Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Mary W. Reaben
CANDLER -- Mary Louise Williams Reaben, 87, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Hurst Wilson
Army veteran
CANDLER -- Hurst Wilson, 84, of 38 Old Wilson Road, Candler, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Jim H. and Eliza Green Wilson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked as a barber in West Asheville for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie O. Wilson, who died March 14, 2000; and a grandson, John Baldwin, who died in 1994.
Surviving are two daughters, Joyce Ann Smith and her husband Virgil of Candler, and Sandra Waddell of Candler; two sons, Eugene Wilson of Candler and James E. Wilson and his wife Diane of Greenville, S.C.; one brother, James Paul Wilson of Fort Worth, Texas; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The Rev. Chris Willett will officiate. Burial will be at Pisgah View Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the services.
Memorials may be made to High Street Baptist Church, 65 High St., Canton, N.C., 28716.

James T. Earley
Goodyear retiree
IPSWICH -- James T. Earley, 73, of Ipswich, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Beverly Hospital.
A native of Spindale, he was the son of the late Archie H. and Annie Lou Collins Earley. He served in the Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. He attended the North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in chemistry. He was a tire compounder at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, retiring in 1986.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Ann Beoddy Earley. After her death in 1980, and following his retirement, he returned to his home in Asheville. In February, 2000 he moved to Ipswich to be with his son and his family.
Surviving are one son and his wife, Mark and Kathy Earley; one brother, the Rev. Clifford Earley of Little Switzerland; two sisters, Patsy Morrow and Jacqueline Cameron, both of Asheville; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Clyde. The Revs. Bruce Cayton and Clifford Earley will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.
Memorials may be sent to Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 218, Little Switzerland, N.C., 28749; or Oak Grove Baptist Church, 50 Robinson Road, Clyde, NC 28721.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Jeannie G. Brown
Haywood County native
CANTON - Jeannie Griffin Brown, 32, of 267 Evans Road, Canton, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health Care System.
A native of Haywood County, she was employed by Blue Ridge Bone and Joint in Asheville. She attended Burnette Siding Baptist Church and was a 1986 graduate of Pisgah High School.
Surviving are her father, Tommy E. Griffin of Canton; mother and stepfather, Audrey Swanger Trantham and Owen Trantham of Canton; one son, Cameron Brown of Canton; her fiancee, Bruce Dillard of Canton; three brothers, Jim Griffin and Danny Trantham, both of Canton, and Rickey Griffin of Leicester; and her maternal grandmother, Ruth Swanger of Waynesville.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at The Garden Mausoleum in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. The Rev. T.M. Gibson officiated.
The family was at the home of Audrey and Owen Trantham at 8 Thomason Ave., Canton, or the home of Bruce Dillard, 267 Evans Cove Road, Canton.

Betty J. Vellano
Nurse
Betty Jane Vellano, 66, of J.F. Morris Drive, Waynesville, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of Viola Franklin McDaniel of Waynesville and the late Ed McDaniel. She was a nurse for 17 years with Haywood Regional Medical Center.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son, James N. Haney Jr. of Waynesville; three sisters, Joan Greenman of Columbia, S.C., Jackie Browning of Waynesville and Sharon Rathbone of Clyde; and two brothers, Charles and David McDaniel, both of Waynesville.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Carl Presnell officiated.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Jane T. Dodd
Stables owner
CANTON -- Jane Terrell Dodd, 46, of Canton, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000 at her home.
A native of Mobile, Ala., she was a resident of Canton for the past eight years. She was the owner/operator of Old River Road Farm and Stables.
Surviving is one brother, Mark Dodd.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Radney Funeral Home in Mobile, Ala.
The family received friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial was in the Semmes First Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Haywood County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 3036, Waynesville, N.C., 28786.

D. Austin Crawford
Seventh grader
LAKELAND, Fla. -- David Austin Crawford, 12, of Rolling Grove Drive West, Lakeland, Fla., died Friday, June 30, 2000, in Valdosta, Ga., as a result of an automobile accident.
He was born in Fort Myers, Fla., and had lived in Lakeland, Fla., since 1993. He was a sixth grade graduate of the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Earl D. Crawford, and an aunt, Cathy Crawford Mull.
Surviving are his mother, Debbie Crawford of Lakeland, Fla.; his stepfather, Terry Wells of Fort Myers, Fla.; and maternal grandmother, Velma Crawford of Waynesville.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Don Letzring will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Yount, Nick Nicholson, Jeffrey Ferguson, Terry Caldwell, Ray Moody, Richard Babb, Emmitt and Justin Mull.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday before the services. At other times, the family will be at the home of the maternal grandmother, Velma Crawford.
Memorials may be made to the Austin Crawford Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 92625, Lakeland, Fla., 33804

Beth Parker
Lab technician
CANTON -- Fay Elizabeth “Beth” Parker, 51, of 5 Fourth St., Canton, died Saturday, July 1, 2000.
A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late James Woodrow and Mary Kathleen Hawkins Parker. She had resided in Atlanta and was employed as a laboratory technician with Porex Technologies of Atlanta before returning to Canton.
Surviving are sons and their wives, Rodney and Allison Harkins of Byron, Ga., James Robert “Robbie” and Teresa Harkins of Sharpsburg, Ga.; one sister, Woodreen Caldwell of Canton; one brother, Jimmy Parker of Canton; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. J.D. Amason will officiate. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home of Jimmy and Tammy Parker, 5 Fourth St., Canton.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Haywood County, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721.

Lewis H. Sorrells
Champion retiree
CANTON -- Lewis Harrison Sorrells, 80, of 88 Parris Drive, Canton, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Frank Sorrells Sr. and Ruth Chambers Sorrells. He retired from Champion International and was a member and deacon of Riverside Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel Frady Sorrells; two sons and their wives, Lewis Lynn and Mary Anne Sorrells of Asheville, and Danny H. and Debbie Sorrells of Waynesville; one brother, Frank Sorrells Jr. of Canton; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Baptist Church. The Revs. Mike Odom and James F. Parham officiated. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dale, Gary, Darrell, Jody and Franklin Sorrells, Mike Erwin and Roger Frady. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Riverside Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton.
Memorials may be made to Riverside Baptist Church Building Fund, 2171 Lake Logan Road, Canton, N.C., 28716.

George W. Wright
Champion retiree
CANTON -- George Wiley Wright, 72, of 25 Flint St., Canton, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at his home.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Columbus Newton and Narkie Alice Hamlett Wright. He was a Navy veteran. He attended Mars Hill College before he began his employment with Champion International. He retired from Champion in 1986, was a Champion Old Timer. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Canton.
Surviving are his sister, Thelma Brassaw of Redondo Beach, Calif.; three brothers, Venoy Wright of Fairview, Robert Wright of Canton and Guy Wright of Canton; and a special friend, Ruby Barnwell of Canton.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cane Creek Cemetery in Fairview. The Rev. Clay Morgan officiated.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Haywood County, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721.

Eunice S. Lunsford
Dayco retiree
Eunice Stewart Lunsford, 85, of Waynesville, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Clay County, she was the daughter of the late William Andrew and Sarah Jane Wilson Stewart. She retired from Dayco with 26 years of service in the plastics department. She was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd A. Lunsford; two brothers, Clyde and Ned Stewart; and two sisters, Elsie Noland and Ollie Crawford.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Jim and Sarah Lunsford, and Bobby and Marlene Lunsford, all of Waynesville; three sisters, Nina Wilkerson of Lenoir City, Tenn., Rachel Sheldon of Brass Town and Novella Richardson of Lenoir City, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. O. J. Skidmore officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James Alan Lunsford, Andy Lunsford, Ricky Lunsford, Ben Lunsford, Carl McMurray and James Cagle.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home.

Oliver D. Furniss
Retired truck driver
Oliver “Ollie” David Furniss, 78, 69 Westwood Circle, Waynesville, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Hartford City, Ind.; he was the son of the late Harry E. and Gloria May Crockett Furniss. He was a retired truck driver with 42 years of service. He retired in 1984 from Kroger’s. He was an Army veteran serving during World War II and was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Deloris Furniss, who died in 1985; and a brother, Herbert Furniss.
Surviving are two daughters, Kimery Muse and her husband, David of Clyde and Connie Furniss of Indiana; two sons, David Furniss of Waynesville and Ronnie Furniss of Indiana; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Jamey Grooms officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The Waynesville VFW Post 5202 and the American Legion Post 47 conducted military graveside rites.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and at other times at the home.
Members of the Waynesville Fire Department served as pallbearers.

