Classmate Obituaries

Lee H. Edwards High School Class of 1967

 

 

LARRY MARVIN ROBINSON  (1949-2017)

Larry Marvin Robinson, 68, of Asheville, died Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Aston Park Health Care Center.

A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Marvin and Leona Summey Robinson. Mr. Robinson retired as a district manager with C.F. Sauer Co. He was a member of the Asheville Family Church.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Garren Robinson; daughter, Lisa Robinson; son, Sean Robinson; grandchildren, Jamie Yates, Casey Yates, Hannah Yates, and Seana Robinson; 6 great-grandchildren; and sister Annette Robinson Roof and husband Larry.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Asheville Family Church, with the Rev. Rolf Woodard officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asheville Family Church, 530 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806.

 

JOSEPH McGHEE (1949-2016)

Asheville - Joseph Roosevelt "Joe" McGhee, Jr., 67, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, Mr. McGhee had worked most of his life as a food broker. He was also a veteran of the US Air Force, and a regular volunteer at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Mr. McGhee was the son of the late Joseph Roosevelt McGhee, Sr. and Mary Della Cordelia Mae White McGhee. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Diana McGhee Henderson.

Surviving are his daughter, Michelle; sister, Doris Weaver; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery.

To sign Mr. McGhee's guestbook online, please go to "Memorials" at www.andersrice.com.


BRENDA GAIL (MAPLES) QUASHNE  (1949 - 2015)

Brenda Gail Quashne, age 66 of Southport, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Quashne was born July 17, 1949 in Asheville, North Carolina the daughter of the late John and Elbreeda Maples. She was a graduate of East Carolina University (Bachelors) and the Wilmington University (Masters). Mrs. Quashne retired after 30 years teaching elementary school children in the Colonial School District in New Castle, DE. In addition to teaching, she worked with Delaware and New Jersey State police in raising money to support the Sunshine Foundation, providing trips to terminally-ill children from the state of Delaware. She and her husband moved to Southport in 2004 where she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Spending time at the Oak Island Senior Center, Brenda learned to weave Nantucket-style baskets, and enjoyed it so much she expanded her hobby and sold her baskets in shops in Shallotte, Southport and Wilmington. Brenda was also instrumental in organizing many Marine Corps related event in St. James, including the Marine Corps Fellowship Golf Outing, which placed 50 Marines with St. James military veteran golfers. At Thanksgiving, she organized meals in the homes of St. James residents for over 100 Marines as part of the single Marine program.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard "Rick" Quashne, Jr.; son Richard "Rich" Quashne, III and wife Laura of Wilmington, Delaware; and two grandchildren, Katharina Alane Quashne and Alexander Richard Quashne. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Mary Francis Quashne.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Trent Watts officiating. The family will have visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday evening at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 17th at Mealey Funeral Home in Wilmington, DE.

Online condolences may be made at
www.peacocknewnamwhite.com

 

DAVID WRIGHT ROBERSON  (1947 - 2015)

Asheville - David Wright Roberson died Thursday, January 28, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with multiple health challenges.

He was born in Asheville on July 18, 1947. David was a direct descendant of many "first families" of this area, including Joseph Rice of the Riceville community, William Gudger of Swannanoa, Rev. Samuel Edney of Edneyville, William Mills of Fruitland, and James Craig of the Bull Creek community. He attended Grace School, St. Eugene's, David Millard Junior High, graduated from Lee Edwards/Asheville High School, and attended Montreat-Anderson College.

David lived somewhat nomadically in his younger years, residing in New York City, San Francisco, and probably many locales in between. He would send post cards and photos home to his family from all the places in which he spent a significant amount of time. He eventually came home to live in Chunns Cove, then Beaverdam. He took an opportunity in construction work in the Myrtle Beach area at a time when many hospitality and entertainment projects were developing. He lived in Surfside Beach for a dozen or so years before moving back home to Beaverdam to care for his parents.

David had an amazing rapport with animals. He was almost a "whisperer" in that sense, developing an immediate connection with just about any critter he encountered. The animals could likely sense David's tremendous compassion and caring for them. He was the "go to" guy for snake wrangling for many families in Beaverdam. He often pet-sat for his friends, and was usually able to turn around a scaled, furry, or feathered problem-child.

Perhaps David's greatest joy was his relationships with his friends. Who didn't he love, and who didn't love David? "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity". David epitomized that verse. His greatest testimony is his tremendous love for his friends, literally spread all over the world. "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." David learned the significance of this verse later in his life, and contritely confessed and accepted the One who lived and died this example for us all.

