James Alvin Moss: Obituary


James Alvin Moss

03/31/1944 – 12/27/2018

James Alvin Moss, age 74 of Hayesville passed away Thursday December 27, 2018.

He was the son of the late Richard Herman and Alice Mae Nichols Moss. James enjoyed hunting and loved listening to country music. He was a member of Shooting Creek Church of God.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 7 brothers, 5 sisters and 3 infant siblings.

He is survived by his brothers, Danny and Arthur Moss; sister, Charity Scroggs and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
You may send tributes to the family at www.mem.com

Bobby James Jones: Obituary


Bobby James Jones, age 82 of Andrews, NC passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Swain County, NC to the late Joseph Fred and Nellie Hall Jones. He had worked in auto parts and for the ABC store in Murphy, NC. He enjoyed gardening, flowers and riding his lawn mower.

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

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Brooks Jones; daughter, Tammy Jones of Dothan, AL; grandchildren, Matthew May and wife Skye and Jordan Hand and wife Molly; great-grandchildren, Landon May, Dakota Arrow May and Mary Ellis Hand.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Rev. Bo Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in the Tomotla Community Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Annis, Landon Annis, Jimmy Carringer, David Lance, Heath Woodard and Dustin Smith.

The family will receive friends from 12 – 1 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cherokee NC Sheriff Office Arrests Man for Sexual Assault of a Minor

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CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SHERIFF DERRICK PALMER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 05, 2018 For more information call 828.837.2589


Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the October 30th, 2018 arrest of Harry James Verner, a 18 year old Murphy North Carolina man for charges stemming from the sexual assault of a minor.

On or about October 15th, 2018 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a young child had been sexually assault on or about October 13th, 2018 at a residence in the Hiwassee Dam Community of Cherokee County North Carolina. Pursuant to that information an investigation was conducted in which Verner was identified as the suspect which lead to his October 30th, 2018 arrest.

Harry James Verner is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center for First Degree Statutory Sexual Offense with a Child and Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child. Verner’s secure bond is currently $200,000.00. Verner currently has November 08th, 2018 District Court date.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “We thank the Cherokee County Schools, and the District Attorney’s Office for their cooperation and assistance in this investigation. These are difficult cases for all concerned. Because of the age of the victim and the nature of the crime there will be no further press releases from this office.”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Roger James Berrong: Obituary


Roger James Berrong, age 82, passed away Friday morning, September 21, 2018 at his home.

He was born March 16, 1936 in Clay County, NC to the late Jesse Bon and Jessie Scroggs Berrong.

He attended Hayesville School and had to quit in the eighth grade to work. When he was 17, he went to Chicago, Illinois to work for 11 years before coming back to Clay County. He owned and operated the Sinclair Station in Murphy for 10 years. During this time he built and raced his own car #3 at Tri-County Raceway for three years. Red Skylar always called him Hard Luck Berrong in his articles in the Scout. After selling the station he went to work for Good Year in Murphy as the service manager for four years. He then went to work for Burch Motors as service manager for seven years. Roger then worked for the NC Department of Transportation as a mechanic for 19 years until his retirement in 1999. He raised gardens, worked in his shop and loved to sit on his porch. Roger was a member of New Hope Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and testifying his love for his Lord and Savior.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Evelyn Crisp Berrong; and two brothers, Terry and Ralph Berrong.

He is survived by two daughters, Vicki Queen and husband Robbie and Debbie Mills and husband Keith all of Hayesville, NC; one son, Brad Berrong and Laurie Terry of Murphy, NC; one sister, Carolyn Rogers of Hayesville, NC; three brothers, Don Berrong of Hayesville, NC, George Berrong of Powder Springs, GA and Johnny Berrong of the Bellview community; grandchildren, Blake Brooks, of Hayesville, NC, Tara Robinson of Hayesville, NC, Justin Berrong of Hayesville, NC, Jordan Berrong of Marble, NC, McKenzie Terry of Charlotte, NC and Cody Terry of Murphy, NC; and seven great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 30,, 2018 at the Townson Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Hayesville, NC. Rev. Aud Brown will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Gloria Swanson, 147 Hwy 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546 or to The Gideon’s International, PO Box 164, Murphy, NC.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

You may send tributes to the family at www.mem.com

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