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Terry “Elvi” Foster, 57

Terry “Elvi” Foster, 57, of Flat Rock, NC went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 10, 2020. Jackson Funeral Service will announce the arrangements.   Read More »

Betty Jo (Greene) Newman, 83

June 9, 1936-March 2, 2020
Betty Jo Newman, 83 of Mill Spring, NC passed away Monday afternoon March 2, 2020 at the Cedar Mountain House in Brevard NC.
Born in Henderson County, she was the daughter of the late Eckels Glenn Greene and Mary Elizabeth Stepp Greene and widow of Clyde C. Newman, Sr. who died in 1988. Mrs Newman was dedicated to her family and friends, had several interest and was an avid Elvis fan. She was employed by Grover Industries in Lynn, NC and retired with South Carolina Elastic in Landrum, SC.
Surviving is a son, Clyde C. Newman, Jr. (Rhonda) of Mill Spring; two grandsons, Alan Newman and Jordan Newman. A loving sister Brenda Owenby of Greenwood, SC and several neices and nephews. Mrs Newman was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
A funeral service was held at 11:00 am March 7, 2020 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel wih Dr. Chris Osborn officiating. Prior, family and friends had a service 10:00 am at the Funeral Chapel and the burial was at the Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbus, NC.   Read More »

Dr. John Robert Spengler, 92

Dr. John Robert Spengler, 92

Dr. John Robert Spengler, 92, of Hendersonville, died on March 14, 2020, at the Elizabeth House. He was born October 20, 1927 in Toledo, Ohio a son of the late Otto Herman Spengler and Ruth Kathrine Zentmyer Spengler. In addition to his parents Dr. Spengler was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara Ann Spengler, one brother “Bill” Spengler as well as one sister Marjorie Spengler Lumm.

Dr. Spengler received his Bachelor of Science from University of Toledo and did his post graduate schooling in biochemistry at Ohio State University and St. Louis University where he would receive his Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin in both internal medicine and radiology. He attended military school qualifying as a B12 Navy pilot, a role he was un- able to fulfill as WWII ended, however he served in the US Air Force as a medical officer achieving the rank of Captain. While stationed in Japan he met the love of his life Ann, whom he adored. John and Ann would be married and spend the next 58 years together building a family. After his service in the Air Force he accepted the role as the Chief Radiologist at the Burns Clinic in Petoskey, Michigan from 1960 to 1965. Dr. Spengler then began his career at Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville NC in 1965 as Chief Radiologist. Dr. Spengler established many of the diagnostic radiology programs that are the core of radiology services at Pardee. He started the nuclear medicine program, the ultrasound program and was instrumental in developing CT Scanning services. The mammography, fluoroscopy, arthrography and x-ray therapy components were also the result of Dr. Spengler’s work ethic and dedication to his craft.

Dr. Spengler was a computer guru, an avid photographer and loved to travel. He was a member of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association, The Hendersonville Country Club as well as The First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. He was certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and had medical licenses in five states. He loved the outdoors which kept him gardening; cultivating prize winning tomatoes, boating, hiking and fishing. He also enjoyed staying fit by playing tennis, swimming and other water sports. He adored his family and cherished his time spent with them.

Dr. Spengler was a compassionate, loving husband, father and doctor that cared deeply about improving the health and lives of the people of Henderson County. His respect and concern for others was readily apparent to everyone he had the honor to know. He is survived by one son, J.O. Spengler and his wife Mariah of College Station, Texas and one daughter Kathy Spengler Spade and her husband Jeff of Cary. In addition to his children he is also survived by five grandchildren: Caroline Spengler, Matthew Spengler, Cori Spade, Camden Spade, Kristen Childs, her husband Daniel Childs and two great grandchildren; Lydia Childs and Caleb Childs.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Kindred United Methodist Church; a new church which was started by his grandson, Pastor Daniel Childs. Memorials may be sent to Kindred Church, 150 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514 or online at https://kindrednc.church/give/.


