Gerald Lincoln Stephenson, loving husband and father, passed away on September 30, 2017 at Mountain View Manor Nursing Center after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his spouse of 60 years, Annie Parker Stephenson.

He was born in Swain County on May 21, 1936 and was the son of the late Robert Pierce Stephenson and Bessie Johnson Stephenson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Junior Stephenson and Harold Lee Stephenson and his grandson, Isaac James Stephenson.

Von Thomas Smith, age 75, of Clarkesville passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family.

Born on May 7, 1942 in Swain County, North Carolina, Mr. Smith was the son of Ollie Tuck Smith and the late Marshall Smith. 

Mr. Smith graduated from Swain County High School in 1960.  He graduated from Western Carolina University with a BA degree in education.  Mr. Smith spent his entire professional career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation, retiring from management. 

Rev. Dan Lambert, 90, of the Tow String Community went home to be with the Lord Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Cherokee Indian Hospital. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Jess and Cora Lambert. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Lambert; sisters, Cleo Galloway, Floy Mathews, and Eula Sanders.

Dan was pastor of several churches on and off the reservation and was the moderator of the Smokemont Baptist Church.

Marianna Morrow Cope, 85, of Macon, passed away September 20, 2017.  Donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201.

Mrs. Cope is survived by her husband Charles Lee Cope; son, Jeffrey Morrow Cope (Letitia) of Macon; daughter, Lee Anne Cope, of Macon; grandchildren, Scott Cope (Carolina), of Decatur, Georgia, and Ashley Cope, of Birmingham, Alabama.

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David Jesse Bales, 67, of the Towstring Community went home to be with the Lord Saturday, September 23, 2017 at his residence. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of Lela Lambert Bales of Cherokee and the late Shady Bales. He was a member of Towstring Baptist Church. David had a great love for music and played the guitar, banjo, and sang in church and with his family. He was also a preacher.

David was preceded in death by his son, David Ethan Bales.

Edgar G. (Buddy) Waldroup passed away, Friday September 22, 2017 at Tsali Care Nursing Facility after a period of declining health.

Susie Mae Wiggins Clemmer, 94, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Saturday, September 23, 2017 in a Jackson County health care facility. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late  Will and Marie Cooper Wiggins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bruce Cunningham and Lander Lee Clemmer; and her siblings, Carell Wiggins, Arnold Wiggins, R.L. Wiggins, Velva Phillips, and Euestes Wiggins.

Hazel Louise Jenkins Della Valle, age 73, went home to be with the Lord on September 21, 2017, a native of Swain County.  She was the daughter of the late Fred and Lura Thomasson Jenkins. 

Laura Ellen Slagle Holden died on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 3:10 p.m.  

Born in a hollow in Lauada, NC, the daughter of Catherine Byrd Slagle and Nelson Clyde Slagle, she transcended this earthy realm surrounded by her two daughter-in-law’s, Ravita Maharaj Holden and Laura Barker Holden, and two dear friends, after a long and valiant fight in ICU.  There are not words to describe the hole which will be left as a result of her passing.  

Jeanette Parton, 85, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, September 16, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thad and Ethel Parton; children, Tommy Nelson, Rhena Charmaine Nelson, and Baby Nelson; and her brothers, Eugene, Mono, and Marshall Parton.

She attended Sawmill Hill Baptist Church when she was able.

Lauren Ashley Nicole Hugelmaier, 29, of Raleigh, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017. She was born on June 9, 1988, in Los Angeles County, CA.

Born on February 9, 1920, in Swain County, Mrs. Lindsay was the daughter of Garland and Bertha (Southards) Walls and “Sis” to brothers Leo, Arvil and Dred all of whom served their country during World War II. Leona’s husband, Gordon C. Lindsay, also served during World War II; she delighted her friends and family with stories of their adventures during this time.  


December 8, 1930 – September 6, 2017


Dorothy Mae Burnett Marr died on September 6, 2017. She was born in the Needmore community near Bryson City and was the first of nine children born to Don and Jessie Burnett.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years Allen, son Daniel, and grandson John Allen Hancock, along with her parents and brothers, Arnold, David, and Melvin.

Aaron Bennie Robinson, 89, of Bryson City passed away August 27 at Blue Ridge on the Mountain nursing facility. He was born in Haywood County but lived most of his life in Swain County. He was a veteran in W W II, a Mason and a member of the United Construction Workers Union. He was known for his skills as a “Master Blaster” and worked in many places throughout the country before settling into a job with Swain County Maintenance for which he worked until his retirement. He was a dedicated Democrat and worked many of the elections.

Donald (Don) Junior Herron, 67, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday August 29, 2017. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Thad and Jessie Phillips Herron, and husband of the late Betty Rosealee Cook Herron.


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