Clarence W. Wilcox
Graham County native
CLYDE -- Clarence Wood Wilcox, 88, Britthaven Nursing Home, Clyde, formerly of Balsam Drive, Waynesville, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Graham County, he was the son of the late Jacob and Barbara Dean Smathers.
He preceded in death by his wife, Mae Belle Holcombe Wilcox.
Surviving are his sister, Flo Norman of Avon Park, Fla.; and a friend, Irma Smathers of Clyde.
No services are planned.
Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Benny G. Proffitt
Madison County native
ASHEVILLE -- Benny Glenn Proffitt, 57, of 77 Morris St., Asheville, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Mountain Area Hospice.
A native of Madison County, he had lived in Asheville for the last 33 years. He was employed by Gentry Heating and AC.
Surviving are his wife, Bernice Rice Proffitt of Asheville; one son, Benny Glenn Proffitt Jr. of Candler; two daughters, Jacqueline Proffitt of Canton, and Christie Proffitt of Lilburn, Ga.; and three brothers, Ernest Proffitt of Greeneville, Tenn., S.B. Proffit of Easley, S.C., Robert Proffitt of Micaville.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Faith at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. The Revs. J.D. Amason and Joe Yelton officiated. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Edna L. Saunders
Edna Layton Saunders, 66, of Tarheel Drive, Waynesville, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Mary P. Edwards
Canada native
CANTON -- Mary Penland Edwards of Plott Drive, Canton, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mountain Area Hospice Solace Center.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, she had lived in Haywood County for 70 years. She was the daughter of the late Robert Hiram and Nettie Vance Penland. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 62 years, James M. Edwards; one daughter and her husband, Mitzie E. and Joe Robinson of Candler; two sons and their wives, Robert “Bob” and Gayle Edwards of Winston-Salem, and Phillip Kenneth and Carolynn Edwards of High Point; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. Michael J. Gehring, C. Jack Caudill and Davis Whitesides will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brent Rhinehart, Todd Edwards, Kevin Ray, Melvin Robinson, Tom Kenner and Robert Cathey.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Canton Central United Methodist Church Music Fund, 34 Church St., Canton, N.C., 28716; or Mountain Area Hospice Solace Center, P.O. Box 16, Asheville, N.C., 28802.

Guillermo Newton
CLYDE -- Guillermo Newton of 60 Stoney Brook Drive, Clyde, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Silver Bluff Village.
Crawford-Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pearl G. Smiley
Haywood County native
Pearl Godfrey Smiley, 85, of Autumn Care of Waynesville, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Autumn Care.
A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Jason Whitt and Etta Dale Godfrey. She was a charter member of Ninevah Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Smiley Sr., who died in 1998; and one daughter, Judith McElroy.
Surviving are six daughters and their husbands, Patsy and Gary Matthews of Cary, Emily and Ken A. Partin of Asheville, Shirley and Richard Carey of Campobello, S.C., Lynda Hulin and Carolyn Moore, both of Raleigh, Carla and Kevin Zazzara of Rancho-Cuch Monga, Calif.; two sons and their wives, John H. and Ann Smiley Jr. of Waynesville and Dr. Danny and Debbie Smiley Sr. of Shelby; one sister, Ruth Ruff of Waynesville; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Dr. Danny Smiley Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ninevah Baptist Church, 931 Country Club Drive, Waynesville, N.C., 28786.

David J.Burrell
Electrician
LANCASTER, Ohio -- David J. Burrell, 66, of Lancaster, Ohio, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Mt. Carmel West Hospital.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late John Hugh and Mary Sawyer Burrell. He was an electrician for Lancaster Electro-Plating and a Korean War veteran. He was a life member of Amvets No. 1985, V.F.W. 1516 and D.A.V. He belonged to 40 et 8, F.O.E. No. 2120, F.O.P. No. 39 and Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Willie Burrell; and one sister, Mary Burrell.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Elsie Scarberry Burrell; two daughters, Dianna Burrell of Greenville, N.C., and Donna and her husband Kevin Fink of Johnstown, Pa.; one son and his wife, David and Martina Burrell of Mainz, Germany; four brothers, Clarence Burrell of Canton, James Burrell of Las Vegas, Nev., Claude Burrell of Clyde, and Jack and of Lakeland, Fla.; five sisters, Darlene Hawkins and Carolyn Conard, both of Sevierville, Tenn., Marie Surrett, Shirley Arrington and Katherine Burrell, both of Canton; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Lancaster Veteran’s Burial Squad.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial may be given to the American Cancer Society.

