Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
Gordon Onley Guffey

Gordon Onley Guffey


Gordon Onley Guffey, Sr., 90, of Fairview, died Sunday, January 22, 2017 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Thomas and Carmie Jane Chatham Guffey. Gordon was also preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Martin Guffey, who died in 2013 and a stepgrandaughter, Angela Phillips Noble, who died in 2015.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Army-Air Corps, Gordon served in WWII of which he was injured. He loved his family dearly, especially his wife, Hazel, and had a great fondness of animals.

He is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Phillips (J.B.) of Hendersonville, Sandi Kisselburg (Lee) of Fairview and Christine Bradley (Joe) of Asheville; one son, Gordon Onley Guffey, Jr. (Leslie) of Fairview; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Burial followed at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. prior to the service.

For those who desire, memorial donations may be made in Gordon’s memory to John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center c/o CarePartners, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. The memorial guest register is available at


Jessie Rice

Jessie Summey Rice

Black Mountain 

  Jessie Summey Rice, 10-14-1914 to 01-18-2017, was born in Buncombe County to the late Robert G. and Annie Pressley Summey.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Rice; sister, Nora Summey Hummer Neuenschwander; brothers, Rev. Mack M. Summey and Thomas G. Summey.

She is survived by a niece, Margaret P. Jarrett of Winston Salem, NC; nephews, T. Gary Summey of New Smyrna Beach, FL, William M. Hummer Jr. of Capitan, NM; sisters-in-law, Ethel Davidson of Swannanoa, NC, Sarah Wilson of High Point, NC,  Betty Barger of Sumter, SC; and brother-in-law, Wade Talbot of Black Mountain, NC. There are also two generations of great-nieces and -nephews. 
  Jessie was a 5th grade Teacher and Librarian in the Black Mountain school system as well as a Sunday School Teacher and Librarian for First Baptist Church, Black Mountain. The past two years, Jessie resided at Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain. 
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 656, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
  The family receives friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed immediately by the funeral service on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Black Mountain on 130 Montreat Road. Burial will be in Mountain View Memorial Park. 
   Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals,

Henry “Hawk” Gibbs


Henry “Hawk” Gibbs, 86, of Swannanoa passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017.
  Mr. Gibbs was born September 10, 1930 to the late Henry and Aubree Gibbs.
  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, painter, artist, and was loved by all.  Mr. Gibbs was a veteran of United States Navy.
  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Cauble Gibbs; stepson, Phillip Eugene Brown; one sister and one brother.
  Mr. Gibbs is survived by his sister, Barbara Osnoe; brother, Mike Gibbs; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
  A visitation was Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals,

Perrylene Patton Whitesides


Perrylene Patton Whitesides, 92, of Asheville passed away Monday, January 23, 2017.

Mrs. Whitesides was born August 27, 1924 in Georgia to the late Thomas and Margie Patton.  As a young adult, she played musical instruments and sang on the radio in Morganton.  She enjoyed crocheting and gardening and loved to help those in need.  Perrylene was of the Baptist faith and retired from Beacon Mfg.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Spurgeon Hicks “Shorty” Whitesides; daughter, Maxine Taylor; son, Harvey Whitesides, and brother, David New.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Burgess and Brenda Mayhew; sons, Marlon Whitesides and Bill Styles; sisters, Marlene Guffey, Betty Booth, and Patsy Coulier; 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, January 27, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Rev. Mack White officiating.  Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park. The family received friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday prior to the service time at the funeral home, Harwood Home for Funerals.

Margaret Hamblen Wynne

Margaret Hamblen Wynne


Margaret (Maggie) Lewis Hamblen Wynne, 77, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Black Mountain, NC, not far from her beloved home, Woodland Heights in Montreat, where until October, she had been lovingly cared for throughout her decline from dementia. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Maggie led a life rich in faith, creativity, hospitality, and love.

Born in Durham, NC to Dr. Edwin Crowell Hamblen and Agnes Baptist Hamblen, Maggie cherished her older sister Agnes Hamblen McDonald, who died in 2016.

Maggie graduated from Durham High School and attended Salem College, where she met Bob Wynne, a student at Davidson College. They were married in 1958 at First Presbyterian Church in Durham. She and Bob made a loving home in Raleigh for their three daughters, Elizabeth, Dana, and Rebecca.

When their dearest friends Helen and Freddy Johnson founded Building Together Ministries. Through BTM, Maggie came to know then five-year-old Quenita Winston. For more than 25 years, Maggie and Quenita loved and supported each other like family. Quenita moved to Montreat in 2009 and, as a trained CNA, helped provide compassionate care for Maggie during her illness.

Maggie is survived by her husband of 59 years, Robert Webb Wynne III; by daughters Elizabeth Wynne Marshall (Bennie) of McClellanville, SC; Dana Wynne Lindquist (David) of Raleigh; and Dr. Rebecca Wynne Turk of Oak Park, IL; by grandchildren H.B. Marshall IV (Madison), Robert Marshall, Spencer Marshall, Hannah Margaret Lindquist Clare (Patrick), Caroline Lindquist, and by Samuel, Wyatt, Lydia, and Clark Turk; by her beloved sister-in-law Brookshire Wynne McDonald of Raleigh; and by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at the home of Dana and David Lindquist in Raleigh, on Sunday, Jan. 29.  The funeral service was Monday, Jan. 30 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church with reception afterward in The Garden Gallery. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Care Partners, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803. The family is grateful to Dr. Drew Schnyder and the entire staff at Givens Highlands Farms in Black Mountain for their exceptional care.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh.