Obituaries

Leon Queen, 73, of the Alarka Community went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 18, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was raised by his grandparents, “Stump” and Minnie Smith of Old #4 Rd. on the Qualla Boundary. He was an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and an active member of Mt. Vernon Freewill Baptist Church.

Dottie Joy Crisp, 58, of Bryson City, formerly of Stecoah, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday July 20, 2016 at her residence. A native of Graham County she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Faye Crisp. She attended Victory Baptist Church.

She is survived by one brother and two sisters, four nieces, four great nieces, and five great nephews, to whom she was Nana D.

Services were held Sunday, July 24th at Victory Baptist Church with a memorial table at 2:30 and service followed at 3:00 PM.

Eva Jenkins Styles, 95, of Bryson City, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday July 21st, 2016. She passed away peacefully at her home after an extended illness. Born in Swain County on April 16th, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Wesley Jenkins and Mellie Lane Jenkins. Eva loved quilting, reading, gardening, going camping and fishing, but most of all she loved spending time with all her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Styles, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and 3 of her children; Jean Cline, Bell Norwood and Ray Styles.

Sue Crisp, 81, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 16, 2016. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Tom Cook and Julia Fields, and wife of the late Charles L. Crisp. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Lee.

Suzanne Davis Bunn, aged 82, passed away at Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville, North Carolina on July 19, 2016 after a long illness. 

Larry York, 64, of the Alarka community was called home to meet his Heavenly Father peacefully Sunday, July 10, 2016 in a Jackson County healthcare facility. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Lorraine Bowers Keepfer of Bryson City and the late Leslie York.

Carolyn Slagle Lindsay, 74, of the Lauada Community, went to be with her husband Robert Lindsay who was a Purple Heart recipient for the Vietnam War; her son Robbie; her parents Nelson and Dess Byrd Slagle, and a sister Elizabeth Slagle Morris.

She is survived by two sisters, Laura E. Holden of Bryson City and Catherine Wiggins and husband Earl of Asheville, NC; one half-brother, Clinton Slagle of the Ela Community, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services for Mrs. Betty Singletary of Bryson City, NC formerly of Thomasville were held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home with interment following at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 11:00 a.m. until noon at the funeral home before the service.

Eural Rollins, 88, of the Stecoah Community went home to be with the Lord Thursday June 30, 2016 at his residence. A native of Hartford, Tennessee he was the son of the late Isaac and Bertie James Rollins and husband of the late Opal Cable Rollins.

He was preceded in death by one son Rocky Rollins; three sisters; Janie Crisp, Viola Cobb, and Becky Spurling; and four brothers Roy, J.C., Jack, and Charlie Rollins.

He is survived by a son; Larry Rollins, a step-daughter Brenda Dowdle, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and a lot of nieces and nephews.

Jerry E. Corbin, age 76, of Greenville, Michigan passed away late Friday evening, June 24, 2016 at his daughter’s home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Michigan.  Jerry had resided in Greenville, Michigan for the last four months. Prior to that, Jerry enjoyed his retirement in Franklin, North Carolina where he was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and the community.

Michael “Mike” George Slavish  of 1610 Needmore Rd passed away 6/23/2016 quietly in his sleep. Mike most recently was a chef at Highlands Country Club where a memorial service will be held at the Hudson House in his honor on Monday 7/11 at 6:00 PM. 

He was previously employed at The Grove Park Inn, Western Carolina University, and NOC. He was from Myrtle Beach, SC but followed his love for the mountains first to Asheville then to Bryson City 23 years ago. 

Cocoa, FL – Virginia Thompson Schenck, 88, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at her summer home in Bryson City.

A native of Wellesley Hills, Mass. she was the daughter of the late John Charteris Thompson and Ida Lawver Thompson. She was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Daniel Dreher Schenck.

 Mrs. Schenck was an alumna of WCUNC of Greensboro, NC Class of 1950.

Rickie D. Earls, 61, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 22, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late D.C. Jr. and Maxine Cochran Earls.

He is survived by his life partner, Barbara Bowman of Whittier; one son, Michael S. Earls; two sisters, Kim Earls Cochran and husband Fred Weeks of Bryson City, Pam Earls Guyer and husband David of Byron, GA; one brother, James Earls and wife Janice of Bryson City; and several nieces and nephews.

Jolene “Jody” Gunter, 76, of the Qualla Community went home to be with the Lord Monday June 27, 2016. A lifelong resident of the Qualla Community. She was the daughter of the late Homer and Louphelia Elders Gunter. Jody was a people person and enjoyed meeting and talking to people. She loved animals, especially her cat, and loved country music.

She is survived by her sister Doris Moore and husband Mike, one brother Carlos Gunter and wife Linda, and several nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Dwain Moore, age 61, born January 22, 1955, departed this life to go be with God on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at her residence after a lengthy illness. 

She was born to the late Carl and Carrie Moore of Bryson City. 

She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, but also attended Corner Stone Wesleyan Church where she was a member of Joyful Noise. She retired from West Elementary School after 27 years. She also was employed by Swain County as a Court Security officer. 

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