Classmate  Obituaries

Lee H. Edwards High School Class of 1969

 

 

 

LEE EDWARD HYATT (1951-2016)

Raleigh, NC - Lee Edward Hyatt, 65, passed away suddenly after a brief battle with cancer on June 26, 2016 at Rex Hospital. Born on April 21, 1951 in Asheville, NC; he was the son of Dorothy Kanipe Hyatt and the late Carl B. Hyatt. Lee graduated from Lee Edwards High School and Western Carolina University. His career in training and technical writing included working with CP&L for 24 years, GlaxoSmithKline, Matrix Resources, Timely Text, CIBER, Inc., EMC, Alphanumeric Systems, Spectraforce Technologies, and most recently at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Pamela Harrington Hyatt, of Raleigh; daughter: Natalie Hyatt; his mother, Dorothy K. Hyatt, of Asheville; sister: Sarah and Michael McFee, of Asheville; mother-in-law: Betty C. Harrington and the late Bobby Ray Harrington, of Raleigh; brother-in-law: Todd and Ann Harrington, of Mooresville; nieces and nephews: Willie and Veronica Coin and family, Erin and Jessie Moffitt and family, Olivia and Blake Bowen and family, Scott Harrington and fiancé Katy Burnette, Lori Harrington and Seth Harrington; and by other family and friends, including his uncle: W. Coleman and Bobbi Hyatt.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue). Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11 AM at Providence Baptist Church (6339 Glenwood Avenue), with interment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Flowers are welcomed; however, memorials may be made to the Worship Ministry at Providence Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society .

 

RONALD HOLLIS KING (1950 - 2016)

Ronald Hollis King, 65, of Taylors, died on Monday, March 7, 2016. A native of Asheville, NC, Mr. King was the husband of Amy Downey King; and the son of the late Frank and Hazel (Pace) King.

Mr. King was employed for 17 years at Tires Unlimited II in Greer. Mrs. King wishes to express great appreciation for the friendship, support and love shown to Ron by Scott Streetman and Joey Merrell.

Left behind to cherish memories of his dad is a son, William King. Mr. King was preceded in death by a brother, Tom King.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Online condolences may be left at: www.livingwatersfh.com.

 

 Michael Allen Hoyle (1951-2016)

Michael Allen Hoyle, 65, passed away on Sunday February 7, 2016 at the Elizabeth House. He was a 1969 graduate of Asheville High School and served in the United States Air Force for four years including a tour in Vietnam.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Alton Reid Hoyle and Jean McDonald Allen Hoyle; and two brothers, Reid and Jere Hoyle.
He is survived by his sister, Jeanie Hoyle Lane and her husband, Jack, of Atlanta; three nieces, Kelly, Katie and Jackie Lane of Atlanta; two nephews, Stuart and Andrew Hoyle of Asheville and their mother, Babette Thompson; a son, Joseph Hoyle of Florida and several cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday February 11, 2016 at Lewis Memorial Park with Rev. David Warren officiating. Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Ave., is assisting with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to a charity of one’s choosing.

 

David Buckner (1949 - 2015)

FAIRVIEW - Davidson L. Buckner, age 66 of 40 Laurel Trail Drive died Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

David was born April 1, 1949 in Buncombe County where he had lived all of his life. Prior to his illness, he was a transport truck driver for Ingle's Markets for 31 ½ years. He was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Marine Corp. David was son of the late Robert F. and Katherine Dermid Buckner and was also preceded in death by his infant sister, Brenda Buckner.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Brenda Penland Buckner; daughter, Shelley Shell of Chattanooga, TN; sons, Nathan Buckner and wife Amanda of Concord and Justin Buckner of Asheville; step-son, Lance Fesperman and wife Carrie of Anderson, SC; sisters, Anna Lee Noles and husband Jim of Phoenix, AZ, Frances Malala and husband Moe of American Samoa and Sara Lehrer and husband Tim of Spartanburg, SC; brother, Robert F. Buckner, Jr. of Asheville and 9 grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville. Reverends Stan Welch, Tony Hooper and Terry Dixon will officiate. Burial will be in Brank Cemetery with military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Nathan Buckner, Justin Buckner, Chandler Anderson, Wesley Lehrer, Jeffrey Lehrer and David Shell

