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Mary Rhodarmer

Jun 30, 1934 - Nov 26, 2023

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Waynesville, NC

Mary Sue Mann Rhodarmer, known by her friends as Susie, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. She was born on June 30, 1934 to Prentice and Mattie Franklin Mann. Susie retired from CP&L in June 1996 after 37 ½ years of service. Her retirement was short-lived as she took on the role of Mamaw in October. The greatest joy of her life was caring for her one and only grandson, Matthew Head. The two of them had a bond like no other. Susie’s lo...Read More

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Anna Lou Thompson

Jul 02, 1932 - Feb 08, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

On Thursday, February 8, Anna Lou (Parker) Thompson (1932-2024) went to live among the stars. She passed peacefully in the arms of her daughter, Tina Masciarelli, and son-in-law, Alex Masciarelli, while in the care of Haywood Hospice and Autumn Care of Waynesville. She was a remarkable woman to all who knew her. Anna grew up in Canton before marrying the love of her life, John Thompson. In 1949 the two embarked on an adventure together, living around the world over the arc of her husband’s distinguished military career in the United States Air Force. Anna was adventurous for a small-town girl. She modeled fur coats for a department store when they were stationed in Washington, DC–regularly appearing on television. She pursued work as a bank teller in Hawaii, San Francisco, Kansas City, San Antonio, Orlando, and Washington. In Hawaii, Anna also ran the NCO Wives Club and organized weekly bridge dates for the women to keep each other company while their husbands worked long hours toward the Vietnam War effort. In 1973 she buried her husband when she was 41 and went on to raise their three children–playing the role of mother and father. Anna loved learning. She chased her dream of going to college in her 50’s by completing a degree in Business Administration from Haywood Community College and graduated with academic honors. Tired of feeling “ripped off'' every time her car needed repairs, Anna then completed a degree in Auto Mechanics and even rebuilt the motor in her late husband’s Chevrolet Impala. A degree in carpentry then followed so she felt equipped to maintain the home she created for herself and her children in the heart of Bethel, a community she loved. Being a mother was her greatest achievement which she often cited as the best, hardest job. Later in life, Anna worked as a sales associate at Belk. Then she spent much of her retirement years working in the hospitality industry. Anna was a lover of people and enjoyed sharing the history of the area with hotel guests from far and wide. Anna was a woman of tremendous faith in God and was active in her many church communities throughout her lifetime–most impressively spending decades in pursuit of scholarly study of the Bible. When asked to provide an occupation for her death certificate, “trailblazer” seemed the best fit for a life lived so fully. "Love-giver" and "smile-maker" also came to mind. Her superpower was making others feel seen and quite special. She loved fearlessly and without hesitation. Anna saw each of us not for who we think we are, but rather the embodiment of our fullest potential that she could color in such rich detail that you, yourself, began to believe. Anna possessed the strength of a lion and the gentleness of an angel’s kiss. To our family, she was our anchor. The keeper of truths, family history, and generational treasures. Blue was her favorite color–especially blue skies and blue seas. Anna was predeceased by her husband, USAF Chief Master Sergeant John C. Thompson; her parents, Hubert and Lucille Parker; and her brother, Jerry. Anna is survived by her three children, Tina Masciarelli (Alex) of Waynesville, Johnny Thompson (Sonya) formerly of Haywood County and Danny Thompson (Susan) of Smyrna, Tennessee; daughter-in-law Tamie Thompson Mull of Canton; eight grandchildren, Sophia Masciarelli, Fiona Masciarelli (Luís Paulo Hemmer), Olivia Masciarelli, Chad Carver (Molly), Zack Carver, Beth Thompson, Kevin Thompson (Amesha) and Laura Thurman (Caleb); and nine great-grandchildren, Dominic Carver, Lola Carver, Gatlin Carver, Zoe Carver, Ava Carver, Bonnie Dubbs, Brayden Thompson, Cohen Thurman and Ellie Thurman. Anna is also survived by two of her four sisters-in-law whom she admired throughout her life–Joan Parker of Canton and Mildred Banks of Canton. To the very end, Anna maintained her kindness, grace, unwavering faith in God, compassion, appreciation of beauty, love of family and friends, and expressed gratitude for her long life, full of endless wonder. Anna counted herself as both feminist and servant, patriot and fierce believer in democracy. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. Over her 91 years, Anna lived through extraordinary moments in history and used the lessons learned to shape the wisdom that guided her. Mother, you will always be in our hearts. Like the little love notes you were so famous for writing, we will forever see your magnificent blue eyes shining in the stars above us. We love you so much. Fly high dear angel. “Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease…Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home.” A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Anna’s earthly body was placed in the loving care of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. Her ashes will be interred with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Thompson family.

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Earl Gary Finney

May 16, 1946 - Feb 18, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Earl Gary FinneyEarl Gary Finney 77 of Waynesville passed away on February 18, 2024.  Graveside Services will be held Thursday February 22, 2024 at Fulbright Cemetery in Waynesville.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:45 prior to the service.The complete obituary will be published when completed.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service in Clyde NC is caring for the Finney family.

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Teresa Kay Goodson

Jul 16, 1953 - Feb 17, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Teresa Kay Goodson, age 70, of Waynesville, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

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Elaine Richardson Mills

Dec 14, 1951 - Feb 07, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Elaine Richardson Mills Elaine Richardson Mills, age 72, of Waynesville, NC passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Elaine was born December 14, 1951 to the late William Rex and Mary Colvard Richardson. She was a certified spiritual director. She was a member of Santa Andrew's Episcopal Church in Canton. She served at her church as the Senior Warden and she was on the Vestry. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Franklin Mills; children, Andrew Mills, Peter Mills, Carrie Mills, and James Mills; and sister, Corinne Devault. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Garrett Funeral Home is caring for the Mills family. A message of comfort may be left for the family at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com

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Marilyn Alice Hanks Simon

Sep 07, 1946 - Feb 07, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Marilyn Alice Hanks Simon, 77, of Waynesville, NC passed away on February 7, 2024.Marilyn was the daughter of the late Guilford Hanks and Nadine Alice Hanks. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Hanks Becklo.She is survived by her sister, Cynthia Hanks Benben and brother, John Hanks (Donna).Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.

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Elaine Richardson Mills

Dec 14, 1951 - Feb 07, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Elaine Richardson Mills Elaine Richardson Mills, age 72, of Waynesville, NC passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Elaine was born December 14, 1951 to the late William Rex and Mary Colvard Richardson. She was a certified spiritual director. She was a member of Santa Andrew's Episcopal Church in Canton. She served at her church as the Senior Warden and she was on the Vestry. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Franklin Mills; children, Andrew Mills, Peter Mills, Carrie Mills, and James Mills; and sister, Corinne Devault. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Garrett Funeral Home is caring for the Mills family. A message of comfort may be left for the family at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com

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Suellen Harvey Houchin

May 08, 1939 - Jan 27, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Suellen Harvey Houchin, age 84, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024, with her loving family at her side. She was born May 8, 1939, in Longmont, Colorado, and was the youngest of four children born to the late William and Frieda Harvey. Suellen graduated from Longmont High School, where she participated in the high school band, playing both the oboe and piano. She continued her education at William Woods College in Fulton, MO, where she met her husband, John Houchin. After completing her degree at the University of Tulsa, she taught high school History and English. Following John’s graduation, they made their home in Tampa, FL where Suellen continued to teach until the arrival of their first child, John III. New job opportunities moved them to the east Coast of Florida where they welcomed their second child, Julie, while they were residing in North Palm Beach. Suellen was a wonderful mother and she raised her family in Palm Beach Gardens where her home quickly became the center of all delightful neighborhood activities. Mrs. “H” became a surrogate mom to many, while providing her famous “Mexican Heros” to hungry teenagers. In the moments that the house was quiet and peaceful, she enjoyed needlepoint, reading, and floating in the swimming pool. Suellen lovingly gave back to her community through supporting charities, especially, Younglife. With an adventurous spirit, she enjoyed traveling cross country in their RV, flying to the Bahamas in John’s Cessna, and riding on the back of a motorcycle along the winding mountain roads of Western North Carolina. After her children graduated from High School she and John moved to Burnsville, NC, and later settled in Waynesville where she assisted her husband with the heating oil business. All the while welcoming the additions of her three grandchildren, Haley, JC, and Savannah. Suellen was very proud of her grandchildren, often attending far-flung sporting events and other activities they participated in while watching them grow into the young adults they are today. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John M. Houchin, Jr.; a daughter, Julie Laurie; a son John M. Houchin, III; granddaughters, Haley Houchin and Savannah Laurie; a grandson, JC Houchin; a sister, Donna Rajewski and her children, Chris, David, Scott and Michelle Sills; nieces and nephews of Suellen’s sister, the late Pat Markham, Ed Markham and wife, Mindy and Vicki Wilson and husband, Wade; nieces and nephews of Suellen’s late brother, Jack, Derek Harvey and wife, Jane, Sharon Alexander and husband Todd and Kevin Harvey; cousins, Nancy O’Hara and Sandy True. A memorial service will be held at 12:00PM on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Lewis Memorial Park, 415 Beaverdam Rd., Asheville, NC 28804. A celebration of life service will be held on May 4, 2024, at the home of John and Lori Houchin, 27 River Drive, Tequesta, FL, 33469. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101 or online at http://fundraising.stjude.org/goto/Suellen Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Houchin family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com

