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In Loving Memory of Polly Ann Seitler
Polly Ann Clontz Seitler, age 74, of Canton, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Mrs. Seitler was a native of Haywood County and had resided here most of her life here. She was the daughter of the late Luther W. Clontz and the late Bessie Gibson Clontz. Mrs. Seitler had been employed as a certified nursing assistant. She was a devoted homemaker and also enjoyed ceramics. Polly loved her family deeply and in the words of her sons, “She was a great Mom.”
She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael “Peanut” Gibson; sisters, Clara Rogers and Sue Ward and 2 infant grandchildren.
Surviving are her sons, Bobby Ray Seitler and Luther Arthur Seitler; brothers, James “Johnny “Gibson and Charles “Bill” Gibson; a sister, Betty Williams and a grandson, Luther Allen Seitler, all of Canton.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 24, 2014 at Morning Star Cemetery. Family and friends will be received at the home of Luther Seitler, 3210 Asheville Highway, Canton, NC.
James E. Rathbone In Loving Memory
James Edward Rathbone, age 59, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Mr. Rathbone was born May 10, 1955 in Haywood County to the late Wayne Eugene Rathbone and the late Judith Ann Vance Rathbone. He had been employed with Sav-Mor Grocery. He shall be deeply missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Jamie Lynn Rhinehart of Candler; son, Jarrod Rathbone of Waynesville; brother, Eugene Rathbone and his wife, Marquetta of Canton and four grandchildren.
John “Johnny” Gibson In Loving Memory
John “Johnny” Benjamin Gibson, age 75, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014.
Mr. Gibson was a native of Haywood County and had made his home here most of his life. He was the son of the late Benjamin Gibson and the late Emma Sherrill Gibson. Johnny was a talented self-employed brick mason and a United States Army Veteran. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his daughters, Janet Hoyle (Jeff), Sherry Manning (Jeff) and Shannon Gibson; sisters, Mary Gibson, Wilma Young (George) and Lois Hudson (Odell); brothers, Edward Gibson (Irene), Jack Gibson (Irene) and Wayne Gibson (Jean); 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; life companion, Carolyn Marler; step-sons, Travis Marler and Brad Marler; several step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Elizabeth Smith Deeply Missed
Elizabeth Ann Smith, age 66, passed away November 17, 2014 at Silver Bluff Village in Canton.
She was born on April 17, 1948 to the late Everett Smith and Cumi Moody Smith of Maggie Valley.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Tommy Lee, Bobby and Donald Smith.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Cumi Smith of Maggie Valley; a brother, Hugh Smith (Ella), a sister, Betty Greenarch and a sister-in-law, Barbara Smith, all of Waynesville and several nieces and nephews.
The Smith family wishes to extend a special word of thanks to the staff of Silver Bluff Village for Elizabeth’s care.
A memorial service will be held on November 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Rocky Branch Freewill Baptist Church. The Reverend Charlie Creasman will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Robert “Bobby” Reeves Wells Loved By Many
As the peaceful morning sunlight shown across the mountains on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 we said goodbye to Robert “Bobby” Reeves Wells, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a dear friend to many.
Mr. Wells of Henson Cove Road in Canton had been blessed with 85 years of a full and wonderful life and had just recently celebrated his birthday on November 4th surrounded by his loving family. He was a native of Haywood County and was the son of the late Reagan Wells and the late Lucy Murray Wells. Mr. Wells was a United States Army Veteran serving during the era of the Korean Conflict. He retired from American Enka Corporation with 42 years of dedicated service of which 37 years were of perfect attendance. His faith was an important part of his life and he was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church where he had served on the building and grounds committee for many years. When remembering Bobby, we think of his kind heart and his willingness to always help anyone in need. He had been honored by the American Red Cross as a donor of more than 10 gallons of blood during his lifetime. Friends and family were always welcomed to the Wells home with open arms by Bobby and his beloved wife, Martha. Their lovely home, lawn and garden were always kept to perfection and were truly admired by everyone. He enjoyed hunting and was also an avid fisherman. Special times of fishing with his sons at the lake on Murray Road, which was close to his home place, are cherished memories forever. A talented athlete in his younger years, his interest in sports remained as was evident in his love for Pisgah Football and UNC Basketball. He loved his family deeply and his grandchildren were indeed his pride and joy.
