Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley July 13

Black Mountain News
Betty Hayes

Betty Slagle Hayes

Black Mountain

Betty Slagle Hayes, 83, of Black Mountain, NC, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Mission Hospital.

She was born April 12, 1934 in Swannanoa, NC to the late Sidney Eugene Slagle and Opha McMahan Slagle.  Mrs. Hayes worked as a the secretary for The Episcopal Diocese of WNC for 32 years until her retirement.  She loved her family and took great care of everyone.  She was considered a “second mother” to many people.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Julius Jackson “Jack” Hayes; one brother, Bobby Slagle; and one sister, Genevieve Black.

Surviving Mrs. Hayes are her son, Bobby Hayes and wife, Kim of Swannanoa; one granddaughter, Emily Hayes of Swannanoa; one sister, Judy Lebrun of Canada; two sisters-in-law, Juanita Slagle of Swannanoa and Joann Ivey of Portsmouth, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Grove Stone Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Long and Rev. Randy Stone officiating.  The family received friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 1166, Marion, NC 28752.

Advantage-Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Hayes and her family.  Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Bernice Stewart

Bernice P. Stewart

Black Mountain

Bernice P. Stewart, 92, of Black Mountain, passed away July 2, 2017.

Mrs. Stewart was born October 13, 1924 in Buncombe County to the late Arthur and Nell Patton.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph F. Stewart; sister and brother-in-law, Ernestine P. Miller and Lawrence Miller; nephew, Larry Miller; sister-in-law, Isabelle Pack. Bernice is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family received friends Friday, July 7, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home with a graveside service immediately following at Mountain View Memorial Park with Rev. Don Penland officiating.   Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Building Fund, 64 Mt. Olive Church Road, Asheville, NC 28804.  Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals,

Lewis G. Ball

Black Mountain

Lewis G. Ball, 80, of Black Mountain, passed away July 3, 2017.

Mr. Ball was born January 6, 1937 in Virginia to the late George Washington Ball, Jr. and Nanny Ball. Lewis was the owner of Lewis & Son Heating and Air Conditioning.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Edna Ball; and five brothers.

Lewis is survived by his son, Stephen Ball (Beata); grandchildren, Gideon, Stephen and Dorinda; three sisters; and a sister-in-law.  Harwood Home for funerals is assisting the family.

Bob Daigle

Robert Norman "Bob" Daigle


Robert Norman Daigle, a native of Augusta, Maine, was born January 25, 1930 to René and Irene La Pierre Daigle, and died July 2, 2017 at VA Hospice Care, Asheville, NC.  Before moving in 1994 to these beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, he lived for 40 years in Suffern, NY, where he had been employed as an engineer with Avon Corporation.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Fabian Daigle; a daughter (and son-in-law), Robbin Lynne Marcus (Dave Marcus), Atlanta, GA; and granddaughter Anne Deborah Schaffer, Baltimore, MD.  He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Virginia Ann Daigle.

He loved music.  As a percussionist he played in bands in the Asheville-Hendersonville area. He took to ballroom dancing and cycling while living in Suffern.  In Asheville he was a weekly contra dancer.  He enjoyed fishing, tied his own flies for fly fishing, and taught young people to do the same.

He was a member of Christ Community Church, Montreat, had been a volunteer at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, Black Mountain Home for Children, and at the Cove.  Gifted in mechanics and electricity, he used those skills to help others with their projects and home repairs.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 9, at 3:00 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Montreat College, with Rev. Dr. Richard White, Pastor of Christ Community Church, officiating. The family received friends in Gaither Fellowship Hall after the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to Christ Community Church, PO Box 279, Montreat, NC  28757.

A graveside service will be held at the Brick Church Cemetery, Grandview Road, Spring Valley, NY at a later date. Condolences may be made to the family at

Stuart Austin Moseley

Stuart Austin Moseley


Stuart Austin Moseley, aged 30, of Montreat, died Monday July 3rd, a victim of the opioid epidemic.  Stuart struggled for more than 12 years to live free of the highly addictive substance.  His death is one of many caused by this health crisis. His family shares its sympathy and mourning with the national community of those devastated by opioids.

Stuart was born in Gainesville, Florida.  He was a member of the Buchholz High School band and the youth choirs of First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.  Music was a lifelong interest.  He was an avid reader and was innately curious.  Stuart was a student at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, enrolled in the Information Systems Security program.

Stuart was known for his humor and wit, for showing compassion to the dispossessed, for finding beauty in the mundane, and for being a passionate advocate of social justice.  His memory is honored by his mother, father, sisters, brothers, and maternal grandparents.

Persons wishing to honor Stuart’s memory may make donations to First Step Farm of WNC, Inc., P. O. Box 1450, Candler, NC 28715 or North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, 2416 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, 27607. Stuart was remembered at a private gathering on July 9th.