Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2002

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Joe Conard
Charles Jerry Joe Conard, 65, of Waynesville, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at his home. 
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Arbie Jenkins Conard. He was employed by the Town of Waynesville Water Depart-ment for 27 years. He was a member of Rocky Branch Baptist Church. 
Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Beatrice Gaddy Conard; three daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Ronnie Melton of Ellenboro, Barbara and Howard Owen of Waynesville and Janet M. and Richard Messer of Waynesville; four sons, Dewayne and Buddy Conard, both of Rutherfordton, Steve Conard and his wife Patsy of Ellenboro and Harold Grasty and his wife Pat of Waynesville; one sister, Evelyn Luther of Maiden; three brothers, Howard Conard Jr., Jessie James Conard and Lloyd Ray Conard, all of Waynesville, eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Ted Reeves and Jim Mills officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. 
Pallbearers were Howard Conard, Johnny Price, Kyle Cook, Hugh Parrott, Roger Patterson, Tom McClure, Jessie Forsythe, Ray Smith and Steve Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were Howell Conard, Terry Sams, Clem Jenkins Jr. Barker and Dan Moore. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

M.L. Brackett Sr.
Marlor Lonas “Big John” Brackett Sr., 73, of 297 Hendrix St., Waynesville, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Autumn Care. 
A native of Swain County, he had lived in Waynesville since 1962. He was the son of the late John L. and Mary Elvira Evans Brackett. He was a retired Dayco employee and was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. 
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Amelia Ann Morgan Brackett; one daughter, Sandra Kay Brackett of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sons, M.L. “Mike” Brackett Jr. of Asheville, William Bruce Brackett of Semora and Arnold Owen Brackett of Waynesville; two sisters, Beulah Lindsey of Vonore, Tenn., and Tennessee Anderson of Gretna, Va.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. 
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville. 
Memorials may be made to Fullerton Genetic Center of Mission St. Joseph, 14-101 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801; or Westcare Rehabilitation Services, 68 Hospital Road, Sylva, NC 28779. 
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. 
An online memorial register is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020202135129/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Guy Jones
CANTON -- Jess Guy Jones of Canton died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Henry Roosevelt and Ora King Jones. He was employed with Blue Ridge Paper Products with 23 years service. He was a member of Dutch Cove Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Cynthia Hyatt Jones; two daughters, Tammy Jones Bates and her husband Chuck and Kimberly Jones, all of Canton; one son, Greg Jones and his wife Brook of Canton; two sisters, Dot Moody of Clyde and Martha Sizemore of Orange Park, Fla.; two brothers, Paul Jones of Clyde and Jack Jones of Hazelwood; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Ed Lowder will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hice Hill Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Paul Jones Jr., Anthony Jones, Bryan, Jonathan, Brandon and Darrell Rowland, all nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conference, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.
An online memorial register is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020202135129/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Ed Nichols
Ed Nichols, 91, of Waynesville died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Grayson and Mary Liner Nichols. He was a retired carpenter and rock mason. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Klinworth Allred Nichols.
Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Dickie Larea and Tommy Sutton of Lake Junaluska and Amelia and Pete Turnage of Newport News, Va.; three sons and their wives, Tommy Grayson and Betty Jo Nichols of Waynesville, Jerry Allred and Faith Nichols of Madison County and Henry Edward and Maxine Nichols of Shelby; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Services were held at noon Wednesday at Garrett Funerals and Cremations. The Rev. Henry Nichols Jr. officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Jerry Nichols Jr., Ron Orf, Way Kinsland, Daniel Nichols, Eddy Nichols and Scotty Senters.
The family received friends one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood Christian Ministry, 150 Branner Ave., Waynesville, NC 28786.
An online guest registry is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020202135129/http://www.legacy.com/. 

The Rev. H. Richard Hall
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Rev. H. Richard Hall, formerly of Haywood County, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Fain A. and Chlora Grooms Gaddis. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie; and a brother, Theodore.
Surviving are his wife, Lucille Yarborough Hall; two sisters, Grace Jimison of Canton and Maxine Ashe of Charleston, S.C.; and two brothers, George and Bob Gaddis, both of Canton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Christian Church in Cleveland, Tenn. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Cleveland. 

