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June Coward

June Coward, age 85, of Balsam passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. She was the wife of the late Carl Coward Sr. and the daughter of the late John and Emaline Blanton.

She was a member of Balsam Baptist Church. June dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren. She loved cooking, sewing and gardening. She was known for her generosity and giving spirit throughout the entire community.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by one grandson; Nathan Hall and three brothers; Daniel, Jay and Bill Blanton.   

June is survived by four children; Anita (David) Hall, Sheila (Frank) Stirling, Carl “Buddy” (Brenda) Coward Jr. and Martha (Kyle) Messer. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Melissa Hall, Shaun Nunley, Brooke (Brett) Ledford and Emily Coward, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. June was “Nanaw” to a multitude of those who dearly loved her.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 am at Balsam Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Cullen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva.

Appalachian Funeral Services is serving the family.

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I'll aways remember growing up on Balsam. June and Carl were always so good to me. We have the Balsam Fire Department Cook book and I always know that if I pick a recipe that has June's name on it that it's the best one to use.

Michael John Sep 7 2018 12:00 AM

Anita, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I remember the good times we had together.

Donna Curtis Rodgers Aug 6 2018 12:00 AM

Dear friends, We were saddened to hear of June's passing. We hope that the knowledge that she is with Jesus and is no longer suffering the ills of this world gives you comfort. We know that she and Carl are tooling around heaven, visiting with everyone and enjoying being in the Glory and presence of God. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless. Love, Balfour and Carol Lynn

Balfour and Carol Lynn Knight Aug 5 2018 12:00 AM

June & Coward Family, Very sorry for your loss. June was my best friend at Balsam School. Sh e was a great lady.. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Peggy C. Jones 3

Peggy Crawford Jones Aug 3 2018 12:00 AM

Anita, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Hester Ann Jenkins Aug 2 2018 12:00 AM

Anita and Family I am so sorry to hear of your mothers death. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Ammons Aug 1 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss an losing parents is very hard please know that my family is praying for all of you.

Bonita Fox an family Aug 1 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of June Coward

Bonita Fox an family Aug 1 2018 12:00 AM

Anita and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and give you comfort. Praying for you all.

Janet Childers Aug 1 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ms June . My thoughts and Prayers are with each of you at this difficult time.

sherrill Aug 1 2018 12:00 AM

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