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David Ronald Rourk

David Ronald Rourk, 78, of Murphy passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 at his residence.

 

He was born in Charleston, South Carolina on July 3, 1940 to Clarence H. and Mary P. Rourk. There he grew up, attending Saint Andrews area schools, and joining the United States Air Force at age 18. After four years of service, he returned to Charleston, working civil service for the United States Navy for more than 20 years both at the Naval Supply Center and Naval Electronics Engineering Systems. David also worked for State Printing Company in Columbia, South Carolina for 12 years.

 

In summer of 1969, he met his future wife at choir practice at Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, where they were married the following November. After she graduated from seminary, David and Maggie settled where she served: Columbia, South Carolina; Fairfax, Virginia; Portland, Oregon; and since, 2017, Murphy, North Carolina.

 

David was without fail a loving husband, son, father, and grandfather. He cherished his friends, and always shared his joyful sense of humor and his solid faith that the gift of this life is all grace.

 

In addition to his wife, the Rev. Dr. Marguerite M. Rourk, David is survived by his sons, David Edwin (Beth) of Portland, Oregon and Daniel Matthew (April) of Asheville; two grandchildren, Tiernan and Santana; his brother, Clarence H. Jr. of Charleston; and a host of precious friends near and far.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019 in The Episcopal Church of the Messiah with the Rev. Dr. William Breedlove officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of David Ronald Rourk to The Episcopal Church of the Messiah, PO Box 67, Murphy, NC 28906 or The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 72123 or Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street, Charleston, SC 29405 or to the charity of your choice.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann Moody

Patricia Ann Moody, 80, of Hayesville, formerly of Robbinsville and Andrews, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 in a Gainesville, Georgia hospital. She was a native of Graham County, where she lived most of her life. For many years, she worked as a ward clerk for District Memorial Hospital. Patricia was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Robbinsville.

 

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Phillips Nichols.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Denise Roach Lunsford and husband, Barry of Hayesville and Stephanie Roach Thacker and husband, Chris of Cleveland, Tennessee; two sons, Greg Roach and wife, Barbara of Toccoa, Georgia and Stephen Roach of Young Harris, Georgia; a sister, Peggy Phillips Sutton and husband, Jack of Elizabethton, Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Bryan Lunsford and wife, Jamie, Michelle Lunsford Young and husband, Jeff, Kyle Lunsford, Lauren and Max Thacker, and Emily, Natalie, and Abby Roach; and five great grandchildren, Jenna, Taylyn, and Mason Young, and Elin and Dylan Lunsford.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Revs. Jeff Young and Johnny Foster officiating. The interment will be in Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Young, Barry, Bryan, and Kyle Lunsford, Chris Thacker, and Chris Britt.

 

The family will receive friends from 12-1:45 Thursday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Patricia Ann Moody to the Clay County Care Center Resident Project Account, 86 Valley Hideaway Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

Belinda Smith Walker

Belinda Smith Walker, 65, of Brasstown passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019 in a Gainesville, Georgia hospital. She was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. Belinda was employed by Carolina Farm Credit, retiring with 20 years of service. She was a member of the Little Brasstown Baptist Church.

 

Belinda liked to do crafts and loved helping people. Her passion was to make blankets for needy children and turbans for cancer patients.

 

She was the daughter of the late Douglas Holmes and Blanche Scroggs Smith.

 

Surviving are her husband, William Earl Walker; a daughter, Melanie Estes and fiancé, Mike Hayes of Brasstown; a son, Terry Laney and wife, Tiffany of Charlotte, North Carolina; two step-daughters, Cortney Walker Giles and husband, Brandon of Auburndale, Florida and Alicia Lewis and husband, Craig of Murphy; a grandson, Nathan Laney; and four step-grandsons, Drake, Brayden, and Zeke Lewis, and Jrue Giles.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Rev. Aud Brown officiating. The interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Nathan Laney, Scott Helton, Tim Brown, Justin Scroggs, Alan Mauney, and Robert Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Carringer, Clay and Mike Logan, Ralph Myers, Danny Wilson, and Tim Timpson.

