Obituaries for Jan. 10, 2018

Frances James Kirven

Frances James Kirven, 74, of Cashiers, North Carolina passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was raised in Mount Airy and was the daughter of the late Walter Scherer James and Frances Foy James.

She attended Salem College for two years and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she met her late husband, James Dupont “Tippy” Kirven III, on a blind date. They shared 49 years of marriage before his passing on the same day (Jan. 1) in 2014.

After college, the couple settled in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia, where she taught first grade at Clubview Elementary and Brookstone School. During this time, she also obtained her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State University.

She was involved in her communities, serving as president of the Junior League of Columbus from 1983‑1984, being active in her churches, serving at the Cashiers Community Library, and being involved in the Cashiers Chapter of P.E.O. She loved God, her family, and her friends and she always put others ahead of herself.

She is survived by her three sons, James Dupont Kirven IV and his wife, Jan, of Summerfield, Stephen Scherer Kirven and his wife, Rita, of Taylors, South Carolina, Foy Alexander Kirven of Columbus, Georgia; and five grandchildren, Chase White and his wife, Stephanie, of Raleigh, Ashton Kirven of Summerfield, and Grace Kirven, James Kirven and Will Kirven of Taylors, South Carolina. She is also predeceased by her sister, Scherer James Easa of Oahu, Hawaii.

The family thanks her caregivers, Willean Stiwinter, Genise Humphrey and Carolyn Campbell, as well as all of the wonderful staff at Hospice Four Seasons for their compassionate care of Frankie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia, Cashiers United Methodist Church in Cashiers or Hospice Four Seasons in Hendersonville. A memorial service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia with a reception to follow at the church.

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting


Patricia Hayes McCarthy

Patricia Hayes McCarthy, affectionately known as Tish, died of mesothelioma at her home in New Orleans on Dec. 28, 2017. Born on Aug. 16, 1940 in England, she was raised in London’s Chelsea neighborhood, then a community of writers, painters and greengrocers.

Her father, Edwin Hayes, was a barrister and served as a captain with the Royal Air Force. Her mother, Joyce, was a mezzo soprano and performed with the stage name, Joyce Linley. She attended Queens Gate School for Girls with fellow schoolmates Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave; was presented to the Queen, Her Majesty Elizabeth II at 17; and, studied art at St. Martins School of Art in London.

In 1961, she moved to New York City to work as a commercial artist for Readers Digest and lived in Greenwich Village. In 1963, Tish traveled to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

On Feb. 23, she met the love of her life, Richard Dick McCarthy III. As Dick put it, Tish looked just like Julie Andrews, sang most of “My Fair Lady,” and I was hooked. On June 23, Tish and Dick got engaged at Pat O’Brien’s, and on Dec. 23, were married. Together, they raised two children and four standard poodles.

Tish became famous in New Orleans for her festive, hand-drawn gift enclosure cards that formed the basis of a successful business that is still going strong. For many, a wrapped present is not complete without her Merry Christmas card. She used to describe how they become habit forming.

For several years, she assisted renowned illustrator John Chase. She was an avid tennis player, founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire, and past board member of the LA SPCA. In recent years, Tish and Dick spent summers in Cedar Creek/Cashiers, devoted to croquet.

She was known for her warmth, understated British sense of humor, and the gift of the gab. She is survived by her devoted husband, Dick; son and daughter-in-law, Richard McCarthy IV and Bonnie Goldblum of Brooklyn, New York; daughter and son-in-law, Catherine Linley McCarthy and Robert Craig Sumanis of New York City; granddaughter, Beatrix Jane McCarthy; and in England, brother and sister-in-law Robert Lennard Hayes and Betts Hayes; nieces, Sophie Hayes, and Charley Vincent and her husband Matt Vincent and children Ella and Jack.

In lieu of flowers, consider memorials to the Creole Poodle Rescue (P.O. Box 2333, Gonzales, LA 70707) or the Crescent City Farmers Market (200 Broadway, Suite 107); New Orleans, LA 70118).

A gathering of piano music and reminiscing is planned for noon Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Orleans Club, 5005 St. Charles Ave. Friends may visit at 11:30 a.m. or after the program for a reception and light lunch.



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