Robert “Bobby” Reeves Wells will be remembered as a true inspiration to others. His love of life, his caring and giving heart, and his gracious thankful spirit will never be forgotten. He was a “true southern gentleman”.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Cook.
He is survived by the love of his life and his wife of 65 years, Martha Vance Wells, sons, Robert Wells and his wife, Sherry Wells of Greenville, SC and Kevin Wells and his wife, Alma Wells of Waynesville; grandchildren, Ashleigh Wells of Waynesville, Karley Wells of Waynesville, Abbey Wells of Charleston, SC and Ben Wells and his wife Elana Wells of Charleston, SC.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Keith Clark and Reverend James Parham will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde with military honors. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home.
The Wells family would like to thank the staff of Smoky Mountain Healthcare for the love and care given to Bobby during his stay there.
Memorials may be made to Spring Hill Baptist Church, 1918 Murray Road, Canton, NC 28716.
Joyce Inman Hoglen Deeply Loved
Joyce Inman Hoglen, age 82, of Brookside Drive in Canton, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, entered into her heavenly home on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
Mrs. Hoglen was born December 14, 1931 in Haywood County to the late Theodore Inman and the late Norfleet Rhinehart Inman. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. Mrs. Hoglen was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church. She was passionate about her quilting, crafting, gardening, being a “rock hound “ and also her little dog, Ginger. She deeply loved her family and her kind and giving heart touched many throughout her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Hoglen, who passed away in 1981; a son, Danny Hoglen and a brother, David Inman.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Jerry David Hoglen and his wife, Traci Hoglen of Canton, Neal Hoglen and his wife, Kathy Hoglen of Canton and Johnny Hoglen and his wife, Nancy Hoglen of Canton; her daughters, Cindy Lawrence and her husband, Michael Lawrence of Canton and Brenda Mann and her husband, Jeff Mann of White Mills, Kentucky; grandchildren, Amber Edwards, Nathaniel Hoglen, Matt Robbins, Dan Robbins, David Cates, Steven Cates, Heather Glance, Heath Hoglen, Jake Mann, Vincent Mann, Charmayne Mann, Gracelyn Hoglen, Damon Lawrence, Greg Lawrence and Derek Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Abigail Cates, Brady Michael Cates, Luke Glance, Lillie Kate Glance, Samantha Robbins, Lillian Robbins, Aalyah Lawrence, Natalyah Lawrence, Owen Lawrence, Austin Lawrence, Mylee Lawrence, Savannah Lawrence and Bristol Lawrence.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Traci Hoglen will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the celebration service.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Hoglen’s memory to The Homestead Hospice, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
Paul Ladet Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle
Paul Julian Ladet, age 61, of Ladet Lane, passed Sunday, October 26, 2014.
Mr. Ladet was born October 3, 1953 in Baton Rouge, LA, and had resided in Florida before making his home in Haywood County for the past 20 years. He was United States Army Veteran and had received an Associate Degree in Welding from Haywood Community College. In addition to his welding skills, Paul was very adept at repairing computers, medical equipment, and electrical components. We will always remember his unique talent of being an accomplished accordion player. Paul was truly a compassionate person and his great love for his family, especially his nieces and nephews will never be forgotten.
Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Shaun Ladet.
Surviving are his parents, Thomas Ladet and Julia Reardon Ladet of Canton; sisters, Mary Catlette and her husband, Bill Catlette of Collierville, TN, Julie Baiardi and her husband, Fred Baiardi of Oak Ridge, NC and Beth Irvine and her husband, Darryl Irvine of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, T. J. Ladet of Canton, David Ladet and his wife, Jean Ladet of Atlanta, GA, John Ladet of Las Vegas, NV and William Ladet of Las Vegas, NV; also many nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Canton.
