Obituaries

Billy Cole, age, 76, of Bryson City, NC passed away Thursday December 8, 2016. We are searching for a next of kin or any family that may be in the area. If you have any information, please call Swain County DSS, 828-488-6921.

Jerry Lee Kirkland, 57, of the Shepherds Creek Community went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 13, 2016. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late John Paul and Clara Mae Simonds Kirkland. He worked for 41 years as a logger and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church on Coopers Creek.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Vincent Kirkland and his sister, Jessie Mae Walker.

LANEXA - Richard O. Cochran MAJ US Army (Ret). On December 7, 2016, after many brave years of fighting, Dick won his final battle and found eternal peace. 

He was born on February 3, 1942, to Leona and Dock Cochran in Bryson City, North Carolina. Dick entered the United States Army in 1961 and faithfully served for 20 years with two tours in Vietnam. While in the army, he earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Upon his retirement, he served as a project manager with Northrop Grumman for 23 years at Fort Eustis, Virginia. 

Tommie Gene Brown, 80, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in Bell Hill Baptist Church. 

The family received friends from 6-8 Monday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy where the body was until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.

Katherine Elizabeth Garrison, 69, of Bryson City, NC went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 5, 2016. Born May 11, 1947, she was the daughter of Rachael Curtice. 

She was preceeded in death by her son Chris Garrison on December 27, 2014. 

She is survived by her daughters Carolyn Garrison, Donna Garrison, and Theresa (John) Mayou, six grandkids, Brandon, Ryan, Tyler, Rachael, Haylee and Nathaniel, three great grandkids, Serenity, Bentley and Aubrey, five brothers and one sister. 

The family had a private ceremony.

Henrietta Irene Lambert, 58, of the Birdtown community went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 7, 2016. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of Patricia Sneed Lambert of Cherokee and the late Henry Ray Lambert.

Hannah Lynn B. Ogle, born July 22, 1961 completed her battle with cancer December 4, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital, Asheville, NC. Hannah was preceded in death by her parental grandparents, Rev. Claude and Cora Lee Bridges and Floyd and Mildred Martin.

Hannah Lynn was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and member of the Alarka Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, daughter, and sister and was loved by all who knew her. Hannah was a native of Swain County, NC.

Doris Lakey Raby, 87, of Franklin, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016.

Born in Swain County, she was the daughter of the late John Wiley Lakey and Juanita Welch Lakey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Billy “Bill” Bryson Raby; two sons, Randy and Terry Raby and three sisters, Ruth Robbins, Lorene King and Katherine Nordling. Doris was a nurse, manager of Coin Laundry and worked in food service at Cowee Elementary School. She was a member of Cowee Baptist Church.

Stanley Louis Sieveking, 83, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, November 25, 2016. A native of Bronx, NY, and longtime resident of Bryson City, he was the son of the late Linus and Alma Erb Sieveking, and husband of the late Norma Elizabeth Roberts Sieveking.

Katherine Lakey Nordling, 79, of Weaverville, formerly of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday November 26, 2016 at her residence. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late John Wiley and Juanita Pearl Welch Lakey and wife of the late Dr. Robert Nordling. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sisters Ruth Robbins and Lorene King.

Katherine attended North Buncombe First Church of God.

John Daniel Larch, 64, of the Wolfetown community, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, November 26, 2016 at his residence. 

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Wrights Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Eddie Sherrill and Rev. Austin Frady officiated with military services conducted by the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post #143.

 The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday at the church.

Vivian Ethel Greene, 75, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 21, 2016 at her residence. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Nathan D. and Lois Wiggins Greene. She was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Mason and her grandson, Logan Somers.

Larry Scott Cline Sr. entered his heavenly home on November 14, 2016 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his devoted wife Frances Buchanan Cline, daughter Jaime (Scott) Craig and son Larry Scott (Jessica) Cline Jr. He adored his grandchildren: Chelsea (Brian) Jones, Tristen Cheek, Hunter Craig, Zachary Cline, Owen Craig, Karena Cline and Taryn Craig. He is also survived by his sisters Barbara Squires and Sharlene Hedrick and numerous nieces and nephews. Larry was a member of Bryson City Presbyterian Church where he attended services even when he was very ill. 

Jean Conley Heffner, age 97 of Bryson City, passed away peacefully at her home on November 16th.

Born in Andrews, NC, Mrs. Heffner was preceded in death by her parents, Wymer and Catherine Batten Conley, her brother, Hall Conley of Marietta, GA, and her husband, Jake Sherrell (Bob) Heffner.

A former teacher at Bryson City Elementary School, Mrs. Heffner was an active member of Bryson City Methodist Church.

James C. Gabriel died in his 84th year at home in Bryson City on November 13th. 

His family was at his bedside with him. 

He was a chemist and a retired executive in the phosphate industry and was much loved and admired by his family and friends. 

James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucile L. Gabriel; a son, James C. Gabriel, Jr. of Franklin, NC; two daughters, Elin E. Gabriel of Minneapolis, MN, and Cooper Gabriel-Habets (Andrew) of Rutherglen, Australia; granddaughter Mietta Gabriel Habets and grandson James Flynn McLay Habets. 

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