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Moore Funeral Home At Forest Lawn

Throughout the years we have cared for the families in our community, from all walks of life. We treat each family with professionalism, compassion, integrity and dedication to excellent care.

Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn believes that we need to care for each other, building bonds of trust within our community. We are committed to being fair and economical while offering quality services and merchandise.

Whether your family selects burial or cremation, we can assist you. Our full service funeral home offers a lovely chapel, overlooking the rolling hills of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Candler or you may select to use your house of worship. Most recently we were approved by the Green Burial Council to offer natural burial choices, such as biodegradable shrouds and caskets and even home visitations.

You and your family are invited to visit our facilities, compare our offerings with other local funeral homes and make the decisions that you are more at peace with. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, each day of the year.

Now is the time to discuss these plans with your family. It may seem harsh, even uncomfortable, but there are many decisions to make in very little time and you aren’t given a chance to re-do it. The last gift you can give is peace of mind.

Our professional team is dedicated to helping you share the stories that make this community great. We provide a place to cry, to laugh, and most importantly, begin the healing process that follows the loss of a loved one. Whether traditional or unique, we help you create meaningful events.


Our Obituaries

Billy Ray Miller

December 15, 1933 - December 1, 2016

Rev. Billy Ray Miller, 82, of Bryson City passed away on Thursday, December 01, 2016. He was born in Kenvir, KY to the late Aldrich and Esther Dean Miller and served in the US Air Force. After 40 years he retired from the CSX Railroad. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia Ann Miller and siblings, Walt Miller and Etta Miller Asbury. He is survived...
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James Alfred Ruff, Jr.

March 5, 1961 - November 30, 2016

James Alfred Ruff, Jr., 55, of Asheville, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of James and Betty Jane Banks Ruff. He was preceded in death by his father, James Ruff, Sr. James is survived by his mother and step-dad, Betty and Bobby Brigman, significant other, Teresa Thomas; children, Clayton, Jessica and Julia Ruff; grandchildren, Courtney...
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Frederick Arthur Badgero III

December 23, 1994 - November 10, 2016

Frederick Badgero III (Fred Fred) 21 years old of Asheville died on Thursday, November 10th 2016 at Mission Hospital with his family by his side. He was a free spirit and loved to help others. Fred Fred's last act of kindness was to donate his organs to save the lives of others. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frederick "Butch" Badgero, Sr ; uncle, Rodney Vardamin and aunt...
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Richard Mario Pagano

October 10, 1933 - November 9, 2016

Richard M. Pagano, 83, of Candler, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. He was born in Cranston, RI in 1933 to the late Joseph and Gaetana "Gadie" Gargano Pagano. He lived in Rhode Island most of his life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and vegetable gardening when he wasn't running his jewelry manufacturing business, Jan-Craft. He was also an avid pool player and received many...
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Noah Mitchell Parris

August 11, 1928 - October 27, 2016

Noah Mitchell Parris, 88, of Marshall, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2016. He was born in Polk County, SC to the late Callin and Vennie Steadman Parris. Noah served in the US Navy during World War II and Korea and was a member of VFW Post 891. He loved fox hunting and his foxhounds. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Loran W. and M. Neil Parris. He...
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Nettie Davenport Wykle

May 14, 1929 - October 19, 2016

Nettie Davenport Wykle, 87, of Asheville, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. She was born in Clay County to the late Harvie and Addie Scroggs Davenport. Nettie worked for Ice Service in Asheville for many years. She loved working in her flower garden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Wykle; 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Nettie is survived by...
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Gregory Dean Warren

September 17, 1957 - October 15, 2016

Gregory Dean Warren, 59, of Candler, went home to the Lord on Saturday, October 15, 2016. He was born in the mountains of Asheville, the son of Buddy and Marcella Dills Warren. Dean loved being a mountain man, spending time outdoors with his family whether hunting or fishing was a blessing. His power of prayer was a calling from God. Dean could fix anything and would always help anyone that...
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Charles Doran Inman

May 2, 1940 - October 12, 2016

Charles Doran Inman, 76, of Waynesville, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Theodore Bryson Inman and Nora Fleet Rhinehardt Inman. He was a kind, gentle, loving man that was always very independent and wanted to take care of everyone. He cared for all animals, especially the wildlife that came to the house. In addition to...
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Alina Hernandez

November 12, 1971 - October 7, 2016

Alina Hernandez, 44, of Asheville, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016. She was born in Havana, Cuba to Pedro Hernandez Reyes and Zaida De Hombre Oliva. Alina is survived by her mother, Zaida de Hombre Oliva; sister, Dailin; aunts, Pilar Oliva and Maria Teresa; 2 nephews and many friends. She was well known as "Cachita", a character in the Univision Network, where she worked for more than 10...
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Blanche Jarvis Wamsley

March 13, 1922 - August 22, 2016

Blanche Jarvis Wamsley passed into eternal life at age 94 after a short period of declining health. She was born in the Statesville-Wilkesboro, NC area in the 1920's at the farm of her parents, Lee Jarvis and Ella Kemp Jarvis. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, John Philip Wamsley, and by all six of her brothers and sisters: Belma, Marie, Doris, Gurney, Paul and L.P. She moved to...
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Julia R. Roberson

