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Martha Jean Cook Mease

December 2, 1933 - July 31, 2017

Canton – Martha Jean Cook Mease, 83, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Maggie Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Perry Herman and Elsie Catherine Henson Cook. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Steppleton and Ruby Gibson; and a brother, Earl Cook. Martha was a member of Spring...
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Billy Lee Hyatt

July 28, 1936 - July 31, 2017

Waynesville, Billy Lee Hyatt, age 81, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at his residence. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Joseph Woodrow and Elsie Parris Hyatt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Carroll and Tommy Hyatt. Billy proudly served his country in the Air Force. In the early 60's along with his two brothers, Carroll...
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Florence Hall Worley

December 10, 1921 - July 28, 2017

"1921 – 2017" Dandridge, Tennessee – Florence Hall Worley, 95, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Delone and Mallie Penland Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Worley, who died in 1981 and a daughter-in-law, Betty...
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Edna Faye McClure Palmer

November 11, 1932 - July 26, 2017

"1932 – 2017" Clyde – Edna Faye McClure Palmer, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home in Canton. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel McClure. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William Edward Palmer. She is survived by a daughter, Patti Cook of Waynesville; two...
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Roger Edward Morgan

December 10, 1933 - July 24, 2017

"1933 – 2017" Asheville – Roger Edward Morgan, 83, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Levi Smathers Morgan and Willie Rogers Morgan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joanne Morgan. Roger was a United States Navy veteran having served during the Korean...
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James Roe Mathis

February 25, 1925 - July 22, 2017

Canton - James Roe Mathis, 92 of 44 Holland Rd, Canton NC passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of Orville and Annie Parks Mathis. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Iva Lee Matthews Mathis; an infant son, Tony Pless Mathis; one brother, Ernest Mathis, and two sisters, Josephine Allen and Anabelle Smathers. ...
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Iva Lee Phillips

June 30, 1934 - July 20, 2017

"Loving Wife, Mother & Nanny" Waynesville, Iva Lee Phillips, age 83, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at The Homestead. A native of Haywood County she was the daughter of the late Ephrion Hilliard and Nellie Sutton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Phillips, who died in 2003; a son, Peanut Phillips; and grandson, Rodney Phillips; and great...
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Kim Farmer Burnette

May 3, 1969 - July 19, 2017

"1969 – 2017" Canton – Kim Farmer Burnette, age 48, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at her residence in Canton. A native of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, she was the daughter of James Kenneth Farmer of Canton and the late Gail Hall Farmer. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marion and Effie Farmer and grandfather, Edgar Lee Hall Jr. She...
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Charles John Carreno

October 12, 1929 - July 19, 2017

"Loving Husband, Father and Grandpa" Canton, Charles John Carreño, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at his residence. A native of Tampa, Florida he was the son of the late Aniceto Antonio and Beatrice Chodora Carreño; in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Alverez. Charlie proudly served his country in the United States Army and was...
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Ellen Lucy Wright Rogers

November 19, 1919 - July 17, 2017

Waynesville, Ellen Lucy Wright Rogers, age 97, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late John David and Eva Nancy Robinson Wright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Russell Rogers, who died in 2014; two sisters, Jeanie Moore and Estella Smith; six brothers,...
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Hunter L. Stubbs

November 27, 1969 - July 16, 2017

Asheville, Hunter Lamar Stubbs, age 47, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center. Born on November 27, 1969 in Gastonia, North Carolina, he was the son of Mary "Prissy" Stubbs Griffin and the late Lamar Frasier Stubbs and was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Allen Vance Griffin and sister-in-law, Lynn Hutchins Haney. He graduated from Gaston Day...
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James Gary Propest

September 2, 1945 - July 12, 2017

"Loving Daddy & Grandaddy" Waynesville – James Gary Propest, 71, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at his home. A native of Candler, he was the son of the late James and Elsie Charity Guy Propest. Gary worked at Champion International for over 25+ years and was a United States Marine veteran having received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense...
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Charles Leroy West

August 26, 1936 - July 12, 2017

Candler – Charles Leroy West, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Mission Memorial Campus in Asheville. A native of Haywood County, he is the son of the late Lee Roy West and Faye Rogers West. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Mitchell West, in 1967. Charles was stationed in Taiwan while serving in the United States Army. He was...
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Betty Ferguson Moody

