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William (Bill) Leonard, born July 2, 1927, was received into Heaven on Sept 6.

Born in Bryn Athyn Pennsylvania, he and his wife Dorothy Price Leonard moved to Balsam Grove in 1952. He was a great land surveyor, working on projects like The Wolf Lake Dam. He loved people.

Later they moved to Brevard, where they lived for many years and adopted six children: Becky, Kathy, Cindy, Tobi, Wendy and Timothy (Butch). 

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Katy H. Hooper entered this world at Tuckasegee on Oct. 15, 1933 into the loving arms of her midwife grandmother, Mary Jane Hooper. She departed this world and entered the gates of heaven on Sept. 9 into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

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Ernest Harlan Guise, 96, of Cashiers and Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home overlooking Lake Glenville on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Born in Gustavus, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Harry and Mary Guise; brothers, Carleton and Francis (Bud); sisters, Dorothy and Nellie (Allday); and son, Gary.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jo Ann Guise; sons Rodney (Lynn), Jack (Carol) and Curtis (Beverley); 13 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

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Thomas Wills Bender, 84, of Cashiers, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Thomas “Tom” was the son of the late Gammage L. Bender and Nettie Gaylord Bender. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Meadows, and one brother, Thomas Gammage Bender Jr.  

Tom served the U.S. Navy as an electrician before being medically discharged. Tom graduated from the University of Florida in 1958 with a degree in business administration and was a huge Gator fan.

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Kay Ned Doster, 83, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

He was born to Ned and Lucile Doster on July 24, 1933. He served with the United States Army in Korea.  

Kay was president and CEO of three corporations. After retirement, Kay and Melba moved from Fort Wayne to Siesta Key, Florida, and later to Sapphire Valley and Lake Keowee, South Carolina.  

Kay is survived by Melba, his loving wife of 63 years; daughter, Dawn; son, Brian (Marta); grandchildren, Chelsie and Luke; and his sister, Janet Hart.  

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Richard (Rick) Clements Caudell Jr., 62, of Cashiers, lost his fight against a sudden illness on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Born on June 17, 1954 in West Palm Beach, Florida, he was the son of the late Richard Clements Caudell Sr. and Patricia Anne Caudell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son in law, Gregory Scott Brown.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Caudell Brown of Franklin; son, Justin Caudell of Cashiers; soon to be daughter-in- law, Meagan Lindsey of Cashiers; and the mother of his children, Rebecca Marks of Franklin.

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John Gordon Scargle, 83, of Glenville and Clearwater, Florida, went to be with his Lord on Feb. 5, 2016. 

He was born in Wenonah, New Jersey. He was the son of Russell and Elizabeth Scargle.

He is survived by one brother, Freed; his loving wife of 46 years, Jo; five children; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. 

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Glenville Wesleyan Church, 5323 Highway 107 North, Glenville, NC 28736.

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Amy Elizabeth Bauknight, 51, of Highlands, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 4 after a short illness.

Amy will continue sharing her special gifts in her heavenly home. 

She was born on July 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Ohio. A “Sunshine Girl,” she brought joy and a different meaning of life to those she touched through Highlands School and our community and to all who loved her at Annandale Village in Suwanee, Georgia. Our precious Amy will remain an angel among us. 

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Ha “River” Nguyen Mix, 53, owner of Raspberry Cottage Salon in Sapphire, passed away on Monday, Aug. 1.    

She was the daughter of the late Quang T. Nguyen.  

Survivors include her mother, Quyen “Cindy” T. Le; husband of 11 years, Buddy Mix; son, Matthew Thurston Mix; brothers, Hau, Hai “Henry,” Huy “Steve” Nguyen; and sisters, Hien “Stephanie,” Hoang “Julie,” Hoa “Michelle,” and Han “Hannie” Nguyen.    

Thomas Franklin Dillard, 87, of Cashiers, passed away Monday, Aug. 1.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Paul Dillard and Edna Holden Dillard. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Dillard. 

Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He was a car enthusiast, loved animals, enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and growing dahlias. 

Thomas was a member of Cashiers United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department.

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Linda Smoak Myers, age 76, of Highlands, passed away Tuesday, July 19.  

She was born in Miami Springs, Florida, the daughter of the late Pearl Lott and Lila Dice Lott. She was a homemaker and a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.  

She was a very active member of Cashiers Baptist Church, including the Van Ministry, the choir and mission trips to Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Smoak, five brothers and two sisters.

William Bud Bryson, 86, of Cashiers, passed away at home Monday evening, July 18. 

A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, he was the son of the late William and Macie Fox Bryson. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, flea markets and trading guns, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

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My baby brother Johnny Bill left this world after a brief visit by prostate cancer. 


He was the youngest of the five Powell kids, then myself and three older sisters. Jane the eldest passed suddenly two years ago, Judy is in Pitts PA, then Jennifer of Marathon Key who comforted him during his illness. 

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Born: July 13, 1924 in Clifton Springs, New York. Died: July 6, 2016 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Bob resided in Tavares, Florida, and Cullowhee.

He was a loving husband of 65 years and is survived by Phyllis Kipp Rugenstein. 

He was father to Kathryn Goethe (William, d.) of Lake Mary, Florida, Betsy Santarpio (Ron) of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, Robert Kipp Rugenstein (Kim Dominique) of Lake Mary, and proud grandfather to Christopher C. Rugenstein, of Lake Mary.

William Wright Newman, 73, of Glenville, entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday evening, July 2. 

A native of Augusta, Georgia, he was the son of the late Merritt Roland II and Margarete (Hall) Newman. 

A U.S. Navy veteran, he loved building guitars and boats, and could fix just about anything. A pipefitter by trade, he was a member of Local Union 150 in Augusta. He was also a Shriner and a Free Mason.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Alfred Newman.


Crossroads Chronicle

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1040
94 U.S. Highway 64 West, Suite 1 (Shoppes on the Green)
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-5101
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