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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.
Bobby Joe “Goobe” Nelson In Loving Memory
Bobby Joe “Goobe” Nelson, 75, of Dutch Cove Road, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015.
He was born November 12, 1939 to the late Carl Nelson and the late Sarah Parks Nelson and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. Mr. Nelson had honorably served his country as a United States Navy Veteran. He had been employed as a Master Electrician for more than 30 years and his fine workmanship can be found all across the south east area. He truly enjoyed camping and his outdoor cooking skills were a favorite of everyone! The wonderful times that the Nelson family shared together at Lake Santeetlah will always be treasured memories and the joy that he brought to others with his fun and joking personality will never be forgotten. He truly loved the mountains where he was born and raised and he always knew just the perfect time and place to go digging for mountain ramps. Bobby Joe “Goobe” Nelson loved his family and he will live on in the hearts of each of them forever.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Willodean Ashe Nelson, who passed away in 2014.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Pam Faulkner and her husband, Greg Faulkner of Canton, Jennifer Nelson of Canton and Sarah Mills and her husband, Michael Mills of Canton; grandchildren, Brittany and Blake Faulkner of Canton and Tyler Nelson of Canton; a brother, Carroll Nelson and his wife, Jean Nelson of Canton; his sisters, Elizabeth Nelson Bryson of Canton, Sue Nelson Capps of Louisiana and Carla Nelson Messer of Waynesville and many nieces and nephews.
The Nelson family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Kathleen Kress for her care and compassion given to Mr. Nelson at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Jonathan Blaylock will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 7:00 until 9:00 pm Friday evening at the funeral home.
Ted Mull Deeply Loved
Edwain Ted Mull, age 83, of Odiear Road, entered into the arms of the angels on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Mr. Mull was born May 11, 1931 and had resided in Haywood County most of his life. He was the son of the late George Mull and the late Edith Green Mull. He retired from the Haywood County School System with 22 years of dedicated service to Beaverdam Elementary School where he touched the lives of many children each day, as he opened the school doors each morning and closed the school doors each afternoon. Ted also drove a school bus and the special memory of his pockets always being filled with peppermint candies which he shared with the children will never be forgotten. He was indeed proud of the mountains where he was born and raised and he could often be found going fishing or working in his garden. Ted could fix anything and even after his eyesight was failing he could still repair a small engine with confidence and ease. Family and friends were always made feel welcome at the Mull home and were often invited to “sit a while” on their comfortable front porch and admire the beautiful mountains that surrounded their home. Ted deeply loved his family and he held great pride and joy in his heart for each of them. He was a devoted husband, loving daddy, grandfather and brother and his memory will be cherished forever.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Sue Allen Mull who passed away in 2011 and also a daughter, Eddie Sue Mull.
Surviving are his daughter, Hope Michaels and her husband, William Michaels of Lakeworth , Florida; his grandchildren, Betty Jo Clontz of Rutherfordton, Donny Mull of Canton and Matthew Lee Mull of Lakeworth, Florida; a great- grandchild, Tyler Mull of Canton ; a sister, Myrtle Barrs of Lizella, Georgia and a brother, Robert Mull of Canton.
The funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm Thursday, February 12, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Nephews will be serving as pallbearers. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
In Loving Memory of Judy Turner
Judy McElreath Turner, age 68, of Indian Ridge Drive, a lady truly devoted to her children and grandchildren and who stood proudly at her husband’s side, entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday February 7th, 2015.
Mrs. Turner was born September 2, 1946 to the late Ray McElreath and the late Decie King McElreath . She has entered her Heavenly home to join her parents and her loving brother, Charles McElreath .
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 52 years, Elmer Turner of Leicester; their four children, Dolores Mazaik of San Diego, California, Sandra Miller and her husband Bruce Miller of Leicester, Patricia White and her husband, Eric White of Leicester and Scott Turner and his wife, Jessica Turner of Campobella, South Carolina ; also left to cherish her memory are her ten grandchildren, Travis Mazaik, Erin Mazaik, Justin White and his wife, Brittani White , Josh Miller, Bradley White, Cody Miller, Austin Turner, Morgan Turner, Jackson Turner and Savana Turner; two great-grandchildren, Madeline White and Kohen White and a brother, Ervin McElreath of Hendersonville.
Judy was a wonderful mother and grandmother and was blessed to be surrounded by a loving and caring family that she loved with all her heart. “Nanny” was a blessing to many and her memory will be treasured forever.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Union Baptist Church in Leicester. The Reverend Gene Turner and the Reverend Brandon Turner will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Monday evening at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton.
In Loving Memory of Steve Huffman
Steven “ Steve” Louis Huffman, age 64, of Beaverdam Road, was called to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
Steve was born April 15, 1950 to the late Kyle Huffman and the late Myrtle Gentry Huffman and had made his home in Haywood County most of his life. He had been employed as a carpenter in the construction industry for more than 40 dedicated years and retired from H&M Constructors in 2009. Steve was a true outdoor sportsman. He enjoyed hunting but fishing was his true passion and his life. His craftsmanship of tying fishing flies was indeed a gifted talent. He was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church. Steven Louis Huffman will always be remembered as a generous and kind person and a man who loved and cared for all children. His heart held a great love for all of his family and he will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, William Huffman; a sister, Betty Sue Green and a nephew, Danny Ray Huffman.
He is survived by his loving wife that has faithfully stood by his side for 37 years, Sharon Carver Huffman of Canton ; his daughter, Mallora Farmer of Canton; his son, Steven Burdette of Marietta, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Joshua Farmer, Kristin Farmer and Bryanna Burdette; a brother, Donnie Huffman and his wife, Teelena Huffman of Woodfin; his sisters, Nell Davis and her husband, Jerry Davis of Canton, Evelyn Ward of Canton, Linda Rice and Medford Jenkins of Waynesville and Phyllis Bonham and her husband, Richard Bonham of Cleveland, South Carolina and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Gene Worley will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the celebration of life service.
In Loving Memory of Janie Irene Estep
Janie Irene Matheney Estep, age 86, of Burnette Cove Road , a lady truly devoted to her family and who stood proudly at her husband’s side serving in the Lord’s ministry, entered into her Heavenly home on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.
Mrs. Estep was born October 3, 1928 to the late Timmons Forrest Matheney and the late Esther Bailey Matheney. She was born in Rutherford County where she grew up and spent her earlier years making many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Mrs. Estep was blessed to have lived in many cities across North Carolina as she and her husband, Reverend James Estep served many churches throughout their cherished life together. Her great devotion to her family and her important role in her husband’s ministry were indeed her true heart and soul. In 1980 The Estep’s chose to return to the mountains which they both loved. They made their home in Haywood County and continued serving in the ministry until the passing of Reverend Estep in 1985. For more than 20 years Mrs. Estep was employed in the textile industry. She enjoyed handmade crafts and was also a talented craft artisan herself. Many days Mrs. Estep could often be found sitting comfortably on her front porch that she loved, or even sometimes accompanying her husband “just to watch” as he went fishing. Everyone blessed to know Janie Irene Matheney Estep loved her and she has truly made a difference in this world and in the lives of others.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Reverend James J. Estep, four brothers and two sisters.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, James Douglas Estep and his wife, Gail Estep of Bethel and Charles Edward Estep and his wife, Elizabeth Estep of Easley, SC; grandchildren, Kim Estep Smith and her husband, Tracy Smith, Kristopher Estep and his wife, Becky Estep, Angela Forrest and her husband, Matt Forrest, Ross Estep and his wife, Kayla Estep; great-grandchildren, Taylor Smith, Tucker Smith, Piper Estep, Sarah Forrest, James Forrest, Waylon Forrest and Luke Estep; a brother, Vernon Matheney of Forest City, NC and a sister, Gladys Jackson of Fort Mill, SC.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, February 6, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Officiating will be Pastors, Kristopher Estep, Tracy Smith and Ross Estep. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mrs. Estep’s memory to Mission Dignity which assists the widows of Southern Baptists Pastors. Mission Dignity, GuideStone Financial Resources SBC, 2401 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75201-1498.
In Loving Memory of Ona Mae McIntyre
Ona Mae Zimmerman McIntyre, age 77, of Worley Cove Road, entered into the arms of the angels on Monday, February 2, 2015.
