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Andy Bryant

Andy Bryant, 27, of Andrews passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at his residence. Andy was a loving son and brother. He was known for his humor and was always good for a laugh.


He was the son of Lisa Cole of Commerce, Georgia and the late Charlie Bryant.


Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two brothers, Josh Bryant and Chris Bryant and wife, Rebecca, all of Commerce, Georgia; and an aunt, Birdell Church and several other aunts and uncles in upstate New York and North Carolina. He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Commerce, Georgia.


Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of arrangements.

Gerald A. "Jerry" Tipton


Gerald A. “Jerry” Tipton, age 84, of Murphy, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Blairsville, Georgia. He was a native of Topeka, Kansas, and lived in Orlando, Lakeland, and Brandon, Florida before moving to Murphy in 1993.  He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Air Force.  Jerry retired in 1988 as manager of Transoceanic Freighting Services of IMCC in Tampa, Florida.  He was a member of the Murphy First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and a church quartet.  He was also a long-time member of the Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony Barber Shop Chorus in Tampa.  Jerry loved playing tennis, practicing carpentry, and studying the Bible.


He was the son of the late William and Elva Rich Tipton.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Lyles Tipton; three sisters; and seven brothers.


Surviving are his wife, Joyce Bundy Tipton; two daughters, Deanna Campbell and husband, Bill of Milton, Georgia and Carol Foster and husband, Brad of Lenexa, Kansas; a step-daughter, Michele Armesto and husband, Alberto of Woodbridge, Virginia; a son, Allen Tipton of Cranford, New Jersey; a step-son, Martin Armbrester and wife, Maria of Maryville, Tennessee; a sister, Mildred Wray and husband, Charles of Topeka, Kansas; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018, followed by a reception, at Murphy First Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Tanner officiating. Pallbearers were Walker Rowland, Larry Parrish, Larry Moyer, Danny Waters, Steve Hatfield, and Fred Heath. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Fellowship 1 Sunday School class, Men's Bible Study, and Men's Ministry.


The family received friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Gerald A. “Jerry” Tipton to Murphy First Baptist Church, 517 Hiwassee Street, Murphy, NC  28906.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy 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 a later date 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.

Hardy Ledford

Hardy Ledford, 78, of Andrews passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at his residence. Hardy was a lifetime resident of Cherokee County. He worked as a foreman for many construction companies throughout his life. Hardy was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and digging ramps. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife; grandson, John Robert Allen; and great grandson, Macon Allen.


He was the son of the late Willie Fortner and Ella Mae Postell. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan Hughes.


Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Betty Jean Ledford; two daughters, Tammy Lea Adams and husband, Roger, and Annette Allen and husband, Kevin, all of Andrews; a son, Neal Ledford and wife, Cathy of Asheville; two grandsons, John Robert Allen and Neal Ledford Jr.; a great grandson, John Macon Allen; four sisters, Judy Cook and Lelia Ryan, both of Mineral Bluff, Georgia, and Jane Davenport and Linda Campbell, both of Blue Ridge, Georgia; a brother, Wayne Postell of Crossville, Tennessee; several other grandchildren and great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with the Rev. Mickey Stewart officiating. The interment was in Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marty, Darrell, and Garrel Holloway, Kent Haney, and George and Harold Postell. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Mason, Ricky and Jack Holloway, and Bud Postell.


The family received friends from 1-1:50 Saturday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Hardy Ledford to the Little Brasstown Baptist Church, c/o the Brotherhood, PO Box 12, Brasstown, NC 28902.


Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

Cassandra "Sandy" Marie Moore

Cassandra “Sandy” Marie Moore, 74, loving wife and mother of two children passed away unexpectedly at Indian River Medical Center after a brief illness Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.


Sandy was born March 22, 1944 to the late Robert Wesley Underhill and Carrie Underhill Smith in Erlanger, Ky. She is also preceded in death by her husband, John Allen Moore, of Hayesville, a brother, Ralph Wesley Underhill, of Erlanger and a son, Charles “Chuck” Edward Moore. Sandy is survived by her son Rob, of Hayesville, and two nieces, Kim and Melinda Underhill, of Centerville, Ohio. She attended Lloyd High School in Erlanger and graduated in 1962 where she excelled academically, musically and athletically as a swimmer and cheerleader. Sandy went on to attend and graduate from Eastern Kentucky University in 1966 with a degree in English and education and later receiving her masters in special education from the University of Cincinnati. She went on to teach for 15 years at Holmes High School specializing in the developmental programs, curriculum and the needs of special education students.


Sandy married John Allen Moore on March 22, 1977 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was happily married for 38 years. Sandy and John Allen resided in Cincinnati until 1986 when they retired and moved back to Clay County. After retirement, she and John Allen returned to school for their real estate brokers licenses developing property throughout Clay County. Sandy enjoyed interior decorating and design, landscaping design and gardening. Sandy was a member of the Hayesville First United Methodist Church, singing in the choir. She was also a founding member of the Hayesville VFW Post 6812 Women’s Auxiliary.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.  Saturday, May 11  at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church by the Rev. Denise Kilgo-Martin. Following will be a short internment ceremony at Ledford Chapel cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hayesville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Hayesville, N.C. 28904 and/or to the Hayesville High School John & Cassandra Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund at 205 Yellow Jacket Drive, Hayesville, N.C. 28904.


Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of arrangements.

Betty Decker Miller Taylor

Betty Decker Miller Taylor, 94, of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Murphy, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 in a Charlotte care facility. She was a native of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and grew up in Washington, DC. After working for American Airlines in Washington, she moved to Florida where Betty met and married Joe Miller. She had worked as a loan officer in both Commercial Bank of Hollywood, Florida and First Union Bank for nearly 20 years. Betty had lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before retiring to Murphy in 1994. Betty was a devoted mother and devout Christian.


She was the daughter of the late Oller Donald and Elizabeth Ellen Hudson Decker and the wife of the late Joe Miller, who passed March 17, 1978 and the late Charles E. Taylor, who passed December 8, 1999. Betty was also preceded in death by a son, Shane E. Miller; and a daughter, Kristal L. Miller.


Surviving are a daughter, Kelly Hansen and husband, Kris of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sisters, Sally Ann Birge and Helen Jean Allingham, both of Fairfax, Virginia; two grandchildren, Kacie Hansen of Riverview, Florida and Kyle Hansen and wife, Theresa of Panama City, Florida; and two nephews, Kyle and Dwayne Holt.


A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah with Rev. Dr. Maggie Rourk officiating. Inurnment was held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.


The family received friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in loving memory of Betty Decker Miller Taylor to the Hospice and Palliative Care (Charlotte Region), 7600 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

Elmer Gene Bryant

Gene Bryant was a storyteller.  He liked nothing better than holding court with friends and family while regaling tales that made everyone laugh and cry.  His own life story is certainly worthy of recounting.  Gene’s life began March 10th 1943.  He finished his race two days before his 51st wedding anniversary November 30th 2018.  He was preceded in death by parents, Horace L. Bryant and Nora Taylor Bryant; brothers Paul Bryant, Jim Bryant, Mark Bryant and Charlie Bryant; and a sister Elda Bryant Hensley.  


Many family and friends remain behind to honor his memory.  He is survived by the love of his life, wife Bessie Mason Bryant.  Once, early in their marriage, Bessie declared she was leaving.  Gene packed a bag and said he loved her so much he would just go with her.  Bessie realized Gene was a keeper and she stayed.  Gene was adored by his children; a daughter Sandy West (husband Danny); a son Randy Bryant (wife Jeana).  Devin and Brayden West were more than his grandsons; they counted their papaw as their best friend.  Gene relished in his grandsons with rough housing and practical jokes, fishing, and flea marketing.  In May, Gene was so proud to watch Brayden give the Valedictorian speech as he graduated high school.  In October, Gene was able to stand with Devin while performing his marriage ceremony to his own true love, Kyndra.  Gene often spoke of his special adopted grand-daughter Hannah Thacker.  He is also survived by sister Burdell Bryant Church, of Concord, North Carolina. 


In his life, Gene enjoyed a range of jobs, duties, and offices.  He served on the Macon County Board of Education, and as an official who married many couples.  He loved his church family and went to Rowland's Creek Baptist Church every time the doors were open, and for some time while there served as Sunday School Superintendent.  He built clutches, worked for Asheville Paving, worked at Magnavox, and served as a mailman.  He worked and retired from the Asheville Citizen Times as a district manager.  He managed a fleet of sno-kone trucks that brought happiness to thousands of children on many hot summer days.  Perhaps his favorite job of all was working at the “Nantahala Walmart” aka the recycling center, where he was able to enjoy his favorite hobby of looking for treasure.  One of his most lovable qualities was his way of giving nicknames to everyone.  His friends will remember that he often ignored their given names for titles like Tobe, Dithers, Catechism, Drybones, and Spider.  His nicknames were badges of honor and often stuck because it helped flavor the rest of our world with some of Gene’s humor and spirit.


Gene loved Flea Markets and had a passion for collecting anything and trading for everything.  He never met a stranger he didn’t talk to or try to trade with.  Everyone who knows Gene will remember he was celebrated for amassing things.  It was a common understanding that “if you needed something Gene Bryant either had it or knew where to find it.”  Objects that many people discarded as junk, Gene would pick up and bring home.  He had a special way of looking at everything- it was never junk to him.  He always saw the potential in all creation- nothing was junk- just things waiting to find their purpose.  He always saw the value instead of deficiency.  His optimistic view wasn’t limited to the things found at flea markets, junkyards and the “Nantahala Walmart.”  He also saw the same kind of potential and good in people.  Even in people who were like the abandoned items he salvaged; even if they appeared to have no good or worth left in them.  Gene always said good things, saw the best and professed hope for the others everyone else had given up on.  It was his mission to show them God.  He was always asking others if they knew the Lord, trying to find a glimmer of worth or treasure somewhere in that person’s heart, despite their reputation, behavior, or history.  Gene’s decency and humbleness in this respect made him the rare find, a treasure among men.  He lived his life as a shining Christian example and although he loved collecting “stuff” it will be his collection of friends and family that is the most lasting testament to his life.  


