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December 2015 Archive

George Newton Fowler, 89,

George Newton Fowler, 89, of Hoopers Creek went home to be with the Lord on December 27, at 6:55 pm. He was born May 29, 1926, the son of Tina Hyder and Jasper Vernon Fowler. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edna Carney; four brothers, Creswell, Steve, D.J. and Eugene; and five sisters, Misphia, Lettie Mae, Harriett, Belvia and Fairlee.   Read More »

Cheryle L. Fisher, 68,

Cheryle L. Fisher, 68,

Cheryle L. Fisher, 68, of East Flat Rock, NC passed away Monday, December 28, 2015.   Read More »

William “Bill” Lee Pace, 93

East Flat Rock- William “Bill” Lee Pace, 93, died on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Elizabeth House surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents; J. Willie and Alice G. Anders Pace.   Read More »

Frances Blackwell “Fran” Alley

Frances Blackwell “Fran” Alley died peacefully on December 8 after a long life. Fran was born in Tryon, N.C., on June 20, 1921, the second of six children. She lived the longest of all of her siblings. During WWII, Fran enlisted in the Woman’s Air Corp, where she served as a control tower operator and was honored as a “WAC of the Week” during her service. After WWII, Fran met and married William (Bill) Alley, a WWII pilot. Fran and Bill were married for 57 years, until Bill’s death in 2007. Fran and Bill had two children to whom, along with her husband, she was completely devoted. They lived all over the country, though they spent most of their time in North Palm Beach, FL. After Bill’s death, Fran moved to Tucson to be closer to Kristen and her husband, Davis Golding and remained there until her death. Fran will be remembered for her great character, her Southern grace and her unflagging sense of humor: she could look straight ahead with one eye and cross the other much to the amazement and delight of any observer. Fran leaves behind two very sad children, John Alley and Kristen Alley, and a very sad son in law, Davis Golding. Services to celebrate Fran’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30, at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel, with burial services to follow immediately in Shepherd Memorial Park. An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.   Read More »

John Ramsey, 63

John Ramsey, 63, of Dana, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2015 at his residence following a period of declining health. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Guy and Nan Ramsey. He had resided in Henderson County for the past 27 years.   Read More »

Doris Youngblood Owens, 79

Doris Youngblood Owens, 79, of Fairview, NC, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Fleshers of Fairview Health and Retirement Center. She was born on February 12, 1936 to the late Tom and Daisy Bell Corn Youngblood. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Warren Owens on April 1, 2009.   Read More »

Juanita Nunez Merrill, 92

Juanita Nunez Merrill, 92, died Monday, December 21, 2015 at her home.   Read More »

Burgess Lee Smith, 84

Burgess Lee Smith, 84, of Hendersonville, NC, peacefully passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at Four Seasons Elizabeth House Hospice.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Mary Lou Atkin, his three daughters, Teresa Zuraw and her husband, Peter, of Murrells Inlet, SC, Dana Smith and her husband, Brandon, of San Francisco, CA and Kristen Smith of Beverly Hills, CA, his grandson, Michael Sigmon of Charleston, SC and his great-grandson, Jamison Sigmon, also of Charleston. Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Elizabeth House, 581 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731, Opportunity House of Hendersonville ( to The American Cancer Society.   Read More »

Floyd Eric Bush

Floyd Eric Bush

Floyd Eric Bush “Eric” passed away into the presence of our Lord on Friday, December 18, 2015. Beloved husband of Roxanne Bush for 32 years; loving father of Adam Floyd (Laura) Bush, Heather Roxanne Bush, and Matthew Eric Bush; dear son of Linnie Jean (nee Blair) Bush and the late Floyd Ray Bush; brother of Karen (Robert) Eckardt, Bret (Cindy) Bush, Lynnette (Dean) Clouse, and Michael (Rosa) Bush; uncle of Emily (David) Yann, Erica (Jonathan) Pinter, Ethan Eckardt, Bobbie Jean (Ryan) Baker, Sarah (Justin) Riedel, Noah and Micaiah Clouse, and Alan and Reagan Bush. Eric cherished his many friends and valued coworkers.   Read More »

