Obituaries

Max Wayland Monteith Sr., 83 of Forney Creek, NC passed away peacefully in his sleep while at home with his wife of 63 years, January 18th 2017.

He was preceded in passing by his father John Arthur Monteith Sr., mother Mary Gunter Monteith, sisters Beatrice Douthit, and Gwendolyn DeHart. He is survived by his brothers John Arthur (Buddy) Monteith Jr. and David Patrick Monteith, wife Carmaleta Littlejohn Monteith, children Max Wayland Monteith Jr. and Tracy Evans Monteith, his grandsons Andrew Evans Monteith and Clayton Jackson Monteith.

Lucille Eslinger Conner, 87, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017. 

She was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late Creed and Hattie Sparks Eslinger.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Clone Conner; and two children Jack Conner and Richard Conner. She was a member of Antioch Baptist church in Bryson City, NC. She retired from Knit Products in Belmont.

Katherine Trudy Walker, age 80, of Meherrin, Virginia, passed away on January 22, 2017. She was born on June 26, 1936 in North Carolina to the late Johnny L. and Arzlea Barker O’Diear. 

She was married to her husband of 46 ½ years, Nathan W. Walker III. They moved to Farmville in August 1990 where she loved working her garden and mowing her grass; she loved to ride the lawn mower. She is remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and for making the best fried apple pies.

Patty Davison, 60, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. A native of Monroeville, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late James and Geneva Payne Givens. She was a caregiver for 35 years and retired from The Hermitage in Sylva, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her special friend and father of her children, Charles Wandell.

Lou Raines, 28, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday January 10, 2017. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Ricky and Ruthie Crowe Griggs of Bryson City.

Lou was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a 2006 graduate of Swain County High School. Throughout school he enjoyed participating in the Swain County High School Shooting Team and playing Baseball.

Nelson Ramsey Messer, Jr., of Knoxville, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord on, Saturday, January 7, 2017. 

Nelson, also known as “Doss,” was born June 22, 1931 to Nelson Ramsey Messer, Sr., and Vannie Sherrill Messer. 

Nelson was preceded in death by his wife Gerene Jenkins Messer, his parents, a brother Ralph Messer, three sisters, Amy Dehart, Nettie Mae Styles, and Roberta Powell.

Ruth Carver Hollifield, 87, of Bryson City, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Blue Ridge on the Mountain in Sylva, NC. 

A native of Graham County, she was the daughter of the late Patton and Mae Williams Carver. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Hollifield; her grandson, Robbie Hollifield; her sister, Patricia Neubert; and her brothers, Tony, Bill and Joe Carver. 

Albert H. “Bert” Kraft, Jr., 96, passed away quietly at his home in Palm City December 28, 2016.  Bert was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he married his high school sweetheart Mildred Faulman and worked in the Design & Engineering Department of Ford Motor Company.  He would use those skills during World War II while stationed in Hawaii.

Mr. Joseph Oren Ashley, better known as “Joe” age 75, of Warrensville passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

A memorial service with military rites was held on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Bald Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Lawrence Goodman, Rev. Rex Eldreth and Rev. Wade Huntsinger officiating.

The family received friends from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Bald Mountain Baptist Church.

Stephen R. Washington Sr., 54, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 5, 2017. A native of Fulton County, GA, he was the son of the late John W. and Flora P. Washington.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Washington; 6 children; 13 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

 A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Swain Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at Crisp Funeral Home. 

Grady T. Jones, 97, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bobbie Jones, his son, Frank Jones and wife Rita; his daughters, Murd Birchfield and husband Zeke, and Rachael Jones; his sister, Gladys Oliver; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

George Edwin McFalls, 76, of Bryson City passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. 

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late George and Marie Coggins McFalls.

He was married to Annie Louise McFalls who preceded him in death on December 21, 2015.

Mr. McFalls loved to play banjo and guitar, and he loved playing music at community events. He owned and operated McFalls Excavation and he was of the Baptist faith.

Linda Lawrence, 63, of Bryson City, passed from this life to her eternal home December 30, 2016 at Swain County Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline DeHart and Luther Martin Sutton and one sister, Dianne Sutton Jones.

Linda is survived by brothers, Marvin Sutton, Charles Sutton and wife Jennifer; one sister, Bonnie Sutton Cochran and husband Raymond; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Ruby Jenkins Wiggins, 86, of the Buckner’s Branch Community, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 1, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Dollie Ensley Jenkins. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by one son Ronnie James.

She is survived by her children, Bobby James, Peggy James (Derry), Gary James (Becky), Rickey Wiggins, Sandra Wiggins Cagle (Kenneth), and Susan Wiggins Rogers (Charles); and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Roy Lee Ball of Whittier died December 22, 2016 at Mountain View Manor.

Born at Ball Town on June 17, 1925 to the late parents Jude and Ida Lane Ball. He was also preceded in death by his wife Pauline Curtis Ball, two brothers and two sisters.

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