James S. Parton
CANTON -- James S. Parton, 60, of Canton, died Tuesday, July 5, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Edna l. Saunders
Retired inspector
Edna Layton Saunders, 66, of 125 Tarheel Drive, Waynesville, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Grafton, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late James Harold and Mary Darcus Boylen Layton. She retired in 1984 as an inspector for Owen Illinois Glass Co. in Bridgeton, N.J. She was a member of Hazelwood Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Pauline Layton.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Garland R. Saunders; three sisters, Helen Wodzenski of Morgantown, W.Va., Maxine Fast of Arden, W.Va., and Barbara Matthews of Grafton; three brothers, James W. Layton of Baltimore, Md., John R. and Homer Layton, both of Delta, Pa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Don Letzring will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Saunders, Stephen Wyatt, Larry Smith, Rusty Rector, Lawrence Greene and Allen Greene.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 931, Waynesville, N.C., 28786.

Robert W. Burgess
Champion retiree
Robert Walker Burgess, 80, of Waynesville, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Britthaven Nursing Home.
A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Harry Holand and Lillie Conard Burgess. He retired from Champion after 35 years of service and was a Army veteran serving in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Green Burgess, second wife, Flora Putnam Burgess; one daughter, Mary Edith Burgess; two sisters, Annie Mae McClure and Mary Hazel Burgess; and two brothers, Norman Burgess and Gain Burgess.
Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Betty and Jim Russell, and Martha and Harold Lanning, all of Waynesville; two sons and their wives, John and Bunettia Burgess, and David and Lynn Burgess, all of Clyde; one sister, Callie Worley of Canton; one brother, Grady Burgess of Lincolnton; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. O.J. Skidmore will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 5202 and American Legion Haywood Post 47.
Pallbearers will be Keith Moore, Keith Latulipe, Brian Morin, Ned Lanning, James Gaddis and Steven Page.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home of John Burgess, Wildcherry Road.

John L. Staiger
Retired engineer
MAGGIE VALLEY -- John Lincoln “Pat” Staiger, 90, of Maggie Valley, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at his home.
A native of Minnesota, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary Owen Staiger. He retired in 1976 from Muller Brass Co. as an engineer with 40 years of service. He was a member of the Salvation Army Church.
Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Marion Stenger Staiger; and one daughter, Gloria Hale of Saline, Mich.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army Church in Waynesville. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Port Huron, Mich.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Aletha M. Robinson
Haywood County native
Aletha Messer Robinson, 85, of the Cove Creek community, Waynesville, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at the Brian Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Marion L. and Mattie Leatherwood Messer. She was a homemaker and a member of the East Waynesville Baptist Church where she served as clerk and Sunday school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack E. Robinson; three sisters, Arleatha Messer, Annie Mae Bolden and Lena Jenkins; and two brothers, Herbert Messer and Jarvis Dee Messer.
Surviving are two sisters, Nellie Owen of Cove Creek, and Lucille Owen of Pennsville, N.J.; three brothers, Raymond Messer of Canton, Ed Messer of Cove Creek and Troy Lee Messer of Rockwell.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Garrett Funeral Home Friday. The Revs. Billy Ferguson and Carl Presnell officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Jack, Jule, Tommy and Robert Hugh Messer, Charles Owen and Anthony Leatherwood.
The family received friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Garrett Funeral Home.

Hazel M. Watkins
Retired inspector
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Hazel “Granny” McKenzie Watkins, 84, of Ketner Cove Road, Maggie Valley, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Williamsburg County, S.C., she was the daughter of the late General Greene and Hessie Coker McKenzie. She had made her home in Maggie Valley for the past 24 years. She was a retired inspector of Dixie Cup Corp. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Otis Clinton Watkins, who died in 1997.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty Jean Miles of Florence, S.C., and Joyce Carol Watkins Ray of Maggie Valley; one son, Clinton Levi Watkins of Maggie Valley; one brother, John Lewis McKenzie of Andrews, S.C.; one sister, Bert McKenzie Hancock of Darlington, S.C.; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Maggie Valley First Baptist Church. The Rev. Chuck Sojack officiated. Burial was in the Darlington Memory Gardens.
The family received friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Wells Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

