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Eunice Aileen Ledford

Eunice Aileen Ledford, 85, of Murphy passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 in a Murphy hospital. She was a native and lifetime resident of Murphy. Eunice was well known for her employment at the local Levi Strauss and Company, where she had retired as an Assistant Plant Manager after 34 years. In her youth, Eunice was an avid lake enthusiast particularly for skiing and camping. Eunice loved cooking, gardening, and working in her flowers around her home. She was a member of Murphy First Baptist Church.

 

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Belle Carringer Henry. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Herbert, Pless, and John Henry, and Harold and Woodford “Jr” Johnson.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Sandy Forrister and husband, Steve of Murphy; a son, Paul “P.A.” Ledford of Murphy; a step-daughter, Debbie Jones of Annapolis, MD; two step-sons, Kyle Ingram of Navarre Beach, FL, and Tot Ingram of Gainesville, GA; a brother, Jack Henry of Hamtranck, MI; a special sister, Billie Simonds, formerly of Copperhill, TM, now of Yorktown, VA; five grandchildren, Chris Ledford of Murphy, Brittney Forrister of Nashville, TN, Jordan Winston and husband, Dave of Tampa, FL, Abigail Williams and husband, Adam of Charlotte, NC, and Hudson Forrister and fianceѐ, Jillian Moorhouse of Maryville, TN; two great grandchildren, Sadie Winston, and Clare Williams; special friend and caregiver, Barbara Rhodes; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with Revs. Aud Brown, and Jimmy Tanner officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Carringer, Max O’Dell, Larry Henry, Harold Wilson, Donnie Wayman, Junior Graves, Jerry Johnson, Franklin Barnett, and Ronnie Clayton.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:45 Sunday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Food Bank at Murphy First Baptist Church, 517 Hiwassee Street, Murphy, NC 28906.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

O.D. Scott

O.D. Scott, 97, of Murphy passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in a Blairsville, Georgia care facility. He was a native of Washington D.C. and lived in South Florida for many years before moving to Murphy in 1979. O.D. served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked with Southern Bell for 40 years in several capacities, but enjoyed being an installer / repairman the most.

 

He was the son of the late Otis Dewey and Pauline Mabel McCauley Scott and the husband of the late Dorothy Wells Scott, who died May 1, 2006. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Maurice (Sonny) Scott.

 

Surviving are three daughters, Carol Scott and partner, Marc Dickenson of Weirsdale, Florida, and Stephanie James and husband, Edwin, and Jennifer Phillips and husband, Joe, all of Murphy; a son, Wayne Scott of Boca Raton, Florida; a sister, Lois J. Costanza of Maryville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Brian Welch, Jessica Scott Fowler and husband, Dan, and Jillian and Jordan Phillips; two step-grandchildren, Leslie Echerd and husband, Drew, and Blake James and wife, Melissa; two great-grandchildren, Brian Welch Jr. and Bryson Welch; five step-great-grandchildren, Eliana and Jaden Echerd, and Charis, Violet, and Phoebe James; special-friend, Jean Shields Raper of Murphy; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, February 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Dr. Chester Jones officiating. Music will be provided by Jordan Phillips and Betty Sue Cowan. The interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Marc Dickenson, Edwin James, Joe Phillips, Mark Stalcup, Andrew Wilcher, and Grier Ivie.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 Thursday evening, February 14, 2019 at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Madge Kitchens Moss

Madge Kitchens Moss, 94, of Hayesville went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at her residence. She was a member of Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church. Madge enjoyed gardening and canning. She loved cooking for everybody and treating them with her fried apple pies.

 

She was the daughter of the late Wiley and Lena Ashe Kitchens and wife of the late Ledger Z. Moss, who died February 8, 1995. She was preceded in death by a brother, Claude Kitchens.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Patterson of Hayesville; two sons, Gene Moss and wife, Carolyn Eller of Young Harris, Georgia, and Clark Moss and wife, Beth of Hayesville; and five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Revs. Kyle Cody and Israel Rogers officiating. The interment was in Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ketron Moss officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Moss, Rodney and Greg Penland, Gene Youngblood, Josh Woodard, and Anthony Garrett. Honorary pallbearers were David Stillwell, David Moses, Jack Moss, Gene Toole, Donald Cheeks, and Craig Hooper.

