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Obituaries

Friday, July 11, 2014

Houston Coleman Melton Sr.,72, of Sylva, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014
at Memorial Mission Hospital. A native of Jackson County he was a Navy Seal
from 1960 until 1961 during the Kennedy Administration and a member of
Little Savannah Baptist Church. Houston was the son of the late William
Hershel and Denice Roberta Sutton Melton. He was preceded in death by a
brother William Stuart and his wife Estalee Keener Melton, and a sister
in-law Ruby Young Melton.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years Betty Lou Hannah Melton, one daughter
Patricia (Trish) Gail Melton of Lake Junaluska, two sons, Michael Dan
(Patricia Ann) Melton of Hillsborough NC and Houston Coleman Melton Jr.
(Kimberly) of Brevard, one sister Sandra Leigh (Bob) Burns of Sylva and one
brother Harold Dois Melton Sr. of Sylva. As well as a number of special
nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 12:00 pm Saturday July 12, 2014 at Little
Savannah Baptist Church with the Reverends Kent Lowdermilk and Dennis
Burrell officiating the family will receive friends one hour prior to the
service at the church. Pallbearers will be Houston C. Melton Jr., Michael D.
Melton, Philip Morris, Brian Hannah, Thad Hannah, Dois Melton, Robbie
Hannah, Jeffery Ashe. Honorary pallbearer will be Joey Rathbone.
Memorials may be made to Melton Funeral Home

Friday, July 11. 2014

Thomas N. Henson, 70, of Caney Fork, has gone home to be with his Lord
Thursday July 10, 2014 at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of
Jackson County he was the son of the late Alvin (Waye) and Alma Phillips
Henson. He was a logger and construction worker who loved fishing and deer
hunting and was a member of Johns Creek Baptist Church.He is survived by
his wife of 50 years Eloise Lovedahl Henson 2 Daughters- Vickie Brooks and
her husband Marty of Cullowhee. Tina Bradley and her husband Jamie of
Whittier1 Son- Vernon Tracy and his wife Paula of Cullowhee, 8 grandchildren
and 3 great grandchildren, 1 Brother- Wiley and his wife Judy Henson, 1 Sister,
Kareen and her husband Steve Ogle all of Cullowhee.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Saturday July 12 in the Chapel of
Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Carl Adams officiating. The
family will receive friends from 10 until 11 am prior to the Service at the
Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lower Coward Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Kenneth Kirkland, Jamie Bradley, Travis Coggins, Ernest Franks, Kelly Rowe
and Andy Queen.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lower Coward Cemetery Fund,
c/o Brenda Dillard, PO Box 313, Webster, NC 28788

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

John Ford Deitz, 91 of Sylva, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Medwest Harris Hospital. He was the son of the late John Burch and Ida Beck Deitz. Ford was preceded in death by his first wife Dora Crawford Deitz. Ford was a World War II Army Veteran and attended Wesleyanna United Methodist Church.

Ford is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Lee Deitz; five sons, Glenn Deitz, Larry Anders, Michael Anders, John William Deitz, and Ronald Walter Deitz all of Sylva, two daughters, LaRae Hooper of Cullowhee and Ann Melton of Sylva, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, May 22, 2014 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with the Reverend Dan Stiles officiating. Burial will follow in the East Fork Cemetery with military rites being conducted by the William E. Dillard Post 104 American Legion. Pallbearers will be Josh Deitz, Sierra Deitz, Colby Deitz, Heath Hyatt, Andy Hooper, Tyler Melton, Ben Rogers, Mark Taylor, and George Graham. The family will receive friends 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm Thursday May 22, 2014 prior to the service.

