Obituaries

Kenneth Eugene Stephenson, age 78, formerly of the Grassy Branch Community of Bryson City, North Carolina, passed away peacefully into the presence of our Lord at 12:15 am May 26, 2017.

Clifford McClain “Mack” Sutton, age 89, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Mr. Sutton was born February 4, 1928 in Jackson County, NC. He was the son of the late Walter and Lila (Turpin) Sutton.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 3 sisters; Mary Audrey Sutton Buchanan, Alma Jean Sutton Pullium, and Rebecca Lucille Sutton Lambert as well as 2 brothers; Beauford Hayes Sutton and Perry Daniel Sutton.   

Bradley Taylor Hutchison, infant son of Zeb James Hutchison and Alta Nicole Fortner of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday May 30, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Larry and Sharon Hutchison; maternal great grandmother, Lenore Hyde and an aunt, Michelle Hutchison.

Lola Mae Long Bryson, 93, passed away peacefully at her home on the hill on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

She was the daughter of Gustavus and Betty Jane Sutton Long. She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters; and her husband of 52 years, Paul James Bryson.

 She is survived by two daughters, Betsy Rae Kirby and husband Roger of Granite Falls and Judy Paulette Bryson Quinn and husband Rick Quinn of Leicester.

 

Thomas L. Smith, 69, passed away at the Bailey Center for Caring in St. Augustine, FL on May 22, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.

 Some of his hobbies are to include playing guitar, singing, reading, family, crossword puzzles, feeding natures animals, and traveling. Some of his accomplishments include being the Chief of military Police NAS Key west, FL, Combat Pistol Expert, and a police academy graduate.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents Guy Malcom Smith and Margaret Merle Taylor and brother, Terry Webb.

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.

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