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January 2016 Archive

Rebecca Greeson Brantley, 64

Rebecca Greeson Brantley, 64, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Flora “Dolly” Erskine, 88

Flora “Dolly” Erskine, 88, of Hendersonville passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Laurels of Hendersonville after a period of declining health.
Born in Battle Creek, MI, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Maggie Dennis Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James David Erskine, Sr., who died in 2010. She was a member of Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Mrs. Erskine is survived by her son, James David Erskine, Jr. and his wife, Cathy, of Weaverville; her daughter, Pamela Erskine Livingston and her husband, Raymond, of Hendersonville; three grandchildren, Kris Erskine and wife, Marla; Tony Livingston and wife, Jana; and Holly Livingston Clark and husband, Dru; four great-grandchildren, Kellen, Ion, Brayden and Kinley; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Youth Ministries of Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church at www.tmcfunding.com.
To offer condolences online, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Donald E. Wilkinson, Sr., 86

Donald E. Wilkinson, Sr., 86, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Read More »

Jackie R. “Jack” Ludolph, 81

Jackie R. “Jack” Ludolph, 81, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Elizabeth House.   Read More »

Irene Jackson Gordon, 80

Irene Jackson Gordon, 80, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 after a long illness at Hendersonville Health and Rehab.
She is the daughter of the late Forest and Cora Russell Jackson and the wife of the late Arnold Gordon.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Gordon Garcia and Linda Kay Gordon; a granddaughter, Jessica Skipper; grandsons, Christopher Skipper and Ricky Garcia and his wife Aquasha of Mill Spring; two sisters, Josephine Cairnes of Mill River and Wavelene Armstrong of Alabama and was also loved by many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Chapel In The Pines of Jackson Funeral Service with Rev. Billy Jarvis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the chapel.   Read More »

Robert “Otis” Stanley Sr.,67,

Robert “Otis” Stanley Sr.,67, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Katherine Wilson Stanley and his wife, Flo Hill Stanley. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served two tours during the Vietnam War and had served in the Korean Conflict. He retired from Dupont after 25 years of service. Otis loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his son, Robert “Butch” Stanley and his wife Gina of Hendersonville; two grandchildren, Courtland and Cassidy Stanley; two sisters, Faye Stanley of Hendersonville and Teresa Barnwell and her husband Hubert of Hendersonville; a brother-in-law, Joe Hill of Hendersonville and several nieces and cousins. The family will receive friends Friday night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Jackson Funeral Service and at other times will be at his home. A graveside service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday at the Crab Creek Cemetery #2 with Rev. Allen Martin officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Henderson County Honor Guard. Donations may be made to the Crab Creek Cemetery #2 Fund at Crab Creek Baptist Church or to the Council on Aging. Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.   Read More »

Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt Braswell, Jr., 89

Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt Braswell, Jr., 89, of Hendersonville, NC formerly of Marion, NC, went to be with his precious Lord on January 21, 2016. Ted was an awesome father and grandfather who has left to cherish his memory, daughters Deborah Skrady, Donna Teems, Sharon Smith, son-in-law Gary Smith, grandchildren Heather Sullivan and Jonathan Smith, and four great-grandchildren.   Read More »

Sarah Elizabeth Hudgins Uhorchak, 92

Sarah Elizabeth Hudgins Uhorchak, 92, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 23, 2016.   Read More »

Gordon Lee Reed, 78

Gordon Lee Reed, 78

Gordon Lee Reed, 78, of East Flat Rock passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.
Gordon was born in Clearfield, PA to the late Earl and Louise Reed. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Jo Reed Zimmerman.
He is survived by his loving partner of twenty-five years, Edith G. Hill; a son, Jason Reed of Port St. Lucie, FL; a daughter, Lisa Reed Davies of Houtzdale, PA; a sister, Janet Billotte of Clearfield, PA; a brother, Jerry Reed of Clearfield, PA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Clint Billotte; and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gordon’s memory to your local animal shelter or to the donor’s favorite charity.
To offer condolences online, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell, 88

Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell, 88

Evelyn Rachel Gentle Barnwell, 88, passed away in her home Friday January 15, 2016 following a period of declining health. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Marion and Allie Drake Gentle and a brother, Charles Marion Gentle, Jr. Born in Hendersonville, she lived most of her life near her childhood home.
Evelyn attended Lees-McRae College where she obtained an Associate in Arts certificate in 1946. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Library Science degree. Later she attended Western Carolina University where she obtained her teaching certificate.
Evelyn’s teaching career spanned a 30 year period in Virginia and North Carolina, but her heart truly belonged to all the children she taught and loved at Edneyville Elementary School. She retired as a school teacher in 1987.
Evelyn was a faithful member of Fruitland Baptist Church for over 50 years. She shared her love of God and His word with several generations of children by teaching Sunday school classes. She was a shining example of a true servant of God.
She is survived by a daughter, Selina Barnwell Edney and her husband, Morris; one granddaughter, Jessica Edney Davidson; two great-granddaughters, Ashley Selina Davidson and Kimberly Lynn Davidson all of Hendersonville, N.C.; a sister, Sharon Ann Gentle; two brothers, Duane Lee Gentle and wife Lettie; Theodore William Gentle and wife Shirley, all of Fletcher as well as many precious nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday January 23 2016 at Fruitland Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Smith, Rev. Craig Stepp, and Rev. Steve Jones will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to Four Seasons Hospice or Fruitland Baptist Church Building Fund at www.tmcfunding.com. Please visit shulerfuneralhome.com to sign an online guest book.
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Persis Carpentier, 93,

Persis Carpentier, 93, of Hendersonville, passed away Sunday, January, 17, 2016. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family   Read More »

Dorothy Jo Laughridge, 91

Dorothy Jo Laughridge, 91 of Laurel Park went home to Heaven on Saturday January 16, 2016 from Life Care Center. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Jackson Funeral Service.   Read More »

Lily Ann Blackwell Staton, 64

Lily Ann Blackwell Staton, 64

Lily Ann Blackwell Staton, 64, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Pardee Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Staton was born in Alabama but raised in Hendersonville. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Louise Wallace Blackwell and B.M. Blackwell.
Mrs. Staton is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Kim L. Staton of Hendersonville; sons, Michael Staton of Alabama and Josh (Kodi) Staton of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Cody of Alabama and Gracie of Hendersonville; sister, Ella (Jack) Garrett of White Pine, TN; and several loving aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends.
No services will be held. Memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.tmcfunding.com.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Charles Sebrent Maybin, 75

Mr. Charles Sebrent Maybin, age 75, of Etowah, died Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Elizabeth House.   Read More »

Jack Wirtz, 94

Jack Wirtz, 94

Jack Wirtz, 94, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on January 9, 2016, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living. He is now home with his Lord and Savior following a year of declining health.
Jack was born June 24, 1921, in Colon, Panama, to William and Elizabeth Theurer Wirtz, the 10th of 11 children. Home was Cristobal in Colon Province, the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was an engineer on the construction of the Panama Canal. He called himself “The Original Panama Jack.” When his father retired, the family built a home in Horse Shoe, NC. Jack graduated from Mills River High School in 1941.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served on the newly-commissioned USS Hollandia. This distinction made Jack a Plank Owner. He became a Water Tender 2nd Class, responsible for the fresh water and steam system for the ship and crew.
Jack married Beulah Fisher in 1954. She passed away from cancer ten years later. He married Helen Patrick from Gaffney, SC, on October 10, 1965. She preceded him in death in late September, 2015.
Jack is survived by his loving son, William Patrick; his blessed daughter-in-law, Ann; his dear sister, Gertrude Vavak (NV); and many nieces, nephews and family, including Gretchen Williams(Roger) and her mother, Gladys Wirtz (Chester) of Zirconia, NC; and Barry Vavak (Cheryl) of Waynesville, NC, who were especially close.
He was very active in church, first at Valley Hill Baptist and then for many years at West Hendersonville Baptist. He is a current member of Main Street Baptist Church. He served as Deacon, sang in the choir, and maintained the church facilities where it is said, “Jack saved the church a lot of expense because he repaired everything.” Known as the Candy Man, he was also famous for his lemon pies and sugar-coated peanuts which he gave generously to others. Helen was his helpmate in all he did.
Jack retired from DuPont in 1983 after working as a maintenance mechanic. He was especially appreciated on the days he brought Helen’s fresh fried apple pies to work. He loved to fish on the DuPont property.
The family is very grateful for the loving, excellent care Jack received from Sunnybrook Assisted Living, where he resided, and from Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Hospice music therapist Elizabeth Merlin was a special, weekly blessing.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 14, at Main Street Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC from 1 until 2:00 PM. A celebration of life service will immediately follow at 2:00, led by the Rev. Charles Magnet and the Rev. Tracy Fletcher. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, or to Main Street Baptist Church at www.tmcfunding.com.
To offer online condolences please visit www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Elizabeth Anne Seely Black, 90

Elizabeth Anne Seely Black, age 90 of Hendersonville died Friday, January 8th, 2016 at Hendersonville Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 5th, 1925 in Warren County, Pennsylvania; a daughter of the late Francis Russell Seely and Anne Gaitens Seely. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, David Lance Black who died in 2006.   Read More »

Evelyn B. Prince, 84

Evelyn B. Prince, 84 of Mountain Home passed January 1st, 2016. She is survived by a son, Jeff Prince; daughter, Kelly Swain; sister, Janice Shelton; and a multitude of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16th at French Broad Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:30 p.m. prior to the service. 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 »

Frances Jane Zecher, 79

Frances Jane Zecher, 79 of Hendersonville passed away Monday January 11, 2016 at the Elizabeth House.   Read More »

Guy Neely Boyd, Jr., 79

Guy Neely Boyd, Jr., 79, of Hendersonville passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Elizabeth House. Guy was the son of the late Guy Neely Boyd, Sr. and Daisy Juanita Bennett Boyd. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon L. Boyd; children, Andrew (Drew) Boyd of McKinney, TX, Neely (Boyd) Dickson and her husband Ken of Dallas, TX, Amanda (Mandy) Boyd and her husband Lee of Colonial Heights, VA; step-children, Michael Nash and his wife Teresa of Rowlett, TX, Cynthia (Nash) Penney and her husband Donnie of Richardson, TX; grandchildren, Ethan Yanes, Lee Ann Yanes, Stephen Nash and his wife Jenna, Chase Nash, Taylor Rae Nash, Emilee Penney; and a great-grandchild Gage Nash.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Friday, January 15, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father John Pagel will be the celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Muscular Dystrophy in care of Mattie Stepanek; or Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM) at www.tmcfunding.com.
Please visit www.shulerhendersonville.com to sign an online guest book.
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.   Read More »

Carl Dixon Rhodes, Jr., 65

Carl Dixon Rhodes, Jr., 65, of Hendersonville passed away Monday, January 4, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was a son of the late Carl Dixon Rhodes, Sr. and Myrtle Ruth Rogers Rhodes. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Rhodes and by his beloved grandmother, Giva Huntley Rhodes, who raised him after his parents died.
Carl graduated from Edneyville High School in 1968 and retired from GE after 36 years of employment. He excelled at sports and coached many throughout the years. A selfless man, Carl would do anything for those who needed him. He was a loving father, a man of faith, and a friend to everyone. Carl was an avid fisherman, Tar Heels fan and a man who loved animals, especially his chocolate lab, Curtis. Above all, he loved his family. God called home a very special man.
Carl is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Brenda Cantrell Rhodes; son, Joey Rhodes and wife, Jamie; daughter, Christy Rhodes; grandchildren, Ashley, Dalton and Demi; brother, Dick Rhodes and wife, Naomi; sister, Sally Patterson and husband, Narvin; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Hooper’s Creek Baptist Church with the Reverend Phillip Youngblood officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday at Shuler Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life or to the American Lung Association at www.tmcfunding.com.
To offer condolences online, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Ronnie Clyde Arnold Jr., 46

Ronnie Clyde Arnold Jr., 46

Ronnie Clyde Arnold Jr., 46, passed away at his home in Hendersonville on December 28, 2015. To most who knew him, he was light-hearted, goofy, kind and never took life too seriously. He lived his life the way he would have wanted to be remembered by those he loved - wild, free, with the soul of a gypsy and the heart of a hippie.   Read More »

Donald “Don” Ray Tweed, 76

Donald “Don” Ray Tweed, 76

Donald “Don” Ray Tweed, 76, of Hendersonville passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late James Hamilton and Lula Pinner Tweed.
Don served in the US Air Force and earned a degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He lived most of his life in Henderson County and was employed by DuPont as an engineer and by the US Forest Service as a cartographer. He enjoyed his experiences as a Boy Scout Leader.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 24 years and “best friend forever,” Judy Tweed; sons, Jason Tweed and wife, Jenni; Benjamin Tweed; and Matthew Tweed; stepchildren, Leslie San Miguel and husband, David, and Mark Lockwood and wife, Kimberly; and grandchildren, Madison, Sara, Noah, Ashley, Jack, Kaitlyn, Taylor and Leah.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, January 2, 2016 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development, to benefit Parkinson’s disease research at www.tmcfunding.com.
To offer condolences online, please visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com. Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Read More »

Rodney W. Johnson, 69

Rodney W. Johnson, 69 of Flat Rock passed away Thursday December 31, 2015 at his residence.
Jackson Funeral Service is assisting the Johnson family.   Read More »