In Loving Memory of Cricket West Loved By Many
Muriel “Cricket” Elizabeth McCreary West, age 62, of Pheasant Lane in Canton, entered into the arms of the angels on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Our beloved Cricket was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was the daughter of the late Joel McCreary and the late Thelma Louella “Polly” Rogers McCreary. She was a graduate of Pisgah High School and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. To know Cricket was to love her and everyone was touched deeply by her kind and loving heart. Wonderful memories of Cricket that make us smile were watching her square dance with the White Oak Cloggers, bowling with her family and friends and the way she loved and cared for her special dogs. We remember Cricket’s beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes and the happy sound of her laughter- she was always a joy to everyone! Cricket was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother, a beloved sister and also a faithful friend to so very many that loved her deeply.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her precious daughter, Cristy Rae West.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 45 years, Charles “Loma” West; her sons, Chad Christopher West of Canton and Charles Jeremiah West and his wife, Kimberlee West of Canton ; her grandchildren, Mary West Holbrook of Klamuth Falls, Oregon, Destinee West of Canton, Rannon West of Canton , Jarrett West of Clyde and Kristi West of Canton ; her brother, Gerald “Scooter” McCreary and his wife, Renell McCreary of Canton.
Private funeral services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Cricket’s memory to the Canton Animal Hospital, 74 Radio Hill Road, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Buddy H. Burrell Loved His Family
Buddy Howard Burrell, age 77, of Hidden Valley Circle in Canton, entered into his Heavenly home, Friday October 24, 2014.
Mr. Burrell was a native of Buncombe County and was the son of the late Fred Burrell and Robbie Warren Burrell. He had made his home in Haywood County for the past 45 years and had been self-employed as a sales representative for home improvement products. Mr. Burrell was of the Baptist faith. He was a United States Navy Veteran and was a member of the Waynesville VFW Post 5202. Buddy was proud of his mountain heritage and was a former member of the Appalachian Cloggers. He loved and cherished his family deeply and they were truly the most important part of his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bessie Trexler.
Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Tera Wheeler Burrell ; daughters, Candy Scott and her husband, David Scott of Canton , Tina Jones of Canton and Chrystal Burrell and Ray of Canton; a son, Dewayne Burrell and Sandi of Candler ; grandchildren, Ryan Jones, Christina Scott, Emily Bumgarner, Ethen Bumgarner and Tonya and Travis Burrell; great-grandchildren, Tyler Gaston, Kaligh Gaston and Hunter Jones.
The Burrell family would like to extend a special thank you to Care/Partners Hospice for the special love and care given to Buddy.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Burrell’s memory to Haywood County Meals on Wheels, 157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 300, Clyde, NC 28721.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 27, 2014 at Crestview Baptist Church. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the celebration service.
Thomas A. Rowland In Loving Memory
Thomas Anthony Rowland, age 94, passed away Monday October 20, 2014.
Mr. Rowland was a native of Cherokee County and was the son of the late Anthony Thomas Rowland and the late Ollie Passmore Rowland. Thomas proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy for four years and was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lillian Mann Scott Rowland, who passed away January 27, 2014; his son, Tommy David Rowland and an infant son, Ronny Rowland; brothers, Wayne, Willard, Neal, Gay and Americus Rowland; sisters, Etta Forrister, Grovie Coffey, and Lois Pisczek.
He is survived by his step-daughter, Jamie Biddix of Canton; step-sons, Dwayne Scott of Raleigh, David Scott of Canton and Derek Scott of Canton; step-grandchildren, Luke Scott of Garner, Heather McHale of Rolesville, Lauren Biddix and Christina Scott, both of Canton, Bobby Scott of Canton and many loving nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014 in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde with military honors. Reverend Darrell Webb and Reverend Ted Reynolds will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carepartners Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Rowland family.