David was predeceased by his father Frank David Roberson. He is survived by his mother JoAnn Carter Roberson, sister Diane Blackwell, brother Jay Roberson and his wife Debbie, and his nephew Justin Carter Roberson, and his many, many friends and extended family.

Visitation for friends and family will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 31 in the chapel of Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 with Rev. Ron Brown officiating.

Memorials can be made to your local chapters of the American Cancer Society , the National Kidney Foundation , Carepartners/John F. Keever Solace Center, or your house of worship.

Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

JUDITH INGLE FISHER  (1949 - 2015)
WEAVERVILLE – Judith Ingle Fisher, age 66, of Weaverville died Thursday, December 24, 2015.

Judith was born October 12, 1949 in Buncombe County where she had lived all of her life and was a member of First Baptist Church, Weaverville. She was the daughter of the late Colvin E. and Christine Penland Ingle.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Tommy E. Fisher; sons Kenneth Fisher and wife Christia and Ron “Bam Bam” Fisher, all of Weaverville; 4 grandchildren; and brother, Bill Ingle of Asheville.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015, in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with Reverend Mike Thomas and Reverend Lee Roy Denton officiating. Burial will be in Clark’s Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 146 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801. For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Judith’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.

 

Linda Schell Burgin (1949-2015)

Linda Schell Burgin passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at J.F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center. She was born in Asheville to Margaret Roberts Schell and John Q. Schell, Jr. on November 8, 1949.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William A. (Bill) Burgin; her two daughters, Connie Harris and Holly Burgin (Jeremy Spivey); grandson, Zachary Famous; granddaughter, Caroline Famous; a grandson to be born, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Her parents preceded her in death.

She graduated from Lee Edwards High School and the University of NC at Asheville. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of NC at Chapel Hill in 1975.

She worked as a school social worker at South French Broad Middle School and later as a therapist at the Blue Ridge Mental Health Center in Asheville. She went into private practice as a partner at Asheville Marriage, Family and Psychotherapy Associates in 1989.

Linda was a talented musician who began playing the piano and organ at Emmanual Lutheran Church at age 13. She served the last 18 years as the pianist for Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. She was an avid and award-winning gardner and a voracious reader. Linda loved her work as a therapist. Her many clients were an inspiration and a motivation for her during her illness. Her wish for her life was to be a blessing to others.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Mission Hospital ICU and at the Solace Center for their wonderful care.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 P.M at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Fairview, NC.

 

Mark douglas Parris (1948-2014)


Mark Douglas Parris, age 65, died on Friday, October 17, 2014 at MUSC.

Born in Asheville, NC, Mark was a son of Vernon and the late Eva Parris. Mark was fun loving and loved to play tennis, but the most important aspect of his life was his family.
Survivors include his wife Debra; children Heather (Jason), Jeffrey (Tami), Scott (Georgiana), Matthew, Madison, Katherine; grandchildren Taylor, Grace, Kenzi, Tabitha, and soon to be another grandchild.
Services will be private.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the MUSC Lung Transplant Program, 171 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29425.
Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Troy Keith Drye (1949-2014)

Troy Keith Drye, Sr., 65, of Asheville, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Stone Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center.
A native and lifelong resident of Asheville, he was the son of the late Samuel T. Drye and Edna Stewart Drye. He is also preceded in death by a son, Troy Keith Drye, Jr.
Mr. Drye was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School. He was an avid Carolina Tar Heels fan. He always enjoyed spending time with his 7 grandchildren.
Survivors include his sons, Jeremy Drye and Christopher Drye; daughters, Suzanne King and her husband, Jeremy, and Hannah Drye; his brother, Sam Drye and his wife, Rheba; and 7 grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Troy’s memory to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org
Condolences may be made online at www.PenlandFamilyFuneralHome.com

 

Jack Lee Haney (1949-2013)

Jack Lee Haney, 63, of Misty Ridge Lane, Leicester, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Kenneth Haney and Corena Haskett Haney Kirby. Mr. Haney served 22 years in the Army Reserves. He was the owner/operator of Jack Haney Office Supplies.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Penland Haney; sons Jeff Haney and Scot Haney; and sisters Ann Ledbetter, Darlene Blackstock, and Janice Haney. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Chest for Women, PO Box 5294, Asheville, NC 28813, and/or to the Charles George VA Medical Center Volunteer Services, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.

 

 

James Carroll "Jim" Holland (1949-2013)

James Carroll Holland of Woodway passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013, at his home. A memorial service will be 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel, presided over by Mr. Harold W. Earls. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 8, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room.

