Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Paul J. Engineri Sr.

Interlaken, NY

Paul J. Engineri Sr., 93, died at home on February 19, 2016, at Co. Rd. 153, Interlaken, NY, with his family by his side. Paul was born on November 13, 1922, in Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY. From an early age, Paul studied the piano - his lifelong profession, joy, and source of entertainment for others.

Paul attended Ithaca College before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard in December 1942 during WW II. Honorably discharged on February 19, 1946, Paul returned to Ithaca College and graduated with a B.S. degree in music education in 1948. After college, Paul met and married his future wife Betty. They moved to Troy, NY where the couple shared their life together, raised their family, and Paul taught piano and organ.

After their retirement, the couple moved to Black Mountain, NC in 1993. Paul made his mark there with his piano playing, was referred to as the piano man, and was honored with various awards. Before moving back to NY, Black Mountain officially declared February 23 Paul Engineri Day.

At the time of his death, Paul and Betty had celebrated 66 years of love, marriage, and family. Besides his wife, Paul is also survived by his son and daughter and their spouses; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

While in Black Mountain, Paul was the organist at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Swannanoa NC. There are no services planned at this time. The family will be gathering to celebrate Paul’s extraordinary life at a later date.

Stephen Burgin


Black Mountain

Stephen Burgin Roberts, 82, of Black Mountain passed away on February 19, 2016 at the John

F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center.

Steve was born on July 2, 1933 in Asheville, NC. He attended Tennessee Military Institute and graduated from Wingate College High School in 1952. In 1957, Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

At the age of 8, Steve decided to become a pharmacist and own a drugstore so that he could have ice cream whenever he wanted. He worked briefly in Mars Hill before moving to Black Mountain to work at Key City Pharmacy. In 1964, Steve purchased Black Mountain Drug Company and practiced pharmacy there until his retirement in 1999.

Steve was a member of the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church where he was on the Session. He served on the Swannanoa Valley Medical Center Board and the Black Mountain ABC Board. He was well known for his attention to community affairs and was active in the Republican Party in Western North Carolina throughout his life.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Jeanne Brown Roberts his parents, Loy Pritchard and Mary Patton Burgin Roberts; and his sister, Sally Roberts Lashley. Steve is survived by his children daughters, Teresa Roberts and husband, Bill Waddell of Durham and Susan Roberts of Bessemer City son, Stephen Roberts, Jr. and wife, Gretchen Case of Salt Lake City four grandchildren, Brennan Waddell, Evan Waddell, Alexander Waddell, and Zora Roberts and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends at Harwood Home for Funerals on Tuesday, February 23 from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service was on Friday, February 26 at 2 p.m. at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Mary Katherine Robinson officiating. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall. A graveside service was held Sunday February 28 at 3 p.m. in the Roberts Family Cemetery, Marshall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center, Wingate University School of Pharmacy, or the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Condolences at harwood

Clynn G. “Red”


Black Mountain

Clynn G. “Red” Fosnaught, LCDR USNR-Ret, formerly of Ohio, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Givens Highland Farms of Black Mountain, N. C. just 4 days following his 95th birthday.

A proud member of The Greatest Generation, married Alice (Cornwell) together they shared 57 years, sadly she died in 2000.

He worked as a flight instructor with Lane Aviation before serving his Country as a US Navy veteran during WW II, a career that would span 38 years. Also retired from Williams and Company in Columbus, Ohio. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Swannanoa, N.C.

In marrying his second wife Rosalyn C. (Mellore) in 2007 he found happiness once again and moved to Asheville, N.C. where she survives as do son: Craig (Lyn) Fosnaught of Tyler, TX; daughters: Lynn Fosnaught of Modesto, CA, Jane (Robert) Ogden of Butler, PA; 2 grandsons Mark (Tina) & Brent (Katy) Fosnaught; great-grandson: Billy.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR36), Delaware, Ohio, with military honors, interment will follow in Dola Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Answers in Genesis, P.O. Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048, Institute for Creation Research, P.O. Box 59029, Dallas, TX 75229, or First Baptist Church of Swannanoa, 503 Park St., Swannanoa, N. C. 28778.

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Caryl McIntosh Pepin

Black Mountain

Caryl McIntosh Pepin, 74, of Black Mountain, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Savior on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Chunns Cove Assisted Living Asheville, after an 8 year battle with vascular dementia.

She was born in Chicago Heights, IL on Valentine’s Day, to the late Carl and Florence McIntosh. Caryl attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL where she met her husband and graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a degree in Biology. Besides devoting her life to her family, she was also a Braille transcriber, special education teacher, pianist, vocalist, artist, gardener, nature lover, animal rescue advocate and an avid beachgoer. She held several positions as church secretary, worked for a non-profit guardianship organization, and executive administrator for an attorney. However, one of her favorite positions was Guest Services at the Biltmore Estate Winery. In later years, she assisted her husband, Ron, at Town Hardware in Black Mountain.

Caryl is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ronald W. Pepin; son, Mark Pepin and wife, Cathy; daughter, Janet Schallhorn and husband, Jon, all of Black Mountain; brother, Gerald L. McIntosh and wife, Marjorie of Naperville, IL; brother, Alan W. McIntosh and his wife, Barbara of Shelburne, VT; 3 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chunns Cove Assisted Living, 67 Mountainbrook Road, Asheville NC 28805. Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn is assisting the family. Please visit to sign the online guest book.

Charles H. Morris

Brashear, Texas

Funeral services for Charles H. Morris, age 79 of Brashear, Texas were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Halston Potts and Rev. David Burns officiating. Interment followed at South Liberty with Rick Girello, J. B. Davenport, Duane Bleeker, Richard Brock, George Mizelle and Leon Davis serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.

Charles passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 30, 1936 in Gainesville, FL, the son of William Monroe and Mary Louise (Mull) Morris. He married Mary Ann Davis on October 28, 1978 in Granbury. He served in the U.S. Air Force; was a supervisor in a nuclear plant and a member of South Liberty Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Eddie Morris of North Carolina, Michael Morris of Rhode Island and Gregory Morris of Washington State; daughter, Kathy Morris of Virginia, Tina Davenport of Miller Grove and Terrie Girello of Florida; grandsons, Evan Morris and Forrest Davenport and granddaughters, Courtney Funderburg, Emily Davenport, Angela Castro, Jessica Sine and Carrie Mendez; eight great-grandchildren and sisters, Dorothy McMahan of North Carolina and Josephine Shook of Virginia.

He is preceded in death by his parents. The online register can be signed at

Johnny Ray Shook

Oak Hill, FL

Johnny Ray Shook was called home February 18, 2016. He was born in Titusville, FL July 21, 1980 and was raised in Black Mountain, NC. He moved back to Florida in 1998. Johnny enjoyed people and family, but his passion was football, basketball and knew any sport stat you would ask him.

He is preceded in death by his mother Susan Ann Shook. He leaves behind his daughter Sara Ann Shook, 11 years old, his father Steve, two older brothers Jamey (Tiffany) & Billy (Leah) Shook, two younger sisters Lisa (Paul) Gottschalk & Angie (Joe) Thompson, along with three nieces (Autumn, Chelsea, and Reba) and five nephews (Cody, Mason, Wyatt, Cameron & Blake).

He is loved and missed dearly by so many. Please join us in celebrating his life on Saturday March 5, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at Friendship Community Church 2108 Hibiscus Drive, Edgewater, FL. 32141. In lieu of flowers we have set up a gofund me account s2pmcz8k. Fly free, Johnny Ray.