March 8 Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Herbert Dimmock

Thomas Herbert Dimmock


Father, friend, teacher, and husband, Thomas Herbert Dimmock, Jr. “Herb” passed into the next life peacefully on February 21, 2018 of natural causes. Born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 29, 1921, he lived 96 years marked by exuberance, unlimited optimism, humor, wisdom, and a keen sense of ethics and Christian morals. The son of a long line of Presbyterian ministers (seven generations before him), his commitment to the Presbyterian church was a lifelong mission, where he served as elder, teacher, and choir member.

Born to The Rev. Thomas Herbert Dimmock, Sr. and Martha Belle Amis, he was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia - where he subsequently taught physics as well as at Wake Forest Univ. He married Anne Hortense Pruitt in 1948 with whom he had four children, all of whom survive him: Jane (Dimmock) Cain of Davidson, NC, Thomas Herbert Dimmock, III of Hershey, PA, David Dimmock of Baltimore, MD, and Jonathan Dimmock of San Francisco, CA. Herb married a second time, after Anne’s death, to Edna Earl Chapman of Fredericksburg, VA.

Herb’s career started in the Army, having served as a First Lieutenant in WWII (14th Infantry, 71st Division), including participating in the liberation of Dachau, and serving as a temporary mayor in Germany. His profession as a physicist took him to the aerospace industry where he patented a fuel cell for the rocket to Mars. The last half of his career was spent in Northern Virginia where he served the Defense Intelligence Agency in matters related to missile defense.

Herb loved to sing and play the piano - which he did nearly up until his day of death. He was beloved as a Bible teacher and scholar, a passion which occupied him for at least 60 years of his life. Mostly, friends and family remember him for his gentle sense of humor, humility, warmth, and unusual ability to communicate interest in other people. A lover of the outdoors and physical health, his greatest accomplishment, in his words, was raising a loving Christian family.

His funeral was at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, in McLean, VA, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Charitable donations, in his memory, may be given to the Dimmock Memorial Fund at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church or to his nephew, Frank Dimmock’s, African missionary work through The Outreach Foundation:

Condolences may be made to the family at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, NC (, which is serving the Dimmock family. 

Albrecht Emile Steinlein

Black Mountain

Albrecht Emile Steinlein, 89, of Black Mountain died peacefully on February 27, 2018 at Fleshers Fairview Health Care Center.

  He was born June 20, 1928 in Djakarta, Indonesia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorijn Cornelia Purvis Steinlein; and son, Ralph Steinlein.

  Albrecht is survived by his daughter, Bea Madden (Joe) of Asheville; sons, Erwin Steinlein (Katharine) of Graham, WA, and Jeffery Steinlein of Arizona; grandchildren, Jason Madden (Erin), Patrick Madden (Shyran), Elizabeth Lundin (David), Stephen Steinlein (Megan), Matthew Steinlein (Kathleen), Jonathan Steinlein, Eric Steinlein (September), Brandon Steinlein, Tyler Steinlein, and Danielle Steinlein; great grandchildren, Brandon Madden, Mikal Lundin, Elin Lundin, Summer Steinlein, Seattle Steinlein, and Liam Steinlein; and two other important people in his life, Bonnie Steinlein and Shelley Steinlein.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Swannanoa with Father Matt Leonard officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 102 Andrews Place, Swannanoa, NC 28778.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,

Shirley Foxx

Shirley Jean Shook Foxx

Black Mountain

Shirley Jean Shook Foxx, 69, of Black Mountain, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.

          Shirley was born in the Upper Laurel community of Madison County, NC on September 23, 1948 to the late Junie and Maggie Gentry Shook. She was married to Forrest Foxx who preceded her in death in 2014. Shirley was deeply devoted to her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be greatly missed.

          In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by thirteen brothers and sisters.

          She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Arrowood and Julie Try, both of Black Mountain, and Lisa Huskey of Newton; a son, David Fisher and wife Tammie of Weaverville; eight grandchildren, Brian, Leslieanne, David, Kyle, Justin, Evan, Tyler, and Coltan; and four great-grandchildren, Shania, Presleigh, Jackson, and Lucas “LJ.”

          A memorial service was held at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Covenant Church of the Highlands, 540 Reems Creek Road, in Weaverville. Rev. Timmy Burnette officiated. The family received friends from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., prior to the service, at the Church.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church of the Highlands for community outreach. Penland Family Funeral Home in Swannanoa is serving the family. Online condolences may be shared at

Sammy Stewart

Sammy Stewart


 Sammy Stewart, 63, of Hendersonville, went home to be with the Lord and his two children, Colin and Alicia, on March 2, 2018.

  Originally from Swannanoa, Sammy was born October 28, 1954 to the late Samuel Stewart, Sr. and Mary Faye Stewart.

  Sammy graduated from Charles D. Owen High School in 1973. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles on June 15, 1975 and played in the Majors for 10 years. Sammy set a Major League world record with the Baltimore Orioles that is still held today. He played in two World Series with the Baltimore Orioles and one World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Baseball was Sammy’s passion, and he used it to mentor and coach youth.

  Other loves of Sammy include hunting, fishing, cooking and music. It could be said of him that Sammy was always the life of the party.  Sammy was a member of Living Water Church in Hendersonville. He was a larger than life character who couldn’t go a day without a smile. He never met a stranger.

  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his children, Colin Stewart and Alicia Stewart Allen.

  Sammy is survived by his wife, Cherie Stewart; sons, Ryan Stewart and Christian Stewart; sisters, Linda Banks (Mike) and Judy Terra; former wife, Peggy Stewart; niece and nephews, Julie Eskander, Mike Banks, Brian Banks, and Jonathan Woods; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his dog, Rhett. He is also survived by a community that loved him dearly, including coaches, teammates, and the Baltimore Orioles Alumni Association.

  A Celebration of Sammy’s Life will be Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Pastor Tony Birkhead officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4600 Park Road, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28209.

  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.