Jim was born April 8, 1949, in Asheville, North Carolina, to James Carroll Holland, Sr., and Dorothy Bazemore Holland. A four sport lettermen in football, baseball, basketball and track and field, Jim graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1967 and was a recipient of a football scholarship to Appalachian State University, where he graduated in 1971.

After graduation Jim began a lifelong career of service in the development of young men and women, as a teacher and coach. Starting his career as a high school football coach in Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, Jim progressed to the collegiate coaching ranks at Clemson University, where he also earned a Masters in Education Administration in 1975. Over the next twenty years, Jim had coaching stints at East Carolina University, Wofford College, Delta State University, Western Kentucky, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and finally Baylor University. In the years prior to his retirement, Jim served as a teacher and administrator at Connally and Midway Independent School Districts, with a specific focus on under privileged and struggling students. In a career spanning over four decades, Jim undoubtedly touched the lives of thousands of young men and women in a positive way and will be long remembered for his dedication, positive attitude, and encouragement he brought to so many.

Jim is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sarah Patrick Holland; and the pride of his life, his two sons, Captain Patrick Holland & wife, Kaylee, of Swansboro, North Carolina, and Jay Holland of Waco. He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Holland of Asheville; and his sister, Jean Holland Deweese.

Memorial donations can be made in Jim's name to the Midway High School Special Olympics at 13885 Woodway Dr., Woodway, TX 76712. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com.

 

Shelia Powell Justus (2013)

 

 

Candler - Shelia Ann Powell Justus, 63, of White Oak Dr., Candler, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013. at St. Joseph Campus, Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe Co., she was a daughter of Carolyn Roland Powell of Asheville and of the late Walter Odell Powell.  Mrs. Justus was retired from Blue Ridge Paper Products (formerly Champion International), where she worked as a quality control technician. She was a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church and also attended Iva First Baptist Church, Iva, SC, where she and Mr. Justus maintained a second home.

Shelia was a dedicated Christian, wife, mother and friend whose selfless gerosity and loving nature will be cherished forever.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Justus is survived by her husband, Franklin Louie Justus; sons Louie Odell Justus and wife Kim of Candler, and Bradley Franklin Justus and wife Heather of Garner, NC; grandchildren Kayla Brooke Justus, Louie Grant Justus, Benjamin David Justus, and Elijah Sean Justus; and a sister, Theresa Lukacena of Asheville.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dennis Thurman and the Rev. Dr. John T. Tiller officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Friday prior to the service.  The casket will remain open at Groce Funeral Home until the visitation hour.  The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

 

Richard (RICK) McCrary (1949 - 2012)

SALEM, VA. - Richard Wilson McCrary (Big Rick), 63, of Salem, Va., passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012 after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. He was born in Asheville, N.C. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice W. McCrary.

Rick was a member of Salem Baptist Church and retired from Atlantic Bay Mortgage Company.

Big Rick was an avid golfer and was proud of his hole in one at Hidden Valley Country Club in 2004 and his golfing experience in Scotland. He never turned down a trip to the beach, especially if his grandchildren were included. Known as Paps to his grandchildren, he made special efforts to see them each month. Big Rick could be counted on to provide the best CD's of Beach Music to his friends. He loved life and a good time and always made a party better. He was a great supporter of Va Tech football and Carolina basketball.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty; daughters and sons-in-laws, Ashley and Brian Cramp of Gainesville, Va. and Allison and Joe Koontz of Glen Allen, Va,; grandchildren, Carter Cramp, Cooper Cramp, John Koontz, Virginia Koontz and William Koontz; brothers and sisters-in-laws Patty and Ken Sharp, Nina and Billy Rhodes and Stacy and Jim Rhodes; and a host of nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank our friends for all the support, prayers and memories, as well as a special thank you to Drs. William Fintel and Joseph Moore. The family will receive friends at Lotz Salem on Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM. A celebration of Rick's life will be conducted at Salem Baptist Church on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Salem Baptist Church Building Fund or Salem Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be sent to www.lotzfuneralhome.com

 

DAVID RICE (1949 - 2011)

Weaverville - David Rice, 61 of 12 Ralph Rice Rd. died Friday, September 30, 2011. He was the son of Ralph and Marie Zelda Massey Rice. He was a lifelong resident of Buncombe county and a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by his wife; Rebecca Gibson Rice, daughters, Sandra Roberts and Brooklyn Calloway (James) son, Cody Rice (Felisha), sister, Elizabeth Hensley (Ray) brothers; Rufus Rice (Karen), Rex Rice (Mary) and Bill Rice; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Weaverville. Revs. Roger Massey, Jeff Massey and Larry Sprouse will officiate. Burial will follow in Rice Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday, at Blue Ridge Funeral Service, 7626 Hwy 213, Mars Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.

