Juanita "Cricket" (KEYS) King

Asheville - Juanita "Cricket" Keys King, 67 of Broadview Drive, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Laura Harwood Keys. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her birth mother Barbara Harwood; sister, Conjeta Ann Penley and brother Charles McGhee.

She is survived by her husband Robert King; daughter, Spring Agnitsch (Joe); son Tim Crane (Kim); brothers, Butch and Ronald Padgett; grandchildren, Austin, Blake and Levi Crane; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 10 - 11am, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service. The funeral service will begin at 11:00am with Rev. Roy McPeters officiating. Burial will follow in West Memorial Park.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations made to Blue Ridge Funeral Service, PO Box 27, Mars Hill, NC 28754 to assist with funeral arrangements.

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

 

Larry Julius Wilson (1949-2016)

Asheville - , Larry Julius Wilson, 66, of Asheville, died on November 4, 2016 at Mission Hospital.  Larry was a 1968 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School where played football. 

 

 

Rebecca Ann Westall (1950-2015)

Candler - Rebecca Ann Westall, 66, of Candler, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at CarePartners Solace Center.

Born in Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Thomas and Geneva Ledford Westall. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in West Asheville and was retired from the Human Resources Department of Tycos Instrument Co., Arden.

Becky is survived by her brother, Dennis Westall and wife, Donna, of Old Fort; nieces and nephew, Shi Whistnant and husband, Jim, of Casar, Tammy Gibbs of Marion, Beth Westall of Leicester, and Dennis Richard Westall of Old Fort; and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

An online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

 

MICHAEL "MIKE" RONALD GRANT  (1949-2015)

Arden – Michael “Mike” Ronald Grant, 66, of Arden passed away after a short illness on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville, NC.

Born on October 15, 1949 in Asheville, NC, he was the son of the late Johnnie and Irene Adams Grant.  During the Vietnam War, Mr. Grant proudly served in the U.S. Army.  He was an official with the WNCOA and officiated football, baseball, softball, and wrestling on all levels from youth leagues to the semi-pro football team, the Asheville Grizzles.  In 1997, he officiated for the Little League World Series and in 2009, he officiated the Shiners’ Bowl.  He was an active member of Freedom Baptist Church.

Surviving is his wife of 24 years, Marie Case Grant; children, Dustin Lee Grant of San Diego, CA, and Elisha Goode of Arden, NC; siblings, Cheryl Grant Candler and her husband, David, of Asheville, NC, and Karen Grant Thompson and her husband, Charles, of Rutledge, TN; grandchildren, Taylor Goode of Montgomery, AL, and Ryan Goode of Charlotte, NC; nephews, John Candler and Randy Adams, and nieces, Ginger and Bonnie Thompson, and Katie Simpsons.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Freedom Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Hutchinson officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Erwin Youth Babe Ruth League,   c/o VFW Post 891, 626 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806.

 

 

Finus Crisley (Cris) Maney (1949-2015)

HIGH POINT — Mr. Finus Crisley Maney, (Cris), 66, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.
Cris was born in Asheville, North Carolina on March 7, 1949 to the late James Maney and Virginia Ingle Maney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons; Paul and John Maney. He was a graduate of Western Carolina University and worked as a special agent with Norfolk Southern Railroad Police where he retired in 2014 after 30 years of service.


Cris was a member of the Free Mason at the Bush Hill Mason Lodge where he held the Master of the Lodge office. He loved law enforcement and he was employed by the Hickory Police Department and Norfolk Southern Railroad for over 42 years combined. He loved to shoot pistols and rifles and teaching the art of firearms as an instructor. Cris was also a wonderful caregiver to many.


He is survived by his wife, Teresa Maney and his daughter Chelsey Maney of the home; his two sons, Seth and wife Amanda Maney and Adam Maney of Granite Falls, North Carolina; his grandchildren, Ryan and Olivia Maney of Granite Falls, North Carolina; his sister, Jenny Lynn McClure and husband Ed of Lubbock, Texas; and his brother Gaden Maney of Swannanoa, North Carolina.
Visitation will be held at Sechrest Funeral Service in Archdale on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. with interment to be announced at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www. sechrestfunerals.net. Arrangements entrusted to Sechrest Funeral Service in Archdale.

 

EDWARD S. PINKSTON Jr.(1949 - 2014)

Asheville - Edward S. Pinkston, 65, of Asheville, NC, died December 25th, 2014.

Born October 4th, 1949, he was the son of Faye L. Pinkston and of the late Edward S. Pinkston, Sr. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Pinkston. He is survived by his wife, Karen H. Pinkston; daughters, Kristina and Ivory Pinkston; son, Edward S. Pinkston, III; three grandchildren; and brothers Ralph and Michael Pinkston.  He was the Vice President of Golf Associates Scorecard Co. of Asheville, NC.
QUOTE from Fly Fishing Team USA

"Eddie Pinkston grew up in Asheville, NC in the heart of some of the best trout fishing in the southeast.

