Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2002

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY


James B. Moore 
Champion retiree, veteran 
ASHEVILLE — James B. Moore, 81, of Young Harris, Ga., died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. 
A native of Haywood County, he moved to Young Harris, Ga., in 1992. He was the son of the late Albert B. and Willie Harkins Moore. He retired from Champion International in 1983 with 24 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II. 
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Gladys Hyder Moore; one daughter, Marvella Jean Edwards of Canton; one son, James Daniel Moore and his wife, Kay, of Picture Rocks, Pa.; one sister, Christine Riddle of Canton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were held at noon Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Jimmy Trantham officiated. Military rites were conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team and military personnel from Fort Bragg. 

Evelyn A. Clark 
Haywood County native 
CLYDE — Mary Evelyn Arrington Clark, 64, of Clyde, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at her home. 
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of Ruby Inez Conner Arrington and the late Carmen Way Arrington. She was a homemaker. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Arrington. 
Surviving in addition to her mother, are her husband, Yoder C. Clark; three sons, Boyd E. Clark and his wife, Lisa, of Statesville, Myron W. Clark of Clyde and Stanley R. Clark and his wife, Chasity, of Mooresville; a daughter, Angela Clark Gilley and her husband , Derrick, of Troutman; one brother, Kenneth Way Arrington of Mooresville; three sisters, Dorothy Henson of Waynesville, Helen Jean Patrick of Mooresville and Barbara Wingler of Wilkesboro; and seven grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Panther Creek Baptist Church. The Revs. Ronald Greene, Russell D. Thomas and Dr. J. Nelson Osborne will officiate. Burial will be in Panther Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Garrett Funerals and Cremations. Memorials may be made to Panther Creek Baptist Church Cemetery fund or Hospice of Haywood County. 

Ruby P. Bailey 
Magnavox retiree 
ARDEN — Ruby P. Revis Bailey, 76, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System after a period of declining health. 
A native of Haywood County, he had lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was a daughter of the late Steril W. and Rosa Lee Burnett Pressley. She retired from Magnavox in 1987 as a quality control inspector with 23 years of service. She previously attended Long Shoals Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim Revis, who died in 1987; two sisters, Mae Hightower and Ellen Fowler; four brothers, Jack, Lawrence, Earl and Oscar “Buster” Pressley; a grandson, Jimmy Clinton Nichols; and a granddaughter, Tabitha Revis. 
Surviving are her husband of five years, Paul Bailey; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Rod Craig of Arden and Cathy and Doug Nichols of Hendersonville; two sons and their wives, Gary and Freida Revis of Bethel and Glen and Gail Revis of Weaverville; brother, Hubert Pressley of Canton; and six grandchildren. 
Services were held at 3 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery. 
The family received friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
Flowers would be appreciated, or memorials may be made to the Mountain Area Hospice Solace, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. 

Margaret F. Clontz 
Haywood County native 
Margaret Geneva Farmer Clontz, 62, of 32 Polaris Place, Waynesville, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. 
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late David and Lovie Revis Farmer. She was a member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church. 
Surviving are two daughters, Judy Carver and Joanne Conner, both of Waynesville; one son, James E. Clontz of Canton; two sisters, Lois Poston and Fannie Mae Sharpe, both of Waynesville; three brothers, James Farmer of Cowpens, S.C., Raymond Farmer of Georgia and Everette Farmer of Canton; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will follow in Center Pigeon Baptist Church cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home. 

Wayna K. McDowell Canton resident 
CANTON — Wayna Kaye McDowell, 44, of 576 Queentown Road, Canton, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at her home. 
She was a daughter of Margaret Webb McDowell of Canton and the late Charles Wayne McDowell, who died in 1997. She was a member of Morning Star United Methodist Church. 
In addition to her mother, she is survived by three sisters, Robin Henson of Clyde, Pam Rector of Etowah, and twin sister, Wanda Neidig of Wilmington. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Doug Love will officiate. Burial will follow in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to Morning Star United Methodist Church Van Fund, 2535 Dutch Cove Road, Canton, NC 28716; or to a charity of one’s choice. 

