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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

Jack Allen Essenberg

June 20, 1934 - September 19, 2018

Jack Essenberg, 84, of Brevard, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Tore's Home. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., he was a son of the late Jacob and Martha Degroot Essenberg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Kay Essenberg, a sister; Florence Heuvelhorst, and two brother-in-law's; Max Heuvelhorst and Robert Veldman. Jack followed in his...
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James "Jim" Wright

April 11, 1932 - September 17, 2018

James "Jim" Brown Wright, 86, of Brevard, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of the late Edward and Mary Margaret Dunley Wright. A graduate of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, he joined the United States Army in 1952 and served during the Korean Conflict. In 1954 he returned to school and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1956. ...
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William Robert Knowlan

January 26, 1930 - September 17, 2018

William Robert Knowlan, 88, of Hendersonville, passed away on September 17, 2018 at Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late James and Katherine Schoeffer Knowlan. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Michael Knowlan, his brother James Knowlan and his sister Catherine Taft. A land surveyor by trade,...
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Ellis Devoia Galloway

June 25, 1947 - September 17, 2018

Ellis Devoia "Red" Galloway, 71, of Balsam Grove, found peace and comfort on September 17, 2018 after a lengthy illness. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Ellis P. and Cornelia Galloway. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Tony L. Galloway. He graduated from Rosman High School before serving in the United States Air Force. Red's...
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Marcine Kathryn Moore

September 14, 2018

Marcine Kathryn Hummel Moore, 93, of Brevard, NC, died peacefully on Friday, September 14, 2018, after a short illness. Marcine was a homemaker and a dearly loved friend to many. She had a sharp mind and a shrewd sense of humor, was an avid bridge player, and pieced together more than a thousand jigsaw puzzles. She was born on September 26, 1924, and raised in Morrisdale, PA, the daughter of...
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Wanda Sue Huff Hudson

July 6, 1935 - September 13, 2018

Wanda Sue Huff Hudson, 83, died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at her residence. She lived in Lakeland for 53 years, and formerly lived in Wolf Creek, TN, Brevard, NC, Ft. Bragg, NC, Germany and Panama Canal Zone. Before working at the Tampa Tribune as an Ad Compositor she was a Homemaker. She attended Highland Park Church in Lakeland, FL and lived in Bonny Shores Mobile Home Park from 1974-2015. ...
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Charles Camby Sentelle

May 3, 1933 - September 13, 2018

Charles Camby Sentelle, 85, of Pisgah Forest, NC passed away September 13, 2018 at Accordius Health at Brevard (formerly Brian Center). He was a son of the late Jethro and Tunia Frances Burns Sentelle. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Infant J. C. Sentelle, Thelma Merrill, Eva Rogers, Frazier Sentelle, Faye Simms and Orville Sentelle. A native of...
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Irene Farash

April 4, 1938 - September 9, 2018

Irene H. Farash, 80, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville. She was born in New York City, New York to Pantelis and Anna Hagicostas. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack) Farash; her sister Mary Demas and her brothers Nicholas Hagicostas and Peter Hagicostas. Irene will be best...
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Dora "Dee" Brennan

December 8, 1924 - September 6, 2018

Dora "Dee" Pybus Brennan, 93, of Brevard, went home to be with the Lord on September 6, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Mae Mitchell Pybus. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, the late James Brennan. A native of Morris County, New Jersey, she lived in Morris and Sumerset Counties until 1990 when she and her husband, James, moved...
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Delma Lorene Reynolds

September 1, 1930 - September 1, 2018

Mrs. Delma Sams Reynolds, 88, of East Flat Rock, NC passed away on her birthday, September 1, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Ervin and Edna Dill Sams. Mrs. Reynolds worked at General Electric for 21 years as a coil winder retiring in 1991. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, William Reynolds and one son, Ron Vick of Hendersonville. No services are planned at this...
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Chad Larry Stiles

November 4, 1976 - August 30, 2018

Chad Larry Stiles, 41, of Rosman, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018. A native of Henderson County, he was the son of Larry Gale Stiles and the late Madonna Ruth Chastain Stiles. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Coke Bayne and his step-mother, Susan Carol Bayne. Along with his father, survivors include his sister, Sabrina Reed (Mark), sister...
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Thomas Arthur St. John, Jr.

