Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Albert Eugene Caldwell

Black Mountain

Albert Eugene Caldwell of Black Mountain, NC went to be with the lord August 20, 2016. A loving caring Brother, father to his daughter and devoted Grandfather to his grandchildren and faithful friend to all.

He is survived by one brother, Joe Caldwell; a sister-in-law, Molly Caldwell; one daughter, Patricia Coleman; two grandchildren, David Eugene Bassett and Teisha Shi Anderson; and nieces and nephews. He was loved very much and will be missed by all.

He will be laid to rest on Friday September 2, 2016 at 1 p.m.  There will be a memorial service following the graveside burial. The memorial will be held at the home of the sister-in-law, Molly Caldwell.


Robert “Bob” Selzler 

Black Mountain 

Robert “Bob” Selzler, 98, of Black Mountain passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C.

He was the son of the late Edward Selzler and Amelia Dorr Selzler of Buffalo, N.Y. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Army Corp of Engineers in the Aleutian Islands. Bob had a 33-year-career as a metallurgist with the General Electric Corporation in Schenectady, N.Y., and was an avid sportsman throughout his life. His introduction to golf came as a 9-year-old caddy at the Buffalo, N.Y. Country Club and soon after he became an accomplished golfer, as well as, an ice skater, swimmer, and ballroom dancer. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol well into his 60’s.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by four brothers, four sisters, and his beloved wife of 31 years, Edna Ingle. Surviving are a daughter, Edie Gibbens of Port Orange, FL, step-daughters, Lisa Godfrey of Maryville, TN and Linda Harrell (Don) of Mars Hill, N.C., grandsons, Jeremy Blinn of DeLand, FL, Andrew Blinn of Durham, N.C., step-granddaughter, Danna Stansberry of Mars Hill, N.C., step-grandson, Cale Godfrey of Maryville, TN, and eight great grandchildren.

 Marion Elmer Taylor 

Berea, KY 

Marion Elmer Taylor, 87, formerly of Black Mountain, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Baptist Health in Richmond.

Marion was born in Buncombe County, NC to the late Olen V. and Laura Russell Taylor. He started his working career with General Electric. He then transitioned into the banking industry for a number of years. He retired from Medical Collections in 1997 to enjoy his favorite pastime, woodworking. He was a member of the Berea Church of Christ and a Korean War veteran with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Bartlett Taylor; one son, Doug (Nancy) Taylor; and one sister, Evelyn Hart.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals in Black Mountain, NC. Burial followed in the Black Mountain City Cemetery in Black Mountain. Visitation was Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea, KY from 6-9 pm and Thursday from 1-2 pm prior to the funeral service at Harwood Home for Funerals.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1466, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Condolences may be left for the family at and

A private burial was held at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery on August 12, 2016. Bob will be remembered for his compassion and his great respect for the sacrifices of our veterans.

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Albert Thomas “A.T.” Hollifield

Black Mountain

Albert Thomas “A.T.” Hollifield was born November 2, 1936 in McDowell County, NC. He went to his Heavenly home to be with his Savior on August 25, 2016 at Mountain Ridge Health and Wellness Center in Black Mountain, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Susie Hollifield; and sister, Faye Massey.

A.T. was a graduate of Owen High School and a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force. Throughout his life, A.T. was hard-working and honest to a fault, always there to help those in need, and always pulling for the underdog. He owned and operated Burgess 66 Service Station, along with a John Deere dealership, Black Mountain Tire and Service Center and Sourwood Auto Sales, all in the Swannanoa Valley. A.T. was a faithful member of Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church for over 40 years where he sang in the choir.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lucy Runion Hollifield of Black Mountain; his daughter, Renee Hollifield Gregory of Newton, NC; his son, Randy Hollifield and wife, Shayne Hollifield of Black Mountain; his sisters, Wanda Sexton and husband, Gary of Clemmons, NC, and Ruth Collins of Knoxville, TN; his granddaughter, Ashton Gregory Robinson and husband, Hunter Robinson of Claremont, NC; his grandson, Ronnie Hollifield of Black Mountain; great-grandson, Corbin Robinson of Claremont, NC; great-granddaughter, Chloee Robinson of Claremont, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Sunday, August 28, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. at Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church, 204 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  A Celebration of Life Service was Monday, August 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm  at the church with Reverend Randy Stone and Wendell Runion officiating.

Burial with military rites followed at 2 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 962 Old US Hwy 70 West, Black Mountain, NC, with Reverend Frank Cantrell officiating.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Mission Hospital Heart Tower and Mountain Ridge Health and Wellness Center for their exceptional and steadfast care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be given to Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 204 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,