At the age of 17 he was guiding fly fishermen for the local Orvis dealership. A year later when he was only 18, Eddie won the western North Carolina Big Trout Contest. First prize was an Orvis Battenkill bamboo rod and Hardy reel - a pretty good outfit for a kid in those days. In 1976 Eddie won a third place bronze pin in the Annual Field & Stream fly fishing contest. The next year he spent the entire summer camped on the Letort Spring Run in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His interest in competitive fishing was fired upon viewing the Jackson Hole World Championship on television. Entering the first OLN Fly Fishing Masters, Eddie won first place in the Southeast Division and competed in the finals on Depuys Creek in Montana. Over the years he has fished most of the great trout rivers in the U.S., along the Chimehuin, Malleo, Traful and Alumine in Argentina. He was selected to be a member of the 2005 Fly Fishing Team USA after competing in the Bend, Oregon Trials. Eddie's goal was to help bring the team to the forefront of international competitions."

QUOTE from Fly Fishing The Harriman Ranch by John McDaniel

"One of the great Eddie Pinkston stories was set in the eastern United States. Eddie lives in North Carolina. A Pennsylvania angler called him and told him there was an 'impossible' brown trout that none of the fine anglers that fished the legendary spring creeks in the south-central part of the state had been able to hook. Eddie hung up the phone, threw his gear in his vehicle and drove to Pennsylvania. I doubt if General Lee and his gallant boys were more intense when they made their fateful march north. After the long road-trip, Eddie got out of the car and immediately caught that 'impossible' fish."

Eddie had many hobbies. He was an avid reader and loved UNC football and basketball. He was a world-class fly fisherman. One of his greatest joys was the time spent each summer fly fishing the Henry's Fork tributary of the Snake River in eastern Idaho with his friends from all parts of the United states. As in any sport, there is a bond between fishermen, mutual respect for their skills, and recognition that each one has a gift that is acknowledged by their peers.

Eddie's legacy is best summarized by his good friend, Dave Smith, when he learned of Eddie's illness, penned the following:

"I told you once that I met three Presidents during my days in D.C. Short encounters to be sure, but the kind that leave an impression nonetheless. Now my grandchildren are starting to ask about those signed photos on the wall and I fill them in a little. The next time they come by there will be a picture of you up there beside Carter, Reagan and H.W. Bush, and when they ask, 'Who's that," I'll tell them about Eddie Pinkston - a lot.

I'll tell them about that old hat of yours and how you used to amble the bank, mile after mile, rail thin and mostly legs, looking for noses. I'll tell them about how you never left a rising fish, even if you had to trail it for hours, until you caught it or it quit, except for that one time on the upper ranch when you uncharacteristically walked away from one and I caught it, and how genuinely pleased you were for me. And how we'd find those bank feeders on river right all the way down to the telephone pole. And how one night I waited for you at the mailbox well after dark, thinking you were lost or drowned and finally heard you walking out, howling at the coyotes.

I'll tell them how you could name every bug on the river, right back to the Latin, and describe every pattern to emulate them down to the size and color of materials, and how they might vary slightly from their cousins back east. And how I met you on the Metolious to get a little practice in before the try-outs for the US Fly Fishing Team, and how proud of you I was that you made it. And how I never really believed that Karen was a Sissy Spacek look-alike until I met her on that trip and found that she really did, only prettier.

I'll tell them that sometimes I would just stop fishing and watch you - angled at the waist, elbow tight in, fluid stroke, nothing wasted, perfect loops time after time, talking to the fish, coaxing it home like it was a lost puppy. And how at such moments I witnessed what you were born to do, saw your gift and felt privileged by the sight, knowing I could admire but never emulate.

Yes, I will tell them how you were catching state record fish in your teens, how you worked on your craft and studied it with some of the legends of the art, how you became a little famous yourself, as much as such things are possible in the world of fly fishing. But there is more to say. I'll tell them how much you loved and admired your father, how you would tell me stories about your ancestors and their accomplishments, how much you loved your children and ached for their troubles and took joy in their successes, and what a blessing your grandson was. I'll tell them that you never forgot the name of a friend, or someone who impressed you along the way. That you had crystal clear recall of a broader range of arcane knowledge than anyone I know.

And if they ask me why I think it is important for them to know about you, I'll tell them that each of us is lucky if we meet only a handful of people who make our lives better just by knowing of them. And I'll tell them that if they make a point of going to special places they are likely to meet some of those special people. It happened to me when I met you. I'll miss you, Eddie Pinkston, but I'll never forget you."

And neither will his family and friends. Rest in peace along the still waters of your favorite stream. A memorial will be held at a later date in the spring at Davidson River.

 

JERRY LEE QUEEN  (1950-2014)

 

Jerry Lee Queen, 63, of Asheville, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Glenn "Speedy" and Roxie Holden Queen.

Mr. Queen was a West Asheville Business Man. Together with his brother, he was the co-owner for forty-two years of J&J Cab Co., doing business as Yellow, Blue Bird, Red, and Beaver Lake Cabs. He also co-owned Speedy's Used Parts for thirty-five years.

Mr. Queen is survived by his wife, Linda Sparks Queen; brother James F. Queen and wife Cathy; and nephew Benjamin Queen. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Bennett and his son Todd Bennett officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

His family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service.

 

LINDA HOLLAND (1950-2014)

Linda Holland was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Normaleen Holland Lindsey, Norman Holland, and Jessie M. Holland. She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

She had worked for Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore and for NASCAR and was a founding member of Women in Construction. She grew up in Westwood Baptist Church and more recently was a member of Good News Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Bryon Holland; grandson, Zebulon Holland; sisters, Lorraine Jones, Judy Buchanan, and Kathy Smathers and husband, David; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Good News Baptist Church with the Revs. Steve Smith and Rusty Buchanan officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zebulon Holland college fund, in care of SECU.

REBECCA HENSLEY STAWISKI (1950 - 2013)

Rebecca Hensley Stawiski  passed away on Friday evening, October 18, 2013, following an admirable and courageous effort battling cancer. Affectionately known to family, friends and professional colleagues as "BECKY," and raised in North Carolina and thereafter a long-time member of the of San Diego community, she is recognized for her out-going, friendly, cheerful and positive life outlook.

Her achievements include more than six decades of both personal and professional success across the stepping- stones that facilitated opportunities to live and work in Washington, DC, Australia, Great Britain, and Germany, and in the process giving birth and raising three very accomplished adult children. She is survived by her husband, Jacek Stawiski, originally from Poland; son Eric and his wife Emily Bello; daughter Sarah, her husband Matt Spencer and their son, Elliott; and her youngest son, Jason Stawiski. Her family from North Carolina includes her father William "Bill" Hensley, three brothers (Gary and wife Susie, David, and Billy Hensley and his wife Annetta), and her sister Melissa Israel. Becky was earlier preceded in death by her mother, Mary Hensley. Professionally, she completed university studies at CSU-San Marcos with a B.A. degree in English and National University-San Diego with a M.A. in Organizational Development.

She was employed as a Senior Development Manager at SAIC and Business Development Manager for Datalink International at Rockwell Collins, and formerly served as Executive Director of the Futures Foundation in San Diego. Other community service includes the Board of Directors for Lead-San Diego, Techniquelle, and the Alexandria, Virginia Junior Women's Club in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Friends remember Becky for looking at life as an adventure and her continued efforts to make life more rewarding and beautiful for all who knew her, and in particular her children and grandson. This is an enduring legacy of her life journey.

 

Ed Jones  (1950-2012)

Asheville native and North Carolina State Senator Edward W. Jones, son of James Jones and the late Dorothy Jones departed this life peacefully on December 14, 2012.

Jones received his education through the public school systems of Asheville, and was a 1968 graduate of Lee Edwards High School.  Upon graduation he entered the military, and served with US Army 82nd Airborne Division.  After military duty, Jones joined the Buncombe County Sheriff Department as a Deputy Sheriff, and after training with the NC Justice Academy, joined the North Carolina Highway patrol in 1975.

Upon graduation from Western Piedmont Community College, Jones was promoted to 1st Sergeant, and served as a NC State Trooper until his retirement in 2000, after which he became Police Chief and Mayor for the town of Enfield, NC.

In 2005, Jones was appointed to serve Nash and Halifax counties in the NC House of Representative  District-7.  In 2007, he was appointed to the NC Senate District – 4 seat, serving Bertie, Gates, Chowan, Halifax, Hertfort, Northampton, and Perquimans Counties. To name a few, Jones was a member of: the Governor’s Crime Commission, NC Legislative Black Caucus, National Conference of Mayors, NC Black Mayor’s Assoc., and the National Legislative Caucus.

Locally, he served as a board member of the American Red Cross – F. E. Turnage Chapter in Rocky Mount, NC, and served as co-chair of the Study Committee on Poverty Elimination and Recovery for Northeastern, N. C. He was dedicated to the youth of his area by visiting the local schools, and a constant fixture at the senior citizen centers in his district.

More than all the accolades, Jones’s motto was: “It is not about the titles we possess; it’s about the job we do.”

He was a man of God and a family man to his wife of 35 years, Mary, daughters Alesha and Andrea, three grandchildren; 7 brothers and sisters, and a host of relatives and friends.

 

 

Randy Shook  (1950-2013)

Shelby - Mr. Randall Paul Shook age 62, died Friday January 18, 2013 at his home. Born in Buncombe county he was the son of the late Maurice Paul and Etta Lucille Gasperson Shook. Mr. Shook was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He worked for FMC Lithium as a chemist for over 31 years, was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church and a former member of the Boiling Springs Lions Club. After his stroke, to keep his spirits up, Mr. Shook started going to all of the Gardner Webb Sporting events. He became an avid supporter of the students and developed friendships with some of the athletes.

Mr. Shook is survived by his wife of 43 years, Renna Bowen Shook; a son, Ron Shook of Boiling Springs; a daughter Jennifer Bradstreet and husband Dr. Jeff Bradstreet; a grandson, Aaron Lackey; and several aunts, uncles and cousins in the Asheville area.

Funeral services will be held on Monday January 21, 2013 at 2:00pm at Flint Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Shane Kirby officiating. Burial will follow in Cleveland Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 1:00pm u
ntil 2:00 pm an hour before the service, and other times at 1310 Maple Springs Church Road.

Memorials can be made to: Flint Hill Baptist Church, 2207 Flint Hill Church Road, Shelby NC 28152. Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Shook

 

 

SALLY ELIZABETH (TATHAM) SMITH (1950 - 2012)

 

Sally Elizabeth Smith of Westwood Road, Biltmore Forest, died unexpectedly on Monday, December 10, 2012, at home.

Sally was born on August 19, 1950 in Asheville and spent her first sixteen years in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie Tatham. Sally is survived by her husband, M. David Smith, III of the home; sister, Wanda Carneal and her husband, Darrell, of Raleigh and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are in-laws, Cheryl Bolick and her husband, Herb; Annette Guthrie and her husband, Joe; Steven Smith and Stuart Smith and his wife, Michelle McCann-Smith.

Sally graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in 1968. Her work career was with U.S. Air and Piedmont Airlines as a flight attendant and agent until 1989. She was an active member of the Basilica of St. Lawrence and a member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club. She loved helping people, especially the poor.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, DM, 97 Haywood Street. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the mass at the church. A private, family burial will follow in Green Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, c/o the Basilica of St. Lawrence, 97 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Richard Charles Bell, Jr (1949-2012)

Candler – Richard Charles Bell, Jr., 62, of 51 Pine Tree Drive, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Bell was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County. He retired in 2009 following 38 years of service with the Norfolk Southern Railroad where at the   time of his retirement, he served as Senior General Foreman over the Mechanical Department.

Mr. Bell was an active worshiping member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed all outdoor activities, including riding his motorcycle, fly fishing and boating.

He was the son of the late Richard Charles Bell and Dorothy Christine Elliott Bell and was the husband of Marie K. Bell who died in 2002.

Surviving are his daughter, Tina Bartell and husband Craig, son, Jeff Bell and wife Linda, grandson, Odin Richard Bell and sister, Marsha Lynch and husband Lloyd all of Asheville; sister-in-law, Rojeanous Rush and husband Mike of Candler; brother-in-law, John Kinsey of Florida; girlfriend and “honey bunny” Debi Lundgren of Enka and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held 1 PM Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Preston Wagner and Rev. Michael McFarland. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial services at the church. Memorial graveside services will be held 4 PM Friday at Pisgah View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, c/o Duke University Medical Center, DUMC, Box 3624, Durham, N.C. 27710.
 

 

Howard Nahikian (1950 - 2012)

BLAIRSVILLE, GA. - Howard Richard Nahikian died January 8, 2012 at his home in Blairsville, Georgia. The children and family of Mr. Nahikian will gather for a graveside memorial Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Green Hills Cemetery, Leicester Highway, West Asheville.

Born in Asheville on September 3, 1950, Mr. Nahikian graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in 1968 and North Carolina State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in conservation. For more than twenty years, Mr. Nahikian was a Natural Resource Conservation Agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was designated a technical specialist and biologist with the North Carolina Soil Conservation Service, working in the Clay, Haywood, Watauga and Rutherford counties of Western North Carolina. The North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission honored Mr. Nahikian for his work in developing management practices in soil and water conservation. Mr. Nahikian created lasting partnerships with the Tennesee Valley Authority, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Because of his work, hundreds of farmers, boaters, fisherman and many communities now have cleaner water.

Mr. Nahikian served his country as an Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army. Sgt. Howard R. Nahikian, was a recruiter in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina and was cited for his success and devotion to the young people he recruited.

Howard "Nic" Nahikian is survived by his children, Nathan Nahikian and his wife, Elizabeth Tripodi Nahikian, and U.S. Coast Guard 1st Class Petty Officer Aaron Nahikian and his wife, Ashlie Nahikian; and his beloved granddaughter, Alayna Leighanne Nahikian; his brother, Robert L. Nahikian, Jr.; and his sisters, Marta Nahikian Hicks, Marie Nahikian-Seymour, and Dr. Marcia Nahikian-Nelms. Many nieces and nephews survive as well.

 

 

BARBARA J. SORRELS (GROSS)

Barbara Jo Sorrels, 60, of Brazil, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011. She was born Aug. 7, 1950 in Asheville, N.C., to the late Martin and Marjorie (Cooper) Gross. She is survived by her husband Bob, children; Matt, Moriah, and Mo, brothers; Gary and Jules, grandchildren; Owen and Jackson as well as an extended family of cats, dogs, and birds.

