Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Gladys B. Traxel
New York native
Gladys June Burton Traxel, 80, of Waynesville, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at the Brian Center.
A native of New Hartford, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late George W. and Pearl L. Lawton Burton. She was a homemaker and member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Henry Traxel; and one brother; and two sisters.
Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Gale and Harry Harmon of Maggie Valley and Georgiann and Tom Bethea of Miami Shores, Fla.; one son and his wife, Edwin and Maria Traxel of Groveland, Fla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. John Healey officiated.

Ronald E. Baysinger
Railroad employee
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Ronald Earl Baysinger, 51, of Crider Loop, Maggie Valley, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at his home.
A native of Meade County, Ky., he was the son of the late Denis R. and Katherine Rhodes Baysinger. He was an employee of CSX Railroad. He was an Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He attended St. Margaret Catholic Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Melissa Catherine Bidwell of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Stephanie Lynn Baysinger of Irvington, Ky.; one son, Ronald Edward Baysinger of Irvington, Ky.; one sister, Judy Kullman of Maggie Valley; two brothers, Eddie Baysinger of Brandenburg, Ky., and Bobby Baysinger of Ekron, Ky.
A private family memorial service will be held in Kentucky at a later date.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth A. Stratton
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Elizabeth Ann Stratton, 98, of Fie Top Road, Maggie Valley, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Cordia D. Sellers
Teacher
CANTON -- Cordia Jane Duckworth Sellers, 54, of Canton, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Union, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Jay and Ethel Ballew Duckworth. She was a school teacher with public schools for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert O. Sellers.
Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Sellers of Gaffney, S.C.
A private family ceremony will be held.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clyde C. Moss
Retired construction worker
Clyde Clayton Moss, 74, formerly of S. Main Street, Waynesville, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the Brian Center.
A native of Jackson County, he lived most of his life in Haywood and Macon counties. He is the son of the late Fred J. and Fannie Smith Moss. He was an Army veteran serving in World War II. He was a retired construction worker and a member of Grandview Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Henry of Highlands and Rose Marie Rogers of Franklin; three sons, Lowell Thomas Moss of Highlands, and Tom and James Parton, both of Waynesville; one sister, Alene Early of Waynesville; two brothers, Larry Cleaths Moss of Westminister, S.C., and Billy Jack Moss of Simpsonville, S.C.; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Randy Pope and Davis Hooper will officiate. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post 47 and the VFW Post 5202.
Pallbearers will be Earl Creson, Roy Crawford, Mack Smith, Ronnie and Bryant Early, Phillip White, Bobby Moss and Dean Griffin.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Carter C. Monroe
Infant
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Carter Carlisle Monroe, infant son of Jeff and Susie Monroe, of 311 Pennington Road, Rock Hill, S.C., died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Carolina’s Medical Center.
Surviving in addition to his parents, are his maternal grandparents, James C. and Carolyn C. Matthews of Rock Hill; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Jeffords of Rock Hill; and great-grandmother, Mary Holler Jeffords of Lake Junaluska.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 10, at Tirzah A.R.P. Church Cemetery. The Rev. Jan Senneker officiated.
Memorials were made to the Tirzah A.R.P. Memorial Cemetery Association, 6161 Mt. Gallant Road, York, S.C., 29745.
Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Marie C. Miller
Jackson County native
Marie Coward Miller, 90, formerly of the Saunook community, Waynesville, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Harris Regional Hospital.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late George and Nannie Phillips Coward. She was a member of Allens Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clem Miller, who died in 1983; and three brothers, Bill, Fred and G.B. Coward.
Surviving are one daughter, Doris Clemmons of Sylva; three sisters, Virginia Cutshaw and Kate Underwood, both of Waynesville, and Isabelle Ensley of Balsam; and two grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, at Wells Funeral Home at Waynesville. The Revs. Lloyd Fish and Ed Beddingfield officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 90 Stiles Road, Canton, NC, 28716.

