Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Martha J. Collins
CANTON-- Martha June Collins, 76, formerly of Johnson Street, Canton, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Kims Collins Sr. and Rosaola Slatton Collins.
Surviving are one sister, Edith Smathers of Asheville; and one brother, Robert Kims Collins Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road. The Rev. Dr. Rick Gosnell officiated.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth C. Stanelli
Ruth Calhoun Stanelli, 83, of 87 Willow Road, Waynesville, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Callie Pruett Calhoun. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Waynesville and had taught Bible stories in the Haywood County schools with her Bible study group. She was a founding member of The Primrose Garden Club. She volunteered with the Haywood Christian Ministry.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan Marie Stanelli; two sisters, Mary Panchelle and Dot Turner; and two brothers, Paul and Joe Calhoun.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Joseph Stanelli; three daughters, Billie Cockman of Skyland, Paula Davis-Lovelace of Forest City and Becky Plott of Arcadia, Calif.; four sisters, Minnie Nuckolls of Hendersonville, Kate Lowe, Myrtle Smalley and Billie Turner, all of Waynesville; two brothers, Sam and Don Calhoun, both of Waynesville; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Dr. Jack C. Bishop Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her sons-in-law, Cody Plott, Dewey Cockman and Ron Lovelace; brothers, Don and Sam Calhoun; and grandson, Brian Plott.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Haywood Christian Ministry, 2489 Asheville Road, Waynesville, N.C., 28786; or Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721.

Myrtle R. Morgan
Myrtle Rogers Morgan, 77, of 1457 Little East Fork Road, Canton, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at her home.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra V. Mathis
CANTON -- Sandra VonDale Mathis, 17, died June 15, 2000, at Irene Wortham Center of Asheville.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of Tommy and Sandra M. Smathers of Beaverdam.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Cassandra “Cassie” Mathis.
Surviving in addition to her parents, are one sister, Danielle Smathers of Beaverdam; maternal grandparents, James and Louise Mathus of Bethel; her paternal grandparents, Jerry and Gladys Smathers of Beaverdam; and great-grandparents, Alma Shipman of Beaverdam, Sallie Mathus of Bethel and James and Hilda Wyatt of Waynesville.
Services will be held at 2 p.m Saturday at Garrett Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Jack Scott officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Danny Creasman, Jamie Stamey, Mark King, Hershal Shipman and Harry Robinson.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Irene Wortham Center, 1 Rose St., 916 West Chapel Road, Asheville, N.C., 28803.

Jeanette Stamey
CANTON -- Jeannette Stamey, 76, of Canton, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
A native of Lowell, Mass., she had lived in Haywood County for the past 12 years and had formerly lived in St. Mary’s City, Md. She had been employed as the postmaster of the St. Mary’s City Post Office for 27 years until her retirement in 1988. She had attended the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Canton and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elodia Comtois Nolin; her husband, Floyd William Stamey, who died in 1993; a son, Charles William Stamey; a granddaughter, April Christine Ensley, who died in 1998; and a grandson, Jonathan Levi Ensley, who died in 1980.
Surviving are five daughters, Sheryl Stiffler of Drayden, Md., Marilyn Sokolsky of Fruita, Colo., Betty Ann McMullan of Middletown, Pa., Janet Tice of Brookville, Pa., and Alice Ensley of Waynesville; two sons, Phillip Stamey of Florida and Joseph Stamey of Leonardtown, Md.; one sister, Alice Fredette of Massachusetts; one brother, Henri “Doni” Nolin of Massachusetts; and 12 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery in St. James, Md.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the April Ensley Memorial Fund, c/o Century South Bank, P.O. Box 207, Waynesville, N.C., 28786; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Jeanette S. Lancaster
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jeanette Springs Lancaster, 89, formerly of 3528 Glenn Springs Road, Spartanburg, S.C., died June 15, 2000, in a nursing home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late William Arthur and Effie Jarrett Springs. She was a retired nurses assistant. She was the oldest living member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and a member of the adult Sunday school class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Allen Lancaster.
Surviving one daughter, Melanie L. Nolan, of the home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. The Revs. Ray Harold Belue and Bob Pettit will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Floyd’s N. Church Street Chapel in Spartanburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Service, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C., 29304.

John E. Edwards
GLENDALE, Calif. -- Rear Admiral John E. Edwards, 91, of Glendale, Calif., died May 27, 2000, at his home.
A native of Waynesville, he was the son of Lillie Belle Gouge Edwards and Thomas French Edwards. He was a graduate of Waynesville Township High School. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1930. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Gold Star Medals in addition to numerous other medals and citations for outstanding service in World War II. He also served in the Korean War and held several commands in Destroyers during his career. Following retirement from the military he served as a deputy real estate commissioner for the State of California.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred E. Edwards; one son, John E. Edwards Jr.; and two granddaughters.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, P.O. Box 64978, Baltimore, Md., 21264-4978.

Emery F. Allen
MATHEWS, Va. -- Emery Forest Allen, 81, of Mathews, Va., died June 9, 2000 in Mathews.
He was the son of the late Robert Taylor and Lettie Clark Allen. He was an Army veteran serving in World War II.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Phyllis Allen; one son, Don Allen; two sisters, Louise Allen and Tilda Allen Brown; and two brothers, Avery and Franklin Allen.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Ruth Ledford Allen; two daughters, Shirley Church of North Virginia and Wanda Zuffanieri of Gloucester, Va.; one son, David Allen of Hayes, Va.; two brothers, Reeves and Marvin Allen. both of Waynesville; three half brothers, John Lewis Allen of Clyde, Raymond Allen of Waynesville and Roger Allen of Hendersonville; four half sisters, Lucille Cordova of Hendersonville, Lorena Laillon and Elaine Roberts, both of Spring Creek, and Debbie Hensley of Burnsville.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Windsor Cemetery in Gloucester, Va. The Rev. Zach Fitch officiated.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday before the service.
Armory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va., was in charge of arrangements.

Edward W. Wood
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Edward Wayne Wood, 65, of Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Haywood County, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, while on vacation in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A native of Haywood County, he was the stepson of Elsie Wood Cooper of Clyde and the late L. J. and Hattie King Wood. He was a retired employee of Montgomery-Ward in Asheville and Little Rock, Ark.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harrell and Bruce Wood; and a son, Randy Wood.
Surviving in addition to his stepmother, are his wife, Gloria Newton Wood; three sons, Kenneth Wayne and Terry Lynn Wood, both of Arkansas, and Edward Harold Wood of Michigan; six sisters, Novela Rogers, Edwena Beasley, Donna Henry and Connie McClure, all of Clyde, Patricia Evanson of Waynesville and Linda Hughs of Alabama; two brothers, Jimmy Wood of Michigan, and William Wood of Canton; and one granddaughter.
Memorial graveside services will be held at a later date at Crabtree Baptist Church cemetery.

Ronald D. Hamilton
CRUSO -- Ronald D. Hamilton, 71, of Laurel Bank Campground in Cruso, and Lake Placid, Fla., died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Stark County, Ohio, he was the son of Grace Viola Spring Hamilton of Canton, Ohio, and the late Fredrick W. Hamilton. He had been a seasonal resident of Haywood County for the past 27 years. He retired from Roadway Trucking Company.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife of 50 years, Faye Hamilton; two sons David D. Hamilton of Charlotte and Kevin W. Hamilton of Hollywood, Fla; one daughter Susan Hamilton of Lake Placid, Fla; one sister Dorothy J. DiPietro of Fredricksburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel United Methodist Church. The Revs. Art O’Neil and Cecil Hayes officiated. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.
The family received friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Florida Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 6299, Deltona, Fla., 32728-6299.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence ‘Pop’ Bennett
LEICESTER -- Clarence "Pop" Daniel Bennett, 80, of 158 Boyd Cove Road, Leicester, died Saturday, June 17, 2000.
A native of Independence, Kan., he had resided in Florida before moving to Buncombe County in 1979. He was the son of the late Ira William and Mary Alice Barrett Bennett. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was owner and operator of Bennett Contract Trucking and farmed. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathaleen Whitlock Bennett; a sister, Edith “Sis;” and brothers, James Lenland, Clyde and Donald Bennett.
Surviving are his daughter and her husband, Darlene and Charles Beysher of Leicester; a son, Miles Daniel Bennett of Florida; a brother, Paul Bennett of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Brown will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Boyd, Joe Miller, Bill, Bob, John and Vance Garrett.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, 85 Zillicoa St., Asheville, N.C., 28801.

Judith M. Udzinski
CANTON -- Judith Moses Udzinski, 51, of 36 Parris Place, Canton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
A native of Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of Rena F. Moses and the late Louis Moses. She was a former employee of Quincy’s, Shoneys and Blimpies.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by three daughters, Domonique, Amber and Leslie Udzinski, all of Clyde; and a sister, Phyllis Pinorsky of Chapel Hill.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, N.C., 28803.

Dr. William H. Powell
CANTON -- Dr. William Hawley Powell, 72, of 164 Viewmount Drive, Canton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Guy W. McElroy
FRANKLIN -- Guy Willard McElroy, 82, of 70 Lillian Hopkins Road, Franklin, formerly of Waynesville, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. He retired from Champion International and was an Army veteran of World War II.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Zemrie V. and Georgia Greene McElroy.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Yarbrough McElroy, who died in 1985; and two sons, Van McElroy and Guy W. McElroy Jr.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian Hopkins McElroy; a son and his wife, John E. and Charlene McElroy of Waynesville; daughter-in-law, Jeane S. McElroy of Sylva; a sister, Tula O’Neil of Franklin; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. Military graveside services will be conducted by VFW Post 5202. The Rev. Jarvis Teague will officiate. Burial will be in White Oak Baptist Cemetery, Clyde.
Pallbearers will be David and Billy Goodson, Troy Henson, Jerry McElroy, Bill Golden and Russell Cochran.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Sarah L. Sweet
ASHEVILLE - Sarah Lou Ellen Sweet, 85, of Asheville, died Sunday, June 18, 2000.
She was a native of Haywood County but had lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was a member of the West Congregation Jehovah Witness. She was the daughter of the late Cornelous and Lynetta Wyatt Burnette.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Sweet, who died in February 2000.
Surviving are two sons, Roy Burnette of Swannanoa and Grady Burnette of Hildebran; a brother, Samuel Burnette of Cherryville; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Forest Lawn. Burial will be at Fulbright Cemetery at Lake Junaluska.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Enka.

Myrtle R. Morgan
CANTON -- Myrtle Rogers Morgan, 77, of 1459 Little East Fork Road, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Lon and Blaine Reece Rogers. She was a homemaker and a member of Burnette Siding Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Carroll Morgan; three brothers, Ed, Delmar and James Rogers; and two sisters, Ruth Stiles and Edna Queen.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Woodrow Morgan; a son and his wife, Terry and Gail Morgan of Canton; a daughter and her husband, Peggy and Joe Lokerson of Canton; three sisters, Bertha Wall of Morganton, Hazel Parker of Canton and Pearl Frady of Sylva; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home. The Revs. T.M. Gibson and Ted Reeves officiated. Burial was in Sunburst Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Blaine and Rhena Parker, George Frady, Ronnie Reece, Jacob Morgan and C.D. Hightower.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 90 Stiles Road, Canton, N.C., 29816.

Juanita J. Freeman
LEICESTER -- Juanita Mae Jones Freeman, 79, of 251 Turkey Creek Drive, Leicester, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
She was a native of Haywood County and had lived in Buncombe County for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Edgar Paul and Zennie Pauline Melton Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Royal Freeman, who died in 1957; a daughter, Reavonda Mae Hampton, who died in 1991; and a grandson, Justin Wade Lunsford, who died in 1990.
Surviving are her daughter and her husband, Linda and Fred Lunsford and her husband Fred, with whom she made her home; her sons, Wayne Jones of Canton, James Freeman and wife, Donna of Horse Shoe, Allen Freeman and wife, Jan of Asheville and Ross Freeman and wife, Sharon of Leicester; one sisters, Edna Warren of Asheville and Laura Evans of Atlanta; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Service were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Anders-Rice Funeral Home. The Rev. Jason Bartlett officiated. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Nellie B. Hawkins
Nellie Brown Hawkins, 89, of Waynesville, died June 16, 2000, at her home.
A native of Hartford, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Milburn and Debbie Naillon Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by three husbands, Lonzo McGaha, Tom Gilliland and Walter Hawkins; one son-in-law, Carlton Keen Jr.; one daughter-in-law, Jayne McGaha; two brothers, Chandler and William H. Brown; two sisters, Gypsy Barnes and Algie Jenkins; and one grandson, Martin B. Hannah.
Surviving are five daughters, Dorothy McElroy of Clyde, Barbara M. and Donald Hannah of Maggie Valley, Thelma M. Keen of Salem, N.J., Erma M. and Jim Bond of Maggie Valley and Ethel and Calvin Hyson of Salem, N.J.; three sons, Herman “Butch” McGaha of Columbus, Jim and Grace McGaha of Maggie Valley and Vester and Dot McGaha of Jonathan Creek; four sisters, Ella’D Griffin, Glennie Williams and Delia Ramsey, all of Newport, Tenn., and Margaret Brown of Maggie Valley; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Dr. Charles Sojack, David Reeves and Kenneth Rhinehart officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad; or to the charity of one’s choice.

James A. Suttles
KINGS MOUNTAIN -- James Abraham Suttles, 72, of 816 Grace Street, Kings Mountain, died June 15, 2000, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Waynesville, he was the son of the late Frank and Faye Ruff Suttles. He was a supervisor for Rauch Industries and a member of Seven Day Adventist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mandy Medford Suttles.
Surviving are two daughters, Sheila Suttles of McAdenville and Janice Martin of Kings Mountain; one son, James Suttles of Kings Mountain; one brother, Joe Ray Suttles of Waynesville; one sister, Frances Mills Greene of Kings Mountain; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel. The Rev. David Chapman officiated. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Waynesville at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Stephen W. Underwood
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. -- Stephen Wayne Underwood, 39, currently of Moreno Valley, Calif., died Monday, June 12, 2000, of injuries suffered when hit by a car.
He was a native of Morganton.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Underwood; a daughter, Sarah Underwood; three sons, Timothy, Stephen and Matthew Underwood; his parents, Willie and Carole Underwood of Laguna Hills, Calif.; two brothers, David Underwood of Orange, Calif., and Robert Underwood of Woodstock, GA.
Moreno Valley Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

William Robbins
CANTON -- William Robbins, 71, of Canton, died Friday, June 16, 2000.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Enka.
Services will be at a later date.

Hilda M. Sale
Haywood County native
Hilda Moody Sale, 85, of Waynesville, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late S.J. and Mary Francis Moody. She was a homemaker, a member of the Eastern Star and a Haywood Regional Medical Center Auxiliary volunteer for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Sale, who died in 1974.
Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Howell of Waynesville; one sister, Frances M. Alexander of Maggie Valley; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dellwood United Methodist Church. The Revs. Grady Barringer and Phyllis Glahn officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Waynesville.
Pallbearers were Thomas Howell Jr., Matt Sale Howell, Don Blalock, Buddy Morris, Doug Moody and Hugh Williams.
The family will receive friends immediately following the services. At other times the family will be at the home of Nancy Howell, 361 Noland Gap Road, Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to Dellwood United Methodist Church.
Garrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Darlene S. Davis
Haywood County native
WEAVERVILLE -- Darlene Smith Davis, 48, of 40 Northview Mobile Home Park, Weaverville, died Monday, June 19, 2000.
A native of Haywood County, she had been a resident of Buncombe County for most of her life. She was the daughter of Carl Smith of Asheville and Edith Revis Thomas of Weaverville.
Surviving in addition to her parents are her daughter, Sheila Wilkins of Weaverville; one son, Jimmy Miller of Weaverville; two sisters, Peggy Presnell of Yulee, Fla., and Mary Ellen Mears of Leicester; three stepsisters, Ruby Green, Dorothy Clements and Grace Stanton, all of Asheville; one brother, Earnest Smith of Mars Hill; three stepbrothers, William, Fred and Clifford Thomas, all of Asheville; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville. The Revs. Billy Dale Eckland and Phillip Davis officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Oakley community of Asheville.
Memorials may be made to Sheila Wilkins, P.O. Box 2005, Candler, N.C., 28715 to assist the family with the funeral expenses.

Dr. William H. Powell
Retired dentist
CANTON -- Dr. William Hawley Powell, 72, of 164 Viewmont Drive, Canton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
A native of Jackson County, he had resided in Haywood County most of his life. He was the son of the late James Tillman Powell Sr. and Essie Brown Powell. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in 1949 and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. He then enrolled at Emory University from which he received his doctor of dental science degree. He then joined the U.S. Army Air Force and applied his dental degree while serving in the military. His dental practice spanned 35 years beginning in Morganton, then Asheville, and concluding in Canton at which time he retired. He was a former member of the Canton Lions Club, was a member of Cruso United Methodist Church and attended Long’s United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son, William H. Powell Jr. of Acworth, Ga.; one brother, James T. Powell Jr. of Canton; a special friend, Barbara Setzer of Clyde; and one grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. Susan Pillsbury and Chris Westmoreland will officiate.
The family will receive friends Thursday immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to Long’s United Methodist Church, 1097 Coffee Branch Road, Canton, N.C., 28716; Central United Methodist Church, 410 Charles St., Clyde, N.C., 28721; or to one’s favorite charity.

Jeannie G. Brown
CANTON -- Jeannie Griffin Brown, 32, of 267 Evans Road, Canton, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Betty J. Vellano
Betty Jane Vellano, 66, of 49 J.F. Morris Drive, Waynesville, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

John N. Boone
Champion retiree
CANTON -- John Nelson Boone, 70, of the Dutch Cove community, Canton, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at his home.
A native of Buncombe County, he had resided in Haywood County most of his life. He was a son of the late Harry and Lydia Bagwell Boone. He retired as a supervisor from Champion International in 1992 after 36 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was an active member of Canton First United Methodist Church. He was very active in Habitat for Humanity.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Jean Young Boone; one daughter and her husband, Deborah and Terry Davis of Canton; two sons and their wives, Stephen and Pat Boone of Asheville and Deven and Tonya Boone of Canton; four sisters, Dorothy Dolan of Newport News, Va., Mary Lou Bentley and Sue Conard of Canton, and Nancy Powell of Waynesville; four brothers, Bill, Tom and Bernard Boone, all of Canton, and Leonard Boone of Clyde; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Canton First United Methodist Church. The Revs. Clay J. Morgan and Cecil Hayes will officiate. Burial will be in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Joe Brookshire, Teddy Limbo, Don Smathers, Steve Worley, Bill Edwards and L.C. Parrott.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 31 Newfound St., Canton, N.C., 28716; Haywood Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 283, Waynesville, N.C., 28786; or to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

William ‘Gene’ Carter
Retired attorney
HAYESVILLE -- William E. “Gene” Carter, 69, died Monday, June 19, 2000, in Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
A native of Ellenboro, he grew up in Buncombe County and moved to Clay County in 1955. He was the son of Winnie Duke Carter of Canton and the late Arthur Carter. He was a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky and the University of North Carolina Law School. He was a practicing attorney in Clay County for 42 years and retired in 1996. He was a member of Truett Memorial Baptist Church where he had taught Sunday school, served as deacon and was treasurer of the building program.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife of 47 years, Leslie Ray Carter; one daughter and her husband, Janice and Paul Harwood of Charlotte; one son and his wife, William E. “Bill” and Kellie Carter of Suwanee, Ga.; one sister, Marion Owenby of Dunn; one brother, Ernest Carter of Canton; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Truett Memorial Baptist Church. The Revs. B.C. Owenby and Johnny Foster officiated. Burial was in Oak Forest United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gary Nichols, Clarence Woody, Charles Battle, Russell Saltz, Jim Weirick and Ray Rogers. Active and inactive deacons of Truett Memorial Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.
The family received friends from noon to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Truett Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 467, Hayesville, N.C., 28904; or Clay County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1193, Hayesville, N.C., 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville was in charge of all arrangements.

William Robbins
CANTON -- William Robbins, 71, of Canton, died June 16, 2000.
He was a native of Polk County and formerly of Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Services were held at noon Wednesday in the chapel at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain. Chaplain Banks officiated. The Buncombe County Veteran’s Memorial Team conducted the graveside service.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Enka was in charge of arrangements.


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