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Phyllis Lucille McCall Adcock, 88

Phyllis Lucille McCall Adcock, 88

Phyllis Lucille McCall Adcock, 88, of Spartanburg, SC, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Pardee Hospital. She was born August 8, 1930 in Transylvania County; a daughter of the late Justin and Bertha Long McCall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Thomas Adcock who died in 2001.

She loved the outdoors, long walks, traveling and camping. One of her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters: Patsy Nix and her husband Eddie of Hendersonville, Diane Sargent and her husband Greg of Canada, and Pamela Barnwell and her husband John of Spartanburg, SC. Her four grandchildren: Eric Orr and Corey McCall both of Hendersonville, Jonathan Barnwell and Olivia Barnwell both of Spartanburg, SC. Her four great grandchildren: Kade Orr and Alyssa McCall both of Hendersonville, Kamden Barnwell and Riley Barnwell both of Spartanburg, SC.

Her celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Chapel with her niece, Karen Bayne officiating. Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Phyllis to the Alzheimer’s Association 31 College Pl #103, Asheville, NC 28801.

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 »

Mary Burton Weess, 86

Mary Burton Weess, 86

Mary Burton Weess, age 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Mary was the daughter of Charles and Annie Mae Wilson Dotson. She was blessed to be born into the “Dotson Tribe,” her very large and God loving family of ten brothers and one sister.
In 1948 she was married to Wirron Wallace Burton, and during their 50 year marriage the couple lived in Asheville, North Carolina, Hickory, North Carolina and Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1997 the Burtons moved to Flat Rock to be closer to family, and in 1998 Mary’s husband, Wirron died.
Mary was wed to Allan Weess of Hendersonville from 2001 until 2004 when he passed away. In 2005, Mary met her “Soul Mate,” dear friend, and constant companion, Edward Erickson. Mary and Ed greatly enjoyed playing bridge together with friends they made at the former Opportunity House and Thoms Park prior to her illness.
Mary was educated in Asheville where she attended Oakley High School. When the Burton family moved to Hickory in 1958, she sought employment in the field of textiles as a receptionist and later became the secretary to the plant manager at Ivey Weavers. After working in the Hickory plant, she accepted a position at the corporate headquarters of Burlington Industries in Greensboro, where she worked until her retirement as a Cost Analyst and an Economic Analyst.
A person of great faith, Mary attended First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina until health problems ensued.
Mary is survived by two daughters, Marcia Burton Caserio and her husband, James Joseph Caserio, M.D. of Flat Rock, North Carolina and Sonya Burton Trull and her husband, Steven Gregory Trull, of St. Charles, Missouri.
Mary is also survived by five grandchildren, Steven Creighton Trull and wife, Jodi Lynn Trull of Thompsons Station, Tennessee, Christina Caserio Corn and husband, Brian Michael Corn of Orlando Florida , Maria Patrice Caserio of Los Angeles, California, Kemper Burton Trull and wife, Jamie Lee Trull, of Franklin, Tennessee, Anthony James Caserio of New York City and five great grandchildren, Emily Taylor Trull, Abigail Lynn Trull, Steven Eli Trull, Miles Kemper Trull and Norah Lee Trull.
Mary is also survived by two brothers, Garry Don Dotson of Asheville, North Carolina and Tony Dotson of Brevard, North Carolina, over 20 nieces and nephews, and by her loving caregivers, Mary and David Spanton of Black Mountain, North Carolina and Andrea Stone of Hendersonville, North Carolina
A Celebration of the Life of Mary Burton Weess will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Oakley United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Kelly Dotson, niece of the deceased will officiate. The family will receive guests immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. A private interment will be held for the immediate family at the graveside in the Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Mary will rest in peace beside her beloved husband, Wirron Wallace Burton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Pardee Hospital Foundation, 561 Fleming Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28739, the Carolina Village Employee Fund, 600 Carolina Village Rd., Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28792 or Interfaith Assistance Ministry, 310 Freeman St., Hendersonville, North Carolina, 28792.
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 »

Merritt Franklin “Little Mutt” Johnson, Jr., 74

Merritt Franklin “Little Mutt” Johnson, Jr., 74, of Hendersonville died on Friday, September 28, 2018 at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation after a period of declining health. He was born November 9, 1943 in Las Vegas, New Mexico; a son of the late Merritt Franklin Johnson, Sr. and Rosemary Holland Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Johnson Tidrick.

