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Mary Ida Gattis Kelly

Black Mountain

Mary Ida Gattis Kelly, 79, of Black Mountain, passed away May 26, 1015 at the Golden Living Center in Asheville.

Born September 29, 1935 in Lakeview, TX, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Hilburn Gattis (1975) and Ruby Thelma Youngblood Gattis (1982). In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her late husband of 25 years, Jerome Lee Kelly (2015); brothers, Thomas Wade Gattis (1999) and James Harold Gattis (2006); and stepsons, Jerome Lee Kelly, Jr. (2010) and Harold Wayne Kelly (1969).

While living in Amarillo, TX, Mrs. Kelly graduated from the Amarillo, TX School of Hairdressing and Beauty Culture in 1959 and later from the American Technical Institute, where she graduated as a Word Processing Clerk in 1987. She also enjoyed ballgames and car racing.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Anna Elizabeth Kelly.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, with the Rev. James Swatzell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Kelly's memory to the Gideons International to help distribute Bibles at Gideons.org, or by post at PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN, 37214-0800.

Condolences may be made online at www.PenlandFamily

FuneralHome.com.

Annie McDaniel

Blackwell

Swannanoa

Annie McDaniel Blackwell, 84, of Swannanoa, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Mrs. Blackwell was born June 26, 1930 in Rutherford County to the late Enoch and Viola Searcy McDaniel. She has lived in Buncombe County for most of her life. Annie was a wonderful mother, always had a smile and loved to laugh. She also loved her family and was a caring and giving person who will be missed by all who knew her. Annie was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Adam Blackwell; grandson, Dominique Bradley; and several brothers and sisters.

Annie is survived by her daughter, Pat Bradley (Ronnie) of Swannanoa; son, Daniel “Danny” Hopson (Johnsie) of Kernersville, NC; sisters, Edna Wishon and Lottie Craig; brother, Wayne McDaniel; grandchildren, William Benjamin Hopson, Christopher Eric Hopson, Jennifer Danielle Sims, Ronnie Bradley II, Kevin Shawn Bradley, William Jamar Bradley, Christopher Bradley, and Leah Bradley; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, McKinnley, Leah Grace, Caleb, Jacob, Delaney, Rebecca, Ashlyn and Collin.

A Celebration of Life Service was Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with the Rev. James Lamb officiating. Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Doris Jeanette West

Burleson

Asheville

Doris Jeanette West Burleson, 81, of Asheville passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Mrs. Burleson was born April 21, 1934 in Buncombe County where she lived all of her life. She was employed with The Cove and was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Harold and Minnie Belle Harris West; husband, Robert Wayne Burleson; and brother, John Harold West, Jr.

Doris is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ward Lawing and husband, Danny of Swannanoa, Cindy Ward Dunn and husband, Steve of Leicester, and Denise Ward Cody and husband, Tim of Asheville; sisters, Nellie Rogers and Carolyn McCurry both of Asheville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with the Reverend James Lamb officiating. Burial was in Sky View Memorial Park. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Mary Ellen Smith

Allen

Swannanoa

Mary Ellen Smith Allen, 95, of Swannanoa, passed away May 13, 2015.

Mary Ellen was born April 8, 1920 in Buncombe County to the late Harbert and Harriett Chandler.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Eugene Smith; loving stepdad to her children, James Allen; son, David Smith; daughter, Nina Stevens; sisters, Juanita Spivey and Lavina Crisp; and brother, Claude Chandler.

Mary Ellen is survived by her daughters, Sherry Park, Judy Edwards, and Lynn Hensley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Memorial Park with Rev. Linda Wheeler Wilson and Rev. Cindy Arnold officiating.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and friends at Asheville Health Care Center for their care and support of Mary Ellen.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider the Activities Department at Asheville Health Care Center, 1984 US 70 Highway, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Virginia Lorene Fox

Black Mountain

Virginia Lorene Fox, 79, of Black Mountain, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015.

Mrs. Fox was born March 13, 1936. She enjoyed volunteering, gardening, and sewing. She was a loving mother and friend who will be missed by all.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Ruggles Fox, and grandson, Raymond Fox.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Vertefeuille (Leonard), Debbie Sladovnik (Craig) and Steve Fox (Sheila); sister Agnes Silvers (Frank); and six grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, June 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals. Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Joseph M. Hardman

Black Mountain

On May 22, 2015, two months after the passing of Margie, his wife of 61 years, Joseph M. Hardman of Black Mountain, NC, passed away in his home.

Joseph was a Veteran of the Korean War, long-time Federal employee, and a volunteer for 20+ years at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC.

He leaves behind his sons, Christopher, Jeffrey, and Tim; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is loved and will be missed. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Evelyn Peek McCuen

Old Fort

Evelyn Peek McCuen, 76, of Old Fort, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 unexpectedly at home.