November 28, 1929 - July 12, 2017

Clyde, Betty Ferguson Moody, 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Memorial Mission Hospital. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ida Mae McElroy Ferguson and was also preceded in death by her husband, James E. Moody, who died in 2006; two brothers, John and Charles Ferguson; and two sisters, Sara Lee Green and Bennie Underwood. Betty loved to square...
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Mary Ruth McElrath McFalls

October 18, 1931 - July 11, 2017

"Loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother" Candler – Mary Ruth McElrath McFalls, 85, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at John F. Keever Solace Center. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Ada Carines McElrath. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack David McFalls, who died in 2007. Mary Ruth was a member of...
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Linda Lee Morrison

July 28, 1940 - July 11, 2017

"Loving Christian Wife and Mother" Waynesville, Linda Joyce (Lee) Morrison, age 76, of Waynesville, NC passed away on July 11, 2017. Family and friends rejoice that her spirit is now praising God in His Heaven. We look forward to meeting again. Linda was born on July 28, 1940 in Muscatine, Iowa to Donald and Grace Lee. She studied at Iowa State University from 1958 to 1961, where she met her...
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Cecil Ray Dye

July 15, 1946 - July 10, 2017

Maggie Valley, Cecil Ray Dye, age 70, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation. A native of Richland County, South Carolina, he was the son of the late William and Winifred Boone Dye, in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Willard Dye. Cecil was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Lexington, South Carolina and retired as a...
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Max S. Rogers

December 17, 1930 - July 10, 2017

"Korean Veteran" Waynesville, Max Safford Rogers, 86, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017 at The Homestead. Max was born in Haywood County on December 17, 1930, the son of Edward Roy and Ollie Sprinkle Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Reeves and David Rogers. A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was in a Squadron of B-29 bombers...
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Bobby Ray Russell

July 17, 1940 - July 9, 2017

Canton – Bobby Ray Russell, age 76, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home in Canton. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Walter Russell and Celia Massie Russell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Russell and Ruth Russell Caldwell; and three brothers, Billy Russell, Walter Russell Jr., and J. Mark...
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Edna Davis Kelly

July 13, 1925 - July 9, 2017

Canton – Edna Davis Kelly, age 91, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at The Homestead. A native of Gordon, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Graves Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris L. Kelly Jr. and a sister, Augusta Davis Beard. Edna truly embodied her role as a homemaker. She deeply cared for all of her...
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Carol Ansink Sooy

December 22, 1941 - July 8, 2017

Canton, Carol Ansink Sooy, age 75, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at J. F. Keever Solace Center. A native of Bridgeton, NJ she was the daughter of the late Leslie Marvin and Lillian Bodine Ansink. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Sooy, who died in 2008. Carol grew up in Bridgeton, New Jersey and later moved to Pitman, where she and John raised...
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Martha Conley Murray

May 24, 1930 - July 8, 2017

Canton – Martha Jean Conley Murray completed her journey to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 8, 2017. She was called from labor to reward after an extended illness in Winston-Salem, NC. Martha was born on May 24, 1930 to the late John and Phyllis Conley in Canton, NC. "Beigee" as she was affectionately known to family and friends was preceded in death by her son, Donny...
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Rubye H. Harkins

September 30, 1926 - July 7, 2017

"Loving Mother & Grandmother" Canton, Rubye Marie Huskey Harkins, age 90, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late William Anderson and Vernia Burnette Huskey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Paul Harkins; a sister, Jennie Mills; a nephew, Gary Huskey; and a great-nephew,...
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James Marma Worthington III

April 15, 1935 - July 6, 2017

Waynesville, James Marma Worthington, III, age 82, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at his summer residence. A native of Elyra, Ohio he was the son of the late James Marma and Elanor Piacenza Rohn Worthington. James had a passion for the sea. As a teenager he began sailing yachts, eventually achieving national champion and champion status in both short and long distance races. His love...
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Florence Yates Robinson

November 23, 1913 - July 6, 2017

"1913-2017" Canton – Florence Yates Robinson, age 103, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. A native of Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel V. Yates and Betty Presnell Yates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray S. Robinson in 2008; two brothers, Honea Yates and Benny Yates; three sisters, Ida Baird,...
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Doris Ensley Grogan

January 1, 1927 - July 5, 2017

"In Loving Memory" Canton – Doris "Dot" Louise Ensley Grogan, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. A native of Cherokee County, she was a daughter of the late William McKinley Ensley and Effie Logan Ensley. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Wilson Grogan, in 2009; a sister, Mildred Woody; four brothers...
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Carrol Eugene Devlin