He spent his formative years in both Hendersonville as well as Sanford, FL. He excelled in athletics especially in football when he attended Hendersonville High School. He graduated in 1962 from Seminole High School in Sanford, FL. He and his family resided for numerous years in Marietta, GA before returning to Hendersonville. He was involved with several companies over the years. He lived life to the fullest.

He is survived by his son, Merritt Franklin “Scott” Johnson, III and his wife, Angie of Sherborn, MA. His three grandchildren: Wade, Nash, and Annascott Johnson all of Sherborn, MA. One brother, Berry H. Johnson of Hendersonville. He is also survived by many relatives of the “Johnson Clan”.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 in Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel officiated by the Reverend Dr. Mark Ralls.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Mr. Johnson’s memory be made to Addis Cure, c/o Christi Johnson, 19520 West Catawba Avenue, Suite 200, Cornelius, NC 28031.

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 »

Anita Flora Clarke Penner, 92

Anita Flora Clarke Penner, 92

Anita Flora Clarke Penner, 92, of Hendersonville died on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Carolina Village Medical Center. She was born July 9, 1926 in Montclair, New Jersey; a daughter of the late Harry Seymore and Annie Birks Clarke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Penner, whom she was married to for 59 years.

She will be remembered for her enthusiasm and engagement in life. In her healthy years, she was a hiker, an outdoor enthusiast, an avid reader and always inquisitive about the people around her.

She is survived by her son, Craig Robert Penner of Santa Barbara, CA. Her two daughters: Becky Penner Pomfret of Sarasota, FL and Lorraine Penner Judson of Marietta, GA. Her four grandchildren: David, Kurt, Kyle, Jessica as well as six great grandchildren: Jonas, Jamison, Ella, Dexter, Samson, and Clementine. She also leaves behind her lifelong best friend, Peggy Peters.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden with Pastor Robert Hicks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ms. Penner’s memory be made to The Carolina Village Employee Fund, 600 Carolina Village Road, Suite #2, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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 »

Herman Ralph Fisher, 91

Herman Ralph Fisher, 91, of Mills River died on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Elizabeth House. He was born August 9, 1927 in Henderson County; a son of the late Sheridan Lawrence and Rosa Lee Holcombe Fisher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons: Michael Fisher and David Fisher, six brothers: Graham, Miles, Perry, Charlie, Arnold, and George Fisher and four sisters: Myrtle Camp, Katherine Summey, Margaret Norwood, and Lucy Anders.

He was a lifelong resident of Henderson County. He retired from Bigger’s Brother’s of Charlotte after 30 years of employment. He also was employed with Fisher Mazda. He was a member and deacon of French Broad Baptist Church and had also taught Sunday school. He served in the Army Air Corps.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ida Christina Coates Fisher. Son, Jeff Fisher of Mills River. Two daughters: Beverly Davis and her husband Allan of Mills River, Melinda Pryor and her husband Bob of Charlotte. One sister, Barbara Jones of Hendersonville. Five grandchildren: Brandon Johnson and his wife Kathy, Ashley Corn, Kara Laws and her husband Trae, Kasey Fisher and her husband Jeff, Ben Pryor and his wife Sarah as well as eleven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at French Broad Baptist Church with Reverend Kemuel Pruitt officiating. Family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Mr. Fisher’s memory to French Broad Baptist Church, 182 Grandview Ln, Hendersonville, NC 28791 or Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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 »

Dr. Frank Donald Newell, 95

Dr. Frank Donald Newell, 95, of Hendersonville, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 after a period of declining health. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.   Read More »

Larry Lee “Bear” Whiteside, 62

Larry Lee “Bear” Whiteside, 62, of Fletcher died on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Mission Hospital. He was born November 21, 1955 in Buncombe County; a son of the late Claude Charles and Genevieve Arlene Varney Whiteside. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Laura Webber.

He was a loving husband, father, and friend. He had resided in Henderson County for 18 years. A well known and respected mechanic, he owned and operated Bear’s Road Service. He enjoyed the outdoors and drag racing.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Geneva Darlene Whiteside. He is also survived by two sons: Shannon Whiteside and his wife Susan and Wesley Whiteside and his wife Angie. His two brothers: Dean Whiteside and his wife Donna and David Whiteside and his wife Pam. One sister, Kathy Cannaday; eleven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; and his four legged friend, “Chloe”.

The graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Pastor Cody Sturgill officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mr. Whiteside’s memory be made to The American Heart Association, 128 South Tryon Street, Ste. 1588, Charlotte, NC 28202 or The Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd, Suite 300 Frisco, TX 75034.