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Deborah Ann Cable

Jul 03, 1964 - Feb 03, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

In loving MemoryDeborah Ann Cable1964 – 2024Deborah Ann Cable, 59, of Waynesville, NC went home to the Lord on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024.A lifelong native of Haywood County, born July 3rd, 1964, to the late Wade Moore and Mary “Sue” Lee Rathbone. Deborah loved the sunshine and being outside; she enjoyed working in her flower garden, fishing, going to the park, and spending time with family, especially her grandkids and dog, “Skittles”.Left to cherish Deborah’s memories is her companion of 17 years, Heath Sutton; children Shawn Cable (Cassie), and Nichole Cable; brothers Ronnie Lee, Robert Moore, Richard Moore; and four grandchildren Travis, Hannah, Jax, and Griffin.A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday February 10th, 2024, at Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service with Pastor Tony Stiles presiding.Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the familyand the online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.

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Nancy Ellen Boguski

Apr 14, 1937 - Jan 21, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Nancy Ellen (Deaner) Boguski Nancy Ellen (Deaner) Boguski, longtime Vero Beach resident, age 86, passed away peacefully on January 21st, 2024, in Waynesville, North Carolina, of natural causes. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Arlington, Virginia, beloved daughter of George and Alma Deaner, Nancy was predeceased by longtime partner Edwin Bonkowski, husband Francis Boguski, daughter Mary Beth Boguski, son-in-law Fred Wood, sister-in-law Mari Deaner, and cousin Dorcus Channell. Nancy is survived by brother George Deaner, former husband Gary Antonides (Jan), children Steven (Kathryn), Colleen, and Scott (Diane) Antonides, Paula Wood, Peter (Nancy) and Stephen (Jean) Boguski; grandchildren Lindsey Tropf (Ryan), Sarah Slimak (Sasson), Kaitlin Antonides (Travis), Rebecca Slimak (Darien), Megan (Noah) and Jennifer (Emmanuel) Smith, Christina and Michael Antonides, Joy, Julie, Noah, and Hannah Boguski; great-grandchildren Rowen, Jermaine, and Zander; and cousin Judith Garrett. She is also survived by Ed’s children Penny Graham, Nicki Hammond, and Lee-Anne Caruso. Nancy earned a master’s degree in psychology from George Mason University while raising three children in Herndon, Virginia, and began working in the field, eventually managing a mental health services facility. A move to Vero Beach, Florida, in 1980 prompted a career change to real estate. She returned to practicing psychology for some years before retiring. Frank and Nancy were among the first members of the Polish American Social Club of Vero Beach. She enjoyed traveling overseas with Ed and activities with their extended families for many years in upstate New York and Florida. Nancy always followed her heart and head, and was a guiding light and loving strength to those in her family and among her friends. She was a generous caretaker and never lost her love for life, sense of humor, or the sparkle in her eye. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, laughing and playing cards or board games, about which she was mercilessly competitive. Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 10th at 2:00 pm. at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th St., Vero Beach, Florida 32960

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Terry Bryon Rich

Apr 06, 1956 - Jan 25, 2024

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Waynesville, NC

Terry Bryon Rich Terry Bryon Rich, 67, of Waynesville, NC, passed away on January 25th, 2024, and went home to be with the Lord. Born in Burke County, NC on April 6th, 1956, he was the son of Thomas Edward Rich and Hazel Lanail Donaldson. Bryon was a current member of Panther Creek Baptist Church, but also spent time at Victory Baptist Church. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Bryon is survived by his Son, Jesse Rich (Hollie) and Daughter, Terri Rich; Grandchildren, Calen Rich, Locklyn Rich, Taylor Teeple and Aidan Morrison; Mother, Hazel Donaldson (Robert), Sister Beth Farr (Robert) and Brother Tony Donaldson (Toni) and a number of nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, and extended family. Preceding Bryon in death was his Father, Thomas Rich; Grandparents, Wilma and Frank Denton. There will be a celebration of life held at Panther Creek Baptist Church at 2:00pm on February 9th, 2024. Pastor Ronnie Greene and Pastor Jerry Nelson will be officiating the service. Panther Creek Baptist Church address: 5494 Panther Creek Rd, Panther Creek, NC 28721 Garrett Funeral Home is caring for the Rich family. A message of comfort may be made to the family at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com

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