Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Marie "Madga" Lewis

Marie "Magda” Lewis


Marie Magdalene “Magda” Mueller Lewis, 93, of Swannanoa, passed away Saturday evening, March 11, 2017. She was born in Schneeberg, Germany to the late Herman Frederick Mueller and Hulda Ida Trote Mueller.  Magda was retired from Beacon Manufacturing.  She was a member of Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church.  She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother and was loved by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, J. D. Lewis of Swannanoa; sons, Ronnie Lewis and Ricky Lewis, both of Swannanoa; grandchildren, Dr. Chris Lewis and wife, Anna Beth of Black Mountain and Haley Lewis of Swannanoa; former daughter-in-law, Kim Reynolds of Candler; brother-in-law, Troy Lewis and wife, Valerie of Swannanoa; sister-in-law, Rebecca Watkins of Cleveland, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Swannanoa Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Ward and Pastor Ted Reynolds officiating.  Interment followed in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Her family received friends on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

The Lewis family guestbook can be viewed and messages of condolence can be left at

Bob Miller

Robert W. "Bob" Miller

Black Mountain

Robert W. "Bob" Miller, 79, of Black Mountain, passed away March 11, 2017.

Born September 12, 1937 in Glenolden, PA, he was the son of the late William and Emma Walls Miller. He is also preceded in death by a brother, William Miller.

Bob was a beloved husband, and an extraordinary man. Bob was a graduate of Penn State Engineering. He moved to Hendersonville for ten years and resided in Givens Highland Farms for four years. He volunteered at Black Mountain Home for Children where he was awarded the Lamar and Ruth Mary Williamson Volunteer of the Year. Bob was instrumental in developing the Butterfly Garden at Givens Highland Farms where he was known by some as "Butterfly Bob." He was also responsible for a program called the "Highlanders" where mostly profit and nonprofit organizations spoke from the community.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Miller; children, Ronald Miller of Portland, ME, and Robin Paraiso of Madison, CT; sister, Florence Pratt of Bryn Mawr, PA; and three grandchildren. A private service will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Black Mountain Home for Children.

The family would like to thank the staff and health care workers who took care of Bob through his long illness.

Michael William (Bill) Konnert, Jr. 

Bill Konnert

Black Mountain

Michael William (Bill) Konnert, Jr., age 77, of Black Mountain, N.C, died Feb. 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; his children, Gary (Laura), Jeffrey, and Nancy; grandchildren, Kathy, Thomas (Dahlia) Ellie and Jessica and his brother John (Judy).

He was born on June 6,1939 in Conneaut, Ohio, to Margaret Ring Konnert and Michael William Konnert,Sr. He graduated from The College of Wooster in 1961, where he lettered in football and track, received his master's degree from John Carroll University in 1966 and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1969.

Bill held many professional positions in higher education, culminating as Professor of Educational Administration at Kent State University for 23 years and department chair for 6 years. He was the author of numerous publications covering educational leadership focusing on school superintendency. He was school superintendent in Tullahoma, TN for 3 years and a superintendent search specialist for 20 years.

He was also involved in Kent State athletics, serving as basketball referee observer, member of the faculty athletic committee, NCAA faculty athletic representative and chaired the MID America Conference (MAC) Faculty Representatives. Bill was an avid tennis player and member of Cheshire Racquet Club and Black Mountain Tennis Association. He was a member of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at the church June 24. Memorials may be made to Kent State University Athletics Department. Kent State University Athletics (noted in memory of Bill Konnert), 1025 Risman Dr. MAC Center, Room 191 Kent, OH 44242.