Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley


Linda Ann Goelz

Sun City Center

Linda Ann Goelz, age 64, of Sun City Center, FL passed away on May 16, 2017.

Linda attended Nova University and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Science in criminal justice. After graduation she pursued a career in law enforcement. She was a Deputy Sheriff for Broward County for 26 years. She took great pride in serving the community as a sheriff and eventually worked her way up to a rank of Commander.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents George and Eva Perkins, and is survived by her loving husband, Robert Goelz of 18 years; 1 brother and by numerous children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. The family has requested that all donations be made to the American Lung Association/ Brother Wolf Rescue. Groover Funeral Home is entrusted with the cremation arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Eunice Berg Wilhelmi


Eunice Berg Wilhelmi, 92, finished her race, laid down her burdens and entered into glory where she was welcomed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday night, May 24, 2017.

A long-time resident of Montreat and member of Christ Community Church of Montreat, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of over 60 years, Norm; her parents R. Stanley and Myrtle Berg; her brothers Stanley, David and Paul; her sisters Ruth, Miriam and Dorothy; her grandson Mark Haney; and her son-in-law George Haney.

She is survived by her children: Jay Wilhelmi (Jeanette) of Pfafftown, N.C., Janet Wilhelmi Haney of Villa Hills, Ky., Cathy Wilhelmi Haney (Jay) of Novato, Calif., Carol Wilhelmi of the home and Scott Wilhelmi (Lori) of Swannanoa, N.C.; and her grandchildren Sarah Haney Jarvie (Chris), Laura Haney, Kevin Haney, Jenna Haney, Jonathan Wilhelmi, Jackson Wilhelmi and Rebecca Wilhelmi.

Eunice grew up in Charlotte, N.C. where she graduated from Central High School. She attended Taylor University where she met Norm before finishing her nursing studies at Queens College in Charlotte. She was a caring wife, devoted mother and dedicated homemaker. Her gracious hospitality complemented her husband’s coaching career and she was beloved by all who knew her. After her children had grown, Eunice was able to resume her nursing career caring for aged veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oteen, N.C.

Eunice was a wonderful cook. Her pies – apple, blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb – were legendary. After the birth of her first grandchild, Sarah, she rediscovered her love of knitting. She was a master of the craft and the numerous scarves, sweaters, socks and blankets she fashioned were (and still are) treasured by her family.

While we here whom she has left behind morn her passing, we rejoice in Eunice’s “good victory” and in our hope of the resurrection to come. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, please make donations in her memory to Christ Community Church. Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family,

James “Jim” Robinson


James “Jim” Robinson, 85, of Swannanoa, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Mr. Robinson was born July 4, 1931 in Buncombe County to the late B.Z. and Pauline Ledford Robinson. Jim was a Veteran of the US Army.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Robinson; and brother, Rev. Jimmie Robinson.

Jim is survived by his wife, Edna Sexton Robinson; daughters, Debbie Robinson, Robbin Glenn, and Darlene Robinson; sisters, Eleanor Robinson, Oleta Boone, Rita Robinson, and Elaine Hawkins; brothers, Franklin and Hubert Robinson; grandchildren, Misty Pasztor (Tomi), Matt Robinson, Caleb Robinson, Jasmine Robinson, and Luke Rumney; and great-grandchildren, Aleah Lytle Robinson and Adrianna Bartlett.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the Chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Rev. Jim Page officiating. Burial was in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family.