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Miscellaneous Cherokee County, North Carolina Obituaries


Charles William Laney
Charles William Laney, 60, of Murphy, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. A native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, he was the son of Nessie McTaggart Laney of Murphy and the late Thad Laney. At the age of 20, he bought a small country store in the Hot House Community of which became Laney’s Grocery and Tire Center. His greatest love was his family and his greatest desire was to be an excellent provider for his family. As a result of that desire, he was a very successful businessman in the store for over 30 years. He was a real estate developer and real estate salesperson and was truly a visionary in our area. He loved Cherokee County and his community passionately and also served on the board of the Cherokee County Commissioners along with Cherokee County Social Services Board. During his commission term, his greatest passion was to see many of the Cherokee County schools improved and upgraded. He was currently an active board member of The Home Bank. After retiring from the store, he was now employed by Appalachian Land Company of Murphy owned by his son-in-law and daughter, Steve and Jo Crowe. His favorite pastimes were his farm, hunting, and the outdoors. He received the most pleasure from encouraging others to reach the great potential God has placed within them in every area of their lives. He loved seeing people work hard, prosper, and be successful in all facets. However, his greatest love was his family and especially his seven grandchildren of whom he cherished dearly. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife of 41 1/2 years, Faye Bryant Laney; two daughters, Jo Laney Crowe and husband, Steve of Murphy, and Kimberly Laney Harris and husband, Tom of West Palm Beach, Fla.; one son, Charles Erik Laney and wife, Allison of Murphy; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Jared, Joseph, and Jesselyn Crowe, and Joshua, Kaitlyn, and Caroline Harris; two sisters, Carolyn Rogers and Shirley Williams; and three brothers, Calvin Laney, Bobby Laney, and Denny Laney. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 8, in the First Baptist Church of Murphy with Dr. Woodrow Busch and Charles’ dear friend, Bill Curry officiating. Private family graveside services were held in the Laney Family Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Ware officiating. Pallbearers were Jon Payne, Joseph Watson, Keith Williams, Mark Allison, Sonny Wallace, and Dr. Herbert D. Barks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Light House Christian School, 6371 John Smith Road East, Blairsville, GA 30552 or The National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 624, Murphy, NC 28906. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.

Irene Chance
Irene Chance, 81, of Murphy, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Murphy Medical Center. A native of Haywood County, she had lived in Cherokee County for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late George Washington and Grace Mabel Chapman Conard and the wife of the late Howard E. Chance, who died March 18, 1997. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Sweetwater Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Polly Chance of Andrews, and Betty Fenimore of Murphy; seven sons, Dan Brown of Calhoun, Ga., Jerry Brown of Topton, David and Billy Brown both of Andrews, Allen and Robert Brown both of Marble, and Sam Brown of Murphy; a brother, Tommy Conard of Calhoun, Ga.; and 25 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 6, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with the Rev. Harold Stiles officiating. Burial was in the Sweetwater Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy, Ronnie, Travis, Terry, and Shane Brown, Charles Chance, and Shea Fleming. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.

Eliabeth "Liz" Clough Ellison
Elizabeth “Liz” Clough Ellison, 36, of Mt. Airy, Ga., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003. Born in Stafford County, Va. on October 10, 1966, she was the daughter of Carolyn and John Franklin of Murphy. She was the front end manager at Ingles in Clarkesville, Ga. She was of the Baptist faith and loved computers and crafts. Additional survivors include a daughter, Krystal Kinsell of Ellenton, Fla; a son, Josh Kinsell of Mt. Airy; a brother, Leon Melvin Clough III of Orlando, Fla.; and aunts and uncle-in-law, Maravene and Clay Osgood and Brenda Clough, all of Sarasota, Fla. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 31, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home in Cornelia, Ga. with the Rev. J.R. Elrod officiation. Burial was in Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Benefit Fund for Josh Kinsell” c/o Community Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 1900, Cornelia, GA 30531, Atten: Jennifer Barrs. McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

Glenmary Father Jim Wilmes
Glenmary Father Jim Wilmes, 76, a member of the Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners for 46 years, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Robbinsville. Born Jan. 31, 1927, the Chicago, Ill., native collapsed while shoveling snow. Father Wilmes began his ministry career in North Carolina in the 1950s, working as an associate pastor in Murphy, and as the director of Pius XII Pastoral Center at Buck Creek. He, along with several other Glenmary priests, were the first Catholic clergy to bring Catholicism to Western North Carolina, holding tent revivals during the summer and visiting the people of the area door to door. In 1986, he returned to North Carolina as pastor of the Glenmary missions in Andrews and Robbinsville. Father Jerry Dorn, president of Glenmary Home Missioners said Father Wilmes was a man steeped in commitment to the Catholic Church. “He was committed to missionary life and to reaching out and giving service to the poorest of the poor.” Father Dorn said. “He truly will be missed.” Father Wilmes moved to his first mission pastorate in Franklin, in 1960. From 1962-1968 his ministry focused on promoting Glenmary’s work from Glenmary Headquarters in Cincinnati and in Fairfield, Conn. He then moved on to pastorates in Claxton, Ga., in 1968 and Hugo, Okla., in 1976. He returned to North Carolina as pastor of Holy Redeemer Church in Andrews in 1986, where he stayed until retiring in 1998. Following his retirement, he chose to remain in Robbinsville, living in a backroom of Prince of Peace Church. Always trying to be the priest he felt God expected him to be, he continued his ministry of serving the needs of the local Catholic community as well as reaching out to the greater community. He is survived by his sister, Loretta M. Vaughn of Downers Grove, Ill.; and two brothers, Richard of Schaumberg, Ill., and Robert of DesPlaines, Ill.; as well as fellow Glenmarians and many close friends. Visitation took place Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Our Lady of the Fields Chapel at the Glenmary Residence, Fairfield, Ohio. A prayer service was also held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wed., Feb. 12, at St. Gabriel Church in Glendale, Ohio. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. A memorial Mass was held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Andrews on Saturday, Feb. 8. Father Wilmes requested that memorials be made to Glenmary Home Missioners, P.O. Box 465618, Cincinnati, OH 45246-5618. Glenmary Home Missioners is a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers, staff over 60 missions throughout Appalachia, the South and Southwest. Through service, Word and sacrament, Glenmarians establish the Catholic Church in areas with little Catholic presence and reach out to serve the spiritually and materially poor in neglected rural areas of the United States.

