Robert D. Bumgarner, 86, of the Locust Creek Community, passed away May 11, 2015 at Skyland Care Center. Robert was the son of the late Joe and Hattie Worley Bumgarner. He was a member of Lovedale Baptist Church and worked many years at Hennessee Lumber Company. Robert was preceded in death by two brothers Jack and Alvin Bumgarner, a sister Sally Bumgarner and a nephew Logan Bumgarner.

Robert is survived by one sister Evelyn Lupo (James) and one brother Bill Bumgarner (Judy) both of Sylva, NC., three nieces, Sue, Jan, and Linda, and two nephews, Jim and Ed Bumgarner.

Thanks to many special friends, Margie Arrowood, Darlene Dietz, Iva Lee Green, Ed Scott, and Grady parker.

A funeral service will be held 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home, with the Reverends; JD Grant and Mike Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A private burial will be Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Locust Creek Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Scott, Johnny Brooks, Sam Deitz, Danny Keever, and Butch Rhinehart.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family.




Derald Edward Hendry, 79, of Franklin, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning May 17, 2015. 

A Graveside Service will be held 12:00 PM Monday at Wike Cemetery in Tuckasegee.

Appalachian Funeral Services is in charge of the Services




Hattie Hilda Sutton Allison, 96 of Sylva, died on May 18, 2015 at Mountain Trace Nursing Center. She was born in Sylva on May 5, 1919, the daughter of the late George W. Sutton and Sadie Stillwell Sutton. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend, Edwin Allison, by a sister, Lillian Sutton Campbell, by Lillian’s sons, Douglas and Keith, by two brothers, Alvin and Richard Sutton, and by her late husband’s nephew, Vic Latham. Surviving is a nephew, Charles Richard Sutton of Charlotte, NC. Other surviving family members include Douglas Campbell’s widow, Judy, Douglas’s son, Greg and daughter, Christine McJunkin, and Christine’s daughter, Megan. E.P. Stillwell, Hattie Hilda’s first cousin, and wife, Betty, were special care givers during her last years.

Hattie Hilda attended Sylva Elementary School and Sylva Central High School and graduated from Western Carolina Teachers College, now Western Carolina University. As a college student, she served as president of the Day Student Government and as a student senator.

For three years she taught in Forsyth County, returning to Sylva in 1944 to begin her 33 year career in the Personnel Dept. at the Mead Corporation. One of responsibilities was to edit The Sylvan, a monthly publication about The Mead Corporation and about local employees.

She had many fond memories of working with the employees at Mead, knowing each man by his first name and always affectionately referring to the group as “My Mead Men.”

She was active in many civic activities and was a lifetime member of the chaplaincy committee for Harris Regional Hospital. She was also on a local committee to raise funds for the new Jackson County Public Library building.

She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Sylva, serving in many capacities. In 1957 she was elected as the first female deacon, and, in 1979, the first female trustee. Her devotion to her church was legendary and she considered the members of the church to be her family in the truest sense of the word.

A celebration of her life will be held at the First Baptist Church at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 25, 2015, followed immediately by a gathering of friends and relative in the church fellowship center. Officiating the service will be the Reverends Ed Beddingfield, Jeff Mathis and Roy Smith. Interment will be at Keener Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Future Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, 669 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779.

Appalachian Funeral Services will be in charge of the service arrangements.




Andrew Jackson Wood, Sr.   “Jack”

Andrew Jackson Wood, Sr., 86 of Charlotte, Passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side  following a 4 1/2 month battle with cancer. He was born May 25, 1928, the son of the late Dillard and Agatha Stephens Wood of the Caney Fork Community.

Before and after graduating from Cullowhee High School in 1950, he pursued a diversity of job opportunities. He was a logger before the days of chain saws. He made brake pads, refrigerators and cash registers in Dayton, Ohio. He worked in the Post Office in the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C., delivering mail to every Congressman and Senator. He was a furniture salesman in Sylva and constructed hydroelectric dams in Jackson County.

Jack began his education in a two-room school house in 1933 and ended with a masters degree from Western Carolina University in 1957. He was president of the student body during his senior year. Launching his professional career in Pineville, NC as a 7th grade teacher, he saw fulfillment of purpose in life – teaching young people. For twenty – nine years he served as principal in Mecklenburg County. In 1982 -83 he was named Principal of the Year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg. His work ethic and philosophy were that work is honorable and something should be accomplished every day.

Jack was active in Arlington Baptist Church for 56 years. His church family was very important to him. He served as deacon, trustee, Sunday school teacher and on numerous committees.

He was a mason for 66 years in the East La Porte Lodge, Jackson County, of which he was a post master, He was also a charter member Worthy Patron of Eastern Star there.

Jack loved traveling with his wife and were fortunate to visit 49 states and 13 countries together – from the pyramids of Egypt to the Alps of Europe. Two visits to the Holy Land were the highlights of their traveling.

He was a loving husband and devoted to his family. He looked forward to times when they were together. He loved people and never met a stranger wherever he went.

Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Sowers Wood; his daughter Jill Lang (Jim); his sons, Andy Wood (Lisa) and Matt Wood (Carrie); his grandchildren, A.J. Wood, Garrett Wood (Jessica) and Candice Wood, all of Charlotte. Also surviving are one brother, Baxter Wood of Cullowhee, NC: two sisters, Lois Jean Morgan of Sylva, NC. and Janice Gentry of Elkin, NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Don Wood, and six sisters, Lazelle Tracy, Blanche Campbell, Helen Loosier, Peggy Smith, Betty Bryant and Barbara Jo Wood. He will be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00  am Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Arlington Baptist Church, Mint Hill, NC. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:30 pm Sunday May 24, at Melton Funeral Home. A graveside service and burial will be at Balsam Grove Cemetery on Monday, May 25. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Balsam Grove Cemetery fund, c/o Dale Mathis, 270 Potpourri Lane, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Raymond McKinley Messer, age 90, of Sylva, NC passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Morning Star Assisted Living of Sylva, NC.  Raymond was born May 8, 1925 in, Jackson County. He is the son of the late Wilburn McKinley and the late Gertrude (Ashe) Messer. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Messer who passed away July 5, 2012.

Raymond is survived by two daughters Earlene Keever of Sylva, NC and Phyllis Chapman of Morganton, NC; one sister Galena Allison; three grandchildren Jessica Justice, Travis Keever and Staci Keever; three great- grandchildren Colton Justice, Lucas Keever and Nathan Keever. He was also preceded in death by two brothers Arnold and Reeves Messer and one sister Gladys Davis. 

A funeral service will be held Sunday May 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Service with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 pm one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Parris Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jackson County Adult Day Care, 100 County Service Park. Sylva, NC 28779.




Chloe Belle and Zoey May Reed, infant twin daughters of Lindsay Reed and Lyndie Roach, passed away. Chloe passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and Zoey passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015.

A funeral service will be held for the Chloe and Zoey on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial for the girls will be at Gunter Cemetery in Whittier.