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Recent Obituaries

Steven Carl Ward, 64

Steven Carl Ward, 64

Steven Carl Ward, 64, of Hendersonville passed away suddenly and went home to be with the Lord on February 11, 2019. Born in Presque Isle, Maine to a military family in 1954, and after a time in Louisiana & Mississippi, his family came to Henderson County in 1965. He was the son of Thelma Ward and the late Bill Ward. Steve was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting and adventures with his close circle of hunting and fishing buddies. Above all things, Steve loved family. Steve was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle “unc” and friend who will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered. He was an exceptional man of exceptional intelligence who was a jack of all trades. He never found anything broken that he couldn’t repair or repurpose. He was good, honest and fair, and selfless in his consideration of others. He was quiet when there was nothing to say, and full of words and wisdom when he had something meaningful to say, or when he wanted to bring laughter and joy into the lives of those around him. Steve retired after 40 years of service with General Electric at the end of 2015. From that time forward he devoted his time to his family and friends, spending time out in nature and just spending time doing the things that he loved. In the Summer of 2018 Steve set out on a final adventure of a lifetime with the love of his life, his wife Cindy. They travelled across the country taking in the beauty of the countryside, enjoying each other’s company, and visiting landmarks and friends and family all along the way. They were so blessed to have this final adventure together before his untimely passing.
Steve is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cindy McCullough Ward, their son, Ryan (wife, Amanda), a granddaughter, EmmaLee, Steve’s mother, Thelma Ward, a brother, Lee (wife, Beverly), a mother-in-law, Nona Sue McCullough, 2 nieces, Courtney Stepp Lowery (husband, Sean), Lana Ward Bagwell (husband, Eric), a nephew, Brett Ward, and a great nephew, Tyler Stepp Lowery. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Bill Ward, his father-in-law, James “Buddy” McCullough, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Suprina Stepp.
Steve leaves a void that can never be filled, but the legacy of his loving kindness will live on through the generations that he touched. He will be dearly missed here on Earth, but we all rejoice at our reunion in the eternal life to come.
A visitation will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Shaws Creek Baptist Church with service to follow at 2 PM. The Reverends Danny Pridmore and Jerry Mullinax will officiate.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Peter E. Bedoian, 86

Peter E. Bedoian, 86

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James Ervin Crouse, 84

James Ervin Crouse, 84 of Hendersonville, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019.   Read More »

Norbert Sternad, 85

Norbert Sternad, 85 of Hendersonville, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Life Care Center of Hendersonville.   Read More »

Steve Mihocka, 89

Steve Mihocka, 89 of Hendersonville, passed away January 21, 2019 at Pardee Hospital of cardiac arrest.   Read More »

James Chester Ward, “ J.C.” 74

James Chester Ward, “ J.C.” 74, of Zirconia, left this world at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation in Hendersonville on Saturday, February 2, 2019 and was welcomed into heaven by Our Sweet Jesus. He was also reunited with his loving mother, Minnie Ward, whom he dearly loved. In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by his father, John Runyan Ward; a daughter, Michelle Ward; two sisters, Mae Johnson and Ruth Ward; two brothers, Clarence Ward and Jay Lee Ward; and one granddaughter, Brittany Corpening.   Read More »

William Stuart Shipman, 54,

William Stuart Shipman, 54,

William Stuart Shipman, 54, of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer. Stuart was born on July 31, 1964 in Henderson County, NC to Seldon Edgar (Buddy) Shipman, Jr. and Mary McLeod Shipman.
Stuart was a big man with broad shoulders. His strong hands served him well as a stone mason. The pride that he put into his craft is evident in the many fine examples he left in and around Henderson County.
Stuart was an avid fisherman, possessed a great love for the mountains, and was most at home in nature. His talents were not limited to masonry; he was also an excellent mechanic and could fix anything.
Stuart was caring, compassionate, and thoughtful. He was always willing to help friends, family, or neighbors, especially those less fortunate. His family and loved ones will always miss his smile, his humor, and his love of life’s simple things.
Stuart is survived by his mother, Mary McLeod Shipman of Hendersonville, NC; his brothers Steve of Greenville, SC, Bob of Lamar, SC, Eddie, Jon McLeod, and Tim of Hendersonville, NC; girlfriend Vicki Nelson and her son Aaron of Hendersonville, NC; four nephews: Robert, of Denver, CO, Collin, of Lamar, SC, Michael and Nicholas of Greenville, SC, and niece Mary Beth of Lamar, SC.
The memorial service will be held at 11: 00 A.M, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel with Pastor Steve Scoggins officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Stuart’s memory to the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314, 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), or at or to a charity of your choice.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.   Read More »

Marshall Allan Warshauer, 89

Marshall Allan Warshauer, 89, of Flat Rock died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Pardee Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel officiated by Rabbi Rachel Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Marshall’s memory be directed to Agudas Israel Congregation, 505 Glasgow Ln, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

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

Richard Leon Lamb, 79

Richard Leon Lamb, 79 of Fletcher, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Mountain View Assisted Living.
A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was the son of the late Ray Van Lamb and Laberta Louise Brown Lamb. He is also preceded in death by two children, Richard and Belinda Lamb as well a brother, Ronald Lamb.
Leon was a graduate of Dana High School and completed F.B.I. training. He was the owner and operator of Lamb’s Grocery, and was known as the “Mayor” of Brookside Camp Road for over 40 years. His blue building was lovingly dubbed the newly re-located Mayor’s Office filled with merchandise. Leon was a member of Fletcher Seventh - day Adventist Church, and a member of the Hendersonville Country Club. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboy and Carolina “Tar Heels” fan.
Leon is survived by his loving wife Ellen Sweeney Lamb; two step-children, Phillip and Tami Pearson; two brothers, Lynn and Flaughn Lamb; a sister, Shirley Nicholson; three grandchildren, Nicholas Pearson, Laura Dixon, and Edwin “Wynn” Barringer; and three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Gavin, and Gabriel.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Fletcher Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Ivan Blake and Pastor John Lorntz officiating. Burial will be private at Shepherd Memorial Park. A memory basket will be available at the service for guests to share stories.
Memorial contributions in Leon’s memory may be made to: Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital,
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.   Read More »

William Stuart Shipman, 54

William Stuart Shipman, age 54 of Hendersonville died Monday, January 28, 2019 after period of declining health at his residence. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors an Cremation Memorial Center will announce arrangements.   Read More »