Barbara was a very kind, loving and generous person, as well as strong-willed. Her family and friends were the most important thing to her. She had a beautiful way of making her relationships with others special and unique through her witty creativeness. She enjoyed nature, tending to her houseplants, baking, the svelte use of the written word, being a mother, a wife and a true friend.  In her 15 years at Forest Park, she formed many close relationships which sustained her throughout her career. Barbara loved her work with each child, helping them grow into their own special selves.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Avenue, Brazil, IN 47834. A celebration of life will follow. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice. You are invited to visit the online memorial page at www.frenchfuneralhome.com, where you can share a personal message with the family.

This is a Haiku that Barbara wrote in 2010. We, the family, thought she would enjoy sharing it with you:

 driving,

endless road

to here

 

WILLIAM GORDON REID

ASHEVILLE – William Gordon Reid, 60, of Asheville, died on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home.

A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late William M. and Margaret Pinkston Reid.

Mr. Reid graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in 1969, and then attended U.S.C. He was a set designer with Golf Associates. He was also a blues music guitarist, playing in NC, SC, particularly in Myrtle Beach Hotels. He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church.

He is survived by a brother, Charles "Joe" Reid and his wife Sherrie; nephews William Joseph Reid and wife Emily, and Daniel Patrick Reid and wife Ella. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

STEVE DIXON

A resident of Asheville for most of his life except during his college years at UNC Chapel Hill, Dixon joined the staff of the newspaper in 1983.

During almost three decades shooting the events, residents and natural beauty of Western North Carolina, he was known for his photographic excellence as well as his genteel manner and his trademark beard and collection of hats.

“Besides being a good all-around guy, above all Steve was an artist — I could always instantly recognize ‘a Dixon photo,’ in the paper, and I think he really set the standard for the other guys,” said Citizen-Times staff writer and columnist John Boyle.

“He just had that knack that takes a photo from the realm of craftsmanship into artistry.”

Citizen-Times photo chief Bill Sanders said Dixon’s particular photo passion outside of newspaper work was black-and-white large-format landscape photography “shot on 4-by-5 film and hand printed in his traditional black-and-white darkroom in his garage at home.”

Dixon started a website of his landscape work — stevedixonphotos.com — and has a sales wall in the Woolworth Walk downtown. In addition to photography, Dixon’s passions were bicycling, camping, backpacking, autocross, traveling and his family.

He leaves behind his mother, Martha Dixon; his wife of almost 32 years, Suzanne Dixon both of Asheville; his son, Brion, daughter-in-law Robyn and baby grandson, Ethan, all of Hendersonville.

 

 

JOHN H. CAMPBELL, III

Mr. John Henry Campbell, III, 60, of Marietta died November 14, 2010.

Memorial Service's are scheduled for Thursday November 18, 2010 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers in Marietta. (770) 420-5557

 

 

Charles Thomas Bonham

Leicester, NC - Charles Thomas Bonham, 60 of Leicester, died Thursday, November 4, 2010. A native of Buncombe County he was the son of the late Thomas William and Ruth Carter Bonham. He was retired from the Dictaphone Corp. in Asheville.

Surviving are his loving sons, Jason Bonham (Marissa) of Burnsville and Shaun Bonham (Annette) of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Ralph Bonham (Madeline) of Leicester and granddaughter, Breann Bonham.

Services will be private. Asheville Area Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the Bonham family.

 

 

J. FRED BENNES

BUFFALO, NY — J. Fred Bennes passed away on August 4, 2010 at Erie County Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was 60 years old. Fred is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cindy; and their sons, Joe and Erick of Appleton; his mother, Anna Bennes of Asheville, NC; and his brother, Shannon Bennes of San Francisco. Fred was predeceased by his father, Joseph Matthew Bennes.

Fred was a Pharmacist, a Physician Assistant and an educator. He was born in Asheville, NC on May 4, 1950. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1973, and from Duke University School of Health Sciences with a Physicians’ Associate degree in 1974. He was Clinical Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, where he taught clinical pharmacy and mentored hundreds of pharmacy students since 1974. He was committed to his students and he was passionate about teaching and learning. In addition to his position at UB, he was the Director of Pharmacy for Health Care Plan for 16 years, and Practice Administrator for Medical Partners of WNY and Promedicus Health Group.

Fred was very active in his community. He was Vice President of the Barker Central School Board and a member of the Town of Hartland Zoning Board. He was a devoted father, husband, son and brother, and the best friend you could ever have. He was an avid cyclist and loved the outdoors.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 11th at 7 PM at the Marriott Hotel, 1340 Millersport Highway, in Amherst. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Western New York Public Broadcasting (WNED.org), Hospice Foundation of Western New York, Niagara Hospice or Parks and Trails New York (PTNY.org)..

 

 

Michael Eugene McCurry

Archdale, NC – Michael Eugene McCurry, 59, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2009 at High Point Regional Medical Center.

A native of Buncombe County, Mr. McCurry was a 1968 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School, and was employed with Lankford Security Services in Archdale. Mr. McCurry was preceded in death by his father, Herbert McCurry, Jr.; mother, Peggy Barnes; and a brother, Herbert McCurry, III.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sherra Payne; grandchildren: Steven, Stephanie, and Chad; brothers: Thomas McCurry (Diane) and David McCurry; sisters: Susan Taylor (Fred) and Barbara Doster (Allen); as well as great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 12 PM Wednesday at Green Hills Cemetery, with the Rev. Patricia A. Bacon officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 PM Tuesday at Anders-Rice Funeral Home.

David Lee Jarvis

Smyra, Ga. - Mr. David Lee Jarvis, 58, of Smyrna passed away Saturday, September 5, 2009.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday September 11th, at the Smyrna First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Al Turnell, Pat Shannon, Barbara Hatchell and Steve Lyle officiating.

Mr. Jarvis graduated from Kennesaw State University and was past president of the Smyrna Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Smyrna First United Methodist Church for over 25 years and had been employed there for over 15 years as facilities manager. He was a loving father and grandfather. Surviving are Wife Frances Jarvis of Smyrna; sons Anthony Jarvis of Austell, Mitchell Fowler of Smyrna; Daughter Elizabeth Fowler of Austell; Brothers Michael Jarvis of Acworth, Milton Ward of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Grandchildren Grace and Paige Fowler. Those who wish may make contributions to the Smyrna M.U.S.T. ministries. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Smyrna First United Methodist Church. Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna is in charge of arrangements.

 

DAVID BRYON GILLESPIE

Arden - David Byron Gillespie, 59, went to be with Jesus, June 17, 2009. David was a lifelong resident of Western N.C. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend. David will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

David is survived by his wife, Barbara Gillespie; daughter, Karen Hayner; step-sons, Steve and Rob; grandchildren, Tiffany, Terri, Samantha and Anthony Hayner and Kara Short; several great grandchildren and distant relatives. The funeral service will be held at Clear Branch Baptist Church, 2398 NC Hwy 9 Black Mtn. Monday June 22, 2009 at 12 p.m. with the Rev. William Oxendine officiating.

The family will receive friends following the services. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Clear Branch Baptist Church for their building fund.An online registry is available at ashevillemortuaryservices.com.

 

 

Edward Neil Treverton

Edward Neil Treverton, 58, of Asheville died Saturday, July 26, 2008 due to complications resulting from a bicycle accident. A native of Wrangell, Alaska he was son of the late Edward C. and Harriet Ellis Heath Treverton.

A graduate of Lee H. Edward High School, he received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. “Trev” was known for his massive book business and collection. He had a passion for hiking and biking and had planned to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru in September with his sister and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Amy Treverton Binderim of Asheville; nieces, Heath Nichols and her husband, Gary, of Gallatin, TN, Kelly Binderim and her husband, Gavan, of Asheville, Rebecca Fosiner and her husband, Rick of Houston, TX and two great nephews, Bryce Graham and Wyatt Nichols.

Private services will be held. Trev was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.

 

ANGELA DEBNAM SEXTON (1950-2008)

Angela D. Sexton, 58, of 16 Sun Valley Court in Alexander, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 29, 2008. She was "the rock" of her family, a loving mother and grandmother who left behind endless amounts of hope and inspiration.

A nurse for 35 years and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, she was a friend to her patients as well as a caring health professional. She was an Avon representative for 16 years and a member of the Avon Honor Society. She also loved reading, jewelry making and travel.

Surviving are her sons, Duane C. Adams and Wallace E. Sexton, II; mother, Doranna Dowell; grandson, Ayden Sexton, all of Asheville; brothers Lonnell Debnam of Asheville and Byron L. Dowell of Charlotte; a sister, Toba T. Dowell of Gastonia. Her father was the late Leon Dowell. Services will be held Friday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. followed by the funeral service at Noon. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

 

Linda Craine Suttles

Leicester - Linda Craine Suttles, 58, of 23 Sequoia Trail, Leicester, died Friday, July 25, 2008, at Mission Hospitals, St. Joseph Campus.

A native of Asheville, she was a daughter of the late Robert Stephen and Clara Rector Craine. She was retired as secretary to the Quality Control Manager of Square D, and she worked part time at First Baptist Church and in sales at J&S Chemical Co.

Mrs. Suttles was an active member of First Baptist Church, where she was a deacon, former Sunday school teacher and chair of the Missions Committee. She also worked with the AGAPE Puppet Ministry at the church and she loved to cook.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Suttles; two sons, Christopher Suttles, of Marshall and Ethan Suttles, of Charlotte; and a sister, Margaret Brown and her husband, Grover, of Leicester.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, with the Revs. Dr. Guy Sayles and Eddie Morgan officiating. Her family will receive friends one hour before the service.

 

Delbert Tochterman

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - Delbert Lamar Tochterman, 59, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was the son of the late John and Jessie Mae Tinsley Tochterman.

Surviving are a niece, Candy Thomas of Murfreesboro; sisters, Brenda Thomas and husband, Billy, of Arkansas, and Martha Tochterman of Asheville; three nieces; four nephews; eight great-nephews; and one great-niece.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hills Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team. The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. To sign Mr. Tochterman's guestbook online, please go to Memorials at www.andersrice.com.

 

 

JANE KEENAN STARNES

Austin, Texas - Jane Keenan Starnes, 58, died at an Austin, Texas hospice on March 21, 2008.She was born on Dec. 28, 1949, in Asheville, N.C., the daughter of the late Jack H. Keenan Sr. and Velna Dycus Keenan. She was a graduate of UNC-Asheville and UNCChapel Hill, and was a librarian and information specialist, retiring from Portland Community College in Portland, Ore., in 2006; she was also an expert sewer and quilter. She moved to Austin in 2007.

Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Nane Reed Starnes; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Starnes, of Austin; two brothers, Jack H. Keenan Jr. and James T. Keenan, both of Asheville; sister, Janet Lee Patton, of Leicester; and grandchild, Julian Reed Magee, of Austin. A second grandchild, Ruby Jane Magee, was born on March 28, 2008.

A memorial service will be held on April 6, 2008, at Saint John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin, TX 78756. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10122.

 

GEORGE DENNIS FORNEY

Cumming, Ga. - George Dennis Forney died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in Cumming, Ga.

Dennis grew up in Asheville, N.C. As a child, he loved to roam the woods behind his house with his best friend, Richard. As a teen, his horizons expanded as he rode his Harley through the mountains of North Carolina. Dennis attended Staunton Military Academy, graduated from Wingate University and attended Western Carolina University. Dennis loved the freedom of the road. He worked for Southern Railroad as a conductor and brakeman. When he left his job with the railroad, the road beckoned him once again. He got his license to be a commercial truck driver. He spent some of the happiest moments of his life traveling the countryside with his adoring dog, Sassy, by his side.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, George Robert Forney, and his wife, Carol Forney. He is survived by his mother, Doris Forney, of Hendersonville, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin Merrick and Kimberly Forney; grandchildren, Rachel and William; sister, Doreen Forney; stepchildren, Alan Hetherington and Jamie Brown; cousins, Bud and George Hardin; and special friend, Richard Soderquist.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdonaldandson.com.

 

JUDITH WESTALL ORMSBY

Judith Anne Ormsby, 55, of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006. Born July 28, 1950, in Asheville, N.C., Judi was preceded in death by her father, William B. Westall; and mother, Edith N. Westall. Judi was a cherished mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Judi was a strong believer in angels and now she is our angel. She is survived by her children, Julianna, Josh (Sherry), Justin, and Jennifer; grandsons, Adam, Ian, and Logan, all of Las Vegas; sister, Linda Warren (Ron) of Las Vegas; brothers, William B. Westall, Jr. (Wanda) of Asheville, N.C., and Leonard N. Westall (Susan) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a niece, Holly Lee (David); nephew, Stuart Westall (Spirit); and their mother, Dru Westall, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Services will be private.

 

HENRY LEE THRASH, III

Roswell, Ga. - Henry Lee Thrash III, 54, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 27, 2005, at his home following a brief illness.

A native of Asheville, N.C., he was born June 20, 1950, to the late Elizabeth Clark Thrash Morgan and Henry Lee Thrash Jr. Lee recently retired after 20 years as vice president of planning and development, chief financial officer and director of Caraustar Industries. Mr. Thrash was also president and CEO of Phoenix Business Advisors.

Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude with a master's degree in business administration in 1975 from the University of Georgia. Lee was a true renaissance man with interests and aptitudes in business, the sciences and nature.

Lee married May 17, 1972, and is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Judy Llewellyn Thrash; two children and their spouses, Maggie Thrash and Robert Gary Browning of Mableton, Ga., Henry Llewellyn and Lourdes Flores Thrash of El Paso, Texas; and his beloved pugs, Maude, Myrtlelette, Purlie and Mabel. He is also survived by his sister, Dabney Sue Thrash Peterson and her son, James Nicholas Peterson of Asheville; brother, Fredrick Clark and Pauline Silver Thrash and their children, Lola and Ricky Thrash of Asheville; and his wife's identical twin sister, Joyce Llewellyn and George David Howell and their daughter, Eliza Howell and Max Thomas Hyde Jr. of Spartanburg, S.C.

 

 

RICHARD ABBOTT

ASHEVILLE -- Richard Monroe Abbott, 54, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 8, 2005

A lifelong resident of Asheville, he was born in Temple, Texas. He was the son of Jodie and the late John Abbott, founders of John W. Abbott Construction Co. in Asheville.

Mr. Abbott was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School in Asheville and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In high school competitions, he was a North Carolina state champion swimmer for several seasons. He excelled in music and played guitar and keyboard with several professional bands.

He was a direct descendent of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. He was a member of SGI, an international peace and cultural organization and had worked for many years in the food service industry for several companies and country clubs in the Asheville area.

