Life-long Cherokee resident, 95, dies
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Frances Carpenter Fincher
Frances Carpenter Fincher
From staff reports

Life-long and well-known Cherokee County resident Frances Carpenter Fincher, 95, of Canton died Wednesday.

Funeral services are today at 2 p.m. at the Canton First United Methodist Church chapel.

Fincher is best remembered for her love of flowers, and was an accredited state flower show judge and member of the Trayletaah Garden Club since 1952.

She was active in the First United Methodist Church and was credited with making more than 2,000 fresh flower arrangements for services there over the years.

Fellow Trayletaah Garden Club member Joan Anderson said when the garden club celebrated its 65th anniversary in April, Fincher was there.

“She had the knowledge to teach flower arrangement and I learned many things from her,” Anderson said. “She had so much knowledge because of what she had done to become a state judge. She loved the meetings, the socialization. For the last 10 years, I would pick her up every month and take her to the garden club meeting.”

When Jim Gibbs first started working at Gibbs Gardens in north Cherokee County, Fincher was asked for her advice on the project, Anderson said.

“When he first came to town, he talked to her and sought her advice,” Anderson said. “She was in with Reinhardt when they first named all the trees years ago. Frances was the last of my really older friends.”

Fincher was born in 1918 in Waleska, where she later attended Reinhardt Normal College from first grade through junior college. She graduated in 1936 and taught for a short time at Sharp Top in Waleska.

She married Robert D. Fincher Jr. in 1938, they bought the Western Auto Store, which they ran for 35 years.

Fincher was a founding member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at R.T. Jones Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Lamar Sawyer; daughter-in-law Karen Hightower; sisters Martha Moore Hightower and Betty Ann Callahan; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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