Loretta Shook Cline, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Loretta was born in Bushnell, NC to the late Joseph and Thelma Crisp Shook. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Gwin.

William P. Hyde (Bill) of Winston Salem died Sunday, January 28th, at his home where he had been in declining health for some time. Friends in Bryson City who were so important to him, knew him as “Stub.” He is survived by his wife Shirley and son Skeeter, a sister Christine, and three nephews, Mark, Bill and Chris.

C.W. (Strawberry) Ogle, 83, of Whittier, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his residence. A native of Whittier, he was the son of the late Bill Ogle and Essie Raby Ogle Dillard. He was a member of the Oconee Masonic Lodge # 427 in Bryson City where he served as treasurer. He was a member and deacon of Whittier Baptist Church. He was also a US Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Ogle was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Ogle; and his brother, J.T. Ogle.

Ronald Edward Douthit, 69, of Bryson City, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 5:05am at Maggie Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was a native and lifelong resident of Swain County. He was the son of the late Paul Douthit and Beatrice Montieth. Ronnie, whom was retired at the time of his passing, worked for the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks. He was and ever shall be an avid Outdoorsman. 

Taylor Kirkland, born December 6th, 1933, passed away January 25th, 2018 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. 

Surviving is Verna Marie Wiggins Kirkland, mother of their two children. Daughter Carolyn Marine Kirkland is from Alarka, son Wayne Taylor Kirkland and wife Terry Lynn lives in Murphy, NC. Grandchildren, Brandie Nichole and husband Imade Agus Mahardie of Bali, Indonesia and Bryson City, NC; Grandson Justin Taylor and wife Tonieeta Kirkland of Whittier, NC. Great grandchildren Putu Bailey and Made Korey Mahardika. Shelly Taylor and Davis Cooper Kirkland. 

Barbara Ann Truett Monteith, age 83, of Atlanta (Dekalb), GA., died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at her home after a 30 year battle with cancer. 

Born in Bryson City, NC, she was a member of Northeast Baptist Church for over 49 years where she was very active including teaching Sunday School, was a choir member, youth leader and music teacher. She was a retired elementary school teacher in Tucson, AZ., Pheonix, AZ. and Beaumont, TX. 

Nell Ledford Rogers, 90, passed away in Hiawassee, Georgia on January 20, 2018. 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Truett Memorial First Baptist Church, Hayesville.

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville,, is in charge of all arrangements.

William “Bill” Jackson Haigler, 71, of Cherokee passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 at Valley View Nursing Center in Andrews.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley McMahan Haigler; Brothers, Larry Haigler (Wife Melba), Frank Haigler, Tommy Haigler (Wife Rose Marie), Ronnie Haigler, and Norman Eugene Haigler (Wife Pam); one sister, Lou; and his special dog Ruby.

Bill was preceded in death by his parent, Donald Haigler and Cora McLeymore Haigler; three brothers, Leroy, Ed, and Robert Haigler; one sister, Betty Haigler.

Blanche Monteith, 86, a long-time resident of Bryson City, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening January 27, 2018.

Ms. Monteith was born in 1941 to the late Clifford and Martha Lou Gunter Monteith, in Western North Carolina. She was also preceded in death by her brother Robert Monteith, sister Cosette Monteith, and sister Claudine Parramore.

Taylor Kirkland, 84, of Bryson City, passed away Thursday January 25, 2018. He was born on Chambers Creek to the late Robert and Ida Watson Kirkland. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Mack, Bob, Benny and sisters, Dixie and Cora Lee.

Taylor was a Gunnery Sergeant with the U.S Marine Corps, having served in Vietnam and the Korean Conflict.

Virginia Maxine Bumgardner Gibson, 80, of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday January 22, 2018. A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John and Bessie King Bumgardner and wife of the late Robert Lee Gibson. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister Jean, and one brother John.

Joan Thorsen VonSchondorf completed her Heavenly journey at 2:00 AM Saturday, January 19, 2018 with her buddy Joanne and Dennis. Yes, we did walk the last mile together.

We are certain, greeting Joan at the Heavenly gate, was PopPop, Nana, twin brother R.C., sister Carol and many friends.

The family would like to thank the awesome associates of Mountain View Manor for doing it better and above and beyond. We also thank Four Seasons Hospice for providing comfort and caring for Joan, her family and her buddy Joanne. Joan and Joanne were the 131 Team at Mountain View Manor.

Coleman F. Dellinger, 80, of Lincolnton, NC passed away on January 20, 2018. A native to Lincoln County he was born on May 10, 1937 to the late Luther Glenn Dellinger and Myrtle Alice Hovis Dellinger.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, Theo Dellinger; sister, Mabel Wilson, and brother-in-law, Richard Reddick.

Mr. Paul Ensley Jenkins, age 77, of Marion, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Deer Park Health and Rehabilitation.

No services are planned at this time.  An online register is available at

Lucille Louise “Penny” Brancato Brandt, 72, went to her Heavenly Father on January 17, 2018 in Bryson City, NC. 

She was born to Minnie and Anthony Brancato on November 1, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio. A former resident of Sharpsville, PA Penny worked in retail sales, was active in the United Methodist Women’s group, enjoyed quilting, reading, gardening and camping. Penny was a member of the Bryson City United Methodist Church, and her personal ministry was to be a trained Stephen Minister, a lay listening ministry. 


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