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Charlotte Chesnutt

Montreat

Charlotte June Frist Faucette Chesnutt always danced gracefully on the breeze, and on December 5, 2017 this magnificent and powerful butterfly joyfully fluttered home to be with her Lord. Charlotte was born on March 4, 1938 in Starkville, Mississippi, and she was welcomed into a family of faith, love and laughter, a family filled with characters and interesting stories.

She adored her father, Rev. Dr. John Chester “Chet” Frist, Sr., and was in awe of her mother, Lois Elizabeth “Betty” Ferran Frist Myer. After a few years in Starkville, Charlotte’s family moved to Tampa, FL and then Mobile, AL. Her father was a beloved Presbyterian minister, and her mother a strong Christian Educator, pianist, writer and speaker.

The family spent their summers in Moorefield, WV and in Montreat, NC where she and all three of her siblings, Jane Elizabeth Frist, Dr. John Chester Frist, Jr, and Thomas Ferran Frist had adventures and developed lifelong friends.

After Charlotte graduated high school from Peace College, she attended Southwestern College (now Rhodes College), University of Florida and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). It was at PSCE that she met her first husband, Rev. James Robert Faucette who was in seminary across the street. Charlotte and Jim were married in Montreat, NC in 1961, and together they lived in Martinsville, VA, Richmond, VA, Louisville, KY, Houston, TX and La Porte, TX.

Also together they raised their 3 children, Robert Chester Faucette (Mary), Jane Elizabeth Faucette Moore (Randy) and Thomas James Faucette (Mindi). Charlotte and Jim spent their 26 years together loving their children, serving the church, studying history, gardening and fighting for racial, social and environmental justice. Charlotte was a lover of both righteousness and beauty, and her many years as an artist reflect her warm and caring heart, her refined eye and her zest for life.

Charlotte’s first husband, Jim, died of cancer in 1987 and was buried in his hometown of Bristol, TN. Charlotte met and married her second husband, Rev. John Calvin Chesnutt in 1989. They lived together in Montgomery, AL until they retired to Montreat, NC in 1996. Calvin’s four adult children, John Chesnutt (Julie), Tom Chesnutt (Paula Fitzgerald), Maggie Chesnutt (Bill Goolsby) and Carol Chesnutt (Paul Winer) and their children became an important part of Charlotte’s life.

A granddaughter, daughter and wife of two Presbyterian ministers, Charlotte was also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. Charlotte’s life included many jobs such as mom, realtor, kindergarten teacher, Christian educator, volunteer coordinator and many others, but primarily she spent her life connecting with those around her in a deep and meaningful way and volunteering with her church and community. She loved her friends and family, and she had a profound faith in God.

Enjoying Charlotte in heaven are her grandparents, parents, first husband, aunts, uncles, several sisters-in law and brothers-in-law and many other beloved friends and relatives. Surviving her, celebrating her life here on earth, and still cherishing her are Charlotte’s husband, Calvin, her three siblings and their spouses (Jillian and Clare), sisters-in-law Lenoir Faucette Dinga and Brownie Faucette (Sally), her children and step children and their spouses, her own Faucette grandchildren: Avery, Ryan, Ramsey and Phoebe, her Chesnutt grandchildren: Dara, Jefferson, Jonathan, Taylor, Henry, Philip, Chase, and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and precious friends.

Charlotte will be remembered and honored at a celebration of life service at Montreat Presbyterian Church in Anderson Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in her honor to the Presbytery of WNC Building H.O.P.E. Campaign via Montreat Presbyterian Church (828-664-9212, PO Box 577, Montreat, North Carolina 28757), Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (101 N Ridgeway Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711), or Montreat Conference Center (PO Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757).

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Givens Highland Farms, Cheshire Fitness Center, Cancer Care of WNC and CarePartners Hospice for the tender and loving care they showed Charlotte. During her extended illness, they helped Charlotte continue to land gently on bright blossoms, lift and wave her colorful wings, and twirl and spin delicately in the breeze. Charlotte was created by God. She is forgiven, loved and free.

Mary Stevens

Black Mountain

Mary Elizabeth Nelms Stevens, age 87, of Black Mountain, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Mountain Ridge Health & Rehab.

Mrs. Stevens was born August 31, 1930 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Gordon Thornton Nelms and Emma Lou Thompson Nelms. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, George William Stevens, Sr.; one son, Richard Stevens; and one daughter, Patricia Stevens-Frisbee.

Left behind to cherish her memories are three children, George Stevens, Jr., Debbie Pettit and Sharon Dalton; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Stevens, Scotty Stevens, Chris Stevens, Tiffany Frisbee, Amanda Frisbee and Jason Frisbee; seven great-grandchildren, Cambrie, Kaelee, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Hunter, Gabe and Sydnee; and one brother, Herbert Nelms and wife, Corrine.

A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Lackey Town Missionary Baptist Church in Old Fort with Pastor Jeffrey Parker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  Hospice of Rutherford County, 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City, NC 28043.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Stevens family. To sign the online guestbook, visit beamfuneralservice.com.

 

Roy Lee Bartlett

Swannanoa

 Roy Lee Bartlett, 85, of Swannanoa passed away Friday, December 15, 2017.

 Mr. Bartlett was born January 19, 1932 in Buncombe County to the late Clyde and Pearl Robinson Bartlett.

 He was a man of God and a member of Grove Stone Baptist Church. Roy was a very intelligent man, graduating from Liberty University at the age of 75. Roy was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. 

 Roy is survived by his wife, Minnie Bartlett; daughters, Jeany Bartlett and Carolyn Deal; sons, Randy Bartlett (Marcia), Gary Bartlett (Karen), and David Bartlett (Beth); sister, Ola Mae Vess (Ray); 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

 A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, December 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Grove Stone Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Long and Rev. James Lamb officiating. The family received friends immediately following the service. Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Homes of NC c/o Broyhill Home for Children, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360 or Grove Stone Baptist Church, 1568 Grovestone Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711. 

 Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomeforfunerals.com.

 Monty Whitaker

Black Mountain

 Monty Whitaker, 60, of Black Mountain, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017.

 Monty was born August 16, 1957 in Beaufort County, NC to the late Nestus and Evelyn Wiggs. She has been a resident of Buncombe County all of her adult life. Monty loved working at Tops for Shoes and Cragmont Assembly.

 Monty is survived by her daughter, Amelia Sluder (Sherman) of Fairview; son, Daniel Wiggs (Autumn) of Black Mountain; sister, Ann Davis (James) of Beulaville, NC; grandchildren, Izabelle, Skylar, Cailyn, and Evie; and aunt, Betty Jo Hensley of Jacksonville, NC.

 A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7 pm at Cragmont Assembly.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cragmont Assembly, 1233 North Fork Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. 

Mary Stevens

Black Mountain

Mary Elizabeth Nelms Stevens, age 87, of Black Mountain, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Mountain Ridge Health & Rehab.

Mrs. Stevens was born August 31, 1930 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Gordon Thornton Nelms and Emma Lou Thompson Nelms. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, George William Stevens, Sr.; one son, Richard Stevens; and one daughter, Patricia Stevens-Frisbee.

Left behind to cherish her memories are three children, George Stevens, Jr., Debbie Pettit and Sharon Dalton; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Stevens, Scotty Stevens, Chris Stevens, Tiffany Frisbee, Amanda Frisbee and Jason Frisbee; seven great-grandchildren, Cambrie, Kaelee, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Hunter, Gabe and Sydnee; and one brother, Herbert Nelms and wife, Corrine.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Lackey Town Missionary Baptist Church in Old Fort with Pastor Jeffrey Parker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hospice of Rutherford County, 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City, NC 28043.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Stevens family. To sign the online guestbook, visit beamfuneralservice.com.

Nancy Vestal Wrenn

Asheville

Nancy Vestal Wrenn, a resident of the Swannanoa Valley in Buncombe County since 1947, died on December 21, 2017. Born to Clement and Lyla Wrenn in Wilkes County on February 11, 1922, Nancy spent her formative years in Southern Pines, where she excelled in intramural sports and equestrian competitions. In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her brother, Clement Wrenn Jr., and his wife Phyllis; her stepfather, Virgil P. Clark; her stepsister, Helen Lee; her stepbrother, Gene; and her best friend and life companion, Ruth Matthews White.

Nancy was a graduate of Duke University, class of 1943, and a proud supporter of University athletics and environmental studies. While a student there, she was elected President of the Women’s Athletic Association and chosen as Queen of the May Court her senior year. In 1945, she joined the American Red Cross and was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations, stationed in Okinawa, until 1947 when she returned to the United States and settled in the Swannanoa Valley.

In 1948, Nancy was offered a teaching position at Swannanoa High School, now Owen High School, where she taught social studies, history and English for 34 years. During those years, Nancy also developed and taught a basic course in aero science which significantly influenced a number of her students to pursue careers in commercial flying. In 1965, at the age of 43, Nancy began taking flying lessons and ultimately earned her private license and ASEL commercial certificate. She was a member of the Carolinas Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., an international organization of women pilots, where she served in all levels of the chapter offices and several Southeast Section committee chairs. Nancy also was a Charter Member of the Western N.C. Pilots Association.

In 1952, Nancy and Ruth opened a summer camp for girls on the property where they also had built a home. The camp operated for one month each summer until 1973 and was named Awa-niko (Okinawa backwards). At its peak, there were approximately 25 campers, 10 mostly rented horses, 10 part time staff and a full array of activities including canoeing, hiking, overnight camping, dramatics, archery, riflery, horseback riding, crafts, nature studies and photography.

Nancy is survived by her nieces, Kathy Wrenn Johnson of Virginia Beach and Sue Anne Wrenn of Charlotte; her stepbrother, Virgil T. Clark (Faye); her great-niece, Rebecca Thompson; her great-great nephew, Bridger Adkison; her stepniece, Betty Davis (Wade); and her stepnephew, Bob Montgomery (Carol). She will long be remembered and appreciated additionally by a multitude of former students, former campers, friends and neighbors.

A memorial service for Nancy will be announced at a later date and conducted at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, NC, where Nancy and Ruth were active and supportive members for decades.

Anyone wishing to make contributions is asked to address them to St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, Buncombe County Schools Foundation or CarePartners Hospice in Asheville.

Family and friends of Nancy would like to thank the staff of the Laurels of Summit Ridge for their understanding, compassion and excellence in the care of Nancy during her extended stay in that facility. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

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