Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Bobby Louis Henderson
Korean Conflict veteran
CANTON -- Bobby Louis Henderson, 64, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his residence.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Gladys Cook Henderson of Canton and the late Orse Theodore Henderson. He was retired from BASF Corp. with 38 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jo Ann Cable Henderson.
He was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church and was a member of the Air Force SAC and a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Gary Griffin and three grandchildren, all of Weaverville; and three brothers, David and Phillip Henderson of Canton and Jerry Henderson of Enka.
A Celebration of Life candlelight service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. The Rev. Wayne Willett will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Entombment will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garrett-Hillcrest Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Spring Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1918 Murray Road, Canton, N.C. 28716. 

Clyde Riggins
‘Poplar Block’
Clyde “Poplar Block” Riggins, 91, of Norman Street, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his residence.
A native of Pickens County, S.C., he was the son of the late B.F. and Annie Stephens Riggins. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Riggins; and four sisters, Pearl Whitsel, Annabelle Holiday, Agnes Riggins and Cecilia Tummenollo.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Janie Ross Riggins.
He and his wife owned Riggins Block Yard in Waynesville for 35 years, retiring in 1975.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Levada Riggins Mills and Judy Riggins Leopard of Waynesville and Nancy Riggins Patterson of Clyde; one son, Clyde Eugene “Gene” Riggins of Fountain Inn, S.C.; two brothers, Frank Riggins of Six Miles, S.C., and Clifton Riggins of Waynesville; three sisters, Ollie Kelly of Clemson, S.C., Ruth Boggs of Central, S.C., and Jessie Mae Gilstrap of Greenville, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. The Revs. Lloyd Fish and Carl Presnell will officiate. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Riggins, Tim Lance, Dino Leopard, Jamie Riggins, Carroll Riggins and Ronnie Riggins. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Allens Creek Baptist Church Mens Adult Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Allens Creek Baptist Church Youth Group, 549 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, N.C., 28786.
Wells Funeral Home, Waynesville, is in charge of arrangements. 

Edward H. Walker Jr.
Butcher, merchandiser
CANTON -- Edward Henry Walker Jr., 91, of 100 Silver Bluff Drive, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Warsaw, N.C., he had resided in Saint Petersburg, Fla., and resided most of his life in Clyde. He was employed as a butcher and retired from a retail outlet as a merchandiser in Saint Petersburg. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Canton.
He was the son of the late Edward H. Sr. and Lucille Smathers Walker. He is survived by a special friend, Allie Lucille Redman of Canton, and several cousins.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens, Clyde. The Rev. Clay Morgan officiated.
The family received friends from 2 until 2:45 p.m. Monday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 31 Newfound St., Canton, N.C. 28716. 

Emily N. Morgan
Teacher, librarian
CLYDE -- Emily Nichols Morgan, 95, of Old Clyde Road, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Tunica, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Laurie and Alice Smith Nichols.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Morgan Sr., who died in 1981.
She had resided in Haywood County since 1941 and received her bachelor of science degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later received a bachelor of science degree in library science from the University of Denver. She had been employed as a first-grade teacher at North Canton Elementary School and a children’s librarian at the Waynesville Public Library. She attended Canton Central United Methodist Church.
Surviving is a daughter, Patricia Morgan Connolly of North Granby, Conn.; a son, Dr. William W. Morgan Jr. of Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. The Rev. C. Jack Caudill will officiate.
The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood County Public Library, 402 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, N.C. 28786. 

Earl T. Whitbeck
World War II veteran
Earl Thomas Whitbeck, 83, of 38 Happy Acres Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
A native of Albany County, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph and Amelia Green Whitbeck. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. He received three Purple Hearts and was a prisoner of war and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He wa a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 89 of Waynesville and the Blinded Veterans of America. He sold Watkins Products for many years.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth and Marion, and by a brother, Donald Whitbeck.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mildred Luck Whitbeck.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Linda Anderson of Waynesville and Cynthia Smith and her husband Larry, also of Waynesville; three sons, Lewis Seavey and wife Marsha of Selkirk, N.Y.; Edward Seavey and wife Karen of Waynesville and Donald Amsler and wife Candi of Waynesville; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Green Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Kathleen M. Wilson will officiate. Burial will be at Green Hill Cemetery, with military graveside rites.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home, Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 3539 Ratcliffe Cove Road, Waynesville, N.C. 28786.
Wells Funeral Home, Waynesville, is in charge of arrangements. 

