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June McNeely Huntley 1940 - 2022

June McNeely Huntley 1940 - 2022

June “Mommaw” Huntley, age 81, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, went to be with the Lord following a long battle with Alzheimer’s on June 11, 2022. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, she was born to Senate William and Pauline Cox McNeely on July 3, 1940.   Read More »

Joseph Learoyd Oates, 80

Joseph Learoyd Oates, 80, of Hendersonville, died peacefully at his home on Friday, March 4, 2022. A lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was born November 12, 1941 in Hendersonville, NC, to Joseph Columbus Oates and Ruby Collins Oates. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 54 years, Betty Sherrill Oates and brother C. Dwight Oates. Joe is survived by his daughter, Sherrill Ann Oates (Michael McQuade); grandson Ian McQuade, of Travelers Rest, SC and nephew David Oates (Susan) of Hendersonville, NC.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Monday, March 21, 2022 at Jackson Funeral Home with Reverend Justin Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Monday, March 21, 2022, at the funeral home.

Joe was a 1960 graduate of Hendersonville High School and a 1965 graduate of Mars Hill College. Joe was the Chief Test Engineer for Stencel Aero Engineering Corporation in Arden where he tested parachutes and pilot rescue systems for the military. Joe was also the co-owner of Oates Realty Associates, Inc., and along with his wife, Betty, helped countless families make their new homes in Henderson County. Joe joined the Hendersonville Board of Realtors in 1977 and was President in 1980, 1986 and 2005 and retired from the real estate business in 2015. Joe remained active in real estate and enjoyed time at the NC coast with his family. Joe was an avid photographer, airplane enthusiast and pilot and continued his passion for flying into his retirement by becoming an FAA certified drone pilot.

The family wishes to thank Eusebio and Anita Gutierrez, Heylin Hidalgo, Brick and Linda Cox, all of Joe’s neighbors at The Orchards, and especially Colleen, Mickey, Laura, Jennifer and George, Four Seasons Hospice and Justin Alexander for the care, comfort, ministry and friendship they all provided to Joe and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s memory may be made to Four Seasons Foundation, 211 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Condolence cards may be sent to the Oates family to: 1101 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or   Read More »

Sandra Davey (Edwards) Waggoner, 83

Sandra Davey (Edwards) Waggoner, 83

Sandra Davey (Edwards) Waggoner, 83, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away at her home on July 27, 2021. Affectionately known as Sandy, Mom, and Nana, she was born on May 15, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. She grew up in Stuart and Lake Worth, FL, where she attended Rosarian High School. She was the first of three siblings born to Walter F. Davey MD “Doc” and Elizabeth “Betts” Young Davey and is predeceased by her parents and brother “Jay”, Walter F. Davey Jr. DVM, and survived by her sister Susanne “Suz” D. Rappenecker and brother-in -law Steve live in Gainesville, FL.

Sandy met her first husband, Robert C. Edwards, Jr., “Bob”, deceased 1994, when she was a freshman at Duke University Nursing School. They married and (much to Bob’s chagrin) they had four daughters. In the early years the family moved between NC and SC every few years until they landed in Hendersonville in 1970. Sandy was adept at making every new place into a welcoming home. In the early 80s Sandy worked alongside Bob to help start Young Generations, a girls clothing company, and later to purchase Ruth Originals.

Sandy was always involved with volunteer work. She was a member of the Land O’ Sky Garden Club and she spent many years and hours with the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary as the orientation coordinator and training Pink Lady volunteers.

She was active in the Jr. Welfare Club and was involved in entertainment for the
yearly fundraiser. She loved to dance and rehearsed in the garage in front of her audience of 4 girls, paybacks for the endless hours and years of dance recitals she and Dad had to endure.

In 1996 Sandy married a dear family friend, William H. Waggoner, “Bill”, deceased 2013. They loved to travel and spend time in Arizona where Bill had spent much of his childhood. It had to have been true love because Sandy returned from home from their first trip wearing a denim vest and turquoise!

Sandy was a natural beauty, a cheerleader, and homecoming queen. She loved to garden, and loved orchids and pink lady slippers in particular. She was a world-class cook, she loved to host gatherings, she adored and was adored by her friends and neighbors. She loved to play bridge with her friends every Monday, loved chardonnay on ice, and was an avid Duke basketball fan. Most of all she loved Johnny Mathis and her little white dog Sophie.

Sandy spent countless hours baking bread from the starter she was given by her sister Suz many years ago. Her freezer was always full of those loaves of love and she was quick to distribute them to friends on holidays or in times of need. Sandy was supportive, considerate, kind, compassionate and had a keen sense of humor. She was famous for clipping articles from the local paper and mailing them to people she thought would have an interest. She will be remembered for the little pearls of wisdom she peppered us with throughout our lives and her daily mantra of, “I’M FINE.”

Sandy is survived by her daughter Betsy Edwards of Hendersonville, NC; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Mark Sangiolo, West Harwich, MA; daughter and son-in-law Leslie and John Coker, Hendersonville NC; daughter and son-in-law Ashley and Robert Thompson, Birmingham, AL; and her seven grandchildren: Allee Cox, Anne Crowell, Adam Sangiolo, Griffin Thompson, Hannah Coker, Graham Thompson and Bennett Thompson.

