Obituaries

Kathy Gail Wiggins, 60, lifelong resident of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday January 23, 2019. A native of Swain County she was the daughter of the late Harley and Dessie Gibby Wiggins.

She is survived by one son, Michael Wiggins; three grandchildren Harley, Sadie, and Lonnie Wiggins; siblings, Junior Harley Wiggins and wife Libby of Bryson City, Sally Jane Woodard of Bryson City, and Raymond Lewis Wiggins and wife Barnell of Covington, GA; one aunt, Eva McMahan, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Helen Louise Nations, 84, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 24, 2019. A native of Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late George and Ada Fields Ross and wife of the late Rev. Herbert Hoover Nations.

She attended Galbreath Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her son, Clifford Nations.

Georgia Lois Hyde Lackey went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday the 27th. She was preceded in death by her son Fred and daughter Kathy; a grandson Michael; mom, Hettie McDonald and father Houston Hyde; stepfather, Wade McDonald; sister, Jean Clark and brother, Emmett Hyde.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ray Lackey; son, Charles Ray (Joyce); daughters, Ann Woodard, Yvonne Swan, and Sandra Lackey of Bryson City; son-in-law, Jamie Waldroup; nine grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.

Staff Sgt. Randy Douglas Bocook 72, of Bryson City, died in his home, January 20, 2019.

Joyce Stephenson, 66, of Brevard, formerly of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 16, 2019. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Leila Collins Stephenson.

She is survived by her children, Angie Shuler, Joey Ball, Brent Ball, Jennifer Sanchez, Joretta Robinson; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and three siblings.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 pm Saturday in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Cogdill officiated with burial in the Watkins Cemetery.

Richard Peoples, 60, of Whittier, passed away on Thursday January 17, 2019 after an intense fight with AL Cardiac Amyloidosis and multiple myeloma. 

Barbara Josephine Greene Maney, our beautiful and loving  Wife, Mother, “Ma”, Sister, and Aunt, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the age of 85. 

She suffered with Alzheimers for many years but fought her battle courageously to the end.  

Canton – Fred Dale Parris, 75, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at his residence.

Alice (Tootie) Virginia Lee Lambert Owle, 67, of the Birdtown Community went home to be with the Lord Friday January 11, 2019. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Ethel Murphy Lambert. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Lambert and Robert Lambert and one sister, Shirlene Lambert McCoy, and one granddaughter, Erika Nicole.

Hellen Cook Mathews, 76, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 9, 2019. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Norman Tom and Julia Sutton Cook and wife of the late Charles William Mathews. 

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Annie Burns of Lexington, Sue Crisp of Rutherfordton, and Jerry Cook of Bryson City.

Bertha Hayes Bryant, 81, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Freda and Hyman Hayes, her husband James Bryant, her sons Sam Parker and Jim Bryant, her aunt Madge Hayes, and brothers and sisters.

Betty Martin, went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM. She was born in Belmont, NC and has lived in Bryson City for the last 30 years. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Paulette Davis, both of Bryson City, NC, and her son J.C. Griffin.

Carroll Junior Southards, age 86 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. He grew up on a share croppers farm in the mountains of Wesser Creek Community in Western North Carolina, graduated from Swain County High School and worked his way through North Carolina State College, majoring in Agricultural Education. After two years of active duty in the Infantry overseas during the Korean Conflict, Lt. Southards enrolled at North Carolina State University and completed his master’s degree in Horticulture and a Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology.

June Evelyn Cody Watson, 82, of Sherrill Road passed away January 6, 2019 at her residence.

She is survived by one son, Jeffery Watson of the home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Matilda Hughes Cody; husband, Vernon Watson; brothers, Pete Cody, Bill Cody; sisters, Ruth Treadway and Jessie Wiggins.

No services are planned.

Lela Lambert Bales, 99, of the Tow String Community went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 30, 2018.

A native of Cherokee and born April 20, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Jesse and Cora Bradley Lambert and wife of the late Rev. Shady Bales.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, David Jesse Bales; grandson, David Ethan Bales; sisters, Cleo Gallaway, Eula Sanders, Floy Mathews; and brother, Rev. Dan Lambert.

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