Warren G. "Pop Eagle" Eller
Warren G. “Pop Eagle” Eller, age 79, of Britthaven of Graham Nursing Home in Robbinsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was a native of Polk County, Tenn. and was a World War II, U.S. Army veteran. He was a textile worker and had worked for Pharr Yarns, Inc. in McAdenville. He was a former member of the Nantahala Rescue Squad, the V.F.W., and was an avid CB fan. He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Nantahala, where he loved to sing and was a choir leader. He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Grover Eller; and his mother and stepfather, Maggie Leona Yonce Eller Wilson and Marvin Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Ada Kathleen Rush Eller of Britthaven of Graham Nursing Home in Robbinsville; a son, Bernard Eller and wife Vickie Eller of Mt. Holly; a daughter, Carolyn Maude Eller Wells of Cherryville; two sisters-in-law, Lois Sadler and Bonnie Stewart both of Gastonia; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Don and Marsha Rush of Stanley, and Jerry and Jeanne Rush of Lowell; three grandchildren, Edward Eller, Mike Guys and Deborah Guys all of Gastonia; and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 7, at the Townson Rose Chapel in Andrews. The Revs. Marlin McMaha and S.J. Waters officiated. Burial was in the Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery in Macon County. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Britthaven of Graham Nursing Home Activity Fund, P.O. Box 1147, Robbinsville, NC 28771. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lewis King
Lewis King, 85, of Murphy died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Copper Basin Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Ed and Verdie Brown King. He was a carpenter and form builder for the TVA, having worked on Hiwassee, Appalachia, and Ocoee Dams. He later worked as an independent pulp wood agent for Bowater Paper Corp. He owned and operated King Livestock Auction located on the current site of King’s Flea Market and was an avid antique furniture collector. He served on the Cherokee County School Board from April 1951 to December 1972 and served on the Cherokee County Fair Committee. He was a member of the Murphy First Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Lois Sneed King; two sons, Edwin Walter “Eddie” King and William Lewis “Billy” King both of Murphy; and four grandchildren, Carol Elaine King and Edwin Walter King Jr. both of Murphy, Lewis James King of Atlanta, Ga., and Stephen William King of Dallas, Texas. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 27, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with Dr. Woodrow Busch officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery. Pallbearers were Edwin Walter King Jr., Lewis James King, Stephen William King, Doug King, Ricky Joe Stiles, and Ricky Peak. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of all arrangements.

John Buster Benson
John Buster Benson, 85, of Fairview Park, Ohio, formerly of Andrews, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at a Fairview Park care center. A native of Ramsey, Ill., he had lived in Ft. Myers, Fla., and Andrews before moving to Fairview Park. He was the son of the late John Henry and Bertha Louella Rose Smith and the husband of the late Isabella Uffelman Benson, who died March 12, 1989. He was an US Army veteran and was a retired truckdriver. He was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Speir of Fairview Park, Ohio, and Sandra Richardson of Bradenton, Fla.; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. No services were planned. Cremains will be interred next to his wife in Spring Grove, Pa. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of arrangements.

Callie Evelyn Adams
Callie Evelyn Adams, 91, of Andrews, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at an Andrews care facility. A native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Albert Alvin and Eliza Raxter Adams. She was a homemaker and had worked as a seamstress for Andrews Dry Cleaners for many years. She was a member of the Valley River Baptist Church. Surviving are eight nephews and their families. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 2, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, with the Rev. Roy Phillips officiating. Burial was in Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery. The family request memorials may be made to Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jean Phillips, P.O. Box 1189, Andrews, NC 28901. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Lottie Morgan
Lottie Morgan, 94, of Nantahala died Friday, June 13, 2003, at an Andrews care facility. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Lethia Trammel Garey and the widow of Walter Charlie Morgan. She was a member of the Bethel Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three sons, Edward, Cecile and Joe Morgan. Surviving are four daughters, Mildred Grant and husband, Doyle of Nantahala, Madge Morgan, Joyce Owenby and husband, Verden and Janice Dockery all of Andrews; three daughters-in-law, Bobbie Morgan and Phyllis Morgan both of Nantahala, and Anne Morgan of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 15, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, with the Revs. France Postell and Mickey Stewart officiating. Burial was held Monday, June 16, in Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven Grant, Stanley and Kenny Morgan, Keith Owenby, Brian Dockery and Keith Cochran. The family requests memorials be made to the Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c /o Carlene Grant, 131 Hampton Road, Topton, NC 28781. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Elaine Hewlett Thorpe
Elaine Hewlett Thorpe, 80, of Andrews died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Murphy Medical Center. A native of Charleroi, Pa., she had lived in Pittsburgh, Pa. before moving to Andrews in 1991. She was the daughter of the late John and Mabel Orange Hewlett. She was a homemaker and a life member of the Alumnae Nurse’s Association. She was also a member of the Andrews Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her husband, John S. Thorpe; and two daughters, Margaret T. Breiner of Cambridge, Mass. and Linda McCormick of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Private memorial services were held Friday, June 13 at Andrews First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Frank Hamilton officiating. Commitment was in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, Pa. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of arrangements.

Steven Grant Shields
Steven Grant Shields, 56, of Bryson City, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at his residence. A native of Macon County, he was a son of Myrtle Grant Shields and the late Emmitt Grady Shields. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Laura Shields of Bryson City and Lisa Shields McSweeney and husband, Warren; brothers, Willard Shields of Shelby and Cecil Shields of Granite Falls; and sisters, Margaret and Chloe of Nantahala, Reba of Marion, Norma Jean of Citra, Fla. and Anna Laura of Cherryville. The funeral services were held Friday, June 13, in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Cochran officiated. Burial was in Swain Memorial Park. Crisp Funeral Home, Bryson City, was in charge of arrangements.

Clyde Stalcup
Clyde Stalcup, 75, of Marble, died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home. He was a native of Cherokee County. He was a retired Flight engineer from the U.S. Air Force and served in World War II and the Korean Conflict he also was a test flight engineer at Lockheed of Marietta, Ga. He was the son of the late Will Ira and Blanche Moss Stalcup and was preceded in death by brother, Ira Stalcup and stepmother, Della Stalcup. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mae Jordan Stalcup; one son and his wife, Michael and Sheila Stalcup of Marble; one daughter and her husband, Sherri and Mark Woodson of Canton, Ga.; three brothers, Henry and his wife, Dorothy Stalcup, Charlie and his wife, Louise Stalcup all of Marble and James Stalcup of Marble; 18 nieces and nephews; and two granddaughters, Tracey Stalcup and Ashley Woodson; and a sister-in-law, Inez Stalcup of Mt. Vernon, Wash. A graveside service and burial was held Wednesday, June 11, at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Marble with military graveside rites conducted by the Robins Air Force Base Honor Guard from Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Harold Wilson
Johnnie Harold Wilson, 81, of Marble, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Murphy Medical Center in Murphy. A native of Cherokee County, he was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a self-employed builder and a member of the Peachtree United Methodist Church. He was a son of the late Isaac Newton and Mabel Witt Wilson and was preceded in death by a son, Richard H. Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Pendley Wilson; a son, Harold M. Wilson and his wife, Carolyn of Marble; two brothers, Gerald Wilson of Marble and Herbert Wilson of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Millicent Dooley of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren, Kristi Mingus, Dwayne Wilson and wife, Samantha, Trent Wilson and Brad Wilson; and four great-grandchildren, Lauren Mingus, Hannah Wilson, Noah Wilson and Nathanael Wilson. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 15 at Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. The Revs. Clyde Faulkner, Bud Brock and Dr. Chester Jones officiated. Burial was in the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dwayne Wilson, Trent Wilson, Brad Wilson, Michael Mingus, Gary Wilson, Ronnie Wilson and Jerry Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were men from the Peachtree United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: The Gideons International, P.O. Box 624, Murphy, NC 28906 or to the Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Hendrix, 3195 Old Peachtree Road, Murphy, NC 28906. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Martha Mosteller Martin
Martha Mosteller Martin, 68, of Wilson, formerly of Clay County, died Saturday, June 21, 2003 at a Wilson care facility. A native of Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Mull Mosteller and the wife of the late Donald Edward Martin, who died Jan. 31, 1985. She was a homemaker and a member of the Oak View Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Glenda Martin McDaniel of Marble; two sons, Robert Lee Martin of Hayesville and James Edward Martin of Waynesville; three sisters, Joyce Guffey and Nellie Stamey both of Hayesville and Eva Stamey of Warne; two brothers, Donald Mosteller of Murphy and Bill Mosteller of Hayesville; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, June 27, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Rev. David Cothren officiating. Burial was in the Oak View Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donnie McDaniel, Greg Shields, Terry and Kane Martin, Willard Huffman and James Roberson. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, was in charge of all arrangements.

Joseph Cody Mayberry
Joseph Cody Mayberry, 18, of Franklin, died June 26, 2003, at Angel Hospital, Franklin, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A native of Swain County, he had recently joined the U.S. Army, and was to report for duty on July 1. He was a member of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Franklin. He is survived by his parents, Danny Mayberry and Janelle Rathbone Dixon of Franklin; one brother, Anthony Mayberry of Cleveland, Ga.; grandparents, James and Nancy Rathbone of Marble and Don and Georgia Mayberry of Murphy; maternal great-grandparents, Eugene and Palice Beaver of Andrews; and paternal great-grandmother, Thelma Pendergrass of Marble. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 29, at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Murphy. Services were conducted by Elder Norman Locke with a eulogy given by Brother Clayton Smith. Pallbearers were Gene Garrison, Harold Beavers, Michael Matheson, Bobby Foster, Bobby Stockton and Jason Fox. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Polly Ann Postell
Polly Ann Postell, 90, of Andrews, died Friday, June 27, 2003, in a Robbinsville nursing home. A native of Tellico Plains, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Andrew Evans and Nettie Bryson Evans. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent O. Postell, who died in 1986 and four children. She was a homemaker and a member of Red Marble Baptist Church. She is survived by seven children, Mary Wright, Bud Postell, Hillard Postell, Harold Postell and Donnie Postell all of Andrews, Naomi Colvard of Eureka, Mont. and Willard Postell of Nantahala; two sisters, Pauline Dockery and Connie Holloway both of Andrews; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 29, at Red Marble Baptist Church. The Revs. Donald Colvard and Mickey Stewart officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Ward, Roy Wright, Tim Wright, Norman Postell, Jamie Postell, Jason Owenby, Mike Pendergrass, Ron Crawford, Andy Postell and Matt Postell. Macon Funeral Home, Franklin, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert H. "Bobby" Hogsed
Robert H. “Bobby” Hogsed, 50, of Andrews died Sunday, June 29, 2003 at Murphy Medical Center. A native of Haywood County, he had lived in Cherokee County for most of his life. He was the son of the late Raymond and Jean Duckett Hogsed. He had worked as a policeman for the Andrews Police Department for 10 years and later worked as a jailer and dispatcher for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of the Junaluska Baptist Church, the Fraternal Order of the Police and the Andrews VFW Post 7620. Surviving are his wife, Janice Creasman Hogsed; a step-daughter, Diane Myers of LaVergne, Tenn.; a step-son, Matthew Sean Creasman of Andrews; a brother, Charlie Hogsed of Andrews; and maternal grandmother, Louise Duckett of Andrews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, with the Rev. Lewis Welch officiating. Burial was in the Valleytown Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Andrews VFW Post 7620. Pallbearers were Brad Johnson, Rocky Burrell, Jody Bandy, Eddie Mathis, Robert Kendrick and John Weaver. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Junaluska Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1325, Andrews, NC 28901. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Pat An Postlethwait
Patricia Ann Postlethwait, 51, of Andrews, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. She was a native of Wilkes Barre, Pa., and the daughter of Nestora Volinsky Blazes and the late William Blazes. An Andrews resident for 18 years, she was the treasurer of the Cherokee County Food Pantry and had received the Governor’s Award for her volunteer work in several volunteer clubs in which she was active. She worked at The Andrews Journal for 7 years. In addition to her mother, Nestora Blazes of Dallas, Pa., she is survived by her husband, William E. Postlethwait of Andrews; a son, William E. Postlethwait Jr. of Andrews; and a sister, Connie Dorrance of Dallas, Pa. Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lewis Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803.