Dola F. Edwards
Haywood County native
Dola Forga Edwards, 93, of Waynesville, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the Brian Center in Mooresville.
A lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Davis Forga.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Foxy Edwards, who died in 1975; a daughter, Rosie Creson; three brothers, Ellis, Tom and Herbert Forga; and two sisters, Mary Frady and Lilly Reece.
Surviving are one daughter, Hilda Chandler of Mooresville; four grand children; 17 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Allen Blanton and Johnny Swanger will officiate. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery.
Great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.

Darren ‘Boo’ Brown Jr.
WMS student
Darren “Boo” Theldon Brown Jr., 13, of Waynesville, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Vickie Allen Winston and Darren Theldon Brown Sr. He was a seventh grade student of Waynesville Middle School.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mattie Allen; and his uncle, Thomas Howell Jr.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Ronette and Natasha Winston, both of Waynesville; and his grandparents, Wayne Brown and Thelma Belk, both of Charlotte.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at New Covenant Church. The Revs. D. Howard Dawkins and Frank Harvey officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery.
A special student visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Waynesville.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home. At other times, the family was at the home of Ronette Winston, 896 Oakdale Road, Waynesville.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilfred Kinsland
BASF retiree
CLYDE -- Wilfred Kinsland, 65, of 5056 Crabtree Road, Clyde, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at his home.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Jarvis George and Ethel Grace Bishop Kinsland. He had retired from BASF Corp. and had operated Kinsland’s Small Engine Repair for 30 years.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Rachel Wingler Kinsland; and one sister, Betty Jo Best of Clyde.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Max Smith and Alan Davis will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 480 Crabtree Church Road, Clyde, NC, 28721; or to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.

Billy Wingfield
Billy Marvin Wingfield, 42, of 10 Farley St., Waynesville, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at his home.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth A. Stratton
Connecticut native
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Elizabeth Ann Palinkas Stratton, 98, of Fie Top Road, Maggie Valley, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Norwalk, Conn., she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Barna Palinkas. She was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Norwalk, Conn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett S. Stratton, who died in 1972; and a grandson, Donald E. Stratton, who died in 1980.
Surviving are one son, Thomas E. Stratton and his wife, Lois of Maggie Valley; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mathew’s Catholic Church in Norwalk, Conn. Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Norwalk, Conn.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Magners Funeral Home.
Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda E. Reece
Haywood County native
Wanda Erwin Reece, 69, of 23 Unagusta St., Waynesville, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Bessie Singleton Erwin. She was a member of Canton Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Lillian Messer.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Reece; three daughters, Peggy Taylor of Canton, Helen Inman of Waynesville and Vivian Crawford of Asheville; one son, Kenneth Green of Canton; two sisters, Susie Bell of Waynesville, and Frances Messer of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Everett Erwin of Waynesville, Billy Erwin of MacClenny, Fla., and Ben Erwin of Bolivia, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Eric Jones, Jack Robinson and Gene Worley will officiate. Burial will be in Crawford-Ray Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Tim and John Inman, Brian Knight, Tony Moore, Ronnie Banks and Darrin Hullenger.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Billy M. Wingfield
HVO employee
Billy Marvin Wingfield, 42, 10 Farley St., Waynesville, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at his home. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of Mary Reece Lee of Waynesville and the late Billy Lee Wingfield. He was employed with Haywood Vocational Opportunities. He was a member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to his mother are four brothers, Ricky Barrett of Enka, Michael Barrett of Canton, Johnny Barrett of Waynesville and Tommy Lee of Orlando, Fla. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Nola Hightower Boone
Dayco retiree
Nola Hightower Boone, 79, 109 Tower Lane, Waynesville, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Pinkney and Daphane Burress Mitchell. She was a retired employee of Dayco Corp. with 35 years of employment. She was a member of the Barberville Baptist Church where she was president of the Women’s Missionary Union and served as treasurer for 34 years. She was a member of Hazelwood Boosterettes and a member of the Haywood Regional Medical Center and Silver Bluff Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary. She taught Sunday school at Chestnut Park Rest Home and the Outreach Ministry for shut-ins. She was secretary of the WNC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Hightower, who died in 1993. Surviving are her husband, Homer H. Boone; one daughter, Evelyn H. Grasty of Rock Hill, S.C.; one son, Jerry M. Hightower of Waynesville; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Bell of Raleigh, Gwendolyn Luton of Del-Vallee, Texas, and Evelyn Mullis of Pelion, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Barberville Baptist Church. The Rev. Ned Webb will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Grasty, Stacy and Kent Hightower, Jason Ledbetter, W.J. Grasty, Jackie Freeman, Michael Jones and Craig Mullis. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the service. At other times, the family will be at the home. Memorials may be made to Barberville Baptist Church, 1441 Russ Ave., Waynesville, NC, 28786; or Haywood Baptist Camp New Life, 150 Camp Schaub Road, Waynesville, NC, 28786.

James Kilpatrick Jr.
BLACK MOUNTAIN -- James Lester Kilpatrick Jr., 83, of Black Mountain, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Human Service Alliance in Winston-Salem. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., he attended Yale University and was a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. He was a veteran of World War II. His career in banking and real estate took him to New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Rose Kilpatrick. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Penelope Kilpatrick of Winston-Salem; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Jim Bradshaw of Wilson; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain. The Revs. Beth Darling and James Connor officiated. The family received friends at the residence following the service. Memorials may be made to Human Service Alliance, 3983 Old Greensboro Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101; the Carolyn Kilpatrick Memorial Fund, Warren Wilson College Department of Piano, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa, NC, 28778; or a charity of one’s choice. Memorial Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Harley S. Wilson
Former custodian
CANTON -- Harley S. Wilson, 81, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, home at his residence.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Albert and Delola Burnette Wilson. He was employed for several years as a custodian for Canton Middle School and was a farmer. He was a member of Morning Star United Methodist Church and was a US Army veteran serving in World War II.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Lois Marie Putnam Wilson; one son, Wayne Wilson of Canton; three daughters, Beth Eason of Columbia, Tenn., Jill Rogers of Canton and Jean Earley of Fines Creek; one brother, Arther Eugene Wilson of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Helen Kuykendall and Elizabeth Haynes, both of Canton; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Revs. Ronnie Jenkins and Carter Parham will officiate. Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW 5202 and members of the US Army.
Pallbearers will be Kelly Rogers, Joey Early, Bill Miller, Mark Turner, Ronnie Putnam and Paul Eason.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, and at other times the family will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.

