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Bert Alvin Blair

Bert Alvin Blair passed away at the Self Regional Healthcare Medical Center in Greenwood, SC on July 9, 2019 from complications of old age. He was born on March 19, 1927 at Mason, OH. He was the son of Ethol and Pearl Gaskins Blair. He was a graduate of Amelia High School and earned his Bachelor's degree in music education at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati majoring in piano and minoring in viola. While in undergraduate school he served as president of the student council and president of the Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. He married Dorothy Jean Denman on June 23, 1951 at Bond Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH.

While teaching instrumental music in the Middletown and Hamilton OH school systems, he served a term as president of the Southwest Ohio District of the Ohio Music Education Association. He pursued graduate studies at the Univ of Michigan and Miami Univ of OH earning his master's degree in music in 1959. In 1966 he was on of forty chosen from over four hundred applicants to study at the Institute for the Study of Advanced Music Literature at the University of Iowa. His major work in music education moved the Blair family to Lima, OH where he was Coordinator of Strings and Orchestras for the city schools for nineteen yrs. During his tenure he and wife, Dottie, played first stand viola in the Lima Symphony where he also served as assistant conductor.

After retiring from his public school teaching he began a string instrument repair business which he ran for 15 yrs. He also made arrangements for piano trios and string quartets which he and Dottie played at weddings and receptions. This proved very successful when they moved to FL in 1994 and were very much in demand to play for various occasions there. As part of his playing career he and Dottie played 1st stand viola in the Northwest Florida Symphony for ten years, and were members of the Pensacola Symphony and the Choctahatchee Symphony. In 2004 they retired to Hendersonville, NC where they ended their playing careers but continued in the orchestral scene by restructuring the music library of the Hendersonville Symphony as well as serving as music librarians for the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for several yrs.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Denman and their six children: son Tom Blair (Charlene) of Corbin, KY, daughters Karen DeLong (Craig) of Reading, PA, Marty Blair (James Heffel) of McCormick, SC, Nancy Lawrence of Colorado Springs, CO, Amy Blair of Ostrander, OH and Melissa Rucker (Jared) of Apple Valley, CA. He was "grandpa" to 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH.

Bert was born with a rare bleeding disorder called Hemophilia B. Some of his grandsons have also been affected. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Hemophilia Foundation at www.hemophilia.org or mail to Attn: Development Department, 7 Penn Plaza, Ste 1204, New York, NY 10001. Please indicate it is for Hemophilia B research. His other great love was the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. https://ccm.{weshareonline.org or mail to College-Conservatory of Music, Univ of Cincinnati, Attn: Development Office, PO Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003. Please indicate it is for Music Education Dept.

For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.   Read More »

Bert Alvin Blair

Bert Alvin Blair passed away at the Self Regional Healthcare Medical Center in Greenwood, SC on July 9, 2019 from complications of old age. He was born on March 19, 1927 at Mason, OH. He was the son of Ethol and Pearl Gaskins Blair. He was a graduate of Amelia High School and earned his Bachelor's degree in music education at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati majoring in piano and minoring in viola. While in undergraduate school he served as president of the student council and president of the Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. He married Dorothy Jean Denman on June 23, 1951 at Bond Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH.

While teaching instrumental music in the Middletown and Hamilton OH school systems, he served a term as president of the Southwest Ohio District of the Ohio Music Education Association. He pursued graduate studies at the Univ of Michigan and Miami Univ of OH earning his master's degree in music in 1959. In 1966 he was on of forty chosen from over four hundred applicants to study at the Institute for the Study of Advanced Music Literature at the University of Iowa. His major work in music education moved the Blair family to Lima, OH where he was Coordinator of Strings and Orchestras for the city schools for nineteen yrs. During his tenure he and wife, Dottie, played first stand viola in the Lima Symphony where he also served as assistant conductor.

After retiring from his public school teaching he began a string instrument repair business which he ran for 15 yrs. He also made arrangements for piano trios and string quartets which he and Dottie played at weddings and receptions. This proved very successful when they moved to FL in 1994 and were very much in demand to play for various occasions there. As part of his playing career he and Dottie played 1st stand viola in the Northwest Florida Symphony for ten years, and were members of the Pensacola Symphony and the Choctahatchee Symphony. In 2004 they retired to Hendersonville, NC where they ended their playing careers but continued in the orchestral scene by restructuring the music library of the Hendersonville Symphony as well as serving as music librarians for the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for several yrs.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Denman and their six children: son Tom Blair (Charlene) of Corbin, KY, daughters Karen DeLong (Craig) of Reading, PA, Marty Blair (James Heffel) of McCormick, SC, Nancy Lawrence of Colorado Springs, CO, Amy Blair of Ostrander, OH and Melissa Rucker (Jared) of Apple Valley, CA. He was "grandpa" to 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH.

Bert was born with a rare bleeding disorder called Hemophilia B. Some of his grandsons have also been affected. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Hemophilia Foundation at www.hemophilia.org or mail to Attn: Development Department, 7 Penn Plaza, Ste 1204, New York, NY 10001. Please indicate it is for Hemophilia B research. His other great love was the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. https://ccm.{weshareonline.org or mail to College-Conservatory of Music, Univ of Cincinnati, Attn: Development Office, PO Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003. Please indicate it is for Music Education Dept.

For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.   Read More »

Barbara Jean Hipwell, 88

Barbara Jean Hipwell, 88, of Hendersonville, died Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Elizabeth House.

Barbara was born in Floral Park, NY on June 19, 1930 to the late Luigi and Louise Pizzuto. She lived most of her life in Western New York in the Buffalo and Finger Lake Region. A graduate of Kenmore Senior High School, Barbara married the late Donald Hipwell and raised her two daughters with such love that they followed her to North Carolina. She is also preceded in death by her partner of 43 years, Jere Allen Johnson who died in 2016.

In 2006 after her oldest daughter Constance relocated to Mills River, they opened up The Conn-Artist Studio at Main & 5th Avenue above McCarter Gallery.
The next year they relocated to Atha Plaza where Publix is currently. Until 2015 Barbara was the featured artist along with her daughter. They offered Art Shows, Art Instruction & the legendary Open Studio where many local artists learned to become better painters in their warm & inspiring studio-Gallery.
Barbara had previously sold literally hundreds of paintings mostly from Harvest Mill Antique Shop in Canandaigua, NY.

Barbara first started art study with her father, Lewis who taught her the fundamentals of drawing. He provided her with invaluable lessons from Sylvia Sheridan of Orchard Park, NY.

Upon moving to NC, Barbara immediately joined the Art League of Henderson County and was named the 2007 Artist of the Year for her painting, “Under the Apple Tree.” Having artists as friends and enjoying studio time at least three days a week was a wonderful time in her life.

Barbara is survived by two loving daughters, Constance Hipwell Vlahoulis of New Baltimore, Michigan, and Catherine Ann Hipwell and her wonderful wife, Sandra Lively of Leicester, NC; son-in-law, William Vlahoulis of Mills River; a beloved brother, Alan B. Pizzuto and his wife Sandy; beloved nephews, David and Steven Pizzuto; two grandchildren, M. Cristopher Cercone and his wife Susy and David Alan Cercone and his wife Carrie all of Michigan; three great-grandchildren, Isabella Yue, Amelia Constance who was born on Barbara’s 85th birthday, and David Michael Cercone.

Her grandsons were the apple of her eye and they enjoyed countless summers together boating, fishing, and swimming at Gramma Barbs & Grandpa Jere’s in upstate New York.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Christie Olson officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in Barbara’s name to Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Barbara’s family wishes to thank the entire staff at Elizabeth House especially CNA Michelle and the incredible loving nurses and doctors.

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.

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Kenneth Lee Henson, 62

Kenneth Lee Henson, 62, of Zirconia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 18, 2019. He was the son of the late Richard Lee Henson and Lola Gordon Henson.   Read More »

Laurel Mae Voigt, 76

Laurel Mae Voigt, 76, of Hendersonville passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her home. She was born in Bronx, NY on September 5, 1942, a daughter of the late Grandine and Estelle Robinson. She was also preceded in death by her only sister, Elaine Shubin.   Read More »

Marie Ellen Schroer, 86

Marie Ellen Schroer, 86, passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Assisted Living on Sunday, May 5, 2019 after an extended illness. She was born on February 13, 1933, a native of Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Otto and Mary Amsen Hoegger of New York. Along with her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul Phillip Schroer, who died on June 13, 2006; as well as a sister, Gloria Jean Hoegger.   Read More »

John Dennis Mellott, 80

After a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, John Dennis Mellott, 80, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Lodge at Mills River surrounded by his loving family. John was born on September 3, 1938, the youngest child of the late John and Ina Squires Mellot in Tiffin, Ohio. He was also preceded in death by three older siblings.   Read More »

Florence Pat Garrett, 85

Florence Pat Garrett, 85 of Hendersonville slipped peacefully away in her sleep Thursday May 09, 2019 at the Elizabeth House.
She was the daughter of the late Harry Marshall and Corine Dunn Marshall. She was the wife of the late Maurice E. “Red” Garrett who died in 2015.
She was preceded in death by one son, John.
Florence had lived in CA where she owned and operated a successful business before moving to NC. She was a very strong person and loved the Silver Sneakers Program. She was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church, she loved and appericated the kindness of her church family. She loved to garden and had a great passion for cooking, she would feed anyone and everyone. She was very proud to be a part of her five generation family. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Steven Garrett and his wife Rina of FL, two daughters, Melanie MacPherson and her husband Graham of Hendersonville, Sandy Holder and her husband David of Flat Rock, one sister Judy Dorr of Richardson, TX, six grandchildren, Shannon, Holly, Timothy, Meredith, Ryan and Anir, nine great grandchildren, Mark, James, Melissa, Zachary, Isabella, Aarion, Mackenzie, Logan and Sara, four great great grandchildren, William, Easton, Violet and Ivory and her precious poodle Polly. She will be greatly missed.
At her request no service will be held.
Memorials may be made to: Four Seasons Compassion for Life (Elizabeth House) 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793 .   Read More »

Dennis Tyrrell “Terry” Blythe, 64

Dennis Tyrrell “Terry” Blythe, age 64, of Hendersonville passed away at Pardee Hospital on Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence M. Blythe, who died in 2018.   Read More »

Viola Jane Cairnes Allison, 93

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