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Sharone R. Fowler In Loving Memory
Sharone Dean Rich Fowler, age 57, entered into the arms of the angels on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Sharon was born November 16, 1957 in Haywood County to the late William Edward Rich and the late Kathleen Kaufman Rich. She was a homemaker and she and her late husband were the owners of their own painting business. Sharone was a friend to many and she was always giving and helping others. She loved her family deeply and she devoted her life to her grandchildren. Sharone had a heart of gold and she will always be remembered as a kind and caring person.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Fowler who passed away in 2014.
Surviving are her daughter, Amy Webb and William Webb of Balsam; a son, Carlos Fowler and Shannah.A of Canton ; 6 blessed and loved grandchildren; her sisters, Rikki Williams and Belinda Baldwin
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Riley Clark Loving, Husband, Father and Grandfather
Riley Clark, age 86, went to be with his Lord, Saturday, April 11, 2015.
A native of Haywood County, Mr. Riley had resided in Buncombe County most of his life. He was the son of the late Tranis Clark and the late Elsie King Clark. He retired with over 32 years of dedicated service with the NC State Department of Transportation. Riley enjoyed working in his yard and spending time outdoors. He loved all his family deeply, especially his precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Riley’s memory will be cherished forever.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and his grandson, Howard.
Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Maxine Moore Clark; daughters, Bronsalea Jones of Candler and Oneida Johnson of Chambersburg, PA; a brother, Oliver Clark of Candler; grandchildren, Alan and his wife, Shawna, Jeremy, Dan and Yvonne and great-grandchildren, Jada, Kinzley and Nicole.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Luther Pentecostal Holiness Church in Candler. Pastor Betty Drake and Pastor Heath Davis will be officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgeway Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton.
Christy Vick McKinney In Loving Memory
Christy Lynne Vick McKinney, age 38, of Travis Cove in Candler, went to be with her Lord on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 after a brief illness.
Christy was born February 18, 1977 in Buncombe County and had made her home in this area most of her life. She had been employed as a waitress for many years and made many friends that have lasted a lifetime. Christy will always be remembered as a kind and loving person, she shall be deeply missed and she was truly loved by all.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Jack McCarson and her paternal grandmother, Eliza Laney and paternal grandfather, Ulious Vick
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Rhonda McCarson; her father, Ralph “Gary” Vick and her stepmother, Sue Vick; her children, Kylie Elizabeth Stuart and Donnie Lee Goodman; her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McCarson; her brothers, Gary “Dwayne Vick and his wife, Suzie Vick and Brandon Joseph Vick and his wife, Julia “Carolyn” Vick; a close friend, Krys Jones and also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Candler. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Pastor Chad Edwards and Pastor Jeff Massie will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Sue Woody Williams Dearly Loved
Sue C. Woody Williams, age 85, of Big Cove Road, went to meet her Savior on Monday, April 6, 2015.
Mrs. Williams was born in the Sandy Mush Community of Leicester to the late E. Berlin Woody and the late Nonnie King Woody. She received her early education in Sandy Mush and later attended Woodfin High School. Sue began her career in Asheville with Southern Bell Telephone Company. She was also employed for many years as a switchboard operator at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville. At one time she owned and operated her own florist shop. Sue loved cookbooks, native birds and working with the elderly. She was also a member of the Disabled Veterans Auxiliary. Mrs. Williams was the oldest attending member of New Hope Baptist Church in Candler. She and her family had resided in several locations due to her husband’s work, but Mrs. Williams was happiest living her later years in Big Cove in Candler, NC.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Williams who passed away in 2002; a daughter, Lissa Williams Potter, who also passed away in 2002 and eight brothers and sisters.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Kent Williams Sr. and Ernie Williams and his wife, Rikki Williams ; a son-in-law, Bill Potter; five grandchildren; two great grandsons and one very special sister, Macy “Butch” Bradburn.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 12, 2015 at New Hope Baptist Church in Candler. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Mrs. Williams will be buried alongside her husband in the Williams Family Cemetery in Big Cove.
Samuel L. Riley, Jr. In Loving Memory
Samuel LaFrenzo Riley, Jr. age 37, was born on March 20, 1978 and passed away on March 28, 2015.
Samuel was the son of Samuel LaFrenzo Riley, Sr. and Mary Ann Riley. He will always be remembered for being a wonderful artist who loved to paint.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Earlie Mae Riley; sisters, Cynthia Elaine Riley Scurry (Alex) of Washington, DC and Kimberly Ann Riley of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, James Edward Camel Arrington of Asheville; one niece, Elizabeth Chelsea Fozard; two nephews, Travis Antoine Durham, Jr., and Jakobe Donovan Summey and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will held at 11:00 am Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Asheville. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will also be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Full Gospel Holiness Church in Canton. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Freedom Christian Church Cemetery in Marshall.
Clifford Mills Dearly Loved
On Sunday, April 5, 2015, one day after he had been blessed with his 85th birthday, Clifford Clay Mills, of Birch Street, entered into his Heavenly home.