Sandy was fortunate to have five loving step-children: Steven Waggoner, Wendy Henderson, Melinda Bryant, Karen Saine, and Pati Waggoner-Meyers and all of their children and grandchildren whom she adored.

We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all her wonderful friends and neighbors, the staff and caregivers at Lake Point Landing, her hair and nail stylists, her drivers, her Trust advisors, her dog sitters, her doctors and veterinarians. It truly took a village for Sandy to live happily, independent.

Don’t worry Sandy, we will all be fine, but we will all miss you so much.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Community Foundation of Henderson County
Robert C. Edwards Jr. and Sandra Edwards Waggoner Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Community Foundation of Henderson County
401 North Main St, Suite 300
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Private, Family only burial at St. James Memorial Garden

Jackson Funeral Service is assisting the Waggoner family.   Read More »

Joseph Donato Anastasio, 96

Joseph Donato Anastasio, 96

Joseph Donato Anastasio, 96, of Hendersonville, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his beloved wife, Dagmar on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at his residence. He was a native of Brooklyn, NY and was preceded in death by his wife, Dagmar and his parents, Pasquale and Fortunata of Italy and then Brooklyn, NY, three sisters and one brother.
Joe served in World War II in the European Theater. He fought in both the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired after almost 30 years with the city of New York, NY Department of Transportation. Joe was a lifelong devout Roman Catholic.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews of New York and Germany.
A prayer service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, July 8th, 2021, in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Joe will lie in state from 1-2pm prior to the service in the chapel. Military honors will follow the service in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Marilyn Munson

Marilyn Munson

Marilyn Munson, loving wife of Greg Munson, passed away on March 25th, 2021 at home in Canton, Georgia of causes unrelated to Covid-19. Marilyn is survived by three children – Mark Munson (Melissa Feemster), Julie Beck (Doug Beck) and Amy Munson and four grandchildren – Molly and Max Fitzsimons, Kate and Walter Beck. Marilyn was a devoted Christian Scientist and had many talents. At age four she started playing the piano (Marilyn had perfect pitch), and by sixteen was a church organist, with a career that spanned over 50 years. As a result, Marilyn made fast friends with many famous organists and was a past president of the American Guild of Organists of the Western North Carolina Chapter. In addition, she taught private piano lessons to many beloved students for over 20 years. Outside of music, Marilyn loved making art (particularly watercolors) and studying art history. She was proud of her Masters in Humanities. An enthusiast of art museums, Marilyn was happy to stand in front of a single painting and study every detail for long periods of time. Having learned German from her parents (first generation immigrants) Marilyn was the family ambassador for relatives in Europe and enjoyed many trips abroad. Her German cousins were like brothers and sisters to her. Long before Google maps and armed only with a Rand McNally, Marilyn was always game to hop in the car for a drive – whether it was a long trip from New York to Alaska, the parks in Utah, or an unpaved road up the side of a mountain. In addition, swimming or a great meal (with dessert first) always made her smile. Marilyn always had a twinkle in her eye, and will be missed as the rock of our family.   Read More »

Charles David Pace, 89

Charles David Pace, 89

Charles David Pace, 89, of Hendersonville, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Elizabeth House.
A native of Saluda and Hendersonville, Charles was born to the late Claude and Inez Pace; he is also predeceased by brothers, George, Lewis, Leverl, Sam, Ralph,Tony (CT) Pace; and a sister, Flossie Mae Atkins.   Read More »

James N. Albritton Jr.

James N. Albritton Jr. “Jimmy”, 77 of Hendersonville, NC went to be with the Lord February 4, 2021.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County.  He was the son of the late James and Florence Ramsey Albritton.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Grace Gilbert Albritton; two daughters, Teresa Foreman and Christy and her husband Jeffery Ledbetter. He was the proud Poppy to five grandchildren Michael (Amber) Lolley, Andrew (Sheridan) Hilliard, Amanda Hillard, Emma and Taylor Ledbetter, two great grandchildren Barrett and Brynly and two “sons”, Rick Hilliard and Tim Lolley.
He was a proud member of In Jesus Name Church where he served as chairman of deacons and Sunday School Teacher as long as his health allowed.  He was always a great christian example to all who knew him.
Special thanks to our helper and friend, Linda DelBuono.
A memorial service will Saturday February 20, 2021 at 2 PM at In Jesus Name Church with the Reverend Dale Gilbert officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to In Jesus Name Church or to the Gideons.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.comor to Po Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Eugene Patrick Roberts Jr,

Eugene Patrick Roberts Jr, (originally from MD) passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2021. He is survived by his spouse and 3 sons. No funeral services will be held.   Read More »

Nancy Davis Morton, 91

Nancy Davis Morton, 91, of Hendersonville, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in the care of her family and the compassionate staff of Elizabeth House.   Read More »

J. Edward Jones, 86

James Edward “Ed” Jones, 86 passed away November 14, 2020, at Four Seasons Hospice (Elizabeth House) in Hendersonville, NC.   Read More »