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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 Chruch.

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Richard Winter, age 54, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at home in Franklin. Mr. Winter was born  in Pittsburg, PA. He was preceded in death by his father Robert A. Winter Sr.

He is survived by; his mother Doris M. (Fletcher) Winter of Franklin, NC; two brothers Jeffery F. Winter and Wife Cindy of Boca Raton, FL. and Robert A. Winter Jr. of Kentucky, three nephews and two nieces.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday April 12, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

General Carl Epting Mundy, Jr. died at his home in Virginia on April 3. He is survived by his three children, Mrs. Elizabeth Gunter, Brigadier General Carl Mundy, III, and Colonel Timothy Mundy, together with eleven grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife Linda Sloan Mundy.

General Mundy commanded at every level and served in a variety of staff assignments, fought in Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines at Khe Sanh and Con Thien, and capped his tenure by accepting the appointment to serve as the 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995.

After retiring General Mundy served as the Chief Executive Officer of the United Services Organization from 1995 – 2001, as the President of the Marine Corps University Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of several corporations.

General Mundy’s service to his country and the Corps will be honored in a military tribute on Saturday, April 12th, at 11:00a.m., at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA. Following, his family will accompany him to Waynesville. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th, at the First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, where he will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Following the service, he will be interred in Green Hill Cemetery next to his beloved wife, Linda. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation: (In Memory of Gen Carl E Mundy, Jr.), 3800 FETTLER PARK DR., SUITE 104, DUMFRIES, VA, 22025.

Mary Ann (Bigmeat) Ervin, 60, of Selma, NC passed away at Kitty Askin Hospice Center on April 8, 2014 following an extended illness. Mary Ann is a native of Cherokee and is the daughter of the late John Bigmeat and Suzanne Teesateskie.  Final arrangements have not been made at this time but will be posted as soon as possible.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Doris G. Gibson, 95, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Magnolia Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Morganton, NC. Born in Bryson City, NC, May 23, 1918, she was the daughter of William Perry Grant and Katie Meadows Grant. She was the eldest of 9 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Leonard N. Gibson; two brothers, Kenneth Grant, Bruce Grant; and a son-in-law, Alan Williams.

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her son, Roger Gibson and wife, Lynda, of Raleigh, NC; daughters Nancy Williams of Friendsville, TN and Martha Mauney and husband, N. Rudolph, MD of Valdese, NC; grandson, Wes Williams (wife Kim), granddaughters Katie Bailes (husband Larry), and Kelly Gibson; and great-grandson Lucas Williams. She is also survived by brothers W. Terrell Grant, Max Grant and Robert Grant; sisters Edwina Grant, Martha Hamlin and Catherine Greene; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Gibson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bryson City.

She was a homemaker and really enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning.

The family will receive friends at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City Wednesday, April 9 at 1:00 pm. A grave side service will be held in Swain Memorial Park at 2:00 pm with the Reverend John Tagliarini officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 and to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 247, Bryson City, NC 28713.

 Warner Bradley, 79, of Whittier, passed away Monday afternoon, April 7, 2014 at Tsali Care Center in Cherokee. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lessie Bradley.

Warner was a veteran of the US Marine Corp, a proud Shriner (Mason), and served on the board of Jackson County DSS. Warner was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qualla Fire Department. He was a member of The Old Timer’s Model A Car Club as well as the President of the Campground Cemetery Board. He was a lifelong businessman and auctioneer and was most proud of his community and loved his family and neighbors.

His is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Owle Bradley, three daughters; Lisa Moore and husband Kent of Whittier, Angie Bradley of Cherokee, and Beth Greene and husband Duke of Whittier. Also surviving are five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Mike Moore officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Appalachian Funeral Services. Military graveside rites will be held by Steve Youngdeer, American Legion Post 143 at Campground Cemetery in Whittier. Honorary pall bearers will be drivers of antique cars.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Qualla Fire Department, PO Box 303, Whittier, NC 28789 or Campground Cemetery, 201 Martin Road, Whittier, NC 28789.

Jerry “Jay Jay” Lee Smithie Jr., 27,of Cullowhee, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was the son of Melissa Honaker of Waynesville, and Jerry Lee Smithie of Valdosta, GA.

In addition to his parents, Jerry is survived by his maternal grandmother, Iris Land of Waynesville, step grandfather Ross Land of Waynesville, one sister, Amanda Smithie of Webster, one half sister, Ashley Smithie of Valdosta, GA, three half brothers, Christopher, Dominic, and Cole Ray Smithie all of Valdosta, GA.

A funeral service will be held at 11am, Friday, April 11, 2014 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with Rev. Hubert Legg officiating. Burial will follow at Promise Land Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 pm until 8 pm, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Melton Funeral Home.

Melton Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mary Ann Widenhouse, 80, a native of Cherokee, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The daughter of Wayne and Nell Tahquette, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Howard. She is survived by her sister, Peggy. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Ernest, her daughter, Marian, her son, Ernie, four grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and four great grandchildren with another on the way.

A three-time breast cancer survivor over a period of 25 years, Mary Ann lived virtually all of those years with zest and vitality, Thanks to those who support the sciences and those who provided her with kind and competent health care.

Mary Ann received her B.A. degree with honors from Western Carolina University, did graduate work at Duke University, where she met her husband, and earned a M.A. degree from John Hopkins University.

She taught and developed curriculum in the Baltimore City Schools for 14 years, returned to Cherokee where she became Head of the History Department at Cherokee High School, the Principal of the Cherokee Elementary School, and then Superintendent of the Cherokee Schools. She concluded her professional career by working in the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Superintendent of Indian Education.

A memorial service for Mary Ann Widenhouse will be held on Friday at 5:00 pm at the Crisp Funeral Home Chapel in Bryson City.

The Family will receive friends from 4-5 pm Friday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock NC, 28731. See on-line.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Velma Allison Webb, 71, of Sylva, went home to be with her Lord, Friday, April 4, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Jackson County and a member of Tilley Creek Baptist Church.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Jessie Allison, 2 brothers Gene and Jack Allison and 3 sisters Cleta Sorrells, Frances Connor and Sue Hensley.

She is survived by her daughter- Kimberly York of Whittier, 2 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, 4 Brothers- Doyle Allison of Enka/Candler, Donald Allison of Arden, Marvin Allison of Sylva, Curtis Allison of Webster, 2 Sisters- Pat Blanton of Black Mountain, Bethel McCarter of Clinton, TN, special nephew – Darren Webb of Warren, Michigan and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held 7:00 PM today April 7 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. The family will receive friends from 5:30 till 7:00 prior to the Service at the Funeral Home.

Lucymae Farmer Harris, 82, of Sylva, died Friday April 4, 2014.  She was a lifelong native of Jackson County.

Lucymae is preceded in death by her parents Jerome Simon Farmer and Mauda Lee Carver Farmer, husband, CJ Harris, one sister, Edith Harris, two brothers, Lonzo Farmer and Roscoe Farmer, and one granddaughter.

She is survived by one daughter, Karen Swicegood (Dale) of Lexington, NC, two sons, Jay Harris (Dianne) of Webster, George Harris (Martha) of Advance, NC two sisters, Mary Owens of Sylva, Kathryn Findley of Lexington, NC, one brother, Thomas Virco Farmer of Lexington, NC, and two grand children.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 8, at New Hope Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the New Hope Baptist Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm tonight, April 7, in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home.