Mrs. McIntyre was born June 30, 1937 in Haywood County to the late John Golden Zimmerman and the late Debrada Shepard Zimmerman. Ona was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a devoted and loving wife and mother . Ona loved to travel and she and Mr. McIntyre traveled throughout the United States and Germany while he honorably served his country in the armed forces. Ona was a wonderful swimmer, she loved water aerobics and always enjoyed spending time in the beautiful sunshine. Ona cherished her beloved grandchildren and her great grandson with all her heart and the precious memories that they shared together will never be forgotten. She was a member of Rocky Face Baptist Church and Ona’s faith played an important part in her life. Her memory will be treasured forever.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Howard McIntyre who passed away February 6, 2010. Her sisters, Dena McDowell , Ruby Williams and Hilda Fleming and her brothers, John Jr., Bob and Ralph Zimmerman and also a nephew that meant the world to her, Dean Moody.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Debora Burks and her husband, Steve Burks of Fayetteville, Georgia, Donna Parker and her husband, Benjamin Parker of Canton and Denise Ledford and her husband, Randy Ledford of Canton; a son, Dickey McIntyre of Canton; grandchildren, Brian Ross and his wife, Vianna Ross of Blossom, Texas, William Parker and his wife, Kristen Parker of Ellijay, Georgia, Nathaniel Clement of Asheville, Trent Ledford of Canton and Tiffany Ledford of Canton; a great grandson, Raylan Parker of Ellijay, Georgia and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mrs. McIntyre will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday evening, February 4, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Reverend Donnie Henson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the memorial service.
The McIntyre family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of CarePartners/ Hospice in Asheville for the special love and care given to Ona.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Rocky Face Baptist Church, Building Fund,1635 Worley Cove Road, Canton, NC 28716.
In Loving Memory of Elijah “Eli” Oberdier
On January 29, 2011 the Lord blessed our family with the birth of Elijah “Eli” Jack Oberdier and on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 his Heavenly Father called him home to celebrate his 4th birthday in Heaven. Eli was born in Buncombe County and had lived in Laurens, South Carolina for the past year and a half. He was a precious little boy who loved Ninja Turtles, climbing on everything, riding dirt bikes with his Daddy, hunting and fishing with his uncle B.J. and he also enjoyed riding bicycles and skateboards. Eli was truly full of life and was indeed a “little helper” to everyone and could even be found joining his family as they worked on their cars and trucks. Happy memories of our Eli eating his favorites- beef jerky, corn dogs, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, pizza bites and of course, ice cream, will be treasured forever. As we say goodbye to our cherished little son, brother, grandson and nephew,we have peace in our hearts knowing he has a special place in Heaven and is held in God’s arms. Let us never forget Eli’s own words that he shared with his family so often, “ Love you so much and so much! ”
Eli was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jack Rathbone.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Amanda Rathbone and Gregory Allen Oberdier of Laurens, South Carolina; his newborn sister, Amilia Faith Oberdier of the home; maternal grandparents, “ Nana and Papaw,” Wanda and Stephen Neal of Leicester; paternal grandparents, “Granny and Papa”, Helen Lucy Oberdier and Randy Steven Oberdier of Clinton, South Caroilna ; “ Grandmaw”, Louise Oberdier of Laurens, South Carolina; a special uncle, B.J. Rathbone of Leicester and also many aunts and uncles.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home in Canton. Officiating will be the Reverend Ricky Surrett and the Reverend Bill Brown. Burial will be in Rathbone Family Cemetery in Candler. Serving as pallbearers will be Papaw Neal and Uncle B.J. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Eli’s memory to Crawford / Ray Funeral Home, 1 North Main Street, Canton, NC 28716 to help assist the family with funeral expenses.
Lawrence Parker Loved By All
Lawrence Parker, age 96, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was born December 22, 1918 to the late John Parker and the late Laura Green Parker. He was one of fourteen children, who all preceded him in death. Lawrence was a farmer, enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 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. Officiating will be Reverend J. T. Lambert and Dallas James. Burial will follow at Center Pigeon Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of David Swann Deeply Missed
R. David “Goodwrench” Swann, age 64, of Ellen Avenue, entered into his Heavenly home on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
Mr. Swann was a native of Buncombe County and had made his home in Haywood County since 1992. He was the son of the late Fred Swann and the late Margaret Franks Swann Ballew. David had been employed as a master mechanic with Charlie Aiken Motors and Asheville Dodge and he and his wife, Barbara were previously paper carriers for the Asheville Citizen Times for nine years. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having received the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Man’s Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the prestigious Purple Heart. David loved to fish on Lake Fontana and was indeed a practical joker and prankster. He will always be fondly remembered as “Goodwrench” by all who knew and loved him and he shall be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Cathy McCrary.
