Obituaries

Rebecca S. (Becky) Buchanan, 75, of Bryson City, entered into the arms of Jesus Sunday, May 26, 2019 after a 14 month courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Ethel Lakey Arvey. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Becky was a loving wife, mother and nana. She loved her Lord, church family, family gatherings, cooking, going to the beach, hummingbirds, lighthouses, covered bridges, red birds and going shopping. She loved doing for others.

Kolton Dean and Kooper Dean Humphrey, infant sons of Hunter Humphrey and Kristin Farmer passed away May 14, and May 15, 2019 respectively, in a Buncombe County Hospital.

In addition to their parents, they are survived by their grandparents, Clifton Gene Humphrey, Kari Michelle Humphrey, Mallora Lynn McMinn and husband Kelly, Jeremy Vincent Farmer; great grandparents, Patricia Farmer and Sharon Huffman, and Vannie and Edith Woodard; uncle, Joshua Farmer and Special Aunt, Myra Leeann Humphrey.

Daryl Wade Dillon passed away May 9, 2019 in Ft. Pierce, Florida due to a swimming accident in the Indian River Lagoon.  The accidental drowning occurred during a day out with friends.  

Dr. Angela Marie DiLillo, age 57, passed away peacefully at her home in Dothan, Alabama after a courageous battle with cancer.  A native of Lincoln, Illinois, she was the daughter of Connie and the late Dr. Joseph DiLillo of Bryson City.

Doug Mathews, 74, of the Towstring Community went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of the late Seab and Floy Lambert Mathews.

He was a faithful servant of the Lord.

Doug is survived by his wife of 47 years, Glenda Mathews; two sons, Scott Mathews and wife Jeanne of Sylva, and Brian Mathews and wife Juanita of Cherokee; three grandchildren, Crystal Mathews, Ricky Mathews, and Eli Mathews.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday at Towstring Cemetery. Randall Watkins will officiate.

Jerry “Dale” Seay, Sr. age 48 of Talking Rock passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at his home

He was born in North Carolina to Jerry and Evelyn Seay.

Mildred (Toby) Oliver, 78, of the Alarka Community went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday May 7, 2019. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Lovenia Oliver. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by one daughter, Norma Jean Oliver of Bryson City; one brother, Leonard Oliver of FL; several nieces and nephews and extended family.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Crisp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

On May 7, 2019, Dorothy Janette Munsey Shepherd, 77, went to her heavenly reward after a life of faith and family and a period of declining health.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ruth Shepherd and three brothers, Billy, Harold and Steve Shepherd, all of Chattanooga, TN, and her youngest daughter, Chrystal (Christy) Wynee Munsey King of Bryson City.

Gordon William Hughes, 84, of Sylva, NC died Saturday, May 11, 2019, at his residence. A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, he had lived in NC since 1995.

He was a son of the late Ermann Leyton and Ethel Hamrick Hughes.

He is survived by his wife, Lesley Ruth Fink Hughes, a brother, Kenneth L. Hughes (Patty), a sister, Norma Jean Davis all of Ashtabula, OH, and brother-in-law David Fink.

Gordon owned the Harbor Insurance Agency in Ashtabula, Ohio. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Bonnie Mashburn Seay, 81, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Friday, May 10, 2019. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Leason Frank and Mary Stiles Mashburn and wife of the late Ernest Seay, Jr.

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Seay and Donna Cochran of Bryson City; grandchildren, Hayley Maney of Charleston, SC, Raylyn, Thomas, Vincent, and Zachery Crouse all of Bryson City; two sisters, Dorothy Cochran of Bryson City, Peggy Ammons of Murphy; and her brother, Larry Mashburn of Bryson City.

Albin Richard Brostic passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019. 

He loved the mountains and was an avid fly fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Paul Brostic.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Brostic of Bryson City and son, Mark Brostic of Sylva.

No services are planned at this time.

Wanda Winchester, 57, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 4, 2019. A native of Georgia and longtime resident of Bryson City she was the daughter of Wade Mason of Bryson City and the late Lucille Mason.

In addition to her father, she is also survived by one daughter, Angelina Winchester; one son, Tyler S. Taylor and loved one Jaelisa Caldwell; nine grandchildren, Darius, Damian, Tylina, Taylor, Kalina, Kaden, Shalina, Simeon, Karlie; two great grandchildren, Kaius, and Nalayah; one brother; five sisters, and a lot of extended family.

Virginia Estes Karlen passed away May 2, 2019 in York Pennsylvania.

Born on May 31, 1944 in Swain County NC; she was the daughter of the late Ben and Annie Sue Estes of Whittier, NC.

She took early retirement after serving many years as head of the payroll department for the Goddard Space Administration in Maryland.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Karlen of Shrewsbury, PA; two brothers, Carroll Estes of Whittier, and Johnnie Estes of Granbury Texas; two sisters, Jane Brabson of Asheville, NC and Linda Slate of Newland NC.

Gail Irene Day Bateman, 76, of Andrews passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019.

A graveside memorial service was held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Valleytown Cemetery in Andrews.

Gwendolyn (Bobbie) Jones, 90, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 4, 2019. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Bertha Lindsey Cochran.

She was preceded in death by her husband Grady Jones and her son Jake Jones.

She was a member of Patterson Chapel Baptist Church.

She is survived by three children, Frank Jones and wife Rita, Myrtle Birchfield and husband Zeke, and Rachael Jones; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and a sister Marie Nations.

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