Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Kenneth M. Sapp


Kenneth M. Sapp of Swannanoa went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 4, 2017 surrounded by his family.

He retired from Beacon Mfg. Co. and was also a veteran of the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Carrie Sapp; brothers, Don and Cooper Sapp; sister, Francis Blackwelder; and grandson, Alex White.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Sapp; children, Anthony “Tony” Sapp (Kathi), Susan White, and Mitch Sapp all of Swannanoa; sister, Sarah Misenheimer (Joe); grandchildren, Christen Davidson (Ben), John Luke, and James Michael Sapp; and great-grandchildren, Porter and Reid Davidson.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Swannanoa First Baptist Church where he was a member for over 40 years. Dr. Jeff Dowdy and Rev. Dan Snyder will officiate. Visitation was from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his name to Swannanoa First Baptist Church, Community Outreach Program, 503 Park Street, Swannanoa, NC 28778. Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family,

Hicks Ellis Anderson, Jr.


Hicks Ellis Anderson, Jr., 90, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, in Reidsville, NC and the memorial service was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Christ Community Church, Graham Chapel in Montreat, N.C. Visitation followed both services.

Mr. Anderson was born on August 10, 1926 to the late Hicks Ellis Anderson, Sr. and Lucille Anderson in Drew, MS. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After obtaining his Masters in Accounting from The University of Mississippi, he opened his CPA practice in Leaksville, now Eden, N.C. Following the Lord’s call in 1967 to serve on the mission field, he retired to Montreat, N.C. where he was the Professor of Accounting at Montreat College. Having previously lived in Black Mountain, NC he most recently lived in Winston-Salem, NC and was a member of the Christ Community Church in Montreat, N.C.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Bettye Jones Anderson; his four children, Hicks Anderson III “Andy” of Asheville, Mary Rathbun of Allardt, TN, Barbara Shore and husband Jim of Winston-Salem, NC, Libby Eifert and husband Brian of Wenatchee, WA; 19 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Meg Word-Sims of MemoryCare, and the staff of CarePartners of Asheville for their loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to MemoryCare, Inc. (100 Far Horizons Ln. Asheville, NC 28803). Online condolences can be made at

Deborah Ann Walker

Black Mountain

Deborah Ann Walker, 34, of Black Mountain passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Deborah is preceded in death by her father Leonard Ball, husband James Roy Walker, Jr. and aunt Kathy Justice. She was loved by many.

Deborah was a good mama and was very close to her cousins Loretta French and Linda Justice. Deborah is survived by her son James Raymond Walker of Black Mountain; mother Patricia "Pat" Ball; maternal grandfather Samuel Craig of Black Mountain; and siblings David Ball of Candler, William Ball of Black Mountain, and Marsha Ball of Black Mountain.

A service was held at Penland Family Funeral Home on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Edgar Waters officiating. The burial followed the service at Cane Creek Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday from 6-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Penland's to offset funeral expenses. Condolences may be made online at

Linda Blankenship Green

Black Mountain

Linda Blankenship Green, 69, of Black Mountain, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Mrs. Green was born April 20, 1948 in Buncombe County to Jessie Blankenship and the late Julian Blankenship. Linda was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where she formerly taught Sunday School and attended Trinity Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Robert Green; sons, Sean Green and Lee Green; and grandchildren, Julian Green and Colton Green.

The family received friends Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Ministry at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Harwood Home for Funerals is assisting the family.