The Sylva Herald and Ruralite
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April 1, 2010

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Louphelia Gunter Louphelia Elders Gunter, 91, of Whittier's Camp Creek community, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26,, at Hyatts Chapel Baptist Church, of which she was a member, with the Revs. Mike Moore, Dale Roberts and Eddie Stillwell officiat- ing. Burial was in Gunter Cemetery. She was bom in Jackson County on Jan. 25, 1919, to the late George and Mary Etta Messer Elders. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Homer Thad Gunter, who died in 2005; three brother*s; and one sister. Sur.iving are two daugh- ters, Jolene Gunter of Sylva, and Doris Gunter Moore of Whittier; one son, Carlos Gunter of Whittier; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Gunter Cemetery Fund, 23 Whirlwind Drive, Whit- tier, NC 28789. An online register is available at www.melton- The Sylva Herald & Ruralite Sylva, NC Thursday, April 1,2010 11 A Juanita Ensley Juanita Edwards Ensley, 83, of Arden died Wednes- day, March 24, 2010. Services were held at 4 p.m. Mon- day, March 29, at Bilt- more Bap- tist Church with the Revs. James Walker and Ian Walker officiating. Ensley G r a v e - side services were held at Old Field Cemetery, Sylva. Born in Mars Hill to the late Jeter Pritchard Edwards and Ethel Rebecca Bailey Edwards, she was a 1944 graduate of Mars Hill High School. She worked for more than 40 years in Bun- combe County schools as secretary at Valley Springs School and Robers0n High School. A member of Sky- land Grange, she was an active community volun- teer, including more than 10 years at Billy Graham Training Center. A former member of Little Ivey Baptist Church in Mars Hill and Big Ivey Baptist Church in Barnards- ville, she was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church for more than 60 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, L. Guy Ensley and W.W. Mattox; one son, Carroll Dean En- sley; five sisters; and four brothers. Surviving are one son, Curtis Edward Ensley of Arden; one brother, Jesse . Edwards of Leesburg, Fla; and two grandsons. In lieu of flowers, me- morials may be made to the Children's Ministry at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden, NC 28704, or to Roberson Education Foundation, 250 Overlook Road, Asheville, NC 28803. An online registry is available at www.grocefu- 90 DAYS SAME AS CA ;H Llewellyn Coe Llewellyn Ballard Coe, 88, of Waynesville, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Silver Bluff Nurs- ing Home, Canton. No services were held. A native of Dade County, Fla., she resided in Jackson- ville, Fla., before moving to Western North Carolina in 1970. She was a supervisor/ trainer for Bellsouth Corp., where she retired after 40 years; and was a lifelong member of the AT&T Tele- com Pioneers Club. She enjoyed traveling and gar- dening. She was a member of the Christian Science Church of Waynesville until it closed. She was preceded in death by,her parents, Wa- ters Asbury and Gertrude McGee Ballard; her first husband, James Lucas; one sister, Kaye B. Pittard; and one brother, Warren McGee Ballard. Surviving is her husband of 26 years, James Coe. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Associa- tion Research Foundation, 1236 Ginger Crescent, Vir- ginia Beach, VA 23453. An online registry is available at www.wellsfu- Madi Hornbuekle Madison "Ma'di" Horn- buckle, 11, of Cullowhee, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her residence. Services were sched- uled to be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, in the chapel of Melton Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Holden and Ben Papp officiat- ing. The family was sched- uled to receive friends after the service. She was born Dec. 15, 1998, in Jackson County and attended Cullowhee ˘alley School. Surviving are her mother, Stephanie Smith Hornbuckle of Cullo- whee; one sister, Brittany Hornbuckle of Cullowhee; grandparents, Billy Joe and Norma Swayney of Cherokee; and grandfa- ther, Bill Henderson of Cullowhee. , Memorials may be made t'o St. Jude Chil- dren's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Zeis Children's Cancer Center, 11 Vanderbilt Park Driv'e, Asheville, NC 288031 CARD OF THANKS The family of Beulah Mae Wilson would like to take this time to express our deepest appreciation to "each individual" for your prayers, your telephone calls, your visits, concems, for my Mother, Grandmother, these past two years and the last month she lived. A "Special Thank You" to Sheena Bryson Holland and Under Grace Trio, Rev. Ed Trull and Holly Springs Baptist Church Choir for the beautiful music, Dr. Steve Queen, EMS Staff, Rev. Mike Moore, Rev, Earl Holden, Pallbearers: Ronnie Bryson, David Frizzell, LG Painter, Dale Phillips, Joe Rigdon, Don Shuler, Brad Stillwell, Alan Thom- burg, Glenn Ray Watson, Brandon Wilson (Grandson), New Hope Baptist Church, friends