Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Dewey E. Ford
A.C. Lawrence retiree
Dewey Edison Ford, 79, Ratcliffe Cove Road, Waynesville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at his home.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Virgie and Dorothy Buchanan Ford. He was employed with A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. with 38 years of service retiring in 1982. He was a World War II Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Margaret Barnwell Ford; one daughter, Gail Rogers of Waynesville; one son, Richard Ford of Waynesville; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, at Ratcliffe Cove Baptist Church of which he was a member. The Revs. Doug Brown and Rev. Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in Ratcliffe Cove Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 47 and VFW Post 5202.
Pallbearers will be Dean, Gene and Delbert Medford, Gary Cook, Robert Cutshaw and Alfred Lindsey.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday evening at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.
Memorials may be sent to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.

Helen J. Justice
Elderly caregiver
Helen June Justice, 73, of 100 Silver Bluff Drive, Canton, formerly of Nelson Park Drive, Waynesville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Decator and Marietta Long Justice. She was a caregiver to the elderly for many years. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star Sonoma Lodge 254.
Surviving are one sister, Vivian Dingledine of Waynesville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Cecil Hayes will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3109 Poplarwood Court, Suite 125, Raleigh, NC, 27604-1043.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Roberta H. Blaylock
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Roberta Henson Blaylock, 88, 40 Natures Trail, Canton, died Monday, March 20, Pigeon Valley Nursing Home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Casty Harmon and Mollie Cogburn Henson. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Burton Blaylock, who died in 1993; and a son, William Beryl Blaylock, who died in 1991.
Surviving are one daughter, Bobbie Jean Bumgardner of Canton; one son, Charles Burton Blaylock of Canton; three brothers, Way Henson of Holland, Mich., Earl and Carl Henson, both of Canton; nine grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Revs. Perry Brindley and James R. Burress will officiate. Burial will be in New Cruso Cemetery.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home of Canton.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605; or Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 261 Dix Creek Road, Canton, NC, 28716.

H.L. Davis
Truck driver
EL PASO, Texas -- Huzel Lewis Davis, 79, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Waynesville, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas.
A native of Murphy, he was the son of the late John Franklin and Pearl Jane Jones Davis. He was a truck driver and a World War II Marine veteran.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Nelson Davis, who died in 1970.
Surviving are his wife, Trina Davis; three daughters, Linda Burris of Waynesville, Doris Jeanette Hyatt of Asheville and Shelia Adams of Jonesboro, Ga.; three sons, James Nelson of Waynesville, John Franklin Davis II of Jonesboro, Ga., and David Davis of El Paso; one brother, J.C. Davis of Gastonia; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Lorena Davis of El Paso; two stepsons, Carlos and Jose Davis, both of El Paso; and 10 step-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Carl Presnell and Rusty Rector will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Waynesville VFW Post 5202 and American Legion Post 47.
The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Andrew E. Gillett
Champion employee
Andrew Ellis Gillett, 66, of Waynesville, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late John Thomas and Annie Brown Gillett. He worked as a storeroom clerk for Champion in Canton.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, David and John Gillett.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Louise Gillett; two sons and their wives, Timothy and Sherry Gillett of Waynesville and Michael Anthony and Anna Gillett of Waynesville; one sister, Myrtle Jenkins of Waynesville; and two grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Rob Fuquay and Jerry Nelson officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery.
The family receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Norman Owen
Waynesville native
PENNSVILLE, N.J. -- Norman Owen, 78, died Sunday, March 19, 2000 at his home.
A native of Waynesville, he was the son of the late James and Rachel Franklin Owen. He was employed as an operator for the Mannington Mills Co. in New Jersey where he retired in 1984 following 38 years of service.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Lucille Messer Owen of Pennsville; one son, Joe Owen of Pennsville; one brother, Herschel Owen of Waynesville; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Laughery Funeral Home in Pennsville, N.J. Burial was in Lawnside Cemetery in Woodstown, N.J.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Vergie E. Sellers
Jackson County native
SYLVA -- Vergie Ensley Sellers, 83, of Sellers Road, Sylva, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Skyland Care Center.
A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Erastus and Rebecca Cope Ensley. She was a member and former Sunday School teacher with Scotts Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley G. Sellers Sr.; one son, Billy Joe Sellers; granddaughter, Becky Lee Sellers; and two brothers, Roosevelt and Dennis Ensley.
Surviving are two sons, James Sellers and his wife, Sue, of Sylva, and Harley Sellers Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Sylva; three daughters, Mary Allen and husband, John, of Waynesville, Gail Buchanan and husband, Tommy, of Brevard, Glenda Adams and husband, Bill, of Sylva; three sisters, Eloise Snipes, Louetta Sluder and Fannie Painter, all of Sylva; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Scotts Creek Baptist Church. The Revs. Rich Peoples and Mike Moore officiated. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Grandsons served as pallbearers
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Moody Funeral Home in Sylva.
Memorials may be made to Old Field Cemetery Fund, c/o Scotts Creek Baptist Church, Sylva, N.C., 28779.