In Loving Memory of John Webb Deeply Missed
John Mitchell Webb, 70, of Hayes Cove Road in Leicester, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014. John was a lifelong resident of Leicester and was the son of the late Herman Wesley Webb and the late Evelyn Hutchinson Webb. John had been employed in the textile industry but his true passion was farming. He had attended Zion Hill Baptist Church. John loved to fox hunt in the mountains where he was born and raised and he loved his family deeply.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
He is survived by four daughters, his brothers, Jerry Webb and his wife, Kim Webb, Larry Webb and his wife, Nannie Webb and Chuck Mathis all of Leicester; a sister, Myrtle Webb Hare of Leicester; and also several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton with the Reverend Bobby Smith officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Larry S. Mintz Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
Larry Stuart Mintz, age 64, of Westwood Circle, entered into his Heavenly home Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
Mr. Mintz was a lifelong native of Haywood County and was the son of the late Rufus Mintz and the late Lucy Rhinehart Mintz. He was a talented carpenter and brick mason and was well known throughout Haywood County and Western North Carolina for his fine craftsmanship and work. Mr. Mintz had attended Pentecostal Church of God in Waynesville. Larry loved racing, enjoyed watching the Carolina Panthers and was a devoted fan of his hometown football team, the Tuscola Mountaineers. He was truly a practical joker and his family and friends will never forget his great sense of humor and his delight for having fun with a good joke. Larry loved the mountains where he was born and lived, and a wonderful memory we shall always cherish was his fascination for closely watching our mountain weather. He especially loved thunderstorms and enjoyed watching the beautiful lightning bolts play across his beloved mountain skies. When we remember Larry Stuart Mintz, we will always remember that he was a wonderful and loving, husband, father, and grandfather. Larry shall be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carroll Mintz.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Shelia Trantham Mintz; a daughter, Tammy Lynn Smathers and her husband, Tommy Smathers of Waynesville; a son, Larry Dean Mintz of Asheville; a brother, Billy Wayne Mintz of Waynesville; sisters, Elizabeth Rickman of Cumberland Gap, TN, Louise Jones of Canton, Lucy Messer of Myrtle Beach, SC and Barbara Messer of Waynesville; grandchildren, Mark Mintz and Autumn Mintz of Sylva, Cody Mintz of Waynesville and his fiancée, Kalan Gaddis and Hannah Smathers of Waynesville; also several special nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, October 20, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Dennis Queen and Reverend Johnny Swanger will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 5:30 pm until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
Willodean Ashe Nelson Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Willodean “Dean” Ashe Nelson, 75, of Dutch Cove Road, entered into her Heavenly home on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
Mrs. Nelson was born February 5, 1939 in Haywood County to the late John Ashe and the late Annie Leopard Ashe. She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and had been employed at American Silk Label and retired in 2001from Paxar as a supervisor with 36 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Nelson was of the Baptist faith. She loved the mountains and spending time fishing and she also enjoyed girls softball and was a true Atlanta Braves fan. The Thanksgiving holiday was also a special time for the Nelson family and everyone always looked forward to Dean’s chicken casserole and her delicious turkey and dressing. She was a wonderful cook and these special holiday memories will be cherished forever. Dean deeply loved her family, and her grandchildren were the light of her life. In the words of her family, “ Dean loved everyone and she was good to everyone. Dean had a kind soul.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Robert Ashe.
Surviving are her loving husband of 47 years, Bobby Joe Nelson; her daughters, Pam Faulkner and her husband, Greg Faulkner of Canton, Jennifer Nelson of Canton and Sara Mills and her husband, Michael Mills of Canton; grandchildren, Brittany and Blake Faulkner of Canton and Tyler Nelson of Canton; her sisters, Melba Garland and her husband, Ray Garland of Canton, Blenda Cochran and her husband, Harold Cochran of Waynesville and Phyllis King of Canton; special nephews, Randy L. Cochran of Canton and Terry Wayne Ashe of Marion and many other nieces and nephews .
