Obituaries

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.

John Gordon Scargle, 83, of Glenville and Clearwater, Florida, went to be with his Lord on Feb. 5, 2016. 

He was born in Wenonah, New Jersey. He was the son of Russell and Elizabeth Scargle.

He is survived by one brother, Freed; his loving wife of 46 years, Jo; five children; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. 

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Glenville Wesleyan Church, 5323 Highway 107 North, Glenville, NC 28736.

Amy Elizabeth Bauknight, 51, of Highlands, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 4 after a short illness.

Amy will continue sharing her special gifts in her heavenly home. 

She was born on July 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Ohio. A “Sunshine Girl,” she brought joy and a different meaning of life to those she touched through Highlands School and our community and to all who loved her at Annandale Village in Suwanee, Georgia. Our precious Amy will remain an angel among us. 

Ha “River” Nguyen Mix, 53, owner of Raspberry Cottage Salon in Sapphire, passed away on Monday, Aug. 1.    

She was the daughter of the late Quang T. Nguyen.  

Survivors include her mother, Quyen “Cindy” T. Le; husband of 11 years, Buddy Mix; son, Matthew Thurston Mix; brothers, Hau, Hai “Henry,” Huy “Steve” Nguyen; and sisters, Hien “Stephanie,” Hoang “Julie,” Hoa “Michelle,” and Han “Hannie” Nguyen.    

Thomas Franklin Dillard, 87, of Cashiers, passed away Monday, Aug. 1.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late William Paul Dillard and Edna Holden Dillard. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Dillard. 

Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean conflict. He was a car enthusiast, loved animals, enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and growing dahlias. 

Thomas was a member of Cashiers United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department.

Linda Smoak Myers, age 76, of Highlands, passed away Tuesday, July 19.  

She was born in Miami Springs, Florida, the daughter of the late Pearl Lott and Lila Dice Lott. She was a homemaker and a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.  

She was a very active member of Cashiers Baptist Church, including the Van Ministry, the choir and mission trips to Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Smoak, five brothers and two sisters.

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