Bobby Lee Reese Vaughn, 45

Bobby Lee Reese Vaughn, 45, of Zirconia, died Friday, December 18, 2015 at his home. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mr. Reese Vaughn by visiting To offer online condolences, please visit
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Zanie “Mildred” Gordon Ward, 86

Zanie “Mildred” Gordon Ward, age 86, of Zirconia, died on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Margaret R. Pardee Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Max McKinley Ward, a sister, Ruth Ledbetter, three brothers; Oscar Gordon, Paul Gordon and Reverend Walter Gordon and her parents; Ed and Dora Gordon.   Read More »

Leslie “Les” Jones III, 58

Leslie “Les” Jones III, 58, of Zirconia, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015. He was a native of Henderson County and lived his entire life in the Jones Junction. He worked for GE for 35 years.
Les is survived by his daughter, Heather Jones; son, grandchild, Avery Jones; Chris Jones; the mother of his children, Susie Jones; brother, Mike Jones (Kathy); sister, Michelle Jones;, father, Leslie Jones Jr; mother, Helen Osteen Jones; several nieces and nephews; and was loved and will be missed by many friends.
A graveside service will be at 2PM Saturday, December 19, 2015 in the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM Friday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.
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Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Herman Woodrow Lancaster, 102

Herman Woodrow Lancaster, age 102 of Flat Rock died Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at Hendersonville Health and Rehab. He was born November 5, 1913 in Henderson County, a son of the late Virgil Roscoe Lancaster and Nora Lee Marlow Lancaster. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Montieth Lancaster in 2013; seven brothers, Paul, Ernest, Horace, Roscoe, Guy, George, and Jay Lancaster; and two sisters, Bernice Pryor and Sue Price.   Read More »

George Agnew Maddox, 86

George Agnew Maddox, 86

George Agnew Maddox, 86, of Hendersonville passed away Friday, December 4, 2015.
He was a native of Dearborn, MI and a son of the late Clifford and Marion Maddox.
Despite having no formal college education George rose steadily in his chosen profession of automobile engineering and manufacturing to group vice president of American Motors and president of AM General. He enjoyed 30 years of retirement.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Phyllis Claire Maddox; daughter, Laurie Ann Maddox of Flat Rock; son, Merle Maddox and wife Susan of SC; and his grandchildren, Oliver and Madeline Maddox.
A memorial service will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 12, 2015 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Maddox officiating.
To offer condolences online, please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Christopher Blake Seymour

Christopher Blake Seymour went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday December 8, 2015 @ the Elizabeth house with his daughter by his side. He was the son of the late Charles E. Seymour and survived by his mother Doris C. Seymour. He was also proceeded in death by his beloved son Blake Christopher Seymour, grandson Blake Tyler Flood, brother Russ Seymour, and nephew Paul Russell Seymour.
He is survived by his loving daughter Ilah Rose Seymour, brother Randy Seymour, two sisters Cindy Jacoby and husband Steve, and Pam Whitmire. Two nieces Amber Baldwin and husband Jared and Christina Whitmire. One great niece Cassie Baldwin.
A memorial service will be held 3pm @ Bat Cave Baptist Church on Friday Dec. 11, 2015. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-3pm.
Memorials can be made to Four Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care 571 S. Allen rd Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Condolence cards can be sent to the family at or P.O. Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Barbara A. McGraw, 79,

Barbara A. McGraw, 79,

Barbara A. McGraw, 79, of Hendersonville, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015.
She was a native of Henderson County and a daughter of the late James and Annie Enloe Pittillo. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bob McGraw; son, Billy E. McGraw; sister, Linda Gillenwater; brother-in-law, Roy Gillenwater; and brothers, Reed and Sonny Pittillo.
Barbara partnered with her husband Bob in business and in life, with the Pisgah Fish Camp, then named McGraws Seafood & Steakhouse and then B&B Trucking. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker. Barbara spent her entire life in Henderson County and held her life here and her family close in her heart. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Hill and husband Billy; sons, Richard McGraw and wife Tracy, Greg McGraw and wife Racheal, Danny McGraw and wife Teresa, Chris McGraw and wife Linda; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Johnny R. McGraw; and several nieces.
A funeral will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015 in the Kirby Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
To offer condolences online please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Irene Peachey, 86