WILLIAM McCARTER (1950 - 2014)

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - William McCarter , 64, of Port St. Lucie, FL, died December 3, 2014 at his home.
Born in Asheville, NC, William was a resident of Port St. Lucie, FL for 23 years.
He owned and operated McCarter's Welding & Fabricating, Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Carson of Port St. Lucie, FL; his mother, June McCarter and sister Rebecca Hopkins, both of Anderson, SC.
Services will be private at a later date in Asheville, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL

 

William Bethell Williamson, IV    "Chip"  (1951-2013)

chipWeavervile - William Bethell "Chip" Williamson, IV, 62, of Weaverville passed Wednesday, October, 2, 2013 at Emory University Hospital  in Atlanta after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was son of the late William Bethell Williamson, III and Elizabeth Gudger Williamson of Asheville.

Chip earned his BSBA degree at Mars Hill College and soon after joining his father's insurance business, Schley & Williamson Insurance. Following the death of his father, eight years later, he became president. In 2000, the company merged with Hutton, Vincent Insurance Agency and McLean Agency to form Hutton, Vincent, Williamson & McLean (H.V.W.M, Inc.). Forming one of the oldest and largest Independent Insurance Agencies in WNC.

A lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church, he was very active in the church and held many offices. Continuing his Christian life, in 1993 he organized Blueridge Emmaus, which has sponsored over 2000 people in their journey of faith. He spent 15 years being active with the Boy Scouts of America and received the Honor of the Cross and Flame Award for service to youth from the Methodist Church.

An active volunteer, Chip began in his early years with the Optimist and Asheville Jaycees. Later on, he became a member of EAGA, Executive Association of Greater Asheville which is a relationship based local business generation group that exemplifies qualities of goodwill and gratitude. Chip was always active in many areas with Independent Insurance Agents of NC, teaching insurance classes and particularly in mentoring future insurance professionals which once earned him Educator of the Year award. Additionally, he was chairman and member of numerous regional and national advisory boards for insurance companies.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Melanie Nicholson Williamson; daughter, Candace Williamson Wells and her husband, Keith Alan of Weaverville; son, William Bethell "Sonny" Williamson,V and his wife, Chelsea of Concord; two sisters, Ellis Edney and her husband, Greenwood of Mars Hill and Lynn Busby and her husband, Mike of Elgin, SC; brother, David Williamson and his wife, Dionne of Weaverville; two grandchildren, Matthew Alan and Drew William Wells, both of Weaverville and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Central United Methodist Church with Dr. Robert Blackburn, Jr. and Reverend Luke Lingle officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

 

PHIL HANBACH  (2012)


If you worked for FMTS, Phil Hanbach was a huge presence. He was a giant of a man, and took on the most herculean of tasks. He was never afraid to get dirty or hurt; he just did the job.Once, he was replacing the bathroom floor in one of the Schafers. The more tiles he removed, the more rotted wood he found. He kept removing flooring, the tiles, even the shower floor itself, until there was a six foot hole that led clear through to the basement. The job was only supposed to take a day, but it took almost a week. Phil never complained. He stayed late, after the rest of carpentry had long called it quits, and he started again early the next morning. Phil was determined to get the job done, the right way, every time.Earlier this year, Phil was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors told him he had only a few weeks to live. He spent those weeks with his family, and died just before the end of the term.
Phil Hanbach loved Warren Wilson, the campus, the students, and the Carpentry Crew. Some of the students that worked with him (myself included) have written tributes to the best contractor and the nicest guy ever to repair a building.
Annie Pryor Remembers Phil Hanbach.....
Phil Hanbach puttered around campus. You may have seen him around here–six-foot-something, wearing a ball cap. He was always fixing the things we broke; the man was always gluing tile, replacing the sub-flooring, hanging up cabinets. Walking down the admission stairs for my 8 a.m. shift at FMTS, I’d see him driving to work almost every morning.
This tall man had a large hunch in his shoulders, always stooping down to tidy up someone else’s mess. The passenger window of his white contractor van was busted out. I watched him ride by for months thinking about how he always made time to fix our windows, but rarely had the time to fix things for himself.
Phil was a teacher. He was the first person to take me seriously. He was the first person to show me how a hammer drill worked; he was the first person to let me near one. He taught me the difference between a masonry bit and a wood bit. He taught me how to set up my saw blade, rip wood safely, and maintain a healthy respect for the saw. He taught me how to lay VCT tile. He taught me not to be afraid of learning.
Phil was a talker. I remember working on Carpentry and listening to him jaw with Norm over the morning brew. He told so many stories about this campus, and the many people he’d seen walk through it.Phil was an Owl; he graduated here. He played basketball here. Hell, he still went to just about every basketball game there was to go to. When our basketball players didn’t have fans, Phil was there. But above all, Phil was a humble man. In fact, I’ll bet half of you never knew that Phil touched every building on campus. He worked long night shifts, when we were out studying, sleeping and partying. He worked on his hands and knees, fixing all of our mistakes. And, again, I’ll wager most of you wouldn’t even know his name. But, you see, Phil wouldn’t even mind that.
His motto to life was always: “Ours is not the reason why. Ours is but to do or die.”


