Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Willie M. Leatherwood
Haywood County native
Willie Medford Leatherwood, 95, of Clyde, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Britthaven of Clyde.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Howard D. Leatherwood and Rosa Lindsey Medford. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard D. Leatherwood who died in 1983.
Surviving are two daughters, Dot Morris of Canton and Betty Haynes of Clyde; one son, Jerry Leatherwood of Clyde; one brother, Jack Medford of Clyde; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Garry Rogers officiated.
The family received friends following the service.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton was in charge of arrangements.
Texie M. Limbo
Texie Mashburn Limbo, 92, of Clyde, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Cannon
CANTON -- Mary Cannon, formerly of Canton, died Monday, Feb. 14, at Pisgah Manor Nursing Home.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Ted Grasty
Army veteran
Edwin Neil “Ted” Grasty, 64, of 20 Sherrill Drive, Waynesville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at his home.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late John W. and Ethel I. Marcus Grasty. He was an Army veteran and was self-employed. He was a member of Barberville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and James Grasty.
Surviving are his wife, Marvelene Anderson Grasty; one daughter and son-in-law, Tracey G. and David M. Mann of Waynesville; three brothers, Jack Grasty of Maggie Valley, Kyle Grasty of Waynesville and Hugh Grasty of Rock Hill, S.C.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barberville Baptist Church. The Revs. Ned Webb, Jerry Nelson and Claude Conard officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were David, Bobby, Wesley, Steve and Jeff Grasty and Steve Shuler.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church before the service.
Garrett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret E. Westmoreland
Burke County native
MORGANTON -- Margaret Elizabeth Westmoreland, 88, of Lenoir Road, Morganton, formerly of Canton, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Grace Ridge.
A native of Burke County, she was a daughter of the late William Thomas and Mary Morrison Fleming. She was a graduate of Morganton High School. She was an active member of the Central United Methodist Church in Canton. She was a member of the Gray Ladies of Haywood County Hospital, and was an active member of various civic groups in Canton and Haywood County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph R. Westmoreland.
Surviving are one son, Joseph R. Westmoreland II of Durham; one daughter, Atwood De Wandeleer of Talkeetna, Alaska; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home in Morganton. The Rev. Jack Caudill officiated. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Lillian H. Yater
Swain County native
Lillian Hensley Yater, 86, of Waynesville, formerly of Canton, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Swain County, she had resided most of her life in Canton and Hiawassee, Ga. She was the daughter of the late Cling and Donia Denton Hensley. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of God in Hiawassee, Ga.
Surviving are four daughters, Dorothy Jones of Hephzibah, Ga., Betty Mathis of Canton, Gail Poland of Kernersville, and Cherry Blaylock of Waynesville; one son, Neal Cody of Hiawassee, Ga.; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Crawford /Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. David Odom officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Eddie and David Cody, Matt and Cody Blaylock, Jim Mathis II and Jared Mabry.
The family receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 3 Louisiana, Ave., Asheville, N.C., 28806.

Charlie G. Frady
Builder
Charlie G. Frady, 68, 88 Sutton Loop, Waynesville, died Monday, Feb.14, 2000, at his home.
A native of Cocke County, Tenn., he was the son of the late Garland and Dorothy Plemmons Frady. He was a self-employed builder for 40 years. He was a member of North Hazelwood Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Emaline Finney Frady; one daughter, Libby Adkins and her husband, Richard, of Leicester; two sisters, Stella Sheehan of Waynesville and Frances Rider of Chesnee, S.C.; three brothers, Clinton Frady of Waynesville, Eugene Frady of Granite Falls and Wilbur Dean Frady of Catawba; and two grandsons.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at North Hazelwood Baptist Church. The Revs. Doug McDaris and Kenneth Rhinehart will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Adkins, Ed Finney, Donnie Moore, John Finney, Bryan Smith Jr. and Sidney Myers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.
Texie M. Limbo
Macon County native
CLYDE -- Texie Mashburn Limbo, 92, of Clyde, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native of Macon County, she had lived most of her life in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late George and Cora Melinda Holden Mashburn.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Wesley Limbo, who died in 1989; two sons, Elmer and George Limbo; a grandson, Steve Limbo; and a daughter-in-law, Kate Limbo.
Surviving are one daughter and her husband, Linda and Ernest Lowe of Clyde; one son and his wife, Eugene and Judy Limbo of Clyde; one daughter-in-law, Sue Limbo of Brevard; one sister, Hallie Owensby of Canton; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Bruce Cayton officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times the family was at the home of Ernest and Linda Lowe, 2856 Thickety Road in Clyde.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, N.C., 28716; or to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2702, Asheville, N.C., 28702.