Wyatt M. Bowles
Wyatt Mitri Bowles, infant son of Mark and Tammy Bowles of Waynesville, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
Surviving in addition to the parents, are one brother, River Bowles; and two sisters, Pixie and Emma Bowles, all of the home.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Moody Funeral Home in Sylva. 
The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
An online memorial and register is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020202135129/http://www.pemoody.com/. 

Curtis D. Smathers
CANTON -- Curtis Daniel Smathers, 50, of 126 N. Main St., Canton, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at his home. 
He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Canton. He was a Dayco retiree and a musician. 
Surviving are one daughter, Melanie Theresa Smathers of Waynesville; his parents, Ned and Beatrice Smathers; one sister, Iris Smathers of Montana; two brothers, Dennis Smathers of Waynesville and Kem Smathers of Canton; and one grandson. 
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Canton. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. 

Ed Nelson
Ed Nelson, 91, of Waynesville, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at the Brian Center of Waynesville. 
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Paul E. Morgan Sr. 
ASHEVILLE -- Paul Ernest Morgan Sr., 70, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at his home. 
A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Phillip Ernest and Hattie Williams Morgan and the stepson of the late Flora Hyatt Morgan. He retired in 1994 from BASF after 40 years of service and retired in June 2001 from the Buncombe County school system where he was employed for six years as a special education bus driver. He was a member of the West Asheville Church of God and was an Army veteran serving in the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Webb; brothers, Charles Morgan and James Robert Morgan; and a sister, Marie Robinson. 
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Norma Whittemore Morgan of the home; one son, Paul E. Morgan Jr. and wife Karen of Arden; son-in-law, Eddie Webb of Weaverville; four sisters, Barbara Zackary of Arden, Rebecca Ouderkirk of Hendersonville, Joyce Gunter of Greenville, S.C., and Teresa Pennington of Waynesville; one brother, Phillip B. Morgan of Candler; and four grandsons.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the mausoleum chapel of Pisgah View Memorial Park, Candler. The Rev. Aaron Phillips officiated. 
The family received friends following the services at the cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. 

William A. Myers Jr. 
WEAVERVILLE -- William Arthur “Billy” Myers Jr., 83, of 104 Locust Grove Road, Weaverville, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002. 
A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late William Arthur Myers Sr. and Josephine Myers. He worked for Asheville Concrete for 30 years and was a member of Locust Grove Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Rex, Richard and Paul Myers.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Bernice Burnette Myers; two daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and James Shook, and Patricia and Dale Thomas, all of Weaverville; one son, Ronald Myers of Weaverville; three sisters, Mary Katherine Roberts of Weaverville, Margaret Nicholas of Waynesville and Jennie Lou Ingle of Weaverville; one brother, Max Myers of Weaverville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at West Funeral Home in Weaverville. The Rev. Dean Huggins officiated. Burial was in Locust Grove Baptist Church cemetery. 
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

Marcia W. Goodson
FLORAHOME, Fla. -- Marcia West “Pinky” Goodson, 56, of Florahome, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at the Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla..
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of Millie E. West and the late Harrison West Sr. She was a member of Sunny Point Baptist Church in Canton.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Frank R. Goodson, of Asheville and Mark E. Goodson of Florahome, Fla.; two brothers, Harrison William Wes, Jr. and Bobby Ray West, both of Cole Camp, Mo.; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Masters Funeral Home of Palatka, Fla. The Rev. Don R. Chavis officiated.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 1900 Atlanta, GA 30326; or Alzheimer’s Association of North East Florida, 2123 Mango Place, Jacksonville, FL 32207. 

David F. Duncan
HOUSTON, Texas -- David Frank Duncan, 56, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in Houston, Texas.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Mary Palmer Duncan and the late Frank W. Duncan. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a geophysical engineer with Exxon Oil Company. He graduated from Texas A&M School of Electronics. He was a member of Hazelwood Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother is his wife, Vicki Duncan.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hazelwood Baptist Church. The Rev. Don Letzring will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Benevolent Fund at Hazelwood Baptist Church, 265 Hazelwood Avenue, Waynesville, NC 28786.
An online memorial registry is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020202135129/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Sara W. Pitts
JOANNA, S.C. -- Sara Wier Pitts, 96, of Joanna, S.C., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, in the Laurens County Hospital. 
A native of Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Preston and Lula Lynn Wier. She was a member of the Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church, attended Lander College and taught school in Laurens County for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ryan Floyd Pitts; and one daughter, Bonnie Mae Pitts.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church, c/o Buddy Copeland, 210 N. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325.

