Patsy Barnes Hill, 71, of Bryson City went to be with the Lord after a brief illness Monday, June 11, 2018 at her residence. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Willard “Bill” and Ruth Burnette Barnes and wife of the late William “Bob” Hill.

Patsy was born December 29, 1946 spending her life living in rural NC. Patsy loved the mountains and the people who lived there. She remained active within her church and community throughout her life and genuinely cared about others.

Roy Shultz, 76, of the Alarka Community went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. A native of Lincolnton and longtime resident of Bryson City, he was the son of the late Lee Shultz and Marie Reep Shultz Byers. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother, Steve Shultz; step-son, Tim Houser; step-grandchildren, Christin Phillips, and D.J. McGaha.

He was a good businessman and a fine Christian who loved the Lord. He was a beloved dad, step-dad, and granddad. He was a devoted member of the Alarka Church of God for over 15 years.

Edna Marie DeHart, 89, of the Kirklands Creek Community in Bryson City, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Edna “Marie” was preceded in death by her parents, John and Victoria DeHart.

Brothers Elias Carroll, Hurshel Haze, Joseph Kale, James A., and Benjamin J. DeHart. Sisters Eliza DeHart Seay and Rachael Eve DeHart. She was also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Edna was a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church and was retired from the United States Federal Government where she was employed at the Pentagon.

Peter Francis Jacobs, 70, of Whittier, passed away peacefully, Saturday June 9, 2018, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer. 

A native of Connecticut, and longtime resident of Whittier, NC, he was the son of the late Clinton Levern and Fayetta Frances Sharron Jacobs. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Cathy and his half-brother, Michael.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Teresa Tennyson Jacobs; sisters, Nora, Maggie, and Mary, and by a variety of family and friends.

Billie Jean Smith, 65, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday June 10, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Kirkland Herron.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ronnie Brian Crawford Jr. and her sister, Evelyn Stroud.

“Mima” Hortencia Espinoza, 86, of Bryson City, formerly of San Antonio, TX went home to be with her Heavenly Father, her Flowers, and her Garden in the Sky, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

She leaves behind her daughter, Sandra Fortner and husband Mark H. Fortner of Bryson City; grandsons, Derek Fortner (Alexis) and Dustin Fortner of Bryson City and grandchildren Richard Espinoza, David Espinoza of Texas, and Tracy Espinoza of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Isidoro Espinoza and her son, Joe Espinoza.

She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Janella D. Verner, 58, of Murphy passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 at her residence.

 Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

A private inurnment will be in Bryson City Cemetery at a later date.

Ruth Day Wheeler, 95, of Andrews passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in a Murphy care facility.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews.

The inurnment will be in Valleytown Cemetery following the memorial service.

Darrell E. Hedges, 86, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, passed away, Thursday, May 17, 2018 at his home.

Darrell was born December 18, 1931 in Tarlton, Ohio to Clyde and Genevive Hedges. He married the late Dixie Lee Hook in 1954. Darrell served in the Air Force for four years and was employed by AT & T - Bell South for over 30 years.

Richard Evan William Ward, age 26, of Bryson City, died Tuesday morning May 22, 2018. 

Visitation was Friday, May 25th at 11 a.m. and funeral services were at 12 p.m. at Crisp Funeral Home. 

Services were followed by the burial at Laurel Branch Cemetery. 

He is survived by his Nana, Judy Collins; mother, Kymbery Burns and father John Burns; wife Jessica Ward; Sons, Trent, Eli, and Braydon Ward; daughters, Chimaera and Ashlynn Ward; sister Ciera Wiggins and husband Jeremiah Wiggins; and brother Nick Burns. 

Sidney Lee Myers, 78, of Camp Creek went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at his residence. A native of Blount County TN, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary Wear Myers. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked 50 Plus years for the Government at the Oconaluftee Job Corps.

NOVEMBER 17, 1940 – MAY 8, 2018


Boyd C. Greene, 77, of Simpsonville, SC passed away May 8, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. His family and friends were at his side when he departed this life to go home to be with the Lord.

He was the husband of Patricia Greene and son of the late Clinton and Ollie Greene of Bryson City, NC.

Leonard Kirkland, age 62, of Bryson City died Saturday, May 12, 2018. Leonard was born in Bryson City and was a lifelong resident. He owned and operated Kirklands Logging, Inc. Logging was his passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Clara Kirkland; brothers, Roy (Faye) and Jerry; and sister, Jessie Mae (Joe).

Surviving him are his wife, Patricia Lambert; sons, Matthew and daughter Morgan, Jason (Aleisha) and daughter Kendra Jae. 

Orene Muse DeBord, 95, passed away peacefully at her home after a long period of illness on Friday, May 11, 2018.  She was born on April 19, 1923 on Scary Branch in Swain County, NC to Harley Raymond Muse and Ida Belle Chambers Muse.  She and her husband, James Olin DeBord (Jim) had four children.

 Orene created Mountain SkilCraft in Bryson City, NC and for years, this was a haven for local crafts, fabric lovers and quilters.  She also had a ceramic studio in her home and taught this craft to many women.  She was an avid and respected gardener and artist in many forms.


Saturday, April 26, 1952 - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A Dedicated Woman


Gloria Thompson Manzek, 66, of Bryson City, passed away May 1, 2018 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

Born April 26, 1952 in Trenton, New Jersey, she was a daughter of the late Clifford Thompson and Mildred Cook Thompson.


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