Jonathan Arch, 59, of Cherokee passed away at Tsali Care Center on June 18, 2012 following an extended illness. He was a carpenter and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church of Robbinsville. He loved to fish and play bingo but most of all he loved his family. He looked forward to family dinners so he could see everyone. This past Father’s Day he was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren, who were very thankful to have one last dinner with him.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta Teesateskie Arch; children, Cindy Wolfe of Cherokee, Ella Chekelelee and husband Harvey of Sylva; a brother, Allen Ramsey; sisters, Clara Sequoyah, Annie Young, Brenda Hernandez, and Rita Martinez; three grandchildren, Alex “AJ” Hornbuckle of Cherokee, Avianna, “Miss Puss” Hornbuckle of Cherokee, and Halie, “Duck Lips” Settlemyre of Cherokee and special pets, Ghost and Blackie.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jane Ramsey and a brother, David “Porky” Long.
The family will receive friends at the Chapel of Long House Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, from 6-9pm. The body will then be taken to Robbinsville to Zion Hill Baptist Church where a visitation will be held on Thursday June 21 beginning at 4pm until the funeral service which will be held on Friday, June 22 at 11am. Burial will follow at the Teesateskie Cemetery.
The Rev. Noah Crowe will officiate. Pall Bearers will be Mingo Hornbuckle, Sam Watty, Shorty Kirkland, Dennis “Fuzz” Sneed, Eddie Hill, James Teesateskie, and honorary Pall Bearer, Alex “AJ” Hornbuckle.
Long House Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. An on-line memorial is available at www.longhousefuneralhome.com.