Annie "Polly" McGuire
Annie “Polly” McGuire, 97, of Andrews died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, in an Andrews care facility. A native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Hugh Samuel and Cynthia M. Blanton Stewart and the wife of the late James Vernon “Muss” McGuire, who died May 26, 1963. She was a school teacher for 43 years, teaching at Andrews Elementary and several small area schools. She was a member of the Andrews First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ann Brooks. Surviving are one daughter, Dorcas M. Brooks of Andrews; one grandson, Jerry Brooks and his wife, Angie of Andrews; and two great-granddaughters, Jessica Leigh and Jaclynn Alaina Brooks. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. at Andrews First Baptist Church with the Rev. Harry Hawk and Dr. Tommy Lamb officiating. Burial was in Valleytown Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star Andrews Chapter No. 15. Pallbearers: Michael Gray, Gary Gray, Thomas Ray Frye, David Brooks, John Higdon, and Teddy Adams. The family received friends at Andrews First Baptist Church prior to the services. The family requests memorials be made to Andrews First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 427, Andrews, NC 28901. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

R.M. Payne
R.M. Payne, 69, of Andrews died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at his residence. A native of Polk County, Tenn., he had lived in Andrews for 42 years. He was the son of the late M.P. and Della Cantrel Payne. He had worked for 20 years as a truck driver for the Cherokee County Landfill, retiring in 1995. Surviving are his wife, Annie Jones Payne; a daughter, Sherie Barnett and her husband, Jimmy of Murphy; a son, John Payne and his wife, Marcella of Andrews; three sisters, Hilda Brown and Mary Wallace both of Orlando, Fla., and Willie Mae Payne of Cleveland, Tenn.; a brother, Mitchell Payne of Ducktown, Tenn.; a grandson, Josh Barnett; and a great granddaughter, Emily Barnett. Memorial services were held Sunday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, with Revs. L.B. Adams and Donald Watkins officiating. The family received friends prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Good Shepherd Home Health and Hospice Agency, P.O. Box 465, Hayesville, NC 28904. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Col. Ret. Leon C. Luther
Col. Ret. Leon C. Luther of Chester, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Johnston Willis Hospital. He was born and raised on a farm near Andrews, and graduated from the Andrews public school system. He continued to manage the family farm during his lifetime. After graduation from Blanton’s Business College in 1937, he was employed by the Underwood Elliott Fisher Co. in Asheville, until he entered the army in 1941. Before his retirement from the army in 1970, his assignments included tours of duty in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. At the end of World War II, he was with the Air Corps in the Southwest Pacific. He served in Korea during 1951-52 as an adviser to a Korean combat infantry division. He was a military attache in Iran during 1965-68. he served in the munitions command during the Vietnam era 1968-70. After retirement from active duty, he accepted a position at what is now the Army Logistics Management College to complete 38 years total government service. He was a graduate of the Army Advance Signal School, the Command and general Staff School, the Defense Intelligence School, the Defense Language Institute and numerous other service schools. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Andrews. He was initiated into the John A. Nichols Lodge 650, A.F. & A.M., Asheville, in 1948, was raised to the 32 of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1949 and remained a member of the Asheville Consistory until his death. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry R. Luther and a sister, Blondine Luther Snyder. He is survived by his wife, Grace E. Warren Luther, to whom he was married since 1945; nephews, Harry R. Luther of Clemmens and Stephen N. Luther of Candler; and niece, Susan Luther Hernandez of Pasadena, Calif. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Chesterfield Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the leon C. and Grace E. Luther Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 1888, Asheville, NC 28802 for scholarship and financial assistance for children of Valleytown Township.

John Pullium
John Pullium, 47, of Robbinsville, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004. He was a native of Graham County and the son of John Cross Pullium and the late Jayne White Pullium who preceded him in death in June of 1988. He was also a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his father, he is survived by his son, Cyrus Cross Pullium; Cyrus’s mother, Jeanne Phillips Pullium, both of Sylva; two sisters, Becky Day Roper of Andrews and Julie Manuel of Fletcher, N.C. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Townson-Smith Funeral Home will be in charge of all arrangements.

Dakota Cruz Colbert
Dakota Cruz Colbert, infant son of Pernell and Katina Brown Colbert of Murphy, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at Murphy Medical Center. In addition to his parents Pernell and Katina Brown Colbert, he is survived by his brother, Nicholas Cordelle Brown of Robbinsville; a sister, Toria Faith Colbert of Andrews; paternal grandmother, Betty Ruth Colbert of Murphy; and maternal grandmother, Bettie Brown Millsaps of Robbinsville. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Neil Colbert and maternal grandfather, Juel E. Millsaps. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 30, at Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. The Rev. Aud Brown officiated. Burial was in Brown Cemetery in the Snowbird section of Robbinsville. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Diana Mateo
Diana Mateo, 40, of Marble, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Murphy Medical Center. A native of Homestead, Fla., Diana had lived in Marble for the past five years. She was a CNA with a hospital in Homestead and she attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Surviving are her husband, Guillermo Mateo; three daughters, Janice Hughes and Raeanna Mateo both of Marble, and Christina Shoopman of Murphy; three sons, William Mateo, Emilio Mateo and Joshua Reece Mateo all of Marble; her parents, Walter Reed Benefield of Homestead, Fla., and Alma Jean Wilson Swezey of Marble; her maternal grandmother, Frances Wilson of Marble; and two grandchildren. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday Feb. 2 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, with Rev. Aud Brown officiating. Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, was in charge of arrangements.

