynesville, N.C.) and graduated from Stevens Lee High School in Asheville, N.C.
She was preceded in death by: two sisters; Marie Thompson Friday and Beulah Thompson Daughtery; four brothers, James Aldon Thompson, Lindon Thompson, Levester Thompson, and Edward Thompson; two grandsons, Etienne and David Lee. Mourning are her two sons, Donnie Stepp and his wife, Jackie Stepp of Minneapolis, Minnesota and David Stepp and wife, Ophelia Stepp of Durham, NC; five grandsons, Christopher, Donnie Jr., Alonzo, Pierre, and Tino; two granddaughters, Tonji and Jacqueline, and fifteen great-grandchildren, David, Natalia, Aesha, Rico, Eva, Amelia, Airriel, Pierre, Noah, Joshua, David, Joseph, Brynn, Grace and Mario. She is also missed by two sisters: Gertrude Thompson Logan of Canton, NC, and Betty Thompson Stringer of Durham, NC; one brother, the Rev. Charles Thompson, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Virge was employed as a licensed practical nurse until she retired. For entertainment she enjoyed singing, home decorating, traveling, reading, and socializing with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton, NC. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Wade Williams Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
Wade Williams, age 65 of Raby Street, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Mr. Williams was a native of Buncombe County and had resided most of his life in Haywood County. He was the son of the late Namon Williams and the late Pheobee Surrett Williams. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bob and Billy Williams and his uncle, Carl Surrett.
Wade was a devoted employee of Asplundh Tree Company. He truly loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He attended Beulah Baptist Church. Wade will always be remembered for being a loving husband, father and grandfather. His memory will be deeply cherished forever.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Gibson Williams of Canton; a daughter, Becky Burgess and her husband, Rickey Burgess of Canton; sons, James Williams of Canton and Tony Williams and his wife, Pam Williams of Canton; brothers, Tom Williams, Wayne Williams, Carroll Williams, Reed Williams and Ted Williams, grandchildren, Ricky, Robert, Lindsey, Austin, Kelsey, Jamie, Bailey and Carly and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Ryan, Ainsley, Luke and Riley and a host of many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Ronald Greene will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday night at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clarks Chapel Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Mamie Brown
Mamie Caldwell Brown, 94, of Little East Fork Road, entered into the arms of the angels on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Mrs. Brown was born August 16, 1919 in Haywood County to the late Rubin Caldwell and the late Sarah Sutton Caldwell. She had made her home in Haywood County all of her life and she was a dedicated homemaker. Mamie was a talented craft artisan and her beautiful handmade quilts and delicate crocheted bedspreads were admired by everyone. She was a devoted member of Laurel Grove Baptist Church where she had taught Bible school and also sang in the church choir. Everyone blessed to know Mrs. Brown- loved her. Her precious memory will be cherished forever.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bartley Edgar Brown; her sons, Eddie Brown and Wayne Brown; two granddaughters; two sisters and four brothers.
Surviving are her daughters, Lillian Chambers and her husband, Wilson Chambers of Waynesville and Clara Jean Howell of Canton; her son, Charlie Brown and his wife, Elaine Brown of Canton; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Inman Chapel Cemetery.