Melton funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Robert Lee Bryson, 96, of Sylva, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014. He was a native of Jackson County. Robert was the son of the late Robert H. and Sarah Wykle Bryson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Melita Fox Bryson in 2006, an infant son Raymond Lee Bryson, four sisters Edna Wiseman of Fairview, Allie Leapord, Lois Bryson, and Lena Mae Roland, and two brothers Bill Bryson of Clyde and Jim Bryson. Robert was a World War II Army Veteran, and a member of the Church of God. Robert is survived by two brothers, Richard Bryson of Franklin and Glen Bryson of Albany GA. and three sisters Mary Parker of Dillsboro, Jesse Cagle of Hendersonville, and Thelma Fisher of Charleston SC. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with the Reverends Clark Sheffield, Herman Toney and Ned Pressley officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm prior to the service.

Dustin Scott Henry, 42, of Sylva, passed away Sunday evening May 18, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. A native and a lifelong resident of Jackson County he was the son of Benny Henry and Connie Cowan Sutton. A carpenter by trade, he enjoyed working with wood, the Carolina Tar Heels and Tennessee football. But what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he is survived by His Wife Debra Cumbie Henry, 2 Sons- Blake and Colby Henry both of Sylva, 1 Stepson- Matthew Cumbie, 3 Sisters- Deirdre Martin, Monica Parton both of Sylva and Jessica Webb of Clyde, Grandfather- Lloyd Cowan and Grandmother- Louise Henry

A Memorial Service will be held 7:00 pm Thursday May 22 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Michael Lee officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:00 prior to the Service at the Funeral Home

Monday, May 19, 2014

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

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bruce Alan Christy, 65, of Sylva, passed away Thursday May 15, 2014 at his residence. A native of New York he was the son of the late Donald and Catherine Higgins Christy. Mr. Christy was a United States Marine Corp. Veteran having served during the Viet Nam Era. He had been a correctional officer in Florida for 13 years and most recently a game tech at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Alice Simmons Christy, 3 Sons- Alexander (Silvia) of Shreveport, LA, Shannon of Purvis, MS, Jeremiah (Nikki) of Hattiesburg, MS , 5 Grandsons- Alexander, Andrew, Seth, Erik and Whyatt, Brother- Donn Christy of Florida, 2 Sisters- Terri Christy Smith of Poughkeepsie, NY, Sharon Christy Newling of Salisbury, NC.

Services will be private.

Jon David Wallis, 23, of Maggie Valley passed away Monday, May 12, 2014 at Med West Harris Hospital in Sylva, NC. Jon was born July 17, 1990 in Tampa, FLA. Jon David loved his nieces and nephews and children and loved working outside and always smiled. He was employed as a Landscaper.

He is survived by his mother Donna Bogdanowicz of Maggie Valley; Brothers Dan Crouse of Candler, Jayme Crouse of Tampa FL, and Timmy Wallis of Maggie Valley; sisters Pattie Jo Crouse of Maggie Valley and Steffee Wallis of Cullowhee and Cathy Wallis of Sylva.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday May 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Rich Peoples officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior the service at the funeral home.

Kenneth Henderson, 61, of Cullowhee, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Born in Clayton, GA, he was the son of Ella Mae Mathis Moss and the late Carmon Henderson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brother, Ralph Henderson. Kenneth owned and operated his own wrecker and gravel service. He was a member of Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, The Western Carolina Truck Club (WNC Chapter of ATHS) and Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his step-father, Leighton Moss; son, Larry Henderson, three step-children and two nieces.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17th at Pine Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Everette Wilson and Rev. Carl Stepp will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 16th at Macon Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Mike Sutton, Jim Childers, Robbie Pressley, Jim Stewart, James Burgess, Jeff Stewart, Robbie Potts, Clay Bryson, Tom Crawford and Kenny Rice. Squirrel Bryson, Curtis Alice, John Brown, Bryan Greg, Leland Cooper, Bob Anders, George Hooper, Randy Mort and Kenny Broom will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Donna Sue West, 73, of Cherokee, went home to be with her Lord Monday evening May 12, 2014 at her residence. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Phillip Donnell and Ollie McLeod. She loved cooking at Tsali Care Center and taking care of her family. She was the greatest friend, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother you could have.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 2 brothers Tommy and Cleve Sexton and her sister Bernice Rattler. She is survived by her husband of 50 years Johnnie Ray West 2 Daughters- Lori Hanks Huglemaier of Raleigh Cathy Hanks of Sylva 4 Sons- Thomas P. Hanks (Adele) of Franklin, WV Frank L. Hanks of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada James R. West II (Debbie) of Cherokee John Ray West II (Barbara) of Cherokee 14 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren also survive