The Nelson family would like to express their deepest thanks and gratitude to the nurses and staff of Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice for their love and care given to Dean.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bon-A -Venture Cemetery, Newfound Road. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends from 7:00 until 9:00 pm Saturday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Nelson’s memory to The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
In Loving Memory of Lisa Cogburn Rice
Lisa Cogburn Rice, age 48, of Fairview and a former resident of Canton entered into the arms of the angels Thursday, October 9, 2014 after an illness with cancer.
Lisa was the loving wife of Keith Rice and also a beloved mother to her two sons, Tristan Michael Potter and Nathan Daniel Potter. She was a proud and loving grandmother to her grandsons, Adien Michael Potter and Daniel Lee Potter. Lisa was the precious daughter of Hubert G. Cogburn and the late Gladys L. Cogburn and was deeply loved by her two sisters, Teresa C. Blythe and her husband, Carrol Blythe and her late sister, Pamela J. Cogburn and also a nephew, Jason Cogburn.
Lisa will truly be remembered as a unique person with a great love for animals and in the words of her family, “Lisa, we love you and will have you in our hearts forever.”
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Lisa’s life will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton. The celebration of Lisa’s life will continue with a 3:00 pm graveside service to be held at the Cogburn Family Cemetery which is located near Lisa’s beloved childhood home on Cogburn Road in Canton.
Mrs. Lottie Driver departed this life on October 1, 2014 after a long illness.
Mrs. Driver was born January 9, 1929 in Fairmont, NC. Mrs. Driver retired as an instructor with the Jobs Corps in Cherokee, NC after many years of service. She enjoyed teaching, bowling, playing cards, cooking and sports.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Willy Smith-Driver; two granddaughters, Andrea Galloway and Allyson Wilkins and two precious great-grandchildren, Tatiana and Elijah.
She was predeceased by her son, Douglas P. Driver.
Memorial services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church, 100 Counsel Place, (down from old hospital) at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Beatrice Johnson Griffin, of Elizabeth Street in Canton, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away into the arms of the angels on Friday October 3, 2014.
Mrs. Griffin was born in Madison County to the late Julius Crawford Johnson and the late Carrie Anderson Johnson. She had made her home in Haywood County most of her life and retired from Memorial Mission Hospital in 1975 where she was employed as a secretary in the newborn nursery unit. Mrs. Griffin was a member of High Street Baptist Church. She deeply loved her family and her kind and giving heart touched many throughout her life. For over 30 dedicated years Beatrice worked with the Champion Christmas Basket and Clothing Program to help children and families throughout Haywood County. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 5198 in Canton. When we remember Beatrice Johnson Griffin we remember a beautiful lady and a lady who dedicated her life to giving and caring for others. We shall always cherish her precious memory.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel H. Griffin who passed away in 1995; a grandson, Gary B. Griffin, Jr ; a sister, Beulah Johnson Cooke and a brother, Bernard C. Johnson.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Gary “Benny” Griffin, Sr. and his wife, Doris Griffin of Sylva and Keith Griffin and his wife, Libbye Griffin of Rutherfordton; grandsons, Michael S. Griffin and his wife, Sabrina Griffin of Garner and Daniel C. Griffin of Rutherfordton; great–grandchildren, Colin David Griffin and Holly Lynne Griffin ; great-great-grandchildren, Holton and Eli Griffin.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, October 6, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Chris Willett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
Donna Evans Richardson, age 47, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014.
Mrs. Richardson was a native of Buncombe County and had made her home in the mountains of Western North Carolina throughout her life. She was the daughter of John Carl Bell and Linda Austin Waldrop. Donna was a loving wife, sister and daughter and the world’s best mother. She loved the mountains she lived in and was also very proud of her Cherokee heritage, but above all else, her family was her life. Even after her death, Donna continued her giving to others through organ donation. She will forever be loved and missed by everyone who was a part of her life.
In addition to her father and mother, she is survived by her loving husband, John Gordon Richardson, II; sons, Anthony Shane Evans and John Richardson, III; brothers, David Waldrop and Jonathan Waldrop; her sister, Beverly Bartow Loving; nephews, Donavan Bartow and Devan Loving and many other nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the historic Sulfur Springs Cemetery in Asheville.