Obituaries

Walter (Bud) Franks, 67, of the Needmore Community, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday April 15, 2017. 

A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Guy Posey and Olive DeHart Franks.

Theodore Jerome Brady, 80, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Saturday, April 15, 2017. 

A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Mary Brady McMillan. 

He was a member of Cherokee Baptist Church, a member of the Swain County Rescue Squad for 38 years and served two years in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and retired from the NC Department of Transportation after 35 years of service.

Willard Cook of Darrington, Washington, was born October 1, 1938, to Edna and Albert Cook in Wilmot, NC, and passed away at home on March 16, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Kermit, Homer, Mack and one sister, Frances Tucker.

He is survived by his brother Berlin of Arlington, WA, and two sisters, Eula Sanders of Darrington and Doris McMillon of Wilmot.

He married Mary Helen Jones and had three daughters Connie, Carolyn, and Crystal. 

Steven David Grant, 42, of Gettysburg, PA died on Thursday, April 6, 2017 as the result of an automobile accident.  

Born February 10, 1975 in Baltimore, he was the son of Vivian Cookston Grant Browning of Fayetteville, PA, and the late Joseph J. Grant.  He was the husband of Amanda (Matson) Grant, to whom he was married for 16 years.

Freddy McKinley Haney, 60, of the Greasy Branch Community, passed away March 31 of an unexpected heart condition.     

He was preceded in death by his father Ken, sister Nikki, and adoptive grandparents Burdell and Fred Haney.

A native of Canton, Freddy excelled at  mountain skills and was a man of many talents. An avid outdoors man, he spent his happy days hunting, fishing, and bringing joy to people as a multi-instrumentalist Bluegrass singer.

Virginia Hyde Clark (Jean), 86, of Bryson City, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill) Clark; a son Rick Clark, and a brother Emmett Hyde.

Jean was a homemaker that especially loved sewing and baking. She was an active member of Bryson City Church of God until her health declined.

Wayne C. McHan, 78, of Franklin, North Carolina, passed Saturday, March 25 at Harris Regional Hospital, Sylva.

A memorial service will be April 1, at 2 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Caney Branch Road, Bryson City. 

The Reverend David Watkins will officiate.

McHan was born July 14, 1938 in Bryson City,  NC to parents Ellis McHan and Parcie Brendle. 

He was married to Gladys McHan (Lackey) of 53 years. They married July 11, 1964 in Wallahalla, SC.

Barbara Arvey Sutton, 79, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 26, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Beatrice Burnette Arvey. She was a loving wife, mother and aunt.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Carl, Bennett, and Jimmy Arvey.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Cecil Sutton; her son, Brad Sutton of Spruce Pine; and several nieces and nephews.

Russell L Breedlove died on Wednesday, March 22nd from a sudden illness. 

Russell was a great brother, son, father and friend. Russell was just a great man. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Paul Breedlove, sister Debra R Hughes, brother Michael Breedlove and ex-wife Carol Jones. 

My awesome and funny daughter, Megan Lea Hoke, 31, of Bryson City passed on into the loving hands of our Lord on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Megan was born in West Virginia, grew up in Bryson City and attended Swain County High School.

Mildred Evelene Barker Woodard, 70, of the Alarka Community, went home to be with Jesus, on Monday, March 20, 2017, while surrounded by her loving family.

She was a loving wife, mother and Nanny to her family. Her joy in life was spending time with those she loved.

Mildred was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Lee Barker, her father, Troy Lee Barker, her sister, Wanda Jenkins, and three brothers, Winfred, Fred, and Arvil Barker.

James Franklin Davis passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2017 at the age of 77.  

Jim is survived by his children, Terri Blackburn of Gulf Breeze, FL., Clay Boyington of the open ocean, Joy and Rich McClure of Waterbury, CT., and Jimi and Brandon Hoover of Bryson City, NC.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather Blackburn of White Bluff, TN., Josh Blackburn of San Francisco, CA., Clayton Boyington of Nashville, TN., Davin Hoover of Bryson City, NC and his sister Carolyn Barmes of Stecoah, NC. 

Hazel Davis Blanton, 92, of Whittier, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Erastus and Lillie (Revis) Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Buford Blanton; sister Toleda Childers; and brothers Haven, Clayton, Otis, and Coolidge Davis.

LaWanda Sue French Myers, 70, went home to be with the Lord and her heavenly home on March 13, 2017. LaWanda was born September 27, 1946 in Cherokee. She will be greatly missed by the many who knew her. She was a graduate of Cherokee High School and Montreat College. LaWanda was an educator by profession having worked and retired from Cherokee Central Schools. She was also a small business owner, along with her husband Jimmy, having owned several craft shops in Cherokee, NC and Dillsboro, NC.

David P. Monteith, 70, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 10, 2017 in a Buncombe County Hospital. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late John and Mary Gunter Monteith. David attended Harmony Baptist Church. He had been a Swain County Commissioner since 1998. He was a compassionate volunteer at the Swain County Heritage Museum, which he helped establish and was very passionate about the Road to Nowhere. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and charter member of FLWR.

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