Mr. Mills was born April 4, 1930 in Jackson County to the late William Mills and the late Donna Hoyle Mills. He had made his home in Haywood County most of his life and retired from the Canton Laundry with 55 years of dedicated service. Clifford was a talented handyman and he also enjoyed watching classic western movies and wrestling on television. He was truly dedicated to his family and he deeply loved his wife, children and grandchildren with all of his heart and soul and the precious memories that each of them hold in their hearts of how Clifford took care of each of them will never be forgotten. Clifford Clay Mills taught us the importance of being kind and giving to others and to cherish each day that we are blessed to have together.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ada McClure Mills that passed away in 2001; a son, Richard McClure; grandsons, Shawn Thieven and Brian Mills; and eight siblings.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Marlene Pressley and her husband, Danny Pressley of Canton, Pam James and her husband, Johnny James of Canton, Annette Thieven of Canton and Tammy Gibson and her husband, Johnny Gibson of Canton; a son, Kenneth Mills and his wife, Aileen Mills of Canton; five grandchildren ; twelve great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Alan Greene will be officiating. Burial will be in Crawford/ Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy and Tony McClure, Johnny James, Johnny Gibson, Adam Rhinehart and Darrell Surrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Zeb Gibson, Brandon Pressley, Kolby Pressley and Anthony Mills. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.
Walter Paxton Loving Husband, Dad and Grandfather
Memphis Walter Paxton, 66, of Paxton Drive, entered into his Heavenly home on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
Walter was born August 18, 1948 in Haywood County and had made his home here in the mountains that he loved all of his life. He was a former employee of Owen Esso / Exxon for 30 dedicated years. He later retired from the Town of Canton with 15 years of service and continued to work as a part time employee until December 30, 2014. Walter made many friendships throughout his lifetime, he was loved by everyone who was blessed to know him. Walter served 32 devoted years as a volunteer fireman for the Town of Canton and he was indeed a faithful supporter of Pisgah High School football and an avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed camping, fishing and the special time he spent with his family and friends at Indian Creek Campground will always be cherished memories. Walter’s humorous “ pranks” and his fun personality will never be forgotten. He deeply loved his family and his grandchildren were the love of his life. Memphis Walter Paxton was a man with a kind and caring heart and devoted his life to always helping others.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Rebecca Paxton; his first wife, Patricia “Patty” Henderson Paxton who passed away in 1992 and his grandmother, Fannie Paxton.
Surviving are his wife, Claudia Sanderlin Paxton; his sons, Kevin Paxton of Canton and Kenneth Paxton and his wife, Karoline Paxton of Canton; grandchildren, Wyatt and Bristol; and Walter’s faithful companion, his dog, “Bubba”; and also many many friends.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at North Canton Baptist Church. The Reverend Mark Caldwell will be officiating. Burial will follow in North Canton Community Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Canton Street Department and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Canton Fire Department. The family will be receiving friends at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home Monday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.
Memorials may be made to the North Canton Community Cemetery Fund, c/o Bob Paxton, 773 Wagon Gap Trail, Canton, NC 28716.
Margot S. Boyd
Margot (Margie) Boyd age 85, a resident of West Asheville, died on Friday, March 27, 2015.
Mrs. Boyd was born in Bad Homburg, Germany (Nee Stoeckle) on July 10, 1929. She was the wife for 53 years of the late Jack Boyd.
Surviving are her two sons, Robert J. Boyd and his wife, Elizabeth Boyd of Smithfield, Virginia and James A. Boyd of Tucson, Arizona and two granddaughters.
Private interment services were held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
John “Bill” Holtzclaw In Loving Memory
John “Bill” William Holtzclaw, age 87, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Bill was born in Canton, NC on February 8, 1928, the son of Gene and Mary Holtzclaw, also of Canton.
He is survived by Erika, Karl, and John Holtzclaw, with grandchildren Adam Whitley, Kira Keck and Anastasia Keck.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Kenneth “Bookworm” Allen Green Touched Many Lives
Kenneth “Bookworm” Allen Green, age 64, entered into his Heavenly home Monday, March 23, 2015.
Mr. Green was born April 27, 1950 in Haywood County to the late Hardin Gene Green and the late Ora Bell Burgess Green. Kenneth was a Sergeant in the United States Army, having received numerous medals for his honorable service which included two tours in Vietnam. He was also a dedicated member of the Disabled Veterans Chapter Post # 89, having served as a past commander, treasurer and chaplain. He was very instrumental in raising money for the purchase of a van to enable the transportation of deserving veterans to the Charles George VA Hospital in Asheville and other facilities. Mr. Green was a self-employed long distance truck driver, leasing his truck and driving for B & A Hyder of Hendersonville Kenneth was an avid reader and “history buff” and his CB handle was “Bookworm” which was well known throughout the trucking industry. Mr. Green was a faithful member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church. He was a talented builder having remodeled his own home and he also enjoyed gardening and was an avid fisherman. Kenneth will always be remembered for his humorous jokes and storytelling that he often shared with family and friends. Kenneth “Bookworm” Allen Green has touched the lives of many people, especially his fellow veterans. He has indeed made our world a better place by the selfless giving of his heart and soul to others and he will never ever be forgotten.
