Obituaries

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bowers, 90, of the Alarka Community finally achieved her goal and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 12, 2019. 

A native of Swain County she was the daughter of the late Coleman Smith and Mary Brooks Franklin. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Lon Smith and John Smith; two sisters, Belle Helton, and Edith Jenkins; two sons, Dexter Bowers and Eugene Bowers; one grandchild, Lonnie Eason, and a great great grandchild, Kyle Rose.

Omer Ledford, age 91 of Perry, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Euclid.  Born October 4, 1927 in Bryson City, North Carolina he was the son of the late Fred Ledford, Sr. and Annie (Lindsay) Ledford. He married the love of his life, Geneva Earls in York, SC on August 7, 1950

Omer served in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class.  He was decorated with the World War II Victory Medal. 

Jenny Nabors Hane, 59, wife of Richard Hane, passed away Sunday March 10, 2019 at her home in Bryson City, NC.

Born in Easley, SC, she was a daughter of the late Betty Jo Prince Holcombe and step father, J.T. Holcombe.

Jenny worked for The Department of Social Services before moving to Bryson City. Because of her endearing personality, she immediately became a beloved soul while working for Mountain Perks in Bryson City. 

Mary Green Ward, 88, known to most as Mamaw Ward, entered into the presence of her Lord, at Mission Hospital, Sunday, March 10, 2019. A lifelong resident of Jackson county, she was an avid gardener and homemaker and loved bingo in her later years. She was preceded in death by her husband David Ward, and daughter, Barbara Gail Carnes.

Ray Lackey went to his Heavenly home Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was 88 years old.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Georgia Lois Lackey; daughter, Kathy; son Fred and Grandson, Michael; seven brothers and three sisters; his parents, Dutch and Talitha Lackey.

Ray was a Corporal in the US Army from 1950 - 1954 where he served during the Korean War. 

Clifford M. Collins, 76, resident of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 28, 2019. A native of Swain County he was the son of the late John and Minnie Etta Cochran Collins. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by six sisters, and one brother.

He is survived by four sons, Bobby Collins, Rick Foy, Eric Collins, and Chris Collins; one daughter Libby Collins; one brother and four sisters.

Funeral services were held 2:00 PM Sunday at Crisp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. PD Hampton officiated with burial at Laurel Branch Cemetery.

Angela Faye McMahan Johnson went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mildred and Calvin McMahan; one sister, Kathy Hoyle and the father of her children, Dwayne Johnson.

Ocean Zaelynn Crowe, treasured daughter of Kaniah and Dodge, born February 25, 2019, died peacefully in the arms of her parents after six beautiful and unforgettable hours. 

A beautiful baby girl who touched so many lives in such a brief time. Ocean experienced holding hands with mommy and daddy and many hugs and kisses from her family, listening as her mommy and daddy sang her songs, read her books and being told “I love you”  countless times.

 

Wilson D. Pinyan, 93, founder of P&J Campground on Deep Creek, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.

Mr. Pinyan is survived by his wife Jo, her two sons, Butch Gray and Randy Gray as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the region.

Throughout his career, Mr. Pinyan transported and sold produce from agricultural fields in south Florida to markets in the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, establishing many long-term relationships. 

The family is planning a Celebration of Life memorial at the Campground on April 20, 2019 at 2 pm.

Vernell Brooks Coday, 84, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday February 20, 2019. Vernell was born on Chambers Creek in Swain County to the late Lloyd and Lela Garland Brooks. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Leahman Coday Sr., and two sisters, Opal Brown, and Beatrice Waldroup.

Peggy Oneal Shuler, 88, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday February 19, 2019. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Lawson Emory Shuler and Hyacinth Mildred Huffstetler Shuler. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by three sisters, Aleithia “Lib” Roseman, Moeina Welch, and Wanda Lee Shuler, and two brothers, Wayne Eustes Shuler and Talmadge Eugene Shuler.

Marsha Marie Sutton, 64, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday February 13, 2019. 

Marsha enjoyed working at her store at the flea market, singing (Patsy Cline songs), and just spending time with her family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; EDale and Doneita Mann; her daughter Doneita Vazquez; and by her sister Pam Mann

Walter Lee Stanberry, passed away on February 4, 2019. He is survived by his father Walter Ben Stanberry, Three sons, Reggie Scott Stanberry, Archie Lee Stanberry and Jeremy Burl Stanberry, and one daughter Carrie Michelle Atkinson.

He was preceded in death by his sister Brenda Cochran and his mother Rhoda Lee Stanberry.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at Crisp Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Jurnada Beasley Laney, 86, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord on January 24, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Liza Bowers and Os Frady.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, her daughter, Linda Sue Laney Wilkinson, her son, Roger Lee Laney, and granddaughters Beverly Laney Kirkland, Kassi Laney Mahan, and Heather Bryson Mallard.

Sylvester “Sonny” Hill, 63, of the Big Cove community passed away peacefully Friday, January 25, 2019. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of the late Jesse and Yonnie Watty Hill and husband of the late Barbara Sequoyah Hill.

He was preceded in death by his nephew, Timothy Lane Hill and niece, Cecily “Dani” Hill; and numerous aunts and uncles.

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