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Early in the morning of July 2, Aileene Pennington of Cashiers gently closed the door to her life here and entered her long sought life everlasting. She was 86 years old. 

When she was a toddler, her Uncles Ham and Paul bestowed the nickname “Tommie” to her and she has affectionately been known as “Tommie” by family and friends ever since. 

A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Tommie was born in Whittier on Jan. 28, 1930. She moved with family to Cashiers in early childhood and remained there the rest of her life. 

Betty Beck Bishop passed away peacefully on June 1 after an extended illness.  

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, William Stewart Bishop Sr.; two sons, Michael (Sheila) Bishop of Orlando, Florida, and William Stewart (Frances) Bishop Jr. of Hillsborough; four grandchildren, Chris, Carson, Amber Bishop and Linden McDonald; and two great grandchildren.

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Bonnie Clarke Jarrard, 74, passed away Sunday, June 26 from complications of a cerebral aneurysm. 

Bonnie was born June 1, 1942 in Savannah, Georgia, to the late Bernice Reese Clarke and James Douglas Clark and she grew up in Oliver, Georgia.  

After graduating from Screven County High School in Sylvania, Georgia, in 1960, Bonnie attended Brenau College and the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in elementary education. 

Tillmon Fraze Moody Jr. of Waynesville died June 18 in Asheville. 

He was born Dec. 10, 1947 in Glenville – son of the late Tillmon Fraze and Lillian Robinson Moody Sr.

Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Norma Blakely Prentice, 92, of Boca Raton, Florida, journeyed peacefully onward on June 9 from the comfort of her own home overlooking the ocean. 

Born on January 12, 1924 in Joliet, Illinois, she was the youngest daughter of Florence and King Salle. She married George O. Blakely in 1954 and moved to Pompano Beach, Florida, where, after the death of her husband, she became president of Blakely’s Department Stores.  

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Joyce H. Foster, 87, passed away peacefully in her home in Cashiers on June 2. 

Joyce is survived by her brother, Daniel B. Hudgens of Winter Park, Florida, and her children, Patrick M. Foster (Nancy) of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, and Jennifer L. Foster (grandchildren Andrew and Mary Grace) of Greenville, South Carolina.

Joyce was born in Spiro, Oklahoma, graduated from Emory University School of Nursing in 1948, then moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she was employed as a public health nurse. During those years, she also modeled for several shops in Palm Beach.

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Merle DeVere (Dee) Evans Jr. of Canton, Ohio, age 85, died peacefully on Monday, May 23.

He was born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1930 to Florrie and Merle DeVere Evans Sr. and attended Washington High School and subsequently graduated from Duke University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army (Artillery) in Korea and returned to graduate from Duke Law School.

Victor W. Irby, 81, of Wauchula, Florida, and Glenville, passed away on Wednesday, May 24.

“Vic” and his family spent many years in Glenville and enjoyed his many friends there. Vic attended Mountain Bible Church in Glenville.  

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Glenda, his daughter Karen and son-in-law Alan, grandson Stephen and wife Keather.

A memorial service was held on Friday May 27 at First Baptist Church, Wauchula, Florida.

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Barnabas John Froystad of Cashiers and Brevard died May 13. He was 28 years old.

He is survived by his parents, John and Lee Froystad, and the love of his life Brook Smathers, her daughter Aiyanna and his faithful dog and companion Garbonzo.

Barnabas had an engaging personality and a beautiful smile that warmed all who knew him. He was kind-hearted and a true friend. He is greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.


Larry Carmon Henderson, 32, of Cullowhee, passed away Wednesday, May 18.

Born in Sylva, he was the son of the late Kenneth Henderson and was proceeded in death by his grandfather, Carmon Henderson, and uncle, Ralph Henderson. He was a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church. Larry loved dirt track racing.

He is survived by mother, Johnnie Henderson; paternal grandmother, Ella Mae Moss and husband, Leighton; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Stewart; sisters, Cheryl Campbell, Tracie Rice of Cullowhee; brother, Gary Russell of Cullowhee; and other family members.

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Albert Louis Balestiere, 91, of Vero Beach, Florida, went to be with our Lord on May 20.

Al was born in Rochester, New York, on March 5, 1925. He was the son of Salvatore and Vivian Fiorni Balestiere.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Vesta G. Balestiere; two sons, David and Thomas; and five grandchildren: Emily, Molly, Jonathan, Joshua and Benjamin. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Newman Balestiere in 1988.

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Dr. Robert E. Turoff passed from this life on Wednesday, May 11 at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center in Highlands.

Dr. Turoff was born in Juneau, Alaska, on Dec. 10, 1932 to Louis Webster Turoff and Marjorie McConaughey Turoff. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Cynthia Massie Turoff.

Esteemed Orthodontist Dr. Turoff graduated from Emory University Dental School and University of Montreal School of Orthodontics. He practiced for more than 30 years in the Atlanta area.

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Richard (Dick) Blossman Spangenberg, 89, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 8.

Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Nicole; their children, Dominique Laan (Cyril); Marc Spangenberg (Marianne) and Carline Walker (Duncan); grandchildren Sefton Spangenberg (Aimee), Ashley Spangenberg, Jason Laan, Nicole Laan, Christopher Laan, Ian Walker, Charlotte Walker, Gabrielle Spangenberg and Jacqueline Spangenberg; great grandchildren Philip Francis and Marie Nicole Spangenberg.

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Michael Joseph Bradley, 26, of Wilmington and Cashiers, passed away recently from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born in Brevard on Feb. 20, 1990, and is the son of Jim and Debbie Bradley.

Surviving in addition to his parents is a daughter, Emmersyn Marie; sister, Carey Bradley (Chaz); nephew, Kahne Bradley; grandmother, Marlene Johnson; godmother, Gretta Michelle; and many family and friends whose lives he touched along his way.

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Robert William Vincent of Lake Wales, Florida, and Sapphire peacefully passed away on April 18 at his home in Lake Wales, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 90.

Bob was born in Platteville, Wisconsin, on April 27, 1925. He moved to Florida when he was six months old and spent most of his life in the Sunshine State.


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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