Surviving are his loving wife of 33 years, Wilma Lanning Green ; his sons, Teddy Ledford and his wife, Donna Ledford of Wildwood, FL and Darryl Ledford and his wife, Karen Ledford of Canton; grandchildren, Crystal Ledford and Hannah Timms and her husband, CJ Timms; great-grandchildren, Mckenna and Kamdyn Timms; brothers, Doug Green and his wife, Darlene Green of Canton and Victor Green and his wife, Larue Green of Clyde; a sister, Kathy Miller and her husband, Rich Miller of Candler; several nieces and nephews and also many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Canton with the Reverend Jerry Nelson and the Reverend Doug Henson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery with military honors. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #89, P.O. Box 341, Canton, NC 28716.
Martha N. Barnwell
The beloved Martha Louise Neill Barnwell, age 73 and a lifelong resident of Henderson County passed on to her heavenly home on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Mrs. Barnwell was the daughter of the late James R. “J.R.” Neill and the late Sarah Estelle Odom Neill. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Henderson and Transylvania County Geneological Society. Being a native of Henderson County, she was an asset to all those she helped in researching their heritage and family history. Martha was known for her love of animals and the outdoors where she spent her time planting flowers and playing in the creek. She was of the Episcopal faith and felt closest to God when she was outside.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, The Reverend James R. “Jimmy” Neill, III, her 1st husband, Larry Frank Pettet and her 2nd husband, Charles K. Barnwell.
Surviving are her three children, Barry Neill Pettet and his wife, Debrayda Pettet of Winston-Salem, NC, Andrew Barnwell and his wife, Nina Barnwell of Charlotte, NC and Katie Barnwell Sisk and her husband, Greg Sisk of Fletcher, NC; grandchildren, Caleb Neill Pettet of Winston-Salem, NC, Jared Riley “J.R.” Pettet of Winston-Salem, NC and Tommy, Savannah, Jasmin and Patrick, all of Fletcher, NC; a sister-in-law, Fiona Neill of Seneca, SC; double first cousins who were like her sisters, Dianne Neill Reed Becker of Beaufort, NC and Robin Neill Cole McGraw of Hendersonville, NC. Martha’s extended family include a niece, Jennifer Neill Schultz of Huntington Beach, CA; nephews, Jamie Neill of Colorado Springs, CO and Tim Neill of El Dorado, CA and cousins, Tim Reed of McDonnough, GA, Rob Reed of Winston-Salem, NC; The Reverend Christopher Cole of Athens, GA and military specialist, Lauren Cole who is stationed in Hawaii.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville. The Reverend Alex Viola and her cousin, the Reverend Christopher Cole will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion For Life, Four Seasons Development Office, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Martha Ila Pace Loved By Many
On the peaceful spring morning of Sunday, March 22, 2015, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Martha Ila Grooms Pace, age 89, of Pacer Trail, entered into the arms of the angels.
Mrs. Pace was born January 31, 1926 in Swain County to the late James Harrison Grooms and the late Lydia Jackson Grooms. At the young age of 4 years old, she and her family moved to the mountains of Haywood County where she made her home the rest of her life. To know Martha was to love her, she was indeed a joy to everyone whose life she touched. Martha always welcomed friends and family to her home with open arms and even first time visitors always left her home feeling as if they were part of the family. In the summer season Martha could often be found working in her flowers and also in her vegetable garden. Her perfectly home canned foods and fresh produce that she shared with everyone were thought of as truly treasured gifts from Martha. Mrs. Pace was indeed a wonderful cook and her delicious stack cake and fried apple pies were favorite dishes of everyone. Martha was a former employee of Champion Fibre Company, working at Lake Logan from 1977 until 1989, where she made multitudes of friendships that have lasted a lifetime. She also worked at Rosemary’s Treasures in downtown Canton where she made many new friends in her later years. Martha’s faith played an important part in her life and she was a devoted member of Laurel Grove Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for forty years and also served as the church custodian for forty-five years, always making sure that the church was kept in perfect condition.
Martha Ila Grooms Pace, the matriarch of her family, will be remembered as a beautiful lady that taught us the importance of being a Christian, the importance of being a kind and caring person, and also the importance of being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Through the words that she spoke, the prayers that she prayed and the life that she lived, she taught each of us lessons in life that will never be forgotten.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert H. Pace, Sr. who passed away in 1976 and also five brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are her daughters, Rosemary Trull of Canton, Peggy Sue Reece and Frankie Rich of Canton, Carolyn Heatherly and her husband, Ronnie Heatherly of Canton and Annette Griffith and her husband, Rex Griffith of Canton; sons, Robert Pace, Jr. of Canton and Bruce Pace and his wife, Patsy Pace of Canton; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren and many many friends.