Lillie B. Reece
S.C. native
CANDLER -- Lillie Belle Sprouse Reece, 77, of 54 Hill Top Drive, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at her residence.
A native of Glendale, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Johnathan Author and Zanie Carver Odum.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Zeb. W. Sprouse and Winfred C. Reece; two sisters, Willie Mae Reece and Betty Coxie; and one brother, Andrew Odum.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Myers of Oklahoma and Ann Thomas of Candler; five sons, James Odum and Charles Sprouse, both of Candler, Arnold Sprouse and Terry Sprouse, both of Asheville, and Larry Sprouse of Barnardsville; six sisters, Ruby Wyatt of West Asheville, Gineva Ray of Oakley, Jessie Cash and Elizabeth Adams, both of Rutherfordton, Lucille Sporungin and Edna Stone, both of Texas; one brother, Frank Odum of Woodfin; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; a step daughter, Pat Delmonte of Charlotte; two step sons, Calvin Reece of Morganton and James Reece of Forest City; eight step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m Monday at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. The Revs. Larry Sprouse and Warren Williams officiated. Burial followed at Ashlawn Gardens of Memory.
The family received friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Katherine E. C. Noland
Katherine Elizabeth Chambers Noland, 79, of Waynesville, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at the Brian Center.
Garrett Funeral Home, Waynesville, is in charge of arrangements. 

Jerry Lee Parker
CANTON -- Jerry Lee Parker, 69, of 113 High St., died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home, Canton, will announce arrangements. 

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 were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Charles Stephenson and Earl Moseley officiated. Burial followed in Greenhill Cemetery.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Clyde Riggins
Block yard owner
Clyde “Poplar Block” Riggins, 91, of Norman Street, Waynesville, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his home.
A native of Pickens County, S.C., he was the son of the late B.F. and Annie Stephens Riggins. He and his wife owned Riggins Block Yard in Waynesville for 35 years, retiring in 1975.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Riggins; and four sisters, Pearl Whitsel, Annabelle Holiday, Agnes Riggins and Cecilia Tummenollo.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Janie Ross Riggins; three daughters, Levada Riggins Mills and Judy Riggins Leopard, both of Waynesville, and Nancy Riggins Patterson of Clyde; one son, Clyde Eugene “Gene” Riggins of Fountain Inn, S.C.; two brothers, Frank Riggins of Six Miles, S.C., and Clifton Riggins of Waynesville; three sisters, Ollie Kelly of Clemson, S.C., Ruth Boggs of Central, S.C., and Jessie Mae Gilstrap of Greenville, S.C.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Lloyd Fish and Carl Presnell officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Tim Lance, Dino Leopard, and Kevin, Jamie, Carroll and Ronnie Riggins. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Allens Creek Baptist Church Men’s Adult Sunday School class.
The family received friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times was at the home.
Memorials may be made to Allens Creek Baptist Church Youth Group, 549 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, N.C., 28786. 
Jeanette C. Swaim
CANTON -- Jeanette Crawford Swaim, 85, of 131 Oakmont Drive, Canton, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Mountain Area Hospice Solace.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements. 

Jerry L. Parker
WCC retiree
CANTON -- Jerry Lee Parker, 69, of 113 High St., Canton, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Lucille Haney Parker of Bryson City and the late Hubert Lee Parker. He retired from the Waynesville Country Club and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Blake Edwards, who died in 1990. 
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife, Joan Hitchner Parker; one daughter, Rhonda Parker Edwards of Canton; one son, Michael Lee Parker of Candler; one sister, Anna L. Thompson of Canton; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Rev. Roy Kilby officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Wilburn and Larry Dean Parker, Terry and Tommy Haney, John Thompson and Terry Johnson.
The family received friends from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Blake Edwards, Robin Rogers Scholarship Fund at Bethel Christian Academy, 5900 Pigeon Road, Canton, N.C., 28716; or to the Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 LeRoy George Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721. 

Cecil S. Clontz
Haywood County native
HORSE SHOE -- Cecil S. Clontz, 78, of Horse Shoe, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at the Brian Center of Hendersonville.
A native of Haywood County, she moved to Hendersonville in 1946. She was a member of Maple Hill Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Nellie Sanford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman A. Clontz, who died in 1981; a daughter, Patsy Mae Moore, who died in 1976; a son, Denny Clontz, who died in 1992; and several brothers and sisters.
Surviving are three daughters, Jewel Orr of Hendersonville, Helen Rhinehart and her husband, Ronald, of Horse Shoe, and Mary “Libby” Woody and her husband, Glenn Jr., of Pisgah Forest; two sons, George “Buck” Clontz and his wife, Earnestine, of Canton and Ray Clontz and his wife, Dixie, of Castle Rock, Wash.; one daughter-in-law, Lucille Clontz of Hamilton, Ga.; three sisters, Mary Bell Sizemore and Daisy Gosnell, both of Glendale, S.C., and Pearl Stafford of Asheville; two brothers, Thomas Sanford of Glendale, S.C., and Monroe Sanford of Roebuck, S.C.; 29 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Boylston Baptist Church. The Revs. Dewey Barnwell, John Huntley and Thomas Glenn will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors. 