Emma J. Campbell
Emma Jordan Campbell, 85, of Waynesville, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Pisgah Manor Nursing Home.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Effie Wright
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Effie Wright, 84, of 2241 Asheville Highway, Canton, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at Community Care No. 3 of Clyde.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Liddie Harris Clontz. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a son, Vernon Wright Jr.
Surviving are two daughters, Frances Wright of Canton and Shirley Sorrells of Asheville; two sons, Eugene Wright of Canton and Charles Wright of Kodiak, Tenn.; one sister, Jan Edwards of Alameda, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. O.J. Skidmore will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Ella Mae Williams
CLYDE --Ella Mae McMullen Williams, 81, of Spicewood Drive, Clyde, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia W. Dudley
Former post office employee
Virginia Whitner Dudley, 82, of 396 Camelot Drive, Waynesville, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Will A. and Virginia Davis Whitner. She was a homemaker and had worked for the U.S. Postal Service. She was a member of Waynesville Chapter -- Order of the Eastern Star, accompanist; past president of Hazelwood Boosterettes; past president of Women in Church and choir member at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church; and was a member of the Waynesville Home Demonstration Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Dudley, who died in 1971.
Surviving are one son, Robert Dudley of Waynesville; and one grandson, R. Wayne Dudley.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Larry Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John and Lawson Summerrow, Arley Tilley, Gerald Kirkpatrick, M.R. Whisenhunt, Frank Scates, Bill Kidd and Bob Jamison.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Garrett Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood County Rescue Squad or to the Hazelwood Presbyterian Church - Building Fund.

Birdie F. Crosno
Illinois native
MAROA, Ill. -- Birdie Fay Crosno, 86, of Maroa, Ill., formerly of Clyde, died on Feb. 13, 2000, at Crestview Nursing Center, Clinton, Ill.
A native of Mt. Vernon, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Harl Martin and Bertha Rogers. She was a member of First Christian Church of Sessor, Ill.
Surviving are her husband, Harold Crosno of Maroa; two daughters, Patricia Brooke of Maroa and Betty Tefft of Jupiter, Fla.; two brothers, Warren Martin of Clinton Ill., and Roy Martin of Washington, Ill.; one sister, Beulah Hayes of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; and five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, Ill. The Rev. J. Kent Hickerson officiated.
The family received friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton, Ill.
Memorials may be made to Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, Ill.

Rena B. Denning
Johnston County native
BENSON -- Rena Barefoot Denning, 89, of 300 S. Dunn St., Benson, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, N.C.
A native of Johnston County, she was the daughter of the late Bert and Flonnie Stewart Barefoot. She was a homemaker and a member of the Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Denning; one son, Randy Phillip Denning; two grandchildren, Denise Farrell and Joe Denning; and two great-grandchildren.
Surviving are four daughters, Mae D. Norris of Benson, Marjorie D. Farrell of Raleigh, Sue D. Godwin of Benson and Marie D. Emmons of Durham; three sons, Richard Danning of Hopewell, Va., Dwight and Don Denning, both of Benson; one sister, Alma B. Pearson of Four Oaks; three brothers, Wilson Barefoot of Canton, Charlie Barefoot of Garner and Roland Barefoot of Four Oaks; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Benson Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. The Rev. Glenn McCullen officiated. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery.
The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Rose and Graham Funeral Home in Benson.

Roy Voliva Jr.
Retired machine operator
CANTON -- Howard L. “Roy” Voliva Jr., 52, of Abbott Road, Canton, and a former resident of Belhaven, Wash., died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at U.N.C. Chapel Hill Hospital.
He was the son of the late Howard L. Voliva Sr. He attended Beaufort County Schools and later served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the states for one year and later served in Vietnam for one year where he received a Bronze Star for Bravery. He retired from Vermont American of Greenville as a machine operator.
Surviving are his mother, Selma B. Voliva of Cross City, Fla.; his wife, Linda Laney; three daughters, Katie Fowler of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Cynthia Gurner of Washington and Malanie Cleary of Belhaven; one son, Howard “Lee” Voliva III of Canton; two sisters, Virginia Jones of Elizabeth City and Blanche Sawyer of Plymouth; one brother, Fredrick Voliva of Beaufort; and five grandchildren.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Funeral Home and other times at the home of his daughter, Malanie Cleary, 1016 W. Pungo St., Belhaven. A private scattering of the cremated remains will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, North Carolina Affiliate, P.O. Box 2636, Chapel Hill, N.C., 27515-2636.

