Obituaries

 

Peggy Cathey Woodard, 60, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Mission Hospital.  

Peggy was born in Buncombe County and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Wiggins Cathey.  She attended Swain County High School and excelled in athletics.  Her favorite sports were basketball and softball.  She held a basketball record at the school for many years.  Peggy enjoyed golfing, hiking, camping and traveling and was also a fan of the Carolina Panthers and NASCAR.  She was of the Baptist faith.

 

 

Mathew D. Nations, 29, of Sylva, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 15, 2017. 

A native of Swain County, he was born on June 15, 1988 to his parents Roy Joe Nations, and Judy Ball Mullen both of Bryson City.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ralph Joe Nations, Mary Willis Greene, and Samuel Lee Metcalf.

Mrs. Mary Lee Quigley, age 70, of Thomaston Ga, went home to be with the Lord on June 17, 2017 at the age of 70. 

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Dr. James P. Quigley; five children, Bobbi Lee (Bill) Bennett of Whittier N.C, Tony (Sandra) Morgan of Leesburg, Va, Tami (Bill) Hale of Athens, Ga, Jim (Tricia) Quigley of Springfield, Ga and Shaun (Erin) Quigley of Locust Grove, Ga. 

Lee is also survived by her siblings; James Navin of Aiken, S.C. and Debra Brooks of Sylva, N.C. and 14 grandchildren. 

 

L. Virgil Schenck, Jr., 92, of Cocoa, FL, went to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at his summer home in Bryson City. 

A native of Greensboro, NC he was a son of the Luther Virgil Schenck, Sr. and Martha Dreher Schenck. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Thompson Schenck who passed away on June 23, 2016; son, Charles Daniel Dreher Schenck; sister, Martha Chamblee; and brothers: Jeremiah Dreher Schenck, and Jay Ernest Schenck. 

Robert Preston “Push” McCann, 61, of  Whittier, NC died on June 6, 2017.

 Push was born Feb. 28, 1956 in New Orleans, LA, but was raised and lived much of his adult life in Hattiesburg, MS. He was the son of the late Hugh and Virgie Saucier McCann of Hattiesburg and Bryson City, NC. 

Push loved his family, and enjoyed playing, repairing and building musical instruments, especially guitars. He loved the outdoors, camping, fly fishing, kayaking and hiking. He also built fly rods and made flies. 

Gene L. Hartsell, age 80, passed away on June 11, 2017. Born on May 10, 1937 in Phillipsburg, NJ to Mearmon and Jeanette Kenny Hartsell, Gene was raised in Pittstown, NJ, and graduated from North Hunterdon Regional High School. He served in the Air Force before entering his chosen field of microelectronics. He was the production manager of Matrix Test Equipment until his retirement in 2002.

Gene loved to share stories of growing up in Hunterdon County, especially the tale of meeting his wife-to-be in the Women’s Reformatory in Clinton, NJ (where she worked). 

 

 

Neal Kyle Crisp, 75 died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at his home in Bryson City following his battle with cancer. With his wife Teresa near and his daughter Bobbie by his side, he peacefully passed.

Benjamin Ralph Wynn, age 55, of Ben Wynn’s Plumbing in Glenville, NC, went to be with the Lord while at home Thursday, May 18, 2017, after battling life challenging illnesses for over a year. 

He is survived by his wife Delphia Maria (Birchfield) Wynn (originally from Bryson City), son Benjamin Bryant Wynn, both of Glenville, and two siblings in Eastern NC. 

Ben’s memorial will be Saturday, June 17, at 2:00 PM, at First Baptist Church of Bryson City.

Angela was born to Jennifer Jackson and James Ledford on May 15, 1975. Angela, 42, also had her step-dad, Eugene Harlan, her “Gran,” Paulette Smart and “Di,” Dianna Panther, all played an important part in her life. Angie, a graduate of Smokey Mountain High School, former tribal employee and a resident of the Birdtown Community, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Gladys Jones Oliver, age 86, of Redding, California, passed on peacefully on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at a Jackson County Hospital. 

A native of Swain County, Gladys was the daughter of the late John H. and Fannie B. Jones and wife of the late William Roy Oliver, who passed in 2003. Gladys was a 1950 graduate of Swain County High School. Gladys spent most of her adult life as a loyal and loving wife and mother living in Redding.

Laurence (Larry) Banks Williams, 63, of Bryson City, NC passed away on June 3, 2017 in his home.

Larry was born in Tampa, Florida on August 16, 1953. He is the son of Joan Saunders and the late George Williams.

Larry was a Florida State University graduate working in hospitality management for 39 years.

Larry enjoyed socializing and entertaining anyone and everyone with his outgoing personality, quick wit, and smile. He was an avid FSU football fan, NASCAR fan, and loved to discuss his political views.

Sherrille Grace Julian Compain passed away on Saturday, June 10 at the age of 71 after a brief and unexpected illness. She left a wonderful legacy.

Sherrille had a lifetime dedication to the belief that knowledge is a cherished gift with the power to transform lives. She put that believe to work formally as a teacher in Georgia public schools at Brantley County High School (Nahunta) and Northside Middle School (Warner Robins). She was even lured out of retirement to serve as a substitute teacher in the Swain County School system by a local friend.

Clarence Edwin Reeves, 93, of Bryson City, NC passed away on June 9, 2017. He was born November 25, 1923 in Swain County, NC to the late Daisy Blanton Reeves and Marvin Reeves.  

Mr. Reeves was a member of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Bryson City and was a veteran who served his country during WWII in the Navy.  Clarence enjoyed woodworking and he always had a smile.

John Edward Parton, 60, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

 He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bonnie Parton of Bryson City; his sister, Barbara of Tennessee; and his first wife, Laura Colville.

Margie Jean Collins Millsaps, 70, of the Roundhill Community went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late John Marion and Minnie Etta Cochran Collins. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Alva Marie Collins, Grace Millsaps, Louise Collins, Geraldine Hardy; one grandson, David Ledford; and one great grandson, Ridge Cochran.

She attended Galbreath Creek Baptist Church.

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