June 30, 1932 - July 3, 2017

"1932 – 2017" Canton – Carrol Eugene Devlin, 85, passed away on Monday, July 03, 2017 at Autumn Care of Waynesville. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Bryan and Pearl Pressley Devlin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Carrol graduated from Canton High School and was a United States Air Force veteran having...
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Gail Bradshaw Leatherwood

July 17, 1941 - July 3, 2017

Waynesville, Gail Bradshaw Leatherwood, 75, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Craig and Gladys Justice Bradshaw and was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Leatherwood, who died in 1990 and a daughter, Sally Jo Leatherwood. Gail was employed as a teacher with Haywood County School System...
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Ernest Boyd Goodwin, Jr.

December 30, 1934 - June 30, 2017

"A Tradition of Excellence" Canton - Dr. Ernest Boyd "Ernie" Goodwin Jr, age 82, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 at his residence. Ernie was born on December 30, 1934 in Lincolnton, North Carolina and was a son of the late Ernest Boyd Goodwin, Sr. and Virginia Frazier Goodwin. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Citadel and received his medical education at Duke University...
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Kenneth Edward Smith

May 11, 1931 - June 20, 2017

Waynesville, Kenneth Edward Smith, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at The Homestead. A native of Haywood County he was the son of the late Fred Grant and Nola May Russell Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie Smith, who died in 1992; a daughter, Karen Cook ; a great-grandson, Elam Williams and a brother, Charles Smith. Kenneth was...
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Mildred M. Baggett

March 22, 1926 - June 19, 2017

"1926 – 2017" Candler – Mildred "Dick" Moody Baggett, 91, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017 at her residence after a long battle with Alzheimers. A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Noble Wiley and Esther Wilson Moody. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Baggett, who died in 1981; three sisters, Cora Medford, Maudie...
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Lawrence Medford

December 25, 1924 - June 17, 2017

Clyde, William Lawrence Medford, 92, of Leaf Lane, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Home. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, Lawrence was the son of the late Garrett "Colonel" and Gracie Walker Medford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou Messer Medford; a daughter, Lou Anne Medford Justice; and...
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Phil Inman

April 19, 1937 - June 16, 2017

"Loving Husband, Father, & Grandfather" Clyde – Phillip Edward "Phil" Inman, 80, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, June 16, 2017. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Mack and Maude Wright Inman. Phillip retired in 1999 with 41 years of service with Champion International. He was a member and district director of the Goldwing Road...
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Peggy Cathey Woodard

September 7, 1956 - June 15, 2017

Waynesville, Peggy Cathey Woodard, 60, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Mission Hospital. Complete obituary and service information will be added as it becomes available.
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Sheila Cole West

July 15, 1938 - June 14, 2017

Fairview, Sheila Cole West, 78, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Facility. She was a former resident of Fairview and had lived in Haywood County for the past several years. Sheila was the daughter of the late J.M. and Artie Cole. She was preceded in death by her brother, Franklin D. Cole and sister, Glendal M. Hall. Sheila was a member of Springhill Baptist...
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Troy Edwin Erwin

June 12, 1920 - June 13, 2017

"Godly & Faithful Man" Canton – Troy Edwin Erwin, 97, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Thomas Edwin and Maggie Long Erwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Frady Erwin; and one brother, Harmon Erwin. Troy was a man who was very well-respected and admired. ...
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Ronald Howard

November 30, 1951 - June 12, 2017

Denver, NC – Ronald Eugene "Ron" Howard, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 12, 2017 while attending a business meeting in Washington, D.C. A resident of Denver, North Carolina, he was a son of Jean Miller Howard and the late Kelly Eugene Howard. Ron was a loving husband, son, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He was a native of Haywood County and loved his Western North...
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Dean Junior Waters

June 14, 1966 - June 11, 2017

"1966 – 2017" Canton – Dean Junior Waters, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Glen Roland Waters. He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Ledford Waters Henson of Canton; three sisters, Jane Steele, Karen Penland, and Jackie Sue Henson; and two brothers, Roland Waters and...
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Marguerite Giles Prevost

April 14, 1919 - June 8, 2017

Marguerite Prevost passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017. A long-time resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late John L. Giles and Lois Henley Giles. She was also preceded in death by her first husband Richard Haynes, her second husband Whitener 'Red' Prevost, and many cherished friends. Mogie is survived by her son Frederick 'Buster' Haynes; of Asheville, her daughter,...
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Cecil Garrett Medford

May 4, 1928 - June 6, 2017

Clyde, Cecil Garrett Medford, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at CarePartners Solace Center. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Garrett "Colonel" and Gracie Walker Medford. Cecil proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. During the Korean War, Cecil sailed on the USS Currier (DE700). Later in life, he enjoyed attending the...
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Hugh Allan Harvey

September 9, 1948 - June 5, 2017

"1948 – 2017" Asheville – Hugh Allan Harvey, 68, passed away June 5, 2017 at his residence. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Marion Albert "Al" and Myrtle Carter Harvey. Hugh attended Manhattan School of Music and was a professional singer having entertained in various locations. He is survived by two brothers, Bruce Harvey of Clyde and Kenneth Harvey of Canton...
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Joan Brookshire

August 2, 1950 - June 5, 2017

"1950 – 2017" Candler – Joan Collins Brookshire, 66, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center. A native of the Woodfin community, she was a daughter of the late Garland and Gilda Rutledge Collins. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Roger Brookshire; two daughters, Holly Brookshire-Mannworley of Candler and Sheena Brookshire DeLoach of...
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Bobby Burch

August 2, 1927 - June 5, 2017

Clyde, Harold Lloyd "Bobby" Burch, 89, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Vasar Downey and Mae Stevenson Burch. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine Johnson Burch, who died in 1997. He retired from Champion International after working as an electrician for over 40 years. He...
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Kenneth Walter Brookshire

June 4, 1933 - June 3, 2017

1933 – 2017 Canton, Kenneth Walter "Kenny" Brookshire, 83, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Silver Bluff Rehabilitation Center. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Gudger and Stella Miller Brookshire; and an infant son, Phillip. He was owner and operator of Brookshire Plumbing & Heating for more than 50 years and was a member of Beulah...
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Sylvia June Truitt

June 19, 1930 - June 2, 2017

"Christian Lady" Waynesville, Sylvia June Truitt, 86, passed away on Friday, June 02, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Home. A native of Swain County, she had resided in Haywood County since 1955. She was the daughter of the late William E. and Millie Gasaway Truitt and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Grover Lee and Troy Thomas Truitt. Sylvia retired from Wellco with 42 years of...
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Herman Toney, Sr.

February 6, 1950 - June 2, 2017

"Greatest Husband, Father, & Grandfather" Canton – Reverend James Herman Toney, Sr., 67, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at his residence. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Oliver Adam and Betty Lee Calloway Toney. Reverend Toney, Sr. attended Lee University and received a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Studies. He began pastoring in 1976 and pastored five...
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Jo Pauline Warren

February 20, 1922 - May 30, 2017

Loving Wife and Mother Lake Junaluska, Jo Orr Warren, 95, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Mrs. Warren was born on February 20, 1922 in Asheville, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late William Carl Orr and Jessie Jenkins Orr. She was preceded in death by her sister, Zethia Orr Engquist and...
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Adam Douglas Trantham

May 19, 1989 - May 29, 2017

Adam Douglas Trantham, 28, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Doug and Amy Trantham. Adam was a talented musician from a young age, making mountain music with his family. Adam proudly served his country for four years in the Marine Corps where he served two combat deployments, earning the rank of Sergeant. After military service, he earned a BA...
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Beatrice Cope Leatherwood

January 8, 1929 - May 27, 2017

Canton – Beatrice Cope Leatherwood, 88, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Murphy Medical Nursing Home. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Doyle and Laura Hoyle Cope. She was also preceded in death by her special friend, Bill Coman. Bea devoted 25 years to Haywood Regional Medical Center as a nurse. She was passionate about providing...
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O. C. Chambers, Jr.

January 26, 1931 - May 26, 2017

"1931 – 2017" Canton – Oscar Cornelus "O.C." Chambers, Jr., 86, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Oscar Cornelus, Sr. and Etta Smathers Chambers. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Hascue "Dick", Frank, Elwood, and Bill...
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Dorothie C. Williams

October 20, 1922 - May 21, 2017

"1922 – 2017" Asheville – Dorothie Chapman Williams, 94, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at her residence. A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Julius Haywood and Rebecca Robinson Chapman. Dorothie was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church and enjoyed working in crafts and sewing. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Junius E. Williams; a daughter,...
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Lynwood P. McElroy