 

The family received friends from 6-8 Saturday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Belinda Smith Walker to Meals on Wheels, Attn: Peggy Graham, 69 Alpine Street, Murphy, NC 28906.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Jackie Moss

Jackie Moss, 84, of Cocoa Beach, Florida and seasonally of Murphy, North Carolina died Saturday, June 8, 2019. He was a native of Terre Haute, Indiana and had been living in Cocoa Beach since 1969. Jackie was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy. He worked at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida for 35 years, retiring in 2005. Jackie was a lifetime member of the Twelve Points Masonic Lodge No. 769 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

He was the son of the late Roland James and Helen Lavada Piker Moss.

 

Surviving are his wife, Carol Belt Moss; three daughters, Michelle “Shelly” Beck of Vero Beach, Florida, Melissa “Misty” Bratlie of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and Christine Slusher of Peoria, Illinois; three grandchildren, Clayton and Leah Bratlie, and Megan Mobeck; and three great-grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida. The inurnment will be in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Titusville, Florida.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Jackie Moss to a charity of your choice.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Lok King Kong

Dr. Lok King Kong, 81, of Murphy passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at his residence. Dr. Kong was born in Malaysia of Chinese heritage. He met and married his wife, Ai Choo Kong on July 14, 1967. Dr. Kong received his medical training at National Taiwan University and finished in New York City before moving to Murphy in 1978. He was the first OBGYN in the area and began at Providence Hospital. He designed and established the OBGYN suite at the new Murphy Medical Center. Dr. Kong also volunteered at the local Cherokee County Health Department. He had a big heart and truly cared for his patients, having practiced medicine for more than 30 years. Dr. Kong introduced the area to Chinese cuisine upon the opening of his motel and restaurant “The Dragon Palace”. He enjoyed watching American westerns and especially John Wayne. Dr. Kong was a loving and dedicated family man who raised three successful children.

 

He was the son of the late Luk and Kwee Chun Teoh Kong. He was also preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

 

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Ai Choo Kong; a daughter, Lin Min Kong and husband, Talley Sherwood of Los Angeles, California; two sons, Li Sheng Kong and wife, Lana Shiu-Kong of Thousand Oaks, California, and Li Kuo Kong and wife, Xiaoli Qin of San Mateo, California; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Rev. Patrick Garrett officiating. The interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Li Sheng Kong, Li Kuo Kong, Tom Sui, Shane Hurto, Hua Ying Ling, and Gary Gong.

 

The family received friends from 12-1:45 Saturday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Dr. Lok King Kong to Logan’s Run Rescue, 3000 US Highway 64 West, Suite 118, Murphy, NC 28906.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

David Burgess Avery

David Burgess Avery, 96, of Murphy passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at his residence. He was a native of Winthrop, Massachusetts. David served in the United States Navy and was a WWII veteran. He later attended college followed by law school. David practiced law in Boston and Plymouth, Massachusetts for more than 30 years. He moved to Cherokee County in the 1970s. David was called into the ministry and continued preaching at various times throughout his life. David enjoyed working outside and wasn’t afraid of a hard day’s work.

 

He was the son of the late Herbert Spaulding and Alma Anderson Avery. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Carol Sturgiss and Polly Bechard; and two brothers, Richard and Alden Avery.

 

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Shelby Eller Avery; two daughters, Faith Anne Avery of Schaumburg, Illinois and Allison Avery of Plymouth, Massachusetts; a son, Jonathan Avery of Murphy; two sisters, Dale Benson and Connie Mix, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia: a granddaughter, Taylor Avery; and several nieces and nephews.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Christina Fascitelli

Elizabeth Christina Fascitelli, age 80, of Hayesville, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 at her residence.  She was born May 6, 1939 in Randolph, Massachusetts.  Betty had worked as a coordinator in various healthcare businesses.  She later retired to Hayesville in 2009.

 

She was the daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy Hersey Murphy.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan Murphy and a brother, Bill Murphy.

 

Surviving are her husband, Steve Fascitelli of Hayesville; two daughters, Dorothy Moser and Lisa Treptow; three sons, Richard Murphy, Robert Cutting, and Mark Cutting, several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

James Crandall Moffitt

James Crandall Moffitt, age 84, of Hayesville, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 in a Chattanooga, Tennessee hospital.  He was a native of Clay County and had lived locally throughout his life. Crandall had taught at Nantahala, Ranger, and Peachtree, but had spent the majority of his career at Martins Creek Elementary as both teacher and principal. Crandall had inspired a love of reading and learning with his students. He enjoyed gardening and was well known for his tomatoes, a trait that his son carries on.  Crandall loved trading guns and knives.  He also enjoyed playing checkers and listening to bluegrass music. Crandall had a contagious sense of humor and loved to tell a good joke.  You never saw him without a smile on his face. He was a devoted husband and father.

 

He was the son of the late Fred Charles and Eula Blanche Eller Moffitt.  He was also preceded in death by a young brother, Javana Moffitt.

 

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Joann Cross Moffitt; a daughter, Suzann Ledford and husband, David of Hayesville; a son, Kent Moffitt and wife, Jackie of Murphy; a sister, Minnette Moore and husband, Gene of Hayesville; and a grandson, Justin Moffitt of Murphy.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services were held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. Music was provided by Rebecca White and the Pressley Girls. The interment was in Bethel Cemetery.

 

The family received friends from 5:00-6:45 p.m. Monday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, prior to the service.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of James Crandall Moffitt to the Kids Food Bag Ministry, Attn: Dorcas Brooks, PO Box 427, Andrews, NC  28901.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

Pauline "Polly" Josephine Pack Farmer

Pauline “Polly” Josephine Pack Farmer, 90, of Marble passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 in a Murphy care facility. She was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. Polly was a loving mama, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was a caregiver to many of her family members and was “Granny” to many other children of the community throughout the years. She was of the Baptist faith.

 

She was the daughter of the late John Harley and Miza Elvira Ledford Pack and the wife of the late Robert Lee Farmer, who died April 25, 1978. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Gene and Lonnie Farmer; four sisters, Joy Hicks, Dorothy Dockery, Mildred Pack, and Irene Pack; and four brothers, Cecil, Edward, Junior, and Dennis Pack.

 

Left to carry her legacy are children and their spouses, Linda and Tommy Curtis of Beech Island, South Carolina, Brenda and Don Goff of North Augusta, South Carolina, Paul and Shelley Farmer of Murphy, Brian and Debbie Farmer of Marble, and Mark and Tammy Farmer of Murphy; a daughter-in-law, Donna Sue Farmer of Beech Island, South Carolina; three siblings, Ralph Pack of Youngstown, Ohio, Clarence Pack of Andrews, and Kenny Pack of Ranlo, North Carolina; and many grandchildren.

 

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Revs. Blake Ritz and Randall Moss officiating. The interment was in Maltby Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dusty Farmer, Justin and Austin Haffly, Dustin Phillips, Eric Goff, and Cruz Ledford. Honorary pallbearers were Clayton and Dewayne Trantham, and William Phillips.

 

The family received friends from 1-2:45 Saturday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Pauline “Polly” Josephine Pack Farmer to the Gideons International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Gladys Hager Morgan

Gladys Hager Morgan, 90, of Andrews passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Bessemer City, North Carolina. Gladys worked for Orthopedic Hospital of Gastonia, where she cared for children battling polio and other various disabilities. She later moved to Andrews in 1967 with her husband and children. She was a member of the Valleytown Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. Gladys was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dedicated homemaker.

 

She was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Ferrie Leona Froneberger Hager. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert Lee Morgan, who died November 23, 2003; four sisters, Eva Thompson, Katherine Bridges, Beth Harmon, and Merle McKinnon; and five brothers, Clyde, Floyd, Lloyd, Paul, and Mack Hager.

 

Surviving are her daughter, Claudette Morgan of Andrews; two sons, Jerry Morgan and wife, Debbie, and Alan Morgan and wife, Brenda, all of Andrews; four grandchildren, William Morgan and wife, Allie, Rebecca Morgan, Zachary Morgan, and Wesley Morgan; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 in Valleytown Baptist Church with the Revs. Eric Byrd and Marlon Blaylock officiating. The interment was in Valleytown Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wesley, William, Zachary, George, and Mitchell Morgan, and Keith Lingerfelt.

 

The family received friends from 12-1:45 Friday afternoon at the Valleytown Baptist Church prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Gladys Hager Morgan to the Gideons International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906 or Valleytown Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 640, Andrews, NC 28901.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

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