Jack E. Brooks
Logger
CANTON -- Jack Elmer Brooks, 97, of Canton, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Canton Health Care Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Phillip A. and Nora Smathers Brooks. He was a logger.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Verona June Haas Brooks.
Surviving are two sisters, Ila Farmer and Grace Hendricks, both of Waynesville; and one brother, Eugene “Gene” Brooks of Waynesville.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Lloyd Fish officiated. Burial was in Balsam Cemetery.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Katherine C. Noland
Haywood County native
Katherine Chambers Noland, 79, of Waynesville, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at the Brian Center. 
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Cromer and Arby Swayngum Chambers. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Noland; two sisters, Harriett Porter and Myrtle Wright; and two brothers, Harry and Dewey Chambers.
Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Sayer of Waynesville; one son, Roger L. Noland of Hickory; three sisters, Annette Miller of Clyde, Jeanette Hyatt of Canton, and Edith Bridges of Waynesville; three brothers, Cordell Chambers of Savannah, Ga., Jimmy Chambers of Asheville, and Frank Chambers of Clyde; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at the home of M.T. Bridges, Maple Street.
Memorials may be made to KARE - Waynesville Chapter.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Bobbie L. Hord
Bobbie L. Hord, 62, of Waynesville, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette C. Swaim
Hayesville native
CANTON -- Jeanette Crawford Swaim, 85, Oakmont Drive, Canton, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Mountain Area Hospice, Solace.
A native of Hayesville, she had resided in Haywood County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Hewlett Edward and Ella Kitchens Crawford. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Plains United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Oak Leaf Chapter No. 81 and the Haywood County Homemakers. She served as a volunteer with the North Hominy Community Club and was active in the Canton Fitness Center.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Cline, Lyle and Hoke Crawford; and four sisters, Mae Eller, Lillie Kilpatrick, Wilma Davenport and Madge Ashe.
Surviving are husband of 66 years, Mark Swaim; her children, Martha and Jim Zinn of Ocala, Fla., and Terry and Susan Swaim of Bryson City; one sister, Loretta Clark of Canton; one brother, Robert Eller of Canton; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Revs. Nathan Elliott, Richard Gould, Al Mehaffey and Darrell Webb officiated. Burial was in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Newfound Road.
The family received friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to Plains United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 42, Canton, N.C., 28716; Mountain Area Hospice, Solace, P.O. Box 16, Asheville, N.C., 28802; or to Gideon International East Haywood Camp, Box 1204, Canton, N.C., 28716.

Bertha P. Webb
Madison County native
Bertha Plemmons Webb, 101, of Waynesville, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the Canton Health Care Center.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph M. and Maggie Case Plemmons. She was a homemaker and a member of Ratcliffe Cove Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe C. Webb; two daughters, Maggie Jane Webb and Paralee Mabel Webb; and one son, Robert Bennett Webb.
Surviving are one daughter, Carol Webb Winchester of Waynesville; five sons, James A., Neal J., Leon E., Monroe C. Jr., and Francis L. Webb, all of Waynesville; one sister, Faye Plemmons Gunter of Asheville; one brother, Yates Plemmons of Waynesville; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Darrell Webb, David Webb and Doug Brown will officiate. Burial will be held at Greenhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Harold Dean, Jacky, Jerry, Dale, Danny, Rick, Oren and Joey Webb Sr. and Michael Winchester.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 
Memorials can be made to the Gideon’s International East Haywood Camp.

Len Rathbone
Champion retiree
CLYDE -- Len Rathbone, 86, of Broad Street, Clyde, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Richard and Dola Clarke Rathbone. He was a retired foreman with Champion International. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ruth Beasley Rathbone; one son, David Len Rathbone and his wife, Phyllis, of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Mary Webb of Leicester; one brother, Mark Rathbone of Clyde; and one grandson.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Revs. Garry Rogers, Carl Presnell and G.W. Jameson will officiate. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Darren and Devin McCracken, Roy Trantham, Jerry Presnell, Randy and Todd Fugate and Dwight Smith.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials can be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Window Fund, 107 Weaver Drive, Clyde, N.C., 28721.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.
Bobbie C. Hord
Haywood County native
Bobbie Lucille Caldwell Hord, 62, of Waynesville, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Gilmer Bob and Charlotte Naomi Anderson Caldwell. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by one brother, James Stanley.
Surviving are daughter, Catherine Green of Asheville; two sons, Thomas Hord and his wife, Sharon, of Waynesville, and David A. Hord of Waynesville; two brothers, Jack Caldwell of Black Mountain and Carl Stanley of Waynesville; and six grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Atkinson officiated. Burial was at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Tony, Jimmy and Steven Hord, Shane Greene, Hugo Cantere and Jeff Caldwell.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Lou Gehrig Foundation. 