The Family will receive friends from 6 until 10:00 pm Wednesday May 14 at Yellow Hill Baptist Church of which she was a member. In lieu of flowers donations are to be made to one’s home Church.

Isaac David “Ike” Swimmer, 88, of Cherokee, NC went home to be with the Lord on May 12, 2014 with his loving family at his side.   He was the loving son to his mother Grace Swimmer who preceded him in death along with a son, David P. Swimmer; grandson, Tsa-ni Youngdeer; great-grand son, Caden Jayce Lossie and a loving pet “Girl Baby”.

It was said that Ike lived a simple and humble life here in Cherokee working during his life as a farmer, Logger and caver craftsman for the Qualla Arts and Crafts Co-op.  He worked for the Whitetrees Craft Shop and as a night watchman for the Historical Association and before he retired he worked as a lumberman for the Monteith’s Lumber Company.  He was a loved man as agreed by one of the great grandchildren – whose own handwriting simple said, “I love my great-grandpa, God Bless”, found written on the back of one of the papers containing some obituary information.

He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy “Bootsie” (Powell) Swimmer; three sons, Ben Swimmer, Juggie Swimmer and Dean Swimmer and wife Lola all of Cherokee; five daughters, Bobbie George and husband Russell, Anita Thompson and husband Wilson, Bonnie Youngdeer and husband Barney all of Cherokee, Kina Swimmer of Black Mountain, NC, Dinah and Jerry Melton of Tennessee; 10 Grandchildren, Obie, Curtis, Gracie, Josh, Ada, Ashley, Noah, Johnny, Homer and Bam-Bam; 13 Great grandchildren, Isaiah, Aaliyah, Richard, Sateva, Slevin, Colby, Dragon, Addison, Kylond, Addi, Calvin, JP and Butterbean; Special friends, Susie Haynes and husband Bill and Marion Thompson.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6pm-9pm at Long House Funeral Home, the funeral service will be on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Long House Funeral Home starting at 11 am. Burial will follow at the Ike Swimmer Cemetery with Pall Bearers, Homer, Johnny Thompson, Josh Swimmer, Obie Swimmer and Jerry Maney.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Billy Jacob Carpenter, age 75, of Sylva passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014. A native of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Bruce Carpenter and the late Aileen Cagle Carpenter. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Timothy Bruce Carpenter, one brother, Harry Carpenter, one sister, Annie Carpenter and one great grandson, Caleb McFalls.

Billy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Euna Raye Farmer Carpenter. He is also survived by two daughters; Sherry McFalls (Joe) of Cullowhee and Andrea Hooper (Brandon) of Sylva as well as four sisters; Mildred Cole (Caro), Mary Lou Ashe, Faye Powell (Harry) all of Sylva, June Chastain of Cullowhee, two brothers; Ray (Doris) Carpenter and James Carpenter both of Sylva. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Chris (Samantha) McFalls of Sylva, Brian (Crystal) McFalls of Bryson City, Kimberly Carpenter and Blake Carpenter both of Canton. Five great grandchildren also survive.

A funeral service will be Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with Rev. David Powell officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Stillwell Cemetery. Pall Bears will be Chris McFalls, Brian McFalls, Bruce Carpenter, Andrew Queen, Stephen Boone, Dustin Cabe and Brandon Cabe. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Colten McFalls, Evan McFalls, Harold Cole and Nathan Beck.