Jose R. Ramirez 
CHEROKEE — Jose Rosario “Loco” Ramirez, 42, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002. 
He was a native of Mexico. 
The graveside services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Watty Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at Moody Funeral Home in Sylva. 

Jean Trull 
CANTON — Jean Trull of Canton died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System. 
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Leet G. Coley Sr. 
Carpenter 
Leet Garnett Coley Sr., 87, of Waynesville, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at Autumn Care of Waynesville. 
A native of Habersham County, Ga., he was the son of the late Cleveland and Arlevy Wade Coley. He was a carpenter. He worked for Sheppard and Haywood Builders Supply for 14 years. He was a member of North Hazelwood Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Bell Myers Coley, who died in 1996; a son, Leet Garnett Coley Jr.; a daughter, Edith Imogene Coley Mintz; a brother, Columbus Coley of Arkansas; four sisters, Ester Dodd, Baney Reems, Dimey Lomax and Delia King of Georgia. 
Surviving are three sons, John Coley Sr. of Asheville, Wayne Coley of Lancaster, S.C., and James Coley of Waynesville; four daughters, Edna Mullinax of Mount Airy, Ga., Frances Strickland of Clyde, Vivian Wright and Teresa Coley, both of Waynesville; two sisters, Izora Myers and Dorothy Autry, both of Alton, Ga.; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrett Funerals and Cremations. The Revs. Harold Webb and Carl Chastain will officiate. Burial will be at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. 
Pallbearers will be Wayne Coley, John Coley Jr., Harry Mintz Jr., Adam Wright, Brian Wright and Lane Strickland. Honorary pallbearer will be Reed Phillips. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Marion J. McCracken 
Enka employee, veteran 
Marion Jess McCracken, 92, of Waynesville, died Aug. 20, 2002 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
A native of Franklin, he was the son of the late James and Lorie Bradshaw McCracken. He was textile worker at Enka and a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of Faith Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Drennon McCracken; and one daughter, Joan McCracken. 
Surviving is one son, Marion David McCracken of Waynesville. 
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenhill Cemetery. Clayton Davis and the Rev. Terry Rowland will officiate. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Garrett Funerals and Cremations. 

Richard L. Seeber 
Air Force retiree, deputy 
MAGGIE VALLEY — Richard L. Seeber, 79, of Maggie Valley, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
A native of Chicago, Ill., he had resided in Haywood County since 1983. He was the son of the late Joseph and Susan Durning Seeber. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago and retired in 1969 as a technical sergeant from the Air Force with 20 years of service. Afterwards, he was a deputy with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. 
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Marie Seeber; one daughter, Patti Cox and her husband, Raymond, of Homestead, Fla.; one son, Dennis Seeber and his wife, Linda, of Kennesaw, Ga.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. The Rev.Frank Doyle will officiate. Full military honors will be conducted by Shaw Air Force Base. 
The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to KARE, P.O. Box 1392, Waynesville, NC 28786. 
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. 

Ronald B. Freeman 
Veteran 
CLYDE — Ronald Bruce Freeman, 63, of 52 Poulin Place, Clyde, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at his home. 
A native of Richmond County, he had lived in Haywood County since 1984. He was an Air Force veteran and retired from N.C. Vocational Rehabilitation in February 2002. He was a member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Canton . 
Surviving are his wife, Mary Anne Glenn Freeman; one daughter, Leslie F. Massie of Liberty; two sisters, Ann F. Yates of Randleman and Joyce Hargett of Norfolk, Va.; one brother, William H. Freeman of Burlington; and two grandchildren. 
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pugh Funeral Home chapel in Randleman. 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, Memorial and Tributes Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. 

