Ralph “Bud” Smith, 69, of Dillsboro, passed away Friday September 18, 2015. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he had been a resident of Jackson County for the past 25 years. He was the son of the late Ralph and Evelyn Bork Smith. Bud had been an Alderman for the Town of Dillsboro for 8 years and was co-owner of the Golden Carp in Dillsboro. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by sisters Nancy DeMars and Beverly Franks as well as a brother Warren Smith. He is survived by his life partner of 38 years John Miele, a Sister- Lorraine Remmelzwaal of Oakland, Ark. And numerous nieces and nephews also survive. A Celebration of Bud’s life will be announced at a later date. Being such an animal lover, in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bud’s name to the Jackson County Humane Society (Arf), 538 Scotts Creek Rd., Suite 100, Sylva, NC 28779 or a local humane society of your choice.
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.
Brenda Louise Buchanan, age 71, of Sylva died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Skyland Care Center. Brenda was born March 8, 1944 in Norfork, VA. She is the daughter of the late John Roy and the late Allie Mae (Watson) Haskett. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her step-father, Alvin Middleton, and a sister, Barbara Wood.
She was employed by WCU as Office Manager of the Physical Plant. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to cook and made wonderful apple butter. She was a member of the Lovedale Baptist Church. And as friends say, she was always a Lady. .
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Arnold Buchanan; a daughter, Karla Rigdon Brestle, two step-sons, Brent and Kellen Buchanan, three step-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald and wife, Joan, Haskett of Mills River.
The funeral will be held 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 23 at Appalachian Funeral Services, with Rev. Dennis Burrell and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial will be in MIddleton Cemetery, Tuckasegee on Wednesday, September 23 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Appalachian Funeral Services to help with final expenses or to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at www.curealz.org An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
Richard Raymond Hermes, age 77, of Candler died Friday, September 18, 2015 at Solace Care Center of Asheville, NC. Mr. Hermes was born March 7, 1938 in Appleton, WI. He is the son of the late William A. and the late Agnes L. (Van Striphout) Hermes. In addition to his parents Mr. Hermes was also preceded in death by a nephew, Gary Hermes.
Mr. Hermes is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Karen; two sons, Alan and his wife Kristi of Sylva; and David and his wife Kim, of Bryson City; four grandchildren, Victoria (Tori), Jessica (Jessie), Chase, and Kyndall; one brother, Robert Hermes of Adele, Wisconsin; and one sister, Germaine Hermes of Iron Mountain, Wisconsin, and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mr. Hermes served in the United States Army and was employed as a mechanic. He was a long distance truck driver and enjoyed roller skating, camping, and traveling.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hermes family to help with final expenses.
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
Arnold B. Ashe, 75, of Cullowhee, went home to be his Lord and beloved wife Muriel of 40 years in Heaven, Sunday September 20, 2015. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, Arnold was the son of the late Berlin and Lillian Shelton Ashe.
In his younger years Arnold was an Eagle Scout and at Cullowhee High School was an outstanding Basketball and baseball player. Out of college he went to Darrington, Washington with his family to work in the logging business. Afterwards he moved to Cape Canaveral in Florida where he maintained satellite domes for a while. He also worked at Dayco as an accountant until he started and owned his own logging company followed by a small trucking company. Finally he settled back in the family business that was established in 1948 by his parents at the Cullowhee Café. He was a former member of the Jackson County Golf Club as well as the Jackson County Bass Club. He never met a stranger and was willing to lend a hand to anyone.
He is survived by 4 children and one step son;
Mark Ashe of Woodstock, GA.
Cindy Jarman of Cullowhee
David Ashe of Cullowhee
Kathy Millsaps and her husband Donnie of Sylva
Derek Brown of Asheville
2 Grandsons- Dock Jarman and Cole Lamb also survive
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Thursday September 24 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. John Reid officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Pisgah Manor, 95 Holcombe Cove Rd., Candler, NC 28715
Mary Lee Robinson Mills, 70, of Sylva, passed away Monday evening September 28, 2015. Mary was the daughter of the late Larry and Margaret Lane Robinson. She graduated in 1963 from Swain County High School where she was a member of the marching band and also played Basketball. She enjoyed reading and having lunches with her high school friends but most of all she loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by a sister Joan Wright.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years Robert Mills
4 Daughters- Lee Anne Burrell (Kenneth) of Sylva
Angela Barfield Oates of Asheville
Paula Coggins (David) of Sylva
Cindy Messer (Jeff) of Canton
8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren
1 Sister- Lane Robinson Herron of Whittier
1 Aunt- Louise Lane of Hazelwood also survives
A Memorial Service will be held 6:00 PM Thursday October 1 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. JD Grant officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 prior to the Service at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Life Path Hospice (Westcare Hospice), 68 Hospital Rd., Sylva, NC 28779.