Ruth S. Noland
Retired principal
LAKE JUNALUSKA -- Ruth Singleton Noland, 91, of Lake Junaluska, died Jan. 22, 2002, at Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late James Arthur and Parilee Allison Singleton. She was born in Ned Cove of the Hemphill section of Haywood County in 1910. She was educated at Hemphill School, Rock Hill School, Haywood Academy and graduated from Mars Hill College in 1929 with a teaching degree in education. 
She began teaching in the Haywood County school system in 1930 and first taught with her father at Bethel School. She later transferred to Lake Junaluska School where she was a sixth-grade teacher and school principal until the school was destroyed by fire in 1967. She then became the principal of the Crabtree/Iron Duff/Lake Junaluska School; where she served as principal until her retirement in 1975. She is believed to be the first female principal in the Haywood County school system. She was a lifetime member of the North Carolina Association of Educators, a member of the National Education Association and a member of the Haywood County Principals Association. 
After retirement, she was an active member of the North Carolina Retired School Personnel Association, serving various capacities including president of the Haywood County chapter. In 1979, she served as chairperson for the committee writing the history of public education in Haywood County, “Schoolin’, A Rich Heritage.”
She was also an active and devoted member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church from 1938 until her death. She served in virtually every church office including chairman of the administrative council, Sunday school superintendent, church lay leader and was a Sunday school teacher for more than 40 years. She was equally active in the church chapter of United Methodist Women.
In addition to church and school, she was engaged in community volunteer work. She was a “Meals On Wheels” volunteer and coordinator for 15 years. She was a charter member of the Haywood County Council on Aging and served as that organization’s vice president, secretary and treasurer. She was a 1979 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Work and 1987 AARP Community Service Award. She remained active in volunteer and church work until declining health forced her into final retirement seven years ago.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jule Welch Noland, former Register of Deeds of Haywood County, who died in 1964; and by six brothers and sisters.
Surviving are three sons, Robert H. Noland, J. Lynn Noland, and James David Noland and his wife Merita Haney Noland.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Maple Grove United Methodist Church. The Revs. Mike Holder and Mike Shuford officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were former students and teachers, David A. Massie, Dwight Caldwell, Bill Davis, Charles Hipps, Jimmy Hall, Terry Leatherwood, Randy Eggen, John Thomas Underwood and Edward Davis. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews, James M. Noland, James Hardy Noland, Dewey H. Noland Jr., Edwin Terrell, John R. Terrell and Hayes Arthur Singleton.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Garrett Funerals and Cremations.
Memorials may be made to Maple Grove United Methodist Church, the Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, Meals On Wheels and Haywood Christian Ministry. 

Eugene D. Gudger
Champion retiree
CANDLER -- Eugene Debs Gudger, 90, of Candler, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Robert Franklin and Harriett Virginia Curtis Gudger. He was retired from Champion International with 37 years service and attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 61 of Canton and VFW Post 9939 of Candler. 
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Leiper, Lucy Gudger and Ruth Toms; and one brother, Joyce Gudger.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mary Madelyn Peeler Gudger.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Phillip Hurst will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ridgeway Baptist Church cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
An online memorial registry is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020219082210/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Rubye M. McElroy
Former business owner
LAKE JUNALUSKA -- Rubye Melton McElroy, of South Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, 2002, at her home. 
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Sam H. and Jessie Jenkins Melton. She was a member of Waynesville First Presbyterian Church. She was past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Waynesville Chapter 165, a Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League and a charter member of the Tuscola Garden Club. She owned and operated Lake View Motor Lodge until her retirement. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette McElroy; a daughter, Billie M. Morrow; a granddaughter, Rita M. Lusk; an infant child; two sisters, Evelyn Stamey and Hazel Melton; and a brother, Hershall Melton. 
Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Bates of Ingleside, Texas; one sister, Mary Silvey of San Diego; one brother, Rufus Melton of Waynesville; son-in-law, Bennie J. Morrow of Waynesville; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. The Rev. Dr. Richard E. Burnett and Josh Cole officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville. At other times the family was at her home. 
Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Children’s Home, 80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565. 
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville was charge of the arrangements. 
An online memorial register is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020219082210/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Michael R. Graham
New York native
CLYDE -- Michael Robinson “Big Mike” Graham, 39, of Clyde, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 at Hay-wood Re-gional Med-ical Center.
A native of Yonkers, N.Y., he had lived most of his life in Hay-wood County. He was the son of the late Edna Graham and Guy Graham. He was an employee of Jones Brothers Utilities. He attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Guy Graham Jr.; and a sister, Barbara Myers. 
Surviving in addition to his father, are his wife, Marie Graham; three daughters, Korneisha, Helenia and Beonica of Clyde; three sons, Junior Forney, Luke and Michael Fredrick Graham of Clyde; seven sisters, Nancy Graham and Minnie Espirit, both of Yonkers, N.Y., Evelina Graham, Geraldine Powell, Letissa Graham, Gwen Coleman, all of Fayetteville; three brothers, Ernest Graham of Maryland, Thomas and Robert Graham, both of Fayetteville; and one grandson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. The Revs. Carl Zielke, Walter Bryson, Howard Dawkins and Lessie Williams will officiate. Burial will follow at Dix Hill Cemetery in Waynesville.
Pallbearers will be Sam Burke, John Miller, Andre McKinney, Ronnie Bryson, Richard Morrison and Robert Short. Honorary pallbearers will be Willis Leigh, Johnny Cullin, and Samuel Parris Jr. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to a trust account at the Community Credit Union, c/o The Graham Children.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.
An online memorial registry is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020219082210/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Geneva W. Church
Haywood County native
Geneva Willis Church, 82, of Love Lane, Waynesville, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Autumn Care of Waynesville. 
A native of Spruce Pine, she lived most of her life in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Dock Mack and Alice Gouge Willis. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Violet Davis; and a brother, Burl Willis.
Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Benny L. Church; one son, Brendann Lozane “Bambie” Church and his wife Linda of Waynesville; and a sister, Retta Glenn of Marion. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. R.G. Garland and Allen Blanton officiated. Entombment will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Mausoleum.
Pallbearers were Lloyd Allen, David Steppleton, David Steppleton Jr., Steve and Harry Broch, Bob Blackwell and Gary Caldwell. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and at other times will be at her home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, NC 28806.
An online memorial register is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020219082210/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

William A. Wheeler
Haywood County native
William A. “Bill” Wheeler, 58, of Waynesville, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Harris Regional Hospital. 
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late William Raymon and Pauline Allen Wheeler. He was a teacher in the Jackson County school system and had served in law enforcement in various police departments. He was also a Boy Scout leader for many years in Haywood County and graduated from Western Carolina University. 
Surviving are his companion, Vickie Mathews; two sons, Samuel Raymon and William Earle Wheeler, both of Raleigh; one sister, Linda Whitlock of Trenton, Tenn.; and one brother, Charles Wheeler of Canton. 
A gathering of friends and family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville. A private interment will be held at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery in Clyde. 
Memorials may be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 931, Waynesville, NC 28786. 
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of the arrangements. 
An online memorial register is available at http://web.archive.org/web/20020219082210/http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/. 

Sandra C. Gaddy
Buncombe County native
ASHEVILLE -- Sandra Elizabeth Capps Gaddy, 59, of 11 Honeysuckle Lane, Asheville died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Ruth Marie Allen of Asheville and the late Lewis Edward Capps. She was a member of Woodfin Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Marie Lambert. 
Surviving in addition to her mother, are her three daughters, Karen Lambert King of Asheville, Lisa Southerland Presley of Candler and Shanda Gaddy Lavine of Canton; two sons, James F. Southerland of Pensacola, Fla., and Jonathan Richard Southerland of Asheville; two brothers, William F. Capps and Lewis E. Capps Jr., both of Candler; and seven grandchildren. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Woodfin Baptist Church. The Rev. Ricky Bowen officiated. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. 
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Anders-Rice Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to American Lung Association of North Carolina, P.O. Box 2702, Asheville, NC 28802. 