Cecil A. Putnam 
Veteran 
SWANNANOA — Cecil Adam Putnam, 80, of 157 Edwards Ave., Swannanoa, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002. 
A native of McDowell County, he was a son of the late Charles and Sue Mace Putnam and resided in Swannanoa for the past 70 years. He retired from the maintenance department of Northup Carolina and Co. He was a member of Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran having served during World War II and member of VFW Post 891. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Edwards Putnam, who died in 1990; and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian Biggs, Lena Hollifield and Julie Putnam. 
Surviving are two sons, Bill C. Putnam and wife, Teresa, of Montreat, and Bruce C. Putnam and wife, Deborah, of Marion; two daughters, Rita P. Parker and husband, Don, of Swannanoa, and Jean P. Hensley and husband, Charlie, of Asheville; one sister, Ruth Trantham of Canton; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bee Tree Baptist Church. The Revs. Larry Carver and Nelson Parker officiated. Burial was in Piney Grove Cemetery. 
Grandsons served as pallbearers. 
The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penland & Sons Funeral Home, Swannanoa. 

Edna G. Mills 
Canton resident 
CANTON — Edna Gaddy Mills, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
She was a daughter of the late John T. and Mary Jane Reid Gaddy, and wife of the late Jethro A. Mills. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael A. Mills. 
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Rigsbee and her husband, William, of Taylors, S.C.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Keith Clark officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. 
The family received friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to Canton First Responders, 21 Adams St., Canton, NC 28716. 

Edna W. Lindsey 
Haywood County native 
CLYDE — Edna Wyatt Lindsey, 72, of 38 Travis St., Clyde, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Hubert and Vinnie Ledford Wyatt. She was a beautician at Giant Dollar Hair Salon and a member of Clyde Wesleyan Church. She was a former paper carrier for The Mountaineer, serving the Bethel community. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth R. Lindsey, who died in January 2002; two brothers, Sanford and Charles Wyatt; and a sister, Marie Gibson. 
Surviving are one son, John Carroll Lindsey and his wife, Priscilla, of McAlpin, Fla.; two sisters, Clara Greene and Ruth Eager, both of Clyde; two brothers, Johnny Wyatt of Coatsville, Pa., and Robert Wyatt of Spartanburg, S.C.; two grandchildren, Kimberly Jones and Marty Lindsey; and four great-grandchildren, Kendra, Alyssia and Brooke Lindsey and Aaron Jones. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. At other times, the family was at the home. 
Memorials may be made to Hephzibah Childrens Home, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220-7606. 

Betty L. Joy 
Indiana native 
Betty L. Joy, 84, formerly of Sandsridge Way, Waynesville, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at the Brian Center. 
A native of Marion, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Mathew W. and Hazel Hume Lowder. She was a member of the Craft Guilders Association and Shady Grove United Methodist Church. 
Surviving are two daughters, Janice K. Joy and Judy Mongero Joy, both of Waynesville; two brothers, James N. Lowder and and Jack H. Lowder, both of Ocala, Fla.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 
A private family service will be held at a later date. 
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. 

Evelyn R. Freeman 
Clay County native 
Evelyn Carrie Reece Freeman, 81, of 404 Shovel Creek Road, Waynesville, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, at her home. 
A native of Clay County, she lived most of her life in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Eva Dye Reece. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, R.O. Chambers; and her second husband, Ezra Freeman. 
Surviving are two sons, Carroll and Rex Chambers and his wife, Sandra, both of Waynesville; a stepson, Robert Freeman of California; four sisters, Ellen Henson, Edna Chambers, Stella Owens and Eva Mae Burris, all of Canton; two brothers, Roe and Algie Reece, both of Waynesville; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church. The Revs. Dr. Roy Kilby and G.W. Jameson officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Ray Chambers, Ricky Thompson, Dewayne Reece, Roger Burress, Mark Chambers, Danny Green and Wade Reece. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times, the family was at the home. 
Memorials may be given to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC 28721 or Lake Logan Fire Department, 4291 Lake Logan Road, Canton, NC 28716. 
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville was in charge of arrangements. 