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
Harold Fred Gates, age 84, of Sylva died Friday, September 25, 2015. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Harold was born April 18, 1931. He is the son of the late Fred Henderson and the late Edna Nancy (Sutton) Gates. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Frankie Roberts and a brother, Millard Gates.
He was a retired maintenance worker for the Town of Sylva. He enjoyed rocking on his front porch and loved driving around parking lots looking for money.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ellen Ashe Gates; a daughter, Glenda and Melvin Shuler of Baton Rouge, LA; a son, David and Carrie Gates of Dillsboro, six grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Jones of Sylva, Margaret Lee of Asheville, Hilda Sellers of Sylva, Carolyn Hoyle of Dillsboro, and Phyllis Stiwinter of Cashiers; and brothers, Bill Gates of Dillsboro and Gary Gates of Asheville.
The funeral will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 28 in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC with Rev. Melvin Shuler, Rev. Tim Pressley, and Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens, Sylva on Tuesday, September 29 at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sylva Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 2011, Sylva, NC 28779. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
Marvin (Jr.) Bumgarner, 58, of Lake Toxaway, passed away Tuesday September 29, 2015. Born October 30, 1956, Marvin was the son of the late Marvin Sr. and Doris Fowler Bumgarner. He was a member of Cashiers Baptist Church. He loved to watch Nascar and collect Nascar memorabilia. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother Charles Douglas Bumgarner.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years Joyce Blevins Bumgarner
Daughter- Amy Galloway of Rosman
3 Step Children- Julianne Hall of Lenoir, Sabrina Moss of Cashiers and John Wise of Cashiers.
Grandson- Austin and Granddaughter- Breann
Brother- Mike Bumgarner (Myra) of Cashiers
Sister- Brenda Jones (Dennis) of Hendersonville
Several nieces and nephews also survive
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 pm Monday October 5 at Cashiers Baptist Church with the Rev. Scotty Petit officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to the Service at the Church. Burial will follow in Evitt Cemetery.
Ellis Stiles, age 98, of Dillsboro died Saturday, October 3, at Skyland Care Center. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Mr. Stiles was born May 22, 1917. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Martha Marie Dalton, four brothers, Thad Styles, Clarence, Weaver and Gilbert Stiles and sisters, Beaulah Tahquette and Minnie Rich.
He was employed in construction, then in the shipping department for Drexel Furniture. He was a member of Dick’s Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Betty Bingham, Dillsboro; Alice and Jack May of Calhoun, GA; a son, Gene and Jan Stiles, Eureka, CA; six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren; and one brother Talmadge Stiles of Eugene, OR.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the chapel of Appalachian The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 pm before the service. Burial will be in Fairview Gardens, Sylva on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00 am. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
Geraldine Painter Queen, 10/27/1944 – 10/02/2015, “70 years Old”, after fulfilling her last wish to be at home with her children and family, she peacefully went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband Cecil C. Queen, her mother Lizzie Nicholson McCoy, her dad Russell Painter, her son Tony Cecil Queen, her brother Ben Henson, her stepson Kenny Queen, 2 step daughters; Geneva Queen Moore and infant Audrey Queen and her step grandson Jesse Lee Owen.
She is survived by Son Russell Queen and wife Lynn, Son Perry Queen, Daughter Marvellia Queen Ross and her husband Jim, Son Happy Queen and wife Karen, Daughter Tina Queen Horton and husband Shannon.
2 Stepsons Keith Queen and wife Linda, Terry Queen and wife Debbie
3 Stepdaughters Brenda Queen Morgan, Sylvia Queen McCall and husband Ralph, Gaynelle Queen Owen and husband Joe.
2 Sisters- Betty Henson Scott and Molly Henson Leonard
3 Brothers- Rick Henson, Mike McCoy and wife Jennifer, Randy McCoy and wife Lynn
10 Grandkids and several step grandkids
16 Great Grandkids and several Great stepkids.
Geraldine truly loved and cherished each and every one.
She was a mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all. She was very active in 4H, Jackson County Headstart and enjoyed crafts, making dolls, wreaths, cakes and was a wonderful caregiver to many.
Funeral Services will be held 3:00 pm Tuesday October 6 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Keith Queen and Eddie Stillwell officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00PM at the Funeral Home. Geraldine will be laid to rest at Queen Cemetery-Sol’s Creek in the Little Canada Community. Pallbearers will be Robert Logan, Chris Queen, DJ Aiken, Tyler Townsend, Anthony Henson and Randall Conner, Tim Henson will serve as an alternate. Any donations toward funeral expenses can be sent to; Daughter Marvellia Q. Ross, PO Box 381, Tuckasegee, NC 28783