L. Virgil Schenck, Jr., 92, of Cocoa, FL, went to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at his summer home in Bryson City. 

A native of Greensboro, NC he was a son of the Luther Virgil Schenck, Sr. and Martha Dreher Schenck. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Thompson Schenck who passed away on June 23, 2016; son, Charles Daniel Dreher Schenck; sister, Martha Chamblee; and brothers: Jeremiah Dreher Schenck, and Jay Ernest Schenck. 

Robert Preston “Push” McCann, 61, of  Whittier, NC died on June 6, 2017.

 Push was born Feb. 28, 1956 in New Orleans, LA, but was raised and lived much of his adult life in Hattiesburg, MS. He was the son of the late Hugh and Virgie Saucier McCann of Hattiesburg and Bryson City, NC. 

Push loved his family, and enjoyed playing, repairing and building musical instruments, especially guitars. He loved the outdoors, camping, fly fishing, kayaking and hiking. He also built fly rods and made flies. 

Gene L. Hartsell, age 80, passed away on June 11, 2017. Born on May 10, 1937 in Phillipsburg, NJ to Mearmon and Jeanette Kenny Hartsell, Gene was raised in Pittstown, NJ, and graduated from North Hunterdon Regional High School. He served in the Air Force before entering his chosen field of microelectronics. He was the production manager of Matrix Test Equipment until his retirement in 2002.

Gene loved to share stories of growing up in Hunterdon County, especially the tale of meeting his wife-to-be in the Women’s Reformatory in Clinton, NJ (where she worked). 



Neal Kyle Crisp, 75 died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at his home in Bryson City following his battle with cancer. With his wife Teresa near and his daughter Bobbie by his side, he peacefully passed.

Benjamin Ralph Wynn, age 55, of Ben Wynn’s Plumbing in Glenville, NC, went to be with the Lord while at home Thursday, May 18, 2017, after battling life challenging illnesses for over a year. 

He is survived by his wife Delphia Maria (Birchfield) Wynn (originally from Bryson City), son Benjamin Bryant Wynn, both of Glenville, and two siblings in Eastern NC. 

Ben’s memorial will be Saturday, June 17, at 2:00 PM, at First Baptist Church of Bryson City.

Angela was born to Jennifer Jackson and James Ledford on May 15, 1975. Angela, 42, also had her step-dad, Eugene Harlan, her “Gran,” Paulette Smart and “Di,” Dianna Panther, all played an important part in her life. Angie, a graduate of Smokey Mountain High School, former tribal employee and a resident of the Birdtown Community, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Gladys Jones Oliver, age 86, of Redding, California, passed on peacefully on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at a Jackson County Hospital. 

A native of Swain County, Gladys was the daughter of the late John H. and Fannie B. Jones and wife of the late William Roy Oliver, who passed in 2003. Gladys was a 1950 graduate of Swain County High School. Gladys spent most of her adult life as a loyal and loving wife and mother living in Redding.

Laurence (Larry) Banks Williams, 63, of Bryson City, NC passed away on June 3, 2017 in his home.

Larry was born in Tampa, Florida on August 16, 1953. He is the son of Joan Saunders and the late George Williams.

Larry was a Florida State University graduate working in hospitality management for 39 years.

Larry enjoyed socializing and entertaining anyone and everyone with his outgoing personality, quick wit, and smile. He was an avid FSU football fan, NASCAR fan, and loved to discuss his political views.

Sherrille Grace Julian Compain passed away on Saturday, June 10 at the age of 71 after a brief and unexpected illness. She left a wonderful legacy.

Sherrille had a lifetime dedication to the belief that knowledge is a cherished gift with the power to transform lives. She put that believe to work formally as a teacher in Georgia public schools at Brantley County High School (Nahunta) and Northside Middle School (Warner Robins). She was even lured out of retirement to serve as a substitute teacher in the Swain County School system by a local friend.

Clarence Edwin Reeves, 93, of Bryson City, NC passed away on June 9, 2017. He was born November 25, 1923 in Swain County, NC to the late Daisy Blanton Reeves and Marvin Reeves.  

Mr. Reeves was a member of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Bryson City and was a veteran who served his country during WWII in the Navy.  Clarence enjoyed woodworking and he always had a smile.

John Edward Parton, 60, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

 He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bonnie Parton of Bryson City; his sister, Barbara of Tennessee; and his first wife, Laura Colville.

Margie Jean Collins Millsaps, 70, of the Roundhill Community went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late John Marion and Minnie Etta Cochran Collins. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Alva Marie Collins, Grace Millsaps, Louise Collins, Geraldine Hardy; one grandson, David Ledford; and one great grandson, Ridge Cochran.

She attended Galbreath Creek Baptist Church.

Kenneth Eugene Stephenson, age 78, formerly of the Grassy Branch Community of Bryson City, North Carolina, passed away peacefully into the presence of our Lord at 12:15 am May 26, 2017.

Clifford McClain “Mack” Sutton, age 89, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Mr. Sutton was born February 4, 1928 in Jackson County, NC. He was the son of the late Walter and Lila (Turpin) Sutton.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 3 sisters; Mary Audrey Sutton Buchanan, Alma Jean Sutton Pullium, and Rebecca Lucille Sutton Lambert as well as 2 brothers; Beauford Hayes Sutton and Perry Daniel Sutton.   

Bradley Taylor Hutchison, infant son of Zeb James Hutchison and Alta Nicole Fortner of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday May 30, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Larry and Sharon Hutchison; maternal great grandmother, Lenore Hyde and an aunt, Michelle Hutchison.


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