The Pace family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Silver Bluff Village and the CNA staff of the 200 hall for their love and care and also a special thank you to John Grooms, Martha’s nephew for his kindness.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Gary Putnam will be officiating. Burial will follow at Sunburst Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Pace’s memory to Laurel Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 83 School House Branch Road, Canton, NC 28716.
Harrison K. Linger Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather
Harrison Kemper Linger, age 94, passed away, Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Harrison Kemper Linger was born on a farm outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho, on February 25, 1921. His mother was Ethel Officer Linger from Peoria, Kansas and his father was Charlie Ruben Linger from Horner, West Virginia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Virginia Flinders and Maxine Fridenstine, and his brother, Pat Linger.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eva Lucile Burns Linger of Waynesville and four children; Phillip Linger of Upland, CA, David Linger and his wife, Pam Linger of Boise, Idaho, Yvette Linger Johns of Waynesville and Craig Linger and his wife, Laura Linger of Waynesville. He has ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
After growing up in Idaho Falls, Harrison studied commercial art and drafting in Los Angeles. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corp where he designed gunnery training aides for aircraft crews. Following his military service, he graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles where he studied industrial design. He then worked for General Electric in Chicago and Louisville as an inventor, designer, and graphic artist. He may have designed the controls and lettering on your dishwasher or washing machine. He was awarded fourteen US patents over the course of his career. He was also an accomplished painter, and invented and marketed a number of products for watercolor artists. He had lived in Waynesville since 2008.
There will be a graveside service in London, Kentucky.
Memorials may be made to the Friends of the North Carolina Library for the Blind, 1841 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27635.
Ronald H. Brooks In Loving Memory
Ronald Harold Brooks, age 72 of Ridge Road, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Mr. Brooks, a native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County was the son of the late Thomas Henry Brooks and the late Mollie Ledbetter Brooks. He was a member of Fairmont Baptist Church in Candler. He retired from the Metropolitan Sewer District with 26 years of dedicated service. Ronald was indeed a hard worker and also enjoyed “coon hunting” and working on cars and trucks in his spare time. He loved his family deeply and he will always be remembered by his family as being a wonderful husband, great “Dad”, grandfather and brother.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant twin brother, Donald Brooks and a granddaughter, Lacie Brooks.
Surviving are his devoted and loving wife of 37 years, Nevada Putnam Brooks, daughters, Rhonda Brooks and Ronnie Jenkins of Leicester, Joanne Holston and Cliff Coffey of Woodfin, Robbie Hensley and Donnie Hensley of Hendersonville; sons, Robert McMahan of Marshall, Ronald Brooks, Jr. and Laura Thompson of Asheville; grandchildren, Camerion, George, Devon, Brianna, Patricia, Olivia, Katelyn, Spiffy and Christina; brothers, Charles Brooks and Margaret Brooks of Leicester, Billy Brooks of Leicester and Tommylee Brooks and Franie Southerland of Leicester; several aunts; a niece, Kathy Brooks and nephews, Jimmylee Brooks, Tommylee Brooks, Jr. and Lee Thomas Brooks.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Tom Shook will be officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Leicester. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Mae Hoyle Conard In God’s Care
On Monday, March 9, 2015 we said goodbye to our beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Mae Hoyle Conard of Clyde.
Mrs. Conard had been blessed with 63 years of a wonderful and cherished life. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clyde where she raised her beautiful voice in praise in the church choir. Mae loved to spend time shopping with her family and friends and she also devoted many hours to her lovely flower garden that was admired by everyone. Each summer was filled with raising their bountiful vegetable garden and her “canning” was a labor of love of which she shared with everyone. Mae Hoyle Conard, a lady with a kind and caring heart will always be cherished by her family and friends and never forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Hoyle; a sister, Stella Moore and a brother, Robert “Son” Hoyle.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Aletha Bolden Hoyle, Mae’s loving husband of 47 years, Larry Conard of Clyde; daughters, Chris Henson and her husband, Sammy Jo Henson of Canton and Marlo Messer and her husband, Randy Messer of Clyde; grandchildren, Josie Henson and Silas Henson; brothers, Jim Hoyle of Waynesville and Joe Hoyle of Balsam; sisters, Shelbia Norris of Waynesville and Mary Swanger of Waynesville.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Harry Worley, Reverend Ted Reeves and Reverend Elisha Fish will be officiating. Entombment will be private at The Horizon at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Fred “Frenchy” Palazzi, Jr. In Loving Memory
Frederick “Frenchy” Bernard Pierre Palazzi, Jr. , age 79 of Cowan Road, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Mr. Palazzi was born July 2, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Palazzi. He had resided in many areas throughout the United States before making his home in Haywood County for the past 30 years. He was honored to be a United States Coast Guard Veteran. Mr. Palazzi was employed as a retail salesman and was also the inventor and promoter for his own product, Eye Glass Cleaner by Frederick. He had attended Maple Grove Baptist Church. Fred will always be remembered for his outgoing and friendly personality and the fact that he never ever met a stranger. He could often be found sharing stories and a cup of coffee with his many friends at the McDonalds morning breakfast club. Fred was a loving companion, father and grandfather and his dear precious memory shall be cherished forever.
Surviving are his loving companion of 28 years, Mildred Cowan of Canton; his daughters, Eva Marie Palazzi of Tennessee, Barbara Swann of Canton, Priscilla Silver of Canton and Carolyn Earley of Canton; his sons, Frederick Palazzi ,III, Horace “Butch” Ballew of Asheville , Robert Ballew of Lebanon, Kentucky, Richard Ballew of England and Andrew Cowan of Canton; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren ; 8 great-great-grandchildren and many dear friends.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Tommy Carlisle will be officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah View Memorial Park in Candler. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Maxine Rogers In God's Care
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Maxine Smith Rogers, age 77, of Inman Branch Road, entered into her Heavenly home and was once again united with her precious loved ones waiting at Heaven’s gate for their precious Maxine.
Mrs. Rogers was born April 17, 1937 in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late E. L. Smith and the late Laura Sarah Noland Smith. Maxine was blessed to be able to travel all across the south east as her husband’s employment led them to many destinations but she always considered Haywood County and the mountains that she loved to be her home. Mrs. Rogers was of the Baptist faith. She was indeed a wonderful cook and her hot dogs and homemade chili and her delicious southern fried chicken and potato salad were favorites of all the family and her many friends. She truly loved flowers and she could often be found spending many hours working in her beautiful flower garden. Maxine’s heart overflowed with her great love and pride for her children and her grandchildren. She was loved by everyone and Maxine truly had a kind and caring heart. In the words of her family, “ She was truly a Mom to many,” and she has made a difference in the lives of those blessed to know her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jerry Rogers who passed away in 2000; brothers, Smitty Smith and Howard Smith and a sister, Ann Gibson.
Surviving are her daughters, Donna Gillespie and her husband, Bruce Gillespie of Leicester, Meryl Burke and her husband, Perry Burke of Candler and Lisa Clough and her husband, Curt Cloug of Effingham, IL; a son, Gerald Rogers and his wife, Phyllis Rogers of Waynesville; a sister, Vera Heath of Canton; her grandsons, Jason, Kyle, Mark, Michael, Randy, Brian, Kevin and Nathan.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Nathan Ashe and Pastor Ronnie Blythe will be officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Canton. Serving as pallbearers will be Phillip Morris, Scott McMillian, Bruce Chambers, Danny Sorrells, Steve Howell and John Sealander. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Wilcie Reed Deeply Loved
In the evening hours of Wednesday, March 4, 2015 we said goodbye to our loving mama and grandmaw, Wilcie Marie Early Reed, who peacefully entered into the arms of the angels and was taken to her eternal heavenly home.
Mrs. Reed was blessed to live a full and wonderful life of 86 years. She was born May 14, 1928 in Haywood County to the late William Early and the late Mary Hall Early. She was a devoted homemaker and she also retired from the Haywood County School System. During her dedicated years of employment with the school system she touched the lives of many children each day. Her kind heart and her sweet smile will never be forgotten by the many children and the teachers that she greeted and cared for every day. Mrs. Reed‘s faith was an important part of her life and she was a member of Canton First United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and also a wonderful cook. Her delicious steak and gravy were always favorites of family and friends. Mrs. Reed will always be remembered as a loving wife, a proud and loving mama and to her grandchildren that were the love of her life, a grandmaw that loved each of them with all of her heart and soul. Precious cherished memories of Wilcie Early Reed will always remain in the hearts of her family and she will live on through each of them forever.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Reed who passed away in 2007; a great-grandson, Nathaniel James Reed; a sister, Hilda Pressley and a brother, Wade Early.
Surviving are her loving son, Stephen Reed and his wife, Joyce Reed of Seymour, Tennessee; her grandchildren, Chrissy Kuykendall and her husband, Phillip Kuykendall Angie Bryant and her husband, Shane Bryant, Jarom Reed and his wife, Adrienne Arnold, Lee Knight and Ed Knight and his wife, Sarah Knight ; great- grandchildren, “L. “ Lee Knight, Bayleigh Hardin, Taylor Arnold, Trent Arnold, Stephen Reed, Nolte Bryant, Lauren Reed, Jackson Kuykendall, Cheyenne Knight, Troy Knight, Dylan Knight and Savannah Knight ; sisters, Betty Lou Clontz and her husband, Ayward Clontz of Canton and Audrey Mabry of Candler.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Newfound Road. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Reed’s memory to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, PO Box 1275, Canton, NC 28716.
Johnnie R. Messer In God’s Care
In the peaceful evening hours of Tuesday, February 24, 2015 we said goodbye to Johnnie Ray Messer, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and dear friend to many.
