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Mary Sue (Mert) Lewis, 71, of the Little Savannah community passed away on February 4, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Georgia Deitz Lewis, a brother, Mack (Bud) Lewis and a nephew, Benjamen Lessing Lewis.

Mary is survived by one brother, Johnny Russell Lewis (Carolyn), four sisters, Frances Hall (Charles), Alva Houston (Fred), Jo Ann Rhinehart (Jim), Gail L. Cagle (Mark), and a sister-in-law, Susan Lewis. She also leaves behind special friends, Lea Garrett Gates, Carolyn Wiggins, Arbra Gibson, and special canine companion, Murphy.

She retired from Western Carolina University and was a member of the Cane Creek Homemaker’s Club. Mary loved to crochet, make baskets, and card making. If you knew Mert, you know her greatest love was her nieces and nephews. She is survived by fifteen nieces and nephews, twenty nine great nieces and nephews, and seven great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Little Savannah Baptist Church of which she was a member, with Reverends Kent Lowdermilk and Eddie Stillwell officiating, burial will follow at the Stillwell Cemetery with pallbearers being her nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00 pm, Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Melton Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Little Savannah Baptist Church Building Fund at 2390 Little Savannah Rd. Sylva, NC 28779 or to the Stillwell Cemetery Fund c/o Jim Cowan, 74 Stillwell Cemetery Rd. Sylva, NC 28779.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

 

 

Walter “Wade” Wilson, 88, of Dillsboro, NC, died peacefully on Saturday February 7, 2015 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, NC. He was born October 18, 1926 to the late John Hayes Wilson and Madge Bridges Wilson. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife Rebecca Cannon Wilson, siblings Hicks E. Wilson, Mary Wilson Tweed, John Hayes Wilson Jr., Andrew Bridges Wilson and Agnes Wilson Johnson.  He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Sylva, NC. After graduating from Sylva High School, he joined the United States Navy, traveled abroad and was a WWII Veteran. He retired from Cannon Bros. Gas & Oil Company. He was a community activist and served as Mayor of Dillsboro from 1976 until 2001. He served as a Board Member of the Jackson Savings and Loan until his death. He loved his family, he loved to dance and he loved to laugh. Nothing made him happier than being with family. Christmas was his favorite time of year.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Nora Seagle Wilson, Daughter- Susan Wilson Owen and husband Kenneth (Buddy) Owen. Son- Walter Wade Wilson Jr. and his wife Sherry. Grandchildren- Amanda Owen Houston (Mike), Gretchen Breese (Tommy), Thomas Stephens and Travis Stephens (Mandy). Great Grandchildren-Karleigh, Owen, Reed. Brothers and sisters- Madge Wilson Webber, Matilda Wilson LaVange, Hal Everett Wilson. Many precious nieces and nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews also survive as well as stepson- Michael Seagle and his wife Lisa, step-grandsons- Matthew and Justin Seagle and step Grandaughter- Allison Seagle

Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday February 10 at Sylva First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Paul Christy, Mike Shuford and Zack Christy officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 am up until the Service hour at the Church.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sylva First United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 296, Sylva, NC  28779. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Christopher Lee Bailey, 49, of Sylva, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015. Born in Swain County, NC, Christopher was the son of the late William Earl Bailey. He worked as a dietary manager for Harris Regional Hospital and Mountain Trace Nursing Center, and was a member of Old Savannah Baptist Church.

Christopher is survived by his mother Patricia Lee Bailey Rowland and husband Kenneth; his wife of 19 years Melissa Gayle Hall Bailey; one daughter, Madison Grace Bailey of the home; one son, Colton Lee Bailey of the home; one brother, William Lane Bailey and wife Ruth of Lenoir, NC; and a stepbrother Stuart Rowland of Maple Valley, WA. He is also survived by one nephew and two nieces.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Melton Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm on at Old Savannah Baptist Church with Reverend David Souderes and Reverend Ned Pressley officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Savannah Church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Neurofibromatosis Clinic at UNC Hospital at 170 Manning Dr. Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

 

 

William Richard “Rick” VanCleve went home to be with the Lord on February 17, 2015. Rick was born in Middletown, Ohio on 2/18/1944 to Jimmy B and Ura Agnes VanCleve.

Rick is survived by his devoted wife of 27 years, Carol Polk VanCleve.

He will be missed by  his children Richard and Jason of California and Christy of Sylva, NC. He is survived by his step mother Gaynell VanCleve of Kentucky and stepsister Kim VanCleve Martin (Jerry) of Virginia.  His companion Lab, Luke, misses him terribly, as well as many family and friends all over the USA from Alaska to Georgia. Special memories with Uncle Billy and Aunt Tina Franklin will never be forgotten.

Rick went to Cincinnati Technical College and was an electrician. He retired from General Motors in Dayton, Ohio in 1986.

Rick served in the USMC during the Vietnam War. He loved his country and was a real patriarch.

After retirement Rick and Carol built their dream home in the mountains of North Carolina. He loved the outdoors and wood working and all things associated with nature. In his younger years he coached baseball and softball and then enjoyed many WCU baseball games here in N.C.

Rick was a devoted member of Victory Baptist Church on Cowee Mountain, he loved the Lord .

A tractor accident in 2005 left Rick paralyzed on his right side. Rick had a very special caregiver, Lisa Newton. She and her family will always be close to our heart.