He is survived by his wife, Fran Etherington Abbott; a brother, Dr. Travis Abbott of Seattle, Wash.; his mother and a sister, Carolyn Hipp, both of Denver, Colo.; a brother-in-law, John L. Etherington Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Joan Lillich of Clifton, Va.; and his parents-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. John Etherington of Goldsboro.

A memorial service was held in the chapel of Morris Funeral Home, with Tim Nelson officiating.

 

GRAYSON NEAL PARTON

Arden - Grayson Corneilus Neal Parton, 53, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice King Parton. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Grason R. and Thelma H. Parton of Candler; fiancee and long-time companion, Margaret Lewis of Arden; sister, Grady Alleen Brinkley of Asheville; stepsisters, Jane Harris and Judy Baldwin, both of Candler; stepbrother, Chuck Harris of Candler; nephews, Tim Baldwin, Joey Baldwin and Roger Harris, all of Candler; nieces, Michelle Maddux, Jennifer Baldwin and Deanna Cayton, all of Candler; and special friend "brother", Jim Wilson.

The funeral service will be held at 1p.m. Friday in Anders-Rice Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bruce Cayton officiating. Burial will be in Thomas Memorial Cemetery, Qualla.

 

 

REID HOYLE

Reid Hoyle, 54, of Asheville, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at a local hospital. A native of Asheville, he was the son of Alton R. Hoyle Sr. and Jean Allen Hoyle. A graduate of Asheville High School, he served in the U.S. Army, then returned to Asheville where he worked in the construction industry.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jere M. Hoyle. Along with his parents he is survived by; two sons, Stuart and Andrew Hoyle of Asheville; brother, Michael A. Hoyle of Asheville; sister, Jeanie H. Lane and her husband Jack, of Atlanta, GA; three nieces and one nephew.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2003, at Lewis Memorial Park. The family will receive friends following the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to the charity of ones of choice.



MARIE ELOISE KINSEY BELL

CANDLER - Marie Eloise Kinsey Bell, 52, of 51 Pine Tree Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, in an Asheville hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Richard C. Bell; one daughter, Tina B. Bartell and her husband, Craig, of Asheville; a son, Jeffrey Bell and his wife, Melissa, of Asheville; her parents, Russell and Eloise Kinsey of Asheville; one sister, Rojeanous K. Rush and her husband, Mike, of Candler; and her brother, John W. Kinsey of Knoxville, Tenn. Her nieces, Christina M. Rush and Sara Kinsey and nephews, Chris and Bryon Carpenter, Bill Kinsey and Matthew Lynch held a special place in her heart. Mrs. Bell was a nurse at Mountain Kidney Associates for 23 years and was most recently employed at Asheville Podiatry Associates. She was a devoted caretaker to both humans and animals. She loved taking care of her dog "Hawk" and cats "Buddy" and "Ripley." Her favorite time of the year was the Christmas holidays when she spent at least a week preparing for her family's annual dinner on Christmas day.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she was a member. The Revs. Mark Nieting and Preston Wagner will officiate. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Chris and Bryon Carpenter, Matthew Lynch, Josh Shook, Keith Kuykendall and Chris Manis.

Her family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a trust fund set up for her surrogate grandchild whom she loved dearly. Contributions can be mailed to Asheville Savings Bank (Main Branch), 11 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801.

 

 

HUGH E. `BUCK' CALDWELL JR.

ASHEVILLE - Hugh Elmo "Buck" Caldwell Jr., 52, of 473 Emma Road, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at his home. A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Hugh E. Caldwell Sr. and Ruby Carter Caldwell. He was an employee of Lowe's. Mr. Caldwell is survived by his sister, Glenice Anne Caldwell Holliday-Theberge of Pickens, S.C., and four nephews, Michael, Timothy, Hugh and Joel Holliday. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Mr. Timothy S. Holliday officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, P.O. Box 229, Roebuck, SC 29376 or SHARE Community Services, P.O. Box 1628, Easley, SC 29641. The memorial register is available at "Funerals Scheduled" at Groce Funeral Home.

 

 

JOHN J. SAUERS

John J. Sauers, 32, of 25 Chester Place, Asheville, died Friday morning, April 16, 1982, in an airplane crash in Flat Rock.

Mr. Sauers was a native of Baltimore, MD, and had lived in Buncombe County since 1962. He was a son of the late Henry M. Sauers. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam war and had been a member of the Asheville Police Department since 1974, where he served in the crime prevention department. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Surviving are his wife, Violet Chapman Sauers; a daughter Ginger Sauers of the home; his mother and stepfather, Lenore and Ed Phillips of Hendersonville; a brother Raymond Sauers of Easley, SC; a hale brother, Tim Phillips of Hendersonville; a half sister, Diane Sauers of Baltimore, MD; and a grandmother, Margaret Wright of Asheville.

Services were to be held at 4 pm in the Calvary Baptist Church, Asheville, with the Rev. Ray Woodby officiating. Burial was to be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with members of the Asheville Police Department serving as pallbearers. Groce Funeral Home was in charge.