March 1, 1931 - August 19, 2016

Julia R. Roberson, 85, of Candler, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late Locke and Clara Jaynes Roberson. Julia was a lifetime member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years. An accomplished painter, she also made the best biscuits in the world. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Beverly Gwen Mitchell

April 29, 1973 - August 5, 2016

Beverly Mitchell, 43, of Fairview passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at Mission Hospital. She was an Asheville native, a daughter of Wayne and the late Becky Wyatt. Beverly had many friends and loved making people smile and laugh. She always encouraged her daughters to do their best and enjoyed being able to homeschool Rachel. Family, dogs, pigs, and cooking were just some of the things that...
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George John Mathosian, Jr.

November 16, 1951 - July 21, 2016

George J. Mathosian, Jr., 64, of Leicester, passed away at home on Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was born in Nassau County, NY, a son of the late George and Margaret Conrad Mathosian. George moved to Leicester years ago to become a "Mountain Man". He was a free spirit that loved music, hunting and his family. He is survived by his wife, Vickie Lee Willcox; son, Mark Mathosian; grandchildren,...
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George Howard Taylor

June 13, 1939 - July 6, 2016

George Howard Taylor, 77, of Candler, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 after a long illness. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Howard and Clora Frady Taylor. George was a lifelong member of Ridgeway Baptist Church and retired from 7-Up after 21 years. He loved sitting on his front porch, waving at his neighbors and taking walks with his dog, Rebel. In...
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Donna Louise Kuykendall Jones

June 26, 1966 - June 22, 2016

Donna Louise Kuykendall Jones, 49, of Asheville, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of Garland William and the late Barbara Riddle Kuykendall. Donna attended Erwin High School and loved taking care of her family. She is survived by her husband, Alex Jones; children, Angela Kuykendall and William Warren; father, Garland (Marlene) Kuykendall;...
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Charles Conley Gosnell

November 26, 1946 - June 17, 2016

Charles Conley Gosnell, 69, of Asheville, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Conley and Louis Pearl Johnston Gosnell. While serving in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Panama working on aircraft. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Tina Gosnell and brother, Bobby Gosnell. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Julie...
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Clara Lovenia Connor Wallen

September 14, 1932 - June 12, 2016

Clara Lovenia Connor Wallen, 84, of Marshall, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 with her family at her side. She was born in Madison County to the late Charlie and Lula Gentry Connor. Clara loved taking care of her family, bowling, sewing and spending time in the garden. She was very social and never met a stranger, to know her was to love her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Rhenya Bryant Lunsford

April 23, 1965 - May 28, 2016

Rhenya D. Bryant Lunsford, 51, of Arden, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of Johnny Bryant and Maxine Metcalf. She grew up in the Haw Creek area. Rhenya loved gardens and flowers. She would hunt for seashells at the beach and loved watching the sunrises and sunsets with her family. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Don Lunsford; was a...
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Mary O'Connor Jamerson

July 18, 1926 - May 26, 2016

Mary O'Connor Jamerson, 89, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Sidney and Lula Ellen Edwards O'Connor. She was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grey L. Jamerson; brothers, Bud, Scott, Joe, Bill, Guy and Jackie; sister, Geneva, Beula, Constance,...
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John David McCarson

June 12, 1960 - May 24, 2016

John David McCarson, 55, of Candler, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on June 12, 1960 to Robert Owen and Carlene Chester McCarson. He is preceded in death by his father. John is survived by his son, Jacob D. McCarson; mother, Carlene Walls; step-dad, Sonny Walls; brother, Frank (Paula) Garrett of Oklahoma City, OK and Bobby McCarson of Candler, NC and...
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Lois Buckner Johnson

October 26, 1921 - May 20, 2016

Lois Buckner Johnson, 94, of Candler, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016. She was born in Greenville, TN to the late James and Minnie Penland Buckner. Lois was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and had retired from Candler Elementary and Enka High School, having served in their cafeterias. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her 10 brothers and 5 sisters. Lois is...
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Lloyd "Red" Speulda

August 22, 1923 - May 11, 2016

Lloyd Edward Speulda, 92, of Candler, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 with his family at his side. He was born in Thurston County, Nebraska to the late Louis and Anna Rose Trautt Speulda. Lloyd service in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for the Deputy State Auditor in Colorado as a CPA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Marie Speulda;...
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Mary Ann Burleson Austin

December 26, 1943 - May 6, 2016

Mary Ann Burleson Austin, 72, of Arden, passed away Friday, May 06, 2016. A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Levi and Altha Mae Thomson Burleson. She was a wonderful cook and passed this on to her children and grandchildren. Mary Ann enjoyed camping, sewing and collecting M&M memorabilia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, AJ...
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Dee "Dick" Wilson

January 9, 1924 - May 5, 2016

Canton – Dee Jasper "Dick" Wilson, age 92, passed away on May 5, 2016 at Arrowhead Cove in Canton. He was born in Piedmont, South Carolina on January 9, 1924 to the late Lennie Otis and Lula Nicholson Wilson. He was preceded in death by six brothers and 2 sisters. He was reared from infancy by his late aunt, Mrs. Florence W. Burnett of Canton. He was preceded in death by his foster siblings...
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Wanda Lee Freeman Fisher

May 17, 1927 - May 4, 2016

Wanda Freeman Fisher, 88, of Asheville, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. She was born in Asheville to the late Theodore R. and Belva Trula Gosnell Freeman. She loved her family and her church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Ralph Elbert Fisher; son, David Herbert Fisher; grandson, Daniel Kent Fisher and brother, Theodore Freeman II. She...
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David Lee Penley

August 24, 1977 - May 3, 2016

David Lee Penley, 38, of Asheville, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. A native of Asheville, he was the son of David Allen Robinson and Betty Elizabeth Penley. He loved swimming and fishing. He is preceded in death by his son, Austin Penley. David is survived by his parent, Betty Elizabeth Penley and David Allen Robinson; sister, Michelle (Josh) Ledbetter; step-sisters, Jamie, Connie and...
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Ora Mae Wooten

September 14, 1930 - May 3, 2016

Ora Mae Bond Wooten, 85, of Asheville, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2016. She was born in Elberton, Georgia to the late James Thomas and Etta Mae Nelms Bond. Ora owned and operated Wooten's Nursery School in North Asheville and loved all of "her kids" dearly. The best times were spent traveling with her family and doing outdoors activities. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Jackie Lee Earwood

April 24, 1935 - May 2, 2016

Jackie Lee Thompson Earwood of Asheville, N.C. passed away peacefully on May 2 at the age of 81 surrounded by her close family by her side. She was a native of Marshall, N.C. Jackie started her career as a nurse for Dr. Montgomery, then spent 20 years with Dr. Woodard Farmer and enjoyed her last 20 years with Dr. Gregory Grant. When she wasn't working, she loved spending time with her family....
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Robert Wayne Queen, Sr.

May 29, 1929 - May 1, 2016

Robert Wayne Queen, Sr., 86, of Asheville, passed away, Sunday, May 1, 2016. He was born in Durham, NC to the late O.C. and Della Smith Queen. Robert served as an MP in the Army during World War II and Korea and was retired from ABF Freight. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy Jean McKinney Queen and Patricia Ann Sherrill and daughter, Marsha Christine...
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Ethel Mae Payne Suttles

December 20, 1922 - May 1, 2016

Ethel Mae Payne Suttles passed away peacefully on May 1, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. Mae was born to Nathan and Violet Payne in Greenville, SC on December 20, 1922. She attended Spring Creek High School and graduated in 1939. Mae was profoundly kind, and had a vivacious spirit. She was known for her wit, kindheartedness, and great capacity to find goodness in any she met. She played mandolin...
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Karen Park Cook

April 26, 1945 - April 27, 2016

Karen Park Cook, 71, of Asheville passed away on April 27, 2016. She was born in Hamilton, OH to the late Ray and Margaret Lunsford Park. Karen attended Mars Hill College, where she met her husband, Lance. They married in 1965 and moved to Asheville in 1969 after having previously lived in Tacoma, WA, Hamilton, OH and Concord, NC. Karen worked for AT&T in Charlotte and Asheville, and then...
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Ernest King Turbyfill

January 27, 1938 - April 21, 2016

Ernest K. Turbyfill, 78, of Asheville, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Paul and Annie Crowder Turbyfill. Ernest had been a member of State Street Baptist Church and had retired from MB Haynes as an electrician and lineman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Ray. He is survived by his wife,...
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Edward Andrew Kacicek

March 18, 1929 - April 9, 2016

Edward Andrew Kacicek, 87, of Horse Shoe, NC went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 9, 2016. He was born March 18, 1929 in Palmerton, PA to the late Walter Arthur and Catherine Ruth Rogowitz Kacicek. Edward served in the US Army from 1951-1953, worked as a firefighter in Civil Service at Dulles Air Force Base, Virginia and Hurlburt Field, FL and also for the Blue Ridge Parkway and...
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Ella Christine Trull

February 12, 1944 - March 21, 2016

Ella "Christine" Ingle Trull, 72, of Asheville passed away Monday, March 21, 2016. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Maggie Blanche Spivey Ingle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harley C. Trull and brother, Alvin Joe Ingle. She is survived by her daughters Brenda Kay (Jerry) Hensley, Terresa (Gene),and Margaret ...
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Walter Lee Jones

July 15, 1936 - March 11, 2016

Walter Lee Jones, 79, of Asheville, passed away Friday, March 11, 2016. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Horace William and Matilda "Tilda" Ann Warren Jones. He retired after 55 years with the Biltmore Estate and loved working in his garden and being with his dogs. He was a member of Fruit of Labor Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,...
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Alice Henson Piercy