Mr. Messer of M & P Drive in Canton had been blessed with 81 years of a full and meaningful life. He was born March 17, 1933 in Haywood County and was the son of the late John Avery Messer and the late Violet Wright Messer. He had honorably served his country as an infantryman in the United States Army during the Korean War, having received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. Mr. Messer was indeed a man of many talents and was a self-employed plumber, pipe fitter and carpenter. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending time fishing and hunting, and together each year he and his wife, Gerleen worked side by side to grow a beautiful and bountiful garden of which they were so very proud. Johnnie was also a talented musician and the love of music was embedded in his soul and to hear him play almost any instrument confirmed that he was a natural born musician. He touched many hearts by sharing his vocal and musical talents with patients at local nursing homes and could often be found ” jammin “ with local musicians at Canton’s Pickin’ In The Park on Friday nights. His faith was an important part of his life and he was a member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church. In remembering Johnnie Ray Messer, we remember his kind heart, his caring for others and his great love for his family. We treasure the memories that we have shared, we are thankful for the lessons in life that he has taught us and we cherish the love that he gave to each of us each day.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Doris Ann Messer Martin and his brothers, Kenneth E. Messer and Jerry Messer.
Surviving are his devoted and loving wife that has stood by his side for 58 years, Gerleen Elizabeth Pressley Messer; daughters, Fredia Gail Revis and her husband, Gary Revis of Canton and Peggy Sue Hicks and her husband, Danny Hicks of Marion; sons, Douglas R. Messer and his wife, Sarah Messer of Lake Junaluska and Eugene D. Messer of Canton; a sister, Juanita Stamey of Canton; a brother, Ralph Messer of Canton; 7 grandchildren and 9 great –grandchildren and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Ricky Gibson will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Tom F. Martin, 98, originally of Chicago, IL, and more recently of Holly Hill, FL, via Hendersonville, NC, died February 23, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at the beautiful Homestead in Haywood County. Prior to his passing, Tom lived with his youngest child, Margie Jo, who was his constant companion and caregiver since March 2012. His adoring wife of 70 years preceded him to God’s side in 2010. He is also survived by five additional children: Annette R. Zigan of Versailles, IN; Carolyn S. Dohrmann of Clarkesville, GA; Thomas D. Martin of Flat Rock, NC; Michael L. Martin of Hendersonville, NC; and Janice M. Martin of Philadelphia, PA. Tom and Mary had 10 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Tom was born in Chicago, IL, April 15, 1916. He was the youngest of four and whose parents were each from a family of twelve. Tom spent six years in the Naval Coast Guards on the USS Wilmette before falling in love with his future beautiful bride, Mary Louise. They were wed on August 30, 1940. During his life he was a process engineer, a tool and die designer, a machine maintenance foreman at Picatinny Arsenal, and a chief inspector. He owned many businesses to include a trucking company out of Miami, FL, a small farm in Saluda, NC, and The Rainbow Motel and Tom Martin Realty, both in Hendersonville, NC. As a life member of The Elks and a trustee for Lodge 1616, B.P.O.E., he enjoyed a good game of pool. At 98, he was still playing competing hands of Rummy! Although a builder, hobbyist, collector and entrepreneur, Tom most enjoyed Mary’s company. They were companion ballroom dancers, bridge buddies and life partners. Side by side was their favorite spot. At his request, Tom did not want a funeral or celebration of life memorial. He has requested his cremains to be forever with Mary’s in Margie’s care. Condolences may be sent to the Martin family at PO Box 107, Canton, NC, 28716. There is a memorial page at TomandMaryMartin.WordPress.Com as well as CrawfordRay.com. Please visit and share your memories of this missed and loved couple.
In Loving Memory of David Price
James David Price, age 65, of Earnhardt Lane, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Mr. Price was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was the son of the late James Price and the late Rebecca Jane Messer Price. He had been employed as an automobile body repairman for Champion Motor Company, Ken Wilson Ford and Taylor Motor Company. David was well known for his talent as being a “Hot Rod ” and “Muscle Car” builder and enthusiast. Mr. Price attended Bible Baptist Church in Waynesville. David always enjoyed spending time at his home and he loved his family deeply.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Parker Price who passed away in February 2014; four sisters, one brother and a niece, Andrea Fish.
Surviving are his sisters-in-law, Shirley Cogburn of Clyde, Mary Bradley of Clyde, Jewel Stiles of Canton, Linda Sorrells of Clyde and Mary Sue Litrell of Clyde; brothers-in-law, Carroll Arrington and Albert Arrington of Waynesville, Joe and Dillard Parker of Waynesville, Don Arrington of Canton and Leonard Fish; several nieces and nephews and also his beloved dogs, “Trixie” a Yorkshire Terrier, "Dixie” his Lab and his Boston Terrier,” Baby”.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Erma Bond, Reverend Steven Stanford and Reverend Charlie Creasman will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 1:30 pm until 2:00 pm at the funeral home prior to the service. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Price family.
Bill Barrett In Loving Memory
Billy “Bill” Bedford Barrett, age 88, of Elaine Drive, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015.
Mr. Barrett was born in Buncombe County on October 30, 1926 to the late Weaver and Nannie Watts Barrett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty Brown Barrett, who passed away in 2012 and one sister, Betty Tatham.
Mr. Barrett was a proud World War II Veteran serving in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Mackenzie (DD-614), assigned to the North African Coast and Italy. Bill returned to Canton and retired from International Paper with 43 years of dedicated service.
