Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Geneva Caroline Harvey

Geneva Harvey


Geneva Caroline Harvey is resting in eternal peace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph General Harvey. She was fondly and lovingly referred to as “Nanny”  by her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Wallen (Robert) and their five children, Linda, Teresa, Michael, Thomas, and Dawn; Karen Hyatt and her two sons, Keary and Bryan; Penny Dalton (David) and their son, Tim; Robin Harvey (Kathy) and their three children, Kyle, Chelsea, and Hannah. She was also adored and deeply loved by her great-grandchildren.

Geneva was retired from both Singer-Kearfott and Highland Farms retirement home.  She was a loving devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. The void she leaves will never be filled. Her family was the focal point of her life and those who were touched by her love, tenderness, and kindness will forever be better people.

In lieu of flowers contributions are requested to be given to the American Cancer Society.

A private graveside service was conducted Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Fairview. Bob Clement, Geneva’s nephew, officiated the service.

Jane Austin Cunningham

Wilmington, Smithfield

Jane Austin Cunningham, of Wilmington and Smithfield, NC died Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

She was born in Smithfield, NC on August 20, 1925, the daughter of the late Hugh Musgrave and Willie Mae Austin. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward “Ned” Philo Cunningham, Jr.

Jane was a woman of great faith. She served her church and community statewide.

She is survived by three children, Phil Cunningham (Ann), Jane Austin Graham (Franklin), and Delle Blount Wilson (Steve), nine grandchildren, Melody Edwardo, Ned Cunningham, Will Graham (Kendra), Roy Graham (Donna), Edward Graham (Kristy), Cissie Lynch (Corey), Carriedelle Fusco (Matt), Sarah Holt Gwathmey (William), and Austin Wilson (Maggie), and thirteen great-grandchildren, Marah Edwardo, CJ Graham, Rachel Graham, Quinn Graham, Caroline Graham, Roy Austin Graham, Charlotte Graham, Hannah Graham, Liam Graham, Hunter Graham, Margaret Lynch, Austin Lynch and Bill Gwathmey.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. October 1, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield, NC. There will be a visitation at 10 a.m. before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. 3rd St., Smithfield, NC 27577; the Mountain Retreat Association, 401 Assembly Dr., Montreat, NC 28757; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401. Online condolences may be made at

John Paul Marett Sr.

Black Mountain

Born February 5, 1948 John Paul Marett Sr. of 218 Rattlesnake Mountain Road passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday September 26th. He was a lifetime resident of Black Mountain and served proudly for his country in the Navy from 1965-1969.

He is the son of the late Thomas Vaden Marett and Juanita Penley Marett, both of Black Mountain. He is survived by his wife Anne Marett of 28 years, son John and wife Gwenell of Marion and step-daughter Tracy Kitchen of Asheville. He has two grandchildren Anna and Miranda, plus 3 great-grandchildren Harmony, Kolby, and Olivia. He is also proceeded in death by two brothers Tommy and David and survived by siblings Julian, Joyce, Judy and Ricky. There was a simple service at the Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain on Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m.