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Jim Blomeley

Jim Blomeley, 89, of Murrieta, California, formerly of Murphy, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019 in a Murrieta care facility.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

Richard "Turbo / Mean Gene" Pickens

Richard “Turbo / Mean Gene” Pickens, 72, of Murphy passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at his residence. Richard was known in Indiana as Mean Gene, but changed to Turbo when he returned to Murphy. He was a native of Murphy and a graduate of Murphy High School. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the United States Army. He lived in Gary, Indiana and worked for Inland Steel for many years before returning to Murphy in 1985. Richard had a very inventive mind and was known for building “The Oak Tree”, which he designed and built by hand. He had a love for custom cars and vans and for driving fast cars. He loved kids and was known for being at many local sports games and had even traveled many miles to support the “Bomb Squad”, his niece's fast-pitch softball team. Richard contributed in many ways to support local athletics and his grandkids' football teams. He also enjoyed fishing. Richard was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

 

He was the son of the late Richard Jr. and Kittie Mae Smith Pickens.

 

Surviving are his companion, Virginia Dolly Oliver of Murphy; a daughter, Deanna Oliver of Murphy; a sister, Vivian “Bea” Pickens of Murphy; three brothers, Harry “H.C.” Pickens, Andre Smith, and Joseph Christopher Smith, all of Murphy; three grandchildren, Keishon Oliver, Kevon Allen, and Breanna Oliver; four nephews, Mark Pickens and his daughter, Kaiya Pickens, Kendall, Byron, and Naeem; 14 nieces, Traci, Veronica, Courtney, LeSean, Markita, Blake, Rayana, Aleisha, Tatyana, Ashli, Josslyn, Kyleigh, Biannca, and Kendra; two aunts, Delores “Grace” Pickens and Mary Hyatt Pickens; a sister-in-law, Mary Nell Pickens; a special cousin, Fred Kincaid, and a host of other cousins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Revs. Bruce Oliver, John Webb, and Denise Pickens, and Elders Thelena Turner and George Dockery officiating. Music will be provided by Farrah Eller and Marie Oliver. The interment will be in Texana Community Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812, and Hayesville American Legion Post 532. Pallbearers will be Kevin Nicely, Emmett Oliver, Jack Jackson, Irvin Brown, T.J. Moore, Paul Allen, Rodney Hill, and Earl McCullough. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Smith, Ray Smith, Andy Smith, Martin Allen, and Jerome Parrish.

 

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

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Daniel M. "Danny" Wilson

Daniel Monroe Wilson, 68, of Brasstown passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 in a Murphy care facility. He was born August 5, 1951.  The first of four children of the late Eleanor Lambert Wilson and Herman Monroe Wilson, Danny lived most of his adult life on the farm in Brasstown.  With his parents, he was a founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hayesville.

 

Danny loved to cook.  He worked at various restaurants in the area before beginning a 25 year career in the dietary department at Murphy Medical Center where he is remembered for “going way beyond his duties to do extra special things for the employees” and for the patients.

 

He was also known for his love of gardening.  Working as the “Chief Mower” at the John C. Campbell Folk School from 2002 to 2011, his dedication and hard work were evident in the beauty of the campus. 

 

Everyone knew Danny as he walked everywhere he went.  He appreciated everyone who gave him rides.  Danny was known as the perennial judge for the Annual Possum Drop at Clay’s Corner in Brasstown after his win as the Possum Queen of 2000.  An avid folk dancer, Danny spent many Friday evenings at the Folk School in his “red dancing shoes” often helping others learn the steps.  Another hobby he loved was bowling with his friends and he participated in league tournaments.  He bowled a perfect game in 1995.  

 

Danny will be remembered for the love and kindness that he showed others, his pride and appreciation for his friends, and an ability to find joy and meaning in life which allowed him to rise above any obstacle. He was loved by everyone.

 

He is survived by his three siblings, Eleanor Anne Wilson Harper of Timonium, Maryland, John Herman Wilson of Danville, Kentucky, and Florence Wilson Atwood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; six nieces and nephews, Ben, Catherine, James, Anne, Sarah, and David.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 26, 2019 in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with Rev. Bill Breedlove officiating.

 

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Sunday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Daniel Monroe Wilson to the John C. Campbell Folk School, Danny Wilson Memorial Dance Scholarship, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902 or The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd,Garden Fund, PO Box 677, Hayesville, NC 28904.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Franklin Martin

Franklin Martin, 86, of Murphy, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his residence.  He was a native of Murphy, but had lived in Beloit, Ohio. He had worked for General Motors for 35 years as a dye maker until his retirement in 1991 and then returned to Murphy.  Franklin was a Korean War Veteran serving in the United States Army.

 

He was a member and deacon of Ogreeta Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening. 

 

He was the son of the late Fred and Elsie Graves Martin. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dollie Smart and two brothers, Devero and Clyde Martin.

