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“Daniel Glenn Fisher Jr., age 49, of Sylva passed peacefully at home with family by his side Saturday, August 1st, 2015. He is son of Danny and Joyce Deitz Fisher Sr. of Fisher Creek Community. He is the grandson of the late Lloyd and Regenia Fisher of Fisher Creek Community and the late Jerry and Faye Deitz of Savannah Community.

He was a native of Jackson County and a a 1987 graduate of Sylva Webster High School. He served his country in the United States Air Force as a C130E Loadmaster and squadron weapons monitor while assigned to the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

The activity he enjoyed most was watching his son play all sports especially Smoky Mountain High School football. His other hobbies included gardening, cooking, fishing and playing guitar.

He is survived by his, Nicholson “Chase” Fisher of the home and his beloved, Laurel Allen Fisher also of the home. Along with his parents he is survived by two brothers, Stephen of Sylva and Nathan with wife Stuart of Richmond, Virginia.   He also is survived by five nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 2:00pm in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Lloyd Fish officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Community Table of Sylva.”

 

 

 

 

Lorena Messer Gregory, 93 of East Cope Creek Community passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Skyland Care Center in Sylva.

She was the last surviving member of the Charlie and Hannah Messer family.

Mrs. Gregory was a native of Jackson County having lived there all of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Gregory. Surviving are five daughters: Geraldine Dockins, Mary Sue Burns, Frankie Burrell, Helen G. Langston, Charlotte Bailey; and one son, Henry Gregory, Jr. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services at 2:00 pm on August 6, with Eddie Stillwell and Avery Brown officiating. The family will receive friends 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Watauga Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested for the Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN  37214-0800. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Frederick Eugene “Gene” Collins, 70, of Otto,NC, went to be with Jesus on Aug. 3, 2015.He was a partner in Dixie Iron Works.  He is locally survived by his wife Vivian Burrell Collins and stepson Ezra McCay, who were Gene’s caregivers for several years.                      A very informal Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15, at a private park located at 100 Wayfarer Lane, Dillard, Georgia.                             There is limited seating, bring a chair if you can and dress casually. In case of rain, there is a pavilion.  For more information, you can call 828-369-9834.

 

 

Blaine Edwin Pressley, age 74, of Sylva passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015 at a local hospital.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Sylva, NC with Rev. Terry Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Following the visitation the family and friends will go to Fairview Memorial Gardens for the graveside service.

Appalachian Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Dr. Thomas Joseph Krizek of Whittier, NC died on August 5th after his struggle with cancer. He was the most faithful of Catholics, belonging to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Cherokee, a part of St Joseph’s Parish of Bryson City. Trained in Jesuit schools in Milwaukee, WI he followed the Jesuit admonition, daring to “follow the question where it leads.” In doing so, he grew in his humanity and love of God.

As a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Krizek published in many juried medical journals and taught in many medical schools: University Hospitals of Cleveland, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of Chicago and University of South Florida. He loved teaching, and taught with passion, style and humor. He was beloved among his medical students and residents, many of whom now also teach in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in medical school residency programs across the country. After retiring from the practice of surgery, he pursued his love of learning and religion and received a Masters in Religious Studies and taught once more, but just in a different milieu. He was a master teacher all his life

Dr. Krizek was born in Milwaukee to Elizabeth (nee Flynn) and Chester Krizek on December 1, 1932. He graduated from Marquette High School, Marquette University and Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin) all in Milwaukee.

His three cherished children from his marriage to Marilyn Bayline Krizek, Branford, CT: Thomas Jr., Atlanta, GA, Kelly Ann Criscuolo (Jason Wong), Guilford, CT, and Mary Ellen Burgard (Timothy), Milford, CT, survive him. He married Claudette Reid Cannon in 1977 and she and his two cherished stepsons, Clifton Lee Cannon, Portland, OR and Timothy Clay Cannon (Amy Yribar) Hanoi, Vietnam, also survive. He has six dear grandchildren, Emily Ann Criscuolo, Isaac Josue’ Cannon, Lucas Shaun and Ethan Benjamin Burgard and Thomas Dmitry (Dima) and Valentina Emilia Krizek and many nephews and nieces. His sister, Mary Krizek Slater (Paul) Cheyenne WY, preceded him in death. His sisters, Elizabeth Harwood, Thiensville, WI and Kathryn Flynn, Denver, CO, survive him.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 84 Lambert Branch Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719, at 2pm on Friday, August 21, 2015. A reception will follow, location to be announced at services. A private Service of Interment will follow in the fall at Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina

 

 

Early Lloyd Buchanan, age 75, of Sylva died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Skyland Care Center.  A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Early was born September 6, 1939. He is the son of the late Thad C and the late Letha L. (McMahan) Buchanan.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Glenn Buchanan and a sister, Ila Buchanan. 

He was employed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation as a roadside landscaper. He was a member of Green’s Creek Baptist Church. Early loved bear hunting, fishing, everything outdoors,  and working in his yard and garden, especially riding his lawnmower. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years: Darlous (Deitz) Buchanan;   a daughter, Donna Earlene and Daren Carley of Brandon, MS;  brothers, Roger A. and Lula Buchanan of Asheville, Dan Franklin and Mary S. Buchanan of Sylva, and Howard D. and Sue M. Buchanan of Jacksonville, AZ; sisters, Verna Bryson of Sylva and Betty Ruth and Ronald E. Warren of Sylva; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 18 at Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC with Rev. Robert Blanton officiating.  Burial will be in Old Savannah Cemetery, Sylva. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Savannah Cemetery Fund, PO Box 628, Dillsboro, NC 28725. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Jackie Wike Whitaker, 90, of the Charles’s Creek section of Tuckasegee, died Friday, August 14, at home. Jackie was born in East La Porte. Her parents were Claude and Florence Wike. Jackie traveled the world with her late husband, Joseph Whitaker, who was in the US Air Force.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph Whitaker of Fairfax, VA and Kenneth Whitaker of O’Fallon, IL; two daughters, Sharon Meadows of Atlanta, GA, and Claudia Snyder of Tuckasegee; one sister, Ina Lima of Knoxville, TN; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jackie was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved gardening and her animals.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 10:00 am on Thursday, August 20, at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva. A graveside service will follow at Wike Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wike Cemetery Fund, 7730 Bridle Court, Charlotte, NC 28216. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

 

Helen Kirk, 91, Cullowhee, died August 19, 2015. She was born in Springfield, Missouri on January 26, 1924, to the late Irl Forest and the late Helen Gladys (Raines) Hayes. She was married to the late Eugene l. Kirk.

Helen was preceded in death by: parents – Irl Forest Hayes & Helen Gladys Safreno; husbands – Milton Lemuel Andrews & Eugene Lamar Kirk; daughter Suzanne Wylene Gordon; sisters – Mary Elizabeth Peterson, Phyllis Ruth Marken & Delores Lee “Dee” McDonald;

Helen is survived by: daughter – Jane Blankenship; stepdaughter’s – Kimberly Puckett & Tammy Haseltine; stepson’s – John & Greg Kirk; last surviving sister Francis Wine; brothers – Stanley Hayes & Gordon Hayes; 15 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Helen retired from the United Postal Service in 1981 after working there since 1958 beginning as a sub and ending her work there compiling the national zip code directory.

A funeral service will be held at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva on Friday, August 21 at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Philip Sealy officiating.  The family will receive friends an hour before the service.  Burial will be on Monday April 24 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winter Garden Florida.

 

 

 

Carl Ray Dover, age 67, of Sylva died Thursday, August 20, 2015 at St. Joseph Campus Mission of Asheville, NC.  Carl was born December 31, 1947 in Chester, SC. He is the son of the late Robert and Shirley (McPherson) Dover.   In addition to his father, he was predeceased by two brothers, Dale and Robert (Butch) Dover, Jr.

He was employed as a Lab Technician.  He loved NASCAR, gardening, fishing, and  the mountains.  He was a member of Scotts Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Loretta (Ott) Dover;  his mother Shirley (McPherson) Dover;  a brother, Rick and Jane Dover, four stepchildren, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scotts Creek Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.   An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

For the radio stations: Appalachian Funeral Services is assisting the family.

 

 

Shirley C. Streater, 74, of Sylva, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, August 19, 2015. A resident of Jackson County most of her life, she was the daughter of the late Canary and the late Amanda Chavis. Shirley is a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva and she loved working with children at the day care center. She enjoyed playing the piano and loved to sing. She loved cooking, fishing, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Willis James Streater, Jr.; 2 sons-Jimmy and Stevie Streater. She is survived by 1 daughter, Faith Moody (Jasper) of Charlotte and 1 son Eric Streater of Sylva. She has 4 grandchildren- Stevie Streater, Adrienne Streater, Maurice Streater, and Jordan Byrd and 1 great granddaughter-Savannah. She is also survived by 3 brothers-Lockwood Chavis of Franklin, Jimbo Chavis of High Point and Ross Chavis of Greensboro.

