Robin Dawn Mauldin Coggins, age 53, of Tuckasegee passed away Friday, November 7, 2014, In addition to her parents, Robin is survived by her husband of 35 years, Allan Coggins, her two daughters; Amanda Dawn Edmonds (David) of Sylva and Mary Alice Bishop (Greg) of Tuckasegee. Robin retired from the Jackson County School System and then went to work for the postal service. She loved her animals and enjoyed quilting.  A funeral service will be Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Eddie Stillwell and Johnny Norris officiating. Family will receive friends Saturday evening, November 8, 2014 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow Monday’s service at Stewart Cemetery in Cashiers.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robin’s name to: Cullowhee Valley School, 240 Wisdom Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723, Memo: Playground fund.



J B Mathis, age 67, of Tuckasegee, died Tuesday, November 11.  A lifelong resident of Sylva, JB was born March 15, 1947.  He worked in the Christmas Tree industry and was a member of Sols Creek Baptist Church.  He is survived by two brothers, LH and Herman Mathis of Tuckasegee, and Junior Mathis of Toledo, WA;  and two sisters, Lois Harris of Castle Rock, WA and Dicie Norris of Sylva.  The funeral will be held at 2pm on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Appalachian Funeral Services, with burial in Sols Creek
Baptist Church Cemetery.



John Ray Allman, 75, of Sylva, died Thursday, November 13, 2014. A native of Jackson County, John was the son of the late Harry and Lucille Keener Allman. He was a member of Little Savannah Baptist Church.

John is survived by his wife of 15 years, Shelby Jean Allman; one daughter, Leslie (Stu) LeBlanc of Asheville; one son, Eddie (Kim) Ensley of Franklin; one sister, Ann Cooke of DeLand FL; and one brother Rick Allman of DeLand FL.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 16, 2014 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with the Reverends Tim Pressley and Kent Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Kenny Frizzell, Mike Taylor, Donald Ensley, Danny Prince, Stu LeBlanc, and Kevin Rathbone. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, prior to the service.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.





Monroe Franks, age 70, of , Bryson City  died Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Tsali Care Center in Cherokee, NC.  Monroe was born July 17, 1944 in Jackson County. He is the son of the late Cleo and Gracie Webb Franks and was preceded by two brothers James and Bill Franks. 

 He served in the Army National Guard.  He was a heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by his wife: Sarah (Jenkins) Franks; Sisters Velma and husband Ruben Longorie, Nancy Franks, Glenda Green and Cleatus and husband Bob Holloway all of Sylva and one brother Gene and wife Peggy Franks of Seneca, SC. One son Blain Franks of Candler and two daughters Tammy Franks of Bryson City and Carolyn and husband Rick Standingdeer of Cherokee.  Grand Daughter Teresa and husband Matt Stephen two grandsons Chase Cochran and Jason Lujan and two great granddaughters Kayla and Jolene Stephen. .Funeral service will be held Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell and Rev. Steve Webb officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday November 18, 2014 at Appalachian Funeral Services.




Ella Mae Bridges Rogers, age 85, of Cullowhee, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at Med West Harris of Sylva, NC.  Ella was born May 23, 1929 in Swain County.  She is the daughter of the late Earnest Bridges and the late Emma Powell Mosley. 

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, William Rogers, and daughter, Pat Rogers.

She was employed as a housekeeper for Western Carolina University. 

Ella Mae was a wonderful cook and gardener, she loved all her many grandchildren, and enjoyed singing in church. She was a member of the AME Zion Church in Cullowhee and was a member of the NAACP redress committee. 

She is survived by three sons: Tommy of Waynesville, Dennis of Savannah, Ga, and Stanley of Cullowhee; one daughter, Cyritha West of Franklin;  one sister, Joyce Mosley; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild.  

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva with Rev. Herbert Grant officiating  The family will receive friends from noon until two. Burial will be in the AME Zion Church Cemetery in Cullowhee.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com