November 17, 1918 - May 21, 2017

Waynesville – Lynwood P. McElroy, 98, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at his residence. A native of the Ironduff section of Haywood County, he was a son of the late James Lawson and Martha Dare Crawford McElroy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Medford McElroy, who died in 1997; a sister, Leska Brown; and a brother, James D. McElroy. After...
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Mary Meglone Woodward

September 13, 1949 - May 21, 2017

"1949 – 2017" Huntersville, NC – Mary Meglone "Meg" Woodward succommed to renal failure at the Huntersville Oaks nursing home in Huntersville, NC on May 21, 2017. She was born in Greenville, SC on September 13, 1949 to Mary and Joseph Woodward of Charlotte, NC and is survived by her sister, Susan Woodward Molpus and her husband, Frank of Denver, NC; and one niece, Kerry Deese and...
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Jack J. Davis

February 16, 1930 - May 20, 2017

"1930 – 2017" Candler – Jack Joseph Davis, 87, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late John Burgin and Anna Lorene Hendrix Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Frances Penland. Jack was a United States Army veteran having served during the Korean...
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George W. Michal

January 12, 1928 - May 20, 2017

"Loving Father, Grandfather & Friend" Waynesville – George Wilcox Michal, 89, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his residence in the White Oak Community. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late John McDowell Michal, II. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Michal, who died in 2001; a son, James Daniel Michal; brother, John McDowell...
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Vinson Edward McElhannon

October 25, 1953 - May 18, 2017

Maggie Valley, Vinson "Pistol" Edward McElhannon, Jr., 63, a true southern gentleman, went peacefully to be with the Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 18, 2017. A native of Clarke County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Vinson Edward and Frances Elizabeth Looney McElhannon. Vinson took great pleasure, joy and pride in working in God's House, sharing his faith, riding his motorcycle and...
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Lucy Putnam Franklin

April 28, 1916 - May 18, 2017

Waynesville, Lucy Putnam Franklin, age 101, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. Lucy was the daughter of the late George and Ethel Wright Putnam. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Franklin, who died in 1981; a son, Hugh Franklin; two sisters, Loretta and Lura; three brothers, Virgil, Bud and Mont Putnam. Lucy was of the...
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Richard Taylor Medford

December 14, 1933 - May 18, 2017

Waynesville, Richard Taylor Medford, age 83, of Jonathan Creek, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at his home. Dick was the son of the late Bryan and Lena Howell Medford. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Green Medford, of 35 years, who went to be with her Lord in 1997; two brothers, Tom and Asbury Medford; and a sister, Lou Martin. Dick was a veteran of...
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Gary Neil Matthews

April 16, 1960 - May 18, 2017

Candler – Gary Neil Matthews, 57, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. Gary was born in Haywood County but was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. He was a son of the late Herbert and Clara Edna Ingle Matthews. Gary will be remembered as a true mountain man. He lived a simple life and enjoyed the beauty and nature of his native mountains. Gary had a...
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Gary Neil Matthews

April 16, 1960 - May 18, 2017

Candler – Gary Neil Matthews, 57, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. Gary was born in Haywood County but was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. He was a son of the late Herbert and Clara Edna Ingle Matthews. Gary will be remembered as a true mountain man. He lived a simple life and enjoyed the beauty and nature of his native mountains. Gary had a...
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Elise Cole Aila Gianna Spennati

May 25, 1985 - May 16, 2017

Cole Allen Spennati, Elise Ann Larson Spennati, Aila Elise Spennati, Gianna Rose Spennati Maggie Valley, On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 on I-95 near Lumberton, North Carolina, a tragic motor vehicle accident claimed the lives of Cole Allen Spennati, his wife, Elise Ann Larson Spennati, and their daughters, 4-year old Aila Elise and 18-month-old Gianna Rose Spennati. In spite of the overwhelming...
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Steven T. Sutton

May 14, 1956 - May 13, 2017

Waynesville, Steven Taylor Sutton, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his residence. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Bonnie Hicks Sutton and the late Taylor Filetus Sutton. Steve was of the Baptist Faith. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 1979 with a degree in Marketing. Steve began playing the banjo as a child and was playing...
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Shirley Jones Gillett

November 10, 1942 - May 12, 2017

"1942 – 2017" Canton – Shirley Jones Gillett, 74, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Waynesville. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Roosevelt and Dollie Whitted Jones. Shirley is survived by a lifelong friend, Melvin Gillett of Canton; one son, Gursham "Dennis" Gillett; and two grandchildren, Miranda May...
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Alex George Metzger

May 21, 1942 - May 12, 2017

Waynesville, Alex George Metzger, age 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 12, 2017 at The Homestead. A native of Cook County, Illinois, he was the son of the late LeVern and Edith Langbeen Metzger. Alex proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. and retired from the United States Postal Service with 30 years of service. Alex was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic...
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Jerry Liner, Jr.