Irene Peachey, 86, left this earth for heaven on December 5th, 2015. She had arrived on September 16 in a Kansas farmhouse to Rachel and Albert Nisly. She had four older siblings- William, Enos, Alvin and Susie. Later Ruth and Daniel joined the family. When Irene was seven, her family moved to Kalona, Iowa. Then on to Oregon several years later.
Irene attended Eastern Mennonite College in Virginia and then went to teach at Belleville Mennonite School in Pennsylvania. There she met David Peachey and was married on August 26th, 1960. Being a dairy farmer’s wife for the next 33 years, with a relocation to Colby, Wisconsin, required barn chores, fieldwork and homemaking. They raised five children – Donnita, David married to Kathy, Sandra married to Randy, Jessica and Edwin married to Tracy. She has fifteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. David died in 1993. In 2004, Irene retired to North Carolina to be near family. Throughout her life, she enjoyed many good friendships, reading, studying the Bible, watching birds and working in the garden or her flower beds. Irene was friendly and knew how to reach out to people in conversation and compassion.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 PM on Tues. at Jackson Funeral Service, Hendersonville. A memorial service will be held 10:30 AM on Wed. at United Covenant Mennonite Church, Etowah.   Read More »

Delbert “Del” “Mickey” Marr, 82

Delbert “Del” “Mickey” Marr, 82, of Hendersonville passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015 at his residence. He was a son of the late Georgianna Thibodeau and Linwood Marr. He was also preceded in death by his son, Joseph Kenneth Marr.
Del served in the US Navy and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He retired from government service after 30 years and was a member of Trout Unlimited. Prior to moving to Hendersonville, he resided in both Wayne and West Milford, NJ. In West Milford he was active in St. Joseph’s Church as well as the Knights of Columbus, where he was a Past Grand Knight. He was an avid reader and fisherman who greatly enjoyed the outdoors and sports.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Ann Marie Schmidt Marr; son, Marty Marr of NJ; daughter, Mary Marr of Hendersonville; sister, Lynne Talaga and husband Marshall; and nephews, Brent and Lee Talaga.
A funeral service will be held at 10am Friday, December 4, 2015 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. The family invites all to attend a reception following the service. Funeral mass and burial will be at a later date in New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Interfaith Assistance Ministries, PO Box 2562, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
To offer online condolences,please visit
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Paul D Nickell, 80

Paul D Nickell, 80, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, November 28, 2015. Born in Alton, Illinois he was the son of the late John and Nora Nickell of Edwardsville, Illinois.   Read More »

Alice Weeks

Mrs. Weekes passed peacefully away Friday, November 27, 2015 at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC. Alice Weekes was born December 27, 1925 in Queens, NY, the daughter of Albert and Signe Moore. She was married to John T Weekes on February 27, 1949 and celebrated 66 years this year.   Read More »

Ruth E. Higginbotham, 93

Ruth E. Higginbotham, 93, of Autumn Care entered Heaven on November 23, 2015.
Born in West Virginia she is survived by sons, John Robinson (Laura) of TN, Bill Robinson (Frances) of Zirconia and Ron Robinson; a daughter, Jean Stanley (Dave) of Virginia; 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
A private family memorial will be held.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family.   Read More »

Dorothy (Dottie) Shahbaz, 95

Dorothy (Dottie) Shahbaz, 95, of Carolina Village in Hendersonville passed away quietly on Sunday, November 29, 2015.
Dorothy was born on May 21, 1920 in Baltimore, MD. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended the First Baptist Church of the Redeemer. Dorothy married Wilbert Shahbaz from Brooklyn in 1949 and they lived in Long Island, NY and Parsippany, NJ. She worked in the banking industry until she retired and moved with Wilbert to Hendersonville in 1986. Dorothy attended the First Alliance Church and spent her time helping others and volunteering at Pardee Hospital for many years. In 2003 she moved to Carolina Village and also volunteered there in the Care Center. All who knew Dorothy will remember her for her gentle, kind and giving spirit and her strong Christian faith.
She is survived by her nieces, Nancy (Carl) Glotz, Gail Maconchie, Nancy (Peter) Bresciani, Linda (Joseph) Mc Laughlin; her nephew, Stephen (Patti) Moore; and many grand-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the First Alliance Church, 1821 Windsor Dr. in Hendersonville.
To offer condolences online, please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »