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Donald Jackson Bailey, 80, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord Friday morning, June 12, 2015. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late William and Lillie DeHart Bailey. He was a founding member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Carroll and Stanley Bailey.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years Gay Nell Stephens Bailey

Son- Alan Bailey (Lucinda) of Los Angeles, CA.

Daughter- Lynda Bailey of Albany, GA.

Stepchildren- Melissa Foxworth of Sylva and Bobby Moore of Florida

2 Sisters- Wilma Gibson (Bob) of Andrews

                Dorothy Ogle (CW) of Whittier

2 Brothers- Jack Bailey of Snow Camp, NC

                   Charles Bailey (Vickie) of Bryson City

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Monday June 15 at Lighthouse Baptist Church with the Revs. Matt Ledbetter and Lloyd Fish officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday evening at Appalachian Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church, PO Box 501, Dillsboro, NC 28725. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

 

John M. Cox, 69, of Cullowhee, passed away peacefully at home Saturday morning June 13, 2015. John will long be remembered for his ready smile, sense of humor, warm hugs and friendly nature. John lived in Jackson County for over 40 years, moving here with his wife, Cookie, and their children, Rachel and Joshua, to “live off the land”. During that time, he was a creative builder and artistic woodworker. At age 50, he went back to college and earned his teaching degree, going on to teach eighth grade math at Swain Middle School. He was a truly versatile human being. He loved playing handball, shooting pool, playing music, riding his motorcycle with friends and spending time with his family. We will miss his wide range of knowledge, adventurous spirit, curiosity, courage and grace…and of course, those twinkling blue eyes.

He is survived by his wife Janice (Cookie) Cox of the home, his daughter Rachel Cox of New York City, son Joshua Cox and his family (wife Arlene, children Iris and Xolan) of California, sisters Marcia Holzman of California with nephew Scott Solberg, and Susan Ridgway of Texas with niece Elena Glassberg. 

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

 

 

 

“Donald Hannah, age 64, of Sylva passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at The Hermitage. He is the son of the late Warner and Viola Hannah. He attended Faith Baptist Church.

He is survived by 4 brothers and sisters Linzy Hannah, Thomas Hannah, Travis Hannah and Maggie Hardee; 5 nieces and nephews in Sylva Cody Terry, Josh Hannah, Raven Terry, Cheyanne Hannah and Jazmin Johnson; also several nieces and nephews in Georgia.

A memorial Service will be held Wednesday June, 17 at 6:00 pm at Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Peter Mudge officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church.

Appalachian Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.”

 

 

Louise Gunter, age 71, of Whittier, passed away, Monday, June 15, 2015 at Tasali Care Center. She is the daughter of the late James Edward and Elizabeth Sheets Price. She was a member of Whittier Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and being with her family.

Louise is survived by her husband of 48 years, Kenneth Gunter, three children; Patricia Gunter of Cherokee, Greg Gunter of Raleigh and Michael Gunter of Bryson City. Six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four brothers and one sister also survive.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. James Gunter officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 am, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Gunter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

Angela Clydene Hoff Horton, 70, of Waynesville, died at Mission Hospital Monday June 22, 2015 after a period of declining health.

She moved to Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center in Waynesville in 2008 from Phoenix, Arizona where she spent most of her adult life. She retired from Pacific Mutual Life where she worked in Customer Service. She was an active square dancer and loved to crochet and quilt.  She was an enrolled Chickasaw, and while living in Oklahoma volunteered to prepare meals for elders, and enjoyed attending Fall Festival.

Angela is survived by her companion and the love of her life Arthur Pitts, her sister, Rebecca Middleton, brother in law Arlin Middleton, nieces Kelli Jo Claxton and Bonnie Jean Claxton. She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil “Bud” Hoff and Fairy Love Hoff.

An online registry is available at www.appalachiafuneralservices.com, where services will be announced as soon as they become available.

 

 

 

 

. Dr. John Thomas Bunn, 88 of Sylva, passed away at his residence on June 25, 2015, after a life of service to ministry and his community. Dr. Bunn was born on February 10, 1927 to John H. and Fannie Finch Bunn. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois Webb Bunn, three sons David Bunn and wife Joanie Walser Bunn, Steve Bunn and wife Donna Carden Bunn and Raymond Bunn and wife Sandra Wilkey Bunn, two granddaughters Sheila Bunn Gibson and Stephanie Bunn Bryant and two great granddaughters Jessica Gibson and Emily Bryant. Dr. Bunn was ordained to the Gospel Ministry on June 4, 1944 at First Baptist Church in Morehead City, NC. He received a BA from Wake Forest College and a M.Div. and PhD. From Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Bunn served as the chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy and Professor of Religious Studies at Campbell University from 1960-1975. He was the president of the General Board of the Baptist State Convention of NC from 1983-1987. Dr. Bunn served as pastor at many churches including First Baptist Church of Sylva. He served on numerous community boards and committees. In addition, he also served as the Mayor of Sylva. Dr. Bunn was one of the founders of United Christian Ministries of Jackson County. Dr. Bunn was an amazing pastor, teacher, theologian, writer humanitarian and friend. Dr. Bunn blessed the lives of every person he ever met. He had a deep love for God, family, the church and humankind. Dr. Bunn’s life was an example of what it truly means to live out God’s calling in every aspect of life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Christian Ministries of Jackson County.

The Sunday morning Worship Service at 10:30 am at the Sylva First Baptist Church will be in Dr. Bunn’s Memory

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

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Gerald P. Seagle, 61 of Sylva, went to be with his Heavenly Father, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Guy Seagle and Cora Ray.

He enjoyed ginseng and ramp digging; he was a member of Piney Mountain Baptist Church, loved his grandkids and just loved church and loved life.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elle Mae, step-father, Horace Ray and brother, Fred Thomas Seagle.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Rebecca Seagle, two daughters; Sherry Lynn Owle (Ernesto) of Cherokee and Lillie Mae Seagle (Benito) of Webster, his grandchildren; Phillip, Reyna, Korrina Owle, and Benito Ray Mendia, his twin brother, David Earl Seagle and one sister, Betty Jean Elliott. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 pm, Friday, June 26, 2015 at Piney Mountain Baptist Church.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

 

 

Claude Buchanan, 89, of Pisgah Forest, formerly of Sylva, passed away Saturday June 27, 2015.

A native of Jackson County he was the son of the late Jeff and Mary Jane Buchanan. He was an U.S. Navy Veteran. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers Fremont and Huey Buchanan and by his sister Barbara Payne.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Moore Buchanan.

Brothers- Fremont and Huey Buchanan

Sister- Alice Morgan of California

Brother- John Buchanan of Brevard

Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Dennis Burrell officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to the Service at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Carson Cemetery in Macon County. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

 

 

 

Melvin Carl Wykle, age 89, of Whittier died Sunday, June 28, 2015 at his home. A lifetime resident of Jackson County,  Melvin was born May 19, 1926. He is the son of the late Pearson L. and the late Martha (Hensley) Wykle.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Wilma King Wykle; brothers, Raymond, Clarence and Robert; sisters, Romola and Viola, and a son, John Wykle.

He was a logger and loved to hunt, and make a garden.  He was a very loving father, brother, and grandfather.

He is survived by sons, Carl, Michael and Eddie  Wykle of Whittier, and James Wykle of Bryson City; a daughter, Elizabeth Winder of Leichester; a sister, Eloise Baldwin; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Appalachian Funeral Service of Sylva on Wednesday, July 1, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. James Gunter officiating. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. Burial will follow the funeral in Barker’s Creek Cemetery in Whittier. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com