 

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Alice Worley Martin of Murphy; a son David Martin of Flowery Branch, Georgia; a sister, Nancy Helms of Murphy; two brothers, Fred Martin, Jr. and wife, Ollie of Brasstown and George Martin and wife, Sandy of Manchester, Tennessee. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with Rev. Eddie Duckworth and Rev. Eddie Cook officiating.  The interment was in Grape Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by the Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812, and Hayesville American Legion Post 532.  Pallbearers were Steve, Keith, and Jeff Martin, Paul Worley, Doug Radford, and Tom and Aaron Kephart.  Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Worley and Larry Davis.

 

The family received friends from 2:00-2:50 p.m. Tuesday, August 20th at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the service.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Franklin Martin to:  Gideons International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC  28906 or to:  Parkinson’s Foundation, 601 E. 5th Street, Suite 140, Charlotte, NC  28202.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

 

Jewell Galloway Scroggs

Jewell Galloway Scroggs, 93, a Clay County native passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 in her adopted hometown of Fairfax, Virginia, following a brief illness.

 

Jewell was the daughter of the late John Roy and Lona Audrey McClure Galloway. She was the devoted wife of Keith Scroggs, also a Clay County native, who preceded her in death in 1991. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Charles P. Galloway; and sister, Lillian R. Galloway Kelly.

 

Jewell had a distinguished thirty-year career as a Military Personnel Management Specialist for the Department of the Army. She received several honors, including the Commander’s Award, for her dedicated work serving our soldiers. Additionally, she was a tireless advocate for her husband and son. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening, and watching baseball on television. Jewell never lost her small-town heart; she never knew a stranger and touched many lives in Northern Virginia with her generous spirit.

 

Surviving are her only son, John Keith Scroggs and his wife, Anne; and her grandson, Keith Franklin Scroggs, all of Fairfax, Virginia. She is also survived by her niece, Marianne Kelly Godin and spouse, Steven M. Godin; nephew, Steven Kelly; brother-in-law, Joseph G. Kelly; as well as several great-nephews and nieces.

 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville. Interment to follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Hayesville United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Kirk Hatherly officiating. Keith Franklin Scroggs will serve as a pallbearer.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Jewell Galloway Scroggs to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington D.C. 20090-8018 or the American Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

 

 

Patricia Wright Patterson

Patricia Wright Patterson, 73, of Murphy, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Cartersville, Georgia.  She was a native of Cherokee County and had lived in Marietta, Georgia, Palmdale, California, and Iran before returning to Hiwassee Dam in 1996. She had worked as an operator for Southern Bell, a sales associate at Southern Linen, and for Foster’s Doughnuts in Palmdale.  Her favorite job was being a homemaker to her family. She was a devoted member of Murphy Bible Church. Pat loved spending time at church and studying the Bible.  Pat passed on her skills and love of making biscuits to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She had a talent for making everyone feel as if they were her favorite.

 

She was the daughter of the late Calvin Elmo and Versie Helton Wright and wife of the late Robert M. Patterson, who died March 22, 2019. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Wright; and a sister-in-law, Judy Allen Wright.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Timbs and husband, Jeff of Cartersville, Georgia and Penny Garrison and husband, Billy of Winston, Georgia; a son, Paul Patterson of Murphy; a brother, Rex Wright and wife, Charlotte of Murphy; nine grandchildren, Heather, Ryan, Haleigh, Breanna, Paul, Pierce, Zachary, Caleb, and Caitlyn; seven great-grandchildren, Savannah, Eli, Sophia, Ava, Susana, Malachi, and Catalina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Ware and Rev. Keith Allison officiating.  The interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darryl Wright, Adam Wright, Roger Campbell, Mark Patterson, Randy Patterson, and Thomas Wright.  Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Wright, Joey Reid, and Harold Helton.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy where the body will be until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

 

Mary Ruth Ledford

Mary Ruth Ledford, 79, of Hayesville passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in a Blairsville, Georgia hospital. She was a native and lifetime resident of Clay County. She worked as a sewing machine operator and supervisor in the textile manufacturing industry most of her life. She later worked in housekeeping at Clay County Care Center until her retirement. She enjoyed reading love-inspired books and watching western movies on television.

 

She was the daughter of the late William Thomas “Tom” and Oma Long Mason and the wife of the late Kenneth “Red” Ledford, who died August 26, 2010. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Kate Mason, Helen Nichols, and Hazel Nicholson; and four brothers, Frank, Jack, Charles “Hoss”, and Bill Mason.

 

Surviving are her caretaker, friend, and special daughter, Mary Nichols of Hayesville; two sisters-in-law, Jesse Mason of Hayesville and Sandy Mason of Blairsville, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.

 

The interment was in Myers Chapel Cemetery.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

Rev. Harry Hawk

Rev. Harry Hawk, 85, of Andrews passed away Monday, August 5, 2019 in an Andrews care facility. Harry was a native of Cherokee County, where he had lived most of his life. He was a Korean War era veteran, serving in the United States Navy. Harry earned bachelor’s degrees from Gardner Webb University and Mars Hill University. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Hawk served 35 years in ministry, pastoring 13 appointments / churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. Following retirement, he served as an interim pastor. Harry was a member of the Andrews United Methodist Church. Harry sang bass and played the harmonica. He also enjoyed woodcarving and fishing, and he was a good cook. Harry had a special penchant for storytelling and loved spending time with family and friends.

 

He was the son of the late Willard Mitchell and Sarah Blanche Bradley Hawk. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Gail Hawk Rech; and four sisters and two brothers.

 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Lavenia Forbes Hawk; two daughters, Diane Williamson and husband, Ricky of Canton, North Carolina and Debra Hawk Esposito of Goldston, North Carolina; a son, Joseph Harry Hawk Jr. and wife, Wendy of Lenoir, North Carolina; a son-in-law, Philip Rech and wife, Wanda of Seneca, South Carolina; a brother, Dan Hawk of Andrews;  nine grandchildren and four bonus grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Andrews United Methodist Church with military honors provided by the Hayesville VFW Post 6812, Hayesville American Legion Post 532, and Murphy American Legion Post 96. The Rev. Thomas Jolly officiated. The inurnment was in Valleytown Cemetery.

 

The family received friends from 12-1:45 Saturday afternoon at the Andrews United Methodist Church prior to the services.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Rev. Harry Hawk to the Andrews United Methodist Church, PO Box 1310, Andrews, NC 28901.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

Denora Ramsey

Denora Ramsey, 97, of Warne passed away Monday, August 5, 2019 in a Clay County care facility. She was a native of Elkhart, Indiana and had lived in Florida, residing in Pompano Beach for more than 30 years. She was a 1943 graduate of Florida State College for Women, now known as Florida State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Denora taught physical education and science at Pompano Beach Junior High School for 25 years, retiring in 1983 when she and her husband moved to Warne. She was in the women’s auxiliary of the Jaycees in Florida and served in the Good Shepherd Home Health Auxiliary in Hayesville. Denora was a member of the Hayesville Presbyterian Church. She volunteered at the Moss Memorial Library and Granny’s Attic Thrift Store.

 

She was the daughter of the late Harley W. and Ada Ella Burhans Ecker and the wife of the late Ted Ramsey, who died April 29, 1995.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Volpitto and husband, Paul of Augusta, Georgia; a son, Andy Ramsey and wife, Lynn of Irvington, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Justin and wife, Mary, Greg and wife, Jennifer, Jennifer and husband, Peter, Christi and husband, Al, Jessica and husband, Michael, and Leslie and husband, Derrick; and 14 great-grandchildren. A special thank-you to her friend and personal caregiver, Glenda Clayton.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Hayesville Presbyterian Church.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Denora Ramsey to the Moss Memorial Library, PO Box 900, Hayesville, NC 28904 or the Hayesville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 646, Hayesville, NC 28904.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil Carl Derreberry

Cecil Carl Derreberry, 97, of Andrews, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his residence.  Carl was born October 31, 1921 to Napoleon (Poley) and Betty Curtis Derreberry.  He was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County.  Carl was a loving and caring husband, father, son, and brother.  Carl was a carpenter by trade and loved to build with his hands.  He also loved to garden and share his produce with friends and neighbors.  He was a lifetime member and deacon of Valley River Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Grace Luther Derreberry who died May 14,2016, infant daughter, Glenda Lou, grandson Clark Earwood, son-in-law Ron Hicks, four brothers Clyde, Claude, Ward and Hoyle Derreberry, and six sisters, Ruby Adams, Bonnie Barker, Mae Phillips, Marie West, Maggie Derreberry, and Bettie Sue Love Parker.

 

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Hedrick and husband, Jerry of Rutherford College, North Carolina, Vickie Hicks of Andrews, and Shirley Owenby and husband, Dick of Dillon, Montana, grandson, David Owenby and wife, Kelley of Erie, Colorado, brother Austin Derreberry and wife, Dot of Andrews, and sister, Joyce Foster of Advance, North Carolina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a special caregiver, Angie Payne.

 

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Valley River Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Phillips and Rev. Roger Derreberry officiating. Music was provided by Tony Pace and Angie Payne. The interment was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites provided by the Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812, and Hayesville American Legion Post 532. Pallbearers were Danny Derreberry, Steve Adams, Jimmy Morgan, James Young, Cecil Warren, Eddie and Matthew Wood.  Honorary pallbearers were David Williams, Bill Phillips, and Alvin Gunnels.

 

The family received friends from 12:00-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Valley River Baptist Church prior to the service.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Cecil Carl Derreberry to:  Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Pearl Warren, PO Box 1189, Andrews, NC  28901 or to: Gideons International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC.  28906.

 

Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

 

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