Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Deborah M. LooperGreenville, SC

Deborah McMahan Looper, 59, of 100 Cutler Way, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday June 12, 2015 at her home.

Born in Amarillo, TX, she is the daughter of Bill McMahan of Greenville and the late Clara Faye Crisp McMahan.

Deborah attended Bob Jones University. She was a homemaker and successful businesswoman. She was also a member of Calvary Free Will Church in Swannanoa, N.C.

Surviving are her husband, the love of her life for 34 years, Stephen Wayne Looper of the home; her children, Andrew Talmadge “Tal” Looper and wife, Stephanie of Easley, Jessica Caroline Looper of Greer and Matthew Stephen Looper of Greenville; a sister, Wendy Harris and husband, David of Greenville; and many special cousins.

Deborah will live forever in the beautiful memories she created for everyone around her and the adventures she brought to life for her children who loved her beyond words.

The family received friends June 20 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Calvary Free Will Church in Swannanoa.

A private graveside service was held in Crisp Family Cemetery in Swannanoa. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Homestead Hospice, 3453 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615.The family will be at the home.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting robinsonfuneralhomes. com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC.

Lois Jean AustinSwannanoa

Lois Jean (Grandma Lois) Austin, 85, of Swannanoa, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.

Lois was born in Honesdale, PA, to the late Robert Jackson Edsall and Margo Luella Austin Edsall. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Donald William Austin and her sister, Joan Austin. Lois was a member of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Asheville.

Surviving Lois is her son, Mark David Totman (Cathy), Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; daughter, Jill Anne Perry (Roy) Swannanoa, NC; grandchildren, Christopher Totman (Danielle), Eric Totman (Jessica), Heather Perry, Mark Perry, Scott Perry and three great-grandchildren.

A private burial has taken place Wednesday, May 11, 2015 at Sky View Memorial Park. A Memorial service was held May 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC. Rev William Clark officiated. Condolences can be made to the family at asheville

Frank Watkins

Black Mountain

Frank Watkins, 92, a lifelong resident of Black Mountain, NC, passed away June 20, at Highland Farms Retirement Community, where he had resided since 1996. Born in Black Mountain on Jan. 16, 1923, he served in the US Navy as a pilot, when he met and married his wife of 49 years, Dot (Moffitt) Watkins, who died in 1994.

Frank was employed at the VA Hospital in Oteen, NC, for 35 years.

Frank is survived by son, Ron Watkins (Carol) of Memphis, TN; daughter, Carol Stanford of Asheville and Lake Hartwell, SC; grandchildren, Shelley Parks (Arick) of Memphis, Brooke Phillips (Josh) of Anderson, SC; Adam Stanford (Lindsay) of Fairview, NC; Koren Martin (Jimbo) of Covington, TN; Scott Ellis (Kimberly) of Seattle, WA; 15 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 24, at Harwood Home for Funerals, 208 W. State St. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.

Wren Spears



Wren Spears Derreberry, 57, of Swannanoa, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the comfort of her own home.

A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of Harry and Naomi Holland Spears of Asheville.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 18 years, Robert Derreberry; and children, Tyler Derreberry (USN, Japan), and Katie Derreberry, all of the home; sister, Robin (Tommy) Brooks; step-children, Jon (Tracy) Derreberry of Swannanoa and Josh Derreberry Steppe and his partner, Jennifer Robertson, of Greenville, TN; mother-in-law, Ollie Derreberry of Black Mountain; sister-in-law, Carolyn Beckner of Black Mountain; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In honoring Mrs. Derreberry’s wishes, there will be no services or flowers requested. “Fly High and Free, Little Bird.” Condolences may be made online at www. PenlandFamilyFuneral