Edith A. England
Edith A. England, 80, of Hayesville, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at her residence. A native of Buncombe County, she had lived in Ashe and Madison counties before moving to Clay County 40 years ago. She was the daughter of the late William Henry and Dollie Clinton Arrowood. She was a homemaker and also worked as a substitute school teacher in Hayesville. She was a member of the Truett Memorial Baptist Church, where she was active with the GA’s. She had worked with the 4-H Clubs for several years. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bessie Reeves and eight brothers, Fuller, Carr, Rufus, Bill, George, Cecil, Filete and Ben Arrowood. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Printess W. England; a daughter, Nancy Kay Andrews and husband, Rick of Sanford; three sons, Steven C. England and Maurice W. England both of Hayesville and William G. “Bill” England and wife, Benita of Brasstown; and three grandchildren, Brandy Joyner of Marble, Jarred England of New London, Conn., and Brett England of Brasstown. Funeral services were held Friday, March 26, in the Truett Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. Burial was in the Hayesville Baptist/Presbyterian Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Battle, Steve Cox, Darrell McClure, Barry Lunsford, Bruce Davenport and Tommy Evans. Honorary pallbearers were Brandy and Ben Joyner, Jarred and Brett England, Malcomb Blankenship, Kenny Davenport, Herb Wilson, Lester Danner, Paul Vaught, Todd Phillips and David Ray. The family requests memorials be made to the Truett Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 464, Hayesville, NC 28904. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville was in charge of all arrangements.

John Clinton Lovingood
John Clinton Lovingood, 45, of Marble died Monday, March 22, 2004, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County, he had served in the US Army. He had worked for Baker Furniture for several years and later as a lineman and inspector for Ditel. He was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Marble. He enjoyed cooking and doing odd jobs for people in the community. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Wayne Lovingood. Surviving are his paternal grandmother, who raised him as a son, Wilma Lovingood of Marble; his father and step-mother, Clinton and Kathy Moss Lovingood of Marble; his mother, Fannie Davis Ware of Murphy; a sister, Jean Hogsed and husband, Malcolm of Andrews; a half-brother, Stacy Lovingood of Marble; and two nieces, Breeze Hogsed and Alyssa Lovingood and a nephew, Nathan Hogsed. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 24, in the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Marble with the Revs. Paul Ray Morgan and Randal Moss officiating. Burial was held Thursday morning, March 25, in Moss Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold, Mark and Daniel Johnson, Doug and Greg Lovingood and Todd Moss. The family requests memorials be made to the United Community Bank in Andrews in memory of John Clinton Lovingood. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Dorothy "Dot" Glenn
Dorothy “Dot” Glenn, 77, of Andrews and formerly of Miami died Friday, March 26, 2004, in Murphy following an extended period of illness. Born Nov. 4, 1926, in Madison, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Cliff and Sue Richardson. She grew up in South Florida and graduated from Miami Jackson High School in 1944. Following in her father’s footsteps, she persued a brief career in law enforcement and was among the first female graduates of the Miami Police Academy. After a 23-year career in banking and homemaking, she lost her husband, Johnny, in 1969. She married his younger brother, Robert, in 1970. Soon after, in 1972, she lost her only daughter, Cheryl Cerratto. The family lived in Okechobee, Fla., until 1982, when her husband’s retirement from the postal service enabled them, along with her son, John, and daughter-in-law, Vicki, to return again to the mountains she loved. The past 22 years were spent enjoying her grandchildren, Traci and J.B, son-in-law John Anderson, daughter-in-law Christi Hogsed and her great-grandchildren, Rachel, Bailey and Morgan. Memorial services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy. Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy was in charge.

Eugene Palmer
Eugene Palmer, 62, of Marble died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Mission St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville. He was a lifelong resident of this area and a member of Tomotla Baptist Church. He was also a member of Marble Springs Lodge 439 F&AM. Surviving are his wife, Cecile Palmer; a daughter, Lesley P. Pullium of Salisbury; two sons, Cameron Jerome Palmer of Herriman, Utah, and Eugene Jarrett Palmer of Murphy; two sisters, Janie Hughes and Geraldine Robertson, both of Murphy; and grandchildren, Michelle, Lucas and Will Pulliam; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy with Rev. Harold Stiles officiating. Burial was in Tomotla Baptist Church Cemetery. Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy, was in charge.

Earl L. Wall
Earl L. Wall, 84, of Robbinsville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 29, 2004, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. A native of Graham County, he was the son of the late Barnard and Melinda Sawyer Wall. He entered the U.S. Army on July 21, 1942, at Fort Bragg and served his country proudly. During his time of service, he worked on heavyduty weapons in England and saw combat duty during six battles in Germany. For his honorable service, he was awarded the following service medals: American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, FAME Service Medal with 3 bronze Service Stars, ASR Lapel Button, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and 30 Caliber Rifle Badge-M1. Surviving him are his wife of 42 years, Maxine “Polly” Stewart; daughters, Charlotte Mintz of Andrews, Loretta Phillips and Lorita Eller, both of Robbinsville and Denise Davis of Knoxville, Tenn.; sons, Michael Wall of Adairsville, Ga. and Ronnie Hedrick of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers, Grant Wall of Glen Burnie, Mo. and Charles D. Wall of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Beatrice Cobb of Robbinsville; and 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m., Thursday (today), April 1, at Lone Oak Baptist Church. The Rev. Scott Roper will officiate. Committal services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 2, at the Wall Family Cemetery, with a flag presentation by Carringer-Webster VFW Post 8635 and Eller Rogers Post 192. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Townson-Smith Funeral Home, Robbinsville, is in charge of arrangements.

Pam Sue Hoover Wooten
Pam Sue Hoover Wooten, 52, of Marble, formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Murphy. Wooten was born March 14, 1953, in St. Petersburg, Fla. and was the daughter of the late Earl and Grace Weiss Hoover. She was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are her daughters, Melanie Wooten of Marble, Barbara Lovett and husband Tony all of Murphy; son, Clint Wooten of Marble; grandsons, Mikey Ward and Miles Mason Ward; sisters, Jo Ann Steward of Seminole, Fla. and Sandra McCorkel of Largo, Fla.; brother, David Hoover of Andrews; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 15, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy with Rev. Calvin Murphy officiating. The family received friends following the service. Memorials may be made to: Humane Society of Valley River, P.O. Box 658, Murphy, N.C. 28906. Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy was in charge of all the arrangements.