She was born March 9, 1939 in McDowell County to the late James and Flonnie Peek. Evelyn loved her family; and she enjoyed arts, crafts, and gardening. She retired from Eaton with over 20 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Faye Trantham.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of 18 years, Paul Jackson; daughter, Alyson Hayes of Charlotte; sons, Randy McCuen of Old Fort and Kent McCuen of Swannanoa; sisters, Janice Roupe and Maye Shelton of Arden; brothers, Jimmy Peek of Fletcher and John Peek of Arden; grandchildren, Heather McCuen and Benjamin McCuen; and great-granddaughter, Jailynn Dillingham.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, June 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with the Reverends Frank Cable and Doug Carroll officiating. Burial followed in Piney Grove Church Cemetery in Old Fort. The family received friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhome

forfunerals.com.

Hugh Farrior

Black Mountain

Dr. Hugh Farrior died Jan 2, 2015. At the time, the Rev. Margaret Torrence held an informal, deeply meaningful service for him at Highland Farms, where he and Ellen had lived for nearly 10 years.

Some family members from Sweden and friends and missionary colleagues were unable to attend then. so the family has planned a summer memorial service at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

Ellen and her daughters, Hope and Ruthie, hope that their church family and other Black Mountain neighbors will join them in a service of worship and celebration of Hugh’s life. Also, please plan to stay for an informal reception afterward.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai, a Presbyterian training school for medical personnel where Hugh and Ellen both taught in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Checks should be made out to Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai and sent to Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Thomas “Tommy”

Alfred Bryant

Black Mountain

Thomas “Tommy” Alfred Bryant, 74, of Black Mountain, passed suddenly at his home Tuesday, June 2, 2015. He was born April 8, 1941 in Spindale, North Carolina and was a lifelong area resident.

Tommy graduated from Old Fort High School in 1960 and worked as an apprentice at Southern Color Print Corporation in Newport News, Virginia before returning to the area to work as a pressman for the Asheville Citizen-Times from 1968 until his retirement in December 2006.

He was the son of the late James “Rufus” Bryant and Ada Grigg Bryant and was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Ray Bryant, General Johnson Bryant and William “Ronnie” Bryant.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 53 years, Edna Mae Surrett Bryant; sons Thomas “Tab” Anthony Bryant and Barry Michael Bryant both of Black Mountain; brother James Bryant and wife Frances of Holly, Michigan; sisters Gail Bryant Effler and husband John of Newport News, Virginia; Doris Bryant of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Brenda Bryant McGinnis and Carolyn Bryant McGinnis, both of Hampton, Virginia; grandchildren Lisa Bryant Mason and Dylan Bryant, both of Black Mountain; Toshia Bryant Brown of Weaverville; three great grandchildren, Codey, Jennifer and Daxon; dear friend of the family Barbara Hunt as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a hard worker but knew how to enjoy life and have a good time. He liked to cook, watch old western films and the “Andy Griffith Show” as well as take trips to the beach. He enjoyed pulling for his favorite NASCAR driver #24 Jeff Gordon and was a loyal St. Louis Rams fan. He loved listening to hard rock music and taking walks at the lake with his beloved rescue dog, “Sugar.”

A celebration of Tommy's life was held Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at Harwood Home for Funerals. The family received friends following the service. Interment to follow at Old Fort Cemetery on North Cemetery Street in Old Fort. Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Mary “Janie” Byrd

Black Mountain

Mary “Janie” Byrd, 83, of Black Mountain passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Mrs. Byrd was born March 22, 1932 in Avery County to the late Homer and Lottie Buchanan Pittman.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Sam F. Byrd, Sr.; three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Byrd is survived by her daughter, Annah Browning (Randy) of Beaufort, SC; sons, Frank D. Byrd of Marshall and Sam F. Byrd, Jr. (Cindy) of Black Mountain; four grandchildren, Jason Byrd, Jessica B. Miller, Peyton Byrd, and Erin Byrd; one great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Byrd.

A graveside service was held Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Mountain View Memorial Park with Rev. Doctor Ann Laird Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CarePartners Hospice, 68 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28813.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

Aaron Vaughn Price

Swannanoa

Aaron Vaughn Price, 28, of Swannanoa, passed away June 3, 2015.

Aaron loved being involved with church ministry. He was active in youth, singles, college and men’s ministries as well as church plays.

He was passionate about using his art to bless others.

His mural, “Reflect Christ in the Valley” covers the children’s hallway at First Baptist Church in Swannanoa.

His “Passion of Christ” 3-canvas painting video for North Asheville Baptist Church “Jesus in the Gospels Week 10 Hope is Here” can be seen at https://youtu.be/Z8grzf

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Aaron loved comic books and drawing superheroes. He gifted many with his special drawings.

Aaron loved people and to show his love of God with whomever he met.

Family and friend time was an important part of his life from get-togethers, cooking, movies, camping, fishing and going to the beach.

Aaron was known for his big hugs and making everyone laugh.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Swannanoa with Rev. Jim Dykes officiating.

The family received friends immediately following the service at the church.

Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park.

Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

funerals.com.

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