January 4, 1921 - March 8, 2016

Alice Henson Piercy, 95, of Asheville, passed away Tuesday, March 08, 2016. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late John Harrison Henson and Esta Edna Roberts Henson. During WWII, she worked for the U.S. Navy Radar Laboratory in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was a Charter Member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church and a current member of Arden First Baptist Church. After 20 years, she...
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Randy Newlin "Lucky" Hollifield

June 18, 1959 - March 7, 2016

Randy "Lucky" Newlin Hollifield, 56, of Asheville passed away on Monday, March 07, 2016. A native of Asheville, he was the son of Henry Newlin Hollifield and the late Helen Louise Elkins Hollifield. He was a cancer survivor, lifetime member of the NRA and was a retired member of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club. He loved his family and was always there for them. Randy is survived by his father,...
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Wilma June "Jean" Smith Bugg

November 22, 1938 - March 3, 2016

Wilma June "Jean" Smith Bugg, of Chesnee, SC went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 3, 2016 at the age of 77. Wilma was born in Haywood County, a daughter of the late James Frank and Thelma Maxine Langley Smith. She was a longtime resident of Buncombe County prior to moving to Chesnee, SC. Wilma was an active member of Piedmont Baptist Church of Chesnee, SC and was truly loved by all...
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Cline E. Worley

April 11, 1933 - February 14, 2016

Cline E. Worley, 82, of Candler, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016. A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Everett and Bessie Waldrup Worley, and moved to Buncombe County when he was 4 years old. Cline was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and Ridgway Baptist Church and worked at the Farmers Market for over 30 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Caryl McIntosh Pepin

February 14, 1941 - February 13, 2016

Caryl McIntosh Pepin, 74, of Black Mountain, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Chunns Cove Assisted Living Asheville, after an 8 year battle with vascular dementia. She was born in Chicago Heights, IL on Valentine's Day, to the late Carl and Florence McIntosh. Caryl attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL where she met her husband and...
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Effie Marie McGuinn Earwood

November 18, 1928 - January 21, 2016

Effie Marie McGuinn Earwood, 87, of Fairview, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2016. A native of Polk County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Gartha Bradley McGuinn. Effie worked at an Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Black Mountain as a Registered Nurse and was a member of Fletcher First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by...
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James Bruce Stiles

November 4, 1923 - January 15, 2016

James Bruce Stiles, 92, of Asheville finished his life's race and went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, January 15, 2016. He was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina on November 4th, 1923. He was the son of the late James Carl Stiles and Carolyn Farmer Stiles and the brother of Lake Stiles. James was married to Margie Johnson Stiles for 72 years. She preceded him in death on October...
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John Sidney "Junior" Patton, Jr.

December 2, 1951 - January 10, 2016

John Sidney "Junior" Patton, 64, of Asheville passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016 in his home. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late John Sidney and Mildred Lucille Murray Patton. A Disabled Vietnam Veteran of the Marine Corps, he continued to serve his fellow soldiers until his retirement from the Charles George VA Medical Center. He had a big heart, filling it up with love for...
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Whitefoord Alexander Whitaker

November 6, 1919 - December 29, 2015

Whitefoord A. Whitaker, 96, of Asheville, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Rev. Jesse and Bessie Roberts Whitaker. He retired from Gerber as an Inspector and enjoyed his retirement tinkering in his workshop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Whitaker and siblings, Herbert, Harvey, Inez Clements...
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Juanita Jane Turbyfill Long

August 21, 1933 - November 26, 2015

In loving memory of our mother, Juanita J. Long, who passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. Long; son, Eddie Frisbee; brothers, Howard and Earl Turbyfill and sister, Wanda Turbyfill. She is survived by her son, Wayne (Darlene) Melton; brother, Earnest (Betty) Turbyfill; companion, Lewis Bridges; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. ...
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Dorothy Clark Lyda

January 11, 1926 - November 17, 2015

Dorothy Clark Lyda, 89, of Candler, passed away in Marshall, NC on Wednesday, November 17, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Taylor Clark and mother, Lena Adams. She is survived by her daughters, Rosa Trull and Regina Britton; granddaughters, Tonya Warren and Andrea Labosky and great grandchildren, Sydney Warren, Alecsander Warren and Sienna Dew. A Funeral Service will be...
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Pamela Rene Hall Morris

August 8, 1953 - November 14, 2015

Pamela Rene Hall Morris, 62, of Asheville, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Keever Solace Center. Born in Phelps, Wisconsin to Charles Hammond Hall and Sheila Ettamae Langford Hall, Pamela received her AA from Boise State University followed by her BS from Southern Wesleyan University. She was a Retail Manager for Dillards, Sears and then Ross for 10 years. Pamela attended LDS...
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Roy Mull

December 11, 1945 - November 9, 2015

Roy Mull, 69, of Asheville, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015. He was born in Jackson County, Caney Fork community, on December 11, 1945 to the late Ed and Letha Hensley Mull and was a lifelong resident of Western North Carolina. Roy was a dairy farmer and worked at Biltmore Dairy, he retired from Small Acres Dairy in Fletcher. He loved the outdoors and the Atlanta Braves. In addition...
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Michael Patrick Thomas

November 29, 1945 - November 4, 2015

Dr. Michael Thomas passed away on November 4th, 2015. Dr. Thomas was born November 29th, 1945. His parents, Mr. Patrick Moore Thomas and Jean Gibson Thomas, precede him in death. He was employed through and taught at Western Carolina University for 15 years as a professor of Project Management in the Business school. His passion was building and remodeling homes. He is survived by his loving...
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Elaine Dorothy Falk Schallhorn

April 12, 1949 - October 29, 2015

Elaine Dorothy Falk Schallhorn, of Candler, passed away at her home surrounded by her family. A native of East Lake, MI, she was the daughter of the late Emil Rudolph and Evelyn Dorothy Clausen Falk. While in Michigan, Elaine attended Good Shepherd Lutheran. She graduated from Manistee High School in 1967 and Western Michigan University in 1970 where she was also involved in Campus Crusade for...
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Margie Johnson Stiles

August 3, 1925 - October 23, 2015

Margie Johnson Stiles, 90, of Asheville went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 23, 2015 surrounded by members of her loving family. She was born in Hartford, Tennessee on August 3, 1925. Margie was the beloved wife of James Bruce Stiles who survives her. They would have celebrated their 73rd anniversary, November 7th. She was the daughter of the late Noah Johnson and Lydia Webb...
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Tommy Parker

December 22, 1954 - October 22, 2015

Tommy Gene Parker, 60, went home to be with the Lord after fighting the good fight on October 22nd, 2015. A native of Asheville, he was an employee of Borg Warner for nearly 20 years as a member of the research and development team. He was a hard working man who loved and cared for his family very much. Mr. Parker is preceded in death by his parents Warren G. and Marion M. Parker and his sister...
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Travis Blackwell Benson

October 5, 1990 - October 8, 2015

Travis Blackwell Benson, 25, of Candler, passed away at home on Thursday, October 8, 2015. He was born in Spruce Pine, the son of Jerry Douglas Benson and Sharon Medford. He graduated from Enka High School in 2009 and was employed by American Recycling. Travis loved his family, being outdoors, four-wheeling and having fun. Travis was preceded in death by his uncle, Jeffrey Donald Medford;...
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Wanda Henson Levy

February 11, 1933 - October 4, 2015

Wanda Henson Levy, 82, of Asheville, passed away Sunday, October 04, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Hoyle and Katy Warren Henson. Wanda was a lifelong, devout Christian and a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife and mother and loved flowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Billy, Rex and...
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Norman Leon Smith

October 18, 1948 - October 4, 2015

Norman Leon Smith, 66, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, October 04, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late George William and Mary Jane Matteson Smith. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1705 in Marion. Norman is survived by his wife, Caroll Louise Barrier Smith; son, Steven Leon Smith (LeeAnn); daughters, Cotina Louise Smith (Ray) and Natisha Lorraine...
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Richard Glen Sprinkle, Sr.

May 5, 1932 - September 24, 2015

Richard G. Sprinkle, Sr., 83, of Candler, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 24th at the Keever Solace Center. Richard was the youngest child of the late Letus E. and Amy Gantt Sprinkle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Sprinkle. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Wheeler Sprinkle; children, Jan (Rick) Robinson, Amy, Keith, Richard ...
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Helen Louise Elkins Hollifield

July 13, 1939 - September 8, 2015

Helen Louise Hollifield, 76, of Asheville, went to be with the Lord on September 8th, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Carl Elkins and Norma Roberts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Jennifer Westall. Helen is survived by her husband of 57 years, Henry Newlin Hollifield; son, Randy Hollifield; daughter Teresa Banks,...
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Carl W. Shook, Sr.

May 12, 1923 - September 1, 2015

Carl W. Shook, Sr., 92, of Candler, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. He was born in Leicester to the late R. Homer and Lois Catherine Sealey Shook. Carl served in the 386th Infantry during World War II, was a member of the Davis Chapel United Methodist Church and retired after 25 years from Harry's Cadillac and Pontiac in 1985. He married his late wife of 66 years, Ruth Murrel...
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Joey Lee Brackett

December 9, 1957 - August 27, 2015

Joey Lee Brackett, 57, of Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 27, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Albert Lee Brackett and Mary Ann Wells. He had a heart of gold and will be missed by all who knew him. He loved to fish and always helped people. He is survived by his daughter, Christie Brackett and granddaughter, Gabrielle Lewis, of Virginia;...
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Judy Case McCurry

June 30, 1942 - August 11, 2015

Judith "Judy" Case McCurry, 73, of Candler, passed away, Tuesday, August 11, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Sidney and Effie Brank Case. When she wasn't caring for her family, she was a Teacher's Aide and Substitute Teacher in Buncombe County. Judy was a member of the Candler Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Gypsy Lee Hargett Satterwhite

January 13, 1933 - July 30, 2015

Gypsy Lee Hargett Satterwhite, age 82, died peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. She was born on January 13, 1933 in Charlotte, NC to Lula Conrad Hargett and Zeb Eustace Hargett. In addition to her parents, Gypsy was preceded in death by her brother, Zeb Eustace Hargett Jr. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dan Hicks Satterwhite; and her sisters, Tina...
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Thomas Franklin Rogers

February 11, 1945 - July 28, 2015

Thomas Franklin Rogers, 70, of Asheville, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was born in Bradenton, FL to the late Robert Ervin and Rachel Cordelia Clubb Rogers but had made his home in Asheville for over 45 years. Thomas served in the Army and was the Maintenance Manager at Strawberry Hill Press in Asheville. He enjoyed camping, and listening to Don Williams but loved being with his...
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Barbara Irene Lanning Hensley

June 4, 1932 - July 17, 2015

Barbara Irene Hensley, 83, of Old Fort N.C. died Friday, July 17th2015. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late Albert Franklin and Mary Margaret Sentz Lanning. Barbara was a supervisor at Hamricks Shoe Dept. She was a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Lawrence. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Raymond Hensley, Jr. and her...
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Marian Maltry Parker

April 30, 1930 - July 8, 2015

Marian Parker, 85, of Asheville, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late John and Betty Lee Flynn Maltry. Marian was a strong, hard-working woman that loved her family more than anything else. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Parker; daughter, Betty Miller and 13 siblings. Marian is survived by...
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Joseph "Joe" Letterman

September 3, 1922 - May 31, 2015

Joseph Letterman, 92, of Candler, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late A.C. and Pansy Fox Letterman. Joe served his country in the US Navy during World War II and retired from the Asheville Police Department. He was a longtime member of Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,...
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Myrtle Ruth Harris Burgess

May 14, 1924 - May 27, 2015

Myrtle Ruth Harris Burgess, 91, of Leicester, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. A native of Barnardsville, she was the daughter of the late Jesse James Harris and Lillie Allen Harris. Myrtle's favorite hymn was "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" and she was a member of the Barnardsville Church of God. She worked for GM Fisher Body, Detroit, Michigan. In addition to her...
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William "Bill" Crawford, Jr.

June 6, 1954 - May 20, 2015

William "Bill" Marion Crawford, Jr., 60, passed away on Wednesday, May 20th at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. Bill was born in Miami, Florida on June 6, 1954 and was raised in California and North Carolina, living in Candler for most of his adult life. He served in the United States Navy as a submarine machinist for four years. He was preceded in death by his father, William Crawford,...
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Virginia Sue Banks Shaver

May 19, 1931 - May 13, 2015

Virginia Sue Banks Shaver, of Candler, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. A native of Burnsville, she was the daughter of the late Luther James Banks and Mildred Evangeline Tipton Banks. She was a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church and retired in December 1991 after 30 years with Square D. Virginia loved her flower garden, hummingbirds and the NC Tar Heels. In addition to...
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Nancy Buckner Harris

November 11, 1923 - May 4, 2015

Nancy Buckner Harris, 91, of Asheville, passed away, Monday, May 4, 2015. A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lodusky Rice Buckner. Nancy was a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church. While living in Assisted Living the past few years, she enjoyed crafts, bingo and the fellowship of her friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Jerry Wayne Eller

August 24, 1951 - April 10, 2015

Jerry Wayne Eller, 63, of Candler died at home on Friday, April 10, after a period of declining health. He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Louise Coffee Eller. Jerry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Elaine McCall Eller; father, Carroll Eller of Candler; brother, Bill (Sharon) Eller of Gray, TN and Godson, Steve (Tina) Perry of Candler. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1...
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Betty Jeanne Howard Hughes

February 17, 1924 - April 4, 2015

Betty Jeanne Howard Hughes, 91, of Hendersonville passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015. She was born February 17, 1924, in Cape Haitian, Haiti, the daughter of missionary parents, Melvin and Pearl Antisdel Howard. Betty was an active member of Mills River Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Eugene Hughes; daughter, Juanita...
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Janet Wall Ryan

March 17, 1959 - March 24, 2015

Janet Wall Ryan, 56, of Candler, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Calvin and Mary Alewine Wall. As an LPN, Janet spent her life taking care of other people. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Ryan; son, Justin Ryan and brother, Dennis Wall. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, March 28th in the Chapel of Faith at Moore at Forest Lawn,...
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Coston Charles Murphy

October 25, 1936 - March 23, 2015

Coston Charles Murphy, 78, of Asheville, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Pink DeWitt Murphy and Nellie Howington Murphy. Coston served in the Korean War and retired from Ball Brothers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jones Murphy; children, Teresa and Coston Charles Murphy, Jr. He is survived by...
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Edna Pearl Ball Jordan

July 30, 1929 - March 17, 2015

Edna Ball Jordan, 85, of Asheville, passed away Tuesday, March 17th at the Keever Solace Center. A native of Jacksonville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Lola Futrell Ball. Edna was a member of Abernethy UMC, Asheville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Jordan. She is survived by her sons, Lloyd Jordan, Robert and Debi Jordan and...
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Ray Dewey Thomas

July 13, 1935 - March 2, 2015

Ray Dewey Thomas, 79, formerly of Asheville went to his next life on Monday, March 2, 2015. Ray was a devoted and loving husband of 59 years and a loving father, teaching all of his children the value of hard work. He was a defender and protector of everyone in his life. Ray worked 35 years for Felkel Oil Company and spent many hard, cold nights making sure a lot of people were warm. He will...
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James Aubrey Newland

January 14, 1954 - March 2, 2015

James A. Newland entered into the arms of his savior and Lord after a short battle with cancer. James was the son of Jimmy L. (deceased) and Helen C. Newland. James is preceded in death by his loving wife Paula Ross Newland, his father Jimmy L. Newland, and on February 12, 2015 his youngest brother Max Newland. Surviving is his daughter Amber L. Newland Browning and husband Tom, the pride of...
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Katherine Marlor Lunsford

May 20, 1928 - February 3, 2015

Katherine Marlor Lunsford, 86, mother of eight and grandmother of twelve entered the gates of heaven on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015. A mother who sacrificed all for her children, she was always the backbone to her family. Her strength and endurance was evident until her last days. Katherine embraced God's beauty of the outdoors and used her green thumb to create beautiful flower gardens about...
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Katherine Marlor Lunsford

May 20, 1928 - February 3, 2015

Katherine Marlor Lunsford, 86, mother of eight and grandmother of twelve entered the gates of heaven on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015. A mother who sacrificed all for her children, she was always the backbone to her family. Her strength and endurance was evident until her last days. Katherine embraced God's beauty of the outdoors and used her green thumb to create beautiful flower gardens...
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Evelyn Lanning Moore

January 14, 1929 - February 1, 2015

Evelyn Lanning Moore, 86, of Asheville, passed away Sunday, February 1 at Pisgah Manor. A native of Mills River, she was the daughter of the late Hilliard and Marie Dalton Lanning. Evelyn worked for American Enka and the Buncombe County Schools and was a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church, Candler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles Moore...
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James Fredrick Burgin, Jr.

June 17, 1943 - January 18, 2015

James Fredrick Burgin, Jr., 71, of Leicester, died Sunday, January 18 at the Keever Solace Center. He was the son of the late James Frederick Burgin, Sr. and Gladys Brotherton Burgin. He served in the US Army during Vietnam and retired from the VA Medical Center in Asheville. He is survived by his daughters, Cathy (Don) Estes of Burnsville, Lena Marr of Leicester, and Renee Barnett of...
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Vernon Lee Grimsley

October 8, 1923 - January 17, 2015

Vernon Lee Grimsley, 91, of Asheville, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Arlington, VA to the late Rollie Lee and Clara Belle Wise Grimsley. During WWII he was a ship welder in California. As a young man, Vernon loved vocabulary and learning large words, he watched his favorite football team, the Redskins, practice on his high school football field and was also a fan of the...
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Cary Donavan Eure

April 29, 1948 - January 12, 2015

Cary Donavan Eure, 66, of Candler, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015. Cary was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to the late Dr. Spurgeon Bryant Eure and Joy Donavan Eure. Mr. Eure operated hotels throughout the Southeast, discovering the beautiful areas of Western North Carolina. He loved the mountains and permanently moved to the Candler area, where he spent the reminder of his life. He...
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James "Jim" Bruce, Jr.

January 13, 1943 - January 7, 2015

James T. Bruce, Jr. "Jim", 71, of Candler, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. He was born in Asheville on January 13, 1943 to the late Annie Lou Johnson and James T. Bruce, Sr. Jim was a member of Biltmore Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Oasis Shrine and Eastern Star. In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his son, Roger and sister, Barbara Weathers. ...
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Elizabeth Ella Wheeler Ramsey

January 28, 1945 - December 27, 2014

Elizabeth Ella Wheeler Ramsey, 69, of Candler, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014. A native of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas Wheeler and Nellie Louemma Penland Wheeler. She enjoyed researching genealogy and was a gifted artist. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Ruby Johnson, Wilma Lytle, Lois Henderson, Dorothy Shepherd and...
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Roy Lee Henson

September 8, 1932 - December 23, 2014

Roy Lee Henson, 82, of Marshall, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at his home. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late George Wesley and Mattie Kerlay Henson. Roy served in the US Marine Corps and attended Mt. Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Holcombe Henson; brothers, James and Jasper Henson, sisters,...
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Mary Reynolds Canipe

February 3, 1922 - November 16, 2014

Mary Reynolds Canipe, 92, of Asheville, went to be with the Lord, on Sunday, November 16, 2014. She was born in Hartwell, Georgia to the late William and Pearl Robertson Reynolds. Mary was a member of Oteen Baptist Church and loved to bake cakes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Canipe and siblings, Eugene and Jack Reynolds of Asheville and Betty...
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Paul Joshua Rhodes, Sr.