 

Gary Eugene Pressley (1949 - 2011)

Gary Eugene Pressley, 62, passed away peacefully into the hands of his loving Heavenly Father at his home on November 19, 2011, after battling Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Gary was born in Asheville on April 6, 1949 to G.B. and the late Thelma Higgins Pressley. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 43 years, Rebecca (Becky) and beloved father to Meredith and Melissa.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Sutton Pressley; his father, G.B.; two brothers, Richard (Debbie) and Kevin (partner Mike) of Asheville; two daughters, Meredith Pressley (fianc� Ryan) of Black Mountain and Melissa Pressley Woodard (Shawn) of Gray, TN; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Carol Sutton; and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School, A-B Tech, and Montreat College. Gary was a longtime employee of the Square D Company for 38 years where he last served as a Project Manager. He was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, member of the SPAN (Servants Paying Attention to Needs) ministry, and an AWANA leader. He loved to serve the Lord by helping others, especially by helping remodel houses for those in need. He was an avid competitive water skier and served USA Water Ski as a senior and Pan-Am judge and scorer, as well as head of the seeding committee. Gary served our country in the Navy for four years.

A celebration of life service will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Long Shoals Rd., Arden, NC at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2011 with Pastors Sam McLamb and Kelvin Moseley presiding. Burial will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home on Long Shoals Rd. in Arden.

Flowers are appreciated but donations in his memory to the Biltmore Baptist Church SPAN ministry or the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association, www.catfishchapter.org, would also be appreciated.

The family would also like to thank the staff of the Veteran's Administration Hospital, CarePartners Hospice, his CNA Adam Gresham, Biltmore Baptist Church, and all of the friends and family who took such good care of Gary during the past five months.


TILMAN (TIM) BELL

Arden ~ Tilman "Tim" Wallace Bell, 61, of Southwicke Drive, died on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus.

He was born in Buford, SC and was the son of the late John Wallace Bell and Edna Lovelace Bell. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era and was employed as an account executive with Acosta Sales. Mr. Bell was a member of the Family of Faith Fellowship on Long Shoals Road.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Guthrie Bell of Arden; three sons, Shannon Bell and wife Krista of Mills River, Stacey Bell and wife Jenny of Hendersonville and Seth Bell and wife Claire of Brevard; three grandchildren, Priscilla Camby, Maggie Bell and Walker Bell; a brother, Larry Bell of Arden.

 

Ronald Lewis Conner

Weaverville - Ronald Lewis Conner, 60, passed away unexpectedly August 25, 2009 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.A native and resident of Buncombe County for most of his life, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

He was the son of the late Robert Lewis and Roma Elizabeth Gosnell Conner.Surviving are his sisters, Deborah Conner Ashkar and husband, Nabil, of Amman Jordan, Marie Case Grant of Leicester, and Kathie Case Adams of Asheville; nephews, Issam, Nasri and Yazan Ashkar and Randy Adams; niece, Katie Adams and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


VICKY ROSEBOROUGH GRAHAM

Victoria Barbara Roseborough Graham, 55, of Arden, died December 16, 2004 at Elizabeth House in Hendersonville.

Mrs. Graham was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of Barbara Vance and William J. Roseborough.

She is also survived by her husband of 34 years, Larry Dean Graham; a son, Michael Jonathan Graham, of Arden; two sisters, Kathryn Roseborough Cabe and her husband, John, of Arden and Emily Roseborough Efting and her husband, Douglas, of Wilmington; a brother, William J. Roseborough, II and his wife, Denese, of Asheville; four nephews, Alex Efting, Jeremy Cabe, Jamie Roseborough and Tommy Swayngim; six nieces, Meghan Cabe, Shelly Edmondson, Lindsey Efting, Pam Naber, Alison Baldwin and Frankie Hayes and one Godson, Kyler Gibson.

Mrs. Graham was a realtor with Coldwell Banker and was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church.

Services will be held Sunday, December 19, at 3:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Dr. James Johnson officiating and music by Trudy Coble. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. John Cabe, Jeremy Cabe, Jamie Roseborough, Alex Efting, Doug Efting and Lee Edmondson will serve as pallbearers.

