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February 2020 Archive

Jeffrey Clinton Isleib

Jeffrey Clinton Isleib

Jeffrey Clinton Isleib, a thirty-year resident of Hendersonville and former owner of Isleib
Painting passed away on February 15, 2020 at the age of 66.
Jeff is survived and will be missed by his sister-in-law Tammi Drake Neill and husband Roy
Neill, his nephew Drake English and wife Ashley Wheelon English and his big orange cat
“Tripper.” He is predeceased by his wife Cheryl Drake Isleib, his brother Patrick Isleib, his
father Ernest Isleib and his mother Elizabeth Shapiro. Jeff was born in Connecticut and moved
to Florida where he met and married Cheryl Drake of Hendersonville. Jeff and Cheryl moved to Hendersonville where he was a self-employed painter.
Jeff loved animals, the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox. He especially loved to write a scathing letter to the editor and always had an opinion he was willing to share. He was raised in an Italian neighborhood and cooked sauce the old-fashioned way.
The family would like to thank Dr. Novak in the emergency room, Matt, Courtney and Shelby in the intensive care unit and Dr. James J. Caserio and staff for their care and concern. If anyone would like to make a memorial to Jeff, the family recommends donations be made to the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family.   Read More »

James “Jim” Franklin Laughter, Jr.

James “Jim” Franklin Laughter, Jr., better known as “Coach” or “Pop” Laughter, 82, died Wednesday, February 12, 2020 following a brief illness at the Elizabeth House. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elva Laughter, as well as his wife, Shirley who died in 2015.

He was a Henderson County native and lifelong educator of our community. Coach Laughter commenced his teaching career in 1959 with Hendersonville High School, moving to Hendersonville Junior High School in 1964. He coached the first integrated football, basketball, and track teams in the county’s history and was instrumental in building the strong foundation that continues today instilling the pride of being a “Bearcat.” His former players as well as colleagues felt he was a pivotal factor in breaking many racial barriers in Henderson County. In 1972, he started the Physical Education program at Bruce Drysdale Elementary, allowing all students to participate in their level of physical activity which remains intact today.   Read More »