Charles R. Lemley
IBM retiree
CARY -- Charles Raymond Lemley, Jr., 77, of Cary, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000.
A native of Homer, La., he was the son of the late Charles R. Lemley Sr. and Pearl Duty Lemley. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated from George Washington University with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Marine Corps in the Philippians. He retired from IBM in 1981 after 35 years service in quality control and assurance.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Thelma Rolfe Lemley; three daughters Carol L. Hunter and her husband, David, of Charlotte, Marian L. Timm and her husband, Walter, of Jacksonville, N.C., and Laura L. Maness and her husband, Ron, of Waynesville; one sister, Betty Lemley of Baton Rouge, La.; three brothers, James G. Lemley of Baton Rouge, La., Robert M. Lemley of New Orleans, La., and Tom Lemley of Beaver Creek, Ohio; his stepmother, Cascille P. Lemley of Beaver Creek, Ohio.; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Cary, 218 S. Academy St., Cary, N.C., 27511; or Life Experiences, 1335 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, N.C., 27606.

Francie Q. Ratcliffe
Teacher’s assistant
Francie Lee Quintanar Ratcliffe, 42, of Waynesville, died on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of San Diego, Calif., she was the daughter of Grazel Register Naylor of Clinton and the late Frank Quintanar. She was a teacher’s assistant at Junaluska Elementary School. She was member of Daughters of the King.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband of 14 years, Charles Ratcliffe; two daughters, Summer Ratcliffe of Waynesville and Jade Ratcliffe of Charlotte; two sons, Dylan Ratcliffe of Waynesville and Ian Ratcliffe of Charlotte; one sister, Barbara Black of Clinton; three brothers, Donald Quintanar of Washington, Leon Naylor of Wilmington and Gerald Quintanar of California.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church. The body will lie in state at the church until the service hour. The Rev. Howard White will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ella Mae M. Williams
Retired nurse
CLYDE -- Ella Mae McMullen Wimberly Williams, 81, Spicewood Drive, Clyde, died Tuesday, Feb.15, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Panola County, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Maude Hicks McMullen. She was a registered nurse and director of nursing at Spring Branch Memorial Hospital and later served as the operating room supervisor at the Texas Institute of Rehab and Research at Houston Medical Center. After retiring from nursing she was the owner and operator of Nosegay Flower Shop in Whitesboro, Texas. She was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro and was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis E. Wimberly; and her second husband, Virgil WIlliams; and a daughter, Patricia Story, who died in August 1999.
Surviving are one daughter, Anna Wimberly Goddard of Waynesville; one son, Donald Wimberly of Dequiney, La.; three sisters, Hope McDonnell of Keithville, La., Billie Rogas of Katy, Texas, and Maurine Glenn of Maydelle, Texas; two brothers, Charles McMullen of Tomball, Texas, and Ray McMullen of Greenwood, La.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two stepdaughters.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Texas. The Rev. Jack Arrington will officiate.
The family will receive friends one hour before the service at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Warren Wilson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 9000, Asheville, N.C., 28815-9000; or Berry College Scholarship Fund, PO Box 159, Mount Berry, Ga., 30149.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of local arrangements.

Emma J. Campbell
Dayco retiree
Emma Jordan Campbell, 85, of Waynesville and Andrews, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Pisgah Manor Nursing Home.
A native of Murphy, she was the daughter of the late John Jasper and Arizona Mann Jordan. She was a former inspector of v-belts for Dayco with 25 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Andrews and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Waynesville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh B. Campbell, who died in 1977; a grandson, Brian W. Morrow; two brothers, Major and Willis Jordan; and two sisters, Kathern Jordan Hill and Pauline Jordan Heselden.
Surviving are two daughters, Aileen C. Fleming and her husband, Robert, of Asheville, and Sue C. Morrow and her husband, Joe, of Andrews; one son, Hugh B. Campbell Jr. and his wife, Dianna, of Newport, Va; one sister, Ruth Jordan Allen of Candler; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Al Hood and Benny Clodfelter will be officiating. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Andrews, P.O. Box 427, Andrews, N.C., 28901; or the the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, P.O. Box 1066, Asheville, N.C., 28802-1066.