Susie C. Gillett
Wellco retiree
Susie Curtis Gillett, 85, of Waynesville died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Jess and Jessie McCracken Curtis. She worked at Wellco for 33 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Gursham Gillett; one son, Carey Grant Arrington; two brothers, Frank and Edward Curtis; and three grandchildren.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Bobby Wayne Arrington and Margot of Canton; one daughter and her husband, Frankie Sue Messer and Lee of Waynesville; one sister, Barbara Leming of Candler; two brothers, Frank and Edward Curtis, both of Waynesville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garrett Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Valentine will officiate. Burial will be in the Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Robert D. Gibson
MORGANTON -- Robert Douglas Gibson, 57, of Morganton, formerly of Waynesville, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at his home.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Charles Polk
Retired minister
LAKE JUNALUSKA --The Rev. Charles Polk, 82, 339 Liberty Road, Lake Junaluska, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Varnville, S.C., he was the son of the late James K. and Ivy Lee Tuten Polk.
He attended Oglethorpe University and Asbury College and graduated from Wofford College with an bachelor’s degree in 1942. While at Wofford, he was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his divinity degree from Duke University in 1947. He also has been a member of South Carolina conference since 1945.
His appointments were: Aynor, 1944-47; Moncks Corner, 1947-52; North Charleston, 1952-56; St. Matthew (Greenville), 1956-59; Trenholm Road (Columbia), 1959-63; Grace (Union), 1963-66; Bethel (Walterboro), 1966-70; Marion District Superintendent, 1970-76; Northside Greenville, 1976-80; St. Paul, 1980-84; New Ellenton and retired in 1984.
The Marlboro Cooperative Ministry and the Greater Grandstrand Ministry were established under his leadership, 1972-76; Boy Scout Leadership, 1963-66; Who’s Who in South Carolina, 1974; attended first continuing education for clergy and laity, New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1973; Jerusalem, Israel World Convocation on Evangelism, 1974; World Methodist Conference in Dublin, Ireland, 1976; conference committee on district superintendency, 1980-84; clergy staff member at the university Hospital in Augusta, Ga., 1981-84; charter member and board of directors of Lake Junaluska Associates, 1976-80; Lion; Order of Eastern Star, and was a Mason.
The following were built under his ministry: Aynor-parsonage; Moncks Corner parsonage and education Building; North Charleston sanctuary and educational building; St. Matthew (Greenville) - educational building and chapel; Trenholm Road (Columbia) - sanctuary - educational building, parsonage; Grace (Union) - educational building and gymnasium, 1970-76; Northside (Greenville), 1976-80; St. Paul (New Ellenton, 1980-84). 
He was a member of annual conference board of trustees, 1948-56; conference committee on Fellowship of Churches, 1955; board of church building and locations, 1955; conference board of ministerial training and qualifications, 1953-61; board of evangelism, 1695; selected by board of missions and evangelism to preach in “Mission to Texas” in 1952 and “Mission to South America,” in 1965; trustee, Wofford College, 1958-71; board of directors of South Carolina Conference Credit Union, 1963-1988; trustee, Epworth Children’s Home, 1971-78; district director of higher education, 1969-70.
Under his leadership, the Walterboro District Ministers’ Association was first integrated, 1969-70; he was also the first white district superintendent to serve both black and white churches in the Marion district. He also successfully implemented the integration of the black and white churches on the district level, 1970-76.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Gayle Polk.
Surviving are his wife, Hattie May Best Polk; one daughter, Donna Jean Fisher and her husband, Tom of Lilburn, Ga.; one son, Charles Kirk “Charlie”Polk and his wife, Lessie of Lexington, S.C.; one brother, Leighton Kirk Polk of Aiken, S.C.; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville. The Revs. David S. Melton, Kathleen M. Wilson and Bishop Edward Tullis officiated.
Additional services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Sandy Plains United Methodist Church at Galivants Ferry, S.C. with burial following in the church cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were the United Methodist clergy and spouses.
The family received friends following the service at the church in South Carolina.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, P.O. Box 838, Waynesville, NC, 28786; or Sandy Plain United Methodist Church, c/o Pressley Best, 17475 Pee Dee Road, Galivants Ferry, SC, 29544-9409.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville was in charge of local arrangements. Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway, SC, was in charge of services at Galivants Ferry, S.C. 

Ted B. Boone
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Ted Bryant Boone, 37, of Canton, died Saturday, April 22, 2000.
A lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of Tom and Heidi Boone. He was a 1980 graduate of Pisgah High School and attended the University of Tennessee. He resided in California for several years, then returned to Haywood County where he was an employee of Lowe’s. He was employed by BASF and CVS pharmacy. His most recent employment was at the Smokey Mountain Fast Lube in Canton.
Surviving are his wife, Donna Boone; one daughter, Kayla Boone; and stepson, Travis; one brother, Tim Boone; and one sister, Tanya Boone.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Canton where he was a member and the choir director.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Haywood County Hospice, or the Haywood County E.M.S.
Asheville Mortuary Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Robert D. Gibson
Haywood County native
MORGANTON -- Robert Douglas Gibson, 57, of Morganton, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the Grace Hospital in Morganton.
A native of Waynesville, he was the son of Hubert Gibson and the late Margaret Israel Gibson. 
Surviving are two sons, William Sean Gibson and his wife, Tammy of Canton, and Matthew Gibson of Waynesville; and one sister, Susie King of Pasadena, Texas.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Frank Howard officiated.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial was in the Morning Star Church Cemetery. 

