James E. (Big Jim) Ranson

On Father’s Day, June 18, 2017, James E. (Big Jim) Ranson passed away peacefully at the age of 85 at his home in Cashiers.

He was a part-time resident of Tampa, Florida. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he was a maintenance foreman for Nabisco Corporation, a licensed machinist and then owner of a KOA Campground in Ruskin, Florida.

Peter John Pioli

Peter John Pioli of Sapphire Valley was called to his heavenly Father on Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born in Bronx, New York on Dec. 10, 1947 to the late George and Renee Pioli. He is survived by his spouse, Louis Riggs; his brother George; his two children, Paul and Vanessa; and four grandchildren, Renee, Garrett, Isabella and Lilliana.

Benjamin Ralph Wynn

Benjamin Ralph Wynn, 55, of Ben Wynn’s Plumbing in Glenville, went to be with the Lord while at home Thursday, May 18, 2017, after battling life challenging illnesses for more than a year.

Arquillia Henderson Jamison

Arquillia Henderson Jamison, 60, of Cullowhee, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Born in Murphy, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Alice Mashburn Underwood and the late William Gordon Underwood.

Griffin Lane McCall

On Monday, May 8, 2017 Griffin Lane McCall passed peacefully from this life into the waiting and loving arms of both his Savior Jesus Christ and his wife, Colleen, who preceded him in death by 10 years.

He was born to Alvis and Loretta McCall, the forth of eight beautiful children.

Walter Anthony (Tony) Taylor

Walter Anthony (Tony) Taylor, June 19, 1963-April 23, 2017, passed away peacefully in the presence of his brother and best friend on Sunday, April 23.

He grew up in Highlands and was a resident of Highlands and Boulder, Colorado. He spent much of his life traveling and living in various towns across the U.S., because he loved new places and different cultures.  He loved extreme skiing, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and other sports that took people to the edge of their abilities.

Jacqueline Calhoun Lassiter

Jacqueline Calhoun Lassiter, 87, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Zephyrhills, Florida.

The family will receive friends noon, Sunday, May 7.  The service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia. The burial will immediately follow the service at Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta.

Jackie was born in Fairfield, Alabama on May 26, 1929.

Charles Scooter Chrestman

CASHIERS -- Charles "Scooter" Chrestman, 61, died Monday, April 17, 2017 in Cairo, Illinois.

He leaves his wife, Linda Chrestman; his daughter, Betty Chrestman; his son, Matthew Chrestman; four grandchildren; his father, Gene Chrestman; and sister, Debbie Willis of Cairo, Illinois; nieces in Illinois; and many friends in both states.

Scooter was raised in Cairo, Illinois and preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Chrestman.

Michael Terry Pyle

May 20, 1938-April 9, 2017

Michael Terry Pyle, of Sapphire, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 of cancer complications. Beloved by his numerous family and friends, his charisma, charm, compassion, wisdom and positive demeanor will be missed by so many. He had a larger than life personality, which will never be duplicated. May he rest in peace.

Ann Aiken Jennings

Ann Aiken Jennings, 62, of Cashiers passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  Mrs. Jennings was born April 9, 1954 in Brevard and was married to Hayse Jennings for 48 years. She was the daughter of the late J.D. Aiken and the late Jackie Snipes.

She was a homemaker and a member of Cashiers Baptist Church. She loved to work in her flowers and was devoted to her boys, her grandchildren and loved “that darn cat” Midnight.   

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one brother; Glenn Snipes.

Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez, 53, of Cashiers, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Born in Harlingen, Texas, he was the son of Guadalupe C. Hernandez of Illinois and the late Anastacio Hernandez Sr.

Mr. Hernandez loved his family and was passionate about helping people in any way he could. He volunteered for many community events and projects. He loved fishing and NASCAR and loved spending time with his grandsons.

Emma Henson Fisher

Emma Henson Fisher, 91, of Glenville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Friday, March 17, 2017.

A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ola Henson. She was a cherished member of Glenville Wesleyan Church, where she was devoted to her church and church family.

She was also a very devoted mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

With her husband, she operated Fishers Grocery.

She was a former member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Glenville Cashiers Rescue Auxiliary.

Geraldine Frances Drinkwater

Geraldine Frances Drinkwater, 92, of Cullowhee, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017.

Born in Excelsior Springs, Montana, she was the daughter of the late V. Lewis Drew and Gladys Lucille Rouse Drew. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Milligan. Geraldine enjoyed painting and wood carving. She was a member of Christ Church of the Valley in Cashiers.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Earl Keith Drinkwater, and one son, Scott Anthony Shannon of Franklin.

Patricia Anne Dillon

Patricia Anne Dillon, 90, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Feb. 23, 2017.

She has lived in Cashiers for 23 years. The last 7 years was as a resident of Highlands-Cashiers Eckerd Living Center.

Pat always had a smile for everyone, loved to play Trivia, at which she was very good. Pat also loved to be outside in the sun.

Tommy Allan Valenta passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at CHI St. Lukes Health in Houston, Texas, after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old.

Tommy was a man with a strong can-do spirit and the epitome of a true Texan. He was born March 4, 1949 in Houston, Texas. When he was 6 years old, Tommy’s parents, Lody Valenta and Margaret Helen Hassell, moved their family to Wichita Falls. 


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