Obituaries

Eva Nell Golden Ball Fredell, 95, of Hickory, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.

Born January 29, 1922 in Swain County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Mack and Cora Nell Duvall Golden.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Henry Fredell; two brothers: Adam and Bobby Golden; and 2 sisters: Lilly G. Cook and Mary Ruth Grant.

Sherry Shuler Watson, 61, of Lugoff, SC, formerly of Spartanburg entered eternal rest on May 18, 2017.

Dwight C. Armstrong, Jr. 69, of Whittier joined his late wife, Judy on May 17, 2017. A native of Miami, FL, he was the son of the late Dwight and Mary Armstrong. He was a US Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam War. Dwight was a registered nurse at Swain County Hospital for over 15 years

He was preceded in death by his brother, Greg and his sister, Marsha.

He is survived by his children, Steve, Josh, Ryan, Jesse and Ashely; grandchildren, Zachery, Alexis, Cameron and Caden; and several nieces and nephews.

Heath “Ty” Oocumma, 41, of Cherokee passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. 

Ty was a fluent Cherokee speaker, former member of Birdtown Crossing drum group, former member of Warriors of AniKituhwa, former employee of the Cherokee Fire Department, and former supervisor of DBLO Enterprises, L.L.C.

Larry Eugene Hutchison, 63, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 16, 2017. 

A lifelong resident of Bryson City, he was the son of the late James and Ruth Blessing Hutchison and husband of the late Sharron Hutchison. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by one daughter, Michelle Hutchison.

Annie Nations Ward, 73, of Whittier, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 14, 2017. 

A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Thomas and Vinnie Marjorie Jones Nations, and wife to the late Roy Ward. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Patsy King and Dorothy Nations, and two brothers, Jim and Bill Nations.

Annie was a charter member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dillsboro, NC.

Donald Lee McGaha, 54, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 14, 2017. 

A native of Swain County, he was the son of Patsy Jenkins Maney of Bryson City, and the late Donnie Lee McGaha. In addition to his father he is also preceded in death by a daughter, Christin Nicole Phillips and a son D.J. McGaha.

Kermit D. Allen, age 74, of Bryson City went home to be with his Heavenly Father, May 13, 2017, at his home after a battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Guy and Olive Allen, sister Elizabeth Allen, and brother Gwin Allen.

Zeb Vance Lindsay, 84, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 3, at his residence. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and he retired from the National Park Service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Ernest and Louella Lindsay; sister, Maudell Hyde; brothers, Max and Cam Lindsay; and son, Alan Lindsay.

Larry Douglas Woodard, 68, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 4th at the home.

 A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Bill and Linda Woodard.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty Cochran Woodard, and three children, Vicki Davis, Dewayne “Pedab” Woodard and Chad Woodard.

Larry had nine grandchildren and one great grandchild who were all his pride and joy; Jackson Corn, Jeremiah Hampton, Johnny Woodard, Drew Woodard, Briar Corn, Zackery Woodard, Summer Davis, Hope Woodard, Skye Woodard and Oakland Woodard.

Bobby Ray Hayes Sr. (River Rat), went home to be with the Lord Sunday May 7, 2017. Bobby was born on January 13, 1947.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Hyman and Freda Lowe Hayes. Also a daughter Peggy Jean Hayes and four brothers Tommy, Jack Dempsey, James, Charles, and two sisters, Hazel Richardson and Ellen King.

Bob was a deacon at Rock Creek Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from Pepsi Cola. He is survived by his wife Peggy Hayes and one son Bobby Ray Hayes Jr. and one daughter Carla Hayes Passmore and husband Greg Passmore. 

Eliza Woodard Barker, 91, of Bryson City went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Cal and Flora Woodard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Barker; brothers, George Woodard, Bill Woodard, Burrell Woodard, Craig Woodard; and her sisters, Nancy Brooks, Lela Woods, Lottie Green, and Dallie Saunders. She was also survived by one sister, Dorothy Dyer.

Billy Shannon Pyles, 42, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

A native of Swain County, he was the son of Jan Fortner Pyles of Bryson City and the late Billy Jean Pyles. In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by a sister, Jeannie Sue Pyles; grandparents, Johnnie H. Fortner Sr. and Nell Fortner, and several aunts and uncles.

 He belonged to Victory Baptist Church and was a Fire Fighter for many years.

Nannie Sue Ball Blanton, 74, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, April 28, 2017 in a Buncombe County Hospital after a short illness. 

A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Al and Nota Mae Dowell Ball. She was an active member of Deep Creek Baptist Church, the Jail Ministry, and Church Missionary Work.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, J.C. Ball, and Dan Ball, and a sister Joanne Sutton.

Jennifer Dugan Toineeta, 34, of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Jackie Dugan Queen. In addition to her mother she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jayda Toineeta, and her grandparents, Jessie Owle Dugan and James Boyce Dugan.

Jennifer was a member of Bethabara Baptist Church.

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