Lue P. McKinnish
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Lue Ellen Putnam McKinnish, 78, of 20 Burnette St., Canton, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Will T. and Lizzie Conard Putnam. She was a homemaker and attended Beaverdam Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Guffey.
Surviving are three daughters, Bertha Brooks of Canton, Navada Brooks of Asheville, and Donna McGaha of Waynesville; two sons, Joe Guffey of Canton and Bill Guffey of Candler; two sisters, Fannie Caldwell of Newton and Bertha Wright of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Joe Putnam of Canton; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill Cemetery, Newfound Road. The Rev. Robert Owen officiated.
Pallbearers were Ted Jenkins, Ronnie Marlow, Roger Putnam, Luther Putnam, Ricky Burgess, Wade Williams, Jamie Southerland and Bud Campbell.
The family received friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, NC, 28716; or Haywood County School Foundation, 1615 North Main St., Waynesville, NC, 28786. 

Lawrence S. Morgan
Retired attorney
FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Lawrence Searcy Morgan, 82, of Fort Smith, Ark, formerly of Canton, died September 4, 1999. 
He was a retire oil and gas attorney and a law professor at the University of Arkansas. He retired from the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas Law School and received his master’s degree at Duke University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Forth Smith.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Morgan; and a sister, Laura Morgan Raines.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Morgan; two daughters, Katherine M. Sullivan of Helena, Ark., and Laura B. Morgan of Fort Smith, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Patty Richard of Birmingham, Ala., and Mary Joann Boswell of Kinston. 
Graveside memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Locust Field Cemetery in Canton. The Rev. Dr. Paul Lack will officiate.
Wells Funeral Home of Canton is in charge of arrangements. 

Nancy S. Walt
Retired nurse
Nancy Mary Shean Walt, 82, of Waynesville, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at the Autumn Care Nursing Home. 
A native of North Hampton, Mass, she was the daughter of the late Edward Lawrence and Mary Catherine Kennedy. She served actively in the U.S. Marine Corp as a general duty nurse and was a homemaker for many years.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary K. Martin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one son, Larry Walt of Waynesville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, April 14, at the Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, Va.
Garrett Funeral Home of Waynesville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Benny B. Benfield
Buncombe County native
Benny B. Benfield, 24, of Waynesville died Thursday, April 20, 2000. 
A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Tom Benfield. He was employed by Calloway Janitorial Service at Dana. He was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church and was an Eagle Scout.
Surviving are his wife, Hillary Danch Benfield; one son, Blake Allan Benfield of the home; seven sisters, Barbara Benfield, Bridget Benfield and Bee Eve Jenkins, all of Canton, Belinda Benfield, of Waynesville, Bonnie Jeffo of Oakridge, Tenn., Becky Jacques of Clarksville, Tenn., and Brenda Benfield; three brothers, Brian Benfield of Franklin, Ben Benfield of Clarksville, Tenn., and Joshua Davis of Candler; and his paternal grandparents, Parris and Nora Benfield of Canton.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tom Hunter will officiate. Burial will be in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church, 47 Henson Drive, Waynesville, NC, 28786. 

Leslie W. Shuler
Leslie W. Shuler, 81, of Raccoon Road, Waynesville, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. 

Susie C. Gillett
Wellco retiree
Susie Curtis Gillett, 85, of Waynesville died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at her home. 
She was the daughter of the late Jess and Jessie McCracken Curtis of Haywood County. She was employed at Wellco for 33 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gursham Gillett; one son, Carey Grant Arrington; two brothers, Bruce and Billy Curtis; and three grandchildren.
Surviving are two children, Frankie Sue Messer and her husband, Lee of Waynesville and Bobby Wayne Arrington and his wife, Margot of Canton; one sister, Barbara Leming of Candler, two brothers, Frank and Edward Curtis, both of Waynesville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Valentine officiated. Burial was in Garrett/Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends one hour before the service at the funeral home. 

