Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley


A.J. Conner


A.J. Conner, 84, of Fairview, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at NC State Veterans Home.

Mr. Conner was born October 23, 1931 in Henderson County and lived in Buncombe County all his life.

He was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Conner was a member of Nesbitt Chapel Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Ralph and Tina Elsie Marlow Conner; brother, Alvin Conner and sisters, Eva Mae McDevitt and Edna Dotson.

Surviving are his sister, Elsie Benfield (Jack) of Asheville; brother, Charles Conner of Black Mountain; special friend, Glenda Nesbitt and several nieces and a nephew.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12 noon Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Nesbitt Chapel United Methodist Church, 12 Nesbitt Chapel Rd., Fairview, NC 28730

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals.


Dennis “Bill” Cassidy

Knoxville, Tenn.

William Dennis "Bill" Cassidy, 52, of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Buncombe County, NC, passed away unexpectedly January 25, 2016 at his home.

Born January 1, 1964, he was the son of the late William and Lois C. Cassidy. He was an employee of UT Arena Vol. Network, and a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Donna Wright Cassidy of the home; and brother, Ronnie Barns (Judy) of West Asheville.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 6 at Grove Stone Baptist Church in Black Mountain with Rev. James Lamb officiating.

A visitation for family and friends will be held after the memorial service. Committal services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made Donna Cassidy through the funeral home.

Condolences may be made online at www.PenlandFamily

Capitola Capps

Black Mountain

Capitola Capps, 85, of Black Mountain, passed away February 2, 2016.

Mrs. Capps was born November 15, 1930 in South Carolina to the late Barney and Rhoda Murrow. She was a member of Black Mountain Independent Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, O’dell Capps; son, Hoyt Shelley, Jr., and grandson, Ricky Shelley.

Capitola is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Stone (L.B.) of Johnsonville, SC; sons, James Shelley (Wanda) of Elgin, SC, Morris Shelley (Hoa) of Havelock, NC, and Johnny Shelley of Gresham, SC; stepchildren, Patricia Barnhill of Black Mountain, NC, Brenda Housand of Marion, SC and Jerry Capps of Batesburg, SC; sister, Daisy Matthews of Johnsonville, SC; brother, W.M. Murrow of North Charleston, SC; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Rev. Andrew Parker officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals.


Nancy Presnell Ball

Black Mountain

Nancy Presnell Ball, 65, of Black Mountain, passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2016 following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 1, 1950 in Asheboro to the late Arthur and Yvonne Presnell.

She is preceded in death by her brother Donald Presnell. She is survived by her son Jason Ball of Black Mountain and her brother Arthur (Lynn) Presnell of Concord.

Nancy grew up in Randleman and moved to Black Mountain in 1971. She worked for the Highland Farms Retirement Community and retired in 2012 after a long career in accounting.

She loved the mountains and will be remembered as an independent spirit and avid reader that loved her cats.

In memory of Nancy donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. Condolences may be addressed to Gary Ball, P.O. Box 474, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711.