Funeral Services will be held at 2pm on Tues, August 25th at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lee officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens.

 

Linda Lee Buchanan, age 67, of Webster died Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Memorial Mission Hospital of Asheville, NC.  Linda was born July 17, 1948 in Washington, DC. She is the daughter of the late Frank H and the late Kathleen (McGinnis) Buchanan. 

She worked at Smoky Mountain High School as a secretary in the guidance office and often said that was the best job she had ever had. She loved working with teens and sharing their lives. She enjoyed crocheting, especially making baby blankets, and loved her dog, Oscar.

She is survived by her son Neal Morgan, and wife Sylvia, and granddaughter, Kathleen.  She is also survived by  her “sister” cousin, Carol Ann DeHart, and her double first cousin, Jimmy McGinnis, as well as many other family members.  

The funeral will be held  at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 25 at Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC with Rev. David Cathcart and Rev. Jim Dean officiating.  Burial will follow in Webster Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 before the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Webster Memorial Cemetery Fund, PO Box 114, Webster, NC 28788. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Mary “Helen” Ledford Conner, 96, of 1620 Allen Branch Road, Sylva, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015, after a courageous and determined battle with Alzheimer’s Disease at Skyland Care Center.

 

Helen was born September 21, 1918 in the Conleys Creek area in Jackson County and was the daughter of the late Jeremiah Ledford and Mollie Wykle Ledford Shelton.  She married her beloved husband, Alvin Lee Conner, on September 20, 1935 and continued residing the remainder of her life in Sylva.

 

Helen loved her family and her home.  She thoroughly enjoyed working in her garden and canning.  She diligently attended to her beautiful flowers.  She loved good gospel music, always enjoyed the family getting together to “pick and sing.”  She loved her Lord and Savior and read her Bible more times than can be remembered.  She was a member of Wayside Baptist Church.

Helen was preceded in death by two sons, Albert Lee Connor at age 49 in Colorado and Larry Leon Connor, also at age 49 in North Carolina.  She lost her soul mate and husband, Alvin Lee Conner on November 2, 1989 at age 77.  They had been married 54 years.  Also preceding her in death were two grandsons, Nolan Gene Connor and Dennis Bryan Connor; brothers Harley, General, William, Glenn, Jimmy and Ray Ledford; sisters Vennie Wyatt, Carrie Ruff, and Ollie Conner,

Surviving are a daughter Lena Jo Parris of Sylva; son Jerry Dennis Connor and wife Elizabeth of Sylva; daughter Fannie Conner Frady and husband John of Cullowhee; son Gary Owen Connor, Sr. of Sylva; and daughter Janice Conner Blackwell and husband Benjamin of Tuckasegee.  She is also survived by one sister, Eva Nell Parris and husband, Ronnie of Sylva.  Helen had 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 4PM Thursday, August 27, at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva with Reverend Michael Queen officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends __from 3 until 4pm before the service_______ at Appalachian. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Shirley Cabe Gunter, 72, of Sylva, went home to be with her departed family and friends Tuesday morning, September 1, 2015 at her residence.  Shirley was the daughter of the late Taylor and Isabelle Cabe of the Savannah Community. She graduated from Sylva-Webster High School in 1961 and married her high school sweetheart. She was raised in the Wesleyanna Methodist Church and was a member of East Sylva Baptist Church.  She loved to spend her days sitting on the back porch with her many friends and family and anybody who knew her sweet smile just loved her. To Shirley her children and grandchildren were the highlight of her life.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years LH Gunter

2 Daughters- Sherri Gunter LeCompte (Len) of Clemmons, NC

                      Beth Gunter Rathbone of Clyde

4 Grandchildren- Nicholas and Abigail LeCompte, Megan and Molly Rathbone

1 Sister- Carolyn Hall (Ernie) of Clyde

7 nieces and nephews also survive as well as many many friends

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Friday September 4 at East Sylva Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Dean and Reed Benson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 prior to the Service at the Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Great Smokies Health Foundation (West Care Life Path Hospice), PO Box 176, Sylva, NC 28779 or to East Sylva Baptist Church, PO Box 516, Sylva, NC 28779. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com