 

ROBIN FELD (1949-2004)

ROBIN FELD, age 55, teacher, dancer and musician, died at home in Bolinas on Monday, December 20, 2004 following a courageous battle with cancer. For the last 14 years Robin directed the music program at Full Circle, a residential treatment center for troubled teenage boys located in Bolinas. She founded the music program, was instrumental in its growth and its continuing success.

She was born October 2, 1949 in the town of New Rochelle, NY to Betty Lipinsky Feld and the late Edward Henry Feld. She grew up in the beautiful town of Asheville, NC where she graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1967.

Robin attended the University of Georgia and then decided to enter the world of the performing arts. First she quietly converted the Twelfth Gate in Atlanta, GA from a Christian coffee house into a national concert club where musicians like Oregon, Little Feat, Wet Willie, Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner could perform before an intimate, live audience. This is where she met her husband, Paul McCandless, the Grammy winning jazz musician and composer.

Following her passion for dance, Robin studied contact improvisation with Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith and ballet at the Collette Barry-Susan Klein School of Dance. Robin and Paul moved to New York City in 1976 where Robin started her internationally renowned career as a professional dancer and teacher in contact improvisation. Robin taught and performed contact improvisation at her own studio in New York City and in Europe. Her choreography was presented at the Dance Theatre Workshop and St. Marks Church in New York; at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado as well as several locations in Europe. She was a member of the Nina Martin Dance Company (1980-82) and the Julie West Dance Foundation (1983-85). For 20 years she traveled every summer to Bern, Switzerland to teach contact improvisation; many international dancers cite her as their formative teacher.

Robin is survived by her husband Paul, her mother Betty Feld and her brother Tom Feld of Asheville, NC; her mother and brother now reside in Thousand Oaks, CA. Robin is also survived by Tom's wife Peggy Feld and their two daughters Melissa Feld of Hollywood Hills, CA and Jamie Feld of Westwood Village, CA.

 

BARRY ARTHUR RHASH (1949-1971) 
(Though not his obituary, this is a fitting tribute to a fine man and a true American hero)

Warrant Officer WO1 Barry Arthur Rhash, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Asheville, NC.

Warrant Officer Barry Arthur Rhash was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, WO Rhash served our country until March 29th, 1971 in Vinh Binh, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was married. It was reported that Barry died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. Barry was born on March 29th, 1949 in Asheville, North Carolina. WO Rhash is on panel 04W, line 092 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

"I was present on March 29th. I have often thought of Barry since. I'll never forget him or his fellow pilot, Chuck Edwards. Barry was a wonderful young man. I am proud to have served with him. My heart goes out to his family and friends." LTC Roger S. Almquist, Ret, USA.

"You were the light of my life and I will never stop loving you. Edith Reed, I am His Mother."

"I remember Barry as a good friend to my brother, Cal Buzzy Wray. They were both in the Kappa Sigma fraternity at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. I remember seeing all the Kappa Sigs out on the lawn the day they found out Barry had been killed. All these strong young men weeping and holding on to each other. I knew something bad, really bad had happened. I ran across the street and heard the devasting news. Then I tried desperately to reach my brother to tell him. When I finally reached him, he had a look on his face that I had never seen before. I don't know if it was shock, despair, grief. probably all. Barry was quite nice to me as a freshman and a thoughtful and good friend to my brother. We miss him very much." Marsha, Kappa Sigma "real" little sister.

"NEVER FORGOTTEN. Barry will live in our hearts forever. I feel such sadness when I think of all the years we have been without him. Barry had such a gentle spirit and I still can see the twinkle in his eyes when he was feeling mischevious. Thank you, Barry for giving yourself for the freedoms that we all too often take for granted. My 13 year old son will be traveling to Washington next week and will be able to see your name on the Wall and know that you are a HERO." Sheron Hufstader, 6 Rolling Brook, Irvine, Ca 92612.

"Crew Chief Bushwacker 34. FROM A FELLOW BUSHWACKER. Our Unit was new to the 175th Outlaws. We took the place of The Mavericks UH 1C's Gun Ships. Barry was also new to our Unit. He and his AC was a great team. I remember March 29, 1971 all too well. He and Capt. Edwards took of with the other Bushwackers covering the slicks UH 1H's as they worked a mission. The word came back to us that a Bushwacker was down and then the worst news broke. The flight back with our missing brothers slot empty. Both Barry and Charles were great men and Officers. I miss them both. May God be with you both." Jim Stanley, 104 Burlington Ct, Dothan, Al, 36305.

He served with the 175th Assault Helicopter Company, "Bushwackers", 214th Aviation Battalion, 164th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, USARV.

He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Aviation Wings Badge, The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.