DEBORAH LOUISE BEBBER


Asheville - Deborah Louise "Debbie" Bebber, 62, of Windswept Dr., died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

A native of Catawba Co., she was a daughter of Ray Bebber and of the late Louise Setzer McKericher.

Ms. Bebber was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School, and attended Appalachian State University. She worked with her father at The Ray Bebber Insurance Agency for 17 years, before establishing her own agency (The Debbie Bebber Insurance Agency, affiliated with Erie Insurance), at the same location, which she operated for 10 years.

Debbie was an avid animal lover, especially of horses and dogs. She belonged to the Buncombe County Humane Society. While in high school, she combined her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for horses into a riding academy with her friend Monte Maney, at the Brookshire Estate in Malvern Hills.

Debbie was a gourmet cook, and loved to cook for her family and friends, especially on holidays. Debbie had a natural gift for decorating and gift wrapping. She loved Christmas, and was known for her beautifully wrapped gifts. Her beloved dog, "Buck", even liked to open her presents. Debbie was always known for her generosity, and sincere kindness, which will be long remembered by her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by brothers David S. Bebber and Doug Bebber and wife Debbie, all of Asheville; and a niece, Emily Bebber.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin officiating, and the Rev. Steve Freeman assisting. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery in Taylorsville, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buncombe County Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.  The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

 

Stephen A. Feingold  (1951-2012)

Steve's brother, Cliff Feingold '67 provided the below information on Steve's life.

 Stephen A. Feingold attended Asheville School for only his Third Form year. He was born in New York City, but his family moved to Asheville in 1953.  Steve was educated at Grace School, Gibbons Hall, Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lee H. Edwards High School, UNC-Charlotte, and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute.

His career paths were at best described as multitudinous. He was a professional musician (drums). He was a traveling salesman and was in the retail business with our father. He owned the Madison County General Store. He owned an indoor archery range and was certified by Ben Pearson as an official archery equipment repairman. He was a water skiing instructor at summer camps and snow skied all over the world. He was a certified scuba diving instructor. He was a computer technician and a chef. He owned a horse and was a cowboy, ultimately serving as a chuck wagon cook on several trail rides out West. He attained a B.S. in nursing and worked at several North Carolina hospitals, as well as providing home health care in Florida.

In 2008 Steve contracted a very severe heart condition -- for which he never got a definitive cause -- probably a viral myopathy. He was told that he needed a heart transplant, but Steve did not want to hear that. Finally he had an appointment for a transplant consultation at the University of Miami two days before he died, but all the paperwork was not present, so it was rescheduled.

One of Steve's proudest achievements was founding the Facebook group "Asheville, the Way It Was" two years ago. There are presently over 2000 members who reminisce about growing up in Asheville during the 1950's - 1970's. He eventually planned to publish a book with pictures and stories from the group, but his time was cut short. You may honor Steve's memory and also enjoy reminiscing about Asheville by visiting this group on Facebook and becoming a member of the group

 

Chuck D. Cooper  (1951-2011)

Charles "Chuck" Davis Cooper, Jr., 60, of 117 Summerglen Drive, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011.

Born in Asheville, he was the son of the late Charles Davis Cooper, Sr. and Paris Holder Cooper.

Chuck was a graduate of Lee Edwards High School and attended college in Miami, FL where he pursued a career as a commercial pilot. He was formerly employed with Hubble Distributing, was a member of The Chapel and had been attending Asheville Freewill Baptist Church. He was also a US Army National Guard Veteran, Military Police.

