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Obituary for Tommy Roten

Thomas “Tommy” Edgar Roten, 83, of Franklin, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2023.

Born on Easter Sunday in Macon County, with 6 inches of snow on the ground. He was the son of the late Elmer Edgar and Ira Edna Holbrook Roten. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters, Patsy Henderson, Kathryn Cruse, Martha Schulties, Jane Ledford, Mary Sue Murray, and Maxine McClure. Tommy loved bear hunting and was an avid supporter of Franklin High School Athletics. He has gone to every home game for many years. Tommy helped the athletic program by building trophy cases in the gym, building lockers in field house, painting, and doing whatever he could to help. He was a Franklin Panther for life.

Tommy is survived by his two sons, Eric Roten and Chad Roten, both of Franklin, NC; one granddaughter, Kaylee Brooke Roten of Franklin, NC; brother, Bill Roten of Franklin, NC; and a sister, Linda Griffen of Wadkinsville, GA. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be at 7pm on Thursday, April 6, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6pm to 7pm, one hour prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the Franklin High School Athletics Department in memory of Tommy Roten.

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Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.