Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley


Clarence D. Suttles


Clarence D. Suttles passed away on Saturday, April 25 at Asheville Health Care. He is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Garnie Suttles, son Bryan Suttles, and brother Jack Suttles.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Suttles, sons Michael Suttles and Steve Cline, brothers Ray Suttles, Roy Suttles and Lawrence Suttles Jr, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

After faithfully serving his country in the United States Air Force as a radio operator on a C-47, Clarence worked for many years at Beacon Manufacturing in Swannanoa. In his spare time, Clarence loved raising flowers, especially roses. He also enjoyed fishing, and he loved his church. He was a member of Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church for over 50 years. The most important person in his life was his wife Ruth. He was a faithful caregiver to her the moment her health started to decline. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend.

Visitation was held April 28 at 11 a.m. at Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church in Swannanoa. Funeral services followed at noon at the church with Rev. Bruce Robinson and Rev. B.P. Boyle officiating. Graveside Service followed at Sky View Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend special thanks to all of the staff at Asheville Health Care and to the Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church family for all of their love and support. Those who wish to leave words of comfort for the family may do so at www.wilsonfamily

Ann Groves McAnear

Simpsonville, KY

Ann Groves McAnear, age 80, passed away on April 27, 2015 with her family by her side.

Ann is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Kenneth R. McAnear; three children, Dr. Paul McAnear (Sharon), Kendra Rivoli (Gary), and Marty McAnear; three grandchildren, Erin Mulligan (Matt), Matt McAnear, Rachel McGalliard (Scott); and one great-grandchild, Avery McGalliard.

Ann's most important life time job was raising their three children. During their children's younger years, Ann also served as a leader of their church as a youth minister, music minister, organist, and pianist.

She served as the Woman's Missionary Union Director and the Board of the Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC during some of their most rapidly expanding years.

As the children left home, Ann began her professional career as Financial Aid Director with Montreat Anderson College and would retire as the Financial Aid Director at Mars Hill College in North Carolina.

During this time, Ann served the Financial Aid community in various roles including President of North Carolina Association of Financial Aid Directors.

Ann has been a steward of her God-given talents throughout the Southern Baptist community all of her life including most recently through quilting and as the pianist for Dover Baptist Church. She is currently a member of Highland Baptist Church.

Friends and family celebrated Ann's life on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Shannon Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Visitation was 5-6 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers.

Ira Edwin Edwin Smith

Black Mountain

Ira Edwin Edwin Smith, Jr., 87, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the NC Veterans Home in Black Mountain. He was born in Morganton on April 5, 1928 to Ira E. Smith Sr. and Una Belle Denton Smith. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Lois Hinceman.

Ira graduated from Glen Alpine High School and served in the US Navy in the Mediterranean at the end of WW II. He worked at Great Lakes Carbon Corp. for 32 years until retirement. He was active in the church as deacon, dedicated choir member, and bus driver his entire adult life. He enjoyed traveling and riding his bicycle. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was loved by all who knew him.

Ira is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice Walker Smith; his daughters, Alicia Shumate and her husband, John, and Amy Ende and her husband, John; and grandchildren, Clare, Patrick, and Abbey Ende. Also surviving are his sisters, Edith Renfroe, Jean Neal, and Una Christine Reep and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at First Baptist Church in Morganton with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. Family received friends one hour prior to the service in the church parlor. Donations may be made in Ira's memory to the First Baptist Church Music Department at PO Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Calvin Henne Long

Black Mountain

Calvin Henne Long, PhD, age 88, of Black Mountain died peacefully on April 28, 2015. He was born February 16, 1927 in W. Myerstown, Pennsylvania and lived in California, Oklahoma City and Sarasota, Florida. He served with the Army Air Force as a cryptographer in the WWII Occupation until the end of 1946.

He married Doris Jeanne Bomgardner in 1954 while employed as an Analytical Chemist with Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster, PA.

He received degrees in Chemistry from the University of Miami (BS), Franklin & Marshall College (MS) and a Doctorate from Stanford University in 1964.

Prior to retirement in 1984, Dr. Long was Manager of Technical and Administrative Services in Oklahoma City at the Kerr McGee Technical Center. He enjoyed Duplicate Bridge, computers, genealogy, traveling and arts & crafts.

Survivors include his partner of 25 years, Linda Briggs; a daughter, Hilarie Benedetto, her husband David & two grandsons Brad & John of Grapevine, Texas; a son, James Long, his wife Michelle & one grandson Henry of Yorkville, Illinois; and numerous friends and extended family.

A private burial service was held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.Those who wish to leave words of comfort for the family may do so at www.wilsonfamilyfuneral

Betty Carson Dunn


Betty Carson Dunn died peacefully Wednesday in Durham, NC, after a period of declining health. She was surrounded by her loving husband of 51 years, Everette Matthews Dunn; her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Nathan Thielman; her grandchildren, MaryMac and Hayes; and her faithful caregiver, Nellie Bullock.

Betty grew up in Raleigh, where her father was the minister of Westminster Presbyterian Church--and graduated from high school in Sanford.

She attended Flora McDonald College, earned a teaching degree at East Carolina University and taught elementary school in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Betty lived a life of service: opening up her home to people in need, teaching deaf children, caring for a foster child, going on short-term missions trips, and reading the Bible to her grandchildren. Every morning she prayed for her family in the name of Jesus, and she loved to read and teach the Bible.

A Celebration of Betty's Life was held at noon on Saturday, May 2, at Gaither Chapel in Montreat, North Carolina.

A reception followed immediately in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Betty Dunn Fund, in care of World Missions Committee, Christ Community Church, P.O. Box 279, Montreat, NC 28757.

Arrangements are by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. Condolences can be made at