Obituary of Ivey Ogle

Ivey Kirkland Ogle, 83, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in a Buncombe County hospital. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Harley and Ida McClure Kirkland and wife of the late J.T. Ogle.

She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Hannah Bridges Ogle; sisters, Mary Lee Crisp, Lilian Kirkland Burchfield, Fannie Shular; and brothers, Charles, Arnold and Kenneth Kirkland.

She is survived by her two sons, Tim Ogle and wife Natalie of Indianapolis, IN, Phillip Ogle of Bryson City; and her brother, Dewey (Rod) Kirkland.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday in the chapel of Crisp Funeral Home. Pastor Robert Owen will officiate.

Ethel Irene Cable Greene,
age 87, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Autumn Care of Marion. Born in Swain County on March 1, 1930 to the late Joseph P. Cable and Mollie Daniels Cable. Preceding her in death was her husband Wesley F. Greene, who together were lifetime charter members of Sugar Hill Baptist Church. She was retired from Baxter healthcare, and everyone she knew loved her. Ethel valued her flowers, and was passionate about her flower garden. She was a very sweet lady, who was a loving mother and grandmother, and will be deeply missed by her family.

 Left behind to cherish her memory are her three children, Hilda Greene of Linville, Judy Adkins and husband Wade of Marion, and Jerry Greene of Marion; one sister, Shirley McEntire of Old Fort; one brother, Tony Cable and Wife Janice of Shelby; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

 A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Sugar Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Robinson and Rev. Robert Greene officiating. Prior to the service the family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials should may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital at 950 W. Farris Road, Grenville, SC 29605. 


Keith Max Crisp Sr.,
age 86 left his home in Stecoah Valley to move into his home in Heaven, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
            He was a native of Graham County, the son of the late Loyd and Lydia Garland Crisp.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Keith Max Crisp Jr., daughters in law, Donna Jenkins Crisp, Kathy Hill Crisp; great grandson, Loudon Kyle Orr; brothers, Jack O. Crisp, Kenneth G. Crisp; sisters, Lois Crisp Andrews and Kathleen Crisp
            Keith and his son, Keith Max Crisp Jr. established Crisp and Crisp Construction Co. in 1974.  After Keith’s retirement and the death of his son, Keith’s grandsons have continued to carry on with the business which made Keith very happy.
            Keith is survived by his wife Shirley C. Crisp; daughter, Martha Atwell and her husband Randall; son, Eddie Crisp and his wife Carlene all of Robbinsville, NC; grandchildren, John Keith Crisp, Jesse Crisp, Sterling Crisp, Candace Orr, and Morgan Atwell Ivey; great grandchildren, Evan Crisp, Kelly Crisp, Haylee Crisp, Cody Crisp, Landon Crisp, and Graham Ivey; sisters, Joan C. Hyde, Carol C. Smith and her husband George; sisters in law, Helen Shook, Mary Ruth Shuler; brother in law, Ralph L. Crisp and a host of nieces and nephews that loved their Uncle Keith very much.
            Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Stecoah Baptist Church.  The Reverends G.D. Phillips and Josh Hyde will officiate.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 3:00 pm Sunday at the Church prior to the service.  Burial will follow the Services at the Jenkins Cemetery.
            Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Crisp family.  An online register is available at

Below are obituaries of former residents or family members who have passed away in the recent weeks. They will all be missed.

Taylor Kirkland


Taylor Kirkland, born December 6th, 1933, passed away January 25th, 2018 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. 

Surviving is Verna Marie Wiggins Kirkland, mother of their two children. Daughter Carolyn Marine Kirkland is from Alarka, son Wayne Taylor Kirkland and wife Terry Lynn lives in Murphy, NC. Grandchildren, Brandie Nichole and husband Imade Agus Mahardie of Bali, Indonesia and Bryson City, NC; Grandson Justin Taylor and wife Tonieeta Kirkland of Whittier, NC. Great grandchildren Putu Bailey and Made Korey Mahardika. Shelly Taylor and Davis Cooper Kirkland 

Taylor was a veteran of the Korean Conflict as a member of the United States Marine Corp. He served a total of 9 years 1 month and 13 days, achieving the rank of Sergeant (E5.) He was honorable discharged November 30thg 1962. He spent the last three years of his life in declining health at White Oak Manor Nursing Center in Charlotte, NC. 

A note from the North Shore Cemetery Association Officers:

We have lost one of longtime faithful North Shore family, Taylor Kirland.  He was always faithful to help us transport people across the lake when we had to provide our on boat and barge transportation before we received help from the Park.  He was also so very helpful in getting the monuments to the cemeteries, pulling them up long trails to the cemetery site.  He made two trips to Washington DC for Senate hearings concerning the North SHore area in the 1980’s He attended many local hearings and meetings also.  When Helen didn’t have anyone to attend a meeting with her, she could always call Taylor and he was always glad to go with her.  He will be miss by so many in our organization.  He was with us since the organization in 1978 and was in attendance at the first Former Residents of Hazel Creek and Fontana Area Reunion in 1976.

Come and attend one of our cemetery decorations.  Go to our SCHEDULE PAGE for listing and dates of Decorations.  Bring a covered dish to share or your own packed lunch and your drink. We would love to have you at any decoration.

Christina Cook, a freelance reporter had an article published in Oxford American Magazine in fall of 2015.
To read this article in its entirety go to


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