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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations

Moore Funeral Home was founded by D. F. Moore, Donald Lee Moore, and C.S. Osborne in 1930, making it the oldest established funeral home in Transylvania County. It was first located in a house on the corner of Gaston and Jordan Streets, across the street from the present day First Baptist Church. Donald Lee went to mortuary science school and was licensed as an embalmer in 1933. He eventually became the sole owner of the funeral home. In 1959, Chester Kilpatrick became a partner in the funeral home and it became known as the Moore-Kilpatrick Funeral Home, and in 1964, Donald Lee once again became the sole owner of the funeral home. John T. Monteith, a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, went to work at the funeral home.

In 1976, Donald Lee, an accomplished composer and musician,decided to retire and he sold the funeral home to John T. and Barbara Schmidt Monteith. Moore Funeral Home opened its doors at the current location at 100 N. Country Club Rd., Brevard, in December,1978. John and Barbara’s son, John H.Monteith, joined the staff in 1984 and became a licensed Funeral Director in1986. In the mid 1980’s, a large viewing room was added to the original building. John and Barbara retired from Moore Funeral Home in 1991. John T. Monteith died on December 28, 2008.

Today, the staff of Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations make sure that, in the tradition of Donald Lee Moore, their goals of giving quality service at affordable prices and satisfying the needs of the families with the utmost dignity are met.


Our Obituaries

Robert Franklin Jaggard

December 18, 1931 - August 19, 2017

Robert Franklin Jaggard, 85, of Brevard, passed away on August 19, 2017 at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. A native of Almonesson, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Marvin and Verna Giffin Jaggard. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Jaggard. Mr. Jaggard was a veteran of the US Air Force and was an avid woodworker. He is survived...
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Calvin "Pernell" Galloway

November 6, 1960 - August 18, 2017

Calvin "Pernell" Galloway, 56, of Rosman passed away, Friday, August 18, 2017. He was a son of the late Nelvin "Neb" Galloway and Frances Margaret Anders Galloway. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rodney Nelvin Galloway and Seldon Lee Galloway. He attended church at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center where he was a resident for many years in the Mulberry Cottage. He...
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James Hendry Bryson

April 10, 1927 - August 13, 2017

James Hendry Bryson died August 13th at Elizabeth House. He was born April 10, 1927 in Schenectady, NY. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Reno, his children James (Jacqueline) of Maryland, Jessica (John McCambridge) of Pennsylvania, Jordan of Virginia, and Jeffrey (Megan) of Connecticut, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents James and Grace, sisters...
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William "Bill" St. Clair Austin

March 7, 1921 - August 9, 2017

William "Bill" St. Clair Austin, 96, died peacefully at his residence in College Walk, August 9, 2017 after a period of declining health. Born in 1921 to William and Mildred Austin in Oneida, New York, Bill moved to Brevard with his parents and little sister in 1925. He attended the Brevard public schools (where he was known as St. Clair) and graduated from Brevard Junior College. He was...
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Gerald "Jerry" Saul Janowitz

August 7, 2017

Gerald (Jerry) Saul Janowitz, 74, of Brevard, NC passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. He was born April 5, 1943 in New York City to the late Leo and Yetta Caress Janowitz. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and received a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1963 (Summa Cum Laude) and obtained a PhD in...
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Arthur Schiff

October 4, 1925 - August 6, 2017

Arthur Schiff 10/04/1925 - 08/06/17. Long-time Brevard resident Arthur Schiff passed away unexpectedly on Sunday August 6, 2017. Born in 1925 in the Bronx, New York, Mr. Schiff attended James Monroe High School and studied at New York University. In 1944, he became a reporter for the New York Post, at the time being one of the youngest reporters working for a major New York paper. Mr....
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Catherine Sue "Cathy" Atwell

June 15, 1944 - August 4, 2017

Catherine Sue "Cathy" Atwell, 73 of Asheville, NC passed away, Friday, August 4, 2017 at Mission Hospital. She was born in Brevard, North Carolina and was preceded in death by her parents William Barr "Bill" Atwell and Carrie Killian Atwell, two brothers Cecil Herbert and Francis Lee Atwell and a sister Caroline "Teddi" Atwell. Catherine attended school in Brevard, North Carolina and...
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Bascom Henry Plummer

May 3, 1938 - August 4, 2017

Bascom Henry Plummer, 79, of Brevard, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. He was the son of Robert Henry Plummer and Lois Greene Plummer of Brevard. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Skillen and Lois Deiss. From 1961-1999, he was a managing engineer at Boeing Co. where he was mainly involved in flight tests of airborne early warning and control aircraft (AWACS). He worked for...
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Lawrence Grady Weed

May 29, 1929 - August 1, 2017

Lawrence Grady Weed, 88, of Brevard, passed away on August 1, 2017 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he was the son of the late Lawrence Grady and Pauline Spivey Weed. An accountant by trade, he also served in the Army National Guard. He loved the outdoors, whether hiking or gardening, but his passion was sailing, which he did often on Lake Lanier while he lived...
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Isabel Smith White

September 27, 1926 - July 31, 2017

ISABEL SMITH WHITE "Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, the way you are supposed to do it, always to the best of your ability - with a good attitude, and most importantly with a smile on your face." Fay Isabel Smith White said it, believed it, taught it, and lived it – for more than 90 years. She learned those life lessons and others growing up during the...
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Michael John Cobb

June 2, 1953 - July 29, 2017

Michael John Cobb, 64, of Brevard, passed away on July 29, 2017. He leaves behind a son, Ralph V. Cobb and daughter-in-Ellen; two grandchildren; his mother Anne Boswell and her husband William. He was the manager of Cobbies in Cashiers, NC from 1972-1991. He was then the owner of ServiceMaster in Brevard from 1990 – 2008 when he retired. After retiring, he worked part-time at Ingles I-mart...
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Joe Charles Crane

March 4, 1941 - July 20, 2017

Joe Charles Crane, 76, of Brevard, NC passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Four Seasons Elizabeth House, Flat Rock, N. C. Joe was a native of Transylvania County and he was a son of the late Charlie and Lenora Owen Crane. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Crane and his step-mother, Dollie Rathbone Crane. Joe graduated from Rosman High School and he...
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Joseph Thomas DeLage

October 19, 1920 - July 12, 2017

Joseph Thomas DeLage, 96, of Sapphire, passed into God's loving care on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Joe was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Henry and Rose Blanche DeLage. He grew up in Dearborn, Michigan where he was an active member and leader of the Boy Scouts of America, Troup D. During WWII, Joe joined the Ar my Air Corps and saw 3 ½ years of service in North Africa, Sicily, France,...
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Matthew Robert Hektor

January 25, 1925 - July 9, 2017

Matthew Robert Hektor, 92, of Brevard, NC passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017. No local services are planned.
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Judith Besse

February 3, 1952 - July 5, 2017

Judith Besse, 65 of Brevard, passed away on July 5, 2017 at the Brian Center of Brevard. A native of Chicago, Il, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Lois Flanagan Benson. She is survived by her brothers Bruce Benson and Gary Stevens, and her sister Kathy Benson. No local services are planned. Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.
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James "Jim" Gregg

October 6, 1942 - July 3, 2017

James M. Gregg (Jim), 74 of Brevard, NC and Largo, FL passed away on July 3, 2017. Born, October 6, 1942, in McKeesport, PA., he was the second son of the late John Gregg and Adella Jaspert. After graduating from Tryon High School, Jim had several vocations. He found his true calling and passion when he became a registered nurse. He retired from Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL after 28...
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Flora Corrine Stiebing

April 13, 1913 - June 29, 2017

Flora Corrine Stiebing, 104, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Carolina Reserve in Laurel Park. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Edward A. and Dr. Lady Mary Johnson Morgan. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Martin Stiebing. She enjoyed her life and always saw the glass as half-full. Her loving...
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Nancy Nix

November 3, 1958 - June 25, 2017

Nancy Nix, 58, of Pisgah Forest, NC passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. She was a daughter of Bernice Ragain Young of Cataula, GA and the late Robert Emmett Young. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband Michael Stephens, two sisters: Patricia Jones of Columbus, GA and Donna Garver of Cataula, GA, one brother: Jim Young of Cary, NC, and three dogs: Teddy, Riley and Anna. ...
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James P Brennan

February 3, 1932 - June 24, 2017

James P. Brennan, 85, of Brevard, NC passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at The Oaks of Brevard. A native of New York, he was a son of the late John and Mary Murphy Brennan. He was also preceded in death by a brother; Michael Brennan. Mr. Brennan moved with his wife to Pisgah Forest, NC in 1990, he attended Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Brevard. He was a Veteran of the United States...
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Anna Geraldine Owen Fisher

November 17, 1929 - June 15, 2017

Anna Geraldine Owen Fisher, 87, of Lake Toxaway, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 15, 21017. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Ira Tillman and Sarah Iva Lee Owen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Mancil Cyrus "Tony" Fisher and one son and one daughter; 3 brothers: Edward Carroll Owen,...
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Betty Jo "B.J." Edwards

September 28, 1926 - June 15, 2017

Betty J. Edwards, known by her many friends as "B.J.", passed away in the Transylvania regional Hospital on Thursday, June 15, 2017. She had a distinguished career as a vice-President in charge of research publications at Merrill Lynch in New York while her husband, Calvin Edwards, was an English professor at Cornell University and Hunter College in New York. No local services are planned. ...
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David Ian Morgen

September 9, 1953 - June 14, 2017

David Ian Morgen, 63, of Brevard, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at The Brian Center in Brevard. A native of New York, New York, he was the son of the late Hamilton and Shirley Dworkin Morgen. He is survived by his sisters: Lisa Morgen Barrientos and husband Norman, and Michelle Alberg and husband James; nephews Evan Barrientos, Jeffrey Alberg, Marc Alberg and Andrew Alberg; niece...
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Carolyn Pressley Shuford

May 21, 1962 - June 14, 2017

Carolyn Pressley Shuford, 55 of Pisgah Forest, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. She was born in Jackson County but a lifelong resident of Transylvania County. She was the daughter of the late Mary Lou Pressley and William (Bill) Pressley. She was an active and beloved member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church where she was also the secretary/treasurer. She loved her...
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Patsy Ann Galloway Patterson

June 12, 1942 - June 13, 2017

Patsy Ann Galloway Patterson, 75, of Brevard, passed away on June 13, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Wiley Kenneth and Bessie Burrell Galloway. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her son, Randy Kenneth Patterson. A wonderful wife and mother, she was also a devoted Christian and pastor's wife, having served in churches beside...
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D. Ross Denslow

December 24, 1929 - June 11, 2017

David Ross Denslow, 88, born December 24, 1929 in West Palm Beach, Florida to the late Lawrence Ernest and Florence Lillian Russell Denslow and passed away June 11, 2017 in Brevard, North Carolina. Ross Denslow was preceded in death by his siblings Norman Denslow and Bertha Denslow Hamlin. Ross earned his Bachelors of Divinity degree from Emory University and entered the ministry in 1958....
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Herbert Donald "Don" Dobbins

September 2, 1939 - June 9, 2017

Herbert Donald "Don" Dobbins, 77, of Brevard, NC, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. He was a son of the late Thomas Dobbins and Ella Owens Dobbins. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Betsy, of 58 years. They were sweethearts since she was in the eighth grade, and they did most everything together. He was also preceded in...
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John Tremba

November 25, 1929 - June 7, 2017

John Tremba, Sr., 87, of Pisgah Forest, NC passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. A native of Carteret, NJ, he was a son of the late Paul Tremba and Mary Condas Tremba. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Gloria Tremba who died in April, 2017, and one daughter; Karen Tremba. Mr. Tremba was a member of the McDonalds early morning...
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Oliver Paul "O P" Martin

June 23, 1932 - June 5, 2017

Oliver Paul "O P" Martin, 84, of Brevard, NC passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. A native of Madison County, NC, he was a son of the late Harry Martin and Lillie Mae Hottell Martin. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Blanch Lankford Martin who died in 2011, three brothers; George, Dan and Guy Martin and three...
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Charles Leonard "Chuck" Dunbar

September 14, 1965 - June 4, 2017

Charles "Chuck" Dunbar, 51, of Brevard, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away June 4, 2017, after a courageous, almost year-long battle with cancer. Chuck was outgoing, dependable, honest, generous, and hardworking. Chuck spent his childhood in Lorain County, Ohio, as well as in multiple locations in the southeast while his father was active in the United States Marine Corps. He later managed...
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Phillip Birl Caldwell

January 6, 1932 - June 4, 2017

Lt. Col. (retired) Phillip B. Caldwell, 85, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017. A native of Warren, Ohio, he was the son of the late Carl Caldwell and the late Elnora Biller Shemet. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his grandson, Sean Robert Caldwell. Folllowing his graduation from the University of Florida in 1954, he began a 20-year career in the U. S....
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Edward Leonard Hombordy

August 12, 1928 - June 2, 2017

HOMBORDY, Edward Leonard, age 88, of Brevard, North Carolina, passed away June 2, 2017 in Mission Hospital, Asheville, North Carolina. Edward was born August 12, 1928 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Elsa and Steven Hombordy. He married his first wife Hanna, on December 30, 1950 and worked for American Locomotive in New York before joining the Air Force in 1952. Edward was very proud of his time...
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Thomas "Tommy" Payne

July 20, 1934 - June 2, 2017

Thomas Earl "Tommy" Payne, Jr., of Easley, SC, formerly of Brevard, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Thomas Earl Payne, Sr. and the late Lillie Gravley Payne Blackwell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers: Hovey Gravley and Ronnie Blackwell. Mr. Payne was a long-time member and former deacon...
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Kevin J Fountain

August 8, 1957 - May 28, 2017

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Laura Isabelle Paxton

July 2, 1919 - May 28, 2017

Laura Isabelle Paxton, 97, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Born in Rosman, NC, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Marcus and Hattie Belle Daniels Pharr. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, A.M. "Dick" Paxton and by her sisters, Eva Crownover and Irene Leary. After graduating from Rosman High School, where she was a member of the...
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LuAnne "Lulu" Tingle

February 18, 1958 - May 19, 2017

LuAnne "Lulu" Wilson Tingle, 59, of Pisgah Forest, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at her home. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Dee and Christine Wilson. Her sisters Alice Faye and Jeannie Wilson also preceded her in death as well as her beloved aunts Ethel Poole, Brenda Spillman, Phyliss Constantine, Delphine Donnelly and uncles Bill Galloway, Ivan Galloway...
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Philip Caccavale

March 1, 1922 - May 19, 2017

Philip J. Caccavale, 95, of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully in his home on May 19, 2017. He is preceded in death by 10 months by his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Caccavale. Phil was born on March 1, 1922 to Gabriel "Robbie" and Josephine Caccavale in Brooklyn, New York and he graduated from Murray Hill High School in New York City. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served with...
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Steve Larry Gates

October 16, 1950 - May 18, 2017

Steve Larry Gates, 66, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Vince and Victoria Chapman Gates. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Victoria Elaine Gates. He worked as a block mason for a number of years and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved working in his yard and raising...
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Rouse Keesee

July 5, 1930 - May 8, 2017

Rouse Keesee, 86, a long-time resident of Brevard, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville. A native of Wayne, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Rouse, Sr. and Ethel Lee Keesee. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers James and Charles Keesee and sister Imogene. A United States Navy Veteran, he served during the...
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Pearl P. Arnold

July 18, 1936 - May 6, 2017

Pearl Perry Arnold, 80, of Brevard, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017. A native of Chowan County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Alphus Lloyd and Ethel Smith Perry. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, J.L. Perry, and her sister, Anne Wright. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. A member of Christ Covenant Church...
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Richard Leroy Webb

December 2, 1928 - May 3, 2017

Richard Leroy Webb, 88, of Rosman, NC, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. A native of Bethel, CT, he was the son of the late Leroy and Katherine Perun Webb. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his grandparents: Mortimer and Grace Webb and Peter and Justine Perun. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Brideau Webb; sons Frank of Louisville, KY, George (Sherri)...
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JoAnne Sellars Keeley

October 27, 1939 - May 2, 2017

Jo Anne Keeley, 77, a longtime resident of Brevard, NC, passed away May 2, 2017. Her service was held May 6 at First United Methodist Church. Jo Anne is survived by her beloved husband Jim Keeley and three of her four sons Mike, Scott, and Matt. She was preceded in death by her youngest son Andy and her brother, Bill Sellars. Jo was a graduate of Mary Washington College and the University...
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Eileen Frances Fortener

March 29, 1944 - May 1, 2017

Eileen Frances Fortener, 73, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017. A native of Fort Wayne, IN, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Joseph and Dorothy Frances LaFontaine Gase. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her step-mother Lucy Gase. Eileen was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was very active in church activities including...
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Nancy B Hall

September 22, 1918 - April 30, 2017

Nancy Black Hall, 98, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017. A native of Barnwell County, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Elmina Black. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Earl Hall of Dillon, SC., and their oldest son, Thomas E. Hall, Jr. and her sisters Elmina Singleton...
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David W. Hoffman

May 6, 1933 - April 20, 2017

David W. Hoffman, 83, of Apollo,PA, formerly of the Belle Vernon area, died at home on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Born in Fairhope on May 6, 1933, he was the son of the late Clarence B. and Bessie Mae (Hileman) Hoffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Anthony Guidice; a brother and three sisters. David worked as a steel roller and was retired from USX. He...
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Dorothy G. Tremba

December 14, 1929 - April 18, 2017

Dorothy Gloria Tremba, 87, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Oaks of Brevard. Born in Avondale, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Irene Zachary. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Tremba, her brother Henry Veczko and her sister Irene Audrey Veczko. Along with the love she had for her family, she...
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Rosa Esther Franks

October 25, 1927 - April 16, 2017

Rosa Esther Franks, 89, of Rosman, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the John Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC. A native of Greenback, TN, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Nona Bradley Ramsey and the wife of William Edgar (Ed) Franks. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. She was a member of Rosman Pentecostal Lighthouse...
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Randolph McClane "Randy" Curto

September 28, 1952 - April 14, 2017

Randolph McClane "Randy" Curto born September 28, 1952 passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 14, 2017. He was 64 years old. He was a son of Agnes Curto and the late Henry F. Curto of Brevard. In addition to his mother he is survived by his brothers, Joe Curto (Betty) of Brevard, Kenneth Curto (Bobbie) of Pisgah Forest, Donald Curto (Marina) of Lake Toxaway, Ronald Curto of the home, and...
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Marshall Johnson

July 21, 1941 - April 12, 2017

Marshall Johnson, 75, of Brevard, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Harry Marshall and Lucille Snelson Johnson. After serving in the United States Air Force, he worked for DuPont for 27 years prior to his retirement. His survivors include his wife, Frances Gravely Johnson; his children: Alan Johnson and wife Debi, Becky Franks...
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Robert A. Chord

August 5, 1938 - April 11, 2017

Robert A. (Bob) Chord, 78, of Brevard, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was the son of the late Harold and Camilla Chord. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Richard Chord. He began his 37 year working career with PPG industries and retired while in Atlanta. He and his wife, Nancy, moved to Brevard in 2004. An...
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Clifford Lee Brookshire

July 31, 1928 - April 9, 2017

"Coach" Cliff Brookshire, 88, of Pisgah Forest, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife Nancy by his side on the afternoon of April 9, 2017. A Buncombe County native, Cliff was the son of the late William Arthur and Augusta Henson Brookshire. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Patsy Garrison, and brothers Wilburn and Earl Brookshire. Coach enjoyed...
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Jack Melvin Kenney

December 16, 1945 - April 8, 2017

Jack Melvin Kenney, 71, of Penrose, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Charles F. George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. A native of Athens, Georgia, he was the son of Lorene S. Kenney and the late Robert S. Kenney. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served 9 years with tours in Korea and Germany. He was an avid NASCAR fan. Besides his mom, he is also survived by...
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Linda Fay Huey

February 14, 1948 - April 4, 2017

Linda Fay Huey, 69, of Cedar Mountain, passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. A native of Butler County, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Eunice Scruggs McNeil. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, Tom Huey. Her survivors include her sons: Dwayne Eddie Huey, of Cedar Mountain, Terry Ward of Lake Toxaway, NC, and Donnie Huey of...
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Walter Edward Griffin, Sr

February 24, 1955 - April 3, 2017

Walter Edward Griffin, Sr., 62, of Brevard, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 after a lengthy illness. A lifelong resident of Brevard, he was the son of the late Norman Nathaniel and Mary Ellen Patton Griffin. Mr. Griffin loved his children and grandchildren. While he enjoyed fishing, his favorite pastime was enjoying University of North Carolina sporting events. He is survived by his...
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Harriett A. St. John

November 15, 1927 - March 31, 2017

Harriett A. St. John, 89, of Pisgah Forest passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. A Native of New York, NY, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred Sanford LaMotta. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Charles, and her loving husband, James. She was the Administrator at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard for more than 15 years Prior to that,...
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Gene H. Hall

August 18, 1928 - March 30, 2017

Gene H. Hall (Lt. Colonel-retired), 88, of Brevard, passed away at his home with his wife by his side on March 30, 2017. A native of Haywood County, NC, he was the son of the late John and Mary L. Hall. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Hall, and his sister, Judy Wilson. Gene retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1976 after twenty years as a judge...
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Rachel "Rae" Stoneback

September 18, 1921 - March 28, 2017

Mrs. Rachel "Rae" Stoneback of Brevard, passed from this world into Heaven on the morning of Tuesday March 28, 2017. Born Sept. 18, 1921 in Phillipsburg, NJ, the daughter of Stewart and Martha Beatty, she was adopted and raised by "Pappy" Melchoir of Riegelsville PA and later by Margaret Seylar of Springtown PA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Stoneback...
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Paul Lester Brink

April 15, 1921 - March 28, 2017

Paul Lester Brink, age 95, of Brevard, NC passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Born April 15, 1921 in West View, PA, Paul was the son of the late Paul Tillman and Georgia (Bruce) Brink. At the age of twelve, his family moved to Johnstown. After graduation, Paul went to work for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was deployed during WWII to...
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James Lloyd Stanley

March 5, 1951 - March 28, 2017

James Lloyd Stanley, 66, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on March 28, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family. Jimmy was a native of Transylvania County, and was the son of the late D.C. "Dee" and Frances McKelvey Stanley. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Beth Barton and his sister-in-law, Winona Stanley. Jimmy was a loving husband, father, grandfather,...
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Peggy Lee Cobb

March 15, 1953 - March 27, 2017

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Bert Jones

January 28, 1931 - March 24, 2017

Born January 28, 1931, Bert Jones, 86, of the Lake Toxaway community peacefully went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 24, 2017 while at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. He was the son of the late Ben and Mary Jones of Lake Toxaway. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two children, Rhonda Diane and Ronald Wade Jones and two grandchildren, Bradley Allen Jones...
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Marguerite Elizabeth Johnson

October 23, 1925 - March 23, 2017

Marguerite "Peg" Anderson Johnson, 91, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. A native of Clinton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Mae Gibbons Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Gerald F. and Raymond B. Anderson and by her son Robert E. Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, George "Earle"...
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Hugh Gene Hackler

March 21, 2017

Hugh Gene Hackler, age 74, of Clinton, born in Lenoir City, TN, to Hugh Calloway and Martha Marie Jenkins Hackler, November 4, 1942 entered eternal rest, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at home. He is survived by sons, Gregory Scott (Myra) Hackler, Knoxville, Mark T. (Debbie) Isom, Jefferson City; and devoted daughter, Yoshan Lynise Hackler, Knoxville; brothers, Robert A. (Betty) Hackler, Charles R. ...
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Roland H. Enloe

January 29, 1924 - March 14, 2017

Roland H. Enloe, 93, passed away on March 14, 2017. He was the son of the late Herbert C. and Annie C. Enloe. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Wilma Picklesimer Enloe; his sister Louise E. Hogsed and brothers Carl A. Enloe and Judson H. Enloe. He was educated in the Judson, NC schools near Bryson City, NC. After graduating from high school, he...
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Melanie Ann Taylor

December 24, 1959 - March 6, 2017

Melanie Ann Taylor, 57, my sister and friend, peacefully passed into God's loving embrace on March 6, 2017 after a long illness. Melanie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve in the year 1959 to David Taylor and Charleen Mayson Taylor. She attended Polk Central High School and the University of North Carolina in Greensboro where she ultimately obtained her Master's Degree in...
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Michael Gary Lewis

February 11, 1958 - March 5, 2017

Michael Gary Lewis, 59, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, he was the son of the late Chester Junior Lewis and Ollie McKinna Lewis. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Parris. His survivors include his mother, Ollie M. Lewis; his children: Michael Lewis and wife Regina of Brevard...
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Mary Taylor Savino

August 30, 1953 - February 27, 2017

Brevard – Melissa Taylor Savino, 63, passed away at Mission Hospital in Asheville on Monday, February 27, 2017, subsequent to a long illness. Melissa was born August 30, 1953 in Fort Worth, TX to the late Margaret ("Genie") Callis Taylor of Memphis and the late Lawrence ("Larry") Taylor of Cedar Mountain. Melissa graduated from Memphis Wooddale High School in 1971, and attended Memphis ...
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Mary Rose Hoxit

February 6, 1947 - February 26, 2017

Mary Rose Owen Hoxit, 70, of Pisgah Forest, NC, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. A native of Pickens County, South Carolina,9 she was the daughter of the late Loren and Thelma Galloway Owen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Patsy Cagle, and her granddaughter, Sarah Beveridge. Mary and Roy enjoyed many years...
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Michael Dean Fratt

September 17, 1943 - February 23, 2017

Michael Dean Fratt, 73, of Flat Rock, NC, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017. A native of Pico Rivera, California, he was the son of the late William and Virginia Word Fratt. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Claudia Ann Fratt. He is survived by his children: Michele Deanne Rockwell and husband Todd of Medford, OR, Melanie Dawn King and husband...
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Florence Grogan

June 10, 1944 - February 19, 2017

Florence Collier Grogan, 72, of Hendersonville, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. A native of Mineola, New York, she was the daughter of the late James and Florence Cullman Collier. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Charles "Chuck" Grogan of Brevard. Her survivors include her children: James Saldutti and wife...
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Friedrich Josef Reidinger

June 22, 1926 - February 17, 2017

Friedrich J. "Fritz" Reidinger, 90, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017. Born in Steyrermuhl, Austria, he grew up in Linz, Austria. He first came to the United States as an exchange student to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and relocated permanently to this country to take a position as a research chemist with Olin Corporation. He worked his entire career with that company,...
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Martha M. Gaddy

February 9, 1944 - February 16, 2017

Martha Manley Gaddy, 73, of Hendersonville, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. A native of Brevard, she was the daughter of the late Robert Marion and Helen Coren Manley. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her son, James D. Owen, her sister, Pauline Styles, and her brother, Robert Manley. Her loving survivors include her...
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Joseph William Benson

February 15, 2017

Joseph William Benson went home to be with his Beloved Lord February 15, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, he was the eldest son of the late William Ralph and Julia Johnson Benson and was husband of Sue Benson, the most devoted and loving wife and caregiver a man could ever have. Survivors include his son Danny and wife Karen of Atlanta, Georgia, his step-daughter, Rebecca Rouland and...
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Jerry L Kinsey

January 16, 1952 - February 14, 2017

Jerry L. Kinsey, 65, of Brevard, Passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Arthur Jerry and Thelma Cordell Kinsey. His loving survivors include his wife, Teresa Baker Kinsey; daughter Stephanie K. Rigler; grandchildren Joshua Alexander Roberson and Kacey Lyndon Roberson; and his brother, Charles Wayne Kinsey and wife Donna of Brevard...
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Carolyn M Henley

December 6, 1931 - February 9, 2017

Carolyn M. Henley, 85, of Brevard, Passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017. A native of South Bend, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Sinclair and Kathryn Cummins Crispin. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Crispin. She lovingly doted on her children and then her grandchildren as well. An avid sports fan, football and basketball...
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Wayne Gilbert Hunter

September 1, 1946 - February 3, 2017

Wayne G. Hunter, 70 of Grover, NC passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home. A native of Brevard, he was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Angelina "Linda" Hunter. He was a 1964 graduate of Brevard High School, and had a lifelong love for the Brevard Blue Devils; first as a player and later as a volunteer. He retired from DuPont in Brevard, where he worked for 30 years. ...
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Remus Leroy Roper

February 2, 2017

Remus Leroy Roper, 75, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017. A native of Pickens County, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Remus Gilland and Clara Lee Ellen Johnson Roper. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Gail Cassell Roper and infant daughter Felecia Christine Roper. He served as a deacon for a number of years at...
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Howard "Stan" Rahn

December 21, 1947 - January 31, 2017

Howard Stansell Rahn, 69, of Leicester, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. A native of Hendersonville, he was the son of Elizabeth P. Rahn and the late Hermon Perry Rahn. He was a graduate of Western Carolina University and also a Veteran of the United States Air force. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth P. Rahn of Brevard; his son Samuel Evan Kerins of Chicago; and sisters Beth...
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Susan M. Cannon

April 1, 1942 - January 27, 2017

Susan M. Cannon, 74, of Brevard, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at her home after a lengthy illness. A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Dr. E. Gaine Cannon and Helen Robinson. Susan graduated from Georgia State University and had a long career with the Department of Energy and finished her career as a consultant. In retirement, she returned to her...
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Gertrude "Tood" Morris

February 2, 1923 - January 22, 2017

Gertrude "Tood" Whitson Morris, 93, of Etowah, NC passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Willard Rex Whitson and Ada Mitchell Whitson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, Straley Howard "Boots" Morris who died in 2014, three brothers; Paul, Earl and Buster Whitson, and one sister; Polly Bowen. She is survived by one...
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LeRoy "Heath" Allison

June 9, 1933 - January 21, 2017

LeRoy "Heath" Allison, of Pisgah Forest, NC went to his heavenly home Saturday, January 21, 2017. He was a son of the late Dorse and Sadie Allison. He was preceded in death by a sister; Agnes Jones. Heath was born June 9, 1933 in Cedar Mountain, NC and was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. He is a member of Carr's Hill Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon and...
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Thomas Gordon Smith

July 29, 1942 - January 16, 2017

Thomas Gordon Smith, 74, of Horse Shoe, NC, passed away on January 16, 2017 at Four Seasons Elizabeth House, Flat Rock, NC. He was a son of the late Gordon and Bernice Badmone Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two daughters; Deanna and Renee, two brothers; Perry and Barry Smith and two sisters; Ellen and Donna. Tom was a Veteran serving in the US Navy during the...
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Dorothy Ann Drake

January 10, 2017

Dorothy "Lady Drake" Drake, 78, of Rosman, NC, passed away on January 10, 2017. Dorothy Ann Drake was born in Washington, DC to Russell & Vivian Drake on June 10, 1938. She is preceded in death by her parents, 4 siblings (Ronald Drake, Russell Drake, Joyce McKnight and Bobbie Drake) and her son Clinton G. Smith. Dorothy worked as a RN for 35 years and was a veteran of US Army. Ms. Dorothy ...
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Katherine M. Heinlein

March 4, 1925 - January 8, 2017

Katherine Mary Kunz Heinlein, 91, of Cashiers, formerly of Warrenville and Wheaton, Illinois, passed away on January 8, 2016 at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, NC. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Magdeline Gall Kunz. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert G. Heinlein. Preceeding her in death were...
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Melissa Ann Snyder

May 21, 1972 - January 7, 2017

Melissa Ann Snyder, 44, of Rosman, NC, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of Patricia Ann Holden and the late Calvin Houston Sullinger. Her loving survivors include her mother, Patricia Ann Holden and husband Perry Holden of Rosman; daughters Tiffany Galloway and husband Charlie and Merranda Snyder; brothers Alton Houston Sullinger...
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Mary Elizabeth Traywick

August 20, 1920 - December 29, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Traywick, 96, of Brevard, passed away on December 29, 2016. A native of McCormick County, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Walter Jones and Sarah Jane Turner Richardson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Wayne Traywick and son Colin Haigler Traywick. The youngest, and last surviving of eight children, she was a...
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Roy A. Davenport

July 28, 1940 - December 27, 2016

Rev. Roy A. Davenport, 76, of Brevard, passed into Christ's glorious presence on December 27, 2016. A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, he was the son of the late Bernard Edward and Josephine Mary Woodland Davenport. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son Jeremy Davenport, brothers Jerry Davenport, Paul Davenport, Gene Davenport, Ben Davenport and Dale Davenport, and...
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Jerry Eugene Ellis

April 15, 1949 - December 24, 2016

Jerry Eugene Ellis, 67, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on December 24, 2016. A native of Transylvania County, NC, he was the son of the late Thomas Henry and Blanche Bradford Ellis. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Harold Ellis. After graduating from Brevard High School Jerry remained faithful to the school as a member of the Brevard Alumni Association and...
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Raymond Richard McCants

July 4, 1943 - December 18, 2016

Raymond Richard McCants, 73, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Charlie McCants and Ellen Williams McCants. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by five siblings. A United States Navy Veteran, Mr. McCants was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Brevard. He was a loving...
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Pauline Gillespie Nicholson

September 21, 1919 - December 14, 2016

Pauline Gillespie Nicholson, 97, of Brevard, Passed away on December 14, 2016. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Emma Adeline Baker Gillespie. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband William T. Nicholson, and her nine siblings: James, Arthur, Virgil, Elza, Freeman and Jesse Gillespie and Nola Rogers, Wilma Wright...
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Rebecca Joy Richardson

July 18, 1946 - December 13, 2016

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Valera Ann Dortmundt

August 24, 1931 - December 8, 2016

Valera Ann Dortmundt, 85, went home to be with the Lord on December 8, 2016. A loving wife, mother, and a longtime member of Carr's Hill Baptist Church. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Dortmundt and a son Linwood Dortmundt. She epitomized the virtuous woman. She cared for a husband, children and home as well as extended family and others in her community. She grew...
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Billy Kenneth Hensley

September 9, 1940 - December 7, 2016

Billy Kenneth "Ken" Hensley, 76, of Brevard, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Tore's Home in Brevard after completing a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. A native of Yancey County, NC, he had lived in Transylvania County since the age of 5. He was the son of the late Warren and Robbie Elliott Hensley. His courage has inspired many and he will always be remembered...
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Ruth J Whitmire

December 17, 1932 - December 5, 2016

Ruth Jarrett Whitmire, 92, of Brevard, passed away on December 5, 2016 at Kingsbridge House. A native of Transylvania County, she was born December 17, 1923 to the late William and Pearl Galloway Jarrett. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband John Baxter "JB" Whitmire, son, Landell Whitmire, daughter Marcella Zachary and grandson Seth Whitmire. A woman of...
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Noel Artache

April 18, 1959 - December 2, 2016

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Mildred Givens Jaggard

July 13, 1933 - December 1, 2016

Mildred Givens Jaggard, 83, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Woodbury, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Maude Campen Givens. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Givens, Jr. "The Fudge Lady" will fondly be remembered by many around Brevard for making and...
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Kenneth B. Wyatt

June 25, 1927 - November 27, 2016

Kenneth Bell Wyatt of Brevard, North Carolina was 89 years old when he went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Ken was a native of Brevard and was the son of the late Howard Douglas and Beezie Bracken Wyatt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by both of his brothers, Howard Douglas Wyatt, Jr. and Bradley Wyatt and his nephew, Charlie Wyatt. Ken is...
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Linda Ann Stevenson

September 16, 1940 - November 26, 2016

Linda Ann Matheson Stevenson, 76, of Hendersonville, passed away at Transylvania Regional Hospital on November 26, 2016. She was born September 16, 1940 to the late Harold Melvin and Aileen Sanders Matheson. She was preceded in death by her husband Donny Pennell Stevenson, a son, George Anthony Stevenson and a brother, Terry Matheson. Linda was a longtime resident of Townville, SC where she...
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Nancy Allyn Caldwell

January 18, 1955 - November 17, 2016

Nancy Allyn Caldwell, 61, of Connestee Falls passed away peacefully at her home on November 17. A native of Arlington, Virginia, she is the daughter of Carolyn R. Woltemate and the late Robert Allan Caldwell. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her husband, David McCracken. With a heart as big as all outdoors, she was a loving, caring and giving person to all she met...
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Ivah Bernice Duncan

February 7, 1917 - November 15, 2016

Ivah Bernice Duncan (nee Dale) passed away peacefully in her home in Brevard, NC on November 15, 2016. She was 99 and 3/4 years old. Ivah was born in Newfane, NY on February 7, 1917, the daughter of the late Raymond and Blanche (Silsby) Dale. Ivah was the youngest of six children, all of whom have preceded her in death. Ivah married Wayne G. Duncan on April 14, 1937 in Niagara Falls, NY. ...
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Frances Creek Waser

November 9, 1934 - November 10, 2016

Frances C. "Fran" Waser, 82, of Brevard, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Tore's Home of Brevard. Born November 9, 1934 in Hancock MD she was the daughter of Thomas Roy Creek, Sr. and Helen Angle Creek. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers Thomas Creek Jr. and wife Mary, and Charles Creek; sisters Dorcas Cox and husband Bob, and Dorothea Harvey;...
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