Alice M. Radford
Former Dayco employee
CLYDE -- Alice Maryetta Radford, 67, of Abby Lane, Clyde, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System. 
A lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late James Harley Radford Sr. and Alice Thelma Smiley Radford. She was an employee of Dayco Corporation for 38 years.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Leon and James Harley Radford Jr.; and a nephew, Robbie Henry. 
Surviving are one brother, Mark Radford of Candler; and one sister, Bobby Jean Henry of Marietta, Ga.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Jessie Hollingsworth and Junior Young will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Bryson, Frank Radford Jr., Roy Sumpter, Sammy Smiley and Kent Cochran.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home of Gladys Smiley, Burris Lane, Allens Creek Road, Waynesville. 

Martha S. Simpson
Canton native
REIDSVILLE -- Martha Raye Smathers Simpson of Reidsville, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
A native of Canton, she was the daughter of the late Paul Adrian and Evelyn Hardin Smathers. She was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and worked at the Kernodle Clinic in Burlington. She and her husband owned and operated the Sanitary Cafe in Reidsville for more than 25 years. She was a member of Woodmont United Methodist Church and the Pennrose Park Country Club. 
Surviving are her husband, William F. Simpson; two sons, Bill Simpson and wife, Holly, of Hershey, Pa., and Jeff Simpson and wife, Terry, of Raleigh; one sister, Adrienne S. Sterchi of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodmont United Methodist Church. A private burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Woodmont United Methodist Church, 1926 Richardson Drive, Reidsville, N.C., 27320; or to the American Cancer Society, Memorials, Unit ACS, P.O. Box 4193, Eden, N.C., 27289-4193. 

Hilda K. Vance
CANTON -- Hilda Kate Scroggs Vance, 88, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements. 
Rosalind J. Nanney
Cherokee County native
CLYDE -- Rosalind Johnson Nanney, 54, of 85 Azalea Drive, Clyde, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she had resided in Haywood County since 1979. She was the daughter of the late Neal David and Alice Ramsey Johnson. She was a former employee of Levi Strauss Inc. in Murphy and of Oliver’s Clothing in Clyde. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Murphy.
She was was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Johnson. 
Surviving are her husband, Bob Nanney; one sister, Bernice Johnson Kephart of Murphy; two brothers, Sam Johnson of Murphy and Donnie Johnson of Murphy.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Murphy. The Revs. Susan Pillsbury and Woodrow Bush will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Murphy.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton. 
Pallbearers will be Bill Boydston, Charles Williams, Ernie Henshaw, David Smith, Clyde Collins and Eddie Johnson.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Murphy, 517 Hiawassee St., Murphy, N.C., 28906.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Grace H. Bishop
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Grace Elizabeth Hicks Bishop, 79, formerly of Lakeview Apartments, Canton, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at the Brian Center.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late F.M. and Margie Lee Hicks. She was a homemaker and member of West Canton Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kenneth Bishop, who died in 1987.
Surviving are one daughter, Marlene Lunsford of Waynesville; one son, Dan K. Bishop of Garner; one stepdaughter, Jean Holcombe of Alma, Ark.; two brothers, Reeves and Frank Hicks, both of Canton; three sisters, Inis Boyd of Waynesville, Sarah Hicks and Nina Trantham, both of Canton; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. O.J. Skidmore officiated. Burial was in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Andy, Ben and Robert Lunsford, Jason Bishop, and Bryan and Johnny Trantham.
The family received friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. At other times the family was at the home of the daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Robert Lunsford, 377 Plott Mountain Road in Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to Building Fund, West Canton Baptist Church, 75 Lowe St., Canton, N.C., 28716. 

Leslie H. Noblitt
Carpenter
OLD FORT -- Leslie Hugh Noblitt, 66, of Old Fort, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Solace Center in Asheville. 
A native of McDowell County, he was the son of the late Richard P. and Maude Gertrude Owenby Noblitt. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel Evans Noblitt.
Surviving are three sons, Lawrence “Chip” Beck of Morganton, Mike “Worm” Evans of Canton and Kevin Evans of Etowah; two daughters, Alice Yvonne Dixon of Arden and Laura Charlene Gillespie of Morganton; one brother, Loren Noblitt of Old Fort; two sisters, Sherry Godfrey and Susan Street, both of Old Fort; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cherry Springs Memorial Park. The Revs. Tony Moseman, Bill Roan and Randy Pope officiated. 
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Fort Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice Center, P.O. Box 16, Asheville, N.C., 28802.


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