A memorial service will be scheduled and announced in the future when it is appropriate to gather together.

An online register book is available to family and friends to express condolences by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.   Read More »

Richard Ide Kirkland, 92

Richard Ide Kirkland, 92, of Hendersonville, died on Saturday April 04, 2020 at Carolina Village Care Center.   Read More »

Hugh Elbert Gleaton, Jr

Hugh Elbert Gleaton, Jr

Hugh Elbert Gleaton, Jr., a Navy veteran and retired ophthalmologist, died on March 17, 2020. He leaves behind his wife of almost 60 years, Madge Slade Gleaton, four children and their spouses (Shelley Gleaton Bourdon, and her husband Paul; Slade Gleaton, and his wife Lori; Whitney Gleaton Jackson, and her husband Jeff; and Mark Gleaton, and his wife Elaine). He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a brother, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.   Read More »

Jeffrey Clinton Isleib

Jeffrey Clinton Isleib

Jeffrey Clinton Isleib, a thirty-year resident of Hendersonville and former owner of Isleib
Painting passed away on February 15, 2020 at the age of 66.
Jeff is survived and will be missed by his sister-in-law Tammi Drake Neill and husband Roy
Neill, his nephew Drake English and wife Ashley Wheelon English and his big orange cat
“Tripper.” He is predeceased by his wife Cheryl Drake Isleib, his brother Patrick Isleib, his
father Ernest Isleib and his mother Elizabeth Shapiro. Jeff was born in Connecticut and moved
to Florida where he met and married Cheryl Drake of Hendersonville. Jeff and Cheryl moved to Hendersonville where he was a self-employed painter.
Jeff loved animals, the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox. He especially loved to write a scathing letter to the editor and always had an opinion he was willing to share. He was raised in an Italian neighborhood and cooked sauce the old-fashioned way.
The family would like to thank Dr. Novak in the emergency room, Matt, Courtney and Shelby in the intensive care unit and Dr. James J. Caserio and staff for their care and concern. If anyone would like to make a memorial to Jeff, the family recommends donations be made to the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family.   Read More »

James “Jim” Franklin Laughter, Jr.

James “Jim” Franklin Laughter, Jr., better known as “Coach” or “Pop” Laughter, 82, died Wednesday, February 12, 2020 following a brief illness at the Elizabeth House. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elva Laughter, as well as his wife, Shirley who died in 2015.

He was a Henderson County native and lifelong educator of our community. Coach Laughter commenced his teaching career in 1959 with Hendersonville High School, moving to Hendersonville Junior High School in 1964. He coached the first integrated football, basketball, and track teams in the county’s history and was instrumental in building the strong foundation that continues today instilling the pride of being a “Bearcat.” His former players as well as colleagues felt he was a pivotal factor in breaking many racial barriers in Henderson County. In 1972, he started the Physical Education program at Bruce Drysdale Elementary, allowing all students to participate in their level of physical activity which remains intact today.   Read More »

Irene Robertson

Irene Robertson of Hendersonville passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the age of 103. She was born on July 17, 1916 in Olten, Switzerland, daughter of Eugene and Mina Hildebrand. When she was seven years old her family emigrated to the United States. Irene spent her childhood and working life in New Jersey where she raised a family and was one of the first female employees of the Prudential Life Insurance Company to earn the credentials of Certified Life Underwriter.   Read More »

Bruce Wayne Maurer

Bruce Wayne Maurer

Bruce Wayne Maurer died on September 30 at Mission Hospital in Asheville after a short illness.   Read More »

Michael Douglas Layton, 64

Michael Douglas Layton, 64

Michael Douglas Layton, 64, of Horse Shoe, died Friday, September 27, 2019 at the UNC Pardee Health Care. He was born July 3, 1955 in Danville, Illinois; a son of Max and Charlotte Story Layton.   Read More »