Obituaries for Dec. 6, 2017
Audrey J. Tritt
Audrey J. Tritt, 81, of Sylva died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, surrounded by family at Skyland Care Center.
Audrey Tritt was a Sylva native who was born on April 10, 1936.
She was the daughter of the late Walter and Wilma Jones.
She was a graduate of Sylva High School and Western Carolina Teachers College, earning both bachelor’s and master's degrees.
She retired from Sylva-Webster/Smoky Mountain High School in 1993 after 30 years as a teacher and counselor.
Following her retirement, she served on the board of commissioners in the town of Sylva, the Jackson County Board of Social Services, American Legion Auxiliary in Sylva and was a member and chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Glenville.
In 2013, she was honored with "The Order of the Mountain Laurel" award in recognition of her commitment and work for the people of Jackson County.
She was a lifelong member of Sylva First United Methodist Church.
While living in Cashiers, she attended the Cashiers United Methodist Church and was active in church activities.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Morrow Lee Tritt Sr., and one brother, Walter Allison Jones.
She is survived by a brother, Edward Lee (Sue) Jones of the Glenville community; a son, Morrow Lee (Nan) Tritt Jr. of Sylva; and three daughters, Beverly (Jose) Barron of Somerset Kentucky, Debbie (Mike) Bell of Creedmoor and Laura Allen of Arden.
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family thanks the nurses and staff at Skyland Care Center for their outstanding and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Sylva or Cashiers-Glenville volunteer fire departments.
Visitation is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services. A funeral service will immediately follow with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell and the Rev. Shane Danner officiating.
James Bascom Wilkinson
Lt Col. James Bascom Wilkinson, (USMC, Ret.), 87, passed away peacefully at home in Dallas, Texas due to complications from congestive heart failure on Dec. 1, 2017.
Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 28, 1930 to Fay and John Wilkinson, he joined the Marine Corps at 18, later graduating from the University of Alabama while in the service. Serving in the Vietnam War as an infantry battalion commander during 1967 and 1968, he survived the deadly Khe Sanh siege and was later featured in the oral history book, “Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds,” and in David Douglas Duncan’s book, “War Without Heroes.” He was honored with the Legion of Merit with Combat V for his distinguished services while in combat with the enemy in Khe Sahn. After retiring at 39 as lieutenant colonel and moving to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, he became a financial consultant in the Savannah office of Merrill Lynch. He subsequently had Merrill Lynch management positions in Dallas, Charleston, South Carolina and Memphis, Tennessee, where he served on the Memphis Symphony Board, the Theater Board, as president of the Arts Appreciation Council and junior warden of Calvary Episcopal Church.
After retiring in 1995, he and his wife Nancy lived first on Hilton Head Island, where he served as a board member and driver for Meals on Wheels, before settling for many years in Cashiers, where he served a term of president of Sheep Laurel Homeowners Association and was a member of the vestry for the Church of the Good Shepherd.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Chip Thompson.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; his daughters, Sabra Thompson and Shannon Wilkinson, Catherine McCarthy and husband Chuck; son, Dwight Emanuelson Jr. and wife Claire; and six grandchildren, James Marion, Ashley Shannon and Sabra Elizabeth Thompson, Hillis Emanuelson and wife Lindsey, James Emanuelson and Charles K. McCarthy Jr.
He was an avid leader and writer for The Marine Corp Gazette and The Leatherneck. He had a special appreciation for the Marine Corps and remained in close touch with his many Vietnam troops long after the war ended. “My decision to join the Marine Corps was a very wise move by a young Mississippi lad,” he once commented, recalling that after going through new recruit training in 1948 monthly income was approximately $96.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.