Obituaries

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Robert Stephen (Steve) Claxton also known as Mustard Seed, 63, of Robbinsville, NC, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, September 15th, 2019.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Swain Arts Center on Saturday, September 21st at 1pm.

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Windell (Joe) Crisp, 61, of the Alarka Community went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, September 12, 2019. A native of Swain County he was the son of Patsy Sherrill Crisp of Bryson City, and the late Windell Aaron Crisp, and step-son of Brent Thomas of Bryson City. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a grandson Bryce Crisp.

Larry Jane Bumgarner, 87, of Nations Creek went home to be with the Lord Sunday, September 15, 2019. A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Cleo Brown Nations and wife of the late Hubert Bumgarner.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Jean and Mackie and her brothers, Dale and Virgil.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra and husband Gene; grandchildren, Misty, Chris, and Bryan; great grandchildren, Korah, Gentry and Aubry; sister, Billie Martin; two sons, Michael and wife Norma, Thomas and wife Arlene; and several nieces and nephews.

Chester (Dave) Capen, 73, of Bryson City, formerly of Arizona, passed away Monday September 9, 2019. A longtime resident of Bryson City, he was the son of the late Harry J. and Betty Vonderheide Capen.

He is survived by his wife Lee Capen; one daughter, Cathy Capen of Tucson, AZ; one son, Chad Capen of Tucson, AZ; one step-son, Chris Wyatt of Franklin, NC, and one brother, Mike Capen of Tempe, AZ; Three Grandchildren, Sydney, Aiden, both of Tucson, AZ and Caiden Wyatt of Franklin, NC.

No services are planned at this time.

Crisp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

On Friday, August 30, 2019, Stephen John Heinly of Bryson City, NC, passed away at the age of 64.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Robert G. and Louise C. Heinly, and wife of 18 years, Joanne Gummer Heinly.

Margaret Toineeta Owl, 99, went home to be with her husband Raymond, daughter June, son George, and grandsons Ray and Chucky on August 28, 2019.

She was the daughter of the late George and Pearl Wolfe Toineeta.

She is preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Toineeta, brother Howard Toineeta, half sister Geneva Welch, and half brother Edwin Toineeta.

Krystal Tabitha Millsaps, 30, of Marble went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 29, 2019.

She was the daughter of Randy and Laura Millsaps of Bryson City and the late Cammy Spence.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Margie Jean Millsaps, grandfather, Larry Spence, Sr., and sister-in-law, Amy Jones.

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Willa Belle Clampitt Ammons passed away at Bryson City Assisted Living on September 1, 2019. 

She was the daughter of W. H. and N. Belle Brendle Clampitt of Swain County, and wife of the late Odell Ammons, who passed away in 2007.  

She was preceded in death by her son Steve, her brother Samuel H Clampitt, and several half-brothers and -sisters.

She is survived by her son Ron (Carol) Ammons of Greenville SC; two grandsons, Brandon (Becky) Ammons, and Ryan Ammons; and her great-grandson Griffin.

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Kim S. Hamrick passed away on August 4th, 2019 in Crystal River, Florida, she was 64.

Mrs. Hamrick was born on April 30th, 1955 to her parents Charles Schultz and Cecile Shultz Mace in Macon, GA. She was a member of the Warner Robins High School Class of 1973. She continued her education and graduated from the Norfolk General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1980.

Mrs. Hamrick was a Nurse Anesthetist in western North Carolina for many years. She also built and ran an award-winning Sleep Inn located in Bryson City. She later moved to Homosassa, FL. 

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Joe Douglas Revis, 76, passed away August 18, 2019.  

Mr. Revis was born on February 26, 1943 to the late M.B. and Bertie Revis. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judith Gibson Revis of Whittier.  In addition, he is survived by a daughter Rita Revis of Whittier; a son, Joe Douglas Revis Jr. (Amy) of Rutherfordton and four grandchildren, David, Lauren, Raine, and Evan Revis.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, David Scott Revis.

Jack D. Shuler, 88, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, August 18, 2019. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Gordon R. and Nancy Ollie Smiley Shuler, and husband of the late Barbara Shuler. In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Sherry Shuler Watson, and two brothers, Johnny Shuler, and Melvin Shuler.

Katharyn Cody, 85, of Sherrill Road, Bryson City went home to be with her Savior on August 6, 2019.

A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Hyman and Freda Lowe Hayes. She was a life-long member of Rock Creek Baptist Church where she served as Treasurer and Sunday School Class Teacher. She enjoyed living for her Lord and taking care of her grand and great grandchildren and being with her family.

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Rose Marie Faro, 75 of Bryson City, formerly of Suffolk County, NY, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019. 

She was the daughter of the late George and Evelyn Francis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Ray Faro.

Rose is survived by her children, Paul Faro of Granite Falls, NC, Laura McTaggart and husband Wayne of Savannah, GA, Joe Miller and wife Linda of Riverhead, NY; brother in law  Rick Speer of Illinois; grandchildren, Sean Faro of Charlotte, NC and Michael Ray Faro of Granite Falls, NC.

James William Edwards, 76, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, July 28, 2019. 

A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Maurice and Naomi Carson Edwards. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three sisters, Willma Edwards, Louise Stephenson Willis, and Yvonne Gregory.

James traveled with The Happy Voices Quartet singing with his family, and was a recognized song writer. 

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Rhea Wood DeHart, longtime educator, community leader and activist died in Watsonville, California on August 5, 2019.  She was 96.  

Margaret Rhea Wood was born in Northampton, Massachusetts on October 9, 1922 to Daniel Murray Wood and Katherine Toomey Wood.  

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