Nina Hicks Trantham

Thursday, November 27, 1941 - Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Lady Loved by Everyone

Photo of Nina Hicks Trantham  - 1941-2021

On the clear and sunny afternoon of March 6th, 2021, the Lord gently offered His hand to Nina Hicks Trantham after a brief illness. She passed peacefully while in the presence of family, and though she will be missed tremendously, take comfort in knowing she is reunited, pain free, in His Eternal Light with her parents, brothers and sisters, friends, and past generations of extended family.

Surviving family members are her husband of 63 years, Johnny Trantham; son, Bryan Trantham (Michele); grandchildren, Patrick Trantham (Kourtney Krege), and Danae Trantham. She was especially close to her nieces, Marlene Lunsford (Bobby) of Waynesville and Farah Miller (Brian), and their son (and honorary grandson), Ben, of Canton.

Nina was born November 27, 1941 in Haywood County and was the youngest of seven children. Nina and her husband Johnny married in 1957 and have been blessed with 63 wonderful years together, making their home in Canton. Nina had beautiful hazel eyes, a warm smile, a kind touch, and was graced with an affable sense of humor much to the enjoyment of those around her. She was employed for 20 dedicated years as a receptionist for Dr. Robert K. Harpe at the Canton Optometry Clinic. Nina and Johnny were active members of West Canton Baptist Church. They were also members of The Carolina Dahlia Society (where she won many prizes for her flower arrangements at the annual shows). Together during the summer seasons, they spent several weeks each year camping at Jackrabbit Campground on Lake Chatuge in Clay County.

Nina had a natural green thumb as evidenced by the colorful flower beds and gorgeous blooms that surrounded their home each year. She often made beautiful flower arrangements that were displayed in the church sanctuary and were admired by everyone. Nina was also a wonderful cook, often making her special dishes for church and family gatherings, and her many delicious dishes were unmatched, some of which were published in the Beulah Baptist Church cookbook, “Heavenly Delights”. We give thanks for the life of Nina Hicks Trantham and what she has meant to so many people.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Filmore and Margie Hicks; siblings, Glenn Hicks (Inez), Grace Bishop (Kenneth), Inis Boyd (Corky), Sarah Hicks, Reeves Hicks (Gail), and Frank Hicks (Brenda).

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the compassionate staff of Swain Community Hospital in Bryson City, NC, and to the Four Seasons Hospice staff, all of whom were exceedingly caring and attentive to both Nina’s comfort and the family’s needs during this difficult time.

A graveside funeral service to celebrate the life of Nina Trantham will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Rev. Jeff Holder and Rev. Barry Clark will be officiating at the service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Trantham family.

Condolences from family and friends

We are so sorry about Nina sending prayers to the fam
Sarah Henson
Those we love can never be more than a thought away; for as long as there’s a memory, they live on in our hearts. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Steve and Kathy Ammons
Johnny and family, we are so sorry to hear of Nina’s passing. Such a sweet lady, and always had a smile for everyone she greeted. Prayers for the family.
Lowell and Velma Dixon
Johnny, Bryan and family, Nina was a very special lady, always so warm and caring. My heart is with all of you.
Donna Elders-Stout
Jonny ,Bryan and the Trantham family ,hated to hear of Nina passing .Condolences ,sympathy and thinking of you at this time of sorrow.
Carroll & Susan Israel
Sooo sorry. Will never forget all the good times we had. We had sooo much fun and was a wonderful time of my life
Barbara Ray
May your heart heal sooner rather than later, and may your memories remain as strong as the day they were made.
Robin Black
My deepest sympathy to Johnny and all of Nina's family My mother-in-law was a Hicks from Madison County by way of Watauga County. Another branch of the Hicks family tree. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
So sorry to hear of Nina’s passing. She was a very sweet lady. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and all the family.
Marion Stamey
My deepest sympathy to the family. After moving their letters to West Canton Baptist Church Nina and I became very good fiends. We shared so many memories of our families and enjoyed so much laughter. I will miss our conversations and how much fun they were. She always wanted to help. Johnny, Our prayers are with you. Dean and Anne Mathews
Anne Mathews
Prayers for your family during this time
Robert Gaddis
John we are so sorry to hear of Nina passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you threw this time. May God watch over the your Family and peace be with you.
Tim,Yvonne Burnette
Johnny, Brain & Family..... Nina was a Beautiful Sweet cousin! I will miss her so much! You all are in my thoughts and Prayers! Love and Hugs to you guys!
Jennie & Jeff Dixon
I was blessed knowing this lady many years ago she was my neighbor she taught me to cross stitch that I still do we lost touch over the years but I thought of her and her family quite often I know she is loved
Brenda Burnette
Johnny, At times of loss, words are difficult. We want to extend comfort to someone who has lost a beloved spouse. We know this time has been very hard on you and your family. We were so blessed to know Nina, her constant smile, laughter, and a woman of so many soft spoken words. She was a competitor in displaying her flowers, but never a critic of those that may have won. She was a beautiful woman and you were so lucky to have lived those many years together. Matthew 5:8 states "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." We need not say anymore than that verse, she will now rest in peace.
Ken and Evelyn Zulla
We are so sorry to hear of Nina's passing. Your family will be in our prayers.
Fred and Joy Brown
Deepest sympathy for Johnny and the family.
Bobbie Greene & Ray
I am so sorry for your loss.Bryan, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Kim Self
There are not any words that can be said to bring you comfort during this difficult time. Only God can give you peace and comfort. Lean on Him! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love,many hugs and lots of prayers!
Jimmy,Susan and Jason Trantham
Johnny, Bryan & family, We were so very sorry to learn of Nina's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry & Jackie
Larry & Jackie Edwards
Uncle John, Bryan and family, We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Nina's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Karen Trull
Johnny and family; Jeff and I were so sorry to hear of Nina’s passing. We love you guys. I will never forget the wonderful advice Nina gave me when I was dealing with a teenage boy! She helped me keep my sanity! Whenever I got to talk to her she always ended the conversation with “ I love you darlin call me again” John you and your family will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. Love you!
Renee Scott
Uncle John, Brian, Michele, Patrick and Danae and Family, we are keeping you all in our prayers and we ask God to give you His strength, comfort and Peace during this time as you prepare to lay Nina to rest. Our hearts are heavy with grief, but we know that Nina is at peace, which is our comfort and we pray it will be yours too. Nina will be greatly missed, but we will see her again one day! With Our Deepest Sympathy, Andy & Sondy Lunsford
Andy and Sondy Lunsford
My very deepest sympathies for Johnny and his family. Nina was a lovely lady, very witty and talented. I always enjoyed talking with her. She will be missed at the Dahlia Society, she was so gifted with flowers. Sending you all prayers.
Valerie Pereski
Johnny and Bryan we are so sorry for your alls loss hoping god will put a healing hand up on you all and your family dearing this time if you all need anything please dont hesitate to holler we will help in anyway we can .
Charlotte Krege & Kyle & family
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Nina. She was such a joy to be around always a smile for you and a story to tell. We loved working with her at the dahilia shows and her arrangements couldn’t be beat. Keep your memories close to your heart knowing she us at peace now.
Randy and Vicky Hinkley
Uncle John, Bryan and family, We were sorry to hear of Aunt Nina's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Karen Trull
Bryan, so sorry to hear about your mother. My condolences go out to you and your entire family.
Richard McCall
So sorry to hear about Nina. She was a very caring and very nice lady. She will be missed by all.
Sam & Becky Trantham
Loved this sweet incredible woman. Her and Johnny are just like family. Prayers for Johnny and family!
Debbie McElreath (Robertson)