March 13, 1948 - August 30, 2018

Thomas Arthur St. John, Jr., 70, of Brevard, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was born March 13, 1948, in Camden, NJ, and was the son of the late Thomas Arthur St. John, Sr. and Elizabeth Mary St. John. He graduated from St. Joseph's College, and received his doctorate of medicine from Jefferson Medical College, both in Philadelphia. He completed a...
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Imogene M. Eaker

January 4, 1923 - August 30, 2018

Imogene Monteith Eaker, 95, of Brevard, died on August 30, 2018, at Kingsbridge House. Imogene was born January 4, 1923, in Valleytown, Cherokee County, NC to the late Harley Bowen and Dixie Moss Monteith. She was raised in Bushnell, NC and graduated from Swain County High School. Imogene moved to Brevard in the early 1940's, where she was an active participant in her community. She met her...
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Aubrey "Orb" McCrary

February 4, 1957 - August 25, 2018

Aubrey "Orb" McCrary, 61, of Penrose, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Joseph's Critical Care Unit in Asheville, NC. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of Myrtle Hoxit McCrary and the late Louis Sherwood McCrary. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his nephew, Travis Lee Cox. Aubrey was a loving and caring son and brother to his...
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William George Ray

November 1, 1932 - August 23, 2018

William George Ray, 85, played his last jazz on earth on August 23, 2018, in Brevard, NC. He was the son of the late Edward and Lucille Macon Ray of Waco, Texas. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Kimela Ray, his brothers Buddy and Ernie and his sisters Patsy and Carol Leidig. He was known as "The Man with the Golden Hands," whether playing music or...
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Louise C. Austin

January 14, 1937 - August 23, 2018

Louise C. Austin, 81, of Etowah, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, August 23, 2018. A native of Henderson County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Ruby Freeman Coston. A member of Etowah Baptist Church, she was graduate of Brevard College. She retired from AT&T (formerly Southern Bell) after a thirty-five years of service. Her survivors include her husband...
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Hazel Anderson Adams

January 18, 1917 - August 21, 2018

Hazel Irene Anderson Adams went home to her Saviour on August at home in Pisgah Forest, NC at the age of 101 years. Born in New Bedford, MA in 1917, she grew up in North Easton, MA, graduating from Oliver Ames High School. She studied dressmaking and design at the McDowell School of Costume Design in New York City where she met and married her husband Richard at the Metropolitan Dwayne Methodist...
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Alfred C "Al or A.C." Gregg, Jr

July 12, 1930 - August 16, 2018

Alfred C. "Al" or "A.C." Gregg, Jr. 88, of Brevard, passed away on August 16, 2018. He was born in Belmont, North Carolina, to the late Alfred C. and Elizabeth Mae Butler Gregg. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Dolores Gayleen Sells Gregg in January 2007 and his sister Frances Stewart. Al grew up in Greensboro, NC, attended Lindley...
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Rachel "Becky" Brown

June 5, 1925 - August 11, 2018

Rachael (Becky) Donaldson Brown went to be with the Lord on August 11, 2018 at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Elba Donaldson; husband, Fred W. Brown; one son Donald F. Brown; five brothers, Roy, Grady, Bill, Lloyd (Dub), Milas (Mile); and two sisters, Ruth Donaldson Pitts and Janie Donaldson Shook. She was with Transylvania County...
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Kenneth Truman Brissey

April 30, 1943 - August 9, 2018

Kenneth Truman Brissey, 75, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Charles F. George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. A native of Pickens, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Truman David and Georgia Susan Marcus Brissey. A Veteran having served in the United States Navy, he was retired from Ecusta where he worked as a laser operator. A member of Little Cove Baptist...
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Edward Clinton Paxton

July 8, 1943 - August 5, 2018

Edward Clinton Paxton, 75, of Brevard, passed away on August 5, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late A.M. Paxton, Jr., and the late Marie Moore Paxton. A volunteer with the Brevard Fire Department for 28 years, he also enjoyed his work as a volunteer with the Transylvania County Sheriff's Department and was a member of the VFW. He loved the outdoors and his garden,...
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James "Jimmy" William (Rowe) Cornwell

February 24, 1938 - August 3, 2018

James "Jimmy" William (Rowe) Cornwell of Penrose, NC passed away on Aug 2, 2018 at his home with family by his side. He was born Feb 24, 1938 in Arcadia, Florida, to the late Vivian Mullens and James Harold Rowe. After his fathers' passing in WWII, his mother and younger sister Camille, moved to Long Island, NY to be with family. Years later, his Mom met and married Howard Cornwell who...
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James Furman Owen

October 3, 1929 - July 28, 2018

James Furman Owen, 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at his home after a brief struggle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. A native of Transylvania County, he was the youngest and last surviving of the eleven children of the late James Robert "Robbie" Owen and Lura Sylvitha Galloway Owen of the Silversteen Community. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Freddie McCoy Leggett

August 8, 1944 - July 27, 2018

Freddie McCoy Leggett, 73, of Penrose, passed away peacefully on Friday July 27th, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family. Freddie was born August 8th, 1944 in Robersonville, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Silas McCoy and Elsie Lee Bullock Leggett. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Leggett, sister Deanna Whitley, sister Shelby Whitaker,...
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Dorothy Jeane Eskew

March 14, 1941 - July 17, 2018

Dorothy Jeane Eskew, 77, of Bakersville, NC (formerly of Hendersonville, NC). She was born on the family property, retired to the home place on the same property and passed away peacefully there on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Ray and Nettie Ruth Gouge Grindstaff. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randall Eskew and her...
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Raymond Cecil Sawyer

December 3, 1925 - July 14, 2018

Raymond Cecil Sawyer, 92, died July 14, 2018 in Brevard, NC. He was born in Elizabeth City, NC, to the late Delia and George Sawyer. He is survived by his children, David Sawyer of Apex, Paul Sawyer (Denise) of Brevard, Elizabeth Harrod (Ron) of Cary, and Amy Sawyer (Teri) of Wake Forest; grandchildren, Nathaniel (Kristen) Sawyer, Samuel Sawyer, Jonathan Sawyer, Benjamin Sawyer, Paul Sawyer,...
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Steven William Landrigan

May 13, 1948 - July 8, 2018

Steven William Landrigan, 70, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Born in Bayshore, New York, he was the son of the late William Francis and Olga Elizabeth Stearn Landrigan. A graduate of Curry College, he received his Master's Degree from New York University (NYU) where he received training to begin his lifelong career in Psychiatric Social Work. He greatly enjoyed hiking...
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David Jack Crane

February 28, 1947 - July 6, 2018

David Jack Crane, 71, an admirable gentleman, who was cherished by his family and friends, passed peacefully on July 6, 2018 in Augusta, GA.David was born on February 28, 1947 to Charles and Nora Crane. He was preceded in death by his brothers Jimmy and Joe Crane, and niece Amy Buchanan and her husband Garrett. He grew up in the East Fork Community of Brevard, NC. He served as a helicopter crew...
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Randall Eskew

December 24, 1939 - July 2, 2018

Randall Eskew, 78, of Spruce Pine, NC passed away July 2, 2018 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital with his wife by his side. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Teasley and Rosa Lee Teague Eskew. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Raymond Eskew. He served his country proudly for 22 years in the US Air Force serving in the...
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Allen Wayne Chilson

May 3, 1935 - June 30, 2018

Allen Wayne Chilson, 83, of Brevard, passed away on June 30, 2018. Born in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of the late Wayne Allen and Belva Fisher Chilson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by grandson, Jeremy Chilson, granddaughter Jessie Arnold, and his great-granddaughter Soren Chilson. A 1955 Graduate of State University of New York at Alfred, he retired from IBM...
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Robert Glyndwr Walters

August 10, 1927 - June 25, 2018

It is with deep sadness that the family of Robert G. Walters shares the news that he passed away on June 25, 2018, at age 90. Bob, a resident of Brevard since 1992, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After serving in the United States Army Air Forces, he studied industrial engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he met his wife-to-be Gailey (Bedorf). After graduation Bob...
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Alma K. Spicer

May 16, 1919 - June 24, 2018

Alma Kirstein Spicer, 99, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018. A native of Asheville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Ewald Carl and Levia McBrayer Kirstein. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, George Thurston Spicer, and her brother Alvin Ewald Kirstein, who was killed during World War II. Blessed with 99 years of life, Alma...
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Robert Joseph Nicholson

October 1, 1932 - June 18, 2018

Robert J. (Bobby Joe) Nicholson, 85, 0f Brevard, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was the son of the late Guy and Lessie Neely Nicholson. After his father's death in 1938, he and his mother moved to Brevard to be close to relatives. He was proud to be part of Brevard and Transylvania County. He married his high school sweetheart, Judith Ann Mann, and enjoyed 67...
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Charlotte Davidson

June 29, 1923 - June 7, 2018

Charlotte Davidson, 94, of Brevard, passed away on June 7, 2018. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Charlotte immigrated to Port Huron, Michigan during the sixties, to head the Nursing Program at St. Clair County Community College, before retiring to Brevard, North Carolina in 1983. Charlotte had a wanderlust for being on the road and has travelled the world enjoying the sights and cultures that she...
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Quentin McCrary Clark

May 14, 1931 - June 5, 2018

Quentin Clark, Jr., of Brevard, NC passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Mr. Clark was the firstborn son of Lillian Pacetty Clark from Tampa, FL, and Quentin Clark, Sr. He spent most of his childhood in Bladen County, NC, where his ancestors had lived since colonial times, making their living from turpentine, timber and tobacco. The sandy roads and loblolly forests of Bladen provided...
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Steven Russell Talley

September 28, 1961 - June 5, 2018

Steven Russell Talley, 56, of Morganton, NC passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton, NC. A native of Brevard, he was the son of the late William Russell and Velma McCarson Talley. He had been a resident of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton for most of his life. He loved being outside where he could enjoy the sunshine, ...
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Robert Owens Kunzmann

August 5, 1940 - June 5, 2018

Robert Owen Kunzmann, 77, of Brevard, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Brian Center in Brevard. Born in West Haven, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Louis William and Bessie Williams Kunzmann. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Susan Kunzmann. A graduate of Colgate University, he was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard...
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Phyllis Joan Feit

May 2, 1929 - June 5, 2018

Phyllis Joan Feit, 89, of Brevard, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. A native of New York, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Maxfield. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John N. Feit. She was a graduate of Barnard College for Women in New York and later became the editor in the newspaper industry. She is survived by her son, Robert Feit of...
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David S. McCoy

March 17, 1947 - June 2, 2018

David Sheridan McCoy, 71, of Brevard, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Brian Center. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late Joseph Grant and Elsie Brooks McCoy. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers Sylvester and Warren McCoy and his sisters Stella Nicholson, Helen McCoy, Hazel Franks, Katherine Owen and Anna Orr. He served in the...
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Richard "Dick" Dran

June 27, 1932 - May 28, 2018

Richard "Dick" Dran, 85, of Pisgah Forest, NC passed away Monday, May 28, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Pat Dran. They have lived in Pisgah Forest for 16 years. He loved laughing with friends over a good seafood dinner. He was also an avid golfer. No local services are planned.
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Jessie M. Thomas

October 12, 1947 - May 26, 2018

Jessie Mae Owen Thomas, 70, of Lake Toxaway, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018. A lifelong resident of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Rufus and Ida Mae Fisher Owen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers Bud Owen and David Owen and her sister, Elaine Sleeth and heart-felt son Danny Galloway. A woman of strong character that was...
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George Charles Stanton

June 5, 1938 - May 20, 2018

George Charles Stanton, 79, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at The Oaks of Brevard. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late George Francis and Mildred Ruth Johnson Stanton. George graduated from Beloit College in 1960 with a degree in economics. He was a member of the Land of Waterfalls camera club, was a volunteer at the Brevard Music Center and Transylvania...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Raulerson

January 13, 1923 - May 20, 2018

Elizabeth "Betty" Raulerson, 95, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018. A native of Wauchula, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Albert Werner and Eula Mae Ricketts Fitzgerald. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands J.L. Branch and Allen Raulerson and daughters Norma Yohn and Patsy Smith and sons Larry Branch and Cherry Branch. ...
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Fred Uebele

April 12, 1927 - May 17, 2018

Fred Uebele of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Born April 12, 1927 in Germany, he was the son of the late Johannes and Pauline Schuler Uebele. He came to The United States in 1954 and became a United States citizen. He was employed at the IBM Research Facility in San Jose , California for over thirty-five years. He won several awards with IBM for his work as a mechanical...
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Margaret "Peg" Hall

March 31, 1950 - May 15, 2018

Margaret Westervelt (Peg) Hall, 68, died peacefully in her Cedar Mountain home on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Peg is survived by Geraldine (Gerry) Azzata, her beloved partner of 34 years, and a large loving community of friends and relatives. Peg was an example for all of how to live a full and generous life, even in the midst of illness. She believed in social justice, spirituality, and the...
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Lillian Christine Bell

December 7, 1934 - May 13, 2018

Lillian Christine Bell, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 13, 2018 after a brief illness. A native of Cashiers, NC, she was the daughter of the late Chrissie Addison and Susan Estelle Rice. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Carrol Rice, Troy Rice and Verner Rice; and her daughter Teresa Barton. She had been married to Charles Bell of Hull...
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MaryAnn Gordon Martin

October 9, 1927 - May 12, 2018

MaryAnn Gordon Martin, 90, of Brevard, NC, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2018. MaryAnn was the daughter of the late Hugh and Mary Gordon and the loving wife of Andy Martin for 62 years. MaryAnn was born on October 9, 1927 in Watkinsville, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to complete a Masters in Social Work at Tulane University. MaryAnn worked in...
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Betty Allen McMillan Hudson

September 6, 1936 - May 11, 2018

Betty Allen McMillan Hudson, 81, of Brevard, passed on May 11, 2018. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Henry Jordan and Sarah Elizabeth Parsons Allen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, John H. McMillan, Jr. (1999) and Edward Osborne "E.O." Hudson, Jr. (2012), and sister-in-law Steven (Stevie) Coyle Allen. After...
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Carol Branning

May 6, 1937 - May 11, 2018

Carol Branning, 81, passed away on May 11, 2018 at her home in Brevard, NC following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held in the auditorium at College Walk at 10 am on Monday, May 14, 2018. Carol will be interred in Panama City, Florida on May 18, 2018. Carol was born to Doyal and Margaret Pinkard on May 6, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia. Carol graduated from Coral Gables High School...
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Ellen Mildred Tawney

July 30, 1917 - May 9, 2018

Ellen Mildred Tawney passed away May 9th, 2018 at the age of 100. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John A. Towle and Bertha (Trauger) Towle. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Tawney and her brother, Lester Towle. She graduated from Huron Road Hospital School of Nursing, 1938 and Brevard College, 1973. She moved to Brevard in 1964 with her...
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Shirley Ann Lilge

October 4, 1935 - May 7, 2018

Shirley Ann Lilge, 82, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Ruth Emma Louise Markey Lilge. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her nephew, Michael Hefner, niece Georgialee Daniels and sisters Donna Daniels and Mae Jean Sheerin. She retired from Cleveland State University as a math...
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Matthew Coy Whitmire

August 5, 1991 - April 29, 2018

Matthew C. Whitmire, 26, of Rosman, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of Brian K. Whitmire and Sabrina Thomas Rankin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.C. and Joretta Whitmire. Matt loved his family and friends and of course his dogs, Fred and Nala. A true "gear-head" because of his love for cars and trucks, he enjoyed being...
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Fred M. Osteen, Jr

September 25, 1938 - April 27, 2018

Fred M. Osteen, Jr. age 79 of Brevard North Carolina passed Friday April 27, 2018. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Fred and Lillian Osteen. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his nephew, Scott Osteen. A United States Marine Corps Veteran, Fred met his wife Ruth while attending Brevard College before furthering his education at...
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John Roy Garren

October 9, 1929 - April 23, 2018

John Roy Garren, a lifelong native and resident of Transylvania County, went to his heavenly home on the morning of April 23, 2018. He was born on October 9, 1929, to Henry Edgar Garren, Sr. and Eva Galloway Garren. He grew up in Brevard and graduated from Brevard High School in 1947. Roy married the love of his life, Margaret Evelyn Benson on December 24, 1952. They had over 65 beautiful years...
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Lois Whitmire Beshears

February 25, 1934 - April 13, 2018

Lois Whitmire Beshears, 84, of Brevard passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil R. Whitmire and Iva Sanders Whitmire. She is also preceded in death by her husband Gene Beshears of Wilkesboro, North Carolina. She is survived by her son Wayne Brown and wife Pam, of Brevard; her daughter Linda Hamilton and husband Ron, of New...
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Patricia "Pat" Galbraith Austin

November 28, 1927 - April 12, 2018

Patricia (Pat) Galbraith Austin, 90, passed away at Tore's Homes on April 12, 2018 after a period of declining health. Born in Brevard in 1927 to William C. and Mildred Austin, who preceded her in death, as did brother William S. and sister Jeanette Austin. She is survived by her sister, Joan Keirstead (Richard), nephews Steven and James Keirstead and great-nephew Nicholas Keirstead and great...
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Charles D. Cowan

October 19, 1922 - April 8, 2018

Charles DeHart Cowan, was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior on April 8, 2018 after losing his brilliant mind and body to a bitter, yet brave, battle with dementia. Charles Dehart Cowan "Charlie" was born to William Hamilton Cowan and Georgia Zada Cowan on October 19, 1922, in St. Louis, MO. One of his first childhood achievements was earning his Eagle Scout. As a young teen, Charlie made the...
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Betty Johnson Harrison

November 28, 1923 - March 30, 2018

Betty Johnson Harrison, 94, of Brevard, NC, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, after a short illness. Born in West Haven, CT, on November 28, 1923, she was the daughter of Arnold D. and Bessie W. Johnson. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Hartford Seminary, and a Master's degree in Christian Education from Scarritt College in Nashville, TN. ...
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Betty Horton McIlwain

March 12, 1924 - March 27, 2018

Betty Horton McIlwain, 94, of Brevard passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She was born in Lancaster, South Carolina to James Pierce Horton, Sr. and Ida Grace Cauthen Horton, both of whom preceded her in death. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James Harold McIlwain. Survivors include her children Marc...
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Barbara C Prugh

December 29, 1936 - March 25, 2018

Barbara Calloway Prugh, 81, of Brevard passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at her home. She was born in Asheboro, NC to Lawrence M. Calloway and Ruby Cope Calloway, both of whom preceded her in death. Survivors include her sister, Martha Sheriff and husband, Tom; her niece Kim Wall and husband Chris; her children: daughter Susan Hagen and husband Michael of Canton, MI, daughter Amy Hopper...
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Virgil Carlton Stiles

April 18, 1927 - March 25, 2018

Virgil Carlton Stiles, 90, of Penrose, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at The Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Born in Macon County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Claud Daniel and Rhoda Stockton Stiles. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers Harry Stiles, John Stiles, Gene Stiles and William Stiles. A United States Army...
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Lois Ann Holden

September 11, 1940 - March 24, 2018

Lois Ann Holden, 77, of Brevard, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Tildon and Nettie Orr Holden. A member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church, she had worked at Ecusta for several years and enjoyed reading and listening to gospel music. She is survived by her sister, Linda C. Holden; and her cousins Dennis Walker, Mary...
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Charlotte C. Cole

December 23, 1929 - March 21, 2018

Charlotte C. Cole, 88, of Brevard, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2018 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Irvington, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Perry B. and Elsie Erhard Hasenzahl. An active member and supporter of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, she enjoyed her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, Transylvania Regional Hospital and...
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Hale "Guis" Siniard, Jr.

August 24, 1922 - March 16, 2018

The family of Hale Siniard, Jr., "Guis" to most, want to express their sincere gratitude for and pride in the remarkable life that he lived and his undying love. He was born August 24, 1922 and left us on March 16, 2018. Guis was the husband of Audrey Auvil Siniard for 70 years. Their love for each other and their family was a blessing to us all. He was the beloved father of Ray, Linda,...
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Sharyn Quivey Tuers

May 17, 1947 - March 9, 2018

Sharyn Quivey Tuers, 70, of Connestee Falls, died Friday, March 9, at Transylvania Regional Hospital after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sharyn was born May 17, 1947 in Middletown, N.J., to John and Elizabeth Quivey. She was the second of five girls. She spent much of her life at the Jersey Shore and was a graduate of Syracuse University, with a bachelors degree in...
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Robert Carl Hering

May 6, 1932 - March 9, 2018

Robert Carl Hering, 85, of Penrose, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Floral Park, NY, he was the son of the late Carl Fredrick and Elsie Kearn Hering. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Hering. A 33 year retired veteran of the US Navy, he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer....
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Carroll "Carl" Leach

August 11, 1933 - March 8, 2018

Carroll "Carl" Leach, 84, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Elijah Buel and Mary Susan Rains Leach. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Gene Leach and his granddaughter Renee Atterholt Beebe. A veteran of the U S Air Force, he was a graduate of Garfield School and attended Kent...
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Jacquelyn "Jackie" Richards

January 26, 1939 - March 6, 2018

Jacquelyn "Jackie" Richards, 79, of Brevard, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. A native of Orrum, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late John Emil and Claire Heller Richards. Jackie received her Bachelor's Degree from King University (formerly King College) in Bristol, TN and then a Master's Degree in Christian Education at Presbyterian School...
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Dorothy H. Ward

November 7, 1922 - March 6, 2018

Dorothy H. Ward, 95, of Brevard, passed away on Tuesday, March 6.2018. A native of Newton Heights, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Edward Whiteford and Ardelle Harriet Southworth Ward. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, George A. Ward and brother Ed Hunter. She enjoyed her numerous friends at College Walk and the many trips she made with...
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Diane Lynn Jackman

October 20, 1952 - March 6, 2018

Diane Lynn Jackman, 65, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. A native of Moline, Illinois, she was the daughter of Marilyn Jean Eckelberry Sullivan and the late Charles Sullivan. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her nephew, Ryan Dieterich. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence John Jackman; sisters,...
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Dorah Elizabeth Smith

May 6, 1925 - March 3, 2018

Dorah Elizabeth Williams Smith, 92, of Brevard, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018. A native of Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of the late Chevalier Dewitt and Elizabeth Perry Williams. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband Harry Delmar Smith and her brother, Chevalier Dewitt "Buddy" Williams, Jr. An avid watercolorist and musician, she was also a...
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Michael "Butch" Kilpatrick

April 22, 1945 - February 28, 2018

Michael "Butch" Kilpatrick, 72, of Horse Shoe, NC passed away on Wednesday, February, 28, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, he was a son of the late Onie M. Kilpatrick and Annie Mae Brackett Kilpatrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death five sisters; Alma Frady, Effie Stamey, Louise Hall, Edna Brown and Libby Praytor, two brothers; Junior Kilpatrick and Joe Kilpatrick. ...
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William "Billy" Brittain

May 6, 1966 - February 26, 2018

William Leo "Billy" Brittain passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, he was a long-time resident of Transylvania County. He was the son of the late Wilburn and Margaret Ellen Holden Brittain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lucinda Gail Brittain Mullinax, and his brothers, Tommy Wilburn Brittain and Randall Brittain. A...
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Marie T. Johnson

January 24, 1931 - February 26, 2018

Marie T. Johnson, 87, of Brevard, NC, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Leo Heckler and Helen Marie Shieldmeyer Heckler. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Todd Thayer Johnson who died in 2010. She studied at Juilliard School of Music and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She loved music...
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Harold Lawrence "Rooster" Siniard

May 18, 1923 - February 25, 2018

Harold Lawrence "Rooster" Siniard, 94, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of the late J.N. "Sneed" and Mary Jane Fortune Siniard. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother Jerry Wayne Siniard and sisters Lillie Siniard and Lucille Siniard Cain. He was a World War II Veteran, enlisting just after...
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James Henry Self

February 19, 1944 - February 24, 2018

James Henry Self, 74, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. A native of Cobb County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Henry David and Ada Adair Self. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers Thomas Alton Self and William David Self and his sisters Mary Elizabeth Fisher, Sarah Frances Self and Ida...
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George "Rick" Capps

May 21, 1952 - February 23, 2018

George "Rick" Capps, 65, of Brevard, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018. A native of Henderson County, NC, he was the son of the late Woodrow Monroe and Ernestine Marjorie Ward Capps. A welding instructor with Job Corps for almost 20 years, he was an avid music lover and guitarist, he also was a member of a Christian rock band for a time . His loving survivors include his wife, Dianne...
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Dolly K. Bryson

February 19, 1929 - February 19, 2018

Dolly K. Bryson, 89, of Brevard, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 on her 89th birthday. Born in Pickens County, South Carolina, she was a long-time Transylvania County resident and was the founder of Dolly's Dairy Bar in Pisgah Forest. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Emma Evett Kelley. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Van Bryson, her...
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Harry Delmar Smith

May 5, 1925 - February 19, 2018

Harry Delmar Smith, 92, of Brevard, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018. A native of Dundee, NY, he was the son of the late Charles Frederick and Gladys Stanton Smith. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister, June Miller, and his brothers William Smith and Frederick Smith. A World War II Navy veteran, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell...
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Susan Lynn Horn

January 30, 1947 - February 15, 2018

Susan Lucky Horn, 71, of Brevard, NC died February 15, 2018 after a brief and brave battle with cancer. She was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was born in Ruston, Louisiana and after graduating first in her class at Jonesboro-Hodge High School, she attended Louisiana Tech University, eventually earning her masters degree in mathematics. After teaching in several high...
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Jane McLean Edwards

November 18, 1942 - February 12, 2018

Jane McLean Edwards, 75, of Pisgah Forest, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2017. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late William Elmer and Leona Louise Wilson McLean. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Arlene McLean. A member of Beulah Baptist Church, she was also retired from Ecusta after years of service. She enjoyed reading...
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Paul Stephen Patterson

January 22, 1969 - February 10, 2018

Paul Stephen Patterson, 49, of Brevard, passed away on February 10, 2018. A native of Transylvania County, he was the son of his late mother Patsy Ann Galloway Patterson and his father Rev. Everette B. Patterson. In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by his son, Randy, and his brother, Randy Kenneth Patterson. Paul enjoyed singing and listening to music, reading his Bible as...
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Susan Carol Bayne Fisher

November 21, 1948 - February 8, 2018

Susan Carol Bayne Fisher, 69, of Brevard, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the John Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC. A native of Fountain Inn, SC, she is preceded in death by her husband, Woody Coke Bayne and son Thomas Coke Bayne. A great friend to many, she was known as "Mamaw" by all who knew her. She is survived by her partner in life, Larry Stiles, of Brevard; and her...
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Rose Jacqueline Ostrowski

December 25, 1923 - February 6, 2018

Rose Ostrowski, 94, of Brevard, NC passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Tore's Home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
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Thomas Ray Medlock

July 22, 1947 - February 3, 2018

Thomas Ray Medlock, Brevard, NC, age 70, passed away Saturday February 3, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Asheville, NC. He was the widower of Doris Kay Harris Medlock. He is the son of the late James Otis Medlock and Naomi Rochelle Moore Medlock. He is survived by a daughter Alisa Quinn (Brian), a son, Jared Medlock, a granddaughter Myah Medlock, a brother, Richard Gary Medlock (Anne), a...
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William Robert Copeland

October 12, 1930 - February 1, 2018

William Robert Copeland, 87, of Brevard, Passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018. A native of Bessemer, Alabama, he was the son of the late Charles Wesley and Marjorie Culligan Copeland. A United States Air Force veteran, he was a graduate of Auburn University and worked as an executive in the telecommunications field. He is survived by his wife, Susan Mulvaney Copeland; and their sons...
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Frank Radford Bramlett

November 7, 1945 - January 30, 2018

Frank Radford Bramlett ("Rad") age 72 died peacefully on January 30, 2018 at Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, NC. He was surrounded by his loving family. Rad is survived by his wife of 20 years Joyce Green Bramlett; four children -- Travis Bramlett of Waynesville,NC, Megan von Holt (Chris)of Roswell, GA, Kristie Reynolds (Bill)of Whittier, NC, and Brad Fulcher (Bobbie)of Winston...
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Lois Virginia Smith

July 7, 1925 - January 30, 2018

Lois Virginia Knopf Smith, 93, of Brevard, wife of the late Dr. Morton Howison Smith (d. 11/12/17), went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 8:05 PM, Monday, January 29, 2018. Daughter of the late Theodore and Edith Knopf, she was born on July 7, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. Beginning at age five, she studied piano, majoring in Music (Piano Performance) at the University of Michigan...
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John Alney Cox

March 18, 1927 - January 20, 2018

John Alney Cox, Jr., 90, of Balsam Grove, passed away January 20, 2018, at Transylvania Regional Hospital. He was the son of the late John Alney Cox and Bessie Bell Pearson Cox. He was also preceded in death by his wife Deltheia Cox, three brothers William, Marvin, and Carl Cox and four sisters Marie Harter, Barbara Turcott, Mary Ann Heath and Eva Mae Bradley. Mr Cox was veteran of the US...
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Richard Edward Loftis

September 28, 1946 - January 19, 2018

Brevard native, Richard Edward Loftis, 71, recently passed away at his home in Pisgah Forest. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nell Cairnes Loftis and Richard Marshall Loftis, and sister-in-law, Patricia Creasman Loftis. Surviving are his brother, Charles Anthony (Tony) Loftis; sister, Ann Wilkinson (Barry); step -daughter, Sarah Carpenter; grandson, Rowan; nieces Marsha (Ryan)...
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Gene Henson

October 22, 1932 - January 18, 2018

Reverend Gene Henson, age 85, was called home on January 18, 2018 to be with his Lord whom he has served throughout his life. He was ordained to the ministry when he was eighteen years of age. He was born in Williamston, S. C., the son of William Curtis Henson and Beatrice Burgess. He is predeceased by his parents and his siblings: Kathleen Dodson, Kenneth Henson, Winfred 'Wink' Hinson and...
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Alice Clark

April 28, 1930 - January 18, 2018

Alice Clark, 87, of Brevard, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Raised in Arkansas and Oklahoma, Alice spent the last 51 years of her life in Brevard. She attended Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas, and was a member of the Brevard Church of Christ. Alice retired from Transylvania County Schools as a teacher assistant and central office secretary in 1992. In addition...
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Mary Ann Rhodes

August 28, 1931 - January 15, 2018

Mary Ann Rhodes, 86, of Brevard, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. A native of Glendale, California, she was the daughter of the late Betty Bullard Miller. In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Rhodes III. She retired from Southern Bell after 41 years as a telecommunications engineer, having been one of the first...
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Marsha Ann Dishon

December 8, 1950 - January 14, 2018

Marsha Ann Owen Dishon, 67, of Urbandale, Iowa, was called home to the Lord on Sunday, January 14, 2018, having finished her earthly work, enfolded in the heavenly, everlasting arms, setting aside her early coil. She was born December 8, 1950 in Brevard, NC to Harold Warren and Mildred McCall Owen. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold. She grew up in the mountains of western North...
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Tommie Raymond Collins

May 24, 1961 - January 10, 2018

Tommie Raymond Collins, 56, of Brevard, NC passed away on January 10, 2018 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. He was a native of Transylvania County, NC and is a son of Georgia Pauline Crane Collins of Kings Mountain, NC and the late Tommy R. Collins. He is survived by two daughters; Christy Galloway and husband Daniel of Brevard, NC and Misty Jenkins and husband Bobby of Rosman, NC, one...
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James Edward Austin

February 9, 1929 - January 10, 2018

James Edward Austin, 88, of Pisgah Forest, was taken home by the angels on January 10, 2018. He was born one of seven children, Leicester, NC to Walter and Docia Austin. The family moved to Transylvania County in 1944. James served in the Air Force for four years; as well as serving 34 years in the Georgia Air National Guard where he retired as a Master Sergeant. He also retired after 37...
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Fred Jack Fendley

September 14, 1919 - January 8, 2018

Fred Jack Fendley, 98, of Brevard, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018. Born in Salem, SC he was the son of the late James Felix and Namma Alexander Fendley. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Constance Fendley; brothers J.C. Fendley, Herbert Fendley and Eugene Fendley; and sister Ruby Mays. Mr. Fendley served in the U.S. Army during WWII,...
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Robert Lee Caldwell

June 18, 1955 - January 7, 2018

Robert Lee Caldwell, 62, of Brevard, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, he was the son of Judith Ann Caldwell and the late Phillip Birl Caldwell. In addition to his father he was also preceded in death by his son, Sean Robert Caldwell. A graduate of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA, he was a avid Washington Redskins fan. He was a member of the...
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Robert Lee Gillespie

February 10, 1928 - January 7, 2018

Robert L. Gillespie, 89, of Brevard, NC passed away January 7, 2018 at Transylvania Regional Hospital. He was a son of the late Jason Leander and Annie Jordan Gillespie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister; Lila Stafford, four brothers; Al, Ted, Jason and Hugh Gillespie and one nephew; Gary Gillespie and one great nephew; Levi Bryson. Robert was born in Brevard,...
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Carolyn B Twomley

December 20, 1930 - January 5, 2018

Carolyn Mead Twomley, 87, of Hendersonville, passed away on January 5, 2018. A native of Marshall, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Melville Frederick and Julia Georgiana Kennicott Mead. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother Bob Mead and her sisters Opal Popescu and Joan Rifenbock. Her survivors include her husband of 67 years, Robert "Bob" Twomley...
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