Appalachian Funeral Services
Helen V. Parker passed away on July, 21, 2018
Helen V. Parker, 74, of Sylva, peacefully went to be with our Lord on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was the wife of the late Dallas Parker and the daughter of the late Frank and Beulah Broom. She was a retired telephone operator with Contel. Helen loved se...
Claire Margaret Keane passed away on July, 20, 2018
Claire Keane of Clayton, GA, died on Friday, July 20th, 2018; her 75th birthday. Claire Margaret Keane was born in 1943 in College Park, MD. Daughter of Ignatius James Keane and Anna Mae Rover Keane. She is survived by her sisters, Kathleen Keane, Paula Lautzenheiser, and a brother, Kevin Keane;...
Joseph Burch passed away on July, 19, 2018
Joseph “Joe” Burch, age 77, of Sylva passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at his home. He was the son of the late Delous and Matilda Burch. Joe was a member of New Savannah Baptist Church. He loved to volunteer with Jackson County delivering meals on wheels and firewood. He dearly loved his fa...
Carlyn Jeanne Hewitt passed away on July, 18, 2018
Carlyn Jeanne Collins Hewitt was born August 8, 1927 to Carrie Mae and Roland Anthony Collins in Washington. D.C. She spent most of her childhood in Alexandria, VA and graduated from George Washington High School in 1944. She married Francis O. Hewitt on October 17, 1946. He died in Janu...
Bernice Higdon passed away on July, 18, 2018
Bernice Cowan Higdon, 100, passed away Wednesday morning July 18, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 4:00 at the East Fork Baptist Church. Rev. Dennis Burrell will officiate. Burial will follow in the East Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Appalachian Funeral Servic...
Doneita Marie Vazquez passed away on July, 16, 2018
Doneita “Houston” Vazquez 41, of Sylva, passed away on Monday July 16th at Harris Regional Hospital. She was the wife of Angel Vazquez and the daughter of Brent Houston and Marsha Sutton. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two daughters; Nicolasa (Chance) McNabb of Sylva,...
Robert LeRoy Shuey passed away on July, 16, 2018
Robert L. Shuey, 75, of Glenville, passed away Monday morning, July 16, 2018 at his residence. A native of Iowa, he was the son of the late Gifford L. and Velma Claire Shuey. Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife and his dog (Oscar) in his motor home across the country especially out west. He was a...
Manuel Palacios Tovar passed away on July, 13, 2018
Manuel Palacios Tovar, age 73, of Sylva passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Manuel was born in Mexico and lived in the United States for more than fifty years. He was employed by Wolf Creek Tree Farm as a Christmas tree farmer. He loved watching soccer and...
Viola Evelyn Gentry passed away on July, 14, 2018
Viola Evelyn Gentry, 91, of Webster, went home to be with the Lord on July 14, 2018. Born in Robbinsville, NC, she was the daughter of Bulfordard Colvard and Jane Postell Colvard West. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at Appalachian Funeral Home (Sylva). Funeral service will ...
Melissa Ann McCoy passed away on July, 12, 2018
Melissa Ann “Lisa” McCoy, age 37, of Whittier passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 in Whittier. She was the daughter of the late Howard "Goob" Frady and Sandy (Nations) Gill. She was employed at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Her most rewarding job was being a nanny and lo...
Delos Dexter Monteith passed away on July, 09, 2018
Delos Dexter Monteith, Jr. of Sylva, North Carolina departed this life on July 9, 2018. He was the son of the late Delos Monteith, Sr. and Louise Gribble Monteith. He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Karen Hensley Monteith, one brother, Kevin (Romona) Monteith, also of Sylva, and nu...
Jean Eileen Bockstahler passed away on July, 08, 2018
Jean Eileen Bockstahler, age 75, of Sylva passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. She was born October 10, 1942 in Binghamton, NY to the late Robert and Cora Bockstahler. She received her bachelor’s degree from College of St. Rose and went on to get her master’s degree in education from State Universi...
Eugene "Raye" Parker passed away on July, 07, 2018
Eugene “Raye” Parker, 76, of Sylva, NC passed away Saturday July 7th, 2018 peacefully at his home. Raye was born on July 19, 1941 in Marion, NC. He was the son of the late Alvin Ford Parker and late Lena Jackson Parker. Raye graduated from Marion High School in 1959. Following graduation, ...
Jerry Leigh Friesner passed away on July, 01, 2018
Jerry Leigh Friesner, 84, passed away at his home in Cullowhee, NC, this past June 2018. He was born to Monza Leigh and Caroline Cowan Robbins Friesner on January 13, 1934, at their home south of Meadville, MO. Jerry graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. degree in Industrial Art...
Bob Shook passed away on July, 02, 2018
Bob Shook, 75, of Cullowhee passed away on Monday, July 2nd, 2018. He was the husband of Diane Mills Shook and the son of the late Jim Thomas and Christine Shook. He was a member of Moses Creek Baptist Church in Cullowhee. He was retired from the maintenance department of T&S Hardwoods. Bob...
Marian Jane Norton passed away on July, 01, 2018
"A lovely cup of tea" Marian Jane Norton was born in Norwich, England on April 9, 1935. At the age of 83, she entered heaven's gate on July 1, 2018. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. Marian was a loving mother, homemaker, animal lover, humanitarian and survivor of World War II. As ...
W. Paul Holt Jr. passed away on June, 28, 2018
William Paul Holt, Jr. of Sylva, NC passed quietly on June 28, 2018. Paul was born in Greensboro, North Carolina July 29, 1929 to William Paul Holt Sr. and Margaret Fitchett Holt. Paul was a graduate of Greensboro Sr. High School. He entered Guilford College in 1947 and after two years transfer...
Roy Michael Fisher passed away on June, 28, 2018
Roy Michael "Buddy" Fisher, age 73, of Sylva passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Skyland Care Center. Roy was born April 14, 1945 in Sylva, NC to the late Roy Jasper Fisher and the late Emma Leona (Curtis) Fisher. Roy was an active member of East Sylva Baptist Church and retired from Jac...
Curtis Melvin Gentry passed away on June, 28, 2018
Curtis Gentry, 74, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 28th, 2018. He was the husband of Jackie Gentry and the son of the late Ralph Gentry and Velma Hughes. He was a member of Balsam Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver for Jackson Paper. Curtis loved bowling, fis...
Steven Ellen Queen passed away on June, 24, 2018
Steven Queen, 57, of Whittier, NC passed away on June 24, 2018. Steve was fun loving and very supportive of his family. He had a huge heart; he loved hard and lived his life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed. He leaves behind his parents Cecil and Julia Queen; Son Keaton Ford Queen; Sib...

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