Blanche J. Fall
Canton native
WINCHESTER, Va. -- Blanche Johnson Fall, 82, 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive, Winchester, Va., formerly of Canton, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at the Winchester Medical Center.
A native of Canton, she was the daughter of the late Dr. W.C. Johnson and Nancy Rebecca Loftain Johnson. She was a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh. Her graduate courses were at Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU). She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood where she served as president. She was employed as a school social worker in Florence, Ala., and was the director of Physical Rehabilitation Services for Lake County, Ohio. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Painesville; a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as Sunday school teacher and choir director; was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian church; and was a member of the study club.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, James H. Fall Jr.; one daughter, Dr. Dorothy Eleanor Fall of Bluemont, Va.; one son, James H. Fall III of Falls Church, Va.; one brother, Dr. W.C. Johnson of Auburn, Ala.; two sisters, Mary Barnes and Jane Bird, both of Waynesville; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Rev. Dr. Rick Gosnell will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Resident’s Association of Westminster Canterbury (for the employees), 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive, Winchester, Va., 22603.

Rev. Thomas Langford
Retired minister
DURHAM -- The Rev. Dr. Thomas Anderson Langford Jr.. 72, died Feb. 13, 2000.
A native of Winston-Salem, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Louie Mae Hughes Langford. While attending Davidson College from 1948-1951, he served as student minister of the Huntersville United Methodist Church. From 1951-54, while attending Duke Divinity School, he served five United Methodist churches in Union County. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1954, he served as youth minister at Mebane United Methodist Church. He received his doctorate at Duke University in 1958. Davidson College awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 1975.
Published works by Dr. Langford included 14 books and over 60 articles and essays. A number of his books have been translated into other languages. His writings included philosophy, philosophical theology, devotional literature, Biblical theology, local church history, English theology, and histories and readings in Wesleyan theology.
Since 1952, Dr. Langford was an ordained pastor in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. He attended and offered leadership at the denominational level from 1972 until his death. He was the primary author of the 1988 major revision of “Our Theological Task” for The United Methodist Church.
In Durham he served in various capacities at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and participate in early Civil Rights protests in the community and North Carolina. In 1992, he became a trustee of the Duke Endowment and served as chairman of the Rural Church Division.
Surviving are his wife, Ann Marie Daniel; four sons, Thomas A. “Andy” Langford III and Sally Overby of Charlotte, James Howard Langford of Tacoma, Wash., Timothy Daniel Langford and Robin Shumpert of Hillsborough, and Stephen Hughes Langford and Lori Chasnoff of Marshall, Va.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne L. Garret; and a brother, Paul G. Langford.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Friday at at Duke Chapel.
The family will receive friends in the Alumni Memorial Commons Room in the Divinity School immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professorship, The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, N.C., 27708.

Leonard Green
Haywood County native
Leonard Green, 86, Red Maple Drive, Beantown community, Waynesville, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Billy and Dona Rathbone Green.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Grady, Clayton, John, Walter, Marion and David Green.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Glennie Mae Phillips Green; three daughters, Lois Robinson, Mary Ellen Lowdermilk and Linda Paxton, all of Waynesville; one son, L.J. Green of Waynesville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Jamey Grooms and Jerry Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Maurice, Tim and Bryan Chambers, Phil Harris, Darin Buchanan, Mike Suttles and Terry Paxton. Honorary pallbearers are Dick Jones, Jack Lowdermilk, Dick Silvers, Stevie Green, Matthew Chambers and Kent Lowdermilk.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

James H. Wright
Buncombe County native
CANTON -- James Harold Wright, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Canton Health Care Center.
A native of Buncombe County, he had lived most of his life in Haywood County. He was the son of the late William Oscar and Maggie Littrell Wright. He was a member of Sunny Point Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma P. Wright, who died in 1997.
Surviving are one daughter, Ann Wright Devlin of Canton; one son and his wife, Johnny and Charlene Wright of Canton; one sister, Vernia Messer of Canton; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Revs. Bruce Cayton and virgil Holloway will officiate. Burial will be in Ridgeway Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ray Queen, Steve Burchfield, Sammy Wright, Danny Gass and Tommy Guy.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home.

