Obituaries

Melissa (Missy) Ann Miller, 35, of Cherokee passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016. She was born March 25, 1981 in Bryson City to Betty Mashburn Miller. Melissa was a chef at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

She is survived by her mother, Betty Miller; husband Flea George; her children, Jade Miller, Peyton George, and Paige George; one sister, Karen (Jamie) Cook; two nieces; one nephew; one new great niece; and numerous friends and family.

Calvin Eugene Mason Sr., 92, of Topton passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 at his residence. 

Funeral services were held at 6:00 PM Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Rowlands Creek Baptist Church. Graveside services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Kenny Ball officiating. 

Gary D. Sitton, a lifelong outdoorsman, died unexpectedly on April 29th, 2016 at the age of 61 while at home.

Gary is survived by his sisters Noranda Buchanan (James) and Sharon Walker (Jim), his wife Marion Sitton, his son David Sitton (Cami) and one grandson, Mead Sitton.

He is predeceased by his parents Ed and Ethel Sitton.

Evelyn Rogers, 85, of Whittier passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Bertha McLean Davis and wife of the late John E. Rogers. She was a member of Whittier Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Earl Rogers.

R L Wiggins, 81, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 10, 2016. A Native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Will and Marie Wiggins. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers; Arnold, Euester, and Carell Wiggins; and one sister Velva Phillips.

Mary Evalene Smith Barwick, 77 of the Alarka community went home to be with the Lord on April 6, 2016.  A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Wheeler and Ruby Smith.  She is survived by her daughters, Audrey Frost and Olivia McEntire and her son Jim Leatherwood,  daughter in law Keron Leatherwood, son in law Brant McEntire,  5 grandchildren and 1 great grand-daughter.  She will be missed dearly.  A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.

Margaret Dona Bowers, 95 years old, born December 28, 1920, went home to be with the Lord surrounded by her family. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Freewill Baptist Church for 81 years, and her faith never failed her. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Amanda Barker Gunter. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Jim Bowers, and nine siblings; brothers,  Gordon Gunter, Goldman Gunter, Blackie Gunter, Whitey Gunter, Worley Gunter, Lester Gunter, and sisters, Stella Green, Nora Green, and Easter Herron.

CLEMMONS-Mary Hassalene Grant Holden (92) died peacefully in the morning of March 31, 2016 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC.  

Mary was born in Macon County, NC April 13, 1923 to Sallie Magdalene Freeman Grant and John Lester Grant.  She was predeceased by brothers, Clate L. Grant, William Earl Grant, Joseph Daniel Grant and a sister Clara Belle Grant Callahan.  She is survived by sisters Lenora Grant Powell and Hannah Lee (Sue) Grant Hill.  

McKinley (Kenny) Jenkins, 63, of the Lands Creek community went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 1, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Helen Hurley Jenkins of Bryson City and the late Robert McKinley Jenkins.

Kenny was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He was a very passionate farmer.

Harriett Patricia Walkingstick Hornbuckle, 76, of the Paint Town Community, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 4, 2016.  

Patricia was a life long resident of Cherokee and was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  

Rita R. Miller, age 73, of Asheville NC, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at CarePartners Hospice’s Solace Center.

 Born July 6, 1942 in Minneapolis MN, she was the daughter of the late Atlanta and Walter Rustad. She had two sisters; Sandra Donovan, the late Patricia Rustad, and her sister-in-law, Judy Miller.

Rita leaves two daughters; Michelle Miller (husband, Shannon Lackey) of Bryson City, NC, and Teresa Adkins (husband, Andrew Adkins) of Barboursville, WV; two grandchildren, Embry Ambrose, and Owen Adkins.

Thurman “Louis” Rose, 74, of Hickory, NC passed away March 19, 2016 at his residence. He was born on July 18, 1941 in Swain County, NC to the late Thurman Fischer Rose and Mildred Hooper Dills. Louis proudly served in the U.S. Air force and was an avid fisherman. He was a realtor and truck driver at W.L. Trucking Company. Louis was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hickory and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle who will be missed by all.

Sharon (Nanny) Ivey, 65, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. A native of Lake County, FL, and 8 year resident of Bryson City, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Pauline Osterhout.

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