Vernon W. Parker
A.C. Lawrence retiree
Vernon Wesley Parker, 78, of Waynesville, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
He was the son of the late Harold Boyd and Mary Etta Henry Parker. He served in the Army during World War II. He was employed for 33 years with A.C. Lawrence Leather as a security guard. He was a member of Rocky Branch Freewill Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Holmes and Harry Parker.
Surviving are his wife, Maggie Mae Morgan Parker; one son, Boyd Parker of Waynesville; one daughter, LaVerne Blanton of Waynesville; four sisters, Bonnie Bishop of Cullowhee, Dorothy Wood and Marie Price, both of Lyman, Wash., and Fannie Mae of Maryland; three brothers, John Madison Parker, Arnold and Louie Parker, all of Lyman, Wash; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Balsam Grove Baptist Church in Jackson County. The Revs. Jerry Nelson and Ernest Messer will officiate. Burial will be in the Balsam Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Garrett Funeral Home. 

Hattie G. Stacks
Jackson County native
CANDLER -- Hattie Griffin Stacks, 90, of Candler, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at the Western Freewill Baptist Rest home in Candler.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Mary Gibbs Franklin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Stack; one daughter, Georgia Bailey; three sons, Billy, Bobby and Frank Griffin Jr.; three brothers; and two sisters.
Surviving are a son, Roy Griffin and his wife, Geneva of Candler; two sisters, Rosie Woodring of Sylva and Nellie Franklin of Sylva; and one brother, Ben Franklin of Sylva.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Ridgeway Cemetery in Candler.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Garrett Funeral Home. 

Johnnie P. Teague
Champion retiree
CANTON -- Johnnie Pless Teague, 86, of Silver Bluff Drive, formerly of 45 Max Thompson Road, Canton, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Melissa Proffitt Pless. She retired as the quality control inspector with Champion International. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Ann Jenkins of Brevard, Mary Jane Harvey of Canton and Emma Sue Metcalf of Canton, Ga.; one sister, Virginia Remenar of Asheville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Dr. Wright R. Spears officiated. Burial was in the Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Naomi C. Bohnsdahl
Jackson County native
Naomi Bohnsdahl, 93, of Canton died Friday, April 21, 2000. 
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Harwell G. and Mary M. Crumley. She was raised in Canton. Following graduation from high school, she left for George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where she received a bachelor’s degree and lettered in four sports, tennis, track, basketball and rifle. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Rifle Team. She went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded an master’s degree in library science.
She was a teacher and librarian in the Haywood County Schools for 36 years, instructed church school, and was a counselor during the summers at Camp Hope. She was a realtor for many years following retirement from teaching. 
She was a member of of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Canton, a member of the Haywood County Christian Women, Canton Homemakers, Retired Teachers of Haywood County, Haywood County Realtors, the N.C. Library Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was listed in the Who’s Who of American Women, and the World’s Who’s Who of Women and Personalities of the South.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gunner Bohnsdahl, who died in 1978; a son, William “Bill” Bohnsdahl, who died as an infant. 
Surviving are her sister, Ella Bertee Martin of Bethel; one daughter, Bootsie Pannell of Cochranville, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be private. 
Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s or to a charity of your choice.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements. 

Virginia W. Trantham
Buncombe County native
Virginia Welch Trantham, 81, of 136 North Main St., Canton, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Pisgah Manor Nursing Home.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Pinkney Otis and Hester Harkins Welch. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion R. Trantham, who died in 1994. 
Surviving are one daughter, Martha R. Brown of Swannanoa; two sons, Owen H. Trantham of Canton and Robert Larry Trantham of Almond; one sister, Clara Lou Fish of Canton; one brother, Roy Welch of Candler; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgeway Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Claude Surrett and Wayne Carson will officiate. Burial will be in Ridgeway Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton.
Memorials be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, NC, 28716; or to any church’s foreign mission in memory of Virginia W. Trantham.


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