Obituaries

James Colin Jenkins, 63, of Bear Cove Circle, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, August 18, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Robert Glenn and Delthia Lequire Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister Gerene Messer.

He was a member of Franklin Grove Baptist Church. Colin was a Jouneyman Diesel Mechanic with Continental Trail Ways in Charlotte, NC for 12 years, and then worked for the Swain County School system as a Transportation Supervisor until his retirement in 2013.

Donna Cummings, 67, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, August 18, 2016. A native of Orange County, NY and longtime resident of Swain County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mable Benfield Cummings, and wife of the late Richard Conrad Oldenquist.

She is survived by one son, Richard Oldenquist of Bryson City; one sister Judy Cummings of Bryson City; one brother Robert Cummings of Hollis, NH; one niece Leah and a nephew Lucas.

No services are planned at this time.

Crisp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Zell Cookston, 87, of Bryson City and former resident of Hildebran, NC went home to be with the Lord Saturday, August 20, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Sam and Beulah Forrester Cookston. He was a US Navy Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Candler and Cromwell Cookston; sisters, Maggie Bell Slocum, Evelyn Swain and Tiny Smith; and his sons, Danny and Daryl Cookston.

Jimmie Nell Seay, age 86, died Saturday, August 20th, in Birmingham, Alabama of a heart attack.  Mrs. Seay was born in Sipsey, Alabama to parents James and Cora Fields.  She was a retired elementary school teacher who held degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology.  

She married Ralph Vincent Seay of Bryson City in 1959.  They resided in Bryson for a number of years where she was active in the Garden Club and Swain County High School which her children attended.  

Ruth Jane Greene Burnette, 93, of the Alarka Community went home to be with the Lord, Friday, August 12, 2016, at her residence. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late William Ezekiel and Eva Cochran Greene and wife of the late Rev. Jay Burnette. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Brendle.

Betty Jill Whitt, 73, of Whittier, NC, died Tuesday, 08/09/2016. A memorial will be held at a later date. 

Born 10/7/1942 in Coral Gables, Florida, she was preceded in death by her mother Betty Brown.

Whitt was an owner of Timberlake Campground in Whittier.  She had a multitude of hobbies. Her main focus was horses and gained the respect of some of the most talented trainers in the industry.

She is survived by a son, Joseph E. Sloan and two grandchildren. 

Appalachian Funeral Services and Crematorium of Sylva is in charge of the service. 

Roy “Jr.” T. Rackley, 75, of Whittier went home to be with his Lord on Friday, July 29, 2016. A native of Pickens County, (Easley) South Carolina, he retired from Alice Manufacturing Company. He attended Ela Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mellie Scruggs Rackley; Helen Bryant Rackley, the mother of his son; and two sisters, Velma Patterson and Ruby Duncan.

Bruce C. Messer, 73, of Bryson City has went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 29, 2016. He was a lifetime resident of Bryson City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beauford and Effie Messer and his son, David Messer.

Bobby L. Amburn, 80, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by his family. He passed away peacefully following an extended illness. Bobby was born at Proctor, North Carolina on September 22, 1935, to the late Cargus and Ella Mae Amburn.

Bobby worked as a custodian for Swain County Schools for thirty years. He was a faithful employee who took great pride in his work and was dedicated to helping those around him.

“Pops” Cecil Ray Franklin died peacefully in Charles George VA Medical Center on July 23, 2016 in Asheville, NC at the age of 68.

Mary Ellen Childers passed away in hospice care on July 30, 2016.  She was 84 years old.  She and her beloved puppy, Baby, have been living with her daughter and son-in-law in Stokesdale, NC, for almost 4 years. 

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.

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