Bill will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather and a great-grandfather.
Surviving are his daughter, Terri Taylor and her husband, Gary Taylor of Canton; a son, Randy Barrett and his wife, Norma Barrett of Canton; grandchildren, Curtis Taylor and his wife, Tessa Taylor of Spruce Pine, Brandon Taylor of Canton and Megan Barrett of Canton; great-grandchildren, Coleman and Maella Taylor of Spruce Pine.
To honor Mr. Barrett’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service held. We will remember him with a still peace within our hearts and precious memories.
Memorials may be made in his memory to The Homestead Hospice at Haywood Regional Medical Center, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Barrett family.
In Loving Memory of R J Plemmons
R J Plemmons, age 72, of Cresent Loop, entered his eternal Heavenly home on Saturday, February 21, 2015.
Mr. Plemmons was born May 3, 1942 to the late Raymond Plemmons and the late Fannie Crane Plemmons. He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and retired from Dayco Corporation with 23 years of dedicated service. He had also worked as a foreman with Wilson, Davey and Asplundh tree service companies. RJ was a true outdoorsman and he loved the mountains where he was born and raised. The wonderful happy times of camping at Mountain Shadows Campground will always be treasured forever. Mr. Plemmons was an avid hunter and fisherman and he also could be found spending many hours working in his garden. To know RJ was to love him and his delightful personality of being a true jokester and a fun prankster brought much joy to his many friends and family. He deeply cherished his family and his grandchildren were indeed the love of his life. We say goodbye to a loving husband, father and grandfather and a dear friend who has touched many throughout his lifetime and we hold onto our precious memories until we meet again.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, JC “Buck” Plemmons and Grady Plemmons : his sisters, Lessie Owenby and Edna Webb.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Janet Trull Plemmons; his sons, Rickey Plemmons and his wife, Monica Plemmons of Maggie Valley, Kenneth Dailey and his wife, Robin Dailey of Canton, Keith Dailey and his wife, Lynn Dailey of Canton and Clifton Dwight Dailey and his wife, Melody Dailey of Canton; his daughters, Vickey Plemmons Buckner and her husband, Jack Buckner ,Jr. of Leicester, Delissa Washington and her husband, Nate Washington of Canton and Tonya Burchfield and her husband, Mike Burchfield of Canton; 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Zettie Plemmons of Canton, Genevieve Kevish of Waynesville, Faye Capps of Canton, Wanda Inman of Canton and Linda Stamey of Canton; brothers, Paul Plemmons of Canton and Wade Plemmons of Canton; many numerous nieces and nephews and a special niece, Priscilla Ervin of Waynesville and also RJ’s special companion, his 9 year old miniature schnauzer, “Lady”.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverends Roy Kilby, Dan Page and Mark Caldwell will be officiating. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
The Plemmons family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Haywood Infusion Therapy and Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice for their care and compassion shown to RJ and our family.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Plemmon’s memory to Relay For Life, c/o Jenny Stamey, Event Chairman, 48 Cairnes Circle, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Sara Ann Christ
Sara Ann Christ was born in Oneida, Tenn., to the late Rev. James (Jake) and Flora Jeffers. She was 81 years old at her death, which occurred late Wednesday evening, February 18, 2015. She passed at her home peacefully with family and is now visiting her Savior (Jesus) and loved ones in the real world.
She had two brothers (Jack and Baily) who have both passed and one surviving sister, Juanell Sneed who currently resides in Mt Pleasant, SC. Sara was married to the late Themos Christ for 60 years and had one son, Timothy, who preceded her in death and one daughter, Athena (Tina). She is survived by her sister, Nell ; her daughter, Tina; 5 grandchildren, Rachel Plemmons, Rebecca Estep, Matthew Christ, Christian Wood, Brittney Christ; 3 great-grandchildren, Eva Plemmons, Ellie Plemmons and Piper Estep.
Sara was a great example of a life lived in love. The world is a better place because she loved in it. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at Seacoast Church, Mt Pleasant, SC on Long Point Rd. Memorials may be made to Haywood Pathways Center, PO BOX 1272, Waynesville, NC 28786.
In Loving Memory of Dorothy Pressley
Dorothy Jean Jackson Pressley, 86, of Canton, passed away into the arms of the angels on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Mrs. Pressley was born October 7, 1928 in Haywood County to the late Thurman Jackson and the late Nellie Rogers Jackson. She was a devoted homemaker and had also been employed at Martin’s Drug Store and Jack’s 5&10 Variety Store in Canton. Mrs. Pressley attended Rocky Face Baptist Church. She was indeed a wonderful cook and she was well known for her delicious prune cake. Cornbread and ”soupy potatoes” were also two dishes that Mrs. Pressley loved to prepare for her family and in her later years her family continued the tradition by making certain that these country favorites were always made for her. Many afternoons and evenings Dorothy could be found watching television – enjoying soap operas, that she referred to as “her stories”, The Andy Griffith Show and even wrestling! Mrs. Pressley deeply loved her family and their treasured trips to the mountains of Smokemont and the happy summer picnics that they shared are memories that will be cherished forever.