James S. Parton
Haywood County native
CANTON -- James Severe Parton, 60, of Canton, died Tuesday, July 5, 2000, at the Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Dewey and Easter Rathbone Parton. He was a member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, W. J. Parton; and a sister, Mary Lou Curry.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Patsy Brown Parton; two sons and their wives, Jimmy and Nicole Parton of Canton, and Scott and Keitha Parton of Tuckasegee; four sisters, Annie Mae Ledford of Fines Creek, Hazel Medford of Waynesville, Rosa Taylor of Candler and Mollie Price of Science Hill, Ky.; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Welcome Hill Baptist Church. The Revs. Ronnie Jenkins, Carter Parham and Tim Dies officiated. Burial was in Sunny Point Baptist Church Cemetery.
Family members served as pallbearers.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Welcome Hill Baptist Church.

Guillermo Newton
Engineer
CLYDE -- Guillermo Newton, 74, of 60 Stoney Brook Drive, Clyde, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Silver Bluff Village.
A native of Rosario, Argentina, he was the son of the late Don Juan Manuel and Dona Maria Emma Aguiar Newton. He graduated from the University of Rosario, Argentina, with a degree in engineering and received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami. He was a professional engineering consultant whose special projects included the Neiman Marcus building, Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Mall of America in Minnesota, the Miami International Airport, NASA space program projects and designs in Haiti and St. Thomas. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A resident of Miami, Fla., he moved to Haywood County in 1994 and became a U.S. citizen in 1999.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Norma Myrelia Zambelli Newton; two daughters, Susan Newton-Rinehart of Maggie Valley and Elizabeth Jennings of Atlanta; two sisters, Marta Burek and Emma Conti, both of Rosario, Argentina; and five grandchildren.
A private family remembrance will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Haywood County Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Willie L. Birchfield
Willie Lee Birchfield of Waynesville, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

John C. Randolph
Retired graphic printer
John “Jack” Clark Randolph, 67, of 114 Hawkeye Drive, Waynesville, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Huntington, W.Va., he was the son of the late Bernard E. Randolph Sr. and Neva Clark Randolph. He was a retired graphic printer. He was of the Methodist faith.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Arvis Olensky.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Jolue Ann Skrdlant Randolph; one daughter, Mary Hartzell of Waynesville; five sons, John Randolph of Jacksonville, Fla., George and James Randolph, both of St. Augustine, Fla., David Randolph of Waynesville, and Frank Randolph of Milan, Tenn.; two brothers, Bernard and George Randolph, both of Hillsboro, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenhill Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Lineberger will officiate.
Pallbearers will be John, James, Frank, George and David Randolph and Dee Hartzell.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.

Eric Wells
Financial consultant
CANTON -- Walter Eric Wells, 29, formerly of Canton, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Duke University Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Walter and Dorotha Gidney Wells of Canton. He was employed as a financial consultant by A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Asheville. He was a 1988 graduate of Tuscola High School and graduated from Western Carolina University in 1993. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and of the Hickory Jaycees.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Lynne Meyer of Canton; and his paternal grandmother, Florence Hargrove Wells of Canton.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Friday at Canton Central United Methodist Church. The Revs. Michael J. Gehring, C. Jack Caudill and J. Matthew Burton officiated. Burial was in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road.
Pallbearers were Steve Larson, Mark Cash, Rick Yountz, Scott Wellman and John Brock.
The family received friends from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Friday at Canton Central United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made the Canton Central United Methodist Church Music Fund, P.O. Box 792, Canton, N.C., 28716.

Bennie G. West
Retired farmer
Bennie “Ben” Graham West, 89, formerly of Balsam Ridge Road, Waynesville, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Britthaven of Clyde.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late William H. and Febbie Williams West. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Crabtree Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sanford West; his second wife, Bertha Wyatt West; and a son, Charlie West.
Surviving are one daughter, mattie Gibson of Canton; two sons, Billy and Ben West Jr, both of Waynesville; two stepdaughters, Ola G. Broom and Martha G. Harrell, both of Lake Junaluska; three stepsons, Charles Edward Gaddis of Waynesville, Joseph Samuel and Billy Wayne Gaddis, both of Lake Junaluska; nine grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fincher’s Chapel Cemetery. The Rev. Ted Reeves will officiate.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.


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