Obituaries

Charles Kenneth Marr born March 22, 1947, passed away June 26, 2018. He was predeceased by Mother Wilma Davis, Father Ray Marr, sister Katherine and brother Harvey.

Survived by brother Raymond Marr (Leigh) of Huntersville, NC and Niece Kristina (Cody) Prince of Asheboro NC who was by his side as he left this life for a better place. Niece Tammy Stein of Gastonia NC, Nephew Stephen Renzi of Blacksburg SC.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Crisp Funeral Home Chapel.

Mary King Parker, 87, of Catawba passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

She was born August 29, 1930 in Swain County to the late James Wesley Styles and Elsie Mae Green Malone. Mary was a member of Welcome Baptist Church in Catawba. Mary and her husband, Guy spent many years working as Custodians at Bandys High School. She was the leader of the Freedom 4H Club in Catawba and sold Avon for 45 years.

Dewey “Rodney” Kirkland, 74 of Whittier, NC passed away June 7, 2018. He was born January 21, 1944 to James Harley & Ida Ann Kirkland. 

He was preceeded in death by his parents and 8 siblings. 

He is survived by his children Benny, Charles, Ida, William, Jody, Matthew, and Mark, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. 

There will be no services per his last requests. Per his wishes, his remains were donated to science.

Raymond Ragel Jacobs, age 82, passed away peacefully at home and stepped into heaven on June 10, 2018 to be reunited with his loved ones waiting for him. He was surrounded by his loving family.

  Ray was born in Almond, NC on March 29, 1936 to the late Dora Stanberry and Byrd P. Jacobs. The family moved to Bryson City when The Fontana Dam was built. 

He is survived by his wife Rachel Jacobs. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on May 2, 2018.

George Robert Elder, 67, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 24, 2018. A native of New York and longtime resident of Bryson City, he was the son of the late Robert William Elder and Alice Mills Elder. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a step-son Timothy Hartwell Mangum Jr.

He is survived by his fiancée Dora Moore Mangum of Bryson City, and a step-son William Edward Mangum of Bryson City.

Timothy Hartwell Mangum Jr., 39, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Dora Moore Mangum of Bryson City and step-son of George Elder of Bryson City.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Cas Moore and Georgia Moore Rogers.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his brother, William Edward Mangum of Bryson City; two uncles; two aunts, and several cousins.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Thursday at Crisp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Kenny Ball officiated.

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.

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