WWII Vet, Faithful Servant
MAGGIE VALLEY — Claude Trantham, 89, of Maggie Valley, passed away July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was the son of the late Albert and Gladys Trantham and was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County.
He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII with the Combat Engineers of the 3rd Army in the European and Asiatic Pacific Theaters. After returning from the war, he worked briefly for the International-Harvester Co. in Illinois before returning home to marry the love of his life, Helen Marie Hannah, in 1947. Claude spent the rest of his life in Maggie Valley.
In addition to being a part-time farmer, he worked many years for Unagusta Furniture Manufacturing and later Dayco where he retired in 1986. He was a charter member of Victory Baptist Church in Maggie Valley. His weekly visits to nursing homes and those in need of loving support will be greatly missed by those he touched. He was a faithful servant of the Lord.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Hannah Trantham; second wife, Laura Betsy Stokes Trantham; son, Larry Dean Trantham; sisters, Fannie Hall and Wilma Glaspey.
He is survived by his son, Ronnie Trantham and wife, Dusti, of Raleigh; grandchildren Larry Trantham, of Raleigh, and Cristen Saunders and husband, Mickey, of Oxford; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Lois Hardison, Harold and Ethel Hannah, Lillian Stokes, Joyce Smith, Lowell Hannah, Don Hannah and Lee Glaspey; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.
A celebration of Claude’s life and homegoing will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 5, the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Rev. Jerry Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park with Don Carpenter, Randy Evans, Larry Trantham, Keith Buff, Mark Hannah II, and John Hannah serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Victory Baptist Church (PO BOX 820 Maggie Valley NC 28751) or to a favorite military/veterans organization.
Garrett Funerals and Cremations is caring for the family. www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.