October 20, 1929 - May 9, 2017

Dahlonega, Georgia, Jerry Liner, Jr., age 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Gold City Convalescent Center in Dahlonega. A native of Haywood County, born on October 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Jerry and Georgia Rathbone Liner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Erma Liner; a sister, Mary Anne Liner; and a brother Howard Liner. Jerry resided in...
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R. J. Worley

March 13, 1923 - May 9, 2017

"Hard Working" Candler – Ralph Jennings "Jim" Worley, 94, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his residence. A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Sherman and Nina West Worley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Edna Maryland Scott Worley and his second wife, Ruth Worley; two daughters, Wanda Jayne Worley...
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Jean L. Dingley

March 29, 1926 - May 9, 2017

Lake Junaluska, Jean L. Dingley, age 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from complications of a stroke. Jean was born in Griffin, Georgia in 1926 to Harold and Clare Land. She attended the local schools, and graduated from Georgia State Women's, in Valdosta, Georgia in 1948. She married John (Jack) Thomas Dingley, Jr. in 1949. They relocated their growing family from Griffin...
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Linda Mathis Gibbs

June 13, 1948 - May 7, 2017

Waynesville, Linda Ann Mathis Gibbs, 68, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at The Homestead. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Dan Hubert and Betty Sue Rhinehart Mathis. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Patty Mathis Moncrief. Linda was a 1966 graduate of Bethel High School. She loved playing video games and crocheting. She is...
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Daniel Lane

December 18, 1933 - May 6, 2017

Lake Junaluska, Daniel "Dan" Lane, Jr., age 83, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his residence. He was a native of Sampson County, North Carolina and the son of the late Daniel and Juanita Dixon Lane. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Lane, who died in 2009 and a sister, Virginia Simmons. He received a BA from Duke University and a Masters from the University of...
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Robert Clifton Ferguson

March 24, 1923 - May 5, 2017

Maggie Valley, Robert Clifton "Bob" Ferguson, 94, of Soco Road passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at The Homestead. A native of Salem County, New Jersey, he had lived in Haywood County since 1940. He was the son of the late Charles Boone and Nannie Pearl Turner Ferguson and was also preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Cogdill Ferguson, who died in 1997; two sisters, Edith Roveano and Betty...
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Frances Frazier Taylor

May 5, 1920 - May 4, 2017

Waynesville, NC – Frances F. Taylor, age 96, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017, just hours shy of her 97th birthday, at Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center. A native of Liberty, NC and a resident of Asheboro, NC in Randolph County; she was the daughter of the late Shelley Calvin and Ora Brower Frazier. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl C. Taylor who died in 2000; a brother...
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Mary Jean Whisenhunt

September 11, 1931 - May 4, 2017

Waynesville, Mary Jean Whisenhunt, 85, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at her residence after a brief illness. She was native of Buncombe County and resided in Haywood County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Homer and Hester Francis West, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Roberts Whisenhunt, who passed away in 2012. Mary Jean was a school librarian...
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Charles E. Sellars

May 23, 1936 - May 4, 2017

"1936 – 2017" Clyde – Charles Edward Sellars, 80, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Bruce and Sarah Smathers Sellars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Horace Sellars; and a granddaughter, Michaela. Charles was a United States Air...
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Noah Dill Price

August 16, 1928 - May 4, 2017

Clyde, Noah Dill Price, born on August 16, 1928, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Taylor and Harriet Henline Price. He was also preceded in death by seven brothers and eight sisters. Dill was a carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Putnam Price; a daughter, Betty Jo Askew and her husband, Ronnie, of...
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Jack Silas James

April 21, 1924 - May 4, 2017

Waynesville, Jack Silas James, 92, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Robert and Lydia McElroy James. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Sanford, Sarah Haynes and Doris James; and a brother, Carroll James. Jack was a car hop at Charlie's Place for 25 years. He enjoyed working on...
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Earl A. Ledford