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 »

Cora Marie Gade Petersen, 100

Cora Marie Gade Petersen, 100, of Hendersonville died on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Life Care Center. She was born April 18, 1918 in Delmont, South Dakota; a daughter of the late Frederick Carl and Clara Bertha Steffen Gade. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Pete” Petersen, whom she was married to for 70 years as well as five sisters and one brother.

She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lived over fifty-five years in Champaign, Illinois before moving to North Carolina in 2006 to be closer to her daughter. She attended Valparaiso University studying education for the deaf which is where she met her husband. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golf, achieving 3 holes in one. She was known for creating original artistic needlework and crafts. She traveled the world. She volunteered in Illinois Children’s Home and Aid, Mercy and Burnham Hospital Auxiliaries, PEO, and Junior League of Champaign-Urbana. She was a lifelong Lutheran.

She is survived by two sons: Dr. William Petersen, Sr. and his wife Kathleen of Virginia Beach, VA, and John Petersen and his wife Margaret of Ann Arbor, MI. One daughter, Kay Petersen Leyrer and her husband Stephen of Flat Rock. Her nine grandchildren: Laura Miller, Sarah Brosius, Mark Leyrer, Dr. William Petersen, Jr., Dr. Timothy Petersen, Robert J. Petersen, Lindsey Bernsdorf, Robert H. Petersen, Ruthann Petersen as well as eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. One sister, Paula Mueller, 106, of Bloomington, IN.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, 2606 Chimney Rock Road, with Pastor Jon Christensen officiating. Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Cora to the donor’s
favorite charity.

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 »

Avis Mintz Spellman Maxwell, 86

Avis Mintz Spellman Maxwell, 86

Avis Mintz Spellman Maxwell, 86, of Hendersonville died on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Elizabeth House. She was born July 1, 1932 in Henderson County; a daughter of the late Eulas and Eula Mae Corn Mintz. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Maxwell was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred “Min” Fay Mintz, and her brother, Fred “Stick” Mintz whom Avis always told them,” I am the baby and they have to do what I want them to!”

Avis was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. She was a Clerical Bookkeeper in the Henderson County Judicial system until her retirement. As an active member of French Broad Baptist Church for numerous years she particularly enjoyed helping with Vacation Bible School. She also enjoyed traveling and fishing. However, whenever she was asked if she liked to cook her response was always the same, “we have two stoves and they have never been turned on.”

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, William Fred Maxwell. She is also survived by her “almost” daughter, Audra S. Thompson, as well as her “almost” grandson, Kaleb Thompson.

The graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 31, 2018 at Shepherd Memorial Park with Pastor Kemual Pruitt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Avis’s memory be directed to French Broad Baptist Church, 182 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28791.

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 »

William Isaac (Bill) Hoffman, 55

William Isaac (Bill) Hoffman, 55

William Isaac (Bill) Hoffman, age 55, of Hendersonville, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 18, surrounded by his loved ones.

Bill was blessed with a brilliant engineering mind; he graduated from UNM in Mechanical Engineering and held patents in engineering processes. His thirst for knowledge--math, science, history and sports—was shared with others enlivening conversations with his quick-witted humor and trivia. Bill moved to Hendersonville, NC from Albuquerque, NM in 1999 and held engineering and managerial positions at Intel, Selee, Crane Resistoflex, and BorgWarner.

Bill was a loving husband, father, son, and brother. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan since the age of 7, enjoyed F1 car racing and woodworking. He leaves behind many friends who cherished him. It was important to Bill that those around him grow to be the best they could be and enjoyed mentoring them along their journey.

Bill is survived by his bride of 18 years, Dianna Hoffman; son Evan (Brittany Cutshall) Hoffman; daughter Stephanie Hoffman; stepdaughter Rachael Noa; granddaughters Ani Noa and Aurora Noa; mother Cecilia Hoffman; sister Lisa (Erik) Dunkle and their three children, Nikki, Kyrsten, and Kevin; brother Jamie Hoffman; mother-in-law Gloria Reedy; brothers-in-law Christian (Marya) Reedy and Charles (Cindy) Reedy; sisters-in-law Shirley (Doug) Mitchell and Agatha (Vaughn) Fulton. Bill is preceded in death by his father, Joseph W. Hoffman.

A visitation for Bill will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home, 125 Church St., Hendersonville. Bill will be laid to rest in Albuquerque.

The loving memories Bill leaves behind and the impact he had on others will be everlasting.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MANNA Food Bank ‘packs for kids’ program, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

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