Feb 05, 1949 - Dec 01, 2023
Mary Jane Matthews
Nov 10, 1940 - Feb 24, 2024
Waynesville, Mary Jane Matthews, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.Born on November 10, 1940, in Dover, New Hampshire to Charles and Ernestine Maguire, Mary Jane lived a life dedicated to family and friends, faith, and a passion for serving others.A lifelong servant in retail spaces, Mary Jane worked in a variety of stores from Burdines in South Florida to Belk, Wal-Mart, The Tool Shed, and Mast General Store in Haywood County. She and her husband, Jerry, also owned and operated Reed’s Acorn Motel in Black Mountain, NC for eight years in the mid 1970’s.Mary Jane was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Waynesville for almost 40 years where she served in countless ways including teaching Sunday School, decorating for special events, and being a generous giver of time and tithes.Mary Jane was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Hill Matthews, their infant son, Clinton Charles Matthews, and her brother, Timothy Maguire. She is survived by her son, Clinton Timothy Matthews, his wife Kalyn Galloway Matthews, and her granddaughter, Juniper Maguire Matthews, of Clyde. Mary Jane is also survived by two brothers, Thomas and Patrick Maguire who reside in Florida, as well as her sister-in-law, Joan Biller and best friend, Polly McDowell, of Haywood County.In honoring Mary Jane’s memory, let us celebrate a life well-lived as a loving wife and mother, tireless servant, and dear friend. May she rest in eternal peace knowing she was truly loved and respected by many.In lieu of flowers, please donate to Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care whose expertise and loving care made Mary Jane’s journey across the rainbow bridge effortless and beautiful.
Walter Allan Meyer
Aug 14, 1937 - Feb 24, 2024
Walter Allan Meyer Walter Allan Meyer, 86, of Fines Creek, died Feb. 24, 2024, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. He was an avid gardener specializing in herbs, flowering plants and perennials that he and his wife, Joanne Morro Meyer, sold at farmers’ markets. The couple was married May 22, 1965, at St. Peter’s Church, Torrington, CT, and resided in Vernon, CT until 1972 when they moved to Unity, NH. After the rough winters of 1977-1978, they made their home in Mount Dora, FL, spending 22 years there. They have resided in the Fines Creek community since April, 2000. Born Aug. 14, 1937, in Rockville, CT, Walter was the son of the late Walter Carl and Lottie Ruth Schofield Meyer. He graduated from Rockville High School in 1955 and was an US Air Force veteran. Walter earned Master Gardener status through cooperative extension programs in Sullivan County, New Hampshire and Haywood County, North Carolina . He helped organize Haywood’s Historic Farmers’ Market in Waynesville, and was one of the original vendors at Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets, Mount Dora. More recently, he enjoyed vending at Jackson County NC farmers markets in Sylva and Cashiers. In addition to his wife, Walter leaves two daughters, Paula Marie Meyer of Fines Creek and Sarah Jeanne Meyer, Mount Dora, FL; two grandsons, Jordan Roberts (Monique) of Eustis, FL and Bernard Young (Alysa) of Fruitland Park, FL; two granddaughters, Natalie Marie Young, Eustis and Rina Louise Young, Tavares, FL; nine great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews cousins. Garrett Funeral Home in Waynesville is handling arrangements. The family plans to honor Walter’s memory at a later date with a gathering of family and friends. www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com
Catherine “Bobbie” Smathers Banks
Jul 23, 1935 - Mar 01, 2024
Waynesville-Catherine “Bobbie” Smathers Banks, age 88, passed away at Autumn Care of Waynesville on March 1, 2024.She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Allen Banks, Jr.; daughter, Brenda Rathbone; son, Steven Banks; grandson, Kevin Banks; and her father, William Clayton Smathers and mother, Nola Wooten Smathers.Bobbie is survived by daughters, Doris Ashe (Keith), Wanda Caldwell (James) and Linda Snyder (William); four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; along with extended family and friends. She retired after 30+ years at Haywood Lodge. She enjoyed word search puzzle books and bingo. She was a great mother and a sweet, kind, and loving person that will be dearly missed.Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Smoky Mountain Chapel with Donnie Bryson officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Burial will follow services at Green Hill Cemetery.The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Autumn Care of Waynesville and Haywood Hospice for the wonderful care and love for their mother.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.