March 4, 1934 - May 2, 2017

Maggie Valley, Earl Avett Ledford, 83, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Mission Hospital surrounded by his family. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Samuel Milas and Margaret Matilda Rathbone Ledford. He was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. Earl served as a flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict earning the rank...
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Karen Watson Rhinehart

August 8, 1943 - April 30, 2017

"1943 – 2017" Canton – Karen Watson Rhinehart, 73, left this world to her heavenly home on April 30, 2017 after a valiant battle with a prolonged illness. Her devotion to her church and her firm belief in God supported her through the struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Karen was born on August 8, 1943 and a lifelong resident of Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late...
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Bessie Jones Whitehouse

March 13, 1927 - April 29, 2017

Waynesville, Bessie Jones Whitehouse, age 90, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Silver Bluff Nursing Home. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Harvey and Mae Ferguson Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Whitehouse, Sr. who died in 1990; three sisters; one brother; and an infant daughter. Bessie was...
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Mary Reece Rogers

November 8, 1924 - April 28, 2017

Waynesville – Mary Reece Rogers, age 92, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Maggie Valley Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Zemmery and Mae Haynes Reece. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Martin McLain Rogers who died in 1995; a daughter, Lynda Rogers Gibson, who died in 2013; a son...
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Daisy Shepard Goodnough

September 6, 1923 - April 28, 2017

Goochland, Virginia, Daisy Shepard Goodnough, age 93, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Envoy at the Meadows, Goochland, Virginia. A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Ollie Mason Shepard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Wayne Goodnough; four sisters; and one brother. Daisy is survived by her daughters,...
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Charles Kenneth "Kenny Wike, Sr.

June 8, 1928 - April 28, 2017

Waynesville, Charles Kenneth Wike, Sr. also known to friends as Bill or Kenny, age 88, went to Heaven on Friday, April 28, 2017 at his residence. After a childhood spent by the river in East la Porte, North Carolina, Bill graduated from Western Carolina University. Upon graduation, he resided in Waynesville for the rest of his life. Bill retired as a chemist at Dayco after 40 years of...
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Elizabeth Jones Heinz

August 27, 1937 - April 27, 2017

Waynesville, Elizabeth "Libby" Heinz, age 79, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her residence in Knoxville, Tennessee. Libby was a native of Sylacauga, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Reverend and Mrs. Alin Jones; in addition to parents she was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Heinz; two brothers, William Jones and Paul Jones; a sister, Shirley Ryan; and a grandson,...
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Rita Rowell Frank

October 11, 1932 - April 27, 2017

Waynesville, Rita Rowell Frank, age 84, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Memorial Mission Hospital. Rita was born in Charlotte, North Carolina during the depression on October 11, 1932 to Julius D. Rowell and Dorothy W. Hall. She graduated from the local schools, and attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina and attended the University of Minnesota. Rita married Ensign (U...
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Roger Evan Rivers

February 23, 1964 - April 26, 2017

Clyde, Roger Evan Rivers, age 53, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. A native of Lee County, Virginia he was the son of the late Anna Witt and was also preceded in death by a nephew, Brian Rivers. Roger's heart belonged to his family. When he was not busy working on vehicles, he enjoyed fishing with his son, Jim. Roger cherished the time with his...
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Geneva M. Trusler

November 11, 1916 - April 24, 2017

Asheville, Geneva Muenchow Trusler, age 100, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Givens Estate. A native of Helena, Montana she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Hannah Gessner Muenchow. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John J. "Jack" Trusler, who passed away in 1998; and one brother, E.D. Muenchow. Geneva was raised in the plains of Montana until the...
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Hilda Mae Pope

November 20, 1929 - April 24, 2017

"1929 – 2017" Canton – Hilda Mae "Sissy" Pope, 87, of the Beaverdam community, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, April 24, 2017, while at Smoky Mountain Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born November 20, 1929, in the Dutch Cove community, to the late F.W. "France" Pope and the late Floy Delena Clontz Pope, for whom she was a caregiver for many years. She aided in...
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William Junior Ewart

October 20, 1942 - April 24, 2017

Waynesville, William Junior Ewart, of the White Oak Community, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland and Marie Fisher Ewart and was also preceded in death by one brother, Mark Ewart. William was a lover of the outdoors. He maintained a beautiful garden, never missed a chance to go...
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Kaye Wiggins Leath

