Obituaries

Brenda Kilpatrick Bates, 67, of Glenville, died in a traffic accident on Nov. 18 in Andrews. 

The daughter of Vivian and Jess Kilpatrick, Brenda was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and was a 1967 graduate of Wade Hampton High School. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Bates, former city administrator of the City of Mauldin, South Carolina, and her older sister, Joan. She is survived by her mother, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews who loved her. 

Jason Lee McCall, 41, of Cashiers passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Stella Moss McCall of Cashiers and the late Ottis McCall. 

Mr. McCall worked for McCall Property Management. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he enjoyed looking for artifacts, playing golf and spending time with his family. He was a member of Living Redeemer Assembly of God Church where he was an elder and Sunday school teacher as well as a leader in First Step Ministries.

Jon Appleton died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Nov. 27. 

Jon was born on Aug. 9, 1934 in Louisville, Kentucky. As an only child, he grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Jon attended Samford University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1955. Jon was led into the ministry early in his life, following his father’s footsteps. He attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating in 1959. He later went to Auburn University for his master’s degree in 1968, and in 1976 was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Judson College.

Mary Morrow Drake (Monk) Goodman passed away peacefully at home in Asheville after a brief illness.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 17, 1934. She was the daughter of William Kenyon Drake and Eleanor Hagood Drake. She attended Bartram School for Girls and two years at Hollins College, Virginia.

She married W.H. (Dick) Goodman in October 1956. She was a former member of the Junior League of Jacksonville and the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Florida.

Billy Ray Rice, 68, of Cashiers, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17. 

Born in Rabun County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Leroy and Nellie Kinsey Rice. 

He was employed for 30 years by Duke Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, South Carolina. He loved to hunt, play golf and loved classic cars. He loved his family and was a member of Living Redeemer Assembly of God Church.

 Billy Ray was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War.

Kenneth Leland Broom, 63, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, Nov. 12 after a brief illness. 

Kenny was a mountain man; he enjoyed being outdoors, ginseng digging, deer hunting, was an avid NASCAR lover and water and snow skier. 

He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face and he lived life to the max. Kenny literally had nine lives times three!

Kenny was preceded in death by his father Clifton Broom, sister Debra Broom-Jennings and multiple aunts and uncles. 

Glenda S. Irby, 86, of Wauchula, Florida, and Glenville, passed away Monday, Oct. 17 at home surrounded by her family.  

Glenda was born Feb. 22, 1930, to Murray and Bonita Swann. 

Glenda graduated from Florida State University and retired from the Hardee County School System after 38 years of teaching.

Glenda loved her “North Carolina Home” and had many friends there. She and her family attended Mountain Bible Church in Glenville.

Glenda was preceded in death by her loving husband, Victor W. (Vic) Irby.

Dr. Edward Villiers Morse passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Oct. 27. 

A resident of Cashiers, Ed was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1943 to William and Madeline Morse. 

He is survived by his wife and lifelong partner, Patricia Murray Morse; his sons, Nelson Morse of Alexandria, Virginia, and Brent Morse of Seattle, Washington; his stepson, Taylor Simon, and stepdaughter, Leigh Simon, both of New Orleans, Louisiana; daughters-in-law, Katherine Morse and Jody Simon; and two precious grandsons, Patrick and Alexander Morse. 

Mary B. Bryson, age 85, of Cashiers, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

She is the daughter of the late Kay and Etrulia (Zachary) Baumgarner. She was married for 40 years to the late Hoyt Bryson, who passed away in 1992. 

Mary was a member of Cashiers United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who loved taking care of her family.

Mary is survived by one son, Roger Bryson of Cashiers; one grandchild, Clay Bryson of Cullowhee; and two great-grandchildren, Devin and Derick Bryson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Luther Odell Stewart, 86, passed away Friday, Oct. 21 at his residence surrounded by his family. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Potts officiating. Burial will follow in the Evitt Cemetery. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Stewart family. 

Edwin Junior Moss, 63, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16 at his home in the Yellow Mountain community. 

Edwin was a retired painter who loved to read, and enjoyed camping and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Shelby Jean Moss, and also by his brother, James “Tiger” Moss.

He is survived by his wife, partner and caregiver of 28 years, Leslie Tucker; three sisters, Diane Allen, Darlene Rusch and Loretta Watson; five nieces; four nephews; and five great nieces.

He loved the fall of the year and walking and driving through the Smoky Mountains.

Lane Young Cook, 77, of Atlanta and Cashiers, passed away suddenly, but peacefully on Oct. 10 from heart failure. 

She was born in Griffin, Georgia, on Oct. 6, 1939 to Henry Lane and Lida Read Voigt Young. 

Shortly thereafter the family moved to Atlanta, where she grew up with two sisters. She attended Morris Brandon Elementary School, Northside High School and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb, 80, of Cullowhee, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.

Born in Castlewood, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry Roy Porter and Viola Marie Jessee Dearing Porter. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Chase Babb; two sons, Aubrey Alan Babb and Robert Lynn Babb; and one brother, Roy Leon Porter. 

Jorita was the former owner of Cashiers Insurance Agency, Inc. 

She was a member of the N.C. China Painting Club and loved gardening and flowers. 

Jack C. Dillon, 90, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home in Cashiers on Sept. 22. 

Jack was born on Nov. 9, 1925, in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Carter and Helen Dillon. 

Jack was a flight engineer during World War II in The Army Air Corp. Upon discharge, he enrolled at Georgia Tech, where he earned an engineering degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Anne Bryant, and worked for the Borden Company. 

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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