and neigh- bors for the delicious food, Ronnie and Thomasine Riddle, and all the beautiful flowers, during the loss of my precious Mother, Mother-in-law, and Grandmother, May God richly bless each and every one. Sincerely, Sharron, Billy, Brandon, Shannon and Stephanie pd. adv. IN LOVING MEMORY OF ANN JACOBS Dec. 3, 1915 - April 4, 2004 Mamaw, we miss you so very much On this Easter Day; And not just now, but all the time, Since you went away. You were the center of our lives You were filled with joy and peace; Your patience and your kindness, Inspire, and will never cease. We celebrate the life you lived And everything you shared; Our wonderful memories of you, Are the things that showed you cared. We always think of you With hearts so full of love; We're looking up to you Mamaw, As you watch us from above. We love you, Your Family pd. adv. Beverly Walker Beverly Ann Walker, 21, of Cherokee, died unexpect- edly Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at her residence. Services were held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at Cherokee Church of Christ, with James Sex'- ton officiating. Pallbear- ers were Kevin McCoy, Robbie Bowman, Jimmy Harlan, Travis Ledford, James McCoy and Larry McCoy. Surviving are her father, Frank William Walker; her mother, Charlene Anita McCoy; stepmother, Lisa Walker; two brothers, Ste- phen Gammon and Alex Walker; three sisters, Har- mony Burgess, Cara Forbes and Danina .Curtis; and grandmother, Juanita Cur- tis. Long House Funeral Home was in charge ofr- rangements: Burnis Johnson A memorial service for Burnis Johnson, who died Dec: 12, 2009, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday April 3, 2010, in Bicentennial Park on Keener Street, Sylva. The William E. Dillard Post of the American Le- gion will conduct military honors. Patsy King Patsy Nations .King, 67, ofBryson City'sNeedmore community, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at her residence. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mike Fox officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery. A native of Swain Coun- ty, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Vinnie Jones Nations. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene King; and one sister, Dorothy Nations. Surviving are one son, Jerry Ward of Bryson City; three brothers, Jim Nations of Whittier, Bill Nations of Portland, Ore., and Jess Nations of Hoquiam, Wash.; four sisters, Linda Kilpat- rick, .Della Owenby and Ann Ward, all of Whittier, and Wanda Crisp of Bryson City; and three grandchil- dren. An online registry is available at crispfuneral- Norma Merritt Norma Wiggins Merritt, 84,' of Bryson City's Toot Hollow community, died Monday March 29, 2010, in a Jackson County health- care facility. Services were sched- uled to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Dean officiating. A native of Swain Coun- ty, she was a daughter of the late Isaac and Lillie Parrish Wiggins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Levi Merritt; one son, Wil- liam Junior Merritt; four brothers; and three sisters. Surviving are two daugh- ters, Wanda Merritt of Surf Side Beach, S.C., and Lin- da Brooks of Sylva; three grandsons; and one great- granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, me- morials may be made to East Syiva Baptist Church, 61 Faith Ave., Sylva, NC 28779. CARD OF THANKS The family of Corbin Ashe ac- knowledges the many acts of kind- ness and prayers showed dudng our bereavement. And to each one who had a part in his Celebration of Life service. Special thanks to the minis- ters and singers and Boyd Wdght for doing the Master of Ceremonies and providing the extra music, Sincerely, Dellia, Carlite, Wilma pd. adv. Susan Moody Susan Moody, 56, of 30 Flaxman Cove, Sylva, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at her residence. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at De Loach Primitive Baptist Church, States- boro, Ga. Burial was in the church cemetery. She was born Aug. 22, 1953, in Savannah, Ga., to the late Fred Garris Futch and Rose- metta Laffet Futch. She was a former resident of Statesboro andhad lived in Sylva for the past eight years. An archivist at Cherokee Boys Club, she held various archi- vist positions at Western Carolina University and was collections manage- ment assistant at Zach- ary-Tolbert House in Cashiers. She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Georgia Southern University, where she was named Anthropol- ogy Student of the Year in 2000, and a master's degree in American his- tory from wCU. She was a member of the Society of North Carolina Archi- vists, Phi Alpha Theta in- ternational honor society in history, Who's Who Among College and Uni- versity Students, Golden Key National Honor So- ciety, Phi Kappa Phi na- tional honor society, and Omicron Delta Kappa national, leadership honor society. She received the C. David Jackson Scholar- ship from the Society of North Carolina