Obituaries for Nov. 15, 2017

Stanley Ross Baumgarner

Stanley Ross Baumgarner, 61, of Mountain Rest, South Carolina passed away Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at The Cottingham House in Seneca, South Carolina, after a tough battle with cancer.

He was 17 when he enlisted as a U.S. Marine and served four years. He was an avid outdoorsman who also enjoyed wheeling and dealing at many flea markets. But most of all he loved being with his family.

He is survived by two sons, Amos Ian Baumgarner (Jamie Baumgarner), and Gabriel Isaac Kitt Baumgarner of Mountain Rest, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Kylee, Hunter, Hannah, Heidi and Haley; a sister, Vivian Lee Baumgarner, her daughter, Misty, and her grandchildren, Peyton and Hayden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Barbara (McCall) Baumgarner.

He was cremated and requested that there be no service. Instead, his family will honor him by doing what he loved and will remember him always.


Douglas Gordon “Doug” Leopard

Douglas Gordon “Doug” Leopard, 54, of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at his home.

Born in Macon County, North Carolina, he is a son of Frances Louise Kilpatrick Leopard and the late Gordon Lee Leopard.

Mr. Leopard was a small engine mechanic, an accomplished musician who could play any string instrument and was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving in addition to his mother, is his son, Jody Rider; and his four brothers, Gene Leopard, Bobby Leopard, Boyd Leopard and Jonathan Leopard.

A graveside services is planned for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Mountain View Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday at Howze Mortuary prior to the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at The Mortuary (864-834-8051), Travelers Rest, South Carolina, is in charge of arrangements.


James L. Moss

James L. Moss, 93, of Jodytown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Lyman Moss and Ruie Evitt Moss.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Mae Coggins Moss; one sister, Ruby; two brothers, John and Gus; half-sister, Geneva Gladwell Wilson; and two grandsons, Jason McCall and Austin Smith.

He was a World War II United States Army veteran. The lifelong Jackson County resident and farmer and was awarded the Farm Family of the Year award in 1972. He was former director at Wachovia Bank of Cashiers and member of the Jackson County School Board. He attended Cashiers Church of God.

He is survived by four sons, Larry Moss and wife Brenda of Jodytown, Robert Moss and wife Marilyn of Franklin, Steve Moss and wife Karen of Jodytown and Wayne Moss and wife Brenda of Jodytown; three daughters, Opal White and husband Tommy of Knoxville, Tennessee, Leota Smith of Seneca, South Carolina and Stella McCall of Cashiers; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral was 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11at Cashiers Baptist Church. The Rev. Nathan Moss, the Rev. Todd Moss and the Rev. Michael McCall will officiate with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial will be in Evitt Cemetery. The family received friends following the service at Cashiers Baptist Church. Pallbearers included Tom Marsedan, Terry Bryson, R.L. Norton, Chris Moss, Grey Smith, Tony McCall and Scott Petit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 950 Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at


James Paul Thomas

James Paul Thomas, 54, of Tuckaseegee passed away Nov. 8, 2017 following a brief illness.

He was the son of the late Marie Hawks Thomas and J. Pelham Thomas.

He was a carpenter and owner of Blue Ridge Porch and was an active member and reenactor of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1917-Jackson Rangers.

In addition to his father, he is survived by five sisters, Sarah Jane Thomas of Asheville, North Carolina, Susan Reynaud of Cullowhee, Nancy Davis of Crawfordville, Florida, Mary Herman of Abingdon, Virginia and Martha Thomas of Dillsboro; special friend Dorcus Lundy Mason; two dogs, Peanut and Skippy; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

There was a memorial service 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Cullowhee Baptist Church. The family received friends at the church before the service starting at 1:30 pm. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1917-Jackson Rangers conducted a memorial ceremony at Cullowhee Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jackson County Humane Society, ARF., P.O. Box 298, Sylva, NC 28779 or Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1917-Jackson Rangers Mike Parris P.O. Box 693, Sylva, NC 28779.


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