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January 2019 Archive

Richard Leon Lamb, 79

Richard Leon Lamb, 79 of Fletcher, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Mountain View Assisted Living.
A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was the son of the late Ray Van Lamb and Laberta Louise Brown Lamb. He is also preceded in death by two children, Richard and Belinda Lamb as well a brother, Ronald Lamb.
Leon was a graduate of Dana High School and completed F.B.I. training. He was the owner and operator of Lamb’s Grocery, and was known as the “Mayor” of Brookside Camp Road for over 40 years. His blue building was lovingly dubbed the newly re-located Mayor’s Office filled with merchandise. Leon was a member of Fletcher Seventh - day Adventist Church, and a member of the Hendersonville Country Club. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboy and Carolina “Tar Heels” fan.
Leon is survived by his loving wife Ellen Sweeney Lamb; two step-children, Phillip and Tami Pearson; two brothers, Lynn and Flaughn Lamb; a sister, Shirley Nicholson; three grandchildren, Nicholas Pearson, Laura Dixon, and Edwin “Wynn” Barringer; and three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Gavin, and Gabriel.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Fletcher Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Ivan Blake and Pastor John Lorntz officiating. Burial will be private at Shepherd Memorial Park. A memory basket will be available at the service for guests to share stories.
Memorial contributions in Leon’s memory may be made to: Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, www.stjude.org.
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 Stuart Shipman, 54

William Stuart Shipman, age 54 of Hendersonville died Monday, January 28, 2019 after period of declining health at his residence. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors an Cremation Memorial Center will announce arrangements.   Read More »

Florence Loudermilk Heath, 79

Florence Loudermilk Heath, 79

Florence Loudermilk Heath, 79, of Hendersonville died on Monday, January 21, 2019 at her home. She was born in Jackson County a daughter of the late Joseph Lattimore and Patsy Brown.
She lived in Henderson County for over 60 years and was employed as a school bus driver.
She is survived by three sons: Charles Brooks and his wife Bonnie, Johnny Heath and his wife Jeannine, and David Heath; three daughters: Pamela Cotter and her husband Gary, Mary Jackson and her husband Darrell, and Cathy Buchannan. Three brothers: Joe, Paul, and Frank; four sisters: Inez, Brenda, Bonnie, and Geraldine; eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her two loyal cats Biscuit and Storm.
The family will receive friends and at her home after 12:00 PM today, Friday, January 25, 2019 and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 2019 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be directed to Shriners Hospital, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
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 »

Lloyd Rollin Fike, 88

Lloyd Rollin Fike, 88

Lloyd Rollin Fike, 88, a resident of Etowah, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Born February 2,1930 in Shippenville, PA, he was the son of the late Fred Fike and Mildred Fike Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles W. Davis, and his wife of 59 years, Billie Moore Fike (1932-2012).
Lloyd proudly served in the United States Navy after graduating high school. Following a career in the insurance industry, Lloyd retired to Tampa, Florida, before moving to Etowah. He was a member of The Masonic Blue Lodge Edenberg #550, Knox, PA; a Shrine Noble of Zem Zem Temple of Erie, PA, as well as a member of Oasis Shrine Temple of Charlotte, the Hendersonville Shrine Club, American Legion Post #77, and VFW Post #5206.
He is survived by his son David, and his wife Joyce, of Brunswick, GA; and daughters Cynthia, and her husband Gregg Ashley of Hendersonville, NC and Gabriela, and her husband Steve Rhea of Yorktown, Indiana.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory in Pisgah Forest.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children
(https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/contacts)
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 »

Thomas Steele Darnall, Jr., (Tom) 82

Thomas Steele Darnall, Jr., (Tom) 82

Thomas Steele Darnall, Jr., (Tom) 82, of Hendersonville, NC died Friday, January 11, 2019 at Pardee Hospital.   Read More »

Selma Lance Cairnes, 97,

Selma Lance Cairnes, 97,

Selma Lance Cairnes, 97, of Mills River died on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Pardee Hospital. She was born in Henderson County on May 12, 1921 to the late Harold and Annie Hare Lance. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Vance Cairnes; son, Jerry Cairnes; daughter, Dale Diane Morrison; sister, Edith Bryson; half-sister, Joyce Neal.

She is survived by her son, Steve Cairnes and his wife Kathy of Flat Rock; daughter in law, Ruthel Cairnes of Horse Shoe; two half-brothers: Ronald Lance and his wife Theresa, Bobby Lance; five grandchildren: Dewayne, Greg, Marilyn, Sabrina, Kimberly; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; as well as many nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Ponder, Rev. Roy Perry, and Rev. Jerry Mullinax officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 56 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Mills River, NC 28759.

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 »

Inez McGaha Norman, 88

Inez McGaha Norman, 88

Inez McGaha Norman, 88, of Hendersonville passed away on January 8, 2019, after a period of declining health. She was born in Old Fort on April 23, 1930, a daughter of the late Fred Douglas and Flora Smith McGaha. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Norman, as well as two sisters: Juanita McGaha Saltz and Margaret McGaha Robertson.   Read More »

Sherry Surrett Harrell, 60

Sherry Surrett Harrell, 60 died Monday, December 31, 2018 at the Elizabeth House.
She was of the Baptist Faith and enjoyed animals, camping, and nature.
Sherry is survived by her father, Jimmy Surrett of Hendersonville; her mother, Conita Pressley Surrett of Etowah; her loving husband of 33 years, Phillip Alan Harrell; a daughter, Lisa Fullam of Charlotte; two brothers, Scott Surrett of Hendersonville, and Wayne Surrett and his wife Carolynn of Hendersonville; two sisters, Kathy Edney and her husband Keith of Hendersonville, and Teresa Creasmen and her husband Jimmy of Etowah; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel with Rev. Michael Wermuth officiating. Interment will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
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 »

Kenneth John Northrup, 46

Kenneth John Northrup, 46

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David Carl Brown, 66

David Carl Brown, 66 of Pisgah Forest, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.   Read More »