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Danny Ammons

November 5th, 1944 - October 29th, 1994

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Daniel Pritchard Ammons, 49, of 112 A Northridge Drive, Asheville, N.C. died Saturday, October 29, 1994, in a local hospital.

 

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Pritchard Ammons and Martha Duncan Ammons. He was a teacher at Enka High School and served as principal of North Buncombe High School, Pisgah Elementary School and Haw Creek and was assistant principal at North Buncombe Middle. He had been named principal of the new Black Mountain Elementary School.

 

He was a member of Buncombe County Principals/Assistant Principals Association and was former young educator of the year in Buncombe County and a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Educational fraternity. He was a member of Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles M. Ammons, who died in 1975.

 

He was survived by four brothers, Judson C. Ammons of Arden, N.C., John D. Ammons and Thomas G. Ammons, both of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Robert T. Tate of Kings Mountain, N.C.; a sister, Martha Ammons of Winston-Salem, N.C.


Graveside services were held at noon Monday, October 31, 1994 in Campground Cemetery in Horseshoe, N.C. with the Rev. Roy Hood officiating.

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From Debi (McElrath) Morgan on February 10th, 2017
Mr. Ammons impacted my life in a huge way.  He was one of the reasons why I chose to pursue a career in education.  I will always recall his kindness and encouragement during my senior year...especially during the Senior Play, which is one of my fondest memories.  
 
From Anne Barker on February 13th, 2017
The first time I met Mr. Ammons, was in his history class. "Ms. May, please quit cracking your chewing gum and come spit it out." I was so embarrassed! That was just the kind of guy he was. He demanded respect in his class,and he gave us a love for all things historical. He was my mentor and a teacher, a loving friend and a shoulder that I cried upon more than once. Once, during Senior Play rehearsal, he passed me a note that lifted my spirits. He signed it "Bear." That's what we called him. Bears are a symbol of strength and wisdom to many Native Americans. And so he was to me as well.
 

Chuck Calvin

- - 1980

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Charles (Chuck) Calvin, Jr. passed away in 1980, not long after we graduated from high school.  Chuck has been greatly missed by his family and friends.

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Judith Edsall

January 21st, 1935 - March 17th, 2017

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Dr. Judith Elise Loeser Edsall died Friday, March 17, 2017, at her home following a battle with cancer.
 

She was born Jan. 21, 1935, in South Bend, Indiana, to Milton and Mildred Loeser. A life-long student who loved learning, she received her bachelor's degree from Goshen College in 1963; her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1969; and her doctoral degree from the University of Florida in 1986. Much of her professional life was devoted to education as a public school teacher in Indiana and North Carolina. She remained in contact with legions of former students throughout her life, many describing her as a "life-changing teacher." She later became a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing in Asheville, North Carolina, and northern Florida.
 

She was married to the late Rev. Hugh C. Edsall, who died in 2013. She is survived by their six children, Terry Langdon (John) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Noel McLaughlin (Mike) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Beth Chamberlain (George) of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, John Todd of St. Joseph, Michigan, Margaret Krantz (John) of Hanover, Indiana, and Jim Edsall (Robyn) of Banner Elk, Nprth Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many special friends, including George Hill of St. Augustine.
 

Dr. Edsall's funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 23, at 9 a.m. in St. Anastasia Catholic Church in St. Augustine. The Rev. Timothy Lindenfelser will officiate. Fr. Seamus O'Flynn will assist. Interment will be in the Cloisters of St. Anastasia. The family will greet friends both before and immediately following the services in the church narthex.
 

Donations in Dr. Edsall's memory may be made to the St. Anastasia Catholic Church music ministry, which was an important part of her own personal ministry. Donations also may be made to Community Hospice of NE Florida.
 

St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

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From Tammy Fox on March 22nd, 2017
Oh Mom, my heart is broken.  You were such an inspiration to so many of us at Enka, whether it was working on Jetstream, AA English classes, or just hanging out in your room to see who wandered in.  I've often thought of you thru the years and it just doesn't seem fair that you're gone before I got to see you one more time.  Mew, I will miss you and always love you.
 

Richard Dale Ensley

- - June 2nd, 2016

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Bruce Estridge

November 16th, 1959 - May 4th, 2012

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Bruce Estridge, 52, of Mars Hill, departed this life unexpectedly on Friday, May 4, 2012, at his residence.  He was he son of Katherine Estridge and the late Ronald Estridge.   He was born in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Enka High School in 1977.  He attended North Carolina State University and graduated from Western Carolina University with degrees in biology and environmental health.