Ernest Gerald Postell
Ernest Gerald Postell, 80, of Robbinsville, Tenn., and a former resident of Andrews, died Thursday morning, May 13, 2004, in Athens Regional Medical Center. A native of Andrews, he was the son of the late Thomas Henry and Ella Mae Durryburry Postell. He was a member of the Red Marble Church in Andrews. He served in the United States Marine Corp. during WWII, and was associated with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a public safety officer until his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Beatrice Ayers Postell of Riceville, Tenn.; one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Sue Postell of Sale Creek, Tenn.; one sister, Leora Raper of Andrews; two brothers, Marvin Postell of Andrews and Garland Postell of Mineral Bluff Ga. Funeral service were held on Saturday, May 15, 2004, in the Chapel of Jerry Smith Funeral Home with full military honors and Rev. Bob Daughtery officiating. The family recieved friends from 10 until 11 a.m before the service. Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens, Tenn. was in charge of all the arrrangements.

Clyde Smith
Clyde Smith, 71, of Topton, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at his residence. A native of Macon County, he was the son of the late Bruce and Jane Neal Smith. He was retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation where he served as a crew leader. He was a member of the Andrews Masonic Lodge and a member of Aquone Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Mary June Roper Smith; step-sons, Doug Hampton and his wife, Marquita of Nantahala and Steve Hampton and his wife, Amy of Almond; sister, Pauline Grove of Nantahala; grandchildren, Lacey and Aaron Hampton; and great-grandchild, Makayla West. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 9, at Aquone Baptist Church with the Revs. Andy Cloer, Roy Lindsey and David Postell officiating. Burial was in the Aquone Cemetery with Masonic Rites conducted by the Andrews Masonic Lodge. Pallbearers were Steve Hampton, Scott Ramsey, Tommy Baldwin, Danny Cook, Dennis Cook, Kenneth Cook, Hoyt Owenby and Steve Lopp. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Gregory, Bill Bateman, Mark Sparks, Jimmy Day and David Cook. Bryant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Owenby
Ruby Owenby, 91, of Archdale, formerly of Nantahala Community, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, in a Thomasville hospital. A native of Macon County, she had been living in Archdale for the past year. She was the daughter of the late John Henry Dills and Rosa Hasseltine Mason Dills Owenby and the wife of the late William Voyd Owenby, who died April 21, 1978. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Owenby. Surviving are three daughters, Iva Queen and husband, Bobby of Andrews, Gail Craven and husband, Butch of Archdale and Kaye Postell and husband, Willard of Topton; four sons, Darrell Owenby and wife, Janice of Asheboro, Ralph Owenby and wife, Della of Whittier, Paul Owenby and wife, Doris of Trinity and Boyce Owenby and wife, Mary Ellen of Archdale; three sisters, Gladys Owenby and Blanche Calhoun and husband, Charles all of Bryson City and Frances Passmore of Topton; a brother, Arthur Dills of Andrews; and 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 7, in Bethel Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. S.J. Waters and Oscar Passmore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill Queen, Tim, Brent and Jason Owenby, Kevin and Danny Craven and Jamie Postell. The family requests memorials be made to the Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o the Rev. Eugene Taylor, P.O. Box 85, Topton, NC 28781 or Union Hill Baptist Church, c/o Oscar Passmore, 2532 Camp Branch Road, Topton, NC 28781. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Gertrude Caldwell Ballew
Gertrude Caldwell Ballew, 86, of Marble, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Swain Medical Center in Bryson City. She was a native of Union County, Ga., and had lived in Cherokee County most of her life. For the past few years she had resided at Britthaven of Graham Care Center in Robbinsville. She was a member of Tomotla Baptist Church. She was a daughter of the late Howard Caldwell and Lola Elliott Caldwell Ashe and was preceded in death by her husband, John Wilburn “Tony” Ballew who died in 1999; two brothers, Grover Ashe and Carl Ashe; and a sister, Loretta Stalcup. She was an LPN and had worked at District Memorial Hospital for many years. She loved to play golf and was always ready for a good golf game with her friends. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Graveside services and burial were held Sunday, Aug. 8, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Murphy. The Rev. Aud Brown officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Gertrude Ballew to Gideons International, 31 Peachtree Street, Murphy, NC 28906. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Dockery
Ronald Dockery, 61, of Marion, formerly of Andrews, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, in N.C. Baptist Hospital. Born in Andrews to the late Hill and Ester Mae Jones Dockery, he was a retired employee of Ethan Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice O’Dear Dockery and brothers, Chuck Dockery, James Junior Dockery and Kendol Dockery. Surviving are his wife, Glenda Ray Dockery; a son, Brad Dockery of Marion; a daughter, Kim Hollifield of Marion; a step-son, Ellis Ledford of Marion; a step-daughter, Cindy Ledford of Marion; three brothers, Carroll Dockery of Mooresville, Boyd Dockery of Andrews and Dean Dockery of Marble; two sisters, Edna Mae Cross of Andrews and Mary Ellen Mehafey of Robbinsville; and six grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, July 31, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. The Rev. Ken Page officiated with burial following in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Kate Coffey
Kate Coffey Kirkland, 86, of Dacula, Ga., formerly of Cherokee County, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in a Gwinnett County, Ga. Care Center. She was a native of Cherokee County and the daughter of the late Virgil Coffey and Nora Bryson Coffey. She was the owner and operator of Kate’s Beauty Shop in Lawrenceville, Ga., for 25 years. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gudger A. Kirkland who died in July of 1998. She is survived by a son, Lynn Kirkland and his wife, Janie Kirkland of Dacula, Ga.; a brother, Roscoe Coffey of Aiken, S.C.; and a granddaughter, Stacey Kirkland. Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Townson Rose Chapel in Andrews. Dr. Homer Wilson officiated. Burial was in the Moss Cemetery in Marble. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bobbie Ray Jones
Bobbie Ray Jones, 66, of Andrews, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at St. Josephs Hospital in Atlanta. He was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was an electrical technician and had worked at Clifton Precision, Baker Furniture and Jones T.V. Repair. He was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church. He was a son of the late Robert William and Carsie Louise Leming Jones. He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Jones. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Edna May Millsaps Jones; two sons and their wives, Robert Ray and Denise Jones of Murphy and Chris Lee and Nikki Jones of Andrews; two brothers, Jack and his wife, Karen Jones of Sylva and David Rickett of Andrews; two sisters and their husbands, Shirley and Allen Myers of Atlanta and Brenda and Johnny Palmer of Marble; two grandchildren, Crystal Jones of Murphy and Kaylee Jones of Andrews; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 2, at Townson Rose Chapel in Andrews. The Pastor Richard Davis and the Rev. Charles Young officiated. Burial was in Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery in Andrews with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans organizations: Andrews V.F.W. Post No. 7620, Murphy V.F.W. Post No.10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post No. 96 and D.A.V. Chapter No. 73. Pallbearers were Mitch Millsaps, David Millsaps, Mike Millsaps, Marty Millsaps, Scott Sutton and Bert Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were James Patterson, James Barlett, Jimmy Pendergrass and Gary Barlett. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the: Bobbie Ray Jones Medical Expense Fund, c/o United Community Bank, P.O. Box 608, Andrews, NC 28901. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel L. Mauck Williams
