Obituaries

Kenneth Leland Broom, 63, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, Nov. 12 after a brief illness. 

Kenny was a mountain man; he enjoyed being outdoors, ginseng digging, deer hunting, was an avid NASCAR lover and water and snow skier. 

He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face and he lived life to the max. Kenny literally had nine lives times three!

Kenny was preceded in death by his father Clifton Broom, sister Debra Broom-Jennings and multiple aunts and uncles. 

Glenda S. Irby, 86, of Wauchula, Florida, and Glenville, passed away Monday, Oct. 17 at home surrounded by her family.  

Glenda was born Feb. 22, 1930, to Murray and Bonita Swann. 

Glenda graduated from Florida State University and retired from the Hardee County School System after 38 years of teaching.

Glenda loved her “North Carolina Home” and had many friends there. She and her family attended Mountain Bible Church in Glenville.

Glenda was preceded in death by her loving husband, Victor W. (Vic) Irby.

Dr. Edward Villiers Morse passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Oct. 27. 

A resident of Cashiers, Ed was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1943 to William and Madeline Morse. 

He is survived by his wife and lifelong partner, Patricia Murray Morse; his sons, Nelson Morse of Alexandria, Virginia, and Brent Morse of Seattle, Washington; his stepson, Taylor Simon, and stepdaughter, Leigh Simon, both of New Orleans, Louisiana; daughters-in-law, Katherine Morse and Jody Simon; and two precious grandsons, Patrick and Alexander Morse. 

Mary B. Bryson, age 85, of Cashiers, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

She is the daughter of the late Kay and Etrulia (Zachary) Baumgarner. She was married for 40 years to the late Hoyt Bryson, who passed away in 1992. 

Mary was a member of Cashiers United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who loved taking care of her family.

Mary is survived by one son, Roger Bryson of Cashiers; one grandchild, Clay Bryson of Cullowhee; and two great-grandchildren, Devin and Derick Bryson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Luther Odell Stewart, 86, passed away Friday, Oct. 21 at his residence surrounded by his family. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Potts officiating. Burial will follow in the Evitt Cemetery. 

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Stewart family. 

Edwin Junior Moss, 63, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16 at his home in the Yellow Mountain community. 

Edwin was a retired painter who loved to read, and enjoyed camping and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Shelby Jean Moss, and also by his brother, James “Tiger” Moss.

He is survived by his wife, partner and caregiver of 28 years, Leslie Tucker; three sisters, Diane Allen, Darlene Rusch and Loretta Watson; five nieces; four nephews; and five great nieces.

He loved the fall of the year and walking and driving through the Smoky Mountains.

Lane Young Cook, 77, of Atlanta and Cashiers, passed away suddenly, but peacefully on Oct. 10 from heart failure. 

She was born in Griffin, Georgia, on Oct. 6, 1939 to Henry Lane and Lida Read Voigt Young. 

Shortly thereafter the family moved to Atlanta, where she grew up with two sisters. She attended Morris Brandon Elementary School, Northside High School and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jorita Rosalie Porter Babb, 80, of Cullowhee, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.

Born in Castlewood, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry Roy Porter and Viola Marie Jessee Dearing Porter. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Chase Babb; two sons, Aubrey Alan Babb and Robert Lynn Babb; and one brother, Roy Leon Porter. 

Jorita was the former owner of Cashiers Insurance Agency, Inc. 

She was a member of the N.C. China Painting Club and loved gardening and flowers. 

Jack C. Dillon, 90, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home in Cashiers on Sept. 22. 

Jack was born on Nov. 9, 1925, in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Carter and Helen Dillon. 

Jack was a flight engineer during World War II in The Army Air Corp. Upon discharge, he enrolled at Georgia Tech, where he earned an engineering degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Anne Bryant, and worked for the Borden Company. 

William (Bill) Leonard, born July 2, 1927, was received into Heaven on Sept 6.

Born in Bryn Athyn Pennsylvania, he and his wife Dorothy Price Leonard moved to Balsam Grove in 1952. He was a great land surveyor, working on projects like The Wolf Lake Dam. He loved people.

Later they moved to Brevard, where they lived for many years and adopted six children: Becky, Kathy, Cindy, Tobi, Wendy and Timothy (Butch). 

Katy H. Hooper entered this world at Tuckasegee on Oct. 15, 1933 into the loving arms of her midwife grandmother, Mary Jane Hooper. She departed this world and entered the gates of heaven on Sept. 9 into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Ernest Harlan Guise, 96, of Cashiers and Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home overlooking Lake Glenville on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Born in Gustavus, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Harry and Mary Guise; brothers, Carleton and Francis (Bud); sisters, Dorothy and Nellie (Allday); and son, Gary.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jo Ann Guise; sons Rodney (Lynn), Jack (Carol) and Curtis (Beverley); 13 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Thomas Wills Bender, 84, of Cashiers, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Thomas “Tom” was the son of the late Gammage L. Bender and Nettie Gaylord Bender. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Meadows, and one brother, Thomas Gammage Bender Jr.  

Tom served the U.S. Navy as an electrician before being medically discharged. Tom graduated from the University of Florida in 1958 with a degree in business administration and was a huge Gator fan.

Kay Ned Doster, 83, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

He was born to Ned and Lucile Doster on July 24, 1933. He served with the United States Army in Korea.  

Kay was president and CEO of three corporations. After retirement, Kay and Melba moved from Fort Wayne to Siesta Key, Florida, and later to Sapphire Valley and Lake Keowee, South Carolina.  

Kay is survived by Melba, his loving wife of 63 years; daughter, Dawn; son, Brian (Marta); grandchildren, Chelsie and Luke; and his sister, Janet Hart.  

Richard (Rick) Clements Caudell Jr., 62, of Cashiers, lost his fight against a sudden illness on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Born on June 17, 1954 in West Palm Beach, Florida, he was the son of the late Richard Clements Caudell Sr. and Patricia Anne Caudell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son in law, Gregory Scott Brown.

Rick is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Caudell Brown of Franklin; son, Justin Caudell of Cashiers; soon to be daughter-in- law, Meagan Lindsey of Cashiers; and the mother of his children, Rebecca Marks of Franklin.

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