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Recent Obituaries

Helen Louise Banks, 87

uise Banks, 87, of Hendersonville, died on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Elizabeth House. She is preceded in death by her parents: J.H. Christian Mitchel and Helen Heilmann Mitchel.   Read More »

Claire "Chico" Rydberg, age 93

HENDERSONVILLE: Claire "Chico" Rydberg, age 93, of Hendersonville died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock. She was born on February 24, 1922 in Montreal, Canada to the late Clarence E. Price and Marcelle Gauvreau Price. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Wally Rydberg who died in 2009; and her brother, Webster Price.   Read More »

Roger Allyn Hill, 68

Roger Allyn Hill, 68, of Hendersonville, died on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Elizabeth House. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center will announce arrangements.   Read More »

Grady J. Vaughn, Sr., 101

Grady J. Vaughn, Sr., 101, of Hendersonville passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015. Mr. Vaughn lived at home independently until the time of his passing.
Born September 15, 1913, Mr. Vaughn was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. He was a son of the late William and Annie Vaughn and was also preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mills Vaughn, who died in 2008; his infant daughter, Alice Evelyn; and his sister, Helen Pettet.
Mr. Vaughn had a lifelong interest in the history of Henderson County and had worked many times with his friend, Tom Orr, as Mr. Orr wrote about the county's history. Mr. Vaughn was the longtime Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and an active member of Moore's Grove United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Directors. He was a Sunday School teacher, a skilled craftsman and the family historian. Mr. Vaughn's life is an accumulation of joy and contentment, all shared together over the years with his wife and family.
He is survived by his brother, Shep Vaughn, and sister, Annette Vaughn; his sons, Grady Vaughn, Jr. and wife, Adriana, and Michael Vaughn and wife, Aki; grandchildren, Lisa Romine, Christopher J. Vaughn, Julie Taylor, John M. Vaughn, Cheryl Vaughn and Jennifer Tankersley; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Moore's Grove United Methodist Church with the Reverend Deb Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 PM Sunday at Shuler Funeral Home.
To offer condolences online, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

David B. Melton, 81

David B. Melton, 81, of Fletcher, NC went to be with the Lord, Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Charles George VA Medical Center.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Nettie Towe Melton; a daughter, Sheila Melton and siblings, Atheleda Maxwell, Robert "Bob" Melton, Christine Corn, Kathleen Buckner, Helen Henderson and Dewey Melton.
He was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving on the USS Essex. He was a member of Hoopers Creek Baptist Church.
David owned and operated Quick Service Garage in Deaverview Road in Asheville until he retired.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Erma Buchanan Melton; two daughters, Kathy Phillips and husband Rick of Fletcher and Sonya Adams and husband David of Franklin; three grandsons, Trent Phillips and wife Amanda, Cameron and Eli Adams; two great grandsons, Blake and Cayson Phillips and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held 7:00 PM Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Hoopers Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Youngblood, Rev. Rick Phillips and Rev. Roy Waldroup officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 6:45 PM Sunday night prior to the service in the church.
A graveside committal will be held Monday, March 30, at 11:00 AM in the Hoopers Creek Community Cemetery which is located across from the church. Military Rites will be conducted by the Henderson County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideons, P.O. Box 6284, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793   Read More »

Grayson Michael McFalls

A funeral service will be held for Grayson Michael McFalls at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home Hendersonville.   Read More »

Richard Dale Maxwell, 91

Richard Dale Maxwell, 91, of Hendersonville, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Elizabeth House. He is preceded in death by his parents Leo Dale Maxwell and Louella Schaufstall   Read More »

Jack D. "Jackie" Johnson, Jr., 58

Jack D. "Jackie" Johnson, Jr., 58

Jack D. "Jackie" Johnson, Jr., 58, of Hendersonville, NC went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He is the son of Betty Garrett Johnson and the late Jack D. Johnson, Sr. He is also survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cindy Johnson; two sons, Adam Johnson and Austin Johnson both of Hendersonville; twin grandchildren, Atlee and Liam Johnson; his siblings, Kathy J. Griffin, Karla Raxter and her husband Greg, all of Hendersonville and Jeff Johnson and his wife Deana of Arden, several nieces and nephews and his faithful canine companion Louie.
He was a native of Henderson County and he and his family divided their time between Hendersonville and Homestead, Florida until 1997, when they relocated here permanently. He was an active member of Mud Creek Baptist Church and a member of the Joy Sunday School Class.
Jackie grew up in the produce business and successfully owned and operated Western Carolina Produce, which was founded by his grandfather Josiah Johnson, Sr. and staffed by many of his aunts, uncles and cousins for many years.
Jackie was an avid Harley Davidson rider and always said his favorite color was chrome. He was president and founding member of the Bald Hawgs Motorcycle Club. He had his private pilot's license and PADI open-water diving certification. He also enjoyed playing basketball, golfing and deep-sea fishing.
A celebration of life service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Mud Creek Baptist Church with the Reverend Freddie Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends in the hospitality room following the service.
In honor of Jackie's love for motorcycles, please feel free to wear your motorcycle attire and ride your motorcycle, weather permitting. He loved nothing better than the sound of a group of motorcycles passing by. Casual attire is acceptable, as Jackie liked everybody to be comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation, Inc., 7151 N. Main Street, Suite 2, Clarkston, MI 48346.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or to PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Virgil Marion Moon, 82

Virgil Marion Moon, 82, of Hendersonville, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center will announce arrangements.   Read More »

Ann Robinson, 87

Ann Robinson, 87, of Hendersonville, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at home under the care of Hospice. Ann is preceded in death by her parents Jacob & Regina Leibowitz.   Read More »