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When possible, obituaries should be sent to the Herald from the funeral home. Information received will be placed in our standard obituary format.We publish names of the deceased's spouse, parents, grandparents, siblings and children; we also include the number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Read More . . .Obituaries - 10/18/01Mary RoseMary L. Rose, 59, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001.A native of Storm Lake, Iowa, she was raised in Albert City. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School in Varina. She received a scholastic scholarship from Beuna Vista College in Storm Lake and graduated magna cum laude in 1975.After living in Iowa, she moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas in 1980. She attended Pan American University, graduating magna cum laude in 1983 with a master's in business admin-istration. She attended graduate management information systems courses at Pan American University. In 1993, she began her doctoral studies at the University of House. She received her doctorate of education in 1998. At the time of her death, she was an assistant professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris; her father, Edward; and brother, James Conlin.Surviving are her husband, Mike; one son, Michael Jr.; one daughter, Kathleen Sweitzer; and seven grandchildren.Asheville Mortuary Service was in charge of arrangements.Samuel WhiteSamuel Edwin White Jr., 83, of Levi Mathis Road, Whittier, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at his residence.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, Sylva, of which he was a member. Pastor Timothy Rall will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by Sylva American Legion Post 104.A native of Albertville, Ala., he had lived in Jackson County since 1970 and was the son of the late Samuel and Ella Mae White. He received his bachelor¹s degree at San Jose State College (now San Jose State University) and his master¹s degree and educational specialist at Stout State University.He taught industrial technology at Western Carolina University from 1970 until retiring in 1980. He was a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a naval aviator in World War II and the Korean War. He flew supplies to England and Germany in support of the Berlin Airlift. He was past president of the Asheville chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.Surviving are his wife, Martha; one daughter, Donna Stephens of Pine, Ariz.; one son, Samuel White III of Williamsburg, Va.; two sisters, Betty Kerr of Anniston, Ala., and Becky Hamilton of Fair Oaks, Calif.; and several grandchildren.Memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Building Fund, 79 N.C. 107, Sylva, N.C. 28779.The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Melton-Riddle Funeral Home.Sheila DenkertShelia M. Denkert, 68, of Cullowhee, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Mission St. Joseph¹s Health System.A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sylva.She was born in Chicago to Harry Cole and Mabel Cronin Mecartney. She grew up in Springfield, Ill., where she met and married Charles M. Denkert in 1953; they were married for 48 years. in 1956 they moved to Miami, where they resided for 25 years and raised their children. In 1982 they moved to Cullowhee. She was active in music, teaching piano lessons and playing the organ for various churches in the area. She was a member of St. Mary¹s Catholic Church and served as the church organist.Surviving are her husband, Charles M. Denkert; one daughter, Deirdre Nentwig of Miami; two sons, David Denkert and Stephen Denkert, both of Miami; and six grandchildren.Donations be sent to St. Mary's Organ Fund, 22 Bartlett St., Sylva, N.C. 28779; or Mountain Trace Alzheimer's Unit, 417 Mountain Trace Road, Sylva, N.C. 28779.Moody Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. An online memorial registry may be signed at www.pemoody.com.James ParkerJames Harold "Wheel" Parker, 76, of Third Street, Andrews, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at Mission St. Joseph's Health System.Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct, 12, at Townson-Rose Chapel. Dr. Homer Wilson and the Rev. Charles Raper officiated. Burial was in Valley River Baptist Church Cemetery in Andrews.Military graveside rites were conducted by the Andrews VFW Post 7620. Pallbearers were Paul Earwood, Brian Crawford, Scott Allen, Jeremy Holloway, Adam Parker and Dane Parker. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Andrews Fire Department and Terry Nelson, Tim Kearns, Van Kearns, Ricky Smith and Tim Wright.A native of Cherokee County, he was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He served 17 years as a policeman with the Andrews Police Department, then worked with Magnavox and Burlington Industries.He returned to Andrews, where he worked until his retirement. He was one of the original members of the Andrews Rescue Squad and was a member of the Valleytown Fire Department and Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Andrews. He was a son of the late Fred and Mary Ann Garren Parker.Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Joyce Crowe Parker; three sons, Sam Parker of Cherokee, Jeffery S. Parker of Murphy and James Steedley Parker of the home; one daughter, Renee Holloway of Topton; one brother, Gerald Parker of Marble; one sister, Dot Kerns of Lexington; four grandchildren, including April Parker of Sylva; and three great-grandchildren.Memorial donations may be made to the Lewis Rathbun Center, 12 Sherwood Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803; or the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, 5950 Fairview Road, Suite 550, Charlotte, N.C. 28210.Alma NationsAlma Nations, 78, of Bryson City, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at Swain County Hospital after a long period of declining health.Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the chapel of Bill Moody Funeral Home. The Revs. Tom Harris and Danny Sweet officiated. Burial was in Swain Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jason Nations, Dennis Martin, Brian Nations, Larry Bowers, Roby Bowers and Billy Higdon.A native of Swain County, she was a daughter of the late Bob and Sarah Nations.Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Edd Nations; two daughters, Peggy Nations of Sylva and Betty Martin of Six Mile, S.C.; four sons, Jim Nations of Knoxville, Tenn., Sam Nations of Charleston, S.C., Jerry Nations of Bryson City and Tony Nations of Charlotte; three sisters, Evelyn Higdon of Georgia, Mamie Bowers of Mooresville and Anne Higdon of Bryson City; two brothers, Ben Nations of Whittier and Joe Nations of Georgia; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.Oscar WoodOscar William Wood, 75, of Sylva, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at his residence.Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the chapel of Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Roger Stewman and Paul Cardin officiated. Burial was in Addie Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Moan, Ben Bryson, Frank Dills, Jamie Dills, Brian Wood, David Parris, Danny Hooper and Sonny Bryson.Born Sept. 30, 1926, in Sylva, he was the son of the late Joseph and Vergie Pressley Wood. He worked as a tanner for the A.C. Lawrence Leather Co. He was a member of Balsam Baptist Church and a past member of the Jackson County Beekeepers Association.Surviving are his wife, Helen Wood of Balsam; two daughters, Mary Jane Bryson of Waynesville and Marlene Parris of Balsam; two sons, Bruce Wood of Waynesville and Gary Wood of Cullowhee; one sister, Janie Irene Wood of Asheville; one half-sister, Barbara Wood of North Carolina; five half-brothers, Carl Wood of Candler, James Wood of Waynesville, Thomas Wood of South Carolina, Hershal Wood and Wesley Wood, both of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.Memorials may be made to WestCare Hospice, 132 Sylva Plaza, Sylva, N.C. 28779.An online guest registry may be signed at www.legacy.comEleanor WilnotyEleanor Littlejohn Wilnoty, 76, of Soco Road, Cherokee, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at her residence.Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Wilnoty Family Cemetery. The Rev. James "Bo" Parris officiated.A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was a basket weaver with Qualla Arts and Crafts Coop and Medicine Man Craft Shop. She was the daughter of the late John Littlejohn.She was preceded in death by one brother, Luke Littlejohn.Surviving are her husband, John Wilnoty Sr. of Cherokee; her mother, Nancy Blackfox Wilnoty of Cherokee; three sons, John Wilnoty Jr. and Frederick Wilnoty, both of Cherokee, and Lorenzo Wilnoty of Asheville; one daughter, Glenda Smith of Cherokee; and 10 grandchildren.Moody Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Lucy WildcattLucy Ann Wildcatt, 53, of Cherokee, died Friday, October 12, 2001, in Minneapolis, Minn.Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Rock Hill Baptist Church. The Revs. Denny Crowe and Wayne Hornbuckle officiated. Burial was at Ben Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Wildcatt, Guy Wildcatt, Richie Kirkland, Victor Wildcatt, Dee Dee Wildcatt and Curtis Wildcatt.A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Bodie and Bessie Wildcatt.Surviving are five sisters, Melitia Sequra of Arden, Kathleen Wildcatt of Avon Park, Fla., and Hattie Milholen, Sally Davis and Dianne Wildcatt, all of Cherokee; three brothers, Johnson Lee Wildcatt, Aberham Wildcatt and Jack William Wildcatt, all of Cherokee; two daughters, Brenda K. Wildcatt and Carla McCoy, both of Cherokee; and three sons, Ray McCoy, Reggie Stanberry, both of Cherokee, and Archie Stanberry of Gastonia.Moody Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Nannie BallNannie Louise Ball, 92, of Asheville, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, in Harris Regional Hospital.Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the chapel of Moody Funeral Home, Sylva. The Rev. Mike Leslie officiated. Burial was in the Hensley Cemetery.A native of Virginia and a resident of Asheville, she was the wife of the late George W. Ball Jr. Daughter of the late Charles Allen and Alice Lillian Herndon Ball, she was of the Christian faith.She was preceded in death by one son, Donald.Surviving are five sons; Kenneth Ball of Waynesville, Harold Ball of Cedar Bluff, Va., Louis Ball of Black Mountain, Va., Ronnie Ball of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jackie Ball of Blountville, Tenn.; three daughters; Geneva Nave of Lake City, Fla., Thelma Ruth Harman of Princeton, W.Va., and Penelope Randall of Asheville; and one sister; Estelle Ball of Abingdon, Va.Frances BeckFrances Kingery Luce Beck, 84, of Palmer Road, Franklin, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, in a local hospital.Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. The Revs. Wayne Allen and Harold Strader officiated. Burial was at the Beck Family Cemetery in Cherokee. Pallbearers were grandsons.Born in Brentwood, Tenn., March 25, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Everett Samuel and Mary McClean Kingery. Raised in Bowling Green, Ky., she graduated from Western Kentucky University and Vanderbilt University.She married George Luce and they both accepted teaching positions at Sylva High School. When he died of a terminal blood disease, she stayed in Sylva during World War II.After the war she married Samuel Beck, who was the band director at the school. They moved to Franklin in 1950 to continue their teaching careers.She briefly retired to help him establish a farm, cafeteria, motel and raise her sons. She returned to teaching in 1972, retiring in 1985.She remained active at First Methodist Church, her Extension Homemakers club, the bridge club, the family business, and as a substitute teacher.Surviving are two sons, Robert of Cherokee and Steve of Franklin; one stepson, Sam R. of Hayesville; and one sister, Iris Runner of Bowling Green, Ky.Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or a scholarship in her name at First Union National Bank.Macon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.John OldtJohn Oldt, 55, of Sylva, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at his residence.A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Wesleyanna United Methodist Church. The Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiated.A native of Michigan, he had lived in Jackson County since 1973. He attended Wayne State University and Albion College in Michigan. He was a graduate of Southwestern Community College with an associate degree in environmental science. He was a trade carpenter and did renovations and winterized homes for Mountain Projects.Surviving are his wife, Edith King Oldt; his mother, Lucy Oldt of Travers City, Mich.; one son, Wesley Oldt of Arden; and one sister, Julie Maxson of Travers City, Mich.Memorials may be made to Animal Relief Fund of Jackson County, P.O. Box 1966, Sylva, N.C. 28779.Moody Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Noel RisnychokNoel T. Risnychok, 53, of Sylva died Sept. 27, 2001, in Costa Rica.Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 6, in Miami Springs, Fla., and on Monday, Oct. 8, at O'Malleys in Sylva. Another service will be held in the spring at Arlington National Cemetery.He was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Philadelpia. He retired from the National Climatic Data Center and was a member of the MGB Association. He was a Vietnam veteran.Surviving are one daughter, Michelle Hill; two brothers, Clinton and Charles; and two grandchildren.Stanfill Funeral Home in Miami was in charge of arrangements.Silas SimmonsSilas "Butch" Johnson Simmons of 3896 Woodside Drive, Macon, Ga., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at a Macon hospital.Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church. The Revs. Stephen Johnson and Joe McDaniel officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. Pallbearers were Don Mims, Ralph Bennett, Randy Douthit, Jack Dawson, Hines Causey and Berry Johnston.Son of the late Rufus and Lucille Johnson Simmons, he was born in Statesboro, Ga., and had lived in Macon for the past 55 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II, and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a retired vice president of S & S Food Administrators. He was a member of Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church and the J.C. Johnson Sunday school class. He was a member of Wolihin Masonic Lodge 390, Al Sihah Shrine Temple and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32nd Degree.Surviving are his wife, Jean Chance Simmons of Macon.; one son, Si Simmons of Webster; two daughters, Adicia Asbell of Macon, and Sandra Yates of Lizella, Ga.; two brothers, Thomas Simmons of Statesboro and Robert Simmons of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; one sister, Frances Gray of Medford, Ore; and three grandchildren.Snow's Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.