Donald Leavenworth 
CLYDE — Donald "Don" Leavenworth, 71, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at his home. 
A native of Bradford County, Pa., he had resided in Haywood County since 1977. He was the son of the late Albert and Charlotte Newberry Leavenworth. He was the editor of the Canton Enterprise for 10 years. He later retired from the Waynesville bureau of the Asheville Citizen-Times in 1996. He had served as chairman of the museum board in Canton for several years. He was a member of Canton Presbyterian Church and was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. 
Surviving are wife of 47 years, Dorothee Wells Leavenworth; one daughter, Janet Arrington of Clyde; and two grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Canton Presbyterian Church. The the Revs. Beverly Brock and Riley Covin will officiate. Burial will follow in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Canton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 784, Canton, NC 28716; or to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC 28721. 

B. Harrison Hall 
CANDLER — B. Harrison Hall, 90, of Bryson Road, Candler, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at a local hospital. 
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late T. B. and Rosa West Hall. He was employed by Greene Motor Sales and retired from AnTon Chevrolet. He was a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church, where he formerly served as a Sunday School Superintendent, choir director and deacon. He was a World War II Army veteran. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Hoglen Hall, who died in 1994; six brothers, Herbert, Ernest, Kenneth, Jasper, Thurman and Fannon Hall; and four sisters, Polly Hall, Legie Hall, Sally Hall Shafer and Emma Hall Roberson. 
He is survived by several nieces and nephews. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pole Creek Baptist Church. The Revs. Dennis Thurman and G.W. Jameson will officiate. Burial will follow in Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. At other times, the family will be at the home of Barbara and Ron Harris, 245 Liberty Road, Candler. 
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to Pole Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 96 Snow Hill Church Road, Candler, NC 28715. 

Claude Norman 
Claude Norman, 86, of 25 Genoa Lane, Waynesville, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Nathan and Mary Watson Norman. He was a truck driver for Allison Oil Co. retiring in 1966. He was a member of Grandview Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and was on the building and grounds committee and served as the church treasurer. 
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Derry, Homer, Henry, Will and Marion Norman; and five sisters, Nora Jackson, Dora Russell Wyatt, Leila Rhinehart and Mollie and Mattie Warlick. 
Surviving are his wife of more than 64 years, Lucille Jones Norman; two sons, Robert Bruce Norman and his wife, Jane, and Michael Douglas Norman and his wife, Dottie, all of Waynesville; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grandview Baptist Church. The Revs. Dr. Jack Roberts and Ted Reeves officiated. Burial was in Buchanan Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Jim and Wallace Rogers, Larry Rathbone, Jerry Pace, Dick Chambers, Marvin Downs, Ted Norman and Leonard Davis. The Reed Sunday School class served as honorary pallbearers. 
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. 
Memorials may be made to Grandview Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund, 1562 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, NC 28786. 

Willie C. Pitts 
Willie Alice Cutshaw Pitts, 69, of Waynesville, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville. 
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Julius P. and Hazel Evans Cutshaw. She retired after 33 years from Dayco as an inspector in the hose department. She was a member of Allens Creek Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. 
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Kenneth, Troy, Tommy and Truman Cutshaw. 
Surviving are one daughter, Beverly Carver of Waynesville; two brothers, Robert and Carl Cutshaw, both of Waynesville; a sister, Grace Caldwell of Waynesville; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Garrett Funerals and Cremations. The Rev. Carl Presnell officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Jeff Sutton, John Carver, Beecher Phillips, Dean Cutshaw, Bobby Cutshaw and Alvin Cutshaw. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, WNC Chapter, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, NC 28806-341. 

Michael Trantham 
CLYDE — Michael “T.T.” Trantham, 48, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002. 
A native of Haywood County, he was a 1973 graduate of Pisgah High School. He was a son of James Edwin Trantham and the late Janie Frady Trantham. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Denise Trantham. 
Surviving in addition to his father are one brother, Roger Dale Trantham of Waynesville; and two sisters, Ann T. Wells of Asheville and Jean T. Caldwell of Waynesville. 
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church. Burial was in Fulbright Cemetery. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Garrett Funerals and Cremations.


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY