Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Arthur L. Tuttle
World War II veteran
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Arthur L. Tuttle, 83, of Ford Lauderdale, Fla., and summer resident of Canton, died Saturday, May 27, 2000.
A native of Naugatuck, Conn., he lived many years in Fort Lauderdale. He was an active member of amateur radio and was a past member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, charter member of the Ft. Lauderdale Small Boat Club, radio operator for Civilian Defense, and a member of the American Legion Broward Memorial Post 180.
A World War II veteran, had been an instructor for radio at Warner Robins, Ga., chief radio operator aboard many merchant ships, serving both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He started a marine business and served charter boat fleets and yachtsmen of Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties.
Surviving are his wife, Lynn Tuttle; two sons, Roger Tuttle, and Rolland Tuttle II and wife, Annette of Fort Lauderdale; one daughter, Patricia and her husband, Hank Taylor of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Cremation will be by Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale. Burial will be at the Veteran’s Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla., and a private service will be held in the mountains of North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lake Logan Fire and Rescue Department of Canton, NC, 28716.

Anne L. Maxwell
CANTON -- Anne L. Maxwell, 72, of 242 Beaverdam Drive, Canton, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at her home.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Robert H. Maxwell; five children, Stephen Kellogg, Rebecca Muncy, Alan Kellogg, Anne Maxwell and Chris Maxwell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Hospice of North Carolina, 560 Leroy Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.
Asheville Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Ashley N. Lance
Infant
CLYDE -- Ashley Nicole Lance, infant daughter of Timothy and Laney Leopard Lance, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
Surviving in addition to her parents are grandparents, Phillip and Judy Leopard of Waynesville and Eugene and Brenda Lance of Clyde; and great-grandparents, Janie Ross Riggins and Ella Leopard, both of Waynesville, Lucille Revis of Clyde and Mildred and Claude Jimison of Canton.
The graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Lee Davis and Lloyd Fish will officiate.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times, the family will be at the home of Gene and Brenda Lance, 177 Lance Drive, Hyder Mountain, Clyde.

Edith G. Glance
Buncombe County native
PALATKA, Fla. -- Edith G. Glance, 82, of Palatka, Fla., died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at her home.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Parley and Katie Dancy Hendricks. She was a former employee of Hilltop Nursing Home in Palatka, Fla. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Bardin, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. James R. Glance; a son, the Rev. Al Glance; three brothers; and two sisters; and a granddaughter.
Surviving are one daughter and her husband, Edith and Gene Carroll of Carlisle, Ohio; three sons, Kenneth Glance and his wife, Edna of Daytona Beach, Fla., James Glance and his wife, Frances of Clyde, and Jerry Glance of Starke, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Palatka Memorial Gardens. The Rev. John Cameron officiated.

Anna C. Parker
Waynesville native
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. -- Anna Dee Clark Parker, 78, of 504 McKittrick Bridge Road, Fountain Inn, S.C., died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Hillcrest Hospital.
A native of Waynesville, she was the daughter of the late John and Effie Milner Clark. She was an employee of Western Carolina University as a president’s secretary for 28 years. She was a member of the Order Of Eastern Star and a member of Hillside Baptist Church in Fountain Inn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Brady Parker.
Surviving are one daughter, Pamela Crawford Hammond of Fountain Inn, S.C., and one sister, Mary Katherine Smith of Newport News, Va.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillside Baptist Church in Fountain Inn with visitation to be held from 10-11 a.m.
Committal service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cullowhee Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Hillside Baptist Church, 501 Hillside Church Road, Fountain Inn, SC, 29644.

Virginia D. Scarboro
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Virginia Dotson Sutton Scarboro, 91, of Canton, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late John William and Nora Scott Dotson. She was a lifetime member of Canton First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles E. Sutton, who died in 1944; and the late William Scarboro who died in 1981.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Bill C. and Bennie Jo Sutton, and Bruce and Gladys Sutton, all of Canton; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Canton First Methodist Church. The Rev. Clay J. Morgan officiated. Burial was in Plains United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Aaron and George Fish, Travis and George Riddle, Melvin Robinson, Tim Glavich, Michael Sutton and Gary Davis.
The family received friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Canton First United Methodist Church, 31 Newfound Street, Canton, NC, 28716; or to the Senior Citizens Center, 1 Pigeon St., Canton, NC, 28716.
Wells Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

James R. Cook
Champion retiree
CANTON -- James Riley Cook, of C Canton, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Nancy Cathey Cook. He retired from Champion International. He was a member of Long’s United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Robinson Cook, who died in 1999; a son, Hugh James Cook, who died in 1973, and three brothers, Joe, Weaver and Halmond Cook, and sisters, Thelma Duckett, Lelia Flynn, Mae Shipman and Ruth Warner.
Surviving are one son and his wife, Charles Ray and June Cook; three sisters, Edna Bradley, Geneva Flynn and Gladys Henderson, all of Canton; one brother, Ray Cook of Canton; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Susan E. Pillsbury officiated. Burial was in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.
The family received friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Long’s United Methodist Church, 1064 Coffee Branch Road, Canton, NC. 28716.

Kathleen R. Tolley
Waynesville native
CANTON -- Kathleen Rathbone Tolley, 83, of Canton, formerly of Candler, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home in Canton.
A native of Waynesville, she was a daughter of the late William Rufus Arrington and Belle S. Smathers.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Nathan Farraday Rathbone and Bill Tolley; five brothers, William Guy, Arther, Carl, Lowell and Roy Arrington.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Carlton and Linda Rathbone and Marvin and Catherine Rathbone, all of Candler; one sister, Velda Holder of Waynesville; three brothers, Earle Arrington of Camden, S.C., Sam M. Arrington of Statesville, and Cecil Arrington of Waynesville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Scott Rathbone, grandson, and Robert Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Haywood County American Heart Association.

Lillian Y. McCracken
Enka retiree
CANDLER -- Lillian Young McCracken, 86, formerly of 45 Musta Ground Hill Road, Candler, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Pisgah Manor Nursing Home.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Hattie Morgan Young. She retired from American Enka after 40 years of service as a supervisor. She was a member of Piney Mountain United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Vaughn McCracken, who died in 1993.
Surviving are one sister, Mary Cashwell of Leesburg, Fla.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. H.D. Houck officiated. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Nephews served as pallbearers.
The family received friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Piney Mountain United Methodist Church Building Fund, 49 Piney Mountain Church Road, Candler, NC, 28715.

Kathleen P. Welch
Macon County native
CHEROKEE -- Kathleen Parker Welch, 77, of Cherokee, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, in a Buncombe County hospital.
A native of Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Flora Lambert Parker. She was a member of Bethabara Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter and her husband, Janice and Irvin Owle of Cherokee; two sons and their wives, James and Jody Welch of Jacksonville, Fla., and John and Joyce Welch of Cherokee; two sisters, Christine Buchanan of Canton, and Elba Crain of Cherokee; four brothers, Gerard, Carroll, Don and Tom Parker, all of Cherokee; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crisp Funeral Home. The Rev. James “Bo” Parris will officiate. Burial will be in Tow String Cemetery. Cherokee Fire Department members will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Randy D. Burns
Swain County native
BRYSON CITY -- Randy D. Burns, 46, of the Lands Creek community, Bryson City, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
A native of Swain County, he was a son of Fannie Ledford Burns of Bryson City and the late Gainey Burns.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are one daughter, Donna Auman of Bryson City; two sons, Lee Burns of Whittier and Travis Burns of Waynesville; one sister, Elizabeth Cook of Bryson City; three brothers, Donnie Burns of Erwin, Tenn., and Timothy and John Burns, both of Bryson City; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crisp Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swain Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Emma Bialek
Emma Bialek, 88, formerly of Waynesville, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, in Johnson City, Tenn.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aubrey L. Yarbrough
Champion retiree
Aubrey Lee Yarbrough, 76, of 2604 Stamey Cove Road, Waynesville, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Monroe M. and Fannie Messer Yarbrough. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp veteran serving in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He attained the rank of staff sergeant in the 392nd Fighter Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge with one oak leaf cluster, the EAMET Campaign Medal with six bronze service stars and a letter of commendation from Lt. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. He retired from Champion International and was a Champion Old Timer. He was also a carpenter, gem stone cutter and wood carver.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Treasia D. Yarbrough.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Artie Greene Yarbrough; one daughter and her husband, Joyce and Johnny Edward Cope of Hazelwood; one sister, Dorothy Best of Leicester; and one brother, Max Yarbrough.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Cayton officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Military graveside rites were conducted by VFW Post 5202.
The family received friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, N.C., 28716.