Surviving is a sister, Barbara Cooley (Mike) of Homosassa, FL; an aunt, Mildred Lewis of Asheville; his loving and caring companion, Donna Clark, her children and granddaughter he loved as his own, Shelby Clark and Tyler Clark of Asheville and Jillian Clark of Clinton, SC.

A service to celebrate Chuck's life will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens, SC.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, The Elizabeth House, 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

 

 

KEITH ALAN EARLY (1951 - 2010)

Keith Alan Earley age 58 of Rockford went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the family home. He was a member of Alcoa 1st United Methodist Church and was currently employed with the Knox County Public Library as their Information Technology Specialist. Keith was formerly employed with the Blount County and Alcoa City School Systems.

 

He was an avid photographer and purveyor of fun. He was a wonderful husband, father, and friend who will be deeply loved and missed by all who knew him. Preceded in death by: Parents, Louis A. & Mary Rhea Buckner Earley; Grandmother, Maggie Mae Buckner Whittaker; Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Ellis Von & Nancy Caroline Davis. Survivors include: Wife of 33 years, Carol A. Earley; Daughter, Randi Jean Earley; Special pets, Copper, Maggie, Muppie, Kitty; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of other family and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Alcoa 1st United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Green officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Earley Family, PO Box 562, Alcoa, TN 37701. Family will receive friends from 11:00 until 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Alcoa 1st United Methodist Church. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000.

 

 

JOAN REYNOLDS EDDINGS (1951-2010)

 

Joan Reynolds Eddings, a lifelong resident of Asheville, went home to be with the Lord on September 6, 2010 on Mission Hospital's Memorial Campus after a brief illness.

 

She was a daughter of the late John D. and Kathleen Spencer Reynolds. Joan graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in 1969. She served as Secretary for South French Broad Class of 1969. She received an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, from AB Tech. in 2002. Joan was so full of life and her passion was teaching. She taught at Community Action Headstart for 34 years and was a member of Nazareth First Baptist Church where she served on the Hospitality Committee.

 

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Elder, MSgt. Dana Reynolds (Shon) of Oklahoma City, OK and Landen Eddings of Charlotte; a daughter, Brittney Eddings of Asheville; lifelong partner, Ted Scales; brother, R. Jerome Reynolds; sisters, Justine S. Baird, Linda S. Miller, Judy Smith and Anita R. Sloan (Julian) of Asheville; granddaughters, Kennedy and Tyler Reynolds of Oklahoma City, OK; a grandson, Quilian S. Swain of Asheville; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Nazareth First Baptist Church. Dr. Charles R. Mosley will officiate, burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

 

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at 219 London Rd. Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Service. An online memorial register is available at www.hartfuneralservice.com

 

 

Dr. Richard Ethen Koon (1951 - 2009)

Weaverville ~ Dr. Richard Ethen Koon, 58, of Weaverville, NC died on Monday, February 16, 2009 at his residence.

Dr. Koon was born in Lexington, Kentucky and was a son of Gladys Ogsbury Koon of Asheville and of the late Dr. Ethen Sease Koon, Jr.

Richard graduated from Asheville High School and at which time was an avid competitive junior golfer. He received his undergraduate degree from N.C. State University and went on to receive his Medical Degree from Duke University. He practiced Psychiatry in West Virginia for several years before moving to North Carolina. In 1977 he founded the Charleston, West Virginia Rugby Football Club.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three brothers; Christopher Koon of Fairview, William Koon of Raleigh, NC and Fred Koon or Arden.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to a charity of one's choice.

 

PHILLIP (LOU) DAVID CAMPBELL   (1950-2006)

“Lou”, Phillip David Campbell, 56, of 36 Evelake Drive, Asheville, died Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Hospice Solace Center.

Mr. Campbell was born in Buncombe County and was a son of the late Ellis Campbell and he was a self employed master carpenter.

He is survived by his daughter, Kristin Campbell; his mother, “Bummy”, Lentie Bumgardner Campbell; his sister, Margot Wheeler and his brother, Danny Campbell and wife, Jeannie.

His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.  The funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Lora Cauble, Layne Cauble, Tony Hooker and Jerry Stamey officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.