Bruce lived most of his life in Western North Carolina, the past twenty years in Mars Hill.  He worked for the United States Post Office as a Rural Letter Carrier in Candler, NC.  Bruce was a devoted husband and father; he adored his family and was so very proud of his children.  

Bruce was an avid outdoorsman, intrigued by God's creation and wonderment, seizing each and every day to the fullest.  He loved hiking, skiing, backpacking, caving, fishing and studying the Bible.  Bruce was a member of Biltmore Church of Christ in Asheville, NC.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Sue Scott Estridge and children; Katie Elizabeth Estridge and Joseph 'Joey' Denman Estridge.  


 

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Debbie Luther (Hensley)

November 7th, 1958 - December 23rd, 1998

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Debbie Luther Hensley, 40, of 29 Karen Place, Asheville, died
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998.

A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of Frank
A. Luther, Sr. of Linville, NC and of the late Nancy Jean Payne Luther.  
She was a teacher's assistant at Sand Hill-Venable School and also had
been a nursing assistant for a number of years.  She was a member of
Starnes Cove Baptist Church and a troop leader of the Junior Girl Scout
Troop #495.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two daughters, Nancy
Johanna Hensley and Betty Jolene Hensley of the home and three
brothers, Tony Douglas of Linville, Fred Thomas Luther and Frank A.
Luther of Asheville.

Services were  held at 11 am Saturday in Starnes Cove Baptist Church
conducted by the Rev. Charles Sams.  Interment was in Forest Lawn
Memorial Park.

The family received friends for one hour prior to the service at the
church and at other times at the home of Marie Banks, 3 Creasman
Place, Asheville.

Memorials may be made to the Deborah Hensley Memorial Fund, c/o of
Starnes Cove Baptist Church, 149 Starnes Cove Road, Asheville, NC
28806.

Groce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
 

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Annette Hipps

June 5th, 1959 - June 5th, 2014

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Elizabeth Annette Hipps, 55, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014. She was a life long resident of Buncombe County, born June 5, 1959 the daugther of Judy Lovelace and the late Herschell Hipps.

Elizabeth is survived by her sisters Sherry Roberts, and Leigh Hipps; brothers Herschell Hipps Jr., Ronald Hipps and wife Phyllis; niece Dayshia Parker; great niece Jeci Woods; great nephews Braydyn Woods and Kaydyn Long; Special niece Krystal Waldrop; Significant Other Darren Yarborough and a host of other family.

The family would like to send out a special thanks to Barbara Gosnell, Dr. John Dean, Dr. Robert Armstrong, the E.R. nurses of Mission Hospital and Palliative care Doctors.

A Memorial Service for Ms. Hipps will be held at a later date.

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Perry Holcombe

- - May 10th, 2008

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Perry Lee Roy Holcombe, Jr., age 48, died Sunday, May 10, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County and the son of Perry Lee Roy Holcombe, Sr. and Dorothy Joann Fowler Holcombe. He graduated from Enka High School in 1977. He was a member of Fairmont Baptist Church. Perry was a great outdoorsman and loved camping, fishing, and his Great Pyrenees dog "Max", and his two cats "Bullet" and "Booger". He preferred going barefoot. Perry had a wonderful singing voice that he shared with many people at local nursing homes and on WKJV 1380 AM. Perry was a loving and respectful son, brother, and friend.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Vickie Harris and her husband, Tommy, and Kathy Foreman and her husband, Von, a brother Keith Holcombe; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Reverend Harold Webb officiating. Burial will follow at Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairmont Baptist Church, 36 Surrett Road, Candler, NC 28715.

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John Roy Lackey, Jr.

July 4th, 1933 - January 24th, 2010

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John Roy Lackey, Jr.  

July 4, 1933 - January 24, 2010, Resident of Oak Island, North Carolina.

 

After 76 wonderful years loving his family, serving his country, and inspiring a multitude of students whom he taught and loved, John passed away peacefully on Sunday at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

 

John was born in Statesville, North Carolina. He graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1951 and immediately entered the United States Marine Corps serving as a Staff Sergeant in Korea and also in the Reserves.

 

John entered Mars Hill College receiving degrees in Business and Music. He taught band at Mars Hill High School and Marshall High School before moving to Morehead High School. Later he spent a year teaching music at Lee Edwards High School before moving to his home at Enka High School and Middle School where he was a beloved band director from 1967 until 1995. He also taught at South Brunswick Middle School and Myrtle Grove Middle School in Wilmington.

 

John was preceded in death by his parents John Roy Lackey, Sr. and Mildred Sherrill Lackey of Asheville, North Carolina, and his brother Frank Lackey of Louden, Tennessee. He is survived by Dale Johnson Lackey his beloved wife for over 53 years. John is also survived by brothers EA Lackey and Tom Lackey of Weaverville, North Carolina, and sister Barbara Lackey Russell of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. He will forever be remembered by his daughters, Julie Lynn Lackey Ledford of Etowah, North Carolina, Jennifer Lee Lackey of Oak Island, North Carolina, Amy Beth Lackey of Seattle, Washington, Lara Ann Lackey Mashburn of Melbourne, Florida, honorary daughters, Susie Wilburn and Natasha Gardner; treasured grandchildren James Scott Ledford, John Wesley Ledford, Megan Elizabeth Ledford, Lucy Jane Dickinson, Cole Alexander Mashburn, and Sean Grayson Mashburn; caring sons-in-law, Gerald Ledford and Travis Mashburn; sisters-in-law, Judy Williams, Daryl Barneycastle, Vickie Burke, and brother-in-law, Van Johnson; and numerous other relatives, including, Lisa Williams, Paul Hobbes, Elke Williams-Hobbes, Wendy Justice, Scott Lackey, Courtney Lackey-Bingham, Patricia Gage, Shelley Emery and Kip Lackey, along with countless family, friends and students who were blessed to know him.

 

While at Enka High School, John led a multitude of award winning bands, and created the Land of the Sky Marching Band Festival. Later, he founded the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band in Asheville, North Carolina. John was the first recipient of the Western North Carolina Bandmasters Award of Excellence and also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Mars Hill College. He taught Sunday School at Weaverville United Methodist Church in Weaverville, North Carolina and later at Ocean View United Methodist Church on Oak Island, North Carolina. Over the years he faithfully performed Taps for numerous military services in Western North Carolina and throughout Brunswick County. John loved listening to music, playing his trumpet, gardening, and being with his family. He was blessed to have over 44 years to share his unending passion for music with his dedicated students. He was an amazing son, husband, father, brother and friend who touched the lives of everyone with his pure heart, beautiful blue eyes, generosity and genuine kindness for all.

 

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Karen Lance

March 2nd, 1959 - January 16th, 2016

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Karen Kay Lance, 56, passed away January 16, 2016 at the Hospice Solace Center in Asheville. 

Ms. Lance was born in Buncombe County to Roy Henry Lance and the late Patsy Lovin Lance. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Roy and Thelma Lance and Clyde and Valerie Lakey Lovin.

Karen is survived by her son, Jerry Palmer and his wife, Brandy of Roanoke, VA; a sister, Susan Fisher and her daughter, Zoe; two grandchildren, Lynnzie Palmer and Tripp Palmer and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, January 23 but due to weather, it has been rescheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.  
 
 

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Alan McCracken

May 16th, 1947 - February 25th, 2015

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Flat Rock – Alan Gale McCracken, age 67, passed away on February 25, 2015 at Mission Hospitals – Memorial Campus.

Alan was born in Haywood County on May 16, 1947 to the late Hilda and William McCracken. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard McCracken. He grew up in Long's Chapel United Methodist Church. Alan attended school at Clyde High School where he excelled in athletics and graduated in 1965 and then went on to continue his football career and graduate from Mars Hill College. He served in the US Army for two years and dedicated the next 40 years to teaching, coaching, sports officiating, and was a CarePartners driver with retail operations. Alan will always be remembered as a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He loved his chosen church, Snow Hill United Methodist Church and loved to hunt, camp, volunteer, share vegetables from his home-grown garden, and held a special place in his heart for his Scotties.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy Penland McCracken; son, Cory McCracken (Carson); daughter, Molly Carter (Derrick); brothers Jerry (Sue), Mike (Martha); sister-in-law, Karen; and sister, Linda Brown (Myrl); five grandchildren, Reece, Mason, Marlee, Laney, and Skye; and many other extended family and friends.