Maggie A. Deweese
Retired Wellco employee
Maggie Aldridge Deweese, 81, of Waynesville, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late James and Lula Pressley Aldridge. She was a sewing machine operator for Wellco Shoes.
She was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Banks.
Surviving are one daughter, Helen B. Hampton of Marshall; one son, James A. Banks of Waynesville; four sisters, Mary Putnam and Nellie Stanley, both of Waynesville, Lois Price of Clyde and Grace Rafferty of Morganton; three brothers, F.R. Aldridge of Pennsville, N.J., David and Lonnie Aldridge, both of Waynesville; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Delores Pulliam and Paul Carden officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jan M. Riedling
Connecticut native
Janet “Jan” Ann Mason Riedling, 50, Dewey Ross Road, Waynesville, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A native of Branford, Conn., she was the daughter of Paula Sarpoia Mason of Jupiter, Fla., and the late Burton Mason.
Surviving in addition to her mother, are her husband of three years, Michael Riedling; one daughter, Stacey L. Shook of Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Sharon Hilderman of Jupiter, Fla.; and one brother, John Mason of Durham, Conn.
No services are planned.
Memorials may be made to Haywood County Animal Welfare Association, P.O. Box 992, Waynesville, NC 28786.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Fay P. Johnson
Wal-Mart employee
CANTON -- Mary Fay Pressley Johnson, 84, of Canton, formerly of Garden Lane, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Pisgah Manor Nursing Home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Dolly Setzer Pressley. She was employed by Wal-Mart as a greeter. She was a charter member of Crestview Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Clyde Johnson, who died in 1972; and a son, Jerry Johnson who died in 1986.
Surviving are one daughter, Martha Johnson Allen of Canton; a daughter-in-law, Thelma “Billie” Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Nora Belle Bailey and Billie Wells, both of Canton; two brothers, Frank Pressley of Canton and Tom Pressley of Florida; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Frank Harvey will officiate. Burial will be in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens.
Deacons of Crestview Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Vivian R. Breno
Home health caregiver
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- Vivian “Vonnie” Rogers Breno, 56, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Mountain Area Hospice.
A native of Haywood County and prior resident of Endicott, N.Y., she was the daughter of Howard L. Rogers of Charlotte and the late Violet Henson Rogers. She served the elderly for many years as a home health caregiver. She was a member of First Baptist Church of DeFuniak, Fla.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard L. Rogers Jr., who died in Vietnam.
Surviving in addition to her father are her husband, Edward R. Breno; two daughters, Christina M. Avery and Brooke B. Warren and her husband, Scott, all of Endicott, N.Y.; a son, Peter L. Balzer and his wife, Janice, of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; two stepsons, Edward R. Breno Jr. of Owego, N.Y., and Mark Breno and his wife, Kathy, of Maine, N.Y.; one sister, Ellen R. Smith of Asheville; one brother, Robert L. Rogers of Virginia Beach, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Harold Savell will officiate. Burial will be in Longs United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Peter M. Avery, Peter Balzer, Scott Warren, Jason Alexander, Rick Wilson and Gary Frazier.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, P.O., Box 16, Asheville, NC, 28802.

Dink H. Caldwell
Automobile mechanic
CANTON - Dennis “Dink” Hubert Caldwell, 85, of Canton, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Canton Health Care Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Allen T. and Rachel M. Messer Caldwell. He was an automobile mechanic for many years. He was a member of Ninevah Baptist Church and a member of VFW Post 5202 of Waynesville.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Moody Caldwell; and Noble Grant Hannah.
Surviving are his wife, Edith Robinson Caldwell of Canton; six daughters, Margie Moody of Waynesville, Mary Jo Baxter of Newport, Tenn., Carolyn Clarke of Waynesville, Peggy Roberts of Waynesville, Mary Ruth Ward of Spartanburg, S.C., and Juanita Adams of Gastonia; two sons, Clifford and Steve Hannah, both of Gastonia; two brothers, Fred Caldwell of Bridgetown, N.J., and Wayne Caldwell of Waynesville; 41 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Wayne Carson officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Grace F. Mann
CLYDE -- Grace Franklin Mann, 91, 4711 Old Clyde Road, Clyde, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her home.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac Calvin and Francis Coleman Franklin. She was an employee with Meals on Wheels in Haywood County. She was a member of Clyde Central United Methodist Church where she was active in Circle No. 4. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the Clyde Lions Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dae Vaughn Mann, who died in 1974; three brothers, Grady, Carl and I.G. “Bill” Franklin; four sisters, Hazel Franklin, Mae F. Norris, and Parsey F. Rogers. Mattie F. Mann.
Surviving are one daughter, Naomi “Nink” Stamey and her husband, Tom of Clyde; two granddaughters, Robin Stamey of Auburn, Ala., and Christina Pace and her husband, Dan of Plano, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Evan and Emily Pace.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clyde Central United Methodist Church. The Rev. Chris Westmoreland will officiate. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on the Old Clyde Road.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Clyde Lions Club.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Clyde Central United Methodist Building Fund, P.O. Box 8, Clyde, NC, 28721; to Meals on Wheels, 514 Marshall St., Waynesville, NC, 28786; or to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 23721.

Thomas E. Rhinehart
Thomas Edward Rhinehart, 71, of Canton, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at his home.
A native of Transylvania County, he had resided in Haywood County most of his life and had also resided in Friendswood, Texas. He was the son of the late John and Fanella Rogers Rhinehart. He was employed by American Enka, now known as Akzo Nobel in Candler and Pasadena, Texas, where he served as supervisor for 35 years until he retired in 1993. He was a member of East Fork Baptist Church and a veteran of the Army-Air Force.
Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Irene O. Rhinehart; two daughters and their husbands, Nancy and Marshall Webb of Mooresville, and Mary Rhinehart Plemmons and James Plemmons of LaPorte, Texas; one son and his wife, Jerry and Kay Peek Rhinehart of Clyde; one stepdaughter and her husband, Barbara and Billy Treadway of Atlanta, Texas; one stepson and his wife, Robert and Annette Walker of Morneo Valley, Calif.; one sister, LaAlta Rhinehart of Candler; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. Roy Kilby and Randy Pope will officiate. Burial will be a private service.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28716; or to the American Cancer Society, 90 Stiles Road, Canton, NC, 28716

Herman F. Daniel
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Herman F. Daniel, 72, 454 Locust Drive, Maggie Valley, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at his home.
He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1946 and the Army from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Waynesville.
Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Van Ness Daniel; three daughters, Mary Kay Daniel, Marcia Daniel Anderson and her husband Ron, and Kelley Jo Miller; three sons, Bill Daniel and his wife Linda, Greg Daniel and his wife Paula and Mark and his wife Linda; two brothers, Milton and James Daniel; and 13 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. The Rev. Dr. Jack C. Bishop Jr. will officiate.
The family will receive friends following the service in the chapel of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Clinic, 243 Jones Cove Road, Clyde, NC, 28721; or Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 564 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin H. Farmer II
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Edwin “Ed” Hartman Farmer II, 56, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Waynesville, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Baptist Hospital.
He was a graduate of Waynesville Township High School and was in the National Guard Reserves.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin H. “Red” and Margaret Farmer of Waynesville.
Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Farmer; one son, Michael Farmer of Knoxville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Kevin Jardet of Knoxville, and Sarah and Troy Shoemaker of Sevierville, Tenn.; one sister Anne Fie of Waynesville and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Byrd’s Chapel Wesleyan Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Bryd’s Chapel Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Byrd’s Chapel, Yarnell Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37932; or to Haywood Christian Ministry, 2489 Asheville Road, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Isabell D. Giusta
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Isabell Ledford Davis Giusta, 76, of 1109 S. Fork Drive, Sevierville, Tenn., formerly of Waynesville, died Thursday, March 23, at her home.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Clint Hipps
Champion retiree
CANTON -- Clinton Rayford “Clint” Hipps, 82, 79 Newfound Road, Canton, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at the Asheville VA Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Jerry and Stella Brooks Hipps. He had worked for Champion International for 42 years. He was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. He was a World War veteran with the 30th Signal Company. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 61 and The Disabled American Veterans.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Sarah Nix Hipps; two sons, Jerry Ray Hipps of Hayesville, and William Hipps of Richmond, Va.; one daughter, Melinda Lanning of Carthage; one sister, Avedenne Brown of Canton; one brother, Arvesta Lee Hipps of Mossy Rock, Wash.; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Revs. Jack Collins and G.H. Shope officiated. Burial was in Ridgeway Baptist Church Cemetery. Military graveside rites were conducted by the VFW Post 5202 and representatives of the U.S. Army.
Honorary pallbearers were former members of the 30th Signal Company.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Eva A. Coggins
Jackson County native
Eva Madge Ammons Coggins, 64, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Henry and Nora Ellen Claybo Ammons.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Cecil Coggins; one son, Ronnie Cecil Coggins; and one brother, Jimmy Ammons.
Surviving are one daughter, Debbie Brown and her husband, Danny of Waynesville; two brothers, Wade Ammons of Cullowhee and R.L. Ammons of Sylva; and one granddaughter.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Lloyd Fish and Carl Presnell will officiate.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Allens Creek Baptist Church.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilma S. Mashburn
CANTON -- Wilma Stiles Mashburn, formerly of Dix Creek Road, Canton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

James J. Bennett
CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- James Johnny Bennett, 58, of Cleveland, Tenn., died Sunday, March 25, 2000, at Cleveland Hospital.
He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Surviving are his wife, Susan Rider Bennett; two sons, Larry Dean Bennett of Asheville and Gary Wayne Bennett of Canton; one daughter, Jamie Lynn Bennett of Cleveland, Tenn.; two stepsons, Dewayne Cagle of Clyde and Ray Winchester of Maggie Valley; two brothers, Eugene Bennett of New Port News, Va., and Tommy Bennett of Arlington, Va.; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Wayne Sorrells officiated. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 47 and the Waynesville VFW Post NO. 5202 conducted military graveside rites.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jennie Twardowski
Michigan native
Jane “Jennie” Bernice Twardowski, 81, 306 Twinbrook Drive, Waynesville, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at her home.
A native of Jackson, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Bernice Wojtuski. She was a resident of Boyton Beach, Fla., for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Twardowski.
Surviving are one niece, Vicki Dykstra of Maggie Valley and several other nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at St. John’s Cemetery, Jackson, Mich.
Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 358, Waynesville, NC, 28786.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Eddie Melton
Carpenter
SYLVA -- Eddie Melton, 42, of Arrowood Road, Sylva, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, in Harris Regional Hospital.
A native of Haywood County, he had lived most of his life in Jackson County. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a 1976 graduate of Sylva Webster High School and was a member of Balsam Ridge Baptist Church. He was the son of Estalee Keener Melton of Sylva and the late William Stuart Melton, who died in 1978.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Scotty Lee Melton; his grandparents, Hershel and Denise Sutton Melton and Robert and Lillie Strickland Keener.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are a daughter, Dawn Brady of Sylva; a sister, Marlyn Mull of Morganton; and three brothers, Billy, Stuart and Steve Melton, all of Sylva.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Melton-Riddle Funeral . The Revs. John Swanger and Jim Dean officiated. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 Tuesday at the funeral home.