Archivists, a WCU graduate research assistantship, Ronald E. McNair Post,baccalafi-' reate Achievement Pro- gram Scholarship, Geor- gia Regents Study Abroad Scholarship and Persico Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. She was a member of Cashiers Historical Soci- ety, American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity's board. Surviving are her hus- band, Herman Talmadge Moody; two sons, Gary Wil- liam Moody Sr. and Herman Talmadge Moody Jr., both of Statesboro; one sister, Juleta Braunan.of Chucky, Tenn.; and six grandchil- dren: An online registry is available at www.appa- lachianfuneralservices. com. Jerdie Holden Jerdie Moody Holden, 91, of Gresham,' Ore., died Monday, March 22, 2010, in Portland, Ore. Services were held at 2 p.m. Mon- day, March 29, at Wil- lamette National Cemetery, Holden Portland. She was born Nov. 9, 1918, in Jackson County tO the late Ephran and Beulah Leopard Moody. She had lived in Oregon since 1955. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. In addition to her par- ents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Holden, who died in 1987; one daughter, Delores Cooper; and one grandson. Surviving are one son, Reg Holden of Portland; one daughter, Debi Marshall of Sandy, Ore.; five grand- children; and two great- grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home was in charge of ar- rangements. Blanche Morris Blanche Ruby Morris, 90, of Murphy died Mon- day, March 22, 2010, in a Murphy care center. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the chapel oflvie Funeral Home, witfi the Rev. Hoyt Brown officiating. Burial was in New Martins Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Dickey, Kelly Daniels, John C'hasta Ray Hamby, Buddy Eknore, Mark Laney. James Martin honorary pallbearer. A native of Jackson Coun- ty, she had lived in CherO- kee County most of her life. She was a homemaker and member of New Martins Creek Baptist Church.. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip J. and Lizzie Parris Crawford; and her husband, James Aaron Morris, who died in 1996. Surviving are one son, Joe B. Morris of Franklin; one granddaughter; seven great-grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to New Martins Creek Bap- tist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Gall Chastain, 561 Wilson Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. An online register is available at Paul Owen Paul Owen, 62, of Bryson City, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his residence. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, April 1) at Whittier United Meth- odist Church, with the Rev. David Baxter officiating. The family was scheduled to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Crisp Funeral Home, Bryson City, and for 90 minutes prior to the service at the church. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he had lived in Bryson City for the past 24 years. He was a member of Whittier United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Patience Belding Owen; and one brother, Peter Owen. Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Dorothy Owen; two sons, Paul Owen Jr, and Rob- ert Read, both of Deltona, Fla.; three daughters, Kara Purtell and Kristi Hudson, both of Deltona, and Kasandra Owen Banegas of Atlanta, Ga.; and 10 grandchildren. Mark Grant Mark Grant, 45, of Old Fort, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his'residence. Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home, A native of McDowel| County, he was born May 14, 1964, to the late Sonny Grant and Ruby Benfield Grant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Machelle Grant; and one sister, Elizabeth Snow. Surviving are three children, Chris Grant and Alexandra Grant of Old-Fort, and Brittany Tabor of Bryson City; one brother, Michael Lee Grant of Old Fort; and one grandson. In lieu of flowers, me- morials may be made to the Grant Family, P.O. Box 247, Marion, NC 28752. An online registry is available at www.west-' morelandfuneralhome: com. Paul Gold Paul Milton "Pondy" Gold Jr., 69, of Sylva, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his residence following a brief illness. Services will be held at a later date. Born Aug, 19, 1940, in Charlotte to the late Clara Hord Gold and Paul Milton Gold Sr., he at: tended Myers Park High School, the University of North Carolina at Chape! Hill and the University, of Kentucky, where hq earned a doctorate. Afte beginning his career in broadcast radio as a radio personality and ia radio station management, he taught communications at Western Carolina Uni S versity and Southwestern Community College. In addition to his parents,i he was preceded in death by one brother. Surviving are his wife,i Marilyn; and one sister, Kathleen "Kathy" Gold Lee of Charlotte. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's. choice. Bryant Grant Funeral Home, Franklin, was in charge of arrangements. TSr SYLVA HERALD 828-586-2611