Dorothy Jean Jackson Pressley was a kind, caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother who shall be deeply missed, but will remain in our hearts forever. You can have only one mother, patient, kind and true No other friend in all the world, Will be the same to you……
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Pressley who passed away in 2004; a son, Eddie King; a son-in-law, Jim Chambers; three sisters and three brothers.
Surviving are her daughters, Peggy Chambers of Fayetteville, Tennessee and Sherry Willis and her husband, David Willis of Canton; a son, Robert Pressley and his wife, Tracy Pressley of Lake Havasu, Arizona; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home with the Reverend Donnie Henson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with grandsons and great- grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Elizabeth Pressley Loved by Everyone
Elizabeth Alice Banks Pressley, age 93, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015.
Mrs. Pressley was a native of Buncombe County and was the daughter of the late Herman Banks and the late Della Carland Banks. She made her home in Haywood County since 1988, before moving to Arden to be with her son and daughter- in-law for the past four years. Elizabeth was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed making jewelry. She was a true craft artisan. She was a member of Phillipsville Church of God. Elizabeth will always continue to be loved and fondly remembered by everyone who she has touched throughout her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Willard Pressley, Sr.; daughter, Joyce McFalls; brother, Decator “Cate” Banks and a sister, Lois Smith.
Surviving are her son, Carl Pressley, Jr. and his wife, Jenny Pressley of Arden; brothers, Charles Banks, Walter Banks and Gerald Banks; grandchildren, Carl Pressley, III, Michael Pressley, Jeremy McFall, Dale Roger Banks, Charles Ray Banks and, Jennifer Franklin; great-grandchildren, Joshua Pressley, Ashley Franklin, Dakota Franklin, Jordan McFalls and Jansen McFalls and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Enka. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Mitchell Mathews A Cherished Son, Brother and Uncle
Mitchell Darren Mathews, of Canton and also a resident of Mauldin, South Carolina, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven……
Mitchell was born on a winter day, December 2, 1980. Words could never express the love and pride his parents felt when they held their newborn son. Mitchell was a blessing and each day of his life was a joyous gift to his family.
Mitchell was a kind and caring child and his early years were filled with fun and carefree days of playing ball, snow skiing in the winter, water skiing at Lake Hartwell and riding motorcycles. He also proudly attained a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Mitchell made many friendships that were cherished throughout his life. He was a 1999 graduate of Pisgah High School, attended Haywood Community College and later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Engineering from Western Carolina University in 2006. He was employed with Verizon Wireless as a Telecommunication Technician. Mitchell loved all types of music and he was very talented at playing the guitar. He embraced every opportunity to spend time with his family at summer picnics and fun cookouts. Mitchell also loved going to the movies! The wonderful memories of his familiy’s celebrations and gatherings will be cherished forever. His Christian faith was an important part of his life and he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. As we say goodbye to our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, our hearts are broken as we feel the emptiness without Mitchell. We are to remember the joy and the laughter that he brought into our lives. We are to remember the lessons in life that he has taught us and we are to remember his unyielding courage. In memory of Mitchell, tell someone that you love them, perform a random act of kindness and give someone a loving hug.
Mitchell was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Marjorie and Roy Holland and his paternal grandparents, Paul and Lola Mathews.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted parents, Charles Ray Mathews and Rita Holland Mathews of Canton; a sister, Margie Dowell and her husband, Jason Dowell of Fletcher; a brother, Mark Mathews; his beloved niece and nephew, Presley Dowell, and Oakley Dowell; several aunts, uncles and cousins and Mitchell’s faithful companion and best friend, his Boston Terrier, MoJo.
A celebration of Mitchell’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Bethel Baptist Church. Pastor Roy Kilby will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. Private entombment will be held at The Horizon at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
Memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4530 Park Road Suite 240, Charlotte, NC 28209.
In Loving Memory of Della Watson
Della Maude Pace Watson, age 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 9, 2015.
Della was born June 30, 1932 in Haywood County to Lonnie F. Pace and Lillie Mae Pace.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 15 brothers and sisters; her daughter, Lisa Kirkpatrick and her son, Larry D. Watson.
Surviving are her husband, John Howard Watson, five grandchildren, Sydni Anger, Leslie Wood, Amy Bruner, Tyler Kirkpatrick and Gabe Kirkpatrick and his wife Angelica Kirkpatrick; daughter-in-law, Kathi Watson; four great-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.
Della was a member of High Street Baptist Church in Canton and loved being involved with the church family and as a member of the Women’s Mission Union. With her sister, Hazel and Carrie Nell Pace, the trio performed at many Canton churches singing gospel music when she was growing up. She won the blue ribbon at the state fair for her crocheting, and shared her loved with her family and friends with her talent for being an extraordinary cook. Her wonderful sense of humor, quick smile, loving kindness and giving spirit will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Christopher Willett will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Mission Hospital Heart Tower and Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation for their compassionate care.