Charles (Cubby) Shuler of the Deep Creek Community passed away at home on October 16, 2018. The son of the late Roy and Bonnie Shuler he was preceded in death by one brother, John (Johnny) Shuler.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Shuler; one daughter, Sarah Miller; one son, William and wife Latresa and one granddaughter, Autum Miller.

He graduated Swain High Class of 1963 and graduated A-B Tech with a Business Degree. He was in the Army National Guard, owned Shuler Furniture with his brother, but most of all, his love was farming and spending time with his kids.

William Joseph Hoak, 71, a resident of Deming, NM entered eternal rest on Monday, October 15, 2018 at his residence. 

William was born on December 12, 1946 in Greensburg, PA to Thomas Clark Hoak and Elizabeth Jane Williamson. 

William is survived by his loving wife, Glenda Norton Hoak; one brother, Scott Presley and his wife Nancy; his mother in law, Helen Norton; his sister in law, Marilyn Norton; his nephews in law, Christian and Chandler Norton; one grandson, Jeremy Burris and his wife Leann and one great granddaughter, Riley Burris, all of North Carolina. 

Gwyndolyn Cline Ayers, 88, of Bryson City passed away peacefully at Cherokee Indian Hospital on Monday, October 8th, 2018.  A native of Swain County and an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, she was the daughter of the late Luzene and Fred Cline. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Boyd Ayers.

William E. Howard of 23 Joy Heights, Bryson City, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father, Levi Henry Howard.

He is survived by his mother, Estella; son, William Howard Jr. (Arrington); granddaughter, Baysden Estella Howard; and his brother, Timothy Howard (Patricia).

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Rev. Timothy Howard will officiate.

Kolen Flack, 92, of Union Mills, NC passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.

Kolen was born in Rutherford County, NC to the late John and Malinda Flack. He is also preceded in death by his wife Mildred Bell Flack, five brothers, and four sisters. 

Kolen proudly served our country during WWII in the US Navy. He later retired from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Kolen was a member of Western Star #91, AF&AM, a 70-gallon blood donor, and a lifelong member of Round Hill Baptist Church.

Max Gardner Breedlove, 88, of Bryson City passed away Friday, September 28, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Robert and Lela Bradley Breedlove. He was a member of Brush Creek Baptist Church.

A US Army Veteran having served in Korea, he was a member of the Franklin VFW Post 7339.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Thad Breedlove of Bryson City, Doris Tallent of Maryville, TN, and Chloe Crisp of Bryson City.

Crystal Gail Cochran Styles, 36, of Bryson City passed away September 12, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Cochran.

She is survived by her parents, Dee Wayne and Hester Cochran; husband, Tim Styles; her son, Chazum Keener; mother and father-in-law, Vernon and Judy Styles; siblings, Cecil Cochran and wife Donna, Michael “PeeWee” Cochran and wife Jessica, and Kevin Brown; Chazum’s father, Alan Keener, and grandparents, Mimi and Poppy (Troy and Pat Keener).

Dallas Hilton Spivey (Pal) 81, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Saturday, September 8, 2018. A native of Florida and longtime resident of Bryson City, he was the son of the late Homer Washington and Agnes Spivey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Spivey and Daniel Spivey.

Arvil LeQuire, 79, of the Alarka Community, died Monday September 3, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Glen and Mae LeQuire. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife Shirley LeQuire, his four sons, Billy Ray, Johnny, Tony, and Gary; brothers, Fred, Wayne, Lester, Estes, and Billy Ray, and a sister Aileen.

Arvil was a member of Governors Island Baptist Church in Bryson City, NC.

Clarence Donald Bunn, aged 88, passed away at Vidant Health Palliative Care in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, August 29.   

Born on July 10, 1930, in Wayne County, North Carolina, to Clarence and Zora Bunn of the Nahunta Community, Donald graduated from Nahunta School; and North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a B.S. in agricultural education and a masters degree in adult and community college education. 

Susan Gale Pierce, 61, of Bryson City, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018 at the CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville.

Born in San Diego, CA, Susan was a daughter of the late Morrison and Lavania Parnell Pierce.

Susan served as the Director of Code and Zoning for Broward County, FL, and retired as Director of the Broward County, FL Animal Shelter.

Surviving are her spouse, Dr. Marilia Rivera-Rios; sister, Kristen Pierce Shiffer; brother, William Pierce; and many loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and loving fur-babies.

John Clingman Cole, Jr., age 90, of Marion, North Carolina went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Rose Hill Retirement Community. 

John was born January 21, 1928 in Swain County, NC to the late John Clingman Cole, Sr and Emeline Woody Cole.  He was a Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church.  He enjoyed gardening and taking walks in the woods.

Willene Farley Gross, 62, of the Round Hill community went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at her residence. A native of Graham County, she was the daughter of Aline Holder Millsaps of Bryson City the late Billy Farley; and wife of the late Henry Buck Gross.

She was also preceded in death by her step father, Glenn Millsaps; grandparents, Boyd and Esta Holder; granddaughter, Whitney Parton; and nephew, Travis McCracken.

She was a member of Patterson Chapel Baptist Church.

Troy Homer Parris, 95, of Bryson City passed away August 26, 2018 at Harris Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

Born September 12, 1922, he was a native of Swain County and the son of the late Taylor and Dora Parris. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Oma Childers Parris, his granddaughter, Renee Parris Henderson and siblings, Virgil Parris, Velma Loftis, Bertie Combs, Della Messer, Flonnie Tippett, Maebelle Messer, Ethel Brooks and Vinnie Phillips.

Darcus Watson Welch of Bryson City, NC went into the arms of Jesus Christ August 22, 2018. She was 75. She was a beloved wife of Charles R. Welch for nearly 59 years, a mother of three sons, a grandmother (Nen) of three and a great grandmother of three.

She was the daughter of Dillard and Edith Watson of Bryson City who preceded her in death along with a brother, Charles Watson of Bryson City.

She was a member of Deep Creek Baptist Church.


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