Lana Blaylock Snider
Jun 29, 1950 - Feb 28, 2024
Lana Blaylock Snider, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Autumn Care of Waynesville. She was born in Haywood County in 1950. Lana was dedicated to her career; she owned and operated a Trucking Company, leaving a legacy of hard work and success. In 1968, Lana graduated from Pisgah High School, showcasing her commitment to education and personal growth. Lana was preceded in death by her parents, James and Hilda Tabor Blaylock. Alongside her parents, Lana also mourned the loss of her husband, Fred Snider, who passed away in 2004, and a son, Aaron Snider. She is survived by her loving son, Tristan Snider, and his wife Ashley, of Clyde. Lana is also survived by her sister, Susan Cothran, of Canton; her brother, David Blaylock, also of Canton; as well as two cherished grandchildren; Isabelle Acheson and Silas Snider. In remembrance of Lana's life, let us hold dear the memories she created with her family and the impact she made in the world. May she rest in peace knowing she was surrounded by love. The care of Mrs. Snider has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Canton and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.
Norma Jean Hooper
May 16, 1937 - Feb 24, 2024
Norma Jean Hooper, age 86, of Sylva passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Autumn Care of Waynesville after a period of declining health.Born on May 16, 1937 in Sylva, Jean was the daughter of the late Roy L. Sellers and Bertha Lawing Sellers. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Earl Hooper, infant son Michael D. Hooper, brother Terry Sellers, and sister Betty Owen.Jean is survived by one son Rick Hooper and wife Joan of Sylva; daughter Sherry Hooper of Newland NC; special daughter Andrea Thurn of Newland; sister-in-law Linda Sellers of Columbus, MS; nephew Kim and wife Tammy and nieces Dottie Franklin, Donna Owen, and Pam McIntyre.Jean was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She loved her church family and could often be found in the kitchen preparing meals for church functions. She was very creative and enjoyed doing a variety of crafts. She also enjoyed gardening and working in her flowers.Jean was a very kind and loving wife and mother. She will be missed by all those who loved her.A funeral service will be held at 1:00 Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 prior to the service.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund PO Box 245 Sylva, NC 28779. Donations may also be made to Brasstown Cemetery Fund c/o Sherry Hooper 1212 Land Harbor Newland, NC 28657.Appalachian Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald A (Ron) McFalls
Jan 20, 1956 - Feb 23, 2024
Ronald A (Ron) McFalls passed away Friday February 23, 2024. He was a native of Haywood County. Ronald was the son of Evelyn Trull McFalls and the late Clyde McFalls. Ron worked at Ken Willsons Ford and devoted 17 years to the parts department. He was a member of Ninevah Baptist Church. Ron enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, and taking care of his yard. He was a master guitar player, but most of all he loved his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Ron was survived by his loving wife Reva Presnell McFalls of 30 years; two daughters Amy Davis (Joey), and Sarah McFalls; two sons Dylan McFalls (Jessica), and Austin McFalls (Anna), a sister, Debbie McCall, and brother David McFalls. 10 wonderful grandchildren, and 2 amazing great grandchildren, and one on the way. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 1 pm in the Waynesville Chapel of the Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Pat Kilby and Rev Chad Ellege officiating. The family will receive friends from 11am to 1 pm prior to the services. The family would like to thank Four Seasons Hospice for their love and caring of Ron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dementia Alliance of NC 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27615. The care of Ron A McFalls has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.