Surviving are his loving wife, Barbara Ballew Swann; daughters, Joleen Hill and Timothy Hancock of Canton and Tina Parr and Charlie Parr of Knoxville, Tennessee; sons, Christopher Banyai and Kathryn Banyai of Watkinsville, Georgia, Wayne Ballew and Lisa Rice of Canton, Terry Moore of Clyde and Patrick Moore and Meloney Moore of Clyde; a sister, Wilma Sumner and Larry Sumner of Asheville; 16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Matt Pruett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The burial will be at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Western North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valor Hospice Wing of the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
Pastor Eddie A. Watson, Jr. Loved By Many
Pastor Eddie Arnold Watson, Jr., age 53, of Rovingwood Drive, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Pastor Watson was a native of Tarpin Springs, Florida and had made in home in Haywood County since 2002. He was the son of Eddie Arnold Watson and Carolyn Lysek Watson. Four years ago, Pastor Watson founded Christ Worship Center in Maggie Valley. He was a devoted minister, great friend and never met a stranger. Pastor Eddie always enjoyed talking and being with people. His blindness and disability never ever put limits on his ministry or of his love of God.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Tatum Watson; three siblings, Christie, Jonathan and Tim and an extended loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon Friday, January 23, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Pastor Joe Vicars will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
In Loving Memory of Ray Williams
Robert Ray Williams, 91, of Canton underwent an address change Tuesday when he left his earthly home following a gallant 1 ½ year battle with prostate cancer. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years before returning to his hometown where he spent 45 years as a machinist at Champion Paper and Fiber Co., which became International Paper. A man whose family was always first in his life and his heart, he is survived by his wife of 72 years, Christine “Cricket” Scroggs Williams; two daughters, Gail Williams O’Brien and her husband Tony La Vopa of Raleigh, N.C., and Deb Williams of Concord, N.C.; a granddaughter, Kelly Christina O’Brien of Albany, Calif.; and several loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvers Joshua Williams and Bertha Winchester Williams, and a brother, Earl Williams Sr. A talented water skier and an avid bowler, Ray was captain of the machine shop bowling team when it won the paper mill’s league championship in the 1965-66 season and placed second in 1966-67. Also in 1965-66, he earned high individual game honors with a 237. In 1967, he was third runner-up in the 1967 North Carolina Rec. Society Tournament. Prior to WW II, Ray and Cricket attended numerous square dances and when they were dating claimed the Western North Carolina Square Dance Championship semi-finals. Ray also was extremely civic minded and active in Smoky Mountain Local 507, having helped organize the union in the mid-1960s. He worked in several elections as a Democratic judge at a Canton polling location, served for a year as a grand jury foreman in Haywood County, and taught speed reading at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute during the school’s early years. After his retirement from International Paper, he worked part-time as a machinist at a Canton-area machine shop, was an active member of the Snug Harbor Old Timers Club, and remained interested in all of Pisgah’s sports, listening to the football games on the radio every Friday night. He loved automobiles and NASCAR racing and when he couldn’t attend the events he watched them on TV. He remained interested in current events, government and space travel until his passing. Donations in Mr. William’s memory may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to Salvation Army, 290 Pigeon Street, Waynesville, NC 28786. A celebration of Ray’s life will be Friday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. and a reception at the funeral home will immediately follow the service.
Sharron Elaine Price Deeply Loved
In the peaceful morning hours of Wednesday, December 31, 2014, we said goodbye to our beloved daughter, mother, sister and grandmother, Sharron Elaine Price, age 54, of Canton.
Sharron was a native of Haywood County and also resided in Kentucky where she graduated from Carlisle County High School in Bardwell, Kentucky in 1978. Sharron truly had a giving and caring heart and she enjoyed the time she spent volunteering for the Community Kitchen in Canton. She was also an avid reader and loved watching classic television shows, especially “The Waltons” and “The Andy Griffin Show”, which were her favorites. Sharron deeply loved her family and her kind and gentle spirit will always be remembered by those blessed to know her and her precious memory treasured forever.
She was preceded in death her father, John Douglas “Doug” Price.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Jean Stephenson McCracken and her step-father, Neal McCracken of Canton; a daughter, Angela Marie Courtney and her husband, Jeremy Courtney of Kentucky; a brother, Stephen Price of Pennsylvania and a grandson, Dakota Courtney.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, January 5, 2015 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. Reverend Terry Penland and Reverend Jason Ledford will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Newfound Road, Canton. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 513, Canton, NC 28716.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Price family.
Jack O. Swanger Loving Husband and Brother
Jack O. Swanger, age 91, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
Mr. Swanger was born on July 18, 1923 in Haywood County where he remained a lifelong resident. He was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from BASF Corporation in Enka after many years of dedicated service. Jack enjoyed working crossword puzzles, gardening and being outside. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Ella Swanger and four brothers, Bill, Ed, Robert and Roy.
He is survived by his wife, Betty R. Swanger and several nieces and nephews.
The family will be at the residence, 204 Sunset Circle in Canton. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Reverend Tom Shook will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.