Gene Bryant’s final days were indicative of a man who engineered a life well spent.  Although he will be sorely missed, his final chapter should be read as a happy ending.  He spent his last week surrounded by a parade of friends and family who made the pilgrimage to Harris Community Hospital to see him before he shed the earthly house of this tabernacle.  The last moments of his story could not have been more beautiful.  Those moments were spent peacefully, accompanied by his sweet wife and daughter quietly singing his favorite hymns while leaning in closely so he could hear them.  He drifted into eternity to meet his Lord and Savior in the best possible way.  Although his body was failing and modern medicine could not intervene, Gene had already secured his eternity sixty years ago by taking the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.  Gene’s family rests in the certainty that this husband, father, and papaw was collected by God to join God’s own assortment of priceless things.  


No one realized it at the time, but Goodbyes were always important to Gene.  When leaving his own parents house, he would say “Love em” meaning instructing his own children to love on their grandparents one at a time, the regular ritual of saying goodbye before they walked out the door.  Gene was conscious of the ceremony of leaving.  Every night he loved on his children, and as Sandy said he wanted to hear her say “Good Night Daddy- Love You- Sweet Dreams ‘Sweep’ Tight.”  When Gene would prepare to leave after a visit to a neighbor or relative, he would say, “All youns come and go with us.”  And if we could hear him right now, that is probably what he is saying to us, inviting us to follow him into the Kingdom.


Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018 at Rowland’s Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Ball, Rev. Jim Postell, and Rev. Dana Dockery officiating.  The interment was at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 4th at Aquone Community Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Devin and Brayden West, Fred Guffey, Mike and Doug Bryant, and Kenny Cope.  


The family received friends from 5:00-6:45 p.m. Monday at Rowland’s Creek Baptist Church. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Rev. Gene Bryant to the Aquone Community Cemetery Fund, 71 Old School Road, Topton, NC  28781.


Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.

Jean Hyde

Jean (Hogsed) Hyde, age 78, passed away on November 26, 2018 at Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, GA.   


Ms. Hyde was predeceased in death by her husband, J.T. Hyde.   


Ms. Hyde was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. 


She leaves behind a daughter, A. DeAnn Harper; son-in-law, John T. Harper; grandson, Ethan Harper, all of McDonough, Georgia; sisters, Fay, Reba, Barbara, Sharon; and brother, Michael.  


Ms. Hyde’s memorial services were held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Warne, North Carolina on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.   


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, Georgia 30253 in loving memory of J.T. and Jean Hyde.

Jean O'Day

Jean O’Day, age 90, of Murphy, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018 in a Murphy hospital. She was a native of Hamilton County, Tennessee, but had lived in Newburgh, Indiana and Volusia County, Florida before moving to Murphy in 1993.  Jean was a retired office supervisor in the real estate business.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Martha Chapter 246. She was a member of Murphy First Baptist Church and was also a choir member.


She was the daughter of the late John and Grace Dunville Callis.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Callis.


Surviving are her husband, Tom O’Day of Murphy; a daughter, Anna France of Deltona, Florida; a son, Brent Dougherty and wife, Deborah of Apopka, Florida; a step-daughter, Colleen Murphy of Orlando, Florida; four step-sons, Michael O’Day and Dennis O’Day, both of Mt. Dora Florida, Shawn O’Day of Eustis, Florida and Thomas E. O’Day II of Orlando, Florida; a sister, Anne Whitfield of Newburgh, Indiana; three grandchildren, Meghan Dougherty, and Lauren and Austen France.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.


A Celebration of Life was held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Murphy First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Tanner officiating.


The family received friends from 2-2:50 Sunday afternoon at the Murphy First Baptist Church prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Jean O’Day to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.


Sharon Clinger


Sharon Clinger, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother of Big Creek Lane, Murphy died Saturday, November 24, 2018. She was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church on route 294 in Suit (Hiwassee Dam area). She was better known as “Gammy” to her extended family. Sharon never met a Chilli Dog she didn’t like.


She was the daughter of the late Fred and Mamie Thomasson. She was preceded in death by a son, Todd Clinger; and a sister, Joan Crawford.


Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Richard Clinger of Murphy; a daughter, Angie Hunt and husband, Brian of Haymarket, Virginia; a son, Brett Clinger and wife, Tammy of Ogreeta, North Carolina; a sister, Jody Anderson of Michigan; a brother, Steve Thomasson and wife, Geri-Ann of Florida; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and countless loved ones.


Funeral services were held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Payne officiating. The interment was in the church cemetery. Son and grandsons served as pallbearers.  


The family received friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in loving memory of Sharon Clinger to the Friendship Baptist Church Youth Fund, c/o T.L. McNabb, 186 Friendship Church Road, Murphy, NC 28906.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.


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