 

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

 

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Madge Kitchens Moss to the Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis Leslie, 10 Cheetah Lane, Hayesville, NC 28904.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

Larry Jerome Cannan

Lawrence (Larry) Jerome Cannan, 63, of Murphy, Cherokee County for the past 19 years, passed away February 9, 2019 at his residence.  He was born in Rochester, New York on July 14, 1955.  He is the son of the late Sheral Ruth Greenberg Cannan who passed away June 21, 1994.

 

Larry worked as a police officer for the Broward County, Florida Sheriff’s Office and Boca Raton, Florida Police Department before retiring in 2000.  He worked as a correction officer, road deputy, motorcycle officer, and traffic homicide officer.

 

When he moved to Murphy, he worked at Fatback’s Citgo as a manager for 16 years before retiring a year and a half ago.

 

Larry loved his family and friends, was an excellent bowler, loved all kinds of sports, riding his Goldwing, and camping.

 

Surviving are his wife, Theresa Diana Gerhard Cannan of Murphy; a daughter, Jennifer White and husband, Thomas of West Palm Beach, Florida; three sons, Jason Cannan of Reston, Virginia, Dominick Lanza of Beech Grove, Tennessee, and Richard Lanza and wife, Jennifer of Naples, Florida; a sister Susan Gutterman and husband, Paul of Ocala, Florida; and twelve grandchildren.

 

There was a Celebration of Life from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

 

There will also be another Celebration of Life at a later date in Florida.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Larry Jerome Cannan to:  American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/north-carolina.html

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Neva Jean Bates Whitener

Neva Jean Bates Whitener, 81, of Murphy passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in a Murphy care facility. Neva Jean was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County. She worked at Clifton Precision until retirement. Neva Jean was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 10 and the Grape Creek Homemakers Club for more than 70 years. She was a member of the Ogreeta Baptist Church for 46 years, where she served as church clerk and taught Sunday School for more than 40 years. Neva Jean was currently a member of the Boiling Springs Baptist Church. She loved her family heritage and exploring geneology.

 

She was the daughter of the late Mattie LouBell Graves Bates Baker and the step-daughter of the late Rufus Wesley Baker and the wife of the late Robert Elee Whitener, who died May 14, 1999. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Nancy Ann Whitener Golden and Neva Sue Whitener Ellison; and a son, Robert William “Bobby” Whitener.

 

Surviving are a grandson, Cody Shea Golden and wife, Shelby of Murphy; five granddaughters, Kayala Renee Golden Messer and husband, Cody, Porschia Dawn Mathis and husband, Bobby, Lexus Mackenzie Ellison Stewart and husband, Willie, Madison Cheyenne Ellison, and Lillian Grace Whitener, all of Murphy; seven great grandchildren, Charlie, Hailey, and Hope Mathis, Harper, Paige, and Talen Messer, and James Golden; and two sons-in-law, Ned Golden and Mike Ellison.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Revs. Eddis Dockery and Warren Golden officiating. The interment was in Grape Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cody Golden, Cody Messer, Bobby Mathis, Willie Stewart, Ned Golden, and Derik Messer.  Honorary pallbearers were Matt Helms, Mike Ellison, and Garland Graves Jr.

 

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 Neva Jean Bates Whitener to the Grape Creek Homemakers Club, 5506 Joe Brown Highway, Murphy, NC 28906.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Clinton Strand

Clinton Strand, age 48, of Murphy, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at his residence.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements.

 

Ralph Hardin

 

Ralph Hardin, 87, of Topton passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 in a Chattanooga, Tennessee hospital. He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. Ralph worked at his father’s trout pond and in his apple’s trees. He gave a lot of apples and grapes to his friends and neighbors. Ralph loved his neighbors and their kids and some of his neighbors were there to give Ralph a helping hand when he needed it. He was a member of the Red Marble Baptist Church. Ralph’s family and friends will see him later in Heaven.

 

He was the son of the late Dillard and Eunice Hardin. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Dartha Haught, Mary Lou Hardin, and Evelyn Teague; and two brothers, Carl and J.D. Hardin.

 

Surviving are two sisters, Virginia Webb and Eula Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Valleytown Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Roper officiating.

 

The family received friends from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

Mary Ruth West Shields

Mary Ruth West Shields, 79, of Andrews went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 1, 2019 after an extended illness. She was born and raised in Andrews. Mary left and lived in Hickory, North Carolina for a while before moving back to the mountains. Mary was a member of Junaluska Baptist Church and loved to attend when she was able. She loved working Find-A-Word puzzles, reading her Bible, and listening to gospel music.

 

Mary was the daughter of the late Edmond and Palace Gregory West and the wife of the late Dillard Shields, who died April 5, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael Shields; three sisters, Lois Farmer, Hazel Pilkey, and Betty West Shields; and a brother, Gerald West.

 

Surviving are a son, Jimmy Shields and wife, Jena of Andrews; two sisters, Sallie Mayes and husband, Wayne of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and Doris Winebarger of Hickory; two brothers, Earl West and wife, Barbara and Kenneth West and wife, Lawana, all of Andrews; four grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with the Revs. Tully Griggs and Patrick O’Dell officiating. The interment was in Valleytown Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy Carringer, Jamie and Jericho West, and Brian McCoy.

 

The family received friends from 12-1:45 p.m. Monday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Mary Ruth West Shields to the Junaluska Baptist Church, 4808 Junaluska Road, Andrews, NC 28901.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

Betty Kilpatrick Moore Mintz

Betty Kilpatrick Moore Mintz, 84, of Andrews passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at her residence. She was a native of Marble. She was a 1952 Valedictorian graduate of Andrews High School. She attended Western Carolina University and later received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Betty taught at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte for 30 years. She received the North Carolina High School Biology Teacher of the Year Award. She was also listed in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was a member of the Andrews First Baptist Church. Betty enjoyed researching geneology, playing bridge, and reading in her free time.

 

She was the daughter of the late Frank Edgar and Beryl Alma Trull Kilpatrick. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Jerry Moore.

 

Surviving are her husband, William R. Mintz; two sons, Michael Moore and wife, Kathy of Takoma Park, Maryland, and Kelly Moore of Asheville, North Carolina; two step-daughters, Jane Mintz Sanders and husband, William, of Acworth, Georgia, and Julie Mintz Goins and husband, John, of Hendersonville, North Carolina; a step-son, Andrew Mintz of Andrews; a sister, Pat Swanger and husband, Carroll, of Waynesville, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Casey, Charlotte, and Natalie; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the Andrews First Baptist Church with Dr. Calvin Bobo officiating. The interment was in Moss Cemetery in Marble. Pallbearers were David Swanger, Mark Mintz, Keith Wood, William Sanders, and John and Wilson Goins. Steve Mintz served as honorary pallbearer.

 

The family received friends from 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday at the Andrews First Baptist Church prior to the services.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

Shirley Hood

Shirley Hood, 100, of Murphy went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, December 6, 2018. She was a native of Totowa, New Jersey, where she had lived throughout most of her life. She was a loving mother and homemaker. Shirley had an artist’s appreciation of nature which she shared with her family and through her paintings. She was proud of the time she served as president of Women’s Club of Little Falls, New Jersey. Shirley later moved to Largo, Florida, where she lived for 20 years before moving to Murphy in 2009. She attended Saint William Catholic Church with her family. Shirley celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by four generations of family. She was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her.

 

She was the daughter of the late William D. and Catherine Berdan O’Brien and the wife of the late Charles William Hood who died March 27, 2009. She was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Wayne Hood; a sister, Katherine O’Brien; and two brothers, Ellis and Wayne O’Brien.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Iris DeRosa and husband, Jim of Murphy; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia Hood of Ocklawaha, Florida; three grandsons, Christopher Wayne Hood and wife, Danielle of Largo, Florida, William J. DeRosa and wife, Samantha, and James G. DeRosa and wife, Amy, all of Charlotte; five great grandchildren, Christian and Connor Hood, and Josephine, Eva Marie, and Aubrie DeRosa; and several nieces and nephews.

 

An inurnment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2019 at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Shirley Hood to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of arrangements.

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