Hazel L. Mauck Williams, 72, of Andrews, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at her residence after a period of declining health. She was a native of Graham County and had lived in Cherokee County since 1968. She retired from Baker Furniture and was a member of Sweet Gum Baptist Church. She was a gardener and loved her flower garden. She was an animal lover and took care of the stray cats around her neighborhood. She was also an avid Search a Word puzzle worker. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Eva Rogers Mauck. She was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Mauck Moody and her husband, Pearlie Williams. Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Joe Holder of Robbinsville, Connie and Jack Whitaker of Andrews; sisters, Winonna Mauck Whiteside of Greenville, S.C., Ella Mauck Riddle of Waynesville, Kathy Mauck Escobedo of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; brothers, Bill Mauck of Waynesville and Pete Mauck of Robbinsville; three grandchildren, Jackie, Katie and Jacob Whitaker. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Second Baptist Church with the Revs. Gale Jenkins and Donald Watkins officiating. Burial was in the Valleytown Cemetery. Melton-Riddle Funeral Home, Sylva, was in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel Hogsed
Hazel Hogsed, 89, of Andrews, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in an Andrews care facility. A native of Towns County, Ga., she had lived in Cherokee County for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late David and Laura Wood Kilpatrick and the wife of the late Ralph P. Hogsed, who died in June 1962. She retired after 26 years as an inspector for Berkshire Knitting Mills. She was a member of the Andrews United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women and she served as secretary of her Sunday School class. She also was a Gray Lady at District Memorial Hospital. Surviving are a daughter, Jan Jones of Andrews; two sons, Robert Hogsed and his wife, Brenda of Sylva and David Hogsed and his wife, Jerri of Brevard; a sister, Marie “Maggie” Herring of Dade City, Fla.; and seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 4, in the Andrews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Miller officiating. Burial was held Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Valleytown Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lowell Jones, John Brown, Larry Dailey, Scott Sutton, George Postell and Gary Tatham. The family requests memorials be made to the Andrews United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Fund, P.O. Drawer 1310, Andrews, NC 28901. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Fannie Mae Patton Burrell
Fannie Mae Patton Burrell, 83, of Hayesville, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at Murphy Medical Center in Murphy. A native and lifelong resident of Clay County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Meadow Grove Baptist Church. She had a heart of gold, loved children, was a mother of 12 and her door was always open to anyone in need. Her hobbies were quilting, sewing, cooking, canning, gardening and she loved flowers. She was a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Hattie Ella Lance Patton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Burrell who died Dec. 27, 1965; two sons, Edgar Jackson Burrell and Dick Burrell; two brothers, Frank Patton and J.D. Patton; and her sister, Inez McTaggart. She is survived by five sons and their wives, Johnny and Jo Ann Burrell of Murphy, and Bobby and Jennifer Burrell, Kenny and Lois Burrell, Ronnie and Bernice Burrell and Tommy and Michelle Burrell all of Hayesville; six daughters and their husbands, Clara and James Moss and Geraline and Lawson Lockaby all of Marble, Wanda and Paul Watkins, Shirley and Wallace Chastain and Frances and Mike Wilson all of Hayesville and Doris and Lloyd Collins of Blairsville, Ga.; two brothers, Ralph Patton and Jack Patton both of Hayesville; 34 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 30, at Townson Rose, Frank Rose Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville. The Pastor Deron Shuler officiated. Burial was in Hayesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ed Snowden, Larry Mease, Dale Auberry, Clifford Chastain, Steve Snowden, David Sistruck Jr., Paul McDowell and Eddie Franklin. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Major Lee Adams
Major Lee Adams, 76, of Asheville, formerly of Andrews, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. Upon his 20-year military retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he worked for Clifton Precision for 13 years. He moved to Asheville in 1979. Preceding him in death were his parents, "Gurd" and "Beth" Adams of Andrews; his daughter-in-law, Stephanie Aday Adams; and three-year-old grandson Jonathan Adams of Morristown, Tenn. Surviving are his wife, "Applee" of 52 years; one daughter, Teresa Curtis and husband, Tony of Murphy, their children, Traci Curtis, Trina Simmons and husband, Danny, and their daughter, Emma, all of Murphy; two sons, Robert Adams of Olympia, Wash., and his son Scott, and Bill Adams and his daughter, Mahala of Morristown, Tenn.; five sisters, his favorite sister, Mabelle Cooper of Marble, Jean Padgett of Louisiana, Edna Blackmon of South Carolina, Pearl Warren and Dot Derreberry both of Andrews; and brothers, Kenneth Adams of Georgia and C. H. Adams of Tennessee. He leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; and kind and helpful neighbors, Joy Henderson Hogsed, Steve Henderson, Edith Ensley, and Bill and Geneva Hart. Funeral services were held at Monday, Dec. 20, at the Townson Rose Chapel in Andrews. The Revs. Warren Elliott and Bob Gardner officiated. Burial was in the Grape Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Murphy with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans Organizations: Murphy V. F. W. Post 10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post 96 and D. A. V. Chapter 73. Pallbearers were Dusty Adams, Charles Young, Randy Young, Harold Garrett, Roger Adams and Randy Curtis. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Oscar A. Morgan
Oscar A. Morgan, 87, of the Nantahala Community, Topton, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, in an Andrews care facility. He was a native of Macon County where he had lived most of his life. He was the son of the late Charlie A. and Eldora Wilson Morgan and the husband of the late Irene Roper Morgan, who died in 1966. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He had worked for 25 years with Oakdale Cotton Mill in Jamestown. He was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are two daughters, Gwendolyn Tomlin of Andrews and Jennifer Stamey and her husband, Kenneth of Jamestown; six grandchildren, Allen and Jeff Stamey, Bryan, Christy and Misty Tomlin, and Amanda Monroe; six great-grandchildren, Matthew and Ashley Stamey, Kristen, Morgan and Katie Tomlin, and Alanna Sue Monroe; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 14, in the Union Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Taylor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Andrews VFW Post 7620. Pallbearers were Bryan Tomlin, Jeff Holden, Richard and Matt Morgan, Walter White and Anthony Monroe. Early and Chris Passmore served as honorary pallbearers. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Andrew Lee Rhodes
Andrew Lee Rhodes, infant son of Jackie and Amanda Rhodes of Murphy, passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Ga. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rickie White. He is survived by his paternal grandparents, Tony Rhodes of Marble and Mary Green of Murphy; maternal grandmother, Lynn White of Andrews; maternal great-grandparents, Jim and Alene Tipton of Marble; a sister, Courtney; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Rhodes Family Cemetery in Marble. Townson Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

