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Thursday, April 24, 2014

We are pleased to announce there are no new obituaries for today.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Polly Collins, age 85, of Sylva passed away October 12, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, CA. Memorial will be held this Saturday, April 26 at Scott’s Creek Church at 1PM. The family will receive friends at noon at the church before the service.

 David (Davey) Owle, Jr., 47, of Cherokee passed away on April 21, 2014. David is the son of David Owle, Sr. and Jane Stamper Owle. David is preceded in death by one sister, Dana Lee Owle; grandparents, Edd and Arizona Bradley Owle, Robert and Roxie Standingdeer Stamper. David is survived by one sister, Carmen “Dee” Owle; nieces, Brittany and Brooke Ensley; great-nieces, MaKennedy Ensley and Triniti Caley; great-nephew, Genesis Ensley; 6 aunts and 3 uncles. A visitation will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Long House Funeral Home from 5pm-9pm, the funeral service will be held on Thursday April 24, 2014 at Long House Funeral Home at 11am, burial will follow at the Stamper Cemetery. Friends and family will be Pall Bearers, Pastor Formen Bradley and Mr. Ray Kinsland will officiate.

Jayda Elizabeth Dugan Toineeta, 12, of Cherokee went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2014 at Mission Hospital following a 12 year battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Jayda is the daughter of Joel Toineeta and Jennifer Toineeta.

Jayda is preceded in death paternal grandfather Danny Toineeta and maternal grandmother Jackie Dugan Queen.

Jayda is survived by her brothers, Jayce Toineeta and Evan Standingdeer; paternal grandmother, Pam Cucumber; Uncles, Nehi Toineeta and wife Reva, Michael Toineeta of Woodland MS, Darrell Toineeta and Jesse Queen; Aunt Jill Sain and husband Jay; special friend Owen Taylor and her pet dogs, Mary and Molly.  Jayda also leaves behind many friends and loved ones, who prayed for her, including, Rocksprings Baptist Church, Mission Hospital staff, the Cucumber family, Dugan family and the Toineeta family.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Rocksprings Baptist Church starting at 5pm, Jayda will remain at the church until hour of service on Thursday April 24, 2014 at 2pm. Burial will follow at the Joe Cucumber Family Cemetery, Pastor James “Bo” Parris and Pastor Greg Morgan will officiate

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

William Derrell Ensley, age 77, of Sylva died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Med West Harris of Sylva, NC. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Derrell was born July 9, 1936. He is the son of the late William Allen and the late Annie Lou (Buchanan) Ensley. He served in the United States Air Force. He was employed for 33 years as a printer by the Sylva Herald. He liked to garden and loved to read.

Derrell was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, Edgar A. Ensley. He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years: Gail (Waldroup) Ensley ; a sister Geraldine and husband Ray Witt of Bethalto, Il; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Ensley of Sylva and Teresa and husband Perry Waldroup of Robbinsville, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 24 at Appalachian Funeral Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC with Rev. Joshua Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Dills Cemetery, Sylva. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Edgar Franks, 70, of Sylva died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his home in Sylva.  Edgar was born January 30, 1944 in Jackson County. He is the son of the late Robert Lee and Louetta Mashburn Franks. He was the owner and Operator of Franks Garage and Wrecker Service for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by five siblings. Edgar was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Barbara (Carver) Franks of the home and two brothers Lester Lee and Raymond Ernest Franks of Sylva.

A Funeral service will be held Thursday April 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Revs Eddie Stillwell, Keith Ashe and Steve Webb officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery.

The Family will receive friends Wednesday April 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM Until 8:00 PM at Appalachian Funeral Services. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

Floy Lambert Mathews, 90, of the Towstring Community, died Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at her residence. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Cora and Jesse Lambert. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Towstring Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Seab Mathews and a son Wayne Mathews.

She is survived by three daughters, Bertha Pilkington and her husband Buddy, Janice Crutchfield and her husband Ancil, and Rachel Mathis and her husband Bob, four sons, Doug Mathews and wife Glenda, Robert Mathews and wife Cindy, Raymond Mathews and wife Frances, and Roy Mathews and wife Cathy, all of Cherokee; eight grandchildren, Scott Mathews, Melissa Barker, Brian Mathews, Michelle Bridges, Kim Greene, RL Mathews, Tammy Moore and Chris Crutchfield; 12 great-grandchildren, Ricky Mathews, Eli Mathews, Crystal Mathews, Shalyn Barker, Josh Bridges, Melah Mathews, Autumn Greene, Paytyn Barker, Tanner Moore, Addisyn Mathews, Dylan Moore and Alexis Bridges. Two sisters, Lela Bales and Tinsa Sanders, two brothers Ray Lambert and Dan Lambert, and several nieces and nephews.

The graveside services will be held at 2PM Wednesday at Towstring Cemetery with the Reverend J.T. Lambert officiating. The body will be taken back to the home by Crisp Funeral Home at 2PM Tuesday to await the hour of service. The grandsons will be pallbearers.

