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Margaret Stonecipher Thomas, 87

Margaret Stonecipher Thomas, 87

Margaret Stonecipher Thomas age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 after a brief illness. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of over 46 years, Royce P “Bo” Thomas, her sister, Mary Stonecipher Skinner Tichy, as well as her son-in-law, Stephen Vieira.   Read More »

Boyd Gregory Pittillo, 73

Boyd Gregory Pittillo age 73 of Hendersonville died Tuesday December 4, 2018 at The Laurel’s of Hendersonville.   Read More »

Sarah Brown Gilbert, 99

Sarah Brown Gilbert died December 2, 2018 at the Carolina Village Care Center in Hendersonville, NC. She was born April 19, 1919 in Fairmont, NC to Harold Vardell and Ossie Clark Brown. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William Leon (Bill) Gilbert III, a son William L. Gilbert IV and her brother Harold V. Brown Jr.

She is survived by her son Harold Brown Gilbert (Linda) and her daughter Sally Moffitt ( Dr.Ron) of Hendersonville. She is also survived by her four grandchildren: Chip Gilbert (Cathey) and Jennifer Gonzales (Vincent) of Hendersonville, Abby Downing (Henry) of Johns Island, SC and Lindsay Dunn (John) of Glastonbury, CT. In addition she is survived by four great-grandchildren: Rylee and Emily Gonzales and Carter and Emerson Dunn.

After moving to Hendersonville in 1962 she became an active volunteer for Hendersonville City Schools, served on the Boards of the Mental Health Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Henderson County Council for Women. She was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and a charter member and Elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, December 7, 2018 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville with Reverend Mark Stanley officiating.

In lieu of flowers Sarah requested that donations be made to Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, 1111 Keith Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792, the Carolina Village Residents’ Assistance Fund, 600 Carolina Village Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.   Read More »

Richard Earl "Bud” Zalesky, 87

Richard Earl "Bud” Zalesky, 87

Richard Earl "Bud” Zalesky, 87, of Hendersonville died Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Mission Hospital. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 7, 1931; a son of the late James and Alice Jennens Zalesky. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Zalesky; his first wife and the mother of his children, Mary Louise Tiernan Zalesky; as well as his sister-in-law, Sherry Zalesky.

He grew up in Miami, FL. After a tour in the US Air Force, where he spent his service teaching electronics and maintenance of bomb/navigation systems on the B47 and B52, he graduated from
the University of Miami in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoyed a 30 year career in Research and Development at Lockheed Aircraft until his retirement in 1989 and then
relocated to Hendersonville. He was a skilled wood worker/turner, fly fisherman, gourmet cook, community volunteer, as well as an active member of St. James.

He is survived by his beloved Judy; three children, Rick (Charlene) Zalesky of Atlanta, GA, Chris (Nancy) Zalesky of Doylestown, PA, and Jean (Mike) Rentnelli of Deltona, FL. He
leaves behind his four cherished grandchildren: Zack (Hannah) Zalesky, Christopher Zalesky and finance (Julia), Zola (Austin) Lopeman, and Patrick Zalesky and friend, (Jess). A brother, Jim
Zalesky of Chicago, IL, also survives him, as do his second family, Kristin (Jason) Woodbury and Kane Mettler, both of CA, and Kevin Mettler, deceased.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018, at St. James Episcopal Church. Interment will immediately follow the service at the church in the Burns Powell Garden.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Carolina Mountain Woodturners Assn., P.O. Box 16606, West Asheville, NC 28806, or to a charity of one's choice.

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 »

Leslie Ray Bryant, Jr., 91

Leslie Ray Bryant, Jr., 91

Leslie Ray Bryant, Jr., M.D., age 91, of Asheville died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community. He was born March 10, 1927 in Hattisburg, MS.; a son of the late Leslie Ray and Clara Louise Terrell Bryant, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Claire Bryant Savell.

He graduated from Ole Miss and received his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He served in the US Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd class. He retired as a pathologist and Director of Transfusion Medicine at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans after 38 years. He traveled on short term mission trips to Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. For over 30 years, he enjoyed teaching bible school. He was former Secretary of American Association of Blood Banks, Past President of South Central Association of Blood Banks, and an Emeritus Fellow of American College of Pathology.

He is survived by his spouse of 34 years, Annie Ackerman Bryant; son, Leslie Ray Bryant III, M.D. of Anchorage, AK; two daughters: Brenda L. Bryant, M.D. of Asheville, Barbara Bryant Gills and her husband, Larry Gills, M.D. of Ft. Smith, AR. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Leslie Ray Bryant IV, Alexander Choudury Bryant and Lindsay Jackson Gills.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 30, 2018 at St. Giles Chapel with Reverend Richard “Lin” Walton and Rev. Tonya Hill officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 pm at Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Dr. Bryant’s memory be directed to Deerfield Residents Fund, 1617 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 or Medical Benevolence Foundation, P O Box 96877, Washington DC 20090.

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 the arrangements.   Read More »

Lucy Moore Beddingfield, 97

Lucy Moore Beddingfield, age 97, of Hendersonville died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Laurels of Hendersonville. She was born December 18, 1920 in Madison County; a daughter of the late Clarence Samuel and Hessie Phipps Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Otis Beddingfield.

She grew up in Pahokee, Florida and graduated from Pahokee High School. She was a 1944 graduate of the Mountain Sanitarium School of Nursing earning her degree as a Registered Nurse. She was a Registered Nurse at Patton Memorial Hospital and continued as one of the original Pardee Hospital Registered Nurses. She was the Head Registered Nurse of Obstetrics until her retirement in December 1982.

She is survived by two daughters: Jean Faulkner and her husband Gary of Flat Rock; Judith Tooley of Charlotte. She is also survived by a stepson, James Beddingfield of Sarasota, FL; and a stepdaughter, Jane Stevens of Hendersonville. Five grandchildren: Grant Faulkner and his wife Kimberly of Hendersonville; Elizabeth Faulkner of Chicago, IL; Sonya Rokes Carlisle and her husband Craig of Los Angeles, CA.; Carla Rokes Robertson and her husband Todd of Wilmington, and step granddaughter, Cindy Miller and her husband Mike of Hendersonville. Five great grandchildren: River Faulkner, Tucker Faulkner, Eli Faulkner all of Hendersonville; Raya Robertson and Maxwell Robertson of Wilmington.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Shepherd Memorial Park with Pastor Charles Ferguson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Lucy’s memory be directed to Pardee Cancer Center, 805 6th Ave. West, 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 the arrangements.   Read More »

Edward “Ed” Vogel, 81

Edward “Ed” Vogel, 81

Edward “Ed” Vogel, 81, of Hendersonville entered into rest on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, he was the son of the late Gertrude and William Solomon Vogel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Vogel and brother, Nealon Vogel.

Edward received his Master’s Degree in Public Health and was a physical therapy administrator. He was a nursing home administrator and then a hospital administrator. Following his retirement from the medical field, he owned a Buck Stove business and then was a general contractor. He was a member of the Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist Church. Over a 21-year period, he spent time volunteering with Junior Achievement. His interests were travelling and cars, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 28 years, Karen K. Vogel; daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Owens of Palm Coast, FL; Cynthia (Jim) Wiley of Hendersonville; and Candace Warner of Orlando, FL; sons, Steven (Cherry) Vogel of Ooltewahi, TN and Guy (Iris) Smith of Hilton Head Island, SC; grandchildren, Alicia and Michael Malinki, Grant and Dylan Vogel, Erin Wiley Mitschow, Curtis Wiley, and Lillian Smith; nephew, Bill Vogel; sister-in-law, Jean Vogel; and friends, Mr. and Mrs. James McCammon.

A service for family will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 221 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792 or Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1141 Howard Gap Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28792.   Read More »

Gladys Hall Estes, 85

Gladys Hall Estes, 85

Gladys Hall Estes, 85, of Hooper’s Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at her home.   Read More »

Vera “Aileen” Frisbee Todd, 93

Vera “Aileen” Frisbee Todd, 93, of Lyndale Road in Hendersonville, died Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Cherry Springs Village.   Read More »

Velma Nina Hooper Beddingfield, 91

Velma Nina Hooper Beddingfield, 91, formally of Tuxedo, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning on November 11, 2018 at the Elizabeth House.   Read More »