James Bronon Bryant
James Bronon Bryant, 70, of Aquone, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, at his residence. He was a native and lifetime resident of Macon County and the son of the late Horace and Nora Taylor Bryant. He was a retired construction worker. He was a member of the Andrews Masonic Lodge No. 529 and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Bryant. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Juanita Taylor Bryant; a daughter and her husband, Crickett and Ted Raxter of Andrews; four sons and their wives, Tony and Kelly Bryant of Marble, Mike and Susie Bryant of Andrews, and Dean and Cindy Bryant and Doug and Cathy Bryant all of Nantahala; two sisters, Burdell Church of Charlotte and Elda Hensley and husband, Wade of Topton; three brothers and their wives, Mark and Ruth Bryant of Charlotte, Gene and Bessie Bryant of Topton, and Charlie Bryant of Commerce, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Shandon and Dakota Bryant, Jeremy and Jay Raxter, Chris Ramsdell, Keyla O’Dell, Misty Bryant, Corrie Rhodes and Elizabeth Bryant; and three great-grandchildren, Savannah and Chase O’Dell and Leilani Rhodes. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, with the Revs. S.J. Waters and Doyle Brown officiating. Burial was in Aquone Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason and Jake Rowland, Jeff Holden, Clifford Panter, Kenny Cope and Tommy Bauknight. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Bernice "Bunnie" Clayton
Bernice “Bunnie” Clayton, 77, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 8, 2005, at South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, Ga., after a lengthy illness. She was born in Falmouth, Fla., to William F. and Flavie B. Nobles. A homemaker and mother of four, she was a member of the Union Christian Church in Falmouth where she served as church pianist and Sunday School teacher for 40 years. She was also a member of the Live Oak Woman’s Club, Live Oak, Fla., and sang with the club chorus for many years. She had been a member of the Suwannee County Democratic Executive Committee for the past 42 years and taught at a rural school in the Falmouth Community.She was fond of reading, enjoyed gardening, was a great cook, loved her grandchildren very much and openly admitted to being a “Die-hard Gator.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, who passed away in 1995. She is survived by three sons and their wives, Terry and Vicki Clayton and Tim and Pam Clayton all of Live Oak, Fla. and Dr. Thomas “Tom” and Carmen Clayton of Andrews; one daughter and her husband, Janice and Greg Hurdle of Lake Park, Ga.; and two sisters, Clarice Bozeman and her husband, Louie and Mary Scott all of Live Oak, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Westwood Baptist Church with Dr. Jimmy Deas officiating. Interment followed in Live Oak Cemetery. Those wishing to do so, may make contributions in her memory to the ARDS Foundation, 3100 Dundee Road, Suite 402, Northbrook, IL 60062. Suwannee Funeral Home of Live Oak, Brody Harris III, was in charge of all arrangements.

Walter Jackson
Walter Jackson, 90, of Andrews, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, in an Andrews care facility. A native of Haywood County, he had moved to Marion before moving to this area in 1962. He was the son of the late June Fred and Nancy Naomi Holtzclaw Jackson and the husband of the late Anna Elizabeth Deaton Jackson, who died Dec. 10, 1996. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy. He was a retired bridge foreman with the State of North Carolina. He was a member of the Andrews First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two sons, Walter Emerson and John David Jackson. Surviving are five daughters, Katrina Elizabeth Totherow, Mary Beth Killian and Trudy Lee Moss, all of Murphy, Nancy Ann Hardin and Virginia Kay Jackson, both of Andrews; two sons, Fred Carter Jackson of Hayesville and Crawford Bryant Jackson of Andrews; and 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 5, in the Andrews First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Lamb officiating. Interment in the Valleytown Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Jackson, Ronnie Jackson, Jason Moss, Donnie Moss Jr., Barry Hardin and Butch Cooper. The family requests memorials be made in loving memory of Walter Jackson to the Andrews First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 427, Andrews, NC 28901. Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, was in charge of all arrangements.

Nevaeh Ianna Kozma-Castro
Nevaeh Ianna Kozma-Castro, age 5 weeks, of Murphy, passed away Monday, May 1, 2006, at Murphy Medical Center. Nevaeh was born Friday, March 24, 2006, in Hamilton County, Tenn. Survivors include: mother, Jill Kozma of Murphy, father, Jose Castro of Murphy, maternal grandfather, Paul Kozma of Murphy, maternal grandmother, Julie Evans of Springville, N.Y. Graveside services were held Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at Valleytown Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Flowers officiating. Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy was in charge of arrangements.


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