 

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Sam McCracken

May 24th, 1916 - June 29th, 1988

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2nd Lt US Army WWII

 

Sam Wilson McCracken, 72, of 111 Wood Dale, Hendersonville, N.C., died Wednesday, June 29, 1988 in a Hendersonville hospital.

 

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Charles McCracken and Della Greene McCracken. He received a B.A. degree from Appalachian State Teachers College and a M.A. degree from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He was an employee of the Buncombe County School System, having taught at Enka and Sandhill. He was president of Mills River Valley Senior Citizens and was past president of Mills River Lions Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

 

He was survived by his wife, Dorothy A. McCracken; a daughter, Barbara J. McCracken of Greenville, South Carolina.

 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 1988 in Mills River United Methodist Church, of which he was a member, chairman of the administrative board and financial secretary. The Rev. Robert Roach officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors handled arrangements.

 

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Bill (Big Mac) McElrath, Jr

January 10th, 1934 - June 14th, 2017

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William Earl McElrath, Jr., of 81 Little Fox Lane in Fletcher, passed away on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, at the John F. Keever Solace Center. He was born in Asheville on January 10, 1934, to the late William Earl and Nettie Compton McElrath. He had five siblings whom he loved dearly: Edward McElrath, Anne Casey, and Barbara Warren who predeceased him, and Howard McElrath and Judi Hobson.

 

Bill, or "Big Mac," as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, moved to New Hampshire during his early years, where he excelled in basketball, baseball, and skiing. He even played the trumpet in the New Hampshire State high school orchestra. After moving back to North Carolina in 1949, he attended Woodfin High School where he was named the NC Beta Club President his senior year and was selected to play on the Optimist Bowl football team in 1951. He graduated from Woodfin High in 1952. 

 

Bill received an athletic and academic scholarship to Western Carolina University. He was highly involved in WCU student government and was elected president of his junior and senior classes. He lettered in football all four years, earning first team all state honors as a tackle and was chosen co-captain during his senior year. He graduated from Western in 1956 with a BS degree in Education. Later, he earned a Master's degree in Administration from WCU. 

 

In 1956, Bill began his career in education at Marion High School while he also served in the US Army and NC National Guard. In 1957, he started working at Enka High School, where he spent 25 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant principal. He dedicated himself to his profession as principal of Enka High for 13 years. His faculty, students, and players fondly remember him as a kind and influential leader and still call him 'Coach' or 'Big Mac' to this day. 

 

In 1982, he accepted a position as Associate Superintendent of Buncombe County Schools where he served until he retired in 1989. His retirement was short lived, as he became the Assistant Buncombe County Manager in 1989 and Buncombe County Manager in 1993, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. He loved the people he worked with in both the school system and county government and missed them greatly after retirement. 

 

Bill was highly involved with his community, spearheading successful bond referendums for schools and colleges in Buncombe County from 1983 to 2001. He served on numerous county and civic committees and was the chairman of the DSS board for many years, as well as a member of the Health board and Integrated Human Services board. He was also instrumental in making the Asheville Humane Society a reality, while serving on the founding board of the Buncombe County Friends of Animals. 

 

"Big Mac" had many interests, including gardening, painting, and singing tenor in one of ACT's Christmas productions. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. He was an exceptional golfer and was named a onetime Country Club of Asheville Golf Champion, as well as a Senior Club Champion on many occasions. He won the NC Principals Golf Championship four times, and was named the NC/SC Senior Golf Champion in 2004. 

 

Bill's family and friends will always remember his sense of humor, and how he loved getting together for holidays and celebrations. He was a member of the Central United Methodist Church of Asheville. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Truncer McElrath of Fletcher; daughter Debi McElrath Morgan (John) of Candler; son Bill McElrath (Connie) of Arden; and grandchildren, Evan Morgan (Kelly), Taylor Miller, (Josh), and Payton McElrath. Also surviving are his step children; Robert Elliott (Angie) of Greensboro, Chris Elliott (Pam) of Apex, Jan Elliott Bell (Vance) of Asheville, and step-grandchildren; Madison, Hunter, Eva, Gus, Logan, Lynden, Peyton, and Alec. 

 

Visitation will be at Groce Funeral Home, Lake Julian, Arden, NC, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 1. In remembrance of Bill, some of his paintings will be on display, and his family will be celebrating the extraordinary legacy he left behind. 

 

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Doug Moody

June 5th, 1958 - February 28th, 2016

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Stephen Douglas Moody

 

Candler - Stephen Douglas Moody, 57, of Candler, died Sunday, February 28, 2016.

 

A native of Cabarrus Co., NC, he was a son of the late Rev. Bobby Wayne Moody and Doris Dennard Moody. Mr. Moody worked for Continental Teves, and he loved softball, fishing, and hunting.

 

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Lewis Moody; daughters, Christina Elaine Moody and fiance Edwige, and Melinda Gail Moody Reynolds and husband Douglas; son, Bobby Wayne Moody and wife Christina; grandchildren, Samuel, Travis, Wesley, Kaylin, Stephen, Alexander, and Jeremiah; sister, Kim Pertiller and husband Arthur; brothers, Marc Moody and wife Grace, and Chris Moody and wife Shelby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services for Mr. Moody will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Hominy Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Joe Yelton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family, and the online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Mar. 1, 2016-

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Jeanne Mulvaney

February 23rd, 1934 - December 29th, 2007

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Jeanne Sluder Mulvaney, 73, of 104 Lanette Drive, Spartanburg, SC, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2007, at the Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care, after a brief illness.

 

Born on February 23, 1934, in Asheville, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Denver and Lucille Brooks Sluder. An honor graduate of Leicester High School in Leicester, NC, she was a member of the winning 1951 Buncombe Co. Basketball Championship team and was named an All-Tournament Forward. A gifted writer and public speaker, she earned her B.S. in Ed. English & Social Studies and M.A. in Ed. Guidance & Counseling from Western Carolina University. She also completed 30 hours toward her Doctorate at USC-Columbia.

 

A professional educator for 36 years, she started her career teaching English and social studies at David Millard Jr. High in Asheville, NC. She continued teaching for several years, and while an English Instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, she completed her Masters and began her career in Guidance at Enka High School in Enka, NC. In 1979, she left her position as Director of Guidance at Enka and moved to Spartanburg, SC, where she became Director of Guidance at Chapman High School in Inman, SC. She remained at Chapman until retiring in 1995.

 

Jeanne was a member of several organizations, including: NEA, Spartanburg County Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, SC Association for Counseling and Development, and American Business Women’s Association, where she was voted Woman of the Year by the Sky-Hy Chapter in Asheville, NC. She enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the SC Ladies Golf Association as well as the Women’s Golf Association, Three Pines Country Club. She was a founding member of Church of Jesus, Our Risen Savior Catholic Church and a frequent lector. A voracious reader, she loved to read stories to children. She had a life-long passion for music and theatre; a perfect outing for her was sharing a picnic lunch with husband Jack and attending a matinee performance at Flat Rock Playhouse.

 

Survivors include her husband, John (Jack) P. Mulvaney; daughter, Lisa Mulvaney Neal and husband Bobby of Lake Wylie, SC; sister, Betty Sluder Hall and husband George of Hendersonville, NC; brother, Robert Sluder and wife Charlotte of Asheville, NC, and sister-in-law, Phyllis Sluder. She was predeceased by brother, James Denver (JD) Sluder, Jr.

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Clarence Parker

April 7th, 1933 - April 15th, 2013

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Clarence V. Parker, better known simply as Parker, went to be with the Lord on April 15th following a lengthy illness.

 

A native of Pisgah Forest, he was the son the late Herman O. and Nettie Corn Parker. He was a 1959 graduate of Clemson University. Having attended college on a football scholarship, he remained an avid, lifelong Tiger fan. He was a proud veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in the Korean conflict as a military policeman. He carried his law enforcement service to Buncombe County, where he was an Auxiliary Deputy for 30 plus years – a familiar face at Enka High sporting events. He began his career of teaching in Seneca, South Carolina where he taught for 3 years before his love of the mountains brought him home. He then taught Vocational Agriculture at Enka High for 33 years, retiring in 1995. He was a dedicated member of Enka Baptist Church, where he served faithfully in a number of capacities from property committee to youth ministries.

 

Parker was survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Ann Parris Parker, a son, Michael Parker of Candler, a daughter, Lynn Ferguson of Enka, and a brother, Fred Parker of Pisgah Forest. He was also survived by 5 grandchildren, Russell and Reva Ferguson, Jeremy, Emily and Justin Parker, and 2 great grandchildren, Haley and Kaden Ferguson. Lastly, he was survived by a countless number of former Enka High students whose lives have been deeply influenced by his commitment to education.

 

Funeral Services were held at Mount Moriah Wesleyan Church, 1 Fairmont Rd, in Candler on Saturday April 20 at 4pm with a life memorial fellowship immediately following. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian assisted the Parker family.

 

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Lt. Col. John Pennstrom, Jr.

- - January 2nd, 2007

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Lt. Col. John H. Pennstrom Jr. passed away on Jan. 2, 2007.  Col. Pennstrom established an Air Force ROTC program at EHS in 1969 and remained on staff for 15 years.  1/07/07

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Bill Pittman

August 13th, 1929 - March 12th, 1990

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William Eugene Pittman Sr. of 153 Kings Landing Road, Hampstead, N.C., died Monday March 12, 1990, in Cape Fear Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Wilmington, N. C. on August 13, 1929, the son of the late John Gurney and Dora Lee Pittman. 

Mr. Pittman was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  He was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, having served with the U. S. Air Force for twenty-eight years.  While in the U. S. Air Force he was associated with the Mercury and Gemini Space Programs.  After retiring in 1975 from the military, he taught AFJROTC for the Buncombe and New Hanover County School systems at both Enka High School and Laney High School.


Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Rice Smith Pittman of the home, four sons, William E. Pittman, Jr. of Wilmington, N. C., Michael K. Pittman of San Francisco, Calif., John P. Pittman of St. Louis, Mo., Steven B. Pittman of High Point, N. C.; a sister, Mrs. Vivian Wahab of Newport News, Va.; and four grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Oakdale Cemetery by Rev. Hamilton Fuller.  Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Honor Guard.

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Johnny Riddle

October 7th, 1939 - April 2nd, 2007

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Weaverville - Johnny Whitfield Riddle, 67, of 16 Riddle Road went to be with his Lord, Monday April 2,2007 at Mission Hospitals, Memorial Campus.

 

A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he retired in 1995 after 32 years as a teacher at Enka High School where he was the chairman of the Science Department and was a sponsor of several clubs.

 

He was a member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church and a member of the Travelers Sunday School Class. He was a graduate of North Buncombe High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from East Tennessee State University.

 

He was the son of Lois Banks Riddle of Weaverville and the late Jeter G. Riddle.

 

Surviving in addition to his mother are are his wife, Melba Candler Riddle of the home; children, Ronnie Riddle and wife Naomi of Weaverville, Melanie Riddle Davis and husband, John of Atlanta, Ga. and Melina Riddle Chevalier and husband, Andre of Atlanta, Ga. and grandchildren, Natasha, Laythe, Asia, Elizabeth and Walker.

 

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Anders-Rice Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin officiating.

 

Entombment will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory with his brothers in law and members of his Sunday School Class serving as pallbearers.

 

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Harry Roseboom

October 1st, 1958 - November 30th, 2016

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Candler - Harry Emerson Roseboom, 57, died November 30, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, after a lengthy illness.

Harry was born on October 1, 1958 to Harry H. Roseboom and Norma L. Cole. Harry was a lifelong resident of Buncombe County where he graduated from Enka High School in 1977.

Harry was preceded in death by his father Harry H. Roseboom and son Dylan Roseboom.

Harry is survived by his daughter, Jenny Roseboom, his mother, Norma Cole, his sisters, Georgia Sales, Debbie Cogburn (Gordon), Lyn Jones (Danny), a brother, William Cole (Cassie), 8 nephews and 3 nieces.

A memorial service will be held at Snow Hill UMC in Candler at 2:30 pm, Saturday, February 25. A post-service gathering will be held at Snow Hill UMC immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Minnie Jones Health Center, 257 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801.
 
 
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 22, 2017 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/citizen-times/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184206450#sthash.AVgmA8V3.dpuf

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Bill Rucker

March 2nd, 1934 - August 19th, 2009

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William “Bill” Robert Rucker, Jr., 75 passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2009.

 

Mr. Rucker was born March 1, 1934 in Rutherford County and was a resident of Buncombe County for most of his life.

 

Mr. Rucker was a member of First Baptist Church of Black Mountain.

 

He was the son of the late William Robert Rucker, Sr. and Katie Lee Trexler Rucker.

 

Bill was a lifelong member of Black Mountain First Baptist Church where he was a deacon and held many various positions. He was an active member and past president of the Black Mountain Lions Club.

 

He was retired educator and coach in the local and surrounding area school systems for 40 years. His accomplishments were many but his career was highlighted with a 90 consecutive game win streak with Owen High School women’s basketball in which he held the state record for most consecutive wins and won a state championship. “Coach” was inducted into the Owen High School Hall of Fame, the Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame as well as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

Mr. Rucker is survived by his loving wife ten years, Frances Owenby Rucker; daughter, Kathy Sprinkle and husband, Lynn of Marion; sons, William Robert “Rob” Rucker III and wife, Amy of Hickory and Todd Rucker of Asheville; six grandchildren, Shelby McLennan, Brittany Rucker and Ben Rucker, Kirby Rucker, Andrew Sprinkle, Nick Sprinkle, stepchildren, Susan Weaver and husband, Michael of Asheville and Sammy Sales and wife, Christy of Fairview.

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Phil Shook

June 23rd, 1959 - July 19th, 2017

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Phil Eugene Shook, 58, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on July 19, 2017. Phil was born in Candler, North Carolina, on June 23, 1959. He is survived by his former spouse, Carolyn; daughter, Jordan Fisher; sister, Dotti Nickels; and grandchild, Oliver Fisher. 

 

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Dixie Warren

May 30th, 1924 - May 15th, 2010

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Florence Mary "Dixie" Hunter Warren, 85, of Candler, died at her home on Saturday, May 15, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William Pittman "Bill" Warren, Sr. and by her parents, Florence Loretta (Pearson) and George Frederick Hunter. She is survived by two daughters: Rebecca Warren Davidson of Ithaca, NY, and Christina (Tina) W. Auman (husband Robert) of Columbia, SC; a son: William P. Warren, Jr. (wife Cole) of Cary, NC; four grandchildren: Emily C. Auman, Trevor W. Auman, Hunter B. Warren, and Isaac D. Warren. She is also survived by her two brothers: George F. Hunter, Jr. of Clovis, CA, and Robert J. Hunter of Prairieville, LA; two nephews, several grandnephews, grandnieces, and cousins, and countless devoted friends and former students.

 

Dixie was born May 30, 1924, in Washington, DC and grew up in the suburb of Mt. Rainier, MD. She attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a degree in chemistry at the age of 19. Following graduation, Dixie joined the W.A.V.E.S. and proudly served her country in the Navy during World War II, rising to the rank of Pharmacist's Mate, 2nd Class. After the war she returned to school and received her master's degree from East Carolina College (now University), in Greenville, NC. While at East Carolina she met her future husband, Bill, and they were married May 31, 1947. She and Bill moved to Western North Carolina in 1949, and she was able to put her scientific education and training to good use by working in local doctor's offices.

 

Dixie returned to teaching in 1960 at Enka High School, first part-time while her children were young, and then full-time, retiring in 1986. Her students have remained extraordinarily devoted to her over the years, and many have expressed the belief that they would not have graduated from high school, gone on to college and/or gotten the jobs and careers they hoped for without the patience, encouragement, and teaching skills of "Mrs. Warren." She in turn was proud of her students and their achievements in her courses in Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and a special advanced course in SPSS Physics.

 

Her extraordinary teaching skills were recognized in 1984, when she received the North Carolina Mathematics & Science Teaching Award, presented to her by then Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. at a ceremony in Raleigh. Also a talented artist and musician, Dixie played the piano for many years at the Enka High School baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies, and was the church organist at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and then at The Basilica of St. Lawrence for over 20 years.

 

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Randy Warren

February 10th, 1959 - March 3rd, 1993

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Randy Warren was our classmate at Enka High School.  he was born on February 10, 1959 and passed away on March 3, 1993 in Asheville, NC

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Sandra White

1958 - January 16th, 2015

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Sandra Joy White

 

Asheville - Sandra Joy White, 56, of Asheville, died on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the John F. Keever Solace Center. A native and life long resident of Buncombe County she was born on New Years Eve 1958 to Ruth Murphy White and to the late Frank White.

 

Sandra was a 1977 graduate of Enka High School and she graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical Collage in 1979. She had a long career in banking, most recently at Bank of Asheville where she was the executive secretary to the president.

 

She loved the beach, especially Isle of Palms in South Carolina and dogs of all kinds but especially puppies. She was a life long member of Pole Creek Baptist Church in Candler.

 

Sandra was a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend. She will be truly missed by all that knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by her husband, Richard Santangelo; her mother, Ruth White; her step-sons, Jonathon Santangelo, Daniel Santangelo and his wife, Traci; her step-daughter, Jennifer Bardoczi and her husband, Adam; many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the Chapel of Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue with Reverend Dennis Thurman officiating. Burial will follow at Lewis Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning two hours prior to the service.


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

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Lynette Rice (Wright)

- - June 20th, 2016

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Lynette Rice Wright

 

Candler - Lynette Rice Wright, 57, of Candler, died on Monday, June 20, 2016.

 

A lifelong resident of Buncombe Co., Lynette was a daughter of the late Loy J. and Frances Rice. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jacob Wright, and special friend, Bo Davis.

 

Mrs. Wright worked as an x-ray technician for 30 years. She lived for the lake, loved music, and was an avid college football fan, especially of Clemson. She filmed for Asheville High School football for 15 years. She had been a member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church, and was also a former member of Red Oak Baptist Church, in Marshall.

 

Mrs. Wright is survived by her daughter, Kristie Wright; sister, Stephanie Edmonds (Lucky), of Candler; brothers, Danny Rice (Sharon) and Jeff Rice (Terri), all of Marshall; grandchildren, Cressida, Mason, Joseph, Sharon, and Lexi; and nieces and nephews, Cory, Jeffery Aaron, Kelly, April, Jennifer, and Luke.The memorial services for Mrs. Lynette Wright and Mr. J.C. Wright, Jr. will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville. The Revs. Roger Boone and Allen Rash will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the church, prior to the service. At other times, the family will gather at 80 Misty Ridge Lane, Leicester, NC 28748.

 

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family, and the online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

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David Young

February 10th, 1936 - December 9th, 2013

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David Berkley Young, 77, of Swannanoa, N.C. passed away on Monday, December 9th, 2013 at Care Partners Hospice in Asheville.

 

He was born February 10th, 1936 in Mooresville, N.C. to the late Wilbert Paul Young and Charity Ruth (Moser) Young.

 

Mr. Young had a degree from Western North Carolina College and was a Science and Biology teacher at Enka High School. He also served in the United States Army. David was a man of many talents. He was a teacher, an artist, a sculptor, a musician and an avid fisherman.

 

He was survived by a brother, Ariel Roland Young; and a sister, Carol Miranda Williams.

 

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Michelle Young

October 15th, 1959 - August 25th, 2010

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On October 15, 1959, in Asheville, NC, a new member was added to the household of Jack Ernest Young and JoAnne Scruggs Young. The name they chose for her was Jacquelyn Michele. She grew up in Candler, NC, surrounded by the large families of both father and mother. Nothing thrilled her more than to be in the company of her cousins, which was made possible at her Grandmother Scruggs' house, who was the babysitter for many of them.

 

Michele was a 1977 graduate of Enka High School. Later, she made the decision to serve her country by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. She took her training at the Miramar Naval Base in San Diego, CA. Following her training there, she did a tour of duty in Spain. After her discharge and a short stay back home, she was moved back to San Diego and then later to Los Angeles, where she was employed by United Airlines Frequent Flyer program. She also attended, for three years, the California School of the Arts as a music student. In 2001, her father became ill so she moved back home to be near him.

 

Music was rapidly becoming her passion. As a result of this, she wrote many songs mostly about events and people in her life. After moving to New York City, where she was employed as an editorial assistant at the "Grapevine," an international publication for AA, she made several trips back to L.A. to do some recordings.

 

In November, 2006, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. From that day forward, she fought the disease with a lion-like spirit. In October, 2008, she rode in the Tour de Pink, a 20-mile bike ride from Hershey, PA, to New York City, to raise money for the Young Women's Coalition of Breast Cancer Survivors. Never has anyone wanted more to live to the fullest. At 3:15 a.m. last Wednesday, God granted her that wish.

 

Michele was preceded in death by her father, Jack Ernest Young; her maternal grandparents, Harry Lee Scruggs, Sr., and Clara Gladdis Scruggs; and her paternal grandfather, Fred F. Young, all of Candler. Surviving are her mother, JoAnne Scruggs Young; two brothers, Phillip A. Young, and Frederick Lee Young; and paternal grandmother, Geneva H. Young, all of Candler. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom were very much loved by her. Michele had a presence about her which gained her many friends.

 

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