Thelma Nattie Johnson, 90, of Sylva passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at the Bi-Centennial Park in Sylva at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 with Rev. Dan Styles officiating.  Appalachian Funeral Services is assisting the family.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Shirley Mae Drinnon, 65, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, April 17. Born in Macon County, she was preceded in death by her parents  Glenn Reeves and Willa Mae Childers Reeves, a son, Jeffery Craig Drinnon and a grandson, William Madison Drinnon. She was a member of Burningtown Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir. She is survived by her husband Bill Drinnon; two sons, Rev. Randy Drinnon and wife Arlene and Tony Drinnon and wife Tammy of Franklin; sister, Joyce Queen of Lexington, NC; brother, Bennie Reeves of Franklin; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Burningtown Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, April 21, at Macon Funeral Home.

Lee R. Robinson Sr., 77, of Sylva, went home to be with his Lord, Thursday April 17. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he graduated from Webster High School, was a U.S. Army Veteran and also served in the Army National Guard. He was the first certified electrical inspector for Jackson County.

 Lee was preceded in death by his mother  Pearlie Ashe Robinson. He is survived by his wife Kyeleen Buchanan Robinson, 1 Son- Lee R. Robinson Jr. and his wife Sandy of Sylva, 1 Daughter- Michelle Leigh McCarter of Sylva, 1 Grandson,  2 Step Grandchildren and several cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held 7:00 PM Tuesday April 22 in the Chapel of Appalachian the family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 pm prior to the Service at the Funeral Home.

John Franklin Cucumber, 77, of Cherokee passed away on Friday April 18. He was preceded in death by his parents James Cucumber and Lizze Reed Cucumber.

John is survived by brothers, Everett Cucumber of Beckley, VA, Dave Cucumber, Calvin Cucumber, Lawrence Cucumber and Mason Cucumber; sisters, Frances Cucumber, Geneva Tooni, Amanda Wachacha, Nellie Welch and Ollie Hornbuckle; step-children, Keith Shell, Henry Shell and Maryella Shell; special friend, Peggy Hornbuckle.

A visitation will be held on today April 21, from 5pm-8pm at Long House Funeral Home, the funeral service will be held on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 11am at Long House Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Cucumber Family Cemetery.

 George M. Nicholson, age 69 of Sylva, passed away Wednesday, April 16, at Skyland Care Center in Sylva. George was born in Jackson County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garfield and the Winnie (Watson) Nicholson, a brother Hayes Nicholson and a sister Elizabeth Watson.

He is survived by two sons, Lukas Nicholson of Sylva and Joshua Siler of Robbinsville, one daughter, Rachel Bravo of Asheville, one sister, Edna Leona Mathis of Dillsboro and three grandchildren.

A Graveside service will be held Saturday April 26, at 2:00 PM in the Balsam Grove Cemetery.

Friday, April 18, 2014

We are pleased to announce there are no new obituaries for today.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brittie Mae Deitz  Buchanan, 85 of Sylva, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Medwest Harris Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Jackson County and a member of Deitz Memorial Baptist Church. Brittie was the daughter of the late Ranson Vanderbilt and Mamie Elizabeth Buchanan Deitz. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Elizabeth Barber, Hester Suttle, Phyllis Watson, and Gerleen Deitz, five brothers, Clifford, Grady, Medford, Otis, and Weiner Deitz, and three grandchildren Mandy, Caleb, and Jack.

Brittie is survived by her husband of 66 years Howard Tatham Buchanan, three daughters, Connie (R.B.) Danner of Sylva, Vivien (Michael) Bateman of Weaverville, and Cathy ( Boyd) Ensley of Sylva, Three sons, Howard Jr. (Roz) Buchanan of Canton, Gary (Carol) Buchanan of Sylva, and Jim(Julie) Buchanan of Clyde, Fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Friday April 18, 2014 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home, with the Reverend Robert Blanton officiating. Pallbearers will be Josh Buchanan, Aaron Buchanan, Sam Danner, Wyatt Danner, Dan Cabe, and Harold Gribble. Burial will follow in the Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Melton Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, NC 28779, Meals on wheels of Jackson County, Dept. of Aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva, NC and East Fork Baptist Church Cemetery fund, C/O Katie Wood 2224 East Fork Rd. Sylva, NC 28779.

George M. Nicholson, age 69, of Sylva died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Skyland Care Center in Sylva, NC. George was born March 16, 1945 in Jackson County, NC. He is the son of the late Garfield and the late Winnie (Watson) Nicholson. He was preceded by a brother Hayes Nicholson and a sister Elizabeth Watson.

He was a Carpenter by trade.

He is survived by; Two Sons Lukas Nicholson of Sylva and Joshua Siler of Robbinsville.  One daughter Rachel Bravo of Asheville, one sister Edna Leona Mathis of Dillsboro and three grandchildren.

A Graveside service will be held Saturday April 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Balsam Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Eddie Stillwell will officiate.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Cecil Carlile Cochran, 77, of Sylva, passed away Sunday, April 13, at Medwest Harris Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Jackson County. Cecil was the son of the late Ernest Cochran and Helen Jones Cochran Warren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jessie Mae Mathis Cochran in 2003, a sister Peggy Cochran, and two brothers Larry and Buddy Cochran. Cecil was a Navy Veteran and worked for Hennessee Hardwoods for many years he was also a deacon of Locust Field Baptist Church.

Cecil is survived by a daughter Carlenia and her husband Fedhel Lari from the U.A.E., a son Lynn and his wife Beverly Cochran of Sylva, and a sister Mary Funk of Cornelia GA., four grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, April 18, 2014 at Locust Field Baptist Church with the Reverend Larry Bryson and Reverend Earl Holden officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Chris Farmer, David Mathews, Homer Harris, Bobby Burns, and David Funk. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Thursday, April 17, at Melton Funeral Home.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy Moore Martin, age 86, of Hayesville, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at a Sylva Hospital. She was born in Harrison County, TN. the daughter of the late Ernest and Lula Crowder Moore. She was married to Thomas Albert  Martin who passed away February 02, 2006. She was a secretary for Boice Supply Company for over 40 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She graduated with honors from Hayesville High School in 1945. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, watching her hummingbirds, loved Braves baseball. She was a member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School Teacher and Secretary Treasurer. She loved reading and Billy Graham. She was fondly remembered by many as “Granny Dot”.

She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Martin Cloer & husband, Steve of Bryson City, NC; two sons, Ronald L. Martin & wife, Kathy of Hayesville, NC and Donald L. Martin & wife, Jodie of Hayesville, NC; two brothers, Harrell Moore & wife Gerita of Hayesville, NC and Hartsell Moore of Hayesville, NC; grandchildren, Keisha McClure, Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Kaila Day, Amanda Cloer and Ryan Martin; great-grandchildren, Blake, Taylor, and Caden McClure and Kenadee Day.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6:00 PM at Meadow Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Rogers and Rev. Brandon Arrowood officiating. Burial will be held at Meadow Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Craig Martin, Adam Martin, Chad McClure, Jake Day, Elliott Arrowood and Tommy Hooper. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4:00-6:00 PM at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, two hours prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadow Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Dendy, 330 Slave Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904.

Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin NC is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences are available by visiting bryantgrantfuneralhome.com or by email.

Charles “William” Woodring, 60, of Franklin, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Born in Jackson County, NC, he was the son of the late James Lewis Woodring and Eullia Reed Woodring.  He loved to build birdhouses and jewelry boxes and loved being outdoors.

He is survived by his companion Patricia Mathis; two children; brothers and sisters, May, Elaine, Mamie, Barbara, Dan, Robert and Thurman; grandson, Matthew Burrell and two great grandchildren, Miles and Trinity.

Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Boones Creek Baptist Church, Salem, SC.  The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Macon Funeral Home, PO Box 1175, Franklin, NC  28744.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce there are no new obituaries for today.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Louise Ammons, 51, of Cherokee passed away on April 12, 2014 at Tsali Care Center following an extended illness. Louise is the daughter of the late Jack D. Ammons and Geneva Toineeta Ammons.

Louise is preceded in death by brothers, Clarence Toineeta and Burnette George Ammons. Louise is survived by children, Earl Ammons, Justin Ammons, Tsali Ammons and Bobby Jo Cucumber; brothers, James ‘Bone’ Toineeta and Willard Ammons; sisters, Hazel Ammons Jumper and husband Hoss, Rena Cooper and husband Cole and Lisa Cucumber; grandchild, Riley Postoak; special friend, Faye Crowe; Chase Crowe and Bobby Crowe.

A visitation was held on Sunday April 13, 2014 at the Church of God, Louise will remain at the church until hour of service on Monday April 14, 2014 at 3pm. Burial will follow at the Toineeta Family Cemetery. Pall Bearers will include, Chester Crowe, Bobby Jo Cucumber, Bobby Crowe, Hoss Jumper, Tony Johnson and JK Hornbuckle. Pastor Charles Griffin and Greg Morgan will officiate.

Harold Belton “Rock” Morgan, Jr., 83, of the Cherokee community passed away at his home on Old Mission Rd. on April 12, 2014.  Although a native son of Sylva, NC born on July 14, 1930 – Harold spent the better part of his life with his wife and family in the Cherokee area.

Harold was the son of the late Harold Belton Morgan, Sr. and Edith (Jarrett) Whittworth Morgan of the Sylva community.  He was a US Army veteran and served in the Korean War.  Harold loved to read passing the time and he loved trains.  He even worked for Southern Railroads in his past however, he was self-employed most of his life.

Harold leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years Mrs. Rachel George Morgan; son, Bunky Morgan of Cherokee, NC; two brothers, Griffith Morgan of Sylva, NC and Larry Morgan of Arden, NC; two loved grand children, Kyle and Dylan Morgan; one loved great-grand child, Brooklyn Morgan.

No services are planned at this time.  However, condolences may be posted at here at longhousefuneralhome.com