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Recent Obituaries

Carrol David “Ganga” Halford, 80

Carrol David “Ganga” Halford, 80

Carrol David “Ganga” Halford, 80, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 peacefully at the Solace Center in Asheville, NC. He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County and was preceded in death by his wife Louise Blankenship Halford, his parents, David and Vauda Lance “ Bob” Halford, a brother, Joe Halford and a brother-in-law, Arthur Blankenship. Carrol dearly loved his family and friends and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a very talented musician who was passionate about gospel and country music, enjoyed playing golf and watching Tarheel Basketball. He graduated from Flat Rock High School as a decorated athlete, retired from GE and attended Mud Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Summerville and her husband Pete of Hendersonville and Roxanne Glover and her husband Marvin of Mt. Pleasant, SC; three granddaughters, Kelsi McMurray, Ashley Hofer and Lindsey Hofer; a brother-in-law, Mickey Blankenship and his wife Judy of Gastonia, NC; two sisters-in-law, Jolee Blankenship of Pendergrass, GA and Edith Halford of Hendersonville; special cousins, Ernest and Geraldine Wyatt and Doug Wilson; four nieces and one nephew. A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, May 28th at the Chapel In The Pines of Jackson Funeral Service with Rev. Robert Floyd and Rev. David Stanford officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm prior to the service in the chapel and at other times will be at Carrol’s home. The family extends their gratitude to Gloria Cunningham at Pardee Home Health, Collette Kocinski, Brenda Capps, Marianne Cagle, Dr. James Kelling at Brevard Internal Medicine, Rev. David Stanford, the Henderson County Rescue Squad and the staff at the Solace Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carrol’s name to the Henderson County Rescue Squad, Inc., PO Box 1729, Hendersonville, NC 28793. Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Christina Marie Dinardo Fisher, 30

Christina Marie Dinardo Fisher, age 30 of Hendersonville passed into God’s Loving Arms on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at her residence following a courageous four year battle with cancer. She was born in Transylvania County; a daughter of Leonard Dinardo, Jr. and Deborah Ann Hobbick Dinardo. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Francis Kelly Hobbick; and paternal grandmother, Margaret Murray Dinardo; and her uncle, Patrick Raymond Hobbick.   Read More »

Ruby Allison Gillum, 89

Ruby Allison Gillum, age 89 of Hendersonville died Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation. She was born May 2nd, 1927 in Henderson County; a daughter of the late Clarence and Rebecca Allison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Hilliard Ruff.   Read More »

John C. Edwards, 92

John C. Edwards, 92

John C. Edwards, 92, of Hendersonville died Monday, May 23, at Brookdale in Asheville. Born in Ridgewood, Queens, Long Island, NY, he was a son of the late John and Mathilda Edwards. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Blanche C. Edwards, brothers Gerard and Anthony, and sister Theresa Edwards Alster. He attended P.S. 91 grade school, Grover Cleveland H.S. and Pratt Institute, where he received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and also taught classes in engineering. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 10th Infantry Division during WW II, serving in Normandy, Central Europe, Northern France and Rhineland. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Conspicuous Service Medal, European Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal representing Efficiency, Honor and Fidelity. He also received a certified letter from the General of France for action in Normandy and other regions of France. He had worked for Mergenthaler Linotype Co., Smiley Griffin Consulting Engineers (construction of the Liguria to Caracas, Venezuela tunnel), Singstart and Baily Consulting Engineers (construction of the Patapsco River Tunnel, Maryland) and was Chief Engineer for the Holland Tunnel in New York. John was a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus. He served as the Plainview, NY Water Commissioner for 39 years, President of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association in 1985, Chairman of Long Island NY Water Conference and was a Life Member of the American Water Works Association. John was Citizen of the Year for the Greater Plainview NY Civic Association in 1976 and Grand Marshal, Plainview of Old Bethpage Memorial Day Parade in 1989. He was listed in the Benton’s Who’s Who International for extensive community service in 1990. John is survived by his son, Daniel (Elaine) Edwards, grandson Matthew (Laurie) Edwards, granddaughter Sarah M. (David) Edwards Anderson, great-grandchildren Claire and William Anderson and Trace and Mia Rose Edwards. A graveside service with military honors will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, May 26, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Fr. Martin Schratz will officiate.
The family would like to express their thanks to Dee Brooks, Geri Tucker and the staff of Brookdale Senior Living, Attorney Lee Mulligan of Strauss & Associates and Jollene Austin of Mills River Wealth Management for the excellent personal, legal and financial care Mr. Edwards received. To offer condolences online, please visit   Read More »

Frank Schnyder, 81

Frank Schnyder, 81 passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Elizabeth House in Hendersonville. He was the son of Siegfried and Carolína Schnyder who precede him in death. He is survived by the Schnyder family, his brother John and sister-in-law Pat, his son Brad, niece and nephew Joan and Michael and his great niece Molly.
“Frankie” was born and raised in the Dana Community of Hendersonville. He graduated from Dana High School, and from Mars Hill College where he played basketball. He was a US Army veteran.
With 40 years of service, Frankie retired from Cranston Printworks, where he made many dear friends. During his retirement, he worked with lifetime friend Flon Lamb at Orchard Trace Golf Course. Frankie was something of a golf legend in Hendersonville, where he shot 7 holes in one while playing every course in the county many times.
Frankie loved Classical Music, Carolina Basketball, and his pipe. His wry sense of humor, grumpy demeanor and kind heart will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
At Frank’s request there will be no service or visitation.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Mary Audrey Davis, 93

Mary Audrey Davis, 93, of Hendersonville and formerly of Gastonia, NC crossed over into Glory, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Mountain View Assisted Living with her family by her side.   Read More »

Gary Wayne Drake 66

Gary Wayne Drake 66, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Solace Center after a long illness.   Read More »

James M. Wooldridge

James M. Wooldridge, born Jan.18, 1922   Read More »

Evelyn Moss Butler, 89

Evelyn Moss Butler, age 89 of Hendersonville, died Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at the Medical Center of Carolina Village. She was born May 28th, 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland; a daughter of the late Roy and Martha Ramsdell Simm. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands: Walter Moss and Bill Butler.   Read More »

Linda Lytle Justice, 71

Linda Lytle Justice, 71 of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord on Friday May 20, 2016 at her residence.
A native of Henderson county, she was the daughter of the late Lowell and Caroline Saltz Lytle and the wife of the late Lawrence Leon Justice who passed in November 2003. She was preceded in death by her brother John Lowell Lytle and a sister Barbara Lytle Carter. She was a member of Dana Baptist Church and had also been a member of the Henderson County Curb Market since 1961. She was an avid sports fan and loved her beloved Atlanta Braves and had a great passion for playing cards.
Survivors include two daughters, Robin Pridmore and her husband Steve of Hendersonville and Cindy M. Jackson and her husband David of Dana, one son Bobby Morris of Dana, one sister Velma Lytle Kerr and her husband Roy of Dana,
five grandchildren, Tiffany Crystal Banks, Steve W. Pridmore Jr., Brad Pridmore, Wendy Faurote and David “ Jack” Jackson, two great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Faith McCraw and Calla Hope McCraw, one sister in law Margaret Lytle of Dana, two aunts Carol Lytle of Dana and Margaret Justus of Edneyville, several nieces, nephews and special friends.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 1 pm at Dana Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Blackwell officiating. Jimmy Carter, Paul Lytle, Chris Lytle, Steve Pridmore Jr., David “Jack” Jackson and Jesse Moore will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Monday May 23, 2016 from 7 PM to 9 PM at Dana Baptist Church.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945,Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »