Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley


Albert Roy Reese Sr.

Black Mountain

Albert Roy Reese Sr. peacefully left this earth for his heavenly home on Saturday, August 5, 2017 with his family by his side.

Roy will be missed greatly by his family whom he treasured. He retired from Reese Body Shop which he owned and continued to work from until 2014 when illness took his ability to repair vehicles. His passion was to make his customers happy with his work on every vehicle he repaired.

His greatest loves were his family; his dogs, Sam, Little Bit, Nala and Jiggs, these furbabies were just the most recent in a long line of babies he had over his life; chatting with family members and friends; fishing; and spending time with his grandchildren and his two great-grandsons.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry Sr. and Lela Elmina Cordell Reese; brother, Joseph Henry Reese Jr., sister, June Joyce Reese Burgess; niece, Robin Debra Burgess; granddaughter-in-law, Alicia Stewart Allen whom he loved dearly; half-sisters, Margie Cordell McAfee and Myrtle Reese Hall; and half-brother, Homer Reese.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sarah M. Rickman Reese; son, Albert Roy Reese Jr. (Pam); daughters, Sharon Reese Allen (Charles), April Reese Tweed (Heath) and Gail Reese Wallace (James); grandchildren, Justin Allen (Tiffany), Jared Allen, Cory and Taylor Wallace, Kaitlyn and Wyatt Reese, and Jaiden and Jarrett Jack Tweed; great-grandsons, Carson and Brantley Allen.

The family would like to thank Dr. James Hoer and nurse Camilla, nursing staff on the sixth-floor Orthopedics at Mission Hospital and the VA Hospice Care. All of the sweet care and attention has been much appreciated during this very difficult time.

The familyreceived friends Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals. A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. James Gass officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated. Please consider making a donation to Rusty’s Legacy or your choice of animal rescue. The family will be at the home of Sharon R. Allen, 45 Hershel Lane, Swannanoa. Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals,

James Michael Brittain

Old Fort

James Michael Brittain, 64, of Old Fort, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 at his residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available at

Pearl H. Trexler

Black Mountain

Pearl H. Trexler, 86, of Black Mountain passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Mrs. Trexler was born April 20, 1931 in Polk County to the late Paul and Leona Waters High.  She was a member of First Baptist Church, Black Mountain.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Trexler; daughter, Susan T. Morris; and siblings, Ernest and Wilburn Waters and Geraldine Suddeth.

Pearl is survived by her sons, Steve Turner (Clara) of Black Mountain and Bill Turner (Linda) of Swannanoa; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; two step-great-great grandchildren; and special friend, Bob Atkins.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Black Mountain with Rev. Jeremy Shoulta and Rev. Brent Bolick officiating.  The family received friends immediately following the service.  Burial was at 2 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Mountain Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center for their loving care of Mrs. Trexler.  Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.