Emma E. Bialek
Haywood County native
Emma Virginia Eavenson Bialek, 88, of 423 Saunook Road, Waynesville, died Saturday, June 3, in Johnson City, TN.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Harper Halcome and Addie Iowa Arrington Eavenson. She was a grade school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew M. Bialek; one sister, Elsie Davis; and one brother, Tom Eavenson.
Surviving are four sisters, Lucille Rogers and Geneva Melton, both of Waynesville, Jean Gibson of Johnson City, Tenn., and Susie Pressley of Florida; two brothers, Lester Eavenson of Waynesville and Jim Eavenson of Florida.
Services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Lloyd Fish officiated.
The family received friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Vicki S. Jordan
Haywood County native
PALM BEACH , Fla. -- Vicki Singleton Jordan, 48, of Palm Beach, Fla., died Sunday, May 28, 2000.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Anna R. Singleton.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Singleton of Canton.
Surviving are her husband, Donald L. Jordan; one daughter, Vicky Lynn Jordan of the home; one brother, Carroll Singleton of Lake Worth, Fla.; and two sisters, Judy Singleton and Jackie Singleton of Sylva.
Services were held Wednesday, May 31, in West Palm Beach.

Charles O. Freunscht
Carpenter
CANTON -- Charles O. Freunscht, 78, of Canton, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at the VA Hospital in Asheville.
A native of Huntington, NY, he was the son of Carl and Adaline Freunscht. He lived most of his life in Chittenango, NY, and moved to Dunedin, Fla., where he made his home for 18 years. He moved to North Carolina to retire in 1993. He was a carpenter. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his daughter, Mary Lou Button of Canton; a sister, Sue Arre of Macungil, Pa.; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
His ashes will be laid to rest at Curlew Hill Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Asheville Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth W. Shuler
Haywood County native
Elizabeth “Beth” Ann West Shuler, 29, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
She had been employed by Lea Industries and The Pantry in Canton. She was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.
Surviving are her mother, Kathy West of Waynesville; father and stepmother, Jimmy and Doris West of Clyde; a sister, Teresa Diane Perez of Canton; stepbrother, Marty Clark of Bloomington, Ind.; and step-grandparents, Willard and Edith Best of Clyde.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. O.J. Skidmore and TM Gibson will officiate. Burial will be in Old Thickety Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Joseph B. Compton
Haywood County native
HENDERSONVILLE -- Joseph Blalock Compton, 72, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Elizabeth House.
A native of Haywood County, he had been a Henderson County resident since 1970. He was a son of the late Frank C. and Isabel Blalock Compton. He attended Mars Hill College and Wake Forest University. He graduated from Wake Forest Law School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army after World War II and was employed by First Union National Bank as a trust officer for 23 years, retiring in 1992. He attended First Baptist Church of Hendersonville and was a member of the Hendersonville Country Club and Four Seasons Club.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Alease Compton; two daughters, Cindy Johnson of Greenville, S.C., and Kimberly Compton of Hendersonville; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. The Rev. Steve Scoggins officiated. Burial was in Shepherd Memorial Park.
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House, 511 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, N.C., 28731; or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 312 Fifth Ave. West, Hendersonville, N.C., 28739.

Clarence H. West
CANTON -- Clarence H. West, 88, of 4921 Newfound Road, Canton, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Britthaven of Clyde.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lowery O. Ferguson
Dayco retiree
CLYDE -- Lowery O. "Buck" Ferguson Jr., 70, of Crabtree Road, Clyde, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Lowery Odell Ferguson Sr. and Louise Green Ferguson. He retired from Dayco International in 1991 with 24 years of service where he worked in the shipping and receiving department. He was also a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War as a chaplain’s assistant. He was a member of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church where he served as choir director for 25 years and was involved in other music ministries and various leadership positions of the church.
Surviving are his wife, Gemma Miele Ferguson; one son, Lowery O. Ferguson III of Atlanta; one daughter, Maria September Ferguson Fisher of Brevard; two stepsons, Salvatore Lettieri of Phoenix, Ariz., and Richard Baumgardner of Clyde; one stepdaughter, Lisa Lettieri of Alexandria, Va.; one sister, Jane Hyatt of Waynesville; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The Revs. Rob Fuquay and John Ferree will officiate. Burial will be in Dawn Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Robert, Daniel and David Hyatt, Robert King, David Moody and Frank Costa.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall prior to the services.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Rev. Herman R. Pace
Army veteran
CANTON -- The Rev. Herman R. Pace, 87, of 10 Louis St., Canton, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in a local hospital.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Martin and Amanda Spain Pace. He was a member of Cove Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He retired from Swannanoa Cleaners in 1976.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella Davis Pace, who died in 1992.
Surviving are four sons, Billy J. Pace of Virginia Beach, Va., Bobby Jo Pace of Waynesville, David Lee Pace of Charlotte and Charles Bryan Pace of Inman, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Enka. The Rev. O.J. Skidmore officiated. Burial was in New Bon-A-Venture Cemetery in Canton.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and at other times was at the home.

Wilda J. Leatherwood
Credit Union retiree
SHELBY -- Wilda Rosetta Jackson Leatherwood, 82, of Shelby, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late A.L. and Lula Belle Jackson. She was a retired employee of Champion Papers Credit Union after many years of service. She was a member of Clyde First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Tom Leatherwood Jr., who died in 1954; a sister, Ruth Jackson Smathers; and a brother, Jack R. Jackson.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Stephen J. and Dotty Lanning Leatherwood of Shelby; a sister, Doris Jackson Turner of Clyde; and two grandsons.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. W.O. “Bill” Henson and Chaplain Len Byers officiated. Burial was in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on the Old Clyde Road.
The family received friends from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cleveland Regional Medical Center Foundation, 201 E. Grover St., Shelby, N.C., 28150.

Clarence H. West
Army veteran
CANTON -- Clarence "Hut" Hershel West, 81, of 4921 Newfound Road, Canton, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Britthaven Health Care Center.
A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late John Thomas and Nellie Day West. He was U.S. Army veteran serving as a sergeant in the 36th Field Artillery in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II. He retired from American Enka Corp. with 35 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Harkins West, who died in 1994.
Surviving are his daughter and her husband, Linda and Will Sluder of Canton; two sons and their wives, Charles Ray and Cricket West of Canton and John Thomas and Wanda West of Chatsworth, Ga.; one sister, Gladys West Harkins of Canton; one brother, J.T. West of Canton; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Revs. Bruce Cayton and Darrell Webb officiated. Burial was in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Newfound Road. Military graveside rites were conducted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard from Fort Bragg.
Pallbearers were Butch Medford, Jim and Doug Harkins, Jerry and Ronnie West and John Bishop.
The family received friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. At other times the family was at the home of Linda and Will Sluder, 4893 Newfound Road, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, 5950 Fairview Road, Charlotte, N.C., 28200.

Dena L. McDowell
Shipyard retiree
HAMPTON, Va. -- Dena L. McDowell, 60, of Hampton, Va., died Tuesday, June 6, 2000.
A native of Waynesville, she had been a Hampton resident for 38 years. She retired in 1995 from Newport News Shipyard with 21 years of service.
Surviving are two sons, J. Daryl and his wife, Colette Moody of Hampton, Va., and J. Dean Moody of Idaho Falls, Idaho; three sisters, Ruby Williams of Waynesville, Hilda Fleming of Ukiah, Calif., and Ona McInytre of Canton; three brothers, John Zimmerman of Hampton, Va., and Bob and Ralph Zimmerman, both of Waynesville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lawrence B. Wood Funeral Home in Hampton. Burial was in Parklawn Memorial Park.
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at at the funeral home. At other times the family was at the home of Daryl Moody.

Peggy K. Phillips
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Peggy Keener Phillips, 69, of Canton, died June 8, 2000, at Canton Health Care in Canton.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late John Herschel and Ora Jamison Keener. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church and a former member of the Haywood Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Monroe J. Phillips; two daughters, Beth Phillips Mason and Jan Phillips Caldwell, both of Canton; a son and his wife, William Herschel and Gay Askins Phillips of Waynesville; three granddaughters; and three great-grandsons.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garrett Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Michael Gehring and Jack Caudill will officiate. Burial will be at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road.
Pallbearers will be George Abbott, Tony Rutz, James Moss, Charles Karriker, C.W. Hardin and A.J. Reno Jr.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 792, Canton, N.C., 28716.


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