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Jimmy L. Garrett, 79

Jimmy L. Garrett, 79, of Hendersonville, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

L. June Taylor Ritchie, 98

L. June Taylor Ritchie, 98, of Hendersonville, NC passed away, Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Golden Living Center.
June was born in Barrie, VT, lived most of her life in New Hampshire and had lived in Henderson County, NC since 1999.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Ritchie Sr.; a son, Jeffery Ritchie; siblings, Maybelle Reed, Wilma Taylor, Peter Taylor, Ernest Taylor and John "Jack" Taylor and her parents, Peter and Mabel Perry Taylor.
She is survived by two sons, Vincent Ritchie Jr. and his wife Sylvia of Hendersonville and Bruce Ritchie and his wife LeAnne of Derry, NH; a brother, James Taylor of Boscawen, NH; two grandchildren, Cynthia Ritchie of Danbury, CT, Melinda Renkin and her husband Ian of Pepperell, MA; and one great grandchild, Augusta Jacox of Danbury, CT.
No local services are planned. She will be interred in New Hampshire at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Branscomb #10, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family.   Read More »

Dr. Anson Kessler, 88

Dr. Anson Kessler, 88, of Laurel Park died on January 2, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Irving and Rose Kessler, and his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Alice Kessler.   Read More »

Myrna L. Quinn, 73

Myrna L. Quinn, 73, of Mountain Home, died Saturday, January 17, at the Elizabeth House following a long illness. A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, she was a daughter of the late Haskell Leslie and the late Ruby Clark Moore. She had been raised in the Nazarene Church and later attended Balfour United Methodist Church. She had worked for Kyocera in Mountain Home before retiring. A compassionate dog lover, her past interests included crocheting and family genealogy. Nothing gave Myrna more joy than spending time with her only grandchild   Read More »

Mary Carolyn Brown Whitaker, 85

Mary Carolyn Brown Whitaker, 85

Mary Carolyn Brown Whitaker, 85, of Mills River died Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Elizabeth House. She was born in Mills River to the late Ed and Julia West Brown. Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband David Raymond Whitaker, and 3 brothers: David Brown, Wayne Brown, and Roy Brown.   Read More »

Trina Howell Clouse, 41

Trina Howell Clouse, 41

Trina Howell Clouse, 41, of Etowah passed away, Saturday, January 17, 2015.
She was a native of Henderson County, loved animals and enjoyed outdoor activities.
Survivors include her loving husband, Jason Clouse; parents, James Charles and Carolyn Justus Howell; brothers, James Charles Howell, Jr., Tim Howell, and Jeff Howell; niece, Rachel Howell and nephew, Adam Howell.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Warren officiating. Burial will follow the service in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday, 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home chapel.
A guest book or sympathy cards are available at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements   Read More »

Fredric Harrison "Fred" Hoots,77

Fredric Harrison "Fred" Hoots,77

Fredric Harrison "Fred" Hoots,77, of Hendersonville, NC went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 after a short illness.
He was a native and life long resident of Henderson County.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jason and Clemmie Jackson Hoots and a brother, Irvin Hoots.
Fred served in the U.S. Army, was an apple grower and was awarded the Apple Grower of The Year Award in 2011.
He was of the Baptist Faith and loved baseball.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Thompson Hoots; a daughter, Barbara Hughes and her husband Jimmy of Hendersonville; a son, Freddie Hoots of Hendersonville; three grandchildren, Jessica Hoots, Ciara Hughes, Cody Hughes; a great granddaughter, Scarlett Hoots; a brother, Clyde Hoots and his wife Martha of Marion, VA and several nieces and nephews.
A grave side service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Shepherd Memorial Park with Rev. Dan Blackwell officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the National Guard.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Jackson Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to the Cancer Society.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

H. Ray Lyda, 87

H. Ray Lyda, 87, of Edneyville, NC passed away Monday, January 12, 2015.
He was a life long resident of the Edneyville Community in Henderson County.
He graduated from Edneyville High School, served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Clemson College.
He was a teacher and coach at Edneyville High School where his 1956 Boys Basketball Team finished 3rd in the Class A State Tournament. He also was principal and coach at Dana High School.
He retired from teaching and became a full time apple grower.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John T. And Pearl Brown Lyda, a brother, Thurman Lyda and a daughter, Christina Marie Lyda.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Christine Orr Lyda; a son, Russell Lyda and wife Teresa; grandsons, Nathan Lyda and wife Amanda and Todd Lyda; great grandchildren, Ava and Isaiah Lyda; two brothers, Ellis and Boyd "Oop" Lyda; a sister, Doris Mauldin and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday night from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Edneyville United Methodist Church on Bearwallow Road.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 3:00 PM at St. Pauls Community Cemetery with Rev. Dan Blackwell and Rev. Walt Christian officiating.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793   Read More »

Cecil Cylvester Nix, Jr., 82

Cecil Cylvester Nix, Jr., 82

Cecil Cylvester Nix, Jr., 82, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at Hendersonville Health and Rehab.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. He was a son of the late Cecil C. and Dessie Justice Nix and is also preceded in death by brothers, Herman, Alfred and Richard Nix and sisters, Pauline Virginia Stepp, Juanita Freeman and Alice Fay.
Cecil served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver for Youngblood Truck Lines and ABF Freight Carrier before retiring in 1978. After retiring Cecil enjoyed fishing and loved to grow beautiful flowers.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary-Lou S. Nix; son, Cecil C. Nix III and wife Miranda of Edneyville; grandson, Cal Nix; great-grandchildren, Colton and Kaitlyn; brother, Eugene Nix; sister, Eileen Dover Nix Lee; step-children, Cindy Galloway, Debbie Hyder and husband Rocky, Sandra Ragland and husband Sammy, Jerry Stepp and wife Jennifer; step-grandchildren, Lindsay Cantrell and husband Johnny, Chad Galloway and wife Stephanie, Chase Galloway and wife Crystal, Stephanie Gilbert and husband Ian, Alicen Doll and husband Michael, Daniel, Alyssa and Michael Stepp; step-great-grandchild, Noah Galloway; a special nephew, Michael Nix; many other nieces and nephews; and his fur baby, Casey. He will be greatly missed by all but will live in our hearts forever.
A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Engle officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14 will render military honors.The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm prior to the service in the chapel. Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Hendersonville Health and Rehab., 104 College Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731.   Read More »

James "Jim" Edwin Wallace, Jr. 66

James "Jim" Edwin Wallace, Jr. 66

James "Jim" Edwin Wallace, Jr. 66, of Hendersonville died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at The Elizabeth House in Flat Rock surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee to the late James E. Wallace, Sr. and Myrtle Marie Wilson Wallace. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Amy Katherine Wallace Massengale.   Read More »