Robert Eugene Massie
Mar 25, 1933 - Feb 25, 2024
Robert Eugene Massie passed away Sunday February 25, 2024. He was born to Thomas Guy and Hettie Mock Massie on March 25,1933 in Haywood County. Proceeded in death by parents and sister Lois M. McEdwards, and survived by his wife Sarah Shaw Massie, son David Reagan Massie (Kim), daughter Laura Massie Howell (Dean), grandsons Lucas Dean Howell (Kalei) and Ethan Robert Howell (Brittney), and great granddaughter Emma Mason Howell and great grandson Townes Lucas Howell. Bob became an Eagle Boy Scout in his teen years and later served as Scout Master. He graduated from UNC, Chapel Hill in 1955 with a BS Degree in Business and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force and called to active duty in 1956. Bob met his wife Sarah Shaw while in the service and they were married in 1957. Bob was employed by Peebles-Kimbrell Dept store and Champion paper company upon returning to Waynesville. He then worked in banking from 1962 until he retired in 1996, first for First State Bank and then as a Vice President at Northwestern Bank and First Citizens Bank. He was active in church, civic, and community affairs serving on numerous boards of directors and committees including Waynesville Housing Authority, Haywood County Hospital Foundation, Salvation Army, Downtown Waynesville Association, First United Methodist Church, Waynesville Lions Club, Haywood County Fairgrounds, and Haywood Rod and Gun Club. Bob was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Administrative Board, active in the Pumpkin Patch, Pancake Day and in renovation of the church parsonage. Bob's joys in life were spending time at the family cabin at Lake Glenville, trout fishing, hunting, and fishing at the Rod and Gun Club and all things firewood. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. A celebration for family and friends will follow at the Wells Events and Reception Center. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to First United Methodist Church or Longs Chapel Firewood Ministry (PO Box 611, Waynesville). The care of Mr. Massie has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville
Mary Renshaw Buckner
Aug 30, 1931 - Feb 26, 2024
Mary Renshaw Buckner, 92, passed away on February 26, 2024 at Autumn Care of Waynesville. She was born on August 30, 1931, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to the late Earl Ralph Renshaw and Grace Margaret Hanifan. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Jack “B.J.” Buckner; a son, Michael Stuart Harris; and one grandson.Mary was fondly known as the “Bear Lady” by friends and family due to her impressive collection of all things bear. She helped countless patients in various medical settings during her fifty-year career as a registered nurse. Mary was an avid reader and always interested in alternate and natural forms of healing. Through her healing work, she formed many special connections all over the world. She enjoyed traveling around the United States in her Volkswagen camper for several years. The color purple brought Mary much joy, as did Mexican food and watching football games. She spent the last seven years in Haywood County, where she enjoyed spending time with her daughter, Teresa and her husband, Bill.Mary is survived by a daughter, Teresa Jackson, and her husband, Bill, of Waynesville; five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and several cousins.Per Mary’s wishes, no services will be held at this time.Memorials may be made to Bear Trust International, PO Box 426, Windsor, CO 80550. Or a donation may be made online at beartrust.orgSmoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.
Barbara Sue Boyd Prado
Jul 17, 1952 - Feb 21, 2024
Mrs. Barbara Sue Boyd Prado, age 71, formerly of Washington, and current resident of Waynesville, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024, after a long courageous battle with illness.A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will also receive friends at the homes of her daughters in Washington.Mrs. Prado was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 17, 1952. She was the daughter of the late William Thomas Boyd and the late Janice Buck Boyd. She attended Chocowinity High School and worked in the medical administration field for many years until her health no longer allowed her to do so. She was also a homemaker and loving wife to her husband Albert who survives. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren, whom she adored, and traveling across the country with Albert in their RV. She had a great passion for food and cooking and was always hunting for new recipes to sample and discuss.She is survived along with her husband Albert by her daughters: Melissa Simons of Washington, Melanie Elks and husband Mark of Washington, Candace Little and husband Melvin of Clyde; grandchildren: Haley Schlaeger, Jack Simons, Charlotte Simons and Haeden Little; a brother: Tommy Boyd and wife Barbara of Chocowinity; a sister: Karen Weatherly of Durham; a brother: Billy Boyd and wife Marsha of Blounts Creek; and many special aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.Condolences may be addressed to the family online by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.comPaul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Prado family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Barbara Sue Boyd Prado, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
May 09, 1953 - Feb 21, 2024
Doug “Skid” Skidmore, loving husband, father, papaw and brother, 70, of Waynesville, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus.He was born May 9th, 1953, in Haywood County, to Lillian Dale and Ollie Joe Skidmore.He was preceded in death by his mother and father, five brothers, five sisters, his son Johnny, and his great-grandson DJ.Doug was a man of God. His family was his everything. Doug was the youngest of 15 children. He could always be found outside working in the garden or taking care of his farm animals. He loved going to McCracken Rest Home and preaching to the residents. The residents were his second family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Murlan Skidmore, his children, Ronda Ray (Steven), Jason Skidmore (Becky), Josh Skidmore (Gina), Heather Cresson (Josh), and Thomas and LeeAnn. His sisters are Carolyn Marler, Bertha Fish, Patsy Pridmore, and Gene Skidmore, and he has 10 grandkids, 11 great-grandbabies, who were the love and light of his life, and several special nieces and nephews.Memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 25th at Canton Community CenterMemorials may be made to the funeral home to assist the family.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.