Obituaries

James Franklin Davis passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2017 at the age of 77.  

Jim is survived by his children, Terri Blackburn of Gulf Breeze, FL., Clay Boyington of the open ocean, Joy and Rich McClure of Waterbury, CT., and Jimi and Brandon Hoover of Bryson City, NC.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather Blackburn of White Bluff, TN., Josh Blackburn of San Francisco, CA., Clayton Boyington of Nashville, TN., Davin Hoover of Bryson City, NC and his sister Carolyn Barmes of Stecoah, NC. 

Hazel Davis Blanton, 92, of Whittier, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Erastus and Lillie (Revis) Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Buford Blanton; sister Toleda Childers; and brothers Haven, Clayton, Otis, and Coolidge Davis.

LaWanda Sue French Myers, 70, went home to be with the Lord and her heavenly home on March 13, 2017. LaWanda was born September 27, 1946 in Cherokee. She will be greatly missed by the many who knew her. She was a graduate of Cherokee High School and Montreat College. LaWanda was an educator by profession having worked and retired from Cherokee Central Schools. She was also a small business owner, along with her husband Jimmy, having owned several craft shops in Cherokee, NC and Dillsboro, NC.

David P. Monteith, 70, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 10, 2017 in a Buncombe County Hospital. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late John and Mary Gunter Monteith. David attended Harmony Baptist Church. He had been a Swain County Commissioner since 1998. He was a compassionate volunteer at the Swain County Heritage Museum, which he helped establish and was very passionate about the Road to Nowhere. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and charter member of FLWR.

Dennis Clark Miller, born June 9, 1955, from the Bryson City area passed away on March 9, 2017.

He is survived by his wife Julie Miller and two sons, Noah and Benjamin Miller. He is also survived by his two brothers, Gregory and Vincent Miller of Michigan, and a sister Elizabeth (Miller) Steele of Texas. He leaves behind his loving dogs Mia and Otis.

Kenneth James Kirkland, 65, of Whittier, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A native of Swain County and longtime resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late James Harley and Ida Ann McClure Kirkland. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Lee Crisp, Lillian Kirkland, and Fannie Shuler, and two brothers, Arnold and Charles Kirkland.

Kenneth was a veteran of the U.S. Army First Calvary Division.

Connie Bowers Smith, 62, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in a Swain County Hospital. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Geraldine Barker. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Max Thomas; and her grandparents, Dan and Fannie Bowers.

Connie was a member of the Stecoah Fire and Rescue and a dedicated member of Sawmill Hill Freewill Baptist Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

Mack J. Cook, 73, of Bryson City passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017. A native of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Albert and Edna Smith Cook. He was also preceded in death by one son. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Darrington, WA.

Roland O McGregor of Bryson City, passed away on March 2nd, 2017 in Bryson City, NC.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on March 10th at the Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City.

Roland O McGregor was born in Brunswick Georgia on April 17th 1935, son of Ernest and Ola McGregor.  

Dessie Parton, 83, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord with her family by her side Saturday, March 4, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Troy and Maude Hamrick Allen and wife of the late Harrie Parton. She was a member of Sawmill Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Dessie was a dedicated nurse at Swain County Hospital and Cherokee Indian Hospital.

Nancy Wildcat Biddix, 81 of the Birdtown Community, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Cherokee Indian hospital after an extended illness with her loving family by her side. 

Nancy was born April 9th, 1935 to the late Louiza Wildcat. Nancy is proceeded in death by her loving husband Harold Leroy Buster Biddix. Brothers Charlie, Wilbur, Anderson and John Wayne Wildcat. 

Kina B. Swayney, 56, of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 4, 2017. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Bernard A. Wilnoty and Harriet Ann Sequoyah James, and Calvin T. James. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by, one brother, Dennis Wilnoty; one sister Carolyn Wilnoty, and a nephew Michael Dennis Wilnoty.

Couney Shell, 90, of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 27, 2017. A native of Swain County he was the son of the late Ute and Eliza George Shell. He was also preceded in death by his wife. Couney was the last of five siblings.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Whittier Church of God.

Evanell Medford Crisp, 81, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, January 28, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Grady and Velma Wiggins Medford, and wife of the late Adam Crisp.

She is survived by one sister, Imajean Cunningham and husband C.B. of Andrews; one nephew Kyle Cunningham and wife Shirley of Andrews; one niece Kay Stevens of Roxboro, NC; and five great nephews, Ryan and Isaac Cunningham, and Mathew, Eric, and Kevin Jordan.

Ruby “Fay” Southards Cochran, age 89 went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, NC.

She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Laura Breedlove Southards. She was a homemaker and loved making beautiful baskets and many other crafts.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee V. Cochran and a daughter, Wanda Cochran Cole. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Arnold and Aaron Southards and one sister, Birdell Southards.

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