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Ashley Elaine Wanatt, 21, of King, NC, left her home here and went to her new home in Heaven on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Funeral services celebrating her life were held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at Calvary Chapel of the Triad in Kernersville, NC.

A native of Broome County, New York, she was the daughter of Theresa Alice (Buchler) and John Allison Wanatt, II of the home. Ashley was an avid collector of “Cabbage Patch Babies,” and she also loved to collect Bibles. She was bundle of energy from the moment she awakened, until she lay down at night to sleep. Her cheerful demeanor, and friendly greetings, melted the hearts of everyone who knew her.

Survivors include parents, Theresa “Terry” and John A. “Jack” Wanatt, II of the home; sister, Leslie of the home; brother, Nicholas of Raleigh; maternal grandmother, Lucille Buchler of Owego, NY; paternal grandparents, John A. and Marilyn T. Wanatt of Susquehanna, PA; aunts and uncles, Bob Buchler, Bill and Trudy Buchler, Ginger Klees, Debra and Dave Zembek and Judith and Dan Behanick, all of the Binghamton, NY area.

The family visited with friends following the service at the Church on Wednesday. On-line condolences may be sent to the Wanatt family at Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics of Stokes County c/o Patsy Bridges, local coordinator, 1151 Cypress Circle, Nicholson 27106.


John L. Franks, 86, of Hickory Grove, Great Bend Township, PA died June 19, 2009. He was the husband of Barbara Edgell Franks, whom he married February 25, 1945 in San Diego, CA.

John was born February 12, 1923 in Binghamton, NY to the late Donald and Helen O’Neill Franks. He served five years in the U.S. Navy, with 27 months aboard the “USS Indianapolis.” He had also lived a number of years in Mansfield, OH, where he was a floor covering contractor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Thomas and sister Mary Franks Decker, and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and Robert, and a sister, Edna Franks Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2009 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Great Bend, PA. Interment was made in St. Lawrence Cemetery. At John’s request there were no calling hours. “We give him back to you, Lord, who gave him to us. Just as you did not lose him, when you gave him to us, now we don’t lose him when we give him back to you.”

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