Obituaries

Dennis Clark Miller, born June 9, 1955, from the Bryson City area passed away on March 9, 2017.

He is survived by his wife Julie Miller and two sons, Noah and Benjamin Miller. He is also survived by his two brothers, Gregory and Vincent Miller of Michigan, and a sister Elizabeth (Miller) Steele of Texas. He leaves behind his loving dogs Mia and Otis.

Kenneth James Kirkland, 65, of Whittier, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A native of Swain County and longtime resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late James Harley and Ida Ann McClure Kirkland. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Lee Crisp, Lillian Kirkland, and Fannie Shuler, and two brothers, Arnold and Charles Kirkland.

Kenneth was a veteran of the U.S. Army First Calvary Division.

Connie Bowers Smith, 62, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in a Swain County Hospital. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Geraldine Barker. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Max Thomas; and her grandparents, Dan and Fannie Bowers.

Connie was a member of the Stecoah Fire and Rescue and a dedicated member of Sawmill Hill Freewill Baptist Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

Mack J. Cook, 73, of Bryson City passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017. A native of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Albert and Edna Smith Cook. He was also preceded in death by one son. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Darrington, WA.

Roland O McGregor of Bryson City, passed away on March 2nd, 2017 in Bryson City, NC.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on March 10th at the Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City.

Roland O McGregor was born in Brunswick Georgia on April 17th 1935, son of Ernest and Ola McGregor.  

Dessie Parton, 83, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord with her family by her side Saturday, March 4, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Troy and Maude Hamrick Allen and wife of the late Harrie Parton. She was a member of Sawmill Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Dessie was a dedicated nurse at Swain County Hospital and Cherokee Indian Hospital.

Nancy Wildcat Biddix, 81 of the Birdtown Community, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Cherokee Indian hospital after an extended illness with her loving family by her side. 

Nancy was born April 9th, 1935 to the late Louiza Wildcat. Nancy is proceeded in death by her loving husband Harold Leroy Buster Biddix. Brothers Charlie, Wilbur, Anderson and John Wayne Wildcat. 

Kina B. Swayney, 56, of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 4, 2017. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Bernard A. Wilnoty and Harriet Ann Sequoyah James, and Calvin T. James. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by, one brother, Dennis Wilnoty; one sister Carolyn Wilnoty, and a nephew Michael Dennis Wilnoty.

Couney Shell, 90, of Cherokee, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 27, 2017. A native of Swain County he was the son of the late Ute and Eliza George Shell. He was also preceded in death by his wife. Couney was the last of five siblings.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Whittier Church of God.

Evanell Medford Crisp, 81, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, January 28, 2017. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Grady and Velma Wiggins Medford, and wife of the late Adam Crisp.

She is survived by one sister, Imajean Cunningham and husband C.B. of Andrews; one nephew Kyle Cunningham and wife Shirley of Andrews; one niece Kay Stevens of Roxboro, NC; and five great nephews, Ryan and Isaac Cunningham, and Mathew, Eric, and Kevin Jordan.

Ruby “Fay” Southards Cochran, age 89 went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, NC.

She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Laura Breedlove Southards. She was a homemaker and loved making beautiful baskets and many other crafts.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee V. Cochran and a daughter, Wanda Cochran Cole. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Arnold and Aaron Southards and one sister, Birdell Southards.

Lois Louise (Arvey) Phillips, 92, died quietly on an early morning on December 15, 2016, with her beloved dog and companion, Smoky, by her side.

The youngest child of Haskell and Ella (Queen) Arvey, Lois was born on May 28, 1924, in Cowee, North Carolina.  

Music was an important part of the Arvey family life.  One Sunday, while playing guitar and singing with some girls at church, their music was heard by a young man from outside the building. When her future husband, Ralph, peeped through the church window, his mind became set in determined pursuit. 

Eula DeHart, 97, of Bryson City, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 20, 2017. 

She was the daughter of the late Kinney and Sarah Gibbs Carpenter, and wife of the late Joseph Kale DeHart, Sr. 

In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by two sons, Kinney and Phillip DeHart.

Marilyn “Cookie” Plemmons, 63, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Saturday February 18, 2017. A native of the Qualla Community she was the daughter of the late James Harvey and Dorothy Lee Fortner Gass. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family and was dedicated to the happiness of everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her brother Joel Gass.

Nolan Williams, 92, of Whittier passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 with his family by his side.

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