. The funeral will be held 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 22 at Victory Baptist Church, with Rev. Rusty Wolfrey and Rev. Benny Bagwell officiating. Burial will be in Victory Baptist Church Cemetery, Sylva on Sunday, February 22.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 22 from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Victory Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675 or to Victory Baptist Church, 278 Victory Baptist Church Road, Sylva, NC 28779. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.

 

 

 

Margaret Buchanan Melton, 86 of Sylva, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2014 at Harris Regional Hospital. A native of Jackson County, she attended Calvary Baptist Church and retired from the Jackson County Tax Assessors office. She was the daughter of the late Thad Richard and Ivy Cabe Buchanan. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Roy Melton who passed away in 2010, a sister Violet Melton and a brother Thomas Buchanan both of Sylva.

Margaret is survived by a daughter, Doris (Glenn) Deitz, three sons, Gary (Sara) Melton, Phillip (Ann) Melton, and Roger (Bonnie) Melton all of Sylva, ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, February 21, 2014 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with the Reverends Eddie Stillwell, Avery Brown, Jim Dean, and Jack Hinson officiating and the Reverend Ray McCall serving as honorary minister. Burial will follow in the Old Savannah Cemetery with the grandsons serving as the pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, PO Box 476 Sylva, NC 28779

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

 

Sam Hoyle, 54, of the Wayehutta Community, passed away Saturday morning February 21, 2015 at MedWest Harris Hospial. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County he was the son of the late Lloyd Hensley and Geraldine Mills Hoyle. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother Junior Hoyle.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Tammy Henry Hoyle

1 Son- Curtis Hoyle of Cullowhee

1 Daughter- Leslie Hoyle of the home

1 Brother- Jack Hoyle of Sylva

1 Sister-April Cocke of Franklin

Several nieces and nephews also survive

A Memorial Service will be held 12:00 PM noon Saturday February 28 at Black Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Norris officiating.  The family will receive friends from 11:00 until 12:00 prior to the Service at the Church

Sam never met a stranger and was a friend to all that knew him.

Appalachian Funeral Services is assisting the family with the arrangements

 

 

Mae Woodard Buchanan, 98, of Sylva, died February 22, 2015 at Morningstar Assisted Living Home after a period of declining health. A long-time resident of the Savannah community, she was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Ruth Woodard; her husband, Cecil Buchanan; her brothers, Leeman and Frank; and her grandson, Caleb Morgan.

Mae was born in the Pumpkintown community on January 11, 1917. Her father died when she was only four, leaving her mother to provide for her and her two brothers.  Her childhood was very difficult as she would often recall in later years, but it imbued her with a quiet strength and determination that would last throughout her long life.

Upon reaching adulthood, Mae worked a variety of jobs to help support her family. Like so many other young women of her generation, she was employed in the defense industry during WWII. Mae wed Cecil Buchanan of the Savannah community in 1947.

A follower of Jesus Christ from a young age, Mae was a member of the New Savannah Baptist Church since 1951. She served her Lord and her church family for many years in a number of different duties including Sunday School teacher, church clerk, choir leader, Vacation Bible School teacher-leader, Baptist Association delegate and deacon.

She is survived by her daughter, Cecilia B. Morgan and son-in-law Griff of Franklin, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Buchanan of the Savannah community, numerous nieces and nephews, and very special friends, Blair and Joan Yount of Sylva.  She will be remembered as a consummate homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the management and staff of Morningstar Assisted Living, who have also been her family for the last 8 years and to Four Seasons Hospice for their care and support.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm before the service. Rev. Ray Knowles and Rev. John Reid will officiate. Burial will follow in New Savannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to New Savannah Baptist Church, PO Box 543, Webster, NC 28788 or Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Samuel Ralph Shuler, 65, of Whittier, died Monday, February 23, 2015.  A lifelong native of Jackson County, he was a retired equipment operator for Parker Paving.  He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Brenda Lee Houston Shuler.  He was the son of the late Ralph Samuel Shuler and Mary Opal Lee Loftis Harris.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Vernon Shuler. He is survived by three daughters, Susan (Willie), of Bryson City, Lisa (Red) Maney, of Sylva, Mary Johnson of Sylva, and one sister, Joyce (Jim) Woodard of Sylva. He is also survived by 7 Grand Children, 2 Great Grand Children, and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, February 27, 2015 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with the Reverend Scott Woodard officiating.  Burial will follow in the Raymond Elder’s Cemetery in Whitter.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm prior to the service. Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Fannie Mae Phillips Hooper, 98, of Cullowhee passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at Harris Regional Hospital. A lifelong native of Jackson County, she was the wife of the late Felix A. Hooper who passed away in 2007, and the daughter of the late James Horace and Maude Parker Phillips. She was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Keith Hooper; two sisters, Gertrude Phillips and Myrtle Coggins; and three brothers, Manuel, Robert and Bill Phillips. She was a member at East LaPorte Grace Community Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Fannie is survived by one son, Douglas L. Hooper and wife Joyce of Greensboro, NC; four grandchildren, Brian Hooper, Missy Meadows, Melinda Hooper, and Jody Hooper. She is also survived by seven great grand children.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at East LaPorte Grace Community Church with the Reverends David Zachary and Mike Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to East LaPorte Grace Community Church at 338 Helen Zachary Rd., Cullowhee, NC 28723 or to the Hooper’s Cemetery Fund.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.