March 22 Obituaries

Black Mountain News
John David Rose

John David Rose

Black Mountain 

John David Rose died at his home in Black Mountain, N.C. on Monday, March 12. He is survived by his wife, Penny; daughters, Semele Jessica, Melene Zagorec (Todd), and Lesele Rose; sister, Margaret Knowlton (David); niece, Katherine Mayo (Bill) and step-daughter, Ann Gerschefski. He leaves four grandchildren: Jasone Rose, Ian McCullogh, Leela Rose and Emily Zagorec.

He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Kenneth D. Rose and Elizabeth Holden Rose. He attended Idaho public schools, the Todd School for Boys in Chicago, and the University of Utah. He interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in the Korean conflict aboard the USCG cutter, Escanaba and the Buoy Tender Magnolia.

He completed his education at Idaho State College and moved to Los Angeles  to pursue an acting career. After several years, he returned to Salt Lake City where his interest in politics led him to state service. He became Press Secretary to Gov. Cal Rampton, and, in 1965, was appointed Director of the Utah Travel Council. John David is also credited with originating Utah’s bid for the Winter Olympic games and later became head of marketing for the development of Snowbird ski resort.

In 1973, he moved east to Vermont and then to the Sea Pines Company in Hilton Head Island, SC.  In 1976, he accepted a position in Sardinia, Italy working for His Highness, the Aga Khan, in the development of Costa Smeralda Resort. He returned to Hilton Head in 1978, sailing his 32 ft. sloop across the Atlantic.

In 1985, he formed the advertising agency Gardo, Doughtie and Rose with former Sea Pines colleague, Tom Gardo and with Tim Doughtie.

His interest in theater returned and he became a leading actor with what began as The Hilton Head Playhouse and is now the professional Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

He and Penny retired to Black Mountain in 2005. He wrote an ongoing political column for Hilton Head News and published his book  “Rescuing Capitalism from Corporatism: Greed and the American Corporate Culture.”

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 11 at St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain. Memorial gifts may be made to Rusty’s Legacy 139 Lytle Mtn. Road, Marion, NC.

Virginia Hamner McLean Pharr

Black Mountain

Virginia "Gin" Hamner  McLean Pharr was born on May 2, 1932. She died on March 13, 2018. She was born  in Winchester, Virginia to the Reverend John Lee McLean and Annie Elizabeth Patterson McLean.

She is survived by her four children, Steve Macon Pharr (Stacey), Virginia Pharr Soli (Terry), Elizabeth Pharr Collins (Michael) and James McLean Pharr (Margaret); and her sister, Mary Quaid McLean Hock.

Her legacy includes seven grandchildren, Joshua Michael Collins, Sarah Sister Flohr (Christian), Rebecca Anne  Sister (Alex), Katherine Elizabeth Beery (Derek), Spencer Macon Pharr, Hannah Quaid Parris(Zach), Virginia Worthington Pharr; and eleven great grandchildren.

Gin was a lifelong Presbyterian and served as an elder and deacon in the church and was active in many areas of ministry. She had been a member of the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church for the past 15 years.

Gin graduated from   Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia in 1952. She taught middle school math for 24  years. The last seventeen before retirement were in Cary, NC. She tutored many young people in her retirement.

A memorial service to celebrate Gin Pharr's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Memorials  may be  made to Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC  28711. Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Pharr family. The online memorial register is available at

Jacob Evans


Jacob "Jack" Evans, 91, of Asheville, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the JFK Solace Center in Asheville. He was born on December 4, 1926 in Ellsworth, PA to the late Jacob and Anna Liscend Evans.

Jack worked as a sales representative for General Cigar Co. for 20 years and was also a United States Navy Veteran. His favorite pastime was playing golf. He was also a Master Mason and a member of Black Mountain Lodge.

Jack is survived by his wife, Benny Jo Taylor Evans; his son, Jack Evans (Cathy) of Reistertown, MD; his daughter, Bonnie Jean Trembulak (Dan) of Seminole, FL; and his two grandchildren, Laura Evans Rickert (Todd) and Zachary Evans (Jenny).

There will be a private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society at 120 Executive Park Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801. The burial will be at the VA Cemetery in Asheville at a later date. Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Evans family.