W. L. Hicks Sr.
Haywood County native 
ASHEVILLE -- Wilford Lytle Hicks Sr., 83, of 211 Brickyard Road, Asheville, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at the VA Medical Center. 
A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Mills and Carrie Wilson Hicks. He was a graduate of Brevard College and the owner and operator of W.L. Hicks Inc. He was retired from the U.S. Marines with more than 20 years of service, including World War II and the Korean War. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nora Dew.
Surviving are his wife, Pauline Ledford Hicks; one son, Wilford Lytle Hicks Jr. and his wife Deborah of Hendersonville; one brother, Mills Hicks of Canton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery in Haywood County. VFW Post 5202 of Waynesville will provide military honors. 
Groce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Loretta M. Wells
Texas native
Loretta Marie Wells, 71, of Waynesville, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at the Canton Health Care Center.
A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Sammie F. and Minnie M. Myers.
Surviving are her husband, A.L. Buzz Wells; two sons, Charles Wesley Melton of Crowley, Texas, and Russell Dean Melton of Orange Park, Fla.; five sisters; two brothers; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Free Methodist Church in Waynesville.
Asheville Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements. 

Margaret L. Cable
Waynesville native
CANTON, Ohio -- Margaret Louise Cable, 84, of Canton, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, in Aultman Hospital.
A native of Waynesville, she was the daughter of the late Noah and Minnie Hendrix Green. She lived most of her life in the Canton, Ohio, area and was a former employee of the Hoover and the Timken companies. She was a member of Eleventh Street Church of God. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett N. Cable, who died in 1993; two sisters and one brother.
Surviving are her daughter and her husband, Sherry K. and Gary L. Shafer of Canton, Ohio; three brothers, Ernest and George Snyder, both of Waynesville, and Homer Snyder of Fullerton, Calif.; two sisters, Nora Moody of Waynesville and Barbara Sisson of Radcliff, Ky.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Reed Funeral Home. The Rev. Randy M. Shafer officiated. Burial was in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.
The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eleventh Street Church of God Building Fund. 

Rebecca K. Clark
Buncombe County native
Rebecca Louise King Clark, 79, of 420 Killian St., Hickory Hollow Apartments, Waynesville, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at her home. 
A native of Buncombe County, she resided in Canton most of her life and made her home in Waynesville since 1996. She was the daughter of the late Richard and Sindy Bryant King. She was a homemaker and member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Leicester.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Linnard Paul Clark, who died in 1992; a son, Michael Clark, who died in 1995; a sister, Lillie Trantham; and brothers, Walter King and Wade Clark. 
Surviving are two daughters, Pauline Luther and her husband Kenneth of Arden and Sharon Patterson of Waynesville; one son, Ricky Davis Clark and Daisy Ledford of Waynesville; one sister, Helen Cutshaw of Belleview, Fla.; one brother, Arlin Clark of Canton; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Kyle Shipman will officiate. A private burial service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church cemetery in Leicester. 
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home of Ricky Davis Clark, 277 Orion Davis Road, Waynesville.
Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Haywood County Meals On Wheels, 486 E. Marshall St., Waynesville, NC 28786. 

Frances L. Adams
Haywood County native
WINSTON-SALEM -- Frances Leatherwood Adams, 72, of Hawkwood Trail, Winston-Salem, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of William and Mayme Liner Leatherwood. She was an active member of First Christian Church where she was a Sunday school teacher. She served on the board and was a member of the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a volunteer at the Samaritan Soup Kitchen.
Surviving are her husband of 49 years, James Adams; three sons, Tim Adams and his wife, Kay of Clemmons, Keith and his wife Monica of Winston-Salem and Neal and his wife Lynn of Apex; four sisters, Dorothy Vickery, Nancy Duckett, Patsy Cook and Lynda Leonard; one brother, Charles Leatherwood all of Waynesville; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at First Christian Church. The Revs. James Cobb and Willie Davis will officiate. Burial will follow at Forsyth Memorial Park. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. 
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 2320 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104; or to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 1100-C S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. 

Rose B. Gibson
Haywood County native
FOREST CITY -- Rose Brookshire Gibson, 60, of Forest City, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Maude Whitted Brookshire.
Surviving are her husband, Robert E. Gibson Sr.; two sons, Robert and Richard Gibson, both of Forest City; a daughter, Janice Gosnell of Forest City; three brothers, Harland, Marvin and E.G. Brookshire, all of Haywood County; five sisters, Evalee Stanford, Betty Brookshire, Norma Clark, Patsy Cogburn and Dorothy Thomason, all of Haywood County; and three grandchildren.
Burial was in Oak Springs Baptist Church Cemetery of which she was a member.
Padgett and King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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