Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Katharine “Queenie” Howard Holding

Black Mountain

Katharine “Queenie” Howard Holding, 74, of Black Mountain, passed Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Solace Hospice Center.

Katharine Holding

Her Celebration of Life was  held at 4 p.m. July 9, 2016 at Black Forest Knoll, Weaverville, NC. Leading the celebration was  The Rev. Martha Morrison, MD of Fayetteville, AR and The Rev. Doug Michaels of Weaverville, NC. All friends and families are invited.

As a teenager, Katharine was presented at the NC, Charlotte, and L Arioso Balls. She graduated from Stratford Hall and completed College at Georgia Southern University majoring in Psychology. She continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Katharine, an addictions therapist at Ridgeview Institute, helped many adolescents, parents, and adults. She led co-dependence programs at ONSITE, INC with Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse in Rapid City and STAR with Dr. Barabra Findeisen in California.

Along with her spouse, Dare Tolar, Katharine shared love, laughter, and recovery with close friends and family throughout the country. She lived by her integrity, her values, and her commitments.

She was preceded in death by her parents from Charlotte, NC Graham Davis Holding Sr. and Katherine Howard Holding. Left to honor her memory is a brother, Graham Holding, Sr. (Jane); two nephews, Will (Kathryn and two daughters, Anna and Lizzie) of Raleigh NC and Graham D. Holding, III of Charlotte. Two nieces, Audrey Tolar (William, Leah, Zack) of Knoxville, and Lydia Tolar (Domnn, Francis and Eleanor) of Cary.

We will miss Katharine’s “stories, her beautiful smile and her honesty. Her courage to accept her death was such a strong and loving message to her communities. Memorials may be sent to CarePartners Solace Center or Brother Wolf.

Glenna June Byrd Kluttz

Black Mountain

Glenna June Byrd Kluttz, 86, of Black Mountain, NC died Sunday, July 3, 2016. She was born on June 5, 1930 in White Pine, TN to Bacchus Bright Byrd and June Laughridge Byrd. Glenna is survived by her husband of 63 years, John A. Kluttz of Black Mountain, NC; her sister Mrs. Mary F. Stephens of Black Mountain, NC; and her brother James S. Byrd of Orlando, FL. Other surviving family to include her children: Cathy Kluttz-Hile, Nancy K. Hudson and her husband Richard, John E. Kluttz and his wife Leslie, and Jimmy Kluttz and his wife Libby; grandchildren: Barrett Kluttz and his wife Stephanie, Mary Elizabeth Hudson, Margaret H. Cameron and her husband Corey, Martha J. Hudson and adopted granddaughter Victoria K. Bunch, Emily R. Kluttz, and Grace C. Kluttz; and great-grandchildren: Olivia J. Kluttz, Dylan R. Kluttz, Hayden J. Kluttz, Alexa A. Kluttz, Avery K. Cameron, and Tucker G. Cameron. Many loved nieces and nephews also survive her. Glenna was preceded in death by her parents and brothers B.B. Byrd Jr. and Jack L. Byrd.

Mrs. Kluttz, as her fourth graders knew her, retired from Black Mountain Primary School after 23 years of teaching. She was a proud graduate of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, known today as the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A lover of North Carolina history and literature, Glenna was devoted to Black Mountain United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, various Bridge clubs, the Black Mountain Tea and Topic Club, and the women of her social world that she respected, uplifted, and supported.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Glenna’s honor may be made to Black Mountain United Methodist Church. A service in memoriam of Glenna’s life was held at Black Mountain United Methodist Church on Wednesday July 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. Family members received guests immediately following the service.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for

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Charles (Jake) William Hamby

Black Mountain

Charles (Jake) William Hamby, 67, of Black Mountain, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 4, 2016. Charles (Jake, as he was known by many) owned and operated Charley’s One in Ridgecrest, which later became A Touch of Art. He was a member of Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church in Black Mountain, where he was a former Sunday School Superintendent.

He loved his family, friends and community. He served as Chairman of the Sourwood Festival and President of the local F.A.N. Club (Friends and Neighbors Club), which helped many local families especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Charles served in the Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran.

He is preceded in death by his father, William C. Hamby (Bill) and mother, Luna Pleasant Hamby of Swannanoa.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Deborah Allen Hamby (Debbie); three daughters, Kimberly Osborne (Jeff) of Tennessee, Ashley Greer of Tennessee, and Sarah Hamby of Black Mountain; a son, Justin Greer of Black Mountain; four grandchildren, Alyssa and Megan Osborne, Brennan and Kaylee Greer; a sister, Clare (Tensie) Williams (Raymond) of Old Fort; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A very heartfelt thank you to the doctors and wonderful staff who took the most amazing care of Charles in S.I.C.U. and Hospice at the VA Hospital in Asheville. To each friend and many loved ones who were always here and those who stood by him in spirit, love and prayer, we extend our deepest gratitude.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church. The family received friends immediately following the service. Burial was at 12 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for

Ethel West

Ethel McCann West

Black Mountain

Ethel McCann West, 90, of Black Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 4, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her adoring family.
Born in Surry County, NC, to the late Closure and Hallie Tucker McCann, she graduated from Emmanuel Junior College in 1946. She attended the Jonesville Pentecostal Holiness Church since childhood, and worked many years at Chatham Manufacturing in Elkin.

Moving to Black Mountain NC in 1967, she worked as a homemaker and a seamstress at Drapery Arts. She was a member of Crossroads Assembly of God Church and the Black Mountain Lions Club. A tireless worker for the benefit all of those around her, she lived her life fully in all respects, always in partnership with her loving husband and family.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Edward B. West, four sons: Gary E. West (Allison) of Cincinnati, OH: Gregory B. West (Lori) of Tryon:, Kevin G. West (Missy) and David K. West (Sharon) all of Asheville; eight grandchildren: Leigh Ann Noble (Greg); Bryan West (April); Ben West (Jen); Stuart West (Jaimi); Hallie Sheaffer (Mark); Amanda Gardner (Bill); Erin West; Emily West; and eleven great-grandchildren.

The family  received friends Saturday July 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home, 856 Tunnel Rd., Asheville. A funeral service was held Sunday, July 10, at 4 p.m. at Crossroads Assembly of God Church, 20 Bear Creek Rd., Asheville. Rev. Mike Brown officiated.
Burial was held Monday July 11 at 10 a.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials may be made in Ethel’s honor to the Black Mountain Lions Club, PO Box 622, Black Mtn., NC 28711 or to the Crossroads Assembly, 20 South Bear Creek Rd., Asheville 28806.
Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family. An online memorial is available at


Ernest Leroy Bailey

Ernest Leroy (Beetle) Bailey


Ernest Leroy (Beetle) Bailey died peacefully at his home on July 5, 2016 in Asheville, NC at the age of 87.

Leroy is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Patsy Stroup Bailey; daughter, Sandy Landers; grandchildren, Kim Landers - Kalogeras, Michelle Harris Hunter, Michael Ledford (Karen), and Lance Landers (Melissa) of Asheville; and great-grandchildren Bailey, Evie, Rylee, Addison, and Max.

He is preceded in death by his son, Sam Bailey; and daughter, Kathy Harris, of Asheville.

He was born on March 17, 1929 in Swannanoa, NC to Otis and Oma Bailey. He graduated from Swannanoa High School and soon after married Patsy, his high school sweetheart. Leroy began working for Beacon Mills then later for CHEMTRONICS as an Electrician and soon after the couple welcomed three children into their home. His family remembers him as a loving father, grandfather and a man of deep faith.

Leroy was a man of many talents and a dedicated family man who loved Baseball and shared many fond memories as a player with the Beacon Mills Industrial League and the lasting friendships he and Patsy made in those years. He was a member of the Riceville Presbyterian Church.

All were welcome to attend and celebrate Leroy’s life on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals with Rev. James Lamb officiating. Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park. The family  received friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home.

Flowers are welcome or if you would like to send donations please send to Care Partners Hospice at 68 Sweeten Creek Road.  Condolences can be sent to and accessed through Harwood Home for

The family would like to thank the Care Partners staff for their devoted efforts and unwavering professionalism.