Obituaries

Darryl “Rambo” Sutton, 57, of Bryson City, NC passed away on December 26, 2017. He was born and raised in Swain County by his parents the late Bergin Sutton and Georgia Lee Sutton of Bryson City. He left behind his mother, Georgia Lee; his wife of 32 years, Sheila Sutton, and his daughter, Jena Sutton.

Carl McArthur Wiggins passed away on December 19, 2017.  He was born April 18, 1942 in Bryson City, North Carolina, near the waters of Laurel Branch, son of the late Paul Wilson Wiggins and Alice Watkins Wiggins. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Paul D. and Edwin L. Wiggins.

Nora Evelyn (Nanna) Stroud, 61, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Thursday, December 14, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Irene Kirkland Herron.

She is survived by her children, Jeremy Stroud of Fuquay Varina, NC, Krystal Brooks of Bryson City; grandchildren, Page Becker, Haley Taylor, Samantha Brooks, Dakota Stroud and Zachery Brooks; four great grandchildren, Michael Taylor, Kellin Brooks, Hayden Becker and Brody Becker; sisters, Billie, Barbara, Wanda and Connie; and her brothers, Wayne, Kenny, Robert, and Larry.

“Cotton” Beulah Elizabeth Sutton McLean peacefully drew her last Earthly breath and received her Angle Wings at 1:00 AM Christmas Eve. She was born April 18, 1934 in Swain County, NC. She is preceded in death by her husband James E.J. McLean; daughter, Kay McLean; son, Earl McLean; mother, Dorothy Fuller Owle; step-father, Oscar Owle; sister Rosie Stepp and biological father Harley Sutton.

Marilyn Welch Sherrill Cloer, 76, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC with her children by her side. 

Donna Stephenson Kirkland, 52, of Bryson City, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, December 17, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Leila Collins Stephenson. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her siblings, Bobby, Gary, Burr, Maxwade, and Darlene.

She is survived by one daughter, Tanya Stephenson of Bryson City; one grandson, Boggie Stephenson of Bryson City; two sisters, Joyce Stephenson of Rosman, NC and Tracy Longwith of Bryson City; two brothers, Roger Stephenson and Marvin Stephenson both of Bryson City.

Patsy Beck Lambert, 86, of Cherokee went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 17, 2017. 

A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Tilson and Bessie Beck and wife of the late Rev. Dan Lambert who she was married to for 70 years.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Dennis Lambert; brothers, Jim and Bob Beck and her sister, Peggy Fortner.

Jack Alexander Deitz, age 79, of Sylva, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Mission Hospital-Memorial Campus of Asheville, NC. 

Mack J. Carson, 87, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 12, 2017. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late George and Grace Carson. In addition to his parents, Mack was also preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Smith Carson and his second wife, Laura Smith Jenkins Carson; six brothers and sisters, Paul, Dessie, Oma, Hazel, Ed and Elizabeth.

Carl Henry Rogers, 68, gained his Angel Wings on Friday, December 8, 2017. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. He was a man that loved his Lord first and his family second. He gave his heart to the Lord over 34 years ago and he lived his life as a true Christian. He walked a very close walk with his Lord. Anyone he met would always remark on how much he loved his Lord. He attended Jackson Line Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl L. Rogers, his mother, Lucille Parker Rogers and his brother, Harry Rogers.

Helen Parrish Southards, age 85 went home to be with the Lord on November 30, 2017. 

We shall miss her sweet smile and giving of herself to make others happy. She was a loving wife and mother, loved children and they loved her. She was a great cook and housekeeper. 

Helen grew up in Bryson City, NC; graduated from Swain County High School and Berea College. 

She taught in Elementary Schools in Haywood County, NC, Raleigh, NC and in Thackston School in Knoxville, TN. 

Loyd B. Baines, 81, of the Alarka Community, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, November 27, 2017. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Josh and Callie Cochran Baines. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by four children, Connie Baines Gunter, Floyd Jimmy Baines, Lloyd Kenneth Baines, and Dennis Baxter Baines.

 

Loving Husband, Father

Bryson City-Tom Sandlin, age 80, passed away at Mission Hospital on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris S. McLean.

Tom is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda S. Sandlin of Bryson City; daughters, April D. Sandlin of Bryson City and Laura A. Johnson of Salisbury; stepsons, Shane and Howie Suttles of Bryson City; and 7 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joe Almond passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017. He was a native of Swain County and was the son of the late Gove B. Almond, Sr. and Ethel McCracken Almond. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and also served 27 years as a volunteer on the Bryson City Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Jack Almond and Jr. Almond.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean Cole Almond. Children: Eddie Almond (Lawana Cooper Almond), Ann Almond Howell (Bill Howell). Grandchildren: Will Howell (Jean Ann Howell), Courtney Almond, Ashley Almond (Bambi Persinger).

Edna Locust Hornbuckle, 84, of the Birdtown community went home to be with the Lord on November 20th surrounded by her loving family. She worked at Cherokee Boys Club for 27 years.

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