August 30, 1928 - November 9, 2014

Paul Joshua Rhodes, 86, of Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 09, 2014. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Gavin and Margaret Souther Rhodes. Paul served his Country in the US Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. He was built Ford tough, never owning a different brand of vehicle. When he wasn't working as a...
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Barbara Bielinski Fayssoux

November 11, 1918 - October 30, 2014

Barbara Mary Bielinski Fayssoux, 95, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014. She was a native of Elmdale, Minnesota and was the daughter of the late Frank Stephen and Christina Kruzel Bielinski. Barbara was a member of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd and Harry and all of her siblings. Barbara is...
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Claude Surrett

August 7, 1926 - October 18, 2014

Rev. Claude Surrett, 88, of Candler, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 18, 2014. A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Lucius and Missouri Trantham Surrett. Claude dedicated himself to his family and the Lord. He led many revivals and pastored many Baptist churches in Buncombe, Yancey, Madison and Haywood counties. Claude was a loving and devoted husband, dad, son...
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Edwin Milton Galloway, Jr.

April 15, 1927 - October 4, 2014

Edwin M. Galloway, Jr., 87, of Asheville, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Edwin Milton and Sarah Taylor Galloway. Edwin served in the US Army during World War II. He returned to Asheville from Oklahoma to be a caregiver for several family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jean Reagan. ...
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William Bryson Mull, Jr

July 8, 1929 - September 22, 2014

It all started at 105 Fairfax Avenue and will end at 171 Fairfax Avenue. Asheville was always a place that he loved and called home. William Bryson Mull, Jr., 85, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014. He was born July 08, 1925 to the late William Bryson Mull, Sr. and Floy Bell Baldwin Mull. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jack B. Mull. He joined the US Navy in 1946 and saw the...
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Mary Sue OWenby Roberson

August 7, 1918 - September 22, 2014

Mary Sue Owenby Roberson, 96, of Swannanoa passed away Monday, September 22, 2014. A native of Bat Cave, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Blanche Hill Owenby. Sue had been a member of First Baptist Church of Swannanoa for over 60 years and had retired from Beacon Manufacturing. In addition to her parent, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Roberson and siblings, Roy...
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Pearl Johnston Gosnell

March 26, 1922 - September 6, 2014

Pearl Louise Johnston Gosnell, 92, of Asheville, passed away at the Western NC Baptist Home on Saturday, September 6, 2014. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Boyd Duffus Johnston and Gertrude Buckner Johnston. Pearl was a member of the West Asheville Baptist Church and retired from Magnavox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Conley...
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Karene Hutchison Bishop

October 5, 1919 - September 5, 2014

Karene Evelyn Hutchison Bishop, 94, of Justice Ridge Road, Candler, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Pisgah Manor Skilled Nursing, where she had resided since December 2010, surrounded by family and loving staff. A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Berver and Getrude Cole Hutchison. Karene was a 1940 graduate of Asheville Normal & Teachers College, a...
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Vernon Elbert McGhee

January 14, 1927 - September 2, 2014

Vernon Elbert McGhee, 87, of Asheville, passed away at home with his family, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Columbus and Altha Penley McGhee. Vernon served in the US Army during World War II and was a member of Local Union 96 and Western NC Central Labor AFL-CIO Retiree Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings,...
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Maggie Hicks Cooper

August 11, 1950 - August 22, 2014

Maggie Hicks Cooper passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014. She spent her life and career caring for the sick and elderly. She was born on August 11, 1950 to the late David W. and Edith Hicks and was the stepdaughter or Lillan Hicks. Her sister, Phyllis M. Hicks also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, who cared for her during her long illness, Junior Cooper; son, Doug...
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Karen Marie Johnson Ramsey

January 26, 1950 - August 7, 2014

Karen Marie Ramsey, "Granny", 64, of 20 Karn Road , graced Heaven's Gates on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, NC. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, she was a long time resident of Buncombe County. She was the daughter of the late Milton Garnet Johnson and Jeannine Marie Johnson of Asheville. Karen was proceeded in death by her beloved siblings,...
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Margaret Day Jacobs

May 10, 1931 - August 2, 2014

Margaret Louise Day Jacobs of Leicester, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014. A native of Macon Count, she was the daughter of the late Gwyn and Esse Day. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell. Margaret is survived by her daughters, Nancy Osteen, Alice Holmes and Carolyn Jacobs; sons, Roddie and Dale Jacobs; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and long-time friend, Randy Woodard....
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Dorothy Killian Tilley

May 22, 1944 - July 29, 2014

Dorothy Alice Tilley, 70, of Fairview, passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. A native of Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Bradshaw Killian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Rosalee Presnell, Collene Westover, Maggie Sue Killian and Bobby Killian. Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Ernest Tilley; children...
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Lee Andrew Queen

August 10, 1933 - July 27, 2014

Lee Andrew Queen, 80, of Asheville died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 27, 2014. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son the late Rev. Oscar C. Queen, Sr. and Della Smith Queen. He was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Taylor Nix and a brother, Oscar C. Queen, Jr. He is survived by one brother, Robert Queen of Asheville; two sisters, Aronia Brown of Asheville and Dorothy McGuinn of...
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