Obituaries

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, God heard our prayers and gave our mother, Ruby Brown Kirkland, her ultimate healing.

She was a lifelong member of Holly Springs Baptist Church where she actively served. She was active in the community development club, 4H club and was devoted to family and friends. Her door was always open and she always had a spot at her table.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Cleophus Kirkland who died May 17, 2012 and her parents, Glenn and Pearl Brown; and her grandson, Scott Lee Kirkland.

Edna Cline Wiggins, 96, of the Galbreath Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 20, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Ellison and Sallie Styles Cline and wife of the late Jesse Wiggins. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Dorothy Wiggins; one great granddaughter, Latasha Wiggins; two brothers, Sebie Cline, and Percival Cline; and one sister Irene Bradley.

March 22, 1931 - November 13, 2018

 

Pensacola - Henry Hall Battle passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

He was born in Bryson City, North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Grace Myral Barclay Battle; daughters Lynne Battle Snee (Chad Snee) and Paige Battle (Ira Pollack); grandchildren, Katelyn Snee, Charlotte Snee,  Flora Pollack, Margaret Snee, and Owen Pollack; and by his sister Mary Lou (Pete) Parrish.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Brett Hall Battle. 

God called in his time and grace, Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer, 97 years old. Born on October 27, 1921 to Molly Davis Sequoyah and Runningwolfe Sequoyah. She was preceded in death by her husband Luke Swimmer, one daughter, Mary Ellen Wolfe. Sons, Johnny, Ronald, Herbert, and McKinley Swimmer.

Amanda is survived by daughters, Marilyn Swimmer, Merina Swimmer, Flora Bradley and husband, H.J. Two sons, Virgil and Don Swimmer. 31 grandchildren, great grandchildren to the fourth generation.

Bonnie Vee Evans, 67, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday November 14, 2018. A native of Halifax County and longtime resident of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Paul Evans Jr. and Ruby Blowe Evans.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Jeff Gasaway; three daughters, Margaret Holt of Raleigh, NC, Susan Caldwell (Ben) of Clyde, NC and Lynn Holt (Oscar) of Sterling, VA; grandchildren, Matthew, Elijah, Edward, and Baby Girl Cruz; and grand pups, Jaxx and Moose.

Mr. Jacob “Jake” Matthew Ferguson, age 45 of Shelby, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby following a brave fight against cancer. 

He is survived his loving wife, Verna Messer Ferguson of the home, a son, Seth Matthew Ferguson, also of the home, two brothers, David Ferguson and wife Julie of Waynesville, NC, and Enoch Ferguson of Whittier, NC, nieces and nephews, Haylei, Nikki, Chuckie, and Jonathan. 

Leo Moore, 89, completed her earthly journey on November 13, 2018.

Born in Swain County, N.C. on April 25, 1929, she was the daughter of John Briggs and Laura Byrd Briggs and the grand-daughter of Benjamin Franklin Byrd and Anner Davis Byrd of the Lauada Community.  In addition to her parents and grandparents she was preceded in death by her first and third husband, Samuel Ray Moore and second husband, Cecil Roscoe Medford, Sister JoAnne Craig (George) and beloved son-in-law, Steve Holscher.

Julia Jean Thompson 69, of the Alarka community left us Friday evening November 16 2018 to be with the Lord and to sing in that Angel Band!

She was preceded in death by her father Frank Feduccia and mother Mary Vestel Duran.

In addition to her parents Julia was preceded in death by two sisters, Antoinette and Mary Ann, three brothers Frank, Glenn, and Lloyd

Patsy Sue Ledford Maney, 74, of the Birdtown Community went home to be with the Lord, Saturday November 10, 2018. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Bill Murphy and Caroline Ledford, and wife of the late Roy D. Maney. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ledford Smith and Julia Griffin.

Patsy is survived by two daughters, Sherry A. Maney (Roy), and Teresa P. Gibson (Bill) both of Cherokee; one sister, Dorothy Ledford of Lexington, NC, and Several nieces and nephews.

Roy James Woodard, 61, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday November 10, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Thelma Aline Woodard of Bryson City, and the late Roy Milton Woodard. In addition to his father he was also preceded in death by one sister, Martha W. Jones; two nephews, D.J. Shuler, and Eric David Fortner; one niece, Krystal Brooke Woodard, and one great niece, Whitney Leigh Parton.

James (Jim) Middleton Bryant Jr, 53, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Thursday, November 8, 2018. Lovingly known as Jimbo or Hobo, Jim was the son of Bertha Hayes Bryant and the late James Middleton Bryant. 

 In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Samuel Parker. 

Jessie Dyer Cloer, 78, of the Alarka Community, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday October 30, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late John and Ruby Hunnicutt Dyer, and wife of the late Joseph Thurman (Moe) Cloer. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Warren Arthur “Mac” McCollum passed away at his Bryson City home on October 6th, 2018. He had been ill for several months. 

Mac was born to Orrin and Catherine McCollum May 12, 1932, at Stockton, California. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother remarried stepfather Albert McCoy, all of whom preceded Mac in death.  He lived in Modesto, Escalon and Lodi, CA as a young man and graduated from Lodi High School in 1950. 

In 1952 he met the love of his life, Ercel (Bunny) Root, and they were married September 4th of that year.  

Kennith Joe (George) Wike, 67, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 1, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Joseph Daniel Wike and Harold and Virgie Nations Loftis. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one daughter, Kena Renee Wike, and one brother, Richard Ben Wike.

Edna Campbell Lawson, 78, of Whittier, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at her home with her family by her side. Born on August 8, 1940 in Columbia, Richland County, SC, the daughter of the late Boyd & Edna Horton. 

She was an alumnus of Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, where she majored in Home Economics. She was also an alumnus of The University of South Carolina, where she received her Master of Education. 

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