Obituaries - April 5, 2017

LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Edwin Duff Crane III

June 5, 1928 — March 17, 2017

Edwin Duff Crane III, M.D., passed away peacefully March 17, 2017. He was born in Atlanta on June 5, 1928.  Dr. Crane grew up in Atlanta graduating from North Fulton High School in 1946. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1949 and from Emory Medical School in 1955. Dr. Crane did his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Crane served in the United States Air Force in Sevilla, Spain.  He was Chief of OB/GYN at the 9377 (SAC) Air Force Base Hospital. 

In 1961 Dr. Crane settled in Tallahassee to practice medicine. He had an outstanding career as an OB/GYN physician for over 40 years where he brought nearly 5,000 babies into the world. He was member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. 

Outside his medical profession, he enjoyed being “Doc” to his nine grandchildren, Will, Mark, Cannon, Jonathan, David, Bryson, Wells, Devyn and Claire. His favorite hobbies were playing chess, hunting and blacksmithing. He was a founding member of the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association. In retirement, Dr. Crane lived in Little Switzerland at his beloved mountain cabin and blacksmith shop. 

Dr. Crane is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Love Crane; sister Lucy Jones; sons, Edwin Duff Crane IV (Michelle) and David L. Crane (Jessica); and daughter Carlisle Crane Payne (Robert). 

A small private family service was March 19 in Atlanta.

 

Marie Collis Glenn

Feb. 1, 1926 — March 28, 2017

Marie Collis Glenn, 91, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Allie Dale Collis. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Claude Glenn, who passed away in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her sister;, Edith Pitman; her brothers, Everett and Ray Collis; her sister-in-law, Lillian Collis; her brothers-in-law, Monroe Pitman, Verial McKinney, Jay Pitman and Joe Howell; a niece, Sandra Collis; and a nephew, Joel McKinney.

She was a member of the Berry Chapel Baptist Church and medical community. After high school she worked at the Dixie Store in Spruce Pine, the Spruce Pine Mica Depot and Spruce Pine hospital ending her 40-plus years in the respiratory therapy department.   

She had an appetite for fun, food and adventure. She could tell a good story and made good stories for others to tell.  She will be most remembered for her love to others, listening skills, good advice and being available anytime. She was a legacy to those who were privileged to know her. She will be fondly and lovingly missed.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Claudia Gage and husband, Lanny, of Sugar Hill, Georgia; her sons, Jerry Glenn and wife, Phyllis Glenn (deceased), of Spruce Pine, and Jeff Glenn and wife, Wanda, of Marion; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Nell Howell and Doris Pitman; a brother, Johnny Collis and wife, Joann; a sister-in-law, Ruth Parsley; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly and to who she was like their second mother.

A funeral service was noon Saturday, April 1, 2017, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Williams officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care, 21 Belvedere Road, Asheville, NC  28803.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Marie Glenn’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Glenn family.  

 

Horton Creek

Scott Shuford

Scott Shuford, 59, of Horton Creek, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at St. Joseph’s campus. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of Donald Shuford, of Spruce Pine, and the late Patty Hickey Shuford. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Guy Shuford.  

Surviving is his loving wife, Jackie McIntosh Shuford; stepdaughter, Shelly Stafford and husband, Jared, of Plumtree; sister, Donna Landis and husband, Eric, of Charlotte; brother, Chris Shuford and wife, Teresa, of Granite Falls; mother-in-law, Genevieve McIntosh, of Horton Creek; brother-in-law, Glen McIntosh, of Horton Creek; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date in the McIntosh Cemetery. Visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences.

 

SPRUCE PINE 

Margaret McKinney Waycaster

Nov. 20, 1959 — March 29, 2017

Margaret McKinney Waycaster, 87, of Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Memorial Mission Campus in Asheville.

Born Nov. 20, 1929, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Agnes Duncan McKinney.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis James Waycaster; son, David Waycaster; daughter, Barbara Robinson; and brothers, Gerald, Hugh and H.W. McKinney.

Margaret was a member of the Berry Chapel Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was an active part of the “Busy Berries” and a dedicated participant of the Easter Drama “Living Lords Supper” for 20 years. She also sang with the Golden Age Singers, who visited all the area’s nursing homes. She worked as a cook in the local hospital for more than 40 years. She loved cooking, taking care of her family and planting flowers. Margaret also loved to decorate cakes for special occasions and her favorite being “Just Because Cakes” for her family and friends.    

Left to cherish her memories are her son;, Paul Waycaster and wife, Sondra, of Spruce Pine; a daughter, Elizabeth Wise and husband, Gene, of Spruce Pine; a very special niece, Evelyn English and husband, Jerry, of Spruce Pine; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine with the Revs. Steve Williams and Greg Hollifield officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 3 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Interment followed in the Berry Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Margaret Waycaster’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Waycaster family.  

The MItchell News

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