Susie Trantham Bell

Published 4:38 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Susie Erwin Trantham Bell, a lady who will forever be remembered for her kindness and caring heart, left this earth on Monday, April 25, 2016 to enter her eternal heavenly home.

Mrs. Bell was born on Dec. 13, 1936 in Haywood County and was blessed with 79 wonderful years of life. She was the daughter of the late Charles Erwin and the late Bessie Singleton Erwin. Susie grew up in the Inman Branch Community of Haywood County and later moved to Columbus, N.C. where she was employed as a medical assistant with St. Luke’s Hospital and had also been employed with Sears in Tryon.

In 1999 she returned to Haywood County to make her home and she was indeed a wonderful homemaker. Mrs. Bell’s faith had always been an important part of her life and she loved her Lord and Savior. She had attended Riverside Baptist Church as a child and later became a member of East Waynesville Baptist Church.

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Mrs. Bell lovingly gave of her time to serve as the bereavement chairman at her church which reached out to families and prepared many meals for those in their time of need. Susie’s precious giving heart and her constant positive attitude were indeed examples for us to follow. Her beautiful smile will always be remembered as a sign of her love and was a blessed gift to those whose lives she touched.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Trantham; her husbands, Joe Trantham who passed away in 1984, and Louis Bell who passed away in 1997; sisters, Frances Messer, Lillian Messer and Wanda Reece; and a brother, Everette Erwin.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Gary Trantham and his wife, Tina Trantham of Buckhannon, W.Va.; a daughter, Wilene Williamson and her husband, Charles Williamson of Canton; grandchildren, Matthew Trantham and his wife, Misty M. Trantham of Canton, Joey Wiliamson and his wife, Brandy Wiliamson of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jason Trantham and his wife, Rhonda Trantham of Canton, April Eckard of Marion, Jacob Cook of Drexel, Christa Minish of Morganton and Brandee Trantham of Buckhannon, W.Va.; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ben Erwin of Wilmington and Bill Erwin Ocala, Fla.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Gary Trantham and Pastor Billy Ferguson will be officiating. Burial will be in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the family and words of comfort may be shared at

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home
Canton, N.C.