Bernice Elliott

Bernice Rogers Elliott, 91, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 4, 2019. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tenn., and grew up in Graham County, N.C.

She was the daughter of the late Walter J. Evans and Grace Shaw Evans. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Harold Richard Rogers; her husbands, James Glenn Rogers and Archie V. Elliott; brothers, Lesley Evans, Bill Evans, J.D. Evans and Claude Evans; and sisters, Jean McKeldrey Orren and Joann Evans Higdon.

She is survived by her daughter, Lois Rogers Cline; son-in-law, John, of Franklin; granddaughter, Sonia Irene Hooper of Sylva; and sister, Ethel Evans Cunningham of Andrews, N.C.

She retired from Skyland Textile in Sylva and was a member of East Sylva Baptist Church. She loved sewing, quilting, working in her garden and flowers, canning, cooking, sitting on her porch, and spending time with family and friends.

A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, at East Sylva Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Dean officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

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