Obituaries

Evelyn (Pat) Sitton Biggs, 80, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 2, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Odis and Edna Brown Sitton. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Edith Camby, Harold Sitton, Tom Sitton and Kenneth Sitton.

Pat was a devoted mother, sister and strong democrat. She was a very kind person and worked at the Tee Pee Restaurant in Cherokee for 42 years.

David Alan Lowe, 67, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 2, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Hasteon and Ruth Amburn Lowe.

He graduated from Swain County High School in 1968. He was also a graduate of the Auto Mechanics program at Southwestern Community College. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Helen Browning Reece, 95, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 6, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late John Franklin and Etta Bradley Browning. She was a member of Arlington Baptist Church and was a school teacher and taught for 39 years at local schools.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, J.D. Reece of Franklin; sister, Christine Loiry and brother, Charles L. Browning.

Betty Lou Bridges, 72, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 18, 2018. A native of Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Wade and Mildred Griffin Roberson.

She was a member of the Whittier Church of God.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Leonard (Robey) Bridges; daughter, Ginger Roberson of Bryson City; granddaughter, Emily Harden of Bryson City; sister, Colletta Kennedy and husband Sonny of Pink Hill, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

Retired Air Force Veteran Larry Ray Faro, 76, of Bryson City, formerly of Owensville, IN passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018. A native of Owensville, IN, he was the son of the late Paul and Virginia Speer.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Faro.

Larry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rose Marie Faro; children, Paul Faro of Granite Falls, NC, Laura McTaggart and husband Wayne of Savannah, GA, Joe Miller and wife Linda of Riverhead, NY; brother, Rick Speer of Illinois; grandchildren, Sean Faro of Charlotte, NC and Michael Ray Faro of Granite Falls, NC.

Sandra Annette Farris, 57, of the Painttown Community, Cherokee, North Carolina, passed away on March 12, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After a short, hard fought battle with cancer. Funeral service was held at Crisp Funeral Home on March 17, 2018 from 11 am-2 pm. Burial followed at Campground Cemetery, Whittier, North Carolina.

Alda Nettie Palestine Woodard Wilson, “Granny,” went home to Heaven on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Born July 3, 1930 to Bryant and Oma Woodard she lived most of her life at her home on Alarka. Alda was a lifetime member of the Alarka Church of God, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She spent the last 13 years as a resident of Mountain View Manor Nursing Home.

Alda Nettie Palestine Woodard Wilson, “Granny,” went home to Heaven on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Born July 3, 1930 to Bryant and Oma Woodard she lived most of her life at her home on Alarka. Alda was a lifetime member of the Alarka Church of God, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She spent the last 13 years as a resident of Mountain View Manor Nursing Home.

Tracy Guffey, 37, of Topton passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews. The interment was in Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery in Andrews. 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews, www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com, in charge of all arrangements.

Ricky David Shuler, 63, of Whittier went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 6, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Grover Shuler of Bryson City and the late Fannie Kirkland Shuler.

He was a devoted husband, father, and Pa to his wife, sons and grandchildren. He was an extremely dedicated and hard worker, a Jack of all Trades.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Stanley, Stephen and James.

Rev. Charles Michael Dellinger, age 76 of Bryson City, NC went home to be with the Lord March 10, 2018 at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was a native of Charlotte and the son of the late Dewey and Blanche Dellinger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Nancy Dellinger Gibson.

Mrs. Robin Carter Bryant, age 51, of Monroe, North Carolina, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at her home in Monroe, NC.

The family of Mrs. Bryant will receive friends beginning at 6:00 PM, Friday, March 9, 2018 in the Dogwood Room at Davis Funeral Service, 1003 East Franklin St. Monroe, NC 28112.

Funeral service for Mrs. Bryant will be conducted at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Bright Spot Baptist Church, 1407 Lockhart Street, Monroe, NC 28112, officiated by Pastor Bobby Helms and Reverend Billy Carter.

Interment will follow in Bryson City, NC.

Geraldine Hensley Collins, 81, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Swain County Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Horace Collins; three sons, Joe Cable of Bryson City, Bill Cable of Hoquiam, WA and Don Cable and wife Bonnie of Hoquiam, WA; two grandchildren, Bobby Cable and Laura Luko.

Kirby Lind Dunlap, 63, of Cherokee, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Odell and Kathryn Craig Dunlap. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Jack Dunlap.

Kirby was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Joel D. Toineeta, 35, of the Wolftown Community went to his Heavenly Home Wednesday, February 21, 2018. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of Pamela Cucumber of Cherokee and the late Danny Tioneeta. He was the husband of the late Jennifer Dugan Toineeta.

He participated in many sports and loved being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jayda Elizabeth Toineeta; maternal grandparents, Joe and Dorothy Cucumber; and paternal grandparents, Jeff and Elizabeth Toineeta.

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