Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

Sally Abernathy Eads

Black Mountain

Sally Abernethy Eads, 72, died peacefully on July 11, 2015. She was born in Charlotte on May 25, 1943, the daughter of the late Robert Sidney Abernethy, Jr. and Belle Ward Stowe Abernethy. She was a graduate of Myers Park High School, and a proud alumna of Agnes Scott College. She earned her Master’s Degree in History at the University of Virginia, where she met her husband and fellow historian, the late James Harold Eads. They settled in Fincastle, Virginia in 1967, and Sally began her career as a professor at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, where she taught History of Western Civilization for 37 years. Sally was an active member of the Fincastle community, where she served as an elder at Fincastle Presbyterian Church, became the first female chair of the Botetourt County School Board, volunteered as an election official, researched genealogy at the courthouse, and led tours of the historic town. In 2013, Sally moved to Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC to be closer to her daughter and grandsons. She loved her family, her community, her church, her studies of history, and her knitting.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Sid and Belle Ward Abernethy; her husband of 35 years, J. Harold Eads; her nephew, Mackey Abernethy; and her dear friend, O. Preston Crews. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Eads Parker, and son-in-law, Justin Parker, of Asheville; her sister, Wardie Martin, and brother-in-law, Jim Martin, of Charlotte; her brother, Rob Abernethy, and sister-in-law, Caroline Abernethy, of Dover, MA; her sister-in-law, Frances Eads Van Dyke, and brother-in-law, Glen Van Dyke, of Bristol, TN; her grandsons, Finn and Oliver Parker, of Asheville; an extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and an incredibly sweet golden retriever mix named Amber.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 17 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

A time for visitation with the family will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sally’s name to Montreat Conference Center ( or to Heifer International (

Condolences may be made online at

Susan Clark Hensley

Chesnee, S.C.

Susan (Susie) Clark Hensley of Chesnee, SC, passed away on July 13, 2015. She was born in Asheville, NC to Freddy and Shirley Clark.

Susie is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Florrie Rickman; and her paternal grandparents, J.C. and Ruth Clark all of Black Mountain.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 25 years, Mark Hensley; daughters, Alicia and Jennifer Hensley all of the home; brother, Robbie (Susan) Clark; sister, Beverly (Gerald) Wheeler all of Old Fort; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Susie was a graduate of Charles D. Owen High School class of 1989. She was a RN in Labor and Delivery.

Susie loved to sew and do crafts. She attended Switzer Baptist Church in Moore, SC.

A Celebration of Life Service was Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Pastor George McDowell officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home.

Burial will be private at the family cemetery in Madison County, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Beverly Wheeler, 1692 Old Fort Sugar Hill Road, Old Fort, NC 28762.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

Debra Lynn Duncan


Debra Lynn Duncan, 60, of Swannanoa passed away July 15, 2015.

Mrs. Duncan was born November 16, 1954 in Maryland to the late Oliver and Eileen Sams.

Debra enjoyed animals and rescuing as many as she could. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Eddie Duncan; daughter, Rhonda Duncan (Richard) of Swannanoa; son, Ronnie Wilson (Lisa) of Candler; sisters, Nancy Sams of Swannanoa, and Patty Rydell of Raleigh; grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Tanner, Sydney, Katelyn and Landon; and two great grandchildren, Avery and Logan.

The family will have a celebration of her life at a later date for family and friends.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals, harwoodhomefor

Margaret Greenlee


Black Mountain

Margaret Greenlee Clinkscales, 82, of Black Mountain, passed away June 27, 2015.

Mrs. Clinkscales was born July 9, 1932 in Buncombe County to the late James and Florence Stepp Greenlee.

Margaret enjoyed collecting dolls and watching soap operas. She attended Hill Street Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence F. Clinkscales; brother, James Greenlee; and sisters, Johannah Durham, Elizabeth Harper, and Erlene Hamilton.

Margaret is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Jones of Black Mountain, Fannie Carney of California, Precious Hill of Black Mountain, and Pansy Hooper of Swannanoa; brother, Ralph E. Greenlee of Black Mountain.

She was very special to her nieces and nephews, Cheryl, William, Alma, Patricia, Jimmy, Kay, Michael, Vickie, Terri, Tony, Doulton, Wendell, Dionne, Elizabeth, and Cynthia; and a host of great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, July 6, 2015 at noon in the Chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals with Pastor Michael O. Burris and Rev. Tammy Bales officiating.

The family received friends immediately following the service.

Burial followed at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the CNA’s, doctors, and nursing staff at Highland Farms for their care of Margaret.

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

Kenny Ray Cox


Kenny Ray Cox, 54, of Swannanoa, passed away July 10, 2015 at J. F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.There will be a private memorial service held for the family. Condolences may be made at AshevilleMortuary