Obituaries

Michael Wilson “Mike” McCauley, age 69, of Whittier passed away Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at home. He was the husband of Rege McCauley and the son of the late George and Sue McCauley.  

He was a retired mental health professional. He was a member of the Cherokee Church of Christ and loved his family dearly.

Anita “Jo” Ann Gazda, 74, of Fontana Lake, passed away Tuesday November 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  

She was born on January 17, 1943 in Baker City, Oregon, the daughter of the late Albert Ullman and the late Anita Ullman.  

Joyce Gayle York Nuedling, 72, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. A longtime resident of Bryson City, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Carrie Green York, and wife of the late Albert Nuedling. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by one brother Carol Ray York.

Reverend Roy Page Lindsay, a servant of God, Family, and Country, was taken home to Heaven on November 11, 2017, at the age of 72, after battling several cancers for an extended period of time.

Rev. Lindsay, born to Carroll and Hazel Lindsay, was a native of the Wesser Creek Community of Swain County where he resided until the time of his death.

Irene C. Wilson, 96, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 13, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Lee and Nora Ann Nichols Crisp and wife of the late William O. Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Vincent and Earl Crisp.

She is survived by her son, William O. Wilson, Jr.; and her grandson, William O. Wilson, III.

Esther Lee McGuire Cole, 89, of Whittier, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 9, 2017. A native of Swain County she was the daughter of the late Nola and J.B. McGuire, and wife of the late Harley Cole. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth McKinney.

Beatrice Brooks Waldroup, 70, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 31, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Lloyd and Lela Garland Brooks. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Opal Brown.

 

Doris “Granny” West Catt, 92, of Cherokee went home to be with the Lord Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Cherokee Indian Hospital. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Buck and Susie Sequoyah West. She was a member of Big Cove Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Catt; grandson, James “Bug” Wolfe; two sisters, Gladys and Edna; and six brothers, Alfred, Cecil, Jim, Frank, Norman and Don.

 

William (Bill) Larry Lambert, 72, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Monday November 6, 2017. A native of Jackson County and longtime resident of Swain County, he was the son of the late Jack and Selma Messer Lambert. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by three sisters, Lovicia Cole, Elizabeth Dennis, and Katherine Lambert.

He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served in the Vietnam Era. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

Bryson City, NC – Bettie M. Seay, who would have been 90 on November 10th, passed away on November 3, 2017 at Four Seasons Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.

Born in Liverpool, England, she immigrated to the U.S. to marry Walter Seay, a serviceman in the U.S. Air Force, who died 2002. Miss Bettie is preceded in death by her father, Charles Jones, mother Ada Lewis, brothers, Alec and Harry Jones, sister Trixie Jones, brother-in-law, Brian Hanson, all of England.

Mary Chambers Hyland, resident of The Hermitage in Sylva, went to her Heavenly Home on October 21, 2017. She was 88.

 Mary was born in Fulton, Mississippi to Paul and Ethel (Sumners) Smith on July 12, 1929. She married J.R. Chambers of Swain County, NC in September 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1989. She married Dan Hyland of Buffalo, NY in 1993 and Dan passed away in 2013.

 

Feirol Jim Davis, 88, of Sylva passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at John Keever Solace Center of Asheville, NC.  Mr. Davis was born November 20, 1928 in Transylvania County, NC. He is the son of the late Ross Walton and the late Della (Powell) Davis. 

He had a sister, Donnie Virginia Davis Winchester, step mother Ellie Davis and two brothers, also deceased.

He attended Swain County schools and served his country during the Korean War. 

Bernice (Peggy) Beck Fortner of Pelion, SC passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 in the hospital in Pelion. 

A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Tiilson and Bessie Beck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers. 

She is survived by her children Sharon Maney of Sylva, Walt Maney (Judy) of Minneapolis MN, Shirley Ghrist (Jeremy) of the home and Sheila Fortner of the home. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, 5 sisters and numerous nieces and nephew. 

Barbara Rogers Robinson, born June 7, 1955 of Bryson City NC passed peacefully on October 4, 2017 at her residence in Bryson City surrounded by family and friends.

Barbara was 62 at the time of her passing.  She was a Bryson City native and lifelong resident.

Barbara was an active member in the Swain County community and made great strides in improving the town she treasured so much.  Her hard work and many years of service to the Swain County Democrat Party earned her the Liston B Ramsey Service Award in 2015.  

 

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.

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