Odell P. Messer
Haywood County native
THOMASVILLE -- Odell Perry Messer, 66, of 7053 U.S. Hwy. 64E, Thomasville, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, in Community General Hospital.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of Kaywood and Bonnie Sutton Messer. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War.He retired from Stanley Furniture where he served as the finishing manager. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Annie Warren Messer; one daughter, Dianne Lee and husband, Jerry of Thomasville; two sons, Edwin Messer and wife, Sara of Thomasville and Dennis Messer and wife, Beverly of Lexington; five brothers, Dennis Messer of Lexington, Alvin and Bobby Messer, Joe and Bruce Hannah, all of Waynesville; two sisters, Sally Grasty of Waynesville and Jeannette Haney of Texas; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in J.C. Green and Sons in Thomasville. The Rev. Jimmy Burris officiated. Burial was in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Davidson County Heart Association, c/o Mary McGee, P.O. Box N, Lexington, NC, 27293.

Arthur L. Chapman
Haywood County native
Arthur Lane Chapman, 75, of Waynesville, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Dewey and Jenny Love Chapman. He was a member of Jones Temple AME Zion Church. He was self-employed many years in the cleaning service business. He also worked as a custodian at First Union National Bank and was also employed with the Town of Waynesville for many years. He was chairman of the trustee board for Jones Temple AME Zion Church.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine Haynes Chapman; mother-in-law, Vera Watson of Waynesville; two daughters, Joan Spivey of Atlanta, Ga., and Sheila Gibbs of Waynesville; two sons, Keith and Jeffery Chapman, both of Waynesville; one sister, Aldine McKinney of Waynesville, and two grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jones Temple AME Zion Church.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eleanor W. Way
Virginia native
RICHMOND, Va. -- Eleanor White Way of Richmond, Va., died Wednesday, March 15, 2000.
A native of Richmond, Va., she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. White. She was a graduate of St. Catherine’s School and attended Mary Lyons Junior College. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Junior League, The Woman’s Club and The Country Club of Virginia.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Dr. Joseph Howell Way III, formerly of Waynesville; three sons, Joseph Howell Way IV, Oliver Lawton Way and Dr. William Welch Way; one daughter, Eleanor Way Goode; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.0. Box 6359, Glen Allen, VA, 23058.

Maggie Lyons
Hairdresser
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Margaret E. “Maggie” Lyons, 80, of Creekside Drive, Maggie Valley, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her home.
A native of Sussex County, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lena Belle Fredenburgh Edsall. She was a hairdresser.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Joseph Lyons, who died in May , 1993.
Surviving are one brother, Mark Edsall of Pompton Lakes, N.J.; and one sister, Ileana Harpell of Waynesville.
A private interment service was held.

Louise LeDeur
Louise LeDeur, 74, of Davison, Mich., formerly of Canton, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Hurley Medical Center.
She was the daughter of the late Harrison and Novella Reed Davis. She had resided in Canton and Mt. Morris areas. She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for the past 10 years.
Surviving are her husband, John LeDeur; six children, Jimmy Martin of Bristol, Tenn, Betty and husband, Leslie Randall of Flint, Mich., Steve LeDeur of Denver, Colo., Mary Bailey of Flint, Mich., Carolyn LeDeur of Clio, Mich.; Cheryl and husband, Jim Jaco of Millington, Mich.; two sisters, Faye Murray and Edith Stamey, both of North Carolina; two brothers, Gene Davis and Donny Davis, both of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Lawrence Martin; one sister, Ruth Wellan; and two brothers, Roy and Robert Davis.
Services will be held at 11a.m. Thursday at Hansen Funeral Home in Davison, Mich. The Rev. Alfred Jaco will officiate. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Boyd W. Strickland
LEICESTER -- Boyd W. Strickland, 82, of Leicester, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at the Brian Center in Waynesville.
He was born to the late Joseph and Rebecca Messer Strickland in Madison County.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bertha Sue Strickland.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Maude Caldwell Strickland; seven children, Gary and Gerald Strickland, both of Leicester, Michael and Larry Joe Strickland, both of Charleston, S.C., Willene Harold of South Rockwood, Mich., Rex Strickland and Marsha Phillips, both of Asheville; one sister, Alice Caldwell of Newport News, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Meadowfork Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott, Steve, Matthew, Eric, C. Rex and Michael Strickland and Brett Leftwich.
The family received friends from 7 top 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Garrett Funeral Home.


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