Richard Peoples, 60, of Whittier, passed away on Thursday January 17, 2019 after an intense fight with AL Cardiac Amyloidosis and multiple myeloma. 

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Barbara Josephine Greene Maney, our beautiful and loving  Wife, Mother, “Ma”, Sister, and Aunt, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the age of 85. 

She suffered with Alzheimers for many years but fought her battle courageously to the end.  

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Canton – Fred Dale Parris, 75, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at his residence.

Alice (Tootie) Virginia Lee Lambert Owle, 67, of the Birdtown Community went home to be with the Lord Friday January 11, 2019. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Ethel Murphy Lambert. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Lambert and Robert Lambert and one sister, Shirlene Lambert McCoy, and one granddaughter, Erika Nicole.

Hellen Cook Mathews, 76, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 9, 2019. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Norman Tom and Julia Sutton Cook and wife of the late Charles William Mathews. 

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Annie Burns of Lexington, Sue Crisp of Rutherfordton, and Jerry Cook of Bryson City.

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Bertha Hayes Bryant, 81, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Freda and Hyman Hayes, her husband James Bryant, her sons Sam Parker and Jim Bryant, her aunt Madge Hayes, and brothers and sisters.

Betty Martin, went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2019 at 4:50 PM. She was born in Belmont, NC and has lived in Bryson City for the last 30 years. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Paulette Davis, both of Bryson City, NC, and her son J.C. Griffin.

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Carroll Junior Southards, age 86 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. He grew up on a share croppers farm in the mountains of Wesser Creek Community in Western North Carolina, graduated from Swain County High School and worked his way through North Carolina State College, majoring in Agricultural Education. After two years of active duty in the Infantry overseas during the Korean Conflict, Lt. Southards enrolled at North Carolina State University and completed his master’s degree in Horticulture and a Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology.

June Evelyn Cody Watson, 82, of Sherrill Road passed away January 6, 2019 at her residence.

She is survived by one son, Jeffery Watson of the home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Matilda Hughes Cody; husband, Vernon Watson; brothers, Pete Cody, Bill Cody; sisters, Ruth Treadway and Jessie Wiggins.

No services are planned.

Lela Lambert Bales, 99, of the Tow String Community went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 30, 2018.

A native of Cherokee and born April 20, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Jesse and Cora Bradley Lambert and wife of the late Rev. Shady Bales.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, David Jesse Bales; grandson, David Ethan Bales; sisters, Cleo Gallaway, Eula Sanders, Floy Mathews; and brother, Rev. Dan Lambert.

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Abraham Wachacha, 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, December 15, 2018.

He was the son of the late Rhiley Wachacha and Lucinda Axe Wachacha. He was also preceded in death by his niece, Maggie Lynn Wachacha; siblings, JD Wachacha, Emily Wachacha Reed, Catherine Wachacha Long; and his grandparents, Jarrett and Maggie Axe Wachacha “Beloved Woman”.

Abraham served for 18 years on Tribal Council and served as vice chairman. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Buffalo Bills fan. He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

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Iris Stevenson Waters, 90 on December 10, 2018 passed from this earthly world to be with her Lord and Savior in His Heavenly Kingdom. Born to Bright Livingston Stevenson and Edna Staton on February 20, 1928 in Columbia, SC, Iris spent most of her adult life in Lighthouse Point, FL and Bryson City, NC before moving to Bonners Ferry, ID in 2012 to live with her daughter, Blair Willis, and son-in-law, Dr Stu Willis.

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Martha “Molly” Pierce, age 85, of New Smyrna Beach, FL., passed away peacefully at home early December 9, 2018. 

Martha was born and grew up in Council Bluffs, IA and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1951.  As the 4th of 5 children in a large Irish-Swedish clan, Martha deeply loved her family and church.  Even then she was recognized for her artistic interests and talent.

Vonnie Lee Oliver Manning, 85, of Clover, SC passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Harbor Chase of Rock Hill, SC.

The funeral service was at 2 PM Monday, November 26, 2018 at Bratton Funeral Home with the Reverend Ray Loftis officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Memory Gardens. 

Born September 30, 1933 in Bryson City, NC, Vonnie was the daughter of the late James Robert Oliver and Nettie Brendle Oliver. She was a Cafeteria Manager for the Clover School District and a member of East Clover Church of God.

Maxine Monteith Bivens, 83, of Bryson City passed away Friday, December 7, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Mae Shook Monteith and wife of the late Weldon Ginn and James Bivens.

She was a member of Deep Creek Missionary Baptist Church, and the Order of the Eastern Star, East LaPort. She retired from Buster Brown Corp. Maxine was active in the Women Mission Union and was the ladies adult Sunday School Teacher.


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