Arvil LeQuire, 79, of the Alarka Community, died Monday September 3, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Glen and Mae LeQuire. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife Shirley LeQuire, his four sons, Billy Ray, Johnny, Tony, and Gary; brothers, Fred, Wayne, Lester, Estes, and Billy Ray, and a sister Aileen.

Arvil was a member of Governors Island Baptist Church in Bryson City, NC.

Clarence Donald Bunn, aged 88, passed away at Vidant Health Palliative Care in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, August 29.   

Born on July 10, 1930, in Wayne County, North Carolina, to Clarence and Zora Bunn of the Nahunta Community, Donald graduated from Nahunta School; and North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a B.S. in agricultural education and a masters degree in adult and community college education. 

Susan Gale Pierce, 61, of Bryson City, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018 at the CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville.

Born in San Diego, CA, Susan was a daughter of the late Morrison and Lavania Parnell Pierce.

Susan served as the Director of Code and Zoning for Broward County, FL, and retired as Director of the Broward County, FL Animal Shelter.

Surviving are her spouse, Dr. Marilia Rivera-Rios; sister, Kristen Pierce Shiffer; brother, William Pierce; and many loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and loving fur-babies.

John Clingman Cole, Jr., age 90, of Marion, North Carolina went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Rose Hill Retirement Community. 

John was born January 21, 1928 in Swain County, NC to the late John Clingman Cole, Sr and Emeline Woody Cole.  He was a Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church.  He enjoyed gardening and taking walks in the woods.

Willene Farley Gross, 62, of the Round Hill community went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at her residence. A native of Graham County, she was the daughter of Aline Holder Millsaps of Bryson City the late Billy Farley; and wife of the late Henry Buck Gross.

She was also preceded in death by her step father, Glenn Millsaps; grandparents, Boyd and Esta Holder; granddaughter, Whitney Parton; and nephew, Travis McCracken.

She was a member of Patterson Chapel Baptist Church.

Troy Homer Parris, 95, of Bryson City passed away August 26, 2018 at Harris Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

Born September 12, 1922, he was a native of Swain County and the son of the late Taylor and Dora Parris. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Oma Childers Parris, his granddaughter, Renee Parris Henderson and siblings, Virgil Parris, Velma Loftis, Bertie Combs, Della Messer, Flonnie Tippett, Maebelle Messer, Ethel Brooks and Vinnie Phillips.

Darcus Watson Welch of Bryson City, NC went into the arms of Jesus Christ August 22, 2018. She was 75. She was a beloved wife of Charles R. Welch for nearly 59 years, a mother of three sons, a grandmother (Nen) of three and a great grandmother of three.

She was the daughter of Dillard and Edith Watson of Bryson City who preceded her in death along with a brother, Charles Watson of Bryson City.

She was a member of Deep Creek Baptist Church.

Hillsboro – Mr. Roy Richard Campbell, 68, passed away, Thursday, August 23, 2018 at his home in Hillsboro, Tennessee.  He was born in Bryson City, North Carolina on February 20, 1950 to William R. Campbell and Gloria Smith Campbell who preceded him in death.  He was also preceded by his wife, Rosemary Woody Campbell; brother, Charlie Campbell.

He was a communications employee of Future Research Corporation at AEDC.  His hobbies were old telephones, guns, knives and old tractors.

David Joe Shuler, Jr, “DJ”, 23 of Whittier, went home to be with the Lord on August 22, 2018. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arnold R. and Hazel D Anthony, paternal grandfather, Harold W. Shuler and great grandparents, Don and Prince McGaha.

He was a former dedicated employee of Cherokee Tire and Auto.

Michael Eugene Proctor passed away on Friday, August 24th at his home in Belhaven, NC, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Meredith Adkins Proctor; and the son of Christine Cole Proctor and the late Troy J. Proctor of Bryson City, NC.

Glenna Burns Waldroup, 84, of Bryson City, passed away at home after a long period of declining health, Monday, August 20, 2018. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Laura Bumgarner Burns. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers and sisters: Taylor, Jimmy, Helen, Charles, Faye, Fannie, Janie, and Grady.

Glenna was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who was very kind and hardworking. She loved the Maroon Devils. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and being with family.

Michael (Mike) G. Southards, 60, of the Alarka Community, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, August 13, 2018. A native of Swain County, he was the son of Margaret Andrews of Trinity, NC and the late Harold Johnny Southards.

Asheville— Russell E. Webb, 74, passed away Friday, August 17, 2018 at Mission Hospital. Born in Buncombe County, he was preceded in death by his parents and mother of his two children, Crystal Webb. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War. 

He retired from the City of Los Angeles, CA and returned to Asheville, working for Vaughn & Melton Engineers. He was a member of the NC Society of Surveyors and NRA. 

His family include his wife, Bryson City native, Leshia Lee Webb, brother-in-law, George V. Lee (Debra), and mother-in-law, Ethel Brendle Osborne. 

Kevin Rass Clampitt, age 47, went home to the lord on August 13, 2018. He was a wonderful father, son and friend to all who knew him. He was born in Riverside California.

Kevin is survived by his wife Melissa, Daughters Mallerie and Mary. His brother Ian, and parents Rass and Eleanor Clampitt of Bryson City, N.C.

There will be no funeral services per his request to be cremated.

A memorial service will be held from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at Crisp Funeral Home Chapel.

Ms. Sara Josephine Fortner Moore, 81, of Bryson City, NC went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2018.  Ms. Josephine was born in Bryson City on May 27, 1937 to the late Elijah and Nota Belle Baines Fortner, Sr.


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