Mary G. Ferguson
Haywood County native
ASHEVILLE -- Mary Rebecca Gaddy Ferguson, 82, of Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center, formerly of Haywood County, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center in Asheville.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Sarah Rebecca Messer Gaddy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Patton Ferguson, who died in 1985; and one daughter, Betty Sue Grooms, who died in 1999.
Surviving are one son, James Robert Ferguson and his wife, Christine, of Asheville; one brother, James Richard Gaddy of Greenville, S.C.; three sisters, Josephine Sisk and Louise Van Cleek, both of Waynesville, Mo., and Eva Greenarch of Sylva; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great- great-granddaughter.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. Charles Stephenson and Earl Moseley will officiate. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

George O. Justice
Haywood County native
LEICESTER -- George Oliver Justice, 78, of 2707 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at his home.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Robert and Artie Spiegel Justice. He retired from the maintenance department of the Buncombe County school system in 1983. He was a member of Chesnut Grove Baptist Church where he had served on the board of deacons since 1951 and had served as chairman for several years.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Flora Surrett Justice; one son and daughter in law, Elmer and Brenda Justice of Leicester; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Bob Garrett of Leicester, and Kathryn and Wayne Sluder of Leicester; three sisters, Fannie Wells of Canton, Hattie Haney of Del Rio, Tenn., and Bonnie Woodard of Waynesville; four brothers, Carl Justice of Canton, Hugh Justice of Waynesville, Marion Justice of Canton, and Robert Justice Jr. of Leicester; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chesnut Grove Baptist Church. The Revs. Bill Brown and Dewayne Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton.
Memorials can be made to Chesnut Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 7 Mayrand Road, Leicester, N.C., 28748.

Jack R. Wilson
American Thread retiree
MURPHY -- John Robert “Jack” Wilson, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, in a nursing home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Wiley Jackson and Bessie May Mohaffery Wilson. He was a World War II Army veteran. He retired from American Thread in Andrews and was a member of the Hanging Dog Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lytle Wilson; and one sister, Tommie Killian.
Surviving are his wife, Lois Jones Marcie Wilson; one son, Jerry Wilson of Woodstock, Ga.; two stepsons, Larry Marcie of Anderson, S.C., and Robert Marcie of Murphy; two stepdaughters, Carol Orloff of Marble and Gloria Sellers of Waynesville; two sisters, Esta Killian Baker of Tellico Plains, Tenn., and Frankie Roberson of Murphy; two granddaughters; 12 step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Townson Rose Funeral Home in Murphy. The Rev. Dr. Eddis Dockery will officiate. Burial will be in the Hanging Dog Baptist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post NO. 10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post No. 96 and D.A.V. Chapter No. 73.
Honorary pallbearers will be L.C. and Bert Killian.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hanging Dog Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Johnny Davis, 5233 Hanging Dog Road, Murphy, N.C., 28906.

Paul R. Bowman
Marvel Industries president
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Paul Robert Bowman, 75, S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Maggie Valley, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at his home.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., he had been a resident of New Smyrna Beach since 1985, coming from Maitland. He was a district agent of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co., Orlando, Fla., and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He received his C.L.U. from the American College of Bryn Mawr, Pa. He also worked with Mountain Electronics in Clarksburg, W. Va., and pioneered cable TV in western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia, installing cable systems in mountainous areas and to the Florida coast. He was a life member of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce and served as the Ethics Committee chairman.
He was president of the central Florida branch of the Florida Society for the Prevention of Blindness, later to become the president of the Florida Society and a board member for the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness in New York.
He was an instrument rated private pilot and an Army Air Corps veteran serving in World War II. After moving to New Smyrna Beach, he became a Volusia County mediator with the court systems for Florida.
He was a member of the Universal Body of Christ and attended St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, New Smyrna Beach and the Peachtree United Methodist Church in Maggie Valley. He was instrumental in the beginnings of Cursillo, Emmaus, Via de Christo and was a founding member of Kairos Prison Ministry. He was president of Marvel Industries Inc, New Smyrna Beach, before his retirement.
Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Dianne; three sons, Paul R. Bowman Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Dane Hattaway of Zellwood, Fla., and Stan Hattaway of Tallahassee, Fla.; three daughters, Jenny Carlton of New Smyrna Beach and Barbara Bowman and Gail Gallagher, both of Meadville, Pa.; one brother, Richard of Naples, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church Building Fund, 4220 Saxon Dr., New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 23169; the Peachtree United Methodist Church, 307 Black Camp Gap Road, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751; or to the American Red Cross, Carolina Region, 1600 N. Main St., Waynesville, N.C. 28786.
Dudley Funeral Homes in New Smyrna Beach was in charge of arrangements.


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