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Ronald Charles “Ron Jovi” DiPietro, 53

Ronald Charles “Ron Jovi” DiPietro, 53

Ronald Charles “Ron Jovi” DiPietro, 53, of Hendersonville went home to his heavenly father on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Pardee Hospital. He was born in California on February 18, 1966.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marjorie “Peggy” DiPietro. Survivors include his son, Chaz Hughes; second parents adopted by Ron, Gary and Sharon Moore; brothers: Sam Kane and his wife Dorothy, Danny Kane and his wife Doreen; sisters: Laurie Kane and her husband Steve Ayling, Teresa Moore; along with several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Sabrina Cagle.

He was originally from Long Island, New York before moving to North Carolina in the eighties. He was one of a kind and full of life. He played hockey in New York. Once moving to North Carolina, he quickly became known as the best graphics designer around, especially for race cars. No one’s graphics even compared to his and he has been the go to guy for race car drivers throughout the South East for the past thirty years. Even after becoming a quadriplegic, he was still able to design graphics better than anyone. He became an inspiration to many with his continued love for life and positivity. He aspired to give as many people hope as he could, and he was very successful with that goal. He lived life to the fullest and made an impact on everyone who crossed his path.

He was a joy to be around and full of love and laughter. He will be greatly missed by many but we are happy that he is now walking again in heaven and able to draw amazing designs again with his working hands.

We would like to thank the staff at Pardee Hospital and Four Seasons Palliative Care for the great care and compassion you provided to Ron and our family.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel with Pastor Thomas Glenn officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Thos. Shepherd and Son.   Read More »

Betty Frances Corn Case, 85

Betty Frances Corn Case, 85

Betty Frances Corn Case, 85, of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully in her home on April 12, 2019 due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Faydean Newman Corn, and the beloved wife of the late Carroll Edgerton “Doc” Case for 61 years. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harry Corn, Sr., and Leo Corn, as well as her sisters: Mary Ruth Davis, Evelyn Bessellieu, Willie Kate Buchanan, and Reba Corn.
Survivors include her daughter Barbara Case Blaine(Paul), her son, Morris Case; grandchildren, Alison Blaine ( Zoe) of Durham and Spencer Case of Salem, MA., great grandchildren: Rosemary, Hazel Claire, Genevieve, and Juliana; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She often shared with family and friends that her career was raising her children. With a lifelong passion to enhance the lives of young people, she made each child feel special.
Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel with the Pastors Richard Merck and Robert Garren officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral and at other times at the residence.
The family extends special thanks to Dr. David Slawek, the staff of Pardee Memorial Hospital, and Four Seasons Compassion for Life Hospice.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.   Read More »

Dorothy English, 94

Dorothy English, 94, of Hendersonville died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Carillon Assisted Living. She was born October 9, 1924 in Wilmington; a daughter of the late Luther and Laura Cooper Foy.

She is survived by a daughter, Pam English of Hendersonville; and a nephew, Robert Scurry of New Bern.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm today, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Shepherd Memorial Park with James McHarg officiating.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.   Read More »

Michael Edward Marsengill, 80

On March 28, 2019, Michael Edward Marsengill, age 80, of Hendersonville, NC by the providential will of his loving God and Savior, was taken Home to be with Him.   Read More »

Beverly Maybin Stepp, 75

Beverly Maybin Stepp, 75, of Hendersonville died on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Elizabeth House. She was born in Columbia, SC; the daughter of the late Lindsay and Lucille Hedden Robinson. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Stepp; a brother, Lindsay Robinson; one sister: Barbara Pickens   Read More »

Robert Vance "Bob" Thompson Jr., 81

Robert Vance "Bob" Thompson Jr., 81, of Saluda N.C., passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 after an extended illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert V. Thompson Sr. and Aleen Thompson, and a sister Margaret Causby.
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Bob was a member of the Saluda Masonic Lodge where he served two terms as Master. He was an employee of General Electric for 22 years, and a member of West Hendersonville Baptist Church. Bob loved farming, fishing, landscaping, and was an avid card player. He had a great love of all animals.

Bob will be remembered as a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend. His granddaughter was his pride and joy.

Much love and thanks goes to all of the staff at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation for the excellent care of my daddy. Each person who interacted with him and spent time with him, made his life better.

A special thank you to Andrea Green for the love , compassion, and kindness in the care she provided. Also, a special thank you to Kande Newman for her love and support.

He is survived by his daughter Diane Moore; a granddaughter Tasha Moore; a brother David Thompson; and sister Helen Thompson; and loving partner Colleen Purvis.

The family plans a private celebration of his life at a later date.

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

Mary I. Yeazell

Mary I. Yeazell, of Hendersonville, passed away on March 6, 2019 following a brief illness.

She was born in Herrin, IL in 1926 and held degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois, where in 1966, she received the Doctor of Education. Mary was a “teacher of teachers,” inspiring hope, igniting the imagination, and instilling a love of learning in those around her. She taught at Miami University (Ohio), the University of Rhode Island, and West Virginia University where she received Professor of the Year and retired in 1988 as Professor Emerita.

Mary’s dedication to learning and teaching extended into her spiritual life. She taught workshops on Children’s Spirituality and Faith Development for Dioceses in several states. An active member of St. James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville, she taught classes, wrote prayers for services, and served on a national committee developing a new youth curriculum for the Episcopal Church USA. During her retirement, Mary researched an extensive genealogy project. She was a wonderful cook, traveled widely in Europe and the Americas, and loved watching and feeding the birds.

Mary is survived by her husband of 54 years, Paul Yeazell, and a daughter, Martha Milcarek, both of Hendersonville; a granddaughter, Maggie Milcarek and two great-grandchildren, WI; and a sister, Joann East, IL; four step-daughters, four step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019 at St. James Episcopal Church. Burial will follow later in the Memorial Garden.

The family thanks the staffs of Life Care Center and Four Seasons Hospice for their care and support during Mary’s illness. Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice Foundation and Hendersonville Rescue Mission.   Read More »

Mertis Bradley Justice, 92

Mertis Bradley Justice, 92 of Hendersonville, died Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Pardee Hospital.   Read More »

Barbara “Jeanne” Smith LeDane, 91

Barbara “Jeanne” Smith LeDane, 91 of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Elizabeth House. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Kenneth Lindbergh LeDane to whom she missed dearly.   Read More »

Justin Nathaniel Ficker, 35

Justin Nathaniel Ficker, 35

Justin Nathaniel Ficker, 35, of Hendersonville passed away on Friday, March 29,
2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was born on September 9, 1983 a
son of Robert Steve and Renee Ruxton Ficker. He was preceded in death by his
maternal and paternal grandparents.   Read More »