September 27, 1949 - April 22, 2017

Kaye Wiggins Leath, 67, of Charleston, South Carolina died at her home on April 22, 2017. She was born in Waynesville, N.C. on September 27, 1949, the daughter of Reba and Ira Wiggins of Enka and Cruso, NC; the granddaughter of Rev. Oder and Ethel Burnett of Canton, N.C. and William and Maggie Wiggins of Bryson City and Cruso, N.C. She is survived by her son, Travis Jones; granddaughters, Megan...
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Carole Mae Larivee

March 8, 1943 - April 22, 2017

Waynesville, Carole Mae Carson Larivee, 74, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at her residence after an extended battle with melanoma. A native of Gaffney, South Carolina and prior resident of Miami, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mae Jones Carson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Larivee, who died in 2016. Carole was born in 1943 in Gaffney, South...
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Frank Hill Haynes

August 3, 1923 - April 22, 2017

"Loving Husband, Father & Grandfather" Clyde – Frank Hill Haynes, 93, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at The Homestead. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Herschell and Flora Hill Haynes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Don Haynes; and a brother, Horace Haynes of Japan. Frank was a United States Army veteran...
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R. Jean Conklin

March 7, 1929 - April 22, 2017

Maggie Valley, R. Jean Conklin, 88, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at The Hermitage. A former resident of Lake Worth, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Burt and Reba Jones Broshears. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Richard Conklin who died in 1989. Jean did Jazzercise in her 50's and 60's and enjoyed singing and traveled with the USO when she was 15. She...
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Mary Evelyn Fisher

March 10, 1963 - April 22, 2017

Mary Evelyn Fisher, 54, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Vinia Franklin Fisher. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Martha Jones. Mary was employed for 28 years with the Haywood County Sherriff's Department as a Correctional Officer where she was the longest serving employee at the...
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Blake Yvonne Carter

June 23, 1992 - April 22, 2017

"1992 – 2017" Clyde - Blake Yvonne Hemingway Carter, 24, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was a daughter of John Michael Hemingway and Kimberly Yvonne Hoffman. Blake was a member of Clyde Wesleyan Church where she was a children's Sunday school teacher. Her loves included her church, cooking,...
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Guy Ward

February 2, 1924 - April 21, 2017

"1924 – 2017" Canton – Guy Jason Ward, 93, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at his residence. Born in Henderson County in 1924 and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County, Guy was a son of the late Lynn Jason and Inez Case Ward. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Phyllis Wyatt Ward, who died in 1998; two brothers, J.C. "Hoot" and...
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Anna Jean Burnette Chambers

March 20, 1932 - April 21, 2017

"In Loving Memory" Clyde – Anna Jean Burnette Chambers, age 85, passed away quietly after a long battle with vascular dementia on April 21, 2017 at the home of her daughter, Sharon Hinshaw in Fairview, North Carolina. Born on March 20, 1932, Anna was a life-long resident of Haywood County and the daughter of the late Thomas Garland "Bill" and Mary Miller Burnette. In addition to her...
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Woody Smathers

November 29, 1932 - April 19, 2017

Canton, Robert Woody Smathers, age 84, of the Dutch Cove community passed away on April 19, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and was the son of the late George Elwood and Treva Mease Smathers. He was also preceded in death by his wife Barbara Setzer Smathers, who died on December 9, 2016. He was a dedicated member of Dutch Cove Baptist...
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Robert Woody Smaathers

November 29, 1932 - April 19, 2017

Robert Woody Smathers, age 84, of the Dutch Cove community passed away on April 19, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Complete Obituary will follow.
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Ted Liner Reeves

December 19, 1929 - April 17, 2017

Ted L. Reeves 87, died Monday, April 17, 2017. Born in 1929, he was the son of the late Vera Reeves and Paul Ferguson of the Cove Creek Community of Haywood County. He was a member of the Cove Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Pleasant Balsam Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Bryson Reeves, with whom he shared more than 61 years of marriage and 52 years of...
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Frances Brackett Franklin

March 19, 1937 - April 17, 2017

Waynesville, Frances Brackett Franklin, age 80, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Maggie Valley Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Clinton and Myrtle Cope Brackett. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Cash W. Franklin, who died in 2001; sister, Peggy Franklin; brother, Eugene Brackett. ...
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Doyle Edward Plemmons

July 22, 1934 - April 14, 2017

DOYLE E. PLEMMONS "Loving Husband and Father" Waynesville, Doyle Edward Plemmons, age 82, of Blink Bonny Drive, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Autumn Care of Waynesville. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late William and Martha Mull Plemmons. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Plemmons, who died in 2015 and numerous brothers and...
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